Race Review: 2017 Reebok Ragnar South Beach (11/11-11/12/2017), or: “It ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance…”

Any relay race is going to be a challenge. I mean, look at it empirically: you’re going to be travelling in a van for two days with five other people, all stinky and messy, driving around like mad, managing your body aches and fuel intake and sleep schedules, keeping all the race rules in mind, … Read moreRace Review: 2017 Reebok Ragnar South Beach (11/11-11/12/2017), or: “It ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance…”

Preparing for the 2017 Ragnar South Beach Relay, or: “I know it sounds sordid, but you’ll be rewarded…”

On the weekend of November 10-12, 2017, eleven other teammates and I ran the 2017 Ragnar South Beach Relay and, being the long-winded blowhard that I am, wrote a massively bloated blog post about it. And it was way too freakin’ long… I was over 2,000 words before I even got to the Race itself. … Read morePreparing for the 2017 Ragnar South Beach Relay, or: “I know it sounds sordid, but you’ll be rewarded…”

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Hallowed Be Thy Name” — Iron Maiden (1982)

The Sands of Time for Halloween have run low. And with those last few grains of October come the end of yet another year of Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs. And this makes us at Hokeyblog very, very sad. But it’s one been (pardon the overuse) one BUTTKICKIN’ year for us. We got to feature more songs … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Hallowed Be Thy Name” — Iron Maiden (1982)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Stranded In The Jungle” — The Cadets (1956)

Baby, baby, let’s make romance You know your old-time lover hasn’t got a chance He’s stranded in the jungle, as mad as he can be So come on pretty baby, just you and me An’ meanwhile, back in the jungle… This is really all Howard Stern’s fault. Or rather, that of his father, Ben Stern. … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Stranded In The Jungle” — The Cadets (1956)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Go To Hell” — Alice Cooper (1976)

You’d poison a blind man’s dog and steal his cane You’d gift wrap a leper and mail him to your Aunt Jane You’d even force-feed a diabetic a candy cane! You can go to Hell… I told you I’d be back with some more Alice Cooper. And an even better song too. Go To Hell … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Go To Hell” — Alice Cooper (1976)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Der Hund von Baskerville” — Cindy & Bert (1970)

Nebel zieht in dichten Schwaden übers Moor von Forrest Hill, grün-gespenstig grinst ein Irrlicht, es ist Nacht in Baskerville. Fog draws in dense swaths over the moor of Forrest Hill, a will-o’-the-wisp grins green and ghostly, it is night in Baskerville…. This is like a Hammer horror film come to life… Accuse me of including … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Der Hund von Baskerville” — Cindy & Bert (1970)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Little Drop Of Poison” — Tom Waits (1997)

Did the devil make the world while God was sleeping Someone said you’ll never get a wish from a bone Another wrong goodbye and a hundred sailors That deep blue sky is my home… Tom Waits… man. With his inimitable vocal stylings, you could go with any one of a zillion of his songs and … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Little Drop Of Poison” — Tom Waits (1997)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “The Devil Cried” — Black Sabbath (2007)

One fine day in Hell The master told a story Someone lied so well He sent him back to Glory… You know what, I could do an entire Halloween playlist featuring nothing but Ronnie James Dio songs, and it would obliterate the cosmos with its iron-forged metal majesty. Even sinners must dream. Alas Babylon… well … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “The Devil Cried” — Black Sabbath (2007)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark” — Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton (1968)

Then she looked up at her daddy and me And said somethin’ that broke both our hearts She said, “When I die, please don’t bury me ‘Cause Jeannie’s afraid of the dark”… What the freakin’ what… Fear of the dark taps into the primal essence of terror, and if the billion-dollar-a-year nightlight industry doesn’t convince … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark” — Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton (1968)

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “House of Fun” — Madness (1982)

Box of balloons With the feather-light touch Pack of party-poppers That pop in the night A toothbrush and hairspray Plastic grin Miss Clay on all corners Has just walked in… OK yes, strictly speaking, a young boy who turns 16 and thus reaches the UK age of consent and is off to buy some prophylactics … Read moreButtkickin’ Halloween Songs: “House of Fun” — Madness (1982)

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