Thursday, July 19, 2007

25 years ago

July 18, 1982---Dane County Coliseum--Madison, WI
Rick Springfield performs, and I was there. In the back, the way back. He was a super small spot on the stage, but man was that a good time. Fast forward, 25 years later, I have now seen Rick 15 times, including that first time. I still love the show, and always gladly share Rick's music with others. The last show that I went to, I took my two daughters.

I know that some day, there will be no more Rick Springfield concerts. Someday, but for now, I will continue to listen to the music, go to the shows, and share his catalog of music with all who will listen.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dirty Martini Review

JA Konrath- Dirty Martini

I have been waiting for this book for a year. And it was worth the wait. I have read all of JA Konrath’s books, and honestly, I can’t remember how I started with him, but I’m glad that I did. They always leave me laughing, crying and wanting more. Definitely a fun ride, if you're willing to take the chance.

Dirty Martini is a continuation of the story of Lieutenant Jack Daniels, who is a tough cop, dealing with all the slime balls in Chicago. Oh, did I mention that Jack is a woman?! You go, girl! Jack’s boyfriend wants to get married, but she’s more of the once burned, twice shy school. Then she finds out something about her parentage that throws her for a loop. And at the same time, the Chemist is poisoning food all over Chicago. The guilt is multiplied when Latham gets sick at the hands of the Chemist, and is rushed to the hospital.

What will she do? Will she accept Latham’s proposal? Will she find out the truth about her parents? Will she save Chicago? I was unable to put this book down for little more than eating and potty breaks. I wanted to devour it, not literally. But...wait, there are no buts here. This is one of the best books I have read so far this year, and if you know anything at all about me, you know that is a lot! I love a good book that makes me think. I was trying to figure out who the Chemist was from the get go. And I must admit, I was wrong, but it was still worth reading. I'm already counting down for the next book, and I'm not even sure if it has been written yet....

Dirty Martini is a great story all by itself, but I recommend reading the series.
Whiskey Sour
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Are two "Ricks" better than one?

This is a thought that I have been contemplating since watching General Hospital last night. (I watch on SoapNet at 9pm) I love Rick Springfield. I think it is very cool that after two decades they brought back Noah Drake. I love General Hospital. I'm sure that I have been watching this show on and off my whole life. I think Eli Love is hoot. He's so funny, quirky, and not bad too look at (for a guy with a brain anurysm). But are two Rick really better than one? I'm not sure.

I smiled when Eli appeared at the beginning of the show, and smiled a little wider when Noah appeared. Then I just giggled when Noah and Eli were in the same room. Was the storyline funny? No. Was there a wardrobe malfunction? Unfortunately, not. I was sitting there picturing Rick talking to an empty bed, or a stand in, and the whole concept of the storyline was lost. I got caught up in reality and couldn't buy Noah and Eli in the same room. Then I started to wonder if Rick was getting paid double for doing two characters. Food for thought.

I will continue to watch GH, because I love to see Rick getting some screen time, I think scrubs are awesome and I, for one, really want to see Jason and Elizabeth get together. I like Lucky, but I don't think he fits with Elizabeth anymore. It's too weird. That could be her fault, but regardless, I want to see Jason and Sam break up too. Sam is DEFINITELY not good enough for him. Or not right for him anyway.

When Noah fades back into the darkness, will I still watch? Yes. I will continue to follow the show, maybe not daily, but since it is SOOOO much better than Days right now, how can I turn away.

And, one last thought. Have these guys not ever, EVER thought of lip syncing?!? Patrick keeps saying how Noah can learn the songs, etc etc. Dude, all you gotta do is get up there and lip sync and pretend to play the guitar. Learn the songs, you don't have to actually sing them! I'm looking forward to Rick actually singing on the show, and I think this is a good way to make it happen, without compromising Rick as an artist or Noah as a doctor.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Turnabout is Fair play....

(this picture was taken by Hannah)
Last weekend, I had to joy of taking my two girls to a Rick Springfield concert. Their second, however, the younger one was too little last time to remember. If you know anything at all about me, you probably know that I have been a Rick Springfield fan since I was 12...yes, that's right, since I was 12. So, I was very much looking forward to experiencing the concert on 7/7/07. Not only with my girls, but with friends new and old. My friend, Melissa and her daughter went with (actually, Melissa drove) Anyway, it was good show, though hot and humid, but the kids seemed to have a good time. Rick was playful as always. And though I didn't get to hear my favorite song "Wasted", I did enjoy myself.

So why is it, do you think, that I haven't stopped listening to Nickelback since that night?! I have 110 Rick songs on my ipod and 19 Nickelback, guess what's getting the most airplay?! See, this is what happened. Melissa had 2 Nickelback CD's in her car. We listened to them all the way to the show and all the way home. Something about the music has SUCKED ME IN! I guess I should say, sucked me in farther. I have always liked Nickelback. When I would here one of their songs, I would sing along. But now, Nickelback is my music of choice. I'm so sorry, Rick, that you have been temporarily replaced....I don't think this has every happened before and it's all Melissa's fault.

I guess since I turned her on to Rick a few years ago, and now she looks forward to his shows as much as I do, turnabout is fair play. If Rick and Nickelback were both doing shows on the same day, I would be hard pressed to pick...So, I'm leaving the picking up to Melissa...:-)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Books, Books and Books

Just as a few weeks ago I had the SUPER MOVIE WEEKEND, now I have had the SUPER BOOK WEEKEND. Two of my favorite authors release new books. Janet Evanovich released "Lean Mean Thirteen" and "Hot Stuff" and JA Konrath released "Dirty Martini", plus I received the books that I ordered from Let me just tell you, I had so many books to read, I wasn't sure where to start. I wanted the Janet books and the JA book to be for vacation, but that is like almost a month away. Yup, you guess it, I read "Lean Mean Thirteen" in a day...and I would do it again. Then I read "Hot Stuff", and started Dirty Martini and one of the book closeout books. Believe it or not, I did get some other stuff done that weekend as well.

Let me tell you about this book close out place. I bought 6 books, 2 of them hard cover, had them shipped to my house (delivered in less than a week) and it cost me less than $20. yes, you read right, LESS that $20 for 6 books, delivered. I think I'm in heaven.

Although, it will be hard to read and right at the same time. Derek and Abbi have come back to visit me and I really think that their story will get told this year. Keep your fingers crossed.