Vacation ramblin’, ramblin’ thoughts and ramblin’ music

fenway

Ah, vacation.

The family wedding and reunion went off beautifully. My brother, sister and I, along with marital units, took in a game at Fenway Park Wednesday (the BoSox, alas, lost 4-0). On Thursday, we went fishing for bluefish and bass off Nantucket and caught probably 40 fish in a few hours. It was crazy. My wife was the day’s top fisher(wo)man, nailing a 36-inch striped bass. Fresh fish for dinner last night.

One of the benefits of having grown up all over the country as a military brat, and working in every corner of the country as an adult, is feeling a connection to all the places I’ve lived over the years. You’re a native nowhere, but a stranger nowhere as well.

As the great Allman Brothers put it …

– Jay Bookman

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Matti's Amusement

August 19th, 2011
3:36 pm

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
3:36 pm

Sweet stories and music, JB.

I’m glad you’re having a great time.

Something heavy to start it off…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNYGXMnIGWs

Midori

August 19th, 2011
3:38 pm

nice tan there Jay :)

stands for decibels

August 19th, 2011
3:40 pm

Soothsayer

August 19th, 2011
3:41 pm

Jay, who is that guy in the picture? And, why is he in the “cheap seats?”

Soothsayer

August 19th, 2011
3:44 pm

Matti’s amusement: I don’t think I want to mess with one of those Honey Badgers. Nothing like a little snake snack!

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
3:48 pm

I just never could never get enough of these guys. The harmonies are spectacular. And the parts where George and Jeff sing the dual lead are so fine…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPAwrtm-JK8&feature=fvwp&NR=1

(And yes I did segue right off of that fun Folksmen song, stands!)

stands for decibels

August 19th, 2011
3:52 pm

Really do have to make a pilgrimage to Fenway.

(never was a BoSox fan, but it still seems wrong that I’ve never been there.)

Mudfoot

August 19th, 2011
3:53 pm

Paul

August 19th, 2011
3:56 pm

Fun time with family, Jay. Life doesn’t get any bigger.

And I admire your humility. You graciously shared with us how your wife caught a 36-incher and you refrained from telling us about the bigger one you caught that got away.

Classy –

Holy Cow!!! That’s a three frakkin’ foot long bass!!

Swami Dave

August 19th, 2011
4:02 pm

Enjoy the time off Jay. I’ll be heading south for some time along Florida’s Gulf Coast next week to relax and recharge as well.

We can be glad that there will be plenty of problems and blame to assess when we get back.

-SD

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:04 pm

Hi ya’ Paul! Don’t know if you saw or not, but I had to take Apollo to the vet this afternoon. He’s okay though. Maybe he’ll learn not to eat nasty ass garbage, but I doubt it.

Mudfoot

August 19th, 2011
4:04 pm

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:05 pm

stands, I can tell you this much, even though I have been a lifelong NY Yankees fan and will be to my last breath in this realm, I got to see a game in Fenway. I LOVED it! I used to work for a company headquartered up there and the VP of sales took me to a game. We sat above the third base dugout and after seeing that place SO many times on TV, being there was almost surreal. The Green Monster. Peskey’’s Pole. The Triangle. (Pictures of Bucky Dent in my head! I know, low blow to BoSox fans.)

Baseball, as you may know, is a religious experience for me. Always has been. And to see a game in this ancient cathedral was beyond words. I will always treasure those memories.

One of my favorite early tribute songs to Boston…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVVCOjr8fQc

Granny Godzilla

August 19th, 2011
4:10 pm

Paul

August 19th, 2011
4:10 pm

Bosch

Yeah… I saw it…. while I was eating a Snickers bar…….

Good luck. We had to put a lock on our kitchen trash (one of the what looks like a cupboard drawer pulls out and holds the trash cans). She picked another lock.

Just the other day my wife said the dog was whimpering at 4 in the morning. Kept heading out the door, so my wife got up and dog took her in to the kitchen, trash strewn about. Wife forgot to engage the lock. Dog looked at her and went back to bed. Wife said she realized she hadn’t filled her food dish so the dog was saying “it’s you! It’s your fault! I didn’t want to but I was hungry!”

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:10 pm

Mudfoot, what a shame you’re leaving.

Carole King’s sweetness to Blackfoot’s stomp. Niiice.

You’ll would make for one helluva contributor here.

Come back when you get time…

josef

August 19th, 2011
4:10 pm

always top of my list when it comes to rambling…an early theme song of mine!
“…you can have your funky world…see ya ’round…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2aBOTNGWMY

Joe the Plutocrat and closet honey badger

August 19th, 2011
4:12 pm

full disclosure; I mis-fired while typing my name and entered ‘closet hiney badger’ (sound like a Marcus Bachman joke is brewing).

Paul

August 19th, 2011
4:13 pm

AmVet 4:05

Some of the first chords every preteen guitar player learns to play.

Speaking of Boston (and no matter how many times the Republican candidates say it, nobody’s buying)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myu8Y764WwE

josef

August 19th, 2011
4:15 pm

midori
That boy’s whiter’n I am! :-) Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32-R5q-bSIA

josef

August 19th, 2011
4:15 pm

JOE the PLUMBER

So many lines, so little time!

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:16 pm

Paul,

Ooooooo….I love Snickers!! I did find a half eaten toffee nut cookie in my desk about an hour ago though, it was pretty tasty.

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:18 pm

Swami, nice post. Hope that sugary white sand sticks between your toes!

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:18 pm

Oh and Paul, yeah, it is eerie how similar dogs are to 5 year olds. I didn’t WANT to color on the wall, but the crayons were just here!!

Paul

August 19th, 2011
4:19 pm

Bosch

One job I had, secretary was in my office, I opened a drawer, pulled out a Snickers, took a couple of bites, wrapped it back up and put it back in the desk. She looked at me and said “how do you do that?!!?”

But a half eaten cookie, well, that beats the cake!

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:19 pm

Hiney badgers?

Man, this place has got some fine, albeit kinky, characters!

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:20 pm

Paul,

It WAS a big cookie.

Aquagirl

August 19th, 2011
4:23 pm

I did find a half eaten toffee nut cookie in my desk about an hour ago though, it was pretty tasty

Men and dogs…I swear…..

Mudfoot

August 19th, 2011
4:25 pm

AmVet

yeah have always had diverse taste in music. Heading for Fla for a week or two but will be back. Attend fairly often but am the quiet type, however travelin’ is what I do so couldn’t resist a contribution or three

One more for the road – on the hard (old) side but man the duo of Blackmore and Dio was stellar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Cg5vS8-3E

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:27 pm

I gotta say that Mudfoot’s four choices are all off of the charts.

Boys and girls, this may all get ugly before it’s over.

You see, I’m in an extremely rare funk of major proportions.

My beautiful, my beloved, my pimp mobile, my Q45 got totaled this morning. A kid in a speeding VW GTI caused a wreck that I could not avoid. And trust me, I am a master at avoiding mayhem.

To say I’m heartbroken is simply inadequate. Nobody was hurt but I am damn near dying inside. I know it’s silly, but that thing was the nicest ride I’ve ever owned.

And I’m gonna soften the blow by getting royally p*ssed. (As the blokes say.) I’m trying to get there pretty quickly, so if things go downhill kinda rapidly, you’ll understand…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM02WcvlKn0

Joe the Plutocrat and closet honey badger

August 19th, 2011
4:27 pm

paging Dr. Frued….

Richard

August 19th, 2011
4:29 pm

Safe to say none of these people know you like me Jay. Going back 30 years. It doesn’t surprise me that “your wife” upstaged you in the fishing department. She has always been very competitive. You haven’t changed much over the years, my friend, and I wish the bride all the happiness in the world. You take care my friend.

Matti's Amusement

August 19th, 2011
4:29 pm

AmVet,

I’m SO SORRY for your loss! :-(

pogo

August 19th, 2011
4:30 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/us/19bcgreen.html?_r=2

Another lie from Obama and the liberals. Even the NYT’s is admitting it. This is proof positive that promises can be handed out like candy but they really aren’t worth anything if they are made by fools.

Have a nice weekend everybody.

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

Damn! AmVet! That’s awful! Sorry dude.

godless heathen

August 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

A lady, whose name I forgot, used to do an animal show on NPR (maybe she still does) and one time she told about her dog getting into the garbage. She said her friend remarked, “You are a professional dog trainer, can’t you train your dog to stay out of the garbage?”

She replied, “I could, but it’s easier to just keep it where the dog can’t get to it.”

Nothing that was within reach was safe from my previous Labrador, but he was indifferent to what I was eating. My current Lab is a begger, but will not touch the garbage or even food on the coffee table he could easily reach. I wish I could say it’s my ability as a dog trainer, but he just came that way.

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

Mudfoot, make that five choices! You simply have to hang around here some Friday night, cuz you are one badass player. And I know the real deals and the phoneys…

Matti's Amusement

August 19th, 2011
4:32 pm

A car song for AmVet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_N_ED8NXJs

(It might make you sad, but the geeetar is kickin’.)

godless heathen

August 19th, 2011
4:32 pm

Bummer about the car AmVet, but glad you are ok. Really. LOL!

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:34 pm

godless heathen,

LOL! Thanks for that, I have been feeling pretty bad today that something I could have avoided made my little friend sick.

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:35 pm

Ok, this level of Angry Birds is just ridiculous.

Paul

August 19th, 2011
4:35 pm

AmVet

OUCH!! Glad you’re okay.

Other day a Progressive Car Insurance commercial came on. Three classic cars nose to tail, one in the middle a big-fin Caddie, began backing up and going forward and smashing the other cars. I said to my wife “I can’t sit here and watch this pornography.” Got the funniest look ever.

Get in a funk. You’ve earned it.

Bosch

Another thought on the dog/man thing. It’s like what happens here. People are used to their own experiences, so they see or read something and judge it by their context. They don’t think about if the other person could have a meaning different from theirs.

It’s like with people kissing. People have that happen and they think “aahhh, they like me…” When a dog kisses them they think the same thing. But if they thought that a dog uses his tongue for toilet paper, they might have a different view of what the dog thinks of them.

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
4:37 pm

I think I’ll start off with the composers version of this song.

And, we sure could use the rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2uZh4ezBtM

Tommy Maddox

August 19th, 2011
4:39 pm

I think I’m the last guy in town to learn about Randall & the Honey Badger. I thought I was gonna die laughing and my Wife said “that’s not funny”.

josef

August 19th, 2011
4:39 pm

IMAM

“You’re a native nowhere, but a stranger nowhere as well”

Unmentionable was a military brat as well and says to tell you that while the first part isn’t the case with him, the second part certainly is…and he wouldn’t take anything for it…

Where else would a lil Indian boy go from…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L14UKBjC5Is

to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSt0NEESrUA

and call them both “mine…”

godless heathen

August 19th, 2011
4:39 pm

Bosch,
Well that first Lab I mentioned swallowed a bag of rubber bands. They didn’t pass and led to his demise. I beat myself up about that but what can you do but live and learn.

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:39 pm

Paul,

That’s probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen you write! So the dogs, think I’m an ass face! Nice!!

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:40 pm

Thanks Bosch, Paul and especially Matti, that really sweet ZZ did help. (A little!)

She don’t care if I’m stoned or sloppy drunk (I’m working on both.)

And typing is getting tougher…

But ain’t no way in hell, I’m going down that slow sad road tonight…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAXyMcUP6UU

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
4:42 pm

“She don’t care if I’m stoned or sloppy drunk (I’m working on both.)”

You deserve it AmVet. That sucks worse than a sick dog!

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
4:42 pm

Damn I posted the wrong version! Let’s try that one again….with a one two three….GO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AbDGLJgcys

Paul

August 19th, 2011
4:43 pm

Bosch

You’re in good company. My dog does it to me all the time.

Had a couple of Great Danes. They’d be asleep in the van, I could put a Burger King bag on the floor in front of their noses and their eye would open but they wouldn’t move. They were great dogs.

Jay

August 19th, 2011
4:44 pm

Thank you, Richard. And good to hear from you, even if we haven’t seen each other in way too long!

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:46 pm

Paul, one of many redeeming things about this place is that there are TONs of animal lovers here. I love that.

Who was born in a house full of pain
Who was trained not to spit in the fan
Who was told what to do by the man
Who was broken by trained personnel
Who was fitted with collar and chain
Who was given a pat on the back
Who was breaking away from the pack
Who was only a stranger at home
Who was ground down in the end
Who was found dead on the phone
Who was dragged down by the stone
Who was dragged down by the stone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlJWis5wH54

moonbat betty

August 19th, 2011
4:46 pm

It is funny how we get attached to our autos like they are one of the family. I know how you feel Amvet. Glad no one was injured.

Good ramblin/travelin/drivin song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXzhzI4htY

josef

August 19th, 2011
4:49 pm

blue…

That Nanci Griffith of yours last p.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh94WNjV8Ck

and I almost was going to post her version of my own contemporary theme song…when I found this by the composer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4q9JUMF0oc

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

Well, who’s the old guy in the picture at the top? Is what I want to know. He looks like he’s been rode hard and put away wet.

md

August 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

“And I’m gonna soften the blow by getting royally p*ssed. (As the blokes say.) I’m trying to get there pretty quickly, so if things go downhill kinda rapidly, you’ll understand…”

Well Am………like TD, you can come back later to see what you don’t remember posting…………..see if the demons escaped.

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
4:53 pm

I’m in the mood for all kinds of different music genre’s tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1G6nAC9OPU

moonbat betty

August 19th, 2011
4:55 pm

Don’t play this “song” while your dog(s) are in the room:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cf2GoS3U_Q

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
4:57 pm

Redneck, his visage reminds me of my dear friend Andrew. Who, in high school apparently earned the nickname Droops (after Droopy Dog).

BTW he’s a badass black sprinter who damn near made the Canadian Olympic team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q84oP5JilU

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 19th, 2011
4:57 pm

Well, since I noticed a old guy in the picture, I better put up this one about a old guy. It sort of reminds us that even if we can’t take a vacation there’s lots of worse things in life than staying at home:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUTyH8ZYZdA

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
4:58 pm

Josef, Julia Gold was pure gold!

I was gonna get back to Nanci a little later. That little gal can really sock it out of the park, and she is liberal to boot!

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
5:00 pm

md. and you and he are good boys. We fight like brothers, but what the hell.

blue, smokin’ jazz-like thingamajigger.

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

BOSCH

Yeah! It’s Friday…got home and Unmentionable had me a gin and tonic waiting…figured I needed it…right now, life is good…

Bruno

August 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

Who was born in a house full of pain
Who was trained not to spit in the fan
Who was told what to do by the man
Who was broken by trained personnel

Am–Now i remember the song I had been meaning to play for you. You just played it. ;-)

Winding down at work, catch you guys later.

Schrodingers cat

August 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

Bruno

August 19th, 2011
5:03 pm

Solid @ 4:55, moonbat betty. My rabbit reacts strangely when I play that one as well.

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
5:07 pm

Betty’s selection kills. One of those endless “who?” that is really great. Simple, soulful and sweet.

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:08 pm

“He looks like he’s been rode hard and put away wet.”

That’s “rode hard and put UP wet…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2K32pbJQ5U

But, then, except for a couple I won’t name….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSiME_P-3zc&feature=related

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:15 pm

blue…

Ah! Some Gabor Szabo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6nNd3So2eU&feature=related

and while we’re at it…maybe a little,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elyQ4ShVw-Y

eh, Brothers Bruno and Thulsa,,, :-)

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
5:19 pm

Monster, cat. To my indictment. not really my bag, but you’re probably right. They really did change the direction of modern music. Byrne’s a genious.

Bruno, if ever there were cosmical (?) connections, we are that.

I can’t wait until you have to buy me a ticket to some fab concert. (And I ‘ll do my part and assuredly vote against BHO. Do you know how great that feels?)

You know.

hhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtK5rGN_Szs&feature=related

AmVet

August 19th, 2011
5:24 pm

hhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtK5rGN_Szs&feature=related

Uncle Jed

August 19th, 2011
5:25 pm

Jay, who is that guy in the picture?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Must be a real estate agent. (see outdated glamour shot at top) ;-) ;-)

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:27 pm

ZamVet

You need to get the h outta there,,, :-)

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
5:28 pm

josef, where would you rate Gabor as a guitarist? .Me thinks he is top five!

For anyone who missed probably one of the best mini series ever a tune that ties it all together

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ7n0aDi7uw

Uncle Jed

August 19th, 2011
5:32 pm

That’s “rode hard and put UP wet…”

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Put me down for some of that, but not with you, Josef. :-)

Mick

August 19th, 2011
5:33 pm

jamvet

Sorry to hear about your accident, glad you’re still amongst the living-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O79EN3z6IpU

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:34 pm

Uncle Jed

(see outdated glamour shot at the top)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmv3WlKa6U8

Soothsayer

August 19th, 2011
5:35 pm

Bosch

August 19th, 2011
5:37 pm

Josef

Gin and tonic sounds just about right…..

…..as I was saying this level of Angry Birds is RIDICULOUS!

Paul

August 19th, 2011
5:39 pm

Bosch – josef

Bombay. Bombay Sapphire. Citadelle for rocks.

Next week I’ll have other favorites -

@@

August 19th, 2011
5:41 pm

My brother, sister and I, along with marital units, took in a game

They’re detachable? In the family’s jean pool?

That’s weird, jay.

Mick

August 19th, 2011
5:43 pm

md

August 19th, 2011
5:44 pm

Tank and tonic………used to be a staple………but the demons drank too much of it………..

Always enjoyed that after a rough day at the office…………….

JamVet

August 19th, 2011
5:47 pm

jo, you’re probably right, but screw you! (Only figuratively. Or does that mean I’m curious?)

Drunk. or not. I’m posting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz5PYxEHb6o

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:48 pm

blue

He’s no

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoIJ4W7kXiQ&feature=related

but then who is…?

Szabo is good, no doubt…at least in the top ten…

but. being something of a purist…my vote (if forced!) would probably go here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32S95HtH9AA&feature=related

And, no doubt,Brother Bruno will be in arguing it…which is a good thing!

1811/0311

August 19th, 2011
5:50 pm

Railroad Blues ……………. now this is bad “Blues” !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVzREQiuA_M&feature=related

Jay

August 19th, 2011
5:51 pm

Your family keeps your jeans in a pool, @@?

Well, every family is different in its own way, I suppose.

Uncle Jed

August 19th, 2011
5:52 pm

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:34 pm
+++++++++++++++

Funny scene…did you bitchslap me without my knowledge?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 19th, 2011
5:53 pm

Bosch…here’s Pippa and pup singing for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgCtFCZWIXw

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:54 pm

Tank man myself, but won’t turn down the Bombay…

ZamVet…

“…it’s a fairy tale to me…” :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5tpuCcPfGk

1811/0311

August 19th, 2011
5:54 pm

Jay:

Did you and your wife take separate corporate jets on your vacation? The Obama’s did.

Working Man Blues …………….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbEstJ98TcM&feature=fvwrel

He ain’t got no time for fancy vacations.

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
5:54 pm

Well, Hell Joseph you just turned me on to two guitarist I’ve never heard of. You wouldn’t by any chance be there manager?

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:55 pm

Uncle Jed

Nanh, not you, the Imam! :-)

Paul

August 19th, 2011
5:56 pm

Well, my sister and brother-in-law are coming up for the weekend, so I need to put the sweep on the pool and go get some food to fix.

Pleasant weekend, all -

josef

August 19th, 2011
5:57 pm

blue

Check out Rosenberg as a wee tot…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8nTXc3k1wU

new to Django…the greatest that ever was and even BB King says that…

Bruno

August 19th, 2011
5:57 pm

If we still have the animal theme going, this one is for Brother Mick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2M6yV6mueg

Bruno

August 19th, 2011
5:59 pm

new to Django…

I’ll second that, josef. Jerry Garcia cites him as a major influence.

out of the blue

August 19th, 2011
5:59 pm

Did anyone else notice how scout can’t help himself. First he has to get in his digs on Obama
before he proffers a tune.