Thursday, August 06, 2020


All I can say is that my life is pretty plain
I like watchin' the puddles gather rain

This pandemic still has many still working at home. I’m not working at home but retired at home instead.

I did some watching. Watching the heavens (I’m not convinced about this religious heaven concept but calling the dark sky the heavens still sounds good to me) fuels my wonder.

Why bother to watch the heavens? Jupiter and Saturn are mostly huge balls of gas. Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact it's cold as hell.

I believe knowledge of the night sky objects creates more wonder as you watch these objects move through the heavens.

Back to the original thought for this post, this past month (sorry this is not a site for what’s in the sky tonight) the northern hemisphere had the opportunity to view a comet zipping by. It was given the name comet NEOWISE. The strange name was assigned for a reason. The NEO part stands for Near Earth Orbit and WISE stands for Wide-field Infrared Space Explorer. The NEOWISE project is the asteroid-hunting project that discovered this comet, hence the name.

I saw the comet with binoculars on two different evenings. Sadly the suburban area around Chicago is not the best for a good dark sky. I managed to see this fuzzy stretched out dirty ice ball but I’m sure it would have look better in a darker sky. I recall seeing the comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. That one was easier to see.
On nice afternoons I’ll find myself enjoying a beer and watching clouds pass overhead. Clouds have pros and cons. Clouds on the ground (fog) are bad unless you’re a psycho murderer stalking their next victim (how did I go off on that tangent?). Clouds blocking the sun are good on a hot day but bad at night when I’m trying to see a comet. Of the many things I really don’t know, clouds are probably low on the list.
Please enjoy a few thoughts that popped up in my brain long enough to be written down: 
  • “Stand By Your Man” - While I’m not an expert, I don’t think it applies well to grizzly bear families.
  • It occurred to me that receiving long sentences doesn’t help you write long sentences. However, it does give you time to work on it.
  • I’ve noticed that Tik Tok is a popular app for the younger generation. If anyone is developing an app for the older generation they should call in Ticky Tacky.
  • I heard this good advice the other day: “But I’m going to take a step back and make sure that we learn the facts before we start talking about it.” - Dr. Fauci 


Even if you don’t watch the weather it will change your day. Don’t most people enjoy a good storm if they are in a safe place? No matter, the weather will find you.

If you read my last post, you should be expecting these two musical videos.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020


I really don't know what I'll write next but I'll include the following two songs.

Will my next post be about the weather? I don't know yet but I hope it will be interesting. Stay tuned to listen to the tunes.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Listening is more than hearing

From Sound of Silence:
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare Disturb the sound of silence
I believe I’ve always listened to a song’s lyrics. Often words are sung in a way that makes it difficult to understand. Listening vs. hearing involves more focus and attention.

David Rowe's remake of Bruce's album cover

In the last century, I had to rely on the hope that the album liner would include the lyrics. Now an easy internet search provides the words.

My, my, my Delilah! The first post like this one was back in 2014 analyzed the song “Delilah”
(link if you care).

Listening for the words and meaning of songs (not just hearing) requires more time but being retired and having the recent gift of Spotify helps.

Bruce Springsteen wrote “Dancing in the Dark” in a single night back in 1984.

Now in a single post, I will provide my analysis of these lyrics as they relate to my current life in this pandemic stressed, politically divided country.  The meaning of lyrics change with time.

I get up in the evening and I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning, I go to bed feeling the same way
(he must work nights and have a less than satisfying job)

I ain't nothing but tired, man I'm just tired and bored with myself
(tired could be a sign of COVID19 but boredom is common with stay-at-home orders)

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
(you can’t start an pandemic without a virus)

This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
(the idiot elected in 2016 has us all dancing in the dark)

Message just keep getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving 'round my place
(what message? The message to vote this idiot out of office is clearer and clearer everyday. Radio’s on ? - today it’s twitter and facebook for overwhelming unclear messages)

I check my look in the mirror, I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
(Good luck changing much if you are under a stay-at-home orders. Oh don’t waste too much time with the mirror. It will just make you feel bad.)

Man, I ain't getting nowhere, I'm just living in a dump like this
(Many others feeling the same way provided the home improvement industry with lots of business during the shutdown.)

There's something happening somewhere, baby I just know that there is
(oh don’t get caught up in FOMO)

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
(you can’t start a blog without a post)

This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
(dark or not, I never could dance well)

You sit around getting older, there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
(yeah there are some jokes about all this sitting around - it helps to find a laugh)

I'll shake this world off my shoulders, come on baby this laugh's on me
(the pandemic will end - people just need to join together to work on sooner the better)

Stay on the streets of this town and they'll be carving you up alright
(wear a mask, wash your hands if you stay out on the streets)

They say you gotta stay hungry, hey baby, I'm just about starving tonight
(you gotta stay safe)

I'm dying for some action, I'm sick of sitting 'round here trying to write this book
(getting some action might having you really dying in less than two weeks)

I need a love reaction, come on now baby gimme just one look
(love is good. Looks from 6 feet apart is fairly safe)

You can't start a fire sitting 'round crying over a broken heart
(fire and broken heart - wildfires have become a bigger problem in many parts of the world. They leave broken lives and families)

This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
You can't start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart
(just worrying doesn’t help but it’s NOT just somebody’s little world. It’s whole damn world falling apart)

This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Hey baby!
(hey baby, you the future generation! I hope you can work out these types of problems better than we have)

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