Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cheap Trick – Fillmore Silver Spring


After seeing Kathy Valentine’s pictures with the members of Cheap Trick this morning on Facebook, I realized I never wrote about the silliness at the Cheap Trick show I went to last December.

I’ve loved Cheap Trick for years – since middle school – but for some reason or another had never seen them in concert. Made sure to get to the venue early for a front row spot. Was probably about the tenth person in line. Once we got in, I immediately ran to the stage and placed myself between where  Rick and Robin would be.

The show was awesome. The guys played great, Robin sounded amazing. Rick’s guitars were as much of a show as he was.

Before the encore, Rick came out, holding a towel and a bottle of water.

He took a sip from the bottle and chucked it off stage. It literally flew into my hand and I caught it with only a drop spilled. I held it the rest of the concert.

When it was over, the woman I’d been standing next to and I had a chat about the bottle. I said that I really hoped that he didn’t have cooties as I was really thirsty and was gonna drink it. She said he probably didn’t have cooties and then I said that if he did, they’d be really cool cooties. I drank it on the drive home. I was hoping that perhaps I’d wake up and be a guitar virtuoso but alas, it was not to be.

I did keep the bottle.


Shoes – Hot Mess Video


Another video is up from the new Shoes album Ignition. It’s for Hot Mess. Do you like cats? You’ll like this video

Hot Mess
Lyrics by Shoes

Composed by Murphy/Klebe/Murphy


She’s got good motor skills
When she’s stuffed to the gills
So honey say what you will

She’s no stranger to pain
She sleeps in the rain
‘Cause she’s got nothin’ to gain

Ooh she’s a hot mess
Been tryin’ to pin her down
Such a hot mess
She’s bound to be makin’ rounds

She’s a hot mess

She does her personal best
With stains on her dress
She’s a reliable wreck

She’s been payin’ her dues
With her skanky tattoos
And her sensible shoes


She lets her juices flow
When she’s layin’ low
Cuz that’s how she rolls

She’s got a lopsided grin
When she don’t know where she’s been
She’s my possible kin


She comes across as a man
With her spray-on tan
But she don’t give a damn

She wears her hair in a bun
When she gets the job done
She takes no shit from no one


She’s a hot mess
Couldn’t care less
Makes a hot mess


John: lead vocal, bass, handclaps
Gary: electric guitars
Jeff: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars (includes lead), handclaps

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Photo Traditions – a Stoop in the Bronx

Standard recently featured a group of guys who take a picture every 5 years at the same spot, trying to duplicate expressions from years past. Found the idea to be cool but as they started in the 1980’s, I wasn’t terribly impressed – my husband and two of his friends have been duplicating a picture since 1971. They meet every 10 years on the same day at a stoop in the Bronx. CNN picked up their story as well.

You can read my husband’s account on his blog.

To read the story on, go here – scroll down to “From the stoop to social media”. Pics are # 8-12.

The Olympics, The Queen and James Bond


I follow Maureen Johnson on Twitter. She lives in England part of the year and tweeted a link yesterday that allowed us to see the Olympic Opening Ceremonies live online. I usually don’t watch these or any of the games for that matter but as they were London based, I was curious. The production was so over the top that I really couldn’t watch it straight through so would toggle between different windows.

I came back to it at one point and there were Corgies on screen. “Corgies? That can only mean The Queen.” Then Daniel Craig appeared in the shot. Oh Em Gee. Best part of the show!!

“Good evening, Mr. Bond.”

Spam spam spam spam


This is a tiny blog in the world of blogs. Truly filled with the random thoughts of me. I can mention something as a one off or I can hyperfocus on something that I love. For instance, did y’all know that Shoes has a new album out?

What amazes me is when I look at my stats for the blog and I see all the spam comments. Like, how do they find me? And who the hell taught them English? These are some examples of what I found this morning.

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That last one? It was a comment on my rent a cat post, where I compared my dog to a TV demon. If they were really hunting 4 days for info on a demon dog, they obviously don’t know how to use Google.

I know they’re spammers but I really don’t get the point. Are there that many clueless people in the world who go “Oh, that is so legitimate. Let me click that link and go to that obviously respectful website…” I’m sure they must believe in Nigerian Princes and long lost dead relatives who want to leave them their fortunes, too.

I leave you with the inimitable Monty Python.


Moms Mabley Documentary


Just a followup to yesterday’s post. Today is the last day for the Moms Mabley documentary KickStarter that Whoopi Goldberg has running.

Go to the KickStarter page and see what it’s all about. About $5,000 to go.

Whoopi Goldberg’s KickStarter


I follow Whoopi Goldberg on Twitter. I have loved her for years and years. I can remember being a fairly young peep when she did her stand up show with the bit about using a towel and pretending it was her long hair.

Whoopi recently tweeted about something near and dear to her heart. She’s currently working on a documentary about Moms Mabley called “I Got Somethin’ To Tell You”. She’s on KickStarter to raise funds to finish up the last bits of production. She’s already put in loads of her own money and appreciates that having some money put in by fans adds something to the project.

Go to the KickStarter page and see what it’s all about. The campaign ends tomorrow (7/26/2012) and at this time, there is $8,000 to go.

Shoes – Head vs Heart


Another video is up from the new Shoes album Ignition. It’s the opening track – Head vs Heart.

Head vs Heart
Lyrics by Shoes

Composed by Gary Klebe


Time is chasin’ me down
Somewhere I got turned around
You can try as you will
You’ll be the death of me still
‘Til the end, I won’t breathe easy again

Trouble from the start
Don’t go where you wanna go
Head vs. heart
Go where you wanna go

Long gone, never look back
So fast, no time to react
Some things will just never change
Logic is all down the drain
We pretend over and over again

Tearin’ me apart
Don’t go where you wanna go
Head vs. heart
Go where you wanna go

Time is wastin’ away
Vain wait, the name of the game
Everything I thought is true
Lies are the essence of you
In the end, I won’t breathe easy again

Trouble from the start
Don’t go where you wanna go
Head vs. heart
Go where you wanna go

Head vs. heart


Gary: lead/backing vocals, electric guitars
Jeff: backing vocals, electric guitars (includes lead)
John: backing vocals, bass

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Rent a cat


We brought a rescue kitten home on Saturday. She is adorable. As mentioned in the post just below this one, our dog was not appreciative of the new critter in the house. Morgan, who we had previously decided is part feline, due to her love of leaping onto narrow railings, looked like she was possessed whenever presented with the cat. You know how they always show demons on TVs and movies – with their eyes all black and unblinking? That was Morgan. It was kinda scary. (I’d read how there are some dogs who are too prey driven to deal with cats – that would be Morgan apparently.) Kitten is being returned to the rescue group today. She’s 9 weeks old and so freaking cute she’ll be in a new home before the week is out.

So, basically, I rented a cat for the weekend.

New kitten and I’m losing my mind.


We adopted a shelter dog in September. She’s wonderful and we felt that she should have a friend. Decided to try a kitten. Hah. Morgan is a whiny crying mess. If I’m in a room with the kitten, she’s at the door, sounding like the most pitiful creature ever. If I hold the kitten, Morgan sniffs and licks the cat ferociously. I can’t tell if it’s a grooming thing or if she trying to moisten Boo up so she’s easier to eat.

Please let this craziness pass soon.