Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top 10 Super Bowl Challenge Quiz

For entertainment purposes, of course.

 1. Who will win the coin toss? Baltimore won and San Francisco had the ball first

 2. What company will have the first commercial after the kickoff? Budweiser

 3. What team will score first? Ravens

 4. Who will be sacked first? San Francisco

 5. Score after the first quarter? Ravens 7 San Francisco 3

 6. Winning at Halftime? Ravens 21 - San Francisco 6

 7. Score after the 3rd quarter?

 8. Who Will WIN The Game?

 9. Who will be MVP?

10. Total points scored in the game from both teams.

I've seen grids on the web for the block pools.  Life is so much simpler now. Can the computer pick your block too?  Coming soon I am sure.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Top 10 San Francisco Bands from the Sixties

San Francisco has been a winning combination for many trades from the Gold Rush in 1849 to the Summer of Love in the Sixties, just to name a few highlights in their winning streak history.

Here are Youtube links to the best songs from these bands.

Grateful Dead  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994 Truckin.

710 Ashbury was the location of the Grateful Dead residence during the "Summr of Love"

Jefferson Airplane Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1996 san fran White Rabbit, they sang with Grace, nobody like her. Great Society Grace Slick) "Somebody to Love". Hot Tuna Members of Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship from members of Jefferson Airplane.

Quicksilver Messenger Service Fresh Air  Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti wrote Get Together.
He sold the rights to the song to the Kingston Trio.

County Joe and the Fish Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die (language warning)

Big Brother and the Holding Company  Janis Joplin Piece of My Heart

Santana Hall of Fame 1998 a newer song from a vintage band but I love this one Smooth, still HOT and cooking.

Sly and the Family Stone inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Thank You  I saw this band in Wildwood, New Jersey at the Convention Center in the 70's, they were two hours late and Sly was so rude to the crowd cruising them and telling them to shut up and sit down. We did and it still is the best jam band concert I have ever been to,

Moby Grape Omaha and 8 05 8 05 named by the toll taker on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco when asked by a band member, "what time is it?".

Beau Brummels Laugh Laugh

Count Five Psychotic Reaction

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top 10 Childhood Heroes including Our Gal Sal

If you don't recognize any of these people, no worries, you are simply not as mature as I am.

Happy the Clown ran from 1956 to 1968 and what I distinctly remember was birthday cake time and if it was your birthday you could help blow out the candles on the big cake but there were no stipulations about the marching sticks.  You could get your own outside from tree twigs and march around to the music with the rest of the kids on TV.  I will admit sometimes I would try and help get those candles out even if it wasn't my birthday.  I was always an impatient little girl.  I have improved slightly and my birthday, shucks I don't mid if we celebrate that every 10 years now. Howard Jones the man who played Happy the Clown passed away in 1993. He was said to love children the only thing he wasn't so fond of was the mothers and grandparents who thought their child wasn't seen enough.  I always thought that Krusty the Clown on the Simpson's was patterned after him.  He was Bart's favorite.

 Pixanne was a pretty little thing and she could fly. I always aspired to reach new heights watching her show.  Jane Norman attended Temple University and she is still going strong with a singing career.  Check out her website, and listen to her voice.  I guarantee it will bring a vision of her right into your mind. Kind and sweet.

Miss Connie (that's the one I remember) on Romper Room was the leader of a bunch of kids romping around and singing is how I remember it BUT Miss Connie had this magic mirror and she could SEE you and it made me a little paranoid. It was even worse when she couldn't see me.  I would wonder doesn't she like what she sees? My insecurity would set in, hey, what about me, over here? I finally came to the conclusion, maybe all that was a matter was the TV screen was dirty.  My parents were always impressed when I offered to clean it.  Just thank Miss Connie. I could not find a Miss Connie on YouTube but there is a Miss Mary Ann and she is a Do BEE.  Dang! another girlie got the job.  I looked it up and there was a Miss Claire in the Philadelphia area from 1954 to 1956 but that was before my time.  Claire Coleman also a Temple graduate is married to former U.S. Senator Richard Schweiker. Anyone remember Miss Connie? Was she watching you too?

Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans were cool but that Mr. Moose, he rocked and so did Dancing Bear!! I had a major crush on the big guy.  I think it was a guy. Captain Kangaroo was on for 30 years.  I did not watch it the whole time and I am pretty sure what I watched was all black and white. The Captain died in 2004.

Wee Willie Webber's Cartoon Club.  Wee Willie was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1999. He passed away at 80 years old in 2010. I thought he always talked really fast maybe it was just the alliteration in his name. Try it three times real fast.

Chief Halftown used to make public appearances all the time.  I remember seeing him as a kid at the bowling alley in Brookhaven and most recently in the Halloween Parade in Media some years back.  I know I have that picture somewhere, I am going to have to go on a search.  He passed away in 2003.

Gene London I watched sporadically. He was on for 18 years including Cartoon Corner General Store. I know there are kids that swear by him but he intimidated me, not sure why but I could never ever draw like him.  Years later I heard he was tracing and at first I wasn't sure how to feel about that. Its like lip syncing.  There was never any confirmation to that, I also heard he was a very talented artist.  He got the job somehow.  He was very soothing and soft spoken, a good influence for children. There is a great story about a kid that was on the Gene London show told on Broadcasts Pioneers website.  He was looking for a copy of the show he was on as a kid and he received a.... I'm sorry most shows were live and the ones we taped, were taped over the next week. The rest of that story is pretty neat, Gene London to the rescue, check it out.............  He a pretty cool guy after all.

Pete's Gang Possibly why I wasn't a big Gene London fan was I think he was on the same time slot at Pete's Gang and not everyone remembers Pete's Gang like I do, I was on the show twice.  Uncle Pete, as he was known was Pete Boyle and you may recognize that name from the father on "Everyone Loves Raymond" and or the monster in "Young Frankenstein".  He was Uncle Pete's son.  Another blog, another day there is a great interview of the younger Pete Boyle on Youtube.  Off track here, my father was a cub scout master and he took the cubs on all kinds of field trips and I usually got to tag along.  One of those times they went to a studio in Philadelphia, I think and we were guests on the Pete's Gang show.  The show was an introduction to "Our Gang", the Little Rascals show. I remember getting to the studio and walking through this narrow hallway.  We were going to put our coats in a separate room, this long arm reaches out and grabs me and said, "her, use her".  I was scared to death and they hustled me in another direction, someone took my coat and I was on stage where they did the filming.  They had me practice pulling on this rope that opened up a trapped door to let all the kids in.  I was asked ahead of time if I liked cookies by Pete himself and I said no because I thought that was a bad thing and he said well then don't take one.  I had to take the can around and offer them to the other kids.  I was the hostess.  I got to sit on a high stool right next to Pete.  The show was taped so you don't know what is being filmed.  I watched it a week later, very excited to see myself.  I was an expert at pulling up that trap door and the best cookie giver outter they ever had, I am sure of that BUT as I was sitting up there next to Pete, I guess I was suppose to be paying attention, I got caught by the camera making a face.  I was glancing over at the other kids sitting in the bleachers, mostly ALL boys from the cub scouts and I made eye contact with John Pacanowski who I was sure liked me.  He smiled at me and I scrunched up my nose and made this horrible face.  There it was dead center on the camera and a CLOSEUP! Thanks John, I could have been famous!  I think I mean, phew, thanks John, I could have been famous. Youtube would have crushed me.  I still remember the red velvet dress I was wearing, my grandmother made it for me and that face, I still do it.  It has become my trademark. Pete, the father passed away in 1967, he attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His son passed in 2006, YouTube Part 1, 2, 3. He was a great actor.

The Shari Lewis Show would have been the Sesame Street back in the day with the puppets and ventriloquist talent. Her characters were Lamb Chop, Charley Horse, Hush Puppy and Wing Ding. She was a multi-talented lady.  Lamb Chop appeared before Congress in 1993 in favor of protections for children's television programs. Shari Lewis passed away in 1998 at the age of 65 while undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, she developed viral pneumonia.

Last but not least, Miss Sally Starr the woman that brought back such happy childhood memories and inspired this blog. She passed away at 90 years old on Sunday, January 27th, 2013.  My childhood memory is Popeye when I think of her and the two occasions when I saw her in person.  She was at a special event at Smedley Junior High School in Chester and she was choosing people out of the audience to do tricks.  One of those tricks was to whistle.  Can you whistle? she asked, everyone raised their hand and she chose someone and they came up on stage and whistled great then she made them eat crackers and attempt to whistle.  You can not eat crackers and whistle,it is impossible.  I know this because, I have attempted it several times since.  The last time I saw Sally was about 10 years ago.  She was a guest at the first ever, I believe 4th of July parade in Nether Providence.  She was 80 years old?  She looked great.  Now I am on a mission to find the photo.

I found it! I also had written on the back of the photo, Sally Starr introduced herself as, Popeye's Mommy.  The photo is dated July 2001.

Farewell Our Gal Sal
Love, luck and lollipops!

When you are a kid you never think about people dying and you naturally assumed everyone will live forever. As an adult you know that is not true and you see it proven each day with the loss of another family member or friend but the good news is those memories live on forever and you are blessed to have them.

I have lost some of the best and they weren't even Superstars but they were to me.  Bigger than life and still are.  We all have our heroes.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Top 10 Born in Baltimore

If your team is not in the Super Bowl do you boycott or find a reason to root for another team? So, I went on the search. These people were either born or grew up in the Baltimore area.

As you know, The Baltimore "Ravens" are named after the work of one of Baltimore's most famous residents, Edgar Allan Poe's famed poem, The Raven. It also boasts of many other personalities that have lived in the area, including those that can sing, dance, act and all around entertain.

1. John Astin " Gomez" from the Adams Family television show was born in Baltimore, graduated from John Hopkins and is currently teaching method acting and directing in the Theater Arts and Studies Department at Johns Hopkins University.

2. David Byrne of the Talking Heads born in Scotland, moved to Baltimore around 8 years old. "Once in a Lifetime".

3. Cab Calloway Zaz Zuh Zaz was born in New York and moved to Maryland as a child...can you say scat............ He attended Lincoln University and Crane College and was taught scat by Louis Armstrong. He was a jazz singer and bandleader and a regular at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.  He appeared in various movies including an impressive guest spot in The Blues Brothers.

4. Cass Elliott of the Mamas and Pappas, a possible conflict of interest with California Dreamin except of course if California is dreamin they will bet the Baltimore Ravens but of course we will know on Monday, Monday.

5. Billie Holiday All or Nothing at All.

6.Greg Kihn "The Breakup Song", they don't write em like that anymore.

7.Animal Collective Brother Sport.

8. Frank Zappa "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow".

9. Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows "Colorblind".

10. Jada Pinkett Smith Wisdom Evolution "Burn".

The Baltimore area has produced musicians, actors and actresses, civil war heroes (on both sides), civil rights activists, politicians, writers, poets, astronauts, and sport stand outs in just about every sport

The Baltimore Ravens were established in Baltimore in 1996 when the then owner Art Model moved the former Cleveland Browns franchise.  The Ravens have experienced great success in their brief history, making the playoffs nine times since 2000, with one Super Bowl victory (Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season), four AFC North division titles (2003, 2006, 2011 and 2012) and two AFC Championship titles (2000 and 2012). The Ravens are owned by Steve Bisciotti and valued at $1.09 billion, making the team the 18th-most valuable sports franchise in the world. (wiki says)

LaQuan Williams currently a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens was born in Baltimore.  I am sure he would love to bring it on home.  He is currently listed on the injured/reserve list.  Ray Lewis has been with the team since its inception. He plans to retire after this season.

and Bill is a Baltimore fan.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Top 10 Albums of 2012 Picks

I went to the experts for this and here we have two generations of musician's and their selections.

Their choices:

 Walt Haake starting playing in bands in the early 70's while attending Penn Morton College aka Widener University, he continues to play music and his current band is a trio named Catmoondaddy who have an upcoming gig at Picasso's in Media, February 8th.  Walt is also a DJ at WDVR in North New Jersey.

1.Custodio Castelo Inventus
2. Tempest Bob Dylan
3. First Aid Kit The Lions Roar
4.And Still I Rise Heritage Blues Orchestra
5. Secret Symphony Kate Melua
6. When Will There Be Now Project Trio
7. That's Why God Made the Radio Beach Boys
8. Something Almost Being Said Simone Dinnrstein
9. Tomorrow Never Knows The Beatles
10. Slipstream Bonnie Rait

Ian McGlynn starting playing piano at a very young age influenced by both his parents and their musical talents. He grew up in the 80's. He is an up and rising presence in the musical scene.  You can find a lot of his music on ITunes and website. Check him out.

In no particular order

1. Sigur Ros - Valtari
2. Best Coast - The Only Place
3. Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
4. Ice Choir - Afar
5. Beach House - Bloom
6. Tame Impala - Lonerism

7. Ken Stringfellow - Danzig in the Moonlight
8. The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
9. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy
10. Sam Billen - Places

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Squirrel verses Girl

True confessions, I am a sucker for a pretty face.  The furrier the better. I have been feeding the squirrels for years.

Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs.

Common rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters.  I am NOT a mouse or rat fan and my children never had hamsters or guinea pigs. Luckily, they never asked for them. We had those anoles, lizard like things and hermit crabs. UGH! Beavers are too big and porcupines, I'm not even going to touch that one.

I have never seen a flying squirrel to my knowledge BUT, I will say while I was out for a walk one day, one plopped down out of a tree right in front of my path with a thud.  I am not a paranoid person BUT I think they are following me.

As soon as I open my back sliding door to the deck, I can see them scurrying up and down the trees and I hear their chatter.  I think they have me tuned in on their speed dial.

What do squirrels eat? Everything under the sun but mine are big carb eaters and love bread. Peanut butter, I believe has made them mine forever. My friend in Texas hates squirrels. When she had them in her attic and had a hard time getting rid of them, she wanted to get a gun!   I once worked with a guy who said squirrels ate through his screen and got inside his kitchen.  I am still on friendly terms with my squirrels.

 It should be no secret now, I am a recent birder.  I inherited this bird feeder and became all excited because I will now attracted beautiful birds to my yard. All birders and bird feeders please hold your laughter.

Yes, I realize this is not a bird and I tried to rationalize this behavior. Is he or she just messing with me?  I don't name or identify my squirrels, it is just squirrel with the exception of, the fat one.  I realize this is politically incorrect. So never in front of squirrel do I mention this aloud.

Yes, I have a problem, this is a long term relationship and I need to let the squirrels know I have no intention of abandoning them but I would like to share the wealth.

To the right is the nest to the left you can see, the fat one.
I received a new bird feeder for Christmas.  I was going to buy one on my own and was aghast at the price.  It is like $100 and up for a squirrel proof bird feeder.  Surely, we can come to terms and work this out. That means more money for seed, ya know.

Today marks week 5 and here is the tally if you are interested in the war with squirrels.  Sounds like a reality television show to me.

Week 1 almost 8 days no one went near the high hanging racy red bird feeder.  Was it the color?

Week 2 I believe it was a Monday morning, bird feeder is GONE! Albatross come sweeping by and snatch it up? A tad dramatic in my thoughts, the bird feeder was later found on the ground 15 feet below its hanging spot.

Week 3 I added a chain to the "S" hook. Aha! I had them now!! .......It didn't even last the afternoon.  I could hear their chatter, "Is she kidding me"? and I hope they heard me say out LOUD, "REALLY"!

Week 4 This was a fun one.  I hung the feeder in my yard dead center,below my deck.  I looped it using a smaller "s" hook on the clothes line, so I really could not see it or all the pretty birds that were coming round but it stood there proud in the center of my yard.  They would have to walk the tight rope to get to it.  I have seen some fascinating moves from these squirrels but I was pretty sure this would do the trick.  It lasted a week.  I had no idea how acrobatic and talented my squirrels are.  This was a two person job.  They bounced the ropes and eventually it came down.  Heck of a bird feeder though.  It has not cracked yet.

Week 5 So now I am spending money, so this is serious!  The bird feeder is back in its original location on my deck. I purchased a lock-in clip, discarded the large and small "s" hook.  I wrapped the small chain around the post, the longer chain now hangs down lower and the clip allows me to open and close to take the feeder down to refill.  This is day 6 and I have no takers yet but I am hopeful.  I am only 5 bucks in so far with the clip, all other supplies I had on hand.  It is yet to be determined when I will come to the realization that $100 is cheap if you want the pretty birds to come flocking to your back door.

I have moved the location where I feed the squirrels "their" food. I am sure this is just a little communication snag.  We are still in negotiations and hopefully will come to a mutual agreement soon that benefits us all.

Monday was "Squirrel Appreciation Day" and I would be remiss if I did not recognize them at all.  They have an ever ready presence in my life and they like the attention.  There is a squirrel appreciation page on Facebook and I hear they are looking for friends.  That's the chatter anyway.

Trivia: James Cagney never said, "You dirty rat" and nor will I.  We can work this out.

Update: Week 5 Day 5 seeing some action on a snowy day!!!



 Week 6 Additional visitors

The Finch

Finch and Friends (popular spot)

Shucks this is just a yoga move.

Yup he's in!

Nuthatch (I believe)

Mystery feeder

I have never seen a squirrel do a "put up your dukes" pose before.

The staring contest.

Going for it!

and he's in...Who knew the Great Wallenda hangs out in my trees?

Up in the trees, the Great Wallenda is waiting me out.

Pretty sure he is a Hairy Woodpecker.  He's a little big for the feeder so soon I will need to upgrade.

Still working on identifying this one.

Common Wren I believe but I this the colors are extraordinary.

Th clay bell is the latest addition and as of kickoff time of the Super Bowl Girl 1 Squirrels 0 but I am pretty sure it ain't over yet!

As of today UFO but I am just as curious as they are. I believe now from research, this is a Junco.

Red-tailed Hawk he is a major dude, they can have a wing span up to 57inches. One of the things you get to see chasing squirrels.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top 10 Tips Safe Winter Driving

If you happened to be out on Monday night with that little bit of snowfall, it was quite a shock.  Accidents were everywhere.  Here are a few reminders of how to proceed with caution in inclement weather.

1. Take your time and check the forecast.  Do you really have to go out in bad weather?  Face to face is always a great social and business contact but technology can connect you in an instant across the world. Email, texting, live chat and Skye can save your pretty face for another favorable day, weather permitting.

2. Out if milk? Dry cereal isn't so bad and instant oatmeal requires water only.  You shouldn't be out of water.  Spice it up, use a little cinnamon. Out of cinnamon?  Start over again with step #1.

3. Clear all the snow off your car before you leave your spot for clear visibility and the safety of others on the road with you.  Flying ice and snow is dangerous.
4. Slow down

5. Leave plenty of room between you and the cars in front of you.

6. Pay attention.  You might think you have it under control but there are a lot more variables to contend with. You have no control over the actions of other drivers.  You have have to work with what you have. Stay aware.

7. Never slam on the breaks. Brake early. If you have ABS brakes like I do, keep you foot on the brake to slow down even when it makes that pumping sound and feel, this is normal.  Regular brakes are to be pumped gently.  If you slam, you will spin. Read your manual to determine the best practice for you and your vehicle.

8. Got the spins? Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go if you find yourself in a skid. Stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you are able to maintain control of your vehicle. This procedure, known as “steering into the skid,” will bring the back end of your car in line with the front. This advice was found at the United States Department of Transportation, "Tips for Safe Winter Driving", under the pdf heading "Know Your Car". I wanted to quote the professionals because I think this is the easiest one to get wrong.  We all panic when we lose control. THIS IS A REAL IMPORTANT ONE.

9. also has a great list to rundown before you find yourself in a precarious situation.  Do the research and be prepared.  We are not all the experts like we think we are.

10. Even if it means taking the longer way home, stay on the main roads and just take your time, and wear your seat belt.  It could be a bumpy ride and let your people know you are on the road and where you are going. You could be late. Use the cell in case of emergency only. Let them know, I'll call you, don't call me.  It can be distracting.

I like snow and get all excited when it snows and have no inhibitions driving in it.  Ice is a whole other animal in my opinion and it is white knuckle time and you have to have your A+ game on. That involves staying off the road when it is advised and leave the roads to the pros. Let them get the job done without getting in the way of their progress. True the snowfall on Monday did not amount to much but you never know when your number will be called.

Happy Motoring and Stay Safe!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Anniversaries, Places to Visit

1. Florida is 500 years old and there are so many places to see.  Throughout my lifetime I have been to Pompano, Ft. Lauderdale,  Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Cocoa Beach, Jupiter, the manatees at Blue Spring Park in Orange City (pictured below), Winter Springs take the scenic boat tour and Daytona.  I loved driving on the beach and only saw the racetrack during off season.  I still want to see St. Augustine.  Make sure you take an alligator air boat ride but use those ear mufflers.  They are LOAD and sample a little Allie after.  It tastes like chicken or was that the frog legs? Get the sample medley.

2. The Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary.  The battle took place over a 3 day period July 1 -3 and you can't even imagine the devastation that happened on that battlefield and in that town unless you see it for yourself.  I highly recommend a guided tour, there is a fee for that. We had a great guide drive our car and I believe there are also bus tours. Park Ranger talks are free. Check for times and locations at the visitor center and don't miss the Cyclorama. So much happened and you can not grasped it on your own unless you are a true scholar on the subject.  I also recommend the touristy ghost tour at night, not for the creepy part but as another viewpoint of the lives so abruptly lost and you actually walk through the town at night.  It also gives you a different perspective that just driving through it during the day.

3. Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary.  Harley-Davidson is an American motorcycle manufacturer founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My apologies if this is not a Harley. I never owned one but I did get to ride on the back of one once or twice.  I think wearing a helmet is a smart and safe idea.

4. 90th Anniversary of the Disney Brothers Studio later to be known as Walt Disney Studios.  Disney brings out the kid in us all on Main Street. Founded on October 16, 1923.


5. Repeal Prohibition 80th December 5th 1933.  There is a great exhibit going on now at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania thur April 28th, 2013.

6. January 65th Anniversary of the Assassination of Gandhi.  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became famous while fighting for civil rights using methods of non-violent civil disobedience. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandella were inspired by the teachings of Gandhi.

7. JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary. The 35th President of the United States was assassinated on November 22, 1963. I was a small child at the time but I do remember the impact and sadness felt in the Untied States. never again did I feel such insecurity in what I believe to be one of the safest countries in the world until 911 happened.  You can pay your respects at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia where he is buried, always a great opportunity to also see Washington, D.C. or you can travel to Dallas, Texas and tour the Book Depository building where it is believed that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone fired 3 shots and 1 that fatally wounded the President. These facts have been disputed but never proven for 50 years.  Arlington National Cemetery has always been a great place to visit and there are many things to see The Dallas experience, The Sixth Floor Museum  is one you will never forget and will leave you perplexed and unsure just what did happen that day.

8. March - 50th Anniversary of the closing of Alcatraz in 1963. If you are ever in San Francisco, this is a must do, even the boat ride over in the bay is exciting but windy.  It offers spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

9. I Had A Dream 50th Anniversary. Visit the MLK Memorial in Washington, D. C. and stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where the speech was delivered. I myself was curious about the resolve the misquoted inscription on the side of the statue. I found a link to an article in the Washington Post, stating Interior Secretary Ken Salazer has decided the plan is to cut out the inscription to make it look like one of the horizontal “striations” already in the memorial at a cost of $700,000 - $900,000. It will be paid by a special fund set up by the memorial foundation.

10. 40th Anniversary of the End of Vietnam War The Vietnam Memorial in Washington D. C. is a quiet and solemn place and you can hear a pin drop. The Paris Peace Accord was signed in January 1963.  U. S. military involvement ended on August 16, 1973. Go to the Veterans Parade in Media and you can see the roar of the VietNam Vets as they proudly lead the parade in the motorcycle brigade.  You aren't moved to do anything else but stand and clap and cheer.  They set the tone of the parade. War is not a pretty thing but our soldiers are out there doing the dirty work for us so that we can continue to live in the land of the free.  That is something we should always celebrate and thank our soldiers for and we can't say it enough. Thank You and Welcome Home. Here is a link to a list of those still MIA.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Top 10 Raving About The Raven

The Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe Used in Music

Annabel Lee Stevie Nicks

Virginia Clemm Katzenjammer

 When the Beatles compiled images of their heroes for the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, one of the most recognizable faces was that of Poe, in the center of the top row. In the same year, John Lennon wrote his famous nonsensical work "I Am the Walrus", which contained the lines, "Elementary penguin singing Hari Krishna/Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe." If you are more curious, like I am here are the other celebrities that appeared on the album cover.

In 1976, the British rock group the Alan Parsons Project released a full album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, based on Poe's stories and poems. "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" 

Blues Traveler featured the lyrics, "Once upon a midnight dreary", (from "The Raven") in their 1994 hit "Run-Around".

 The tribute album Closed on Account of Rabies was released in 1997, with musicians and actors, The Black Cat, Diamanda Galas.

 The American folk and protest singer Phil Ochs set Poe's poem "The Bells" to music on his debut album, All the News That's Fit to Sing, in 1964.

Christopher Walken The Raven

Iggy Poe Tell Tale Heart

Smithereens William Wilson

Bob Dylan's 1965 song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" makes reference to "Rue Morgue Avenue".

Friday, January 18, 2013

Top 10 Party at Poe's

All photographs were taken at the residence that the Poe family lived in while they were in Philadelphia.

1. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston January 19, 1809  If every one lived forever, he would be 204 years old on Saturday.

2. He was orphaned young (3 years old), when his mother died shortly after his father had abandoned the family. He had two other siblings that were placed in separate homes, a brother in Baltimore and a sister in Richmond. He was raised by, but never adopted by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia.

3. He attended the University of Virginia for one year and may have met Thomas Jefferson during that time. Thomas Jefferson, the founder often invited some of the students to his home in Monticello and the time frame does fit. He attended West Point but it is said he purposefully failed out and this resulted in the Allan's (especially John Allan) no longer wanting to have anything to do with him. There seems to be some other underlying circumstances as well for the estrangement.

4. Poe secretly married his first cousin, Virginia Clemm in 1835. He found the comfort of a family with her and his Aunt Marie, who at first was not fond of their relationship. He was 26 and she was 13. He publicly married her in 1836. He was said to be truly in love and suffered greatly when she died of tuberculosis in her 20's. The same illness that his mother and brother had succumbed to.

5. Edgar Allan Poe lived in 5 different places in Philadelphia during the 6 years he lived here. One of those locations is now a National Historic Site in Pennsylvania that you can tour for free.  The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is open Wed-Sun, 9am-5pm. The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site will be closed beginning March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 for restoration work. According to the website, on January 19 and 20th, in honor of Poe's 204th birthday there will be a one hour Ranger led tour that will include excerpts from his stores and poems. Make sure you step outside and look for the raven. Look closely, if you are lucky like I was, you may see the spirit of Poe peering back at you. He finally made it to the other side.

There is a bird inside the raven, you can see his beak in the center.  I was told their is a nest inside.

7. I didn't know Poe personally, he is a tad older and traveled in different circles, but I am drawn to the pictures and illustrations I have seen of Edgar Allan Poe. I am inspired to have my photograph taken nevermore, not to write the dark and dreary for fear I will be mistaken for such and by all means never be caught in someones clothes other then my own and be forced to vote for someone not of your choosing over and over again. "Cooping" as has been suggested as the way Mr. Poe may have spent his last days. There are not many flattering stories about him in my opinion, but he was a brilliant writer and to this day has a tremendous following.  They make him look dark, mysterious, troubled and macabre. He sure holds your attention though. His suspense draws you in as you feel along with him, what is going to happen next. I sure hope whoever wrote such nasty stuff about someone after their death felt the pounding and thumping and pounding and thumping of the guilty tell-tale heart.

8. He lived in Philadelphia at several locations for 6 years, during that time he published "The Gold Bug" and "The Black Cat" and it is said he also wrote his greatest work while living there, "The Raven". He received $14 for that work.

9. He never made a lot of money off his talents while he was alive, but he sure has caused a stir since his death.  There has been a tale for years that someone goes to his grave and leaves a bottle and it is consumed overnight. The mysterious person has never been identified and it is believed it may have been a tradition that has carried through two generations and has since stopped, presuming the mystery person has passed away, leaving three roses in a distinctive arrangement and the unfinished bottle of cognac, yet another mystery in the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe.

10. The Poe Toaster's last appearance was on January 19, 2009, the day of Poe's bicentennial.  Just in case no one shows up this year let us here in the burbs of Philadelphia salute you and may your spirit live " forever more" and may you be lifted from your darkest despair and your soul rest in peace.

Cause of death: Broken Heart

If you would like to know Poe and his works there are readings and songs on Youtube. I will share the links on Monday