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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
10:18 pm
so the big event at work yesterday was the appearance of a rat in the parking lot. it was just sitting there, minding its own business. everyone was talking about it. "did you see the rat?"

apparently some people at the office had never seen a rat before, because they were debating about exactly what type of animal it was. i walked up to it, got a good look, and announced it was most certainly a rat.

the things that get people excited. how strange.
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
10:26 pm
two entries in one night? a bit much, don't you think.
Over the course of the past two weeks, I completely transformed my house from a cluttered, stinking, dirty, nearly unlivable hellhole, into a clean, organized, dare I say magical, place. Okay, magical is a bit much, but the point is that I now like being at home. In fact, I haven't gone to Fido or any other coffee shop at all lately because I now prefer being home.

It started with cleaning out Peter's old room, which had been nothing more than storage space for the past few months. I got all the junk out of there, bought a new desk and bookshelf, and now it is the official office of Keyhole Publications. And it is now my favorite room in the house. It still needs a sofa or something to sit on, but it's good nonetheless.

After getting that room clean, I figured it was about time to give the rest of the place a thorough cleaning. The problem was that I just had too much stuff and not enough room for it. But with the new bookshelf, I suddenly have ample (barely) storage space. Books had been laying everywhere throughout the house. Now they have a place to sit. Then there were the floors - they had gotten so bad that I was just throwing the daily barrage of junk mail (most of which is Peter's, by the way) on the floor with disregard. The floors were dirty anyway, so who cares if there was junk mail on the floor. After throwing away all the junk, I found a new formula for floor cleaning thanks to some green housekeeping book I saw. I have always cleaned floors with Murphy's Oil Soap, which is effective enough, but this book suggested adding a cup of white vinegar to the mix of Murphy's and water. It worked wonders. My floors look beautiful. Or at least as beautiful as my worn out old hardwood is capable of looking. Vinegar, it turns out, is quite an effective cleaner of just about everything. It works great on tile and in the bathroom. And it's cheap and environmentally friendly.

Then there was this funky smell that permeated the house. I have no idea what it was or even how to describe it other than to say it was funk. Ask Peter, he smelled it. I was half expecting to find a dead possum or something as I cleaned, but no such rotting animal turned up. The floor cleaning helped get rid of the funk, but I also burned candles perpetually for a week. I still don't know what was causing the smell, but it's gone now and my house smells like flowers.

So anyway, my house is now kick-ass instead of shit-ass and I intend to keep it that way. And now I'm not embarrassed to have people over, so you should stop by for tea and a bite to eat sometime.
10:08 pm
the ville
Over the Rhine, who as you may know happen to be my favorite band on the planet, are playing a show in Sellersville, PA in a couple of weeks. Sellersville, PA, for those of you who don't know, happens to be the small town in which I was born and spent the first 8 years of my life. The theatre where they are playing is within walking distance of my old home, and is just a short bike ride from my parents' current home. It used to be a run-down, shit-ass movie theatre. One time in high school, I saw a movie there with a bunch of friends (the movie was Sgt. Bilko, a military comedy a la Stripes with Steve Martin and a chubby Max Casella - the actor who played Vinnie on Doogie Howser) and a tile fell from the ceiling in the front of the theatre as the opening credits were rolling. A huge plume of dust rained down. It was the funniest part of the movie (luckily we were seated in the back). Anyway, it's hard to imagine now that OtR is playing in that once run-down place. It's been completely remodeled now, but still. I am thinking of finding a way to go to the show. It's not everyday that your favorite band plays in your actual hometown. Plus I'm pissed at myself for missing them here recently - they played at the Ryman and I completely forgot about it. So, anybody feel like taking a trip to PA?

In other news, I've been sick for the last few days but feel much better now thank you.
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
6:37 pm
message to ralph
i love ralph, but i have to agree with this message (unless hilary wins).

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
11:16 pm
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
5:09 pm
Primary Haiku

Voting is such fun.
I voted for a black man.
I sure hope he wins.

Come to trivia night tonight at the saucer.

peace out.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
11:12 pm
nashville shakes
Hamlet is being performed by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival at the new theatre at Belmont. This is the last weekend. I think I'm going to go on Saturday night or maybe Sunday afternoon (although the super bowl is on Sunday). Anyone want to join me?
Monday, January 21st, 2008
12:49 pm
anyone up for seeing the diving bell and the butterfly tonight at the belcourt?
Monday, October 1st, 2007
9:35 pm
in case you missed it, radiohead is releasing their new album as a free download in 10 days.


but i'm actually more excited about this.
watch the trailer. it's amazing.
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
9:34 pm
so, i am going to be in nashville this weekend, but i'm going right back to richmond on monday for another three weeks. so if anyone wants to hang out, this weekend is the time.

in other news...

i'm currently staying at a 17-story hotel in downtown richmond. it's one of those hotels like you see in movies with a classic bar in the lobby, valet service, rooftop pool. very cool. glad i'm not paying for it myself - $300 a night. that's your tax money at work right there.

over the rhine is playing at the belcourt in december. it's about time. i'm tired of 3rd and lindsley (although their show there the other week was awfully good).

i'm not much for online quizzes, but this one is pretty interesting.

here was my result:

type 18 - You are a deep thinker, and your love of contemplation is surpassed only by your love of showing off your brain-power. If given the option you prefer writing to speaking, even with your closest of friends. You feel more comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing because you fear the fact that a spoken word can never be proofread or amended before its delivery. Your sense of self-worth is ensconced so fully in your ideas that you genuinely do not know how to respond to critics who label you an intellectual onanist.
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
3:59 pm
it's very awkward talking to a midget. have you ever tried it? you pretty much have to look straight down to look him in the eyes, and he has to look straight up. it just doesn't feel right. and it puts a strain on one's neck.
Monday, July 9th, 2007
10:51 pm
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
5:53 pm
car payments are for suckers
so, i'm finally back in nashville. actually, i've been back since saturday night. richmond, va was nice, but nine weeks there, living in a hotel and eating out every night - that was a bit too much. there's a slight chance i will be going back to richmond in a couple of weeks, but i'm hoping not.

i bought a new/used car today. another volvo - a 940. this one's considerably nicer than the old 240, which had its grill stolen and was looking more and more miserable. i really like this 940, but it does lack the "retarded coolness" of an old 240. ah well, i'm too old for that crap anyway.

i very briefly toyed with the idea of taking out a loan and buying a very nice and newer car, but, as my subject line has already mentioned, car payments are for suckers.

the act of going to the bank, withdrawing several thousand dollars in cash, stuffing it in an envelope, and handing it to a stranger is rather enjoyable (assuming of course that you're getting something of value in return). i hope to do it again someday.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
9:58 pm
Things I like thus far about Richmond, Virginia:

1. Beer
I thought Nashville is a good beer town, which it is, but Richmond is just as good. There is a local brewery called Legend which makes some great beer. Their brown ale is about the best I've ever had. I haven't visited the brewery itself just yet, but I will soon. The local Kroger has a more diverse selection of six-packs than JJ's does, which is quite astonishing. Plus, Yuengling (a Pennsylvania beer, for those of you who don't know) is on tap at every bar. So yes, I am a happy man.

2. Wawa
They have Wawa Markets here (Sheetz too), which makes me happy.

3. Cary St.
Cary St is a cool area in Richmond with lots of hole-in-the-wall local restaurants. I ate at a cafe/bar there tonight and it was great.

4. Trees
I've always thought the trees in Virginia are some of the prettiest anywhere in America. The land here is very beautiful, especially now that spring is blooming.

5. Bartenders
Most of the bartenders in Nashville are cold. For all the times I've sat at a Nashville bar either alone or with friends, I've never had a bartender strike up a conversation with me. Not the case in Richmond. I've had several good conversations with bartenders here already (yeah, I've been drinking a lot). Very friendly people.
Sunday, April 15th, 2007
9:41 pm
i finished ulysses yesterday. it took a little over a month. great book. certainly the most arduous book i've ever read, but well worth the effort. it may be the greatest book i've ever read. it may be the greatest work of art i've ever been exposed to.

i am now in richmond, va. i'll be here for 9 weeks.

i realized today how stupid high school girls are. on my flight, there was a group of high school senior girls surrounding me. every work that managed to form in their mouths was pure drivel. damn, how come i never noticed this when i was that age? i guess hormones blinded me to their stupidity. not that i'm being chauvinistic. i'm sure the high school boys, who were sitting a little further up on the plane, were saying things just as idiotic. i guess i just didn't realize how dumb people are when they're 18. then again, maybe with all the tv and video games and crappy movies and music that is popular, these kids really are more dumb than kids were when i was that age. i don't know. probably not. i'm sure some of them will grow up to be smart. i hope.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
11:57 pm
the last of my heroes has died
kurt vonnegut died today. may he rest in peace.
Thursday, March 15th, 2007
10:33 pm
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
12:39 am
so i've finally summoned the courage to read ulysses, that ridiculous behemoth of a masterpiece. started it today. so far so good.

in other news, i was visited by jehovah's witnesses this morning. fun.
Friday, March 9th, 2007
6:16 pm
listen to the music
2007 is shaping up to be a good year in the world of rock 'n roll.

Arcade Fire released a new album this week. It's great. Not as great as Funeral, but still great. Of Montreal's recent release is, in my opinion, the best thing they've ever done. Bright Eyes released a new EP this week, and it's quite good - and it's just a precursor to a new full-length album to be released in the near future. New Modest Mouse on March 20. New Blonde Redhead on April 10. New Andrew Bird coming soon. Probably a new Over the Rhine album sometime this year. And I'm sure there are more. Plus, Radiohead is recording (although their album probably won't be out till 2008). It's all very exciting.
Friday, February 16th, 2007
12:58 am
I went to Borders after work today to do some book browsing. I picked a book off the shelf, Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve, sat down and started reading it. And reading it. And kept reading it until I finished it. The whole damn thing. Now, it is a short book - about 100 pages, and short pages at that - but still, I read the whole freakin' thing in the store.

I don't know why i haven't read more Mark Twain. He was a genius.

Also a genius: Kurt Vonnegut. Thank God for Kurt Vonnegut. I recently read his latest book, A Man Without a Country. Highly recommended. Here's an excerpt:

"How about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes?

"'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.'

"And so on.
Not exactly planks in a Republican platform. Not exactly George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or Donald Rumsfeld stuff.

"For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

"'Blessed are the merciful' in a courtroom?
'Blessed are the peacemakers' in the Pentagon?
Give me a break!"

I've always thought the same thing. Why do Christians tend to value the teachings of Moses and Paul more than the teachings of Jesus? If Jesus was the son of God, shouldn't his words be the ones we recite the most? Of course, if the church valued Jesus' teachings supremely, it would have to change its whole value system, not to mention its political alignment.

The world is a fucked up place.
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