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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Get The History Books Ready...I Proclaim for 2012!

Wow! I'm glad that's over (Christmas). I find that the season of holidays just gets a little crazier as time goes on. My dear sweet Mary, from across the street, called me Christmas Day and asked," How is Mr. Scrooge today?" Please don't misunderstand, in theory, Christmas is a wonderful holiday. I just don't get caught up in the last-minute rush, or the compulsion to buy bigger and better gifts every year. It's just not for me. Thanksgiving is a much better holiday. To tell you the truth, July 4 has to be my favorite. Anyhow, I'm glad this is going to be a semi – regular week.

I really have had my share of problems this week. Remember the new ISP that I got? It just quit working and when I called tech support, I was informed it would be January 2, 2012, before they could send a technician. I've had the same problem with Dish Network. Evidently, the LNB has quit working in my satellite dish. Same deal, we can't send it technician out until January 2. Needless to say, I feel rather unconnected. Of course, my cell phone is still ringing. This morning, I got a scam call and a wrong number. I have started loading all my music CDs to the computer. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be. Now, I'm in the market for an MP3 player. I have thoroughly convinced myself to buy a Microsoft Zune. Naturally, Microsoft quit supporting Zune 90 days ago. It looks like I will be buying my first Apple product. I think my researches landed me on the iPod Classic. Any suggestions?

I'm sure those of you born in the baby boomer era will remember the British Invasion. That was the fabulous era of modern music that brought us such bands as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Peter and Gordon, and the list goes on ad infinitum. (or so it seems). Do you remember the British band, Sir Douglas Quintet? Here's a little reminder......

Beatle's haircuts and everything

Doug Sahm, founding member of The Sir Douglas Quintet, was not from England, at all. In fact, he was from San Antonio, Texas. Here is his life story. So, the San Antonio native, Doug Sahm, kind of pulled the Woolly Bully over everybody's eyes, and implied that they were from England. I think he was a musical genius. Please enjoy these Pure Texas inspired songs.....

Paying Tribute to Sir Doug!!    

Doug Sahm went from child prodigy to faux British-waver to become the leader of the fabulous Tex-Mex hit band, The Texas Tornadoes. Here are some of their hits......


Thank you so much Mr. Sahm!

It really is funny how time slips away, isn't it? I, for one, will be glad when 2011 silently slips into the history books. Here comes 2012, and it's way past time for me to make my move. The housing market is showing some improvement. I proclaim: This is the year I have dreamed about all my life. I will sell my house, I will move into the full-time RV lifestyle, I will move into my retirement with dignity and grace, I will get to meet up with all my RV blog friends. There, I said it and it has to be true because you read it on the Internet.

Thank you for coming by and taking the time to peek into my slightly tilted little world. See you again, I hope!

Michael Ultra


  1. I loaded all my music CDs on my computer, now I can just play them while I'm doing other things. So easy.

    I have a Creative Zen MP3 player, and I really like it. I use mine mostly for audio books that I download from the library website.

    If I had to do it again, though, I'd probably go with an Apple product because if you want any kind of speakers, or anything really, that hooks up to an MP3, Apple is about all you can find. It's frustrating but that's the way it is.

  2. You truly captured the essence of the great Texas music that creates the unique culture of Texas. Texas is a state of mind! Memories of two stepping to the music of the Texas Tornados, Joe Ely, Willie, Waylon, Red Bone, and other greats lifts my spirits to a new level of knowing that 2012 is going to be a great year. Like you I am transforming into retirement and have discovered it not about what if - but I can and I will. It's my time now and I have my dancing shoes on! Wishing you the best in 2012 and keep on believing for it will happen!! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Looking forward to meeting you in 2012! There, now it's in print so it's gotta happen! A very Happy New Year to you - the Year of the Dream!

  4. Yes Michael - 2012 is the year for you. I know it is going to happen for you. And I so enjoy your choices in music. Makes my day.

  5. Hey, great music. You are the first one getting your New Year's proclamations out there. I'm hoping you get your fondest wish this year with selling your house and hitting the road.

  6. Great tunes, as always, Michael!

    I'm not a fan of any of the hallmark holidays, including Thanksgiving. Being grateful once a year????

    I like proclamations waaaaaaaay better than resolutions. Here's to a full-timing life in 2012!!!

    Wishing you the best!
    Cyndi and Stumpy

  7. I sure hope all that comes true. It is time for your to get that house sold and hit the road to freedom.
    Happy New Year Michael

  8. Happy New Year, Michael. May you find the road to be all you've dreamed of and filled with adventure of the very best kind.