Our little December veggie and herb gardens...
Apple bananas...very tasty!
These will papayas...also very tasty!
Our little December veggie and herb gardens...
Apple bananas...very tasty!
These will papayas...also very tasty!
Climbing up these stairs...well, railroad ties seemed liked not a bad idea for a little exercise. Boy was I wrooooooonnn...
One side of the top of the hill...
The other side of the top of the hill...
This is what Elizabeth Warren had to say today...
"Today, the four biggest banks are 30 percent larger than they were five years ago. And the five largest banks now hold more than half of the total banking assets in the country," Warren said in a keynote address at a conference on the future of financial reform put on by the Roosevelt Institute, a think tank. "Who would have thought five years ago, after we witnessed firsthand the dangers of an overly concentrated financial system, that the 'too big to fail' problem would only have gotten worse?"
I think this is going to be another one of those I told you so stories. The 2008 financial crisis, you know...the crisis we're still trying to get out of today, was something very few, if any, people saw coming. Just recently JP Morgan came to a tentative agreeement to pay $13 billion for their mortgage practices from back then. They probably got away cheap. I wonder how many more old white guys aren't going to jail?
Today 5 banks hold more 50% of this country's assets. This is not good news!
There’s this musician named Bob Dylan…maybe you've heard of him. His real name is Robert Zimmerman and he’s from Minnesota. He got to be rich and famous and many consider him to be “the best”…especially for those in the singer/songwriter game. He has written about 500 songs and his writing process forever changed what one could talk about in a song. He will go down in music history as one of the musical innovators. Funny thing is he’s pretty much a three chord guy and the truth!
When you hear singer/songwriters talk about their influences they pretty much always mention Zimmie in there somewhere. Sometimes it even feels like that if they don’t mention his name then one couldn’t possibly be taken seriously as a musician. And that got me thinking about how did Robert Zimmerman become Bob Dylan?
Over the last few years I’ve been picking up some of Bob’s albums, concert movies, documentaries and the like. The thing that I’ve found most interesting is, and this is my theory, even though he changed his name the bulk of the Bob Dylan ‘character’ was created by what other people had to say about his music. Bob never really said all that much about anything and, in fact, he kind of kept to himself. All the Bob Dylan hype was created by others…not him! And today???
Some of his most well known songs have been subjected to constant interpretation like…A Hard Rain’s Going to Fall, Times are A-Changin, Blowin in the Wind and Chimes of Freedom just to name a few. People even had the song “Hard Rain” meaning nuclear fallout. He was asked about “Hard Rain” and he said that sometimes it just rains hard. Even Bob, in his own words, couldn’t control what was going on. So knowingly he kept quiet and just kept putting out more music to fuel the fire. You don't see that kind of output today from anybody. And don't get me started on the issue of quality!!!
I’ve come to this mythological conclusion because nobody, and I mean nobody, has ever been able to guide their career and end up…just like Bob! Even Neil Young knows where he stands. Every singer/songwriter today wants his or her songs to be liked and at the end of the day wants their work to be considered as important. They even think that they could be or should be as significant as this old guy named Bob Dylan who wrote a few songs about fifty years ago. Hey...how hard can that be!
Sorry folks but Bob Dylan is a myth! The person playing the part of Bob Dylan is Robert Zimmerman. And anybody who thinks that they have what it takes to become the next Bob Dylan...well good luck with that!
Well done Robert…well done!
The Great Plains of North America extend from Mexico thru the United States and on up into Canada. If this area was a country it would be the 10th largest country in the world. If you're interested in seeing some good pics of the plains and some of the critters running around check out the video presentation by Michael Forsberg on FORA.tv.
Michael Forsberg: America's Great Plains......on FORA.tv
A nature photographer and Nebraska native, Michael Forsberg shares his work documenting this vast landscape, its lakes, prairies along with its plants and animals. The Great Plains are a dynamic but often forgotten landscape -- overlooked, undervalued, misunderstood, and in desperate need of conservation. Forsberg's book helps lead the way forward, informing and inspiring readers to recognize the wild spirit and splendor of this irreplaceable part of the planet.
We city folk spend way too much time in our vehicles but we sure do like our A/C. Unfortunately, driving is about the only time I have for listen to music so I kind of like to drive toooooo! And it's sad to say but my car stereo is the closest thing I have to calling something a stereo....weak! Soooo so weak I feel shame!
In my yute...I used to travel around North America in my vehicle of choice, a truck, and cart around 4 large cabinet speakers, amplifer, tuner, equalizer and a turn table. Not to mention everything else. For the yutes of today that last item I mentioned, turn table, that's another word for something you might have heard of called...a record player. Even though they're really not the same thing I don't want to confuse you.
In my efforts to de-vehiclize I have turned to walking the earth. I've been a runner for decades but you really don't take it all in because you're always looking at your watch and watching out for that old man turning right. If you're a runner you know about the right turn thing. When I'm walking I check out the people behind the wheel and it seems like they're totally disconnected to whatever is going on outside their little four wheel environment. Windows rolled up. Talking on the phone or to a passenger. Headphones on. And so it goes.
And it gems like this that you'll never see from your car. Some folks have made an INCOME producing garden out of a little strip of dirt in a parking lot right next to one of the busiest streets in Honolulu. I've walked past this little plot of ground for a couple of years now and there's always something in the ground. Quite frankly, one would expect it to be too hot to grow anything with all that hot asphalt surrounding the garden. Plus, it's relatively dry right there as there are a large number of micro climates throughout the city. Less than a half a mile up the same road there's plenty of rain.
But somehow they manage!
The other day I watched a documentary on climate change called: Shift: Beyond the Numbers of Climate Change. This is not the first documentary I've seen on climate change.
It was put together by a brother and sister...not a high production documentary film but nicely done. They wanted to get in touch with the issue via the people closest to some of the reasons why the climate is changing. You can watch it on Vimeo.
As of today I became TOTALLY convinced that the number one issue facing everybody living in the United States and Canada is...THE ENVIRONMENT. This documentary didn't just convince me that we have a climate change problem as I've been following this issue for some time now. However, there was this guy in the film who is fighting with the Trans Canada people who want to run the Keystone Pipeline through his property willy nilly and he made this comment..."laws are really written in favor of the guys with big money because they can afford the legal costs to influence how the laws get written". Combine that with how our elected officials in Washington DC depend on big money contributions to get elected...we are in serious dudu! What he said was something that I've heard a hundred times before but this time it resonated with me this way....
...the guys with big money will always have big money...no ifs, ands or buts about it.
...and if they always have big money then what will they always be fighting for...more big money.
...if big money fights for big money issues that make our environment worse who's going to wins...big money.
...who pays the price for a defective environment...not big money.
...and if we don't have the money to fix the problems how is it possible to fix the problems...we can't.
...so who's going to want to fix the problems...that's right...BIG MONEY.
Like I said...guys with big money will always have big money!
The climate change scenario is not unlike the Vietnam War. No disrespect to the tens of thousands who lost their lives and those who came home changed forever. It's only in the sense that all of a sudden we found ourselves with a very serious problem. Something that started out under the radar ended up the focus of a nation. Was big money involved in the Vietnam War? Tons of it! And what ended the Vietnam War? Public outcry!
Ten years ago climate change was under the radar...but not anymore! Right now most people have accepted climate change as being real but only see it as something related to one's own physical comfort. When people truly understand the connection between the environmental issues creating the climate change and how that really effects our health...that's when the $#!+ will hit the fan!!!
A good friend of mine was invited to a limited seating (50) venue to hear this guy...Albert Lee. Albert's an English guy and he just turned 70. He is considered as one of THEE guitar players in the business today. He didn't go the rock n roll way like a lot of the other Brits of his generation...he liked to play country and is still doing so today.
The only people who get invited to something like this are the people in the know and each one of them is listening with a crtical ear. I guess he played for two hours straight, for free, and didn't chunk a note. The critical ear tends listens for the mistakes and likes to minimize everything else. It's a guitar player thing! However, Albert's one of those kind of players that plays a lot of notes!!! You know the kind..they use all 10 fingers while most of us can't even master three. So...he's seventy years old, played for two hours straight, playing only 3-4 minute songs (old school...no long jams) and NO mistakes. Needless to say the critical ears in attendance were impressed...not that he had anything to prove after all these years....other than laying it out there like a true craftsman!
Albert hung around after the gig and talked with everybody. He signed some posters, etc. and was just one of the guys. I'm not sure whether future generations, or the music business in general, are ever going to be able to produce the likes of an Albert Lee or a James Burton, etc. A-gain. And that would be ashame!!! FYI...Albert would hang out at Jimi Hendrix's house when the were teenagers and listening to music. Fifty years later Albert's still going strong and we all know about that other guy...Jimi.
One of the many beautiful churches in New Mexico...
The mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, is being charge with sexual harassment. Eight cases of sexual harassment. One of the women said that he'd put her in a headlock and then ask her to have sex with him. This is just one of the crazy gems he's being accused of. WELCOME to another episode of....."Crazytown".
Now Bob is saying that he's going to underground a two-week intensive therapy program to change his behavior. Two weeks and everything is good...really! I wonder who his classmates will be? He also wants the City to pay for his legal representation and the City said no. Big surprise!
Now they've come out with a new rule. NO WOMAN CAN MEET WITH THE MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO ALONE. And who wrote the rule...BOB did!
I give up!