This summer I went to see a play because it had discounted tickets. But, just for kicks I tried out the flow chart and ended up at that very one: Much Ado About Nothing. It’s not my favorite comedy, but it was a good production.
Yesterday I mentioned that I was introduced to Bob Dylan by Gary Storm’s radio show in 1981. I listed out some of the songs I heard for the first time.
But it was a two night show. The second night introduced me to: The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”, “John Wesley Harding”, “Dear Landlord”, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”, “I Threw It All Away”, “Lay Lady Lay”, “One More Night”, “If Not for You”, “Forever Young”, “On a Night Like This”, “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts”, “People Get Ready”, “This Wheel’s On Fire”, “One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)”, “Is Your Love In Vain?”, “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)”, “I Believe In You”, and many others.
Thirty-five years later I still marvel at the importance of that one show in my life.
Lots of folks are posting their favorite verse of Dylan’s lyrics.
There are so many to choose from, and I’m not particularly in a Dylan phase at the moment.
So I thought this might take me some time. But almost immediately a rather shallow one popped into my head. I’m trusting that thunder:
Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns “Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”
It was on cold, wet, night that followed a dim day — early Spring in the Buffalo suburbs in 1981.
And there was an eclectic late night radio show out of Niagara Falls called something like Gary Storm’s Oil of Dog Show.† I think he had an all night shift playing classic rock, but for this show he got to do whatever he wanted. Usually for an hour, but it didn’t have a set limit.
One night I heard the commercial for that evening’s show, and I liked one of the song clips. So around 11:30 I hit record on a vintage reel-to-reel tape deck, and listened in until I fell asleep.
What was played was a selection of songs, chosen from albums going chronilogically, spread over 2 nights and 4 hours. Commercial free too.
Dylan was very out-of-style at the time. He had gone Christian, and his music wasn’t that great. I can’t say I knew any Dylan songs specifically before that night. But I was introduced to: “Song to Woody”, “Talkin’ New York”, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”, “Blowin’ In the Wind”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”, “Masters of War”, “One Too Many Mornings”, “Only a Pawn In Their Game”, “The Times They Are a-Changin’”, “When the Ship Comes In”, “With God On Our Side”, “I Shall Be Free No. 10”, “Motorpsycho Nitemare”, “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”, “Maggie’s Farm”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “It Takes a Lot Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”, “Visions of Johanna”, and all that was on the first night.
What followed was maniacal purchases of almost every Dylan album from a used record store down on Main Street. And I’m still grateful to CA for giving me his cassettes of Budokan (lots of people hate that album, but I played it a ton in the early 80’s).
† The latest incarnation of the show runs on internet radio LKCB.
We inherited a new-ish fridge from a friend last week. So it was time for a cleaning:
I think the vXwife is more into the physical artwork itself. I’m usually happier with a scan or photo. But hers go away after a while, but mine will haunt the internet forever.
FWIW: It’s kind of funny. If you go to my office, there’s a few kids things that have lasted forever. And when I go to my wife’s office, I see other things that disappeared from the house years ago. Spotted some crafts there, circa 2005, just the other day.
I’ve had a growing suspicion, the more I learn, that essentially the entirety of one side of my wife’s family moved to the U.S. just before World War I. Every last one of them.
Here’s one more bit of evidence. This is a site that maps locations of surnames. I’ve typed in just about every last name of someone with European ancestry that I can think of, and her grandfather’s last name is the only one that shows … nothing … in Europe.
Take a look:
Now here’s mine, showing a definite origin in southeastern Norway:
You can actually tunnel down a bit. The most common location for her grandfather’s surname is … the suburb of Buffalo where most of her relatives still live. In the whole world, the only cluster of people with that name are in that one place.
In America, students from American Samoa are regarded as exchange students. You can’t make that stuff up, but I suppose it’s a lot better than many other countries that don’t even let their own domestic minorities get into college. Anyway …
One of these exchange students asked me if GDP (or GSP) is calculated for American Samoa. So I looked it up.
According to the BEA and the Department of the Interior (!!!), their real GDP was $648M per year in 2015.* Further, they appear to have only come out of the 2007-9 recession over the last couple of years (which is a good example of how recessions are geographically uneven).
With a population of about 55K, this amounts to a per capita real GDP of about $12,000 per year. That’s a bit less than a fourth of the rest of the U.S. But, internationally, it’s comparable to say Peru, Egypt, South Africa, Serbia or Indonesia.
That GDP figure is far smaller than any of the 50 states, or even most of the major metropolitan areas of the U.S. We’re in Utah, so using the Salt Lake City metropolitan area as an example, its GMP is just over $60,000m per year. That’s about 90 times as big as American Samoa, which isn’t surprising given that it has about 20 times the population. For curiousity’s sake, Vermont has the smallest GSP, which is about half of Salt Lake’s.
But, American Samoa actually looks pretty good compared to independent countries in the Pacific Islands. American Samoa would be about halfway down that list by GDP (if it were independent), and it beats almost all of those in terms of real GDP per capita.
Fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek today.
I’m a big fan, but not a Trekkie. Everyone has their preferences: I like the original series, and the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th movies, plus all the reboots. Once upon a time, I also liked the animated series, although I’m guessing that I never saw those more than once, and not in the last 40 years.
I’m a little young to remember when the series was on network TV in prime time.
But I do remember pretty clearly when it came to our local UHF station in reruns. My mother and brother were pretty excited at the news. I recall that it was April of 1972. I was seven.
I don’t recall that I “got” the first episode that I saw. It was “The Man Trap”, and it was pretty freaky for a little kid. But I know that I stuck with it, and was a devoted fan within about a week.
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