Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Elliott Smith

Been listening to From a Basement on the Hill recently. I've had a copy for a while, but didn't listen to it a lot at first, now I can't stop playing it. Why are all the good writers dead? Anyway, this is a very good record. The production was a problem on some of his early releases, but it is perfect on this one. Favorites: Kings Crossing, Pretty (Ugly Before) and Memory Lane. My favorite Smith song is still Clementine off the first one. I don't think there's a bad song on this CD... Although some took a couple of listens to catch on. You can really hear the Beatles influence on this one. Lots of good mellow acoustic stuff, and a good amount of wall of sound guitar tunes.

Need some more new stuff to listen to. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Roach in ear

A friend of mine told me that he woke up at about 3am this morning screaming. A roach crawled into his ear, and would not come out. He tried to pull it out with his fingers, but it just kept going deeper and deeper into his ear. He tried water, tweezers, nothing worked. He had his roommate take him to the ER, the Dr removed it without any major problems. The Dr told him that this happens a lot. He's remove about 50 bugs from peoples ears. I called my wife and told her about it. Her response: "That's not supposed to happen"

Monday, August 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

I would hate to live in New Orleans right now. It's really hard to say how bad it will be for them because the media always hypes stuff, but I imagine it's going to be pretty serious. This thing has the strength of Charley, but larger... It's much better watching from a distance. I really need to purchase a generator just in case we end up getting another one.

Anyway, this weekend we took a bunch of stuff over to Tracy's Moms house for a Garage sale. Selling one of the kids beds, a dresser, and a bunch of toys... I had to make several trips to get everything over there. 15 miles one way...

Sunday: Busy day for me. Tracy went out the night before and didn't get home until reallly late, so I knew she would be sleeping in the next day. I had to mow the yard, go to the grocery store, grill for the little get together we were planning, all in 4 hours time... and I did. Got everything done with plenty of time to spare. I did chicken and veggies on the grill, had a few beers, and relaxed the rest of the evening. Tracy did most of the cleanup, the part I hate the most.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Starting to get some rain and wind

Really bad weather right now. They're expecting up to 12 inches of rain in the central Fl area over the next couple of days. Better than a direct hit.

Giant Monkey Ghost Kills 3rd Victim

A few hundred miles to the north east, a maniacal monkey man continues to terrorize the Indian capital, New Delhi.

This week the Associated Press reported, "Mass hysteria is sweeping across India's capital after reports of a super-powered monkey man, with hairy body and sharp metal claws, attacking people as they sleep on their roofs in the sweltering heat."

Over 100 people claim to have been injured by this elusive phantom (50 of them last Monday night during a power outage), some claiming that the beast has the ability to turn invisible and leap six stories in a single bound.

"It has three buttons on its chest. One makes it turn into a monkey, the second gives it extra strength, the third makes it invisible," said Kumari, a housemaid. "But he is afraid of the light."

Witnesses descriptions vary absurdly, but most agree that the attacker about 4 ft. tall, with a dark face and large eyes, sharp, metal claws, a humanoid body, and he wears a helmet or a mask. Others claim they saw it jumping down several stories after the attacks.

In the frenzy, three people have died, the latest being Ram Prakash of Shakurpur who jumped from the roof of his home yesterday screaming, "The monkey has come!"

Vigilantes in the streets, who often mistake wild monkeys, dogs and anything that moves for the ironclad supermonster, accidentally beat two people returning home late at night.

The authorities, are struggling to maintain order amid the hysteria and have dispatched approximately 1,000 police officers into the streets, to calm the citizens' fears.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Been busy

Haven't been blogging a lot. Too much going on at home and work. Had a busy weekend as usual. Yard work, and cleaning out the Garage. Tracy went out shopping with a friend of hers on Sunday, and I recruited the kids to help me with the Garage. They were surprisingly happy to help. They lost interest about a half hour into it as expected. But I finished itÂ… you can actually pull a car in now!! Next project is TeraÂ’s room. WeÂ’re having furniture delivered in a couple of weeks, so I need to get in there and take her bed apart to get rid of it. Fun...

Good band practice last week. Got a couple of new ideas that we've been working on. I hope to get seven songs or so done by October. That's my goal, and I think we can do it. We've been getting back in the flow of things as far as song writing goes so I think it's possible.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Searching for Rob on goggle

He either works for Access Control Technologies in Orlando or owns the Lucky Lure Cricket Farm in Leesburg.

Pieces of Pieces

Going through the CD's that Geoff sent. Dating all the way back to 1985... Pieces of Pieces is kind of a greatest hits of all the old stuff we used to play in our band Pieces. Geoff, Rob, and I had a blast, but never played out anywhere. Frogskin Condom, punk version of American Girl, Super cool jams and more... I keep forgetting to bring the CD's to work so I can go through them all on head phones while I work. I listened to some stuff that Geoff and I recorded back when we were like 17 maybe. I had a strong NY accent, and higher pitch. My Wife and I cracking up! Geoff’s radio show question "What kind of a person would buy a brown car"

Monday, August 08, 2005

Birthay party and Beach

Saturday was Kaley's B-day party. Made lots of food, have lots of leftovers. John and his family came over. We didn't get a chance to listen to the old LLB stuff the Geoff sent. He'll get his copy soon I'm sure. I only invited the family to this one. My family is so big that I wouldn’t have room for them and friends. Drank a few beers and let the kids run around. John's hot dog sauce or Greek sauce or Bruce sauce, whatever you want to call it is really good. He's going to serve it at the sub shop they open. I'm sure people will go crazy over it. We ate it with Bratwurst.

We went to the Beach on Sunday with Bryan, and his wife Laura and kid. We tried fishing, but the kids were too distracting. So we ended up entertaining them most of the time which was fun. The Wives did their part as well. So it was a pretty full weekend.

I am going to try to get a good copy of some of the new stuff we've been doing in the band. I'm going to bring some extra mic’s so we can use the 8 track, and maybe keep it hooked up if we can get a burner for the warehouse. Next this is web space to share this stuff. Working on something now. I'll let everyone know if it comes together.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Birthday Bear and Sabbath.

Yesterday was Kaley’s B-day so we went to the Mall after work to take her to Build A Bear. She decided to build a bunny. She got to pick from 20 or so animals to stuff (you stuff yourself) pick out a outfit, shoes… She had a great time, and it was under 50$. She named her bunny Kayla ??? Having the official party on Saturday. Bruce is brining is famous hotdog sauce, Percy will be there too.

I’m listening to Wheels of Confusion off Vol4, at the “Lost in the wheels of confusion” part. I remember listening this when I was like 9 or 10. My friend Billy and I used to walk around the neighborhood cranking this stuff all the time... The good old days.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

School traffic really sucks

We went to pick up our kids from school yesterday and waited in a line for an hour! This morning when I dropped them off it wasn’t that bad, but it still took 30 minutes. I think I got the easy job of dropping them off, Tracy has to pick them up each afternoon, hopefully it will get better. They told us that the first week of school is always really bad.

I really need a 4 door truck, this 2 door crap isn’t working for me. It’s a real pain for the kids to get in and out. I’m thinking about trading my Tahoe in for a newer model Jeep Cherokee or something similar. Maybe I'll stop at Carmax one of these days to see what kind of trade in value my truck has.