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End of the month.  End of the quarter.  End of the fiscal year.

The end of September.  Can it be already?

For our family, this week and this day, in particular, are monumental.  Nineteen years ago, Mr. D and I picked this otherwise obscure date to marry.  Little did we know that two years to the day, Mini-DD would make his debut.

Add that #1 son married on October 1st four years ago and now their son, HDD, will have a 9/29 birthday, and you have one busy quarter end.

Happy Anniversary, my dear husband, and a very Happy Birthday, my dear son.

  True Colours, Eva Cassidy

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in family, on this day, that's life

 

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New Edition

Today, we welcomed grandson #2. 

HDD is 8lbs, 2oz. even though he was two weeks early.  His big brother, HCD, is so excited that he’s finally here.  So is Mini-DD, as he was asked to be the Godfather.  All of these snips and snails and puppy dog tails….I love them.

Welcome, my boy. 

  Return to Pooh Corner, Kenny Loggins

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in acoustic, family

 

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Cool Hand Luke, No More

Paul Newman, 1925 - 2008
Paul Newman, 1925 – 2008

I knew he was sick.  Even though he hadn’t confirmed “The Big C”, he never categorically denied it either and recent pictures from the Spring showed the ravages of the killer.  Lung cancer is one of the most devastating diseases ever and it nearly broke my heart that the great Paul Newman was suffering with that dreaded diagnosis.

Paul Newman was a Hollywood Legend.  A man of substance, fidelity, honor and immense intellect, he played his parts with believable passion and incredible sex appeal, even into his ’80s.  Talk about blue eyes….

Ungh

Ungh

Newman is the model that many of today’s actors have sought to emulate.  However, no-one will ever come close to the unique, vulnerable machismo that only Paul Newman could convey.  While certainly not a complete list of Newman’s extraordinary performances, here are some standouts.

  “Cool Hand Luke”

  HUD”

  “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

  “The Hustler”

  “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid”

  “The Sting”

  “The Verdict”

  “Nobody’s Fool”

  “Road to Perdition”

Versitile.  Sexy.  Endearing.  Tough.  Vulnerable.  Powerful.

Paul Newman was every man, but notched up a level.  He was able to convey a character unlike any other actor that I’ve seen on screen.  He was also a solid human being in “real life”, donating millions to various charities throughout his life.  He was a dare-devil, but very much a private homebody.

Paul Newman’s pragmatic nature was legendary and for the last 50 years he and his wife and partner, Joanne Woodward, chose to make their life far from Hollywood, in Westport, CT.  Their story is one of love, honor and dedication.  Perhaps Paul Newman’s most famous quote is the answer he gave Playboy magazine when asked how he remained faithful to his wife with the infamous “temptations” in Hollywood. 

“I have steak at home.  Why would I go out for hamburger?”

Paul Newman didn’t have to toot his own horn or try to stand out.  He simply did his job (well) and lived his life.  He did nothing to try and be a celebrity or star. 

To quote ole Cool Hand Luke:

“Sometimes nothing is a real, cool hand.”

God Bless and Godspeed, Mr. Newman.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2008 in at the movies, idols, inspiration, memorials

 

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Libra Dragons Rule!

 

  House of the Rising Sun, The Animals

  Oh! Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison

  Leader of the Pack, Shangra-Las

  SHINDIG!

>>>1964<<<

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2008 in oldies, on this day, that's life, through the years

 

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First Day of Fall…

Kids back in school.  Friday night football games.  College Football tailgate parties.  Fall Festivals.  Halloween and trick-or-treating.  Long sleeves.  Open windows.  Birthdays.  Anniversaries.  All part of the wonderment of Autumn…my favorite season.

  Wake Me Up When September Ends, Green Day

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2008 in seasons

 

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Another Brick in the Wall…Pink Floyd is Blue Today

Richard Wright, 1943-2008

Rock legend and Pink Floyd founder, Richard Wright, succumbed to cancer yesterday at the age of 65.  Along with the late Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, Wright hit the scene in 1965 with Pink Floyd and the psychadelic infused The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Wright was the keyboardist and sometimes tempest of Pink Floyd who had on-going differences with Roger Waters.  Waters actually tried to kick Wright out of the band in the early ’70s and relegated him to the background on the epic Dark Side of the Moon.  Matter of fact, he didn’t even record on 1983’s The Final Cut. 

As tensions grew between he, Waters, and David Gilmour, Wright left Pink Floyd and formed a new band called Zee that didn’t see much success.  When Waters left Pink Floyd, Wright re-joined his old friends Mason and Gilmour in Pink Floyd in 1985.  In 2005, during “Live 8″ Waters joined his old bandmates for a Pink Floyd performance.  It was the first time they had appeared together in 25 years.

Gilmour, Waters, Mason & Wright

Gilmour, Waters, Mason & Wright

David Gilmour expressed the loss of Richard Wright as such:

“He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound,” he said. “I have never played with anyone quite like him.”

Pink Floyd is a Rock institution and we have lost one hip professor.

  The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  Money, Live 8 “Reunion”

  The Wall, The Anthem of a Generation

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2008 in memorials, music legends, rock

 

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Geaux to Let’s Geaux

New post up at Let’s Geaux….GEAUX TIGERS!!!!

Come on, Let’s Go, Ritchie Valens

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2008 in lsu, lsu football

 

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