I decided to replace the heavily apped version with this one, which is almost exactly what the sky and clouds looked liked that evening.

I used to only give myself a {daily pic} on my birthday, November 10, but Pixels wasn’t up last year, so I couldn’t do it then. As mentioned, I’m not doing the {daily pic} any more, rather now sporadic {en vedette} postings as explained here.

I used to do the {sunday daily pic} wherein I would try to post images/texts/music of more spiritual inclination … meditative, solemn, cosmic, and so on … and, so, now I am continuing the tradition with {en vedette dimanche} posts. Dimanche being French for Sunday, of course.

Yesterday, I found the perfect video for an {en vedette dimanche} post: American pop music icon Pat Boone covering Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Pat Boone was a squeaky clean pop star in the fifties and sixties doing vanilla covers of songs written by black musicians, all the while projecting a public persona that was about as edgy as a strawberry milkshake.

Late in his career, he decided to pull out all the stops and record an album of heavy metal music, including “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” On the album cover, he traded in his saddle shoes and seersucker suit for a black leather vest, possibly rending a tear in the very fabric of the space-time continuum.

You are probably asking, “Knox, why is this video perfect for an {en vedette dimanche} post? It is neither meditative nor solemn nor spiritual.”

Yes, you are correct, but it is cosmic.

All this to say … I needed a picture to go with the video. Nothing really appropriate with which to pair it had come in in the past few days and then I remembered this picture of my own.

I spent fourteen months in Coalinga, a little town in the middle of nowhere halfway between Oakland and Los Angeles off Highway 5 in the Central Valley. I was coming into town late one afternoon, talking on the phone with a friend, when I passed the sign and saw the ominous and glowing red and pink clouds in the sunset behind it. I drove for another quarter mile before it occurred to me that I would never get an opportunity for that picture again. I made a quick U-turn and zipped back up the two-lane highway and got the shot, all the while talking on the camera.

Pixels has been back up for three weeks, now. I can’t express how good it feels when someone from the old days suddenly shows up and posts some pictures. Or how nice it is to see some new names appearing. Welcome!

I could go on for a while about strange journey that has been Pixels, and why I am using Pixels again, instead of P1XELS, for the most part, but it’s late and I’m at the tail-end of a bad cold and I have pharyngitis – with shows (singing) coming next Saturday & the Saturday after.

Suffice it to say that the first day I worked on the Pixels website in November of 2009, I made a vow to myself to only do it if I was having fun. At some point, I forgot that vow and I was trying to make things happen and it was, as Iggy Pop sang, no fun, anymore.

That’s not going to happen again.

Happy Sunday!

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