Down in the Waters or: At Least It’s Cool

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I Mondayed in my pants this morning. Actually, it was last night, but whatever. Last night when The BCPF and I were cooking dinner, we had gotten to the end of a side on a record and it was quiet for a minute. I asked her if she heard what sounded like a waterfall. She said she could.

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Looks like a tunnel on a ride in Walt Disney World

It was funny that one of the things we were talking about was getting the AC serviced. I looked into the closet where the AC unit is and noticed there was water in the closet floor. So, it was time to do something. We’d get to that.

This morning I was walking into our downstairs bathroom and one of our floor tiles squished. I was like what was that!? I stepped back on it again. I could see water coming from under the tile. We had to call the HVAC folk immediately. They came and the exhaust trap pipe was clogged. So that was creating a backup. They blew it out and we figured that was the end of that.

The technician went out to write up the invoice and as I was sitting in the kitchen texting The BCPF what was going on, I noticed I was still hearing the waterfall sound. I went out and told the tech that I still heard the water. He had no clue what I was talking about so he came back in and listened. At first, he didn’t hear it. I have “musician’s ear” which means I spent a lot of time in front of amplifiers so my hearing is pretty much screwed. But, for some reason, I can always hear running water.

He took the vent cover off (it’s a 2.5’x2.5′ or bigger) grill and then he took out the filter out. 20x20x1. It was filthy and I knew it would be. He looked in the hole and saw nothing but darkness. He got his flashlight and that’s when it happened. Inside this hole was standing water. We couldn’t tell how much water. He got authorized to remove the water and brought in his “Shop-Vac.” It was a little, itty-bitty thing with a 2.5-gallon tank. So, he turned it on and about 4 seconds later he turned it off. It was full. He dumped the water in the kitchen sink. Then, he was back to the hole again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

We stopped counting around 27 but we think there was more. 27 x 2.5 is 67.5 so we figure we moved over 70 gallons of water out of this vent. SEVENTY GALLONS!!!! That is a shload of water. It was pooled in there. Shimmering. So, it turns out that at least a year of this had been going on and formed this pool. I don’t know how this plastic flex pipe held up. The collector box was soaked as well.

So, tomorrow, I have to get an estimate tomorrow for replacing the flex pipe and that box. I hope it doesn’t mean I have to replace the whole unit. We don’t have that kind of money. At all.

I talked about this on tonight’s episode of The Beer Dads. Listen HERE.

I didn’t get to record The Man Who Ate the Town today. That makes me sad.

So, how was your Monday, Dear Reader?

Until tomorrow, stay dry!
Scorp out!


“Flooding is the costliest and most common cause of property damage…” – Seth Moulton

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 8/17/19

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Well, the Carolina Cobras lost the championship game with only 11 seconds left on the clock. Phooey on that. But, other than that, and a screwy day chasing dreams, we did get some great records and some great listening in. Underdog Records was jumping and I love to see that. Here’s the haul:

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  • Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold — I have liked most things I have heard from this riot grrrl group and what I heard whilst making the Underdog Records advert for The Less Desirables, I liked, as well. Jonathan did say that this was unlike anything they have ever recorded and it was produced by St. Vincent (Anne Clark) and is a little more electronic and modern, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it still had the “balls” that they are known for, just not as aggressive, I guess. We really enjoyed listening to this. New.
  • José González – In Our Nature — I’ve said before that The BCPF is a huge fan of José’s and when she has the opportunity to get stuff that she doesn’t already have, she jumps at it. He’s a great talent with a great voice. Oddly enough, he’s Argentinian but born in Sweden. But, that’s neither here nor there, I guess. Great album. New.
  • Rolling Stones – More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) — We had this already but it was only in “Good” condition and the cover was in “Poor” condition. I really don’t know why I counted it at all. Anywhat! We got a better copy. This one is VG+.
  • Yes – Relayer — I love collecting Yes albums. I mostly like listening to Yes albums. I don’t know how I’ll feel about this one. With my prog-rock, I am hit or miss. The first side of this album is a 22-minute song called “The Gates of Delirium” which is Jon Anderson’s take on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Side two is just two songs. So, I’ll let you know how I feel. I am very glad to have it, though. VG+.
  • Iron And Wine and Ben Bridwell – Sing Into My Mouth — The look on The BCPF’s face when I showed her this was priceless. It was a combination of her head rolling almost off the side, her eyes bulging out and her chin dropping to the floor. It’s actually a covers album by two of her favorite artists, Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell (well, he is with Band of Horses). Her eyes rolled back in her head in ecstasy when she heard it. She didn’t even know this existed. A win for me! VG++.
  • ldo Parisot – Zoltán KodályJohann Sebastian Bach – Kodaly Sonata For Cello Alone / Bach Suite #5 For Cello Alone — What we’re listening to as I write this. I love the cello and I love solo cello and I like this but it’s not my favorite. I think I am spoiled by so Yo-Yo Ma. VG+.
  • Icicle Works – Icicle Works — This may be my favorite pickup in a long, long time. I knew the ‘hit’ from the album, “Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)” and nothing else. In the UK the song was actually titled “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream).” What is the practice of using parentheses anyway? Why? Just name the song. Parentheticals aren’t necessary! Anywhat, I digress! While I can’t say it’s my least favorite song on the album, I definitely can’t say it’s my favorite. While I can list off names of songs, that would be cheating. I just enjoyed listening to the whole album. From the initial leader space on side one to the last runout on side two, it is a fantastic album and it brought elation and joy. VG++.
  • Exile – Mixed Emotions — Before moving to the world of cringe-worthy country music, Exile had minor success as a rock band. They were formed in Kentucky. Everyone has heard the song “Kiss You All Over” and it’s on this album. It came back to prominence in the late 90s thanks to Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore. VG++.
  • Glass Tiger – The Thin Red Line —They only had three albums and I figure this is the only one that really matters. The tunes “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” and “Someday” are on this. Again with a parenthetical title… The BCPF saw them open for Journey (her first concert). VG+.
  • ABC – The Lexicon Of Love — A very important album in the lexicon of early- to mid-80s Britpop. This has the singles “Tears Are Not Enough”, “Poison Arrow”, “The Look of Love” and “All of My Heart.” Some of their biggest hits. I dismissed them as “that band who does ‘As Smokey Sings,'” and now I even like that song. They are a great pop band and I love listening to them. It was a $1 bin find but it was in great shape. VG+, I’d say.
  • Der Bielefelder Kinderchor – Das Weihnachtskonzert Des Bielefelder Kinderchores — Another $1 bin find and The BCPF loves grabbing German stuff that she finds. We actually got two German records but the other one isn’t in Discogs, which isn’t unusual. It was in really crummy shape, too. I’ll try to put it in later. Those are really hard because I don’t speak German and don’t know what half of this stuff even means, so… This isn’t in great shape either, so I’m only going with G/F.

Jonathan has been putting out a lot of great used vinyl and it’s always fun to go in. I love it when I see friends from outside of the store show up when I’m there. My pal Brad from TBD Referral Group came in to trade some stuff for credit. Listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear what the TLD/UR special of the week is. Use Discogs to keep track of your collection, how much it is potentially worth and the cool shuffle feature.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“You can see it in my eyes, I can feel it in your touch. You don’t have to say a thing just let me show how much I love you; I need you, yeah. I wanna kiss you all over. And over again. I wanna kiss you all over. Till the night closes in.” – “Kiss You All Over” (Chinn/Chapman)

Sounds Like Saturday or: The Joy of Order in the New Radio Division Head

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So, you know I don’t normally do compilation albums, at least not featuring them, when I talk about albums and music in general. But, today is the 32nd anniversary of Substance 1987 from New Order and The BCPF is crazy about that, even saying that “Ceremony” is her favorite song of all time. Yes, it’s a Joy Division song, written prior to Ian Curtis’ death in 1980, but it was released as the debut single from New Order after its reformation. Also, Radiohead is a favorite of The BCPF’s so, why not play their cover of the tune, eh? Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“This is why events unnerve me, They find it all, a different story. Notice whom for wheels are turning. Turn again and turn towards this time. All she asks is the strength to hold me, then again the same old story. World will travel, oh so quickly. Travel first and lean towards this time.” – “Ceremony” (Curtis/Hook/Morris/Sumner)

The King or: 42 Years

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I remember 42 years ago today, sitting with my mother in the “white house on the hill” watching Tic-Tac-Dough on a black and white television set and the news breaking in that Elvis Presley had passed away. It was shocking even though I didn’t care anything about Elvis (at the time). Friends of the family were rocked. It was bad for them.

Today would have also been my ex-wife’s father’s birthday. It was weird. My dad’s birthday is January 8, the day that Elvis was born, (as well as David Bowie) and hers the day he passed. RIP Ronnie.

So, here’s a little snippet of the man doing his thing. Supposedly the last song he ever sang live.

Long live the King!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Are you lonesome tonight? Do you miss me tonight? Are you sorry we drifted apart? Does your memory stray to a bright sunny day when I kissed you and called you sweetheart?” – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Turk/Handman)

Thursdays or: The Day of Getting Through

Salutations™!!

This is going to be really, really short because I am writing it last minute. I just got into my day so much that I forgot to write until right now. very-busy-businessman-100224336

I had a great lunch with my friend and TMWATT listener, Steven McDowall who sponsored a burger on the “Summer of Burgers” tour. I then ran over to one of my clients’ office and grabbed a check for more (and probably the last) equipment for their new podcast studio. Then I edited another podcast for another client. Then I went home and did little of anything past that. I did get to see my son for about 30 minutes and those minutes are getting shorter and will continue to get even shorter as he ages and gets a life. That’s kind of the point, right?

Well, that’s it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Choose ‘you’.” – Dr. Shawn Ricks

Boss or: The Less Fit

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Salutations™!!

In my infinite wisdom (or lack thereof), I forgot to schedule a guest on tonight’s The Less Desirables. So we had a roundtable discussion and Danielle talked about going to The Big What Festival this past weekend. She talked about the fun she had, the people she met, the bands that she saw and the bands that were coming to Bull’s Tavern. 20190814_194006-01

Bethany talked about her daughter moving to Hawaii, new cigars and such.

And I talked about how I will be doing some work with Liz Hronek, aka Miss Fit Boss. I told you last Wednesday of the connection I felt with her about my weight problem. We talked about how to at least try to combat that over the weekend and into this week. Liz is teaching me to believe that I can get to a reasonable goal of under 300lbs and then work on other goals of less weight from that point. But, anyway, she’s awesome to work with. I just wanted to say that again.

You can listen to our episode HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Whether you are the BOSS of a business, the BOSS of your family, or the BOSS of whatever life throws your way…You can also be the BOSS of your BODY, SOUL, & NUTRITION. This is what Miss Fit Boss is all about!” – Miss Fit Boss (Liz Hronek)

A Dollar Short or: Terrifier

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To be perfectly transparent, I am writing this on Wednesday and not Tuesday as my son, 3B had me watch a creepy, campy and somewhat funny (read: eye-rolling) “horror” film called Terrifier.

It involves a clown who makes crazy-creepy faces and beheads, mames, mauls and destroys people that get in his way. It’s really kind of dumb but it was kind of fun as I’ve not watched a horror film in a while. Is it worth your time? I don’t know. I don’t know if it was worth mine. But, I did it.

So, take that with a grain of salt. Sorry about the delay.

Until tomorrow (or today)…
Scorp out!


“Punctuality is the thief of time, dear.” – Cat Lady

The Butcher or: Piggyback the Bull

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Salutations™!!

Mondays are usually chock full of podcasts but today, there was just one. That was The Man Who Ate the Town. No Fan Interference, no Beeswax Vinyl, no The Beer Dads.

Fan Interference has been on semi-hiatus for the summer with Hayley Brooke getting in the groove of her Master’s degree program. Really, other than off-season moves by NFL teams in anticipation of the regular season and baseball, nothing big is really happening in the world of sports. If there is, follow the Fan Interference Twitter account for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Wagyu Shoulder Tenders from Butcher & Bull

The Beer Dads and Beeswax Vinyl were thrown off by scheduling conflicts. But, hopefully, TBD will be back next week and BWV in two weeks.

The Man Who Ate the Town, however, has been busy all day. First, I wrote a blog post about The BCPF’s and my awesome “date night” tasting at Butcher & Bull in the Marriott downtown WSNC. You can read about that HERE.

The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies to students most in need, will partner with Carrabba’s Italian Grill to host a Back-to-School Wine Pairing Dinner at over 200 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations throughout the U.S on August 14. My pal, Daniel Butner says that there are 14 WSFCS teachers that are up for these school supplies for their classrooms. You can read more about that HERE.

Finally, Ray and I recorded TMWATT podcast. It was our first with Ray still in Mt. Airy. We talked about Butcher & Bull, the new Little Richard’s Bar-N-Que, Skrimp Shack, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, The Habit Burgers, and more. You can listen to that podcast episode HERE.

So, for the other podcasts, listen to past episodes and for TMWATT, I appreciate your support in reading and listening.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A contemporary take on the traditional steakhouse, Butcher & Bull veers from the formal stereotype to provide Winston-Salem diners with an energetic atmosphere, authentic hospitality and adventurous dishes featuring the freshest ingredients possible.” – Butcher & Bull

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 8/10/19

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Yesterday was a great day! The BCPF and I got started a little early, went to breakfast, went to our favorite music store (possibly our favorite store of any ilk), we listened to great music, we went to Willows early and then we hung out with The Beer Dads’ extended family. Great times indeed. Here’s the haul:

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  • R.E.M. – Green — The BCPF’s new addition, she said this was the first R.E.M. album that she bought new. I wasn’t into the band at the time, but “Stand” from this album is part of two stories that I tell. One is in my senior year in high school when I drew circles around the classroom (mimicking the video) and my teacher getting onto me. The other is that it was the first song I ever sang with the Vagabond Saints Society. New.
  • The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers — #64 on the RS list, it has always been a good album to me, even though I’ve never been a huge fan of the Stones. Big tunes are “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Sister Morphine” and “Bitch” which, by the way, Gene Simmons always said that “Deuce” was actually “Bitch” backward (the riff, that is). New.
  • Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials — We both had heard of F+Machine but didn’t really know much about them. This was there and is a fantastic 2xLP set. It’s like a lot of what The BCPF (especially) and I listen to, but the more modern version of it. Alternative-esque rock with electronic bite. I liked it. We both liked it, actually. VG++.
  • She & Him – Volume 3 — Who isn’t in love with Zooey Deschanel? Male or female. She’s just amazing. Plus, she can sing. I think Ma Mère would enjoy this album. She’s channeling all of her Leslie Gore/Dusty Springfield that she can muster. NM.
  • Rare Earth – Rarearth — Rare Earth was the first big hit-making act signed by Motown that consisted only of white members. This album came out in 1977. I’m not really familiar with the band outside of a couple of songs like “I Just Want to Celebrate” and “Hey Big Brother.” The latter I only know because it was our closing song on Apartment 5B this past week. VG++.
  • Joe Cocker – Joe Cocker! — Cocker’s second studio album, this album features numerous covers of songs originally performed by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, John Sebastian, and Leon Russell. I liked Joe Cocker, although he could get on my nerves. It was a good listen, though.  VG+.
  • Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves — I have always maintained that there would be world peace without Bob Seger songs. But, Clay Howard has done a little work in trying to convert me and so, I am giving him another try with matured ears and I have to say it was a good album. However, I think I pinpointed the culprit of my dislike of him (well, outside of “Old Time Rock and Roll”). “Sunspot Baby” is that song. I hate that song and it is his screaming it the whole time that makes me despise hearing his voice (with the aforementioned OTRnR). But, the rest of the album is actually quite good, and dare I say it… enjoyable. VG+.
  • David Crosby / Graham Nash – Wind On The Water — Yet another of the many incarnations of the CSNY family tree. Yet another that we have, too. VG++.
  • Lone Justice – Lone Justice — I had never heard of Lone Justice but it was from 1985, had a Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ feel to the look and I decided to give it a spin. So, the band is a “cowpunk” band. They’re American (from Los Angeles), but cowpunk started in the UK. I had to look cowpunk up and here’s what I found: a subgenre of punk rock that began in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and California in the early 1980s. It combines punk rock or new wave with country, folk, and blues in sound, subject matter, attitude, and style. Many of the musicians in this scene have now become associated with alternative country or roots rock. From the first tune, we picked up on the Dolly Parton influence which oddly enough was paired with Punk-styled music. There was definitely a twang that goes with the country genre but it was still rocking. It’s an interesting, heck I’ll say “good” listen. VG+.
  • Mason JonesThe Philarte Quartet – Mason Jones And The Philarte Quartet — “Quintet In E Flat Major, K. 407 for French Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello” by Mozart and “Quartet For French Horn and String Quartet” by Bernhard Heiden. VG++.
  • Firefall – Luna Sea — We’re listening to this one as I write this. “Just Remember I Love You” is probably the biggest hit on this one. We have gotten more and more into Firefall since we’ve started listening to Yacht Rock Radio on SiriusXM. Also, Ma Père’s ringtone when Ma Mère calls him is “You Are the Woman” (not on this album). $1 bin find, but the record is in great shape. I’m going to go with VG/VG+.
  • Ella Fitzgerald And The Nelson Riddle Orchestra – The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook — 2xLP of Ella and Riddle doing Gershwin songs. $1 bin find. VG.

Again, a great day yesterday. Sunny, a good record-buying crowd coming in and just overall goodness of Saturday-ness. We had a great day. Jonathan had a few receivers and turntables that are in really great shape, you should check them out. Also, listen to each new episode The Less Desirables to hear what the TLD/UR special of the week is. And, I use Discogs to keep track of this vinyl madness that I bring to you.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Your feet are going to be on the ground. Your head is there to move you around. If wishes were trees the trees would be falling. Listen to reason, season is calling.” – “Stand” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

Sounds Like Saturday or: On a Winger and a…

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31 years ago, the self-titled debut album from Winger came out. Yeah, call me Stuart if you want, but I loved that album. I liked the polished synth-and-guitar-driven hair metal. And, yeah, Kip Winger looked like the guy from Color me Badd, but I still dug him and he is the former bass player from Alice Cooper’s band. That gets some cred, right? Rod Morgenstein on drums? A former Dixie Dreg? I met Reb Beach at a guitar clinic at Music Loft when it was in the little shopping center on University Pkwy. He was cool and is an amazing guitarist. He splits his time between Winger and Whitesnake, currently. Subject matter notwithstanding, this is still one of my favorite songs by Winger from this album. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Yeah, I saw sparks fly, from the corner of my eye. When I turned, it was love at first sight. I said, ‘please excuse me, I didn’t catch your name. Oh, it’d be a shame not to see you again.’ And just when I thought she was comin’ to my door, she whispered sweet and brought me to the floor. She said, ‘I’m only seventeen.'” – “Seventeen” ( Winger/Beach/Hill)