The Book of Mormon, the musical (a quick review)

20140419-152622.jpgI was surprised to see the Mormon church had bought ad space in the Playbill. I had heard this was a spoof making fun of Mormonism. I also heard it was from the makers of South Park. Weren’t they profane and irreverent? My wife bought tickets because it was playing at the Pantages where recently we’ve seen Rock of Ages and Steve Martin. We thought we knew what we were in for. We didn’t. I thought of quoting a few lines but I’d hate to spoil it for you. Oh, if you’re going to see girls, there is only one (virtually). Yes, it’s an almost all male cast. It’s a story of two 19 year olds doing their 2 year mission in Africa. They deal with the likes of General Buttfucker and other lovely characters. If that name shocked you, be prepared for songs with lyrics that include clits and. “Fucking God in the ass.” Set this to lively musical song and dance and you have tbom. The amazing part is I haven’t even given it all away.

Taking the metro to our hotel room was more fun.

I did laugh a lot though and I enjoyed it more than anything South Park. The cast can sing and dance with the best of them and the songs are really catchy. The only trouble is I don’t want to get caught singing at the teacher boxes singing “fuck a frog.” Well, it’s something like that. So there you have a little more 411 if you are in the dark. I kind of wish I would have had this.

As I close, I’ll note that this was the first event seating type thing we’ve been to where the lines to the men’s room were longer, much longer, than the lines to the women’s. This was the opposite of what we usually see. Without doing a head count, I think it’s safe to say this musical is being frequented by men mostly. Why? I don’t know, just a stupid thing I chose to close this review with it. If you are into South Park humor and modern musical song and dance, The Book of Mormon is a treat, have fun!!!

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Seeing Mike Peters tonight: remembering the Alarm

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the Alarm. It was in 1984, I was 14, and they were playing on Rodney Biggenheimer. The sound of Dave Sharp’s melodious guitar on “Where We’re You Hiding When the Storm Broke” along with Mike Peters’ British voice made me a lifelong fan. I learned and performed all their songs. I never learned to type correctly because during typing class I was search and plunking Alarm lyrics.

At age 22 I got to work with Dave Sharp. I’ve seen them 6 times live. So much to say … Their music is powerful and inspiring . Tonight Sarah and I are seeing the lead singer, Mike Peters, at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. It’s been 30 years since that first album. Mike is playing every song and then some. Destiny calls! She says “Come on down and make the Stand.

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Smart and Awesome Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts

tumblr_mhs0adnmKE1qj6juso1_500I read an infographic today by my blogging friend Corinne. She lists some ways that truly help promote a blog post. I went through and sifted out the stuff I wouldn’t use and thought I’d share the rest with you here. You really can do “smart” things to build your readership. Here are some ways from her infographic that I think are awesome (in no particular order):

  1. Schedule it 2-3 times a day on Twitter for the next 30 days. Change the title.
  2. Create a Pinterest board for all of your blog posts.
  3. Share it on Google+ to your circles and Public.
  4. Create a Stumbleupon account and Stumble (submit) your posts.
  5. Submit your post to Digg. This is a tested and proven way posts get discovered.
  6. Reddit.com is a must!
  7. Join a blogging community and share ach others’ posts. (I’ve been terrible at this, flaking on good people but I believe it is valuable).
  8. Check out micro syndication sites like: IFTTT, AllTop.com, Syndic8.com, and Outbraon.com

There are several other suggestions at her site linked above. As for me and what I do with y blogs, these 8 things are a good focus. I’d love to get some of your ideas in the comments. Maybe we can get enough new ideas here to make another infographic!

 

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A 271 Word Tale With Aliens in it

coyote-roadrunnerA 271 word tale. Note: I rarely drink. How we caught the roadrunner. There was once a couple who had challenging days. Each time the other heard from the other they realized people were pretty much shameless losers out to destroy the earth and not build up anyone but themselves. Lucky for the couple, it was their date night so they escaped the war temporarily, went to eat and drink  and talk about “the day.” As the man ate and talked and listened (though he could stand to listen more) he realized that all the people they had been annoyed and/or offended by were really just aliens who didn’t mean to do any harm. He envisioned them landing in their backyard and giving them some synchronized and pre-planned hand signal of peace. This was curious since he had imagined giving them the middle finger sign a few times that day. He realized they were innocents or a sort just playing their role in a cosmic soup kitchen.

After a few drinks, the couple’s harried state was assuaged. While they hadn’t won the war, a race of sorts was placed in. Letting go of the aliens’ stupidity caused him to see her as a delicate fawn and himself a protective elk. He even wondered at why he got so upset. He struggled with very little guilt as well because he had INDEED ordered his rum and cokes diet. Now, with a clear mind and laughing spirit he will dare go into the jacuzzi and before bed if all the planets are in alignment, which they are supposed to be, he may … and I stress MAY … peel and share an orange with his true love … and it’s only Thursday. The End.

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Practice Doesn’t Count

The Grind Sun Aug 12 with Eric - 1For every great presentation, a lot of silent practice must have occurred. I was vacuuming my pool when I heard my girls playing a game. They were pretending to be in a “fish catching competition.” My youngest, 6, claimed she had caught 10 fish when my oldest, 9, corrected her with “Practice doesn’t count.” I thought this was applicable to e in my life. If we do not practice to become adept at what we do, we stagnate. A muscle will atrophy if it is not flexed with resistance. Practice is the key to a winning presentation. These things take time. Think of how much better a roast in the slow cooker tastes than one that went through the microwave. The point is like that.

Here are a few ways that I am skipping practice: new teaching styles, presenting my music to the world, sharing my practice runs and walks on Facebook, writing music, having creative dates with my wife … and more. My therapist told me to “sleep on it” before releasing things online. This is grea advice. Unfortunately my lack of patience often prompts me to hit the “publish” button prematurely.

Just like in my daughters’ game, life practice doesn’t count. You got to suck it up when you’re preparing. In this age of social media, you have got to be strog enough and patient enough to do that. You get to decide when you’re ready to get into the game. The practice should equal the task attempted. In other words, a status post on Twitter about your day can be through through fairly quickly whereas a work of art like a song or painting should rarely contain behind the scenes sharing. As Abraham Lincoln said, “I will make myself ready and one day my chance will come.” Practice doesn’t count.

(Note: If you think I am saying you shouldn’t practice at something, go back and read it again. For every great presentation, a lot of silent practice must have occurred.)

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“They don’t have a stage, they don’t even have a light. Big talent at the open mic.” -Lyrics from…

“They don’t have a stage, they don’t even have a light. Big talent at the open mic.” -Lyrics from the new song I’m working on.

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Good thought for Monday



Good thought for Monday

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Smarter Balanced Change: readiness for college, career and life

Smarter Balanced Change: readiness for college, career and life:

New at my teaching blog

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My Weekend Was Been Went

13678768733_efbae3e92d_bI love the way hip hop culture is massacring the English language. No, I really mean it. I got two advanced degrees based on learning its many rules and exceptions. My son (15) brings home jargon he hears like “I was been went” meaning, “I already went there.” Where it’s all going? Who knows but at least we can be assured the rules of our fathers are being broken up and challenged. True innovation can come from that. Now for my post about the weekend. (I was went done it!)

I had an awesome weekend last weekend with Sarah in Newport. She is a huge source of strength and vigor for me. It is so great being married to your best friend walking through this sometimes stormy world. It’s all part of the song. We are going to do some awesome stuff in two weeks so stay tuned to read about that! The photo is a selfie of me in Sally’s while she did some sundry shopping. I love her :) One part of our fun weekend is seeing The Book of Mormon musical at the Pantages by the creators of South Park. Another is seeing Mike Peters of the Alarm in concert at the Coach House. Some know I luuuuuv the Alarm. But last week (the weekdays) was a challenge for me.

This weekend was like the recovery wing of a war hospital for me. My past week had been quite challenging at work and at home and I had one of those headaches on Friday you just absolutely cannot escape or medicate. It just thuds away. Saturday morning I awoke to a fresh reality that the world was my oyster. Even my blood pressure was relaxed. I had the lowest numbers in years. Perhaps exercise and vitamins just take a long time to show results? At any rate, I have been focusing on strengthening my heart muscle. Running and walking small distances with a target heart rate in mind. I have learned that spiked exercise is more damaging than no exercise. You know when you feel you are elevated to a better place physically. In addition, the vital signs on the bp monitor as well as the pulse against the stopwatch solidify good feelings.

If we feel good and we have taken care of our bodies, it is much easier t be brave. I have considered changing distrcts (which used to scare the daylights out of me) and writing in my blogs more like I used to (you are here). I’ve seen clearly to call my mother (huge). I don’t know what the future holds but further relaxation is in store for tomorrow night as I just finished cleaning and putting chemicals in the jacuzzi. Good things are going to happen because I have attended to the temple! Now for the mind and the spirit. In other words, the jacuzzi tomorrow night. (Tune in in a couple weeks to hear about the concert and musical!)

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