Challenges

Christmas Countdown 6.0

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Here’s to the Charlie Brown way of decorating. ~Vic

Charlie Brown Tree Image One
Just a few ornaments.
12-05-2020
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Charlie Brown Tree Image Two
Or, no ornaments at all.
“It’s all fun and games until
Santa checks the naughty list.”

12-13-2020
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Natural Ornament Image Three
Natural ornaments are lovely.
12-13-2020
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Hot Tin Roof Winter Wonderland Image Four
And, if you don’t have snow,
make your own.
Winter Wonderland. Have a beer.
Hot Tin Roof Bar
12-13-2020
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Christmas Countdown 5.0

Christmas Countdown

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[For the next 15 days, I will be posting pictures of local Christmas stuff as Christmas Day draws near. If anyone wants to participate in their own Christmas Countdown and post local stuff from their area, hit me up with a link back. ~Vic]

Our residents and business owners are participating in a Gingerbread House competition. They are re-creating some of the historic homes and historic buildings. At some point, someone will be doing a re-creation of the Occaneechee Speedway (part of the birth of NASCAR).

There are two categories and you can vote for one favorite in each category:
Homes for the Holidays 2020

Midlawn Webb-Patterson Gingerbread House Image One
Youth/Family Category
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Midlawn Webb-Patterson House Image Two
The Real Midlawn/Webb-Patterson House
1881
08-16-2020
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Alan Watts (Philosopher) Sketch: Think & Explore

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A while back, I asked Mani @ Think & Explore to draw Alan Watts. He is a gifted artist and this is a perfect example. Go visit and see how he drew it. Thanks, Mani! ~Vic

Hi all, I am back with a new pencil sketch today! 😃 There’s a specialty for this one. Some time back, this picture (of Alan Watts) was requested by blogger The Hinoeuma (blog Cosmic Observation) as a suggestion to my next to draw list. I took the suggestion and worked on the sketch recently. […]

via Alan Watts (Philosopher) | Sketch — Think & Explore

Tell The Story

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Fellow blogger Kristian tagged me for a story challenge. I am horrible at story telling. I couldn’t invent a non-fiction plot to save my life. Kristian wrote a poem for his picture. I suck even worse at poetry.

However, that being expressed, he did send me the above picture to use so…I will try.

The Last Thing He Saw

Fred was on his way home from visiting his family. No one knows what actually happened but, this was the last picture he took on his phone before flipping his car into a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was only three miles from his house. The County Coroner’s Office has not released a toxicology report, yet. The County Sheriff made a brief statement to the press and offered condolences to his family. He stated that he and Fred had graduated high school together and, he was devastated. The investigation is ongoing.

I have gallows humor. Maybe I should do obituaries. ~Vic

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 29 & Day 30

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A song you remember from your childhood…

As the challenge comes to a close, this is the final post.

I’ve covered everything in the 70s back to 1972, specific to my childhood. Rolling back a little bit more, I remember liking these though I was very young.

1970

No Sugar Tonight

1968
I just barely remember this playing. I was so little but, it is burned into my young memory.

Love Is Blue

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Past that, everything I know of music was learned later in life. The above are my earliest true music memories of what I liked, even as a child.

A song that reminds you of yourself…

I’ve never really found a song that reminded me of myself but, there are four songs I really identify with in terms of wandering thru life and the subsequent lessons.

The opening line to the movie:

“On a Saturday (March 24, 1984), five high school students report for all-day detention.”

This is my generation, though I was never in detention. I graduated in June 1984. Ditto Footloose.

Don’t You Forget About Me

Also released during my senior year…

Adult Education

Going Down To Liverpool

What I have turned into (tongue in cheek)…minus the nail-biting. *wink*

S.O.B.

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 28

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A song by an artist whose voice you love…

I covered Darius Rucker, Linda Ronstadt and Susanne Sundfor, yesterday. I’ve posted Paul Durham, Maria McKee, Emily Hackett, Pat Benatar, Sarah McLachlan, Enya, Amy Lee, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Anna Nalick, Sia, Patty Smyth, Loreena McKennitt, Kenny Loggins, Kelly Holland, Elvis and George Harrison.

Here are five more…

There are SO many Olivia songs…way too many to choose from. This song, in particular, showcases her range well. She was my hero as a teen…beautiful voice, gorgeous face, stunning hair and perfect teeth. We may not have her much longer. She is my mother’s age.


 

I was given a CD of her music by a friend. She is my age and such a powerhouse. She did a CMT Crossroads episode with Pat Benatar and she was an even match in range.


 

And, of course…Adele…


 

I like her squeaky voice.


 

This one is so cute.

Chatting With Coffee

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Update (June 1, 2020):
It appears that Bottomless Coffee 007 is no longer blogging. My link to our conversation back in December 2018 is, now, broken. Apologies. ~Vic

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Conversation Shaken, Not Stirred

Fellow blogger, Bottomless Coffee 007, is an aspiring voice/radio personality that invited me to a chat/podcast, yesterday. I was a little apprehensive at first, not knowing what to talk about but, as the conversation warmed up, an hour passed before I knew it. Should you decide to get comfortable and listen, I hope I don’t bore you. He asked me some very deep questions.

Check Coffee out. He is becoming a smooth operator on the ‘mic’. Thanks for the invite, sweetie. We will do it, again.

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 27

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A song that breaks your heart…

“Living in the memory of a love that never was…”


 

“I wish you never even loved me…
It makes it so hard to live without love, now…

I had a handle on my sorrow…
My composure was in order…
If not sufficiently intact…
But, every reminiscent echo brings a blow…
To chill my senses and my heart quakes…
And tenses ’till those moments pass…

Every trace, every vision…
Brings my emotions to collision…
Past love’s lost tokens…
Every cherished thought once spoken…
False hope of reconciliation…”


 

Darius Rucker could sing the phone book to me.


 

“Don’t fall away…
And leave me to myself…
Don’t fall away…
And leave love bleeding in my hands…


 

“Since, I was young, I knew I’d find you…
But our love, was a song, sung by a dying swan…
And in the night, you hear me calling…
You hear me calling…

And when the nights are long…
All those stars recall, your goodbye, your goodbye…

Breathe in the light and say goodbye…”


 

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 26

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A song that makes you want to fall in love…

So many love songs. So little time.
“You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs…
I look around me and I see it isn’t so…
Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs…
And what’s wrong with that…
It isn’t silly, love isn’t silly, love isn’t silly at all…”

Gives me chills…every time. For a song that was created to be the theme to a prison film, it has to be one of the greatest love songs ever written.


 

Originally released in 1967, this was re-released in 1972 and it made it to #2 on the Billboard 100. I am posting the full orchestral version with the ‘late lament’ in tact (including gong) considering we are officially in winter. This is a masterpiece. More chills…


 

I was very fortunate to get to see these two, live, with my mom at Carowinds in 1976. I was ten when the song came out and I remember it playing on the radio, vividly. Even at that young of an age, the words of love and longing struck a chord with me (pun intended) that remains to this day.


 

Oh, Pat Benatar…her music is a large part of my teen years. Her first album was released three days before my 13th birthday. What a way to grow up. She and her hubby, Neil, have rocked us all.