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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Train of Love is a coming, big black wheel's a hummin'...



One year for Christmas, my mom & pop bought me this Karate Kid house because I was a huge fan of the movie. I'm quite sure I asked for it, since for a while I would run around the house doing that stupid karate kick that Ralph Machio did where he'd hold his hands & one leg up in the air until he was ready to kick. The house, of course, was a piece of junk, & none of the stuff from it worked. We took it back to the store, & instead got a toy train set, which turned out to be one of the best Christmas presents I'd ever received. Setting up the train set was one of many things my old man & I used to love doing together along with playing basketball, baseball, ping-pong, watching the Three Stooges, & going to Bud's. A couple of years later, Oma & Opa gave my dad his toy train set from when he was a kid & we bought several new cars for it & set up the tracks every Christmas. He still sets it up for the grandkids, but I think he likes playing with it just as much (I know I do) as they do.

Why do I bring this up, you ask? I just saw this clip on the you tube about Neil Young & the train set he set up for his disabled son. Watch it, if you can. Many of you know Neil Young only by his nasal voice & controversial songs, but this clip is incredibly touching.

I've never been on a train. I could hear the train go by from my house in Waltz & on Valley, but I've never been on one. Maybe I'll make that one of my goals for the second half of 2007.

Five Favorite Songs of the Day

Train of Love-Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash Tribute 1999 (song by Johnny Cash)


Hate it Here-Wilco, Sky Blue Sky

Heart of Gold-Neil Young, Massey Hall 1971

Honest With Me-Bob Dylan, Philadelphia 2002

Beast for Thee-Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Superwolf

Happy Wednesday, friends. Happy Birthday, Savvy.

andrew

6 comments:

Christie said...

Hmm, the clip is of Neil singing Heart of Gold... I didnt see anything about a train set? Maybe next Christmas I will have to see your dad's train set, Im not sure I did last Christmas.

Pam said...

A train trip sounds like fun! I think that the Polar Express runs somewhere in your neck of the woods. Does Amtrak run from Grand Rapids to Chicago? That would be a fun adventure, too.

Joyce said...

Get on a train.

Heidi said...

The Polar Express?

Pam said...

I remember Krista saying that they went on the train that was used as the model in the Polar Express movie. And it seems like it was in the western part of the state somewhere.

andrew! said...

Sorry, the clip is fixed. Heart of Gold works, too.

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