Home Is Where You Make It
|My Chrysler Town and Country Van at a scenic pull off on the Trans-Canada|
Hwy in Glacier National Park British Columbia
I'll be inserting some vacation photos in upcoming blog posts, but in all honesty I'm bad at taking pictures. When I'm having a good time I tend to get wrapped up in living and forget about capturing those moments for posterity. In other words there won't be many photos and they probably won't be all that good. My wife took the photo below of me standing in front of the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Ontario where we stopped in to see the changing of the guard. I shot some video of that, but I won't bore you with that here. Instead I'll bore you with this picture of me wearing my Panama hat as we awaited the ceremony on our last day in Canada.
|Arlee Bird in Ottawa, Ontario awaiting the Changing of the Guard Ceremony|
In all we spent seven days (and six nights) in Canada. It was a great adventure that passed far too quickly. We've decided that we want to do something similar again and see more sights and hopefully at a more leisurely pace. So much to see and so little time!
That's not to mention the great United States which we still have so much more to visit. This trip incorporated over 9000 miles of driving in 33 days. We spent a lot of that time visiting in New Jersey and Tennessee so it's not like we were always in our van driving.
I'd better be careful writing these posts. I'm already missing the road life. Home in my house is nice, but I can make myself feel at home just about anywhere I go as long as the company is good and the comfort level is passable. Home might be where my heart is as the old saying goes, but home can also be wherever I make it.
Battle of the Bands Results
My Battle of the Bands round this time was with versions of "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" by Anita O'Day and Julie London. In all, this was a pretty evenly matched pairing that could have probably gone either way with most of the voters. That's how it was for me at least.
I went back and forth with these two renditions and changed my inclination in voting a few times. In the end though I decided on Julie London's faster paced version. If I could have used it I would have voted for the melancholy Frank Sinatra/June Hutton version, but apparently it may not have been available for viewing in all countries.
Maybe it seems incongruent that I would end up voting for a faster paced version, but to me the London version seemed cleaner, musically sharper. The arrangements of both versions were very similar other than tempo. O'Day's version is fantastic, but London's version had the greater appeal for me. The majority of voters saw it otherwise.
Final Vote Tally:
Anita O'Day 16
Julie London 11
Next Battle on September 1st!
The Battle on Thursday of next week will be quite different than the one I just did, but in a type of music that I've used before and one that I enjoy a great deal. Some might find the song a bit strange, but I hope you'll still play along and maybe expand you musical horizons in doing so. It's a rather sensual song that won music awards, hit the charts, and received extensive radio play in 2000 though it's likely a song most of my readers have never heard of. Be sure to check it out on September 1st.
Are you able to make yourself at home just about anywhere you go? Have you traveled the Trans-Canada Highway? How would you feel about selling your home and living on the road?