Summer is here in full tilt (poker reference) and beating down us weirdo’s who choose to live in the Mojave Desert. Triple digit temperatures just about every day make you long for the mountains or beach. While we endure it though, we’re having fun, remaining cool by whatever means necessary.
I don’t talk about it much, but I have been fully invested in baseball this year. I am a San Francisco Giants fan (I admit, I am a newer fan thanks to my brother-in-law and have slid head first into the fandom—pun!). As most people will say, they don’t like watching baseball games on tv because it’s boring. I am the exact opposite. I love watching the games whenever I have the opportunity. I find it relaxing and a great thing to listen to in the background if I’ve got other things to do. I’ve been quite prone (much to the chagrin of my wife) to listening to the radio feed while doing dishes and preparing dinner most nights, hahaha! I’ve pretty much abandoned my childhood love of basketball for baseball.
I am reading a few books, finding quite a few non-fiction ones that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know if I’ll include these in my next newsletter but if I do, I’ll go a bit deeper in a full review. Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel is renown and award winning and not at all a difficult read. It explores civilization and its evolution from very grounded foundations. I’m always intrigued by history and how we’ve got to where we are. Another book I recently finished is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, which serves as a memoir from his time in the Vietnam War. It explores men he served with and their struggles both during and after the war. I appreciate the vulnerability offered, letting the human side of these men be remembered.
Like sports, I don’t talk much about music but I’ve been stuck on a few albums as of late. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know how to really review music. My tastes are what they are. I can listen to hardcore melodies and screams of bands like Alexisonfire and Dance Gavin Dance while at the same time throw on some Tracy Chapman. For lighter listening, The Paper Kites album, “twelvefour”, is beautiful and soothing. I need to get it on vinyl. It’s just one my favorites right now. For a little “harder” sound, I recently found a band called Hands Like Houses. No screaming but they are similar to the Hardcore Alternative styles that I enjoy. Let’s just say I showed them to my wife and she liked what she heard (she’s not a fan of the screaming types, lol).
Our tv viewing has been mostly comprised of Chuck now that it’s on Amazon Prime. When I find the time though, I am trying to get through season two of Westworld and plan on getting into season two of Legion after that. Still waiting on Stranger Things Season 3 news. I bet we’ll see a trailer at Comic-Con San Diego in a few weeks. I’ll announce my plans for Stranger Things Month here on my blog when I get that info.
Okay, movies. I’ve got two I recommend if you just need to laugh. “Game Night” you can rent and “Tag” you can go see in a nice air conditioned theater right now. Both are hilarious. We laughed a lot. “Game Night” was a pleasant surprise, surpassing my low expectations. “Tag” was just fun. Great characters who had great chemistry carry out a tradition that promotes friendship. You’ll laugh a lot with these two so make sure you watch them with friends and family (neither are for little kids so get a babysitter).
Call to Action: Anyone have any big plans for the summer? Trips? Concerts? Having a newborn, we don’t have much planned beyond getting extra sleep on the weekends but once our son gets a little older, we are gonna hit that open road!