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The Game singer

Clay sings on live TV- Jan. 30/11

Well, I don’t want to get trouted, so here are my screen caps for my CH friends.
Clay absolutely blew the roof off with his national anthem sung today at the NHL All Star game.

He started high and went even higher. Wow, what pipes.
After the anthem was over, the announcer called Clay’s performance “impressive” and it was! He nailed it.
So much for all the ignoramuses who think he has stopped singing or has lost his voice. They just haven’t been paying attention.

Here is the anthem, sung by Clay, on YouTube.
Thanks to MJ’s Big Blog for the screen cap/post.

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Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Copyright: 2010
Personal ranking: 8/10

This is the follow-up book to Gregory’s The White Queen. It’s not as gory as the first book.
The storyteller here is Margaret Beaufort, who is the leader of the House of Lancaster.
Between the two books, the reader gets a very clear picture of the lengths to which all these Plantagenet descendants will go as they fight back and forth for the throne of England. Very realistic picture of the times. I found Margaret to be an unlikable woman, spending her whole life obsessed with her relationship to God and with her overweening ambition to be the queen of England, and failing that, the mother of the King of England. Her son is of course, the first Henry Tudor, having come out of Wales. This is a well-told tale of ambition, court politics, spying, plotting, and always, fighting. Alas, there is little romance in the story. Women were married off for political or financial gain. I read this in two days flat. I had to put down my new iPad while I raced through the book, which is a quick and satisfying read.

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photo by Noel D.

On the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, I went downtown to the Apple store in the mall. Unremarkable event, except that I have not ventured downtown alone since my quintuple bypass two years ago. I’d been trying to buy an iPad for a couple of days, but the 3 different Apple-authorized resellers in my end of town had been sold out of the model I wanted since Christmas. So off I went on the streetcar, an easy ride from my front door to the front door of the mall.

I arrived after 25-minute ride to the mall and took the escalator up to the Apple store on the next level. The mall, incredibly busy with throngs of people, was looking more like it was Christmas Eve, not New Year’s Eve. The Apple store was as crowded as I have ever seen it. Every computer station was occupied, and all the sales associates, dressed in festive red t-shirts, were engaged. The Genius desk at the back of the store appeared to be jammed, but it was hard to tell because there were so many bodies between me and the back wall.

Suddenly a young sales associate indicated that he was free.
“How may I help you?” he asked.
“I want to buy an 16GB WiFi iPad.”
“Certainly,” he said, and turned and reached up on the wall behind him and pulled down an iPad box. The wall was lined with iPad boxes, I noticed.
He did not try to upsell me.
“I also want a case for the iPad.”
He turned and opened a lower cupboard, and pulled out a box containing the case.
“Will there be anything else?”
“That’s it,” I said.
“Would you like to take out a subscription to me.com?”
“I already have one,” I said.
An iPhone suddenly appeared out of his pocket.
We were still standing in the middle of the store.
I handed him my VISA card and he swiped it through a card reader that was affixed to his iPhone.
He handed me the phone and asked me to sign my name on its screen using my fingertip.
“Your receipt will be in your me.com inbox in a moment.”
He slipped the two boxes into an Apple bag.
“A pleasure doing business with you,” I said as I shook his hand.
Five minutes later I boarded the streetcar for the trip home. I hadn’t stood in a lineup and no paper had changed hands.
I’d been in the mall exactly 7 minutes.

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