Duran Duran in Concert

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, I went to see Duran Duran with Chic – Nile Rodgers at the American Airlines Center in Dallas with my friend, Debbie.

She called me a couple of months ago to see if I wanted to go to see Duran Duran with. I said yes, I have always been a Duran Duran fan. So brought the ticket, I sent her the -money for the ticket and I made my travel plans to drive from San Antonio to Dallas for the concert.

Here are some of the pictures I took. Debbie was ale to get floor seating tickets, about 17 rows away from the stage.

Here are my favorite songs from the concert:

  Tribute to David Bowie

Opening act was Chic with Nile Rodgers.

Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, and one as part of the short-lived group Outloud, Nile Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Tina Arena, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.

Its commercially successful disco songs include “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

Overall, it was a great time with my friend, Debbie and Duran Duran will always be one of my favorite bands.

Check out this picture that was on the Duran Duran Facebook page. Its a picture that Nick Rhodes took of the crowd.

Look at Simon’s left wrist. A guy with a blue shirt, follow that row to the left and back one row. I think that is me sitting there. I made it on a Duran Duran picture!!

What a great adventure to have with a friend that I’ve known since the 2nd grade!

What’s next?

 

Only in Texas

I saw this posted by a friend, Lisa, on Facebook, who linked it from Miranda Leigh Lambert (19,374 followers) post on May 30 at 11:28pm.

I’m not sure where the list came from or if someone specific wrote it. I did notice there were some comments posted about missing or omitted cities and/or facts. But, hey, I’m just sharing what I read.

I BOLD the one’s that I thought were interesting.

 

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Only in Texas

Just Texas
Pep, Texas 79353
Smiley, Texas 78159
Paradise, Texas 76073
Rainbow, Texas 76077
Sweet Home, Texas 77987
Comfort , Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the sun?
Sun City, Texas 78628
Sunrise, Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray, Texas 79086
Sunny Side, Texas 77423

Want something to eat?
Bacon, Texas 76301
Noodle, Texas 79536
Oatmeal, Texas 78605
Turkey, Texas 79261
Trout, Texas 75789
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice, Texas 75155
Pearland, Texas 77581
Orange, Texas 77630
And top it off with:
Sweetwater , Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
Detroit, Texas 75436
Cleveland, Texas 75436
Colorado City, Texas 79512
Denver City, Texas 79323
Klondike, Texas 75448
Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Newark, Texas 76071
Nevada, Texas 75173
Memphis, Texas 79245
Miami, Texas 79059
Boston, Texas 75570
Santa Fe, Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75861
Reno, Texas 75462
Pasadena, Texas 77506
Columbus, Texas 78934

Feel like traveling outside the country?
Athens, Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China, Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt, Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Italy, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London, Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460
Palestine, Texas 75801

No need to travel to Washington D.C.
Whitehouse, Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth, Texas 79031

We have a city named after our state:
Texas City, Texas 77590

Exhausted?
Energy, Texas 76452

Cold?
Blanket, Texas 76432
Winters, Texas 79567

Like to read about History?
Santa Anna, Texas 76878
Goliad, Texas 77963
Alamo, Texas 78516
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156
Robert Lee , Texas 76945

Need Office Supplies?
Staples, Texas 78670

Want to go into outer space?
Venus , Texas 76084
Mars , Texas 79062

You guessed it. It’s on the state line.
Texline , Texas 79087

For the kids…
Kermit, Texas 79745
Elmo, Texas 75118
Nemo, Texas 76070
Tarzan, Texas 79783
Winnie, Texas 77665
Sylvester, Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas, to make you smile……
Frognot, Texas 75424
Bigfoot, Texas 78005
Hogeye, Texas 75423
Cactus, Texas 79013
Notrees, Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest, Texas 76886
Kickapoo, Texas 75763
Dime Box, Texas 77853
Old Dime Box, Texas 77853
Telephone, Texas 75488
Telegraph, Texas 76883
Whiteface, Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079

And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
Kilgore, Texas 75662

And our favorites…
Cut and Shoot, Texas 77303
Gun Barrel City , Texas 75147
Ding Dong, Texas
West, Texas (it’s in Central Texas )
and, of course,
Muleshoe, Texas 79347

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas…

If someone in a Lowe’s store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you may live in Texas;

If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas;

If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas;

If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas;

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas;

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas;

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas;

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph –you’re going 80 and everybody’s passing you, you may live in Texas;

If you find 60 degrees ‘a little chilly’, you may live in Texas;

If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas .

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas .

1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles
2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
4. World’s first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike – 2008!
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America .
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America ‘s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was ” Houston ,” but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City (South of Houston) at the time.
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .
13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43″ in 24 hours in and around Alvin , TX in July of 1979.
14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston , Velasco, West Columbia and Austin .
19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. , which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington , DC (by 7 feet).
20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument .
21. The name ‘ Texas ‘ comes from the Hasini Indian word ‘tejas’ meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .
22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.
23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

Cowboy’s Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :
(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin’.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin’ before God.
(6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.
(7) No killin’.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don’t take what ain’t yers.
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.

Y’all git all that?

Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth.

Song of the Week — Come Unto Me

I heard the song “Come Unto Me” (2013) by The Mavericks (from their album, In Time) on the TV show “Dallas” (2012) season finale. I wasn’t quite sure who sang that song, but I must have listened to it a half dozen times.

After I found out who sung the song, I got on YouTube to find the video. After playing it, a half dozen times, I went to iTunes to buy the song and put it on my iPhone, iPad and iPod.

I have always liked liked The Marvericks and Raul Malo‘s voice. I didn’t know that The Mavericks broke up and just reunited… lucky us.

So thanks to the TV show “Dallas” for playing this song. I’m sure there are other fans of The Mavericks out there that are happy you picked that song.

Monday, Monday

Usually on Mondays, I post about my 2-cents worth of Dancing with the Stars. But today, there was a lot of stuff that happened.

First, this morning, I got an alert that Margaret Thatcher died at the age of 82. She was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was Britain’s first female PM.

Margaret Thatcher1

Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013)

Then I got another text alert that Annette Funicello had died at the age of 70. She was popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club. The as a teenager, she had a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio,” “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess“, then she became a film actress, staring in the “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.

Annette Funicello (Young)

Annette Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013)

I remember her more from her movies. As a kid, I dreamed about being her and standing/singing next to Frankie Avalon. God, help me, but one of  my guilty pleasure movies is Back to the Beach (1987). How can you not get up and dance when you hear Annette Funicello & Fishbone sing “Jamaica Ska”.

Two women who had a major influence in history, in their own rights, passed away on the same day.

Tonight was also the championship NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship played in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Michigan Practice

The teams plating were University of Louisville vs. University of Michigan. Since I was was born and raised in Michigan, I was rooting for Michigan. But since I lived in Louisville for three years, I wouldn’t have mind to see them win either. Louisville won the championship. So it was a draw on my part.

UofL

One of my favorite parts of NCAA March Madness is the ending of the tournament. it’s when CBS Sports plays “One Shining Moment” by Luther Vandross.

One Shining Moment” is a song written by David Barrett about the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship. One Shining Moment is traditionally played at the end of CBS Sports‘ coverage of the championship game of the tournament. The song is played as the winning team’s players cut down the nets, to a montage of highlights from the tournament. — From Wikipedia.com

Every time I have seen it, I tear up. I just love that song and  CBS Sports does a really great job with the video.

Thanks to ncaavideos2 for posting the video on YouTube.com.

So between these two show, I was also trying to watch Dancing with the Stars. Here are my picks for the night.

The team I liked and needs to win — Zendaya Coleman and  Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy - 2

The team that really needs to go home — Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko

Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko - 2

Best songs of the night:

Oh, I forgot, I was also trying to watch Dallas and The Voice during this time. My poor remote. Hopefully next Monday will be a little less crazy with no more basketball.

How was your Monday?

Oh great, another show to get hook on…

Did you see Dallas on TNT tonight? I wasn’t planning on watching the show. But I got all caught up in the trailers that they were showing all week. Then I found my pictures that I took on my road trip to Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas with my friend, Debbie Meyer in 2009.

2009 – South Fork — the front gate in Parker, Texas

2009 – South Fork in Parker, Texas

Well, I’m glad I changed my mind and watches the 2-hour season premier.

Dallas (2012 TV series)

The plot of Dallas, 2012 series is:

The series revolves around the Ewings, a wealthy Dallas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. It will focus mainly on John Ross Ewing III, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing; and Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby Ewing and Pam Ewing.[6] Both John Ross and Christopher were born during the original series’ run and were featured in it as children. Now grown, John Ross has become almost a carbon copy of his father, bent on oil, money and greed. Christopher, meanwhile, has become a lot like Bobby, in that he is more interested in the upkeep of Southfork Ranch, much like his father and his late grandmother, Miss Ellie. As an additional point of contention, Christopher is also becoming a player in alternative energy methane clathrate recovery. (from wikipedia.com)

The main cast of the show is:

  • Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing III, the grandson of Jock and Ellie Ewing and the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing as well as the heir to Ewing Oil since his father is supposed to be President and CEO of Ewing Oil. John Ross is a carbon copy of JR.
  • Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, the daughter of the Ewing family cook, ex-girlfriend of Christopher Ewing and the current girlfriend of John Ross.
  • Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing and the biological son of Sue Ellen’s sister Kristin Shepard and Jeff Faraday. Christopher is a carbon copy of Bobby.
  • Larry Hagman as J. R. Ewing, the eldest son of Jock and Ellie Ewing, the father of John Ross, and the rival of Cliff Barnes. JR is proud that John Ross is a carbon copy of him.
  • Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing, J.R.’s first wife and the mother of John Ross.
  • Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, the youngest son of Jock and Ellie Ewing and the uncle of John Ross.
  • Brenda Strong as Ann Ryland Ewing, Bobby’s current wife.
  • Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter Ewing, Christopher’s girlfriend (and later wife).
  • Callard Harris as Tommy Sutter, Rebecca’s brother.

(from wikipedia.com)

Right from the start of the show I was yelling at the TV screen. I was cheering for Bobby and Christopher. Then I was booing JR and John Ross. Then I was shocked with all of the twists and turns during the first 2-hours of the show!

I can’t wait to see the old cast on the show. Dallas wouldn’t be Dallas without Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing, Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes,and Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs,

But probably the best thing, next to seeing JR acting like JR was the opening credits of the show and the famous theme song from “Dallas.” It’s one of the best TV theme songs ever. (Click here to see the video of Dallas – Season 1 and 2 (1978-1979)

So, I’ll be in front of my TV next Wednesday to watch “Dallas” and cheer and boo my favorites on the show. Now if they would only bring back Knots Landing I would be a very happy, happy person!

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