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No Post for you ..... again

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 06:42


I'll be gone for the weekend and will probably not be posting before Tuesday.

In celebration of the beginning of summer, I posted a very nice Wailers vid.

I also rearranged the categories some.

If you're trapped inside and in the mood for some tunes, all the music is now kept within the "Nothing To Do With Anything" category.


Have a good weekend.

And remember .....



The Wailers

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 06:28


Johnny Nash had the international hit, but for my money, the great version of the Bob Marley composition Stir It Up was done by The Wailers.

And the best version of The Wailers was this one.

Here's Bob Marley and Peter Tosh on guitars, Bunny Wailer on percussion, Carlton and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass respectively.

I'm thinking that's Earl Lindo playing keyboards, but I'm not sure.

From "The Old Grey Whistle Test" in 1973.

Stir It Up. 


As an aside, Aston Barrett is known as family man because ...... 


Field of Dreams is right

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/15/2010 - 16:31


The "Field of Dreams" farm can be yours for a paltry $5,400,000.

The entire 193 acre farm including the house, two concession stands and six out buildings is being offered by Don and Becky Lansing whose family has held the farm for over a century.



Now, I have been to the "Field of Dreams" farm.

Hit some fly balls out to the kids, played a little Pickle, dropped a hundred and a half at the concession stand on sweatshirts, midget bats, refrigerator magnets and ice cream bars.

And as far as I'm concerned, it is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places I have ever been.

If you like that kind of stuff.

And I do, I just love the smell of horse shit ..... seriously. 

I'd give my left testicle to have a place like this.


If only I could convince the little wiffer and the kids to give up life as they know it and move to the middle of Iowa.


So, just because this happens to be what I do,(when there's something to do) and mostly because I just flat out can't help myself .....

I get out my trusty hp12c and do the math.


OK, that's $5,400,000 divided by 193 ... 

$27,979.28 (rounded to the nearest penny) per acre.

Feels a little optimistic ... let's do some shopping.



465 acres, m/l, located west of Parnell. 212 acres CRP. 14 acres cropland with the balance in good pasture. Includes a farm house and cattle barns. This would make a good income producing livestock farm. $2,300/A


Mt. Vernon Office 319-895-8858


168 acres, m/l, located approximately 8 miles northeast of Newton on N 75th Ave E. Estimated 165 crop acres with CSR of 64.1. No buildings. $4,613/A


Nevada Office 515-382-1500


267 acres, m/l, located northwest of Letts. 123.4 cropland acres with a 68.4 CSR. 43.5 acres are in CRP with balance in mature timber. Includes a well maintained home with nice outbuildings. $3,200/A


Mt. Vernon Office 319-895-8858

Yup, a little high.
But wait a minute .....
They say they do about 60,000 people a year. 

"People will come Ray."
"It's money they have, it's peace they lack."
Let's see, 60,000 fish at $10 bucks per .....
$20 you say?
That would be $1,200,000 in gross sales.
Expenses around 50% ... 60%?
Probably about half cash?
You know ..... those pesky quarters are just so damn hard to keep track of.

Nothing to do with anything

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 11:57


With the exception of her appearances with the Pogues, Kirsty MacColl always seemed to me a little uncomfortable performing her music.

Still, her bands were always hot, and her catalogue as good as any ever assembled.

One of the better songwriters of the last 20 years, the late Kirsty MacColl in one of her very last performances.

In These Shoes?



The worst idea of all time

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 04/27/2010 - 12:08

A call from Tall Paul

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 04/27/2010 - 08:27


Tall Paul called about Friday's post.

He must have liked it because he had nothing to say about it except,

"Why make the big deal about Michigan grads?"

"I went there ... I'm proud."

"Did you graduate?"


"Really?  I didn't think you were that smart."

"The standards were lower back then.  You didn't have to be that smart.

You just had to be arrogant."

Paul blows right past my pique and says,

"You want to check out Wolverine Historian he does great stuff."

I know!!!

"No really, you'll like it."

I know!!!

Really, the guy does a good job.

Ok, you win.

Here's about 10 minutes of great Michigan running backs behind great Michigan offensive lines, doing their thing.

From Michigan Historian.  Who does a great job ... really!!!



And while I'm at it, MGoBlog is an outstanding site if you care about Michigan athletics.


Northern Lights

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 10:45


This photo was taken in Saluit, Nunavik, Canada on April 14, 2010.

To get to Saluit, you drive north from the Mackinac Bridge until the road ends.

Then you find an airport and fly north 'til Canada just about ends.

The photo links to page after page of photos in the Aurora Gallery at

Very cool.

I've been studying sunspots.

Sunspots have something to do with the Northern Lights.

Business is slow.


Tall Paul don't care

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 06:39


Tall Paul don't care.

I'm quoting here,

"As long as they're not coming for me, I don't give a damn."

"Seems kind of selfish don't ya think?" I ask provocatively.

Nothing ... then what appeared to be some thinking ... then finally,

"What else ya got."

OK, OK ..... I know when I'm whipped. 

I got Ann Arbor's own, the great Bill Kirchen on lead guitar, George Frayne (U. of M. 66) on vocals, Swingin Andy Stein on the fiddle, Dr. John A. Tichy Ph.d.(U. of M. a mess of times) and Billy C. Farlow on rhythm guitars.

I got Bobby Black (I think) on the pedal steel guitar, Buffalo Bruce Barlow on bass, and Lance Dickerson on drums.

I got that band of heroes that called themselves,

"The Lost Planet Airmen"

and their Commander ....... Cody.

Live at the 10 for 2, Free John Sinclair concert in Ann Arbor Michigan, 1971.

Hot Rod Lincoln.


I have always wanted to do that.


Too Much Pressure

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 14:03


I couldn't help myself.

Having spent the appropriate amount of time empathizing with poor Hamid ... (OK that'll do it)

I flew straight to days gone by.

This is Pauline Black, Neol Davies and Compton Amenor on guitars, Desmond Brown on organ, Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson getting beat up on stage (not really) et. al.

From the 1981 movie Dance Craze

The Selector 

Its gonna work out Hamid, you just gotta trust me on this one.


Pressure Drop

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 13:57


Now .....

Its getting good to me.

So I start wondering .....

Are there any good performances of Pressure Drop out there?

Imagine my delight.

One last chance to see the great Joe Strummer miss all the notes.

Who cares!!!!!

With Joe Strummer it was never about hitting the notes.

It was about passion.

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.

Pressure Drop

(along with Get Down Moses and some other pretty good Clash covers)




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