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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Awe-Inspiring August - 2018 Song Lyric Sunday

Today's prompt from Helen is "drive."

The first thing that I thought of was the Beatles and "Baby You Can Drive My Car" but I wanted to look for something a little different.  Then I remembered Bon Jovi's song from his latest album, "This House Is Not For Sale."  The song was a bonus track on certain CDs so maybe not everyone has heard it yet.

It's called "I Will Drive You Home."

"I Will Drive You Home"

Here comes the next big thing
There's a new gun in town
There'll be a faster one
Before the sun goes down
They've come to kick the tires
They'd like to take a spin
See how it takes the turns
See if it breaks or bends

But I will drive you home
I want you to know that
I will drive you home

Hell, it ain't nothing new
Everything new gets old
Maybe some glitter's gone
But we're still good as gold
When some driver comes
And tries to jump the start
Thinks he can steal your love
Hot wire your heart

But I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)
I want you to know that
I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)

Let 'em rev their engines
Let 'em spin their wheels
All they've got is shine
They're just chrome and steel

But I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)

Here comes that faster fast
Here comes that higher high
As we walk on past
They just step aside

I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)
I want you to know that
I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)

Let 'em rev their engines
Let 'em spin their wheels
All they got is shine
They're just chrome and steel
When they raise the flag
And the smoke has cleared
When the rest are gone
I'll be standing here

I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)
I want you to know that
I (I) will drive (drive) you home (home)

Let 'em rev their engines
Let 'em spin their wheels
All they got is shine
They're just chrome and steel
When they raise the flag
And the smoke has cleared
When the rest are gone
I'll be standing here

Let 'em rev their engines
Let 'em spin their wheels
All they got is shine
They're just chrome and steel
When they raise the flag
And the smoke has cleared
When the rest are gone
I'll be standing here

Writer(s): Billy Falcon, Jon Bon Jovi, Luke Laird


We saw Bon Jovi in March last year when they played at San Jose's SAP Center on their "This House Is Not For Sale" tour.  The opening was so cool.


I have a crush on Jon...his blue eyes!




My husband thinks they are a chick band but he comes with me anyway and I'm pretty sure he has a good time too. 



Here is the song:



I was going to add some video from the concert we saw but I realize that I need to do some editing first and I don't have time now so we'll have to save that for a future post. 

What do you think?  Are you a Bon Jovi fan?  Thanks again to Helen for such an interesting prompt and go visit some of the other good sounds from today's selections.



Saturday, August 11, 2018

Awe-Inspiring August - 2018 - Children's Readathon - Picture Books

My blogging friend, Jay Cudney, is hosting another readathon and this time it is children's books.  I have not read children's books since my kids were little, thinking that since I'm an adult they no longer have a relevance for me.  Wrong.  It has been so long that I can see new things in them that I didn't notice before.

The three books for this week were: 

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown and "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.

Let me get "Where the Wild Things Are" over first.  I am not a fan.  I don't like Max and I don't like animals.  There.  I said it.  I don't think I actually read this book to my kids and if I did it was only once.  I know I did see the movie but I don't know how I sat through it all.  I think my husband wanted to see it.  I had to go to a special section in the library to get it because it is a Caldecott Medal winner for "most distinguished American picture book for children."  Still not impressed. 

The other two books I really love though.  "Goodnight Moon" was a true favorite.  It was a really great one to use for reading before bedtime to settle the kids down.  Each page is filled with wonderful words and pictures and you can use it to help teach them names of colors and objects. 


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"In the great green room there was a telephone, and a red balloon and a picture of..."  I would have the kids point to the different items and ask them what other things they could think of that were green, etc.  Definitely a fun one to read. 

"Oh The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss is another one that is great but not just for little kids.  I didn't realize until just recently what a perfect gift this is for giving to graduates of all ages.


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It explains that there are endless possibilities and choices you can make and that things will not always be sunshine and flowers but that you have the tools to work through the bad times.  Our daughter recently graduated from college and we gave this book to her as a gift, with each of her siblings, my husband and I writing her a special note on the pages inside.  I also added some pictures of her at various stages of her life throughout the book as well.  She was touched. 

Thanks to Jay for hosting this readathon.  I'm looking forward to some of the other books that were chosen.  We'll be doing this the whole month of August so if you want to bring back some good memories (or make some new ones), feel free to join along! 

Awe-Inspiring August - 2018 #SoCs

Stream of Consciousness Saturday's prompt is "Bodily Functions."  Thanks, Linda, for such an interesting topic!  If you follow her link she even gives us some inspiration.

The body has many functions of course but the first one that came to my mind is elimination of waste - going potty if you will, and the differences between men and women.

If you are a woman you undoubtedly know that the line for the our bathroom at almost any event is much longer than the line for the men's.  Why is that?  Is it because they can just stand and go?  Planning is key in these situations because if you wait too long and the line is six miles out the door, you could be in trouble.  I have actually gone in the men's with my husband guarding the door because the line for the women's was so long. 



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There have been a few times, though, where I have seen the men's line longer than the women's.  In fact, it was at the Mountain Winery, the site of our two most recent concerts.  The Winery went through a remodel several years ago and the restrooms were placed in an out of the way area at the edge of the property.  You can see them underneath the Chateau Deck on the right side of the  picture.  The line for the women was long, but the line for the men was longer.  We women had a good chuckle about that.

After a few shows, however, things returned to normal and the women's line was again longer.  Fortunately, I found a shortcut.  There are actually two entrances to the bathrooms and hardly anyone uses the one toward the back.  Once I found that out I started using that back entrance.  It can be handled in an adult fashion if we women are sensible.  There are about 30 stalls so if the people entering from one side take the 15 closest to them and the ones entering from the other side take the 15 closest to them, it works very well.  Once I figured out the secret, I now use the back entrance all the time and get in and out pretty quickly.  I am basically a good person though so when I am finished, I go around to the other side where the line is usually pretty long and give the ladies waiting there the tip to go around the back. 

Speaking of bathroom issues though, who's bright idea was it to come up with the new toilet paper roll sizes?  All the packages in the stores now seem to promote larger rolls:


This one says Mega Plus and one roll is supposed to equal 4 regular sized rolls but there is also SUPER MEGA where one roll equals 6 rolls of regular!
 

Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper Super Mega Rolls, 12 ct


We live in an older home, built in 1955 and those huge rolls won't fit on my built-in toilet paper holders.  Even the new holder we have in our remodeled bathroom is still built in and you can hardly pull any sheets off or they come off one square at a time.  That reminds me of the Seinfeld scene where Elaine is in the bathroom and asks the person next to her for 3 squares when she realizes she has no toilet paper in her stall.  I'm sorry but I like more than three squares even if I am only going #1.  With a #2 issue, I need WAY more than three, and it has to be double ply!  (TMI or do you get it?)




Are they increasing the size of the rolls to save some paper since they only have to use one cardboard roll instead of 4 or 6?  I think that it is kind of defeating that purpose because if you're like me, when you see an excess of something, you think you can use a lot since it won't run out.  

Anyway, you can thank Linda G. Hill for this wonderfully informative post and if you ever go to the Mountain Winery, remember my tip about the back entrance to the bathroom.  There is a back entrance for the men too but I hardly ever see anyone using it.  Maybe they don't know how to share?  Do you have issues with huge toilet paper rolls?  

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Awe-Inspiring August 2018 - August Break

Today's prompt for #TheAugustBreak2018 is "Happiness Is..." 

Oh, you know, a lot of things are happy things for me.  I'm basically a pretty easy going person.  For the sake of the prompt though, I'm going with Happiness is Concert going.  I bet you could have guessed that.

We went to a concert last night at one of our favorite places, The Mountain Winery in Saratoga.  The view is stunning when there isn't so much haze from the fire smoke.  The weather was outstanding.  Warm but not too hot.  I had a sleeveless dress on and did not need a cover-up all night.  The bands we saw were oldies:  Tommy Tutone started off, followed by Greg Kihn, then Loverboy and the headliner was Rick Springfield. 


Of course we have to have our concert photo to prove we are having a good time.


Because there were 4 bands playing and the Winery has noise restrictions after 10:30 on the weeknights, each of the groups were only able to play about four songs.  That's kind of okay because there were only about 4 songs I knew from each of them!

Tommy Tutone:


I got a short clip of 867-5309 which is about the only song I really knew of his.



Greg Kihn came next.  



Everyone knows Jeopardy and the Break Up Song.   



Loverboy:




I considered "Hot Girls In Love" my theme song for the longest time :)





Finally it was time for Rick Springfield.  This guitar was on the stage before he started.


I think I was too old for him because when he was big on the Soap Opera General Hospital I was working during the day and while I knew the song Jessie's Girl, I wasn't really over the top in love with him. 



He does look good for 69 though and when he took his jacket off the girls were screaming.


This hard working drummer played with 3 of the 4 bands.  Loverboy had their own drummer.









After the show, Mars was visible in the night sky.


I did get some video of each of the bands and I'll be checking the quality and putting them up on my YouTube channel.  I'll let you know when they're there, or you could "favorite" me and then you'll get a notice :)  

How about you?  What does Happiness mean to you?  Do you remember these bands?  Have a favorite?  Love to hear about it.