Iggy Pop and crowd surfing

The Seattle sound pretty much demands crowd surfing.  It’s pretty standard stuff these days.  But, ever wonder when it all began?  It’s actually documented.  And, it was a little more amazing than your standard crowd surfing done today:

That’s Iggy at what was then the Midsummer Rock Festival in Cincinnati in 1970.

Not only did he stand UP while surfing, the peanut butter made it surreal.

Although a million kids and million performers would do their best to emulate Iggy’s iconic crowd surfing, Iggy and The Stooges wouldn’t be inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame until 2010.

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me

One of the greatest song endings of all time

Love the climax at the end.

For a good part of my life, before song lyrics were easily accessed on the internet, I sang the one line as “I can’t find, oh, the rock of my life” instead of “the right romantic line”. It sounded so good I had a whole bunch of my friends singing it that way too. To this day, I think I still prefer it.

Ace of Spades

This is only one of two songs I’m aware of I have performed publicly.  It takes the death of a very close friend to get me on stage.  He had been a drummer for several bands I had hung out with since high school.  Every show he did that I was at, for over 30 years, I’d yell for this song.  He didn’t particularly like doing it. So, he always promised me he’d do it shortly after his funeral.  So, for his funeral, I did it for him.  I’m not going to post me doing it, as we just winged it.

Many years before, I was watching Black Oak Arkansas at my favorite dive in Richmond, KY.  I was a regular there, they knew me.  I was front row in a very small, very tight, pit.  Their entire show I kept yelling “Ace of Spades“.  Finally, for their final encore, Jim “Dandy” Mangrum announced “this one’s for the asshole up front”. That was ME!  They absolutely tore it up.

Here’s the original.  Pretty much the first original thrash metal song ever recorded.

The Challenger Explosion

On January 28, 1986 I was attending college at Eastern Kentucky University. It was between classes so I was at the run down old house I rented at the time with a bunch of guys watching one of those old very large floor tv’s. Shuttle launches had become very routine and weren’t always televised. So, I sat down to watch the Challenger launch with most of mind set on whatever class issues I had coming up. This video probably looks a lot like what I saw at the time because I was watching CNN.

I did go to class, but I didn’t concentrate very well. I absolutely LOVED the Shuttle program and was pretty much convinced that due to the lagging public interest, this might every well have killed the entire program. As it was, it did shut down the Shuttle program for a couple of years.  They redesigned the shuttles, and they finally retired them in 2011.  From that point forward, NASA has had no capability of putting a man in space at all.  However, in 2011, I made it a point to take my son and go watch what was thought to be the last Shuttle launch.  Congress funded one more after that tho.  Nothing compares to being up close and personal ( about seven miles ), to a Shuttle launch.


Spent the morning watching Her with my wife.

It’s a lot better than I expected.  Sure, it’s a romantic drama, which is Hollywood-speak for chick-flick.  But, it’s very sci-fi in a subtle way.  It borrows a lot from the king of all sci-fi, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in that a computer suddenly develops human-like emotions.  And, in both, is not a terribly good outcome for the human.  There’s a constant lesson in that coming from Hollywood, don’t let digital media be your primary stimulation.  And of course, they pipe that message to you digitally, for a price.  I give Her all thumbs up.  I can’t even really say why.  It’s not exciting, it’s not loud, it’s not pretty, and at times it’s very uncomfortable.  But, it’s one of those movies where I just kept watching like a train-wreck.  It probably hits a lot of people a lot closer to home than it was given credit for.

Things Tom Petty don’t want you to do

Saw this, loved it, stole it:

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Definitely my favorite Tom Petty video, and possibly song:

Honestly, I never enjoyed the stoner Tom. That stuff is remarkably boring musically. The edgier Tom was musically a LOT more fun.

Daily coffee may protect against melanoma

Those daily cups of coffee may do more than just provide energy, they may be protective against the most common type of melanoma, says a new study from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Analyzing data from 447,357 non-Hispanic white subjects from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, researchers found a 20 percent lower risk for malignant  melanoma for those who consumed four or more cups per day, compared to those who did not drink coffee.

That’s one thing I shouldn’t ever have to worry about.

Obama’s workforce record

This is how I like to do things here.  Read this and see if you get where I’m coming from.  First I’ll usually start with a statement of opinion.  In this case, it’s the argument that Obama’s socialist agenda has not helped the working class.  Then, I usually dig into some data to confirm or repute what I think.  In this case, there would be two sets of data I think pretty much sums up the entire issue, the workforce data and earnings data.  Do more people have jobs?  And, if so, are they making more?  That was the whole point of Obama’s last two State of the Union addresses.  Let’s look, shall we?

Workforce, there were 154,210,000 civilian workers in January 2009, when Obama took office.  As of December, 2014, there are 156,129,000.  That’s an increase of about .33% a year.  Let’s look at how some other presidents fared since 1948, when they actually started tracking this stuff:

PresidentAverage Annual Workforce Growth
GHW Bush1.09%
GW Bush0.76%

So far, Obama holds a very special place in the rankings for all Presidents.  He’s dead last.  Granted he’s improving right now.  But, I don’t think he’s going to improve enough in this area to move out of dead last.  His philosophy is anti-private sector.  The things he does is geared for government sector.  In his world, the federal government stimulates the private sector with jobs.

So far, after being the first President to actually have TRILLION dollar budgets, that hasn’t worked too well.