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What a night for a dance, you know I’m a dancing machine

Music touches us all in different ways.  Certain genres cause us to laugh, to sing, to remember or to forget.  People identify with bands because of their music, where they are from or simply the name of their band.  For me, at this moment, I am identifying with this one lyric.  Kings of Leon sing ‘What a night for a dance, you know I’m a dancing machine.’

This one lyric might entirely sum up my mind set for this new year.  I am not saying I am always dancing.  But don’t get me wrong, I will Jersey Shore House Music it up if the situation calls for it.  Which it rarely does.  But I interpret this lyric as take the moment for whatever the moment calls for.  It might be a night for a dance, or a night for a movie on the couch.  My point is, whatever it’s a night for, be that machine.  If it’s a night for mini golf, be a putt-putt machine.  If your girlfriend says it’s a night for a romantic dinner, be that Pepe Lepu machine.  Without the stinky obviously.  You don’t necessarily have to live through the music, but the music can make you feel alive.

For this new year, live your life, experience new things and be a better person.  With these three things in the mix, it will definitely be a night for a dance.  And you know I’m a dancing machine.


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RIP old friend, Mac Hard Drive

The lady at the techinal help desk for Apple told me and I quote “It seems like your hard drive is dead.”  In my head, I knew this.  But when she put it that way, I got even more depressed.  Hopefully they can use thier toys over at the Apple store and at least retrieve some of my files.  I can always download more music, or take more pictures.  It may sound wierd, but I am really upset to lose it because everything was so organized on there.  All my website bookmarks were in order.  All my file folders in Finder were easily accessible.  It seems silly to be concerned over little things like that.  But this is what I do.  I use my computer for everything.  For writing, for reading your writings.  So I want to be able to know exactly where to go to find what I need.  Oh well, I will get through this.  I dusted off my old Dell laptop, and after 30 mins of updating whatever it was updating it is up and running.  Man, it is a brick house.  Life must go on.  Hopefully after this weekend, the ole Mac will back to normal.  Wish me, and him, luck!

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Any resolutions to read more?

Yeah?  Good for you.  Reading is a great way to open your mind and escape reality if only for a couple pages at a time.  Reading takes to all kinds.  Fiction, Non Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery.  There is a genre for everyone.  Now I understand reading is not for everyone.  I was never a big reader.  But when I was interning in NYC and commuting from Long Island everyday I had all that time on the train to do something.  So instead of doing nothing, I decided to read.  The first real book I read, that wasn’t for class and was over 100 pages, was Russell Simmons’ semi-autobiography ‘Life and Def.’  I had always been a fan of hip hop and hip hop culture but never knew any real history about the genre and lifestyle.  It was also about his rise through entrepreneurship and business ventures.  It was a great read.  I actually didn’t want to get off the train each day so I could continue reading.

With that said, here are a few books I have read in 2009 that might spark your interest in 2010.  Now remember, just because I enjoyed them doesn’t mean you will.  But I did enjoy these.

Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, The Ivy League, and the hidden paths of power By Alexandra Robbins

This book gives you a look at one particular secret societies at one of America’s most prestigious universities, Yale.  She goes on to talk about conspiracies, attempts to dominate the world, and questions if this, or any of them could control everything.  Robbins is a Yale alumna and member of one of the secret societies there.  The back of the book says she was, until recently, on the staff of The New Yorker.  Interesting.

If Football’s A Religion, Why Don’t We Have a Prayer? By Jere Longman

Longman, a 50 something sports writer from Louisiana has lived in Philadelphia for the past 23 years and wrote for the Inquirer for the first 11.  This book starts on December 17, 2004.  The Eagles are 12 and 1 and sitting nicely atop the NFC East Division in a city that is starving for a championship.  He takes us through the rest of the season.  To the delis, the radio stations and parking lots and talks to the fans, young and old to see how they feel about their beloved Eagles.  This is a story about Philadelphia sports fans and how being let down is just as common as Sunday dinners, but any true fan can relate somehow somewhere in this book.

A Fighter’s Heart By Sam Sheridan

This was by far one of my favorite books to read.  Sheridan is a Harvard College graduate, ex Merchant Marine, and someone who was very passionate about knowing what ‘fighting’ really was.  So he set off to find out.  He studied muay Thai in Thailand, jiu-jitsu in Rio, mixed martial arts in Iowa, and boxing in Oakland.  This book, which started off as a piece for Men’s Journal, is his story about going across the globe and back again studying the worlds most incredible fighting systems.  He trained with some of the best teams like Brazilian Top Team and the Miletich camp.  A great read!

Some other books that might spark your interest.

The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An accidental soldier’s account of the war in Iraq  By John Crawford

Into the Wild By Jon Krakauer

On Call in Hell: A doctor’s Iraq War story  By Richard Jadick with Thomas Hayden

The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I finally made it to the Big Leagues after 11 years in the minors  By Chris Coste

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Happy New Year!

It is a new year.  Feels good to start over.  I think this will be the year of change for me.  What am I changing?  Ha, not telling.  But I am working on a to-do list for 2010.  I will post that soon.  I hope everyone has a great year and you get everything that you want.

So long 2009.

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