The man behind rock opera Worms Rise Up! appreciates worms, babies, plants and virtual pizza eating

Nick Weckman is loving life. He shares that love by writing music and performing with various acts around the Columbus area. His latest project is Worms Rise Up!, a true tale of the future in which there are no humans... only worms. You can see them at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at Cafe Bourbon Street as they they travel through time (with puppets) and learn about humankind's ultimate destiny: failure. 

Here are a few things Weckman loves.

Worms are great. What's not to love? They're cute, cuddly and they turn your leftovers/trash into food for other things... like vegetables, which you can then eat. What a deal! They also happen to be our future overlords, so it's probably a good idea to start appreciating their benevolence now. Their rich history has been well documented.

Babies are great. What's not to love? In fact, my wife and I had two of 'em... simultaneously! Well, to be honest, she had two and I watched... but nonetheless, we love 'em. So much, in fact, that I am now a devoted stay-at-home dad.

Oakland Park Nursery Plants are great. What's not to love? And Oakland Park Nursery has got a lot of 'em. So many, in fact, that they'll sell them to you for a modest fee. If that's not enough, I live right down the street, so stop on by when you pick up your next bag of manure.   Our Tony's Adventure Adventures are great. What's not to love? A few years ago, two former (and soon to be returning) Columbus locals began the audacious task of eating at every restaurant with "Tony's" in the title — not just in Columbus, but the whole US of A. Sometimes they even live stream their visits. Imagine... here you are, online... watching someone else eat pizza. It... is... divine.