# CXLIII…Year-End Review and Resolution…

As I gather in my house on this New Year’s Eve 2013 with family and friends, I find myself pondering the inner workings of the universe…more specifically, why I’m still here on this blog.  No, this is not a post (like earlier ones) exclaiming my willingness to abandon this project.    This post is to really explain to you why I’m here…I’ve had a pretty rockin’ year and it looks like 2014 is going to be one for the books.

My only New Year’s Resolution (since only REALISTIC ones should be made) is to take this blog where it needs to be…it’s already there but it could use a little push.  I’m not going anywhere (at least I hope not) and you all should be here on the ground level…I will make this thing explode!

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Now, for the year-end review…just a couple of tidbits from the inner workings of this blog.  The only reason these stats mean anything, by the way, is because it truly means that I am happy that people are reading…I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not getting paid; hopefully, with the grace of the Powers-That-Be, that will change in the upcoming year.

1)  Most Views in a Day — May 23 (Post # LXXX) {5o views} A post after a Wizard of Ozz show at The Diamond Club in Ronkonkoma, seen mostly through Facebook clicks.

2)  Most Views in a Month — August {109 views} Also, the month saw one more post (12 total) than my birth month of April…just a couple of birthdays of close people and more randomness.

3)  International List — (Just important so you are aware that I’ve been seen in these places):  United Kingdom, Lebanon, Canada, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, France, Russian Federation, Finland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Turkey, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Pakistan, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Iraq, and Albania {22 countries}.

By this time next year, hopefully, I can bring you more but I will return tomorrow…a New Year begins…and you’ll be seeing a lot more of me…

/,,,/ HAPPY NEW YEAR & ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CXLII…Post # 100…Christmas/Birthday Greetings…

We are here, at Christmas 2013, and not everything is as perfect as we’d expect it to be.  Political scandals, climate issues (anyone notice how cold it was in Denver this past month?), people losing their minds and becoming martyrs for some cause or another, etc. are just some of the burning pressure points that we still have to deal with, in this society that should have been more advanced by now (at least, so we had assumed back in the day).  Notwithstanding the fact that today is “supposed” to be one of the most festive of holidays, Christmas has become a “how much can you spend on your loved ones”-day, as most of the other “holidays” have now been relegated to.  And that, plain and simply put, is what’s wrong with our society as a whole…

Being that I’m here, I would like to wish a Happy 43rd birthday to my brother-in-law, Steve Houmis, who is one of the key factors in the fact that I’m celebrating this, my 100th post, with you, my fellow readers.  It is for his honor (and everyone else who is lucky/unlucky enough to be born today) that I present the “Christmas/Birthday” list…

The mega-talented Humphrey Bogart was born on this date in 1899…here’s lookin’ at you, kid…(1899-1957); singer/bandleader Cab Calloway (“Minnie the Moocher” singer) {1907-1994}; late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (mentioned due to his prevalence in my historical upbringing) {1918-1981}; “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling (1924-1975); former “What’s Happening!!” matriarch Mabel King (1932-1999); former Oakland Raider/Houston Oiler (and Saints) QB Ken Stabler (1945); and, in an odd twist in 1946, both football great Larry Csonka and singer/entertainer Jimmy Buffett (“Margaritaville”, anyone? LOL) were born.

Also, country superstar Barbara Mandrell (70’s country diva) was born in 1948, actress Sissy Spacek (better known as the original “Carrie”) was born in 1949, The Eurythmics’ frontwoman Annie Lennox (1954), country sensation Steve Wariner (1954), veteran baseball phenom Rickey Henderson (1958), retired NHL journeyman Jim Dowd (1968) and music star Dido (who was featured in Eminem’s “Stan”) was born in 1971.

As we unwrap the festivities on this joyous of holidays, I would like to wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and bright wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CXLI…Post-Anniversary Weirdness…

Yesterday, as many of you may not know, if I had had the energy to write, I would have mentioned the fact that it has been a whole year since I have been enlightening you all with my grandiose style on this particular blog site.  The reason for that being so important to me is the fact that, since I’ve taken up this hobby, I’ve had an odd relationship with the people that I deal with.  Nothing that should raise any red flags…it’s just like a good friend once told me, “You’re opening your heart…” and I actually love the fact that, although I am still not getting paid, it is good therapy for me, as it keeps me researching and trying to make this more readable.

As for today, being that it is the Winter Solstice…yes, the day we all dread as it means that the really BAD weather could be gracing us at any time…I figured that my 99th post on here would be about my usual topic of celebrity birthdays.  Also, considering that I don’t know anyone personally who celebrates today as a birthday, this post is more like a “filler” piece…my 100th post (which will more than likely be on Wednesday) will go against that grain, as it’s already being planned for the middle of next week.

Without further ado, I bring you today’s list:  former football coach/modern day pariah Joe Paterno would have turned 88 today (1926-2012), former talk show host extraordinaire Phil Donahue (1935), multi-talented actress Jane Fonda (1937), musical genius Frank Zappa (1940-1993), former Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson (1946-1998), the ubiquitous icon of the acting world, Mr. Samuel L. Jackson and former baseball journeyman Dave Kingman were born in 1948, “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Ray Romano was born in 1957, and “Jack Bauer” himself, Kiefer Sutherland celebrates today (1966).

It has been a weird year for me, both professionally and personally, and I hope that I can continue to expand your mental horizons through the foreseeable future…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CXL (140)…Little-known birthday of a HUGE name…

On December 15, 1919, a gentleman named Max Yasgur was born in New York City.  The reason that his name should be most significant to you, my reader(s) is that, without him, the iconic Woodstock festival in 1969 may never have happened.  For you see, it was Max Yasgur’s dairy farm that was the site of the three-day “hippie” rock show that would break barriers for that generation.  It was also his farm that, against the wishes of the townsfolk of Bethel, New York, gave the world the most groundbreaking collaboration of rock stars ever assembled (unmatched since).  {Max B. Yasgur: 12/15/19 – 2/9/73}

Also born on this date are:  rock-n-roll DJ pioneer Alan Freed (1921-1965), comedian Tim Conway (1933), Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes/Labelle) {1939}, frontman drummer Dave Clark (of “The Dave Clark Five”) {1942}, drummer Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge (1946), actor-extraordinaire Don Johnson (1949), The Clash’s bassist Paul Simonon (1955) and Stryper bassist Tim Gaines was born in 1962.

Furthering the list are actress Helen Slater (“Supergirl”) {1963}, former Met/Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn (1967), actor Garrett Wong, who played Ensign Harry Kim on the “Star Trek: Voyager” series (1968), a very talented actor named Michael Shanks (who is best known to me as “Hawkman” from Smallville’s last two seasons) was born in 1970 and TNA wrestling/reality show superstar Eric Young (1979).

This is my 98th post on this blog (the previous one had 42)…I would like some opinions on if I should have a special post for my 100th (nice timing LOL).  Drop a line to my e-mail (dalsharq2445@gmail.com) or stop by “Dal’s Board” on Facebook…let me know before my next post (not sure when…maybe the 18th for a birthday post or the 20th for the “Anniversary”)!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\