Monday, December 10, 2007

Just Like Lee Scoresby

Your HARE DAEMON represents your passive, kindhearted, and honorable nature. Though you are occasionally shy with new people, friends admire your unshakable tranquility, even in the face of chaos.

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A snow leopard.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Yoav, Pip, Tori, Barak, Hillary, Chris, Mike, Joe, John and Dennis

First of all, Yoav opened for Tori Amos. His show was him, his guitar, and his sample/delay pedal. It was both refreshingly simple in its musical elements, but remarkable in its complex and layered sound. Yoav's myspace page has a few good tracks that are worth checking out. He has an EP out now, available on iTunes, and is releasing a new album in January '08.

Then, there is Tori Amos. The show was fucking amazing! My wife H is a huge fan, and was really excited when she got to hear nearly every song she wanted, culminating with her favorite song as the finale. But the show was so good that it didn't matter if we got to hear the songs we wanted or not. Pip opened the show, the rock/hardcore personality, and was so bad ass! It quickly became the best show H has ever seen (passing indigo girls at the state theater). You can actually purchase a recording of (most of) the shows on this tour. Unfortunately, the Seattle show is not on there, so we will have to remember it in our heads. Which can be even better sometimes :)

On a side note, NPR hosted a radio debate between the hopeful democratic presidential candidates on Tuesday. One thing I found tremendously interesting was the qualitative aspect of the debate. One thing I liked to hear was how each person answered the question. What I didn't like was the candidates who used the opportunity to answer the question to talk about something totally different, usually negative about others. If you're a registered dem, I'd give it a listen to prepare yourself for the primary.

One thing that still sits uneasy with me is the theory/philosophy behind voting for a democratic nominee. In theory you should vote for the candidate you think would do the best job as president. But the nature of our 2 party majority political system, the Democrat will always run against a Republican. So part or your decision is based on who you think would win against the Republican nominee. And that (in my case) is a different person than the one that I think would do the best job. So its a dilemma. Maybe we'll get to cut right down the middle of the bull's horns and get a vp who was our real first choice.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Cross Section

Yesterday was one of those days that makes the type of commuting I choose to do challenging. It was so rainy! I ended up walking in, instead of riding my bike. I feel like I have to prepare and have things ready ahead of time to bike in. It is time consuming to get everything ready. Sometimes I feel like Judge Dread or RoboCop, putting all my gear on: bike shoes first, then the cuff strap, my jacket, backpack, helmet, gloves, check the saddle bags again to make sure they're strapped, wallet, phone, keys (maybe I should put those first!), and then I'm off...

I just had a good conversation with my dad on the phone. I told him about something I'd done when I was a minor, but never told him! It was basically the first time I got drunk, which wasn't pretty (if you know the story). But it was good, he told me a few in return that I hadn't heard yet. We made plans to go out with my brother now that he's 21 (not that age has kept him from getting his 'drink on' as pearl puts it). It is pleasant when you start to relate to your parents, and they become your friends.

My boss asked me to work more today to compensate for taking christmas vacation - work more in general, not just more today - and just to get these projects done. I've been work constipated for about 2 weeks, so needless to say it will feel good to finish them. I wonder how much more I'll work to compensate for the trip I plan to take in Eurpoe this summer! Prolly quite a bit.

Goodnight. And Good Luck!