Thursday, October 23, 2014


Life is crazy? Am I right? Weeks go by and no HERE'S TO YOU post happening here. Last week, voila... HERE'S TO YOU. I bet you thought it would be another three weeks before you saw it again.

Surprise! Drum roll please. This is a GREAT Thursday.

So many of you will really enjoy the Everyone clip for today (JJ, Jasmine... I am looking at you:) Actually, I think all of you will find it fascinating. I know I did.

If you don't know what this HERE'S TO YOU stuff is about, let me explain.  This used to be a weekly event landing typically on Thursdays.  When I read your blogs or you say something in the comments that sparks my imagination (or I hear something and I think of you), chances are good I will click over to YouTube to find footage for you. In the old days you wouldn't have to reach back in your memory bank farther than one week. Now... all bets are off. It could be several weeks ago.

The best (or worst) part is that I am not going to explain why I chose "whatever" footage for each of you. If, you watch your footage and are scratching your head at the end, well that means I didn't do a very good job. However, all is not lost. You can email me at and ask me what I was thinking when I chose that particular piece of footage off of YouTube and connected it to you. And then I will tell you. Then I will start sending up prayers that I haven't offended the crap out of whoever is on the receiving end of that Because, honestly, I will tell you right now... I admire all of you enormously so I really hope that doesn't happen.

Also, this is not an exclusive venture by any means. I hope that you will take the time to watch ALL of the footage because I don't pick bad footage:-) I also hope that you might check out the blog of the person I dedicated the footage to because they are pretty darn awesome. If you haven't figured this out yet... I pick the footage based on something that you've written or something that I've gleaned from your personality. Think on that for a while... If you are having trouble watching the entire video (meaning it is being cut off on one side), click on it a couple of times and it will take you straight over to youtube. If you click on the four squares at the bottom corner of the video, it will enlarge it to fill your screen. The escape key will bring it back to normal size. The back arrow will bring you back to my page.

Now, let's get this PARTY STARTED!!!!

This one is for everyone:

This one is for Dianne K. Salerni:

This one is for Chrys Fey at Write with Fey:

This one is for A Beer For The Shower:

This one is for Chris Fries at The Creative Outlet of Strat Player:

This one is for C.W. Martin at Tilting at Windmills:

This one is for Stephen T. McCarthy (and friends) at StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands:


  1. I could look at that ocean sunset pic all day long! And one for Dianne, cool, I know her! =D I'm not much of a country fan, but I do really like Miranda Lambert and her songs.

  2. All hail the wolves! Yeah, brilliant video, and definitely one for EVERYONE. :)

  3. The Extraordinary GIRL WONDER ~
    OK, several comments from li'l ol' me this time...

    Hoo-Wee! What a gorgeous photograph at the very top of this blog bit. I'll take a cabana right there, a hammock strung between two palms, and a bevy o' babes to keep me plied with daiquiris.

    The info about wolves was ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING. Hokey-Smoke! (And I have always loved wolves. For many years I'd always get myself a new wolf calendar for my bedroom wall (I'm certain I still have a very old one here at the house), and I even used to wear a wolf pin on my leather jacket.

    I'm not quite sure what it was that aroused my curiosity about the video dedicated to the 'A Beer For The Shower' blokes, but I decided to watch that one too, and I really liked it. Pretty neat video concept. (And that WAS Ted Nugent a couple times in that video, wasn't it?) ..."Everybody's got a drug dealer on speed dial" - HA!-HA! Great line.

    OK, and now for the one you selected for me (and my friends)...
    You have no, No, NO idea how perfect that one was. Damned uncanny! (You really do have some little angel on your shoulder who whispers in your ear which video you should select for each person, don'tcha?)

    Here's why that one was so totally spot-on: Well, obviously you read that new blog bit on my BOTB blog about our TRT fun and that we've recently been on a Film Noir kick. But here's the uncanny part: As I said, last Tuesday we watched 'DEAD AGAIN'. The Tuesday before that it was the original 'THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE'. But the previous Tuesday we watched 'CASABLANCA', which Beer Boy Bryan had never seen before.

    Now, Robin, you may not be aware of this but there has always been an ongoing debate amongst Film Noir fans whether or not 'Casablanca' qualifies as Noir. Some argue that it lacks certain Noir elements; some argue that includes other elements that disqualify it from being true Noir.

    Over the years, I have taken ALL of the evidence people use to deny that 'Casablana' is Noir, and I have analyzed and evaluated all of that evidence and shown how ALL of it can be found (or not found, as the case may be) in other movies that are universally regarded as classic Film Noir. Therefore, I have placed myself very firmly in the "Casablanca IS Definitely Film Noir" camp

    But prior to FAE, BRYAN and me TRTing 'Casablanca' I had a couple extensive Email discussions with Bryan about this debate and why it is that I say, "Yes, it's Noir".

    Well, at one point while Bryan was watching the movie for the first time, a certain moment occurred on the screen and Bryan told me later that he literally pointed at the TV and shouted, "It IS Film Noir!" This puzzled his wife because she wasn't aware of the debate and the discussion Bryan and I'd had previously regarding this topic. She was probably sitting there thinking: WTH's wrong with him?

    Very, very funny story.
    (6-B, I sure hope you don't mind me publicly relating this story, but it was just too perfect to let this opportunity go by without yakking it to Robin, who couldn't possibly have picked out a better video clip to represent our "The Retro Theatre" entertainment program.)

    GIRL WONDER, give yourself a pat on the back, because you knocked this one out of the park for a game-winning grand slam! WOW! One of yer best "evah".

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Yours was so detailed, you got your own private reply.

      I KNEW several people were really going to like the wolf video. Not always easy to pinpoint who, but I had a *feeling.*

      I figure you watched it because you read that blog and you and Beer Boy Bryan are fast friends. Several celebs made appearances in that one. I do believe Ted Nugent was in there.

      I thought of that clip from When Harry Met Sally when I read your blog post. That scene cracks me up for two reasons... one is the high maintenance discussion, which is classic... and, two, because I've always thought it was cool that they watched the same movie at the same time. Though I prefer my movie-watching with less talking... but still.

      As I am not a Film Noir font of information, I did not know that Casablanca was under heavy debate regarding its status. That does make that scene even more perfect. I can see why you got such a kick from it.

      Funny story Bryan! Personal question: Do you yell at your TV often????

      >>>You really do have some little angel on your shoulder who whispers in your ear which video you should select for each person, don'tcha?)

      I guess you could call it that. I get a feeling. And then I have to use it. I'm not always sure someone will like it or even appreciate it. I am ALWAYS surprised when it turns out being more perfect than I anticipated (like today), but it happens with a fair amount of frequency. So, I guess there is an angel whispering in my ear. I am cool wit' that.

  4. Great song!!! Thank you! Oh the days when we had paper maps, pay phones, and cassette tapes. My brother and I, being fans of the Monkees when we were kids, used to sit in front of the TV with a tape recorder every day, hoping that afternoon's episode would include a song we hadn't already recorded.

    You can imagine the quality of our recordings! And it seemed like our family conspired against us. Mom would start the vacuum cleaner in the next room. Dad would decide this was a good time to call his mostly-deaf uncle. And my little sister would fake cough and sneeze.

  5. This is fun and the Wolves video I have seen before and shared it on my facebook page. It shows how much they are needed. this is fun

  6. Wow, being a literary rockstar is nothing like being a musical one. No drug dealers, no blonde bimbos, all we've got is two smoking hot brunettes and some nice craft beer... which works just fine for me! And, as you can see from Stephen above, while other rockstars spend their nights trashing hotels and popping pills, I spend mine watching old movies and shouting at my TV.

    (True story!)

    Thanks for the mention!

    1. Two smoking hot brunettes and some nice craft beer... That's it? ;)

  7. Leandra ~ This was a good one... all the way around!

    LG ~ I don't know how many times I've watched that wolf video, but I pick up something new EVERY SINGLE TIME.

    Dianne ~ OMG. I LOL'd at your comment. I remember doing the same sort of stuff. Seems like every time I wanted to record the dog started barking, my brother shouted, my parents talked, and the dreaded vacuum. Why, why, why do you need to vacuum when you can see I am trying to record here?????

    Birgit ~ I agree. I think I'll keep doing it:)

    ABFTS ~ Well, you were rockstars for a day. No drug dealers, but the kids made you feel like VIPs, didn't they???
    It IS Film Noir! I think I might have to bust out with that spontaneously... just to see what happens.

  8. Laughing! This was WAY fun, Robin. I totally have a crush on Jeff Goldblum. And VD = Awesome. Ha. ;)

  9. OK that wolf video was TOTALLY AMAZING!!! Yellowstone is seriously one of the best things/places ever! And now my nephew is thinking of having us go back for his special trip this year. I couldn't be more thrilled. It's just magical there. And now I will think of the wolves when I see those magestic rivers. Just a beautiful thought over-all. Thanks for sharing!

  10. That wolf thing was really cool. Nature works so much better when we don't interfere with it.

  11. Thanks. I wish it was that simple to get mankind to lay down arms, but too many of those who hold the guns have souls already in ruins- and they want nothing better than for everyone to join them. People like that, for the most part, cannot be reached, only eradicated.

    On a happier note, that was one of the best Green Day songs I've heard. Haven't been a big fan, but there their aims and mine meet in the middle.

  12. Oh yes - my first Thursday here and wow! I will definitely check out the blogs of the "mentionees" - I want to see what inspired you! What a great thing. I'll be back. dc

  13. Morgan ~ Yay for laughing.

    Jasmine ~ I KNEW you would like the wolf video. I can't wait to hear about the visit to Yellowstone!

    Susan ~ Isn't it amazing that changing just one thing changed so many things???? I love that.

    CW ~ There is another version of this song that is just Green Day. I don't like it quite as well. BUT, the versions aren't different enough IMO to use it for a BOTB, so HERE'S TO YOU!!!!

    Dixie ~ I used to do this feature every Thursday, but then life became crazy and now it is sporadic. Sometimes even on Friday. However, I am so glad you liked it. I love doing it!!!!

  14. The wolf video is the best ever. I have visited and camped in remote sections of Yellowstone several times. It is paradise. I have actually taught courses on the subject matter using Farley Mowat's "Never Cry Wolf" as a text. Wolves are magnificent animals and their elimination would be tragic.

    Anyone who studies these creatures knows humans are not on their menu. In fact, despite the hysterical ramblings of Western ranchers who lose a sheep once in a while, there are no reported incidents in the USA of wolves taking a human life. (Those of you who might doubt that statement, be sure to check out your supporting sources.)

    Years ago, the State of Maine drove the wolf population into Canada. The resulting overpopulation of Moose was devastating, including hundreds of auto accidents involving moose seeking food along highways. Re-introduction of the wolf made short shrift of the problem. Love the post!

    1. I knew you would like that one. I didn't know that you knew so much about wolves, but I shouldn't be surprised.

      Interesting about Maine driving out the wolves... and then having so many problem because of that decision. Glad they connected the dots and realized it was the lack of wolves that created the problem.

      Thank you for this great information!

  15. "You're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance... Love that scene. Love that movie.

    How's life, Robin?

  16. I don't like country music but Miranda Lambert is fun to watch, isn't she?!

  17. Let's hear it for 'High Maintenance Women', particularly those of us who know we are.

  18. I think what you do is very thoughtful, so I can't imagine anyone being offended.

  19. I have never seen the video for that Nickelback song before. I like all of the landmarks and the fun famous-folks drop-ins. #cool

  20. Blue ~ When Harry Met Sally is classic. So much to love in that one. Life is okay. You've probably noticed that my blogging has taken a hit. I just don't seem to have enough hours in the day to do everything....

    Stephanie ~ Yes, she makes excellent videos.

    FAE ~ Hahaha. Yes.

    Elizabeth ~ A smart girl always makes a disclaimer;)

    rosey ~ That is a fun video. Always makes me smile.

  21. Another great job, Robin! My favorite clips were from When Harry Met Sally, for Stephen, and the Rockstar for Brandon and Bryan!


  22. Haha! I remember that episode of Vampire Diaries. And I couldn't agree more with Damon. ;)

  23. Hi! Sorry for the delay in getting here -- I apologize for not knowing you'd been so generous to offer me a "Here's To You" video. Thank you!

    But ummm... Lots of the other videos have good lookin' women, and I get Jeff Goldblum??? Yeah -- I did have the blog bit about his birthday and all, and I really appreciate the thought, but, ummm...

    Oh well -- I'll just go back and watch that hot chick with the great legs and the angelic voice singing in church again... ;)


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