Monday, October 30, 2006

Homemade Ravioli

I'll be posting the weekend wrap up a little later. There was a lot going on. But I wanted to take a moment to thank my lovely wife. She made a supper just for me tonight. She made a yummy pork roast and, drum roll please... Home made roasted squash raviolli! They were fantastic! Oh, and to top it off... Sticky gingerbread! Man, do I love this woman!

Which reminds me... I have another post coming up about "belonging." Stay tuned!

Listening to: Blue Light, Red Light, Harry Connick Jr.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Halloween MI-5, Written by Me!

1. What's your favorite spooky movie?
Francis Ford Coppola's version of Dracula. It was pretty close to the book, save the ending. I really like that Coppola used old school production techniques to make it.

2. What are two spooky/scary/creepy songs that you like?
When I was in grade school, Mrs. Chamberlain introduced us to Saint Saens' Danse Macabre. I love the imagery in that piece: the devil's violin, the skeleton's bones dancing with the xylophone, the chicken crowing in the morning. I also really like Screamin' J Hawkins' version of "I Put a Spell On You." In fact, I listen to it all year round.

3. Can you give us three halloween costumes you wore as a kid?
I have been a vampire, a ghost, some CB guy called "Mike" (ha-ha! Well, it was the '70s), and a construction worker.

4. What are the four most interesting treats you got trick-or-treating?
Aunt Lois and Uncle Herbert always gave out money. Aunt Diana always gave out caramel apples. Someone always gave out little boxes of Sunmaid Raisins. Hmm, a fourth one... Who thought up these questions? I guess I'd say the red candy apples that Edwin and Patty Burch gave out.

5. What five items would you most like to find in your goody bag at the end of the night?
One of Aunt Diana's caramel apples! Mallow Cups. Kit Kats are always a hit. Chunky bars. Anything that wasn't in "mini" size.

Feeling: Ok

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Crazy Deams of Potty Trained Bells

I had this dream last night. I dreamt I was purchasing a bell for the church in memory of Dad. I visited the guy who sold used bells. His house was an old gothic place, and the inside looked like an old barn. I was all open, barn boards exposed, and crazy stairs and floors everywhere.

So the guy shows me a bell. "You have $2000 to work with, right?" I said I did. He showed me this little bell, one that I could easily hold in my hands. "I was hoping for something a little bigger" I said. Well, I have an Asian bell that you could have for the same price." The bell was really skinny, and really tall. It also had all the other things dangling off it. It really wasn't what we wanted in a Baptist church.

"No, that's really not what we're looking for," I said. "Something more traditional, but a little bigger."

"Well," he said, "I have this un-restored, really huge bell that I can let you have for $4000." I decided that I would take it.

"Can I hold the smaller bell again?" I asked.

He said "If you take the bigger bell for $4000, I'll sell you this other bell for $60." Then I woke up.
And in other news, both boys had successful first trips to the potty yesterday. Matthew had a few dribbles on the toilet, and Nat dropped a big stinky in the potty chair. I know, strange things to blog about, huh? But we jumped up and down, and hooted and hollered to show how happy we were.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Very Late MI-5

Amy says: "It is slow and I am bored at work today…here is the bored at work mi-5! Enjoy…."

1. You have nothing that NEEDS to be done. No yardwork, no housework, no oil changes on the car…nothing. What do you do with the next four hours?

Wow! I don't think I've been in that predicament for a long while. With that much time, I'd probably head down to the work bench, put on some music, and polish some drums.

2. Do you have a favorite way to pass time while at work when it is slow?

I have my haunts--ebay, a couple of drum forums, and stuff like that. But since my promotion, I've had quite a few days where I don't even get a minute to check my ebay favorites list. Today was one of them.

3. What is your favorite part of work? What is your least favorite part of work? Be as specific or as vague as you need to.

My favorite part is working with the nice customers. I like helping, and I like it when the customer is happy I was able to fix their problem. The thing I like the least? The customers. Especially the ones who lie to me. I had one lie to me to my face today to try and rook me over $25. I didn't give in. Thankfully, guys like him are not the norm.

4. Tell about something you are waiting for.

Godot. A friend. For a bus--all day! For a girl like you.

5. I went to the grocery store the other day and found out that they had an isle dedicated to Christmas already. Have you started thinking about christmas? What is your favorite part? Have you started shopping? Have you made your list and checked it twice??

I haven't started shopping yet. The only person that's even blipped my radar is my boss. He's as hard to buy for as my Mom. Most of the rest of the family will give me some ideas. Not those two.

Feeling: Very happy, and yet very sad

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Billy and Sue

Man, the posts just keep comin'! Last night, on the way to band practice, I was listening to the XM radio, when what song did I hear? That's right! BJ Thomas's Billy and Sue! Can you believe it! We have a song named after us! Check the lyrics and see if it sounds like us.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Other than Bryan...

...does anyone else catch the literary reference in my new header graphic?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Two Days of Busy Bill

It's almost 7pm, and I'm still at the office. I've been here since 6am. It's billing day. The day I print several thousand invoices. Mike, my former boss, came in to help me. At about 9am, everything appeared to be well. The charges were applied, the invoices were spooling, the printer would soon be humming.

Well, the printer is still humming! It appears our print spool software decided today would be a good day to take some time off. The bad part of this whole equation is that when I hit the "print" button, it takes about an hour (maybe an hour and a half) for the print job to spool. So if something freezes, I don't know about it for an hour! Finally, at about 3:30pm (when normally we're all done with the process), I accidentally sent the print job to a different--and slower--printer. And you know what? It's spooling ok. So I figured "to heck with it!" (Sorry for the harsh language.) "At least it's spooling. Better spooling slow than not at all."

So here I am.

It's basically a continuation of yesterday. Yesterday, I had Susan's car in the garage. I had a bunch of stuff to do at the office to get ready for today. I had to take an unscheduled plane flight to North Haven (only about a 10-15 minute flight) to deliver an important part that keeps the Internet alive. I had band practice in the evening. It was a day chock-o-block full of stuff. I didn't even get to ebay! :-)

I've got a sneaking suspicion I'm taking Friday off!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Another Theme Already???

I like the "A Winter of Tuesdays" theme. But it's not quite winter yet. I had this theme kicking around for a while, and now I have the opportunity to use it! So for the next couple of weeks, you get this Poe/Halloween theme. OK? Well, even if it's not OK, I like it!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 13, 2006

Lisa's MI-5

My sister says: I am getting ready to go on a bus trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with my Mom. I’ve tried to come up with some “Tennessee”-type questions. I’ve actually come up with 6 questions this week, but feel free to answer only 5:

1. Graceland is in Memphis, Tennessee. I won’t be going there, but what are your feelings about Elvis?

I just saw him eat three double cheeseburgers with extra mustard in Burger King! Really, though, I like his early Sun Records stuff, but after that, it doesn't really grab me. It's just not my thing. Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were on Sun, too, and about the same time. I prefer both of those guys to Elvis. And, I prefer Elvis Costello to Elvis Presley.

2. I will be visiting the Smoky Mountain National Park. Which National Parks have you been to? What did you think?

The only national park I've been to is Acadia. I think Susan was with me, but I can't remember why we went. Oh, wait, maybe I remember better. Jim was with us too. I think that was the trip where I was rear ended at a stoplight, and got pushed into the car in front of me. Anyway, we didn't really explore too much. I would like to go again, and perhaps have a guided tour of the "carriage roads,"--and specifically the bridges--that Rockefeller financed.

3. I will also get to go to Dollywood, an Entertainment Park. Have you been to any amusement parks? Which one was your favorite? Do you like roller coasters? Tell me about the scariest roller coaster (or other ride) that you have been on.

I've been to Busch Gardens VA, Disney World, Hershey Park, Story Land, and Santa's Village. Disney World was my favorite. It was so far above the others, it's like it's not even in the same category. I can't wait to go back someday. The Magic Kingdom was my favorite park, as it seemed to be the most "kiddie." And, when you're a parent taking your kids, it's about them and not you.

I do like roller coasters, and have been on quite a few. I remember the "Super Duper Looper" in Hershey, as it was the first coaster I road on with a loop. There was some big one in Busch Gardens I rode, but I don't remember what it was called. Something about a dragon, or Loch Ness, or something like that. I rode the "runaway train" coaster in Disney with Susan, and she prayed and clung to me the whole time!

4. My Mom and I will be taking in a lot of variety-type shows featuring music and comedy. Most of the music seems to be billed as “Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana music”. Do you like this type of music? If so, recommend a CD to me.

Love it! With my new XM radio in the car, I frequently find myself listening to bluegrass. I tend to like the minor key, depressing bluegrass stuff---the type about whisky and killing someone with a shovel. Me, into depressing music? Who'da thought! :-) On Sunday nights, the have a show called "Gospel Grass": bluegrass gospel songs. That's another favorite. So is the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack.

5. This will be the furthest I have gone by bus or car. How far have you gone in a bus or car? Where did you go? If you were not doing the driving, how did you pass the time? (I’m considering buying a Nintendo DS, a Playstation Portable, or a Game Boy Advance to pass the time on the bus—anyone have any recommendations about any of those?)

The farthest I've been by bus is Virginia, on trips with the RDHS band. Once, Susan and I were chaperones! The farthest I've personally driven is somewhere out in PA, to cousin Jen and Dave's wedding. I can't remember the exact town, but I remember I went through Wilkes Barre, and the deer where everywhere!

I know nothing about video games, other than I like Donkey Kong and Frogger.

6. We will also get to do a lot of outlet shopping. Do you like outlet shopping? What outlets are your favorites?

When we visit NH, there's a grouping of outlet stores we visit. I can't remember the name, but it's like Pheasant Green or something like that. Occasionally we hit the stores down in Freeport, but nothing major. I tend to favor the Phalzcraft, Lindt, and Levi's outlets.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Is it something I said?

Not one comment on my new look? Maybe no one reads me anymore! I added a redirect from TRAA over to here. Maybe that will force some people to visit.

Listening to: George Benson

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 9, 2006

The Weekend Wrap Up

This is my weekend wrap-up.

For Rick: I ate, slept, worked, and played music.

Now, for those of you who care about me, and like reading here, here's the more "full featured" version.

Friday night: I don't remember. None of it. I didn't have a gig, so I was home. What did I do? Haven't a foggy.

Saturday, Susan and I had divergent paths. She had a scrapbooking event at church, and she took the kids with her. I'm going to be playing "Bye-Bye Birdie" at Medomak High in a few weeks, and they put together a little band rehearsal. I was there promptly at 9:30am. And there was not a single car in the parking lot. Strange. So I waited about 15 minutes to see if anyone showed. One car drove in, and pulled up on the curb, and went behind the building. So, I thought I'd head back there. Nothing except a ball field, and some game going on. So I left. But before I left Waldoboro, I thought I'd call the band director, and see if I got the wrong date or what. I got his wife. She explained he left for the rehearsal over an hour before. Where was everyone? I drove back to the school, and started trying doors. I finally found one open, and I entered the school. I had to take some funky detours to get around locked doors inside the school, but I finally got to the band room. And everyone was inside! Apparently, there's some other parking lot I don't know about, and everyone was parked there. In the afternoon, I did some housework and stuff. Susan wanted pizza for supper, so I was off to Amatos for her new favorite: peperoni and bacon.

On Sunday, JP and I went over to the Transportation Museum, as MIS was the sponsor. We spend several hours looking at beautiful foreign vehicles. They thanked us for our service by offering us a biplane ride, which was fantastic. The pilot flew me right over my house. Of course, Susan and the kids were still in church, but I thought about calling them from the air.

While I was there, Tim Dresser mentioned to me that Gail was still looking to sell the Vistas that I had once owned, and then sold to their son. So in the afternoon, I went and bought them back! I guess it's time '70s styled "Groove Machine" gets some gigs! In the evening, I went to church, and then went and picked up supper for Susan. Yup, pizza again.

Today, I spent the morning rebuilding the site, here. I think I've chased most of the TRAA code. I have a couple of links on some other pages I need to change, but from the Greymatter side, everything's all done. (I think.) I went to my Kiwanis meeting at noon. Susan's now at the grocery store with the boys, and I'm posting this for you!

Listening to: Bill Cosby on XM 151, Laugh USA

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

New Look

Yup. I made the change I ruminated about earlier. Time Requires an Argument is no more. Of course, there's a HUGE archive stuff I need to change. So, it'll be some time (ahem) before I get all traces of it removed. But as I do, I'll be moving to a more generic look. That way, when I change the main template in the spring (or whenever I change it), I won't have all this work changing old templates.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 6, 2006

Some Spooky Quiz

What's Your 19th Century Horror Character?
created with

"You are the unfortunate changling from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, the victim of volatile emotions that violate your reputedly noble character. Through scientific experimentation, you have divided your social and primal selves into two separate physical entities, which grapple perpetually for control of your existence. Because of this tension, your life is a maelstrom of inescapable, private turmoil."

Listening to: The Music Of My Life

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Gina's MI-5

Gina says: "This week I've been thinking about children. I've been thinking about the way the Amish raise their children. About how family and friends are raising theirs. Which spurred memories of my own childhood. The following are today's Childhood Friday Five Questions."

1. Did you receive an allowance as a child? If yes, how much? Were you required to perform extra chores or was the allowance simply given to you?

Allowance with my folks was an off/on affair, and it was mostly off. They would give me $.25 or $.50 for doing certain chores. Even in my young mind, though, I felt it wasn't enough, so I never really bothered. As soon as I could, I started babysitting, filling baitbags, and mowing lawns; those paid much better!

2. Did your family use spanking as a punishment? As an adult, what are your feelings regarding this now?

Yes, we kids were occasionally spanked. When it came to that, though, it was usually for something very serious. I remember being spanked three times: for going to the boatyard without permission, for riding my bicycle to the island without permission, and for jumping on the bed. (The bed one, Mom used a plastic spatula, and it didn't really hurt. For the other two, she used a stick, and it did hurt.) At my house, we use spankings as well. Julia, my flower of loveliness, rarely needed a spanking. I could just tell her in no uncertain terms I wasn't pleased with her, and she'd start to well up. The boys have occasionally received spanks on their diapered bottoms, and they're to the point now where, if they're misbehaving, we just have to say "Do you need a spank to help you obey?", and they'll knock it off.

3. As a child did you ever see/hear your parents argue? Do you feel (your) children should be shielded from family spats?

I saw my parents argue but pretty rarely. Usually, when it got too heated, Mom would go for a drive, and usually end up grocery shopping. Susan and I try to present a united front to the kids, and work out any differences in private. It doesn't always happen, but we try, and I think my kids know that Mom and Dad love each other no matter what, just as I did with my Mom and Dad.

4. As a young teenager what time was your curfew? Was this fair then? What do you think about that curfew hour now that you're older?

I think it was 9pm. When I started dating Susan, it got moved to 11pm. I think she needed to be home at 10pm, and it took me time to drive home. I seem to remember 11pm, though, as that's when I started watching Saturday Night Live. (I don't watch it anymore, though. It stinks!) I never had a problem with curfew. I always thought mine fair, and I never had any problem keeping it. If it was prom night or something, it would be increased. My folks were always cool with curfew. And, I don't think I gave them any reason to be concerned with me out late.

5. What if anything, would you change about your childhood?

I would have told my Dad how much I appreciated him more. As I got older, I told him all the time. I'm quite happy that I can look back and say "My Dad knew how much I loved and appreciated him." But I didn't say it much when I was younger. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate how great he was. But I should've told him more.

And, I would of never said the bad word that caused me to lose my promised mini bike!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Some Changes May Be Coming

Every now and again, I get the urge to change my blog template. There's one problem though: the title. "Time Requires an Argument" has been this blog's title since I started it back in what, 2001. So I kinda don't want to give it up. But as far as designing a page that fits the title, well, I find it kind of limiting. So I'm thinking on changing things around. I'm thinking the page may become That way, I can change the title of the page to fit my fancy, and can easily change the template.

Another downside is the method by which I run this blog. I use Greymatter because it runs on my own server. I'm not dependent on Google or Blogspot or Blogger making backups for me. If something goes wrong, I control it. The downside is, though, all the templates that need to be updated when you use a new template. The front page is one page. The individual entry pages are another template. The monthly archive pages are another template. The Archive List is another template. So a simple layout change can take hours. Unfortunately, I haven't found the perfect blogging solution. I'd like something that runs on my own server, rather than being forced onto someone else's server. I'd like to have some better form of comment control, too. If a post is up too long, spammers find it, and then I have to waste time deleting porn and gambling links.

Of course, this may all come to nothing. Maybe I'll just leave things as is.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 2, 2006

The Weekend Wrap Up

My weekend started when I left the office on Friday, and headed for my gig. We played the Midnight Blues Club in Waterville. It was about like you would expect.

Saturday I was supposed to work at the office, but Barry covered for me. So I got to sleep late: 9am. Of course, I didn't get home 'til 3am. I got up and made breakfast for Susan and the boys; Julia had spent the night at Grammy-Nan's. Then, I washed some dishes. After that, I did some work on the web for a customer. In the afternoon, we ran some errands. I didn't get a chance to take a nap in the afternoon before I head to Skowhegan to play my Saturday gig. I was in bed at spot on 3am.

Sunday, I was up at 8am. Susan wasn't feeling well, so she didn't go to church. Julia and I left about 9am, and got breakfast at Tim Horton's. (The pumpkin donuts were fantastic!) Dwane was working, so I acted as the worship leader. After that, we went to lunch at China Harbor. Well, we got take out. Man, my daughter loves her some Chinese food! I took a nap in the afternoon--no one was going to deny me. At 5pm, I left for my Sunday night gig with the steel drum band. Yup, three gigs this weekend. And I even skipped church to catch the last one. I had two "train wrecks" during that gig. A train wreck, for you non musicians, is a big mistake--one that even non-musicians would notice. On "Mission Impossible," we switch from the traditional 5/4 version to the newer 4/4 version that the movie uses. I'm supposed to make the transition, and the other instruments then follow me. Well, I kept playing in 5/4 for about 4 measures before I realized I hadn't changed. That kept the other instruments wondering where the heck I was. The second time, some people ended up behind the beat. I was trying to accent where we were for them, and I blew right through a feel change. I was supposed to switch from a bossa nova feel to a songo feel. Nope. I just plowed right on through. Nice job, Bill. Then I came home and went to bed, after watching a documentary on the English language.

Oh, and speaking of that, I learned something cool about English. The words cow, ox, pig, sheep, and deer are all Anglo words. The words for the meat from these animals (veal, beef, pork, mutton, and venison) are all derived from French. Why? Because after the Norman conquest of 1066, England's primary language was French and Latin. But those languages never filtered down to the working class. So the animal names were English because the common people worked with the animals. They butchered the animals, and the meat went to the upper-crusts, who all spoke French, so the meat from the animals all had French names. Neat, huh? (Well, I thought it was!)

Listening to: Bitches Brew Miles Davis

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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