Why Otis Redding is worth listening to, why I first started listening to him, and why I’ll never stop.

with friends at marina golden-gate rec area. Seriously, Sausalito is pretty much there.

Once in awhile, with family friends or fellow patrons at the pub, I get asked, “What got you into music?” My first deep dive into music started after I quit basketball in High School. It accompanied my deep dive into faith. The band I started with was the one who kept being played every thirty …

[Review] Netflix’s “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.” Things I Learned (or Forgot I Knew).

It was 12:30am on a weeknight. Tuesday or Wednesday last week. I was still wired from all the work still to do to move clients off our platform and onto other sites. ‘Too tired to think. ‘Too wired to sleep. So I started flippin’ through my Netflix list when I realized I still had the …

World War II vets fly free to Washington DC to see their war memorials thanks to Honor Flight. My OldOld Man is going on one.

In a few days, the #OldOld Man will be flying with many of his fellow World War II vets to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials from their war. They will be helped on the flight, have full medical staff available at all times, be driven around, and get three squares and a cot. The …

[Review] Amos Lee’s “Spirit” was more soul than I was expecting. That wasn’t a bad thing.

I wanted Amos Lee’s album Spirit to be a continuation of acoustic roots that could be traced back to his first album. His depth has only grown since Mission Bell. After the As the Crow Flies EP and Mountain of Sorrows, Rivers of Song, I was expecting coronation into acoustic roots musical legacy with Spirit. …

Historical precedence for House of Cards Season 4’s most shocking moments. At least, as many as I found during the initial bingewatch.

At this point, there are two types of people: Those who have seen House of Cards Season 4, and those who haven’t. For those who seen it, that leaves two choices: “Don’t spoil me. I’ll click the “+” in the upper right hand side of the page and read something at random.” : Okay. Happy …

“And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.” [Eye of The Tiger Pt. 2]

Five-thirty on a Labor Day weekend Friday night. I’m sitting with the dogs outside the Otis Cafe in Otis, OR, while Bruer goes in and has dinner with his brother, brother’s wife, and newborn. Uncle Blaise surprise visit. I volunteered to stay with my dogs so they could eat and catch up. The dogs weren’t …

Deconstructing the “Eye of The Tiger” Speech from Rocky III [Eye of The Tiger Pt. 1]

“And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.” Where have you heard this line before? It’s the backbone behind Apollo Creed’s ”Eye of the Tiger” speech from Rocky III. It’s one of the most inspiring quotes I have ever heard. Why is …

Looking forward to looking for the fear and loathing in San Francisco Bay Area

I told Katie when she was offered the job here in East Bay that the last place on earth I wanted to live was San Francisco, California. At the time I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. I pointed out that I didn’t like that the area was uber-expensive, crowded, lived off the ghosts …

[Review] ”Kobe: The Interview” – Why entrepreneurs and everybody & their uncle who are looking to fulfill dreams and goals should watch this interview between naps.

For those #TLDR disciples who just want the reason why, click this. While procrastinating on some client writing earlier this week, I woke up from a nap and caught most of “Kobe: The Interview,” Kobe Bryant’s interview with Ahmad Rashād on NBA TV. It took place the morning the Lakers announced that Kobe was missing …

The zen behind the Christmas all-night ride up to the Oregon Coast

It’s Christmas night. Katie and I are somewhere over The Rockies on a Southwest flight from Chicago to Oakland, heading home. The flight should land around 9:40pm, PDT. With Baggage claim and Jay picking us up, we should be home before 11pm. After five nights of little sleep and hanging with friends & family during …

[Open ‘Thank You’ Letter to] Ellie Goulding. Aragon Ballroom. Chicago, IL. January 29, 2013.

Hi, Ellie, It was April of 2012. I was slumped in a seat at Midway Airport in Chicago, listening to a Spotify playlist my company’s consultant made for my trip back to Ft. Myers, Florida. It was to help me forget about the fact that I was waiting to get dumped by the girl of …

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