My precious.


Unrelated to anything, but does anyone remember the animated version of The Hobbit?;

I watched that a whole lot when I was a small child, though at this point, I have no idea in what media.

I suppose it would have been a film strip, as the world wouldn’t see VCRs for another several years.

Anyway, one thing I recall very clearly was how profoundly sorry I felt for Gollum. He was a blind frog man who kinda reminded me of a puppy, had no friends, and lived by himself in a dank cave. His only source of joy was a goddamned trinket, which that rat bastard hairy footed midget stole from him.

I still well up a bit when I think about it.

All of this came flooding back to the forefront of my mind when recently stumbling across this;

If I was a lonely puppy-like blind frog man, and a pipe smoking twerp stole this from me, I think I’d be a bit miffed as well.

A few years after my initial foray into the world of JRR Tolkin, I also came to learn of Van Halen. Because I was attracted to punk rock, and the kids around me who Van Halen appealed to were more of the bandana tied around their ankle/acid washed jeans/hessian sort, I never gave them a fair shake until a couple of years after high school, when I finally was able to wrap my mind around their majesty.

It was then in 1995/96 I sleeved my Bontrager jersey, and penned what would eventually become a staple in my collection of stickers;

So it was with great delight when just yesterday morning I stumbled across Fudloe’s perfect ode to Diamond Dave;

The thing is, Dave was one of us.

Sammy was one of them.

A-Motherscrathin’-men.

Now, as we don our gold lamé jump suits, and do a roundhouse kick onto other topics, I got a shout from the mile high dirts of Team Meow regarding their third annual (except I guess for when it didn’t happen annually) Lookout Challenge;

This is taking place tomorrow, so if you are nearby, and/or get a wild hair up your backside, get the skinny here, and show up at Biju’s Tennyson location at noon for registration.

It looks super easy;

So you know… If you have nothing else going on.

Also, and in regard to that clip- Never before have AHTBM bibs looked so tough.

And while we’re on the topic of looking tough- I dunno if you caught the most recent One For The Weekend, but Reignwolf is tough as shit.

If you feel so inclined, you mighta wanna put this on repeat;

https://youtu.be/ekq4ZMgMa1Q

Good lord, that’s thick as molasses.

But circling back to goings on in Colorado again real quick- This coming Monday will find me packing up and making my way there for a lengthy visit with Joe and Laura from Soulrun. These days I don’t have enough money to pay attention as all additional funds have been invested into AHTBM merch, so they very kindly have once again sponsored a trip out for me.

Just as we did last March, we will be playing with dogs, generally lounging the light fantastic, and riding bikes, though this time around they’ll be of a considerably less fat sort;

And with any luck, I can once again make some tracks upon the idyllic trails of my beloved hometown of Evergreen;

As well as engage in some of this;

Because that’s my favorite.

That being said, next week’s posts will come as they do.

Anyway, I packed my own steed up and sent it off just a few days ago;

I should note that I hadn’t completed packing it up at this point, so for any of those whose neck skin is creeping up the backs of their skulls at the sight of the drive side crank and chainring hanging out in the wind like that, it was removed and stowed away safely.

You know, because while I might be a ham-fisted and consistent victim of gravitational forces, at least when it comes to adequately taking care of my baby, I treat it as if it’s my precious.

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11 Responses to “My precious.”

  1. Skindooley July 28, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    We had the vinyl of the hobbit with the read along book as a kid, I remember loving it and being scared of it. I probably still have that in my record collection I inherited from my dad somewhere.

    • Jason July 28, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      My after school babysitter had that record and I listened to it incessantly.

      • Smithhammer July 29, 2017 at 6:22 am #

        “After-school babysitters of the 70’s, and the music they listened to,” could be a series.

        Mine was named “Georgia” and she always wore either brown corduroy bell-bottoms or white sailor pants. And she blasted the first album by Boston on speakers the size of refrigerators. I looked forward to going to Georgia’s house.

  2. Christian July 28, 2017 at 7:14 am #

    As a Van Halen fan (there might be quotes from me extolling their awesomeness in my senior year book) I can truly say I like the first two iterations of the mighty VH equally, for different reasons, but mostly because of EVH on guitar. But much like wanting to remember young Elvis and not the fat jump-suit Elvis, this latest Vaudevillian version of DLR stinks to high heaven. He can’t sing and his antics are not rock idol but more failed contestant on America’s Got Talent. It’s a bummer too, because I had high hopes for this second round…

  3. Smithhammer July 28, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Ummm……Jump?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-VZ2mrpBZs

    • Stevil July 28, 2017 at 7:44 am #

      As long as I’m on a 20th story ledge, or a noose is around my neck.

  4. spokejunky July 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    I like both animated Tolkien shows. Lord of the Rings from Bakshi is a serious mind melt that could’ve easily been used in a Black Sabbath or April Wine video.

    Meeting Sarumon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qqgPa33mXU

  5. beast July 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    dude, I saw Van Halen like third on the bill opening for Boston or someone in 1978 or so at Anaheim Stadium… They were SO BADASS. Jeezus… Fake dudes sky-dived in from a Helicopter backstage (looking like they were the band…) a few minutes later VH came out and destroyed the deal… Boom Bam Boom Bam… Runnin’ With the Devil… holy shit. I’m getting goosebumps. Roth got weird for a decade or two, but we saw ’em a couple times a couple years ago, and he was back in the right direction (for a 60-year-old!)… I’m a lucky mofo the shit I’ve seen and done.

  6. beast July 28, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    uh, wow… they opened up for Black Sabbath, then Boston… and met Sammy Hagar for the first time at that show… http://www.vhnd.com/2014/09/23/van-halen-parachutes-into-anaheim-stadium-eddie-meets-sammy-hagar/

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