Today, November 11, 2011 (or 11/11/11) is a lot of things.
First and foremost, it is Veteran’s Day, or for those of you with a UK bent, Remembrance Day. Those who wear a uniform and serve their country voluntarily have my immense respect and eternal gratitude. As usual, Winston Churchill expressed these thoughts better than I ever could, paying tribute to those who flew British fighters during the darkest hours of World War II, when Nazi Germany seemed at the brink of complete domination of Europe. Never before had “so much been owed by so many to so few.”
10 words that say more than I could in 5000. I salute those of you who currently count yourself, or have ever counted yourself, among the few.
Now for something completely different….
Today is also celebrated by the Corduroy Appreciation Club as “the date which most closely resembles corduroy, ever.” I must say this is kind of unspeakably awesome and would, I think, definitely be the thing that Hunter S. Thompson would be writing about were he alive today. I salute you, Corduroy Appreciation Club.
For you computer geeks, this is also the last of a handful of binary days, what with all the 1 and 0s and such.
Perhaps most awesomely of all, today is Nigel Tunfel day, he of Spinal Tap turn it up to 11 fame.
Always remember, 11 is one louder.
Speaking of louder, about this time tomorrow I’ll be hitting up the first Orlando Calling festival. Looking forward to seeing the Avetts, Roots, Pete Yorn, and, most of all, a band I haven’t see in over 20 years (yes, I’m old – shut it), Pixies. As I remember them…
So ahead of their time. Had there been any justice in the world, they would have been as big as Nirvana, though given what became of Kurt Cobain, perhaps it is best that they didn’t. Anyway, glad to see they are getting a little bit of the fame and notoriety (and presumably a decent chunk of change) they so well deserved.
I leave you with just a bit more Pixies goodness, a clip of them ripping to shreds two songs (on the Dennis Miller show! How 90s is that?), including an awesome cover of Head On by Jesus and Mary Chain.
Needless to say I can’t wait. Will report back this weekend with a review of the festival.