Saturday, October 24, 2020

All This Work Just To Post A Video -- Nothing About The Bakken -- October 24, 2020

It wasn't easy to find this story, but I needed the story to post one of my favorite videos. LOL.

Anyway, long story short -- western South Dakota -- Pine Ridge native American reservation -- lockdown -- roads "closed" for a week --- Covid-19 surges ... 

Link here

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is locking down the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Friday, in response to a surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

The lockdown begins at 10 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. October 30, 2020. During that time, all non-critical travel is barred. [The roads will be re-opened just in time for Halloween and the entire weekend. Note when the lockdown ends: 6 a.m. October 30 is early Friday morning.]

The tribe said non-essential businesses should close to the public, and travel to non-essential work to or from the reservation should stop.

The lockdown comes as the state surpassed 9,000 active coronavirus cases on Thursday and reported an all-time high of 973 new cases in one day. Thursday’s numbers also matched a record high of 14 deaths in one day.

A reader brought this road closure story to my attention. In a sidebar discussion we mentioned the irritation cross-country drivers would experience if they unexpectedly ran into a road closure for these reasons. I noted:

The no-notice road closure -- it's funny how things affect us. I didn't think much about [the no-notice road closure] story when told about it. 
Last summer I was traveling cross-country and found myself in a bit of a pickle in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico at the Colorado state line --- couldn't get across for various reasons -- Native American issues to some extent -- ended up taking a long, long circuitous route -- and it turned out to be an incredibly beautiful drive. Had I been in a hurry, I would have been upset ... but I had all the time in the world. 

Years ago, I took the "long way" to California from Texas, driving "old highway 66" where I could. It was an incredibly beautiful drive, and so many unexpected adventures. This was the "pass" to Oatman, Arizona. 

Filming and listening to the song almost put me into a fugue state --- it took all my self-control not to purposely drive off / fly off a curve.

Shadows of a Man, Chris Isaak

Sports -- October 24, 2020

World Series ratings: the headlines --

  • game 1: least watched World Series game of all-time --- think about that: OF ALL TIME; link here;
    • the previous time MLB declined below 10 million viewers for a World Series contest came in 2008
  • game 2: second straight all-time low for the World Series; link here; new record -- lowest rating and least-watched game in WS history; 5.0 rating and 8.95 million viewers;
  • game 3: ratings pending;

College football: I just checked in to see if there is any college football worth watching. Here's what I found among the six games being televised on cable television right now:

  • 48 - 7: I don't care who is playing; I wouldn't be watching this game any longer; it's near the end of the 3rd quarter;
  • 45 - 17: ditto, and it's #5 Ohio State beating unranked Nebraska; I won't be watching this one either; big story: one of the rushing backs changed his (jersey) number this year; are you kidding me?
  • 38 - 16: ditto;
  • 38- 7: ditto;
  • 27 - 7: ditto
  • 14 - 10: a close game; worth watching except I'm not interested in Tulane - UCF (central Florida);

NASCAR Xfinity doesn't air until 3:30 p.m. CDT;

Apple TV+: holy mackerel. If you live inside the Apple ecosystem and don't have Apple TV+ .... well, what can I say? $4.99 / month and can cancel any time. Family subscription. As many as six can access Apple TV+ on one subscription. Some stations are interrupted with ads. 

The New York Review of Books: nada. You can thank me later. "De nada," says Sophia. We are learning Spanish together on Duolingo. 

Library: the one copy of Rebecca at the local library is checked out and I gave away my copy years ago, so I guess I will have to re-read the history of Samuel Richardson (1689 - 1761) and Clarissa. Richardson competes with Daniel Defoe as the first of the novelists. One critic suggests that whereas Richardson merely invented characters, Defoe truly created characters.

BR To Have 30 Wells In A 2560-Acre Unit, Camel Butte -- October 24, 2020

From the NDIC November, 2020, hearing dockets. Again, this is a case, not a permit.

  • Case 28597, BR, Camel Butte-Bakken, 2560-acre unit with 30 wells; sections 27/34-151-96 & sections 3/10-150-96; McKenzie;


18018, 321, BR, Kings Canyon 21-27H, Camel Butte, t12/09; cum 308K 8/20; open hole; 1.7 million lbs; sections 27/34-151-96;
29432, 1,560, BR, Kings Canyon 6-1-27MTFH, Camel Butte, t8/15; cum 158K 8/20; 4.1 million lbs; 35 stages; sections 3/10 & sections 27/34;


29426, 2,517, BR, Teton 5-1-3TFSH, Camel Butte, t7/15; cum 231K 8/20; 36 stages; 4.2 million lbs; sections 3/10 & sections 27/34;


29427, 2,766, BR, Teton 2-8-10MBH, Camel Butte, t7/15; cum 376K 8/20; 36 stages; 4.2 million lbs; sections 3/10 & sections 27/34;

29461, 2,926, BR, Teton 8-8-10MBH ULW, Blue Buttes, t7/15; cum 301K 8/20; 35 stages; 4.1 million lbs; sections 2/3/10/11;

News You Cannot Live Without -- October 24, 2020

New app that lets you know in real time which McDonald's ice cream machines are broken. I kid you not. Sophia and I will really appreciate this. 

Link here.

Jerry Jeff Walker Has Passed Away -- October 23, 2020

Mr Bojangles, Todd Snider and Jerry Jeff Walker

London Homesick Blues, Gary P. Nunn and Jerry Jeff Walker

Friday Night Fugue -- October 24, 2020

Friday night. 

I'm taking a break from the Bakken. 

If you came here for the Bakken, scroll down or check out the sidebar at the right. 

But tonight, it's music night. 

I generally start about this time, Friday nights, 10:20 p.m. local time and then jump from song to song to song and see where I end up after midnight -- hoping somewhere along the line to get into a fugue state -- see YouTubue Fugue -- I'm sure "everyone" does this.

Six months on either side of 1969 -- about an 18-month period -- some of the best music ever.

There was an 18-month-period, from late 1968 through mid-1970 that clearly had some of the best music ever.  This was the year of Woodstock. The Beatles were still going strong, but touring less, and would soon stop completely.  
Led Zeppelin's first two albums, Zeppelin I and Zeppelin II, were released in 1969. Self-titled "Velvet Underground" was released in 1969. The era of "free love" and the uncertainties of the Vietnam War probably contributed to some of this really incredible music. 
Speaking of the Vietnam war, I turned 18 in 1969. My lottery draft was July 1, 1970; my lottery number was 103. The highest lottery number called for this group was 125; all men assigned that lottery number or any lower number, and who were classified as available for military service, were called to report for possible induction. I would have been deferred by virtue of being enrolled in college. I was worried that I would be called up before I graduated from college. I was convinced, but wrong, that the war would still be going on when I graduated from college.

I was updating that page -- a lot of videos had been taken down by Google -- needed to get those songs "up" again. LOL.

I'm not sure if this is my all-time favorite song but it's certainly among the top five and it had been "removed." Looking for a replacement, I came across this one.

Vehicle, Ides of March, Jim Peterik
And then this cover:
Vehicle, Leonid and Friends
A Russian Band


I Was Made For Lovin' You, Kiss
I actually had the transparent Apple computer featured in this video:
Strong Enough, Cher
This is why it's impossible to really leave California. Be sure to read the comments while listening to the song, and make sure you are wearing headphones and playing this very, very loud. If this doesn't come up in your Zumba rotation, you need a new Zumba instructor. LOL:

Hey, Mickey, Toni Basil
And, then, of course, that leads me to this one. I think folks can connect the dots. This may simply be one of the best music videos ever. There's much more to the Julianne-Moore-Valkyrie-outfit story:

Gutterballs, The Big Lebowski
Do you hear the Beatles in this song? Maybe earlier, but certainly starting at 1:20 and going for quite some time:

You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt
Not in a million years would I have guessed this song was first released back in 1959. The best phrasing.... "I feel so good today; I  just touched down on an international runway..."

Back in the USA, Linda Ronstadt, Chuck Berry, and Keith Richards
I don't care for the video, but the music is great:

Bus Stop, MonaLisa Twins