Tow Truck Driver Texts While Driving, Ends Up In Pool

July 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Lockport, N.Y., police say tow truck driver Nicholas Sparks was texting on one cell phone while talking on another when he slammed into a car and crashed into a swimming pool.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/07/texting_two_truck_driver_ends.html

Additional proof, as if any were needed, that men can’t multitask. A woman can cook dinner, talk on the phone, watch Oprah Winfrey, smoke, and work on a soduku puzzle at the same time. But must guys have a hard time managing to walk and breathe at the same time.

Texting increases your chance of getting into an accident by 23 times — not 23 percent. (23 freaking times) Texting while driving should be banned by every state.

The hapless tow truck driver landed in hot water — figuratively and literally. But he deserves to land in jail, for his complete lack of concern for the well-being of his fellow drivers.

‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’-Organist For Procol Harum Wins In Court!

July 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

procolharumThe opening chord sequence to “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (We skipped a light fandango, turned cartwheels `cross the wall), by Procol Harum, was written by the Hammond organist, Matthew Fisher. Fisher had won a victory in 2006 when the lower court awarded him a 40% royalty on the song. The Court of Appeals had overruled this, saying he had waited too long to take it to court. Now The House of Lords has reinstated his claim to co-authorship, saying there is no deadline. Now money is tied to the decision also.

Matthew Fisher will get his royalties going forward, but this could turn out to be a considerable sum. “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” is a four minute song, and BBC Radio, for example, pays $31.92 royalty for each minute of airplay. According to Phonographic Performance Limited, it`s the most played record on British broadcasting in the last 70 years (Wiki). There has been more than 900 covers of the song and it has been used in countless movies, such as “The Big Chill.”

Well, I`m on my way to Missouri for a short vacation and to see my kinfolk (back on Tuesday)! “And so it was later, as the miller told his tale, that her face at first just ghostly, turned a whiter shade of pale.” By Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and MATTHEW FISHER

Calendar Features Hot Librarians From Texas

July 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

We all know the stereotype of the typical librarian: A prim and proper lady who will tolerate no noisemakers in her domain. Laura Bush is a sweet, intelligent and accomplished woman, but her frumpiness is a tell-tale sign that she’s a former librarian.

But now there’s a new calendar that blows up the frumpy stereotype of the librarian. The Texas Library Association has just published a calendar featuring librarians as you’ve never seen them before in all their tattooed glory.


“So forget those predictable calendars with cute puppies and nature photographs. Your purchase helps secure the future of Texas libraries and allows you to spend 18 months getting better acquainted with these fascinating and dedicated women of Texas libraries.”

http://www.txla.org/temp/tattoo.html

Boy would I like to get better acquainted with these hotties! Buy a calendar even if you don’t live in Texas! It’s for a good cause, the proceeds go to support libraries damaged by recent natural disasters.

Blind Lemon Jefferson: ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’

July 30, 2009 by  
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The blues persists. Won`t let up. Best way to cure it is to listen to the greats. Blind Lemon Jefferson was actually successful as a recording artist for the Paramount label. This was unheard of in Blues. Record keeping wasn`t too good back then, but it`s claimed that the sales of some of his records ranged in six figures. A few of Blind Lemon`s (1893-1929) best known songs are: “Matchbox Blues,” “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” and “That Black Snake Moan,” a fully loaded Freudian slip of sorts. One time Lemon Jefferson was even paid with a brand new Ford car as his royalty payment by his label Paramount.blind-lemon-jefferson

Furthermore, his death is shrouded in mystery, as are the changes that his grave site would undergo in the eighty years since his death. He death came in Chicago (1929); some say he was poisoned by a jealous lover, but most likely he died of a heart attack, when he became lost and topsy-turvy in a furious snowstorm. It`s also been suggested that he may have been robbed of a sizeable royalty that had just arrived, then coldly murdered. Paramount paid to return his body by train to Texas, that included a working piano player, Will Ezell. He was buried at Wortham Black Cemetery in an unmarked grave. It was finally marked in 1967, but the exact location had been lost. A handsome headstone was erected in 1997 and in 2007 the cemetery`s name was changed to Blind Lemon Memorial Cemetery (Wiki). Now my blues will finally fly away!

Boston Cabbie Calls Suspension “UnFARE”

July 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Tech/Sci

Joseph Cohen, a Boston cabdriver for 39 years, “almost took the blame” when he picked up a family at Logan International Aiport and drove them to their home in the Mattapan neighbor, only to learn Massachusetts state police “were looking for him. ”

“He was told the family left a child in his cab.”

Cohen recollects the experience:

“I said, ‘What?’ So I looked in the back and I see the baby sleeping. I said, ‘What should I do?’ So you know, I will take the baby (back) to the family,’ he said. ‘The father came out. He was very happy.'”

At that time, Cohen received an extra $50 tip from the relieved father.

However, the next day, “Cohen was ordered to report to the Hackney unit, where police told him his license was being suspended for three days because he didn’t do a thorough check of the van. He appealed the suspension and was allowed to keep his license pending a hearing. On Tuesday, he visited the police station with an attorney and learned he would only get a warning.

“‘We are very happy that the baby was safely returned to mom and dad,’ said Elaine Driscoll, a police spokeswoman. ‘That said, it was an important opportunity to remind cab drivers why we have a rule that dictates they must check the back of their cab after every fare.'”

“Cohen said the girl had been in the back of the van behind another seat and he could not see her from his rearview mirror or from the outside of the vehicle.

“The cabbies’ union expressed outrage at the proposed suspension, saying the fault should lie with the child’s family, not the driver.

“Police would not release the names of the parents but said they were not being investigated.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090728/ap_on_re_us/us_child_left_in_cab

(Apparently, taking luggage from a cab is more important when you get home than remembering you have a five-year-old daughter sleeping in the back of the taxi.  And cabbies everywhere should remember to look INSIDE their vehicles after dropping off a fare.)

Kid, 7, Goes On Joyride To Avoid Church

July 29, 2009 by  
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“A 7-year-old boy led officers on a car chase Sunday through Weber County in an attempt to avoid going to church, authorities say.
‘Most kids fake illness,’ said Weber County Sheriff’s Capt. Klint Anderson. ‘They don’t take the car out and go joy riding.'”

CARLOS MAYORGA/Standard-Examiner

I would cut this kid a lot of slack, when I was his age my parents had to drag me to church. “You’re going to hell if you don’t worship the Lord”, my mother would warn. Being forced to sit still on a hard wooden bench while a priest talks mumbo jumbo,  is hell to a youngster. 

One time I tried to get out of going to church by telling my mom that I had already watched Oral Roberts on TV, but all that earned me was a whack on the butt for lying.

I admire the kid’s gumption, he was determined that this Sunday he wouldn’t go to church. The young driver exceeded 40 miles per hour, and it took two patrol cars to force him to stop. 

The little guy is too young to be charged with any crimes, and his father is off the hook because he didn’t know that his son had taken the car keys.

I have a feeling that when this little dude grows up he’s going to be a race car driver and not a minister.

Brad Pitt Doesn’t Believe in God?

July 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Celebrity, Top Story

According to Celebitchy Brad Pitt doesn’t believe in God.

The actor admitted that he is “20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic.”

During an interivew with German magazine Bild, he also stated that there is no point thinking about it until you’re dead and buried.

Do you think this is true? I don’t.

Charley Patton: Father Of The Mississippi Delta Blues

July 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

charley-pattonIt`s mighty hot here in Texas. Hot as Hell! Gives ya the blues. I listen glumly to my Yazoo recordings of Charley Patton, where the tradition of Mississippi Delta Blues gets its start. He grew up on Will Dockery`s Plantation, between Drew and Boyle, and was the primary entertainer for local suppers, dances, or ‘Saturday night hops,’ according to Howlin` Wolf. Henry Spier, a white Jackson, Ms. record store owner, actually discovered him and got him signed on the Paramount label, which was up in Grafton, Wisconsin. He recorded forty two sides in one year (I believe, 1929), and nearly seventy all together. If you listen carefully enough, you can weave together a biography of his life, in deciphored muttered phrases. *(see “The Blues” by Peter Guralnick)

Charley was a well-rounded entertainer, a vaudeville, or better yet a ‘Barrelhouse’ entertainer, who could play his guitar behind his back (before Jimi), would beat it and throw it up in the air, and could hurl his hoarse, raspy voice majestically at any all-day hoe down or picnic. Yes, he did play blues, but he also played popular songs, ballads, spirituals, and ragtime numbers. Willie Brown said that some of these Saturday night balls would get rowdy, very loud, and the women would dip that snuff, swallow corn whiskey, and dance up a storm. For now, “Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues,” “Spoonful Blues,” and “Magnolia Blues” are my favorites. Charley Patton is the remotest descendant (the root) of Chicago Electric Blues, that naturally includes Muddy Waters, Howlin` Wolf, and all the way up to B.B. King.  He`s The Daddy of MDB!

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009): “And that’s the way it is”

July 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Celebrity

It has been almost two weeks since the passing of Walter Cronkite, who brought fairness, empathy, and compassion in journalism — covering the assassination of JFK, Watergate, Vietnam, and was the first ever to interview the Beatles.

He even showed excitement and joy in 1969 when man made one giant step for mankind on the moon.

People called him “the most trusted man in America”, for he was one of the rare breed that brought truth, honor, morality, and humility in this field. Though not as glamorous as most journalists, Walter Cronkite was as real as they come because he did what he loved doing best: reporting the news to the world every night, and he did it without compromising neither his principles nor the principles of journalism.

And that’s the way it is on July 28, 2009.

Old Folks And High-Tech Gadgets Not A Good Match

July 28, 2009 by  
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Two Swedes expecting the golden beaches of the Italian island of Capri got a shock when tourist officials told them they were 650 km (400 miles) off course in the northern town of Carpi, after mistyping the name in their GPS.

‘It’s hard to understand how they managed it. I mean, Capri is an island,’ said Giovanni Medici, a spokesman for Carpi regional government, told Reuters Tuesday. ‘It’s the first time something like this has happened.’

Reuters

I’m not the most technologically-savvy person in the world; I never learned how to program my VCR. That’s why I haven’t purchased a GPS unit for my car. I’m afraid that if I rely on one of those hi-tech gadgets, I might end up in the wrong time zone.

Others may poke fun at the Swedes, but my only comment is “there but for the grace of God, go I.” Not only do I not have a good sense of direction, but I’m also dyslectic. The last thing in the world I need is a GPS gizmo.

The next time the Swedes go on vacation they should find a nice resort a few miles from their residence.

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