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Neil at Fenway

Neil at Fenway

It’s been a few days since I’ve written. A lot has gone down. First of all, they took care of those two jokers in Boston. That’s a good thing. Granted, it’s not much solace to the folks who lost their lives or were permanently maimed, but it means they won’t be hurting anyone else. Secondly, Neil Diamond showed at Fenway Park to lead the crowd in Sweet Caroline. Granted, he was singing along with himself, which has to be a little awkward, unless you’re Bieber or any other of those modern-day hacks who can’t perform live to save their souls. At least he wasn’t lip-syncing.

We had Marvin the glass man in yesterday to replace the first two of four windows. He did a really nice job. It’s so nice to be able to look at the window and see more than just moisture between the panes. There’s one tiny hole where the gasket doesn’t fit the frame perfectly, so I went downstairs to find some caulk. What I found instead was a big puddle under the water heater. The water heater is not fast, though, however, the feed pipe has a pinhole in it. So, I’m waiting for Rob the handyman to show up and fix it. I always say that it’s important to have a stable of people who can do this sort of stuff, so you can get it fixed promptly by people you trust.

Other than that, the food intake has been improving, even if the toe isn’t improving that much. I’m still pretty bummed about that, but what can I do? No matter what I do, the tip of the tow rubs against the sock, the floor, or the Boot of Shame. I think I might have to have the podiatrist release the tendon that’s causing the toe to curl. Better than losing another toe. Back onto food, I managed to eat more scallops yesterday. They go down well and, more importantly, stay down. This is good. I’ve not had anything come up for two days, and I’ve had scallops and pulled turkey BBQ. Pretty yummy stuff. I can’t consume a lot of it, but that’s a good thing.

Weight has continued to decrease. Am down to 321.0 this morning. That makes 59 pounds lost, which is a good thing. I can’t help but think how much I’d be losing if I could actually work out. I know… nothing I can do about it, but I really REALLY want to get back to it.

Speaking of going back, I go back to work tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. I’ll be glad for the work and the paycheck, but it’s the busiest two weeks of the year, so it will be a little crazy. Plus, I have to hope that my food continues to stay down. That would be awfully embarrassing. I’ll keep you posted.

I did manage to get up this morning to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel ran away with the race, but the two other podium spots belonged to Lotus, which made me happy, especially since Kimi Raikkonen finished second. He’s become my favorite driver, mainly because he spends more time drinking the giant magnum of champagne rather than spraying it. Gotta love it.

Have a great Sunday!

Song of the Day: Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (It really couldn’t be anything else)

Concert Review

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Neil Diamond, Weight loss

Neil Diamond – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA – June 18, 2012

Neil Diamond proved that a 70-year-old man can still rock the house. During his 150 minute set at the Wells Fargo Center, he played without an intermission and without an opening act. And the audience went nuts.

The band came out and started playing a track with an African feel, lots of percussion and flute. The track quickly morphed into Soolaimon when Neil hit the stage and it really set the tone for the evening. Most of the evening was devoted to the all-time Diamond hits. Some highlights would be a double shot of I’m a Believer, which he ran through as a ballad, then proceeded to play again, in its more recognizable uptempo version. He also performed Cherry, Cherry, and turned it into a band feature. He closed the regular set with Sweet Caroline, followed by I Am… I Said. After a brief break (3 minutes or so) Neil came back with a different jacket and launched right into Cracklin’ Rosie, America (which he dedicated to his grandmother), Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show and finished with I’ve Been this Way Before.

It’s seems unbelievable that it’s been 40 years since he recorded Hot August Night at the Greek Theater. He performed a selection of songs from that classic concert, including Crunchy Granola Suite, Morningside and crowd favorite Holly Holy.

Diamond’s band is certainly tight, as you might expect from people playing together for over 30 years. And the core members aren’t young. Drummer Ron Tutt is 74, and the other guys (and gals) aren’t much younger. It’s nice that Diamond is quick to credit the band and his concerts usually contain a song for the band to showcase their skills. The prior tour that I caught, in support of his Three Chord Opera album, had the band taking a little known song from Diamond’s Heartlight album called Starflight, and bringing down the house at Reading, PA’s Sovereign Center.

Perhaps the only low note of the show was You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. The song was originally recorded as a duet with Barbra Streisand and it makes it hard for anyone to match up. Diamond’s backup singer, Linda Press, just didn’t sing it with the same amount of skill as Streisand would’ve done.

As enjoyable as the show was, the usual issues I have with attending a show were in full evidence. First off, $20 to park. Sadly, I actually paid $30 to park for a Jimmy Buffett show. I understand that the venue operators need to make their cash, but if they are going to screw you on parking, the least they could do would be to maybe NOT charge $5.00 for a medium (20 oz) fountain beverage. The prices make Disney prices seem reasonable. I won’t even get into the price of watered-down, pissy tasting beer. Diamond T-shirts and souvenirs were selling briskly in the concourse as well, at typical merchandise prices like $25-$35 for a t-shirt.

The Diamondheads rise for the National Anthem… aka Sweet Caroline

My other complaint is that the seating itself is not designed for a person of size. I’m very lucky I was on the end of the row… had I been shoehorned into the middle of a row, it would’ve been even worse. Not only for me, but the folks on either side. It really pointed out just how far I need to go in terms of weight loss. I’ve made some progress, but it would be nice to actually fit in a seat.

In short, helluva concert that I would gladly see again. I only hope that he  keeps making music.