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Past their prime in Rock and Roll Years

Past their prime in Rock and Roll Years

Marty’s photo of the day #1897: Of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts Deb and I saw in Salt Lake City Monday night, I liked Joan Jett the best, Heart in the middle, and Cheap Trick the least. In Cheap Trick’s defense, they had two things working against them: they were the oldest […]

Nature Rocks!

Nature Rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #1895: Deb and I are back from our four-day Rock and Roll Road trip. We had so much fun mixing nature travel with music travel! For nature, we explored Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Antelope Island and Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Utah. For music, […]

Joan Jett was here!

Joan Jett was here!

Marty’s photo of the day #1894: Deb and I had a great time seeing three members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night: Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. I will have more comments, but we are running late this morning, and we need to hurry back to Montana to pick up […]

Savoring the Obama Presidency. A 50-year list of best-to-worst presidents.

Savoring the Obama Presidency. A 50-year list of best-to-worst presidents.

Although diehard Republicans despise Barack Obama, many of us are savoring the last five months of his presidency. It didn’t quite hit me what a good president he’s been, until I stumped three people critical of his policies with this simple question: “Name one president better than Obama during the last 50 years.” That led […]

Trump’s insanity free fall

Trump’s insanity free fall

Donald Trump is obviously now in an insanity free fall. As former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough reported this morning, Trump repeatedly asked a foreign policy advisor “Why can’t we use nukes?” And as another adviser said, “The problem is that Trump watches TV every minute that he isn’t actually on his phone, either talking or […]

Baseball is good even when it’s bad

Baseball is good even when it’s bad

Marty’s photo of the day #1866: I don’t often post about sports, but having grown up in Minnesota made me a Twins fan. Deb and I were even at the 1991 World Series game 7, when Jack Morris pitched the legendary 10 inning shutout (still arguably the best single baseball game ever played). This year […]

My take away from watching eight nights of convention speeches

My take away from watching eight nights of convention speeches

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t missed a State of the Union Speech, and I haven’t missed a Republican or Democratic nomination acceptance speech. But this year, for the first time, I watched all four nights of the Republican National Convention and all four nights of the Democratic National Convention. For anyone […]

President Obama: Savoring his last six months in office

President Obama: Savoring his last six months in office

Marty’s photo of the day #1862: As I watched President Obama’s speech last night, I couldn’t help thinking: “He’s the Democrat’s Reagan.” The big difference, of course, is that the Republican version of Ronald Reagan’s history is, shall we say, mostly fiction. In fact, we are still dealing with the severe damage done to our […]

MSNBC: It’s okay to cheer for the home team

MSNBC: It’s okay to cheer for the home team

Marty’s photo of the day #1861: I absolutely loved Bill Clinton’s speech last night! It was funny and full of great personal stories. I especially loved the story about Hillary on her knees, lining Chelsea’s dresser drawers with paper, when they dropped her off at her college dorm for the first time—and Chelsea telling her […]

Grace Potter Rocks!

Grace Potter Rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #1853: I didn’t bring my good camera to the Grace Potter concert on Friday, so all I have is this bizarre shot of Grace, looking like she’s hanging from an invisible cross. But Christ she was good! Deb and I have seen Grace Potter three times in the past ten […]

Are the fifties really the new forties?

Are the fifties really the new forties?

Marty’s photo of the day #1851: This was my hot date for the Grace Potter concert last night. Deb and I will have been married 32 years this September. Which means . . . ackk! . . . she is approaching the age my mother was when we got married. How is that possible? Based […]

The Sunday Summer Tradition

The Sunday Summer Tradition

Marty’s photo of the day #1834: One of Deb’s and my Sunday night summer traditions is Mexican Train and/or Scrabble on the porch, with the all-important Tanqueray and tonics and rock and roll (usually some combination of the Bodeans, Joan Jett, and Grace Potter). Deb has a slight lead in our lifetime series of both […]

That sense of accomplishment

That sense of accomplishment

Marty’s photo of the day #1831: One of the disadvantages of living where I live (in the woods, on a hill, next to a mountain range) is that it’s tricky to get Internet service. We are too far out in the country to get DSL or cable service, so we get it wireless. The Internet […]

Star Wars or Star Trek? Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

Star Wars or Star Trek? Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? For me, it’s always been the Rolling Stones. Star Trek or Star Wars? For me, it’s always been Star Trek. I know I’m in the minority on this, but I’ve never found the Star Wars movies to be as compelling as Star Trek (either the movies or the various […]

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