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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wondering About Music.

Music is a big part of my life.  I love the music shows on RFD TV.
That should give you a hint of what kind of music I enjoy, not that I don't have some appreciation for most music types, some a lot less than others.  Yep, bluegrass and the older country music is what I like, although some old popular stuff is good, too.  When I sit down and pick up my guitar, I have no idea what I will start playing.  Just sort of start and a song I know comes to mind.  I have told you before that I like to play along with some of the music TV shows on RFD TV.  It is surprising just how simple some of them are, but then there are others, for the life of me, I can't figure out.

I found an Internet site that listed "The Top Ten Best Country Songs of All Time".  Can you guess what is on the top of the list?  I will let you wonder for awhile, because I am going to start at the bottom.

#10. - "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood.
  For some reason, I don't recognize this song, but like I said, I am more into Bluegrass.

#9  -  "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
  I do remember that one and also I thought it was a great song and very well done by Patsy.

#8  -  "Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks.
  Yes, that was a good song but I was never much of a Garth Brooks fan.

#7  -  "Where I Come From" by Alan Jackson.
  That was a good song but I liked some of his other ones as much if not better.

#6  -  "I will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton.
  That one and Jolene were two of many great songs that she did.

#5  -  "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash.
  He made so many great hits that I would be hard pressed to say which one I would say is the best.

#4  -  "A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams, Jr.
  I liked the line where he spit tobacco juice in the bad guy's eye.

#3  -  "Song of the South" by Alabama.
  Another group that had many great hits, but this one was one of the best.

#2  -  "Love Story" by Taylor Swift.
  Don't believe I remember this song nor do I remember Taylor Swift.  Must have been popular after I completely switched to bluegrass.  My satellite radio is stuck on the bluegrass station.

#1  -  "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones.
  George had an unique voice that you immediately, when heard, knew it was George.  And I also thought his wife, Tammy Wynette, had a great voice.  Here is a picture of Tammy:

 Saw her in person.  Such an unique voice!!  Loved to listen to here and her most famous song, "Stand by Your Man".  Now, did you guess the number one song?  I bet you all have songs running through your heads by now, right?  I have.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wondering About Half of the James Brothers.

Who do you think of when the James Brothers are mentioned?  Now be honest.  I bet the first one that comes to mind is Jesse.  OK, which one do you think was the most cold blooded killer?  Well, I suppose that title could be bestowed on both of them, but most people today would answer that it was Jesse.  If they think of Frank at all, they think of him as the better brother.  But Frank was a cold blooded killer.  You wouldn't think that from this picture postcard of Frank at the gate of the James family farm, where he sold admission to the farm of a half buck a person.  He looks more like an old preacher than and old outlaw and killer:

The above was originally a black and white photo taken at the family farm three months before Frank's death and was later colored and turned into a postcard.  The picture was taken in 1914.

During a bank robbery, a teller stood in his way to get at the money in the vault, and Frank had hit him with the butt of his gun.  The teller was trying to get up, his head bleeding from his hit on the head, and Frank shot him dead, only because that fellow had hindered Frank from getting into the vault.  Yep, I guess Frank had a temper.  Fighting as raiders for the south during the Civil War, gave him a lot training for his life of crime.  Now you all be good boys and girls and have a great day today, you hear?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wondering About the Space Shuttles.

Yesterday, I talked about man's first landing on the moon.  Today, I am going to continue along with more of the space program, today's subject is the space shuttles.  They were a very important part in the U.S. of A's space program, although Challenger on its 10th mission, broke apart shortly after its lift-off.  I remember seeing this horrible picture on TV of the end of Challenger and the astronauts aboard:

That slowed down the space program for awhile but it did resume.  The launch of the shuttle was a mighty thing to behold.  I sure wish I could have seen a launch in person:

Those two solid fuel boosters sure did light up the sky and get the shuttle off the Earth's surface:

It had huge cargo doors that opened to release its cargo, like a satellite, or to service a satellite (like the Hubble Space Telescope) or retrieve one, like the Hubble Space Telescope:

And another picture of the shuttle in space with its cargo doors wide open:

It even serviced the space station.  Also, during the shuttles reign, they carried more than 350 people into space and flew more than five hundred million miles.  They were retired so that NASA could focus on deep-space exploration.  It was on this day, back in 2011, that the shuttle program completed its final mission of 135 flights.  Dang, I would have never guessed that they flew that many missions.

Sorry I am late with this posting, had things to do.  Better late than never, right.  Now, you all have a great evening, you hear?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wondering About a Moon Landing.

I couldn't resist.  Had to blog about what happened on the moon back in 1969 on this date.  Yep, man first stepped on the moon.  And guess what?  They didn't find any green cheese anywhere.  So there went that age old theory.  Neil Armstrong was the man who left the first foot prints on our moon.  For those of us who remember it and watched it on TV, it seems like it was only a few dozen years ago, or so, because it stuck in our minds.  But, it was forty-five (45) years ago today!  Wow, how time flies!!

Did you know that Armstrong's Mother's only real fear was that the moon's crust wouldn't support the weight of a man and that her son would sink into the moon's surface, so when he stepped off the lander's ladder, Neil twice tested the surface with his weight.  He was a good son and listened to his Mom.  After his famous "first words" on the moon, he got down to business and reported back on the moon's surface: "The surface is fine and powdery.  I can pick it up loosely with my toe.  It does adhere in fine layers like powdered charcoal to the sole and sides of my boots.  I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads in the fine sandy particles."

So, what do you think were the first words spoken from the moon over the radio to Earth?  I probably would have a said "dang, how did I get myself in this situation..." The first words were from Buzz and the very first word was "Beautiful. . .".

By the way, maybe the reason he said it was a huge leap for mankind is because the landing was made so softly that the legs didn't collapse as far as they were suppose to and the bottom rung of the ladder was three and half feet above the surface.  A salute Neil and Buzz.  In my mind they are hero's.  Now, keep your feet planted on the Earth's surface and have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wondering About Doc Holiday.

In 1879, on this date, the famous (or infamous) gunfighter of the old west, Doc Holiday shoots and kills his first man after that guy shot up Doc's saloon.  I watch the Western Channel on TV and they have a lot of the old "cowboy" shows.  One of these shows is "Wyatt Earp".  On this show Doc killed lots of bad guys, but in real life it has been verified that he only had eight shootouts and only killed two men, not the very many that the TV show and the movies tell of.

Here is the way www.history.com/this-day-in history tells about it his first killing:

On this day in 1879, a former army scout named Mike Gordon tried to persuade one of Holliday's saloon girls to quit her job and run away with him. When she refused, Gordon became infuriated. He went out to the street and began to fire bullets randomly into the saloon. He didn't have a chance to do much damage–after the second shot, Holliday calmly stepped out of the saloon and dropped Gordon with a single bullet. Gordon died the next day.    

Although he lived a dangerous life of drinking, gambling, and gun fighting, he managed to survive to die of tuberculosis in a health resort in Colorado in 1887.  He couldn't believe that he would end up having a peaceful end and not dying "with his boots on" because of the violent life that he lived, so his last words were "This is funny".

Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wondering About Brenda Lee.

If any of you are near my age, I bet you remember that little bundle of dynamite, the young singer Brenda Lee.  She was just 15 years old when her song, "I'm Sorry" went number one on this date back in 1960.  At 15 years old, she was already an experienced singer.  She got her big break when she was eleven years old when she met Red Foley, a country music star.  He invited her on stage and had her sing "Jambalaya", a Hank Williams song.  She got three encores and was on her way to stardom.

Then four years later, on this date, her song went number one on the charts.

Four years later, she had another big hit, "Sweet Nothin's".  It didn't go number one, but did make it to number 4 in early 1960.  During that decade, she earned 40 hits.  I sure don't remember that many.  But I do recall a couple of Christmas hits she had, like "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"

She was born on December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.  She only grew to a height of 4'-9" tall.  Here is a more recent picture of her:
I bet you all, if you are anywhere near my age, will go through the day humming some of her songs, or if not humming them, they will be going through you mind.  Dang, I can almost hear her singing "Sweet Nothin's".  Now, have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wondering About "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

I have been accused of being a "Wrong Way" Corrigan many times and once I did go the wrong way through a whole state.  So, I got wondering exactly how Douglas Corrigan got his nickname.  I am sure that most of you had heard his nickname or like me, be accused of being "one".

It was on this date back in 1938 when Douglas Corrigan (He did not as yet have the famous nickname) took off from Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn, New York, supposedly to make his return flight back home.  He flew an airplane that he salvaged from a trash heap, rebuilt, and modified for long distance flight, nonstop from Texas to New York.  Not long after he took off, supposedly to return to Texas, he made an hundred and eighty degree turn and disappeared in clouds.  And guess what, twenty-eight hours later he landed in Ireland.  Here is the front page of the New York Post:
When he landed in Dublin, the first thing he said was, "Just got in from New York.  Where am I?"  His excuse was that he lost his direction in the clouds and that his compass wasn't working properly.  The authorities didn't believe him and took his license away, but Corrigan stuck to his statement, which gave him his famous nick-name.

Because of public outcry, his license was reinstated, but he returned to the U.S. aboard a ship.  He became a national celebrity.

Now try not to get lost or go the wrong way today, but have a really great day, you hear?