Wait, Verizon maybe or ATT

So, the rumor is that Verizon will be having an iPhone soon. The question for an almost out of contract account that has an upgrade available is — stay put or jump ship.

So, is ATT perfect no. In fact problems in their network involve the length of time it takes us to get messages more than anything else. Often after checking the phone and not seeing any messages half an hour later there are half a dozen and they are all time stamped before my first check.

That happens with or without a smartphone.

What we want to know is can Verizon do better than that?

The Organ Station

Strangest thing on the ride home last night.
We’re scanning the channels on the radio for something to listen to. Love the NY metropolitan area; the dial is full. You don’t have to wait a sec to get another station. We come upon some organ music, I’m talking big pipe-like organ. Craig gives it the thumbs up. We’re like – OK.

One tune is over and another starts. Organ again. This happened for about an hour with no voice interruption. We’re thinking this is pretty crazy; It’s the pipe organ station! We heard a voice come on and recap the composer and performer and then lost them as we were out of range.

Strange.

Music thang recently.

I do have to admit that I’ve been on a music thang lately. Has something to do with working so much. Listening to lots of tunes. Being in the soundtrack of your life. I’m not apologizing — I’m going with it. Who knows where it will lead. Hope you enjoy it with me.

Patti Smith picks Dylan, Boots of Spanish Leather

No video available for this one. I’m not so with Patti on this one. But it was worth another listen. Click on the title for a link to the recording.

Boots of Spanish Leather 1964

Oh, I’m sailin’ away my own true love
I’m sailin’ away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I’ll be landing?

No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love
There’s nothin’ I wish to be ownin’
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
From across that lonesome ocean

Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
Made of silver or of golden
Either from the mountains of Madrid
Or from the coast of Barcelona

Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean
I’d forsake them all for your sweet kiss
For that’s all I’m wishin’ to be ownin’

That I might be gone a long time
And it’s only that I’m askin’
Is there something I can send you to remember me by
To make your time more easy passin’

Oh, how can, how can you ask me again
It only brings me sorrow
The same thing I want from you today
I would want again tomorrow

I got a letter on a lonesome day
It was from her ship a-sailin’
Saying I don’t know when I’ll be comin’ back again
It depends on how I’m a-feelin’

Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way
I’m sure your mind is roamin’
I’m sure your heart is not with me
But with the country to where you’re goin’

So take heed, take heed of the western wind
Take heed of the stormy weather
And yes, there’s something you can send back to me
Spanish boots of Spanish leather

Perfect blizzard movie, Pedro Almodovar: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

We were looking for something light and amusing to watch this afternoon and settled on this colorful comedy by one of our favorite directors, Pedro Almodovar. I you’ve never seen this film get some popcorn and rent it. Or buy it you can certainly watch it at least twice a year. Thinking of having a summer showing and Gazpacho night.

We love Gazpacho!

Patti Smith picks Dylan.

Was reading RollingStone this morning and took a look at 50 artists choosing playlists. I’m always interested in listening to music that other musicians find essential or important. I’ve often found the selections that Patti Smith has made for her covers very interesting. So when she selected love songs by Bob Dylan I had to check them out and see if I feel the same way about her selections. Several topped my list at the start Boots of Spanish Leather, Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, and Visions of Johanna. So now I’m on my way to rediscover these other songs in her list and share them.

I’m also looking for videos to share. Strangely almost all of the versions I could find of this song were in China. Piracy maybe?

You can also listen at Dylans site. Just click on the song title below.

I have a new found affection for:

One Too Many Mornings 1964

Down the street the dogs are barkin’
And the day is a-gettin’ dark
As the night comes in a-fallin’
The dogs’ll lose their bark
An’ the silent night will shatter
From the sounds inside my mind
For I’m one too many mornings
And a thousand miles behind

From the crossroads of my doorstep
My eyes they start to fade
As I turn my head back to the room
Where my love and I have laid
An’ I gaze back to the street
The sidewalk and the sign
And I’m one too many mornings
An’ a thousand miles behind

It’s a restless hungry feeling
That don’t mean no one no good
When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
You can say it just as good.
You’re right from your side
I’m right from mine
We’re both just one too many mornings
An’ a thousand miles behind

twins reunited

Finally after many an effort the twins have been reunited.

I looked for replacement glass for ages. No one seemed to carry the two cup carafe. Everytime I went on the Bodum website it was out of stock. Surprisingly, last Saturday I walked over to Old City Coffee to pick up my weekly 1/2 pound of Balzac beans. While the nice fellow in the red cap filled my reusable bag with beans; the replacement carafe stared at me from a nearby shelf.

It hadn’t been there before.

I picked out a box and added it to my purchase, put it in my pocket, and took it home. Joy! I washed it out and put it into my original Bodum French Press — one before plastic was added. Now the twins are reunited.

But, a moment of indecision.

Which one do I love best?