🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩
Gods of Music Deliver! 🎸
I was in need of something good to happen yesterday. Desperate need. The gods of music delivered.
Metallica is coming to St. Louis in concert in 2023 for a two-day show at the Dome at the America Center. I found out about this at roughly 2:45 p.m. Monday and had procured two tickets to the first night of the show by 3:05 p.m.
It has been a largely miserable past few days, thanks to overwhelming loneliness and a double ear infection. I can’t hear. My head is stuffed and aches. I couldn’t get to sleep last night because the steroids I’m taking jack up anxiety, and I’m generally in a really rotten, cranky mood.
My journey with Metallica has been an interesting one. I was raised in upper-middle-class suburbia, New York, in the 1980s, which meant I was a child growing up smack-dab in the middle of the Satanic Panic. In fifth grade, I started playing Dungeons & Dragons. Father Dearest took me fishing one Saturday and had a discussion with me in which he was fishing for more than bass. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t preparing to murder the family with an ax while praising the dark lord of blood and guts.
Because of the time and place I grew up in, I was raised to fear metal music. I mean, Cindy Lauper was safe. The Go-Gos were groovy. Motley Crue wanted you to shout at the devil, Ozzy Osbourne bit the heads off of bats … and Metallica? They probably sacrificed children on their tour bus.
In sixth grade, I spent the night at a new friend’s house. Keith and I would go onto have many adventures together. On that night, he introduced me to Metallica. Its And Justice For All album had just come out, and when the opening chords to Blackened came through Keith’s boom box, my life was changed. This music spoke to me, spoke to the angry, confused teen crammed down inside my safe, suburbia exterior.
Metallica showed me there was nothing to be scared of in music, and I’ve taken that belief with me to multiple other genres. Each has something amazing to offer, and each is a great commentary on a particular part of society. I don’t care if it’s gangsta rap, jazz, country, grunge or hardcore metal … music is about more than the notes and the lyrics. It’s about the culture that produces it, and there’s a message in what that music is trying to say.
There are many times when I need something to look forward to so I can keep moving through this crazy, fucked-up world. The Nov. 3, 2023, Metallica concert has given me just such a thing.
Here’s something I didn’t need yesterday morning: I didn’t need to be locked out of one of our social media channels at work. Yet Instagram decided there was suspicious activity on our work account and shut off access. To restore it, I needed to have them send me a link to the recovery email. The problem is that the recovery email was for a person who no longer works here.
No problem, right? Just have IT re-create the email address. I did that. IT tells me no emails are coming through to it.
There’s gotta be a customer service number or something, right?
No there doesn’t. Meta-owned Instagram isn’t run by people. It’s run by algorithms and assholes.
As of right now, I don’t know how I’m going to get back into the account to talk with the more than 3,000 followers we have, and I’m faced with having to start fresh with a new account.
And that pisses me off.
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There are many things I love about my soon-to-be daughter-in-law. She has an amazing story of overcoming a challenging childhood, and she’s come out the other side as a fine young woman.
One of the things she’s said that has stuck with me came at a time when she wasn’t having the best of days. Instead of hanging around people, she told Wifey Poo, “I’m feeling rather unpleasant,” and then sequestered herself until she felt differently.
That’s an amazing level of self-awareness for anyone, especially a 20-year-old, and it seems like a good way to avoid the whole “misery loves company” axiom.
When I’m having days like I’ve been having, that little line has become something of a go-to phrase for me.
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Metallica concert.
- Gotta create a new freaking Instagram, apparently.
- I look forward to being able to hear again.
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sunday audible🤒Fantasy Failure 🏈Anal Chess♟️ Sunday was supposed to be a romantic day spent in a canoe with Wifey Poo, the two of us paddling leisurely down the Meramec River. Mother Nature was not in the mood to play wingman and decided to pick the one day in the midst of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Finish Line Scene 🏃♂️Baseball’s Better ⚾M-I-Z! Z-O-UC-H! 🏈 I have never understood the modern-day purpose of running for the sake of running. Sure, I understand it’s a great form of cardiovascular exercise and it’s a convenient way to get from Point A to Point B, yet the desire to strap on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Book Guy 📚Queen Stuff 👑Bernard Shaw 📺 I’ve decided I want to own a copy of every Stephen King book ever written. That’s about 75 books at the moment. I have a built-in bookcase in my mancave/home office. I don’t think it would hold all 75 in hardcover, but perhaps it…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Beginnings 📚School Start 🚌Real Baseball ⚾ I was thinking this morning on my drive to work how we rarely know when the significant times in our lives begin. So frequently, the most important things that happen to us start with nothing noteworthy. Of course, there are exceptions, the “love-at-first-sight” moments or…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Fallin’ Thoughts 🤕Shinedown 🎸Sleepy 😴 The brain can be surprisingly efficient when the meatsack it’s attached to is in the middle of falling off a ladder while holding a revved-up chainsaw. This, I learned yesterday morning while attempting to saw a limb off a tree that was getting way too close…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Overview📅Fantasy Football🏈Elite Bonding🤼♂️ Days that start with chainsaws and lighter fluid and end with four hours of really good professional wrestling are bound to be added to the “good” column for review when the scales are weighed at the end of a life. Yesterday was such a day for me. In…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Funeral 😢Glimmers ☁️Meat 🥩 If you’re lucky, you’ve had a second mother. Whether your first mother was or is an amazing person who nurtured you and raised you among calm consistency or if she was lacking in certain maternal fundamentals, having a second mother is a blessing. Today, we were there…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩We’re Dumber 👎OnlyFans Thrives 🍑Shinedown 🎵 Official statistics put the COVID death toll in the United States at 1.04 million, with another 713 deaths yesterday. More than 4,000 people are in the ICU right now suffering from what the former Moron-in-Chief called that one person coming from China and a situation…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dethroned Queen 👑Gravy Wrestling 🤼♂️Dog Talk 🐕 Don’t fuck with the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival board. That’s a message Abigail Brocwell is learning the hard way. Brocwell was expected to be inaugurated as the queen of the festival in the northern Ohio town earlier this month, but she was stripped of the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩3, Unassisted ⚾A Sad Day 📅Tracking Your Vagina 🌸 The last time Boy The Younger was on a baseball field, the “coach” of his team removed him from a game in the middle of an inning because I had privately messaged him to not attempt to steal home with my kid…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hydrogen Issue 🚀Karting 🏎️Lake Life 😌 I was all excited to watch the launch of the moon-bound Artemis 1 rocket this morning, only to see the clock stopped at T-minus 40 minutes because of a “hydrogen issue.” Don’t know about you, but I’m thinking having an issue with hydrogen is a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Karen in Control ⌚Karting 🏎️What podcast? 🎧 In the winter of 1993, I went to a comedy club with a friend and, in the spur of the moment, decided to be one of those who came forward to join the fun and be hypnotized. This was decidedly out of character for…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little League Flap ⚾Grandpa Joe 🤦Psychedelics 🍄 Boys are interesting creatures who aren’t easily understood. One of the many, many weird things boys do is mercilessly make fun of their best friends. My closest friends in middle school and early in high school were affectionately nicknamed Goon, Tree Frog, Butt and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩 Death Cometh Sooner 💀Twitter Security 🔓Game Over 🌑 Average life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2020 by almost two years in 2020, the biggest decline since World War II. Every state and the District of Columbia saw a drop. Guess it was a little bit more than that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Worm brain 🧠Chicken Big Mac 🐔Eye Twitch 👁️ Caenorhabditis elegans is probably too elegant of a name for something that is really just a disgusting little worm about a millimeter long and most easily found in rotting fruit. It is more commonly known as a lab roundworm and was the first…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩The Agliata Homeschool Academy 🚌Hypnosis 😳Sunburn 🌞🔥 When you tell people you homeschool your children, you typically receive one of three responses: An enthusiastic: “Oh, that’s so cool!”An I’d-rather-be-dipped-in-acid: “Oh wow! I could never do that!” A you’re-one-of-those-weirdos: “Oh… really… homeschooling, huh?” The percentage for each has changed in the wake…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Indycar 🏎️Best Friends 😎Baseball Irony ⚾ There are certain people who look at car racing as an endless series of left turns. These people are idiots on whom nuance is lost. Boy The Elder and I crossed the border yesterday late-morning to head just past the fine city of East St.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Swine Inflation 🐖Swamp Thing 🎥Phone Calls 📱 Life was different when I went to college in Iowa after growing up in suburban New York City. This isn’t to suggest I was a city kid. I wasn’t. The city was a place we went to a few times a year, and where…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Triple-Threat 🖥️🖥️🖥️Tasmanian Tiger 🐅Video Work 📹 Humans were not meant to stare at laptop screens. At least, humans of a certain age were not meant to stare at laptop screens. I say this after successfully lobbying for a second monitor at work, which effectively turned my laptop screen into a third…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Look Before Brewing ☕Hoop Construction 🏀Nuclear War ☢️ If you’d like an indication of how much of a Monday yesterday was for me, know that I ended up with an orange in my coffee. Well, to be fair, it wasn’t a full-blown orange. It was something called a Cutie, which is…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Weird Date 🪦Nature Walk🌳Bulldog Bath 🐶 If you have a date walking around a cemetery, you’re either weird or goth, and neither Wifey Poo nor I were wearing black today, which I guess tells you all you need to know about us. Old cemeteries are something of a fascination for us,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩So Long, Kid 👨👦Steak Celebration🥩Chip & Joanna 🪚 Regular readers of my drivel know that I’m kind of an emotional guy, which is like saying that Jack kind of could have fit on the spacious floating door with Rose in Titanic. So it should come as no surprise when I say…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Cash 4 IRS 💰Cash 4 Workers 💸Sound of Silence 🤫 Be extra careful on your taxes this year. The IRS is expected to receive nearly $80 billion when The Inflation Reduction Act eventually becomes law, and its plan is to hire 87,000 full-time workers. More than half of the $80 billion…Keep reading