Lyrics matter again

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – bad times brings good music. Honest music. Read Kelefa Sanneh’s piece in the NYTimes on Dashboard Confessional, and the long existing, just getting noticed (mainstreamed) emo scene. People who say today’s music sucks only look where the marketers tell them to – or where their nostalgia drags them.

Nickel and Dimed

In my off time I’ve been reading “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich. I highly recommend it. Speaking from experience – it is a clear look into reality for the forgotten America – the working poor. Ehrenreich, by jumping in the trenches with those that actually make this country work has written a highly readable book. Not facts and figures, but stories of daily struggle thru the eyes of an observer. The kind of stories that are lost in the daily din.

Are there any related weblogs people would recommend? I’m not talking about hard-core rant sites. I’m talking about sites that are as focused as this book is on the daily struggle, with additional tips on how to not only survive it, but overcome it.

A new job, sinuses, and the ceiling comes down

I’ve left Knight Ridder and have started work for another company. I need to find out what their policies are on personal sites, so I will leave it at that for now. But I am very happy and it is a great opportunity. With the job market the way it is, and with so many having difficult times, I know I’m blessed to still be on my feet.

For the past week I’ve been cursed with a nasty sinus cold. Won’t go away. Yuch!

And yesterday a leak that must have been going for a while underneath my first floor bathroom decided to make itself known in my finished basement (really our true living area). A quarter of the ceiling had to come down!

An eventful week and apoligies if I’ve been late answering emails.