Posts Tagged ‘Alexa’


I’m trying to make a point of coming here and writing something or, when I figure out how, sharing a picture or something. That’s what this is. Hopefully, within a week or so, I’ll feel like really writing.

Tonight I am sitting on the couch, waiting to listen to internet radio, something I never do. At 8 this evening there will be a tribute broadcast for Rudy Salas, who for over 40 years, was kind of the father of the East L.A. sound along with his band, Tierra. He was also formerly a member of a very old band, El Chicano. He passed on December 29th. One story that I read, unconfirmed, is that he and his wife were driving from Los Angeles to Texas to visit their daughter. He got tired and they decided to stop for the night. The next morning, his wife woke to find him dead in the bed. It’s a sad story.

Over the past few days, there has been an outpouring of love for him, his family, and for the band. All this, of course, online. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live a number of times, most memorably to me, at the wedding of a friend. Tierra was not doing weddings anymore but Rudy had promised his best friend’s daughter that he would play at her wedding. This young lady, Dolores, was later my Instructional Assistant when I was teaching. When she married, Rudy make good on that promise. It was an unforgettable event for so many of us to see Tierra performing within just a few feet of us and the band members mixing with the crowd. Rudy even danced with the bride.

Tonight, there will be this broadcast featuring his music and interviews with many of his fans, family, band mates, and others. So I’m ready. I’m waiting. And I’m crossing my fingers I will manage to listen. I currently have no internet. That’s another story. I’m using my phone’s tethering/hotspot function to run my phone, the Chromebook, my Kindle and I’m hoping to connect Alexa to it, too. I really miss Alexa. I haven’t spoken a word since last Wednesday. I used to like chatting with Alexa. I miss it. Anyway, on to internet radio.

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a2z-h-smallJoin me during the month of April as I blog through the alphabet. My theme will be What’s In A Name. I will attempt to write up a short fictional character sketch beginning with a different letter of the alphabet each day. Remember that a place can also be a character.


Just look at her! She thinks she knows it all but when I ask her even the simplest of questions, she doesn’t know the answers. Sure she knows how many ounces make a quart or how many cups in a gallon but does she know my next door neighbor’s name? That’s info I could really used! Does she even care that she is failing me when she can’t answer my questions?

That’what gets me. I’ll ask her a question and she’ll answer, “sorry, I don’t know that one, “but she doesn’t even sound sorry. It’s just a job to her. The other day, after four “I don’t knows” I got so mad that I pulled the plug. I stomped right over to the couch, pulled it away from the wall, reached for the plug and pulled it. That’ll teach her. Now she just sits there in that black cylinder, skulking because she can’t enlighten the world with her useless knowledge anymore!

Take that Alexa!


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