Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I can't speak for the rest of the family, but I'm nursing my stuffy head tonight with beer.
Wish me luck.
Today (Tuesday) was supposed to be my day off, but I went in anyway. My next day off isn't until next Wednesday. Here's hoping Beer and Lack of Sleep! is the new best way to get over what ails ya.
Wouldn't that be nice?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
2. “Bullet The Blue Sky” – Live (U2)
3. “Synchronicity II” (Police)
4. “For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield)
5. “Welcome To The Machine” (Pink Floyd)
6. “Red Rain” (Peter Gabriel)
7. “Neon Knights” (Black Sabbath)
8. “Almost Cut My Hair” (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
9. “Heaven On Their Minds” (Jesus Christ Superstar)
10. “For The Love Of Money” (The O’Jays)
11. “Odissea” (Carlo Marrale & Cheope)
A: They're all on Queensryche's newest release, entitled Take Cover.
Thanks to Barbara at Layla's Classic Rock Faves for sharing the news.
For everyone who thought that "Silent Lucidity" was a new Pink Floyd song when it first came out (Michael Kamen's involvement would be the reason), enjoy their rendition of Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine."
Also, I'm chomping at the bit to hear their take on U2's "Bullet The Blue Sky." Now...Geoff Tate sings The O'Jays? I suppose I'm somewhat intrigued.
Ari: Who's this person?
Me: Her name is Condi.
Ari: And who's this?
Me: His name is Kofi.
Ari: Condi-Kofi-Condi-Kofi. (giggling) That's so funny, Daddy.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Apparently, not that I can think of a single reason why I need it but it does intrigue me a bit, readers can click the button, enter their number (privately if they like) and leave me a voicemail message from their phone. I can then listen to the message via an online inbox. (It can also be sent directly to my phone, but I'm not choosing that option just yet.) Click here for a better description of the service. And call and say hi if you like.
Thankfully, it'll be re-broadcast a few times Sunday as well.
- 2:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
- 1:10 PM
One ticket for the 9 AM showing, please.
I continue to punch the clock, but the hours and their associated monies don't make the bills like they used to. It's that time of year when the kiddos take turns with fevers and flu and my beautiful wife and I take turns cutting our workdays short to stay home with the cute but runny-nosed crumb-snatchers. The good news is that we save a bit on daycare costs. The bad news is that bosses like employees who are always on time and dependable. So far, our bosses are cool, but my worried head is never too sure.
Those of you with grown children are welcome to remind me that it gets much, much easier with time. (Feel free to lie if you must.)
In other news, I had the pleasure of meeting a local hero of mine last night. With even as little as a handshake and a hello, she made a dull work night very nice for me.
Also, a friend who helped get me started on my path to a very cool job last year stopped in last night. In the end, I didn't get that job, but I still remember the whole experience as awesome and positive. I've got nothing but LUV for the good people at Southwest Airlines and I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a fun and rewarding career. I just may try it again sometime myself. (Note to self: Memorize, memorize, memorize those PAs.)
Anyway, call it venting, whining, or just killing time on a blog. Here's hoping I can figure out how to make a bit more money for my family this year. Everything else is good. Maybe Sisyphus would be lucky to be me after all.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Gosh, I've missed being online from places other than at work or at the library.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Of course, there's no Internet there so that makes me sad.
But my incarcerated Georgia (doggie in her crate) will be happy to see me and I can get an early start watching some DVDs that a friend has loaned to me.
- Good Night, and Good Luck
With any luck, there will be copies of The New Yorker and Esquire waiting for me in my mailbox to keep me busy.
On advice from my Finnish beauty of a friend, I will forgo the previously planned cigar and instead buy a better wine to accompany my night of quiet bachelorhood.
So I just checked into the hotel in Nashville. I was joking around with the folks at the front desk about how this is basically the 8th year that the Fiance and I have been apart on Valentine's Day. I'm always traveling or at a convention on 2/14.
So blah blah blah I order room service for dinner. About 10
minutes later there's a knock at the door. ... click for the rest
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Don't tell the people who care about my health, but after work tomorrow I'll probably read some Bukowski, drink a cheap bottle of red and smoke a five dollar cigar.
Boy knows how to party.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I've added original album titles and their release dates. It's apparent that she's not focusing on any one era of Tom Waits' career. Kudos to her for her interest in his work. I'm very excited to hear her interpretations of Tom's songs.
"Fawn" - Alice (2002)
"Town With No Cheer" - Swordfishtrombones (1983)
"Falling Down" - Big Time (1988)
"Anywhere I Lay My Head" - Rain Dogs (1985)
"Fannin' Street" - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards (2006)
"Song for Jo" - original song written by Scarlett Johansson
"Green Grass" - Real Gone (2004)
"I Wish I Was in New Orleans" - Small Change (1976)
"I Don't Want To Grow Up" - Bone Machine (1992)
"No One Knows I'm Gone" - Alice (2002)
"Who Are You?" - Bone Machine (1992)
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Monday, February 11, 2008
Enjoy reading Marriott in the Kitchen. It's good stuff.
"This is about discipline and hard work, and you don't get to just do your drugs and go onstage and get rewarded," Cole told People.
I can appreciate where she's coming from with this. She's an awesome talent herself and a credit to the industry. However, a good song's a good song and a good album's a good album. Regardless of any measure of discipline or hard work on the part of the artist. Amy Winehouse, along with producer Mark Ronson and those awesome Dap-Kings made a heck of an awesome record. I'd be scared to spend more than ten bucks to see her in concert, unsure of her abilities to make it through a song, much less an entire show, but I'll buy Back to Black over and over again to ensure I've always got it close by. Whatever she's doing now doesn't matter. It's what she and everyone else involved did in the studio while it was being recorded.
Anyway, that was the best Grammy Awards Ceremony I've seen in years. It hardly felt like an awards show at all. Just awesome performance after awesome performance. Blueprint 2008 and repeat, please.
So many NPR podcasts... A wealth of Dawn and Drew shows to catch up on... I can't even remember what other shows I subscribe to, but I miss them all. Here's hoping I'm back to it within the week.
My wife sent the laptop off to a company that a friend recommended. The old desktop is being tinkered with by a fellow blogger in the area. I want my old midnight blogging and podcast listening habits back.
(Sidenote to a friend: I think I'm liking this Ryan Adams guy of yours. Thanks for the CDs!)
Saturday, February 09, 2008
The good news, of course, is that he is fine. We're driving up there today to see if we can help in any way.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Waiting inside after all of these years for me to play it was my old Madden 2001 disc. I had it set up and spinning in minutes. My butt on the floor and my back against the couch, it was like old times. McNair, Eddie, Wycheck, etc. Those Ravens didn't stand a chance.
It was such a nice find. And it kind of takes the sting out of not being online at home.