Thursday, October 23, 2014

flip falling fragments

Dry leaves flip and fall from our trees.  I like them better up on the trees than on the lawn.  Leaves and fragments both disappear but you can record and share your fragments of thought online.  I'm flashing my fragments online for your enjoyment.

Our daughter can carve better than me

They closed post offices and put up a facebook. They took all the payphones and put them in a phone museum. And they charge the people over $100 for their data plans. Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. (did you recognize the song I was listening to?)

A political related fragment - skip if you wish - 
I voted this week. Illinois has early voting which is convenient. Voting should be convenient since the campaigning is so annoying. We have a close race for governor this year. You might recall Illinois has a checkered spotty dismal past regarding good lawful governors.

The Chicago Tribune reported a recent poll (I dislike polls. Too many and they can be twisted to show what the campaigns want.) with the following break down:

D candidate 43%
R candidate 45%
L candidate 4% (either Libertarian or Loser take your pick)
Can’t make a decision 7%

Now if you are awake enough to add these percentages up, you’ll find a total of 99%. That damn elusive 1% group again! They are just 1% but they have the most influence. Amazing since they are just a margin of error.

Buffalo Bill is a cool name

Looking for excitement? Go to a busy shopping center, drive around, get a good parking spot and then sit your car with the reverse lights on. People will probably fight over you and surely honk. If you are really hip, tweet the whole episode while sitting in your car.

don't park here

I've accepted that we all have different talents. Most of time this works well for everyone unless your talent is illegal.

There was a time that I tried gently whispering in her ear. I had limited success. I got bored and popped a bag of microwave popcorn instead.

One, Two, Three, Four, Sha la la lala

Warning - Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while reading A Few Clowns Short. Also do not read if allergic to laughing.

Oh and be sure to check out the other FF posts over at Mrs. 4444's blog.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

react either way

I probably ponder the general subject of them too long.  Too often pleased or dismayed, I have a reaction to ads (just a mental reaction no hives or anything like that).

I've never worked in marketing.  I have been in many meetings with marketing types (do you know the type?).  I consider the late Steve Jobs a marketing genius, whatever that means.  There's a great amount of guessing in marketing.

Often they (the marketing clowns short of, you know) don't care if you react positively or negatively.  Just react either way and their product will have been noticed.

(still with me?)  I prefer funny ads.  Next best, are the well matched musical ads.  Remember those California raisins singing "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"?

She-who-has-a-differing-opinion has told me on numerous occasions that a company ruined a song for her by using it in their marketing campaign.  I find a few that bothered her, to be quite good.  She thinks United Airlines ruined the American classic, "Rhapsody in Blue" when they used it extensively in their marketing campaign.

I'd like you opinion of a recent ad by the BBC that uses a version of the Beach Boys hit, "God Only Knows".  Brian Wilson (and many more) stars in the ad too.

Oh if you are now doing the "was that     ?" thing like I did after watching it, here's a BBC site on the who's who in the video.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I wonder what’s gone wrong

Many's the time I've been mistaken, 
and many times confused
Yes and I've often felt forsaken, 

and certainly misused.
Ooh but I’m all right, I’m all right, 

I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be bright and Bon Vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home.

I don't know a soul who's not been battered
Don't have a friend who feels at ease
Don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees.
Ooh but it's all right, it’s all right,
for we've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on,
I wonder what’s gone wrong, I can't help it
I wonder what’s gone wrong.

And I dreamed I was dying.
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly,
and looking back down on me,
smiled reassuringly,
and I dreamed I was flying.
And high up above, my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty, sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying.

We come on a ship we call the Mayflower,
We come on a ship that sailed the moon
We come at the age's most uncertain hours
And sing the American tune
Ooh it's all right, its all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's gonna be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest,
That's all, I'm trying to get some rest.
(thanks to Paul Simon for these reflective words)

As a kid I would daydream that I was flying.  Peaceful and free.

I have discovered many musical talents on youtube.  I believe it's a great talent sharing site.  While searching around for versions/covers of "American Tune", I discovered Curtis Stigers, a great voice.

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