Copper and The Princess

The Legendary Georgia Ironman’s long time ladyfriend, Pat the Princess had to undergo the scapel last week (she is fine now) which necessitated our keeping her dog, Copper, at the Fortress. He is a small dog encapsulated in a large dog body. For some reason he thinks of himself as a lap-dog. Although he is old, he is also frisky. I should be so lucky… Copper is an Australian Shepard, and supposedly the second smartest breed of dog, behind only the Golden Retriever.
Copper poked me in the eye some days ago, which was quite painful. My right eye swelled and closed immediately, with a copious amount of tears when my immune system sent out a warning to all of my macrophages to go to my right eye.
That day I did nothing other than stay in bed, getting plenty of rest, hopefully letting my body do its thing. Upon waking the next day by eye was still completely shut, and quite swollen. A couple of hours later it opened enough for me to know I still had site. I listened to the radio that day. The following day I turned on the ‘puter, but the bright white background caused too much pain, so I turned it off and tried to read, but this caused another flood of tears. Later I was able to go over a few chess games from the book, “The Extreme Caro-Kann,” by Alexey Bezgodov. I was well enough to read the book as long as I averted my eyes, moving them to the wooden chess board with wooden pieces.
Today I am well enough to sit here and punch and poke. So many chess blogs have ended lately that I wanted you to know why I’ve not posted. One of my favorites, “Old In Chess” by Steve Wrinn (http://oldinchess.blogspot.com/) has not posted since the end of July, and the “Award Winning” (easy to win when yours is the only blog nominated! Hey, I, too, will take it any way I can get it!) “The Kenilworthian” (http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/) ended the first of September with Michael Goeller writing, “But this also seems like a good time to withdraw from the field because I am convinced that professional chess blogging has made the amateur chess blog increasingly irrelevant.” Say it ain’t so, Joe! Michael may be correct, but my numbers show the number of readers this year has doubled from the same time period from last year. And I have yet to win an award…
Just the short time writing this has caused a problem, so I will, hopefully, be back in a day or so, “Firing salvo’s,” as the Ironman is wont to say.

A tremendous live version:

Manfred Mann – Blinded by the Light

“Blinded by the Light” written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen 1973 off his debut album , Greetings from Asbury Park N.J
This is Manfred Mann’s Earth Band version of the song off the album, The Roaring Silence, released in 1976. This is the extended version of the song and not the radio edited shorter version. The song went all the way to #1 on Billboard’s charts in 1976. Please overlook my misspelled words 😉 and enjoy!!

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band lineup in 1976:
Manfred Mann – keyboards, backing vocals
Colin Pattenden – bass
Dave Flett – lead guitar
Chris Hamlet Thompson – vocals, guitar
Chris Slade – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Blinded by the Light ~ Manfred Mann’s Earth Band with lyrics

Rev It Up Reverand!

I clicked on one of the links provided by the Chess Cafe (http://blog.chesscafe.com/?p=3119), “Jackson Morrison vs Sawyer in Sicilian Najdorf” and was sent to a blog with the title, “Playing Chess Openings.” The very first thing I saw was a callipygian derriere that literally jumped out at me. My first thought was that I had mistakenly clicked on “Spraggett On Chess” by mistake (http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpress.com/.) The add read, “Date Arab Women.” Hell yeah! Where’s the Viagra?
After coming to my senses I noticed, “Read 40 years of chess stories by correspondence master and BDG author. Rev. Tim Sawyer.”
Reverand Tim, my Man!
http://sawyerbdg.blogspot.com/

There are so many chess blogs, and so little time. One of my favorites is “Old In Chess: The Latest Chess News From 100 Years Ago” by Steve Wrinn (http://oldinchess.blogspot.com/). I check it out every day.

James Stripes of Spokane, Washington, writes the “Chess Skills” blog. He is a chess historian and educator. James is currently writing about the McDonnell — De La Bourdonnais 1834 match. Check it out at: http://chessskill.blogspot.com/

This caught my eye, “The Geezers versus RPI.” Being a “Geezer” made me click on to the ENYCA, the website of the Eastern New York Chess Association. If you are also a Geezer, or wish to prepare for the future, check out the May 15, 2014 post by Bill Little, which includes a couple of games played by Bobby Fischer. (http://www.enyca.org/2014/05/15/3844/).

The newest chess blog I have discovered is “Sputnick’s Chess Blog” (http://rocketcheckmate.blogspot.com/). All we know about “Sputnick” is: “I am a USCF “Class A” chess player, and this blog is dedicated to my efforts to master the royal game. I hope others find my musings of interest and welcome comments and dialogue about the content that appears here.” Good blogging, Sputnick!”