Jul 232014
 

That may be the lesson I’m slowly absorbing, more than any other, as I process our Kiss concert last week.

Though it was my first Kiss show since April 14, 2000, I’d seen and heard plenty of live Kiss since. The Rock the Nation Live! DVDs include cool stuff like “Tears Are Falling” and “Love Her All I Can,” which are awesome to see and hear. The AXStv concert I DVRed not long ago has “Shock Me” melting into “Outta This World,” which I love. It’s good stuff. Crank it up a bit and sing along, perhaps with a slight whiskey haze, and it’s a fine time.

But I left all of the truly visceral reaction I had to spend on the floor of the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center 14 years ago. I’ve made peace with that.

Nothing will ever top my Hot in the Shade show, because it was my first Kiss show. Goodness gracious sakes alive, I liked both Winger and Slaughter, but their sets were interminable. Bring my guys out!

I was going to revisit this no matter what, because I wanted to get my boys a live Kiss experience, and I was certainly going to go with them. So this was going to go this way no matter what.

But I have choices elsewhere.

For example, I haven’t eaten Underwood Deviled Ham in perhaps 35 years. I remember my mom making me sandwiches with it, and I remember loving it.

I’m sure it’s a fine food product, but I’m confident my memories of it are better than a 2014 sandwich would be. So I’m leaving it alone.

Wisdom.

 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Jul 212014
 

Citing ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, as well as the continued fragility of the U.S. economy, President Obama today announced that he and his family would vacation for one week at Camp David next month, rather than more than two weeks at Martha’s Vineyard.

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“After much reflection, I have concluded that I’m simply not comfortable with the message an extended vacation to a luxury resort sends at this time, nor do I consider it good stewardship of the people’s money,” President Obama said in a statement. “Camp David keeps me much closer to Washington if I am needed. The girls are excited about having some school friends over to spend the night and play games, and I’m sure we’ll all enjoy the quiet and relaxed time together. Maybe Michelle will even let us have a pizza night.”

Mr. Obama’s decision is receiving widespread bipartisan support.

 Posted by at 7:21 am
Jul 172014
 

Wow, everybody was so old and fat at the Kiss/Def Leppard concert last night. I’m sure glad that hasn’t happened to me. Lea, the boys, and I traveled to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night to take in Kiss, Def Leppard, and Kobra and the Lotus. The boys saw Night Ranger at a festival last [...]

 Posted by at 6:08 pm
Jul 172014
 

Well, we pulled it off. Lea and I took the boys to Kiss and Def Leppard (w/s/g Kobra and the Lotus) last night in Nashville. So pleased to finally get the boys their in-person Kiss experience, and I think we all had fun. It was bittersweet too, though. More to come, probably tomorrow. Lea recently [...]

 Posted by at 10:33 am

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