Saturday, December 22, 2012

3 Minute Jam.

 This one is for you, my friend. It is always good to see you!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Pretender

That title could very well describe me. For 50 years, I was just this quiet guy who went to work, had many failed relationships and two marriages. It took the birth of my daughter to wake me up, so to speak. I devoted much time to her upbringing and feel proud that I did an o.k. job. I buried my sister in 2000, my brother in 2008 and my mother in 2010. People say that I did a wonderful job taking care of my family. Well maybe I did and maybe I did not. When I had to put my sister in a nursing home to live out the last few weeks of her life, she blamed me for it. "Why are you doing this to me", she asked. During the last year of my brother's live, I actually told him over the phone..."Herb, you're dying. We both know it". After my mother's dementia got so bad that I had to call 911 and have her taken to the hospital, she actually said to me, "I don't like you". Those three episodes are a hell of a legacy to live with. Sometimes, I wish I had been the one to go first. I wonder how the three of them would have handled things any differently. I am not the person that I portrayed on my blog. I kind of let it go to my head. I am not the kind of person that normally would follow bands around or go to blogger events. Like I said, I got caught up in the personality of ATGR. That was my manic persona. My normal depressive persona is the true me and I have fought that fight most of my life. Don't get me wrong, I met a lot of good people through the local blog scene. Two, Tim and Bill, I stay in contact with. They know my history and do what they can to help me out. At the moment, I am going through the very difficult procedure of filing chapter 7 bankruptcy. After that is hopefully resolved, I will still not be able to afford my very hefty mortgage payments. I guess that I will become a foreclosure statistic. I have a lot of work ahead of me, and I hope that I have the strength to pull it off. It is not easy clearing out a house full of decades of collections. I did it first for my mother and then for my brother. I do not want to saddle my daughter with that daunting task. In the end, I have no one to blame but myself. "Are you there, say a prayer for the pretender". "Started out so young and strong,only to surrender". "Say a prayer for the pretender".

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

"Doc Martin".

As I wean myself of the internet, due to boredom, I have taken to watching more of the boob tube. Last night, I ran across this series on PBS. After two 45 minute episodes(no commercials; thank you very much), "Doc Martin" is now my favorite show.
For now, any way.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Turn Of A Friendly Card.

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Something Different...

Critical Thinking.

I have posted this several times on the internet(blog/facebook).
I watched it a minute ago on Tim's blog and it got me to thinking.

When you really, really think about it, everything that Carlin says is true...and then some!

The "owners" are the faceless wealthy who play the world as if it were a board game.
And to use a sport's analogy, the "rich" are Lebron James and Albert Pujols...
The "wealthy" are the guys that sign their checks.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Video That Started Me Blogging.

This was in the summer of 2007 and I had come upon the blog titled "Oceanshaman".
The two of us were commenting on parenthood and the only thing that came to my mind was the end of this Andy Griffith episode(my favorite); and hoping that maybe I had been an adequate role model for my 20 year old daughter. Five years later, I feel good about my chances...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

october 1, 2007.

with addendum...

with a few beers in me gut...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Found on facebook...

My favorite President.

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~ T. Jefferson

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Everything Sucks (part 1)

*Originally posted @ 9/6/07...2:11 PM.

About 11 years ago,I stopped by a buddy's house to drink beer and watch football on a Sunday,as was my custom until the local authorities frowned on the fact that I had to drive home.One such Sunday,I observed on his kitchen table an unopened sampler cassette that he had received in the mail.He said that I could have it,as he was going to throw it away.Fast forward maybe 7 years.One day my daughter showed up wearing a Reel Big Fish T-shirt.I said "Where did you get that ?".She replied "It's a band Dad,You wouldn't know anything about them". I popped in the sampler cassette and replied,"Don't be so sure"!

(sic) 'this is it, peeps...'

"If it were luck, it would have run out a long time ago".

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

#5... ?

This was 1 of the top 10 albums of my life.

I got this penciled in at 3...

Can't forget my boy, Neil, at four...


Was there ever any doubt?

Blogger Help Needed...

How would I transport a previous post link in this window???

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lights On.

(sic)...'The Beatles wrote about what the world could be like...The Stones wrote about what the world was like...'

Happy Valentine's Eve...

Old, borrowed and blue...

Friday, February 3, 2012

"Soul of a man"...

The Animals were a big deal in our house in the mid-sixties.
Right up there with the Beatles and the Stones.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Post Dated...

I was blog surfing a few minutes ago and came up with this untitled post dated Sept. 2007. The video had been removed for terms of violating policy. I try to never violate policy, so I found a "good" link to replace the previous masterpiece.

And a much more "watchable" addendum...

So you think you can tell.......

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It happened to me...

This is one of my favorite "Groundhog Day" scenes.
Probably, because it reminds me of a prank that my best buddy, Jeff aka Hollywood, pulled on me and my 'baby's mama' in the late 1980s.
Unbeknownst to us, satellite T.V. had allowed him to watch the program earlier in the day. He was hitting every answer and we were amazed! He did, however, let us in on his secret.

I also like any variation of this scene.

And of course, this one...

and especially, this one...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

50*...near salisbury.


I started reading a new blog called MONKEYBUTT. This girl did a review of 2011 by month. I thought that that was cool!
So, I decided to recap my month of January(I gotta stop writing 2011 on checks!)by picking my favorite video from the third day of 2012.
I feel like things are going just swimmingly(whateverthehellthatmeans?).

LZ: 'C B/D & C'.......

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My State of the Union Address.

'Tax the rich...feed the poor'.

I could go on some metaphor-tainted rambling about how I was the third born to a staunch Republican father and a bleeding-heart Democratic mother, or I could just go to the video.

But in reality, when the balance of power tilts this far wrong, something has to be done.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012





When I first started this blog, my brother had less than one year to live.
I would often call him with a "music" question and sometimes he would ask me to find a song. And of course, I would always post it. One such song in particular was "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James.
The first thing that crossed my mind, when I heard that Etta James had passed away was the thought of my brother.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012


On MLK Day.

I think that this would be a good day to tone back my involvement on the internet.
Communicating by keyboard has it's dangers of transmitting miscommunications also.
I had a religious person message me the other day and berate me for using the word "shit" on a facebook post. She started with...'How can you call yourself a Christian(1 point for her for capitalization)...' or something to that effect/affect. I had to tell her to un-friend me. Excuse my mutha' fuckin' ass, but who are you to decide that I am not a good Christian...ya bitch! Yep, I could have said that, but I turned the other cheek.
So maybe I will start communicating here, where I know who my friends are.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Music: It's what I do...

Irregardless of what I might say here, it always comes back to my tagline.

But, it also comes down to "good" vs. "evil".

Choose "good", people...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Born Under A Bad Sign - ALBERT KING w John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (1982 NJ)

Psalm 51.

I was gonna write a post about how I finally broke the disorder of trichotillomania, that had affected me since the 1960s, but I found this video instead.