Thursday, March 5, 2015

A decent ear worm

Usually, when a music virus invades me, the song is bad.  This one hit me last week, but I quite like it, so I don't mind living with it.

I know I know I know.....


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Gaslight Anthem deliver the power of rock and roll

Earlier tonight, a group of us that included Sarah and Ben went to the Lincoln Theatre to catch the show by the visiting Gaslight Anthem.  The Lincoln is in some ways quite cool and in others way too grungy, but it'll always be near and dear to me as the place I took Sarah for her first live rock-and-roll concert. 

I very much enjoyed tonight's show.  Lead singer Brian Fallon roared his way through a 90-minute set that, to all of our surprise, did not include an encore. 

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When I'm at a rock concert, I forget for at least a few moments, and often for longer, my age, my fatness, my job, everything except the music.  I'm sixteen again, the music pounding through me and letting me know that others share my dreams, that I can do it--whatever it is.  I soak in energy and really am that angry, lonely, horny, artsy, frustrated teenager once again, howling with the music. 

Live music has its own special power, and I can't imagine ever stopping wanting to attend concerts.

I will always love rock and roll.

Photo courtesy of Sarah.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I'm with Holden

If there's any more snow, I'm packing up and heading out, as Holden nearly did in the recent storm.

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The next time I want to see snow is when I hit Whistler for TEDActive.

Truth is, I don't even want snow there, but I accept its inevitability.

I'm ready for spring.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A new Mumford and Sons album

is coming May 4.  In a move that already seems to be upsetting some hardcore fans but that I applaud, the album, Wilder Mind, is all-electric, as you can see in this teaser below.

I'm psyched!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Talkin' RAH at the library

As I mentioned in an earlier post, today Dave and I were the guests of the Eva Perry Regional Library for a discussion of the works and influence of Robert A. Heinlein.  Outside, rain was falling and threatening to freeze, but inside a hearty group of travelers braved the weather to come hear us talk. 

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Amazingly, another four people later joined us, so we had a fairly full house.  (Even more surprising is the fact that the people who did not come with us greatly outnumbered those who did.) 

Everyone in attendance seemed genuinely interested in Heinlein, so we had a good time talking about the man and his works, fielding questions, and on more than one occasion, heading off on related tangents.

I'm thankful to the Wake County librarians who organized this event and who will be hosting other similar discussions during March.  These folks do great work keeping our libraries running and generally promoting books, and I am grateful for all that they do.

I also want to thank those who came to hear us talk.  You guys were crazy for going out in this weather, but you made the afternoon a lot nicer than it would have been had Dave and I faced the prospect of a room empty save for those who had come with us.  (We also thank those folks, but it's nice to have an audience you didn't bring.)

I did receive more than a few questions about my next book, so I better get busy on it!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ronda Rousey is amazing

Even if you're not a fan of MMA, you might want to check out some of the fights of UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.  She is simply amazing, an undefeated fighter who is in a class all her own. 

Earlier tonight, in the main event of a UFC pay-per-view broadcast, she faced number-one-ranked and undefeated challenger Cat Zingano.  Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's stiffest challenge yet. 

Instead, Zingano rushed Rousey, made a mistake, and was tapping from an armbar within seconds.  The whole fight lasted 14 seconds.

Rousey is a spectacular athlete the likes of whom we rarely see.  It's a privilege to get to watch her fight.

Friday, February 27, 2015

On the road again: Portland, day 5

After a 15-hour travel day, I am home.  Possibly sick and definitely exhausted, but home.

The story of today's travel will have to wait for another day.

I am crashing.


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