So…I’ve been on a quest to see every “Columbo” over the past probably year. I was Googling to find out who one of the actresses was in a 80’s episode of the show and found out that she is now Falk’s wife. Then I found out the really depressing news that Falk is suffering from dementia and probable Alzheimer’s…and that he no longer remembers his role as Columbo…and that’s he’s terribly ill and possibly dying.
…so that sucks. And yes, I AM tempted to make a “He should’ve written it down in his notebook” joke.
But seriously, that actually kind of bummed me out. I like Peter Falk a lot. He was one of the first actors I ever became a fan of, alongside Jack Lemmon and (to an extent) Tony Curtis in “The Great Race.” Let’s face it…Curtis was okay, but that movie only had legs because of Professor Fate (Lemmon) and Max (Falk). Also Natalie Wood was kinda hot…but she’s super-dead now, so that’s just uncomfortable to think about.
So…that’s a sad day waiting to happen…
In other news, I’m getting sick. The right side of my sinuses hurt (hurts?) when I swallow. Throat, nose and ear. That’s irritating. Hopefully it doesn’t get too much worse. I don’t like that kind of sick…I’d rather be “all I want to do is sleep” sick…the kind that isn’t painful, but where you do lose days. I don’t dig the painful, “hope my throat doesn’t swell up” sick. That sucks.
…but not as much as Peter Falk not remembering being Columbo…that’s just depressing.
Still got nothing worth focusing on…so let’s do this thing…
- Tried to post yesterday, but couldn’t get WordPress to load for some reason. Dunno if it was them or me…
- Sprayed for spiders yesterday. Don’t know if I killed any of them, but I sure was coughing.
- I missed Karl Malden and Steve McNair in the “Summer of Death” list. Super-sorry to Malden…and double-sorry to McNair for not knowing who he was until someone told me I missed him.
- I accidentally popped a tuner off one of my guitars today. I was standing up and tuning and decided to walk across the room for some reason…then I tripped and popped it right off of there (with nothing but the MIGHT AND POWER of my bare hand!!!). Gonna have to shell out $60 for the replacement tuners…but at least it’s an easy fix and it given me an excuse to buy some strap locks, too.
- Anyone else a little freaked out by those “Residue is Evil” commercials? No? Just me?
- I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately at work. Not sure why…I mean the coffee is RIGHT THERE and I don’t have to dip anything in it…but I’ve been opting for tea lately. Weird.
- The MDA Telethon is right around the corner. Expect a full post about that when it gets a little closer. It’s probably going to be extra sad this year, since Ed McMahon just died. We run a pretty good chance of Jerry Lewis screaming at America about the low numbers again. I always enjoy that. 🙂
- Every now and again, I’m haunted by the idea that I’m forgetting to take something to work with me or that I’m not sure what project I’m supposed to be tackling in the morning…but then I realize that I’m thinking about my OLD job, where I was stressed out all the time. Then I usually breathe a sigh of relief.
- We’re down to just the really difficult stuff in the Blue Tattoo recordings. There are three songs I’ve not done scratch-tracks for yet…and they’re the tricky ones. I’m kind of sweating them…and I need to get the scratch-tracks done by Tuesday. Yikes. Why didn’t I work on that today?!?
- Why is it that a single, chunky, bearded, 30-ish guy can’t say “cute kid” without it coming across creepy?
- Speaking of kids… By all accounts, my niece has been trying to say, “Derek” (at her parents’ prompting), and it’s coming out “Do-Do.” (Like the extinct bird…not the verb.) Kind of mean-spirited, I’d say. What’d I ever do to her?!?
- …if any of you start calling me “Do-Do,” I’ll make it my business to vote Sarah Palin into office in 2012. Yeah. I’m that serious about it. Just TRY me, America.
- I had a sandwich from Bread Company (Panera to those of you outside of STL) for the first time in a long time. Really good…but I forgot how much that costs. Yikes.
- I think I’m going to go to bed soon…not because I’m tired, but because I’m bored. We’ll see how that goes.
- That place where I bruised my mouth with my toothbrush feels a lot better.
…and that’s it…maybe I’ll at least pick a THEME or something for next time…
- The Pink Panther Strikes Again. It’s on BBC America. This is one of the GOOD ones in the series! Plus, my brother was in a play in high-school that borrowed heavily from this movie. I don’t think it was actually “Strikes Again…” but I know it had the hunch-back thing in it. Do you recall the title, Dave?
Here’s some more stuff I’ve been meaning to address…enjoy!
- Okay… I’ve addressed this on the blog before, but it seems to be getting worse and worse.
- A – If you ride a bicycle, you’re a cyclist, NOT A BIKER.
- B – You do NOT always have the right of way.
- C – You DO have to stop at stop-signs/lights.
- D – You belong on a bike trail, not on a city street.
- E – You should NEVER be in the middle of the lane.
- F – You’re supposed to WALK your bike through the intersection.
- G – I’m encased in steel and you’re NOT.
- H – F*** YOU!!!
- I don’t really get the purpose of orchestra conductors. I mean, yes they’re useful during the rehearsals…but a metronome or a guy tapping his foot would suffice to get the group started at the performance. When I was in orchestras, I pretty much never looked at the conductor, instead focusing on the music. I’ve never understood why they get the majority of the applause at the shows.
- I mentioned this on Facebook, but I don’t think I said it here. I don’t ever want to hear or read anyone my own age (or younger) using the word “Hubby” ever again. He is your husband. Call him that. I’m going to have to insist that you stop talking like you’re a friend of my grandmother’s.
- Listening to a book on tape is NOT READING.
- A brief summation of The Summer of Death (so far):
- Billy Mays
- Gale Storm
- Farrah Fawcett
- Michael Jackson
- Ed McMahon
- Mitsuharu Misawa
- The Taco Bell Dog
- Frank McCourt
- Walter Cronkite
- Les Paul
- John Hughes
- Think I’m going to try to get together with Mike Feldman to play some acoustic stuff soon. No gigs…just jamming. It’s kind of nice to do that once in a while.
…and that’s all for now…I’ve got to get moving if I’m going to be at my brother’s place by 7:30.
The three records on my iPod during work today:
- Mark Lanegan – Field Songs
- Centro-matic – Fort Recovery
- Frank Black and the Catholics – Show Me Your Tears
I’ve not had a lot to say that’s been worth a full post. I know, I know… “When has ANYTHING you’ve written been worth a full post, Derek?” My response: “Whatever…you read it anyway.” 🙂
Anyhoo…I’m going to just do a series of “random” posts. I figure that’s better than nothing.
- Did some more recording with Blue Tattoo. The other guys’ work is sounding really good. I haven’t done many of my own tracks on the new stuff yet. I’ll probably try to tackle some of that this weekend. But the other guys are really doing well. I’ve been particularly pleased with how well Johnny’s drumming has been flowing lately. This thing’s been seeming almost effortless lately, for me—which is really rewarding. (Dunno how the other guys feel about it, but that’s how I feel).
- I’ve been a little behind at work this week. I lost a couple of hours on Monday (long, dull story) and in what I do, that’s kinda tough. I THINK I might get caught up tomorrow…but it’s been tough this week to get back on pace. Fortunately, I like working there and the office mood has been high and light…which brings me to…
- On Wednesday the bosses bought us all lunch. That was pretty cool. We went to Pappy’s Smokehouse (again), which has VERY quickly become my favorite eatery in St. Louis. I had a pulled pork sandwich from there a couple of weeks ago that made me very literally moan! My office watched a man fall in love with a sandwich that day. Yesterday I had the beef brisket. Not quite as good, but still pretty awesome. Next time…ribs. Check out Pappy’s if you’re ever in the area. It’s SOOOOOO worth it!
- I missed the Over the Rhine show at Blueberry Hill tonight. Wanted to go, but it’s been an expensive month…had to cut back somewhere. Kinda regret it, but at least I don’t have buyer’s remorse.
- Speaking of buyer’s remorse… My Les Paul is AWESOME! It’s got a huge tone and I totally see why people have raved about them for like 50 years. (Someone asked, because the picture I posted before is kind of dark…so in case you couldn’t make it out, it’s wine red with gold hardware.) So now I have a Gretsch, a Strat, and a Paul…gonna have to cart all three to every gig, just for the sake of looking awesome. I also am going to have to take a picture of me with all three. Now…if I could just get that Telecaster… (It never ends…)
- Baseball has TWICE robbed me of Star Trek this week. As a nerd, I take exception to that.
- Just a reminder…Fisher Stevens played Ben in “Short Circuit” and “Short Circuit 2.” That’s right. They slapped a bunch of makeup on him and had him do a really offensive Indian accent…and there you go… Also, he did a Columbo in the 80s.
- I was brushing my teeth last night and I accidentally brushed too fast and went back too far and bruised the back of my mouth on the left side. That sucks. Now my jaw hurts a little. FYI — Good pain-relief for something like that…suck on a bag of Black Tea (I prefer Earl Gray, personally).
- My friend Larry’s going through some stuff right now. I shouldn’t talk about it…mostly because it’s none of my damn business…but if he reads this, just wanted to say I’m sorry things suck a little right now, and hang in there, Larry.
- Turns out that I love bagels. Especially Asiago Cheese bagels. I did not know that about myself until very recently.
- Been a lot of rain lately, which I like…but it’s been the dangerous kind, which I don’t like so much. Illinois has been hit harder than we have (as usual, for some reason)…but there’ve been a couple of intense storms in STL lately. Wish we could have the rain—even the HEAVY rain—but skip over the tornadoes.
That’s it for now…more soon.
- Every day I put three records into a playlist on my iPod and listen to them over and over again at work. That makes time move in weird ways. Like you’ll hear a song and think “I know where that is in the record…I haven’t been working that long…” …but BULLSHIT! You’ve been at work for six hours, the CD just looped around again. That’s a good distraction when you’ve got a lot of work to do. Today it was The Who’s “Quadrophenia,” Ray Davies’ “Working Man’s Cafe,” and Hank Williams III’s “Lovesick, Broke, and Driftin.'” Tomorrow, I’m thinking a full-on country mix.