Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Art (not the codger I work with) and Gina

Gina and I were talking art today. I got some ad from a printer mailed to me, with a cool picture of a 20s style, Gatsby-esque woman reclining on a couch. I saved it just because it was so cool. Actually, I got two. Knowing that Gina likes fine art, I offered her the other one. She got one in the mail too, and hung on to it to try and repaint it. It seems Gina does some painting! She mentioned she once did a version of Van Gogh's Skull with Cigarette. Cool! I tried to convince her to sell it to me. I'd really like to own one of her paintings. Anyway, I mentioned I also thought Escher did a skull with a cigarette painting too. But it wasn't the one I was thinking of. So then I did a search for Dali's works, to see it there was a skull in his stuff I recognized. There wasn't one I was familiar with, but I did find this. (Note: link is PG-13--don't open with real little ones around.) Cool huh? And that led of course to Lincoln in Dalivision. That's Dali's wife in the picture. Now squint. See Abe? Neat-o!

Sarah Shannon

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004


Eminent Domain has reared its head at the Batty household. The state and the town have decided rename some streets. As such, the 1A bypass that is south of my home will now be to the north. That means all the signs that are currently on the opposite side of the street are now moving to my side. A state employee came to the door yesterday at lunchtime. He showed me where, according to Federal guidelines, the sign should be: right smack dab in the middle of my front lawn. He came to the door to deal with me. He understood that homeowners don't want a sign on their front lawn, and asked me where it could be acceptable to both of us. We reached a compromise. Not that I'm going to like it there, but hey, things change, and that's the way it is. I must as well accept it. I suppose I could fight it, but hey, it's a sign. And like I have time to try and rid myself of it. So instead, by the end of next week, up it goes.

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Props to friends

Quick shouts out to two nice people. First, thanks to Paddy. He's got a bunch of us on a yo-yo trip at the office. Mom found my old Duncan Imperial, and Paddy tried to clean it up a little for me. Too bad the axle has some pitting on it. It doesn't spin real well. But, it is my old yo.

And, thanks to Gina. Susan wasn't home for lunch, so I did some web page work from the office. She picked me up some Wendy's so I could eat lunch out back. That's nice of her, huh? She a nice person.

Off to teach my 5:30 drum lesson!

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Saturday, March 27, 2004

The results are in!

Ah, Alison. You wanna know what the results are, huh? Your husband knows. Didn't he tell you? No, of course not! Well, for Alison and the rest of you who don't know, we're having twins! Oh, you knew that. Right. Well, we had the 20 week sonogram on Thursday. It's kind of the half way point thing. Everything looked fine. And, we're having boys. Both of them. Are we sure? Click here for the proof! (The sonographer even circled the naughty bits for easy web identification!)

Good parts? Well, now we've got someone to carry on the Batty name. I've got heirs for Fathers rifle and clock. Julia, as the only girl, will be still be my little Punkin.

Bad parts? Names. We had some good girls names all picked out. We had a single boys name (Nathaniel Lewis) all picked. But two boys? We thought we'd go with William III (after Dad and me--mostly Dad), and Thornton III (after my grandfather and uncle). When it comes right down to it though, Susan's not big on Thornton Eugene. And, without that part of the equation, I have no desire for another William. So it's a bit up in the air still.

Brian Setzer DVD (Thanks Dave and Ron)

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Friday, March 26, 2004

Friday 5

No Friday 5 again this week. Grrr. What's up? Of the last six weeks or so, there either haven't been any, or they've been lame. Then last week was a really good one. Now none this week. Man. So I've pulled one from the archive. It was from my birthday, so that's why I picked it. Not terribly thought provoking, though.

1. If you were to go to a movie this weekend, which one would you pick?
The Passion of the Christ. Still have to make time to see it.

2. What movie would you like to rent this weekend?
Pirates of the Caribbean. Or the second Lord of the RIngs movie. I know, the third one's out, and I haven't seen the second one yet!

3. What one TV show do you always try to watch?
Good Eats on the Food Network.

4. If you (and your S.O.) were cool with it, what five celebrities (at the most) would it be 'ok' for you to have a fling with?
Elizabeth Shue, Laura Hanning, Daphne from Scooby Doo, and maybe Lara Flynn Boyle. (She is usually way too skinny though. Sometimes she looks downright sickly.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend?
Sleep late Saturday. Make a big breakfast. Go to the dump. Meet my cousin Jennifer's boyfriend. Take a nap. Play gig in Waterville. On Sunday, church in the morning, then dinner with the folks. Afternoon is up for grabs, but maybe another nap. Church in the evening, then band rehearsal.

About the same
100% Fun, Matthew Sweet

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Thursday, March 25, 2004

A quick post spanning many days

In my book, if you're going to steal a vehicle, and you don't want to be found, then stealing a couple of Federal Government Humvees is probably not the right way to go.

Tama Mastercraft snare in Cordia. This one is on the Tama rosewood that came up a while back... I didn't even bid. It's probably the best example I've ever seen, and I'd of paid the winning bid for it. But nope. A mini-van is in my future, and at this point, that's more important than snare drums. (Did I just say that!)

I also must apologize to my beloved wife. This makes two weeks in a row I've missed the Reasons for Love. I still love you honey, I just forgot to post. I'll try harder for next week! :-)

Captain Quack Rubber Duck Quiz

happy and hungry

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A quick update

Lot going on this week... Which leaves me not much time to post. Drum lessons last night. And tonight. And moved a washer/dryer. (Thanks Dave, Michael, Cam, and Dwane.) Then set up for the trade show tomorrow. Trade show will last all day. Then Thursday night I have a gig. And the 20 week sonogram is Thursady. And Saturday another gig. Looks like Friday night and Saturday day will be my next free time, so don't worry if the posts are light!

Mac Economy and the Exchange

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Friday, March 19, 2004

Crazy wild Props

Here's some crazy wild props bein' shot out to Flipped Cracker over at the Greymatter Forums. Thanks to his help, you folks will be able to leave emoticons in your comments. big grin How cool is that. (Pesonally, I'm not much of a smilie kinda guy, so they won't show up here much, but you guys use 'em to your hearts content.)

Sorry Dad--no emailing of new posts yet, but I'll keep watching.


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The Winter Burn It

So over at the Neurotic Fishbowl, they're sponsoring a Winter Burn It. The gist is that you make a CD on a certain theme, then mail coppies of the disc to three other participants. The theme this time was "winter time melancholy music." I of course tried this kind of thing a while ago with the Meet Billy Rhythm Through His Music Choices. (That was a complete flop. Only The Wop asked for a CD, and I asked Maria if she'd like one. Those were the only two that went out.)

Anyway, here's the track listing for "A Winter of Tuesdays," Billy Rhythm's depressing/melancholy music. (The title is from a poem I wrote in college. It's copywritten--please don't steal it.)

1. "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers," Jeff Beck
2. "Ghost Train," Counting Crows
3. "I Just Shot John Lennon," The Cranberries
4. "Wichita Skyline," Shawn Colvin
5. "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," The Allman Brothers
6. "It's Too Late," Carol King
7. "Love Boat," Blind Albert
8. "Plenty," Sarah McLachlan
9. "Polaroids," Shawn Colvin (In retrospect, I could have ditched this one, and used another. No need for two of Shawn's tunes, though it is a good one.
10. "Resons Why," Nickle Creek
11. "Six Blade Knife," Dire Straits
12. "Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday
13. "The Last Payday," Harry Connick
14. "The Thrill is Gone," Chet Baker

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The Friday Five

The Friday Five

A good one for finally.

If you...

1. ...owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?
Yikes! I love food, of course, and like so many different styles. If I had to pick just one, though, it would have to be Italian.

2. ...owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?
I like Paddy's idea for my life. I would own a drum store that specialized in vintage instruments. It would be located in downtown Rockland, and would be known throughout the drum world as being a cool place with good service and knowledgeable staff.

3. ...wrote a book, what genre would it be?
It would either be a cookbook full of humor (ala Alton Brown) or a book of depressing poetry.

4. ...ran a school, what would you teach?
The Billy Rhythm School of Drum Restoration and Theology.

5. ...recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?
Adult contemporary with a poetic bent, in the vein of Counting Crows of Sarah McLachlan. Either that, or big band like Harry Connick's.

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More Crazy Quizes

Bob Marley

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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Evening free

My class canceled for tonight. So I planned on moving the washer and dryer. But the guy who is taking my old washer couldn't make it, so we didn't have enough people. So I ended up with a night off. So Frank Zappa is on the turntable, and I had a glass of red wine from the stash Chas. bought me for helping with his wedding two years ago. Relax. That's what I'm gonna do tonight.

Music: "Stinkfoot," Frank Zappa

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Yo! Dig on the yo!

You have seen the page I wrote on my snare drum collection, right? Well, check this totally rad page on yo-yos. I'd say something about imitation and flattery and all that, but in reality, Paddy could out-web-design me any day of the week. He did just to give me a laugh. And that he did. But it's also a cool yo-yo primer. Check the Duncan Imperial section, and compare that to my Supraphonic section. I laughed out loud. Incidentally, I own only one yo: a purple Duncan Imperial that's somewhere at my folks house. I've got to get it, and have Paddy learn me some yo-stuff.

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Props to my peeps!

Props need to be doled out here, one of them way overdue.

First, to Harv at Northern Kingdom Music, the greatest music store in the world. Here we go, yo, with the scenario. Chick, my good drum buddy, bought a Tama drum set in white marine pearl. It had a 14" "floor" tom that mounted on a stand instead of legs. After playing the set that way for a little bit, he decided he'd rather have a traditional floor tom on legs. So he called NKM. The set he bought had a full contingency of hardware, and since Chick's ben playing for 60 years or so, he didn't really need hardware. So NKM agreed to trade the hardware suite from his new kit on a 14" floor in matching WMP. The drum comes in, Chick brings in the hardware, and it's a done deal. Until... Chick brings in the 14" rack tom he's replacing. The guys at NKM explain to him that he didn't need to trade the drum in too, the deal was for the hardware. Chick said something to the effect of "I'll never use it, so you might as well keep it." When I heard the story, I offered to help NKM sell the drum on ebay. (It was a limited edition color, and they'd be sitting on that drum in their store trying to sell it as a single for a while. I thought ebay would be a way to get rid of it quick.) Instead, they just gave me the drum outright. How cool is that! Rock on, Harv. You da' man!

Second, today I was "put in jail" for MDA. Thanks for all of you who pledged. I was there almost 2 hours. My bail was set at $1,600. I raised $300. (Only one person I know of raised the $1600, and he was there all day. And, he's a big-wig at the place where the event was held, so I wasn't upset he could come up with more scratch than little ol' me.)

Mood: silly and thirsty

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Sick Fish

Yesterday morning, Julia woke up and said she didn't feel well. "I feel like I'm pregnant," she told me. Really? It wasn't 5 minutes later that she was retching into the porcelain shool bus. So I had two sick girls at home yesterday. This morning we woke up to Julia using the bedside bowl, so she's home sick again today.

I'm really starting to wonder if I should just give up the DJ business. Yes, the money's good. Yes, the equipment is paid for. But, oh, I don't know. It can be so dry. Then again, I have a DJ gig this weekend, and I always dread DJ gigs before hand. Then, once I get there, I have tons of fun and it's all ok. Just a strange DJ funk, maybe.

Thanks and props to Chas. Jones for lunch. When Susan and I found out we were pregnant, he said he'd buy me a congratulatory lunch. We went to lunch today at the Brass Compass. Chas. has opined before on the quality of their fish and chips.So, that's what we had today. He said it was the 5th time in a row he'd had it. And with good reason. It was well worth the $6 or so they were asking. High quality, very fresh. Try it!

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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Trade Show Over

It's about five minutes of five. I've finished moving the stuff in from the trade show. We went through 36 mugs, five bags of candy, a thermos of coffee, and a gallon of water. (The water was mostly Paddy.) It was a decent show, as it is every year (this was our fourth year). It's not really about picking up new business--it's a home and garden show, after all. But a lot of our customers attend the show. It's good to be there as a public relations move--to let them know we're human, and they'll ask questions that they wouldn't bother to call about. We had quite a few questions about spam and viruses, and maybe a lead or two on wireless Internet and DSL. Plus, we got a weekend of annoyingly bad DVD processed fusion from the 3-Dimensions booth. :-) (I know the guys read here occasionaly.) What'd Padddy call it? "Manny and the Steamrollers" I think.

Mood: tired feet!
Music: "Jump, Jive, and Wail"

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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Trade Show

I'll be at a trade show all day today (9-5) and tomorrow (10-4). Expect no posts, and a tired guy in the evenings.

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Friday, March 12, 2004

Friday 5

1. What was the last song you heard?
I think it was "Choo Choo Boogie" as performed by The Manhattan Transfer.

2. What were the last two movies you saw?
I'm right in the middle of Wuthering Heights. Before that it was Lawrence of Arabia.

3. What were the last three things you purchased?
Candy for the MIS tradeshow, Armor All Whipes for the MIS vehicles, and a 3 CD visors, also for the MIS cars.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
Go to the trade show, get some sleep, move a washer and dryer, and clean the basement.

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
Daughter Julia, wife Susan, brother Mike, father-in-law Jon, and the cashier at Wal-Mart, Sherri.

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Thursday, March 11, 2004

Crazy Dreams Part ???

Last night's dream was in two parts, interrupted by a trip to the bathroom at 5:30am. The first part was like this. It started in the Orient St. parking lot, outside MIS Corporate World headquarters in Rockland ME. There was snow on the ground. The city had the lot plowed in such a way that the Orient side of the lot was clear, but the Oak St. side was full of snow--thus you could only park in half the lot. I had just gotten out of my truck, and was walking towards the office. Just then, I turned and looked over my shoulder, and there was JP pulling in with another new MIS vehicle. This was a huge white van with red trim. I could tell by the sound it was a diesel. It was so high, you couldn't actually reach the ladder racks on the roof. Instead, a lift system lowered the ladders to the ground.

"What's that for?" I asked.
"It's the new wireless Internet installation vehicle!" he shouted excitedly.

I was incensed. We already had one vehicle too many; one MIS van was for sale, an extra vehicle without a driver. Now JP had bought another one.

I went inside the MIS office. Everything had been striped out of the inside. Susan, Alison (JP's wife) and Suzie Chickering (???) were inside hanging decorations.

"What's this all for?" I asked.
"It's for the MIS 5th anniversary party. And, we're going to have a sale!"

(Unusual, as MIS almost nine years old, and we never have sales.)

I woke up.


Crazy dream, part the second

I was downstairs in my basement. I took the lid off my hermit crab crabrarium, and saw that my crab had given birth, and there were some nice, soft, baby hermit crabs running around in there. Unfortunately, there weren't enough shells for everyone, and one little guy was running around naked, e.g. sans shell. So, I thought I'd go to Ben's crabrarium and pull the shells out of it. I pulled the lid off, and there was Ben! He was still alive. I was in shock. Then all of a sudden, from under the sand, something started moving. There was another thing in there with him. I've never seen anything like it. Envision a crab with no legs and no claws, with tail stuck out. But imagine the tail is as wide as the body. That's what it looked like. I snatched it quick, threw it on the floor, and put a razor blade through it with my Safety Cutter. It was flopping all around. I stood on it, blade still stuck it, and yelled to Susan for help.

Then I woke up.

Mood: About the same as usual
Music: Saturday Night Fish Fry

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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Reasons 4 Love #44

Reasons 4 Love #44

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. I love Susan because:

She does cute things. Like when we went to a nice restaurant, and I ordered Veal Ragu with Parmesan Rissosto and a Samuel Smiths Pale Ale. She ordered pot roast and a grape soda!
While I went out to pick up supper tonight, she poured me a glass of milk so it was ready when I got home.
She did an awesome job getting rooms ready for the twins.

Music: Sarah Shannon

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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Pictures of 3 Button Deluxe

Good news: The Three Button Deluxe photo shoot this weekend went well. I'd really like to show you the results, but we've decided to wait. I will give you one teaser though. A couple of more of me only came out better, but I'll save 'em. The ones of the band? Awesome.

Bad news: Dad's in the hospital. Looks like he may have pneumonia. Please keep him in your prayers.

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Monday, March 8, 2004

A Gift Sticker from Paddy

booty (7k image)

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Saturday, March 6, 2004

Teaching English

Here's something revealed that I've not even mentioned to Susan yet. (I keep forgetting to tell her.) For years now, I've been teaching adult ed. I've taught classes in buying and selling on ebay, digital cameras and scanning, Internet for beginners, Internet for seniors, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to the adult ed director (and my former biology teacher in high school) that I at one time thought I'd like to teach high school English.

Before my class on Thursday, he asked how I felt about teaching the GED English class. It would be three hours a week for 15 weeks. And you know what? I'm a little hesitant. It's not the teaching. I love doing that, and I've been doing in a while. (I was teaching drum students well before adult ed.) But in classes I've taught previously, I've developed my own curriculum. What was important was up to me, and determining what was going to be covered was my call. With GED English, though, there are years and years of developed standards of what needs to be covered. And, with this "new style" education (for lack of a better term on my part), what's considered "acceptable" is really quite loose. Now, you're (the teacher) supposed to determine "proficiency." Is the student proficient at such and such. I took a brief look at their outline, and it was really loose. "Is the student proficient at developing characters and building acceptable plot lines in fiction stories?" For me, having never taught English before, I would prefer something a little more concrete. But I'm not ruling anything out. Certainly, it's a good way to get my feet wet, and get a foot in the door, so to speak.

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The Holy Grail of my Snare Drum Quest

The mid-80s Tama Rosewood, 6 1/2" deep, with roller action strainer and die cast hoops. This is the one. Lord, take me away from all this lust! :-)

Mood: Poor and Lusty

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Friday, March 5, 2004

By the way...

...that K-Tel album from a few posts ago was called Radio Active.

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Friday 5

What was...

1. ...your first grade teacher's name? Mrs. Slader at the time. She's now Mrs. Bailey. As in Mrs Chick Bailey. That's right, my first grade teacher is now married to my drum buddy Chick.

2. ...your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? Proably Johnny Quest.

3. ...the name of your very first best friend? Assuming the 1st grade time frame, then Denny Davis.

4. ...your favorite breakfast cereal? Count Chocula.

5. ...your favorite thing to do after school? Go over to Ma's house with Denny, and eat rat cheese and ginger ale. Playing guns was a favorite, too. As I got older, plinking with a BB gun took up some time, as did hunting frogs, and catching green crabs with Jason Butman.

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Emailing of Posts

I used to send emails to a few people (Mom, Dad, Lisa, and Susan) to let them know I had a new post. It was an automatic hack I installed. This new version of Greymatter doesn't support it. I'll see what I can do, but the notification is on hold for awhile.

Mood: Friday Crazy!
Music: Average White Band

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Thursday, March 4, 2004

Music Quiz

I stole this from Citizen Keith, who stole it from someone in Europe, I guess. (Note the reference to disco.)

First record I ever bought: It was a K-Tel 8-track, and contained tunes by The Police, Blondie, Moody Blues, Rick James, and so on. It was really quite good. It had some robot on the cover with lightning bolts, and called High Energy, or something like that. Couldn't find it on the web.

First gig: I think they mean first concert, as the majority of people don't have their own "gigs." (Although my first gig was at the Chuck Wagon restaurant here in Rockland, downstairs in the event room, with The Family Tradition country band.) My first concert was David Lee Roth wih Tesla as the opening act. I would have been a freshman in high school. The concert was at the Augusta Civic Center.

Best gig: I'd have to say Dave Brubeck at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Gig I wish Id been at: I'd like to have seen The Beatles play a show of their later music, but they didn't tour with their late stuff. I think seeing Abbey Road recorded would have been cool.

CD in my player at the moment: I can't recall. I listened to classical music on the radio on the way to work this morning.

A record that makes me laugh: Almost anything where Louis Armstrong sings.

A record that makes me cry: None. But "August and Everything After" really makes me somber, as does "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy."

A record that reminds me of school discos: Eric Clapton's live version of "Cocaine," Skynyrd's live version of "Free Bird," and the "Time Warp" from Rocky Horror. Oh, and "Blister in the Sun" by The Violent Femmes. (Lotsa wiggle room in there, huh?)

A record that sounds better in the dark: Almost all of them. Especially the albums in the "Cry" section above. And of course, Maxwell and Sade sound better in the dark. ;-)

A song I wish I had written: Sappy as it may seem, "Julia" is a great poem set to music. I'd like to write some of those beautiful images someday.

A record Id like played at my funeral: Only live music please. Here's how I see it working. As they march me into the graveyard, it's the traditional, slow, New Orleans marching band. While they lower me into the ground, and have the service around the hole, I'd like a pipe band playing something very mournful. After they throw the dirt in, then let the New Orleans band play a street beat under "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," and double time outta there with some funky Nawlins stuff.

Soundtrack for a long car journey: I'd have to make my own. In fact, I still have a copy of a cassette my high school buddy Nate Butler and I made. It was a two tape set: "Bill and Nate's Cruising Compendium," and "Music for those Grey Drizzly Days When You Just Can't Hack It."

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Reasons 4 Love #43

Reasons 4 Love #43

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. I love Susan because:

She's stayed with me for 15 years.
She helps me keep my calendar up to date.
She has very soft skin.

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Some Silly Quiz

stone heart
Heart of Stone

What is Your Heart REALLY Made of?
brought to you by Quizilla

Mood: eh

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The woman I love

I forgot to mention it here yesterday--although I didn't forget to mention it to her. 15 years ago yesterday, I wrote a letter to Susan. And, quoting the Blues Brothers, I told her "Everybody needs somebody to love," and I wanted that person to be her. We now consider the date of that letter, March 2, to be the official start of our relationship.

(I had to write a letter, not becuase I couldn't tell her how I felt, but because she lived 32 miles away!)

Mood: Loved :-)
Music: Frank Zappa

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Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Yikes! Missed this!

Booker Noe, maker of my favorite Booker's bourbon, died a week ago. Thankfully, his son will continue to make a bourbon that bears his father's name, and in his father's style--uncut, and unfiltered, straight from the barrel.

Mood: now a little sad

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Bourbon Poetry

I found this over here. I don't even know if the author realizes how poetic it is!

met a friend for drinks last night
ordered bookers bourbon
got bakers instead.
you can only imagine the indignity.

Mood: slight headache

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Monday, March 1, 2004

Bourbon Thanks!

Whoa! Someone I thanked in a recent post has informed me that her gift needs to be off the record. Well, I've changed the post, but she still gets my thanks! ;-)

Also, thanks to my buddy Jim. He bought me a Van Gough calendar for Christmas. Then this morning, we were talking about his trip to see the Mingus Big band. (I was supposed to go with him to see the band, but there was a scheduling/communication snafu.) He says to me "I brought you back a Christmas/birthday present." I said "You already got me that Van Gough calendar." He said "That was nothing." He hands me a brown paper bag, and in it is a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. I had never heard of it until Friday, when Jim mentioned he saw a documentary about the brewery. It's the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. And Kentucians know a thing or two about bourbon. (In fact, federal law says only the state of Kentucky can put their state name on the label. So that's why you never hear of Tennessee bourbon, or anything like that.) I think it's so great that a Christian teetotaler buys his Christian brother a bottle of bourbon! No, really now, there's nothing to worry about. About a a year and a half ago, I stopped into a New Hampshire liquor store, and bought Bombay Gin, a bottle of Bookers, and a sampler bottle of Maker's Mark. Only the Maker's Mark is gone, and that was a small bottle. And I just finished it at Christmastime. I bet a year from now, I'll still be working on Jim's gift, and remember his friendship every time I have a taste.

(Jim also mentioned the store he bought the bourbon at carried this. "Lost sheep to sheppard, Roscoe P. Coltrane is after the still!"

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