Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Harry Nilsson had a vocal range of three and a half octaves! He is best listened to when he is alone at the piano or acoustic guitar singing songs like "I guess the Lord must be in New York City" or "Without Her." Harry had a string of hits that included: The Lime in the Coconut, Without You, Me and My Arrow and Everybody's talking.
If you would like to see first hand the raw musical talent of this individual click on the following two hyperlinks:
Harry on the Smothers Brothers Show - http://youtube.com/watch?v=dswVK5si45M
Harry alone on the acoustic (turn this one up) http://youtube.com/watch?v=aJbizTCeJMg
Harry won critical acclaim with his concept album "The Point" which includes my personal favorite collection of Nilsson songs.
When the British press asked the Beatles in 1968 at the Apple Corps press conference, who their favorite American artist was, Lennon and McCartney both said, "Nilsson."
Odd yes, I'll give you that but there is something compelling. Take a listen and let me know what you think!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
After looking at the picture you can read my comments which are completely valid.
This is the poor woman who has to deal with John on a daily basis. This is his wife....Mrs. Lewis. Let's give Mrs. Lewis a big "Daily Item" round of applause for sticking out mortality with John.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Now I have had "Reed's" ginger candy and it is in fact the best ginger candy I have ever had. I had never put it together that the "Reed's" ginger candy and "Reed's" ginger beer were the same company....DUH!! They were. So obviously I was quite intrigued when I saw a four-pack of "Reed's Extra Ginger Brew" on my local Albertson's supermarket shelf. Standing in the beverage aisle I looked straight ahead, eye level at the four-pack contender. I wondered if this stuff was the real deal.
I called my friend Jeremy at home, not taking my eyes of the four-pack.
"Is this the stuff?" I asked.
"Yeah Man...It's the stuff...and it's the best" said Jeremy.
My eyes narrowed...scratching my chin I said, "OK...I'll get it and do a review on the blog."
Jeremy said, "you do that and if you disparage it I'll comment."
"MmmmOK" I said.
So here is the first taste test ever conducted on "The Daily Item."
The beverages: Reed's Extra Ginger Brew Ginger Beer and Stewart's Ginger Beer.
Ginger Burn *****
Stewart's Ginger Beer
Bottle Appeal ****
Ginger Burn *****
I hereby declare the Winner and Still ChampionStewart's Ginger Beer
Friday, July 25, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Evil laughter from my son at this point.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sarah gave Ruthie a nice Birthday facial made of Strawberries. Then further pampered her by doing her nails. Now she is super duper beautiful.
Ruth got lots of prestigious presents.
Gilligan's Island Season 1
a giant foot scraper
a nice basket for her bicycle
Happy Birthday Roo-roo!!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
(AP-July 5 2008-Sun Valley Idaho)
Penny May Hope broke a long standing Hope Family record by jumping off of a Tressel/Bridge at the age of 9 years 2 months. The record had previously been held by Jessica Hope at the age of 9 years 3 months.
Good job Penny!!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The 4th of July is upon us.
Here in the Wood River Valley that statement translates into massive amounts of people crammed into one little area. Sun Valley is a popular place this time of year. I had no idea! I must admit it is nice to see so many people out on vacation here in our lovely nape of the neck...nape of the way...in this place. In fact I have friends headed this way that will be here for the weekend. They are from the big city and may not notice the intense people clutter that has swarmed the valley. They are here to visit us and get away from it for a while.
Back to the 4th...
I'm a softy. Rather, I would describe myself somewhat large in stature. I think masculine things, I like masculine things and protection (as in.. protect my family from danger!) is high up on my resume. I guess I see myself as this sophisticated, brutish, clod guy. Really not too different from the Giant in "The Princess Bride" (any one want a peanut! -and- "I'm on the brute squad - You are the Brute squad."). Get the picture?!
An interesting twist into my clodish/brutish/sophisticated self is that I'm moved easily to tears. Not by threats, danger, other brutes or fears but rather by simple, almost undetected things.
If I hear a song, albeit instrumental or sung, that has exquisite harmony....Tears.
If I see family replicated in nature...like Mom and Dad Duck followed by baby ducks...Tears.
If I feel the warmth of my bed after sleeping on a futon mattress mashed into fruit leather for 5 months....whimper...then....Tears.
If I watch stinking movies with premature death, caring, love, surviving, winning, hope or even Mom and Dad winning (The Incredibles)....Tears.
If I'm at an auto show and I see a late 50's Corvette (not Chordvette)...Tears.
It's getting bad. This emotional softness has crept in over the years and the beauty of it is if I'm teared up, I can usually look across the room at Ruth and she will be teared up. Bizarre huh? Maybe it's in the water supply? It's so bad that if I sniff with allergies during a movie, 3 out of 4 of my children will whip there heads around to see if I'm crying!!
It wasn't always this way. I used to be a freaking stupid idiot (many would agree). -tangent-
Back in the old days there was only one thing that could move me to tears and I remember it all the way back to my basketball playing days in high school and college. It was the National Anthem. You know the Star Spangled Banner. The first time I recognized a choked up feeling that I couldn't stop was while listening to the Star Spangled Banner before my basketball games. There is something about that song when played...it's like I'm able to see and feel of the great sacrifice people have made on my behalf to make this a great nation. I see in my mind, General Washington up against the odds and taking time to pray to the Almighty for strength and wisdom. I see Francis Scott Key seeing a tattered but victorious flag waving in the distance. I see soldiers that have fought to the death to support democracy. I see a herculean effort to keep our country free. These are the things I would and could see in my mind before every basketball game from my junior year on up through my college playing days, while the National Anthem was being played. These pictures in my mind would move me to tears 100% of the time. What does it mean?
I DON'T KNOW!
No really, I do know. It means this is a great country and why wouldn't I be moved to tears.
Have a beautiful 4th!!