I was pretty impressed to learn that the Grammy's planned to include a Levon Helm tribute on their shown tonight. Of course, Levon is a hero of mine, but I'd imagine much of the Taylor Swift/Katy Perry/Rihanna/young-blond-country-dude set that's the typically audience for this show has no idea who the man was. ...Read More
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News broke last week that Levon Helm, lead singer and drummer of The Band, was in his “final stages” of fighting cancer and then it was announced early after on Friday that he had passed away.
While I’d known he’d been sick for some time, it’s still a sad and sobering thought to process. Though he didn’t know it, Levon Helm was an iconic figure in my life.Read More
Apparently bands still make videos and this one is pretty cool. I wonder how many takes it took? Honda claims this was done in one (not pieced together from several takes):
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- I know the difference between a Monument and a Memorial (as in Washington and Lincoln).
- I will one day have a job where I can take my dogs to work.
- I’ve had the same seats at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa since I graduated in 2000 even though I've lived in Indiana for four of the those years and Nebraska for one.
- I still consider myself a “Chevy Truck Guy” even though I’ve happily owned an Acura sedan for over a year. The power of branding is strong.
- There is a bit of a strained dichotomy in my life in that I love history and tradition but constantly seek change.
- I’ve become a big enough fan of IndyCar racing in our time in Indiana that I was able to recognize 2008 Indy 500 and Indy Car Series champion Scott Dixon when he walked past me in the Indianapolis Airport this summer (we have a great picture).
- I have cousins named Rustin, Justin and Dustin (in three separate families).
- I pay for a home phone but don’t know the number.
- I don’t understand people who have a non-geographic loyalty to a particular professional sports team.
- I like to know as much as possible about the sports teams that I follow and as a result I have a hard time just turning on the TV and enjoying a casual NFL or MLB game (unless it’s the Vikings or Twins).
- I visualize a map of the United States when thinking about cardinal directions (such as the Atlantic Ocean is East and the Pacific is West). Ever since moving to Indiana, I’m at times confused since the Mississippi River is now West of me.
- I think that umbrellas are not masculine but have no problems with scarves and earmuffs (at least the wrap around ones). My opinion has been disputed several times by a few of my MBA classmates.
- Other than at the office, as many of my friends refer to me by last name as do my first
- I still refer to most of my female friends from college by their last/maiden names (only) even though several have acquired new ones for themselves.
- In the last few months I’ve become an avid user of Twitter.
- I met Dave Matthews at my first ever company holiday party and no holiday part since has been as exciting.
- I never drank coffee until I started graduate school in August 2007, now I drink it a lot. I drink as much of it after 6 PM as I do before 11 AM. I only drink it black – no mochochocalatte-ish drinks.
- My greatest athletic accomplishment is somewhere between riding all 471 miles across Iowa in RAGBRAI 2008 and making “Pro” in Wii tennis. Middle school basketball (2 years), high school tennis (2 years), and Iowa State Rugby (1 year) were not quite as successful. I also like to play kickball but we didn’t field a team last season.
- After the first time that I went out with my wife, Hope, (we were already friends and she didn’t know it was an “exploratory” date) I decided that I wasn’t going to her ask her out again; she called and asked me out instead.
- Hope and I started to a tradition of going to movies every weekend when we first started dating (March 2002); we still see 2 or more per month.
- I was the first person I knew to have a CD player when my folks gave me one for my birthday in 5th grade. Everyone bought me CDs that they wanted to listen to: my Sister Sara - Paula Abdul’s “Shut Up & Dance”, my brother Joe – Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” and my folks - Tom Petty’s “Into the Great Wide Open”. I listened to all of them at the time but Tom Petty is the only one that I’d still like to have today.
- Over Christmas this year, I visited the neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that I grew up in and it still looks like Post-Katrina New Orleans from last summer’s floods. The recovery needed from that disaster has been grossly under publicized.
- I firmly believe that almost all LinkedIn.com recommendations are crap.
- Even though I’m not a Colts fan (like most folks around these parts), I think Peyton Manning is hilarious.
- The tater tot is my favorite form of potato. I love the fact that I can order them at The High Life Lounge in Des Moines (though I haven't been there in a few years).