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15 Albums September 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Music & Dance.
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I got tagged today on FB, in a Note called 15 Albums.  The Note (from my favorite Aardvark)  included the following rules:

Don’t take too long to think about it.  Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.  Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose.

(To do this, go to your Notes tab on your home page, paste these rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note – upper right hand side.)

Rule breaker that I am, I’m making a list, I’m checking it twice, and I’m sharing it here . . . instead of on FB (a site which is entirely too bossy for its own good).

These 15 Albums, in no particular order (except the first), captured my heart when released and haven’t let go since:

1.  George Harrison ~ All Things Must Pass

2.  Lynyrd Skynyd ~ One More For The Road

3.  Aerosmith ~ featuring Dream On

4.  Frampton Comes Alive

5.  Jimmy Buffett ~ Songs You Know By Heart

6.  Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead

7.  Dave Matthews Band ~ Under The Table and Dreaming

8.  Pure Prairie League ~ Bustin’ Out

9.  Patchouli ~ The Summer Finding

10.  Enya ~ Paint The Sky With Stars

11.  Clapton ~ 461 Ocean Boulevard

12.  Tracy Chapman ~ New Beginnings

13.  Matchbox 20 ~ Yourself Or Someone Like You

14.  Sophie B. Hawkins ~ Tongues and Tails

15.  Cranberries ~ Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?

16.  Hootie and the Blowfish ~ Cracked Rear View

17.  Joan Armatrading ~ Show Some Emotion

18. Little Feat ~ Waiting For Columbus

19.  Dave Mason ~ Let It Flow

20.  Tom Petty ~ Wildflowers 

21.  Rickie Lee Jones

22.  Electric Light Orchestra ~ Eldorado

23.  Boz Scaggs ~ Silk Degrees

24.  Collective Soul ~ The World I Know

25.  Sarah McLachlan ~ Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

26.  Neil Young ~ Decade

27.  Steely Dan ~ Can’t Buy A Thrill

What’s that?

Yes, quite right.  I’ve exceeded 15 . . . 

OK, I’ll stop, but this is way harder than it looks.

Don’t believe me . . . YOU try it!!!   

What’s on YOUR list?

Around The World In 5,792 Pages September 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Word Play.
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For a limited time, Barnes and Nobles is offering FREE e-books to take you Around the World in . . .  as many days as it takes you to read 5,792 pages!

  Canterbury Tales

Arabian Nights                  Jungle Book

 Prince and the Pauper  A Connecticut Yankee

Gulliver’s Travels                  King Soloman’s Mines

Enchanted Castle    

More Information:  Build your E-Book Library for FREE!

13 Pieces of Potpourri September 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.
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170px-alice_par_john_tenniel_30Lists organize our thoughts and lives.  Instead of jetsam, gossamer, and detritus floating about us in the ether, we gather our thoughts together and wrap them up with a tidy little bow:

* 5 Ways to Clear Clutter
* 25 Ways to Enjoy Life
* 125 Things I Like to Eat
* 625 of my MOST Favorite Things
* 3,125 Ways to Recycle Wine Corks

But what about our more unique observations?  The ones that don’t run with the pack, or fit in with a clique?

What about those thoughts which lack the necessary commonality with other astute commentary?

We can still gather them together in a bow-tied list . . . of  Potpourri!

1.  At weddings and other formal functions, why do women  shiver in sheer wisps of nothingness (displaying bare shoulders, arms, and backs) while men waddle about in warmth, swaddled like penguins in tux, tails, and ties?

And, as a host, how do you decide on an appropriate thermostat setting?  

Hmm . . . Antarctic Chill or Tropical Breeze?

2.  You know you are a true domestic goddess when you push away the advances of a sexy boy toy  to speak with the grocer about bok choy:

George Clooney, Mutton Tikka, and Jenny Morris

3.  Last night, as we watched Carly Simon sing aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2, I noticed and noted that her mouth is quite generous in proportion to the rest of her face.

A trait she shares with other notables: Mary Tyler Moore, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, and (according to BFF) . . .  Mister Ed!


A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course, unless, of course, that talking horse is the famous Mr. Ed!

4.  A name is nothing more than a label we use to distinguish one person from the next.  Still, I’m glad that my name did not come attached to the initials:  VD, SOB, MF or BM.

My heart-felt condolences go out to Vicky Dougherty, Sean O’Brien, Mary Fine, and Barney Miller

5.  The other night, while brushing my teeth, I delighted in the simple fact that my birth occurred AFTER the advent of the toothbrush.

A similar thought crossed my mind as I reached for the toilet paper.

448px-Alice_05a-1116x1492And, now, a confession:  the rest of this list is . . .

6.  Lost in Space
7.  “Absent.”
8.  MIA (missing in action).
9.  Escaped into the ether.
10Misfired synapse.
11.  Senior moment.
12.  Under Construction.

13.  Perhaps, instead of calling this stage of life the Twilight Yearsthey should warn us that we are about to  enter The Twilight Zone!

I know, I know . . . calling this list 13 Pieces of Potpourri is closer to science-fiction than fact.

In an effort to redeem myself, and resurrect my reputation (before it becomes permanently tarnished), here’s A Short List of Other Lists You Might Enjoy:

* 88 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life

* 40 Belief-Shaking Remarks From A Ruthless Nonconformist

In the interest of complete candor and/or full disclosure, please feel free to  refer to this post as 88 Important Truths, 40 Belief-Shaking Remarks, and 5 or 6 Pieces of Potpourri.

Fun with Words: Sarchasm September 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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More Fun with Words! 

Take a word from the English dictionary.  Alter it (by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter). 

Supply an amusing definition.

A few examples (culled from anonymous e-mails) to get you started: 

1. Cashtration:  The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Intaxication:  Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

3. Reintarnation:  Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

4. Bozone layer:  The substance surrounding dense people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.  

5. Foreploy: An intentional misrepresentation employed to “get lucky.”

6.  Sarchasm:  The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

7. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right?  And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s, like, a serious bummer.

8. Beelzebug:  A Satanic mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis:  A degenerate disease.

More Fun with Words coming soon!