Music Night, Sept. 30, 2011 — Happy Birthday, Frankie

I haven’t done a birthday celebration on music night for months. This one is for Frankie Lymon, who wrote one of doo-wop’s definitive songs at age 13 and died from a heroin overdose at 25. The song begins about halfway through this video clip but the glimpse into 1950s music and television in the first half is worth watching.

The Watering Hole: September 30, 2011 — More pictures!

The ocean produced some gorgeous crashing waves yesterday, and we were blessed with a crystal clear day.  This is part of Boiler Bay…

The waves were beating the rocks into submission…

And this is why it’s called Boiler Bay…

Just look at that swirling action…the blue of the sky and ocean…awesome.

Photos by Zooey

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The Watering Hole ~ Thursday, September 29, 2011: Dylan Ratigan – Mad as Hell!!

Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it any more!!


In a conversation with a show panel about the country’s debt and credit downgrade, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan passionately calls both the Democratic and Republican economic plans, “reckless, irresponsible and stupid.”

The following day Dylan Ratigan explained his tirade:

Dylan Ratigan is now attempting to ‘build a digital wave‘ to get the money out of politics. Yesterday he announced the formation of a petition to get money out of our political system, and a draft amendment to the Constitution that will do it.

Until we get money out we can’t address the corrupt structures that prevail over health, energy, education, defense, trade and banking. And until we do that we will suffer massive poverty, resource loss, anger and frustration. But we can harness all of that to alter the structure through simple singular focus, modern and traditional media, the web and our own personal resolve.

You can read and sign the petition here at GET MONEY OUT.

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The Watering Hole: Wednesday, September 28, 2011: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!

It’s nearly 11:00 p.m. and I’m finally wrapping up work for the day. But, what the heck, it’s five o’clock somewhere!

In my profession, it’s always “places to go, people to sue.” Some of us wear the white hats, some wear the black hats. Some change hats as circumstances dictate. For me, I slay dragons…with the pen. ‘Tis mighter than the sword, after all.

Of course, slaying dragons is just a figure of speech. Those who believe in Dragon Magick aren’t exactly into seeing those magnificent beasties killed.

“I read the news today, oh boy…about a lucky man who made the grade.” Nothing’s changed much in the past 50 or so years since that song came out. Gotten uglier on the political scene, that’s for sure. But I wonder, is it really uglier? What about the castle intrigues of Medieval times? Those machinations that inspired Machieavelli to write “The Prince”…a primer on how to rule and keep one’s head for as long as possible, always knowing that someone, sooner or latter, would be plotting to remove it for you. Are things uglier now, or are we just seeing those machinations…all that dirty laundry…aired in public?

Actually, I think it’s both. And I think as ugly as things are, we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

The other morning, I stepped outside at dawn, and a mockingbird flew to a nearby tree and began to serenade me. Soon a hummingbird approached and lit on a branch near the mockingbird, listening. A hummingbird…busy as those little birds are, always flitting from flower to flower, stopped, just to listen to the music for awhile.

There’s a lesson in that for all of us.


where’s Cuervo?

Hard to tell from this photo, but the conveyance is intriguing…Oil rig? Left over military hardware? Imperial Star Cruiser?

In between Vegas and Reno, even the cattle warnings have this floor show strut…

Found enough water to float the kayak, and had a companion this afternoon… any guesses? (It’s not a Labrador retriever…)

The Watering Hole: September 27, 2011 — Yaquina Bay Bridge

Photo by Zooey

The Yaquina Bay Bridge is an arch bridge that spans Yaquina Bay south of Newport, Oregon. It is one of the most recognizable of the U.S. Route 101 bridges designed by Conde McCullough.

The bridge opened on September 6, 1936, at a cost of $1,301,016. A total of 220 people worked to pour 30,000 cubic yards (23,000 m³) of concrete and fabricate 3,100 tons of steel.

The main span is flanked by identical 350 ft (107 m) steel arches. The rest of the structure is constructed of reinforced concrete.  One concrete deck girder forms the northern approach, and a series of 5 arches makes up the southern part of the bridge.

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