Wednesday, March 6, 2013


An oldie but goody.


julie said...

Ben! I was just thinking today that it's been quiet in your neck of the 'sphere.

I hope you & yours are all doing well!

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mushroom said...

Thanks for that one, Ben.

PPL probably aren't remember as pioneers like the Flying Burrito Brothers, but they were on the frontier, and it was a very refreshing sound back in those days.

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John Lien said...

What julie said. Have you come out of hibernation for the winter?

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi Julie!
Well, unfortunately my health has took a turn for the worse, but not critically (obviously).

It has been debilitating though.
It's difficult to use my right arm now. Thankfully, I'm semi ambidextrous but it'll be awhile before my left hand gains the proficiency of my right (such as it is).

Yesterday I almost had a seizure for the first time in oveer 11 years so that was scary. I find it odd since my bloodwork has all been good, mostly.
Apparently that's no garantee that bad things won't happen.

So it appears I have quite a challenge to overcome. But I'm game. :^)

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hiya Mushroom!
Aye! PPL has done a remarkable job continuing whar Gram Parson's called American Cosmic music.

There's always so much going on in most of their songs, particularly when they had Craig Fuller, but the rest of the guys, including Vince Gill who joined later are great musicians in their own right, even if they ain't quite the songwriters Fuller was.

I've always been impressed with how well they harmonize, like CCR did.
They're one of the few bands I never get tired of listening to.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi John!
Aye! Hibernation is a good way to put it, lol. It feels that way at any rate.

I do hope to blog more, and read you guys as well as Bob. I will do my best. I got a lot of stuff trying to break out of my noggin n' soul.
As a teaser, my lovely wife recently kicked my ass but not through anger on her part or mine. How can that be? Well, stay tuned. :^)

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Joan of Argghh! said...

There you are, Ben! More elusive than that damn groundhog varmint up in Puxtaputza!

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USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi Joan!
Sorry about the late reply. my computer is DOA so Patti fixwd up an old Vista laptop for me to kill, lol.

Thanks for the prayers John and all you guys!
It's been a rough ride but I'm still standin'...or sittin'. :^)

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