September 2015


This past weekend was rather decent as far as calorie burning.  We drove to larger city and helped a relative move.  There’s no good way, no nice way to pass this point.  It’s just pick up and walk, pick up and walk, pick up and…. Don’t forget the stairs.  Well, the job was done, unknown muscles discovered, and accomplishment felt.  The trip back was late evening Sunday and the moon was doing its ballet.  I had not taken a camera.  Who wants to record the boxes which need to be hauled?  In retrospect, I should have packed it.  Our backup position was to call kidinbox and try to give instructions over the phone on how to find, set up, and use the camera.  After about 20 minutes of texting, I called and received the following “hello:” “You’re camera hates me!”  Now, it’s one thing to use a camera.  It’s quite another to remember where the buttons are and describe them to someone else.  Part of my instructions were to “look for the button that has a timer on it.  It should show single shot, 2 sec, and 10 sec.”  Thinking on the interactions, it occurred to me that I had worked for days with the camera before learning how to perform these actions.  To cut to the bottom line, we received a couple of pics, but decided not to post at this time.  There are plenty of better pics on the web.

I did note that the markets closed lower on Monday, but only by a small percentage.

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Anticipation of this last Saturday was sort of like the feeling one has anticipating graduation.  It seemed like the hard work was over, and just a ceremony between now and the diploma.  In this case, it was 5 years of preparation, writing, recording, building for the presentation of Snapshots of Samson – the entire story of Samson done in music.  The show itself is just over an hour in and the set up is estimated at 3 hours, but is closer to 5 hours to get everything in place and running properly.  The set up starts with the rear-projection screen.  This is to allow fewer items on the stage and provide information to the audience while changing costumes.  The projector is set with a mirror on the back wall to make the image the correct direction when viewed from the front.  This also means we can stand in front of the screen and not produce a shadow.  We have large wheeled boxes which are used for a couch on a later song and double as storage and moving boxes.  On the other side of the stage, we have Styrofoam boxes covered with wallpaper to simulate stone blocks.  These are stacked with a florescent light box covered in the same material on top to connect the two columns.  These get knocked down on the last song, “Death of Samson.”  Moving towards the audience a bit more and there were two choir mikes.  I will admit they were a whim.  Each one is panned to the side on which it is positioned so that when singing and moving on stage, there is a base pick-up according to the head mike and a stereo effect according to the choir mikes.  Moving a little further, there are two lighting stands.  These each boast of 4 spot lights and a DMX light on the top.  There are two of these stands allowing the lights to be aimed at 4 positions on the stage.  This means, that when light 2 is shining, I have to be at the second position from stage right to have light from both sides.  There is a computer program I purchased which controls all the sound, video, and lighting.  I program each setting and just have to be on stage at that position at the appropriate time.  The wiring and the positioning of the lights takes the longest to set.  Also having two ladders helps as I turn on light 1, and start running up the ladder to reposition the light, back to the stage to verify position, go up the other ladder and repeat for each light.  Once done, all I have to mess with in the back is the volume control in anticipation of song starts and the button to activate the following song.

Samson Opening screens small

Stage prior to presentation

small Manoa and Wife

Manoa and Wife discussing the problems with Samson

Samson comes in the fall to return to his wife, only to discover she was married off to someone else. “This means War.”

small Wedding Song

While Samson was married – for one week – his wife repeatedly prodded him to the answer for the riddle.

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Blinded Samson grinding in the mill – singing the blues.

Article here

We’re being told by television and web media “not to look away” from Syria’s refugee crisis while they simultaneously celebrate our President for trading in his foreign policy for a selfie-stick in the wilderness of Alaska…Even as they demanded we not look away, they quietly shifted a news narrative to once again shield a disinterested President from any ongoing responsibility.

Just another demonstration of the MSP.

As for myself, my impression of this man is that he is doing his level best to destroy this country and any remnants of the Constitution that had any chance of still being maintained in this time.  The media has been the best that this destroyer could have desired.  No better cover could have been purchased.

I heard Rush on the radio a few days back playing the clip of Clinton suggesting that this nation needs someone to care for them again.  A comic here plays the same theme.  It hearkens back to the election where some voter didn’t believe in adulthood and requested the the impeached so-in-so be a father.  Anyways, I would be happy to have a president who knew the rule of law.  I would be happy to have a president who believed – by actions – that “shall not be” means something.  I would be happy to have a president who required responsibility – individual – and promoted policies advocating the same.  I would be happy to have a president who knew that a border was an absolute requirement for maintenance of a country.  I would be happy to have a president who knew that every country had blots in their history and ours was a history in which one could have pride.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that there was a 10th amendment meaning that states had responsibility and were not simply agencies to fulfill federal mandates.  I would be happy to have a president who reduced the unelected bureaucracy to return power back to the states and people from whom these bureaucracies have stolen it.  I would be happy to have a president who didn’t apologize for our country when abroad.  I would be happy to have a president who stood erect in the presence of other world dignitaries, who represent repressive regimes by the way.  I would be happy to have a president who stands by our allies and doesn’t insult their gestures of good will.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that energy produces good products when in the hands of productive individuals.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that muslims have no good will for this country.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that socialism is a threat to the prosperity of this people.  I would be happy to have a president who understood that welfare steals the soul of the individual and has a history of destroying families.  I would be happy to have a president who understood the family is the basic unit of society and needs support, not derision.  I would be happy to have a president who understood the safety of this country lies on the backs of men and women committing their lives to a cause greater than themselves, who deserve to be treated with respect, not used as a social petri dish.

I’m not a Trump supporter, but do find what I hear interesting.  At least he is pushing the right themes and reminding of stuff normally thrown on the back burner, or even pushed on the floor and swept to the baseboard.  Anyways, this article had an intriguing support with a perfect line at the end:

“I ask you this: If you personally had a million or billion dollar project to contract out, would you hire Trump or Boehner to manage it for you?

That does put perspective on it.

LInk is here.

Let me get this right.  Attack our country, kill 3000 Americans, do several billion dollars damage and get rewarded with a mosque?  in an airport?  Where is the Catholic chapel?  How about the Jewish temple?  How about a Baptist church?  NO!  We have “separation of church and state” except when it comes to those who kill us and destroy our culture.  Then it is perfectly fine to steal money from taxpayers to build their desires.  When it comes to teaching that stuff in schools, I’m told it’s called culture.  When we are charged for its expansion, I’m told it’s their religion.  Let’s think about this for a moment and apply a little reality.  If it’s religion as in charging us for a mosque, and no religion is allowed in school, GET IT OUT!  If it’s culture and we are America, GET IT OUT!  islam is incompatible with our culture and has the sole purpose of turning us into slaves or martyrs.  How about recognizing a bit of reality, and returning our money back to the taxpayers, and removing this blight on one of our airports.  The article mentioned how they wanted to welcome the visitors.  Huh?!  Welcome, as in a positive vibe of glad to see you, hope you have a pleasant day to the very ones who support our destruction?  How many would “welcome” a known murderer into their living rooms?  How many would “welcome” a terrorist into their kitchen knowing the visitor’s only purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy?   I hear that there are two versions of islam.  Let me ask.  How do the terrorists get their support?  It is from the “moderate” “peaceful” muslims.  Those who are “moderate” and”peaceful” are just as destructive as the active terrorists.  It’s the same as comparing a fire to rot.  Both reduce the wood to base elements.  One takes longer than the other and seems “quiet” and “peaceful”, but the end product is still destruction.  </rant>