What I’m Into Right Now – October 2017

Falling temps, leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice everything… it’s officially Autumn.  It’s also October which means it’s time for me to share a new list of things that I’m into.

What I’m Into Right Now – October 2017

My new backpack – I’ve been wanting a new backpack with a spot to fit my Chromebook.  After researching for quite some time on Amazon I settled on this one.  It’s perfect.  Not too big. Not too small.  The perfect amount of pockets to keep me organized. Plus, it has a USB charging port that I use my RAVPower portable battery charger with.

Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes album – I’m a big fan of this album and have listened to it a lot lately! You can check out my review here.

Dual Survival – If you saw my Tony Tries It: Survival Bracelet Fire Starter post you already know this.  I really like learning different ways to tackle survival scenarios.  This show has them.

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix – Eating this in May just wouldn’t be right but now that it’s officially Fall I’m all about this tasty treat.   You can keep your lattes.  This is how I like to get my pumpkin spice fix. My recipe is in this post.

Football Friday Nights – It’s been fun cheering for our hometown team.  They’re having a great season.  We’ve got an awesome band and cheerleaders too.

What are you into right now?

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Memory Monday – Missing Tom Petty

Today has been a roller coaster of emotions.  I woke to the news of the mass shooting at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas.

Then in the afternoon, we learned Tom Petty had been found at his home in cardiac arrest and was removed from life support.  There were confirmed reports of his death that were later recanted.  Then a final word that he had indeed passed.

As I thought about Tom Petty this afternoon I was reminded about the time I almost saw him in concert.  I was 16, his song Free Fallin’ was a new radio hit, and someone in my school had won tickets on the radio and couldn’t go.

My buddy and I thought it’d be fun concert so I bought the tickets for $20 a piece.  When I got home I realized that I shouldn’t have bought them.

You see, back then, concerts were a special event. Not a regular occurrence… and in my area, the big ones were always held at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.  That was doable.  It was less than an hour from my house and my friend knew Ames well.  His family were Iowa State fans and made many trips there to see the Cyclones play.

The thing is our tickets weren’t for a show in Ames.  They were for Iowa City.  A town that was 2.5 hours away and a town we weren’t familiar with.  We knew we’d never be able to convince our parents to let us go so we sold the tickets.

This was well before social media.  There was no posting about tickets for sale online.  I actually had to ask around.  It took some doing but a teacher ended up buying them.  He said it was a great show.

I’ve seen a lot of concerts over the years but I never did make it to a Tom Petty show… and now I never will.

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