Thursday, March 31, 2022



Once a month, Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) comes to its senses just long enough to pause its ill-considered commitment to daily public posting, and instead prepare a private post intended only for its beloved supporters.

And this month's private post is a doozy. It's an unpublished chapter from my long-threatened book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), spotlighting the left-of-the-dial classic "Everywhere That I'm Not" by Translator, PLUS an excerpt of a section of the book covering power pop records by the Who, Todd Rundgren, Shoes, and the Flashcubes, bookended by chapters about the Marvelettes, Television, and Donna Summer. It's eight chapters from the book, and only two of 'em have been shown publicly.

I confess that I'm a little bummed that my legion of paid supporters isn't exactly, y'know, legion, but I'm still hoping a few more who've expressed interest in the GREM! book might wanna consider jumping in. It's a mere $2 a month, patrons get at least one private post each month, and you can join here. I only shill once a month, so no pressure.

Free stuff--aka regular daily public posting--resumes tomorrow. The private post for patrons also goes out tomorrow, April 1st. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

POP-A-LOOZA: THE EVERLASTING FIRST! ABBA, Action Comics, Action Swingers, Adventure Comics, The Adverts, and Astonishing Tales

Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. The latest shared post is a reprise of the very first edition of my series The Everlasting First, offering quick takes on my introductions to ABBA, Action Comics, Action Swingers, Adventure Comics, the Adverts, and Astonishing Tales.

This piece was a little bit longer when it was first posted back in August of 2016. My original intent for The Everlasting First was for each alphabetical entry to spotlight my introductions to a musical act and a superhero or other fictional entity, supplemented by the quick takes, consisting of an equal number of music and comics/pulp fiction subjects. As the series progressed, I realized that many comics fans didn't want to read about rock 'n' roll, and some pop music aficionados didn't care about the funnybook stuff.

So I started separating the music from the comics and pulp stuff, and retroactively split all the previously-posted Everlasting Firsts, as well. 

Over the course of nearly six years of The Everlasting First, I still haven't made it through the damned alphabet. I have gotten through the letter T, with T is for TARZAN, T is for THE TURTLES, and T's Quick Takes For Comics (Teen Titans, Thor, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and The Twilight Zone) and Quick Takes For Music. (Television, the Temptations, Tommy Tutone and the Troggs). I haven't yet decided on the U entries--Uncle Scrooge? The Ugly Ducklings? U.N.C.L.E.? The Undertones? Uncle Sam? Tracey Ullman?--but I'll get to 'em eventually. When I finally do finish making my way through EF A-Z, I'll circle back to do others in no particular order, perhaps including the Animals and the Lone Ranger.

Two other dormant series are also due for a near-future comeback here: 5 Above (covering five songs from a specific artist or within a specific category) and Comic Book Retroview (covering short runs and/or single issues of comic book titles). Among the subjects potentially looming in one or t'other, we have the Romantics, Iron Man And Sub-Mariner, KISS, Daredevil Battles Hitler, the Hollies, Shazam!, Herman's Hermits, Detective Comics, Suzi Quatro, Captain Actionthe Kinks in the '80s, the Spectre in the Silver Age, and comic book songs.

They say you never forget your first time; that may be true, but it's the subsequent visits--the second time, the fourth time, the twentieth time, the hundredth time--that define our relationships with the things we cherish. Ultimately, the first meeting is less important than what comes after that. But every love story still needs to begin with that first kiss. 

That's the boilerplate intro for The Everlasting First. And the origin of The Everlasting First serves as the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

THE PICTURE OF AMONTILLADO: My Short Story Hits Comics Shops

My short story "The Picture Of Amontillado" hits comic book stores across the country this Wednesday, March 30th, in the pages of the AHOY Comics title Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter Of Death # 6

"The Picture Of Amontillado" is a prose short story I wrote and sold in 2019 (as detailed here); after years of nonfiction freelancing, it was my second-ever fiction sale, and more have followed since. AHOY paid me for it upon acceptance, but it got lost in inventory and remained unpublished until now. This mashup of Poe with Oscar Wilde was written with the specific target of appearing in one of AHOY's Edgar Allan Poe books; hey, target acquired!

Illustration by Elliott Mattice

AHOY is a national publisher based in Syracuse, and my short story carries the additional local connection of a spot illustration by Elliott Mattice. Elliott is also well-known in my beloved Syracuse new wave rock 'n' roll scene as a former member of both Dress Code and the Unholy Wives, and as an accomplished graphic designer with, oh, a zillion credits. I'm not worthy! 

Portrait of the author enjoying a glass of milk at a rock 'n' roll show

The good folks at AHOY have also made the story available to read at their website: The Picture Of Amontillado. BUT! Physical copies of the whole damned thing can be purchased at your local funnybook peddler, and you can find the comic book store nearest you through the magic of Comic Shop Locator. I suggest you call ahead to see if the store stocks AHOY titles. For now, let's raise a glass to Dorian Gray as "The Picture Of Amontillado" hits the ol' spinner racks. More short stories to come.

Richard Williams' artwork for the cover of Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter Of Death # 6

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Monday, March 28, 2022

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1122

The final chapter of a great story isn't always its best chapter. That doesn't mean the story wasn't great.

The above is a paraphrase of something I heard the other day, spoken amidst tears and farewells, but also said with the certainty of comfort, the security of affection, the remembrance of warmth and laughter. Some chapters are better than others. The stories still resonate. The stories touch our lives. The stories are our lives. 

I wish you great stories, with individual chapters as wonderful as they can be. The chapters come together as best they can. I hope there are blessings in even your saddest chapters. Maybe we can all read along together for a little while.

And we pray there are many more good chapters left to write, and to read. This page turns. It may not be the chapter we wanted, but the page is going to turn nonetheless. It's what pages do, and it's what chapters do. It's what happens in stories. More stories await, if fortune allows. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 1122: 3/27/2022
TIRnRR FRESH SPINS! Tracks we think we ain't played before are listed in bold

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
MICKY DOLENZ: Some Of Shelly's Blues (7a, Dolenz Sings Nesmith--The EP)
THE SEMANTICS: Future For You (Geffen, Powerbill)
EYTAN MIRSKY: I Don't Wanna Brag (M-Squared, Lord, Have Mirsky!)
SYD STRAW: Think Too Hard (Virgin, Surprise)
MARY LOU LORD: Driven Away (Kill Rock Stars, Speeding Motorcycle)
AMOEBA TEEN: New Material World (Big Stir, Amoeba Teen)
ADDISON LOVE: Wee & Nancy Lee (Big Stir, Thoughts On Lunch?)
THE FLASHCUBES FEATURING SHOES: Tomorrow Night (Big Stir, single)
GARY U.S. BONDS: I Dig This Station (Legrand, 30 Original Greatest Hits!)
LAURIE BIAGINI: Hey Mr. DJ (single)
SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
ARIELLE EDEN: Signs And Signals (single)
KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry (single)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Everyday People (Epic, Greatest Hits)
THE BEVIS FROND: I Can't Get Into Your Scene (Woronzow, Bevis Through The Looking Glass)
BILLY SCOTT & THE GEORGIA PROPHETS: I Got The Fever (Ripete, VA: The Beach Music Anthology Box Set)
BIG STAR: In The Street [alternate mix] (Rhino, Keep An Eye On The Sky)
THE FLASHCUBES: She's Leaving (Northside, Flashcubes On Fire)
BLONDIE: Hanging On The Telephone (Chrysalis, The Platinum Collection)
WENDI DUNLAP: Season Of Loss (Futureman, Looking For Buildings)
BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: Miracle Cure (Cherry Red, Strange Men, Changed Men)
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)
THE BREAKAWAYS: Let Me Into Your Life (Alive, Walking Out On Love)
THE BEATLES: Slow Down (Capitol, Something New)
THE CLASH: I Fought The Law (Epic, The Essential Clash)
THE EQUALS: Police On My Back (Ice, First Among Equals)
THE CLIQUE: Superman (Varese Sarabande, The Clique)
THE INCURABLES: Stop The World (Big Stir, single)
THE DARLING BUDS: Hit The Ground (Columbia, Pop Said...)
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Cynical Girl (Rhino, This Is Easy)
THE CREATION: How Does It Feel To Feel (Rhino, VA: Nuggets II)
WILD KISSES: Feels So Fine (n/a, Wild Kisses)
DAVID BOWIE: Fashion (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes (Omnivore, Another Night: The Sire Recording 1979-1981)
THE RECORDS: Starry Eyes (Virgin, Smashes, Crashes, And Near-Misses)
THE BOX TOPS: The Letter (Raven, The Original Albums 1967-1969)
ROBERT GORDON: Someday, Someway (Razor & Tie, Red Hot 1977-1981)
STEVEN CARR [WITH ARTY LENIN]: I Want To Touch You In The Dark (n/a, Recent Extremes)
MARTHA & THE MUFFINS: Echo Beach (Virgin, Metro Music)
DENNIS DIKEN WITH BELL SOUND: Bear (In My Garden) (Sunset Blvd, single)
LES HANDCLAPS: Goodbye (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)
THE KINKS: Party Line (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971))
THE MnM'S: Knock Knock Knock (Burger, Melts In Your Ears 1980-1981)
FATS DOMINO: Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey (Rhino Handmade, Sweet Patootie: Complete Reprise Recordings)
THE RAMONES: Judy Is A Punk (Rhino, Ramones)
MIKE BROWNING: Norwegian Wood (n/a, Class Act)
WRECKLESS ERIC: Rags And Tatters (Salvo, Hits, Misses, Rags & Tatters)
EMPEROR PENGUIN [WITH LISA MYCHOLS]: Let Me Take You On Holiday (Kool Kat Musik, Sunday Carvery)
MICHAEL CARPENTER: Girlfriend (Futureman, VA: Altered Sweet)
LARRY WILLIAMS: She Said Yeah (Jasmine Music, Rock, Soul And Roll)
THE SPORTS: Who Listens To The Radio (Mushroom, The Definitive Collection)
THE HOODOO GURUS: Carry On (Big Time Phonograph, Chariot Of The Gods)
THE CHURCH: The Unguarded Moment (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
TEGAN & SARA: Speak Slow (Sire, So Jealous)
THE NASHVILLE RAMBLERS: The Trains (Big Beat, VA: Come On Let's Go!)
THE FLASHCUBES: Rawhide (Northside, Flashcubes On Fire)

Sunday, March 27, 2022


I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some rockin' pop catharsis. Our weekly attempt to transcend carries new music from MICKY DOLENZ, EYTAN MIRSKY, AMOEBA TEEN, ARIELLE EDEN, THE INCURABLES, DENNIS DIKEN WITH BELL SOUND, and EMPEROR PENGUIN [featuring LISA MYCHOLS], a new archival release from THE SINGLES, and more seismic sonic support from THE FLASHCUBES, AMY RIGBY, FATS DOMINO, BLONDIE, THE CLASH, SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE, LAURIE BIAGINI, and more. A soundtrack to feeling better? The possibility sounds good to us. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM,

Saturday, March 26, 2022

POP-A-LOOZA: My All-Time Top 40 Favorite Tracks


Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. The latest shared post is a victory lap listing of my all-time top 40 favorite tracks.

Because of my willful pop obsession, the virtual ink on this piece wasn't even virtually dry when I regretted omitting "Time Will Tell" by Holly Golightly. Ah well. The nature of these lists makes them just snapshots in time, subject to ongoing revision. That's why I embrace the notion that an infinite number of tracks can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Gimme MORE!! (Cue plug for the book.)

In the 1980s, my friend Fritz Van Leaven encouraged me to assemble a list of my all-time Hot 100; in 1985, I came up with my first such all-time Hot 100 list, which I updated periodically for several years thereafter. I made an abortive attempt at another one in 2018, deliberately skipping my five favorite groups--the Beatles, the Ramones, the Flashcubes, the Monkees, and the Kinks--but still unable to narrow things down below 125 songs before giving up. It's okay. Excess is its own reward.

I have done annotated artist-specific all-time Top 25s for my favorites by the Beatles, the Monkees, and post-Beatles Paul McCartney, plus a supplemental listing of my next 40 Monkees faves. I may yet follow with Top 25s for the Kinks, the Hollies, the Rolling Stones, KISS, and/or others.

Swinging for the fences in 2018, I began a series called Remembering/Imagining The Music That Played, an attempt to recreate what would have been my all-time Hot 100s if I'd done such lists and subsequent updates when I was in my late teens and early twenties, 1976-1982. Because music is such an integral part of who we are and what we become, the resulting pieces are as much personal memoir and autobiography as they are celebrations of individual tunes. I'm quite proud of those six essays--I Was 16 (Going On 17), When I Was 17, 18 (And I Like It), Hey 19!, I Hit 20 (And 20 Hits Back), and No Time To Be 21/This Year I'll Be 22--and I eventually brought them all together in one place. It's one of my favorite pieces.

And we're all about the favorites here. A list of my all-time Top 40 favorite tracks is the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

The Ol' CD Carrying Case


Some years back, I purchased a CD carrying case. I bought it for the specific purpose of carting discs into the studio for each weekly live edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. I wrote about the case here, and again here.

Our last live TIRnRR show was March 15th of 2020, know what "before." We began prerecording shows from home soon after that, and I don't have any idea when--or if--we'll ever return to doing the show the old way. 

So I haven't needed my CD case in over two years. It still stands fully stocked and at the ready. It's not quite a time capsule; I've swapped some of its contents in and out (though I have no recollection of what would have prompted me to do that), and it contains some CDs I didn't even own yet when cooties closed the world. I guess it's just a quaint reminder of what was. 

For whatever reason, it remains right here, jammed with perennials and fleeting fancies alike, supplemented by some Beatles CD-Rs and some MiniDisc compilations. Come to think of it, I also haven't used my beloved MiniDisc recorder in about two years. Instead, I've been getting a lot of mileage out of my digital files, Dropboxed back 'n' forth with Dana in assembling our new shows every week. I haven't needed my MiniDiscs or my CD carrying case, and it's possible I'll never need them again.

That's okay. Time forces us to adapt, and adaptation means we're still here to rant about it. But the ol' CD case is poised and prepared. 

Just in case.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

10 SONGS: 3/24/2022

10 Songs is a weekly list of ten songs that happen to be on my mind at the moment. The lists are usually dominated by songs played on the previous Sunday night's edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. The idea was inspired by Don Valentine of the essential blog I Don't Hear A Single.

This week's edition of 10 Songs draws exclusively from the playlist for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1121.

THE FLASHCUBES: Taking Inventory

Last week was not a good week. Let's leave at that. Instead, let's focus on the delights that distract us. My most delightful current distraction is Flashcubes On Fire, a killer new set preserving an absolutely ace live show by my favorite power pop group, the Flashcubes, performing at the Firebarn in Syracuse on May 26th, 1979. I wrote the liner notes, and the disc itself fully lives up to my memory and to my ongoing conviction that the Flashcubes were as kickass a live act as anyone ever. I'm thrilled, thrilled, that more people now have this chance to hear a hint of what permanenty turned my then-teen head in the late '70s. Ducky Carlisle introduces the 'Cubes--Some day, very soon from now, you people are going to be able to say, "I saw this band before they were famous"--and there's no question the Flashcubes shoulda hit big. The live version of guitarist Arty Lenin's "Taking Inventory" smokes in a way the studio demo can't dream of matching. You had to see the Flashcubes play live; you had to. I'm so grateful I had that chance to do so. I wish I'd had even more chances. 

DOLLY PARTON: Don't Drop Out

The legendary Dolly Parton is one of this month's pop culture heroes for her statement wishing to be removed from consideration for induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It's a symbolic gesture--ballots have already been distributed, and I'm sure some voting members have already already cast their lot with the gal from Tennessee--but it speaks to Parton's poise and class nonetheless. We can bicker about whether or not Dolly Parton's body of work in country music qualifies her for rock 'n' roll recognition, and I'm not sure which side I'd take (though I have no objection to her nomination, nor to Eminem's nomination). But I hope she does make that rock 'n' roll album she's now promised to do.

And I couldn't resist taking this opportunity to slip Dolly's fantastic 1966 girl-group single "Don't Drop Out" into the TIRnRR mix, and to bellow on air, "Don't drop out, Dolly! DON'T DROP OUT...!"

THE ROMANTICS: National Breakout

The Flashcubes shared a bill with Detroit's phenomenal pop combo the Romantics on a few occasions, and although that group's indie singles made me a Romantics fan even before their first album further demonstrated what I like about them--HEY!!--logistics forced me to miss every damned one of their Syracuse appearances in the '70s. What a perfect double bill! The title tune from the Romantics' second album National Breakout has long been one of my fave raves, and I'll be talking a bit more about it when my long-dormant 5 Above blog series returns with a piece about my top five Romantics tracks.


Speaking of classic pop bands from previous decades, the Hoodoo Gurus--yes, the freakin' HOODOO GURUS!--have just released a new album, Chariot Of The Gods. We played advance single "Get Out Of Dodge" a bit in 2021, but the go-to track now is the roof-rattling "Carry On." It's back on the radio again next Sunday night. We play the hits.

THE FLASHCUBES: You're Not The Police

'Cubes bassist Gary Frenay's "You're Not The Police" was among the highlights of their 1979 live sets, a boppin' li'l number about a possessive girlfriend. If I wanted the cops, I'd be watchin' TV. In A Brighter Light In My Mind, my what-if fantasy about a world where the Flashcubes achieved the fame and acclaim that was their due, "You're Not The Police" was a # 7 smash hit. I sometimes like my made-up world considerably more than I like this dumb ol' real world. Stupid real world.


In the above-mentioned Flashcubes fantasy piece, guitarist Paul Armstrong's "Face In The Crowd" was the title tune from a fictional Top Ten Flashcubes album, an album that (in that world) also contained "You're Not The Police" and Frenay's # 1 smash "My Little Angel." Yeah, again--much better, brighter world over there. Back to reality, the live "Face In The Crowd" previously appeared on the bonus disc originally included with our own 2013 compilation This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3. "Face In The Crowd" and the live "Got No Mind" (which was on the Flashcubes anthology Bright Lights) are the only Firebarn '79 'Cubes tracks to see release prior to Flashcubes On Fire.


Writer and noted good guy Bill Holmes sent us a note complimenting this week's TIRnRR  playlist, with specific praise for our spin of Crabby Appleton's 1970 woulda-coulda-shoulda gem "Go Back." Bill wrote, "This week's double secret probation points awarded for recognizing (what should have been) a top ten hit as well as one of the greatest dashboard drumming songs ever recorded. Whole album is killer; Michael Fennelly's vocals were vastly underrated."


Up top, I mentioned that I wish I'd been able to see the Flashcubes perform live even more often than I actually did. Because I was a college student at the time, I was only back home in Syracuse during school breaks. But I tell ya, I am very blessed to have had the chances I did have, and I've seen the Flashcubes on more occasions than I've seen any other act. That distinction in my virtual ticket stub gallery will never, ever be challenged.

My first Flashcubes show was positively seismic in its effect on me. A few months later, I saw the 'Cubes open for the Runaways and the Ramones, and that night was even more epic. There would be many more epic nights to follow. I was 18 years old then, and 19 when the 'Cubes played the 1979 gig we hear on Flashcubes On Fire. Seismic? Brothers and sisters, "seismic" ain't even the half of it.

Prior to this week, I don't think TIRnRR had ever played "Hollywood" (from the Runaways' second album, 1977's Queen Of Noise). It was a track I played many a time as a teen, but the radio show's preferred Runaways fare has generally been "Cherry Bomb," "School Days," and their (definitive) cover of the Velvet Underground's "Rock And Roll," and a few scattered others. I think we may delve a bit deeper into the Runaways' catalog on some near-future shows.


While the release of Flashcubes On Fire conjures these fond and vibrant memories of the Flashcubes on stage in the '70s, it's important to remember that the mighty 'Cubes are still recording new tracks, too. Beginning in 2021, the irresistible Big Stir Records label has been the vehicle for a series of newly-recorded Flashcubes digital singles, each one a cover of something from power pop's long and storied past. Credit TIRnRR with the assist in helping to get the 'Cubes and Big Stir together (a public service which will shave eons off our post-mortality sentence in Purgatory). 

There was a cover of Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside," which the Flashcubes recorded with the song's author Mimi Betinis. There was a cover of the Dwight Twilley Band's "Alone In My Room." Currently, there is this fabulous cover of Shoes' "Tomorrow Night," recorded with members of Shoes, and tearin' up the airwaves at better radio shows around the world. 

And there's more yet to come. Decades later, it's clear that the Flashcubes are still on fire.

THE MONKEES: I Was There (And I'm Told I Had A Good Time)

"I Was There (And I'm Told I Had A Good Time)" was the closing track on the Monkees' triumphant 2016 album Good Times! The song was inspired by Micky Dolenz's oft-told reminiscence of partying with the Beatles circa 1967. It was chosen deliberately as the coda for this week's show, following the 'Cubes' Flashcubes On Fire cover of the Who's "I Can't Explain." I was there. And I know I had a good time.

I don't mean to say that I was at the Firebarn on May 26th, 1979, when Flashcubes On Fire was recorded. I might have been there. I might not have been there. But I'll testify to this: I was at a lot of Flashcubes shows in '78 and '79, shows at the Firebarn and the Slide-Inn and the Jab, at Uncle Sam's and the Brookside, at the Orange, at Stage East, at the razzafrazzin' Grape 'n' Grog, at Gildersleeves on Bowery in NYC. I saw them with the Ramones and the Runaways, with David Johansen, 999, Artful Dodger, the Fast, Joe Jackson, New Math. After the group reunited in the '90s (sometimes with deputy drummers sitting in for percussive powderkeg Tommy Allen), I saw them at Styleen's, the Lost Horizon, Syracuse's Inner Harbor, the Palace Theater, the Civic Center, Onondaga Lake Park, the Empire Room at the New York State Fairgrounds, Funk N' Waffles, Bop Shop Records in Rochester, and maybe some place else my brain won't surrender. I missed them at the Landmark Theater--outta town commitment that night--and I was never able to see them at CBGB's or International Pop Overthrow. I'll see the Flashcubes whenever and wherever fortunes places me there.

And I saw the Flashcubes play in Dave Glavin's garage on July 1st, 1979, the evening of a very, very bad day for me. Even then, the Flashcubes were able to provide delightful distraction amidst the slings and arrows of bad days, bad weeks. Then and now, loud and proud, a single finger held up against trouble and woe.  

A good time in bad times. I wish I'd seen them more often. I cherish every time I did see them. Yeah, I was there. Here's to the good times.

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I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl