Tuesday, March 20, 2007

the ancient, ancient bastard

in B minor.

(i should write that song)

i was talking to dottie about gas prices, and realized (out loud) that i remember leaded gas. i'm the ancient, ancient bastard.

i've had to redo my budget, because at first i allowed for 45 hours a week at work, but i haven't had overtime in about two months, so that's out. and my bills have actually gone up a bit. but in rearranging it, i realized that was budgeting too much for some things, so it actually turned out that overall i'm budgeted for a little less. but, i also have less money coming in, so...not good. however it puts me in the mood for...

Top 5 Things That I Spend My Money On:
(none of this should be surprising)
1. Restaurant Food
2. Gas
3. Comic Books
4. DVD's/CD's
5. Iced Chai tea at Borders

YAYYY Capitalism!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

clever title.

witty subtitle.

deep, personal fact. sweeping generalization. bold statement. hollow resolution. internet laugh.

funny story. inside joke. knowing aside. quick shout out. intermitent link. closing remark.

slang farewell.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

it's a Cosby sweater!

A COZZZZ-BY SWET-TAH!! (did laura let you leave the house like that?)

there's nothing like live jazz to fix your day...

in case you can't tell, the drummer is wearing a teal, v-neck sweater with white and black trim. hence.

the title.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

a little something interesting

i was perusing my iTunes playlists, when i discovered that there was an automatic playlist of the top 25 songs i have played on my player (side note: i type in all lower caps. it actually pains me to put numbers in because they feel too tall. what if there were LOWER CASE NUMBERS?!?)(side side note: the reason lower case letters are called 'lower case' letters is because back in the old days they kept the lower case letters on the lower shelf and the upper case letters on the upper shelf. true story.)(rabbit trail over and out.).

Here they are:
1. Burn That Broken Bed - Iron and Wine/Calexico (12 plays)
2. Maps and Legends - R.E.M. (10 plays)
3. Sleeping Lessons - The Shins (9 plays)
4. The Guitar Man - Cake (8)
5. Phantom Limb - The Shins (8)
6. Sea Legs - The Shins (8)
7. Carbon Monoxide - Cake (7)
8. Waiting - Cake (7)
9. White Shadows - Coldplay (7)
10. More Of It - Leigh Nash (7)
11. Australia - The Shins (7)
12. Emergency Exit - Beck (6)
13. No Phone - Cake (6) That is sad...that should be top 3.
14. Dime - Cake (6)
15. She'll Hang The Baskets - Cake (6)
16. and 17. Transcontinental and When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run - Pedro the Lion (6)
18. - 22. Nightswimming, It's the End of the World As We Know It, The Wrong Child, Turn You Inside Out, Shiny Happy People - R.E.M. (6)
23. and 24. Forever My Friend and Hannah - Ray LaMontagne (6)
25. Pam Berry - The Shins (6)

why is this interesting, you ask? i mean, the list is not even that random. well, first of all, I didn't read the whole list before I wrote this. and B) it shows that despite my obnoxious pride at having 5000 songs (ha! i originally wrote 1500 for some dumb reason), i listen to quite a few of the same ones over and over. now, in my defense, the most recent of those that i've listened to, besides 'maps and legends' (see previous post), is cake. most of this stuff i haven't listened to in a week. i've been making a lot of playlists, and i've also been playing that game where i list off the songs i'm listening to so that other people who are bored (read: kristen) can read it. for example, right now i am listening to all the blindside and switchfoot albums on shuffle. it's pretty gud.

ok well this was a huge waste of time. bye.

(late addition: the lovey-dovey dinner date. this is going to be REALLY disappointing, so be forewarned. i should have just posted it when it happened. at church, on balemtimes day (that's valentine's for all you non-kid-speakers), we had a big shindig where all the couples could come all decked out for a nice dinner and dancing and mirth. well, i was the dj. i wasn't supposed to be there because i am not married or engaged (prerequisites). i was goint to make a disc for them to just put on and let it play. well the disc i tried to make, wouldn't make (burn, not pee) (you have to be smart to get that one), so i had to sit there whilST all my married friends were laughing and giggling at how naughty they thought their jokes were (they were NOT) (naughty). on the other hand, my dj'ing was RAWRsome: ella fitzgerald, george benson, gene harris trio, dave brubeck, billie holiday, frank sinatra, plus sweet songs by coldplay, r.e.m., dave (matthews, not bazan), jackjohnson, elton, sarah mclachlan, stevie wonder, ben harper, nalalie cole (and nat), percy sledge, john mayer, ray lamontagne, the shins, and the temptations (which, ironically, do not tempt me). and the swing portion included benny goodman doing sing sing sing, plus zoot suit riot, my blue heaven, let's dance, jump jive and wail, in the mood, and it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing. so all-in-all, the whole thing was really just about how i can make a really good night of music (i apologize. i had help.). and i only had to get about 20 songs off iTunes. most of them i already had. rock. out.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

updates and beatdowns

five points if you know where that title came from. rodger, jo, jamie, kristen: you don't get points, rodger, jo and jamie because i know you know and kristen because i said so. yeeeeah.

ok so...

1. my dad pretty much doesn't have cancer anymore, you guys. last wednesday i found out about the results of his scans. they can not see or detect any more in his throat or tongue. this, in medical terms, kicks major ass. pretty much, as long as he doesn't drink or smoke anymore (which he has no desire for), he'll prolly be ok. wurd.

2. i'm gonna see some shows, Y'ALL. april 12, nickel creek starts their farewell (for now) tour in savannah, ga. and me and dave and virginia and jeff, and prolly other people, are going. and then, the weekend of may 12thish, k-flix is coming to town (she SAYS it's for keffy's GRADUATIONnotwedding, but really it's) so that we can go to see Dave Bazan and Ben Gibbard's solo tour in atlanta (we already gots tickets), and andrew is going!, and maybe rodger and angela.

3. i feel like this is a confession. guys, i have been playing Settlers of Catan. now, i know what you are thinking, but NO this is not an rpg, so don't even start with me about how i'm a liar and whatnot. this is JUST a board game. you just try to get more cities and land and stuff than the other guys. it's like, monopoly for medieval times.

oh God, i'm a dork.

4. we got comcast dvr. it keeps breaking. i'm pissed. just thought i'd throw that out there.

5. i've got this general malaise. i quit the no-carb thing because it was making me sick, and went back to my old real diet which isn't really a diet, it's a lifestyle change. BUT, it hasn't started working yet, and it's frustrating. but i continue to slag through it, so...calories out, water in, and if you see me running for the bathroom, you know...move...

6. my brother and sister-in-law's house has black mold spores. yeah i know. since they moved in a little over a year ago, the kids have gotten sick quite a bit, and two weeks ago they found the mold. looks like it came from the dishwasher, and the insurance company is dragging it's feet. they are lawyering up...stay tuned for details.

7. watch out for people fishing for information. if a bank contacts you and asks you to update your information, contact the bank. give them the email address that the email came from, and for God's sake don't put your SSN on there. my friend's girlfriend just gave away all her information and it turned out to be a fisher. let's be smart out there people.

8. did i mention the concerts? yes. yes i did.

9. i was excited about this new show on FX, the Riches, because it has eddie izzard and minnie driver. so i watched the series premier last night, and it really bummed me out and was very dark and disturbing, so that's out.

10. if you get a chance (and you don't already have it), go on iTunes, or be normal and go to a record store, and find a song called "maps and legends" by R.E.M., on an older, 80's album called Fables of the Reconstruction. it is incredible, and i've listened to it about six times today already. do it. do it now.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Awesome is rockin' this morning!

Dead Man’s Will – Iron and Wine
When the World Ends – Dave Matthews Band
Duane Joseph – The Juliana Theory
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock
Mystery Song – Dave Matthews Band
Belong – R.E.M.
Spoon – Dave Matthews Band
A Talking Voice – Earth, Wind, & Fire
On Ice – Sean Watkins
Anything (f. Black Eyed Peas) – LA Symphony
We Didn’t Start the Fire – William (Billy) Joel
The Cutter – Echo and the Bunnymen
8 – Sunny Day Real Estate
Tres Equis – Cypress Hill
Simple As That – Huey Lewis & the News
Farenheit – Five Iron Frenzy
The Scientist – Coldplay
Sad – Pearl Jam
D.F. (Interlude) – OutKast
Criticism as Inspiration – Pedro the Lion
Bonnie Bessie Logan – Dougie MacLean
Silence – Blindside
Honky Cat – Elton John
I’m the Man Who Loves You – Wilco
Donde Se Fueron – Ozomatli
Tired and Uninspired – The Gloria Record
Phat Rabbit – Ludacris
The Company, The Comfort, The Grave – The Chariot
Peace – Weezer
It’s Not Unusual – Five Iron Frenzy

Sunday, March 4, 2007

i was born on the shores of the chesapeake bay

i've been in virginia beach for the last four days, so i've got a lot of stuff to catch up on, but while that stuff is circling the bowl, i just wanted to say...