Monthly Archives: November 2014

Rough draft to ‘When the Music Died’

I am writing a new story. After a faux interview with Rolling Stone, I’m diving into a little bit of that but also a non-magazine style writing. Or maybe this returns to that. I don’t know. Well at least that’s what I hope for. This is what I have so far. This may take me a little longer to write, but we’ll see.

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Dan Bradley picked up his son William from band practice almost every day after school during the fall of 2013. It was therapeutic for him and it probably was the same for William. It was a sign that he was moving on with life and his son was doing the same. Moving on seemed to be the only thing he had on his mind after his wife Nancy passed away from her eight-month battle with breast cancer earlier in the summer. The daily routine brought the two men closer together; it became their bonding platform.

William was the bass player for his band The Laughing Hyenas. With his friends Jamie, Benny and Chase, the four would jam at Chase’s house nearly every day after school; they hoped to put on a good show in the school’s talent show the following spring. Balancing AP courses in his junior year was tough on William and he understood that he still had to keep his studies up after school instead of spending so much time with the band. But Dan didn’t say a word. If playing music helped keep the two closer together and help the healing process, he was fine with it.

There was a strict agreement on the length of band practice. William had to be ready to be picked up by 6 o’clock every day. Dan had to drop his son off back at home – sometimes with grandma there waiting to cook dinner – before heading back out to the KTTJ news studio to prepare for his 10 o’clock news broadcast. Dan was the lead anchor for one of Colton, California’s top local news teams. Precision and accuracy was Dan’s motto for work and he maintained that belief for the 23 years he’s spent with the station.

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Lil B lectures at MIT and it’s rare and beautiful

Prophetic. Inspiring. Emotional. Beautiful.

Lil B’s lecture is so historically wonderful! #TYBG

For the transcript, check it out here.

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The struggles of storytelling

When I wrote the Ami Mills story, I didn’t think that I would do anything like that again. It was a one-time thing for me just to wet my appetite and get me feeling good about the fiction writing I used to do. But when I started to create the story, I got excited about what other stories I could come up with.

I hate being the sports guy. I hate the fact that people know me as the sports guy. I am more than a sports guy. I can write about other things.

So I now partake in this new story. After a happy light-hearted Ami Mills story, I am going somewhere really different. In fact, this may be one of the toughest things I have to write. Of course, it’s still in its early stages but I don’t think it’s going to get any easier.

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I attended the taping of ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’

This was fun! Last year as a seatfiller, I attended the Grammy nomination special. This year, they changed it up and did a Grammy Christmas special. Set to perform was Ariana Grande with Big Sean, Tim McGraw, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5 and Pharrell.

It was a tough evening to begin with because we had to check in by 7PM and the traffic was nasty. A 15 minute drive almost took us 90 minutes but we got right in the check-in table on time. It was a waiting game for about half an hour before we were allowed into the Shrine Auditorium for the show. They used to host the Grammy Awards there. We just found our seat and never had to move for the rest of the evening.

I had seen Ariana perform before and since this was a taping, it was OK if any artist messed up. LL Cool J our host had a few flubs but was still very interactive with the fans. Grande, even though I am not a fan of hers (Go Team Victoria), was pretty good. Big Sean wasn’t bad either. Tim McGraw was good too, but I don’t listen to his music.

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I drove all the way up to Bakersfield to see the Condors on Seinfeld night

This is how I spent my Saturday.

But at the end of the day...

Last night I drove up to Bakersfield. I had never been there before and it was a two-hour drive I thought I would dread. Luckily I was going there because the ECHL Bakersfield Condors were hosting a Seinfeld night. I just had to go. My old college buddy Mark lives out there so it was good to catch up and enjoy some good Seinfeld fun.

Before that, we stopped by Red House BBQ in Tehachapi. Delicious!!!

Brisket with mac & cheese, fried pickles and a piece of the Indian taco bread.

After that, we chilled for a bit before heading out to the game. I didn’t know what to expect. They had a rickshaw race and a costume competition that never actually happened. It was a bummer that not a lot of people showed up. Do they not like Seinfeld?

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Toy Story 4: The big FU to everyone

When Toy Story 3 came out, I was hesitant about it because it had been too long and I felt that Pixar was reaching for straws just to get our money. But the movie was good. It was great actually. It was the perfect way to end the trilogy.

END THE TRILOGY.

But no, Pixar wasn’t having it. They’re making another one. Why? Because they know that we will bite at it. They’re giving us the double birds and saying that they know we’ll go see the movie. Our nostalgia is too strong and they’re gonna milk all our money. We are addicts and they’re giving us more drugs.

Nothing is sacred. I thought the trilogy can live forever as is. But we’re just stupid pigeons with money and they’re going to exploit that. They don’t care about us. They don’t care about the legacy. All they see is money. This is all we are.

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I just spent $100 on a pair of Back to the Future shoes

These are the officially licensed replicas of the shoes. I just spent $100 on a pair of size 11 even though I am 10.5. I don’t know why I did it but I had to do it. I may regret it now but will be excited when 2015 rolls around.

Was it worth that much money? Probably not. But that’s OK. I love the movie and this is perfect!

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