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Monday, March 25th, 2019
6:04 am
Setlist: "Weird Al" Yankovic at Jesse Auditorium (Columbia, Missouri) - 06/08/2018

Midnight Star
Buy Me A Condo
One More Minute
I’ll Sue Ya
Dare To Be Stupid (Grateful Dead)
Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White
Mr. Popeil
Don’t Download This Song
I Remember Larry
My Own Eyes
Velvet Elvis
Eat It/I Lost On Jeopardy!/Amish Paradise/Smells Like Nirvana/White And Nerdy/I Love Rocky Road/Like A Surgeon

Take The Money And Run/Takin’ It To The Streets
The Saga Begins

As this was the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Vanity Tour or whatever where he didn't play (almost) any direct parodies of specific songs (except for the medley at the end), but stuck almost entirely to Weird Al Originals, and didn't do costume changes or video jumbotron stuff or whatever-else, lots of songs were acoustic-style, and "Dare To Be Stupid" was introduced as (and played in the style of) a lost Grateful Dead rarity, and "Eat It" was in the style of "Layla" by Derek & The Dominoes.

On this tour, they were playing a different setlist every night, and a different straight-up cover toward the end of the set. They started out doing "Take The Money And Run" but Al started doing the whole "stop, Stop, STOP!" thing and making fun of the super-lazy lyrical rhymes in that song; first "El Paso" and "hassle," but he "got over" that one and they started into playing again, but then when the "Texas" and "facts is" rhyme came, he decided he just couldn't do it. SO they played "Takin' It To The Streets" instead.

Also, Al made specific mention of the fact that "Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White" is not a song that he ever played very much live, and of course it was brought back into some rotation for this tour, but as this is potentially the last/only time he ever does a tour like this, and it was one of the later shows on the tour, he mentioned it was possibly the last, or at very least one of the last, and only, times that song was ever played live. The tour did not come to Saint Louis.

Emo Phillips opened and was a riot. I went with Carlin Reed and Karen Czmarko. Pretty stupid this is only the third time I've ever seen Weird Al live considering how long I'd been meaning to before I first did a few years ago...I have tickets for the June 22nd show at the Fox, too.

Current Mood: Weird
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
5:13 pm
TouchTunes? More Like BUTT-chTunes
I think TouchTunes is the worst thing to ever happen to jukeboxes.

In a very narrow way--that is, sheer breadth of song selection--it could be considered an improvement, but to me, in this AND every other way, it is so, so, so much more terrible. Specifically I'd reference the price, individuality of venue/selection thereof, overall physical aesthetic, access from mobile device application, and more.

Plus, they don't have Dionne Farris's "I Know" or Weird Al's "I Want A New Duck" (or a variety of other relatively well-known tunes) on those dumb things. And no matter how many times you play a certain song at a given location, they never add it to that location's "favorites" or whatever.

It seems really strange to me how quick everyplace was to adopt these things. You can scarcely go to a place with a jukebox that plays CDs or (especially) vinyl anymore.

Current Mood: TouchTunes Sucks!
Friday, March 25th, 2016
1:43 pm
WatchLog MMXV
My computer was down for just about half of MMXV, so I was keeping my movies & TV log with pen, on paper. I just finished transcribing the year into spreadsheet form. It's a month and a half later than it's been the last two years, but nobody's reading this anyway and it's mostly for muh own records! In MMXV:

-I watched 332 episodes of various TV shows (up from 104 in MMXIV). I finished Have Gun--Will Travel, started and finished Dexter (I had previously seen the first two seasons), started and finished Deadwood (for the fourth-ish time? Still the best TV show of the 21st century, hence why I own the DVDs!), started and finished The Adventures Of Brisco County, Jr. (just one season, for the second time, I own it), watched those eight Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp episodes, started and finished Big Love (I had previously watched the first two or three seasons), and got three seasons or so through Taxi (I had previously watched the first four seasons, and have, in MMXVI, finished it).

-I watched 491 movies, up from 446 in MMXIV and 366 in MMXIII. An average of 1.34 movies per day.

-I read a whopping FOUR books, way down from 22 in MMXIV and 53 in MMXIII. It takes me a lot longer to read a book now, what can I say? I am only around halfway through my current one, which I started Xmas day or so (having received it then). Two of those four were Harper Lee's only two novels, and a third (Walker Percy's The Moviegoer) also takes place primarily in the south. I didn't write a single GoodReads review in MMXV, but I'm still tracking what I'm reading there, somewhat. Gawrsh the last book I reviewed was His Last Bow (the Sherlock Holmes collection) which I finished over two years ago. Sheesh.

Current Mood: Poorly-Read
Sunday, February 28th, 2016
2:56 pm
More Celebrity Look-alikes
So it seems to me that Jake Johnson is the missing link between Scoot McNairy and Oscar Isaac, and Oscar Isaac is the missing link between Jake Johnson and David Krumholtz. To lay it all out flat:

Scoot McNairy>>Jake Johnson>>Oscar Isaac>>David Krumholtz

Kristen Stewart and Theresa Palmer: try to convince me they aren't secretly real-life twins. Do an image search for a side-by-side and I've the feeling you'll agree with me.

Have I ever mentioned: I watch a lot of movies?

Current Mood: Strangely Glad
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
1:30 pm
Hail (A Cab, For) Caesar!
I saw that new Coen Brothers movie at the Hi-Pointe last night between Saint James The Greater's Fish Fry and Chill Dawg Cove concert/party. Joe (Klueh) asked me what I thought as I was leaving the theatre, and I said: "Sometimes I like to drink Coen-Cola, and sometimes I go for Diet Coen. It was a Diet Coen kind of night." I'm thinking somewhere between (better than) Burn After Reading and (not as good as) Inside Llewyn Davis? But I'm not even sure those two abut one another in my overall Coen rankings. A reasonably fun movie, in any case, some really cool parts, lots of fun fictional movies-within-a-movie, and character-cameos out the wazoo: David Krumholtz, Patrick Fischler, Fisher Stevens, Frances McDormand, Clancy Brown, Wayne Knight, and my favorite, Robert Picardo. Dolph Lundgren was apparently even in there (but I couldn't tell/didn't notice/he mighta been unrecognizable). Some completely unnecessary, unfunny, and only-distracting voiceover-narration performed by Michael Gambon, the absence of which may well have allowed this one to climb higher on my personal Coen Brothers Totem Pole. Worth seeing, though; an interesting companion-piece to the more-disappointing recent Trumbo.

Today: Maybe barbecue, or just making pancakes, at PPHQ // Tolliver Grilled Cheese party // Holy Trinity Trivia Night.

Current Mood: Anticipatory
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
3:37 am
Funerary Guest Book
Man, is there anything more depressing than a funeral guest book? Especially one that still has the "Space for over 1000 entries!" sticker on the front? ESPECIALLY one whose actual entries number but 36?

I don't know if I have this thing by accident or design, but I didn't realize I had it until I was doing some cleaning today and it turned up. At first I just thought "Oh that's just some thing Mom had and gave me; I'll use it for a Googz E-Mail list sign-up after/if the notebook I'm currently using ever runs out." But then I opened it up and realized it was actually the guest-book from Grandma's funeral (four years ago now). It made me wonder: for whom are the guest-books at funerals, really? For what reason are people compelled to write their mailing address down? It appears as though somebody did put "NAME" and "ADDRESS" headers at the top of the first page (of just over two that were ultimately filled). Mysteries abound!

Anyway I am totally still gonna plan to use this as a Googz/Pancake E-Mail sign-up book whenever/if ever the current notebook fills up. Cuz c'mon, space remains for well over 950 entries! No point in letting it go to waste! Grandma woulda agreed.

Current Mood: Somber!
Monday, January 4th, 2016
2:30 pm
Too Much Workin'
Well, ANY working is too much working.

This is my first day off since a week ago Sunday. I came home from Texas earlier than expected/anticipated/desired, and worked seven days in a row; over seventy hours altogether. Workin'! It's for THE BIRDS.

My LJ Friends Page RSS feed-reader appears to be broken. At first I thought the sites I follow just weren't making updates because of the holidays or whatever, but now I'm pretty sure it's broken. I'm probably years overdue to switch to some real, actual, more-reliable feed-reader, but what am I, some kinda changing-with-the-times guy?

At least this week I'm not putting in as much time. It's pretty ridiculous that I took five days off and still averaged over 40 hours a week. Get outta town with this!

Maybe I'll go see HATEFUL EIGHT in 70mm later this week.

Current Mood: Overworked
Friday, December 18th, 2015
5:26 am
Don't Give A Dime
Scored a 1964 dime (ya know from back when dimes were 90% silver?) from someone trying to "get rid of [her] change" at work today. These things are pretty danged rare in circulation, I tell ya what! Not in mint condition or anything, but cosmetic condition has nothin' to do with silver content!

Current Mood: Dimey
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
1:55 pm
Googz Re-Retires
As for that show I played last night, what a good time! Six acts in pretty rapid-fire succession. I guess it's for the best that I went last because of course I closed with "Holiday Rockin'" and the cool thing about "Holiday Rockin'" in the keyboard-free stage of the Googolplexia career is that instead of playing the tunes on the keyboard, I just sing their words, and other people can join in, and it's way more fun. And when I wasn't hearing any requests (or any requests that I thought I could do any justice), I just filled in with whatever carols I had in mind.

I played just seven songs, which isn't many for Googz. I opened with "A Very Paper Ceilings Christmas," a song I wrote around the holidays last year with the intention that Paper Ceilings would write a coupla verses about me and it would be more like "A Very Paper Ceilings/Googolplexia Christmas" but as yet I don't think he's completed his verses, and mine could probably use some touching-up, here a year later. I already altered one lyric in the live version. I had considered not playing that tune as my original plan had been to play all tunes that Matt Harnish originally released on compilations, AND I wasn't sure that anyone there would even get the Paper Ceilings jokes, but luckily Hannah & Delia showed up and of course Andy was there and Jim & Tyler arrived as well, so there was a dece contingent of people who got some or perhaps all of the references in the song. Oh yeah also Curt Oren was supposed to wail on a sax part & solo for the recording but that hasn't happened yet.

Then I did that Beth Bombara Xmas tune which has become a staple of Googolplexia concerts during the holiday season, such as they are. I proceeded to cover three Bunnygrunt tunes in a row--first "5eason's Freaklings" which Mustardfish had played on A VERY BERT DAX CHRISTMAS, VOLUME FIVE; then "I Dated A Zombie," which Googz did at Matt's request on the sole volume of A VERY BERT DAX HALLOWEEN, then "All I Got For Christmas Was This Lousy Boy," which Googz did on that Bunnygrunt tribute I released last year (but which Matt had indeed originally released on A VERY BERT DAX CHRISTMAS, VOLUME TWO). Of course the Googz touch on these things is to put them in a weird time signature and add a verse of my own, so they're all approximately twice as long as their original versions. Then I played the song from the 45 being released, a Googz original called "XLV" that's (sort of) about being 45 years old in ancient Rome, and/but (more so) also just an excuse to rattle off the names of some famous Roman (and German) literary figures (it's also just 45 seconds long and can be heard/downloaded free here)--the live version, as out-of-practice (and when was I ever really IN practice, anyway?) as I was, took much longer than 45 seconds to play. And "Holiday Rockin'" was the closer-outer, as it sorta has to be, ya know? I mean it basically made a 20-minute set into a 35-minute one, probably, or something like that.

I did do most of the tunes on the accordion (with the exception of the Paper Ceilings Xmas, the Beth Bombara song, and the Holiday Rockin') which was fun. I think most people that are as lousy at accordion as me (that is, who can only play a song with both hands if they have practiced a TON, and therefore usually just play with one hand) tend to use just their right hand, to play the half of the accordion that looks like a piano keyboard. Me, if I'm just playing one-handed, I much prefer the left hand, because that's the hand/arm that's controlling the sound of the accordion anyway (the arm you use to push/pull the bellows), and you aren't using as many fingers, and you can't really look at what you're playing to distract yourself, and generally the sound is just a fuller backing-track to whatever is being sung or whatever. Anyway I'm a hack, is what I'm getting at, when it comes to accordion-playing. I barely used my right hand on the thing all night last night.

A few pals (Dave, Laura K., Tyler & Jim) even showed up exclusively because of PancakeMail! Weird!

I could probably be convinced to come out of re-retirement if the price was right, just for the record.

Current Mood: Goolgzey (Like Coolzey with Googz)
Friday, December 11th, 2015
2:16 am
Losing A Part Of You
I had a tooth extracted for the first (and hopefully the last) time today. ON THE ONE HAND, the tooth had been pretty useless for some time (years, even), as it was the subject of a root canal towards the very end of my tenure at Network Solutions (say summer 2009), THEN I didn't have insurance for half a decade, and was poor besides, so never got a crown for it, of course, and it slowly just chipped and decayed and rotted away little by little in that time (my steady diet of candy, cookies, and milkshakes didn't help, I'm sure). Basically today they just took the last remnants of it out; it took probably less than 30 seconds between when they wrenched out the first piece and when they were done and applying gauze to soak up all the blood. I mean it was just a crummy old partial-tooth of which I had long lost proper use, and which mostly served to get food caught in it for the past smattering of years. It was the furthest-back molar so the gap where 'twas isn't visible in the usual course of conversation and smiling and such. ON THE OTHER HAND, in its way it really does feel like losing a PART of myself; losing a body part that is supposed to be with you forever. I don't feel like I'm incomplete, really, but I do feel like something's missing. If that makes any sense.

They prescribed me painkillers. Can painkillers alleviate the pain that comes with knowing that an ostensibly-permanent piece of you is now GONE? Are they prescribed to counter whatever brief and slight physical discomfort I might feel along the gum-line? Or to numb the realization that my corporeal form is coming apart at the seams? In any case, they'll probably be plenty effective for either...at least, temporarily.

Where all that's concerned, I'm paying $170-something per month for health insurance, so I should probably see a doctor while I'm at it--while I'm at determining the true fragility of my continued (or...otherwise!?) physical existence, that is. My complete lack of exercise and my hideous diet (to say nothing of their respective and combined results) are probably enough to make any physician cringe.

My pal Matt turned 45 years old earlier this year. As a life-long record collector and occasional record-releaser, he celebrated this by releasing a 45, with 4 songs on one side and 5 songs on the other, each of them 45 seconds long, and each by a different musical-act friend of his. Googolplexia appears on Side B (you can download both sides for free, following that link). The record is available to purchase online or at the official release show on 12/15 at this place called San Loo on Cherokee Street. Matt's birthday is in October, but whereas vinyl used to take six weeks to arrive on your doorstep from the day you shipped out the masters, it now takes more like seven months. He sent the masters out back in May hoping/expecting he'd have the records in time for his mid-October birthday, but in fact they arrived the week of Thanxgiving. Oh well! Anyway Eleven Magazine called my song "the highlight" of the record, woo! Which is especially flattering considering how good every last song on the thing turned out, IN MY HUMBLE O. Pals really came together to make something special! I am very happy to be a part of it! My song combines my loves of Roman numerals (it is caled "XLV" and is, I am pretty sure, the only song on this thing about turning or at least being 45 years old), world literature, and novelty songs (the primary inspiration in this latter category probably being 1950's "The Thing" by Phil Harris, which I recall first encountering in Mr. Krausch's "music class" at Chesterfield Elementary in sixth grade or thereabouts).

AND, I chose this userpic because good old Alex Younger wrote a letter (with pen and paper) to tell me his wife is pregnant with their first kid and he's changing his last name to hers and maybe someday he'll move out of New York City. He even signed it "Miles Knob" (among other names). Hah! I need to write that dude back!

Current Mood: Lost
Monday, November 23rd, 2015
12:51 am
Actors Today, Am I Right?
Dave Franco, Josh Hutcherson, and Kyle Gallner: All pretty much the same actor? DISCUSS.

(I'm surprised, actually bothering to look all of them up just now, to find that Kyle Gallner, who to me looks to be perhaps the youngest of the three, is in fact the oldest by a considerable margin.)

Current Mood: Almond-Milk
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
12:50 pm
Leaf Blower?
More like Leaf BLOW-er, am I right? C'mon, that was too easy.

Seriously though, can we agree that the Leaf Blower is probably the most pointless asshole device of all time?

Yep, I just cursed in a public LJ entry, something I have tried to avoid doing for years. I feel that strongly about how much leaf blowers really blow.

Current Mood: Toothache
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
1:30 pm
Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
That review of Butterfinger-brand Peanut Butter Cups you've all been waiting for? Here it is: Better than Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, not as good as a regular ol' Butterfinger.

Current Mood: Whate'er
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
5:03 pm
Wish You Were Googz, I Mean, Here
Hey it's one of those rare entries that's for the internet and not really mostly for my own inscrutable purposes. Because: why not? Anyway if'n yer readin' this then ya oughter come to this party where I'll be makin' pancakes and acoustical music-acts will be playing all night long; three nights and two days. Make a song about pancakes to submit for the compilation. Put together an acoustic act to play the festival. Figure It Out!

Current Mood: Operatic
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
8:17 am
LoserLog MMXIV

- I watched 104 episodes of various TV shows (including Mr. Show of which I watched all, original Twilight Zone of which I finished all, Breaking Bad of which I finished all, Hatfields And McCoys and a few other mini-series, The Muppet Show, and Have Gun--Will Travel) - down from 200+ in MMXIII, but the movie count is a bunch higher.

- I watched 446 movies (1.2 movies/day), up from 366 in MMXIII.

- I read 22 books. Quite a ways down from MMXIII's 53...it had somewhat to do with a promotion at work leading to less reading time but even more so just kinda getting stuck on a few books that just took me longer to get through (Malory's La Morte D'Arthur took me 144 days, and I've been reading Dorothy Parker's Complete Poems since December 15th), not because they sucked, or were too long (though Arthur is 512 pages, and A Confederacy Of Dunces is 406, and East Of Eden is 627, but these latter two only took 19 and 21 days, respectively), but just because I was occupying myself in other ways, or whatever. I guess? Anyway I'm still indicating what I'm reading (but way behind on "closing out" with a review) on GoodReads, which is still my favorite social network.

For the record (in case I never have mentioned it before), I count TV movies (and short films, too) as movies, but I count TV miniseries as however-many TV show episodes (2 for Neverland, 3 for East Of Eden, 3 for Hatfields & McCoys, et cetera).

Weirdly/Coincidentally, it was exactly a year ago today (03 February) that I made the MMXIII version of this post.

Current Mood: Stuff/Sniff
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
2:35 am
Jack'm O-Lanterns
So once upon a time I made an LJ entry where I went over the Jack-O-Lanterns I had made for the past few years. I thought maybe I had made it a sort of entry-in-progress where I updated it with each new year's Jack-O-Lantern. I definitely did not do that, but I absolutely should have, because I nearly forgot what I'd done some of these years (thanks Flickr for reminding me!). Anyway, this is now officially THAT POST which I'll update annually (or try to remember to) with each new Jack-O-Lantern I make (including links to pictures or video if they're available).

2017 - I carved the pumpkin into a helmet to wear on my head. I dressed all in green and my costume was "a vine." Not bad! Got kinda annoying to have a heavy-ass pumpkin on the dome for extended periods of time. I kept carving out a little more and a little more to make it lighter.
2016ish - I was busy, and lazy, and whatever-else was going on, and I never had time to carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. BUT I had bought a pumpkin. And the pumpkin I kept for months on end, until early January 2017 came around, and it was good buddy Kevin Stroup's 60th birthday, and for his big 60th party I carved "HAPPY LXth KEVIN" into the pumpkin, which was still totally fine and carve-able and not at all mushy or otherwise showing the least signs of being several months off the vine. The party was on 01/07/2017 and I gotta say I love the idea of a January jack-o-lantern. Who does that!?
2015 - The Flux Capacitor (my costume was BTTF2 Doc Brown from "the future" of October 2015)
2014 - Wait and see! I have some ideas... It was MR NASTI's face. Pictures...someday.
2013 - Team Pancakes (as you can see, our team name was carved into it and also it was a storage receptacle for the pumpkin pie raisin spice pancakes I brought both to Saratoga Lanes and to Ross & Kim's party)
2012 - STL Cinemas' logo (it was on display at the Moolah Theatre & Lounge for a few days) and when that one got too ripe, CLOUD ATLAS (the movie the Moolah was showing at the time)
2011 - I made SIX that year: Fishboy (webcomic version)'s face, "Turn/Other" & The/Cheek, King, Kong, and Mag/Net/Ics. All were made for particular concerts (Fishboy @ PPHQ, Turn The Other Cheek Burlesque @ Handle Bar, and KKM @ Upstairs Lounge)
2010 - Eric Von Damage With A Macaw Eating His Head, an artistic interpretation of the photograph on the back of this Pancake Platter
2009 - Billy The SAW Puppet
2008 - Mayor McCheese Campaign
2007 - Lurch from The Addams Family (no salvageable pictures taken, weird!)
2006 - Rolling Stones Tongue (see userpic)
2005 - Award-winning Unicorn Head
2004 - Scuba Diver (there were some pictures on Ron's old Webster University server space but I believe that's all gone now) (Courtney did an underwater scene with fish and reeds to complement)
2003 - Schroeder (of PEANUTS)'s Face (Courtney did Lucy wearing a witch's hat)
BEFORE 2003 - I guess I wasn't regularly doing Jack-O-Lanterns for a few years, and before that, who knows?

Current Mood: Pumpkin-y
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
6:27 am
I read 53 books and watched 366 movies in the year MMXIII. That's one more book than an average of one per week, and one more movie than an average of one per day. TV Show episode count is pending, but almost certainly exceeds 200 for the year. I guess that's a lot, especially considering the extended breaks I took (like while on tour, mostly while on family vacation, and so on).

So far in MMXIV: 56 movies (50 of them in January) and five books. I generally keep track of the books publicly (and write a review, if often a crappy one, for each and every book) at GoodReads, my favorite of all social networking sites (maybe second-favorite, after LiveJournal). If you're on there as well, and you wanna, go ahead and find me. I admit, I am pretty proud of my recently-written The Grapes Of Wrath review, even if it isn't anything earth-shattering or anything that hasn't been said a million trillion times already. It is the best book I have read in a long time!

Current Mood: Couch Potato'd
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
10:21 pm
I am eating a caramel-flavor Tootsie Pop right now, and it is, perhaps far and away, the greatest Tootsie Pop I've ever had. I like Tootsie Pops a lot, and this is (therefore) saying plenty.

Current Mood: Caramelized
Monday, September 16th, 2013
11:31 pm
Gettin' Googzy
I am headin' out on this tour on Friday and it feels like the most "put together" tour yet. I guess you learn a little bit about setting this crap up each time ya do it. So much of it is still just absolutely blind luck or circumstance, though...like, I don't know that I feel as though I did anything so different or more calculated this time as opposed to other times, it just seemed to happen more easily. I was trying to talk Andy Garces into going on tour the other day and amazed even myself with all the good reasons I was able to come up with, on the spur of the moment, for doing it. I really hope those Vanilla Beans do some touring some day.

Martin Tapia made an amazing poster for the show in Oberlin on Monday and I stole the image for this new LJ icon (and for my tour in general). Given that it was a member of Red Pony Clock who originally called Googolplexia "Googz," it's appropriate enough that Martin made this poster (although I think it was Dave that I first heard use it. I didn't even know what he was talking about, he had to explain it to me. Durrp!). I mean, by this time, I have fully adopted the nickname "GOOGZ."

If ya know anyone in the places listed below, tell 'em to go see Googolplexia in the next coupla weeks, and to say hello. One of those reasons mentioned above that I gave Andy was "meeting people in all kindsa weird places, and finding out some of them know yer friends!" Links will be to FaceBook events or the like where applicable.

TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER – Saint Louis, Missouri @ Foam with Bobby Stevens, Carondelet Guy, Syna So Pro, Annalibera (Des Moines, IA), and MR NASTI (Fairfield, IA) [I have like 50 new T-Shirts and other items of Googz gear so this is the "release show" for that stuff in addition to being tour kickoff]

FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER – Columbus, Ohio @ TreeBar with Church Camp, Purple Pyramids, and Animal Cubes

SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER – Oberlin, Ohio @ The Feve with Martin David Tapia (of Red Pony Clock) and Leia Von Hohenfeld (of Afternoon Naps)’s Magical Music Box Mobius Strip!

SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER – Ypsilanti, Michigan @ Café Ollie with Jo Pie Whyld, Melissa Sklar, and Oak Openings

MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER – Chicago, Illinois @ One Group Mind Theater / Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield (entrance at 956 W. Newport) with improv troupe Partyin’ Yossarian and Lord Of The Yum-Yum (and who knows, Dick Move? Maybe?)

TUESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER – Rock Island, Illinois @ Rozz-Tox

WEDNESDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER – Beloit, Wisconsin @ Coughy Haus with No Monster Club (Ireland) and M. Sord (Kalamazoo, MI)

THURSDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ Frank’s Power Plant with Lauryl Sulfate & Her Ladies Of Leisure and Economy Superstar -

FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER – Dubuque, Iowa @ The Lift with Bones Jugs N Harmony (Urbana-Champaign, IL) -

SATURDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER – Ames, Iowa (Maximum Ames Music Festival!) @ Vinyl Café with Dubb Nubb (Saint Louis/Columbia, MO), Lesbian Poetry (Des Moines, IA), and Dear Rabbit (Colorado)

SUNDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER – Lincoln, Nebraska @ 2Smoov (947 S. 29th) with TBA

MONDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER – Kansas City, Missouri @ The Middle East (4209 E. 59th) with Blondie Brunetti and Mosquito Bandito

TUESDAY, 01 OCTOBER – Columbia, Missouri @ TBA with Devin Frank + TBA

Current Mood: Googzy
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
11:58 am
Goodbye, G&G. Hello, P&B.
New TEAM PANCAKES shirts logo! Thanks tastee! The shirts are gonna be so beautiful. Let me know if ya want one. They'll probably be in the $40 range (the more we order, the cheaper they'll be).

Ya don't have to be on the team to sport the shirt, but you can be on the team if you want, anyway. Our membership policy is of the "wide open" variety. Check sizing here (in the "Classic Bowlers" chart), scroll to the top of that page for measuring instructions. Let me know what name you want hand-embroidered on 'em, too. Prices will vary depending on how many people want 'em (more shirts = cheaper price), but expect to pay $40-$45. It's the greatest shirt you'll ever own. Reorder opportunities are likely to be few and far between, and perhaps nonexistent altogether!

Current Mood: Bowlsome
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
4:46 pm
New Personal Bestbowl
Afternoon Squids pre-bowl. It's funny that we even bother pre-bowling, considering there is like half of one other team in the league at present, but we are SERIOUS!

I bested my previous bowling best by 19 points with a 219 this afternoon! So, good thing we done that!

Current Mood: 219'd
Monday, February 13th, 2012
5:20 pm
Do You Know This Guy?
Oh yes, a priceless anecdote: This feller who was there at Market Grill yesterday while I was setting up was kind of chatting with me about what I was gonna do, and then he asked, in all sincerity, something to the effect of "have you ever heard of this guy Googolplexia?" Hah! This fellow is in this band Death Of Yeti, which he claimed played that Dudes Magazine release (or anyway, played with me sometime at The Warehouse, but that's the only time I've been to, let alone played, The Warehouse), but I think he was confused cuz I don't think that band played that. Maybe he just went to the show? He said something like "but you didn't have those glasses then, did you?" (Yes, I did.) Anyway, that's a first.

Current Mood: Googz'd
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
1:25 pm
On Thinking
A great quote from Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse that I just read (the quote, not the book. That is to say, I'm still working on the book, but I just read this quote and it sang to me):

"Nobody thinks clearly, no matter what they pretend. Thinking's a dizzy business, a matter of catching as many of those foggy glimpses as you can and fitting them together the best you can. That's why people hang on so tight to their beliefs and opinions; because, compared to the haphazard way in which they're arrived at [sic], even the goofiest opinion seems wonderfully clear, sane, and self-evident. And if you let it get away from you, then you've got to dive back into that foggy muddle to wangle yourself out another to take its place."

--The Continental Op, nameless narrator of sundry Dashiell Hammett works, from The Dain Curse, 1929

Current Mood: THINKY
Monday, October 10th, 2011
1:57 am
Ice Cream Death
Wow I think I finally know how much ice cream you have to eat for your heart to stop

Current Mood: CLEAR
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
3:45 am
Is The 'Goose Loose?
Helped MONGOOSE move into PPHQ this weekend. We saw Kevster walkin' down Delmar while moving stuff, it was kinda funny. "That's the dude whose room you're moving into!" Now this place is the stereotypical primo bachelor pad (again), we sat around watching some TNG tonight. Hopefully the hygienic quality won't suffer as a result. The bathroom is long overdue for a clean, so is the kitchen floor, hopefully I can get around to not being lazy long enough to get to some of this very soon.

I just paid bills, holy cow let's talk about my emergency need of employment! SLCL always sends the same form letter rejection, I wonder how I can get in touch with an actual person there, or otherwise better my chances at getting one of the many jobs I'm clearly not qualified for (you know, the 16-hour-a-week, $9.50-per-hour book-shelving jobs).

I went and saw THE BIRDS today (for free!) at the Hi-Pointe and Tippi Hedren was there, she got interviewed by the one TCM dude (the younger one). She praised Hitchcock's brilliance and bad-mouthed his cruelty. Apparently he ruined her career because she refused his stalkerish advances and tried to get out of her contract to him, or something. The Hi-Pointe was completely full! After the initial commercials for Charter and TCM were clearly digital I was worried this would just be some loser DVD projection but thankfully it ended up being a 35mm print. Not a new one or anything, but a plenty-nice one. I think I am pretty into the ending of THE BIRDS...no explanations, no real closure, no questions answered, just BIRDS, THEY'RE EVIL, EH?

Current Mood: Dozey
Monday, March 14th, 2011
5:13 pm
The Trudge
Trudging home defeatedly this morning I saw a long marking on the sidewalk to suggest someone had taken a snow shovel, run it along the ground for about a dozen feet, and given up. There's a great and relevant allegory in there, somewhere. "What am I doing snow-shoveling?" the property's proprietor no doubt asked after that first scrape yielded such seemingly fruitless results, the wintry precipitation continuing to both softly land and splatter noisily, all at once, and all around, from the sky and from the trees and sometimes from everywhere and nowhere, even as though lobbed lazily by invisible assailants. "The thick, wet snow-slush just continues to fall. Why did I think it was a good idea to start shoveling the walk?"

There's no transportation on foot except trudging in ground conditions like these. Let's all go out for a good trudge.

Current Mood: Trudgingly
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
5:56 pm
Sweet Vermouth On The Rocks With A Twist
Punxatawney Phil did NOT see his shadow today. When I read that, I thought "it seems like he ALWAYS sees his shadow," and sure enough, he only DOESN'T see a shadow about once in every seven years (based on averages since they started keeping track of Phil's forecasts).

Anyway, WINTER IS OVER! Right?

Current Mood: Groundhoggish
11:49 am
David Schwartz
So much back-and-forthing between Deadwood and Arrested Development in the past week or two, and always watching all credits fore and aft, and I never realized 'til just now (now that I've finished all three seasons of both series) that the theme music was composed by the same feller for both. Wild!

Current Mood: Ploink'd
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
2:12 am
Laugh It Up, Johnny
I heard that hed is getting married (even though he FAILED to tell me!) so I wanted to preserve his amazing LJ profile here in case he decides to take it down as a result (and you'll see what I mean, I think, if you read all the way through):

What is there to know about me?? I'm a music Nazi first and foremost...I like the absence of colour black...I work and get paid and this is nice...I type fast...I am opinionated and I laugh a lot...I feel the best way to go around life is with a humerous cynical view of how it all works out...know that most is shit but just fucking laugh it up johnny...furthermore my tombstone I don't like their pizzas will read
Here lies the quickly decomposing remains of a cynical sarcastic man who never stopped laughing despite the shit of the world. A man who cared and was willing to sacrifice, unconditionally, for those important to him. And he was one fucking BAD ASS Musician. he is survived by no children and saw no purpose in marriage thus no wife.
...anywho...want to know more then fucking ask...DOUCHE

For clarity's sake, I think that part about liking the absence of the color black is a reference to an attribute of the color black itself (its "absence") rather than an actual absence (i.e. an altogether lack) of the color black.

Keep in mind I'm a licensed (and experienced) wedding minister (who'll travel!) when planning the big day, HED!

Current Mood: Plonk
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
9:56 am
From Doctor Watson, regarding Sherlock Holmes, in "The Yellow Face" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

"For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately."

I think too often people are quick to dismiss silences between two (or more) people as "awkward" by default, when really they need be/are anything but. I have always considered the ability to enjoy someone's company silently as something to cherish. There doesn't always have to be noise or distraction or conversation or whatever.

At the same time I don't necessarily think that seemingly trivial conversation topics (the weather perhaps being the best example) are always contrived as last-resort "small-talk" or the like. With most or all people whose company I enjoy, I'd be happy to have a ten-second conversation about the weather and then spend the rest of the day in silence. Some of these same people might think of this as awkward, but I just think it's...comforting.

Current Mood: Sherlock'd
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
7:01 am
Wow, I just spent an hour or more updating my GoodReads after all. I sorta did that instead of organizing my physical shelves as intended/desired. I also did that instead of sleeping, which I'd intended to be doing by now. Ahh well ya can't have everything, am I right!?

Current Mood: Booky
3:22 am
New Pageys
Oh yeah, I made some new pages for my website, just place-holders to function in the meantime between now and the unleashing of the new re-design. I made not only this COMPILATIONS page but also this sorta MISCELLANEOUS page (for releases from bands where I didn't want to spend the time making a whole sub-site for the band, like I'll probably eventually have, since I'm just hand-coding this stuff with my vast HTML knowledge and it takes too long to make it worth it when those pages are just gonna go obsolete upon the unleashing of said forthcoming re-design), as well as the pages for each of the (seven or so) releases featured between those two pages. It's still not monsterously pretty or anything, but at least now there's an outlet for people to purchase everything in my catalogue online using PayPal and without having to E-Mail me or whatever.

I checked my Google PageRank the other day while updating for the first time since losing my SEO job, and PancakeProductions.net has a PageRank of 4 now, wow. That's as high as it ever was (maybe higher?). I wonder if people still think Google PageRank matters (at all, or even) to the exclusion of thinking anything else matters; I bet they do! Suckers!

Current Mood: I'd Be Better Off Dead
3:13 am
Exhibiting No Grit, True Or Otherwise, Whatsoever
So my collection of books is in terrible disarray; many of them are in the order I want them to be but many more, that is, more recent acquisitions, are sorta strewn across some shelves in a pretty haphazard way. Recently I was going through some of these recent acquisitions (I don't even know what's in there at this point), and found/remembered a copy of True Grit I'd acquired in the past year or two. I think it's like the first paperback version of the book ever made...a 95¢ cover price, and advertisements for the "forthcoming Paramount Picture." After finishing On The Road (something I prolonged doing, sorta on purpose) I decided on a whim to read True Grit. For the first time in perhaps forever I am probably going to finish a novel within 24 hours. I think the last time was Go Ask Alice which I read during the great blizzard snowstorm power-outages of...early December 2006? That was before I started tracking the books I read, which I did in August of 2007. Just lying there in my bed, as the temperature in my house slowly worked its way down past 40˚F and the light slowly worked its way down past "unreadable"...I believe we ended up staying at Courtney's parents' house that night in order to survive. It was sorta miserable but sort of a fond memory too; that was the weekend I acted in Hannah Radcliff's pink elephant movie and picked up my copy of the Hi-Pointe intersection poster, which now hangs on my living room wall above my DVD cabinet, from The Royale. Oops, TANGENT ALERT! Anyway as to True Grit, I'm not blasting through it because it's better than other things I've been reading, or more engaging, but more just because I am trying really hard to do it, just to do it. I mean, it's good enough, sure. As long as I can read like 45 pages in the next hour and a half I should be all right to get in under the 24-hour mark. I stayed up late both finishing On The Road and starting True Grit last night (/yesterday morning, technically). Good lord I haven't updated GoodReads since early April; according to anyone that follows me there (likely nobody...though who knows, I read all of those E-Mail updates I get about what my GoodReads friends are reading, after all), the last thing I read was the Bhagavad-Gita (finished 04/06/2010). I've read 22 books (let's just include True Grit) since then, but of those 15 are graphic novel installments (125- to 200-page comic books basically), and those usually take significantly less than 24 hours to get through. However, among those seven remaining "actual book" books (to discredit the fine art of graphic novelization none whatsoever, mind you) are The Scarlet Letter (which is rather dense) and The Naked And The Dead (which is rather long). Anyway maybe someday soon I'll update GoodReads with this progress.

For those nerds that're curious, the 15 graphic novels read include volumes of The Walking Dead (9), The Invisibles (3), Usagi Yojimbo (2), and Jack Of Fables (1). For those even BIGGER nerds that're curious, the more text-based books include One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, The Scarlet Letter, Captains Courageous, The Naked And The Dead, Great Adventure Stories (some Watermill Press paperback with five classic short stories in it that I snagged from the parents' shelf at Thanxgiving because I finished The Naked And The Dead a few days before leaving), On The Road, and True Grit.

Looking at these "more recent acquisitions" shelves got me a little more excited about reading than I have been for awhile. I know everyone and their Dad's Bastard is probably reading or re-reading True Grit right about now; maybe that's another reason I just wanna be through with it. I still haven't seen the re-make movie version ("it's not a re-make," you may say; "yes it is," I say), but had intended to soon even before deciding to read the book. Of course beyond all the stuff I was getting excited about on the recent-acquisitions shelves, there's the Sherlock Holmes books that I still wanna get through at some point (especially after seeing Elementary, Dear Data today...yes, I am going on about both graphic literature and Star Trek: The Next Generation in this post, I'm the king). Basically for those that don't know/haven't seen, if I never bought another book again as long as I lived, I would probably still not have the time to read all the ones I have, to say nothing of re-readings or new books I'm bound to get or the like.

I kinda wanna stay up super-late tonight after finishing this book and re-organize these bookshelves to accommodate all of the newer books into the current cataloguing system...

P.S. I applied for like six jobs with the library (both SLPL AND SLCL) in the past week.

Current Mood: Truly Gritty
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
6:23 pm
Shovelin' Snow
So it looks like we'll have a White Xmas Round II. I wonder if that has ever happened before? It seems like maybe it hasn't? Maybe I should prepare something special because of it?

Hoooh I am wondering, should I go shovel some snow, or just be lazy? I have watched four movies today (and by "today" I mean "since midnight" but three and a half of those were before I went to bed). I made hot chocolate (used a circus peanut instead of the marshmallow, bang!) and pancakes earlier. I was gonna run some XRII-related errands but now I don't really feel like it. I kinda do feel like shoveling snow. Maybe it's time for CHOREZ!

I finished making the 199 CDs for tomorrow, yesterday. I am realizing maybe it wasn't such a good idea to make so many. I will have to see how this goes and determine if I need to drastically cut down on the number of samplers I make in the future...I guess the last ones went so fast cuz they were free, whereas I'm hoping to get a buck apiece for these, so I'll probably be sitting on them for months until I decide just to give them away too....SUCH IS LIFE!

And in case you didn't get notified to excess,

Current Mood: Terminated
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
3:56 am
Circus Peanutz
Dang dudes my mouth is watering for circus peanuts. You know what that means...

Current Mood: Circus Peanuty
Monday, December 20th, 2010
5:08 pm
Oh yeah, I think I forgot to mention this funny observation I made about Saturday's concert: in terms of equipment, we loaded in more sofas than we did guitars; more knitting needles than amplifiers. There wasn't a single dang guitar of any kind on stage at any point, I am pretty sure. I don't have anything against guitars of course but for a show to be that fantastic without their help, well it just made the whole thing that much more delightful for me I think.

Current Mood: Fork'd!
Sunday, November 21st, 2010
5:10 am
Fishin' Boyin'
Hah hah look at this!

Yeah man I met this feller Eric Michener AKA Fishboy back in July when Jordan Knecht and I opened for him at Mangia Italiano at a show that was supposed to be at a Wedge Stag Nite until the Wedge shut down. Then a month later or so I was in Kansas City on a leg of Paul's Yum-Yum tour, and this fellow Tex took the pictures of me featured above for a photography project he was doing (he had everyone wear those glasses. Yes, they look like mine, but look closely, they aren't!). Then a coupla months later or so Fishboy found the picture on Tex's website (view the gallery of photographs taken for this project; Paul Velat and others are in there) via another (unknown to me) friend who pointed it out (since I was reppin' Fishboy so hard, you see). Later I asked Fishboy if there was anything good to do the week of Thanxgiving since I was planning on heading to Texas a little earlier than usual (Monday, whereas I usually go Tuesday, Wednesday, or even Thursday itself), including but not limited to booking a concert for me/us/whomever. He ended up doing so. Now the aforementioned picture is being used for a flyer to promote a concert being played by myself and Fishboy (the band, which includes the person as a member) in the basement of a pizza parlor in Denton, Texas next Wednesday. Holy heck I am excited. And flattered by this flyer. Fishboy is maybe my #1 favorite musical acquisition of 2010 (although technically I've had, and loved, one track by him in my music library, since October 2007: the song "The Ballad Of Zac Crain" from the HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME VOLUME 4 compilation from HHBTM records) and of course I love his daily (or so) webcomic, so this is triply (or more?) exciting. Heck maybe even like Grandma or Rhett or my Dad will go to this concert. WILD TIMES SHALL ENSUE!

Maybe someday Mustardfish will perform in concert with Fishboy and we can have like battle of the 'fishes.

Current Mood: Fish'm!
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
5:59 am
Dang I am twenty-nine-and-a-half today. I will probably celebrate by sleeping later than I want to, maybe hitting a SLIFF screening or two (or more), maybe just vegetating on the couch with some Monty Python's Flying Circus or some library DVDs or somesuch until I go into diabetic shock from eating nothing but post-Halloween-sale miniature Butterfingers. I lazied my way around two or three SLIFF screenings and the B&E reunion show in favor of vegetation tonight, hopefully I can muster the wherewithal (and the time) to make good use of the 24 free passes to this year's SLIFF that I've been afforded (I know I used more than that last year on myself alone, but already I'm two or three days behind now). If anyone sees anything they particularly want to see lemme know and I can probably spare an admission or two here or there; I think they've upped the ticket price this year yet again.

Current Mood: Dumb As Heck
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
1:40 am
P.O. Boxer
Hoh yes I have a P.O. Box now! Send all mail to:

Robert Severson
Pancake Productions
P.O. Box 16874
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105

Current Mood: Post'd!
Monday, August 23rd, 2010
10:15 pm
Some of you probably attended the Garage Lodge show last year where The Climax opened up for Sebastian Clark & Normandie Wilson. WELL Normandie is on tour again, and in St. Louis on a Sunday, and we're doing the show at PPHQ Garage Lodge again. She is touring with a gal from France called Alone With Everybody and I was seeking local openers, and partly got a little overzealous, and partly had some opportunities arise that I couldn't pass up (chief among this latter is that all three Shitty Friends will be in town together and their album will be ready, so this'll be the release/reunion show/party for that). Anyway what I basically have on my hands is enough acts (seven, assuming they all remember to show up) for an all-day festival, so I hereby dub this occasion

PancakeFesten 001

Other performers include but are not necessarily limited to some version of Prune, Thankful Tree, Black James, and of course Googolplexia.

Today I was toying with Pancake recipes and indeed I hope to make pancakes ON THE GRILL (sorta). There'll (potentially) be availability for more traditional barbecue fare (mostly if you yourself bring it, that is), but friends, I am fixing to make pancakes for all, and not just yer Grandma's flapjacks! Ho boy it is gonna be something. Why the pancake is so unfairly pigeonholed as a breakfast food is beyond me. I want so badly to tell you all what I've got cooking, wocka wocka, but more than that, I want it to be a surprise. I think maybe I've even said too much already. Basically, you'd be a fool to miss it.

Anyway Sunday, September 12th, 2010, from 2PM 'til the end of time, I present to you PancakeFesten 001. If you're readin' this, you're invited. If you're unfamiliar with the location of Pancake Productions Headquarters, get in touch with me privately post-haste.

Current Mood: Filth
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
12:33 am
Fishboy Comics
Man I love Fishboy. Before opening for him on Wednesday I had only ever had this one track on a HHBTM Records compilation from him, but I bought up all his discography on the strength of his set and that one track, on that night. Then we were all (Fishboy, his wife Carline [I think?], Matt Harnish, and Eric Von Damage) at Karen's house later (she wasn't there) and I coaxed Eric into telling his Tom Waits story, and lo and behold, it became a Fishboy comic!

Click'm here to read it. I can't stop laughing about it, and I've known about the story for like two years at least.

Uhh anyway Squidball we wailed tonight, it was Margarita night and I got some more use out of the Squidcooler (we should paint that thing green & gold). Now I have to go figure out if I can (or need to?) fix my bicycle and get to that Atomic Cowboy! I am chatting online with Rhett right now.

Current Mood: Klunk
Saturday, July 31st, 2010
9:03 pm
Man, I can change a car tire pretty quickly, heck I even enjoy doing it to some degree. It's too bad I didn't take the time to learn how to change a bicycle tire (or really, even to identify if one needed to be changed, or just the tube, or what) before tonight (I still don't know).

Current Mood: Rul Dumb
Friday, July 30th, 2010
2:25 pm
Chuck Berry @ Kiener Plaza In Saint Louis, Missouri; 07/29/2010
  1. Roll Over Beethoven
  2. School Days
  3. Sweet Little Sixteen
  4. Every Day I Get The Blues
  5. Around And Around
  6. My Ding-A-Ling
  7. Maybellene
  8. Let It Rock
  9. You Never Can Tell
  10. Carol
  11. Reelin' And Rockin'

At some point he said "You call 'em, we'll play 'em" and someone yelled for "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" and Chuck said "'Brown-Eyed Handsome Man,' I heard that one" as he pointed to someone in the audience...at which point they played "You Never Can Tell." I am pretty sure also that earlier in the set someone yelled out "Nadine" and he said "Nadine!?" then they launched into "Maybellene." Hah hah...oh Chuck! Actually he was pretty well on his game last night, no major gaffes (besides mistaking certain of his songs for others) after what seemed like a pretty slow start. I didn't see any duck walk, though. Later Nelly came out and did "Hot in Herre" and "Ride Wit Me" and this new song that was really, really good, among others. HOT STUFF MY FRIENDS! Can't beat a quintessentially Saint Louis concert for free on one of the nicest nights of the summer so far (really this whole week has been really nice). I biked all the way home (stopping here and there for further adventuring of course).

Current Mood: Handsome
3:45 am
If You Wanna Go And Take A Ride Wit' Me
Holy cow man, Chuck Berry opening for Nelly. Outside, downtown, Arch in full view, all for free, and that was only the beginning of tonight's adventure. I love you.

Current Mood: Bikey
Friday, April 30th, 2010
5:28 pm
Ping Pong Ching Chong
Through a not-altogether-strange turn of events with a nonetheless-unusual result, I am probably going to end up spending May Day in Ypsilanti, Michigan at TOTALLY AWESOME FEST, which is exciting, as I've heard about this thing for years but never gone.

I am accompanying Bunnygrunt on accordion in a reprise (of sorts) of this past Monday evening's events, tonight at the Schlafly Taproom. Also, newest Pancake Productions signees Popular Mechanics will be performing in concert. This band called the Cruel Cuts, who are (I think) some fellers that went to Webster University while I was there, are on the bill, too.

I played two of my all-time favorite shows this week, and both were captured on videotape, and now are available on YouTube.

The FBC Aprilween ride (this past Wednesday night) was monumentally awesome, I was dressed as a giant molar, pictures forthcoming. Paul from Saratoga and Jim Schulman were both on it. I spent some time chatting with BRONCO! and Bekah and a boatload of strangers, making tooth- and dental-related puns left and right. It is crazy how what was probably a 15-mile ride (plus another 3 miles or so to COOLHAND's place afterwards) can feel like nothing. I remember we did like a 10-mile ride on the Katy Trail when I was much younger and it felt like death! But Wednesday was NO BIGGIE. What's even more surprising is, I wasn't even really sore the next day (and did some bike-riding in fact).

Oh yes, I got a new bicycle (new for me, anyway). It's a Nishiki, probably 20 years old or so, but works very nice and is plenty tall. Brian helped me pick 'er out (or at least stood by and told me it was worth getting). I put my new hamburger bell on it already. Certainly it's an upgrade from my old bike (which in trying to prepare for SWITCHBLADE on Wednesday night we sorta broke a little...). Before Wednesday I had mostly ridden it around local-style (Pin-Up Bowl, Hi/Tec Copy) but now I am hoping to get more use out of it. I'm actually outfitting it with cargo ability (the basket from my old bike does not fit on the front of this one--I may change out the handlebars too, though) in hopes that I can take it to the bowling alley on league nights.

I also did this thing called CRINGE at Cranky Yellow before bowling last night where people shared supposedly cringe-inducing material from their pasts; I read some sweet journal entries from basically the only real paper journal I've ever had. There are some gems in there, I tell you! A pretty great review of Jurassic Park from shortly after I saw it in the theatre seemed to be the favorite...or the entry about how Brett Martin's sister and her friend played cops and robbers with us, and the highlight was apparently them tying us to a stool in the closet ("It was fun." reads an entire sentence following a description of this, in my own journal). It was extremely entertaining, SMALLS read some sweet E-Mail exchanges that may've led to her moving to St. Louis(?), we played a group game of M.A.S.H. for Frank (and I was one of the potential husbands, but Shaq beat me out), this girl phone-called a guy she met in the park the other day on speakerphone and asked to join his drum circle, et cetera.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
12:36 pm
Fall Out And Take The Bait
I've just received the obligatory annual E-Mail from Lollapalooza announcing the lineup, and SOUNDGARDEN is on it. This is pretty funny, I think in chatting with Ron or someone some months back I put together a theoretical lineup that might get me to go to Lollapalooza again, and a reunited Soundgarden was on that bill. Now that this particular aspect is a reality, it's kinda tempting, but $215 for a three-day pass is decidedly NOT. Maybe I can score a shorter-term ticket for cheaper. Unfortunately as with most Lollapalooza lineups (excepting those first two, which I actually attended) the total number of bands I'd care about seeing is pretty small: Devo, Mavis Staples, Green Day, Cypress Hill, and Lady Gaga, in that order (and Gaga only if she didn't interfere with seeing one of the others, or getting a much-needed lunch, or something). All those, Blues Traveler, and Erykah Badu (the only other acts I'd be even marginally interested in making it a point to catch) don't quite add up to a $215 value for me.

Soundgarden dudes! I did "Pretty Noose" at karaoke the other week.

Speaking of singing, I think HideAway tonight, Rockin' Gators Thursday.

Current Mood: Noose'd
Friday, March 26th, 2010
1:34 pm
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
1:10 pm
Saint Hat-Trick's Day
I don't think the Maker wants me to attend any more parades, or something. I set my alarm for a time beginning after I'd have had a pretty substantial amount of sleep and still have plenty of time to make special Saint Patrick's Day pancakes for SWITCHBLADE and I before the parade (9:15AM). I think my alarm goes for an hour then shuts off automatically. I appear to have slept through the whole entire thing and do not remember it at all, because it isn't turned off, the volume is still up, and it is indeed set for 9:15AM, not PM. I woke up about half an hour ago (11:20AM). What the heck?

I guess SWITCHBLADE has already headed to that parade, which now starts in 15 minutes (update: and now started well over an hour ago). Finding parking within 15 walking minutes of the parade seems miraculous enough...I guess I'll be throwing in that towel once again this year. I think I even took the day off work two years ago and still didn't end up going. Glargh!

Well instead, francethmanor has inspired me to re-design my "business" card (and order some). I seem to give them out a lot more these days than ever before.

Oh yes I stayed up 'til 8:30AM (or later?) Monday night/Tuesday morning, but not doing the usual sitting in front of my computer uploading YouTube videos (I'm pretty much done with that for a short while now); rather, I was getting lost (on purpose) driving around Missouri on a whim. We were in Cascade, Missouri at some point, which is not really too close to any major highway, and is one county away from Missouri's southern border.

Current Mood: Poop
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
2:39 am
The Cody Rivers Show

I saw these dudes do their show last year and it was awesome. The picture above is from a sketch about a police officer and his spider of a partner (see the glove on Andrew's hand). This was probably among the best events I attended in 2009, hands down. They are extremely well-rehearsed, extremely funny, extremely bizarre...just incredible stuff. In a single phrase, it's kind of like avant-garde sketch comedy I guess. It's just really great, whatever it is.

They're comin' back to town--next week--they'll be at Stirrup Pants Chapbooks on Monday, March 15th, at 7:30PM. You can read what I said about it after getting home from it here and more reflections on it from the following day here. I cannot recommend this show highly enough. It has nothing to do with me, really, but you are doing yourself something of a disservice by not attending.

Also, I got the call today (from Han) to open for that Long Form Improv Comedy Jam at Lemmons tomorrow (Tuesday 03/09/MMX, 8PM) night if anyone is interested. It was pretty fun last time, and I was actually intending to go anyway, but I guess maybe now I'll get some free pizza out of it, and get to perform a little.

Current Mood: Psych'd
Saturday, February 13th, 2010
10:23 am
Squidvia Night II: Squidsketball Edition
Squids Trivia Night #2 is a GO.

$1000 (ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR) cash Grand Prize has been established.

April 23rd is the date.

Maplewood American Legion Hall is the place.

Pizza will be included.

Read more here.

Register today.

The END.

Current Mood: Breakfast'd
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