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Published on January 1 2007

Over the last few days, I've been ripping some movies/ TV shows for watching on the 'pod. I hit up the video store the other day after finishing my own little collection, and found this HBO series in the rental bin. I cannot believe I missed this when it was on TV; this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. It is such a treat to discover something like this, even if I am five years later than everyone else in the country. laurie_in_mountains I'm looking forward to the last part which is supposed to be the capture of Berchtesgaden, and the "Eagle's Nest," Hitler's mountaintop fortress. I wonder if it will look much like the place I saw in 1977, when I went to an Outward-Bound type of leadership/ know thyself camp in the area. My first rock-climbing experience was on the cliffs at the Eagle's Nest. I remember the incredible views, both dangling from a rope halfway up the cliff, and from the huge patio there.

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Published on November 17 2006

 

There are a lot of very satisfied Seger fans in Wisconsin right now, and yes.... I'm one of them. And you'll have to excuse the lousy, blurry picture--we had floor seats, but we were far enough back to render flash on a little pocket camera completely useless--this pic is one of those arm's length, you-know-it-isn't-going-to-turn-out photos--but it was the best of them all.

The show opened with Steve Azar, who played a 45-minute set. He was very good, and I intend to look up his music. But man, it's gotta be rough to be an opening act with a crowd who haven't seen the-reason-they-paid-that-Ticketmonster-fee in a dozen years. Azar and his band got politely enthusiastic applause, but it was pretty obvious that the crowd thought of him as background music.

Seger and the Silver Bullet band, including the Motor City Horns, were great. After watching Seger perform at the opening of the World Series awhile back, I was a little nervous about how he would sound. His voice sounded great, though; and he took on the high notes as easily as ever. In his usual black T-shirt and jeans, he may have looked like a grandpa headed down to the hardware store on a Saturday, but he performed with as much energy as a performer thirty years younger.

The band went through the same setlist as in this post, the highlights for me being "Roll Me Away" (of course), "Wait for Me" (which had tears running down my cheeks), "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (Seger introduced this with "Can you believe I recorded this FORTY years ago?"); and "Travelin' Man/ Beautiful Loser", which I thought was ....wonderful. Just wonderful. If Seger decides to retire again, he went out on a high note, as far as I'm concerned. (Btw, the little video shorts are from the Indianapolis concert.)

 

I still, hours later, cannot believe that I finally, after all these years, got to hear the man perform. I am one very happy fan this morning,even after 9 hours of driving, two hours of sleep last night, and an acute case of "loudspeaker ear".

 

The only downside to the performance was having the Worlds' Tallest Cheesehead in the seats directly in front of us. That man was 6' 8", I kid you not. He did block the glare from those spotlights, though, lol.

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Published on October 29 2006

 

Got busy this morning doing some cleaning of the proverbial "Undies Drawer". Amazing the things you find in there.... for example, the "boyshorts" that were all the rage a year or so ago. Women's undies that were supposed to mimic mens' boxers on a smaller tighter scale. Yeah...underwear with no elastic on the bottom. I'll give you two guesses as to where those babies bunch up when worn!

Anyway, buried under the boyshorts-that-went-in-the-trash were all sorts of other little treasures. Old photographs, three boxes of slides which must date to about 1985 (the last time I actually used slide film); lace scarves my grandma gave me before she passed, a gas-fired curling iron (GAS?? And I haven't used a curling iron since about 1983 or so!), and.... a pair of glasses from my college days. Gradient lenses. Glass lenses that weigh A TON.

I put them on. Much hilarity ensued.....

Suddenly, I feel like Sally Jessy Raphael.

Or Carol Channing.

 

  In wedgied boyshorts.

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Published on July 19 2006

Go take a look at these. I'd be afraid to get some of them wet--and the last page is a teaser for 70's suits. Can't wait for THAT one!!! LILEKS (James) Bathing Beauties

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Published on July 9 2006


First example of Seurat Painting Photo
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Isn't this a cool way to spend a Saturday afternoon--recreating George's afternoon in the park?

We Wisconsin-ites know how to PARTY!

Go look at the whole set--these really are neat.

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Published on June 24 2006

What a photogenic lady! harriet CNN.com - 'Darwin's tortoise' dies, age 176 - Jun 24, 2006
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A 176-year-old tortoise, believed by some to have been owned by Charles Darwin, has died in an Australian zoo. The giant tortoise, known as Harriet, was long reputed to have been one of three tortoises taken from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin on his historic 1835 voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.

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Published on June 4 2006

Taipei Times - photo This may be the most interesting accessory yet for your two-wheeler. I can't decide if I'd like to put it on my Harley. Maybe if it comes in chrome.... airbag

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Published on April 15 2006

This is the neatest clock! Every minute of the day is represented by a photo depicting that time. I hate to say I could sit and watch the clock for hours, but.... The Human Clock™ - A Clock Photo for Every Minute of the Day
    -Flowerbeds that need raking call me. -Two quilts that need finishing. -Homework. Three weeks to go this semester, and we have been given the "Final" assignment for the Lit class. I'm trying to read the stories, and pick one out for the paper, but I just can't get excited over any of them. Thankfully, it looks like I'll get my vacation the first week of May, so maybe if things go smoothly here, I'll get a chance to really apply some thought to the final. (fingers crossed) -Taxes. (Yeah, I'm one of those last minute people, since it looks like I have to pay in to the state. THAT check gets mailed at 11:59 tomorrow night.) -Need to get my miles in today. Amazing how out-of-shape I got over the winter, even with the trips to the gym. -Homework.
I guess it's just a little reminder that "life is short". On the other hand, when I look at something like this, I think maybe my load isn't quite so bad. I especially liked the ad for a "Part-time dental hygenist-attractive". Guess that lets me out!! Homely dental hygenists need not apply!! :-)) The clock is still neat, though. :-

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Published on March 18 2006

When oh WHEN will Google add this feature? or the one that finds the lost wallet? Slibe.com - Free Image Picture Photo Hosting Service - Click to enlarge

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Published on November 13 2005

This week November 14 through November 20 Libra Mercury turns retrograde on Monday in your communication zone. This may cause all kinds of delays to your administrative efforts until it turns direct on December 4. Don't be tempted into signing any contracts or closing deals, as all the details will be subject to unforeseen changes anyway. It also won't be a good idea to buy a new computer, car, or any other major piece of equipment. If you absolutely have to, be sure to keep the receipts. There will be a Full Moon in Taurus on Tuesday, which occurs in your sensitive eighth solar house of shared intimacy.
"eighth house of shared intimacy"???? WTH is that? And here I was, all ready to go make the big purchase of the month....... hummer

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