Dubnation: Merry Christmas!

This has been a very rough season for the Golden State Warriors. They lost many seasoned players at the end of last year (Kevin Durant [Nets], Andre Iguodala [Grizzlies], Shaun Livingston [retired], Quinn Cook [Lakers], Jordan Bell [Timberwolves], DeMarcus Cousins [Lakers], Andrew Bogut [Sydney Kings], Alfonzo McKinnie [Cavaliers], Damian Jones [Hawks], Jonas Jerebko [Khimki]); and the Dubs began the 2019-2020 season with four of their key players out with injuries:  Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Draymond Green. (Draymond Green was given the green light to play earlier in the season; the other three are still out indefinitely.) But they gained many new faces and have been doing a phenomenal job developing their younger players.

Prior to this evening’s game against the Houston Rockets they were 8-24.

But tonight they beat the Rockets 116-104 (at Chase Center) giving Dubnation the best Christmas present a fan could ask for!

My Votes for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be aired on TNT February 16, 2020 at 8:00pm ET.

Cast your votes today!

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The Night Before Christmas at Rainbow Bridge

This was posted on the rainbowsbridge.com Pet Loss Support Forum and credited to Cindy Morgan.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW BRIDGE

‘Twas the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridgekids were thinking as always of you.
We’d seen how the holidays weren’t bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, “I wish you were here!”

We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near…
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.

But we’re no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you’d’ve laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.

The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth’s darkness and snow.
All the pets that you’ve lost, pets for whom you’ve cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.

If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet’s around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We’re trying to tell you we’re visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.

But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleighful of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!

We’re fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.

So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of furbabies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.

Over the rainbow you’ll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you’ll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.

And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you’ll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.

Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.

Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridgekids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there’d be joy and surprise.

There are furangels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We’re never more than a thought away from your home,
You’re never forgotten, you’re never alone.

Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridgekids will party like you’d never believe.

But we’ll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us – Merry Christmas to you!

To everyone who has lost a beloved pet (whether recently or many moons ago):
May 2020 bring you Peace and renewed Hope in the future. Love will find you. You’ll turn around one day and there it will be…

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What’s Rockin’ My World (12.24.2019)

What’s “trending” at Chez Rock Vixen.
An unprecedented, back-to-back ALL ROCK & ROLL “What’s Rocking My World”!

  1. Suicide Silence delivers toys, cash donations to Children’s Health Center in Corona, CA
    “We dropped off several large bags full of toys at the Children’s Hospital in Corona this past week! We also delivered a few hundred dollars of cash donations that were collected at the Chain Reaction show. A huge thanks to all of our great fans who helped make this happen!” (Blasting the sterotype of a hardcore heavy metal rocker to smithereens! \m/ \m/ )
  2. Still MORE stereotype-blasting…

  3. W.A.S.P. Guitarist Douglas Blair appears at event to raise money for Veterans with PTSD

    “On December 13, Douglas Blair of W.A.S.P. attended a signing session where 100% of the proceeds went to Shelter To Soldier, a non-profit charity that trains rescue dogs and matches them with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

  4. Guitarist JASON BECKER, Who Suffers From ALS, Says He Had ‘An Early Christmas Gift’ From His Doctors
    “Becker’s story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the technical guitar duo CACOPHONY, with his great friend Marty Friedman. In 1989, at only 19 years old and after wowing audiences all over the world, the young virtuoso became the guitarist for David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He wrote and recorded on Roth’s third solo album, “A Little Ain’t Enough”, and was poised for superstardom when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the same condition Stephen Hawking lived with for over five decades. It is a fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years. Maybe.

    That was 30 years ago. He lost the ability to play guitar, walk, talk, and breathe on his own. But never lost his will to live or his desire to create music. Communicating through a series of eye movements with a system developed by his father, Jason spells out words as well as musical notes and chords. He imparts his musical vision to his team who then can input the notes into a computer, edit the parts to his exacting standards, and then generate charts for session musicians. His inspiring music and life story have been the subject of countless news articles, magazine cover stories, and an award-winning documentary, Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.”

    (Listen, NO ONE wants to encounter this type of adversity but lately I’ve been consuming books written by people who’ve been through the ringer [physically and mentally] and they’ve lived their lives FULL TILT. That SAYS something. I have friends that know what it’s like to have battled cancer [and won], or who are dealing with heart issues but refuse to allow it to get in the way of their day-to-day life. They are my HEROES.)

  5. Former KYUSS Frontman John Garcia is “Proud” of his career as Veterinary Technician
    “I’m a veterinary technician. I work for anywhere from three to five doctors at one time. We’re one of the most successful animal hospitals in, really, the Coachella Valley. We concentrate mostly on small animals — mostly household pets. We don’t do any farm animals or any exotics. But it’s a great environment. The doctors that I work for, they practice really good medicine. I’ve been doing it for over 30 years.”
  6. And Tommy Lee isn’t the only member of Mötley Crüe who’s an animal rights activist.

  7. Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and Texas A&M spar over dog research
    Nikki Sixx is speaking out in support of golden retrievers that Texas A&M University is allegedly breeding for medical research. The Mötley Crüe bassist is sending a letter, with aid from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to the school’s president, Michael K. Young, asking that the school stop the practice. In it, he cites a video PETA made that claims to show footage of golden retrievers bred by Dr. Joe Kornegay of the school’s veterinary department with the intention of the dogs developing muscular dystrophy. “This is no life for ‘man’s best friend,’” Sixx wrote. “These experiments need to end, and the dogs need to be released for adoption so that they can finally lead the lives that they deserve…

    It’s these sorts of alleged living conditions that have prompted Sixx to speak out. “These animals are skinny, and their tongues are so swollen that they can barely swallow the mush they’re fed,” he says. “They’re in pain, and they don’t have a family or anyone to comfort them – most don’t even have names. Dogs are loyal, wonderful companions, and to think of them suffering every moment of their lives is heartbreaking. I just can’t believe that this is allowed to go on.” (Let me add cats, mice, pigs, birds – in fact all sentient beings – to the list of animals that are needlessly being used and abused for the sake of “science”. More on this in January when I review a new documentary “Test Subjects“.)

  8. MÖTLEY CRÜE Reflects On Record-Breaking 2019
    As 2019 comes to a close, MÖTLEY CRÜE’s hugely successful Netflix biopic “The Dirt” remains one of the highest-rated music film…In terms of its non-music peers, it’s the same ol’ situation. “The Dirt“‘s 95% audience rating measures up powerfully against some of the year’s biggest movie releases, regardless of being movie theater or SVOD release.
  9. More on the Mötley Crüe front:

  10. The Crüe are getting in shape for “The Stadium Tour” which kicks off June 21, 2020
    “MÖTLEY CRÜE manager Allen Kovac admitted in a recent interview with Fox Business that “some of” the members of the band are working with trainers and nutritionists to get in shape for the band’s upcoming reunion tour. Kovac was referring to criticism of CRÜE singer Vince Neil for his supposed diminished singing ability and weight gain, as well as the health status of guitarist Mick Mars, who has been dealing with a chronic form of arthritis that led him to undergo a hip replacement.”
  11. I’m not one to get political, but I agree with what John Corabi has to say here. I think it’s all ENTERTAINMENT – meant to keep us at one another’s throats so we don’t pay attention to what’s going on (or not) behind the curtain…

  12. Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer JOHN CORABI Says DONALD TRUMP’s Impeachment Has ‘Divided Us Even Further’
    “What I believe is our leaders Republican and Democrat are nothing but a bunch of OVERPAID, whiny bitches that are getting nothing done for you and I…I personally can see arguments on both sides. But all we’re doing now is buying into whatever NEWS outlet supports your party…As far as I’m concerned we’re all buying into the ‘BIG POLITICAL SPIN’…We need to hold EVERYONE accountable in Washington…period. (Well said, John.)

That’s All Folks!

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GLAM Living Spaces (12.2019)

The last GLAM Living Spaces Post of 2019. I’ve got a mix of decorating ideas here:  Christmas, jewel tones, animal prints (Natch), whimsical, one skull, and a hint of Spring to come. Enjoy!

I’m all over the leopard-print stair runner…

not to mention this poster!

I’m also IN LOVE with rich, jewel tones – and they work wonderfully with the holiday season.

This vintage file card cabinet functions beautifully storing shoes (or other accessories).

A claw foot bathtub in PLUM!?! Fuck yeah!

Although a bit too colorful for my taste, this entryway brought a smile to my face.
One could always replace the galoshes with a collection of unexpected items
(Stuffed animals? Vintage toys? Antique dolls?)
The message here is to ditch the usual flower arrangement and “think outside the box”.

The right kind of SKULL accessory is appropriate any time, in any space.

These purples and greens just scream SPRING to me.
(This time of year I keep telling myself “It’s just around the corner.”
Maybe if I click my heels together…)

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What’s Rockin’ My World (12.22.2019)

What’s “trending” at Chez Rock Vixen…and this one’s ALL ROCK & ROLL!

  1. Tommy Lee Urges Greece To Ban Cruel Donkey And Mule Rides
    “The Greek government introduced new legislation last year that made it illegal for donkeys or mules to carry more than 15 stone (210 lbs) or one-fifth of their body weight, but it is not being enforced.

    Santorini, one of Greece’s most popular destinations, has nearly two million visitors each year and many see riding donkeys as part of the experience. Donkeys and mules are forced to carry tourists up over 500 cliffside stairs to the capital of Fira and back. Aside from exceeding the weight limit, the animals are forced to work in the hot sun with minimal breaks and no food or water. Handlers have also been recorded beating the animals to make them continue on.

    Animal activist and Mötley Crüe drummer, Tommy Lee, recently wrote a letter urging the government to “put an immediate end to the old-school cruelty of ‘animal taxis’.”

  2. Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Poison add more dates to 2020 “The Stadium Tour”
    Including a stop at Oracle Park (SF) on July 19, 2020.

    Click here for tour dates.

  3. Mötley Crüe Releases Music Video For “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” Featuring Footage From “The Dirt
  4. David Lee Roth To Open For KISS On 2020 North American Leg Of “End Of The Road” Tour
    “The Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana said Tuesday that Roth had been added as a special guest to the last leg of the “End Of The Road” tour that will stop in Fort Wayne on Sunday, February 16, 2020.”

    Also known as the “Farewell Tour”…

  5. The Rainbow” is a documentary about the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood, CA.

    The movie features interviews with a host of rockers – including Slash, Ozzy, Lita Ford, Gene Simmons, and Lemmy Kilmister.

    Watch it on now iTunes or Amazon.

  6. Lastly, a blast-from-the-80’s, Christmas-style:
    Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984)

    “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid, a supergroup put together by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time.”

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