These are Days

These are days you’ll remember. Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this. And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you. These are days you’ll remember. — “These are Days”, 10,000 Maniacs

BloggerCon concluded a few minutes ago after saying goodbyes to dinner companions. It never occurred to me that I should try to get Zippy my notebook computer online at the Harvard Book Store until Gregor and I stopped by after dinner and he turned on his computer to check the bus schedule. Voila! The bookstore is surrounded by Harvard buildings so my connection is probably coming from a student’s dorm room or apartment. Photos from the Friday night Hong Kong party will be online tomorrow. I forgot to drop off the film today.

The 10,000 Maniacs’ song with the same title as this entry came to mind when I was thinking about the Bloggercon weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to discover on the band’s website that they are back together after a two-year break following the death of founding member Robert Buck. Oskar Saville is the new singer (replacing Mary Ramsey who replaced Natalie Merchant in 1994) and they’re joined by Jeff Erickson on lead guitar. This band has special significance in my life. Fifteen years ago a coworker at the restaurant I was working at as a teenager gave me a handful of cassette tapes and CDs to listen to after discovering I had 80s hair bands in my collection but no alternative tunes. After listening to “In My Tribe” a few times I was hooked. Now if someone would just convince Edie Brickell to get back on tour with the New Bohemians. Toad the Wet Sprocket, my other favorite band from high school got back together earlier this year.