Return from Italy

April 19, 2003 at 11:04 am | blabbing.

For all those interested here is a link to the picture from our Italy trip. We have been getting up early because of the jetlag, so now we are going to go and run errands. Usually we are just getting up at this time… Morning? What is this thing you call morning??

Verbena at Slims

April 16, 2003 at 10:37 pm | blabbing.

Went to see Verbena last night at Slims in SF. It looked to be a light show with not a lot of people showing up for the show. The first band Jet was from australia and sounded like it too. Big tip for these guys that there is already a band that sounds exactly like AC/DC.

Next up was “On the Speakers” which looks to be the next project from the former frontman of “Creeper Lagoon”. An all around fun band with nice hooky songs, I’ll probable follow their progress and see what their EP sounds like in a few months.

What I was not prepared for was “Verbena”. Now Alanna and I own their records and she had been quick to tell me how cool they are. Upon listening to the records you are just unprepared for how unhuman the show really is. Now I’m not talking circus freak kinda stuff, I’m talking about the immense sound that comes from such an unassuming 3 piece. They will not be crowned pretty, they will not be played on the WB (like I believe On the Speakers is destined for) they will not be witty and coy. They are dangerous in the pure rock-n-roll sense. They are loud, vicious and sexy, with the raw power to make you shake your head and wonder “how the fuck is he making those sounds”?

Goin to Italy

April 1, 2003 at 11:02 pm | blabbing.

OK folks here we go. Hope we will have lots of pics and stories when we come back

New Refrigerator

March 30, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

Our new refrigerator is now firmly in place in our kitchen and I feel so much better. Alanna and I spotted this sporty new model while at Costco around the corner from my work. We became very giddy and decided right then and there that if the landlord would not replace our ancient model (ours was so old that the freezer part was inside of the fridge, and it would always fill will ice and make it impossible to close the door.) with this sporty new frostless, stainless steel model that we would buy it ourselves.

Getting a 10.3 cubic foot refrigerator inside of 1988 Chevy Sprint (aptly dubbed “The Little Red Buddy” by my brother) is hard but not impossible, but then getting that fridge inside an apartment without a hand truck to get it up the stairs is a chore. I can understand how relationships run into a lot of problems when moving large pieces of furniture, but lucky for us Alanna and I are pretty good at not killing each other in such instances. We even switched the doors on it so that it would open the other way. 3 days to Italy.

The world feels like

March 27, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

The world feels like a bad rerun TV show that I don’t want to watch. It’s all very Clockwork Orange. 7 days to Italy…. I just want to kick back and eat and drink and feel the pace of a world that has been through a few thousand years of this kind of crap.

By the Bay 12K:

March 23, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

Well I had my first run today along with Alanna. We ran a 12k race and had some pretty good times per mile here they are:

Mile 1: 11:38
Mile 2: 11:26
Mile 3: 10:58
Mile 4: 10:08
Mile 5: 11:17
Mile 6: 11:49
Mile 7.5: 16:48

I think Alanna and I did ok for our first run together considering we barely trained at all. I think my knees are going to be killing me tomorrow.

The War:

March 22, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

Alanna and I went to the peace rally today in SF and I think it helped me clear up my personal opinion about the the war in Iraq.

I think I am with a lot of the American people in wanting to support the American troops while they are overseas while at the same time being angry frustrated and scared with what exactly the current US administration is getting this nation along with the rest of the world into. I am unable to think of a single concerted effort by the current administration to outline exactly what they are doing and where exactly they are going with this war and possible other wars down the line.

Oh I have heard many words about the “Evil Doers” and the “Axis of Evil” (I personally think that this speech was one of the things that doomed later foreign policy efforts) but I have not seen anything other than vague assertions that there is a connection between Al Qeida and Iraq.

“Saddam Hussien has thumbed his nose at the UN, so we will thumb our nose at the UN and take him out.”

While I cannot agree with the American administration in it’s half assed attempts at foreign policy leading up to the war, including it’s inability to convince the US people as well the rest of the world that Iraq is a current threat and that it will be in the future, I also cannot even understand what would be a peace movement in San Francisco.

At the peace rally that I witnessed everybody seemed to be talking about everything but the war. Womens rights; Reparations for Slavery; How the US started the Aids epidemic; How we should not support Nike and McDonalds. Focus !!! Focus !!I also saw a lot of people who thought that the way to bring the troops home was to get violent against the city in which they themselves live in.

If the point of the movement is to increase your numbers and your voice, violence and splinter groups is not the way to do it. There is no main message that the peace movement in SF has other than “Fuck the Police, Fuck the government”.

They should get the city the police and the SF business community behind them and not against them. Holding massive demonstrations in Golden Gate park would be a good idea. You could get a larger crowd, you could help the city better manage the event and maybe even have more local politicians show up and help out. You bring more people into the city when they are not affraid that there will be violence. (You catch alot more bees with honey) Deal with violent demonstrations by coming out against them, this is a peace movement !!!

How about Non violent things like creating visible signs of protest without people. Like posters in windows in every home around the bay area billboards and sidewalk grafiti. Not some spray painted peace sign, but a specific noticable sign that will attach itself to the movement.

The most important thing is to talk about the war, focus on the war. As soon as you go off point and start talking about how Bush was not elected or how slavery was wrong or transgender lesbian cat lovers don’t have enought rights, even if your right, people will stop listening.

While I have a deep sense of unease about the war in Iraq on a day to day and hour by hour basis, the scariest thing on my mind is what will happen after this war. If the diplomacy leading up to this is any indication of what it will be like, I fear that my country will alienate the rest of the world and suffer sever forms of backlash in the muslim world and even in the countries of long time alies everywhere.

Well after a little

March 20, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

Well after a little mouth pain (Which I hate very much) I am better. It’s been a hum drum week, just getting some work done and working on a song that my friend Jon wrote.

War is lookin pretty weird on TV. Turmoil in the streets, bombs on TV, Shock and Awe. These are definately weird times.

Well after a nice

March 13, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

Well after a nice time at the dentist I have a cold. Now I don’t think the two are related but damn why do they have to come one right after the other. Now my mouth hurts and I nose is all fucked up.

Other Stuff

March 10, 2003 at 12:01 pm | blabbing.

My family decided to have a flamathon late last week that even got my Dad involved. My family is I guess a little opinionated about politics. Spent the weekend building a shelf for music gear and making my music studio a little more habitable. Went to the beach on sunday to fly kites with Alanna, my sis, Oona. A little bit of movie watchin as well as some good cookin. I love weekends like that.