Spending My Birthday In Maine, Instead Of Florida

Happy Birthday to me!

It’s my day!  Although I couldn’t make it down to Key West, Florida, I did travel to York, Maine, to spend my birthday vacation.  As you are aware, Hurricane Irma wrecked Key West back in September.  I did consider going somewhere more tropical than Maine, but I had unexpected expenses like paying veterinarian bills for one of my cats who was having a health issue.  She is doing fine, but the bills put a dent in my savings.

So, I settled in driving up to York, Maine, instead of going to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, which is like a ghost town around this time of year.  I was able to drive around York, Kittery, and Ogunquit.  Even drove around Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as well.

The downside was that I came down with a cold. It’s been a freezing time here in Maine and the rest of New England.  It was freezing cold in Boston when I drove up to Maine.



Congratulations to The Moody Blues and The Cars!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced!  The Inductees are:

  • The Moody Blues
  • The Cars
  • Bon Jovi
  • Dire Straits
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Sharpe

I am very happy that the Moody Blues and the Cars are getting inducted because I voted for them! I did feel sad that the other acts I voted for didn’t make it in this year: Eurythmics, the Zombies, and Link Wray.

Anyway, so glad for the Moody Blues and the Cars!


Happy Birthday, Mr. Mojo!

Happy Birthday, Jim Morrison! (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)

The lead singer of the Doors would have been 74 years old today.  Miss you, Jim!

This year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Doors album.

The members of The Doors: (In case you didn’t know)

Jim Morrison – Lead Singer

Ray Manzarek – Keyboardist

Robby Krieger – Guitarist

John Densmore – Drummer

Happy Birthday to 2 of the 3 Mr. Freezes!

Happy Birthday, Otto Preminger! (December 5, 1905 – April 23, 1986)

Happy Birthday, Eli Wallach! (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014)

These two were the successors of the first Mr. Freeze, George Sanders (July 3, 1906 – April 25, 1972) on the 1960s TV show, Batman.

Otto Preminger is primarily remembered as a famous movie director.  His most famous movie was Laura.  One of the stars of this 1944 movie was Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) who played the villain Egghead on Batman.

Here’s Otto as the second Mr. Freeze on Batman

Eli Wallach is mostly remembered for playing the villain in The Magnificent Seven and co-starred with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly back in the 1960s.  In 2005, Eli published his memoir called The Good, The Bad, and Me.

Here’s Eli as the third Mr. Freeze on Batman



Remembering Roy Orbison

I’m a little late with this one. It  happened on the night of December 6, 1988, when Roy Orbison (Born: 4/23/36) had a fatal heart attack while visiting his mother.  Recently, he had done concerts in Boston and in Ohio.  No one saw it coming.  Not his fellow Traveling Wilburys.

My favorite Roy Orbison song is this one.

Of course, his most famous song is that one.

Roy had a big hit with a song that was released posthumously.

Another classic song by Roy that was later covered by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)