DESERTDREAMERS's SparkPeople Blog DESERTDREAMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Christmas Story, the Musical I managed to get home and whip the pups just over a mile walk. Took a not bath with Epsom salts, planned for 15 minute soak, but woke up almost an hour later. Got up in time to feed the critters again, got dressed, and Bex picked me up for the show. The musical was fun (Bex said "the movie was better", but I still liked it) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We'd walked the half mile or so from the bank lot we always pa... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:58:36 EST Busy Day Planned My last 12 hour shift is almost over. I wanted to play on line earlier, and work on a funny song blog, but it was just a little too busy with patients. (Rude, aren't they? They must think I have nothing better to do than take care of them <em>20</em> ) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's nippy this morning - just caught a couple of minutes of the local news - looks like it's about 24 degrees right now. Have to dr... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:56:36 EST Old Time Rock and Roll Written by George Jackson and recorded by Bob Seger, 1978. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Part of the sound track from Risky Business. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just take those old records off the shelf <BR> I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself <BR> Today's music ain't got the same soul <BR> I like that old time rock 'n' roll <BR>... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:43:16 EST Knockin' on Heaven's Door So, the copier portion of the copier/printer is still not working, while the printer continues to function. Oh, well. We've been going to the front sign in desk and faxing the forms we need to ourselves. Shoot. The help line number isn't staffed 24 hours/day. Apropos of nothing, except I feel like I've been banging my head against a wall all night, here's Bob Dylan's 1973 "Knocking on Heaven's Door", part of the theme for the movie "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid". <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:30:12 EST Trying Very Hard to be Positive My 2 weeks off from work are over - and someone put me as charge tonight. SRSLY? So, one of the first things I did was to set the copier to make 2 copies and separate the piles. Sucker jammed on me. Worked and worked on it to find the jammed papers, reset the sucker, etc. Kept saying it was jammed. Meanwhile, the printing function worked - no jamming. Sheesh! Our ward clerk finally found some papers jammed deep in the depths, but it still won't copy. <BR> <BR> It'll get better after midnigh... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 01:36:51 EST Under the Boardwalk Another Drifters song, from 1964. I walked the pups 6 miles today. The last couple of days, there was rain & snow Monday, and cold with high wind gusts yesterday. Today was brisk, with some gusts, but sunny. Got a little carried away with the walk, and my legs are aching now. I was thinking of the line from this song "wish your tired feet were fireproof". <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh, when the sun beats ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:21:24 EST Up On the Roof The Leonid meteor shower hits its peak tonight after midnight. It's named for the constellation Leo, from where they appear to originate. The meteors are actually debris from the Comet Tempel-Tuttel. I just found out about it on the news tonight. <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Up on the Roof written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin, recorded by The Drifters in 1962. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:52:09 EST Hit Me With Your Best Shot So, a local woman, Holly Holm, flew to Australia and kick-boxed the, er, snot out of the previous holder of the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey a few days ago. Kinda have mixed emotions about this. Yeah, a local champion! Boo, mixed martial arts. From 1980, Pat Benatar. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well you're the real tough cookie <BR> With the long history <BR> Of breaking little hearts <... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 01:10:01 EST Sitting on the Dock of the Bay This was the last song recorded by Otis Redding, on 8 Dec 1967. Redding died in a plane crash 10 Dec, and the song was released in 1968, becoming a posthumous hit. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sittin' in the morning sun <BR> I'll be sittin' when the evening comes <BR> Watching the ships roll in <BR> Then I watch them roll away again, yeah <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:16:02 EST Alley Oop Here's a real blast from the past - "Alley Oop", written and first recorded by Dallas Frazier in 1957, based on the comic strip of the same name. The Hollywod Argyles made a hit with it in 1960. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop) <BR> (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop) <BR> There's a man in the funny papers we all know (Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop) <BR> He lived 'way back a long time ago (Alley Oop, o... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:01:30 EST One More Day I am horrified by the attacks in Paris, France. "One More Day", by Diamond Rio, 2000, received a lot of play after the terrorist attacks September 11, 2001. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night I had a crazy dream <BR> A wish was granted just for me <BR> It could be for anything <BR> I didn't ask for money <BR> Or a mansion in Malibu <BR> I simply wished, for one more day with you <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 23:49:40 EST Sincerely How about a song about what today would be considered a female stalker? The McGuire Sisters, 1955, "Sincerely", written by Alan Freed and Harvey Fuqua. This was one of the songs I downloaded onto my walking music - I'd never heard it before, but when I heard the words "He doesn't want me, but I'll never, never, never, never let him go," it got my attention! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sincerely, oh yes, sin... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:35:33 EST Bumper of my S.U.V. The Bumper of my S.U.V. Written and recorded By Chely Wright, 2004. She said a woman honked at her, and yelled "Your war is wrong. You're a baby-killer!" Because of the USMC bumper sticker. Chely went home and wrote this song. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've got a bright red sticker on the back of my car <BR> Says United States Marines <BR> And yesterday a lady in a mini-van held up a middle finger at me <BR> Do... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:31:28 EST Letter from Home Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, also known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in various parts of the world. It is in honor of the end of WW I, at the 11th hour of The 11 th day of the 11th month of 1918. From 2004, Tony Lane and David Lee wrote "Letters from Home", recorded by John Michael Montgomery. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Dearest son, it's almost June <BR> I hope this letter catches up with you <... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:27:58 EST I've Been Everywhere This is the original version of the song. I'm more familiar with Johnny Cash's version! I've Been Everywhere Lyrics by Geoff Mack, as sung by Lucky Starr (1962)(They're Australian, mate, if you didn't know) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I was humpin' my bluey on the dusty Oodnadatta road, <BR> When along came a semi with a high and canvas-covered load. <BR> (Spoken) "If you're goin'to Oodnadatta, mate, ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:54:56 EST I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General This is one of the first rapid-fire songs I remember - it's from "The Pirates of Penzance", by Gilbert & Sullivan, first performed 31 Dec 1879! "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am the very model of a modern Major-General, <BR> I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral, <BR> I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical, <BR> From Marathon to W... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:52:06 EST We Didn't Start The Fire Another rapid-fire song. We Didn't Light the Fire, written & recorded By Billy Joel, 1989. Joel said he wrote it to cover the headlines from the year of his birth (1949) to show events that happened in 40 years. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray <BR> South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio <BR> Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television <BR> North ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 21:24:11 EST Life is a Rock This is another song on my walking playlist, along with "I've Been Everywhere". I'm just fascinated by those performers who can sing or speak so fast without stumbling! The Reunion, 1974, "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers <BR> Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady <BR> Take it e... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 21:35:05 EST Kisses Sweeter than Wine I found myself singing along to this one while walking the pups (got some funny looks from people we passed). Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, 1950, written by The Weavers <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I was a young man and never been kissed <BR> I got to thinking it over what I had missed. <BR> I got me a girl, I kissed her and then <BR> Oh lord, I kissed her again. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 23:48:45 EST Rhythm of the Rain <BR> It rained pretty much all day. The dogs ran outside a couple of times between storms, and definitely refused to go outside while it was hailing. Finally stopped raining, I'm wearing layers of clothing, and the Little Weasel is wearing his sweater. I'll put their blinky lights on the pups, and drag them out of a mile or 2. More storms coming - yikes! The Cascades, 1962, (Listen to) The Rhythm of the Rain. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Nov 2015 22:25:09 EST Coffee Coffee Coffee I'm on staycation on for 2 weeks. Yesterday, I got up and wandered into the kitchen, mindlessly. Made a pot of coffee, and poured myself a 2 cup mug. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Brain kicked into gear, and I went to my massage. After that, I took my black-screened iPad to the Apple Store Genius Bar. My appointment was for 2 hours later, but I hoped to get seen earlier. The woman checking me in looked at it and, ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 22:27:44 EST Tomorrow May Never Come Garth Brooks, 1989. Sometimes, we wait too long to tell friends and family how much they mean to us, until it's too late. (Note: I'm not feeling sad, but today is All Souls Day, and I'm remembering my mother) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes late at night <BR> I lie awake and watch her sleeping <BR> She's lost in peaceful dreams <BR> So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark <BR> And the th... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 19:42:25 EST Drink a Beer Today, 1 November, is the Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos. It is a time for remembering those who have passed on before us. In Albuquerque, and many other places, we have parades, special foods, and costumes. (I have actually never been to one, but I've seen the news coverage). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Luke Bryan, 2013 Songwriters: BEAVERS, JIM / STAPLETON, CHRIS <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 05:47:01 EST Sympathy for the Devil The final Halloween icon, the devil and his minions. The Rolling Stones, 1968 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Please allow me to introduce myself <BR> I'm a man of wealth and taste <BR> I've been around for a long, long year <BR> Stole many a man's soul and faith <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was 'round when Jesus Christ <BR> ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 06:10:21 EST Legend in Your Own Time Hey, there, I'm a rock star - either as elaborately made up as one of the Kiss guys, or wearing a long-haired wig, or just carrying a guitar. Today's Halloween icon is singers or band members. Here's Carly Simon's "Legend in Your Own Time" from 1971. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I have known you <BR> Since you were a small boy <BR> And your mama used to say <BR> "My boy is gonna grow up and be <BR> Some ... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:55:46 EST Tiny Dancer Today's Halloween icon - dancers. Tap, ballet, pole, chorus line - dance your heart out! Elton John 1971 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Blue jean baby, L. A. Lady, she was a seamstress for the band <BR> Pretty eyed, pirate smile, she'll marry a music man <BR> Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand <BR> And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:10:18 EST Haunted House Seems like a lot of places have those houses that look spooky, and kids are told "don't go there!" by their parents, while the kids "double dog dare" each other to run up and ring the doorbell and run away. Remember, kids, if it's a meth lab or thugs' hang out - DON'T GO THERE! Srsly. Then there are all the seasonal Haunted Houses different groups put on. A couple of years ago, my BFF Bex & I did a Haunted House tour - we spent the time critiquing the the fake blood and murder scenes. Bex ga... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:44:47 EST Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves Don't know about you guys, but I've thrown on a big skirt, bangles, beads and scarves and been a gypsy for Halloween. Another super easy costume is wearing dark clothes, smudging your face &/or putting on a mask and being a thief, tattered clothes for a tramp, etc. Today's Halloween icons are: "Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves" by Cher, 1971 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was born in the wagon of a travelin' show <BR>... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:36:52 EST Please Mr. Postman <link> </link> "I'm the package guy!" <BR> <BR> I saw this YouTube clip about a kid that was thrilled to be the Package Delivery Man for Halloween. Today's Halloween icon is for the postal workers, UPS and FedEx delivery folks, and those that bring fresh hot pizza to our homes! "Please Mr Postman" 1961 By The Marvelettes <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Wait) Oh yes, wait a minute Mister Pos... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:47:40 EST That's Amore Today's Halloween icons - lovers! Star-crossed, meant-to-be, whatever lovers. "That's Amore", 1952 - a Dean Martin standby <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (In Napoli where love is king <BR> When boy meets girl here's what they say) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie <BR> That's amore <BR> Whe... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:39:25 EST Ghostbusters From the movie of the same name, "Ghostbusters", 1984. Today's Halloween icon - ghosts! (duh) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ghostbusters! <BR> If there's something strange in you neighborhood, <BR> Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! <BR> If there's something weird and it don't look good, <BR> Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! <BR> <img src=" Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:03:40 EST Everybody Loves a Clown Gary Lewis and the Playboys, 1965. Today's Halloween icons are clowns - good & bad ones. Fear of clowns, or clown phobia, is called coulrophobia. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everybody loves a clown, so why don't you? <BR> Everybody laughs at the things that I say and do. <BR> They all laugh when they say me coming, <BR> But you don't laugh; you just go home running. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:16:40 EST The Night Chicago Died "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace, a British group, 1974. It's about a fictitious shoot out between Chicago police and members of Al Capone's Syndicate. Today's Halloween icons are cops and robbers, er, mobsters. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Daddy was a cop <BR> On the east side of Chicago <BR> Back in the U S A <BR> Back in the bad old days <BR> <img src=" Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:49:47 EST Thriller Thriller by Michael Jackson, 1982. This song works on multiple levels - it's a great Halloween song by itself, and, it has the iconic werewolves, vampires and ghouls - woohoo! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark <BR> Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart <BR> You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it <B... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:46:24 EST Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys It seems like every little kid at some point wants to be a cowboy or cowgirl for Halloween. Written and originally recorded by Ed and Patsy Bruce in 1976. The version I'm most familiar with is from 1978 with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold. <BR> They'd rather give you a song than diamonds or gold. <BR> Lonestar belt buckles and ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:32:29 EST Black Magic Continuing the Halloween icons - it's witching time! "Black Magic" by Little Mix, a British girl group, 2015 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All the girls on the block knocking at my door! <BR> Wanna know what it is make the boys want more! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is your lover playing on your side? <BR> Said he loves you, <BR> But h... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:14:16 EST Highwayman Thought I do some Halloween icons - you know, like gypsies, cops & robbers, witches, etc. Today's song, "Highwayman" gives us 4 archetypes - the titular highwayman, a sailor, a construction worker, and a spaceman. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Highwayman The song was written and originally recorded by Jimmy Webb in 1977. Glen Campbell covered it in 1979. In 1985, The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:50:39 EST Spooky Classics IV, Spooky, 1967 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the cool of the evenin' when ev'rything is gettin' kind of groovy <BR> I call you up and ask you if you'd like to go with me and see a movie <BR> First you say "No", you've got some plans for the night <BR> And then you stop, and say, "All right" <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:22:39 EST I Put a Spell on You <BR> <BR> <BR> I Put a Spell on You <BR> <BR> By Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 1956 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I put a spell on you because you're mine <BR> You better stop the things that you do <BR> I ain't lyin', no, I ain't lyin' <BR> I just can't stand it babe <BR> The way you're always runnin' 'round <BR> I just can't stand it, the way you always put me down <BR> I put a spell on you because you're mine <BR> ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:29:40 EST Halloween is coming! Bwa-ha-ha! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:36:59 EST Another Night from Heck Busy, busy, busy in the Emergency Department from the time I arrived. Several patients decided the wait wasn't worth it and have left without being seen (LWOB). 3 of my 4 patients are being admitted (one is already up), and I'm waiting on orders for the other 2. Hopefully, it'll get better after midnight. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:38:59 EST Suddenly I See Suddenly I See, by KT Tunstall, 2005 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Her face is a map of the world <BR> Is a map of the world <BR> You can see she's a beautiful girl <BR> She's a beautiful girl <BR> And everything around her is a silver pool of light <BR> The people who surround her feel the benefit of it <BR> It makes you calm <BR> She holds you captivated in her palm <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:24:19 EST Columbus Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:41:57 EST In the Right Place Finally felt better today. Friday morning, when I got home, I had nearly 5000 steps on my Fitbit. I started feeling really bad during the evening walk with the pups, and only managed to hit 9000 total for the day. Yesterday, Sat, I barely broke 1000 (fortunately, my stats for the week still gave me more than 80k steps). I was definitely in the wrong place yesterday (on my butt, instead of out walking). Heard this one on my walking music today. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:41:29 EST Sick Daze Seems to be the beginning of the season for stomach illnesses. I tell folks at work I'm like the canary in the mines - the first one to get sick. Had to call in last night, and I'm not feeling much better today. Yuckers ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:11:43 EST Teddy Bear From 1957, Elvis Presley and (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Baby let me be your lovin' Teddy Bear <BR> Put a chain around my neck and lead me anywhere <BR> Oh let me be (oh let him be) <BR> Your teddy bear <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't want to be a tiger <BR> 'Cause tigers play too rough <BR> I don't wan... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:20:29 EST World Octopus Day I've been having trouble at home using my iPad to copy song lyrics. Apple recently upgraded the IOS. Someday soon, I'll have to actually either read the instructions, or get over to the Apple Store and talk to the geniuses. Anyway, today is World Octopus Day! Let's hear it for the cephalopods - squids, octopi, nautilus, cuddle fish, and others! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:37:52 EST Other Super-dupers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 7 Oct 2015 21:17:07 EST It's Batman! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:52:43 EST Rocket Man I had my every other week massage this morning, then decided I wanted to see The Martian film. I had lunch at the Genghis Grill first, then walked over to the theater. I loved, loved, loved The Martian! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Elton John, 1979 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She packed my bags last night pre-flight <BR> Zero ho... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:05:27 EST