Best Summer Songs
This weekend I was busy putting together a playlist of the best songs of summer. The songs would be played as background music at a school field day.
The goal was to find songs that mean summer, not songs that we may remember because they were popular in a summer that we remember.
Here's the list that I came up with:
|Summertime ||DJ Jazzy Jeff & THe Fresh PRince
|In Summer ||Josh Gad
|Summer of 69 ||Bryan Adams
|Kokomo ||The Beach Boys
|It's a Sunshine Day ||The Brady Bunch
|Soak up the Sun ||Sheryl Crow
|(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay ||Otis Redding
|Sunny Afternoon ||Kinks
|Surfin USA ||Beach Boys
|Summer Rain ||Johnny Rivers
|Fun Fun Fun ||The Beach Boys
|Saturday in the Park ||Chicago
|Summertime Blues ||Eddie Cochran
|Under the Boardwalk ||Drifters
|Endless Summer Night ||Richard Marx
|Wouldn't it be Nice ||The Beach Boys
|Sun is Out ||The Apples In Stereo
|Summer in the City ||Lovin' Spoonful
|Dirty Water ||The Standells
|Summer Breeze ||Seals & Croft
|The Boys of Summer ||Don Henley
Pat Buchanan in 1996
An audio clip of the debate from the 1996 Republican Presidential Primary debate. I believe that is Pat Buchanan response to the question, "What is your vision for America."
Let me tell you where I stand
You know where I stand
I will fight to be the most Pro-Life President in the history of this country.
I will stop illegal Immigration cold.
There will be no more $50 billion bailouts.
We will end foreign aid
There will be no more American troops in Bosnia.
Downsize our Government.
Cut taxes on the American people
and we will restore the Constitutional Republic of the founding father's dream.
That is a conservative vision and a conservative agenda.
Senator Dole has no vision.
and when there is no vision, the people will perish.
The last line in the speech is a quote from Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
Bay Bridge Cranes Coverage on KGO
Big changes this week over at KGO. Here's the announcement from March 31st:
Cumulus Media announced Thursday, many KGO Radio and KFOG employees were laid off due to restructuring purposes.
Legendary talk show host Ronn Owens signed off from KGO Radio for the last time, but his fans will be able to follow him to another station.
Owens has dominated Bay Area radio for 40 years and is now moving to Cumulus Media sister station, KSFO.
When I lived in California, I enjoyed listening to KGO as I was traveling around the Bay Area. My office had a good radio signal and I would bring in my CC Radio and listen to all the things that were going on while I was working.
On the morning of May 1, 2002, KGO broke out of their traditional radio schedule to cover tall cranes that were being transported to the Port of Oakland from China. At the time, there was some concern that the cranes might be too high to go under the bridge.
Let's step back in time and listen to the KGO Bay Bridge coverage:
Complementary Bahamas Cruise
Earlier this week I got a robot call to take a survey and I would get 2 tickets for a "Complementary Bahamas Cruise" for taking time to answer the questions. The survey was basically inquiring if I would be willing to try some new muscle medicine that would be available only by a prescription. It also appeared that the survey was doing some data gathering such as asking how many people were in the household. Since I there was no penalty for giving the wrong answer, I volunteered some unique data.
About 10 minutes later, the phone rang and it was a live person congratulating me on the Complementary Bahamas Cruise. The lady went on to talk about the cruise on the Grand Celebration. While she was talking, I was Googling all about the cruise boat and the scam. I found out that the Grand Celebration is basically more of a shuttle boat than a cruise line. There's lots of information about the cruise on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Then read what a news station found out about the scam.
I played along with the whole scam pretending to want to go on the cruise. The longer they talk to me the less time they will talk to someone who isn't educated about the scam.
Surprise Surprise...It turns out that it isn't all free. Apparently you have to pay the $59 dollars per person in taxes otherwise, you can't get off the island.
Suddenly this complementary cruise was now going to cost $118. Once I heard that money was involve it was time to end it.( Also I am sure that this "payment" wouldn't be refundable.)
I ended the call simply by telling the person that we only carry American Express. That shocked the scammer and the called ended shortly after, but not before I heard a strange blimp sound.
Thanks to SoundCloud, you can hear the ending part of the conversation. This is perfectly legal recording because the operator started off the call letting me know that they were recording the call for quality purposes. Its only fair that I have a personal copy of the call.
The moral of this story is that if someone calling you with some complementary deal, chances are there will be some kind of catch. However, I encourage you to play along with the scam and keep them on the phone as long as possible. Have fun playing the "Wow, this is the best deal ever!" customer. Then make the call as difficult for the operator as possible. Try to get them to hang up on you.