Thursday, April 17, 2014


APRIL 17TH - 1964

Abe Willems, Rhonda's dad, bought at 1966 Mustang, in brown.

Of course, all of the guys thought that if they got a Mustang, they also might get Farrah Fawcett!

Today's Version
And the Future??

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Read that Carefully - Electile!

Disclaimer:  Not meant as an endorsement! ;-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
Cos I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
Cos I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet

Cos I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

Don't ask me what I want it for (Aahh Mr. Wilson)
If you don't want to pay some more (Aahh Mr. Heath)
Cos I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
Cos I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

And you're working for no one but me

So, Here Is Where The $3,000,000,000,000 Comes From
 And Here Is Where It Goes
But here is an interesting tidbit - the 'discretionary' spending
 And of course, minor problem, the outlay is $560,000,000,000 more than the intake 

And this is just the Federal Government!
We also get to pay state income taxes, property taxes, state, county and city sales taxes, special assessment taxes, license and use fees, and more.  We even get to pay taxes on money that was taken from us as a tax!!
In Colorado, Tax Freedom Day is April 22nd this year, and you can find your state's
So, most of us are still working for the government.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I previously wrote about The Colours and the band members including Jack Dalton and my brother-in-law Gary Montgomery.  It is the 8th most popular post here on The Planet and currently has 476 pageviews and 23 comments.  The most recent comment came from Nick Crescendo, who pointed to a recent podcast with Jack who along with Gary were the principals of the Colours.  This wonderful  podcast is on 88.3 Southern FM, [Melbourne], The Purple Haze Archive with Nick Black, and it can be found at this link.

Jack's Bio from his website:

JACK DALTON started playing music with his four brothers, THE DALTON BOYS, when he was six years old. They did the banquet circuit with their father, Walter Dalton, “Michigan’s Irish Tenor,” who also had his own radio show. When Jack was 17, he and two of his brothers, Wally and Dan, formed a folk group called THE DALTON BOYS and became successful performing at concerts and playing famous nightclubs such as Philadelphia’s LATIN QUARTER, New Orleans’ PLAYBOY CLUB, and New  York’s BITTER END. They had a hit with “San Francisco Bay Blues” on Decca Records. THE DALTON BOYS appeared on several national TV shows like ABC’s HOOTENANNY, THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, and MIKE WALLACE’s PM EAST.

After THE DALTON BOYS retired, Jack took on a writing partner, Gary Montgomery, and they signed with MOTOWN, recording their own songs. They moved to the West Coast and became staff writers for WHITE WHALE RECORDS and ROBBINS, FIEST AND MILLER, and wrote for THE TURTLES, THE OUTSIDERS, SPIRAL STARECASE,and APRIL AND NINO.

Jack and Gary formed a rock group, COLOURS, and had a hit single, “Brother Lou’s Love Colony,” on DOT RECORDS. After the group disbanded, Jack returned to Detroit and started a jingle company with Jeff Parsons. THE ROAD COMPANY quickly became the largest jingle company in Detroit. Jack wrote, arranged, played, and sang on most of the commercials.

In 1980 Jack returned to his “first love,” performing. He joined DOUG JACOBS’ RED GARTER BAND and played hundreds of one-nighters annually. Jack continues to make his living in Detroit, singing and playing guitar and banjo in Detroit-based bands as well as being booked by Detroit agents as a single performer.

In 1990  Jack put together his own entertainment company and has been singing and entertaining in retirement and nursing homes. He performs around 250 shows a year.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


No, not the Lovin' Spoonful song that you can find here, but the literal use of the term:

1.  Pleasant thoughts about your life or future that you have while you are awake;
2.  A pleasant visionary, usually wishful creation of the imagination.

And I would add:

3.  Thinking about things, times and places you will likely never attain.  

Or even better, seeing some of the things that you will never attain!!  And so, daydreaming it was this past Saturday as I was able to see some wonderful things that will never be mine, but that I can enjoy vicariously.  Here's some of what I am talking about!

A friend and neighbor graciously invited me to tag along with his car club on a Car-a-van tour to see three private car collections in the Denver area. And we got to travel from place to place in my friend's immaculately restored 1934 Ford.

The first stop on the caravan was the Vehicle Vault.  If you click on the link, you will see that the permanent Vehicle Vault is under construction and will house a car museum as well as being a car condominium where you too can own space to show your cars - "a country club for car lovers", as the developers have stated.  We visited the temporary vault of the developers where their growing collection is housed.  Here are a few of their cars:

The second stop was at the Mathews Collection.  Click on the link for some information and pictures, not only of cars, but motorcycles, signs and other memorabilia.

The third stop was at Steel Affairs and again, click on the link for more information, and you may even see a "used" car that you would like to buy!  I think that maybe the 1954 Nash Metropolitan is the only car in my league :-)

This 1957 BMW Isetta is only $49,950

A highlight came after the tour of car collections was over.  The owner of Steel Affairs also owns the iconic "Sleeper" House - the futuristic house that sits high on a ridge on the south side of I-70 near Genessee - and he graciously invited the caravan crowd for a tour of the home.

The place is incredible.  The owners have painstakingly restored and upgraded the place, which they lovingly dubbed "the money pit."  Do a google search on Sleeper House and you will find many amazing pictures, such as these:

So, maybe I will end with another Lovin' Spoonful song, that perhaps will move from daydreaming to a little of bit of magic!