I answered a bunch of writing prompts that were meant for people writing essays. Sorry.

 

Kinda bored.  Going to watch a movie before bed, but killing time until then.  So I pulled a bunch of random questions off a blog that offers writing prompts and I’m going to answer the ones I don’t think are stupid.  The list had like 160+ of them, but I’m only doing about half of them.  Good luck getting to the end of this…

  1. Do You Keep a Diary or Journal?
    Several. I write in a daily, mundane one and also I keep a running music log (stuff I’ve listened to/bought that day). I probably keep those the most up to date…but there are others.  At this point in my life, a notebook is a totally rad gift to be given, because it will be used.  (Also, I’m trying to bring back “rad.”)
  2. Should Schools Offer Cash Bonuses for Good Test Scores?
    What? No.  That’s stupid.  Where would the money come from?
  3. Would You Like to Take a Class Online?
    I’m 34 and I haven’t.  So no.
  4. Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a Public Education?
    I think that legally they absolutely are, regardless of your actual opinion on the issue.  And also yes.
  5. What Is Your Personal Credo?
    “Don’t fuck up.”
  6. Should Students Be Required to Take Drug Tests?
    Only if the faculty and police officers have to take them first.
  7. Do Attractive People Have Advantages Others Don’t?
    Other than being attractive, you mean?  Yes, of course.
  8. What Motivates You?
    Usually being pissed off and/or having limited time.
  9. Do You Support Affirmative Action?
    I support hiring the person who is ethically best for the job, regardless of race, gender, etc. I presently work with several highly qualified people of color and several highly qualified white people.  I am grateful to have employers who hire fairly from all races, ages, genders, etc.  I am sad to know that there are employers out there that do not.  However, I do wonder if, when someone is an Affirmative Action hire…do they really WANT to work for someone who didn’t actually want THEM?
  10. What Role Does Television Play in Your Life and the Life of Your Family?
    I’m a well documented pop-culture junkie.  However, I feel I have benefited from that and learned several things.  That’s possible if you do it right.  A lot of people do it wrong.  My family talks about the stuff we watch and we have fun together.  TV’s a tool for both educational and social purposes.  If I didn’t have it, I’m sure I’d find other tools.  I’m sure my family would get along fine…but we have it and it’s not going anywhere, so let’s just have fun, okay?
  11. Why Do You Write?
    Desire to be heard and understood.  But also this way, if you want to dismiss me, you can do so without confrontation.  I’m typically shy and trip over words in-person…this way I can put whatever I want to say out there and people either hear it or don’t, and most people don’t care enough to comment either way.  So I like this.
  12. How Do You Use Facebook?
    As a social platform for communication and entertainment.  I don’t play games on it, but I enjoy the posts of friends and family, and I like posting things that make people laugh.
  13. What Are You Afraid Of?
    Spiders, large bodies of water, closed in spaces, and dying alone.
  14. What Have You Made Yourself?
    A cup of coffee.
  15. Do You Trust Your Government?
    I trust it for the business of running government.  No farther.
  16. What Are Your Favorite Cartoons?
    Big question…  Five off the top of my head: The Simpsons, Futurama, Venture Bros., Home Movies, and…let’s say The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
  17. Does Pop Culture Deserve Serious Study?
    I think I made a case for it earlier…
  18. Do You Have Good Manners?
    Ehh…reasonably.  It’s a sliding scale.  Depends on the situation, the group, and what you mean by “good.”
  19. What Challenges Have You Set for Yourself?
    I’m at the point where I mostly just want to get through the damn week.  Life throws enough challenges at me.  I’m just trying to survive them.  I’m at the age where paying the bills is more important than reaching for the stars, y’know?  Whatever happens happens.
  20. Have You Experienced Sexual Harassment?
    Not from your sweet, sweet ass, I haven’t!
  21. Do Leaders Have Moral Obligations?
    Short answer is “kind of.”  A leader leads others through the things they are doing, so they at least have to be able to think critically and not lose their shit at regular intervals.  But we all have bad days and make mistakes.  I would say you know a leader when you see one, and the moral side of that was probably settled LONG before they became your leader.
  22. Would You Want to Be Home-Schooled?
    Shit no.  No.
  23. Do You Shop at Locally Owned Businesses?
    Not exclusively.  I shop at places that have the thing I want and that I enjoy patronizing.  Some are local, some aren’t.  Both of my regular record stores are locally owned.
  24. What Do You Read, and How Do You Read It?
    Books.  Usually in a chair.
  25. Should People Be Allowed to Obscure Their Identities Online?
    Yes.  I know that there’s a downside to that–the trolls and bullies…but the upside is that obscuring your identity also keeps you safe from those same people in real life, sometimes.
  26. Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
    It’s a 50/50 split.  You work on your talents.  You also require some just-plain blind-fucking-luck.
  27. Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
    Not even a little.  Actual people I meet in real life do sometimes, though…
  28. What Would You Put in Your Emergency ‘Go-Bag’?
    I don’t have any plans…but basically if I could grab a few things on the way out the door in an emergency (assuming keys and phone are a given), I’d include a guitar, whatever book I’m currently reading, and probably my laptop since I don’t back up to the Cloud or whatever.  I can’t think of many material possessions that are quintessentially “me.”  I’d probably be pretty bummed that the house was burning down or whatever though.  I’m more worried about having the place to live than the things in it.
  29. What Artists or Bands of Today Are Destined for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
    Tough one.  I’m going to pick 5 and they might not be the same 5 I’d pick next year.  I think Jason Isbell deserves it. Foo Fighters will probably make it.  Arcade Fire will make it, but I don’t think they’ll deserve it (even though I like most of their stuff).  Probably Ben Folds, thanks to longevity.  Annnnnnnd…I don’t know…Slipknot or somebody to represent metal.
  30. What New Emoticons Does the World Need?
    Middle finger.
  31. Are We Losing the Art of Listening?
    Absolutely.
  32. Do You Discuss Religion With Friends?
    Well I go to church with people who’re my friends…so yeah…
  33. What Places in Your Past Do You Appreciate More Now, From a Distance?
    I sometimes really miss being a librarian.  So that.  And I miss going to Cornerstone Festival.
  34. Would You Consider Deleting Your Facebook Account?
    I don’t see any reason to.  It’s been great for keeping in touch and keeping informed.  I guess I COULD, but I wouldn’t be in contact with a whole shitload of people…so I probably wouldn’t seriously consider it as of now, no.
  35. Is It Wrong to Sell Store-Bought Pastries at a Bake Sale?
    Yes.  It is a BAKE sale, you fraud.
  36. What Will You Remember Most From 2011?
    Ah…this was an old list, I see…  I don’t know what I will remember most about 2011, but I sure look forward to seeing what’s coming in 2012!
  37. Have You Ever Interacted With the Police?
    I used to have hair down to my waist and a beard to match.  Yes.  I have interacted with police.  And no, I do not give to Guns and Hoses.
  38. Can You Be Good Without God?
    Absolutely.
  39. What’s Your Favorite Holiday Food Memory?
    Probably the Christmas when my brother was still shaving his head and he was drinking rum-slush drinks.  Plural.  He had one in his hand and another sitting on top of his head.  He was complaining that he was cold.  (Personally I was drunk by the time I was asked to say the blessing, as well…so it was kind of a big year.)
  40. Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?
    No.  In fact, I rarely celebrate it at all.
  41. Do You Have a Signature Clothing Item?
    Probably the boots, in most peoples minds.  Maybe the flannel shirts.  At work I’m known for wearing sport-coats.  You’d have to ask others if there are other things.  (In fact, feel free to mention something in the comments, if you’re still reading.)
  42. What Would Your Personal Mascot Be?
    Gary Busey.
  43. What Is Your Favorite Place?
    There is nothing like a record store.
  44. What if Your Parent Ran for President?
    I think Dad’s campaign slogan would be “America: Let’s fix this shittin’ thing.”  It’d go fine.
  45. Who Would You Share Your Passwords With?
    Probably a wife if I had one…although there’s really not much there to steal…so I could probably be talked into it by somebody.  My dad has my login info for my student loans, for tax purposes.
  46. Do You Think You’re Brave?
    I think I’m enough of a jackass and have a short enough fuse that it probably comes across that way.  But no.  I do not consider myself brave.
  47. What Is Your Most Memorable Writing Assignment?
    I wrote an analysis of the Book of James from the Anarchist perspective when I was in Bible College.  The professor made several notes, but gave me an A.
  48. Do You Have a Blog?
    Hi!
  49. Do You Watch the Super Bowl?
    Kind of…I don’t care, but it’s on.
  50. Do You Cook?
    Reasonably well.  I made a taco casserole today, in fact.
  51. Do You Like Being Alone?
    Yes and no.  I value my alone-time, but I get bored and lonely easily, too.  I should get a dog, right?  I think I’ll get a dog.
  52. Do You Eat Too Quickly?
    I have consumed 75% of the casserole, yes.
  53. Who Inspires You?
    Long list of musicians…long list of authors…couple of personal friends…
  54. What Kind of Feedback Helps You Improve?
    Suggestions rather than criticisms.
  55. Fluent in Vocal Fry, Creaky Voice or Uptalk?
    Oh, the person who wrote these questions had a stroke partway through…
  56. What Is Your Reaction to the Rush Limbaugh Controversy?
    Which one?  The one where he’s fat, deaf, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or just a tremendous asshole in-general?
  57. What Have You Done to Earn Money?
    Soooo many things I’m not proud of…
  58. What Are Your Favorite Junk Foods?
    It changes.  Presently on a Ben & Jerry’s kick.
  59. How Do You Feel About Zoos?
    Not opposed.  Generally positive.  But I’m not donating money to it.
  60. Would You Quit if Your Values Did Not Match Your Employers?
    Only if it mattered.  For the most part, your job is not designated or obligated to have a moral footprint.  As long as the difference of opinion doesn’t get taken out on anyone and doesn’t result in making it look like I am personally endorsing anything with which I do not agree, my employer can have whatever values s/he wants.  If s/he treats me fairly, what s/he believes in his/her personal time is his/her own business.  (For the record, I assume we meant “If your boss is a republican/democrat” not “If your boss is Hitler…”  I would not work for Hitler, probably.)
  61. Are Antismoking Ads Effective?
    They make me want to smoke.  I’m not kidding about that.  Even the one where they show the lady who smokes through the hole in her throat…I’m like, “Worth it.”
  62. Where Is the Line Between Truth and Fiction?
    I believe it’s when the lying starts…
  63. What’s the Coolest Thing You’ve Ever Seen in a Museum?
    Mummy.
  64. What Is Your Reaction to the Trayvon Martin Case?
    I think it was an ignored wake-up call and an embarrassment to the American justice system.  And I think Mike Brown suffered its direct result.  Hood and hands raised in solidarity.  This has to stop.  (Shit got real, #64…)
  65. What Movies, Shows or Books Do You Wish Had Sequels, Spinoffs or New Episodes?
    I was going to skip this one, but then I realized that I really hope they find a way to resurrect Futurama again.
  66. What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?
    Piss it away in like a weekend.  Not kidding.
  67. Do You Want to Write a Book?
    Yes, but I don’t think I have the patience or discipline.
  68. How Do You Archive Your Life?
    You’re looking at it.
  69. Should Couples Live Together Before Marriage?
    I don’t think it matters much.  If people are so naïve that they think the couple wasn’t having sex living in separate houses before the wedding, then they deserve to be gob-smacked by the change of address card.
  70. Why Do You Share Photos?
    Boredom and laughter.  Rarely sentiment.
  71. How Necessary Is a College Education?
    I’m honestly not sure mine mattered much…the education itself, I mean.  The people and connections mattered, but they actual schooling was just killing time until I had to get a job.
  72. How Important Is Keeping Your Cool?
    More-so than I usually realize until it’s too late.
  73. Do You Prefer Your Tacos ‘Authentic’ or ‘Appropriated’?
    Fuck you, hippie.
  74. What Teacher Do You Appreciate?
    My old choir director, Kevin Koontz.  About once a month I look for him on Facebook, but I don’t think he has a page.  I have never felt more encouraged or appreciated by any teacher than I did Mr. Koontz and I’d love to be able to thank him now that I understand that.
  75. When Should You Feel Guilty for Killing Zombies?
    Never.  They’re already dead.
  76. How Should Parents Address Internet Pornography?
    I believe you right-click before pressing “Save-As” in most cases, but it might be different on a Mac.
  77. How Often Do You Interact With People of Another Race or Ethnicity?
    Daily.  And I think of their names before I do their races.
  78. How Full Is Your Glass?
    Well, I’m sober now…so…
  79. What’s Your Comfort Food?
    Italian food.  And stuff my mom used to make.
  80. How Close Are You to Your Parents?
    Pretty close.  Well…I mean mom’s dead…but I’m pretty close with Dad.  We hang out and enjoy a lot of the same things.  I don’t feel like I have to keep any secrets from him.  Probably one of the healthier relationships in my life, and people comment on it sometimes.  They think it’s weird that we’re so close and I’m not conflicted about it or something…  And I’ve gotten a few “I wish I had that kind of relationship with my dad” comments.  Folks, your parents are exactly as weird as you are and they did it first.  Accept that, figure it out, and have conversations–be honest about who you are and accepting of them for who they are.  You work that out in your 20s for most of us, and it gets pretty good.

…there were a few more, but let’s cap it at an even 80.  80…wow…sorry…

I’ll try to have a singular purpose next time.

“Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean that I don’t understand.” -Homer Simpson

I’m waiting for laundry to finish drying, so what the hell?  Let’s do a random post…

  1. I watched the Oscars last night, like many of you.  I was pleased to see Birdman take Best Picture.  In fairness, it’s the only one of the nominees I saw…but it was also the only one that made me want to see it.  I heard about the concept long before I saw a frame of footage, and immediately thought, “If the execution is half as good as the idea, it’s going to be stunning.”  Finally saw it, and was definitely stunned.  It was like watching a visual interpretation of a free-jazz piece.  Constant motion, no real relaxation, and it all looks like one-shot.  And it looks very much like a personal story for all involved.  And it looks like a theatre troop making good theatre.  The other nominees were a handful of docudramas, war flicks, and a family piece that although the concept of filming over 12 years is interesting…so what?…does that make the plot something I want to see?
  2. Additional Oscar thoughts:
    • The presentation of the “Glory” song was visually breathtaking…which is important for songs.  Ahem.  (Seriously, I liked it overall and respect the message.  That said, I cannot whistle or recall any of the lyrics to it today, whereas that was also the first time I’d heard “Everything is Awesome” and I was humming it all day.  So what actually does make something the best song?  “Glory” had the best point…but was it the best SONG?)
    • Lady Gaga proved that (as I’ve said for some time) she’s a ridiculously talented performer who doesn’t NEED the costumes.  Y’know…it’s funny that we never had to make the same excuses for David Bowie…
    • I’m probably going to see Whiplash.  I like seeing an old guy slap a young guy and dig jazz drums.
    • I have grown weary of Neil Patrick Harris.
    • I think Robert Duvall should always win every Oscar.
    • I was very pleased to see people talk long past the play-off music.  The music is an insult and it was good to see folks throwing a “fuck you” back at the Academy and keep thanking their families.
  3. I attempted to buy gloves at two different Targets today.  Both were completely sold out of gloves.  That seems like it was probably under-planning on their part rather than a mad rush this late into Winter.  So I bought a shirt and tie that I liked instead.  That showed them.
  4. I have a pretty good concert schedule for 2015.  Saw Jason Isbell on Valentine’s Day–he was spectacular, by the way.  I’m seeing Elvis Costello and comedian John Mulaney in March and The Who and Rush in May.  That’s pretty cool!
  5. Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors, and I’m reading his new book “Funny Girl.”  It’s a good read.  It isn’t his best–it’s a little too light and fluffy to be his best…but it’s good.  (His best is probably either “A Long Way Down” or “Juliet, Naked.”) It’s fun, and it would probably be a good introductory read if you’re unfamiliar with his work.  Plenty of laughs and lots of heart.
  6. I picked up a copy of The Skeleton Twins on Blu, as well. Haven’t watched it yet, but I am excited to do so. I’m a big Bill Hader fan and every review I’ve read has sung his praises for this movie. Don’t know when I’ll make the time, but I’ve been looking forward to it for a long while. I had wanted to see it in a theatre, but it only played in one place I was aware of in St. Louis and I couldn’t make it. I’m sure I’ll keep you posted, if you want me to or not.
  7. WordPress is really dragging on my computer ever since they “upgraded” to their new format, no matter which browser I use.  We’ll see if I wait it out, or just switch to tumblr full time, I guess…

I’m going to stop there for now.  My laundry is either dry or will be by morning and I need to try to get some sleep.  Slept very badly last night and hoping to make up for it a little.

Current Listening:

  • Fishboy – Classic Creeps / An Elephant
  • Paul Westerberg – Eventually

The Time I Almost Met Satan

My friend Jim (last name withheld unless he comments and says it’s okay) posted this newspaper clipping to his Facebook feed recently.

Spoondrift

At first I thought it was cool to see something from back when I was regularly playing down on the St. Louis Landing with my friends and going to see shows featuring Spoondrift, like the one I’ve highlighted.  Then I realized WHICH show that was…and I knew I’d be writing about it soon.

My memory was triggered by “Messy Marvin” being listed in that ad.  Spoondrift only played with them that once, and the name stuck in my mind.  (I don’t blame them for what happened–please don’t misread that.  You just remember some band names better than others.)  When you go to enough shows and have enough of your own gigs, they sometimes blend together into one ugly mess of “I think that was the time when…” stories.  But I remember every moment of that night.  I can’t remember what year it was, but I’d put it like 1995 or 96.  I could probably do the research, but what does it matter?  I was 15 or 16.  That’s enough.

Spoondrift was a band that was popular among the crowd I ran with in high school.  They were sort of “our” band.  Good songs.  Good friends.  Always a lot of fun to be had at their shows–and believe it or not, it was a relatively safe environment at that time.  We were the age where you’re supposed to experiment with things, but the worst most of us did was smoke (sorry, 1996 Dad).  A few folks dabbled with other things, but for the most part the group I ran with didn’t get particularly rowdy until after I’d stopped hanging out with them and thought following Jesus meant abandoning everything fun (sorry, 1996 Derek.)  We went to concerts together, played our own music together, and had each other’s backs.  It was what your teen years should be like.

That night was a train-wreck.

It was raining.  Of course it was.  And in November, that was a COLD rain.  That might have been the coldest I’ve ever been.  I remember that we’d all gotten there a little early, as was our habit.  We liked the shows and we liked hanging out.  We’d been to the Bernard Pub more than a few times by then and knew the drill.  You’d get there a little early, hang out, get in, and form a mosh pit.  It was usually clockwork.

That night, I found out later, the owner was in a bad mood.  One of the bands (history has forgotten which) had promised to bring in a bunch of outside money and failed to do so.  The owner wasn’t happy and was thinking of cancelling the whole thing.  Cooler heads prevailed and he’d decided to open the place after-all…  Two hours late.

Remember…it was raining.  And dark.  And we were teenagers on the streets of St. Louis.  We were all very pissed off and so cold we were numb to anything and everything.  About an hour prior to the doors opening, I remember that a couple of us got into an argument out in front of the place and I stormed off and stood under an awning across the street that was just barely blocking the rain and not at all blocking the cold.  I couldn’t feel my ears or feet.  I’d had the presence of mind to swipe somebody else’s cigarettes from them (sorry, 1996 Somebody) and was standing there, cold, angry, and freezing.  The cigarette was the only thing keeping me warm.  I was smoking for heat more than the sake of smoking.

It was so bad that when a complete stranger who was sitting in his van looked over and saw me standing there, he yelled over, “Hey! You want to sit in my van a while?”  And I said yes.  I willingly got into a stranger’s windowless van rather than return to my friends.  Don’t do that, kids.  It turned out okay though.  I was completely safe and the guy was nice–he just saw a cold kid and offered him kindness.  So I guess maybe only SOMETIMES do that, kids…

Anyway…the doors opened and we all swarmed in.  I remember being in the bathroom, just running scalding hot water over my hands and face trying to re-gain any feeling.  My feet still hurt thinking about how cold they were.  That night might be the reason why I’ve never really minded cold…because I don’t think I’ve been THAT cold ever since.

The show went on.  And I still think that if the rain hadn’t been a factor and it had JUST been the late start, we all would have been okay with the release of just the show.  But as it was…things quickly exploded.

There were at least two serious fights of which I’m aware.  A window got broken.  I think that’s the night the place got its toilet broken, too.  Literally broken–not CLOGGED–someone broke the fucking BOWL.  I know it was definitely broken, but it might have been that way when we got there, I can’t be 100% on that.

While Spoondrift was on, things got REALLY insane.  One of the fans of one of the other bands somehow got his hand split open.  One of the guys from Spoondrift says the guy was “shanked” with a broken bottle, but I think he might have been the one who smashed the window.  Regardless, the guy’s hand was bleeding profusely, and while Spoondrift was on stage, we could all see him off to the side of the stage, pounding one bloody fist into the other hand, trying to make the bleeding worse.

The guy came out onto the stage and grabbed the microphone out of the singer’s hands.  He was obviously drunk (at minimum) and started rambling about who-knows-what and I remember that he mentioned “Messy Marvins” by name several times (although he was definitely not in that band, as evidenced by his addition of the “s”).  Blood was getting all over the stage, and a couple of us were sizing up if we could take the guy down if he hit anybody in the band, as we suspected he would…but he didn’t do that.  What he did was start gutturally chanting, and then throwing blood onto the audience.

That guy…was trying to summon Satan…  I’m not kidding.

He somehow got off the stage and the show continued.  As soon as the band was done, I know we piled most of their stuff directly into their vehicles in case a quick getaway was needed.  A lot of us then chose to stay outside after that–debating if we should all get AIDS tests and seeing if his blood was on anybody’s skin.  In the cold.  In the rain.  And yet we still preferred that to staying inside and potentially dealing with hellfire and the arrival of the Beast.

The lead singer of Spoondrift told me he bumped into that guy about a week later in a bookstore and asked him what that was all about.  To my knowledge, the guy just stated, “I lost a pint of blood that night” and wandered off.

…and that’s how I almost met Satan that one time.

“I don’t mind if you pee in the shower, but only if you’re taking a shower.” -Marge Simpson

I had set aside some time to log in to work tonight to get caught up from taking a sick day.  I can’t seem to get my laptop to do that, so I’m blogging instead.  Tired of reading my blog and seeing posts about people dying?  Me too!  So…this!  Simpsons quote in place in the subject line…random thoughts commence…

  1. I missed a very important album in 2014.  I’ve been wanting to get back into punk, so at random I picked up Against Me!’s “Transgender Dysphoria Blues.”  I’d heard of Against Me! a few times and figured they’d be a good place to start–although I was unfamiliar with their work or backstory.  I liked the sound immediately, and the lyrics were jarring.  On a record with that title, it might be easy to guess why…  The lead singer (then Thomas James Gabel) had announced that the record was going to be a concept piece about a transgender prostitute…but then a while later announced that he was personally also transgender, and now she answers to the name Laura Jane Grace.  …which is a lot of information to get when you pick up a band’s album on a whim.  It’s a deeply personal set of songs dealing with one man’s journey to becoming a woman, and it’s amazing both in content and in catchiness.  I can’t get this album out of my head, and it definitely should’ve been in my top ten last year on both counts.  My best wishes to Laura, and my applause for doing this so bravely in the public eye.
  2. Remember a couple of posts ago when I said it was too much money to go see Elvis Costello at the Pageant?  Yeah…I totally got tickets to see Elvis Costello at the Pageant.  Oops.
  3. Speaking of tickets…  Jason Isbell is coming to St. Louis on Valentine’s Day.  I’m probably going to end up going, but I haven’t gotten tickets yet…ladies…
  4. I donated money to Nuci’s Space during their last pledge drive and got a cool “perk” for doing so.  13 45s from HHBTM Records in Athens, GA.  Nuci’s is a favorite charity of mine, and I recommend that you check them out.  But I’m really writing about the box set right now…  🙂  It’s cool!  I like more than I don’t and I’m definitely going to explore a couple of the bands a little further.  (I especially loved Fishboy’s “Louis the Bear.”  It’s somehow breathtaking, but I don’t know how…it might be the tuba…)  Then there were a couple that I was just puzzled as to why anyone would agree to put it out.  And why does the only band I’d heard of going into it (Of Montreal) suck so hard?  But out of 13 records, I liked about 10 or 11.  That’s a major win, and I’m excited to find a cool label like this that puts out great vinyl.  (I’ll post a more in-depth review on the vinyl blog later.)
  5. Oh yeah… Also I’ve been posting a lot of stuff to the vinyl blog in the past couple of weeks.  So go check that out.
  6. I made a taco casserole the other day.  It’s something my mom used to make that Dave and I spent several years trying to hunt down a recipe for before one day just stumbling into it in Arkansas when one of my aunts made it.  My sister in law (Valerie) looked up a recipe and I make it from time to time.  It’s good.  I don’t get to cook much, but I always enjoy making stuff like that.  Kinda spicy, but not overwhelmingly so.
  7. Tomorrow, I’m going over to listen to a test mix of a couple of songs I recorded with my friend Tony…  So here’s some cat, bag, letting out of…  Around Christmastime, look for news on how you can purchase a Christmas record I’m playing bass on…that is being mastered at ABBEY–FUCKING–ROAD!  I’m going to have a vinyl record with my name on it that was mastered at Abbey Road before the end of the year!  (Assuming no delays. Because it’s a Christmas record, if it gets pushed back, it’ll be 2016 instead.)  How cool is that???

I’m sure there’s a lot more I was going to talk about, but I’m sleepy (I’ve been sick, as I said) and I’m struggling to think of any of it…so we’ll leave it here for now.  Come back again for something else!