Joshua Tree / Palm Springs revisited …

Where the Streets have no Name – U2

2014
Somewhere in the High Desert  

Back in 2014, Rose and I did a flash tour of Joshua Tree National Park
near Palm Springs, California.

It’s a large Park.
The High Desert from ‘on high’.

Sadly, we only had a limited time that day
so missed out on a lot of things here.
Too bad – because we’re not likely to get back.
Make the most of your moments folks.

But it was still good.

Below: The Sign
I look sorta like Fred Couples – without the money.

Neither the graffiti or the bullet holes are mine Officer.

Now THAT is a hell of a Joshua Tree.

Joshua Tree National Park is famed for it’s amazing rock formations.
Many of them are named.

I named this one Rose’s Noodle.
I doubt that will catch on.

Beautiful

Chuckawalla Lizard

You can see a long ways in the high desert.

I could climb around in this stuff all day.

So what do you do after a hot day in the desert?

Dumb question.

Hope we can get back there and see all the stuff that we missed.

Art from the 70’s … June 2021

Jessica / The Allman Brothers Band / 1973
from the album Brothers and Sisters


You called?

Keep on Truckin’ …

Your point?

Heart and Soul wins the Prize

Who are those guys?
Eh?

I cannot recall any Hockey team winning a Hockey Tournament after losing it’s first 3 games in Round Robin competition.
Can you?

If you ever needed any proof that Heart, Will, Desire and Hard Work
are more important that Skill, Talent, and Experience,
it was just provided by a group of Canadian Hockey Players
who just won the IIHF 2021 World Hockey Tournament
(International Ice Hockey Federation)
in Riga, Latvia.

Video Highlights:

After losing the first 3 games, these guys – most of whom I’ve never heard of? (they were NOT Stars!) -proceeded to win every game from then on – usually in Overtime or by a single goal.
A truly amazing feat.

That’s GOLD Baby!

 

 

 

Poppies !

As Tulips wane, Poppies rise.
Not shyly.

Once in the dream of a night I stood
Lone in the light of a magical wood,
Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang;
And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang,
And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed,
And spirits of Peace were the streams that flowed
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.
– Sarojini Naidu

When you go for a walk, take seeds with you, poppies, rainbow chard, rocket. Plant them among the weeds in patches of wasteland. See what happens.
– Tom Hodgkinson

The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. We reject the burden of their memory, and have anodynes against them. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. In some tiny ivory cell the brain stores the most delicate, and the most fleeting impressions.
– Oscar Wilde

Or, bide thou where the poppy blows
With windflowers fail and fair.
– William C. Bryant

The poppies hung Dew-dabbled on their stalks.
– John Keats

Swimming at Oak Creek Crossing …

 

Sedona Spirit – Keith O’ Sullivan

Also called Red Rock Crossing.

Me at Oak Creek Crossing 2000?
Me at Oak Creek Crossing – 2000?

Back in the late 70’s (or early 80’s?) I went swimming at Oak Creek Crossing in Sedona, Arizona. But I believe a few people thought a was exaggerating because much of the time Oak Creek Crossing is shallow and there’s no obvious place you can swim. Yet I recently discovered several photos that prove my case.

Don’t forget your sunscreen / Net Photo
The water can be cool ... but that's good / Net Photo
The water can be cool … but that’s good / Net Photo
It’s no secret anymore / Net Photo
Net Photo

When I came here back in the 70’s I had Spiritual experiences here – and it was still pretty well unspoiled. I climbed up to Cathedral Rock and I felt like it was a secluded sacred moment – like nobody had ever been up here before. Now there are hiking trails that go up here and people all over the place. The Spell of Solitude is long gone.

Net Photo

But it’s beauty and mystique can never completely be destroyed.

Net Photo

Someday I hope to return.

Net Photo

 

Bob’s Birthday …

Bob Dylan / 80 years old / born May 24, 1941

My first impression of Bob Dylan back in 1962:
“This guy can’t sing.”
Bob wasn’t listening.

Some people Feel the rain. Others just get wet.
– Bob Dylan

Things have Changed / Bob Dylan / 2000

Bob Dylan Was Going to Quit Music But Then Wrote One of His Biggest Hits - Biography

Sorry Bob. I missed your birthday.

All I can be is me – whoever that is.
– Bob Dylan

Happy Birthday: Bob Dylan Today Celebrate His 79th Birthday - DireStraits

At times in my life the only place I have been happy
is when I am on stage.
– Bob Dylan

Play on.

Bob Dylan at the Enmore Theatre: Who is he now?

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door / Bob Dylan
written for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Bob Dylan painting called One Too Many / 2020

SILVERADO: Critical Showdown …

Because of it’s eminent re-watchability
I place Silverado as a Western Classic.
That’s how I judge these things.
Time usually tells the story.

Other opinions:

IMDB: “7.2” Not bad.

I’m a big fan of Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
because they also show the ‘Audience Score’
who aren’t encumbered by intellect.
They just know what they like.

MetaCritic: “64” out of 100.
Audience: “8” out of 10.
The audience got it.

ALLMOVIE: “4.5” out of 5.
Right.

 

Silverado / The Credits Quiz

The Credits quiz

The spectacular Silverado ensemble cast is revealed:

Here’s an alphabetical listing of opening Silverado Credits and Billing:

Rosanna Arquette
John Cleese
Kevin Costner
Brian Dennehy
Scott Glenn
Danny Glover
Jeff Goldblum
Linda Hunt
Lawrence Kasdan
Kevin Kline
Question/Quiz: 

The Quiz question is:
Without looking below, what order would you Bill the above Actors in the opening Silverado Screen Credits?
I ask this question because the Billing order is very often not what you’d figure it would be.
Try this quiz and you’ll see.


To me the order of Billing is always interesting.
Who gets Top Bill? – and the succeeding order.
It’s often not what you would think it would be.

Screen Images rom  “THE MOVIE STILLS COLLECTION” website: (http://annyas.com/screenshots/updates/silverado-1985-lawrence-kasdan/)

A Critical Showdown

Because of it’s eminent re-watchability
I place Silverado a Western Classic.
That’s how I judge these things.
Time usually tells the story.

Other opinions:

IMDB: “7.2” Not bad.

I’m a big fan of Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
because they also show the ‘Audience Score’
who aren’t encumbered by intellect.
They just know what they like.

MetaCritic: “64” out of 100.
Audience: “8” out of 10.
The audience got it.

ALLMOVIE: “4.5” out of 5.
Right.

Silverado (1985) – the Posters

Silverado inducted into My Favorite Westerns. 

Soundtrack:

Silverado Preview Trailer:

Love this Western.
It’s generic and
Cliché as hell, but easily carried by it’s amazing Star Power and action. 

Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover,
Riding high.

“Get ready for the ride of your life.”

Silverado Poster 1

“A dangerous place,
in a lawless time … ’til four friends risked
all to make things right.”

Silverado Poster 2
Silverado DVD Cover

“FUN … HIGH-SPIRITED, JOYOUS” 

“Fun”? “Joyous”??
Have you ever seen any Western with Tags like this before?
Silverado gets away with it.

Silverado Poster 3

Italian: “There is something new in the West”

French: “In the West, finally something new”
???

Spanish: “Ride with them on the adventure of a lifetime”

Silverado
Silverado Spanish

Chinese: Four decadent Westerners murder the Authorities”
(joke)

Silverado Chinese
Silverado Chinese

Lobby Cards:The Lobby Card above has a spoiler of the climactic gunfight? 

Spoiling for a gunfight
4 Stars

Chasing them ol’ Covid Blues …

The Sun will Rise Again

I recently said some negative things about Kevin Costner on another Blog. I deeply regret those knee jerk remarks. Snap judgements. What do I really know about anybody else? Not a damn thing. I hope to become less judgmental in future. 

And I really like what he says here. Not a bad song either.

Thanks Kevin.

 

Things are changing …

Listen to the Music / Playing for Change


Spring.

A time of renewal.
Of change.

Besides the world being turned upside down,
My personal life is changing as well.

I’d been wondering for a while if my time at Home Depot was winding down.
Was it over?
I didn’t know for sure.
What was the right thing to do? Right now?
It’s been 8 years and I can surely stay longer.

But THEN, my wife Rose came to me and said
“I want you to retire.”
That was a pretty direct answer to my question
I had never presented to her.

Other things happened:
My computer blew up.
I re-installed Win 10 and all my other stuff.
Then my monitor failed.
I went out and bought a new one.

my new benq monitor
my new BENQ monitor

It’s beautiful.

Then …
I had been dreaming for a quite a while that I’d like to have a KIA Soul.
I just like that vehicle.
It suits me.
But I never really thought I would ever have one.
Then Rose noticed a great deal on a second-hand Soul.
We went and looked
It was immaculate.
Gorgeous.
Fully loaded – sun roof and everything.
We bought it.
Rose and I aren’t rich. Money wise.
But I’m 72 now.
And I don’t plan and taking anything with me.
I just want to enjoy the last part of this lifetime.

See you there.

 

Spring …

I Can See Clearly Now / Johnny Nash


Spring seemed a long time in coming this year.

It’s always tenuous and uncertain.
As snow may come again.

So when to put in your garden?
But Tulips and Daffodils pay no mind to cold.

Even in the snow they grow.

With an admirable and unfrail hardiness.

No stopping for the joy they bring.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

– William Wordsworth

True Grit … ?

My whole system blew up the other day.
It had become completely corrupted.
So I’ve had to re-install everything.

Meanwhile …
Rose wants me to retire from my job.

I’ve been thinking it’s time.

But I will still work on the blog,I’ll just pop a couple of meds …

And induct a couple of Westerns
into My
Favorites Pages:
True Grit (2010) and Silverado (1985).

… among others.

Hang in there.

2021 U18 World Hockey Champions ….

We are the Champions


Way to go lads!
Not bad for a bunch of Canuck teenagers.

See you in the Bigs

STAR WARS: May the 4th …

Star Wars Theme / Samuel Kim

 

In the making the original Star Wars
some of the Stars used to laugh at George Lucas behind his back
– that they were involved in such a crazy project.

40-year-old George Lucas interview predicts 'Star Wars'' future with Disney - Los Angeles Times

Above: Young George Lucas with Alec Guinness / 1977

George Lucas

Below: Star Wars lineup 1977

I met a gal who said she had gone to see
the original movie 13 times.

1980: Fans lined up to watch EMPIRE at the now closed Alabama theater in Houston. : StarWars

When they camp out that means it’s a hit.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens': The tweets, the memes, the fan reactions - Los Angeles Times

The Steal of the Century

George Lucas offered 20th Century (Fox) Studios to keep his salary for Star Wars at $150,000
in exchange for two seemingly insignificant requests:

#1) That he retain all merchandising rights,
#2) that he would retain the rights to any sequels.

How One Brilliant Decision In 1973 Made George Lucas A Multi-Billionaire Today

By  on May 4, 2019 in Articles › Entertainment

” … But the real money for George didn’t come from box office receipts. Between 1977 and 1978, Star Wars sold $100 million worth of toys. 35 years later and Star Wars themed toys have generated $12 billion in revenue. Today, Star Wars licensed toys produce $3 billion a year in revenues. And keep in mind, after the first film George owned 100% of the rights to the entire franchise. The next five Star Wars movies would go on to earn an additional $3.5 billion at the box office. In total, the Star Wars empire has sold $4 billion worth of DVDs and VHS, $3 billion worth of video games, $2 billion worth of books and another $1.3 billion through various other licensing deals. That brings the grand grand revenue total after 35 years worth of Star Wars licensing to $27 billion. After expenses, taxes, fees, etc. George Lucas had earned himself an impressive $3.3 billion net worth by 2012. Then, Disney came calling.

Back in 2012, Disney paid George $4 billion to purchase the entire franchise outright …

… for that single brilliant decision made back in 1973. George Lucas essentially traded $350,000 for more than $5 billion.

George Lucas is a very rich man. In fact, out of all the extremely rich celebrities on the planet, George Lucas is the most extremely rich celebrity, with a personal net worth of $5.4 billion. ”

If this had all never really happened who would believe it ?

 

DINOSAURS …

There be monsters here … 
or at least there was once.

Much of the time only partial skeltons are found.
Somebody likely ate the rest?

Despite obvious evidence it’s still hard to believe such
creatures once roamed this world.

How they are most often found. Laying down. Often crushed
or embedded in rock. It can take a lot of painstaking work
to get them out.

Many obviously didn’t perish in a painless manner.

Big ones and smaller ones.
Still swift and deadly.

One drumstick would last you a couple of months.


BIG.

But it wasn’t the biggest.
Every year they seem to find another Dinosaur
that was bigger.

Then there’s us.

Size isn’t everything.

more ahead … 

Cool Water … A Western Classic … Part 2

“You never miss the water ’til the well runs dry …”

Cool Water … Many Interpretations

Most artists do Cool Water ‘straight up’.
Nothing wrong with that.
But there’s a few interpretations
 that caught my ear.

Hard to beat how beautifully The Sons of the Pioneers do this /1961

Dale Evans intro? Husband Roy Rogers was one of the
founding members of the Sons of the Pioneers back in the 1930’s.

Below:
Possibly the most popular of modern interpretations:
Joni Michell and Willie Nelson / 1988

Jimmie Rodgers with his great voice /1959

The Browns. Their unique and wonderful sound / 1960

Burl does it straight up / 1961
But oh so nicely.

This song was made for Walter / 1964

The Sons do a wonderful job / 1992

Teresa Brewer? Who knew!? / 1967

Nicely done Johnny / 1969

Fleetwood Mac. Really / 1982

A powerful and poignant interpretation.
Johnny knew his time was up / 2010

Hope you enjoy these.