On Vacation

The Coeur d'Alene Resort, on Lake Coeur d'Alen...
The Coeur d'Alene Resort, on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In reference to my previous post, we went south and are currently in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho heading towards Spokane, Washington, then somewhere else after that. Lots of fresh material to share beginning next week. In the meantime, I am officially on vacation. See you next week.

And We’re Off….Somewhere

Aurora at Banff, Canada.
Aurora at Banff, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have a week off work and no idea what to do.  We were thinking south, BUT, as we have no kids, didn’t even think of spring break.  Sooo that’s out.  Sitting here feeling trapped, a decision has been made.  A night in Banff tonight, with a great supper and some honest discussion on what we do next.  The options are drive south from Banff to Idaho and Eastern Washington, maybe even Utah and a bit of Wyoming, OR, keep going west to Victoria, south to Seattle and Portland, then across to Montana and north home, OR go north from Banff through the Columbia Ice-fields and on to Jasper.  I am thinking straight south as the north is to wintery, the west is to far (lots of driving) and the south keeps us in control of the time space continuum.  Should be fun, we got tonight booked so far.

Remembering Warren Luening

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Warren Luening passed away on March 18, 2012 at the age of 70. He was an outstanding trumpet player who was always in demand as a studio player. His career spanned many famous icons, meaning you likely have heard him play, without knowing him. He played with Lawrence Welk for several years. He was the soloist on soundtracks such as King Kong (2005), The River and That Thing You Do. He also played in the orchestras for the Emmys, the Oscars and Dancing With The Stars. Enjoy.

Warren Luening

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Friday Funnies – From The Emailbag

This one was being passed around work this week.

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Outwitting Customs

In parochial school students are taught that lying is a sin. However, instructions also advised that using a bit of imagination was OK to express the truth differently without lying. Below is a perfect example of those teachings:

Getting a Hairdryer Through Customs.

An attractive young woman on a flight from Ireland asked the Priest beside her, ‘Father, may I ask a favour?’ ‘

‘Of course child. What may I do for you?’

‘Well, I bought my mother an expensive hair dryer for her birthday.
It is unopened but well over the Customs limits and I’m afraid they’ll confiscate it.
Is there any way you could carry it through customs for me? Hide it under your robes perhaps?’

‘I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you, I will not lie.’
‘With your honest face, Father, no one will question you.’

When they got to Customs, she let the priest go first. The official asked,

‘Father, do you have anything to declare?’

‘From the top of my head down to my waist I have nothing to declare.’

The official thought this answer strange, so asked, ‘And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?’

‘I have a marvellous instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused.’
Roaring with laughter, the official said, ‘Go ahead, Father.
Next please!’

The Elite Eight: Beatles vs. Simon and Garfunkel and The Mothers of Invention vs. The Mamas and the Papas

The Elite 8 at the Music Court is up

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Well I guess I should have expected this. A tie. The 5 vs. 12 matchup featuring the Mamas and the Papas debut album vs. The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension was shaping up to be a close Mamas and the Papas victory, but, with a few minutes to spare, the match became tied and stayed tied at 2:30 p.m., when I officially closed the poll (at least in my mind because you can technically still vote). Overtime. I never established how overtime works but I made a call earlier this month that if a match-up was tied I’d bring it down to where the album charted in their respective category using U.S. Billboard rankings (pretty neutral). If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears by The Mamas and the Papas reached the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Pop charts. The Byrds reached #24 on the Top LP charts. Yes, not a very accurate way of making…

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Michele Van Kleef – Twitter Thursday

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This week on Twitter Thursday, I will introduce you to Michele Van Kleef.  A native of Portland, Oregon, Michele has recently released her début solo album titled “After All”.  It is available on iTunes at this link.


This song is off the album

After All

This song is also from the album and is a live acoustic version of her song Snow.


Michele is a good singer songwriter.  I wish her every success with her album.  If you wish to follow her on Twitter she is at @Michelevankleef

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Another Top 16 March Madness Poll

group 3 is up at the Music Court

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The first round voting has been strong and I thank you. As of now, the first three seeds are flying towards easy victories. Freak Out is only winning by a few votes and Otis Redding may pull off a 13 vs. 4 upset and become the Ohio of this year’s bracket! But as of now it is trailing and there is only until the end of the week to vote. The rest of the match-ups are below. Make sure to vote for your favorites and tune into the Elite Eight which begins next week. Haven’t voted in the initial match-ups? No problem. Click this and vote!

#5: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears by The Mamas and the Papas vs. #12: Fifth Dimension by the Byrds

Let me tell you, I love this match-up. It is a great 12 vs. 5 because the five seed is not so much…

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