Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Elreeve Danway For Coach

Well, I guess it's time. Shanahan is a great coach, in my opinion, but I think he was wearing too many hats. Trying to be everything is just too much to take on these days. I'm a little surprised by the news but not disappointed. I believe it's time for a change after 14 years and hopefully everyone will end up better off. Now comes the speculation of who comes next and what changes will be made. This is when the blob gets fun! You can all leave comments here and have a good time. I think Bowlen should hire Elreeve Danway. He was always ready for a party and this way they could still blame Dan Reeves and get over Elway! I'd hire Sean as GM(he knows a thing or two about zoos), Barky Lew as special teams coach(after all that time spent in the bathroom having a special time), Rob as offensive co-coordinator(always on the offensive..ladies)and Jack 'The Hammer' as defensive coach(he'll bite your nose off Jim!!) Let me know who you think would get us back to the future.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Riding In A Two Horse Sleigh

Last night was the annual sleigh ride. I've been doing this for almost 20 years. We gather together a group of friends who are willing to bundle up and ride in the back of an 'open sleigh'(is there any other kind?) and sing Christmas carols while I freeze my fingers off trying to accompany on guitar. Wes Haus from Winding River Resort does these sleigh rides every Christmas season and it always makes for a good time despite the cold. Years ago he used to trailer the horses down to Grand Lake but it got to be kind of hard on them so now he does the rides at the resort which is just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. He supplies blankets and a nice fire and hot chocolate at the end. Of course our gang usually brings along a little schnapps to pass around and keep the chill away! I sometimes dread this, especially when it's below zero and the wind is blowing. Last night, however, was not too cold, everyone had a great time and I still have all my fingers.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas With Alice

Alice is a piece of work....art work, that is. Ronda Eden sculpted Alice out of paper mache and burlap and was featured in her art gallery at Caroline's Cuisine years ago. I really liked Alice and wanted to purchase her as soon as I layed eyes on her incredible hump! Ronnie said she would only part with Alice on one condition(besides the purchase price). That I would have to take Alice out on the town every now and then. Tonight seemed like the perfect time to let the old girl out of the barn and party a bit.
We started off at Caroline's, of course, and soon made our way up to Peggy & Ken's beautiful home to visit with Ken and Marty Lund for a great visit and chat about Ireland, Peggy's new CD and the Foot Foot Song.
I loved spending Christmas Eve with good friends and my dromedary friend. I thought I was going to work tonight but as things turned out....all was calm, all was bright
Alice, Jeanine and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve In Old GL

This picture was taken today about 2:00pm. As you can see, it's a 'Winter Wonderland' here in old Grand Lake. Sunny today but snow is expected for Christmas Day. We're pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas up here at 8369' and this year is no exception. So much for the weather report. I just want to wish all you blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Who's Kilban?

OK, here's the little bit I remember about this cartoonist. When I first moved to Colorado Springs to start the "sixties revival" .... (Byrds wanna be) band 'Phantom Hooters' with Sean, I moved into the apartment above "Barky Lew" and "Peach". I don't even want to get started about stories of those days....it would be a book the size of "War and Peace" but we really don't want to go there...do we?
Any who... Sean and Rob had a book of cartoons much like Gary Larson of 'Far Side' fame by a guy named B. Kilban. His big thing was cats but this guy had this "other side" that we could really appreciate. The cartoon in my previous blog was titled "fat man sitting on the presidents face" and there was another of my favorites titled "sedan fading for a cone" that I tried to find on this incredible Internet thing (thanks, Al Gore... just kidding) but happened upon the one I posted.
Well, enough of that ... anyone who appreciates good humor and cartoons should check out Kilban's work. Click on this...

Monday, December 22, 2008


Name the author and title of this cartoon and was it ever featured on Rob or Sean's refrigerator?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Best Wishes 'Denver George'

I have always been a huge Poco fan and have everything they've ever recorded. I have seen them on numerous occasions and still play a few of their songs when my voice is working. I remember a Denver band named 'Benzy Crik' who played at a high school dance and they had a guy on peddle steel guitar(Rusty Young) and a guy playing these "pancake drums"(George Grantham)! I didn't know at the time that they would later be members of the band I grew to love and idolize(POCO). Their first album was called "Pick Up The Pieces" and "Denver George" sang even higher than Richy Furay or Randy Meisener!!!! I'm sure some of you out there in 'cyber space' remember that band that gave birth to 'country rock' and have some comments to leave. My thoughts and prayers for George! Sean asked me to pass this on to you bloggers...

November 20th was the 61st birthday of drummer George Grantham. It's also his fourth birthday as a stroke survivor.Grantham has spent most of his career with Poco; however, during the 80s he toured as a member of Ricky Skaggs' band. His home, however, was always with the legendary country-rock band (a group that would never get country airplay today for being far Too Country), and when they reunited in 1989 for the album Legacy he gladly rejoined the original line-up of Jim Messina, Richie Furay, Rusty Young, and Randy Meisner.Poco has always maintained a loyal following that has stuck with them through the personnel changes, Eagles stealing their bass players, and temporary disbandings. This fan base continued to enjoy their live performances throughout the 90s into the new century.On July 29, 2004, Poco played in Springfield, Massachusetts. As they began the second song of their set, "Call It Love" (their "comeback" hit from 1989), Grantham missed the beat. Rusty Young said he turned around and saw Grantham playing the hi-hat cymbal with his right hand, but his left arm was hanging limp at his side. Grantham assured his bandmate he was okay, but Young stopped and asked if there was a doctor in the house. Grantham was taken to a hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered a stroke. His left side was paralyzed.George Grantham has recovered sufficiently to have a quality life, but sadly he will never be able to return to the love of his life, playing drums for Poco. In addition, Grantham's disability has put a financial strain on his family, with (according to a 2006 entry at Poco's web site) $1,000 a month in expenses over and above what insurance covers resulting from the ongoing care that Grantham requires."There's just a little magic in the country music we're playing," Poco sang on their first album from 1968. With the band preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary, that lyric is as true as ever. As George Grantham turns 60, here's hoping the "little bit of magic" of Poco's music, the magic that has brought smiles to countless fans for the past 40 years, will in turn bring a smile to his face as well.Prayers are always welcome for George Grantham. Well wishes and financial donations to help with the cost of Grantham's medical expenses can be sent to:George GranthamP.O. Box 128523Nashville, TN 37212