CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#150-#146)


 It's time once again to put your 

 musical knowledge to the test 

 as we continue our countdown of 

 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 


 You know the drill. 

I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five
of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 60s.
Your mission, Jim, if you decide to accept it, is to

 Name That Tune. 

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric
samples for the next five Dell songs:

Get out of my life
and let me sleep at night

When I needed sunshine I got rain.

You're daddy's rich
and your mommy's good-lookin'

I'm in way over my head;
Now she thinks that I love her

Whenever he calls me
I come runnin' on the double


SCROLL DOWN














Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:


 150. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" 
 The Supremes (November '66) 





 149. "I'm A Believer" - The Monkees (December '66) 





 148. "Summertime" - Billy Stewart (July '66) 





 147. "I Saw Her Again" - The Mamas & Papas (July '66) 





 146. "My Baby Loves Me" Martha & The Vandellas 
 (February '66) 







How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.








 All 5 right – 

 Congratulations! You’ve been appointed 

 dean of the College of Musical Knowledge. 



 3 or 4 right – 

 Licensed lyric lover. 



 2 right - 

 Lyrically challenged. 



 1 right – 

 Sign up for remedial classes 

 at the School of Rock. 



 0 right – 

 You just dance and hum along! 


Have a Shady day!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Planting Seeds of Love and Friendship With The Sunflower Blogger Award!


Love is flower like;

Friendship is like a sheltering tree.

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(SHADY DEL KNIGHT STEPS UP TO THE PODIUM, 
TAPS ON THE MICROPHONE AND BLOWS INTO IT.)

Testing 1-2-3...2-3... 2-3... 2-3...

Is this thing on?...thing on?... thing on?...

(A HUSH SWEEPS OVER THE CROWD. 
 MR. KNIGHT IS ABOUT TO SPEAK.)


Today...today...today...today...today...

I consider myself...myself...myself...myself...

the luckiest man...uckiest man...uckiest man...

on the face...the face...the face...the face...

of the earth...the earth...the earth...the earth...



I am very happy to announce that my dear friends
Abigail and Daisy at Sweeter Gets The Journey
have given me The Sunflower Blogger Award!

Thank you very much, Abigail and Daisy!

In this modified version of The Sunflower, I will answer
a list of questions, nominate other bloggers who deserve
recognition and ask them a few questions of my own.

Daisy Abigail asked the following questions:

* Name one unassuming thing that makes you happy.

One unassuming thing that always makes me smile
and feel happy is seeing a dog (like your Daisy).

* What would you do with a billion dollars?

I would pay off all my debts and use the 50 cents that's left
and use the rest to change the lives of deserving people
and sick, injured, abandoned and abused animals.

* When is your favorite time of the day and why?

My favorite time of the day is morning because that's
when I tend to be most creative and productive.

* What one word do you feel best describes your blog?

If I may use three words, I would describe SDM&M
as a mix of humor, heart and soul.

* What is your favorite season of the year and why?

My friends in Australia look forward to the months of
December through February because it's summertime there.
Here in Florida I like those same months because it's winter
and the heat and humidity have been driven away by the
brisk north wind. For the first time in months I can open
windows and let fresh air circulate through the house.
Winter is when I come out of hibernation and cure
myself of cabin fever by enjoying outdoor activities.

* If you could leave tomorrow and not be back for a
week (monetary, job, responsibilities and pet/animal
restrictions aside) where would you go?

If I had no restrictions or responsibilities at home
I would like to hang out for a week relaxing and
soaking up the atmosphere in France or Italy,
someplace near water off the beaten tourist path.

* Do you play any instruments? If so, what?
If not, what would you like to play?

I haven't played for years but I was trained on drums
and played drums in the high school band and in a
short lived garage band. I often wish I had musical
talent on organ, guitar and many other instruments.

* Have you ever been in Kansas?

I've never been to Kansas but after seeing the
pictures on your blog I would love to visit someday!

* What do you do when you're feeling sad?

I find that it helps to stay busy. I set a modest, short term
goal, work hard and experience satisfaction upon its
 completion.  It could be something as simple as
writing a blog post. Another surefire way to
lose the blues is through vigorous exercise
while listening to my favorite songs.

Now here are my questions to be
answered by the bloggers that
I nominate for this award:

* Why do you blog?

* Are you an early riser or a night owl?

* What is your favorite smell?

* When you are feeling sad what's the one song
you could play or sing to make you feel happy again?

* When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

* How would you describe your personality?

* Name something difficult you accomplished 
in your life through sheer determination.

* What do you consider to be the most important world
or national event that has taken place in your lifetime?

* If you had to spend the rest of your life in a different
century, past or future, which century would you choose?

* If you were asked to speak extemporaneously for
one hour about anything, what topic would you pick?

And now, here to present

The Sunflower Award to another

set of deserving bloggers is

everybody's favorite funny man...

a legend in his own mind...

the pride of the Vegas strip...

Shecky Shady!

(SHECKY SHADY RUNS THROUGH THE CROWD
AND ONTO THE STAGE WEARING NOTHING BUT
 PINK BOXER SHORTS, CLOWN SHOES, A BABY BONNET
 AND A HUGE TIE WITH THE WORDS "KISS ME"
SPELLED IN TWINKLE LIGHTS.)

How're ya'll doin'?

(CROWD YELLS "GREAT.")

So where're ya'll from?

(GUY IN THE BACK YELLS "CHICAGO.")

Chicago? Never heard of it.
(BA-DUM-BUMP)

Show of hands - who hates airline food?

(LAUGHTER AS EVERYBODY RAISES THEIR HANDS)

Right? I mean, what are they thinking?
But listen, my wife's cooking isn't any better.
The other night she made a meat loaf that gave
a whole new meaning to 50 Shades of Grey!
(BA-DUM-BUMP)

(LAUGHTER, AND A GUY IN THE CROWD YELLS "YEAH!")

Yeah, I tell ya, I've had it rough all my life.
When I was a kid I had an imaginary friend.
He dumped me!
(BA-DUM-BUMP)

(LAUGHTER)


Alright, enough of my shenanigans.
It's time to announce the winners
of the 2014 Sunflower Award.

(SHECKY SHADY RIPS OPEN THE ENVELOPE,
PULLS OUT THE SLIP OF PAPER
AND STARES AT IT)

Where the hell are my glasses?
(BA-DUM-BUMP)

(LAUGHTER)

I mean, this is a big budget show.
Couldn't somebody spring for cue cards?
(BA-DUM-BUMP BUMP)

(LAUGHTER FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE)

And the

Sunflower Blogger Award

goes to.....


(LONG..... AWKWARD..... PREGNANT PAUSE)


Rita (and Karma) at SoulComfort's Corner

YaYa (and Eddy) at Whispering Pines

Sol at Be Sol Be


Janie Junebug at WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME

Sarah at Style Sixties

Coffee Lady at My Morning Cup of Coffee

Jeanie at Living Consciously

Suzanne ("same day Sadie")
at MyTexasGardens

Emma at Ol' Green Eyes

Pam at Go Retro


That's our show, folks. Be sure to
tip your waitress on the way out,
drive safe on the way home,
don't take any wooden nickels
and don't do anything Shecky Shady
wouldn't do! Good night, everybody!

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE AS THE CROWD
THROWS ROTTEN EGGS AND TOMATOES
GIVES SHECKY SHADY A STANDING OVATION)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

John Ettline - Every Dell Rat's Dad


 Just in time for Father's Day, 

 another ultra rare picture of 

 Shady Dell owner John Ettline 

 has been donated to SDM&M. 

 Thank you, Dell Rat Dale Jourdan, 

 for making this image available! 


The picture was taken circa 1986, twenty years
after I started going to the Dell, two years after
John's wife Helen died and two years after
I saw and talked with John for the last time.
John was 80 years old in 1986 and the
Dell was in its last five years of operation.

Thank you again, Dell Rat Dale Jourdan, for
providing another important piece of the puzzle
by contributing this picture of John late in his life.

 John Ettline never had children 

 of his own, but every Dell rat agrees 

 John would have made a great father. 

 Please play this video as we honor 

 John Ettline...every Dell rat's dad! 





 Happy Father's Day, John! 


 We love you and miss you! 


Sunday, June 8, 2014

My Favorite Beetle? ... Janie Junebug!


Dear friends, I am very proud

to announce that I have been given

The Versatile Blogger Award


by my dear friend Janie Junebug!

Janie is the well known, highly respected
and much loved power blogger who hosts


I am honored to receive this

special recognition, Janie.

Thank you very much!

In return, I'm giving you

the official Shady Del Knight

ZEAL OF APPROVAL


...a framed copy of

THE DELL RAT MOTTO!

The rules of The Versatile Blogger Award
require me to reveal 7 facts about myself.
With that in mind, I will now reveal
7 facts about myself.

7 Facts About Myself (Revealed)


1.) In 1982 I got a part time job as an astronaut
and became the first human to set foot on the sun,
at which time I uttered the now famous words

"OUCH! OUCH!
HOLY #$@&%* OUCH!!!"

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

2.) I later joined the circus and thrilled audiences
with my nude lion taming act.  That's right, folks.
None of those big cats wore a stitch of clothing.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

3.) During a competitive eating contest in ReykjavĂ­k,
Iceland, I consumed 723 sardines in 5 minutes...
losing by a mere herring-and-a-half to heavy
favorite Vladimir Borisevski of the Ukraine.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

4.) My shrink diagnosed me with
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
and called me conceited. "That's 
impossible," I told him. "Conceit
is a flaw and I have no flaws."

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

5.) Sigmund said he can tell that I'm self-absorbed
because all my sentences begin with "I."
I laughed. I cried. I denied it.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

6.) Fraud Freud told me I say "I" so often that he
named my condition "Irritable Vowel Syndrome."

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

7.) He told me I'm immature, bordering on infantile.
He gave me a set of mental blocks to play with.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

That doesn't count as 7 things?
Okay... no kidding aside... 
here are 3 true facts about me.

1.) When I worked as a television announcer and newsman
I was sometimes called upon to fill in for other on-air
personalities when they weren't available. One day the
host of our farm report called in sick and I was asked
to sub for him. I had to emcee a live segment devoted
to the annual State Farm Show and interview a local
farmer about his prize winning Black Angus.


To my shock and dismay the farmer brought the huge beast
with him to the studio! I knew absolutely nothing about
farming. The only thing I knew about cows was what
I learned from watching Borden's ice cream commercials.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

I thought animal husbandry was a practice that
could get you up to five years in the slammer.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

To make a long story even longer, my live
interview turned out to be a whole lotta bull...

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

...but at least I didn't give viewers a bum steer.

(BA-DUM-BUMP)

I took the bull by the horns and muddled through the
Q & A session without sounding like a complete idiot.
When the bovine left the studio I hollered
"Where's the BEEF?"

(BA-DUM-BUMP)


2.) When I worked in television entertainment I once
played the part of "The Professor" in a live televised
Gilligan's Island comedy sketch at my station.

3.) As of this month it has been 22 years since
I've had a drink of alcohol, a cigarette or a drug.
Shady Del Knight smokes a pipe. I never did.

Now it's time for me to acknowledge a few other
deserving and "versatile" bloggers. The rules call
for me to name 15 people but I am aware that
some of you have declared your blogs award
free zones. Others have received blog awards
from me in the past.  Therefore, I think it will
mean more to each recipient if I give the award
to only three people.  These three are new
SDM&M followers who have impressed me
not only with their blogging versatility but
also with their loyal friendship and their
willingness to engage me in friendly
conversation.  I call it coming out
to play and it's important to me.
Let's find out who they are!

(DRUM ROLL)


...and The Versatile Blogger

Award goes to.....


(SHADY NERVOUSLY OPENS THE ENVELOPE
WITH CLAMMY, TREMBLING HANDS)


Abigail and Daisy at Sweeter Gets The Journey


and Allie-Millie at Writing The Rapids

Congratulations to these three versatile, sociable
and very deserving bloggers and thank you again,
dear Janie Junebug, for tapping me for this award.
I value your friendship, Janie. You are prolific,
terrific and part of the solution. I invite all my
readers to follow and support Janie's blog -


Have a Shady day!