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Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Heading back to the Black Hills next week. Can't say that Western Skies by Hot Rize doesen't make me feel a bit anxious to be there.



Hot Rize: Tim O'Brien - Mandolin, Pete Wernick - Banjo, Nick Forster - Bass and Bryan Sutton - Guitar

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Bugle Call Rag, an old Earl Scruggs tune given a new twist or two by Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.


IBMA 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year
Dirty Kitchen: Mike Munford - Banjo, Frank Solivan - Mandolin, Chris Luquette - Guitar
 and Danny Booth - Bass

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Valentine's Day Subsection)

Well. it's Valentine's Day and here I am away from the Lady I Love. "Wait a minute, did I hear you say you're goin' far away...?"     I'll be home soon J........, I miss you.
Here's the Seldom Scene with a Herb Pedersen song from 1996 (one of John Duffey's last performances - RIP).

TT
The Seldom Scene:
  • John Duffey - mandolin, vocals
  • Ben Eldridge - banjo, guitar
  • Dudley Connell - guitar, vocals
  • Ronnie Simpkins - bass
  • Fred Travers - Dobro, vocals

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LOVE Div (Happy Chico Day subsection)

Well, it's that time of the year again.

Life has moved on for me. As a friend told me (in fact it was this morning), life is like the rear-view mirror in the car. The things that have been passed recede and become smaller (their memory never is forgotten) but we have to keep our attention focused on the road ahead.

I have been so very fortunate to have reunited with a love from my past and she's given me a future. I often tell people that I'm luckier (and trust me, luck played a huge part in our reunion) than I deserve to be; and I'm thankful for it every day. It's so wonderful to be part of an "us" again.

In preparation for my upcoming relocation, I've started to go through the accumulation of over thirty years-worth of stuff. As it happens, the first box I opened yesterday just happened to contain every letter and card I'd ever sent to Diana. There were also photos - many of which I couldn't place and some that brought back memories, both happy and poignant. The timing is a bit ironic.

I'm sure that the coming days will hold similar occurrences and that I'll laugh and cry as I remember the "blonde bombshell." Perhaps she's occasionally looking over my shoulder. I know she's happy for me.
But here's one of the pics ..... I forgotten taking this one ...... it's one of my favorites.





Monday, February 9, 2015

Geography Div (gotta eat subsection)

Just in case you were wondering ................

Now , here's the breakdown of the 50:
Alabama
  1. Southern -- 256 percent higher than national average.
  2. BBQ -- 145 percent higher than national average.
  3. Cajun -- 96 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 89 percent higher than national average.
  5. Soul food -- 87 percent higher than national average.
Alaska
  1. Filipino -- 208 percent higher than national average.
  2. Fish and chips -- 200 percent higher than national average.
  3. Thai -- 158 percent higher than national average.
  4. Seafood -- 158 percent higher than national average.
  5. Hawaiian -- 90 percent higher than national average.
Arizona
  1. Mexican -- 73 percent higher than national average.
  2. Greek -- 63 percent higher than national average.
  3. Gluten-free -- 57 percent higher than national average.
  4. Buffets -- 54 percent higher than national average.
  5. Mediterranean -- 40 percent higher than national average.
Arkansas
  1. Southern -- 142 percent higher than national average.
  2. BBQ -- 91 percent higher than national average.
  3. Tex-Mex -- 64 percent higher than national average.
  4. Cajun -- 64 percent higher than national average.
  5. Steak -- 53 percent higher than national average.
California
  1. Taiwanese -- 264 percent higher than national average.
  2. Filipino -- 226 percent higher than national average.
  3. Vietnamese -- 143 percent higher than national average.
  4. Korean -- 143 percent higher than national average.
  5. Hawaiian -- 125 percent higher than national average.
Colorado
  1. Gluten-free -- 149 percent higher than national average.
  2. Vietnamese -- 65 percent higher than national average.
  3. Mexican -- 55 percent higher than national average.
  4. Soup -- 40 percent higher than national average.
  5. Breakfast/brunch -- 36 percent higher than national average.
Connecticut
  1. Spanish -- 168 percent higher than national average.
  2. Deli -- 95 percent higher than national average.
  3. Italian -- 89 percent higher than national average.
  4. Irish -- 69 percent higher than national average.
  5. Caribbean -- 56 percent higher than national average.
Delaware
  1. Irish -- 166 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cheesesteaks -- 123 percent higher than national average.
  3. Caribbean -- 122 percent higher than national average.
  4. Seafood -- 101 percent higher than national average.
  5. Gastropub -- 87 percent higher than national average.
District of Columbia
  1. Belgian -- 1,711 percent higher than national average.
  2. Ethiopian -- 1,560 percent higher than national average.
  3. African -- 555 percent higher than national average.
  4. Food stands -- 332 percent higher than national average.
  5. French -- 250 percent higher than national average.
Florida
  1. Cuban -- 757 percent higher than national average.
  2. Caribbean -- 286 percent higher than national average.
  3. Peruvian -- 264 percent higher than national average.
  4. Latin -- 217 percent higher than national average.
  5. Spanish -- 159 percent higher than national average.
Georgia
  1. Southern -- 304 percent higher than national average.
  2. Soul food -- 155 percent higher than national average.
  3. Caribbean -- 113 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 103 percent higher than national average.
  5. BBQ -- 57 percent higher than national average.
Hawaii
  1. Hawaiian -- 5028 percent higher than national average.
  2. Ramen -- 1443 percent higher than national average.
  3. Filipino -- 809 percent higher than national average.
  4. Korean -- 465 percent higher than national average.
  5. Food stands -- 380 percent higher than national average.
Idaho
  1. Gastropubs -- 52 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cafes -- 31 percent higher than national average.
  3. Mexican -- 26 percent higher than national average.
  4. Steak -- 25 percent higher than national average.
  5. Traditional American -- 25 percent higher than national average.
Illinois
  1. Pakistani -- 80 percent higher than national average.
  2. Hot dogs -- 76 percent higher than national average.
  3. Middle Eastern -- 34 percent higher than national average.
  4. Greek -- 25 percent higher than national average.
  5. Indian-Pakistani -- 23 percent higher than national average.
Indiana
  1. Pizza -- 43 percent higher than national average.
  2. Tex-Mex -- 38 percent higher than national average.
  3. Fast food -- 37 percent higher than national average.
  4. Steak -- 30 percent higher than national average.
  5. Burgers -- 29 percent higher than national average.
Iowa
  1. Buffets -- 127 percent higher than national average.
  2. Pizza -- 64 percent higher than national average.
  3. Steak -- 21 percent higher than national average.
  4. Traditional American -- 7 percent higher than national average.
  5. Fast food -- 5 percent higher than national average.
Kansas
  1. BBQ -- 48 percent higher than national average.
  2. Chicken wings -- 38 percent higher than national average.
  3. Tex-Mex -- 35 percent higher than national average.
  4. Mexican -- 33 percent higher than national average.
  5. Fast food -- 31 percent higher than national average.
Kentucky
  1. Southern -- 111 percent higher than national average.
  2. Fast food -- 66 percent higher than national average.
  3. Tex-Mex -- 56 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 52 percent higher than national average.
  5. Burgers -- 50 percent higher than national average.
Louisiana
  1. Cajun -- 1,540 percent higher than national average.
  2. Southern -- 219 percent higher than national average.
  3. Soul food -- 198 percent higher than national average.
  4. Seafood -- 158 percent higher than national average.
  5. Chicken wings -- 75 percent higher than national average.
Maine
  1. Seafood -- 321 percent higher than national average.
  2. Irish -- 135 percent higher than national average.
  3. Gastropubs -- 102 percent higher than national average.
  4. Gluten-free -- 78 percent higher than national average.
  5. Diners -- 77 percent higher than national average.
  1. Maryland
  2. Peruvian -- 200 percent higher than national average.
  3. Cheesesteaks -- 121 percent higher than national average.
  4. Caribbean -- 103 percent higher than national average.
  5. Latin -- 102 percent higher than national average.
  6. Pakistani -- 97 percent higher than national average.
Massachusetts
  1. Portuguese -- 716 percent higher than national average.
  2. Brazilian -- 361 percent higher than national average.
  3. Irish -- 179 percent higher than national average.
  4. Seafood -- 90 percent higher than national average.
  5. Middle Eastern -- 82 percent higher than national average.
Michigan
  1. Middle Eastern -- 184 percent higher than national average.
  2. Diners -- 47 percent higher than national average.
  3. Hot dogs -- 43 percent higher than national average.
  4. Pizza -- 43 percent higher than national average.
  5. Soup -- 40 percent higher than national average.
Minnesota
  1. Buffets -- 53 percent higher than national average.
  2. Traditional American -- 35 percent higher than national average.
  3. Pizza -- 31 percent higher than national average.
  4. New American -- 21 percent higher than national average.
  5. Gluten-free -- 18 percent higher than national average.
Mississippi
  1. Southern -- 371 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cajun -- 189 percent higher than national average.
  3. Buffets -- 135 percent higher than national average.
  4. Soul food -- 106 percent higher than national average.
  5. Chicken wings -- 103 percent higher than national average.
Missouri
  1. BBQ -- 65 percent higher than national average.
  2. Soup -- 46 percent higher than national average.
  3. Chicken wings -- 33 percent higher than national average.
  4. Steak -- 30 percent higher than national average.
  5. Tex-Mex -- 29 percent higher than national average.
Montana
  1. Steak -- 141 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cafes -- 80 percent higher than national average.
  3. Traditional American -- 70 percent higher than national average.
  4. Diners -- 52 percent higher than national average.
  5. Breakfast/brunch -- 34 percent higher than national averag.e
Nebraska
  1. Steak -- 60 percent higher than national average.
  2. Buffets -- 36 percent higher than national average.
  3. Chicken wings -- 35 percent higher than national average.
  4. Comfort food -- 34 percent higher than national average.
  5. Burgers -- 30 percent higher than national average.
Nevada
  1. Filipino - 277 percent higher than national average.
  2. Hawaiian -- 238 percent higher than national average.
  3. Buffets -- 156 percent higher than national average.
  4. Steak -- 84 percent higher than national average.
  5. Vegan -- 66 percent higher than national average.
New Hampshire
  1. Breakfast/brunch -- 95 percent higher than national average.
  2. Irish -- 95 percent higher than national average.
  3. Gluten-free -- 72 percent higher than national average.
  4. Traditional American -- 67 percent higher than national average.
  5. Diners -- 66 percent higher than national average.
New Jersey
  1. Portuguese -- 880 percent higher than national average.
  2. Spanish -- 266 percent higher than national average.
  3. Kosher -- 218 percent higher than national average.
  4. Peruvian -- 211 percent higher than national average.
  5. Delis -- 156 percent higher than national average.
New Mexico
  1. Mexican -- 124 percent higher than national average.
  2. Steak -- 60 percent higher than national average.
  3. French -- 58 percent higher than national average.
  4. Cafes -- 51 percent higher than national average.
  5. Vegetarian -- 45 percent higher than national average.
New York
  1. Kosher -- 414 percent higher than national average.
  2. Halal -- 233 percent higher than national average.
  3. Spanish -- 206 percent higher than national average.
  4. Caribbean -- 158 percent higher than national average.
  5. Delis -- 117 percent higher than national average.
North Carolina
  1. Southern -- 229 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cheesesteaks -- 207 percent higher than national average.
  3. Hot dogs -- 80 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 47 percent higher than national average.
  5. Soul food -- 39 percent higher than national average.
North Dakota
  1. German -- 187 percent higher than national average.
  2. Steak -- 101 percent higher than national average.
  3. Soup -- 68 percent higher than national average.
  4. Buffets -- 62 percent higher than national average.
  5. Salad -- 41 percent higher than national average.
Ohio
  1. Soup -- 57 percent higher than national average.
  2. Pizza -- 57 percent higher than national average.
  3. Fast food -- 40 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 34 percent higher than national average.
  5. Burgers -- 32 percent higher than national average.
Oklahoma
  1. Tex-Mex -- 93 percent higher than national average.
  2. BBQ -- 88 percent higher than national average.
  3. Steak -- 58 percent higher than national average.
  4. Buffets -- 51 percent higher than national average.
  5. Fast food -- 51 percent higher than national average.
Oregon
  1. Food stands -- 404 percent higher than national average.
  2. Gluten-free -- 170 percent higher than national average.
  3. Vegan -- 153 percent higher than national average.
  4. Hawaiian -- 145 percent higher than national average.
  5. Thai -- 127 percent higher than national average.
Pennsylvania
  1. Cheesesteaks -- 260 percent higher than national average.
  2. Pizza -- 60 percent higher than national average.
  3. Italian -- 49 percent higher than national average.
  4. Diners -- 46 percent higher than national average.
  5. Delis -- 45 percent higher than national average.
Rhode Island
  1. Portuguese -- 1,187 percent higher than national average.
  2. Fish and chips -- 193 percent higher than national average.
  3. Irish -- 141 percent higher than national average.
  4. Spanish -- 124 percent higher than national average.
  5. Seafood -- 95 percent higher than national average.
South Carolina
  1. Southern -- 327 percent higher than national average.
  2. Seafood -- 76 percent higher than national average.
  3. Soul food -- 65 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 57 percent higher than national average.
  5. BBQ -- 49 percent higher than national average.
South Dakota
  1. Steak -- 143 percent higher than national average.
  2. Buffets -- 71 percent higher than national average.
  3. Traditional American -- 37 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 30 percent higher than national average.
  5. Pizza -- 27 percent higher than national average.
Tennessee
  1. Southern -- 335 percent higher than national average.
  2. Soul food -- 105 percent higher than national average.
  3. BBQ -- 100 percent higher than national average.
  4. Chicken wings -- 59 percent higher than national average.
  5. Tex-Mex -- 49 percent higher than national average.
Texas
  1. Tex-Mex -- 174 percent higher than national average.
  2. Cajun -- 171 percent higher than national average.
  3. BBQ -- 89 percent higher than national average.
  4. Mexican -- 85 percent higher than national average.
  5. Chicken wings -- 64 percent higher than national average.
Utah
  1. Hawaiian -- 241 percent higher than national average.
  2. Hot dogs -- 54 percent higher than national average.
  3. Mexican -- 50 percent higher than national average.
  4. Comfort food -- 41 percent higher than national average.
  5. Burgers -- 38 percent higher than national average.
Vermont
  1. Gastropubs -- 220 percent higher than national average.
  2. Diners -- 130 percent higher than national average.
  3. Comfort food -- 113 percent higher than national average.
  4. Vegan -- 92 percent higher than national average.
  5. Delis -- 91 percent higher than national average.
Virginia
  1. Peruvian -- 162 percent higher than national average.
  2. Southern -- 104 percent higher than national average.
  3. Latin -- 68 percent higher than national average.
  4. Middle Eastern -- 68 percent higher than national average.
  5. Pakistani -- 67 percent higher than national average.
Washington
  1. Vietnamese -- 181 percent higher than national average.
  2. Fish and chips -- 175 percent higher than national average.
  3. Thai -- 125 percent higher than national average.
  4. Korean -- 103 percent higher than national average.
  5. Japanese -- 88 percent higher than national average.
West Virginia
  1. Hot dogs -- 146 percent higher than national average.
  2. Pizza -- 75 percent higher than national average.
  3. Buffets -- 55 percent higher than national average.
  4. Fast food -- 54 percent higher than national average.
  5. Chicken wings -- 47 percent higher than national average.
Wisconsin
  1. Traditional American -- 52 percent higher than national average.
  2. Soup -- 34 percent higher than national average.
  3. New American -- 25 percent higher than national average.
  4. Sandwiches -- 21 percent higher than national average.
  5. Pizza -- 20 percent higher than national average.
Wyoming
  1. Steak -- 182 percent higher than national average.
  2. Comfort food -- 106 percent higher than national average.
  3. Traditional American -- 50 percent higher than national average.
  4. New American -- 39 percent higher than national average.
  5. Diners -- 28 percent higher than national average.
Bon apetit !
(H/T - JS)


Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Oops ! Changed order of things to accomodate Del's birthday, so original mention of "last Saturday" wrong ...... oh well, been traveling.
Still think this song shows the line between Bluegrass and "modern" country music.



Lonesome Standard Time (as best I can figure at the time this was recorded):

Larry Cordle - Guitar, Lead vocal, David Harvey - Mandolin, David Talbot - Banjo, Terry Eldridge - Bass, Fred Carpenter - Fiddle, Booie Beach - Lead Guitar. Sorry, can't seem to identify the Dobro player.
It was with this lineup that the band released in 2000, what became their signature CD, “Murder on Music Row”.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

STUPIDITY Div (well, you know, FREEDOM subsection)


                                                                 
Seems like many of the "learned, leading lights" of the Republican party have taken yet another step in wholeheartedly embracing the concept of freedom to do whatever, eh ? Science be damned - and common sense also.

Even better here's another that wants to take it one step further down the road to oblivion. Frankly, I wouldn't shake his hand either. Next, he'll probably propose a law limiting lawsuits by those sickened or killed - just gotta have that tort reform ya know.
Here in South Dakota, that's had an affect on those injured by medical malpractice. Easy, eh ? No lawyer, no lawsuit.

Seems that the concept of freedom taken to it's logical end is quite hazardous, eh ?

Just occurred to me dep't  - -  What if they came up with a vaccine for stupid ??