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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Records Purchased at the Record Show 4/22/12

This was the 100th show for Record Roundup at the American Legion Hall in Fairview Park. Here's what I bought:
Alex Bevan & Friends: Simple Things Done Well (1981)
Yes: 90125 (1st pressing with lyric sleeve, there was several copies of blank sleeves - this one cut by RL=Bob Ludwig)
Yes: 2 Originals of (Yes & Time And A Word two-fer)
Rush: All The World's A Stage
Michael Jackson: Off The Wall
James Brown plays James Brown: Today and Yesterday
Donald Fagen: The Nightfly
The Band: The Band (red Capitol label)
Stan Getz/Luiz Bonfa:Jazz Samba Encore!(Verve)
Mel Hanke: Dig
Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey
Various: Great Hits Of The 60's
Various:WIXY 1260 Super Oldies
John Lennon: Mind Games
John Lennon: Rock & Roll
Glass Harp: Self-titled(on Decca)
Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak
Cannonball Adderley Quintet: Inside Straight
Oscar Peterson/Milt Jackson/Ray Brown/Louis Hayes: Reunion Blues
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks: Strikin' It Rich

Enough! Now watch this to find out more about yesterday - Record Store Day:

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Wine Review: Angioletta Moscato

We were eager to taste this Moscato after enjoying the Cupcake Moscato D'Asti many times over the past few months. There was a little bit of disappointment when I removed the wrapping on the top to reveal a cap instead of a cork. Then there was the taste. Not bad, but drinkable. A big less sweet than the Cupcake, but then this is not an Asti. Judy experienced an aftertaste that resembled pepper. Overall, something we would not buy again - the lower price was not worth it. Instead, we reccomend The cupcake, shown here.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

New stuff, August third, twenty ten.

The Sklar brothers have a new podcast, "Sklarbro Country". Search it and download it.

Mitch Miller has died at the age of 99. Growing up, he was known to me as the sing-along guy. In the industry, he was a force to be feared. Rest in peace, big man.

Primus is playing in Cleveland tonight. I'll be there! I thought they were putting out a new album this year but I guess I was mis-informed. Sons-a-bitches!

OK, have a great day.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Live-Tweeting The LeBron Announcement: Comic Genius

Hiya Kids.... How ya doin'?

I follow the Sklar Brothers on Twitter. For those of you who don't know, they are twin brother comedians who are also big sports fans, so much so that they frequently guest host The Jim Rome Show.

I don't tweet a lot, but I do follow people's tweets for updates on what's happening. Sometimes the Sklar Brothers have some great stuff, like live-tweeting the most recent Scripps-Howard spelling bee. Hilarious!

But I digress.

Here are some of the tweets offered by Jason and Randy before, during and after last night's record setting "F You" to Cleveland, The LeBron Announcement:

Feel like there's not enough "Lebron to the Timberwolves" talk going on out there right now.
4:31 PM Jul 7th via web

BREAKING: ESPN is reporting that LeBron has signed with ESPN. (Weird because he met with the Oxygen network last night)
9:36 PM Jul 7th via web

Boys and Girls Club kids, contributing a lot to the announcement. They're about as necessary as throwing powder.
about 8 hours ago via web

Could they have gotten an older more rattier gym? Was the gym from Hoosiers taken? The Rucker would have been a step up.
about 8 hours ago via web

As soon as I saw that LeBron's beard didn't connect to his stache, I knew he was going to Miami. That's an old Cuban Jew facial hair move.
about 8 hours ago via web

I don't know what's more boring. The interviewer -- Jim Gray, or where they did it - A grey gym.
about 8 hours ago via web

Delonte West's first question after the decision: LeBron's Mom isn't going to MIami as well, is she?
about 6 hours ago via web

Re-watched LeBron interview. 2 things: was JIm Grey mic'ed? & how much rouge was he wearing? According to JG's cheeks it was -6 in there.
about 6 hours ago via web

Feel like the crowd at the gym for the interview couldn't have been quieter or more casually dressed than if they were at Lilith Fair show
about 6 hours ago via web

Good move not going to Chicago, because LeBron doesn't have to fill Michael Jordan's shoes now. He just has to fill Harold Minors'.
about 5 hours ago via web

It was so quiet in that LeBron interview gym that you could actually hear Jim's hair, greying.
about 5 hours ago via web

And in one fell swoop, there went Larry Czonka's standing table reservation in the pool at the Delano. LeBron, ye hath done it again!
about 5 hours ago via web

LeBron better LeBring it or he's gonna look like a LeBridiot.
about 5 hours ago via web

Between claiming LeBron quit in the playoffs & planning next season's Get to Know Anderson Varajao Night, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is a busy man.
about 5 hours ago via web

And finally, tweeted most recently:

Just listened to the Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks, announcement on a ham radio.
about 5 hours ago via web

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

I'll miss you, Mom.

Last Friday, November 6, 2009, my Mother passed away. She had been ill for a long time, suffering from diabetes and dementia.

I took care of her for several years here at my home, and when it was evident that I could not provide or afford the care necessary for her, she was living in a local nursing home, but I never stopped caring for her or visiting her. I knew her death would happen someday, but as much as I tried, I could not prepare for it.

Now that the news is out, we are receiving an enormous outpouring of support from friends, family and acquaintances. The big question is: When's the funeral? Are you going to hold services? After careful consideration, I have decided we are not going to hold public services or have a gathering for my Mom's passing.

There was an obituary in the paper, though. You can view it and sign the guest book online until December 10. My entire family thanks you.

Here's my reasons:
This year my Mom got to experience two really great things that she was able to attend. The first was my wedding, and the other was my siblings and other family members getting together to take her out to dinner. She had really good days for both of those events, she enjoyed them as much as she could, and a few days after the latter event was when the big downward spiral began for her.

Her remains will be cremated and buried in a private place. When my Dad and my brother passed away, we did receive family and friends at the house, and that was for my Mom more than anything else. These "services" and "gatherings" are for others, and I find no need to prolong my grief or bring others down through this tradition. I feel there are better ways to get over a loss such as this. My memories for funerals are so dismal, and I don't want to remember a close friend or relative as a corpse in a fancy box, I want them to live in my memory for all the things they were, because that is all we have left.

I do hold my friends close, and most everyone I care about and who cares about my family has already contacted us, or I have contacted them. I'm sure there are more phone calls to make. We will continue to celebrate her life as well as our own and embody the good spirits and loving thoughts my Mom held dear.

Personally, I have a strong dislike of the traditional funeral system. It is a vacuum of money and hypocrisy in my opinion, but I do not want to deny anyone who participates in it the opportunity to grieve and heal from their loss in the way they choose. I don't think that I am dishonoring my Mother. A lot of the friends that she did talk to on a regular basis before she got sick are unable to attend any sort of event anyway. I've been spending time with my immediate family and thinking about the stuff that made my Mom happy.

The love that she gave to this world is immeasurable. We will never forget her. The good memories of her will enrich and educate us for the rest of our lives, and for that we give thanks.

Now...let's get on with our lives, shall we?

Friday, June 08, 2007

It's been too long!

Yikes! Over a year since I have posted anything on this site. way too long. Now I need to find something out. Lots of things.
I have an HD TV.
I love the HD I get on cable.
I am mulling HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
The Playstation 3 looks inviting, because it also plays SACDs.
But I'm not a gamer.
The multi-channel surround on PS3 is only through HDMI, and I don't have HDMI on my receiver.
I'd be happy to get a new receiver, but none of them have the right amount of inputs.
I also have an Apple TV box.
What's a boy to do?
To be continued.


Monday, May 15, 2006

Live on Cleveland radio this Wednesday!

As some of you might know, I did an Internet radio show with The Ghoul on a site called back in 2002. This coming Wednesday, May 17th, I will be on WNCX 98.5 FM from 6AM to 10AM with The Ghoul for the morning show. Get up early and get ready for your day with The Ghoul and Me!

That's WNCX-FM, 95.5 FM - Cleveland's Classic Rock Station.
Omigawd.. I'm back on the radio again.
Wednesday, May 17th, 6-10AM.