Thursday, April 30, 2009

Grandfather Again




I am pleased to announce the arrival of Ruby Severts in Denver, Colorado. She is my fifth grandchild. Oddly, I was in Denver in the airport with a diverted plane when all this was going down, but heck business is business.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bruce Springsteen

Ok. I'm not much of a Springsteen fan. My last album of his was vinyl. I have Billy Joel albums on CD, and I generally despise Billy Joel.

But, with wifey on April 14, 2009, I went to see Springsteen and the E-Street band at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. He played without an opening act; apparently never does. It was a 2 and 1/2 hour show, one of the longest I've ever gone to for a single act. Every second was worth it, really, to this non-fan.

There was not a black or Hispanic face in the arena, except for two members of the E-Street band. Almost all of these white fans appeared to be able to sing along with Bruce's seemingly incomprehensible lyrics. The audience was composed mostly of boomers my age, although there were some 20-something kids there.

I was waiting for Bruce to go off on some political rant; he didn't.

I particularly enjoyed Bruce's version of a Stephen Foster song in the encore. I missed hearing Thunder Road and the Rising. He scattered some songs from his new album in the mix, including an odd one about Outlaw Pete where he donned a cowboy hat.

Max Weingart (Conan O'Brien Show) was on drums, and Nils Lofgren was a guitarist. The musicianship was terrific. The sax player was a fellow who looked like he was 70, and had to be propped up the entire time, but he was wonderful.

Maybe I'll go out and buy and album or two.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

More running!

Ran almost 20 miles yesterday (ran to Towsley Canyon and then ran a double loop plus an additional mile on a third loop), and six miles the day before!!! Feeling a little better.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

My First Real Run in 21 Days!!!!

Ran Towsley Canyon this morning, about 7 miles. Finally!