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Happy 78th Birthday to banjo player Sonny Osborne. In 1967 he looked a little bit beatnik, a little bit Las Vegas glam, a little bit prescient twenty-teens hipster. He started playing at age 11, then Sonny went on to work with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys for a couple of months between June and September 1952. Only fourteen years old, he recorded nine tunes with the "Father of Bluegrass". When I hear the words "bluegrass music" this is the first song I think of, instantaneously. I've loved this song since the first time I heard The Osborne Brothers play it live on a locally produced TV show—"Here Comes the Sheriff" hosted by area radio DJ Bob Montgomery on Lancaster PA's WGAL8—right around the same time this video was recorded. I still love it.
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No complaints from any of you...this little fella feels sluggish every morning.
And the quarter? That's not for scale. I cropped out the little sign he was carrying; that's the first 25¢ he panhandled toward a double espresso.
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All kidding aside, I was pretty amazed at the texture visible in the high-resolution image; it wasn't slick and smooth like I'd expected. The spotted part had what looked like the ridges of a fingerprint, and the back part looked like the directionally oriented scales of a snake.
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I dig this in a very large way. I hear similarities to several favorite-type bands, but it maintains its own uniqueness.
Spooky cool and gnarly/pretty.
 
Forgive me my halo-ish trespasses. The selfie was a tough exposure considering I barely know how to use all the functions of the camera's manual settings.

Taken from near the dock of my friends' cabin on Hill Island in the Susquehanna River, southeast of Harrisburg PA, and about 1.15 miles from Three Mile Island.
Strongly recommend downloading to view at full size.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/9xiAop
➙ 40° 9'41.36"N, 76°44'36.88"W
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I'm less concerned about TMI's output than I am toxins from lawns, golf courses, industries, farm fields, and cow pastures.
I didn't get in the river this weekend, but I will be next visit (probably 4th of July weekend.)
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Master metal lathesmithing—
Cube-in-a-Cube-in-a-Cube
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+Amwas Willbe thanks :-)
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87.5% of this feels really impersonal. 
I don't like it.
+Greg Batten and +El CashMoney feel like friends.
It's just how I feel when I see generic red icons and "Google+ Photos."
Whaddaya got to hide?
(Stalking victims and anyone ducking arrest warrants are exempt from my inquiry)
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Dunno what's going on. I only post privately, anyhow. 
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I probably couldn't have seen it, considering that it's white and the sky was high gray overcast, and it was probably running at about 15,000 ft (above the clouds?), but according to the best info I can find, the runaway blimp flew pretty much right over my house, indicated exactly by the blue star-in-circle.
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Thanks for this. I've sooooo missed seeing The Grifters [Memphis] playing live.
This will soothe the jones a little bit, while I stay hopeful that the occasionally rejoined band will come near enough to my area of PA to revive the memories.
 
From the stick-in-the-mud dept.

http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/antipode-map

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Oh, I'm sorry for the confusion. I'm glad you poi.........elucidated that for me.
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I'd been hunting for a good sub-$500 road bicycle for a couple years. Never saw any new bikes in that price range that I liked, and it seemed all the ones on Craigslist were either kid's bikes, mountain bikes, department store junk, old outdated crap, or—on the other end of the spectrum—nice ones in the $800 – $3000+ range.
Found this one earlier this week, and swung a really sweet deal on it from a guy who was quite motivated to sell due to a serious slowdown where he worked.
Looking forward to getting my legs and lungs back in shape, and hopefully working toward dropping about 30 pounds.
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It feels good to ride again, +Greg Batten. I rode with a bicycle club when I was younger, and when we were teenagers, we thought nothing of getting up with the sun and logging 30, 40, 50, 60 or more miles, getting home as the street lights were coming on, stopping at swimming holes, doing some tree or rock climbing along the way, all the while sucking down cannabis like they were going to outlaw it. Ahhh...those were the days.
I've never had a bike anywhere close to this nice, and I'm looking forward to putting a bunch of distance on that trip computer.
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Silly, I know.
Went to an estate sale looking for anything cool.
Found this beautiful, thickly hand-enameled chameleon, about 10 inches long. Non-ferrous (non magnetic) metal, quite stiff, dunno what alloy (not aluminum), but very well done.
An entire 25 cents.
Did I get ripped off?
The answer doesn't matter. Bought it as a gift for my friend's tiki bar.
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Very cool; a must buy!
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It was 22 years ago—almost exactly to the hour as I write this—that my first computer arrived by FedEx on my front doorstep. And in a few more hours, I had a desk built, the whole shebang hooked up, and got online for the first time.

Macs, The Internet, and I...we've been so happy together for these past score and two years.
Here's to many more!
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2400 baud modem around 1991/2. I used to use it to connect to bulletin boards and Citynet which was a text based interface to the internet provided free by Wellington City Council. 
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