Saturday, December 31, 2011

Baby Please Don't Go at Juke Joint Festival 2011

Elkmont Homecoming, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ray Hicks & Other Beech Mountain Folks Trailer

R.L. Burnside's wood-chopping holler (1978)

Ray Hicks: Reuben (1982)

Bob Dylan's New Orleans Rag Live at Town Hall 1963 (20/25)

This version has different photos from the one below and a few added words in the beginning as well.

Bob Dylan's New Orleans Rag Live

Bob Dylan Dusty Old Fairgrounds Live Town Hall 1963 (15/25)

This is one I had never heard before. This is from Bob Dylan Live at Town Hall in New York City April 12th 1963.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Crackers, "Bamas", And Peckerwoods

The above painting is by John James Audubon of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

Crackers are from Georgia and Florida but there is more to it than that. Much more. See the link below for the origins of the word and many more meanings.

"Bamas" are what blacks in Washington, D.C. call other blacks who have just moved up to D.C. from down South.

Peckerwood is another slang term for poor whites.

And here is something about the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ace Of Hearts In The Snow And Ice In Chicago March 1965

I asked Rachel to take a picture of this Ace of Hearts card frozen in ice in Chicago in March of 1965 when we were going to the train station to leave for New Orleans. Chicago was bitterly cold but when we arrived in New Orleans it was very warm and the azaleas were in bloom. We had to take our coats off.
I had always wished this photo had been taken in color so as to show the Ace Of Hearts in Color contrasted with the white ice which is what caught my eye in the first place.
So this morning I printed a copy of the black and white photo and colored the card red and then scanned it. 
  Click on the above photos to enlarge them. Now I have the red card in the white ice.

And the picture above is what New Orleans looked like when we arrived in March of 1965. That is Jackson Square with azaleas in full bloom.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cant Wait Tuba Skinny Dancers

Catch all the Tuba Skinny videos on Youtube. They are great and can't be beat.
Scroll down to my post below this one for another good one with different dancers.

Tuba Skinny @ Royal St.

Click on the video to enlarge it. And go to youtube to watch full screen and see all the other Tuba Skinny Videos. They are all excellent. Best street band I have ever heard.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas In Mobile Alabama 1964

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pies Pies And More Pies

See post below about Pies from Hill High Country Store in Round Hill Virignia.
Here is their current price list.
Click on the above price list to enlarge it.

The link below is to some Holiday treats from Bayou Bakery including their special pies.

And the link below is to the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant in Frederick Maryland.
Click on this link and then click on the menu to see their list of pies.

The link below is to some reviews of the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant.

Alan Jackson - Daddy Please Don't Get Drunk This Christmas

Hill High Orchards Pies At Round Hill Virginia

Click on the picture above to enlarge it.
Those are the old prices by the way. Most of the pies now are about 13.50.

I drove out to this place yesterday on Route 7 past Leesburg to Round HIll, Va.
 People have been telling me how good their pies are so I bought three. Here is what I found out about them on the internet.

I bought a pecan pie and a cherry pie and a Fruits of the Forest Pie.
All of them are excellent so it really doesn't matter who made them.

Various Meanings of Tally Ho

Tally Ho has many meanings besides being the name of the above movie theater in Leesburg, Virginia.
#1: It is what fox hunters yell when they see the fox.
#2: It is what Royal Air Force pilots used to yell when they saw a German plane in WW2.
#3: It is what we would say when we lived in East Texas in Kirbyville in 1952 to 1955 and we had a young filly named Tally. We would mount up and say Tally Ho! That is why this blog is named Tally Ho!
#4: For many more interesting meanings of Tally Ho click on the wikipedia link below.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Tally Ho Movie Theater In Leesburg Virginia Has No Relation To This Blog

Click on the above picture to enlarge it.
The above is a review of the new theater by The Washington Post.
I drove by this place today. I had never noticed it before. It has no relation to this blog.
It had closed in the year 2000. The marquee is new and the old one must have been much smaller.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Conflict At Loudon County Courthouse In Leesburg Virginia

I guess the good people of Leesburg, Va. in Loudon County Virginia have never heard of the separation of church and state. And if they have they don't understand what it means.
The simple answer to this nonsense is to ban all displays on the courthouse lawn. And tell these people to put their displays on their own property. Case closed.

This so stupid it boggles the mind and makes the pople of that county look dumb. I know many of the residents with brains must be very embarassed by this ongoing nonsense.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bayou Bakery Beignets Arlington Virginia Are The Best Pastry Buy In The Washington D C Metro Area Bar None

Congratulations David on recently celebrating your one year anniversary at Bayou Bakery.
The Beignets are better than ever and are now even larger. Thanks for bringing real New Orleans food to Arlington, Virginia.
Went to Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Virginia this morning and had some beignets. They were just as good as the ones in New Orleans made by Cafe du Monde and The Morning Call.

Southern Food Chain Restaurants Cracker Barrel, Perkins, Sonic Drive In, Golden Corral,Barnhills
I can't find a national website for Barnhill's. But some are still around down south.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Girls Crossing A Stile On Their Way To School In Call Texas Sometime In The 1930s or 1940s

I am not sure of the date of this photograph. It looks like it could be in the 1930s or 1940s or even the 1950s.
Those steps over the fence are called a stile.
The photograph is by D T Kent
Click on the picture to enlarge it.
Click on the name Kirbyville Texas in the Label Box below to see many more pictures by D T Kent taken back in the day(1930s.1940s,1950s,)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

More Old Photographs Of Call, Texas By D.T. Kent

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

I think is my favorite of all these pictures. These girls are crossing a stile(that is what it is called in Scotland) on their way to school in Call, Texas back in the day. All photos by D T Kent.
Here is some information on Call, Texas and a map of where it is located.

When we lived in Kirbyville, Texas back in 1952 through 1955 I thought of Call, Texas as a ghost town. It had once been a thriving lumber mill town.

Friday, December 2, 2011

More Old Photos Of Kirbyville Texas By D T Kent
The  above link is to a series of old photos of Kirbyville, Texas by D.T. Kent
I used to go in this old store in Kirbyville Texas back in 1952,1953,1954, and 1955.
Mainly I went in there to buy 22 caliber shells for my 22 rifle.
Original Kirbyville Texas Firemen.
The link below is to three sets of old Kirbyville Texas and Call Texas photos by D T Kent.

Of Time and the City - Terence Davies

This is a film about Liverpool England. It won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.
You can see the trailer for the film in the post below this one.
Click on the words youtube in the lower right hand corner above to go to youtube then click on the arrows in the bottom right hand corner to enlarge and view full screen.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Douglas Brinkley vs. Don Young "I Pay Your Salary" Heated Exchange

 Here is some info on this knucklehead congressman.

Why is it that congress people get to sit up high and look down on the people testifying? I think it should be the other way around. Or if not that then everybody on one level.

Everybody Knows He's A Crackpot! Doug Brinkley Responds To Congressman D...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Pictures Of Kirbyville Texas Taken In 1996

The Last Picture Show
The Last Barbershop.
 When we lived in Kirbyville, Texas in 1952/53/54/55 the town had
a population of 1444. We left and they then had 1440 people.
I seem to remember the town had 5 barber shops. I also remember a blacksmith shop. Long gone.
There was nothing much to do in Kirbyville back then but go down town and watch them cut hair. And maybe see a train carrying pulpwood pass through town.

The Last Drug Store
The Last Main Street
In 1954 I once lay down on the top of this building and ate mulberries off the tree that grew
overhead. I think of it as a Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain type memory.

The Last Hardware Store.
 My memory of this place from 1952-53-54 is of a
brightly lit top flight hardware store. I bought rope there for calf roping. I remember they had
ropes for sale in all sizes. This store had a great smell of leather and wood as I remember.

Another view of The Last Picture Show.
This is not Larry McMurtry's Archer City, Texas picture show but it is much the same thing.

Click on the name Larry McMurtry in the Label Box below to read about the time I met him
in his Washington D.C. Georgetown bookshop named Booked Up.,_Texas

Occupy Tampa Mic Checks Walmart On Black Friday

Occupy San Diego Mic Checks Walmart on Black Friday

Monday, November 28, 2011

Occupy Xmas - Black Friday (Del City, Oklahoma - Wal-Mart) November, 201...

More on this protest in the post below this one on my blog.

Occupy activists arrested at Wal-Mart

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It was only a matter of time. Buy  Local!

Late Summer, Early Fall By Sam W. Hawkins A Novel About Kirbyville, Texas In 1950.

Someone just sent this book to me and I just finished reading it. It is a novel set in Kirbyville, Texas in 1950.
Here is some information about the book.

And here in the link below is more information and the book and the author.

Click on the name Kirbyville Texas in the Label box below to see more of my posts about Kirbyville with pictures from the early 1950s and some others the way it looks now.

More Pictures Of Kirbyville Texas March 1996

Here are some pictures of Kirbyville, Texas taken in March of 1996.
Main Street is no longer the bustling and thriving street it once was in the 1950s. See my post below this one about how Wal-Mart has killed the main streets on many small towns in America.
Click on the name Kirbyville Texas in the labels box below to see many good pictures of Kirbyville Texas back in the 1950s.

Wal-Mart Killed All The Small Towns In America. The Main Streets Are Now Ghost Towns With Empty Stores Or Old Stores Filled With Antiques

Woods Drug Store Kirbyville, Texas March 1996.

Palace Theater Kirbyville, Texas. 1996.

Rear View of Woods Drugstore Kirbyville, Texas 1996.

I hate Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has killed off the old main streets of many small towns in America. What once had thriving main streets filled with businesses and Mom and Pop stores are now deserted and have become ghost towns because of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart moves in and wipes out all stores large and small in a 50 mile radius.
And young people don't even know what a mom and pop store is. They look puzzled and say, "What's a mom and pop store?"
Here is one report and his view of this.

And below is another article on this subject.

Below is a link to the locations of 11 Wal-Marts near Kirbyville Texas.
Now take a look at what Main Street in Kirbyville looks like now as of 1996.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meridian Mississippi 1909 And 1930 Old Meridian Mississippi Postcards Real Photos

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
The two postcards above were post marked 1909.
The two pictures above are of a Barnum and Bailey Circus train in Meridian Mississippi 1930.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Natalie Wood And This Property Is Condemmed 1965/1966 Filmed In Bay Saint Louis Mississippi And New Orleans

Click on the link below to read all about this movie.

The small Mississippi town mentioned above(click on the picture to enlarge and read it)was Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.
   I have written much more on this blog about this movie including original photographs taken on the set in New Orleans. Click on the label Natalie Wood below to read my other posts about this movie and what happened to the old railroad car Miss Alva.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Orin Andrus

Orin is one of the lucky people who got to read his own obituary. He was reported dead in 2 newspapers.  But he was alive and well and is back living in Key West, Florida. Be sure and link on the correction. Orin got to read all the nice comments people wrote about his passing.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sam Kosko

I saw Sam yesterday. He told me about this article that had been written about him.
There is much more to Sam than appears in the article above. Sam is very clear headed and very intelligent. He doesn't use alcohol or drugs. Pan handling and playing his uke down at Union Station in Washington, D.C. is his job. That is what he calls it. He told me that he will have to work on Thanksgiving. The take is very good this time of year. The day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving are prime days for panhandling. Same for the days before Christmas and Christmas day.
And here is a link to an article about the Poe Toaster in Baltimore that mentions Sam Kosko.

I suggested to Sam that he panhandle and play his uke outside the metro station at the baseball stadium. That worked out very well also.

When I first met Sam he was sleeping outside in the winter in a sleeping bag at a bustop outside of McDonald's in Arlington, Va.
  He would come inside in the morning and sit in a booth a appear to be sleeping. Finally he was told to leave because he smelled so bad.
  But he has cleaned up and that manager has left and he is no longer banned from that McDonald's. But he spends most of his time outside Central Library in Arlington on weekends and goes to his job at Union Station during the week.

Recently some social service agency found him a room in N.E. D.C. where he can sleep this winter.

I have written about Sam before on this blog. Below is what I have written before about Sam Kosko.

I have a friend here named Sam who plays the ukulele. He is homeless and plays his ukulele and also pan handles down at the train station in D.C. Union station is a good place to pan handle even though someone stole his ukulele when he went to the bathroom even though he had asked someone to watch his stuff while he was gone.

I was told he did right well the two days before Christmas panhandling outside Union Station. He got 180 dollars each day. $360.00 for two days is not bad. Some gave him 5 dollars some gave him ten dollars and even a few twenties. Churches took up collections and put them in envelopes. The little children would put their one dollars or so in also. Then someone would deliver the envelopes to Sam and hand them to him.

Sam has dirty clothes and long hair. He really looks the part. He also has a sad expression on his face. Very rarely does he look people in the eye. He keeps his head and eyes lowered. Sam is a very smart well educated person. He has worked before but now he lives on the street. He keeps his possessions in a storage unit. He pays for the storage unit each month but does not have an apartment or a room. The homeless in Arlington get food every day from local churches. They had a Christmas meal from 2pm to 4pm yesterday at a church here in Arlington. Sam was there I was told by someone this morning.

Sam has been banned from several places where he would go to get warm. One of them is the library. They have a rule that you cannot sleep in the library. They warn the sleepers once and then ban them the next time they catch them sleeping.

I first saw Sam last year sleeping out in the cold in a bus shelter. He would sleep in his sleeping bag all night and then later come in the McDonald's and go sit quietly in a booth and go to sleep. They let him do this for a long time. I finally went over and struck up a conversation with him. I was surprised to find he was so well read and well educated. And he has talent also. He is quite good on the ukulele and is a good singer as well.

But the people that come in McDonald's finally complained that he smelled bad and he was told to leave and not come back. So he stayed outside in the cold.

Last year there was also a woman who slept out there in the bus stop shelters. She finally drove Sam away because she would not stick to one shelter. She kept moving back and forth to the one across the street and leaving a big mess which Sam said attracted rats. So he left and now sleeps somewhere down near the Central Library. He takes to metro into Union Station each day and comes back in the evening.

I went looking for him today down by the library but he was not there. I feel he must be down at Union Station doing his thing.

A-SPAN helps the homeless in Arlington, Va.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Life Is Like A Game Of Poker

Life is like a game of Poker. Some people win, some people lose, and some people just stand around and watch.

 You have to play to win but you may lose. It is safer to just stand around and watch.
Some people just kibbitz.

"English actor Joseph Crowell reported that the game was played in New Orleans in 1829, with a deck of 20 cards, and four players betting on which player's hand was the most valuable. Jonathan H. Green's book, An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling (G. B. Zieber, Philadelphia, 1843), described the spread of the game from there to the rest of the country by Mississippi riverboats, on which gambling was a common pastime. As it spread north along the Mississippi River and to the West during the gold rush, it is thought to have become a part of the frontier pioneer ethos."
The above quote is from the wikipedia page on poker linked below.

Babe Stovall - The Ship Is At The Landing

I used to see and hear Babe Stovall playing around the French Quarter in New Orleans when I lived there in 1965 and 1966 and when I went back on visits in the 1970s.

Once in 1971 or so I was on Madison Street in the French Quarter very early in the morning when it was just daylight and no one was on the streets. I saw Babe Stovall rounding the corner on Chartres Street and said "Hi Babe". He must have been up all night playing a house party. He said "How're you doin?" I told him I was tired. He asked how old I was. I said I was 31. He said, "When I was 31 I could piss over the tops of these buildings". And off he went. I have never forgotten his remark. Thanks Babe.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Babe Stovall - Dirty Mistreater

Go you Youtube on this video to read some good comments on Babe Stovall.

Larry Borenstein, Lee Friedlander, E.J. Bellocq

Some talking by Larry Borenstein in the video above but no music or singing by Babe Stovall.
Some of these websites like wikipedia above fail to mention that it was Al Rose and Larry Borenstein that found the E.J. Bellocq negatives and later sold them to Lee Friedlander who first published them.

After Bellocq's death in 1949, two New Orleans antiques dealers, Larry Borenstein and Al Rose, found Bellocq's glass-plate negatives in his desk drawer and purchased them. When noted photographer Lee Friedlander saw these glass negatives in 1966 he bought them and printed them for the world to see.

Excellent profile of Larry Borenstein in the link below.

And a very good article in the link below.

JFK Assassination And The Texas Book Depository And The 6th Floor Museum

In 1967 I wrote to the Department of the Interior telling them they should make a museum out of the Texas Book Depository. Below is the letter I received in reply. Click on the photo to enlarge and read the letter.

Stephen King Writes Time Travel Novel About The JFK Assassination 11-22-63

By Allison V. Smith, for USA TODAY On location: Stephen King spent a lot of time in Dallas at the 6th Floor Museum, where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed JFK.

I am surprised someone hasn't written a time travel novel about the JFK assassination before this one. Maybe they have and I just don't know about it. I suppose many people have thought of writing a book about going back and trying to stop the assassination from happening.

If you did go back in time trying to stop the JFK assassination would be like a nightmare. The Secret Service would not believe you if you told them. They would just arrest you. And you could not get to the grassy knoll and the 6th Floor of the Texas Book Depository both at the same time.

Many unexpected things could happen to keep you stuck somewhere like in a dream making it unable for you to get to the scene on time.

  If you tried to get the Secret Service not to take the bubble top off the limo they would ignore you since it was JFK that told them to take it off that day.

  And certainly one good way to end the book would be for you to be shot by the Secret Service while attempting to stop the assassination. They could then get rid of your body and history could continue unchanged.