Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Monday. Where's Rob?

I know I just had most of the last week off. The problem is it doesn't feel like it. I feel used and underutilized often at work. I need to work on my disconnection. Find, or create, a better on/off switch for myself. Give up my free thinking and do what I'm told. Become a better drone. Just a means to an end.

Anyway, I got home and saw this and it made me happy again. During a New York Knicks game this guy gets 'lost' and his friends get 2 whole sections trying to get Rob's attention. From Improv Everywhere, this is hilarious!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

UDO is on Tour

U.D.O. has opened their 'Dominator' Tour in Oslo a few days ago on Monday. Here are the opening two songs for the show, as well as being the opening two songs on the new album. Good stuff, not even the best they do.

It is with a far-fetched wish that I ever get to see them. I feel fortunate that I've seen Accept twice on the Metal Heart tour, back in '85 or so. Back then I was aware of who I was seeing, and appreciative of their music (They - Kicked - A$$!!)! But this band is not american, and not appreciated here. So, of course they play where they are, essentially the other side of the earth. To be able to enjoy Udo and Stefan, with Fitty, Igor, and Francesco, right in front of me playing... well, that would be about as good as the Ace Frehley show to me. They Rock!

Really, I never thought I would go to an Ace Frehley solo show here in Madison, since that would be something good for me (things don't usually happen for me like that). U.D.O. would be a band that I would love to see, but never expect to. W.A.S.P., as well, spends most time overseas these days (I saw them on their first big tour with KISS, in late 1984 I think. Americans seem to be missing out on some good things, however, everything is so niched these days that ... yada yada my opinion is long past irrelevant and I've had too many drinks to explain.

I'm gonna like the music I like and appreciate the rare live performances that I find fewer and farther that much more.

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Blog Pet!

Well, unfortunately my fish seemed to have died. I guess you didn't feed them enough! So I have upgraded to a cute little kitty. You can pet him, make him purr, and even feed him or play with a toy with him (found in the bottom right corner)!

The only thing is, I'm not sure what to name him. Any suggestions?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Muppets = Goodness

Here the Muppets perform Bohemian Rhapsody. Very cool video. Do kids still watch or know of the Muppets? Or do they live only for adults who remember them nostalgically? Are there any younger readers who can tell me??

This is all over the internet right now, so if you haven't already seen it, enjoy!

Happy Gobbles!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dr V back on Friday Nights

I got word from Doctor V that he is back on Friday nights! This is good, I never saw the show the last couple months when it was on late Wednesday.

The Doctor V Show
Friday Night, 9:30 - 10:30 pm CST
WYOU Charter regular-95 digital-unavailable

Or simulcast live and other times reruns at:
Link is in My Other Favorites on the right as well!

This is a good reminder to myself to watch online, I try to catch it live when possible.

Pic Dump 3

Again, cleaning out my files. Some discretion may be required! Remember, you can click on the pic to enlarge. Enjoy!

More after the break.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sick Day

A rare middle-of-a-weekday post here. If I'm bored later I may do another Pic Dump.

I left work early yesterday, and stayed home sick today. Sunday night I slept for over 9 hours, went to work as usual, but had a real hard time functioning. More than usual for a Monday morning, anyway. Within a few hours it was evident I wasn't feeling well, so I went home and proceeded to sleep for about 4 more hours. No fever last night, though it felt like it.

This morning I started out feeling ill so I stayed home. I think I'm feeling better now but it comes and goes. I tried napping again, but I think I'm all slept out for now. I've been taking Airborne ("no more than 3 times per day") since I got home yesterday. I've been using this product as needed for a couple of years now, and I think it helps alot.

What is unusual though, is that this is the second time I can recall that using this seems to be heading something off. My symptoms have not progressed past head and body aches, and a little nausea. The kind where I am most comfortable being very still, staring at the TV.

Another theory is about the (regular) flu shot. I received mine about 2 weeks ago. If my memory serves, I went through the other situation last year similarly after the flu shot. (Before then, my employer at the time didn't offer it.) Maybe some sort of reaction and all my preventive medicine is for naught? I don't know.

All I know for sure is that come hell or high water I must be back at work tomorrow, or else I need a doctor's note and I won't get my holiday pay. I'm (hopefully) feeling better already!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Da Bares

No matter what the Packers do, it's still fun to watch the Bears get humiliated. Devin Hester got pantsed during the game last night - insult to injury.

Bare Bear butt after the break.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pic Dump 2

Again, cleaning out my files. Some discretion may be required. Enjoy!

I see 7 people, do you?

More after the break.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Earth Rings?

Here's a view of Earth if it had Saturn's rings. Fictional, yet fantastic. Just imagine, if it were real we wouldn't think anything of it. Besides, what else are you doing for the next 3 minutes?


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Outside Packer View

This is a good article for Packer fans. An outside view of the game day experience.

"I was in Green Bay over the weekend with BBC 5 live sports extra - as part of the first ever British commentary team to broadcast live from the US - to witness the hometown Packers record a much-needed win over the visiting Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

And from the moment I arrived in the tiny town with a population of just 100,000 people, I knew I was in a special place rich in American football history."

Read the whole article here.

I have not been to one myself. I'm not good in large (10-15,000+) gatherings. I start to bug out a little. I'd like to visit in the offseason sometime, though. You know, take in the whole tour and hall of fame thing and then remember it fondly from my recliner while watching a December, 17 degree game at home.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cigs Vacation

It's that time again. A little over a year ago I quit for five months. I wish I hadn't started up again, but I did. Shoot me. I started the Step 1 patch on Monday. I had 3 cigarettes Monday, and 3 today. It may be a rough week.

I need a vacation. With the new job I've pretty much started all over. I haven't accumulated enough time for any real time off. My back kept me out for six days early last spring. Then, with the house purchase, came a half day for inspection, a half day for closing, a half day for the tree trimming... You get the idea. Throw in some illnesses and a back spasm or two and there goes my time. I'm looking forward to a 4-day weekend coming. I really don't want to do anything, but I may have to be with the in-laws while the Packer game is on. Oh well, minimal travel, I gotta remember to take beer, and focus on the game... The rest of the weekend I want for us here at home. I'm selfish. My batteries need recharging, more often than has been able this year.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pic Dump 1

I've been cleaning out my computer files and deleting alot of old things I don't want or need. I have a lot of pics that I saved to share later, with whom or where I have no idea. But I don't need to keep them, so I will be dumping a few here every so often.

More after the break. Some not for kids. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Madison Ace Show - more vids

This is not turning into all Ace - all the time. That just seems to be the hot topic with me lately. These videos were added the other day. I can see myself kinda, mostly just my spastic arms every now and again, though, but I am right there!

Old KISS Magazine

I came upon this while browsing Youtube. I actually still have this 30+ year old magazine! I remember every picture here perfectly.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Popular Fails

Boy, the one at the end is a tough one.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Wife Made Chili...

...earlier this week. I absolutely love her chili, but I can't have any more on a school night. Maybe I'll have some for dinner Friday. I think I have Saturday morning free. While all this is true, I've really just been looking for an excuse to post this pic. :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ace Video Found!

I found a video on Youtube from the show. This was the opening song,'Parasite'. It just doesn't quite pan far enough right to see me. I'm sure my hands got in there somewhere, though!

Saturday Night's Ace Show

Well, I should never say I'm gonna post the next day. Inevitably, it ends up being a day or two later.

This is a pic that my friend took with his camera phone of me with the Majestic marquee out front. You'll just have to believe me that it says 'Ace Frehley'. It was just too dark to capture a bright sign, I guess.

It turned out to be a fun evening. My friend S.H. and I got downtown a little early to have a few drinks before the show. There turned out to be 2 opening bands, so we had time. We did catch the second band but they were mostly forgettable. Ace was the star tonight. I hit the floor in front of the stage to watch Ace. Like I said last post, I spent the whole show 7 feet in front of his mike stand (the stage was elevated about 3 feet). That's not an exaggeration, I actually thought about it during the show, too far for 6 feet but not as far as 8, 7 feet is what I determined.

The show moved well. No real lulls in the action, and boy, it was LOUD! For such a small place it was very loud. Oh, I loved it at the time, but when I got home my ears were just screaming! Still a tiny bit of a ringing now, almost 2 days later. It's been a long time since that has happened to me after a concert. Probably the last time I saw KISS. They're always very loud and that's one thing Ace obviously still does. I'm not going to recount the songs he played, but he got to most of the hits and some KISS songs. He doesn't lack for any material to draw upon, that's for sure. Off the new CD I know I heard Outer Space, Sister, and maybe Fox On The Run. I wasn't worried about keeping track of what he played, just enjoying the moment with him creating his music right in front of me.

A very nice evening, indeed.
Odds and ends and afterthoughts after the break:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Just Home... Ace Concert

I just got home from the Ace Frehley concert at the Majestic here in Madison.


It was alot of fun! I spent the whole show about 7 feet front and center in front of the Spaceman himself! I'll say more tomorrow after my ears have stopped ringing. Good night.

Friday, November 6, 2009

I made the news!

I'm sorry you had to hear about it like this.

Thanks Joanne

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Wonderful Ace Frehley Surprise!

Monday afternoon I started to look through the newspaper from Sunday that I hadn't gotten to yet, when I noticed a picture of Ace Frehley in an upcoming column teaser for Thursday's 77square section. It seems he's playing at the Majestic this Saturday night. I can't believe I hadn't known about it yet. I'm not sure when it was announced, but it must have been very recently. Short story shorter- I had my tickets 20 minutes after I noticed. The first ten minutes was frantically looking for where I could buy tickets!

Yes, I'm excited! Ace Frehley is my first, favorite rock star. Going on 35 years or so. Solo, I have only seen Ace in concert once before. I was on my way to a friend's house in Chicago for the weekend. I heard the show advertised for the next night on some radio station as I was almost at his place. One of the first things I said to my friend was, "Guess what we're doing tomorrow night!"

At the end of the show, I met a girl who was a friend of Ace's girlfriend who got me backstage to meet him. It was fun, just us and the 2 girls in the room, But I'm not sure really who was drunker, him or me. (Me, actually. Also quite starstruck.) In fact, I went down to this girl's place several weeks later when there was a Kiss Convention where Ace was making an appearance. I got to meet him again briefly and even got a real poorly taken pic of me and Ace! That was all about 13-15 years ago.

I'm not planning on meeting him Saturday night, but who knows?..

Here's Ace performing the new single "Outer Space" exactly 1 week ago:

He's done alot of drugs in his time but he claims to be sober these days!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloweekend Recap

First of all, the Badgers looked great blowing out Purdue and the Packers looked bad in losing to the Vikings again. Acknowledged. I'm not making this a sports blog, so that's enough of that.

Saturday night we went to Terry's house for horse devours, before all heading out to the Hodie in Middleton to spend Halloween. Almost everyone went with the pirate theme. Mrs Scoakat and I abstained this year. Of course, I forgot my camera so no funny pics to share. We got to Terry's place a little later than everyone else because I wanted a nap after the Badger game. Otherwise we were to be picked up at 4:30 and would have gotten a cab back later with B & Z, who live just a few blocks away from us. Since no cab, I stayed below the limit and finished with water so I could get us home alive. Probably a very good thing, otherwise we could have been out for up to 10 hours. Too long.

On Sunday, the Packer game was a late 3:15 start, which I usually hate but I had things to do. Things involving leaves. I raked the whole yard for the second time this fall, and cleaned the eaves troughs. The only leaves that I've put to the curb, though, are just the front yard leaves. Still a big pile for such a small front yard. In back I found other uses for the leaves. There's a square pile of leaves behind the garage where we plan to put in a garden next year. Others went to the base of bushes and along the back fence where all hostas and ferns grew in the summer.

So it was almost noon when I finished, and Mrs S and I were to go shopping for a snow thrower/blower/whatever and out to lunch. Unfortunately, Mrs S was still a bit under the weather, but hungry so we did go get lunch locally. Then I had a recurring nightmare... oh nevermind, that was the Packers game.

I hope you had a nice weekend (overall) as well!
... and yes, I purposely misspelled hors d'oeuvres.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Just got home from being out with friends. Had a good time, but I had to stay okay to drive. Actually a good thing, I have alot to do tomorrow before the big Packers/Vikings rematch at 3:15. I ran into Roger, a friend from the past, and Larry, a guy I used to work with -and had a lot of fun along the way! I'll write more about this weekend in a few days. It is a busy one! Good night.