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Hey! It’s 2011! Scroll Back, Ya Varmints!

January 2, 2011

2011.  A new me and a new you.  WordPress was kind enough to summarize the previous years posting for AMRFP… check it out!

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 408 posts. There were 162 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 12th with 56 views. The most popular post that day was John Lennon Sat Here….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, google.com, stumbleupon.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for socially unacceptable behavior, 27 club conspiracy, 49 bye byes, how to succeed in amway, and advantages of respect.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

John Lennon Sat Here… September 2010
3 comments

2

rude, crude, lewd and socially unacceptable behavior October 2007
8 comments

3

The illegal immigration solution, conclusion… a.k.a Illegal Immigrant for President! (he’ll do the work George Bush won’t) June 2007
9 comments

4

songs to play at your funeral April 2008
16 comments

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Lying April 2008
10 comments

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I’d like to thank WordPress for hosting such a cool site which in turn enables a writer’s whimsy to see daylight on the Internet and finds audiences such as you whom I otherwise might not have met!  (Hey! a little rhyme there!)

So from the bottom of my heart to the top of the apple cart…(I can’t help it)  thanks for reading!  I look forward to adding future posts in 2011 here at Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play. 

There really are… you know.

Peace.

Where Have All the Flowery Posts Gone?

May 23, 2009

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Okay, dang… just when I get to thinking I am a serious blog hack, someone comes along and declares I need reform.  Perhaps it is time for an overhaul, after all… this month marks three years of AMRFP!

In the past three years we have talked about politics, love, religion, music, books, and movies.  There has been social injustice, chaos  and anarchy.   We seem to teeter on the brink of disaster yet all in good humor and forced optimism because… what else is there?  We obviously cannot pack up our things and relocate to another planet because no one would have us.  We know we are the root problem and reason for disunity in the world but we cannot seem to eradicate this self-destructive urge.  We are constantly bombarded with information, yet how can we decipher it, knowing which is accurate and which is merely bunk?  Here’s another controversy…

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My life has turned dramatically since I first fostered this blog on a whim three years ago.  I set out to discover if there was any use in my attempting to write, wondering if I  “had the goods”.  I found my audience to be somewhat sporadic and the subjects I held near and dear to my heart less popular than the ones I thought to be frivolous, so therein lies the paradox.  What I enjoy writing may not be what I am good at, what I am good at may be drudgery.

My most popular post to date has been;  Songs to Play at Your Funeral from April, 2008, which I wrote based on what had actually transpired between my business partner and I one day during a light conversation on death.  It has garnished twice the hits of the runner up;  The Illegal Immigration Solution Conclusion, from June, 2007.  While the latter post has had twice the exposure it has fostered less activity.  I have posted poetry, short stories, a screenplay and the rough draft of my story, Shades of Hemingway. I have progressed (slowly) in my ability to add pictures and video (thanks YouTube) to my posts while trying not to use them in place of good (?) writing.  And after three years, 340 posts, 333 tags, 96 categories, 1004 comments, 37,045 hits and 28,496 spam I am virtually right back where I started from, questioning my validity as a writer.

There has been one bright spot.  Actually, the greatest reward I can think of has come on to me while doing this experiment.  Like most things that we find to make life worthwhile it came unexpectedly, yet has been the difference between merely existing and living.  She sits at my side right now, not realizing I am writing about her.  My beautiful wife, Chantal.

I have proven myself by winning her attention,  admiration and love.  She has faith in my ability and confidence that one day, the world will see what she sees in me, though that confidence in myself wanes and falters.  Through our love of writing; whether via our blogs, to each other publicly or privately, or in our imaginations,  we have accomplished something that would not have materialized otherwise.  We have become each others hero and fan club.  We have become kindred spirits.  Chantal and I are glorious.  I have not failed as a writer, I have acquired a following of one, as she has found in me.

I am living in Canada now, which is quite the contrast from spending most of my life in Florida.  The economy has put a strain on my ability to make a living through my trade and I am still struggling to adapt to life as a foreigner.  But my beautiful girl has the utmost confidence in me so that is a hurdle I will easily overcome with patience.  I am learning to accept that I cannot always have things my way.  But I need to concentrate on making a living and right now it does not look like writing is the way of prosperity for me, at least not financially.

I started this blog in May of 2006 not sure of where it would go, how I would do or how long it would last.  But I feel it has served it’s purpose, at least for a while.  The archives will remain and comments will still be directed to me via e-mail, but I plan on taking a little hiatus.

This month, May 2009, is heading towards being my most active month ever, with seven days left it will easily accomplish this.   The second most active month was back in November of 2007.

I’d like to think that on that note, it is a good time to bow out gracefully.

Thanks for reading  Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play…

there definitely are,  you know.

peace.

You’re A Pretty Good Man

February 9, 2009

I woke up today feeling pretty good.  In fact, I wake up every day feeling pretty good and I’m pretty sure I’ll be feeling pretty good tomorrow.  I feel pretty good about yesterday, too, though I did nothing spectacular in terms of  creating, discovering, or developing something, but still… pretty darn good.

Now you might be wondering… why does he feel pretty good and not , say… handsomely good or beautifully good, maybe even strikingly good?  I’ll admit there are times when I feel not-so-good, perhaps (what!) even pretty bad, but I wouldn’t say ugly good or homely good, not even revoltingly good.  Just pretty darn good. hmmm…

A sense of accomplishment makes me feel pretty good and I’m sure it works for you, too.  Sometimes I feel like the little engine that could, or at least… thought he might.  There is nothing that makes a guy feel like he has accomplished something more than the approval of his wife.  I almost said significant other, but I don’t  think that applies here.  You can have your bosses approval, your friends and colleagues, even ardent fans and admiring strangers “thumbs up”.   But the approval of ones spouse is what sets it apart in my mind.  The one you have chosen to share your hopes and dreams with, suffered joys and sorrows, languished over worldly affairs and simple pleasures with, ah… that ones approval is paramount to feeling pretty good in my mind because he/she is a reflection of you.

I don’t know why we say “pretty” as a limiting modifier adverb, to me it seems conflicting like a “pretty good day” could also mean an “almost lousy day”.   I tried to look it up but the history of using a word that is used in describing something “attractive” as something to “calculate on a scale” eluded me.

My beautiful girl greeted me this morning with the exciting news that Raising Sand, the collaboration between Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, won a Grammy for Album of the Year.  To understand why this was exciting you have to go back a few months ago while we were still separated by a distance of some 1800 miles.

While I was still in Florida and she remained in Canada we sent each other many cards, gifts and e-mails.  We talked for hours on the telephone, instant messaged each other daily, and wrote in journals that we mailed back and forth.  Sort of a Message in a Bottle on dry land.  I even had servers in restaurants that knew of our history because of those journals that I’d be working on (some were brightly colored with flower arrangements that made this construction worker appear quite debonair at times).

Anyway, when Raising Sand was released I saw it at Best Buy and thought, “I’m going to get that for my fair one” and bought it without even listening to it.  I put it in the mail thinking that it would be a nice, I’m thinking of you gift.  But when she received it, not only was my fair one thrilled but she asked me, “How did you know?” and I replied in my all wise and self assured tone, “Know what?”.  “That I was thinking of buying that very CD!” Well, of course…

I had a pretty good idea that my lovely wife would enjoy that CD, even though our relationship thus far had been sporadic moments in time.   I had no idea that it would garnish so many awards.  It was like our cerebral connection so many hundreds of miles away, that one moment of her thinking and my reacting that had to be more than just chance.  It was our feeling for each other that reached out and inspired that purchase…

So imagine her enthusiasm this morning when my love found out the awards our album received last night.  She greeted me with a cup of tea and a Guess What?  to which I sleepily replied,  hmm?  Raising Sand won a Grammy for Album of the Year!  Oh really?  That’s nice… but I didn’t think it was all that good.

OOPS… WRONG THING TO SAY!!

My raw and dry humor is not as readily received in the morning, I guess it has to creep up on you.  Anyway… needless to say I was treated rather coolly for the next few minutes until I convinced fair Chantal that it was a very cool thing  and I remembered how it came about that we made that bond all those months ago and reiterated that it was OUR CD and it was a time well worth remembering… our time, the distance bridged by our being joined in spirit.

Gosh I love her.

So if you haven’t heard the news…

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Raising Sand… it’s a pretty good CD.

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peace.

It’s New Year’s Day 2009! (scroll back, ya varmints!)

December 31, 2008

Another year has passed and what have we learned? As AMRFP enjoys it’s 304th post we begin to realize this blog will not take no for an answer! (what was the question?) Some people just have more audacity than others and will not go away!

2008 will be happily placed in our rear view mirror as we look with infertile optimism to a new Democratic majority across the board in American politics. Has there been another year in recent memory that has been as foul as this one? Most people would be hard pressed to find one that was, causing them to look back with disdain and relief at 2008 passing.

But in reflection, there have been some fine posts for one and all to enjoy on this site (humbly submitted by yours truly) and I’d be remiss not to mention the fact that my life changed dramatically (and for the better) this past year because of this little blog. For that reason alone it shall continue… not to mention the sheer joy I get at ranting on like I do and of course, the pleasure I derive from the remote possibility of your company.

Despite the difficult time I had at being regular the past three months because of my move to Canada and the fact that I posted a short story, a screenplay and the continuation of the Shades of Hemingway series,… my readership actually increased. AMRFP approaches the 32,ooo hits mark which made it the best year to date as far as averages go. Akismet has blocked over 25,000 spam comments (mostly porn but some insurance quotes are trying to muscle in as well) While some friends have faded into the depths of the black hole of the blogosphere, new friends have risen up which makes this site a pure joy each time I acquaint myself with a different prospective on life.

I met my lovely wife through the postings of our blogs, and while some may view the online relationship with trepidation I must say it has been the most exhilarating experience I have ever known. We were married in March of this past year and I was finally able to relocate here in Canada in October. But future posts will address our relationship as it progresses, suffice it to say I am thrilled by her love each and every day. That in itself should provide some interesting fodder…

So without further ado and for your discerning review, from the latest entry to the first of the year… Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play 2008.

Scroll back… ya varmints!

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1) 12-23-08 – A Sand Road Christmas Card. Remembering the holidays of my youth back in Iowa. In the good ol’ days, when times were bad.

2) 12-20-08 – It’s Been a Long, Long, Long Time. Having just come off three months of creating and posting the third installment of the Shades of Hemingway series along with moving and adjusting to the climate of the North and making my excuses for being preoccupied with life in general and love in particular.

3) 12-16-08 thru 9-17-08 – Shades of Hemingway / Deja’ Voodoo. Parts 1 – 12 and Epilogue. My readership plummeted through the time I took to post this, which I knew it would. But I feel it also was because it generally takes about six weeks for the series to run through it’s entirety. When my circumstances dictated otherwise it took me 12 weeks and I feel I alienated myself from some of the faithful readers (both of them!) of AMRFP. But my own true love assured me from the beginning that it was MY blog and I should be able to go in the direction of my choosing, so I am glad I saw it through to the end. Now is the time to recapture our imaginations and I will do that to the best of my ability in the coming weeks… I promise.

4) 9-14-08 – Prelude to Shades of Hemingway / Deja’ Voodoo. You can’t say I didn’t warn ya. One day I’ll finish this story… and yes, post it here! Some people just will never learn… sigh.

5) 9-13-08 – Video. Elvis Presley Hound Dog, the complete performance. One of three videos I inserted for the post, Politics and the Billboard Top 100 Hits of All Time… pathetic.

6) 9-13-08 – Video. Elvis Jailhouse Rock. The second of three videos for the same post.

7) 9-13-08 – Video. Elvis Twist with Elvis. The third of three videos for the same post.

8) 9-13-08 – Politics and the Billboard Top 100 Hits of All Time… pathetic. You know the cool thing about these best of lists is that it gets our dander up. But picking The Twist because of the insertion some formula instead of just counting airtime play and sales smacks of favoritism. Too bad.

9) 9-11-08 – Born Laughing Out Loud. A little review I did of Steve Martin’s book, Born Standing Up, which I throughly enjoyed.

10) 8-29-08 – McCain/Palin? Bravo! (oh! bomb awed). I’m not much on politics, obviously. My beautiful girl and I go round and round about American politics (good naturedly) and it is an eye opener to think that we may be our own worst enemy. But I thought the picking of Palin was a good thing for McCain’s candidacy. While Obama landslided McCain in the electoral college, he only received 52% of the total vote per population input. Popular opinion not withstanding, I was sure nothing short of a miracle would put another Republican in the White House… and I was right.

11) 8-29-08 – return of the dreaded sequel, part 1. I had thought Deja’ Voodoo would have been up and presented way before this time, but you know… life gets in the way.

12) 8-19-08 – Spending the day with Tropical Storm Fay. Gosh I had fun with this one. I have lived in S.W. Florida for the better part of 36 years and you never get used to the weather in paradise.

13) 8-17-08 – you must remember this. Memorable movie kisses, what are yours?

14) 8-16-08 – Video. 1984. A funny thing happened on youTube… I meant this vid for another post and it somehow got crossed up in cyberspace then appeared sometime later on my blog. I don’t remember the subject or even if I posted it, but I liked the premise of 1984 knocking on your door (from Spirit) so I left it in… hm.

15) 8-16-08 – Video. Shawn Colvin – Catch the Wind. I chose this as one of two vids for the post, Catch the Wind, but it got lost in cyberspace at the same time I was foolin’ around with 1984. And since I am not all that great at shifting things around on my blog (lazy brained) I just left it in at the time it appeared. Yes, sometimes this blog takes on a life of it’s own.

16) 8-11-08 – Not your favorite cover. Another one of those “best of” lists and my opinion which you all hold your breath for.

17) 8-7-08 – don’t know much about the Hadron Collider. A little parody that just conjured itself up when I read of this multi- billion dollar effort to smash things together. Scientists on a controlled hissy fit.

18) 8-4-08 – oh the humanity! and the cost of celebrity… Paris Hilton’s mom decrying the media for it’s portrayal of her talented daughter.

19) 8-02-08 – Choosing a running mate. McCain can win if… Hey! he may or may not have listened to me on this one but you gotta admit McCain’s choice made the race interesting.

20) 7-29-08 – Hey… told you so! Senator Ted Stevens and his exploits have been discussed several times on this blog, glad justice was served on the jerk.

21) 7-26-08 – Catch the Wind. The things we can and cannot control cause me to wax on, wax off in contempt and sentiment… my favorite forms of expression.

22) 7-23-08 – Video. Donovan-Catch the Wind. The original that was meant to be accompanied by Shawn Colvin’s rendition, but perhaps better as a stand alone vid.

23) 7-12-08 – Let My Gonads Go! a.k.a. nuts to you, Jesse Jackson. Gosh, I loved doing this little parody considering the riff comes from a freedom song sung by the oppressed slaves during the Civil War. Jesse Jackson and his infamous utterance deserved to be ridiculed loud and long.

24) 7-7-08 – Where the light is, John Mayer. Occasionally cool things happen and I was thrilled to see this DVD/CD released. I bought it the very first day.

25) 7-5-08 – Quick Draw (Tim) McGraw and his rootin’, tootin’ wild west outlaw show. Got some negativity on this post but you know…

26) 6-29-08 – throw mama (and junior) from the plane! If any post could divide my sweetheart and I… this one could. I’ve looked at flight from both sides now.

27) 6-28-08 – the hippie dippy weatherman no longer sweats the ICBMs. The death of George Carlin caused a wee bit of reflection in my heart.

28) 6-28-08 – Video. Religion is bullshit. The late George Carlin expressing his opinion in true comedic form.

29) 6-28-08 – Video. the hippy dippy weatherman. George Carlin in less sarcastic form.

30) 6-17-08 – inner-mission. Left you to your own devices for a few days, did you break anything?

31) 6-15-08 – Happy Father’s Birthday. A slip of the tongue by my French speaking step-son tugs at my heart.

32) 6-15-08 – Video. Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes. Selected to go along with, Happy Father’s Birthday, I feel this is a song Eric did that could have gotten a little more acclaim but seems to be coming around again… which is cool, you can’t keep a good song down.

33) 6-12-08 – that’s right, you’re what’s left (screwed, blued and anti-socially tattooed). Gee, folks… just learn to live with it. Our government is not accountable.

34) 6-12-08 – Video. water as energy. We have the technology, we need the direction.

35) 6-8-08 – It was/is a Wonderful Life. The death of young “George Baily,” Bob Anderson, inspired this post. It was one of my favorites from the 2008 year simply because I got to review one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite movies of all time. “… you really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a shame it would be to throw it all away?”

36) 6-6-08 – Public Displays of Effection. What effect does PDA have on you? This post was inspired by a case of supposed discrimination… you be the judge.

37) 6-4-08 – Obama Surrender (Hillary concedes). I love these little parodies that just pop into mind. Funny how the resilient Ms. Clinton still has a place in her opponent’s heart.

38) 6-3-08 – Video. Jemima Surrender. Try as I might I couldn’t find a vid by the Band performing this song, but this rendition is still good.. in case you couldn’t catch the riff in Obama Surrender.

39) 5-31-08 – what goes around Karmas around? I’m not that sure of Karma. I mean… if it were true, why do the wicked seem to prosper while the good suffer? Sharon Stone is a dunce.

40) 5-28-08 – double checking reality bounce. One cannot be too careful, or so I thought…

41) 5-21-08 – Blogging for Dummies (what was Scarlett Johansson thinking?) Sometimes you just gotta wonder…

42) 5-21-08 – Video. Falling Down by Scarlett Johansson. You decide…

43) 5-16-08 – “Jawbone” George Bush and the Saudi Oil Shriek a.k.a. the Blame Game. Hey George, just tell them to open up the spigot a little…

44) 5-16-08 – Video. Shirley Ellis – the Name Game. Bush, Bush, bo-shush, sittin’ on his tush.

45) 5-16-08 – creative foreplay. I find that looking for inspiration comes with no effort at all… really.

46) 5-10-08 – they are dumbing down our Rock and Roll! Who is the greatest recording artist of all time? The answer may surprise you.

47) 5-10-08 – Video. Mariah Carey – touch my body. For your comparison.

48) 5-10-08 – Video. Eric Clapton – Layla (live). For your enjoyment.

49) 5-7-08 – God’s Yard Sale. The world is in chaos… does God really care about us?

50) 5-5-08 – Waiting for Zed. An expose’ on why the term “zed” was removed from the American lexicon. A real eye opener… or perhaps not.

51) 4-30-08 – friends. There are many forms of friendship and those we choose as best.

52) 4-30-08 – Video. The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Chosen to accompany the post, friends.

53) 4-20-08 – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Lying. One of my favorite posts of 2008.

54) 4-17-08 – The Great American Boycott. I think we as consumers deserve better.

55) 4-12-08 – Why Obama? Sometimes these little parodies play so well in my mind…

56) 4-12-08 – Video. The Knack – My Sharona. For those of you who could not catch the riff in Why Obama?

57) 4-11-08 – Cheney’s Sunglasses – Not a Rosy Reflection. Your imagination runs wild.

58) 4-8-08 – Video. The Beatles – And I Love Her. Follows the post, Songs to Play At Your Funeral because I do.

59) 4-7-08 – Songs to Play At Your Funeral. This post has been on my blog for less than 9 months but it has become a runaway best topic since it’s inception and continues to pull away from the rest of the crowd at a rapid pace. I realize it is more the topic than the content, but even so it has become an easy #1 post for 2008 and the all time winner for top post so far at AMRFP. A distance second is, Let me call you sweetheart, posted on 1-6-07. Bringing up the rear at 7th is, the Rock and Roll Conspiracy, posted on 8-26-06. So it is quite the accomplishment in comparison. The fact that the conversation actually happened in the way I recorded it makes it all the more enjoyable for me because it is real life and that is the best sort of living.

60) 4-7-08 – Video. Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman – Time to Say Goodbye. For my fair Chantal.

61) 4-6-08 – Goodbye / Charlton Heston. 2008 saw many great stars passing, this was one of them.

62) 4-1-08 – Why are we here? The question of the ages, I found my reason.

63) 3-29-08 thru 2-20-08 – Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran. I had written this screenplay ages ago, but when the new film Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was about to be released I thought perhaps Indy might enjoy a sort of renaissance and an interest might be piqued in this tale. Too bad their story didn’t live up to the hype while mine didn’t live up to expectations… but oh well. It is preserved for prosperity.

64) 2-17-08 – Free Indy. The story behind my writing, Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran. I liked my story better than theirs, didn’t you? (please say yes)

65) 2-13-08 – Economic Stimulus Plan. You know, I still think my idea would work and I have not met any opposition to it.

66) 2-9-08 thru 1-20-08 – My Dog Sam. I don’t remember what caused me to write about that dog of mine, but I’m glad I did. I have thought about taking several of my recollections and compiling them into one story. Funny how things work in my mind, but I began the year with thoughts of Sand Road and my dog, Sam… then concluded the year with A Sand Road Christmas Card. They say you can never go home, but I think home never goes.

67) 1-18-08 – An Evaluation of the Bush Administration (2000-2008). Not too favorable to ol’ King George and my apologies for that. Will history be kind to him? With the worst rating of any sitting president… it is difficult to say.

68) 1-15-08 – …so you wanna be a Rock and Roll star? Rethinking some music and impressions of artists.

69) 1-15-08 – Video. The Byrds-So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star. To accompany the post of the same name.

70) 1-7-08 – New Year… knew you. I met my own true love twice in a lifetime.

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So there you have it. 70 different topics posted in 103 segments. While we may have had some bumps in the road of 2008, it has been a year that I have realized it is not the miles but the destination that makes the journey tolerable. It is not the smoothness of the pavement but the direction we are headed in that make the traveling light. It is not the degree of difficulty to proceed, it is the strength of our resolve to begin. It is not the complexity of the task but the undertaking with the commitment to see it through. Life indeed goes on…

And it is my sincere hope that whatever you may have had to endure, whatever your losses may have been, whatever your disappointments and fears… and we live in a world governed by and propagandized with fear, that you may face 2009 with optimism and hope. We may never understand the powers that be, but the power to be you and me holds the key to our happiness… it all comes from within.

Have a joyous and safe 2009… and thanks for reading.

peace.

Not your favorite cover…

August 11, 2008

 

I am curious and so I read these “best of” lists with skepticism and some distain.  The one below did not disappoint.  Too many recent covers to be called the “best.”  If I am going to make a list of the “best” let the subjects stand the test of time.

I bought a book called “100 Best Album Covers” once, (see above) I still have it.  It is a great book with some selections I might agree with, but it omits some that I would have included.

Maybe you are like me with these “best of” lists, so check it out for yourself and see what’s missing.

 http://www.comcast.net/music/greatestalbumcoversofalltime/slideshow/view/

Album covers I would have included in no particular order and by no means exclusively: 

1)  Moody Blues, In Search of the Lost Chord

2)  Pink Floyd, Ummagumma

3)  Neil Young, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

4)  Jimi Hendrix, Axis: Bold As Love

5)  Derek and the Dominoes, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs 

6)  Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy

7)  Quicksilver Messenger Service, Happy Trails

8)  Alan Parson’s Project, I, Robot

9)  The Beatles, Revolver

10) Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited

11) John Hartford, Aero-Plane

12) Traffic, Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory

13) The Doors, Strange Days

14) Jesse Winchester, Jesse Winchester

15) Steve Miller Band, Sailor

16) Iron Butterfly, Metamorphosis

17) Captain Beyond, Sufficiently Breathless

18 David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

19) The Rolling Stones, Let it Bleed

20) Jefferson Starship, Dragonfly

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I’m sure there are a jillion others out there, but the point is: a truly artful cover will compel a person to pick the album up and look at it whether you are familiar with the artist or not.  Most of these did that for me before I grew to love the contents.

I’d be curious to know what you think of this list, their list or make your own list and share it with me, just remember this…

most lists (including mine) suck.

peace.

P.S.  Wow, I woke up today and found out Akismet protected me from 19,999 spam comments!  Put that on a list somewhere…

 

   

Inner – mission

June 17, 2008

As of today I’ll be out for a while… but fear not, I shall return.

There are distant voices calling me,

there is a heart I yearn to have

beating in unison with my own…

up close, in sync… beautiful harmony.

So I will travel to the Great White North…

we will wine and dine 

cram as much living as we can

into the next few days.

There are always the archives…

even I check them out once in a while

just to see where I was

and if I still am.

You’ll be fine… trust me.

peace.

Why Are We Here?

April 1, 2008

Okay, well… I knew this was going to happen. Maybe you knew it, too. If you actually did see what was coming and you didn’t tell me it probably was for the best. In fact… it all worked out better than anyone could have hoped for, imagined or planned on. But first… let’s back up a bit.

Over the past six weeks or so I’ve been working on the posting of Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran and as I predicted (in my post, Free Indy) my readership plummeted… which is okay. I posted for prosperity and loved every minute of it, except for the part of feeling like a court stenographer. When you are entering information that you have all ready created years before like some biblical scribe/copyist for six weeks the creative juices get all dammed up inside. As that occurs you build such pressure you feel like you’re going to explode before the nasty task is finished. Mentally you save little tidbits of information promising yourself that “I’m gonna write/comment on that when this project is over.”

Well… the nasty task is finished. And now as I re-group I find it necessary to address some of the events that transpired while I was in the process of undertaking that mammoth project that went over like a lead balloon. (more on Led Zeppelin later) But now, of course… all those promised projects that I was to address when my mind was free elude me. Yikes! What was I thinking? My mind leaks like a sieve, it’s like pouring ten pounds of sugar in a five pound bag. Everything oozed out into nothingness.  My good ideas not acted upon and delayed are like Georgie W. and political hindsight… too late for anything good to come of it now.

First of all: without any special notation or fanfare whatsoever; this blog, Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play, went over the 20,000 hits mark. I hate to be one that keeps account of my own popularity and that is one of the reasons I don’t keep a hit meter on my site. (the other reason is because I haven’t figured out how to do it yet, …sigh ) But I would be amiss if I did not make mention of the fact that the first 10,000 took all most three times as long as the second 10,000 and that is due largely in part to you, the readers… actually that is the only part, isn’t it?

So… from the bottom of my creative ink well, I thank you. It is a pleasure for me to be able to… in the immortal words of Led Zeppelin… (more on them later) Ramble On.

By an amazing coincidence, the social unrest in Tibet these past few weeks indirectly runs parallel to my screenplay, as the region known as “the Roof of the World” is mentioned therein and the area is depicted as one of majesty and inspiration. It is difficult to hear of a people that believes in a peaceful co-existence being strong armed by an oppressive government. Especially one that appeared to be making strides as a major consumer of goods outside of it’s borders and influencing the economy in a positive fashion. China will be the host of the Olympic games in August. But with it’s new social standing now comes world scrutiny and human rights issues will continue to dog this government up until 08:08:08. Interestingly, the number 8 is symbolic of economic progress to the Chinese people, too bad social progress seems to be reduced to a fire sale. Human rights should not be trampled underfoot.  (more on Led Zeppelin later)

Eliot Spitzer came crashing down, which shows that no one is above the law but one can’t help but wonder… why him? and why now? I mean… political hanky panky is nothing new. But Spitzer came across as a crusader, a man that was not going to allow the evil to go unpunished. A hero of the people, he rooted out corruption and set a standard of no nonsense and ethics. (even though personally I thought the giving of driver’s licenses to illegals was a slap across the face to law abiding people in the state of New York and elsewhere.) What a shock to have the Governor turn out to be involved with prostitutes when he proudly carried his moral integrity around for the world to see. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if he didn’t pretend to be so good. The American people know they are not perfect, but somehow we expect our political leaders to be above such behaviour… especially when they profess to be moral. Now one has to feel like “if they can’t be moral, how can I expect to be?”

How refreshing for the new acting Governor of New York David Paterson to come out immediately and announce that both he and his wife has had extramarital affairs. Why the difference? He realized that he couldn’t hide from his actions or put on a “holier than thou” attitude just because he held political office. Kind of a “nip it in the bud” tactic, you’ll have to dig deeper to get the dirt on this guy. While I don’t condone the affairs he and Michelle Paterson had, you have to admire them for being candid, upfront and honest about them. Our political figures do not reside in Houses of the Holy (more on Led Zeppelin later) and should not be given that reverence… nor should they assume it.

Fidel Castro retired as Cuba’s leader. After 49 years of being a royal pain in the buttocks to 10 American presidents, the Cold War’s #1 “bad guy” finally succumbs to the frailties of old age, communism and pure orneriness. History will paint Castro as an anomaly; a respected political figure to his people (well… he did champion recycling amongst the island nation) and a renegade leader to the rest of Western Civilization. A hero to the likes of Hugo Chavez, I think we are partly to blame for the communication breakdown (more on Led Zeppelin later) between our nations. We let the disparities between our ideologies go on way too long just because we got embarrassed during the Bay of Pigs.

The U. S. Navy shot down a spy satellite because it’s orbit was deteriorating and could have spilled some harmful fluid if it crashed into the Earth.  It was an amazing feat that was reminiscent of a ’50’s B movie.  I think the real motive was to display to the world our capability of knocking down any target we choose but maybe it’s just the romantic in me.  Speaking of outer space and the Stairway to Heaven (more on Led Zeppelin later)  we also discovered one of Saturn’s moons, Rhea, has rings around it.  There is so much out there we don’t know about, even when we’ve been studying our own solar system for decades.

Oh! and the 80th Academy Awards got in just after the writer’s strike ended… whew!  that was close.  Turns out it was the least watched Oscar night in history and that is not surprising.  People get tired of the multi-billion dollar industry haggling over nickels and dimes.  Most everyone involved in entertainment makes more money than the average American who goes to the movies and/or watches those programs.  Now I hear an Actor’s strike may be looming in the horizon?  I mean, shucks… everyone’s had good times bad times (more on Led Zeppelin later)  but why can’t we all just get along?  Perhaps what we need is a viewers strike… don’t the viewers dictate what does and doesn’t sell?  Isn’t it the fans that make or break the actor’s success?  Why not ask us what we think, after all… there may not be much left in the land of make believe if people keep throwing doses of reality in the mix. 

Do I believe in fair compensation for work performed?  Of course I do.  Is the average actor pulling in millions of dollars per episode/film?  Not even close.  But if a restaurant’s workers cause the place to shut down, it is very hard to regain customers once everything is set right again between owners/management and staff.  You can just about go anywhere for eggs.  Movies and television are not items of necessity… the public may just realize that if the pattern is disrupted again.  Then the industry may well be singing nobody’s fault but mine.  (more on Led Zeppelin later)

Brett Favre retired as quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.  I was never a big fan of Brett’s, sorry.  I think he was too full of himself for his own good.  I didn’t like the way Brett dissed on Kurt Warner when Kurt was just a fledgling player with the Pack.  Kurt did go on to greatness as a Super Bowl MVP and holds the record for passing yards in a Super Bowl.  Brett holds the record for pass interceptions for quarterbacks and it is ironic that the last play of his career with the NFC title on the line and the game in his hands, he throws?  …an interception.  ta daa!  way to go Brett Favre!  (more on Led Zeppelin later)

Of course, the economy is tanking, gas prices are at record highs and set to go higher, the war is still going on, crime is rampant, the dollar is devalued to shocking levels and the political arena has narrowed down to a three ring circus.  One might think that The Song Remains the Same (okay, here comes the Led Zeppelin connection)  but it doesn’t… at least not for me.

Six months ago I met someone because of this blog, well… actually because of her blog.  I commented on her’s then she visited mine and to make a long story short… we got married on the 20th of March, six months to the day of that first comment I had made!  Private little ceremony on the beach… sunset, waves rolling in, sea gulls…  She was beautiful, radiant and excited,  I am very fortunate to have her place her faith in me… and I love her more than anything.  She is brilliant, romantic, witty, charming and so appreciative of even the smallest gift or the slightest sentiment.  I adore her… she is my true companion. 

I’d like to write about our story and post it here sometime, but not too soon.  My prolonged stages of entry based on a re-occurring theme never seem to go over all that well and besides, I want to savor this for a while…

Oh!  and the Led Zeppelin references?  mmm… romantic evening, candle light, a little wine and music… I’m thinking,  mmmm….  All of My Love? 

                Should I fall out of love, my fire in the light

                To chase a feather in the wind

                Within the glow that weaves a cloak of delight

                There moves a thread that has no end.

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                For many hours and days that pass ever soon

                The tides have caused the flame to dim

                At last the arm is straight, the hand to the loom

                Is this to end or just begin?

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                Oh, all of my love, all of my love, all of my love to you.

                All of my love, all of my love, all of my love to you, child.

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                The cup is raised, the toast is made yet again

                One voice is clear above the din

                Proud Aryan one word, my will to sustain

                For me, the cloth once more to spin.

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                Oh, all of my love, all of my love, all of my love to you.

                All of my love, all of my love, all of my love to you, child.

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               Yours is the cloth, mine is the hand that sews time

               His is the force that lies within

               Ours is the fire, all the warmth we can find

               He is a feather in the wind.

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               Oh, all of my love, all of my love, all of my love to you.

               All of my love, all of my love, all of my love to you, child.

               (jones/plant)

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Why Led Zeppelin?

C’mon… you can’t be too  dazed and confused over that!

peace.