Album Review: “Снова в СССР” — Paul McCartney (1988)

I’m not going to spend too much time discussing Снова в СССР, Paul McCartney’s 1988 album of cover tunes. It’s not even so much because it’s a bad record, or a boring, uninspired collection of mostly 1950s rock standards (with some Duke Ellington and George Gershwin thrown in for good measure). Your enjoyment of his … Read more

Album Review: “Something New” — The Beatles (1964)

If you want to get Beatle Nerd gums a-flapping wildly and passionately and incessantly, just bring up the topic of the band’s American LP releases from the mid 60s. I’m not even kidding. This is a subject I myself love to geek out over, and why not? If you were born of a certain era, … Read more

Album Review: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — The Beatles (1967)

As of when this album review was published, it has been just around 50 years since the legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in North America (it was released a week earlier in the UK), and I’m going to avoid the easy “It was 50 years ago today…” H1 headline because that … Read more

Album Review: “Flowers In The Dirt” — Paul McCartney (1989)

Back in 1989, I was 18 years old and neck deep in college/alt/indie music (mostly) and had no use for new Paul McCartney records. Oh don’t get me wrong, he was (and still is) a musical hero and inspiration and legend and all that, but his solo work had long since run it’s course with … Read more

Race Review: 2017 Big Sur International Marathon (4/30/2017), or: “Secluded in the canyon, lost within a turn of fate…”

“So here’s the deal, Hokeydude. Are you in any way interested in running what could be THE most beautiful marathon on the planet? Oh and by the by, it will also be one of the most trying, challenging, and arduous courses you will ever run? They’ve got strawberries…” The things we do for fruit… The … Read more

Race Review: 2017 Gate River Run (3/11/2017), or: “Early morning sunshine, tell me all I need to know…”

NOTE: I’d love to include lots of photos of the race in this race review. I mean, that would be 37 flavors of awesome, am I right? Sadly as it were, 904 Fitness was hired by the Gate River Run race organizers to take and upload all race photos, and here we are 11 days after … Read more

Race Review: 2017 Best Damn Race Orlando Half Marathon (3/4/2017), or: “Keep your head still, I’ll be your thrill…”

So I returned to Orlando on the weekend of March 4th, 2017, to run the 2017 Best Damn Race Orlando Half Marathon, but I wasn’t all too enthused about it. And believe you me, it had NOTHING to do with the race itself. To put it bluntly: I’ve been having a pretty weak running season, … Read more

Race Review: 2017 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon (2/19/2017), or: “Lord, leave me if you can…”

The 2017 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon! That’s a cheap writing trick, isn’t it? If you can’t come up with a suitable opening line to act as a “hook” to attract the “attention” of your “readers”, you simply list the subject of your presentation with a great big exclamation point at the end of … Read more

Album Review: “Changes” — The Monkees (1970)

Sometimes you can tell things are really off, just by looking at the album cover. And Changes, the ninth album from The Monkees, is clearly no exception to that particular manifesto. Where is everyone, and why is everyone decked out like Variety Show extras? And did I say The Monkees? I meant What Was Left … Read more

Race Review: 2017 Town Of Celebration Half Marathon (1/29/2017), or: “I’ll run in the rain ’til I’m breathless…”

OK so, surprising absolutely no one at all, but I’m like a massive wuss when it comes to cold, rainy weather. I’m not even kidding. I spent most of the first half of 1997 working as a consultant in the Bay Area — San Ramon, to be specific. All I remember of January through March … Read more

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