Captain America cleaned up at the box office again this weekend. That's 3 straight weeks as the #1 movie in the country.
I took 12 year old Jared to the movie on Saturday. No surprise...he LOVED IT!
Jared is another awesome kid in the Big Brother/Big Sister program waiting on a match. If you can give up a few hours a month, YOU can be a Big Brother or Big Sister. And you can REALLY make a difference in a young kid's life, just like Jared's.
Captain America has his shield. You can be just as powerful by volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.
Last night I decided to reach into the bowels of a spare closet in our guest room where I store my LAST CRATE of albums. At one point in my life I had 6 oversized crates jam packed with albums from all my years in radio. Rock. Punk. New wave. Jazz. Blues.
Yeah I'm one of those DJ's. I played albums at my first radio job. Vinyl. Records. Black plastic with a hole in the middle.
And for my money, there's no comparison.
Don't get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE digital music. It's portable. I take it with me on my bike, in my car, or when hanging out in the backyard.
But there's nothing like the look and feel of an album.
When I was a DJ at a little rock station in Parkersburg, WV, I used to do something my boss frowned upon: I raided the mail on the weekend to see what new albums came to the radio station. It was like Christmas every Saturday. The Police. U2. The B 52's. REM.
And I used to preview them on my Saturday show. Yeah, radio was a lot different in the early 80's.
Let my reminiscing be a reminder about what's on the calendar this Saturday: Record Store Day.
Our friends at THE WEEKENDER have done an awesome job previewing Record Store Day, and letting you know what local stores like The Gallery of Sound are offering AND what bands are appearing where.
Support your local record store. And pick up a piece of vinyl for your collection!
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.
I like to use the self-checkout at the grocery story whenever I shop. That way, complete strangers aren't handling my food (it's a germ thing) or judging what I put in my belly. And I like bagging my own stuff. It's an organization thing. I'm really not OCD, but I do have some of the traits!
But am I the only one that can't figure out how those dumb plastic grocery bag dispensers work? It happened again yesterday. I needed ONE MORE BAG to finish. ONE MORE BAG. I could sense the person next in line getting frustrated with my grocery bag incompetence. Their eyes were like lazer beams piercing holes in the back of my head.
I was clawing and ripping, pawing and scratching until finally I was able to set a bag free from its metal prison.
This heart-wrenching message popped up in my Facebook inbox last week:
You guys probably heard about it. My family lost our home on Monday. We lived there less than a year and we were remodeling it. We lost everything. It was me, my mom, dad, little brother, little sister with down syndrome, and my 2 month old son. I was wondering, people are throwing us a benefit on april 6th from 1-7pm at lyrics in Carbondale. Would you be able to announce it?
Thanks so much.
The fire at Diandra's house in Carbondale happened March 24. Please spread the word about this weekend's benefit to help the Bucksbee family get back on their feet.
What: Bucksbee Family Benefit
Where: Lyrics 18407, 76 South Main St, Carbondale
When: Sunday April 6 1-6pm
Just wanted to express extreme gratitude to EVERYONE who came to see us open for Rick Springfield at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Friday! A bunch of you called in to the radio show Monday morning to say very kind words and we appreciate THAT TOO!!! Jackson and I had a blast opening for Rick and the Sherman Theater staff was wonderful to us as always.
Such thankfulness we have for all of you who support local/original music!!
Hi friends! Hope you had a nice weekend! John and I spent the weekend in my hometown in RI so that I could attend a bridal shower on Sunday. One of my best friends from high school is getting married in May and had her shower yesterday. I ordered the wine rack from their registry, but wanted to take the gift to the next level. (This could be part of the reason why everyone says I'm over the top, I like to call it creative)
I can't take credit for this idea at all, I found it on Pinterest ... but love it and put my own little spin on it. Along with the wine rack, I gave her a wine basket of firsts! A bottle of wine for a few big FIRSTS she and her soon to be husband will have.
First Fight - a bottle of Clean Slate.
First Anniversary - a bottle of Monogamy
First Baby - Sweet Bliss
First Christmas Eve - Spiced Apple wine
First Dinner Party - Champagne!
Each bottle had it's own cute poem label to go with it! If you want to do this idea for a shower, you can print out the cute little labels on this website in a variety of colors. Totally free. Just scroll down to the bottom for the link. http://www.occasionsonline.com/bridal-shower-gift-wine-basket-poem-tutorial-free-download/
It was a big hit and a bunch of you asked for more info. when I posted it to Twitter! So here ya go! If you have any questions, email me! Amanda@985krz.com. All of the wine was found at my local PA Wine & Spirits! :)
Greetings from beautiful Costa Rica! What an amazing place. It's a must if you are planning a tropical vacation.
Sue and I just got back from 6 days in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica. Here's the view from the lobby of our hotel. Not too shabby.
Our iguana friend in a tree just outside our room.
Ocean view from our room at the Occidental.
Sorry Dunkin, but Costa Rican coffee rocks! We brought back pounds.
These guys were also outside our room looking for food. They are a member of the raccoon family called Cioti (pronounced Quah-tee).
And yes, they are super friendly and super cute.
The Costa Rican countryside. It was the dry season while we were there.
Hunting for crocs.
We found one!
If you think the roads in PA are bad, wait til you drive in Costa Rica.
Crossing one of the hanging bridges in a rain forest. Check out our guide behind me...on his cellphone. Think about that the next time you drop a call. He's on his phone, IN A RAIN FOREST!
Natural beauty. The Bird of Paradise flower.
Sunset at Monkey Rock.
This is a Jesus Lizard. Why the name? He's got skills. When attacked he flees by running on water.
More wildlife. Monkeys are EVERYWHERE.
A 3-toed Sloth taking a lunch break.
Our Iguana friend again looking for a handout.
My favorite part of the trip...Arenal Volcano National Park. All it needed was a few Raptors.
So prehistoric. There are hundreds of volcanos in Costa Rica but this is one of the 6 that is active. It last erupted in 2002, killing 80 people. Real Estate is cheap! :)
Take only pictures. Leave only footprints. Costa Ricans, Ticos as they are called, take great pride in their country. Tourism is the #1 industry, and they aim to keep it that way. That's why the rain forests and wildlife is protected by very strict laws.
It was an awesome, WAY TOO SHORT trip. We're already planning our another visit!