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Random Awesomeness (part 174)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Alice Cooper – The Eyes of Alice Cooper.

Random Awesomeness (part 173)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Alice Cooper – “Keepin’ Halloween Alive.”

Random Awesomeness (part 172)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Allan Sherman – My Son, The Greatest (which for some reason does not include the song “My Son, The Vampire”)

Random Awesomeness (part 171)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Bob Dylan – Modern Times.

Random Awesomeness (part 170)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Rainbow – Down to Earth.

Random Awesomeness (part 169)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Black Robot – Woman.

I’m still here…kinda

Thanks to those who have asked why I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately. It’s been busy on the personal life front, as well as the actually doing something and not just sitting around front, and between those two things I haven’t taken much time to update the blog. I still have a few books in queue to review, but have been focused a bit more on my own novel lately. I’m hoping to have something finished on that front by the end of the year, and will update you along the way as I put more pages behind me.


On the personal front, my family took a devastating hit last Monday. Our dog Hans, who had been with us for about two years, had to be put down. He was always a “mean” dog, but loved the four of us and was always on his best behavior with us. But during the last week or so of his life, he had started to turn and was growling and baring his teeth at the family. My wife took him to the vet, and they were going to try to find a rescue for him, but the vet determined that there was something medically wrong with his brain. We miss him terribly, and I still get choked up when I think of the little guy. His cage still sits in the living room, while the boys have taken some of his toys to their rooms.

Back to the actually doing something and not just sitting around front, my college buddy Joe contacted me over the weekend to remind me that our band’s 20th anniversary is coming up next year. We started kicking around the idea of getting Roach together to jam and maybe even gig, and that set me on a mission to finally upload some of the footage from our only performance, dated November 4, 1995. It’s more than rough around the edges, but man did we ever have fun. I miss Joe (guitar), Scott (bass guitar), and Kip (drums), as well as our first “drummer” Ben (who played “drums” on pots and pans). It’s been too long, boys.

Here is one of the songs we played, an original called “Just Like Betsy.” I could tell you that we were nervous, and that would be the truth. I could tell you that we usually sounded better, and that would be a lie. Take it for what it is, a bunch of college kids having fun with no real aspirations for stardom…

Is there anything wrong with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

No doubt you have seen at least a few videos of people getting drenched in ice-cold water. Celebrities, including athletes, have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge. And I took a bucket of water over my head yesterday as well. But I haven’t donated any money yet, because I’m not sure where I’m sending it. Click here to find out why.

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.


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