February 28, 2011

Chiropractic Wikipedia Tangents

Most of the day Saturday I finished up the caulking.
Saturday night my back started in on me.
Sunday it was worse.
Had a hard time getting out of bed this morning.
My chiropractor squeezed me in.

She manipulated my spine.
She TENSed my back.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
It has been used since 1974.
It feels weird, but good.
good vibrations.
Beach Boys.

Then her massage therapist squeezed me in.                          Her name is Mary Hieronymus
There was a painter from the fifteenth century.
His name was Hieronymus Bosch.
Not much was known about him.
He was Dutch.
Fewer than twenty-paintings survive.

My deductable has increased five dollars.
Blood suckers.

February 27, 2011

Academy Connection

Jennifer Lawrence starred in the film 'Winter's Bone'.
Her mother's name is Karen Lawrence
Her maiden name was Koch.
Karen Koch was a cheerleader at Westport High.
She married a guy named Lawrence.
I went to Westport High.
Karen and I graduated from Westport together.
Karen probably wouldn't remember me,
if she tripped over me.
I haven't seen 'Winter's Bone' yet.

Big deal huh?

February 25, 2011

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Today I heard this song covered by a Welsh band, the Stereophonics. Most people think that Roberta Flack wrote this song.

It was written in 1957 by political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who was later to become his wife. At the time the couple were lovers, although MacColl was married to someone else.

MacColl wrote the song for Seeger, also a folk singer, after she asked him to pen a song for a play she was in. MacColl wrote the song and taught it to Seeger over the phone. The alternative version of the creation of this song is that MacColl was challenged by a friend to write a love song, with no politics. This song was the result.

MacColl and Seeger included the song in their repertoire, when performing in folk clubs around Britain. During the 1960s.

The song entered the pop mainstream when it was recorded by Roberta Flack in 1972. The Flack version was much slower than the original: an early solo recording by Seeger, for example, clocked in at two and a half minutes long, whereas Flack's is more than twice that length.

Stereophonics  'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'

February 23, 2011

BB Studley

I rely on our neighbor Bill, a semi-retired Finnish carpenter, when doing projects involving wood working. The last three days I've held his compound miter saw and two nail guns hostage. However much I would like to buy these goodies, I can't justify it. Our living room smells like a saw mill but things are looking good. All the wainscotting and trim are up and I ran into very few problems.

Now comes the tedious finish work of setting odd finishing nails, which despite using the nail gun, didn't have enough umph to penetrate the plaster walls and the fifty-five year old studs beneath. I'm a fifty-five year stud myself...HAH. Caulking...how I hate to caulk, but no matter how much you'd like to be the perfect stud-carpenter, caulking is necessary.

Chair Rail Dragster.

February 20, 2011

Never Ending

After the new hardwood floor, new baseboard and repainting the wood trim in our bedroom the remodel cancer has now spread to the living room. The wainscotting has been put up and tomorrow I start on chair rail and baseboard. I have the week off. surely I can finish in five days -- even with the unseen problems that will come. In spite of this, I love doing remodels on the house. It may be because of the problems that I like it.

On home improvement TV shows they edit out the cussing and gnashing of teeth. They make it look so simple. At the end of "New Yankee Workshop" Norm  Abram says you can order the plans for the project he just finished and you'll be off and running. Of course Norm has 100,000 dollars worth of equipment in his designer workshop and decades of professional woodworking experience.

After I'm through with my part we're papering between the chair rail and ceiling. Wife is the official wallpaperer and I'm her gofer. We work well together...hell we should, we've papered most every room in the house...twice.

February 7, 2011

Paul & Art

You've probably seen a car commercial with a background song which happens to be Simon and Garfunkel. The snippet of the song sounds speeded up slightly on the commercial. For some reason this irritated me.
It's similar to changing words in a Mark Twain novel.

Paul Simon wrote this as a thinly-veiled message to Art Garfunkel, referring to a specific incident where Garfunkel went to Mexico to act in the film Catch-22. Simon was left alone in New York writing songs for the album 'Bridge over Troubled Water', hence the lonely feelings of 'The Only Living Boy In New York' Simon refers to Garfunkel in the song as Tom, referring to their early days when they were called Tom and Jerry, and encourages him to "let your honesty shine...like it shines on me."

The background vocals (the part in the commercial) feature both Garfunkel and Simon recorded together in an echo chamber, multi-tracked eight times."

Simon and Garfunkel 'The Only Living Boy in New York' 1970.