Adventures of an Analog Man in the Digital Universe, with a little help from my friends and relations.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Probably outside of communicating with Paulie Walnuts again, this is what I like most about time spent with Nonkinsense; anything can happen and history can be altered, like my Suit from Barney's... Like I always say, December, 1975, Fruit Mouse, Randy, Ronnie, Bert and Lori were studying for Finals at Buffalo when this picture was taken. Posted by Picasa

The game's true Pioneers....Mik, Bal, Gil, Park, Or, Giac, Bel, Mah, Esp, Lap, Neil, Tesp...Please forgive the editor if I got the order of Cram's defensemen, Park & Or, wrong.

Sultans of Swing

Mark Knopfler

-Originally released on Dire Straits-

Intro.   Dm - Dm - Dm - Dm - Dm - Dm - Dm - Dm

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1. You get a shiver in the dark, it's raining in the park but meantime
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south of the river you stop and you hold everything.
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A band is blowing Dixie double four time, you feel alright when you hear the music ring.

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2. Well now you step inside but you don't see too many faces
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coming in out of the rain they hear the jazz go down.
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Competition in other places, er but the horns, they blowing that sound.
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Way on down south way on down south London town.

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3. You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
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mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing.
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Yes and an old guitar is all he can afford, when he gets up under the lights to play his thing.

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4. And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene
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he's got a daytime job he's doing alright.
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He can play the honky tonk like anything saving it up Friday night.
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With the Sultans with the Sultans of swing.

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5. And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
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drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles.
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They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band, it ain't what they call rock and roll.
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And the Sultans yeah the Sultans are playing Creole. Creole babe. Ah

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6. And then the man he steps right up to the microphone
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and says at last just as the timebell rings.
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"Goodnight now it's time to go home." Then he makes it fast with one more thing.
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"We are the Sultans we are the Sultans of swing."

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Table (or tabletop) hockey games have been part of the Canadian scene since the days of the Great Depression. While these games can be divided into several categories ( including board games, magnetic hockey, air hockey, bumper hockey and knock hockey), the image that usually comes to mind when one thinks of table top hockey is that of a miniature ice rink with players mounted on small spikes spinning and moving with the twist of their steel rods.

The earliest type of these mechanical hockey games was built by Donald H. Munro, Sr. in his Toronto home in 1932-33. Made of wood and scrap metal found in his neighborhood, Munro built his first game as a Christmas present for his children at a time when he could not afford to buy gifts. Soon after, Munro built a handful of these games on consignment for the Baton's department store in Toronto. They turned out to be an instant success.
These early games, referred to as "the wooden game" by collectors, were produced every year until 1955. During this period of 22 years, many improvements were made in the playing quality and appearance. Despite these many improvements, the early wooden hockey games bore only a passing resemblance to the on-ice game. Players, for example, were simply wooden pegs with wire loops that moved back and forth like pinball flippers. Still, these games were exceedingly popular. One of the main reasons for this popularity was the design of the hump or high area in the center of the playing surface. This innovation allowed the puck (actually a metal ball) to roll to either end of the game and made it possible for both players to be actively involved at the same time (one on offense and one on defense). Until this time, bagatelle games (and even modem day pinball games) all were played on a single slope enabling only one player at a time to participate. Due to their size (about 14 by 36 inches), the early Munro wooden game were sold mainly in department stores and through mail order catalogs, though occasionally they would be earned in sporting goods and hardware stores. The games sold for between four and five dollars during the 1930s. The first recorded price was listed in the 1939-40 Eaton's Fall & Winter Catalogue where the Munro Standard Model was advertised for $4.95. The number of games produced in these early days would range from a few hundred to a few thousand. In the 1940s, the Munro Standard Model was expanded to include a deluxe version where the ball would roll out of the net after a goal and into a small cup mounted at each end of the game. A Club Model, with a heavier wooden frame and stronger wire parts, was introduced for the many Boys Clubs that existed in Canada at this time. In 1945-46, Munro's partner, Stewart Molson Robertson, manufactured games in Rochester, New York under Munro's American patent, but despite the popularity of the games in Canada, the venture proved unsuccessful in the United States. Sales in Canada were increasing to several thousand games per year, and by 1954, the last full year in which these wooden games were made, prices were $8.95 for the Standard Game, $10.95 for the Deluxe and $ 14.95 for the Club. The Deluxe was by far the most popular model. During the era of the wooden game, three different mechanical hockey games surfaced. The first was built by Gotham Pressed Metal Products of The Bronx, NEw York, who displayed their version of "Ice Hockey" in their 1937 catalog. Like the Munro game, Gotham's playing surface featured a hump in the center to keep the puck (again a metal ball) moving from side to side. However, the Gotham game featured only one player at either end who both guarded the goal and pivoted in a complete circle to shoot the puck into the other end. A second competitor to Munro was introduced by the Reliable Toy Company of Toronto in 1953. Patterned after the Munro Game, the "Foster Hewitt Hockey Game" was made of plastic and came equipped with figures shaped like miniature hockey players molded out of die-cast metal. The game was comparatively small (approximately) 12" x 24") and was sold for only a few years before being replaced by the more modem-style games. The first of these modem-style games (and the challenger that finally ended Munro's wooden era) was introduced by the Eagle Toy Company of Montreal in 1954. Eagle's National Hockey Game was endorsed by the Montreal Canadiens and was an immediate success for several reasons. It was the first Canadian game to feature players printed in color on flat tin cutouts shaped like real hockey players who stood on a surface that resembled ice. Eagle's game was decorated with team pennants from the NHL and was the first Canadian game to feature metal rods that allowed its players to pivot a complete 360 degrees. The Eagle game measured 16" x 36" and sold for $10.95. Soon, both Munro and Eagle were issuing similar games that not only had rods to allow the players to spin but also had slots that let them slide up and down the ice surface. The innovation that led to metal rods and slots had actually been introduced in Sweden during the 1930s. Aristospel A.B. of Stockholm manufactured the game, which was sold to several European countries. A Canadian patent was issued in 1941, but although the design of the Swedish game was unique at the time, it was a difficult and costly game to manufacture.

Not until 1954 would a Canadian company (Cresta Limited of Toronto) introduce and manufacture the Swedish-style game. Also in 1954, K & B Toys of Burlington, Ontario copied the Cresta game and issued their own version under the name "3 Star Hockey." K & B was only in business until 1957, while Cresta lasted until 1958. Neither proved able to compete with Eagle and Munro, who had both unveiled their own rod-and-slot hockey games at the Montreal Toy Show in January of 1956. From that point on, Munro and Eagle produced nearly all of the hockey games sold in Canada and the United States.

Over the years, Munro and Eagle were the undisputed leaders in designing and creating models that year after year became more realistic in their appearance. The games also played better through such innovations as goal lights, period timers, puck droppers, and "glass" above the boards. Three-dimensional players were first introduced by Munro back in 964, and while both Munro and Eagle experiment with the design of their players, the flat tin men remained the most popular. In 1971, safety concerns forced a switch to plastic men with self-adhesive team labels that customers applied themselves. Eagle's games had the official endorsement of the NHL and could replicate exactly the uniforms of its teams.

Munro relied on the endorsement of top stars like Bobby Orr and Bobby Hull for their games and could only approximate the NHL uniforms. The televising of NHL games during the 1950s and the league's expansion in 1967 greatly enlarged the North American market for table top hockey games. Whereas thousands of games had been sold previously, the numbers were now beginning to reach the hundreds of thousands and were climbing every year. To meet the rising demand, both Munro Games and Eagle Toys were sold to U.S. companies in September of 1968-Munro to Servotronics and Eagle to Coleco. Their dominance of the Canadian and American markets would continue-with games growing larger (24" x 34") and prices ranging up to 30 and 40 dollars during the 1970s-until the advent of video games relegated table hockey to a "second choice" toy item.

By the late 1980s, a resurgence of table hockey occurred with lrwin Toys acquiring Coleco's tooling and companies like Stiga (a Swedish firm that had long been selling their games in Europe), Playtoy/Rernco, Radio Shack, and Kevin Sports developing new games in North America. A Wayne Gretzky-endorsed game was introduced by Kevin Sports in 1990, selling for $120. Bubble top hockey games of the type found in bars, arenas, and other venues have also become very popular.

In recent years, a deluxe table hockey game in Greenwich, New York ("TableHockey" by Rick Benej) retail for about $700 U.S. the rebirth of table top hockey games has made the collecting of these games (both old and new) a popular hobby. For both the serious and casual collector, these games often bring back many vivid childhood memories from finding a hockey game under the tree at Christmas to picking out favorite teams, playing "seasons" or tournaments for the miniature replica Stanley Cup, or simply arguing about whether or not the puck went in.

Many parents today watch their sons and daughters glued to a monitor while they play video or computer games and feel sad to see their children miss out of the marvelous and dynamic Table hockey collectors often search for a specific childhood game or games which did not survive their growth into adulthood. "My mother threw it out," is the popular refrain. Many serious collectors strive to obtain all the significant landmark games from years gone by. Collecting can also include trying to find lost pieces from old games, such as players or entire teams, missing nets, trophies, pucks, rods, springs, overhead gondolas, or original boxes. Often, these game pieces are very specific to the manufacturer. For example, the original Eagle nets in 1954 were made of green mesh, but by 1957 they were all tin to be followed by white plastic nets in 1959. Munro games at one point featured three different pucks: a standard wooden puck, a magnetic puck (for better control with tin players) and a puck with a steel ball bearing in the middle.

The range of players from these old games can be mind-boggling, with flat tin players, tin players with separate plastic and/or metal sticks, 3-D tin players, 3-D plastic players, flat plastic players, and more. Players in specific uniforms have also become highly collectible, with the 1967 Oakland Seals and the purple-clad Los Angeles Kings becoming much sought-after. With Eagle Toys having held exclusive rights to produce NHL uniforms, players from their games have been most in demand. Because it was the last game to cany the NHL's endorsement, team sets from the Wyane Gretzky game have also become highly collectible (particularly for relocated teams such as Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars and Hartford Whalers). "The value of an old hockey game is directly influenced by four key factors: initial popularity of the game, rarity, condition/completeness, and the importance of the game in the evolution of table top hockey.

Games in their original box with all their original parts can sell for upwards of $100. Many collectors with only purchase games in the best condition because they feel that repairs compromise authenticity. Others value the rarity of the game or its historical significance more so than the shape they find it in. However, to any collector who is also a player, the real thrill is to play the game again and recapture the past pleasures and glories of youth.

For these "grown up kids," there are a number of tournaments available every year, including the Johnny GoodGuy Tournament in Brampton, Ontario, the Ontario Table Hockey Championships in Hamilton, and the Upper Canada Cup in Toronto. The Toronto-area also features at least two leagues: the Metro Toronto Table Hockey League in Thomhill and the National Tabletop Association in Brampton. Other Canadian tournaments include the Windsor Cup Classic in Windsor, Ontario and the Canadian Open Championship in Hull, Quebec. There is also the U.S. Nationals in Warwick, Illinois and the Hubbard Hall Face Off Tournament in Greenwich, New York. In Sweden, an annual tournament is played on the Stiga game and a World Championship is played every second year with players from as many as 20 different countries (including Canada and the United States) competing for world supremacy.

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Yppah yadhtriB, O, from Class 9-321..You know what we're talkin' about backwards and forwards. Posted by Hello

Hey everybody, tomorrow is Eliot's Birthday and Rod Gilbert's, now, there's a reason to celebrate...Look how far he has come; he always liked Norris' brother, who did a real good job on his haftorah, today, while Eliot was studying for Finals in Buffalo along with his cousin, Michael, Bert, Randy, Ronnie and Lori. Incidentally, didn't Lori "help" Norris with his term paper on the Big E. ? YRAG EYAK is Gary Kaye ? Now try Harvey Bojarsky, not that easy , is it ? - anybody want to take on Constantine Geronimum ? Posted by Hello

Sure, I'll wish the King a Happy Birthday, 7/1, but, I'm a little busy now in the regulation size Nets to fully participate in your Blog, Nonkinsense...Say hello to Cram and Giac, my old rivals, for me. Did Norris' get to replace Glenn Hall after he retired ? Posted by Hello

First I told the INdicator staff in 1972 that I wanted my correct name to be added, they said, Coach, what are you worried about, who is going to remember some thirty three years later ? Now, this Nonkinsense fella' breaks his promise so I would agree to say Happy Birthday to the O...Coach Sheloon was not born yesterday, ya' know! Posted by Hello

Kid, I might have put Happy Hank on his own, but, you probably wanted to include Mr. Zubow and make a King Tut / Victor Buono reference, I understand. Yeah, I get it, the Dylan song below:

C My love she speaks like silence, G F C Without ideals or violence, G F C She doesn't have to say she's faithful, Dm F G Yet she's true, like ice, like fire. C People carry roses, G F C And make promises by the hours, G F C My love she laughs like the flowers, Dm G C Valentines can't buy her. In the dime stores and bus stations, People talk of situations, Read books, repeat quotations, Draw conclusions on the wall. Some speak of the future, My love she speaks softly, She knows there's no success like failure And that failure's no success at all. The cloak and dagger dangles, Madams light the candles. In ceremonies of the horsemen, Even the pawn must hold a grudge. Statues made of match sticks, Crumble into one another, My love winks, she does not bother, She knows too much to argue or to judge. The bridge at midnight trembles, The country doctor rambles, Bankers' nieces seek perfection, Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring. The wind howls like a hammer, The night blows cold and rainy, My love she's like some raven At my window with a broken wing. Posted by Hello

Kid, this is way beyond esoteric and down right weird and I think you know it. Posted by Hello

Ya, Ya, Ya mean to tell me I'm clear, my Urine is clear and the, the, the, Phy, Phy, sical is fi, fi, fine, I could start on Sunday and fly out to Milwau, wau, wau, kee, on Tu, Tu, Tu, Tuesday ? CLARENCE DID YOU HEAR THAT, MERRY CHRISTMAS BEDFORD FALLS, Merry Christmas Shady Grove, Rockville, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Smithsonian, Grasshopper Marcus, Montegomery Gazette, Twinbrook, Taipei Tokyo, you Ol' White Flint, Merry Christmas, Glenmont, Silver Springs, Wheaton Shopping Center, Stadium Armory, New Carrolton, Washington Dulles, Reagan National, Parliamont Plaza, Concentra Medical, Van Ness, Grosvenor, Broadway Diner, Guitar Center, Comp USA, Community Pool, Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, Chantilly, Cheverly, F13, L'Enfant Plaza, Crystal City, Big Wong Restaurant, City Sports, Union Station, Union St ation Movie Theatres, Betheseda Barnes and Noble, Software Development, MERRY CHRISTMAS LANHAM, Md. Posted by Hello

Kid, I get it, nobody else will but Paulie and Laurie...It's a pun on the name(s). Were you waiting for just before my birthday to mention how Ronnie got the WHO tickets at the Garden that enabled you to see the band for the first time, even if it was with Kenny Jones and we had to be squatters all night because the Garden sold us tickets behind the stage ?

editor's note: The blog probably has failed to mention Ronnie's accomplishments, for which I'm sorry. The editor also wishes to express admiration for Uncle Jun-The King and Ronnie in all they accomplished.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Formerly Country Eastern...For those of you who have nothing better to do on a Friday night.....

Wanted to say that Friday was a real kick - it sounded like a real bandup there - everyone was on. Who knows with a little practice... Evenmy wife who had not imbibed to extreme said it was good! Ira... stay a little just got here. Boy what adifference keys make. I really hope you can continue to play - lotsapotential and the jokes are killer.David - slide is soooo cool - should be in more stuff. Let'sdifinitely try some new tunes- Desperado? How about some older countryor older rock - Brownsville Station? Edgar Winter Group? Fairly easystuff and can be rock-countrified. George: Your head was on straight - perfect artistry.Bob - you continue to surprise me - great job but then again you hadthe best cheering section. Anyway, I'm out for the next week in N'Orleans. Think about our nexttunes and moves. You guys don't know how much I enjoy this - let's keepit going!Joe

All my friends thought it was great. High kudos to Joe for both singing and stage presence. Everyone thought Bob's son was the cutest thing since sliced bread.And Bob, I noticed your wife smiling and nodding to the beat throughout our show. I think she more than liked it. It's important for significant others to see the results of all those evenings away, and to realize that the end result is pretty damn good.One great thing was having a pretty awful act in front of us. It emphasized that we were serious and doing something more than the usual "from the jam-night play book" crap (which Ira likes to mock on a regular basis). The Springsteen song was killer! Bob ("The Studio" Bob, that is) should understand that while the crowd may recognize Proud Mary, Can't Buy Me Love, and Sympathy for the Devil, it's bands like us that really "sell" the intent and promise of The Studio. And I think we were a really good advertisement for what he wants the Studio to be all about.Looking forward to next time. CD on the way. dtf

Was fun. My wife actually liked it and was glad I did not embarras her. My son bought me ice cream after the show. Doesn't get any better than that.Any other feedback?Send to: Robert Donigan

Western Electric
(formerly Country Eastern)

"Playing red state music for blue state people."

7:30 pm on Friday, June 24th

at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, NYC

Western Electric
Joe "Cowboy" LaDuca, bass guitar & lead vocals;
George "Too Much Tremelo" Singley, guitar;
Dave "Cool Bunny" Fuhrmann, guitar;
Ira "No Nonsense" Nonkin, keyboards;
Bob "The Drummer" Donigan, drums. Hope to see you there!

Ira, Your band sounded great Friday night. I like that music and so did the crowd. Hope everything is well. Bill

.All things considered, don't you think a Michael Jackson tune would be more timely? At 03:04 PM 6/15/2005 -0400, IRA1211loving in your eyes all the way If I listen to your lies would you say I'm a man without conviction I'm a man who doesn't know How to sell a contradiction You come and go You come and go Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon You come and go You come and go Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream Red, gold and green Red, gold and green Didn't hear your wicked words every day And you used to be so sweet I heard you say That my love was an addiction When we cling our love is strong When you go you're gone forever You string along You string along Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon You come and go You come and go Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream Red, gold and green Red, gold and greenEvery day is like a survival You're my lover not my rival Every day is like a survival You're my lover not my rival I'm a man without conviction I'm a man who doesn't know How to sell a contradication You come and go You come and go Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon You come and go You come and go Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream Red, gold and green Red, gold and green-Boy, George, Boy David ?Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Kid, it's been over twenty years, but, hear me out, I think, I'm beginning to see how you operate these days: 1-You warm up Norris to the idea of giving you his Stuyvesant Yearbook, in part, because, he knows you're going to do some kind of Production for the King on his Birthday, 7/1 along with Rod Gilbert 2-You start scanning Cunningham and Stuyvesant pictures because it amuses you and you still think me and or Donny would be amused; Donny with the Cunningham one from the year before. 3-You send a Top Five Party Song List out to DK and cc a few others who may or may not respond. 4-DK, responds, with some good choices using your Parameters and the fact that you saw Gary US Bonds near Penn Station this week on a cell phone. 5-You get the Happy Hank picture shown here as the Party actual appeared each day in his Classroom from 1972 and you incorporate your Top Five Party Songs to it...Was it the Tickle Bug that had such a profound effect on you all these years later ?

I'll skip the question about what time it was you saw him. Not my top five PARTY SONGS but under your parameters:
1. Birthday - Beatles
2. Double Shot (of my Baby's Love) - Swingin' Medallions
3. Barbara Ann - Beach Boys
4. Here Comes My Baby - Tremeloes
5. Splish-Splash - Bobby Darin
1-Having a Party - Sam Cooke , Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
2-A Quarter to Three - Gary US Bonds
3-Runaround Sue - Dion and the Belmonts
4-Nothing but a House Party - J Geils Band
5-It's My Party - Leslie Gore

Inspired somewhat by seeing Gary US Bonds on a cell phone a block away from Penn Station the other day, I submit for consideration: TOP FIVE FAVORITE PARTY SONGS, songs that have party in the title or song or songs that sound like a party was going on and captured by the recording.

Don't forget the immortal Party Doll.

And there's "Fight for Your Right to Party

Here for the Party by Gretchen Wilson.

Party Townt.

Party Lights

Having a Party

I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

Garden Party - in which Rick Nelson did not have a good time.

This calls for a Party Jam Session to be coordinated by Ira, who will also bring the bagels.

It's My Party (and of course, the sequel, Judy's Turn to Cry)
Party Town
Having a Party
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
A Quarter to Three
Twist Party
Nothing But a House Party
Here for the Party
Fight For Your Right to Party
Rock and Roll All Night (and party every day)
Various Disco Party Songs
Garden Party

And all the other songs mentioned, plus plenty more.

Don't hate me for this contribution but you'll need to include Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time".

Party Line- the kinks (off face to face 1966) from #24.

Kiss: I'm Gonna Rock and Roll All Night and Party Every DayAlso, the disco era was well stocked with tunes about party time. There'sa whole sub-genre of "Boogie" songs: Boogie Nights, Boogie Wonderland,Boogie Oogie Oogie, Jungle Boogie, etc. - DDGRAY.

all tomorrow's parties -- niko & VU - T.Mo

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Thank you Knockouts for all that you do, this pix for you.

A good show and a lot of fun. Watching Kerry and Roman dance, and Ira do his thing with his hat, had me laughing so hard that for a moment I couldn't even play. The giggle factor set in, and Jen will never let me forget it.
As has been said so many times before, it's been an honor and a pleasure.

I am sorry I missed your performance tonight. I left work a little too late for the first set and I was too tired to make it through the second one. I hope it was great as always. Here are some consolation pictures
which can also serve as good luck charms for your new job. (Could some of these have been taken during your performance at the Bitter End?)

Clap hands for Ira! Give that man a bagel!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Eight Tips for Effective Weight-Training
You don't have to be a bodybuilder to experience the benefits of weight training. By lifting weights for a mere 10 minutes a day, two to three days a week, you can increase your metabolism, improve your posture, gain strength, prevent osteoporosis, and relieve stress. Plus, muscle continues to burn calories long after you've left the gym.
Below are eight tips to help you achieve the most from your weight training session:
Every muscle has an opposing muscle — make sure you work both to insure a balanced tone.
Try not to lock your joints or overextend the muscles. If using free weights, remember to protect your back by bending your knees.
Challenge your muscles by trying different weight training exercises from time to time.
Adopt a slow and steady pace — it's not a race.
If you don't feel it, you're not working hard enough. Try lifting heavier weights or performing more repetitions.
Both quantity and quality matter. Do at least 8 to 15 repetitions of each move.
Before you try any gym equipment, ask someone to show you how to use it. Most gym-related injuries stem from improper equipment use.
A little is better than nothing. Do what you can at first, and then work up to more.

It wasn't you. I couldn't hear my guitar during the whole set which made for a very disappointing evening for me. After working so hard with Angus and practicing at home and with with you guys only to find that nobody heard a darn thing was extremely disappointing. I was doing some cool stuff in Fly Like an Eagle too which was silenced by from what I understand, a soundman who was not on the ball. Great keyboard playing. I hope you weren't upstaged by the hat!

Thank you Ira. You were great too. I heard some nice spontaneous keyboard touches throughout the set.



Here is an interesting story you might like to share with the Nonkinsense crowd.


This article was taken from the Daily Telegraph.

Lucy In The Sky - the real womanBy Beth HaleJune 15, 2005

WHEN the Beatles released Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, it was popularly assumed to be a barely concealed reference to LSD.

John Lennon denied a drugs link, claiming the true inspiration was a young girl called Lucy who appeared in a painting by his then four-year-old son, Julian.

Her identity was not revealed at the time but the story can now be told of the little girl who may have been the real Lucy in the Sky.

Lucy Richardson grew up to be a successful movie art director.

But this month she died at the age of 47 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
Last night her sister Mary Foster paid tribute to the popular and talented film lover, and told of the family's connection to the Beatles.

Lucy was a few years older than Julian Lennon when he enrolled at the private Heath House School, in Weybridge, Surrey.
However, because John Lennon and the other Beatles used to visit the Richardson family's antique and jewellery shop, she knew the little boy.

So when he became homesick and unsettled she would be called out of class to sit with him while he drew pictures. One of those pictures was of Lucy.

Mrs Foster said: "One day John Lennon came into the shop and said, 'Hello, Lucy in the sky with diamonds'. We thought it was just John being John."

When a song with that same name appeared on 1967's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, the Richardson family began to wonder.

And when Lennon announced he had been inspired by his son's picture of a girl called Lucy, the pieces of the emotional
jigsaw puzzle came together.

It was in a 1975 interview that Lennon said: "Julian came in one day with a picture he painted about a school friend of his named Lucy. He had sketched in some stars in the sky and called it Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Mrs Foster, who still runs the antiques shop, said: "It was then we realised why he had been calling our Lucy, Lucy in the sky.

"Lucy remembered the times when she would sit with Julian as he drew pictures.

"She was rather chuffed to realise she had inspired the song title, but was very modest about it.

"There was another girl called Lucy who thought the song was about her, but we always knew the song was about our Lucy."

Julian Lennon, now 42, has recollected his drawing in interviews.

"I obviously had an affection for Lucy at that age," he said.

As Lucy grew up, contact with the Beatles was lost.

She went on to work her way up in the film industry, becoming an art director on films such as Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, Chocolat and last year's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Lucy, who never married, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and endured a lumpectomy and gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Last December she was told the cancer was back, and had spread to her bones.

She died on June 1 and was buried in Weybridge.

Her family sprinkled crystals on her grave to symbolise the diamonds of the song she inspired.

Rivka goes to the new shopping centre in Brooklyn. It's unique because it's only for Jewish women looking for Jewish husbands. Potential husbands are the only goods on display. This is why Rivkah is there.When she enters the building, there is a large sign, which explains: - THE BROOKLYN JWSC. This JWSC centre is laid out over 5 floors. The men here have increasingly better attributes the higher up you go. The rules for entry are simple --- you are only allowed in once.Once you open the door to a floor, you must choose a man from that floor. If you go up a floor, you can't go back down except to leave the centre completely. Once you leave, you cannot return at any time forever.BEST OF LUCKRivkah goes to the first floor. The sign on the door says Floor 1:"All the men here have jobs, love children and are certainly not lazy". Rivkah thought, "Well, that's better than not having a job or not loving children, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she goes to the next floor.The sign says Floor 2:"All the men on this floor have executive jobs, love children, are certainly not lazy and are extremely good looking". "That's better," thought Rivkah, "but I wonder what's further upstairs?"Up she goes.The sign says Floor 3:"All the men on this floor have executive jobs, love children, are certainly not lazy, are extremely good looking, help with the housework and are not strictly orthodox". "Wow," thought Rivkah, "almost perfect and very tempting. But I've come this far and there's more further up!"And so again, up she goes.The sign says Floor 4:"All the men on this floor have executive jobs, love children, are certainly not lazy, are extremely good looking, help with the housework, are not strictly orthodox, are very romantic and know how to satisfy their partner"."Oy vay, wonderful" she said aloud, "but just think what could be waiting forme upstairs" So up to the fifth and top floor she goes.The sign here says Floor 5:"This floor is just to prove that Jewish women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping. Have a nice day".
XAURREAUX-spelling still ? on the editor's part.

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Ya know it wasn't easy growing up in my hometown, especially in my old high school...Glory Days alright, don't let em pass you by, they understood where I was coming from, even less, back then...Except for maybe one or two, but, that's the way is was back then, when everybody around you was into Kiss and The Doobies...That's why, I enjoyed hanging around Big Pussy, Uncle Jun and Paulie Walnuts so much, they knew where I was coming from, kinda enjoyed sharing a laugh or two at Concerts, real ones, no lip synch, real players, real music and at Ballgames, real ones, real players, real stats, real power....Yeah, back then, it was me and my guitar, that Paulie first tuned and diagramed chord chart for Your Own Special Way and Lucky Man, I was gonna say Oh Lucky Man, used in British Film of the same title, but, that's Alan Price not ELP, and this Jerry May Catcher's Mitt my Dad bought me at the Pushcart that Uncle Jun worked it in with me, all so I could be a bonafide Catcher, Kings Bay Little League....Anyway, those dreams did not totally happen like it was planned, but, thank you Paulie, and thank you Uncle Jun and thank you to their female friends who let me hang around with 'em too. Yeah, even they accepted me, had a laugh or two, if I was around, even if I did not play cards, but, tried to riff off Paulie for All day and night, even on line for the Rock n Roll Convention at the Hotel Diplomat, before giving up and going to see Time Bandits on a theatre a few blocks away....Yeah and this one female friend, her Birthday is today and I would be re-miss to forget it, 'cause, she even rented a car from the West side of Manhattan, one late afternoon and drove down with my brother and I to Red Bank, New Jersey to see John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, back before it was John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, before Eddie and The Cruisers hit big on HBO, it was just the Beavers in Red Bank, New Jersey at the Count Basie Theatre, at least, I think it was the Count Basie Theatre, I know it was a Theatre and I think there was some Benefit going on, anyway, all I know is that those guys were happy to see Fourth of July Asbury Park with an R instead of an S and my brother, greeted them like friends, even, greeted me with a Hey, howya doin' when I was introduced as Norris' brother...Kinda like when I first met the Drongos, from New Zealand and this from ...

BORN TODAY: Jason Romano (1979); Kevin Hodges, Ryan Nye and Rob Ryan (1973); Charlie Mitchell (1962); Tom Klawitter (1958); Doug Jones (1957); George Vukovich (1956); Mike Bruhert and Ken Reitz (1951); Don Mincher (1938); Jim Campbell (1937); Charlie Dees (1935); Jack Banta (1925); Mel Hoderlein (1923); Al Gerheauser (1917); Buster Adams (1915); Hal Kelleher (1913); Rollie Hemsley (1907); Bobby Reeves (1904); George Harper (1892); Paul Musser (1889); Doc Cook (1886); John Kull (1882); Bill Hanlon (1876); John Katoll (1872); Billy Nash (1865) DEBUTED TODAY: John Lackey (2002); Jaret Wright (1997); Elmer Dessens (1996); John Ericks, Brian Givens, Sandy Martinez and Gregg Zaun (1995); Steve Cummings (1989); Ken Dowell (1987); Mike Stanley (1986); Jim Presley (1984); John Stefero and Curt Young (1983); Rickey Henderson (1979); Victor Cruz and Damaso Garcia (1978); Ken Singleton (1970); Jim Constable (1956); Sandy Koufax (1955); Brooks Lawrence (1954); Jim Bolger (1950); Mayo Smith (1945); Bob Savage (1942); Hal Finney (1931); Ray Schmandt (1915); Jack Lelivelt (1909); Doc Adkins (1902); Cowboy Jones (1898) also Happy Birthday to Murray the Cop, Al Molinaro and to Mick Fleetwood.Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Sincere Sympathy to Dennis Horvitz aka Xaureaux and his family on the loss this morning of Dennis' Mom. I know the feeling and it ain't good. Dennis has always been one of the top supportive friends of Nonkinsense,, in fact, leaving the first positive comment, since its inception. He's a Pal, who I wish well and should know no such further sorrow. Posted by Hello

Careful with that Guitar, Patti...I have until tomorrow to wish Fourth of July- Asbury Park, with a R not a S, a Happy Birthday!

4th OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) from The Wild... INTRO: C F C F C F C F C Csus4 C C/B Sandy, fireworks are hailing over Little Eden tonight Am Forcing the light into all those stony faces Gsus4 G Left stranded on this warm July C F Down in town the circuit's full of switchblade lovers C So fast so shiny so sharp C/B Am As the wizards play down on Pinball Way Gsus4 G On the boardwalk way past dark F G And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open C Am Like Latin lovers on the shore Gsus4 G Gsus4 G Chasing all them silly New York virgins by the score CHORUS 1: Csus4 C Csus4 C Gsus4 G Gsus4 G San...dy the aurora is rising behind us Csus4 C Csus4 C F This pier lights our carnival life forever Csus4 C Csus4 C Gsus4 G Oh, Love me tonight for I may never see you again, hey Sandy girl F G C Csus4 C My, my baby F G C F C F Now the greasers ah, they tramp the streets or get busted C C/B For sleeping on the beach all night Am Them boys in their high heels Gsus4 G Ah Sandy their skins are so white C F And me I just got tired of hanging in them dusty arcades C Banging them pleasure machines C/B Am Chasing them factory girls underneath the boardwalk Gsus4 G Where they all promise to unsnap their jeans F G And you know that tilt-a-whirl down on the south beach drag C C/B Am I got on it last night and my shirt got caught Gsus4 G Gsus4 G And they kept me spinning, didn't think I'd ever get off CHORUS 2: Csus4 C Csus4 C Gsus4 G Gsus4 G Oh, San...dy the aurora is rising behind us Csus4 C Csus4 C F This pier lights our carnival life on the water Csus4 C Csus4 C Gsus4 G Running, laughing 'neath the boardwalk, oh, with the boss' daughter F I remember Sandy girl, G C Csus4 C Na na na na na Baby F G C F C F C Csus4 C C/B Sandy that waitress I was seeing lost her desire for me Am I spoke with her last night Gsus4 G She said she wont set herself on fire for me anymore C She work that joint under the boardwalk F She was always the girl you saw C Bopping down the beach with the radio C/B Am The kids say last night she was dressed like a star In one of them cheap little seaside bars Gsus4 G I saw her parked with lover boy out on the Kokomo F G D'ya hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie C C/B Am For telling fortunes better than they do Gsus4 G For me this boardwalk life's through, baby Gsus4 G You ought to quit this scene too CHORUS 3: Csus4 C Csus4 C Gsus4 G Gsus4 G San...dy the aurora is rising behind us Csus4 C Csus4 C F This pier lights our carnival life forever Csus4 C Csus4 C Gsus4 G Gsus4 Oh love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever G F Oh I mean it Sandy girl G C Csus4 C My my my my my baby F Yeah I promise Sandy girl G C F C Sha la la la la baby ... On October 19th, 1967, a drug symposium was held at the New York Hilton Hotel. It was attended by the following members of the Echo staff; Hope Levinson, Maxine Schreiber, Susan Ochshorn, Paulie Walnuts, Nat Schneider and Ronald Cantor. The symposium, led by Dr. Robert Baird, chairman of the Suffolk County Narcotics Commission and founder of the HAVEN clinic, was held for the purpose of conveying to young adults the dangerous effects of drug usage.

Julie's in the Drug Squad (Strummer/Jones)
(Intro) A D/A A D/A A D/A A D/A A
E Bm D



(Bridge) D A E D A


GUMBO! Governor Rockerfeller: Being a governor of any State I'm sure is very hard, but to be the Governor of New York is even harder. I admire you very much because you always take a firm, stand in what you believe and you stick by it. I'm sure a man of your skills will go further than Governor...Steven Abel.
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Venus and Mars are Out Tonight, thanks Jim :

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This

month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an

encounter that will culminate in the closest

approach between the two planets in recorded

history. The next time Mars may come this close to Earth is

in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on

Mars, astronomers can only be

certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth

in the last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as

60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when

Mars comes to within 34 million miles of Earth and

will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in

the night sky.

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the

naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the

beginning of August it will rise in the east at

10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are

closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its

highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.

Happy Gazing,


Just Say YesUpdated 01:30 PDT Mon, Jun 20 2005
Prog-rock veterans Yes may not be touring as a unit these days, but you can still catch several of the band's members on a couple different tours this summer. The More Drama tour will feature guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, performing separate sets and then joining together for a special finale. Squire will perform with his original band, The Syn, which made its mark on the British progressive rock movement in the 1960s before Squire and Jon Anderson founded Yes. Steve Howe will do a set of solo guitar, and White will perform with his new band - fittingly named White and featuring Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes. Downes will join the three Yes-men for an encore of rarely performed Yes songs that haven't been played live since the band's 1980 world tour. The Howe/Squire/White tour runs from August 3 through September 4, beginning in Portland, Ore., and hitting both coasts and Canada before finishing at the Taste Of Cleveland festival September 4. Meanwhile, vocalist Anderson is embarking on his own solo tour of Europe and the Middle East. He'll begin September 1 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and proceed through Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the U.K. and more before wrapping October 16 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Howe, Squire, White, Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman spent much of last year on tour for Yes' 35th anniversary tour. Wakeman made headlines this spring when he performed in Havana, Cuba, but has no tour plans at the moment.Niilo Smeds / Pollstar

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Last Waltz-The Band:

We’re gonna try a song we never played before... uh, we put
Together kinda for the occasion. it’s called ’the last waltz.’

She stands on the banks of the mighty mississippi
Holding a lantern light
Waitin’ for a man who’s a riverboat gambler
He said he’d return tonight

They used to waltz on the banks of the mighty mississippi
[unintelligible; doesn’t sound like loving] the whole night through
The riverboat gambler went off to make a killin’
And bring it on back to you

Evangeline, evangeline, curses the soul of the mississippi queen
That pulled her man away

Now, bayou sam from south lousianne
Had gamblin’ in his veins
And mama moo (? ? ) who loves only you
Why do ya cause her such pain?

She went to the top of hickory hill
Stand in the lightnin’ and thunder
Riverboat, it was sinkin? she watched that boat go under

Evangeline, evangeline, curses the soul of the mississippi queen
That pulled her man away

(robbie & richard:)

The last of november
Leaves on the ground
It’s hard to remember
What city, what town (what town)
So many roads
Mothered (? ) in stone
Surrounded by bones
It feels so alone

The last waltz, the last waltz
The last waltz with you
Don’t mean the last dance is over
The last waltz, the last waltz
The last waltz was through

Today's Milestones =====BORN TODAY: Mark Hendrickson (1974); Juan Castillo (1970); Hensley Meulens (1967); Mike Walker (1965); Chris Beasley (1962); Jim Deshaies and John Rabb (1960); Marty Barrett (1958); Tony Johnson (1956); Dave Goltz (1949); Tom Haller (1937); Karl Spooner (1931); Harry Schaeffer (1924); Jack Sanford (1917); Aaron Robinson (1915); Gene Ford (1912); Dusty Cooke (1907); Bill Harris (1900); Jack Smith (1895); Harry Williams (1890); Dick Egan (1884); Jerry Nops (1875)

DEBUTED TODAY: Eric Cyr (2002); Dale Polley (1996); Tim Crabtree, Ricardo Jordan, Ryan Karp, Dan Masteller and Chris Widger (1995); Aaron Sele (1993); Mike Fitzgerald (1988); Glen Cook (1985); Roy Smith (1984); Tim Conroy and Brian Milner (1978); Gary Gray (1977); Jesse Jefferson (1973); Tom House and Stan Swanson (1971); Floyd Wicker (1968); Jim Hardin (1967); Santiago Rosario (1965); Craig Anderson and Bob Hendley (1961); Stu Locklin (1955); Harmon Killebrew (1954); Bruce Edwards (1946); Kermit Wahl (1944); Dutch Meyer (1937); Shanty Hogan (1925); Bill Doran (1922); Dick Burrus (1919); Cap Crowell, Bruno Haas and Ernie Koob (1915); Harry Moran (1912); Jack Coffey and Bob Harmon (1909); Jack Powell (1897); Hugh Duffy (1888); Dan Brouthers (1879)

Friends and Fellow Jammers,
Is anyone interested in occasional Friday jams from 3:00 to 6:00? We've held three jams in the last five or six weeks on Friday from 3:00 to 6:00. And we'll probably have more of them. They all worked out pretty well. But there are advantages to jamming early.
The advantages of meeting early on Friday are:
1) Not everyone who would like can make the later time.
2) You can be home to join your family for a wonderful dinner.
3) The whole night is still before you for drinking and carousing.
4) We can rent one of the large rooms for three hours at a total cost of just $38. (That's $19 per hour - the off peak hour rate - with a third hour thrown in free.)
It's a great deal. It's less than half the price ($87) that we've been paying to jam from 6:30 to 9:30.
Some of you lucky folks have the summer off. Some others work only half days on Friday. And hopefully a few others will be able to leave work an hour or two early. It might turn out that you can make the jams but would be, say, an hour late. This is no problem provided we have a band on hand to start with. For example, if you're a singer, and we have a few singers, there's no problem. Ditto for guitarists. So if you're interested, let me know, and let me know what time you'd expect to be there and I'll try to work something out.
I don't have any particular date in mind yet. First I'm just checking if anyone is interested. If so, figure we could start them up in early to mid July.
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Please Senator Kerry, Mrs. Kerry, Kerry, nobody understands me anyway, outside of two of Norris' former close friends since he was a teenager and pre-teen, and my immediate family residing in Cleveland and Rockville and Deb, Tom and Marie, otherwise, the majority of my e-mail address book stopped communicating to me all together, don't stop speaking to me about VOID...Does anybody remember Laughter ? Does anybody other than Paulie Walnuts and #24 still want to continue with the Lists?

The Road to Riches Is Called K Street
Lobbying Firms Hire More, Pay More, Charge More to Influence Government
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, June 22, 2005; Page A01
To the great growth industries of America such as health care and home building add one more: influence peddling.
The number of registered lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled since 2000 to more than 34,750 while the amount that lobbyists charge their new clients has increased by as much as 100 percent. Only a few other businesses have enjoyed greater prosperity in an otherwise fitful economy.
All My Love (Jones/Plant) Should I fall out of love, my fire in the light To chase a feather in the wind Within the glow that weaves a cloak of delight There moves a thread that has no end. For many hours and days that pass ever soon the tides have caused the flame to dim At last the arm is straight, the hand to the loom Is this to end or just begin? * Chorus: All of my love, all of my love, All of my love to you. (repeat) The cup is raised, the toast is made yet again One voice is clear above the din Proud Aryan one word, my will to sustain For me, the cloth once more to spin Chorus Yours is the cloth, mine is the hand that sews time his is the force that lies within Ours is the fire, all the warmth we can find He is a feather in the wind Chorus

Achilles Last Stand (Page/Plant) It was an April morning when they told us we should go As I turn to you, you smiled at me How could we say no? With all the fun to have, to live the dreams we always had Oh, the songs to sing, when we at last return again Sending off a glancing kiss, to those who claim they know Below the streets that steam and hiss, The devil's in his hole Oh to sail away, To sandy lands and other days Oh to touch the dream, Hides inside and never seen. Into the sun the south the north, at last the birds have flown The shackles of commitment fell, In pieces on the ground Oh to ride the wind, To tread the air above the din Oh to laugh aloud, Dancing as we fought the crowd To seek the man whose pointing hand, The giant step unfolds With guidance from the curving path, That churns up into stone If one bell should ring, in celebration for a king So fast the heart should beat, As proud the head with heavy feet. Days went by when you and I, bathed in eternal summers glow As far away and distant, Our mutual child did grow Oh the sweet refrain, Soothes the soul and calms the pain Oh Albion remains, sleeping now to rise again Wandering & wandering, What place to rest the search The mighty arms of Atlas, Hold the heavens from the earth The mighty arms of Atlas, Hold the heavens from the earth From the earth... I know the way, know the way, know the way, know the way (X2) Oh the mighty arms of Atlas, Hold the heavens from the earth.

Midnight Snacks
Are you a night owl who sometimes gets the midnight munchies? It's okay to add a late night snack to your meal plan, particularly during Phase 1 of the diet when you're still getting your hunger and cravings under control. Frequent snacking can help stabilize your sugar and insulin levels, according to Dr. Agatston. Here are some tasty late-night snack ideas:
Celery sticks with hummus or peanut butter
Left-over meat from supper
Raw veggies
Nuts like almonds, peanuts, or pistachios
Cottage cheese with salsa or chopped cucumber
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Paulie, you can't do nothin', 'bout it, he's a Made Man, not just a Manfred Mann, Hell, Pop, said, in that other Movie, that he did not want to get involved with the DRUGS..There are so many individual reasons why people must rely on drugs that it would be extremely difficult to list each of them. One broad statement could be made which might summarize everything. Due to the pressures of our 20th century society, people have begun to use these drugs, which actually have been around for thousands of years. Life can be beautiful for everyone by just living life to its fullest, without the so-called "beautiful experiences" from drugs. The problem of drugs cannot be solved in one short paper or many panel discussions. It is a medical, social, and economic problem in our 20th century society. What future generations must do is turn out people who more fully comprehend the problems of living and who will face these problems without the use of the deadly "crutch" - drugs.

Guys: I know everyone has schedules, however can we try to get to Studio a little before our start time so we have full 2 hrs. Also,email/phone/hijack any of your friends or relatives about show.See you Thurs - I think we're gonna sound great and I think set has good order. Folsom will have solos after first three verses)Geo/David/Ira/and end on E and slow down gradually. Joe
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Oy Vey , I wish you spent more time trying to get pictures of Bikini Girl at Jazz Fest in April...That was not a very large Grape Juice in front of me or was it ?

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Butter Basics
Not all fats and oils are created equal. When it comes to choosing the best one for you, always consider the types of fatty acids they contain — saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated. Saturated fats (butter and lard) are the least healthy. Polyunsaturated fats (corn or soybean oil) are healthier. Monounsaturated fats (canola or olive oil) are the best. All fats are actually mixtures of these three fatty acids.
All margarines are made of vegetable oil. However, the fat is hydrogenated (saturated), so it is less healthy than liquid oils. Tub and squeeze margarines also contain water and air to lower fat and calories. Read the food label to find margarine with only 2 grams of saturated fat per serving and a liquid oil as the first ingredient. Canola and olive oil are the best vegetable oils because they are low in saturated fat and contain the largest amount of monounsaturated fats. Safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oil are also low in saturated fat. Reproduced with permission from "101 Tips Series"© American Diabetes Association ®
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