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First Goldfinch of the season

One of my “old people” past times is bird watching. I’m not all that skilled at attracting birds to our yard, but I do enjoy watching the different breeds. We seem to mostly get the typical sparrows or wrens. We also get chickadees — the ones with bright white and black markings on the head.

This Goldfinch feeder is hit-and-miss. Last Summer we didn’t get many birds. This little fella is the earliest we have ever seen a Goldfinch. They’re so beautiful, I hope we see them through the Summer.

In the past we have also seen Baltimore Orioles using a special Oriole feeder. I think I will set that up again to see what happens this year.

I always keep our National Audubon Society breeds book nearby for whenever we see a breed we can’t speedily identify.

Loved Levon Helm. These are some interesting facts. Some I knew, some I didn’t know.

National Post | Arts

The death of Levon Helm, drummer and singer for influential 70s rock group The Band, is a significant loss for the rock n’ roll community. But in the many decades that have passed since The Band’s heyday, Helm’s cultural significance is not as widely acknowledged as it once was. It is with that in mind that we present to you five essential — and maybe little-known — facts about the legendary Levon Helm.

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1. He played backup for Dylan
In 1964 and 1965, when Dylan decided he wanted to go electric, he recruited The Hawks — an early incarnation of The Band that included Helm, along with Ronnie Hawkins and future Band members Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel — as his band. So disenchanted was Helm with the negative reception Dylan received on the tour that he took a two-year hiatus from music after it…

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The Price of Sex in South America: A Guide for Secret Service Agents

The Price of Sex in South America: A Guide for Secret Service Agents

Finally, an angle on this secret service story that interests me! Big Think answers the tough questions…or at least the ones we want to know about….or at least the ones most media wouldn’t dare touch with a ten-foot pole.

As my friend martiniqueeny asked “I wonder who gets to do this research?”

Ted Nugent to Meet With Secret Service

 

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent to Meet With Secret Service

I had the opportunity to meet the Nuge a few years ago. I was on a video shoot project for a local hospital that contracted with Ted to provide a public service announcement on the dangers of substance abuse.

Now, given that perspective I understand that colors my upcoming thoughts on Ted.

So, the arrangement for the shoot determined that it would happen in his trailer parked behind the stage at a local summer county fair – that also features a lot of big name music acts during the week. His son greeted us and was very polite and courteous, but he asked us to wait for a bit while they cleaned out the trailer a little. The “cleaning out” was basically carrying out dozens of gun cases (full, I’m sure) and stowing them near by in a neat fashion. Weird, but kinda cool too. I’m not so turned off by folks that like to own guns.

Fast-forward 20 minutes – we are all set up in Ted’s trailer, ready to go, when he makes his entrance. Rednecky-cowboy hat and all. Dude was straight up polite to every one of us. Offered us cold beverages – no alcohol, of course. I will say honestly that the Nuge had a way of putting us at ease. And, as media production folks, we don’t encounter that all that often. We’ve shot with Sheryl Crowe, LeAnne Rimes, Helen Hunt – Ted was probably the most down to earth of all of them.

I’m not sure why I am pointing all of this out. I’m well aware of his conservative stance and have never agreed with him on political points. This recent brew-ha-ha concerning his statements about Obama getting re-elected certainly comes off as pretty dumb and ill-advised. The dude is also a pretty infamous misogynist — also, not cool.

Whenever the Nuge appears on the 24/7 news cycle I, like most people, roll my eyes. While I don’t think he can be reasoned with in political matters, I have at least felt like he is a human being and kind of down to earth in a way.

I was never even a huge fan of his music. But of all the famous people I’ve met over the years, meeting Ted was one of the more positive experiences.

Boys don’t talk – or, Why I Like My Quiet Time

With wife out of town on business, it was just me and the boys for the weekend. No problem. They are 11 and 14 and are fairly self-sufficient and low maintenance. I had an afternoon obligation yesterday also, so the good aunt and uncle jumped in and spent the day with the kids.

So pretty easy-going weekend. And noticeably quiet. It’s on these kinds of days I pick up on the nuances between mom and dad in this household. You see, I am one of those who likes the quiet. I am perfectly fine to go about my thing while the boys do their thing…outside, in their bedroom, on the laptop, whatev. I think the quiet is one of the ways I recharge my inner battery before the start of the work week. I think it’s the same for the boys – I know it is for the 14 year old.

Wife is not so keen on the quiet and tends to get bored quickly in the sitch I described. In fact, she will sometimes ask me “what’s wrong. You’re quiet” or “the boys won’t come out of their room, I don’t know what’s wrong.” She enjoys engaging with the boys, discussing everything from school to current events. Don’t get me wrong – she doesn’t badger. Far from it. She’s a great mom who gives them their space. It’s just a little difference in parenting style that I notice from time to time.

I like to engage the boys, too. The dialogue can be somewhat more concise with me is all. My conversations with the kids tend to have a purpose not unlike an urgent mission – get in/get out. And we are fine with that.

I just made my usual pancakes, bacon and eggs for breakfast with the boys as we wait for mom. No conversation. Just enjoying a good meal and the company of one another, even if there was not much talking. 

I’m sure not all dads are this way, but I think my parenting style might be descriptive of the differences between men and women in relationships. Wow, that’s quite a generalization.

Ah, wife is home. Quiet time over. We miss her…I’m ready for some fun. She is the fun one in the house after all.

I don’t have a daughter, so here is my beautiful niece…

My brother lives just outside of Paris, France. He met a wonderful girl during his travels following undergraduate school at McGill University in Montreal. They married and now have a beautiful and very active daughter…our niece!  You might hear more about her on this blog because…well, look….she’s so adorable! While little Magda speaks only French at the moment, her parents speak to her often in English and she is now being coached in speaking English herself. I think bilingualism is a very special and imporant skill these days. So proud.

Turning this car around

Looking through my recent history of posts it’s easy to see I’ve been in a negative state of mind. I’m gonna work to change that. Today I do feel much better and on top of my game. Bitching and moaning about life is okay once in awhile, but I hate for it to devolve into pity-party territory. Life is too short for that nonsense. I have to keep reminding myself of this. Getting mired in negative thoughts tends to paralyze me and demotivates me from even trying to do better.

The weather, although a bit cooler, could not be nicer going into the Easter weekend. That right there is a pick-me up. Also planning on meeting up with a few friends later for some happy hour cocktails.

To quote Dori from Finding Nemo – “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”

Keith Richards – Demon

Who pissed in my Wheaties?

I’ve been in a pretty sour mood most days lately and I can’t figure out why. I’ve been getting more than enough sleep. I’ve cut back on the night time beer intake. Just feels like someone’s been pissing in my wheaties. I have to work hard to stay out of that negative mindset as I start my day. The last few years haven’t been the rosiest, but it could be a lot worse. I would rather it just get a whole lot better pretty fast. Thank goodness for the sertraline.

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The dogwood finally blooms.

Usually the bloom on our dogwood tree is pretty lackluster. But thanks to the mild Winter and early Spring, we are enjoying a pretty tree in our front yard. Makes me want to go out and plant another one in the back yard.