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Monday, September 14, 2015

Reclamation Project

Happy September to all.  It's been a great and warm summer season but now we approach the beginning of my favored fall season, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The imminent fall season is noticeable with shorter daylight sun and cooling temperatures.  Some trees are beginning to turn color and drop their leaves.  School is back in session and the kids, as well as yours truly, are busy with the new school year. 

Fall is a great time to take an appraisal of the year thus far and if necessary regroup for the final push of the last few months of the year.  There's no doubt I plan on using this time to reflect and regroup to be even better in 2016 than I was in 2015. 

This "reclamation project" extends in other areas as well.  Recently, I was in a local thrift market.  I like walking through this place looking for the proverbial "diamond in the rough."  Well on this occasion I came upon a 1970's era Sears stationary bicycle.  It was priced $7.00 and it appeared in decent shape but definitely needed new pedals.  I walked passed it a few times but eventually returned to it and tried it out.  It was in working order and with the relative cheap price I decided to make the purchase. 

It was very funny trying to fit this bicycle in my car, a 4 door sedan.  I had to try several times to position it in a way which would allow me to close the car doors and drive home.  Once home, I started to take some of it apart to clean it as it was quite dusty.  I decided that I wanted to paint it so I picked up some spray paint and new pedals for the bike.  I think it looks pretty good.  What do you think? 

I haven't decided if I should keep it here at home as I've thought of bringing it to my classroom for my students to use at various points during the school day. 

I was very happy just to reclaim and repurpose something that otherwise would be thrown away in the trash.  Aren't we all reclamation projects looking for the spark of inspiration and sense of purpose in our lives?  Let this upcoming season find you well striving towards your purpose and successful in all you do inside and outside your community. 


After a dusting, new pedals and paint.

Change of Season

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Music Video Wednesday - Smells Like...

Today's Music Video Wednesday takes its inspiration from a late 80's early 1990's musical scene from Seattle.  Most anyone would call it Grunge but who likes labels?  There is a new documentary coming out about the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.  From what I have read, the documentary, which has the full backing of his daughter, attempts to remove much of the mythology from Cobain's meteoric rise and sad death by his own hands. 

My Nirvana selection is from their MTV Unplugged session, a cover of a David  Bowie tune: 
The Man Who Sold The World.

My second selection is from Pearl Jam.  They are still performing today.  Since I'm using a Nirvana covering Bowie, I have Pearl Jam covering Split Enz's I Got You.
Enjoy music lovers.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Music Video Wednesday - The Americans

I noticed I haven't updated this blog for a bit and since it's a Wednesday it's time for Music Video Wednesday.  Today, I decided to pull out two gems from the great decade of the 1980's.  These two tracks were featured on the FX's show The Americans.  In the show, 2 Soviet sleeper agents are working undercover to find and exploit any information they can during the early days of the Reagan administration.  The show is on its 3rd season and it's quite good, critically acclaimed but ratings are low.

The acting is top notch and the action is well paced and suspenseful.  The show incorporates some fine 1980's music and today I would like to present 2 tracks they have played.  The first song is Don't Go by YAZ.  This synth driven song was used effectively during a frantic FBI search scene a few episodes back.   The other song was used last season and is a favorite of mine, The Stray Cats - Rock this Town

The show has many callbacks to the decade which I remember so well, heck I guess I now know what nostalgia is.   Now watch The Americans and enjoy the videos