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Saturday Stuff - August 27, 2011 Issue


Gonna be a tough weekend for the east coast. Keep them in your thoughts.

Fantasy Football Auction tonight. Looking forward to it. Go Death on Two Legs.

Today's QOTD is a comment about the Grateful Dead considering another tour. Struck me as funny.

Some chinks in the World Champion armor according to the Green Bay Gazette. I only watched a little of it. What I saw was pretty impressive for a preseason game. Aaron Rodgers was sacked 4 times after I switched channels so maybe the GBG is on to something. This Saints fan hopes so. :)

12 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Mark Knopfler playlist:

  1. Stargazer - Mark Knopfler - Local Hero
  2. Red Dirt Girl - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Real Live Roadrunning
  3. Going Home - Theme From 'Local Hero' - Dire Straits - Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
  4. The Scaffolder's Wife - Mark Knopfler - Kill To Get Crimson
  5. The Car Was The One - Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky

Quote of the Day

Only saw them once ... kinda. My date at the time had a panic attack and her blood pressure fell like a brick. The EMTs asked her what she was on and she replied, 'birth control."
Dennis Smith

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Packers’ pass protection – well, if you want to call it that – in fact the overall play of the offensive line, including run blocking against the Colts Friday night, was nothing short of frightful."

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The Time Traveler's Wife


time_trav.jpgWe had a free Cinemax weekend. I recorded and watched two of the movies they offered. The second one was The Time Traveler's Wife. I was all prepared for a typical romantic comedy but this movie wasn't funny and it spent all of its time explaining but not really explaining the character's rules for time travel, which he not only has no control over but he keeps doing it even after it's established that he dies. About an hour in, you start looking at the time. This one never really knew where it was going or how to finish. Eric Bana seems too old for Rachel McAdams anyway. :)

24 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. I'd Love To Change The World - Alvin Lee - A Space In Time
  2. Changes - Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  3. Red Dirt Girl - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Real Live Roadrunning
  4. American Heartbeat - Survivor - Greatest Hits
  5. Cut My Hair - The Who - Quadrophenia

Quote of the Day

I'm dressed right for a beach fight
But I just can't explain
Why that uncertain feeling
Is still here in my brain
The Who, Cut My Hair

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Who - Dusseldorf 1975"

The poster is from a October 31, 1975 concert in Dusseldorf, Germany. A few weeks later (November 21, 1975), they were in Baton Rouge at the LSU Assembly Center. Probably the best concert I ever saw. -Rob

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Just a few items on this beautiful, but hot, CrabAppleLane Sunday.

heads.jpgtails.jpgHappy Belated 100th Birthday, Lucy.

My office soft drink machine is out of quarters and gives all nickels and dimes for change. Got a 1936 "Indian Head" nickel the other day. If there's a politically correct way to describe it, consider it described. These were still in circulation when I was a kid as were wooden nickels but both were somewhat rare. Even more rare today. Doubt it's worth much more than a nickel but I'm keeping it.

We've been looking at furniture lately. We're just browsing now but might pull the trigger if something we see is too good to pass up. One of the stores, where we saw stuff we like, has their own credit card and special financing deals on certain selections. I started to apply for it today and was cruising along until I hit the line below.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for Purchases and Balance Transfers 29.99%

Even though everything I was interested in was 0% interest for X number of months, I could never agree to any terms at 30% interest. By the way, that X number of months thing is a trap. If you make the last payment on the day it's due, you'll be over the X number of months and they charge you interest for all X number of months. Pretty severe if X is 24 or 48, like it was on some of the furniture we liked. It's still a good way to get things but you have to be aware of the trap and pay it off a month or two early.

I don't think anyone can ever improve on the original Rolling Stones studio recording of Gimme Shelter but this live version from Grand Funk Railroad's Caught in the Act Album is the best live version I've ever heard. Better than any Stones live version I've heard. Not a big fan of the Stones live. I have Caught in the Act on vinyl and CD. GFR was one of the great live bands of the 70s. Their two live albums are better than any of their studio albums. The QOTD is from The Railroad, one of my faves off of that album.

School starts tomorrow here. Shortest summer ever.

32 days until football season ...

I offer two from the CrabAppleLane yard. The Big Leaf Magnolia suffered its first really hot Bush summer day about a week ago. Burned the leaves a bit. I've since covered it with a black mesh. Seems to be keeping it alive. The backyard is green all over thanks to relentless rain followed by relentless sunshine.

CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - August 7, 2011
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - August 7, 2011

CrabAppleLane Backyard - August 7, 2011
CrabAppleLane Backyard - August 7, 2011

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. The Railroad - Grand Funk Railroad - Caught In The Act
  2. Loco-Motion - Little Eva - The Ultimate Rock & Roll Collection: The 60's
  3. Somebody To Roll - Nazareth - Play 'N' The Game
  4. Reptile - Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
  5. How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I

Quote of the Day

Dirt and sweat
Running down my back
Work all day long
Up and down the railroad tracks
I'm a God fearing man
And with many I stand
And with God we've been working
All hand in hand
Grand Funk Railroad, The Railroad

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "I really haven’t formed my final opinion on the whole coal port topic. I’m somewhat of an environmentalist when it comes to burning coal but I also see that it can be burned in a friendly manner."

Spectacular photography. -Rob

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Weekend leftovers


Congratulations to Japan on their World Cup victory yesterday. They never gave up. They were down late in regulation and rallied, down late in overtime and rallied. The American women played hard but didn't capitalize on their opportunities, especially early in the game, and they couldn't defend their lead. This loss will hurt for a while. And, about that hurt: I can't even believe someone felt this needed to be said. Sometimes, the other team wins ... and I wouldn't have it any other way. They maybe could have played better but they surely couldn't have played harder. I'm proud of the US team.

About today's QOTD: Amazing how much a song can get the juices flowing no matter how many times you've heard it. Just thinking about it is doing it for me. Hank Williams Jr deserves all the credit he gets for it.

And, yes, I'm ready for some football. 52 days and counting ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Deep Purple playlist:

  1. Not Responsible - Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
  2. Maybe I'm A Leo - Deep Purple - Machine Head 25th Anniversary Edition
  3. Sail Away - Deep Purple - Burn
  4. Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple - Deep Purple In Rock
  5. Space Truckin' [Live] - Deep Purple - Made In Japan

Quote of the Day

There, from the world of country music, stood Hank Williams to ask, "Are you ready for some football?" That's how Hank's now-iconic ditty was born. The place went wild.
Al Michaels, Monday Morning Quarterback

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "This is a daily diary of events spanning his entire career. It will include footage, audio clips, unseen photos, plus previously unreleased tracks, demos and home recordings. There will also be personal anecdotes. But be warned: each entry will be up for just 24 hours and then will permanently removed. There’s to be no archiving."

No archiving? Well, that's just idiotic. -Rob

First things first. Game is about to start here.


Update: It's halftime now and it's a scoreless tie or should I say the score is nil-nil? The US team needs to hit one or two of those shots on goal. The second half just started and the US team missed another opportunity.



Update to the update: Japan just tied the game. Out until it's over.

Quite anxious to see where Marie's story goes from here. Love the way she writes.

Finished the team-by-team fantasy football review for 2011. Started on players today.

Some story about August Busch IV and the Anheuser-Busch Corporation. I always thought the Busch family was St Louis royalty but, apparently, there is much more to it. WOW.

I picked a watermelon today. It's a Sugar Baby variety and was a bit overripe. As soon as I cut into it, it started breaking up. It's in the refrigerator now ... jes chilling. :)

CrabAppleLane Watermelon - July 17, 2011
CrabAppleLane Watermelon - July 17, 2011

CrabAppleLane Watermelon - July 17, 2011
CrabAppleLane Watermelon - July 17, 2011

Patsy took the one below a couple of weeks ago at my request. This is a sign at St John's Coffee House in Covington.

St John's Coffee House - Covington, LA
St John's Coffee House - Covington, LA

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Led Zeppelin playlist:

  1. Ten Years Gone - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
  2. In The Evening - Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
  3. Hots On For Nowhere - Led Zeppelin - Presence
  4. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
  5. Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I

Quote of the Day

Team Destiny, meet Team Destiny.
Ravi Ubha,

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Your Friday afternoon dose of cute has arrived..."

That 70s thing


Today's QOTD is the fitting conclusion to a lovely tribute to Led Zeppelin, warts and all. It has always been fashionable for music critics to trash Zeppelin and the 70s. Rolling Stone Magazine has led the way since the 70s. LZ sold more records and their shows outdrew every band, except maybe the Rolling Stones. Love the Keith Richards line: "A jury of my peers would be Jimmy Page, a conglomeration of musicians, guys who have been on the road and know what's what. My peers are not some lady doctor and a couple of plumbers." I love a lot of the music of the 70s and all of my memories of Led Zeppelin are fond.

I was really hoping the NFL lockout would be over by now. There seemed to be so much progress in the last few weeks and an announcement before the 4th of July weekend would have revved up some excitement for the upcoming season. They don't seem to be concerned about that and I think it's a terrible miscalculation on their part. The 2011 season is in serious jeopardy because of everyone's dawdling.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Jump Start - Jethro Tull - Crest Of A Knave
  2. Phoenix - Wishbone Ash - Argus
  3. Sick Again - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
  4. Poison - Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Classicks
  5. Please Read The Letter - Page & Plant - Walking Into Clarksdale

Quote of the Day

This is Led Zeppelin when they sucked. And wouldn't it be wonderful if all things were this bad?
Chuck Klosterman

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Jimmy Page sat in with singer Donovan on Friday night in London, in a way reprising an in-studio collaboration dating back to the days before Led Zeppelin was founded."

There's a connection between Page and Donavan I didn't know about. -Rob

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Classical ...


The fourth song on the iTunes shuffle is one everyone knows. I like a lot of classical music but I have some trouble remembering their titles. I can't be the only one with that trouble. It shouldn't be that way. I have Aaron Copland's Greatest Hits. More classical music should have gone that route. Those titles are much easier to remember. If Beethoven had done that, he might have sold more records. :)

The BOTD has a another good example of this. "Moonlight Sonata" is fairly easy to remember. "Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2"? Not so much.

Here nor there: I made meatballs last night to go with the tomato sauce I made Sunday afternoon. They were made by my Dad's recipe. Spaghetti and meatballs was his specialty. It was a staple in our house when I was growing up and, even after, when we came to visit. All of my siblings have the recipe and have made it but I haven't since Dad passed in 2003. The aroma in my kitchen last night was very familiar. It was a powerful memory and is still with me even this morning.

About today's QOTD: What a lovely choice that sounds like.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. The Ark - Gerry Rafferty - City To City
  2. Cry Baby - Janis Joplin - Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
  3. Girl I Wanna Dance With You - Walter "Wolfman" Washington - Sada
  4. Beethoven: Symphony #9 In D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral" - 4. Presto, Allegro Assai - Georg Solti: London Symphony Orchestra - Immortal Beloved
  5. Wonderwall - Oasis - Rock: The Train Kept A Rollin'

Quote of the Day

I have made the decision to vote for the plan because national interests are more important than our own dignity.
Thomas Robopoulos, Greece Deputy

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Beethoven’s “Moonlight sonata”, a name coined by German music critic Ludwig Rellstab after Beethoven’s death, is one of the most widely known classical music pieces, and has been since it was composed some 200 years ago."

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Grilled Tomatoes

CrabAppleLAne Dinner - June 16, 2011
CrabAppleLane Dinner - June 16, 2011
Had to use the flash for the image above. Bleached the boudin a little but I was more interested in the tomatoes anyway. I've grilled tomatoes in the past with limited success. I never had a plan or a recipe. I always just experimented. But, like grilled corn on the cob, I wanted to try again and, also like grilled corn, I looked up a few different ways to go about it. I bought a basil plant on the way home because I wanted to use fresh basil. I usually plant basil when I plant tomatoes but I didn't this year. My bad. Started to buy some imported extra virgin olive oil, too, but it was very expensive and I put it back. Store brand extra virgin olive oil that was already in our pantry would have to do. I poured a little of it in a bowl, sliced a medium-sized tomato in half and put it cut-side down in the bowl, and then stuck that cut side down on the medium-heat grill for a about 5 minutes. Flipped them over, added salt, pepper, fresh basil, and a little more olive oil, and then grilled for an additional 5 minutes. Hot off the grill, I added some Romano cheese and then Parmesan cheese. I like those cheeses to melt on the hot food rather than in the heat of the grill. I let the next ones go an extra minute or so on each side so they would be hotter for the cheeses to melt. They were very good and a nice change from what we usually do but a sliced red, red tomato on a sandwich or in a salad is still its best use. You might notice that there is a good bit of grime on the CrabAppleLane grill. I only clean the surfaces that touch the food. The rest contributes to what the Italians call odore di cucina.

I don't know if I could be as forgiving as Col. Jack Jacobs. Meeting someone who fought for the other side is one thing. Meeting the person directly responsible for an ambush on your units is something else. If you've forgotten how divisive the Viet Nam war was/is or if you're too young to know, read a handful of the comments.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones) - Bee Gees - The British Invasion: The History Of British Rock, Vol. 8
  2. Make It Last - Montrose - Montrose
  3. It's Only Love - B.J. Thomas - All The Hits
  4. Liar - Three Dog Night - The Best Of Three Dog Night
  5. The Friendship Theme - Bette Midler - Beaches

Quote of the Day

I keep straining my ears to hear a sound
Maybe someone is digging underground
Or have they given up and all gone home to bed
Thinking those who once existed must be dead
Bee Gees, New York Mining Disaster (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "I used to make fun of the Bee Gees when I was in middle school and high school. They had high girlie voices. It was cool to make fun of them because of their feminine falsetto voices, but secretly I liked their music."

I've always liked them but never had purchased any of their music when they were in vogue. I prefer earlier Bee Gees to the later disco Bee Gees. Not a total guilty pleasure like ABBA but maybe a little one. :) -Rob

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Delight all around as I watching the Cubs and Cards play yesterday. Good to see two former LSU Tiger National Champions again in the Cards' Ryan Theriot and the Cubs' DJ Lemahieu. Ryan scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th against Stanford in the 2000 College World Series and DJ hit a two out, two run double in the bottom of the ninth to send Game One into extra innings against Texas in the 2009 College World Series. The Tigers won that game in the 12th and won the CWS. DJ was in the middle of just about everything in that series. Besides the LSU stuff, it was a great game won by the Cards with a walk-off homer by Albert Pujols in the 12th inning.

From yesterday's inbox:

This year we're going to experience four unusual dates. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that's not all. Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born - now add the age you will be this year. The results will be 111 for everyone in the whole world. (Snopes explains it as basic math, which I assumed to be the case - but it's still neat.)

About today's QOTD: I've been listening to The White Stripes a lot lately. I knew of Jack White mainly through the trailers for It Might Get Loud. I never bothered to check at the time why he was chosen as the third generation guitarist. I downloaded a few of their songs last weekend. I know now why he was chosen. He is an enormous talent. The White Stripes are no more and that kinda sucks for someone who is way behind the music scene and just discovered them. I love that old New York Times review. If you ask me, "rude and unhinged" is high praise for any rock band.

I offer a few for a lazy, hot CrabAppleLane Sunday afternoon. It should be noted that Patsy will adulterate her share of the lunch fixins with bologna or liver cheese, oatnut bread, and mustard while I will glorify my share with rotisserie turkey, swiss cheese, and toasted french bread. Two more below the jump.

CrabAppleLane Early Tomatoes - June 5, 2011
CrabAppleLane Early Tomatoes - June 5, 2011

CrabAppleLane Lunch Fixins' - June 5, 2011
CrabAppleLane Lunch Fixins' - June 5, 2011

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Offend In Every Way - The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  2. Treat Her Right - George Thorogood & The Destroyers - The Baddest Of George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  3. I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck - Rock: The Train Kept A Rollin'
  4. Limelight - Rush - Moving Pictures
  5. The Fuse - Bruce Springsteen - The Rising

Quote of the Day

They still sound as rude and as unhinged as ever, especially compared with the emo and alternative bands with whom they share the modern-rock radio airwaves.
Kelefa Sanneh, New York Times

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Based on personal experience (many instances of eating watermelon and drinking beer), I can attest that I’ve never experienced any ill effects from combining these two delicious barbeque staples."

I'd surely be dead if that was true. -Rob

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A little piracy for a Saturday


From John Morton of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency:

From counterfeit pharmaceuticals and electronics to pirated movies, music, and software, IP thieves undermine the U.S. economy and jeopardize public safety. Our efforts through this operation successfully disrupt the ability of criminals to purvey counterfeit goods and copyrighted materials illegally over the Internet.

That's pretty strong. Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time knows that I am no fan of piracy. Not a big fan of heavy-handed rhetoric, either. The biggest part of the problem now is that pirates don't see themselves as thieves. They see themselves as rebels.

Speaking of downloads, Patsy and I went on an iTunes binge last night. Love The White Stripes song.

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane "recently purchased" list:

  1. In the Cold, Cold Night - The White Stripes - Elephant
  2. The Day John Henry Died - Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
  3. Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford - Hotdogs, Hits and Happy Days
  4. Black Horse & the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall - Eye To The Telescope
  5. Rock 'N Roll Widow - Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four

Quote of the Day

I saw you standing in the corner
On the edge of a burning light
I saw you standing in the corner
Come to me again in the cold, cold night
The White Stripes, In the Cold, Cold Night

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Yes, we were all heartbroken when the White Stripes announced that they were finished."

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Nothing doing


GEAUX Tigers. Nice sweep this weekend over Wake Forest. Tiger fans gave a well-deserved standing ovation to the Demon Deacons Head Coach Tom Walter when he was announced in Friday's opener. Coach Walter donated a kidney to one of his players. The kindness ended with the ovation. The Tigers scored 6 runs in the first inning, 6 more in the second, and coasted home for a 15-4 win in the opener. A close win Saturday and another blowout yesterday completed the sweep. It's still early but the Tigers are off to a good start and that's always a good thing.

A one for nine trade. Wish I'd gotten to see him play although it would mean I'd have to be quite a bit older. R.I.P, Ollie.

While compiling the iTunes shuffle this morning, I discovered that I have three totally different songs in my iTunes library with the same title. Three Dog Night, Queen, and The Cranberries all recorded a song called Liar. Queen's Liar off of their first album is one of my all time faves. Three Dog Night's Liar is very good, too. The Cranberry's Liar was on the Empire Records soundtrack and is the only reason I have it.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Going Home - Theme From 'Local Hero' - Dire Straits - Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
  2. Not The Only One - Bonnie Raitt - Luck Of The Draw
  3. Robin & Marian - Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek
  4. I'll Be The One - Badfinger - The Very Best Of Badfinger
  5. Liar - The Cranberries - Empire Records

Quote of the Day

The weather is warmer, the sun is brighter and Alex Box Stadium will soon be packed. It's baseball season in Baton Rouge.
Rowan Kavner, The Daily Reveille

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said Monday that collective bargaining cost his state money and reiterated that he would not stand down in a budget face-off that has become national news."

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The video below gave me a smile this morning. I had this 45 back in the day and I have this on a couple of old compilation CDs in my collection.

Not bad. Sounds like it got some post-performance enhancement, though. I usually don't like that but I'll forgive it on occasion. Originally wondered what took so long for the audience to recognize the song they were playing until the camera panned out into it. They're simply too young.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton - Unplugged
  2. The Waking Edge - Jethro Tull - Crest Of A Knave
  3. Hot Dog - Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
  4. So Many Things to Say - Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four
  5. Happy - Sister Hazel - ...Somewhere More Familiar
Quote of the Day
Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
Hair, Hair

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "I had no idea there was a film adaption of "Norwegian Wood", the beautiful book by Haruki Murakami that I read a couple of years ago, until I by chance came across the trailer for the movie. I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the book, but it's set in Japan in the 60s where 20-year-old Toru Watanabe is a student."

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Not knowing what The Reader was about was the only way I would have watched it. The collective guilt of a generation of Germans over The Holocaust and the various degrees of moral outrage later generations of Germans feel towards that generation, except for maybe their own parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, is something I really have no desire to understand and the shame the two main characters felt over the choices they'd made didn't reach me. I don't care.

The performances in The Reader were OK but one casting choice was curious. David Kross as young Michael Berg speaks with a pronounced German accent and Ralph Fiennes as the not much older Michael Berg speaks with a posh British accent. I stayed to the end but it was all pretty depressing. Not what I'm looking for on a Saturday night.

Pulling for the Packers today and just ever so slightly for the Steelers. Don't really care about the AFC.

Caught the tail end of an Austin City Limits show featuring Band of Horses. I came in during the middle of the finale. It was a song called The Funeral. Fantastic. Enjoy.

Got rid of the smilies here. What a pain that was to accomplish. I may install a better version of them at some point or might install the version I have in a better way.

I offer a few from the CrabAppleLane Backyard.

CrabAppleLane Backyard - January 23, 2011
CrabAppleLane Backyard - January 23, 2011
Pretty sure the CrabAppleLane Bluebirds would consider this to be trespassing and no telling what the neighborhood association might think. Thankfully, they didn't see him and this little fella got a much needed rest. More below the jump if you're interested.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. The Funeral - Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
  2. I'd Love To Change The World - Alvin Lee - A Space In Time
  3. Tears - Rush - 2112
  4. Crossroads - Cream - The Cream Of Clapton
  5. Walk The Line - Live - Live At The Paradiso
Quote of the Day
What we feel isn't important. It's utterly unimportant. The only question is what we do. If people like you don't learn from what happened to people like me, then what the hell is the point of anything?
Professor Rohl, The Reader

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Here's some of what you'll see if you take a look at A Fire in My Belly, the video by David Wojnarowicz that the National Portrait Gallery removed from Hide/Seek, its current exhibit about "sexual difference" in American portraiture: a legless beggar dodging traffic on his stumps, a mouth being stitched shut with a needle and thread, a bowl of blood, and fire ants on a crucifix."

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Today figures to be a tough game for the Saints. I know the Baltimore Ravens pretty much by reputation only. I don't get to see them that much. I watched some of their game Monday night versus the Texans. The Ravens defense did not live up to their reputation in that game. I expect them to revert to form today but they're going to see a Saints offense who can do everything the Texans did and I expect they'll try to do just that. They'll play up tempo, run personnel groups in and out, and make the Ravens pass rush a lot and chase receivers, tight ends, and running backs all over the field. It figures to be a slugfest but if the Saints take care of the ball, they'll take care of the Ravens. Just one more thing

GEAUX Saints

I offer one from the backyard today. Hope it's this nice where you are, especially if you're in Baltimore. :)

CrabAppleLane Backyard - December 19, 2010
CrabAppleLane Backyard - December 19, 2010

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star playlist starting with "N”:

  1. Natural Thing - UFO - No Heavy Petting
  2. Never Gonna Change - Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
  3. New Slang - The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
  4. No Easy Road - Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Four
  5. Not Fragile - Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile
Quote of the Day

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "When the Ravens have the ball: The Ravens don’t likely want to engage in a shootout with the Saints. With that in mind, I think they are going to come out running the ball with Ray Rice & Willis McGahee this Sunday. The Saints only have 9 interceptions so far this year so Joe Flacco should have plenty of time to throw the ball. Flacco will likely take some shots down the field to Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Derrick Mason."

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I'm a big fan of Justified. Their latest promo for the upcoming season featured a song I liked but I had no idea who sang it. Patsy went online and found it almost instantly. It's called Little Lovin' and it's by Lissie. The one below is called Wedding Bells. I like it. I'm not up on current music. If she's not a star now, she should be.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - The Ohio Express - Rock 'n Roll Relix 1968-1969
  2. Turn Up The Radio - Autograph - Sign in Please
  3. Song For Sonny Liston - Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La
  4. Lady Love - Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs
  5. Dust N' Bones - Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I
Quote of the Day
Its hard to say what it is I see in you
Wonder if I'll always be with you
Words can't say, I can't do
Enough to prove it's all for you
Sister Hazel, All For You

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Lissie has been nominated in the category of Best Breakthrough Artist at this years Q Awards!!"

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The games will go on

I'd like to think the new optimism expressed by some NFL owners for a collective bargaining agreement is real and not just posturing but we're talking about NFL owners here. They'd like to be seen in a positive light even while threatening a lockout. The players have been getting some mileage out of that. If negotiations aren't completed and next season is at risk, will it really matter who is right in the eyes of fans? A few months ago, I was worried about that. I'm not any more. The owners have already lost. They should just go back to the table and take the best deal they can get. Season ticket renewals go out at about the same time as the CBA expires in March. Think we might get to see how that uncertainty in these tough economic times affects ticket sales? The whole house of cards is built on fan interest and fan interest is directly tied to the games. The games must go on.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Phoenix (Live) - Wishbone Ash - Live Dates [Disc 1]
  2. Cursum Perficio - Enya - Watermark [Bonus Track]
  3. Destinations - Al Reingold - After Erasmus
  4. Machinehead - Bush - Sixteen Stone
  5. Where the Devil Don't Stay - Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
Quote of the Day
Where I call to the Lord with all of my soul
I can hear him rattling the chains on the door
He couldn't get in I could see he tried
Through the shadows of the cage around the forty watt light
Drive-By Truckers, Where The Devil Don't Stay

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Drugs, desperation, suicide, Alabama-born bed-time stories, and quirky southern character studies — a little bit country and a whole lot of rock ‘n roll. In other words, a Drive-By Truckers album."

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A little Thursday music


Started thinking about something last night that led me to this entry. I have no idea how I get from A to Z sometimes but here we go. I love the cheer that goes up at the beginning of the famous part and the conductor's quick smile in the video below. There is a new expression I've been hearing lately. It's "men of a certain age". Not sure what it means but I kinda think it means men my age. Well, "men of a certain age" don't think William Tell or Rossini when we hear this. I offer a little music this morning to get your motor running. Hi-yo, Silver, away. :)

There is a version of this that I heard once right around the first time I hooked up surround sound for the first time at our old house in Metaire. Would love to find a recording of that but I don't remember enough details to do a decent search for it. Although the version above is flawless to my untrained ears, the other one is the one I judge all others by. It was a large group of all star high school musicians. They played at a famous concert hall in Europe, whose name I've forgotten. What separated that one from all others, to me, is the number of instruments involved and the location. To hear hundreds of horns echoing and cascading that fantastic music throughout that auditorium was just incredibly stirring. I have never heard anything like it but this will do for a Thursday morning. :)

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Too Rolling Stoned - Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs
  2. Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits
  3. Alberta - Eric Clapton - Unplugged
  4. Walking On The Moon - The Police - The Police Greatest Hits
  5. Lookin' Out For No.1 - UFO - Essential UFO
Quote of the Day
After performing a hysterectomy last year, a California gynecologist used a cauterizing tool to brand his patient’s name on her removed uterus, an unorthodox move that the doctor calls a “friendly gesture,” but which the woman terms “despicable conduct” in a medical negligence lawsuit.
The Smoking Gun

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Its people are not interested in political power as such, he said, but in changing people’s minds about big government. This, I thought, is the libertarian revolution. But as long as the Tea Party is mired in Republican abstractions like the budget deficit, while accepting and even promoting the empire and the police state, it will not really effect those in power."

"The empire and the police state" is way too harsh for my tastes ... and inaccurate. -Rob

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A little Irish music for Tuesday


Below is the cool Irish music I mentioned the other day. It is the theme music of Rizzoli and Isles. It was also used in The Departed but, like the movie, I didn't remember it. If you're reading this on Facebook, you'll have to click on “ View Original Post ” below. Love the music. Wasn't wild about the vocals at first but they're now growing on me, too. What do you think?

Just 9 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane "Recently Purchased" playlist:

  1. Alone and Forsaken - Dave Matthews & Neil Young - Hope for Haiti Now
  2. Praan - Garry Schyman & Palbasha Siddique - Where The Hell Is Matt?
  3. Heartless - Adrien Reju - A Million Hearts
  4. Fall Down - Toad the Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea
  5. I'm Shipping Up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys - The Warrior's Code
Quote of the Day
I'm shipping up to Boston whoa
I'm shipping find my wooden leg
The Dropkick Murphys, I'm Shipping Up To Boston

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Since 1996, Boston's Dropkick Murphys have been leading the young and old astray with their own brand of Celtic punk rock and rugged pub leanings."

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Rizzoli & Isles


Not sure what to make of Rizzoli & Isles. It's a female buddy show, I suppose. Sasha Alexander, who plays Isles, is a brainy, well-to-do, eager beaver do-gooder medical examiner. Angie Harmon is Rizzoli. She's a cop from a cop family. She's working class and kinda crude but she cleans up nice. The show has resorted to proving that in at least two episodes. It's not much of a transformation. She's fairly gorgeous in just about anything. It tries but Rizzoli and Isles is light summer fare and not much more. Borderline CME. It's set in Boston and has cool Irish theme music, though.

16 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane “Foghat” playlist:

  1. Fool For The City [1977 Live Version] - Foghat - Live
  2. Ride, Ride, Ride - Foghat - Rock & Roll
  3. Maybelline - Foghat - Foghat
  4. Long Way To Go - Foghat - Rock & Roll
  5. A Hole To Hide In ( LP Version ) - Foghat - Foghat
Quote of the Day
Stay away from my door
Got too many bills
I don't need no more
I don't know what I'm gonna do
But while I'm deciding
To save my soul
I'm going to find me a hole to hide in
Foghat, A Hole To Hide In

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The series, debuting on Monday, July 12 at 10 p.m. ET, stars Angie Harmon as Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as chief medical examiner Maura Isles and is based on stories and characters by novelist Tess Gerritsen."

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A little music on a CrabAppleLane Sunday


Love the story they tell before the song below. It's cut out here. They were talking about setting up their equipment in a gigantic bar in Texas. If you've never been inside one of those, you absolutely cannot appreciate it. I've been in a few of them. The Rusty Keg in Houston could have easily fit two football fields inside of it ... end to end. Anyway, they're in one of those bars setting up and there are only three people in the whole place besides them ... and a fight broke out. My favorite song of theirs. Enjoy.

Tried to find a link to a performance of Road Fever by Foghat for the QOTD. All I could find was a version from the current incarnation of the band. The lead guitarist is an adequate replacement for the late former lead guitarist, Rod Price. He even bears a slight resemblance. There's no replacing Lonesome Dave, though. The current incarnation is not much more than a tribute band. Save your money.

Preliminary bill for an afternoon at the emergency room: $10,141.00

For that paltry sum, we spent about 20 minutes total with the physician, tied up a hospital bed for about 5 hours, had IV saline, was given some pain medication and some medication for nausea, and had a CT scan performed. $10,141.00 ... so far. We can and should debate/argue about what needs to be done but anyone defending the status quo should be summarily dismissed as a participant in that debate/argument. We're spending more on health care than anyone and we aint healthier. We're not getting our money's worth.

I offer one from the CrabAppleLane sunny back deck. I thought I had accidentally killed it.

CrabAppleLane Mirliton Vine - August 15, 2010
CrabAppleLane Mirliton Vine - August 15, 2010

From the Here Nor There Department: No matter how slowly and carefully I sip a Sonic slush, I get a freezer brain headache that takes at least a minute and a half to pass. Dumb, Rob.

Time to start researching my fantasy football auctions. Have one a week from today and have another one a few days later. I started to move some names around yesterday but couldn't finish. Hope to have a preliminary spreadsheet done today. I haven't used a magazine in years.

The Minnesota Vikings walloped the Rams in St Louis last night and they did it "without Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe.". I'm sure someone in Metairie took notice.

25 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Road Fever [Live Version] - Foghat - Live
  2. Selling the Drama - Live - Throwing Copper
  3. Crime In The City (Sixty To Zero, Pt. 1) - Neil Young - Freedom
  4. Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
  5. She Don't Love Nobody - Nick Lowe - Andrea's Gift Mix
Quote of the Day
I'm back on the road and I ain't gonna stop
Gonna roll 'til I'm old, gonna rock 'til I drop
Out of the smog, headin' into the sun
I'm goin' to New Orleans
Bourbon Street here I come
Foghat, Road Fever

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "When the new version of the old blog bit the dust I took it as a sign and as a result, this blog has a new name. I decided to retire Pitcherlady and move on to a page that’s a little more refined in its subject matter, (she said)."

I hope not too refined. Refinement has its place but there are times when it should step aside. :)

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CrabAppleLane Sunday - The Last Waltz


I started watching The Last Waltz last night. I've never been a great fan of The Band. I like some of their songs but that's about it. I have seen this film before and I didn't think much of it but I kinda got hooked on watching it again last night while waiting for something better to come on. Seeing it again after all these years and on a better TV with a better stereo has made a world of difference. Could be also that I'm a little older and more mature than I was the first time I saw it and it could also be the sound quality has been dramatically improved. The second part is certain. The film I'm watching now is fantastic in both sound and picture quality.

The film is not just about their music and that may have also contributed to why I didn't think much of it the first time. I didn't care about the interviews then. Just get on with the music. I appreciate what Martin Scorsese was doing now. The film is more about the guys being a band and being on tour for 16 years. I can't wait to finish watching it this afternoon. Just fantastic. Didn't even mind the 70s leisure suits. :) I still only like a handful of their songs but I have a new appreciation for The Band this morning and much greater appreciation for the film. Enjoy the little taste below and see The Last Waltz when you can, particularly if you have a good TV and stereo.

I usually don't care for tight-fitting clothes. Unfortunately, a lot of my clothes fit tightly these days (Be nice). Anyway, I do wear tight clothes while doing yardwork. Too many spinning objects and too many sharp blades can grab. After 2½ hours in the heat here, though, you pretty much have to cut them off of me. I offer a few today in the order I took them from around the CrabAppleLane backyard, where I spent 2½ hours ... yesterday and today.

CrabAppleLane Backyard - August 1, 2010
The garden is resting

CrabAppleLane Backyard - August 1, 2010
The fairway - Water trap on the left - Par 2

CrabAppleLane Backyard - August 1, 2010
The view

CrabAppleLane Backyard - August 1, 2010
The branch had turned and followed the sun until it was brushing against the bluebird house

CrabAppleLane Hummingbird - August 1, 2010
CrabAppleLane Hummingbird - August 1, 2010

Enough with the NFL training camp injuries already ... and stay the hell away from here. There are still ...

39 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star playlist:

  1. Already Gone - The Eagles - On The Border
  2. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down - The Better Life
  3. Madame Geneva's - Mark Knopfler - Kill To Get Crimson
  4. Mississippi Queen - Mountain - Hard N' Heavy: 70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 1
  5. '39 - Queen - A Night At The Opera
Quote of the Day
In the winter of '65
We were hungry
Just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
It's a time I remember, oh so well
The Band, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "One of the reasons that I hadn't ever seen The Last Waltz, was because I wasn't a fan of The Band."

Just like me except with a better reason. They weren't before my time. -Rob

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It's been raining off and on all weekend. The sun is out now and it's more than a little steamy. If the rain is still gone in an hour or two, I'll be on the tractor. I started doing yardwork yesterday but couldn't finish.

Between the rains Saturday afternoon, I was able to pull up the 2010 CrabAppleLane spring vegetable garden. The tomatoes have been done for a a few weeks but I wanted to let the peppers fill out a little more. I'm not a big fan of bell peppers normally. They're usually a little too thick when you buy them at a store, when they come on a pizza, or when they're in a dish at a restaurant, particularly Chinese dishes. Homegrown bell peppers are a whole other thing. Commercial bell pepper varieties have a much thicker skin because they've been developed that way so they can travel better. Homegrown peppers are thin-skinned and have a much lighter and sweeter taste. In the bowl below: "Big Early" bell peppers. On the rail: "Italia" sweet peppers. There is almost no difference in taste, texture, or size between them. They're both delicious. We haven't decided what to do with them yet. We may stuff them or we may add them to some scrambled eggs but we're most likely to add them to a huge batch of Patsy's sausage rice casserole. I'm fine with any one or more of those options.

Last of the CrabAppleLane 2010 spring crop - July 25, 2010
Last of the CrabAppleLane 2010 spring crop - July 25, 2010

It was an average year for CrabAppleLane tomatoes and peppers. It got too hot too early and there was too much rain toward the end of the season. I don't think the eggplants did well at all. I haven't done a fall garden in many years but I think I will this year. Patsy and I both love homegrown baby Brussels sprouts so there will surely be a lot of those planted. I'll throw in a row of broccoli and maybe some red and green cabbage, too. Patsy makes good coleslaw.

I like to rate the songs in my iTunes library. I haven't done it with all of them yet but I've got a substantial number of them rated. Five stars is the highest. Today's iTunes shuffle is from the Four Star list.

There are probably a few funnier things about the upcoming NFL season but the New York Times Fifth Down Blog picking the brash, loudmouthed Jets to finish third in their division behind the Patriots and Dolphins is pretty good. The QOTD plugs into that. Thank you, Judy. :)

46 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Four Star playlist:

  1. Mean Mistreater - Grand Funk Railroad - Live Album
  2. Heartless - Adrien Reju - A Million Hearts
  3. Space Truckin' - Deep Purple - Machine Head (Roger Glover Remixes) [Disc 2]
  4. Behind With The Rent - Mark Knopfler - Kill To Get Crimson
  5. Boogie With Stu - Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti [Disc 2]
Quote of the Day
Is there enough oxygen in Cortland, N.Y., to sustain all the Jets’ talk?
Judy Battista, NY Times

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "I wrote about this soup two years ago when I first found the recipe in the New York Times. Since then, I've made it many times, making a few tweaks here and there. It's definitely remained a favorite – in fact, it's one of two soups that I constantly go back to. You know, the ones I know I can really nail."

Looks like a lot of work. Also looks fantastic. I've never heard of smoked paprika. Might have to try it. -Rob

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Why Aye Man

Why Aye Man is a phrase I came to know listening to Mark Knopfler. It's the first track on The Ragpicker's Dream. I like the Urban Dictionary's definition because of the invading Vikings reference but I think it's more likely just as it sounds ... an emphatic expression of agreement. It's been Knopfler's opening song for a while now. Good rendition of it below. Enjoy.

Found at: - FilesTube

7 weeks until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Why Aye Man - Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream
  2. Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath - Paranoid
  3. Should, Woulda, Coulda - Wishbone Ash - Bona Fide
  4. Love Under Fire - Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Tom Cochrane And Red Rider
  5. Budapest - Jethro Tull - Crest Of A Knave
Quote of the Day
We had the back of Maggie's hand
Times were tough in Geordieland
We got wor tools and working gear
And humped it all from Newcastle to here
Mark Knopfler, Why Aye Man

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "One thing I discovered in so many restaurants and cafes in Europe is that they are very often understaffed. Many times before I had meals in establishments where the waiters/patrons ratio was so ridiculously low that no wonder service took bloody forever. This is in contrast to most places I had dined in while in North America, where it’s not uncommon to see waiting staff twiddling their thumbs waiting for action. I guess it’s either the norm here to have slow service, or the fact that waiting staff earn respectable salaries (contrary to USA / Canada where waiting staff typically earn minimum wage – sometimes even less – and rely primarily on tips); or both. Anyway, when going to a restaurant in Western Europe, my advice to you is to plan for delays."

I've heard this many times. -Rob

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Four Sticks


Was never much of a fan of Four Sticks off of Led Zeppelin IV. It was always a "B" side song to me. When I saw Page & Plant play it the last time I saw them, they changed my mind and I look at it quite differently now. It was the best song they did that night and it was all because of the great drummer they had found. That's him in the video below. He comes in at about 1:35 and listening to it on a computer can hardly do it justice but it's still pretty good. He uses the "four sticks" just like John Bonham did. I can do without the orchestra and I'm still not a big fan of the studio version but when you experience it live with a great drummer putting the thunder in your chest, it's a whole other thing. Relentless.

I think I picked the last two tomatoes of 2010 yesterday afternoon. The rest are rotting. It's that time of year. Too much rain followed by too much heat. When it's like that every day, it's just too much for them. It wasn't the best season I've had but it wasn't bad. I have enough to last the week if we eat them every night. They're starting to get very ripe and juicy.

OK, these are some people who need adult supervision and maybe some jail time.

58 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Four Sticks - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
  2. Footstompin' Music - Grand Funk Railroad - Caught In The Act
  3. Dear Landlord - Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker!
  4. Cold Cold Heaven - Earlimart - Mentor Tormentor
  5. She's Waiting - Eric Clapton - Andrea's Gift Mix
Quote of the Day
Oh, Baby, it's cryin' time
Oh, Baby, I got to fly
I've got to try to find a way
I've got to try to get away
'Cause you know I gotta get away from you, Babe
Led Zeppelin, Four Sticks

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Here is an image for those great friends that still stop by here! Don't forget to stop by my website at for TONS more free images!"

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The little I know about money


A substantial portion of the mortgage crisis that very few are talking about. We mostly like to blame Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for making bad loans to poor or irresponsible people that bit off more than they can chew. It's not always the case. For what it's worth, I have sympathy for the homeowners who can't make their mortgage payments. I have something else for those who refuse to make them. Both types put the economy where it is now. What does it do for credit? Who can lenders trust?

From The Blue Screen. Should have been QOTD:

ESPN rumored to be planning similar "Decision" show with Brett Favre in August. Sponsored by The Waffle House. Betty White to host

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star playlist:

  1. Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On
  2. Rock 'n Roll Soul [Live] - Grand Funk Railroad - Caught In The Act
  3. The Load-Out - Jackson Browne - Running On Empty
  4. Anyone's Daughter - Deep Purple - Fireball
  5. Already Gone - The Eagles - On the Border
Quote of the Day
Just remember this, my girl
When you look up in the sky
You can see the stars and still not see the light
That’s right
The Eagles, Already Gone

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The other day I was at an open house for a duplex in Larchmont Village listed at $465,000. The listing agent ended up with 100 offers and really only considered the ones that were all cash."

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Drive By Truckers


When I first downloaded iTunes, My Sweet Annette by the Drive By Truckers was part of the sample song package. That was my introduction to them. There are a lot of fan videos on YouTube but most of them are pretty awful recordings of live shows. Below is the Drive By Truckers on Halloween Night some years ago. I guess it would be described as a music video of a live performance. It's really good, though. Enjoy.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson got himself a nice, fat contract from the Jets. In last year's Jets-Saints game, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez dropped back to pass in his own end zone. Not only did he hold on to the ball too long, he held it away from his body down low by his hip. Tim Tebow does that, too. I digress. Ferguson was trying to block Will Smith on the play when Smith saw where Sanchez was holding the ball. He didn't have a chance.

9 weeks until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star playlist:

  1. The Real Me - The Who - Quadrophenia [Disc 1]
  2. Lookout Mountain - Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
  3. Day Of The Eagle - Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs
  4. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve And Other Stories
  5. 20th Century Boy - Placebo - Velvet Goldmine
Quote of the Day
Who will end up with my records?
Who will end up with my tapes?
Who's gonna pay my credit card bill?
Who's gonna pay for my mistakes?
Drive By Truckers, Lookout Mountain

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Repair has been superseded by a newer model called Replace. Still, some of us look back warmly on the days of being able to buy every part down to the last washer and micro-gasket individually wrapped in tissue paper; of being up to our elbows in grease; of squeezing our arms down small, hot gaps and singeing skin; of shredding knuckles to the bone when that bolt that just won't move suddenly ... "Aaaargh!""

Small price to pay if you actually broke the bolt loose. If all you did was strip the head ... -Rob

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Alchemy Live - Dire Straits


I've been waiting a long time for Alchemy Live to be released in the US on DVD. I originally saw it on MTV in the 80s and recorded it on VHS. Even though the music and their performance is off-the-charts fantastic, the quality of the broadcast was really bad and my recording of it was even worse. This remastered DVD is crystal clear and a joy to behold. My collection of this concert contains that VHS broadcast recording off of MTV, the vinyl record version, the CD record version, and now, the remastered DVD version. Some day, I'll probably have the Blue Ray version, too. Mark Knopfler is the founder, lead guitarist, songwriter, and lead singer of Dire Straits. He is a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter. He has some incredible long guitar solos on Sultans of Swing, Telegraph Road, and Tunnel of Love. A lot of guitar solos are a little boring because the guitarist wants to show off his techno-wizardry skill on the guitar. Knopfler's solos are musical. I've only had it long enough to skip around to some of my favorite cuts on my PC. Can't wait to see it cranked up in DTS 5.1 surround sound. Not recommending anyone buy it unless they're a fan but I highly recommend that you at least try to rent it. I guarantee a night of great music.

USA v Ghana today in the World Cup --- GEAUX USA

I should be out in the yard this morning but I got too late a start and it's just too darn hot now. Did that in the heat a few weeks ago. On that day, I stayed as hydrated as I could even though I think the water I drank pretty much just sweated right out as I was drinking it, and I still just about fainted from the heat and humidity. I don't think I have ever been that overheated before.

About today's QOTD: That's probably still true. I can say one thing without hesitation, though. There is not a soul in New Orleans or along the Gulf Coast who would trade Drew Brees for either of those great quarterbacks.

75 days until football season ...

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star playlist starting with "S" :

  1. Spirit In the Sky - Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In the Sky
  2. Snowblind - Black Sabbath - Volume IV
  3. Snakeskin Cowboys - Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent
  4. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits - Dire Straits
  5. Speedway At Nazareth - Mark Knopfler - Sailing To Philadelphia
Quote of the Day
But if you took a poll of general managers and asked them to pick the quarterback they'd most want to play with right now, I'd bet Manning and Brady would get the most votes.
Pete Prisco, CBS-Sportsline

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The knockout stage has finally arrived in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the tension starts building higher and higher today, with all of these games being win or go home scenarios. The USA takes on Ghana in their Round of 16 contest, in what should be a great game."

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Black Dog

Saw this a few months ago. The lead guitarist gets a little carried away but I love the arrangement otherwise.

Good night, Gracie.

First things first. Only an idiot would spend over an hour in the stifling Bush heat this morning tying off tomato bushes ... and not finish. He's soaked and more than a little irritated. They reacted to the rain last week like Popeye reacts to spinach. They're starting to get bushy and also starting to outgrow their stakes. I'll be picking soon.


The LSU Tigers barely made the SEC tournament this year after winning a National Championship last season. They were playing OK early in the season but they disintegrated once SEC play got underway. They lost a few important players from last year's squad but everyone thought they had enough talent and experience to make another deep postseason run. They have been a major disappointment. If they get invited to the NCAA tournament, they'll have to hit the road. I suppose anything can happen in baseball once everyone is 0-0 again but the Tigers look more like the team that will go quietly into the good night than one that will make any noise.

We know New Jersey is going to get the Super Bowl in 2014. The commissioner wants it. There are some fans who want it, too. The new home stadium of the Giants and Jets is an open air stadium. There is a potential for really bad weather for the most important game of the season. The few regular readers here know that I prefer perfect conditions. The only thing the teams should have to contend with is their opponent. I want to remember the game for the onside kick, the interception return, the touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone, the hook and trailer play, etc. I don't want to remember it for the weather. During Super Bowl week, the focus should be on football and football only. That game, in particular, should be about football and football only. This is a bad idea.

On a different note and for the record, I have nothing but contempt for Floyd Landis and anyone who gives him a microphone. He's a cheat, a liar, and a gold digger. His image and reputation cannot be restored so he is trying to take down as many people as he can with him. He's a loser. Go away, Floyd.

Inspired by the iTunes Shuffle, the incomparable Alison Krauss & Union Station. I have the DVD this performance is on. I can't recommend it highly enough. Phenomenal musicians, particularly Jerry Douglas on the dobro.

I offer three images from the CrabAppleLane Backyard on a very hot and humid Sunday in Bush, LA and I'm off for a cool shower and lunch.

CrabAppleLane Hydrangeas - May 23, 2010
CrabAppleLane Hydrangeas - May 23, 2010 - Chose this morning to explode

CrabAppleLane Tomato Garden - May 23, 2010
CrabAppleLane Tomato Garden - May 23, 2010 - Cherry tomatoes

CrabAppleLane Tomato Garden - May 23, 2010
CrabAppleLane Tomato Garden - May 23, 2010 - Starting to outgrow the stakes

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Choctaw Hayride - Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live [Disc 1]
  2. Gone, Gone, Gone - Bad Company - Desolation Angels
  3. Locked Within the Crystal Ball - Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage
  4. All Mixed Up - The Cars - The Cars
  5. Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag
Quote of the Day

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "i became a
pro shoplifter

once i realized
unassuming white women


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I'm very sorry to hear about Ronnie James Dio's passing. I was a big fan of Rainbow's early albums. When I heard Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was coming to Baton Rouge as the warmup band for REO Speedwagon, I got tickets immediately. Rainbow only had one album out at the time so I had hopes they might do some Deep Purple material. Deep Purple was my favorite band then. I had seen Purple in 1976 but Blackmore wasn't with them. He had been replaced by Tommy Bolin. FWIW, only in America would Rainbow warm up for REO Speedwagon. It would be the opposite anywhere else. It was a decent, but very short and very small, show. Their giant stage rainbow, seen here in a decent rendition of Kill The King, was not part of the show I saw. My memory of it is they played less than an hour and it was all Rainbow songs. Ritchie Blackmore is going to be the star on any stage he's on, he'll insist, but Ronnie held his own. R.I.P, Ronnie James Dio.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. I Hear Them All - Old Crow Medicine Show - Big Iron World
  2. Ride, Ride, Ride - Foghat - Rock & Roll
  3. Tell Me There's A Heaven - Chris Rea - The Road To Hell
  4. Something - Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker!
  5. Right Next Door To Hell - Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I
Quote of the Day
Something in the air
Tells me to beware, no, no, no
Her love is like a knife
She'll carve away your life, so go, go, go
Rainbow, Tarot Woman

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Blackmore had taken a liking to the band that opened for Deep Purple on their last few tours, a crew from Buffalo, NY called Elf, so he promptly took it upon himself to fire their guitarist and absorb the rest of the band as his own, including now legendary (but then unknown) vocalist Ronnie James Dio---thus, Rainbow was born. Living in the age of gay pride that we do, it’s difficult to contemplate a heavy metal band deciding to call themselves “Rainbow” (shit, even “Rainbow From HELL” for that matter), but back then it was an apt name, both due to the rocker bar in LA from which they took inspiration, but also because, in ’76, kids were still ingesting a lot of acid and seeing rainbows all over the place."

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Evolutionary music

The QOTD and this entry are both inspired by today's iTunes shuffle. I find it quite amazing that a little puff, "Top 40" band like The Yardbirds was the primordial ooze from which sprang rockers Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and the monster rock band that replaced The Beatles at the top of the charts, Led Zeppelin. To be fair about the puff part, the Yardbirds were never quite as popular in America as they were in the UK, where they were seen on television all the time and were considered pioneers.

The linked YouTube video shows a very young Jeff Beck on lead guitar for one of their biggest hits. YouTube has a pretty good collection of Yardbirds videos if you want to get lost for a while and it includes a rendition of Dazed and Confused, a song Led Zeppelin later recorded and turned into a classic, although one I was never all that fond of. When it comes to early Zep, I'm more of a "How Many More Times" kind of fan. For what it's worth, Physical Graffiti and Led Zeppelin 1 are the two albums that define them for me but I don't ever need to hear Dazed and Confused or Kashmir again.

5 song iTune shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist today:

  1. Megalomania - Black Sabbath - Sabotage (Remaster)
  2. Day Of The Eagle - Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs
  3. Rock The Nation - Montrose - Montrose
  4. For Your Love - The Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul And Other Hits
  5. Warrior - Wishbone Ash - Live Dates [Disc 1]
Quote of the Day
To thrill you with delight
I'll give you diamonds bright
There'll be things that will excite
To make you dream of me at night
The Yardbirds, For Your Love

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Yardbirds unfortunately soon disintegrated once they could no longer attain commercial success. Relf and McCarthy formed Together and then the excellent Renaissance."

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What contingency?


I'm not understanding the safety precautions at work in the oil industry. I'm not understanding why a contingency for an oil leak, which is not unheard of, takes so long to implement. If your house was on fire and it took the fire department two weeks to get to you ...

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Native Stepson - Sonny Landreth - South Of I-10
  2. The Glory Of Love - Bette Midler - Beaches
  3. The Last Day On Earth - Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals
  4. Where Are You Tonight - Mark Knopfler & Dave Edmunds - The Booze Brothers By Brewers Droop
  5. Wind Up - Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Quote of the Day
I'd rather look around me
Compose a better song
'Cos that's the honest measure of my worth
In your pomp and all your glory
You're a poorer man than me
As you pick the fruits of death
Borne out of fear

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The swedish magazine "Beatlesnytt" ("Beatles-news") has a tradition for making "clever" covers and the current issue is no exception, being a parody of the World Records album boxed set from the early eighties."

I just love that the Swedes have a magazine devoted to news from a band that has been gone for 38 years. WOW. Did I just really write 38? -Rob

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Saturday Stuff - February 27, 2010


Incredible earthquake disaster in Chile today. Hopefully, people around the world aren't too catastrophe-weary to help.

Team USA versus Team Canada in men's hockey tomorrow for the gold medal. I'm not a big fan of the Olympics any more but I will try to catch that. Caught a bit of a women's curling event the other day in my office lunch room because it was on and someone there before me had the controls. I have no idea what that sport is about or who was doing well but it was kinda fun to watch. I'll also add my two cents to what's been said about the Canadian women's hockey team celebrating their gold medal in hockey. Lighten up, folks. It was neither offensive nor excessive. For more and better, go here and here. One other thing from me: Congratulations, ladies.

The You're So Vain mystery never held much interest for me. It wasn't that long ago that I thought it was nothing more than a song on the radio. All music is about someone or something, maybe real, maybe not, I suppose, but if I'm still listening to it many years later, it's usually not that important to me any more. How many people still think of the casino fire in Montreux when they hear Smoke on the Water? How many people ever thought of it or knew it was about a real event?

This is going to be the slowest offseason ever in the NFL. There are fewer than usual free agents of interest this year to begin with but having no collective bargaining agreement in place means teams are going to be a little more cautious than normal regarding them. The top four teams from last year, the Saints, Vikings, Colts, and Jets are having caution forced upon them. I don't expect much movement. Because I'm a fantasy football player, I always have an interest in what's going on with running backs. In today's NFL, free agent running backs are like used cars. The more mileage they have on them, the less interest they command. Chester Taylor and Darren Sproles, who are backups on their current teams, will undoubtedly generate more free agent interest than Ladainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook, and Jamal Lewis, who were all starters for most of their careers. Tomlinson declared the other day that he could play four more years. Unless he learns and becomes very good at another position, he's wrong but that's moot anyway. He'll never get that chance. Oh, and one other thing about defensive end Julius Peppers: He'll be asking for $15-$20 million per year from potential suitors. General Manager Rob wouldn't go near him for that kind of money. For one thing, that's top quarterback money. A top defensive end will never have the same impact on a team or a game that a top quarterback will have. For another, Peppers piles up the majority of his stats against 2 or 3 opponents, all outside of his division, that are good matchups for him. He disappears the rest of the time. He can be handled effectively without any special attention and that's entirely too much money for a player as inconsistent and unmotivated as him. Pass.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Terminal Frost - Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
  2. Part 2:So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star - Nazareth - Close Enough For Rock 'N' Roll
  3. Iron Man - Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll
  4. Tuesday Afternoon - The Moody Blues - Moody Blues Greatest Hits
  5. Hocus Pocus - Focus - Rock Of The 70's
Quote of the Day
Maybe he should invite Brees to Indy to serve as his personal representative. Well ... on second thought ... maybe having Brees in Indianapolis while the Super Bowl wounds are fresh isn't the best of ideas.
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Slovakia defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, a former King, took his country's semifinal loss to Canada on Friday stoically."

A little Thursday music - January 14, 2010

The slide guitarist wearing glasses is Louisiana treasure, Sonny Landreth. Below is a fun version of an old blues classic that I stumbled across while looking for a live version of Landreth's Creole Angel. Sonny is finally receiving a little recognition but he's still largely the best guitarist no one ever heard of. Enjoy.

Sorry, Saints -- you're the weekend's lone upset

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Saints rated as the 8th best team of the 8 playoff teams:

8) New Orleans -- Any way you cut it, three straight losses to enter the playoffs is your textbook case of reverse momentum. Time to get it cranked back up in the Superdome, but can the Saints do it?

Not getting much love from CBS-Sportsline, either.

Unless there's a late comeback, it looks to me like the Saints are going to lose the opinion game. Damn. Maybe I'll go to the movies Saturday afternoon. Yeah, right.

GEAUX Saints

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Don't Shoot Shotgun 4:27 Def Leppard Hysteria
  2. A Gypsy's Kiss 5:14 Deep Purple Perfect Strangers [Bonus Track]
  3. Daylight Katy 4:20 Gordon Lightfoot Complete Greatest Hits
  4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 3:50 Carole King Tapestry
  5. Creole Angel 4:16 Sonny Landreth South Of I-10
Quote of the Day
Bottle rocket combo
Got a corner on the crowd
Under her old balcony
Above a bar called
The Black Cat Prowl
Sonny Landreth, Creole Angel

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician. His blues slide guitar playing is distinctive and unlike anything else you've ever heard."

Wednesday Nonsense - January 13, 2010


A FlickR friend added one of my photos to his gallery, "Pubs that have been locals of mine". The Columbia Street Tap Room fits a lot of categories. Pub works as does tavern as does bar and grill as does honky tonk.

Lane Kiffin leaves Tennessee holding an empty bag ... and the Vols are better off. I'd feel for Tennessee fans a little more if they hadn't unceremoniously dumped the previous head coach, Phillip Fulmer, who did want to stay. Tennessee will be fine. That's a terrific job. Great candidates will be lining up this morning.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Howlin' Moon 5:20 Sonny Landreth From The Reach
  2. Faith, Hope And Love 5:55 Wishbone Ash Bona Fide
  3. Budget Meeting 9:43 Hans Zimmer King Arthur Soundtrack
  4. Vicki 2:24 Nazareth Close Enough For Rock 'N' Roll
  5. Highway Star 6:29 Deep Purple Machine Head (Roger Glover Remixes) [Disc 2]
Quote of the Day
And when your looks are gone and you're alone
How many nights you sit beside the phone
What were those things you wanted for yourself
Teenage ambitions you remember well
Asia, Heat of the Moment

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Because you'll have "unfaithful" written all over your face and not even have a song to explain yourself."

So we saw Sherlock Holmes yesterday. My hope is this film is merely the setup for the next one because that's pretty much all it seemed to be. Director Guy Ritchie was introducing us to Sherlock Holmes and his world as Guy Ritchie sees it or wants it to be. There were two stories running throughout ... one for this movie, one for the next. The one for this film was only barely discernible amongst the stuff being thrown at us. The one for the next film was tantalizing and mysterious. Robert Downey Jr's Holmes is as physical as he is cerebral but we knew that from the trailer and Ritchie's turn-of-the-century London is industrious, gritty, and very dusty. This movie was only OK, a little too frenetic to suit me at times, but introductions are now out of the way and the next installment, assuming there will be one, will determine if Sherlock Holmes is the blockbuster franchise it should be.

Pictured below is an album cover that contains a bootleg album I spent about $5.99 on in 1975 or 1976. That was about $1 more than the record store charged for their regular albums. I blogged about this album a few months ago. I just finally got my USB turntable hooked up where it's usable. More on that another day. Hearing the jabber on this album now some 30+ years later is the only thing I like about it. Click on it to hear it. Bootlegs were ripoffs even in 1976 but more for the consumer than the artist. There's about 30 seconds of music in this clip. The recording quality is not very good. It was probably done by someone who sneaked in an old time cassette recorder. Added to that quality issue is the normal quality issue of a 30+ year old album that's been moved around more than a few times. If you don't recognize the hissing and popping of a vinyl album that's been mostly sitting around, then you're just too young and I envy you a little. :)

The Saints are playing for the top seed in the NFC playoffs today. They're at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and are 15pt favorites. I'd like to see them win the game this afternoon like they're 15pt favorites. It would give them a chance to start gearing up for the playoffs in three weeks. They'll be able to rest people who need rest, work people who need work, and give some of their banged-up starters a chance to heal.

GEAUX Saints

I offer one today from the CrabAppleLane backyard. We're gritty and dusty here today, too, and the birds are industrious.

CrabAppleLane Chipping Sparrows - December 27, 2009
CrabAppleLane Chipping Sparrows - December 27, 2009

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Whole Lotta Love 5:34 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
  2. Scotch & Chocolate 3:08 Nickel Creek Why Should The Fire Die?
  3. Under The Boardwalk 4:18 Bette Midler Beaches
  4. Sunny Cellophane Skies 2:43 Status Quo STATUS QUO The Collection
  5. At The Dance 3:33 Various Artists Closer You Get, The - Soundtrack
Quote of the Day
You've been learnin'
Baby, I been learnin'
All them good times, baby, baby
I've been yearn, yearnin'
Way, way down inside
Honey, you need I
I'm gonna give you my love
I'm gonna give you my love
Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Love

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "So, I found out yesterday afternoon that a whole bunch of new people are discovering this site on a regular basis. Understand when I tell you that there was an annoying amount of "Whoop Whooping" when I heard. Sometimes it can feel like one is simply pressing the publish button and sending stuff out into the ether and in actual fact NOBODY knows it's out there and NO ONE is reading."

I know that feeling very well. -Rob

Wednesday Whatnot - December 23, 2009


The New Yorker gives me reviews of the two movies I want to see most this week, Avatar 3D and Sherlock Holmes, and also a rather funny cartoon that has some relevance at CrabAppleLane. My wife hates sporks. It is a running joke here because just about every takeout meal I pickup includes them.

From Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News:

The Cowboys did more than remove December doubts while raising red flags about New Orleans. They established that they will be the only team in the NFC playoffs - if they get there - that knows it can win in New Orleans or Minnesota.

Got all that from a single 7pt win, did ya? Just last week, you were calling for the head coach's job. All of the 13 previous weeks' ups and downs that team endured is now erased? The five losses and some of their fairly weak wins told you nothing? The Cowboys played their best game of the season and the Saints played one of their worst. There will be adjustments made. All of the potential playoff teams in the NFC have issues, including the Cowboys (The biggest issue they have at the moment is that they may not even make the playoffs). When healthy, I think the Saints have the fewest. It was a good win for the Cowboys but it is just one. There's more football to be played.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Tea for the Tillerman 1:01 Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman
  2. Life's Like A River 3:52 Scorpions In Trance
  3. A Place Where We Used To Live 4:34 Mark Knopfler The Ragpicker's Dream
  4. A Great Day For Freedom 4:18 Pink Floyd The Division Bell
  5. Animate 6:03 Rush Counterparts
Quote of the Day
There used to be a little school here
Where I learned to write my name
But time has been a little cruel here
Time has no shame
Mark Knopfler, A Place Where We Used To Live

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "One of my favorite Okkervil River songs, I always save "Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas" for December, as Will Sheff so perfectly captures the emotional undercurrent of the season. Melancholic? Yes. Smart? Indeed."

TSO, New Orleans, and a little more

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After an outstanding dinner at Liuzza's on a cold and rainy night in New Orleans, we went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the New Orleans Arena.

First, Liuzza's: Patsy had a shrimp remoulade po-boy that she is still raving about this morning. I had a very messy, quite delicious roast beef po-boy. Pure heaven. I miss New Orleans food, particularly the po-boys, and especially Liuzza's. What we get on the NorthShore just isn't the same.

About TSO: We've seen them three years in a row now. I can't say that they get better every year but they surely get bigger every year. This is an enormous production. Love the HD flat screens but could probably do without the flames and the blinding lights and maybe they could cut down on the narration and chit chat a little. Would also like to see them do a better job getting the music mixes right (Leads a little more in the foreground, singer's microphone turned down a little, etc). It was still a great show. We had decent seats last night except for having a stairway between us and the stage. The audience's constant traipsing back and forth on the stairs blocked our view too much of the night to suit me. My sister had better seats in the same section. The stairs were behind her in relation to the stage. It was all Christmas music and Night Castle music this year. No covers, no special guests. Catch them if you can.

Tidbit: New Orleans needs a better concert venue, one that is big enough to attract the good shows but not so big that it swallows them (SuperDome), one that is also built for great sound and where all of the seats face the stage.

Tidbit: Speaking of New Orleans and today's QOTD, ESPN's Wright Thompson wrote a lovely tribute to New Orleans and the Saints. Fabulous read.

Tidbit: Laugh of the day for NFL fans comes courtesy of Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The Cowboys are the league's top TV draw, so the NFL schedules good opponents for Dallas in December.

The NFL schedule burdened the Cowboys with the Chargers, Saints, Redskins, and Eagles this year for their last four games. The Chargers, Redskins, and Saints were all 8-8 last year and the Eagles were 9-6-1. The NFL couldn't have been neutral? I know, I know. Neutral is anti-Cowboys, too.

Tidbit: For all of their own missteps and considerable political opposition, the greens still have one overpowering argument. They should stick to it.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. A Rush Of Blood To The Head 5:51 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  2. Everlasting Cocksucker 5:14 Marilyn Manson Smells Like Children
  3. Pinion 1:03 Nine Inch Nails Broken
  4. I'm Not The Man 3:46 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged
  5. Suicide Solution 4:20 Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard Of Ozz
Quote of the Day
The soul of New Orleans is in a trumpet and a low-ceilinged bar. It's in the free red beans in the back. It's in the art hanging near the food that has two dogs howling at a New Orleans Saints moon. It's in the voice of Kermit Ruffins, two hours into his standing Thursday night gig at a packed club hidden in the neighborhood behind the French Quarter, the place weathered and peeling like the side of a workingman's boat.
Wright Thompson,

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "At 8-5 the Cowboys are in serious trouble."

I'm just not getting all of the doom and gloom coming out of Dallas about the Cowboys. Their fate is in their hands. What more could a fan ask for? -Rob


Wandering around on YouTube, looking for something else, I stumbled upon a fabulous live rendition of Foghat performing Drivin' Wheel. Foghat came over in the British Invasion (Wikipedia describes it as the period from 1964-1966 but I think it's more like 1964-1973) and Drivin' Wheel is one of my faves of theirs. Lead singer, Lonesome Dave, died of cancer in 2000. The video says it's from a concert some 4 months before he succumbed to it. He looks very gaunt in this although the man could still rock. Lead guitarist, Rod Price, not in the video although the lead guitarist does look quite a bit like him, died of a heart attack some years later. I miss them. I went to many rock concerts at The Warehouse and Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans. Foghat were regulars at the Warehouse but they played the Auditorium at least once because I remember sitting in the balcony when they played Drivin' Wheel. I don't know how many times I saw them overall but it was surely more than I saw any other British rock band. They were always, always a good time. Go Foghat.

About former Saints first round pick, Ricky Williams: It appears old Ricky still has some life in his legs. He had a whale of a game last night. Hard to believe he came out the same year as the now washed-up Edgerrin James and a year before the now washed-up Deuce McAllister. Actually, Deuce and Edge were washed up last year or even the year before. I know Ricky hasn't played the whole time and the hits haven't accumulated as much on him as those two but he's still running very well at 32. Good for him. The Saints gave up a lot when they traded for him but got a lot in return when they traded him away. His slate is clean with me and I wish him well.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Maggie May 5:45 Rod Stewart Unplugged... And Seated (LIVE)
  2. I Dont Want To Go On Without You (Alternate Edit) 3:24 Nazareth Play 'N' The Game
  3. A Hole To Hide In 4:06 Foghat Foghat
  4. Tennessee Pusher 5:31 Old Crow Medicine Show Tennessee Pusher
  5. Mother And Son 0:41 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Night Castle (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)
Quote of the Day
Powerful love, steady roll, move my body and it rocked my soul
Let me ride, let me slide, got that lovin' feelin', way down inside
Foghat, Drivin' Wheel

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The collection, which was originally issued in 1989, includes all of FOGHAT's hits and rock radio standards, including such anthems as "Slow Ride," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Fool for the City," "Drivin' Wheel," and "Ride, Ride, Ride," among others."

Wednesday Nonsense - November 18, 2009


I agree with the New York Daily News. There's NO CRYING IN FOOTBALL. Rex Ryan is living, breathing testament to the old adage that the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. His dad, Buddy, was a loudmouth braggart and a pretty decent defensive coordinator but a lousy head coach. Rex is stepping into that tradition quite nicely but I don't think Buddy would have cried in a player's meeting. They're in new territory now. Jets fans are beside themselves. Some say he should Man Up. Others want everyone to leave him alone. If I gave much of a rat's a$$, you'd have to put me squarely in the first category. As Craig Ferguson would say, "What a douche".

PSA for new drivers to Louisiana: Yield signs and Stop signs are reversed here. We stop at Yield signs and we slow down and roll through Stop signs. Get with the program or move along. Actually, move along either way. I'd rather the signs were observed properly.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. Things I'd Like To Say 2:22 New Colony Six Rock 'n Roll Relix 1968-1969
  2. Sweet Wine Of Love 2:56 Robin Trower Essential
  3. Black Sabbath 6:21 Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll
  4. Bella Linda (Single Version) 2:59 The Grass Roots 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Grass Roots
  5. Die Hard The Hunter 6:16 Def Leppard Pyromania

About today's QOTD: I was never her biggest fan but I have always loved that song and she always gave her audience their money's worth. I don't think she sang anything the same way twice and that was in the days of rampant lip-synching on TV. I never saw her do it. On stage, she was always live and always on. There is no one like her today.

Quote of the Day
You say that it's over, baby, no
You say that it's over now
But still you hang around me, come on
Won't you move over
Janis Joplin, Move Over

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "And the Buccaneers just didn't have enough to go around. Not enough playmakers. Not enough experience. You can point the finger at the offense, the defense, the coaches or at the officiating, but the fact remains: When the game was on the line, the Bucs simply didn't get it done."

I'm expecting a charged-up Bucs team Sunday at home against the Saints and a very physical game. -Rob

Very tough game for the Saints today in the SuperDome. Carolina has been their nemesis pretty much since they've been in the NFL. Jake Delhomme very generously throws interceptions to just about everyone ... except the Saints. This game will give me a better barometer of where they are than any game they've played so far. The formula hasn't changed here in several years. If they take care of the ball, they'll take care of the Panthers. One more thing:

GEAUX Saints

On the upcoming 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, I am reminded of their silly decision to change probably their most beloved character, Cookie Monster. Don't do that again.

My ambivalence to capital punishment stems from A) because of appeals, it is probably cheaper to keep people in jail for the rest of their lives than it is to execute and I think life imprisonment is strong punishment and B) this guy. I just do not care one way or the other.

Premiering a new CrabAppleLane Blog daily feature this morning.

5 song iTune shuffle for November 8, 2009:

  1. Scotch & Chocolate 3:08 Nickel Creek Why Should The Fire Die? Country 1

  2. Before The Beginning 3:26 Fleetwood Mac Then Play On Blues

  3. Hey You 4:39 Pink Floyd Pulse [Live] [Disc 1] Rock

  4. Lazy 7:23 Deep Purple Machine Head 25th Anniversary Edition [Disc 2] Rock

  5. I'm So Excited 5:39 The Pointer Sisters Working Girl Soundtrack

Speaking of iTunes, below is the most-played song in my iTunes library. It's a song by former U.S. Marine, Elijah Bossenbroek. I like a lot of his stuff but this one is my favorite. It's called The Calm Before. Enjoy.

About today's QOTD: Yes.

We bought or were given a bird feeder about a year after we moved in. It was painted nicely and said "Seed for a song" on the sides. It was similar to the one pictured only it was built by a much better carpenter than I, the worst carpenter you know. It quickly became the CrabAppleLane backyard birds' favorite. They seem to like the openness of it. That first one was repaired several times before it gave way to the second feeder for this location, one very similar to this one because it was also built by me. That one was also repaired several times before I decided on this third one. I cobbled this one together this morning in about 30 minutes in my garage. It looks it but I don't think the birds will mind one bit.

CrabAppleLane Bird Feeder - November 8, 2009
CrabAppleLane Bird Feeder - November 8, 2009

Quote of the Day
The Cowboys stand for everything that's wrong with the NFL.
John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens Head Coach

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "While the UK initially appeared to have been ignored - its homepage featured Wallace and Gromit celebrating their 20th birthday instead - it has now been brought in from the cold, with a doodle of the Cookie Monster having apparently taken a bite out of a Google logo. (Made out of cookies, naturally.)"

New, old stuff

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Not an authority on him but I'm very surprised I had never seen this. WOW. Damn, Jimi.

Get Lucky - September 19, 2009


Mark Knopfler's Get Lucky arrived here yesterday. Except for the bluesy, jazzy third track You Can't Beat The House, this release has a great Celtic flavor to it. I'm particularly fond of the last track, Piper To The End. It reminds me a great deal of his music from Local Hero. I hope to have a listen on the living room stereo this afternoon. The computer speakers and the truck stereo both do a decent job but this CD deserves better. After one pass-through, I'm pretty excited about what I've heard. I hope three or four of the songs from this CD find their way into his live show permanently. It's one of his best.

For my friend, Dave, and ALL of my Minnesota cousins:


About today's QOTD: Some day, I might understand why sportswriters still bother to talk to football coaches.

Quote of the Day
If Kevin starts the game, then he's our quarterback.
Marty Mornhinweg, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "He may have lost interest in pop songwriting, but Knopfler's muse hasn't abandoned him. Always one of rock's sharper yarn-spinners, he's deepened and refined his storytelling since kicking off his solo career with 1996's Golden Heart; as he's drained his arrangements of what little flash they ever had, he's introduced his listeners to an ever-more interesting cast of characters, training his focus on everyone from McDonald's founder Ray Kroc to an organ grinder along the way."


The article in The Guardian has too many delicious elements not to comment on it. First, you have a rock concert tour sponsored by, promoted by, and financed by Guinness Beer. I think the Black Eyed Peas are rockers. I'm not even sure. Then, you have a tour stop where you're not allowed to sell or promote your product where the overwhelming majority of the population is not allowed by law to consume it anyway. Then, you have a country forbidding the concert to be attended by the majority of the population on religious grounds but then deciding it will be OK because they need/want the money. And, finally, you have the lady lumps. No story is complete without lady lumps, I say.

2 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
The Malaysian government seem to have rediscovered its affection for Black Eyed Peas, reversing a ban on Muslims attending the group's forthcoming concert. Officials did not give the reason for their change of heart.
Sean Michaels, The Guardian

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The Black Eyed Peas will be performing a FREE show as part of the NFL Kickoff celebration in Pittsburgh, PA Thursday Sept 10th, 2009 in Point State Park!"

A Little Friday Music

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Interesting to see that Robert Plant won five Grammy Awards with Alison Krauss. He only won one with Led Zeppelin and that was a "Lifetime Achievement" award. The Grammy Awards and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are both a big joke. Speaking of Plant and Krauss, one of their concerts was broadcast not long ago with interviews of the two interspersed throughout. They covered some Led Zeppelin tunes and some tunes Krauss did with Union Station along with songs off of their record together. Just fantastic even though I thought the lead guitarist tried a little too hard.

QOTD inspired by The Nightfly. FWIW, I have five versions of Romeo and Juliet in my iTunes library. It is on Making Movies, Alchemy, On The Night, Real Live Roadrunning, and I also have a live version from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville that I downloaded. The last one is my favorite. When I saw him, he played it on that famous National Steel Guitar shown on the Brothers In Arms Album Cover. It's his signature song now. He plays it at every show.

13 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
And I can't do the talk
Like they talking on the tv
And I can't do a love song
Like the way it's meant to be
I can't do everything
But I'll do anything for you
And I can't do anything
Except be in love with you
Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, Romeo and Juliet

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Two million people watched the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. And then, a lot of them ran out and bought music immediately afterward."

Woodstock - Revisited - August 17, 2009


Woodstock turned 40 this past week. I was 12 and had been to a few concerts but, even then, I didn't much care for outdoor concerts. Still don't. The long lines, the inadequate facilities, the heat, the rain, the terrible sound, the high ticket price ($8 per day), and only a handful of bands that I'd want to see all add up to Woodstock not being my cup of tea. About the bands: Alvin Lee, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, yes. Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, and The Grateful Dead, not so much. Also, $8 doesn't seem like much but most outdoor concerts then were free. I was paying $2 for concert tickets to see two or three bands at The Warehouse in the early 70s. Unlike most of the attendees, I would have had to have a ticket. I would have never climbed a fence or crashed a gate. Besides, 4 or 5 hours of loud rock music, with 30-40 minutes between acts, is pretty much my limit. All day for $8 is no bargain. Pretty good movie and album, though. :)

24 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock n roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try and get my soul free
Joni Mitchell, Woodstock

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "40 Anos do Woodstock"

Some famous pictures from Woodstock. Nice to see again. -Rob

Tuesday Tidbits - August 4, 2009

The New York Times talks about "When Auto Plants Close". Communities have ordinances against residential blight. I don't know why it shouldn't apply to commercial property. If the owners are not maintaining the building, the windows are broken and the weeds are overgrown, and it's becoming a hazard and eyesore, clean it up or demolish it if it's been unoccupied too long and charge the owner or add it to his tax bill. If the owner can't or won't pay it, it goes to into the courthouse records where it will be paid at point of sale by the buyer or seller ... with interest. If the bill is still unresolved over a period of time, seize it. Not particularly business-friendly, I know, but blight is not community-friendly.

It Might Get Loud is due out in theaters August 27. IMDb describes it as "A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White." Pretty sure those aren't the three I would have chosen but I'm not going to quibble about that. The trailer has been out on TV for about a week now. Despite the cool title, this film looks like a typical low-key documentary. I don't think it will have much of a theater run.

About today's QOTD: Knothole gangs are one of the most endearing legacies of baseball's rich history. What a lovely way to pay tribute.

37 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
In loving memory of my mother, who loved to watch from her seat with the Knothole Gang at Sportsman's Park.
Jeanne Timmermann, Stan Musial's Page's Sponsor

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Upon its Spring release I read a less than flattering review of the Emmylou Harris/Mark Knopfler duets album All The Roadrunning. If I could remember the source of the review I would link it here for your perusal. Thank ye gods I listened my gut and not the critic, as it's about as good an album as I expected it to be."

Mark Knopfler's Get Lucky is set to be released September 15. At one time, it was not unusual for artists to release an album of original material almost every year. Led Zeppelin released 7 albums from 1968 to 1977 and were pretty much done. Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, The Who, Rolling Stones, and Dire Straits, Knopfler's former band, did pretty much the same during their heyday. Very few artists, if any, are still doing that these days but Knopfler is putting them out about every other year and that's fine by his fans. We don't have to wait 4-5-6+ years for new offerings. I put it on order Friday. I don't need to hear any samples from his CDs before purchasing. He hasn't disappointed yet.

Went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday afternoon. Matinee tickets were $7/ea + $3 service charge for online purchase. We get the Number 2 concession special, which is a bucket of popcorn and two large drinks. With tax, that was $16+. A matinee for two with concessions used to be about $10. We're out $33 before we sit down these days. Enough of that. The first movie wasn't as good as its book counterpart. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th movies were actually better than their books in my opinion. Spoiler info below the jump. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is next, will be in two parts, and will have to be unbelievable to live up to the expectations it has.

We get free samples of various products in the mail. They come to us unsolicited. One of the more common samples we get is deodorant. I don't know what they're trying to tell me but I will tell my four readers here that I have that part of my life covered. I don't mind giving these products a whirl on nights or weekends when I'm not working. There are some on the market that burn my armpits but only about an hour after the application. That's about how long it takes to fully absorb. It's unpleasant when that happens and I don't ever want to experience that reaction when I'm stuck at work where I'd have limited options to deal with it. Anyway, I received a sample of Degree Men Cool Rush in the mail a couple of weeks ago and I've been using it at night and on weekends. I really like it and Patsy really likes it. They have a new customer. Score one for junk mail.

A couple of fights broke out yesterday, Day 2, at Saints training camp. It's hot, it's physical, and those guys are competing for jobs that pay very well. Fights are expected but it usually takes a little longer than two days. Three, at least.

About today's QOTD: It reminded me of Kem's lovely tribute to The C. F. Martin Guitar Company.

I offer one from the yard on this rainy CrabAppleLane Sunday.

CrabAppleLane Sunday - August 2, 2009
CrabAppleLane Sunday - August 2, 2009 - ½" of rain

39 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
One day there was this Fender Stratocaster in the window, and it was just a thing of magic. It was literally nose to the window. I think I was still in short trousers, and that's it, a little boy coming home from school, being completely fascinated by it. I still cross the road now to look into a guitar shop.
Mark Knopfler

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Get ready for the last of Harry Potter."

I link to my blogger friend, Fi, quite a bit. She resides in New Zealand with her other harf and Miss 8.8, their lovely daughter. I wonder why "Zealand" doesn't pass my spellchecker. Well, didn't. Her musings and picturesque images from the gorgeous New Zealand countryside are always delightful.

I also link to the New Zealand Herald, which is my favorite non-US newspaper, because it has articles like this one ... from tomorrow. :)

Also from New Zealand, the Mutton Birds are a band that never quite made it. Not sure why. They do a rousing rendition of Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper for the soundtrack of the movie, The Frighteners. The video below is one of their original songs. It's called A Thing Well Made. Very unusual on many levels. I like it a lot.

And, finally, another connection between a blogger friend and New Zealand. Check out What's A Delmer Look Like? from Friday. Never heard of All Left Out either but I like the YouTube clip posted there. I hope they make it. They're living the rock n roll dream, paying their dues touring America in a van.

New Zealand is high on my list of places to visit when I retire or hit the Powerball.

And, now, for something completely different: No baseball to watch today. LSU took care of Rice yesterday and the Tigers are heading to Omaha. They'll play the winner of today's rubber game between Virginia and Ole Miss. They know nothing about Virginia but they are familiar with the very tough Rebels. They won two of three from Ole Miss at the Box earlier this year, which means absolutely nothing now. It goes without saying that Omaha is pleased with LSU's presence in the tournament. The Tiger faithful will be there in force pouring money into local coffers. Tiger fans will outnumber the rest. They always do.

Today's QOTD describes the scene yesterday when Rice's Anthony Rendon went down with an injury. I mentioned him yesterday, which was his 19th birthday. I'm sure he'll never forget it. He's a terrific kid. He came back out to the dugout on crutches with his ankle heavily bandaged and cheered his team on. The constant smile on his face didn't go away even then. Get well soon, Anthony. I'm delighted I got to see you play.

I offer one from the CrabAppleLane back deck on this glorious Sunday.

CrabAppleLane Tomatoes - June 7, 2009
CrabAppleLane Tomatoes - June 7, 2009
I guess you'd call these vine-ripened tomatoes. They fell off of the bush on their own. They're a variety of tomatoes called Celebrity. They're what's for dinner.

Quote of the Day
The Owls were dealt a huge blow in the top of the second. National Freshman of the Year Anthony Rendon was injured chasing down a foul on the left side. He got tangled up with shortstop Rick Hague who was also attempting to make a play on the ball. The two Owls collided and Rendon went down. He had to be carried off the field by teammates Mark Haynes and Andrew Benak.
Houston Chronicle

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Tomato Kurma"

Looks good but I have no idea what some of those ingredients are or what flavor they add. -Rob

Procrastination has its place


I've spent the better part of the morning procrastinating from yardwork because it is HOT outside. It's humid, too. Besides the discomfort, those conditions tend to make the insects active. CrabAppleLane has way more than its share of insects.

A tip of the cap to the Mississippi State Bulldogs for a great win last night against second-ranked LSU. They have a young team and have eben eliminated from the postseason but they're giving everything against LSU. The Tigers, also very young, have only one thing on their mind. Staying in the top eight so they can get a home regional and beyond that, a home super-regional if they advance. They need to win today and win a game or two next week in the SEC tournament to assure themselves of it.

Speaking of procrastination, I don't know what made me look for Chris Rea at YouTube (Your ultimate procrastination destination) but I'm kinda glad I did. I have the CD but the live performance has a really good feel to it. Enjoy.

117 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
This aint no technological breakdown
Oh no
This is the road to Hell
Chris Rea, Road to Hell

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "13. LSU"

Watch them this year. -Rob

Stolen goods

So EBay is selling stolen goods and I don't think that surprises anyone. So do pawn shops and probably more than a few mainstream businesses. What bothers Carl Mortished of the London Times about EBay is basically the same thing that bothers the RIAA and the MPAA about the illegal sale of their products. Basically, they're too good at it. Or, as he puts it:

It is too efficient a conduit.

Well, yeah.

152 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
Call in the airstrike
Tell them to make the drop
And now she ate a cycle
No one but you can stop
Would it be fair to say that you're in love with love?
And is that enough?
Earlimart, Happy Alone

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Earlimart frontman Aaron Espinoza flinches a bit when you ask about "Mentor Tormentor," the title of the band's
fifth album, as if you were going to slap his hand with a ruler for the rhyme and wordplay.

Fantastic album. -Rob

Live at the Paradiso

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Live filmed two of their concerts at the Paradiso in Amsterdam last summer and released the pictured DVD recently. Just before release, DirecTV ran a one-hour excerpt of it. I have it recorded. Live's biggest, most successful album is 1994's Throwing Copper and a good bit of their live show still comes from that album. For that reason, the critics don't think much of the show. A sample of several I read about it. Music critics seem to be stuck on freshness even when it comes to a concert album. From Grierson's review:

As an overview of Live's greatest hits, Live at the Paradiso is certainly a fond thank you to the faithful who have stuck by them during their recent lean years, but the mild material won't win over any new converts.

There are people in attendance at these things. Some of those people have never seen them perform. They usually pay a lot of money for tickets. It's OK to play new music for them but you have to play some of the songs they came to hear. Live delivers on that count. This is a great show. Lightning Crashes is still their best song but Dolphin's Cry, All Over You, Selling the Drama, Overcome, and a rousing rendition of Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line are also included. Besides, Grierson is wrong. I didn't find the material mild at all and I'm a new fan. This DVD will be added to my collection soon so I can delete the recording on my DVR.

Another note about that concert footage: I'm still struck by the difference in American and European concert crowds. The Europeans participate much more than Americans do.

Quote of the Day
Their slogan was "vote yes on Amendment 1 to keep men out of women's restrooms."
Megan Rolland,

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "On my first day, I am going to wear a three colored clown wig. For shoes, I have a lovely pair of snake skin hip boots. I also have a kilt; made from an old shower curtain (it still has the hanging hooks.) My shirt will be lime green and in bold letters say "Evan Williams for President.""

Been alternating between transferring files from the old PC to the new one and importing CDs into the iTunes library. One task is much more fun than the other. Naturally, I've been listening to some of that music during the import process. When I get new music, I listen to it for a while, and then go back to my regular rotation until I get some more new music, and then the cycle repeats. It's been fun to hear again some of those that I listened to for a while and then put on the stack. There will be some new mix CDs to come out of this.

About today's QOTD: I don't know how far along I am in adding music to the library. I haven't touched the wife's collection, I postponed a few CDs, and I still have a long way to go with mine. I don't profess to have a large collection like Kim, Andrea, or Michele but mine is surely larger than most. Right now, you could play my collection for a little over a week without hearing the same song twice. I'm thinking it will be over two weeks once I'm finished importing.

I offer a scan on this CrabAppleLane Sunday:

Duncan and Nikki - July 1984
Duncan and Nikki - July 1984
Both born on May 17. Duncan in 1982, Nikki in 1984. Nikki adored Duncan and loved, loved, loved to play. This may have been the day we brought Nikki home but I'm not certain of that.

When we went to pick him up, the breeder had different colored collars on all of the puppies. The red, green, blue, and orange collared puppies came to the front of the kennel and wanted desperately for us to pick them up. The one with the yellow collar had gotten out and received a newspaper swat. He had his back to us and the saddest eyes you ever saw. His eyes twinkled as soon as Patsy talked to him and he just had to come home with us.

Quote of the Day
2303 items, 7:03:43:42 total time, 9.51GB
CrabAppleLane iTunes Library

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Oh the sheer horror of it! I'm feeling uneasy at the very thought of my iPhone getting half inched. At the moment, my strongest defense against thieves seems to be keeping my iPhone within a 1-foot radius at all times."

Captured Live At The Forum


I am going through CDs deciding which ones to have on the new PC when I run across Three Dog Night Captured Live At The Forum. I have this one on vinyl, too. It was released in 1969. It's 40 years old this year. I remember when it came out. That part is kind of revolting. A few of my friends had it. I didn't have a turntable then that could play LPs but my friends always had it on and I knew all of the songs by heart long before I owned it. Three Dog Night is on the casino circuit now and I'd bet anything they sound a lot now like they did then. There isn't a lot of techno-wizardry to their music. This is still one of my favorite albums and I get a kick out of the announcer who introduces them (See QOTD). They were considered "heavy" in 1969. Metallica, Rammstein, Three Dog Night ...

Quote of the Day
Would you welcome ... one of the heaviest groups in America today ... Three Dog Night
Announcer, Three Dog Night - Captured Live At The Forum

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I listed some 60s rock songs I like. You can sample and buy the MP3s of them. They are all on my must hear 60s songs list."

Snooks Eaglin, The Human Jukebox

From my sister-in-law:

R.I.P. Snooks.

Trans Siberian Orchestra


We went to the Trans Siberian Orchestra Show last night in New Orleans. It featured a white-knuckle-fog-advisory-convoy drive across the 24-mile-long Causeway on the way there, a massive traffic jam around the New Orleans Arena, that was totally unprepared for it if you ask me, and a white-knuckle-fog-advisory-right-lane-only-35mph drive back across the Causeway. It was a late night. About the show: Last year, I thought WOW but it seemed long and slow in some spots and a little heavy-handed with the narration. They read my thoughts and adjusted. This year, I'm thinking WOW about the show. Less narration, more music, and a better mix of songs. We once again had the western tour featuring Al Pitrelli, Jane Mangini, and Angus Clark and they did almost all of their usual show. They dropped Christmas Canon Rock, which I missed, but they added spectacular renditions of Flight of the Bumble Bee, Hall of the Mountain King, a very satisfying taste of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, and then, Robin Zander joined them for a couple of Cheap Trick songs. I'm sure I'm leaving stuff out working here this morning on 4 hours sleep. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo is their best song and it was as powerful as ever. It's the showstopper, my favorite Christmas song, and if they come back again next year, I'm in. They are phenomenal musicians, pay super attention to detail, and are musically equipped to do anything they want. It was a great show.

Update: Keith Spera of the Times-Picayune had a less enthusiastic take on the same show although I wouldn't quibble about his description of it. Different strokes. The things he described are the things I like in a big rock concert.

Quote of the Day
I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat
W. Mark Felt, August 17, 1913 - December 18, 2008

Blog of the day via Pitcherlady is here.

Quote from said blog: "I cannot pretend to know what it is like to grow up in Greece today, or what my attitude about things would be if I was a Greek youth. But I'm not, and these riots have left me feeling alienated and unsettled, and once again searching for home."

The Rising

Sheila's mention of Mary's Place inspired this entry for a Friday. Though I owned a couple of his albums (Born in the USA, The Live Box Set), I was never much of a Bruce Springsteen fan. I always found his songs catchy but that's about it. I thought he was a bit too cheeky and too preachy as a performer as well. His excellent cover of Edwin Starr's War on his first live album starts with a fairly lengthy diatribe about war. That said, I don't remember what made me take a chance on The Rising. I thought I was done with him. The Rising was still in production on September 11, 2001. He went back to the studio, added a few more songs, and released it. It has very definite September 11 overtones. Some objected to that. Said it was too soon, said he was arrogant to think he should be the one to do it, etc. I'll leave that to others to debate. It is a fantastic album. One of my favorites. It is excellent across the board. It is sad, angry, hopeful, confrontational, melancholy ... basically, everything I was after September 11. The performance below is one I hadn't heard live. It's called Worlds Apart and it's one of my faves on that CD. Sopranos fans might recognize Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante on that series. Here, he plays a guitar player for The E Street Band.

Quote of the Day
Where the distant oceans sing
And rise to the plain
In this dry and troubled country
Your beauty here remains
Bruce Springsteen, Worlds Apart

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Bruce Springsteen's motorcyle, a 1994 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide, was auctioned off for $70,000 on Wednesday night at the second annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, raising money for the Bob Woodruff Family Fund to help wounded soldiers."

A CrabAppleLane Sunday listening to Garbage


I've been listening to a lot of Garbage lately. Literally. I've always been a casual fan but I never had any of their stuff until recently. I bought Bleed Like Me and downloaded a few of their singles from Garbage, Version 2.0, and Absolute Garbage. Lead singer Shirley Manson is phenomenal. Highly recommended.

About today's QOTD: They cleaned it up a little for Letterman. Bleed Like Me is a great song, a great CD, and Garbage is anything but just another pop band. I just hope they're not done.

I offer two from just outside CrabAppleLane's side door on this beautiful autumn morning:

CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - September 28, 2008
CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - September 28, 2008

CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - September 28, 2008
CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - September 28, 2008

Quote of the Day
JT gets all fucked up in some karaoke bar
After two drinks he's a loser after three drinks he's a star
Getting all nostalgic as he sings "I Will Survive"
Hey baby can you bleed like me?
C'mon baby can you bleed like me
Garbage, Bleed Like Me

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The focal point of the underrated Garbage has been fiery Scottish singer Shirley Manson. Although the music has always been the band's undeniable master, Manson is quite comfortable with providing fans with a visual show that matches her vocal prowess."

Saturday music


Wish there was a better version of that Drive-By Truckers song. The studio version is just fantastic. I offer a little CrabAppleLane musical progression this morning as Gustav approaches. I needed something to cheer me up this morning as I prepare to go into work. Enjoy.

Alison Krauss & Union Station -> Drive-By Truckers -> Gillian Welch & David Rawlings -> Old Crow Medicine Show -> Tracktor Beam

The fantastic song below inspired this comment from someone on YouTube:

god his voice is heavenly....omg i would so trap him in my closet and make him sing for food.

Tracktor Beam - High Dice Blues

It is wonderful to see this kind of music in such young hands.

5 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
If I ever get my hands on
A dollar again
I'm going to hold on to it
As my only friend
Tracktor Beam, High Dice Blues

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "And so it came to pass, that the bands of European bluegrass did converge on the French town of La Roche-sur-Foron, where they entertained the populace for three nights and three days. And the Lord looked down and saw that the people were pleased. And so he was pleased. So much so that he sent the best sunshine one could wish for."

The Grass Roots

I guess you never know what you might find on YouTube. Below is a 1970-71 vintage clip of The Grass Roots where they're NOT lip-synching. I hate lip-synching. I saw the much older Rob Grill version of The Grass Roots a few years ago and they sounded great but not like this. I never saw this band in their heyday live or on TV. They were ABC-Dunhill's version of the Monkees. Their Midnight Confessions, performed on the clip, was the first record (45 RPM) I ever bought. It was Number One on Smith Records' music chart in Lakeside Shopping Center at the time. I like their songs better than the Monkees' songs but I never knew who was who or who did what in this band. This was before the internet, on-demand TV, and all-day music channels.

L to R: Dennis Provisor (Keyboards, vocals), Warren Entner (Guitar, vocals), Rick Coonce (Drums), Rob Grill (Bass, Lead Vocals), and Terry Furlong (Guitar)

29 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
I think of all the worries
People seem to find
And how they're in a hurry
To complicate their minds
By chasing after money
And dreams that can't come true
I'm glad that we are different
We've better things to do
The Grass Roots, Let's Live For Today

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "We were told to play quietly to suit the subtlety of this fabled and beautiful venue, so, of course, we turned everything up extra loud and rocked that shit instead."

Old Crow Medicine Show

My current favorite YouTube video is a cellphone recording of an amazing performance by Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Gillian Welch on drums, David Rawlings on guitar, and everyone, including the audience, on harmony. The video is disappointing but the sound is great. Makes me wish there was a professionally recorded version of it. I have the studio recording of Wagon Wheel but it doesn't compare to any of the live performances you'll find all over the web. It's rare and very special when a band plays their song and the whole audience joins in word for word. As many concerts as I've been to, I hardly ever remember seeing it. Quite amazing.

59 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
Some police and soldiers who are hostages try to abuse Ingrid because maybe after 10 years in the jungle, they lost their mind. There's a lot of terrible things happening there
Juan Carlos Lecompte

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Also, I don't use semi-colons for the fun of it; I do it because I recognize their proper usage and my obsessive-compulsiveness often gets directed into punctuation and grammar."

Amazing spider and a music meme

CrabAppleLane traveling spider - July 1, 2008
CrabAppleLane traveling spider - July 1, 2008
Patsy and I traded trucks for a day last week. She needed the pickup truck for some shelves she needed to transport. I get a call during the day from her. "Don't wash my truck", she says. Well, I really hadn't planned to. She says there's a spider that's been traveling back and forth to work with her for a few weeks and the carwash may hurt her. This little spider has also been on the interstate at 75-80mph. That's a Category One hurricane, folks. Quite amazing.

I've decided to do a music meme that I've been seeing all over the web. Goes like this:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.(Volunteers only)

Mine below the jump.

64 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
I drew that glass across his neck
As fine as any blade
And I felt his blood pour fast and hot
Around me where I laid
Caleb Meyer, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I spent the last four days doing a little housework, but mostly resting and taking DayQuil and NyQuil (the Nectar of the Gods) and recuperating."

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