Friday, January 30, 2009

Behold! The Pukeapocaplyse may be upon us!

Uh oh.

Yesterday, Riley decided to get up early so he could take Haley to school with Marci. He held his friend, Erin's, hand the whole time.

We got a call last night saying Erin had the stomach flu and hadn't puked yet... oh wait, she did right when we were on the phone.

Today seemed ok. Until Marci just called me and said that her friend's daughter, who went to Seattle with Marci, Haley, and Riley, for Marci's doctor's appointment (still with me?)

Just

Puked

In

The

Car.

I am at home, leisurely blogging and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the puke filled Pilot. I guess if Riley didn't have the stomach flu, he (and everyone else) is bound to get it now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I have a cold or something

I get about one cold a year. I think it decided to strike early this year. My nose is stuffy and congested. I've been sneezing a whole bunch today. Otherwise, I feel fine.

I've been drinking tea and blowing my nose. I've sneezed about 20 times today.

/rant over.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

This was forwarded to me via Facebook. I thought it might be fun to do. Plus, FB copies my blogs over there so I figured I'd do it here.

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)
  1. Though I generally hate these self-promotion things, I do love to blog and love to think that people find me interesting enough to check back on my blog once in a while. Is that passive/aggressive?
  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE music, though my knowledge about such (trivia, band histories, etc) pales in comparison to the amount of which I love it. This makes for awkward conversations when I'm with people I feel like I need to impress (but really don't). I'm such a poser :(.
  3. Speaking of music, my first instrument I ever played was piano. I followed that up with clarinet in elementary school. Why? Because the girls played clarinet and I liked girls! Why else?
  4. In that 4th grade class, I also took needlepoint (is that when you have the metal circle holding your cloth pattern?) because the girl I crushed on was in it too.
  5. Speaking of girls, I didn't marry my high school sweetheart (wait, what?), but I did marry my first real girlfriend.
  6. I wish I could make a living playing music. Since that's probably impossible, I sure hope I can continue making a living running the family business.
  7. I think I'm a pretty good dad, but everyday I realize that I'm not nearly as good as I think I am. I am a constant work in progress.
  8. I take "Ignorance is bliss" way too seriously. Ignorance is not an excuse, dude!
  9. I want to be one of those guys that when people talk about me, they say that I'm the salt of the earth. You know. That guy.
  10. When someone is uncomfortable with me, it makes me uncomfortable with them. It just makes it that much cooler when you do meet someone who is at ease, which makes such a big difference!
  11. I peruse For Sale ads online for basses almost daily. I don't have funds to get any, but I love to look, and if the opportunity presents itself, I may trade one of mine away to get what I want.
  12. In 2001, I decided I needed a new car. For some reason, I liked how the VW GTI/Golf headlights looked, so I checked one out. Once I sat in the GTI and closed the door, I was sold. That door shut like the door to a vault and it made quite an impression. That's when my love affair with German cars began.
  13. I have a minor obsession with 3 female singers. For whatever reason, they're all from the Boston area. Juliana Hatfield, Aimee Mann and Damone (featuring Noelle LeBlanc on lead vox). It's a coincidence, but there you go.
  14. I taught myself how to play bass after borrowing my 7th grade band teacher's Fender Jazz one summer. He told me the notes of the strings and off I went.
  15. In high school jazz band, which met every morning at about 6:20am (is that right?), there were 2 vintage Fender Jazz (70s era?) basses. They were pretty beat up, but if I knew then what I knew now, I'd have two vintage Fender Jazz basses hidden in my house somewhere. Shhh...
  16. I went to college for 4.5 years or so and, outside of a few people I met, thought it was a complete waste of time. Of course, it didn't help that whenever a professor opened his or her mouth, I'd just fall asleep. Very weird.
  17. I'm a decent skier, but haven't been for years. Hate the hassle of getting ready and going. But I might have to get Haley up there sometime.
  18. I'd like to travel more, but don't have the funds to do so. I know Marci would love to do it more, too.
  19. I cannot cook. But I'm great at laundry and dishes. I keep threatening to take some cooking courses. Then I'll be a triple threat!
  20. I can build a computer from scratch. My own is about 4 years old and I'll run it into the ground.
  21. In second grade, I won a poster contest. My prize was a helicopter ride in the 710 traffic copter. Unbeknownst to me, the "door" to the passenger side of the copter was basically an open window. Thankfully, I didn't fall out and die, as evidenced by this super interesting list.
  22. Heights suck. I can't even watch something perilous on TV without my hands and feet sweating.
  23. Speaking of feet, Marci bought me a PedEgg last summer. My feet were so soft!
  24. Speaking of soft, what is it about the skin of the opposite sex? It's so soft and nice and all I want to do is touch it!
  25. Stuff will happen and it's all about how you interpret it. It might be horrible and bad, but eventually, something good will rise, and that's how I like to look at it.
Still with me? Good for you. Now it's time for a snack.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I love TV

Tuesday, American Idol (don't hate!).
Wednesday, American Idol and Lost.
Thursday, 30 Rock, The Office.
Friday, Friday Night Lights.

Thank God for DVR/Tivo and 30 second skip.

BTW, that awesome song you heard on Friday Night Lights tonight?

Just Lust, by Juliana Hatfield. Two of my favorite things, at the same time.

Awesome!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gigs gigs and more gigs

What's with the once a week posts? I don't know! I guess I've been busy. Lame excuse, but true, I suppose.

I wanted to throw down a music update. You wanted gigs? I got your gigs right here:

1. Jan 30 at the New Frontier in Tacoma. Lund Bros releasing our brand spankin' new CD, Songbook IV, with our old friends, Girl Trouble.

2. Feb 8 at the Comet on Capitol Hill. It's the Scheme and some other bands on a Sunday night.

3. Feb 13 at the Mars Bar on Eastlake. Lund Bros, Llama, Guns n Rossetti and the Riffbrokers doing our big Seattle CD release. That should be a whole bunch of funs!

4. Feb 21 at the Mars Bar on Eastlake. It's the Scheme again and I have no idea with whom.

I have rehearsals in between and it's all good. I also had a huge inspiration for a cover for the Lunds and I to do. I think we could totally pull it off, and even ask a guest to play rhythm guitar for us. All the bands we play with do covers and they're killer. Small Change > Faces "Stay With Me", Sgt. Major > Cheap Trick "Hello There", I Love Myselfs > Uriah Heep "Stealin'" (I think). Could Lund Bros. be in there with this song I'm thinking of? I think so. We'll see what happens.

Thanks again to Byron for the quick posters. He's the best!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A few weekends ago at the Skylark

Sometime towards the end of December, Jessie from the Skylark emailed me and asked if the Lunds could play the Friday after New Year's. Chris couldn't, so the Lunds were out. I asked the Scheme and they were in, so, we were in.

Jessie had 3 bands cancel on her so I tried to help her fill the bill but I couldn't find anyone who could do it. It didn't matter as she was able to find a few bands. One was called Ocean of Algebra and the other was called To The Glorious Lonely.

Unfortunately, I was not a fan of either of the bands' names, but then, who am I to judge. Not that it mattered anyway. But, off to Google/Myspace I went to see about these bands.

OoA was listed at MS as a duo, I think. Electronica or something. I wasn't terribly excited about what they did, but it was more due to a lack of interest on my part than a lack of talent on their part.

TTGL was a rock band. They had this sort of Tom Petty/American rock thing going on and I liked it. I researched the band members and the lead singer/guitarist, Jeff, apparently plays bass for a band called Loaded, which is fronted by one Duff McKagan, the ex-bassist for Guns n Roses, as well as Velvet Revolver.

In other words, a bonefide rock star!

Anyway, we got to the day and I showed up, with my Duck Dunn bass in tow. There was a decent amount of people in the club. A guy named something or other went first and did an acoustic set. He was pretty good and he looked totally familiar to me, but I just couldn't place him.

Next up was Ocean of Algebra. They had an interesting mix of guys up there. The drummer played with his high-hat to his right, like a lefty, only he played it with his right hand and hit the snare with his left. According to Sean, who was kind enough to show up, this drummer played the bass drum with his left foot. So, in other words, his upper half was playing righty, and his lower half was playing lefty. Evidently that's completely messed up, but this guy did it just fine.

On bass was a really skinny guy and, though he played well, he might as well have been invisible. Very little, if any, stage presence and he just disappeared.

The singer/guitarist had a baseball hat pulled down low, glasses, earrings, jacket zipped up to his chin and played a 12-string acoustic. Kind of weird, but he was a good player and sang like he was on Broadway (think showtunes).

The other guitarist was a big boy and, unfortunately, his tone was buried in the mix for some reason. He kept fiddling around with his amp and when it was time for him to solo, poof. He was gone.

They were a good band, but just not my cup of tea.

As we were about to take the stage next, more and more people came piling in. After talking to a few people, I found out that Duff was actually coming to the show and his band, Loaded, was going to play an acoustic set. Cool!

I started setting up on stage and turned around and, blam! There he was. I said, "Hey Duff" and he nodded and said hi back. A bit later, he and Jeff from Loaded came up and admired my bass. Evidently Jeff is getting one of the DDs and we chatted gear for a minute. Before long, we played our set.

We started off pretty well, with You Let Me Go. We followed that with a couple fast ones and, though the wheels never fell off, I feel like the connection with me and Gregg (the drummer) isn't quite there yet. I don't know if it has to do with learning new songs (though after 1.5 years, are they really new anymore?) or the fact that we play once a week every once in a while, but for whatever reason, we're not tight like me and Sean (or me and Rob) are (were). I'm guessing it'll come in time.

So, we were a little loose. Don't know if many people noticed, but I did, and as they always say, you are your own worst critic. I definitely could've played/sang better, but it was fine for rock and roll, I suppose.

Loaded took the stage after us and it was four dudes in black, sitting in chairs and it was pretty cool. Duff can sing well and I enjoyed his music. Jeff's band, TTGL, was really good too. I really enjoyed them and our friend, Eric from the Riffbrokers and the I Love Myselfs, played lead guitar for them. Their music was great and highly recommended.

After their set, Duff joined them for some electric rock on bass and he just looked good up there. I guess all those years playing arenas and stadiums really paid off for that night at the Skylark.

Anyway, I'm out of steam. Two blogs in one night will do that to you. Peace out.

Random thoughts

Work:

It's been busy. Service is busier than ever, but I think that's mainly due to a manpower shortage. Rich has been an absolute stud, though, working hard, staying late, dealing with customers and generally being my MVP.

Things are tricky, though. Money's tight and there's no real relief in sight. Though with some developments that may soon be happening, my monthly expenses may decrease by $1000 or so, so that's good.

I just started working with a new accountant and was very enthused by what he did with me yesterday. I'm looking forward to that continuing.

Here's hoping things start turning around soon.

Home:

Everything is kind of same old, same old. Though, already this year, we've been to the Seattle Center and Seattle Aquarium, in consecutive weekends. I think that's a record of some sort. Riley is healing up nicely. Two months in and so far so good. He hasn't been cleared to drink regular liquids yet, but (don't tell) I snuck him a couple sips of root beer float the other night. Shh!

After our big ass snow delays and stuff, I thought Haley would have a miserable time going back to school. So far, she's been great. Then again, I'm usually still asleep when Marci takes her to school, so what do I know?

I was telling someone about Hay today and said she'd be 7 in April.

Come again? Seven in April? Holy cow, my little girl is growing up!

She's becoming a little math whiz. Reading is another issue. She's a little lazy, I think, and she gets discouraged way too easy, but I'm sure it'll come around soon.

Marci's been keeping herself busy with keeping the kids and I healthy and well. She runs herself ragged, but it's who she is and what she does and I learned to just let her be. I just get in the way!

Me? I've been goofing around here and there. I'm geeked for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS to start this Friday. 9pm on NBC. Watch it and thank me later.

I've gotten back into Rock Band, thanks to our friends, who recently discovered it. On a whim, I plugged in my drumset (which I thought was bad) into my computer and, lo and behold, it worked! I got my game back from Knight and all is well again. Me and the kids are able to rock out and it's a good time for all.

Music:

The Lunds and I have been on a pretty regular (for us!) practice schedule the past few weeks. We also have a few shows lined up, finally! We'll be playing on 1/30 in Tacoma at a new club called the New Frontier Lounge. We're trying to get a few bands commit and then I'll post the details. It'll be our South End CD Release!

On 2/13, we'll play our Seattle CD Release at the Mars Bar. Joining us will be the Riffbrokers and Guns & Rossetti. It's a small club, but it'll be intimate and loud, so it'll be fun. Here's hoping we get off to a nice start playing and that the gigs keep on coming.

I had a gig with the Scheme a few weekends ago at the Skylark. We've been rehearsing and have a show lined up for February. We still have yet to master the live show, I think. Rehearsals are one thing, but we get a little geeked live. It'll be nice once we can settle into a routine there.

The other night, I goofed around a little on our synthesizer/keyboard in the basement. For years growing up, I took piano lessons. I was ok, but stopped playing. Luckily, the lessons taught me how to read music and that's something I can still do (though not as quickly!). Anyway, we have some old piano books and I've played a few songs the past few nights. It's rough, but it's doable and, it's kind of fun! I'll have to keep at that and see what I can do.

Not much excitement happening around here these days. I've been reading some other blogs online and they pick a topic, then write an interesting blog around it. Funny, insightful and good to read. I can't seem to write about anything but my boring life.

Ah, well. It's not so bad, I suppose!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Never fear, I'm still here

But I'm feelin' lazy. I haven't recapped my last show with the Scheme (fyi it was last Friday). I haven't done much in the way of blogging, other than posting some pictures to Haley and Riley's blogs.

Things have been moving along, I suppose. We had some drama at work on Monday, none on Tuesday, drama on Wednesday and today there was none. So I guess that means there will be drama tomorrow. Super!

When I haven't been working, it seems I've been playing bass. So that's a good thing, right? I've also tried to start working out again, but this week, only one time so far. Tomorrow and Saturday are out as I have plans both nights, so it looks like Sunday will not be a day of rest for me.

I guess I'm not in the mood to blog tonight. So this is all you get. Bye!