Pic of the Day: June 20, 2016 (Special ‘My Buddy Louise’ Edition)

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I had to say goodbye to my buddy Louise a few weeks ago.  Above is how I’d see her first thing in the morning – and below is her telling me that she’d helped me enough with research for one day.

Unlike the Pulse victims, she got to go peacefully at a ripe old age (a few months past her tenth birthday.)

Pic of the Day: May 12, 2016 (Special ‘Sometimes You’re the Early Bird, Sometimes You’re the Worm’ Edition)

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Out behind the right field scoreboard at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, during the matinee game between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Burlington Bees on Monday.

The Bees got trounced fairly soundly – but not quite as bad as the worm eventually did.

Pic of the Day: March 29, 2015 (Special ‘In Memoriam’ Edition)

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Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez, pitching for the Clinton Lumberkings against the Great Lakes Loons, at Clinton, on July 22, 2013.

He died yesterday, aged 20, from injuries sustained in a boating accident earlier in the year.

Pic of the Day: Feb. 7, 2015 (Special ‘Snowpugs!’ Edition)

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Louise (in the lead) and Lily (following), out in the front yard, seven winters ago.

Pic of the Day: Jan. 19, 2015 (Special ‘Some Days You’re the Eagle, Some Days You’re the Fish’ Edition)

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Near the Lock & Dam along the Mississippi River below Leclaire, Iowa, this past Saturday afternoon.

Pix of the Day: Dec. 31, 2014 (Special ‘It Was Twenty Years Ago Tonight’ Edition)

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Rarely do I have cause to say much about country music here (well, at least country music produced after 1980.)

This is an exception.

Pictured above is Doug Supernaw, a guy who had a few hits in the early 1990s and, from what I’ve read, has been plagued in recent years with mental health issues.

On New Year’s Eve 1994, however, he and his band were tapped to be the postgame entertainment following the hockey game between the (now defunct, but then brand new) Houston Aeros and the Chicago Wolves at Houston’s Summit.

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Despite not having anything else to do from the end of the game until midnight, I was leery about hanging around for the concert because, well, the prospect of an arena full of drunk country fans on New Year’s Eve seemed a bit…

ummmmmm…

dangerous.

However, soon after he took the stage, Supernaw acknowledged something that I hadn’t taken into consideration: Despite being in Houston, it was a hockey game after all and there were probably almost as many people there who weren’t into country music as there were people who actually then knew what his hit records were.  So, he immediately assured everyone that he and the other musicians could play music other than 1990s country.

And they did.

Hip-hop was left out, but almost everything else from hard rock to Motown found its way into the act – and he even brought out one of the Aeros (I forget which, though I think he was a goalie) who had some music background to sit in on drums for a rendition of the Georgia Satellites’ “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” (it was the Aero’s choice; I do recall Supernaw snarking something to the effect of ‘You damn hockey players! All you know is rock!)  In short, try to imagine a (good) bar band playing to a diverse crowd of over 15,000.

All in all…

I’ve had worse New Year’s Eves.

Pic of the Day: Dec. 27, 2014 (Special ‘The Eyes Have It’ Edition)

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Stephon Thorne, of the Brampton Beast, prior to the game against the Quad City Mallards – won by the Mallards 4-3 – tonight at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.