Friday, June 06, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Three RIP's

Alton Kelley, yes you know his work...

Bo Diddley, yes you know his work...

Buddy Holly takes a crack at it...

many remember this...(I know I do)!

...and finally, goodnight and goodbye to my favorite all time doctor. Dr. Paul Shuff, my ears, nose and throat guy passed from cancer yesterday. One of the coolest, most interesting guys I have ever met. His daughter used to produce Spike O'Dell at WGN in Chicago, so we became fast friends. I could always count on an interesting conversation with doc. He was a man of many talents and a guy full of goodness. I'll miss the talks, doc. I'm glad you didn't have to suffer too long. God speed Paul Shuff, you were a great kind hearted soul.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Beautiful...but I Wouldn't Want To Be There

...right outside of Kearney, Nebraska.

thanks vic

Monday, June 02, 2008

Ruh Roh

My dad was 50 when I was born. My brother died at 45.

A mass study found that deaths of children fathered by over-45s occurred at almost twice the rate of those fathered by men aged between 25 and 30.
Scientists believe that children of older fathers are more likely to suffer particular congenital defects as well as autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. The study was the first of its kind of such magnitude in the West, and researchers believe the findings are linked to the declining quality of sperm as men age.
A total of 100,000 children born between 1980 and 1996 were examined, of whom 830 have so far died before they reached 18, the majority when they were less than a year old.
The deaths of many of the children of the older fathers were related to congenital defects such as problems of the heart and spine, which increase the risk of infant mortality. But there were also higher rates of accidental death, which the researchers believe might be explained by the increased likelihood of suffering from autism, epilepsy or schizophrenia.
Most research into older parents has, until now, focused on the risks passed on by older mothers. But the new study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, was adjusted to take account of maternal age and socio-economic differences.
The research also found higher death rates among children of the youngest fathers, especially those below the age of 19. However, the study said these differences were explained by the risks of teenage motherhood and poorer diet and lifestyle.
Previous research using the same data found that older men were four times as likely to father a child with Down's syndrome, while other studies have found that the genetic quality of sperm deteriorates as men age.
More than 75,000 babies in Britain are born to fathers aged 40 and over each year, or more than one in 10 of all births. This includes more than 6,000 born to fathers aged 50 or over. The average age of fathering a child in this country is 32.
Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology – the medical specialty dealing with male reproduction – at the University of Sheffield, said: "A lot of people know that there are risks for the child that come from having an older mother, but children of older fathers also carry an increased risk. These sorts of results provide another good reason to have children early, when possible."
Dr Pacey, who is secretary of the British Fertility Society, said scientists were unsure exactly what impact the ageing process had on the quality of sperm, making it impossible to detect defects before conception.
Dr Jin Liang Zhu, from the Danish Epidemiology Science Centre, which carried out the research, said: "The risks of older fatherhood can be very profound, and it is not something that people are always aware of."
The mother's age still has the bigger impact on child health, however. About one in 900 babies born to women under 30 have Down's syndrome – a figure which reaches one in 100 by the age of 40. The number of over-40s giving birth in Britain each year has doubled in the past decade to 16,000. The risk of miscarriage rises sharply with age.

Words To Live By..

I don't know if this is Mitch Hedwig or Stephen wright or Eddie Izzard or Carlin..but, hey it works....

I was in a casino, I was standing by the door, and a security guard came over and said "You're gonna have to move. You're blocking the fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. Unless you are a table.

I went to the store to buy a candleholder but the store didnt have one, so i got a cake.

I want to hang a map of the world in my house then I'm gonna put pins into all the locations that I've travelled to. But first I'm gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won't fall down.

If you find yourself lost in the woods, fuck it!, build a house. Well, I was lost but now I live here. I have severely improved my predicament.

I had a neighbor, and whenever he would knock on my wall I knew he wanted me to turn my music down, and that made me angry because I like loud music, so when he knocked on the wall I'd mess with his head. I'd say: "Go around! I cannot open the wall. I don't know if you have a doorknob on the other side, but over here there's nothing. It's just flat.

I like escalators because an escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You'll never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience. We apologize that you can still get up there.

I don't have a girlfriend. I just know a girl who would get really mad if she heard me say that.

When you go to a restaurant on the weekends and it's busy so they start a waiting list, they say, "DuFresnes, party of two, table ready for DuFresnes, party of two." And if no one answers they'll say the name again: "DuFresnes, party of two." But then if no one answers, they'll move on to the next name. "Bush, party of three." Yeah, but what happened to the DuFresnes!? No one seems to care! Who can eat at a time like this!? People are missing. You people are selfish. The DuFresnes are in someone's trunk right now, with duct tape over their mouths. And they're hungry. That's a double whammy. We need help. "Bush, search party of three. You can eat once you find the DuFresnes.

I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don't need a receipt for a doughnut. I'll give you the money, you give me the doughnut—end of transaction. We do not need to bring ink and paper into this. I just cannot imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend—"Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut—I got the documentation right here! (pause) Oh wait, it's back home in the file, under 'D', for doughnut." 'Cuz we all know that 'D' is for doughnut.

I like baked potatoes, man. I don’t have a microwave oven. It takes forever to cook a baked potato in a conventional oven. Sometimes I’ll just throw one in there, even if I don’t want one. By the time it’s done, who knows.

I bought a seven dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring.

Last week I helped my friend stay put. It's a lot easier'n helpin' 'em move. I just went over to his house and made sure that he did not start to load shit into a truck.

On a stop light green means go and yellow means slow down, but on a banana it's just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means, 'where the fuck did you get that banana at?'

I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.

I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.

I was walking down the street with my friend and he said, "I hear music", as if there is any other way you can take it in. You're not special, that's how I receive it too. I tried to taste it but it did not work.

This shirt is "dry-clean only"...which means it's dirty.

My lucky number is four billion. That doesn't come in real handy when you're gambling. "Come on four billion! Fuck! Seven. Not even close. I need some more dice. Four billion divided by six, at least."

My apartment is infested with koala bears. Its the cutest infestation ever. Much better than cockroaches.

I like vending machines 'cuz snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it so that it achieves it's maximum flavor potential.

You know when it comes to racism, people say: " I don't care if they're black, white, purple or green"... Ooh hold on now: Purple or Green? You gotta draw the line somewhere! To hell with purple people! - Unless they're suffocating - then help'em.

I saw a commercial on late night TV, it said,"Forget everything you know about slipcovers." So I did. And it was a load off my mind. Then the commercial tried to sell me slipcovers, and I didn't know what the hell they were.

I like the American-Canadian border, 'cuz if you're walking on the border with a friend, and you push your friend into Canada, he can't push you back right away, 'cuz first he has to go through customs. "What brings you to Canada?":[Points to the side] "That asshole." "When are you leaving?" "As soon as I regain my equilibrium!"

I love my fed-ex guy cause he's a drug dealer and he don't even know it...and he's always on time.

I saw this wino, he was eating grapes. I was like, "Dude, you have to wait."[

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Top 100

In a futile attempt to record my top 100, I have been remiss in my duties, so in no particular order, I continue my charting of the albums that in my life, have reached the top 100.

There would be another Elvin Bishop recording in my top 100. I could not get enough of this guy in the mid 70's. This release reminds me of being married to my first wife, but that's not all bad.

For our honeymoon, we packed up the pick up truck with lots of music and took off to Ava, Branson and then one night at Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals play the Braves. This eight track is one that was played over and over again. One night, Elvin played the Quad Cities and I made sure that after I had put in ten hours at the plant, I got front row seats. This is joyful noise, A glorious sound of mostly happy and mostly drinking songs.

"Sunshine Special" is the one that kicks off the album and sets the tone.."and I can almost see my people, standing on a hillside, on that morning when I arrive..."

"Ground Hog" is a love song, I'll leave it at that.

"Honey Babe" is the best jam on the whole darn record, these guys cook on the last half of this one.

"Stealin Watermelons" is actually one I can relate to. ..."just like that little woman of mine, sweet and juicy and oh, so fine."

"Travellin Shoes" is his "Stairway" and not one for women. "I'm gonna get Hank Aaron's baseball bat and tenderize her head" Ouch. OK, then. Crippling guitar solo, though.

"Let It Flow" is more joyful noise..."bird's chirping in the tree, fish flowing through the sea, bees buzzin in the breeze, I got the music flowing all through me"

"Hey Good Lookin" is a 70s update on the old Hank song. A lyrical update about TV and weed, and, well..

"Fishin'" silly fishing song that I think is hilarious, talking about sending Charlie Daniels out for some corn liquor.

"Can't Go Back" and one of the truths I've learned in life.

"I Can't Hold Myself In Line" one of the best drinking songs ever

"Bourbon Street" in New Orleans, every night's like News Years eve

This may be the first time Mickey Thomas appeared on any record. Great back up band and a wonderful, special record that I still play regularly today, 34 years after it was released.

His daughter and her mother were murdered as a part of a bizarre plot. Link

Here's a very tasty video, not the greatest sound quality, but you get the idea..

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