Rule #1: Make sure the cat has peed *before* putting him in the cage. So he doesn’t pee *in* the cage. Your backseat will thank you. Dammit.
Build Workbench? Check.
Re-arrange garage? Check.
Run extension cord for the big power strip on the workbench? Check.
run CAT5 for the garage computer? Check.
String up 2nd shop light over workbench? Check.
New power supply, processor (a whopping 1Ghz P3! $10!!), and USB card for the server? Check.
2nd hard drive for server coming back from RMA today? Check.
The current round of projects are almost done.
4 games to go, and the Mets are making everyone sweat. Ya Gotta Believe!
Go Bills! Go Sabres!
The new MySpace Music site isn’t too bad. They have a lot more streaming music now. Still a lot they don’t have though. (How about all the bands putting their b-sides up that you can’t buy/get in North America, or have to buy 5273854 different copies to get? I’m looking at you, every band on the face of the planet.)
“I’M NOT CRAZY, YOU’RE THE ONE WHO’S CRAZY!!”
I just flipped on VH1 Classic in time to catch the video for Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized”, which was awesome. I still remember seeing Beavis and Butthead dissect this video, and them pretty much loving it 🙂
The family party was a [cue Borat] “Great Success!” yesterday, and we had way more food than we needed. Everyone left happy and stuffed, and I didn’t burn the burgers this time! Yay!
Most of Saturday was spent in preparation for the party, cleaning up the outside of the house, and since we pulled the stumps, we threw down some patchmaster and we’re gonna see if we can grow some grass. It came out OK the last time we did this on the side of the house, so it should look pretty decent.
Last night was a damn good night. At Roller Hockey, we finally won a game! We’ve improved our record to 1-6 with a 12-9 win, and I scored my first goal of the season! So we won, one of the guys brought a 12 pack, so we all had a beer in the locker room, and that was cool too. Then I got home and watched the Mets make a Top-of-the-9th four run rally to beat the Reds. Damn cool.
But this Saturday starts silly season. Well, as far as concerts anyway. Through the end of the month, check this schedule out:
Tomorrow, July 19 – KRockathon: 3 Days Grace, Seether, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, among others @ Cayuga County Fairgrounds
Tuesday July 22 – Eric Hutchinson @ The Tralf
Thursday July 24 – Seether @ Town Ballroom (and I’ll probably get down there early to catch More Than Me @ Thursday In The Square)
Friday July 25 – 3 Doors Down, Staind, Hinder @ Darien Lake
Saturday July 26 – Godsmack, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, etc @ Darien Lake
5 shows in 8 days! I can’t wait. I love when they come in bunches, especially 3 shows in 3 days. That’s happened twice before to me: May of 2001 (where all three involved Econoline Crush), and then March of 2001 I had 3 in a row. As far as other clusters, August of 2007 had 4 shows in 9 days, July of 2001 had 4 shows in 5 days (including 2 in one day!). When it rains it pours I guess! Naturally, that doesn’t count what’s going on in August!
Thoughts while wondering what happened to my weekend…
I can’t even remember what the hell I did Friday night. Couldn’t have been that memorable. I don’t think it was much of anything really. Saturday morning, after giving the cat his shot I went garage sale-ing (sailing?) in the morning, came back home, grabbed some pita pit with Tiff for lunch before we went on a shopping expedition. Then we came home, only to go on another shopping expedition. I watched the Penguins lose, again.
Sunday we helped Dave and Michaela move into their new apartment, and we almost had another couch debacle (of the “it doesn’t fit through the doorway” variety). We did eventually get it in! We came home, then I turned right back around to go to roller hockey (I played okay, but we got killed). Not like I’d stop there! After hockey it was straight to Water Street to meet Sara and see Ashes Divide (Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle’s new project). One signed CD and setlist later, Sara and I caught some food at (where else?) Denny’s! We had to. There’s no other choice for our late night food escapades.
So I’m never writing anything again about work being relaxing after the weekend. Nothing super major, but I was fighting fires, so-to-speak, all day. Came home, ate, did some yard work, and then the Pens made me wait till about 12:45am before they sent the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 6. Nice work boys!
Exciting hockey though! I thought all the little side stories made it even better. Malone coming back after getting hit in the face with the shot, Talbot tying the game with 34 seconds left, Gonchar leaving in the mid-2nd after crashing into the boards, but sucking it up and coming out in the 3rd OT to assist on the PP winner (and Malkin showed up too!) by Sykora, who had told Pierre McGuire that he’d be the one to score it. Sure, cuz that was the first shot on goal you had all night, Petr! He’s no stranger to the circumstances though, as he scored a 5OT winner for the Ducks back in 2002. But the biggest story? Marc Andre-Fleury standing on his head. The kid was amazing. Especially the toe-save on the 2-on-1. Good for them. Hopefully they’ll have enough in the tank on Wednesday to force a Game 7.
Catch the pun in there? 🙂 I stayed up way too late last night/this morning, watching all 4 overtimes of the San Jose-Dallas game. It was a very exciting game to watch, quite physical, some good hits, great saves at both ends, and a clean goal to win it. Too bad it was Dallas winning, but exciting nonetheless. Now I’m really torn because I don’t like either of the two West teams, so watching that series is going to be interesting. I hate to admit the fact that I think I’d rather see the Stars win than the Red Wings. The East is an easy pick for me, I’m rooting for the Pens again. The battle of PA is going to be an exciting series though I think.
As alluded to in the previous post, Mr. Reznor is at it *again*. “The Slip” was made available just after midnight at http://theslip.nin.com. A full 10-track album, downloadable completely free in a ton of different formats. Apparently he’ll be selling physical copies in the next month or so, but for now, we have the music, free and clear. And there’s vocals this time! Along with this, the pre-sale for the August 5th Toronto NIN show is tomorrow night at 5pm, so hopefully I’ll score a ticket for that, and I’ll get to hand Trent my wallet once again, while he gives me back what he thinks I should have. 🙂
The weekend was pretty fun, Saturday was shopping and relaxing until Tiff did her thing with work friends and I hung out with Matt and Lisa, who got their Wii on over at our place. Sunday was a family party in Penfield, for my cousin’s 3-year old twins’ birthday. Nice to see that side of the family and hang out with them. Good times.
What the hell am I going to do with no hockey until Thursday? Baseball!!! (Oh, and mow the lawn allegedly.)
We chilled over at Dave and Michaela’s place to watch the two games (well, game and a half) last night, and while I was on the fence between San Jose and Calgary, I’m pretty bummed that Washington lost. Happy for Biron, but could care less about the rest of the team. Now that the re-seeding is done, my horses for this round are probably going to be Montreal (screw Philly), Pittsburgh (can’t root for the Rangers!), Colorado (root for the Dead Things? Nope!), and San Jose (can’t root for Dallas, even though I do like Turco). Something tells me that San Jose isn’t going to beat the Stars though, don’t know why. I think Detroit had it too east against the Preds, so the Avs will make that some semblance of a series.
What the hell am I going to do without a hockey game to watch tonight? I guess I could watch the Mets lose to the Nats.
I love getting behind morons on cell phones on the way to work. Especially when they start drifting into your lane, you honk, and they look at you like you’re in the wrong. HANG UP. Not that she looked like she was capable of driving even without the distractions, but that’s beside the point. And quite judgmental, which we all know I’m nothing of the sort. 🙂
And lest I forget, the new NIN! “Discipline” is the name of the new track, and you can now get it officially from nin.com for FREE dollars. It’s a catchy little tune, reminiscent of With Teeth type stuff. Apparently it was mastered Monday night, and the finished track was emailed to KROQ in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon, at which point began the internet feeding frenzy. And the real official download just went up today, with another “coming soon” announcement supposedly coming on May 5th. Last time they did this, it resulted in Ghosts I-IV, so we’ll see what happens this time around.
Just to follow up on the whole Hot Shots comment… Tiff filled in for some friends on Tuesday night, and then last night played with her regular team. Since I usually don’t have much of anything to do during the week at night (and since Hot Shots at least gets Versus), I can go watch Tiff play volleyball, watch hockey, drink beer, and have a good time. It just so happened that both games were at 8:30, which for us tends to be the sweet spot, as we can get there early, catch a beer with people, they play (I turn into professional spectator at this point), and then we catch more beer and food afterwards. Also, both nights there turned out to be a bunch of people that also wanted to stay late and hang out, which resulted in us not getting home till about 11:30 both nights. Not that this should in any way be construed as a complaint, rather the fact that we can make it past 10pm during the week is pretty impressive.
Besides, there’s other people there that watch hockey, that I can converse with, and not have to talk to myself (or yell at the TV) about it 🙂
And just for fun, music I’ve been spinning this last while: Ashes Divide (Billy from A Perfect Circle’s new band), 36 Crazyfists, Bloodsimple, Five Finger Death Punch (thanks Adam for the recommendation!), NIN, Sevendust, Theory of a Deadman. RAWK!
Well shiver me timbers, I’m writing again…
First, an anecdote from my morning commute. Gotta love getting stuck behind some morbidly obese woman pulling out of Tim Horton’s this morning, who while trying to compact her massive girth into her car (without the the doors popping open) was simultaneously trying to compact her entire donut into her mouth (WITH TWO HANDS!) and drive her car. She was only marginally successful, as both steering and acceleration were foreign concepts to her. If you can’t eat in the car without doing more than 5 mph and weaving all over the place, then please don’t. I realize that not shoving food into your gaping maw for even two seconds means you might lose some weight, may improve your driving skill, and might even increase your social standing, but for the love of Timmy, please try. Your car’s suspension begs you.
Secondly, I was greeted with an email notification this morning of a comment on one of the CD entries. The new Shawn Mullins CD, Honeydew, which is a Tiff CD. I get the following comment:
# Steve Says:
March 27th, 2008 at 4:25 am e
“Since she never does her own reviews, I found Shawn’s own take on the album”
SHE? Shawn’s a HE
Thanks for the tip, dumbass. It usually helps if one reads the *entire* review, which handily started with the line that makes it all make sense, which I gleefully pointed out…
# Woopop Says:
March 27th, 2008 at 9:36 am e
Way to take it out of context, skippy… Back up just one line:
THIS IS CD #1000! Figures, it’d be one of Tiff’s 🙂
“She”, referring to Tiff. My wife. From the line above. Reading Comprehension FTW.
There’s just no accounting for intelligence on the Internet.
So last weekend was a blur, as we went down to Ithaca and Horseheads for a number of reasons. The first one, chronologically, was to see Rebecca perform with her improv comedy troupe. They’re called The Wingspace Theater Co., and we caught their performance at a place on the Commons called The Lost Dog Cafe. I laughed, so it must have been funny (because I’m such a critic, you know!). Saturday brought Joel/Rebecca wedding location hunting, and also a Budget Truck rental, one way from Ithaca to Rochester (via Horseheads). More on that in a sec. Saturday night we met Tiff’s parents, the rest of the dancing couples, and Pat and Jodi in Watkins Glen for dinner and “dancing”, and also to celebrate Aunt Cathy’s birthday. I put dancing in quotes, because as everyone well knows, I don’t (can’t) dance. But we had a great time, and seeing that we practically had the band and bar to ourselves, our great time wasn’t really infringed upon by anyone else! After getting up on Sunday, we trucked on down (literally) to Horseheads, where we picked up the two-section couch from Tiff’s parents, and enjoyed Easter Dinner. We hauled home, returned the truck, and pretty much crashed after that.
Tiff started her new job on Monday, Tuesday saw us prepping the basement for repainting, and last night I chilled at Hot Shots as Tiff played volleyball. If all goes well we’re painting tonight, and then we can put the basement back together the way we want it. Another fun project for me! (No, really, it will be fun!)