It’s not precisely a 50th Reunion, although that’s standard naming. How many classes have met every year for 50 years?
Anyway, for months I’ve been on the planning committee for my high school class’s reunion, and it’s now just a month away. I’ve already got a hotel reservation and my plane tickets.
At one point we’d thought to ask some of the class members to play the rock songs of our youth, as they’ve done twice in the last ten years for these get-togethers, but it was concluded that there’s only one way to play that music — loudly. If we did that conversations would be drowned out, and since we’re all 67 or 68 years old our hearing’s not the best anymore anyway. So we told the band they could mingle with the rest of us instead of working.
What then do we do for background music? Well, I didn’t exactly volunteer to create an iTunes playlist, I just made one for myself and then offered it. I focused on songs released no later than 1968 and mostly hit my target. There may be a dozen on the list which came out between 1969 and 1972. Here are the first half-dozen or so, and here’s a link to a spreadsheet with the entire list of songs. I’ve got a copy of the mp4 files on flash drive and in Dropbox.
I was listening to a shuffle of my iTunes library this evening when the studio version of this song from “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” popped up (preceded by Hoe Down from Copland’s Rodeo, of all things).
This is live at Farm Aid at Bristow, Virginia in 2000. The backing band includes the late Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played bass with Booker T and the MGs and worked/appeared with many others. Listen to him.
Trying to undo Obama’s legacy, going after Colin Kaepernick for peacefully protesting, attacking LeBron James for doing great community work. Hmmm, it’s almost as if Trump, I don’t know, doesn’t like successful black people..
Two weeks ago I bought a new flat-screen computer monitor to replace one which was refusing to turn off and/or slow to turn on. That one was an HP1907 that was first released for sale in 2006. It weighed 15 pounds. I had it on top of a metal stand with a pullout keyboard tray.
I got the new one home, took it out of the box and installed it (easy-peasy). It works great. It’s clearer than the old one and the extra inch of width is a help.
I’ve noticed that my view angle to the screen keeps getting skewed away from perpendicular, and it’s taken me numerous adjustments and puzzling to figure out why. The new monitor weighs 6.6 pounds, nearly nine pounds less than the old one. If I cross my legs I occasionally bump the keyboard tray, and guess what? Because the new monitor is so much lighter, I can actually shift the stand if I nudge it too hard.
Problem identified, but solution still a work-in-progress.
Last Friday I went up to Tripler for a PET/CT scan. The doc wanted a good view of my lungs. I’d had one done in June after my COPD hospitalization in May, and he wanted to check something he’d seen there. I went back today for a follow-up, and whatever it was has gone away (he thinks it was residual inflammation of the lung tissue left over from the May exacerbation), so he’s happy, as am I. I’m one of those lucky people who takes well to the broncho-dilators; my ability to expel air goes up about 15% after using one. He told me to continue using them and come back to see him in a year unless something untoward happens.
I always like it when doctors tell me they don’t need to see me for a year. It inspires confidence.
McConnell announced his opposition to any Obama nominee—no matter their qualifications, no matter their record, no matter the who gives a dusty fuck—less than an hour after learning of Scalia’s death and about a month before Garland was named. https://t.co/JV2qnKWejM