This... and steam trains...

This... and steam trains...

Just a really short note as we here at The Fur Peace Ranch get ready for our last weekend and concert here in Southeast Ohio. We are winding up our 19th year and are so blessed to have been able to make it this far and to share the music, the art of life as we see it… and the fellowship with our friends. We give praise for this!

Now some may have noted that we had a Presidential Election this week. Some are happy… some are sad. I’m not going to entertain a discussion about how you or I voted. This is America. I don’t care how you voted and how I cast my ballot is none of your business.

This about this… There will be another election in four years… we have them every four years.

This morning I read that Leonard Cohen passed last night. I realize there will come a time when we must all answer the call… that is a constant, a given. Still we take for granted that the things we love will last forever.

Nothing lasts forever. I found out yesterday that Premier Video, the last brick and mortar video shop in this area is closing this weekend. We live in an area where the internet is not yet fast enough to realistically download movies. Plus, Premier had a huge catalog of very old movies. I would hang out with my daughter… talk movies, new and old, with the folks behind the counter and return to my home in the country with wonders to behold.

indeed… nothing lasts forever. Sometimes what masquerades for progress is merely saying goodbye to a comfortable place.

Oh well…

As for Presidential Elections… there will be another one in four years.

There will never be another Leonard Cohen… or a Premier Video!


  1. Comment made on November 29, 2016 by carey georgas

    excellent article in today’s Wall Street Journal titled “Revenge of the Video Store”. There’s one left right down the road from me.

  2. Comment made on November 12, 2016 by jim hitchcock

    I was in Jr High when I bought Gasoline Alley, Cut across Shorty 🙂

    @rich l

  3. Comment made on November 12, 2016 by Brian Doyle

    Yeah I drove through Mississippi on my way back from LA in September. It was mostly green national forests along I-20. In Los Angeles I was 30 feet behind Grace Slick and even caught her on my cell video. It just recently came back to me that I was looking at her during the show and thought to myself that woman must have been a blonde beauty during Grace’s time but her hair has now gone white like Grace’s. I later learned it actually was Grace. A battleship is a weird place for a Starship show. Hey Paul – Battle Stations man!

  4. Comment made on November 12, 2016 by rich l

    I was in Mississippi two summers ago and covered a good portion of the state by car. Mississippi is actually a beautiful state to drive through. Lots of rolling vistas of lush green forests. It’s as if the good Lord yook all the greenhe could muster in heaven, and through it down with a resounding ‘Splat!”

    As you drive through some of the backroads, yoi see dilapidated trailers next to beautiful homes. LOL- you don’t see as many cars on cinder blocks any more, what with the price of scrap steel.

    I was riding north of New Albany when I stumbled upon a rusted old building called “Prather’s Grocery” I passed it, and then went 40 miles outof my way to take a picture of it. Thoughts of a once vibrant business, and the family that owned it flodded my mind. It was a moment dripping with nostalgia. A moment in time devoured by the gaping jaws of obsolescence. Some call it progress – the old always beeing replaced by yhe newer and shinier and faster.

    Back before Rod Stewart started asking people if you thought he was sexy, he put out a great album called “Gasoline Alley.” I love the lyric

    “Take me back, carry me back
    Back to Gasoline Alley where I started from…”

    Wonder what are kids will think when they get to be our age.

  5. Comment made on November 12, 2016 by jim hitchcock

    You know what, Brian? TCM can be a real treasure trove. Laughing at myself, when is the new Star Wars coming out?@Brian Doyle

  6. Comment made on November 12, 2016 by Martha

    Leonard moving to the next world is so sad that I can barely stand it!!! Thank GOD Jorma is on the road soon, here in the northeast! I think I’ll catch me a show or nine, just to feel better!!~

    Oh, the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone
    They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on
    And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song
    Oh, I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long ………………

  7. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Brian Doyle

    The video stores on the island went out of business over a decade ago. It sucks not being able to get a video when people are here. I never quite adapted to internet videos even though we have a fast cable speed connection. We watch Turner Classic Movies instead.

    I’m reading Tamarkin and it says Jorma went to Russia in 1964. Wow. When Jorma picked up Jack at San Francisco airport to join Jefferson Airplane he said to him “You better be good enough”…Ha! And Paul almost sent him home to DC…

  8. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by John B

    I thought I saw a reference to Barry but a second and third look proves otherwise. Never mind……..

  9. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by John B

    With Barry Mitterhoff you say? I am happy to see that Jorma

  10. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by richard

    hey jorma..nice spike you guys got,hope the family has enjoyed the venison.World keeps spinning and I can’t wait,cold but gonna hit my stand at daybreak.just sayin hi…

  11. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by James McKeon

    Bird on a Wire…LC…one of my favorite songs

  12. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Ham n Eggs

    Nice link especially today, Veterans Day.
    Maybe they can hook up a flotilla for next years Clearwater Festival? At the least they should set up a table in the activist area.
    Love All Ways
    @Barbara Jacobs

  13. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Barbara Jacobs

    Hey, Greg:
    Thanks, you can go to the website and all of the contact info is on there. You can also give them a phone call. I just got off the phone with Kilian.
    They appreciate any and all support.
    Thanks again!@Greg Martelli

  14. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by eaglesteve

    Berry Oakley, November 11, 1972
    RIP Brother.
    You are not fogotten

  15. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by carey georgas

    Ran across a Mark Twain quote that’s still worth ponderin’ in the 21st century:

    “Let me make the superstitions of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws, or its songs either.” The Innocents Abroad

  16. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Greg Martelli

    Send me a link for donations

  17. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Barbara Jacobs

    The small business video stores were out of business because of Blockbuster here in NYC and as you noted, Blockbuster went out of business. Shopping there wasn’t a special experience.

    While I’m here chatting with HamnEggs, I’d like to tell him, Jorma and anybody else who is interested, about the Duclay family in Long Island, N.Y.

    The Duclay family started a non-profit in 2013: .
    Their mission is to help Veterans suffering from various service-related disabilities and illnesses including PTSD and TBI.

    Using the therapeutic combo of the ocean and sailing, they sail together as a team. They sail year-round. They need a few Defibtech Lifeline AED’s, so I made a donation for them to purchase one. That AED will be on the “Safety Boat”, which is manned by a crew of Veterans. The idea of having the Safety Boat is to give Veterans a sense of purpose, as well as being a response team if anything goes wrong during an event or outing.

    Thanks to Kilian Duclay, Sean Duclay and the entire Duclay family for devoting their time and efforts.@Ham n Eggs

  18. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Greg Martelli

    I believe that the confusion exists around the olde lysergic acid reality-nice place to visit-wouldn’t want to live there and than you “come down”Unfortunately ,a huge percentage of our population can’t differentiate between the plasticine porters with looking glass ties ,and the March of history.
    As Zimmerman put it best-get out of the new road if you can’t understand,the bloggers here are sophisticated and experienced, and although there is differing opinions , the discourse is vibrant and illuminated .
    I think we’ve seen a movement that’s fed up with the fantasy of pax globalism line , mind our own and set a manageable course.
    We’ll be better off for it

  19. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by johno

    I don’t know what it’s like in SE Ohio but on Long Island the leaves are peaking. What a beautiful thing to behold. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. And for all those who think the election was an abomination – don’t worry everything is going to be alright. At least our borders will be safe.

  20. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Dead Head

    WORDPRESS. Says it all there. The masses are caught up in images, but rebuke the concrete, tangible relics that exist. I’ve mentioned before all the vinyl, which much of is in prestine condition, that I wish to be rid of. Bought Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde fifty years ago (mono) with the Claudia Cardinale photo on the inner gatefold sleeve. A rare collector’s item. Think anyone wants it for a price? Hell no.

  21. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by David Wolff

    “Sometimes what masquerades as progress is merely saying goodbye to a comfortable place.”
    Thanks for that Jorma! Onward

  22. Comment made on November 11, 2016 by Ham n Eggs

    and May we be Blessed in Four years to have candidates that everyone is happy to vote FOR.
    RIP LC
    Video Stores were already ancient history for me. The DVD hastened their departure around here. First the mom n pops went, then the bigger chains.

    Be Kind Rewind
    Love All Ways

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