Butcher’s Crossing Update …

Butcher’s Crossing 

In my previous preview of Butcher’s Crossing
I complained that they had no Trailer. 
They fixed that:

Butcher’s Crossing is a 2023 Western shot in Montana.
Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says this:
“A frontier epic about an Ivy League drop-out as he travels to the Colorado wilderness, where he joins a team of buffalo hunters on a journey
that puts his life and sanity at risk.
Based on the highly acclaimed novel by John Williams.”

Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says “7 out of 10”
Rotten Tomatoes says 73%

Based on the Book:

Butcher’s Crossing
by John Williams

“Butcher’s Crossing
is a western novel by John Williams, originally published in 1960. The story follows William Andrews, a young Harvard student who leaves his life behind to explore the American West. The book begins and ends in the fictional frontier town of Butcher’s Crossing, Kansas, in the early 1870s, where Andrews joins a buffalo-hunting expedition. He and the people he meets along the way must confront and survive the brutal realities of nature in their attempts to get buffalo hides to sell. Along the way, Andrews contemplates his purpose in life with respect to nature, specifically through the influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson.”

So where to watch it:
– Vudu.
– Netflix streaming.
– Amazon and amazon prime.
– Most popular streaming movies.
– Certified fresh movies.

Polly Von …

Molly Bawn / Polly Vaughn / The Shooting of His Dear

Traditonal Folk Song:
Publication date 1765 Language English.
Scottish traditional first published in 1765 as “Molly Bawn”.
Typically known as “Polly Vaughan” (or Vaughn) or
“The Shooting of His Dear
” or “The Fowler” (for bird hunter).

A man (often named Jimmy or Johnny Randall) goes out hunting in the evening for birds. He sees something white in the bushes. Thinking this is a swan, he shoots. To his horror he discovers he has killed his true love, Molly (or Polly Vaughan). Returning home, he reports his mistake to his uncle and is advised not to run away. He should stay and tell the court that it was
an honest mistake. The night before her funeral,
her ghost appears to confirm his version of the events.

Second Hand Songs (a favorite site of mine)
lists only 16 versions of this famous folk song,
but I’m absolutely certain there at least 3 times
as many as that on YouTube alone.

The Strange Case of Monstrus Inflictus …

One Raindrop / The Gibson Brothers 

Based upon a true story:

Only the names have been changed to protect the shameless.
Dum Da Dumb Dumb …

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – scifist 2.0

OK … I’ve given this ailment a pseudo Latin name:
Monstrus Inflictus
May you never get it.
It IS contagious.

I hate to keep going on about this thing,
but this mysterious affliction has been the center
of our lives for a month now.
I seem now to be progressively getting over it
with periodic coughing jags.
Rose is still in full swing.

Dr JEk.jpg

BUT what the hell is it?
It’s not Covid (I took a Test) and it’s not flu.
The physicians, pharmacists, internet, anyone? I’ve talked to
know nothing about it
and say they are unaware of anything ‘going around’.

Here’s the gauntlet of symptoms that started on August 23:
Sore throat and swollen glands.
Coughing (non stop)
Mucus (non stop)
Fever, headache, sweats,
laryngitis … headaches, fatigue (tiredness),
vomiting and diarrhea …
The most bizarre side effect is eye infection (like Pinkeye).

Pretty well every symptom that
would normally be associated with Flu or a Cold.
But it’s not Flu or a Cold.

We’ve taken every Cold and Flu Med in existence.

March Madness: The Academy Awards And Mr. Hyde - FANGORIA

I also took some Antibiotics from my Doc.
Which did nothing.

Positive side effects:
I think I’ve lost weight
and gained a ton of compassion.

I will go and get the new COVID and Flu shots.

Mr. Hyde and Bugs Bunny | Vinyl Art Toys | hobbyDB

I better hurry though. I think I’m morphing into Elon Musk.

Calling all Quacks …

Song Bird / Eva Cassidy

I recall a joke:
Doctor to patient:
“Orthodox Medicine has yet to discover a cure for your affliction.
Fortunately for you I happen to be a quack.”

I could use one of those quacks right now.

Over the years I’ve had a big tussle with a chronic sinus condition which can magnify any cold into monstrous dimensions, but I haven’t figured
out this current affliction. Rose has is now also. So it is a bug of some kind?
I asked the Pharmacist if he was aware of anything
going around and he said NO.
And I thought it was going away a day or so ago, but then it came right back.
It’s not killing me – nor manifesting into Pneumonia …
so I’m still confident it will abate shortly .

Just really annoying.

Hanging in.

Back from the Cruise …

First the Good News:

Rose had been monitoring the weather for the 6 weeks prior to our trip
and it had been raining nearly every day.
But on our trip the weather was PERFECT.
The Sea was like glass.
Sunny and warm every day.
Not a single rain drop fell on our tiny heads.
Couldn’t have imagined it being any better.

The Bad News:

I start getting sick 2 days before the trip.
By day 4 it was a full blown cold?? of massive proportions.
I was gobbling every conceivable cold remedy available
to mask the symptoms and try to enjoy things.
I’m still sick.
At the Ship infirmary I passed the Covid test.
This is some kind of chronic sinus condition that
dogs me from time to time
and takes about 2 weeks to run it’s course.
Doc game me 2 antibiotics,
but they seem only marginally effective so far.

Another week to go …

What a life !!

Cruising …

Rose has signed us up for an Alaskan Cruise
on a ship called the Volendam.

Heading out of Vancouver tomorrow.

Gone for a week.
Another Adventure I never counted on.

When I get back …
I’ll finish up Gunfight at the OK Corral.

“And get yer hand off yer gun.”

Then !!!
My 3rd Top Favorite Western Star:

Jimmy Stewart, April 2020 - Cowboys and Indians Magazine

See you then …

‘All that Glittered’ …

… really WAS Gold.

“I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me.”

My Girl / Mamas and Papas / 1967

A times we seemed to be so buried in Gold
that we don’t to see the light.

I figure that over 90% of all songs (maybe most music?)
are about LOVE.

San Francisco / Scott McKenzie / 1967


I’d take my five bucks and head downtown to the Record Shop.
A very difficult decision awaited me:

She Loves You / The Beatles / 1963

Beatles? Rolling Stones? Jefferson Airplane? Dylan, Donovan, Mamas and Papas, The Who, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Credence Clearwater, Elvis, Three Dog Night,
Joni Mitchell, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, John Denver, Don McLean,
Jim Croce, The Doors, Streisand, Abba, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson,
Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Santana, Lovin Spoonful, Cream,
Procol Harum, The Kinks, Neil Young, CSNY, The Byrds, America,

I Need You / America / 1972

Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale,
Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, The Band, Yes, Grateful Dead, New Riders,
Journey, The Supremes, Jethro Tull, Air Supply, Journey, Jimmy Buffet, Supertramp, Bob Seger, Belafonte, Flying Burrito Brothers, Moby Grape,
It’s a Beautiful Day, Moby Grape, Al Stewart, The Allman Brothers, Ten Years After, The Animals, Anne Murray, The Association, BB King,
Bad Company, Bad Finger, The Kingston Trio, Canned Heat, Carole King,
Bobby Darin, Burton Cummings, Poco, Dire Straits, Boston, Enya,
Neil Diamond, Gerry Rafferty, Harry, Nilsson, Meatloaf, Merle Haggard,
Garry Pucket, Jay and the Americans, 5h Dimension, Harry Chapin,
Joan Baez, Johnny Rivers, Tim Hardin, Willie Nelson, Heart, The Hollies,

Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys / 1966

The Hometown Band, Valdy, John Prine, Johnny Nash, Barry Manilow,
Midler, John Baldry, The Seekers, Cohen, Van Morrison, Javi Garcia,
Rod McKuen, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Winchester,
Joe Cocker, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Tom Petty,
Ringo, The Joy of Cooking, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rodgers,
Linda Ronstadt, Little River Band,
Loggins & Messina, Melanie,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Mcguinn, Clark & Hillman,
Michael Murphy, Mickey Newbury, Moodie Blues, Murray McLauchlan,
Nana Mouskouri, Mireille Mathieu, Bread, Paul Butterfield,
Oak Ridge Boys, Gatlin Brothers, Tina Turner, Pure Prairie League,
The Righteous Brothers, The Rankin Family, Rita McNeil,
Roy Orbison, Shawn Phillips, The Stampeders, Steve Winwood,
The Youngbloods, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago …

Camelot Finale Ultimo / Richard Harris / 1967

Did I miss anybody Thom?

Only about a 1000 others …

I don’t know what kids listen too these days,
and although I’m certain there’s some good stuff around?
I’m also certain will never measure up this.

I thought it last forever ..
slowly … surely … sadly …
It faded.
The sun was setting.
Falling back … to wherever we were before?
That tsumami; hurricane; tornado;
that had swept the world.
Had abated.


Have You ever seen the Rain? / CCR / 1971

I still have the music.
To prove it existed.

where would you be now ?

Without LOVE / Dooby Brothers / 1973

I get down on myself sometimes.
Don’t we all?
But I realize also that I’ve done some good things in this life too.
Not inflating – just balancing.
I think learning to GIVE somehow – as Kirk Douglas said –
is HUGE.

I worked for as a Greeter at Home Depot for about 8 years.
I didn’t make much money,
But that was the best job I ever had.
Because I got to help people all day.
Co-workers and customers alike.

And I got paid for it!!
A pretty good deal.

And unlike a lot of jobs, (I’d had over the years),
I didn’t go to work with dread in my heart every day.

That alone was priceless.
And all for a job that most people wouldn’t spit on.

You know … a simple smile can be a huge thing.
Can change a person’s day …
Maybe even their life.

Have a Great Day.

Kirk Douglas: Western Filmography Part 2 of 3

Continuing …
Top Ten Favorite Western Actors

A good Western with Anthony Quinn.
Directed by John Sturges.

Debatable as a Western but …
I always sort of felt sorry for Olivier in this one because
despite that fact that he was a great Shakespearean Actor
he didn’t really have great Star Power/Charisma.
Yet Kirk and Olivier appeared together again in Spartagus.

Never seen this one.

A great Movie.

Not a great Movie.

Star Power can’t save everything.

6 to go …


Apology … to everyone in the universe …

You’ve surely noticed a huge number of mistakes,
typos, errors, and poor editing on my blog lately.
More than normal.

That’s just where I am these days.
I’m getting old and stupid.
And I doubt that I will get any better.
I do check everything before I post stuff,
but I miss a lot.
A lot.
And I don’t notice it until after I’ve posted it
and sent it out to you.
Then I notice it immediately
and try to fix it.
Most of it is fixed before you even seen it in your email.
(Plus I’ve often added new stuff)
But that doesn’t appear in the email.
Only on my blog site.

Just saying.

I could sit here all day and make excuses,
but this is just what it is now.

Real Trouble Passing by The Gunfight at the OK Corral /Part 3

Cool Water  / Walter Brennan / 1964

Gunfight at OK Corral

Hit the Theatres in 1957.

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It was huge success.

Wikipedia says:
“The film was a big hit and earned $4.7 million on its first run
and $6 million on re-release.”
Budget was $2 million.

And all that wouldn’t even buy you a plot on Boot Hill these days.

Meanwhile I had other concerns …

In 1957 I was an 8-year-old kid living in Guildford, Surrey, England.
Mum was visiting her folks.
My only concern at that time was whether
would buy some Sherbet from the local Sweet Shop.

I think it would?

But I never could figure out that English Money.

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