Gentle Reader, you will have to excuse any misspellings or grammar errors you see in the blogs from now on. My usual method is to write the text, then do a spell check, post it and do any final fixes after I get to edit it as posted.
Due to technical reasons and an increasingly totalitarian workplace I can no longer look at it in the morning after it's posted. (At least I think I can't.) So grammar fixes will have to take place in the evenings - if I'm not too busy!
Last night, instead of watching the Liz Scott-Edmond O'Brian film noir I had rented from Video Vault, I watched the David Bowie videos my son once bought me for a birthday. My favorite is the 1980 "Ashes to Ashes" one. The Bowie book I'm reading answered a question about it that I have always had: What's with the arm sweeping motions in this (and in the "Fashion" video from the same year)?
The story is that Bowie had a section of a beach closed off for filming, and noticed the construction vehicle parked thereupon. He wanted it in the video, and so negotiated with the owner to have it driven behind him and his extras. Problem was, it kept snagging the long black robes that the extras were wearing, so in rehearsals they would periodically reach down to free themselves. Bowie liked the motion and so incorporated it into the choreography. You've got to either be an artist or a coke head to think like that, and Bowie was both.
In my little story yesterday of getting ejected from a David Bowie concert in 1974, I forgot to mention that I finally did get to see him live, thirty years later at the Patriot Center in Fairfax in May 2004. It was an excellent concert - in fact, the best rock concert I ever expect to see, unless I happen to catch a Paul McCartney concert at some point.
Video of an amazing German engineering feat. That show host looks like he's trying to be a German Doctor Who...
We've been having great weather lately... and I'm without my convertible Beetle. It's in the shop, getting the latest scrape repaired. My wife was backing out of a parking spot when a guy with no driver's license and no insurance backed into her, scuffing the rear bumper. So we get it fixed with our uninsured motorist coverage. I pick it up Friday - I hope. I'll want it to blast around with for Saturday morning yard sales, one of the highlights of my week. They're calling for mostly cloudy with a high of 80 - certainly convertible weather!
Today we're getting new carpeting - wool! - installed in our upper staircase and hall... pictures will be posted as soon as I am able. This is a part of the general nest feathering that I'm calling the Great Hardwood Flooring Project of 2010. But soon I must turn my attention to the outside of the house, where I have leaf raking and lawn fertilization to do. I really hate gardening, and I think I would be just as happy with pavement spray-painted grass green.
And... that's it, really. What you just got is what I'm able to come up with when I really have nothing to say and have writer's block.
Well, I do have things to say, but they're political, and I try to avoid political content here. It riles people, even if you agree with me. So I tend to keep to the Elvis philosophy: I'm an entertainer. I think you come here to be entertained, not riled.
Have a pleasant, un-riled day.
And be sure to vote in November.
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