Friday, January 4, 2019

Hey Hey It's The Monkees

I write a lot about being on the treadmill with my headphones on. Well that's where I was today and The Monkees came on.
Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork.

"Last Train to Clarksville."

It took me way back to when I was a young teenager.

People talk all the time about The Beatles but forget how big The Monkees were. They were on teevee Monday nights (why do I remember that?) and around my house the streets were teeming with life at 7p.m.

It was a ghost town at 7:30. We all had to see the latest adventures of our Fab Four.

How big were they?

I'll bet if you're of a certain age you can remember at least one of their hits. They were all over the radio. "Daydream Believer," or  "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and on and on. My brother says he used to sing, "My dog's a retriever" to "I'm a Believer."

How big were they?"

This is an old story but David Bowie's real name was David Jones. There was just one thing, the lead singer of The Monkees was David Jones and they were so big he didn't want to be confused with him and changed his name. Just think, if there had been no Monkees, he would have been David Jones instead of David Bowie.

I met David years after The Monkees took the world by storm.

And he couldn't have been nicer.

He was like they were on their show, funny, smart, irreverent. I had a ball.

After I met Davy, as he was known, we became pen pals. I would write him and he would write me. You better believe I thought it was so cool that I was corresponding with the Davy Jones.

Davy Jones passed away February of 2012. A sad day for me.

It's kinda rare that you hear The Monkees on the radio these days and I don't know why. As Pee Wee Herman used to say on Pee Wee's Playhouse, "It's a mystery."

I say find a place.

As they were on my headphones I found myself knowing the words and singing along.

Like I always do.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tired Tired Tired


 I'm tired of so many things. Up on my soapbox I go.

I'm tired of sports shows on television full of hosts who argue and yell at each other. Every angle, every tidbit, is raked over the coals.  That is par for the course and of course you're wrong if you don't agree with someone else's point of view.

Which leads me to...

I'm tired of the panels on news shows that rehash the same things over and over again. Do you see a pattern here? Since we're in the age of 24/7 cable you have to fill that hole every day and, just so you know, stuff doesn't happen every day. But, as they say, the show must go on. It's just going there with one less passenger. Me.

Let's change the subject a bit here...

I'm tired of driving and the person in front of me is going real slow because they are on their cell phone. Same thing when I'm stopped at a red light and it turns green and the car in front of me goes nowhere because the driver is on that darn cell phone again. I used to live in New York where they had no problem leaning on the horn as soon as the light changed but now that I'm in Orlando?

Southern Hospitality.

Which leads me to something else I'm tired of...

How come when cell phones drop out we're okay with that? If a car was going 60 miles per hour and then the engine turned off, well, we'd be more than outraged, we wouldn't buy that brand again. But we're fine with, "I must have lost you." We're used to calls dropping out and that's not good.

And how come the roads are a mess? Pot holes, streets needing to be repaved, and that's just here in Florida. Need I remind you it doesn't snow here and they don't salt the roads in the winter?  Every time I go home to Maryland I'm shocked, shocked I say, at the state of the freeways there. They have huge pot holes and they are in dire need of repaving and somehow that does not happen. Why is that?

Which leads me to...

How come Healthcare is so expensive? You've heard this a thousand times before but we
live in the richest country in the world but, some advice here, don't have an operation or need costly medication. It's a good way to go broke and lose everything and that's not right. In many countries you just go into the hospital and...come out fixed and ready to go and not bankrupt. It should be that way here.

And by the way you've seen ads for medications all over the tube. "Ask your doctor about..." is a phrase we've all gotten used to. Here's the thing, is it just me or have you listened to, "side effects include...?" It seems like it goes on forever. Man, some of those side effects are worse than the thing that brought you there in the first place.

I could go on but let me just stop here.

And get off my soap box.

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