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So this post won’t be a light-hearted affair.  Rather, I’ll be sharing some sad songs, songs about death and loss.

We saw a tragic incident in FL Wednesday of this week when seventeen young people had their lives snuffed out by a “loner” or a guy who “acted weird”.  Nikolas Cruz had been receiving counseling or some other form of mental health treatment but stopped going to the appointments.  We’ll never know if this could have been averted had he continued his appointments.  One thing we do know is that it’s time for another ban on any and all assault weapons.  We simply do not need to have AR15s or AK47s on the street.

(1) Modest Mouse~Ocean Breathes Salty

(2) Eric Clapton~Tears In Heaven

(3) Frank Turner~Long Live The Queen

(4) Warren Zevon~Keep Me In Your Heart

(5) Radiohead~Videotape

(6) The Beatles~Let It Be

(7) Mozart Requiem~Lacrimosa

 

Requiescat in pace

Open thread.

 

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Happy Sunday Widdershins!

The last couple of days we talked about support animals and therapy animals: seems like therapy animals have become all the rage. Once upon a time it was dogs we used for emotional support. Now people have gotten attached to hamsters, peacocks, rabbits, lizards, etc. I suppose whatever one finds comfort it can be your support… who is anyone to judge. Except I’m totally judging anyone with a support anaconda, cockroach or goldfish.

I personally find a lot of comfort in music. Music is my real emotional supporter. Music is the most universal language of all. It transcends millennia, languages and borders. (Alcohol does too, but music is arguably healthier.) So – what are some of your emotional support musical artists? Are there performers or songs you go to when you are stressed? We are all stressed these days. What music gets you through the day?

Good Sunday and Monday Widdershins!

Saturday January 20th 2018 showed us that the Women’s March of 2017 was not just a one shot deal of protest mainly against Donald J. tRump.  Once again women turned out by the hundreds of thousands in New York, Los Angeles, Oklahoma and even across the globe in Canada, the UK, Japan, Italy and other countries. Further, on the 21st of January there was a huge rally in Las Vegas with the theme of Power to the Polls with the goal of registering one million new voters ahead of the mid-term elections in November.

Also, the #metoo movement is staying strong, with the latest news concerning Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn being accused of sexual harassment of dozens of women. Despite Wynn’s denials the story must have legs because Wynn has resigned as RNC Finance Chair.

So with these successes in mind, let’s take a look once again at songs dealing with womens empowerment.  While we’ve visited this type of songs before, it’s always great to take a look at them again.

(1) Beyoncé~Run the World (girls)

(2) Demi Lovato~Confident

(3) Aretha Franklin~R-e-s-p-e-c-t

(4) Meghan Trainor~NO

(5) Joan Jett~Bad Reputation

(6) Lady Gaga~Born This Way

(7) Reba McEntire~I’m A Survivor

So there ya go Widdershins – seven songs about surviving and empowering.  I know that you will have others that you’ll add in the comments below.  Open thread of course.

 

A HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU WIDDERSHINS!

As I said in the comments yesterday we actually had a couple of days this week when it warmed up enough that I had to turn on the a/c because it was getting a bit on the stuffy side.  It didn’t last for long.  I went out to run to the bank Friday before MLK Day Monday and a front had already plunged through the area; it was drizzly and cold.  Ugh.  The wx guy said during this upcoming week we’ll get a reinforcing shot of the cold and several of the forecast models show snow one day this week.  We don’t do snow well in the south.

So I thought we might want to look at some songs about sunny weather or sunny places; just anything along those lines.

(1) Beachin’ ~ Jake Owen

(2) Soak Up The Sun~Sheryl Crow

(3) A Classic from The Beach Boys

(4) Warm Weather~Pieces of a Dream

(5) Sun is Shining~Bob Marley

(6) Boat Drinks~Jimmy Buffet

There ya go Widdershins, six songs to brighten up a dreary, winter day.

Open thread of course.

ETA: Please add some of your musical choices in the comments.

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

I have to give a big tip-o-the-hat to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for his year-end roundup of the strange and weird news in Florida.  I wanted to do one of these weird news posts for awhile and especially in Florida. Mr. Pittman has made that very easy to do.  I have to wonder if the tRump Clan being there contributes to any of the strange news in the Sunshine State.  At the least it cannot hurt.  So let’s take a look at a few of the choice strange things that happened in 2017 in Florida.

As Pittman says, some of these things became almost instant classics:

“Man accidentally shoots self in road rage incident,” and “Possum breaks into liquor store, gets skunky drunk” and “Polk City woman arrested for DUI on a horse.”

Of the ones above I have to wonder how the horse felt about the inebriated rider. Could the woman have ridden the horse any worse than Roy Moore did?

I seem to recall something similar to this happening in a drag queen contest but that one involved ripping wigs off of heads:

A woman in a bikini contest in Stuart was busted for bashing a competitor in the head with her high-heeled shoe (neither won Miss Congeniality).

We’ve probably all seen some videos from The Villages retirement community in Florida.  It’s big and the residents love them some golf carts.  Apparently they like some meth also.

When a SWAT team raided a home in the retirement mega-community of The Villages, police found more than just the meth lab they’d expected. They also discovered it was a chop shop for stolen golf carts.

And apparently these aren’t your run-of-the-mill golf carts but some seriously customized ones, so you can see why there might be a chop shop there:

Some of these weird news items just made me want to go “Huh?”

In December, a Lawtey woman who was charged with stealing statues, figurines and even concrete benches from a cemetery was dubbed “the Gravesite Grinch.”

I’m wondering if this woman was having a themed Thanksgiving dinner:

In November, a woman was charged with shoplifting while dressed as a turkey.

Apparently this guy had seen the warnings about not watching the eclipse without wearing some sort of eye protection

In August, a fleeing car thief got caught when he stopped at a hardware store in Kissimmee to buy a welder’s mask so he could watch the solar eclipse.

Sex and/or variations on that theme played a part in some of the more entertaining news bits from Florida:

A man who was stealing a trailer in Cooper City stopped long enough to have sex with his accomplice.

In Sarasota, a tennis match had to be halted because of the noise from a couple’s amorous exploits.

In Fort Walton Beach, a woman told police that she attacked her husband only because he threw her sex toys at her.

And then there were the ones involving critters of various and sundry types:

A Clearwater Beach man risked eviction from his condo because of his devotion to his emotional support squirrel.

An Englewood family heard a noise in their attic and soon learned the source was a 6-foot boa constrictor — and that the snake had apparently been living there for more than two years.

My favorite with the animal stories was this one:

A Lee County woman, 71, was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while she was working in her garden. She fought the gator off by stabbing it in the nose with her garden shears.

That’s a lady who takes her gardening seriously.

And then there were the ones involving weapons of many types:

A Micanopy school was placed on lockdown when a man threatened parents in the car line with a gun and a dead possum.

A Lehigh Acres man was asleep in a chair when his dog barked, startling him, so that he jumped up and knocked a .25-caliber pistol off an end table, and when it hit the floor it shot him in the thigh.

A Plantation police officer giving a gun safety lesson to schoolchildren warned them that his Taser was not a toy, then accidentally Tasered a 10-year-old.

A Jacksonville man sat down on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, and it shot him in the penis.

A Vero Beach woman attacked a police officer with an electric toothbrush.

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In keeping with the odd/strange (stupid?) news, I saw one clip of this and it reminded me of how many times people ignore both speed limits and warnings about this bridge which has very low clearance.  The bridge is in Durham North Carolina and it is amazing how many drivers ignore flashing lights, big, huge yellow signs and other things that seem to shout out:  HEY BIG TRUCK!  DON’T TRY DRIVING UNDERNEATH THIS.  IT WON’T END WELL.

This Penske truck appears to pop a wheelie when it’s introduced to the bridge.

This one involves an All My Sons professional (?) moving truck.  Apparently the sons are Eric and Don Jr.

There are lots more of these videos at youtube.  Just put 11 foot 8 in the search box and you’ll find them.

Okay, that’s it for today.  Open thread of course.

 

 

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hillary, Hillary.

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hillary, Hillary.

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hillary, Hillary.

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hillary, Hillary.

OPEN THREAD

 

 

Good Saturday Widdershins!

I have been just incredibly busy the last couple of days and have not had much time to devote to thoughts of a post for the weekend.  Was going to try to do one for Friday and the weekend but that plan fell apart.  One thing that drove me up the wall was that the Pharmacy Benefit Manager for BCBS-AL decided to change from one company to another effective the first of October.  Why now and not the first of the new year?  Oy!  So I’ve had to get refills ordered for meds, make sure the original place could process them in time, fill out new info for the new mail order place, print out records of expenses for the old one, yadda, yadda.

So all I’m going to do for this post is just to put up some of my favorite music and hope you do the same.  Doesn’t have to follow any particular theme or idea.  If you like it, add it.

(1) Claude Debussy~Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn

(2) Erik Satie~Trois Gymnopedies

(3) Brahms~Intermezzo in A minor

(4) Chopin~Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

(5) Gershwin~Rhapsody in Blue (Solo piano version)

(6)~Vladimir Ashkenazy: Rachmaninoff – Variations on a theme of Corelli, Opus 42

Well!  Didn’t realize I was going to go off on a keyboard thing but there it is.  I just wanted some relaxing, maybe soothing things to take our minds off of you-know-who. So add any choices of yours below.  Remember, if you like it, add it in.

Open thread obviously.

 

 


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