Friday, July 30, 2010

Top 10 Women of Music this week

(it’s that time of month again)

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Condoleezza Rice
3. Sarah McLachlan
4. Norah Jones
5. Annie Lennox
6. Alicia Keys
7. Natalie Merchant
8. Joni Mitchell
9. Carole King
10. Joy Ike Lilith Fair 2010 Philadelphia local contest winner is from Pittsburgh.

Wouldn’t this be an amazing female concert? All are multi-talented ladies that sing and play piano. Condoleezza Rice admits she can not sing but she surely has other talents. Ms. Rice played piano on Tuesday evening at the Mann Center with the “queen of soul”, Aretha Franklin. Interesting combo, Aretha Franklin is an admitted loyal democrat who sang at Obama’s inauguration and we all know Ms. Rice served as the Secretary of State for former republican president George W. Bush. These two ladies pulled it off in Philadelphia, the city of brother and sisterly love, by sharing the stage to raise money for urban children and awareness for music and the arts. Over 10,000 people were in attendance and I was fortunate enough to be among them.

A huge applause goes out to these ladies who were able to put aside their political differences and come together for America and a cause. The last song was “My Country “Tis of Thee".

Who is your favorite female vocalist to make the list of the ultimate concert?
Maybe we can plant a seed for next year’s Lilith Fair.

Philadelphia 2010 Lilith Fair Lineup

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Top 10 What is Bugging You?

1. Mosquitoes were the very first to practice and profit from blood transfusions. Clean up any possible sources of standing water such as old tires and anything that can hold water. Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat. An insect repellant with DEET will help. Dryer sheets give off a scent that disguises the human smell. The herb basil also gives off an aroma to deter mosquitoes when the leaf is pinched off at the top and rubbed. The West Nile virus can be transmitted by mosquitoes.

2. Fireflies are members of the beetle family. Fireflies appear to light up for a variety of reasons. The larvae produce short glows and are primarily active at night, even though many species are subterranean or semi-aquatic. Fireflies produce defensive steroids in their bodies that make them unpalatable to predators. Larvae use their glows as warning displays to communicate their distastefulness. As adults, many fireflies have flash patterns unique to their species and use them to identify other members of their species as well as to discriminate between members of the opposite sex. Several studies have shown that female fireflies choose mates depending upon specific male flash pattern characteristics. Higher male flash rates, as well as increased flash intensity, have been shown to be more attractive to females in two different firefly species. Gardeners value fireflies, because the larvae and adults of some species eat snails, slugs, and cutworms. NASA scientists theorize that these light-producing chemicals may be useful for finding extraterrestrial life. The chemicals could be mixed with Martian soil, for example, and used to test for the presence of ATP, necessary for life as we know it. When a firefly enters the house, it is a sign that a visitor is coming.

3. The ladybug is considered to be good luck in many countries. Lady bugs are used in gardens for pest control as a safe alternative to chemicals. Ladybugs eat aphids, mealy bugs, mites, scale insects and thrips. I have been told you can purchase ladybugs at local garden stores and also order them online. Mail order ladybugs now that sounds interesting. Bad luck will come to the person who kills a ladybug has been an old wives tale for many years but

4. Flies can be helpful in pollination, some feed on moth caterpillars, beetle grubs and other pest infestations. The House Fly is known to be a carrier (vector) of many diseases, including anthrax, some forms of conjunctivitis, dysentery, typhoid fever and yaws. Some flies, such as the Mediterranean Fruit Flies, attack and spoil citrus and other fruits. Greenheads are just about the worst thing to ruin a beautiful day at the beach. I found this website from Atlantic County in New Jersey that has a safe solution. If I had a beach house I’d look into building one of these structures. Those insects are nasty when they bite. If you kill one fly, ten flies will come to its funeral. There are many types of flies and some actually have a benefit.

5. Spiders. It is always good luck to see a spider, and also to have a few spiders around the house, so don’t scream. There are several hundred species in North America; this site shows a few. They all look the same to me, creepy but I do not kill them. I trap them in a Dixie cup and show them the door. They do bite but 98-99% of bites are harmless. Misdiagnoses of spider bites are common by the general public and the medical community. I know this first hand. See a doctor if the itching and redness does not go away, especially if a bulls eye is present around the bite.

6. Bees are good right? Bees are good for pollination, honey and beeswax. An allergic reaction to a bee sting can be fatal. Most bees are non-aggressive if they are not disturbed. Humans are often a greater danger to bees, as bees can be affected or even harmed by encounters with toxic chemicals in the environment. You can view several videos about bees on the National Geographic website. The killer bee one is interesting.

7. Ticks, there are two types of ticks dog ticks and deer ticks. Dog ticks do not carry Lyme disease but can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Do a tick check as soon as you return from a potentially suspected area where you may have been exposed to ticks and remove them immediately if they are found. Save the tick in the event you become ill and it can be identified as being a dog or deer tick. Lyme disease is a very serious illness that begins with flu-like symptoms. Typically but not always a bulls-eye mark will appear around the site of the initial site. Ask your doctor for a blood test. There are three types of antibody tests to detect Lyme disease. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This common and rapid test to identify Lyme disease antibodies is the most sensitive screening test for Lyme disease. Indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA), this test also screens for Lyme disease antibodies. Western blot test, this test also identifies Lyme disease antibodies and can confirm the results of an ELISA or IFA test. It is most often done to detect a chronic Lyme disease infection. If you suspect you have been bitten by a tick, ask for, no demand a blood test. It is a disease that has very nasty repercussions, Treatment is available. I have read volumes on this topic and find this website, to be the most informative. I am not a medical professional, just a concerned parent.

8. Ants, these guys are fascinating pests. They are called social insects and evolved from wasp-like ancestors over 130 million years ago. Rare to find an ant traveling alone, one is always lurking behind if not a trail of workers. Ants can lift and carry three times their weight. Ever pick up a potted plant to discover an army that has built a nest. For the most part, ants are harmless visitors if you get them in your house but they are sure hard to get rid of. People worry about a human population explosion. I wonder what the ratio is human to ant and what we can learn from that.

9. Praying Mantis. A praying mantis is probably my favorite bug. Rarely do you see them. There is no fine for killing a praying mantis as suggested by folklore when we were growing up, but why would anyone want to? As a child I recall being told there was a $50 fine. It was good enough for me I didn’t have that kind of cash. So after all these years yes, I looked it up and found the best answer. Funny
Best Answer - Chosen by Voters on Yahoo Answers Is it illegal to kill a praying mantis in North Carolina?
Yes it is illegal.
Just delete your post
and don’t tell anyone :)
There is currently no law.

10. Stink bugs The Brown marmorated stink bugs are native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, they are currently found in Oregon. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia and Louisiana in the United States. They will attack apples, cherries, raspberries, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits and persimmons. Feeding on fruit trees causes "cat facing" which will damage the fruit. They have also been found on ornamental plants, weeds, soybeans and green beans. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug will over winter in homes entering through small openings in windows and door frames, under roof shingles, in crawl spaces and attics. The bugs will hibernate until winter passes and sometimes the warmth of the building they live in will cause them to become active. They will fly clumsily around light fixtures and leave a scent on anything they land on. Their odor is the reason they return year after year to the same place to hibernate. This odor is a beacon for other stinkbugs that that particular location is a good hibernation nest. There are other species of stink bugs but the brown ones are the ones that have invaded our area within the last 5 years or so.

You can view this slideshow from for a brief visual look at some bad bugs.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Top 10 Movie Quotes

1. Go Ahead Make My Day # 6

Sudden Impact, spoken by Dirty Harry Callahan. Although this film did not win an Oscar, the saying is a nickname for the 1985 Colorado stature of the Castle Law, the “Make My Day” law. Here is a link to Pennsylvania’s current view on the right to bear arms and protect your property.

2. Toto I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore. # 4
The Wizard of Oz was the first children’s film to be nominated. For Best Picture. It won in the category of Best Song (Over The Rainbow) and Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. It was up against Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach and Wuthering Heights and Gone with the Wind "witch" won that year.

3. You Want Answers? You Can’t Handle the Truth. #29

A Few Good Men this dialogue was spoken by Col Nathan Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson The movie was nominated in 1992 for Best Picture. While it is true, I don’t know Jack, I wish I did. It is on my bucket list! His presence and passion on the screen is outstanding. I can’t think of one movie that I have seen Mr. Nicholson in that I did not enjoy. He has been nominated 12 times for an Academy Award and has won 3 times. Best Actor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he showed just who is crazy in this world. The last sighting of Mr. Nicholson was at a Laker's playoff game. Jack has been a season ticket holder since 1970. A ball went out of bounds and crossed over his shoulder. He tried to retrieve the ball because we all know Jack’s got game but another fan and an official came to the rescue. Jack received a new dusted off seat and he just shined.

4. You Talkin to Me # 10
You talkin to me? You talkin to me? sound bite
Taxi Driver nominated for Best Picture in 1976. Robert DeNiro was nominated for Best Actor in this disturbing story about a Viet Nam veteran who suffers from insomnia and depression from post-traumatic stress. He has had many successful movies and also has performed live on stage. If I had to pick a favorite movie role, it would be Midnight Run with Charles Grodin and of course he is my favorite Focker.

5. May the Force be with You. # 8 May the Force be with you sound bite Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Skywalker 1977 Star Wars nominated for Best Picture. Star Wars IV: A New Hope is the only Star Wars Film that was nominated for Best Picture. Is that a mistake? I never saw anything like it when it first appeared on the big screen. The saga continues.

6. Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn #1

Gone with the Wind first all color film to win Best Picture 1940. Although legend persists that the Hays Office fined Selznick $5,000 for using the word "damn" in Butler's exit line, in fact the Motion Picture Association board passed an amendment to the Production Code on November 1, 1939, that forbade use of the words "hell" or "damn" except when their use "shall be essential and required for portrayal, in proper historical context, of any scene or dialogue based upon historical fact or folklore … or a quotation from a literary work, provided that no such use shall be permitted which is intrinsically objectionable or offends good taste." With that amendment, the Production Code Administration had no further objection to Rhett's closing line.[20] This is also discussed in the documentary film, The Making of a Legend: Gone With The Wind.

7.Badges? We Ain't Got No Badges. We Don’t Need No Badges. I Don’t Have to Show You Any Stinkin Badges! #36

Ah, it reminds me of a day at the beach in New Jersey. Some beaches in New Jersey require you to purchase a beach badge to sit on the beach. Treasure of Sierra Madre nominated for Best Picture in 1948. It won for Best Actor Walter Huston, Best Director John Huston, and Best Writing, Screenplay, John Huston.

8. Show me the money! #25 Jerry Maguire

What a line delivered by Cuba Gooding, Jr. a disgruntled client. Another famous girly line in the movie, You Complete Me. Nah it's all about the money. If I were a gambler, it would be my mantra. Show me the money.

9. I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody #3

On the Waterfront. 1954 Best Picture. What a powerful speech by Marlon Brando you could feel for his character Terry Malloy. Brando won Best Actor in a Leading Role.

10. Here’s Looking at You Kid. # 5

Casablanca 1943 Best Picture. So many famous lines came from this heartbreaking movie. It was listed as the Number 1 love story on the American Film Institute’s 100 Passions in 2002.

I picked my list first and compared it to American Film Institutes Top 100. I chose 7 out of the Top 10. Make your choice and see how you did? AFI list.

The Kodak Theater in Hollywood now hosts the Academy Awards and pictures are not allowed inside but you are given a post card as you exit the tour and this is what it looks like inside before the stars arrive. Only nominees, presenters and Academy members are invited, I believe. The theater is small in comparison but the experience is overwhelming!

Quiz yourself and let me know who you think was a hit or a miss?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Top 10 Transpositions

A rearrangement of letters in a different order.

1. Cool Cheat - Chocolate
2. To love ruin – Revolution
3. There we sat – Sweetheart
4. Moon starers – Astronomers
5. It is a fact son – Satisfaction
6. The wig – Weight
7. A mild bear - admirable
8. Our big hens – neighbors
9. Saint Lucy heals it – Enthusiastically
10. I bring a treat – Great Britain

These were taken from a book called The Almanac of American Folklore, The Hodgepodge book collected by Duncan Emrrich.

A famous palindrome, the same forward and backwards: A man a plan a canal Panama.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Top 10 Ways to $ave Energy and Money.

Adjust your thermostat
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 65 degrees in the winter when you are home, and 85 and 58 degrees, respectively, when you are away or sleeping.

Wash your clothes in warm or cold water
Do your laundry more energy-efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes.

Dry your clothes in energy-saving ways
1. Line dry clothes whenever you can.
2. When using the dryer, run full loads and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use.

Close or open the curtains
During the summer, close curtains on east, south and west-facing windows to block the heat of the sun. In the winter, open the curtains on these same windows to let in the sun’s warmth.

Turn off appliances
Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use. Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use. Most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off." Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.

Replace filters
Replace filters on your air conditioner and furnace in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations to help ensure your systems are operating at optimal efficiency.

Microwave your meals
A microwave uses two-thirds less energy than your stove and keeps the kitchen cooler in the summer.

Use your dishwasher
Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Be sure the dishwasher is full, and then let dishes air-dry to save even more.

Keep the refrigerator full
A full fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. Your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.

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You can check the PECO website for more energy saving ideas.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Top 10 Songs about Gambling

1. The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
2. Spinning Wheels, Blood, Sweat & Tears
3. Chance, James Maddock
4. Shape of My Heart, Sting
5. Luck Be a Lady, Frank Sinatra
6. Deacon Blues, Steely Dan
7. House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
8. Desperado, Eagles
9. Casino Queen, Wilco
10. Still the Same, Bob Seger

Top 10 Trucks on the Road in the Northeast Corridor.

North Carolina to Pennsylvania

1. U-Haul
2. Penske
3. Budget
4. Swift
5. US Express Enterprises
6. Prime Inc.
7. Wal-Mart
8. Atlas
9. Western Express
10. Tied for 10th Covan, Crete both had 5 and there were 5 disabled trucks on the side of the road.

These statistics were taken from a road trip on Sunday July 18th between North Carolina and PA. Truckers work on Sunday bringing goods to and from you and me. We should have a lot more respect for them on our roads.

I was inspired to take notice by this bumper sticker. “Some of us ain’t on vacation”.

There were hundreds of independent drivers driving without a company label.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Top 10 It's the Pits!

1. Pit stop at Pit Row

2.Snake Pit

3. Barbeque Pit

4. Armpit

5. Tar Pit

6. Fire Pit

7. Olive, Apricot, Cherry Pit

8. Orchestra Pit

9.Brad Pitt

10. Pit Bull

We can all complain and have a pity party about the more pitiful things in life or we can admit that life is not a bowl full of cherries. It is more about your outlook and how you mange the pits.

Make it a positive day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Top 10 Hollywood Homes

These may not be all the fancier homes, I did see a few more but these homes surprised me. The pictures were taken in late afternoon so they are a little shady as is driving by someones home and gawking.

Under construction a new home George Clooney is having built.

The gate to the home Michael Jackson was renting when he died.
The house Marilyn Monroe was living in when she overdosed. It is a very modest home.
One of the homes previously owned by Madonna. Not sure with what husband but it wasn't while she was with Sean Penn.

This is the present home of Peter Falk. He still resides there with his wife. I was told he is suffering from dementia and at times can be seen being pushed in a wheelchair on the sidewalk seen in front of his home. That would have been a sad sight to see. Colombo was the best detective on television. Imagine if CSI had hired him.

This is the former home of Jack Benny. He was right next door to Peter Falk and Lucy was on the other side. It is now a private residence

The former home of Lucielle Ball. Lucy had the corner property. The height of the walls are just enough to allow someone to leap over them. This was demonstrated in one of Lucy's shows when she hopped the wall to get a souvenir at Richard Widmark's house. Her own home was used in the filming. She remains one of the funniest most talented female actress I ever have seen on television. I loved Lucy.

Dr. Phil Magraw made his debut on The Oprah show in the late 1990's he now owns a home in Beverly Hills. He is moving on up!

I can not confirm this one. Some one famous or at one time famous lived here. I'm guessing Bela Lugosi. If anymore can confirm or deny this to be true, I promise not to do any sport's list for at least on month.

Al Pacino's home is like a concrete fortress. He is a very well liked and talented actor. I guess I see his point.

Here is a link to homes in Beverly Hills that are now in foreclosure. If you have any spare pocket change you may want to check it out. You could live among the rich and famous if you can pay your mortgage.

If anyone has any pictures of the rich and famous homes that they would like to share send them to I am able to post from there and will be sure to credit you. This blog is exclusively for California Hollywood Star homes.
If you click on some of the underlined words. it will provide further information.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Top 10 Seat Belts

1. Volvo had the first safety belts in 1849.

2. The first U.S. patent for automobile seat beats was issued to Edward J. Claghorn of New York, New York on February 10, 1885.

3. Swedish inventor, Nils Bohlin invented the three-point seat belt - not the first but the modern seatbelt - now a standard safety device in most cars. Nils Bohlin's lap-and-shoulder belt was introduced by Volvo in 1959.

4. The first seat belt law was a federal law and issued in 1968 in the United States. The law required all vehicles (except buses) to be equipped with seat belts in all seating positions.

5. New York was the first state to pass a law requiring all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts in 1984. Specific laws exist in different states. New Hampshire does not require seat belts for adult passengers.

6. Child restraint laws also vary by state this link should provide accurate information. In the state of Pennsylvania, all children 7 and under must be in a child restraint seat.

7. There are two separate levels of violation, primary and secondary. Primary allows a police office to stop any vehicle in violation of a law (not wearing a seat belt). Secondary means a law enforcement officer may cite a seat belt violation after being stopped for another violation (speeding, running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign).

8. Again, different states have different laws. To date 30 states follow the primary rule and 19 states are secondary.

9. There is currently not a law in the United States that requires seat belts on a school bus because of the “compartmentalization” design of school buses. It is an egg-crate design that provides a cushion to protect in the event of a collision. Lap belts have the potential to cause head and abdominal injuries in the event of a head on collision. Three-point shoulder harnesses would be ideal for restraining children, but are impractical as there is currently no realistic way to install them on school buses. Window seats could be implemented with shoulder harnesses, but aisle seats provide no place to anchor the straps.

10. Many people still do not wear a seat belt as a preference but it is against the law in Pennsylvania not to. You really should consider it, if not for your own safety but for those that value it and you should also value theirs.

Ralph Nader planted the seed in the United States in his book Unsafe at Any Speed. We have him to thank.

Here’s a video that I borrowed, with permission from Sussex Safer Roads in the UK. It is called Embrace Life. Tell me how you feel about seat belts after watching it. I think you know my opinion.

What is yours?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Top 10 Sounds of Summer

1. Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
2. Summer in the City The Lovin Spoonful
3. Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly and the Family Stone
4. Summer Breeze Seals and Croft
5. Summer War
6. Theme from “A Summer Place” Percy Faith and his Orchestra
7. Summer, Highland Falls Billy Joel
8. The Boys of Summer Don Henley
9. Summer Rain Johnny Rivers
10. In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

Choices strictly off the IPOD bought to you through YouTube additions around the world.

What songs remind you of summer??
The song title has to have summer in it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Top 10 Balls

1. Baseball it is in season.
2. Basketball, is it all about LeBron James? I used to think only Kobe knows.
3. Tennis Ball takes a lot of eye and hand coordination.
4. Football’s tailgating season will be here in no time. With a new quarterback, is it time to celebrate or is that premature?
5. Beach balls are rarely seen at the beach anymore. Either people are vertical and bouncing in the ocean or horizontal catching the rays. Now certain sun blocks are unsafe and promote skin cancer?
6. Lacrosse Balls, there are too many rules to follow in that game but it is action packed.
7. Soccer Balls. World Cup is over but we still have the Philadelphia Union. The team seems to be making a respectable start.
8. Volley Ball is a great physical activity both on land and in the water. I like to rotate.
9. Kick Ball seems to be another rare activity in my neighborhood, anyway. Everything is organized sports and rules.
10. Golf Balls we all know begin with a tee. Hopefully Tiger will get back in the swing of things.

Brass balls are the ultimate. Some have them and some don’t. The Golden Child, who is to say?

Anyone else have any ball games they would like to list?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Top 10 Fundraisers in August

1. NASCAR Fans can purchase a ticket and make a donation to the Red Cross and enter a chance for the Ultimate Fan experience at Pocono Raceway on August 1st. July 16th deadline to enter.
2. SheROX Triathlon August 1st, Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA 8am
3. Coaches vs. Cancer Beach Ball August 7th, 7pm-11pm. A fund raising event sponsored by local Division One Basketball Coaches at the Stone Harbor Country Club.
4. LiveStrong Challenge Philly August 20-22. Montgomery Community College, Blue Bell, PA
5. Delco Times Champs and Charity Softball Tournament benefits the American Cancer Society.
6. Philadelphia Phillies Light the Night Kickoff for Leukemia and Lymphoma, August 18th 5:30 – 7pm.
7. America’s 911 Foundation 10th Memorial Ride is August 20-21st. I happened to witness this in Lancaster, PA last summer. If I had a motorcycle I would be honored to participate. It is huge! Check the list for starting locations in your area. Maybe too late to register to ride in 2010 but you can always donate and ride next year.

8. Alexis Lemonade Stand in honor of Shaun Patrick Negler August 21st 11-2pm East Hinckley Ave. and Sellers Ave, Ridley Park, PA
9. The Salvation Army is not just about ringing that bell on Christmas. They help out in times of disaster, hold summer camps and also assist in job placement. You can donate to them anytime.
10. Schools, Sports Teams and Youth Organizations hold annual fundraisers from pizza to popcorn to chocolate. It is tough to sell some of those things to neighbors, not many people allow their kids to go door to door anymore because you wonder what lurks behind the door.

What are some of the more successful fundraisers?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Top 10 sayings derived from baseball.

1. That’s one strike against you.
2. That is foul.
3. Are you out in left field?
4. You’re outta here! (What Philadelphia Phillies fan, does not hear Harry Kalas’s voice in their head whenever they hear or say it).
5. Did he get to first base?
6. Screwball.
7. I’ll go to bat for him.
8. You are way off base.
9. That statement threw me a curve.
10. You are out of my league.

Women know more about baseball then is let on. At the very least, we do know the lingo.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Top 10 All Time Best Baseball Players

All Star Game July 13th Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California

1. Babe Ruth He was a Yankee for years, ended his career with the Boston Braves. Starting salary in 1914 $1,900 at one time his highest pay was $80,000. He ended his career in 1935 making $25,000.

2. Ty Cobb Played with the Detroit Tigers almost his entire career. His last two years in baseball, he was with the Philadelphia Athletics. Starting salary in 1906 $1,500, his highest salary was $85,000. He ended his career in 1928 making $35,000.

3. Roberto Clemente. Played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I wasn’t able to find his starting salary but he was making $150,000 when a plane he was traveling on crashed in 1972. He started playing baseball in 1955 before I was born. He was one of my favorite baseball cards and never was in the selection of trades when we did our flips.

4. Willie Mays began his baseball career in 1951 with the New York Giants making $7,500. His final salary in 1973 with the New York Mets was $165,000.

5. Joe DiMaggio played his entire career with the New York Yankees. His initial salary was $8,500 in 1936. In 1951 at the end of his career he was earning $100,000.

6. Ted Williams played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. His initial salary was $6,500 and at the end of his career in 1960, he was making $95,000. The year prior to his retirement he was making a career high of $125,000. His salary dipped in 1952 to $25,000 when he left baseball to join the marines.

7. Mickey Mantle played his entire career with the New York Yankees. His initial salary was $7,500 in 1951 and ended his career in 1968 earning $100,000.

8. Roger Marris began his career earning $15,000 playing for the New York Yankees in 1959. He ended his baseball playing for the St. Louis Cardinals earning $75,000.

9. Hank Aaron began his career with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 earning $5,000 and ended up making $250,000 in 1976 when he retired.

10. Jackie Robinson played his entire professional baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played baseball for them from 1947-1956. I was not able to find his salary history only that he made $35,000 in 1950. He was the first black player in American baseball. I hope he was not short-changed.

Lou Gehrig also remembered for greatness and also the tragedy of a disease that took his life so venomously.

What are the salaries today? It seems one player almost is worth an entire team of some of the greatest players in American history.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Top 10 Songs about "The River"

1. Down by the River Neil Young

2. Following the River The Rolling Stones

3. Find the River REM

4. River Natalie Merchant. It was written about River Phoenix, something I never knew but listening to the song again, it makes sense.

5. River Deep/ Mountain High Tina Turner

6. Hole in the River Crowded House

7. The River Bruce Springsteen

8. Riverdance Michael Flatey and the Amazing Irish Dancers

9. River Flows in You Yiruma

10. River of Tears Eric Clapton

The United States has over 250,000 rivers. Rivers are often used as boundaries and their flow creates a lot of power.

The Merced River flows through Yosemite National Park.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Top 10 Famous Quotes and the thoughtful

1.Leo Tolstoy
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.

2.Henry Kissinger
Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

3.Dalai Lama
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

4.Emil Nolde
Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.

5.E. E. Cummings
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

6.Richard M. DeVos
The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

7.Vince Lombardi
It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.

8.Mark Twain
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

10.Jim Morrison
There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Top 10 Drilling for Natural Gas

Is it safe for the environment?

1. Fracking sounds like a dirty word. It is not one of those words you can find in the dictionary. It’s a slang for hydraulic fracturing, drilling for natural gas.

2. Halliburton says that gas drilling is safe. Does Halliburton speak with forked tongue? Who is Halliburton? They are the world’s second largest oilfield services corporation. Former Vice President Dick Cheney was employed by this company before he took office. While he was in office he helped pass with urgency a law that made gas drilling exempt from restrictions of the Safe Water Act.

3. There is a special called “Gasland” still available on HBO Demand. The program is two-hours long. It’s worth your time.

4. The manufacturing of natural gas to move away from our dependency from oil sounds like a perfect solution.

5. There seems to be enough people posing the question about the safety without a lot of answers. There seems to be a lot more people that are not paying attention.

6. A lot of things seem to happen while we are not paying attention. Look at that big oil spill. You can catch a glimpse just about every night on the evening news.

7. People are worried and judging about the murders? I’d say that is scary stuff but we all live in a much bigger world. It is also time to worry about your own environment and what is going on, the bigger picture.

8. I do not pretend to be a scientific scholar but for those that are and actually care, there are volumes of articles to read.

9. Google “fracking” it does not look like the solution we are looking for without the proper precautions in place. The potential certainly seems to be there but who is running the show and who exactly will it benefit?

10. I marvel at Mother Nature and her gifts. There must be something to it. It is just man and their crazy gassed ideas that scare me.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top 10 T-Shirts sayings

1. Impossible is just an opportunity waiting to happen.
2. I am not with stupid anymore.
3. Without “me” it is just Aweso.
4. If I got smart with you, how would you know?
5. If you have something to say, please raise your hand AND PUT IT OVER YOUR MOUTH.
6. Contrary to popular belief, nobody owes you anything.
7. I’d like to get one that says, if you are curious, instead of read my lips, read my blog.
8. Tweet this! Ok I made that one up but I am sure it is out there.
9. Bad Spellers, Untie.
10. We have all heard of Maxine right? Well most ladies have, she gets passed around the net in a lot of emails and she is written by a man, John Wagner. Here is one of his/her best. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. Usually the reason is that someone screwed up.”

Monday, July 5, 2010

Top 10 Meeting People is Easy

1. All people have value regardless of their social status.
2. The tough guys seem to have the biggest hearts. The steel surface is just a protective barrier. Drill down far enough it is there.
3. Finding a common denominator usually doesn’t take too long. We all have things in common.
4. Conversations can vary from the amusing to the down right most serious conflict a person has ever faced in their life.
5. The connection can last 3 minutes or way past 30 years. Some recollections are just hard to forget.
6. My daughter made me read this book, The Seven People You Meet in Heaven. Imagine that all those years trying to get her to read and she turned the tables on me. It’s a good book; just about every one you meet has a reason and a purpose in your life. We should all take the time and pay more attention.
7. Friends you hold a littler closer. You don’t want them to get away. It is important to surround yourself with the people that make you feel good about yourself.
8. Disappointing someone is just about the worse interaction you can have with anyone.
9. A smile is the very best thing you can share with anyone, be it a once in a lifetime or a constant understanding. It leaves a lasting impression.
10. Meeting people is easy, keeping the connection alive now that is a little tougher.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Top 10 Songs about Freedom plus 1

1. Revolution, The Beatles.
2. My Generation, The Who. Funny I always thought this song belonged to my generation but it applies to us all. Here’s what it looked like kids : ) We still stutter with all the responsibility it entails.
3. God Bless America, Kate Smith (it is the National Anthem to all Philadelphia fans). The United States Senators sang it on the steps of the Capitol on that fateful day, September 11, 2001. A day in our lifetime we will never forget and it resounded around the world.
4. America the Beautiful, written by Katherine Lee Bates, this selection is played by Stan Whitmire.
5. Where Have All the Flowers Gone was written by Pete Seeger in 1955. This rendition is by Joan Baez at Operation Ceasefire Concert in Washington, DC 2005. In recognition to all the young people who have given their lives for their country.
6. Ballad of the Green Beret, SSgt. Barry Sadler. A tribute and a big “thank you” to all military and their families. Click on the military link to see a National Geographic view of the war today. I venture to say the majority of Americans have no clue. It is long but it is interesting.
7. Volunteers, The Jefferson Airplane. This clip is from Rolling Stone 1987. There have been many happenings in this country and this song displays a sampling of those who have spoken out.
8. Changes, David Bowie. Maybe not so much a patriotic or protest song, more a look at yourself and what you can improve. Change was the theme of the Obama campaign. We all have to go through changes to get it right. Just when you do, the tables turn. Obama may be singing another Bowie song today, Under Pressure. Young Americans another good song by David Bowie 9. Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, Royal Guardsman is a popular song around the holidays. The choice to lay down there arms for just one day. It is a great song.
10. Daylight Again/Find the Cost of Freedom written by Stephen Stills.
11. Fortunate Son, Credence Cleanwater Revival our military at this time is purely volunteer, during the Vietnam War there was a draft in place. You are still required to register when you turn 18.

It is easy to come up with a list of songs about freedom. Our ancestors fought for our freedom and we should be grateful that someone stepped up. We all care but find it a daunting task to do anything about it as we try to maintain the goings on our busy lives. I am not a fan of war. Who would be? I certainly support the men and woman that are out there supporting us. I do not think they want war either. They are just trying to maintain the peace. The strike against our country on 911 was a wake up call; we are no longer an untouchable super power. Rodney King, now I will not pass any judgment on this man because I do not personally know him but he did make famous and undeniable question. “Why can’t we all just get along?” There are perceptions, misunderstandings, the need to be king of the mountain, religious beliefs, inhumane treatment, big blunders, mistakes, disputes over land, oil, the have and the have nots. No one is going to agree all the time that is the beauty of life because not everyone is always 100 % correct. There is a need for leaders and there is a necessity to compromise or nothing will ever be accomplished or ever settled. What does all this blah, blah, blah blah have to do with freedom? We all have a choice and for that very reason, we should be proud to live in a country that still allows us to express it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Top 10 Freedoms

1. Freedom of Speech. In this country you are entitled to say whatever you want to say within reason that is, but that would be a personal choice. Say something to the wrong person and you will pay but it is still not against the law to voice your opinion.
2. Freedom of Religion. You have the right to practice and believe in any god you choose.
3. Freedom to assemble peacefully. You can get together and discuss anything you like.
4. Freedom of the press. We have the right to print whatever we like, facts, opinions, beliefs and at times a lot of fodder.
5. Freedom to petition government redress of grievances. You have the right to complain and the power to vote for a change.
6. Freedom to bear arms. Guns scare me and in the wrong hands it just doesn’t make sense to me but how do you choose?
7. The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original document is now housed in The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights also reside there. They are the most precious documents and should be to all citizens of the United States. They bought us and continue to buy us our freedom.
8. We are still a country that respects a man and woman’s rights. We just lack in respect individually.
9. Government is in place for a reason. Someone has to be in charge and make the decisions. Can you just imagine all those opinions running amok?
10. This land is your land. We should all be proud to be citizens of a free country. We are in a fine mess right now and I wouldn’t want to be in charge. It’s a huge jig-saw puzzle that has unraveled and to make it all fit and come together it is a huge undertaking. Let’s hope the right people are in place to figure it all out. We will survive, we come from good stock. We are Americans! Let’s not forget that from whence we came, all over the world.