(Joe Snedeker & I at last year's Tour De Scranton)
It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day Sunday to get out your bike and ride in the 11th Annual Tour de Scranton.
This will be my second year doing the tour. The cool thing about this ride is it's so well organized. And there are different courses for all levels of riders from novice to expert. It's a great way to get your biking legs back after a long Winter!
And this year they've added a 5K run and an off-road route using the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
Your entrance fee benefits the Eric Jessica Morekin Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund. Erin's life was cut short by a drug overdose in 2002. The ride is held every year in her memory.
Check out the latest song/music video from Avril Lavigne "HELLO KITTY" :) She has been getting a lot of shade thrown at her for it, for seeming to venture away from her roots.
Sometimes though, especially in this day and age of music...it's time to freshen it up and take it in a new direction,
while still staying true to your roots. It's definitely catchy, I'll say that much! ;)
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!!