I’ve won my first award! The One Lovely Blog Award. My wife thinks it’s very beautiful. Gilligan at Retrospace awarded me, so a big thanks. I’m not following as many blogs as I used to, so I’m sure some great ones are being missed. I guess I’m supposed to pick 10 blogs that haven’t already won. And the winners are to do the same. It’s too bad that I can’t pick a website, because one of the most wonderful sites on the web for fellow retrohounds is Wes Clark’s Avocado Memories. You HAVE to check out his huge site that Wes has been working on since 1996. All the sites in my Cool Cats section on the left sidebar are quality sites. I have rather odd tastes that no one seems to be able to figure out. But here are the award winners:
- Brick Mantooth at Plaid Stallions.
- The gang at Spy Vibe.
- Chris at Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches.
- Joe at 70s Child.
- Amy at I Love Retro Things.
- Eclectorama. While you’re there, check out what a great time Spock has while visiting the Hound house.
- The Shelf. Even though they don’t post anywhere near often enough.
- C. K. Dexter Haven at Hollywood Dreamland.
- Uncle Gil’s Rockin’ Archives.
- Film Noir of the Week. Even though they look like dark brooding people that wouldn’t display this award.
I’m surprised I don’t have more movie or music specific blogs, but there you have it.
This seems like a good time to give a little personal and blog info. I had planned on reviewing most older movies I watch, but I just couldn’t keep up. Short takes: Le Mans, Steve McQueen drives a race car without a plot. To Be Or Not To Be, a comedy set in 1939 Poland? Niagara, Marylin Monroe is hot.
The last few years have been stressful (not always bad, but busy and stressful) and this blog is a kind of way to keep my mind on other things. Also, my 12- and 14-year-olds wanted to learn guitar and I’ve started learning with them since summer. Being the kind of guy I am, I immediately bought 4 guitars and 4 amps. The younger two might pick guitar up later, but the youngest wants to play drums. Doesn’t that sound stereotypical? The youngest wants the loudest instrument? The 14 year old moved over to banjo, but still messes with guitars. I’ve found playing the guitar in the evening very relaxing and, really, a blast. But I don’t get any writing done (hence no reviews). I also don’t listen to music as much. But, hey, I’m making my own. Sort of. If you can call it music.
I’ve been organizing my albums. I’ve had a few requests for some and I couldn’t put my hands on them. They were scattered between two closets and the living room. We are at 748 with A-Z. We still have compilations, children’s, Christmas, and movie and Broadway soundtracks. It will end up at around 1000 albums. (Update: the final is 912) This doesn’t include the 400 or so 45s and 30 or so 78s. Please people, I’ve got a wife, 4 boys, a homeschool, a 4-year-old my wife watches for a friend, a dog, and a cat, and all my junk in an 1800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom house. EVERYTHING’S FOR SALE! I’ll post a spreadsheet with all the records soon. (UPDATE: Look in the Pages section on the right sidebar)
Here’s a question, what can I do to get more comments? I’m not a comment-hound, but I see others who don’t post much more than a picture and some basic text, but they get comments on every post. Perhaps they are more focused in their topic, or they have a larger following, I’m not sure. Perhaps I should reply to every comment, but just saying, “Yeah, I know” sounds repetitive. Certainly, I want to thank all that do comment.