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I am addicted to applications for the iPhone.  I swear, the battery runs out because of my need to play skee ball when stuck on those office calls that I really have no reason to be on, other than the fact that someone has decided I should be on them.

I stopped using my backpack for work due to the fact that I kept loading it up with more and more things that I convinced myself that I did need.  Seriously, is there a reason for me to carry around an extra pair of socks, 3 totes (in addition to the 3 I keep in the trunk of the car), 2 notebooks, a calendar and the DS?  True, the DS is necessary in case my phone needs to charge, but overall?  I'm trying to get by with a purse these days.  My back is still thanking me I think.

There is a large bruise on my thigh that appeared the other day.  I couldn't figure out where it came from then I realized that it is likely from my friend Kaidin, a 3 year old "sucker" kid that makes you think that they are all bright and easy to deal with.  We went swimming and as we did not have any floaties for Kaidin I held him while he bounced around on my lap.  

For the record, Kaidin is the one who began asking me if I was his friend, and then would proceed to tell people that I was his friend.  I was tempted to say no, but I couldn't when I saw how important it was for him to hear the word yes.  I swear, the pressure that the kid puts you under when he asks a simple question as if the world depends on whether or not you are his friend.  

Other than that, there are many things I could say but cannot at this time.  Some of it due to not being ready, some due to the fact that I will never be ready.  For the most part, I just am ending this entry because I want to watch the Wire on DVD.

Hot damn!

Feb. 5th, 2009 07:03 pm
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There goes the plan to read the two closest to the bed:  hot in my grubby hands is  copy of Linda Lovelace's Ordeal.   

I just hope that I learn more from Linda than I did from Rick James.  Hey, I never claimed to be reading Finnegan's Wake (a difficult read if there ever was one).

back

Feb. 5th, 2009 04:30 pm
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Not that I'm promising much, other than the fact that I will actually attempt to post more often.  As usual, do not expect anything interesting, more than likely it will be useless. 

By the way

Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:40 am
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I do recognize the fact that I should have spent this past half hour or so working so that I can have some time to do some personal calls [oh come on, we all do them at the office] later.  Instead I have tried to catch up as best I could on posts. 

Priorities, right?

2 questions

Oct. 5th, 2008 03:03 pm
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The Boy is having a meeting right now with someone who sounds like Murray from Flight of the Conchords.  Would it be wrong to ask him to take role just so that I could laugh?

I was tempted to purchase a recipe book at the bookstore yesterday.  Would it be wrong to use it to organize take-out menus?

 

 
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Just back from seeing Dark Knight on the IMAX screen. Very good, glad I saw it on the big screen instead of waiting for DVD. One thing though?

FARMER TED WAS IN IT?

DAMN!
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I left work a bit early on Friday to deal with the headache that is the wedding invite situation (semi-resolved) and found myself wandering the aisles of Target. It was a location that I had not been to in a while, so it was a bit of a shock to walk around and see the state it was in. In fact, just when I was thinking to myself that it had become run down since my last visit I heard the noise.

It was a matter of seconds before I saw where the noise was coming from: a female in a blue shirt that was throwing her shoes in the direction of the salesclerk behind the camera counter. At first I thought that maybe she had been caught attempting to steal the shoes, but that was quickly corrected by the appearance of another, female in a pink top, also shoeless.

Apologies if I offend people reading but . . .

"Who do you think you are BITCH!"
"Oh no you ain't messing with me!"
"What? What? WHAT!"

Basically, I heard just about every bad movie girl fight cliche as I stood there with various other Target customers and staff as we watched the fight. From what I gather, Pink Top had bumped into Blue Shirt while in another department and followed Blue into the camera department to continue their argument. Quite honestly, I am unaware of these two girls knew each other, or if their friends that were with them knew each other. All I know is that Blue Shirt was not going down without a fight.

The security guard wasn't doing much to help the situation, but another sales clerk separated the two, moving Blue Shirt to one side of the circular camera counter, to the "joy" of the salesclerk who was comfortable in his safety zone. As soon as the clerk (not the one behind the counter) moved to talk to security, Blue Shirt quickly moved to start with Pink Top one more time. Let's just say that the whole thing was so fascinating that I completely forgot about the fact that I had a camera in the bag missed documenting the entire event.

Of course, that probably would not have been a good idea to be caught doing when the cops came to arrest Blue Shirt. I am not sure what exactly happened to start the fight, but it must have been something to have her visit to Target end with her being escorted by the police while still shoeless.

I went on to the register with my Xyron to find myself distracted by the sight of Pink Top and her friends, who were walking back into Target with the security guard. I'm not sure if she was allowed to purchase her items, but at least she was wearing shoes when she was walking back into the store.
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I have a million (and one) half written posts ready to go - everything from random thoughts on traffic, on cake, on friends, life and more cake. On a surprise appearance by Neil Gaiman at a screening I went to way back in October (yeah, that long ago) to my disbelief that I wasn't annoyed by Sex and the City. To being upset that Sting ruined Elvis performing Alison for me, to winning tickets and grip & grin passes to meet Duran Duran their last night of their US tour in Central Park.

So where are these posts? Um, nowhere.

You see, I seem to come across some damn fine ideas of what to write while doing something else. Driving, taking a shower, being bored during Hancock . . .basically, if I am unable to write anything at the time, I have an idea of what to post.

So why am I here now? Using this as an outlet for frustrations for the most part. I will be attempting to post more this next week, but for the most part they will be bitching sessions. You have been warned.
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Consider yourselves saluted:


http://www.triedtorock.blogspot.com/

A Where Are They Now? for those who never were, then.

This is a sonic history of the American pop band. Our goal is to capture data about every band to have been formed by teens with that perfect mixture of big dreams and questionable talent in suburban garages, high school music rooms, and college dorms across America. And to preserve them cryogenically with the very dry ice they once merited, for future generations.

By the way, they take submissions . . .
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Diving Bell has been returned. Now if only I could work on The Graduate.
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Making no sense at all if I spoke to you on Monday - the fever hit me bad.

Never posting. Why lie and say hardly posting, when it seems I never do these days.

Flipping you off yesterday while driving.

Still not watching Diving Bell on DVD. If you're still waiting for it on Netflix, I am to blame.

Only now reappearing in life. What can I say except two words: Duran. Tour.

Thinking that Jane's Addiction reuniting is still the show of the year after 4 Duran shows.

Not uploading photos taken in the last few months (Jane's, Duran, Max's graduation and whatever else is on the home computer).

Thinking it would be a good idea to have a Heavy Metal Parking Lot theme wedding. Like I said, the fever hit me bad.

Being beyond excited over getting Square Pegs on DVD.

Just not getting "it," whatever "it" may be is the real question.



Please note that I will attempt to be better at updates.


Please also note that I take back the apology for flipping you off yesterday. You deserved it for cutting in front of me and then slamming on the brakes to stare at high school girls you friggin' balding chicken hawk!

Stunned

Apr. 24th, 2008 02:00 pm
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I am sitting at work still in a state of shock over seeing Jane's Addiction last night at the NME Awards. I was against the stage looking up at Perry. At Stephen. At Dave. And at ERIC AVERY . For this was truly a Jane's Addiction reunion where they performed not the one song that was promised, but four:

Stop
Mountain Song
Ocean Size
Jane Says

Still stunned. Nearly cried. Felt weak at certain times. Overall? I'm glad I missed out on my own work function to be at the show.

Yep

Feb. 27th, 2008 09:28 pm
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Being sick still sucks.
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Long-Awaited Replacements Reissues Due In April

February 12, 2008, 10:45 AM ET
Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


The Replacements' first three albums and an EP will be reissued in remastered, expanded form this spring, completing a long awaited upgrade of the seminal band's early work. "Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash," "Stink," "Hootenanny" and "Let It Be" will arrive April 22 via Rhino, Billboard.com can reveal.


Originally released on the band's hometown label, Twin/Tone, the albums were prepped for reissue by Replacements manager Peter Jesperson, with involvement from the surviving band members.


The Replacements' debut, 1981's "Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash," introduced its lovably shambling rock style via tracks like "Shiftless When Idle," "Takin a Ride" and "Johnny's Gonna Die." Bonus material includes frontman Paul Westerberg's original four-song demo from 1980, several outtakes and the B-side "If Only You Were Lonely."


The EP "Stink" followed in 1982, tearing through eight songs in 15 minutes. The four bonus tracks on the new edition are all previously unreleased: the outtakes "Staples in Her Stomach," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," plus a Westerberg home demo of "You're Getting Married."


The Replacements' sophomore album, "Hootenanny," arrived in April 1983, further cementing its status as one of the most exciting new rock bands in America on the strength of songs such as "Within Your Reach" and "Color Me Impressed." Rhino's new edition boasts six previously unreleased tracks, including a demo of "Bad Worker" and an alternate take of "Treatment Bound."


Rhino's final reissue in this batch, "Let It Be," is regarded by many as the Replacements' best album. The 1984 release boasts indelible tracks such as "Unsatisfied," "I Will Dare" and "Androgynous"; it is here bolstered by an alternate version of "Sixteen Blue," the home demo for "Answering Machine" and covers of the Grass Roots' "Temptation Eyes" and T. Rex's "20th Century Boy."


Later this year, Rhino will continue the reissue campaign with expanded editions of the Replacements' Sire catalog: "Tim," "Pleased To Meet Me," "Don't Tell a Soul" and "All Shook Down."


Here is the bonus material for the Replacements reissues (previously unissued tracks in italics)


"Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash"


"Raised in the City," live, 1980 - demo
"Shutup," live, 1980 - demo
"Don't Turn Me Down," live, 1980 - demo
"Shape Up," live, 1980 - demo
"You Ain't Gotta Dance," studio demo
"Get on the Stick," studio demo
"Oh Baby," studio demo
"Like You," outtake
"Get Lost," outtake
"A Toe Needs a Shoe," outtake
"Customer," alternate take
"Basement Jam," rehearsal

"If Only You Were Lonely"


"Stink"


"Staples in Her Stomach," outtake
"Hey, Good Lookin'," outtake
"(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," outtake
"You're Getting Married," solo home demo


"Hootenanny"


"Lookin' for Ya"
"Junior's Got a Gun," outtake - rough mix
"Ain't No Crime," outtake
"Johnny Fast," outtake - rough mix
"Treatment Bound," alternate version
"Lovelines," alternate vocal
"Bad Worker," solo home demo


"Let It Be"


"20th Century Boy"
"Perfectly Lethal," outtake
"Temptation Eyes," outtake
"Answering Machine," solo home demo
"Heartbeat -- It's a Lovebeat," outtake - rough mix
"Sixteen Blue," outtake - alternate vocal

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My new goal in life: to somehow get my hands on the reject tapes from people who auditioned for Rock of Love. Can you imagine how trashtastic some of those must be?
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I am sitting with a piece of King Cake beside me, courtesy of friends in New Orleans. Nothing like the smell of sugar . . . and beads without having to lift your top.
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Although you may hide from the people gathered inside the apartment to gossip on the patio so that they cannot hear you does not mean that those who can hear the echo created from the alleyway aren't listening.
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Earlier today I complained over my clicking on what I thought was a link about Aerosmith (specifically Steven Tyler & Joe Perry) actually being an article on the actor / comedian Tyler Perry. Turns out that the friend I complained to said that she and her sister were both bitching about how they keep getting excited over possible Tyler / Perry interviews only to find that it is Tyler Perry.

Yep. True friendship: being idiots who think that there is a ton of recent coverage on Aerosmith.
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It looks like I am going to have to be on here more often now that McCrotcher is posting again.
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NoLa, Atlanta, Toronto . . . plus being able to write a random bit about London before I forget details would be nice.

In the meantime, I am driving home from meeting Nikki Sixx when I get a phone call from Mic. It seems that her sister spotted none other than Mr. Mike Muir on TV. WTF? Mike Muir on TV? Oh, it gets better: he was sitting in the audience of the Big Brother finale. I get home, turn on the tube and in a few minutes I see the bandana covering his forehead as he claps along with the others while they head to a commercial break.

WTF? Mike Muir on Big Brother. Hope they served him a Pepsi.
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