This is such a strange story. The man has some memories of places he has been and activities he has engaged in, but no memories of people that he has interacted with. He has spent time in the Denver and Boulder areas as well as Indianapolis, but he can not be identified. He can not lead a normal life without a social security number and they won't give him one because chances are he already has one and you can't have two.
The first episode of Howdy Doody was aired on December 27, 1947. The last show was September 24, 1960.
I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Buffalo Bob Smith about 15 years (?) ago. When I told him that my mother told me I should grow up to be like Howdy rather than Mr. Bluster, he smiled and said, " your mother sounds like a smart woman".
A video of the entire Buddy Guy segment from the 2012 Kennedy Center awards. The video quality is not as good as the Led Zepplin segment, but the music still rocks. What a outstanding group of musicians.
The 2012 Kennedy Center Awards ceremony was televised last night and while looking for the various artists and the numbers they did last night I found that there was a YouTube video of the entire segment.
I think it is evident that even they were moved by the performance of Stairway to Heaven.
You might also enjoy the video of Led Zepplin's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman which took place sometime after the recording of the awards ceremony.
There is a blizzard in the forecast. The current conditions of wind and snow are reinforcing that prediction this morning. It seems like an appropriate time to gaze back to a more favorable season. That would be summer.
A long line of orange cosmos plants in our garden attracted a lot of insects including several varieties of butterflys. The uncommonly beautiful Common Buckeyes were in attendance. They are the ones with "eyes" on their wings. Insects do not hold their pose very long. but with lots of exposures you can usually get some decent images.
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Our family has a rather odd Christmas tradition that got its
start over twenty years ago. At the time
Zach and Ben had a collection of small plastic figures that provided a lot of
play time with each other. These figures
would sometimes be part of an elaborate array of props and story lines; at other
times it would be just a couple of figures taken along to occupy the time while
riding in the car.
One of Ben’s favorites was a figure he called Radio
Pants. Radio Pants went missing one
day. Everyone looked for him but it
seemed he was lost. Ben was
disappointed. Occasionally there would be a renewed search, but he was not
found. It was the Christmas season and
there were other distractions so the missing Radio Pants faded from our memory.
We have an artificial Christmas tree that spends most of its
life packed away in two boxes that are stored above the garage with the other
decorations. Each year all the Christmas
decorations are brought down and when the boys were small the excitement of the
holidays usually began by assembling the
tree and putting on the ornaments.
The year following the loss of Radio Pants was no exception
in the routine of putting up the tree.
After placing the central “trunk” in its holder, the individual branches
would be taken from the box and its twigs would be adjusted. The color coding on the end of each branch
would be checked and then it would be put into place.
During this process we came across Radio Pants clinging to
one of the branches. During their play
the previous year he had evidently been placed in the tree. We hadn’t thought to look for him there, or at
least if we did, he went unnoticed. We had a good laugh when Ben shouted, "Radio Pants"!!!
We were all happy to see him again and since the little
group of plastic characters were no longer occupying the boys’ time we just
left him on the tree. He seemed perfectly
happy to spend the holiday on the tree after being boxed up in the garage for a
year. When it came time to put the
decorations away it was decided that Radio Pants would maintain his place on
the branch and he was packed away with the tree and put above the garage.
That routine has been repeated for twenty three years. Radio Pants emerges from the box along with
his branch and spends the holidays with us.
He is a happy reminder of the many Christmas seasons we have spent
together. I look forward to seeing him
each year and he doesn’t seem to mind the fact that he spends most of his life
in a dark box. I think he, like me, has
to wonder how little boys can grow so quickly into men.
On a walk around the bush in Australia, entomologist Jurgen Otto came across a tiny insect he'd never come in contact with before- the Peacock Spider. The arachnid, scientifically known as Maratus Volans, is a mere 5mm in size and is capable of quickly escaping a scene and jumping erratically. Yet, what defiines the spider best is perhaps its unusual likeness to peacocks.
This video has made the rounds on the internet, but it still makes me smile. Young musicians always make me smile, as they represent hope. Honing musical skills is hard work. A person has to wonder if a young musician will invest the time and have the opportunity necessary to be successful... but we can always hope.
Antti Rahko stands next to his self-made "Finnjet" during preparations for the Essen Motor Show in Essen, Germany on November 22, 2012. The car rolls on eight wheels, offers ten seats, weighs 3.4 tons and is worth about one million US dollars
Thanks to the ease of manipulating and storing digital images I have accumulated a goodly number of photos over the past few years. I plan on posting the ones that I like in hopes that you might enjoy them as well.
A few years ago a work assignment took me to Jacksonville. This gentleman and his dog were enjoying the day cruising the neighborhood.
Bonobos are members of the chimpanzee family. They are found in central Africa's Congo Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The females give birth on average every five years and nurse/carry their young for four years.
Wikipedia will be happy to provide more information on the bonobo.
This image if from The Big Picture at Boston.com. It was taken by Graham McGeorge and submitted to the National Geographic photo contest.
I have been threatening to start a blog for quite some time, but never really put the idea in motion. The threat becomes reality today; December 12, 2012.
I have started blogs before to document work/travel experiences, but once the trip was over the blogging stopped. I hope to make this blog a regular part of my routine.
I would assume that I will post a goodly number of images and videos. However, since there really isn’t a destination in mind I can’t really say with any certainty where we will end up.
I think this is going to be my alternative to Facebook. I have been on Facebook for several years and have thought about leaving for the last year or so. I don’t like what it has become. It has way too much of a Big Brother feel for me. I will decide the level of privacy I will enjoy and post accordingly. Facebook has provided the opportunity for me to reconnect with people who would have otherwise been lost to me. So while I will maintain my account at Facebook this will be the place I share my experiences.