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"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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Must Practice Moderation In All Things, Grasshopper, Blog Comments Included.

My friend, I have some good news and some bad news.
First of all, I am back from my two week blog hiatus.
Now for the good news bad news. For 30 years or
more you have enjoyed unrestricted commenting
here on Shady Dell Music & Memories, but that is
about to change. I am sorry to report that spam
has become a major problem lately, requiring me to
change my settings and reinstate comment moderation.

Here is one of the spam comments
that I recently found on my blog:

Rich $ Famous March 17, 2015 at 1:49 am
Wassup? I just now stumbled onto your blog (and barked my shins!) As long as I'm here
let me ask you this. Do you love money?
Want more of it? How would you like to
rake in a truck load of cold hard cash, a mountain of moola to buy cool stuff like
fancy sports cars, hundred foot yachts and trips around
the world in your own private jet?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then feel free to browse my new website and learn how you can earn $1,000 a week, $10,000 a week - even $100,000 a week in the comfort of your home drinking beer, eating potato chips and watching reruns of I Married Joan. FACT: The demand has never been greater for people who sit at home drinking beer, eating potato chips and watching reruns of I Married Joan. Best of all, the more you drink, eat and watch, the more money you make! It's that simple.

Don't delay! Hurry over to my site right now and find out how you can secure your financial future by sitting at home, drinking beer, eating potato chips and watching reruns of
I Married Joan. Visit my website here:

Friends, I'm ashamed to admit that I took the bait. I fell for that guy's ruse hook, line and sinker. I paid $599.95 for his cassette tape series How to Get Rich Quick Sitting at Home Drinking Beer, Eating Potato Chips and Watching Reruns of
I Married Joan.
I followed the instructions to the letter.
I drank and drank and drank.
I ate and ate and ate. I watched and watched and watched those blasted reruns of I Married Joan.






Now I'm bitter and I'm ready to go to bat
for all the other poor ignorant saps out there
who have been duped by that scam artist.
I came up with a form of blog moderation
that will defeat the spammers and spambots.
You, my loyal readers, are also affected
because it will change the method you use
to leave comments. Please read carefully.

I created an algorithm that will allow you
to submit your comment in 14 easy steps.

After solving a word scramble puzzle and correctly
guessing the name of my favorite uncle, you will
be directed to a list of advanced math equations.

When you have solved all the equations you will be
allowed to submit a comment. If you get one wrong,
you must start over with a new word scramble,
answer a different personal Shady question
and tackle a new set of math problems.
(Better start cramming!)

Sorry for the inconvenience, my friends,
but we can't let the spambots win!

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  1. My favorite part was reading the sign backwards. Who was that old guy at the easel?

    1. Hello hello hello, dear Anonymous! (Don't tell the others, but you are my favorite friend.)

      To answer your question, the old guy at the easel is world renowned motivational speaker Tom Anderson. The candid pic was snapped in March 2010 as Anderson took the stage and delivered the keynote address at the Tony Robbins Invitational in Pacific Palisades, California.

      Anderson's self help workshop at the event, "Be Rat Here Rat Now: Breaking Through to Rat Thinking and Rat Living," was recently published as a book and is currently on the best seller list. Anderson claims to have achieved success by following his own teachings. Today he operates a thriving chain of street corner Kool-Aid stands.

      Thank you very much for your comment, dear Anonymous, and stay tuned for more fun in my next post!

  2. He looks younger than me, though.

    Dell Rat Ron (again)

    1. Aha! Anonymous has been unmasked! Thanks, Ron. It's good to be back and nice to see my old buddy again!

  3. Look who's back in the blogging world! Welcome, my friend. How was the move? Glad to see you back.


    1. Hi, Lux! Thank you very much for the warm send off and the equally warm welcome back. You are a sweet friend and I appreciate you more each day.

      The move went very well, thank you, and it feels good to be powered up and coming to you from my new dwelling.

      Thank you again for being such a great friend, dear Lux. Enjoy the rest of your day and week!

    2. You've been a good friend yourself.

      Glad the move went smoothly and that you like your new dwelling.

      Happy Easter!

    3. Happy Easter to you as well, dear friend Lux! I'm coming over to see you now.

  4. A very warm welcome back to you, dear Shady, and what an amazing post you have returned with. I hope you are doing well and that your move was smooth and good for you. :)

    1. Hi, Linda! I'm very happy to see you and I thank you very much for your kind words two weeks ago and again today. It feels great to have a devoted friend like you. The move was smooth, I'm back in business and glad you enjoyed the post.

      I wish you a fine evening there in Canada, dear friend Linda, and hope you enjoy the rest of your week as well!

  5. I knew it! You little Shady kidder! Happy April Fool's Day and welcome back! Hope your move was a good one and you and Mrs. Shady are enjoying the new digs...take care! P.S...Edddy had to have surgery last weekend..caught his leg on a log in the woods...but he's doing well and hopefully will be here for Easter.

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I am very sorry to hear about my good buddy Eddy. That's such a shame, but at least he's on the mend now and might be able to gobble some goodies with you at Easter. I certainly hope so.

      Thank you very much for the sweet send-off you gave me a couple of weeks ago and for the well wishes here again today. Mrs. Shady and I are enjoying our new surroundings.

      I missed you very much, YaYa, and I am glad to be back. Thank you very much for the visit. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

  6. Well, look what the Bat dragged in!

    I was afraid you weren't coming back. I was afraid you had snatched the pebble from Master Fu Manchu's hand and had headed to the 1800's American West.

    Cherdo has been looking ALL OVER FOR YOU! "Where's Shady? Where's Shady?"

    I told her you had gone to the 1800's American West and wouldn't be back, but she never gave up hope that she'd hear from you again.

    I HAVE noticed just recently that I really have been receiving more spam comments on my old blogs. I appreciate them though, because more comments gives the impression that I'm more popular than I truly am.

    I'm trying to figure out how to submit a whole buncha comments to my current blog but making it appear that they came from other peoples.

    Welcome back! And Holy Houdini, Batman, stay away from the pebbles! If Master Fu Manchu wants the pebble removed from his hand so badly, he should just turn his palm toward the ground and let the dang thing fall.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Hi, Stephen! It's a pleasure to wake up this morning and discover that you visited me and left another terrific comment, good buddy. I appreciate it. My question now is, "Where's Cherdo?" :)

      Heck yeah, there have been lean times in my blogging career when I have welcomed spam comments because I wasn't getting any legitimate ones. There have also been times when I have left comments using phony names. I sometimes do that for comedic effect or to to run up my total and make it seem like I have a "popular" blog. Then I remember what the real Shady Dell was like. It didn't try to be popular. It didn't advertise. It was an old house and a dusty barn annex converted into a juke joint. No hi-tech, state of the art sound system. No valet parking. No pretenses. The Dell stayed the same year after year and attracted the cool kids by word of mouth. The Dell was a prototype of the modern rave. I'm sure you had a similar experience at clubs you frequented on the West Coast..

      Stephen, I am very happy to have you as a friend. Thank you so much for dropping by with your own words of wisdom (and whimsy). Please hustle back here next week for a very special 80th birthday celebration!

  7. Well shoot, Shady! I was all ready to get rich quick, too! I love beer, potato chips and even checked out the show, " I Married, Joan." I wasn't sure if that was even a show or an (another) April fools joke. I had to google it-- 1955 ? way before I was born. Darn that spam!!!!

    I know you've been missed but, I know where you've been. You've been hanging out with Hollywood stars at big Hollywood events, swimming with dolphins and chillin' with Gumby and Pokey!

    April Fools to you too!!! Great fun on this post!

    1. Hi, Toni! Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! I'm glad you were able to unscramble the word puzzle, name my favorite uncle and solve those advanced math equations, thereby enabling yourself to leave a comment. I never realized that you are a star mathlete! :)

      Yessum, I Married Joan is a thing. In fact, when I was a very young boy, I watched the series first run (1952-55). It starred Jim Backus a decade before he became famous as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Toni, and happy Easter to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Peaches. I'm glad you got a giggle from my post. Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories. I am now following your blog as well.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, my new friend. Have a great day and I hope to see you again soon!

  9. Good one! Happy Belated April Fool's Day, Shady. :)
    Glad you're back.

    1. Hi, dear Rita (and Kitty Kat Karma & Ian!)

      Thank you very much for coming over. I'm glad my annual April Fool's post gave you a chuckle or two. Question: Did Karma even crack a smile? :)

      It's good to be back and thank you again for your friendship and support, Rita!

  10. Where's the song?? I wanna click on it.
    Welcome back.

  11. Hi, Susie! OOOPS! I forgot to post the song.

    Here's the link:

    Thank you for the welcome back, Susie. Talk to you soon, dear friend!

  12. Hey, no joke - where is my comment from yesterday!! Ah, crimeny.

    At my house, we refer to April Fools as National Atheist Day (we used to have a pastor that told us that). I'm happy or perhaps, sad, now that I think of it - that you are the only prankster than I fell for!

    My blog home has been spared spam, but good grief - I get a ridiculous amount of junk mail. I have five email addresses - I'm wise enough to direct certain kinds of mail to one of the dummy sites. But even my private mail is full of junk.

    So, if you don't mind, I must state to all the spam-a-lam-a-ding-dongs in the world, I don't need Viagra or a date and I don't want to meet Christian Singles. Likewise, I don't want to lower my credit card rate and I WILL NOT take advantage of your fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime offer. If you're from Nigeria, keep my million dollars that you are holding in escrow.

    You're the best, Shady!! (Where is my original comment?? AHHHHHHHH!!!!). It was nice and clean.

    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! I'm very relieved to see you. I was afraid you had unfriended me (as Janie Junebug apparently has :) Nope, I never saw a comment from you yesterday. I'm thinking perhaps you got one of the math equations wrong and forgot to go back and start over on a new set, or perhaps you didn't know that my favorite uncle was Uncle Miltie (Milton Berle :)

      Again, I am very relieved to know that you and I are still besties, dear Cherdo. Thank you again for your kind return visit and comment. See you tomorrow, dearie!

    2. I hate to admit it but I think that sometimes I hit preview and exit. I'm an idiot that way.

    3. Cheer up, dear Cherdo. I'm 65 years old and still learning how to wave bye-bye.

  13. Ok a post that made me go what the hell, I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing

    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! Thank you for coming by and trying to figure out what I was up to in this post. It's easy for me to understand why you might be confused. Being Australian (and younger than Shady), you might not be familiar with the TV series I Married Joan or the TV series Num3ers or the character Glen Quagmire from Family Guy. Even though you couldn't make head nor tail of it, I hope you enjoyed the post and I thank you for coming. April is a month of special birthday salutes so please stay tuned!

  14. Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!! Hilarious.....yes I fell hook, line and sinker!!!!

    Silly me!

    Great to start the day with a smile.....good to have you back Shady!


    P.S. I'm still chuckling!

    1. Hi, dear Robyn! I'm very happy to learn that my post gave you a morning chuckle to start your day. As I told our other Aussie friend Jo-Anne (above), I don't expect you to be familiar with all the American TV references but I think you got the gist of it and I'm glad.

      Thank you very much for playing along, dear friend Robyn. Enjoy your day there in Brisbane and please come back next week for a special 80th birthday celebration. Take care, dearie!

  15. I was a believer at first! I keep getting caught by April Fool jokes. I'm happy your move went well. We are in full-bloom spring here in Kelowna, BC. 7 months of great weather to look forward to.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming! I'm surprised that was able to fool you, my oldest blog friend. Don't you remember that I pull some kind of goofy stunt every year on April 1? :)

      I'm happily surprised to find out that spring is in full bloom up your way. Enjoy the great weather. I am certainly enjoying the refreshing sea and land breezes that are usually blowing down here along the coast.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind words, dear friend Belle. Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see you next time!

  16. WELCOME BACK, SHADY! I trust that all went well with the move and that things are slowing down and going well for you and yours. i was so happy and surprised to see that you visited my blog the other day, we've missed you!
    Thanks for the great April Fools. Though i totally understand comment moderation these days. i've only gotten one or two spams in my blog's lifetime (thank goodness). Although you may have noticed i do moderate them now. So basically it just saves them back until i approve them. Keep in mind that i didn't do this because i was having spam troubles, but because i didn't want to miss any comments or questions! That way if they're out there, i've been sure and read them.
    Happy Springtime and hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend, friend!
    -Abigail and Daisy

    1. Hi, Abigail and Daisy! Thank you very much for coming over to welcome me home and wish me a happy Springtime. I'm broadcasting to you from my new dwelling here on the balmy, breezy Gulf Coast of Florida. I love it here and have already been to the beach three times.

      I see what you're saying about comment moderation. Over the years that I have been without it, I realize I have missed seeing a few comments that friends or anonymous strangers have left on my back pages. Recently, for example, I discovered a comment that was left many months ago. It makes me feel ashamed that I didn't see it immediately and leave a reply.

      Thank you again for being such a dear and wonderful friend (both of you). I wish you guys a safe and happy weekend and a very happy Easter! God bless!

  17. What a cute post, but April Fool's? I deny its existence, and I'll take the 100k a week. I'm muuuuuch too young to have seen I Married Joan, but I have heard of its existence in the long ago past many, many years before I was born. I turned 16 this year. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. No music this week? Not even a theme song from I Married Joan? I don't recognize that kid with the equations, but I know for a fact that The Hurricane created those equations. The Hurricane creates ALL equations. My, that's a handsome older man with the easel, but why can't I read the words?


    1. Hi again, dear Janie Junebug! I feel like I'm robbing the cradle having you as a friend. I assure you that I Married Joan is a thing. I remember watching it as a very young boy. During the same years that I Married Joan was on the air, series star Jim Backus was the familiar voice of cartoon character Mr. Magoo. Ever heard of Mr. Magoo, Janie? No? How about Paul McCartney? Justin Bieber? Ryan Gosling? At least tell me if I'm getting warmer!

      Who's the handsome "older" man-hunk at the easel? For the answer, please see my reply to the first comment left by "Anonymous" (Dell Rat Ron.)

      Thank you very much for coming, sweet Janie. Want music? You'll get it in my next post two days from now (Tuesday). I hope to see you then, dear friend!

  18. Okay. My comment is here. I'll check again later.

    Love again,

    1. I have no intention of removing your comments, dear Janie. You must have me confused with that scheming, manipulative she-devil Cherdo!

  19. Replies
    1. Yessum, I couldn't help noticing that you are still here. I'm gonna start charging you rent! :)

      Thanks a bunch, dear Janie Junebug, and happy Easter to you!

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