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Saturday, September 5, 2015

It's work to get back where you were.... Saturday9

Working My Way Back to You

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Working My Way Back to You (1966)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) We're celebrating the last holiday of summer with The Four Seasons. Which season is your favorite?  
I like what the Aussies call The Wet.  That's what we get in SoCal.  The Wet and The Dry, and currently we are getting way too much of The Dry.

2) Before they settled on The Four Seasons, they called themselves The Four Lovers, The Romans and The Village Voices. If you were/are in a band, please share the name. Or just make up a cool name for your pretend band.  
Not having ever been in a band, it's hard to even think of a band name.  How about "Grannie and the Screechers"?  We'd definitely have an accordion player.

Jolly Good!

3) Lead singer Frankie Valli has occasionally fudged the year of his birth. Have you ever lied about your age?
I never had any success lying about my age.  Since I wasn't allowed to wear anything but lipstick until I was away from the paternal unit, I looked like a nerd for way too long.  
Usually, it was a textbook full of Dinosaurs.

4) Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen ... New Jersey has given us many music superstars. What is your state known for?  


5) In 1965, Frankie was arrested in Columbus, Ohio. But it wasn't his fault! The bandmate he trusted to pay the group's hotel bill neglected to do so. Tell us about a time when your trusting nature got you in trouble. 
I trusted that I could tell the truth and never be punished.  It worked at Grandpa's house, but then, unhappily, we didn't live there anymore.

6) Clint Eastwood directed the movie version of the Four Seasons biography, Jersey Boys. What's your favorite Clint Eastwood movie? 
I knew there was at least on Clint Eastwood I liked.  It's, "Pale Rider".

Since Labor Day is the holiday established to celebrate the American worker … 

7) According to the U.S. Census, more and more Americans are working from home. Are you one of them?  No, though I used to.  I don't sell at shows or on the web anymore.  I can no longer stand the work on my hands, or the pressure to produce on such a scale.

8) Of those of us who work outside the home, 75% travel to work alone. 15% take public transportation and the remaining 10% carpool. How do you get to your job?
I'm completely retired.  So, no traveling.  We save all our Gas coupons for taking the RV north.

9) Do you have any big plans for this holiday weekend?
I'm a major supporter of Labor Day but wonder what it actually celebrates nowadays?  I have no plans for it.  I respect that the day even exists, though it's meaning, like that of its aims, has faded over the last half century.  
Picture Source and a bit of History about Labor Day

Labor Day still has significance to many of us who watched through the decades as things changed, and then were degraded in the 1990's.

In the late 1940's, a lot of people got bloodied when Industry and Governmental resistance to Labor having organizing rights brought out things called "goon squads" and the National guard.  It was worth the fight.  It enabled wage earning workers to buy houses, let one parent stay home and raise their own children, and to send those kids to college.  For all this, I respect Labor Day.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dining out, what are the rules? Friday5

Friday 5 for September 4: Letter of the Law

What are the ABCs of dining out? You should take a good Appetite, remember to Bring some cheerfulness, even if subdued, and show Class by leaving a good tip for good service.

What are the Three Cs of dating? 
I really haven't a clue.

What should you SHOP for in gift-giving?
I do my level best to make a gift something that will make the recipient very happy.

What are the four Ps of petcare? 
Patience, promptness in training good habits, encouraging pets to play, always showing how pleased you are about their good behaviors.  Lots of "Good Boy!" and "Good Girl" remarks.

How do you go WILD in seeking a good time? 
I would go camping as far out there as was safe.

Thanks for taking the challenge, and have a WONDERFUL* weekend!

* wine, outrageousness, nice weather, dining out, eating, rest, friends, underwear, and laughter

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday Tails: Gray Wolves in remote areas of Northern Cal.

Good News for re-balancing nature:

I put this together from another source, since the comments, as always, were trolled at the original site.  I find it hard to believe that the Big Money Boys can't leave any stone unturned in their fight to tweak news events, attempting to make them go their way.

What ever became of Nobility of Spirit?

Center for Biological Diversity

No. 789, Aug. 27, 2015

From an article originally published in the L.A. Times

After Almost 100 Years, a Gray Wolf Pack Lives in California

Shasta Pack in California.

"Exciting, inspiring news from Northern California: For the first time in almost a century, a family of gray wolves is living wild in the state. In remote Siskiyou County, a trail camera has captured a series of photographs of both the adult wolves and the black pups.

The two adult, black-furred wolves and five 4-month-old pups have been named the Shasta pack, after the area's spectacular volcano.

Thanks to foresight and pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity and our allies that resulted in state action in 2014, these wolves have the benefit of legal protection under California's Endangered Species Act. According to state biologists, one or more of the animals will soon be radio-collared for monitoring; in the meantime, their black color should make it virtually impossible for any hunters to claim to mistake them for coyotes -- and very difficult for any actual mistaken ID to occur."

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Well, well, well. What have we here? Sunday Stealing!

Well, I'll Be...

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Cheers to all of us thieves!!!

Well, I'll Be... Meme

Stolen from: Vulgar Darling

If I were a month, I’d be:
 A month of Sundays.  I like that idea.

If I were a day of the week, I’d be: 
Friday.  I like Friday for some reason, I guess because it was a really important day to get to most of my life.

If I were a planet, I’d be: 
Earth, I like it best.

If I were a god or goddess, I’d be: 
Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon, my next favorite celestial body.  Besides, I could keep an eye on Mother Earth, too.
nat-rat, deviant art,com

If I were a sea animal, I’d be: 

A California Sea Otter.  They are cute, live in family groups and don't ever have to come out of the ocean.

If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be: 
A lamp made out of Rose Quartz, carved, like they have at the Hearst Castle.

If I were a gemstone, I’d be: 
A yellow Diamond.  It's my favorite diamond color.

If I were a flower, I’d be a: 
Bearded Iris.  I'd be yellow, because yellow is sort of my astral color.

If I were a kind of weather, I’d be: 
Snowy.  But the kind that just comes in the high mountains and stays all summer.

If I were a color, I’d be: 

If I were an emotion, I’d be: 

If I were a fruit, I’d be a: 

If I were a sound, I’d be: 
The sound of the wind.

If I were an element, I’d be: 
Zenon, as it is inert and has never been altered or used but remains primordial, from the beginning of time it has existed, unchanged.

If I were a place, I’d be: 
The Four Corners Region, the most stable place in North America, because it's a special place.

If I were a taste, I’d be: 
Salty, like the Eternal Ocean.

If I were a scent, I’d be: 
an 'Angel Face' Rose

If I were an object, I’d be a: 
The Rosetta Stone, because I would be an object that could lead the way into the past civilizations.

If I were a body part, I’d be: 
The Heart, because it is the Center of Being.

If I were a song, I’d be: 
Sung by the wind through the sails on the high seas.

If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be:
Sandals for a baby so that I'd be passed down through a family,until I wore out, and get to help new ones walk around and explore the world.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Really, does Gwyneth annoy you? Saturday9

The second this was published someone looked at it.   Up yours, FBI!  and no, I don't track my own page reads.  Not that....  Anyway

Come join in the fun! Meme button is in the sidebar with the other meme ones. And as the Gal Herself says, "We hate rules". So it's very fun.

Saturday 9: Viva la Vida (2008)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The song refers to the singing of choirs. Have you ever been in a choir or a vocal group? 
Yes.  I sang in choirs and did solos from the third grade in school, through High School.   I never got the chance to go to church after I was nine, so no choir singing in church.

2) Chris Martin sings of when he "ruled the world." If you were in charge and had infinite power, what would you change right away?
I would take cruelty, hatred and bigotry right out of the human Psyche.  And everyone would eat.  I forget who said that last time, but, Sista, that was so right on!

3) Chris used to be married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. USA Today, The Washington Post and The Daily Telegraph have all run articles about how Gwyneth seems to annoy so very many people. What celebrity gets on your nerves?
It has to make a person cranky to just want to be an actor of quality, and she is, and then having to deal with unwanted media attention.  That's a real catch 22.  Since I don't follow celebrities much, I only know that the Kardashians are like fingernails on a blackboard to most people,as well as to me.  I can't understand even WHY they are in the public eye.

4) Coldplay's first big hit was, "Yellow." What color are you wearing right now?
A predominantly maroon Indian floral print.

5) Sam remembers when she used to hear this song everywhere and can't believe that was 7 years ago! When is the last time you had a similar "my, how time flies!" moment?
Just this afternoon.  It's Friday as I'm typing, and it will be Saturday in an hour and a half!

6) In 2008, when "Viva la Vida" was popular, John Grisham's latest legal thriller, The Appeal, was jumping off bookshelves. What have you read this summer?
I didn't keep track.  Let's see, summer starts in June.  I've read, Two Paradise of Glass sequels, two Jane Smiley's, a bunch of Amish novelettes, The Intern  and some others from Gutenberg.  Currently I'm reading, Chuckwalla Land, the riddle of California's Deserts.  Great Read!  There must be some others lurking in the back of beyond (my brain) but it's been busy around here.

7) Thinking of books: Let's say a biographer has taken the task of writing your biography. What would you title your life story? 
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart!

8) 2008 is also the year Paul Newman died of cancer. Name a Newman movie. 
"Hud"  I never saw it but it's always in the crosswords, as is the name of his co-star in the film, Patricia Neal.

9) Random question: Do you like garlic?
I love garlic.  Do they put it in cookies, the Italians?  Garlic Chocolate Chip cookies.   I'd eat those cookies.