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Updating a Busy Week, few posts….

Buy My Soul Back - Kevin Selfe A top musical exploration!

but lots going on….

So this week has been a busy week, but one of the things that has been missing is running! My last run was on last Sunday!! Since then, I’ve missed one run due to the weather, two because I was pleasantly babysitting my grandson Oliver and the other days I didn’t have running shoes.My old ones got tossed and I haven’t made it to Sports Authority to buy new ones yet. Oh and then there was the day that one of our two nineteen year-old cats was hit by a car and we sadly had to put him to sleep. Anyway the bottom line is that I haven’t been running but I’ve been busy!. Hopefully, I will be able to run tomorrow!!

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ADD and Blogging – Not Perfect Together!!

Hard Rain finished on an ADD Day

So my ADD and I have delayed writing anything today for about as long as I can. I was supposed to babysit Oliver today, but the icy road conditions this morning necessitated a change of plans, so I will be babysitting him tomorrow and Zoe on Wednesday, both for full days! Which is why today I exercised this morning and tonight!! So how did I delay writing today?  Well this morning I decided to go through some piles of papers and magazines and then vacuum the room where I spend most of my time. Couple that with finishing up some laundry from yesterday and reading some in Hard Rain and before I knew, it was lunchtime! My afternoon and evening were spent finishing Hard Rain, a trip to Target and dinner, after which I still hadn’t written anything!!

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World Series Memories – the tales of three game ending home runs 1960, 1964, 1993!!

Maz MontageSo as I sat thinking about tonight’s World Series Game 7, my thoughts went to famous World Series home runs. The first thing that popped into my mind was one of my favorite trivia questions of all-time! Who was playing left field for the New York Yankees when Bill Mazeroski hit his game winning home run to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 10-9 win over the New York Yankees. The win gave the Pirates a 4-3 Series victory and the 1960 World Championship! The answer is Yogi Berra!!  I had just turned 9 years old and even then I hated the Yankees and very much enjoyed that afternoon! It’s the first World Series that I can remember, though  really don’t remember many of the other games in the series!

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It wasn’t Record Store Day – But Edward had fun at the Princeton Record Exchange! (Video)

Princetob Record Exchange 2My wife went to the State Archives in Trenton yesterday to “look for dead people”, which is just my way to say that she was doing genealogy investigating. Actually, she was mostly looking up things to help people, who have contacted her on the Internet. Typically, I will drop her off in the morning (we live about 45 minutes south of Trenton) and then pick her up after work. Yesterday, she said she didn’t think she could last the whole day, so she suggested that she could only go for a few hours and that I could travel on up the road to Princeton and visit The Princeton Record Exchange! Since I still have a $25.00 gift card left from a couple of year ago, she didn’t have to ask twice!! She did sweeten the pot though by saying that it would be ok to spend a little more than what was left on the gift card if I wanted to. I said I doubted that I would need more at The Record Exchange but that I do like Labyrinth Books that’s around the corner up on Nassau Street! Here’s a list of the bargains that I found….. .Princeton Record ExchangeAdrian Legg – wine, women & waltz – this 1993 release is a collection of  tunes mostly waltzes, that appear on a few of Legg’s other albums. The ones that appear here are alternate versions. I look forward to hearing these tunes from this great guitarist. Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic –  I have listened to these great musicians in the past both as the Brothers and as solo artists. Each musician is a master of his instrument. The only thing missing from the band is  dobro – just kidding! Ottmar Liebert + Luna negra – Euphoria –  another favorite acoustic guitarist – this is a 1996 release the label on the CD cover says that the album is a special limited edition that contains rare remixes previously unavailable in the US! The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio …Last Call at the Blue Note – a 1992 release on the Telarc Jazz label The album is a recording of a reunion of the original Oscar Peterson Trio featuring Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass made about 30 years after their origin recordings together!! Miles Davis – The Best of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965 – 1968 – the quintet included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. This CD contains highlights taken from the deluxe box set and included some rare alternate takes!! Ben Webster – Jazz ‘Round Midnight –  This album is a collection of Webster’s recording for Verve in the 1950s and features Coleman Hawkins , Oscar  Peterson and others. I have never listened to a lot of Ben Webster, so I look forward to listening to this album. Lee Morgan: The Very Best – A collection of seven of Lee Morgan’s best songs from Blue Note. Rudy Van Gelder served as the recording engineer on all the tracks and the musicians who played with him include some greats. I listened to this album yesterday and really like it! John Ellis – one foot in the swamp – took a leap of faith on this album based on the folks playing with him. The list includes Nicholas Payton, Jason Marsalis, and John Scofield! We’ll see! Coyote Oldman – Tear of the Moon  – It wasn’t too long ago that I listened to these guys, so it was an easy decision to pick up this album. The album includes not only Native American flute but also Incan pan pipes! I can’t wait!! Mark Whitfield – true blue –  this 1994 release on Verve includes compositions from guitarist Whitfield as well as blues songs from Monk, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane! Now if you haven’t been keeping track that’s 10 albums containing a lot of good jazz and some New Age – I used my $25.00 gift card that now still has money left on it!! Here’s a video showing a rather young Mark Whitfield – the man can play guitar!!!

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Rambling thoughts of how I try to look at life…..

One of the problems that I have as I try to write about personal thoughts and feelings is that I always end up thinking – I should have said this or that -Anyway here’s an attempt at putting some thoughts and giving you a glimpse of how this 62 year old man thinks – right or wrong it’s me…..

A while back my company was having a luncheon meeting to discuss the development of a set of “core values for the company. On the way back from a site a few days before the meeting, a co-worker asked “What are your core values?” Well I’m really not good at thinking about things on the spot, and coming up with quick and interesting answers. It usually takes me along time to think things over and come up with answers to tough questions. My quick response to the question was “Do No Harm” don’t hurt people, be truthful and make the moral choice!

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