Published on August 28 2005

Courtesy of Michele at A Small Victory , another interesting meme.
A.) Go to musicoutfitters.com B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember (or don't care about).
As I went through this list, a couple of things struck me. I must REALLY dislike any variation of the BeeGees/ Gibb family. I struck through every single BeeGee/ Andy Gibb song. Secondly is that I don't remember a lot of these songs--maybe they were popular here in the States before I got back? 1. Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb 2. Night Fever, Bee Gees 3. You Light Up My Life, Debby Boone 4. Stayin' Alive, Bee Gees 5. Kiss You All Over, Exile 6. How Deep Is Your Love, Bee Gees 7. Baby Come Back, Player 8. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water, Andy Gibb 9. Boogie Oogie Oogie, A Taste Of Honey 10. Three Times A Lady, Commodores 11. Grease, Frankie Valli 12. I Go Crazy, Paul Davis 13. You're The One That I Want, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 14. Emotion, Samantha Sang 15. Lay Down Sally, Eric Clapton 16. Miss You, Rolling Stones 17. Just The Way You Are, Billy Joel 18. With A Little Luck, Wings 19. If I Can't Have You, Yvonne Elliman 20. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), Chic 21. Feels So Good, Chuck Mangione 22. Hot Child In The City, Nick Gilder 23. Love Is Like Oxygen, Sweet 24. It's A Heartache, Bonnie Tyler 25. We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You, Queen 26. Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty 27. Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow 28. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams 29. Dance With Me, Peter Brown 30. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Meat Loaf 31. Jack And Jill, Raydio 32. Take A Chance On Me, Abba 33. Sometimes When We Touch, Dan Hill 34. Last Dance, Donna Summer 35. Hopelessly Devoted To You, Olivia Newton-John 36. Hot Blooded, Foreigner 37. You're In My Heart, Rod Stewart 38. The Closer I Get To You, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway 39. Dust In The Wind, Kansas 40. Magnet And Steel, Walter Egan 41. Short People, Randy Newman 42. Use Ta Be My Girl, O'Jays 43. Our Love, Natalie Cole 44. Love Will Find A Way, Pablo Cruise 45. An Everlasting Love, Andy Gibb 46. Love Is In The Air, John Paul Young 47. Goodbye Girl, David Gates 48. Slip Slidin' Away, Paul Simon 49. The Groove Line, Heatwave 50. Thunder Island, Jay Ferguson 51. Imaginary Lover, Atlanta Rhythm Section 52. Still The Same, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band 53. My Angel Baby, Toby Beau 54. Disco Inferno, Trammps 55. On Broadway, George Benson 56. Come Sail Away, Styx 57. Back In Love Again, L.T.D. 58. This Time I'm In It For Love, Player 59. You Belong To Me, Carly Simon 60. Here You Come Again, Dolly Parton 61. Blue Bayou, Linda Ronstadt 62. Peg, Steely Dan 63. You Needed Me, Anne Murray 64. Shame, Evelyn "Champagne" King 65. Reminiscing, Little River Band 66. Count On Me, Jefferson Starship 67. Baby Hold On, Eddie Money 68. Hey Deanie, Shaun Cassidy 69. Summer Nights, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-john 70. What's Your Name, Lynyrd Skynyrd 71. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gayle 72. Because The Night, Patti Smith 73. Every Kinda People, Robert Palmer 74. Copacabana, Barry Manilow 75. Always And Forever, Heatwave 76. You And I, Rick James 77. Serpentine Fire, Earth, Wind and Fire 78. Sentimental Lady, Bob Welch 79. Falling, LeBlanc and Carr 80. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Santa Esmeralda 81. Bluer Than Blue, Michael Johnson 82. Running On Empty, Jackson Browne 83. Whenever I Call You "Friend", Kenny Loggins 84. Fool (If You Think It's Over), Chris Rea 85. Get Off, Foxy 86. Sweet Talking Woman, Electric Light Orchestra 87. Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh 88. I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges 89. You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On), High Inergy 90. It's So Easy, Linda Ronstadt 91. Native New Yorker, Odyssey 92. Flashlight, Parliament 93. Don't Look Back, Boston 94. Turn To Stone, Electric Light Orchestra 95. I Can't Stand The Rain, Eruption 96. Ebony Eyes, Bob Welch 97. The Name Of The Game, Abba 98. We're All Alone, Rita Coolidge 99. Hollywood Nights, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band 100. Deacon Blues, Steely Dan

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Published on August 26 2005

I had to do something to get that depressing picture of red leaves on my maple off the top of the page. So here is another photo, guaranteed to bring your spirits up! ;-) gas prices

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Published on August 25 2005

Please tell me this isn't happening...... .....those really aren't red leaves in front of my house........ are they? @#)%$*^*$# fall. < sound of chainsaw > Stupid Tree

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Published on August 20 2005

Turns out there's a link between "Star Trek" and being a perv. Ellen Ladowsky: Pedophilia and Star Trek - Yahoo! News
After reviewing a bunch of episodes from the original Star Trek series, what became apparent is that sexuality on the Enterprise is pretty peculiar. At first blush, the crew might seem kind of sexy -- big-breasted, scantily clad female crew members, men in skin-tight uniforms, and Captain Kirk ripping off his shirt at the slightest hint of heat -- but the features of their sexuality are exaggerated in the manner of a comic book, creating a hygienic distance from anything to do with real sexuality. Despite the cartoonish trappings of sexiness, there are, in fact, no sexual or romantic relationships aboard the Enterprise. The male crew members demurely ignore the sexually enticing (if antiseptic) female crew members. There seems to be a tacit agreement that any sexual relationships would destroy the unity of the crew. In one episode, Mirror Mirror, the crew members are confronted by their evil, mirror counterparts in a parallel universe and discover that the parallel Starship is a hotbed of sexual activity, with no moral code. And when it comes to relationships off the ship, Captain Kirk displays a truly astonishing emotional poverty. He goes from planet to planet, having trysts with an assortment of nubile women, but never forms any real attachments. By the next episode, the last female partner is forgotten. (Although we don't know all that much about pedophilic sexual offenders, one thing we do know is that they have trouble forming authentic adult romantic relationships.) Despite this apparent promiscuity, Kirk's sexuality is anything but clear. His relationships are certainly never based on his own wants or desires. If he seduces a woman, it's usually in order to escape danger on behalf of his crew, or else he's overtaken by some alien power that makes him behave like a sex fiend. (e.g., a woman's tears contain a love potion that causes Kirk to become amorous). There's a pervasive message that women are toxic. In an episode called Cat's Paw, there is an evil sorceress who separates the crew from each other and from the starship. The perpetually indignant Dr. McCoy cautions Kirk, "Don't let her touch your wand Jim, or you'll lose all your power! On the very rare occasions where Kirk seems to find love, his partners quickly die off. After one of his loves has croaked, Kirk admonishes Spock "Love, you're better off without it." The one longstanding attachment Kirk has is to Mr. Spock. In fact, their bond is so intense that there's an abundance of gay porn written about the two. (Oddly enough, it's frequently written by heterosexual women.) For both Kirk and Spock, their true shared love object is the luminous Starship Enterprise, and it essentially serves the purpose of a fetish object – a non-human, inanimate detour for evading anxieties belonging to genuine intimacy. In an episode called I, Mudd , when one of Harry Mudd's androids asks Kirk what it is he desires: he replies, "The Enterprise." "But the Enterprise is not a want or desire" says the android. "It's a mechanical device." "It's a beautiful lady," Kirk interjects sharply "and we love her."

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Published on August 20 2005

Yup, they're kinda dark&blurry. I've discovered that my flash doesn't have very much range, lol. At one point, I was standing in front of the stage next to some guy with a digital camera attached to a lens the length of my forearm. I was peeking over his shoulder at the view screen--incredible shots he was getting. The music itself........mmmmmm, is that kid a great guitarist! I may be deaf for a few days--yes, I forgot my earplugs. :-@ click on the pics for some dark stage shots: { gallery [blues2] }

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Published on August 19 2005

This is going to be a new one for me--I've threatened to go to this festival for the last five years or so, but just haven't made it yet. I either had to work, or had something else going on at the time. THIS year, I made a shift swap to have the evening clear. I'm looking forward to this--I need some live music!! Off to see Joe Bonamassa this evening--an evening of good blues guitar should do me a world of good. And I've read on his website that photos are just fine and nobody will be trying to confiscate my camera, so I *will* be pushing and shoving down to the front to take some pics!! (Are there mosh pits at blues shows?) :-D Also seeing Marcia Ball. I've heard of her, but don't really know her music, so it should be a good evening. Hope the weather doesn't go yucky on us. So, I'm off to the salt mine now. Pics will be up later tonight--or maybe tomorrow. Outta here!!!

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Published on August 18 2005

My usual slew of credit card offers included one from Disney, offering me a "Disney Visa" card. Yup, I need a Mickey Mouse credit card! :-< mickey

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Published on August 17 2005

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Published on August 17 2005

Newhouse A1
" The hard left in America needs to realize a bald, cruel fact: Anyone who sees no moral distinction between Israel and the mullahs of Iran, or sees the U.S. attempt to set up a constitutional republic in Iraq as equivalent to the Syrian occupation of Lebanon, suffers from incurable moral cretinism. The more the fervent anti-war base embraces these ideas, the more they ensure that no one will trust the left with national security. Ever."

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Published on August 16 2005

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