Tuesday, July 7, 2009

King of Pop

Michael Jackson didn't do much for me. I think he was talented and a great preform er. I never listened to his music or made a point to see a video. His personal life was a little strange, but his life. I am not the one to judge him. On my first visit to Disneyland, I think I saw the Jackson Five doing a show at one of the outdoor stages. I didn't stay just looked at them in passing.

Today on TV I watched the memorial from Staples Center, yes the whole thing. I was very moved by the ceremony. Those who knew him and had a close relationships were very sincere in their grief. He was certainly on a path for self destruction. It is to bad some one close to him was unable to help him. But you can only be helped if you realize you need help.

Rest in Peace, Michael J. Jackson.

Take care, love to all.
Pappy 1

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July. Hope everyone has a safe and sane celebration. I think the real sense of the day is forgotten by most people. I was reminded of the meaning this morning while watching a TV program. A news program. They were at the Statue of Liberty. I passed by this great lady on my way to Germany and again on my return. A young man in the US Army. On my way to Germany I was to occupied by thoughts of things yet to happen to appreciate her. On my return my thoughts were about travel plans and getting home to CA.

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch
whose flame is imprisoned lightning,
and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows
world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor
that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands your storied pomp!"
cries she with silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)
This is an eloquent and beautiful portrayal of what America is about: a land of equal opportunity.
This message is carved into the concrete pillar at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
Have your celebration, tip a few. Remember to appreciate what a great country you live in.
USA!!!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!!!!! USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!!!!
Take care, love to all.
Pappy 1