Never tell me the odds!

May 29th, 2014 @ 8:51 am
Throwback Thursday
David Gagne

Hawaiian Village Apartments, Gainesville, FL

May 26th, 2014 @ 1:43 am
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Happy birthday to the Duke, who said:

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself into our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

John Wayne, May 26, 1907 — June 11, 1979

And yesterday was the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote:

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, May 25, 1803 — April 27, 1882

May 23rd, 2014 @ 6:05 am
Friday Five: Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jenny Edition

GoofyI love you, sis.

  • Jenny Was a Friend of Mine — Killers, The
  • Jenny Wren — McCartney, Paul
  • Jenny — Stellastarr*
  • Cut Me Up Jenny — Taking Back Sunday
  • 867-5309 (Jenny) — Tutone, Tommy
    867-5309/Jenny — Less Than Jake
May 22nd, 2014 @ 8:05 am
Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Edition
David and Jenny

Happy Birthday, Little Sister!

May 16th, 2014 @ 8:47 am
Friday Five: Chocolate

chocolateMy five favorite chocolates:

  1. Mauna Loa Dark Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
  2. Krackel
  3. Hershey’s with Almonds
  4. Hershey’s Special Dark
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures


People who believe in absurdities will eventually commit atrocities.

May 15th, 2014 @ 8:43 am
Throwback Thursday
David Gagne

High School Graduation, 1991

May 12th, 2014 @ 7:07 am
Redemption through Reading?

booksThe regional government in Calabria, Italy, has approved a bill that would reduce prison sentences in exchange for reading books: For certain inmates, sentences would be cut three days per book. The bill will now go to the Italian Parliament. The bill was inspired by “Redemption Through Reading,” a similar program that’s been successful in Brazil’s overcrowded prisons.
via NPR

May 11th, 2014 @ 5:16 am
Mother’s Day

Kathie GagneThis is the last photo taken of me and my mother together.

My little sister took it on May 11, 2012, when I visited mom at Coastal Rehab in Port Orange, Florida for Mother’s Day weekend.

Mom died three months later, and I miss her more than words can say.

May 9th, 2014 @ 3:40 am
Friday Five: Velociraptors

My five favorite Velociraptor Photoshops:

May 8th, 2014 @ 8:07 am
Throwback Thursday
March 1975

Drinking Milk
March 1975

May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:45 am
Friday Five: The Beach Boys

The Beach BoysMy five favorite Beach Boys songs:

  1. Be True to Your School
  2. Barbara Ann
  3. Surfer Girl
  4. I Get Around
  5. When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
May 1st, 2014 @ 8:06 am
Throwback Thursday
Daytona Beach, 1974

On Daytona Beach with Papa, 1974


There is pleasure in recognising old things from a new viewpoint.
Richard P. Feynman

April 25th, 2014 @ 2:15 am
Friday Five: Her Stories

TelevisionHere are five of my favorite shows which my wife watches that I would never admit I enjoy:

  1. Project Runway
  2. So You Think You Can Dance
  3. Watch What Happens Live
  4. Dateline
  5. The Bachelor / The Bachelorette
April 24th, 2014 @ 7:56 am
Throwback Thursday
Providence College Graduation

Me and Dad Celebrating His Graduation from Providence College, 1977

April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:01 am
Running Scared

Roy OrbisonToday is the birthday of Roy Orbison (1936), born in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee, a mechanic, and Nadine, a nurse.

One day, during a songwriting session with his partner Bill Dees, Orbison asked his wife, Claudette Frady Orbison, if she needed any money for her upcoming trip to Nashville. Dees remarked, “Pretty woman never needs any money.” Forty minutes later, Orbison’s most famous hit, Oh, Pretty Woman, had been written.

His fame declined after that until he formed the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty in 1988. Orbison died of a heart attack in December of that year, about six weeks after the band’s first album was released.

from The Writer’s Almanac

April 18th, 2014 @ 5:26 am
Friday Five: Lennon

John LennonThere are ninety-three tracks from John Lennon’s solo career in my iTunes library. Here are my five favorites:

  1. How Do You Sleep?
  2. God
  3. Watching the Wheels
  4. (Just Like) Starting Over
  5. Tie: Mother
    Tie: Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

The other eighty-seven are pretty awesome, too. You should listen to them all.


“The appeal seems universal. To social historians it is a microcosm of the early 1900s. To nautical enthusiasts it is the ultimate shipwreck. To students of human nature it is an endlessly fascinating laboratory. For lovers of nostalgia it has the allure of yesterday. For daydreamers it has all those might-have-beens.”
Walter Lord, on the tale of the RMS Titanic

April 11th, 2014 @ 6:53 am
Friday Five: Superman

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

  1. Superman – The Movie — 1978
  2. Superman II — 1981
  3. Superman Returns — 2006

That’s it. Those are the only three that matter.

I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t include III or IV or 2013’s Man of Steel (which I never saw).