Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #13: Comic Book Characters

Thirteen Favorite Comic Book CharactersNumber # 13

1. Daredevil

2. Spiderman

3. Jennifer Jones

4. Spirit

5. Nexus

6. Bone

7. Wolverine McAlistaire

8. Cerebus

9. Kevin Matchstick

10. Plastic Man

11. Captain America

12. Rick (from Walking Dead)

13. Luba (from Love and Rockets)

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Quote of the Day

"Speaking of Miss USA, President Bush has said we're not winning in Iraq. Sounds like she's not the only one to sober up."
- David Letterman

Another Dad Update

Good news, Dad remembers who he is and where he is now. They changed some of his medicine and now he's back to his normal lovable grumpy self. My Mom said he told her that he was ready to come home tommorrow. The biggest problem right now is that his heatbeat if way up there, too high and they're not sure why, so the doctor told my Mom that he's not going anywhere tommorrow. He doesn't know that yet. But it's good news that things are looking up again.

Taylor Hicks Concert Update

I mentioned in a previous post that Taylor Hicks is coming to the House of Blues in March. Well I got tickets last night. I was waiting to make sure Nick was able to get off that night. He did, so I bought the tickets. Last year at work Nick and I would discuss the previous night of American Idol and who we thought had the best performance. Nick liked Taylor, but at first I think he was pulling more for Chris. I was a Taylor fan from the beginning, rooting for him to win, but always thinking he was going to get voted off. But he made it all the way through, and never getting voted to the bottom three once. Some of you have commented how good a live performer Taylor is so I'm excited to go see him. If any of you have any good stories to tell about Taylor live leave a comment, I'd love to hear about his shows.

Windows Vista

A question out there to all those that know so much more about computers than me. (I know, I know, that's probably most of you.) What's the story with Windows Vista? Is it that much better than Windows XP? Is it worth buying the upgrade? Are all the bugs worked out? Anyone that knows anything please leave a comment.

Washington D.C.

During the week from May 6 to May 13 I will be in Washington D.C. with Heather. We are going on vacation to the Capitol City for the week. I spent about a week in D.C. about twenty years ago and have been wanting to go back. We were trying to decide where to go, we thought of going to Alaska, to London, etc. but the prices were all a little more than we wanted to pay, but we got a good deal from airfare and hotel room to D.C. I can't wait, it's going to be a great vacation. (But like last year when I went to Disney, leaving right after Jazz Fest, we will be leaving right after Jazz Fest for D.C. Actually I'll have to miss the last day of the Fest since we'll be leaving at 7 in the morning. It's going to be another busy weekend.)


This band's co-founder Harry Wayne Casey, had a #1 hit in 1976 with "Get Down Tonight."

Yesterday's answer: Phil Collins


PASTICHE: 1: a musical, literary, or artistic work that imitates the style of previous work or is made up of selections from different works 2: hodgepodge

It all began with macaroni. Our word "pastiche" is from French, but the French word was borrowed from Italian, where the word is pasticcio. Pasticcio is what the Italians called a kind of "macaroni pie." English-speakers familiar with this multilayered dish had begun to apply the name to various sorts of potpourris or hodgepodges (musical, literary, or othewise) by the 18th century. For over a hundred years we were happy with "pasticcio," until we discovered the French word pastiche sometime in the latter part of the 1800s. Although we still occasionally use "pasticcio" in its extended meaning, "pastiche" is now much more common.

I Want A New Camera

I love my digital camera. I'm actually surprised because I really liked my old Cannon Rebel 35mm. The only thing I don't like on the digital is the zoom. My camera is a 3x optical zoom and 5 megapixels. I'm thinking of getting a new digital, one with more pixels and better zoom. I would love to have on before Jazz Fest and vacation. The one I'm thinking of getting is this one. It has 10x optical zoom and 7.1 megapixels. Anyone out there that knows anything about digital cameras feel free to offer me any advice. Is this a good choice? Or should I be looking for something else?


I'm still having some problems with the blog. I've had a few people make comments that all the music starts at once. I'm sorry about that to anyone that happens to, that has to suck. It shouldn't be doing that. I have it set with the autostart off and "false" which is supposed to stop it from starting automaticaly. I don't know what else to do here.

I've tried to get help from Blogger, but I can't find anyone to email questions to. They have a help group where you can post your question and if someone wants to try and help you they will. I had someone tell me I should tell her all the extras I've added to my blog, evidently I've added something wrong. Duh! I know that. And I'm not about to try and list all the extras I've added here, it would take me all day.

Blogger is really staring to piss me off. They want everyone to switch to the new version but if there is any problems there is no one there to help you. I may start looking at some new places to switch over to if this keeps up.

I'm thinking of deleting all the music, but I don't want to do that. Putting the music up is one of the things I enjoy doing, picking it and adding it to the blog, I'd hate to have to take it all off.

So if there is anyone out there that can help me or maybe point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

How Much Do I Know About Blogging

You Know a Lot About Blogging
You got 5/8 correct!
Your not a total blogging geek yet... give it time.

I got this from over at Little House on Wheels.

Firefox Questions

I want to put this question out to all those of you who are so much smarter than me when it comes to computer issues...which is a lot of people, let me tell you. When I use Firefox browser the music players that I downloaded don't come up. It says a plug in is not installed, but I can't figure out which one. Anyone can help me?


Happy birthday to this musician who during the 1985 Live Aid concert performed his own material in London, then flew the Concorde to Philadelphia to play drums with Led Zepplin.

Yesterday's answer: INXS


GRUB STREET: the world or category of need literary hacks

The original Grub Street was an address in London (renamed Milton Street in 1830) described by Dr. Samuel Johnson in his Dictionary of the English Language as "much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems." The term was applied figuratively to the dog-eat-dog world of pens-for hire as early as 1630, and the allusion still packed a punch in 1891, when novelist, George Gissing chose New Grub Street as the title of his realistic novel about intrigues of the Victorian literary world.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Richard Thompson at House of Blues

Feb 28 Richard Thompson will be at the Parish Room at the House of Blues. Richard is a founding member of the English group Fairport Convention. He's considered a musican's musican by a lot of very talented guitar players. Mr. Thompson is one of the greats, largely unknown. The song I'm posting here is one of my favorites by him.

Jazz Fest Posters 2007

Jazz Fest Line Up May 4-6 2007

Harry Connick Jr., Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Legend, Allen Toussaint, Counting Crows, New Edition, George Benson, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Allman Brothers Band, Better Than Ezra, Joss Stone, Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong, Taj Mahal, Cowboy Mouth, Branford Marsalis, Dottie Peoples, Tony Joe White, Roy Hargrove, Galactic, The Holmes Brothers, The Radiators, Chuck Leavell, Irma Thomas' Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees of Winnsboro, The Dixie Cups, Anders Osborne, Nicholas Payton, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Darrell McFadden, Snooks Eaglin, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Judith Owen, John Boutte, Franz Jackson, Lil' Band o' Gold, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Bob Wilber & the Soprano Summit tribute to Kenny Davern, Martha Redbone, Papa Grows Funk, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Eric Lindell, World Saxophone Group, Danilo Perez, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Deacon John, Ivan Neville, Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Elysian Fieldz, The Iguanas, Buckwheat Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Danza feat. Evan Christopher & Tom McDermott, Jeremy Davenport, The Jazz Jam, The Woodshed feat. Roland Guerin and James Singleton, Poncho Chavis & Boozoo's Dog Hill Stompers, D.L. Menard, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, Clive Wilson & the Original Camelia Jazz Band feat. Butch Thompson, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots with guest Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Germaine Bazzle, Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Benjy Davis Project, Twangorama, Morning 40 Federation, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Kevin Gordon, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Revealers, Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz, Higher Heights, Paulette Wright, Rumba Buena, Julio y Cesar Band, Wanda Rouzan & a Taste of New Orleans, John Lee & the Heralds of Christ, Coolie Family, Unstoppable Gospel Singers, Dynamic Smooth Family, Mount Hermon BC Choir, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, June Gardner, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, Mark Braud, Last Straws, Batiste Brothers Band, Herman Jackson, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Sharon Martin, Groovemasters, Smitty Dee's Brass Band, Creole Zydeco Farmers, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, Rotary Downs, Ernie Vincent, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Ingrid Lucia, Henry Gray & the Cats, Beth Patterson & Kalafka, Johnny Angel & the Swingin' Demons, Leah Chase, the Plowboys, Percussion Inc., Michael Skinkus & Moyuba, Franklin Avenue BC Mass Choir, Melody Clouds, Providence BC Choir, Voices of Distinction, Treme Brass Band, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Gov't Majik, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Pinstripe Brass Band, J. Monque'D Blues Band, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Benny Grunch & the Bunch, Lil Nathan & Zydeco Big Timers, Betsy McGovern & the Poor Clares, Nouveau String Band, 007, Rick Trolsen & Gringo do Choro, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, Greater Antioch Full Gospel Choir, Tim Laughlin, New Orleans Spiritualettes, The Golden Wings, Chris Burke, Louis Ford with guest Barbara Shorts, Maurice Brown, Tornado Brass Band, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Lady Sequence, New Generation and Lady Rollers SAPCs, Original CTC, Lady Buckjumpers and Undefeated Divas SAPCs, Big Seven, Westbank Steppers and Prince of Wales SAPCs, The UNO Louis Armstrong Jazz Quintet, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Heritage School of Music, Racines, Louis "Gearshift" Youngblood, Po' Henry & Tookie, Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland, Rufus "Rip" Wimberly & the Dreamers, Fi Yi Yi Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section, Chops Funky 7, Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Curtis Pierre Samba Man, Guyland Leday, Stax Music Academy Revue with Stephen Foster, Kayla Woodson, KidsmArt Performers, Jonno & the Cajun Experience, Guinoleros UAS of Culiacan Mexico, N'Kafu African Dance Ensemble...

Jazz Fest April 27-29 Lineup

Dr. John, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Jill Scott, Irma Thomas, Ludacris, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Lucinda Williams, Calexico, Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Richie Havens, Johnny Rivers, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Banda el Recodo, Bobby Jones & the Nashville Super Choir, Gillian Welch, T-Bone Burnett, Pete Fountain, Arturo Sandoval, The New Orleans Social Club, Percy Sledge, Mose Allison, Marcia Ball, Bishop Paul Morton & the Greater St. Stephens Mass Choir, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, James Carter, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Landreth, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw, Davell Crawford, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue, Subdudes, Terence Blanchard, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Marva Wright, Zachary Richard avec Francis Cabrel, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Bobby Charles, Ba Cissoko of Guinea, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Lucky Peterson, Bobby Lounge, Linda Hopkins, Bonerama, Eddie Bo, Shannon McNally, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Henry Butler, Alexa Ray Joel, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, Dirty Jerdy, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Pine Leaf Boys, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Astral Project, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, The Crescent City Allstars feat. James Andrews, Les Amazones of Guinea, Lady Tambourine, James Rivers Movement, Charmaine Neville Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Leviticus Gospel Singers, Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers, Mari Watanabe, Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band, Leroy Jones & New Orleans' Finest, Some Like It Hot, Heritage Hall Band with Jewel Brown, Second Line til' you Drop featuring the music of Paul Barbarin, Michael Ward, Phillip Manuel, Rob Wagner Trio, Groove Academy, Ray Abshire, Bonsoir Catin, Burnside Exploration, Mem Shannon & the Membership, Rockie Charles, John Rankin, Imagination Movers, Kenny Bill Stinson & the Ark-LA-Mystics, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guests Marcelo Cotarelli & members of the Ilhabela Big Band of Brazil, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, VisionQuest Chorale of Dillard University, Second Nazarine Gospel Choir, Crown Seekers, Higher Dimensions of Praise, Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, Local International Allstars, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Gregg Stafford & the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Dukes of Dixieland, George French, Jean Knight & Knights' of Rhythm, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Maggie Warwick & the Louisiana Hayride Band, Jesse McBride & the Next Generation, Xavier University Jazz Band, NewBirth Brass Band, Mahogany Brass Band, Theresa Andersson Group, Bluerunners, The Bingo! Show, Robert Lowery & Virgil Thrasher, Lil Ray Neal Blues Band, Guitar Slim, Jr., Bruce Flett & the Bluebirds, Bamboula 2000, Henry Turner, Jr., Fredy Omar con su Banda, Vivaz!, Topsy Chapman, The Johnson Extension, St. Joseph the Worker Gospel Choir, Rocks of Harmony, Val & Love Alive with the Dimensions of Faith, One A-Chord, Jo "Cool" Davis, Chris Clifton, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Hot Club of New Orleans, Kidd Jordan, Julliard Jazz Ensemble, Hot 8 Brass Band, Happy Talk Band, Grayson Capps & the Stumpknockers, Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, Big Al Carson, Li'l Freddie King Blues Band, Swamp-Blues Summit with Lil' Buck Sinegal and Rudy Richard, Don Rich, Judy Spellman, Panorama Jazz Band, AsheSon, Beyond Measure, McDonogh #35, Wimberly Family, Shades of Praise Choir, Lyle Henderson, Single Ladies, Nine Time Men and New Look SAPCs, Olympia Aid - YMO, Big Nine, Bon Temps Roulez and Popular Ladies SAPCs, Furious Five, Untouchables and Dumaine Gang SAPCs, Tulane Jazz Ensemble, SUBR Jazz Ensemble, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, New Orleans Modified Drum Circle, Monsieur No of France, David & Roselyn, Mount Pilgrim & Morning Star Youth Mass Choir, Javier Juarez, Johnette Downing, The RRAAMS Drum and Dance, Basin Street Sheiks, Palmetto Puppet Theater, Black Seminoles and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Big Chief Peppy & the Golden Arrows, Golden Star Hunters and the Red White & Blue Mardi Gras Indians, Yellow Jackets and Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians...


A new feature! I'm sure so many of you are so excited. I got this idea from an article in Rolling Stone. One of their writers has a book coming out entiteld "Love Is A Mix Tape." It's written by Rob Sheffield. It tells his life through the mix tapes he made to chronicle events throughout his life. It's a book I want to get. It gave me the idea for this feature. Every Monday will be a collection of songs, a mix tape as it were. Here's today's feature:

Lori McKenna:

Music Codes - MySpace Layouts

Will Hoge:

Music Codes - MySpace Layouts

Jesse Malin:

Music Codes - MySpace Layouts

Alejandro Escovedro:

Music Codes - MySpace Layouts

Johnny Cash:

Music Codes - MySpace Layouts

Taylor Hicks Is Coming

Last year's American Idol winner Taylor Hicks is coming to the New Orlean's House of Blues on March 13. I was pulling for Taylor to win from the start last year. I've remarked on this blog before that I wasn't that impressed with his cd that he recently released. I'm interested in seeing him live. His cd to me was too slick and overproduced. I think he did his best on the show when he was more raw and open. I think he could do well live, if he lets that side of him out and doesn't try for the one that he showed on his cd.


On this day in 1988, an Australian group's song "Need You Tonight" hits #1 on the Pop chart. The group is only the third band from Australia (and the first in five years) to top the charts.

Yesterday's answer: Billy Joel


FRUCTIFY: 1: to bear fruit 2: to make fruitful or productive

"Fructify" dervies from the Middle English fructifen and ultimately from the Latin noun fructus, meaning "fruit." When the word was first used in English in the 14th century, it literally referred to the actions of plants tha bore fruit; later it was used transitively to refer to the action of making something fruitful, such as soil. The word also expanded to encompass a figurative sense of "fruit," and it is now more frequently used to refer to the giving forth of something in profit from something else (such as dividends from an investment). Fructus also gave us the name of the sugar "fructose," as well as "usufruct," which refers to the legal right to enjoy the fruits or profits of something that belongs to someone else.

Manic Monday #1

The topic for the first Manic Monday is cruising. So here is a picture of me cruising. This was from a few years back when I went to Alaska.

(And this picture was like either my first or second post I ever made on this blog, so it's a repeat for anyone that's been here from the start....I really doubt that is anyone, that was why I felt like I could post this picture again.)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Shoulder Update

I know it's only been a day since I went to the doctor and got the medicine for my shoulder, but I have to report that it already feels better. I am actually able to raise my right hand all the way straight up in the air, something I couldn't do lately. I still feel a tringe of pain, but at least I can lift it now. I really didn't expect the pills to help that fast, and maybe it's more my mind helping but we'll see how things develop. Hopefully this will work and I can skip the process of getting part of my body cut open.

Addition to Jazz Fest

Shannon McNally will be at JazzFest this year. This will be her first Jazz Fest. I'm happy, she's one of my favorite performers, as if anyone that has been reading this blog for any length of time doesn't know.

Dad Update

I don't want to post on here everytime some little thing happens with my Dad, but I just got off the phone with my Mom and she was tired and worn out. Today was not a good day for my Dad. Yesterday he seemed to be doing a lot better, today not so good. She said he as just very confused and upset. He didn't seem to know where he was at times. She's been having problems getting the doctor to talk to her, he whizes in and than flashes out before she can get any information out of him. He's supposed to be a very good doctor, but his biggest fault others say is that he doesn't talk a lot.

This is the part that sucks. This is when I want to rush up there and see what's going on. But I can't just drop everything and run up there everytime things don't look good. He's been in and out of the hospital quite a bit in the last month alone. I want to be there when things are bad, it's just hard to tell how bad they are from down here.

I'll see what things are like tommorrow, than make any final decisions. So if I disappear from here for a few days, that's where I'll be.

New Blog To Check Out

I've got a new blog to check out in the sidebar. It's Observing Hermann. Subtitled Hermann the German. And an amnesic American living in Germany. Looks like some interesting stuff. And anyone that reccommends "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kenneth Toole has to be a good guy.

Go check it out.


Who is the piano man?

Yesterday's answer: Pink Floyd


SPINDRIFT: 1: sea spray; especially: spray blown from waves during a gale 2: find wind-borne snow or sand

"Spindrift" first set sail in the mid-18th century under Scottish command. During its first voyage, it was known by the Sottish monkier speendrift. (Speen meant "to drive before a strong wind," so a speendrift was a drift of spray during such action.) In 1823, English-speakers recruited the word but signed it up as "spindrift."

Buffy on the attack

Rotator Cuff Injury

Today before work I went to the doctor. Now this is a big thing for me, I don't go the doctor very often. The last time I went to the doctor was when I almost died from my appendixs. But my right shoulder has been hurting for about the past two to three months. At first I just assumed it was a pulled muscle and would get better. Well, it hasn't. Whenever I lift my arm higher than my shoulder it hurts. And when I try to sleep on that side I feel pain. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it HURTS. So I finally decided I should go. Larry told me it was my rotator cuff. Now Larry used to be the team trainer for some different hockey teams, so he knows his medicine. And he was right. The doctor said it was my rotator cuff. He gave me a perscription and said we'd see it that works first. He made an appointment for me in two weeks, if it works I can call and cancel, if not than I go in. He also took some x rays. If the pills don't work it will probably mean surgery.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Rock and Roll Drummer Nick Mason was born on this day in 1945. What English band was Nick a part of?

Yesterday's answer: The Archies


CONGERIES: aggreagation, collection

The Latin congeries comes from the verb congerere, which means "to carry or bring together" and which is also the source of the word "congest."

Dad Back In The Hospital

Some bad news as I was on the way to the concert tonight. My Mom called to tell me that Dad was back in the hospital again. He had passed out and fell and hit his head. He ended up getting two or three stiches. He broke his glasses when he fell too.

Evidently his blood is too thin and he's not getting enough through his body. When he stood up no blood went to his head and he passed out. Mom said he was doing ok though. They had to call an ambulance again and he is back in the hospital. Once there he was pumped full of blood I'm guessing now. And he was breathing better. Mom said he hadn't had to use oxygen all day while he was in the hospital, while at home he's almost on it constantly lately.

After Mom finished telling me about what happened I asked how she was. I know it's got to be hard on her. She said she was tired and than before I knew it she was talking about Dad, somehow talking about how she felt she was telling me how Dad was doing still.

So that's where it stands right now, I'll post when I know more.

Jeff Tweedy Concert

Just got back from the concert. What can I say? I know I always go on about how great every concert is after I get back from it, but I have to say it again, this was an awesome show. Scott McCaughey from Minus Five was his opening act. He put on a good show, good enough that I went and bought a cd.

Jeff puts on a great show. He talks a lot inbetween songs. He had signs put up around the venue asking that people be quiet so the artist can be heard. But this was a New Orleans audience and it wasn't going to be too quiet. But Jeff seemed ready to accept it. He said he figured that he wasn't going to be able to keep this audience quiet so he was going with the flow. Jeff is a very funny guy. He made a lot of jokes inbetween his songs. I've been at very few shows where the auidence sings along to almost all the artists' songs. This was one of them. And not just the chorus, but the entire song.

For his final encore Jeff stepped away from the microphone and to the edge of the stage and without any amplifacation except his voice sang "Dreamer in my Dreams" and ended with "Acuff Rose" from his Uncle Tupelo days.

Heather wasn't familar with Jeff or Wilco but walked away from the concert a fan.

PopUp Boxes?

I had a visitor make mention of pop up boxes on my site. I'm not sure what he meant. As far I as know I don't have any popups on my site. I'm not supposed to. Is anyone else out there getting popups when they visit my site? And if so what of? I need to get them off if they're on here. I never get any when I check it out. I hate popups and definitely don't want them on my site.

Also I had another visitor say something about all the songs starting to play at one time from my New Orleans' artist page. They're not supposed to, they're set to only play if you click on them. Again anyone out there that can help me...are they starting as soon as you come on to the page?

Thanks and I'm sorry if any of this is happening and making this page a pain. If it is I'm going to try and fix it as quickly as possible.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Jeff Tweedy Tonight

Tonight at the House of Blues is Jeff Tweedy, lead singer, writer and leader of the group Wilco. Wilco is one of my favorite groups right now. Every so often Jeff goes out on a solo tour with just his guitar. That's what tonight is. I can't wait, it should be so good. I couldn't find any solo Tweedy stuff out there that I could link to, but here's a song from Wilco.

Music Codes - MySpace Layouts

Fuel My Blog

I got this from Skittles. Go to this page: FULEMYBLOG and check it out.


Today's "Brain-Rocker" clues are:
1. Hotdog, Jughead, Veronica, Betty and Reggie
2. "Sugar, Sugar"
3. Cartoon characters
4. Promoter Don Kirshner

Yesterday's answer: Queen of the Stone Age


APERCU: 1: a brief survey or sketch: outline 2: an immediate impression: especially: insight

In French apercu is the past participle of the verp apercevoir ("to perceive" or "to comprehend"), which in turn comes from Latin percipere ("to perceive"). It is also a noun meaning "insight, "judgement," or "quick survey." English speakers borrowed the noun apercu, meaning and all, in the early 19th century.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Friends Still Funny

While I've been blogging I've had the tv on and a re-run of Friends came on. Now I have the entire 10 season of Friends on DVD. I've seen these shows I don't know how many times. Tonight's episode was the one where Rachel finds out that Ross was in love with her. Even as many times as I've seen it I found myself laughing out loud and at the end feeling my heart breaking when Ross gets off the plane with Julie while Rachel was waiting to tell him she wanted to try it with him. I guess that's the earmark of a great tv show, that even after you've watched it over and over you can still enjoy it.

Jazz Fest 2007 Line Up

They've announced the line up for the 2007 Jazz Fest. It's a great line up. I can't wait for it.

Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, Steely Dan, Norah Jones, ZZ Top, John Legend, Van Morrison, Brad Paisley, Jill Scott, Ludacris, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, New Edition, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Irma Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis, Counting Crows, Allman Brothers Band, Allen Toussaint, George Benson, Pharoah Sanders, George Thorogood, Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong, Better Than Ezra, Joss Stone, Banda el Recodo, Calexico, Taj Mahal, Johnny Rivers, Lucinda Williams, Branford Marsalis, Richie Havens, Soulive, Cowboy Mouth, Percy Sledge, Tony Joe White, Gillian Welch, Bobby Jones & the Nashville Super Choir, T-Bone Burnett, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Mose Allison, Marcia Ball, Roy Hargrove, Chuck Leavell, Arturo Sandoval, The Holmes Brothers, Snooks Eaglin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The New Orleans Social Club, James Carter, The Radiators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucky Peterson, Darrell McFadden, Sonny Landreth, Danilo Perez, Ivan Neville, Dottie Peoples, Davell Crawford, Ba Cissoko of Guinea, George Porter, Jr., Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Tab Benoit, Les Amazones of Guinea, World Saxophone Group, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Buckwheat Zydeco, Anders Osborne, Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees of Winnsboro, Eddie Bo, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Rosie Ledet, Amanda Shaw, The Iguanas, Marva Wright, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Deacon John, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue, Bob French, Elysian Fieldz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Ellis Marsalis and over 500 more groups will gather in New Orleans for the 38th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, April 27-29 and May 4-6, 2007.

The names highlighted in red are ones I really want to see. Plus a lot more, these were ones that just jumped out at me that I wanted to see.


Another book I picked up today, in the bargain bin, was Zippo: An American Legend. This is just what is sounds like. The history of the Zippo lighter. It's a small book filled with a lot of pictures of the Zippo lighter. Just glancing through it I found some Zippos I want. In 1996 they issues a series of lighters with pictures of the Beatles on them. I have no use for a lighter, but I want those lighters.

The Zippo was created in 1933 by George G. Blaisdell. A few minor changes in its designs, but essentially the lighter has remained the same.

I love finding these types of books and reading about something that I might not have a lot of interest in, but learning about such a topic.

I'm Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be

1994 and a young woman who had been struggling for years in the music business is suddenly being courted by major record companies. She ends up on the cover of Billboard. Labels are offering her millions. She was the Next Big Thing. And than she wasn't. Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be is by Jen Trynin and tells her story of rags to almost riches.

I first saw this book in hardback awhile back and have been waiting for it to come out in a more affordable edition. Today I found it in trade paperback. This looks like it's going to be a real interesting read.
I got this from Marcia. W talked about our Health Care system the other night in his state of the union. If you want to know the truth about our Health Care System and how we can help make it affordable for everyone in this nation to be able to get Health Care, check this site out.

New Orleans Artists

Thirteen New Orleans Artists Number #12

1. Louis Armstrong

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2. Fats Domino

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3. Neville Brothers

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4. Better Than Ezra

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5. Dr. John

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6. Irma Thomas

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7. Mahalia Jackson

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8. Aaron Neville

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9. Anders Osborne

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10. Cowboy Mouth

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11. Dash Rip Rock

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12. Jon Cleary

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13. Galactic

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Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


The acronym QOTSA is short for what hard rock metal group who is known for the songs "No One Knows" and "Little Sister?"

Yesterday's answer: "25 to 6 or 4" by Chicago


DERELICT: 1: abandoned especially by the owner or occupant: run down 2: lacking a sense of duty: neligent

The Latin verb relinquere, meaning "to leave behind," is the root of our "derelict," which has the same sense. Another descendant of relinquere is "relinquish," meaning "to leave behind," "to give up," or "to release."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

An Advance of Your Paycheck

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W. on Katrina

Everyone is upset that W. didn't mention Katrina or New Orleans in his State of the Union address. I would get upset, but I'm not surprised. In W's world, anything that doesn't reflect good on him is forgotten as soon as possible. He brings up 9/11 as much as possible, it's one of the last times that many people think he acted presidental (I won't comment here or this post would get really long). But why should he mention Katrina? Everything about it was a black eye for him. He showed how inept he really is. And even more is coming to life. The former head of FEMA Michael Brown has said that comments were made that Katrina was a perfect chance to basically put a "white, female, Democrat Governor" in her place. Politics as ususal for W and his crew.

Supernatural Again

I just finished watching the final episode of the first season. Of course it ends on a cliffhanger. I haven't watched any of the new episodes from this season yet. But I thought I'd post the picture of the car. It's a '67 Chevy Impala. Nice looking car.


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The Tube

I just discovered this blog GOING UNDERGROUND. It's about the the subway system in London, which they call the Tube. When I was in England I loved taking the Tube. It was inexpensive and it got me anywhere I needed to go in London. Yea, you have to study the map and figure out some transfers between lines to get someplaces, but once you got it down it was great. This looks like a fun blog to check out.

Year of The Pig

You Were Born Under:

No worries, you're not really pig-like in your personality.
(Though you have been known to have a healthy appetite!)
You are highly intelligent - forever studying and gaining knowledge.
You have a heart of gold and you are appreciated by many.

You are most compatible with a Rabbit or Goat.

My Japanese Name

Your Japanese Name Is...

Ringo Oimikado

How Quirky Am I?

Your Quirk Factor: 73%

You're so quirky, it's hard for you to tell the difference between quirky and normal.
No doubt about it, there's little about you that's "normal" or "average."

I'm More Open to Mainstream Than This Suggests

You Are 70% Indie

You're a very indie person, and admit it, you look down a little on people who strive to be normal.
You'll indulge in a little mainstream pop culture every now and then. But for you, anything not indie is a guilty pleasure!


Today's "Brain-Rocker" clues are:

1. Song title
2. 52, 2
3. 6, 4
4. Windy City

Yesterday's answer: Fats Dominio


INTERLOCUTOR: one who takes part in dialogue or conversation

"Interlocutor" derives from the Latin interloqui, meaning "to speak between" or "to issue an interlocutory decree." (An interlocutroy decree is a court judgment that comes in the middle of a case and is not decisivie.)

Steve Canyon

On the website Humorous Maximus there are reprints of comic strips. Today they've started reprinting the Steve Canyon comic strip that was done by Milton Caniff. Caniff is the creator of what is one of the greatest adventure comic strips of all time Terry and the Pirates. After he left Terry he went off to create another great adventure comic strip Steve Canyon. They're supposed to be reprinting a strip a day, it's worth going to check out.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"What Are You Doing With That Camera?"

3 New CDs

Over the weekend I ended up at Borders where I purchased three new cds. I like Borders because I can ususally find some cds there that Walmart or Best Buy isn't going to carry. The only thing I don't like is that there prices are not the same as Walmart or Best Buy. The three cds I got were:

Neko Case: Live on Austin City Limits - I already have the dvd of this show and I loved the show, so of course I'm going to love the cd.

Carrie Rodriquez: Seven Angels on a Bicycle - I've been looking for this cd for awhile now and could never find it. I was going to order it over the internet but decided I'd wait till I checked out Borders. I'm glad I waited since I was able to find it there. Great cd, Carrie has a great voice.

Alice Peacock: Who I Am - I have to thank someone for reccommending this one to me, but the problem is I don't remember who it was. It was on someone's blog that I read about her and decided I wanted to check her out. I like her cd a lot, so whoever you were out there thank you. If it was you leave me a message...

How Much of a Nerd am I?

You Are 60% Nerdy

You may be a bit surprised with this score, but your more of a closet nerd than an actual nerd.
Stop denying your inner nerd! You're truly dorkier than you think.

State of DisUnion

We are not the first to come here with government divided and uncertainty in the air. Like many before us, we can work through our differences, and achieve big things for the American people. Our citizens don't much care which side of the aisle we sit on - as long as we are willing to cross that aisle when there is work to be done. Our job is to make life better for our fellow Americans, and help them to build a future of hope and opportunity - and this is the business before us tonight.

Yeah, now let's work together. When the Repubicans controlled Congress it was a different matter. The Republicans all but ignored their Democratic counterparts. At some meetings the Republicans would actually get up and leave when the Democrats came in. Or tell them the wrong times for committee meetings. There was great article in a recent issue of Rollling Stone on this subject.

First, we must balance the federal budget. We can do so without raising taxes. What we need to do is impose spending discipline in Washington, D.C. We set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009 - and met that goal three years ahead of schedule. Now let us take the next step. In the coming weeks, I will submit a budget that eliminates the federal deficit within the next five years. I ask you to make the same commitment. Together, we can restrain the spending appetite of the federal government, and balance the federal budget.

Remind me again...wasn't the Federal Budget balanced when W. took over office? Who has run it into the trillions? All within less than eight years?

Spreading opportunity and hope in America also requires public schools that give children the knowledge and character they need in life. Five years ago, we rose above partisan differences to pass the No Child Left Behind Act - preserving local control, raising standards in public schools, and holding those schools accountable for results. And because we acted, students are performing better in reading and math, and minority students are closing the achievement gap.

How well has the No Child Left Behind actually worked? Yeah, that's what I thought.

A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available healthcare. When it comes to healthcare, government has an obligation to care for the elderly, the disabled, and poor children. We will meet those responsibilities. For all other Americans, private health insurance is the best way to meet their needs. But many Americans cannot afford a health insurance policy.

Health care plan? A tax cut? Is the answer to all the problems a tax cut? That seems to be his cure all for everything. Could it be that he thinks the magic word tax cut will make people happy and forget what a poor job he is doing?

Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America- with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely violated, this harms the interests of our country. To secure our border, we are doubling the size of the Border Patrol - and funding new infrastructure and technology.

Throw a bag over Lady Liberty's head, we don't want any more of those foreigners coming into this country. Don't they know America is for Americans. And we all came from native Americans, none of us were from another country.

Extending hope and opportunity depends on a stable supply of energy that keeps America's economy running and America's environment clean. For too long our Nation has been dependent on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes, and to terrorists - who could cause huge disruptions of oil shipments .... raise the price of oil ... and do great harm to our economy.

Worrying about America's enviroment from a President that has voted down most laws having to do with any type of enviromental safeguards and who thinks Global Warming a fantasy.

This war is more than a clash of arms - it is a decisive ideological struggle, and the security of our Nation is in the balance. To prevail, we must remove the conditions that inspire blind hatred, and drove 19 men to get onto airplanes and come to kill us.

I agree with that statement, the problem is that we are creating the conditions that inspire blind hatred and will drive millions more men to try and come up with new ways to kill us.

These are just some of the exerpts from W.'s state of union speech. I was going to take more points, but I find I just can't continue reading it. Some people live in their own little world and reality doesn't have to touch them. It just touches the rest of us.

Out Today: John Mellencamp's "Freedom's Road"

"Our Country"

"Our Country"

Written by John Mellencamp

Well I can stand beside
Ideals I think are right
And I can stand beside
The idea to stand and fight
I do believe
There’s a dream for everyone
This is our country

There’s room enough here
For science to live
And there’s room enough here
For religion to forgive
And try to understand
All the people of this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

That poverty could be
Just another ugly thing
And bigotry would be
Seen only as obscene
And the ones that run this land
Help the poor and common man
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

The dream is still alive
Some day it will come true
And this country it belongs
To folks like me and you
So let the voice of freedom
Sing out through this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country


The 1955 hit "Ain't That A Shame," covered by Pat Boone and later by Cheap Trick, was originally played by what legend?

Yesterday's answer: London, England


BURGEON: 1a: to send forth new growth (as buds or branches): sprout b: to bloom 2: to grow and expand rapidly: flourish

"Burgeon" comes from the Middle English word burjonen, which is from Anglo-French burjuner, both mean "to bud or sprout." "Burgeon" is often used figuratively.


Ok, sometimes I'm a little slow. I just put two and two together and they came up to be four. I mentioned in an earlier post about all the protestors around the clinic and wasn't sure why there were so many more than normal. Than in another post I mentioned that it was Pro Choice Day and the anniversary of Roe v Wade. Really, it wasn't until today, driving home from work that a little lightbulb went off over my head and I went Duh! That's why there were so many protestors out there, it was the anniversary of Roe v Wade.

Like I said, sometimes I'm a little slow.

Monday, January 22, 2007


This has become another of my favorite shows on tv. I purchased the first season on DVD awhile back and now I try and watch an episode as often as I can before I go to sleep. I have the DVD in the player in my bedroom, so I can get comfortable and lay down and watch the show.

Supernatural is the story of two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, out fighting monsters as they search for their Father. Their Mother died when they were young and they were raised as Monster Hunters. Each episode is a new adventure in a monster or other supernatural occurance.

But what makes this show is the relationship between the two brothers. As much as they argue and fight with each other they have a bond of love that comes through when it's needed. Their is a real chemistry between the two actors that play the brothers that comes across and helps make it more believable.

Like Buffy there is an overriding story arc to the entire season while the individual episodes tell their own stories.

Pro Choice Day

Blog for Choice Day - January 22, 2007

Okay, sometimes I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. The post "Her Decision" was written because of this last weekend, like I describe it in the post. I had no idea today was Pro Choice Day, the 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I'm glad it could work out this way though.

Anyone Remember Quantum Leap?

I loved this show when it came on. The comic book lasted about a dozen issues and was published by Innovation Comics. This is the Christmas issue that I wrote. It was a play off of the Jimmy Stewart Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life." Each issue, like most of the episodes of the show, had to have a touch with the past, a little sidebar if you will about something that was going on in the time period that Sam had leaped into. Mine for this issue was actually two things, one I had Sam look at a 45 rpm of the Beatles "She Loves You" but as it was first issued on the Swan label before Capitol Records decided to distribute the group. And the second was the recall of Flubber. This was a toy based on the Disny movies, but the toy seemed to cause a lot of problems. I'll have to look up my information on Flubber, it was pretty interesting, they ended up having to bury it all in a dump site to get rid of it if memory serves me right.
I am fairly proud of this issue, I think the story turned out pretty good. I only have one copy of the comic left for myself, I've given so many out over the years.

Kind of Funny

Does anyone remember when we had one phone company for the entire country? Ma Bell covered it all. Than the Justice Department decided that was a monoply and broke the company up into all the smaller Baby Bells and spun off AT&T. Now Bell South is merging with AT&T. I just thought it was kinda funny.

Buffy and Her Friend Again

Another New Ringtone

I forgot to mention that the ringtone that I added to use for any calls that come through without their own ringtone but still with a caller id number is Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World." I think that is such a beautiful song.

Her Decision: WARNING! This Post May Be Upsetting For Some

She has to drive herself even though he said he would be there for her and they would go together so she didn't have to go through this by herself. She waited as long as she could, but couldn't wait any longer because her appointment was for one. Really she's not that surprised he didn't show. He hasn't shown himself much around here since she told him. But it would have been nice to have someone go with her. She's scared.

She tries not to cry on the ride to the clinic, but she can't help it. She's thought about this decision long and hard and to her it's the only choice she can make. It's not fair, but than what's happened isn't fair either. She keeps wiping at her eyes as she drives. Her hands shake as she takes them off the steering wheel to wipe at her eyes.

As she pulls up towards the street she sees a crowd in the street and the parking lot. This is just too much for her. She pulls the car to the side and just sits behind her steering wheel and cries. She is close enough to see the signs and the pictures they have on the signs. She feels sick. She wants to have the strength to continue and do what she knows she must, but she doesn't know if she can go through that crowd.

She's never felt more alone than at this moment.

This post might, no change that, this post will upset some people. I can't help it. This subject is probably one of the most emotional subjects in politics today. What am I talking about? Abortion. Anyone that doesn't want to read any farther feel free to excuse yourself now.

Saturday when I went over to visit my brother we drove over to Metairie to check out the book stores and CompUSA. To get to Borders we drive through the back roads and one road brings us past a clinic. Yes, one of those clinics. And in the street and the parking lot are a crowd of people with signs and little children and yelling and you know the drill.

I've driven this way plenty of times before and there are ususally a few people walking around outside the clinic with signs, but this time there had to be at least fifty people protesting. Adults with their children. I saw kids in strollers, kids that were just walking, kids older...all following behind a protesting Mommy or Daddy.

How could someone that needed to get to this clinic even get to the parking lot? It was chaos. I can't even begin to imagine what a young girl that has made what is probably one of the most difficult decisions of her life has to think when she gets to this clinic and has to basically fight her way to the front door.

Last time I looked abortion was legal in this country. I know protesting what you don't believe in is a time honored tradition and there is no shame in it, but this is going beyond simple protesting. They are trying to make it impossible for someone to get into the clinic.

Now I'm a man so I feel like I'm a little out of my depth in this arguement. Why should I be able to tell a woman what she can do with her body? What right do I have to tell her to have the baby, no matter what the consquences. I don't believe I do. It is her decision whether to have the abortion or not.

This issue hits so many hot points. The religious right have taken it as their ralling point. Supreme Court justices are decided on by whether if they'll overturn Roe vs. Wade. The basic premise of state and church being separate get a lot closer to each other when the subject is abortion. The religious right want to ban abortions because every life is sacred, but it supports the death penalty. I guess it gets to decide which life is worth saving or not.

I guess it depends on when you decide life begins. The anti abortion side wants to keep pushing that definition back, until it basically becomes life as soon as the sperm does its job.

I'm not talking about abortion as birth control. I really don't think that is as common as the anti abortion side tries to claim it is. They want to use a lot of scare tactics to make people think everyone that has an abortion is evil.

There are no easy answers, but the one answer I know is that if a woman wants to have an abortion that is her right and she should be able to and at the moment that is the law and she should not have to feel like a pariah to accomplish this.

Everyone should remember it's not their decision, it's not my decision, it's her decision.


In what city was the first Hard Rock Cafe located?
A. New York City, NY
B. London, England
C. Tokyo, Japan
D. Paris, France

Yesteday's answer: John Hiatt


QUODLIBET: 1: a philosophical or theological point proposed for disputaton; aslo: such a debate 2: a whimsical combination of familiar melodies or texts

The Latin quodlibet, meaning "any whatever," was the name given to debates over a minor philosophical or theological point. "Quodlibet" is a form of quilibet, from qui, meaning "what," and libet, "it please." We can't say with certainty how "quodlibet" went from disputations to light musical melanges, but English-speakers have been using the latter sense since the mid-19th century.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

New Ringtones

I have to admit that I'm one of those geeks that love to have a bunch of different ring tones for different people. It helps when I hear a certain song I know who is calling. Plus it's just cool. The only problem I've ever had is that I can't download a lot of songs I want to use as ringers, Sprint only offers certain songs, of course no Will Hoge or Shannon McNally.

Well I purchased a software program called Xingtones, which is supposed to let you download any music you want to to your phone and use as a ringtone. And it actually worked. I had my doubts. So now I have Will Hoge, Shannon McNally, Susan Cowsill and some others downloaded to my phone to use as ringers.

Just really cool.

No Shame

The Saints lost to Chicago. Unfortunately the team did just not play up the level they've shown they are capable of. But there is no shame in their loss. They've provided a lot of hope to this city and they went out striving for their goal. Even though they lost they went out as winners.

An Old Picture

Just found this picture on the computer. It's from Christmas three years ago, when my parents still lived down here. Yes, that's me trying to look cool.

150 Posts In One Month!

I never thought I'd see that. With over a week left in the month I have made 150 posts. At the start of the month I came out like gangbusters and thought if I continued this trend I would make over 300 posts. Well, that's not going to happen, but still whatever I end up with is going to be a lot considering my first two years of blogging I only made it to 386 at the most. I'm almost at half that number now.

Will I be able to continue it? I have doubts if I can keep at quite this level. I've noticed the last half of this month I've slowed down a lot in the posting. Some days it's hard to find time to post. Making it a point to post everyday with the WORDS A DAY and ROCK N ROLL HISTORY has helped, it's made me sit down and make sure I post at least once day.

None of this really matters to anyone but the geek in me, feel free to ignore this post if you want.

Half Time

The Bears are over the Saints 16 - 7 at Half Time. The Saints made some mistakes the first half, didn't play as good as they should until the last minutes of the Half. Than they drove down and scored and kept themselves in the game.


Been playing with the sidebar again. I've added a few things here and there. But the biggest change has been to the music. It seems a lot of people don't like to hear music jump out at them as they land on a new site. Also I don't think many peole realized that there were four songs on the jukebox, most only heard the Bruce Springsteen song. So I've dropped the jukebox format and the automatic start for the music. I've added control bars for the songs on the sidebar. None of them start automatically, so if you want to listen to a song you have to click on the controls. I figure I'll change the songs every so often. The songs there now are:

Wilco: Sunken Treasures
Will Hoge: Rock and Roll Star
Bruce Springsteen: My City of Ruins
John Hiatt: Drive South Live

Also added a box for Yesterday's Top 5 links from this site, so you can see what everyone was looking at the day before.

Hope everyone likes the new changes.

GO! Saints!

We're about fifteen minutes till the Saint vs. Bears game. It's strange to hear the commentators on TV talking about New Orleans having a chance to win. For forty years the Saints have been the butt of most jokes about football, finally they are no long the joke. These players mean more than just football to this city. These players were in the city helping out after the hurricane. Deuce McAllister was here the day after Katrina struck, helping out however he could. This is home to these men of the black and gold. Even the newer players have taken this city to heart and realize the extent of the damage Katrina inflicted on us and the importance of their task. I don't want to over emphasize this, if the Saints win the city isn't going to be magically healed, but it will feel better about itself. Hope and inspiration are important things and that is something this team can bring to the city and has already brought to the city.

The New Orleans Saints' Coaching Staff

Sean Payton Head Coach
John Bonamego Special Teams Coordinator
Gary Gibbs Defensive Coordinator
Doug Marrone Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Joe Vitt Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
George Henshaw Senior Offensive Assistant/Running Backs
Dennis Allen Assistant Defensive Line
Adam Bailey Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Pete Carmichael, Jr. Quarterbacks
Dan Dalrymple Head Strength & Conditioning
Tom Hayes Defensive Backs
Marion Hobby Defensive Line
Curtis Johnson Wide Receivers
Terry Malone Tight Ends
Greg McMahon Assistant Special Teams
John Morton Offensive Asst./Passing Game
Tony Oden Defensive Assistant/Secondary
Joe Alley Coaching Assistant
Josh Constant Coaching Assistant
Carter Sheridan Coaching Assistant
Adam Zimmer Coaching Assistant

The New Orleans Saints' Players

Active Players
20 Bellamy, Jay S 5-11 200 34 13 Rutgers
35 Branch, Jamaal RB 6-1 230 25 R Colgate
9 Brees, Drew QB 6-0 209 28 6 Purdue
70 Brown, Jammal T 6-6 313 25 2 Oklahoma
29 Bullocks, Josh S 6-1 207 23 2 Nebraska
25 Bush, Reggie RB 6-0 203 21 R Southern California
80 Campbell, Mark TE 6-6 260 31 9 Michigan
3 Carney, John K 5-11 185 42 17 Notre Dame
54 Clark, Danny LB 6-2 245 29 7 Illinois
12 Colston, Marques WR 6-4 231 23 R Hofstra
97 Cooper, Josh DE 6-3 265 Ole Miss
18 Copper, Terrance WR 6-0 207 24 3 East Carolina
21 Craft, Jason CB 5-10 187 30 8 Colorado State
4 Cundiff, Billy K 6-1 201 26 5 Drake
39 Deloatch, Curtis CB 6-2 210 25 3 North Carolina A&T
73 Evans, Jahri G 6-4 318 23 R Bloomsburg
52 Faine, Jeff C 6-3 291 25 4 Notre Dame
56 Fincher, Alfred LB 6-1 238 23 2 Connecticut
55 Fujita, Scott LB 6-5 250 27 5 California
37 Gleason, Steve S 5-11 212 29 6 Washington State
76 Goodwin, Jonathan OL 6-3 318 28 5 Michigan
94 Grant, Charles DE 6-3 290 28 5 Georgia
28 Groce, DeJuan CB 5-10 192 26 4 Nebraska
19 Henderson, Devery WR 5-11 200 24 3 Louisiana State
61 Holland, Montrae G 6-2 322 26 4 Florida State
87 Horn, Joe WR 6-1 213 35 11 Itawamba (Miss.) JC
47 Houser, Kevin LS 6-2 252 29 7 Ohio State
95 Johnson, Trevor DB 6-4 260 3 Nebraska
89 Jones, Jamal WR 5-11 205 25 1 North Carolina A&T
44 Karney, Mike FB 5-11 258 25 3 Arizona State
96 Lake, Antwan DT 6-4 308 27 4 West Virginia
77 Leisle, Rodney DT 6-3 315 25 3 UCLA
84 Lewis, Michael WR 5-8 173 35 6 None
10 Martin, Jamie QB 6-2 205 36 12 Weber State
26 McAllister, Deuce RB 6-1 232 28 6 Mississippi
34 McKenzie, Mike CB 6-0 194 30 8 Memphis
51 Melton, Terrence LB 6-1 235 30 3 Rice
83 Miller, Billy TE 6-3 252 29 7 Southern Cal
67 Nesbit, Jamar G 6-4 328 30 8 South Carolina
86 Owens, John TE 6-3 255 27 4 Notre Dame
79 Petitti, Rob T 6-6 327 24 2 Pittsburgh
24 Scott, Bryan S 6-1 219 25 4 Penn State
58 Shanle, Scott LB 6-2 245 27 4 Nebraska
53 Simoneau, Mark LB 6-0 245 30 7 Kansas State
91 Smith, Will DE 6-3 282 25 3 Ohio State
27 Stecker, Aaron RB 5-10 213 31 7 Western Illinois
78 Stinchcomb, Jon T 6-5 315 27 4 Georgia
23 Stoutmire, Omar S 5-11 205 32 10 Fresno State
64 Strief, Zach T 6-7 349 23 R Northwestern
22 Thomas, Fred CB 5-9 185 33 11 Tennessee-Martin
99 Thomas, Hollis DT 6-0 306 33 11 Northern Illinois
7 Weatherford, Steve P 6-3 215 24 R Illnois
98 Whitehead, Willie DE 6-3 300 34 8 Auburn
66 Young, Brian DT 6-2 298 29 7 Texas-El Paso
50 Allen, James LB 6-2 245 27 5 Oregon State
17 Berger, Mitch P 6-4 228 34 12 Colorado
85 Conwell, Ernie TE 6-2 255 34 11 Washington
41 Harper, Roman S 6-1 200 24 R Alabama
74 Hoffmann, Augie G 6-2 315 25 2 Boston College
33 Joseph, Keith RB 6-2 249 25 1 Texas A&M
75 Mayberry, Jermane G 6-4 325 33 11 Texas A&M-Kingsville
30 McAfee, Fred RB 5-10 197 38 15 Mississippi College
93 Ninkovich, Rob DE 6-2 252 22 R Purdue
54 Polley, Tommy LB 6-3 230 29 6 Florida State
63 Setterstrom, Chad T 6-3 310 23 2 Northern Iowa
79 Verdon, Jimmy DE 6-3 280 25 2 Arizona State

Lest We Forget

This is why the Saint's win means so much to this city. These pictures were not taken after the hurricane, they were taken within the last month. This is from the Lakeview section, one of the better sections in the city. This is just a reminder that there is still a long ways to go for New Orleans.

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