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SF 88 and the Cuban Missile Crisis

MARCH 20, 2012 9:14AM

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mike  

Cloud from 1st nuclear explosion, "Mike." 

I was scouting…

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Added by John Manchester on March 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Another Move, My 1st “C” & Why I Tried to Murder Senator Jim Forano

Another Move & My first “C”:

Wikipedia

1961 was a busy year:  In his Farewell Address President…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

N{OS}stalgia Food Tuesday Chicks' Night In Comments (cameo by Jem) #7

My mask has hardened, gotta wash it off. I smell like artificial peaches (=). 



Julie, did you enjoy yours?



Is Erica still here, she's been awfully quiet. What about Ferns?

I…
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Added by Poor Woman on March 19, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

For a Couple of Hours I Was Thirteen Years Old Again

I realize this post may lead some of you to question my level of musical taste. My writing on OS consists mostly of tributes to rock heroes from my generation, all of whom are rapidly approaching senior citizen status. But that love of music started earlier than with the rockers I grew to admire and make part of my daily life.

 What I'm about to tell you may make me lose all credibility and any coolness factor I may have had in your eyes when it comes to music. Deep breath. Here goes.…

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Added by Schmoopie on March 19, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Frampton Comes Alive--35 Years Later

 

Hard as it is for me to believe, Frampton Comes Alive was released 35 years ago. It was the must have album of the day and I remember everyone rushing out to get the double disc vinyl album eager to recreate the concert experience of a Frampton show. Back in the day of stereos with record changers, I remember stacking the two albums on the turntable spindle ready to lose myself in the tunes. The albums were even manufactured for this with one disc…

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Added by Schmoopie on March 18, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Anyone Remember Snow? (OS Archives 2012)

Well, the grand plan for this weekend was to get the spring transplanting going before the garden buds out, inspired by Phyllis45's bustling garden work on her posts this week  ( http://open.salon.com/blog/phyllis45 ).

Mother Nature has intervened.

So, this snow, snowy Sunday, in the one corner of our country that is cold right now, we are inside with a fire crackling in the fireplace. Husband is on the ladder painting…

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Added by Anna Herrington on March 18, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

March 17th, 2012

My child’s father married his second wife today. Good for him; I wish them all the best while at the same time I’m curious how many lessons he actually learned from marriage and divorce the first time around.
 
Although the logistics of child pick up and drop off were discussed, no one bothered to mention how—or if—I should look into proper attire for the daughter of the groom. But I know my child, and a quick costume change under pressure was the recipe for a…
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Added by Jewellya on March 17, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

a little more about me

When I was twelve I returned from a Revivalist Summer with my grandmother, who was the piano lady for her brother’s Baptist church, nestled in the kudzu on top of Sand Mountain in the northeast corner of Alabama. After two months of churchgoings every Wednesday, twice on Sundays, and every day, all day for two weeks, Maw Maw gifted me a copy of The Living Bible and I was determined to carry on the spirit--even if it existed only in my bedroom. 

Granted, I was the lone quasi-Catholic…
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Added by Jewellya on March 16, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

people of the south wind [windy camping]

The Kansa natives, "Indians" as we ignorantly called them, were also known as"the People of the south wind."
 

 
The south wind in spring brings the warmth I desire and crave. This time of year, it blows hard from the Gulf-- not much geographically to stop it between there and, well, Canada. We reside here, in the middle. . .
 
 
 
 TV is…
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Added by tr ig on March 15, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

PC Warning: More Racist Language & the End of the World

Mac’s Birthday Present:

waterski 3               waterski good              

Mac's Present & My Slalom

1960 was the year I gave up music for art.  John F. Kennedy won the Democratic nomination for…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 15, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

San Francisco Pet Cemetery

MARCH 15, 2012 8:49AM

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CEM SIGN  

 As promised in my …

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Added by John Manchester on March 15, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hidden San Francisco

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MARCH 13, 2012 8:54AM

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HEART

 “I Left a 'Piece of My Heart' in San…

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Added by John Manchester on March 13, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

More Spiders, Submarines & My First Vulcan Mind Meld

Spiders and submarines:

1 USS Nautilus SSN 571

 

USS Nautilus SSN 571 USDoD

One of my favorite toys came out of a cereal box.  It was about an inch and a half long made of light grey injection molded plastic and powered by baking soda.  I carried my tiny model of…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 12, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rat Hockey

This is kind of an “interim “ post- cleaning up unfinished business, making a transition

I've spent an interesting week and an interesting day, The kind of “interesting” in the Chinese curse, “May you live an interesting life”

I'm going to try out a kind of a Chautauqua here.

Some of you will understand what…

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Added by Token on March 10, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Black Sheep

Papaw John:

black sheep  

from Black Sheep directed by Jonathan King

After a weekend conversation with my brother Rick we realized that I’ve overlooked a couple of Black Sheep in our mother’s family: her…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 8, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Grace

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MARCH 8, 2012 8:21AM

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the path out  

The ophthalmologist who diagnosed me with a retinal stroke called it “the…

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Added by John Manchester on March 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Get Funkifized with Tower of Power

Get Funkifized with Tower of Power

 

Bay Area funky soul at its best. The Tower of Power ( TOP to their fans) lineup has changed over the years with  60+ musicians recording or touring with the group, but their trademark sound has not. 43 years of down and dirty funk that started in Oakland, California when Emilio Castillo and Stephen "…

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Added by Schmoopie on March 8, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

A little night music, in this case blues

originally published March 7, 2012 on Open Salon

The bar no longer exists. The band, however, does. 







It's a quarter after one in the morning on a Saturday in early August, the tail end of a Friday night gig that started at about nine. The venue is a small, smoky neighborhood bar on the outskirts of downtown (the ban hasn't gone into effect yet), a place that hosts live music most nights and has a decent jukebox. No kitchen; the most elaborate food they…

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Added by koshersalaami on March 7, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Dirty Old Man, Summer on the Farm & Corporal Punishment

The Dirty Old Man:

DOM1  

flickrhivemind.net

In the spring and summer of 1959 the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and found asylum in India, the…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Another Funeral, and the Blissful Relief of Fresh Snow

Another Funeral:

graveyard in snow  

flickrhivemind.net

On January 6thFidel Castro arrived in Havana.  Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 5, 2012 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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