3 Yellow Jacket stings later, I live and breathe to fight another day (and get the lawn done another day). I am mortally allergic to Yellow Jackets, Wasps and Hornets and have the multiple near-death experiences to prove it. After years of therapy my doc asked if I wanted to discontinue although he did not advise it because I was originally a low blood pressure … Continue reading Gary 1, Yellow Jackets 0
One downside of being a 7 day a week worker is that so much of American culture slips by me. Wait, that is probably an upside considering the perma-stupid gaining an upper hand in this country. Anyway, I hear “Karen” this and “Ken” that and think there’s some kind of a meme out there but I don’t really know what it is because I am … Continue reading #karens
 Alert daughter informs me there are actually 3 Jake’s Saloons in NYC and two of them are still operating. The one in Hell’s Kitchen about which I have fond memories is gone but maybe Jimmy is at one of the others. Until we meet again, Jimmy; until we meet again. :-) I just wrapped up a trip to NYC where I was helping my … Continue reading RIP Jake’s Saloon [w/ edit]
Both letters shared on FaceBook this week. Dave Bissonnette I’ve had numerous people approach me and ask me my opinion regarding the police use of force in Minneapolis. I normally don’t speak out like this in such a public forum but my heart is broken with what I am witnessing across the country and right here in our own state and I feel the need … Continue reading 2 Cops
I just stumbled upon this this uniquely American song (recorded by Woody Guthrie and many others) this week. This was refreshing. The Brit bands (hat tip Animals) have done a great job with it. Continue reading Gerry and the Pacemakers: House of the Rising Sun
A not so well known song but one of my favorite songs. It’s called Upwards at 45° and that is what the song is to me, a thing with no chorus, no bridge, no ‘B’ parts. Just a verse going forward and upward, adding layers, changing instrumentation, getting weirder and weirder until it gains escape velocity and leaves the Earth’s gravitational pull. That’s how this … Continue reading Upwards at 45 Degrees – Julian Cope
Call me a retro has been, but I can’t get enough of this. It makes me remember what mellow and comfortable felt like. When the world returns to some version of normal and they come to Boston I’m gonna get my kid and go see them again. 2nd song my favorite btw.  Song beginning around 1:35, Yeah Yeah, is a mind blower live. “The … Continue reading BJM live in London
It’s the story of Chris, Mika and even more so, Danny and Ranger. Check it out if you’re so inclined (and you don’t even need to be a Rangers fan to enjoy it). NHL’s first service-puppy trainee has found a new home — and new purpose Continue reading A break from the markets, COVID-19, this is one of the best things I have ever read…
Seriously, I have come to love the city over the last few years of traveling back and forth on occasion as my daughter has lived and studied her musical crafts there. Today I finally got her out of there after convincing her it was best to spend some time in the boring country environment here in the woods well west of Boston. From its hockey … Continue reading I love New York [w/ edit]
Jesus Christ in a side car, this market is getting weird. I am from Boston. Born there. Probably will die somewhere around there. I hated the big bad Bruins of the early 1970s because by some strange twist of fate, like turning on the TV as a kid, seeing a hockey game with a team called the New York Rangers and really liking their unis, … Continue reading Espo
“From one bingo card compiler to another, brilliant.” –Mark at IKN This new sub-sect of society – the Bingo Card Compilers – should organize, unionize and become more widely known… because they are fucking hilarious. Continue reading Bingo Card Compilers Unite!
It’s the half brothers (and sister) of Wooden Shjips. This kind of music drones me out blissfully. Have a nice weekend. And why not a live version while we’re at it? Continue reading Moon Duo… Creepin’
Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy New Year and happy all kinds of holidays you may be out there celebrating. Just try to stay out of those bad sweaters. Spread the cheer even more resoundingly than these folks! Thanks for hanging around for another fun filled year. See you soon. Continue reading Christmas Joy!
This young woman was killed last night, barely after dark in a neighborhood that my own daughter has spent much time in. In fact, it is much nicer than most of where my daughter lived over the last 2 years sub-letting in Harlem, Washington Heights and Brooklyn re-tooling her craft from a singer to primarily a composer before re-entering school this fall. This poor 18 … Continue reading Outside of the abstraction that is the financial markets, real life hits home…