Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Faces (#002): Wish You Were Here

This is my common, "trying to look as happy as I think I feel but failing miserably" face. It probably didn't help that I was deleriously tired and a little buzzed from the gigantore sized beer I had at the steakhouse. This particular occurance of the T.T.L.A.H.A.I.T.I.F.B.F.M. face occurs while I was recovering from a little emotional break down I had on the road. Sometimes the stress just gets to you even when you don't know it.

Faces (#001): Breaking Poimt

I decided to keep a sort of log of what I look like in different moods. Why I even felt like taking a picture of myself at this moment I don't quite remember. Anyhow for the record this expression means I am under a tremendous amount of stress and if one more thing goes wrong I am going to totally lose it. Which I did. Moments later.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Finally! Heading west out of texas! Woo!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Where I've been lately...

Once again my laptop is out-of-order. This means updates will be spotty at best and the map on my blog will not necessarily be up to date. Luckily, I can still send photos with my phone, so people can have some idea of where I am at. Some email is being forwarded to my phone as well but I had to narrow it down to my top 20 most recent contacts as I was being inundated with bulk mail etc. Please feel free to give me a call if you are wondering why you haven't heard from me. It's been a stressful run these last few weeks, but I am not giving up. Thanks to everyone who has been there for me to talk to and especially to my mom who has helped me out of several (understatement) binds. Hope to hear from y'all soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

TV Commercial

misoneism: The hatred or distrust of new things or ideas.
From Italian misoneismo (after Cesare Lombroso), from Greek μισος ("'hatred'") + νεος ("'new'").


I was looking back through some old posts and came across a few things that gave me that warm fuzzy feeling we call nostalgia. Not that I prefer the past to the present. definitely not. I could hear the cry for help in my old posts that was screaming "Get me the hell out of this office!!" but there were plenty of blissful moments. Here are some highlights:

This is a picture of my room within just a couple months of moving into my apartment on Bird Lane. I had started out living in the master bedroom using the Ikea bed and furniture I got when I was married. That didn't last. The room was too big, too empty, too stark and didn't feel like a space that was meant to be lived in. So I switched to the smaller bedroom, ditched the furniture, and filled it with musical instruments. The white christmas lights were a nice touch too.

I also came across this list:
20 of my favorite things in no particular order.

  1. Seeing live bands that play swirling tremlulous atmospheric music that you can feel with your whole body
  2. Going to random new places with friends purely for the sake of the adventure
  3. Sitting in a comfy chair with a warm beverage on a cold day and reading a sprawling fantasy/adventure novel
  4. Writing to friends
  5. Getting letters/emails from friends
  6. Sharing music with friends
  7. Playing board games with friends
  8. Cooking/Entertaining for friends
  9. Laying down in my room and lazily making music with my guitar
  10. The sound of soft or tremelo guitar on my old 1970's amp
  11. Chocolate chip cookies (right out of the oven when they're still hot and gewy)
  12. Home-made nachos and mexican beer
  13. The sound of shoegazer/indie music on vinyl (especially starflyer 59 or radiohead)
  14. Something unexpexted and outlandishly/mischeviously funny
  15. Making mix tapes/CD's and mailing them to people
  16. Pen pals
  17. A really strange and unpredictable fantasy-fiction book or movie
  18. Watching silent films but choosing my own music music for the soundtrack
  19. Paintings with feel and color and texture that portray an emotion or something else that's elusive and abstract
  20. Talking with people who I can trust and be honest with, and being trusted and having people feel comfortable being honest with me.

The list still holds true today. Perhaps even more so. Here's to brighter days. May they be long and many.