Heya gang. Realize it's been quite a while since I updated here, so I shall do my best to bring you up to date. No, I didn't go all Kent "Blog Abandonment" Newsome on the audience; it's more "keeping up with baby" fatigue than "blog fatigue." Fatigued? Yes. Blog Abandonment, No. To quote Dante's Quick Stop sign from Clerks, "Yes I assure you we're open." It's hard to tether yourself to a computer beyond your normal allotment for the day; and now the L'il Man is beyond the fast crawling now. He's WALKING (at 11 months, which is really amazing!) and keeping up with him is a full time job. I expect that within the next month, he will start placing long distance phone calls, piloting a single engine Cessna and start writing his doctoral thesis.
Picked a poor time to quit caffeine, but after visiting the doctor last month for my 35th year check up, he said I was doing the right thing. Now I need to hit the gym, because I've got a bit of my own baby weight to lose. :) Ah, the life of a stay-at-home-dad.
Been writing a great deal lately, most of it for Cool Cleveland. If you click on the "archive" section to the left, you can follow along. The last several weeks, I've ramped up content for the newsletter and we're in the process of beta testing something entirely new for the site. I'm excited for you all to see more. I've also done a lot for Blogcritics, and, inspired by a recent chat with local film director Rob Lucas, have decided I had better wrap up my screenplay and start giving it to people to read. A lot of work has gone into Collecting Dust over the years and I think I'm finally ready to give it a debut. I just hope Paul Giamatti (he of Sideways and American Splendor) is ready to play me on film. It shouldn't be too hard, he just needs to play himself really.
Oh, and lounge in is pajamas with a laptop a lot.
So, I'm not sure I've mentioned this in detail on J4S before today, but I'm sort of on a "Farewell Tour" when it comes to going to concerts. Over the years, I've gone to them with the eagerness of a baseball card collector looking for those last few to complete the whole set. I was also fortunate to collect a lot of those shows during my tenure as the local daily and weekly publications in town. And I've had a few to go: this summer has been pretty good for getting those rare "must-see" shows checked off the list. I'm waiting on Eric Clapton to get over his aversion to Cleveland (Columbus the last two times? I know you live there but c'mon) and there are a few others. But I'm almost done collecting. Heaven & Hell (the Ronnie James Dio version of Black Sabbath) reunited and I caught them in May. Check. Dweezil playing Frank Zappa's songbook in and The Police were big ones in July. Check, check. Genesis will be just as big in September. Check. But the trainwreck I was hoping for is finally coming to town: Van Halen with David Lee Roth at the helm. Coming in October.
Look for a separate post on that next. I think the baby is up.