This is my one-thousand three-hundred thirteenth post on this blog. My name is Jason, also the name of the star of the Friday the 13th series of movies. My wife was born on the 13th of March. Back in the days when I managed a video store, my own personal account listed my address as “1313 Mockingbird Lane”, an address made famous by the Munsters. My favorite holiday is Halloween, which is on the 31st, which is 13 in reverse. And if you are into that sort of thing, you might know that we are currently living in the 13th b’ak’tun, which will draw to a close toward the end of 2012, which may or may not be a significant thing. Thirteen has always been a good and lucky number for me.
I don’t believe in signs, though I see them everywhere. The fact is, you can do it with any number. If you decide that 27 is your lucky number, you’ll suddenly begin noticing all the 27s that appear in your life. You’ll even being doing things that force 27s into your life. I know a person whose lucky number is 14, and while 14s do randomly appear in her life she also makes a number of decisions based on 14s. If offered two options, one that contains a 14 and one that does not, she’ll choose the 14 and see it as being a sign when she could easily have chosen the other. Personally, I try not to make decisions based on 13s, and yet, here I am, rambling about 13s in post 1313 on my blog.
Borders is closing a bunch of book stores. (Yeah, I’m done with 13s and moving along with no segue at all.) Of all the brick and mortar stores around they’ve been my favorite because of their finer separation of categories, specifically in having a horror section as opposed to splitting up horror between mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and general fiction. They also have a location that shares a building with a movie theater I frequent. When we go to a movie, we always end up browsing before and sometimes after, and often end up buying a book or two (or five or ten). The only good thing about the store closings are the discounts. Lately, paperback books haven’t been seeing much of a discount on Amazon. A $6.99 mass market paperback will be $6.99 on Amazon, so picking them up in a store can actually be better, especially if you have the store discount card and get 10% off everything. With the store closings, most stuff is 25% off already, and they are still honoring the store discount card, so it makes picking up a few paperbacks a good deal. And of course, a sale means more serious browsing, looking for books you might not normally buy at all but will if it’s 50% off. I bought The Writer’s Block (pictured). I promise to use it and post the results. Despite my good fortune with the sale, the closing Borders locations will be missed, and since the only remaining Atlanta locations are the ones that are too far away for a casual visit, Borders may have lost me as a customer for good, and that is a shame.
A few weeks ago I went to a place called Hemingway’s down at the Marietta Square to see a band called 7 sharp 9. With no expectations at all, I was fairly well blown away by their performance. Being a band playing in a bar, they primarily stuck to playing great bar band music, rock favorites from various decades. They played well and even threw in a few twists, the biggest surprise being a mash up of Prince’s Kiss and Sir Mix-a-lot’s Baby Got Back. Even the smattering of original tunes they played (just one per set) were good enough that we picked up copies of all three of their albums. They made a fan out of me in just one night. It looks like they’ll be back at Hemingway’s in April and I plan to be there to see them again. To the right is a very short video of them playing a cover of Blister in the Sun at a bar in Destin, FL.
I’ve been writing for Shakefire for a bit over a month now and I’m enjoying it. Links to what I’ve written can be found each week in my A Week of Tweets posts on Sundays. So far I’ve had the good fortune of enjoying everything I’ve reviewed for one reason or another, but I fear that is going to end this week as the next two CDs I’ve been listening to for review have been uninspiring and borderline awful. I don’t like giving bad reviews but I like being dishonest less, so I’ll probably be lambasting a couple of artists and then maybe I can get back to stuff I enjoy.
And finally, is you have a few dollars you can spare, or even if you have a few dollars you think you can’t spare, consider tossing them toward the Red Cross for their efforts in Japan. Every dollar helps, and with the earthquake, the tsunami, the nuclear power plant, the aftershocks, the volcano… they can use all the help they can get right now.