There's no snow here in Portland, but it was about 36 degrees when I got on my bike this morning. I know this is the Northwest and all, but spring's supposed to be slightly warmer than winter, is it not?
Anyway, spring. Changing of seasons, dawning of new days, cleaning of things, all that jazz. Anybody else excited to see winter dead and buried for another year? I am. Obligatory Tom Lehrer link!
I have nothing specifically spring-related to ask about, so I'll ask another question: Read any good books lately? I just finished reading Lionel Asbo, and I really liked it. I'm really excited to dive in to the next book in my list, How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia. This is a strange thing for me - I don't read fiction all that often, and this is two fiction books in a row. I'll have to go read some sort of biography or something next to balance it out.
Anybody got any good concerts coming up? I'm going to two old-person shows in the next couple weeks; I'm going to see Mike Nesmith next Friday, and Billy Bragg the Tuesday after that. I've never seen Mike Nesmith, and I'm kind of intrigued; I first saw Billy Bragg about 22 years ago, and he's always awesome. I like his music a lot, but he also puts on a great show because his chats in between songs are amazing - he's funny, he's smart, and he tells a great story.
It also doesn't hurt that the first time I saw him, he combined with his awesome opening band that day, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, to do a fantastic cover of Deee-Lite's "Groove Is In The Heart". I love an artist that is serious but doesn't take himself too seriously, and this was the perfect convergence of that.
In closing, to steal a line and an idea from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast: What's making you happy this week?