Saturday, December 20, 2014

He Is the Gift: Mormon Video about the Birth of Jesus Christ



Here is a video called "He is the Gift". It was produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) about the first gift of Christmas. This first gift was given by a father to all of his children, to us. Heavenly Father gave us His son, the Christ. Please watch this video and reflect upon how you will share this gift.

Merry Christmas! 


THE MOST HORRIBLE TIME OF THE YEAR: ADDRESSING CHRISTMAS CARDS!


(This is a rerun of a blog I wrote a couple of years ago.)


Whew, it’s done! I addressed the last Christmas card and stamped the last envelope! I just hate doing Christmas cards. And we send a lot of them. It’s so boring and tedious! Sitting at the kitchen table trying to match up cards and envelopes and writing down all these names and addresses and then SIGNING the cards and stamping and sealing the envelopes…ugh, not my favorite part of the season.

While working on this task I was thinking of my favorite Christmas song to make the job more pleasant, and then found myself inventing some new lyrics. The finished effort is really, really stupid. So I thought I’d post it on the Internet! Ha!

To refresh your memory, here are the original lyrics: 


It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jinglebelling and everyone telling you
Be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistletoe-ing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year

And now for Cindy’s silly words:

It's the most horrible time of the year
With stamps that need licking
And address labels that need sticking
It's the most horrible time of the year


It's the ted-tedioust season of all
With those holiday greetings that are sent instead of meeting
with friends when they call
It's the bor-boringest season of all

There'll be paper cuts flowing
And writer’s cramp growing
With every card that I write
There'll be addresses that need checking
And names that need correcting
Until I finally get it right

It's the most horrible time of the year
There'll be procrastination and dreading
As I wish that I could be heading
Anyplace but here
It's the most horrible time of the year


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GRANDMAS SMOKING POT

Get ready for a rant.

I signed into Yahoo to check email, and right there at the top of my news story list was something from the "Huffington Post" about Grandmas smoking pot for the first time. It had a picture of a video you could click on (which I didn't), and said:

"Three grandmas recently smoked marijuana for the first time and got high. It is the best thing ever. And don't worry, they didn't break the law -- Cut filmed the trio in their home state of Washington, where recreational use is legal."

All I can say is, "AAARGGGHHHHH!" I can't believe this! What is WRONG with people??? All the years I have spoken up against drugs, and how a grown adult should know better, etc. and these women, GRANDMOTHERS, smoke pot, and on camera for all to see??? They should be ashamed of themselves!!

What is even more disturbing are all the COMMENTS! Here is a sample:

Nothing new here! I'm 74 and smoke all of the time.

Ok, That was just Funny as it can get. Now get High and watch it again!! lmao

That was adorable.

It had me laughing pretty hard XD I would totally smoke with them.

My grandmother made home made preserves and quilts....lmao These are pretty cool ladies.

See, weed ain't so bad. It makes you happy, hungry, then sleepy. If more people got happy this world would be better place.

for a first time experience i would NOT recommend the wine... maybe after your used to it then try a little wine to see how they mix....

`i am for freedom. if you want to set yourself on fire go to it, but as a retired state trooper i can assure you some of the pot smokers will get high and then drive and kill themselves or someone else or both. i have already worked many of these accidents, so be careful what you wish for.

People who drink beer , they do kill people too ,after heavy drinking. I know you have see that every day..

Both my parents where pot heads, my childhood sucked because of it. (if your a parent) Remember you have a kids, if you don't have kids, SMOKE UP

Marvelous, thanks. Makes me wish I'd done this with my mom, but I'm too darn late in my case. But a great little movie, well done.

Omg, what a dangerous drug! Quick, re-ban it!

And the first time is usually nothing. Wait till your second time ladies. WOW.

I'm a Grandma who smokes too.

Funny. Now they should do the same thing with a roomful of grannies and grampas and young people. What a party that would be! I like the one in the middle.. she got mellow!

I love it...very cute...

James Clapper First time did nothing for me at all. Luckily I gave it a 2nd chance. Closest thing to God you'll find.

What is WRONG with people???? I was reading and finally found one comment from a state trooper who mentioned something about how pot smokers will drive high and kill themselves or someone else, and I thought FINALLY someone on this board is standing up against drug use. But then of course someone right after that said that pot only makes you MORE careful while driving. An excuse I have heard many, many times from pot smokers. And then there were the "Pot is safer than alcohol" excuses and how people drive while drinking beer. As if that makes it okay to smoke pot? As I have said, we shouldn't smoke pot OR drink alcohol! 

I can't believe this world we live in! Is there anybody else out there who agrees with me that it is terrible these women smoked pot, and that all these people were praising them and saying it was "cute" and talking about how they wish they had done this with their mom, and how smoking pot is "the closest thing to God you will find"? WHERE ARE PEOPLES MORALS AND VALUES AND MATURITY??? Most parents would croak if their child grew up to smoke pot! Most parents try to teach their kids that drugs are wrong, at any age! Yet these grown women, GRANDMOTHERS, are sitting there getting high on pot, on camera for all to see, AND the world is PRAISING them??? What kind of world is this??? 

I hate the Internet. I wouldn't even know about this if we didn't have it. 


ALCOHOL IS GOOD, MARIJUANA IS BAD

I SEE THE LIGHT. I UNDERSTAND ABOUT ALCOHOL, AND IT ISN'T BAD AT ALL.



Constance Waring tells me: 

You probably hear this all the time, and choose to ignore it. But, it would do you well to read Proverbs 31:6-7 where the bible instructs us to consume alcohol. It says, "Give strong drink to one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more." Also, Psalm 104:14-15 says, "Yet the simple joys of drinking were also sung. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And WINE THAT MAKETH GLAD THE HEART OF MAN..."

Gee, nobody has ever told me this before! Thank you! I will tell God he is wrong and drop out of my church. I'm off to the liquor store! 

MARIJUANA IS GOOD, ALCOHOL IS BAD

I SEE THE LIGHT. I UNDERSTAND NOW ABOUT DRUGS. THEY AREN'T BAD AFTER ALL.

skrillzist skrillzist wrote to me:
You are most likely a 50 year old Christian that thinks all drugs are bad and everyone needs Christ, weed should be legal because it's a fucking plant that's better than alcohol and cigarettes, you probably drink and think it's ok to get fucked up on alcohol rather than smoke a joint, can weed kill you no... Can alcohol kill you... Yes what do you think is better here smoking a j and feeling happy and on top of the world or get shit faces black out and potentially puke while you're sleeping and suffocate. I'm a Christian not a ignorant Christian that thinks weed is bad.... Now go pray to god about how rude I am and cursing maybe he'll tap into your brain and tell you which ones better....

My reply:

Wow, you are the first person to ever tell me all this! I totally understand now. I now see that weed can't kill you and that alcohol CAN kill you. I had always thought that since alcohol was legal, it must be okay. That's why I have spent all my adult hood sipping fine wine, drinking beer at football games, having martinis and cocktails. I have never said anything bad about alcohol! What a hypocrite I am. Oh, and I have never said anything bad about cigarettes, either. I figured if they are legal they must be okay. That's why I have smoked all these years. And it is good you are a Christian. I can see why you can be a Christian and use profanity and be totally in favor of weed. Weed is good. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

OLD PHOTO OF FIRST HUMANS! Huh?


Editor's Note: This is a blog I first posted in 2010. I thought it was worth rerunning, since nobody seems to have read it!

A PICTURE WORTH THOUSANDS OF DUMB WORDS

And I thought I was dense.

A recent Yahoo story about early pictures of humans proved to be a testament to just how clueless many people are when it comes to the history of photography.

The article is about a photo taken in 1848 by two men standing on one side of the Ohio River, and shows what appear to be two humans on the dock across the river. Known as a daguerreotype, the figures are blurry and look “see-through” due to the long exposure time it took to chemically treat the metal plates. As the article clearly explains, “If someone or something was moving within the frame, it wouldn’t show up in a daguerreotype photo.” I already knew this from looking at old family photos as a child, where the subjects were often blurry, and I have come across these kinds of pictures while doing genealogy research as well. The story also includes a link to an 1838 picture of a man on a busy Paris street, getting his shoes shined. Since he was standing still long enough, he appeared in the photo while moving objects did not. This is thought to be the first photo of a human and was taken by Louise Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process, the article explains.

I admit the headline of this story is a bit misleading: “Very Early Photographic Images of Humans Discovered.” It almost sounds as if the photo across the river is a picture of the earliest human beings in the world. But one would think that most people would realize this could not possibly be the case, and that they would read the story further to clarify the facts. However, after spending time on the article’s accompanying message board, it is obvious that LOTS of people jump to conclusions, don’t take time to read, and are totally ignorant of how pictures work.

I remember seeing that article when it first came online, and I was one of the first to comment, saying that I thought it was a very interesting story—and I meant it! I didn’t think anything of it again until the next day when I decided to check the board and saw that it was really jumping. I was so flabbergasted by many of the comments, I couldn’t pull myself away.

The most common misconception was that the photo had to be a fake because you could see through the people. One poster named Daniel commented:

“Hello?!? Do you guys honestly think those people are real? It’s kinda odd how EVERYTHING around them is well defined and distinguishable…and then the “people” look like two stick figures with round heads. See them through the boards? Get real, those look like planks…stacked up on top of each other laying in a pile on the bank. This photo is fake, at least some of it is anyways.”

“Airforcewife” said that “If these are real people, why can you still see the lines of the boards thru the bodies? Are they going to change the story and say they are ghosts now?? I think it’s a fake! May be a really old pic, but the people dont belong there.”

In the words of Cody: “Wait, this isn’t real…If you look very closely, they are transparent, suggesting, as someone said earlier, “painted on”. But you can be sure if they are real figures, that they aren’t part of a dock or something? I think everyone’s too quick to assume and not look at the fine minor details…”

Caitlin: “Why are they transparent? If I had to take a wild guess I would say this is a hoax.”

MacGyver: “I don’t know if this is just me, or do the “people” look see through? Just something I noticed.”

Honest: “if you look real close you will see that these guys were painted after. You can see threw this guys like they are transparent.”

Nonbeliever: “It isn’t people at all…am I the only one that can see through both of these “people” to the steps they are in front of??!!! Don’t believe everything you see..this photo may be old, but in fact the people in it are non existent!!”

Anthony: “Clearly a fake. I mean, you can actually see THROUGH the ‘person’ on the left. Some fact checking should be done before you post an article like this, shouldn’t it?”

Karen: “This looks like it was touched up or added at a later time.”

Kevin: “Anyone noticed you can see through them. These are the first ghosts to ever be photographed.”

JaclynB: “Am I the only one that sees that the two men are TRANSPARENT? Could someone clear this up for me? Or is this something paranormal?”

Kay: “They look like two ghosts to me – Can you say PHOTOSHOPPED!”

Keep in mind that these are actual quotes from real people, misspellings and grammatical errors included, that I copied and pasted into a Word document. I have not changed them in any way. I was so amazed, I had to save some of these as proof! Shortly after I had joined the board that second day, one man who had spent a considerable amount of time trying to help people understand how early photos worked decided to give up and leave. “You can’t fix stupid!” he declared.

But there were others who stayed on, myself included, determined to try. Take the “how can these be the first humans” misconception, for instance. Someone whose name I missed said, “I don’t get it, why is this so rare? Who else do they think built the buildings and the big ol ship that is floating there? Oh! And WHO took the picture!!!??? I honestly cannot understand ‘news’ somedays…good greif…”
There were many others who had the same thoughts. Here are just a few of them:

LadyD: “I’m still confused. Who wrote this article again? Of course there were humans!! HELLO!! Did you figure that out ALL BY YOURSELF or did you need help? 1848? Yeah there were humans then and WAY before then TOO!!”

Julio:  “what? Of course I can see a boat it got be people around, what is the deal whit this report,sounds stupid,if they took picture of the city it has to b some people in it lol”

Meme: “why is hs even news??? Hate to break it to you folks but PEOPLE EXISTED IN 1848. Big deal that the photogs didn’t realize THEN that there were humans in the photo. This article makes it seem like it’s so mysterious that human beings would be in early photographs when humans CREATED PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT. DUH!!!!”

Michael: “sooo the camera was invented before they thought humans were around…sweet…this is a stupid ass post”

Bourre: “The headline is ridiculous. Did an alien write this article? You reckon a human took the picture?”

Testa: “I had to laugh a lot about this one..!!Who do you think took this picture ?? A dog,, a cat,, No a Human.!! Boy that took some real smarts..lol”

Holly: “tHIS IS IMPOSSIBLE or a painting because i f it was first sighting of humans or whatever, who took the photo??!!!!”

Jonas: “wait how’s the guys take the pic if there were no humans?”

J: “what’s the big deal about people in the picture ? who built that ship and who took the picture ? animals? Give me a break”

Mizz Attitude: “Wow I dont understand why people r getting so excited or amazed about two people in an old picture..there’s a steamboat in the background if people didn’t already exist then who controlled the boat and I;m sure the buildings didn’t magically just appear and made a town out of the blue…come on people something like this isn’t really amazing..there were people way before 1848 and everyone knows this..the things that just amaze some people makes me laugh.”

And then there were the endless comments that these were “ghosts” because you could see right through them. Or, for the people who understood the see-through image, many said over and over that it looked like a marriage proposal, because one of the human images is on his knees. And people explained over and over that they aren’t ghosts and that it could not be a proposal because women wore long dresses then. (Many also rightfully mentioned that it could be one person rather than two, and that he just moved during the course of the photographic process.)

This kept going on throughout the day. Every time I checked the board, people were saying the same things, blindly posting their opinion without reading the story or the many comments before. And most of them thought they were the first one to notice that you could see through the people or that it looked like a marriage proposal or that someone had to take the picture of these “first humans.” Many of the same people continued trying to educate to no avail. Someone named “Dave and Sarah” said they were having “too much fun” updating the page and reading everyone’s comments. “Clearly most people don’t understand the process of the photograph or reprographics,” they said.

Oh, and then there were the “Why is this a big deal?” comments. Someone said how “it’s only natural that someone had to take the very first picture of a human but what’s that mean…It’s not like they took a picture of something extraordinary or anything. It’s a human being and last time I looked there are plenty of us around. Now, show me a picture of big foot, the loch ness monster or something that’s rare and hard to prove exists.”

Chava malka cooper: “if you can take a picture of a boat you can take a picture of people. Don’t know why they are so amazed at this ‘photographic image of humans’.”

Sirmaster2: “I dont get it. Who cares about the photos. Humans created those cities and towns in those pics. And they have been around for many years before cams were invented. So whats the point here? If this is exciting then you have seen nothing compared to what I can show you that no cam has ever photographed. Geesh. Wanna see a pic of the 1st maple leaf on a ‘man or woman’?? LOL.”

Lane: “what you mean there were people in that lil ol’ town holy s@*t you dont say…how strange???? this is dumb.”

Angelique: “I still don’t understand what the big deal is about the picture. Is it that is ‘humans’ are ghosts or what?”

And here is a sample of some of the attempts to enlighten:

Lonesilverwolf96: “The reason this is a big deal those of you treating this like its nothing, if it wasn’t for Daguerre and his talent we wouldn’t have the digital cameras and video cameras we all love to use on a daily basis. He was like the inventor of the “Wheel” in photography. It’s not earth shattering no, but have a little respect, no, gratitude for the things we have today. These pictures sometimes took hours to take and even longer to develop. We have come a long way to the half second click we have today. And besides, if art history doesn’t interest you, why are you looking?”

Robert: “To all of you who are incredibly stupid to say this is fake, these are ghosts, this is stupid or what is the big deal, please keep your ridiculous comments to yourselves and comment on articles that require less intelligence to appreciate. Anyone with a basic understanding of history, especially history of technology or history of photography, would appreciate this article. First and foremost, the picture’s authenticity is not in question. It is legit and accepted as such, so move on. Ghosts? Really? If you paid attention in school instead of playing your stupid video games and watching reality TV, you would know that photography is a new invention, going back to the early 19th century in France with cameras with such slow shutter speeds, that capturing the image of a mammal would be almost impossible since they move. That is why Daguerre’s original Paris photo, which most people should have seen at least once in their life, captures nothing but blurs where people and horses moved slowly, and one blurry man, captured on film only because he was standing still getting his shoes shined. It would not be until many years later that moving people would be captured on film, and at the time of this photo, there were no still photos of people yet produced. The fact that this is the first photo to capture a person in the United States is very impressive to those who appreciate history. If you have no clue about history or just don’t care, then go read a worthless article on a celebrity and comment on that instead.”

Rockngold: “Seriously are the people commenting here really this ignorant?! I’ve read stupid comments about of course there were people before this picture because where did the boats and buildings come from…other comments about why is this news worthy when we can do so much more with photos now…and countless comments with misspelled words. OMG! This article is of interest because it was in the earliest developments of photography when it was rare to photograph a busy town or street and have people show up in the pictures because non-stationary subjects could not be captured. Of course there were pictures of people prior to this when they were stationary, the interest is in the fact that these figures showed up in this particular TYPE of photograph. It is historical because of the development in technology of photography and the beauty of this early time in the art of photography, Its newsworthy and interesting for the same reason that many intelligent cultured people enjoy museums and art galleries…People PLEASE get a clue!! If you are really this ignorant keep your comments to yourselves.”

Robert (another one):  “Still ?? wow..no wonder this country is going down the drain..dumb people. Right after I explained the process people are saying things like,  Why are they transparent and Why aren’t there more people in a busy town? I am just a regular guy who works on cars for a living and I get it. Don’t you???? 20 minut exposure times burn an image onto a silver plate..equalls---nothing can move or it will not be in the photo. If you were there for half the time you would be half transparent….Got it now????”

But unfortunately many DIDN’T get it. I’d go away for a few hours, come back, and the crazy comments were still coming. A woman named Lyn attempted to get the more intelligent posters to throw in the towel.

“To the literate folks out there, please stop wasting your time in trying to logically explain anything about these photos to the numbskulls posting about ‘ghosts’ and ‘fake photo’,” she said. “You’ll just wear yourself out for nothing!”

I laughed and told her that I agreed, “But I can’t tear myself away!” to which Lyn replied “It’s like a train wreck isn’t it!!! LOL!!!”

By this time I also began to get rather snarky. I usually try to be considerate of people’s feelings and don’t make fun of them for personal matters like looks, weight, or intellect, but these posts were just sooo off-base I couldn’t help myself. On a few comments where people would say something like, “Am I the only one who notices that you can see through them?” I would reply that yes, they were the ONLY person to mention this, and that “wow, it really must be a hoax then!” Or I’d say that nobody has mentioned that before and they should get their vision checked. I know, I’m mean—what can I tell ya.

I did try to make some informative posts, but when it became apparent that trying to educate was fruitless—you just couldn’t keep up with the vast number of “numbskulls” coming in—at one point I made a tongue-in-cheek comment that this picture had to be fake because you can see through them, and if they are the first humans then who took the picture, and that of course humans were here in the 1800’s. “I mean, I bet they were around in the 1600’s even! Boy are you people dumb,” I added. I’m sure the intelligent people who had seen my earlier posts knew I was joking and got a laugh, but of course there were some who just joined and took me seriously. What’s scary, though, is that it sounded like one person partially agreed with my fake post. As Becca said, “You are so correct its takes a dumb person to think its real ,,I mean unless its ghost,,and besides there were people around before 600bc hello God created the heavens and the earth,,people get serious without God there was no history!!!!” The other person who replied to my comment asked if I was serious, and then gave me a stern lecture about how long people have been on the earth and how photography works. She also told me to not be a hypocrite. “You’re probably the dumbest person to comment so far,” she said. (I did go back and tell her that I was just poking fun at all the silly comments, but who knows if she ever saw my post. Oh well, I tried.)

Speaking of humor, or attempts at it, there were some comments that made me laugh:

Jon M: “It’s too blurry, couldn’t they afford a better digital camera?”

Art Vandelay: “It’s a shame this came out…the one didn’t want his wife to know where he was that day…”

RS: “You people disgust me with all your hair-brained theories. Those aren’t humans. They are the first water Martians to come out of from under the water in an attempt to populate the earth.”

Harry P: “My question is: did they get releases from these individuals to publish their image?”
And finally, Gary summed it up well: “I was going to leave a comment. Luckily I read some of the others and was instantly reminded that the comment rules at Yahoo specifically state that one must be committed to a state operated mental institution to be eligible to make comments. Wow, that was close.”


Let’s hope at least some of these people read the story and comments after they posted, and came to understand the true significance of the photo. I’d like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I did not see any evidence of that, however. Nobody coming back to apologize or say “my bad—I understand now, I should have read more,” etc. And the scary part is that these were just the people who posted on the board—think of all the other thousands out there who thought the same things but just didn’t bother to type it on the Internet! Whether it is because people are too young to know, just plain ignorant, or both—who knows. But after being on that board, I not only feel a little better about myself but I also see how truly uneducated many people are. My conclusion is that in order for them to “see the light” perhaps they should go into the dark—in the form of a darkroom—and develop some pictures the old-fashioned way!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SLEEPING KITTIES


I come home from a long day and find the cats all curled up together. So cute! Such a life.

Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

                                                                           BOO!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VINTAGE 'TEEN MAGAZINES FROM THE 1960'S


IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE!

The new issue of ‘Teen Magazine finally arrived! Full of cool info about dating, hairstyles, makeup and fashion, and the latest on “Hollywood’s Swingin’ World” like the Righteous Brothers, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and Bobby Sherman!

Okay, so it’s not exactly the new issue of ‘Teen. But it is new to me, and is part of an auction I won recently from eBay. Touted as “Young America’s Beauty and Fashion and Entertainment Magazine”, ‘Teen was and is popular reading for many young girls who rely on it to help them make the transition from child to bona fide young lady. Although not quite as slick and sophisticated as Seventeen, ‘Teen has its merits, and I remember enjoying this magazine in my youth. The lot I won, six issues from 1964 and 1965, was a bit before my time; I would still have been a little girl when they were published. But it was an intriguing era, a time of innocence and featuring stylish, feminine fashions just before the mod styles made their debut.

The photo above shows typical swimwear of the day. As you can tell, these suits had substantially more fabric than the string bikini, barely-there swatches of material they have the nerve to call bathing suits these days (see related articles below on modesty). I really like the swimsuit with the little pleated skirt—I’d actually wear something like that. I’m also drooling over this cute empire-style short-sleeved dress “softly accented with shirring and a fabric bow” in the June 1965 issue. And the model is wearing darling little white gloves, too! Oooohhh! And an ad from September 1964 spotlights “the many jumper looks of Bobbie Brooks.” I remember jumpers! I used to wear them! And I made them in home-ec!

These magazines are filled with images of schoolgirl skirts and sweaters, formal and sports wear, nighties and undies, shoes and purses and jewelry, worn by top teen models of the day like Colleen Corby, and all portrayed in extremely ladylike good taste, of course. Indeed, a letter from the editor’s desk cites some of the dictates of the dress code at a reader’s southern California school.

“Girls in 9th and 10th grade have to wear bobby-sox and white oxfords,” the rules stated. “No tight, straight or short skirts, no pullover sweaters, no capris at games, no patterned or black nylons, sleeveless dresses or blouses.” I remember the days of having to wear a dress to school. They finally allowed girls to wear slacks when I was in junior high, during one very cold winter when they were concerned about our bare legs. We all cheered!

Vintage advertisements abound in these magazines as well, for cosmetics (“It’s fun to mix 2 or 3 Cover Girl Lipstick Shades. They’re all just dreamy!”), shampoo (featuring the beautiful “Breck girls” portraits), and products buried at the back such as Wate-On, which promises to transform a skinny girl into a voluptuous vamp. I like the feminine hygiene ads, particularly those that claim their tampons are easy to use, “even for single girls.” You see, back then it was automatically assumed that if you were unmarried, you were a virgin. That’s just the way it was.

One of my favorite sections was “We-Get,” where readers sent their comments and suggestions on all kinds of subjects, from serious to frivolous. There were lots of opinions about that new rock group, The Beatles, where one girl said she had 104 pictures of the moptops on her wall (and was starting a collection of Dave Clark Five pictures as well). A teen from Wisconsin ranted about the censor bureau in Lisbon, Portugal finally releasing the film “A Hard Day’s Night,” but for ADULTS ONLY. “I knew you wouldn’t believe it, but it’s the truth!” she exclaimed, signing her letter “Glad I Don’t Live There.”

“Weepy”, from Waterloo, Iowa wrote:

I’ve read about girls who just had to cry when they saw the Beatles, and if that’s being a true, blue Beatle fan, I must be the most loyal one they’ve got in the United States! I cried real tears clear through the Beatles’ three Ed Sullivan shows and I wasn’t even viewing them in person! I do know what it is to be truly “lonely” for them. I cry when I play “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” because it brings back memories of the first time I heard of the Beatles back in January, 1964. I cry when some rat-fink gives our Liddy-puddle-lads a rotten writeup, or when I think of going drugstore crawling on foggy Sunday mornings, or when I think of Georgie Harrison turning 22 in February. So all you logy “B” fans out there, keep on cryin’ and more power to you, luvs.

However, someone who signed her letter “A True Beatle-Hater,” said that “all this junk about those Beatles is getting positively ridiculous as well as completely out of hand.” She said she used to be a Beatle fan, but now she gets sick to her stomach or laughs hysterically at the “retardation of Beatlemaniacs.”

“Those misguided females who say long hair (flipping up, no less) is masculine, obviously have a few facts mixed up that they’d better straighten out if they hope to live normal lives,” she said.

“Beatlebugged”, from Louisiana told readers that her head “is in one great big throb” because the Beatles were blaring away on TV. “What anybody sees in this hip-swiveling, guitar-playing, head-shaking, off-key-singing group is beyond me,” she said.  “I have one suggestion for them: Let your hair keep growing, because we can still see your faces! Don’t get me wrong. I consider myself a normal teenage girl. I like pizza, rock-n-roll, the twist and boys. But the Beatles—ugh!”

Finally, “Ex-Beatle Fan” from Stratford, Connecticut said she used to like the Beatles because everyone else did, but she soon lost interest:

You learn everything there is to know about them after reading ten magazines carrying articles on them. You even learn that Paul washes his hair every other day and that he has to shave twice a day. It’s not fun when the Beatles aren’t new and exciting anymore. There’s nothing to talk about, because everybody has heard everything about them at least five times. Their music did have a different sound that you thought you’d love forever. Now that sound is copied by so many other groups, it’s old stuff. It isn’t excusive anymore. Isn’t this really why the Beatles aren’t as popular or as great as they used to be? I think the world is just about through with Beatlemania.

I always knew those long-haired rock-and-rollers were just a fad.

Other girls wrote about their love for Elvis, the Beach Boys, and even the Osmond Brothers. “I can see why girls scream, faint and tear their hair out when they see him or are near him,” said one Illinois Elvis fan. “I do almost the same thing. I think he is the living end!! He is the most!!! The best all-round human being ever.”

“Call me some kind of a nut if you like but I really don’t like the Beatles!” said a New York youth. “In fact, I can’t stand them! My favorite group is the Beach Boys. They can sing (which the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, and Rolling Stones can not do), and they have wonderful personalities which they don’t hide under a mop of hair.”

Paula from Illinois preferred a certain younger set, and one that “doesn’t sport long hair.”

“They are absolutely top singers, though none of them is past fifteen,” she said. “I am talking about the Osmond Brothers, those four sparkling young men from the Andy Williams Show. I think that they are great, and I really wish that ‘TEEN would have something on them. Thank you very much.”

And here is a letter I could have written, from a girl who wanted more action for Illya, a new television heartthrob on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. spy series:

…No matter what, every week Illya gets sent to the appointed destination, via dullsville, while Napoleon Solo gets all the neat assignments and good camera coverage. Why?! I, for one, would prefer to watch David McCallum with that gorgeous accent of his. I realize he is relatively unknown, but please, “U.N.C.L.E.” producers, give us more Illya!

Readers addressed more serious subjects as well, like Donna from Pennsylvania who was taking up a collection for Vietnamese orphans, and a Georgia youth who asked if there is any organization that teenagers can join to bring about world peace. “I think we, as teenagers, should be concerned with the problems of the world,” she said. “After all, we will be leaders of our country soon. I don’t mean we should forget about being teenagers. I just think we should be more conscious of our responsibilities.”

Barbara Fuller from New York said that 1964 was a wonderful year:

…I was introduced to a new way of life: Beatlemania. Every day was like a new year in itself. The world was uplifted as people began to realize that we teenagers really aren’t as bad as some think. We care about world affairs—Vietnam, the Cold War. Teens played an important part in the elections: the Johnson girls, Goldwaterites, etc. They showed spirit that has been unequalled in the 20th century. Who says we have one-track minds? Just last night, after watching Shindig and writing Japanese form Haiku poetry for school, I went into my room to read “The Making of a President” to the accompanying music of a Rolling Stones album. Can you top that?

There were letters on typical topics such as beauty tips, curfews and phone usage. One teen asserted that a telephone is a public service and should be used with respect. “I don’t think Mr. Bell intended this small instrument to be used by chattering teens for such long periods of time,” she said. “It has always been my notion that it was to be used in emergencies and for things of importance.”

And of course there were plenty of letters and articles about what was probably the main thing on these girls’ minds, namely BOYS. Although I have a hard time relating to this subject, since no boys even talked to me up through high school, let alone called me on the phone, asked me to go steady or expected any sort of “necking”. The letters are fun to read, though, like this one:

What do you readers think about going steady? My parents and I have been arguing for months on the subject. I am for it, and they think it’s the worst thing in the world. I just try and try to explain that it’s all right and everyone goes steady once in their lifetime, especially in junior high, but they won’t even be reasonable about it. I need your help in trying to convince my parents, so write in your opinions. S.D., Galveston, Tex.

And then there was the “Dear Jill” advice column, where a Texas teen asked what a boy wants when he takes a girl out. “Of course I enjoy dating the boys, but I don’t particularly enjoy necking,” she wrote. “The boys seem to expect it and sometimes won’t take me out again. I don’t let them get anywhere but I would like to know if I am doing the right thing.”

Columnist Jill explained that what boys should expect is “not always what they DO sometimes expect.” She wrote:

…Let’s discuss what a decent fellow, who is mature enough to be dating, thinks about a date. He is attracted to a girl and he asks her out, hoping she’ll say “yes”. He takes her to a place he thinks she will enjoy and he thoroughly appreciates that she is a lady and knows how to behave in public. When he takes her home he feels proud that she has gone out with him and hopes she will again. The thought of necking is not involved. Our mythical boy likes this girl and she certainly returns the feeling, so their dates often end in kissing…but it’s because they genuinely like each other. Understand? Any fellow who takes a girl out and heads for the nearest lover’s lane is not the type of guy you would be interested in. He obviously doesn’t respect you, nor care about your feelings.

Got it, guys? Now be a mature, decent fellow and show some respect!

Jill also advised a young teen to not “chase” after a certain boy she likes. “If you are as attractive as you say, all you have to do is be friendly and then sit back and let him start to wonder if he can add you to his collection,” she stated.

One bit of advice Jill offered annoyed me, where she replied to a girl who lamented about not having any boyfriends.

“I have nice clothes, I’m cute, but fat,” the Ohio teen said. “All the girls seem to like me. I try to be neat, dainty and nice to boys, but no progress. I’m getting pretty sick of all my friends having fun and not me. What do you guys want, anyway?”

Jill’s response: They want a girl who is neat, cute, dainty, and NOT FAT. Get out the calorie counter!

I thought those were rather harsh words, especially to a young girl. First of all, I don’t think it is nice to use the word “fat”, and Jill also needs to realize that there are many people who will never be thin, due to their body type. And then she says to count calories, which goes against everything I have learned about weight loss (see articles below).

These magazines had serious articles as well, including fiction stories, sewing tips, and even a feature on the problems of attending an integrated school in Oklahoma City (with a subsequent letter to the editor from someone who disagreed with the article and said how she knew many teens “who wouldn’t lower themselves to dance with any of those Negroes…”)

All-in-all, I really enjoyed reading these volumes, and it captured an era of innocence, youthful optimism and concern for our future. The ‘Teen and Seventeen magazines I read in the late sixties are long gone, unfortunately. The only publication that survived my youth is a single issue of 16 Magazine, from July 1967, which I bought for The Monkees articles (and which I dug up again a few years later when I fell in love with Mark Lindsay and remembered that they had some photos of Paul Revere and the Raiders in there)!

Wouldn’t it be neat if we could just go to a store and buy magazines from the 60’s or 70’s or any time period we wanted? The decades before us will never come again, and now all we can do is salvage the often ripped and crumbly remains, buying what we can on eBay or garage sales, etc. I really would like to get more magazines from that era, if I can find a good deal on eBay. But then I have to put up with also seeing the auctions for “Japanese Teen Schoolgirl Magazine SEXY Pics” auctions. Aaarggh! But that’s another blog.

Okay, time to get back to reading. Now where was that Bobby Sherman article…

(Editor's Note: This was on my old Yahoo blog in 2007 before Yahoo discontinued their blog service.)



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My How Times Flies


October 1984: me 30 years ago, with my son who is eating the coffee table.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kitty Brotherly Love--For Today, at Least




My two cats, snuggled up together in their cozy bed for an afternoon nap. Just last night they were at each other's throats, fighting over who got to sit in a box lid on the floor! We heard all kinds of growling and hissing, and gray kitty Brisco lunged at his brother and sunk his jaws in his neck!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CINDYBIN'S VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK: DRESS COOL (PAUL SHAFFER LATE NIGHT BAND)




In keeping with the David Letterman/Paul Shaffer/Will Lee theme (see below), here is a link to a cute video called "Dress Cool". I remember when this was first aired in 1985; we liked it so much we kept the tape all these years. Surprisingly others did, too! Paul Shaffer and his Late Night Band are hilarious, and the tune is so catchy! Enjoy the young, nerdy Will Lee. My favorite part is Dave himself. So cool.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MacArthur Park: Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra On David Letterman


All I could say was “wow” after hearing Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra perform McArthur Park last night on The Late Show with David Letterman.

I remember the song from my youth—the one with the famous line about the cake left out in the rain. I always thought it was nice, but had no burning desire to hear it again. But then I was watching Letterman last night and he was talking about driving around with his son, listening to various versions of this classic 1968 tune, written by Jimmy Webb and first performed by Richard Harris. Dave said that the satellite radio played the song so many times, his son finally shouted, “No more cake!!!”

After that, Dave decided to ask Shaffer if he could do the song on the show. Rather than perform it during the commercial, they decided to play it as part of the featured lineup. I knew it was a long song, it was getting late and I was tired, but I thought I’d give it a chance and listen for a minute or so and go to bed. Plus, they said Jimmy Webb was going to perform with them, so I thought I’d stay up just to catch a glimpse of him since he was such a great songwriter.

Well almost six minutes later I was wide awake and still in awe. The performance was superb! Will Lee—one of the original Late Night band members—did a magnificent vocal, reaching notes, as Shaffer said, that “only dogs could hear.” Shaffer’s direction was great, there were over 20 extra musicians, and the green-icing cake at the end was a nice touch.

If you didn’t see it, you missed a great show! But never fear, here is a link to the YouTube video.

And here is a sample of some of the many comments on the video:

Connie Colvin: This was so great, just incredible, Will Lee was great, brought a tear to my eyes, truly amazing!!!!

JesusSavesAtCitibank: Just, WOW!!!

Cruciefiction: One of the more outstanding performances in David Letterman show history!

Brett Dillingham: Agreed. This was just fabulous, esp. since it included Jimmy Webb.

Burnabybrent: Originally written and sung by Jimmy Webb, but a hit by Richard Harris!  You can see Webb's version on youtube as well.

JazzzDrummer: Wow! Just got done watching this on Letterman. How super to have the big talent of Jimmy Webb there.Great performance from all those musicians.

PatchmanMusic: Astounding performance by all! I've been watching Letterman for decades and this was the best musical segment I've ever seen on the show. Such a pleasure to see maestro Webb on the keys! He's the Beethoven of our times. Big thanks to Dave and CBS for putting this on! More! More!!

Julie P.: Just started to fall asleep but THIS woke me up!!  Beautiful composition by Webb. Outstanding performance by CBS orchestra!

Saltygal: That was fabulous! That song was one of a kind when it came out and remains in a class of its own to this day . So glad to be able to hear this performance and be able to come back to it again and again.

Natt Witham: This is simply fantastic! A beautiful rich full blown version of this landmark song with the man himself Jim Webb there to bring the magic of the song RIGHT BACK to us from that amazing controversial "45" we had as teenagers! THANKYOU SO Jimmy, Paul, and Will for a perfectly inspiring climax to my 60th birthday!!!!!! I will never forget it!!

James Taratunio: I am a semi-professional Tenor (not my profession, unfortunately), classically trained.  This is one of my favorite songs of all time.  I performed it in college with an orchestra in 1973 and have always enjoyed the Richard Harris original version. Though Donna Summer's version was enjoyable, it wasn't my favorite.  I'm a purist, that way. I saw this performance last evening, ala the original arrangement, slightly abridged. I was overcome with emotion at the purity of the performance.  The orchestral arrangement was obviously the original by Jim Webb, the direction by Paul was super and the vocals by Will Lee were spot on.  I do not give accolades easily, but I am giving sincerest compliments to Will Lee, Paul Shaffer and Jim Webb for an excellent performance of that most difficult and beautiful masterpiece of Jim Webb...Richard would have been proud. I was.


Friday, July 04, 2014

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!


           Have a great Independence Day!

Monday, June 02, 2014

A NEW BED FOR THE CATS CUTS DOWN ON FUR


I guess the bed worked.

In my quest to deal with the never-ending problem of cat fur, I bought another pet bed for my two kitties. The pretty magenta color caught my eye, and it was in the clearance bin marked down to under $10. I already had a couple of beds in the living areas downstairs, but decided to put this on one of the twin guest bed upstairs because, while the cats like all the beds, they prefer that one and always leave behind piles of black and gray fur. A year or so ago I had decorated that room with cute new purple flower bedspreads, but I ended up always covering one or both beds with a sheet. Needless to say this didn’t go well with my d├ęcor.

So I brought the new pet bed home, took off the sheet, and set it on the guest bed. Boy did they like it! They have slept in it together (a tight squeeze) and taken turns napping individually. However, they still like to spread out sometimes, so I laid out a pretty pink towel on the spot they usually slept when the sheet was there. This way, when guests come by, I can easily pick up the towel and hide it away, and the pretty magenta pet bed can stay.


Here are a few pictures taken over the course of an hour or so on their second day of enjoying this new bed. As you can see, big black Bowler started out sleeping alone (he takes up most of the bed himself), then Brisco joined him. Bowler then decided to leave, even with his brother trying to groom him, and go sprawl out on the towel. After a little snooze, Bowler returned to the pet bed, and the brothers were together again. It’s just oh so comfy.











Thursday, April 24, 2014

gril with no close?

As I've mentioned before, most people find my blog by doing a keyword search for exercise lady Nancy Larson, Somersize, Sue Heck of The Middle, or the Three Stooges. But today someone found my blog by doing a search for "gril with no close." I assume they were looking for a "girl with no clothes", or some type of pornography. Well you won't find it here!

Unless....maybe it was a young girl who doesn't spell very well, and who wants to see a nude American Girl doll for comparison of doll body types or something. In that case, you MIGHT find it here. But there are other sites that do have those types of pictures. Just do a Google search for American Girl and 18" doll body comparisons.

Hope I was of some help!





Saturday, April 05, 2014

SPRING FLOWERS FINALLY HERE

Here are some pretty spring flowers growing behind our house, "shoosting" toward the sky. What a pleasant site they are, especially after this long winter! 








Thursday, March 20, 2014

HAPPY SPRING!



It’s the first day of spring! Hooray! Although I woke up this morning to find more SNOW on the ground! Aaargghh! It seems this has been the winter that never ends! We had record cold temperatures here in Illinois, and about 200 feet of snow—or at least it seemed like it. It IS supposed to warm up today, though—all the way to 50 or so.

Hope all is well with my two readers, and have a good day!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

HAPPY FIFTH BIRTHDAY, KITTIES!

Happy birthday, kitties! Brisco and Bowler turned five years old today! I can't believe my babies are getting so old! Here is their annual birthday portrait. I trapped the brothers in the bathroom and put Garfield party hats on them, which they just LOVED, haha. As you can see, they are trying to escape--but not until Mommy gets a few photos!

I'm also including some pictures from 2009 when they were just kittens. So adorable! The last one, which I took of Brisco batting some yarn, won a ribbon in the county fair.










           Brisco and Bowler as Kittens, 2009



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cindybin's Video Pick of the Week: Craig Ferguson and the Big Bang Theory


Here is a silly skit from a few years ago where The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson visits the cast of the Big Bang Theory and applies for the position of their friend, while also violating the fourth wall.

  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sleepy Kitty Picture

          "Leave me alone, I'm trying to take a nap."

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cindybin’s Video Pick of the Week: Revolution by Imagine Dragons


Oh boy, another Beatles blog (do I have Beatlemania?). I just wanted to share a video of Imagine Dragons singing the Beatles song Revolution on the 50th anniversary tribute show the other night (see my review of the show below). I was really impressed with their performance—just four guys sitting on stools singing and playing acoustic guitars. I thought they did a really good arrangement of this song and sounded great. (And they weren’t covered with tattoos and piercings.)

I had never heard of this group before so I looked them up on Wiki and learned that they are an alternative rock band from Las Vegas. They apparently had a hit single called Radioactive, but I sure never heard it. I just don’t listen to radio stations that play newer music. I only listen to the radio when I’m in the car, and I alternate between the oldies (60s and 70s), NPR and news. But now I’m hip and know about a band other than the Beatles and the Monkees, haha.

Here is Imagine Dragons singing Revolution. Hope you enjoy it if you haven't yet seen it!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BEATLES ABBEY ROAD CROSSING: THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH












I sit and watch as they step into the street: two girls and two guys, walking and then deliberately freezing with limbs outstretched, posing for the camera. Drivers impatiently tap their horns. “Honk! Beep beep!” One car almost runs them down as the pedestrians scurry across, laughing excitedly. And then, further annoying the motorists, the group crosses back to do it again.

The place all this happens is London’s Abbey Road. The reason it happens is to recreate the Beatles’ iconic album cover by the same name. And what makes it so cool is that we can watch it all unfold from the comfort of our computer.

The Abbey Road Crossing Cam is a live webcam overlooking the striped crosswalk outside the studio’s entrance in London, where the Beatles recorded their last album in 1969. Installed in 2010, it captures thousands of Beatles fans flocking to the site, most with their own cameras. If they don’t have one, there is often a guy there in a florescent vest willing to take your picture for you. The fans arrive daily, in all kinds of weather, sometimes in groups numbering in the hundreds. And more often than not, they stand in the middle of the street causing a traffic jam.

This is live, folks, and anything can happen. In fact, the very first time I tuned in to watch this streaming video and audio, my heart skipped a beat as I thought I was about to see someone die on the spot—or at least suffer serious injuries. But then, after reading various message boards, I learned that these near-misses are a common occurrence.

“It’s quite incredible that you seem to be able to view it at any time during the day and witness at least one near-accident within 30 seconds of watching it,” wrote one message board poster.

“I’m surprised no one has been deliberately run over or murdered in a road rage attack here,” commented another poster.

“Watched for about 90 seconds and saw 4 different groups posing in the crosswalk,” said a webcam viewer. “There was almost a fifth, but they decided against getting run over.”

“People must get pissed with people always walking across it when they are trying to get to work,” another viewer commented.

“Yes we are, and enjoy running the idiots down…in a British accent,” replied a cranky yet witty Londoner.

Besides the live feed, it’s also fun to watch the many YouTube videos capturing fans at the site.

“It’s really funny if you’ve been there and tried to make the crossing,” wrote YouTube viewer Michael Lewis after seeing some of the videos. “It’s not as easy as it looks…Lots of traffic.”

I corresponded with Michael through email and learned that he was “Ringo” in a Beatles tribute band named “Revolver” from 1993 until 2003. He crossed Abbey Road in June 2002 during the Queen’s 50th Jubilee.

“I met the Beatles with the first Ed Sullivan show and have been a fan since,” said Lewis, 58. “One of the kicks of playing drums in Revolver was playing out what was a fantasy come true. I consider it a lifetime accomplishment.”

Lewis produced a video called “Visit to Abbey Road”, in which we are taken on a virtual walk across the zebra striped street, and even up the steps of Abbey Road Studios. (Too bad a “no visitors” sign prevents us from entering the building.) We also get a look at the graffiti-filled low walls outside the facility, where fans have paid homage to the group—so much so that they are regularly repainted.

“At first glance I was appalled,” said Lewis of the walls. “But as I took a closer look, I changed my mind. It is actually covered in messages from fans all over the world who have been there to pay tribute. I lingered a long time, fascinated by what had been written. Many used the Beatles own lyrics to express appreciation for a pop cultural phenomenon that was so much of their past.”

In fact, the site is so popular that some may find themselves there even if they’re still a bit fuzzy as to who the Beatles actually were. A YouTuber named Leigh (“Skyhawkerleigh”), his wife and their three young daughters set out from their home in Somerset a few years ago for a day trip to London, with a goal to visit Abbey Road before anything else. Leigh is a long-time Beatles fan, but his daughters knew next to nothing about the group.

“We all had great fun doing it on the day,” he said. “We had several attempts as you can see in the video, but we got there in the end. The girls enjoyed it, too, even if they didn’t really know who the Beatles were. I had shown them the Abbey Road Beatles photo before, so they knew what we were trying to do.”

Their video, The Beatles, Abbey Road Crossing is a delight to watch. We see it from the point of view of the webcam, recorded from their home computer. The girls are so cute, dutifully posing as they are told, while their parents make sure to keep them safe from traffic—which fortunately was light at the time. 

YouTuber Naru Pii came all the way from Japan to experience the crosswalk. She had a friend record her from his home computer. The 28-year-old has been a fan since childhood, when her father played the Beatles.

“These songs are just familiar to my ears, and I like them very much. Their songs are fun to listen to,” she said.

Naru had done “extensive googling” to make sure she could locate the crossing.

“Since I read that finding the road was pretty tricky, I tried to confirm everything through the Internet before I came to the UK,” she said.

Others, however, have learned the hard way that there is more than one Abbey Road in London. Some have traveled for miles only to find that they were in the wrong spot—a docklands light railway station with the same name. The East End station has been confusing tourists who are looking for the northwest suburb of St. John’s Wood more than ten miles away, where the tube station is a five minute walk from the studio. So transportation officials finally put up a helpful and entertaining sign at the station, interspersed with the names of Beatles tunes, to send fans in the right direction (and passengers will need a Ticket to Ride to do so).

Road safety still seems to be the primary issue for tourists and motorists alike, however. As I earlier mentioned, near-accidents are common, with many people calling the crossing a “nightmare”.

“Just watch the live webcam feed sometime,” said one poster. “Idiot people posing in the middle of the crosswalk and expecting a two-ton car or huge bus to stop for them? Let’s use some common sense.”

Kurt Benbenek: “The black cabs and red buses have grown used to the minor delays at the crossing. It’s impatient commuters who lay on their horns as tourists cross.”

Domas Mituzas: “In some places those who constantly walk back and forth to cause disruption in traffic would be arrested for hooliganism, or beaten up by anxious drivers.”

There has been talk of removing or relocating the crossing, but in December 2010 it was awarded a special status for its “cultural and historic importance”, and the Abbey Road studios themselves were given similar status earlier in the year.

So it looks like the crossing is here to stay, much to the dismay of impatient motorists, and even some people who just can’t understand why anyone would want to take their picture in that spot at all. I came across a blogger named “Mrs. Tsk” who hates the word “iconic” and who says that imitating the Abbey Road album means we “know how to recreate but not how to create”, and claims that we are now “miserable, dismal epigones” unable to be here and be now. Or something like that.

Another poster asserts that those who try to recreate the album are “uninteresting.”

“Why do it when it’s so obvious that hundreds of people a day are doing it? Like the ‘holding up the tower of Pisa’ photo, it has to be obvious that there is nothing unique or clever about your photo, and therefore nothing interesting—except perhaps as evidence of how stunningly uninteresting you are,” they wrote.

Well harrumph! Actually I understand what both of these people are saying, but I prefer to look at it another way, in that what makes each and every picture interesting is the people that are in it! Every person or group contributes their own specialness to make their photograph and/or video unique. People pose in all kinds of outfits and costumes, from bridal gowns to police uniforms to dress-up clothes or sloppy jeans. They may be retracing the steps of the Fab Four, but with every step, pose, outfit and click of the camera, they are creating something new, and in the here and now. That alone is what makes it worth it. I’ve never been to England but if I had the chance, I’d try to recreate this picture myself, dodging double-decker buses and all.

But for now I’ll just watch the webcam. It’s so entertaining! I would watch it all day if I had the time. London is about six hours ahead so I have to catch it early enough in the morning to see fans in the daylight there. But it seems no matter what time you tune in, there is always a car, bus, cyclist and the occasional pedestrian—even at 3:00 in the morning their time. There is also an archive section where you can look at photos from their “wall of fame” and submit your own.

On the webcam, especially at odd hours such as in the evening when not many people are around, it looks like just an ordinary pedestrian crossing on an ordinary street. Yet it means so much to so many people. And I can see why. Everyone who crosses has a smile on their face. Even the ones “loitering” look excited to be there. Those reading the wall of graffiti look quietly respectful and reflective, taking pictures to remember their visit and the words written there. I see no sullen faces, just people happily doing something fun for them. Sometimes tourists even wave up at the camera, and it’s all I can do not to wave back! How can anyone be sad with this going on?

Henryxmusic commented on one video: “It’s fun to see all the smiles. That’s exactly the way I felt when I crossed.”

And upon watching “Crossing at Abbey Road” I think YouTube viewer Karen P. put it best: “After viewing this beautiful video, I believe this may be the happiest place on Earth!”

Please be sure to watch the videos I have linked in this article—they will give you a great appreciation for what the crossing is like. And here are a few more selections; I’m amazed at how good some of these productions are! We have some talented YouTubers out there! If you have stumbled across this blog and have a video and/or photo you’d like to share, please post a comment!

More Abbey Road Videos:

Abbey Road, the Actual Crossing (short, cute video with A Hard Days Night music)


Beatles Abbey Road 40th Anniversary (hundreds of Beatles fans at the crossing in 2009)

Abbey Road (scary Yoko)

Blame Ringo: Garble Arch (A Day in the Life of Abbey Road) (Really cute video, fast motion when people aren’t crossing, regular motion when they are)

Abbey Road—Classic Picture (“Look, Beatles!”)

Mike’s Webisodes: Abbey Road (Interviewing tourists)

Abbey Road Fail (“You big twit!”)

Beatles London Abbey Road Crossing (documentary with Richard Jones)

The Beatles—Abbey Road, London (cute scenes taken on the street)

Abbey Road—The End (very well done video by “grabrone” with good music and lots of cool pictures)