I haven’t blogged since Sunday. Wow. Sorry!
Not a lot has been going on, though. Even New Comic Book Day (which is what most of you foolishly call “Wednesday”) didn’t bring much into my life—with one of my purchases being made strictly because I was walking out with so little, and a couple of the guys at the store said, “BUY IT!” to me about 20 times. (Turns out if you tell me to buy something 20 times, I do it. That is very bad information for the comic book store guys to have!)
The week has just been kinda “blah.” Not much to talk about, not much to report, not much to make much of…mostly just looking forward to a dentist appointment on Saturday where hopefully he’ll tell me I can eat hamburgers again.
Oh well…maybe I’ll take an interesting picture worth posting or get a hangnail or eat a really good taco or something tomorrow. Sorry I don’t have more to say tonight. It’s harder being an Internet Personality than it looks! (So hard I’m not even one of them!)
Happy Lent though, to all my Catholic friends. May the Jesus on your head sustain you on your many meatless Fridays to come. (And just think…next year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, during Lent. No corned beef for the Catholics next year. That’s like some kinda living hell, isn’t it?)
Comic books purchased today:
- Justice League: Generation Lost — Issue #21
- Sigil — Issue #1
- Gotham Central — Book One: In the Line of Duty — (This is the thing they told me to buy, which I didn’t really want, but I hope to enjoy because Mike has never led me astray.) 🙂
Okay…been a few days…think I should write again. And who would I be if I didn’t do it in random form?
- EDIT: Almost forgot… “Empty Checking” is back! I finally have all the technology issues worked out and I’m podcasting again. Yay! Go on over and listen, if you’re so inclined.
- Teeth feel okay. I don’t feel anything I’d call “pain,” but I do have some pressure along the gum-line above the teeth that were worked on. That seems natural. On Friday night though, I noticed that the back of the tooth I had the root canal on feels a little soft—kind of rubbery. I don’t know if I’m supposed to be worried about that or not. I think it’s just a temporary sealant that’s supposed to wear away, but I don’t think it was soft before. But maybe that’s how it works. (I seem to remember him saying something about a sealant that will “go away on its own,” but I had just been drilled on for an hour…who remembers?) I’m seeing him again on the 12th…so I’ll ask about it then, if it still feels weird. At this point, I’ve just been avoiding biting down on anything with that tooth until then. Which leads me to this…
- Dear God, I miss sandwiches. I love sandwiches.
- Bought the new Get Up Kids record. So far, I’ve only listened to half of it. I think I like it, but I need to listen properly before I do a review. It’s VERY different from the GUKs we used to know, though!
- Also bought My Morning Jacket’s “Evil Urges.” I like that “I’m Amazed” song (mostly thanks to their appearance on American Dad), so I picked it up. Whole thing’s pretty good, I must say. Kinda feel like I might’ve been missing out on these guys for a while! (I think I had them confused with My Chemical Romance for a long time…so that’s why.) Singer sings a little too high for my taste sometimes…but it’s still good. And I hear they’ve got a NEW record coming out this year…so maybe I’ll pick that up.
- My brother put the thought in my head…but basically, I hope Charlie Sheen runs for president someday.
- Gave Dave a mix of the Two Hangmen EP this weekend titled, “Almost the Sort of Mix that You Don’t Want to Play for People.” So that’s where we are so far.
- Missed church on Saturday. Nodded off for a bit instead. I think it was the root canal what did it to me.
- Long John Silvers changed their menu. I’ve been eating there for DECADES, and suddenly, if I ask them for three chicken planks and two fish, they don’t know what to do. That pisses me off so bad!
- I’ve been walking around with a “Dukakis for America” pin from 1992 on my coat for weeks. No one’s said anything about it.
- I think I lost two capos recently. (If you don’t know what those are, they’re basically things you put on the neck of your guitar to change the key you’re playing in.) The more I think about it though, the more I think the cable guy who was here might’ve pocketed them. I’m going to wait a little longer and see if I run across them…but if I don’t find them soon, I’m going to chalk it up to thievery and shell out $40 for new ones. (I know, other guitar players, that sounds like a lot for capos…but I buy GOOD ones that keep me in TRUE tuning, so I don’t create any off pitches against the other musicians I play with. That’s worth the money.)
- Best Buy is dead to me, I think. Not only do they not stock decent music anymore, they’ve also gone to the insulting “corral” system for their checkout line YEAR ROUND. That shit is why I don’t go anywhere near them in the weeks leading up to Christmas…now it’s why I’m not going anywhere near them any other day of the year either. Suck it Best Buy. Suck it dry.
…and I think “suck it dry” is as good a note to go out on as any. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong…it’s a mess in there… But come on. How often do you get to see the inside of your own head? That’s kinda awesome!
Root canal went quickly and smoothly. Filled in two teeth (the one the procedure was done on and the one next to it). my nose was numb up until about five minutes ago from the novocaine…and I’m starting to get some sensation back in my mouth too. So far, no real pain (except for where the needle went in for the novocaine, but it’s not bad…feels like I bit my tongue, except it’s in my gums, not in my tongue). We’ll see how I’m feeling later tonight and into tomorrow…but so far, I’ve been pretty lucky. Cross your fingers for me!
I’m assuming I’m going to get some awesome pain killers in the next day or so. I’m having my very first root canal tomorrow (today, whatever) at 2:00. I’ve never had a root canal…but I can’t imagine that I’ll be whistling Dixie before the weekend. I imagine that I’ll be on some cool, weird pain killers and/or antibiotics, and as such I’m likely not to blog for a few days. (But then again, I also can’t imagine that I’ll be in any more pain than I’ve been over the past couple of years…and if I’d had access to pain killers at those times, I definitely would have used them.)
So…let’s do a random post before this goes down…
- Album review: Over the Rhine – “The Long Surrender” — There are some lyrical absurdities and there is the obligatory, unnecessarily Jazz-based OtR composition. But it’s pretty good. I certainly like it better than their previous effort. I’d put it on par with Disc 2 of “Ohio” or thereabout. It’s good…but I had trouble getting over the places where they try (and fail) to be lyrically cute (in “Only God Can Save Us Now”—which is actually a really good song, but with one or two stupid lines that make me cringe) and the places where they try to be hip (in “Infamous Love Song” where the penned lyric to the acousticy, folky track is, “I sing the bebop apocalypse.” I’m not kidding. They wrote that.). Plus, I just don’t think they do Jazz very well, and though it’s not as heavy an influence on this record as the last one, “There’s a Bluebird in My Heart” isn’t exactly a favorite of mine in their catalogue, at present. BUT. All that said, “The Laugh of Recognition” and “Undamned” stand up alongside the best of the OtR playlist and there are some really breathtaking moments on the record as a whole. I give it a B-.
- A friend of mine saw me today and told me that my “beard has grown mightier.” That probably means I need to shave. Not like ALL of it…but thin it down a little. I like my beard…but I don’t want to go full-Zach-Galifianakis with it. (And I’m a big fan of Zach’s.)
- Comic Books purchased today:
- CarbonGrey – Issue #1 — Which is pretty good, but it’s one of those where the other issues are definitely going to flesh it out more, and it’s kind of confusing right now.
- Darkwing Duck – Annual #1
- Axe Cop – Issue #1 (of 3) — It’s a comic book about a cop, who carries an axe. It was written by a six-year-old and drawn by his thirty-year-old brother. It makes absolutely no sense and contains dialogue like: “You just drank my friend’s brain!” Admit it. You want to read that.
- Batman Beyond – Issue #3
- I bought a corned beef meal from Dierberg’s today. (That’s a local grocery store…I don’t know if they exist outside of the St. Louis area.) It was okay…but the plastic wrap they put on it dyed part of the beef red (I didn’t eat that part) and the cabbage was under-done. In all, I’m looking forward to eating the real thing a little closer to St. Pat’s.
- My Mohela loan payments that had been mysteriously raised to $200/month have been re-worked and now I’m only paying like $77/month. So I now officially take back *some* of the mean things I have said about them in the past.
- My back hurts a little. Not enough to complain about, really…and yet I’ve done it.
- Getting like $50 back on my taxes. All things considered, that’s not too bad. People complain and complain about taxes being too high…but I make next to nothing AND got a refund. So stop whining, America. Do your part, set it aside, and help the damn country by paying if you owe.
- Another album review: Hayes Carll – “KMAG YOYO” — Excellent. Destined for my top five of the year. Presently probably at #1 or 2. I don’t know why Carll isn’t the biggest selling name in Country Music, but he SHOULD be. The record is funny, touching, and high-energy in all the right places. Gets a little more sleepy toward the second half, but that’s true of all three of his records so far, so I expected it…and even if I hadn’t, it still wouldn’t have been anything to complain about because those songs are really good. Standout pieces: “Hard Out Here,” “KMAG YOYO,” “Another Like You,” and “Bottle in My Hand.” You gotta hear this thing…and preferrably buy it, too. (And in case you didn’t know, “KMAG YOYO” is an US Army acronym in the spirit of “SNAFU” and “FUBAR.” It stands for “Kiss My Ass, Guys. You’re On Your Own.” See? You learn stuff listening to music.)
- Been busy at work. I don’t know if it’s company wide or just me (ha, ha). Seriously though, it’s a good thing on a lot of levels…mostly, I just like having something to do all day, so I’m not complaining.
- Ate some Pappy’s BBQ yesterday. Great stuff. You’ve really got to try it if you’re in STL. I could eat an entire bucket of the baked beans on their own.
- Two Hangmen EP is DONE in the pre-production stages. Gotta mix it, master it, and package it (in some form). Then we’re good to go. (Assuming there are no re-takes needed…which I still count as a “post-production” thing anyway.) It’ll probably be a week or two before I’ve got it totally mastered, but it’s moving pretty smoothly so far. Looking forward to the finished product.
…and that’ll do it for now. Wish me luck. I’m a little nervous about the root canal and recovery from it. (More the latter, in fact.) My dentist assures me it won’t be too bad, but I’m a worrier, as you all know by now. I’m sure it’ll be fine. I just need to convince my gut that my head is right about this one.
Time for another entry in Face-Bullshit!: where I mock the motivational statuses of my friends:
- Quote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
- …and also, you might get skin cancer.
- In addition… Screw Walt Whitman. “Leaves of Grass,” my ass…
Don’t know why…I just think I’ll do this from time to time…
Alternate post title: “I can get from ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ to ‘Dinah-Moe Humm’ in no more than 12 moves.”
In case you can’t read all of them:
- Elvis (Presley) – 56
- Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
- The Velvet Underground
- Wilco – Being There
- Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar
- Willie Nelson – Crazy: The Demo Sessions
- Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
- The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
- …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self
- Frank Black and the Catholics – Show Me Your Tears
- The Black Keys – Brothers
- Frank Zappa – Over-nite Sensation