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Random Thoughts From An Evening With The Eagles

My wife and I were fortunate enough to have a great date night when the Eagles brought their An Evening With The Eagles tour to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, March 26th.

Although we’ve seen lots of concerts over the years neither one of us had ever seen the Eagles before and felt like this might be our only opportunity.

When we told our teenage daughters we’d be going to the show they didn’t know who the Eagles were.  We tried to play some of the Eagles’ biggest hits to jar their memory. Nothing! They didn’t recognize a single one! Talk about a “we failed as parents” moment for my wife and me.

It was an awesome concert. I think it easily ranks in my Top 5 Favorite Concerts of all time.  If the Eagles ever come near you, and you can afford it, you should definitely go.

They played for 2.5 hours without stopping and took the audience on a journey through the decades and their hits.  Twenty-seven of them!

Over the course of the night, I had lots of random thoughts. Here are a few.

Random Thoughts From An Evening With The Eagles

  • Dang! Starting with Seven Bridges Road is a bold move… but they nailed it. If this is any indication of the rest of the night, we’re in for something special.
  • Deacon Frey doesn’t sound exactly like his late father, Glenn Frey, but it’s close enough.  Add the familiar harmonies and guitar licks and you’d think Glenn was actually here.
  • Yes! This is an older crowd. We shouldn’t have to deal with a bunch of drunks and can sit and enjoy the show.
  • These dudes can really rock! I wonder how old they are. I should Google that later.
  • Vince Gill was the perfect choice to join the band. He’s an excellent musician and can harmonize with the best of them.
  • Joe Walsh is an entertaining guy.
  • Don Henley looks like an actor… but which one?  It’s right on the tip of my tongue.
  • That woman a few rows in front of us might think she’s dancing but from this vantage point, it looks like she’s trying to land a plane.
  • I wonder what the average age of the crowd is. I’m betting it’s upper 40’s.
  • Because it’s an older crowd there are a lot fewer phones out taking pictures and videos than at any other concert I’ve been to.
  • Those are some funny faces Joe Walsh makes when he’s really getting into the music. Almost looks like he’s trying to keep his dentures in. Who cares, though. He can flat out play!
  • Robert Patrick from Scorpion! That’s the actor Don Henley looks like.
  • Vince Gill has had lots accomplishments and won many awards in his career but a highlight has to be looking over and seeing Joe Walsh nailing the guitar part to one of his own songs.
  • I forgot just how many great songs the Eagles had.
  • Seriously, how old are these guys? I’ve seen performers half their age not sound as good or have the energy these guys have.
  • 60! Vince just said he was 60 and was the youngest of the old guys.
  • Any artist that wants to see how to do a live show should watch the Eagles. They can captivate an audience on talent alone and not pyrotechnics or stage tricks.
  • And we’ve come full circle… Desperado was the perfect choice to end the night.

Have you seen the Eagles in concert? What were some of your thoughts?

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What I’m Into Right Now – March 2018

Time for another collection of things that have my interest right now.

What I’m Into Right Now – March 2018

anchor.fm – This online site and it’s accompanying app let you easily make and distribute your own podcast.  I recently started one in which I share a Bad Dad Joke Of The Day.  It’s been a fun project.  Check it out now on iTunes.

Cadbury Creme Eggs – This Easter time candy is as polarizing as Peeps.  You either think they’re great or gross. There’s really no in-between. I’m a part of the camp that loves them.Wooden Beard Comb & Beard Butter – Last month I mentioned how I was growing my beard out and started using beard oil.  Well, I’ve upped my beard game a little. My wife got me a sandalwood beard comb for Valentine’s Day and I followed it up with some beard butter. Both help keep my facial hair soft and under control.

Disjointed – This Netflix Original sitcom isn’t for everyone.  It stars Kathy Bates as a marijuana dispensary owner and centers around her relationships with her clientele and employees.  The humor and subject matter is extremely crude… but I enjoy it for a quick twenty-five minute, laugh-filled distraction.

Ozark – This is another Netflix original show that stars Jason Bateman as a financial planner who moves his family to the Ozarks where he launders money for a Mexican drug cartel.  It’s a pretty intense drama.  I’m a little bummed that I’ve burned through season one. Now I need to wait for season two.

Five More Minutes – This is Scotty McCreery’s first number one song.  It’s one he co-wrote and said his Grandpa Bill was the inspiration for it.  There’s a lot in here that I can relate to. Maybe you can as well.

What are you into right now?

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A Life Lesson From A Roll Of Toilet Paper

Extra effort on the little details often doesn’t take a lot of extra time but it can make a big impression.  That’s the lesson I learned recently from a simple roll of toilet paper.

Well, it wasn’t really the toilet paper itself.  It was what the new person cleaning my office did to it.  While cleaning the restroom she folded the corners under on the roll to make a point.  Just like what you might find in a fancy hotel.

I was impressed, obviously, because I took a picture of it… but it really got me thinking.

How long did it take to do? Ten or fifteen seconds, max.  It’s not like it was hard to do.  Folding the toilet paper that way isn’t necessary. It serves no real actual purpose and I’m sure it isn’t part of the job description.

What that simple act showed me was little details matter and can really make a big impression.  It also pointed out the importance of having pride in your work… because it’s obvious the person that did this took pride theirs.

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