July

Third Language

We all know the most common 2nd language in the USA is Spanish. But what is the third most common spoken language where you live?

Slate featured this interesting US map showing each state and the THIRD most common spoken language. I knew what it was in Texas. I thought I knew what it was in California. Boy, was I wrong.

Before glancing down to the bottom, make a guess.

I  even missed the answer…

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July

Oh Really!

Some things are hard to believe. Even if they’re true. You first hear them, and doubt sets in.
“Oh, really” you say, or think.

It seemed to be my theme all weekend. I thought it at many emails I received. I thought it on items I read (and double-checked). I said it aloud to statements I heard.

Most don’t bear repeating, but I’ll write down a sample of my “oh-really?” statements and see if your…

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July

The Bright Side of Life

The Bright Side of Life

Yes, I’ve always been a Monty Python fan. When “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” started on TV in 1969, I never missed a show. Their irreverent British humor, both on TV and their movies, was my cup of tea.

Monty Python Flying CIrcusThe television show ended in 1974. (A few months later, The Rockford Files started which also became an addiction…loved James Garner like everybody else)

The Monty Python Group was six of the…

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July

I Remember Those Wide Streets

I Remember Those Wide Streets

I haven’t talked about my mom lately. Not since her 99th birthday in April. There will be more forthcoming. I talk to her almost every day. But yesterday she mentioned something that is directly tied to recent national news about Bakersfield.

Mom told me she had a visitor from out of town asking about me. The lady said she didn’t know where Bakersfield was located in California. Mom said she knew…

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July

Strange Goings On

I’ve been a Yahoo user since they first started yodeling. It’s my home page and I like their sports, weather and finance news. I don’t use their search engine. I’m a Googler. And I have a “Chrome” page full of apps.

A few months back, I received an email from Yahoo (in my Gmail box) and asked if I would be interested in taking part in a series of studies and questionnaires regarding my computer…

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July

In Memory of Dancing and Dynamite

In Memory of Dancing and Dynamite

Pete Douglas died. What a great guy…a true gentleman. I can’t fathom walking into the Beach House and not see him sitting at his desk. Appropriately that is where he died last week.
Pete Douglas
I lived in Half Moon Bay in the late ‘90s. In the summer of 2000 I was long-distance dating my wife to be, Amy. I told her about this club I belonged to, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. I think the only thing…

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July

Get It Right YouTube

Get It Right YouTube

Sorry about showing a non-video song of Willie Dixon. I had meant to showcase the incredible talents of AC Myles, who is playing with the Fat Daddy Blues Band tomorrow night. I checked and re-checked the YouTube link and I did it right.  I’ll give YouTube one more try.  See you tomorrow night.

http://youtu.be/sAmaK5Slc5A?list=FLq2LDx4SWVMIMcyomN5q-_Q

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July

Drop-Box Blues Band

Hey everybody, come on out to the Marketplace—right here in Bakersfield—tomorrow night—-7—9 pm and enjoy some blues. Swinging Blues, Country Blues, Rocking Blues, Jazzy Blues and good old Blues Blues.

The Fat Daddy Blues Band has been Bakersfield’s own home-town blues band (you know—the “other” Bakersfield Sound) for about 16 years. I’ve had the pleasure of playing with these guys for over 11…

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July

Matching Day Month Year Numbers

Matching Day Month Year Numbers

There’s a better than average chance the information you are about to receive from these special dates in history will be of no value to you.

3-3-33
On this date in history, Mt. Rushmore was dedicated. The big event in NYC was the premier of “King Kong.” This is the day before FDR is inaugurated and the banks in Washington State are closed (because of huge run on them. The day after FDR’s…

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July

5 Things I Gladly Left Behind on the East Coast

5 Things I Gladly Left Behind on the East Coast

After 17 days vacationing from New York City to Virginia Beach to Charleston to Orlando to Savannah to Fayettville to Washington D.C. to Lewisburgh, PA to NYC and home, I left behind family that I love and miss ever day. That’s a given.
However there are FIVE things I left behind gladly.

1)      Humidity…….eeewwwwwwhhhhhh
sweaty man

When one vacations in the summer, one can expect to encounter that awful…

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