Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sigh. Kids today.

Riley woke up today at 6:30. That sucked. Marci got up and put him back in bed, but, of course, he wanted his lights and radio on. So on they went. It's really lousy, you know. I'd just as soon not give him his way, but if we don't, then we're all up at 6:30.

He was quiet for about 20 minutes, then he had to go to the bathroom. That came and went and he stayed quiet until about 7:30, when I finally got up with him. No big deal, I suppose.

Anyway, he didn't have a nap today, but that's nothing out of the ordinary. He actually behaves pretty well, considering.

Tonight we went to Marci's friend's house for dinner. Haley and Rye played with their kids all night. We headed out about 8:30. Both kids practically fell asleep in the car. I got Haley dressed and teeth brushed. She fussed a bit, but fell asleep probably a little after 9. Riley, on the other hand, is just now falling asleep. But not after major drama.

He was dead to the world, but still in his clothes, and no diaper. Even thought he's been dry overnight lately, we weren't ready to start him in underwear without him going to the bathroom before bed. So we tried to change him into a diaper and pjs. Big mistake. He freaked out because he didn't want the diaper and pjs. He freaked out because he didn't want Marci to change him. And, of course, he didn't want me to change him. So we locked him in his room and he went apeshit for half an hour.

Finally, I went in and tried to calm him. At this point, he's shrieking and completely exhausted and out of control. Nothing I did would help. Marci tried again, to no avail. So we left him again. He finally passed out in front of his door, naked, like before. Marci went in to try to change him again and of course, he freaked out.

She just came out of his room and now he's asleep with a diaper on. It's incredible that he can be so g.d. hardheaded about everything. It is incredibly aggravating and exhausting to deal with this crap every night.

Anyway, it's finally over and now we can relax. London fog, here I come.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ugh. Viruses and such.

I did some downloading recently and, BLAM. My rig is infected. I've been spending the past two days trying to rid my system of some trojans and viruses.

Good times...

In other news, I may have won my football pool. Out of 13 games, I got 11 right. It's pending the Monday night game. I picked the Colts over the Jags. I've won it pretty much outright but someone I work with has 10 games right and picked the Jags. If the Jags win, then we're tied and it goes to points. If the Colts win, it's all mine!

I recorded a bass track with Sean the other day. I spent about 2 hours with it in the morning and did it Saturday night. That was cool. I think I was able to capture a pretty live feeling to the part. I didn't want to go in and have it be all robotic and sterile. Hopefully I can get a copy of it tonight and see how it sounds.

The Scheme has been on hiatus for several months now. First David had a baby, then Gregg was in Italy for a month. Now I'm told Gary is moving back east to S. Carolina at the first of the year. David wants to keep things going but I haven't heard from him in a week or so. I've been enjoying the time off, though I do miss playing the music.

We are downsizing our kitchen stuff. Getting rid of our big, country-style table, for a bar type island and stools. We're planning on using that for breakfasts and lunches and using our dining room for dinner. We did the dinner thing there last night. It went ok. The trouble is that Riley is a complete disaster when it comes to eating and we'll have to really be on top of keeping it clean. Carpet, you know.

Marci is looking exceedingly good lately. We've pretty much revamped her wardrobe. Gotten her clothing that fits better and that is more with it. She got her hair cut and spends some time looking in the mirror each morning. She's been exercising every other day and always watches what she eats. It's really paying off. I can't keep my eyes (or hands, for that matter) off of her. I'm a lucky dude, that's for sure.

I guess I should go do some work now...

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Next Great American Band

Sometime last year when I got roped into the WHOLE SEASON of American Idol, I remember seeing a commercial for their next show, The Next Great American Band. What made it unique was that it was open to all bands, any age, any genre. All they wanted was a DVD of a performance, live, studio or otherwise, and then it was up to them to decide.

I gave it a little thought, then figured that my bandmates wouldn't be too interested in something like that.

I'm watching the show tonight and, I must say, I regret not at least sending a DVD in.

I'm about 1.5 hours in and there are good bands (Light of Doom, a quintet of 12 and 13 year olds; the Muggs, with a half paralyzed bass player on keyboard bass) and even great ones (Franklin Bridge, a cool ass funk/r&b/rock band; Sixwire, a super tight country/rock band), but, dare I say, no band really doing what Lund Bros. does.

Say we got picked. Say we had to go to Nevada to play in the audition process. Say we got voted down by the judges. At the end of the day, it's exposure, baby, and we got some.

As it is, right now? We got none, sadly.

Anyway, I just finished watching the show. If we got on, would the judges put us through? Hard to say. Of the bands I saw, the closest to the "old-school" rock we do would be the Muggs. They had the riffs and rawness that reminded me a lot of what we do.

I suppose I'll have to put a DVD in the mail for next year...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

We all know they were in town last week. What not all of us know is that my shop donated some stuff and will get some Major Props from the show.

Not really.

Though we did donate some computer equipment, we were just one of hundreds of businesses and individuals that donated time, materials and the like to help build a home in a week. It was pretty incredible to go see the house and hear about what was happening during the build.

I got involved through Julie at work. Her fiancee owns Bellevue Paint and they got asked to supply paint for the job. On a lark, I told Julie to tell the producers that if they needed computers, etc., to let me know. Turns out they did and I hooked them up with a few laptops and a printer.

Julie and Rick ended up going to the site for 4 days in a row. I was supposed to go out on Tuesday night but decided against it as it was late. I guess I missed out. Julie had the "talent" (re: stars of the show) ready to meet me, as well as a tour of the semi-completed home. I ended up going on Wednesday afternoon, after the home was marked off-limits to everyone but VIPs. I met some hunk of a dude who built things or something. I poured some wood stain into a container. I got to wear a hard hat.

Evidently the only money kicked into the project is for the show's stars. Everything else from food to wood to dump trucks to neighbor's yards for staging was donated. I talked to a guy who's company donated said dump trucks for the job. They brought up 40 trucks to excavate the site. Pretty incredible stuff.

Anyway, the show airs in January. If you see 2 white laptops, well, they're from us.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

California and back, now with pictures!

We spent the past weekend in southern California, San Clemente and Irvine, to be specific. The reason? To see friends and family and, more importantly, to participate in Marci's 20 year high school reunion.

We flew down on Thursday. The flight was delayed on the tarmac for 30 minutes while they ironed out some fuel pressure thing. That sucked. Especially when you have a kid (Riley) who basically has an expiration time on a plane. About 10 minutes, I suppose. Anyway, Marci ended up sitting next to him and trying to keep him occupied. In a plane for 2.5 hours, that's no easy task.

Once we got into LAX we had to track down our rental company's shuttle bus. Note to self: next time you rent a car, don't rent with Advantage. First off, it took about 30 minutes for the shuttle to return. In that amount of time, we must've seen 5 shuttles each from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, MasterPark and more. Then, it took another 15 minutes to get from LAX to their facility, which, by the way, is in the 'hood. Lock your doors.

So we got to the rental place and, of course, they didn't have the car we reserved (Dodge Caliber). The one they gave us next reeked of smoke. Marci went in to raise hell and get a replacement. By this time, she was hot. She came out and hopped in the car and popped the trunk. I asked if she meant to get a 2 door and, well, it was all over now. She stormed back in and canceled the rental. Luckily, I had our trusty GPS and found an Enterprise just half a mile away. They sent a kid over (in a suit, no less) to pick us up. We had a Caliber from Enterprise in about 15 minutes after arriving. We grabbed a bite at the King of Burgers, then made the 45 minute trek to San Clemente, finally arriving there at about 9:30. Ugh.

The last time we were down in SoCal was about 2 years ago. Back then, Todd and Ali (my bro- and sis-in-law) had been remodeling their home. They had a little bungalow, basically, with a detached garage in San Clemente, about a mile from the ocean. Now, they have dark hardwood floors, an open floor plan with living and eating areas combined with the kitchen. They've also added on a master bedroom with bathroom and pseudo-walk-in closet. The end result is really nice and roomy, and just down home cool.

The weather was pretty terrific while we were there. Sunny, a little breezy, temperatures around 75 to 85. Riley ran around the house sans shirt most of the time. The kids played in the front yard (with white picket fence, natch) looking for bugs. Quite idyllic.

What else did we do there? Todd and I took the kids to the beach. There were some surfers and we saw dolphins coming up for air offshore. Quite cool. Hay and Rye got soaked by a sneaky wave. They were trying to get their toes in the ocean and, pow, a renegade wave got 'em. Pretty funny.

Marci and I took the kids to Todd's mom Judy's house on the night of the reunion. Judy's like the perfect grandmother. She just loves the kids, including ours. Treats them like her own and we love her to death. So she agreed to watch our kids and Chandler and Ella, Todd and Ali's kids. That sure was nice as it let us, the parents, go get our party on.

We headed to the Irvine Marriot for the reunion. Marci and I ended up renting a room for the night. We got unloaded and headed to T&A's room, where they had a room joined with their friends Jim and Tracy. Todd and I bought some alcohol earlier in the day and we proceeded to drink. Well, they did. I had a vodka and green apple Jones Soda and dang if that didn't get me a bit buzzed, the lightweight that I am. My face was bright red and I got all hot and sweaty. Todd's buddies Casey and Mike came by later and we all hung out and chit chatted.

Actually, I stood there and listened to the guys tell their stories. It was pretty fun stuff. Todd's friends are quite the entertainers.

But I digress.

A bit later, we went to our own rooms and got ready. I decided to go full suit and tie. Marci had her hot little black dress with red heels. I must admit, we looked pretty good for a couple of hacks.

We headed downstairs to the ballroom where the reunion was to be held. Right next door was a huger ballroom filled with old dudes in tuxedos and sashes. The Knights of Columbus, evidently some religious thing. Not to be confused with the Knights of Cydonia, evidently the best song evar.

It appears that a reunion in a well-to-do part of southern California would be quite different than one in a well-to-do part of Seattle. First off, there were many short short skirts. Also, there were many low low cut tops. Wow. Cleavage ho! Plus, at least a few pairs of fake breasteses. Pretty entertaining, if you ask me.

I ended up hanging out with Marci, Alison and Tracy, as their significant others took off once dinner was over. Todd and Jim were quite the popular kids, it appears.

Pretty soon, Marci was jumped by some dude who, it turns out, she didn't know. Evidently, he remembered her moving to CA from Connecticut their sophomore year, that they had math class together, and some other things. Kind of freaky, I guess.

Later on, I got to meet Marci's ex-boyfriend. Max. Of course, he was tall, dark and handsome. Wow. Even I thought he was hot. He looked like a dark haired version of Ty Pennington from Extreme Home Makeover. It was a little awkward, but, after all, we were just strangers to each other. He was nice enough. Just keep your eyes off my woman!

So the reunion itself was kind of a bust. I'm glad it wasn't my reunion. Think of a wedding reception, only with no wedding, no toasts, and horrible, horrible DJ action. We would've been better off hanging out at someone's house and eating barbeque or something.

We ended up coming home Sunday, on the flight from hell. First, we got stuck at the airport, changing terminals and delayed because the first plane sucked or something. By the time we got on the second plane, an hour had passed. Then they told us we couldn't take off for some reason or another. Long story short, our flight was supposed to leave at 2:40pm and we didn't get off the ground until 5 or so. Needless to say, it sucked. We got back to the cold, drove to Denny's, had some late dinner and then got home a little after 9.

Overall it was a fun time and, we get to do it again for Thanksgiving. Maybe we'll drive next time.

Now playing: The Tea Party - Writing's on the Wall

Monday, October 01, 2007

Happy October

It appears that I've been slacking off on updates. So here's an update of random goings on in my life.

1. I got another haircut this weekend. I've had about 3 haircuts since summer and each time it's gotten shorter. This time, I've gone shorter than I have in a few years I think. I'm still trying to get used to it, but the lower maintenance is superb.

2. I had Lund Bros. rehearsal for the first time tonight in about 3 weeks. It was a good time. We are really knocking out some new songs. Chris and Sean are quite prolific and by the time our next gig comes up (as of now, Dec 14th!), we should be able to play an entire setlist's worth of new material. That'll blow some minds, I think.

3. I'm not sure how much I can say about this, but my work will be participating in some way with the local Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I'll be checking things out tomorrow and maybe I can get Ty to annoy me or something.

4. This weekend the family and I are heading to SoCal for Marci's 20 year high school reunion. That should be interesting. We've spent the past few weekends looking at/for clothing and shoes. I bought a shirt, tie, shoes, socks and belt. Marci got a dress and shoes. And she'll look freakin' hot too. It'll also be nice to see our family and friends down there. It's been over 2 years since we've been there so I'm looking forward to that.

5. Depending on what happens with #3, I may or may not have Scheme rehearsal. We've been off for, what, 6 weeks? David had a baby, Gregg went to Italy for a month and Gary went East for a week. Now that we're all here, I'm going out of town. Sheesh.

6. We had California Closets installed a few weeks ago. AWESOME. It's amazing what a few shelves and a lot of donating of old clothes can do for a closet. Our house is actually staying neat!

7. I hate fall. This fall has been horrible with mold or pollen or something. It's been nothing but stuffy noses for me and the family.

8. Riley has been getting on my last nerves lately. He won't listen, he's rude, he's disrespectful. I lost it with him yesterday and really hollered at him. I've given up spanking as it doesn't help and I don't want to do something I regret. It's bad enough yelling at him, but I'm at the end of my rope. I have no tolerance for his behavior anymore and I don't know what to do. Luckily Marci and I have our therapy appointment and I hope to be able to talk to Laurie (our therapist) about it and get some ideas.

9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? I LOVE IT. Bring on May 2008!


10. This Friday is the season premiere of, what else? Friday Night Lights on NBC. Do yourself a favor. Rent or buy Season 1's DVDs and enjoy the best show you haven't been watching. Then turn it on at 9 on Friday and enjoy Season 2.