RV Mythbusters

RV, recreational vehicle, motorhome, reviewHere are just a few misconceptions people have about transitioning to a full time RV lifestyle (becoming “fulltimers”).

Myth: Life on the open road will bring you, your spouse, and family closer together. Full time life in an RV will bring you daily delights, treasures, and adventures.
Busted: The close quarters will force you to start coming up with new ways to dismember a body that even CSI can’t figure out. The maximum legal square footage for a motorhome is 450 sq. ft. of living space. Most motorhomes are 300-400 sq.ft. Compare that to the square footage of the house you now live in. Divide by the number of people that will be living there. Plus pets. The potential for homicide is high. Continue reading

Videos: Daytona Beach Bike Week

Videos from Daytona Beach Bike Week 2016, 75th Anniversary.

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Daytona Beach Bike Week 2016

DB_BikeWeek_4682Wanted to give Melinda the whole Daytona experience. See the pictures below…

  • Riding on the beach – CHECK
  • Rode by my old apartment on Highland Avenue – CHECK
  • Boot Hill Saloon – CHECK bought her a Boot Hill 75th Anniversary shirt
  • Showed her my old apartment behind Boot Hill Saloon – CHECK
  • Speedway – BRP demos & owners’ tent – CHECK  She opted not to ride around the track
    • Vendor area at Raceway
  • Rode the Loop in Tomoko State Park – CHECK
  • Lunch at the Ocean Deck – CHECK

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Sawyer Brown Band Rocks Lancaster

The Sawyer Brown Band, a country rock band that has been kicking for 35+ years jammed in Lancaster SC Saturday Dec 12th. Front man, Mark Miller, showed the same energy and moves displayed when the band won the Star Search reality show in 1983. As he tells his kids “we were the first American Idols.” They say “Right, dad.” The band has been together for nearly 3 and half decades with a only a few changes in personnel, creating over 23 “albums”. They started their ‘Christmas show’ with some up tempo holiday music and then rolled into some of their hits from the last 30 years. One of the high points of the evening was the love song Mark wrote for his wife of 26 years, “Smokin’ Hot Wife“. Continue reading

Tantrum Band Energizes Local Bars

Tantrum rocks Stooges in Charlotte

Tantrum rocks Stooges in Charlotte

The band Tantrum rocked Stooges, a local establishment in Mint Hill/Charlotte this weekend. We have seen them on several occasions at various places, including Lure in Charlotte. Lead singer, Joanna Llambias never fails to belt out high energy vocals, sometimes from the top of a table or bar. She is not above climbing on furniture to make the show fun. Tantrum specializes in classic rock. I recommend you try and see them at their next gig! Continue reading

Home Free Videos pt2

Home FreeOn Dec. 7th, we saw Home Free, the country a capella group, in Charlotte and here are some pieces of videos. The group rocked the Knight Theater at Blumenthal. Tim Foust’s bass voice rumbled the hairs on the back of my neck! If you are interested in hearing great vocals, check  out this group online. Continue reading

Home Free Vocal Group in Charlotte, NC

HomeFreeHomeFree1, THE a capella country vocal group, brought their tour to Charlotte, NC last night and as usual these guys were awesome! Besides being immensely talented, the band demonstrates the best sense of humor in the any entertainment industry, making fun of everything from previous tour dates to themselves. The most interesting part of Home Free‘s musical talent is that they perform with no musical instruments at all!

Home Free: The Group

If you don’t know anything about the group, shame on you! Only kidding. They are an extremely talented vocal group that won Sing Off on NBC a few years ago and have been around for about a dozen years, making it bigger in the last few. They have 3 albums out by Columbia Records, their first album (Crazy Life) went to #1 in country and #4 overall on iTunes. Last year, they released a Christmas album, Full of Cheer, and this year, Country Evolution. Continue reading

  1. yes, I deliberately spell the group’s name differently to make sure it gets picked up on Social Media! []

DragonCon Atlanta: Letting Your Freak Flag Fly!

Superman, Supergirl, Nightwing at DragonCon Atlanta

Superman, Supergirl, Nightwing at DragonCon Atlanta

(Okay, maybe some people have taken that a little TOO seriously.) I have been told by some of my writer friends that you need sci-fi conventions to help market your books. I am a few years away from needing to market any novels I have written and it’s a good thing. It will take me that long to rinse the ‘crazy’ out of my hair.

DragonCon is one the country’s largest science fiction conventions in the country (definitely not in the same league as San Diego’s ComicCon, but pretty big.) I asked a cop directing traffic and he was told that the convention generated 200,000 people and the same day was the first college football game in own. Continue reading

Creating Iconic Characters

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

The  recent passing of Leonard Nimoy started me thinking about movie or TV characters that have become iconic, or impactful to the world or society in general. They have changed the way we think about character types. This usually means that they changed our thinking about something or created a vision that was unique.  Sometimes it was the writers that created the uniqueness (in the case of Mr. Spock) and sometimes it was the actor that made their characters special and in some very rare cases it was a magical combination of both. In the case of original thinking in character creation, I am jealous as a writer. Continue reading

Apple Watch P.1

Apple WatchI have had some friends that have some ambiguous feelings about the upcoming Apple Watch. Let’s just say… I am not one of them. I feel that the Apple Watch will be the next step in personal computing in that it brings many of the best features of an iPhone to our wrists and therefore closer (and faster) and more integrated into our daily lives. Some technophobic people may never embrace the wearable computing lifestyle andthat’s okay. It makes those of us who enjoy the benefits of real-life inst-tech that much more efficient and you know…. cooler.

So my slightly techno-phobic friends ask “But what does it do?” Glad you asked…

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