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I changed my blogging website from LiveJournal to WordPress.  I was having issues with LiveJournal, so I decided a switch was called for.  So, if you’re following me from LiveJournal, welcome back.  If you’re here for the first time, welcome aboard.  Grab a chair and sit down.

Finally

After Biden had been projected as the winner of the Presidential election. I wrote in this blog that I wouldn’t be completely happy until Trump was off of White House property and Biden was sworn in.

I’m happy now.

TV–JEOPARDY!

BOOKS–NEWS OF THE WORLD–Paulette Jiles. LOGICAL CHESS–Irving Chernev.

MUSIC–Thy Word Network (thyword.org).

The Mountain Goats

the Mountain Goats “Get Famous” – YouTube

I’m not too hip on today’s music scene. I know only two Katy Perry songs and an Outkast song. But I have heard of the Mountain Goats. I first heard them on MORAL OREL (A great show, I hope the whole series comes out on DVD.), and I loved them. I bought a couple of their LPs. I have four of them now.

Saturday morning I watched the previous night’s LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT. The Mountain Goats appeared. Unbeknownst to me, they had an LP, GETTING INTO KNIVES, released in October of last year. After I’d finished listening to them, I bought the LP on iTunes. I’m listening to it as I’m typing this. I’m loving it.

Well, 2020 wasn’t completely bad. New LPs by Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen and the Mountain Goats all came out last year.

TV–JEOPARDY! (R.I.P. Alex), GRAVITY FALLS, A LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.

BOOKS–CHESS, THE ART OF LOGICAL THINKING, Neil McDonald.

MUSIC–WHO’S NEXT, the Dave Clark Five (Just seeing if you were paying attention)

Tommy Lasorda R.I.P.

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dies at 93 (nbcnews.com)

From 1969 to 1993, the Cincinnati Reds played in the same division, the National League West, as the Los Angeles Dodgers. But I had a grudging respect for the Dodgers. And I liked Tommy Lasorda, especially when he played the Dugout Wizard on THE BASEBALL BUNCH (hosted by–ironically–Johnny Bench). I loved his personality.

He will be missed.

BOOK–BECAUSE OF BETHLEHEM, Max Lucado.

MUSIC–“Bachelor Boy”–Cliff Richard and the Shadows.

TV–JEOPARDY!

“Call Me Lightning”

Call Me Lightning – YouTube

Earlier this morning, I asked Alexa to play “Call Me Lightning” by the Who. It said it couldn’t find that song. So I had to search YouTube for it. It took all of half a second. I’ve heard this song three time, once about 15 years ago, another time this morning, and another while I was writing this entry.

BOOK–CROSSING TO SAFETY–Wallace Stenger, BADA** HABITS–Jen Sincero, BEGIN AGAIN–Max Lucado

Synchronicity (To borrow the title of another 1980s LP)

This morning I told Alexa to play Prince’s “When Dove Cry” from the movie and LP PURPLE RAIN. I hadn’t heard that song in a while. It was one of my favorites of the 1980.

I love Prince during my mid-20s. PURPLE RAIN was one of my favorite LPs. I remember getting it during Christmastime 1984, when I was flush with Christmas money and had just received a Walkman for Christmas. I loved it!

Later in the morning I went to Walmart. Like 36 years ago I was flush with Christmas money. I went to the T-shirt section to see if any of them struck my fancy. And I found a PUPRLE RAIN T-shirt and bought it.

(3) Prince & The Revolution – When Doves Cry (Official Music Video) – YouTube

TV–Bengals football

BOOK–CROSSING TO SAFETY–Wallace Stenger, BADA** HABITS–Jen Sincero.

Christmas and the Day After

It’s been a good weekend so far, all things considered. On Christmas Day Mom picked me up, and she drove us to her house for Christmas dinner. I ate some lamb, noodles, and a salad. For dessert I had a chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. Yum!

Today Mom and I went to Tipp City. First we stopped at the house Mom purchased. In a few weeks it will be her and my home. My younger brother and his wife are working on fixing up the place, installing new furniture, new bathroom fixtures, and painting the walls. Then we went to my brother’s house and exchanged gifts. On our way to be Celina, Mom and I went through a McDonald’s drive-thru where I order a McRib and some french fries. Yum!

TV–PAWN STARS

BOOK–CROSSING TO SAFETY, Wallace Stenger.

MUSIC–“Surrender”–Cheap Trick.

Success

I have this book called THE YEAR OF YOUR. It has 365 writing prompts, one for each day of the year. Today’s prompt was “At the end of your life, how will you know if your time here has been a success?”

I answered:

“If I die having friends. It [this prompt] reminds me of that moment from the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ where George looks into the book sees the message from Clarence that no one is a failure if he has friends.”

Merry Christmas everyone (again!).

Song “Merry Xmas Everyone”–Slade.

A Poem for Christmas

Christmas Eve 2020

The year of Our Lord, 2020

Is breathing its dying breaths.

The year’s passing

Will be mourned by few.

It has been of cesspool of sewage,

A year of Death,

Disease,

Deception,

Destruction,

And Despair.

However, as I walk in

The frigid, starless night,

I see the light of a Christmas display,

Of the Little Lord Jesus

In Mary’s arms.

I look Heavenward,

To the stars I know are out there,

And I say this short prayer:

“Lord, I believe.

Help me to believe more.”

HAVE A MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!

MUSIC–“Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives

BOOKS–CROSSING TO SAFETY, Wallace Stenger and LOGICAL CHESS, Irving Chernev

TV–“Oak Hill Church” Christmas.

“Thank God It’s Christmas!”

Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube

I had never heard of this song before until ten minutes ago. I found out about its existence from the Georgia Dunn-Breaking Cat News Facebook page (as opposed to the plan ol’ Breaking Cat News page. It seems to resound more during this holiday season than when it was first released in 1984.

Enjoy.

TV–GRAVITY FALLS

BOOKS–CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stenger and LOGICAL CHESS by Irving Chernev.