Death Punching

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I know they’re not for everyone, but I love Five Finger Death Punch. What first drew me to them was Jason Hook’s guitar riff in My Nemesis. Jason is an awesome guy. After I watched him on Instagram giving guitars away to fans at meet and greets, and then I saw his other Instagram page with his cats, I became a true fan. When I watched his documentary, Hired Gun, I was totally sold.

Death Punch is a little rough around the edges. Most of their songs contain the “F” word. They’re loud. Ivan Moody alternates between a deep throated growl or surprisingly smooth and beautiful vocals. Their music is fun. A lot of it is tongue in cheek.  My hubby thinks this type of music makes people angry. I think the opposite. Yelling along with this type of music gets out my aggression – it’s kind-of like scream therapy for me.

Hubby asked me over the weekend about the second concert we were attending (beside Alice Cooper in September). I had no idea what he was talking about. He said “Death Punch”, and I just shrugged.

Monday, son #1 (age 27) pulled me aside and said son #2 (age 22) was telling everyone I was taking him to see Death Punch.  Uh-oh. I had said last year that if they ever came back this way, I’d take him, but nothing was definite.

Yesterday morning I went online and Googled Death Punch Tour.  Guess who’s coming to town – also in September? Guess who bought four tickets?

The family who sees Death Punch together stays together?

The four of us are going to see them on Labor Day at Darien Lake (a theme park where they have a concert venue).  That’s Monday.  Then Friday of that same week Hubby and I go to see Alice Cooper in another state (Pennsylvania). It’s going to be quite the week.This is a testament to how much my Hubby loves me. He doesn’t care for this type of music.

I can’t wait.

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Donna Reads: Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

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BF552AC4-C1C9-4194-81EA-C19B67DA21FC.jpegMariana Zapata gets me every time with the slow burn romance. This one was a little different. It started with a bit of a red herring with a neighborhood fight outside of a child’s bedroom window. I had a hard time getting into it because of the unexpected violence and the unlikeable character who was involved. I thought at first that the male character who was being pulverized was the hero.  He was not. He was the hero’s brother. The brother is a monumental jerk. When we meet the hero, he is married. I had issues with that as well. He is separated, and he honorably does not let anything happen between himself and the heroine until he’s divorced. With Zapata’s typical slow burn, of course, that process took most of the book. I was thoroughly enchanted with the children in the book.  They were just that cute.

Diana Casillas is a single mother (yes, she’s Sal Casillas’s cousin – our heroine from Kulti). Diana is raising her two nephews, Josh and Louie, after their father’s death.  Louie’s mother is also deceased; Josh’s is not, but she’s not a suitable parent.  One thing I disliked about the book was how long it took to explain what had happened to Diana’s brother, Rodriguo and what happened to Louie’s mother, Mandy. Josh’s mother appears in the story fairly early on. Diana and her two boys have recently moved into the house across the street from the hero, Dallas and his brother, Jackson.  Jackson is the one who gets beat up at the beginning of the book. He is not a nice person.

Dallas is Josh’s baseball coach, and he is great with the kids. Most of the baseball players’ mothers have a crush on Dallas. He is leery of Diana at first, not wanting to get involved and not wanting to play favorites for fear of upsetting other parents. Of course, over time, he and Diana share many experiences, and they grow close. Diana, too, is hesitant to get involved with Dallas. She is constantly reminding herself that he’s married, but despite that, she does become attached.  Dallas is such a good man, and he is always there for her. He’s thoughtful, protective, kind and good to the kids.

Although this one took me a little time to get into the story, once I did, I couldn’t put it down. Dallas is a really good guy. He was definitely not a jerk, unlike Zapata’s previous heroes who had poor manners and poor social skills. Dallas is almost perfect except for the fact that he is married.

This story also had cameos with characters from past books. Sal and Kulti (from Kulti) come to Josh’s birthday party. Aiden and Vanessa (from the Wall of Winnipeg) are also featured. Vanessa is Diana’s best friend. It took me a bit to figure out who she was until they mentioned her husband being a famous football player, and then it dawned on me who the two of them were. It had been a while since I read the Wall of Winnipeg. I went back to that book and looked for Diana, and she was there. It’s fun that past characters are usually revisited in Zapata books. I’m hoping that Diana and Dallas pop up in a future Zapata story.

I highly recommend this one. Stick with it if you find it slow to start. It gets better. The character development is awesome.

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1,000 posts almost makes up for this…

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This pile of wood shavings is what’s left of my squirrel tree. My 23 year old pussy willow is no more. It cracked down the middle, and half of it was leaning on my house. I’m so bummed. What will my squirrels do?

My yard is forlorn and bare, and I am so very sad to lose my beautiful tree.

Finding my Inner Rockstar

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My new license plates arrived this week. I ordered vanity plates when my regular plates peeled – the paint just disintegrated right down to the bare metal! Now I just need my car repaired and returned from the collision shop. They’ve had it two weeks, and they’re still ordering parts. I’m trying to stay patient, but it’s difficult.

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Here’s my newest ink (the Flying V guitar). I went to the Roc City Tattoo Expo. My boss went with me! What fun, and I didn’t get in trouble for being away from my desk! I was inked by an artist from FishLadder Tattoo from Lansing, Michigan. He was a real nice guy, funny and fast!

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Rock on!