December 30, 2005

I’m sick and I can’t stand it. I have some bizarre disease like strep, but not strep. It’s sort of a bacterial infection which makes my throat hurt, but now I’m on antibiotics and hopefully this will go away soon. I’m not getting any sleep and I’m uber-cranky.

I thought I’d throw in one more post before the New Year. I’m planning to see Pride and Prejudice this evening. Also, check out the movie and books pages for the latest info. I don’t really have much more to say. I’ll see you in the New Year.

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December 22, 2005

So this is Christmas / And what have you done / Another year over / And a new one just begun ~John Lennon 

I don’t really have the mental stamina required to take a look back over the past year. There are so many things that I will forget and barely remember the details of that I’m sure to miss something. Still, it’s worth it to note a few highlights:

  • The end of the Star Wars saga, or at the very least, the completion of it. Sure, the books will continue and there are rumors of a live-action television show…but for those of us who have lived our entire lives under the fear of the Empire and the hope of the Rebellion, it’s a sad moment.
  • My goddaughter was born on July 2 to my very best friends. Gabrielle Raye is a beautiful bundle of joy and those of you who know me, know I don’t dote on infants all that often. I’m extremely honored to be her “Godfather” and I only hope I can be as influential as my godmother was to me.
  • I celebrated my continued marital bliss to my lovely wife. We’ve been married for 2 years, 4 months, 18 days and roughly 15 hours. I wouldn’t change a single second of that time together. She’s been a completion of my life that I never imagined would be possible and I appreciate our every moment.

I am among the fortunate. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday or whatever experience you wish to celebrate. I may be writing over the holidays, but I may not as well. Here’s to a wonderful new year in 2006. May you all get everything you wish for.

Currently listening to We Are Nowhere And It’s Now by Bright Eyes from I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

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December 9, 2005

Well, that wasn’t the BIGGEST nothing I’ve ever seen, but it came close. We did at least get some snow, but it certainly wasn’t the Armageddon that they were expecting. I even went to the grocery last night for some ingredients for dinner. It was fairly quiet. There was a shortage of parking spaces, but the lines weren’t very long. The milk aisle was full though.

But I’m more concerned about how much our Kroger sucks! It’s brand new, and yet, it doesn’t offer many things. Like fresh herbs…I know this is minor, but in the Highlands, you can get pretty much every fresh herb in most recipes. On 3rd Street however, you can get parsley or cilantro (Mexican parsley). So wooo…2 types of parsley. In addition, there’s no option to buy hormone-free chicken. You can buy Tyson’s or Perdue’s ROBO-CHICKENS, but you can’t get a breast or thigh without some mind-altering additive. Oh, the good old days when we didn’t know any better and just ate any old mercury-laden animal because that’s the way it was. Now I’ve got to worry about chemicals in my coq au vin. Plus, what’s with the “freshness seal” on some of these packages. I needed a blowtorch and pliers to get into the ricotta cheese last night.

Yes, I cook. I cook good too. Those of you who’ve not had a dinner made by me are seriously missing out. Wanna schedule one? Email me. Last night we had Ricotta Pasta with Peas and Grape Tomatoes. I’m sure Carrie wouldn’t mind sharing my cooking skills for a night or two occasionally.

Okay, so on with the Friday Five

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Well, I think my parents were afraid that I would be a garbage man. I used to stand at the window on Saturdays and watch them empty the trash. (Give me a break, there were commercials during cartoons!) It was fun to watch the masher “eat” the trash. I never really had a long range goal…a shortcoming of mine I suppose.
  2. Did you follow through? If not, what happened? Well, I’m not a garbage man. I think I realized early on that I wasn’t the sanitation engineering type. There’s all sorts of weather to deal with…then there’s the actual smell of garbage. I don’t even like taking out my own garbage, much less the city’s.
  3. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse? I think it’s slowly coming around to that. I really figured that I would be married sooner. Which means, I thought I’d probably have kids sooner. Except for those years when I didn’t really want to have kids and didn’t want to get married, or didn’t think I’d find anyone to marry. Et Cetera! My life is turning out better than I had hoped. Most definitely better.
  4. Paradoxes aside, if you could time-travel back to when you were 10 years old, what would you tell your 10-year-old self? Listen to your parents. Work hard in school. Finish college. Don’t waste your money on baseball cards…buy the Star Wars “Power of the Force” figures and leave them in the package. And about a thousand other things.
  5. Do you think the child you were, would like the adult you’ve become?Oh, I hope so. I hope I’m still interesting to 10-year-olds. I hope that I haven’t become a fuddy-duddy. I hope I can still be the child I once was even as I approach 31 years. Aside: My birthday is the 16th. Hope you got me something good. I hope I’ll always be able to be the child-like adult who is wise and understanding.

In other news…watch this space for alarming developments. You heard it here first!

Currently listening to Dirty Water by Dropkick Murphys from Live on St. Patrick’s Day.

See you in the funny papers!

December 19, 2005

Another year older…eh, no big deal. Thirty one is so not a thing.

However, I did have a wonderful birthday. On Friday evening, we and the neighbors went out to Maido Essential Japanese for dinner. Mmmm, delicious! It’s a Japanese restaurant on Frankfort and I can highly recommend the Osaka Blue for dinner. It is slowly cooked tuna that was divine. Plus, you can’t have better neighbors than we do. I’ve decided that they’re worthy of a capital N. Henceforth in this journal to be known as the Neighbors. Afterwards, we went to see King Kong. You have to see this movie…see Movies page for more on why.

Saturday, I got new glasses. I look dashing. Seriously, I’m gorgeous in these new frames. I’m still getting used to them though as the lenses are much smaller and there’s a lot of space outside the vision field that is blurry. Later, John brought my goddaughter AND White Castles over with him to watch the game. Sadly, our team lost, but it wasn’t like we didn’t see it coming. My favorite though is when the crowd chants “overrated”, because that just means that the team you’re playing isn’t as good as advertised, which also means your win is not as valuable as an upset. Still, it stings a little to lose the in-state rivalry. But, all was not lost, as we headed to Palermo Viejo for dinner with the two families. I cannot recommend Palermo enough. Everything is perfect…the food, the ambience…it’s all amazing. I also received just about everything on my Christmas/Birthday Wish List and I was able to share my birthday with my family.

Sunday was a little less exciting. I decided to not deal with kids other than the 3 year olds who are cute. I hate 2nd graders. But, to make up for it, Carrie and I went to Fazoli’s for lunch and then helped sort toys at the Salvation Army for the Angel Tree. It was non-stop walking, piling, picking up and sorting for two and a half hours. The Angel Tree serves 17,001 children in this area. We moved a half of a fraction of that in 2.5 hours. It felt good. We spent the rest of the evening at the in-laws discussing holiday plans.

Holidays are stressful for many people. After you get married and move out, you find that old traditions are hard to maintain and you spend the little free time you do have trying to make sure that everyone has a special place in your heart. Mostly you just become exhausted from the travel and overload of food. Still, it’s important to have traditions, even if they’re not the same as the old ones. And, you should definitely be thankful for the time that you do spend with the people you love because not everyone has that option at the holidays. Many wise people have said, you can’t please all the people all of the time. I’d settle for being able to be happy and enjoying the moments that I’m blessed with during this season, which, for lack of a calendar, could be celebrated at any time of the year.

Currently listening to I Met A Girl by Wheat from Per Second, Per Second, Per Second…Every Second.

See you in the funny papers!

December 16, 2005

Yep, it’s my birthday. One of many it seems, not only for me, but for this month. 3 birthdays listed on the updates calendar.So far it’s been pretty good. My wife got up early to wish me happy birthday, the cat ignored me like he usually does and I got the garbage out before it was supposed to be picked up. Aside: Hmm, maybe there’s something to that garbage man thing I’m pretty much in complete control of the office/clinic today. I’m hoping that this evening will present an opportunity to go see King Kong and the plans for the weekend include a dinner at Palermo to celebrate mine and my dad’s birthday. Also, looking forward to the UofL/UK game on Saturday and J comes in this weekend as well.

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Lest I forget, the Friday Five…something to take your mind off the cold weather.

  1. Have any exciting summer plans? Not yet, but we usually go to the beach for our anniversary. Mmm…the beach.
  2. What’s the best summer vacation you’ve ever taken? Well, it depends. I went to Pine Mountain with my folks when I was little, and aside from the snake incident, that was a great trip. I think I would enjoy it even more now though. I’ve always enjoyed summer vacations with C and I remember a sort of road trip I took one summer to see my friend Melisa get married and then I sort of toured the midwest. But, I guess the summer I went to Boston to see the Red Sox play at Fenway was a really good one, even though I was away from C.
  3. Would we be more likely to see you lounging by a pool or out water skiing? Definitely lounging. I’m not really all that active. I prefer floating in the water with a cold beer, but I’m not above a trip around the lake on a SeaDoo or a tube.
  4. Will you be putting on a swimsuit this season? Most assuredly. I think I’m pretty much part fish when it comes to the water. I can stay in the water for hours. This usually requires a swimsuit. Aside: pictures of you in a swimsuit can be posted in the forum.
  5. If you could take a summer vacation anywhere, for 3 weeks, where would you go, and why? Oh, I’d definitely go to Tanzania. 3 weeks would be about the perfect time to spend there. I could climb Kilimanjaro for a week and then spend the rest of the time visiting the Gombe preserve the Jane Goodall set up. I think that would definitely be worth it. If I had to have an alternate destination, I think I would choose New Zealand. That would be nice.

So there you have it. My birthday post with all the trimmings. Feel free to post your answers in the forum. First person to do so, wins 2 packets of lemon juice and a 1952 penny.

Currently listening to C.O.N.S. by The Loft from Soulful Southeast Exhibit. A gift for my birthday last year.

See you in the funny papers!

December 15, 2005

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! His birthday was yesterday, but you know how it is. I did at least phone him and sing to the answering machine.

Secondly, today is the no man’s land between my father’s birthday and my own. It’s like a void in the calendar. Une fleur entré deux abîmes. Which is not really true. It’s more like an abyss between two flowers, but I knew the other phrase in French from playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and that’s how some of the editorial notes described the second movement. Weird how I remember crap like that.

I ripped the following directly from my friend MsHellion’s blog, and I’m not ashamed because I needed something to write about today.

-3 names I go by:
Aaron
Dude
Aaron

-3 screen names I have (or had):
Guinness74
TlnKrrd
Slakker

-3 physical things I like about myself:
I have great leg muscles.
My hair looks nice.
I have great eyes and long eyelashes to go with them.

-3 physical things I dislike about myself:
I think my nose is too big.
I cannot run a 6-minute mile.
I cannot burp.

-3 parts of my heritage:
Kentucky (can’t deny it)
English

That’s probably about it…I’m pretty much Mayflower material.

-3 of my everyday essentials:
Google News
Decent music
A kiss from my wife

-3 of my favorite musicians:
Harry Connick, Jr.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Chris Thile

-3 of my favorite songs:
Laudate Dominum – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dirty Water – The Standells (also the version by Dropkick Murphys)
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

-3 things that scare me:
Spiders
Snakes
Fundamentalist religions

-3 things I want in a relationship:
Humor
Compassion
Cuddling

-3 lies I tell:
“I’m fine.”
“Oh, he/she is adorable.”
“I’ll be right there.”

-3 physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to me:
Great smile.
Curvy ass.
Intelligent wit.

-3 of my hobbies:
Collecting Star Wars toys. (although, I’m woefully behind on this.)
Collecting coins (not nearly as far behind as I used to be.)
Poetry (yes, Mom, I’m still working on your poems.)

-3 things I really want to do right now with a special someone:
Travel to France.
Spend the day in bed watching our favorite movies.
Sleep.

-3 careers I’ve considered:
Garbage man. (see 12/9/05 entry)
Engineering. (yeah, that didn’t go so well)
Geographer. (we’ll see how this one pans out)

-3 places I’d like to go on vacation:
France.
Scotland.
New Zealand.

-3 kids names I like:
Luke Edward
Jacob Lawrence
Elizabeth Gail

-3 things I’d like to do before I die:
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Run the Boston Marathon.
Have my poetry published in a book.

-3 ways I’m a stereotypical guy:
I must watch a TV if it’s on.
I fart.
I tell dumb jokes and laugh at the same.

-3 ways I’m a stereotypical girl:
I probably spend too much time on my hair.
That’s about it really. I don’t follow any of the other stereotypes.

The rain continues. I may not be moving to the music school until January 6 due to some weird resource reasons, but TOMORROW is my birthday and I’m looking forward to it. Also, after talking to my buddy J. the other day, I realized that I’ve seen Batman Begins twice and it appears nowhere on my movie reviews. That has been rectified. And one more thing, please visit the forums. A. feels extremely lonely being the only one to answer anything in there. Give her someone to talk to so she’ll quit calling me.

Currently listening to For What It’s Worth by The Cardigans from Long Gone Before Daylight.

See you in the funny papers!

December 13, 2005

You might as well know since everybody else does. Well, maybe not everybody, but several people.I’ve accepted a job at the School of Music. I start on January 3. I have the utmost confidence that it will be a positive change, as the Dean of the School called me this morning to notify me that the gold fixtures for my personal lavatory were nearly in place and that they hoped to have the concierge services available by the the start of the year. I inquired about my valet services…but you know how parking is at UofL.

I’m quite certain that there will be an adjustment period, but I’m looking forward to a good new year. They seem to be anticipating my arrival and I’m definitely looking forward to being closer to home. And, it will be easier for me to attend classes. I’m gonna finish that degree…you just watch.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

  • We need about 3 feet of snow. Today!
  • My birthday is in 3 days! What did you get me?
  • My friend James has a new website…check it out on the links page.
  • I watch a lot of movies. Check out the latest on the movies page.
  • You should be watching “The Boondocks” on the Cartoon Network.

Currently listening to It’s A Hit by Rilo Kiley from More Adventurous.

See you in the funny papers!

December 8, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen…the French Toast Brigade will be arriving shortly.

You know who I mean. The crazies at the supermarket, stocking up on bread and milk for the impending 100-year blizzard, that will probably amount to not much more than a handful of snow across the Ohio Valley. You think I’m kidding. There will be at least one news crew, probably poor Chuck Olmsted, at some grocery store interviewing someone who has 3 loaves of bread and 2 gallons of milk in their car. And she will be 87 years old and live alone and have a son who lives in West Palm Beach.

Tomorrow, after the so-called snow, there will be an interview in the morning of a guy walking home from his third-shift job, that wasn’t cancelled because Corporate America needs it’s V-12 SUVs, with a case of beer “to stay warm” and then the health reporter will come on to tell you that alcohol only makes you colder, not warmer…and there will also be numerous reports about the dangers of shoveling snow. Which you wouldn’t do, if only the city knew how to keep the streets clear. Does this scenario happen in other cities…the ones that get lots of snow?

Anyway, this is really the first post I’ve been proud of since I re-started the website. I think it captures some of the vigor and vitality of my earlier youthful cynicism. Let me know what you think, but I think I’m back.

Christmas is barrelling toward us at an incredible rate…it should be here by the 21st. Naturally, we’re in full panic mode at the church, which is understandable considering how some of the music sounds. This, of course, leads us to yet another, “SATURDAY REHEARSAL”, which I loathe, but am pretty much required to attend.

Looking forward to some nice relaxing time during the holidays. I’m hoping to get even more books read than usual. I’m going to try and get some stuff downloaded to take home so that I can update over the break. It shouldn’t be too difficult, it’s just a matter of doing it.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

  • It’s pretty damn cold outside.
  • “Chronicles of Narnia” may be the best movie you see this holiday season.
  • Thank God for the Internet because I don’t remember what we did without it.
  • I miss bikini weather, but it’s nice not having to shave there. *laughing*

Anyway…I hope you don’t get snowed in. And if you do, I hope you have plenty of milk and bread. Me? I’ll be eating steak and potatoes.

See you in the funny papers.

December 2, 2005

HAPPY BIRTHDAY C! Actually, it’s not until tomorrow, but I will not be writing tomorrow…so it’s early. Now you have a last-minute chance to get on the forum and wish her a happy birthday.

We’re going to cut down a Christmas tree tomorrow. It’s one of C’s favorite events of the year, so it’s cool that it’s on her birthday. It’s an annual thing where we trek out into the freezing cold, stare at thousands of conifers in various shades of painted green, pick the perfect one, cut it down, drag it through the mud to the car and drive miles and miles home to adorn it with plastic and metal baubles and electric lights. I make it sound awful, but in truth Aside: verily, even it’s a fabulous trip. I’ve enjoyed it every year. Even the year that the tire blew out in the below wind chill Indiana countryside…and the year that the Jeep overheated.

One paper finished and ready to go. One final left next Friday. And the door is slammed shut on this semester. I’m pretty happy about that really. I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it doesn’t seem to be a large train at any rate. I’m figuring about 4 more semesters and I’ll have a degree. Just a shade under a decade and a half.

Christmas is coming. You have exactly 22 shopping days left to find the perfect gift for me. I’m really not picky. I’m happy with just about everything…except for that “vegetable-of-the-month” club.

And now…on to the Friday Five

  1. When is the last time you rode the bus? I believe that would be my senior year of high school. I didn’t have my own car and nobody with a car lived near me, so I rode the bus. I’d like to blame all of this on my parents, but it isn’t their fault. When you get older, you realize these things.
  2. Describe the last time you stood up for a cause: Hmm, that’s a good question. I guess the last time would have to be when I was a counselor at camp. I overheard some of the guys in the cabin making plans to “haze” Aside: for lack of a better term a fellow camper. What made it worse, was one of the guys was a counselor-in-training. So, I decided that rather than lay there on my bunk and let it happen, I got up and interrupted the plans. I explained that these guys were old enough to know better and that they younger kids looked up to them. I also told the counselor-in-training that he was at camp to provide a good influence. It wasn’t necessarily a “cause” per se, but if you were the target of this hazing, then I guess you could say it was your cause.
  3. Have you visited Alabama? Yes. I have an aunt who lives in Birmingham. Home of the Barons, famous for being Michael Jordan’s minor-league team. They also hosted some of the opening-round soccer matches when the Olympics were in Atlanta. I would like to visit more of the historical places though. Maybe visit Selma and Montgomery.
  4. Have you ever attended a rally? No…actually, up until about the time I met C, I was pretty ignorant of most things political. I voted, but I didn’t pay that much attention. Now I get regular emails from the Democratic party and I follow the news from a variety of sources so as to get a less-biased opinion.
  5. Have you ever been arrested? No. My mother would’ve killed me. Truth is, I’ve always been a rule-follower. Now, J and I were threatened with arrest one time in New Orleans when we stepped in front of the barricade during a parade to grab some beads or medallions or something. It’s weird what you’ll do to get useless plastic.

So there it is…feel free to answer in the forum. Make sure to wish my wife a happy birthday…and we’ll see you guys on Monday, if not sooner!

Currently listening to Hickory Jack by Luther Strong from The Music of Kentucky, Volume 2

See you in the funny papers!