“I want to live in a fairytale…”

I remember a magical and dark eerie moment decades ago, it was at a Blues Fest that Charlie Lawson put together for KFAI.  Willie Murphy was on, at the piano, doing a Louisiana Red number, ash tray on the piano with smoke drifting up, filling the spotlight, and the slow dirge of a left hand minor key, “I have a hard time missing you baby, with my pistol in your mouth… You may be thinking ’bout going north, but your brains are staying south.”  Chills up and down, was it captured live that day?  (it’s on Piano Hits Willie Murphy/Willie Hits Piano)

Dave Ray, Eddie Berger, Prince, and now Willie… we’re at that age… sigh…  It does feel like the end of an era.

Later today:

Sunday, February 17th
Fairytales: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Willie Murphy
The Cabooze
Doors: 3:30 pm, Music: 4 pm – 10 pm

Featuring performances by The Bumblebees, The Willie Murphy Band and the Angel Headed Hipsters
Very Special Guests: Spider John Koerner, Ipso Facto, Paul Metsa, Phil Heywood, Detroit Don King and many more!
MC: Bobby Vandell
$10 at the door
100% of the proceeds will go to the Willie Murphy Fund

For those of us “at a certain age,” some things to consider.  Lee Schafer’s article in the STrib brought up a few articles about where Minnesota fits into the mix, and that the usual suspects of states to go to for retirement (often AZ for those of us west of the Mississippi, and FL for those on the East Coast) may not be so hot.  Cost of living in AZ sure is high and the climate sure sucks!

America’s Health Rankings – 2018 Senior Report

But what about Minnesota?  The United Health Foundation’s study put Minnesota pretty high, #4, but last year we were #1.  Click for larger version:

The considerations, above, are ones that make sense to me.  For instance, looking at rates of volunteerism of those 65 and over, isolation and sense of community:

… looking at rates of “excessive drinking” for those over 65 — hey, MN, we were #48 on the list, tied with Hawaii, and above only Wisconsin!  WHOA, folks, consider that! Click for larger version:

And the one that I need to deal with (much easier with mostly resolved plantar fascitis) — I can be a woman of substance in other ways, eh?

And Delivery of Home Meals (Meals on Wheels?!?):

Here’s Schafer’s column today in the STrib — you can check out the other linked studies here:

The best spot to retire might not be the warmest

 

October 6 Benefit for Beechwood

September 23rd, 2018

The MPCA filed a letter a couple days ago that clearly states that when measuring wind noise for permit compliance, AMBIENT NOISE IS TO BE INCLUDED.  They also admitted that this has not been properly interpreted for wind permit siting for past permits.

MPCA Letter from Frank Kohlasch_20189-146351-01

MPCA filed this in the Freeborn Wind docket, PUC docket 17-410, which is on the PUC’s agenda for September 20, 2018.  This will be interesting.