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Random Awesomeness (part 183)

Random Awesomeness

Pre-order Bachman – Heavy Blues.

Random Awesomeness (part 182)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase L.A. Guns – Cocked & Loaded.

Random Awesomeness (part 181)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith (30th Anniversary Edition) available March 10!

Random Awesomeness (part 180)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase The Charlie Daniels Band – A Decade of Hits.

Random Awesomeness (part 179)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase J Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors.

Merry Christmas (He-Man style)!

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Wishing you and yours a wonderful night tonight,
and an even better day tomorrow.

Random Awesomeness (part 178)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Idina Menzel – Holiday Wishes.

Seven years

I got a notification from WordPress today…

7 year anniversary

It’s hard to believe I have been doing this for seven years. I appreciate every single reader, especially those who have interacted through e-mails and comments on the site. I have made some very good friends, most of whom I have never even met, but I know we could sit down and have a fun and friendly conversation together if the opportunity came.

I hope you have enjoyed all the baseball, horror, book, music, and movie talk over the past seven years, and I hope to continue for many more.

Random Awesomeness (part 177)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Social Distortion – White Light, White Heat, White Trash.

How AMC spoiled Sunday night’s The Walking Dead…and what fans could have done to avoid it

The Walking Dead RIP Beth

The above image appeared on The Walking Dead‘s Facebook feed almost immediately after the bullet when through Beth’s brain Sunday night. The image was a major spoiler for everyone who had not yet seen the episode (including everyone on the West Coast who “like” The Walking Dead), because Facebook is so addictive it was impossible to just log off for a few hours until the episode was over.

“Don’t tell me what happens tonight! I didn’t watch it yet!” That’s a frequent status update. I understand that some people have other obligations during the initial airing, but the easy solution to avoid spoilers is to stay away from Facebook (or Twitter or whatever other social media site you use) until you have watched the episode. And if you are unable to do that, knowing that you will see spoilers from friends (and sometimes even the network itself), then you really have no one to blame but yourself.

I decided to put together a little list of things you could have been doing instead of scrolling through Facebook while you were waiting to watch the episode.


  • Read a book. Just take the “Face” away from that other thing you were reading. There are tons of books online, or you could go the old-fashioned route and actually get one made out of dead trees.
  • Write. Make yourself the author of your own post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world that is ten times better than The Walking Dead. Don’t laugh. Someone will do it someday. Might as well be you.
  • Exercise. Get on the treadmill and work up your running speed to escape those faster-than-Romero-zombies zombies. Lift some weights so you can rip their skulls off and use them as weapons, Daryl Dixon-style.
  • Watch Netflix or a DVD. If you can’t watch the current episode because you don’t have cable or you live in a different time zone, fire up Netflix or the DVD player (do they still make those things?) and watch your favorite movie.
  • Fix a new meal. Find an interesting recipe online, go buy the ingredients and whip it up; or use Supercook to find one using ingredients you already have in the house. You might find a new favorite food for yourself or the minions in your own little universe.
  • Write a letter to an old friend. Not an e-mail. Not a Facebook message. An actual letter, with pen and paper. Don’t you love getting something in the mail besides bills? Other people do, too.
  • Clean your house. When is the last time you vacuumed?
  • Play a game with your kids. Battleship or Operation or Fluxx<img src="; width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" / or Monopoly Deal, or even The Walking Dead board game.
  • Play Solitaire. Does’t that still come free on every computer? Or you could even pull out an actual deck of 52 cards and play it the way we played it before every home was infested with eleven personal computers.
  • Call your mom. She’d love to sit and chat for a few hours. It’s been forever since you called.

So there you have it. Things you can do instead of getting on Facebook…whether it is to avoid spoilers or just because you are way too addicted.

Random Awesomeness (part 176)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Ed Sheeran – x.

Random Awesomeness (part 175)

Random Awesomeness

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…


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