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  1. 39 points
  2. 37 points
    Maybe I should wait until I'm drunk and sappy, but I want to thank deeply and sincerely the people who participated in this thread. Actually all of them, because even the ones who irritated me earlier seemed to get with the spirit of the thread after all! (Or possibly I just became less irritable and got in the spirit myself.) When I started this, I expected it to be rock, Uruk, ilove80s and me, with a wikkid story thrown in now and then. I'm not going to rank my favorite aspects of the thread (or am I?), but here are aspects I particularly loved in no particular order: --Interacting with new people whom I've never iTalked to before! I loved seeing new "faces" and felt like I got to know some really cool people, including some whose usernames I'd never even seen previously. --Interacting with people who have been GBs on the board for a while! Even if we knew each other a bit, I have a new appreciation for you guys. --Hearing people's personal stories and memories associated with the Beatles. As I mentioned near the beginning in a post no one read, I don't have any of those, and I loved living vicariously through yours. --Being introduced to new videos, new versions of songs, new cover songs, new bands, and new facts. The knowledge in this thread is extraordinary. Ted Lange needs a special shout-out for his amazing video collection. --The covers from Nipsey, fatguy, and Shaftdaughter. We need a post that accumulates those in one spot. --Shtick! (Don't worry, Tanner, it says "Shtick!") Excellent shtick up and down, but Binky needs a special shout-out for stick-to-it-iveness and a scary-wide selection of memes. --Getzlaf for the yeoman's work on the consensus rankings, and heckmanm calculating my favorite albums. --Participation in my two contests. Now I associate songs with particular people, since I have this weird thing where I read people's posts and remember them. I know every person's pick for my #1 off the top of my head, so when I hear them I think of iPeople. Same with songs people have named as their own favorites. --Supportive posts and PMs from a variety of people throughout, including many I didn't iKnow well before now. Thus concludes my acceptance speech. Btw, I feel like I'm going to spend the rest of my life prefacing every list I make with "in no particular order."
  3. 28 points
    I've been meaning to give an update and have some time, so here goes. First, another grateful thanks to everybody here for being so supportive with words and $. One of the most amazing things about this illness is it's opened my eyes to the goodness and generosity of my various communities - internet, defense bar, law enforcement, people I grew up with, people in my town. It's been overwhelming, sometimes literally. A lot has changed but a lot is still the same since my last update. Physically, I've continued to deteriorate slowly. I now need a cane to walk anywhere, and sometimes that's not enough. I'm thinking of moving to a "Rollator" which is a four-wheeled walker that also has a seat when you need one. Mentally I really don't want to move to that since in my mind those are strictly for old ladies. But it seems inevitable. I also walk MUCH more slowly. I now use flexible orthodic braces too - they have a plastic sole that goes under the foam insert in my shoes, and then firm plastic bars that run up my ankle and strap around my calves. I've only had them for a few days but they keep me more stable, keep my toes lifted so I don't trip as much, and even have a little bit of bounce to them so I use less energy walking. The downside of the braces is it takes even longer and is more tiring to get dressed in the morning. In fact, most things take longer. The other physical difference is I feel my arms and hands weakening. I drop things frequently. Typing is becoming more difficult. I've made a few short attempts at using voice recognition software but haven't given it enough time yet, so I'm not sure how that'll work for me. I also plan on doing voice-recording soon so that my digital voice is still available when/if my real voice goes. One awful thing I've been having to come to grips with is that certain things are just gone from my life. My hobbies and favorite pass-times are watching my kids sports, playing sports, working on my aquarium, playing guitar/drums, singing, hiking, and body surfing. Other than watching my kids' sports, I will never be able to do any of those the same way again. I can't hike. My legs won't kick in water and I won't be able to stand in waves, so I can't body surf. I can't hold chords or move my hands or feet quickly, so playing instruments is becoming more difficult. My voice can't reach or hold notes that used to be no problem. I can't carry water around to clean my aquarium the way I'd like. Most of these things don't impact my daily activities. On a moment to moment basis I can accept all of them and not be upset. It is what it is. But sometimes when I have time to reflect it creeps in that so many of the activities that make life great are just gone. The thought that I'll never run again is simple, but sad and deep. It sucks. On a positive note I can say that my wife and kids continue to be amazing. I spent a lot of this morning thinking about my 15 year old (16 on Saturday) and looking at pictures of the two of us. I got myself pretty upset and ended up texting him a bunch of the pictures. From class he texted back "best 1-2 combination ever." I wrote back that I was thinking about him and how much I loved him and how proud I was. So then he writes back "Love you too dad, many more of those pictures to be taken." :crying: Last week I had a bad fall in the kitchen when my dog walked under my feet. I fell hard, hit my back on a door frame, and had the wind knocked out of me. My 9 year old saw and was pretty upset. As I lay there before getting up my 15 year old laid down next to me and calmly started just joking around, making both me and the 9 year old feel instantly better. He's never seen me or my wife do anything like that - it's just instinctual, which is amazing. I think that'll be all for now -randall
  4. 25 points
    My family has a history of alcoholism. My father, grandfathers and uncles were alcoholics. I had an uncle go to rehab and has now been sober for 5 years. Most were functioning alcoholics which made it worse. I grew up not realizing any of this until I was older. It was considered normal for my cousins and I to run to the store next door to pick up beer and cigarettes when were were 10-12 years old. The store owner knew our family and we had an open tab at the place. We were often sent over to grab a six pack, or more whenever we were at my grandfather's house. The guys would sit on the front porch and drink for hours. This was after they got home from work where they drank all day (construction). My cousins are now both alcoholics (one married and functional - won't admit it). The other is constantly moving around drinking his paychecks away. Last I heard he moved back in with his mother after he was kicked out of a girlfriends place. He's now 41. When I was 22, I saw my father's health deteriorate. Too much alcohol. His liver was starting to fail. Yet he still insisted he was "fine". He needed a transplant, but he had to go through rehab and AA first. He fought it saying he didn't have a problem. It took him two years to get through to him. I think what got his mind right was that he was going to be a grandfather. After all of that, he saw his doctor and did everything they asked him to do. He knew if he didn't get the transplant he'd never see his first grandchild. What my parents didn't tell me was that they had troubles finding a donor. They found a non-relative to be a living donor, but the match wasn't great, so the success rate was low. When I found this out, I told them I was going to do it. The doctor told us that a living donation from a blood relative was the best match. We had the surgery 18 years ago. He is still alive and sober. I have a big scar to remind me every day why I don't want to be like my family. I'll drink very rarely, but I'm fully aware of the addicted mentality of my family. They were consumed by alcohol. I have mental and physical scars to remind me. That's not who I want to be, and I'll do what I can to keep my kids from going down that same path.
  5. 24 points
    As if Mondays don't suck enough, let's start the week off right by bumming everyone the #### out first thing in the morning.
  6. 24 points
    The human brain is really tremendous at pattern recognition. So good, in fact, that it notices patterns that aren't there.
  7. 24 points
    if you typed out gibbs question it would look like an swc post that is all i am sayin take that to the bank bromigos
  8. 24 points
    Im way too naive or yall some paranoid MFers
  9. 23 points
  10. 22 points
    It does until someone's kid monopolizes the Millipede game for 3 hours.
  11. 22 points
    1. In My Life (Rubber Soul, 1965) Beatles version: Spotify YouTube There are only two songs I’ve ever heard that I thought were perfect in their composition and recording, by which I mean that I listen to them and can’t think of a single sound that I would add or subtract or change, or tempo or meter change I would make, not even a single pause I’d extend or contract. One is Big Star’s “The Ballad of El Goodo.” And then there’s this. In 1964, a journalist named Kenneth Allsop asked John why he didn’t write more personal songs, such as the poetry John wrote in his book, In His Own Write. Inspired by that question along with his then-current fascination with Bob Dylan, John set out out to write what he considered the first song to be written specifically about his own life, “a journalistic vision of a trip from home to downtown on a bus naming every sight.” John considered this “remembrance of friends and lovers of the past” his first major piece of work: “Up till then it had all been sort of glib and throwaway. And that was the first time I consciously put my literary part of myself into the lyric.” Though John wrote the lyrics, Paul contributed significantly to the composition of the song by contributing some of the melody, including on the bridges, as well as the three-part harmonies. Paul later claimed a bit more, making this one of a couple of songs where the two vocally and publicly disagreed on a substantial part of the songwriting credit, but I don’t want to focus on that here. As it turns out, it’s hard for me to write about perfection. This isn’t a song I want to break down element by element, because the beauty arises from each element working perfectly with the others. That said, I’ll list a few of the highlights for me: The piano part that I thought for years was a harpsichord. Actually that effect was purposeful, as George Martin describes it: “I did it with what I call a 'wound up' piano, which was at double speed – partly because you get a harpsichord sound by shortening the attack of everything, but also because I couldn't play it at real speed anyway. So I played it on piano at exactly half normal speed, and down an octave. When you bring the tape back to normal speed again, it sounds pretty brilliant.” Fittingly, Martin threw down this bit while John was having a break for tea, likely having left with one of his usual vague but insistent directives such as, “Play it like Bach!” or “Make it sound Elizabethan!” Those harmonies weaving in and out, bringing emphasis to the lines John sings solo. And John’s vocal, among my favorites from him. That extra beat/pause just before John goes into the falsetto near the end. And John’s falsetto near the end. George’s short but poignant guitar intro. Drums and percussion. Mr. krista elaborates on this below. I’ll just mention the little triplets before dropping back into syncopation on the fifth and seventh lines of the verses. Subtle but sublime. I understand the lyrics are great, but I don’t care. What I hear is only how they’re sung, which is wistfully but with nearly equal parts sadness and contentment. I don’t have to listen to the words but from only the vocal sound can picture John thinking both fondly and with melancholy about earlier times, not just sappy nostalgia but a clear-eyed reminiscence along with an equal appreciation for what he has today. Rather than listening to the parts, though, I prefer just to let this one wash over me as a perfect whole. Mr. krista: “You know how I feel about this song. The measured considered drumming is perfect for a song about someone considering or taking stock of their life, and looking back on choices they’ve made with affection at the remove of a few years. It’s simply perfect. A hack would do it too fast. He wisely doesn’t hit the high hat on each note because it’s in eighth notes, which would sound crazy fast and rushed and not measured. But there’s nothing keeping time – he uses the snare because he’s a lefty, but the snare is always right there where it needs to be, just like the protagonist, who wanders around and is there. Everything in the song is about the rest of the song. It works beautifully. It’s such a beautiful and simple sentiment that it can be expressed perfectly in that short amount of time. It’s just…great.” Suggested covers: Johnny Cash And because he credits The Beatles with his entire musical career, Ozzy Osbourne
  12. 21 points
    No clue where that would be. It probably dates back to a post I put up around 2005 or so. I started a new job and on my first day they didn't have a computer in my office. So I was told to just sit there and get acquainted with my office. I'm old so my memory might not be spot on, but after a couple of hours of just sitting in my office doing nothing, I took a pen and started to pretend it was a rocket, kind of like you'd do when you were in elementary school. I did a countdown and "launched" it. But during the liftoff, something went terribly wrong and the telemetry controls went haywire. The rocket drifted off course and started to spin, but the rockets did not cut off, causing the rocket to spin towards the ground. With no option of aborting, the crew could do nothing except scream as the rocket plunged into the ground, exploding and killing everyone onboard. It was a horrible travesty. And lucky for me, the President of the company was standing in my office doorway to witness the entire event without me noticing. When I finally saw him and tried to act cool like nothing had happened, he looked at me and said something like, "Those poor brave souls." And then walked away.
  13. 21 points
    3. Abbey Road medley (Abbey Road, 1969) Beatles version: see separate links below First, because I promised, and what I need in my life is more ranking, that I would indicate my favorite segments within this song as well, here we go: She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Polythene Pam The End Golden Slumbers You Never Give Me Your Money Carry That Weight Sun King Mean Mr. Mustard This is just phenomenal and probably doesn’t get to be #1 or #2 just because there’s so much to it, including some parts I like significantly less than others. At its peaks, though, it’s my favorite song; as I already mentioned in a prior write-up (that no one read), the last 23 seconds of “Polythene Pam” leading into the first 47 seconds of “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” is one of my three favorite Beatles song, along with the bridge in “Something” and the drum fills in “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Paul described the idea of the “montage” of songs as they referred to it: ““We did it this way because John and I had a number of songs, which were great as they were, but we'd finished them. It often happens that you write the first verse of a song and then you've said it all, and can't be bothered to write a second verse, repeating or giving a variation. So, I said to John, 'Have you got any bits and pieces, which we can make into one long track?' And he had, and we made a piece that makes sense all the way through.” While it might have been a desire to use up some loose ends, Paul also had a vision of this melding into an “operatic structure,” or perhaps it could be called “symphonic” instead. It certainly has that feel to me, successfully combining disparate parts in a flowing fashion, displaying a dozen or more musical styles within the context of one integrated piece. I think we can call it A BEATLES SHOWCASE! Mr. krista on the medley as a whole: “Better than the sum of its parts. Guided by Voices records remind me of this. This mixture of disparate styles thrown in there. In a good Guided by Voices record I usually hate 30% of it but somehow together it seems so complete ” It’s going to be easier, though not in any way freaking easy, to break this down piece by piece. You Never Give Me Your Money Beatles version: Spotify YouTube This was written by Paul as a rare protest song from him, against the new manager that he had not wanted to bring on: “This was my lambasting Allen Klein’s attitude to us: no money, just funny paper, all promises and it never works out.” Like John’s “Happiness Is A Warm Gun,” it’s a mashing together of three different parts. It’s a medley within The Medley! I love this one; it’s like a “Best of Paul,” with so many different parts and segues and styles thrown in. His vocal work is fantastic in this song segment, as are all the chord and tempo changes that I won’t go into because I have eight parts to write up. Sheesh. The first portion is the skewering of Allen Klein that Paul mentioned. George agreed with the sentiment: “'’Funny paper' – that's what we get. We get bits of paper saying how much is earned and what this and that is, but we never actually get it in pounds, shillings and pence. We've all got a big house and a car and an office, but to actually get the money we've earned seems impossible." It starts with a melancholy vocal and poignant piano that emphasizes the downbeat nature with some nice pregnant pauses, then adds urgency from the increased tom-tom sound and insistent vocals into the next section. The second portion is a look back at how the band spent its early years, with some nostalgia but no sappiness. It describes how the guys didn’t have many prospects and were uncertain their futures, until they decided to dive headlong into the music business and pursue “that magic feeling.” I love Paul’s jaunty piano work, his bass playing, and old-fashioned ragtime sound, and in particular his singing style and the way he presents “that magic feeling.” The third portion, including the guitar solo leading into it, is my favorite part; this section is another reference (like “Two Of Us”) to Paul and Linda’s penchant for hopping in the car and getting lost in the countryside. The rising vocals swell into a major key while Ringo offers a nice counterpoint on to every measure, with guitars and tambourines increasing the urgency, until they fall away into that countdown sequence that you probably find fun and intriguing (if you’re me) or annoying. Mr. krista: “McCartney was the band dad, wasn’t he? This is Band Dad saying like “#### you guys.” But it really kind of rocks.” Suggested cover: Glenn Tilbrook Sun King Beatles version: Spotify YouTube My favorite part of this one is the soaring transition into it from the prior section, which, as in “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Paul accomplished by including some tape loops, this time with bells, birds, bubbles and crickets. That transition sets a nice dreamy mood, but this segment of the medley is kind of boring to me, and I’m oddly not that into the rich vocals, including the harmonies. Maybe it’s all slightly too languid for my taste, even though it sets an appropriately stark mood. If this comes on the radio in isolation, I always think it’s going to be “Don’t Let Me Down” and then get disappointed. Paul does a nice bass line, though, as well as some interesting counter-melodies on the organ, and I’m amused by the partly-Spanish gibberish they string together. John thoughtfully called this segment, “a piece of garbage I had around.” Fun fact: The guitar part was heavily influenced by Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross.” Mr. krista: “I don’t really care for it singularly that much but I like its inclusion in there. It breaks it up.” Suggested cover: Gomez Mean Mr Mustard Beatles version: Spotify YouTube This segment was written along with “Polythene Pam” while the lads were in India. Once they decided to make the medley, John changed the reference in this part from “sister Shirley” to “sister Pam” so that it would link with the latter. John’s inspiration: “I'd read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid five-pound notes, not up his nose but somewhere else. No, it had nothing to do with cocaine.”Although this is my least favorite section of the medley, I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s “a bit of crap,” as John did. I like Paul’s cheesy backing vocal and the silliness of the segment in this small of a dosage, but I find myself just killing time to get to the next segment. As a reminder from my prior write-up (which no one read), this segment was intended to be followed by “Her Majesty,” and when the latter was cut out of the medley, this one lost its final chord, which became part of “Her Majesty” instead. The build-up in this song seems to lead well into “Polythene Pam” anyway. Mr. krista: “I don’t care for it all that much.” Suggested cover: Cornershop Polythene Pam Beatles version: Spotify YouTube LOOK OUT! As I stated above, the end of this building into the beginning of the next segment is not just my favorite part of this medley, but my favorite part of almost any Beatles song. This was recorded through with “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,” so it makes sense that that transition is so compelling. I get a little bored with the prior two portions of the medley, but beginning here and all the way through “The End,” it rocks my face off. The character “Polythene Pam” was conceived from a combination of two people. The first was a girl nicknamed “Polythene Pat,” whom the guys knew from their Cavern Club days, and who garnered the nickname because of her proclivity to eat polythene. She had a friend who worked at a factory and got her a never-ending supply, which she ate raw as the Good Lord intended, or sometimes would burn and then eat it after it cooled down. Nom! The second inspiration was the girlfriend of poet Royston Ellis, who joined John and Ellis for a sleepover (ahem) one night. As described by Ellis: “We'd read all these things about leather and we didn't have any leather but I had my oilskins and we had some polythene bags from somewhere. We all dressed up in them and wore them in bed. John stayed the night with us in the same bed. I don't think anything very exciting happened and we all wondered what the fun was in being 'kinky.'” John remembered it as an actual sexual encounter, though: “perverted sex in a polythene bag.” I love every second of this segment, starting with John’s stabbing riffs during the intro, so thrashing for an acoustic guitar, followed by George and Paul joining with their distinctive guitar and bass lines and Ringo on his tom-toms, continuing through John’s Scouse vocal and then the swirling harmonies. The entire segment is an intense propulsive groove and full of blasting energy, but it’s George’s guitar solo and that final build that make this, together with the next segment, the most rocking part of the song. Fun fact: You can hear Paul overshoot his bass note ~0:45. He wanted to fix it, but the others insisted he leave in the mistake. Mr. krista: “Love it Awesome track. Rocks super hard. Sounds like a great Who song. Better because the Beatles are a better band. Really funny lyrics, too.” Suggested cover: Don't kill me. Bee Gees She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles version: Spotify YouTube Though there are some competing stories, this is most likely based on an incident involving the “Apple Scruffs,” the name given to the girls who would hang out around the studio hoping to see the Beatles. A few of them found a ladder and actually entered Paul’s house through an open bathroom window while Paul wasn’t home, proceeding to rummage around, meet Martha the sheepdog, and even abscond with some photos and clothing. As discussed, the lead in to this is perfect, and then Paul’s “oh look out!’ launches us excitedly into the pulse of this song. I ####### love the harmonies on the chorus, love the guitar work and especially the little “responses” at the end of every line, love the interplay of the bass and guitar, love Ringo’s fills that keep propelling everything ever-more-urgently along, love the off-the-beat handclaps. My face is missing having been rocked off. “Oh yeah.” Mr. krista: “Also really funny lyrics. I really like it. It’s that jivey, bouncy number. If Paul McCartney had a little less talent and a little more hacker, he’d so be [name redacted.”] I think he’s just too decent of a person. Or maybe just so much more true to the music.” Suggested cover: Ike & Tina Turner (see Bee Gees on "Polythene Pam" above) Golden Slumbers Beatles version: Spotify YouTube First and foremost, IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S TRUE. Now that we have that out of the way, back to the serious stuff. This one was conceived by Paul based on a lullaby he found in a songbook at his father’s house. The song contained lyrics by the poet Thomas Dekker, but Paul couldn’t read music so adapted the lyrics using his own tune. This was recorded at the same time as “Carry That Weight,” which might account for the fabulous transition. Speaking of transitions, I wish there were one between this and “Polythene Pam” before it; sounds too chopping to me without that. These two were initially recorded while John was out due to his car accident; John recorded some backing vocals for “Carry That Weight” about six weeks later but doesn’t appear on this section, so just Paul, Ringo, and George here, along with about a squillion orchestral musicians. There’s a lot of speculation about the words’ meanings, from mourning the disintegration of the band to longing for his mother to wondering why krista4 ditched him (I might have added that last one), but I don’t particularly care about the lyrics on this one. Paul’s vocal is the standout, as even Alleged Paul Hater Mr. krista states below; it is gently yearning and chillingly beautiful. It would be impossible to choose a favorite Paul vocal among the Beatles songs, just as it would be a monumental, perhaps Christ- or at least Salk-like accomplishment to rank 204 Beatles songs, but if one were to be so brazen, she might rank this near the top. George also contributes a Paul-like fantastic bass line that adds to the emotional reach of this segment. It’s a perfect lullaby…you know, other than the shout-y bits. Mr. krista: “Paul’s vocal is the standout. Once the lullaby is over, I think you could do without the strings. It’s strong enough with just his voice and the Beatles.” Suggested cover: Ben Folds (see also Phil Collins on "The End" below) Carry That Weight Beatles version: Spotify YouTube My notes from our initial listening sessions said simply, “####### rocks, dawg.” No idea why I was channeling a Samuel L. Jackson/Randy Jackson mash-up. This is another of the segments dealing with Paul’s dissatisfaction with Allen Klein: “We were taking so much acid and doing so much drugs and all this Klein #### was going on and getting crazier and crazier and crazier. Carry that weight a long time: like for ever! … It was serious, paranoid heaviness and it was just very uncomfortable.” Poor Allen Klein: unlike Jane Asher who at least got some love songs, too, he got a bunch of Paul’s #### songs. Wait, no, he was a #### who deserved it. After a new lyrical section (“Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight”), the segment reprises “You Never Give Me Your Money” with new lyrics in its section section, and then repeats the guitar’s arpeggio from the counting section to lead into “The End.” The first part is fantastic and notable for having all four Beatles singing in unison, with Ringo prominently heard! And I love these reprises as a way to link the entire medley together, and besides I loved them in the first segment, too. Mr. krista: “This is a great idea for them all to sing about themselves. Also a great sing-along idea. Can’t play that in a bar without half the people singing along.” Suggested cover: It ain't gonna be for everyone: Noah and the Whale (see also Phil Collins on "The End" below) The End Beatles version: Spotify YouTube It’s A RINGO SHOWCASE! OK, maybe not quite, but it does feature the only extended Ringo drum solo in Beatles history, and I’m running out of chances to declare anything A RINGO SHOWCASE! No other songs had contained such a solo, because Ringo in particular hated them. Per Paul: “Ringo would never do drum solos. He hated those guys who went on and on, incessantly banging while the band goes off and has a cup of tea or something. And when he joined The Beatles we said, "Ah, what about drum solos then?", thinking he might say, 'Yeah, I'll have a five-hour one in the middle of your set,' and he said, 'I hate 'em!' We said, 'Great! We love you!'” But on this segment, Paul asked Ringo if he would do a “token solo,” which Ringo resisted until George Martin convinced him to the “bloody solo” he hated. Geoff Emerick got a kick out of the whole scenario: “Usually, you have to try to talk drummers out of doing solos! He didn't want to do it, but everybody said, 'No, no, it'll be fantastic!' So he gave in – and turned in a bloody marvelous performance! … It’s not just a drummer going off.” Ringo’s solo is so beautifully Ringo; as the Human Metronome, it focuses on the beat more than ostentatious flourishes, then reintroduces the full band with a helluva groove. In addition to the RINGO SHOWCASE!, this segment is notable for containing the band's only instance of Paul, John, and George playing the guitar solo together, which amazingly was a John idea, and he even sent Yoko out of the studio for it to be recorded in private. In each sequence, the solo begins with Paul, moves to George, and ends with John; I find George’s parts particularly brilliant.. They managed it in one take, which Emerick described resulting from “all the bad blood, all the fighting, all the crap that had gone down between the three former friends was forgotten…. John, Paul, and George looked like they had gone back in time, like they were kids again, playing together for the sheet enjoyment of it.” He called their joy as a heartwarning “high point of summer 1969,” never failing to make him smile. Paul’s “very cosmic, philosophiscal” (per John) final line – “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make” – sounds kind of simplistic to me, but, whether or not intended, it formed a fitting and poignant farewell, and a graceful exit as the last line recorded by the Beatles together on a record. The orchestral flourish that follows is appropriately grand and majestic, then marching downward into a thoughtful finish that leaves you feeling like it’s all been tied neatly together. Mr krista: “Love the jam in the middle. I think I and many people first heard that on Paul’s Boutique. I’d like to know how they recorded Ringo’s drums to sound so monstrous in that solo. Sounded like Dave Grohl or something. Must have festooned that place with 15 microphones.” Suggested cover: I wanted to find one with just "The End" in isolation, but since there was nothing suitable, in honor of the RINGO SHOWCASE!, here's Phil Collins on the last three segments.
  14. 21 points
    Just wanted to thank you for starting this thread. My two boys play Fortnite, so I came down this morning, looked at them and scoffed: ”Boys, Fortnite is old news. Apex is where its at these days.” Them: “You know about Apex?” Me: “Yeah. I’ve been playing it a couple weeks. Makes Fortnite look like a sissy game.” Them: “Can we play?” Me: “Not yet.” I’ve never played Apex and knew nothing about it until this thread.
  15. 21 points
  16. 21 points
    It's a great move. I was traveling every other week last year and it got to be too much. I was faced with an ultimatum to move. Wife and I didn't want to uproot the family right now. Many of you know about how things have been with her health for quite some time, well we have finally turned the corner. She had some procedures done near the end of 2017, and last year was one of the best years of our marriage/family life we've ever had. We were able to do a long weekend trip to DC, a week at Disney, and a weekend camping/hiking in the mountains, among a number of other things. Those would have all been unthinkable a few years ago. So now that we finally have some kind of normalcy, I was frightened about doing anything that could possibly disrupt it. So yea, I buried the lead there. New job is a great opportunity and has been energizing. Still in medical devices. No real need to travel, maybe a handful of times a year.
  17. 20 points
    Didn't read, but no.
  18. 20 points
    As most kids of the 80's, arcades were a big part of my life. So glad to see them on the comeback. Took my kids to The Galloping Ghost, outside of Chicago in Brookfield, IL. It was like walking into a time warp. almost 700 games, all the classics and many I've never seen. $20 all you can play. It was a trip. No ticket games, no skee-ball, no modern games of any kind really; just classics. I don't think they had anything older than mid 1990's. https://www.gallopingghostarcade.com/games-list/ This place has to be one of the better retro arcades in the country. They seem to hold national high score events and draw people from all over the world. My oldest fell in love with Millipede and parked herself there for 3 hours. My youngest was a bit more adventurous and tried almost everything. She gravitated toward the shooters and martial arts games. They even had a Sega Holosseum, a game I'd never seen in the wild before. It was a holographic fighter game made by Sega in 1992. Huge cabinet with a concave stage where the holograms were projected. It was pretty cool. Here is a video that doesn't really do the play justice. It looked like a 3-D object, kinda like the Star Wars chess board. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3O1ojAGtPw I talked to the guy there who said these games were really expensive to play back in the day and didn't catch on. Fun to play these "expensive" games I never could afford as a kid. I mostly stuck with what I was good at back in the day; Galaga, Centipede, Tempest, Pac Man, Asteroids, Tron, Robotron. I sucked at Defender when I was younger, and still sucked at it 40 years later. The all play made it fun to not really worry about dropping too many quarters in games I wasn't good at. They also had the Venture game that I remember being great at that I was bad at now. It was a cool experience to relive my youth and share that part of my life with my kids. I think they thought (rightfully so) that most of the games paled in graphics and screen quality to new games, but I think they got the communal part of arcades that was so fun. A place to meet, play games with each other and hang out. After I got home I looked up another arcade that just opened closer to my home in Lisle, IL that has 100 classic games that has good reviews, so hoping this is a new trend. Here is long, long video showing a tour of the place with the Galloping Ghost owner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyVgyaV16xM
  19. 20 points
    The older I get the more I am learning that all of the THINGS I have don't make me happy. I have the newest phones, the smart home, etc etc etc. I realized the past summer that what I have enjoyed the most over the past year or so was simply working outdoors with my old man at our mountain cabin. I started felling trees with my father who is at the end of his life. We take the trees down, cut them into rounds and then I split the wood and we stack it. We then burn it in our fireplace or out by our fire pit and the process is incredibly satisfying. Years ago he started a huge field of blueberry bushes and over the years I would occasionally pick a bucket or two to help him out. This past summer I went up for a week and spent days picking berries. At first I was bored with it, but at some point I looked around and my dogs were playing and laying in the sun while I was sweating and totally lost in my thoughts. I spent three days picking berries, cleaning them and freezing them. It was the most enjoyable week of my summer. I also started building things to make the "wood" process easier. I built log splitting holder thinger majig. I am in the process of building a new wood shed and doing it all makes me incredibly happy. BTW, I am about as unhandy of a guy as you will meet. I recently had a conversation with my best friend about how much I hate my "tech" life. I am tethered to my phone, the internet, everyone can contact me whenever they want. I can't escape my customers or day to day life at all. He mentioned that he felt exactly the same way. I told him about my experience of being at "The Cabin" and how I am enjoying and longing for a "simpler" life. This conversation led us down a path to agreeing to go fishing or hiking together at least once a month and him helping me build a few things. 👍
  20. 19 points
    Do you think you can stay at this job?
  21. 19 points
    It's why some of us no longer do (well, other than to check some baseball stuff. and had to peek in here). But you are correct. The board has created rules of false equivalence, where one can not even truthfully call out and address those who are clearly lying, trolling or furthering causes such as racism, all the while willing to ignore proven crimes (and claiming they are for law and order) or being fine with infidelity and immoral behavior (claiming they hold the moral high ground) yet not be called out as either hypocrites or folks who lack some moral fabric. We can not honestly call out those that either support or at best don't condemn and hold accountable racists; that seek to undermine the very value of the truth, including attacks on the freedom of the press as a tool of disinformation; that claim to demand morality in life and in action yet overlook daily lies, proven infidelity and decades of outright cheating. If we can not call this cohort out on their purposeful approach to be these things and support others who are, how can we stand against the evils before us? I said it before, and before returning to my non-FBG world, will reiterate: This overly PC "we have to be nice to each other and ignore the ugly truth" approach that demands we "respect" racism, immorality, purposeful lies and avoidance of reality results in a whitewashed message board community. A community where we can not call out the evils among us as what they are: evils. When the voice of honest reason, if harsh honest reason, is silenced, the voice of those willing to lie and propagate hate, division and confusion as their M.O. win. Why play on a playing field that is literally slanted toward allowing those who act as bad actors to be viewed on equal footing with those who come sincerely, look to speak the truth, and don't stand for such awful beliefs and actions, at root? FYI, for anyone with a semblance of intellectual honesty and caring about our freedoms and democracy, this was not a good day for team Trump. If Cohen is such a liar, it only reinforces how much worse his actual boss - of TEN YEARS - is. Not to mention it ignores the FACTUAL evidence in hand (but we are not allowed to suggest that by doing so, someone must be naive, not intelligent enough to get it, or, since I actually don't believe those to be the case, willing to just blatantly lie and twist reality to support someone that has been shown to be racist, misogynistic, a terrible human and a failed businessman at most every turn). They spew, and we are asked to be polite if not silent by being prohibited from holding posters, or even a "group" that shares a certain view and approach, accountable. To silence those who look to hold others accountable has aligned board policy with those willing to do/say any and everything to lie, obfuscate and further the cause of forces that run counter to everything I was taught this nation was about. Groovy.
  22. 19 points
    You have to stop this behavior mid stream before he flushes his whole future.
  23. 19 points
    I don’t see how anyone can read this message board, with many posters buying into Seth Rich, Uranium One, etc., and come away with the conclusion that nobody would ever fall for fake stuff posted on the internet. Fake stuff posted on the internet has a huge following.
  24. 18 points
    My only comment is this: Thank you for taking your job seriously.
  25. 18 points
  26. 17 points
    Here is how your post sounds to everyone else: I overheard a friend of Brie Larson who claimed that Brie was a Nazi feminist. And not just any Nazi feminist, but an extreme one. (But apparently she is only a Nazi feminist for approximately one hour every weekday.) Meanwhile, in a totally unrelated piece of news, I am going on a double date on Saturday night. One of the three other people on the date is a transsexual who has progressed to being a male. I don't know what to do. How would you talk to him?
  27. 17 points
    He is a very nice guy in my experience. I have a handicapped brother who is obsessed with jeopardy. When he was young they said he would never be able to talk and he taught himself to speak watching jeopardy. We watch the show every day and he plays the host. We went to see jeopardy live and Alex took the time to talk to him mid show. He didn’t have to do that but he did and it made his life!
  28. 17 points
    In any other universe but the one we are in now, the sworn testimony of a fixer who orchestrated payments to TWO women, one a porn star and one a playmate, as hush money to protect a Presidential candidate during a campaign would be an earth-shattering revelation resulting in a major political scandal. For God's sake, Clinton was impeached for lying about oral sex in a deposition! And yet, the conservative, christian, moral majority party are doing everything they can to deflect, minimize, and intimidate in attempt to sweep this under the rug. The President is a ####### crook! The hypocrisy and pure gall of it is astounding.
  29. 17 points
    I saw a bunch of dudes ski down the K-12 back in the 80's. One did with only one ski. AND there was a kid on a bicycle chasing him trying to get $2 bucks off of him. His name was Lane Meyer and he was awesome.
  30. 16 points
    roverkid called me today and was totally roverkid. stoic as hell, but hitting all of her benchmarks. went 7-2 on betting college basketball today. one of her concerns was whether she'd be able to fill out a bracket.
  31. 16 points
    It has been very interesting watching Trump bend the free thought of so many people. I'd have never thought it possible for him to bend the will of my friends and family. But he has. In this day of free information, he's told them its all fake, and they just lap it up. Trump is Trump. We know what he is, he is no different. But to watch people you know to be decent people bend their own perception of him so far and so hilariously is the real social experiment here. I think it's very clear how Hitler came to power now. Very clear. People just don't care as long as their side wins. Truly amazing and horrible to behold.
  32. 16 points
    To even out the cocaine
  33. 16 points
    Good news lately. I nursed stoner poodle back to marginal health. I really thought he was about to die Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday he had the slightest recovery. Not much, but he would lift his head too see who walked into the room. He kept drinking more and more water and would nibble on dome chicken or special soups I made him. We got bloodwork Monday and his kidneys are pretty well ####ed. He had renal failure, but the doc told me if we could keep him really hydrated and put him on a kidney diet, he might rebound and last a few months or a year. This is all great news, especially when I was googling how to euthanize your dog at home last week ( I know he would not want to be die on a metal table at the vets office and no way I could shoot him). Sister still dead and I think I'm grieving sufficiently and appropriately. I'm also managing not to obsess, overthink or slip into deep melancholia. Told my folks about her death and thankfully (for me) they took it really well. I guess when you're that old you get used to seeing everyone you love die. Sucks, but that's the system. They have also really improved the last few weeks and we are going to put off moving mom into memory care for now. So really great news all around and I wanted to share it. Thank you all so much for your love and support. I don't know what I'd do without you. Please don't die.
  34. 16 points
  35. 16 points
    While this is in my top 5, I have no qualms with putting it where you did. It would have probably been in a similar place for me a couple of years ago, but then something changed it for me. My oldest daughter is now 16 and a sophomore, but when she got to be about 12-13, she developed a real aversion to being places without us. She stopped going to friends' houses for sleepovers, and then eventually even to visit at all. She didn't want friends even coming over to our house. She became a complete homebody with a fair amount of anxiety. In 7th grade, she was supposed to go with other students to a music contest all day. We were to come up later in the afternoon and hear the concert they had prepared all day. We ended up having her have a meltdown in the parking lot and refusing to get on the bus to go. She had been blessed with tremendous musical talent, but we were afraid she would never be able to share it with others in public. By the tail end of 8th grade, nothing had really changed from a social aspect, but she came home one day and said that she was going to try out for a solo for a spring showcase talent show kind of a thing. We were really pleased, but apprehensive that as the date approached, she would not be able to go through with it because of her anxiety. She was very secretive about what she was performing, even though she had asked us for ideas on what to play the piano and sing. But she would work on it weekly with her piano teacher and didn't even really want to practice it when we were around. A week or so before the talent show, we got confirmation that she was, indeed, performing "Let It Be". Prouder parents, we could not be. As the day approached, she didn't seem to be showing any signs of fear and anxiety, and we were very optimistic. The day before the concert, she came down sick. So sick, in fact, that she couldn't perform the night of the concert and stayed home in bed. She was bummed, as were we. A month or so later, her school choir was going to perform an outdoor concert with the band during lunchtime downtown. We found out that the teacher was going to have some soloists perform as well. I took the day off of work so I could help transport my parents downtown so we could hear her. Needless to say, she knocked it out of the park, and I'm not sure I've ever been more proud. The lyrics do it for me more now after hearing my daughter sing them. Coming from the place where she was coming from, just calming down and having the confidence to get up there and let it be and share her gift with the world made them mean more to me. So, there's no way that song can't be near the top for me now.
  36. 15 points
    This thread is good example of the reasons why, as a business lawyer, I hate juries. OP did his job and the fact that he was correct all along was specifically confirmed by the lawyers after the verdict, yet some are still going to say he should have ignored the written charge and come up with his own definition of guilt/innocence. If there was confusion in the jury room as to what exactly the state had to prove in order to get a verdict, that's the fault of the judge and the lawyers. In this case, a key piece of evidence was suppressed, for reasons unknown to the jury. Why do jurors always insist they should fill in the gaps in proof with their own assumptions about the law and the facts?
  37. 15 points
    @MikeBeauvais [Ivy League school water polo practice] COACH: What the hell is going on here? KID WHO OBTAINED A FRAUDULENT SCHOLARSHIP (attempting to calm down a terrified horse): Everything is fine. 4:15 PM - 12 Mar 2019
  38. 15 points
    Well that was sloppy. Fun day, but I wasn’t quite good enough to PR in those conditions. Really happy with how I executed, though. Finished 6:06ish.
  39. 15 points
    Today my mom called to tell me that the Dr told her that my grandmother, who is 98, is transitioning into her way out. We have known for the past couple months, and especially the last couple of weeks that she is nearing the end. The Dr said she will get no more liquids or food or medication now, but she is getting morphine, and she is comfortable. He said if any family members want to see her then they should come soon, because she could pass today or it could be in a few days. On my way to see her, and on my way from seeing her, I played this song over and over. It always takes me to a peaceful place within myself. I am feeling the lyrics "pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind, possessing and caressing me." My grandmother has been in a nursing home for a few years now, and the last couple have been the roughest for her. She couldn't live, but she couldn't die either. I am sad, but I also feel a joyous comfort in knowing she will soon be free. 🌈 Thanks for doing this thread, krista. The Beatles have always been my favorite band, and this thread has been a nice diversion. ❤️
  40. 15 points
    As a guy working in the trades, if anyone has that aptitude and is willing to work, seek them out. We are in desperate need of all types: HVAC techs, electricians, plumbers, machinists, etc. Seek out your local trade schools and see what interests the kids. Work with them on tools at your house when they are young. Don't automatically force them to college if they aren't the type. Don't perpetuate stereotypes about contractors. These are well paying jobs with lifetime security.
  41. 15 points
    When you step back for a second, one of the things that really stands out about today's testimony is how accurate the press has been on a story that has to be sourced anonymously. It's quite remarkable really. And that point is hammered home every time I hear someone say we didn't learn anything new today. Maybe (maybe not). But we had dozens of news reports corroborated under oath by someone who was there. #fakenews
  42. 15 points
    Mayor Quimby supports revolving door prisons. Mayor Quimby even released Sideshow Bob, a man twice convicted of attempted murder. Can you trust a man like Mayor Quimby? Vote Sideshow Bob for mayor!
  43. 15 points
    21. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Help!, 1965) Beatles version: Spotify YouTube C'mon. I realize some Beatles songs are love/hate, but this has to be one that nobody hates, right? Every person in the world sings along starting with that "Hey!", don't they? C'mon. Everybody knows this was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, but did you also know that it was banned in Lilliput because the line "feeling two-foot small" was deemed offensive to the island's inhabitants? Well of course not, because that's just dumb. C'mon. Back to Dylan, though. The musical influence of Dylan is obvious, from the (nearly all) acoustic nature to the folky feel; perhaps even John's sometimes off-key vocal are an homage? In addition to the music, though, we can hear Dylan's influence on John's lyrics. While John had started to explore more personal themes on a few songs in this same time period (such as "I'm a Loser," also influenced by Dylan), this song seemed like the most significant break from the lighter lyrics on earlier works, becoming more introspective and delving much deeper into John's personal pain. Some of the themes seen in many of John's later works - isolation, bitterness, vulnerability - seem to have first been explored here. I guess I should mention that some have speculated that this was about Brian Epstein, or about John's alleged tryst with Epstein, but none of that has ever been confirmed. As @Nigel Tufnel pointed out, this song is simpler than many that I have rated lower than it. As a result, I don't have a ton to say about the musical style or structure. What I love about it is more the overall feel; it hits some unidentifiable magic for me. I love the folk ballad style in 3/4 time. I love that the lyrics are evocative rather than obvious. I love John's slightly off-key and subdued vocal performance that then gains strength in the later verses, and I love that in this case there aren't harmonies or double-tracked vocals that would detract from the gravelly lead. I love the gradual addition of more percussion and other instrumentation, from the tambourine to the maracas to, of course, those flutes. To me the most musically interesting part of the song is that final verse, which is all instrumental and acts as the finale to the song instead of going into another chorus; that was a bold and unexpected step at the time. Fun fact: This was the first Beatles song to feature a session musician, flautist Johnnie White. (I pretend the Andy White session on "Love Me Do" did not happen.) "Flautist" is a fun word to say. Fla-u-tist. Flau-tist. Mr. krista: "Obviously I really like it and especially what Lennon does with his voice, in that lower register like Alex Chilton in the Box Tops. Cool anthemic quality. Singing in that register means everybody can sing that song. All folk songs should be in that key." Suggested cover: Since @JZilla just rejoined the thread, this is a good time for Eddie Vedder. So many covers by him of this song, but I guess this is "official"? I like this live version quite a bit.
  44. 14 points
  45. 14 points
    Alcoholic here. In April it will be 24 years since my lat drink. I don't think the scales have balanced yet, probably still have drank more than I should have in a lifetime.
  46. 14 points
    Holy crap. About to do my first open mic comedy stand up. If you don’t hear from me later...I probably ate a gun.
  47. 14 points
    I'm so pleased to be writing in this thread again. This just happened tonight. My daughters are a bit older now (10 and 8, 5th and 3rd grade respectively). 5th grader has health class coming up that requires a permission slip. I forget whatever odd phrase they're currently using to name it, but it's sex ed. So, it comes up in conversation and my daughter, bless her, goes, "Wait, so there's not a guy named Ed teaching us?" We explain that it's short for "education" and she's in stitches laughing at herself. Third grader, who you may recall from previous stories about yelling "let the base drop" while farting on me and other such tales, decides to get in on this. She starts strutting around my kitchen saying, "Hey ladies, I'm Sex Ed, stay pretty" and then firing double finger guns. I literally have no idea where she gets it from, but it's probably the funniest thing I've seen in a few years. This kid just has so much sass, she's either going to end up a comedian or an offender, unsure which way it will go.
  48. 14 points
  49. 14 points
    While I'm composing the next write-up, please enjoy this musical interlude from @Shaft41's daughter! Shaft, she is truly spectacular. I'd have said something nice even if she weren't, but maybe like "great for her age" or something (which she is, too), but seriously she's amazing. I assume your wife must have some musical talent? ETA: Also, I had to use YouTube, contrary to what I'd previously told you, but I listed it as "private" so that randoms can't come upon it.
  50. 14 points
    Didn't someone do a FFA version of that one time? "Hitler Gets Banned From Footballguys"