Pirates invaded Portage des Sioux, MO in 2010 for the annual Blessing of the Fleet on the Mississippi River. The decorating theme for 2010 drew a larger crowd than usual, I guess everyone wanted to be a pirate, or is a pirate at heart. The Blessing of the Fleet takes place at the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine in Portage des Sioux, the shrine was built in the late 50′s to honor Mary, who the townspeople believed saved the town from a 1951 flood.
In addition to watching from the shrine, spectators can view the boat parade which leads to the Blessing from many points along the river. I gathered up my crew of scalliwags and we set sail on the Mighty Mississip’ with plans of joining the boat parade as it was starting to head downstream. The first mistake was joining the parade early, as this somehow caused me to end up near the end of the parade group as other boats joined in front of us. The second mistake was joining a boat parade when my boat doesn’t have a head.
We launched from John’s Boat Harbor in St. Peters, MO and headed downstream.
Bull Shoals Lake, located along the Missouri-Arkansas border, became my favorite Midwestern lake the first time I visited in 2007. The deep, crystal-clear water, and lack of boat traffic compared to other lakes make it an ideal place to get away from the crowd for a few days.
I hadn’t been in a couple years, and we had no boating plans for the 4th of July so we decided to go to Bull Shoals at pretty much the last minute, especially considering there aren’t big hotels and condominium complexes at Bull Shoals Lake. The places that bill themselves as “Resorts” usually have fewer than 12 cabins available, and those aren’t even very common down here. Luckily, I was able to find the last “condo unit” which included a boat slip (which is the important part) at Turkey Creek Ranch near Theodosia, Missouri, so we were set.
Turkey Creek Ranch is one of the larger places at Bull Shoals. In addition to the lake they also have 2 pools, a game room and horseback riding available. As expected, we did not use any of those facilities, but they did look nice as we walked past them on our way to the docks each day. As expected their cabins are clean. The family that runs the place is also wonderful, we received their holiday card for a couple years, but they must have removed us this year since we haven’t been back since 2010. The only reason we haven’t gone back is that have been able to get a cabin closer to my cousin’s place on the lake every year since.
As we usually do, we arrived early and hit the lake as soon as we could.
Presenting, the TimBob.com logo that was designed in 1998 for the site’s launch.
Original TimBob.com header logo from 1998.
Designed by a good friend of mine, Michael Keth, this logo graced the top of TimBob.com for many years. His website is michaelketh.com, but he is currently in the middle of a relaunch, so you will need to check back at a later time.
In the meantime, it looks like I have some old content to go through and see what is worth reposting on the new site here. I am sure some of it still has some relevance.
RazorSocial.com has asked 54 blogging professionals which WordPress Plugins they cannot live without. If you run a WordPress site (or multiple WordPress sites) you need to check out this list, I guarantee you will find a couple new plugins you didn’t know about that will help your site.
My own personal list of the top three plugins for WordPress I install first:
Akismet: If you are needing a solution to help stop the onslaught of spam in your blog’s comments sections, this is the one to use. Simple to setup and easy to use.
WordPress SEO: Handles many of the SEO-related items for your site.
Shareaholic: Adds those nice “Social Sharing” buttons to your postings.
What plugins do you always use on your WordPress sites, let me know in the comments below.
To check out the full list from the experts, head over to RazorSocial for the article.
Well, since I haven’t updated anything here in a while I figured I should. I decided that I needed to update a few things today, starting with WordPress itself. After that, it was time for a new theme, this is one I have played with before, but I was tired of the plain grey one I was using and it never rendered correctly in IE anyway (big surprise there.)
Okay, that’s a good first post for 2014, let’s see if I can not go 2 months between posts again…
We’re going back to the 1980′s punk scene today with a playlist from the Descendents.
As one of the first bands to introduce melodies to punk music in the early 80s, they are a major influence in much of the alternative genre to this day.
These guys made up a HUGE portion of the soundtrack to my teen years. Countless nights were spent with friends while Milo was singing through our car stereos. These guys were a staple of my playlists on 89.7 KMNR when I was a DJ there, and we even played a couple Descendents covers when I was in a band back in college.
Here are 7 of my favorites from this punk pioneer:
I have come to the realization in the past few years that I am getting old. Besides the usual indications like gray hair and wrinkles I knew it was true when I started hearing some of the music I grew up with being played on “Classic Rock” stations. One of those bands that seem to still have staying power 30 years later are the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Thirty years, and I think Anthony Kiedis just started wearing a shirt for the first time last week. At least he doesn’t wear just a sock too often anymore.
They should start recording yet another album soon, so I am sure we will have another album of great songs, and horribly over-compressed mixing with no dynamic range (which their albums are notoriously famous for.)
Higher Ground (1989)
Continue reading for more from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
If I ever mention the band Van Halen, you can be sure I am referring to their original lineup and not any of the bastardized versions that have come along. For me, it isn’t Van Halen if David Lee Roth isn’t belting out his trademark vocals.
Sammy Hagar? Eh, I was never really a fan of “The Red Rocker” which really makes me an outcast since St. Louis seems to be in love with the man for some reason. And Gary Cherone? Really? Did Eddie learn how to finger pick “More Than Words” or something and wanted to show it off?
Enough of the rant, Van Halen is making a comeback with Roth leading the charge again, with Eddie on guitar, Alex on drums and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang on bass (replacing Michael Anthony.)
We’re taking it across the pond for Rocktober today. The Clash formed in the mid 70′s in London and merged ska, punk and good old fashioned rock n’ roll with plenty of politics and attitude.
This was one of the first “punk” bands I was exposed to, thanks to the early days of MTV, back when they used to actually play videos. Their videos for “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” were in the MTV rotations pretty heavily in the early 80′s. And, Joe Strummer played a Fender Telecaster, so that ranks them up there in my book.