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Music on Mondays (11-30-15)—Smart man….

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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As I listen to music in my collection, certain songs remind me of certain people from my past. I thought it would be interesting to feature some of those songs for today’s Music on Mondays.

“Help” by The Beatles, released in 1965, reminds me of Barbara.

I met Barbara at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in late 1965 when I had been placed in their “troubled youth” program. Barbara was from Bakersfield, California, also a troubled youth. She was near 18 whereas I was 10. She introduced me to The Beatles, and “Help” was my favorite song. Still is near the top of my list of favorite Beatles songs.

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“Something’s Wrong With Me” by Austin Roberts was a hit in October 1972. Reminds me of Mark.

Mark was the first guy that I had a crush on. I as 17 and supposed to be interested in girls. Wasn’t working. Something was wrong with me….

Mark worked at the Exxon station across from the railroad yards, and since my granddad worked on the railroad, I had no problem hanging around the railroad to watch Mark across the street. I went to Mark’s wedding in 1984 or so…. a bittersweet event.

It took until 1993 before I realized that absolutely nothing was wrong with me. I simply had different interests….

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“Pieces Of April” by Three Dog Night was a big hit in November 1972.

“Pieces Of April” reminds me of Sarita, one of my closest female friends from high school. She lived not far from me whereas Mark lived on the other side of town. One day Sarita walked to my house and the two of us walked to Mark’s house. As we were walking down one of the city’s major thoroughfares, I was singing songs. Sarita asked if I knew “Pieces Of April.” I did (of course; I knew all the hits!), so I sang it for her.

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“In My Life” by The Beatles reminds me of Lynda.

Lynda was the second girl I dated, and I sang “In My Life” to her in high school on Valentine’s Day 1972. In December 1973 I asked her to marry me. Her dad, a Southern Baptist preacher, said no. Smart man………

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Zoey the Cool Cat’s weather forecasts

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Nipple play

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I came to San Diego in April 1993 specifically to “come out” and try to reconcile my conflict as a special person with my Mormon (mom) and Catholic (dad) upbringing.

My first 11 months in San Diego were spent enjoying all the beaches in San Diego County, getting a nice tan (which I currently am paying for), meeting other sun bunnies, and studying the world’s great, and not-so-great, religions.

After 11 months, I decided that I really didn’t need religion, didn’t need to reconcile who I am with any manmade religion, only with Mother and Father Nature. I’ll just leave it at that.

The preface is for the following bas relief which I found above the main entrance doors of a monastery here in San Diego:

Bas relief at a San Diego monastery

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The religion to which that monastery belongs was founded in the late 12th century.

Look closely at that bas relief.

We could presume that the lower figure is Christ on the cross.

Let’s presume the figure behind Christ is God.

Notice the placement of God’s left hand?

On Christ’s nipple!

I’m not presuming to know anything about this religion, but what’s with that?

Look at the expressions on the faces.

Here’s my dialogue:

Christ: First tortured, now sexually assaulted.

God: Finally, I get to play with myself.

Upper left child: Ew. Incest. Necrophilia….

Upper right child: Will God do that to us when we grow up?

Is this a foretelling of what would happen in the Catholic Church many centuries later?

Were those activities prevalent all along?

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And, for the record in response to Monday’s post, thanks for all the tips and tricks. None of them work anymore so I’m stuck with the new WordPress editor. And, to be blunt, it really really bites………

P.S. I expect to lose a few followers who will be upset and offended. That’s okay. Still hope they have a wonderful life.

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Music on Mondays (11-23-15)—I quit

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Looks like WordPress finally is forcing us to use the new editor. It’s……….

……..sooooooooooooooooooooooo………………….

……………………..slow……………………….

I’m 60 and I type faster than the editor can put the characters on the screen………….. I end up typing the same thing three or four times before it shows up on the screen…….

If this is the new WordPress, I won’t be around much longer. I’ll give ’em till the end of the year.

I would  to have a Music on Mondays post todut I can’t wait around all day for this…….. I have things to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyonepy Thanksgiving to eryone. Happy Thanksgiving to everanksgiving to everyone. Hapng to everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to everyoneHappy

I quit.

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Got its picture anyways!

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I don’t know what species of bird this is but it sure is purty.

It was zipping here and there all the while that I was doing a home inspection.

If I went outside to take its picture, it would fly into the bushes.

I got this picture from inside through a screen window with a 300mm lens.

Pretty yellow bird

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San Diego Historical Landmarks—#16: Whaling Station Site

San Diego Historical Landmarks

My plans to explore San Diego’s historical landmarks in numerical order came crashing down this morning when I realized that I could not get to San Diego Historical Landmark #16, Whaling Station Site, because it is smack dab in the heart of Naval Station Point Loma.

Whaling station site location

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In other words, it is inaccessible to the general public. What! How can a historical site be inaccessible? Oh, the nerve….

The site is next to the San Diego Submarine Base, and if you take a boat tour of San Diego harbor you can sometimes get great pictures of submarines.

Submarine and tugboat

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There’s a road, 209 on the map but Rosecrans on all the street signs, that goes through the middle of the naval base and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

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Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is directly above the submarine base, so if you stop and walk to the edges of the cemetery, you can get good pictures of the submarine base and submarines currently in port.

San Diego submarine base

San Diego submarine base

Submarine base

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Continue on Rosecrans out to Cabrillo National Monument and enjoy the best views of Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and downtown San Diego.

North Island Naval Air Station and downtown San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma

Shelter Island and submarine base

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The Whaling Station Site is where shore whaling had its start in San Diego in the 1850s. Shore whaling involved shore sites where whalers cut up the whales they had taken in the harbor and at sea. The blubber was boiled down for oil, which was coopered and stored for shipment at the site. The San Diego whaling station produced as much as 55,000 gallons of whale oil annually.

Shortly after the United States Government took Ballast Point in 1869 for military, quarantine, and lighthouse purposes, the whaling station was forced to move.

I did find out that the Whaling Station Site is accessible one day each year, on October 14, when is when Cabrillo National Monument was founded.

I guess you know where I’m going on October 14, 2016….

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For the introductory blog post to San Diego’s historical landmarks, click on San Diego’s Historical Landmarks.

For previous posts in the San Diego Historical Landmarks series, go here.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-20-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s been really really cold here in San Diego this past week. I probably should disclose that my definition of “cold” is when the temperature dips into the 60s, and “really cold” is when the temperature dips into the 50s. I’ll let you use your powers of deduction to determine what “really really cold” means to me.

Dahlias always seem to warm me up, so here is a collection of dahlias for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta:)

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Music on Mondays (11-16-15)—I’ll drive

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One of my long-time friends asked me why I took the new job since it is not exactly brain-intensive work.

Well, first and foremost, I can tell you that age discrimination is rampant in the work force, and it doesn’t matter what industry.

Over the last two years, I have been trying to work my way out of the home inspection industry because my knees and shoulders just don’t like crawling around under houses or up in attics anymore.

It seems every company with which I had been communicating wanted (1) “someone who can dedicate his/her life to the company” or (2) “someone who can make a career here” or (3) “someone who wants more than just a job.”

(1) means that they didn’t expect me to have much life left to dedicate to the company.

(2) means that they didn’t think I was actually looking for a career since I will either retire or die before I have time to make yet one more career.

(3) means that they thought that all I was looking for was a job to carry me over until retirement or death.

There is a lot to be said about having your own company and being self-employed because then those factors don’t come into play. You either sink or swim based on your own skills, knowledge, and business management.

That’s my take on it…………

I also came up with a nice tagline to explain why I took the new job:

Republicans cry,
Republicans bitch,
Our rich are too poor
And our poor are too rich.

Wait!

That’s not it!

Here it is:

ScooBeez
Where I get paid to sit in traffic
and listen to my 1,774 hours of music.

Whenever I talk about music, long time friends pay attention……:)

I average listening to 10 hours and 2 minutes of music each and every day, which means it takes me a little over 177 days to listen to everything….

….And I do listen to it all, in chronological order—I’m in 1971 right now.

My high day was January 10, 2015, when I listened to 18 hours, 30 minutes, and 38 seconds of music. I might be able to top that with the new job since the new Corolla has a thumb drive for the audio system. I copy music to the thumb drive each day, plug it into the car’s audio system, and off I go! Rockin’ and rollin’ down the highway, or at least as much rollin’ as urban traffic/rush hour traffic will allow….

Following is a selection of songs that I will be listening to in the car today while driving. Hope they bring back some pleasant memories.

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Guard Kitty with attitude

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Two pictures of the guard kitty at yesterday’s home inspection.

He was big, fluffy, beautiful, and on duty at the front entrance throughout the inspection.

Had a little attitude, too. Maybe he knew he was being forced to move….

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Guard Kitty

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