This is my one-thousand three-hundred thirteenth post on this blog. Â My name is Jason, also the name of the star of the Friday the 13th series of movies. Â My wife was born on the 13th of March. Â 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. Â My favorite holiday is Halloween, which is on the 31st, which is 13 in reverse. Â 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. Â Thirteen has always been a good and lucky number for me.
I don’t believe in signs, though I see them everywhere. Â The fact is, you can do it with any number. Â If you decide that 27 is your lucky number, you’ll suddenly begin noticing all the 27s that appear in your life. Â You’ll even being doing things that force 27s into your life. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â (Yeah, I’m done with 13s and moving along with no segue at all.) Â 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. Â They also have a location that shares a building with a movie theater I frequent. Â 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). Â The only good thing about the store closings are the discounts. Â Lately, paperback books haven’t been seeing much of a discount on Amazon. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â I bought The Writer’s Block (pictured). Â I promise to use it and post the results. Â 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. Â With no expectations at all, I was fairly well blown away by their performance. Â Being a band playing in a bar, they primarily stuck to playing great bar band music, rock favorites from various decades. Â 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. Â 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. Â They made a fan out of me in just one night. Â It looks like they’ll be back at Hemingway’s in April and I plan to be there to see them again. Â 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. Â Links to what I’ve written can be found each week in my A Week of Tweets posts on Sundays. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.