Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Post 2639 - Wednesday

Hello, my lovelies. How are you this evening?

This will be a fairly short post. It is getting late, and I have had a long day. I keep wondering how my team of ghost writers was able to produce all that material. Now that this burden has fallen entirely to me, I am feeling overwhelmed.

So, I took my car in this morning. You will dimly recall that I had a burned out light bulb, the same one that went out a scant 3 weeks ago. Turns out that the bulb was fine. It was the harness that holds the light or something that had become corroded. With the part and labour and tax, it was $52. Just over a hundred bucks spent on the car in the last 30 days. I hope that this is the last thing I spend on the car for some time to come. Of course, the mileage is up to 125 000 kilometres, and six years old, so it is on the down hill slope. I will probably have to get something newer before too much longer. Sigh.

We had a power outage at work this morning. It lasted for about 90 minutes. People were off in groups talking, but I was in a quiet mood, so I pulled out my kindle and stuck the light I have for it in the side of the cover I have for it, and read for most of the time the power was out. I read a few chapters in the Ace Frehley biography "No Regrets". Of course, Ace was a founding member of KISS. I read drummer Peter Criss' biography several months ago. I have not read Gene Simmons' biography which came out about 10 years ago. And lead singer Paul Stanley's book came out this month; the sample I read was very interesting and it is a simple matter of time before I get it.

I grew up listening to KISS. There was a time when I couldn't make it through a day without putting on "Hotter than Hell" or "Dressed  to Kill" or "Alive II" or "Destroyer" or any of their other earlier efforts. They lost me with crap like "I Was Made For Loving You" and "Music from the Elder". Their music became slightly more compelling when they dropped the make up in 1983, but the cheese factor became more and more apparent. Don't even ask me what albums they put out in the 1990's. I bought their newest album several years ago but only remember "Modern-Day Delilah".

I stopped being a fan a long time ago. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit to having listened to that music when I was younger. But the books so far the original line up have been compelling, and I want to read all 4 of them.

Anyway, Ace was just relating the recording of his 1978 solo album and the fact that he was the only one of the four to have a hit single, the still-catchy "New York Groove". His solo album is the one I remember the most, and it turned out to have sold more than the other members' solo albums did. If you care, I will tell you more about his biography as I plow through it.

Had Toastmasters this evening. For the first time in too long, the meeting was actually interesting. I also committed myself to doing a long speech in June. It will be at least 40 minutes long, dominating the meeting that night.  It will mark the end of a speech manual I began long ago. After that, I will have only one more hurdle to jump before I will earn my Advanced Communication Gold designation. I already have the Advanced Leader Silver designation. For those in the know, the by-product of those two achievements is that you are then called a "Distinguished Toastmaster", which is the highest designation you can get. A long, long time coming. I should have earned this years ago. Shame on me.

Anyway, I drove home, ate something, and watched the last two episodes of "Banshee" with Patricia. Bloody and violent as always, and we loved it. It will be a long wait until next Winter to see season three.

By 4:31 tomorrow, I will be off for the Easter long weekend. After that, I am off work for a few days of vacation, returning to work on the 28th. I promise to think of you from time to time. Maybe.

You guys have a good night.

See you tomorrow.


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