How can a different take on a song sound so brilliant?
Posted on June 27th, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

Say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams

I really love “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift. Mainly, because I just want to be remembered. Curiosity got the best of me to take a gander listing to Ryan Adam’s cover of the song.

It’s same song. Ryan changed up just a few lyrics to match his gender. Taylor’s singing about a guy. Ryan’s singing about a gal. And yet, the change in the song works.

However, both are awesome.  You probably know Taylor’s.  I urge to listen to Ryan’s.

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Walking Down Memory Lane
Posted on June 26th, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

I will be walking one day
Down a street far away
And see a face in the crowd and smile
Knowing how you made me laugh
Hearing sweet echoes of you from the past
I will remember you.

I just never expected that street to be Abercorn St. and possibly be your face. 😆

You start to think about some things and then they snowball.  Today’s path down the yellow brick memory road took me to 1993. I think.  One summer night, my mother wanted Cracker Barrel.  What she did was ended up loading us kids into the car and driving to Lumberton, NC.  It was the nearest Cracker Barrel to us at the time.  It was 40 miles away.

Another time, which I think was in 1992.  She wanted Sonic.  There nearest Sonic to us was 28 miles away up in Sanford, NC.  Again, we all got into the car and drove to Sonic for dinner.

My mother would get on these kicks and drive us to nearby towns in NC if it had the restaurant she wanted to eat at.

Fayetteville/Spring Lake didn’t have Krystal or Captain D’s the time we lived there. When she got her new van in summer of 1993, Goldsboro, where the dealership was, had a Captain’s D.  We ate dinner there.  And yes, this was pre-Internet.  She contacted an out-of-town dealer to help her purchase and new vehicle. Goldsboro was about 60 miles from Ft. Bragg.

I also remember one trip to Carthage, NC.  We went there to see a pageant that some friends of the time were competing in.  Carthage was 40 miles from Ft. Bragg.  She didn’t care how far it was.  She wanted to go.  So, she took her 3 girls, and the neighbor girls, to this pageant. After the pageant, all of us, including the pageant people, ate at Pizza Hut.  My mother and Lisa, one of the pageant people, shared a pizza.  Lisa mentioned no one ever orders what she loved pizza wise.  My mother was willing to listen.  When Lisa said it was Hawaiian pizza, my mother was so excited because she loved it too and the rest of the family didn’t go for it.  There in the pizza place, my mom and Lisa enjoyed pizza no one else ate.

I wish there was a small town in the Savannah area that I could drive to for a dinner. Just something to relive these days.  I live about 5 miles from a Cracker Barrel, so that charm is gone.  Sonic is about a mile and half away. The closest I can think of to driving to is Ridgeland, SC.  Maybe next weekend.

Reliving these memories are making me want to get some VHSs we have at my dad’s house and convert them to video.  Maybe next weekend as well.  It’s a holiday weekend.

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“But just because it burns, doesn’t mean you’re gonna die / You gotta get up and try, and try, and try”
Posted on June 25th, 2016 @ 9:34 pm

This song may be about the hardships of love and the like, but the chorus I take as something related to depression. Some people wallow in their sadness. I admit I do it. But Lord knows I get up to try to get up and get back up.

People have been reaching out to me about this latest bout of depression and what I’m doing to get out of it. Here’s some of the items I do do:

  • I take my medication.I make sure I have people to talk to.
  • I strive to get out and do so stuff.
  • I travel.
  • I bought a second card to make sure I always had wheel.
  • I spend time on my hobbies.

Depression is something I’ve been battling for nearly 30 years now. It’s just a constant battle. There will be ebbs and there will be flows.

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The Wanderlust is Back
Posted on May 5th, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

This past weekend, Nicki and I went to our old stomping grounds, the CSRA. We spent our younger childhood there. As we drove through Augusta, my sister said the same as I have the past few years. It’s tired looking. It doesn’t look like anyone cares about the city anymore. It’s quite sad to feel that way.

However, on the east side of the Savannah, the Aiken area looks a lot more alive. It seems like it’s cared for. Did everyone in Augusta that cared for it and could afford to move head to that side of the river? There was a vast difference between Richmond County and Aiken County.

We stayed mostly on the Aiken side of the river. We drove up to see Amy Grant, Ellie Holcomb, and Nichole Nordeman perform together. The show format was the same as the Amy Grant show I saw in Greenville, SC earlier this year.

Live Life Together Tour

Overall, it was a great show. I loved the new music I was introduced to from Nichole and Ellie.  I downloaded their latest when I got home.  I loved the fact I FINALLY got to see “Every Heartbeat” live.  Nicki and I had front row seats, and we were dancing in our seats singing along together.  Between that and the fact that the venue didn’t have that many people appear, we’re certain Amy could see us enjoying the show.

The trip, however, stirred up my wanderlust again.

Before leaving SC to head back into GA, I read up about The Little Boy and we stopped there.

What were you running from?

I don’t recall ever hearing about The Little Boy in my youth. I’m a little curious as to why.  Based on the story of the little boy,  if it was haunted, I’d think my mother would talk about it.

Next month, I have a week off from work.  I have 2 days worth of activities planned.  Now to plan the rest of the week off.

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“I’m living out the life that I’ve been given / But baby I still wish you were mine”
Posted on March 2nd, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

I found out the other day that someone that helped me after I was out of college had died. I cried. I then pull out “Missing You” by Amy Grant. I play it when I miss my mother, too. In a way, this woman did the same things my mother would have done.

Sunday night, my friend Lindsey, and I were in Greenville, SC. We went and saw Amy Grant AND Steven Curtis Chapman together in concert. In the second half of the show, Amy played the song. I cried then, too. I wasn’t expecting to hear the song.

It was a great show, seeing some songs I’d not seen before. I love the fact I heard “You’re Not Alone” from Heart in Motion.

Yesterday, I also found out Amy will be up in Aiken at the end of April.  I got some tickets and plan on taking my sister to it for her birthday.  I hope “You’re Not Alone” is played there.

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“To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart.”
Posted on November 21st, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

I am in love with this song. When I read it was a love letter to a younger version of herself, I think I teared up a bit. I thought back to my time capsule from earlier this year. When I went through the time capsule, I wrote a response to a letter I wrote myself all those years ago.  A portion of the letter:

You see, I can’t help it. I am crying for you. I read your dreams and see I still have many of them 20 years later. I wonder what the hell happened to me. I had relationships that didn’t last.

However, in positive news, I do own a house. I do make nice money for myself. I got to meet Richard Marx, your favorite. I’ve been able to travel and see places you never would have thought about. I’ve flown. I’ve been on a cruise.

I have dear friends. I know you felt like you lacked that in high school. I have my small circle of friends, many I met in college. I still have friends I made in high school. Yes, you did have friends.

So, you can see how this song brings up those memories.  However, it’s still a powerful song.

And to the me in 2035:  May you finally be happy and have a Master’s Degree!

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A Quick Trip to Portland
Posted on November 9th, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

Portland, OR

Last Monday before last, I get woken up by my sister, Nicki, that my other sister, Beth, won a trip to Portland with radio station Y100.  It was to see and meet Charlie Puth.  At the time, I had no clue who he was, and the getting asked to go to Portland at the last minute, while you are sleeping, can be jolting.  Once I was awake, I realized what had happen.

Beth wanted me to go with her.  She has never flown before and wanted her sibling with the most flying experience.  That would be me.  I made a mad scramble to arrange PTO to go out there with her.

Our only hiccups came from and at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The glide slope was down and there was no way to do a visual approach into town. Until the equipment was fixed, we were stuck on the tarmac in Savannah until they got the go ahead. Then, once we got to Charlotte, there was no gate attendant there. Oh, by the way, our layover for Charlotte to the next destination in our flight plan, Dallas, was 35 minutes. Once we got off the plane, Beth and I hoofed it from Terminal E to Terminal B, only to see our flight had closed. So, we had to go to customer service and hop upon a new flight to Portland. We ended up on a direct to Portland from Charlotte.

Once we got to Portland, we ate at the airport and then took the MAX to the stop nearest our hotel. We got into our room, decompressed, and then went to bed. For us East Cost girls, 10 PM PST is LATE for us.

The next day, we walked around for a bit and met up with my friend, Riika. She lives in Portland. She took us the Portland City Grill to see the city. We also hit up Voodoo Doughnut. I think the shop overwhelmed Beth.

Later that night, we went to the Skype Live Studio and saw Charlie Puth and got a (horrible!) photo with him. Beth was given standing room only tickets, first, but then the distributor realized that she hasn’t given out our true tickets. She starts calling Beth by her true first name. Beth had actually gotten front row seats. Oh, if looks could kill, the baby teenagers would have killed us. Yes, we were older than most of the girls, there. That I couldn’t not help.

As well as I can’t help but go on a tangent. I am at the point in my life that I can honestly say I was old enough to be their mothers. I still feel like a teen at times. Beth was busy asking me if she was the same at their age. I just looked at her and said “Otown.” Even nearly 13-14 years later, she STILL won’t let me get rid of my Nokia phone cover that Dan Miller touched when he talked to her on my phone. Nicki arranged that call, by the way.

Back to the show, we have front row. This concert was live on Skype. Riika, and Gennie, my good friend in Savannah I met Riika through, are watching it. They are messaging me during this show, wishing they could be there. Yes, they can see our heads. Great! At least it was just our heads. Other all, it was a short, fun show. When we finally met Charlie, The first thing he asks us is if we are sisters. The kids wasn’t the only one that could tell. The flight attendant on the CLT-PDX flight gave me the answer to a question my sister asked her. I know she felt bad, but I was cool with it. Charlie, however, even asked with we were twins, which upset Beth a wee bit.

In other observations, the kid, Brady, from Live 95.5, was had an enjoyable conversation with us. All the other teens were anxious for him to talk and hang out with him, but he talked to us a bit for of all things, Waffle House. Being a Southern boy himself, he was missing them in Portland. You do get used to them and IHOP just can’t compete at times.

Beth didn’t like the smell of Portland. To her, it seems like wherever we walked, smelled of pee and crap. She called Port-A-Potty by the time we left.

I finally got to visit Texas, if even for a 2 hour delay in DFW. We enjoyed some Cousins BBQ pulled pork. Beth didn’t want any at first, but we ended up splitting the sandwich. She also liked the Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen in PDX. I wish I had a chance to have tried Brunch Box, but I didn’t see the sandwich came with egg, so I gave it to Beth. She was in Breakfast Heaven with their food.

Over all, I do want to return to Portland one more time. I want to take in the things I couldn’t do in the 1.5 days we were there.

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“And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah”
Posted on October 4th, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

Based on today’s blog post and a conversation I had at the gym, this song is stuck in my head.

So, like the song asks:

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

Fair questions and remarks.

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“So many years come and gone / And yet the memory is strong”
Posted on July 19th, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

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Mock Nickelback all you want.
Posted on April 3rd, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

I LOVE this song.  It keeps me positive.  I’ve got to be someone’s a diamond in the rough.

And in other news, I am going on vacation at the end of the month. This should be fun.

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