Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Bottle of Scotch and Pair of Socks (What I Want for Christmas)


Check out the new blog piece.

Click here https://medium.com/@mikemckenzie/for-… 

After the Dirty Randy blog "exploded" the views on my beluga whale video, I decided to try blogging on Medium.com.  This particular blog is about Black Thursday, where a mad dash for consumer products may take a deadly turn.



Be sure to play with the hyperlinks in that blog piece because they contain most of the best funny. 


This tune was heavily inspired by Tom Waits. I doubt that I would have tried this style, but for Tom. If you're wondering what song exactly, I would say to listen to, "Cold Water," http://www.last.fm/music/Tom+Waits/_/...)

This song is easy to play in Open A. You just do the Keith Richards clampdowns on strings 2 and 4 as you like it and move it into fifth and seventh position for the D and the E. Hook a harmonica around your neck and you're freaking Bob Dylan and Keith Richards at the same time. Wow.


A
A bottle of Scotch and a pair of socks
that’s all I want for Christmas
A D
Let me get baked as an old fruit cake
A
that’s what I want for Christmas
E D
Deck the halls with some rummy balls
A
that’s what I want for Christmas
A
That’s what I want for Christmas (x3)

A
A salty dog and a big egg nog
that’s what I want for Christmas
A D 
let’s doesy doe under the mistletoe
A
that’s what I want for christmas
E D
Deck my halls with some rummy balls
A
that’s what I want for Christmas
A
A bottle of Scotch and a Pair of Sock ...
Let me get baked as an old fruit cake ...
let’s dosy doe under the mistletoe ...
before we deck my halls with Rummy Balls ...
E D A
that’s what I want for Christmas (x2)

ALL MATERIALS © 2014 Mike McKenzie and BMI Music

Monday, June 30, 2014

Blue Jelly Fish with a Sail - Newport Oregon - Velella Jelly Fish


Anyone up for Jelly Fishing?

These little jelly fish have a sail that they use to travel.  They are called Velella Jelly Fish.  I had never seen one before, so I snapped a photo and did some googling.  No one else I ran into on the beach  knew what these were called.

These little jelly fishes are so obscure that they are NOT listed on Wikipedia.  But they are ever so cute and very well designed.  They go a little crazy during the "dating season," and sometimes bunches of them end up on the beach.  That's what I saw, hundreds of these little creatures covering the beach in Newport, Oregon.  Their little sails pointing toward the sky.

How did I identify this Pacific Ocean sea creature?  When my effort to identify it on Wikipedia failed, I went to some very simple googlings … like, "blue jelly fish with a sail on the oregon coast." But that failed as well.

I was pretty sure that it was a jelly fish, although the blue color made me think that it was a Portuguese Man of War.  Then I got lucky.

A friend recommended that I check a local news source at http://www.newslincolncounty.com and there I identified my jelly fish.  These jelly fish are called Velella Jelly Fish or Sail Jelly Fish.  
Mike McKenzie © 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Awesome Food - Pork Taquitos from Pura Vida in McMinnville Oregon


Allow me to share some nice food with you.  This is an $8 order of pork taquitos from Pura Vida in McMinnville, Oregon.  This plate of food was adequate for me, but I am a light eater.  Eat more at risk to your own pocketbook.  The presentation was awesome and the entree was laid upon a bed of thin slices cabbage and greens.  Next time I will try the Cuban sandwich.

Mike McKenzie © 2014