Flashback: “Woodstock” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Only fitting to play this today – 50 years ago, Woodstock was going on. Joni Mitchell recorded the song first, but Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young took the song to #11 on the Billboard charts in 1970.


Updating The Update From The Previous Update From A Few Updates Ago

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It was yet again time for yet another Windows 10 update – this time, I received something called Version 1903 which was released back in May. There were no great shakes to the upgrade that I saw, though those of with higher-end computers might think otherwise.

My problem with these major upgrades is how Windows handles them.

When you download the thing, they never seem to tell you how long it takes or how big the download is.

When you install the update, they never seem to tell you how long it will be before it’s installed.

When the computer reboots and runs through its new paces, that takes a while too, and – you guessed it – they never seem to tell you how long THAT takes either.

I’ve been a Microsoft Windows guy all my life, and I get that they and Apple are the only computer games in town for the most part. But you know what? Some of us don’t have an infinite amount of time for your upgrades – so, how about communicating a bit better on that front, pretty please?

Ernestine Incarnate

In the world we live in now with these “social labels” that change so frequently, it’s getting harder not to be labeled something with an “ist” on the end of it.

That being said – every time I hear California senator Kamala Harris speak, she sounds to me like Ernestine, the fictional switchboard operator played by Lily Tomlin decades ago on various comedy and variety shows of the era.

Obviously, that might not be the most politically correct thing to say – but I’ll let you all be the judge of that. In the meantime – one ringy dingy, two ringy dingies…

A Murder (Or Suicide) Most Predictable

Don’t get me wrong, please. I’m delighted Jeffrey Epstein has left our mortal coil – whether by his choice or by the choice of others with much to protect. God works in mysterious ways – and I wonder if God has somehow messaged his disapproval at what this man did through us.

Many don’t buy the argument that Mr. Epstein killed himself. Everything that had to go right did, after all. He apparently was on “suicide watch” in his jail cell up until very recently – and if the press reports that have initially come out are accurate, a 24/7 security camera happened to malfunction during the attempt. The question is: the attempt of what – a murder, or what the media currently advertises, a suicide?

Let’s hope that this isn’t the end of the story but only the beginning – those who profited in the exploitation of the young, whoever they may be, need to be brought to justice as well. Epstein’s victims need closure – and what happened overnight must raise more questions than answers.

Flashback: “Harlem Shuffle” by Bob & Earl

If you ever wondered where the first four notes of “Jump Around” by House of Pain came from, here you go.

This version of “Harlem Shuffle” went to #44 on the Billboard charts in 1963 – but turned into a hit for the Rolling Stones when they remade the tune in 1986.

Aircheck: ABC/Reagan Library, 5/23/1984

In posting this, I’m unsure of two things.

First, I’m assuming ABC aired this interview at some point, though I can’t remember off-hand whether or not ABC News or ABC Sports aired this. Conceivably, either department could have aired the interview – or both could have.

Secondly, could this have been the last time Howard Cosell had the chance to interview Reagan? I don’t know. Cosell was yanked off of ABC television (but stayed on to do his radio work) the following year when his book, I Never Played The Game, was released. Off hand, I’d have to think Howard probably got the chance to interview him in the intervening year – perhaps during that year’s Olympics in Los Angeles.

Their respective styles seem to play well off of each other here. In today’s political climate where anything “Blue” seems to hate everything “Red” that Cosell, who was a staunch Democrat (and bandied the idea of running for Senate in the 70’s) and Reagan were respectful and complimentary of each other.