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Random Awesomeness (part 168)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase David Lee Roth (with guitarist John 5) – DLR Band.

Random Awesomeness (part 167)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Ed Sheeran – X.

Random Awesomeness (part 166)

Random Awesomeness

Pre-order Accept – Blind Rage.

Random Awesomeness (part 165)

Random Awesomeness


Purchase Ragdoll – Ragdoll Rewound.

Random Awesomeness (part 164)

Random Awesomeness

Pre-order Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls.

Random Awesomeness (part 163)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell.

Random Awesomeness (part 162)

Random Awesomeness

Vacation is over

I spent an enjoyable week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with my family last week. The kids swam, my wife and I watched the sunrise, and all of us enjoyed trying new restaurants not available to us at home. That is my rule about vacations: we don’t eat McDonalds or Dominos or any other restaurant that we have easy access to in the Cincinnati area. Our dining experiences included the Hard Rock Café and Fuddruckers, but also Prosser’s BBQ and 2 Goombas Pizza and Brother Shuckers Fish House and Gino’s Real New York Pizza. It was fun dining in these strange establishments, nibbling on familiar foods in unfamiliar places, with slightly different recipes or presentations or atmospheres.

By the way, the next time you’re in Myrtle Beach, if you don’t try anything else, you need to eat at Brother Shuckers.

Brother Shuckers Fish House Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Vacation ended Sunday with a long drive home made longer by a jackknifed tractor trailer. The kids had to be back for school on Monday; I still had two more days before work slapped me in the face again. And now, only a few days after pulling into the driveway, we’re back into our routine of waking up, taking the kids to school, and going about our boring, humdrum, mediocre activities.

Fifty-two weeks in a year, and only a few of those weeks are reserved for vacation; relaxing and recharging and revisiting what I miss about being young: lack of responsibility. Of course, the responsibility is still there, just waiting for you to come back to it, but for that one (or two, or if you’re really fortunate three) week(s), there is nothing holding you back from having fun (except for the predetermined spending limit).

So for fifty-one (or fifty, or if you’re really fortunate forty-nine) weeks, we work for that short time of pleasure. Sure, there are days off during those fiftyish weeks. There are long weekends, and holidays, and the like. But that’s not really enough time to truly get away from it all, and even if it was, who has the money for it?

I envy authors who are sent on book tours, though I’m sure if I was a published author I would dread those book tours. I love visiting different cities. They don’t even have to be exotic. Just different, away-from-Cincinnati cities. But I’m not a big fan of personal appearances, even on the audience side. I suppose I’m a bit shy and just feel out of place, like why should I be going to see this author or ballplayer or musician or whoever it might be? He’s just a person, like me (albeit with much greater talents than I possess). Sometimes I’m embarrassed to ask for an autograph or to ask a question. And then I imagine how I would feel in their place…why on earth would people want to sit and listen to me talk or ask me a question or get my autograph? And so the book tour part of it is not so appealing, but the traveling certainly is.

I would love to quit my “day job” (which is actually a night job) and just travel, crashing on people’s couches and eating at different restaurants and visiting off-the-wall museums and just living life. Because I don’t really feel alive while I’m at work, or even on the days between work. On those days in between, I’m just dreading the next day that I do have to work, so there’s still no living being done.

Is it a rut? Is it boredom? I’m not really sure. One thing is for sure: vacation is over.

Random Awesomeness (part 161)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Kongos – Lunatic.

Random Awesomeness (part 160)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Living Colour – Vivid.

Random Awesomeness (part 159)

Random Awesomeness

Pre-order Winger – Better Days Comin’.

Random Awesomeness (part 158)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Hamell On Trial – Big As Life.

The Old Reader is now my old reader

I was very disappointed this morning when I logged on to The Old Reader this morning and saw they were going to begin charging for accounts with more than 100 subscriptions. I currently subscribe to over 200.

I’m not going to pay to read blogs.

And so I will be making the switch to Feedly, a free service (as far as I can tell). There is a “pro” version which allows for advanced features, but I do not believe it costs anything to just read.

So long, The Old Reader.

Random Awesomeness (part 157)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Lead Belly – Where Did You Sleep Last Night.

The greatest Super Bowl commercial

I didn’t watch much of the big game last night, and I haven’t YouTubed all of the commercials. But I’ve seen this one pop up on Facebook and several blogs, and I’m not afraid to say that it is hands-down the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all-time.

So much 80s awesomeness here…Hulk Hogan, Ponch, Cliff, Alf, Chucky, Jason, Teen Wolf, Sgt. Slaughter, Dee Snider…I could go on, but you get the point.

Thank you, Radio Shack, for bringing a little joy to my life.

Random Awesomeness (part 156)

Random Awesomeness

(h/t to Bring Back Glam!)
Purchase Scorpion Child – Scorpion Child.

Random Awesomeness (part 155)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Billie Holiday – Lady Day: The Master Takes & Singles.

Random Awesomeness (part 154)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Christmas With The Rat Pack.

R.I.P. James Avery

(November 27, 1945 – December 31, 2013)

James Avery, who played “Uncle Phil” on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, passed away on the last day of 2013 from complications following open heart surgery.

Random Awesomeness (part 153)

I don't want to wait a whole year for another Halloween

Purchase Death On Two Wheels’ self-titled album (and all their other stuff too)


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