DESERTDREAMERS's SparkPeople Blog DESERTDREAMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Delaware Delaware, 8th state alphabetically, nicknamed "First State" as it was the first to ratify the Constitution, the second smallest state. It only has 3 counties in it, but has 10 universities and colleges. The state bird is the Blue Hen Chicken. Vice President Joe Biden was a US Senator from Delaware. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The novelty song "Delaware" was written by Irving Gorden and first recorded by Perry Como in 1959. It puns... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:10:31 EST Connecticut One of the original colonies, Connecticut was the 5th state of the union. I always have this Currier and Ives picture of horse sleighs in the snow when I think of Connecticut, never think of Yale. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Michael Feinstein wrote this state song, 1985 <BR> <BR> I know a spot, peaceful and fair <BR> I'd be so happy if I were there <BR> No matter where I chance to be <BR> Connecticut is the place for me ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:06:59 EST Colorado The 38th state of the union, Colorado is known as the "Centenial State" because <BR> it joined the union in 1876. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rocky Mountain High By John Denver, 1972. (BTW, he denied any drug references) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> He was born in the summer of his 27th year <BR> Coming home to a place he'd never been before <BR> He left yesterday behind... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:10:25 EST California Fifth alphabetically, the largest state by population, California was the 31st to join the union. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hotel California by The Eagles, 1976 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair <BR> Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air <BR> Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light <BR> My head grew heavy and... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:05:59 EST Southern Nights - Arkansas Arkansas, 4th state alphabetically, 25th in the union, is a southern state perceived by many to be the home of hillbillies and the Ozarks. Many famous people have come from Arkansas, including President Bill Clinton, Sam Walton of Walmart, and both Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. Glen recorded this one in 1977 - he said the song reminded him of growing up on an Arkansas farm. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Southern nights <BR> Have y... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:33:47 EST King Tut - Arizona Arizona is 3d in the alphabetical listing of the US States. In 1978, Steve Martin and the Toots Uncommon band informed us of a little known historical fact. King Tutankhamun (KingTut) was born in ARIZONA! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> King Tut (King Tut) <BR> Now when he was a young man <BR> He never thought he'd see (King Tut) <BR> People stand in line <BR> To see the boy king (King Tut) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:00:18 EST Springtime in Alaska <BR> Going thru the states alphabetically - here's Alaska! <BR> <BR> Johnny Horton, 1959 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I mushed from Port Barren through a blizzard of snow <BR> Been out prospecting for two years or so <BR> Pulled into Fairbanks, the city was a boon <BR> So I took a little stroll to the Red Dog saloon <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I walked in the... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 02:34:30 EST Sweet Home Alabama Got this idea in my head to do songs from all 50 states. <BR> <BR> Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1974 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Big wheels keep on turning, carry me home to see my kin <BR> Singing songs about the Southland. <BR> I miss ole Bamy once again and I think it's a sin. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her. <BR> Well, I h... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:29:02 EST Hit Me With Your Best Shot The Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior classes were much better than I expected. There were 5 of us from the Emergency Department (4 from night shift), about 40 in the class. The first class was about why the VA is pushing the classes for the entire system and being alert to escalation of anxiety; the second was practicing escape and evasion from an attacker. The take-away I got was 1) be aware of your surroundings, 2) save yourself first, 3) don't be shy about yelling for help,... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:15:24 EST Kung Fu Fighting Tomorrow (Thursday), I have to attend 2 classes (8 hours worth) of "Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior". I am so (NOT) looking forward to it. (Dayshift bites). I'm taking 4 hours of leave in the afternoon. No way am I staying to work it. <BR> <BR> Lyrics for Kung Fu Fighting By Carl Douglas, 1999 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Oh oh oh oh) y'all ready? <BR> (Oh oh oh oh) yeah, let's go <BR> (Oh oh oh oh) <BR> (Oh oh ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:29:29 EST Hall & Oates, Maneater Hall and Oates, 1982 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> She'll only come out at night <BR> The lean and hungry type <BR> Nothing is new, I've seen her here before <BR> Watching and waiting <BR> She's sitting with you but her eyes are on the door <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So many have paid to see <BR> What you think you're getting for free <BR> The woman is wild, a she-cat ta... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 00:25:29 EST Breakfast at Tiffany's Had a terrific massage today. I always wonder how she can find tight spots I wasn't aware of? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heard this on the radio today. Breakfast At Tiffany's By Deep Blue Something, 1985 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> You'll say we've got nothing in common <BR> No common ground to start from <BR> And we're falling apart <BR> You say the world has come between... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 01:46:05 EST Here Comes Peter Cottontail Think I'm finally on the mend - only coughed a few times (not for 10 minutes at a time), itchy nose that's snotty, but not bad. Yeah! Quiet enough at work tonight to actually E-file my taxes. Don't know why I hate it so - I generally get $ back, but I procrastinate. No excuses tonight - like I said, feeling better (head clear without befuddling medications), free time to work on them, and a fast internet connection at work. Only took a little over an hour, and DONE!!!! <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 08:12:32 EST I'll Never Fall in Love Again Still under the weather. Worked 2 nights ago, had to call off last night. Took the new Nyqil severe cold and flu stuff. Yikes, staggered up 10 hours later to let the dogs out and feed the critters. Sniffle, sneeze, cough. Wish the stuff worked like in the TV ads - I'd be dancing in the streets now! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Written by Burt Bacarach and Hal David in 1968, covered by many artists. I'm most familiar with the Dionne Warwic... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:17:52 EST Signs I love reading the signs along the way when I'm walking the dogs. Haven't seen any of these, tho. FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND, 1971 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply" <BR> So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why <BR> He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do" <BR> So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 23:33:54 EST Baby Come Back Finally got my car, Rufus the red, back from the shop. My insurance company (USAA) paid for all but $250 of the repairs, plus the rental car. Since the rental was an automatic, I actually had to sit a minute and reacquaint myself to my standard shift. Unfortunately, I've had a minor relapse with the crud - throat is sore, voice coming and going, yuck. Called off from work tonight. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hall & Oats, 1978 <BR> <img... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 00:47:12 EST Signs of Improvement I was basically out of service yesterday. Had stayed up until 0400 or so, trying to sleep but being wakened by coughing fits. Finally got to sleep, but was woken up about 0800 by the garbage pickup trucks. Cracked an eye at the clock, and decided to turn over. Ignored my furry babies trying to wake me up - occasional barks, snuggles and licking my face. Finally got up at 1245! What??? Fed the critters, let the pups out, picked up where they hadn't been able to hold it (my bad) - and went BACK... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:29:31 EST Dang it! I've had a sore throat at work the last 2 mornings. Shook it off yesterday, but today it's turning into a cough and scratchy throat. Pushing fluids, vitamin C rich stuff. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Off the next few nights. Hope it's over soon. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can't believe I made it t... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:25:29 EST Secret Agent This is the blog I had been working on before midnight last night, before a patient acted out. I got some minor injuries (scratches & bruises) and it took more than an hour to get cleared by the emergency room doc (nothing like having to get checked out by your peers) and the nursing supervisor. Such is life - glad it doesn't happen very often. <BR> <BR> Melissa Etheridge recorded this one in 2004. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Smooth as ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:32:52 EST Injured Had a patient take-down - got scratched and have to do the on the job injury paperwork. I'm OK, but just need it documented. More after midnight <em>39</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:38:55 EST Oh, Pretty Woman Walked the pups 2 hours today. The weather dudes say a cold front is moving in fast . When I started the walk, it was about 65, but sunny - comfortable with the sunshine with me wearing shorts, tank top, and sandals. Then, the wind started! By the time we finished, it was 62, 20 mph winds with gusts to 35, and the sun was behind clouds. Nippy! A total stranger recognized us from yesterday and commented we walking quite a ways. "Yep" I told him, "4 miles today!" <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:07:49 EST Dead Man's Curve My car is STILL in the shop. They had to order more parts (because nobody in town stocks Subaru parts - not even the junk yards). I hope to get it back next week. Meanwhile, I'm driving the rental behemoth. Compared to my little Outback, this thing is HUGE! I drive a standard, and this sucker is an automatic. Took me 3 days to quit feeling for the clutch with my left foot, and another couple of days to stop shifting out of drive when taking off from a stoplight. OK, the additional height is n... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:53:40 EST Camelot (reprise) I admit I waffled about going alone to see Camelot. Nearly didn't go, but at the last minute, I went. Loved it. Met a woman in the seat behind me, who said she'd bought a late ticket. We were up in the "nosebleed" section, but some of the rows in front of us were empty or nearly empty. Just as the show started, we moved down to center seats 3 rows below my aisle seat. <BR> <BR> From the 1960 musical "Camelot", based on on T.H. White's book, "The Once and Future King". This is the reprise of ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:58:16 EST Camelot Going to see Camelot tonight. My buddy Bex called off - she's been sick several days, so I'm by myself (in a crowd of theater goers). More later! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:14:55 EST Lazy Day Yesterday was the first day of spring - at least, by the calendar! We had a lovely day where I live, but I had to sleep thru it since I work nights. Night owls, unite! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spanky and Our Gang, 1967 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Blue sky, sunshine <BR> What a day to take a walk in the park <BR> Ice cream, daydream <BR> Till the sky becomes a blanket o... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:43:37 EST Song of the South Alabama – Song Of The South, 1988. Originally written by Bob McDill in 1980. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Song, song of the south <BR> Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth <BR> Gone, gone with the wind <BR> There ain't nobody looking back again <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cotton on the roadside, cotton in the ditch <BR> We all picked the cotton but we never got rich <B... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:44:13 EST Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah I think why I was so surprised about Finian's Rainbow being so racist was that it was filmed in 1968. The little town of Rainbow Valley, Missitucky, had Blacks and whites living comfortably together. One of the characters is Howard, a Black botanist. The Civil Rights movement had started in the late 50's, early 60's, and was in full swing by 1968. The actual time setting for the movie isn't addressed. Now, Song of the South, from 1946, is a Disney live action & animated movie. Set just after ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:51:07 EST More Later! I'm late, I'm late - can't blog until another date (after midnight! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:25:15 EST How Are Things in Glocca Morra? I had dinner tonight with my best buddy, Bex. She made corned beef, cabbage, taters, carrots and onions. We started with an arugula, avocado, and heirloom tomato salad with a light vinagarette dressing. Yum. We watched Finin's Rainbow (Fred Astaire & Petula Clark), then The Boxtrolls. I was stunned by the racism in Finian's Rainbow! From the original musical in 1947. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hear a bird, a Glocca Morra bird ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:30:25 EST Low Rider My car is at the body shop. I told them about the electrical problems that needs to be fixed, too. I've owned standard shift cars all my life. Pretty much all you can get from the rental places is automatic shifts. One problem is that I'm used to using both feet while driving. In an emergency, I tend to slam both feet on the pedals (clutch and brake). In an automatic, that ends up being both feet jamming the brake to the floor. Whump! During routine driving, I find my left foot pawing at a no... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:19:11 EST Little Old Lady from Pasadena I've severely wounded my little red car, Rufus. It's a 2007 Subaru Outback - just love it. About a month or so ago, I was backing out of my driveway at dusk. Going slowly, I looked to the right and saw a flash of light. I live near an intersection of suburban streets - the car must have turned off, because I didn't see anything besides the flash. Continued to back up and caught the left front bumper on the flimsy chain link gate - ripped it halfway off! Plastic bumpers - who knew? I gorilla t... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:03:30 EST Piano Man Written and first recorded by Billy Joel, 1973 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's nine o'clock on a Saturday <BR> The regular crowd shuffles in <BR> There's an old man sitting next to me <BR> Makin' love to his tonic and gin <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> He says, "Son, can you play me a memory <BR> I'm not really sure how it goes <BR> But it's sad and it's sweet and I... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:13:34 EST I Feel Lucky Since February usually has only 28 days, March is a duplicate for the first 4 weeks. Any month starting on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th. Lucky us, we've had 2 so far (there's another one coming up in November). Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1992 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I woke up this morning, stumbled out of my rack. <BR> I opened up the paper to the page in the back. <BR> It only took me a minute for my finger t... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:12:41 EST Never Been to Spain Jimmy Greenspoon, keyboardist for the Three Dog Night, died yesterday (3/11/15). Hoyt Axton wrote this song, and the Three Dog Night covered it in 1971. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I never been to Spain <BR> But I kinda like the music <BR> Say the ladies are insane there <BR> And they sure know how to use it <BR> They don't abuse it <BR> Never gonna lose it <BR> I can't refuse it <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:21:09 EST All in the Family (Those Were the Days) From 1961, All in the Family's theme song, the other Those Were the Days. Sung by "Archie and Edith Bunker" (Caroll O'Conner and Jean Stapleton). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Boy, the way Glenn Miller played! <BR> Songs that made the Hit Parade. <BR> Guys like us, we had it made. <BR> Those were the days! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And you knew where you were then. <BR> Girls... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:39:46 EST Those Were the Days Not to be confused with All In the Family's "Those Were the Days", Mary Hopkin recorded this one in 1968. The melody is from an old Russian romance, which translates to "By the Long Road". Gene Raskin wrote the English lyrics many years later. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a tavern <BR> Where we used to raise a glass or two <BR> Remember how we laughed away the hourst <BR> And dreamed of all the great thi... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:53:04 EST Glory Days Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded this one in 1984. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school <BR> He could throw that speedball by ya, make you look like a fool <BR> Saw him the other night at this roadside bar I was walking in he was walking out <BR> We went back inside, sat down, had a few drinks, but all we kept talking about <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Mar 2015 23:17:44 EST Don't Blink Daylight Saving Time again. Sigh. Kenny Chesney, 2014 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I turned on the evening news <BR> Saw a old man being interviewed <BR> Turning a hundred and two today <BR> Asked him what's the secret to life <BR> He looked up from his old pipe <BR> Laughed and said "All I can say is" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't blink <BR> Just like that you're six year... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:15:20 EST Short People Randy Newman came out with this novelty song in 1977. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Short people got no reason <BR> Short people got no reason <BR> Short people got no reason <BR> To live <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They got little hands <BR> Little eyes <BR> They walk around <BR> Tellin' great big lies <BR> They got little noses <BR> And tiny little teeth <BR> ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 05:15:31 EST Mr Know It All Kelly Clarkson, 2011 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mr Know It All <BR> Well ya think you know it all <BR> But ya don't know a thing at all <BR> Ain't it something y'all <BR> When somebody tells you something bout you <BR> Think that they know you more than you do <BR> So you take it down another pill to swallow <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mr bring me down <BR> Well ya lik... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:08:12 EST Hooked On a Feeling Originally recorded in 1968 by B. J. Thomas, the "ooga-chaka" chant was first added by Jonathan King in 1971. Blue Suede recorded a version in 1974 which went to number one in the US - they changed the lyrics to elimnate drug references. (Original lyrics: "I got it bad for you, babe, but I don't need a cure. I'll just stay addicted and hope I can endure all the good love ..." Blue Suede: "Got a bug from you, girl, but I don't need no cure. I just stay a victim, if I can for sure All the goo... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:05:24 EST Woodpecker and Weasel Have you seen this? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watching the early news this morning, I saw this being discussed - it's a weasel riding on a woodpecker. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's not a case of critters getting friendly. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's actually a life or death struggle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:06:40 EST Calypso I watched a PBS special on John Denver last night - I'd already decided to blog on "Sunshine On My Shoulders", hoping we could mentally, at least, get out of the grey cold weather depression. Had no idea at the time that was exactly why Denver wrote it! Denver was an environmental activist before it became popular. He met Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and sailed on his research ship Calypso. While on board, he diappeared for a bit, and came back with this song. 1975 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:03:50 EST Calypso I watched a PBS special on John Denver last night - I'd already decided to blog on "Sunshine On My Shoulders", hoping we could mentally, at least, get out of the grey cold weather depression. Had no idea at the time that was exactly why Denver wrote it! Denver was an environmental activist before it became popular. He met Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and sailed on his research ship Calypso. While on board, he diappeared for a bit, and came back with this song. 1975 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:53:46 EST Sunshine On My Shoulder John Denver, 1971. Per Wikipedia: Denver described how he wrote "Sunshine on My Shoulders": "I wrote the song in Minnesota at the time I call 'late winter, early spring'. It was a dreary day, gray and slushy. The snow was melting and it was too cold to go outside and have fun, but God, you're ready for spring. You want to get outdoors again and you're waiting for that sun to shine, and you remember how sometimes just the sun itself can make you feel good. And in that very melancholy frame of ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:32:22 EST Games People Play Written, composed and performed by Joe South in 1968 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh the games people play now <BR> Every night and every day now <BR> Never meaning what they say now <BR> Never saying what they mean <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And they wile away the hours <BR> In their ivory towers <BR> Till they're covered up with flowers <BR> In the back of a black limousine... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:59:08 EST Lucille When I got up this morning to let the pups out, I discovered it had snowed all night. No howling winds for a change, so I was surprised to see the snow - at least 5 inches, more in the drifts. My indoor-outdoor sheepskin boots cover my calves to about 7 inches, plus the inch sole - and some snow fell into my boots! Fluffies went crazy running around in circles. Spartacus proved just how much of a little weasel he is - he'd started out the door, but did a U-turn when I wasn't looking. When th... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:39:53 EST Don't Eat Yellow Snow When I started out walking the pups this afternoon, there was snow on the ground. It snowed and the winds blew all night again. We're talking a couple of inches, more where it drifted or was plowed. Sparty stayed inside my jacket for 90 minutes of the 105 minute walk. Since it was 27 with the wind chill to about 22, I didn't mind - he made an excellent hot water bottle! Meanwhile, sturdy Shalako (pom) trudged on, avoiding the worst of the melt puddles. She also doesn't like walking on dirt - ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:15:58 EST Robin Hood and Little John From the 1973 Disney animated movie Robin Hood. Android has been using it for ads lately. Roger Miller wrote it, and he sings it in the ads. The tag line for the commercial is "be together . not the same." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Robin Hood and Little John <BR> Walkin' through the forest <BR> Laughin' back and forth <BR> At what the other'ne has to say <BR> <img src=""> <B... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:33:54 EST Beep Beep I'm at the car shop - getting much delayed servicing done. I drive way, way less than the expected milage - like an average of 3000 miles a year. While I'm waiting for them to finish up, I'm playing on line. This is a novelty song, spoken more than sung, about a Cadillac driver being overtaken by a little Nash Rambler. (Do they still make Nash cars?) <BR> <BR> <BR> THE PLAYMATES, 1958 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> [Very slowly] ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:57:31 EST