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Puddles and PMJ . . .

That’s PMJ, not PB&J.

After another nice morning, Jan and I ended up cycling through YouTube music videos, mostly oldies like Happy Together, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Wayward Wind (the Patsy Cline version), The Lion Sleeps Tonight, I’m Not Lisa, Duke of Earl, etc.

We’ve done this several times before, and like then, we keep coming back to the same performers.

The first one(s) is a group called Post Modern Jukebox or PMJ. We first came across them after seeing their version of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass.

And a much better version, I think.

Morgan James, the singer on the right in All About That Bass really has a set of pipes on her, as evidenced in their version of AeroSmith’s Dream On.

All I can say is WOW!

But the most unusual of our favorites is Puddles, as in Puddles Pity Party.


Yes, that’s his name.

Long-time friend ‘Froggy’ Donna McNicol turned us on to Puddles several years ago and we’ve followed him ever since.

The first time we heard him was his version of Sounds of Silence.

And it just gets better.

One thing Puddles does a lot of is ‘mashups’, where he sings one song in the form of another song and artist. Check out his version of Pinball Wizard, sung like Johnny Cash doing Folsom Prison Blues. Dead on.

And here he is doing Crying as Rob Orbison.

And even better, as I was checking out his YouTube videos, I saw where Puddles is going to be in the Houston area March 18th at the Stafford Centre, and now we have tickets.

Really looking forward to it.

Regular readers know I’m always on the lookout for new gadgets, or upgrades to one’s I already have, which covers these three.

First up is a new dash cam. I’ve had my last one for a couple of years, and as is usual in the tech world, there’s always something better, faster  and cheaper coming down the pike.

Apeman Dash Cam

Apeman 1080p Dash Cam

It’s smaller, but has a bigger screen, and takes a 65GB SD card, so it records for  almost 12 hours before it loops around. And at $44, it’s $13 cheaper too.

Here’s a sample of the video. And it was a really overcast day, too.

Next up is a new toilet light. Makes it a lot easier to hit the target in the middle on the night.

Rechargeable Toilet Light

Rechargeable Toilet Light

This one is rechargeable so I don’t have to take it off every month or so to replace the batteries. And because it’s sealed with no battery access cover, it’s more waterproof, Or something ‘proof’ anyway.

Finally, I’ve a new Panasonic Lumix camera coming in on Tuesday.

Panasonic FZ80 Camera

Panasonic Lumix FZ80

This is the 4th Lumix we’ve had, getting the first one 2006, the next one in 2009, then 2015, and then now. Before that, our first digital camera was one of those Sony’s that stored photos on a 3-1/2” floppy inserted into it.

And every time they get better, though not cheaper.

This one, at $300, is about $50 more than the 2015 model. But it has a bigger viewscreen, now touchscreen-capable, WiFi, 60X optical lens with 4X digital zoom, and records 4K video with 18.1 megapixels. And with a 128GB SD card, it will hold over 20,000 HD photos.

Perfect for our upcoming European trip.

Thought for the Day:  

Sometimes you have to lose to know how to win.



The Egg and I Who?

After a nice quiet morning of hot coffee and whipped cream (Saturdays and Tuesdays are whipped cream in our coffee days. And of course, Karma has to have her share too. The whipped cream, not the coffee.), we headed out about 1pm to have brunch, this time at Snooze AM, a new Webster breakfast/lunch place in Webster,  and actually just a couple of blocks away from The Egg & I, our usual weekend breakfast place.

I texted Miss Piper to see if she could meet us, but she was spending the weekend in Houston with friends.

The last time we ate here was right after Jan’s first cataract surgery when she was still a little woozy from the drugs.

She got their Smash Avocado Benny, their version of Eggs Benedict, and was not a happy camper. She said the English muffin was soggy and she just didn’t like the taste. But when I pointed out that they had another version of an avocado-themed dish, their BRAVOcado Toast, she decided to give it another try.

Snooze Bravocado Toast

And it was perfect for her, down to the Dressed Greens she gets with The Egg and version, But she says this dish is actually better. And more importantly, at least to me, is that it’s cheaper.

So Jan now says “The Egg & I Who?”

I got my usual Shrimp & Grits, which I think is the only thing I’ve gotten every time we’ve eaten here.

Snooze Shrimp and Grits and Fruit

With the sautéed shrimp, Andouille sausage, peppers and leeks, topped with an sunny side up egg, it’s pretty much my favorite non-eggs, bacon, English muffin, fruit breakfast.

Then afterwards, it was on over to WalMart  and Sam’s Club for a few things before heading home.

I didn’t plan on looking at our rig’s leaking oil filter problem this weekend because, although the temps were OK,  we were looking a 90% chance of rain. Except that it didn’t.

But there’s always tomorrow, so we’ll see.

I missed it by a week, but this past February 9th was the 11th anniversary of the beginning of our RV travels. After buying our 1999 American Eagle on December 27th, 2007. And after prepping and new tires, we picked it up from the dealer on January 7th, 2008, and then headed to Alaska on the 9th.

Well, we headed there by way of Las Cruces, Casa Grande, Yuma, Gila Bend, Chula Vista, Temecula, Long Beach, Barstow, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Casper, Billings, Garrison, Cle Elum, Cache Creek, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Haines Junction, and Tok, finally ending up in Fairbanks on April 26th.

And found this.

AK Snow

And it’s been a wild ride ever since. And it’s not over yet, though we’ve slowed down a bit.

Thought for the Day:

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it”. – Ray Bradbury


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