Items on the Docket: Summer 2012

A few quick updates from the bunker…

I’m taking next week off from work.  And that means I’ll be free starting on May 3, and won’t have to return until May 13.  To accomplish this, I only had to take four vacation days.  Pretty nifty, huh?

I’ll be working on a project during that time, and won’t be maintaining the site with normal-sized updates.  I will, however, try to post a Question of the Day, in the form of one or two paragraphs – each weekday, starting on Monday.  I thought about asking for guest posts again, but it doesn’t feel like enough time has passed since we last did that.  So, we’ll just go with the bite-sized mini-updates, and see what happens.

Also, I’m experimenting with the bunker cam.  I’ve moved the, um, video feed to a different page, and allowed comments.  I think this could be fun.  Old entries will be archived, and accessible.  And I like the idea of letting you guys make sarcastic comments, or whatever, on the dedicated page itself.  Hopefully everyone will like it, but if not… we can always go back to the old way of doing things.

And… I’m taking my younger son to New York City on a Friday in May.  I’m yanking him out of school, taking a bus to Manhattan, and spending the day browsing through record stores and book stores with him. We’re going to have lunch with Duff, and it’ll be a blast.  He’s a quiet kid, who loves to read and listen to the “weird shit.”  Hopefully this will be something he remembers fondly.

If you have any suggestions on record stores in (or near) Greenwich Village (I still haven’t earned the right to call it the village), please let me know.  We’re planning to go to the Strand bookstore, but if you know of any smaller, funkier places, I’m all ears.

Also, Steve and I are planning a trip to Cleveland this summer, to see the Reds play the Indians.  I’ll give you more details, as we get closer to the date.  But we’re driving on Wednesday, going to the game that night, and maybe visiting the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday.  It’s gonna be a quick guerrilla strike on the city, and I know NOTHING about it.

So… I’ll need whatever guidance you folks can provide. Especially as it pertains to beer and food.  Ahem.

And our possible August trip to Atlanta is still on the table.  I have a feeling it’s not going to happen, but it remains in the daydream hopper.  We haven’t pulled the plug on it, entirely.  Not yet, anyway.  I’d love to show the boys around our old stomping grounds, and eat myself right up to the cusp of a blackout, at our favorite places.  We’ll just have to play that one by ear.

And finally, I came up with an idea for a new website yesterday that’s got my mind running wide-open.  Actually it’s an old idea that I’d forgotten about… then re-remembered.  It’s solid, man.  But I made a vow not to start any new sites this year, and just focus on the Surf Report and the book project.  I must be strong…

But, of course, rules are made to be broken. Right?  I might have to bring in a technical partner to Smoking Fish Media.  Please stay tuned.

And that pretty much brings you up to date on what’s going on.  If you can provide any help on the NYC or Cleveland fronts, I’d be much obliged.  Also, if you any suggestions for a Question of the Day to be used in next week’s extravaganza… please post it in the comments section. I’ll give you full credit, if I use your idea.

I’ll try to post a (normal) update tomorrow, but Wednesday’s are tough.  If not tomorrow, then definitely the next day.  Then we go into vacation mode…

Have a great day, my friends.

See ya soon.

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