Friday, April 30, 2010

Enough Already

Spring is teasing us this year.

Enough already.

In the last week it was 80 degrees, and 30 degrees.  It has rained, snowed, hailed, and something that looks like muddy rain.  I guess you can say that it is Springtime in the Rockies.

I am ready for warm.  Not hot yet, but warm. 

While the aspen are leafing out, and the columbines are pushing through, they all seem to be doing their spring thing with some reservation and restraint this year.

Patience, patience.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tunesday - Dave Beegle

Far be it from me to be name dropper...........but occasionally there's someone you're proud you know.

Such is the case with Amazing guitarist from Colorado.............Dave Beegle.  Check out his website.  http://www.davebeegle.com/.  The stunning thing about Dave is that he equally amazes on accoustic or electric guitar.  First saw him when a friend drug me to a club in Ft Collins, Colorado........and I've been a fan of whatever Dave puts his mind to ever since.  I keep having to rebuy his albums as whenever I "loan" them, they never come back.

So check out Dave with the electric "ax".



Now let's watch him with accoustic.................

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Best Movie Lines - Quigley Down Under

Matthew Quigley to Marston

"This ain't Dodge City. And you ain't Bill Hickok".

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Emma - Chick Voice Reads the Classics


Never read Jane Austen.

All that bad 70's education.

When I got a Kindle for my birthday last year I was amazed to find out that many of the classics are ridiculously cheap.  SIX Jane Austen novels were $1.

Not $1 per novel.  $1 for ALL six.

So now I'm living in Jane Austen land.  I thought Emma was a great read.  I will admit that having seen the movie version staring Gwyneth Paltrow, made reading the novel easier.  Easy to put a face to each character.   The glaring problem of the movie was the terrible casting of Alan Cumming as Mr. Elton.  WAY off the mark. It worked for the movie, but after having read the novel, I felt the character in the book was not the character in the novel.

So to sum up, I'm enthused to read more Austen.  If the first novel was this good, I'm excited to read the more well known titles.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tech Woes Done

For some reason tech woes seem to come in spurts.

Another way of looking at it is to say that I've been spending quality time with computer geeks and Comcast techs.

DVR on the fritz...........problems with recordings not playing back..........tried all the standard stuff.......finally Comcast Dude came and when he couldn't fix, gave us a new DVR.  So much for the programs I had recorded.

My Dell 1330XPS crashed...........took it in to Computer Dude who wiped it clean, reloaded the OS and it worked great for about 3 days.  Crashed again.  Computer Dude gave me a smokin deal on a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7, loaded all my "stuff" from the 1330.  Lesson learned..........don't leave your laptop plugged in all the time unless you have a surge protector............the crashes started shortly after we were having power problems at home................who knew laptops were sensitive to power issues, causing motherboards to go kaput???  Clearly not me.

Tried to hook my new laptop up to our wireless router............could not get it to work.............tried for 3 nights in a row.  Realized I would need to reset router to factory settings and start from scratch.

Decided now was a good time to replace old router for new one with faster speed for The Husband's online gaming.  Found out to my amazement that Comcast would give me one to use for free because we spend too much money with them every month!!  Set that up last night.  (CD software wouldn't work, had to set up manually..............) 

All good.  *she said with great hope in her heart*

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

The House of Seven Gables - Chick Voice Reads the Classics



Somehow, my 1970's public high school education had a glaring omission.  They never made us read the classics.  Really.............the only novel I was ever required to read beside "The Catcher in the Rye" was a Kurt Vonnegut novel.  Hey, it was the 70's and everyone was really, you know, "laid back". :)  (We did study a lot of Beatles lyrics as poetry...............so I got that going for me..............which is good).

So several years ago I got on a kick to read "LITERATURE" and I started by getting a list of Pulitzer prize winning novels.  Unfortunately, I started with a John Updike novel and never went back to the list.

So lately, I browse through a dusty used book store near my office, and find titles I've heard of and start in.

"The House of Seven Gables".  Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Gee, this one only took MONTHS to get through.  Never being able to do more than 2 or 3 pages at a time slowed the process down.  I kept having to read passages over and over to figure out what was going on.  When the main character's name is Hepzibah............seriously.............how do you even say that?  Clearly, anything written in 1851 is going to be a tough read but I really struggled with this one.  I was determined to plow through to the end and see how the story ended.  Reviews on line from others comforted me that I was not the only one who found it hard to follow.  However, there were some passages that I really liked ........and one in particular that I read and reread.

Spoken from Holgrave to Phoebe.

"Our first youth is of no value: for we are never conscious of it, until after it is gone. But sometimes ----always, I suspect, unless one is exceedingly unfortunate--------there comes a sense of second youth, gushing out of the heart's joy of being in love; or possibly, it may come to crown some other grand festival in life, if any other such there be.  This bemoaning of one's self (as you do now) over the first, careless, shallow gaiety of youth departed, and this profound happiness at youth regained-----so much deeper and richer than that we lost-----are essential to the soul's development.  In some cases, the two states come almost simultaneously, and mingle the sadness and rapture in one mysterious emotion."

Best part of the book..............on to less difficult reads.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tunesday - Bruce Cockburn

Since you may not know of him..............let me introduce you to Bruce.  A Canadian folk singer who someone introduced me to a number of years ago............

This song feels like it could be my theme song.




"I've proven who I am so many times


The magnetic strip's worn thin"

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Springtime in the Rockies

Here we are a week into April.  At Altitude it's always the April tug and pull of the weather patterns.  We have days that pull you outside, with the bright sunlight, but the winds bring the chill that reminds you that springtime in the Rockies means you still have a while to go before the weather will stay warm...........and green is still a color only splattered here and there........not a widespread pallet.

I commented to my family on Easter Sunday that I used to hate spring.  But now I see it as a practice in delayed gratification.  There are the warm, sunny, Sunday afternoons, when you can sit in the sun and it feels like summer is just a few days away...................but then it snows the next day, and you know you have to wait for those long, lazy days to come.

This weekend they are telling us that Sunday will hit the 70's..........with a little help from a pinon wood fire we should be able to spend the day outside.............watching the robins who have suddenly showed up from where ever they have been "wintering".  The male house finches are literally strutting their stuff............wooing the females and singing their joyful song of spring.

And the Columbines are pushing through everywhere.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A video recommended by Andrew Breitbart over at Big Hollywood.

Proud to put it up here.  Get your hankies out, folks. Click through to YouTube to see it in widescreen format.



I’m American made. I’ve got American parts. I’ve got American faith in America’s heart.


Go on raise the flag. I’ve got stars in my eyes. I’m in love with Her and I won’t apologize

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tunesday - On a Spiritual Note

If forced to pick one, I would have to chose The Color Green as my most favorite Rich Mullins song.

The bonus to this video (which you can buy on Amazon) is that its a great song, enhanced by the film making of my buddy Steve Taylor............filmed in Ireland.........how can you go wrong??

Play this one for sure, Dad!


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