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How YouTube made me doubt my place in the world – and almost ruined my weekend

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are watching TV – perhaps a college football game – and you realize that the players on the field were, for the most part, born AFTER a time when you would have been of legal age to wager on the aforementioned football game in Vegas?  It’s a sobering moment.  It’s the same feeling you get when you realize that you can remember your parents when they were the age that you are now – and they seemed really OLD.  You realize that your youth has passed you by, and maybe you didn’t accomplish quite as much as you thought you did.

With those thoughts percolating in my head this weekend, I found myself doing what I usually do when I feel melancholy – surfing YouTube for an example of human stupidity that makes me feel better about my lot in life.  (It’s usually not hard to do – there are a lot of people out there who really should be kept away from both cameras and computers.)  What I stumbled upon this weekend, however, was not the antidote that I sought.  It wasn’t an ode to one’s bathroom exploits; it wasn’t the single worst exercise video in history; it wasn’t the best game show EVER invented.  What grabbed me this weekend was South Korean guitar prodigy named Sungha Jung.


The Popcorn Pot

This Sunday was movie day at our house.  The kids had been looking forward to it all weekend, and had behaved JUST good enough that my wife had not had to cancel the whole affair (it was touch and go for a bit that morning during Princess Checkers – but they pulled it out).  As we agreed on the film selection and got ready to head upstairs to the movie room, all we had left to do was pop the popcorn.  That could mean only one thing – time to get out The Popcorn Pot.


What I learned on my summer vacation.

Last week was my summer vacation.  I say vacation – but it wasn’t your typical, go-to-the-beach, drink-umbrella-drinks, type vacation.  We live in a different state than our extended family, so we took the week off and went home to visit. It was good to spend time with family, and as always, I learned a few things while we were on the road.  I learned about lizards, little league baseball families, and the importance of really LOOKING at a sign before you put it up on the side of the highway.  It was an interesting week…


“My wireless mouse will imperil the plane??” – what I learned on the road this week

I travel a fair amount for my job – not as much now as I used to – but enough.  It never ceases to amaze me, the things that I learn when I do travel – things about myself, things about my traveling companions, things about the general public.  It can be quite an educational experience, and this last week was more educational than most.  It was a veritable cornucopia of discovery – so much so that I thought I might share it with you.  Some things were profound, some were annoying, some were just strange – I’ll let you be the judge as to which was which.


Bites from Twitter this week

  • Just finished reading "Heart-Shaped Box" by @joe_hill – great book. I'll have a full review posted on my blog soon. #
  • Listening to Black Ribbons by Shooter Jennings(@TennesseeWolf), and loving it. Working on a review-initial thoughts at http://bit.ly/boVssg #
  • Just started my next book – "Heart Shaped Box" by @joe_hill – I'm already loving it. #
  • I just finished book # 30 for 2010 – "The Quiet Road" by Annie Frame. I'll have a review posted soon. #

Bites from Twitter this week

  • Just posted my review of @SonsOfSylvia new album "Revelation". Great album, you should check it out. http://bit.ly/9e9Mf9 #
  • Almost finished reading my next book, and also working on a review of the album "Revelation" by @SonsOfSylvia #
  • Back to the grind today. Have to find time to finish my "Atlas Shrugged" review. #
  • An older post of mine – but appropriate, I think, to revisit on Memorial Day. http://bit.ly/9t1yoE #
  • Just finished watching the "24" season finale. Not as good as "Lost", but they stayed true to the spirit of the show. #

Bites from Twitter this week

  • Looks like the producers want Crystal to win. Lee got hosed on song choice. Crystal shined. #
  • Just finished "Atlas Shrugged". What an incredible book. In many ways, I'm glad I waited until now to read it. #
  • Gearing up for the "American Idol" finale tonight. Hope it doesn't suck… #
  • The more I marinate with it, the more I like last night's "Lost" finale. #

I miss mix tapes.

I love my iPod – I really do. It’s a miracle of technology that allows me to have all the music I want, wherever I want, and listen to it whenever I want. But, sometimes, like our lives these days, it can be too much. There are just too many choices. Too much information – not enough time. I miss the mix tape. It was a simpler, and yet somehow more intricate proposition. You chose the songs, or perhaps, the songs chose you. Either way, they were collected together, put down on tape, and then experienced. A mix tape told a story. It was a commitment – even if you didn’t realize what it was a commitment to.


Are you listening to your life?

When was the last time you really listened to what was going on around you?  As I was leaving the office yesterday, I noticed, for what seemed like the first time, that we have music playing in our elevators.  I was a bit surprised that this came as a revelation to me.  After all, I love music – even play a little on occasion – and I had completely missed the sounds around me.  Why was that?


And so, the journey begins…

Welcome to my new blog, I’m glad that you are here.  Why am I writing this blog, you ask? The simple answer is – I’m not sure.  I want to work on my writing skills, and this is a good way to practice and get feedback.  I want to find out what I think about things.  The best way to collect your thoughts is to express them.  I want to share my love of reading with you.  The world of ideas that books can open up to you is invaluable.  Lastly, I want to believe that I have something interesting to say.  You – Constant Reader – will be the judge of that.

What are we going to talk about, you ask?  Well – we’re going to talk about the books that I am reading, and what I think about them.  We will also be talking some about the music I’m listening to.  (I don’t discover new music as much as I used to, but sometimes even rediscovering a great album from your youth can be just as rewarding.)  We’ll also probably talk a bit about politics and pop culture – two of my favorite pastimes.

I hope you’ll let me know if you like what I have to say. I also hope that you’ll let me know if you don’t like what I have to say. That is, until you begin to crush my hopes and dreams – I have to draw the line there.

So, welcome to the journey.  It should be a grand experiment and I hope that you have fun along the way.  More importantly, I hope we both learn something.   I’m pretty sure that I can come up with something to talk about every day. The real question is – can I find anyone who wants to listen?

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