Second Verse or: Why?

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Yeah, today is Thursday. There’s still a shload of snow out there and I didn’t do much of anything. I took a nap. I fixed some lunch. I listened to the clicking of The BCPF’s work laptop’s keyboard. I did several jigsaw puzzles. I watched a movie. I did very little.(DepositPhotos via Associated Press)

I didn’t take a shower. I didn’t go anywhere. I didn’t leave my couch except for a few trips to the bathroom and the cooking. I didn’t care. I didn’t regret it.

My day was a big nothing. But, I got to be in the same house with my best gal. We got two days together, even with her working and I loved it. I do stink and I need to shower. And I will. Tomorrow.

That’s when I’ll probably write a bigger, longer blog post. But, now, it’s still a snow day and I’m off. So, again, be careful out there.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I think snow is so evocative and has such a powerful atmosphere.” – Kate Bush

Snow Day or: We Do This the Easy Way

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You know, in the almost eight years of doing The Less Desirables, there has only been one Wednesday that we missed a show. I was in Costa Rica at the time and there were difficulties with the equipment and/or ProTools and Eugene had no clue what was going on. That wasn’t his fault. Even Doug Davis, the most Mac savvy person I know couldn’t figure out what was going on. I will admit that I have it set up kind of weird to work for me and my workflow.20180117_145245

Even when our first Mac was stolen we were still able to put the show together.

Today was a snow day and I never left the house. But, what to do when you can’t get to your studio?

You improvise.

And, that’s what I did. Luckily, I have a USB mic and Adobe Audition here at home. I’m going to make sure that when I get back to the studio, I send home a copy of the outro and a few of the intros to use in case this happens again. It’s a bit dry as there are no sound effects, no music, no “As Ardmore Turns,” no anything. But… I did it. There was a show today. I didn’t miss any.

That’s two weeks in a row we’ve done truncated shows. I hate that. I want a full show and we will get back to that. We had a full show planned. We had a guest, we were going to have beer, we were going to be full-staffed. So, we are rescheduling the guest will get back to business next week.

I want to thank Test Pattern Studios, King’s Crab Shack, Finnigan’s Wake, Bull’s Tavern, Underdog Records, Washington Perk & Provision Company and City Beverage for all they do for me and The Less Desirables.

Stay safe out there, Dear Reader.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” – Carl Reiner

2018 Piggyback or: to the Bone

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So, here’s the first piggyback of 2018! The Man Who Ate the Town was on hiatus until I could make a little change. In addition to The BCPF and me (mostly me on the podcast), we have a new co-host, Kelly Bone! Kelly works around town in the foodservice industry and is good friends with The BCPF and me. So, we’re going to change up the way the podcast is done and adding and subtracting some content. You need to hear the show to hear of the changes. You can listen HERE.

Also, we talk about Willows reopening after two weeks of renovations and Alma Mexicana opening this week.

I appreciate the listen!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A great restaurant is one that just makes you feel like you’re not sure whether you went out or you came home and confuses you. If it can do both of those things at the same time, you’re hooked.” – Danny Meyer

Hawaiian Panic or: WWYD?

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With the crazy panic that happened with the false alarm in Hawaii this past weekend, it got me thinking, what would I do? I really hadn’t thought about it. I mean I lived through the 80s with all the scares we had to deal with concerning Russia. We always worried about it but it was way in the backs of our minds. Those evil Russians wouldn’t do that, would they?lead_960

Well, nowadays we are dealing with two egotistical megalomaniacs that could, at any minute, set the other off and then we would be at nuclear war. Hawaii’s proximity to the Korean Peninsula also creates a higher risk, perceived or otherwise, to add to the anxiety that we all are feeling right now.

I can’t imagine the fear and panic each person may have felt for that 38 minutes. “THIS IS NOT A DRILL” (exactly like that, caps and all) blaring and flashing across cell phones, radios and televisions, over a million people were scrambling to tell their loved ones they love them, getting in position to protect themselves and their families. I feel I’d have had a stroke or coronary.

The question to you, Dear Reader, is what would you do in that situation? I’d gather, if I had time, The BCPF and 3B (although I’m sure I’d be fighting his mother for that) and hunker down where ever we can find safe. Just keep them there until the danger passed or until it was all over. I still don’t know, even now, exactly what I’d do. I really don’t want to think about it, even though I know I probably should. I’d still like to hear what you would do.

Stay safe out there, okay?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In nuclear war, all men are cremated equal.” – Dexter Gordon

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 01/13/18

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It was cold as all get out yesterday when The BCPF and I took to the streets to do our “Saturday Thang.” Near, if not in, the 60s the day before, it was at around 34° or so as we went to Underdog Records. Brrrrrr! But, we got to warm up with some great music. Let’s hit it.At_Last_-_Etta_James

  • Big Star – Radio City – Local ties all around this album. I know it’s a favorite of many of the musical circles in town and some of them even had some things to do with the band itself. It’s #405 on the RS List and you know what? It’s a fantastic album. New.
  • Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C. – One of the pioneering rap albums that set that whole genre on fire. It’s #242 on the RS List. New.
  • Etta James – At Last! – The first time I heard this woman’s voice I was smitten. She’s so powerful and soulful. It’s easy to see where Amy Winehouse got her inspiration. Great album coming in at #119 on the RS List. New.
  • Count Basie Orchestra – Basie Picks The Winners – VG copy.
  • Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba – I loved the Getz/Gilberto album that we got last year, even more so than the first time I heard it. I missed out on the second album from that duo, but I think I’ll dig this one. VG+.
  • Berlin – Love Life – I’m listening to this as I write this post. It’s a good new wave/pop record. Good stuff. I’ve always loved Terri Nunn’s voice (and she’s cute). VG+.
  • Ray Parker Jr. – The Other Woman – Yep, I love some cheese. Parker Jr., though, is a really good guitar player. He has been a session player for some big names in music like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Boz Scaggs, David Foster and Herbie Hancock. He also wrote a lot of hits for others like “Mr. Telephone Man” for New Edition and so on. VG+.
  • Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio – A Woman Needs Love – Ditto. VG+.
  • Stephen FosterJan DegaetaniLeslie Guinn – Songs By Stephen Foster (1826-1864) – VG+.
  • Stephen Stills & Manassas – Down The Road – One of two albums Stills made with this band after the break up of CSN. VG+
  • Elvis Presley – Seine 40 Grössten Hits – A 2xLP German-released greatest hits album. Disappointingly, he’s not doing the songs in German. VG+.
  • Benjamin BrittenPeter PearsLondon Symphony Orchestra – Nocturne – Four Sea Interludes – Passacaglia (Peter Grimes) – The BCPF was excited about this one. VG+.
  • Cole Porter – American Musicals: Kiss Me, Kate/Can-Can/Anything Goes – 3xLP of highlights from Porter’s musical forays. VG+. $1 bin find.
  • Nat King Cole – The Man And His Music – Because we grab anything we can with Nat King Cole on it, and it was only $1 and a 2xLP at that. It’s in fairly good condition, too.
  • There was another Benjamin Britten that we got but it’s not in Discogs and I’ll have to enter it along with about four or five others that take about 30-45 minutes each to put all that info in (especially hard when their in foreign languages) and it’s not easy to find info on some of those things. A headache. For the record, I think I’ve only purchased one album that I had to put in. She has purchased the rest… sigh… I kid.

Just this week, Jonathan got in a set of Bose speakers and a JVC receiver that were in good shape, he sold the speakers pretty quickly. But, he is always getting groovy record gear in and it’s there for the taking. Follow Underdog Records on Instagram to get the latest of what’s going out there. He posts new releases, freshly obtained used vinyl and other record-related info. Jonathan, like Clay Howard, Jerry Chapman and myself all use Discogs to keep up with our collection and share with others. Plus, the Discogs Marketplace is pretty banging, too.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“September girls do so much. I was your Butch and you were touched. I loved you, well, never mind. I’ve been crying all the time. December boy’s got it bad. December boy’s got it bad.” – “September Gurls” (Chilton)

Sounds Like Saturday or: The Dust Coda

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Once again, Clay Howard sent me a video recommendation (sort of). I agreed with him on the fact that this is rocking stuff but looking at the singer is a bit offputting. Nothing wrong with him per se, it’s just something about it. To me, he looks like Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Vacation or Quentin Tarantino; they kind of favor. I think my friend Bob Richardson would like them.

Anywhat! Here is The Dust Coda…

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Whoa… I’m just a bullet on its way.” – “The More It Fades” (The Dust Coda)

Almost Home or: We’re Far from Wyoming

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I’ve talked about being from West Virginia in the past. Well, I’m proud to announce, nothing has changed. North Carolina, Winston-Salem specifically, is my home, but my roots will always be West Virginia. I came across this video series from someone posting it on my Facebook page.

The video that was posted was highlighting Wyoming County which is the county that I lived, went to school and, until I was 15, was reared. I was born and spent a lot of “shopping time” in McDowell County and while I think McDowell’s video is a little more interesting, it’s Wyoming County that was my home then.

So, here is the introduction to my home county…

There are 55 counties in West Virginia and most of them are included in this series. Those not included are, in fact, being produced over the next few months. I got caught in the rabbit hole, watching most of the series before finally just falling asleep. It was interesting.

As much as West Virginia gets flack for its negatives, it is a beautiful state and there is plenty of rich history to learn and feel great about.

This isn’t the best-produced video series out there, but it is out there and that’s at least something. Watch the other counties’ video, too.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“What we value and hold important in our lives today, came from events that happened yesterday. And, it’s when we begin to understand the events of yesterday that we fully embrace the day which makes tomorrow become less of a mystery.” – Wayne Worth

Sleep What? or: Down Down Down

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Before you read the title and expect or assume the wrong thing, I’m not going out of my head or feeling depressed, not to belittle those things, at all. How-to-battle-sleepless-nights

I have talked endlessly about not being able to sleep. Sleep apnea is a byotch. I hate sleep, don’t want sleep, wish I didn’t have to do it. But, I need it, we all do. My CPAP isn’t working to the best of its ability (I need to replace pieces) and I was up listening to the shiteshow that is our current POTUS and the arguments surrounding it. It’s like a car wreck and you can’t look away. But, I’m not getting into that. I’m just saying that anymore, I am so tired. I could take a nap right now and it’s not even 10am on a Thursday morning.

You know what? I’m going to take that nap. I have errands to run and I won’t be able to sleep much anyway. Let’s see what happens as I listen to some records.

I’m out, Dear Reader…

Until tomorrow and all that.


“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” – W. C. Fields

Sounds Like… Wednesday? or: Colter Wall

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My cousin Marvin sent this to me to check out. As I told him, I can’t say I don’t like it, but I can’t say that I do. It’s unique. And, he’s Canadian which adds to the mystique! I don’t know what that last part means, I just thought it funny. Anywhat! Here’s Colter Wall.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“High heel lady spitting at the nickajack, business man with a needle and a spoon. Coyote chewing on a cigarette, pack o’ young boys going howlin’ at the moon.” – “Sleeping on the Blacktop” (Wall)

So? or: That Special Place

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I know I’ve talked an awful lot about vinyl and records and all that as of late. I mean, it’s what I am doing; where I’m at right now. My interests are records and food. Records and food. Records and food. It’s my special place.

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On vinyl, I have the special 25th Anniversary edition of my favorite album of all time, So from Peter Gabriel. This is the original track listing as it was PG’s intention to have “In Your Eyes” last on the overall album, but the record company moved it in the track listing to the first track of the second side, thus highlighting it as a single. There were a total of five official singles released on the album: “Sledgehammer” (incidentally my favorite song of all time), “Don’t Give Up” (with Kate Bush),”In Your Eyes,” “Big Time” and “Red Rain.” You could have thrown “Mercy Street” in there, too, because it was single-worthy, at least to me.

I don’t think there are any filler or throw-away songs on this album, although many may disagree with me. Each song is telling a story and the musicianship and songwriting on the album is amazing. Tony Levin’s, Bill Laswell’s and Larry Klein’s monster bass sounds and riffs, the synthesizers, the intricate percussion, the ethereal feel of the all-encompassing ambiance. All of it is a masterful soundtrack to the vivid and deep stories that PG and his unique voice convey. I’ve listened to it three times tonight alone (not on vinyl, I’ll admit). I never tire of it. I never want to stop it in the middle (which is odd for me). To me, this is the perfect album from the beginning to the end.

The odd time signatures are something, too. Listen to “This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)” to see what I’m talking about. Incredible! If you’ve not listened to it before, start to finish, then you’re doing yourself a disservice. Keep an open mind and definitely two open ears. I also recommend that you listen with headphones because there are some panning and movement happening there. Also, if you get to see the Classic Albums video about the album, I highly – HIGHLY – recommend that. If you can’t tell, I love this album. Do I think it’s the greatest album ever? Heck no, but it’s just perfect for me. Thank you, Mr. Gabriel, for giving us such a masterpiece. Do I think it’s the greatest album ever? Heck no, but it’s just perfect for me.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Looking down on empty streets, all she can see are the dreams all made solid; are the dreams made real. All of the buildings, all of the cars were once just a dream in somebody’s head. She pictures the broken glass, pictures the steam. She pictures a soul with no leak at the seams. Let’s take the boat out – wait until darkness. Let’s take the boat out – wait until darkness comes.” – “Mercy Street” (Gabriel)