It’s always good to be able to update with positive things, and positive surprises are even better.
First off, Thick Shakes got the wild card for the next Rock’n’Roll Rumble round! They join a well heeled group of Rumble veterans at Crash Safely, including last year’s winner, two of last year’s semi-finalists, both of the runners up in 2009, the winners in 2002, participants in 2008, participants from last year, participants from 1988, participants from 2001, and a member of the band that won in 1989, as well as members of bands from 1999. Now that I’ve put more hyperlinks in one sentence than a human normally does, thus sending this into the spam-alert zone, I can also mention we got some love from the third band to win the Rumble as well. There were 10 bands that played last year and about the same amount getting ready for this year.
Now that should keep you clicking around the internet for a good amount of time. While I never set out to ask Rumble bands to play these shows, it turns out that many of them have the Rumble in common. It also points out just how many people are affected, in some way, by MS. In a way, it makes sense; It doesn’t take long to be within six degrees of anyone. We have friends, family and coworkers; our friends have friends, family and other coworkers etc., etc. No wonder you’ll be within 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon; the number of people these folks know is astounding! If you’re feeling particularly dorky, check out this lecture where Harvard Professor David Malan talks about Facebook and the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and actually uses some small (for Facebook) numbers to see exactly how that plays out.
We’re a lot more connected to each other than we’d like to imagine.
There’s more good news, but it’s still in process. Being a believer in chance, I don’t want to mention what those things are until they’re a bit more solid, but trust me… it’s really amazing. Not as amazing as bacon, perhaps, but amazing nonetheless.