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Mammal rock and paddle power

I have a new obsession.No, it’s not that Redbox $1 DVD rental thing outside of McDonald’s which I will most likely dedicate more words to someday.Besides love, I can’t get enough of “Entourage.”I’m not sure if ya’ll are familiar with this HBO programming, but it is hands-down one of the better shows I’ve watched in a long time. That’s saying something with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “What Not To Wear” floating around out there in TV land.Mark Wahlberg is the executive producer of the weekly cable show based loosely on his own life and how he made it famous with the help of his hometown boys in his entourage.Even Markie Mark had to start somewhere.I haven’t quite nailed down my favorite character on the show, but I’m leaning toward the lead character’s half-brother, Drama, played by Kevin Dillon.I think I like the show because it’s a reminder that friends are more important than all the money in the world. And when making – or at least starting to make all the money in the world, there’s no better people to share it with than a group of great friends from the old ‘hood.I think I’d start with a trip to Mexico. Meg, grab your sombrero.

It’s happening in Silt to boot: Paddle Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harvey Gap State Park, demo boats from Hobie Kayak and Mad River Canoe and enjoy a free barbecue. Information: 945-6994This is why I’d kick it up here: Since last summer, I’ve been on a mission to learn how to kayak. OK, mission is a little strong. More like a wishin’. I know a little about paddling, but the roll class I took was a little discouraging. Chalk that up to a minor panic attack underwater when I was trying to roll. Luckily I was in a pool and not the river. But I have made my way around a really big lake and I paddled out of Westwater Canyon for a couple hours (after the rapids, my friends). I’m not a total gaper more like an eddy flower, as chicks without paddling skills are called. That’s better than shuttle bunny in my book. I think I’ll give it another college try on Harvey Gap Saturday. And I’ll make sure to wait the minimum 30 minutes before getting back in the water after the barbecue. See Mom, I do listen.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: The Mammals, with opening band Coyote Gospel, Carbondale free Summer of Music concert series, 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sopris Park. Information: 963-1680 and http://www.themammals.netThis is why I’d kick it up here: Apparently I missed a great time with The Gourds for the July 4 show at Sopris Park. Amy Kimberly, Mountain Fair music momma, said there were like 1,500 people. Lucky for me, the town’s Summer of Music series continues this weekend with a free show by The Mammals. The band out of Woodstock, N.Y., fuses indie rock, folk and bluegrass for a knee-slappin’ good time. One of the members is the grandson of Pete Seeger. I just heard his CD with Bruce Springsteen this week and totally recommend checking it out before seeing Sunday’s show. That’ll get you in a Mammals mood.

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