Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Pretty Good Weekend...So Far.

Me 'n Goody Two Shoes went to the Buckwheat Festival in Kingwood, WV on Friday. Mainly to hear Kathy Mattea sing. Had some time to check out the exhibits before the show. NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer's car.

Some award winning maters.

Some sort of animal judging was going on but we couldn't get in.

Checked out the fun on the rides. Look at their faces.

Then it was time for the show. She travels with a three piece band and used no opening act Friday night. Here she's singing, 'You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive,' a song about coal mining in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Kathy singing, 'The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore,' another coal mining song.

Me with Kathy after the show. She signed autographs for anyone that wanted one. She couldn't have been more pleasant. A real class act. I've made no secret that Lee Ann Womack is my favorite country singer, and while I've been a fan of Kathy and her music I was paying attention to Ms. Womack a lot more. Um...with the release of Coal, which speaks volumes to me, and seeing Kathy in concert I find myself making a change at the top pf my list. Kathy has a lot more class, puts on a better show, and she sings from the heart. She's also a West Virginia girl, so that automatically scores big points with me.

Um, passed this on the way back to our car. Not quite sure what this is, but there was a parade earlier in the day, so I'll call it a redneck reviewing stand.

And now for Saturday. I got to go to the mall and meet former Pittsburgh Steeler running back, four-time Super Bowl champion, and Vietnam vetern, Rocky Bleier.

Me waiting in line.

Rocky signing my book.

A handshake from the Rock.

The fruits of his labor. Four Super Bowl Rings.

A big thumbs up from the Rock.

It's good to be a member of Steeler Nation!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday at Shanksville

Skipped church yesterday and went to Shanksville instead. I know, I know, church should come first. But since I worked Saturday, Sunday was the only day available to me.

The temporary memorial is a quiet place where people come to see and ponder and to leave something behind. Here's a few snaps from our fourth visit to Shanksville.

People leave all sorts of things.

A young boy trying to understand what happened that awful day.

They come from far and wide.

The Camera Totin Idiot looking into the field where Flight 93 came down.

Goody Two Shoes adding something to the memorial.

The real reason for going to Shanksville. The final resting place of Flight 93.

God Bless America

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11

And at the moment I ain't real big on forgiving either.

Yes, America, there are still heroes.

As long as Old Glory flies we win...they lose.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Snake Dance

Went cycling on the Highlands Trail over Labor Day and Goody Two Shoes went and found herself a new pet.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

They're Back!

Remember this date. The Beatles Rockband comes out today. And if that isn't enough, all 12 of their studio albums and Past Masters I and II, have been digitally remastered and are being released to the public today. The greatest rock 'n roll band in the world is back...not that they ever really went away.

Oh, and for you sad misguided folks out there who think the Rolling Stones are better than the Beatles, guess what? The Beatles have sold 170,000,000 albums and Cd's and sit at the top of the list when it comes to sales. Garth Brooks is second, Elvis is third. The Rolling Stones have sold 66,000,000 and rank thirteenth on the all-time list behind Zepplin, the Eagles, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Barbara Streisand, AC/DC, Elton John, George Straight, and Aerosmith.

One last Beatles video for those of you that haven't had enough.