Lunar Piggyback or: Out of This World

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The BCPF and I went to Carrabba’s last night for their Lunar Effects Wine Dinner to celebrate the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. We had great food and a great time afterward talking with the astronomy club and Daniel whilst looking through some hi-tech telescopes at some celestial wonders. Mercury was somewhere on the other side of the globe from us, I’m okay with it being over there. That and its crazy retrograde.

You can read about the food HERE. But, I just wanted to drop this pic here. It was taken by my phone from one of the telescopes last night. Luna, our moon is a beautiful thing.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt, it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration.” – Jeff Bezos

Diamond Life or: More Emotion Than Emotion

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Today is the 35th anniversary of one of the sexiest albums ever produced, Diamond Life from Sade. And, while I’d usually jump at a chance to pull in Sade’s sultry, velvety voice, I opted this time to instead pull a very talented Asian pianist. Now, the whole time she is virtually emotionless, but watching her hands glistening over the keys is mesmerizing and that is all the emotion she needs. And she is an amazing player. Be amazed.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
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“Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male. Across the north and south to Key Largo, love for sale.” – “Smooth Operator” (Abu/St. John)

Mercury Go Away or: Piggybacking the Retrograde

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I have never taken much stock in this whole “Mercury in Retrograde” stuff that people talk about all the danged time. “It doesn’t affect me,” I said to The BCPF probably not a whole week ago. Today is a full immersion into the Mercurial retrograde experience. I lost files that I once thought I had found. The internet in The Lab at Industry Hill kept going out, my Mac is in dire need of repairs and/or replacement (who can afford that?) and the list goes on. But in all that, I did have a burger on the “Summer of Burgers” tour and produced three podcasts.

The Man Who Ate the Town welcomed back Daniel Butner from Carrabba’s to talk about the wine dinner for the next two weeks and other food news. It was a good show. Listen HERE.

On Fan Interference (yeah, it’s on a Monday for now) we had Logan Harvey, a former WFU baseball catcher join TC and Hailey Brooke to talk about his new app to help people find parking at events easier. You can listen HERE.

And, on The Beer Dads, Dad Paul found out he had to cut out caffeine, something that he said he’d give up beer before giving up. We all talk about how getting older forces you to change your habits. You can listen HERE.

So, while the day started off sucking the big one, it wasn’t too bad after all. Then again, the night is still young. Here’s hoping this retrograde thing fades away.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Mercury Retrograde is blamed for sowing complication and confusion in our everyday lives” – The Daily Express

Sounds Like Saturday or: The Haul 7/13/19

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Yesterday was a good day. The BCPF and I got up “early” and went to breakfast, then we ran to get a replacement battery for her phone and then headed to Underdog Records for some wax delights. We got some good stuff. It seems that the haul was slanted slightly toward The BCPF and that’s how most of it goes. That’s cool with me. “Happy wife” and all that. Here’s the haul:

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  • Drab Majesty – Modern Mirror — 2x45LP meaning they’re played at 45 RPM instead of the usual 33 1/3. Nowhere on that record can I find it conspicuously saying that it is 45. Oh well. Drab Majesty sounds a lot like old Depeche Mode or even New Order in spots. But, it has a modern feel to it as well. I hear songs from this when I was making the commercial for Underdog on TLD this week. It’s in an awesome clear blue vinyl (also available in clear red). New.
  • Versus – On The Ones And Threes — One of the first albums that I bought for The BCPF when we started “talking” was this album on CD. It had just come out and she made a big deal about “Versus is getting back together.” They had been apart for a while and got back together and did this album. It’s a good one. 2xLP. New.
  • Depeche Mode – When Love Is Enough (Early Demos) — She found this in the “Imports” section. It’s not an official release but is an awesome release. To hear the early demos of songs I’ve been listening to for a while was pretty awesome. At times Dave Gahan/Martin Gore sounded like some singer from the 40s on a phonograph or crank record player. Not great production but so fun to listen to. VG++.
  • Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan At Budokan — Seems like in the 70s everyone was doing an “At Budokan” album. This is Dylan’s. I skipped it because I really don’t like Dylan live, especially in this time period. It’s just gonna be some swooping and yelling, I’m sure. But, The BCPF didn’t skip it (I knew she wouldn’t) and here it is. VG++.
  • Various – A Very Special Christmas — This album was a big deal back in 1987 and it is sealed, so I had to get it. The album has been certified quadruple platinum and has raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics. Like I said, “sealed” so technically it’s “new.”
  • Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last (Loft Acoustic Session I) — This is basically in NM condition and the only reason it wasn’t $20 is that the jacket spine has some damage. Tweedy is the lead singer for Wilco and this is some solo stuff. In fact, it’s considered his first “solo record.” NM.
  • Jeff Tweedy – Warm — This is his second solo record. NM.
  • Michael Jackson – Off The Wall — #68 on the RS List, it’s MJ and Quincy Jones doing their thing in 1979. Features the songs “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock with You” and a plethora of A-List songwriters including Jackson himself, Rod Temperton, Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster and Sir Paul McCartney among others. VG+.
  • Fleet Foxes – The Electric Lady Session — I generally stay away from 7″ and 10″ singles/45s but it’s Fleet Foxes and my girl love Fleet Foxes so I made sure to get it for her. VG+.
  • John Cougar – John Cougar — The third (technically fourth) album by John Mellencamp and the first that he wasn’t called “Johnny Cougar” and the first on Riva Records. I have to say that the big hit on this album, “I Need a Lover,” annoys me. Really, the only thing that annoys me is that the intro goes on forever, for no reason. The rest of the song is great. And, I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite Mellencamp albums. I loved every song on it and really enjoyed listening. I’m glad I have it. VG++.
  • Graham Nash – Songs For Beginners — I got this for The BCPF. She didn’t even know I had it until we got home. Yay me! VG.
  • Mantovani And His Orchestra – Italia Mia — $1 bin find. You know we scour the $1 bin (as well as the regular bins) to find music from different countries. We’re suckers for that, as I’ve stated ad nauseam. Even though most of the records in the $1 bin aren’t in the most pristine shape, this one didn’t even need to be cleaned. Jonathan doesn’t rate $1 albums but I’m stepping out and saying this is VG+.

Had a great visit at Underdog Records yesterday. Got to talk with Jonathan. Got to be around records, which I absolutely love. Got to talk about a-holes that park incorrectly in the parking lot across the street and how it messes up the symmetry of the rest of the day. Saw a friend whose name I can’t really remember right now, but she was buying records and I love when new collectors come and browse. Just a good day. Then the Cobras had a game and won 72-0 and Ma ‘Rents, and Aunt and Uncle and My Sis and Bro-in-Law got to hear me in action. Great day all around. Oh, listen to the newest The Less Desirables to hear the TLD/UR special of the week.

I also use Discogs to track my collection. I am not ashamed (nor sorry) that I held up the “freshly used” section to look at my Discogs to see if I had stuff. This is what I do, dang it! Just kidding-ish.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Well, Shakespeare threw down his pencil. Said, I think I’m gonna start layin’ brick. Too much of this Romeo stuff enough to make anybody sick. ‘To be or not to be,’ I mean, what’s that supposed to mean? I’m changin’ my image tomorrow. Be a groupie, make the scene.” – “Pray for Me” (Mellencamp/Bec Var)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Her Majesty (or His)

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Today is the 46th anniversary of the self-titled, debut Queen album. And there was really only one hit on the album, so I am posting a live version from 1981. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I was told a million times of all the troubles in my way. Mind you grow a little wiser little better every day. But if I crossed a million rivers and I rode a million miles, then I’d still be where I started. Bread and butter for a smile. Well, I sold a million mirrors in a shopping alleyway. But I never saw my face in any window any day. Now they say your folks are telling you ‘be a superstar,’ but I tell you just be satisfied. Stay right where you are.” – “Keep Yourself Alive” (May)

This Year’s Model or: I Can’t Believe It Myself

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I don’t know if I mentioned this or not, but I’m a model tonight. Yeah. Me. Fat, hideous me. A model. It’s for “curvy dudes.” So, I fit that mold. I’m getting some stuff ready for that, so I’m cutting this short. The show starts at 7pm and is at Footnote downtown WSNC.

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Wish me luck…

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Scorp out!


“Curvy is something to be proud of.” – Paloma Faith

Unsolicited Endorsement or: The Buzz

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It’s been a while since I’ve actually been to a barber or stylist to have my hair cut. I usually get either 3B or The BCPF to use the clippers on me, “1” guard on the sides and back and a “2” guard on the top (to make sure I don’t look bald).

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But, today I went and had a proper haircut. I went to Washington Park Barbershop (after initially going to Ardmore Barbershop erroneously). My friend Doug Hawkins was there and after asking yesterday if he had any openings, he gave me the times he had available and I went and he did my “‘do.” I still got the “1” guard around the sides and back but he used a bit different something on the top and left enough for me to “style” if I want. He also cut down my ever-increasingly-crazy eyebrows and trimmed up my wiry beard.

He’s a musician and a music lover. He’s a great barber and is a great conversationalist, so, if you get a chance to sit in his chair, I highly recommend it. He’s a major dude and will do you right. Tell him I sent you. It won’t get you anything but it’ll show him that he’s doing a great job and people are recommending him. Washington Park Barbershop is on the corner of Acadia and Broad right between Slappy’s Chicken and Southside Beer Garden. If you need more than that, it’s 2104 S. Broad Street.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A halfway decent haircut will go a long way!” – G-Eazy

A Roundtable Piggyback or: Boozy Water

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Tonight, Bethany and I did an impromptu “roundtable” session on TLD because our scheduled guest wasn’t feeling very well and Danielle went to an event. Bethany took a b*tch test to see how much of a byotch she is. Turns out it was xx% (listen to hear how much) and we sat around drinking Wild Basin Black Raspberry Boozy Sparkling Water from Oskar Blues.

We had a fun time. You can listen to it, HERE.

My cheesy retro movie this week is The Howling from 1981, starring Dee Wallace, Patrick McNee and Christopher Stone.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“After a bizarre and near-deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.” – The Howling

A Whole Universe or: Unsolicited Endorsement

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I’ve mentioned before that I used to own a comic book store. I have always loved comic books, superheroes, fantasy, mystique and all that. Almost every comic book movie that comes out now is an instant success. That’s a far cry from the “old days.” It seems that Marvel is king in the modern superhero movie and pretty much, that’s true since DC doesn’t give them much competition.

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I can tell you that I have always loved this stuff, and I love Marvel but, really… the comics have always been about DC for me. I’m a DC guy. Sure, I love Spider-Man, Thor and Iron Man. But, I don’t really care about Captain America, X-Men, Hulk and all that. I mean, I don’t dislike them, they just don’t keep my interest. What does keep my attention is Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Justice League, Green Arrow, Nightwing, Shazam! (whom I still want to call Captain Marvel), Joker, Riddler, Captain Cold, Titans, and so on. Those have always had my attention.

A couple of years ago, DC  came out with its own streaming service. I didn’t know if a limited playlist and features list would be worth it. Plus, I thought it was about $15/month. It’s only $7.99 per and the playlist is only growing. Plus, a lot of the other streaming services are losing their DC content and it’s showing up on the DC platform. I’ve only had it for about 30 hours and I’ve watched a lot of Super Friends, a couple of animated movies and am now watching the remastered (and it looks fantastic) Shazam television show from 1974-1976 and love it! All that and I can read comics on the app, as well. So, I’m a believer.

So, I recommend the service for anyone who is a DC Comics fan, likes the campy, the cheesy, the fantasy and more. I mean it wasn’t cheesy back then.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Chosen from among all others by the immortal elders – Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury – Billy Batson and his mentor travel the highways and byways of the land on a neverending mission: to right wrongs, to develop understanding, and to seek justice for all! In time of dire need, young Billy has been granted the power by the immortals to summon awesome forces at the utterance of a single word! Shazam!” – Shazam!

Back at It or: Piggybackin’ the Mediterranean Way

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After a long weekend with The BCPF, I had to get back to the grind today, as did she. Yeah, we’re gross, I get it. We just enjoy each other, what can we say?

Ray and I took the show on the road today, the first time The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast has done a remote podcast. And, what better place for us to do that than Yamas Mediterranean Street Food? We had a great time at Yamas talking with Jason and Mia.

Then, The Beer Dads had a recording tonight, although the episode that dropped this evening isn’t that one. This one talks about our recent Carolina Cobras game. Well, theirs, actually, I was working the game, running my mouth. But, it’s a great conversation.

Listen to the delicious episode of TMWATT HERE.

Listen to the hard-hitting episode of TBD HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out~


YAMAS — means ‘cheers to good health’. So raise a bowl (or pita) to modern Mediterranean with a twist; to vegetarian + vegan-friendly options, to ancient grains and a profusion of spices, and to fresh + vibrant toppings!” – Yamas