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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lotsa little bits vol. 8

ITEM: Okay, let's start with politics.  Am I wound about the sequester?  Not really.  Those who voted the way they did sentenced us to economic idiocy for the forseeable future.  I am curious to watch those who slit their own throats react to the bloodflow.  I already saw on facebook a tweet from some woman who was all excited over Obamacare back when it first passed, hashtagging something like "now we all have insurance" or somesuch- followed by one from a few weeks ago where she was wondering why her health insurance premium went up.  I believe the internet term here is "facepalm".

Actually, I was going to briefly muse about how former Obama aide Lanny Davis and liberal journalist/novelist/lickspittle Bob Woodward got threatened by the Administration for not towing the company line.  He's a Chicago politician, why are they surprised?  I can't wait until all the women who thought their uterus was the biggest issue, all the union workers who figured they better vote the way they were told, all the gays who are just so tickled with that pickled old crone they keep re-elcting in Frisco, and all those welfare mamas who apparently have the time to vote two, three, six times, get their turn to start figuring it out.

ITEM:  In another case of "why are you surprised", several prospective NFL draft picks are upset about the teams asking about sexual orientation.  Now to me, I think that those boys are big enough to work out their own problems in the locker room.  Frankly, I thought this was the don't ask-don't tell era.  I don't wanna know, and I sure hope that Joe Buck, et al, will not make it a topic of game broadcast conversation.  But think this- Miami's GM asked Dez Bryant about his mother being a hooker, so obviously sexual gossip and draft day go hand in hand around the league.

ITEM:  Tuesday the KHL east had their latest games.  Metallurg knocked off SYU 3-2, after SYU had built a 2-0 lead.  Cal O'Reilly, a canuck center who only tallied 3 goals all year, scored twice in the third period to tie it, and Mats Zuccarella scored with 4 seconds left to win.  That evens their series at 2 all, with next matches up tomorrow.

Nigel Dawes, who I shorted a goal a game or so ago (he had 4, not 3), helped the Kazakh Snow Leopards take a 2-0 lead on the Meteor guys, but Maxim Karpov's penalty shot goal tied things at two, and Yegor Dugin's score in the third gave the Meteor guys a 3-2 win, evening that series at 2.

Vanguard broke open a close game in the third, beating Siberia 5-2 and knotting that series at 2.

And Lauris Darzins scored 12 minutes into the second OT to give the Russian Snow Leopards a 3-2 win and 4 game sweep of the Petrochemists.

Today, it was the remaining two west series, and one of them was ended with a thud.  Tony Martensson had 2 goals and an assist, so did Mikhail Varnakov, as St. Pete outshot the Polar Bears 45-13 and outscored them 7-0.

And Mikhail Anisin scored twice in attempting to finish off Lokomotiv, but Staffan Kronwall scored with under 3 minutes left to give the good guys a 3-2 win and they stay alive, trailing 3-2 in the series.  Loko or the Steelers will face St. Pete in the next round, and Dyanmo will play crosstown rivals Red Army.

ITEM:  I have Time Machine to get ready later, and dinner coming up, so that's it for now!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Time to empty out the scam e-mail box

But first, let me hit the playoffs. 

St. Pete got an eye-opener Sunday, giving up 3 in the second period to give the Polar Bears a 3-1 win.  But St. Pete wasn't real happy about it, and it showed Monday- they outshot the PBs 48-28 and six different players scored in a 6-1 romp that put the series at 3-1 and left the Polar Bears on the brink of elimination.

Two other teams slipped over the brink.  Red Army posted 3-1 and 2-1 wins over the Lions to move on to round two with a 4 games to none sweep.  And Jakub Petruzalek scored in each game as Dynamo posted 4-2 and 3-2 wins over the Sky-Blues to knock them out.

That leaves Lokomotiv and the Steelers in the west, and neither game was good news.  Nikita Alexeyev scored with 33 seconds left in the game to give the Steelers a 3-2 win on Sunday, with Kronwall and Plotnikov scoring for us.  And Monday, we played the longest game in KHL history- 118 minutes and 48 seconds- or a minute-12 from two complete games- Only to have Denis Kazionov blast a drop pass from the point past Curtis Sanford- the 83rd shot Sanford faced- to give the Steelers a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead.  The Steeler goalie stopped 48 of 50 shots.

Curtis Sanford collapses after the final shot loses the game.
The east conference took Sunday off and played today.  League leading scorer Sergei Mozyakin scored the first goal for the Metallurgists against SYU- and SYU scored all the rest in a 4-1 win.  Despite a furious third period rally, the only goal was a short-hander for SYU  who take a 2-1 series lead.

The Meteor guys scored on the power play, equal, and shorthanded to beat the Kazakh Snow Leopards 3-1 in game three for their first win.

Kristian Kudroc scored twice to give the Siberians a 4-1 win over Vanguard and a 2-1 series lead.

The Russian Snow Leopards hung on for a 2-1 win over the Petrochemists- despite giving up a goal inside the last minute of the game.  The cats take a 3-0 series lead.

The east teams play again Tuesday, and the two remaining west series play on Thursday.


Okay, time to dip in the ol' mail bag and see what kind of stupidity is going on.

Momto8blog has gotten a lot of spam play on her post "Opportunity Knocks".  One of them I saved because it got a little sidetracked...

When you go to a CPA electronic network possible if I'm working here and scarcely anyone knows me?" merely once, I'd like to foot up the
earphone and not have to get over the issue if
your heritage seems overwhelmingly diverse, as mine did to me.
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I don't ask that this for lucid dreaming, out of dead body experiences, and stellar acoustic projection.

Courtesy of "Definition lucid dreaming".  If, by lucid dreaming, they mean they walk around half asleep all day, I think I understand.

One enterprising scammer must have read one of my previous posts on the subject- but not very carefully:

Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; we have developed some nice
procedures and we are looking to exchange techniques
with others, why not shoot me an email if interested.
Take a look at my website ... Raspberry Ketone Diet

See there's the problem!  A raspberry ketone diet (whatever that is) prevents spam!  Spread the word!

Monkey Butt had one the other day that was just packed with useless information.  Here's a swatch of an example:

I think the best piece of advice I can give is to own
your cell phone experience. Be a good and knowledgable customer.
Bring your own equipment. Make the most of any bonus programs your provider offers.
Get intimate with their online account management tools.

But this is just the beginning of a 20 LINE blathering that included such bon mots as:

The good sixties/bad sixties analysis is fraught with historical omissions...

At their core is retreat from a systemic critique of
the US economic and political arrangement...

...declaring out-of-bounds by definition any project that takes seriously the possibility of building a strong radical movement anchored in anti-racism and solidarity with the Third World...

The app is that much more savvy about travel times, as well -- the forward-thinking can at last plan trips days in advance...

And after a discussion on how Nokia is slowly but surely gaining ground on Google, it ends with the link "Cheapest Toronto phone numbers."  If you think that's bizzarre, you shoulda read the whole thing.

Along with the usual substance abuse for adults wearing diapers stuff I get on the caps blog (BTW a new post on there Sunday!),  I got one that started with:

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and ends with:

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12 what?  Your guess is as good as mine- like I said, that's where it ended.  Save for the link-, which is described as "a tool for analyzing and optimizing websites" and apparently makes its owner 22¢ a day.

Another cap blog attacker was much more succinct:

Hello. And Bye. Thank you very much.
Not even so much as a link with it.

In the meantime, another scammer tumbled onto my terrible secret:

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Well, at least I know now.  I wondered why I wasn't doing very good at perform.

Grumpy Old Ken got one the other day that concluded thusly:

Can we switch numbers and Christy Brinkly's husband, Here are 10 Key Signs You May Be Online dating a Married Man1.
My questions are, which of them has Christie Brinkley's husband, and what do they want to swap him in exchange for?

And other than several more sendings of the "Capt. DJ Skelton- for your perusal" e-mail, and another lovely letter in French from Mme. Tiffany DuPont, I have one more to thro on the fire today.  It was supposedly sent by Mr. Mike Sunshine (spiffy name), but was signed by Maimuna S. Aliyu, and apparently wasn't sure whether it was going to strangers or family:

Dear Sir/Ma,

And I guess will end this up with the dvd left at our door, a double feature- Heaven Is So Real/23 Minutes In Hell, from one Choo Thomas.  Now you can read the amusing wiki here,  but basically, she claims Jesus came one Sunday to the church she attended in Tacoma, and took her to heaven for a visit- not once but several times.  And I have some bad news for Laurie:

She states that the food of heaven is fish*, and recounts a time when she and Jesus went fishing in heaven. On another trip to heaven she played with the fish**. She often talks about Jesus and her going for boat rides in Heaven with Jesus rowing the boat.
*Laurie doesn't like fish.
** If this gets out to our children, that Jesus approves of playing with our food...

Okay, that's it, I need to get some dinner.  Hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday message

Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art

This hymn came to mind as I went through a week of verses whose main connection was the power of Almighty God.  It is really amazing to consider all the things, seemingly beyond control, that are safe within the hands of our God.  We see the signs occasionally- "Relax, God has it under control"- but what does that mean?

I began this week in Joel 2, an apocolyptic book of prophecy.  This chapter looks at the what-will-be for the enemies of God, and the what might be for those who

“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 Rend your heart
and not your garments. (Joel 2:12-13.)
But see, the help is not contingent on our repentance, for it says just a few verses later:
Who knows if He shall turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him... (Joel 2:14)
And that is the core theme of this week, the things that God does on His own initiative.  In this chapter, He goes on to spell out the first of these things.
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,[e]
My great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)
He promises to "restore the years"; the sorrows collected on earth will be "repaid" in heaven.
Tuesday was Genesis 25, and the death of Abraham.  Abraham was the man on which God's promises to future Israel were founded, promises of a land, a future, "descendants more than the sands of the seashore.  He died, but following that, the chapter says:
And it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac. (Gen 25:11)
As Paul would say centuries later, Abraham believed the promise, but did not receive it.  But unlike human promises, we see in this verse that the promise passed after Abraham's death to Isaac.  The promise didn't die with Abraham, as a human promise might, because God made Himself the guarantor of the promise rather than any man.  The promise lasts forever because God made it to Himself.
Wednesday brought us to Isaiah 45, and its talk of God building His city.  This is a future city, after the nations have been subjected to Him.  And it is to be a symbol of His glory:
15 Truly You are God, who hide Yourself,
O God of Israel, the Savior!
16 They shall be ashamed
And also disgraced, all of them;
They shall go in confusion together,
Who are makers of idols.
17 But Israel shall be saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You shall not be ashamed or disgraced
Forever and ever. (Isa. 45:15-17)
But more than that, the reason is Himself, something that man fails to comprehend:
13 I have raised him up in righteousness,
And I will direct all his ways;
He shall build My city
And let My exiles go free,
Not for price nor reward,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
In many ways, this is tied to the concept of "My ways are not your ways".  Restoration, everlasting promises, and a heavenly future, all done for us- but for His Name's sake.  Thursday took me to I Samuel 16 and the choice of David by God as king over Israel.  Even Samuel, the holiest man of the day, had trouble seeing as God saw.  Just as Israel had accepted Saul as king for his tall, handsome, heroic looks, Samuel looked at the sons of Jesse and thought surely the eldest son, Eliah, was God's choice for that same reason.  But God said:
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Seven son in order of age passed before Samuel before the youngest, David, was chosen by God- Just as God had chosen younger sons Abel, Jacob, and Joseph.  Symbolically for us, this is how God chooses for our good in our day-to-day life- often in ways we won't understand until much later.
Friday's verse (and thank God I do these the night before, since I couldn't have comprehended a comic book Friday) found us in the penultimate chapeter of the book of Job.  Here, God spends a long time describing the mightiest creature of the day, a monstrous entity Job knew as Leviathan.  Far more press has been given trying to say that this beast was a mere crocodile or whale, but the fact was, this was something beyond today's experience, roughly on the scale of a giant Plesiosaur.  The point, though, is it was beyond anything that anyone of Job's day could have coped with.  Even the thought of trying to bring him to bay was frightening:
Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle—
Never do it again!
9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false;
Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?
10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. (Job 41:7-10)

And having put it into terms which Job could easily understand, God got to His point:
Who then is able to stand against Me?
11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him?
Everything under heaven is Mine.
So now we see that God has under his control the restoration of time, the promise everlasting, the future, the here-and-know, the powers that man cannot hope to best himself.
I finished out the week in Acts 7- the end of Stephen's final sermon.  And of all the things packed into this powerful chapter, I sought the one that would most clearly reflect the theme of this week- the power of God, and the inability of man to comprehend, affect, or understand it:
 47 But Solomon built Him a house.
Huh? You might be saying.  But consider:  Stephen had spent the last several minutes retracing the history of Israel, the promise from Abraham, the power He exhibited as Moses lead them to the Promised Land.  And at the end of all that, this almost stand-alone statement.  Consider it now in light of the next few verses:
48 “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:

49 ‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? says the Lord,
Or what is the place of My rest?
50 Has My hand not made all these things?'
So here we have the single wisest human of all time- and he thinks to build Almighty God a home of mud and rock.  and thus, in that one statement we have the three things God wants us to see today:

1.  God is great beyond our imaginings.
2. We are not now, not ever, going to understand the counsels of God, for that very reason.
And three, just like I mentioned at the beginning, God has it under control.  So, relax!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Back on the grid...

...from which I fell off yesterday.  When I got to work at six, I put the stiffness in my legs and my slowness of step off to it being Friday.  But between 7:30 and 8 I went from okay to WTH and came home at 9.  A large bout of chills, several ibuprofin and two draughts of Ny-Quil later, I'm almost myself other than recouping my strength and working out the stiffness of a day in bed.

Anybody else getting ths annoying "An error occured in trying to publish your post" when you're not trying to publish yet?  Blogger can be SOOOO annoying...

Speaking of which, I came on here to update the playoffs real quick.

On Thursday Kevin Dallman had two scores and Victor Tikhanov had a goal and an assist as St. Pete blasted the Polar Bears 7-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.  Like the rest of the western conference they were off yesterday and will play today.

Red Army also went up 2-0 with another OT win over the Lions, 3-2.  This time Yegor Rylov got the tying goal with 2 and 2 (as Chuck Woolery used to say) to go, and Igor Grigorenko won it halfway through the second OT.

Dynamo had a much harder time with the Sky-Blues of Bratislava second time around, but won in OT 3-2 to also take a 2-0 lead.  Alexi Sopin tied the game at 2-2 early in the second, and it stayed that way for almost 49 minutes of playing time until he scored again 11:46 into OT.

Lokomotiv returned the favor to the Steelers Thursday, getting goals from Daniil Apal'kov and Staffan Kronwall for a 2-1 win and a 1-1 series tie.

The eastern teams played Thursday and Friday.  Canadian goalie Matt Dalton got hammered for 5 goals on 26 shots as the Russian Snow Leopards blasted the Petrochemists 5-1 in game one;  The second game was all about RSL goalie Konstantin Barulin, who posted a 30-save 3-0 shutout to put the Russian cats up 2-0.  The east has their next games on Monday.

Kari Ramo had a 25-save shutout and Alexander Popov had a goal and two assists as the Vanguard pasted Siberia 5-0 in their first game; but it was Jeff Glass, another Canadian goalie in his fourth season in the KHL, returning the favor with a 1-0 blanking for Siberia in game two to even things at a game apiece.

The Meteor guys struggled down the stretch, and things aren't looking better in the playoffs.  The Kazakh Snow Leopards won game one 4-3 when Roman Starchenko (who already had two assists) scored 15 minutes into OT; in game 2, Nigel Dawes, a veteran of 212 NHL games with the Rangers and others, scored a hat trick to lead the Kazakhs to a 5-3 win and a surprising 2-0 lead in that series.

The series everyone is watching out east, though, is SYU and the Metallurgists.  These are the perennial titans of the conference, and their series is reflecting that.  In game one, Metallurg got two quick goals in the first part of period one, but Sergei Zinovyev scored twice in just over three minutes to tie.  They went to OT tied at 3-3 until Alexander Svitov scored just 1:22 into the extra period to give SYU a 4-3 win in game one.  The score was just a crossing pass in front of the goalmouth that bounced off the skate of defenseman Fillip Metlyuk and went in.  The second game former Lokomotiv goalie Georgei Gelashvilli didn't give SYU a chance to be lucky, stopping all 23 chances in a 2-0 win.  Sergei Mozyakin, the league's leading scorer, got one of the two as Metallurg evens things at a game apiece.

Okay, time for me to try to give all your blogs a half-assed perusal before I run out of what's left of my morning energy.  Or I might do it later.   8:44 and I'm ready for a nap already!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Time Machine week 56

Today is February 22nd, 1971- and not a good time to live in the south.  Yesterday the great Mississippi Valley tornado outbreak began, and would continue today.  16 twisters struck on the 21st, with one F5 tearing through Louisiana and Misissippi killing 47, and an F4 claiming 58 lives in a swath fom Mississippi to Tennessee.  Only two of the 123 deaths occurred today, both from an F3 in Fayetteville, NC.  In all, 21 twisters struck in 9 states in the south and midwest. 

Welcome to another episode of Time Machine, and believe me, the features look like one of those tornadoes hit them!  If it wasn't for my natural charm and grace, this could get a little boring... except for the music.  Bear with me as I ad-lib us through another trip!

Before we start, I stupidly credited top 40 debut Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone to Joe Tex last week.  It was the late great Johnny Taylor, actually.  So sorry.

Out of 15 debuts on the hot 100, four of them rate a mention- but they are whoppers!  George Harrison's second solo single from All Things Must Pass, What Is Life, comes in all the way up at 46.  Santana comes in at 49 with Oye Como Va; Marvin Gaye's What's Going On enters at 66, and at 95, Alice Cooper with Eighteen.

The birthday list starts out with a pair of tunes that turn 30 this week- Thomas Dolby's She Blinded Me With Science, and The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go.  Turning 35 this week, a long title from a long-named act, England Dan and John Ford Coley (26 letters) with We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again (32 letters); along with Sweet's Love Is Like Oxygen (bringing back fond memories of tuning into WLAP out of Nashville at night), and Earth Wind and Fire with Fantasy.  Newly 40 years old, we have Skylark- a Canadian outfit who were one of Ronnie Hawkins' backup bands, with a song discovered on their demo and promoted by Barry DeVorzon (of Nadia's Theme fame), Wildflower.  Also hitting the big 4-0 is a song I'd forgot about till Laurie and I found it a few days back- New York City with I'm Doing Fine Now.

Turning 50 are the Chiffons' He's So Fine and Andy Williams' Can't Get Used To Losing You; and hitting 55 this week are Buddy Holly's Crickets with Maybe Baby, Don Gibson's Oh Lonesome Me, and the Champs immortal party song Tequila.  Blow out the candles...

Doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang....

Our big dropper is Rare Earth's Born To Wander falling half the countdown- and a notch- to #69.  The big climber is on up at the top forty- where we'll be shortly.

And I have to have a talk with Ray Stevens about being greedy on the Where Are They Now feature.  Not only does he hit #50 with his single Bridget The Midget on the way up- but four weeks later, he hits it again on the way down!  That a week after Bobby Sherman tried to get another WATN shot himself.  Guys, you know you don't get PAID for this, right?

So I thought, why not fill it the space with a nice big lookback feature?  Tune in right after the top 40 debuts for why THAT didn't work out.

Four songs make it into the top 40 this week.  First up is our big mover of the week, Ike and Tina Turner's cover of CCRs' Proud Mary, leaping 23 spots to land at the #39 spot.  Janis Joplin's Me And Bobby McGee jumps 13 to #36; a 19-slot climb for that aforementioned Bobby Sherman song, Cried Like A Baby, landing at 31; and taking advantage of landing just OUTSIDE the countdown last week, The Temptations shoot from 41 to 19 with Just My Imagination. 

And that brings us to the lookback- and I am REALLLLY getting annoyed with what the "new plan" for this feature is bringing us.  To recap, the NP is go to this week in each proceeding year in the fifties (1950 in week one, 1951 in week two, yadda yadda) and pick the artist that had the biggest mover within the countdown.  This week in 1952, we hit a song called I Wanna Say Hello! credited to one Ellen Sutton.  I had to do a lot of digging for scant reward on this one, folks.  It seems she was actually the lead vocalist for the orchestra led by one Sir Hubert Pimm.  Here it becomes even dicier.  As late as June of 2010, BBC radio host Russell Davies, in trying to find out just who Sir Hubert was, thought he might have been the song's writer, one James McDonald.  "However, information on McDonald is scant", the BBC article stated. No fooling.   However, most sources agree that Sir Hubert was the serious non-de-guerre of one Bill Snyder, who like Sir Hubert and Ellen, had just one charting hit.  Apparently, "Sir Hubert" was for his more dignified recordings, while his more "relaxed" stuff he did under (what I assume to be) his own name.  Despite the 21 notch leap to #21, that's all the farther the song went on Billboard- and Cashbox.  It had peaked first at 29, fell to 42, returned to 21 this week in 1952, and then fell to 37 on its way off the chart.  Apparently Ellen was serious about saying hello being all she wanted to do.

We have three songs leaping a combined 40 spots into the top ten; and in karmic return we have three songs dropping a total of 53 spots out of the ten.  The droppers are Lonely Days (5 to 21), Remember Me (8 to 23), and Groove Me (10 to 32).

Gladys Knight and her merry men drop from 6 to 10 with If I Were Your Woman.

And at #9, our six degrees.

Dawn's Knock Three Times slips 6 to that #9 spot.  Now, this wasn't the "Dawn" we came to know and love, but Tony Orlando with a pair of hastily-assembled backup singers.  One of them was one Linda November, a future voice-over artist who would go on to fame with the Wing And A Prayer Fife And Drum Corps, singing Baby Face- and we've talked about her before.  The other singer was Toni Wine, who had a pretty good rep as a songwriter, her teaming with Carol Bayer-Sager creating among others, the Mindbenders' hit Groovy Kind Of Love.  This was after the eccentric Wayne Fontana quit the 'benders in mid-show, and the vocals were by Eric Stewart.  Stewart would join with a group of like-minded gentlemen afterwards to form both Hotlegs (Neanderthal Man) and 10cc.  In between they were the backing band for the first stage of Neil Sedaka's comback, the 1972 lp Solitaire.  The album was known for the #27 hit That's When The Music Takes Me, as well as the title tune, which the Carpenters took to #17 in 1975.

Record mogul Don Kirshner over Ron Dante and Toni Wine- the "voices" of the Archies.

Watching Scotty Grow is a slow proposition, and Bobby Goldsboro only goes from 9 to 8 this week.

Gordon has a light foot, leaping from 19 to 7 with If You Could Read My Mind.

CCR blasts its way up fro 24 to 6 with Have You Ever Seen The Rain.

And Wadsworth Mansion jumps those other ten notches, landing at 5 with Sweet Mary.

Dave Edmunds, who looks like me, holds at 4 with I Hear You Knockin'.

The J5 leap another 4 from 7 to 3 with Mama's Pearl.

Holding at #2, Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden.

And in a second week at #1.....

.....The Osmonds with One Bad Apple- a song which I recently saw on a FoxNews entertainment slide show credited to the Jackson Five.  The muck doing the show was trying to do a deal on "singers who were bigger solo than in a group".  Apparently he/she should stick to stuff they know, like rap groups and TMZ reports.  On the bright side, at least they weren't required to sign their work.

See, that wasn't so bad!  Tune in next week, when we'll see Bridget the Midget hold at #50, as I send off a rude e-mail to Ray Stevens.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's playoff time in Russia

The KHL playoffs opened today, and I thought perhaps I could make this easier to follow by colloquializing some of these tongue-twisting names, since I am bound and determined to keep boring you with the results.

Half of the league openned today, so let me set up the ones that did not first.

Russian Snow Leopards vs. Petrochemists
 Our first pairing is Ak Bars Kazan vs Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.  Kazan is the city for team one- a city so important financially that it is referred to as "Russia's third capital".  The "Ak Bars" name means "snow leopards"- one of two teams that have the cat as its symbol.  So we'll call them "the Russian snow leopards".  Nizhnykamsk is the second city, an oil-processing area that led to the nickname Neftekhimik, or "Petrochemists".  So series one will be the Russian snow leopards vs the petrochemists.  See, easy!

Vanguard vs. Siberia
Series two matches Avangard Omsk vs Sibir Novosibirsk.  Omsk used to be much easier when Jaromir Jagr played here.  We just called it Jagr's team.  But he's back in the NHL with Dallas, so that's out.  The name means "vanguard"  so I guess that's what we'll call them now.  Sibir is easy to figure out too- it's the largest city in Siberia, and third biggest in Russia.  So we'll call this vanguard vs Siberia.

Meteor Guys vs. Kazakh Snow Leopards
Series three has Traktor Cheyabinsk vs Barys Astana.  Chelyabinsk became much easier when that meteor decided to blow up all over them.  Astana has had about a million names in its history- Akmolinsk, Tselinograd, Akmola, and now Astana, which is kind of a generic name and most people expect (or at least one person expects) it will someday be called Nursultan after Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (the parliament tried it just recently, but Nazarbayev "turned it down" for now).  Now the "Barys" part is Kazakhi for "snow leopards" so this matchup will be the meteor guys vs the Kazakh snow leopards.

Metallurgists vs. SYU
The final of the eastern conference matches pits Metullurg Magnitogorsk against Salavat Yulaev Ufa.  Since the other Metallurg team (Novokuznetsk) is making early golf plans, we can just stick with Metallurg for these guys.  Salawat Yulaev was a national hero of Bashkiristan who fought in Pugachev's rebellion and for his trouble was captured,  whipped in every major battle site, had his nostrils "pulled out", forehead and face branded, and then took a ten-city tour before being put in a prison in present-day Estonia, where he and his father finished their lives more or less.  Hmm, let's just call them SYU.

St. Pete vs. Polar Bears
That brings us to the series that started today.  First let's look at SKA St. Petersburg vs Atlant Mystichi.  SKA means "sports club of the Army,"  and thus they are like CSKA's little brothers.  But that wouldn't be a good name for the odds-on favorites, so let's just call them St. Pete.  Atlant, based in the Moscow suburb of Mystichi, has a polar bear for their symbol, so we'll call them the polar bears.  Today, they battled through a scoreless 63 1/2 minutes before Patrick Thoreson (the star of the team once again now that the lockouts are back home) put one in for a 1-0 OT win.  Atlant only managed 16 shots against Ilya Ezhov, none in the extra period.

Red Army vs. Lions
Series 2 features CSKA and Lev Prague.  CSKA is Moscow's Red Army team.  Lev is another of the six non-Russian teams (we've already met Barys Astana, from Kazakhstan), from Prague in the Czech Republic.  Lev means Lions, so this series is Red Army vs Lions.  And Red Army and the Lions went 74 1/2 minutes before Yakov Rylov scored to give the soldiers a 3-2 OT win.

Dynamo vs. Sky-Blues
Series three gives us Dynamo Moscow- think the New York Yankees of Russian hockey- vs Slovan Bratislava, hailing from the capital of Slovakia where they are known as the "Sky Blues".  Probably not much of a surprise that the Yankees- er, the Dynamo- blew out the Sky-Blues 5-1 behind a pair of goals and an assist by Jakub Petrusalek.

Railroaders vs. Steelers
And that leaves us our heroes, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, vs Severstal Cherepovets.  Severstal is the name of the steel company that sponsors them, so we'll call them the Steelers.  Well, the Steelers beat the "railroadmen" 2-1 in game one.  Denis Kazionov of the Steelers got a 5+20 game misconduct, inside the first half-minute of the game, and Alexander Kalyuzhny scored on the power play to put us on top- but that was all we got, despite two other Steelers getting 10-minute misconducts along the way, and a 39-penalty minute first period.

Everybody plays again tomorrow, and the eastern teams play again on Friday.

In the meantime, Poland has started its playoffs, Italy has moved into the knock out rounds, while Austria still is mucking about in its "winners stage"  (basically a re-seeding of the playoff teams- which is what the regular season was for, I thought).  I'll update them as the move along.

Monday, February 18, 2013


It may have only been a tease.... and it was a lot of sun, then clouds, windy, then calm.... But here are some pics of what was a pretty nice day (once I got outta work):

Actually this one is last week at the far end of Stony Run.

Only way you can get one to sit still is spot him on the OTHER side of the river!

"Where the geese are..."

Listening to the ice clattering in thew waves, sounds like a wind chime...

CRACK!! Oops, crap!

One of those moments the sun was out- the colors were so cool...

This tree shed all its bark over the winter.


My friend over at Holly's hoots and hollers put up an "ABCs of me" thing.  I told her I'd try it, but she might regret it:

A- Age: 51 in 87 days.  Mind about 29, body closing on 76.

B- Bedsize: Queen, I guess.  For the chunk Scrappy lets me have, it might as well be a twin.

C- Chore you Hate: Is there one I like?

D- Drink of Choice: Pepsi Cola

E- Essential start to your day item : the toilet, beyond a doubt.

F- Favorite color: blue

G- Gold or Silver: in what event?

H- Height: 5’4” when gravity's low

I- Instruments I play(ed)- No self respecting instrument would let me near it.  The ones without self respect, like tubas and kazoos, I don't persue.

J- Job : After almost 10 years as a fabric cutter using primitive implements, I am now a fabric cutter using a computerized machine that's only about 5 years outdated.

K- Kids: No goats, just a dog.  Oh, you mean children.  Two of them, a girl and a drunk.

L- Living arrangement: an apartment, Townhouse style, with Laurie, who is the only woman who'd put up with me.

M- Mom’s name: Are you ready?  Ursula.  A name so difficult (apparently) that when she died, masses were said for her over the next couple months under at least three different misspellings, including Urusual.

N- Nicknames:  Keek (Niece couldn't pronounce Chris), Popper (another niece's years-later mutation from Keek) , Tonar (some guy at school who thought I was a space alien), Superman, Underdog, Batman (big into comic books), Monty (my last name somehow metamorphosized).

O- Overnight hospital stay: Couple of years back I had surgery on a calf vein that somehow developed a huge blood clot on the OUTSIDE of the vein.  Was off my feet (unassisted) from start of October till Christmas.  Still paying those bills.

P- Pet Peeve: Either I have so many I can't distinguish them, or I don't have any.

Q- Quote from a movie: From A Time To Kill: "Yeah, I'm glad I killed them, and I hope they burn in Hell!!"

R- Right or left handed: Right

S- Siblings: Four- brothers 71 and 68, sisters 65 and 61.  Yep, I was the youngest by ten years, and I've been an uncle since 5 months old.

T- Time I wake up: 5AM for work, 8-9 when it's up to me.
U- Underwear: clean at least 5 days of a week.

V- Vegetables I dislike: I like to think of myself as a friend of all vegetables.  As such, I generally don't eat them.

W- What makes you run late: refer to E.

X- X-rays I’ve had: Leg, lungs, wisdom teeth.  Sorry, no broken bones!
Y- Yummy food I make: Depends on whether it has to be yummy to anyone but me.

Z- Zoo favorite: Anyone who bothers to be awake when I'm there.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Message

One great way to know that the message is from God is when you can't figure it out without His help.  And boy was I there this week.

The topic, as I learned, were the things we need to practice before God's greater blessings can help us.  And we started out Monday in Genesis 41. This is the chapter were we find Joseph in jail after Potifer's wife lied about him, two years after he interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners, the royal cup taster and the royal baker.  Joseph was two-for-two on the dreams, and the cup guy promised to say something to Pharoah when he was released.  Two years later, Pharoah has his dreams about the lean cows and the scraggly corn, and cup guy says, "Oh, yeah, I forgot I was going to tell you about this guy in jail..."

So Pharoah brings Joseph out of jail, with a chance to stay that way if he can interpret the dream.  Now here's the point.  Joseph thought that intrepreting cup guy's dream was God's way of getting him out of jail.  But two years go by- he could have been sore at God, at cup guy, even at Pharoah since he was in jail for a crime he never had the pleasure of committing.  But his gentle answer speaks to the character of the man:

So Joseph answered Pharoah, saying, " It is not in me; God will give Pharoah an answer of peace." (Gen.41:16)

It was that peace and patience that God wanted from Joseph, and as a result, he became second in command of all Egypt.

Tuesday brought me to the unlikely spot of the last chapter of Ezekiel.  Here we find a dry going through of how the new earth (after judgement) will be divvied up amongst the twelve tribes.  But in verse 9 of Ezekiel 48 we find the story coming to the district set apart for the Lord, and the people who shall inhabit it:

In the center of it will be the sanctuary of the Lord. 11 This will be for the consecrated priests, the Zadokites, who were faithful in serving me and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray. 12 It will be a special gift to them from the sacred portion of the land, a most holy portion, bordering the territory of the Levites.
13 “Alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites will have an allotment 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. Its total length will be 25,000 cubits and its width 10,000 cubits. 14 They must not sell or exchange any of it. This is the best of the land and must not pass into other hands, because it is holy to the Lord.

So here we have the sons of Zadok being rewarded because they held their ground when everyone else- including their nominal bosses, the Levites- went astray.  Patience, then perserverence- and I would need both at the end of our tale.

Wednesday brought us to the first chapter of Esther.  And here I knew this was being led by God, because Laurie has been trying the random reading as well, and she had Esther the night before (when I had Ezekiel) and the same chapter in Ezekiel this time!  And from Esther we drew the story of Xerxes ( Ahasuerus if you prefer) having a party and sending servants to go fetch Queen Vashti to show her off- and she refused.  Now, mind you, this the Great King of all the lands of the earth who just got dissed by his wife, and 99% of the great kings of history would have probably sent her straight to the royal gallows.  Verse twelve does say "his anger burned within him."

But that's not what he did.  Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times 14 and were closest to the king—Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memukan, the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom.

Instead of giving reign to anger, he consulted the wise counsel of men "who understood the times".  Vashti got a new lease on life, though at the cost of her title, and Xerxes not only gained a better wife in Esther, but a fine advisor in her uncle Mordecai.  Patience, perseverance, seek wise counsel.

But Thursday became difficult.  After flipping to both Numbers and 2 Samuel without finding anything that fit the pattern, I fell upon Acts 2, where Peter was preaching at the first Pentecost.

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Jesus talked about the Spirit's conviction in John 16.  Somewhere between the "covincing" of one definition and the "criminality" of another, this conviction means that the Spirit, as He did to these men, cuts through to our heart if we let Him, opening us to be truly repentant.  So we have patience, perserverance, counsel, and conviction/repentance.  But Friday I became stuck again- at least to myself- as I landed back at the same spot in 2 Samuel.  I looked at it, and the spot in Numbers, and wondered what I was missing.

The spot was chapter's three and four, with an emphasis on ch. 4 vv 9-12.  Herein we find David, shortly after Saul's death, but the civil war went on as Saul's son Ishbosheth carried on his father's kingdom with Abner as his general.  But Ish and Abner had a falling out, and Abner "suggested" Ish find a way to reunite with David.  Long story short, Abner got killed by the suspicious general Joab, and another group took matters into theit own hands and beheaded Ish.  See why I wasn't sure about where this was going?

But what happens is, not only does David curse Joab and memorialize Abner, but check this reaction out:

8 They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the Lord has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.”
9 David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 10 when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! 11 How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!”

12 So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them.

David could have easily said, "these were evil things that worked out to my good."  But he refused to have his ministry (rule) tainted by evil deeds, no matter what the results- or intentions- were.  So we add to our list honor and not putting the ends before the means.

But something was still missing, and I couldn't figure out how to get there for the life of me.  I had to work Saturday morning (which I really couldn't see the point of), and I decided I would take advantage of wise counsel- listen to a message on the way in.  The Message was delivered by Tony Evans, a man I remembered well.  You see, on the night after Shenan was born, I took KC up to see his new little sister.  On the way home, we listened to a message from Tony, and it stuck with my little 4-year-old compatriot for a long time.  Not sure if he still remembers it, but I do.  Anyway, he brought up the concept that Church is like a mini heaven because we are to minister to God.  In other words, God is to be the AUDIENCE at church, not the other way around.  He went on to explain that to hear the Spirit's call for us, we need to be worshipping in church, not just listening, because "Worship is the antenna that we tune the Spirit in with!"  And I saw that I was having my problems this week because I was forgetting not one (the wise counsel), but TWO of the things God requires for us to gain His greater blessing, and that second is Worship.

Patience.  Perserverance.  Counsel. Conviction/repentance.  Honor.  And Worship makes six things God asks of us for His greater Blessing.  And Tony capped it off with a second wise counsel, one which is why I even do this.  "The Bible is not sufficient in and of itself.  Because it contains all the principles you need, but not the specific application to individual situations.  If it did, it would be as big as this room!"  It was when I applied the two things I'd been ignoring that this all came together.  And I walked into work telling my co-worker, "NOW I know why I'm here today!"

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The meteor falls

I know you've heard the news by now, but let me flesh it in a bit.  Yesterday morning a 49 ft, 10 ton meteorite exploded some 18 miles or more above the earth over the Ural area of Russia.  Was it bright, you say?

You don't need the whole thing, just scroll up to about the forty-eight second mark.  Was it powerful?  Check this one out:

Was it fatal?  Apparently not, despite almost 50 square miles of window glass being shattered and the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant being destroyed. 

Chelyabinsk news reports that 7200 territorial and another 1300 local police were dispatched to find fragments.  Despite over a thousand injuries, only around 500 required hospitalization, many of them for concussions. Later estimates of hospitalized people ran up to 725.  NASA reported a yield of 500 kilotons- or about 20 Hiroshimas.  And that from an object less than a third of the size of the smallish asteroid that just missed us.

A large hole was blown into the ice of a reservoir near Chebarkul, some fifty miles to the west, but divers were unable to locate any large surviving chunks.  The arena at Chelyabinsk, home to KHL hockey team Traktor, was damaged, but it was apparently limited (according to city officials) to non-load bearing walls and they expect the home playoff opener will be okayed when a final report on the damage is released Monday.

Speaking of which, we are closing in on the end of the KHL regular season, and Lokomotiv seems to be limping to the line after only Vitaly Vishnevsky (2) and Alexander Chernikov (9) scoring in a 5-2 home loss to the "other" Metallurg yesterday, with Vitaly Kolesnik managing only 18 saves.  Lev Prague grabbed the 7th playoff spot in the west, leaving Dinamo Minsk, Atlant, and Donbass fighting for the last spot tomorrow with Minsk holding a 71-70-70 lead and everybody playing different teams.  In the east, Neftekhimik took the last playoff spot yesterday with a 4-1 win over Vityaz.

Lokomotiv will finish second in their division as they faded just as Red Army came on.  But 24-17-10 ain't bad for a team that died in a flaming plane crash just a season ago.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Time Machine week 55

It's February 15th, 1971.  And the biggest news your internet searching will find you about today is that the British went to a decimal monetary system today.  You see, they had been on a 1 pound = 20 shillings = 240 pence system for centuries, and would now need hand-calculators to figure out if the Good Humour man was ripping them off or not.

I was going to pitch a bitch about, "How long have you been on the metric system and you're just now coming to decimal currency?"  But after turning up a 2004 article on the BBC titled, "Will we ever go completely metric?" I decided, okay, I guess I'm no expert on THAT subject.  The biggest laugh of the whole story was when I read that it wasn't even the biggest story on the British front pages that day, but I defy you to find out what WAS.

Welcome to a Valentine's episode of Time Machine, in which I will be sending out Valentines to all my blog ladies, so if you are A) female, and B) comment semi-regularly on this blog, pay attention this week!  A Valentine is coming your way!  Also, a top 40 debut that wanders into our six degrees, a hot hundred debut that blunders into the birthday song category, and from our lookback special, the song that could not be found!  Step lively, correct change, please!

But first, a sad note.  Rick Huxley, bassist for the legendary Dave Clark Five, passed on Monday, according to Dave.  The 72-year old Huxley is the third of the quintet to pass on, after Dennis Payton in 2006 and lead singer Mike Smith in 2008.  I guess that Catch Us If You Can might not be exactly an apropriate eulogy.

Lenny Davidson on the left and Dave Clark in the middle are the DC2 now.

So out of 7 debuts to the hot 100 this week, we have two to feature this week.  The first, at 82, is Cat Stevens' Wild World; and at 96, Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton and buddies) with Bell Bottom Blues.  This song has a long and struggling history on the charts.  This original version climbed to #91; and two years later- this week, in fact, making it a 40 year birthday song- it was re-released under Clapton's name, climbing to a lofty 78.  Too bad, because as Clapton fans know, it's one of his best.

Speaking of birthdays, here's the rest of this week's bunch!  Turning 30 are Styx's Mr. Roboto, After The Fire's Der Kommisar, and Phil Collins' drum-heavy I Don't Care Anymore.  Turning 35 we have ELO with Sweet Talkin' Woman and Tavares' version of More Than A Woman off Saturday Night Fever.  Joining one incarnation of Bell Bottom Blues at the age of 40 this week are: the Carpenters with Sing, Dobie Gray's classic Drift Away (Remember the Oldies 101.7 ad?  " 'Beat, Boys' ?  I thought he said, 'Give me the BEACH Boys!' "), Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side, and Deep Purple with Woman From Tokyo.  Turning 45 we have Sly Stone and the Family with Dance To The Music, and the recently mentioned Troggs with Love Is All Around.  Turning 50 is Johnny Cymbal's Mr. Bass Man; and turning 55 are a pair of the all-timers: Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly and Chuck Berry's Sweet Little 16.  Blow out the candles...

Let's start with the Valentine songs!  Now some of these songs might have a meaning for the recipient beyond the title, and some might not (hence we would send my ex-wife along the lines of "What Kind Of Fool Am I" or "Something Stupid").  I hope everyone will enjoy them in the spirit of the holiday.  Here's one for the little sweetheart at what's on your mind, Monkey Butt - for you I send out  a song that will fit your theme- Smokey and the Miracles with Mickey's Monkey.  For my dear friend from up north, Average Girl,  who occasionally still posts at it's an average life, how about a song that reflects in title what your stories often leave me doing- the Guess Who and Laughing.  For my dear friend Skippy at I make soap , in light of her recent side effects, I send you the Troggs' Wild Thing!  My friend Holly over at Holly's hoots and Hollers , I think it pretty apropos to dedicate Sailcat's Motorcycle Mama.  And winding up round one, I can't think of anything that would remind me of Jo-Anne at Jo-Anne's Ramblings any better than Bobby Russell's Saturday Morning Confusion.  Chocolates to all!

Our big movers are: going down, the former top ten from Led Zep, Immigrant Song, falling 56 spots to 77.  Going up, Janis Joplin's Me And Bobby McGee, climbing 21 spots to #49.

The song at #50 this week was a Bobby Sherman tune- and since we've Where-Are-They-Now'd him previously, it's a good thing we have no room for him this week.

Another five Valentines!  From my fine blogging and artist friend over at Lizard Happy , I thought it meet to send an Aussie song to an Aussie babe, so how about Little River Band and Help Is On Its Way.  For Elsie at Mock Turtle's Musings , I think I would play her Spandau Ballet's True.  For Nain from View From Down Here , I have to imagine her husband sing to her Elton John's Your Song.  For Ms NK Rey at Waiting for God , in her manse on the banks of the Wabash, I send you the great Andy Williams' Moon River.  And for Juli at Surviving Boys , what else could I dedicate but Connie Francis' Where The Boys Are?

7 songs debut into the top 40 as well.  Up 3 spots to 40 is someone Laurie and I just listened to not long ago- and who will re-appear in today's six degrees- Emitt Rhodes with Fresh As A Daisy.  (No, it was not later used as the Massengil theme!*)  Another three-notch climber at 39 are the Kinks with Apeman.  An 8-slot climb to 36 belongs to Joe Tex with Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone.  The Carpenters leap 13 spots with For All We Know, landing at 35.  The Partridge Family shoot up 11 spots to 34 with Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted.  There are currently three versions of the Love Story Theme on the charts, but the one in the top 40 right now is Henry Mancini's, climbing 19 spots to 28.  And the high debut, up at 27, is Tom Jones, climbing 14 with She's A Lady (Whoa wo wo!!!)  * If you don't get the joke, don't worry.  I'm just being a douche.

Well, attempt #2 at the new way of doing the lookback ran into a bit of a snag- or two.  First, the biggest mover this week in 1951 was someone we've looked at a couple of times already- Guy Lombardo and his merry men with Use Your Imagination.  So I went with the second biggest mover, and hit snag #2.  When a song hit the charts back then, usually more than one version hit at the same time.  So Cashbox would just roll all the versions into one big chart hit.  And the song that moved the second most was a tune called May The Good Lord Bless You And Keep You, moving from 33 to 17.  Three artists shared this particular charting- opera star Jan Peerce (I think that's "Yan", as it is a guy); Bing Crosby; and the first name on the list, Frankie Laine.

Despite not being a big star on the charts, Laine (originally LoVecchio) had an influence on music far beyond his numbers.  A master of many musical styles, he hit the top 3 times- all in a six month span.  August of '49 saw him at the top with That Lucky Old Sun; February of 1950 saw him at the top with The Cry Of The Wild Goose; in between was the western classic Mule Train.  His signature song was the #3 That's My Desire- the last song he publicly sang, two years before his death in 2007.

At the other end of his 70+ years as a performer, he got a start in his youth in dance marathons.  He and partner Ruthie Smith set a world record at 3,501 hours- and he entertained the other contestants with his singing during their 15-minute breaks!

 Oh, and the song that brought us here?  I found no evidence on Billboard that it charted by any of the three- and in fact, that #17 spot was its peak!

And I have a couple of shoutouts for the almost but not quite list this week!  Todd Rundgren peaks this week at 21 with We Gotta Get You A Woman; and Bread at 20 with Let Your Love Go.

One last look in the Valentine mailbag!  For Ms CB at the ramblings of Charlie Brown , I thought about the easy joke with the Coasters, but decided instead on something more closer to her lifestyle- Andy Williams again, with Born Free.  For the former Chocolate Angel over at three cats and my coffee cup , I thought something from Hot Chocolate- how about You Sexy Thing?  For Kelli over at the House of Hale , again I went with something I can see her hubby dedicating to her- the Jackson Five with I'll Be There. And for Holly at the Morrow , and in that same vein, the Association and Cherish.

Two songs join the top ten, two drop out.  The droppers are Your Song (10 to 17) and Stoney End (8 to 11).

King Floyd drops from 4 to 10 with Groove Me.

Bobby Goldsboro comes in at 9, up 2 with Watching Scotty Grow.

Diana Ross moves up one spot to 8 with Remember Me.

The Jackson Five rocket from 17 to 7 with Mama's Pearl.

Gladys Knight and company slip a notch to 6 with If I Were Your Woman.

The Bee Gees drop a pair to 5 with Lonely Days.

Dave Edmunds pushes up 2 to #4 with I Hear You Knocking.

Dawn slips another notch to 3 with Knock Three Times.

Which brings us to the six degrees song- Rose Garden, falling from the top to #2.

Rose Garden was written by Joe South, who never charted it.  In fact several acts tried and failed to chart before Lynn Anderson, including the 3 Degrees and one Freddy Weller, who spent 6 years as a member of Paul Revere and the Raiders.  He was the replacement for original member Drake Levin, who Revere fired right before an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.  Levin wenton to join the previously mentioned Emitt Rhodes (who ever thought he'd get two mentions in one episode?) in a west-coast band called the Merry-Go-Round.  Later on, a gent by the name of Rick Dey (No relation to Susan Dey- her birth name was Smith) joined the Merry-Go-Round, after a stint with an outfit called the Wilde Knights.  And the Wilde Knights did the original recording of the song Just Like Me- which Paul Revere and the Raiders, pre- Weller, took to #11 in 1965.

And that means we have a new nuber one, but first, I have one more Valentine, for Laurie:

Andrew Gold, and Thank You For Being A Friend....

ANNNNNND now, the new top dog...

The Osmonds, and One Bad Apple!!!!

Hope everyone had a happy Valentine's Day!!!! See you next time!