DID SOMEONE SAY “DAAAAAY-VID LEH-TERRRR-MAAAAAAAAN!”? A MEGASTAR #TBT

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 David Letterman, a.k.a.The Big Man

 

Blast-of-fresh antics. Seismic style. Nothing off limits. Ever.

Goofy, vulnerable, snarky.

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Published about three years into the production of the show, Markoe’s book takes the cake and eats it too. Frozen moments from the early seasons.

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Dave and his Grauman’s-bound team

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Oh, take one last look at the place that you are leaving
Take one last look.

 

A scraggly lullaby for Dave, Tom Waits nails it. Gulp.

“Take One Last Look”

Let’s watch the sun come up in another town
Try our luck a little further down
Leave the cards on the table
Leave the bread on the plate
Put your hand on the gearshift
Put your foot off the brake

And take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look

I beg for something that the wind can carry
There are all points of ways across the waiting prairie
This car looks like it could give us a good run
A choice to leave was a good one

And take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look

Let’s look forward to the lights that are new,
The world is a ribbon of road for you
All towns have churches and tire stops
They put up speed limit signs and they hire cops
I love to see the wind in your hair
All we ever need we can get anywhere

And take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
Oh take one last look

Toni 5/21/15

Hard to tell them apart both the birds and the boys: a 420 character 9-liner

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Moving away from home helped my sons help me ID them properly.

When they were little guys I’d mix them up;

it’s the same with me & the Veery-Hermit & Wood Thrush.

“Red head is a Wood Thrush, Red tail is a Hermit Thrush, and all red is a Veery.”

But what’s warm brown vs duller brown

& what’s indistinct vs bold spotting?

I see HT do that demure tail-lift

& note that WT is plumper than V.

Perhaps they need to move away?

PATTY

Veery:

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(picture taken by ace photographer, Alex Kearney)

Veeries are one of the more easily recognized thrushes because of their uniformly warm brown upperparts, indistinct spotting, and fairly plain faces with very little eyering.

Wood Thrush:

The Wood Thrush is bigger and plumper than a Veery, with much bolder spotting on the chest and belly.

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(pictures by ace photographer, Alex Kearney)

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrushes have a warm brown tail that contrasts with a duller brown back. They also habitually perform a frequent tail-lift, quickly raising the tail and slowly lowering it; no other Catharus thrush does this.

Hermit Thrush

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ENVELOPED

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Beauty is composed of many things and never stands alone. It is so fragile it can be destroyed by a sound or a thought.  It may be infinitesimally small or encompass the universe itself.  It comes in a swift conception wherever nature has not been disturbed.

    -Sigurd Olson

I admire avian architects.

IMG_3243 The fabricator of this nest?  I’m not sure but the nest is blue-chip inside and out, ingeniously built with natural materials. My best guess?  It involves plenty of maternal labor. IMG_3242 It’s perfectly adapted to housing wee eggs and young offspring in safety and comfort. Fixed together with gossamer-like fibers, the young at the bottom of this nest will be enveloped in a mass of feathers. Mouth-gapingly awesome. IMG_3244     Toni 5/18/15

DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

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If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.

 

Yogi Berra.  File photo 1965 by Indy photographer Fred Parrish.

Yogi Berra. File photo 1965 by Indy photographer Fred Parrish.

That happens a lot with me. If it’s a simple choice ~ chocolate or vanilla, Swiss or Gruyère, chicken or fish ( it is wedding season, in case you didn’t know) ~ I can muster a reply.

saladBut ask me to choose a salad dressing from the 86 bottles on the shelf? Or a toothpaste from the 33 tubes offered?  Or decide which political candidates to support?  It’s mind-pummeling.

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Object lesson: Yogi’s directions to his house at one end of a large circular road. 

I like simple options, don’t you?  

 

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Psychologist Barry Schwartz thinks choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. He says we’re overwhelmed by too many choices, a peculiar problem of an affluent society.

Schwartz argues that we have reached the point where we have too much of a good thing. Hmm, freedom and variety have a downside?

Here’s something to think about the next time you’re looking at fifty shades of white for your bathroom wall.

In spite of it all ~ the hard questions, the elusive answers ~ I think everything that is wonderful and important in this world begins with a choice.

And everything I need to know about choices, I learned from an Italian kid from The Hill. (Oh, and one from High Street.)

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I admire Yogi’s incredible life beyond baseball and his quips. He enlisted in the Navy and served during the Normandy invasion as Allied forces fought to gain a foothold of the German-occupied French coastline on June 6, 1944.

Seventy years ago, this 19-year-old from St. Louis was on a small attack boat launching rockets.

Yogi Berra should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A man of unimpeachable integrity and respect, he befriended the first black and Latino baseball players in Major League Baseball,” reads the petition request. “He is currently an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in sports. While with the Yankees, he created a scholarship at Columbia University that is still active 50 years later. His namesake Museum & Learning Center serves 20,000 students annually with character education programs and teaches the values of respect, sportsmanship and inclusion that Berra has demonstrated throughout his life and career.

Does Yogi deserve this honor?  I think he’s a set-off-the-fireworks inspired choice.

If you agree, you can sign the online petition here.

♥ Happy 90th birthday, mr. baseball. ♥ 

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Toni 5/14/15

Jeb recasts yet again which I juxtapose with my dazzlement at the mix of bright yellow, smart charcoal gray and black, and bold white flitting here and there, drunk on the now-abundant flying bugs. Butter Butts (sort of the slang for its Latin name) are survivors: they’ll eat the waxed myrtle fruits no one else will eat, the odd bug on the dried seaweed, the snagged one on the spider web. Even invade another country like Jeb says he might have? To survive. Take a life lesson mayhap? (420 character, 9-liner)

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Jeb recasts yet again which I juxtapose with my dazzlement at the mix of bright yellow, smart charcoal gray and black, and bold white flitting here and there, drunk on the now-abundant flying bugs. Butter Butts (sort of the slang for its Latin name) are survivors: they’ll eat the waxed myrtle fruits no one else will eat, the odd bug on the dried seaweed, the snagged one on the spider web. Even invade another country like Jeb says he might have? To survive. Take a life lesson mayhap? (420 character, 9-liner):

Crusty.

I am not crusty/grumpy, but I AM crusty as in:

I eat the crusts of kids’ peanut butter sandwiches;

I’m like the Yellow Rumped Warbler;

the only warbler able to digest the waxes found in bayberries & wax myrtles,

which in turn allows it to winter further north than other warblers

& is, therefore, one of the earliest of warblers to return in the Spring,

sometimes even while the snow lies under our feet

crusty.

PATTY

Photos from Alex Kearney, photographer. (Wow!) (Trust me: the rump is yellow)

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