Thursday, June 28, 2007

Other stuff

It's muggy out. I can't stand it. Plus, it's summer, right? Where's the Hottness?? I'm tired of wearing short sleeves, only to freeze my ass off in the morning.

So what's new? Can't say a lot. Lund Bros. is still on hiatus, though we have a few gigs booked. I'm guessing we'll be practicing next week or the following as it's been since May 12th that we last played. I suppose I should call/email the guys to see how they're doing.

Haley and Riley started swim classes this week. The pool is outdoors and the poor kids freeze their buns off in the pool. It simply hasn't been warm enough yet for the pool and swimmers to really enjoy things. H&R don't seem to care, though. They've taken to lessons quite well. I guess they jumped off the diving board today! Haley's gone from being aquaphobic to going underwater. Pretty cool. Riley seems to be fearless. I think he just doesn't know any better. Once he nearly drowns, he'll start respecting/fearing the water some, I think.

Did I mention I've been working out a little (emphasis on "a little")? I've been to the club only twice a week the past two weeks and only once this week. With Marci's work schedule and evening events, getting to the gym has been tough. And though I could go in the early AM, I say, screw that noise! AM workouts = for the birds. I prefer going either after work or after the kids are asleep. I've been running :30 on the treadmill (2 miles) as well as lifting weights. At home I've been doing sit-ups and push-ups. I am not buff, but I'm feeling good about me-self.

I'm so awesome!

Oh. I went to the Mariners' game on Monday against Boston. That was a good time. Haven't been to a game in ages and got to see the M's smoke the Sox. Those guys have been playing some good ball recently. I hope they continue to kick ass and make the summer interesting from a sports standpoint.

I suppose that's it for now. Almost weekend! Yippee!!

Bye, Ray

I remember feeling lousy when GP was traded. Though he'd been in Seattle for 13 years and his skills were on the downward slide, I loved the dude. His bad ass attitude, will to win and ugly ass jumper from the left baseline were all things I missed when Gary was traded. However, once Ray Allen came to town and I came to watch his game, Gary was soon forgotten.

Even though the Sonics have been mired in mediocrity (or badness, take your pick) the past several years, I have been watching them (in Fast Forward, on Tivo). Even when the Supes got their asses handed to them, I would watch them. With Ray, you never knew. He might get on a hot streak and go nuts and carry the Supes to victory. More often than not, though, it would end in a loss. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed watching Ray just eat the opposing guards for lunch, popping jumpers off multiple screens, or darting past them to the hoop for a soft finish. Add in the maturation (finally!) of Rashard Lewis and seasoning of Nick Collison last season and, though it was frustrating, you could see progress. Then, a few weeks ago, when the Sonics got second pick in the draft, well, even without a coach, things were looking nice.

So, as I waited for today, though I know next to nothing about Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, I was leaning towards the latter as this lame-duck team could use some superstar power RIGHT NOW. I logged onto this afternoon and sat Oden go first. There was some drama as my internet didn't show Durant for a few seconds after the 5:00 time limit, but then, poof! There he was. So we got who I wanted. Then it was fact finding time.

I'd heard on the radio last night that the Sonics were shopping Ray to Boston. At that time, though, it was speculation. This morning's papers didn't say anything about it. However, after Durant was drafted, I saw articles in the Times and PI as well as a blurb on ESPN. On the drive home, it still wasn't confirmed until Clay Bennett got on the radio and said he appreciated Ray Allen for blah, blah, blah. When I found out that they traded Ray for yet another small forward in Georgetown's Jeff Green (boring basketball name), a guard and Wally Szcerbiak, well, I wasn't too enthused. After all, Durant and Lewis are both small forwards as well.

So, what could this mean? Will the Supes be shipping Lewis out of town? He becomes a free agent on 7/1 and can sign with any team he wants, though we get last offer and can match any bid he gets. So, if we sign him, he gets big bux and that eats up some salary space for other players. Or, if we let him go, that frees up big bux to get another stud. Or, we sign him and trade him for a proven point guard? Who knows?

Whatever happens will be interesting, that's for sure.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Great Die Hard 4 video

This is cool. But there is cursing so be forewarned. I dare you not to have that chorus stuck in your head for days.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Blogging before bed

It's Monday night and the time is right... for blogging!!

Not much new since last big update. Still sleeping with CPAP. Not sure when I'll feel well rested, though. The Dr. said that it could take weeks to months. As it is, I still feel tired in the mornings.

Ah. Muse is coming to town again. As you can see here, I saw them last October at the Paramount. Great show, great venue, way to frickin' loud!! This time 'round they're coming to KeyArena. I think Seattle supports Muse quite well, but 15k well? We'll see. And, sadly, I think I'll be going stag to the show. Going to shows solo is lame, but when your taste is as exquisite as mine, it's hard to find someone that is as exquisite to go with. Or something like that.

Haven't rehearsed or played with the Lunds since our last show at the 4th Ave a few weeks ago. Due to health reasons in one way or another, plus since our rehearsal space (Chris' house) is going under a remodel, we've been laying low for awhile. Nevertheless, I have 12 or so songs from Sean to learn for recording and possibly 6 to 7 from Chris to learn. As of now, we don't have any shows until August, though we were offered one in mid-July at the Sunset. I'll try pounding the pavement (re: emailing) tomorrow to see about hooking up some shows. I need to RAWK OUT11!!!1!

This weekend my old guitarist/singer Johnny was in town for his annual Seattle visit. He moved to Prescott, AZ a few years ago and since then, for reasons unknown, he and I got closer than we ever were when we were in a band together. We call each other a few times a month and chat about music as well as his upcoming baby boy.

Anyway, I headed up to Shoreline yet again (Sean recorded his drum tracks at London Bridge up there a few weeks ago) to meet at Johnny's BFF Fred's house. The whole gang was there, sans one (glares at Rob). Let's see. Nelson, the last drummer I played with prior to joining the Lunds was there. B$ (Brett), former Starchief guitarist and singer was there as well. Evidently he's joining the new parent parade as his girlfriend is preggers as well. I also saw the aforementioned Fred (nice new digs), Steve and Michelle from Upwell and various other people who all know Johnny in one way or another.

It was quite nice to see everyone. There was a little music discussion, but most of it was focused on quite domestic things like kids, remodels, weather, etc, etc. I stayed way too late, but it had been 2 years + since I'd seen J-Low and the others and it was great to be there with them.

Father's Day came and went yesterday. I got a bunch of clothes (much needed!) and we did some lunching and goofing with the kids. Random holidays like that are fun. I know it's a "Hallmark" holiday, but it's cool to get stuff and props for just being something that you'd be anyway. Does that make sense?

Well, it's time to go. I see some sort of bug crawling on the floor and I think I will go kill it now. If I can find it, that is.

edit: ants are hearty mfs. I hit him with my shoe, he went away. I went to get a tissue to toss him out and he's gone. Grr.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Rush on tour

Rush started their North American tour on the 13th in Atlanta. By that evening, two bootlegs of the show were already available. I downloaded one last night and am listening to it now.

I love the Internet.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Quickie blog

I recorded one more song in my "home studio". Of the 11 songs Sean gave me, I have 9 rough bass tracks done. Well, fleshed out, actually. Good ideas, though I haven't heard a lot of feedback from Sean yet.

I've been doing all of the with the good ol' Sterling. Now, I'm no recording engineer, so I have no idea if things are dialed in correctly or not, but for a home brew setup, the bass tone I'm getting is round, full and fairly tasty, I suppose. Well, it doesn't sound like ass, so that's good, right?

I think I will do run-throughs on the J and the ATK this weekend to check tones. If anything, it gives me an excuse to play bass and hear how great I am!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New songs and nothing really interesting

  • I received a CD in the mail from Chris today. 10 new songs! Well, new to me anyway. So far I really like what I'm hearing. The plan is to have me play on a handful of the songs and put out a new Lund Bros. CD. Unfortunately, Chris has some things going on right now that will keep us from the studio anytime soon, but it's never too early to learn new tunes!!
  • I didn't do any recording tonight. Instead, Marci and I watched Food Network's show about their new star. I got roped in and, though I know next to nothing about cooking, I enjoyed the show. There was a dude from Seattle on the show (Lake Forest Park, I guess), and

    *SPOILER ALERT* (like anyone cares!!)

    he was the first dude booted.

  • The best show on TV that no one is watching is showing repeats on Sunday nights at 9. Why, it's Friday Night Lights! Do check it out!

  • We sold my downstairs couch last week at our garage sale. Marci wants to get a sofa bed for when her parents come to town. Lucky me! So, I guess I'm on the lookout for a sofa bed. I hate moving those things. Anyone have any leads??? NO SPAM!
I'm tired. See you soon.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

super duper late why am i still up update

Because I've been messing around with Audacity, recording bass tracks to Sean's drum tracks! Just to see if I could, I set up a little mixer I had, plugged my bass into my DI and ran everything into my computer.

It worked! So cool! Unfortunately, I cannot share the music as I've been specifically told not to. It's in rough form now, anyway. Once we're done, you can buy a CD at a show! So that was fun.

Today we had a garage sale. Our neighborhood has been under siege lately by estate sale fanatics. Our across-the-cul-de-sac neighbors have moved to an assisted living home and this weekend and 2 weekends ago they held the Mother of All Estate Sales. We had cars lined up in front of their house at 7:00am for a 10:00am opening. Today was insane. People all day long, 2 car accidents, one police showing, so much wackiness. And lots of old people.

I'll put up some pix tomorrow from the trusty ol' cellphone. But for now, it's bedtime. Good ol' CPAP, here I come!