Monday, March 30, 2020

Geography Div (Future statehood subsection)

In 1867 the US purchased Alaska from Russia. If trump is successful and we purchase Greenland from Denmark (assuming it hasn't melted), Alaska won't be the largest state; and Texas (Readmitted to the Union today in 1870) will be #3.

I just couldn't resist .................

Saturday, March 28, 2020

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Furriners subsection)

Swedish bluegrass group Dunderhead doing Down the Line. Quite refreshing !!

Angelina Lundh (vocals, accordion), Mikael Grund (vocals, guitar), Agnes Brogeby (violin, vocals), Anders Ternesten (banjo), and Carl Karlsson (bass) 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mid-week Bluegrass Div (Obit subsection)

Eric Weissberg passed away on Sunday the 22nd.  He was an influence on so many banjo players. I still have my copy of New Dimensions in Banjo and Bluegrass on vinyl !
Here he is along with Tom Paxton
RIP Eric.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Uplifting Div (Social Distancing subsection)

Since my gym is closed, went today for a walk (it's 60 degrees here, but supposed to snow tomorrow).
Came across this written in chalk on a sidewalk in my neighborhood.

Here's the part in the photo:

Sometimes the little things
Start closing in on me
When I'm feeling down
I wanna lose that frown
I stick my head out the window
And I look around
Those clouds don't scare me
They can't disguise
This magic that's happening
Right before my eyes
Soon Mr. Moon will be shining bright
So the best day ever can last all night
Yeah, the best day ever's gonna last all night now
Complete lyrics here 

Kind of a nice thought for our current situation.
Stay safe and healthy.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Carolina Blue from Brevard, NC doing I hear Bluegrass Calling Me

Carolina Blue: Tommy Jones - Mandolin, Aynsley Porchak - Fiddle, Bobby Powell - Guitar,
James McDowell - Banjo and Reese Combs - Bass

Monday, March 16, 2020

Geography Div (Huh ? subsection)

Now, why South Dakota is one of the top 10 most remembered states is a mystery to me .... and hell, I live there.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Holiday Div (Yummy subsection)

Yesterday was PI Day (3.14, etc for those not familiar) and Mrs Bear treated me.
Here it is just before it went into the oven (even more appropriate, it's Pi-neapple):

Hope you had a slice of your own !!!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (A Capella subsection)

International group (Members from US, Argentina and Mexico) Che Apalache doing their original composition The Wall. 

Joe Troop - lead Pau Barjau - bass Franco Martino - baritone Martín Bobrik - tenor

Monday, March 9, 2020

Geography Div (Invasion subsection)

Today in 1916, these here United States were invaded by Mexico!!! Guess we needed that unnecessary wall then too, eh ?

In the small hours of March 9th 1916 Villa crossed the Mexican/ U.S.A border 3 miles West of the border gate at Palomas (manned by 151 men and 7 officers of the 13th Cavalry).

The town, garrisoned with 341 men and 7 officers, lay quiet until around 4.30am when Villa's men rode in from the west, dividing their force to attack the town itself and the military camp.

Half the Villistas penetrated as far as the Commercial Hotel, halfway up Main Street where they robbed and butchered 9 guests. The other half struck Camp Furlong from the Southeast targeting the stables in order to spook away as many of the horses as possible. The cook wide awake and at work defended themselves with foraging shotguns as point blank range. Meanwhile at the cross roads of main street and the railroad the Machinegun Company had set themselves up and would discharge 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Eventually the raiders withdrew from the town and were hotly pursued by Captain Tompkins, 56 cavalrymen verses 400 Villistas. Tompkins drove Villa 15 miles back into Mexico killing 32. Tompkins returned to Columbus at around 1pm to the sight of 67 dead Villistas being doused with kerosene and set ablaze.

The Subsequent Mexican Punitive Expedition lead by General John J. Pershing lasted some 10 months but it failed to capture Villa. It did however disperse his forces who never again penetrated American soil. 
(H/T Treasurenet)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

A Group that's been around for seven years, but not really famous. Here doing their Original composition Second Time Around.

Noah Wall - Fiddle and lead vocal, Tommy Norris - Mandolin, Alex Conerly - Guitar and Katie Blomarz - Bass.

Monday, March 2, 2020