Friday, September 26

Two Silver Trees.

Calexico, Two Silver Trees.

This song is readily available for free download on the net (their choice). See:

I like their sound (this must be my mellow period).
The Album is called Carried to Dust.

Calexico's Carried To Dust, which follows 2006's Garden Ruin, is out.

On it, Joey Burns and John Convertino are joined by Paul Niehaus (pedal steel), Volker Zander (bass) and multi-instrumentalists Martin Wenk and Jacob Valenzuela, along with guest spots by Sam Beam, Douglas McCombs, Pieta Brown, Spanish artists Amparo Sanchez and Jairo Zavala, and Willie Nelson band member Mickey Raphael, among others.

Tuesday, September 23

Sunday 9-21-08: Summer meets Fall.

Bears vs Tampa Bay football game this afternoon.

Also it's the last official Sunday of summer.

Beautiful out. In the low 80's.

I have potatoes and other garden stuff to pick.

Will I regret missing any of it?

Bear's dig in and hit paydirt.


Field goal: Bears 3 - 0. Then another: Bears 6 - 0.

(I could lie and say there are 6 potatoes in the hole. ha)


Scoring scattered all over the place (visual metaphor).

Tampa 7 - 6.

Tampa 14 - 6.

Tampa 14 - 9.

Bears 17 - 14.


Looks like a successful afternoon.

Bears 24 -14 in the fourth quarter.

Especially with their defense.

(The Bears are the potatoes).


Got bit.

(that on my arm is one of those little yellow bugs that looks like a ladybug but bites)

Lost 10 point lead in the last minutes of the game.

Their QB?

Brian Griese who wasn't good enough to stick as our QB last year.

Bears 24 - 24 tie. Game goes to overtime.


Seeing red part one: Stupid penalty.

Tampa was going to have to punt from its own 10-yard line early in overtime,

setting the Bears up with premium field position,

before one of the all-time boneheaded

Bears' penalties moved the chains for the Bucs.

Cornerback Charles Tillman was singled out in the fracas for squaring off with

Tampa wide receiver Michael Clayton and called for a

15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. For his part,

Tillman said emotions got the best of him.


Seeing red part two:

Dropped passes, can't advance the ball in overtime.

Bears lose 27 - 24.


Sunday afternoon outside turned out to be the right choice.

Thursday, September 18

MMJ: Evil Urges, Librarian.

My Morning Jacket is a band not known to everyone.

Yet to some, they are considered America's Best Live Band (really).

They have changed their sound from previous albums.

This is their fifth studio recording, Evil Urges.

The 8th track is a beautiful sounding song called Librarian. Enjoy.

walk across the courtyard, towards the library.
i can hear the insects buzz and the leaves 'neath my feet...
ramble up the stairwell, into the hall of books...
since we got the interweb these hardly get used.
duck into the men's room... combing thru my hair...
when god gave us mirrors he had no idea...
looking for a lesson in the periodicals...
there i spy you listening to the AM radio...
karen of the carpenters- singing in the rain...
another lovely victim of the mirror's evil way.
it's not like you're not trying, with a pencil in your har
to defy the beauty the good lord put in there...
simple little bookworm- buried underneath...
is the sexiest librarian...take off those glasses and let down your hair for me.
so i watch you thru the bookcase- imaging a scene:
you and i at dinner, spending time, then to sleep.
and what then would i say to you- lying there in bed?
these words, with a kiss, i would plant in your head:
"what is it inside our heads that makes us do the opposite?
makes us do the opposite of what's right for us?
cause everything'd be grrreat...and everything'd be good...
if everybody everybody could."
sweetest little bookworm. hidden underneath...
is the sexiest librarian...
take off those glasses and let your hair down for me.
take off those glasses and let your hair down for me.
simple little beauty- heaven in your breath.
the simplest of pleasures- the world at it's best.

Thursday, September 11

Too (2) funny Palins.


I love Michael Palin. He is one of my favorites from Monty Python.

He is also remembered for the movie "A Fish Called Wanda" and the quite strange movie "Brazil".

From so what the fuss

Two of his quotes, which seem to describe him perfectly: “I always wanted to be an explorer, but - it seemed I was doomed to be nothing more than a very silly person.”

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”

Recently he had a around-the-world travel show on cable television (which was pretty good).

Sarah, (Vice-Presidental candidate from our remote state to the north, Alaska).

Too many good jokes on late night television to ignore)

From so what the fuss

•Reporters asked Sarah Palin if she could ever be president and commander-in-chief, and she said, "Ya, sure, you betcha!" … David Letterman (CBS)

•Since Sarah Palin became the vice presidential nominee, there's been an actual spike in the sales of her style of eyeglasses. Gone way up. Yeah. Yeah, with Palin's glasses, you'll be able to see everything, except what the hell your teenage daughter's up to. ... Conan O'Brien (NBC)

•I gotta admit, [Palin, the governor of Alaska] looked very comfortable at the podium. 'Cause it's kinda like Alaska: you look out on that [Republican] convention floor, nothing but white as far as the eye can see. … Jay Leno (NBC)

•They asked her if she would be able to explain how she once lobbied Washington for earmarks, and she said, "We'll cross that bridge to nowhere when we come to it."… Jay Leno

•"[Republican presidential nominee John] McCain has been running this campaign based on 'We're at war, it's a dangerous world out there … I, John McCain, am the only one standing between the blood-thirsty Al Qaeda and you. But if I die, this stewardess can handle it.' " … Bill Maher (HBO)

Sarah Palin gave a tremendous speech to the Republicans, though some are claiming it was actually her daughter's speech.(Letterman)

Say what you will about this Sarah Palin, women love this candidate. Am I right about that? As a matter of fact, last night at the convention, security had to restrain Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter.(Letterman)

When Sarah Palin and John McCain make an appearance together, there's always a brief hug, but no kissing. It's just like Bill and Hillary.(Letterman)

It got a little testy on the campaign trail today. A reporter asked John McCain if he ever Googled Sarah Palin, and McCain said, 'Hey, you take your filthy mouth, and get out of here!"(Leno)

There’s an old picture of Sarah Palin circulating on the Internet right now, and she’s wearing a T-shirt that says, “I may be broke, but I’m not flat busted.” John McCain was upset when he heard this and asked, “What’s the Internet?”(Conan)

Sarah Palin's got a 4-month-old of her own, she's about to become a grandmother and she's partnered with John McCain. How many diapers can one woman possibly change?(Kimmel)

Are you kidding me, the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska? Yeah, that’s who you want in the White House during a time of crisis. When she got a phone call at 3 in the morning, it was because a moose had gotten in the garbage can.(Maher)

Disclaimer: (I'm not making any political statements - just things I collected off the web)

Tuesday, September 9


I just heard this on the radio.

Maybe Tomorrow by the Stereophonics.

A song I forgot about since I haven't hear it for awhile.

That made me think of the CD of theirs I bought I haven't listened to in awhile either.


Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band, consisting of Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, venezuelan/argentinian Javier Weyler and Adam Zindani.

"Maybe Tomorrow" is a single from the Stereophonics 2003 album You Gotta Go There to Come Back.

It is featured in the soundtrack of the academy award winner movie Crash. It's an emotional song with repetitious lyrics that grow on you.

I've been down and
I'm wondering why
These little black clouds
Keep walking around
With me
With me

It wastes time
And I'd rather be high
Think I'll walk me outside
And buy a rainbow smile
But be free
They're all free

So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home

I look around at a beautiful life
Been the upperside of down
Been the inside of out
But we breathe
We breathe

I wanna breeze and an open mind
I wanna swim in the ocean
Wanna take my time for me
All me

So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home

So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home

So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home

Two years later came the much more upbeat Dakota.

I bought the CD Language Sex Violence Other because of the song Dakota .

(It's the best one on it.)


Saturday, September 6


J.J. Abrams

is back again with a new tv show, Fringe. It looks like something I would like.

Sci-fi: When an unlikely trio uncovers a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events, they discover it may be part of a larger, disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology on FRINGE.

BONUS: It follows my favorite show, House..

This is going to be on Fox on tuesday nights.

It runs against Dancing with the Stars and Biggest Losers (two shows I'll never be caught watching.)

J.J. is the creator and writer of Lost and Alias (to mention just some of his work).



Friday, September 5

Hey Ma: Waterfall.

Hey Ma is the tenth studio album by Mancunian (Manchester England) rock band James

It was released on April 7, 2008.


Curious facts:

A somewhat dubious honour that can be attributed to James is that many of its support acts went on to find great success of their own, eclipsing that of James itself.

In 1988 it was supported by The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays (James went on to support the Happy Mondays only two years later).

Nirvana was the support act for a show in 1991 - only a month later, Nevermind reached number one in the Billboard Album Charts.

For their 1993 tour, Radiohead was the support.

After James' hiatus, the trend continued. Third Eye Blind supported in 1997; The Corrs, Theaudience and Stereophonics in 1998; Supergrass, Cast and Doves in 1999.

In 2000 they were supported by Coldplay: a month later its breakthrough single Yellow was released; a month after that its debut album Parachutes went to #1 in the UK album chart. In 2001 it was supported by Turin Brakes.

Thursday, September 4

Frozen River.

This looks like an interesting film. I've heard nothing but good about it.

It won the Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes has it rated at 85%.

From Rotten Tomatoes:

Synopsis: Courtney Hunt's feature directorial debut FROZEN RIVER is a powerfully unflinching tale of two women, who, driven by economic hardship, form an unlikely partnership smuggling illegal immigrants across the Canadian border.

Melissa Leo turns in a gritty performance as Ray, a struggling dollar-store cashier and mother living in a trailer home in upstate New York who is desperate to make ends meet.

During a frenzied search for her deadbeat spouse, she apprehends Lila (Misty Upham), a Mohawk Indian from an area reservation, attempting to steal her car.

In the process of taking back her vehicle, she learns of Lila's smuggling operation through an unpatrolled corridor within Mohawk territory--the frozen St. Lawrence River that forms part of the border between the U.S. and Canada.

Out of necessity, they form an uneasy alliance:

Another point of interest to me is I'm part Seneca Indian.

They are part of the Iroquois Nation that also includes the Mohawk tribe.

We had many relatives up in that area.

I can't wait to see it.

It probably won't make it out to the sticks so either I'll hunt it down or wait for the DVD.

Wednesday, September 3

Renaissance Art.

Over Labor Day weekend, Aimers, Steph and I went to the Renaissance Faire in Bristol Wisconsin.

I've been going for years but still bring my camera along.

The site is really large and they are always adding new things.

You never know what you will run across.

My favorite pictures of the day were taken more by luck than anything else.

Just walking along, we found these painted ladies posing on the balcony.

I had never seen them before at the Faire.

Being in a hurry to see a particular show, we didn't stay very long but I did snap off a few pictures.

The one below, cropped, to me, looks like a painting.

As a painting.

This is it uncropped. I crossed a little street, looked up and saw them.

Now I wish I had stayed and taken more pictures.

Painting look, uncropped.

A few seconds later, a door opens and the moment is lost. Looks less like art now.

Painted girls.

More girls on the balconies.

I remember in the early days of coming here seeing a couple of the princesses sharing a renaissance smoke in one of the towers. Never forgot that. Ha. Wished they would have asked me to join them back then.

More girls.

Amy and Steph:

Amy, Steph.