Friday, August 31, 2007

Gone For A Few Days

I know it seems I've just got back into the swing of things, but I'm going to visit my Mom for the next couple days or three and they don't have those modern things like internet access. So I'll be MIA for a few days, but I'll be back.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Final Word on Katrina

This should be my last post on Katrina for now. I know I just posted the video of Will Hoge doing "Washed by the Water" a few days ago, but Amy sent me this remix of the song and I just had to put it on here. Listen to's powerful.

Memories of JazzFest and Springsteen and Katrina

This post was written on May 5, 2006 after the first Jazz Fest after Katrina. This concert still holds up in my memory. I can't listen to "City in Ruin" and not think of it as a New Orleans song now. I know it was originally written about his home town of Asbury Park, but I think New Orleans owns that song now.

It's been almost a week since the end of last week's Jazz Fest. I'm sure most of you have heard about Springsteen's appearance at the Fest. In Springsteen lore there are tales of his legendary concerts: the appearance at Bottom Line where Jan Landau came up with the future of rock and roll quote, his first London show, and others. These are the shows that his fans talk and write about, the ones that every Springsteen fan wishes he had been present at. Now you can add another one to that list.

I've seen Springsteen a few times over the years and he always gives a good concert. He puts on a good show, he knows how to play to the crowd. He doesn't stint on his time, he puts it all out there for his fans to see. But no show by Springsteen that I've seen comes close to this show. In fact I'm trying real hard to think of any show that I've seen that can compare to this one.

I talked in a previous post about the importance of this Jazz Fest to the city of New Orleans. In this one concert Springsteen shows he understands what is important and delivers on it. I'm not a religious person and I have never gotten what such a person gets from going to church, until this show. This might be the closest I have come to finding my religion. I've always thought music was the closest I've come to following a religion and today I was in church.

Springsteen opened with a rocking version of "Mary, Don't You Weep" and continued with his versions of the songs off his newest cd "The Seeger Sessions." He added "What's A Poor Man To Do", a song originally wrote in 1929 after the crash of the banks that eventually lead to the Depression. He kept the first verse, but wrote his own second and third verses to fit the destruction and aftermath of Katrina. And he dedicated it to President Bystander.

But the most moving moment came during his own song, "City in Ruins." This song started with him alone on his guitar. As he sang the lyrics it was obvious that this song could have been written for New Orleans after Katrina. And than when the band kicked in with the chorus of "Rise UP!" Hands went in the air, waving back and forth. But many of these hands kept returning to faces, to wipe away the tears. I don't know if I've ever been moved to tears at a concert, but I found myself wiping my own eyes.

Springsteen ended with his version of "When the Saints Come Marching Home." He sang it almost as a hymn. It was one of the most beautiful versions of the song I have ever heard.

This concert went from joy to despair, from laughter to tears. Springsteen made the truth of the importance of the Jazz Fest on this day.

New Orleans: The Drive

More on Post-Katrina

This article talks about New Orleans two years later. Click here.

More on Post-Katrina

Who's to blame? An article on a batch of books written on just that subject can be found here.

James Lee Burke Writes on Katrina

James Lee Burke bring his character Dave Robicheaux into Katrina in his newest book. More here.

More on Post-Katrina


Bushisms of the Day

"What I'm telling you is there's too many junk lawsuits suing too many doctors." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 10, 2007


What author briefly abandoned the supernatural in the 1980s to pen The Feast of All Saints and Cry to Heaven?

Yesterday's answer: Haiti's


Drummers Alan White, Bun E. Carlos and Bill Kreutzmann each performed behind the kit for their respective Rock and Roll bands. Name their bands.

Yesterday's answer: Telsa


ANOMALY: 1: deviation from the common rule: irregularity 2: something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified

Though it's not obvious, the Greek word homos, meaning "same," is a part of the etymology of "anomaly." It's also responsible for words like "homonym," "homogeneous," and "homophone," all of which have to do with sameness or similarity. So where is the link between today's word and the words just listed? "Anomaly" is a descendant of anomalos, which mean "uneven" or "irregular." Anomalos comes from the prefix a- (meaning "not") and the word homalos (meaning "even"). And homalos come from homos.

Random Thoughts on Katrina

At least they picked up the sign. Driving through New Orleans East, coming in from Slidell, on the right side of the highway, in what had been one of those groupings of stores in one area, there was a sign for Save-A-Lot supermarkets. It had been pushed forward by the winds and snapped in half, so it was laying on its side. Everytime I drove that highway I saw that sign. Yes, there were a lot worse things to see, right there on that highway in fact, but for me that sign became my white whale of Katrina. For over a year it sat there, next to a store that was no long in use, next to a whole bunch of other stores that were no longer fit to be used. Finally someone took the sign down and hauled it away.

The Sams store that was near the Save-A-Lot's has been cleared to the ground. So has the Walmart. The Lake Forest Mall, right across I-1o from all this has also been completed razed to the ground. I remember when I first moved to Louisiana we (we being my parents and brother and sister) drove all the way from the Westbank to Lake Forest out in New Orleans East for the Farrels ice cream parlor. There also was an ice skating rink in the middle of the mall.

There's a sign on the site where the Mall used to be saying that there is a Lowes coming soon. I'm not sure how they're going to find people to staff the store. They still don't have a grocery store open in New Orleans East. There are some people moving back, but they need stores near them that can provide the necessities. These stores need people that can provide work for them. It's a cruel circle.

My parents would still be living in Mississippi if hadn't been for Katrina. Or I mean my Mom would now. They only moved after the storm, when they came back to find their car patios in their front yard. I think the storm really scared my Mom, she was in a rush to move. Which has been a blessing and a curse. I miss not having her near here, more so now, since my Dad died. And when he was sick it was hard. But it is also good, because that is where all her family save for me and my brother is. There are a lot more family up there to give her support than either my brother or I could by ourselves.

I do have to admit that Katrina might have saved my life. After coming back from the storm I ended up in the hospital. My appendix had turned gangrene, the doctors told me another day and I would have been dead. I'm not much of a hospital person. I rarely go to doctors. The only reason I think I went than was that everyone was talking about "Katrina flu," people were getting it from the air and the water. The day before I had been on the Westbank with my brother, helping him pull up carpet. I thought I might have picked something up in the water from the flood. So I went. I was in a lot of pain, so even without that excuse I'd like to think I would have went to the doctor, but I don't know.

People in Lakeview, which was one of the hardest hit areas in the city, are actually making a comback. They've managed to do a lot of it on their own. With their own money, borrowing money, and getting the work done. Which is great and to take nothing from them, but they are also an affluent section of the city, so they had money to start with. Areas like the 9th Ward, which doesn't have the money to do it on their own are still hurting.

You can still drive down streets and see the big X's on the side of houses. The X was made when the rescue teams searched the house. They put the date, their unit number and the number of dead found in the house. Driving by a house with an X and a 1 or 2 written in black on the side is still chilling.

The little grocery store next to the fairgrounds where all us early birds for the Jazz Fest would go for breakfast is gone. This last Jazz Fest Larry and I huddled underneath its porch as the rain poured around us, but the doors were closed. The owners are said to have left town and have no plans on coming back.

One of our more honest (or so we thought) politicians, one of the few voices of reason after the storm, that called for us to come together as one, to not let race divide us, was proven to be less than sterling when he admited to taking a bribe, years before the storm. He did something that few politicians, especially ones from this state, did and apologize to the people and admit that he made a mistake and that he let a lot of people down.

Meanwhile "Dollar Bill" Jefferson continues to stockpile his freezer with cash and get re-elected. The Mayor is fairly quiet the past months, after making a fool of himself almost every time he opened his mouth. When we as a city needed a leader, someone to take charge and command action, get things done, he was hiding in one of the high rise hotels from the winds of the storm, not even wanting to come out of his room to talk to people.

I know people still living in FEMA trailers. But now FEMA wants their trailers back. They are telling people that they have to leave their trailers. But where can they go. Money to help people re build their lives is barely trickling in. The Road Home program has paid money to a very small percentage of the people needing the money.

It's easy to forget about us down here. It's been two years. Most people probably think that we're ok, that most people have rebuilt and moved on with their lives. But we're still a long ways from that goal. It's easy for the rest of the country to forget about us, since our government has pretty much forgotten about us. Bush doesn't want to be reminded of his ineptness in handling Katrina. He'll come down here for the anniversary and talk about how things are going so good and that things are on track and that he hasn't forgotten about us, but than he'll climb in Air Force One and fly over our lands again and look out the window and think about something else and forget who we are.

More Hypocritics

You know, I really don't care if Senator Larry Craig is gay or not, maybe he just likes to swing on both sides of the fence, that's cool. What bothers me is that when guys like this end up in situations like this they are usually shown to be the ones that screamed the loudest in the Senate about how terrible gays are or how bad Clinton is for having a woman give him oral sex. Senator Craig has been a very loud voice in support of the military's policy of kicking a solider out for engaging in the same type of acts that he's accused of.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

Today Jack Kirby would have been 90. For those who do not recognize this name he is one of the most important creators in the comic book field. From the birth of the comic book market to the 70s Mr. Kirby has had a hand in creating characters and concepts that have defined the comic book market. One of his creations was this comic:
With Stan Lee he helped create the Marvel comics universe. Also included here is an interview with him and introduced by Harlan Ellison.

Bruce and E Street back on Tour!

The day his new album Magic drops (Oct. 2) Bruce starts a new tour with his old group, the E Street Band. So far his site lists 16 cities they're playing in the States before they head overseas. Unfortunately none of the cities are New Orleans. The word is that this will be the last tour with Bruce and the E Street Band. I might just have to see about traveling to another city to catch a show.

Bo Diddley Has Heart Attack

It wasn't that long ago he had a stroke. Now after going in for a medical check-up Bo Diddley has had a heart attack. His condition is listed as stable right now.

More on Post-Katrina

This article talks about some of the problems we're having here since Katrina. Read it here.

Will Hoge: Concert Poster for Boston

Will Hoge: Highway's Home

Bushisms of the Day

"I'm honored to be here with the eternal general of the United States, mi amigo Alberto Gonzales." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2007


What Caribbean nation's revolution inspired Madison Smartt Bell's historical novels All Souls' Rising and Master of the Crossroads?

Yesterday's answer: Killings


This band met with success in 1991 with their live album Five Man Acoustical Jam which included their cover of The Five Man Acoustical Band's previous hit song "Signs."

Yesterday's answer: The Moody Blues


FULMINATE: 1: to utter or send out with denunciation 2: to send forth censures or invectives

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. Maybe not, but it flashes more than once in the history of fulminate." That word comes from the Latin fulminare, meaning "to strike" and usually used to refer to lightning strikes - not surprising since it sprang from fulmen, the Latin word for "lightning." When "fulminate" came into English in the 15th century, it lost much of its spark and was used largely as a technical term for the issuing of formal denunciations by ecclesiastical authorities. But its original use remains in its suggestion of tirades so vigorous that, as one 18th-century bishop put it, they seem to be delivered "with the air of one who (has) divine Vengeance at his disposal."

Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today this was my post:

Well, I guess I've decided to leave. Katrina is a cat 5 hurricane now, with gusts of 180 mphs. So I don't think I want to be around when it hits New Orleans. I may not be online for a few days (or more, who knows?), depending where I end up. Gotta go pack up the car and get Buffy ready to move.

Over the next few days I'll probably post some more about Katrina and its after effects.

Monday, August 27, 2007

:Eclipse of the Moon

On August 28 the moon enters the Earth's full shadow, or umbra, at 4:51 a.m. EDT (1:51 a.m. PDT). It enters the total-eclipse phase at 5:32 EDT (2:52 PDT) and the event ends after sunrise on the East coast and at 4:22 a.m. PDT.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth gets between the sun and the moon, blocking the light that would normally reflects off the moon.

The eclipse, weather permitting, should be visible across most of the country.

Rats Deserting A Sinking Ship

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned on Monday, ending a controversial tenure as chief U.S. law enforcement officer that blemished the administration of President George W. Bush.

Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, marking a turning point for the Bush presidency.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said he won't be sticking around until the end of the Bush presidency.

Karen Hughes, another trusted Texas confidante from Bush's years as governor of Texas, has since moved to a top post in the State Department and seemingly has little day-to-day influence on the White House.

Wolfowitz resigned from the World Bank, effective June 30.

J.D. Crouch, who is stepping down from his national security post at the White House.

Will Hoge: Pocket Full of Change

Bushisms of the Day

"Amnesty means that you've got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that." --George W. Bush, on the immigration reform bill, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2007


What story by Andre Dubus III inspired the award-winning Sissy Spacek film In the Bedroom?

Yesterday's answer: Slut!


From the album In Search of the Lost Cord, the song "Ride My See-Saw" was written by John Lodge who has been this group's bassist since 1966.

Yesterday's answer: Violent Femmes


CANARD: 1: a false or unfounded report, story, or belief 2: an airplane with horizontal stablizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces

The French had an old saying, vendre des canards a moitie, literally "to half-sell ducks" but used to mean "fool" or "cheat." That expression led to the use of canard, the French word for "duck," to mean "hoax" or "fabrication." English-speakers adopted this "canard" in the mid-1800s. The aeronautical sense of "canard," used from the early days of flying, comes from the stubby ducklike appearance of the aircraft. "Canard" can even mean simply "duck" in English as well, but this use is limited to the specialized realm of cooking. The French word itself is ultimately derived from caner, Old French for "cackle."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I Am A Patriot

Little Steven is better known as the guitarist in the E Street Band with Bruce Springsteen or as playing Silvo on The Sporanos on HBO. But as far as I'm concerned he's put out some great music on his own. I love his music. This video was shot back in 1984 but his speech at the start is just as timely today as it was than.

New Bruce!

This Fall, Oct. 2 to be precise, Bruce Springsteen is releasing a new album with the E Street Band and a tour. The album is called magic and this is the first single from the album, "Radio Nowhere."

I'm excited, Bruce is one of those artists that are the top of my personal favorites. The last time I saw him at Jazz Fest was one of the most moving concerts I have ever experienced.

I can't wait.

My new glasses

I got new glasses. I've been wearing (and loving) the round John Lennon/Harry Potter type specs, but no one seems to be selling those anymore. So I decided to move into the 21st century and get something a little more modern. Or maybe this style is so last year, I never keep up with the current styles so who knows. I just kind of liked the look, it was different for me.

Sorry for the extreme closeup, I'm not used to taking pictures of myself. But you do get a good look at the new specs.

New Buffy Pics

It's been awhile since I posted much in the way of Buffy pictures, so I thought....and the thought is just one step away from the deed so here they are:
And she's awake in all the pictures! I'm not sure what she's sniffing at though.

Comic Superheroes Part IV

Happiness Post # 5

This is another series of posts that I'm sorry I didn't get to keep up for this month. The plan had been to post one every day and we can see how that's fared. But I've got a week to go to post a few.

Today what I'd like to post about is You. All my blogger friends out there are what makes me happy. I've made quite a few friends on here, some may be just for awhile until one of us decides that blogging is not what we want to do anymore, but I like to think there are some of you out there that are friends for longer now. I hope that most of you are still out there and will be back now that I'm blogging again.

And you know what they say about can never have too many.

Will Hoge: Love From A Scar

End of the Month: Will Hoge

It's been evident that I haven't been a constant source of blogging this month. Anyone that's been reading my blog for any amount of time knows the reasons why so I'm not going to go into them again, but I've felt bad that the month I pick to showcase Will Hoge and I'm slack about getting posts about him on here. Will deserves to be a star and a Big One. He's that good. He has a new album coming out from a major label this Fall, so hopefully they'll get behind him and give him the promotion that he deserves to break into that next level. I'll miss seeing his at the small clubs and the chance to go up to him after the show and talk, but I'd love to see him playing bigger events and making more money and just being a bigger presence in the music industry. The industry needs people like him, that are committed to the music and know their history of where the music comes from. The month that Johnnie Johnson, the pianist for a lot of Chuck Berry's earliest hits, died I was surprised when I was at a Will Hoge show and he talked about the man before launching into a Chuck Berry number. There are too many superstars out there performing today that would have no clue to who Johnnie Johnson is. It's not mandatory that every singer know every player that came before them, but it's nice that they have some sense of history and who helped pave the way for them to play on that stage today.

So for the next week I'm going to try and post a lot about Will Hoge. I've got a month's worth of pushing Mr. Hoge to squeeze into one week.

Will Hoge: Again Somewhere Tomorrow

Track list:
This is Will's most recent live album. Will is one of those performers that own the stage. I've seen him more times than I can count and he's never given a bad show. One of the most amazing shows I ever witnessed was just Will and his guitar. For his encore he steps away from the mike and stands at the edge of the stage and just lets his voice power the song. Simply amazing.

Will Hoge: The Man Who Killed Love

Track list:
This is Will's most current album, not counting his recent live album. Will releases live albums and once they sell out of their print run they're gone, so it's been hard to get an accurate count on how many he's released.

Will Hoge: Blackbird On A Lonley Wire

Track list:
  9. TV SET
This is Will's second album and his first from a major label. So far it is only one from a major label, after this album came out Will asked for and received a release from the label. But recently Will has signed with Rykodisc and a new album is coming out in September.

Bushisms of the Day

"I'm going to try to see if I can remember as much to make it sound like I'm smart on the subject." --George W. Bush, answering a question about a possible flu pandemic, Cleveland, July 10, 2007


What four-letter title did Leora Tanenbaum pick for her book subtitled Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation?


What Milwaukee-based trio comprised of singer/guitarist Gordon Gano, basssist Brian Ritchie and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo recorded their blisterin' tune "Blister in the Sun" in 1983?


SOTTO VOCE: 1: under the breath: in an undertone; also: in a private manner 2: very softly - used as a direction in music

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Walt Kelly

Walt Kelly, creator of the Pogo comic strip, was born on this day back in 1913.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury (A Day Late)

Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920. Mr. Bradbury is one of the greatest writers of his time. I was fortunate to hear him speak at a San Diego Comic Con a few years back.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

James Lee Burke: Part I

This is the first part of a multi part interview with one of my favorite writers, James Lee Burke. The video part isn't that great, but the audio is fine.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Music In Exile

About two months after Katrina Robert Mugge began filming what would become the film Music In Exile. It shows the many musicians that lost so much during the storm and where they ended up afterwards and their struggle to come back home. This is an awesome film. I just picked it up on DVD and this film will have you in tears one moment and than filled with joy the next. And it's full of great music. The song over the opening is Theresa Anderson doing Neil Young's "Like A Hurricane" and it will take your breath away, it's that good. The rest of the music on this film is just as good.

August 19, 1977

The same year Elvis died another great died, just days later.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Happiness Post #5: Another Buffy

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her show on DVD, her comic book, all make me happy. How much do I love Buffy? Well, my dog is named Buffy....

Will Hoge: Bible vs. Gun/These Times Are Changing

Will Hoge's First Album: Carousel

Track list:

  7. WISH

Bushisms of the Day

"You know, I guess I'm like any other political figure: Everybody wants to be loved." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007

For a lot more of these wonderful sayings go to Bushisms: Adventures in George W Bushspeak.

Where's My Day Off?

It's been a long day. Started early with bringing Buffy to the vet. A visit to the vet with Buffy is not a simple thing, she has to be sedated for them to do anything. She needed her ears cleaned and was up for some shots. What probably would only take ten or fifteen minutes ends up taking me about two hours. I stay with her while they sedate her and than afterwards when she comes out of it. It takes her a good hour to come out of it, and she is like a drunken dog, so I sit with her and hold her from banging her head on the floor. But she's home now and feeling good.

Afterwards I had some shopping and other errands to run, followed by finally going and picking up the new car. From there the car had to go to Best Buy to get the radio installed. I didn't get home till almost nine tonight.

And this was my day off.

I'm tired. I was hoping to start posting some more, but I think I'm going to have to wait a day or so. I think I'm going to go watch a few episodes of Angel and than go to bed.

Hurricane Dean

Thursday, August 16, 2007

August 16, 1977

Rilo Kiley

I really enjoyed this song from the new forthcoming album by Rilo Kiley. Evidently it's causing something of a split among their fans, who think it's too poppy or the group is selling out. I think if it's what they want to sing, than they should be able to do it. I went to a R.E.M. concert years ago and these two guys behind me kept commenting after every song the group did that they wanted to hear some song off one of their first albums (I don't recall which one it was now) and after each song proved to be not the one they wanted to hear they would make a comment about how the group had to play these songs they were playing cause it was what made the group popular, that the group had sold out...if you don't like the path a singer or group is taking than just stop following them. Just because they do something you don't like doesn't mean they've sold out. It might just mean they want to try something different. Give them a chance. Anyways, after such a long rambling introduction here is the new song from Rilo Kiley.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bushisms of the Day

"More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way." --George W. Bush, Martinsburg, W. Va., July 4, 2007

For a lot more of these wonderful sayings go to Bushisms: Adventures in George W Bushspeak.

Will Hoge: Woman Be Strong

Another video from the SummerFest. This is a great song, so I couldn't wait till another day to post. Hope everyone likes.

Will Hoge: Hearts Are Gonna Roll

Another new post in the Will Hoge month. The first two posts were somewhat quieter songs, this one he rocks out a bit more. Will puts on one of the best live shows I have ever seen. I've seen him numerous times and he never puts on a bad show. This video is from the SummerFest in Milwaukee. It is really a good video, there are some more that I will probably post, maybe another today in fact, to make up for the previous lack of posts.

Happiness Post # 4

Today I'm happy because I'm getting a new car at the end of the week. Technically not a new car, it's a 2004 Toyota Camry. But when the car you've been driving is a 1995 than anything this side of 2000 is new. My old car was great, it was a Toyota Celica and I loved it, but it's getting on in years. It's run really well over the years with just minor maintenance just as oil chance and new tires and such, but it's starting to show its years. I've got a leak in the oil and the transmission, so I decided to join the new century and get a newer car. In fact that is the actual car itself, from the dealer's webpage. I went to Best Buy today and had them take the radio out of my old car, it's got a satellite radio and ipod hookup that I wasn't going to let go, I just got it not that long ago and when I pick up the new car Friday I'll bring it to them and they'll install the radio in the Camry. So I'm pretty happy today.

Bushisms of the Day

"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007

Happiness Post #3

Another series of posts that I started for August and haven't updated. So here's a new one. Something that makes me happy is Kermit the Frog.
I just recently purchased the first two seasons of The Muppet Showon DVD. These are just fun shows to watch. Kermit has always been something of a hero to me. So for today Kermit makes me happy.

Will Hoge: What Can I Afford to Lose

Since I haven't been around for the last couple weeks I haven't been very good with my Will Hoge month. I plan to make up for it, starting right now.

I'm Back

I'm back!

I think I'm back this time. Right after I got back from Tennessee I made a few posts and than stopped, but this time I think I'm back for good. I might be a little slow at first, getting back up to my normal blogging speed, but I've missed writing on here and I've missed all of you out there. I've come to think of a lot of your as friends and I've learned one thing, you can never have too many friends. So hopefully there are a few of you out there that are still checking on me and will realize that I'm still here....blogging away.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Still Here

I'm still here. Just haven't felt like posting lately. I'll be back and posting more than ever soon, it's just I need a little time to recharge the batteries. Everyone stay safe and keep checking back.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

August Happiness Post #2

My second post for the month of August on things that make me happy. And today's thing that makes me happy is the Wonder Dog Buffy!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Bushisms of the Day

"My relationship with this good man is where I've been focused, and that's where my concentration is. And I don't regret any other aspect of it. And so I -- we filled a lot of space together." --George W. Bush, on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007

August Happiness Challenge

Ok, I got this from Tish over at The Kat House who got it from Michael at Big Orange Michael.
Basically what it is: Each day in August you post about something that makes you happy. (Or as often as you can in the month, if not everyday.)

So for my first post of what makes me happy. Well with everything that has happened in the last month I have to say what makes me happy is the memory of my Dad. Even though he's gone now, I can still smile when I think of him. My Dad loved to laugh and joke and I'll always remember that.

Will Hoge: Carousel

New Artist of the Month for August: Will Hoge

photo by Drew Gurian

I enjoyed last month having an Artist of the Month so I thought I'd do it again. I'll continue it until I get tired of doing it. This month's selection I decided to go with a more unknown artist, but one of my absolute favorites. If you've read this blog for any length of time you'll have seen mention of him a few times (at the very least). This month's Artist of the Month is Will Hoge. He doesn't have a new album coming out this month (probably next month), but he does has a live show at Tipitinia's this month.

I've included a selection off of his newest live album Again Somewhere Tomorrow called "Sunshine Burn."

Bridge Collapses

When I first saw the headlines I saw Mississippi River Bridge collapses and my first thought was that it was one of the bridges in New Orleans. It wasn't, the bridge was in Minneapolis. It happened during rush hour sending many cars into the water and I'm sure causing a lot of injuries. Hopefully there will be no deaths. A truly terrible event.

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