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I climbed on the back of a giant albatross... and ended up somewhere in Scotland

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Mar. 27th, 2015

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We're going away for the weekend with Tess after all. Tess seems pretty much back to normal (for a 16 year old dog) and the hotel said there was a 75% cancellation charge (we gave a 24 hour notice, but they required 48 hrs).... so rather than pay 75% of a three night stay for nothing, and since Tess is OK now, and since the hotel was unable to book out the room we cancelled, we decided we'll go ahead and go. It's only about an hour and a half away, down in the Lake District.

Mar. 26th, 2015

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Tess has made a pretty fantastic recovery. Much, much better now.

Mar. 26th, 2015

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Tess gave us scare last night. She was walking funny, crouching a lot, and panting a bit with her tongue going out and in. We called up the vet and took her in. He didn't think she had a stroke but thought maybe it was due to perhaps a blood clot. She had been previously checked out just this week, on Monday, and her bloods all were OK for kidneys and whatever else they check. Anyway, she got looked over by the vet, was given some fluid injections and muscle relaxant / sedative and we took her home.

She woke up this morning looking a bit better. Still funny in the rear legs, stumbling around a bit, but seems calmer and there's none of the panting she had. Hopefully she'll bounce back with some more rest.

It's possible she may have just injured herself jumping down off the bed, but there's no evidence of an injury, just that her hind quarters are weak and walking odd. She still gets excited to go out across the street for a walk, and perks up a bit.

So it's not as bad as it may have been. There were times when she was zonked out after last night's vet visit that she seemed close to the end, maybe. Thankfully, she seems to be improving.

We had planned a weekend down in the Lake District this weekend, with her, but under the circumstances we called the place to cancel this morning.

Wendy

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For my list... "Wendy" by the Beach Boys

A break-up song. Awww. Love that sort of song. The video below has the recording session.. they used the second take on this video for the released version of the vocals and kept in the cough... I always listen for that cough when I hear the song.


The Continuing Story of Bungalo Bill

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Another song I like... "The Continuing Story of Bungalo Bill" by the Beatles

From the White Album, of course, which is probably my favourite Beatles album. I take this as an anti-gun, anti-hunting song... always fun to listen to.

This video is a Russian cover version I found... not bad, and I like the slideshow with it.

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Two songs with similar names to be added to my Song Hall of Fame... "Holidays in the Sun" by the Sex Pistols and "Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks

Here's a video excerpt from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle which includes a bit of "Holidays in the Sun." It's very reminiscent of my homemade VHS tapes that I used to make back in the '90's. Still have them... I should transfer them (or parts of them) to YouTube... but that's another hobby I'd never have time for.



And this one is Terry Jacks. Reminds me of childhood in Natick.

Mar. 22nd, 2015

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Was thinking about a puzzle I had when I was a kid... It had super heroes on it including Tornado Man, Diaper Man and Rope Man. Found it on google images:

Mar. 21st, 2015

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So, Ayla has chickenpox. Poor spotty thing.

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American Pie

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Another for my Hall of Fame list... "American Pie" by Don McLean

One of the first pieces of radio music I remember when I was young. "Drove my chevy to the levee but the levee was dry"... there was a 4th grade teacher in elementary school named Mrs. Levy, and I remember hearing the song once and commenting on that, sort of mocking Mrs. Levy, in a car being driven by my mother for cub scouts or something... and a bigger kid who was there said words to the effect of "hey don't make fun of my teacher." I was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade at the time... must have been about 1972ish. I always think about that when I hear the song.

Anthem

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Another for my Song Hall of Fame... "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

From the great poet and philosopher. Long may he live.

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Mar. 20th, 2015

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Caught a glimpse of the solar eclipse thru the clouds today. Would've gotten a better picture if I had my phone on me when I first went out to look.

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Mar. 20th, 2015

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Sometimes I think Adam knows when I'm kidding with him, but sometimes he surprises me and thinks I'm serious....

Like the other day I told him that he could have the Minion lunchbox that his granny bought for me because I told him everyone else at work has one just like it.

He told a few perfect strangers that he got his new Minion lunchbox because his Papa said everyone else at his work has one so he didn't want it.

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Mar. 19th, 2015

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Adam went for a ride on Meggie today. He's a really good rider... 4 years old. And he really enjoyed sweeping up outside the stable too.

Maggie May

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Another for my Song Hall of Fame... "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart

Linda's a big Rod Stewart fan, and this song is what she thinks of when she wants Meggie the horse to be a bit more lively... "Wake up, Meggie" she says.

Headache

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For the HOF... "Headache" by Frank Black

Coincidentally, I have a headache right now. But this is one of Frank Black's most popular songs... most well-known... but still not very widely known, I think. But in the '90's, I was quite into Frank Black. It's my kind of music. One of my kinds of music. I remember seeing this on TV, I recorded it on a VHS tape, and I was then a fan. Discovered the Pixies after his solo stuff, actually.

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