Showing posts from June, 2015

Yep, I was (still am) a Hippie

Music Sets Me Free Ever since I can remember I loved music.  I grew up in a house where my mother, La Verne, was a music teacher and taught piano lessons in our home.  My mom was also an elementary school teacher and played and sang in choirs at church.

For my fifth birthday my mom took me and my sister Deborah and brother Vance to see the movie South Pacific in Hollywood, CA. I had already been listening to recorded classical music on a set of Columbia records at home. This movie and the music to this day sends my mind to far away places.

What is a Hippie? Wikipedia defines a hippie like this: A hippie (or hippy) is a member of a subculture that was originally a youth movement that emerged in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. Read More Anyway I started to think about the music that I use to own when I was in high school and wondered if I could find it on Spotify.  Much to my surprise there is a lot of what I would consider obscure …

Rainbow and no rain

I cut my bike commute short to ride with the cycle club. The ride was cancelled because it was over 100 degrees at 6 PM. I decided to do some errands.As I came out of Sam's Club I noticed a large rainbow. I know I am going to have a good time whenever I see a rainbow.

Hardwood Floors are for Dancing

I forgot how much fun it was to dance on hardwood floors. If you are old enough to remember what a sock hop was then you know what I'm talking about. In the old days back at high school you could not wear street shoes on a gym floor. When they had a dance you have to take your shoes off and enter the gym with only you socks on your feet. I recently installed maple hardwood floors in my home. Today I'm getting ready to paint a room and I have my socks on and I've got my wireless Beats headphones on and I'm dancing around. Your feet slide and slip and you can control your movement so much easier on hardwood floors with socks than you csn with shoes on. Do they still have sock hops nowadays?

Thunderhead clouds over Albany State

During the summer months in Albany I like watching the cloud formations.  On my way to lunch I noticed this nice cloud formation over the Student Center.

Ikea Sink Install

It took me about two and a half weeks to finish installing an Ikea sink in our front powder room.  The sink was no problem, but finding the right plumbing fitting was.  Well today I finally finished it.

The problem was that the fitting at the wall was 1-1/4 inches and the sing required 1-1/2 inch fittings.  If I install another sink in this house I will plan ahead and remove the 1-1/4 inch fitting in the wall so that the tight clearance required for the bottom drawer will work.  I had to cut the bottom drawer to allow it to fit with the adpater that i used for the drain.  Pictures below.

Remembering What LBJ Said

My wife +Sylvia Wormley is an economists born and raised in Texas.  She has given me an interesting view of politics and this blog posting validates some of what she has told me over the years.
I always try to verify facts when I see an image on social media.  There were so many references to this LBJ statement that I decided to put them all in one place so that I could find them in the future.

Lyndon B. Johnson Wiki quoteWhile Lyndon Baines Johnson was a man of time and place, he felt the bitter paradox of both. I was a young man on his staff in 1960 when he gave me a vivid account of that southern schizophrenia he understood and feared. We were in Tennessee. During the motorcade, he spotted some ugly racial epithets scrawled on signs. Late that night in the hotel, when the local dignitaries had finished the last bottles of bourbon and branch water and departed, he started talking about those signs. "I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it," he said. "If you …