Monday, March 27, 2017

Stuff you don't think about...

... The sewing machine! No, Singer didn't invent it!

The video is almost a half hour long, but worth every minute of it and you'll never take threading your machine for grated again! (and just imagine what  simple levers, cams and gears can do)!





I had one exactly like this when I was a very little girl:



:o)

Today's funny :o)




:o)


Not much....

.... going on in Coopville.  :o(


A fly on the window screen. (Told 'ya it ain't very exciting here.....)


Still have some snow around:



Just sooooo sick of it!


A squirrel at the feeder:



Charlie eating stale crackers - he loves them for some strange reason...


Spaghetti time!




Chicken foots:



Wilma's?


:o)




Saturday, March 25, 2017

At the Hop!

Santo and Johnny!






From: Wikipedia:

Santo & Johnny were an American rock and roll music duo from BrooklynNew York, comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina.
They are known best for their instrumental melody "Sleep Walk", one of the biggest hits of the golden age of rock 'n' roll, which became a regional success and eventually scored the top of the Billboard pop chart when it was released nationally during 1959.
At present, Santo is semi-retired and Johnny currently tours and records new material with his own band. Johnny is also the president of Aniraf, Inc., an international record company based in New York City.

Santo Anthony Farina and John Steven Farina were born in BrooklynNew York to Anthony and Josephine Farina: Santo on October 24, 1937 and Johnny on April 30, 1941. 

Their father was drafted into the Army while they were children and was stationed for some time in Oklahoma. After hearing a steel guitar by radio, he wrote to his wife, "I'd like the boys to learn to play this instrument".

Upon returning from World War II, the boys' father found a music teacher who gave the boys steel guitar lessons. When Santo was a teenager, he was able to get a local music store to modify an acoustic guitar, allowing him to play it like a steel guitar.
Within two years, Santo was performing in amateur shows using a new Gibson six-string steel guitar and had started receiving lessons from a steel guitar teacher who had studied in Hawaii. By the age of fourteen, Santo was composing songs, and formed an instrumental trio with a guitarist and drummer. This trio appeared at local dances and parties, performing both original compositions and some Hawaiian standards. With money Santo made from these performances, he bought a Fender steel guitar, one with three necks, each with eight strings. This allowed him to experiment even more, and he tried different tunings until he found ones that appealed to him.
When Johnny reached the age of twelve, he began to play accompaniment to Santo on a standard electric guitar. The brothers soon formed a duo and became rather popular in school, eventually performing at events in the New York boroughs. They recorded a demonstration which they circulated to local New York record companies.
When Johnny turned 16, he told their father that they'd be quitting school to pursue a career as "rock stars," to which their father responded "The only stars are in the sky."
The brothers wrote a song one night when they "couldn't sleep after playing a gig, and started jamming." The song was "Sleep Walk" and during September 1959 it scored at the top of the American charts.

Music career

The brothers eventually came to the attention of a music publishing company and signed a song writer's contract and eventually landed a recording contract with Canadian-American Records. Their first release, "Sleep Walk", was composed by the two brothers plus Santo's wife, Ann. "Sleep Walk" was recorded at Trinity Records in Manhattan. It reached Billboard magazine's No. 1 position for two weeks during September 1959,] and earned Santo & Johnny a Gold record. The follow-up song "Tear Drop" was also a successful, though their long-playing (LP) record Santo & Johnny was less successful in the United States.
In 1979, Santo Farina co-wrote a song with Lisa Ratner called "Kiss Me In The Rain," which Barbra Streisand covered on her album Wet.

Legacy

"Sleep Walk" continues to be popular due to consistent radio airplay as well as its usage for commercials, television programs, and movies. Santo & Johnny were inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2002.




Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Boys and their toys!!!  LOL!







8th Llanelli & District Miniature Steam Rally (The Trains) 28th & 29th/09/2013



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Today's funny :o)



The true story of the Chicken Gun. 

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.
   
British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers.

  WHEN THE GUN WAS FIRED, THE ENGINEERS STOOD SHOCKED  AS THE CHICKEN HURLED OUT OF THE BARREL, CRASHED INTO THE SHATTERPROOF SHIELD, SMASHED IT TO SMITHEREENS, BLASTED THROUGH THE CONTROL  CONSOLE, SNAPPED THE ENGINEER'S BACK-REST IN TWO, AND EMBEDDED ITSELF IN THE BACK WALL OF THE CABIN, LIKE AN ARROW SHOT FROM A BOW.  THE HORRIFIED BRITS SENT NASA THE DISASTROUS RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENT, ALONG WITH THE DESIGNS OF THE WINDSHIELD AND BEGGED THE U.S SCIENTISTS FOR SUGGESTIONS.  
  
NASA RESPONDED WITH A ONE-LINE MEMO  

    
"DEFROST THE CHICKEN."