Clear Sky Friday – Seeing Good 31/01

How many out there follow British/English Premier League Soccer? A few years ago, at a point when the business machine of college and professional football here in the United States was beginning to disgust me, I turned my attention across the pond. While not a life long passionate soccer fan, I am a dedicated World Cup viewer. When the Summer Olympics came to Atlanta the one ticket I had to get was a men’s soccer match, and we were doubly rewarded. We were there when Nigeria defeated Brazil on their way to Olympic gold. Upon leaving the stadium the crowd was informed that tickets still remained for the women’s gold medal match between the U.S. and China: So we grabbed two and witnessed history.

Wanting something different, while knowing that British soccer is not distinct from other sports institutions, I researched teams and decided Newcastle United would be my club. It is relatively close to where my family hails from, Fulford, and the fan base is a passionate bunch with a rich history. Deciding I also wanted to cheer for an American player I added Everton to my small pantheon being that Tim Howard is their man between the pipes.

Two weekends of Derby play saw Newcastle lose to Sunderland 0-3, making this a sweep for the season in which the Magpies were shut down 0-6.  Last week saw Everton lose their Derby match to Liverpool 0-4.

Tough week.

But it is just sports, something that is more a respite than foundation. A news story that put that in context was one the Today Show highlighted yesterday. It told the story of Sam Polk, a once greedy Wall Street success story who dropped that life because he realized it was destructive. You can read about it here.

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North Florida Music – January and February Concerts

It was a long trail which has ended in the realization that Facebook, for me, is a failed experiment. While traffic to this site may not serve as a change for the better, it will at least afford a static means of sharing my concert plans. No timeline!!!

With that said, these are my goals for the first two months of 2014. Those for which tickets have already been purchased will be designated accordingly. Hopefully those in the vicinity of these events can attend.

Of note, these are simply bands I have designated on my calendar. Many worthy bands are scheduled (Against Me! for example).


9th: David Mayfield Parade – Underbelly Live ($5)

30th: Yonder Mountain String Band – Freebird Live ($25)

31st: Steep Canyon Rangers – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ($34 and $26) TICKETS IN HAND



3rd: Queens of the Stone Age – Florida Theatre ($47.20)

13th: Shovels and Rope – Jack Rabbits ($15)

19th: Young the Giant – Mavericks ($22)

23rd: Drag the River – Raindogs