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I’m Sick & Tired of Feeling Sick & Tired

Friendship StampI’ll telll you, sometimes I start to lose hope for this world, but I’m basically an optimist and I try to see the good and keep my hope alive. A couple of weeks ago I was just fed up with what I was reading in the news – the hate was just getting too oppressive.

I know there is light in the world, and in an attempt to voice some of my frustrations and maybe remind myself of that light, I programmed this set of songs. Some of them angry, some of them hopeful. Some new songs about current struggles, some classics about struggles we hoped were over.

It all reminded me that the more things change, the more things stay the same; but in the end, I found it cathartic and I hope you do too.

We gotta travel the spaceways together, folks, we might as well try to get along while we do.

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Why does the Regattabar hate music?

[This is my Yelp review of the Regattabar in Cambridge – I really feel they totally disrespected both the musicans (NRBQ) and the audience when I went there for the first time last night – please spread the word]

Several friends & I went to see NRBQ at the Regattabar last night. We were all excited, as this was the band’s first appearance in Boston/Cambridge in a very long time (at least 10 years, maybe longer), they have a new album out, and we’d seen them the night before in Pawtucket and they sounded great.

Well, the band sounded great once again – lots of great surprises, as NRBQ always provides, as well as some old favorites and tracks from the new album.

But this isn’t a review of NRBQ, it’s a review of the Regattabar, and the Regattabar let us down last night. Quite frankly, based on what I experienced, the club has no business hosting music events, as it seems the club managment has no passion for music.

Originally this had been scheduled as a two-show night (two hour+ shows most likely), but the second show had been canceled. Great, we thought – more NRBQ, as they often play 2+ hours (the night before, at the Met Cafe in Pawtucket, they easily played for 3 hours, including the encore). About an hour into the show, the club stopped serving drinks and turned off the air conditioning, leaving an almost full house in a sweltering, stagnant room. It was almost as if they were trying to force us into leaving because we were uncomfortable.

But the music was so good, very few people were interested in leaving – the band mixed ballads, barn-burners, and all in-between to keep us interested and smiling and, if we’d been allowed, drinking (which of course would have made the club more money – those drinks they have aren’t cheap!!!).

But eventually the club manager was seen pulling aside the band’s road manager (taking him outside the club even), and it was pretty obvious he was trying to get the band to stop playing – he was huffing & puffing and eventually went to the soundman, apparently getting ready to pull the plug on the music.

The band finished their set, albeit in a truncated manner – no chance to build to a big crescendo for the final song or two – and as soon as the last note finished, the lights came on and the house system music came on; the band wasn’t even off the stage and out the door. There was to be no encore and the audience wasn’t given the opportunity to show the band the love that we were all feeling for them.

Both musicians and audience were completely disrespected by the Regattabar. I doubt I’ll ever set foot in the place again; I’ll certainly think twice or thrice before doing it, and only for a “must see” or “once in a lifetime” type performance.

I really wonder why the Regattabar seems to hate musicians and music fans so much to treat us so poorly.

One star, and only because Yelp won’t let me leave the rating blank.

This Review on Yelp

[on the plus side: I did get to sit next to Peter Wolf, it was great seeing so many friends there, the band was smokin’]

 

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Killer Twitter App for Android

Where is it?  That’s what I want to know.  Lots of decent apps out there, and some do several things well and others do other things well, but nothing I’ve found does them all, at least not all that I want them to do.

Here’s what I want my Android Twitter app to be able to do:

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Just how stupid do you think we are, ESPN?

So … last night I’m having a post-dinner cocktail with my friend Jen the Masseuse and I see on the ESPN crawl this breaking news: “LeBron James reportedly will announce his free agency decision during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night at 9pm, according to independent sources who spoke to Chris Broussard of ESPN”.

Here’s an idea, ESPN … I’m guessing SOMEONE in the company knew for sure whether or not the report was true … why not just announce it rather than some vague report based on “independent sources”? Are we really supposed to believe that you scooped YOURSELVES?
And really … an hour to announce his decision? Will he hand out roses to the GM’s of the final 5 teams, before he makes his final decision? Maybe we’ll see exit interviews with the spurned GMs and coaches, as they cry for the camera because they just don’t understand how he could have led them on like that.
I guess I’ll skip the special and just wait to see the highlights on SportsCenter.

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I still think this is a good idea …

So, there’s this band I like, NRBQ, and several years ago they released an album called “Dummy“. Apparently, they ended up with a whole bunch of extra promo/”cut out” copies of the album, because whenever you buy something from their website, you get a free cut out copy of “Dummy” added to your shipment.


Now, over the last few years, I’ve made several purchases from their website, and I’ve would up with a whole bunch of extra copies of “Dummy”. I’ve given away some, and figured most of my friends already had a copy (though I just found a friend who doesn’t, so he’ll be getting one soon enough). I was thinking of what to do with the remaining extra copies, and hit upon what I think is a pretty cool idea … take a copy with me whenever I need to rent a car, and leave it in the car when I return it.

Well … I tried it yesterday … returned my rental car and left a promo copy of “Dummy” in there. Unfortunately, when I got home, there was a message on my answering machine from the car rental place, saying that they had found the CD and it was in their lost & found.

*sigh*

I still think it’s a good idea … maybe I have to hide the CD somewhere in the car or something.

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Are you flippin’ kidding me?

I went to the Wellfleet movie theater to see “Gran Torino” with my buddy Lou this evening. We both thought the movie was great … and then the fire alarm went off in the theater … film off, lights on, annoying alarm … all four movie theaters in the building had to evacuate.

They gave us passes for a future movie (good for a year), but neither of us really wants to sit through the good portion of the movie (about an hour & a quarter) that we’ve already seen. We’re thinking we might end up using the passes to see another movie, but get to the theater early and sneak in to catch the last half hour or so of “Gran Torino”.

Anyway … it looked to be a really good movie. Good performances, good writing. Just wondering how the freakin’ thing ends!

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"Without the capacity to provide its own information, the mind drifts into randomness." (*)

I have been selected by MDF (“my dear friend”) Lady Trout to participate in a meme in which we are each asked to list six (6) random things about ourselves and link to six (6) more people who are then supposed to do the same.

*sigh*

OK … WTF … I’ll play …

Six random things about me:

  1. When I was about 20, I was almost arrested (along with a few friends) for sleeping in Mount Royal Park (Montreal, Canada).
  2. My maternal grandfather was President and Chairman of the Board of AT&T.
  3. My father was a Presbyterian minister.
  4. My name is Elmer J Fudd, millionaire; I own a mansion and a yacht. I have a shopping problem.
  5. When I was a baby, my parents and I lived in a New York City apartment which was next door to the building where John-John Kennedy went to nursery school.
  6. A lot of people ask me why I wear a hat.

Tag, you’re it (sorry, folks!):

THE RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Write six random things about yourself.
  • Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
  • Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
  • Let your tagger know when your blog entry is up.

* Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 1990
(I found it on The Quotations Page)