I know some of you maybe expecting a Lost post, but I had to talk about something else first. Did you have one of those days that you don’t expect to be anything special, but that keeps on getting better as it goes along? Today was one of those days.
Tuesday are always busy days, today was nothing different. Just after getting back from a cold bus stop, I saw some interesting news on the inter-webs. On Monday, Faith No More played their first concert on American soil in almost 12 years. Faith No More is a band that I have been a fan of for the past 20+ years. I wasn’t able to get out to San Francisco to see their concert. And I won’t be able to get to New York to see their show there either. But someone posted a picture of t-shirt that gave me some hope. Should I put any hope in a t-shirt? I guess it doesn’t hurt anything.
I had a lunch scheduled with a bunch of people from work. We meet once a month just so we can prove to each that we really exist and that we are really something more than voices on endless conference calls.
Most of us live/work in the NJ-PA-DE-MD area and we pick somewhere close enough for us all to get there. Today’s lunch was special because a friend and associate from Atlanta would be in Baltimore for the week and was able to come. Most of us haven’t seen him in several years, the last time I had gotten to see him was nine months ago. We are a close knit team, some of having worked together for over 11 years now, so it is great when we can get together and relax, shoot some shit and have a good time. We had a great lunch with great food and great conversation. We also got to plan a dinner for Thursday night which had been cancelled but is now going to happen. The day was working out pretty well.
I headed over to Robotics Club after lunch for our first meeting after spring break and I had a great time with the kids. I got to spend much of the two hours instructing the kids on the Scratch programming software and watched them take the simple instructions and make some very cool games and interactive animation. My own two boys are part of the club and I got to spend a lot of time with them, watching them build different things using Scratch. Even my 5 YO was able to work on his own after a little introduction on how it works. I finally felt like today, after all of the previous weeks, the kids were actually learning something. It felt good.
After dinner, homework and showers were completed, the kids and I resumed watching Tin Man. They were curled up next to me on the sofa, almost ready to fall asleep. Life is good.
After the kids were in bed, I laid down with them for a couple minutes. I pulled up Seesmic on my Droid and saw something amazing.
I have been a fan of Faith No More since I heard Epic for the first time. My sister took a friend and I to their first show in Philly for my 15th birthday. They opened for Billy Idol on his Charmed Life tour. I will never forget the effect that FNM’s music had on me. Every song was something different, from the rap-like Epic to the crooning of Edge of the World, and any band that can deliver an awesome cover of Sabbath’s War Pigs is a band for me.
Over the years I have sought out anything I could find of theirs until they finally broke up in 1998. I was overwhelmed when I heard they were getting back together and touring again. I was a little dejected when I heard that they were only playing a few dates in California and a show in New York. It is difficult to rationalize stealing away to California or New York for a few days and leaving my wife and three kids alone. But if they come to Philly, well, that’s a different story.
If anyone is interested in going with me, tickets go on sale on 04/20. I have a reminder already scheduled and I am already following Roddy and Billy on Twitter so I can get the scoop on the pre-sale. I haven’t been to the Mann in years, but every show I have seen there has been excellent.
So today turned out to be a great day for reunions.
I will end with some of my favorites of FNM.
And my favorite FNM song: