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Beach Boys versus Ramones

Just was listening to music during lunch (on iphone for Song Hall thing that I'm always doing) and "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones came on right after "Little Honda" by the Beach Boys. My brain suddenly popped. Very similar.
Obviously there's an influence but it didn't really strike me how much until today for some reason.
Checked on the internet and someone else has noticed it too:
"I LOVE the Ramones and I know this could be misconstrued as a dig, but the Beach Boys connection is clear to me- Joey Ramone made a whole career out of re-writing Little Honda a million times. Gabba Gabba Hey!"

Also... Reminds me of a story the lead singer of T.Rextasy (Marc Bolan Tribute) told when we saw them months ago.... Joey Ramone had called him out of the blue to say what an influence T Rex was on the Ramones.... Solid Gold Easy Action comes to mind.

Both "Little Honda" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" will eventually be in the Song Hall.... but "Little Honda" defeated the Ramones ... seniority had something to do with it.

New Term

Start of a new term where I teach apprentices....  back to the beginning of hydraulics and pneumatics (two classes)...  this is the 3rd term in a row I've done this class.  Also will be teaching one I've never done before, concerning maintenance...  Right now I'm on a little break between classes, which is nice... sipping coffee.   Not much to say, as usual, but wanted to make an entry.

Day Off

Had the day off yesterday from work, so was able to babysit with Linda.  The kids are off school this week (but Jenny and Andy had in-service days)... so we had Adam and Ayla in the morning, and all three of them in the afternoon.  We dropped Adam and Ayla off at Andy's parents for a while as I went with Linda to a meeting she had....  So, anyway....  we had a nice day with the kids and as it was valentine's day, we went out afterwards for dinner, the two of us.  Knackered at the end of it all, tho.

Last weekend, Jenny and Andy went up to Turnburry (Trump Turnburry golf resort) up in Ayrshire to stay the weekend...  which was Jenny's father's treat as he and his partner babysat the kids for the weekend.

Half term here where I work (teaching apprentices) so no learners are in.  New term starts next week, and I'll be teaching a Maintenance course for the first time, and a few other things I've done in the past...  Electrical Principles, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, etc.
Oh man...  I have a little over twenty songs in my backlog of songs to be inducted into my Song Hall of Fame.  I'm going to have to make a dent in it by briefly saying a few words about each....

531 on my list is...
"Tears in the Morning" by the Beach Boys

A Bruce Johnston song from 1970's Sunflower album.  About a break-up when one of them goes off to Europe.... imagine that.  I like sad songs... There are alternate versions of this song (not the album version) which I was listening to when this one got chosen for the SHoF.

532... "Till the Morning Comes" by Neil Young

I like short songs too, and songs from 1970.... like this one from After the Goldrush.

533... "Viva Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley

I like Las Vegas... the couple times I've been there have been good.

534... "I'm Not Down" by the Clash

From the London Calling album.

Adam the equestrian

Quick mention that Adam had his second riding lesson with Jan up at the stables.  He's doing really, really well on Meggie.  Steers her exactly where he wants her to go.  He even went over a very low jump.  Next stop, Olympics.

Alexa, write a livejournal post...

For my birthday recently, Linda got me an Amazon Echo...  which uses the Alexa App....  so basically, you talk to it and it will answer your questions or play a song or other things.... games, jokes, tell the news, weather, etc.....  So we're just getting used to it now.  It's pretty cool in that it will play songs just by asking for them (if it's in the music library we have access to)...  or play any random song from the 1960's or from a particular year or genre or by a particular artist or even whole albums, just by asking.  To me, that's cool, but I usually have an ulterior motive when listening to songs in that for several years now I run a little competition for my "song hall of fame"...  Anyway, I need to somehow figure out how to combine this new way of listening to music with my competition if I can....  or not.  On the other hand, music in our house is not often played when Linda and I are together in the same room, as we rarely have the same tastes and don't often want to hear the same things..... and would rather usually have the TV on instead.  So we're still trying to figure out where this music will fit into our lives.  More on this later....

Back to add more to this post.....   By the way, it would REALLY be cool if Alexa could transcribe a voice message to Livejournal automatically.  There must be some way to do this but I'm too lazy or inept to actually figure it all out.  Can probably do it via a smart phone easier anyway.

Back on the subject of music...  It's, of course, not like we never had things to play music in the house before....  of course we have cd players and a record player even....  but we VERY RARELY use them....  as we're usually together in the house, in the same room and usually watching TV rather than listening to music.  I'd like to listen to music, but it's not really what Linda likes to do.  We normally read with some TV show playing.  Maybe Alexa will change that.  Personally, I can do without fancy TV channels and would rather get by on the basic news.  There are a couple shows we always watch together, tho...  Coronation Street, for instance.

During TV, I typically read my news magazine (The Week) and snip out the parts that I like and I want to save in my hardcopy journal.  This typically really bugs Linda, especially lately.  I think we need to both put down the books and find an activity we can do together.... board game or jigsaw???    

Very quick update

Wanted to mention.... last week Linda was hospitalised for two nights as she had a recurring bowel issue....  It was a year ago that she had been in for a week because of it and did an operation to remove part of the bowel.  She's OK now, back home since early this week.

Can't think of what else I wanted to give an update on....  Oh, I'm in the process of trying to get quotes from contractors to fix up our roofline of our house to make it nice and new and uPVC white.  I'm too cheap to commit to paying what they want, tho, so I'm still looking around.

Tooth ache lately.... but conveniently, I have a dentist appointment tomorrow.   Maybe they can fix it.  Some of my molars have a pesky habit of getting food stuck between them.  Annoying.

Busy at work lately.


Dead Milkmen

Adding another band to DRAHoF....  my recording artist hall of fame....   and this time it's the Dead Milkmen

They're from the late '80's, early '90's or so... sort of comedy punk.  I have a few of their albums (CDs), which I used to play quite a bit.  Punk Rock Girl was probably their most known song from back then.  They had sufficient influence in my life to be enshrined on my list here....

List of Inductees


Time to add another music artist to DRAHoF (my "hall of fame" list of favourites)....  and today it's NWA.

NWA stands for "Niggaz Wit Attitudes" and are known for shocking lyrics for their time... late '80's, early '90's.  The LA riots in the early '90's were of great interest to me at the time, Rodney King and all that, and I think it was right about then that I became interested in NWA...  The Film "Boyz in the Hood" was around this time... I had previously liked Run-DMC, then Public Enemy (who are both in DRAHof)...  and NWA probably comes in 3rd as far as Rap is concerned.  I like a handful of songs, especially Straight Outta Compton.  Interested in the whole anti-police, black gangster world that their music is about...

Interesting thing happened a few weeks ago... in one of my classes that I teach.  There's a mixed race guy in there and I had mentioned rap music, or somehow the subject came up.... and I said I used to be into Run-DMC when I was young...  He said his favourite rap group was NWA and I said, yeah, I like them too.  Then he asked if I knew what NWA meant?  And I proudly said "Niggaz with attitudes"....  SHOCK ensued in class as I said the word.  Then I explained it's not a bad word, as it's "niggaz" and that's what they like to call each other... not what I would call them, of course.  Then I tried to stop digging.  
I found this map interesting...  Yellow areas are blocks of 1x1km where the resident population is zero.


We've celebrated two consecutive birthdays in the past two days...  Jenny turned 33 and Amelie turned 1.  Linda and I went over to their house both nights and had cake and watched presents being unwrapped.  Amelie seemed to enjoy her gifts quite a bit... a pink dinosaur that moves and talks and plays hide and seek, a doll that they've named Sally, and a big wooden activity block with a Zany Zoo motif.


Xmas recap

Well, we had a nice Xmas meal cooked by Jenny at her house with Andy's parents there as well.  This was Amelie's first Christmas.  She's walking a few steps at a time now, and is a smiling, laughing little baby who's always on the go.  Adam got a telescope from us, but it was a cloudy night so no stars to see.  He also got a cool karaoke machine from his other grandparents.  Ayla got another doll or two for her collection, and they all quite enjoyed a little burger van playset thing one of them got.

Linda got the traditional Chanel No. 5 and too many calendars from me.  She got me a very nice gift...  a booking at Cluanie Inn for our anniversary in April.  It's the place in the Highlands we went for our honeymoon years and years (it'll be 19) ago.  We've been back a few times over the years but not recently.

Today we're travelling up to Glasgow to visit an old neighbour who has moved up there...  Hilda.


Victorious again ...  2nd year in a row....


New Scotland Albatrosses Grinds Out Victory Against Los Angeles San Diegos to Win League Championship

  • Updated: Wednesday December 27, 2017 3:41:08 AM +0000

New Scotland Albatrosses slipped by Los Angeles San Diegos 200.66 to 196.56, improving to 2-0 against Los Angeles San Diegos. Their overall record goes to 12-3, while Los Angeles San Diegos drops to 11-5. New Scotland Albatrosses continues to control the historical series, extending their record to 3-1 against Los Angeles San Diegos. Los Angeles San Diegos isn't an easy win for New Scotland Albatrosses, whose an 18.18-point average margin of victory against Los Angeles San Diegos is less than half of their season-average margin of victory. The Los Angeles Rams DEF (17 PA, 1 Sack, 1 Int) was the determining factor this week, putting up 23.00 points. That's still quite a drop-off from Tom Brady, who earned the top score with 42.78 points the last time these teams met.

Crowell had plenty of opportunities for Los Angeles San Diegos, but could only manage 44 total yards on 13 touches.

New Scotland Albatrosses has a couple of players cooling off at an inopportune time: Telvin Smith and Demario Davis. Since the playoffs have begun, that duo has dropped 42% and 34% below their respective season-to-date scoring averages. Despite the loss, Los Angeles San Diegos had several players performing their best in the playoffs, most notably Devonta Freeman and Cooper Kupp. During the postseason, that combo has averaged 19.00 and 12.47 points, respectively, topping their season-long marks by 70% and 39%. On the other hand, the losers had a pair of players who struggled in the playoff spotlight: Alec Ogletree and Joey Bosa.

New Scotland Albatrosses concluded the regular season in second place with a record of 10-3. They also ranked second in the league with 206.06 points per game. After a bye in the first round of the playoffs, New Scotland Albatrosses beat Dumfries Packers, 241.92 to 181.44, on their trek to a title. Los Angeles San Diegos wrapped up the regular season with a record of 9-4, good for fifth place. In terms of scoring average, they ranked slightly worse (eighth with 193.45). They played in a pair of previous postseason games this year. In their last game, Los Angeles San Diegos defeated Karlsbad Krackers, 208.68 to 188.58. The week before, they stomped The Marchmount Marauders, 221.20 to 150.44.

Adopted GP

I wanted to mention we adopted a guinea pig from a friend.  It was alone after a companion died... so it's joining our two other girls.  The kids have given it the name Ponyta (which is a pokemon name).

Fantasy Football News

from the NFL site:

New Scotland Albatrosses Tops Dumfries Packers to Get Shot at Championship

  • Updated: Tuesday December 19, 2017 4:04:51 PM +0000

New Scotland Albatrosses remains undefeated on the year in two matchups against Dumfries Packers with a 240.92 to 182.44 win. Their overall record goes to 11-3, while Dumfries Packers falls to 9-6. Dumfries Packers is still winless against New Scotland Albatrosses, who pushed their career unbeaten streak to four games. The Los Angeles Rams DEF (7 PA, 7 Sack, 2 Fum) was the team leader this week, putting up 58.00 points. Backed by the incredible game, the Los Angeles Rams D is now the top-ranked fantasy player, contributing 35.64 points per game.

Williams had plenty of opportunities for Dumfries Packers, but could only manage 30 total yards on 10 touches.

For the winners, a couple of players have been getting hot at the right time: Nelson Agholor and Marshawn Lynch. Over the past month, that duo has exceeded their season scoring averages by 67% and 62%, respectively. Conversely, New Scotland Albatrosses has a pair of players trending the opposite way. Telvin Smith and Tom Brady have both fallen well beneath their year-to-date averages recently. Despite the loss, Dumfries Packers had several players performing their best in the playoffs, most notably Michael Thomas and Jamaal Williams. During the postseason, that combo has averaged 20.50 and 14.90 points, respectively, topping their season-long marks by 84% and 77%. On the other hand, the losers had a few players who struggled in the playoff spotlight, including A.J. Green and Jon Bostic.

Next week, the league championship will be decided when New Scotland Albatrosses faces No. 5-seeded Los Angeles San Diegos. Los Angeles San Diegos is in the midst of a six-game winning streak. Dumfries Packers wrapped up the regular season in sixth place with a record of 8-5. From a points per game perspective, they ranked slightly better (third with 196.48). In their only other postseason game of the season, Dumfries Packers walloped Woodland Wasps, 246.04 to 167.86.

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