Brett (lemmy59) wrote,

I said See, See See Rider...

Got On Stage: Legacy Edition by Elvis Presley playing. It encompasses On Stage and In Person at the International Hotel Las Vegas, both recorded around the same time and featuring some of my favorite E.P. performances. I had the latter on cassette when I was eight or nine years old; I've spoken many times of how hearing Elvis for the first time at age seven changed my life and began my lifelong obsession with music. He was born January 8, 1935 in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. His formative years saw him surrounded by Gospel, Country & Western, and some Blues music, all of which he'd eventually combine and become a pioneer of Rock & Roll. His death at the young age of 42 in 1977 remains one of the saddest and most pointless, one which could most certainly have been avoided. Anyway, I'm choosing to celebrate his birth and his music today.

I've got some excellent coffee brewed (Fishermans Blend by Cutters Point, a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law) and plans to read and listen to music today. I'm currently reading The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg, whose writing isn't as dark as some of her Nordic Noir contemporaries, but she's an excellent storyteller with characters you can root for (or against). I highly recommend her series that begins with The Ice Princess.

My birthday was this past Friday. I took 1/2 day off work and went out to lunch with April and the kids because both were gone that evening. A group of eight of us went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner and had a good time. I used gift cards/certificates to get vinyl by Margo Price, Bashful Brother Oswald, King Oliver, Steve Angrum, and Kid Thomas (the latter three being NOLA jazz musicians). Along with a Muddy Waters LP I picked up earlier this week, 2017 is starting off well for me musically! April, Maddie and I went to a large antique mall yesterday and spent a couple hours shopping. I found the Oswald LP and a Precious Moments figurine for April so I consider it a success. The problem we have with many of these places is people seem to mistake old for valuable, but it's still fun.

My boss called me after I left Friday; Wendy is not just my boss, but my best friend Matt's wife and someone I've known for years. She put in her two weeks' notice at work, having accepted a job offer from another local company. She, too, is tired of the lack of drive from management and accountability on the floor. Our company has a lot of good qualities but is in desperate need of a single direction moving forward. I predict her resignation is just the beginning of top-ranking people leaving this year... my hope is owners and top brass will have a wake-up call and finally implement the necessary changes and discipline to help make the company as successful as it can be.

I hope the weekend has treated you well and the coming week is a success for you all. Take care.  
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