Tuesday, January 23, 2024


What little enthusiasm I was able to gather together for another dull gray day drained away quickly so all I have are a few pics from a short Jeep ride down to the end of Bayfield River Road and back this morning.


Facebook threw me a memory for this day six years ago while we were boondocked in the Darby Well Road area west of Ajo, Arizona.  Kelly Comes To My Rescue In The Night 

Al's Music Box:(( Money For Nothing is a song by British rock band Dire Straits, the second track on their fifth studio album, Brothers In Arms (1985). It was released as the album's second single on 28 June 1985 through Vertigo Records At the 28th Annual Grammy Awards in 1986, "Money for Nothing" won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with best vocal and was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year as well. Knopfler modeled his guitar sound on ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons' trademark guitar tone, as ZZ Top's music videos were already a staple of early MTV. Gibbons told Timothy White of Musician in late 1985 that Knopfler had solicited Gibbons' help in replicating the tone, adding, "He didn't do a half-bad job, either, considering that I never told him a goddamned thing!"  The recording contains a highly recognizable hook, in the form of the guitar riff that begins the song proper. The guitar riff continues throughout the song, played in permutation during the verses, and played in full after each chorus.  In 2000, Knopfler appeared on Parkinson on BBC One and explained again where the lyrics originated. According to Knopfler, he was in New York City and had visited an appliance store. At the back of the store was a wall of televisions which were all tuned to MTV. Knopfler said that standing next to him, watching the TVs, there was a male employee, dressed in a baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt, who was delivering boxes. As they were watching MTV, as Knopfler recalled, the man came out with lines such as, "What are those, Hawaiian noises?... That ain't workin'," etc. Knopfler then requested a pen to write some of these lines down and eventually put them to music. The first-person narrator in the lyrics describes a musician "banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee" and a woman "stickin' in the camera - Man, we could have some fun". In the second verse, the performer is described as "that little faggot with the earring and the make-up", and the narrator bemoans that these artists get "Money for nothing and chicks for free".

GROANER'S CORNER:((  A traveler was stumbling through the desert, desperate for water, when he saw something far off in the distance.  Hoping to find water, he walked towards the image, only to find a little old peddler sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out.  The parched wanderer asked, "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some water?"  The man replied, "I don't have any water, but why don't you buy a tie? Here's one that goes nicely with your clothes."  The desperate man shouted, "I don't want a tie, you idiot, I need water!"  "OK, don't buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I'll tell you that over that hill there, about 5 miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, and they'll give you all the water you want."  The man thanked the peddler and walked away towards the hill and eventually disappeared out of sight. Three hours later he returned.  The man at the card table said, "I told you, about 5 miles over that hill. Couldn't you find it?"  "I found it all right. They wouldn't let me in without a tie."


Teacher: If I asked you to multiply 50 by 8 and then divide by 4, what would you get?
Student: Probably the wrong answer.

At the Olympics a man went up to a competitor who was carrying a very long pole."Are you a pole vaulter?"  "No, I'm German, but how did you know my name is Walter?"

A woman came to her doctor in a panic.  "Doctor, all day long my daughter eats yeast and car wax, and won't get out of bed!  What will happen to her?"  "Don't worry," said the Doctor, "eventually she will rise and shine."




  1. The first, fourth and fifth look like fine art to me. Just wonderful. Wow. Thanks for going out.

  2. My dad sent me some winter pictures today. I think you are fortunate to have only a little snow. Lol


  3. Your photos tonight are all award winners! Love the simplicity.

  4. I always enjoy your music choices. Thank you