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METAL ODYSSEY CELEBRATES 1ST METAL ANNIVERSARY!

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On March 1st, 2009, I embarked on a Rock and Roll journey… to blog my Metal heart out about the music, bands, musicians, albums and songs I love the most. This Rock and Roll journey was named – MetalOdyssey. Both past and present bands, my concert experiences, what I buy for music, album reviews, Heavy Metal hunting finds and my best Metal buddy Scott Coverdale have all been covered. Scott researches Metal like a Metalaholic. Once in awhile, I have vented about what ticks me off: The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame, reality show know-it-all dads, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Grammys and the dreadful PMRC. I even posted about my new cat Toby that my family adopted too. My unreal great wife, well, she is responsible for prodding and suggesting that I do this Metal Odyssey blog gig. I look back now and understand why she wanted me to do this. Without her computer, graphics and software expertise, I never would have gotten this blog off the Metal ground. I Thank her with all the love and everything I’ve got for coaxing me into such a Metal thrill ride! It has been a ton of Metal fun.

Did I think I would cover, (most of the time, like, 90% of the time), Metal Music? Kinda did. You see, I also have a love affair with Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Southern Rock, Alternative Rock, Rock and… at times, movie soundtracks. So, my Rock and Roll infatuation covers quite a bit of ground… it’s been that way my entire Metal life. Some may want to call me a Rock Music junkie… so Metal be it! I’m not bashful to express my allegiance to ELO, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Doors, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Boz Scaggs. Nor will I ever fib and say the Rocky movie soundtrack doesn’t still pump me up and psyche me out of my Metal mind! Bill Conti is a musical genius, John Carpenter is too.

What does the future hold for Metal Odyssey? MORE METAL! With that said, I will warn all of my loyal visitors and new visitors right now… don’t ever be bewildered if you find me blabbing and praising about straight forward Rock and Roll either. I love the roots of Heavy Metal, always have I been amazed at how this incredible form of music came to being. Heavy Metal history is sacred to Metal Odyssey.

Punk Rock I like to blab about too from time to time. Misfits, Ramones, Osaka PopstarRancid and The Casualties are my top favorites, they all shall get their justified and respected due on Metal Odyssey again.

In the coming months, hopefully years, I will continue on with this Rock and Roll journey called Metal Odyssey just as I have been doing. I would like to continue to inform, entertain and inspire friendly debate through my writings and reviews. I also get the biggest kick out of consistently finding Metal albums and CD’s dirt cheap at thrift stores, antique stores/malls and flea markets… lending my anecdotes and experiences of such finds to the world makes me feel happy. Any and all personal Metal experiences, (no matter how large or small), that I may encounter in the future will no doubt, be found right here on Metal Odyssey!

I also want to thank the new Metal buddies I have encountered through Metal Odyssey. These guys are fun to correspond with and make me more Metal wiser with each new post they create on their respective blogs, due in part to their personal perspective and knowledge of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Here is a roll call of these great fellow Metalheads who share the same passion as I do for Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music… check them out in the list below, if you already haven’t, they are a Metal kick!

Hard Rock Hideout – I write reviews and do interviews for this unreal cool site… the dudes and dudettes over there are super nice Metal buddies too. Hard Rock Hideout is super loaded with up to the minute news, reviews, interviews, Hard Rock Hideout Radio, videos and… you get the Metal point!

The Metal Files – This Metal buddy was the first to put Metal Odyssey on a blog roll! An industry insider and musician who knows more than a thing or two about what is really going on in Metal. Plus, I really take stock in his Metal opinions, even if he doesn’t like Steelheart.

Heavy Metal Addiction – A Metal buddy who invited me into a group of fellow bloggers to post the “Best Of” lists for 2009. A Metal gracious move I truly appreciate. Great reviews and insight aplenty to be had over there from this Heavy Metal blogging veteran. From his CD Scavenger Hunt to his concert reviews… good Metal stuff.

Metal Excess – This Heavy Metal site is loaded with reviews and honest insight too. A KISS fan exists at Metal Excess, which makes it all the more a Metal pleasure to go there constantly.

Demolish Fanzine – 1980’s Heavy Metal Revival – This Metalhead buddy loves 1980’s Metal, what’s not to love about it? This blog is enriched with the knowledge of a 1980’s fanzine veteran who has loads of Metal interviews and info to share… and I’m reading it.

Heavy Metal Time Machine – An old school Heavy Metal blogger who calls it the way he see it! That’s the way it should be for Metal sakes. Uniquely insightful and fun, (Clash of the Album Covers & Battle of the Bands), the reviews, opinions and anecdotes over there always keeps me thinking.

* I also want to thank WordPress.com for having a kick butt and easy to navigate blog site!

I do want to THANK EACH AND EVERY VISITOR to Metal Odyssey over this past first year! Regardless if your comments were friendly or not, heck, at least you commented! Without visitors to Metal Odyssey, there is no fun in blabbing about the music that gets us all through each day.

BE TRUE TO THE MUSIC YOU LOVE AND THE MUSIC WILL BE TRUE TO YOU!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE FREEDOM TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC WE CHOOSE!


Thank you all again,

Stone.

ANGEL – “THE WINTER SONG” IS MY BLIZZARD OF 2010 THEME SONG!

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It is Thursday, February 11, 2010. The cleanup begins. The cleanup after the Blizzard of 2010 that is. This unreal blizzard attacked the East Coast yesterday, with the great state of Pennsylvania directly in it’s angry path. I’ve seen some major winter storms in my life, this one was a monster in it’s own right. Upwards of nearly two feet of snow blanketed Pennsylvania after 24 hours of snow falling from the sky. Ah, the cleanup that will take place up and down the Eastern Seaboard today… patience shall be a virtue for us all.

As I listened to various music yesterday, I was thinking all along about picking out the perfect blizzard song, a winter song… alas, I was reminded of Angel – The Winter Song. This 1978 song sums it up best… about the spirit of Winter and looking upon this cold, stormy and sometimes isolated season in a different light. Once the holiday season comes to a close, the Winter season takes on it’s own ominous and elongated meaning unlike any other time of year. Still, Winter is here, the blizzards will come and life goes on. Winter, I have learned, is what you make of it. As long as I’m alive to experience this season despite the often times chaotic weather events it brings, I should just be happy that it’s a brand new day.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY UNMISTAKABLY LOYAL AND LOVING WIFE TODAY! 15 YEARS! IT’S THE OFFICIAL DAY! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO AND FOR WORKING SO HARD HONEY! THIS SONG IS FOR YOU TOO!

LONG LIVE ANGEL AND MY MARRIAGE!

If you feel like it, you can check out the post I wrote about Angel and their 1978 Angel album – White Hot, by clicking the header below. I wrote this post back on April 4, 2009.

Angel – Heavy Metal roots from 1978

WHERE I ATE THE WORLDS GREATEST CHEESE OMELETTE – LET ME SHOW AND TELL YOU!

Posted in breakfast food, dining out, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, family, feel good stories, food, funny stories, life, life stories, living, people, personal stories, restaurant experiences, restaurants, road trip stories, social encounters, travel america, travel stories, vacation stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

When I wake up each morning, the future is all a mystery. Sure, I know my daily routine and can predict the happenings that are all a part of my usual schedule. However… I never could have predicted that I would eat the greatest cheese omelette of my entire life today! This same cheese omelette I have now looked back upon as The Worlds Greatest Cheese Omelette. Yes, I have eaten and enjoyed many a cheese omelette, at many fine restaurants and diners during my life. Yes, many family members have made a cheese omelette for me over the years. I have consumed every style, shape and even store brand type of cheese omelette, from the half cooked to eye popping in taste. Still… this cheese omelette I ate today was something special. An omelette experience to behold… really.

How my cheese omelette experience came to pass today: My wife had a vacation day from work, therefore we embarked on our journey to find a diner/restaurant that was not filled to capacity with hungry breakfast zombies. Fate was in the works from the get-go… our first stab at finding a parking spot at the first diner, Hamilton Family Restaurant or Ham Fam as we locals call it, had no parking space available. Lately, Ham Fam has been very difficult to get into… maybe due to President Obama dining there for lunch, back in early December of 2009, has something to do with it’s excessive overflow of popularity? Nevertheless, Ham Fam, (located in the fantastic city of Allentown, Pa.), is as excellent a diner as one could ever eat at. Upon our realizing Ham Fam was out of the breakfast equation, we set forth for another fine, morning dining destination – The Willows Restaurant, located in East Texas, Pennsylvania.

Admittedly and not to sound too cheesy… this omelette I savored at The Willows Restaurant today, well, it ROCKED.

Upon arriving at The Willows Restaurant, (which has ample parking), my wife and I noticed quickly, there was quite a morning breakfast crowd already there. Not to be shunned away a second time this morning for lack of parking, there was a space for the car… and not too far from the building itself! Walking towards this aged, yet well kept and inviting restaurant, we were already semi-psyched knowing the breakfast vibe was good. Once inside, we noticed the staff was super friendly and professional. Being seated in micro seconds put me into an instant tailspin too. Laughter, chatter and the sounds of a baby crying made this breakfast theater come alive… a feeling of home away from home swept over us both.

Both the waiter and waitress catered to my wife and I like we were the Presidential Couple. Our coffee cups were filled without request! Both breakfast meals were served upon us with the upmost expediency. (Pinch me please, service like this only happens in Mayberry R.F.D.). Now, for the cheese omelette experience… relax and enjoy what I’m about to tell you.

I gazed upon this cheese omelette as if it was gazing back at me. The cheese was melting out from it’s delicate edges and the visual softness of the egg was like nothing I have witnessed before. This omelette was thick, not thin or semi-thick… a real home cooked omelette… and I was not even at home! Alas, we did feel at home, here at The Willows Restaurant. With service and food this unreal great, again, this is not a Happy Days episode either, this is supposed to be 2010. I needed to save this precious omelette for last, the home fries and wheat toast beckoned me to devour them first. I eyed, even flirted with this omelette while my fork gently, ever so deftly, began to part it’s layers. Delicious and satisfying was this cheese omelette. The cheese really was melted to perfection, flowing within the cavernous egg omelette, making for a taste so remarkable, I can only call it The Worlds Greatest Cheese Omelette.

There are those moments in my life I cherish the most, moments shared with my wife, on a Friday morning where normally our schedules dictate us to feel like we are worlds apart. Instead, we were able to enjoy the simplicity and joy of just going out to breakfast together. As a bonus, I discovered the greatest omelette I have ever tasted.

Besides the exceptional service, food, cleanliness and prices at The Willows Restaurant, this is also an establishment where you can laugh and/or cry at… as the above sign reads, from the happiest of occasions to funeral dinners.

– Stone

What I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving of 2009

Posted in 1950's rock and roll bands, 1958 rock and roll albums, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1990's heavy metal bands, cool album covers, everyday people, everyday social experiences, family, family pets, feel good stories, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, holidays, humor, life, life stories, lists, living, metal odyssey, Music, people, personal stories, punk rock music, rock & roll, rock and roll, rock music, sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Metal Odyssey. Yes, I will eat whatever the heck I feel like eating today, plus the quantity of food I eat is my own personal business too. To all the people who watch what other people eat and tell others how and what to eat… go eat rice cakes today and stare at yourselves in the mirror, you artificial and pompous fools.

I am thankful for:

My incredible wife and beautiful twin daughters… and our new cat toby.

My courageous and strong father.

My Mother and Father In-Law

Nonny

My sister and brother in-law and their two daughters. (And their dog too).

My Best Metal Buddy Scott and his fine family.

My sister is in Heaven and I am thankful for her son and daughter.

My mother is in Heaven too… I am thankful for all the love and memories.

My faith, God and all of the guardian angels who have worked overtime for me and my family.

For all my cousins, aunts and uncles who are the good ones. In other words, the ones who are not self absorbed in their own minds, non materialistic and know I still exist.

Good friends and helpful neighbors.

My country – The United States of America, The Land of the Free… I hope and pray it stays this way.

Armed Forces of The United States of America – these men and women in uniform protect us all every minute of every day.

Rock and Roll – especially Heavy Metal and all of it’s genres.

Punk Rock

Motorhead, Misfits, W.A.S.P. and Slayermy top four.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and their 2009 album – God & Guns

Cheap Trick and ELO

Anthony Bourdain and No Reservations

Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures

World Champion New York Yankees and the New York Giants

Planet Earth… the best and only planet we can all live on. If only we all could get along…

I’m very thankful for being introduced to this album by The Everly Brothers, (Don and Phil Everly), as a child. My mother had this album and it was my first introduction to the amazing world of Rock and Roll. This 1958 album was a true enjoyment and will forever be an unreal lifetime memory.

I’m extra thankful for being alive to be thankful for all of the above.


The Tampon Files: Three Short Stories About… Tampons

Posted in common complaints, embarrassing situations, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, family, funny stories, grocery store experiences, humor, humorous experiences, life, life stories, living, people, personal stories, points to ponder, real life experiences, social encounters, true personal stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

The Tampon Pimp

I am a dude. I am a Metalhead dude that loves his wife deeply. I will do anything for her. When feminine protection supplies are needed, um, tampons, I gladly go by myself to the grocery store to buy such products for my wife. I am over that crap of being embarrassed about buying this stuff – just because I am a man, uh, dude, doesn’t mean I have to ignore this fact of life. Heck, I used to load those cigar shaped ones into a wall canister at a company I once worked for… being a maintenance man is sometimes all encompassing. I used to get hollered at like crazy by women of all ages that worked in this company… there never was enough of those damned cigar tampons in the women’s rest room canister. Trust me, a group of these women went out of their way to bellow out loud that these supplies were out, they tried to disgrace and humiliate me… only they were the disgrace, based on their behavior, fowl language and actions.

I couldn’t keep up with the demand. How was this happening? I couldn’t believe how many of those things were being used, based on the number of women that were working at this company. Could each woman working in this building be having their period at the exact time? Impossible to think. Eventually, I did figure it out. Since the cigar tampons were free, yes free, well, the daily stock wound up being taken home in large quantities. Basically, the vast majority of the cigar tampons were stolen each day. Needless to say, I was the tampon pimp.

The Five Dollar Tampon Coupon

One day, this very week, I ventured into my neighborhood grocery store to pick up some necessities. Oh yes, one of those necessities was a box of cigar shaped tampons. Only this particular grocery trip was special… I had “earned” a five dollar coupon towards a name brand tampon, an “elite” brand too. I “earned” this fabulous coupon by being a loyal customer of this fine grocery store, you betcha. So, upon knowing obtaining this product was on “the list”, I was very excited to redeem this coupon towards an over priced box of “elite” cigar shaped tampons. The “elite” brand is a whopping eight dollars plus change – for a box of thirty six! Getting this “elite” box of feminine product for around three dollars, was sweet victory to my inner soul.

I only had six items or so in my arms, therefore choosing the “express” checkout at the grocery store seemed like a power move to me. No other customer was in front of me… easy pickings at the “express” checkout lane. Or so I thought. The cashier at this “express” checkout I am very familiar with, she always is very kind, courteous and quick with conversation. Not today. You see, I am a man and I am buying tampons. This normally stable and able cashier now was frazzled, anxious and muttering words that I could not easily comprehend. The result: a small “express” grocery order gone awry. Next thing I know, my five dollar tampon coupon would not get accepted by the “electric eye” of the scanner. Ouch. What happens next? You know, that grocery check out nightmare everyone thinks about, yet does not think it will happen to them.

“Coupon override on express” is announced worriedly by my cashier through the store speaker system. After waiting for at least five minutes, (five minutes!!!), a “head” cashier comes over to ask what is wrong. By now, a “line” has formed behind me, I am staring straight at a display of tic tacs and dreaming of better moments. The cashier states with a rather loud voice… “it won’t scan this tampon coupon.” Ouch. The “head” cashier inserted a “key” into the register, opened the register door, closed it, then punched in a “secret” code. These secret intelligence steps that the “head” cashier did made the situation better… my five dollar tampon coupon was now accepted! I never saw a cashier bag an order so fast in my life. I politely said thank you to all involved in helping me complete my mission, thus I calmly walked away with bags in hand.

Setting The Dinner Table With Feminine Napkins

I was most likely, around six years old when this story took place. A true story it is. My mother, (she is now in heaven), was busy as always, cleaning around the kitchen and making dinner for the family. I, being a six year old and wanting to help my mother in any way possible, asked her what I could possibly do for her at the moment. My mother said I could set the dinner table with napkins. Hey, what easier thing to do than set the dinner table with napkins? As a six year old, heck, that was right up my alley. So, I remember vividly, like it was last year… I went to the coat closet to obtain the napkins, from the very large box where they were stored. Unfortunately, these were not napkins for food. You see, as a six year old, I was reading to an extent and the word “napkins” was boldly scrolled across a very large box of feminine napkins that my mother always stored in this coat closet. Being just a toddler, I did not know the difference, a napkin was a napkin. I did set a large feminine napkin at each dinner placing… for all four in our family. Upon my mother discovering what I had done, all I can remember is she hugged me, she laughed, then she explained these were not the “correct” napkins. This was a story my mother and I shared in laughter for a lifetime.

In Summary

Two aspects of a woman that I most admire are: 1.) a woman can give birth, 2.) a woman can survive a dreadful period each month. A woman is strong, make no mistake about it. I have the most sincere respect for what a woman must go through when it comes to child labor and a monthly period. My sympathy and respect only grew by eons due to witnessing my wonderful wife give birth to our twin daughters. The only thing I can never comprehend or understand is… why on earth is a period referred to as “friend”? Knowing what I know now, that damn monthly visit to a woman should be referred to as “enemy”. Making light of the social experiences I have had in handling and purchasing the “tampon” is to try to make sense of it all. The “taboo” nature of a man speaking of or purchasing this female necessity has to eventually cease. It is not 1920 anymore.

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When a Grocery Store Song Gets You Psyched…

Posted in 1970's classic rock albums, 1970's classic rock bands, 1970's classic rock songs, 1970's soft rock music, 1970's classic rock music, 1970's Rock, 1970's rock music, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, classic rock cover songs, classic rock music, classic rock songs, classic rock vocalists, cool album covers, cover songs, current grocery store songs, department store experiences, electric light orchestra, essential classic rock albums, essential classic rock songs, everyday experiences, everyday people, feel good stories, grocery store experiences, grocery store song playlists, Music, people, rock & roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock vocalists, soft rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyI am going to embark on a topic that may be sensitive to some people… what really happens when a grocery store song gets you, well, psyched? I have decided tonight, to come out of the grocery store song closet. Yup. Please note, that department store chains also play songs over their central speaker system as well… I will refer to grocery store songs to simplify things. Be honest with yourself, there just had to be at least one moment in your life, where you were innocently shopping in a grocery store and then… that song was played. For me, I have had numerous experiences while grocery shopping and suddenly a song begins that just touches my Rock and Roll nerve. How do you act when this situation arises? Do you show emotion? Maybe you hide your psyched out – inner feelings and pretend that nothing is going on at all, you are in a public setting… a damn grocery store for Metal sakes. Let’s explore this incredibly taboo subject together now, shall we?

ELO "Flashback" small album picIt is really senseless to ignore that this grocery store song phenomenon exists… it is o.k. to hear a song playing in a grocery store that psyches you out. My top three grocery store songs ever are: Lido Shuffle by Boz Skaggs, Sweet Talkin’ Woman by The Electric Light Orchestra and Call Me by Blondie. Seriously, I really strain to hold back my psyched out feelings when Lido Shuffle gets played at the grocery store – really. I can remember each moment when I heard these three songs in the grocery store… I felt so good I wanted to run up and down the aisles, high five strangers while shouting yeah! I have been fortunate enough to have heard Sweet Talkin’ Woman several times at the grocery store now, each time is a psyched out charm. Now, for the truth… when I do hear a grocery store song that gets me riveted, I stay cool and collected. My face may show signs of Rock Music satisfaction, a semi-grin if you will, however, staying cool is the best advice I can give anyone who hears a song they like in the grocery store. Just this evening, I was meandering about in an antiques mall, my wife and one half of my twin daughters were close by. Anyhow, inside this antiques mall, Old School Country Music was being played through the stores speaker system. No songs were psyching me out… no problem, until… Carly Simon came on with Your So Vain.

Carly Simon " The Best Of" small album picUh, Carly Simon did get me semi-psyched out at the antiques mall tonight. Maybe it was due to my surroundings… all of this old stuff… antiques everywhere, the ambiance within the framework of this store is quite calm and somewhat like a rerun of The Walton’s. With all of this mellow and old fashioned stimulus around me, hearing Carly Simon sing Your So Vain in the midst of all the Old School Country Music just did it for me. Honestly, I now understand why Faster Pussycat did a cover of Your So Vain… this song most likely struck a chord with Taime Downe (lead singer of Faster Pussycat), like it did me tonight. Weird stuff. Remember, we as a society, are most likely 35 years away from hearing Megadeth and Obituary songs being played as grocery store songs. This is a shame. I have to take what is given to me here, then my Rock and Roll mind filters out the very best of what I do hear with these current grocery store songs that are being played… the psyche me out ones. Now, before you ever step foot into a grocery store again, please take some solid Metal advice in regards to getting psyched out by a song you may hear once there…

Please, if you like to hum along to your favorite grocery store song – stop! I find the annoying humming of a stranger in a grocery store, to be just as offensive as a stranger walking by me and dropping a fart. If you feel the need to sing along to a grocery store song that psyches you out – stop! The setting of a grocery store is not karaoke night at the Wonderland Pub. In the event you find yourself starting to dance and/or move in a groovy manner to a grocery store song – stop! I and potentially many other people, could possibly get anxious by your actions and report you to the store manager or security detail. Remember, the grocery store is not the dance floor of your cousin Jackie’s wedding. Then again, you may ignore my advice altogether and find me to be a tad too sensitive… however, when I hear my next psyched out city, grocery store song, I will remind myself that staying cool is the rule.

Boz Skaggs "Silk Degrees" large album pic

Some things that really irk me…

Posted in common complaints, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, highway traffic stories, items to complain about, list of complaints, list of talking points, lists, people, personal list of complaints, points to ponder, talking points with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

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Alright, here is my moment to vent… here is a list of things that irk me. You might find the talking points on this list may irk you too. If none below irk you, all the power to you.

1. The rising price of toilet paper as each passing year goes by. Do not get fooled into buying the budget brands of T.P. either, it is a gotcha by the toilet paper industry… they want the inferior T.P. to disintegrate in your hands as you wipe away… forcing us all into buying the premium brands.

2. Why can’t the United States of America just have a universal law passed abolishing the yield sign? From my daily observations of traveling by car, no other motorists seems to understand that yield is equal to or means STOP!!

3. Why hasn’t there been another trip to the Moon? I mean, like, it’s been practically 40 years since we made the last trip… forget about frequent flyer miles, NASA.

4. Why does the U.S. Congress get a PAID Summer Recess when these politicians already get numerous paid vacation days, holidays, sick days and goof off days – courtesy of our tax dollars? Oh, I forgot, we the people are not supposed to question our elected officials.

5. This has bugged me for eons now…  why do television golf commentators whisper while giving the coverage of a tournament? 

6. What exactly is the excitement of televised poker? Obviously, I must be missing something here. 

7. Reality television, (non-celebrity), dads who all think and act like they are the ultimate dad. My point is well made here, just ask Kate.

8. Hybrid cars… yeah, they are so easy to buy, there are so many hybrid auto dealerships to choose from too. Plus, as a bonus, they are so inexpensive. Right.

9. Is it cloud to ground lightning or ground to cloud lightning? Huh? I wish professionally paid meteorologists would finally decide on which one to call it… they all reference both, I have finally come to reason and just call it dangerous lightning myself.

10. If styrofoam is known to take light years to decay in landfills and very few municipalities recycle it, then, uh, why is it still made and used?

Oh, yeah, what would a list of things that irk me be without Rock Music? Here it is… #11 on this list: How come The Moody Blues and The Electric Light Orchestra are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? 

Ahhh. I feel much better now. Maybe this list was thought provoking, maybe it was a waste of your time. Regardless, if you are reading this line, then that means you at least read the list… thank you for visiting.

Uncovering Heavy Metal/Hard Rock finds in: Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania

Posted in antique shopping finds, backroads usa, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, classic rock music, collecting music, collecting rock music, cool album covers, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, family, feel good stories, rock music, rural pennsylvania, shopping for music, travel, travel america, travel stories, vacation stories, vintage rock album finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

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I found Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Music memorabilia in Bird-In-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Amish Country. You read that correctly. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think of landing some real cool Heavy Metal/Hard Rock finds in this neck of the woods. Life is sweet when you can uncover and discover places you have never been to before, only to find unexpected Heavy Music treasures. An early Summer, family trip to this beautiful area of Pennsylvania, provided for some much anticipated rest and relaxation, sitting by the motel pool, with my Metal loaded ipod at the ready. The Amish are a gentle, hard working, religiously devout people. Witnessing the Amish farms and seeing these folks work the fields and travel by horse and buggy only makes me respect them all the more. I admire their perseverance. The Amish are a devoted people, devoted to their families, friends, religion and to the land they sow. Observing the Amish community makes me wonder why life as I know it, has to be so hectic, so competitive in every aspect?   One of the other items on our to do list, while staying over at Bird-In-Hand, was to check out any or all of the nearby antique shops. Here is where this story picks up the Heavy Music theme.

p2sBefore I, my wife and daughters began our journey to Bird-In-Hand, I just figured my only connection to Heavy Music was going to be from the ipod I packed. Uh, nope. Right on Old Philadelphia Pike, Route 340, is a row of vintage built shops and barns… everything from a Hardware Store to a Teddy Bear Store is in view. Yes, I mentioned a Teddy Bear Store on Metal Odyssey. One of these shops contains a cluster of antique dealers, where all the dealers are not present… yet their goods are. Walking in, I perused the unusual and typical, the mundane and interesting of all things antique. My wife and daughters set off on their own path, navigating this rather large antique mecca of a barn. After twenty minutes of scouring the old artifacts that surrounded me, I heard my wife in an excited voice tell me to walk over in her direction. There, it was there, that she motioned with her hands… three large rooms filled with Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal albums, CD’s and memorabilia. The Amish Country Rocks. 

main-150To say I was Metal ecstatic would be an understatement. How can this be? How could there be such a bounty of Heavy Music and Rock memorabilia smack dab in the middle of Bird-In- Hand, Pennsylvania? There are some questions in life, that are better left unanswered… this is one of them. Who cares why there are cool dealers within this antique shop, nestled in the middle of Amish Country, selling their Heavy Music memories… all that matters is it exists! Hooray for this Metalhead. The dealers who had used albums and CD’s for sale have great Heavy Music taste. I immediately grabbed hold of the Kiss Gene Simmons solo CD, it was my wife’s choice pick to boot. I will admit, it was a no brainer picking up this used CD, the entire package is in mint condition. I also picked up, without hesitation, the ZZ Top used CD, “Antenna”. (My wife and I saw ZZ Top on this tour, back in the ’90’s). There were also a few CD’s still originally sealed for sale as well, running at six bucks each. The lone unused CD I bought was Cheap Trick – “Heaven Tonight”, (released in 1978). I never owned this Cheap Trick album, therefore it was about time. Some Kiss trading cards, a couple of Beatles magnets and a used, mint copy of GTR – self titled album, rounded out my finds. 

Kiss - Gene Simmons solo album small picI could not have been more satisfied, of having found such an assortment of Heavy Music memorabilia to look over. Especially gratifying is the fact, I never expected to uncover the music that means so much to my life on this trip, in the quaint and friendly village of Bird-In-Hand, no less. As I exited this antique shop, with my bag of Hard Rockin’ goodies in hand, I vividly recall having to walk very closely past… an Amish man tending to his horse and buggy. My way of life, is not this Amish gentleman’s way of life. This whole experience walking out of the antique shop felt rather awkward, maybe semi embarrassing. Here I am, all psyched out about my finds, walking towards the family car, with a Kiss – Gene Simmons CD clearly visible through the plastic bag that I am clutching onto, as this polite Amish man tends to his horse. Talk about a tale of two separate worlds crossing paths. 

    Bird-In-Hand village sign pic

   

Quakertown Pennsylvania Farmers Market is Heavy Metal friendly

Posted in 1990's hard rock music, Album Review, classic rock music, collecting music, creepy album covers, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, flea market experiences, flea market finds, Hard Rock, hard rock album review, heavy metal music shopping, Music, obscure hard rock bands, obscure hard rock cd's, Rock, rock music, shopping for music, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyI took my first trip to the Quakertown Farmers Market, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, this weekend, safe to say that this is a place to find many Heavy Metal souvenirs. I perused Heavy Metal, Metal, Classic Rock, Hard Rock memorabilia, CD’s, vinyl albums, t-shirts, posters, stickers, buttons, air fresheners, you name it. All at affordable prices!! Across the board, any of the dealers at this Farmers Market were selling their Rock & Roll goodies at prices way, way, lower than Rockabilia.com – or any online Rock Music store. (Believe me, I do memorize prices, especially when it comes to Heavy Metal memorabilia). Used CD’s and vinyl albums were abundant at this fine outdoor – indoor shopping mecca. I found some cool bargains from the outdoor flea market dealers, as well as the indoor store merchants as well. I spent a total of $17.50, walking away with 4 used CD’s, 1 Janis Joplin magnet, 1 Cannibal Corpse pin, 1 Slipknot air freshener and an AC/DC bottle opener/key chain combo. Let’s be real… if I purchased all of these items at the local mall, I would be spending more than double the amount of money. 

All of the dealers I met were very friendly, no sour faces to be found. (That is very cool). One dealer with an inside store, sold pretty much exclusively, 1960’s and 1970’s Classic Rock memorabilia. Plenty of Tom Jones, The Doors, HendrixThe Beatles and of course – Janis Joplin. One dealer inside had a well stocked CD store – representing all genres of music… Metal seemed to take precedent however, with every inch of wall space being adorned with Hard Rock and Metal posters of numerous bands. (This store was packed, elbow to elbow). Another inside store was selling Rock t-shirts, of all Metal genres… this was the only item being sold, however, if you cannot find your favorite bands t-shirt here, you probably won’t find it anywhere. Another fine dealer with an inside shop had tons of Metal memorabilia, from wall tapestries to pins, well worth the browsing. That is four, very cool shops, at The Quakertown Farmers Market that were Rock – Heavy Metal music related. There very well may be a couple of more that I missed – this place was extremely crowded so it is possible that I may have overlooked some inside stores.

A COOL, OBSCURE,  CD FIND – PLUS A REVIEW OF THIS STRANGE CD FOR “TOM” THE DEALER, AS I PROMISED HIM:

The two outside flea market dealers I dealt with were both super cool, I bought 2 CD’s from each dealer. One dealer in particular, Tom is his name, sold me a CD of Monks Of Doom, titled “Meridian”, (released in 1991). I bought this CD based on the spooky and evil looking front cover artwork. Plus, with a band being named The Monks Of Doom, well, that is right up my Metal alley. Needless to say, I never heard of this band ever, so buying this CD blind for $2.50 did not seem too risky to me. Heck, this CD also has 15 songs on it too. Tom, upon selling me this CD, was as curious as I was, as to what type of music does Monks Of Doom play? Well, Tom, the answer is not what I initially guessed at all. You see, I was steadfast at thinking the Monks Of Doom were Folk Punk Rock, maybe a bit of Psychobilly, similar to Tiger Army. Nope, Monks Of Doom are in my Metal opinion… Rock meets Hard Rock. This band is Rock and at times, Hard Rock with a consistent sound and feel of the macabre. Some of the music is like a Hard Rock soundtrack for a decent (not low budget), horror movie. There are many moments in the songs that give a nod to Funk Rock as well. A sense and sound of Folk can be heard in a couple of tracks, nothing too dominating however. In summary, Monks Of Doom are a diverse bunch. As for the lead vocalist, well, think – Crash Test Dummies meets The Talking Heads. The verdict from Metal Odyssey: Monks Of Doom are strangely cool, to say they are diverse is an understatement. This CD, “Meridian” is going to be played often by me, due to their deliriously macabre and Hard Rocking style.

I will definitely be returning to The Quakertown Farmers Market for many more Heavy Metal needs. Let’s hope I bump into “Tom” (the outdoor flea market dealer), maybe he can hook me up to another Monks Of Doom CD. Only this time… I will know who the heck the Monks Of Doom are.

MetalOdyssey

A list of things that really bug me

Posted in bad television commercials, common complaints, corporate buyouts, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, late night talk shows, sports controversy, things that bug us all with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyJust due to the simple reason that I need to vent here, this is a list of things that have really been bugging me lately. Plus, I can make this list and share it, for all the world to see, which is really, really, cool. Enjoy the list! (Note: list is not in any particular order of importance, save for the first item, which is truly #1)

* Wealthy CEO’s crying poor, looking for we the people to bail them out with our hard earned tax money – well, Mr. or Ms. CEO, that is what ya’ll git, when ya’ll probably lied on your damned resumes in the first place. It is time for ya’ll to go back to The University of Ignorance.

* Politicians – ’nuff said here. 

* Career Politicians – especially the really, really, old ones. These morons think the world would stop rotating if they were to step down or (gasp), retire.

* Pharmaceutical commercials that advertise – serious side affects can be death or… And to think, I always thought death was it, your done. I never knew that death was a side affect. 

* Pharmaceutical commercials period. 

* Tampon commercials. Hello, tampon marketing executives… I think women already know they need to buy this stuff every month. 

* Rolling Stone magazine having declared (a short while back), John Mayer a guitar god. Uh, yeah, whatever. 

* Major League Baseball – for never putting an asterisk on all the recently new homerun records. Duh?

* All late night talk show hosts. Your all no longer funny. Your all just a bunch of political analyst wannabes. Plus… your all getting to be like… career politicians.

* Who’s gonna be the next Food Network star? Uh, WHO CARES. Really.

* Always being told, at the bank, sorry, we are all out of one dollar bills. (Are dollar bills worth more now, since they are so rare at the bank?)

* Why, someone tell me, why, are auto manufacturers still installing signal lights on new cars? NO one in front of me, while I am driving, ever uses them anymore.

Well, that is about enough for now. I usually never go this route with my Metal Odyssey blog, however, sometimes it just feels good to let it all out.

Auto dealer waiting room experience is bizarre!

Posted in auto dealership stories, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, people, psychology of strangers, strange adventures, strange stories with tags , , , , on April 29, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

metalodyssey7I set off today, on my little journey to have my car get it’s regular – 3,000 mile oil change. Nothing about arriving to the auto dealer was out of the ordinary, I checked the car in, gave the necessary information to the gentleman behind the service desk, then proceeded to the… customer waiting room. Once inside the crowded waiting room, the social nightmare had begun. I will describe to you, what I observed and heard, while I tried my hardest to blend into the atmosphere, of this god forbidden, auto dealer waiting room. 

I first noticed, as always, the majority of the customers waiting were elderly. That is fine, retired people have the morning hours to use for this purpose, I try my best to squeeze auto repair/oil change trips during weekday mornings, rather than tie up a quality Saturday morning. I did not make eye contact with anyone in this waiting room, that is rule #1. An older woman, sitting only about five feet from me, decided she wanted to cough up enough phlegm to fill a one gallon container. Her “coughing attack” became quite the scene. I do not know what was more alarming, the decibel level of her coughing or the disgusting sound of her throat clearing. This spectacle went on for about five minutes. She did everything she could to spread her infectious, bacterial microbes across the entire room. With the swine flu scare currently happening, sitting this close to any stranger this ill makes my mind wander. If I knew I needed to cough out  of control and cough up my insides, well, I would have gone to the rest room (which are very clean at this establishment, well marked too).

Another older woman decided, well, she wanted to “control the television controller” – she would not settle on any cable channel whatsoever! She acted like a toddler, given the remote for the first time in her life! (This auto establishment does have a very nice HD flat screen on the waiting room wall, with countless cable channels) I did my very best to ignore this second “incident” – I buried my eyes and thoughts into the issue of “Discover” magazine that I brought with me for support. The third incident was having to sit directly across from a middle aged woman who felt it is necessary to bring along with her – a full days worth of snacks. This gal packed away a bag of chips, granola bar and full bottle of some type of liquid in under fifteen minutes. Just as a side bar, the man who accompanied her, well, he decided it was appropriate to belch a few times to make his presence known and heard. At the point where the remote control happy woman decided to settle on far reaching news on the dreaded “swine flu outbreak” – I made my escape outside the building.

Upon returning into the auto dealer waiting room, I was well into my third hour waiting for my car. (I was informed an oil change was not the only procedure my car would be going through this particular day, surprise!) Anyhow, sitting alone now, I had the HD flat screen all to myself! Plus, someone left the “Food Network” on, cool. It was just me and one big, empty, phlegm free waiting room. So I thought. Another customer decided to venture inside and join me. At this point, giving a ballpark age for the woman who came into the waiting room is non essential. She entered the room, looked at me, looked at the food show on the HD flat screen, looked back at me and said, “do you like to cook”? My reply was – “uh, uh, yeah, sure,” to which she responded back – “good, because my first two husbands liked to cook too.” At this point I new I was in a bind. This woman then asked me if I liked to clean. Yup. She said – “my second husband kept everything neat.” I now felt like I was on the dating game from hell. I was rescued when an employee of the dealership entered the waiting room, informing this woman her courtesy ride to work was waiting. (phew). That was the end of this social twilight zone I stumbled into today.

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