Saturday, April 01, 2006

Let's Play A Game

Who is this?
Two hints:
a) he is a major musical talent
b) this was taken in 1974
So, who is it? I will not accept anonymous entries. You have to tell me who you are.
You win a package of either Cherry Nibs or Strawberry Twizzlers.
Good luck.
We have a winner!!!!! Congrats.

Billy Joel
Randy Albers
Trenton, IL
Yes, Randy, YOU WIN. A fine name and a fine guess! Let me know what your choice might be. Thanks to my buddy Keith Freeman, who guessed Slim Whitman. You're a madman!

Ten Ways How You Can Destroy The Earth

From one of my linked (and favorite) websites. Interesting and very funny. Click here

Hope I Die Before I Get Sold

First, Cingular Wireless used "The Weight" by The Band and that made me think..what the hell does "The Weight" have to do with phones? Then, they ripped off one of my all time favorite songs with "Melissa" by the Allman Brothers...
And then, watching TV last night I heard "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel Do these people need the $$ THAT much? After having lunch with my friend who is in advertising, he told me that these companies are trying to make a connection with us boomers by using our favorite songs. I told him the only thing it does for me is to make me NEVER to buy their products. Then, the killer rip off is of "Inna Gadda Da Vida" by Iron Butterfly. It has NO connection with Fidelity Investments or whatever.
I wonder if Fidelity knew that "Inna Godda Da Vida" was the closest thing a very drunk Doug Engle could say as he sang "In The Garden Of Eden, babay, don't you know that I love you...".I hate the fact that we have sold our soul to the highest bidder. Pete Townshend has actually turned out to be one of the worst offenders. He has sold every song, it seems, to just about anyone (Hummers, shoes, CBS TV shows). Apparently GM offered the remaining members of the Doors $15 million for the rights to "Break On Through". John Densmore turned them down. Good for him. The use of classic rock songs in advertising shows me a lack of creativity on the part of advertising agencies and a lack of foresight on the companies that approve the usage of these campaigns. I will always think twice before purchasing these products.

Friday, March 31, 2006

One Of The Bravest Sumbitches Has Died

This is post number 250. It is reserved for a hero. One bad ass dude. And you have probably never heard of him. Read about his life here

Bridge of Sighs

Want to take a drive?
You won't believe your eyes!!! What engineering!!
There was a really good documentary on the construction of this on
Discovery or TLC and month or so ago. It's located in southern France, and
is the highest bridge in the world. It is a truly amazing piece of
engineering, especially considering the method used to span the distance between the piers. BTW the red towers you see in the photo were removed following completion of the bridge. It is 787 feet above the ground.
Uhh, I get the willies just looking at it. Driving across it would bring on a panic attack the size of Idaho.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cool Missouri Rainbow

Taken at Elam Bend, McFall, MO. Rainbows fill me with awe.
Thanks KK

My Daughter Sketched By A Friend

Excellent job.

Deadly Beauty

Supposedly taken right outside of Sedalia during the deadly storms earlier this month. Wow!

Brush With Greatness Part 7

Craig Kilborn. Dick. Major League.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Blast From My Past

This was a lot of fun. In the early to mid 90's, KSHE decided to open up a restaurant in Union Station called "KSHE's Real Rock Cafe" I put together the background music (on 6 hour VHS tapes!!) and did the videos from Laserdisc using a video switcher (that I never got reimbursed for). I put together rock videos and movies. uhh..I forgot about the nude shot in "Gimme Shelter" and the rape scene in "The Wall". It was okay until a customer complained. It was a great idea, but there were two problems. The service was not good and neither was the food. The people from The Hard Rock Cafe didn't think too highly of the place and before we knew it, it was gone. The place was rehabbed and it is now the studios for the cluster in the Powerhouse. It was a fun place to take clients, mistresses and a generally fine place to get hammered. I interviewed KISS there and John Entwhistle and Jackyl played there live. Hey, we owned the world at that time and it was a fine idea but it didn't last.

Post Number 243

"You are never too old to become younger"-Mae West

The Effect of Drugs

I try not to preach to anyone. I have had my share of demons and I think I have faced them down. When you are the child of an alcoholic, you tend to have to take the road less travelled, because there is madness in whatever you do. I tend not to judge because I don't know what it is like to be in someone else's shoes, living someone else's life but the question
needs to be asked...
How did THIS beautiful young, vivacious beautyTurn into this?It's easy. Drugs. Thank God I woke up when I did. God bless you, Whitney. May you have the strength to face your demons and overcome them.

Total Eclipse of the Sun

How I use to love science class. This stuff intrigues me to no end. Why didn't I become a scientist or a science teacher? These are views of the total eclipse of the sun over Ghana, Africa, March 29, 2006. God is one heck of an engineer, huh? Notice the solar flares in picture number two. When I die, I want to see one up close. Can we do that, God?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The New Busch...Same as The Old Busch?

Here is what it looks like as of March 28 2006. Play Ball!

Our Own Oddities

This is at the intersection of Interstates 57 and 70 in Effingham Illinois. It is quite incredible to round a corner and see this in front of you. Effingham? How about some effing potatoes with that?

The "KSHE" Curse?

As I saddle up to the computer today, I had a dream last night about the KSHE "Curse". Many years ago, when I was there I was discussing with someone about how people who left KSHE never really seemed to get their feet under them after they left. I left in 1998 to help build a start up station called 97FM The Rock! on a frequency no one wanted. It seemed the right time to go. The guy I worked for never really liked me and I could tell he was starting to make his feelings known. So, after much deliberation with family (my dughter was 9 at the time and she started crying about me leaving the "pig" station), we decided that the money was right and so was the timing. After having a great two years, KSHE bought The Rock, shut it off and showed me the door. My life has spiraled downhill ever since. After a year at Smooth Jazz (which I did enjoy), I got deathly ill, went to KC, got fired, and have been wandering around the desert since. I am a Christian man, and although I don't believe in "curses", there may be something to this one. If anyone has a remedy for "curses", please let me know. I really could use some help.

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