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Mar 21, 2020 - 11:25:17 PM
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DougD

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9509 posts since 12/2/2007

It would be a rare person who can play the fiddle all the time (although it might pay off).
Here are a couple resources I enjoy.
1. shorpy.com/ This is a picture-a-day website, drawing mostly from images at the Library of Congress, with a few other sources. They range from the earliest photographs to the 1950' s or 60's, and include pithy titles. Viewers can add comments. Lately there seem to be a lot of pictures from 1941, before Pearl Harbor - an age of innocence with some ominous undertones. If you want to see the "old weird America" its likely here somewhere. Some music themed pictures.
2. Thoreau's journals. In the late 1800's someone compiled Thoreau's journals from several years by date, and they were published in four books, corresponding to the seasons. The current one is "Early Spring in Massachusetts." So you can read what he was doing, seeing and thinking about on the same date in several years. Not everything he wrote was earth shaking, but I find these a soothing glimpse of an earlier time. I downloaded these for free from the Google Play store. YMMV.
3. The National Music Museum. nmmusd.org/
Here you can see and study instruments, from the beautiful and rare to the oddball. They're currently closed for renovation, so the online version is as good as anyone can get.
Anybody else got some favorites they'd like to share?

Mar 22, 2020 - 4:53:08 AM

10767 posts since 9/23/2009

The Thoreau journals are really a good read...working in a library, I got a whole set for something like 5 bucks one year...back maybe 25 years ago. I read them every night to try to chill out enough to get to sleep, back then, still being kinda new up here, all the stuff he wrote about just helped me out a lot. I don't know what ever happened to that collection...normally, our house is very small and if books collect we 'd end up selling them at Half Price Books to buy new books, which in turn replaced the old books, etc. Seems in later years there's no reading time, hard to find music time etc. But I will say the Thoreau Journals were something I really enjoyed reading for a few years back in my late 30s.

Thanks for the great links, Doug!

I guess since we're retired, we've still got most of the same routines and work around here we always do...lol...still no time.  Trying to get ready to get chickens again this year.  Not sure that's gonna get done, but after tearing up the whole place to rebuild our retaining wall last summer and fall, there's unending work just in trying to put it all back together again...ugh.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 03/22/2020 04:56:29

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:31:17 AM

8097 posts since 3/19/2009

Just checked out Shorpy.com I could look at those photos all day.. (and may wind up doing that!!) Great site..!

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:45:39 AM

8097 posts since 3/19/2009

I found this group of short, humorous 'tweets'..Apparently, an English sports commentator is now out of a job so he has been doing commentary on everyday things...Hope this qualifies..!

https://twitter.com/i/status/1239902429723926528

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 03/22/2020 05:46:47

Mar 22, 2020 - 6:16:32 AM
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1882 posts since 10/22/2007

I thought i was doing good finding the old black & white episodes of Captain Kangaroo. My DW wasn't impressed either.

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:25:53 AM

10767 posts since 9/23/2009

Oh, that's good stuff, Captain Kangaroo!

I know this has flipped people's lives upsidedown...I've always liked being at home...plenty enough to get done around here and hardly ever any time for music and such. But I know this is very difficult for people who aren't used to being at home much.

I do a lot of gardening, kratky hydroponics (cheap kind of hydroponics), or here just lately, been messin' around with Double Cup Method of indoor growing...plan to try this outside later on too...

youtu.be/a14h9dAnnu8

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:31:23 AM
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8097 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Oh, that's good stuff, Captain Kangaroo!

I know this has flipped people's lives upsidedown...I've always liked being at home...plenty enough to get done around here and hardly ever any time for music and such. But I know this is very difficult for people who aren't used to being at home much.

I do a lot of gardening, kratky hydroponics (cheap kind of hydroponics), or here just lately, been messin' around with Double Cup Method of indoor growing...plan to try this outside later on too...

youtu.be/a14h9dAnnu8


For me it has been Heron Bonsai videos.. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZR5OfKC6sQ6fKHDzlruNw

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:21:18 PM

1501 posts since 12/11/2008

I sit in front of my stereo and stream music from Qobuz and Primephonic.

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