29 August 2012
24 August 2012
Something 4 The Weekend # 246
The Halo Benders: God Don't Make No Junk: "On A Trip" [mp3]
On my way home from work today, I stopped at Pawn America to look for a good and cheap game or two for the PS2. While browsing the aisle, a woman and her son approached and began flipping through the video game racks as well.
After a time, a very ripe and awful odor quickly overtook our area, and for awhile, we all pretended not to notice the warm and fetid stench, but alas it was only pretend. There was no possible way one could deny the existence of this overwhelming stank.
Eventually the boy, who was perhaps three years old, said to his mother, "Mommy, I poopeded my pants."
"No kidding," the mother said sarcastically, continuing to flip through the racks of games without pausing once to even look at her pungent son.
I couldn't take it anymore, and made my way out of range, two aisles over. I found myself looking at Blu-Ray discs. I don't own a Blu-Ray player.
I would estimate that the woman and her son continued looking at video games for at least another ten minutes. I couldn't see or smell the kid from where I stood, but I could see the mother, still mindlessly flipping. I assume the boy was miserable. I would be too, with pants full of crap and a mother like that.
21 August 2012
Tuesday's Fortune: 21 August 2012
17 August 2012
Something 4 The Weekend #245
Brian May & Friends: Star Fleet Project: "Starfleet" [mp3]
One of Brian May's friends on this 1983 project is Eddie Van Halen. That's pretty much all that matters to a guy like me who believes Eddie is the second greatest rock guitarist after Jimi Hendrix.
I saw the original Van Halen in concert three times. Aside from Eddie being the second greatest rock guitarist of all time, I still believe, after all these years and sooo many concerts, that Diamond Dave is the best front man I've ever seen, with the possible exception of Michael Stipe.
I never saw Queen live, nor Jimi, though my dad claimed he and my mom saw Jimi live. My mom didn't agree. I can say that one of my earliest memories is going to a Willie Nelson show with my parents when I was about four years old. Willie Nelson isn't one of Brian's friends on this project.
REO Speedwagon's drummer, Alan Gratzer, is one of Brian's friends. I saw REO Speedwagon headline The World Series of Rock at Milwaukee County Stadium back in 1981. That show is significant because it was the first time I smoked weed. Combined with too much blackberry brandy, and I spent a good chunk of 38 Special's set puking and shitting in a filthy stadium bathroom.
I don't know if this is true, but I seem to recall being hunched over that disgusting toilet and thinking, "Alan Gratzer is not a good rock'n'roll name." Meanwhile, five hundred feet away, on the stage erected out in the centerfield bleachers, I hear Donnie Van Zandt singing "Hold on loosely, but don't let go..."