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I’m back! Sorry for the delay, folks.

Greetings, readers. It was a rough couple of weeks for me, but I made it through. June 15th was the anniversary of my mother’s passing; always a hard day for me. As for the KISS top 100, that’s on hold for a few weeks. I want to finish my list before I continue.

Let’s see, what else is new? Well, we’re officially into summer. 😀 It really is my favorite season of the year. I love early autumn, too. I’ve always enjoyed Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday. After the new year, all the trees look dead and it’s freezing outside. I despise winter after January 1st.

I’ve been trying to figure out if Penn State football will be cancelled, or if they’ll play in front of an empty stadium. I can’t see 110,000 fans cramming into Beaver Stadium. 😦

Finally, I’m toying with the idea of keeping this blog open, but switching to YouTube and vlogging new material. I think it might be easier for me to just talk, rather than type everything. As I’ve told Rebecca many times, my favorite key is the backspace key. Lol.

Well, do take care, love one another, check on your family members, social distance, please!!!, and as always, happy reading.

Well…, my computer is right-out-of-the-box new…, unfortunately

Greetings, readers. For the past day and a half, I’ve had a non-functioning computer. It was caught in loop where in couldn’t start windows. This afternoon, I had to do the dreaded ‘complete restore’, meaning that everything that wasn’t backed up is lost, or will have to be found and saved again. That’s a chore, but it’s doable.

I am so far behind on other daily chores, that this blog entry will not contain any of the KISS countdown. This will continue next Wednesday. I hope you all understand. Next week, I shall try to add 5 songs. 😉

Soon, I have to get ready to have a friend, Smith, over. She’s bringing supper from one of the local churches. It’s our Thursday tradition. Lately, the church suppers have been excellent with meat, potatoes and veggies. 🙂

One small rant. In states where everything was opened up, too soon in my humble opinion, new Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Well who knew?! Of course they are, people! It’s too soon. Please…, SOCIAL DISTANCE!

Ok. Until next week, take care of one another, check on your friends, wear those pesky masks, and as always…, happy reading.

 

KISS songs 78, 77 & 76 + other news!

Greetings, readers. Much news to tell you about this week. Let’s get right into it. First, the area of the blog where I type the drafts is TOTALLY different. When you work with something for 8 years or so, you get used to the format and the look. This is a completely changed template, and for those of you who know me, I hate change.

Secondly, I binge watched the final eight episodes of Fuller House, one of my favorite shows. Yes…, I cried through the last episode where D.J., Steph and Kimmy got married in a triple wedding; so sweet! You know, I wanted the series to go on a few more years, so I could watch the kids grow up more, graduate high school and have prom night, like D.J. did. Oh, and Max and Rose must get married…, one day. Lol. Perhaps another streaming service other than Netflix might pick them up.

Now to my sad news. For only the third time since 1970, I will not be going to Maine this August. With all the fuss and uncertainty of Covid-19, I just don’t want to risk the trip up and back. Plus, once I’d get there, I’d not be allowed off the property; quarantined, you know. I tried to find out how to make an angry face emoji, but I couldn’t find it, so… here’s mine – :-S

Lastly, here are KISS songs 78, 77 & 76 in our countdown:

# 78. Kissin’ Time – [ A fun, fast-paced song from the band’s fist album, KISS. The guys talk about heading around the country, loving the ladies and loving life. It’s a song that I play when I’m down because it’s in my vocal range. After I sing it a couple of times, all my woes melt away. ]

# 77. 2000 Man – [ Okay, I’m not sure if writers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were on something the day he wrote this song for the Spaceman, Ace Frehley, because the lyrics are a bit odd. For instance;

“Well, my name is a number
A piece of plastic film
And I’m growin’ funny flowers
In my little window sill don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man
And my kids, they just don’t understand me at all
Well my wife still respects me
I really misused her
I am having an affair
With the Random computer
Don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man……………………………………… {From The Rolling Stone Lyrics page} Anyway, I still love it!!! ]

# 76. King Of The Mountain – [ With Eric Carr’s fantastic drum solo intro to this this song, KotM delivers a powerful punch for the lead-off tune off the Asylum album. Paul Stanley’s “gonna climb the mountain and hit the top…”. The song is about going for for what you want, and not settling. If you want it, go get it and be king…, or queen of your mountain. 😉

Alright, my readers. That’s it for this week. I’ll be back next Wednesday with another blog entry, including song choices #s, 75, 74 and 73. Until next time, take care of one another, check on your neighbors, practice social distancing, and always, happy reading.

Variation of a theme

Greetings, readers. The good news is that I decided to continue the weekly, Wednesday blog going through the summer and beyond. The ‘bad’ news is that the KISS top 100 will go slower than expected. Let’s get #s 80 and 79 done today. 🙂

80. Rock And Roll Hell – [ A Gene Simmons, medium-tempo song from the popular Creatures Of The Night album, it speaks of a musician who is under the gun and wants his time in the limelight. But, it’s been too long with too many sacrifices. He wants out. ]

79. Tossin’ And Turnin’ – [ Peter Criss’ fantastic version of a Bobby Lewis hit from 1961, it talks about a guy who just can’t sleep because he and his girl weren’t right. This song is on the Peter Criss solo album from 1978! ]

Now on to other happenings. I had therapy today, which always helps. This past weekend I ‘tortured’ myself by watching 6 straight hours of YouTube marriage proposal videos. OMG! Yes, I do that to myself at times. 😦

Well, my area of the country goes ‘green’ on Friday!!! Most, if not all restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic will be lifted. I just hope that people continue common sense and self-distance. It just takes one or two cases to spark a flare-up.

Lastly, during a flight simulation for my virtual airline I’m with, I flew the perfect flight and… almost the perfect landing. I hit the function button and the 1 button in stead of the f1 button. One ninety minute flight ruined. Grr! I think I’m not quite in reality just now. Lol.

Well folks, until next Wednesday, when I’ll list #s 78 and 77 and 76, do love one another, take good care and and always, happy reading.

 

A break in the KISS top ten list. I need to vent.

Greetings, readers. The last few days have been extremely stressful for me, especially today. I learned that a good friend of mine [name withheld for privacy] is in dire straights with a family issue. Now my regular readers know me well enough to know that I just want to jump right and save the day. This time, I may not be able to.

I, myself, have been miserably depressed because of the ongoing Covid-19 virus lockdown. The longer, warmer days are helping, I must admit. It has been tough though. I am used to getting out two or three times a day…, not a week! If I get out every third day for groceries at Target, it’s a lot.

With most all of the summer activities such as the Arts Festivals and Fourth of July fireworks, etc., called off for this year, my favorite season of the year [summer], is effectively shut down cold. Plus, my yearly trek to Maine is by no means a certainty. I might get to a hotel and have them say, “Welcome to our place. By the way, you’re now quarantined for two weeks.” Grr!

Yes, this happy-go-lucky guy is holding on folks…, but barely. My motto is ‘one day at a time’, sometimes it’s ‘one second at a time.’ Folks please send my friend good thoughts and check on your friends, love one another, and until next week, happy reading.

Hear ye, hear ye!

Good news, everyone & greetings, readers. Yes, there is news! With my creative juices flowing more and more now, I have decided to dedicate this late spring and summer to writing. So, here’s what going to be happening.

Beginning Wednesday, May 6th, I am going to begin a 10 segment ‘Top 100 list’ of an as of yet undetermined topic…, perhaps top 100 songs or TV shows and movies. We’ll think of something. I’ll probably ask Rebecca to write one or two of them…, for old time sake. 😉

So, we’ll see you May 6th with the first 10, 100-91! I can’t wait!!! Until then take care, check on your friends, continue social distancing, and as always, happy reading.

So good-bye yellow brick road …

Greetings, readers. After nine years and two months of writing the blog and other various writing projects, Rebecca and I have decided to close up shop. We will miss working together, but at the current moment it is the correct decision. The blog doesn’t pay the rent. Does this mean that I am closing the blog? Absolutely not.

The blog shall be open for everyone to enjoy and comment on, though I would ask you to please comment on my Facebook page. I visit there everyday. There are other blog topics to write about, but with me physically challenged and trying to find myself again, I’m going to take a short time off, and I shall try to get back to a once a week schedule at the beginning of the year. Rebecca said that she will also occasionally do a From Rebecca, and that is cool. She and I will have to touch base now and then to make certain that we don’t blog about the same topic. Lol. You know what they say, great minds think alike.

As we work on blog entry 871, I find myself looking back upon all the topics we’ve written about. There are a multitude of Top Ten Lists, R.I.P.s to numerous folks famous or otherwise, tons of entries about the weather, as well as blog topics dealing with Air Crash Investigation episodes and modern conveniences. It still gets me in the funny bone why Top ten list of modern conveniences was such a big hit, but it was.

I have also tried my hand at calming the country down, saying things like give peace a chance. What happens? More shootings. With only 15 people a day on average reading me, I guess I shouldn’t expect to be as powerful as a TV evangelist. 😉 We’ve also talked about natural disasters, and have prayed for those victims and families.

Am I calling this day a defeat? No. This is simply another chapter in my life. The brain is working better these days. I’ll explain why in a minute. But still I lack those tools to write that great American novel; that big hat hook that would put me on the map. I’m only 54 years old, so I’m not counting myself out yet. I know I’m not supposed to compare myself to my Dad, but hell, he wrote 30 books, albeit about theology and philosophy. My three books deal with my camping experiences and blogging. My fourth venture, of course, was as the co-author of Darren Taylor’s novel.

One of my current projects, which is improving my brain power, is playing an app on my phone called Wordscapes. I made words, usually from a group of four or five letters at a time. The higher the level, the more words you have to make and the harder it is. I can feel myself filling out the puzzle faster than the first time I tried to play it.

Oh, yes, readers, I have had many successes in life and shall continue to do so. I don’t think I shall ever close the blog down, and will add to it when I have big news to share. For instance, I am doing a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol locally tomorrow from 5 – 7pm. Rebecca or I may possibly even write a review. For anyone in the State College area, it is at the 3 Dots Art Gallery at the corner of Beaver Ave and Pugh Street. Come one, come all.

It has been a pleasure and an honor writing for you, and it has also been a true honor and pleasure to work with Rebecca these last nine years. Again, this is not good-bye.

So I will say, friends, until we meet again, much love, take care of one another, happy holidays, and we will be in touch soon … and oh, yes, as always, happy reading.

Times are a changin’

Greetings, readers. The nine-year stint of Rebecca and I working together will be coming to a sad end at the end of this year. Many factors on both sides have made this the only logical choice. Fear not, blog readers. While I might not post new entries twice a week, I won’t be closing the blog down either. As well, Rebecca asked me if she could add an occasional From Rebecca from time to time in the next year. Obviously, I said yes.

I’ve been going through a rough patch recently. A very sweet young lady – a server at Bear Spring Camps for many years – was hit by a car in Florida and killed a few days ago. It made me wonder: A wonderful person with her whole life in front of her is called home and I, a gamer and absolute loafer, continues to walk the planet. Hmm. I don’t see the justice in that. Probably I’ll get to live to be 106, playing baseball video games right up to the end.

A high school classmate of mine is back in the hospital and not doing well. Pinky, you have to make it, Kid. I’m not ready to add your name to the curse of the class of ’83. I’m praying for you constantly.

It is a beautiful sunny day here in central Pennsylvania, yet cold. There is nary a cloud in the sky. The days of 60º F are gone until springtime, I’m afraid. I must say with climate change we were warmer here longer in the fall season than in years past. I will take it.

I cannot believe that we are getting to the home stretch of the Penn State football season, and just past the mid-point of the NFL season. It truly feels like the older I get, the faster time seems to go. That is probably because the majority of my years are behind me. I’m not that young kid anymore who could run around and play sports. Hell, with my knees I couldn’t even run to a bus.

Now, readers, as you know I am not one for conspiracy theories. The other day I was doing errands with a friends and I saw something weird in the sky. I can only describe them as chem trails, a term I learned from a former friend that meant she thought the government was spraying chemicals in the air. I hope never to see another cloud like that again. It was definitely not a vapor trail from a jet liner at 33,000 feet. I know the difference. This was low and perfectly curved, as though it would fit around a big pipe. As Arte Johnson on Laugh-In would say, “Verrry interesting.”

Lastly, I’m still getting used to my new smart phone … very slowly, and thanks to the winning costume at the Halloween party, I won a Kindle Fire. That’s right folks, I went from having a dumb phone to having two smart devices in a week. There will be a learning curve. I must say though, I am enjoying both gizmos.

 

Me at the 2019 Halloween Party as C3PO at Addison Court Apartments. I won the contest!
Me at the 2019 Halloween Party at Addison Court Apartment as C3PO. I won the contest!

 

That’s it for today. I can’t guarantee a blog entry for the weekend as you know, but I will try. We’ll be working together until the end of the year, so until next Wednesday, take care, have a great week, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

Sunday evening blog tentatively set to begin again October 6th

Greetings, readers. Yes, folks, it has been too long now not having two blog entries up per week. If the truth be told, I was going to wait until football season was over, but I think I shall try to sneak in an entry on late Sunday afternoons or evenings. My readers have come to expect two blog entries a week and as you know we aim to please.

For those of you who follow me on Facebook you will know I am trying to shake a cold right now. I just got finished telling Rebecca that I feel perfectly fine but sound very stuffy. If I hadn’t felt terrible two days ago, I might have actually called this an allergy attack. Remember it is fall here in central Pennsylvania. Happy second day of fall!

It is a gorgeous day here, nary a cloud in the sky. The new building next door is being worked on in earnest. They have five stories complete on my end of the building and four stories on the end closer to Beaver Ave. Completion date is set for next August, so quite soon the plumbing, lights, and the electrics will have to be put in. That means that the outside of the building must be completed first. It seems like only yesterday they were using the jack hammers to excavate for the foundation.

I saw a marked improvement in the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend though they lost. Mason Rudolph was a wonderful young quarterback and I’m hoping he gets his first win this Monday night at home vs the Cincinnati Bengals. Other NFL surprises are the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins. The Bills are 3-0??? And the hapless Redskins are 0-3. I think Redskins’ head coach Jay Gruden will be ousted if he loses to the New York Giants on Sunday.

In other sports news, the baseball playoffs are just around the corner. The Pittsburgh Pirates will not be in it, so I’ll take a quick glance to see if there are any other teams I am interested in rooting for before investing my time.

While watching NFL football, I have seen advertisements for new and returning TV series’. I’ve got to tell ya, I can’t say that I am truly dying to see any of them. If I really wish to see something there is always that beautiful invention called On Demand. With my new writing project now well under way (yay!) I think I shall watch TV catch-as-catch-can on Demand. I love Xfinity and its cable box.

Continued prayers go out to all who need it.

That’s all the news from here. Until next Wednesday, have a good week, take care, and happy reading.

We’re going on hiatus. This is not the end of the blog…, I promise. :-)

Greetings, readers. Fear not, for this is not the end of the blog. Rebecca and I are going to take a break for several weeks, so that I can get my new writing project off the ground before I leave for Maine. Have I run out of topics to blog about? Absolutely not. All schoolchildren or college students look forward to a summer vacation, free of the daily grind of classes and homework. That is what’s happening here.

After today’s blog entry is posted, the next new one will appear on August 21st. I have several writing project ideas in my mind, and one in particular which is bubbling up to the surface. I’m going to keep it a complete surprise until the project is well underway. That’s always been one of my downfalls; letting people know what my project is about, and then have folks tell me that idea has already been done before. ☹

Rebecca has told me many times that even if an idea has been done, to go ahead and write my story and put my twist on it. That is sound advice. We had a conversation the other day about how many versions of a Christmas Carol have been produced. In the current TV market where old series’ reboots are commonplace, I am going to strive to write a story dealing with the topic I know very well, and put my own slant on it. It’s going to be loads of fun. 😉

before closing, I hope everyone in the United States had a wonderful Fourth of July, that you stayed safe if shooting off fireworks, and had safe travels home. Please have a wonderful rest of your summer, give someone you love a hug every day, give peace a chance, not war, and until next time…, happy reading.