Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nostalgia comes in many forms...

There is certainly something to be said for this!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Successful surgery (and check out the hardware!)

Hey all:

The surgery yesterday was a total success.  Even though I am sore and have some pain because of the new incision to remove the hardware, it is not nearly at the level it was after the primary surgery on May 30th.  And, I could immediately feel the difference of having the plate and screws removed.  I feel great and am pretty sure I'll be totally recovered in a couple of weeks.

The doc was kind enough to give me the plate and the seven screws that I was carrying around inside my shoulder for 3-1/2 months.  I was shocked at the size of the plate, but what really sort of freaked me out was the size of the screws, which of course were screwed into my actual collar bone.  Having seen them, I can see why they refer to the plate and screws as "hardware!"  I realized I could share this with you by photographing the hardware.  Here it is.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Final surgery tomorrow

Tomorrow, (Friday), I go in for more surgery to remove the plate and screws that were put in during the original surgery on May 30.  According to my doc the fracture has healed and removal of what he calls "the hardware" will allow me to gain full mobility.  Also, the surgery will only take about 20 minutes, although there is still going to be a healing period of about 10 days.  So, I'm armed with my bottle of percocet and the remotes for my TV and DVR.

Speaking of TV, I have to put in a plug for a show I recently discovered:  "Your The Worst" on FX.  This show is truly hilarious.  The chemistry between the lead players is wonderful and the writing is so sharp and cutting that it often leaves me with a mixture of laughter and literary admiration.  Also, another nice feature is that the episodes are only 30 minutes long, which means that you can sneak in a watch here and there where you wouldn't be able to squeeze in something longer.  Do yourself a favor and check out the show.  Unless your sense of humor has been excised, you will do your fair share of laughing your ass off.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Pentatonix original composition

I'm still firmly in place on the Pentatonix bandwagon.  Just in case you thought they only did covers of other tunes, here is one of their originals.  Great arrangement and cool video.

This is not to be confused with the composition of the same title by Bryan Adams or the Whitney Houston song from the soundtrack of "Body Guard," which was written by Jud Friedman and Allan Rich.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pentatonix - A post script

After watching Pentatonix in my previous post, I thought it would be a good idea to show you just how wide-ranging their talent is, and how diverse their videos are.  So here is two minutes and sixteen seconds of pure fun.

Pentatonix with Lindsey Stirling

OK, you all know how much I dig Pentatonix.  They are always doing something new and different, and their videos are really unique, e.g. their amazing medley of Daft Punk tunes ... see my earlier post.  

A while ago they teamed up with the gifted violinist, Lindsey Stirling to produce a terrific video cover performance of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons.  As you can see from the Wikipedia quote below, the performance won the Response of the Year in the You Tube Music awards.  Anyway, I won't keep you any longer.  Check it out on You Tube right here.
She performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and hip-hop to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks.[6][7] Stirling is also a YouTube sensation: her music video "Crystallize" finished as the eighth-most watched video of 2012,[8] and her cover version of "Radioactive" with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013.[9] Lindsey has also sold more than 1 million singles worldwide[10] and on May 2014 her second studio album Shatter Me peaked #2 at the Billboard 200. Her YouTube channel had, as of June 2014, more than five million subscribers and 675 million total views.
I'm totally a sucker for Pentatonix and Lindsey is as hot as her talent.

By the way, if you want hear the original version from Imagine Dragons, check it out right here.  Guess what, I like the Pentatonix version more than than the original.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back at home...

Hi All:

Got home yesterday.  Stand by for pictures in the next day or so...