A friend of mine sent me this very nerdy news regarding a rare alignment of the time, day and year. Whoopie!
I stumbled across this website, describing what job you should have based on your Myers-Briggs score. In 1998 I took the M-B test; it indicated I'm a ESTJ ("the Guardians"). So according to this I should have been a cop or a teacher - both occupations which I have considered. (When I got out of the Marines I toyed with the idea of becoming a California Highway Patrolman, and when I was in high school I wanted to be a high school history teacher.)
Here's an account of the last spike being driven in linking the East and West by rail at Promontory, Utah, in 1869 - it's in the book I'm reading. The stately and dignified Thomas Hill painting described in the excerpt ("as it wasn't") is here. I can see Brigham Young with his long white beard... at least I think that's Brigham Young. (I don't think he was that gray in 1869.) I like the Indian woman in the foreground, holding the red and white commemorative CD.
I did a reenactment of this famous affair in 1983. Were Civil War soldiers present at the proceedings? No, of course not. But who cares? We looked olde-tymey. Promontory, Utah, by the way, is in the middle of nowhere.
I've been watching episodes from Season 12 of "Top Gear," the British car show. It is truly entertaining... quite good. Google some episodes; you won't be disappointed.
My band gets back together tonight for another practice. I've been hearing Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" in my head for days. It has a growly bass line I've been trying to replicate; I'm about 90% there, I think. Of course, playing along with the original recording and with my band are two different things. We may be doing it in a different key, depending upon the singer. Sometimes, playing it with others is almost like relearning it.
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