Today, I was back out in the world, driving around in the service van, responding to ’emergencies’, and generally wondering why. I had things to do in Lansing and in Grand Rapids, tomorrow will be the same, and depending on how it goes… I may be out and about on Thursday as well.

There is still a surprising amount of activity going on. I saw some masks, but didn’t wear one. I wore my gloves and used my hand sanitizer. One place I went required me to sanitize, sign-off, and take my temperature before they let me in, but mostly it was up to me to keep my distance. I still think it’s a bit crazy to think that some of this stuff considers itself ‘essential business’. Oh well, like so many others, I gotta do what I gotta do to keep the paychecks rollin’ in.

Also, this is very good…

Hitler Reacts to people not taking COVID seriously and is not happy

I feel like I just wrote one of these for Eddie Money.

Ric Ocasek passed away today. He was 75. I remember him as the lead singer/rhythm guitarist for The Cars, but he also had a bunch of solo albums. I have all The Cars albums, but Fireball Zone is the only one of those solo albums I own.The Cars were one of my favorite bands, right up until I saw them in concert back in 1985. I was not impressed with The Cars in concert. But I can still remember jammin’ out to My Best Friend’s Girl, Shake It Up, Hello Again, and a bunch of others in the car.

The Cars made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but I didn’t watch the ceremony. I think it’s available on one of the services I pay for. I should look that up. I haven’t listened to The Cars or Ric’s solo stuff much at all of late, but it still sad to see all these artists I loved in high school passing away. It makes me take stock of my own mortality.

Here’s some Cars music to remember the good times.

Shake It Up
Since You’re Gone
Dangerous Type

Eddie Money passed away this morning at the age of 70. He’d been having some health issues and it sounds like there were complications from a recent surgery. I have 7 albums by Eddie Money in my collection. Two of those are compilation/greatest hits albums. He was never one of my go-to artists, but he was always one that made me think, I should listen to more of that, whenever he showed up in my random playlist. Not for the big hits like Two Tickets or Shakin’, but for songs like the three I’m including below.

Walk On Water
My Friends, My Friends
Passing By the Graveyard

I am a child of the 80s and I remember the music of Eddie Money fondly. I was sorry to hear that he’d passed. But I’m thankful for the music.

I was making another parody/homage intro for the arohenRADIO podcast, but to make it I had to enlist Microsoft David and Microsoft Zira to help Scotty and I out. But then I started to get worried that Microsoft might not appreciate my using their stuff. I’m sure that violates their usage agreement somehow. So I decided to scrap this bit of audio. However, I thought it was amusing enough that I wanted to share it with you in a way that will never be monetized, my blog.

Also, this is the first thing I’ve done with Adobe Audition and I thought it was going pretty well, right up to the point where I lost my nerve. So here is a bit of partially edited tape from the recording booth. It’s not finished quality, but it’s not terrible either.

First, a little background. I’m trying to put three or six podcasts together before I release the next one. That’ll give me a little cushion and should cut down on these insanely long delays. But for each episode I’m doing a little homage/parody intro, much like I did with Star Wars in the first episode. Anyway, this one is based on a skit by the Dead Alewives that made the rounds in the gaming community 10-15 years back. The Mountain Dew line still gets repeated at least once every time my gang gets together …you know who you are… Here’s the original or at least what I found on YouTube.

And here is what I came up with but decided against using due to the unlicensed voices. Maybe you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll wonder why I spend my time doing this stuff.

dead alewives parody

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you my story about trying to install a Nest doorbell. Later.

I managed to procrastinate enough yesterday, that the snow started falling and I couldn’t mow the lawn. But I did get the podcast edited and pieced together; that’ll be up on Tuesday. Today’s temps are going back into the high 50’s, so there’s no putting it off… I gotta mow the lawn and all that goes with it.

We have a dog.

Enough said.

I checked my grades this morning, but there’s still nothing posted for the Winter semester. That picture I used as the feature image is from my mother, she’s on another whirlwind tour of europe. Lucky lady. I ordered two more canvas prints of maps I’ve made, so I’ll be able to take down my existing real world map and replace it with my own personal fantasy lands. Anybody have any ideas for a arohenTV video? Lady Ronn made it into the GRCC magazine, Display, Winter 2019 edition. Congratulations on that.

published work

In recording my podcast, I had this weird intermittent issue with crackle and static in my microphone. It absolutely wrecked a couple different takes and I tried to catch it in the headphones, but it didn’t show up there. I assume it’s a cabling issue, but I don’t know. Do you? It’s a Blue Yeti USB microphone and it’s an intermittent problem that goes away on it’s own.

And lastly, here’s a little ditty about nuclear war that everybody just thinks is fun. Because it is. Who cares about what the artists were trying to say, it’s all about what we choose to hear.

Timbuk 3 – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Seth Skorkowsky is a writer and gamer. I’ve only listened to one of his books on audible, but I enjoyed that, so I bought the rest of his Valducan series. I do enjoy his YouTube channel, though he talks mostly about Call of Cthulhu (a game I’ve never played). He also waxes poetic about other games and the hobby in general. I appreciated this one enough that I want to share it with my peeps. Just a little video on what responsibilities and expectations are required of everyone participating in a Tabletop Role-Playing group. This is good stuff.
You can find his books here at amazon

He Never Died; I watched this movie tonight. Not really sure how I feel about it. There is part of me that thinks I should watch it again to see what I missed, but I don’t really want to watch it again. It was both interesting and entertaining in a what-the-hell kind of way. I don’t know that I could recommend it, but I didn’t dislike it.

I laughed, I cringed, I was never sure what the hell was going on or what the point was, and then it ended. I think that sums it up.

Gangstagrass – Justified Theme Song
I’m not big into rap, but there is something about mixing in the bluegrass with it that just works. Justified introduced me to this song, but as you’ll see there is more to it than what you get on the telly. I like it. I like the sound. And I’ve gone and gotten a couple three of their albums now. Give ’em a try and check out some of their other videos over at gangstagrass.com and as long as you’re checking things out, go watch Justified. It’s fantastic.