The Tepid Ringleader

South Side Bar

Before reading this story keep in mind I am describing the events as I witnessed them. The vernacular and slurs that are used were essential to telling this story. The foul language and misconceptions of some characters captures the mindset and ignorance that unfortunately still exists where I was born and raised. There are no safe spaces here in this place. I am not writing this for shock value or to offend people. This is just a story about where I was before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This piece was hard to write and it may be a little grainy. Please be advised.

The Joup Friday Album: Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

Thin Lizzy Jailbreak


Irish rock bands have a certain charm to them that is exclusively unique. I don’t know if it’s the folklore, the climate or their rich history but Ireland has produced some of the best artists and bands in the world. Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, the Boomtown Rats and U2 are amongst the many groups and artists from Ireland but let’s spring off Van Morrison. Van Morrison and his early 60s group called Them were sort of the trailblazers for the Irish rock music scene. The band was a brash rhythm blues outfit fronted by one of the greatest voices in the world, Van Morrison. They had soul, grit and a swagger that was all their own. Them got the ball rolling for rock music in Ireland. Flash forward to 1970 two schoolmates outside of Dublin, Ireland named Brian Downey (drums) and Phil Lynott (vocals, bass guitar) founded a band that would be later called Thin Lizzy. They took inspiration from Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Celtic folk music and rock bands like the Jeff Beck Group and Jimi Hendrix.

Quick Thought: Battle of the Continents


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Giant Flying Ant

giant flying ant

Be nice to all living things is a part of the Buddha’s teachings and it is conceptually a great idea that promotes peace and true harmony. I have two dogs and a cat at home and man I love them, feed them and look out for them. Forget about the cat he is a bothersome a-hole but dogs are smart and easily adapt to the ebb and flow of life. They have feelings and personalities much like humans. Dogs love, care and protect you in reciprocation for the way we treat them. It’s the Buddha’s principle in motion, every little action there is a reaction and it’s beautiful thing you know?

Quick Thought

Harley Truck

Okay. Your Ford truck is not a Harley. It’s a Ford F150 with Harley Davidson logos all over it. Your truck can’t be a Harley, okay Chief? Don’t cry about now. I had a matchbook on the rear tire of my BMX bike when I was a kid. The friction from the tire and matchbook would make a noise like a motorcycle. If you could pretend it was just like riding a motorcycle but it wasn’t just like your truck that you think is a Harley.

Sh!t Song of the Week “Eye in the Sky”

Alan ParsonsHave you ever been driving in traffic trying to find something halfway decent to listen to on the radio? There is a station in Chicago called 87.7 Me TV FM and it is a go to on my presets when I am looking for oldies or something to clear my head after a loud day. Maybe one minute you will hear “Brandy” by Looking Glass, “Lonely Too Long” by the Rascals or some Motown stuff like a song by Marvin Gaye or the Supremes. However, seven times out of ten I hear some really bad songs and they wind up getting stuck in my head and it seems like the bad songs dig deeper in to your psyche and become perpetual earworms.

The Joup Friday Album “Get The Knack”


The Knack

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