Influential Music

In the beginning, there were:

Peggy Lee
The Rascals
Righteous Brothers

Maybe the MOST influential, was any song played live by:
The South Shore Road Band

Thirteen of My Favorite Songs

John Mayall – Room To Move
Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
Sly & the Family Stone – Dance To The Music
The Beatles – Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
The Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Fire
Pink Floyd- Speak To Me-Breathe
Santana – Se a Cabo and Samba Pa Ti
Bruce Springsteen – E Street Shuffle
Return to Forever – Majestic Dance
Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now
Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steve Stills – Albert’s Shuffle

My challenge was 10 albums, I narrowed it down to 14 songs.

The list will not be complete 👌 until I add something from the following:

James Brown and Maceo Parker
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Sam and Dave
The Temptations
Led Zeppelin
Spencer Davis Group
The Who
The Band
Crosby Stills and Nash
Humble Pie
Stevie Wonder
Joni Mitchell
KoKo Taylor
The Grateful Dead
Paul Simon
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Steely Dan
Frank Zappa
Bob Marley and the Wailers
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

And many, many more

Wifey and me were In the Caribbean and a local band was trying to tire everyone out so they could go home
They ended up playing :
Buster Poindexter And His Banshees Of Blue – Hot Hot Hot

For maybe 30 to 40 minutes. One of the best workouts in my life.

Sly Stone

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British sarcasm ‘lost on Americans’

What the British sayWhat the British meanWhat others understand
I hear what you sayI disagree and do not want to discuss it furtherHe accepts my point of view
With the greatest respect…I think you are an idiotHe is listening to me
That’s not badThat’s goodThat’s poor
That is a very brave proposalYou are insaneHe thinks I have courage
Quite goodA bit disappointingQuite good
I would suggest…Do it or be prepared to justify yourselfThink about the idea, but do what you like
Oh, incidentally/by the wayThe primary purpose of our discussion is…That is not very important
I was a bit disappointed thatI am annoyed thatIt doesn’t really matter
Very interestingThat is clearly nonsenseThey are impressed
I’ll bear it in mindI’ve forgotten it alreadyThey will probably do it
I’m sure it’s my faultIt’s your faultWhy do they think it was their fault?
You must come for dinnerIt’s not an invitation, I’m just being politeI will get an invitation soon
I almost agreeI don’t agree at allHe’s not far from agreement
I only have a few minor commentsPlease re-write completelyHe has found a few typos
Could we consider some other options?I don’t like your ideaThey have not yet decided

More Quotes for Life

for the Brat, with love

strongerWinnie the Pooh

On love:

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh

On the importance of the little things:

Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

On being present:

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

On the futility of worry:

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.

On knowing by simply being:

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.

On individuality:

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

On the difference between knowledge and understanding:

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”

On knowing that you don’t need anybody else to complete you:

I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn’t anymore.

On self-sacrifice:

Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.

On gratitude:

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.

On comfort zones:

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

On not overthinking:

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…

On unselfishness:

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.

On the wealth in your life:

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

On clearing your mind of all thoughts:

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.

On the value of dreams:

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.

On the benefits of not micromanaging everything:

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.

On the beauty within the arts:

But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

On finding joy in everything:

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.


More Quotes for Life




Computer Problems?

“Did you try turning it off and on again?” – The IT Crowd

Did you uninstall and reinstall the offending program?

Clear Cache

Bless Device

Caress Device

Shutdown and Power Off Device

Do the Dance of the Backward Bits

Cross Every Finger

Stroke Your Lucky talisman

Stand on One Foot and Rub Your Belly

Swing a rubber chicken over your head 3 times

Turn on Device

Uncross and then Recross Every Finger

Say : Good Computer, Nice Computer, Please Help Me Wondrous Machine

Try it again

Really folks, blow the dust out, try a different cable, try a different computer, reboot, unplug it, try a few simple things first.

Windows 10 fix a mis behaving program or app.

If I don’t say turn it off and on, clear browser cache and run disk cleanup, the computer gods will turn on me, next.

1) Always good to do a quick virus and malware scan

2) Scan the app giving problem (Custom scan pick the install directory)

3) SFC – System File Check is next

This is official page, but, it appears to be wrong

Skip this

Enter DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth (note the space before each “/”). (Note: This step may take a few minutes to start and up to 30 minutes to run and complete.)

Do this

Usually, right click start, command prompt(admin) sfc / scannow


4) if the above does not fix it, uninstall and reinstall app

5) if that does not fix it, replace app with similar app

6) if that does not fix it, go to bank, get 10 million, give to gary, he will fix it

7) if having other problems on this machine, full malware and virus scan

8) If no still no luck, Restore to a prior version

How To Ask Good Questions

Before you even ask a question, first try to find the answer by:

  1. Reading the documentation
  2. Reading the FAQ (the list of Frequently Asked Questions)
  3. Searching the archives of the forum you plan to post to
  4. Searching the Web
  5. Experimenting
  6. Asking a skilled friend
  7. Reading the source code (if you are a programmer)

Take your time, and consider each item on this list. You may not get a polite response if you ask a question which could have been answered by doing one of these things.

When asking a question, consider the following when preparing the post. If you don’t understand why something is on this list, do it anyway. For further explanation and discussion from the original document, click the “more…” links.

  1. Make sure you are asking in the right place (more…)
  2. Start a new thread or discussion for your question (more…)
  3. Use a meaningful, specific Subject line (more…)
  4. Send questions in plain text (more…)
  5. Write in clear, grammatical, correctly-spelled English (to the best of your ability) (more…)
  6. Say what you are trying to achieve before describing what you did (more…)
  7. Describe how your problem shows itself clearly and concisely (more…)
  8. Describe what goes wrong, not your guesses at the cause (more…)
  9. Say how you have already tried to find a solution – see section 1 (more…)
  10. Be explicit about what your question is (more…)
  11. Don’t say your question is “urgent”, even if it is urgent for you (more…)
  12. Don’t ask people to reply by private email (more…)

If you manage to solve the problem, post a follow-up message describing exactly what the problem turned out to be, and how you solved it. You will be grateful for people who post such messages when you are searching for solutions in the future.

Windows Update Fixes

Elevated command prompt

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth   (fast)

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth  (takes a while)

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:\Sources\Install.wim:1 /LimitAccess  Where “X” is the drive letter where the ISO is located.  Simply change the “X” to the correct drive letter

You can use a running Windows installation as a source to restore optional features by sharing the c:\Windows folder on your network.

You can use a Windows side-by-side folder from a network share or from a removable media, such as the Windows DVD, as the source of the files. For example, z:\sources\SxS.

Try the steps here:

1 (800) 642-7676

H. L. Mencken

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.

Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.

It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.

No man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man.

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

True friends stab you in the front.

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young

Bibliographic Notes:  First published in the 1894 December (and only) issue of the Oxford student magazineThe Chameleon.

The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible.  What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.

If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.

A really well-maded buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.

Religions die when they are proved to be true.  Science is the record of dead religions.

The well-bred contradict other people.  The wise contradict themselves.

Nothing that actually occurs is of the smallest importance.

Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.

In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential.  In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential.

If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.

Pleasure is the only thing one should live for.  Nothing ages like happiness.

It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.

No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime.  Vulgarity is the conduct of others.

Only the shallow know themselves.

Time is a waste of money.

One should always be a little improbable.

There is a fatality about all good resolutions.  They are invariably made too soon.

The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated.

To be premature is to be perfect.

Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right and wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.

In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.

Greek dress was in its essence inartistic.  Nothing should reveal the body but the body.

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

It is only the superficial qualities that last.  Man’s deeper nature is soon found out.

Industry is the root of all ugliness.

The ages live in history through their anachronisms.

It is only the gods who taste of death.  Apollo has passed away, but Hyacinth, whom men say he slew, lives on.  Nero and Narcissus are always with us.

The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.

The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.

Only the great masters of style ever succeed in being obscure.

There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.

Voicemail Prompts

What use to be an  your “answering machine” message.

A collection:

Hey, hello and how do you do?
Leave a short message, and I will get back to you.

Hey! Its ____. Wanna hear a joke?
Knock, knock!
Whos there?
Not me, so leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can (:

I don’t know who you are, and I don’t know what you want. But you can tell me all of that in the message you leave me.

Hello and thank you for calling the Starstripe Mental Hospital. If you need to reach a patient please press 1 and then say their name. If you are delusional please have either you or your monkey press 2 and we will connect you to Mothership. If you have short term memory loss and you don’t know who we are or why you called please press 3 and we will remind you. If you are dying… well that is not our problem and we can not do anything about it. If you want to sell us something… this number is no longer valid. Thank You for calling Starstripe Mental Hospital and have a nice day.

If you are a burglar, then we’re probably at home cleaning our weapons right now and can’t come to the phone. Otherwise, we probably aren’t at home and it’s safe to leave us a message.

I’m writing the definitive work on pain. I would like you to tell me how this machine makes you feel. Remember, be honest. This is for posterity.

You have reached 555-6238. Why?

Bullwinkle Hey, Rocky, somebody called while we weren’t home. Watch me pull their message out of this machine! Rocky: Again? Bullwinkle: Nuthin’ up my sleeve… PRESTO! [Sound of vicious dog barking, stops abruptly.] Bullwinkle: Must have been a wrong number. Rocky: Here’s a chance for you to REALLY leave your message.

These words are lovely dark and deep, but I’ve got promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, so leave a message at the beep.

Hi, If I owe you money,please stay on the line.  If you owe me money, please send a check ASAP.

Hi, if your selling something, I ain’t interested.

To speak, or not to speak, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to leave a message after the beep, or to take arms against a sea of answering machines, and by opposing, end them. To dial, to speak, no more. Thus answering machines do make cowards of us all.

A nice collection of messages at