Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Excellent Marketing Idea..Will It Blend?

From Blendtec Blenders...ya gotta see this one. Betcha can't watch just one.

The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

CLINTON, Utah - An 87-year-old Utah man was discovered 2,000 miles away Wednesday in Pennsylvania, less than 48 hours after he was reported missing, police said. How did Andrew Hentz do it? "He mentioned he had hitchhiked," Clinton police Detective Matt Fawbush said. "I wish I knew how he traveled that far. It's mind-boggling."
Hentz has a son in Middletown, Pa., where police found him on a street after midnight Wednesday, Fawbush said. He was examined at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., and released, according to the hospital. Hentz lives alone in a retirement apartment in Clinton, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. A daughter reported him missing Monday around 2 p.m. MDT.
"We received information from the family he may be seeking transportation back to Pennsylvania, where he's from," Fawbush said. "We had checked bus depots, airports. Pretty much nothing as far as leads and tips." Fawbush said he had no other details on Hentz' cross-country journey. Police in Middletown, Pa., did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
"Nice people? A truck driver? We don't know how he did it," Fawbush said.

How Cool!

LONDON (AFP) - After more than 30 years which he spent as a member of one of the world's most successful bands, Queen guitarist Brian May has finally finished his PhD thesis which he began as a student in the 1970s, The Times reported on Thursday.
May, 59, earned a degree in physics at Imperial College London but after years of studying interplanetary dust, he abandoned work towards his doctorate when Queen took off.
His interest in the subject was reignited when he co-authored "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe", which tells the story of the universe from the big bang through its subsequent evolution, and was released last year.
"For the last nine months, I've done nothing except slave over my PhD, which is now written up, thank God," May reportedly told students at a ceremony at Exeter University in southwest Britain when he received an honorary doctorate.
"But there are times when you really want to give up. There are times when you go, 'Why on earth did I take this on?'"
May worked on the PhD between 1971 and 1974, and kept all his hand-written notes on the subject through the years, finally discovering them in his loft recently.
"People are aware he is here and there is a feeling it is pretty cool that he has come back to finish his PhD, even if he has not been hugely visible," Abigail Smith, a spokeswoman for Imperial College, was quoted as saying by The Times.
The rocker will receive his PhD next May, assuming his thesis is approved by supervisors.

Musical Guilty Pleasure

Yes, they were a Cream "rip-off" but the summer of my 14th year, I heard "Mississippi Queen" on the radio. Two minutes and twenty three seconds of crunching nasty bliss. I then went right out and bought "Climbing" from Mountain. What an appropriate name for this band. A Mountain of sound with two of the most underrated rock musicians ever. Leslie West and Corky Laing along with Felix Pappalardi. I remember on the back of the album it said "Made To Be Played Loud" and I did. I had the chance to see Leslie when "The Leslie West Band" opened for Thin Lizzy at the RKO Orpheum Theatre in Davenport circa 1975 or so. Playing rhythm guitar was Mick Jones (previously the guitar player in Spooky Tooth who also featured Gary Wright on vocals and admiration for Spooky Tooth will be documented at the future time). Mick left Leslie's band and put together Foreigner. Leslie also formed West, Bruce and Laing with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce (another loud mafuggin band that I really enjoyed). Corky Laing drummed his ass off and Felix (who was later shot to death by his girlfriend) really laid down some awesome backbeats. Not only could they rock with the best but "Nantucket Sleighride" is one of the most melodic rock songs ever and a real classic in my house. Hats off to "The Fat Man" who in the nineties shed a ton of weight. Thanks for helping shape my musical influences.

My top five Mountain songs:

1. "Nantucket Sleighride"-this is a perfect song especially with the opening "Taunta's Tune"

2. "Mississippi Queen"-the soundtrack to that 14th summer

3."Never In My Life"-wham bam blam thank you ma'am (We need more cowbell)

4."For Yasgur's Farm"-their reflections on their Woodstock performance

5."Theme From An Imaginary Western"-just one of my faves from the farm

Junk Between My Ears

I just saw a new commercial with Betty White in it. Even well into her eighties, she is still a very attractive woman. At one time a "pin up" model, she married Password host Allen Ludden. He die of cancer many years ago. My favorite role of hers was that of Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore show.
I am addicted to these "World's Most Shocking" crap that comes on Court TV. I just saw "Worlds Most Shocking Dangerous Drivers 3" and watched the whole damn thing. Mind candy...uh wait more like mind cotton candy.
I am getting where I hate the Baseball All Star Game. Joe Buck is grating on me for some reason ( I think he comes across as a smart ass) and Tim McCarver is a constant yak machine. The home run derby was fun, but I am sooo tired of..."back, back ,back ,back,'s gone". Can we think of something else? How long is it going to be until one of those kids on the field gets really hurt? Who was the clown with the Tshirt that was spray painted with the advertisement for the barber shop? One last's the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, two out and you DON'T have Albert Pujols come up to bat? WTF? Vladimir Guerrero, you have been playing in the major leagues for over a decade and you STILL don't know any English? Just an effort would be nice.
I love my country very much but I just don't understand why we invaded Iraq. This war may be the undoing of the republic. I hope it doesn't happen but I feel a major revolt coming. And we get news today that Al-Queda is now as strong as it was before 9/11. Wait a minute..what the hell have we been doing then? I thought the idea was to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here. If they attack us here, they won't be messing around, that's for sure. If they do attack us, will W pull the martial law card and suspend the constitution? It doesn't look good kids.
I was listening to Rush gasbag today and he reported that one of the republican senators said that those who oppose the president's "war' policy are "wimps". Then Rush said.."I like that, we're dealing with facts, here". Hey Rush, did you serve? Do you have friends who have kids serving over there? Of course not. It's OK as long as it's not you, huh? Sorry friends, I just get tired of the "chicken hawks" like Dick "I had other commitments"Cheney lining the pockets of the Haliburton investors while hurling invectives and slurs at the people who don't go along with this headlong race into the inferno. As long as I live, I never thought that I would long for Nixon again. These guys make Nixon look like a saint. Is this the best we can do? This is the best government money can buy. And it has. Where oh where is Teddy Roosevelt or Harry Truman when we need them the most?
A couple of the guys I play basketball with are people that I admire. Pat is 74 and Jules is 77. Both of them hit shots this morning. I just hope to be walking at 74. God bless em.

Sorry for the rant, it has been a good day with me closing some deals and doing a great presentation.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Set Your DVRs

Among inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, his name comes alphabetically after Louis Pasteur. In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it follows Parliament-Funkadelic. This singular distinction belongs to Les Paul, whose insatiable curiosity and experiments gave us the musical instrument of the modern era - the solid-body electric guitar - and the predominant studio recording technique - multi-tracking. Audacious and indefatigable at every turn of his career - from small-town Waukesha to Harlem music haunts to Hollywood studios - Paul, at age 92, still holds court every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. AMERICAN MASTERS explores the revolutionary results of his drive to create sounds that had "never been heard on earth" when Les Paul: Chasing Sound premieres Wednesday, July 11 8pm Central time.

Ads From Yesteryear Volume three

Hey man, I've done that. Where's the Crisco?

Priceless! part two

65' Custom built motor yacht, staterooms, GPS navigation, twin supercharged diesels, etc. = $2.5 million
Champagne and strawberries, dockside, for the excited "soon to be owners" = $250.00
Crane and rigging, complete with faulty turnbuckle = $2,500 per hour

Watching your dreamboat nose dive into the harbor, accompanied by two corporate representatives just prior to "inking" the final paperwork........


Sighting in your expensive new deer rifle
1.Shiny new, high-powered deer rifle.............. $1200.00
2.Quality, high-powered scope........................ $ 550.00
3.Bore sighting device.................................... $ 140.00
4.Hospital Visit............................................... $ 4,893.005.
Forgetting to remove the bore sighting device prior to shooting?
Priceless !

In Darwin 's book, the score: Deer 1 Hunter 0 GAME OVER

America Personified

This woman is my hero.
This link will renew your faith in this country and the people who inhabit it.
It is refreshing to find someone not motivated by greed or money. God bless you, Ms. Hancock.
This will be the best 5:15 you will ever spend.

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