Two years of Hokeyblogging, or: “And I’ll hang around as long as you will let me…”

Hi there, my fine and fellow Hokeyfolk! Yup, it’s true: two years ago today I launched this bizarre blogging experiment with a simple review of The Beatles’s most underrated album, and it’s been a weird and wonderful 730 day journey ever since. I’ve made a bunch of new friends, probably lost more than a couple […]

Noshing In Wonderland #7: The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, or “Above all the lights with a passion that kills…”

And we’re talking about food again. At Disney. Go figure. Our subject for today is The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, nestled away in the snug confines of Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the corner of “Hollywood” and “Sunset”. The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant is, by itself, much beloved by Disney foodies everywhere, but in today’s review […]

Hokeyblog: The Soundtrack Album?

Well, not literally… So for those of you who are new to the whole Hokey Industries International experience — or for old-timers who wouldn’t mind a review, and you’ve read this far so why not? — your humble host is a bit fond of music as a prosaic exclamation point. I mean seriously, why underscore […]

Running Gear Review: Halo II Headband, Camelbak Dart Hydration Backpack, and Garmin Forerunner 220, or: “Maybe I’ll be fast as you…”

Howdy friends. So it’s mid July and summer training is moving along in earnest. And man oh man, is it STEAMING out there. Look, I get it, complaining about the scorching heat and oppressive humidity in the summertime — in JULY — in SOUTH FLORIDA!! — is a pointless exercise in Classic Nuh-DOYity. Still, I […]

I’m going to Boston! To run! Like, as in a race! A BAA race!!, or: “Just a punk in the street…”

Hello again! Well I’ve been fairly quite for the past 2+ weeks, and it’s certainly not for a lack of things to talk about. Summer training has been going along swimmingly, got all sorts of new gear to talk about, about three dozen music reviews mulling around in my head, even a nosh recommendation, talk of […]

Album Review: “Press To Play” — Paul McCartney (1986)

If there’s one word I’d use to describe Paul McCartney’s 1986 album Press To Play, it would probably end up being ‘homogenized’. Let’s take a fourth-dimensional step thataway and appraise where Sir Paul was standing by the mid-1980s. The Wings era was long since gone, even more of a cultural relic than anything he ever […]

Album Review: “Madman Across The Water” — Elton John (1971)

Elton John’s Madman Across The Water was released in early November of 1971, arriving in stores barely a year after his acclaimed 1970 masterpiece Tumbleweed Connection. Sir Elton was always nothing short of an absolute workhorse; he would continue his “album a year” pattern for a good long while afterward. This of course begged the […]

Training for a Marathon over the Summer, or: “On seeing my reflection I’m looking slightly rough…”

Yes! More self-absorbed runner talk! Who’da thunkit coming from this blog? How excited are you to read all about my summer training pro– Well anyway… I get that this isn’t the most exciting and entertaining of subjects to my non-running audience… if I even have one. I’m not quite sure that it’s even of interest […]

Album Review: “Tumbleweed Connection” — Elton John (1970)

Elton John’s late 1970 release Tumbleweed Connection represents his second album of the year, dropping a scant six months after his breakthrough self-titled album made him a household name in the US. While the earlier album felt more like an early 70s “singer-songwriter” effort, generating three top-40 singles (including the smash “Your Song”), Tumbleweed Connection […]