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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: Today at 03:32:34 PM
Happiness is a Warm Gun

Don't know how this song is still in the running. Gives me the creeps.
"Mother Superior jumped the gun"??
Oh well. You all will enlighten me, yes? :-)
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: Today at 07:32:46 AM
For the people of Puerto Rico   Cry

'Souvenir de Porto Rico' by Gottschalk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu0ff_fMMDU
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 07, 2017, 05:06:43 PM
People are starting to vote for songs that are in my top 3 or 4. Sad
Bad to hear but I'm going to join with "Julia".
Die.  Angry

Uncalled for, to say the least!
BTW I happen to really like Julia but everyone is entitled to his/her opinion.
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: September 06, 2017, 04:56:17 PM
Hope those suffering in Texas and southwest Louisiana won't be forgotten, now that attention is being given to that mega storm, Hurricane Irma.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: September 05, 2017, 03:23:36 PM
Thanks for the recommendation.
I have the Great Courses lectures on classical music, and was just listening to a lecture about Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, the Symphony that "saved his life."
His earlier opera didn't go over very well with the top brass. If I knew that Stalin was going to attend one of my compositions I would have made sure to wear a nappie (diaper)! After having to put aside his Fourth, the Fifth was his last shot to, er, not be shot?
The West didn't take too kindly to the Fifth. Shostakovich said that only Russians could truly understand where he was coming from.
Usually when I listen to a classical work I interpret it my way. Will listen to the Fifth and see if I can "get it."

As to what I've been reading, believe it or not, I have only now read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl (revised edition).
Don't know how I didn't see her house during the two times in Amsterdam (1978 and 1989).
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 04, 2017, 10:12:21 AM
Happiness is a Warm Gun
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Blondie Facebook Q&A on: September 04, 2017, 06:25:16 AM
I wonder what are the skeletons he referred to in relation to Carl?

I interpreted it as "skeletons" with the band, not Carl in particular.

He answered some more questions today but can't forward on my device. Nice comment about Dennis, and funny comment about Brian. Said he'd continue to answer questions.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: September 02, 2017, 02:21:20 PM
Answered more questions. Asked if he kept in touch with the BBs after leaving, Blondie said not until convinced later on to see Carl. Said there were "a lot of skeletons."
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: September 02, 2017, 09:58:58 AM
For those on FB, Blondie Chaplin's site invited people to post questions, and he's been answering them today.
One asked if the other Flame record would be released, the answer was "if we can get Brother Records to get off the dime".
Another post was the good vibes he had doing Sail on Sailor at Brian's house, with Carl and Ricky.
Great of him to take the time to answer questions
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: September 01, 2017, 03:22:24 PM
It's very hard to watch. Brings back bad memories.
And this is just the beginning. Going back to the neighborhood once the floodwaters go away, having to deal with that 'smell', of mold, dead plants, rotted food, dead animals...
Having to muck out the house. At first, in my case, I would pick up every item that had been submerged and decide whether to keep it or not, After a while, realizing that nothing was salvageable, I used a shovel that the Red Cross had provided and shoveled it all into a garbage can.
I'd wear a white mask, and after leaving the house after a couple of hours, it was black.
I worked during the week (job re-located temporarily 2 hours away) so did clean up on weekends.
Had a cough for a solid year.
And the insurance hassles, especially if you have a mortgage and the mortgage company uses the money to pay down the principal on the house instead of releasing it for repairs :-(.
Plus I assume that a lot of these flood victims, not being on a flood plain, didn't have flood insurance.
Fly by night contractors who take the money and run, or make shoddy repairs.
And on and on.

Hope and pray that these people will have it easier, that they will be given a "hand-up" to help them get on with their lives,

P.S. HOWEVER - There were SO many people who helped me out of the good of their hearts. When I was in Jacksonville, Florida  for a couple of weeks after Katrina, the congregation of a small church took up a collection and gave me several hundred dollars. They didn't have to do it but they did.
Now, I must pay it forward...
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 01, 2017, 03:00:14 PM
Rocky Raccoon
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: September 01, 2017, 12:32:11 PM
Thank you, John.
We in New Orleans lucked out, as we didn't get the "training" rain over us. Mobile, Alabama got it.

The southwest part of Louisiana got hammered. And right across the state line in Texas, the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur (Janis Joplin's birthplace) were almost wiped out. Scary situation there. Plus the water system in Beaumont broke down so their hospital had to be evacuated.

Hope Billy's okay and that he was able to get his meds.

Deciding today what charities to donate to. Some for people, and a couple taking care of animals.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: August 29, 2017, 02:55:08 PM
The storm is finally starting to move, slowly, towards the Texas/Louisiana border. Should go northeast through Louisiana tomorrow.
Where I am, we had some heavy rain and a brief flood warning this morning. Since then it's been rain, stop for a while, then more rain, stop, etc. it's raining heavily as I post.
Fortunately we haven't had the "training effect" rain that Houston and some other areas have had. That's where there's a constant movement of rain over the same area, like a train.
We're not totally in the clear yet. As the storm moves north the likelihood increases of bands of rain coming up over us. The mess should finally clear out by Thursday.
And on top of this it's the 12th anniversary of our city's disaster. Seeing what's going on in Houston brought all those memories back of that horrible day and the couple of miserable years after that...

Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with Billy and his family, and for others that I know there - they all are dry, but like Billy are surrounded by water for now.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: August 29, 2017, 11:40:10 AM
Hang in there Billy.
It's almost too much to bear.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Discuss Every Beach Boys Song Day By Day on: August 27, 2017, 08:09:53 PM
5
My favorite song on this album. Pure genius.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: August 27, 2017, 10:30:43 AM
From a tweet by the National Weather Service (NWS):
"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced."

I don't know if anywhere in the continental United States has there been such widespread areas of 20 plus inches of rain. There is now the forecast that some areas can get as much as 60 inches of rain (over 152 cm). Maybe Hawaii has gotten rainfall like that,

Bless Billy and his family
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: August 27, 2017, 02:24:03 AM
I've been listening to the Houston police/fire scanners, along with a Houston radio station. Lots of high water rescues. And on top of that, numerous tornado warnings!
Just saw a graphic on a weather site - some places are getting rain at a rate of 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) an hour!
 Cry
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Hurricane Harvey on: August 26, 2017, 04:37:42 PM
Continuing my prayers for you all. That's some really nasty stuff on radar.  Sad
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: August 26, 2017, 04:32:33 PM
No I don't like Rocky Raccoon. Never have. Yeah it's a "Paul" song.
My two favorites in this section of the White Album are Blackbird and Martha My Dear. Who wrote those?

Anyway, am really preoccupied right now with the situation in Texas right now, with a number of dear friends in harm's way. So won't be posting much on SS other than sending positive vibes to Billy Castillo.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: August 25, 2017, 08:41:01 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with all who will be affected by the hurricane in Texas over the next few days.
To those outside the area who aren't aware of this, a hurricane will be hitting around the Corpus Christi Texas area tonight, and might stall around there for several days, causing catastrophic flooding in areas including Houston (up to 30 inches - over 76 cm).
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: August 24, 2017, 09:01:36 PM
Rocky Raccoon
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Can't Wait Too Long on Sunshine Tomorrow on: August 23, 2017, 07:40:17 PM
Thanks. I'm obsessed with this song!
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: August 23, 2017, 05:47:17 AM
Cool!

Ah, milk in glass bottles. Don't remember getting them at our house, just remember cartons.
However, my Grandmother would get the glass bottles. Her milk wasn't homogenized so the cream was at the top. When we visited her we would fight over who would get the cream. Good memories.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: August 22, 2017, 06:14:18 AM
Today, however, I made Milk Bottle Man. He has since joined Baker Man and Toothbrush Man on the shelf in the living room.

All three gentlemen are made of Lego. Baker Man relocates to the kitchen top when a new loaf is to be taken out of the freezer that night. Toothbrush Man is to remind me to brush the dog's teeth every evening at eight after the news on TV.

Like Baker Man, Milk Bottle Man is to relocate to the kitchen top when there's only one packet of milk left and we need to buy more.

I'll add a snapshot of this unlikely trio some time.   

Yes, please post that if you can.
We have a Lego club at one of our libraries. There's an age restriction - no one under 21 years of age can attend because booze is served. Bet by the end of the afternoon there are some interesting Lego creations!
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: August 21, 2017, 08:59:35 PM
Drove to a sister's house to watch TV of the eclipse in the US. Down here the eclipse was 75%, enough to darken the sky just a bit and confuse the crickets into starting their noisy racket. It was great watching the total eclipse events moving west to east throughout the country.
Another one of my sisters left at 3:30 in the morning from Laurel, Maryland, and drove about 700 km to Greenville, South Carolina, where she saw the total eclipse in a parking lot. When over, she got back in her car and drove back to Maryland!

Was thinking about songs relating to planets, the sun, moon, stars etc, Decided to play 8.

 Solar System - Beach Boys
How High the Moon - Les Paul/Mary Ford
Moonshadow- Cat Stevens
Shining Star - Earth, Wind and Fire
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Moondance- Van Morrison
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
The Warmth of the Sun - Beach Boys
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