Archive for March, 2003

The Beard

Sunday, March 30th, 2003

Wow. It’s almost April. How the time does fly!

I’m almost finished tracking the songs for my next album. All I need are a couple of parts, all the basslines and all the vocals. So I’m not almost finished. More like halfway.

I am growing a beard, but I’m debating whether or not to shave it off. On the plus side, it’s basically the only ‘new look’ thing I’ve ever done, except for shaving my head my sophomore year (a horrid look immortalized on my driver’s liscence until I turn 21) and getting glasses in eighth grade. On the downside, it isn’t fully grown and right now it just makes me look mega-lazy.


Saturday, March 29th, 2003

Whoops. My bad. Lee. Not Leo. Leo was their drummer; Lee is their singer.

Shawn, Vinny, Cayce (I don’t know how to spell that damn name; this is close enough) and I went to Horseshoes’ show in Polson this Friday. Chris’s band also played. It was awesome. Lee’s friend broke the stage. And Lee got stuck in the elevator before the show. Both these incidents made the manager/custodian dude very pissy. Yeah, Lee broke $4 of particle board! Uh-oh! Then we went to John’s house/store and hung out for a while. left at 3:00 in the morning.

I’ve been recording throughout my spring break. That is all.


Friday, March 14th, 2003

Spring is in the air!

Update and Poems

Thursday, March 13th, 2003

Sorry. Gotsta update this thing more often. I’ve been busy.

First, I’ve been working like mad to get the Nerds With Instruments website updated. I learned about Cascading Style Sheets on Wednesday and have been updating the website to include them. Now, I can switch color schemes by judiciously changing a few images a CSS files, as opposed to spending hours tweaking colors on thousands of HTML elements. Dave likes CSS.

I’ve also been writing poetry. Here is a sonnet I composed while eating lunch today:

I sold Satan my soul at midnight

on the crossroads (He did look quite a hoot

decked out in his wingtips and Armani suit);

all that I really wanted was a light,

but it was quite a treat to see that brute

cackling and chuckling with evil delight

(it was clear the fiend thought the price was right).

I showed no fear. I was resolute.

If he’s apt to trade a soul for a whim

(praying for the better end of the deal)

then he may collect after my last breath.

I forsee no torment after my death.

Lucifer believes his end was the steal.

I don’t want to spoil the bargain for him.

Here’s another one. It doesn’t have a name:

Down myriad aisles stretching miles long

Lie uncounted volumes, each one a door —

And one portal leads to a thousand more.

Here an adventure, there a book of song,

A tome of knowledge and a book of lore.

I yearn to leaf through them, to stroll along,

To grab a stack of books twenty strong,

Each one offers something new to explore.

Sitting on a couch, in a cozy nook,

I hear no hustle, no crash, no car horn.

It’s a silence of gold, of turned pages,

A moment lasting through untold ages.

My world seems neither hateful nor forlorn

It consists of only me and my book.

Pretty nifty, huh? I like the rhyme scheme (ABBABAAB CDEEDC). It’s a pretty simple one for the octave (the first eight lines), but the sestet is nifty: the “C” lines surround it, further offsetting it, and there is a third and final “sandwhich” quatrain in between them. The only problem I have is finding four A and B rhymes.

Speaking of boring pedantic stuff, in English we had a test. I hadn’t done any of the reading. I do not think I’ll get a good grade on this quiz; this time I’m serious. But I don’t care. As long as I get a ‘C’, I’m fine.

John called and I’m going to see “My Fair Lady” on Friday. I really don’t like going back to my alma mater so often (I went there last Saturday to see C.C.’s show, The Phantom Tollbooth), but John’s a buddy (and former Speech partner), so I’ll go. They only have two showings of it, though. I’d be pissed if I was in it and they only did two shows — they’ve been practicing since early January. Apparently, the school didn’t spring for performance rights for more than two shows. Typical.

Ha ha ha. My school is running Neil Simon’s Rumors for two weeks! And I have three stages! Not even the mighty Hamilton High School can top that!


Sunday, March 2nd, 2003

Wow, this weekend went quickly. We didn’t practice, so we might not play on Friday. I’ll try to get down to the valley sometime during the week to practice; if that happens then we’ll play. I really want to play this show, so I hope we can practice once this week.

I went to John’s for the Geek-fest. Star Trek, Video Games, and computers, oh my! The best part was the midnight excursion to Super 1 to pick up donuts. I didn’t get much sleep, though.