Vacation Stop Ends But I’m Still On Vacation

The newspaper is being delivered to my door again.  I put the longest vacation stop on it that they’d allow (even though I’m not on a REAL vacation, just an extended pretend one living alone with nobody to care about but myself), and already it’s back, and already today I’ve spent too much time flipping through it.  Practicing my sneery face of disdain because there’s never anything worth reading in there.

Except for these two things.  Yes, TWO!  I couldn’t believe it either.

Calgary’s Twitter sensation Kelly Oxford woos Hollywood

It’s not the actual article I read because I get the Edmonton Journal which reprinted theirs from the Los Angeles Times.  I think the Calgary Herald,  being closest to home should be the best source for this feel-good story.  Anyway, the facts appear to be the same.  So all of you young moms out there writing about your life experiences, take heart!  You have a huge audience that genuinely wants to hear what you have to say.  Even if it ultimately ends up being only your grown up kids who read it, searching your blog trying to pinpoint when exactly it was that you lost your sanity.

The other article in the “Arts and Life” section (stuck in amongst the Disasters and Death and Sports pages letting us know that there are idiots out there still playing hockey even though it’s nearly July)  was a picture of the reunited Beach Boys to feature their album “That’s Why God Made the Radio”.  They will be performing at the Calgary Saddledome on July 11th.  Why is Calgary having all the fun?

Those guys are OLD (-er than me, even.)  This is their first new material in 20 years.

They are still very sharp dressers.

Reliving the glory days. Good for them.

Albums I Listened to Growing Up

I was a teenager in the 60’s, so there was lots of good stuff to listen to. I joined the Columbia Record Club, fulfilled my membership obligations and promptly cancelled. The music I picked was all over the map, because what I lacked in quantity I thought I could make up for in variety. (Yes, I am rolling my eyes here too.) I had a little portable record player (it was probably pink) and I wore it out listening to the same albums, over and over and over.

The ones I specifically remember are:

Johnny Rivers (Tracks of My Tears)

The Righteous Brothers (Unchained Melody)

The Best of Motown (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Lionel Ritchie, Four Tops, Smoky Robinson….the list is long.)

Gene Pitney (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) (I’m serious – I thought it was an awesome song)

The Rolling Stones (Satisfaction)

The Beach Boys (Good Vibrations)

Donovan (Mellow Yellow)

The Animals (House of the Rising Sun)

The Troggs (Wild Thing)

You may have noticed that my list does not include the Beatles. I didn’t like them. I thought there were other British groups that were way better. Like Chad and Jeremy, Peter and Gordon, and Hermans Hermits.

Sigh. I was just a kid – what did I know? I also liked Roy Orbison and Neil Sedaka. And the Turtles. And those guys who sang Wooly Bully.

I never listen to this stuff now on purpose, but if any of it is ever playing on an oldies station, betcha I know all the words and can sing along.

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