With our governor announcing the new state budget, I’ve suddenly developed a renewed interest in what goes on in Harrisburg. His “no new taxes” pledge coupled with deep cuts in education spending likely means a major hike in our property taxes, which are already far too high. I voted for him, and yes, I now regret pulling that lever.

Last night, I listened to “Tumbleweed Connection” and “Madman Across the Water,” two records that reminded me of Elton John’s one-time greatness that belies the caricature he’s since become. I’m surprised he hasn’t made a broadway musical out of “Tumbleweed.”

Last weekend, we watched “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains” featuring a 15-year-old Diane Lane. Except for the songs played by the fictional Looters, it’s easy to see why this movie never went anywhere. One might think that a rock movie directed by the great Lou Adler would be better grounded in reality. A punk band from Britain touring Pennsylvania with a washed up glam metal act? Don’t think so. Great to see Fee Waybill from the Tubes and Johnstown, Pennsylvania when it still had a steel mill.

I just spent $35 for an ad in Facebook, which netted me about 60 new “fans” for the Roadside page.