LITTLE BUNGALOW LIFE

LITTLE BUNGALOW LIFE

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

U.S. ARMY SPIRIT OF AMERICA TO CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY!

We had the incredible opportunity to see the U.S. Army Spirit of America in Albany not that long ago.  The Army offers this amazing performance free of charge a few times a year in cities around the country.  We were supposed to have a performance in September in 2001, but well something else happened that month that year.  They did reschedule and returned, but we were unable to attend.  So when the returned 2 years ago we made sure we were there.  My one wish is that they would offer the performance on DVD so it could be enjoyed again and again; unfortunately it currently is not available on DVD.

But, now even worse news, the United States Military has announce that The Spirit of America  currently scheduled shows have been canceled and the program has been suspended indefinitely due to budget constraints.  THANK YOU AMERICAN POLITICIANS. 

I recently found a video of the program on-line.  It is in two parts and I believe it is the entire performance.  I hope you enjoy it.

First is a promotional video that is shown in the area were the performance will be seen.

 
And here is the video of the performance I found.
I hope you enjoy it.
 
 
 
A few photos from the Albany performance.
 
 
 
YEA TO OUR WONDERFUL U.S. MILITARY.
I LOVE MY COUNTRY!
 
 "How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
Somehow defeat a global superpower?
How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?
Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross' flag higher?"
 
 
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
 
 
 




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE

Yesterday, June 20 was the 41st birthday of Bruce.  Who is Bruce you ask?
This is Bruce.  But I should say, the day his movie premiered, he keeps his actual birth date private.  Many handsome men are vain that way.

 
And look how happy he is we remembered his birthday!  Isn't he handsome? 
 
 
So, Bruce is the star of JAWS, and it is one of my favorite movies.  Based on the book by the amazing Peter Benchley.   
He also wrote the screen play.
 
 
 
Unlike most people, JAWS did not scare me, or turn me off of the water, or make me dislike sharks.  Quite the opposite, I already liked sharks and in 1975 I became shark obsessed.  And, if you are shark obsessed and more specifically JAWS obsessed what do you do?  Well you head to Marthas Vineyard.
We have been to the island several times, it really isn't all that far away, but seems like a world away.  On one occasion we traveled there by boat, but all the other visits were on the ferry from Cape Cod.

Here is a quick look at the beautiful Marthas Vineyard.
Aquinnah, MA is home to the Wampanoag Tribe and clay cliffs and beautiful beaches.

 
Gay Head Light.
 
 
Edgartown, MA
Many scenes in the movie were filmed in Edgartown.
 
 
Main Street, Edgartown.
 
 
Oak Bluffs, MA
Home of the American Legion Bridge, or as some like to call it the JAWS Bridge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then there is Chappaquiddick Island, that is known for the infamous incident in 1969 on the Dike Bridge.  Again, it just seems murder follows me everywhere.  Hmm, did I say murder, yeah I believe I did.
 
 
Chilmark, MA
 
 
Tisbury and West Tisbury, MA
 
 
 
I have my fare share of Black Dog gear.
 
 
Marthas Vineyard is a beautiful and fun island to visit and it is so much more than the filming location of JAWS.  But, there are worse things to be known for.  So, one more look at my buddy Bruce at his best.
I dare you to tell me he isn't the most handsome leading man. 
 
 
 
Well, he may not have won an Oscar, but at lease he was the main focus of the promotional material.  And I will say it one more time, HANDSOME DEVIL. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

MUSIC

Okay, so I think we need something completely and truly happy right about now.  My friend Matt Nathanson  said "there is so much love and joy in this, its bursting. i was beaming the whole time i watched it. whether you like this band or not, this is so well worth your 8minutes.
(i happen to be a huge fan.)"

I happen to be a fan too.  It was about 25 years ago the first time I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers live.  I love their unique sound and they are something to behold live.  This video is one of the funniest things I have seen.  And it definitely filled me with joy.  If not for Matt I would not have seen this, so thank you Matt I needed this.

 
Love the Chili Peppers!  Flea is hysterical and Anthony sounds and LOOKS amazing!  Let's just say I wouldn't turn down a "bed time story" from Anthony.
 
And just in case you need a little more Chili Peppers, and I know if you are like me you can never get enough; this is my favorite song and I love the video.
 
 
And maybe a little more.
 
 
I adore Josh, he is an amazing guitar player and a great addition and can not imagine him not in the RHCP, but I really miss John (Frusciante.)
In a perfect world I would have both Josh and John in one of my favorite bands.
 
 
Flea, Anthony, John, Chad
 
 
Flea flashing the horns!!  That's my boy.
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

 
MY HEART IS BROKEN AND I MOURN THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND ARE SUFFERING IN ORLANDO.
WE ARE A STRONG NATION, WE WILL RECOVER.
WE WILL NOT LET COWARDS DESTROY US.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

MUSIC

Friday night we headed to EMPAC in Troy  ` to see The Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire. 

 
 
 
The Dogs of Desire
The power of a rock band, the sophistication of a classical chamber orchestra: Dogs of Desire performs new works by America's best young composers, exploring all that is wild and wonderful in American pop culture, with dazzling multimedia works and freewheeling, fabulous creations and collaborations.
 
Listen to Music Director/Conductor David Alan Miller explain The Dogs.  David has been the conductor of the Grammy Award Winning Albany Symphony for 25 years.
 
 
Last night The Dogs of Desire preformed several pieces by Sleeping Giant Composers,
the Yale School of Music Composers and a new piece composed by Clarice Assad for GE Renewable Energy.
 
The Dogs in action.
 
 
 
A photo of the full symphony.
 
 
David Alan Miller.
 
 
And their most recent Grammy.
Very cool.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


THIS MOMENT OF NATURE

Cruising on the Hudson River in Schuylerville in the area of Lock 5.  This is a great link to the history of Saratoga County.

 
 
Heading south on the Hudson.
 
 
 
 
Farm peeking thru the trees.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Getting buzzed by a helicopter flying oddly low.  We could feel the wind from the blades!
 
 
 
Heading north.  Buttress for old rail line.
 
 
Two beautiful American Bald Eagles.
 
 
 
Taking a break in the tree.
 
 
Jesse Billings Jr was a wealthy entrepreneur in Northumberland who operated several businesses including boat building and a bank. On June 4, 1878 his wife was shot dead through a window in his house and circumstantial evidence pointed to Jesse. The prosecution did not prove his guilt beyond doubt and he eventually went free. A book was written about the trial which was similar to the O J Simpson trial 120 years later. The book is called "To Spend Eternity Alone" by Dr. Hollis A. Palmer.
 
.In the fall of 1878, reporters from all the major newspapers in the country descended on Saratoga County for "the trial of the century." In what was to be the longest and most expensive criminal trial in the one hundred year history of the United States, the extremely wealthy Jesse Billings Jr. was tried for the murder of his wife [Eliza].
 
This is the bank Jesse built to house his money.
 
Odd that even on a leisurely cruise on the Hudson River there would be a murder site.  Hmm, maybe it's me?
 
 
 
The book TO SPEND ETERNITY ALONE
 
 
An old paper mill, this area was home to many mills.
 
 
Part of the old lock.  This replica of the old Lock Caretaker's home was built by the students at Schuylerville High School.  Pretty cool.