What I’ve been listening to on my iPod…

I have always been a fan of  The Beatles. But lately I have enjoyed their songs they did in their solo careers. Here is one of my favorite solo songs from George Harrison — “All those Years Ago“. I don’t remember the song when it first came out, I was more of a Paul McCartney fan. But the older I got, the more I liked this song.

“All Those Years Ago” is a song written by George Harrison, released as a single from the album Somewhere in England. The song was a personal tribute to the recently murdered John Lennon. It was released on May 11, 1981 in the United States, where it spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and on May 15, 1981 in the United Kingdom

When I looked up the song on Wikipedia, I found out some interesting things about the song:

The song featured all three remaining Beatles: George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Harrison originally wrote the song with different lyrics for Ringo Starr to record.

In the song, Harrison makes reference to The Beatles song “All You Need is Love” and the Lennon song “Imagine“.

This song is on my “Quick List” on my iPod of songs that I love to listen to over and over again.

Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light
Where the spirit free of the lies
And all else that we despised.

What the heck is going on?

I know that celebrities passing away has happened before, but it seems now I am paying more attention to it

Fred Travalena… Known as the man of 1,000 voices and faces, and as one of the top impressionists in the world has passed away after a seven year battle with cancer.

Fred passed away Sunday due to a recurrence of an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 66.

Then there was…

Gale Storm… Gale’s chirpy, upbeat charm made her a leading TV star on two 1950s sitcoms, “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show,” died June 27 at a convalescent hospital in Danville, CA. No cause of death was reported. She was 87.

I found this quote by one of my favorite authors, Leo Buscaglia

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

With all that has happened this past couple of weeks, I want to tell my family and friends that I love them and I am glad they are in my life.

‘Infomercial King’ Billy Mays Dead at 50

2006 - Billy Mays

How sad to hear tht Billy Mays died today. Back in Aubgust 2008, I blogged about Billy Mays, the ‘Infomercial King‘ and about some of the products he pitched.

I remember many nights when I couldn’t get to sleep, that there would be some Billy Mays’ commercial on TV. The ads for Oxi Clean, Zorbeez, Mighty MendIt Big City Sliders and Mighty Putty.

While I was walking to the kitchen, I noticed a bottle of “Kaboom” on the cabinet. I guess as long as all of those products are around, Billy Mays will live on.

Man, it was hot today in San Antonio, Texas!

OK, I know that there are going to be many, many hot days in here in San Antonio, Texas, but…

When I got out of work today, around 5:00 pm, this is what I saw on the dashboard of my poor car sitting in the hot sun all day. Now all I have to figure out is what temperature is it reading? The temperature inside of the car or the outside temperature? Either one, it felt like a dry heat sauna in my car. It took about 20 minutes before I felt a little relief from the air conditioner.

6-26-09 - My Car

And just think, we have at least three or four more months of is summer heat!

Even as I am writing this, it is currently clear and 93 degrees and tomorrow it’s going to be 102 degrees. I think I’m going to stay inside tomorrow and enjoy the nice cool central air!

Celebrities Always Die in Threes

You Know the Saying, “Celebrities Always Die in Threes” — you know when a famous person dies, they say celebrity deaths always come in threes?

Well these past couple of weeks proves that there is some truth in this saying. The most recent celebrities deaths have been Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Here are some of things that I will remember of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Ed McMahon

There were so many shows that Ed McMahon was on The Tonight Show, Star Search, TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes and all of those commercials. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon won’t be the same with Ed McMahon.

Farrah-Fawcett-70s

I remember watching the commercials that she did before she was a TV/movie star. Ultra Brite toothpaste, Wella Balsam shampoo, and her own brand of shampoo, marketed by Fabergé. Then when I saw her on Charlie’s Angels, I wanted a “Farrah Do” or “Farrah Hair”.

There were two movies that she did that really stuck in my mind, Extremities and  The Burning Bed.

Michael Jackson

One of my favorite albums is his Off the Wall released August 10, 1979. This recrod had some of Michael Jackson’s classic songs that made himthe King of Pop.

Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
Rock with You
Off the Wall
She’s out of My Life

Then there is “Beat It” and “Billie Jean“. And probably on of my favorite video –”Thriller“.

And who could forget –

On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed live on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special, both with The Jackson 5 and on his own singing “Billie Jean”. Debuting his signature dance move—the moonwalk.

I remember watching the special and just being glues to the TV when he sang that song. And when he did the moonwalk… WOW!

There are just too many of his songs, either with his brothers or when he was on his own, to name my favorites.One of those songs on my list of Michael Jackson’s songs is Man in the Mirror. This song alaways gets to me.

Rest in peace Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

I got this from my friend Jason… “remember life is short. You are still here, enjoy each moment!”

Anniversary Names

Just in case you need some more useful information… here is a list of Anniversary Names. You just never know when you are asked “what is the name of the 17th anniversary of something” and you will have the answer!!

Anniversaries are often given names to represent their numbers. Some are very common. Some are quite a mouthful. Here are some of the more commonly accepted names.

Year Anniversary Name
2nd Biennial
3rd Triennial
4th Quadrennial
5th Quinquennial
6th Hexennial
7th Septennial
8th Octennial
9th Novennial
10th Decennial
11th Hendecennial
12th Duodecennial
13th Tredecennial
15th Quindecennial
16th Sextodecennial
17th Septendecennial
20th Vigintennial
30th Trigentennial
40th Quadragennial
50th Quinquagenary or Jubilee
60th Sexagennial
70th Septuagennial
75th Septuagesiquintennial
80th Octogintennial
90th Nonagintennial
100th Centennial
125th Quasquicentennial
150th Sesquicentennial
175th Septaquintaquinquecentennial
200th Bicentennial
225th Quasquibicentennial
250th Semiquincentennial
300th Tercentennial
350th Semiseptcentennial
400th Quatercentenary
500th Quincentennial
600th Sexcentennial
700th Septcentennial
800th Octocentennial
1,000th Millenial
15,000th Quindecimillenial

Quote of the Day

It amazes me when I read something that I really need to hear. Here is my quote for the day:

The key to any success, no matter how you define it,
is having the audacity to believe you deserve it.

–Allison Werth

Top Candy Bars

At work today, one of my co-workers went to the vending machine for a candy fix. She asked me if I wanted anything, but I couldn’t think of what kind of candy bar I wanted. So that got me thinking, what are my top candy bars.

Here are my top five candy bars:

CandyBars

Hershey Barwith or without almonds, Hershey Bars are my favorite.

Snickersall-time favorite.

TwixI have a unique way of eating Twix, first I eat all of the chocolate, then the caramel and eat the cookie last.

Kit-KatI love Kit-Kat’s!

Almond Joy – “sometimes you feel like a nut…”

Here are my three least favorite candy bars. If these were the only ones left, I would rather go without eating a candy bar.

5th Avenue Bar

Charleston Chew

Oh Henry!

There are probably more candy bars I can list, but this is all I have right now.

“Raffle for Johnny” Autism Fundraiser

I wanted to post this for my good friend’s Dennis and Rebekah and their son, Johnny. I have known Dennis and Rebekah for almost 10 years and I am lucky to count them as my friend.

There is no event to attend…Instead, you can simply make a donation to enter a raffle to win one of 11 spectacular prizes and winners are drawn July 15.

We appreciate you taking the time to forward this flyer on to any family, friends, co-workers who you feel may also be interested as the success of this fundraiser is viral.

In supporting this fundraiser you are helping to give a little boy a chance and for that we are forever grateful.

Dennis & Rebekah

Raffle for Johnny - Autism FundraiserTo view this flyer – johnnyflyer

Rules for Displaying the American Flag

Another one of my hobbies is “surfing the web”. I have found some of the most interesting things while I’m surfing. Here is ne that I though was very interesting.

Rules for Displaying the American Flag

American FlagIt is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the Unites States of America.

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By “half-staff” is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.

When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Flag Holidays
The Flag should especially be displayed on the following:

  • New Year’s Day, January 1
  • Inauguration Day, January 20
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
  • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
  • Easter Sunday (variable)
  • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
  • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, first Monday in September
  • Constitution Day, September 17
  • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
  • Navy Day, October 27
  • Veterans Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
  • Birthdays of States (date of admission)
  • State holidays.
    On the following days, the flag is to be flown at half-mast for the entire day:

  • May 15 – Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • July 27 – Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
  • December 7 – Pearl Harbor Day

The flag should fly at half-staff for 30 days at all federal buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and its territories and possessions after the death of the president or a former president.

Flag Locations
By Executive Order, the flag flies 24 hours a day at the following locations:

  • The Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The White House, Washington, D.C.
  • US Capitol, Washington, DC
  • Washington Monument, Washington, DC
  • Iwo Jima Memorial to US Marines, Arlington, Virginia
  • Battleground in Lexington, MA (site of first shots in the Revolutionary War)
  • Winter encampment cabins, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland (a flag flying over Fort McHenry after a battle during the War of 1812 provided the inspiration for The Star-Spangled Banner
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Baltimore, Maryland (site where the famed flag over Fort McHenry was sewn)
  • Jenny Wade House in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Jenny Wade was the only civilian killed at the battle of Gettysburg)
  • U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • All custom points and points of entry into the United States

Flag Folding
Fold the flag in half width-wise twice. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end … and repeat … until only the end of the union is exposed. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the folds.

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