Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29th

It was 33 years ago today,
The preacher asked us what we say,
We've been married now for quite a while,
And our clothes from then went out of style

So let me say I love you dear,
To the girl I've know for all these years -

Ellen and Ralphie's Anniversary!



OK, so it's not gold, but it's from the heart...plus, it's early and I haven't had my coffee!


Ralphie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Taste Of Soquel


Thanks to all the planners, volunteers, musicians and restaurants who helped make this event a success.
Today we raised over $6000 for Second Harvest Food Bank!

For every dollar, they can provide 4 meals to the hungry in our community, many of them children!

Do the math…

No really, do the math…I’m not very good at math!

I think it comes out to a whole lotta meals!

That’s all I got

Ralphie

Spanks For The Memories


I found a bunch of notebooks from when I was 18. In these books there are some mindless and mindful ramblings. Reading these notebooks shows me how bi-polar, with OCD and ADHD rising, I was!...I am!...What I'm saying is, that I feel like I could have written some of it in the last few years!  

Also in these notebooks are some strange things that I drew, references to music and how soothing it was, and there are also the earliest references to Ralph Anybody. It’s the name that popped up a few times in some silly thing I was writing.


Now…I am Ralph Anybody!  


But how did I get here?


Or…am I really here at all?


Reading these notebooks has sent me on a spiral (much like the notebooks!) into a sea of nostalgia. And it’s not always a calm sea.


Right now I’m sitting here. I’m sitting here and my mind (what’s left of it!) begins to wander into those dark, dusty places called memories.  The places I’d prefer not to go. For my head strays not into the good memories, but into those down, sketchy memories which are hard to see clearly, yet are impossible to forget totally.


The grey coldness outside is a perfect reflection of those times, and it helps (not that I want it to) to bring those memories into focus. It has not happened in a long time…but now I am sitting here, trapped…trapped within my past.


I feel very depressed, and I’m not always sure why. I am unable to think clearly, but I must hide this fact from others and be, OK. I fidget a lot , I’m very nervous….

Now, or then?


Is this just the past that I’m remembering, or is it presently happening? My mind clears enough for me to realize that it is both!


I’m confused…my mind is racing and I can’t seem to make any sense of anything.  I must try to relax.


The sides of this slope are slippery, and my mind can’t grab hold. Smiles help, but memories are stronger, and they force me down.


It’s strange that the past can be stronger than the present.


And it will spank your brain!


Ralphie

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Don't Wanna Know



And I don't want to know about evil
Only want to know about love
I don't want to know about evil
Only want to know about love.

 

Sometimes it gets so hard to listen
Hard for me to use my eyes
And all around the cold is glistening
Making sure it keeps me down to size.

 

And I don't want to know about evil
Only want to know about love
I don't want to know one thing about evil
Only want to know about love.

 

I'm waiting for the planes to tumble
Waiting for the towns to fall
I'm waiting for the cities to crumble
Waiting till I see you crawl.

 

Yes it's getting hard to listen
Hard for us to use our eyes
Cause all around that gold is glistening
Making sure it keeps us hypnotized.

 

And I don't want to know about evil
I only want to know about love
I don't want to know about evil
Only want to know about love.

 

I don't want to know anything about evil
Only want to know about love
I don't want to know about evil
Only want to know about love. 


 Dr. John - I Don't Wanna Know

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bill's Toupee










 Noooo...I said I have bills to pay...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Every Day Was No Fun


I had my day in the sun
Then it rained every day
Every day was no fun
But things are looking up of late
Now I got my head on straight


I had my week in the news
But now I'm old news now
I'm not the news they choose
But things are looking up of late
Since I got my head on straight

You put that sugar in my cup
And that just stirred my spirits up
You took that monkey off my back
And now my train is back on track
Oh yeah!

I spent my year on the roof
Staring up at the stars
Wondering if I was from mars
But things are looking up of late
Now I got my head on straight

You put that sugar in my cup
And that just stirred my spirits up
You took that monkey off my back
And now my train is back on track
Oh yeah!

I lost it all in the crash
I lost everything
I lost all my cash
But things are looking up of late
Now I got my head on straight
But things are looking up of late
Now I got my head on straight


Friday, July 18, 2014

For Now...

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs.Brown
And things seem hard or tough
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft
And you feel that you've had quite enough

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the 'milky way'

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide

We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point
We go 'round every two hundred million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions 
In this amazing and expanding universe

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth