Music Monday: Dusty Springfield and The Six Million Dollar Man

| November 25, 2019

This is going to be a quirky Music Monday post in that I had no idea that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame pop singer Dusty Springfield recorded the original theme song for a 1970’s favorite show The Six Million Dollar Man. Hm? After listening to the original […]

The final season 4 of The Man In The High Castle airs 11/15/2019

| November 14, 2019

Not often, but once in a while there is a television series that hooks both Brenda and me. When “binge-watching” started in earnest, a decade or so ago, it was Jericho for us (although we Tivo-ed it weekly), then 24 (although in 2009 we watch DVDs pre-streaming), and then one of our favorites, FX Networks The […]

Music Monday: “Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes and the movie An Officer and a Gentleman

| October 28, 2019

In keeping with the vacation post of the last few days, here’s one more leftover that stuck with me: The movie and theme song for, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). The song is Up Where We Belong written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sanite-Marie and Will Jennings and was recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes […]

Surprise ‘Friends’ Big Screen 30th Birthday Party for Megan

| October 1, 2019

My son Taylor was in hot water most of Saturday afternoon trying to delay Megan from arriving early to the TV sitcom ‘Friends’ 25th anniversary birthday surprise hosted by her parents. He used the “watching college football” excuse and did everything he could to keep Megan from arriving early. Denni and Dave did a fantastic […]

Archive: Thankful to have my family within driving distance

| September 16, 2019

A quick post to the blog archive with a few photos from this past weekend. Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn came down to go to the Cincinnati Zoo with Taylor and Megan on Saturday. They had a great time. Of course Brenda and I enjoyed having Annalyn around for a couple days too! She is growing […]

Music Monday: Do You Know the Way to San Jose

| September 9, 2019

Couldn’t help but to remember Dionne Warwick singing the Burt Bacharach song “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” when sharing the Tax Foundation map highlighting the most expensive (and least expensive) places in America. No surprise, San Jose, California was the most expensive. Of course the music stayed with me and I just […]

The 22nd Annual Red Stewart Airfield Airshow for 2019 and our 52nd EAA284 Taildragger Fly-In and pancake breakfast

| August 26, 2019

Although our local EAA chapter’s EAA284.org Fly-In and Sunday’s pancake breakfast was questionable this year if there wasn’t an airshow on Saturday, the Stewarts were able to gather the pilots together for the Red Stewart Airfield 22nd Annual Airshow. The weekend is always well attended and appreciated by the community and those who enjoy aviation […]

Music Monday: If You Love Me Let Me Know – Olivia Newton John

| July 29, 2019

There are few female actress/singers as internationally admired by young and old, male or female than Olivia Newton-John in the 1970s. I don’t think there was anyone on the planet that did not enjoy her acting and music … or if you were a young boy in those day, have a crush on her. She […]

Children are online A LOT, so how do we protect them?

| July 10, 2019

Oh for the good ol’ days when we read cereal boxes in the morning and just wanted the trinket inside or collected box tops while learning “delayed gratification.”   Kids online: ”81% of the world’s children and 92% of US children now have an online presence before they turn 2. In the US, 95% of […]

Experimenting with a bit of silliness … “as seen on the Internet”

| June 2, 2019

If you grew up watching Get Smart, then you know about the “cone of silence” … but do you know about the “bottle of protection?” A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a guy work over a stove and frying pan of hot oil. If you’ve done this before, no doubt the spatter occasionally […]

Music Monday: Ramblin’ Man by Allman Brothers live in 1972

| May 13, 2019

Having posted songs from the Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman a few times before, it was surprising not to have included a Music Monday “Ramblin’ Man” post? So instead of a vinyl single to mp3 (recorded 1972 – release 1973), how about a live YouTube live video from November of 1972 at Hofstra University […]

Very funny – Annalyn thinks Taylor looks like Rutledge Wood

| May 8, 2019

While watching NBC pre-Kentucky Derby coverage last weekend, Rutledge Wood appeared a few times to cover the event and according to Drew and Katelyn, Annalyn continued to point and say, "Uncle Taylor is on TV." I’m not sure if Taylor should see this as a complement or insult … but it sure was funny. As […]

Music Monday: Once upon a time, I saw the 1967 musical Hair

| April 8, 2019

Likely having any connection to the 1960’s hippie counterculture would be a surprise to those who have only known me after becoming a semi-responsible parent (and grandparent!) … but I was once young and had friends with older brothers and sisters, although thankfully for us it did not include drugs the behaviors part of the […]

Tech Friday: The business practices of telecommunication, cable and Internet providers are ripe for disruptive innovation

| March 29, 2019

It has been a year since I’ve checked my Internet speed since we have not had any problems, but I doubted we were getting the advertised 500Mbps speeds , but then that my internal network problem. Speed aside, there hasn’t been any reason to question Cincinnati Bell’s service (our TV and internet service provider). They […]

Music Monday: Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces

| February 25, 2019

Average White Band performing in 2013 – Wikimedia Highlighting this band seems a bit out of my character for Music Monday (except for being 1970’s music), but hearing “Pick Up The Pieces” by the Average White Band in the car on SiriusXM triggered a good memory. My Ohio Northern University roommate Jerry Moody was a […]

Spectacular 12 car crash in lap 191 of #Daytona500

| February 17, 2019

Impressive safety advancements in car safety as a crash near the end of the Daytona 500 wiped out 12 cars. All drivers were fine and red flagged race has Toyota cars leading strong Ford and Chevrolet Cup cars waiting for a restart with 9 laps to go. A long slow ending … but great 2nd […]

Such a DEAL – SiriusXM and Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen

| February 17, 2019

Like clockwork, it was time to either renew or cancel SiriusXM (again). I refuse to pay the month to month rate with them or the very few newspaper/magazine subscriptions I still use that does the same thing. Thankfully I marked my calendar with a notification as to the last day to cancel service … otherwise the […]

Tech Friday: Options to subscriptions services raising prices

| January 18, 2019

The recent price increases rumbling through the economy are starting to be felt in the products we all use and have learned to appreciate. One of the services I’ll likely eliminate before the monthly price increase is the streaming service Netflix. We did this once before, but with all the new added content and lack […]

Music Monday: Starting with a change for 2019 – Kenny Chesney

| January 7, 2019

After years of posting what I suspect are now considered “oldies” for Music Monday posts, I’ll at least start 2019 with a change. The Christmas season was a chance to listen to holiday music performed by a variety of different artists, and as I have in the past, enjoyed songs by almost all contemporary country […]

There are few good TV shows, but thankful for Last Man Standing

| December 4, 2018

Now that my favorite TV comedy with Tim Allen is back on the air … I read a bit about Last Man Standing’s cancelation by ABC and how the show eventually made it’s way to FOX. I never did buy the "it wasn’t for political reasons" comment from ABC … as who cancels their #2 […]

Monopoly for Millennials – but does it have a “cry room?”

| November 20, 2018

Plenty of jokes were bantered around last week when Hasbro announce a new version of Monopoly for Millennials. The "forget real estate. You can’t afford it anyway" comments and winning is collecting points, such as a "3-Day Music Festival" EXPERIENCE or "going to a vegan bistro because memories last forever." Without digging a little  deeper […]

Music Monday: Jam In The Van a few years ago with Nicki Bluhm

| November 19, 2018

Music Monday posts are usually a reflection of what I’m listening to at the moment; this week it is not. The older music video below was trigger after seeing Nicki Bluhm‘s name on a concert listing when Brenda and I were at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati. I’ve mention Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers several […]

Music Monday: A Rumours of Fleetwood Mac recap

| November 12, 2018

After posting on last weekend Rumours of Fleetwood Mac concert on Friday night for Saturday’s post, I realized the music related post would have made a great Music Monday post. Since part of being a VIP attendee was a bunch of swag including a promo video, so below a little bit of what the concert […]

Fox Business shuffles their TV talent and expands their live shows

| October 14, 2018

As a business news junkie, I’ve been watching Fox Business since I "demanded it" (as Neil Cavuto would tell viewers in the early days of the expansion Fox network). They have steadily grown and have become serious competition for CNBC (watched/listen since it’s debuted) and BloombergTV. Fox Business has mixed in far more general news […]

The TV sitcom Last Man Standing returns at 8PM on FOX

| September 27, 2018

Can’t wait for the return of Tim Allen and Last Man Standing cast to FOX after being cancel on ABC — my DVR series is set for Friday night at 8PM (yes, I know about streaming services … but I just don’t trust them!) Multi-cam comedy LAST MAN STANDING, starring Tim Allen, heads to FOX […]

Music Monday: Falling back on a favorite from Jackson Browne

| September 10, 2018

Once I started listening to music and heard Jackson Browne in the 1970s … I was hooked and have not really stopped enjoying his songs and his long spanning music career. So, after a rainy weekend, here’s a little pick-me-up song for Music Monday from side A (cut 4 ) of Jackson Browne‘s 1972 first […]

Obit: Actor, director and "Bandit" Burt Reynolds dead at 82

| September 7, 2018

Of course my reference by including "The Bandit" in a tribute post to the passing of Burt Reynolds has a lot to do with how I remember him; he died after a heart attack on Thursday 9/6/2018 at age 82. The highpoint for me in remembering him was the making of the Smokey and the […]

Red Stewart Airfield 21st Annual Airshow and EAA chapter 284’s Taildragger Fly-In Pancake Breakfast at 40I on Sept 1 – 2 2018

| August 25, 2018

This Labor Day weekend is the annual Stewart Airshow and our EAA chapter’s fly-in and pancake breakfast. If you enjoy aviation and mostly vintage aircraft flying in and out of a well cared for grass airstrip, this outing is for you. The gathering in Waynesville Ohio is always an enjoyable community time and is fun […]

Internet Speeds continue to rise – 100 then 300 now 500 Mbps

| March 14, 2018

After switching from TWC/Spectrum one year ago, Cincinnati Bell’s Fioptics (Fiber) delivered television video and Internet to our house as been excellent. Their Internet speed continues to rise (currently checking with DSLReports/speedtest). Last year I was happy to have my speed increase to 100Mbps down when switching to CincinnatiBell, but then after losing promotional perks […]

Music Monday: From the Beatles to the Sheatles

| March 12, 2018

Music listening took a quirky turn for this Music Monday after running across an odd social media posted photo of what was dubbed the "Sheatles," for obvious reasons. Besides being a weird Beatles mash-up photo of the original "Fab Four" from the 1960s and having mention them when listening to a podcast earlier this year […]

Finished covering the risers while watching the Daytona 500

| February 18, 2018

Sunday was the perfect day to finish up “covering” the lifts for the rear row of our new home theater seats. Now all 8 seats have a great view … even in recline mode. After building the “boxes” a week or so ago, I picked up some closeout brown polyester outdoor furniture upholstery material at […]

Finished assembling seating for our home theater – almost done

| February 11, 2018

iPhone panoramic of home theater from the rear Finally the correct seat came in and I was able to assemble the last of our eight home theater seats for the home archive. The sizing and spacing is near perfect and even without the riser that I am planning to add to the rear row, the […]

So much for new home theater seating for Super Bowl 52

| February 4, 2018

This is what I get for procrastinating until this weekend — TWO right hand seats! The boxes containing the long delayed leather home theater seats (ie. basement flood of 2013) arrived a couple weeks ago but I waited until this weekend to unpack since I was out of town last weekend. I unboxed them and […]

If laughter is good medicine, we are pretty drugged up :-)

| January 27, 2018

Brenda and I had a great time visiting with Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn this past week as they invited us up to see the comedian/ ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. We have all been to his show before and I believe this was Katelyn’s 3rd time? Our previous was years ago in a much smaller venue, acomedy […]

Semi-impressed watching President Obama with Letterman

| January 26, 2018

We watched the premiere David Letterman series on Netflix with President Barack Obama the other night and both Brenda and I were impressed with the likeability our previous president exhibited – reminiscent of why he was elected in 2008 (Letterman, not so much). Obama was baited numerous times by David Letterman to weigh in negatively […]

Music Monday: Have I been following and listening this long?

| October 16, 2017

This past week the "Years Ago on this Day" center column of My Desultory Blog I noticed a Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers post from October 2014. The post was their first video after they moved from a "van" (aka: Van Sessions) to a larger bus. It was a fun "from the road" Brewer and […]

The NFL off and NASCAR on as another week goes by

| October 15, 2017

Disappointed to be still NOT watching NFL football on Sunday afternoon (week 6), but for the most part there are plenty of autumn chores to keep me busy. Unfortunately the rain came this afternoon and while grabbing a snack at the new kitchen counter, flipped to NASCAR just as I did last weekend. It is […]

Fishing and hauling big things with a small pickup in Australia

| September 6, 2017

Everybody knows that "down under" things are a little bit different … even snakes have learned to creatively fish different than most I have observed in the U.S. How many "large" dangerous looking snakes have you seen plucking a large catfish out of the water by hanging from a branch??? Snakes aren’t the only creatures […]

Music Monday: Lana White, music with a modern Country feel

| September 4, 2017

A new music/musician discovery for me this past week thanks to social networking. I’m not exactly sure why I first listened to Lana White, but enjoyed the song and the sound … so checked out more. After a brief exchange on Twitter with her self-promoting and including a Spotify link to her albums, I ended […]

Obit: Glen Travis Campbell 1936-2017

| August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell, one of my all time favorite musicians from my earliest memories has passed away. So thankful we still have his mountains of music. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of […]

As mention before, James Garner is a favorite of mine

| July 23, 2017

One of the more interesting aspects of social networking is that one never knows who they might connect with. I’ve been a fan and have posted before about the late James Garner (1928-2014) for most of my life and noticed his daughter Gigi (MavrocksGirl) actively keeps his memory alive on Twitter. I’m not sure what […]

Music Monday: Out of the box adding a Brenda song – Freebird

| July 10, 2017

But first — last night was Jimmy Buffett‘s 50th concert in 40 years (I Don’t Know Tour 2017) Cincinnati at Riverbend in front of 20,000 Queen City area Parrotheads … and although I wasn’t there, I enjoyed the live stream on Facebook. Over the decades, Jimmy Buffett has been my unconventional escape side of life as […]

Music Monday: Wichita Lineman sung by Glen Campbell #vinyl

| June 12, 2017

Music memories only go back so far for me … and likely only two musicians exist as favorites from my pre-teenage days (probably because my mom listened to the radio). One of the two artists is Glen Campbell, the other Roger Miller. One of the songs I remember is “Witchita Lineman,” written by Jimmy Webb, […]

Sad to see such talent pass away- Gregg Allman dead at 69

| May 28, 2017

The news on Saturday was depressing as that it was announced Gregg Allman passed away at 69 … I was just commenting about a few of my Music Monday posts that included Coyotus Maximus (his self-described nickname) and the Allman Brothers Band since our politics did not mesh. A talented and musically influential force not just for […]

Cut the cord — and then added a few channels back

| March 4, 2017

Well … so much for cutting the cord as I mentioned in February and contemplating using the Sony Playstation Vue streaming service for the few channels ($30/mo) we wanted to receive that are unavailable over-the-air. We never really got to that point since the local antenna channels seemed way too slow in changing and somewhat […]

Testing an inexpensive OTA antenna before cutting the cord

| February 28, 2017

Television habits, elimination of a landlines and much faster Internet speeds have changed the way most of us use and think about connectivity nowadays … and I’m not the first to once again contemplate "cutting the cable cord." The first step is likely knowing what is available over the air and IF an affordable high […]

Music Monday: Shocker not to have mentioned American Pie yet?

| February 20, 2017

There’s probably not a more iconic early 1970’s American song than Don McLean‘s American Pie … I’m shocked no to have posted about it before? If you were a kid growing up with music coming from a AM transistor radio when the popular song came on, you knew that the next 8 minutes would be […]

Remembering a couple musicians and the song Drift Away

| January 30, 2017

While admiring yet another song from the 1970s, I learned that the song writer of "Drift Away" was Mentor Williams, brother of popular song writer, singer, composer and actor Paul Williams. While reading a bit more, I didn’t realize just  how many other artist performed the song … not the least Dobie Gray who made […]

Music Monday and thankful I can still hear things

| January 9, 2017

After an episode with excessive ringing and noise in my good ear last month, reminiscent of when I lost most of the hearing in my right ear, I have appreciated things getting back to “my” normal this month. Admittedly it is frightening to think I might lose what is left of my hearing … even […]

The training of Shaolin monks – photo from 1971

| December 4, 2016

One of the television shows I enjoyed growing up watching was Kung Fu with David Carradine. The program regularly flashed back from Carradine’s character Kwain Chang Caine in the old west to China where he grew up learning the Chinese martial arts from the monks at the Shaolin Monastery.  When I saw this photo from […]

Behind an American favorite TV show – Home Improvment

| November 23, 2016

A little “behind the scenes” history and commentary from my family’s favorite TV show of the 1990s — Home Improvement. Of course anything that Tim Allen does is a favorite of mine. I love his current Last Man Standing show too.

The Bill Envall segment from Dorkfish on African animals

| April 23, 2016

The other day after seeing Bill Engvall on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, I tried to remember his comedy bit where he used the line, "Bob, he’s a smoker."  I could remember much more so I mentioned it casually to a friend — a few days later he text me the segment from his […]

A Ben Bernanke cameo in The Big Bang Theory? #TBBT

| February 19, 2016

It is fun finding out about cameo appearances in movies and TV programs … as I mentioned the other day with singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Another cameo tidbit popped up after this week’s popular The Big Bang Theory sitcom. According to the commentary on FoxBusiness, the previous Fed chair Ben Bernanke and his wife are big enough […]

TechFriday: Can YouTube Red compete? Coming 10/28/2015

| October 23, 2015

The best known video streamer, YouTube, has entered the subscription based video streaming service with their YouTube Red. They are asking $9.99 from potential subscribers for ad-free content that can be viewed on a variety of devices or saved for offline viewing. They’ll compete with services from several others who have significant content libraries (movies) […]

Pandora celebrates 10 years with an ad free day on 9/9/2015

| September 4, 2015

Pandora has announced that it will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary on Wednesday September 9th and will offer those who are non-paying listeners with an ad free day. According to a Forbes article, free listeners still make up 95% of Pandoras’ active users and maybe hoping that a sample of what the premium paid-subscriber tier is […]

Streaming our home TV signal with Sling for 10 years #TBT

| July 23, 2015

Wow … 10 years ago I bought my first “original” Slingbox. I thought this gadget was the coolest thing and even upgraded it in 2012 (has it been that long?) I used it regularly on the road with the laptop or Palm Treo (photo below) and “sling-ed” our home TV video (or just audio) signal […]

Consumers are not satisfied with their cable companies

| June 6, 2015

In a 2015 look at cable companies, very few customers are happy with their providers, in fact the report indicates a couple of the biggest have lost ground (chart below). Barely half of Mediacom Communications, Time Warner Cable and Comcast customers indicate that they are satisfied with service … and the latter two above have […]

A few thoughts on the movie American Sniper

| May 27, 2015

Brenda and I finally watched the Clint Eastwood directed movie about Navy Seal Chris Kyle titled American Sniper this Memorial Day weekend. It was worth the price of a DVD purchase, although I’m not sure emotionally I’ll want to see it again. The movie left me with gut wrenching sorrow and little solace that the […]

Enjoyed the 3 wide racing in the #Daytona500 this afternoon

| February 22, 2015

Joey Legano took the win in 2015’s NASCAR’s season opening race, the Daytona 500, with an exciting finish with the yellow flag waving due to a wreck in the rear of the field. The racers bunched for a restart after cleaning up with 3 laps to go and there was no looking back for Legano. […]

Favorite new-found music in 2014: Counting Crows

| December 31, 2014

The end of the year had me reviewing the limited amount of music saved on my phone and posted to my blog posts in 2014. The primary reason was to purge songs that I no long wanted taking up space, but in-part it was also to remember why I saved certain songs. After a quick […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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