Friday, February 27, 2009

On The Mend

Feeling much better. Turns out I had the flu. No doctor restrictions on driving but he recommended more rest. So I rested. Now I am feeling much better (though my throat is still a little sore), and I am waiting on a load. Apparently freight is slow in these parts at the moment so it may be a while so I am catching up on laundry and some other things.

Did I Just Get Taller?

Hey guess what? I am 6' 4.5"! I know, that may not be a big deal to anyone older than 5 but it was news to me. For the past 10 years I have been quoting my height as being 6' 3" or at best between 6' 3" and 6' 4". Now it turns out I am at least whole half an inch taller than I thought. More like 1.5" because I had seriously settled on 6" 3' in recent years. Did I get taller? That seems unlikely. But I guess anything's possible.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Down For The Count

I pushed until it became clear I was getting too sick to drive. I made it as far as Orland, but this morning I was feeling even worse and the symptoms seemed to be pointing towards strep throat. After handing off the load at Orland I made an appointment to see a doctor tomorrow. I sure hope this doesn't turn into Albuquerque all over again. So long as nobody says the word "vertigo" I think I'll be okay. Also, if I have a concrete day when I can go back to work that will help too. Meanwhile I feel pretty crappy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Faces (#004): I don't feel so good...

This is the 'caughy achey sneezy I wish I could rest' face.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Shoes

This where my feet belong.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Band Stuff

Just daydreaming about my one man band set up again. I think I might have a possible set-up:

gearsetup Yes I am such a nerd that I actually looked up pictures of my gear and made this in Photoshop. If it makes it any better this is more for my own reference than anything. I don't have all the pieces yet but almost. The basic idea is that this will all (theoretically) fit in my truck so that I could do music on the road. Not sure though. Even small amps take up a lot  of space. Maybe a small pa would be better. I dunno. I am excited that I finally discovered a loop pedal with all the features I am looking for including the ability to link up to a sampler (or drum machine - which is what I'd basically use the sampler for anyway) so that the loops will sync with the sampled beats. The Casiotone MT-70 I have already and it is sweet. It's one that Hot Chip uses - though I didn't realize that until after I got it. One of the greatest things about this set up is that it will allow me to faithfully perform my older songs while at the same time giving me a ton more flexibility to write new material. The loop pedal (by the way)  also allows me to make 4 separate loops that I can start and stop individually. Sweet, huh? Oh yeah, and you can pan them too. Stereo output. That accounts for two of the three amps. Of coarse, you could just manage those as two separate outputs instead of R and L stereo, but I digress....

Anyhow this is just band nerd stuff.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thus Far Shall Ye Go And No Further

After getting a little bit of a late start  this morning (having slept in a little) I reached the several mountain passes that interstate 5 winds through as it crosses the border between Oregon and California. Just before the boarder I found myself on slippery ice and snow and had to slow down quite a bit. I was actually surprised that chains were not required and was considering putting them on regardless when conditions improved as quickly as they had deteriorated. Not long after the border however, and just before the final mountain pass between me and the much easier terrain that begins just north of Redding and continues south all the way until the Grapevine, I came upon a road closure. The last pass was closed, due to snow and ice no doubt, and I was obliged to stop for the night. I'm not sure when the road closed so it's hard to say whether an earlier start would  have helped, but most likely it would have. Temperatures tend to drop at night, and with the low visibility and poor conditions, road closures (at least in this area) seem more common after dark - unlike Wyoming where winter road closures can come at any time day or night and can even last for days at a time. With any luck, I'll be back on the road early tomorrow - with a rather more daunting days drive ahead. I am expected in Los Angeles at 10 am day after tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

34 Hours Turns into 64 Hours

Sometimes you just can't know what's going to happen. For the last week my assignments have come in before I was even finished with the one I was working on. This is ideal because it allows me to plan ahead and figure out how to make the best use of my hours. I was driving so many miles and burning up so many hours that I was about to run out so, in order to make the most efficient use of my available hours I opted to take 34 hour reset upon my arrival to W. Sacramento (allowing me to show a full 70 hours available instead of a dozen or less for my next assignment). This seemed to be a good idea, and I got up bright and early this morning ready to roll. No assignment came until 1:30pm and the load doesn't pick up until tomorrow at 2:00pm. Bleh. So I sit around half of yesterday, all of today, and half of tomorrow waiting to roll. At least it's not too cold.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Oh, So Wireless!

Oh hell yes. Once again technology triumphs over the lack of internet access. Now only one dilemma remains...Pandora.com or Last.fm?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bowie vs. Del Taco

Bowie attacking fish tacos...with extreme prejudice.