Monday, October 26, 2009

Key West, Florida to Seattle, Washington.Lots to see, I Better Charge My Camera Battery

I haven't been to Key West in over twenty years, so I think it may have changed a little. There are a lot of sites I would like to see going westward. Like the Mississippi River, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, all of California, Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced Museum, and of course, Area 51, LOL!!!

A sunflower is a beautiful flower because...


I like sunflowers because they are big, number one. They automatically make you smile. They yield sunflower seeds, and they respond to the light and warmth of the sun.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Earthquakes Shake Me Up

I think earthquakes are scary because there is no warning, it just happens. Other disasters are frightening, but the fact of the earth moving, abruptly and violently, is too much for me. The amount of damage and possible death over something that lasts for a short period of time, is amazing. I live in Florida, so at least you have a two to three day notice to prepare for a hurricane. Tornadoes, you have a minimal amount of notice, but you do have it, same with tsunamis. Fires, again, you have a chance of escape. But the fact that the earth can snap itself back into place at a fault, and affect a large area of land, and on top of that , cause a tsunami, well, that's enough for me. The thing is, I don't know how many people in Florida know this, but there is a fault that runs through Cuba, so we could have an earthquake here too.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Music sounded better on records

The first record I ever owned had to be from the Jackson Five. Either "ABC," or "The Love You Save." Everything sounded better on a 45 or L.P. The scratches and pops, it was great!

I remember getting twenty dollars a month allowance (hey, back then, that was bank) and walking to J.M.Fields, which was the equivalent of K-Mart, and buying the latest albums.

Back then, we were inventive when it came to playing our defective records. Sometimes, the record would be cracked, so simply squeezing it back together so it was smooth again was all it took. Sometimes the record would skip, or the needle wasn't connecting right. Just tape a couple of pennies to the stylus (the arm that held the needle) and you were good to go! But there was no saving a warped 45 or L.P. Even placing the record between two heavy books could save it.

One was always excited when the album had the lyrics, no more fudging the words! When it came to cleaning my room, the most important thing was to alphabetize my albums. Nothing else mattered. Eight track tapes were cool because the entire album had to be good. Why? Because there was no rewind everything was play and fast-forward. If you missed your favorite song, you would have to walk around the block, or do some kind of chore until it played again. If the tape skipped, place a piece of paper in the slot so it would line up correctly in the player.

"Those were the days , my friend, we thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance, forever and a day.

We'd spend the night we'd choose, we thought we'd never lose,

Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days!"