Nick Gets All Middle Eastern . . And This Week’s Broadcast/Podcast featuring Pickwick / Tommy Malone
By Helen ~ September 10, 2013
Rising stars Pickwick join us this week with their incredible, high-energy classic Americana offerings. Their sound blends indie rock, folk and neo-soul in a way that is uniquely their own. These guys are great!
Also with us: Our long-time friend, Tommy Malone, a gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist whom you may remember from the legendary Subdudes (as their killer lead guitarist and vocalist) and more recently as a solo artist. Both of our musical guests this show share great new songs from their recent studio albums.
We’ve also got an inspiring, in-person E-Chievement Award winner, a dedicated doctor who is helping poor children in Ethiopia. To get a taste for the show, check out the videos below! Then be sure to tune in to your favorite radio station or podcast this week’s program (if you have an iPhone, do you know about the free eTown iPhone app? Otherwise podcast from our website, etown.org or from iTunes).
So there’s the scoop on this week’s show! In other thoughts, here’s a funny thing that happened the other day:
Poor Nick. My dear husband has had a challenging time with skin cancer these last few years; he’s had them all, several basal and squamous, even a bout of the dreaded melanoma (the most aggressive form: thankfully, was caught early and successfully removed before wreaking havoc). As he likes to say, “My body is especially good at making this stuff.” So you’ll be happy to know that Nick is quite diligent in getting frequent check-ups and having various procedures to keep it at bay.
The other day, he had to go in and have a painful treatment that’s aimed at removing pre-cancerous spots (too numerous to slice out, they try to catch these in their pre-cancerous state by literally burning the entire surface of your face; the end result looks just like an extremely severe sunburn). Nick’s had it done before, so he knew his head had to be completely covered for the ride home (no exposure to natural light is allowed for two days immediately following the procedure).
Normally, he wears a wide brimmed hat and brings a piece of cloth to drape over his head; but this time Nick decided to try something different. His dad, Bayard, worked for the State Department when Nick was a wee one; Bayard was stationed for a few years in Beirut, and, among some other cool things, he had brought back an authentic, Bedouin headdress (scarf and anchor rope). We now have that at our house. Just to mess with the medical staff, Nick decided to wear that headdress, along with some sunglasses.
On our way out of the eTown offices to head over to the doctor’s, we bumped into our dear friend and colleague, Zack Littlefield, who was showing his parents around eTown Hall (they hadn’t seen it since the last time they were in town, and wanted to see the completed facility). Well, it turns out that Zack’s dad, the former mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, had brought Nick a surprise gift: the key to the city of Chattanooga!
He ended up presenting it to Nick then and there, on his way out the door . . .
And I just had to share the photos with you.
One of those cartoons in life, you know?
Have a good week, talk soon,