Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rene's Bluebells 2013


  1. Huzza for Howard--and Howardians!

    puddle--I expect I would recognize "When the lights go on..." but can't recall it at the moment. But I think I've got you beat--I am quite familiar with "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding;" it has sentimental value in my family, at least through my generation:

    "There's a long, long trail a-winding
    Into the land of my dreams,
    Where the nightingales are singing
    And a white moon beams:
    There's a long, long night of waiting
    Until my dreams all come true;
    Till the day when I'll be going down
    That long, long trail with you."

    After me, it's time to let go of it, I think. It HAS been a hundred years, nearly.

    Cat--I had good luck with the old base hotel at McChord AFB (especially when they put me in a Colonel's suite). And it could well be that the San Diego base hotel reviews on Yelp! are from disgruntled types. Don't think I want to verify that one way or another. The old/former Y (opened 1924, now called the 500 West Hotel) is minimalist--bathrooms down the hall, for instance (but only accessible with a room key, and clean). Many reviewers call it a hostel rather than a hotel; they do even have rooms with multiple bunks. But I like it. Primo location--the Hilton is just across the street. Phone, WiFi, room service (multiple restaurants deliver) and the beds are OK. Wardrobe instead of closet, which matches the age of the building. Wonderful old fashioned lobby. Huge range of eateries nearby, trolley station just around the corner. $59 per night (two dollars less without a TV, I think) plus city transient tax, third night free. Can't beat that. If desired, there is a gymnasium, and I think a swimming pool, run by the Y. I can get from the airport there and back by a free shuttle, too. Families with little kids are put on a different floor than the old folks.


    1. Sounds like that site has their act together!

      But what on earth is a transient tax?! Does the city tax people for being transient?

    2. listener ~~ well, yes. More often called a lodging tax, but specifically levied on people unlikely to be local voters.

  2. "When the Lights Go on Again, All Over the World." [Click]

    "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" [Click]

    Another version, on an Edison record. [Click]

    Keep the Home Fires Burning [Click] Beautiful--but I have difficulty discerning the words, so opened the following link in another window:

    Keep the Home Fires Burning--Lyrics [Click]

    And now I had better hit the sack.


    1. Thanks for the links! 100 years is nuthin' when it comes to music. (Right, Cat?) ;-)

    2. I think the two WW II songs I remember best -- and yes, I was around when they first came out -- are "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "White Christmas."

  3. Alan, Long Long Trail and Keep the Home Fires Burning were both campfire songs when I was growing up, Guess some songs do that: stick in our collective consciousness. Become part of our culture.