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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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

It's Decision Time, America, and the Stakes Have Never Been Higher!

Before you cast your vote...

think long and hard...

and ask the tough questions!

Is he the right man for the job?

In these uncertain times, does he possess
the qualities we look for in a leader?

Can we trust his judgement?

(As this picture indicates, we most certainly can't!)

Most importantly, what did he know...
and when did he know it?

(ANSWER: nothing... and never.)

Tired of all the finger pointing?

Next Tuesday, make your vote count. 


 Shady Del Knight

back to

Shady Dell Music & Memories

for four more years as your host!

"And so my fellow Americans...

Ask not what Shady Del Knight can do for you...

Ask what you can do for Shady Del Knight."

I'm Shady Del Knight and I approved this message.

TO REELECT SHADY DEL KNIGHT www.leanforwardbutdon'


  1. HELL YEAH! you got MY vote, homeboy! :)

    1. Thank you, anne marie!

      If elected... I promise to put pot in every chicken!

      Vote early... vote OFTEN! :)

    2. Good music + smiles...

      that's the ticket! :)

  2. You’ve got my vote, too! I’m behind you a thousand percent— Here’s to four more years of music, memories and fun at Shady Dell Music and Memories!

    For he's a jolly good fellow, which nobody can deny!—lol

    1. Thank you so much for pledging your support, Kathryn. Looking ahead to my first 100 days in office, I already found a position for you in my cabinet. (I dusted off a spot on the shelf in the hutch next to my Kiss action figures.)

      Thank you again for the encouragement, Kathryn, and have a nice weekend!

  3. You are a much safer bet than Trump. :D

    1. Thanks, Joey!

      It's great to have you in my circle.

      Over the next four years I will do my best to entertain you and make you proud. :)

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Shady, you have my vote! Can I write you in for president as well?

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      You can... but, at this stage of the game, it's somewhat doubtful that I will be elected. :)

      "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."

      - General William Tecumseh Sherman (1884)

      Thanks for coming, dear friend JM!

    2. True! I usually vote third party, but I am not sure about this election. Scary stuff this year.

    3. Yessum, Halloween is over but I'm still plenty scared. :)

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend Jessica. I hope your kitty is doing well today. :)

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you, sweet friend Sarah!

      I also thank you for sticking with me all this time. (Do you realize that you are one of my oldest blog friends?) That means a lot to me. I will do my best to keep you smiling and dancing in the years to come.

      Have a great weekend!

  6. Oh yes..4 more years will be joyful and fun with you here in blogland and all the share. Now let's pray for Tuesday

    1. Hi, BB!

      Thank you very much for the endorsement, dear friend. I look forward to having lots more fun with you in the next four years.

      Yessum, I am praying for a happy wake-up Wednesday morning and I hope that you and I are praying for the same thing. :)

      Thanks again, my dear Canadian friend, and have a wonderful weekend!

  7. You have my vote, although I have already voted.
    I believe in voting early and often !

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      That's the spirit - vote early - vote OFTEN! :) Thanks for coming and thanks for casting your vote for the incumbent, Shady Del Knight.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend Gayle!

  8. I don't know how what is going to happen to America but we will know before too long

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, my dear Australian friend? Thanks for coming over!

      It's good to know you are keeping an eye on the U.S. presidential election. As for me, I am still accepting campaign contributions in my bid for a third 4 year term as host of SDMM. Please send me all the coins you find in your sofa cushions. :)

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  9. Sure, I'll vote for you as leader of this blog. Don't think anyone else could do what you do here as well as you do it.

    And on Tuesday I'll be voting for the man who I think will be best for this country. Time to shake up the establishment and clean the swamp!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks, Lee!

      I support your right to vote for the candidate of your choice. I also want to thank you in advance for accepting the outcome of the election and upholding the American tradition of a peaceful transition of power.

  10. OMG! I can't quit smiling and laughing-you've made my weekend Shady! I mean, I do have my Scootie here, but, you've brought on the best of the last laughs!

    Sorry, I couldn't make it by earlier, but what a treat! You're number 1 on my ballot, for sure! I seriously just can't figure out what to do about voting...can't help it! And, I'm afraid of getting accosted at the polls to sway one way or another.

    I read the last sentence of your last reply-" Accepting the outcome of the election and upholding the American tradition of a peaceful transition of power." That will be the key!

    Give me strength! I've not openly expressed an opinion to anyone, anywhere! I would close my eyes and push a button, but I can't!

    How did you say you spell your last name? LOL! Just kidding-but, you're a winner by a landslide to host SDM&M!

    P.S. Like your photo drinking at the well! See you soon! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      How are you today, dear friend? I'm very happy to see you. Thanks for coming over to cast your vote in favor of four more years of the incumbent, Shady Del Knight, as host of SDMM.

      I'm excited to know you got a chuckle out of my bogus political post. That picture showing young Shady drinking from a well that is clearly marked "unfit" was my father's idea. A lifelong shutterbug, my dad loved trick photography and frequently enlisted family members to create sight gags like that one. The picture was snapped in mountainous Potter County, northern PA, at Cherry Springs State Park. My family went there for summer vacations and stayed in a log cabin.

      As for the presidential election, you can always feel free to express your opinion here on SDMM or in a private email to me. While I am happy when my friends' opinions, values and beliefs match mine, I try hard to maintain friendships with folks on the opposite side of the spectrum. It has been a bitterly divisive campaign, a Civil War of the 21st century, and I pray that the period of Reconstruction that begins November 9 will be one of healing and national unity. "A house divided against itself cannot stand," said Abraham Lincoln.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Suzanne, and for your kind vote of confidence. Enjoy your Sunday!

  11. Absolutely, I'll vote for you, dear Shady! And I support no term limits for the Keeper of the Dell :-)
    Emma Goldman once said, "If voting changed anything they'd make it illegal," May yours remain one blog, under popular scrutiny for outstanding entertainment with humor, thanks to liberty for all!

    1. Hi, Diedre!

      How are you sweet friend? I am very happy to see you today. Thanks for making time to visit on your weekend!

      Thank you also for this vote of confidence to continue my serious and important work :) here at SDMM. Mrs. Shady will love you for quoting Emma Goldman :)

      If elected Tuesday to another four year term I promise to give you something to think about and something to smile about in every post. I don't know for sure which side of the aisle you are on in the presidential election. It doesn't matter to me because, year in and year out, you have proven yourself to be one of the best friends I ever had. I am very grateful to have you here in my little corner of the world, Diedre.

      Thank you again for joining the fun and have a super week ahead!

  12. Hahaha. You had me there! Great post. I'd definitely vote for you Shady!
    Will be anxious to see the outcome tomorrow. I'll be in a hotel room watching the returns as I bite my nails... :)

    Talk soon,
    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Hey, you made it over after all! I am very happy to see you, dear friend, and I hope all is going well in your cross country journey.

      Thank you very much for the vote of confidence as I seek reelection to an unprecedented third four year term as your host here at SDMM. :)

      Yessum, tomorrow is shaping up as a tense nail biter. The stress is unrelenting and a gazillion Americans will be glad when the long election campaign is finally over.

      Here's hoping...

      Thanks again for making time for a visit. Stay safe and God bless, dear friend Michele.

  13. After much deliberation, and soul searching, I have responded to each of your queries:

    #1: I will vote for you only if you have declared bankruptcy at least three times, preferably 6.

    #2: Arrogance, pomposity and total disregard for the truth are qualities that I and apparently much of America are looking for.

    #3: As long as your emails are vetted by the FBI - I can't allow anything too Shady.

    #4: If the last three months is an indicator, the herd mentality is that a candidate must know nothing and pretend to know everything. Since you have a music and memories expertise, I'm going to have to think long and hard about supporting you. What the hell, why not?

    #4: Finger pointing? It has been my experience that it's never good to get in a pissing experience with a skunk.

    1. Hi, Robert!

      Thank you very much for dropping by!

      It seems that you, like millions of other Americans, are wrestling with "Decision 2016." (Remember... Shady will go to the mat for you!) Clearly you aren't exactly behind me 1000%, but I'll take your vote any way I can get it.

      I will reply to your responses one by one.

      #1: Yes, I am bankrupt. That's why it is vitally important (and not too late) for you to empty your account and send me your whole retirement nest egg. I'll make you proud!



      I am not arrogant and pompous, and please remember to show respect by addressing me as "your highness" or "your royal majesty" (pick one).

      #3: Rest assured, I have never tried to hide my clandestine affair with Pee-wee Herman.

      #4: I really don't know much about music and my memory is fading. Thank heaven for Wiki!

      Second #4: True. I made that same mistake with a lowland Gorilla.

      Thanks again for your comment, Robert. Now get out there and vote early... and often! :)

  14. Kathleen Mae SchneiderNovember 7, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    I borrowed a few campaign slogans from the past to cast my vote for Shady:

    "In your heart you know he's right" - about music and Dell times of old.

    "He's making us proud again." - to be part of this blog.

    "Are you better off than 4 years ago?" Yep, I sure know a lot more about popular music than I ever thought possible given my background.

    "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow." - to see what fun posts are waiting.

    "Leave no child behind". - or any reader who visits and comments, or any artist who's not gotten the fame they deserve.

    "Don't swap horses in the middle of a stream." Just like Lincoln said, why turn this blog over to anyone else, because they're not as knowledgeable or fun!

    "Happy Days are Here Again". They never left SDM&M!

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for joining the fun and exercising your right to vote for the Shady Del Knight of your choice. :)

      Yessum, in your heart you know I'm right... extreme right.

      I appreciated your creative use of campaign slogans of the past as they apply to the future of SDMM... a future so bright you will need to wear Shady. I would also like to remind you of something I prove here week in and week out, and year in and year out:

      "A mind is a terrible thing..."

      Thank you again for the kind and supportive words, dear friend Kathleen. Keep your fingers crossed that we will wake up happy Wednesday morning. (I woke up grouchy today. Shoulda let her sleep. :)

  15. Campaigning right up to the last hour I see. Okay. You got my vote. Another 4 years for you it is.

    1. Hi Cheryl Lee!

      Thanks for coming and thanks for your vote. Yessum, I'm still on the stump and still collecting campaign contributions (hint hint). If reelected tomorrow, I will do my best to keep you entertained in the years to come. :)

      Have a great week, dear friend C-Lee!

  16. I would vote for almost anyone except the two running for president so I guess you will get my vote. I can't believe they are the two best the parties have to offer. Better vote for Shady not Twiddlely Dee or Twiddlely Dumb. I don't know which is which but I wouldn't buy either a beer. I'll vote Shady since I would at least buy him a Rolling Rock pony at the Skellar (Not the My).

    Guess Who

    1. Hi, Jerre!

      How are you doing, good buddy? Thanks for coming over to witness history in the making as I pull out all the stops (and make whole bunches of promises I can't keep) in my bid for reelection to an unprecedented third term as host of SDMM. It helps that I am running unopposed. :)

      If the candidates are Twiddlely Dee and Twiddlely Dumb, then I stake my claim to the nickname Twiddlely Dumber. :) You are 24+ years too late to buy me a beer, good buddy, since I quit cold turkey (and booze), but I would gladly have an unsweetened iced tea with you or club soda with a wedge of lime.

      Thanks again for dropping in to show support, good buddy Jerre. Have a great week and come back again soon!

  17. We like you! We really like you! You have my vote for sure! I see more than just 4 years my friend...let's go for's not too late!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming over and joining the grass roots movement to reelect Shady Del Knight to another term hosting SDMM. Every vote counts and I am thankful for yours. Don't forget that Chubbs is also eligible to vote under the new "canine claws" of the election guidelines. :)

      Thanks again for your loyal support all these years, dear friend YaYa. Have a wonderful week!

  18. It's pretty clear who will win the presidential election, friend Shady. Since Hilary lost last time to Obama, she will win this time. Donald was just put there for entertainment purposes. It's clear as mud. I'm glad the circus is over tomorrow. Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend. Thank you for making time for a visit. I hope you had a wonderful vacation in the Pacific!

      We are all on pins and needles stateside but, as you pointed out, the circus will soon be over, at least I hope it will be. You never know with the players involved. I hope your prognostication is accurate, otherwise I might me your new next door neighbor in the near future. :)

      Thanks again, sweet cat, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. So many questions. Who is opposing you? Who's your running mate? What is your stand on lemonade? Can you be trusted with the keys to the city? I hope these issues will be addressed. I want to make an informed decision before I vote for curator of the Shady Del.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories, good buddy! As always you have been missed.

      To answer your flurry of questions, Mrs. Shady opposes me on many issues, although she and I are in total agreement about the presidential race.

      If you meant to ask Hoosier running mate, the answer is Rupert Boneham of Survivor. :)

      My stand on lemonade is as follows. If life gives you a lemon, it means you should have voted for Hillary instead.

      Can I be trusted with the keys to the city? No, but you can trust me with the keys to the liquor cabinet because I haven't touched a drop in nearly 25 years.

      Thank you for carefully pondering your decision before voting for the next Dell curator. I hope you are making an equally informed decision about the national election.

      Take care, Jeffrey, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. I'm like a bad penny. I always turn up.
      I'm like a bad vegetable for example, a turnip.

  20. I would have totally voted for you!! Shoot, i did early voting before i saw this post.
    Great post and adorable pic of you!!!!

    1. Hi, Holli!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! It's good to know that I would have garnered your vote if you hadn't already voted early. :)

      I hope you have been well. I've got a new post coming in the morning and I hope to see you then.

      Thanks again and good night, dear friend Holli!


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