So maybe you noticed I haven't had a blog post in...oh...6 months. Sorry about that. I kind of developed writer's block back around that time, and then got distracted by my new TV. It's not like I was lacking for free time either in the past half year...I ended up losing my job in late July and I was unemployed for 3.5 months.
And how was unemployment you ask? Actually, it was pretty awesome. I received my unemployment compensation as part of the 47% of scum bags Gov. Romney said were in this country and enjoyed myself. I visited family, read comics, watched horror movies, stayed up all hours of the night listening to Coast to Coast Am, and immersed myself into the world of "Dallas." My Canadian Belle and I were in the middle of season 3 when I lost my job and just last night we started season 12. What a wild ride it has been!
At any rate, I got a new, even better job in mid November, and things have been looking up for this basement dweller. At a work meeting this past week I became inspired to blog again and began jotting down ideas. I plan on tinkering with the format a little bit, and abandoning some of my former semi-regular features. You can expect at least a weekly post full of what I like to call "Random Ramblings." They're basically little bite-sized, easily digestible pellets of info about whatever I'm into that week, along with whatever happens to be on my mind at that time. I hope you all enjoy.
One cool thing I did on my hiatus from blogging was get together with a bunch of old college buddies to see the Beach Boys reunion tour for their 50th anniversary show at DTE Energy Theater in Clarkston, MI in late June. They put on one hell of a show, full of deep cuts and songs you never imagined you would hear live.
They're voices and harmonies shimmered with beauty, and their back up band and singers were top notch.
Here's a picture of the motley crew assembled for this historic occasion...all of us hadn't been together in the same space at the same time for 9 years. (That's me in the middle wearing the orange t-shirt. It's probably too hard to tell, but it says "Beacon Town Beavers 1985 District Champs." And what movie could that refer to?) You might recognize two of the guys (plaid shirt and bearded bro), they were featured in my blog post about my trip to the Motor City Comic Con back in May. Also, two very good friends drove up from Atlanta...the bald fellow on the left and his beautiful girlfriend. This bald gentleman has a blog I know I have mentioned before which you should check out (especially if you're a metal head). It's called The Vintage Warrior
|Don't mess with her...she's on the Surf Patrol (with requisite aviator sunglasses).|
I had an awesome Halloween. I went as Mike Nesmith from the Monkees and I got a lot of compliments on the costume...everyone said I looked just like him. The only thing I bought was the hat. Here's a pic:
|Mike played drums instead of guitar that night!|
|"You can go your own way!!!!!" (The cat-like Canadian Belle is behind us, and Gail's husband Herman Munster is on the left).|
This next bit is not exactly retro related, but I thought it was interesting. On the day I was let go from my previous position, I also let my cell phone carrier contract expire. I had been with the same company for almost 10 years and decided enough was enough. I felt I was spending way more money than I should be. I signed up with Metro PCS and got a generic looking Blackberry phone that has unlimited talk and text for a whopping $25 a month. Yes, this means I don't have internet on my phone, but I haven't really missed it. If anything, I found having the internet on my phone to be just another distraction. The internet is more fun on a bigger screen anyway. I don't even have the ability to send and receives pics...just talk and text. This is fine...you know me, I try and keep it as low-fi/low-tech/old school as possible.
On a related note, I have been off Facebook a lot more lately. It's just not fun anymore. Whenever I log on I find myself grinding my teeth at all of the worthless noise and information on it. It's just another distraction in my life that I don't need...I'd rather read some old comics and watch "Family Ties." That's not to say there isn't good stuff on there by some of my friends (I'm looking at you Vintage Warrior!). The thing is, whenever I wanna leave a comment on a cool status, I have to contend with 20 other dudes whose comments I don't care about. So eff it.
I've been reading old Superman comics from the late '80s lately. These things are amazing...the characterization, the plots, the sub-plots, the earthy, realistic art work....for me, this is the golden age of comics. The creators involved included Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, Kerry Gammil, Dan Jurgens, and George Perez. Not too shabby. Here's the cover to the latest issue I just read.
Has anyone been reading the Amazing Spider-Man lately? Shit is effed up! I can't wait to see what happens in the 700th (and final) issue. And then, in January, "Superior Spider-Man" debuts. I'm looking forward to seeing what all goes down.
|It all started in issue #698, with a dying Dr. Octopus repeating the name of Peter Parker over and over...with a twist ending that came out of left field.|
So I watched most of that Superstorm Sandy benefit concert the other night. The Stones didn't sound too bad, it was pretty cool to see them playing live again. The Canadian Belle said Jagger was still doable...whaaaaaaaaaaaat!???
|You would do this guy? I guess if rubbing up against dry leather is your thing, go for it ;)|
Speaking of that concert, if you had told me 10 years ago they would have a reunion of the remaining members of Nirvana with Paul McCartney of all people I would have cried "bullshit." But there they were. Cool song too.
This is my new favorite song..."Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n the Tears. I've heard this song over the years but never knew what it was called or who did it. (I always thought they were saying "Driver's Suit"). It was featured in a season two episode of "The Walking Dead" and has been used as bumper music on "the Coast to Coast AM" radio show. It was played on a morning radio show I was listening to the other dayand they actually said the name of the song and artist. I love the vibe this song has...it's about driving at night, and it does sound like it would provide the perfect soundtrack for doing that. It's kind of eerie and creepy. Dig it.
R.I.P. Larry Hagman. What more can I say...you made the character of J.R. Ewing a legend of TV and icon of pop culture. This clip is of J.R.'s best one liners. Even if you're not a fan of the show or have never seen it I guarantee you're gonna laugh at some point during this. Larry Hagman OWNED this character. 'Nuff said.
And to play us out, someone else we recently lost...Ravi Shankar. From the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.
I hope you enjoyed this legendary return to my blog, fellow basement dwellers. I'll be seeing you soon.