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Thu, Jul. 13th, 2006, 10:09 pm
Beantown, Part 1

I've been meaning to post about my travels the other week for some time now. I really have no excuse because I've really had nothing to do for most of the day everyday being temporarily out of work. That's really the only justification I can make for staying in my current job as a high school science teacher. Well, nothing to do lately besides look for a short term summer job which totally hasn't been working out. You'd think that a temp agency would call back after you send them everything they need to put you in a few days job you found on the internet. Apparently the 12 calls I've made since last Wednesday aren't enough to warrant a return call to at least say 'no'. I guess my other excuse is that I was finishing reading a book.

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Stay tuned for more wacky adventures and hijinks from my trip to the state that was ironically the site of the birth and the death of American freedom.

Tue, Jun. 27th, 2006, 09:04 am
Cover Me!

Take a good song, redo it. It happens a lot. I always thought the idea was to make the song better or at least unique. Hendrix did it with Dylan's All Along the Watchtower. Alien Ant Farm did a pretty decent version of ol' MJ's Smooth Criminal (from back when he still had it). But what's up with all of these current remakes groups are releasing that absolutely degrade the integrity of songs that were much better before the remake? And why is Matt Pinfield still on TV?

I got to thinking about it this morning. I was chilling in the living room, reading a book. I like background noise so I turned on VH1 because they actually show videos for a small segment of their available programming time, mostly in the early morning. Like right now. So they start showing a U2 video, the song One. A great U2 song, I'll have to admit. So I actually start to watch it. Right before the first verse, Mary J Blige appears. Huh?! Then she does all of the singing while the band plays the music. It seems like the current trend in voice stars is to embellish to the extent that you can't really tell that they're crappy (okay, mediocre at best) because they're all over the place notewise. It's hard to be off key when you sing in every key for each phrase. Ewwy, ewwy, ooh.

Notable Cover Tunes
Respect - Aretha Franklin (did you know this was originally by Otis Redding?)
All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix (Dylan)
Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes (Redding again)
Killing Me Softly - The Fugees (Roberta Flack)
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder)
Hurt - Johnny Cash (NIN)
I Will Survive - Cake (Gloria Gaynor)
Tainted Love - Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
Mr Bojangles - Nina Simone (Jerry Jeff Walker)

Total Ass Covers
Sweet Child O' Mine - Sheryl Crow (Guns n Roses)
One - U2 w/ MJ Blige (U2, ruined their own song. sad)
Stairway to Heaven - Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
American Pie - Madonna (Don McLean)
Turn the Page - Metallica (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band)
Tuesday's Gone - Metallica (Lynryd Skynyrd)
Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crows (Joni Mitchell)

These lists could go on and on.

What's your favorite/least favorite cover tune?

Mon, Jun. 26th, 2006, 04:28 pm
Drilling for Dollars

What are you supposed to look at when you're in the dentist's chair? Looking at the light is too bright. Looking at the ceiling is boring. Looking at the tools is sort of scary. Looking at the dentist's or the hygenist's face is just too weird (too close for comfort). Closing your eyes (necessary during drilling and stuff, but otherwise...) just makes me feel like I'm having a weird make out session.

A question to you, what do you look at?

Thu, Jun. 1st, 2006, 12:04 am
happy fun time w/ quizzes!!

Your Pimp Name Is...

Pimp Daddy Dynamite

Your Personality Is

Rational (NT)

You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.
You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!

Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.
In fact, you're often a little short with people who don't impress you mentally.

You seem distant to some - but it's usually because you're deep in thought.
Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.

In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate - who is also very intelligent.

At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers - like programming, medicine, or academia.

With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can't take your criticism well.

As far as your looks go, you're coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.

On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.

I've never had 3 questions know me so well.

Wed, May. 31st, 2006, 05:56 pm
picky picky

Why do I have to be so damned picky about something as simple as picking an aquarium to buy. I think it has to do with the fact that I rarely like the cheap shit but I'm a real cheap bastard.

But seriously, I have to do it quickly. Otherwise my fishies at work are going to die over the summer. I'd be out shopping right now if there weren't 5 Mexicans painting the front of my house right now. That requires doors being open and doesn't afford me the opportunity to get to my garage to empty my trunk to haul shit. Like a new aquarium.

Fri, Aug. 12th, 2005, 06:55 pm
first week over

Whee. A short 3 day first week of school. Now it's over. :-( What the crap? Frowny? Dumbass subconciousness taking over my typing hand. Every week should be a 3 day week! It will be when I'm king/emperor/soccer mom.

I don't think I terrorized enough this week. Next week, terror alert level raised from green to slightly less green.

Only 22 more days until Yellow Jacket football! But only 21 until volleyball! The ladies aren't as hot as they used to be, but they win more games. A trade-off I suppose. It's kind of weird how that one works, though.

What's the deal with all of these hot 20-something lady teachers having sex with 13-year-olds? I'm just down the hall, beeyotches! I really haven't heard of that happening at my school, I just thought it was a good punchline.

What's the deal with my crappy Seinfeld imitation?

Have fun weekends, yo!

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005, 02:02 pm

I've come down to Borelando and all I've done all day is sit around in my PJs and play GameBoy. I suck. It's hot.

WarioWare Twisted is addictive. Hell, all WarioWare games are.

Maybe I'll be nice and cook dinner for my friend that's putting me up for free.

I think I'll finally go and get some lunch. He's got jack crap here.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005, 01:51 pm
Thank goodness!

The aliens just dropped me off. Sorry to be gone for so long. I'm just glad I didn't have the same experience that all of the abducted rednecks always have. No anal probes, just a rise to a championship and subsequent defense matches in air hockey. I finally let the pointy-headed guy win after the alien mafia threatened to commence orifice inspections if I didn't throw the match. But now I'm back and all is good. I got to Florida just in time yesterday to see the shuttle launch. I really appreciate the efforts of the US gubment to go get those mofos after the ordeal they put me through. Damn alien terrists.

Fri, Jul. 1st, 2005, 12:52 am
ballet is freaky

People shouldn't be able to move like that. that's just downright weird. but cool.

I did two things today, jack and shit.

Actually, I went to the driving range and started to remember how to hit a damned golf ball. I suck at golf. But it's fun anyhow.

I wonder if those sounds are gunshots or fireworks. If guns, that's a lot of shots.

There's a cat outside and I freaked it my tapping on the glass. Stupid cat.

I've noticed that I've become rather lax with capitalization. Is that something I need to worry about? My friend Mike would have a gosh darned fit.

I've just noticed that I have nothing to say that is of worth in any remote value.

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2005, 01:18 pm

so now I find myself in unfamiliar territory.

here I am with no responsibilities today. sort of like I have the day off. and I have no freakin' clue as to what I want to do.

I'm going to a ballet tonight. I guess that's something. One of the friends I made here has to go because his wife is in it. I figured I'd give him some company. He was doing that thing last week where he was mentioning it with that sort of aloofness that indicates that one is trying to suggest that they'd like some company. I'm a sucker.

maybe I'll score some more brownie points with the in-laws and paint that other room. that'd only take about an hour and a half.

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