Big Easy Road Trip

Hurricane Katrina and I have come full circle with my Mardi Gras road trip complete. Let me explain. On the night of Sunday, August 28, 2005 as I watched the news they babbled on about another hurricane that could come ashore and cause major damage. Multiple times before in the 2005 hurricane season they got it wrong and it again looked like ridiculous hype.

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Guide to Washington DC

Over the past twenty months I have spent at least one week a month in Washington DC. During that week, I live, work, and play in the nation's capitol. Living five cumulative months at one week increments has given me interesting insight into the city. On one hand I'm a tourist, rarely staying for more than 5 days. Check out the NEW podcast with all the information you need for a visit.

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Beavers and Ducks: A Look Back- March 23, 2004
03.24.2011 8:00PM
Today we continue to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Beavers and Ducks. So like I did with the first installment, I'm going to reproduce a post from the original Beavers and Ducks at Blogspot. Today, that post is from March 23, 2004 and I'll add some 2011 commentary. So without further ado, here's what 19 year-old me was blogging about.

I Like That Old Time Rock 'n Roll
Just take those old records off the shelf
I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself
- "Old Time Rock and Roll" - Bob Seger

That is exactly what I did today. I'm on spring break and bound to be one out of a hand full of people not at school or work in Kentucky this week. That's not a bad thing. I planned to do nothing on my spring break knowing full well that whatever I did, it would be by myself. So today the weather wasn't bad yet wasn't nice enough to go outside and do an outdoor activity. So I sat myself down and listened to my dad's collection of old LP records and vinyls. Doing this caused my memory to stir (the very little I have left do to the advanced stages Alzheimers has taken even in my young age) and I recalled the first time I sat down and listened to my father's records.

[2011 Commentary: What I would give to have a spring break these days? The awesomeness of spring break cannot be overstated. I certainly took them for granted. Ah, Alzheimers jokes. I'm glad to see those made it in written form. I still make Alzheimers jokes because my memory is horrible.]

I would imagine it was 3rd or 4th grade, and though I am not sure what intrigued me to first sit down and listen, that is where I got my first real taste of music and my continuing love of music. Sure I hate certain bands and certain genres have to grow on me (its the same case with everyone) but on the whole I can appreciate music for what it is, like it or not. When I was in 3rd or 4th grade the records I played most often had to be "The Best of the Beach Boys", "The Best of Simon and Garfunkel", and "Cosmo's Factory" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Today I consider both Simon and Garfunkel and CCR the epitome of good music and some of the greatest musicians ever. The Beach Boys are catchy but not much to their songs. Oh those were the days, sitting back and listening through a whole record, not really knowing what most of lyrics were saying or meant and not quite appreciating the music as much as I do now.

My dad has quite the collection and the records aren't in mint condition, they've been played and rocked for over 30 years. Today I picked out a few records to put on and listen to all the way through and let nothing else cross my mind. That is by far the best type of meditation. There is nothing better than hearing the "crackling" of the record as it plays and the slight impurities in the recordings. Today's music is too perfect. My dad's collection varies from "Abbey Road" by The Beatles, "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" by Jimi Hendrix, "Hot Rocks" by the Rolling Stones, "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath, "The Best of James Taylor" by James Taylor. As you can tell the music is quite extensive and spans many types of genres of the 60's and 70's. I could go on for the rest of the blog listing the records in the collection but I think those examples paint quite the picture.

[2011 Commentary: I have since "borrowed" most of those records. I think it was Christmas 2007 in which Santa brought me a record player. I still prefer the crackling and impurities of vinyl over the much too polished sounds of CDs and MP3s. I actually purchase vinyl albums of my favorite bands latest stuff, such as REM and Coldplay, and even classic records like "Dark Side of the Moon". So when I'm hanging around the apartment I'll pick a record and put the needle down.]

Is the music that good? In 30 years will we be looking back at today's music and consider it on par with these artists? I think not. The 1960s and 1970s were greatest era of music never to be repeated again. Oh man, what it would have been like to live during those times. I guess the only way to know is sit down and listen to more of the collection tomorrow. That sure sounds good to me!

[2011 Commentary: Oddly enough, seven years later my thoughts may have changed. I still don't think the music of the 60s and 70s will ever be topped, but as far as my tastes go, there has been a great influx of talent and music over the last few years (or at least it has now become more readily available). Even REM stopped making shit albums and just realeased, "Collapse Into Now", their best album since "Reveal" (or for those of you who unfairly hate "Reveal" then since 92s "Automatic for the People"). As far as this post goes, the author could be 19 year old me or 26 year old me.]

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