As told to Susan Mazzeo by Danny “Rocker” Pineiro
Music has always been a part of my life. Before the age of twelve I primarily listened to rap and R&B. I still remember the first rap song that was ever released: Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang. When I was twelve, I purchased my first album, The Cars self-entitled album. I bought it at The Princeton University Record Store while on a school trip. That changed my whole life. I stopped listening to disco and started calling myself Danny Rocker. I loved rock, the steady rhythm, the scale and riffs. I liked how the blues influenced heavy metal and punk rock. I discovered The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Cars, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols, The Scorpions (my favorite) and little known Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Sigue Sigu plays techno-punk. I highly recommend checking them out.
When I was seventeen I stole my uncle’s electric guitar he made himself. I also bought an acoustic guitar from a local thrift store for $25.00. The first electric guitar I purchased was a Kramer Focus 4000. This was definitely a heavy metal guitar! There were spikes on the body of the guitar. I loved it and spent many hours honing my craft. I did not know how to read music but even so, taught myself to play; learning by books and playing by ear. I still do not know how to read write music. Soon after I purchased my first Fender Stratocaster. It was cherry red and was she sweet. I played mostly for myself and began to write songs.
By 1990, I decided to start my own DJ business, Danny Rocker Entertainment known as DJ Danny Rocker. I DJ’ed private parties, at clubs and weddings. I began to make custom tapes for my clients. They appreciated this added service and it increased my business.
Although I have long ago hung up my straps and no longer DJ, my friends still call me Danny Rocker.
I live alone and I have my own privacy. I have good family members. I like to cook and clean. I would like to learn a trade or profession or to have a job. I have support from my family, case worker, and Shore House. I go to Shore House a few times a week, I like it there.
The things that matter in this world are those that carry no price tag, for they can neither be bought nor sold. I have often made mistakes but I have learned from them.
Pokemon Go has become a very popular app. This augmented reality app for the phone is taking over peoples’ lives. I constantly see groups of people walking around “catching” these Pokemon. Don’t get me wrong, I play the game myself. I will walk out of my apartment to go catch a Charmandar, but I would not go completely out of my way to go hunting like a lot of players have been doing. I often wonder why this app is so popular? Is it because my generation is reliving their childhood?
After doing more research on the game, there have been some interesting findings on the positivism it is having on the players’ mental health. Players have reported finding motivation to finally get out of bed to hunt for these Pokemon. Dr. John Grohol, founder of the mental health network Psych Central, says while the developers behind Pokémon Go didn’t “mean to create a mental health gaming app,” they’ve effectively done so. “Granted, it’s through their smartphone acting as an interface, but walking is walking, even if the motivation for doing so is to play a game,” Grohol writes. “For a person suffering from depression or another mood disorder, the idea of exercise can be nearly impossible to contemplate, much less do. For someone suffering from social anxiety, the idea of going outside and possibly bumping into others who may want to talk to you is daunting.”
All of these observations are very correct. I can personally say that just the other day my friends and I took a walk down the boardwalk and down the street to hunt for Pokemon (this was directly outside of one of our apartments). Normally we do not go on walks, but today we got to enjoy the outdoors. On this walk we encountered many groups of people playing. Everyone we encountered was nice and socialized with us. It was an interesting experience, but a positive one to say the least.
On the other hand, this game comes with some dangerous negatives. CBS news reports that there have been armed robberies done by using the Pokemon Go app- this is because individual players have gone to “Pokestops” alone (a place on the map where you can obtain various helpful items) and this is where the perpetrator will be waiting purposely. Other various accidents have been reported that this app has “caused”. Players have been walking into things, driving into things, getting into accidents, falling, and just getting hurt because they are too distracted by the game. Blaming the game for these accidents is not fair because the game does give a warning beforehand stating “stay aware of your surroundings.”
In the end of it all, I must say that the accidents are mainly chalked up to carelessness on the players’ end. To play this game and not get injured, you must pay attention to the real world around you as well. As for the robberies- this is alarming, but also poses for more caution while playing the game. My advice for this would be to not go to a “pokestop” at night and to not go hunting alone. Overall, I do not know how long this fad will go on for, but for the time being stay safe and have fun!
I have been asked by a staff member to write a blog, this will be my first.
We all complain about having bills. Actually, being in a position to have bills is a privilege. Sound strange? Not so.
First there is food and shelter, the basics. Not everyone has a home nor proper nutrition. And then the list grows from there.
The privilege? Most of us in the U.S. with a little help from our government and a solid effort from ourselves can grow.
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.