Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Becoming A Better Blogger

I just read on this blog (which is one of my favorites) that the key to good blogging is posting lots of pictures. So here are some pictures:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Staring At The Ceiling

I am starting to think that taking a nap from 7:30 to 9pm this evening was a bad idea. Also the cup of coffee I had when I woke up from said nap, not a very well thought out idea.

Tomorrow will be a long day. Hopefully I can stay awake for it!

PS Heroes was awesome tonight!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

AC/DC Was The Holy Ghost

When I was in high school, there were three bands that I loved. LOVED. They were, and still are, Led Zeppelin (duh!), Aerosmith, and AC/DC. I called them the Holy Trinity of Rock, and I still consider that to be true. We have already discussed my freakish obsessive love for all things Zep. Today we are talking about AC/DC.

There was a period of time, well, my entire senior year of high school, when all I truly wanted for my future was to be Mrs. Angus Young. I was going to balance my marriage to Angus with my career, which was going to be managing Aerosmith. I saw no conflict of interest there at all.

Then Bon died! Stupid Bon Scott, choking on his own vomit and dying in a car, how could he? He was the lead singer of AC/DC! What was going to happen to the band?? Well, they got this new guy Brian to sing, and it was just never the same for me after that. I really loved Bon's voice, and the new guy's voice is not my cup of tea. There have been some good songs since the new guy joined the group in 1980, but I never bought another AC/DC album after Bon.

So now here we are. About a month ago, XM started an AC/DC channel much like they did with Led Zeppelin last year. All AC/DC, all the time! So I have been listening to it a lot and they play all the old Bon Scott songs that I loved so much. So I am very happy with that. XM is doing this to celebrate the release of the first AC/DC album in eight years, called Black Ice. I'm still not buying it, it's not Bon! BUT, I encourage everyone else to buy it. I guess the new guy is here to stay, he has been in the band for 28 years now. And he is good in his own way. One thing though. The new album is only available at Walmart. Walmart? Whatever. And it comes out today! VH1 Classic is running only AC/DC videos and concerts all day long today. So watch that too.

So now all I need to make the Holy Trinity complete is for XM to do an Aerosmith channel. But I probably wouldn't listen to it that much, because I hate all that power ballad crap they did in the late 80's and 90's. I tell you, if I was managing that band, there never would have been all that stupid Amazing Crazy Cryin' business.

Monday, October 06, 2008

This Will Mean Nothing Unless You Are Into Hip-Hop.

Tonight is the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Sort of like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but for Hip-Hop artists. One of the inductees is a fellow who goes by the name of Slick Rick. He is perhaps best known for his song "Childrens Story". Here is my own children's story about Slick Rick.

About 3 years ago when we still lived in Monterey, Slick Rick came to town to do a show. The afternoon of the show, Max told me that him and Leo were going downtown to meet Slick Rick. Naturally, I was skeptical, because what possessed Max to think he could just go downtown, find Slick Rick, and meet him? So you can imagine my amazement when the boys came home and showed me these:

Not only did they meet Slick Rick, they also had dinner with him at Taco Bell. I just have to wonder what this hip hop legend thought of these two pudgy faced white kids who went downtown just to meet him. Quite the welcoming committee I think.

So as I watch Slick Rick on tv tonight, I am reminded of the story of three people with vastly different lives sharing a meal, and also gold chains.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Reality Check

It has been a bit of a rough week. I don't like rough weeks. They always seem to point up the fact that my life is a struggle. I feel like I have been struggling for a long time. I never lose hope, though, that someday maybe life in general won't be so hard. People think that I am a strong person, but really I'm not. And sometimes the harshness of everything just gets to me. I have a little pity party, but I try not to dwell for too long there. I am scared and lonely just like everyone else, but I try not to stay too long in that headspace either. I just try and take care of myself, get a good night's sleep and pray that I wake up with hope again, and a restored sense of the optimism that everyone says I have.

I'm grateful that rough weeks don't come around too often.

So here's to next week. May it be a smooth one for all of us.