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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to you and yours!!




Hey Bono, I'm looking at you

The strangest things hit my brain at the oddest times.

First off, before I get too deep into the post, I'm just gonna say, I'm cool with God. After the car accident when I was 8, the shoplifted batteries at 16 and the open heart surgery at 25, I don't need anyone to convince me that there's a God and he's got my back. I'm quite aware, thankyouverymuch. No need to try to save me or raise my awareness of the almighty. I'm good.

But what bugs me about the whole God thing is when he becomes trendy. And by trendy I mean how God's invoked everywhere by people who may or may not really mean it.

But I need to stop there before this becomes a post about religion blah blah blah.

What this is is a post about a Christmas song that's popular called "Do They Know It's Christmastime (Feed the World)?"

It's a bunch of artists that got together to cut a record (mostly because their managers probably told them it was a good idea in the wake of that whole…

snowfall

We got our first snowfall this year. And as is the tradition in Central Ohio, people freaked the frick out. I mean...seriously people-it's just snow. No ice. No freezing rain. Just snow.

But after spending 20 minutes prepping my car to drive amongst the idjits, I realized one thing-what a great photo-op I'd have on the way to take Jen to school. So, I grabbed the camera.

And there were some GREAT shots on the way. Picture perfect pine trees with the Rockwellian dusting of snow. Things that Christmas Card makers dream of.

But unfortunately, traffic wasn't crappy enough to afford me the chance to stop and snap some shots.

All of the following shots were taken after I dropped her at school and was heading to work.
Most of them were taken through the windshield. I'm happy with how they came out. A few are 'desktop background' worthy (And you'd never know that one of them was 100 yards away from a girlie bar...nature's funny that way).

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My Daughter Rawks!

OK...so I spouted off not too long ago about the cool new mixer I got on Black Friday. And truly it's a beast. And I think that someday I might actually be able to harness its powers for good and not for wanking.

But this is clearly not wanking.

This summer, Jen came to me with a song she'd written. She played it. And it Rawked. Last night we recorded it. Using the mixer...straight to harddisk.

so here for you is that song.

"I'm Through" by Jenyfer Skaggs

She sings and plays guitar on the song. I do my best drummer impersonation on the Roland EM-10 (and as such take all blame for the times when the ryhtym seems a bit...off).

Enjoy.

When I think about you iTouch myself

OK. To those that know me, it's no secret...I'm a gadget whore. I love new (or new to me) gadgets and gizmos.

So...I was pretty stoked when the iPhone came out. Only one problem. I was NOT stoked about switching over to ATT/Cingular and having a $60+ cell phone bill a month PLUS $600 for a phone. That would NOT fly at the Casa de Skaggs.

Nor would I expect it too.

So, I figure...OK...eventually Apple will release the iPod with a touch screen..just like the iPhone...only without the phone.

And the did.

And I want it.

Sort of.

First off, for the moment, I can't really afford it...so it's rather a moot point. But some things may be falling in place that will change that.

Second off...I don't really need it.

Third....it's only 8GB...or 16GB (but given point #1, it'd be the 8GB model).

The main draw is the video part of it, and the contacts/schedule and web browsing.

Now if only I had a device that let me do all of that already-I wouldn't have to spend $300 on the iTou…

Shoooot. Just when I thought I was out...

So...I'm a recently (as in 5 or more years now) movie guy. I make movies.
It's my 'thing' if you will (and even if you won't).

But I still like to make music. I think I put my own little slant on the songs I make. Some work better than others. Some blow. But regardless, as a good friend of mine once said, "it's cheaper than therapy."

And there you have it.

I had a birthday last week. Nothing too exciting. Turned 36. Woohoo. And I treated myself to a few things.

One of said things was a new phone. It's a $50 phone that I got for $30 on Black Friday (got N one, too). I wasn't sure how much longer I wanted my ex paying for my phone. So. Yeah. Didn't need it...wanted it. That's what you're supposed to get on your B-Day. Things you want.

And I also got a new mixer. If you're keeping score, this makes the 4th actual piece of mixing hardware I own (5 if you count the 4-track). And I'm ok with that. This one is a 16 channel beast of a …

Crazy Chester Thrifted Me and He Caught Me in the Bog

Ah....feels good, don't it? Yes. This is a thrift post. I had thought that it might be too cumbersome to bring the S700 to the thrifstore, but it was no more so than the Canon I used to carry. So...ladies and gentlemen, I give you...The Good the Bad and The Thrifty.

This trip was not a solo trip. This time I had D-man along with me. We had stopped off at Smackies for some FOIN! BBQ. It was tasty.

We were on a quest to get Donkey Kong for NES or GBA, but it was not to be. But enough of that. On to the thrift.

First off we have air soccer. WTF? 4 player soccer? This to me is just Hungry Hungry Hippos without the Hippos. And really, what fun is that?

I love Trivia Games. But I find that the boxes that they come in are so cheap. If only I had a way to carry my favorite Trivia Game that was a little more durable. Hmmm.


Personal Pong. First off, they have to show this with a woman's hand. Because if they showed it with a guy's hand, it would give the wrong idea. So, basically what …