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It's a vicious cycle-- I can't get to sleep before the wee hours of the morning, then I awake at 6:00am & feed the cats and then go back to sleep. So naturally, I awaken in the early afternoon, which throws me off for that night's sleep-- the pattern is repeated nightly. At first I was frustrated about it but decided it doesn't really matter right now. I never thought I'd say it, but I can't wait to get up early and feel refreshed and ready for the day.
I used to love sleeping in on weekends.

Italy's amazing response to the shutdown-- people are singing out their windows!!!




I don't use the "new" expressions unless I like them. Most of them (IMO) are insipid and meaningless.

The older ones I like because I consider them imaginative and meaningful.

Taking a dim view
Blessing in disguise
A dime a dozen
Taking it as it comes
Call it a day
Benefit of the doubt
Begging the question
Cutting corners
Get out of hand
Pull someone's leg
Pull yourself together
So far so good
Speak of the devil
The last straw
The best of both worlds

ALSO (straight from The Bard-- still used often after ~400 years!)
Heart of gold.
Kill with kindness. ...
Laughing stock. ...
Wild-goose chase. ...
Green-eyed monster. ...
Lie low.
Apple of my eye

Cervantes also coined many phrases we still use-- but I'm in California and my power is going to be cut any minute so I can't elaborate.

California governor slams PG&E, saying 'greed,' 'mismangement' led to widespread power cuts



He really excoriated PG&E-- it was great to hear it.

Each one is a GEM!!!

Thank you for brightening my day SEC!!

Of all the incredibly marvelous Beatles' songs, which is the best?

IMO, A Day in the Life

Sorry-- something is wrong with the link

If cats and dogs were people: cat friend vs. dog friend

Funny Cats Hate Bad Singing!! (hilarious)

P.S. My cats are oblivious to my bad singing

What Ken Burns replied when asked if he'd make a documentary about dumdum


Burns is so articulate and so intelligent, yet he's totally down-to-earth and approachable.

I heard him speak last night and was blown away-- best speaker I ever heard!!! Wish we could clone him

I learned of that only recently-- absolutely staggering, isn't it?

They were not schooled in music theory nor did they ever even take music lessons, yet they instinctively knew everything they needed to create the songs they wanted. They didn't know the technical words or concepts yet they utilized them constantly. How is this possible? Pure instinct? Really, I think they actually were "geniuses"-- I hate to use that over-used word but how else to explain it?

Here's an excerpt from Jonathan Gould's book, in which he writes about the song, A Hard Day's Night:

It begins with a musical wake-up call: the harsh clang of a solitary guitar chord that hangs in the air for an elongated moment, its densely-packed notes swimming into focus like eyes adjusting to the light. (Though the song is in the key of G, this opening chord is a D minor 11th, as if a C-major triad were being played over a D-minor triad.) Two bars later, reality rushes in, as John's vocal pickup ("It's been a..." ) is swept up and carried along by a swift current of guitars, bass, drums...The momentum builds through another verse until, with a shout, the singers seem to leap out of the path of Harrison's twelve-string electric guitar and George Martin's piano as they combine on a deep, bluesy run that resolves in a delighted little jig-step of sixteen notes.The singing returns, the middle repeats, and finally, a full three minutes after it began, the song heads wearily for home, the band slowing imperceptibly, until the rhythm falls out and George's twelve-string explodes into the chord that opened the song--arpeggiated this time, its notes distinct and shimmering like stars against the sky.

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