Saturday Night Retro

Exactly 22 years ago in October and November of 1986 I was a young and crazy 19-year-old USAF Airman serving my country overseas in a foreign country. I was in the United Kingdom, and I was having the time of my life back then – livin’ it up in the London and Oxford pop music concert scene. During one particular 3-month time-span from October 1986 through January 1987 I attended 7 LIVE concerts featuring such diverse acts as Huey Lewis And The News, Bruce Hornsby And The Range, Ultravox, The Communards, The Eurythmics, The Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Berlin.

Oh yeah – I missed one – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD). They are one of my all-time favourite music acts in history, and their 1986 album “The Pacific Age” is one of the greatest ever made as far as I’m concerned.

"The Pacific Age" - OMD (1986)

I saw OMD LIVE in concert at the Oxford Apollo on the night of the 28TH of October in 1986. Check out their big hit below – “We Love You” – from the album above from exactly 22 years ago in November of 1986. The concert that I attended – it looked just like this:

See if you can find me. I’m the one that’s dancing new wave style like a zombie.

The Major’s Walk-A-Thon

It’s the 2ND Season Premiere of your favourite Saturday morning series on the blogosphere !

1.  This morning at almost precisely 6 AM I awoke and I declared ‘I Want To Go To Denny’s !’ – and so I did a half an hour later. I enjoyed the Moons Over My Hammy®. Dude – It’s a ham and scrambled egg sandwich with Swiss and American cheese on grilled sourdough. It’s outrageous. SHYEAHZZZ !

2.  Once I got back home at 7:30 AM I decided that it would be the perfect time to kick-off ‘The Major’s Walk-A-Thon’ after a 6-month hiatus. The last time I walked around my neighbourhood of the past 13½-years was back on Saturday May 03RD 2008. Check out what I had to say back then.

Sky: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 69°F
Dewpoint: 64°F
Relative Humidity: 83%
Winds: ENE 7 MPH
Barometric Pressure: 30.17 Rising

3.  I’ve been waiting for weather like this since last April. It’s been a long hot Summer – a long hot Summer of not walking. Then again I’ve always wondered how much walking I actually do in a typical day during my Monday to Friday job at the air base. This morning I walked about 2 miles for 36 minutes and 35 seconds. I could’ve ended the walk shorter and earlier than that, but I was just having so much fun walking the walk while listening to my def tunes via my iPod Shuffle. I decided to keep on walking until I could actually feel a hint of mild pain in my legs. No Pain – No Gain !

4.  Cats adore me. One gray and white cat saw me and thought to himself – ‘He’s a friend of felines. I can walk right beside him with no fears and he won’t bother me.’ And so he did. That was on the south side of the MASSIVE lake that’s located within my neighbourhood. Later in the walk on the north side of the MASSIVE lake the cat greeted me again. He took the shortcut right alongside the lake. I took the scenic route following the roads.

5.  For the first time in ‘The Major’s Walk-A-Thon’ history I touched all of the roads. I walked them all – even the cul-de-sacs. This weekly walk is symbolic of my spiritual walk with my closest friends who are on this fantastic journey alongside me as we all follow and love Jesus Christ. I constantly thank my Lord and Saviour for giving me a second chance – a second Life to get it right this time. I shall continue to face toward and proceed into the daylight.