Cocker Spaniel…’nuf said.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week’s musical theme is “mail”, “soup” or “vacuum”. Since I had no clue how to work soup or vacuum into the conversation, I chose “mail”. The first song that came to mind is one from my youth/young adult years. I was always fond of vocals with a little gravel in them and “The Letter” was a favorite of mine. Originally recorded in 1967 by The Box Tops, I didn’t hear this song until after I came home from Vietnam in ’68. However, in 1970 last weeks featured musician, Leon Russell and Joe Cocker turned this song into an anthem on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. Enjoy.
The next song actually has mail in the title. It comes from folk singer, the late Harry Chapin. His clear vocals and simple instrumental arrangements were always a pleasure to listening. His biggest hit was “Cats in the Cradle” that spoke to the issue of parents who don’t spend quality time with their kids, shouldn’t expect the kids to spend quality time with them later in life. The Bible speaks to training a child properly and that they will generally act accordingly. Okay, back to the mail. Harry wrote a song about a man who ordered a bride, sight unseen, through the mail… and we thought internet relationships were risky! The song is appropriately titled “Mail Order Annie”.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, track season is in full swing and spring soccer season is just around the corner. That means that the youngest grand daughter is going to be a very busy young lady. Last spring she won the conference outdoor high jump championship and placed third in the state. This past week-end she finished fourth in the state indoor championships, so we are off to a good start. I like going to the track meets because there is often several events going on at the same time, but they do tend to last all day. I will say that indoor is much more difficult to photograph because of the restricted space and the amateur photographer/grandpa can’t get press credentials to access the infield. So here are a few images of the competitors that I managed to capture. The girls finished second as a team and the boys finished first.
The girls 4×800 relay team took first place in the state indoor championships.
The youngest grand daughter finished 4th overall in high jump by clearing 5′-0″. She would like to get to 5′-4″ during the outdoor season and defend her conference championship.
I have to admit, I love watching the pole vault. The young man on the right vaulted 16′-6″ then attempted to break the state record at 17′-1″ but just didn’t have enough energy left to make it happen.
The long jump is another of my favorite events because I was a long jumper in high school. I would much rather jump 21 feet horizontally into a pit of sand than try to catapult myself 17 feet into the air and possibly not land on the cushions below.
Hurdles requires speed, agility, timing and endurance to be successful. I never did think running over obstacles was good idea. Too many opportunities for a crash and burn.
That’s all for this week. Have a blessed week and stop back on Wednesday to see the Wordless Wednesday post. Later!