Summer Staycation Goals

I’m a big fan of the staycation idea as it is perfect to just relax and sit back without any rules and timelines. I would say that you should do it atleast once or twice in a year. I have done it a few times and it is a totally awesome experience. It is so relaxing to do it in your home but even better if you can find a nice hotel room that is isn’t that taxing on your budget.

I would say keep some rules : forget about usual restrictions on food & alcohol. Drink as much as you want and eat all your favourite food. Do not check or answer work related emails or phone calls. Do not even entertain that thought. Unfortunately, when you are the spoc/sole admin of a client tool for your office, this forms a big problem as I (and I am sure others in my situation) get calls with issues on this even on my days off. Similarly I am sure if I went away for a few days, I would get those calls.

I want a nice, big comfy bed and wifi, a small fridge to keep the beer cold, a nice bathroom, air-conditioning, a small table with chair so I can eat my meals there and also use my laptop there. And a tv with cable and a smart tv feature so if there is nothing on cable, I can watch stream something from Amazon or Netflix or one of the local ones. Oh yes and I need room service with alcohol/bar option. That is a given.

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RIP Robby Steinhardt

Robby Steinhardt, violinist and co-lead vocalist of the rock outfit Kansas, died Saturday, July 17th. He was 71. Steinhardt’s wife, Cindy Steinhardt, confirmed his death on Facebook. Cindy said Steinhardt was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis in May. Not long after, he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support, and although the outlook was “very grave” at the time, he managed to recover. However, several months later, just as he was about to be released from medical care and moved to a rehab center, Steinhardt suffered another sepsis.

Kansas issued a statement as well, saying, “The members of the band Kansas, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music. What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of Kansas, will always be heartfelt.”

Steinhardt was born May 25th, 1950 in Chicago, and was adopted by his parents, Ilsa and Milton Steinhardt, when he was four days old. One year later, as a biography on Steinhardt’s website notes, the family relocated to Lawrence, Kansas, where Milton worked as a music professor.

Steinhardt grew up playing and studying classical violin, but in 1972, he joined a fledgling rock based out of Topeka, then known as White Clover. White Clover had existed in several forms already, and had even previously used the name Kansas I. At the time Steinhardt joined, the lineup featured Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, and Rich Williams, while Kerry Livgren joined soon after. Steinhardt shared vocal duties with Walsh, with the pair switching between backup and lead; but it was Steinhardt’s violin that helped distinguish Kansas’ sound from other bands.

In 1973, the band scored a record deal and officially settled on the name Kansas. The following year, they released their self-titled debut, and over the next few years, they developed a dedicated audience through constant touring and several more well-received albums. Kansas’ mainstream breakthrough came in 1976 with Leftoverture, which featured the hit single and future classic rock staple, “Carry on My Wayward Son.” Kansas scored their second major hit the following year with “Dust in the Wind,” which appeared on their album, Point of Know Return.

After their Seventies success, Kansas experienced a series of shakeups in the Eighties, first with the departure of Walsh, and then Steinhardt in 1982. Between 1982 and 1997, Steinhardt and Rick Moon played together in the group Steinhardt Moon, while Steinhardt also played with the Stormbringer Band in the Nineties. Steinhardt rejoined Kansas in the late-Nineties but left the group again in 2006.