Let’s get right to it…y’all know the drill by now…
- I did some new demos for Blue Tattoo. Threw on some snare drum (played with brushes), just for atmosphere. I like it. If Blue Tattoo doesn’t like these songs, I’m thinking of adding bass and putting them up on my website. But I think they’ll dig this set of tunes. I often hand them a set of demos thinking something like, “We’ll probably do tracks 1, 2, and 4, but not the rest…” On this one, there aren’t any I think won’t fly. I like the whole bunch. We’ll see though.
- When I don’t blog for a day or two, it basically means that there’s not anything I think is blog-worthy. That’s right…with all the boring and useless crap that MAKES the blog, there’s still stuff I think isn’t worth the trouble to write about. Wrap your head around that for a while!
- Ended up in a part of the Central West End (St. Louis) yesterday, completely by accident with my friend/co-worker Larry. Until that moment, I had never known that the actual CITY part of St. Louis had a Paul Mitchell and a Strawbs. Larry called it “the douchy part of town,” based on the information available. Judging by the dude who was walking out of the coffee house at the stoplight…he might not have been far off.
- Tonight, I couldn’t find anywhere to go that wouldn’t have involved watching one game or another. It’s weird…even when St. Louis isn’t playing any major sports, we’re nuts for sports. (To be fair, Mizzou was playing tonight…but that wasn’t one of the options.) Just another disadvantage to having grown up as a music-nerd rather than a football-nerd. (I was going to say “jock,” but let’s face it…after high school, if you didn’t play in college, yet it’s still the only thing you really have to talk about…you’re a football-NERD.)
- Someone offered me this thought that I think is worth sharing… “You can outlive ANYTHING.”
- I just read on the Interwebs that the planned re-make of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been cancelled. Thank God for small favors, right?
- Why is it that when you tell someone you’re afraid of spiders, they then proceed to tell you either some story of how they had an encounter with a spider that they also found terrifying, or they start telling you a bunch of facts about spiders? Don’t they get that you don’t WANT to hear that because that stuff’s why you’re afraid in the FIRST PLACE?!?
- Okay…small serious note… On Wednesday, my brother and sister-in-law are going in to see how the twins are doing. When the doctors told Valerie about them in the first place, they said they could only find one heart-beat, which isn’t necessarily BAD, as they are likely to have just been a day or two (or more) apart in development…but still not ideal news. So, if you’re of the prayer/karma/positive-thinking crowd, I’m sure they’d appreciate it for their visit on Wednesday. They’d like to hear both hearts this time. (My brother mentioned that on his blog when he made the announcement, so I don’t think it’s too personal to post here as well.)
- I’ve mentioned that I’ve been listening to a lot of Wilco…well I started listening to some Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo, too. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it…but the drummer in Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt was a guy named Mike Heidorn. I know his sister. She worked with my Dad, back when he was still working. Don’t know who-all that’s interesting to, other than possibly my old friend Marc, who I know was a big Son Volt fan when we were in high school. Never met Mike himself…but his sister’s really nice and cool.
- Drummer texted me some pics of stuff he’s been drawing with the band’s name on it. I like some of it. If nothing else, it proves that we’ve got one of those names that looks really cool drawn on the back of someone’s notebook.
- Similar topic…need some record-titles for the Blue Tattoo CD. I don’t think any of us has ANY ideas at all…so if anyone wants to e-mail/text/Facebook me a few (or post them in the comments), I’d be grateful. You won’t get any money for it, but if we choose your title I’ll toss a free copy of the CD your way and I’ll lobby to get your name in the liner notes (if any).
- Been in a “burger” mood lately. Had a bison burger last night that was pretty good…but I forgot to ask for cheese…so I want another burger…with cheese.
- New Venture Bros. tomorrow (technically TODAY!). I’m incredibly excited! One of my favorite shows on TV, and I can’t wait to see the new season!
That’s all I can think of for now. Think I might try to eat something, then go to bed.
The following are not my words. I didn’t write this. I don’t agree with 100% of it. Some of it, I feel, is a little harsh and unreasonable. Yeah…ME. I think this is a little harsh. I considered letting it just slip by, but considering how passionately I’ve written about politics on this blog over the past couple of years, I felt like this should be posted here—and I thought it was a pretty interesting benchmark that I should post this as my 600th post. Thanks to my friend Marc for posting this on his blog (link to the right), where I read it for the first time a few days ago.
This was the DNC’s response to the GOP’s disdain for President Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Prize:
“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.”
Like I said…I don’t fully agree with all of that. I know and am friends with a BUNCH of Republicans, few of whom I would consider bad Americans—even those who I disagree with the most frequently and extremely… (Though I do think it’s a valid point that B-Dawg didn’t ASK for this award and was as surprised as anyone…and also I didn’t know we were down to only like 20% of the country admitting to being Republican. Last I heard, it was more like 35%…but whatever.)
…but I’ve got to say…where the hell has THAT been for the past 10 years? These are the same guys who didn’t even shake a finger at Bush, aren’t they? What happened? Did the DNC finally hit puberty and grow a pair? Glad to see the fire back in the party…even if it was burning a little hot on this one.
On a side note…thanks to the handful of you who’ve read all 600 posts and been there through bad and good. (Mostly Angela and Nik, I’d imagine.) When I hit 1000, we’s gon’ get silly.
Current Listening — All in one playlist on my iPod, which I put on shuffle:
- Still “Wilco (the album)”
- Jayhawks “Best of”
- Son Volt – “Straightaways”
- Bob Dylan – “Blood on the Tracks”
More random stuff comin’ at ‘ya. No one topic worth spending an entire post on, so we’re going with this.
- Thanks to my dad buying himself a pair that were too small for him to wear, I have discovered the joys of memory-foam slippers. Never thought I’d say it…but it’s times like these I’m glad I’ve got freakishly small feet! Thanks, Dad!
- At work, I’m about an hour off from being up to our stated specifications. (That’s not too bad…basically just means that one or two reports were kind of involved and took longer than they should’ve.) I’ve noticed something about how I feel when that happens. Usually, when someone’s behind at a typical job, their thought-process says, “I’ve got to get caught up or I’m going to get in trouble!” But when I’m a little behind at MY job, I think, “I’ve got to get caught up. I don’t want to let the other guys down.” That speaks to how motivating our office is, I think. Rather than feeling like I’m going to get chewed out or get a bad performance review…I just want the other folks in the office to not have any extra pressure just because I got hung-up on one complicated report. I’m probably not phrasing it quite how I want to…but what I’m getting at is that our office is so DIFFERENT from other offices in that we operate out of genuinely wanting to lift each other up rather than just out of furthering our own individual careers. That’s amazing, to me! I can’t believe how great a move this gig has been for me. I’ve been nothing but blessed by this transition. Funny how life works out like that sometimes…even when you least deserve it.
- I’ve had Chinese food twice this week… The place we get Chinese food from is pretty good, but they’re not the BEST in quality. As it turns out, if you eat there twice in the same week—even though it tasted awesome—your stomach doesn’t exactly thank you for it.
- My niece Tessa has upgraded me from “Do-Do” to “Der-Der” and now to “Dare-Dare.” Not bad. Decent progress… My brother reminded me that Mom used to call me “Dare-Dare” when I was a kid…my response to that was, “Well, as long as she doesn’t start calling me anything Mom called me when I was a teenager, that’ll be just fine.” 🙂
- Did a report at work where the cost of the vehicle was $5150. Awesome Van Halen record.
- Had a chat with a complete stranger as I was walking to my car…in the city…when it was getting dark. Just happened to cross paths with her as I walked out the door. I casually said, “How’s it goin’?” and she said, “Fine. How’re you?” and we just kinda chatted for a couple of minutes, walking down the street. No one felt threatened. No one got mugged. Just had a nice chat with a human being for no reason other than we were at the same place at the same time. I know it sounds crazy…but little stuff like that gives me hope for humanity.
- Just found out that Capt. Lou Albano died. Some know him as “that guy from the Cyndi Lauper videos.” Some know him as “wasn’t he Mario on that short-lived, low-budget, TERRIBLE Mario Brothers TV show?” Some people know him as a fixture of 70s-80s wrestling. Whatever the case, it’s a total bummer, and he’ll be missed by all three industries. Rest in peace, Captain.
- In other fat-guy news… I’d just like to thank the other guys involved in the bid to buy the Rams for doing the right thing. Maybe now I can keep that FDRDAPOC Rush Limbaugh off my blog for at least a couple of weeks. (Wow…it’s even long when you abbreviate it! Pronunciation guide: “Fed-Red-Apoch.”)
- In still more fat-guy news…I’ve resumed my quest to lose a couple of pounds. Essentially, I’ve just cut my lunch portions in half. In all honesty, it sucks and I’m hungry all the time…but it’s been live-able. I’ve been doing this for 16 days so far. Initial committment is for 40 days. Hoping to make it longer. Also trying to do some sit-ups and whatnot at night. We’ll see if it takes this time. Previous plans sure haven’t worked out…hopefully this one’s a winner! Probably not, though. I may just need to accept that I’ve hit the “fat” stage of my life.
- In other (in this case THIN guy) news, my good friend and Blue-Tattoo-mate Chris finally got to take his baby home the other day. Congrats again, Chris and Amy. Are we going with calling the kid Mattingly or shortening to Matt? Just wanna know what to call him when we inevitably meet. 🙂
- In related news (people of all weights involved in this one)… I’ve started referring to the kids coming out of the Blue Tattoo wives as “The Little ‘Tats.” Stupid, I know…but I like it, anyway! I’m just thinking that in a few years, they should form a band together and pick up where-ever we leave off.
- I couldn’t get to sleep last night. Why? Because I had a song stuck in my head. What song? The theme from the old Garry Shandling show. NO ONE should EVER have to find themselves whistling in bed!
- Just realized I missed “How I Met Your Mother” this week. Gonna have to Internet-watch it, I guess.
- I know I’ve mentioned Wilco a few times since Farm Aid and it’s probably getting a little boring…but I’ve got to once again praise their newest record. It may be on its way to “Record of the Year” for me…and with all the competition this year, that’s saying something! It’ll definitely be top-five…almost certainly top-three. Possibly #1. Just a really good listen!
- Thinking about buying a new cowboy hat…this time in brown. We’ll see. Just haven’t gotten a new cowboy hat in a while.
- Let’s end on something maudlin… There’s a friend of mine that I only know through the Internet. We met each other probably about 10 years ago by both being posters on an Internet (Pro) Wrestling Forum. The board isn’t there anymore, but we’re friends on Facebook now. When we first started talking to each other on the board, I knew him as “Brimes.” I now know him as Brian. When we first started talking, all I really knew was that he liked really cool Japanese and Indy wrestling. Now I know that he’s a devoted family man and a very generous, warm guy. I also know that for a long time, he’s been watching his father’s health deteriorating. His Dad (Mark) passed away this past week. He got to say goodbye and got to spend a few months with his dad that the doctors told him he wasn’t going to have—so in a lot of ways, he’s got some stuff to be thankful for, there…but of course that doesn’t make it easy, exactly. I’m not sure if he reads my blog or not…but either way…hang in there, Brian. You lost a good person, but the good person that YOU are is a continually living testament to him.
And that’s it for now. I like to go out on a tear-jerker, now and again.
(Esoteric blog title, huh?)
I’ve noticed that everyone’s making a big deal out of the Simpsons right now. Until tonight I didn’t understand why exactly…I mean, yes, this is the 21st year of the show. That’s pretty impressive…but I wasn’t getting why the 21st year was being met with more fanfare than the 20th. Seemed weird to me… They’re all over the news. They’re in all the magazines… Marge Simpson’s even being depicted nude in the pages of Playboy Magazine. (Which is…weird…I mean, if someone wants to see that, couldn’t they just draw it? I’m genuinely puzzled by that one.) Don’t get me wrong, I love the Simpsons…but I was confused by the reaction they’re getting this year…until I actually READ one of the articles. (Might’ve been a good idea to start there, huh?)
This year, the Simpsons becomes the world’s longest running sitcom (edging out Ozzie and Harriet—good names for your twins, btw, Dave). Let me add some emphasis to that… The Simpsons is the WORLD’S longest running sitcom! More episodes than anyone. More years, too, I’d imagine (but I’m not quite sure how that works). That’s a lot of shows. Over 430. Wow.
Every now and again, I realize just how long that’s been. Here are a few things about the length of time the show’s been on that may not occur to you until you get to thinking about it.
- Were the show a person, it would now be legally old enough to drink. (Actually…I think that’s officially in December…so don’t jump the gun, Maggie!)
- When the show first came on, I was in the same grade as Bart.
- When the show came on, you still felt like TV was getting away with something by having a cartoon character casually use the word “hell.”
- [I’m making this one up.] In the years the show has been on, Fox has cancelled more shows than the Simpsons have had episodes. [That’s probably not true…but wouldn’t it be awesome if it were?]
- Most Freshmen in college were not alive when the first episode aired (save for your non-trad students). They have never known a world without the Simpsons.
- It is likely that anyone under the age of 25 has not seen every episode. Whereas I ***nerd-glasses-push-up*** have seen EVERY episode, in many cases multiple times! (I guess I’m technically qualified to declare “Worst. Episode. EVER!” on one of them, huh?)
- An episode called “Lisa’s Wedding” was a flash-forward to Lisa’s future and her would-be marriage to a British character (named Hugh). Lisa was depicted as being in college, aged 23. Background jokes included a Jim Carey film festival and a poster advertizing the Rolling Stones “Steel Wheelchairs” tour. The year all of this was supposed to take place? 2010.
- Conan O’Brien was working on the show BEFORE he got famous as a talk-show host.
- Some people say, “D’oh!” without knowing why.
Man…how many hours of potential productivity have we all spent watching this show?!?!? 🙂
That’s it…I know I’m behind the curve on that news…but when I read it tonight, I was actually a little proud to have been a part of every moment. That’s kind of cool in some ways. Kind of super-geeky in others. But I’m leaning toward cool. It’s kind of like the little-show that could…and I’m glad I was there for it.
Thanks for the memories, Simpsons. May you keep us laughing for 21 more years…when I’m in my 50s…just like Bart.
I’m better at these random posts than I am on writing on any one subject at a time…so let’s go…
- Almost hit a (I’m guessing like 15-year-old) kid on a bike today. It wasn’t on purpose. I was going down the street and saw the kid, so I moved a little to the left to go around him. I guess he didn’t know I was there, because as I was going by he moved further over…so I moved further over…then he started to cut all the way over and I swerved almost completely off the road (on the WRONG side of traffic!), honked, and floored it to get around him. Word to the wise, cyclists…legally, you’re considered a moving vehicle. (It varies based on location, but yeah, in a lot of places, they may as well be considered a car.) If I had hit that kid, it would’ve legally been his fault. I’d have felt bad about it, and I certainly wouldn’t have pursued a claim or anything…because even though I’d be within my rights, it’d still be absurd. But yeah…that’s the story of how I almost hit a kid on a bike.
- I’m actually a little AHEAD at work, as per this evening! Yea!!! (***Muppet-dance***) That’s not likely to last for too long, as we’re still pretty busy…but today was a good day—and a MONDAY, no less!
- Happy Canadian Thanksgiving (technically yesterday, since we’re past midnight).
- Happy Columbus Day (technically also yesterday…and also, it turns out that Columbus was kinda shady…so do whatever you want with that…)
- Useless piece of information: There is a Goodyear Blimp Museum in Akron, Ohio. Thought you might like to know that.
- Turns out that the NFL Players Union is on my side on the Limbaugh thing. (The “him buying the Rams” part…dunno how they feel on the other stuff I’ve said about him…they didn’t mention it.) They’ve come out with an all-out rejection of Limbaugh’s bid. I don’t know what that means exactly. I don’t know if he still has a right to bid on it or if they could stop a potential sale to him or what…but I did feel kind of good about that. Glad to see the players taking a stand against someone who’s of a—shall we say?—less than honorable stature…as opposed to the lack of action on the whole Michael Vick thing…
- Side note — Went to see a friend of mine play a while ago. They covered that old blues-standard “Walkin’ the Dog.” After the song, the singer said, “That song’s dedicated to Michael Vick.” Good joke. Have to steal it.
- I actually made a meal out of saltines tonight. Sigh…
- I’ve mentioned once or twice that I’ve been reading Nick Hornby’s new book (“Juliet, Naked” — and no, it’s not dirty). I read the first chapter really quickly, then slowed down to a crawl. It’s really good and I don’t want to miss a word. I really think Hornby’s one of the most gifted writers out there today, and this book has been wonderful…so I’m reading it as slowly as I can and cherishing each word. Probably the smartest $25 I’ve spent in months! (And I’ve spent a lot of $25’s lately.)
- Halloween is right around the corner…I’m not a big fan of Halloween…but not for any religious reason. (I think the religious objections to Halloween are kind of silly, actually…but that’s probably its own post.) In essence, here are my objections:
- That’s my candy. I bought it…and you can’t have any!
- I don’t get the “let’s scare each other” thing. Scary is scary…why would you want to do that to people?
- Related to above…I actually scare kind of easily.
- I’d really prefer to just sit and watch TV without the up-down-up-down of answering the door and handing out candy.
- My porch light hasn’t worked for like 10 years…so even when I DO buy candy, no one knocks, lol!
- One of our clients at work was supposed to come by and take us to lunch tomorrow. He’s not going to be able to make it, though. Poor guy’s stuck in a hotel room somewhere (don’t recall where) and they won’t even let him go home. He has the Swine Flu. (…or whatever Obama told us to call it…H1N1? Is that it?) At first I was disappointed when I heard we weren’t getting free food…then they told us WHY, and I just felt bad for the guy. Must suck to be away from home and have a pandemic disease…even if it isn’t quite as dangerous as we once thought it would be. Poor dude. I heard his voicemail, and he sounded more depressed than sick. That sucks. …also, selfishly, I’m just glad he’s not going to come by and get us all sick.
- Blue Tattoo record’s almost done. The bulk of the work is on me, actually. I’ve got to sit and do some guitar parts this week. I like doing that, but I’ve been kind of lazy about it lately. Now I’ve got to get to work. Hoping it goes quickly, without me getting too frustrated. I tend to wig out when I can’t play things correctly. I get all mad at myself, but somehow blame it on the guitar or the recording equipment…dunno what triggers that, exactly, but I’ve always done it. I’m better about it when other people are around…but for some reason, when I’m alone in a room, trying to record a guitar, it can sometimes get a little uglier than I’d like to admit (even though I just admitted it).
- Pay Day in a couple of days! Whoo!
- Bills a couple of days after that! Boo!
- In case you’ve been missing it, Conan O’Brien is in a fascinating war of words with the—I forget if it’s Mayor or Governor or what—of New Jersey. It’s been back and forth for about 2 weeks, mostly on Conan’s show. Hillary Clinton also got involved, with a pretty funny YouTube video saying, “Let’s just blame it on Conan’s head injury and be done with it.” (Conan recently suffered a concussion, incase you missed that, too.) It’s been really entertaining. The cynic in me expects that they’re staging it…but even if they are, it’s been really funny.
- Told my dad the dirtiest joke I’ve ever heard the other night. That was weird. (I’m not going to tell it here…I do have SOME restraint, for God’s sake!) 🙂 I don’t think it helped too much when I told him that my brother was the one who told it to me.
- I briefly referenced this in a post a few weeks ago…but one night a while back, I almost had a revelation. Almost. Y’know how sometimes you can reach a certain point of tired that you have epiphanies? …how just, out of nowhere, things start to make sense? I call it “smart-tired.” I was smart-tired a couple of weeks ago and was driving home from my brother’s place, which is about a 45 minute drive. On the way home, I was just randomly thinking about things and somehow I got to thinking about the scientific concept of String Theory…and for a brief moment, I GOT it. I totally got String Theory. Then I had to signal for the off-ramp and it was gone forever. Pity. Could’ve had something, there.
- I’m going to make it to #20…I think I can, I think I can…
- Y’know how sometimes it seems like everyone else “gets” something and you don’t? Like, everyone else seems to really dig something, but you’re left thinking, “I must be missing it…it’s got to be me…I must be the one who’s wrong about this…” …I’ve totally got that with “The Office.” I liked the English series okay, I guess…but I just don’t seem to get the US version. I’ve tried…oh how I’ve tried… I think it’s mainly that I know what Steve Carell’s capable of (“Little Miss Sunshine,” anyone?) and I don’t see it on the show. Gotta be me…the rest of the people in the world can’t ALL be wrong on that, can they?
- Quick update, for anyone who’s wondering what happened with my Aunt Stella… She’s still recovering from her stroke and is still in a hospital in Arkansas. Her (twin, as it happens) sister Clara has taken over a caretaker role for Stella and (another sister) my Aunt Marge (who we call “Deet”). Marge has Parkinsons and as of last week was also hospitalized with pneumonia—which isn’t good, since she’s in her 80s. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with all of this, and the waiting’s the worst part. I just hope I don’t have to clean a suit and plan another trip to Arkansas any time soon…and I also hope the farm will stay in the family. Sucks to watch your family get old. Fingers crossed.
…and that’s it for now. I have some stuff I’ve been meaning to post about…but I can’t be bothered to focus on it. Maybe soon…
Current Listening – I’m kind of on a Wilco kick. I popped in “A Ghost is Born,” which I mentioned that I didn’t care for too much in my last post. I put it on “shuffle” just for kicks…and it turns out that I like a lot of those songs…I guess I just didn’t care for the sequence the band chose for the record, lol!
Bought some stuff. I shall now review said stuff. One record, three DVDs.
- Wilco – “Wilco (the album)” — Really great. Hadn’t bought it until this week. I’d kind of stopped buying Wilco CDs after “A Ghost is Born,” because I didn’t care for that one too much. (In fact, I used to refer to it as “A Ghost is Bored.”) After seeing them at Farm Aid, I decided to check out the new one. It’s really excellent. A little bit more upbeat than “Ghost” or even (my favorite) “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” Definite must for any Wilco fan…and now I’ve also got to go back and buy the other stuff I missed.
- “My Name is Earl – Season 4” — This is it. The last season. NBC cancelled the show and it doesn’t look like anyone else is willing to give them the budget they’d need. Pity…also a pity that they once again screwed us on the commentaries. Seriously…couldn’t get a COUPLE of guys in a room with a microphone??? And I’d have expected a feature about how they “got the call” that it’s over…but none of that. Even the blooper-reel isn’t great… Good thing the shows held up on their own. Really good season, and I’m bummed that there won’t be more.
- “How I Met Your Mother – Season 4” — One of my favorite shows on TV right now, and the ratings back me up (so far). I’d seen everything but the last episode of the season before I bought the set. The extras are pretty good, and the aforementioned last episode did a great job setting us up for this season. …and this season has been AWESOME so far! Probably the best buy of the stuff in this post.
- “Red Dwarf – Back to Earth” — I’ve been a Red Dwarf fan for like…forever (I think we call ourselves “Dwarfers”). For those who don’t know, it’s a BBC sci-fi comedy. (I know…that sounds horrible…but it’s really good!) The show went off the air a number of years ago and they’ve been trying to get a movie made ever since. They finally got the job done on the BBC’s channel called “Dave.” The movie’s…weird. I think I liked it…but it wasn’t what I expected. (To be fair, after probably 10 years of waiting, my expectations were unreasonably high.) I kind of expected some sort of catch-up from the end of the last series…but that didn’t happen. Instead, we’re left with a ton of “How’d THAT happen???” type questions. (Such as, “Why is Rimmer a Hologram again?” “What happened to the rest of the crew?” …etc.) But there were some really good laughs, and as a looooooooong time fan, it was worth the $20. I did miss the laugh-track, though…
So that’s what’s been keeping me busy for a little bit.
My brother finally put it on his blog, so now I’m free to put it here, too.
At least in all likelihood.
Is going to be.
A father again.
And this time…