Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Funny Flood

I had a new water cooler delivered to my office today to replace the unfortunately contaminated one. I put a new 5 gallon water on top, and set off to lunch.

An hour later, I returned to my office and noticed the water bottle atop the cooler was empty. I think the shock of it forced my brain to believe that the one dude that had access to the office for the last hour had drank 5 gallons of water. Before the brain had the one second it needed to realize how ludicrous that is, my feet were sloshing through the gallons of water in the office floor rug carpet squares.

I went to find the facilites guy, who brought up a shop vac, I was laughing my ass off at the whole thing. After sucking up some of the water, he looked at the cooler and thought that the reason for the leak was a few loose things inside that he tightened and said, "let's see now". 

We added some water, and almost immediately it began leaking - slower, but still leaking. He pulled on a plug and all of a sudden, the water began gushing out onto his arm. "The hot water works!"

By this time, I took a call from a teacher but I just started laughing so hard. I apologized, and the teacher asked what I was laughing at. I told her that my office was flooding with water and she was surprised..."you're in a rather good mood considering the circumstances."

We got the machine empty, sucked up as much as we could with the shop-vac, then decided to,call the new cooler a d.o.a., then brought up yet another new one. The good news, the new, new machine is fine.

Leaks

If you follow technology at all, it seems every day you hear of the next cell phone, the next computer innovation, the next whatever...but not just hear about it, hear very specific details about it that somehow "leaked" to the public.

During Apple's most recent press conference, one site had a live feed going through the list of all of the "leaks" that had been covered in the months preceding the actual Apple announcement and was reviewing what was delivered versus expected via those leaks.

I wonder if anyone actually believes at this point that those leaks are accidental. My belief is that the manufacturers intentionally leak the information to create excitement, demand, etc.

What are your thoughts? And, do you think it's all a bit overkill?

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Rare Moment of Class at Fenway

The send off and general reaction at Fenway of Derek Jeter was fantastic, classy and incredible. I suspect there were a lot of Yankee fans at the park but I don't want to discount the Sox fans for cheering.

The Red Sox organization and team, everything about the day, all just classy - and Mr. Derek Jeter, deserved nothing less than the best.

Players like Jeter don't come around often, the major league has probably had a handful or two at most and in my opinion, there is zero evidence there will ever be another like him.

The way I see it, the game will now always have to be different. I am curious to see how his ride of into the sunset will fare but I wish that dude nothing but the best.

Later C A P T A I N !

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Krystle Campbell 5K

These are pictures from today's 5K fundraiser. Krystle Campbell, an alumni of MassBay Community College, lost her life in the Boston Marathon bombings. We have created a scholarship fund in her name and honor and this 5K event is the primary fundraiser.


























Saturday, September 27, 2014

An Oopsie

I had planned to do some class related paperwork and in advance, printed off some stuff at the office yesterday which I had stashed on my desk under the scanner lid for safe keeping. This morning, I realized that I left the papers there, and it seemed less wasteful to go pick them up today rather than reprinting them from home.

I got a late start, though I woke up early, I stayed in bed for another nap and then watched some TV and just generally chilled out. I decided to check out the Farmer's market and have lunch at The Carve.

This is a little sandwich they call "The Gobbler", turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and their own twist...delicious. They also provided a sampler of their vegetarian chili which was quite yummy.

After leaving the market, I began driving toward the office when I realized, fortunately almost immediately, that I didn't have my work keys with me. I spun around to go back home to get the keys and once again, made my way to the office. There are a few good foliage spots driving to and from work so it was pleasant.

I get to work, the building and the area where my office is were all open, they keys weren't all that essential but I wasn't going to let that get to me. I went over to my desk and the papers were not there. I panicked slightly, then checked the drawers and then in my back office. Then, it hit me, I must have put them in my bag, which would leave them back at the house I went back to to get the keys I didn't really need to come all the way back here, where they weren't. Are you following all of this?

Head back home and sure enough, papers are in my bag and I am here spilling the beans to you. thank you for reading.

Election Day Primer

Oh no, is this going to be a political rant? I don't feel like reading about politics...help!

This isn't so much a political post as it is a reminder that participation in the political process is required. Everybody talks to talk about and complain about when they disagree with what is happening in politics but such a small percentage of people that have the right and responsibility to take part in the process of electing their representation actually do so.

Yes, there are flaws in the system, significant one in my opinion. The electoral college is not relevant, hasn't been for a very long time and has altered the vote of the people in at least one significant election.

I might also declare that when I refer to elections and the "political process", I don't only refer to that of the national level. It really is just as important to take part in the state and local elections as well, all of this has an affect on how you and your community get along.

I received a booklet this past week regarding the ballot questions that will appear on the ballot I will be voting with in the upcoming November elections. I suspect that wherever you live and vote, there are often questions to vote on as well. In casual conversation, I've learned that so many people never see those questions until the moment they are voting. Some of these issues that we are asked to vote on are complex and worded in such a way where making a decision right there at the voting booth is not that easy. I know it's not always easy, but I urge you all to try to get a hold of those questions in advance and do a little bit of homework, read what the people that support it say and what the people who oppose it say and think about how you feel; then, go into the voting booth knowing your answer.

That's all...thanks.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Marketing

Are you familiar with this item? Listerine PocketPaks - I've used this items for a while, pretty much since they hit the market a few years back.

The front of the package is pretty basic and unassuming. But something I noticed yesterday for the very first time, was the back of the package. I can't believe I missed this but it caught my attention and raised numerous questions that in the grand scheme of things, don't really matter all that much to me but I still have some fascination about what the real answers might be anyway.

I guess I should also provide a picture of the back of the package as well then, right? Okay, here goes:

Disclosure, I didn't think in advance to snap a picture of the actual package I had from the front, so the picture above of the from is from a Google image search. The picture here of the back is one that I scanned from my own package, the one that prompted this post.

First question, I need to know why they chose French as the second language on this packaging. Are they trying to imply that most native French speakers have breath issues?

Next, what's up with this due about to put one of these in his mouth? Am I nuts or is he a bit creepy? What the hell is he thinking that breath strip is going to do and who the heck is is staring at with those creepy eyes and even creepier eyebrows (yes, I noticed the slight lift of the right brow)?

I get the idea of the scene at the right where the two colleagues are working together, but one question I have about it is whether or not the creepy dude in the foreground is also the guy pointing out things on that chart (or whatever it is). Also, the picture implies that you might only wish to have fresh breath if you are working close to a member of the opposite sex. Are they also as a result implying that bad breath among members of the same sex is tolerable?

No longer a question in the overly litigious society we live in, but no less ridiculous is the warning about how the carrying case "may present a choking hazard". Also, I laugh because the expression "carrying case" just reads as an item larger than the (approximate) 1 3/4"x 1 1/2"x 0.25" actual "carrying case".

Finally, while I know physical space is at a premium, the use of the question mark to illustrate the included phone number is what you should call if you had questions seems lazy. There is clearly enough space above the phone number to include the actual word "Questions".

I guess I should stop here or you might be inclined to think I'm a bit nutty.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Equipment

On the gray table in the background, shot as a view from the desk I spend a lot if time at, is a (from left to right) electric pencil sharpener, electric three-hole punch and an electric stapler.

Yesterday, I watched a grown woman spend between 1 and 2 full minutes trying to figure out how to use the pencil sharpener; a pencil sharpener! This isn't anything fancy, there is a hole, the approximate width of a pencil...insert pencil, sharpen - that's it...but this was a major challenge for this student.

Neither of these three machines are complex for the end user in any way. I've intentionally used semester breaks and summer sessions, when there an unfortunate number of kids brought to campus - I've actually tested this equipment with kids and a very high percentage of the time, these little kids know exactly how to use all three of these items.

Here's the sad news, and I see it a ton, it's mind boggling how many adults and grown community college students are completely perplexed at these gadgets. really odd.

A Call for Consolidation

I just thought of this and I feel like I need to write about it before I forget it, but I wish I had some pictures - though any of you who shop in grocery stores will likely be able to picture it; unless of course, you ignore the yogurt section.

First off, remember the Columbo yogurt commercials? You know, ones with the two really old folks talking about how their container is bigger, at one point came with a spoon built into the lid (that was rad), and sometimes even used the cutesy expression, "Coyumbo". What the hell happened to them and to Columbo yogurt! You can read here about what actually happened.

While we no longer have the life work of the Colombosian family staring at us, the number of products in the yogurt section has gotten increasingly out of hand (in my opinion). There's regular, fat free, whipped, fruit on the bottom, then there is Greek and all of those varieties (and more) for that. 

There are some yogurts that have gone so far over the top that they don't even fit the illusion of it being healthy, then, there are some that seem that they are so darn healthy, it's like eating planet earth by the creamy spoonful.

It's mesmerizing in a hypnotic way to have so much choice. In my opinion, I think there needs to be a little bit of consolidation, so that it's not so overwhelming that the consumer just doesn't walk away instead of making a choice because it's so daunting.

From a business perspective, considering the financial value of shelf space in a supermarket, it surprises me that so many varieties can survive. 

Revisiting Some of the Music Podcasts

While I've kind of let the Podcast go by the wayside, there are some great episodes, especially ones that revolve around music. Here are some links to one's I particularly like, the link will take you to the Blog where I posted it - from there you can go to the Podcast site and download the episodes as MP3 files or you can subscribe via iTunes and get them that way (you can also listen to them right on the blog page as well - lots of options).

If you've never heard them before, I think many of you will find them interesting and hopefully, you will get turned on to music you didn't know or hear something you haven't heard in a while and missed.


15 Albums in 15 Minutes for 15 Friends - Part 1

15 Albums in 15 Minutes for 15 Friends - Part 2

15 Albums in 15 Minutes for 15 Friends - Part 3


Only God Knows Why-The Legend of Johnny Kool - Part 1

Only God Knows Why-The Legend of Johnny Kool - Part 2

Only God Knows Why-The Legend of Johnny Kool - Part 3


You Really Got a Hold On Me - The Series



Tenth Anniversary of Friends Reunion Disc - Part 1

Tenth Anniversary of Friends Reunion Disc - Part 2

Tenth Anniversary of Friends Reunion Disc - Part 3

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

17+

Five days ago marked my 17th anniversary as a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I've lived more than a third of my life here now.

There have been lots of ups and downs, but I do love it here. Things have been kind of nice of late, and it's about time.

I was looking back, it's been 9 years since my Hawaii trip - I forgot it was that long ago!

Just about a year ago, the series finale of Dexter aired and nearly destroyed 8 great seasons. It still bothers me just how bad that finale was. Odd in a way how so much of that series showed just how fragile life is and the last few minutes of the 80th episode nearly destroyed the impact of all 80 episodes and all the hard work that went into them.

Did I mention I got pulled over by a cop on Saturday? Fortunately, it was just to get a warning that a brake light was out. Thankfully, I was able to purchase the lamp on Sunday, for about four bucks, then go home and install myself.

If yellow was the chosen color for the first highlighter marker, why is it now that they've diversified the color palette of highlighters that all of the other colors get equal billing?

On With the Show

When Fleetwood Mac announced a new tour and that Christine McVie was rejoining the band, I was excited and proclaimed then how much I wanted to see them again. Once the tour dates were posted, and the exorbitant ticket prices, I was discouraged and upset and figured that the chances of me seeing them rapidly declined.

I planned to wait until the show got closer and just troll Craiglist looking for folks that had tickets long in advance and their schedules had made it such that they couldn't go. In my experience, especially as the concert draw closer, you can often get these at discounted priced.

The good news, I scored tickets to see them! I am looking forward to it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the Works

Hopefully, tomorrow I will be able to tell you I have Fleetwood Mac tickets. I haven't seen them in a while and this time, Christine McVie is back so it's gong to be special.

I forgot that Stevie Wonder tix went on sale until it was pretty much too late. Never say never though.

Need to wake in like 5 1/2 hours, I have no business being here typing this mish-mash.

Can't get rid of this freaking cough.

This post is almost pathetic.

You know when you've blown your nose so much that your whole upper lip kind of hurts? And then, you can't help but smile - and it still hurts, but you just don't care because it feels nice to smile.

I've decided that after a lengthy absence, facial hair will return this facial hair season.

New cell phone - HTC One M8...Only about 28 hours so far but so far, so good.

Goodnight.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hanx Writer

The things you come across on NPR. Listening to an interview with Tom Hanks, yes, THE Tom Hanks... Turns out he's and avid collector of old manual typewriters.

His collection inspired him to work with a team to create an app called, "Hanx Writer". The app is a classic typewriter emulator. The sounds are authentic and it's pretty functional.

I fiddled around with this a bit, and it's super neat, super fun and I recommend playing with it.

As I write this, I realize I should have checked to see if it's available in multiple formats but I didn't, I can confirm the iPad app is available.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Betterish

Been down sick for a few days this week...still not 100% but finally the vice grips have been lifted. An friend recommended and interesting Asian potion by sending me a picture of the product. Here's what it looks like:

She sent this side of the box along with the other side that had the ingredients. I printed it, went to the Asian market in my town and showed them the picture and they had it. Pretty good stuff, all natural - its very viscous, sweet liquid but it feels really good and has been very helpful.

Spent the morning doing a bit of house cleaning, something I've neglected for a longer than I care to admit, I've made some decent progress, still some work to go.

Made a lunch stop at the Farmer's Market - since I didn't have breakfast, I went with a pretty robust offering of a grilled pork chop with mashed potatoes and swiss chard - super delicious.

I also made a pit stop at the annual town fair, it's called something else but same deal.

Waiting for a friend to arrive to go for a nice scenic walk and hang. Looking very forward to it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In My Ears - VIII

Here is a look at the music I've consumed since the last "In My Ears" post:

Bob Mould - Black Sheets of Rain
Fresh off an appearance on the WTF podcast, I felt like reaching back into some of Mould's work, all good stuff.

Fountains of Wayne - Fountains of Wayne
Still bothers me that I only discovered this band a couple of years ago, fun music.

Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence (EP)
All songs that made it on to the full length record that went nuts...solid music.

Of Montreal - Lousy with Sylvianbriar
Quirky album title from an ecletic band but for certain, this is a contender or my album of the year; amazing from start to finish.

Craig Campbell - Never Regret
If you like modern country music, listen - if not, don't.

Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain
Something magnetic about this dude's voice - love it.

Straight No Chaser - Under the Influence
An acapella group doing covers and featuring guest spots, sounds like a corny premise but it all works really nicely.

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Anne Clark is a talented guitarist and avant-garde performer whose songs and art are captivating.

Roseanne Cash - The River and The Thread
Rootsy and beautiful.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories
What you might expect from Coldplay

The I Can't Sleep Post

If nothing makes sense from this point on, please allow me to blame the cold I am sporting that has knocked me on my ass. I felt crappy and sore throaty on Tuesday, but worked anyway and I guess that was probably not smart.

By Tuesday evening, I was feeling awful enough to tell my boss I wasn't going to be in on Wednesday and while I did have to go out briefly to drive my daughter to school in the morning, I rested for most of the day - in fact, I slept for 7 more hours over the course of the day which accounts for me being awake right now.

In fact, I've already let my boss know that today (it is after midnight as I type this), I will also be out sick. I hate to be out sick, mostly because it means that I am sick.

Hey, have you guys heard that Stevie Wonder is touring? And, the he's doing the entire "Songs in the Key of Life" record? Stevie is one of the very few artists still around that I haven't seen live that it matters to me that I haven't seen live. I hope I can get a ticket and not have to take a second mortgage to do so!

I just realized I didn't even tell you guys about my blast from the past email, I'll hit you up later with that - I am going to try to get some sleep.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heirloom


At last Saturday's farmer's market, there was a table tasting and discussion of heirloom tomatoes. I approached the table and after seeing all of the varieties, and inspired by Ralph Kramden's "Knight out on a dog like this", I uttered what I thought was a quite clever joke...

"Oh look, an heirloom family" (carefully using the same cadence that we normally use to say family heirloom.

Dude in the had gives me a sneer and says, "Um, no!"

Odd thing is the very first time I ever did stand up comedy at an open-mic, I had food, including tomatoes, thrown at me. What are the tomato gods trying to tell me?





Monday, September 15, 2014

Hanging with Steve

My buddy Steve (along with his wife Jenn, another old friend of mine from the old neighborhood) moved out to L.A., so there are often long stretches of time that I don't get to see wither of them. Steve was in town this past Friday with his current gig playing guitar for the very talented Cassadee Pope. I was excited to be bringing my daughter along to visit with him, get the whole backstage experience and of course, watch him rock it onstage.

Before I put up the pictures, I have to say thank you to so many folks - first and foremost Steve, for allowing us to invade his work space, for being so gracious, and for being a great friend. Thanks also to Cassadee for being so sweet, Don for his behind the scenes work and all the guys in the band who hung out after and especially for making my kid feel so special.

I took these pics with my digital camera.

I found a nice glamorous spot for a backstage shit with my kid:

This is me and my daughter with Cassadee Pope on her tour bus. Cassadee is a really sweet young lady who has been nothing but generous with her time and her fans.

Our buddy Steve in the "Rock Star Silhouette" :)


 


               










Here is my daughter, with the whole band as we all had dinner after the show. So sweet of them for doing this:


Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Post Meant for Yesterday, But I Fell Asleep

I woke up not realizing that both Friday and that morning, I had completely forgotten that I had a party to attend in the late afternoon.

I was out late Friday hanging with my friend Steve, who was in town. It was a great night and my daughter, who hadn't seen him in a long time, also came along...plus, he saw too it that she had a really special time with the whole backstage, tour bus, rock star experience and it was great.

Saturday, I got to the farmers market with the plan of having lunch with my friend. It was great to share the experience, and to be able to not have to choose between the two awesome lunch offerings, we got both and split them (both are yummy).

After the market, i made a long overdue stop at my favorite place in all of Massachusetts, Walden Pond. It was also extra special to share that experience with a first time visitor. After our time there, I still was able to make the party I had completely forgotten about and I wasn't even really late, not even the latest.

And that's it for now...later.

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's a Week!

Do yourself a favor, I am not being paid for this advertisement but the Honey Smoked BBQ Strong & Kind bar, pictured here, is one of the best things I've ever eaten; it's got a little sweet, a little heat, and a little salty...so darn amazing!

You ever know someone for a good amount of time, then all of a sudden become closer friends with them and then feel kid of dumb you didn't get friendly sooner?

Going to see my buddy Steve, playing guitar for Cassadee Pope, in town tonight. The best part is that my daughter is coming and this is the first time she's seen Steve since he moved to L.A.; she was only 10 then...at 16, it will be fun!

Glad that some of my old NY friends are getting together for a reunion. We used to do these pretty regularly but for the last few years, not so much. I am looking forward to getting to see all of them again.

Happy that my friend Dan's kids got to speak their peace on the radio this morning regarding the situation they had with winning a contest to meet Ariana Grande that has gone viral. That Ariana Grande has become a bit of a diva.

Hoping for nice weather tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Void

This void inside my soul
Never thought I could feel so broken
I need to find a way beyond
All that's been unspoken

Neglected for too long
Lost along the way
It's time to find what's left of me
See more than shades of gray

The price I've paid for the choices I've made
Have been far too great
It time to leave it all behind
I hope it's not too late

9/11/2014 C. Daniele

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Clean those Rib Bones

A couple of days ago, I posted the following on Facebook:


The day after, I had jut felt it was necessary to set a good example. I went back to whole foods and picked up a small slab of rib so that as a public service, I can show you what rib bones should look like if the ribs are consumed properly,

Here is the before picture:


And here is what's left once properly eaten:


Please folks, use this as a guide if you need, just eat your ribs properly.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Whole Foods Story

I had a very humble lunch at Whole Foods today. I brought to the register a single slice of cheese pizza and just a spoonful or so of a mixture of wheatberries, quinoa, and sliced almonds.

The cashier, someone I had never seen, so I assumed to be new, rung up the sale and said, "Three dollars and seventy two cents please." Then after a very (and I mean very) brief pause said, "wait a second..." the cashier then proceeded to stare at her register screen with an expression of concern and shock.

Without missing a beat, I said out loud, "I know what you are up to. You are saying to yourself, this is Whole Foods, it's not possible that someone can get an entire lunch order in under $4, something must be wrong...am I right?"

She immediately busted out in laughter (as did the dude behind me in line).

Speaks volumes. Entertaining though.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Funny Shit Old(er) People Say

I was telling my daughter about this 16 year old kid that is enrolled in my Computers & Technology class. She, being 16, related to the curiosity and interesting nature of it.

Of course, her very immediate question to me was, "what was the oldest student you've ever had?" I am not certain of the exact age but I am certain he was in his 70's, may have been 80+.

I was teaching a non-credit workshop, a computer primer. The subject was Microsoft Word, it was Word 2000 at that time. I was going over the icons on the toolbar and got to the disk icon (the one circled in red in the figure here in this post). I mentioned that the disk was the icon for the save command. Before I could utter another word, this older gentlemen slammed his hand on the desk and said (and I am coming as close as I can, it's been 15 years), "a disk, hot damn, I always thought it was a television set and I could never figure out why there would be a TV up there!"

That was his revelation. The whole class started laughing and we all had a good time with it then moved on. It was one of those moment you don't forget.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Local Freight

Great day at the farmer's market today. It was almost unbearably hot but a spot in the shade, an iced coffee from Acoustic Java and an amazing ricotta, grilled zucchini and pine nuts on a rosemary ciabatta sandwich from The Carve made it better. There was some terrific bluegrass music by a band called Local Freight and later in the day, I was a participant in a food demo from The Carve...FUN!

Today was one of those days where I ran into folks I don't usually run into, and it was fun!

I did get a haircut.

I moved the sofa earlier and saw what I thought was a pretzel nugget that I must've lost. I picked it up and walked into the kitchen to throw it away - took a peek at it and realized I was holding a petrified cat turd; thanks Oliver, you practical joker you.

Seeing The Road Dawgs later tonight.

Oh...cashed in my loose change today...$115.01!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Farewell Joan

I meant to post this yesterday but had no time. Now, I have a few moments but wonder what is left to say. You didn't have to be a Joan Rivers fan to know that she was a force. You didn't have to like her to know that she was a pioneer, a true pioneer. You didn't have to like her to respect her work ethic, both overall and distinctly as a comedian.

This woman made me laugh, made me gasp and captured my attention for most of my life. Her impact on show business will remain in tact for ever but she will be missed, I believe even by people that may not necessarily identify as fans.

Best comment I heard yet, "she died doing what she loved, having surgery". I know she is laughing somewhere over that one!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Do Wishes Come True (A Decade Later)

I posted these 5 wishes on 9/11/2004, the red comments are my thoughts on them today:

This is in no particular order and is being written on the fly:

1. If we must hurt, let it only serve to remind us that when we find that which brings us joy, it is worth both the sacrifice and the risk it may take to get it.

I think this is still a powerful statement. There does seem to be greater sacrifices being made though at considerable cost. The world has gotten a bit scarier, makes valuing that which is precious more necessary.

2. Before I take my last breath in this life, I get to meet the beautiful people I've grown so fond of in the blogging community.

I've met Egan, Meg, and Tori - all fabulous people. the blogging community has greatly diminished but I have worked hard to maintain many of the friendships I've made over the course of this past decade.

3. The people of the United States of America to open their eyes, ears, hearts, and minds and realize that our current president is an evil man whose only good intentions are meant for him and those who serve him. Please let this country band together to make him go away.

Written about the insanely stupid and clueless George W. Bush. there has been much criticism about our current president, Barack Obama but I like him. I can't say Obama has made all the right moves but he's a smart and caring man whose intentions are genuine.

4. For the families of those who've endured tragedies such as 9/11, any of the many wars, and any of the lesser known but no less tragic events that fill our newscasts nightly to find whatever it is they need to move on and have some happiness and joy in their lives despite the scars these tragedies will leave them with.

It's so sad to think of how many more tragedies we've had this past decade and how many families have had to endure such pain. Over the last decade I've lost friends, family, and family of friends to natural causes, cancer, and other problems. Life goes on, as we get older, these kinds of things happen - it doesn't get easier though. It's particularly hard to know that people I care about are in pain, for any reason. Here's to hope and positivity, and some peace of mind for all.

5. That I can have the strength and courage to continue to grow as a person, and share what I've learned in this life with others.

I've tried hard to be more charitable, to be a better citizen of the community in which I live and to work hard. What I have failed at, especially most recently, is taking care of myself...there's an emptiness in my heart - a pain that I am having a hard time resolving. I am trying though.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In My Ears VII

Michael Jackson - Bad
I hadn't listened to this MJ record in quite some time. I have to say it holds up nicely.









Peter & Gordon - Greatest Hits
I had just seen Peter Asher live and needed to revisit some of this classic material.


John Legend - Love in the Future
Legend continues to put out very strong pop music that has far greater depth than most of what you will hear on the top 40.









Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
There's something about her music that's captivating.



Neon Trees - Pop Psychology
What a perfect name for this record. Whatever a pop song should be in 2014, Neon Trees follow up to Picture Show continues the trend of catchy songs, catchy riffs and all around fun music to listen to.








Miranda Lambert - Platinum
Hard not to know who she is by now, I saw her live at the beginning of her career and knew she was going to be big, just a firecracker with an attitude.

Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is
This is one of a couple I just grabbed out of the new release bin without ever having heard anything about it; the cover art was interesting. I wish I could say the same about the music, not so much though. Good thing, the bin I grabbed it from was at the library, so no financial loss!







Michael Jackson - Xscape
Release posthumously with great anticipation and excitement, this record should have been buried with him. These songs were so clearly not meant to be released, at least not yet. Sadly, the almighty dollar got the best of all involved...a disgrace.

The 1975 - The 1975
Another find at the library, another record I never heard of, another cool cover that drew me in....another waste of time.