Chat away, west coast edition

A little night music for the night owls…

***Bob Seger***

***Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart***

***And George Benson***

Consider this your night time open thread

85 Responses to “Chat away, west coast edition”

  1. 1 Obama Grandmama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I am here in Oregon.

    • 3 jacquelineoboomer
      April 7, 2013 at 12:17 am

      I’m here in the Midwest! Congrats on first.

    • April 7, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Me too (Portland). Congrats on first.

      • 5 nathkatun7
        April 7, 2013 at 1:05 am

        I love Portland!

        • 6 HZ
          April 7, 2013 at 1:15 am

          Same here, nathkatun7. Beauty all around. Of course, we have our beauty all around out here as well. Hope all is going well for you, nath.HZ

          • 7 nathkatun7
            April 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

            All is well with me HZ! Thank you so much for asking. Likewise, I hope all is well with you and your family. You are absolutely right about the beauty all around us in the great State of California. Here in San Diego we brag about our city being America’s finest city. That’s not an exaggeration. San Diego is really a beautiful city. I lived in Portland for 4 years, and traveled extensively throughout Oregon as well as Washington state. I really love the Pacific Northwest. Seattle had some of the best Jazz clubs. The people in the Northwest were also the kindest and the most informed people in the country. The only minor downside was the constant rain.

  2. 8 Betsy
    April 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Hi from West Coast LA

    • April 7, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Hi Betsy! Thank you for your “like” of my novel. I made some more changes and… I’ve submitted it to Narrative Magazine.

      • 10 Betsy
        April 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

        What I really like about it is the language. I love reading books that are not “dumbed” down. I look forward to reading more of the adventures of Marcelo.

      • April 7, 2013 at 1:19 am

        You wrote a novel??? I’m going to need something to read when I finish Girl/Hornet’s Nest….. since Goerge RR Martin hasn’t finished the next book in ASOIAF.


        • April 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

          I’ve been working on it for longer than I care to mention. I’m in the middle of final revisions, and I’m going to shop it around. I submitted the first chapter to Narrative Magazine, so we’ll see how it goes.

  3. 13 Obama Grandmama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Anyone else around?

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      April 7, 2013 at 12:21 am

      I was over on the last thread, whining about “killing the mood” with my previous post – because I thought I had scared everybody off – but here you are!

      • 15 HZ
        April 7, 2013 at 1:23 am

        Hi JB. (((( Lots of loving hugs coming your way also.)))). Gingerly taking care of several sinus headaches all day, but managed to visit a neighbor and take some goodies to them and then come home and return a call to my best, best friend who lives up in WA. We can talk for hours. Being doing that for the last 40 years. Her husband always would say that he could not understand how we could talk, in many cases about the same subjects for hours on each call. But she is my best of friends, and we enjoy talking about everything.

        Lots of goodness coming your way from my space to yours, JB. Thanks for all that you do to lift our spirits here at our beautiful haven. Love you lots.HZ

        • 16 jacquelineoboomer
          April 7, 2013 at 1:40 am

          You are so very sweet to answer my “whine,” HZ! I never have been afflicted with sinus headaches, but I’m sure they are gruesome, and I hope yours are gone now! Loved your story about talking with your best, best friend (of 40 years)! My “oldest” friend and I have been at our friendship since 1967, and we talked – twice – tonight! Our chats also run the gamut, since we might talk about something from “our youth” or last week or some of our plans. It’s always fun, and friends are great, yes?

      • 17 99ts
        April 7, 2013 at 2:21 am

        I just answered you on the last thread – late as usual – just 4.20pm in my world

    • 18 HZ
      April 7, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Hi Obama Grandmama. Hope all is well with you. I have be around much, so I have missed you. ((((( Lots of hugs to you)))))HZ

  4. 19 Obama Grandmama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I’m watching Netflix Mad Men season 5 in the background.

  5. 26 mtmarilyn
    April 7, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I am in MT still checking in. Thanks LL for doing this late night music fest. I also wanted to add my thoughts to you and your better half in her job loss. I know how tough that is to go thru, but it also creates opportunities. I hope this creates a new opportunity for her with something she really wants to do. Now she will start with a whole new life after her surgery.

    Now to go back and read the end of the previous thread.

  6. April 7, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Now, yes, I know that Kobe Bryant can be a pompous ass and primadonna. But when asked about Magic Johnson’s gay son, his response was “The only thing I don’t tolerate is intolerance”, and dropped the mic. That’s my man! (On creaky knees which probably belong to a 60 year ol after 16 seasons in the NBA.)

  7. 29 amk for obama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

  8. 31 amk for obama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

  9. 32 amk for obama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:09 am

    This is for you LL

    Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public. – Churchill

    • April 7, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Yep, that’s me right now.

      Why are there no conservatives like Churchill any longer?

      • 34 nathkatun7
        April 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

        I think we need to reject the claim that these “know nothing” radical nihilists, who have absolutely no qualms about destroying the country just get rid of one man, are conservatives in the mold of Edmund Burke, Benjamin Disraeli, and Winston Churchill.

      • 35 99ts
        April 7, 2013 at 2:32 am

        Churchill was somewhat a man of war – who made a couple of horrible mistakes – fortunately they were recoverable. The weapons of war are such today that “horrible mistakes” may not be recoverable.

        Churchill had the ability – held by few – but certainly by PBO – to be able to converse equally with Princes and Paupers. Command of the language has much to do with that & his use of language reflected well in his speeches and writing.

  10. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    April 7, 2013 at 12:18 am

    LL – Thank you so much for Night Moves. Love, love, love that song!

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      April 7, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Here’s another “night” song – the lyrics are a little off in this version, but the scenery’s delicious!

    • 40 canadabarb4obama
      April 7, 2013 at 1:23 am


      • 41 canadabarb4obama
        April 7, 2013 at 1:24 am


        • 42 HZ
          April 7, 2013 at 1:28 am

          Me too, Jackie. It is nice to have all of the beautiful music. Staying up trying to find some items for protection while working in the back patio. Hopefully, I can find all that I need to help protect me while going through the sinus troubles. So this is relaxing while trying to catch up on the reading of the different wonderful threads.HZ

          • April 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

            HZ, I’ve had sinus headaches the last couple of days. Usually happens when there’s a change in the barometric pressure. They are not fun.

            • 44 HZ
              April 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

              Meta, yes thank you. No, they are not fun at all, however, I am trying to move with grace and strength in acting on trying to eliminate them as best I can.(((((Thank you, meta))))). You are always so thoughtful and encouraging. HZ

      • 45 jacquelineoboomer
        April 7, 2013 at 1:41 am

        Speaking of “best friends,” hi, there, Barb! How are ya tonight?

  11. 48 carolyn
    April 7, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I was reading the article about Jerry Brown linked on the previous post, then came back and found a new post “West Coast Edition” how appropriate! One of the commenters talked about his great education at Cal during the Governors Browns’ administrtions…..Yes, I would say Cal was one of the wonders of the world before Reagan came.
    Because I was a member of the honor society at my junior high in San Franciseo, I had the privilege of visiting both Stanford and Cal. Stanford was beautiful, but Cal was overwhelming. What a school that was. This commenter on the Jerry Brown article said he studied with the likes of Noam Chomsky for $350 a quarter, and got his superb education without any debt. Yes, that was how it was in California before Reagan….Kindergarten through a Ph.D…..and you weren’t broke. My husband went clear through junior college for free…..then very minimal costs at L.A. State.
    Reagan did to California what he did to the country. BUT…….California, thanks to Jerry Brown is making its way back….and the U.S. can too, if it follows President Obama. (California would be the 9th largest economy in the world if it was a separate country.)

    • April 7, 2013 at 12:35 am

      When I went to UCLA in the late 80s / early 90s, my tuition was $450 a quarter. State-sponsored universities are the funnels into the middle and upper classes. Without them, we’re toast.

    • April 7, 2013 at 12:38 am

      And some RWNJ followed me. In his profile he had written: “Don’t care for Gov. Moonbeam or POTUS.” Needless to say, I blocked him.

    • 52 nathkatun7
      April 7, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Carolyn, I think you are describing California under the governorship of Jerry Brown’s father, the gregarious Pat Brown who proceeded Ronald Reagan. I was In Oregon when Pat Brown was governor of California. Interestingly, we in Oregon also had a forward looking, very ethical, Republican governor, Mark Hatfield. Oh how I wish there were Republicans in the country who were like Mark Hatfield.

      • 53 carolyn
        April 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

        Yes, he was talking about when Pat Brown was governor. I lived in San Francisco when Earl Warren was governor! That is how old I am. I was in junior high. Talk about a Golden State in a Golden Age. Then in the 60s came Reagan and Howard Jarvis’ prop 13. A too drastic remedy for a minor problem. The residual effects still linger, and the attitude lingers. Our favorite vacation was driving up the Redwood Highway to Oregon and Crater Lake and the Rogue River. Two absolutely beautiful states, run well. Ah, me…..I’m so glad I have those memories.

  12. April 7, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Just dipping in to see what all the fuss about *West Coasters* is all about! Had UM/Cuse game on delay….GN LL, TOD.

  13. 55 Lynn
    April 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Central New York in the House. Good to see each and everyone. Too tuckered out (lots of wood splitting and yard work today and the old bones ain’t quite so spry) to say more than love and hugs to Ms. Chips and all you hardworkin’ chipsters!

    • 56 canadabarb4obama
      April 7, 2013 at 1:30 am

      Love NY. Welcome!

      • 57 Lynn
        April 7, 2013 at 1:46 am

        Good to see you, canada. I had the privilege of going to the ‘Royal’ in Toronto in ’79. Even fed a carrot to Ian Miller’s Big Ben. What a city!!

        • 58 canadabarb4obama
          April 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

          Do come to the west coast; it truly is the most beautiful place on earth. Way more gorgeous than Toronto.

  14. 59 amk for obama
    April 7, 2013 at 12:50 am

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Turkey, where he will hold talks expected to address relations with Israel and the conflict in Syria.

    After helping broker a reconciliation between Turkey and Israel, Mr Kerry will urge them to “fully normalise” relations, US officials said.

    He will also stress the importance of Turkey keeping its border open to those fleeing the war in Syria, they said.

    Turkey is Mr Kerry’s first stop of a 10-day trip to Europe and Asia.


    • 60 HZ
      April 7, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Hello to all my the westcoast nighters. LL, this is great. I love, love, and love the music. The Mozart is a favorite. Ofcourse, love Mr. Benson. Remind me of the college days and all that stuff. Great memories.

      This is a nice way to end the ending for the nighters in our TOD Family. Thank you, Mr. LL. Now, how is Mrs. LL? I hope everything will all work out smoothly and her recovery will be beautiful. Keep your space quiet and lots of those wonderful dinners and cocktails.(((((( Hugs to Mrs. LL from my heart to hers)))))).

      Again, love the “Night Music.” Especially, Mozart’s “A Little Night Music.” You are wonderful LL to do this for Chips and the family. I appreciate your great writing and your knowledge that you share with all of us. Much appreciation from my home to yours.HZ

  15. 61 canadabarb4obama
    April 7, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Vancouver in the house!

    • 62 nathkatun7
      April 7, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Nice to see you Canadabarb4Obama, I’ve got friends who moved to Vancouver and love it so much. I plan to come visit them soon.

      • 63 canadabarb4obama
        April 7, 2013 at 1:38 am

        Please call me when you are coming out and I would love to hook up. Chips could give you my email address. I live in a unique part of BC. Steveston is a lovely quaint fishing village, just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

        • 64 nathkatun7
          April 7, 2013 at 2:00 am

          Thanks for the invite. I will definitely communicate with you through Chipsticks if my plan materializes

        • April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

          How sweet you are! Canada is a gorgeous, gorgeous place. When I was younger, I hiked the Great Divide, starting at Kicking Horse, past Mount Assiniboine and then ending up at Banff. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Stunning territory!!

  16. 68 Obama Grandmama
    April 7, 2013 at 2:33 am

    This was my first time being first ever. I have been hanging around here or on OFA since the first Primary. Spending a lot of time hand sewing and embroidering a chuppah for my daughter’s August wedding. When she asked me to make one my comment was, “You want a converted Catholic to make a Jewish chuppah? Wouldn’t it be better for his side to provide it?” Guess there have only been civil ceremonies before this one. Soooooo ….. Here I am.

    • April 7, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Congratulations Obama Grandmama! I was up watching KCET watching and listening to a featured artist Amos Lee. Never heard of him but his is very good. I googled him and he performed for a fundraiser for Obama during one of his campaigns. I just turned to SNL to see Melissa McCarthy.

    • 70 99ts
      April 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

      wtg on that first Obama Grandmama, I think I’ve been here about 2 years & I can count my firsts on one hand (and think I’m crazy cause I count them!)

      – and your daughter must be thrilled with all your sewing and embroidery 🙂

  17. 71 isonprize
    April 7, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Come on LL!! You couldn’t have forgotten “Night Shift” by the Commodores….

    Here ya go!

  18. 72 Obama Grandmama
    April 7, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Am off to bed now but will check in tomorrow.

  19. 74 prettyfoot58
    April 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Gooooooooood Mornig…everyone…Ms Chipsssss….Associate Chipsters…TODvilleeeeeeee…… Spring has finally to Philadelphia….I am ready to TipToe Thru the Purple Tulips……HA!,,,,

    I have this recipe for cranberry scones….ummm…now that would go well with my coffee this morning…

  20. 75 prettyfoot58
    April 7, 2013 at 8:16 am

    The Line UP….enter at your own risk…… 😆

    • April 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

      The first paragraph about PBO cutting SS benefits is some emoprog BS.

      • 77 prettyfoot58
        April 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

        I am sorry…HF….TODville

        all I saw was the lineup….I must be more vigilant and careful of what I post….I do not want to add to the JIVE….unfortunately…once it goes out ….it is out…

    • 78 Don
      April 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

      I’ve gone to Crooks and Liars in the past and at best they are emoprogs to the ninth degree. One of the columnists there used to work in the Clinton administration, and it goes downhill from there. I’m not bragging when I say that I’ve been able to poke holes in every argument they mounted against President Obama.

      • 79 prettyfoot58
        April 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

        Once again …I apologize…Don…TODville

        .it was right there in the opening paragraph which I did not read…I just went to the lineup…I should have read it…before posting…lesson learned…

        • 80 Don
          April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

          Prettyfoot, you don’t have to apologize for anything. My I inquire as to the mask in your avatar, it’s distracting, in a good way of course.

          • 81 prettyfoot58
            April 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

            Don…while I appreciate your letting me off the hook…I have to take the heat for not being more aware of what I am posting….and I take it….

            as for the mask…it’s just the playful side of a PrettyFootWoman….smilin

  21. April 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good early West Coast morning, TODville. What’s going on in TODville this morning? It’s dark and quiet right now where I am.

    This is going to be a stressful week because the talk will be all about the budget, with the MSM, PL and RWNJs going insane. Hang on tight!!

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