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 182014
 

Dad, the boys, and I went to pay our respects to the sinkhole Corvettes today. (Click photo for a larger version.) We each had to sign a release to access the Skydome to see the sinkhole directly. There is no angle available to the public that allows one to look directly down into it, but we all agreed it was larger than it looked in the photographs we’d seen.

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Museum revenues are up 75% over last year to this point, largely because of these pilgrimages. Indeed, there were more visitors there than I’ve ever seen before.

It’s certainly come a long way from the early days, when we’d go and be three or four of maybe fifteen people in the whole place, and say to each other “wow, this is really neat, but is it going to make it?”

I don’t think the museum has announced official plans to display any of the sinkhole Corvettes permanently as is, though the Mallett Hammer Z06 (the last of the photos above) would be a good candidate for such. No restoration is possible. The car would essentially be replaced.

We had good family time today. “Making memories,” as Dad likes to say.

 Posted by at 8:47 pm
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 142014
 

BoWilliams.com readers, meet Abby Hathorn. Abby first hit my radar several months ago, with her blog Vintage Inspired Passionista. It’s not a site in which I’d necessarily be inherently interested. However, it is clearly put together with a lot of care. She’s a good writer and photographer. (I discovered just a few days ago that [...]

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