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Concert Review: The Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour — Ft. Myers, FL (5/18/2016)

The Monkees are celebrating their 50th anniversary (!) this year. Zowie. We’re rolling into the summer of 2016 as of this writing, and I’m currently 45 years old, which is depressing enough, but never mind all that. Obviously I wasn’t around during the first wave of “Monkeemania”, and remained blissfully unaware of the group until … Read more

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Album Review: “Instant Replay” — The Monkees (1969)

Delving into an album like Instant Replay is a really strange exercise for Monkees faithful, and I’m specifically using the phrase “Monkees faithful”, because heck knows, nobody else would be ostensibly interested in this record. That’s not a criticism, either. Just an exercise in outright pragmatism. The album has no big hits on it, no … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Wings For Life World Run (Sunrise, FL — 5/8/2016), or: “Spread your little wings and fly away…”

So here we are in May of 2016, which can only mean that it’s time for another go-around with the Wings For Life World Run. And this also means it’s time for another go-around for me to find a way to absolutely gush about this outstanding race and insanely positive experience without repeating myself for … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon (4/17/2016), or: “The boys are thirsty in Atlanta, and there’s beer in Texarkana…”

The Inaugural 2016 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon! You know, as I started writing this race review, I came to the sudden realization that over three weeks have passed since the event, and only now have I begun to collect my thoughts about it. I think that’s a record delay for me, which means … Read more

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Album Review: “Vapor Trails” — Rush (2002)

Rush’s 2002 release Vapor Trails is a difficult album. It was, by all accounts, difficult for the band to record, taking over a year to produce after an extended period during which the band had effectively shut down. The album is also infamous for its unfortunate production quality; the audio is overly loud, distorted, cluttered, … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Dark Side 10K (4/16/2016), or: “The pleasant notion of miraculous change…”

The Inaugural 2016 Star Wars Dark Side 10K! There are a lot of exclamation point opportunities in that preceding… exclamation, but I’ll curtail my exclamatory tendencies to just a single pinpoint punctuarial proclivity. What an utterly strange way to start a race review… hrmph. Anyway so here we are in April of 2016, at the … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Race For Women’s Wellness Half Marathon (3/26/2016), or: “Ain’t it a shame to be shot down in flames…”

The Race For Women’s Wellness Half Marathon & 5K is held annually in Coral Springs, Florida, and all proceeds go to benefit The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. This fund provides free screening mammograms for women who cannot otherwise afford them. A great cause, to be sure, and as a smaller-sized local race, this was … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Excalibur 10 Miler (3/20/2016), or: “I’ve seen this place before and you were standing by my side…”

Isn’t it a marvelous melange of marketing maneuvering and meticulous manipulation that goes on when a race organization announces the start of a new “race series”? As in, “run this series of races over the course of this many months/years and we’ll give you extra bonus bling!” And people just jump in line like a … Read more

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Race Review: 2016 Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon (2/28/2016), or: “You wanna do some livin’ before you die…”

The 2016 Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon was my second race with the Rock N Roll series of racing events, the first being the 2013 Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon in Washington, DC. I hit up that race back in 2013 and walked away mostly satisfied, but with significant issues in regard to the … Read more

We interrupt this woefully neglected blog for some news of an Applesque nature, or: “Here I am, again in this city…”

Yeah yeah, I’m way behind in everything here. Hokeyboy sucks nuts. I know. I’m about a third of the way into my write-up on the New Orleans Marathon, and I want that up as soon as possible. Bear with me gang. Until then, you can feast your eyes on this exciting piece of awesomeness: November … Read more

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