Sunday, 31 May 2009

Why Is It Nocera "Inferiore"

Here on the photo is Nocera Inferiore, a little "town" on one side of the "plate" with the center of Vesuvio, volcano. The mountains are situated round the Vesuvio, about 10 km from it. So if you post the volcano on the right of this photo and go more right, you will arrive to Sarno and the mountains over it.

Here on the second photo is the part of Nocera Superiore. With Vesuvio on the background. And there is Nocera Inferiore too.

So you can understand the difference. Nocera Inferiore ("low") are many very little settlings in the lower part of the valley. Nocera Superiore ("higher") are many settlings situated on the hill part of the territory of Nocera.

If you are interested in the antique history, the territory of Nocera was the place of many impressionant and tragic human stories. And was very important town from IX cent. BC till around VII century.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

"A Wonderful Prize" (Treasure Hunt)

We are delighted that BWs members Nicky and John enjoyed their Treasure Hunt prize.

"First a huge thank you for two perfect days at Hotel de la Baie des Trepasses. When we won the first prize, we were so amazed that it took a few days to sink in! So.......the highlights ....obviously the hotel itself, in its glorious setting, with its helpful, smiling staff. The views from the bedroom window. The superb food - where I thought I had died and gone to 'fish heaven'. I am not a great 'sea' person like John (too many rough channel crossings!) but that was changed here. We spent hours just watching the differences in colour, speed and mood of the sea. The first evening the waves were eau de nil, later larger, and more intense, becoming a creme de menthe frappe ( not that I've had one, just seen it served!) The next day the horizon was slate grey, but, nearer the sea line, a paintbrush of blue had been dipped into it, creating a warmer colour, which ended in green and white crested waves edging the shore....beautiful. The Pointe du Raz, Pointe du Van, Cap de la Chevre, Pointe du Millier, Pointe de Dinan and Pointe d'Espagnol....who could not fail to be stirred by their magnificence. The Ile de Seine like a little flat crepe, but so full of history, and you would have to be brave just to live there! The hamlet of Rostudel, charming and straight out of a history book. The Peninsula de Labyrinthe for its entertainment value, (and our determination to beat the usual one hour to finish!) So, as you can see we had a wonderful time, and some very happy memories!"

Nicky and John Bolton

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

We haven't been here for years, largly because its quite expensive, (�12.50 adult, �7.50 children) but I decided that it was about time we went again, and a nice sunny day is the best time to go. It wasn't very packed today - the man at the gate reckoned that was because it was beach weather, but I think the football on the telly had something to do with it as well.

It's really good park, but plan to go all day to make sure you see everything and do all there is to do, and also to get your money's worth. Another good tip if you're driving there is to aim to park in Car Park 1 or 6. The whole park is built on the side of a very steep hill, and if you're taking a picnic and leaving it in the car til lunch time to get to any other car park will be like hiking Mount Everest. I made the mistake of parking in Car Park 3, so believe me, I speak from experience - out-of-breath-back-of-my-legs-killing-me experience!

So what is there in the park? Well the wildlife part of the park has various monkeys, racoons, otters, lions (the newest addition, and not fully ready yet), wallabies, and penguins. The best two animal attractions though are the sea lions, see below, and the wolves. The sea lion show runs twice in the day and is great; fully educational and not just animal exploitation. The lady explains all of the sea lion's behaviour and the reasons behind why they do what they do. The wolf talk is only on once and is definately not to be missed as is it given by Shaun Ellis, the Wolfman of Channel 5 documentary fame. He is completely brilliant, and the wolves are fascinating. The highlight for my children was when he brought out two wolf pups at the end of the talk, and everyone got the opportunity to stroke them.

Then there's the dinosaur part of the park. There is a dinosaur domain walk through the woods, but the best bit is the animatronic dinosaurs in the enclosure near the main entrance. They wake up on the hour every hour, move, roar, and - this was the best bit - spit! The sight of screaming children jumping when the water hit them was almost as funny as that of the wailing two year olds who thought the dinosaurs were real!
And as if all this wasn't enough there are two attractions which are completely unrelated to either dinosaurs or wildlife. There is the 'Light Show', which is themed around a trip into outer space and begins with the opening to 'War of the Worlds'. If you've ever done Disney, don't bother with this, its not remotely scary or even interesting. My youngest daughter said, 'It's like a disco, only not as good.' Underneath the 'Light Show' is 'The Tomb of the Pharoahs'. This the children found more scary, although the anticipation and their imaginations had more to do with this than anything.
Finally, there is the Earthquake train ride. This you have to pay �1 each for, which I found a bit of a rip off. There are other rides and mini-golf which you also have to pay for which can be avoided, but the train ride is one of their big things and ought to be as free as the rest of the park. It lasts about two minutes and takes you to a model American West mining town where 7000 gallons of water hurtle down to drench the not at all unsuspecting train passengers. Again, the kids loved it! Water on a hot sunny day and you're onto a winner.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Our walk at Le Cloitre Pleyben

Thanks to Karen and Graham for a delightful walk around the countryside of Le Cloitre Pleyben: lovely weather, good company, flowery lanes and superb views. And on top of all that, great cakes by Jean!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Direct TV Moves With Me

My husband can't live without TV. He passes hours and hours with this his "friend". So, we were interested to fnd a dealer that will offer us many channels, good quality and good costs. Collegues told him about and we've sweetched to it. We are content: we have over 130 digital quality picture and sound channels (except others) and the costs are beyond all doubt more interesting as we had before.

I'm not interested in sports and games that are featured in, it's my husband that is a fan of them. I don't understand men: everyday he has to watch all the news and Sunday is now a Holyday, all dedicated to sports. He watches every game of NFL SUNDAY TICKET every Sunday now.

Well, the good news was we will find in California when we move there. Customer service is one of the best nationwide. And than we had free installation in 4 rooms and free handling and delivery because ordered online. I can watch my HD documentaries and local channels and my husband has his sports and news at any time he wants them. Happy family with happy TV solution. Do you think, it's a joke? No. It's reality.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

A New Post

Upon popular demand from Deuce, here is another blog posting.
Not much new.
Our friend Annie is visiting us from Seattle, and we're currently in Puerto Viejo, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. I'm in an internet cafe and sweating profusely, for some reason. It's not a good motivator for blog writing. Other than that, though, her visit has been great and the Caribbean is a wonderful paradise, especially compared to Costa Rica's over-touristified Pacific Coast.
So things have been great, though, and even greater news is that --apparently-- we might be able to get INTERNET in Berlin! This is super-big news, and I'll keep you all posted.
In any case, my fifteen minutes of free internet time (and thus my fifteen minutes of fame) are almost up, so I'll check in with you all later.
Abrazos to everyone!

Friday, 22 May 2009

About People In Turkey

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The photos you see here are all from Antalya, a city situated in Turkey. I heard about it the first time just some minutes ago and wanted to investigate a little about this interesting place.

As you see on the photos, it has not only beautiful nature but very ancient history that remembers Romans and Greeks (in fact, it's name is Greek). It was part of different Empires and states and every culture leaved there it's buildings and habits. It's very interesting.

One of my friends went to visit Turkey many many years ago, when the tourists were not too common all over the world. She came there with her husband that was a sailor. So, when they were in the ports of Turkey and worked there she had time to visit the cities. She spoke english and franch only and did not know any word in Turkish. And imagine, she left her way.

She told me, one seller from a little shop, where she entered to ask where to go, not only explained her what to do -even if he did not know to speak any language she spoke!- he asked her to rest a minute and offered her a cup of tea with bisquits and other turkish sweet specialities.

She was so delighted by the behaviour of that man! She said, she has never seen such a person and hospitality in all her life.

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Walk at Le Cloitre Pleyben - Tues 26 May

We have a countryside walk (8kms) around the bourg of Le Cloitre-Pleyben next Tuesday. The meeting place is a large car-park opposite the mairie and by the shop in the village (D48, west of Plon�vez-du-Faou). The route is generally suitable for all, but if there is rain just beforehand be prepared for the odd muddy patch. We are hoping for the current bright May weather to continue! Everyone welcome. 2.30pm start.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bright light in Kerjean

No electricity, but a bright sunny sky despite the strong wind, so we (19 of us) had an enlightened visit to the chateau after all, with excellent presentation from the guide Delphine. After her tour, which ended in the chapel with its amazing boat-shaped wooden ceiling, we were free to wander around the building at will. Then a stroll in the grounds, particularly lovely in their natural state at this time of year, to see the dovecote, pillars of justice and lake with Renaissance-style fountain. Delicious cakes made by Karen and Graham were much appreciated by all and rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the plain of L�on.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Lloyd Point

"the long, bare, unfrequented shore that I had all to myself"
Walt Whitman

When I was first tossing around ideas about a blog devoted to Long Island Sound, I thought about a grading system for the parks and beaches. Eventually I decided against this idea because there were too many variables and intangibles. A beach that might be perfect for a winter walk was a poor place to spend a summer afternoon. An ideal place to read a book would be an inappropriate place to bring the kids. A beautiful municipal park might be a poor choice for a nature lover. I decided to treat each location for what it is.
Had I decided on a rating system, Caumsett State Park would have scored an A; maybe even an A+. In my opinion, this is one of the premier pieces of public coastal access land on Long Island Sound. Acquired by the state in 1961, the former Marshall Field III estate is 1600 acres of farmland, salt marsh, horse stables, and footpaths.
One drawback here is that a significant amount of walking is required to reach the water. In many ways however, this can be seen as a positive. The two mile walk along the bridle path is an easy one and it tends to discourage the beach cooler crowd from overrunning the park.
My visit in early April focused on Lloyd Point which is a sandy peninsula in the northwest corner of the park. A few hikers and early season fishermen dotted the shoreline, but for the most part it was as if I had the beach all to myself.

New York Parks: Caumsett State Park
The Caumsett Foundation

Sunday, 17 May 2009

New York Harbor Waterbloggers

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy"
Benjamin Franklin
"Ah that's just drunk talk. Sweet beautiful drunk talk"
Homer Simpson

My memory is a bit foggy. But yesterday afternoon a group of New York Harbor waterbloggers got together at Pier 66 on the west side of Manhattan. In attendance were Barbara from Going Coastal; Karen and Brian from Movable Bridge; Harry and Nancy from Hudson Kayaker; Christina from Bowsprite; and Will from Tugster. Let's just say that I am a little dehydrated this morning.
It was a fun afternoon (and evening) and it was great to actually meet and speak with some of my fellow waterbloggers. With the skyline of Manhattan at our backs, we drank beer and watched the activity on the river. Pier 66 is a fantastic piece of waterfront property that includes the Frying Pan lightship and the John J Harvey fireboat. Unfortunately, I learned that my photography skills deteriorate sharply with each pint of beer consumed.
The conversation for the first few hours focused mostly on blogging, but it eventually devolved into lowbrow discussions about tattoos, scars, and body hair. Christina from Bowsprite is a riot! I could get in a lot of trouble hanging out with her. I have no idea what time it was when we all left. It was that type of party.

YouTube: Show Me The Way To Go Home

Active Volcanos

I wrote about Vesuvio in my previous post and we spoke just different times that it's terrible to live near an active volcano. I thought about the volcanoes in Italy like Etna and Stromboli that are always active, not like Vesuvio and Solfatara in our zone that produce only gas actually, even if Vesuvio, they say, is one of the most dangerous volcanos on the Earth (It's eruption will be as a very powerful explosion.) So I wanted to look for information about other active volcanos.

I found that the name "active" means that this one erupted in the last 10 000 years. Not that it's erupting now like Etna for example. And there are different volcanos like that. Here for example the highest volcano in Russia, Kljuchevskaja Sopka (4750 m).

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And here Etna (3340 m)

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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Fog Happens....

Compared to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, fog in Long Island Sound is relatively mild. But we do get our fair share of it this time of year. As a warm air mass moves over the cooler water, the water vapor condenses and fog develops. Water temperatures in the Sound are presently between 50 and 60 degrees while the air temperature has been in the 60's and 70's. This photo was taken along the Mystic River on Thursday morning. By 11 AM the fog had cleared and visibility seemed endless.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Sweet and Sour Pork Flu

Let's start with the bad news first:

The Sour:
--I got gradually sicker last week, and on Wednesday I couldn't talk. The doctor sent me home from work, and to stay home and rest on Thursday and Friday, also.
--I couldn't do any blog posts for quite some time.

The Sweet:
--I didn't have pig flu, as I originally imagined I might.
--I was able to rest up and recover, and by the time the weekend rolled around, I was feeling quite a bit better.
--I've mentioned my love-hate relationship with Costa Rican bureaucracy before, but the health system is pretty great, at least if your company has a private doctor. That's how I was able to get something equivalent to sick days.
--I read a lot.

In any case, I've not written too much lately, but I'll try to remedy that as soon as possible. We're having a get-together/housewarming party on Saturday, and then next Thursday our friend Annie is visiting us, so things will be busy. That means that I'll eventually have something interesting to write about, but it may take a while.

In the meantime, check out this video:

The weirdest thing about this video is that in my first internet visit in a week, I spent most of the time watching cooking videos in German. I absorbed them like a Br�tchen sitting in a bowl of Weisswein. In any case, right after I wrote the title to this blog, I saw that the very same cooking video series actually had a recipe for preparing sweet and sour pork! Hopefully you like the video. Even if you don't speak German, it's strangely hypnotizing...

Visit to the Chateau de Kerjean - 19th May

We have a visit (guided in English by Delphine - see photo above) to this superb late 16th century chateau next Tuesday afternoon. Afterwards we'll go for a short stroll in the grounds to see features of interest. (Please note that the chateau will be without electricity on that day.)
Meet at the entrance to the chateau, near village of St Vougay, north of Landivisiau, at 2.30. All welcome.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Fuji And Vesuvio

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I've never written about Japan here. So I wanted to correct this error.

After the last earthquacke in Abruzzo we speak an think relatively often about Japan. Because this country is also situated in a place where the earthquackes are often but we rarely hear that the Japanese have so many problems with them as Italy has. How is it possibe? Maybe there is nobody who invents to build houses with sand there. Maybe it's unpossible there. For Italy the 5 grades earthquacke was a national tragedy. Is something like this possible in Japan? Did you know that the scientists from Japan came to visit Abruzzo after the last earthquacke?

Mount Fuji on the photos over is 3.776 m high. It's the highest mount in Japan. (Wikipedia)

Mount Vesuvio, that is situated not far from our house, is not so high, only 1281 m. On the photo from Wikipedia it is seen from satellite. Do you note the difference between these two satellite photos? No one house round the Fuji and only houses around Vesuvio. You hardly can find a piece of earth there.

Everybody knows that this vulcano has to erupt in the next years. Somebody says next 15 years more or less...
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Monday, 11 May 2009

News from the little town of Eagle, Alaska

Today finally feels like the first day of spring. Never mind that the season actually came almost two months ago...It was a long stretch of cool, often wintry weather between March 20 and today. At that, today is a lovely 55 degrees, and we couldn't be happier. The nicest thing about this in-betweeen weather is that it keeps the bugs at bay. The sunshine is warm and pleasant, but the shade is still fairly cool. But if it means the mosquitoes and flies aren't out yet, that's fine. And I can finally sit on the porch to blog. That's saying a lot!

The days have been incredibly filled since I last wrote. March seems like one big active blur: from the steady pace of the Winter Tracks weekend, to a quick trip to St. Cloud for a sister visit and a college visit, all the way to the end of the month when we took off and went to Arizona to visit relatives and the Grand Canyon---whew! If time allows, I hope to share stories here as I go along through the summer. We came back in mid-April, and I was naively hopeful that we had missed mud season. Not to be. The snow and melt cycle continued, and I remembered all the reasons why it is fun to travel to the southwest during that month!

But now it is May, and although it's not perfect, I'm perfectly happy. We've been open for the last two weekends, first with Gunflint Green Up, and now with the fishing opener. The weekend has been a busy time for the fishermen and women. We've been hearing good things about walleye and bass and northern, and even a report or two on the trout. As I've mentioned before, those are our favorite. We're happy that folks are finding some fish out there.

The real story that I wanted to relate today, though, is not about Gunflint Lake. It has to do with the small Alaska town of Eagle. Many of you know that Greg's mom, Sharlene, and her husband Jim, have a cabin in Eagle. The town is located on the eastern straight-line border of Alaska, right on the Yukon River. Sharlene has been enjoying the opportunity to visit Eagle every year since the early 90's, as she says it reminds her of Grand Marais forty years ago. She usually spends about three months a year up there.

Unfortunately, Eagle has not being faring well this past week. In the course of the break up of the Yukon River, massive flooding occurred in town, mostly along the main street that generally sits well high above the river bed. The place that Jim and Shar own is about a mile uphill from the town center, so they have been safe. But many of their friends, and the community as a whole, have been deeply affected.

The first wave of flooding came about a week ago. Along with the water rising came huge chunks of river ice, which washed up on the banks and literally surrounded cabins, the store, motel, cafe and some historic properties. People had to evacuate in the middle of the night, and over the course of the week, the water rose and fell a few times. In washed more ice chunks. The photos in the Fairbanks News Miner are incredible. I will include a link later in this post.

By the latter part of the week, the ice jams had broken up and the water was running freely. The danger of continued flooding was over. But left behind were scores of ice chunks and blocks, some as many as twenty feet high. Eagle is very far north. It takes a while for the day to warm up there. This means that some of these ice chunks will be hanging around until well into July. The other unfortunate side of the coin is that winter returns there much sooner than in these parts. The townsfolk know that they must prepare now, even though the last winter has barely finished. It's going to be a tough road ahead.

That's the capsule version of the events. There is lots to read and see in the Fairbanks newspaper. Go to for a gallery of photos. For the news articles, do a search at and you will find the stories.

Sharlene and I spoke last night again, and she says that things are moving forward as best can be expected. I can't help but be reminded of our own disaster two years ago, when the Ham Lake Fire roared through our area. Interestingly, it was two years to the day for the flooding event. In 2007, Shar and Jim had just arrived back in Eagle, when they learned of the fire. They were glued to the phone and the internet, looking for any updates they could find. Now here we were, in the opposite position, scouring the 'net, and recognizing friends and buildings in the photos we were finding. It's tough to be in that spot, watching. The sense of wanting to be there, to help in anyway we can, is such a strong one.

For Robert, that sense has such a pull that it turns in to action. Two years ago, he could no longer stand it. He called Greg and said, "I can be on a plane in two hours. I'll be there tomorrow." Greg replied, "You better get to the airport." In this case, Robert was already in Fairbanks, with plans to leave for Eagle later in the week. He planned to return to his summer job, doing maintenance for the Yukon-Charley River Preserve, an entity of the National Park Service. But first, he needed to be there early to assist in any way he was asked.

The response to the disaster has been phenomenal. I like to think that it is always this way, based on my experience here in Cook County. It was incredible the way the whole community came out to help us all during the Ham Lake evacuation. Listening to Shar, and reading the articles indicates to me that Eagle is very similar. The evacuation center is at the school in town. Meals are a community effort, with Sharlene, and Dana (a friend of Addie's) and Amanda (Robert's girlfriend, and also a friend of Addie's), amidst many other neighbors, taking their turns at cooking. Plane loads of donated supplies are coming in daily (as weather allows) from Fairbanks. Buildings are off of foundations; some even ended up in the river, headed to the Bering Sea. But folks are hanging in there, doing what they can to make things better.

One of the things that Robert and Amanda did was to rescue a little critter. They were walking around town the end of last week, surveying the damage and taking pictures. They came to a block of river ice that was about twenty feet high. Robert retrieved his ice climbing gear and made it to the top of the block. Up there, he could see the remnants of someone's roof, imbedded in the ice. Then he heard a sound, and low and behold found a cat in the insulation of the roofing. He was able to free the cat, and bring it down to Amanda. The poor little thing was plenty dirty, so they cleaned it up, and later were able to reunite it with a very grateful owner. Even little acts of kindness like this can mean so much at a time like this.

So that's the story for the day. Both Robert and Sharlene have been taking many photos, but neither has internet connection for the time being. Shar will be home in mid-June, so by then we will be able to see her pictures and hear more of the stories. In the meantime, please keep Eagle in your thoughts. It's a wonderful little town that needs all of the good wishes it can get right now.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Funny Joke

The other day I somehow came across a sort of random blog called "Jewtah"... which is a great name, by the way. It really is about a Jewish woman in Utah.

In any case, there was a pretty funny joke in one of the posts, and I thought I'd pass it on for a bit of Friday fun:

Two guys are sitting in a bar, having a few drinks. One guy says to the other, �Ever since you left for college, I�ve been doing your mom four times a week.�

The other guy says, �Dad, are you drunk?�

Up Before Sunrise

Jack's Bait & Tackle, City Island 5:13 AM, April 2009

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Springtime On The Connecticut River

Ida May Oyster Boat

The next project for the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center is the restoration of the 1925 oyster boat Ida May. She was donated by the Frank M Flower & Sons Inc shellfish company. The Waterfront Center hopes to restore her through donations, grants, and volunteer efforts as they did with the oyster sloop Christeen. The boat is presently located on the grounds of the Waterfront Center, just east of the main building.

Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot: Ida May To Undergo Restoration
Newsday: 1887 Frank M Flower Company Founded
SOUNDBOUNDER: Oyster Sloop Christeen

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Gorges de Toul Goulic

A large group enjoyed sunny weather for a walk in the Gorges de Toul Goulic, through woods teeming with wild flowers and bird song. Afterwards we went up to the barrage and then to St- Antoine where we had a very warm welcome from the owners of the chanvri�re, refreshments and the chance to buy products made from hemp in the shop - some beautiful clothes, oils, chocolate, soaps and fabric. They also opened the chapel for viewing and gave us a demonstration of how the fibres of hemp are obtained. Highly recommended visit as part of a day out, maybe combined with a picnic at the near-by reservoir and a visit to the church at Lanrivain.

Spring Commissioning

Old Saybrook, April 2009

Saybrook Point

Years ago when I was about 7 or 8 years old, we stopped at Saybrook Point for lunch during some extended road trip along Interstate-95. One of the small buildings here served fried seafood and steamed clams on a picnic table patio. They must have had good prices because my parents let all of us kids order whatever we wanted. I ordered the fried clams.
Previously, the only fried clams I had eaten were the clam strips offered on the childrens menu of all the Howard Johnsons that once lined the turnpike. When my order of whole-belly clams arrived, I was more than a little surprised. In typical 8 year old fashion, I spent about five minutes playing around with each clam, never quite sure when to stop chewing and finally swallow. When no one was looking, I tossed a few half-chewed lumps to the gulls. Eventually my father moved in and finished my plate.
The clam shack is now gone; replaced by some overpriced, upscale, tourist trap selling frozen shrimp with views of the river. There are some exceptions, but I am usually skeptical today of many of the waterfront eateries. Too many of them are selling the same food that can be found in Omaha or Bakersfield. You pay for the view, and the fantasy that your meal arrived via the docks, rather than the interstate.
Saybrook Point offers an attractive view at the mouth of the Connecticut River. There are restrooms, benches, and a miniature golf course. There is also a building called The Pavillion that is used for town functions and is available for rent. This is a nice spot to watch the activity on the river.
As for the whole-belly clams,,,,....they are now the only type I will eat. No offense, Howard Johnson.

CT Coastal Access Guide: Saybrook Point

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

More Fake Bands

After my post a few days ago about my fake band Iffeldorf, I got a few more fake bands and albums from some friends. So, I decided to share them with everyone.

Here's the original that got me started from the band, Osnat Elkabir, fronted by my friend --and bandmate from another side project, Faded Sky Gods-- Annie. The album is called "statesmen and philosophers and divines":

Next up on the list is my friend Bus Drivin' Krista, who probably doesn't even drive buses anymore (but to be totally accurate, I don't either). Her group is called Heronina, and their newest album is entitled "For he shall never be disappointed." You can see the album cover below (the name of the group and album is only written on the spine of the CD case, of course:

It's definitely a solid effort, and after the whole band's group stint in rehab, the lyrics are less Emo, surprisingly, yet still life-affirming.

Next, we've got a married couple, my friends Dustin and Samantha. They have worked together on albums in the past, but they've decided to pursue solo careers to expand their own personal musical horizons a bit more. Rumor has it that Dustin was wanting to take the group in a more ABBA-pop direction, but Sam wanted to stick closer to their original thrash-metal roots. So from Sam's venture Downsouth, we get her debut solo album:

Powerful stuff. Speaking of powerful, Dustin's album cover picture is powerful... powerfully depressing. I give you Clozapine's debut, "First Requisite to Great Undertakings":

He says it's supposedly "medicine rock," but to me it just sounds like Counting Crows, but with an extra keyboard.

In any case, thanks for the submissions, guys! Happy fake listening!