Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Great live album by 3-1/2 of the band. But here's the interesting part...
The album is titled Live In Toronto, and the liner notes by some guy
state that "...the Who were launching the kind of 'comeback tour' event..."
But the funny part is that this was actually recorded during their
farewell tour, not a reunion tour. This was originally shown on
pay-per-view, and during one song, Roger Daltrey got tangled up
in his mic cord while swinging it around (as he likes to do and is usually
very good at). Of course, when they re-ran a shorter version of the
concert on MTV, that was one of the parts you didn't see. But my friend
Larry still has it on videotape from the original broadcast...or at least I
hope he does.
But a great Who live album nonetheless, with live versions of rarely heard
on disc versions of Sister Disco, Squeeze Box, Young Man's Blues, and Twist And Shout.

Monday, September 24, 2007


The world's most famous mine, dead at age 84.

Let's have a moment of noise for his remembrance...
after all, a moment of silence would be pointless, wouldn't it?

Friday, September 21, 2007


Baseball is the Muzak of sports...

(Because you can do other things while it's on, so little happens.)

Baseball is the Muzak of sports...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Dead of a heart attack at age 55 on Sept.9. What a great guitar player/singer, leading such a great band.(The Outlaws - you should know that) Seen them about three times, the last time was when I developed tinnitus in my right ear from being too close to the speakers. (Let that
be a warning to you kiddies.)
And a nice guy, too. Got to meet him one year when they played Gasparilla in Tampa, FL.
Even autographed a couple of albums for me. I know the Outlaws had just finished
recording a new album, hope they get it released.
So, Hughie, sorry I didn't get to see you one last time, but glad I was able to see
you the times I did. Rock on in that Southern rock band in the sky...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


 No, not that one...
On August 30 this year one of the most famous
names in the beer world passed away. For those
of you who don't do real beer, Michael wrote books
on beer, and columns in beer magazines.
Always an interesting read, and he'll be missed by many.


BEIJING (Reuters) - Think a bottle of mineral water might have poisoned you? Then test it on a chicken.

One Chinese family on the southern island province of Hainan had just that idea when one of their number started vomiting blood after drinking a bottle of water, a newspaper said.

They fed the luckless chicken the rest of the water to see what would happen, the Beijing News said, citing a report in a local paper. "The result was the chicken died within a minute," it said, showing a picture of a man holding a plastic bottle squatting over the crumpled body of the bird.

Just remember...there's more than one way to choke your chicken...

Friday, September 07, 2007


1) The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman: Acting Lt Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police
& retired Jim Leaphorn run across murder and the plague on the Reservation.
An interesting look at Native American life in the 20th Century.

2) Forever Odd by Dean Koontz: The further adventures of Odd Thomas. As usual,
Dean Koontz rarely disappoints.

3) The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley: Haunted by the ghosts of
the books that have passed through it, that is. Before the armistice the "Huns" had spies
in the U.S. Plus there's an ingenue, an old-fashioned hero, and books & more books.
First published in 1919, an interesting look at a long gone past life.

4) Gold Coast by Elmore Leonard: Dead gangster's wife is trapped by her husband's
will. Hero is manipulated by dead gangster's wife. Trouble ensues...another great
Leonard book.

5) The Midnight Club by James Patterson: Back before he became the chronicler
of Alex Cross, he wrote this book about a 'club' of gangsters and the killer
called 'the grave dancer'. Not bad, but the cop in the wheelchair was a bit much.

6) The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger: If you've seen the movie made from this book,
you have got to read this book! The events surrounding the storm in October 1991
that sank the Andrea Gail swordfishing boat is infinitely better told in this
book, which tells the stories of friends, families, and other people caught in the
storm as well as the Andrea Gail. Well researched, and you'll also learn more
about commercial swordfishing and wonder why anyone would do it.