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Old 01-23-2005, 07:43 AM   #1
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Somebody turn on the heat...

I'm looking down from my living room window at the 5-foot snowdrift that buries my grill. It's maybe 10 degrees out and they're calling for another foot of accumulation in the Boston metro area before 6 PM. The Governor has declared a state of emergency and the Mayor has blockaded himself in his command bunker and he's telling us all to stay home.

For some reason I find myself thinking back fondly to a couple of college trips to Jamaica. It ain't fitten out there for man nor beast. Good day not to be workin'.

No real point to this post; just biding the time until noon when I can start drinking in earnest.

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Old 01-23-2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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Glad to see you still have communication with the outside world. You make me feel guilty for feeling relieved in Maryland. Early week forecast said maybe we would be the ones with the stalled low. We escaped with about 8 inches, I think. Winds are low enough to get us clear by work tomorrow. No reason for me to go out until then but 2 neighbors ventured out on errands this morning.

Stay inside. I understand it will be quite a while before the winds up there die down enough to clear a path.
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We had 8 to 10 inches of snow 2 days ago in Minneapolis area. I guess it is not as bad (or good) as the Boston area.
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Much less snow here... we got maybe 4" yesterday. But when I got up this morning it was +2 degF, and now at about 2pm it's up to a balmy +14.

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No snow here. 42 degrees F O/S now. I know some of my buddies are out on the golf course. I would be there but am packing for a trip to Atlanta in a few hours.
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:53 AM   #6
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I get disoriented reading about snow living here in Phoenix. *This time of year it seems like one day of weather on auto-reset for months. At least you get to read a good book by the fire. *I know I will pay dearly for my winter respite this July when its @ 110. *Which reminds me that we should take advantage of our ER and travel where "the weather suits our clothes" as often as we can. *
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:04 PM   #7
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Nice call, Lex.

"Goin' where the climate suits my clothes...
Goin' where the climate suits my clothes...
Goin' where the climate suits my clothes...
Don't wanna be treated thisaway."

Mmm...the Grateful Dead, the NFC/AFC championships, and strong rum drinks on a snowy afternoon.

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Lex,

Were you thinking of the Greatful Dead or the "goin' where the weather suits my clothes" line in the Harry Nilson song "Everybody's Talkin" from Midnight Cowboy? Ratso Rizzo's famous line when he was hit by that cab.... "I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin here!"

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Were you thinking of the Greatful Dead or the "goin' where the weather suits my clothes" line in the Harry Nilson song "Everybody's Talkin" from Midnight Cowboy? * Ratso Rizzo's famous line when he was hit by that cab.... "I'm walkin' here! *I'm walkin here!"

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These lyrics are part of a very old Mississipi Delta blues song, recorded by Big Bill Broonzy in 1957, as well as other black artists. I remember it well, because I had Big Bill's recording, and I was in New England at college. It was my first time away from home and away from the South, and this song helped me express and deal with the loneliness and depression that I felt. Hey, it beats Prozac, which didn't exist anyway.

Like many blues songs that were originally performed by black artists and enjoyed by predominantly black audiences, it was taken up by white rockers in the 60s and ultimately became part of a wider musical and social experience.


Goin' down this road and I'm feelin' bad, baby,
Goin' down this road feelin' so miserable and bad,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

I'm tired of eatin' your corn bread and beans, baby,
Tired of eatin' your corn bread and beans, right now,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

I'm goin' down this road and I'm feelin' bad, baby,
Goin' down this road feelin so low and bad,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

These two dollar shoes is killin' my feet, baby,
Two dollar shoes is killin' my feet right now,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

Take ten dollar shoes to fit my feet, baby,
Ten dollar shoe to fit my feet right now,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

I'm goin' down this road and I'm feelin' bad, baby,
Goin' down this road feelin' so miserable and sad,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

I'm goin' where the weather suits my clothes, baby,
Goin' where the weather suits my clothes tomorrow,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

I'm goin' where that chilly wind don't blow, baby,
Goin' where the chilly wind don't blow tomorrow,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

I'm goin' down this road and I'm feelin' bad, baby,
Goin' down this road feelin' so miserable and bad,
I ain't gonna be treated this way.

Mikey



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Being an old blues fan all my life I would love to attribute the term to the articulate musical genealogy just posted. *Alas, I pulled the term from the pop Nilson theme from the Midnight cowboy, whose song writer most likely did plagerize the simple and direct genius found in so many blues lyrics.
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:43 AM   #11
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And likewise for Jerry & the boys. The tune was a favorite live cover for them.

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Soooo - does anybody dig the cross country ski's out and enjoy while they can?

After thirty years down south - bad snow is forgotten (driving, etc) and snow envy aka sking remains.

Of course - if it gets bad enough I can always book a ski vacation before spring ---- heh,heh.
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