December 30, 2005
The trigger doesn’t have to be town, if you’ve got a few minutes, read this interview with Matthew Ryan. His triggers seem to be pretty normal too as he mentions the rain storm outside.
Songs rattling on the IPod today:
Me and My Lover – Matthew Ryan
Turn Around – Whiskeytown
Flame Turns Blue – David Gray
Can’t Stop Now – Keane
Fruits of My Labor – Lucinda Williams
A Long December – Counting Crows
My Favorite Chords – The Weakerthans
Levity – F/Stop
Breathe Easy – Minibar
I’m working on a year end list of bests.
December 21, 2005
December 20, 2005
I’m in the process of downloading the next episode of “Lost” (Raised by Another) in my effort to catch up with the shows on TV. I think watching a TV show about a plane crash is not the smartest thing before traveling by plane, but I also was watching “Flight of the Phoenix” as I packed up.
I wanted to thank all the folks that made my Portland trip great. Schmetzger, Woofer, JJ, Pablo, Homdrom, Freshmaker, Mort, TJ, Jon Bon Jovi, the Washington Wizards, the nice folks at the Spirit Mountain Casino, Bono, Larry, Adam, Edge, Kanye, etc, etc.
Next stop Oakland, CA.
December 16, 2005
Denver is cheesey, we should all know that...but it's a cheesy like Air Supply or Journey or Lionel Richie...just good enough that you catch yourself singing out loud in a car at the top of your lungs. Anyway, I've arrived in P-land, enjoying a great latte at one of my old haunts. It's sunny but quite cold.
December 15, 2005
"All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go...
Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again"
Funny John doesn't mention selling a Jetta or the "Packaging Store Moving Center"...
See you in Portland, in 12 hours.
Peace Out Anchor Town.
I’ve been watching “Lost.” I can’t watch the ones on TV. I’ve become the person that can’t pick up a series part way into it. Today’s TV is written with so many arcs that an episode skipped could take you out of an episode in the future. So don’t ruin Lost for me. I’m on episode 8. Just found out a little bit about Sawyer’s past. I think that I really like “24” but I got “distracted” halfway through the first season and can’t start watching new ones until I watch all the past seasons. But to rent the whole first season for watching half of it hasn’t been a priority. Need I remind anyone of the Buffy-a-thon? I spent March, April and May of this year watching every episode of Buffy, yes all 7 seasons. I tried to watch Angel, but it wasn’t the same…even with Cordelia.
I built a computer for Riche out of spare computer parts that I had in our closet.
That makes me think of the nickname discussion I had the other day. I don’t feel comfortable putting other people’s first or last names on this blog. If you want to comment with your name, that’s fine, but I won’t put it here. It started about 3 years ago when we had a BLB website with pics from history and our adventures in Alaska. Everyone that contributed with photos or comments would submit a nickname…some of them stuck more than others. So, I use nicknames. If you feel like being mentioned, just give me a nickname and I’ll add you to the dialogue.
I’ve been trying to think of a way to boost the comment traffic here. As my good friend Schmetzger (a nickname) once said, “Comments are blog currency. The love language of bloggers. Vitamins.” (You got to be impressed with that quote, Schmetzger, see you Friday, by the way). I have an idea, post a comment, any ol’ comment will do with your nickname and what would inspire you to comment more…
On the playlist tonight (Make Yourself a CD)
L.S.F. – Kasabian
Irrelevant – Matthew Ryan
Your Heart is An Empty Room – Death Cab for Cutie
Sugar Dumpling – Sam Cooke
As I’m Leaving – David Gray
Wear You Like Heaven – Donovan
The Leavers and the Left Behinds – Steven Jackson
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
The Heart’s A Lonely Hunter – Thievery Corporation
Alaska and Me – John Denver
Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash
Fly Away – Poe
Come Around – Rhett Miller
December 12, 2005
Here’s what I learned:
1. These dogs want to pull sleds. With 16 dogs, the 8 that get left behind yelp and howl like a child left out of a game.
2. Some people and dogs consider 30 degrees (above zero) hot.
3. Abandon your instincts when riding a snow machine. If your instincts tell you to put your feet down while careening towards a grove of trees, you’re gonna regret giving into them. If your instinct would tell you to stay on a snow machine if it breaks through a frozen lake, abandon that instinct and jump away. Luckily I didn’t have to deal with the second. I promise, Mom.
4. 16 dogs make a lot of poop.
5. I can’t run fast enough to catch a dog sled.
6. There are muscles you use to handle sled dogs that may not be used for anything else a human would ever do.
There are pictures on Flickr.
Also make sure you don’t have a sucky holiday…click here. I’m gonna add a link to this on the side bar, so you can keep up with this unique outlook on the world.