Monday, August 21, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 42

This is my blog for day 42 of cancer treatment, Sunday, 20 Aug 2017.

Nothing at all today regarding medical treatment! Six radiation treatments and one round of chemo (Tuesday) to go! It's safe to say that I want this over . . .

Really quite a lazy day today. Had two phone calls later in the evening yesterday - one from my cousin Tim Condon in the Denver area and one from Aunt Yolanda in San Antonio. Those lifted my spirits! Tim is going to Florida soon to see his mom, my Aunt Madeline, dad's youngest and only remaining (outside of Heaven) sibling. I've called her once or twice recently; she's doing well, and will be 82!

Sunday was a mostly "down" day. I did little besides some reading, TV-watching (Bears replay, Cub game, golf, Doctor Who) and napping. Next week will be the end of treatment!

Today's YouTube music is for the Cubs: Go, Cubs, Go by Steve Goodman - Link, A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request - Link, also by Steve Goodman, and Take Me Out To The Ballgame, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Link. The middle song is banned from ever being played at Wrigley by Cubs management. And Steve Goodman, God rest his soul, has his own tickets to watch the angles now, having died of leukemia in 1984.

There's a dixieland version of Take Me Out To The Ballgame I'd like to post, if I can find it. WGN used to play it during their broadcasts in the 60's and 70's.

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Chicago Bears fight song - Link
Chicago Blackhawks song - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request - Link, Steve Goodman
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Glen Campbell-hosted country music special - Link
Go, Cubs, Go, Steve Goodman - Link
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Invercargill, United States Air Force Concert Band - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Stars and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
Take Me Out To The Ballgame, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
US National Anthem, US Marine Band - Link
Village of the Sun and Echidna's Arf (Of You), Frank Zappa - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 41

This is my blog for day 41 of cancer treatment, Saturday, 19 Aug 2017.

Nothing at all today regarding medical treatment! Son Tim and his bride Kate are coming over for dinner, though. Looking forward to that.

This coming week is my last week of treatment, and, buy, I can tell you that I'm looking for things to be done! I'm really feeling the effects of the radiation, and I'm sure the chemotherapy won't be any easier. But treatment is almost done!

I've been lazy today, it seems. Got up early enough and fed myself (1 1/2 packages of clone feed [tube feeding formula for those of you who haven't read my earlier posts] with pain and anti-nausea drugs). Fed the dog and the cat, too. Read volume two of The Fantastic Four. Eventually, I took about 90 minutes to do something for work, but mostly it was TV-watching. Cubs come on at 1:00 PM, and Tim and Kate are coming over between 1:30 and 2:00 PM.

Have to say that this is really the first time in my treatment where I'm beginning to feel sick, or feel like I'm a "sick person". Throat is sore, tongue is hurting from the radiation, my saliva is thick, my neck is red and bumpy from radiation. I'm listless. I haven't taken any food by mouth in days. Guess I have to try to "power through" these next few days and simply do what needs to be done. It is, without a doubt, the most difficult stretch I've ever been through. Even the bi-lateral hip replacement was easy, compared to this.

So, not only did Tim and Kate come over, but so did Paul Kelderhouse. I want to thank them for brightening my day! After Paul left, we went back inside, where I fell asleep watching the Cubs game. When I awoke Tim and Kate had gone . . . I guess this is part of being treated, of being sick. Too bad; they're delightful!

Today's Final Jeopardy question had to do with word origins. Funnily, Alex Trebek didn't know it, but all three contestants did. It applies to my life right now, too: "Keep Calm And Carry On".

Took a little walk tonight, down to Newport, back past the house to Hale, then back home. It felt good to get out, and the night was beautiful. Watched some Big Bang Theory and then part of the Chicago Bears game, switching between that and an episode of Doctor Who, from the Tom Baker era. Went to bed late, long after Nancy succumbed to the whims of the sandman.

Today's YouTube video is one of the two best Chicago sports themes (the other being the Chicago Blackhawks theme). The Cubs some in third - sorry sports fans. It's the Chicago Bears fight song - Link, written in 1941 by Al Hoffman (under the pseudonym Jerry Downs). And here's a bonus: the Chicago Blackhawks song - Here Come The Hawks, by the Dick Marx Orchestra & Chorus - Link. (I never knew the song was written by someone named J. Swayzee in, or before, 1968.)

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Chicago Bears fight song - Link
Chicago Blackhawks song - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Glen Campbell-hosted country music special - Link.
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Invercargill, United States Air Force Concert Band - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Stars and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
US National Anthem, US Marine Band - Link
Village of the Sun and Echidna's Arf (Of You), Frank Zappa - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 40

This is my blog for day 40 of cancer treatment, Friday, 18 Aug 2017.

Today I have radiation at 2:15 PM. Took my temp this morning: 96.8. So far, so good.

I met with some folks by phone this morning, from Hollister, then spent at least another 90 minutes trying to debug an issue with a document that is being routed using our Lotus Notes platform. The version of Notes we use was released in 2005. The browsers we use are all new, with CSS, JavaScript and HTML components that are all new and modern. Do you see the potential for problems? 12-year old software running on modern browsers? Yet, the issue may still be within Notes itself. I have to re-visit things this afternoon after my radiation treatment. I'm hopeful that I'll find a solution.

My friend Ron came by today to take me to my treatment, as Nancy has a hair appointment she wants to get to. She had cancelled a previous one. So Ron stepped up, Nancy got her hair done, I got my treatments, and Nancy also got a chance to see the kids she used to babysit.

Still have some nausea, so am taking an anti-nausea medication on a regular basis. Was going to do so next week, anyway. So I'm starting early, and will see if it helps.

Today's YouTube music is from Frank Zappa, off a 1974 live album called Roxy and Elsewhere. It's a two-song medley: Village of the Sun and Echidna's Arf (Of You) - Link. These are absolutely two of his finest songs, in my opinion, and shows how well-practiced and tight his group was.


For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Glen Campbell-hosted country music special - Link.
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Invercargill, United States Air Force Concert Band - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Stars and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
US National Anthem, US Marine Band - Link
Village of the Sun and Echidna's Arf (Of You), Frank Zappa - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 39

This is my blog for day 39 of cancer treatment, Thursday, 17 Aug 2017.

Today I have radiation at 2:15 PM, and a visit with the nurse and dietitian directly after.

I had a minor fever last night, about 99.3 degrees, but I'm only 97.3 today. At dinner time I'm 98.3. I'm to go to the hospital if it reaches 100 for two hours in a row.

Finished a book recently: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, by Simon Singh. It really is a good book, with a lot of insight into the group of people who write the show. Most of them with advanced degrees in various scientific disciplines. I'm not a major fan of the show, though I do find it funny when I get a chance to watch it, and this book has now opened my eyes into some of the things hidden in the various episodes. Not every one, from a math point-of-view, but many. I can recommend this, especially to a fan of the show.

Bought a comic book for the first time in many, many years. It's volume one of The Fantastic Four, Epic Collection. It collects volumes 1-18 of the comic. I've read the first episode, and it brought back a lot of memories for me. I had a fair collection of comics back in the day. But I had an opportunity to sell them, and sell them I did. It's fun to read them again. Full color, too.

Today's YouTube music is Invercargill, composed by Alexander Lithgow, and performed by the United States Air Force Concert Band - Link. I believe Kerry played this with the University of Illinois, when she was in band for one semester or another.

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Glen Campbell-hosted country music special - Link.
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Invercargill, United States Air Force Concert Band - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Stars and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
US National Anthem, US Marine Band - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 38

This is my blog for day 38 of cancer treatment, Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017.

Today we take Sally back to the vet for a re-check (and determine if we're going to put her down). Plus, I have radiation at 2:15 PM.

First, Sally. The vet thinks that her tongue will heal, that there is no tumor, but that the tongue is scratching across a tooth, and that's causing her bleeding. The vet said that the sutures were holding, and that it will take a while to heal, as all mouth issues in animals do. We also got some antibiotics to give her. We'll see.

My radiation treatment went along without issue - only eight to go.

Here are are few topics I'm thinking about today.

Impeachment

Here's an quotation with from Robert G. Ingersoll in his 1883 pamphlet Unity, which has applicability to Donald Trump: "Most people can bear adversity; but if you wish to know what a man really is give him power. This is the supreme test." President Trump has the power, but does not have the character to wield it wisely. He is so bad, in fact, that I believe he should be impeached, found guilty and removed from office. There will be numerous reasons to impeach this man - high crimes and misdemeanors - it is just a matter of time.

The Party of the Center

Here's a second Abraham Lincoln quotation with regard to our union: "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address. We have got to get hold of our country again, disavowing both the far right and the far left, and follow a centrist path that will help 80-90% of the people in the country.

Planks of the Party of the Center

What, then, would be the political planks of a Party of the Center? Herein I propose a modest list:

  • All people are welcome in this party - no matter what sex, color, race, creed, national origin or sexual orientation. "All men are created equal", says the Declaration of Independence. The Party of the Center believes this to be true. This is a must. The Party of the Center must have a "big tent". As Abraham Lincoln stated, "Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere." - September 11, 1858 Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois.
  • Seeking a balanced budget. The Party of the Center will try to balance the federal budget, to keep deficits as low as possible, until such time that the country can begin to run a budget surplus once more. This year's deficit is estimated to be $443B. The total federal debt is now approaching $20T (trillion) dollars, or $61,000+ for each man, woman and child in the country.
  • Moving people from welfare to work. The Party of the Center will do everything in its power to move people off of welfare and on to work. This will include a three-day work week for those on welfare, this work designed to educate and train, so that people can get back into productive society. The Party of the Center believes that all people want to work and be productive. Those that do not will be left behind as a time-limit on receiving welfare benefits will be imposed. Yet will we do everything to train people in any and all skills. 
  • Maintaining a strong national defense, but doing so in the most cost-effective manner. We have all heard about the wastefulness in government programs, and how certain lawmakers push through programs the military doesn't want in order to bring dollars into their districts. The military will be singled-out as a place to start modifying and cutting wasteful programs, without hurting the effectiveness of the military. 
  • Fix immigration. More specifically, fix illegal immigration. Deport criminals, not hard-working immigrants. The Party of the Center will make it a priority for hard-working immigrants to find a way to citizenship, while doing everything possible to suppress illegal immigration.
  • Replace the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”. But don’t throw it out without a well-thought-out replacement plan, with input from healthcare providers, insurance companies, economists and others who have the skill and knowledge to come up with a workable plan. The Party of the Center does not want government to control healthcare, but will put together a framework in which insurance companies, healthcare providers of all kinds and consumers can all thrive. In Germany, for example, insurance companies vie for customers by offering additional benefits to their customers. Heath care cost containment will be a big part of this, as will prescription drug price reduction and containment. Tort reform will also play a part.
  • Bring jobs back to the country with targeted tax laws that encourage hiring and discourage the movement of jobs overseas – even to the point of severely punishing companies who have moved jobs off-shore in the past twenty years. The Party of the Center believes that all Americans can be educated to do some kind of job (as is said, a man can't do everything, but he can do something), and targeting individuals at the bottom (see "Moving people from welfare to work", above) to fill positions that come open because of this plank will be a priority.
  • Work with other countries on global climate change, but don’t destroy our economy in doing so. The Party of the Center believes that certain things can be done to work on Global Climate Change (water desalinization, carbon dioxide sequestration) without having an adverse impact on our economy.
  • Clean air and water. The Party of the Center believes that it is the right of every American to have clean air and water in their communities, and will work to ensure this. 
  • Freedom of religion. As the Bill of Rights states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ." The Party of the Center realizes that some religions do not agree with others; some believe homosexuality is sinful; some believe what to other people are outlandish things. But no matter - as long as a religion does not espouse violence and killing it must be allowed to exist.
  • Foreign Aid. The Party of the Center believes in US Foreign Aid. However, only within the context of purchases made from companies inside the US. In other words, rather than sending money to any country, say Ethiopia for purposes of this example, representatives would be given a checkbook and told to negotiate purchases of whatever they need with US companies. All purchases would be reviewed by the state department, and those not passing muster will not be allowed (e.g. "20 Cadillac sedans for leaders family"). In this program, also, no kickbacks would be allowed, and evidence that kickbacks occurred will disqualify a company from participation in the program for a number of years, with possible criminal trials for such company's executives.
  • Wall Street and banking reform. The Party of the Center believes that hard-working Americans pay too much money to the big banks and Wall Street for their local checking and savings accounts, and for their investments. We would put into place laws that would require banks to provide checking accounts free with a direct deposit from an employer, social security or other disability, and limit fees to no more that $5. Period. Overdraft? $5. Over-limit on your charge card? $5. And for Wall Street, some of whose brokers made $3B in one year, fees and commissions would be limited dramatically, especially for the small investor. Breaking up the big banks is a possibility (e.g. Chase becomes Chase of Illinois, Chase of Indiana, Chase of Wisconsin, et al). Small banks are everywhere, and were the only player in the market years ago. This plan can obviously work to the advantage of average Americans. 

So let me know what you think. Does any of this make sense to you? Are you ready to get started?

Tonight's YouTube music is, what else, the US National Anthem, performed by the US Marine Band - Link.

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Glen Campbell-hosted country music special - Link.
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Stars and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
US National Anthem, US Marine Band - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 37

This is my blog for day 37 of cancer treatment, Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017.

Today I have radiation at 2:15 PM, and I meet with the oncologist's PA at 3:30 PM. I'm now back from both, and had a blood test which revealed that I was doing OK, with the exception of my white blood cell count which is 2.0, in a range with a lowest "normal" number of 4.0. my next chemo is Tuesday of next week. The PA agreed that I should have fluids each day after chemo, Wednesday through Saturday. And so I will . . .

I want to spend a few minutes arguing with Rachel Maddow, in an article here: Racism: A Persistent Infection In White American Culture. I said what I thought of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK yesterday. Tonight, I want to take issue with "White American Culture". It doesn't exist.

Are all white folks - let's simply say white people of European heritage - are we all the same? Hardly. Do Germans think the same way as Norwegians? Do the English think the same way as Portugese? Do the Russians think the same way as the Dutch? Hardly. White people are not all the same.

Are we in the suburbs of Chicago the same as folks in Texas, or in varying parts of Texas, or in St. Louis, or in Denver, or in New York? This is bullshit from the left. There is no one "White American Culture". If there was, people in Wisconsin wouldn't call us "FIBS" - "Fat Illinois Bastards". We'd be brothers. And, as a Czech, I would be readily accepted into, say, an Italian community. Or a Norwegian one. Or a Spanish one. Which isn't going to happen easily. I wsn't even accepted by the people who work in our Kirksville, MO, plant, until they got a chance to know me. I wa kept at arms-length while that happened. And these people all looked like me.

This particular idiocy from the left needs to stop. It's as racist as they say all white people are, just in reverse.

As racist as my father was - he didn't have a lot of use for blacks - it was a different story if a black person happened to be famous. Then it was, "Hey! That's Rochester!" (Jack Benny's valet, on radio and television, but not in real life.) But dad never taught us to be violent to others who were not like us. My wife and I did not teach our children to be violent, or to be Neo-Nazis, KKK or White Supremacists. My sons get along with anyone. My daughters get along with anyone. My sons-in-law get along with anyone. I believe they were raised to be good people. Not part of some "White American Culture" block.

We need to start looking at this from a Christian perspective - all of us are the same, children of the same heavenly Father, even if the other person isn't Christian. I can accept anyone into my family group, as long as we treat each other with respect - even Rachel Maddow, though she obviously feels I am beneath contempt, just because I'm white.

One other thing. Maddow seems to want to make sure that anyone in the latest rally, who can be identified using social media, loses their jobs, or are kicked out of their college. Doesn't she realize that when you drive people into a corner they are going to become far more violent when they have nothing, and therefore, nothing to lose?

Where is the center when we need it? I believe that 80% of America is there, but we appear to be leaderless. Someone needs to step up and lead us back to normalcy!

Tonight's YouTube video is a Glen Campbell-hosted country music special from some time in the late 60's or 70's - Link.

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Glen Campbell-hosted country music special - Link.
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Starts and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 36

This is my blog for day 36 of cancer treatment, Monday, 14 Aug 2017.

I'm back at it today. Radiation at 2:15 PM. Tim took Nancy to her treatment this morning. Jan is picking me up at 12:15 PM, then it's on to the post office, treatment and, finally, waiting to bring Nancy home.

I stepped on the scale at the radiation treatment today, finding that I'd lost 2 pounds. The doctor and the nurse really want me to try to get at least 1800 calories each day, so I need to increase the amount of "clone feed" I'm getting to 1 1/2 boxes each feeding, of which I do three feedings. And I need to eat high-calorie foods, if I can, to supplement the clone feed.

Tonight I made some Progresso mushroom soup, a cream soup, some 300 calories worth. I ate most of it, but not all of it. I still need to hang the feed and send it through my G-Tube, but at least I ate something.

I feel like I have to say something about this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, VA. Who were the protesters? Neo-Nazi's, White Supremacists and the KKK. Let's think about this for a minute.

Nazi's? Didn't we (and our allies) destroy the Nazi's in World War II because that fascist regime attempted to take Europe and North Africa by force of arms? Didn't that regime murder over 6 million Jews, Gypsies, the disabled, Soviet POWs and political prisoners? If you include Soviet civilians the death toll rises to 17 million. Who wants to see a return of the Nazi party?

White Supremacists believe that whites only should rule the United States and that all other races should submit to this. They often protest the removal of Confederate monuments, as their ideology started during the Civil War, ran through reconstruction and was evident in the Jim Crow laws in the southern United States. They feel slighted because their heroes are no longer celebrated. But didn't these heroes - Generals Robert E Lee, James Longstreet, President Jefferson Davis, just to name a few - didn't they take up arms against the United States and attempt to secede and form a separate nation? Does anyone want to see the United States split up into two or more separate nations?

The KKK is generally a White Supremacist group, but it uses quite violent methods - murder and arson - to complete their aims. While most if their violence is set against people of color, they were not beyond killing whites when it suited their purposes. Who wants to see this group have any influence in the US?

You can protest the removal of Confederate symbols, but do it without violence.

You can dislike people different from you, but do it without violence.

If you don't like your position in the world, thinking that someone has a job or position you should have, there is an answer. Get an education and make yourself into something better. Do it without violence. Or make your case with regard to monuments by force of argument, and sway others to your side. Try to pass laws that will support your case. But do it without violence.

Violence is never an answer. I'm not saying we should all lay down and have someone kill us. There are times we need to fight back. But you can live your life without taking up arms against anything and still have a wonderful life. Didn't our Lord say "all who draw the sword shall die by the sword" (Matthew 26:52)? And "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9).

There are so many sides to what is going on that I cannot possibly speak to each of them. But this one I can: no violence!

Today's YouTube music is from my friend Carolyn Arends. It's a song called In Good Hands, from her album This Much I Understand - Link.

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
In Good Hands, Carolyn Arends - Link.
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Starts and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 35

This is my blog for day 35 of cancer treatment, Sunday, 13 Aug 2017.

Free day again today! Andy and I are going to work a little in the basement, and try to finish up the video series, When We Left Earth. There's also the final round of the PGA.

I awoke early, with Sally wanting to be fed, so I got up, went out with her, fed the cat, fed Sally, mixed my clone feed, put Sally back in bed with Nancy (once she was done), and then sat down and did a tube feeding. Good start to the day, I'd say.

Had a nice visit with Lindsay Kelderhouse, her fiance Danny and sister Lisa. They'd gone out to breakfast with Kerry and stopped over right after. Lindsay and Danny had been in town for their wedding shower. They actually live and work in Houston, TX. We talked for a while, discussed my illness and their upcoming wedding, and then they left to head home. I really appreciated them stopping by!

Kerry had stayed overnight because she and Nancy went to Linsday's shower Saturday, and they have another shower, for Abby Landwehr, today. (I'd roll out my old joke, questioning why other women would want to watch the bride-to-be take a shower, but let's not.)

This PGA Championship is proving to be quite entertaining! Some of the guys are cracking under pressure, but some are making incredible golf shots! Justin Thomas has just shown that he has ice-water in his veins, driving to within 12 feet at the 17th, then dropping the put for a three-stroke lead. Looks good, but he's not in the last group, and has 18 yet to play.

Okay, now it looks good. The last competitor with a chance had to eagle the last hole to tie, and didn't. Justin Thomas gets the win.

Somebody is grilling, and the delicious smell of grilled meat is filling my nostrils. I want me some of that!

The biggest thing for me, today, is that I penned a letter to my birth mother, telling her who I am, and asking if she wants to talk to me. In it, I expressed my gratitude for giving me life, and talked a little bit about what it was like for me growing up in Mount Prospect. I told her that it was okay if she didn't want to talk to me, that I would understand, but I did ask if she would at least verify that she is who I believe her to be. I included a picture of our family, as encouragement, perhaps. We'll see what happens . . .

Today's YouTube music comes from my youth: Brandy, by a band called Looking Glass - Link. It popped up on my YouTube feed, for some reason. Since it got me to remembering some other one-hit wonders from the early 70's I'm going to post two more. The first is My Baby Loves Lovin', by White Plains - Link. The second is Dancing in the Moonlight, by King Harvest - Link. That makes it a three-fer day for y'all!

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Brandy, Looking Glass - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Starts and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 34

This is my blog for day 34 of cancer treatment, Saturday, 12 Aug 2017.

Free day again today! Tim is coming over as Nancy has a wedding shower for our friend's daughter (and our friend), Lindsay Kelderhouse.

I awoke early today, let the dog out, fed the dog and the cat, and then fed myself. Tube feedings aren't as strange as they once were (though I still feel somewhat dehumanized with a tube sticking straight out of my gut), and I'm doing them three times a day. It's not nearly enough to maintain my weight, but it'll have to do. I can still drink water, and apple juice still tastes okay (and has a few calories), but I haven't tried drinking milk for a few days. Naturally, I had a small portion of a Culver's shake in that time (it would never have lasted as long as it did before I got sick), so milk should still go down alright. Perhaps I'll try a little bit as a mid-morning snack.

Am watching the PGA again, now at the end of the day. I cannot believe what is happening to Jason Day. Quadruple bogey! He just took himself right out of the tournament, and made me feel really good about the way I used to play. Badly. (Just kidding, of course.) But the way they've set this course up, I would shoot 230.

There was a short (and easy) nine-hole course in Mount Prospect years ago at Old Orchard Country Club I used to play with they guys. It was called "The Sporty Nine". We'd go out in groups of four or more, sometimes a full seven or eight, and work at playing the game. I used my dad's old golf clubs, most likely purchased in the late 40's, and not in really good shape. But I'd give things a try.

The woods were labelled "niblick", "mashie", "spoon" and "brassie", I guess in the manner that the Scots first named them. I could never really hit the driver - it always ballooned out to the right in a dramatic slice - but I could hit a 3-wood fairly straight. I wasn't good with the long irons, but could generally chip and put fairly well. But the game wasn't the part I enjoyed the most. It was the atmosphere.

John Feinstein wrote a book called A Good Walk Spoiled: My Days and Nights on the PGA Tour. That describes the way I felt about it. To get out on the course was to be in nature. And I was with friends, so there was a level of camaraderie about the day that was unmatched. We set things up so that nobody ever shot more than a ten on any given hole (get the idea about our skill level?), and the high score bought the first pitcher of beer once we were through. We always ended up in the bar, though none of us drank to excess; it was simply a good way to talk about the few good shots we'd made that day.

And that was what kept me coming back: that one great drive, the putt that went in from a long ways away, the chip that got to within two feet. Or perhaps the really ridiculous thing one of the other guys did. But it was enough to keep us coming back, week after week, for a couple of years, until enough of us were either married or really involved with our girlfriends/fiancés. (How do you make a breve "e" in Blogger without copying it from somewhere?) I guess those were my salad days, with regard to golf.

Tim came over and gave me a hand in the basement today. We're moving things around, cleaning up some of the spaces and generally trying to get better organized. I'm the biggest offender, I'd suppose. But I am going to look through all of the boxes of "stuff" that we have, giving it to the kids (should they want it), sending some things to resale shops, selling a handful on eBay and tossing a bit. There are boxes that came over with my dad in 2003-04 that have never been opened. I cannot imagine that there's anything in them that we need, though there are some things we may want. I think that's the point at which we separate ourselves from them.

Somebody once said, Happiness is not having the things you want, it's wanting the things you have. I'm going to try to practice that.

Today's YouTube video has to be (what else?), I'm Alright, by Kenny Loggins, from the movie Caddyshack - Link.

For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I'm Alright, Kenny Loggins - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Starts and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Rude Intrusion :: Day 33

This is my blog for day 33 of cancer treatment, Friday, 11 Aug 2017.

Free day today!

I started a new book, Stardust Memories, A Biography of 12 of America's Most Popular Songs. Went right to the chapter on My Funny Valentine. I've already posted two different versions of that song (see below), so I won't post another. But as I go through the book, I'll post versions of some of the other featured songs. They're all standards, so don't expect the Trogs, Jay and the Americans or even James Taylor (though he might just have done one or two of these).

Today is also the second round of the PGA Championship, so I'm keeping my eye on the leader board. Always fun to watch "the Majors".

Took a ride to the bank today, by myself. Felt good to get out in the car, and it was quite a nice morning: 72 degrees, more sun than clouds, car windows open listening to traffic noise. Got home and spoke with my daughter Amy via FaceTime. Nancy was already on when I got home. I guess we can say that we have video-phones, now, just like envisioned by science fiction writers years ago. Just find a way to digitize things and a good wire to send it over and you've got it.

Also went to the local Honda dealer, grabbing a CR-V brochure and a Pilot brochure, just to look through. I can't imagine buying a new car again - they're just too costly. Looked at a fully-loaded CR-V, a Touring model: $38,000 . . . really? When I graduated from high school, $38K was a house. Let's say they gave me $8K for my 2009 CR-V and paid all the taxes and fess, as well. Financing on $30K for five years is $538/month. Over $500 for 60 months? No thank you.

I also drove over to Wal-Mart and bought $2.38 worth of eyeglass parts (what are those things called that perch on your nose?), which the nice lady installed for me, too. (That's why I don't remember what they're called - I don't have the package. Or a memory.) I drove back home, thoroughly enjoying my moment in the sun. I did not realize how much I missed the freedom inherent in driving. Nancy has been doing all the chauffeur work for me for these last few weeks. God Bless her.

Was on the lookout for rubber pads. I have a habit of making a hole in the floor mats, where the heel of my foot rests against the floor. I couldn't find anything at Menards, Home Depot or Ace Hardware (all online), so went to Amazon.com. Found a 4-pack of anti-vibration pads, 4"x4"x3/8", rubber, $6.24. That should do the trick, I think. I'll drill four holes through the corners and join the pad to the floor mat using 7/16" or 1/2" bolts and flat nuts. That should hold the pads in place without raising the floor mat too much. Now just have to wait until I have something else to order from Amazon, which shouldn't be long!

Give me a day off and I'm going to start thinking . . .

Went through a few pictures and slides today, posting a few things to Facebook.

Got me to thinking . . .

I'd really like to go back and tell my family - grandpa, grandma, my mom, dad, uncle Bob and aunt Elaine, uncle Keith and aunt Dorothy, uncle Norman and aunt Larayne, uncle Bob and aunt Madeline - how fortunate I feel having grown up around such people. I know some of them had a drink or two too many once in a while; I know there were arguments. But I also know they loved each other, loved being around each other, loved each other's company and loved their children, nieces and nephews.

One incident is firmly rooted in my mind. My grandpa had just passed away, and we were going to the local funeral home. When we got there, my uncle Keith was coming down the steps, tears running down his face. He talked to us for a few minutes and told me something I'll never forget. He said, "I'm not crying for him. I'm crying for me." Those few words taught me more about grieving and loss, and how to handle it as a man, than anything else I've ever read or heard.

Here's a photo of uncle Keith, his father (I believe) and my dad (l-r), some time in the 1950's:


As uncle Keith spent a lot of his working days as a truck driver, in his honor, here's Truck Drivin' Man, first by Buck Owens - Link - and then by the Don Kelley Band out'a Nashville, with Johnny Hiland on guitar (smokin'!) - Link - and finally by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (the first version I heard) - Link.

Interesting note (to someone, I suppose): Don Kelley, the "house band" at Roberts Western World in Nashville, is my neighbor Lori's brother-in-law. Lori, Nancy and I took a trip to Nashville last year, and listened to the band for a couple of hours. It was a great time! Stop in a Robert's and have a grilled cheese and PBR. I think it was all of $5.00.

I'm posting all three versions because, 1) I like the Buck Owens original version; 2) Johnny Hiland does a great job on the song; 3) Commander Cody's version is the one that hits home for me. So there. Complaints can be sent to the author (he smiles).


For convenience sake, here a running list of all of the links I've posted to YouTube in the past few days:

According to Plan, Carolyn Arends - Link
And I Love Her - Link
Apollo 11 launch - Link
Back In You Own Back Yard, Al Jolson - Link
Because We've Ended As Lovers, Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - Link
Blessings, Laura Story - Link
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Link
Cross Road Blues, Robert Johnson Link
Crossroads, Eric Clapton and Cream Link
Cry Me A River, Joe Cocker - Link
Cry Me A River, Diana Krall - Link
Gentle On My Mind, Glen Campbell - Link
Groucho Movie Clips - Link
I Love Being Here With You, Diana Krall - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman - Link
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, from the movie Here Comes the Groom  - Link
Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 1, An International Collaboration - Link
Limbo Jazz, Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington - Link
Living in the Past, Jethro Tull - Link
Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Bill Kirchen - Link
Montana/We Are Not Alone, Univ. of Montana Percussion Ensemble - Link
My Funny Valentine, Kristin Chenoweth - Link
My Funny Valentine, Miles Davis - Link
On The Street Where You Live, Dean Martin - Link
Powdermilk Biscuit Break, Garrison Keillor, et al - Link
Questions 67 and 68, Chicago - Link
Route 66, Asleep at The Wheel - Link
She Used To Be Mine, Sara Bareilles - Link
Shim, Sham, Shimmy (dance) to Tain't What You Do, Jimmy Lunceford - Link
Sisters, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt - Link
Sisters, from White Christmas - Link
Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Link
St Louis Blues, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Link
Standing at the Crossroads, Elmore James - Link
Starts and Stripes Forever, United States Marine Band - Link
Sweet Georgia Brown, Wynton Marsalis/Mark O'Connor - Link
That's Jazz, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & The All Stars - Link
Time, Pink Floyd - Link
Time to Blow, From That Thing You Do - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Buck Owens - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, the Don Kelley Band - Link
Truck Drivin' Man, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - Link
War, Edwin Starr - Link
Your Love Is My Saving GraceKristin Chenoweth Link
Zappa Medly, George Duke - Link