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Rockin’ & Shockin’


Rockin’
Record labels and bands that invite us to download their music – for free, no strings attached
Shockin’
Record labels that plant root kits in our computer when we play the CDs we’ve bought from them

Rockin’
Fifteen years after moving in with the girlfriend and borrowing her DJ mixer, I finally buy my own
Shockin’
Because of limited time in NYC, I buy it from box store Guitar Center instead of cool club store Turntable Lab: I apologize

Rockin’
The Lego Star Wars computer game we got Campbell for Christmas: the best $30 value we’ve ever had
Shockin’
The Incredibles: Revenge of the Underminer computer game we got Campbell for Christmas. Crashes at the same point every time on the iBook; won’t even install on the iMac.

Rockin’
A three-day weekend so soon after the last one.
Shockin;
Four-day work weeks aren’t the norm

Rockin’
Good friends acting on the open invite and visiting us for a weekend on the mountain
Shockin’
That more friends don’t take more advantage

Rockin’
Skiing in 55-degree weather in January…
Shockin’
…Means there’s no snow left to ski on

Rockin’
It snows overnight just in time to save the season
Shockin’
The temperature drops 50 degrees in the process.

Rockin’
Skiing in 0 degree weather with a wind chill of -10. (Brits: we mean 0 farenheit – check it on your thermometer.)
Shockin’
Seeing a kid with frostbite on his face at lunchtime

Rockin’
Taking an Alpine Racing course 3 miles from home
Shockin’
I don’t actually live in the Alps

Rockin’
The guys in the group decide to call me The Kid
Shockin’
That must mean I’m skiing with the old guys

Rockin’
One of the men in my ski group finishes off his day on Hunter Mountain by running back up it – in snowshoes
Shockin’
He’s determined to have me join him

Rockin’
One of the men in my ski group runs 22 minute 5ks
Shockin’
He’s 57.

Rockin’
Our instructor insists his main job is to keep us safe
Shockin’
He gets clocked by a flying airhead skier

Rockin’
The cat feels right at home in his new surroundings
Shockin’
He won’t go out any more

Rockin’
Getting a free copy of 9 Songs on DVD
Shockin’
It’s utter and total shit
Rockin’
Thank God for proper porn

Rockin’
My wife’s olive-cauliflower pasta with home-made pesto
Shockin’
She hasn’t marketed it

Rockin’
The number of posts at the iJamming! Pub
Shockin’
I can’t keep up any more

Rockin’
There’s always good music out there, as long as you look for it
Shockin’
There’s so much good music out there I can’t find time to write about it

Rockin’
Crystal Palace win their 5th League game in a row
Shockin’
It’s at Hull, the only other team in the division I have a soft spot for

Rockin’
Going back to London
Shockin’
Where the forecast for the next ten days is all rain.

Rockin’
Heading up to Beverley
Shockin’
Where the town’s one good restaurant is solidly booked even two weeks ahead

Rockin’
Palace are at home next Friday
Shockin’
The same night I’ve arranged to see old friends

Rockin’
The new Underworld EPs sold directly through the band web site: 25 minutes of new music for £5 a piece
Shockin’
It took an iJamming! Pubber to alert me to them

Rockin’
The new Bret Easton Ellis novel Lunar Park
Shockin’
That anyone would seriously believe it’s a memoir

Rockin;
Bode Miller confesses to skiing with a hangover, like everyone else who’s ever taken to the slopes
Shockin’
He’s forced to apologize – the price of playing the Olympic Games

Rockin’
The relentless quality of Rhone wine
Shockin’
How much of it I still have in storage

Rockin’
One of my books gets nominated for a prize
Shockin’
It’s the least prize-worthy of all my books

Rockin’
The bottle design for St Peter’s English Ale
Shockin’
I don’t remember where I bought it

Rockin’
The people who did the 30km, 10,000 ft total elevation Escarpment Trail by moonlight last month in sub-zero temperatures
Shockin’
It only took them eleven and a half hours

Rockin’
The traffic at iJamming!
Shockin’
There’s no money in this stuff

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