Saturday, February 28, 2009

Brush With Greatness: Brock Peters

I was once on an airplane with Brock Peters and his family. Of course, I didn't know his name, but recognized him as "bust up a chiffarobe" guy from "To Kill A Mockingbird".

He was multi-talented. He sang background vocals on "The Banana Boat Song" (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte. (You may remember the song from Beetlejuice)
I remember that his wife was wearing traditional clothing, like a Dashiki. He died in 2005.

Meet The Readers (Part 2)

Disclaimer:::: "Readers" indicates individuals who may or may not actually read "The Narcissist's Cookbook".

"Bron" is also a longtime compatriot/ Bass Player

He enjoys: Bringing the Funk, other people's whiskey, astronomy, hot tubbin', lingerie shopping (ladies undergarments in general), knowing everything, and boating.

He dislikes: Paper hats, losing, waves of unsolicited email, the entire Neil Diamond catalog, and lead singers.

An interesting fact: Bron insists it is purely a coincidence that he married a woman with unusually small hands.

Hey Kids!
a) Want to be included in a future "Meet The Readers" installment?
b) Don't want to be included, but expect to be anyway?
c) Own a flattering image of yourself?

Send your photo to me!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Radical Chic/1984

These posters were everywhere when we lived in West Germany in the mid-eighties. I managed to snag one as a souveinir but lost track of it.

These guys were the next generation Baader-Meinhof Gang as the originals all pretty much died in 1977.
This is a fascinating website:

Just as reference, Ulrike Meinhof was a TV Jounalist before becoming a terrorist. It's sort of like Connie Chung becoming the most wanted woman in America.

Also, these bumper stickers were popular in the late '70s. They translate as: "I do not belong to the Baader-Meinhof Gang" Longhairs put them on their cars to avoid being cascaded by a fusillade of Polizei bullets. The cops probably weren't amused.

Meet The Readers (Part 1)

Disclaimer: "The Readers" indicates individuals who may or may not actually read "A Wayward Saint".

"Jeffro" is a longtime compatriot who I assume would NOT approve of this image being included here.

He enjoys: Slaughtering farm animals, boating, profanity, drawing up plans for palatial dream homes and making inappropriate comments.

He dislikes: Houseguests who don't leave at 9PM, neo-conservatism, Datsuns, and smart-ass kids.

Hey Kids!
a) Want to be included in a future "Meet The Readers" installment?
b) Don't wnat to be included, but expect to be anyway?
c) Own a flattering image of yourself?

Send your photo to me!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our obscenely luxurious Vacation Hacienda

These are photos lifted directly from VRBO of the place we've rented for the last week in June (23rd-30th) Last time we were in Taos we stayed at a very rustic cabin that belonged to someone we knew. It was free, but very spartan.

This is something else entirely.

If you want, here's the description and more photos.

Nancy Allen, American Film Actress

Who: Nancy Allen

Notable For: Brian DePalma films, including Carrie, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill
Also noteworthy for being my imaginary girlfriend for much of the early 1980s

"In my mind, I'm already gone..."

We are vacationing in Taos, NM this summer. We have booked a really spectacular Adobe mini-mansion for the last week in June with another couple and I am starting to obsess about this trip.

I like to travel in a way that immerses me in the local culture, allowing me to imagine what it would be like to live there. Taos has a strong Cowboy, Indian, Artist and Hippie culture and is celebrating the anniversary of the filming of "Easy Rider" in Taos with an art exhibit curated by Dennis Hopper and some other events. It's being billed as "The Summer of Love 2009" or some such.

I've taken my imaginings a bit further and created this age-progressed photo of us should we decide to go "off the reservation", and throw off the shackles of the bogus materialistic hangups of contemporary society. We could build a "yurt" off the grid, sustaining ourselves with proceeds from Leanna's weaving and necklace making, and I could bang out tunes on my guitar for tips.

This is what we will look like.

So, that's an option.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

This could be good...

I've seen several John Prine shows, primarily at the Alabama Theatre and most recently at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile. He is always great. We saw Levon Helm at the Ryman Auditorim in Nashville (The Old Opry House). That was truly special, as so many special guests joined him onstage. Everybody from Billy Bob Thornton to Sheryl Crow to Allison Krauss, Robert Plant, John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton, Steve Earle. That performance is supposed to be released on DVD or broadcast eventually.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A desperate cry for attention?

This is a white 1963 Plymouth Valiant, my first car. So now you know.

I've sort of gone public with this blog, even though it has virtually no content, no theme, and no real reason to exist. Jeez. I guess it's right what they say, it really is all about me...

Sunday, February 15, 2009