Sometimes You Cut or: Sometimes You Get Cut

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My Li’l Chef cut himself whilst we were cooking this evening. It bled pretty badly. He said it wasn’t too bad, but he was upset with himself because he did it. He was slicing bacon and got the tip of his left index finger.

We got it to stop bleeding and he went over to De Château de Ma Mère and she got it dressed for him. I continued the cooking. We were just cooking Beeman Burgers, so it wasn’t too much work for me. I didn’t like having to do the dishes, though.

Luckily for us, I did pretty well on the burgers. Luckily for you, I included a picture of it!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I really feel like knife skills – not just in the kitchen, but in life – are really critical.” – Tim Ferriss

I’m Not Tellin’ or: Game Changer

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I told you yesterday that I had something to write about today but I have decided that it’s just not time yet. I mean, I will write about it, I just can’t tell you what it is. I am still working out details but it is a “job” that will allow me to do what I feel is one of the things I’m pretty good at, and that’s talking. shure_mikrofon_55s

Yeah, I do podcasts and talk all the time on those, but this is a whole different world. It’s also something that I’ve been trying to get into for a while. Now, it’s a temporary but possibly permanent thing. I know I’m Vague-booking right now, and I apologize for it, but it’s a big deal to me and, again, I don’t want to jinx it until I know all the pieces have fallen into place.

So, sorry for the copout but I promise, when I can talk about it, I will. It will be a “game changer,” though.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Let the people who love your work know that you appreciate them because that’s how you build your fans.” – Megan Nicole

Another Podcast? or: She’s Getting Better

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The first half of the title of this, for once, doesn’t apply to me. This time I was actually on someone else’s podcast. It is called the “Pop-Up Podcast” with Promise Mangum and I really can’t talk much about it until it’s published. When it’s published, I’ll let you in on how to find it because that’s what I do, right? I promote. I’m a promoter. He did a great job and I’ll make sure to post some links when they’re available. The plus side of this situation is I got to spend a good bit of time with my good friend Sandy Meeks. I miss talking to her more.

On the other front, The BCPF is getting better. She (and others) have told me that I’m full of crap for saying I’m not a good caregiver. She told me that “your presence makes everything better.” I’ll pause for the “awws” here. I appreciate it and I guess she’s right, I just know that I can never be the caregiver that she is. So, she got the short end of that stick. But, the good news is, she is better. I still haven’t gotten to kiss her other than on her forehead. Tomorrow, dang it!

Speaking of tomorrow, well… I’m not going to jinx it. I’ll wait. It will give me something to write about.

How’s that for a teaser?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


Fallen Ill or: Helplessness

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What happens when the person that takes care of you falls ill? What happens when you’re ill-prepared to return the favor? My baby, The BCPF has been sick since Thursday in what we thought may have been an upper-respiratory infection or chest cold.

It then moved to her head and back to her chest. Yesterday she had a fever of 102°. She has been coughing up green and yellow phlegm and it has been thick. I have relied on her since we started dating nearly nine years ago to take care of me through my sicknesses and surgeries. She takes awesome care of me.

I am not really equipped to nurse anyone to health. I really want to help her get better but I don’t know what to do. I want to make everything okay but I don’t know how. I feel helpless. I cooked her dinner last night and try to just keep asking if she needs anything. She says that I make it better but I don’t know how. She’s comfortable and her fever has broken and she says the phlegm, while still coming has cleared up and isn’t an off-color any longer.

She is getting better and really no thanks to me. But, the important part is she is getting better. I love her and wish I could have done much more. Here’s hoping that it is completely better very soon.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Being healthy is the crown that only the sick can see. A lot of times, we take it for granted.” – Hasan Minhaj

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 1/12/19

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Underdog Records was jumping yesterday with people coming in and Jonathan was only playing local artists in the store for the first part of the day. He sold a good bit of local music, including selling out of a few, with that. I like when he does that. I had gone in and set some stuff back on Friday but we picked up the stuff yesterday. Here’s what we got:

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  • Old Sea Brigade – Ode To A Friend — I call it my “husbandly duty” to find new music that my lovely bride, The BCPF will enjoy; stuff that is “up her alley.” When I record the weekly advert for Underdog Records on The Less Desirables, I use portions of new releases or whatever Jonathan has sent me to highlight and a lot of the time, I’ll find stuff that I think is really good, either that I will like, The BCPF will like or we both would. This is one that I thought she’d love. I had Jonathan get me one and we brought it home and she was very pleased with it. It’s laid back folky stuff and she loved it. I recommend listening to it. New.
  • Tom Waits – Mule Variations — #414 on the RS list, this is a 2xLP that is completely co-written with Waits’ wife and songwriting partner, Kathleen Brennan. I’m hit and miss with most Tom Waits stuff. The songs are beautiful and sometimes dark but his singing is what is the determining factor in my like/dislike. He sounds like he had a cocktail of gravel, concrete, and sandpaper whilst smoking two packs of Camels concurrently and saving cats from a burning building. It’s rough. EX/VG++.
  • Neil Young – After The Gold Rush — #71 on the RS list and while I feel that should be about 100 positions higher, it’s still a great album. Neil Young is another that I’m hit or miss with. VG++.
  • Rush – Signals — The follow-up to Moving Pictures, in 1982, Signals has “Subdivisions,” “New World Man,” “The Weapon,” and “Countdown.” Not my favorite Rush album but it’s still a good one. VG+.
  • Jay Ferguson – Thunder Island — I know the title track and that’s about it. I like the title track and it was only a few bucks so I decided to buy it with the picture of him in his fabric toe shoes. It’s just funny. VG+.
  • ABBA – Super Trouper — With “Super Trouper” and “The Winner Takes It All.” Their next album was the last studio album prior to their hiatus, which is still going on. VG+.
  • Heart – Private Audition — Released in 1982 and is the last Heart album to feature Mike DeRosier and Steve Fossen, who left after the recording of this album. VG+.
  • John Fogerty – Centerfield — Put me in coach! The title track, “The Old Man Down the Road” and “Rock and Roll Girls.” It was $1, so why not? VG+.
  • Joni Mitchell – Clouds — “Chelsea Morning,” “The Fiddle and the Drum” and “Both Sides, Now” are the tunes that The BCPF are most excited about. This is Mitchell’s sophomore effort and we have 10 of the first 11 of her albums. It was $1. VG.

I told you about Curated by Underdog Records, right? I think so. De is also digging out a lot of backstock of used equipment that Jonathan hasn’t had time to go through and they’re cleaning them up and getting some really great stuff up for sale. I really wanted that Sansui (as I wrote about). They have a lot of great stuff for those looking to break into or update their record collecting experience. Listen to The Less Desirables to hear the TLD/UR special of the week.

Discogs is how Curated by Underdog keeps track of what you have and how you do, as well!

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning and the first thing that I heard was a song outside my window. And, the traffic wrote the words. It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells and rapping up like pipes and drums. Oh, won’t you stay? We’ll put on the day and we’ll wear it ’till the night comes.” – “Chelsea Morning” (Mitchell)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Karen Waldrup

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Yesterday was the 48th anniversary of Janis Joplin’s Pearl album. I have never been a huge fan of hers but I like to “imitate” her on this song. It is the last song Janis ever recorded as she died three days later. This young lady does a great job of covering what would have to be my favorite JJ song. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Oh lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends. So lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?” – “Mercedes Benz” (Joplin/Neuwirth/McClure)

Covet Is A Sin? or: I Want One

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I was standing in Underdog Records today and was watching Jonathan and De hook up stereo equipment and test them out receivers and speakers. I realize that I want some. I want these. They sounded awesome. It was a Sansui receiver with Pioneer speakers. They sounded fantastic. De was playing some Snoop Dogg and the bass was thumping. They had to turn down the bass and lift the treble on the Sansui and the speakers were taking everything they threw at them.  sansui-2000x-1

I’m not unhappy with what I have.

I have an Audio Technica LP60USB which is a fine “entry level” turntable. I would actually like to have the next level AT on the market but I don’t know if I will get one anytime soon. The part that I partially have a problem with is that I play it through my Yamaha 5.1 surround receiver and while I do have it set to 2-channel stereo for records and “Alexa,” I want a dedicated receiver designed with a phono stage.

So, my thoughts are if I get a new (or new to me) receiver and speakers, I may consider also getting a classic turntable or upgrade to a newer higher-dollar model. Jonathan always has stuff coming through and the stuff I hear sounds great, but I don’t know where I’d put it, either. We are already out of room for the vinyl we have, much less new equipment to take up even more room.

We have discussed if we look for a new house that two of the very important specs we have to have are a fantastic and roomy kitchen and a dedicated “listening space.” It can be a separate room, a spare bedroom, a rec/rumpus room, etc., but it will be for all the vinyl/record equipment. I will keep this surround system wherever the TV goes, but I want something dedicated to records for that room.

It doesn’t have to be retro/classic/used stuff, but I wouldn’t mind that. Having something that glows when you’re turning the lights down low to just enjoy listening or when you’re listening to the radio (but who does that anymore?), or having a bit of Scotch while listening to Steely Dan?

I know that Ember Audio will be reopening in a new space and it will be in my neighborhood, well the studio’s neighborhood (Industry Hill) and I’ll be tempted to go in there and buy something because it will all be shiny and awesome but they sell high-dollar stuff. However, I’ve heard that Chris and Jamie want to also sell more affordable-yet-good stuff, too. I’ll talk with them to see what they say. I just know that sometime soon or not-so-soon, I want something new. Heck, I still long for the old console record player/AM/FM/8-Track Stereo that I had and just abandoned when I moved to WSNC in 1986. I really wish I still had that.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.” – Jack White

Adding? or: Another Tick Is Possible

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No, the title doesn’t refer to the Lyme-carrying parasite, but as in adding another tally, or tick, in the proverbial headboard. I will only say that I had a meeting today with a “potential” client that wants to use my services to produce a podcast and, perhaps, a vlog. podcast-symbol_318-40332

I don’t know, yet, if I’ll get the job, but I feel like the meeting went well. I figure that I have a good chance at it. Because I’m not in a contract, which means that I help them promote the biz, I’m not at liberty to discuss what or who the client/potential client is.

I guess what I’m asking for is for you to keep your fingers crossed for me, Dear Reader.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I think podcasting is here to stay.” – Adam Scott

A Triumphant Return or: She Rock Boxes

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Tonight on The Less Desirables, Danielle made her return! We were so glad to have her back. She was witty, relaxed, fun and we all enjoyed our time with her. We also had Ben Burgess of Rock Box Bouldering on the show. He is in the rock climbing gym across Chestnut from our studios at The Lab at Industry Hill. 20190109_203258

We talked about climbing, people who climb, music, life and beer. We heard about Danielle’s time away from the show and we just cut up and goofed off. Just like we always did. So much fun.

We also recorded our first Fan Interference of the year and on our first Wednesday.

You can listen to the TLD episode HERE and the FI episode HERE.

Oh and my posting movie of the week is Broadcast News.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Dad or: Seventy-One is Beautiful

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My dad’s birthday is today. He’s 71. He’s more spry and agile than I am and I’m 23 years younger than him. Of course, he’s been physically active more than I have. He has worked hard as a laborer, office person, machine operator, truck driver, coal miner, and more. I have driven a truck and sat in an office for the last 24 years.

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The best job he’s ever done, though, and I’m sure my sister and brother will agree, is as a dad. Was he all up in our business? No. He wasn’t even home much when we were younger, especially me, because he was busting his tail earning “a living” for his family. He is the man I want to be and I know that no matter how hard I try, I’ll never equal that awesomeness. I can come close and I can do things differently, but I can’t equal that. Is he tired? Oh yeah. He realizes that his mind works at 110% capability like he was my age but his body is just not able to catch up and for him, that’s really frustrating. But, he is getting time to fish which is his new passion.

I talked to him this morning and when I said “happy birthday,” he said, “I noticed that.” He told someone that life is good. “I’m healthy. My kids (and their kids) are healthy. I have an amazing wife. What more could I ask for?” Yeah, he’s right.

I love you, Dad. Happy solar circumnavigational anniversary day!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Tryin’ to make a livin’.” – Tim Beeman