Friday, May 16, 2008

Better House and Garden Friday Random Ten

I've been an absentee blogger this week. I've been taking advantage of a break from school to clean the Yen household from top to bottom, clearing out the dust from the now-finished renovations.

I'm happy to report that this includes the backyard, which turned out beautifully, and just in time for the birthday party Kim is throwing me on Saturday.



And most importantly, my gargoyle is back in his place of glory in the garden.




1. Box #10- Jim Croce
2. Stargazer- Rainbow
3. The dB's- The Fight
4. The Little Black Egg- The Nightcrawlers
5. Atlantic City- Bruce Springsteen
6. Sampson and Delilah- The Washington Squares
7. Mighty Love- The Spinners
8. License To Kill- Bob Dylan
9. Mean Woman Blues- Roy Orbison
10. The Man In Black- Johnny Cash


Notes:
1. A tale of a country boy struggling in the big city, from the late, great Jim Croce.
2. A big hunk o' seventies Dinosaur Rock.
3. The dB's were one of the great underappreciated bands of the eighties.
4. From the great "Nuggets" collection.
5. From "Nebraska," which is tied with "Born To Run" as my favorite Springsteen album.
6. The Washington Squares were punk musicians in New York City who formed a retro Village style folk trio and did political tunes. This is their take on a traditional folk song.
7. I love me some Spinners. I still have my vinyl copy of "The Best of the Spinners" that my friend T-Mo gave me in college, bless his heart. Or maybe I borrowed it and forgot to return it.
8. From "Infidels," one of my favorite albums of the eighties.
9. I think I wore out my friend Matt's copy of "The Very Best of Roy Orbison" in college. I finally got around to getting a Roy Orbison collection on cd last year.
10. Johnny Cash explaining his wardrobe.

16 comments:

kim said...

Couldn't have made it through this week with out you Mr. Yen.

xoxo

purplelar said...

Where's the walker Uncle Yen.

STPTT said...

Boy that looks like a pleasant place to get sloshed tomorrow...

Bubs said...

That yard looks awesome!

Cheer34 said...

love the backyard...looks like it could use a party tho...

SkylersDad said...

Beautiful backyard JY!

Mob said...

Your backyard looks amazing, I'm very impressed! What a great place to entertain.

Andi said...

Wow, that looks positively amazing! I want one!

Freida Bee said...

Oh, I just saw the incomplete picture last week. Very nice.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your yard looks fabulous! I hope you had a splendid time at your birthday party and that everybody treated the birthday boy with respect and deference.

'Bubbles' said...

Happy belated Birthday, JY! The yard looks fabulous. Nice gargoyle! :-)

Erik Donald France said...

Cheers on the 'scaping, the fen shui, and yeah on the dbs.

"Amplifier"

Doc said...

Wow, now I have to go dig out my Best of Rainbow album. Hope you had a great birthday and the gargoyle chased all the evil spirits away.

Doc

Johnny Yen said...

Kim-
You're very welcome.

Uncle Lar-
Don't laugh-- you're only a couple of years younger!

STPTT-
I hope you found it a pleasant place on Saturday, despite the rain.

Bubs-
It is!

Cheer34-
What a coincidence...

Skyler's Dad-
Yes, it is, isn't it?

Mob-
Thanks! Hats off to my landlord for having the vision-- and endurance dealing with contractors-- in getting it done.

Andi-
We'll keep a drink ready for you!

Freida Bee-
Amazing, the difference, isn't it?

Barbara-
We certainly did have a marvelous time. Post to follow.

Bubbles-
Thanks!

Erik-
"Danny went home and killed himself last night..."

One night, the I saw the dB's at the Metro, a great venue here in Chicago. I ran into Chris Stamey at the Gingerman, a tavern next door, after the show and got to tell him, drunkenly, what a great song Amplifier was. I think he'd heard it a few times before.

Doc-
The gargoyle definitely chased away the evil spirits and the good spirits flowed in plentiful amounts. Post to follow.

Dale said...

Hope the party was a blast. When are you inviting everyone on your blogroll over?

GETkristiLOVE said...

OMG, the gargolye looks better than ever - and that backyard is cute, cute, cute!