attydallas3: "Here Comes That Rainbow Again" - Kris Kristofferson. A touching ballad written back when "songcrafters" like Kris could really put a story into a tune .. I always wondered what Kris' inspiration for the song was, and learned in more recent performances of it by him that he wrote it after viewing that poignant scene in The Grapes of Wrath movie.
attydallas3: "The Driving of the Year Nail" - Leo Kottke, master guitarist .. Ever hear or see someone who does something SO well, better than anyone else (Leo has been heralded as "the best" of all finger-style guitarists) that it makes/made you want to throw in the towel at doing something similar anymore? After having played guitar for many years since a young child, briefly teaching it, and playing in our high school stage band, I just about tossed my Gibson in the trash after hearing Leo for the first time, back in the '70s. No way I could come close to even his most simple compositions. I couldn't do two different things at one time with the right (picking) hand, and here he seems to be doing three or even more things simultaneously with it, almost without effort. All his musical creations are given strange names by him, btw, including this one, which was the very first creation of his he recorded on his first album. Things only got more "complicated" after that!
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attydallas3: "The Last Steam Engine Train" - John Fahey As mentioned in the Kottke video above, John was Leo's inspiration and became his mentor in the same finger-style guitar music they share. Fahey was quite popular in his day on the "university coffee shop" tour, performing his unique musical compositions (to which he, like Leo, also sometimes gave strange names) for both students and professors, as well as in overseas concerts. This tune actually fits the name, as you can just feel the rhythm of a steam locomotive roaring down the tracks with it .. Leo, btw, later went on to record his own version of the composition, made, of course, even more complex than Fahey's version under his incredible fingers. Sadly, John passed away several years ago -- R.I.P. "Blind Joe Death" man:
attydallas3: "10 Different Methods for Getting Up From the Floor Following a Fall" - this is an EXCELLENT video on the topic, is pretty clever and inventive too, with the MacGuyver references as to some of the methods she demonstrates. The presenter even shows a couple of ways of getting to an outside door to summon help if you are injured in the fall. : PLEASE FORWARD THE VIDEO TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO MIGHT NEED THIS INFO. IN THE FUTURE:
attydallas3: Stores Selling Bullet-Proof Backpacks - Just in time for back-to-school .. sad sign of the times I'm afraid:
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attydallas3: Too bad they didn't have these on sale at that El Paso WM .. might have saved some lives, although again they claim they won't stop a high-powered rifle bullet, so who knows .. &:-( &:-) Paul
attydallas3: Joe Cocker - "Somthing's Coming On" (Live @ Woodstock) .. Wow .. Never heard Joe speak before, so had no idea until now that he was Brit Supposedly B S & T heard him perform this tune while they were also at Woodstock and were so impressed by it that they decided to do a cover of it themselves on their subsequent album. Too bad they couldn't jam together on it at Woodstock! (btw, LOL @ "Joe's gyrations" .. esp. the "air guitar" and "air keyboard" movements - he really FEELS every note being played
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averyhappywoman54: No but I was contemplating buying a ticket with it being so close to me, so now the 2nd one is doomed. Who were the producers of the first one, same people were going to do the 2nd one, if their not too old now??
attydallas3: "The Band" - "Lonesome Suzie" .. Wow, found out today The Band did the original version of this beautiful ballad. I had always only heard B.S. & T.'s version throughout the years and had wondered where they "adapted" it from, but never imagined it was from The Band:
attydallas3: "Dogs and the "Zoomies'" - Wow, didn't know they had a name for it. Our family poodle used to do this after a bath, but we assumed it was to warm himself back up to get his fur to dry faster. Given it's a "stress reliever", maybe we people need to do something similar whenever we get stressed out!
attydallas3: Taj Mahal - "Cakewalk Into Town" - Another fun little blues tune to help distract your mind off (bad) things for awhile .. This live vintage T.V. version with a full band is a bit more up tempo that when Taj performs it only accompanied by his tuba player (ala Leon Redbone style).
attydallas3: "Image Removed"???
Has anyone gotten a PM supposedly from WC saying their account had been "flagged for investigation for inappropriate (somesuch)" and that an "image has been removed". I don't see anything I posted to the Home Page that was removed, or any reason why something would have been. I have asked WC for details, but no response so far.
Hope they aren't getting "goofy" like AOL did to us back in the days ..
attydallas3: 6.6 Quake in Southern CA - Wow, any roomies feel it? The USGS is saying this is NOT good, esp. at that relatively shallow depth ..
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M6.6 Earthquake - Southern California
4 Jul 2019 17:33:49 UTC
4 Jul 2019 10:33:49 near epicenter
4 Jul 2019 11:33:49 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.705N 117.508W
Depth 8 km
11.7 km (7.3 mi) SW of Searles Valley, California
17.3 km (10.7 mi) ENE of Ridgecrest, California
77.5 km (48.1 mi) NE of California City, California
99.7 km (61.8 mi) NNW of Barstow, California
390.3 km (242.0 mi) NNW of Mexicali, Mexico
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.2 km; Vertical 0.6 km
Parameters Nph = 54; Dmin = 13.8 km; Rmss = 0.17 seconds; Gp = 46°
Version = 4
Event ID ci 38443183
For updates, maps, and technical information
see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Southern California Management Center
Caltech Seismological Laboratory
U.S. Geological Survey
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Stay safe! &:-) Paul
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attydallas3: I remember my dad telling me how when him and mom moved there shortly after they were married they got wakened one a.m. by their bed rolling across the floor and slamming into a wall of their apt. I think from that point on he got the idea for them to get the heck out of that part of CA. As he said, "the only place you can go during an EQ is straight up (i.e. a helicopter)" .. &:-) Paul
attydallas3: "Staying Safe on the High Seas" - some prudent travel trips when on cruises , by a former CIA officer who has published several books and appeared on different T.V. shows re: personal safety.
Staying Safe on the High Seas
Elisha C. was a valued, ten-year employee of Princess Cruise Lines.
She had recently been promoted to the position of senior purser. This position handles all the financial matters on a cruise ship.
Pursers share information about the ship to both passengers and crewmembers and the Purser's Desk is typically centrally located in the ship for easy accessibility to passengers and crew.
The problem was, this position as purser gave Elisha the opportunity to line her own purse by stealing $400,000.
After the crime was discovered, Elisha was removed from the Princess Cruise ship upon $400,000 being found in her cabin.
The Australian citizen had access to more than $1.5 million in cash according to a criminal complaint.
She stole $400,000 in U.S. cash, $40 in Canadian cash, $4,660 in U.S. travelers checks and $9,700 in credit card payment slips.
She took the money from the ship's safe and stored it in a cardboard box in her cabin.
The investigation unfolded after senior crewmembers of the ship noticed the financial book numbers didn't add up, and began looking into where the funds had gone.
When arrested, Elisha’s passport was seized and given to U. S. Customs.
According to what the Elisha told investigators, over the course of several weeks she noticed the ship's computer records were not showing the correct totals of the cash that was actually on hand.
So, she took the extra money out of the safe to her cabin, stored it in a cardboard box, and placed it near the foot of her bed.
After her arrest, Elisha's lawyers negotiated with prosecutors, and she agreed to plead guilty, at a reduced charge, resulting in a four-month prison term.
She also agreed to be deported from the U.S. at the end of her four-month jail stint.
In 2017, U.S. federal authorities reported a total of 106 crimes, including 76 sexual assaults, 13 serious assaults, eight thefts of more than $10,000 and two kidnappings that occurred aboard cruise ships that were reported to U.S. authorities.
With that in mind, one of the issues when it comes to prosecuting criminals, is maritime law establishes that a ship is subject to the laws of the country whose flag it flies.
The problem is, for tax reasons and other legal advantages; few cruise ships are flagged with the countries of their homeport or even their corporate headquarters.
For instance, many popular cruise ships that originate from the U.S. are flagged in countries such as the Bahamas, Panama, Bermuda and the Netherlands.
My point is, if you are the victim of a crime aboard a cruise ship, not only is the crime itself horrific, but you will have difficulty getting justice depending on the legal system of the country that the ship is flagged to.
If you were the victim of a crime, would you rather have police in Bermuda investigate? Or have the full resources of the FBI to investigate and prosecute the criminal?
Since being a victim of a crime while at sea is much more stressful than your everyday pickpocket, I want to share with you a few safety tips for your next adventure on the seas.
Buddy system. I realize we aren’t in elementary school, but if you're a solo traveler, find a friend early on.
That way they can look out for you. You're also less likely to be a target when traveling in a pair than you are solo.
Don't advertise the fact you are traveling alone, and don't walk around solitary areas by yourself late at night.
Take your own alarm. If you've been on a cruise before, you probably noticed that not all cabin doors automatically close, so give them a pull when you leave and a push when you are inside to make sure they click shut.
Also, consider taking your own doorstopper alarm such as the one made by GE. When inside your cabin you can place this at your door in case someone tries to enter your cabin.
Be careful on the balcony. Of course, there is nothing like listening to the sound of the sea while you sleep, but for safety's sake, keep the balcony door locked at night.
In addition, check your balcony before you go to sleep, and don't leave the door open when you are not in your room, especially in port.
Contractors who clean while in port and do maintenance can easily gain access to your balcony.
Take care of your steward. Get to know your steward on day one.
Ask their name and establish a rapport.
With that being said, you want to tip them appropriately, but don't make it seem like you have a lot of cash on hand. The idea is they will hopefully notice if someone other than you is trying to get into your room.
Have a weapon. Before you get on the ship, you're thoroughly screened. However, when you're on the ship, the steak knife from dinner could easily come back with you to your room so you have a knife to protect yourself with.
Bottom line, cruise ships are one of the safest forms of travel and the vast majority of cruises pass without incident.
But, the fact is, on any vacation, it's worth taking basic precautions because there is no question that tourists are often the targets of criminals.
attydallas3: Eddie Rabbitt - "Step By Step" .. Wow - heard this one on the local radio today. Had not heard it since I spun it as a radio D.J. almost 40 years ago .. Always thought this was a catchy tune, and one of Rabbitt's best .. Always wondered whatever happened to him -- he seemed to just fade out of the music scene not many years after that ..
attydallas3: "Possible Link Between Dog Food Brands and Heart Disease"
Knew we had a lot of doggypeople on WC , so thought this article might be of help. Also check out the "11 Warning Signs of Cancer in Dogs" inside the article:
averyhappywoman54: The bounty hunter's wife died yesterday of throat cancer, she was very young, 51.
attydallas3: Yes, I saw that, AVH. .. One of my good friends was a big fan of hers, and didn't even know about it until I called her last night and told her. She was shocked .. I guess she didn't know about the on-and-off battle his wife has had with cancer recently. Beth was a fighter though and hung in as long as she could .. &:-) Paul
attydallas3: Actually, btw, her initial cancer was in the throat, but it looked like she had that beat after a few months of treatment. Then it came back, but this time it hit her lungs .. they had to drain 2 liters of fluid off them a few days before she died .. she must have really been in agony .. &:-) Paul
attydallas3: "How to Cook the Perfect Shrimp" -
If you love shrimp like I shrimp .. Some great recipes and tips in the video here and via the links in the attached article:
attydallas3: "R.I.P. - '"Dr. John'"
I'm totally stunned to find out he passed away yesterday a.m. of a h.a. @ 77. I had just gotten back into his music over the past month or so after having heard an old NO tune of his that I had never heard before -- "Junco Partner". In fact, I had posted his album studio version of that tune on here a few weeks ago.
Well, as the last line of Junco goes, "... give me heaven before I die ... " Here's hoping you got some of it before and afterwards, Night Tripper ...
attydallas3: And yes, I realize, in that live version of Junco from a concert performance a few years ago Dr. J. makes a lot of references to drugs in some "substituted lyrics", inc. the final lyric, but we, his fans, were so proud that he had actually beat his addiction (at least to the heavy stuff) many years before .. &;-) Paul
attydallas3: "Fire and Rain" - James Taylor .. I remember as a young kid first hearing A. Murray do her version of this tune on an old 8-track tape my parents had. Later on, it was Blood Sweat & Tears' version, and then finally JT's original version. Through all these years though I never realized that it was written as a memorial tribute by JT to a g/f of his that had committed suicide the day before, until just this week. Wow. What an eloquent, gentle way to put it, in just the first two verses, if you listen carefully:
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone,
Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you ..
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steve_kaplan: The song however itself was written in three locations during three different times, it originated in London England, continued in both Manhattan hospital and a Massachusetts rehab center. It's meaning is about the ups and downs of James Taylors life.
attydallas3: "Five Categories of Fear - How Hurricanes Trigger Trauma" - As we begin this season the past weekend, very interesting podcast to listen to:
Prayers for all our roomies that this season will be an uneventful one .. &:-) Paul
attydallas3: "California Approves Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires" - WOW .. For all our CA roomies, look out :
attydallas3: Wow, can't believe "The Boneman" is dead, and @ only 69 &:-( :
attydallas3: "Are You a True Baby Boomer?"
Fun quiz to take .. I got 54/59, although I think I'm just over the line to be a true BB (born in '61):
attydallas3: Re: California's Next Big Earthquake Looms at Any Moment
Be prepared, CA roomies .. and stay safe ..
attydallas3: AlexGabek .. I'm apparently blocked again from posting .. (?) Anyway, saw that Doris Day passed away today .. I think she was 97 .. (?) &:-) Paul
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attydallas3: Dang, and now I see Tim Conway passed too, @ 85 .. Poor guy - they said he could talk for the last year or two due to the disease he had ... I bet that really zapped the life out of him .. &:-( &:-) Paul
attydallas3: Dr. John - Junko Partner
Silly little song that has been covered so many different ways by some of the greatest keyboardists around .. This is my fav. version .. Something to listen to when you just want to get everything else out of your mind: