This website turns 1 this week. Hard to believe I’ve been blogging for a year.

It’s been great having all this time off to be lazy and enjoy some holiday gifts, such as the following:

Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live is one of those guilty pleasure books – not really anything educational, but certainly full of great juice and gossip about the show throughout its almost 30 year history. I blew through the 475-pager in under a week, wallowing in the petty, the drug-induced hazes, the backstabbing and the selfless and caring. It’s very easy reading and a suitable intermission, as I am about to dive into Volume 2 of the Theodore Roosevelt bios.

Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) is a wickedly ridiculous 7-CD box set which wraps up most of the one-hit wonders of the 1980s into one excellent package, complete with one paragraph descriptors of each song and a full color, full-size 100 page booklet with news and essays about decade in which I grew up. It’s just non-stop fun – campy, synth-laden, rock, early rap – the works. I took CD #1 to the gym this morning and I tell you what, working out is a lot different when you go from Devo’s “Whip It” to the laughable “General Hospi-tale” rap to Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” (“Basketball” was a much better Blow song) to the delicious “Cars” by Gary Numan, and one of my favorite songs of the ’80s – “Ah! Leah,” by Donnie Iris. And I won’t stop there – my time on the treadmill this morning also delved into “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon, “Call Me” by Blondie” and oh yeah, who could forget “I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbit. Remember the beat – snap snap snap snap………cheesy, but oh what a guilty pleasure. I’m gonna go dial up 867-5309 now……..