Saturday, November 30, 2013

Circular Picture Disc | Cover Art
Alan Aldridge
Captain Fantastic &
The Brown Dirt Cowboy

The 1st album to debut in the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100!

1st to debut at #1!!! on Billboard
Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Alan Aldridge Artwork



Elton John v Freddie Mercury
Central Park v Wembley Arena

The needle's stuck on the vinyl...
Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Blue Moves

2014 | The Year to Kick Back, My Style
Custom Converse
OrangeMercury Media Official Footwear

If you know this song, you'll know what I mean.
Lump | Mutiny [1973]

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2CELLOS | Luka Sulic & Stjepan Hauser

Photographs ©2013 | Bernard M Lynch Jr

Remembering the Wounded Warriors Project

The Universal Collision | 2013

Wow. The biggest collision to happen to since 1699? Or some ridiculously historical date way in the past. I know it's not happening for another 10,000 years, like I'll be around to deal with it.

I just shake my head wondering where people are getting the money for all this + traveling on top of everything.

Christine Romans, she of CNN, says don't charge if you can't pay off everything by January's end. Smart advice.

But I wouldn't feel less thankful if I stayed home and had bagels or Chinese, pizza even. I'd stay in, and watch the entire second season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY | Asylum.

And I would be thankful for the people in my life, but I wouldn't think any more or less than them if I could not only save a few bucks, but put a portion of the money I'm not spending in the calendar collision of three major holidays, all whack require money, and money to get there. Let's divide by four: say I was going to spend $400 and donated 25% of that to the less fortunate who would would love to have a Thanksgiving dinner, and I don't know if I could be a fly on the wall at a place like that.

Thank would be $100. Which could buy 10 boxes or bags at the various grocery chains. Or dinner out or four people with $25 which might throw a turkey to the $10 bag for marriage.

I'm not saying that I'm not going somewhere and not going to be with family and not have a good time rather than a dysfunctional afternoon, and the folks are driving, because my driving wouldn't be acceptable, and I'm not hateful to the point I can't drive with them, and work on my blog at the same time. 

Either way.

I remember when I was post grammar school and entering high school. I was going to bars by then. But part of my excuse for some things was CYO – Catholic (or Christian) Youth Organization. And we would collect from the church and school and donations and stuff and put together complete meals, meals which make today's pickings look slim – and bring them to the project. Subsidized housing which generally is so terribly run down rather than geometrically fashioned, and drop bags to the Negroes. Yep. The Negroes in those days.

And somehow a camera always ended up in my hand because I wasn't afraid of going directly into battle or the front lines to get my photo.

And out of the blue, but really in a series of stairs taking you to the upper levels, there were shadows with peoples' front doors there, visible, saved, somewhat by the lack of a lightbulb over the door.

And the one that did I wouldn't take a photo, but especially when that woman said "hey – hey you. The one with the camera. Take a picture and I'll break your arm."

Somehow I believed her.

And I still haven't taken that picture. Nor will I.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Enjoy your freedom…or run like hell!

Drive-by shooting, with a camera! 
©2012 Bernard M Lynch Jr

Monday, November 25, 2013

Memorial T-Shirt | Chris "CJ" Saraceno
We can be heroes, just for one day...

Chris "CJ" Saraceno

Designed by Austin Taylor-Carpenter
NCLUSIVE, Inc., Los Angeles CA




 mile-wide smile and a pair of shades dripping rainbow colors encapsulate a local man’s larger-than-life personality for friends trying to keep his memory alive.

Watertown High School graduate Christopher J. “CJ” Saraceno, 24, died in a bus accident in Los Angeles in September. Although he moved away from Watertown when he graduated in 2007, Saraceno’s death shocked friends back home.

“He was the epitome of cool. The word doesn’t even do him justice. He was so much bigger than Water­town, Connecticut,” said Rachael Bronson, who has been friends with Saraceno since kindergarten.

She said he had an infec­tious
 personality and was al­ways looking to make things bigger and better.

Bronson and 2007 class of­ficers Amber Wood, Mark Merrolle and Justin Chere set up the CJ Saraceno Schol­arship Fund at Webster Bank and have already collected more than $10,000 from the leftovers from the class’s cof­fers and donations from classmates.

“We just wanted to set something up in CJ’s memo­ry because he was so amaz­ing,” Bronson said. “Every­body was totally on board with it. It’s turned into some­thing much more than I
 thought it would be.” 

The scholarship will go to a Watertown High School sen­ior similar to Saraceno, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who plays varsity sports, is involved in other extracurricular activities, and preferably has a special interest in visual or perform­ing arts, Bronson said. Sara­ceno’s parents, Chris Sara­ceno and Rita Saraceno, will choose the winner.

Anyone who donates more than $25 to the fund can bring their deposit slip to the Wedding Embassy in Oakville and receive a free screen-printed T-shirt em­blazoned with CJ Saraceno’s face. The back of the shirt says “Chase Joy.”

CJ Saraceno’s co-worker from Los Angeles, Austin Taylor-Carpenter, designed the image from a photo of Saraceno at a wedding, ac­cording to CJ Saraceno’s fa­ther. Of the first run of 100 shirts, Saraceno said 30 are already ordered by people in California, where Saraceno worked as a brand content strategist for NCLUSIVE, Inc. “People are growing crazy for them,” Chris Sara­ceno said.

Saraceno’s classmates plan to collect donations and hand out the shirts at the Thanks­giving weekend hockey game between Watertown Youth Hockey coaches and Boston Bruin’s Alumni team. The game is Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. at the Taft School’s Odden Are­na.

Chris Saraceno said he was a hockey coach and his son was a player for more than 10 years. CJ Saraceno played for Watertown High School and later Tufts University’s club team. Chris Saraceno said Watertown Youth Hock­ey President Larry Erickson is dedicating the game in CJ
 Saraceno’s memory and the coaches are wearing jerseys emblazoned with Saraceno’s name and number.

Chris Saraceno said more than 1,000 people came to his son’s wake and the mass at St. Mary Magdalen was standing room only.

“It was just an outpouring of people that came and rec­ognized our family,” Chris Saraceno said.

Chris Saraceno said his son was a sincere, intelligent, en­dearing individual who was friends with a diverse group
 of people.

“He didn’t define people,” Chris Saraceno said. “He would take you to task for things that were near and dear to his heart.”

Chris Saraceno said he son’s co-workers in Califor­nia were very fond of him.

“I just sat there and melted when they talked about my son. The world was short­changed, trust me,” Chris
 Saraceno said.

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