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One man doing good, $10 at a time. And some Bret Michaels love

I’m a sucker for stories like this; I wish I had thought of this first.

Meet Reed Sandridge. He’s an unemployed guy living in Washington, D.C., and last December he decided to try an experiment.

It’s the kind of thing you talk about in sociology class in college, or just hanging out with some friends one day dreaming about making the world better.

Sandridge decided that every day, for a year, he would give away 10 bucks. And he would record all the details of the transaction, through video recording with his camera, and on his website, called A Year of Giving. So far he’s given away almost $1,300.

It’s such a wonderful concept, this random philanthropy on the street. My friend Pearlman, for a story for Newsday, once stood on a street in Manhattan and tried to give away $1 to every person he  met. An astonishingly large number of people refused to accept the bill. They thought it was a scam, or weird, or something.

But this Reed Sandridge guy, this is a man simply doing good. Who knows what that $10 might mean to that person on that day? They may use it to buy flowers for a loved one. Or eat a slightly nicer meal than they could’ve otherwise afforded.

Little gestures mean so much to people. Bravo, Reed Sandridge.

** Bret Michaels, one of the heroes of my 80s music-obsessed youth, is in critical condition with a brain hemorrhage, it’s been reported. Very sad to hear. He truly did kick ass on stage; I saw Poison live in Raleigh, N.C. once and he was fabulous.

Hope Bret pulls through; here’s a little bit of one of my favorite Poison songs. By the way, my sister Debbie used to have the lyrics to this song written on one of her school notebooks. She had a big crush on Bret.

Just throwing some random Lewis family trivia out there for you, that’s all.

Rockin’ Out to “Rock of Ages,” and a day in NYC

So a short blog tonight as I’m wildly pooped; spent the day in NYC with my wife and the in-laws; had a wonderful time. Got to see the usual late December treats in the city: The tree at Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s window, the throngs of people pushing each other out of the way as they try to cross the street. Good times.

Also got to stop in at FAO Schwarz, the greatest toy store ever, and saw the big piano you could walk on that was used in “Big” back in the 1980s. Very, very cool, still.

But the highlight of the day was my long-awaited and desired trip to the Atkinson Theatre to see “Rock of Ages.”  If you’re not familiar with the Broadway show to which I refer, it’s just about the greatest thing ever if you’re a Generation X person who loved 80s music like I did. It’s a story about a guy and a girl who move to L.A. and the Sunset Strip to try to make it big, and, well, it’s just 2-plus hours of awesomeness. I was singing every song in my seat, and playing with the cool fake lighters they handed out when the ballads were on (just about everyone in the theatre was using it for the Poison classic “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

It wasn’t just the music that was terrific; the writing was really funny, the acting was superb, and the costumes, well, let’s just say if you lived through the 80s, you’ll know they got the outfits exactly right. Sequins, leggings, big hair, it was perfect.

So, a great day. Definitely recommend seeing “Rock of Ages” if you’re in NY.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go serenade the family with “The Search is Over.”