How is it possible that the weekend is over already? I’m back in that mode where I start to get depressed about it on Sunday, and that’s not good, my friends. Toney always says, “You have 24 more hours!” In other words, stop yer bitching and enjoy what you gots. Or something similar. But last week was only four days, and it felt like eleven. The shortened weeks are often more painful than the normal ones for some reason. And once I’m finally clear, the weekend goes by faster than a Miller Genuine Draft dump. Ugh.
But the weather is better. At least I have that to cling to. Last week was hot and humid and utterly demoralizing. And now it’s like fall again. Love it! Speaking of hot and humid, I asked the younglings to put all the Soviet humboxes in the windows while I was at work last week. (More outsourcing!) But Toney and the younger boy have some kind of imagined problem with the big honkin’ living room air conditioner. They’ve convinced themselves it has mold in it. “We’re all going to get Legionnaires Disease,” the boy assured me. “Well, spray it out!” I shouted. But Toney tells me the unit is probably 12 years old, or maybe older, and needs to be replaced. We’re now at a place where they’ll believe the thing is a health hazard no matter what. So, I’m picking my battles, and I guess we’re going to buy a new one. I’m not sure why that one’s a problem and the bedroom units are not, but whatever. I know better than to bring it up, or we’ll be replacing those too.
In any case, we looked at them over the weekend and it’s amazing how small they are now. The one we’ve been using is so heavy it takes two people to carry it. And it’s super-loud. You’ve got to turn the TV up to 52 or something to hear it. Ha. I bet the new ones are a lot quieter too. So, maybe it’ll be a blessing in disguise? However, the one we zeroed in on (at Sam’s) is temporarily out of stock. The overzealous air conditioner concierge there assured us they’ll have a new shipment later in the week. I’m skeptical, of course. ‘Cause I assume most people don’t really know what they’re talking about. But we’ll see.
I did tell everyone that if this thing drags out though, and the ass-sweat weather returns, the mold box is going back in. Replace it, or it’s back to Spore City, baby! That’s the mandate.
The older boy is going to see Jack White this week, in Rochester. He’s going with a friend and staying overnight. So… I’ll be stressing about that situation until they return. There’s a certain level o’ knucklehead there, which doesn’t exactly give me a warm ‘n’ fuzzy feeling. Ya know? And on Sunday both boys and I are going to Philadelphia to see the Eels. We’re meeting Steve and his wife there. Should be fun. Early reports from the tour seem to indicate the band is in rockin’ mode. You never know what you’re going to get from them, but it appears they’re just stripping it down and cranking it up this year. My favorite kind of Eels show! I want to see a band called Wussy in July, but the details haven’t been worked out yet. The younger boy would be a perfect companion, but it’s a 21 and over show. I’m gonna have to lobby Steve to go with me. Stay tuned.
Do you have any concerts lined up for the summer? Tell us about ’em, won’t you?
And speaking of Steve, he recently gave me a bottle of Mickey’s Big Mouth. He said it would transport me back to 1980 when we used to drink that swill in an unreasonable quantity. I put it in the downstairs fridge and it stayed there for a couple of weeks. And when I finally cracked the seal on that bastard a familiar funk rushed out and I was indeed transported. It has a distinctive smell that I hadn’t experienced in 30 years or more. Crazy! But the beer itself? Horrendous. Most of that cheap garbage just goes down like water, but Mickey’s is aggressively bad. Oh, it puts up a fight. Heh.
Do any of you remember the weird old razor-sharp lids Mickey’s used to use on their big mouth bottles? Being shitfaced on cheap malt liquor and monkeying around with a lid that turns into a blade the moment you open it? Ahhh, those were the days. I think I still have a few hand scars as a result of various Mickey’s Mishaps. Today it’s just a normal twist-off lid. Too bad.
Tomorrow I’m going to record another episode of my “podcast.” Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to it. I think the first one was certainly bad but not as bad as I’d feared. It’s still early days, but I’m having fun with it. I was caught off-guard by my fairly pronounced accent, though. I knew I had a light dusting of it, but it’s more than a dusting. But tomorrow I’m doing it again and sending it off to the producer dude. I’ll post it on Friday, and make it available to everyone. The first three will be available to everyone, and starting at number four it’ll become a “thank you” to the folks who support me at Patreon. As I type this there are twelve of you. Much appreciated! That’ll be a small podcast audience if it doesn’t increase before then. But I don’t care. I’m keeping it going!
By the way, Patreon allows you to hide the total dollar amount pledged, and the number of patrons in each category. But I ain’t hiding anything. I’m running it wide-open. No hiding. If you’d like to support my dubious efforts, I’d be much obliged. Go for the $4 or more per month plan, and you’ll have access to the weekly audio. It’s going to get better. I’m somewhat sure of it. Here’s your link.
And I need to start winding this thing down. For a Question I’d like to know about the things you’re currently enjoying. I’ll give you my list, and hope you’ll do the same in the comments. My list: the “podcast,” the Cincinnati Reds (even though they’re having a terrible year), the entire Wussy catalog (greatness!), the final season of The Americans, and the crazy-ass second season of 13 Reasons Why. Also The Best Show, my current favorite podcast. I’ve been listening to it off and on for years, but I’m currently locked-in. It really is the best show.
What about you? What are you currently enjoying? Tell us about it, won’t you?
And I’m calling it a day. Don’t forget to check out the new site, Explanations for Aliens, if you haven’t already. I’m proud of some of that stuff.
I’ll see you guys again on Thursday.
Have a great day!
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Mark OPeka says
Aww, what the hell. First!
Mark OPeka says
….and I see my Adrienne Barboobs picture is back.
I’m a Pirates fan. I feel your pain.
I am glad to see – despite Acorn and Britbox – Amazon is still finding some British shows to stream.
Jeffrey Gottlieb says
Just saw the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Teeing up Chicago and REO Speedwagon for next month.
Given Jeffs description, and the non-review link, heres a more to the point review review of the Mickey’s Big Mouth, best served with a paper bag (I love that descriptor);
Things I’m currently enjoying;
Jack Daniels Rye. Of course, I’m getting back to trying out bourbons just in time for upcoming tariffs to hit them…
The sunshine and warmer days we’ve been having.
No concerts lined up, on account of no time off for the rest of the year. I can still go to shows on weekends or on weeknights if anything good turns up.
Currently enjoying the fact that I didn’t die on April 24. Also enjoying a Sixpoint Bengali IPA. Dessert will be a little Ardbeg.
Imagine Dragons with the 14 y/o.
My 14 loves them too. Seems like she jumped from Imagination Movers to Dragons pretty quickly.
Janrinn in Fall City says
I really enjoyed the series finale of The Americans. And I’m in a bit of a TV slump not finding anything I can stick with. Maybe I’ll try 13 Reasons Why.
We are seeing the Foo Fighters Sept 1 (our 28th anniversary). Still hoping to get tickets to Pearl Jam.
Watching West world 2nd season and enjoying every minute. Trying the catch up on The Detour..it’s so freaking close to my life I should sue someone. Sad to see LA to Vegas is cancelled it was getting so meta I thoroughly enjoyed the last episodes.
Fox seems to be killing those shows. I wonder if Ghosted will be back.
At least they renewed Gotham. A lot of talent on that show.
Going to see The The (aka Matt Johnson and his revolving band) in Detroit in September — by myself.
Love The The!
Fantastic, abbreviated North American tour coming through this Fall — get your ticket! Or tickets :o)
Son of Sam says
Going to the NHRA races in Norwalk in a couple weeks so I’ll probably be deaf for the summer.
Alice in WV says
Just listened to your first podcast. I was a little nervous going in, but I chuckled a lot and burst out laughing when you asked the Chic-Fil-A girl “So, it wasn’t your decision?” Haven’t laughed all day, so Thank you, Jeff Kay.
and you keep talking about improving… do what you want, of course, but I dig your style. Don’t get too polished.
Saw Foo Fighters in late April after not coming to Tampa for a decade. Fantastic! Downside was new Child Bride broke her foot on the way back to the car and can’t work. Now I’m working 80 hours a week, two jobs, just to afford the luxury apartment and the bills.
My window AC is a 30+ year old Amana and still going strong. While it’s noisy and not comfortable if you sit right in front of it, I still get a little pleasure when my coworkers complain that they had to pay $4000 to get there whole house unit replaced. When my Amana goes, it’s off to the dump and I’m off to Sam’s with $400.
By the way, black mold is over rated.