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The Rules of Classic Rock

Classic Rock band logos.

I grew up listening to 105.7 WAPL, “The Rockin’ Apple”  in Neenah, Wisconsin. It wasn’t exactly my station of choice but it was the station of choice for a lot of the teen boys and college dudes who worked at my dad’s store/produce farm during the summer months.

Ted Nugent, the Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith all provided the soundtrack to which I washed cucumbers, beets and carrots or bagged potatoes or popcorn. I put together bunches of asparagus while listening to Jim Morrison wail about an L.A. Woman and heaved crates of sweet corn onto flat carts while Sting pleaded with Roxanne.

This was a long time ago now. All those teen and college guys have long since become adults with jobs, families, houses of their own.

What hasn’t changed, it seems, is “Classic Rock.”

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2012: All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of

Christmas Snowman Peeps welcome in 2012.

Some of you, especially if you are not a dictator, probably loved 2011. Others of you, like me, might be looking back at it and thinking, “Meh.”

Either way, it’s time to move on. In this spirit, I’ve compiled a list of everything I can dream of and hope for in 2012.

David Lee Roth sings while wearing 1980s-style body suit.1. That David Lee Roth will get the recognition, and feel the love, that has been eluding him for the past… well… um… 20 years. I’ve thought about starting a foundation (initially funded through Kickstarter) dedicated to honoring him, a man unafraid of fuzzy boots long before Uggs were ever invented. DLR is a showman and we should be glad every day that he came into our lives.

However, should the foundation not come to fruition because, say, it does not reach the $1.2 million mark on Kickstarter (this is the amount needed to not only pay my salary, as Executive Director, but those of my staff, provide us with lunch everyday and the plane tickets and accommodations we need around the world to do our DLR evangelizing), I vow to keep a bit of Diamond Dave glory going each month in 2012. Maybe you will even see evidence of it on this blog.

2. The Year of The Tiny Present. There should be more tiny presents in elaborate tiny packages presented to loved ones throughout the year. Tiny as in much, much smaller than a breadbox. Must fit into a shoe box but better if it fits into a box meant for Band-Aids. A tiny present is a wonder to behold and makes the receiver feel joyous. I will give some. Will you?

3. Awaken to the fact that fashion, like much of our lives, is invented. It’s all invented. Made up. Reading Vogue is really no different than reading a novel. This is not to say that one can’t enjoy Vogue but just to say that one could read Vogue, a book of short stories or a graphic novel, all to the somewhat same effect.

The PG Tips Tea monkey from jolly old England.4. Enjoy tea. Shove over, coffee drinkers. I’m tired of being a second-class citizen. Recently, I saw a British TV commercial for McDonald’s. Once I got over my sadness that there are McDonald’s in Britain and that British people go to them, I was overjoyed to see that the man in the commercial came in from the rain and was greeted by a McDonald’s counter worker handing him a hot cup of tea. “Tea?” the clerk said. And the man looked grateful as he accepted the hot cup. Yes, I thought. YES!!!

I also came across this quote from Christopher Hitchens (R.I.P. in the gloriousness of nothingness, by the way):

“Next time you are in a Starbucks or its equivalent and want some tea, don’t be afraid to decline that hasty cup of hot water with added bag. It’s not what you asked for. Insist on seeing the tea put in first, and on making sure that the water is boiling. If there are murmurs or sighs from behind you, take the opportunity to spread the word. And try it at home, with loose tea and a strainer if you have the patience. Don’t trouble to thank me. Happy New Year.”

Well, that quote came from the essay “How To Make A Decent Cup of Tea,” a January 2011 article on Slate, and it is well-worth a read.

5. Celebrate old people. I’m tired of all these hipsters. Bring on the oldsters. In 2012, I will pay attention to the awesome old in people, places, clothing and culture and celebrate it. Go to bed early. Get up early. Wear that dress from 1975. But please don’t drive like an asshole.

Portrait of Erma Bombeck, American humorist.6. My second action to accomplish point # 5 will be to read as many of  Erma Bombeck’s books as I can. I will begin with At Wit’s End, work my way through If Life Is A Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing In the Pits? and round the bend with When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time To Go Home. Never heard of Erma? She was an American humorist who wrote 15 books. You can learn more by visiting the online museum dedicated to her. And 2012 just happens to be a year in which they are holding the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, which I will enter. I can write funny about life’s trials and tribulations. How about you?

7. Go dancing. I have a husband who does not enjoy dancing at all. I am OK with this. But I still wanna go dancing and look like the white, not-so-young-ish-anymore woman that I am out on the dance floor. I will not wear any of the bodysuits I owned in college but please tell me where the best 1990s dance party can be found in the Twin Cities.

8. Practice The Gambler’s Guide To Life: Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.  I’m working on all of this and it’s like learning to ride a bike for the first time. We could all, most of us, work on this. If you’re at your limit on something, fold instead of continuing to bet. Or run, depending on how bad it is. If you’ve got a good thing going, hold onto it. Why can’t we get this right more often?

9. Shout into the wind. Just about everything in my life in 2011 seemed to be either in flux, half-finished or in a state of disrepair, like a baby doll missing its limbs. Oh well. That’s life. Keep going. It’s fine!

No, really, it is.

So, yeah, I’ll be finishing my novel about a bus tour of Europe in 1981 and I’ll be finishing off another draft of my screenplay and I’ll somehow, someday get a job and then I’ll write a funny play about being unemployed. And I’ll keep blogging. And I’ll keep trying to be a runner. For no good reason other than, that’s life.

I hope you’ll join me.

Happy New Year. See you, Erma Bombeck book in hand, in 2012.


Wasting Time

It’s Monday and, while I try not to make this blog all about me and my personal life, I feel like crap today.

I made this amazing batch of French-style vanilla ice cream yesterday and ate some with a cookie and immediately felt WEIRD. Totally wired and kind of nauseous. The ice cream did not have a similar effect on Keith. Now the ice cream is lurking in my freezer and I’m scared to eat it lest I burst into flames or shake uncontrollably. This morning I woke up convinced that I had developed diabetes.

I never said I was a rational person.

Because a rational person would probably not embark on a 3-hour hike at Afton State Park in the hot sun after eating suspect ice cream and come home completely exhausted, watch two episodes of Louie and pass out.

Anyway, yesterday when we were driving through Hastings I saw Omar Avenue and got excited. Omar Little! My favorite character from The Wire.

A well-timed “Omar comin’!” still makes me laugh.

So the excitement ramped up when I saw that the next street was Odell Avenue (named after, I’m sure, Odell Watkins, a minor character from The Wire but memorable).

Because I am trying to find any excuse to do nothing today, I checked Google Maps to see what other streets around that area are called. It revealed that this was not a subdivision named after all the characters from the show – it is only those two streets. There was no McNulty Court or Rawls Road. Bummer.

But then I started looking throughout Minnesota to see how we pay tribute to one of the best shows on TV, ever. And here are my results:

Moreland Circle in West St. Paul is named after Det. William “Bunk” Moreland, played by Wendell Pierce.

Daniels Street in Long Lake commemorates Lt. Cedric Daniels, played by Lance Reddick

Perlman Street in St. Paul, right off of West 7th Street, is for the lovely, ginger-haired Assistant State’s Attorney Rhonda Perlman, played by Deirdre Lovejoy.

We’ve dedicated the entire city of Carver to Sgt. Ellis Carver, played by Seth Gilliam.

The character of Det. Lester Freamon means so much to us that he has two streets: Lester Street in Duluth and Lester Avenue in Hastings (way to go, Hastings, that’s your THIRD street named after a Wire character – keep it going!)

We love our villains, too. We have Avon Avenue in Avon, Minnesota to commemorate Avon Barksdale, played by Wood Harris. And to honor Russell “Stringer” Bell we have no less than three Bell Streets, located in Eden Valley, St. Bonifacius and Belgrade.

The great Clay Davis is commemorated with Davis Street in Mankato.

Finally, my very favorite, to honor the homeless junkie, Bubbles, played by Andre Royo, we have Bubbles Lake in the Superior National Forest near Stony River, MN. I like to think that Bubbles, after a stay at one of Minnesota’s many rehab centers, might camp on the shore of this very lake, thinking things over and finding himself at a new beginning.

I searched in vain for anything named after McNulty in our state. The same goes for Rawls, Gregg and Hauk.



Things I Try Not To Notice And/Or Mind (Often Unsuccessfully) At The Beach

1. The guy who just spit in the sand.

2. The woman who smokes a cigarette while standing in the water.

3. The many strange skin conditions. Many people are no strangers to pus.

4. The police officer who spit in the water while waiting for the two guys he’s busting for open beers to pack up their didgeridoos.

5. That stuff – plant matter, insects, old cig butts – can get caught in dreadlocks while swimming and must be picked out by friends/significant others, making the friend/significant other look  like a chimpanzee grooming another chimp.

6. It is still fashionable to talk about Burning Man?

7. There is a high concentration (73.3%) of homemade tie dyed t-shirts, much higher than in the general U.S. population (4.2%).

8. The preteen with ice cream all over his face is going to use the lake as his wash basin.

9. There are 4, 322 cigarette butts within one square foot of this towel.

10. There is one Port-O-Pot and it smells. There are at least one hundred people. The rate of people using the Port-O-Pot is one every half hour. Where is all the pee going? Oh…

11. There are people willing to canvas door-to-door. There are people willing to network at the beach in order to get such a job.

12. 98% of the population now has a tattoo. Does this make those of us without tattoos the exotic ones now?

13. The tattoo of a tree going up that woman’s spine looks as if it was done with an upholstery needle and a bowl of ink.

14. Armpit hair on women. Like two tiny crotches under the arms.

15. A fat teen boy may have larger breasts than I do.

16. The cigarette that woman was smoking while standing in the water is gone but she’s still in the water. I hope she ate it.

17. The Peace Bears look restless. The Drum Circle plots war. The Didgeridoos were kicked out.

18. The man who looks like George Carlin points out we’re all swimming together in a big bathtub. Then the crabs in his beard pop out and wave hello.

19. I thought this suit with the little skirt was “cute.” The correct term is “matronly.”

20. If you dig just two feet down in the sand, you will find a full set of human teeth, car keys, used condoms and a ticket to the Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” tour from the summer of 1989.

21. The 25-year-old hipster is wearing the glasses I had in fourth grade. I thought we donated them to the Lions Club?

22. That dog peed in the water. The Port-O-Pot was busy.

* All list points provided by patrons of Hidden Beach, Cedar Lake, Minneapolis.

The Elusive Bucket List

Although there are more pressing matters at hand, I’ve got to get to work on my Bucket List. I thought such things would have faded away by now but everyone in America (and Australia) seems to not only have such a list but has put it online and differentiated between the items that have, and those that have not, been accomplished. I’m starting to feel as though not having a list with at least 47 items on it, with at least one check off,  is a shortcoming.

Interestingly enough, I recently learned about the origin of this pop culture phrase. When screenwriter Justin Zackham was putting together his list of “things to do before he kicked the bucket,” one of the items was “Write A Really Annoying Movie That Would Serve As a Vehicle For Two Once Vibrant But Now Fading Actors.” Voila! The movie The Bucket List was born, changing the lives of middle-aged people across the nation.

[By the way, I would be more excited about Zackham’s TV show Lights Out if it starred Tony Danza as the former heavyweight boxing champ struggling to find his identity after the ring AND if that new identity turned out to be being a nanny and housekeeper for two precocious kids.]

I worked with a woman who liked the movie The Bucket List with an intensity that made me uncomfortable. If the room ever got quiet (I worked in a room with two other people, her being one of them) she would break the silence by saying something like, “Rebecca, what’s on your Bucket List?” I would have to bite back comments like, “Item number one is to  say something like, ‘The tribe has spoken,’ and then cut out your tongue,” and make stuff up like, “Bike through Vietnam,” or “Climb that mountain that everyone is always climbing and leaving their trash on top of.”

Then she’d say something like, “My Bucket List includes visiting an elephant sanctuary and helping retired circus elephants,” which was touching and made me sympathetic towards her until she would do something like turn on Zydeco music and dance around the room or tell us about the last time she got to tour a plantation.

People have any number of things on their Bucket Lists. For example, unbeknownst to me, my mother’s Bucket List included being a member of a dragonboat team. I didn’t even know what a dragonboat was until suddenly she was on a team. Paddling on the team makes her supremely happy. The last time I was home she was surfing the Internet, hungry for more dragonboat news. I guess this is a case of Bucket List Gone Right.

If you Google “Bucket List” the first thing that comes up is, of course,  the beloved film. But then there are many websites and blogs dedicated to people’s pursuits of their own lists. There are even sites dedicated to helping you come up with a bucket list if you can’t come up with one for yourself.

Let’s think about that for a moment. You can’t come up with anything you’d like to do before you die… so… you’re ready to die, don’t you think? Unless, “Watch another season of America’s Got Talent,” can qualify as a Bucket List item, I think you’re about done on this planet. Stop taking up resources.

Here are some items I saw on various Bucket Lists on the web:

Take a jumping picture. Now, do you need to write this down? Writing it down would take longer than taking a jumping picture. And if you can’t just take a picture of you jumping then… is it really all that important? “Oh, it’s December 2014 and I still haven’t gotten around to taking that jumping picture and now I can’t jump anymore because of my knees. Well… I guess I give up that dream.”

Cage of Death. I’m not making this up. Someone simply has “Cage of Death” on their Bucket List. I have no idea where this cage is located but I’m going to guess it’s very close to hell. Yes, I would love, love, love to be put into a Cage of Death and then go to get ice cream.

Win a stupid competition. Uh… check.

Get a job delivering pizzas on a motorbike. I guess the motorbike is supposed to add glamor to an otherwise sad ambition.

Make love with guys from each country. I’m telling you right now, Afghanistan is going to be a tough one, Western Devil Temptress! Also, I don’t know… those red beards… not really a turn-on.

Help a child survive. Millions of people do this each day. It’s called parenting.

Sing karaoke with a drag queen (or lip sync). Why??? Let me guess what the song would be… Would it be, by any chance, “I Will Survive?”

Get a joke Lonely Hearts ad in the newspaper. And then you know what would be super funny? If a real Lonely Heart answered the ad, thinking that you were the person he or she was looking for and you could be like, “Ha ha ha, loser! That was a FAKE ad! Which makes you a bigger loser because you FELL FOR IT, silly, hopeful Lonely Heart.”

Get a meaningful tattoo. Which can only mean one thing:  Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck playing hacky sack.

Oh, the fun of looking through people’s bucket lists could go on and on for days! Possibly my favorite bucket list had only two items on it. Number one was, “Make a bucket list,” and number two was “Learn to play a tin whistle,” which couldn’t possibly be very time-consuming or difficult. Setting yourself up for success – now that’s what I’m talking about.

But I still don’t know if I’m confident enough to start my own list. It seems like a huge commitment to doing a lot of zany stuff and, at the same time, a comment upon my very being. One does not want to produce an obvious or boring list. It is not enough to say something like “Sky dive,” because everyone (really – I saw it on about 30 lists) has that on their list. It needs to be more daring and have elements that surprise and delight. So maybe, “Sky dive naked while eating salmon that was not farm-raised.”

Instead of “Drink Dom Perignon while watching polar bears in the wild,” it should be “Have Dom Perignon sipped from my bellybutton while watching polar bears eat seals in the wild but be too drunk to feel bad for the seals.” Instead of “Celebrate my grandmother’s 100th birthday by returning with her to the barn where she was born,” it should be “Take my Grandma to da club for her 100th birthday and order VIP bottle service and then leave without paying so we can joy ride out to the place where the barn she was born in used to stand before it became a Kwik Trip.”

Brevity in Bucketing would not be my strong suit. The truth is that my list would just become a complicated, amended, edited mess that I would start over at the beginning of every month along with my promises to diet and exercise.

Annoyed and confused, I asked Keith if he has a bucket list.

“Nope,” he said.

“Why not?”

“I don’t know. I’m too young.”

Well, I guess that’s one way of looking at it. My attempts to explain that even young people have such lists today, that it’s never to early to start, were met with indifference.

So here’s a Bucket List item that maybe only the band  The Who would truly appreciate: Die before having a Bucket List becomes an issue.


The Greatest Shows On Film

Many of the (potentially) greatest shows we could ever see/experience sadly do not really exist – they are fictional shows within movies. Often I’ll watch a movie that’s about putting on a play or a  musical (or features one) and I’ll wish I could watch it from beginning to end instead of the movie it exists within.

Are you following me?

The number 1 stage show I’d love to see is Satan’s Alley from the movie Stayin’ Alive. Would you not shell out big bucks to go see something called Satan’s Alley? In the film, John Travolta is back as dancer Tony Manero (Saturday Night Fever), now a struggling performer looking for his big break in Manhattan.  This break arrives in the form of the Broadway production Satan’s Alley. On opening night, Tony kisses the female lead even though it’s not in the script! She responds by scratching his face and drawing blood! Then there’s a lot of dancing – think flames, smoke, bare chests, groping… everything you want in a Broadway dance show – and the show is a triumph.

If Peter Travers from Rolling Stone reviewed the show he would say, “I loved every minute! It transformed my life and the way I think about Satan. And alleys.”

Other “shows within movies” worth seeing? I offer a  list:

1. “Street Jazz” from the movie Breakin’ – basically, all the moves from the movie put into a stage show with costumes.

2. The topless Vegas show “Goddess” from the movie Showgirls. I’d have a second bachelorette party if we could fly to Vegas and see Goddess starring Nomi and Molly. Bonus: Celine Dion comes out and sings “My Heart Will Go On” while Nomi has an orgy with Jack Dawson lookalikes from Titanic!

3. “Red, White & Blaine” from Waiting For Guffman. I’ve always wanted to see this from beginning to end as a proper stage show while sitting in a folding chair. I’ve seen the movie several times but believe there must be more scenes from the show that we miss.

4. In the mood for tragedy? What if you could see the entire “Midsummer’s Night Dream” production in Dead Poet’s Society, knowing that the kid is going to go home and off himself after the show? Or that epic production of “Swan Lake” in Black Swan that ends with death? Peter Travers would shit his pants twice and then write a review saying, “If you only see one ballet this year… well, you missed your chance.”

5. I’d pay major bucks to be able to catch a show on the Spinal Tap Smell The Glove tour.

6. For cheap entertainment, imagine being able to go to all the productions put on by fictional high schools. Swing by the Fame graduation to see the performance of “I Sing the Body Electric.” For culture, check out “Scenes From Shakespeare” performed by the kids in Porky’s II. Or how about Max’s play “Heaven and Hell” from the movie Rushmore?

7. For old-timey entertainment how about going to see the Broadway show “Springtime For Hitler” from The Producers? Or the cabaret act starring Sally Bowles from Cabaret? Maybe catch “Spectacular Spectacular” from Moulin Rouge? Or how about going to see what those Muppets are up to over on “The Muppet Show?”

The list could go on and on? What’s your top “show within a movie” that you’d love to be able to see?

The REAL Saddest Days in British History

As the Royal Wedding Hype Machine rolls and grinds its way towards Friday, April 29th, American “news” outlets are going crazy. The way they act, they are seriously sad that we don’t have our own crumbling royal family to dote upon. The past couple of evenings, Keith and I have had Entertainment Tonight on, our default, self-torture device in the evenings as we eat dinner. Usually in the spring we have dinner out on the porch but it was a cold, rainy day and we resigned ourselves to the couch.

Every night this week so far, a “reporter” on ET has talked about the death of Princess Diana (because what better time than a wedding to get maudlin and morbid?) and called it “the saddest day in the history of Britain.” And Keith and I exchange a look, his much more pained than I. So tonight I suggested that he please provide a list of the much sadder times in British history. Considering how long its been there, there have to have been some pretty bleak days, much bleaker than the death of Diana, who was cool and all but… well, you know.

So now we have this list to provide us all with some perspective:


1. Death of Prince Albert, December 14, 1861: The event itself is fairly sad (he died of typhoid fever) but the especially sad part is that Queen Victoria spent the next 60 years mourning, naming everything in the country after him. True love never dies.

2. The Great Fire of London, 1666: Gigantic fire that gutted the central part of the city. Of 80,000 people living in London, 70,000 lost their homes. Candle in the wind, indeed.

3. The First Day of the Battle of Britain, July 10, 1940: Germany started bombing the crap out of London, laying waste to the city until October.

4. The London Bombings, July 7, 2005: Coordinated suicide attacks on the London public transport. Four bombs went off, killing 56 people and injuring 700.

5. Every day of World War I. Britain lost an entire generation of people. Total lost: 1,114,914 soldiers with an additional 2 million wounded. Weigh that against one woman dying in a car crash and… my heart is with all those soldiers on the battlefield.

Stuff Keith Watches When I’m Not Home

One of my favorite things to do, when I come back from an afternoon or evening out that didn’t include Keith is to find out what he watched while I was away. I think it’s very telling of his tastes when he’s not obliged to please me. I should say, however, that he  does try to watch things he finds interesting that he believes I will find uninteresting so that I don’t miss out on something we would enjoy watching together. That’s love.

1. The Venture Brothers

2. David Lynch’s cut of Dune (its very important to him that I clarify that it was David Lynch’s cut)

3. Star Trek I – VI plus Star Trek Next Generation First Contact (His ratings: II is “fantastic,” IV and VI are “pretty good,” I has its charms but “tries too hard to be 2001,” III and V are both “unbelievably shitty.” First Contact not too bad.)

4. Stripes

5. Triumph Of the Will (Yeah, I don’t know either. When questioned about this, Keith said it’s an important historical document but that it was boring after the first few minutes)

6. Moon

7. The Final Countdown

8. George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya

9. Duck Soup

10. Citizen Kane

11. Deadwood (I’ve seen Deadwood, this was a repeat watching)

12. Star Trek Next Generation episodes

13. Letters From Iwo Jima

14. Iron Eagle

15. Futurama

16. 2001

17. The first two X-Men movies

On deck:

HBO’s John Adams miniseries
The TV series The Prisoner, which he borrowed from a friend. Let me amend that – which he had pressed on him by a friend. This was 8 months ago. No Prisoner has yet to be watched but Keith’s feeling the pressure. What to say when the friend gets around to asking him if he enjoyed it? I maintain that watching an entire series just because someone pressed their box set on you is being too Midwestern.

You, Too, Can Be A Little Bit Country

Recently I put together a play list of country hits for my dad’s birthday. He’s always been a country fan and when I was growing up this embarrassed me to no end. But after seeing a commercial for a collection of Time Life “Classic Country” hits, I was inspired to go out and make him some CDs.

As I made the playlist (which grew to two CD’s worth of songs) I found myself… liking some of them quite a bit. Woah.

I find myself listening to these country hitz every couple of days (especially when I’m painting our wood trim upstairs, which I am forever painting. The wood trim. Will it ever be completely painted?) I started wondering if maybe I’m not the only one who just needs a nudge to get into some country? I know, country music is the last hipster taboo to be broken but, damn it, I’m not that cool anyway. I’m uncool and so, screw it, here are some good country songs.

Note: I purposely did NOT go to the Hank Williams well. Because that’s the well everyone goes to when they say they like classic country. Also note that, to me, “classic” means anything my dad listened to while he drove us around in his Ford pick-up or worked in the garage or in his workshop downstairs. So, yeah, there’s some Alabama.

Keep in mind that some of these are specifically aimed at a particular 68-year-old man. Case in point: Anne Murray. My dad has always had a strange infatuation with Anne Murray. As in, he thought she was hot stuff. I know, weird. He used to blast Anne on Sunday mornings when he was trying to make us get up to go to church at 8 a.m. Now my parents don’t go to church at all and I have to wonder what all those tortuous mornings of Anne were really good for.

The Krazy Kountry Hitz
Volume 1

Mountain of Love – Johnny Rivers
When Will I Be Loved – Linda Ronstadt
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Waylon Jennings
Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck
I Got Mexico – Eddy Raven
All My Exes Live In Texas – David Nall
I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool – Barbara Mandrell & George Jones
If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me – The Bellamy Brothers
It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty
Mountain Music – Alabama
Six Days On The Road – Dave Dudley
I Can Help – Billy Swan
The Devil Went Down To Georgia -  Charlie Daniels
Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best – Marty Stuart & Travis Tritt
Heaven’s Just a Sin Away – The Kendalls
Love In The First Degree – Alabama
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gale
Georgia On My Mind – Willie Nelson
Lost In The Fifties Tonight – Ronnie Milsap
Theme From Dallas – Best TV Show Theme Song Ever!

Volume 2:

East Bound and Down – Jerry Reed
Southern Nights – Glen Campbell
Tulsa Time – Don Williams
High On A Mountain Top – Loretta Lynn
I Ain’t Never – Mel Tillis
We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers
A Place To Fall Apart – Janie Frickie & Merle Haggard
You and I – Crystal Gayle & Eddie Rabbit
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
King Of The Road – Roger Miller
You Don’t Know Me – Mickey Gilley
I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World – Ronnie Milsap
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
Back In The Saddle Again – Moe Bandy
Darlin’ Companion – Johnny Cash
Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson



2010: The Random Recap

small owl for blog2Best Experiences
Seeing this owl every Sunday at the dog park!
Going to NYC with Keith for a whirlwind vacation in early October
Dog Beach at Afton State Park with Keith & Freja
Biking along Highway 35 in Wisconsin around Maiden Rock and Stockholm before going to The Stone Barn for pizza and beer
Rock The Garden  in June
Art-A-Whirl in May

Best-est & Most Exciting-est Purchases
Nikon D5000 Camera
Frye oxfords
Orange silk dress from sale at Spinario in Minneapolis

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