Insurance

Are you properly insured? Do you care? Its important, but it’s not so important that anyone should have to go to a 2 day meeting on insurance. That’s what I’m doing tomorrow and Tuesday. I couldn’t be more exci…underwhelmed. It’s not the most glamorous part of my job, but is in my bailiwick. Risk mitigation is a large part of what I do, and that involves insurance. Maybe I’ll be surprised and the meeting will be interes…let’s not get crazy.

I’m also on the road on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Traveling around has definitely increased in this job – I’m getting used to more time away from the office, and learning how to use my time at remote locations to work. It’s not bad – I just miss some of the perks of being at my office (we’re not a paperless office, although we are moving that way).

Let’s celebrate the cooler weather with this weeks’ podcast, which has a lot of familiar names this week. Let’s get our sweaters out while listening to Sugar, Led Zeppelin, 10,000 Maniacs, Richard Thompson, the Shins, Fountains of Wayne, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Billy Preston, Etta James, Dee Clark, Bob Dylan, the Band, and Van Morrison.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Weather

It’s weather again – not bad here (warm again for a couple of days, followed by rain and then back to where weather should be in late September). But Florence has hit North Carolina, and Mangkhut has wreaked havoc in the Philippines and Pacific Ocean. I know someone who’s retirement house in Myrtle Beach(move in date next fall) that will probably be under water – let’s rebuild for the next storm when he’s actually living there. I wonder sometimes if it makes sense to build in an area that will no doubt continue to flood, as these storms are not going away anytime soon. Sure, right now my house sits up and away from water, but I figure that in a few years I might have waterfront property. Let’s go global warming.

Time to batten down the hatches with some new music on today’s podcast, with Childish Gambino, Randy Crawford, the Imperial Sound, Anna Calvi, Giant Sand, the Beths, Gulp, the Vryll Society, Our Girl, Angelique Kidjo, Fatoumata Daiwara, and Elvis Costello.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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To Do Lists

As I get older I am ruled more and more by to-do lists. Online I use an app called ToDoist, which is my primary to do list. I use the notes app to quickly track immediate to do’s (if there are lots of little things I need to get done in a day that I think of while waiting to do something else on my list. For example, if I have an appointment somewhere, I think of other things I could do in the area that would be useful, and it’s generally easier to put them on a quick list).

I also write down lists. I am doing that more and more, as I remember things better when I write them down. I didn’t figure that out until very late in my educational life, but at the end of my schooling I would meticulously take notes from assigned reading and re-write notes from class. Amazingly my grades started improving, and I was able to remember facts that would previously had been vague. Writing is better than typing – now my penmanship has to improve (it’s still bad), as there are time that I still wonder what a particular scribble is. I should write it down.

Here’s my list of artists from today’s podcast. Listen as you think of what you want/need to accomplish and make to do lists, with Box of Frogs, the Dream Syndicate, Eleanor Friedberger, marcia Ball, Santigold, Mtume, James Brown, Magnetic Fields, Still Corners, Chris Isaak, Blood Orange, Sarah Nixey, and Fairport Convention.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, comrades. I’ve been troubleshooting my computer – ugh. It’s becoming painfully slow, and it’s not even that old (hear me computer? get up to speed!). Just printing out pictures for my wife’s first day of school took far too long (and it wasn’t the printer’s fault this time). That’s what you get for trying to work on a day to reflect on worker’s rights. What about the rights of the computers and their work? When the robot overlords take over we’ll have time to reflect on that.

Let’s think good thoughts this weekend and listen to my new podcast, with Kevin Morby, Faces, the Magnetic Fields, Marshall Crenshaw, Sons & Daughters, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur, Jr., Black Box Recorder, the Chills, the Essex Green, Swing Out Sister, Terence Trent D’Arby, Soul II SOul, and Rufus.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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School Days

It’s back to school time. Although I do not have a school-aged child that is heading back to school, my wife is a teacher, and we did some last minute shopping yesterday with thousands of my closest friends That’s right, driving and shopping was kind of a mess yesterday. Like many teachers, Kate does not get adequate money to have all the supplies she needs in her room, so she supplements by buying tons of stuff personally for her children. I don’t know a teacher who doesn’t end up spending his/her “generous” salary on supplies for their room. I’m sure that it’s always been the case, and probably wouldn’t change no matter how well-funded a school district is.

There’s even a website(donorschoose.org) where teachers put in a request for funding for a project in the school that they can’t self-fund. If you get a request, please help them out. My wife hasn’t done it, but we know teachers who have, and it really helps make a difference for the children.

Today’s podcast isn’t necessarily a “back-to-school” themed one, but why not? I’m sure that many of the artists went to school at some point, so tune into Eddie Floyd, Corine Bailey Rae, Outkast, the Cure, the Pixies, the Love Language, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, Ian MacDonald & Michael Giles, Samantha Fish, the Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, & the Ronettes.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Reunion Aretha

We had our 40th Reunion last Saturday at the newly-beautiful Mt. Blue High School, which underwent a huge renovation a couple of years ago. I remember the old school fondly, and the new school is fantastic. There were only a couple of dozen of us there, which out of ~200 isn’t much. We ended up getting a late start, so it wasn’t easy for a lot of people who are from away to get to the reunion, which was too bad. For those who were there, it was great to see everyone. We all plan to be back in to town for the 50th – we’ll get an earlier start and get more of y’all to make Farmington a destination for that. It’ll be the beginning of the class of 1978 survivor series.

Today’s podcast ends with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, a singer who meant a lot to me. She made the world a better place, bringing joy to me since I was a little kid. We all have our favorite Aretha songs, and I’ve certainly played most of them over the last couple of days. So relax for awhile and listen to the podcast, which begins in a different place than Aretha, although her influence is evident in some of these songs.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Today is Reunion Day

Hi, I’m doing this quickly as we’re off to the reunion today. It’s not too late to go – well, within reason, I know. I’m tossing this up early as I’m unsure of what tomorrow is going to bring. I’ll check in with a report later.

To get us there. I’ve got a great set of music, including Kings Go Forth, the Waterboys, Brian Prothroe, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, Clarence Carter, Johnnie Taylor, Colourbox, Bad Manners,and Madness.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Dog Days

These are the dog days of summer. It’s hot and we’re all much slower moving (well, we may quicken our pace to find air conditioning). I always thought that we called it the dog days because even dogs wouldn’t do anything but lay around and pant. But no…the Greeks started the phrase because that’s when the star Sirius starts rising right before the sun – around July 4 through August 11. Sirius is the dog star, so those are the dog days. Everything else you may have heard or thought are made up, although the dogs – whew, are they lazy in the summer heat.

Speaking of lazy, I threw up this week’s podcast lineup last week, because I try to get ahead of myself in the summer in case I’m busy (Like I was last weekend). Keep me straight on this, folks. If you want last week’s list of artists, message me. So this week (honest!) we’re listening to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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40th Reunion

Our 40th High School Reunion is Saturday, August 11. Hey, if you’re 1978 adjacent, stop on by. Please tell Gary Fish or me whether you’re going or not. It’s at the high school, which has been recently re-modeled and is super-cool. I know what you’re thinking: “Pat, this can’t possibly be your 40th. That would mean that you’re…old!” It’s untrue – I’m not old (in my mind). I guess I’ve been around, though. Can’t wait to see everyone who’ll be there.

Today’s podcast isn’t a 40-year look back, but there are some older acts being played. The Hollies and CCR were radio hits when we were younger, and I saw Seals & Crofts when I was in high school – does that count? Anyway, listen to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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July 22

Been very busy lately, traveling for work, getting the home cleaned up and beautiful, normal life things. Today we’re picking up a couple of pictures that we had framed, and will be putting those up on the wall later today. Today is an indoor day, as the rains will be settling in for awhile (now through Thursday). As almost everyone everywhere is saying, we need the rain. My dead lawn needs the rain (it may come back, but will be zombie-like – there’s a job that we’ll be tackling later).

Hope everyone’s had a good summer. We’ve heard some news from friends that isn’t all good, but hopefully they’re just temporary setbacks. Enjoy the rains.

Today we jump around from country to soul to folk, so take an hour and listen to the dB’s, Emmylou Harris, Buffalo Springfield, River Whyless, Jorja Smith, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Matthew Sweet, Fountains of Wayne, the Dream Syndicate, John Foxx, Tir Na Nog, and Fairport Convention.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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