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Wow

And this is not a good wow by any means. I haven't been really paying much attention to politics. And by that I mean, I don't engage myself in conversations about politics with co-workers, family, or friends. I know who I'm voting for. I know why I'm voting for him. And I'm fine with that. I don't need to try to convince people to vote the way I'm gonna vote. That's not my deal. Today, though, something kind of woke me up. A friend told me that they saw a pickup truck in Sunbury (a rather small rural community) with a sign (made from a cardboard pizza round) in the window that said "Be a man who's bigger, don't vote for the n***er" (only they left the letters in place of where I had the asterisks). Um. Really? It IS 2008, right? Are people STILL so near sighted? Seriously? That just perplexes me. I'm just naive, I guess. But are you really going to tell me that this rednec f**k doesn't have any Charlie Pride in his 8…

Whew.

Dear Rock Stars,

After watching all of the amazing performances from this summer’s tour, I was totally blown away. We had so many impressive bands contending for the big London Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp prize. The votes poured in by the thousands and the competition was fierce. You are all truly Rock Stars and you officially have the fans to prove it!

Our London camp guest stars have weighed in with their decision and I am very proud to announce that a dynamic group from New Orleans called 'THE COSMO KIDS' is our grand prize winner. Congratulations!

Coming in a very close second was Boston showstopper's 'HEY NANCY!' who will each receive $2000 off RRFC London and a $1000 gift certificate good toward any 2009 Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.

Our third place winner is a band of Baltimore rockers called 'ROADKILL' and they will each be awarded $1000 off RRFC London and a $500 gift certificate good toward any 2009 Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.

Thanks again to all of o…

Seriously??

WTF? It just occurred to me (for some unknown reason, these fits of randomness hit me in the early afternoons). Can you ever have too many guitars? Probably. In our house, there are 4 electric guitars, 1 bass guitar, and 3 accoustic guitars (split between my daughter and I). EIGHT. (And with Christmas coming up, it may be 9 or 10 by 2009) Eight guitars? When did this happen?  To be honest, I'm not really sure. I'm not saying it's good or bad. It's just one of those things that caught me off guard. Of the 8, only one has any real 'value' but a couple of them were 'firsts' (Jen's first accoustic, my first accoustic, Jen's first electric, my first electric to be worth more than the trade in value on my car...that kind of thing). I need a couple more amps now, I guess. I definitely need to track down a practice bass amp. Jen's picking up on that and wanting to play it more. I'm closer to setting up my 1/2 of the garage as the musi…

Of ALL of the possible logo ideas to copy...

I really hope this is just a mock-up of a logo. Because the resemblence to David Fincher's movie is a little creepy. If that logo remains, I'm gonna be half tempted to walk around Micro Center on launch day shouting, "C'mon Somerset....what's in the box?!?!?!?!" Don't open that box, David. "Wha-unh's in the booooooxxxxx?!?"But only half.

Pot Calling The Kettle...Come In Kettle

So...last night was one of those 'I can't believe I'm having this conversation' moments. A commercial for the iPhone came on during our family viewing of the "Heroes" premiere. This prompted instant salivating from my son (even though we've had the 'there's no way we're paying $80/month for you to have a cell phone that someone's gonna gank at the first possible moment" coversation already). So he sets his sites on the iTouch. More specifically the 32GB iTouch. Now mind you, he doesn't have $380. And he does have the 4GB iPod Nano. So he does have an MP3 player. Nancy's got a hand-me-down first gen 1GB Nano and a 1GB Shuffle...Jen has her 4GB Sansa, and I have my 8GB Sansa View (with add'l 8GB added). So, as a family we're squarely set on the portable media device thang. But that doesn't stop my son from wanting the 32GB iTouch. In fact it's one of three items he really wants. They are PSPiTouchLapto…

I'm not even gonna lie

I'm not even going to lie. I want to win this. I REALLY want to win this. I'll know soon enough, I guess. And sure, if I don't-life will go on (lord knows that this week is busy enough with the Dream Conference 4 days away), and I will have some great memories of the (5-day) tour I did go on (and yeah, I think I'll probably wind up making a short film from it). And of course I'm completely glossing over the practical side of things (getting a passport, getting the time off work, figuring out how to sneak a brick from Abbey Road Studios back in to the country...trifles like that). But fuuuuuuuuuudge....In the words of Syd, "It would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO nice."

ZAP

And just like that, we're back out.
There's construction of a new hotel in our neighborhood (right next to a day care-wtf?) and we think THAT may be the culprit this time since the strongest winds in the area are coming from my arse.

Thankfully we didn't fully restock our fridge and freezer. There's one mark in favor of Todd's laziness!Wooohooo.

In other news, I'm wholly unmotivated to take this post much further.

Another point for laziness.

*UPDATE* The power was on by the time I got home. Which is further evidence (in my mind) that it was caused by the construction crews and their lifesize Tonka toys.

I got the power!

Alright, I'm not even gonna lie. When I saw Darrin's post about 'getting the power', I full on thought he was talking about Snap. Which is why I was a little confused about the Lizzy Bordon reference. Further confusion arose when I actually watched the video. I felt a little duped. Like you're expecting some hot all chick band. Not fun.

So, anyway. We got our power back, and to celebrate, I'll give you the video that I actually thought Darrin referenced (why he would reference an old-school hip hop joint is anyone's guess, but I had hope anyway).



Luckily, my boss' jinxing aside, power stayed on (and was on when we left the house this morning. I got a GREAT night's sleep thanks to actually being able to use my CPAP machine, and Jen was happy about being able use her flat iron for picture day today (and she actually wore a dress!).

So, anywhoo...back to work. Tomorrow's gonna be a busy day. Meeting at the church in the morning, chainsaw party, grocer…

With A Snap, Crackle and a Big Effing Boom

Email from Nancy around 2:45 PM today: "Power is on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" YAY. Me (to my boss): Hey, I know I'm supposed to work for another hour, but I'm contemplating going home to see what my lights look like. It's been 5 days since I've seen them. Him:It won't do any good, they'll be off again by the time you get home. Email from Nancy around 3:15: "Big boom, power went back out. CRAP" Crap indeed. I guess when they said "Power will be restored in our area by 9/19"  they didn't necessarily mean it would stay restored. Suddenly that $200 for the tiny generator doesn't seem like such a bad idea...considering I needs me some sleep...AND Jen's got school pictures tomorrow, so I know she was hoping to have some way to use her hair devices. It's funny to me, looking back on this week how different things are, but how same they are, too. The only days…

Winds of Change....from my arse

I SO want to put the video for 'Winds of Change' on here, but something won't let me. Whether it's bandwidth issues or my own aversion to German bands that mispronounce 'Gorky Park' (Garky Pahrk), I can't be sure. Maybe a bit of both.

I don't really have anything new to post. We're still without power. And we still refuse to buy a generator. I'm still not getting any kind of decent sleep because of my dependency on a CPAP machine (which, unfortunately has it's own monkey called 'Alternating Current').

If you missed them, pix of the fun can be found here, video lives over here (and yes, felling that huge ass tree was fun, but not nearly as fun as using 'fell' as a verb).

Before I go too much further, I insist that you go HERE now. This is good stuff. The posts are funny as hell...the kids are as musically inclined as their rockstar father. It's VERY good stuff. I try to hit the CrabbyDad at least once a day for some comic rel…

A Veritable Windfall

So, we're going on the 4th day without power. Only a brief respite on Monday (from 3PM-6PM) until the transformer blew again. I wasn't home, but Nancy heard it pop. Funny thing is, it only affected half of the court. It prompted another one of my neighbors to go out and get a generator. I've seriously thought about it. $500 is a lot of money to plop down. For what...so we can watch TV, and dry our hair? No, I know that's oversimplifying it. It would also keep our refridgerator/freezer going. Luckily the fridge was fairly sparse (we were going to go to the store Sunday night (at least that was the plan before the wind came in)). And the main thing in the freezer was venison and lean cuisine meals. I think the venison was several years old (and not sure it was good to eat anyway). So, we got away fairly lucky, I'd say. Here is a link to some additional pix taken on Sunday and Monday.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/twistedzen/sets/72157607328166529/


Here's hoping that…

The answer my friend.....

I'll be uploading pix in a bit, but here's a little video compilation of this wind thing that whipped through here Sunday. It left a LARGE portion of the state without power. Our power went out Sunday around 5:30....came back on at 3PM yesterday, then went back out around 6PM yesterday and has been out ever since.

On the upside, no one got hurt in our neighborhood. And...we had not gone to the store, so we didn't really lose much in the way of food (unlike one of our neighbors that just spent $1000 on a cow...yeah, a whole cow). Plus we have gas appliances. So we can still cook and still have hot water (definitely a bonus).

On the downside, I can't do any video editing...and with the DreamConference so close, that's stressing me out a teensie bit. Also, and this is the real pisser...I can't plug in my CPAP machine...which means I either stop breathing in the middle of the night, or snore like a banshee...or both.

So, the alternative has been for me to sleep on t…

My Duty is Done

Alright, I'm done. I'm not gonna bug any of y'all to vote for the band clips for the trip to the London Rock and Roll fantasy camp (if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen. If it's not, I'm cool with that, too). I watched the clips of the 4 bands I was in on the tour and voted for the one that I thought was the best out of those 4. It also happened to be the one I had the most fun at (weird how that works, huh?).

And with that, my duty is done and now off to do my doodie.

It's been a weird couple of days and I'll probably get around to updating more to that effect later.

Peace Out.

See..I got all these IDEAS

Sean and I are prolly gonna write a movie. It'll be shot next summer, I'm guessing (partly because that's when I can talk the kidlets into being camera-persons, and mostly because that's when my vacation at work resets).

Here's another idea for a short film that I haven't shot yet, but seems to me that someone has done something similar to it. In keeping with the topic, it's an IM transcript.

FilmDude says:
wonder if you could get away with a movie centered around IM

Sean H- says:
what do you mean?

FilmDude says:
even though you know who you're chatting with, it's still got the trappings of anonymity in that you can say things like "F**kburgers!" that you wouldn't say aloud

Sean H- says:
f**kburgers? that has a very American Pie feel to it

FilmDude says:
lol. yeah. there is that, I suppose.

FilmDude says:
f**kburgers with Creme Cheese

FilmDude says:
the only problem I can see with it is that it would be very tedious for the audience.

What I'm doing right NOW

Well, I can't actually tell you what I'm doing right now, because it's work related and due to non-disclosure, blah blah blah.

I DID watch the full version of the Seinfeld/Bill Gates commercial..and I have to say-those guys need to make a sit-com. Seriously. It was a GREAT way to start my morning. It's my new favorite show. Ian brought this up, but how sad is it to watch TV for the commercials? Very sad. Because the commercials have a higher production value, better acting and better writing than the shows that they interrupt. My other favorite series of commercials is the Geico ones where they have the celebrity spokespeople. It all came full circle at the Peter Frampton concert this summer when, during 'Do You Feel Like I Do?' he said (through the talk-box) "Do you have Geico insurance?.....I Don't......woobee woobee boo weebooo It wasn't part of the deal" Good times. Good times.

Spent a good hour last night working on "Still A Dream&quo…

RRFC: Seriously? Get the F*** Out of My HEAD

Why do I obssess? Feck. I wish I knew. I'm just wired that way, I guess. If someone f**ks me over (or that is my perception), I have instant recall of that event, the emotions, etc. If I do the same to someone else, I barely recall it. And some events have left my memory all together (most of my time at OSU is blank right now. I remember almost NONE of my year and a half there. I don't remember going in to the tunnels (and subsequently freaking out because of the dark spirits in them-don't ask)....I vaguely remember having to hold my roommate down to keep from hurting himself (or me)after a bad midterm...I mean...what the shit is up with my brain? Yet ask me about the time I didn't clean up my room fast enough when I was 7 and I can tell you in vivid detail all about the tirade my dad went on. It really bothers me that I can't let the pain go, but can't seem to hang on to the things that really matter.

Case in point, I keep thinking that the Rock and Roll Fant…

The New Nano vs. Sansa View

The new iPod nano was released today. And no, I don't know much about it other than it's taller, has a bigger screen and plays movies in landscape mode.All great things, to be sure. Price points are $149 and $199 for the 8GB and 16GB models. The screen is 2" (which doesn't seem that much bigger to me, maybe I'm missing something). I guess you can play games on it too.Meanwhile, here's my Sansa View. The 8GB model was $149 last year when I bought it. It doesn't have games, or a calendar. But you can turn it on its side to watch movies. The screen is 2.8 inches (almost 1/2 again as big as the nano). I upgraded mine to 16 GB by adding a memory card. That's right. The view is expandable. And it has an FM radio. And a voice recorder.

In short, I'm not going to rush out to by a new iPod Nano any time soon (but I'm guessing my son will want one).

And that concludes today's completely random post.

RRFC: Favorite Shot

So far, by far, this is my favorite shot from the whole trip. This was taken at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas by Andy's something (wife, friend, sister...not sure..I think he told me, but I forgot..but he's the other guitar player with the Les Paul Double Cut...very sweet rig). But to me it just captures the point of the whole trip. Up on stage rocking out. The campers (the rock stars were over stage right)...and more importanly-me :-) (yes, I'm well aware that vanity is a sin).

Not to mention it shows off the new slashie gweetar VERY well. Damn that thing shore is purdy.

(and yes, I know I said that there probably weren't going to be any more RRFC posts, but this pic was just so choice that I HAD to post it. I figured y'all would understand).

I'm on it, I'm sending the Wolf.

Whew. With all the life just happening every day...I forgot to mention-we just bought a car. And by bought, I mean we're gonna be paying for it for the next several years, but at the end of that time, it will be ours. It's a 2006 Pontiac Torrent. And I have to say, it's pretty frickin' sweet. Although I've only driven it a few times. Yes, that's right-it's Nancy's new car. Well, her car was doing that thing that American cars do when you're 2 payments away from getting them paid off-namely start require repairs that are just stupid...and cause you to send it off to mechanics who can't figure out why suddenly at the traffic light, the car just dies. So...seeings how I gots to keep my honey safe, this seemed like the best answer.

My car, just hit 104,400 miles. Not bad for a '96. Its foreign, so I figure I got another 3 or four years out of it. Because that'll be about the time our kids are driving...and everyone should have a 4-door, manua…

*DING* You're Now Free to Move About Your Life

Something's been stuck in the back of my head for a couple of weeks (do the math, you'll know where this post is going, and you can just skip it and head on over to CrabbyDad, if you want. I won't hold it against you. This post is my therapy, not yours, I get it).

So, here's what's been stuck. Like a splinter that I didn't know was there. Which is to say, I knew something was there but didn't get that it was a splinter that needed to be removed before it festered.

Splinter discovered, festering avoided. But now I'm going to over-analyze the splinter for a while before I throw it in the trash because I'm wondering, how the f*** did it get there in the first place??

What do you think of when you hear the words 'Life Changing?'

Actually. F**k it. There's no point to this post. (and yet I'm gonna ramble on some more, feel free to cash your chips out now, if you want).

I found the splinter. It was 'what was so GREAT about RRFC that people…

Not sure pink eye is what I meant by rose-colored glasses

Alright...so, according to WebMD (my defacto dr. during non-office hours), there are 5 different kinds of pink-eye (or conjuctivitis): Viral, Bacterial, Allergic, Trauma-induced, Chlamydia-related.

The first two, at some point tend to spread to both eyes. Viral is the only one that Meds help (and usually has a goopy green discharge).

So, yeah, starting Friday, my left eye was looking fierce. Was it pink-eye? No. Couldn't be. I'd been rubbing my eye. I'm sure that was it. (I don't know why, but I friggin' HATE the thought of having pink eye).

I dealt with it Friday. By Saturday it looked bad (and my eyelid was crusted shut when I woke up). I opened it up with much coaxing from a warsh cloth. And then we headed off to Tommy's soccer game.

I called the doc first....she said they can't prescribe for pink eye over the phone anymore (bastards) so she suggested I go to an Urgent Care (at $75 for co-pay-no thanks).

So, I dealt with it. We had lunch after the game (Tomm…

Weirdness in the Universe

So, tonight I'm jamming on the guitar for the first time in a few days, playing around with the Line 6 Floorpod (btw, preset 28 NAILS 'Paranoid') and Tommy comes downstairs. He grabs the Epi, LP Jr and after a bit o'tuning, starts playing along.

It turns in to a session of me teaching him the right way to play "Stairway to Heaven", and starting to show him "Dust in the Wind" and it was cool.

and then...like 2 hours later, I start playing the "A Groove" (remember that one Darrin?) and Tommy seemed surprised that I wrote it (like 15 years ago it seems) and wanted me to teach it to him (and thanks to the Line6, I could go into the Flanger at precisely the right moment). So I showed it to him.

And then he started noodling around on his own playing a chord progression that was eerily familiar. I looked at him and asked him what song it was. He said it was just something he made up. I told him that I wrote a song called 'You Might Think' (l…

And Don't Forget....

For no particular reason (that I care to get in to at this time), I've got the lyrics from the Ben Folds 'Song for the Dumped' (or whatever the real name of the song is) going through my mind....just one phrase, actually...


And don't forget....to give me back my black t-shirt
you b*tch


Sometimes I can be so petty. It's kind of amusing in a car up on blocks, used appliances on the collapsing front porch kind of way.

RRFC: London????

So, I got this email from Zak the other day. During the whole 'on-tour' gig starting back in June, they said that there was an informal 'battle of the bands' and the winning band would get an all expenses paid trip to the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in London, which, let's be honest...would blow the snot off of anything that I experienced on the 5 day tour (except maybe playing live at the Fillmore...THAT was still pretty rad).

But I always assumed that it would be an arbitrary selection. Turns out it's only partially arbitrary.

I guess what they're gonna do, starting next week, is put up short clips of each band from each camp and then have an online vote (one vote per verified email address). And then the top three bands will be 'presented' to the Counselor-Rock-Gods from the London camp and THEY will pick the winning band. So, partial fan/friend vote...partial arbitrary selection.

And yes, it would be SO sweet to win...but it also strikes me as one o…

YUMMY

Beef and Noodles tonight.

I LOVE Beef-n-Noodles night. Whomever invented the CrockPot is getting HIGH praises from me right about now.


(see....I CAN write a post that doesn't involve the Rock and Roll Fantasy camp) :-)

OH! That reminds me-I got the M-Audio AV30 Studio monitors set up last night. They sound SWEET. I still haven't done anything with the mic or the FastTrack USB or the 3 sets o'loops that came with the kit (but since the monitors are $99 by themselves and I got the whole kit for $99 (marked down from the Christmas price of $249 (which was marked down from the MSRP of $549)--GuitarCenter was just trying to get rid of them...which hey-fine by me), to me the rest of that stuff is just gravy at this point). It's nice to finally have some powered reference monitors in the studio...it's almost like the big time! Pretty soon I won't have ANY excuses for not recording songs (either my own, or the kids). Speaking of that- I need to remember to get Ye Old Fou…

RRFC:Hollywood Ending vs. Reality TV

OK. This is going to be the last post about Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp for a little while (because frankly, the more I talk about it, the more I miss the actual experience of playing on those stages...or hell, any stage for that matter. And at this point in my life, I'm not quite ready to get back into a gigging band (and besides, I think Devilcake already has like 8 guitar players or something in it by now)).

But in going back and looking over the 'crummy' things that happened with the trip--in the grand scheme of things, they really weren't THAT horrible. But I finally figured out what bugged me so much about it all.

It wasn't the fairy-tale version of the story. See, here's how the fairy-tale version went down (in my mind):

I got the email from LiveNation telling me to call them. I called. They told me I won. At this point (in my head), it should have gone down like this....
I get flown in to Phoenix. The limo driver meets me at the airport and takes me to the …

RRFC: The Photos

Hey everyone...I've got the pictures from the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp uploaded to Flickr

The link is here.

The pix that are up there are more of the 'public-y' type ones (not so much the ones of the hotel rooms or $25 cheeseburgers or anything like that).

I know that I've got some folks reading the blog that are visiting from the Glenn Hughes fan forum (hi guys) and some folks from the RRFC that pop in from time to time.

I don't care if you use the pix for your own personal use, but I would ask that you drop me a line if you decide to post them on a website or in any printed publications. I'm not going to tell you 'no,' I just want to know where my photos wind up :-)

All photos were taken with the Panasonic FS2. I took the Fuji, but I didn't wind up taking too many shots with it. I was actually very pleased with the Panasonic. And I was pleased with how the prints turned out, too. I also was surprised at the video that it took. It took it as Quicktime…

Thanks, Zak!

I just got word from Zak at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp HQ. I still don't know what happened with the per diem (clerical oversight is my guess), but no matter.

They're gonna take care of it. So now I'm gonna wind up getting the Live Concert DVDs from each of the 4 cities I played at on the Rock Camp Tour (Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and L.A.).

To me this re-emphasizes the human element of the Rock Camp crew. Sure, I'm not your typical camper (in a lot of ways), and sure I won the contest. But instead of being pissy about it, they found a way to reach that middle ground that makes everyone happy.

I just hope Zak sends me word if there's a stack of stuff I was supposed to get on the tour that's just sitting in a pile with my name on it (I'm sure there's not, but maybe they can see their way to throwing in a few of the Rock Camp guitar picks in the box with the DVDs :-)

David, if you're keeping score, your crew did it again.

Rock on!

Like The Corners of My Mind

There's something to be said for actual photographs. Sure, I love my digital camera and I have GIGS of photos saved, but today I got back abou 100+ prints that I had made from my pix from the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Tour and it was just really kind of cool going through them. I put them in a neat little binder (And included the picks that I used at each of the shows). I figure, that way, I can show the pix (And there's a little thing in the album for comments on each pic) and it's better than saying 'oh yeah, go check out my blog). Because it's right there. And yeah, most of the pix are ones that are already on the blog, but it was still kinda cool to go through and put them in the album and actually 'hold' the picture....like touching a memory or something. I don't know. I guess it sounds kind of lame, but hey-that's just the vibe I've got on the whole thing right now. I still have a couple of things left to put in the album before it's &#…

RRFC: Was it Worth It?

So, I've been home now for 5 days. I've gotten a lot of 'What was the best part?" and "Was it worth it?" and those kinds of questions. Along with the "If you had $10,000 of your own money, would you do it again?" And I thought I'd address those questions in a little post I'd like to call "Was it Worth It?" First off...the 'best' part. There was no single one best part. There were many moments where I realized what a blessing the whole thing was. Some high points (in no particular order): 8min. Freeform blues jam in Phoenix with Gilby Clarke, Dave Ellefson, Nathan, and Mike, and me on Harmonica (I have video of this)Getting plugged in by the guitar techs (thanks Talo and Keenan!) whilst getting ready to rock (in 4 different cities)Experiencing Kip Winger playing 'Communication Breakdown" (he really pulled it off!...I have some video of this, too)Seeing Glenn Hughes (And the rest of the Roc…