We walked down to the junction this morning for coffee. It is crisp, cold, and beautiful. We are still bathed in fall sunlight, which is open, clear, sharp and soft all at the same time. Leaves continue to fall.
Yesterday was lovely. Because there has been no frost yet this year, I return from Terry's with fresh tomatoes, Cherokee and Chocolate Cherry. Now, there's a tomato treat.
We all agreed yesterday that Barack Obama is amazing, and he is a focal point for each of us to deal with our own "stuff," to cleanse, examine and work internally and externally for peace and solutions. I think we begin to recognize the need to unite to take responsibilty for ourselves and the nation and the world as a whole.
I still have the soft thud of pain in my mouth, like a little hammer, so I am pretending the elves are busily working at Santa's Workshop and Christmas joys and toys are being made at my happy little North Pole of a mouth.
This is from Writer's Almanac. We take our vast exposure to music for granted. Naturally, an expansion of accessibility to it began in San Francisco. Where else? :)
It was on this day in 1889 that the Jukebox made its debut at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. It was called a "nickel-in-the-slot player" and was built by the Pacific Phonograph Co. Later that year, jukeboxes were installed in other places around the city and on ferries that traveled back and forth across the bay between San Francisco and Oakland.
The jukebox consisted of an electric phonograph inside a free-standing oak cabinet. The technology for amplifiers hadn't been perfected yet, so there were headphones, which looked like stethoscopes. Up to four people could listen to a song at any given time. In 1927, the Automatic Musical Instruments Company introduced the first jukebox with amplifiers.
Jukeboxes changed the music business. Many early radio programs refused to play country, blues, or jazz, but jukeboxes made that music available in taverns, restaurants, and diners, and on Army bases. Eventually, country, blues, and jazz joined the music of Tin Pan Alley as pop music.