posted Apr 22 2015 5:48PM
Saturday was National Record Store day and I didn't know until Saturday night after all the record stores were closed. Fail.
When I was a kid I used to spend a lot of time prowling the record stores. There were two in the mall near my house and then another one in a shopping center nearby. The mall stores were corporately owned. The one in the shopping center was a mom & pop operation. The mom and pop shop usually had better prices and more esoteric fare, but the big chains were more reliable with respect to their stock. They were more likely to have the record, cassette or CD you wanted on the shelf.
I was a kid in the 80s, right at the tail end of the vinyl era. So when I first got into music it was all on vinyl. Cassettes were around but they didn't really blow up until a little later. And then right after that CDs arrived on the scene.
Now, of course, everything is available for download. And you don't even have to leave your house. That's a step forward I guess, but still it was fun to go to the record store and browse and pick out what you wanted, maybe buy something you never heard on a hunch just to see if you'd like it. That's impossible now, with so many ways to hear music.
It's nice, though, for a day each year to go back to the time when there was only one way to get your hands on new music: go out and buy it. Cheers.
posted Apr 20 2015 5:32PM
I spent Saturday afternoon in a cage. Along with the other WAYZ jocks I was incarcerated as part of Operation Breakout to benefit Grandma's Mission Angels.
Going into it I was a little bit apprehensive. Would we be ridiculed? Laughingstocks? More so than usual, that is? Yes, yes, and yes. But it was for a good cause so I figured, "Why not?"
Grandma's Mission Angels is dedicated to helping people who are sick or injured. You can get more information about what they do here.
We were handcuffed and stuffed into Greencastle Police vehicles and taken to Incognito Tattoo in downtown Greencastle, outside of which was our cage. Our cuffs were removed and we entered the cage. There was a table and chairs. I took a seat and there I remained. We engaged with passersby, trying to get them to donate to our bail fund. Each of us had a separate black box and the one who raised the most money would be declared the 4 State's most wanted DJ. I'm not going to spoil the end by telling you who won, but you can find out here
All in all it was a good time. I can think of worse company to be stuck with than Tiny, Krystle, Nicole and AJ. And like I said it was for a good cause. So thanks to all those who contributed. You're helping Grandma's Mission Angels continue to provide assistance to people in need. And that's pretty awesome.
posted Apr 16 2015 5:21PM
27-year-old Demetric Nelson of Columbia, South Carolina busted into a 57-year-old woman's house early on Tuesday morning, demanded some cash . . . and forced her to get into the trunk of her car. Then he tried to drive off, but he was foiled in TWO different ways. One, he had no idea how to drive a STICK SHIFT. And two, he didn't realize the trunk had an emergency latch inside, so the woman could just let herself out. So while he was struggling with the transmission, he didn't notice she was flagging down a cop. Demetric was arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
21-year-old Roland Grace of Fairbanks, Alaska broke into a restaurant a few weeks ago, and stole about $400 from the cash register. But police found some clear footprints at the scene . . . and they were from a pair of CROCS. They brought in a bunch of suspects to interview, including Roland. And when he showed up at the station . . . he was wearing the SAME pair of Crocs. The cops matched them with the footprint . . . and he admitted to the burglary. So he was arrested . . . and charged with a few other local burglaries too.
posted Apr 9 2015 5:25PM
Join me this Saturday April 11 at Rita's in Waynesboro as they celebrate a year in their new location. I'll be there from 2 to 4 but make sure to get there early for a chance at free ice for the season! See you there!
posted Apr 3 2015 4:00PM
If there's one thing I always look forward to come spring, it's cooking out. Not me cooking out, of course. I don't own a grill, or somewhere to set up a grill, or the ability to cook.
No, I look forward to people I know having cookouts to which I can get myself invited. It's gotten tougher over the years, for some reason, but I am a dogged and determined individual. If there's steak to be had, I'm there. Or chicken or ribs or burgers or franks. Or whatever. I'm not picky.
But before you get the impression that I'm a total freeloader, I bring beer. Usually. When I remember. So that's a fair trade, right? I think so.
Perhaps this is why my invites seem to be drying up. Cheers.
posted Mar 31 2015 2:20PM
This is not a post about the weather.
All right, that's a lie. This is totally a post about the weather.
So the interminable winter finally seems to slowly be dissipating. And I for one couldn't be happier. I am about as tired of this cold as you can possibly get. I mean I am sick of it! And I know you know what I'm talking about. It's just a drag. It's a pain. And at times it's painful (shoveling the walk without gloves...what was I thinking? And now that it's over I'll say to myself, OK now it's time to get gloves...I won't of course and then next winter I'll be out there shoveling the walk without gloves again. You know what, I should just take a break now, go buy some gloves and come back.)
OK, I'm back. And I have a very nice pair of gloves that will serve me well once the cold sets in again. Oh, the feeling of satisfaction.
All right, fine. That's a lie too. I didn't go get gloves. But I will. I promise.
So where was I? Oh, right. The endless cold is slowly going away. So you know what's next? People walking around complaining about the heat. It's coming. Just you wait and see. And when it happens I'm going to scream.
There. You've been warned. Thanks for reading.
posted Mar 25 2015 8:09PM
Here it comes: another driving rant. I apologize in advance.
So I was driving to work today when I was cut off by a car turning out of a business' parking lot without looking. Either they didn't look or they though they had enough room, which is ridiculous because I had to slam on my brakes. If there was enough room I wouldn't have had to slam on my brakes, right?
And here's something else. The lever on the steering column, not the one you put the car in gear with or switch the wipers on with, is the turn signals, used when making a turn or changing lanes. I realize you know this; obviously you're a person of great taste and sensibility which is why you're reading this blog. But apparently there are a lot of people out there who don't know, because I see them all over the place. It's not a hard concept! You and I have grasped it without trouble. So why is it so difficult for some people?
I don't know. But I'll tell you this: if you're out and about, be wise.
posted Mar 23 2015 11:10PM
You know what I really love? Delivery food. So you're at home, you're hungry, but you don't feel like cooking or going anywhere? Pick up the phone or go on the internet and they'll bring food right to your house!! How amazing is that? It's the best ever.
Yes, I'm hungry. And trying not to become hangry. You know hangry. It's when you're both hungry and angry, the latter being a direct result of the former. And it happens to the best of us. This is why delivery food exists. And it doesn't hurt that the most common delivery food is pizza, which is my favorite all time. The second most common is Chinese food, which is my favorite thing to have when I get totally sick of pizza. Of course a lot of pizza places also deliver wings, which is also awesome. So yeah, choices.
I must go now and order food. Cheers.
posted Mar 19 2015 4:34PM
Picture memes are all over these days. It's impossible to view any sort of social media without being innundated with them. I'm on the fence about them, quite frankly. You know, are they a bad idea? Or a terrible one?
Let me explain. Social media in general, including stuff like this blog, is a good place for people to share their thoughts, ideas, etc. with the world. The problem with memes is kind of like the problem with greeting cards. In effect, people who rely on them are allowing other people to speak for them. And I think that's too bad, because like I said, it's a great platform. It's a space that's all yours, where you can go and say absolutely anything you want.
So why would you want to let someone else speak for you? I understand that not everone is a writer and not everyone can express themselves as eloquently as we would like, but I think that's the beauty of it. All kinds of individual voices, speaking out in their own way.
As for the headline of this post... Well, you've probably seen it. A picture of a cat with the caption, "I can has cheezburger?" This would have to be the all-time worst. Who thinks these things up, and don't they have better ways to spend their time? Deep thoughts...
posted Mar 17 2015 2:24PM
It's St. Patrick's Day, a day that has come to symbolize Irish pride. Being partly Irish (approximately half, although that depends on whom in my family you speak to) I get into it as much as anyone else.
Why is St. Patrick held in such high regard in Ireland? It's said he drove out the snakes. Which is a mind blower. I mean, I didn't even realize they had cars back then. And really, if I was getting rid of snakes I wouldn't have used a car. I don't know how I would have done it... maybe used a bucket or something. But I definitely wouldn't want a snake in my car. I mean, what if it got lost under the seat or something? That would totally freak me out!!
I forgot where I was going here, so I'll just say Happy St. Patrick's Day. And keep it safe. Cheers.
posted Mar 13 2015 12:29PM
I'm a huge baseball fan. And since spring training is now underway I thought I'd address that briefly. There's been a debate forever about spring training games...Grapefruit league or Cactus League, depending on where your team trains. Do these games matter?
Well, yes and no. Obviously they don't count toward the regular season standings. This is a time for teams to put their prospects on the field to see what they can do while mixing in the veterans to get them back up to season form. Still it's exciting to see your team back on the field after the long layoff. I love football but baseball will always be my favorite sport. So there's nothing like the thrill of the news that Spring Training has begun. The anticipation of the season is great.
posted Mar 5 2015 2:52PM
I've mentioned this before, but doesn't it really bug you when you discover a new product and get all into it only for it to be discontinued? That happens to me all the time, and it makes me nuts. Whether it's snack foods, sodas (a repeat offender) or whatever, if a new product hits the shelves and I go crazy for it, there's just about a guarantee it will soon disappear. I think what I'll do from now on is just stockpile. So if you see me pusing a pallette down the street you'll know why. Cheers
posted Feb 4 2015 6:27PM
This is not (yet) another post about the weather. I promise.
But really, though, doesn't it drive you crazy when you leave the house all bundled up because of the cold and then you go into some place and it's hot because the heat is cranked up. So you pull off a layer and then you leave and it's cold again.
See, I told you it wasn't about the weather? Cheers.
posted Jan 1 2015 6:23PM
Happy New Year. It's 2015. Do you have any resolutions? If you do I hope you stick to them and succeed. I have none because I never stick to them, and so I try to avoid setting myself up for failure. You might think that's cynical but I just think it's pragmatic.
And now that I've totally brought the room down...Happy New Year. Live long and prosper.
Normally I'd say cheers here, but you probably heard too much of that last night, so I'll refrain.