Goodbye to McDonald’s Playland

Escanaba’s McDonald’s located at 503 North Lincoln Road is getting what they call a facelift. They are tearing out the playland area today as it rains upon the town. Even the weather is upset that McDonald’s won’t have a play area for the kiddos anymore. They are wanting more sitting room but have forgotten the only reason they need the sitting room is for the parents who have small children whose only reason for going to McDonald’s is the play area. It is a sad reality for many today as we watch the workers hauling the play equipment off to the garbage. I feel really bad for all the kids. It is a sad, sad day.

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I did find some uplifting news for you all on Facebook. It is mainly cat related except for the bear. What great news for this bear cub. I wish more people had compassion for other beings on this planet.

10 Healthiest ‘People Foods’ You Should Be Feeding Your Cat

http://honesttopaws.com/cat-possum/?as=5EH1

Hen With Motherly Instincts Sits On An Abandoned Kitten To Keep Him Warm

The Cat Handshake: How To Introduce Yourself To A New Cat

Hiker finds ‘almost lifeless’ baby bear, uses mouth-to-mouth to help save it

I still love watching The Simpson’s and I remember watching the Tracy Ullman show just to catch the latest episode of this zany family. It has been 30 years of watching the same family cartoon!

The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Ago

Some sad news in today and this is the stuff I usually stick on tumblr for conspiracies. There are political articles here too. Nice that Trump gave his salary to the Park Service! Never seen a President do that before. Another first from President Trump that I have never seen in my lifetime. Although, I still say down with Betsy but that is a Michigan thing. Some hate her here and others love her but to me, she knows nothing about education and is not qualified to do this job.

Man calls 911 with vague details of shooting, opens fire on responding deputies in ambush

UPDATE: Jacobs fails to enter plea for second time

Massive explosion, fire at house in New Hampshire just after officers arrived

Snyder signs law shielding records until contract announced

Trump donates first 3 months of salary to Park Service

Betsy DeVos’ latest attack on people with student loans will make your blood boil

More news later folks. I will write to you all again soon. Have a marvelous day!

 

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Another Day Away From Facebook

Yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to post anything. It was the last day of school for my girls as in they are now on SPRING BREAK!

I did find some very interesting news on facebook today. I am just staying away from writing my status reports there but not completely away. I need to know what my friends and family are doing.

If ’70s Moms Had Blogs …

If Your Coffee Table Doesn’t Chill Your Beer, What’s the Point?

3 Signs Someone is Lying to You, Courtesy of a Former FBI Agent

We are getting put on the map lately with Peanut. The latest on that case is here.

Praise continues for canine hero who saved girl

Now I just focus on work for a week and hopefully, getting some direction on these Miss Nose stories. I have a new portion brewing for the Paranormal, Miss Nose and I am working on three more stories for her, my novel, and some articles for my other blog. I am working on some crime essays dealing with forensics as well. I am drinking weak coffee at the moment since I am so out of coffee and in dire need of going to the store. But it is spring break and I am being lazy. Maybe if I remember, I will get to the store and buy some.

I am writing the Reiki and health articles for my blog KWP Money Reiki. I am going to post all those massage articles there. Any nutrition or aromatherapy I write about will go there. I am trying to make those articles really shine. They have to be great. I want them posted well enough that I can put them in the spa’s newsletter for my clients. It means a ton of research and even asking my clients questions about their experiences. I am offering meditation classes now as well as teaching couples how to massage one another.

I have a few crime articles I am researching. I have been really looking at all the Nicole Brown Simpson photos. Really interesting once you know forensics. You can see the mistakes the officers made that day without even knowing.  The other one I keep going back to is White Boy Rick. Why is this poor boy still in prison?

I am further on Foxy. I haven’t really researched to see if someone has a pattern for him so I have been making him on my own. He isn’t perfect. I am making his arms right now and his tail. That is what is left of him. I am still trying to figure out his hook. Maybe I can use pipe cleaner? I like to do my crocheting without added items but still. I could just make a candy cane and that would work. You see in amigurumi, you can make a strawberry with the same pattern as any other item like a ball or turtle. When I first start out any project the beginning always reminds me of a turtle shell.

Here are some pictures of my progress for you all.

 

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Once I put on his head, this is what he will look like

 

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A close up of the head and body

 

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The muzzle isn’t the best. I should have made it bigger.
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I put a lot of teeth on the bottom. I am seeing my design flaws.

 

 

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A very close up of the head. I have this completely done.

 

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I am thinking I need more for the feet but I am not really familiar with Foxy which makes me uncertain.

I need to get back to writing. I am looking for some freelance writing gigs as well. I love coffee and thought, hey I could write about coffee. I love crime and I can write about that too. I find it unfortunate that our newspapers are going away. They are being outsourced by the world wide web and television. I have a ton to do today. This means I gotta go! Write back soon.

 

We need a President who will boldly go where no President has gone before

As you all know, I have been following around Presidential Nominee Pepper. Pepper is the first bird to ever be nominated for President! Pepper has been working hard. He is hitting animal shelters, prisons, and the homeless. He is going where no Presidential candidate has ever gone and speaking to people no Presidential candidate has spoken to before. He hears their pleads and concerns and has based his campaign on them. He recently wrote this campaign speech and I hope you all enjoy it as much as the rest of us have! He has also chosen Chong as his Vice President to run with.

PEPPER CHONG

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As I sit back and watch all the political hype between the news and social media, I am struck with what the Law of Attraction would call a vision moment. I have a vision of a President. I see a President that can fulfill what no other President could before. I have a list of needs this President and any politician should be ready and able to make so.

Here is my list:

  1. NOT a career politician. I find that many politician’s make a career out of running and they keep giving themselves raises. They are not in tune with what real life is. They don’t have to worry about eating or where they live. It is all given to them and with the salary they give themselves, they can enjoy the good life. No politician should be allowed to get rich on the back of the poor.
  2. Business man. Yes, definitely should be someone who knows how to run a business since part of what our country is, is a business
  3. Small business experience. Why? Because this way our politician will be interested in helping people create jobs for our citizens.
  4. Knows taxes and payroll. I know this sounds funny, but think about it a minute. This person is helping to create tax laws which will affect payroll and what is taken out of your check each time you get paid. I want someone who knows this and has experienced this as part of his/her daily life. This is a possible hardship to all Americans and should be looked at whenever you go to vote for a politician.
  5. Can budget. Come on this is big even for a CEO of a company. Look at what we owe. Trillions of dollars and it keeps growing in the negative. Would you let your school or business do this? No. So why should our government be allowed to. Social Security was set up as a pension plan for those who don’t have one and I, for one, would love to see it go back to that and not use to give some politician a golfing vacation.
  6. Foreign affairs. It would be great if all had this but really, not many do. Even career politicians don’t have this. What I mean is, someone who has done business, negotiated with, and knows the culture of each country. When you think about our trade agreements and our goods/services being fairly distributed throughout the world, we need someone who knows and can get this done.
  7. Military experience – Folks, we have to remember that the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the military. We need someone who understands and knows how to command the military during the time of peace and the time of war. We need someone with a head on their shoulders who knows that war isn’t always the first or right step. We need a skilled negotiator that can control a situation before sending in the swat team.
  8. Won’t allow lobbyists sorry companies but I think my rights should trump your right to push an unwanted item like a cancer causing vaccine (HPV) on my kids or me. It is time we get the lobbyists out of Washington and start really working for the people of this country.
  9. Will work for animal rights.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME! HOW MANY OF THE VIDEOS HAVE YOU SEEN WHERE A WORKER AT BUTTERBALL HAS RAPED A TURKEY OR A COW IS BEATEN, RAPED, AND TORTURED BEFORE BEING BEHEADED! THIS IS NUMBER ONE ON MY LIST. IF SOMEONE ISN’T AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST, I DON’T WANT YOU IN OFFICE. I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR DEBATE THINKING AN ANIMAL DOESN’T KNOW EMOTIONS OR FEEL. THEY DO! THEY HAVE A NERVOUS SYSTEM JUST LIKE YOU DO. THEY HAVE RED BLOOD JUST LIKE YOU DO. THEY EXPERIENCE LIFE JUST LIKE YOU DO! JUST BECAUSE A TREE BLEEDS SAP DOESN’T MEAN IT DOESN’T BLEED. SAP IS THE TREE’S BLOOD. SO BEFORE YOU GO BANGING STICKS ON A TREE, REMEMBER THAT! A TREE HAS ROOTS. IT FEEDS, DRINKS, AND FEELS FROM ITS ROOTS. WE ARE IN A RACE WAR NOT ONLY WITH OUR OWN HUMAN RACE BUT WITH EVERY LIVING RACE OF SENTIENT BEINGS ON THIS PLANET. WE ARE THE PROBLEM. WE ARE THE DESTROYERS. ANIMALS HUNT TO EAT. HUMANS HUNT FOR SPORT AND TO HANG A HEAD ON THE WALL. ANIMALS KILL THE WEAK SO THEY WON’T GET HUNTED DOWN AND KILLED BY THE ENEMY. WE KILL BECAUSE WE LIKE THE FEELING. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SERIAL MURDERERS BECAUSE THEY LOVE THE FEELING OF KILLING. WE ARE THE PROBLEM WITH THIS PLANET NOT THE OTHER SENTIENT BEINGS, BUT US. Now I will get off my soap box about this but I want a President and Congress with the Supreme Court to really know, this is important, and it needs to be addressed properly. I want to see our Congress and President behind us in the NO KILL SHELTER movement. I think this would be wonderful to see, our President and Congress volunteering at animal shelters and giving back to communities even by serving in soup kitchens. I never see a politician go to animal shelters, prisons, or to homeless shelters when they are campaigning.
  10. Can enforce laws against any type of abuse to human, animals, plants, or water sentient lifeforms. This goes along with number 9. Nothing, I mean NOTHING, on this planet deserves to be tortured for anyone amusement. Just because humans think they are better doesn’t mean they are. Humans are destructive. Humans are mean. Humans need to get back to being peacemakers and lovers. We need to get back to respect. IF we need laws to remind people of that, then we need them. Common sense should prevail but sometimes it never does which is why we have laws that seem so comical. It is because people have forgotten common sense and humanity.
  11. Felonies. Yes we all know people who have them and some for really good reasons. But I don’t think this should be an excuse to take away your right to vote for life nor your Second Amendment rights for life. Now, hear me out. Look at all the felonies we have in this country. Is it fair that someone who commits fraud should no longer own a gun or vote? I can understand if you go in with a pistol and shoot up a 7Eleven, then I think you shouldn’t be allowed your weapon for a while but still, you should be allowed to vote. I think for Second Amendment rights it should be by the crime and once you have done your time, you should be on a list for like 7 or 10 years and if you don’t do any more crimes after that, then your right should be reinstated. We hold judgment over people even after prison which is wrong. Would you hold that same judgment on your child who just got out of time out? No. You move on and if they keep repeating the pattern you do your best to change the behavior. This is the same with prison. Some people never learn and we know this. But others do, and I think they should be given the respect they deserve. If you think about all our laws and you think about all the things that could make you a felon, then you will see what I am talking about. You could someday be in the same situation, wouldn’t you want dignity and respect once you came out? Wouldn’t you want your right to vote or have a firearm? We all would and we all should.
  12. Will work for us. Yes, for us. They are our representative in Congress or as President. We need someone who will listen. Now I understand that they need to go by what the majority of Americans want but not everyone wants the same thing. I want a President who can compromise enough to give us all what we deserve. We need a President who will look at the needs of the all and fulfill that knowing it will give everyone the opportunity they deserve in life.
  13. Will find ways to make all businesses pay a living wage in all countries. You want the truth in why your jobs are going to other countries. Here it is. Those countries pay their workers a dollar a week and force them to live at the job to make money. If the whole world made a law stating everyone makes the exact same wage, with the same benefits, and the same hours to work, then we will see less moving of factories to other countries and more people living life as they should. It could be the one move that could end world hunger.
  14. Will stand by our Ambassadors and citizens abroad. There are so many examples I could give you but I think you all know. We need someone who can send in lawyers, who can get our citizens out, or can provide healthcare when in need.
  15. Will allow immigrants who come through proper channels and will return those who come in illegally. I have no issues with anyone who is an immigrant, but I don’t think you should be allowed to stay illegally. If you want to stay, then I think you need to apply for citizenship or an extended visa. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to stay in a country illegally. No other country allows this, why should we? It isn’t about race or being an immigrant, it is about how you got here. I think this is our one saving grace if we want to stop human trafficking on this planet as well. We need all countries on board with this.
  16. Isn’t interested in hiding information from Americans but is willing to be honest and truthful about facts. I think this says it all. Look at the lies and cover ups we all keep denying is happening this election year. Trump may not be all that mature, but at least he didn’t steal from the White House nor lied about something happening when he knew it happened. He doesn’t hide his bankruptcies but has used them as learning experiences. I wish we could say the same about all our politicians.
  17. Willing to fight injustices and make a more loving, peaceful planet that is safe and abundant for all. This some will say is a fantasy, but I say it can happen. We can make a better planet if we all work together and set aside petty ideals. We all want the same thing. We all want a roof over our head, our pets, food, clothes, and most of all love. We all want our families safe. We all want to enjoy our planet and its many pleasures without worrying about being blown up. We can do this. We must do this. We have to find ways to use less and live more. We can do this as a whole planet where no one goes hungry and everyone has. It can be done. We just all need to agree on it.
  18. Respect all. This is important folks. It really is. Do you really want someone in office that just cares about him or herself? Do you want someone there who is just in it for the money and perks? Don’t you want someone who is going to help create a society where everyone is equal and no one is abused not even a bug crawling on the ground. I know, some bugs deserve to die but if we are really honest with ourselves we know, that bug has a life and it deserves to live it. I just don’t believe it deserves to live if it is destroying a tree. To that tree, that bug is a parasite. Maybe we need a vaccine against bugs for the trees? But then, even that can cause cancer and we need less cancer on this planet and more life!

Miss Nose and the New Jersey Fire

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Miss Nose sitting around waiting for news. The latest is an old military base in New Jersey went up in flames. 5 Boroughs came to put out the fire. 11 acres with several of the warehouses sublet to various businesses. The police academy and fire fighters both use this area. School buses are located there. Explosions were heard and felt by near by homes. Several were evacuated. The fire is now contained but the conspiracy theorists are going wild!
Loves

Em

Miss Nose World News Report for January 10, 2016

We are all excited that no one won and now the jackpot is up to 1.3 billion dollars. Do you know how much cat nip we can buy with that? We can run our own cat nip business.

After a night of singing, ‘ I want to be a billionaire’ and catching mice, it was time for us all to sleep. We all passed right out.

As you can see the entire staff needed cat naps after finding out we didn’t win but will try again on Wednesday. The staff has already continued their singing of ‘I want to be a billionaire’. Let the party begin.

Loves

Miss Em

 

 

Miss Nose World News Report For January 9 2016

On tonight’s New Moon, we open with the world’s biggest jackpot for Powerball.  I hope you have all wrote out those abundance checks! With the jackpot being at 900 million, all the staff cats are running around singing, “I want to be a Billionaire so freaking bad!” That song hasn’t stopped playing. My ears are starting to hate said song and it is annoying me.

It is snowing like crazy here in the U.P. No idea how we will get to Lansing when we win the major jackpot. One of us is bound to win since the whole staff has gotten powerball fever!

I talked with a chanting group on Facebook. They picked numbers and all the members bought tickets with those numbers. They have meditating and chanting to Lakshmi and chanting Dr. Pillar’s Shreem Brzee for 1 mala a day. A mala is 108 times.

Well, I hope we win! Good luck to you all! I hope whomever wins helps us animals! May the Universe bless you all!

Loves

Miss Em!

Christmas In The Village

Aunt Di wasn’t at the Village this year. She has been diagnosed with White Matter Disease. White Matter Disease causes strokes, dementia, and cognitive damage. Aunt Di can no longer drive and the tremors are getting worse.  We went anyway.  Santa was everywhere and the Village was decorated for the Christmas season. Yule all around us with even horse buggy rides. This year the event was on December 4  and the 5. If you ever get a chance to get to our end of the woods, this is one of the best things you can do with your family. They had popcorn, hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies, chestnuts, and so much more. All the people were there selling their soap, candles, grain, rocks, and various other items. The cook shack was open and all the cookies were .50 cents. The ice cream shop was open and had some ice cream in it. Everyone was keeping warm with wood stoves and electric fireplaces. It was a great time for all. Santa was there as well enjoying cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He was taking pictures with the kiddos and taking down their lists of what they want.

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Santa is watching and keeping the baby company.
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Darryl Sarasin is keeper of the cookies and chestnuts that were roasted. He was cutting them open for people as well.
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People were lined up for the horse and buggy ride.
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Tractor rides are another big attraction at the Village.
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The ice cream shop, grainery, and general store all lit up in seasonal lights.
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The candle shop, ice cream shop, and the medical clinic.
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The rock shop, candle shop and kettle corn popcorn stand.
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The art shop, and saw mill
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The cook shack
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At the center of it all is the gazebo.
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Inside the General Store lays a cat sleeping on a wood stove. *not a real cat*
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Santa was here giving out snacks to the kids, taking pictures, and getting gift ideas for the Yule gift exchange.
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Santa told the youngest she gets to be naughty more than her sister so guess who got to have a naughty moment with Santa!

 

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful and since we no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

And that is what is happening now (or this past weekend). See you all soon love Em

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UP Steam and Gas Show

The UP Steam and Gas Show is having their 40th anniversary this weekend. The show started on Friday, September 4th with everyone setting up quickly for the show to open at Noon. We had helicopter rides this year on Saturday. It was $45 per person to take a short ride in the air. The Flea Market is going strong with plenty of antiques for sale plus some new items. Food vendors are out there looking for you to eat. The horse show is going on and the kids have pony rides at the Beef Barn.

I have a few pictures here. I will get more tomorrow. Tomorrow is the last day of the Steam and Gas Show. Tickets are $5 for the day or $10 for a weekend wrist band. There is so much to do and see there. I got plenty of pictures of our ham radio building with the antique ham radios and telegraphs inside.

Hope to see you all tomorrow at the Show!

A Nothing Episode Titled Monday Madness With More of Da UP State Fair.

Today is a cold and rainy day on the farm. It smells of the rain. The plants love it but I want some sunshine and triple digits of heat. I get tired of the cold, damp feeling we have around here. It sinks into your bones. It is a great time to exercise though. Speaking of which, watch for my massage articles. I have a challenge coming up in September for my massage clients. I have already been testing the challenge. Each month you will be behind me but I have to test it make sure all the recipes work, that the exercise is doable, and write those articles. I am writing them and scheduling them for you to read. Join me in my challenge. I am trying to lose a few pounds myself. I am enjoying eating once again, but I have noticed that I am getting nauseous after eating. I guess my body is really used to that yogurt and soup diet. I am getting headaches as well after I eat. I really want you all to get in on the challenge and tell me how it is working for you. Watch for it beginning in September.

Sunday was the last day of our week long event. Sunday like Monday is a half day event for the State Fair. I got some pictures of the WOW ride, the petting zoo, and the Antique Village.  Friday we had a health fair at the fair. I got new grocery bags, well, canvas bags that they were handing out there. I like to use them for groceries when I go. They have bingo every day of the fair as well. It is a quarter for 3 cards.

The WOW (Walk On Water) ride. It costs $7 to get put in one of those balls and then walk on water.
The WOW (Walk On Water) ride. It costs $7 to get put in one of those balls and then walk on water.
Here you can see someone getting the ball inflated around them.
Here you can see someone getting the ball inflated around them.
This camel wouldn't turn his head any other way but that way.
This camel wouldn’t turn his head any other way but that way.
Still won't turn his head.
Still won’t turn his head.
This camel wouldn't look at me at all. Just kept his back to me the whole time.
This camel wouldn’t look at me at all. Just kept his back to me the whole time.
Baby kangaroos all sleeping.
Baby kangaroos all sleeping.
A baby Joey. So cute. I was able to pet this one until someone else came up to look. Then it hopped back there.
A baby Joey. So cute. I was able to pet this one until someone else came up to look. Then it hopped back there.
Munch, munch, munch goes the turtle.
Munch, munch, munch goes the turtle.
The general store and ice cream shoppe at the Antique Village.
The general store and ice cream shoppe at the Antique Village.
The Cook Shack at the Antique Village is the best place to eat when you come to the fair.
The Cook Shack at the Antique Village is the best place to eat when you come to the fair.

I am working on part 3 of the Katie story and I am working on 2 other stories as well. I am still working on my book. That is going to take me forever to complete. But I keep working on it. I am getting those posts done for blogging 101 that are directed at your readers. I still need to visit 5 blogs and tell them good bye. 😦

May your egg shells be hard. May your plants grow large.

The day the music died!

When I was 15 years old something grand happened in my town of Escanaba, Steve and Sue Seymour opened a record store they named the Record Rack! This was the best thing EVER in da 1980’s. I know every generation thinks theirs is the best but ours was the first to really get the newer ideas like the Record Rack. The alternative was Woolworths and Shopko. Where you could get some awesome deals by the way, but it didn’t have the same atmosphere as the Record Rack had. There was just something about walking in the door, hearing music play, and looking through the album selections while wearing your fedora hat and your shoulder pads. Our hair was ratted with Aqua Net and no one cared if you smoked cigarettes in the store. This was our time. The best time in history and it was made even greater by the introduction of the Record Rack! This shaped my whole teenage years. This made my life worth living. This gave me something I couldn’t have at a time when it wasn’t readily available. Come on! This is a time before the internet was popular, only the rich had cell phones, and a time when the best thing you could own was a walkman!

My friends and I hustled to get a look and were amazed by all the vinyl they had! What an amazing concept. We so needed this in my generation. It was hard to find certain bands at Shopko. Here we could get Duran Duran, WHAM!, Dire Straits, A-Ha, Motley Crue, and so much more like Jazz records, man.

The Record Rack became a teenager’s hangout where the music flowed and you were able to find anything your heart desired on cassette tape or vinyl record. There is nothing like the sound of 33 1/3 rpm record playing in its scratchy sound. That was what our albums were 33 1/3. Our 45’s, as we called them, were for a single song! We even had 12” singles that were the longer versions of a single song.

They were the best people ever! They could order us those rare albums from Canada and the UK. I had found out that Duran Duran had an album that only was made for England, the Seymour’s ordered it for me and within 2 weeks, I got the call. There was that special album that was only released in the UK. Oh my joy! The excitement of hearing a different version of an album! That is what makes your day as a teenager.

My friend Amy had heard of a band from Canada called Platinum Blonde. You betcha, the Seymours obtained three of their albums for Amy. We went back to her house and listened like mad men to their songs! The three albums were, Standing in the Dark, Alien Shores, and Contact. She even bought Edie Brickell & New Bohemians album from there. Now you want to talk about a sound. That is one great band!

My friend Dave, who has always wanted to be my boyfriend, bought me an album there and brought it over to my cousin Bobbi’s house. Bobbi even said it was my favorite band and I would love it.

I loved it. I couldn’t wait to get money. Everything I earned would go to a new album and I bought it at the Record Rack. On July 25, 2015, the Record Rack will be closing its doors forever. This is going to be a very sad day for all in Escanaba. This is a part of everyone’s fondest memories. We all wish Sue & Steve a wonderful retirement! I will forever be grateful to having the Record Rack and giving me the gift of music.