Music Monday: The Soundtrack from Urban Cowboy

We decided to catch up on some old classic movies this past week (well, classic to me). We watched Ace Ventura (still funny after all these years), Chinatown (Jack Nicholson is great), and Urban Cowboy. What a roll John Travolta was on in the late 70s, early 80s. First, there was Saturday Night Fever, which … Continue reading Music Monday: The Soundtrack from Urban Cowboy

All This Could Be Yours – for Just $350,000… Per Month

Perhaps as a way of catering to its readership, the Wall Street Journal does not call its weekly housing section “Real Estate”, but rather “Mansion”. And Mansion is a good description of the houses that are featured every Friday. For example, here are three of the headlines from this week’s edition: A Natural Gas Exec … Continue reading All This Could Be Yours – for Just $350,000… Per Month

Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

It’s been over four months since I’ve stepped foot inside a Wawa convenience store. Never heard of Wawa? Here’s a little background info I provided on Wawa in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, … Continue reading Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

Thank Goodness for Technology, but…

After we had our first videoconference call with a doctor today, it struck me how important a role technology has played in the pandemic. Here is a list of tasks that I used to do in person and then in a blink of an eye they were all being done online: teach go to church … Continue reading Thank Goodness for Technology, but…

Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

It was, no doubt, a strange way to end four years of college for this year's graduates. With formal commencement exercises canceled, Villanova put on a virtual graduation ceremony. And it was wonderful. Here are some screenshots of the ceremony which was broadcast live yesterday afternoon. The top photo is of our President, Father Peter … Continue reading Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

So What Music Are You Listening to During the Lockdown?

I've heard of researchers studying Twitter feeds to get their fingers on the pulse of current events. Well now maybe we can use music to do the same thing. OnBuy.com, a UK-based online marketplace, recently completed some interesting analysis to determine the most popular lockdown songs on Spotify. The words 'Coronavirus', 'COVID-19', 'lockdown', and 'quarantine' … Continue reading So What Music Are You Listening to During the Lockdown?

Just Watching the Jordan Doc, Having a Bud

Way back in 1999, Budweiser came out with one of its classic commercials - the "WASSUP!!" commercial. It featured a bunch of friends just calling each other and asking what they were up to, to which they replied, "watching the game, having a Bud". The ad debuted on Monday Night Football in December 1999 and … Continue reading Just Watching the Jordan Doc, Having a Bud

Thank You, Villanova

It is a challenging time for higher education, with most schools having closed their campuses this Spring and switched to an online teaching format. In addition, many schools have canceled all on-campus events for this summer. And there is tremendous uncertainty as to what will happen come the Fall semester. My employer, Villanova University, has … Continue reading Thank You, Villanova

This Was Worse Than If My WordPress Stats Stopped Working

One of the benefits of having owned a gym for a few years was that when I decided to close it down in 2010, I was able to take some of the equipment home with me. One of the pieces I kept was a Life Fitness recumbent bike. I'd been an avid user of such … Continue reading This Was Worse Than If My WordPress Stats Stopped Working

Music Monday: At Home with John Fogerty

Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C. The first Tiny Desk Concert came about in 2008 after Boilen and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson left a bar show frustrated that they couldn't hear the music over the crowd noise. Thompson joked that the musician, folk singer Laura Gibson, … Continue reading Music Monday: At Home with John Fogerty