Good Deed

Explore a good deed – yours, or one from someone else. How is the world better for it?

I was thinking over this one, and I couldn’t pin point a good deed that I had actually done that I could talk up. I do know that when you see those articles about someone helping someone out with some money or food, it brings a smile to the face.

Or someone giving someone a job. I remember that story about the store that helped a teen get ready for an interview and he actually got the job at that store after the fact. That to me is just awesome. Knowing some people are just in life for the good things.

Too often in the news we have to see all the bad. Then you’ll see the small 30 second blurb on something good.  More often we need to see those good deeds.

Like they say no good deed goes unnoticed. So my goal for 2016 is to make a memorable good deed. It could be something as small as paying it forward for someone. Helping someone out with some change.  Giving someone something they might need.

I know in my life I am a good person and that should be something I strive to do more of outside of my own life.

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A Hair Raising Time

Time to duck into a spooky side street – what creepy coincidence, eerie experience, or unnerving moment made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up straight this year? Whether it was a scary spider story, freaky film, or shocking scenario – as long as it’s no longer keeping you up at night, share away! We won’t judge you for leaving the nightlight on.

Let’s act like it’s 2014 for this prompt. Do you remember what you were doing all that time back? I don’t really either, but I do have a story that fits this prompt, which I’ve told people here and there. Now it’s time to share with the blogging world what my hair raising story is.

I used to live in a double by myself some years ago. So no one was on the other side of the double. Let’s just make sure that is stated enough because one night I was lying in bed when I swear on everything I heard some footsteps going back and forth.

Now when you leave alone, every sound can be amplified. But this sound really caught me off guard since I was the only one in this double. And it was on the other side.

Needless to say, I shot out of bed and looked around my place first. Then stepped to the other side of the double to see what was that sound.

I even looked around outside for footsteps, which there was snow on the ground, and I could have seen them.  Why I went outside, I don’t know? I was probably like those dumb people in the horror movies that go towards the killer instead of away.

I’ve also had other people who were there in the house state they’ve heard something here and there, so I didn’t feel too out of sorts. But that one evening, I know I heard something that was definitely not me.


Tunes

I had to use a lifeline today for my prompt as the original one did nothing for me.  Even with today’s prompt I cheated a bit as I picked a tune that moved back some years ago, and still holds true to this day.

Music is such a personal thing – what music moved you this year? Share a track or playlist.

Hold Me Down Lyrics

I found a letter that said, “I’m sorry that
You were asleep when I wrote these words down”
You’d think I’d ought to be used to that by now

Save for a few of those late night episodes
Missed opportunities, and “I Don’t Cares”
There’s not a lot that I feel obliged to share or talk about

I’ll have my brother stop by this Saturday
T pick up my things just make sure you’re not there
This may sound bad and don’t take it the wrong way

I love you, however
You hold me down
You hold me down
You hold me down
You hold me down

You’re the echoes of my everything
You’re the emptiness the whole world sings at night
You’re the laziness of afternoon
You’re the reason why I burst and why I bloom

How will I break the news to you?
How will I break the news to you?

Cancel our dinner with Max and Caroline
Feed Jackie’s gerbil and try to stay clean
We’ll talk it over after I’ve had
Some time alone to sort it out

You hold me down
You hold me down
You hold me down
You hold me down

You’re the echoes of my everything
You’re the emptiness the whole world sings at night
You’re the laziness of afternoon
You’re the reason why I burst and why I bloom

You’re the leaky sink of sentiment
You’re the failed attempts I never could forget
You’re the metaphors I can’t create
To comprehend this curse that I call love

How will I break the news to you?
How will I break the news to you?
How will I break the news to you?
How will I break the news to you?
How will I break the news to you?

This is the song “Hold Me Down” by Motion City Soundtrack off their album Commit this To Memory. It’s such a great closing track to that album and one that ultimately gave me chills while listening to it one evening.

I wish I had some bigger story to this, but truly, I don’t. I can recall driving home with this song playing at a louder than normal level when all of the sudden I had chills running up my back and goosebumps on my arms.

I don’t even remember being in a breakup or anything of the sort, but I felt myself in that song. That to me is such a great factor in determining a moving song.

For my own songwriting, this is why I also went the route of singing my songs.

I might not write anything groundbreaking, but when I write lyrics, I can hear how I want them sung, and that’s why I sing them. I know what I am feeling in that moment of writing, so I need to convey that.

This tune is something that will always hold a special place in my head for that moment it created. If I ever did that with my own songs, I would be pleased.


It’s All About the Journey

Where did you travel this year? Did it move or change you?

I’ve never been much of the travel guy. Taking family trips during the summer has been the biggest extent of my traveling days.  We would go to Florida and Georgia to visit relatives. A few trips to Disney World. A trip with a couple of friends for a fellow friends’ wedding. But other than that, not a traveling guy.

Last year, I took a small drive with my mom, aunt, uncle, and cousin to the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky. I can’t say that it changed me, but it was a fun little getaway.

It was cool to see some different things that you normally wouldn’t see at a zoo. I’ve never been to this aquarium, so it was all new to me.

There was a huge alligator that looked to be the highlight of the place.  He would be 14 feet long if you were to lay him straight out. Can you just imagine that? Even him in that holding tank made him look quite intimidating. Also, felt a bit bad for him as it didn’t look like he could move as well as he would like to.

There was also a cool bridge that you walk across that’s above the shark tank. Nothing too exciting to report there.

So all in all, go visit Newport Aquarium sometime! There’s a plug for them.


Stranger Encounter

Share a story about a stranger this year. Was it something you overheard? Someone you accidentally met & bonded with? A funny…or strange coincidence?

Maybe not the strangest encounter, but here’s my small, small, small story of meeting a random add on Facebook. Which I am sure sounds strange in itself. Also, this is probably one of those it’s much better in person sounding.

But to my story. I was walking back from seeing Weezer during their Final Four performance at the Lawn near White River when some guy said he looked my Hot Water Music hoodie. I looked real quick and thought he looked very familiar.

Then it clicked that we added each other on Facebook, so I stated that, and we talked for a couple of minutes. Proceeded to go on our separate ways.

I told it was not the best story, but it fits the prompt!


Tickets, Tickets!

What (or who) did you shell out or stand-in-line for this year? Was it worth it? What made you wait in line, log-on early, or form a lifetime attachment?

Easiest prompt to date. I actually went to Klipsch Music Center to stand in line for Foo Fighters’ tickets.  That’s probably the first time ever that I’ve waited in line for tickets.

Do you know how much easier it is to sit online and buy tickets from the comfort of your home? But the Foo Fighters knowing that scalpers do this same exact thing decided to do a box office sale before other sales went online, so I made the trip up there to buy some tickets and ended up having the best concert of the year.

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The Foo Fighters were my band of 2015 as Spotify told me and I knew I listened to them the most since I knew I was seeing them. It had been a bit of a time since they came here last, so I was excited to get back and see them.

They were fantastic as always. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve surpassed their popularity over the past year. Dave Grohl has shown what being a normal down to earth rock star is all about.

 


Read Up

Let’s explore the power of words. Did a writer delight you, make you think, or impact you in some other way? Write a review, or share a favorite line from something you’ve read.

“What came first, the music or the misery?” One of my favorite lines from the book, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. A great author that was able to capture that feeling of finding love from the male perspective. A reason why I am so drawn to him as an author.

In that book, the main character is finding his way through life and figuring out where he went wrong in love, but at the same time, finding his purpose in life as he knows that it’s something more beyond the record store he’s the owner of.

For me, that’s something I was drawn to as I am in that same part of my life. You kind of have an idea of where you’re going, but you’re not quite there.  Sometimes, I sit back and think there’s more to what I am doing. Or what did I do wrong in that one date that didn’t get the girl’s interest.

An author that writes from the male perspective in most of his books, Nick Hornby has always got my attention while reading since I can put myself in the characters right away.