A Change of Plans or: Happy Mother’s Day

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I’ll do my “haul” post tomorrow. Today is about honoring the mothers in the world.

My own mother, who on here I call Ma Mère is one of my best friends. Yeah, she carried me for 9 months. Yeah, she always made sure I was cared for. Yeah, she has always been there for me. She always taught me to be the best me I could. She taught me I can do anything I set out to do. She said I was her superhero. Yeah, I love that woman. I worked with her for 26 years and I still only live less than two football fields away from her. I need to spend more time with her. I can’t be this close and not be there more. 000mothers day

To my wife, The BCPF, just because you didn’t birth 3B doesn’t mean you’re not a mother, parent, carer, provider and you deserve major kudos and celebration today… and, every day. You have gone above and beyond what many stepparents have. You’re a great wife, a great partner, a great Steph-mom and I love you dearly. My kid does, too, even if he doesn’t always show it.

To my sister, we have always had a lot of fights and arguments and man, sometimes you can be a pain in the arse, but you’re my favorite pain in the arse. You’re a good mom to my nephews and a good wife to my bro-in-law (bless him). You do so much and I love you for it.

To my mother-in-law, thank you for giving me the work of art that is your daughter. She is the only reason I’m alive to this day and I thank and love you for it.

To my ex-wife. Yes, my ex-wife, the mother of my only child. You’re a great mom to my boy and he loves you immeasurably. He hates that he doesn’t get to see you as much as he’d like but you know he loves you. Thank you for being his rock and for giving him to me.

To all my friends who are mothers, to all my friends who have lost their mothers (she’s still there with you), to all my friends who have been called “mutha,” I love ya and hope today is a great day.

Until tomorrow, happy Mother’s Day…
Scorp out!


“I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.” – Antonio Villaraigosa

Sounds Like Saturday or: Grateful for the Bull

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Today is the 3rd anniversary of Danielle’s first ever appearance on The Less Desirables and that led to her being a very important part of my life beyond even the podcast. She makes no bones about her favorite band being The Grateful Dead and her favorite song is “Eyes of the World” and she’s particularly fond of the Red Rocks concert version. While I found several “Dead” versions from Red Rocks, most of them were newer and I’m pretty sure it was the show from 1985 that she likes. Since she is in need of some cheering up, I’m including this video this week. It’s a bit long and it’s only the second set. The first set is available, too, but I am playing just this one. Enjoy! Love you, Danielle!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“There comes a redeemer, and he slowly too fades away. And, there follows his wagon behind him that’s loaded with clay. And, the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom, and decay. And night comes so quiet, it’s close on the heels of the day.” – “Eyes of the World” (Garcia/Hunter)

Ketchup? or: Time’s A-Rollin’

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You have to be careful about what you ask for, right? You ask for more business, you get more business. You want more work, you get more work. Even when you aren’t at work, if you’re self-employed, you’re working. I had my networking meeting this morning and did run over to see my mother afterward, but when I got home, I had to go over some rates, get schedules finalized, maneuver other schedules around, plan new things, close out old things and just still work my arse off. 59dd89f6188ea6037ce2c15af676b6b3_1388540153_cropped

When it’s not podcasting, it’s food related, or voice-overs – more on that soon. I’m at restaurants taking pictures of food, writing about food, podcasting about food or I’m in the studio, still, making a commercial or Voice-On-Hold/Auto Attendant work. Or, trying to put in a show with Clay or VSS or a game with the Cobras.

And not one of those things above am I even remotely complaining about. I love it all. I love being busier than I ever have been. I love being under “pressure” with new clients. I love getting new clients and I love working with my old clients. I love clients. Can I work with anyone? No, no one can work with everyone, but we can narrow down what works for us and what we can do. Again, I love it. What do you do, Dear Reader? What keeps you busy? Is it life? Work? Kids? Talk to me about it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


Auto-Attendant (or automated attendant) is a term commonly used in telephony to describe a voice menu system that allows callers to be transferred to an extension without going through a telephone operator or receptionist. The auto-attendant is also known as a digital receptionist.” – 3cx.com

Ragecore or: High Cost of Living

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Today is the 24th anniversary of ragecore band Babes in Toyland’s Nemesisters album. Here’s a performance from MTV’s 120 Minutes Live. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


I live it, high cost of livin’ tell me why give it all. Inside you gotta head high one size fits all. Head ride, you decide. Sweet, sweet ride. Sweet sweet ride. 1969.” – “Sweet ’69” (Bjelland/Barbero/Herman)

Hold On… or: How Long?

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So, 29 years ago today the earworm-dangerous album Wilson Phillips was released. I can’t figure out if these guys are for real or if their attire is just poking fun at 70s pop culture. I dunno. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I know there’s pain. Why do you lock yourself up in these chains? No one can change your life except for you. Don’t ever let anyone step all over you. Just open your heart and your mind. Is it really fair to feel this way inside?” – “Hold On” (Wilson/Phillips/Ballard)

The True End of an Era or: Truly Trivial

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Tonight we had the very last trivia night at Finnigan’s Wake. Attendance has been waning for the last few years and for the last 9 months or so we have had two regular teams, Daphne’s Free Kittens (ours) and Silverware Burrito (aka Cicada/Monkee Voodoo/Macaque Magic/Simian Sorcery) the team that has also been around for a long time. Finnigans_Wake_Logo_2

Trivia Night at Fins started in the spring of 2007 and Opie did it the first night, but kept getting called away to take care of stuff. The next week, a friend of mine, Stephanie H. did the questions but didn’t really want to continue to do it all the time, so I said I’d do it. I changed some rules, changed the structure, made it into three separate 10-question categories, the second always “Random Acts of Trivia.” History, music, movies, food, geography, science, religion, television, and so on. I was the quizmaster from 2007 until 2011 when I was finishing up my degree. I came back early 2012 for about 3 weeks before I had my heart scare and was out until mid-to-late 2012. We came back as players and I realized I didn’t want to do the questions regularly but did do them a few times when needed. I did probably close to 7800 trivia questions. We at Fins along with Foothills had the first pub trivia nights in WSNC.

In late 2009/early 2010, I met this beautiful woman at trivia and she and I would hang out after trivia every Tuesday and many of those would be until Fins closed. I would do what I could to keep this woman at Fins into the night. I enjoyed our time. We ended up having a “standing date” every night at 11:10pm on Facebook. That woman was The BCPF. So, yeah, we met at Finnigan’s Wake at trivia. We even got married on a Tuesday because that’s the day we met.

Opie has been doing the trivia with a few guest-quizmasters here and there (The BCPF did last week’s trivia) but has kept everything going as long as he could. However, with the waning attendance for so long, it’s just not feasible to keep it going. Opie said they’d been debating this for a while.

The truth of the matter is, Jim, The BCPF and I had only been going so we could hang out together. Add that with the other team and our funning ribbing back and forth and, of course, getting to hang with Opie a bit because he’s a cool dude. So, we have discussed and plan on still getting DFK together regularly and having a trivia Rendez-Vous or game night or dinner or bevvies once a month or so. I hope we keep this up.

So, to all our past opponents, past competitors, friends and more, thank you for lots of great memories over the years and thank you Finnigan’s Wake for having a place for us to do our fun. You will be missed.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Why is it trivia? People call it trivia because they know nothing and they are embarrassed about it.” – Robbie Coltrane

That Late Entry or: MmmmBop?

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Can you believe 22 years ago today we were “subjected” to Hanson and their earworm “MMMBop?” Yep, their album Middle of Nowhere was released 22 years ago. Okay, I’ll admit it. I never disliked the song. It isn’t a favorite or something that I’d just go looking for on a whim, but because today is the anniversary. Let’s do it. Here’s the thing. They’re brothers and these brothers have great harmonies. It’s good stuff, really. They also write their own stuff. Some of the album — call it what it is, most of the album — was co-written by outside writers like Desmond Child, Barry Mann, his wife Cynthia Weil and more. But, this tune was actually written by the brothers. It’s supposed to be a tribute to the 50s and early 60s doo-wop groups. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You have so many relationships in this life, only one or two will last. You go through all the pain and strife. Then you turn your back and they’re gone so fast, oh yeah. And they’re gone so fast, yeah. Oh, so hold on the ones who really care. In the end, they’ll be the only ones there. And when you get old and start losing your hair. Can you tell me who will still care?” – “MMMBop” (Hanson/Hanson/Hanson)

Not-Silent Sunday or: 10000

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The BCPF’s and my usual Saturday routine was disrupted by work. Now, by work, I really mean, that I got to run my mouth talking for the Carolina Cobras last night. They won a very sloppy but fun game. There were some awkward moments but for the most part, very fun.

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My second-best girl turned 10000.

This also means we didn’t get to Underdog Records, mostly because there was a street festival and we would have had to park half a mile away. Not that I don’t need the exercise, but Nah. We wouldn’t have had time to listen to much of what we got anyway, as I had to be in GSO early in the day.

What we did do, though, I felt good about. My friend Margaret who is in the TBD group with me had mentioned a youth fundraiser for the kids at her church. Yes, I know, “church” isn’t for me, but I like getting to help my friends’ causes when I can. And, it’s for the kids. Also “and…” it was a car wash. Annabelle hasn’t had a good washing since she was serviced last and we won’t really call that a washing.

It was a big day for Annabelle, too. On the way to the Coliseum, she turned 10000 miles. So, she turned a milestone and got dussied-up. I love my car.

My car, my ability to help the youth and my friend, a Cobras hard-fought victory over the only other undefeated team in the league, spending time with my best girl. A win for the Scorpster yesterday. I’ll take it!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day.” – Simone Biles

Sounds Like Saturday or: Mindcrime!

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Yesterday was the 31st anniversary of my former #1 album and current #2 album of all time. But, it remains really close to that #1 spot. Operation:Mindcrime is a masterpiece and showcases the genius that was Queensryche. Yeah, I said was. I love Todd LaTorre as their new singer, but something about this lineup, with Tate and DeGarmo, was magic. I’m still a fan of the band with LaTorre, I want that clear. I couldn’t find a quality cover so you get the real thing here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Ten P.M., I feel the rain coming down. My face feels the wet, my mind the storm. Flashing lights as people race to find shelter from the pour. Moving silent, through the streets, they’re mine, they’re mine.” – “Suite Sister Mary” (DeGarmo)

What a Bunch of Jerks! or: Storm Surge

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So, they had to struggle to get to the playoffs. They had to really struggle to get to and through game 7 of the first round of playoffs. Then they rode that momentum into the second round and didn’t turn back once. A clean sweep. Next on to the conference championships to face either the Blue Jackets or Bruins. I hope it’s the Blue Jackets as I don’t really like the Bruins. Anywhat! Go ‘Canes, you bunch of jerks!

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We’re not done yet.” – Sebastian Aho