Thursday, December 30, 2010

december thirtieth

Five for December 30th:

Credit card. As of this morning, my credit card is officially paid off. If I have anything approaching a new year’s resolution this year, it is to use that damn thing as little as possible.

Work party. Contrary to what I posted last week, today is actually the day of our annual office trip to the casino for free food and free gambling. I hate casinos, buffets, and gambling, but it’s fun to do once a year with co-workers.

New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow night’s show at Off Broadway will be totally awesome. Christian Schaeffer will be Djing, there will be tons of great music, and it’s free. Seriously, come ring in 2011 with us. You shan’t be disappointed.

Red Dead Redemption. This game rules. Once again, Rockstar games makes a total masterpiece. I haven’t played in a few days, and I’m having withdrawls.

Violin repair. More than a year after I gave it to him, Seth has finally returned Lisa’s violin to her with an upgraded tailpiece, chinrest, bridge, and neck. Hopefully it won’t take him that long to return my copy of U.H.F..

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

december twenty-ninth

Five for December 29th:

Ice. My street was pretty icy this morning, and some of the side streets were a little hairy as well. However, the parking lot at work was a solid sheet of black ice. I practically slid all the way from my car to the front door.

Inventory. Finished in record time. Now to get through the next day and a half. Celebrating with a lunch trip to Mi Ranchito, made all the better by the gift certificates we all got last week. Score.

Friday. In addition to it being a day off and New Year’s Eve, it’s going to be 65 degrees outside, albeit rainy. I’ll take it.

California trip. Coming up fast. It’ll be a hectic but fun seven days. Looking forward to sun, palm trees, catching up with some old friends and checking out new music gear.

Lost. Season 6 is totally delivering on the suspense, plot twists, and out-of-nowhere craziness I’ve come to expect from this show. I wasn’t too hot on season 5, so it’s cool to be able to say that.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

december twenty-eighth

Five for December 28th:

Rocking. I throw the word “epic” around a lot, but when I say last night’s supergroup practice at Off Broadway was epic, I mean it this time. Total fun, and my hands are sore from 5 hours of drumming.

Set list. Finally got everything together for Friday night, including the ever-important song order. Meeting up early on Friday for one last run-through plus setup for the evening’s festivities.

Jimmy John’s. Going for lunch with Tom. I need to get out of this place today. On the plus side, inventory is going way faster than planned and should be over soon.

Serious Basis. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I just haven’t been around a computer enough. Hopefully regular posting will start back up tomorrow.

Records. I got Lisa a record player for Christmas. It’s an all-in-one with the speakers, MP3 input, CD player, and even cassette deck (!) all built in. It’s cool to be able to listen to records once again, and not have 150 lbs worth of speakers, recievers, and whatever else around to make it happen.

Monday, December 27, 2010

december twenty-seventh

Five for December 27th:

Christmas. Best one ever. Lisa got me the greatest gifts on the planet, including a pair of forest green Chuck Taylors I’ve been wanting forever and a copy of “Red Dead Redemption” for Xbox, which I’ve basically played non-stop for the last 2 days.

Inventory. It’s happening (potentially) all this week at work. Hopefully we’ll get done sooner rather than later. Till then, internet activity will be sparse for me. I’ll try to post during breaks whenever possible. Also: dust overload.

Lost, season 6. We finally started the final season of Lost last night. About 3 episodes in, and so far, it's delivering nicely.

New Year’s Eve. It’s coming up fast. Looking forward to ringing in 2011 with an epic rock show.

Royale. The Mediterranean pita with Match chicken was right on last night, especially given the fact that I barely left the house all day yesterday.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

december twenty-third

Five for December 23rd:

Free lunch. Who says there’s no such thing? We’re having one at work today, although it’ll likely be Bandana’s barbecue or something else I can’t actually eat.

Rad practice. Last night’s practice at Utopia was massively fun and we sounded better than ever. Utopia is a cool spot and it was nice playing in a big room with good acoustics. It’s also really fun to be playing with 3 guitar players. I’m not used to sounding huge.

Baby Jesus. Another day, another stolen baby Jesus statue. You'd think churches would just stockpile these.

Solstice. The shortest day of the year is now behind us. This in and of itself makes me happy. It’s all uphill from here.

Christmas break. In keeping with my strict “no-weekend” policy on this blog, there shall be no posts until Monday. Have a lovely holiday weekend, and remember- if there’s some snow on the road: PANIC.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

december twenty-second

Five for December 22nd:

Spam text messages. Seems like I’m getting them more and more often these days, whereas I never used to get them. What gives?

Sax repair. The recently-acquired Saxophone line at work has set up their repair and adjustment shop in the hall adjacent to the sales office, so our department can look forward to the sounds of non-stop sax toodling for the forseeable future. Sweet.

Tron: Legacy. I read an awesome article on the new Tron in Wired last night. I always liked the original- although I was never a huge fan- but I’m excited to see the new one. I was more a fan of the toys, truth be told.

Practice. Tonight at Utopia, going over some rock jams for the NYE show. Did you see the poster that Nate Jones made? It’s insane. Definitely framing that one.

Best of 2010. Seth (along with many other good friends) dishes up some “best of STL” action for an excellent Speakers in Code article. Seriously, it’s really good. Read it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

december twenty-first

Five for December 21st:

Junk food. Yesterday was sugar overload day at work, for both Lisa and I. It always happens this time of year. Strangely absent is the obligatory office 3-compartment tin of popcorn. What gives?

White Christmas. They’re saying we’ll have one, which would pretty much suck. I’m not driving to the ass end of North County on snow and ice-covered roads.

Net Neutrality laws. Dig the internet? Better enjoy it while it lasts, because naturally it needs to be fucked with and regulated like everything else.

Bikes. I can’t wait till it gets nice outside again. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a couple of decent mountain bikes over the winter and ride some of the trails at Castlewood in the spring. Also, my plans to acquire a vintage freestyle bike have not been abandoned.

Elvis Costello. This Year’s Model is one of the best albums ever recorded. Looking forward to revisiting some tunes from it on New Year’s Eve.

Monday, December 20, 2010

december twentieth

Five for December 20th:

Short week. Starting the upcoming long weekend with a half-day of work on Thursday followed by our yearly office trip to the casino. Hopefully I’ll do better than I did last year, where I lost $40 on the roulette table within the first ten minutes.

Cooking. We (and by “we” I mean “Lisa”) did a veritable ton of cooking yesterday. So much so that we (and by “we” I mean “I”) ended up running the dishwasher three times. Had some amazing huevos rancheros, vegan crab cakes, and peanut butter cookies though, so it’s hard to complain.

Hanging out. Good times at Amie’s cocktail party on Friday and Martin’s birthday bash at Bottleworks on Saturday. Standing outside by the barrel fire talking about the Wire and drinking coffee stout was pretty awesome, I have to say.

DADT repealed. Finally, sanity prevails. To quote my friend Tom; “I still can't believe Don't Ask Don't Tell was a real policy. What an embarrassment.”

Camcorder. Got my new handheld digital camcorder on Saturday from Woot. Cheap and awesome is how I like my electronics. But what to film first?

Friday, December 17, 2010

december seventeenth

Five for December 17th:

Rock show. The Queers and Kepi Ghoulie at Firebird last night. Kepi is an old friend of mine and it was cool to see him and Dino. They always put on a high-energy show. The Queers were great as always. It’s kind of refreshing to know there’s still a pop-punk scene alive out there.

Parties. Cocktail party with Amie tonight, Martin’s birthday party at Bottleworks tomorrow night. Break out the lampshades.

Finger. Seems like my index finger is healed from when I cut it a week ago. Today is my first bandage-free day. It’s also the first time I’ve put my contacts in in a week and it’s sort of giving me a headache.

Practice. Pretty good one last night. Seth wrote a new song that should be really killer once we get it together. However, that was our last “normal” practice of the year, as the next 3 are supergroup jams, so it may be awhile till that one sees the light.

Peanut butter cookies. My all time favorite. A coworker brought a giant bag of them in today. Win.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

december sixteenth

Five for December 16th:

Press for LFSB. Big thanks to Annie Z for the nice write up on LOOKING FOR SERIOUS BASIS! 472 pageviews yesterday; that is pretty awesome for a 3-day old blog. This one, by contrast, had about 30.

Ice day. Being a kid in St. Louis is the greatest thing ever, because they will call off school for the most trivial of weather issues. Today, the entire state got off for a small glazing of ice on the roads. I drove to work with zero problems and got here in record time. Kids these days have it too damn easy.

Band practice. Tonight. Working on covers and originals for the NYE show, and we have another practice coming up Monday night at Off Broadway with John J. and the guys from Knife Fight. Practicing at OB will be pretty interesting.

First day on the job. Congrats to Lisa, who is starting her new gig today. Looking forward to hearing about it. Luckily it seems like the most drastic effects of Monday’s oral surgery have subsided a bit.

Little Caeser's $5 Hot & Ready cheese pizza. Why can’t I quit you?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

december fifteenth

Five for December 15th:

Dog documentary. We watched a really good Nova documentary on dogs last night. They are apparently much smarter than normal people give them credit for. They can do a hundred things that a chimpanzee could never comprehend. Also, foxes can be domesticated as household pets within about 8 generations. Interesting stuff.

Noodles & Company. Meeting Lisa for lunch today. I’ve never been there, but some (non-microwaved) soup sounds rad right now.

Bowling night. We’ve been talking about organizing a weekly bowling night with some friends, basically as a way to have something to do during the long, cold, dark months of winter. Anything to make this shitty season go by more quickly.

300 posts. Yesterday’s post was number 300 for this blog. Not a huge milestone, but still, pretty impressive so far as I’m concerned.

SLM reunion party in Anaheim. Plans are in the works for an epic reunion party for current and ex-SLM employees at NAMM in January. The best part? It's at the bar of the hotel we'll be staying it. Should be a total blast.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

december foureenth

Five for December 14th:

New Blog. I started a new blog yesterday, which will act as a sort of archive for all the best ads from musicians on Craigslist. Check it out. Not much there now, but the Craigslist forums are the gift that keeps on giving. Tell your friends! Also, big ups to Lisa for planting the idea of doing this in my brain.

Dental work. Lisa had two wisdom teeth pulled this morning, and is currently at home on the couch watching Netflix and consuming Percocet and yogurt. I just hope she’s feeling 100% for her first day at the new gig on Thursday.

Cold and flu season. I’m knee-deep in a serious winter cold which came out of nowhere yesterday. An emergency run to Walgreens last night yielded cough drops, cold medicine, tissues (with aloe), and a huge bottle of Nyquil. A couple of my coworkers have it too, apparently.

Snarf’s. Their mushroom and cheese sandwich is pretty awesome, I have to admit, and their close proximity to my office makes them extra appealing.

Carter Fanzine. Pretty sure that me, my brother, and Kevin Schneider are the only people that remember this hand-drawn comic from sometime in the 90’s, but it rules, and I wish I had more than two issues.

Monday, December 13, 2010

december thirteenth

Five for December 13th:

Weekend. A few words come to mind when describing this past weekend, but “exhausting” stands well atop the heap. Aside from that, we had a great show at Mojo’s and a blast hanging out with Rebecca and friends for the big 30th birthday extravaganza.

No sleep. When I say that I got no sleep this entire weekend, I literally mean zero sleep. I did not sleep a wink Friday or Saturday night. I guess it’s possible that I dozed out for a half hour or so each night, but even that might be a stretch due to a lethel combination of a freezing room and an air mattress. Sleeping in my own bed last night was the best thing ever.

Snow. The first real snow of the year made the drive back from Columbia yesterday a harrowing, seemingly never-ending experience. The stretch of 40 was a trip, with multiple cars off the road in ditches every mile or so. Not to mention the wind was insane. Luckily we made it back in one piece.

Veronica Mars. Finished season 1 last night and started on season 2. Great show. Too bad it didn’t last.

Video games. Played a few hours of Left for Dead 2 with Rob over the weekend. Cool game, and somehow, I didn’t get dizzy playing it as I do with almost all 1st-person shooters.

Friday, December 10, 2010

december tenth

Five for December 10th:

Fun show. Great night last night. Awesome crowd, awesome bands, awesome time. Thanks for coming out and making a weeknight show worthwhile. Also, thanks to the Breaks for letting me borrow their drums. It was fun hanging out with our friends the ACBs. Hopefully we’ll get to do some touring together again this summer.

Exhaustion. I’m really feeling it this morning. I need to snap out of it, because I have a very long day ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a nap in on the way to Columbia tonight.

Lisa's new gig. I’m excited for Lisa, who starts her new job next Thursday. I’m also jealous that she gets to be off work until next Thursday.

Desperate Man Blues. This week's Last Collector Standing reminds me of this excellent story about reknowned 78-rpm record collector Joe Bussard. Check it out if you have some spare time, it’s really a pretty amazing article.

Weekend. It’s finally upon us. Lots to do, but no better way to kick it off than La Pizza Friday.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

december ninth

Five for December 9th:

Last night. Good times hanging out with Scott at the Royale and talking drums. Dropped by Mangia afterward to see Thee Fine Lines and the Blackbelts, but in typical fashion, the show didn’t start until an hour and a half after it was supposed to. Consequently, only got to see a bit of the ‘Lines set before I had to call it.

Tonight. We’re playing at Cicero’s with the ACBs, the Noise FM, the Breaks, and Russell Bliss. I haven’t seen Noise FM yet, but ACBs are one of my favorite bands and the Breaks are amazing as well. You should go. We’re last in the lineup but if you miss the ACBs, you will be sorry.

Friday. It will be a long one. Working, then picking up Lisa and leaving town for another show in Columbia at Mojo’s with basically the same linup. Should be fun if I can stay awake. May have to call on the powers of the iced Americano.

Saturday. We’ll be hanging out in Columbia for Rebecca’s 30th birthday party. She has a private VIP lounge reserved at the Penguin, complete with free champagne plus our own waitress and bouncer(!).

Sunday. Head back to STL in time for an epic, day-long practice with Seth and the Knife Fight dudes at Utopia. Lots of playing music over the next few days.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

december eighth

Five for December 8th:

Sekisui. Decent sushi, but I don’t understand why every sushi restaurant in the city has to play up the whole “urban” vibe. It sucks that you have to go to west county to get house-music free tempura rolls.

Hanging out. Meeting up with my drummer-pal Scott (and possibly Lisa) at Royale for some post-work drinks tonight. Moscow Mule(s); here I come.

Great article. My friend Annie wrote an excellent article on the Americans with Disabilities Act (among other things) that you need to read.

Peanut Butter Puffins. This breakfast cereal from Trader Joe’s is the best thing ever. It’s like a healthier version of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, with the added bonus of not shredding the roof of your mouth. Seriously, go get some.

Dentist. Both Lisa and I need to get wisdom teeth pulled. Neither of us, however, actually want to go through with it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

december seventh

Five for December 7th:

Rock documentaries. Netflix is filled with partially-to-very cool rock docs. However, it’s hard to get into some of the unauthorized ones that don’t feature any of the band’s music. The big buildup to the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” loses some effect when it’s backed by some canned instrumental rock nonsense.

Toy knockoffs. My most recent Ultraman knockoff dollar-store find is an internet sensation after I sent one to my friend Dave, a reknowned collector of all things bootleg. Well, “internet sensation” may be a stretch, but people are into it. Might even get a review. I’ll post if it does.

California. Although it sucks that Lisa can’t come with me, I’m really looking forward to going to LA in January. This cold weather is bumming me out. Should be a good time despite the amount of work to be done.

Food. Lisa threw together the most awesome Indian feast ever last night. I am in awe of her abilities to make meals out of seemingly nothing.

Exercise. Going to try to swing by the Club Fitness in the Loop tonight and sign up for a membership. It’s cheap, and will be a good way to stay in shape during the winter. Plus, it’s conveniently located on the way home from work. I figure 3-5 miles on the treadmill a few nights a week certainly couldn’t hurt.

Monday, December 6, 2010

december sixth

Five for December 6th:

Cut. I gashed the hell out of my finger yesterday opening a package with a pocket knife. It was a pretty deep cut too. Of course, it’s my right pointer finger, a.k.a. the finger I use to write with, mouse-click with, text with, and put contacts in with. Kinda sucks.

Central West End. Lisa did some searching and found that there are many apartments in our price range in the CWE. I think we’re almost definitely going to move there in the spring. I’ve been living in south city forever and it’d be nice to have a change of scenery and more stuff to walk to.

Upcoming rock n’ roll weekend. We’re playing Thursday at Cicero’s and Friday in Columbia at Mojo’s. Lisa and I will be staying in Como for a party on Saturday night, then heading back to STL for a day-long covers practice with KKF on Sunday at Utopia Studios.

Staying warm. It was in the single digits this morning, so I busted out the furry cap and super gloves. When it gets this cold, I don’t give a damn what I look like. All I know is, my ears were warm. Good enough for me.

Game night. Good times hanging out with Lisa, Mary, Keith, and Martin on Saturday. Homemade pizza was eaten, whiskey & ginger ale was drank, dogs were petted and games were played.

Friday, December 3, 2010

december third

Five for December 3rd:

New tune. Kind of a weak practice last night. I thought I played like crap. However, Seth wrote a new song that sounds great, which made up for it.

Christmas presents. I’m having a very difficult time trying to come up with anything I really want as a gift this year. I mean, sure, there’s always things I want, like old school freestyle bikes and iPads, but that stuff is too expensive.

Morons are everywhere. A coworker just showed me a flyer that was on his front door when he got home yesterday from a group of holocaust deniers. A coincidence that this was distributed on the first day of Hanukkah? I think not.

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Watching this show again for the first time since I was in seventh grade, via Netflix. Man, does it ever hold up. If you liked this show back in the day, I highly recommend re-watching it now. You’ll appreciate it more than ever. However, I was disappointed to learn that Corin Nemec is now a Scientologist.

Weekend. Don’t really have much in the way of solid plans for this weekend, which is a nice change of pace. We’ll see what comes up.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

december second

Five for December 2nd:

Rocking. Totally great time last night at Firebrand practicing covers with the guys from KKF. Being that my band really never plays covers in our normal set, it is especially fun. Side note: “Radar Love” is a lot harder to play on drums than I originally thought.

The Bureau at Firebird. I managed to make it out to the Bureau show just as they were getting started. I really dig (dug) that band, I wish they were still around full-time. Also, cool to see so many people out on a Wednesday night.

Early start. Had to get going extra early this morning to drive Lisa out to the Honda dealership in Frontenac, then drop her off co-worker’s house. Luckily, the house was located directly between Starbuck’s and my office. I used to dislike Starbuck’s, now I love it. What can I say? Strong coffee is where it’s at.

Executive decisions. We got a bunch of stuff out of the way for the album yesterday, which is good. We’re moving on it. Title, basic idea for cover art, and the remainder of "stuff left to do" has been decided on.

Life on Earth. Apparently NASA(?) has discovered a completely new life form in a California swamp that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living on (or in) planet Earth. Interesting, but “this changes everything” may be a bit of a stretch for most normal people.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

december first

Five for December 1st:

December. Really? It seems like just yesterday it was the middle of June and I was sweating my ass off riding my bike to work. How did December happen so quickly?

Practice. Doing a covers practice with the Knife Fight guys out at Firebrand tonight, rehearsing for New Year’s at Off Broadway. You should really consider making that your destination for the turn of the calendar. Then regular practice tomorrow night.

Shows. Going to try to make it out to Firebird after practice to see the Bureau. I missed their last reunion show, which I was kicking myself for the next day. Hope we can wrap early enough to get out there. Next week we play Cicero’s on the 9th and Columbia on the 10th!

The Knack. Lisa and I watched “Getting the Knack” last night. Great biography filled with insane footage and lots of interviews. Check it out. Even if you aren’t a Knack fan, you’ll appreciate it.

300. Coming up quickly on 300 "5 things". What a long, strange trip it's been.