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    Hey Everyone! I’m back from camping. It was fun. I got to do small-boat-sailing, horseback riding, shoot .22’s, and do archery. Yeah, it was a Boy Scout camp and yes I’m a Boy Scout. Camp was incredibly crazy. We slept in tents (obviously) on wooden platforms. I shared a tent with my friend. At 11:00 PM (When everyone else was asleep) we would go and sneak into another tent with tent-mates which were 2 years older then us. There were 2 tents on a platform, and my friend would go into the one where there weren’t any people, and slowly slide himself under one side of the tent and into the other one, right under someone’s cot-sleepy thing. “Hellooooooo!” Lol, that was so funny when he did that…

    At the meals, we got to talking about crazy stuff. Like…….. SESAME STREET! Apparently the Cookie Monster has changed since I was little and watched Sesame Street. Back then, he was obsessed with cookies and that was all he ever ate. Now, he says “Cookies are a sometimes food!” WTF (What the flip 😉 ) Oh No! Beware of Healthy Choices Monster! Honestly. I know they want to encourage kids to eat food that isn’t a cookie, but still. A 3 year old is under parent supervision 99% of the time, right? So how could they eat just cookies? Seriously, just keep the name Cookie Monster! It made it interesting when I was 3! Cookie Monster was my favorite character when I was 3! Also, if they’re gonna change Cookie Monster’s Name, why not change that one guy who lives in a trash can? After all, wouldn’t it encourage kids to not live in a Trash Can?

    Now for some random Cookie Monster Stuff before I end this post.
    Cookie Monster Family Guy-Part 1

    Cookie Monster Family Guy-Part 2

    Cookie Monster isn’t so sure about the Internet

    Cookie Monster is not so sure about the Internet

    Cookie Monster is not so sure about the Internet


    Scott

    Hey

    Hey everyone just an update I’m going to be gone from this saturday (8-16)until next saturday (8-16). I will not have any access to any computer or internet 😦 But I get to go Horseback riding and sailing and shoot shotguns and .22s and more fun stuff like that! Bye! Also for people who read this post WAAAY later then they need to, this is in 2008 8)

    August, The Dentist, and Back to School September 2nd (I think…)

    Anyways I went to Blue Mounds State Park and went camping. It was really fun, there’s lots of bison and stuff. You can rent a kayak (Or a Canoe) and explore a stream thing which flows into a lake. I think it was $10 for half a day. There is rock climbing, a shallow beach, lots of bison, the park rangers are cool, and plus if you want there’s program things to learn about most of the stuff in the park in a fun way. One thing that happened to me probably won’t happen to you is that there was a missing cat poster in the office thing where you check in. Guess what. Me and my friend found the cat. It was an incredibly nice cat, so we found a ranger and he told us to put bring the cat to the office while he drove to the same place and told us to walk there with the cat. The ranger called the number, and the owner answered it. Everything seemed like it was going well, we would get the cat back to its owner and then go to bed. But, just as like having a C average means having the same grades as US President George Bush, there is a HUGE downside. Almost everyone hates Bush, and the owner of the cat is on her way……….. to Oregon. So we put the cat in the Woodshed where other people buy wood for their campfires because it’s illegal to bring your own firewood to a campfire because it spreads invasive bug species and stuff. So for one night and half the day the cat stayed in the Woodshed. It seems mean, and to me it was not easy. (It had water, so it wasn’t horrible, but still. I’m a cat person (Even though I still like dogs) and Here’s a pretty good explanation of one of the reasons why. Warning: Video swears a bit
    Part One
    Part Two
    After that, the cat stayed there all night, and we enjoyed the next day while one of the rangers came and is getting the cat back to the owner in Oregon. It’ll all work out, don’t worry.

    Anyways…. I had teeth pulled today 😦
    Yeah, it seems horrible. But this time it really wasn’t. Last time, I had to get 4 permanent teeth pulled because I have braces and my orthodontist says everything will get all messed up if I don’t get them pulled. This time, it was my last 2 baby teeth that were pulled. It was at a different place then last time so the procedure was really different. Listen to this song it’s cool 8) . It really didn’t hurt at all during the actual procedure. The tooth on my left was a little loose, and it came out incredibly easy. The 2nd one, well, you can guess it took 30 minutes to come out. With a baby tooth, it has roots that go into your gums, and the root dissolves and that’s how it becomes loose. The root on the left baby tooth was literally nothing, it didn’t have one. The root on the right tooth had half an inch of a root. Yes, I know, you’re probably disgusted about that, lol.

    Anyways, I go back to school on September 2nd (I think). My brother and sister are organizing lots of notebooks, folders, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and whatever. I’m not. All I need for Junior High is a 5 Subject Notebook and a Pencil, or, a trapper keeper. A 5 subject notebook is waaaaaay easier because you don’t have to carry anything, really. I don’t even need a backpack but I bring it just because I have about 2-3 pounds of paper in there from 7th Grade and I’m not excited to sort through it all. I’ll just keep it in there lol.

    Scott
    I’m gonna go watch the Olympics now…. My dad said Federer was losing but when I was watching it he was NOT!! 🙂

    The Ramones

    My favorite band! (Entire Report from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ramones)
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    They were formed in 1974 in Forest Hills, Queens, and New York. All the Band Members used stage names, with the last name “Ramone”, although none of them had any relation to each other. The performed 2,263 concerts, virtually touring nonstop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played their final show and disbanded. The band’s three founding members- Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone died within eight years of the breakup.

    The Ramones failed to achieve much commercial success during their years of recording and performing. Their only album to reach certified gold status in the U.S. was their compilation album Ramones Mania. Appreciation of the band has grown since the 1980s, and now it is common to see them on “all-time greatest” lists, such as Rolling Stone Magazine‘s list of 100 Greatest Artists of all-time, The Rolling Stone Magazine‘s list of 25 Greatest Live Albums of all-time, VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock list, and Mojo’s list of 100 Greatest Albums. In 2002, The Ramones were voted the second greatest Rock and Roll Band ever in Spin Magazine, trailing only the Beatles. On March 18, 2002, they were finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

    Pre-History

    Most of the members had been in various bands since the late 60s. Johnny and Tommy had both been in a high school garage band circa 1966-1967 known as the Tangerine Puppets, and Joey was in the short-lived early 1970s band Sniper. The initial version of the Ramones included Jeffrey Hyman on drums, John Cummings on guitar, and Douglas Colvin on bass and lead vocals. Colvin was the first the use the stage name Ramone, as he called himself Dee Dee Ramone. He was inspired by the fact that Paul McCartney(in his “Silver Beatles” days) used the pseudonym Paul Ramon. he convinced the other members that they should invent stage names like his, and call the band The Ramones. Hyman and Cummings would become Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone.

    1974-1979

    The Band held their rehearsals at a New York City Studio managed by a friend of the band, Thomas Erdeyli (a.k.a. Tommy Ramone) who would become the Band’s Manager, and Monte A. Melnick who would become the Band’s Tour Manager. Soon after the band was formed, Dee Dee realized that he could not sing and play bass at the same time, so Joey became the band’s lead vocalist. (Dee Dee would continue, however, to count off each song’s tempo with his signature rapid-fire shout of “1-2-3-4!”, listen for it in most of their songs!) Joey would also realize that he could not sing and play drums at the same time and left the position of drummer. While auditioning new drummers, manager Thomas Erdelyi would often take to the drums and demonstrate to auditioners how to play the songs. It became apparent that he was able to play the group’s songs better than anyone else, and he joined the band as drummer Tommy Ramone. Coincidental, huh?

    The band played their first concert on March 30, 1974, at Performance Studios in New York. The songs they played were very fast and very short; most clocked in at under two minutes. In the early 1970s, a new music scene emerged in New York when many bands started to play in clubs on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, such as Max’s Kansas City and most famously CBGB.

    After garnering considerable attention for their performances at CBGB’s, the group was signed to a recording contract in Autumn 1975 by Seymour Stein of Sire Records, whose wife Linda Stein had seen them play at CBGB’s and would later co-manage the band with Danny Fields. They soon recorded their debut album, Ramones on an extremely low budget, about $6,400. The band was plagued by hostile audience reactions outside of New York City. It wasn’t until they made a small tour of England that they began to see the fruits of their labor: a performance at The Roundhouse in London on July 4, 1976 (second-billed to the Flamin’ Groovies), which Linda Stein had organized, was a huge success. Their appearance galvanized the burgeoning UK punk rock scene, inspiring future punk stars, including members of The Clash, The Damned, and the Sex Pistols. The Flamin’ Groovies/Ramones double-bill was successfully reprised at The Roxy in Los Angeles the following month, which also inspired local Los Angeles musicians.

    On December 31, 1977, the Ramones recorded It’s Alive, a live concert double album, at the Rainbow Theatre, London, which was released in April 1979. The title is a reference to the 1974 horror movie of the same name. Their next two albums, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia were released in 1977. Dave Marsh wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine that Rocket to Russia was “the best American rock & roll of the year”. Both records were co-produced by Tony Bongiovi, the second cousin of Jon Bon Jovi. Tommy, tired of touring, left the band and was replaced by Mark Bell, who became Marky Ramone.
    In 1978 the band released their fourth album, and first with Marky, Road to Ruin. The album included some new sounds like acoustic guitar, several ballads, and songs over three minutes, but still failed to chart highly.

    1980-1989

    After the band’s movie debut in Roger Corman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979), the legendary producer Phil Spector became interested in the Ramones and produced their 1980 album End of the Century. During the recording sessions, Spector pulled a gun on Dee Dee, and forced him to repeatedly play a riff. The band would later consider this one of their “not-so-great” albums, crediting tensions between the producer and the artists. Johnny recalls that he was disappointed with the outcome of End of the Century. When asked in interviews, Johnny would indicate that he favored the band’s more aggressive punk material. (He also conveyed this feeling with the title and track selection of the post-breakup collection CD that he compiled: Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits.) In contrast, End of the Century material such as the syrupy, string-section laden Ronettes cover “Baby, I Love You” is entirely lacking the guitarist’s trademark “buzzsaw” sound

    After the band’s movie debut in Roger Corman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979), the legendary producer Phil Spector became interested in the Ramones and produced their 1980 album End of the Century. During the recording sessions, Spector pulled a gun on Dee Dee, and forced him to repeatedly play a riff.[20] The band would later consider this one of their “not-so-great” albums, crediting tensions between the producer and the artists. Johnny recalls that he was disappointed with the outcome of End of the Century. When asked in interviews, Johnny would indicate that he favored the band’s more aggressive punk material. (He also conveyed this feeling with the title and track selection of the post-breakup collection CD that he compiled: Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits.) In contrast, End of the Century material such as the syrupy, string-section laden Ronettes cover “Baby, I Love You” is entirely lacking the guitarist’s trademark “buzzsaw” sound.[21]

    In 1981 the Ramones released Pleasant Dreams, which continued the trend established by End of The Century of diluting the rawer punk sound showcased on the band’s initial four albums. Instead, slick production was again featured, this time provided by Graham Gouldman of UK pop act 10 cc. Johnny would contend in retrospect that this direction was a record company decision and represented a continued futile attempt to get airplay on American radio. On August 1 of that year, however, while promoting the album, they did become the first band to be interviewed on the newly formed cable video station MTV, which temporarily provided a more receptive outlet for the band’s music than FM. After the release of the 1983 Subterranean Jungle, Marky Ramone was fired from the band because of his alcoholism and was eventually replaced by Richard Reinhardt (under the name Richie Ramone). The first album the Ramones recorded with Richie was Too Tough to Die in 1984, produced by former drummer Tommy Ramone. The album was largely considered a return to form after the non-flattering pop-production techniques characterizing the previous three full-length releases. Some rock critics contend that it represents their final high quality album.

    In 1987, the band recorded their last album with Richie, Halfway to Sanity. Halfway to Sanity was the first collaboration with producer and former Shrapnel (another late 1970s NYC punk band) guitarist Daniel Rey. Richie left in August 1987, upset that after being in the band for five years, the other members would still not give him a share of the money they made selling t-shirts.
    Richie was replaced by Clem Burke (Elvis Ramone) from Blondie. According to Johnny, the shows with Burke were a disaster. He was fired after two shows because his drumming could not keep up with the rest of the band. Marky, now clean and sober, returned.
    Dee Dee Ramone left after 1989’s Brain Drain and was replaced by Christopher Joseph Ward (C.J. Ramone), who performed and recorded with the band until their break-up. However, Dee Dee did continue contributing to the music of the Ramones by lending his lyrics for use in later songs. Dee Dee left to pursue a brief solo career as a rapper, adopting the name Dee Dee King.

    1990-1996

    After 16 years at Sire Records, the band moved to new label Radioactive Records with their 1992 album Mondo Bizarro, which also reunited them with producer Ed Stasium. Mondo Bizarro was followed the next year with Acid Eaters, an album made entirely of cover songs.

    In 1993 the Ramones appeared on an episode of The Simpsons (“Rosebud”). They were booked to sing “Happy Birthday” at Mr. Burns’s birthday party, where they showed their distaste for the gig, shouting, “I’d just like to say this gig sucks!” (Joey), “Hey, up yours, Springfield!” (Johnny), and “Go to Hell, you old bastard!” (C.J.); though Marky quipped, “Hey, I think they liked us!” Afterwards, Mr. Burns mistakenly ordered Smithers to “have The Rolling Stones killed.”

    In 1995 they released what would be their last studio album, ¡Adios Amigos!. After a spot in the 1996 Lollapalooza festival, the Ramones went on a short club tour and then disbanded, reportedly due to ongoing personality clashes and frustration at not achieving commercial success commensurate with their influence.

    Their final show was on August 6, 1996, at the Palace in Hollywood. The show was recorded, and later released on video and CD as We’re Outta Here!. The show featured several special guests such as Lemmy from Motörhead, Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and Chris Cornell (then in Soundgarden).

    Breakup and Deaths
    On July 20, 1999, Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Marky, and Tommy appeared together at the Virgin Megastore in New York City for an autograph signing. This was the last occasion on which the ex-members of the group appeared together before Joey’s death. Joey Ramone died of lymphoma on April 15, 2001, in New York. Joey’s last partially finished works were compiled as a posthumous solo album, Don’t Worry About Me.

    In 2002, Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy, and Marky Ramone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, the surviving inductees spoke on behalf of the band. Tommy spoke first, saying how honored the band felt, but how much it would have meant for Joey. Johnny thanked the band’s fans and blessed George W. Bush and his presidency, Dee Dee congratulated and thanked himself, while Marky thanked Tommy for influencing his drumstyle. This was one of Dee Dee’s last public appearances; two months later he was found dead at his Hollywood home on June 5, 2002, from a heroin overdose. Also at the ceremony, Green Day played “Teenage Lobotomy” and “Blitzkrieg Bop” as a tribute to the Ramones, showing the influence that the Ramones had on later post punk rock bands.

    In the summer of 2004, the Ramones documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones was released in theaters. Johnny Ramone, who had been privately battling prostate cancer, died on September 15, 2004, in Los Angeles, California, almost exactly as the film was released.

    On the same day as Johnny’s death, (This is both sad and ironic) the world’s first and only Ramones Museum opened its doors for the public. Located in Berlin, Germany, the Ramones Museum Berlin features more than 300 original memorabilia items from the Ramones, including a pair of stage-worn jeans from Johnny Ramone, a stage-worn glove from Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone’s sneakers and CJ Ramone’s stage-worn bass strap. The Ramones were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

    In October 2007, a DVD was released containing live footage. It’s Alive 1974-1996 includes 118 songs from 33 performances over the span of the group’s career.

    Ramones Line-Ups

    1974

    • Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin)-Guitar, Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone (John Cummings)-Guitar
    • Joey Ramone (Jeffry Hyman)-Drums

    1974

    • Joey Ramone-Drums, Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • Dee Dee Ramone-Bass

    1974-1978

    • Joey Ramone-Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • Dee Dee Ramone-Bass, Backing Vocals
    • Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi)-Drums

    1978-1983

    • Joey Ramone-Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • Dee Dee Ramone-Bass, Vocals
    • Marky Ramone (Marc Bell)-Drums

    1983-1987

    • Joey Ramone-Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • Dee Dee Ramone, Bass, Vocals
    • Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt)-Drums, Vocals

    1987

    • Joey Ramone-Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • Dee Dee Ramone, Bass, Backing Vocals
    • Elvis Ramone (Clement Bozewski)-Drums
    1987-1989
    • Joey Ramone-Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • Dee Dee Ramone-Bass, Backing Vocals
    • Marky Ramone-Drums
    1989-1996
    • Joey Ramone-Lead Vocals
    • Johnny Ramone-Guitar
    • C.J. Ramone (Christopher Joseph Ward)-Bass-Vocals
    • Marky Ramone-Drums

    From Wikipedia, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ramones

     

     

    The Ramones Logo, bases of the U.S. President's Great Seal.

    The Ramones Logo, bases of the U.S. President's Great Seal.

    Scott

    Blaaaah (The No Name Post)

    Update #2: No…. sadly its not. A 1955 penny with a minting mistake is worth $25,000, not a regular one. A mint is where money is literally made, so sometimes they make mistakes and a penny or something will turn out a little different. That’s what a minting mistake is. Lots of 1955 pennies have minting mistakes and were still released into circulation, but not all 1955 pennies have them. Sorry if I got you really excited.

    Update: Did you know that a regular 1955 American penny is worth $25,000 today? Maybe coin collecting can earn you a lot of money.
    I didn’t know what to name it so yeah.

    I guess if you’re interested in the 2008 election, check out http://barackobama.com. Remember when I said that Barack is a good candidate with good ideas, but doesn’t say how he will deal with all the issues of modern America? Check out this- http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/ObamaBlueprintForChange.pdf A lot of these little sections have plans, but not all of them.

    Scott