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Old Friends … Paul Williams and Jack Jones

31 Aug

That’s What Friends are For – Written by Paul Williams
– Sung by Jack Jones

After (literally) years of searching I was finally able to get this song:
That’s What Friends are For
written by Paul Williams and sung by Jack Jones.

A brilliant and beautiful song and a truly inspired interpretation by Jack Jones.

Jack Jones

Jack … still singing … a true artist.

Wikipedia:
John Allan Jones
(born January 14, 1938),
known by his stage name Jack Jones, is an American jazz and pop singer, popular during the 1960s. Jones was primarily a straight pop singer (even when he recorded contemporary material) whose ventures in the direction of jazz were mostly of the big band/swing variety. Jones won two Grammy Awards. He continues to perform concerts around the world and remains popular in Las Vegas. Jones is widely known for his recordings of “Wives and Lovers” (1964 Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), “The Race Is On”, “Lollipops and Roses” (1962, Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), “The Impossible Dream”, “Call Me Irresponsible”, “Lady”,
and “The Love Boat Theme”.
He is also the voice of Greg’s frog in the cartoon network miniseries Over The Garden Wall (2014).

That’s What Friends are For is on Jack’s 1974 album Harbour:

Jack Jones Harbour 1974

I don’t know much about what ever else is on that album, but
if it’s half as good as this, it’s great stuff.

Paul Williams

Thanks Paul

Wikipedia:
Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.
(born September 19, 1940) is an American composer, singer-songwriter, and actor.
He is perhaps best known for popular songs performed by a number of acts in the 1970s including Three Dog Night’s rendition of “An Old Fashioned Love Song”, Helen Reddy’s “You and Me Against the World”, David Bowie’s “Fill Your Heart”, and the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays”, as well as his contributions to films, such as writing the lyrics to the #1 chart-topping “Evergreen”, the love theme from A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand, for which he won a Grammy for Song of the Year and an Academy Award for Best Original Song; and “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie. He also wrote the lyrics to the opening theme for The Love Boat, with music previously composed by Charles Fox,
which was originally sung by Jack Jones, and later, by Dionne Warwick.

He has also had a variety of high-profile acting roles such as Little Enos Burdette in the 1977 action-comedy Smokey and the Bandit, and as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise (which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process), as well as television, theater, and voice-over work for animation.

Paul Williams and Barbra Steisand

Paul with the Legendary Barbra Steisand

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If Paul or Jack had never done anything else but this song
that would still be enough for me.

my favorite westerns …

27 Aug

MYFAVORITEWESTERNS

 

 

Island Excursion: The Caribou Gold Rush … Part 2

24 Aug


Santy Anno / The Kingston Trio

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC

Gold??
Most people were just shoveling gravel and whistling Dixie.
It was not glorious.

Exhibits

Law and Order … 

Aritifacts

Gold and Guns 1

Self enforcement …

Gold and Guns

Your weight in Gold ??

Your weight in gold

With a little help from a nearby rail … 

Your weight in gold 2

I’m worth $1,352,949 more than Rose.
(The only time I can think that it would actually Pay to be fat)

Barkerville British Columbia

Barkerville, British Columbia / Caribou Mountains

Barkerville British Columbia 2

Quesnel British Columbia

Quesnel, British Columbia 

Prospector

Romantic I tell ya. 

Island Excursion: The Caribou Gold Rush … Part 1

24 Aug

Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC

Gold Fever

On our recent (short) Vancouver Island holiday, Rose got wind of an exhibit at the Royal Victoria Museum called Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC. 

I knew this would be an excellent exhibit about an important – and one of Canada’s greatest Western events – The Caribou Gold Rush.

What would US and Canadian history be like without the several gold rushes that opened up the Western territories? Very different I assure you. Not many ‘gold rushers’ found gold, but they poured into these unsettled territories – thus settling and opening up the great Western wilderness.

Victoria BC Royal Museum - Gold Rush

Signs of Gold 2

In any language, Gold is Gold.

Signs of Gold

First you get to see an impressive IMAX presentation

Gold Rush Imax

Gold in British Columbia

GOLD

O what to do with all this gold …

GOLD 2

I can think of a couple of things …

GOLD 3

Bill Reid

Next:
The Caribou Gold Rush … Part 2

 

Win 10 experience …

21 Aug

After a two day tussle with Windows 10 I discover that there is no fix for my problem – whereby my system occasionally freezes up. Windows 10 is not compatible with my Motherboard and at present there are no Drivers to remedy this. Therefore I will likely go back to Windows 7. There is a built in component that will allow me to do so.

This being said, I haven’t enough experience with Win 10 to recommend it or to piss on it. I’m guessing it will work OK for most people – though I note a great many users are flooding MS with issues. Typically.

At your own risk. win 10

Win some … Lose some

here we go again …

20 Aug

*SPLAT*

win 10 broken

Finally got my computer back from the infirmary …

Installed Windows 10 …

System locks up. Can’t even access Task Manager.

Upon reboot I get this: “Asus (Motherboard) setup: Does not support this operating system WNT_6.2H_64”

My tech says this is a Windows 10 problem. Uh huh.

In the process of contacting Microsoft …

Wish me luck.

computer cowbot

You might be faster’n me …  but I’m likely more persistent.

computer cowboy

 “Hmmmm … cow L92 is in pasture J4 … “

Back from the Island …

17 Aug

Got back from Vancouver Island Saturday afternoon …

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DSC00767

My computer is in the infirmary.
Hope to have it back in a couple of days …

Then I can do something.

Sabino Canyon, Arizona

7 Aug

Heading over to Vancouver Island tomorrow – for a week.
Thought I’d throw this post up before we go.
See you in a week.

road runner

On our Arizona Holiday a few people suggested we check out
Sabino Canyon.
So we did.

Sabino Canyon map

It’s a large area.

Sabino Canyon topographical map

Topographical Map.

Sabino Canyon

The road to the Canyon – Scouting it out – it’s up there somewhere …

Sabino Canyon Saguaros 3

Rose and Saguaro Cactus

Sabino Canyon Saguaros 4

Sabino Canyon looking around

We liked what we saw … and decided to come back the next day.

road runner

The next day:

Sabino Canyon ... ready to go

Ready to go …

There’s a few ways to get up Sabino Canyon:
Walk, Jog, Bike … or the Geezer Tram.

Sabino Canyon Tram

Aboard the Geezer Tram

Sabino Canyon Tram 1

Sabino Canyon on the way up

There’s a few places you can jump out if you want
… but we went to the top.

Sabino Canyon Tram at the top

At the top …

Then you can hike back down via several trails …

Sabino Canyon at the top

Rugged.

Sabino Canyon at the top 2

Sabino Canyon Tram and High Trail

Tram below and the High Trail in the background.

Sabino Canyon - Geezer and cactus

Sabino Canyon and guide

Rose and out Guide.

This guy jogged all the way back down. Yup.

Sabino Canyon the road back

Sabino Canyon water

There’s water in the canyon … but you’d better bring some with you.

Sabino Canyon sign

Sign says:
“Warning: Sabino Canyon is a natural area with inherent dangers.
Be cautious of
– Falling rocks
– Venomous wildlife
– Sudden storms and lightning
– Flash floods

road runner

Hiking down …

Sabino Canyon oasis

Looks inviting doesn’t it?

Sabino Canyon waterhole

Sabino Canyon dip

It is.

Sabino Canyon dip 2

Sabino Canyon - Rose in the water

Sabino Canyon - Ah Yes ...

Life is tuff.

Sabino Canyon - loving the water

Heading back …

Sabino Canyon - tram

Have a nice day.

Hitchbot backup pressed into action …

3 Aug

Hitchbot II 

HITCHBOT 2

“Hitchbot II is not really street tested yet,
but we’re confident there will be no more … incidents.”

Hitchbot brutally slain in Philadelphia …

3 Aug

hitchbot

July 27, 2014 – August 2, 2015

The loveable (?) (OK, likeable) hitchhiking robot Hitchbot met his brutal demise whilst sitting on a public bench in Philadelphia, US of A – the City of Brotherly Love. Love, evidently not extended to mechanical entities – even as harmless as Hitchbot.

From the Official Website: http://www.hitchbot.me/

hitchBOT | A robot exploring the world\

“hitchBOT’s trip came to an end last night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia; sometimes bad things happen to good robots.  We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over. For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans.”

HITCHBOT BIKING

HITCHBOT US MAP

Below: the broken and mutilated body of poor Hitchbot
lies in a Philadelphia gutter.

HITCHBOT'S BODY

Someone swore they could Hitchbot mumbling “Cecil … Cecil … “

Rest in Peaces Hitch

Funeral Services dates will be announced
as soon as all his parts have been recovered.

Hitchbot at Fenway BallPark

Hitchbot at Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers game on Friday, July 24, in Boston

Above: Hitchbot at Fenway
Below: Hitchbot’s Bucket List

hitchbot's bucket list

Sadly … only partially realized …

Slow West … revisited

30 Jul

slow west posters Wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie. I just hoped it was good. It did keep my interest up. But it’s definitely not a conventional ‘old style’ Western. At times it almost seems like a stream of disjointed surrealistic vignettes – some violent – some humorous. I wasn’t surprised by the ending. One thing I did notice though, was an unusual weapon that used in one scene. A particular rifle that I recognized right away – from one of My Favorite Westerns. It’s used by a bounty hunter in one of the concluding scenes: Below: Do you recognize it?

slow west unpacking the weapon

Well … lookie here.

You may not recall it’s Make, but if you’re a Western fan you may well recall where you saw it before.

slow west the rifle

Recognize it?

slow west the rifle 2

Ka boooom !!!

slow west Sharps 1874 Model Rifle

That’s the rifle. So where have we seen this before?

Why right here …

quigley down under poster

quigley down under banner

Quigley Down Under

Yep … same gun.

Quigley Down Under 3

Ka boooom !!!

Quigley Down Under 2

Even sounds the same.

Sharps 1874 Model Rifle bar

Old Tucson Studios: Part 76

29 Jul


Ripple / Grateful Dead

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

The Grand Finale of the ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
is a stunt show. Stunt Set Below:

Old Tucson Studios Stunt Set

Old Tucson Studios Stunt Men

The Stunt Actors make their entrance.

Old Tucson Studios Stuntman

Whipped cream ?

Sadly, none of our stunt photos turned out …  Grrrr.

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Old Set

Old Tucson Studios Train Station

Old Tucson Studios Train ride

Here she comes !

Old Tucson Studios Signpost

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Stage

Old Tucson Studios Real Train

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Camera Boom

We’re rolling …

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Crooked Creek Chapel

Crooked Creek Chapel / Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios Church Altar

Old Tucson Studios Church

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Amen

Old Tucson Studios: Part 38

24 Jul

Is this taking a long time? or is it just me?
Well, the fantasy sail on the Bluenose schooner (the only item on my Bucket List) was a nice diversion. 

 Now back to Arizona HolidayOld Tucson Studios.


The Hanging Tree / Norton Buffalo

 Somebody at Old Tucson Studios had a great idea: make a nice picnic oasis rest area for visitors
– with a waterfall, a pond, and a some shelter.
So they did.

Old Tucson Studios Oasis

Old Tucson Studios Oasis 2

Old Tucson Studios Oasis 3

Old Tucson Studios Oasis 4

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios mine

Rose on the steam drill

Old Tucson Studios gallows

A poor hiding place

Old Tucson Studios sheriff

Good thing I know the Sheriff

Old Tucson Studios foot massage

Have a seat – Tenderfoot’s delight

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Chinese Alley

Old Tucson Studios Chinese Alley 2

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Pottery

Old Tucson Studios  El Toro

Old Tucson Studios Rose's Cantina

Rose’s Cantina

Old Tucson Studios Blacksmith

Old Tucson Studios Blacksmith 2

Old Tucson Studios Rose's jail

Old Tucson Studios Posters

Old Tucson Studios Signs

Now what ?

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

New Western coming … The Revenant

19 Jul

The Revenant

Coming / December

The Revenant 3

The Revenant 2

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The Revenant

The Revenant 4

Official Site: 

http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-revenant

Thanks to TIM NEATH – VISUAL ARTIST
for bringing this to my attention
https://timneath.wordpress.com/about-me/

To the sea again …

14 Jul

A Dedication to Marilyn and Garry of Serendipity Blog
http://teepee12.com/

May your sails be full
and a fair wind blowin’ …

BLUENOSE I

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

– John Masefield, 1913
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BLUENOSE 2 bar

Bluenose II … to the sea again !!

14 Jul

Some people might think that nuthin’ happens up here in Canada
– that we have no passion, no love, no lore …
But oh, they’d be so wrong.
So wrong !


Bluenose – Stan Rogers

BLUENOSE 2 5

The Bluenose has got it’s new masts installed, fixed it’s rudder, passed it’s Sea Trials, chastised the bureaucrats,
and is ready to sail !!

BLUENOSE 2

BLUENOSE 2 2

BLUENOSE 2 3

Bluenose II to be open for public tours
– THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published July 7, 2015 – 1:47pm

“LUNENBURG, Nova Scotia — The Bluenose II will be available for public tours on Saturday after undergoing a major restoration.

Members of the public will be able to tour the ship after it sails into the harbour in Lunenburg and before it begins offering sailing harbour tours on July 19.

The vessel is a replica of the original Bluenose, the 1921 Grand Banks fishing schooner that won worldwide acclaim for its graceful lines and speed.”

And for being the fastest schooner in the world for 18 years!

BLUENOSE 2 Bell

BLUENOSE 2 4

BLUENOSE 2 6

I didn’t plan on a page for the Bluenose
But it was a fair day … and the wind caught me sail …
BLUENOSE 2 bar

Calglary Stampede 2015 …

13 Jul

The Winners … Texans and Albertans cash in …

Calgary Stampede 2015 buckle

Calgary Stampede 2015 view

2015 Bareback Champ

Clint Laye from Cadogan, Alberta.

Clint Laye Bareback Champ

Clint Laye Bareback Champ 2

Clint Laye Bareback Champ 3

Clint Laye Bareback Champ 4

cowboy bar

2015 Bull Riding Champ

Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma.

Bull Riding Sage Kimzey

Bull Riding Sage Kimzey 2

cowboy bar

2015 Saddle Bronc Champ

Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta

Saddle Bronc Zeke Thurston

Saddle Bronc Zeke Thurston 2

cowboy bar

2015 Barrel Racing Champ

Lisa Lockhart  from Oelrichs, South Dakota.

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing Lisa Lockhart  from Oelrichs, South Dakota.

cowboy bar

2015 Steer Wrestling Champ

Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon.
Has won the Steer Wrestling 4 times.
Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon.
Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon. 2
Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon. 3
cowboy bar

2015 Calf Roping Champ

Timber Moore from Aubrey, Texas.

Timber Moore Calf Roping Champ

Timber Moore Calf Roping Champ 2

Timber Moore Calf Roping Champ 3

cowboy bar

Novice Bronc Riders Take Trophies

Novice Riders

Photo by Mike Copeman

Hometown favorite Connor Hamilton rode his way to the novice bareback riding bronze at the Stampede, after making an 80 point ride Saturday, to go along with the 75.5 from earlier in the Stampede. The former Junior A hockey player only took up rodeo recently, so it was quite an accomplishment to take the title at his first Stampede. Lane Cust of Ardmore claimed the novice saddle bronc honors in his third Stampede appearance, after making a stellar 82 point on his first horse, and then adding in a 77.5 in the Finals.

Story by Dianne Finstad

cowboy bar

2015 Chuckwagon Race Champ

Kurt Bensmiller wins back to back Championship

Chuckwagon Champ

Kurt Bensmiller (Tsuu T’ina Nation)

cowboy bar

Calgary Stampede 2015 midway

Stevie Wonder

Omar … Cowboy

12 Jul

Omar Sharif
(1932–2015)

Omar Sharif

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Omar Sharif acted in 2 unusual Westerns. If fact they are so unusual
that some may debate they are Westerns at all.

Mackenna’s Gold (1969)

McKenna's Gold poster

I like MacKenna’s Gold. Why? Precisely because it is so unusual.
Plus it’s Star Power: Sharif, Gregory Peck, Telly Savalas, Keenan Wynn.
Julie Newmar, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, 
Anthony Quayle, Edward G. Robinson, Eli Wallach

Screen

MGM screen logo

McKenna's Gold screen shot

McKenna's Gold Reviews

McKenna's Gold Omar Sharif

Hidalgo Bar

Omar’s second unusual Western is

Hidalgo (2004)

HIDALGO

Hidalgo Bar

I love this movie and find it very re-watchable. I couldn’t understand
some of the unfavorable reviews ???
Omar’s role is a support role – not large. But he’s excellent – as usual.
Ride on Omar!

Old Tucson Studios: Part 6

9 Jul

The Streets of Laredo / Michael Murphy
Arizona Cowboys

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios Wells Fargo

Old Tucson Studios  Trail Ride

Old Tucson Studios Stables 2

Old Tucson Studios Stables 3

Old Tucson Studios No Whining

Old Tucson Studios Stables

Old Tucson Studios Saddle Maker

Rio Bravo

Next: Old Tucson Studios: Part 7

Old Tucson Studios … Part 5

8 Jul

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson 2

Our last stop on Main Street was the Western Movie Museum

Below: Cannon used in The Alamo (1960)

Old Tucson Studio Alamo Cannon

Below: The Alamo trailer – includes Wayne’s classic Coonskin quote
which pretty well summed up Wayne’s personal philosophy.

Old Tucson bar

Below: the great Western Film Director: Cecil Wanna B Ford

Old Tucson Studio clown

“It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy
than to get a cowboy to be an actor.”
– John Ford

Good, I still have a chance.

Old Tucson bar

Below: Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) poster. (My Favorite Western).
Note the uncanny resemblance between me and Burt Lancaster!
Uncanny I tell ya!

Old Tucson Studios OK Corral Poster

Old Tucson Studios OK Corral Poster 2

Old Tucson bar

Old Tucson Studios Law and Order

You must be the one they call ‘The Kid’.

Old Tucson Studios Billy the Kid

Earps and Wesson

Old Tucson Studios Earps

Old Tucson bar

Old Tucson Fire / 1995

Nearly 40-percent of Old Tucson, including many of the most-famous wood structures, was destroyed by fire on April 24, 1995.
The park was rebuilt for tourists, (re-opened in 1997) but never regained the magic of its heyday as a Old West filmmaking mecca.

Old Tucson Fire

Fire Ravages Old Tucson Film Studios : Blaze:
Three-fourths of facility’s wooden buildings, seen in hundreds of TV and movie Westerns, are destroyed or damaged. Priceless artifacts are also lost.
April 26, 1995|STEPHANIE SIMON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A sizzling fire has gutted most of Arizona’s famed Old Tucson Studios, which provided the ramshackle saloons, dusty hitching posts and glorious sunsets for countless Western movies and television shows.

The Monday evening blaze, so hot that it melted an antique fire engine, destroyed or damaged more than three-fourths of the park’s wooden buildings, from an old-time barber shop to an adobe mission to a mock city hall. An elaborate sound stage also burned, increasing the damage estimate to at least $10 million, officials said.

Even more traumatic for Western fans, the fire consumed revered one-of-a-kind artifacts: the dress Laura wore in “Little House on the Prairie,” the hat Hoss clapped on his head for “Bonanza,” the set designed for the television series “Young Riders.” A priceless doll collection, Michael Landon’s wardrobe and stacks of old photos also vanished in the flames.

“The sad part,” Tucson Fire Department spokesman Randy Ogden said, “is that much history and so many memories are gone.”

By Tuesday afternoon, officials still had not determined the cause of the fire, which started about 6:30 p.m. Monday and rushed through the three-block main street, fueled by dry wood and stored paint.

Wikipedia: ” In the month following the Old Tucson fire, several other fires were started in the area of Tucson Estates, down the road from Old Tucson; this subject was identified as the primary suspect in those fires. He was located and questioned by detectives, and faced with the evidence from the Tucson Estates fires, at which point he confessed to having started those fires. However, before he could be questioned about the Old Tucson fire, he invoked his Miranda Rights, effectively stopping any further questioning. Not enough evidence could be collected to positively identify this suspect as the arsonist in the Old Tucson fire. No other information pointing to any other individual was ever found, and the case remains open to this day.

Old Tucson bar

Next: Old Tucson Studios: Part 6

Old Tucson Studios … Part 4

6 Jul

Old Tucson Studios

Still working our way down Main Street …
No rush.

Old Tucson 2

Along the boardwalk Rose finds some Posters.

Old Tucson Studios wanted posters

Possible “$100” fine for spitting !! Wow.

Below: Olsen’s Mercantile:
Wish I could afford one of those native blankets

Old Tucson Studios Olsen's Mercantile

Other … stuff …

Old Tucson Studios stuff

Below: Rose gets most of the good shots …

Old Tucson Studios beauty

Old Tucson Studios beauty 2

Nice wagon …

Old Tucson Studios wagon

Below: Adobe schoolhouse …

Old Tucson Studios schoolhouse

Yep.

Heading toward the Movie Museum

Old Tucson Studios main street

Say ! isn’t that … ??

Old Tucson Studios museum

Naw … it can’t be … ?

Old Tucson bar

 

Next: Inside Old Tucson Studios Western Movie Museum

Old Tucson Studios … Part 3

4 Jul

I didn’t know there would be so much to see and do at Old Tucson Studios. Heat permitting, you could easily spend most of a day here.

Old Tucson is truly a monument to the dear Western Movies of yesteryear – where heroes were Heroes and rode off into the sunset …
A worthy time capsule of a different day.

Old Tucson Studio Tribute

Moving down Main Street …

Below: Another look at the Grand Palace Saloon … and just across the street is Big Jake’s – named after a John Wayne’s movie that was filmed here in 1971.
Looks like a guy could get a steak there …

Old Tucson Grand Palace

I could almost hear the clink of Duke’s boots on the boardwalk …

Old Tucson McClintock Mercantile

Passing by McLintock Mercantile

Old Tucson McClintock Mercantile 2

Mandatory photo of the Cigar Store Indian (right).

Old Tucson stable

Old Tucson bar

Here comes the stage … again.

Old Tucson Stagecoach

Stagecoaches were often late. Holdups, hostile natives, bad roads, bad weather,
lame horses, breakdowns, etc. Not really a very romantic way to travel.

Old Tucson Stagecoach 2

Rose heads over to the OK Corral Freight Depot

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Suddenly a Tour comes by.
But Rose keeps on shootin’.

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

I watch from the safety (and shade) of the Ice Cream Parlour

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson bar

Time for some campfire lore and tales by the chuckwagon.

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson bar

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

I think I’m getting the hang of this cowboy thing.

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson bar

Next: Old Tucson Studios 4

The Wild Bunch (1969) Revisited

1 Jul

jcalberta:

Nice insights in a amazing film – part of a ongoing inspection of what Peckinpah was trying to say. The fact we are required to dig this out and Peck didn’t just throw it onto our plate defies what most people think about this movie.

Originally posted on Tim Neath - Visual Artist:

The Wild Bunch (1969)Yet another western I have been meaning to revisit in order to better understand. My first reading of the film was completely off, as I realised after listening to a lecture from Richard Slotkin, now I really do have a far better understanding of The Wild Bunch (1969) which does indeed overshadow the rest of Sam Peckinpahwork, when he has so much more to offer to cinema. Instead of going over the plot I want to more analyse the film interns of how I read it, looking at certain elements and quotes which really do stand out for me, which probably shows why it stands out more so than others. It’s not just the violence that he wanted to amplify to the audience, Peckinpah, hated violence (not that you’d know it from his films) almost glorifying it, yet this has a knock on effect as we…

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Arizona Holiday continued … Old Tucson Studios: Part 2

29 Jun

Old Tucson Studios is pretty big.

Old Tucson 2

There’s ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
They have it timed so you can take it all in if you wish.
We took a lot of pictures.

First thing was the well rehearsed Medicine Show.

Old Tucson 2 medicine show 1

Careful though – you might wind up as part of the show.

Old Tucson 2 medicine show 1B

You have to be a skilled photographer to take 2 pictures of a guy
and catch him blinking both times. Grrrrrrr …

Old Tucson 2 medicine show

But the show must go on …

Old Tucson 2 medicine show 2

Old Tucson bar

Next door to the Medicine Show is Town Hall
housing a museum and a gallery …

Below: Badges of the Old West.

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 1

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 2

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 3

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 4

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 6

Old Tucson 2 City Hall

“This town ain’t big enough fer the both of us.”

Old Tucson bar

Onward … to the Grand Palace Saloon

Old Tucson 2 Dance Hall

My photography skills are exposed.
Or underexposed ? Whatever.

Old Tucson 2 Dance Hall 2

Maybe I was distracted.

Old Tucson 2 Dance Hall 3

Old Tucson bar

Old Tucson 2 Bath House

Over at the women’s bath house …
Heck it’s only 15 cents … 25 if you want soap.

Old Tucson bar

Below: We spotted a guy practicing gun tricks …

Old Tucson gun tricks

He wasn’t very good so I decided to offer him some advice.

Old Tucson gun tricks 2

Below: snickering and holstering at the same time.

Old Tucson gun tricks 3

Don’t try this at home folks.

Old Tucson bar

Next: Old Tucson Studios 3

Old West Medicine …

26 Jun

One thing we can’t celebrate about the Old West is Medicine of that era (though we may wonder at our own).

medicine wagon

I woke up this morning with an excruciating pain in my lower left back. It soon became so bad that I could barely stay conscious and thought I might fall. I knew I had to get some Emergency assistance quickly. Should I phone for an ambulance? or get Rose to take to drive me over to the Hospital? I couldn’t chance driving myself – that was certain. The pain wouldn’t cease. I got dressed as best I could and decided that Rose would drive me over. Staggering to the car we wondering what the hell was going on? I have an abdominal hernia (operated on once) and also a bad back. Was it somehow coming from these? I’ve had some recent symptoms of kidney and liver pain which I figured was coming from using Ibuprofen pain killers (I’d quit all painkillers a month ago) for foot and back pain at work. Something else?? I’d been to the Dentist just yesterday for 2 fillings. One filling was so near to the nerve that the Doc had to put something special on the nerve to deaden any pain (Thanks Doc). Was it something resulting from that? Was it Aliens on special mission to antagonize me?? ???

When we get to the hospital and there’s thankfully very few people in the Emergency waiting room. I didn’t relish sitting there for ANY period of time. It took about 10 or 15 minutes to see to the Docs.

I’m wheeled in … interviewed by about 4 different folks whilst my blood is being removed and I’m placed on a slab. “Ziss vill only take a minute.”

How about some painkillers Doc? … “Vat? did you say someving? Stop viggling!”

Anyway … turns out I have a gal stone .. or kidney stone. Can’t quite recall at the moment .. I was pretty stoned.

But it passed through! YAY ! Not peacefully though.

Turns out I also have Diabetes 2. Too. I’d kinda figured so, but I was avoiding doing anything about it. Western Style.

jcalberta tombstone

No, I didn’t have my boots on.

OLD WEST elixer

medicine wagon 2

OLD WEST MEDICINE

OLD WEST MEDICINE wagon

snake oil bar

But there’s always medical alternatives.

OLD WEST MEDICINE man

home medicine kit

Home Medicine Kit

snake oil bar

Old West School of Dentistry

at the dentist

OLD WEST Dentist Sign

What!? No haircut ?

OLD WEST Dentist Sign 2

Painless I tell ya!

Young Doc Holliday

Holliday Dentistry

“Hold still … I’m about to remove your left upper molar.”

Cowboy dentistry

Old West Self Dentistry … not really recommended … or missed

snake oil bar

Real Medicine

Lancaster The Rainmaker

The Magic of Lancaster (Starbuck) and Katherine Hepburn
The Rainmaker (1956)

The Rainmaker poster

Lancaster The Rainmaker 2

BELIEVE !

Angie’s Ride …

22 Jun

Duncan woman with Huntington’s Disease goes for one last motorcycle ride

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Huntington’s Disease doesn’t hold 43 year-old back from going on one last ride

It was a special day for a Duncan woman with Huntington’s disease.

She wanted to go for one more motorcycle ride but because of the advanced stage of her disease she wasn’t able to hold on by herself.

Her mother put out an ad online for someone with a sidecar and the response was quick and exceeded any expectations.
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My youngest brother Chris responded to the ad and offered the services of his Ural sidecar motorcycle. Then things just took off as the good folks of Duncan, BC and area joined in.

Chris

Chris: “This is going to be fun. It’s a good thing.”

saddle up

Ready to roll

rolling

good samaritans

Good folks of Duncan BC !!

Chris' Ural Sidecar Motorcycle

Hope Angie had a great ride !

Way to Go People !!

Arizona Holiday continued … Old Tucson Studios: Part 1

21 Jun

On the way to Old Tucson Studios we drove through about the biggest
Saguaro Cactus forest I’ve ever seen.
Turns out we’re in Saguaro National Park.

Old Tucson

Quite a sight for us Northerners. We have castus in Alberta – a few varieties – notably Prickly Pear – but these Saguaro are a novelty to us.

Old Tucson saguaro cactus forest 2

Old Tucson saguaro cactus forest 3

Below: Rest point.

Old Tucson rest point

Below: looking back – Tucson in the distance.

Old Tucson - Tuscon in the distance

Below: rest point 2.

Old Tucson rest stop

Just another Arizona vista.

Old Tucson the view

Old Tucson moving along

Below: looking ahead – Old Tucson Studios in the distance.

Old Tucson - Old Tuscon Studios in the distance

Below: coming in

Old Tucson Studios coming in

Arriving …

Old Tucson entering

At the Entrance – Gift Shop

Old Tucson Gift Shop

Entrance.

Old Tucson entrance

Next: Inside Old Tucson Studios

The Mission …

19 Jun

On the way to Old Tucson Studios we stopped by Mission San Xavier Del Bac.

When the Spanish weren’t plundering and murdering, they built Missions. Lots of them. This is one. It’s famous – ton of photos on the net.

Here’s ours:

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 2

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 3

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 5

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 6

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Mission San Xavier Del Bac 7

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Mission San Xavier Del Bac 16

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Mission San Xavier Del Bac 18

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 19

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 20

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 21

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 22

hummingbirds 2

the stranger

The stranger

fountain

Fountain

 

Colossal Cave … Part 3

16 Jun

Game of Thrones Western Style

Gun Bar 2

Colossal Caves: Part 3

Colossal Caverns Park Logo

Some closing shots.

Colossal Ranch cactus

Colossal Cave

Below Colossal Cave there’s other things to see and do in Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Hike, picnic, camp, Ranch, trail rides, field museum, gift shop … and more. We took a quick tour.

Colossal Cave Mountain Ranch Park Map

Down at La Posta Quemada Ranch we find this awesome sculpture
“The Cowboy” by Buck McCain. It’s almost like finding a Rembrandt
in a barber shop.

Colossal Ranch Buck McCain Statue The Cowboy

Colossal Ranch The Cowboy Plaque

THE COWBOY
THE COWBOY standing 6’8″ high including the a base (32″ x 32.5″) is an edition of 35. He depicts a working cowboy. Dress and gear are authentic reproductions. THE COWBOY stands at the entrance of the Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ; Evergreen Cementary, Colorado Springs, CO; the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA; Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Tucson, AZ; Leanin’ Tree Western Art Musuem, Boulder, CO; the Foss Company, Golden, CO and is found in several private collections.

Gun Bar 2

Colossal Ranch phone booth

Southern Pacific Rail Road
Booths like this one, were a vital
communication for rail workers and
engineers. They were positioned about
every seven miles. Keeping the booths
operational included ____ing the
glass ____ed wet cell batteries. They had
to be kept filled with oil and battery acid.
This one was recovered form Pantano.
It had to be abandoned during the 1960’s
when the system was modernized

Colossal Ranch windmill

Colossal Ranch barb wire

What cowboys and ranchers think about barbed wire.

Colossal Ranch CCC fieldhouse museum

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

Colossal Cave CCC museum 2

Colossal Cave Park ... leaving

Gun Bar 2

Hotel

After a hot day of caving we earn a dip in the pool!

Back at the Hotel

Back at the Hotel 2

Ya Baby !

 Next:
Old Tucson Studios

Sir Christopher Lee … A Man of La Mancha

15 Jun

Ghost Riders in the Sky / Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
(1922 – 2015)

Christopher Lee

‘The Impossible Dream’ (from The Man from La Mancha) is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written. Here is a man, an old man, a very old man full of daring, bravery, courage, determination, romanticism and dreams.
– Christopher Lee.

Christopher Lee young

Christopher Lee 2

“We don’t always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.”

Sir Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing (bottom)

Christopher Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Cushing

As far as I know (?) (feel free to correct me), Sir Christopher Lee only appeared in one Western: ‘Hannie Caulder‘ (1971) – not regarded as an epic or Western Classic. Possibly worth a watch though, due to it’s great cast: Lee, Robert Culp, Strother Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Raquel Welsh

guns of hannie caulder

In his early film work, Lee was not a good actor. But he was not there to win awards – his chiselled features held charisma. Ironically, by the time he appeared in Hannie Caulder he had become a very good actor and could deliver any line with Shakespearean impact and resonance. He had achieved iconic stature. His role in the ‘Hannie Caulder’ was small, yet excellent – but he was still billed down on the marquee.  That’s Hollywood.

Hannie Caulder poster

In later DVD packages, he moved up the ladder.

Hannie Caulder DVD

Reviews

Hannie Caulder IMDB Review

Hannie Caulder Rotten Tomatoes Review

Christopher Lee in Hannie Caulder

Christopher Lee and Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch and Lee

Christopher Lee and Robert Culp

Robert Culp and Christopher Lee

Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Christopher Lee

Hannie gets her gun.

Christopher Lee - Time for action

Time for action !

The Notable Badguys: 

Strother Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam

Strother Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam

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Later Lee finally got roles he could really sink his teeth into.
– if you’ll excuse the expression.

Christopher Lee Dracula

Christopher Lee Priest

“A whole new career opened up for me when I was in ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘Star Wars.”

Christopher Lee LOTR

Christopher Lee LOTR 2

Christopher Lee LOTR 3

Christopher Lee 4 Musketeers

Christopher Lee 4 Musketeers 2

Christopher Lee 4 Musketeers 3

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Christopher Lee Star Wars

Christopher Lee Star Wars 2

Christopher Lee Star Wars 3

Christopher Lee Star Wars 4

Count Duuku Light Sabre

Awards

Christopher Lee Awards

Count Duuku Light Sabre

“As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences.”

Christopher Lee Heavy Metal

Christopher Lee Pop Star

Sir Christopher Lee – Pop Star

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‘The Impossible Dream’
composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion.
It was written for the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha
Elvis

‘The Impossible Dream’

composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion.
It was written for the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To be willing to give when there’s no more to give
To be willing to die so that honor and justice may live
And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

Count Duuku Light Sabre

Slow West (2015)

14 Jun

Looks good.

Colossal Cave … Part 2

14 Jun


Silent Partner / Event Departure

Part 2: Colossal Caves / Inside

Colossal Caverns Park Logo

Before we go inside Colossal Cave, I need to clarify something: Rose and I are not ghost hunters. It’s not on our minds. Nor are we paranormal researchers, etc. Yet in our journeys in Arizona we seem to be continually encountering ghostly phenomenon – namely in the form of what paranormal researchers call ‘orbs’ – supposedly ghostly manifestations that are often seen in haunted locations. But it’s only pure coincidence that these places we’ve visited in the past in Arizona are ‘paranormal hotspots’.

Our first encounter was in Yuma where Rose photographed an orb in the notorious “dark cell” at old Yuma State Territorial Prison. The fact is that we were only in Yuma because I was getting dental work done across the border in Algodones, Mexico. Otherwise we wouldn’t have gone there at all.

Our next encounter was in Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theatre. This trip to Tombstone was a gift from Rose to me because of my interest (and Blog) on Westerns Movies. I had not planned to go to Tombstone – and hadn’t known of The Bird Cage’s reputation for being haunted. I’d hoped I’d be able to visit Tombstone someday, but hadn’t counted on it.

Now we come to Colossal Cave – where I’ve now learned is yet another famously haunted location. All of these locations are high on the list of people who investigate and seek out ghostly phenomenon. But we didn’t know that. Even if we had known it, I surely wouldn’t have expected to encounter anything. And apart from visiting Tombstone itself we had no intention of going to Colossal Caves – and didn’t even know it existed. Our experiences were not intentional – or sought out – but hard to ignore – though fun and interesting to us. I mentioned them here and shown what evidence we have for your own interest and fun. I’ve known for a long time that ghosts exist and I didn’t need any proof – and truthfully, I’d generally avoid such any such encounters if possible.

Onward.

Colossal Caves entrance

Above is the first photograph I took in the caves.
That’s our Tour Guide on the steps.

There’s a small orb right behind Rose.
(You are free to think otherwise, but that’s exactly what it is.)
Below enlarged.

Colossal Caves orb 1

Colossal Caves onward and upward

Below and above: Broken stalactites are evident. There was a lot of this throughout Colossal Caves which had been inhabited, used and visited for hundreds of years by local natives – then miners – then outlaws. This is just one of the reasons the 2 cavers who discovered Kartchner Caverns kept them a secret for 14 years. Soot from fires in the cavern also can be seen. I’m sure there was plenty of graffiti and garbage that was needed to be removed as well.

Colossal Caves Rose

Colossal Caves tour

The second shot with a very visible orb right in the middle.
(No, that is not from his flashlight.)
Pardon my finger in the shot.

Colossal Caves Tour 2

Colossal Caves Tour 3

Below: 2 orbs appear quite clearly at the top center.

Colossal Caves Tour 4

Below: When you Tour these caves, keep a tight grip on your cameras and purses. There are lots of places where you will not recover them if they fall.

Colossal Caves Tour 5

Colossal Caves Tour 6

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Colossal Caves Tour 7

Not as spectacular as Kartchner Caverns, but definitely some decent things to see here.

Colossal Caves Tour 8

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Colossal Caves Tour 13

Colossal Caves Tour 14

Colossal Caverns Park Logo

Colossal Cavern … Part 1

13 Jun

One good cave deserves another.

Not really knowing what to expect, the next day we head over to Colossal Caverns.

If you were wondering why 2 cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts decided to keep Kartchner Caverns a secret for 14 years (from 1974), you’re about to find out.

Colossal Caverns aren’t as big as Kartchner Caverns, but have a unique and interesting History. And other things …

We came away with so many photos from around there that I’ll need to do this in 2 or 3 Parts.

Part 1: Colossal Caves / The Entrance

Colossal Caverns 1 at the entrance

Colossal I tell ya !

Colossal Caverns - dismounting

Dismounting from rental steed …

Colossal Caverns -  the sign

Colossal Caverns - cave facility

Cave Entrance and Gift Shop in background

Colossal Caverns - trail to Cave

Path to Gift Shop and Caves

Colossal Caverns gift shop and entrance

Colossal Caverns - plaque

Colossal Caverns - plaque 2 Colossal Caverns - resting

Colossal Caverns - panorama

Nice View

Colossal Caverns - Rose and miner

Colossal Caverns - Frank S

Colossal Caverns - Frank Schmidt plaque

Colossal Caverns view

Colossal Caverns Gift Shop

Colossal Caverns - entrance

Cave Entrance

Colossal Caverns - thermometer

A comfortable 70 Degrees F. inside the cave

Colossal Caverns - panorama 2

Colossal Caverns - view 2

Next: Part 2: Into Colossal Cavern

Kartchner Caverns … Arizona

9 Jun

Caving … Holiday Style

It rained like hell on the second day of our week in Arizona. Poured. Never expected that. And I could see how flash floods can be a huge danger down here.

SO … what to do on a rainy day? AHA ! Caves nearby. Kartchner Caverns. It can’t rain in caves … can it?

Rainy Pool ... Sierra Vista

Nobody in the pool on a rainy day. Not even crazy Canadians.

On the road

Off we go.

On the road

On the road still

Karchner Caves entrance

Rose in the garden

Kartchner Park has hiking trails and a hummingbird garden …

Rose & cactus

Flora and Tourists.

Karchner Caves out back

There’s a fair sized facility here with a theatre and gift shop and all,
but I was annoyed so I refused to take any pictures of it
(because they wouldn’t allow us to take any pictures inside the Caverns).

Well … not totally annoyed.

bat earsYou see they’ve got these big bat ears you can try out …

Un huh.

road runner

Anyway … The Caves: 

(All images taken from the net)

Kept secret for 14 years by their discoverers.
who feared that the caves would be defiled and spoiled.

Karchner Caves map

The caves are BIG so there’s 2 Tours – about an hour long each
if you want to see the whole thing.

We took the the one with the Throne Room and
the magnificent Kubla Khan column

Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns 2

Kartchner Caverns 3

Below: The Throne Room

Kartchner Caverns 3 The Throne Room

Kartchner Caverns 3 The Throne Room 2

Kartchner Caverns 4

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 “Kubla Kahn” column

Kubla Khan

Kubla Khan 3

“Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment”

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1797

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
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Kubla Khan 2

See that person at the bottom ?

Kubla Khan 4

Kubla Khan 5

Bats :

Kartchner is a Living Cave.
The “Big Room” is closed during the summer for bat breeding.

Kartchner bats

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From Wikipedia: “Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment” /ˌkʊblə ˈkɑːn/ is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, completed in 1797 and published in 1816. According to Coleridge’s Preface to “Kubla Khan”, the poem was composed one night after he experienced an opium-influenced dream after reading a work describing Xanadu, the summer palace of the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China Kublai Khan. Upon waking, he set about writing lines of poetry that came to him from the dream until he was interrupted by a person from Porlock. The poem could not be completed according to its original 200–300 line plan as the interruption caused him to forget the lines. He left it unpublished and kept it for private readings for his friends until 1816 when, at the prompting of Lord Byron, it was published.

Some of Coleridge’s contemporaries denounced the poem and questioned his story of its origin. It was not until years later that critics began to openly admire the poem. Most modern critics now view “Kubla Khan” as one of Coleridge’s three great poems, along with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel. The poem is considered one of the most famous examples of Romanticism in English poetry. A copy of the manuscript is a permanent exhibit at the British Museum in London.

Steeds of Renown … American Pharoah

6 Jun

American Pharoah Blazes to Triple Crown
at Belmont

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American Pharoah 7

American Pharoah 6


American Pharoah 8

American Pharoah

 

Boot Hill …

5 Jun

creepin midnight / Seatrain

Boot Hill / Tombstone, Arizona

We finally make it to Tombstone’s legendary Boot Hill. The resting place of Clanton’s, McLaury’s, assorted bad guys and ordinary folks – most of who probably died with their boots off – now immortalized at this famous location – though some are marked “Unknown”.

It’s not the only Boot Hill around – just the most famous. A place of graves and ghosts.

Boot Hill 1

Boot Hill 2

 The “Hill” has a nice little tourist shop.

Boot Hill 3

Rose reclining.

Plaques out front.

Boot Hill 5

Boot Hill 4

Tombstones

As cool and clear as an Arizona morning.

And quiet.

Boot Hill 7

Boot Hill 6

Boot Hill 10

Boot Hill 8

Boot Hill 14

Boot Hill 9

Boot Hill 12

Boot Hill 15

Boot Hill 13

Boot Hill 19

Boot Hill 16

Rose puts her boots on Les. I told her that wasn’t cool.

Boot Hill 17

Boot Hill 20

Boot Hill 21

Boot Hill 18

The End

Wyatt Earp House …

3 Jun

On the way to Boot Hill …

Rose spots Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

I wouldn’t have minded looking at the Gallery, but things looks pretty quiet.
It’s closed. But Why? It’s Saturday and there’s a Festival in town … ?

Wyatt Earp House 2

We’re still nosy enough to have a look around …

Wyatt Earp House

Wyatt Earp Statue

Wyatt stands guard

Wyatt Earp House 3

Waitin’ for Wyatt …

Curiosity gets to us … so we head around back …

And out steps Bat Masterson !!

Bat Masterson / Tombstone

Didn’t even know he wuz in town.

Here’s the story: this chap (Greg? Craig? Forgive me, I forgot your name)
drives in from Los Angeles and likes to join in the Tombstone festivities.
He rents one of the 3 existing rental units on this lot.
(There’s no longer a Wyatt Earp House and Gallery – but rental units.)
He’s typical Tombstone friendly and chats with us for a while.
Nice guy. I snap a pic of him with Rose.

Bat Masterson 2 (It was just my guess that he’s portraying Bat Masterson.)

Bat Masterson Tombstone Bat sported a moustache though, but is typically
portrayed as carrying a cane – as was our friend.

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Back home I finally get the back story on Wyatt Earp House:

Wyatt Earp House closing this weekend

Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:27 PM MDT
Updated: Apr 27, 2013 5:28 PM MDT
By Sonu Wasu CONNECT
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –

“It’s a town where the sound of gun fire is everyday business.

Horse drawn carriages walk down main street and the feeling of the old west is alive every day. Now a town that’s been fighting to preserve history is fighting for self preservation.

Hearing the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery is closing for good is sad news for locals and tourists. It’s been around for more than a century. It closes on Sunday for good, and officials blame it on the economy and a decline in tourism.

“I didn’t know, but I’m not surprised,” said Wyatt Earp Theatre Owner James Ferguson. “Our tourism is dropping pretty steadily.”

Every owner is fighting for their business to stay alive.

“Last couple years, we wound up closing two of our businesses [and we] now just have this photo studio left,” said Old Tyme Photos Owner Jim Newbauer.

Last few months, 11 businesses closed down,” Chamber of Commerce President Susan Wallace said. “We’re also seeing large turnover of businesses, but we also have new businesses coming in.”

The owners of the Wyatt Earp house are not in town today, but we’re told they plan to re-open as a vacation rental. Officials say this is not expected to affect Wyatt Earp Days in May, but some in town feel it will; one less place for visitors to check out.

“Hopefully they’ll keep statue of Wyatt there so people can still take pictures with it,” Newbauer said.

Town officials say an international marketing campaign is now in the planning stages.

Normally, the tourists [whom] Tombstone does well with are Europeans, Japanese [and] the Asians,” the Mayor said over the phone.

But the town is too tough to die and still hanging on.

“It’s very sad but we won’t give up,” Ferguson said. “We want to promote history of this town, Wyatt earp, mining; it’s what this town is all about.”

Part of their marketing campaign includes printing their brochures in different languages. The goal is to bring international tourists to Tombstone, Ariz. They also plan to make their website accessible to tourists by offering options for several different languages in the near future.

Chamber president Susan Wallace says this advertising campaign is expected to cost them a few hundred thousand dollars. They hope to use money from the town’s bed tax, and revenue generated from city-owned attractions like the boothill cemetery.”

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Really ?

There you have it. It’s shocking to hear that Tombstone – major iconic Western attraction – hurting for Tourism/VIsitors. It seemed busy enough to us, but maybe that was just because of the Rose Festival ? Don’t know. The Economy … I guess ? Yet I’d figure that when things turn down, folks would come here rather than travel aboard ? Maybe people aren’t travelling at all – sticking close to home ? Hope that changes.

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Tombstone Ghost Town?

Tomestone Ghosts

To Tuff to Die ?

Wyatt Earp House & Rose

Not if we can help it

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Tombstone steeds

… somebody’s steeds …

Next: Boot Hill

OK Corral Re-enactment … after the shooting …

1 Jun

After the smoke clears we’re all invited down to talk to the Players and have our pics taken with them. Nice.

after the shooting

after the shooting 2

Below: But first you gotta be smart enough to know where to stand.

after the shooting 3

As you can see, as far as charisma and being photogenic goes, I’m about 8 notches short of a cigar store indian (no offense to indians).
But at least I know it.

Below: Then you gotta know where the camera is.

after the shooting 4

I’m your Huckleberry.

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See what I mean?

after the shooting 5

after the shooting 6

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Coming up … Wyatt Earp House and Boot Hill

OK Corral Re-enactment …

29 May

OK Corral sign

– Testimony of Wyatt Earp:

” …Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton’s six-shooters were in plain sight. Virgil (Earp) said, “Throw up your hands; I have come to disarm you!” Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury laid their hands on their six-shooters. Virgil said, “Hold, I don’t mean that!” I have come to disarm you!” Then Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury commenced to draw their pistols. At the same time, Tom McLaury throwed his hand to his right hip …”

Compared to film/movies, live re-enactment of anything – especially outdoors – have several disadvantages. In the particular case of the OK Corral gunfight the actual setting cannot be accurately reproduced.  That’s the first thing. Next you can’t re-shoot anything, theatrically speaking. There’s also no close ups, no fancy camera angles, no overhead shots, no lighting, no sound projection, no special effects, no editing … etc. etc… You’ve got a script – you rehearse – and you go – whatever happens happens.

Then there’s weather – which can be something else – blazing hot, windy, rain … ?? But you advertised and sold the tickets and  ‘the show must go on’ as they say.

Then there’s the manpower: It takes 3 Earps, 1 Holliday, 2 Clantons, a Claiborne, 2 McLaurys, and Sheriff Behan at a minimum: 10 Players. And for the most part these are not professional actors making lots of money. They make something? (I guess) and do a pretty good job, but I doubt that it’s lucrative. Mainly they just love to do this thing – the Old West and it’s Lore – they enjoy what they do in their fraternity of Western Players.

Nor would I say it’s that easy to find people for this. The requirements are pretty unique. Firstly, you gotta have the guns and know how to handle them – no phonys allowed. Those guns aren’t toys and can be dangerous. Nor are they cheap. Then there’s the costumes/outfits. A knowledge and respect for all things Western – especially a knowledge of the OK Corral event, would also be a necessity … most of these guys ARE experts on the whole History, People and Events that surrounded this incident … and so on …

So … how to portray that on an open stage? Combining factual history with a flare of entertainment? Not that easy a task.

Anyhow …  let’s go …

Most folks know the basic storyline: there’s been ‘bad blood’ between the Earps and the Cowboys (Clantons, McLaurys et al) for quite a while and lately the Cowboys have been stirring things up around Tombstone – uttering threats and challenging the Earps … a confrontation seems inevitable.

The Set

OK CORRAL Reenactment Set 2

L to R: OK Corral, CS Fly Studio, Oriental Saloon, City Jail, and Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper

Introduction of the Players

OK CORRAL Reenactment Set

                     Wyatt Earp and Morgan Earp tending to affairs at their Oriental Saloon.                       Sheriff Behan sets out on his rounds

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Doc arrives

Doc Holliday arrives from Tucson – Gets a polite warning to behave from Virgil Earp

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Wyatt shows

Wyatt comes out

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Wyatt & Doc

Wyatt fills Doc in on the situation …

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT IKE and Claiborne

Meanwhile, drunks Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury and staggering around town uttering threats toward the Earps

Things are coming to a head …

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Wyatt acts

Wyatt sends a message

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT buffaloed

Tom McLaury gets ‘buffaloed’ (pistol whipped)

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Ike and Morgan

Ike didn’t get the memo – shows up at Earp’s bar threatening them again

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Ike & Doc

Old enemies Ike Clanton and Doc Holliday get re-acquainted

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT Bad Blood

No more warnings …

An inevitable conclusion

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT let's go

Morgan, Virgil and Wyatt

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT This stops now

Doc shows … we gotta put a stop to this …

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT assembling

“I just heard the ‘Cowboys’ are down at the OK Corral”

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT shotgun

Doc gets a badge … and a shotgun.

 The Gunfight

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT showdown

The Earps and Holliday start to ‘pull’ …

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT the shooting begins

… the shooting begins … *Blam Blam !! Pow Pow !!*

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT ... Morgan and Virgil wounded

… Morgan and Virgil are wounded …

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT ... shooting continues ...

… shooting continues … *Bang Bang !! … Pow Pow !!*

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT ... Frank McLaury falls ...

                          … Frank McLaury falls … Tom McLaury and Billy Clanton lie dead …                                  Ike Clanton and Bill Claiborne ran off.

Aftermath … 

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT aftermath

Earps 3 … Cowboys 0

OK CORRAL REENACTMENT

… the rest is silence …

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OK CORRAL REENACTMENT 6

… “Damn” …

Of interest: the 2 principle players in this event emerged unscathed: Wyatt Earp and Ike Clanton.

Also interesting: Clanton and Billy Claiborne were both unarmed and ran. If you were planning on a gunfight, wouldn’t you bring a gun?

Gun Bar 2

Next … Boot Hill 

Knocked down …

25 May

Brother Doug was asking when I was going to get to Boot Hill.
Maybe sooner than I plan because I’ve been sick for a whole week. Flu again.
If the disease don’t kill ya the meds will.
So I haven’t been up to getting anything done on the Blog.
Despite several attempts.

OK CORRAL Reenactment Set 1

Working on OK Corral gunfight re-enactment. I have about 50 photos that I’m sorting through.
Then on to Boot Hill. I’ll keep my boots on just in case …
The whole thing was a nice adventure and a lot of fun. So I hope I can convey that you to and get along …

DD

The Gunfight at OK Corral … a short documentary

22 May

OK Corral Gunfight – some background

The music is little heavy handed, but this is a pretty good little documentary on the OK Corral shootout … about 8 minutes long.

just a game …

18 May

It means absolutely nothing to us I tell ya …

World Champs

hockey canada

Winnipeg Monarchs

Arizona Holiday: Tombstone: The OK Corral: Part 2

15 May

Outlaw Man / Eagles

(Q) Up to that time, did you see any weapon of any kind drawn by or in the hands of either of the Clantons or McLaurys?
(A) No sir. They all had their hands up, up to that time. Tom McLaury had his hands up, holding his coat open.
– Testimony of Ike Clanton

OK Corral Exhibit / Shop

Tombstone city hall and sign

Out front …

OK Corral site

OK Corral site 3

Inside … 

OK Corral ATM

Insert wallet here

Boot Hill please … 

last buggy ride

Insert body here …

Gun Bar

Out back …

Shades of Oklahoma

Surrey With The Fringe On Top – Unknown rider

OK Corral sluce

Sluice

Gun Bar

Gunfight Mockup

OK Corral gunfight mockup 1

OK Corral gunfight mockup 2

OK Corral gunfight mockup 3

A not too impressive mockup of the Gunfight – though it does include a decent audio component.

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Next: The OK Corral Gunfight Re-enactment !

Arizona Holiday: Tombstone The OK Corral: Part 1 … update

11 May

Doolin Dalton / Eagles

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”
– Wyatt Earp

The Gunfight at the OK Corral

OK Corral sign

map downtown tombstone

Map of downtown Tombstone showing location of OK Corral\

OK corral brochures

“Gunfights Daily” ! Probably could have published this in 1881 and the gunfights would have been Free !

 Yeah Yeah .. I know you were wondering when I was going to get over to the the OK Corral. I’ve been kinda dragging my boot heels cuz the Earps and the Gunfight at OK Corral is about the biggest event in American Western History. Name a bigger one. Maybe the Alamo or Little Big Horn have equal stature?
Any way you look at it The Gunfight at the OK Corral is Genuine, authentic, unique American History. Americana.

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Depictions in Film 

My Darling Clementine

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gunfight at the ok corral

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Hour of the gun

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tomestone review

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wyatt earp review

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The Real Players

And I can’t of any other Western Event that’s depicted as an essential climatic element – in 5 different separate movies ? – and mostly of them regarded as Western Classics.
All the more interesting since we know pretty well what the heck is going to happen – and who wins!

Earps and doc

Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday

clantons et all

Ike Clanton, Billy Clanton, Billy Claiborne, Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury

Billy Clanton and both McLaury brothers were killed.
Ike and Billy Claiborne ran.

Controversial: The Earp movies seem to portray the Earps as protagonists – albeit somewhat ruthless: But were the Earps right in what they did? or were they just a bunch of thugs wearing badges and legally carrying guns? Did the Clantons et all deserve to be  shot down like dogs by professional gunmen? There are still folks around that think this shootout was outright murder. Not that the Clantons were a bunch of nice folks or anything – as they were rustlers, murderers and robbers to be sure … but …

City of Tombstone Ordinance

Well I’m sure they deserved a spanking … and were asking for it.

OK Corral plaques

And got it.

Arizona Holiday ….

8 May


Tonto / Silent Partner

Arizona Holiday

Small Nose Rose and Dork Holiday

Comin’ Up: a visit to the OK Corral 

Tombstone Diary: On the street 2

30 Apr


Peaceful Easy Feeling / Eagles

Tombstone Diary: On the Street 2

Leaving Big Nose Kate’s, we head down to the famous Rose Bush.

tombstone rose festival

downtown tombstone 2

the rose

“… by any other name … “

tombstone rose 2

Roses above … Rose below

And there’s lot’s of action on the street …

Parade !

tombstone parade

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downtown tombstone 7

tombstone parade 6

tombstone parade 2

tombstone parade 8

tombstone parade 9

tombstone ladies parade

tombstone 2 ladies

tombstone on the boardwalk

Tombstone festivities

corvette poster

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Prospecting

Prospecting 2015

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