103 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. know just what it’s like
    To be ridin’ in the rumbleseat
    Yes I know just what it’s like
    To be a big time rider in the rumbleseat

  2. wapo op ed by Sanford, Weld & Walsh today:

    The three of us are running for the Republican nomination for president in a race that will inevitably highlight differences among us on matters of policy, style and background. But we are brought together not by what divides us but by what unites us: a shared conviction that the United States needs a strong center-right party guided by basic values that are rooted in the best of the American spirit.
    A president always defines his or her party, and today the Republican Party has taken a wrong turn, led by a serial self-promoter who has abandoned the bedrock principles of the GOP. In the Trump era, personal responsibility, fiscal sanity and rule of law have been overtaken by a preference for alienating our allies while embracing terrorists and dictators, attacking the free press and pitting everyday Americans against one another.
    [… complains about cancelling primaries …]
    What does this say about the Republican Party? If a party stands for nothing but reelection, it indeed stands for nothing. Our next nominee must compete in the marketplace of ideas, values and leadership. Each of us believes we can best lead the party. So does the incumbent. Let us each take our case to the public. The saying “may the best man win” is a quintessential value that the Republican Party must honor if we are to command the respect of the American people. Cowards run from fights. Warriors stand and fight for what they believe. The United States respects warriors. Only the weak fear competition.



  3. Patd, thx. Saban & I had different itineraries. I went from Jefferson County to Tuscaloosa and eventually to Harrison County, WV, next to Marion County, where Nick grew up. Nick went from  Marion County and eventually to Tuscaloosa, AL, next to Jefferson County, where I grew up. 

  4. I’m not sure, it’s possuble that “jalopy” connotes a more run down version of this vehicle. 
    But also, I’m inclined to think that there is, perhaps, a Spanish word which the Americans bastardized to form “jalopy.”
    Like vamos became vamoose
    Jusgado became hoosegow
    Cabos became caboose
    El legarto became alligator
    [something] became cayoose

  5. How enthusiastic do you want me to get about a candidate that looks ready to keel over, any minute, Mr. P?

    …more sophistry for you: Dole, looked old and frail, got crushed

    If the American people prefer a fascist over an academic, let ‘em have what they want. How long will we sit here trying to game the viciousness of Joe And Jane Pickup-Truck? Fuck ‘em.

  6. I’ll look it up and report back, no need… yeah just about to say 32… can’t find that grill on anything earlier, probably cobbled together- looks sweet, Ben will be stuntin’.

  7. That was a totally favorite phrase of Dr Dave:  “Fuck ‘em”.  There are those of us who still say it in his voice all the time in remembrance. He had a distinctive voice. (Think Curly).

  8. It’s not just here- all my Dem friends ask the same general question, too: “What Democratic candidate, that will advance my liberal values, will my terribly stupid and racist associates vote for”?  The answer is “they won’t”.   

    Gotta rally the base.

  9. Old Ben works like a man half his age…..runs the huge lawn mower, tractor, the chainsaw, welding, auto and outboard mechanicking, He’s a wonderment. Can’t pilot anymore, aged out. Used to race tunnel boats at races all over the country (Mercury man) It was at those races where he met and became friends with Marty Robbins, a fellow enthusiast.   At one time owned the local airport. USAF pilot 45 to 65….owned Dorchester Marine, a boating concern. Can wisecrack a joke with the best of them. 

  10. Sturgeone

    Cayoose came from a North Western tribe name and altered to be a name for the short legged horses of the area.

    Caballo in Spanish became Cowboy

  11. Yeah, when I was a teen, an octogenarian asked me and a friend to mix some concrete, and after watching us gently poke at it with a hoe, ol’ man rips the hoe out of my friend’s hand and mixes the shit out of that concrete in like 60 seconds.  He weighed like 90 lbs.

  12. above according to wiki:

    This 1931 Ford Model A sport roadster features a rumble seat. A rumble seat (American English), dicky seat, dickie seat or dickey seat (British English), also called a mother-in-law seat, is an upholstered exterior seat which folded into the rear of a coach, carriage, or early automobile.

  13. the song is from his Mercury recording
    of 1951. It was never a hit. But it gave me an excuse to post pictures of
    old fifties Automobiles.

  14. “jalopy” from word-ancestry comment:

    A lovely word to describe an old, run-down automobile, this word first appeared in the United States in the 1920’s. Some early variants were gillopy, jaloppi, and jaloupy. Researchers have not been able to determine the precise origins of this word, but a theory is that it is derived from a non-Spanish pronunciation of Jalapa, Mexico. It seems that, during the 1920’s, many decrepit automobiles were shipped from New Orleans to scrapyards in Jalapa. The theory is that some of the dock hands or crew members who did not speak English began naming these broken-down autos after their destination and the name eventually morphed into our current jalopy. During the 1950’s, however, jalopy became a slang term equivalent to ‘hot rod,’ meaning a stylish and hip automobile.

  15. …and if I hear one more person say “x or y is trying to push this candidate down our throats”, i’m going to lose my goddamned mind.  

    Media program to the audience’s interests- they need to attract you so you see their ads.  If you’re looking at Kardashian articles in your feed, it’s because you click on Kardashian articles.       
    If the TV you watch that runs insipid programming, it’s because you stick around for that insipid programming.  Demand better and you’ll get better because that’s how economics works.

  16. Haha…..I learned how to shovel snow from a tiny little old Chinese man who owned Ho-May’s, a small restaurant on Frost St. in Brooklyn, where I was visiting my daughter.  It had snowed for three days and the snow was axle-deep to a Ferris wheel.  I was bored, cause internet and tv out so I went down in the basement  and found a snow shovel and decided I would ack like a real New Yorker and shovel the sidewalk, a matter of 20’ to the left and 20’ to the right.  When I got out, Ho-May was already out there and at the beginning we were working toward each other on our respective sidewalks. The way I was doing it, that was some damned hard labor.  Snow heavy, too much on the shovel and it was slow going. So I watched him a bit as we were working toward each other and I saw the knack of it. Slice down first to free a certain amount then shovel under and throw.  Slice, shovel, and throw, slice, shovel, and throw….1-2-3, 1-2-3……gotta keep up the rhythm….you can move a mountain that way.  When we met on our sidewalk we both took a breather and leaned on the shovels for a bit not saying anything.  Hi-May finally says, “Weather HORRIBLE !”.    I laughed and agreed and we separated and went on shoveling, me on the other end of my sidewalk, and he began to shovel across Frost St. to the other side. His restaurant was on on one corner of a 5-points intersection and he shoveled across Frost, then across the next street, across the next street, then across the next street and threw in a diagonal for good measure.
    He wanted customers to be able to get there.

  17. Hit the suburbs and get us some battleground votes, CC.

    Allentown and Luzerne County are delightful this time of year.

  18. Played Colonial Heights, Philly, oncet.
    That was where we had the Most Remarkably Wonderful No-Bitch Gig. 
    No-bitch as in band having absolutely nothing to bitch about, not as in other possible usages.

  19. We had a ’29 Mod A dually flatbed at the farm. It was a real workhorse. My cousin married a young lady from northern Ontario. She learned to drive at the farm on the truck; that would have been in the early ’50s.

  20. Re Biden’s rather rambling word salad response to the question on reparations, this is Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from a Birmingham Jail:

    I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

    I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.


  21. Bink, I’m not asking for enthusiasm. Im asking for support for the Dem candidates. Nothing more. Im asking for nothing more than to fucking stop calling for the candidate in the lead to quit the race. 

  22. KumCho learned to drive in Panama in a Dutch Daf that I purchased for her. It was marvelously uncomplicated. Two-cylinder, belt drive, automatic transmission. We sold it when we received orders for the UK.

  23. “stop calling [for Biden to drop out]”

    Why, because he reads trailmix?  I’m not saying anything actual candidates and influencers aren’t.
    If he’s the nominee, i’ll support him.  

  24. Mr. Cracker is 91 and I believe he traded his clarinet for his first car — something very similiar to the one pictured    he loved that car and only one of his grandmothers would ride in it.

  25. Mr. P-
    A successful Democratic candidate is going to need a young, enthusiastic internet-savvy campaign staff that understands the actual mechanics of contemporary disinformation, and how to reach an electorate that is almost exclusively on the internet, now.  
    Do do you think the “front-runner” will attract that kind of talent?  You had better hope so, because the bad guys are firing-up the troll-farms and bot-servers, as we “speak”.

    My one sophist voice in this sweet little corner of the Tubes can’t compete with a troll-farm, dude.

  26. See, I don’t know if you know anything about bands or not but the only way there is NOTHING for the band to bitch about is if every single one of the band members are dead.  

  27. WSJ via msn:

    Coordinated drone strikes on the heart of the Saudi oil industry forced the kingdom to shut down half its crude production on Saturday, people familiar with the matter said, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies.
    Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude oil.
    Officials said they hoped to restore production to its regular level of 9.8 million barrels a day by Monday.


  28. Lol. That “fucking stop…” wasn’t really directed at you. You and everyone else are free to say anything you want and all are free to comment in response. I find calling for the stronger candidates to back off to be counter productive. Of course I’ve called for Bernie! to get out of the Dem race – since he’s not a dem.  

  29. I’m going to play a string of songs of groups or single artists that our band backed at that beach pavilion lo those many years ago. It’s quite a string. I’ll start off with this feller:

  30. That was a nice two years. 66-67
    See that little Dixie Cup on the right?  She’s the one who turned around and screamed at me mid-song.
    I had it coming.

  31. The Drifters always brings back memories.  One of the original members had a brother attending Mount San Antonio JC and the whole group would just “drop in” when their schedule permitted and start singing in the outdoor theater.  Needless to say class attendance took rather sudden drops.


  32. Dana Milbank said don’t call SFB a racist, which he is.  Instead call him a white nationalist as it’s more palatable to white folk. I can’t get into WaPo even though I pay them and have told them I can’t get in! The state of tech these daze. So I think he said white nationalist.
    I say call him a rich supremacist.  That’s his main focus. “Pig”
    What’s with Yang? $1,000/mo to 10 lucky people?  WTF?  He sounds more like a game show host that the current SFB game show host!  Gah! A cheap gimmick. What about the other 327.2 million people? 

  33. I did country music, no need for me to watch it on tv.     Which is not meant to lick the red off anyone else’s lollipop.

  34. Brother John Prine had a few notes to sing about Coal Mining.  Hope this time around the miners understand that it is NOT coming back and retraining in renewables is the hope of their future.


  35. Hey, I was back up band for the Drifters maybe 15 times……66-67….. there was Not Once the same drifter twice.

  36. I’m an Arlo groupie. Used to hang with him in MA at The Church when I lived in NY. And I used to chat on FB with Jack Ely of the original Kingsmen. That’s all the name dropping I’ve got. 

  37. This is good stuff, man, thank you.  Now i can chill and listen to it, except for the ads, ugh.

    I can add more stuff or you can have the acct or whatever

    (…just removed the extra “coal mines” that were in there, muuhhhther in law bump bump dee dump)

  38. I was a musicador, I went where music was being played. Just never was the famous places.  No hay problemo.

  39.  “What’s with Yang? $1,000/mo to 10 lucky people?  WTF?  He sounds more like a game show host“ -tiptoe
    You do realize we elected a literal game-show host as President in the last election, right?

  40. Conservatives: “Celebrities should keep their mouths shut about politics!”

    …elect a game-show host as leader of free world

  41. Each one of those cats had other songs….. they had to fill 2 hours a night with possible a short last…. those fellers had
    a lot of music between em. Listen to Huey “Piano” Smith’s catalogue for instance.  He was my favorite, except for Ernie K-Doe.

  42. Sturgeone

    Listening to this soundtrack I keep wondering how I know all these songs.  I know 21 schools in 12 years over five states with different families can sort of mess with your musical sense, but when combined with all the show tunes, jazz, and opera, it’s sort of a musical overload.  I like it, but every once in a while it feels like the Twilight Zone for the ears.

  43. Damn Bink…..I left out the biggest cheese of them all……Percy Sledge. A true gentleman. This is his secondary hit.

  44. Harbor Woman and I are going to the races tomorrow.  As you all know I love the ponies.  Definite evidence that they are smarter than most of the humans that bet on them:

    Mike Pence says Triple Crown winner American Pharoah bit him during visit to Kentucky farm

  45. Bink I surely do remember and still can’t imagine why anyone would vote for a Game Show Host for president!!!

  46. I’m a little slow but I’ve got tomorrows post ready.
    sturge thanks for sharing and your lordship thanks for organizing them in one place. I will mark it for later.
    Right now you tube is playing nice and delivering one great after another with few annoying commercial. I’ve had that happen and then try to return the next day and it is constant commercials and weird selectings.

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