Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Saturday, June 25, 2005
I took this survey that a student at MIT is doing about weblogs. If you are a blogger, check it out. Thanks to Kris for the link.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
A recent conversation
Kid Z -- "It's not me."
Dad -- "How about you? Are you lyin'?"
Kid A -- "Yeah. Me tiger. Roaaaarrrrrrr!"
I think we might go....
Check out my new electric guitar.
It's made by Ibanez and it's a model from 2003. They don't make this same model any more but the SA320 is pretty close.... if you're interested.
I've had the Ibanez catalog from 2003 laying around my house for quite a while. Every now and then, I just pick it up and browse... for the fun of it. This guitar is the one that always stands out and THE one I would pick... if I could pick any one. I never actually dreamed I would own one though. The $999.99 price tag was too steep for me.
Well... I recently started shopping for a new guitar. After looking around a bit, I decided to see if anyone was selling these anymore. I punched it into BizRate and found them at zZounds for half-price. But even better..... they also had 2 "blemished" ones for $389.
It's so cool. My "dream" guitar... at a price I can afford. I still haven't figured out why they consider it to be "blemished." It looks and sounds great to me.
It's funny.... every time I'm driving along and see one of these signs, I get this mental image of some obsessive, slightly crazed, guitar collector slowly shaking his head during his weekly rehab meeting. "Yeah.... I went on a Fender bender this week. I bought.... five. --groan--"
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Buddy Guy... Your menu has got me singing the blues
We came home, visited with the folks for awhile until the girls' bedtime. Now the girls are in bed and Steve is watching the Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD. It has all kinds of awesome guitar performances from all kinds of music genres. He loves blues guitar, and when his favorite guitarist, Buddy Guy, came on, I thought I would google Buddy Guy for the heck of it. I found his blues club in Chicago here. He is originally from Louisana, and the menu looks awesome. Here are the appetizers on the lunch menu:
See what I mean!?! And that is just the lunch menu appitizers! Sorry, Outback. As good as you are, you don't tempt me to drive six hours and eat every lunch and dinner there for a week so I can try half of the things on the menu that tempt me. Does anyone know if there is any good cajun in Des Moines? I've got etouffee on the brain...
Spicy Frog Legs marinated in hot sauce and breaded in cornmeal. fried and served with our creole honey-mustard sauce. $7.95
Southern Fried Okra a heaping basket of this unique southern vegetable is served with our own creole honey-mustard sauce for dipping. $5.95
Big Ole Chicken Wings whole chicken wings served five ways: cajun, barbecue, tabasco, curry or "b.g." (butter & garlic). available by the basket or bucket. $5.95 / $10.95
Cajun Popcorn a basket of tender crawfish tails, cornmeal breaded and served with our special cajun cocktail sauce and fries. $7.95
Legendary Catfish Tenders see what “Gourmet” magazine and folks at the Taste of Chicago are raving about!!! these tender, flaky strips of farm-raised Mississippi catfish filet will melt in your mouth. served with our own secret recipe Cajun tartar sauce. $6.95
Fried Oysters a basket of fresh, plump & juicy oysters in traditional cornmeal breading, served with creole honey-mustard sauce and our famous fries.$7.95
Blue Crab Cakes real jumbo lump maryland blue crab and a unique blend of spices! served with our special cajun tartar sauce and lemon. (small shell fragments unlikely but possible. it’s real crabmeat!!!) $10.95
Saturday, June 18, 2005
And to add to the humor of it all..... the park is right next to a set of train tracks. So every 10 minutes or so.... a train would go by. It was deafening.
So after the whole talent show awards thing, we set our stuff up. Thankfully the guy running the sound system was really nice... because apparently no one told him that we were going to be needing to use his system. --eek--
It all worked out well. In fact, it turned out a bit better than expected. You see... there was supposed to be a deejay playing after us. Well... he flaked and didn't show. The people organizing the whole Fun Days thing figured this out about the time we finished playing our first set. They asked us if we'd be willing to stay and play until about 9:30 or 10:00. We, of course, said yes.
By our third set (around 9:00) I was finally starting to wake up and have fun. Heh... And then it was time to pack everything up and head home.
I definitely had a good time. And I got a pork-chop-on-a-stick. So it was all good.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Ogden Fun Days
I've never actually been to Ogden. In fact, I still haven't quite figured out exactly where it is.... or how to get there. But I'm going to be playing music in the park tomorrow night.... in Ogden.
So.... if your friday night happens to find you aimlessly wandering around Ogden, Iowa.... come to the park. We'll be playing from 6:30 - 8:00.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I don't get it. I love band practice. It's the time when you get to try out new stuff and see how everything meshes. And when you screw something up... it's just something to laugh about. Don't get me wrong. Sunday morning is great... but it's different. A bit more focused.
Practice tonight was great. No one there was in the "drudgery" mood. We spent time doing songs several different ways.... just for the fun of it. The singers were playing around with different harmonies. I was playing bass.... so I felt completely comfortable. I usually play electric guitar.... which I really enjoy..... but I'm not nearly as confident. It all just "clicked" tonight.
As we were leaving, Steve (the leader) said "Thanks for coming to practice." It kinda struck me as odd..... because I'm thinking... "Thanks for having practice.... so I could come."
Friday, June 10, 2005
- "That's not really true. That's just what they think on Sesame Street."
I'm glad my kid has some common sense.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I'm back from Atlanta
Right now I'm just going to enjoy being home with my family :)
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
- "Now remember... what is the most important part of slumber parties?"
How come it never actually works? I mean they say they're going to sleep when they go to grandma's house. BUT.... of course.... they never do.
Well..... this is why I stayed home from Atlanta.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Friday, June 03, 2005
What to do..... what to do......
Of course, I've got a long list of stuff I'm supposed to do this week while everyone is away. But for tonight I think I'll just kick back and be a lazy bum.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
It's so cool.