Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gotta get my ass in gear

Every time I see the mesh of 2 gears I can't help but think of my friend Matt's "A Place in the World".
These pictures are'd been a while & I kind of forgot things about using a camera.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning
I had no idea he was even still alive...and I'm sure the mainstream media outlets said nothing about his death.
I had to learn about it from a friend's face book entry.
Anyhow, if it wasn't for him, the music I love so much would have no purpose.

Watch for Frankie in the overalls.


We all know some.
Or at least where to find them.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sure signs of spring

Aside from allergies of course.
My friend Gene is taking the Ford to work again:

And it's time for me to break out the cleaning supplies:

These ones don't work on vehicles made after 1970.
Weird huh?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

If you know one thing about the Boston "Rock" scene...

You should know that winning the WBCN "Rumble" (some lame ass local music "Battle of the Bands" for lack of a better description) is usually the kiss of death.
Now, I have absolutely no interest in going to see bands "compete" for anything, especially when some commercial radio station is in charge of picking the "winner" but I did find myself at the "finals" the other night...mainly because the special guest band was The Outlets.
Other than that...all I can say about the night is, judging by the winner, generic pop seems to be what sells.
I'd never heard of the winning band until that night & quite frankly, I'm OK with that.
I will say, the total surprise of the night had to be Gene Dante & The Future Starlets.
If you like that late model Damned sound with all the flamboyance of a wanna-be rock star this band might be your bag.
I don't really know what has happened to the local music scene that this band's sound is what now what stands out to me...but what do I know anyhow?
I hate's got too many notes.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

25 Years ago

Now I could have sworn, a little earlier this evening, I heard a bit on the radio marking today as the 25th anniversary of the the day scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS.
I know the media doesn't let a little thing like "Fact" get in the way of reporting a story so it comes as no surprise that I can't find anything else about this date and AIDS research anywhere.
Whether it is or isn't an anniversary doesn't matter I suppose but what's kind of gnawing at me is that there is still no cure.
Hell, we don't even hear about advancements we?
(Let's not forget exactly how big that rock is that I live under)
It only stands to reason I suppose....I mean, let's face it...there's no money in curing diseases.
Unless it's ED of course.......

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I don't know who I think I am

but I haven't really been myself all week.
Anyhow, here's some old (and kind of crummy) pictures of my friend Paul's 59 Chevy wagon.
Christ, these pictures are at least 10 years old, if not more.
It was such a cool car with every whacky option '59 had to offer.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I don't get excited about much...

but tonight I feel like a kid on Christmas eve.
Good rock & roll tonight & On Any Sunday on the big screen tomorrow at noon!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

This week anyhow

The prospect of spending more time & money on an unappreciative 39 year old motorcycle just doesn't sound very appealing.
2 hours of repair for every 1 hour of riding?
I dunno.
Hopefully I'll snap out of it but right now a Goldwing (Or whatever) sounds like a smart idea.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Good Captain

Yesterday I managed to get over to the Captain's pad for a quick (and long overdue) visit where I was pretty damn impressed with the new look of his Flyrite.
Of course, I wasn't smart enough to have my camera on hand but wanted to post what are now "before" pics just for kicks.
Well, for kicks and perhaps to drop a hint.
Bob, if you have anything current please feel free to send them my way for a "Before and After" comparison.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Accidents happen

Accidents like this photo.
I was sifting through some stuff when I found it & it took me a second to figure it out.
I was at a this great little spot in Hingham (Ma) just over a year ago & fumbling to get my camera out of my pocket.
As I did I hit the shutter button & this is the way it came out.
Couldn't do it again if I had to.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Just some randomness

I plan on listening to nothing but Eddie Cochran all week, my little dog could use some good juju as he's sick a dog....and Missinglink I found the cd's in question.
I could of sworn I sent them already.....

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nothing says "Good" on a Friday like a crucifixion!

Normally I let the "Easter Season" slip by as another spoon fed "Holiday" with solace in knowing the Christians weren't completely successful in burying its pagan roots.
This year however, I kept being subtly reminded that this is a big-deal weekend for the religious sort.
At least, I think they were subtle reminders.
It very well could have just been the recent full moon, or the fact that I work in Quincy where Good Friday is "The drinkingest holiday since St.Patrick's Day."

I learned the other night that my gal's mom would make her & her siblings remain completely silent between noon and three on Good Friday because that's apparently the time Jesus was, you know, nailed to a tree for telling people how neat it would be if we were all nice to each other. (Thank you Douglas Adams)
I mentioned this to someone this morning who was completely familiar with the practice.
This blows my mind.
Noon and three?!?!
Some of these people are so fanatical that they think they know the time of death?!?!
You would think, for the sake of authenticity, you'd want to reflect on the EXACT time of suffering, which I'm pretty certain didn't happen in the Eastern Time Zone.
I won't even bring up the Gregorian calendar.
Then again, geography dictates Jesus wasn't white either....but no one would ever buy that.
There's no denying he has one hell of a P.R. machine.

My next little "Easter Moment" (I'll call it) came around 10:30.
I had mentioned to someone I work with that every Friday morning the DJ on the radio station my alarm is set to says, "It's a good Friday morning..." which always confuses me in to thinking it's Easter no matter that time of year.
As I am telling her this she grabs her throat and yells, "Oh my God, it's Good Friday! I just ate meat! Shit! SHIT!!"
I tried my best to calm her by assuring her God doesn't really care what you've had for breakfast but she was still flustered.
Suddenly, I had a stroke of genius.
I had the answer, I was there to save the day.
"Well, if you feel that bad about it, we can always go get your stomach pumped!"
With that she stopped and stared at me as though I had spat on the floor.
We spent the next 3 hours arguing, yelling and waving picket signs at each other about when digestion actually begins.
Does it start the minute the food hits your stomach....or during (please forgive me for this) the evacuation?

I finally put a lid on all this hearsay and folklore a little later in the afternoon when I had to tell a salty old woman from Quincy her license plate frames would prevent her from getting an inspection sticker.
I tried to explain to her (Her name was Margret, but aren't they all?) the Registry of Motor Vehicles no longer allows frames to cover any of the words on the plate.
She of course, was convinced either the state, or I, were singling her out because the frame said "Pro-Life."
I assured her neither the state, nor I, cared what sort of opinion she aired on her Toyota as long as we could both read her license plate.
She then pointed to one of those magnet ribbon things on her trunk that says, "Choose Life" and while shaking her fist tells me, "Well, if anyone makes me take this off I'll...."
I looked her dead in the eyes and said, "You'll kill them?"
With that she shook my hand and said, "You've been nothing but grand through this rotten stinking mess."
A bit dramatic I know, but I'll still call it "Quote of the Day."

Thanks for the picture Bridge....I love it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Some may recognize this

While others may be saying, "What the?"
I'd explain, but I am tired (as usual)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Any chance you can make it to Boston by April 17? ( Sorry....17 April)
This is gonna be the show of the century.....of the month.

Monday, April 6, 2009


It's April 6 & I assume spring is bound to show up within the calender year, which means I gotta get off my ass & make at least ONE motorcycle run.
Random pictures for motivation.
Brockton 2007:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Like every place else on the inter-tubes

Friday seems to be the day to post You Tube clips around here....and lately it's been some kind of representation of what I've spent the week listening to.
This week is no anyone cares.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

For no other reason

than I am trying to post something daily again, here's a few pictures I found of my kitchen in Brighton. (Mass)
This is probably 1997? 98?
I wish I still had these.