Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tingley Coliseum Throwback

It was a throwback Wednesday night at Tingley Coliseum @ Expo New Mexico.

Fans of all ages were stompin' and hootin' to the sounds of Sir Elton John and his band.

Upwards of 11,000 folks jammed the venerable facility, which had been dressed up pretty darn good, to sing, dance, listen and enjoy one of the world's premier entertainers.

And entertain he did.  Straight through, from 8:10 until conclusion after 10:30, no intermission, it was song after song.

Tingley looked pretty good for being 60 ... and Sir Elton went on and on...  He
will be 70 on Saturday.

He told the adoring crowd that he loved doing live performances because it was a way of getting energized.  Sure, he said he likes to sell his records, CD's, and DVD's, but the energy comes from the fans.

Lighting for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road!

This was a spectacular event - the sound and lighting - installed to the specs provided by the tour, and then operated by the tour staff was rockin' too.

Now, looking forward, this community needs to get together and figure out how to design and build a modern arena venue that can last the next 60 years.

It can be done!   

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rio Bosque

One of my uncles always called it the "Rye-oh Grande" - despite having spent 80 years of his life in Taos.

We took our pooch down to the Rio on a nice late winter day.  He wasn't too excited about it.  Didn't even chase a duck or a goose!

In a few weeks, the snow melt in the mountains will fill Ol' Man River with much needed moisture headed to the farmlands and chile plants at points south.

Maybe there will even be enough water to help fill up Elephant Butte Lake.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Magic Mountains

Way out west - just a few miles south of Las Vegas along the interstate headed toward (or from) Los Angeles is a pretty weird sight.  Seven Magic Mountains.

They are huge concrete boulders - check it out - those are people walking around the bases of the artwork.

You gotta see this - it's better than the fountains at the Bellagio!

Oh, and there are other signs all around about snakes.  

Rattle Rattle Rattle

Monday, February 20, 2017

Trump Sweden

This is something I took off the internet that shows "Sweden".

Donald Trump has been saying something about trouble in Sweden.

About 130 years ago, my grandmother Swanson along with her parents and sisters left Sweden for the United States of America.

My grandmother then denounced Oscar II the King of Sweden so she could become a citizen of the United States.

I wonder if that would happen today?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cross Country Throwback

Once in a while the mind wanders...and I was wandering the other day - and came up with the following list - all of the 50 states - and where I visited.  At some point I might elaborate about why I was there, and when.
  • Alabama
    • Mobile and toured submarine
  • Alaska
    • Anchorage, Fairbanks, Prudhoe Bay
  • Arizona
    • Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Page, Navajo Reservation
  • Arkansas
    • Little Rock
  • California
    • LA, San Diego, Mendocino, Sacramento, San Francisco,
  • Colorado
    • Cortez, Durango, Denver, Colorado Springs, Trinidad, Walsenburg,
  • Connecticut
    • New Haven, Ridgefield
  • Delaware
    • President’s Bar in Wilmington
  • Florida
    • Marco Island – Stan’s Idle Hour Bar, et. al
  • Georgia
    • Atlanta Olympics, Macon for Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Hawaii
    • Kona, Kamuela, Hanalei, Hana, Honolulu, Lahaina, Kilahuea National Park
  • Idaho
    • Boise, Idaho Falls, West Yellowstone
  • Illinois
    • Chicago, Medinah
  • Indiana
    • Indianapolis around the Brickyard with Bobby Unser
  • Iowa
    • Des Moines, Council Bluffs
  • Kansas
    • Kansas City
  • Kentucky
    • Paducah, Lexington, Louisville,
  • Louisiana
    • New Orleans
  • Maine
    • Bath, Freeport to LL Bean
  • Maryland
    • Baltimore
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston, Bedford,
  • Michigan
    • Detroit
  • Minnesota
    • Minneapolis
  • Mississippi
    • Gulfport
  • Missouri
    • St. Louis, Joplin the night of 9/11
  • Montana
    • Billings, Gardiner
  • Nebraska
    • Omaha, Lincoln, Weeping Water
  • Nevada
    • Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe,
  • New Hampshire
    • Keene,
  • New Jersey
    • Atlantic City, Galloway
  • New Mexico
    • I’ve been everywhere
  • New York
    • New York City, Albany
  • North Carolina
    • Cashiers, Charlotte
  • North Dakota
    • Bismarck
  • Ohio
    • Columbus, Akron
  • Oklahoma
    • Oklahoma City, Tulsa,
  • Oregon
    • Portland, Tillamook, Newport, Corvallis
  • Pennsylvania
    • Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Latrobe, Lititz, Hershey
  • Rhode Island
    • Passing through on the Amtrak
  • South Carolina
    • Myrtle Beach, Columbia
  • South Dakota
    • Rapid City, Mount Rushmore
  • Tennessee
    • Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis
  • Texas
    • I’ve been everywhere, even to Post, the home of Post Toasties founder
  • Utah
    • Salt Lake City, Moab, Halls Crossing at Lake Powell
  • Vermont
    • Burlington, Brattleboro
  • Virginia
    • Richmond, Williamsburg
  • Washington
    • Seattle, Puyallup, Chambers Bay, Yakima, Spokane
  • West Virginia
    • Morgantown
  • Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee
  • Wyoming
    • Cheyenne, Jackson, Guernsey

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi Guys - Throwback Thursday

Hi Guys,

That's the way Ted Baxter, THE ANCHORMAN, would greet the staff of the make believe TV station in Minneapolis where Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) was employed.

In those days of 3 networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) and PBS, many of us in the real world of television news watched (and learned) about how to do things right (like Lou Grant said) or not so right (as Ted Baxter did).

In was during those times that I decided every TV newsroom should have an autographed picture of Ted Baxter hanging on the wall - so I wrote him a letter and asked for an autograph.

OK, don't make fun, yes it was a letter.  E-mail hadn't been invented, yet.

A few weeks later I opened a large manila envelope, and there it was - an autographed picture of Ted Baxter - ANCHORMAN.

My photo is long gone, so I looked for a similar photograph - and found one on the internets this throwback Thursday.   The photo shown below is just like the one I received.

My photo included a note that said a recent move in production studios caused the tardy reply to my request for a photo.

The autograph on my photo said, as any anchorman would hope for a competing station (ha ha) :

Hi Rodger
Keep of the fair work!
Ted Knight

Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards) - thanks for trying to keep Ted on the straight and narrow - and the rest of the office staff focused on the issue of the day.  Thanks for the memories.   You made it on your own!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017