Archive for January, 2004

Guitars in Music City

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

I’ve convinced to apply for this. :-)
Guitars to twang all around Music City

[...] The citywide public arts project sponsored by Gibson Guitars has
issued a call for artists. The project will feature 50 originally designed
10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson guitars. [...] “We are trying to get all of
the creativity of the artists in the area to put their energy into designing
fabulous guitars and making them as wild and as wonderful as they possibly
can,” said Nina Miller of Gibson Guitars.

New user pics

Saturday, January 17th, 2004

One way to relax is to create new user pics! I know the text on the one on this post is hard to read, but it was too perfect to pass up. If you can’t read it, Caesar is saying “The president doesn’t seem too worried” and Huey responds “Sure, if he catches a brain-eating disease, who’s gonna notice?”

And I love this image below of Huey lookin’ all angry and cynical. I have a feeling I’ll have ample opportunity to utilize this one over the next few months of presidential campaigning:

Fun!

Funk.

Saturday, January 17th, 2004

I’m not prone to depressed moods. Over the past few years, when things got really rough financially, I had some serious emotional lows, but I could feel that it was just situational stress weighing me down.

This is different. These past few days, I’ve been in a funk, and I don’t really have a good explanation for it. I just can’t remember the last time I felt down without knowing why, so this is really weird.

I’ve been trying to be good to myself, allowing myself to unwind and be a pajama-clad homebody when I get home from work. But I’m also trying not to let myself give in to it too much: for example, I forced myself to work out this morning even though I didn’t feel like it (which is weird all by itself).

I do have to work some this weekend, and I don’t have discretionary income to speak of so I’ll be relaxing in all the old familiar ways: hanging out with Karsten, petting kitties, writing songs, playing around on the computer, reading, and so on.

But I’ll gratefully accept hugs and wishes for a moodlift any time now!

Clie or Treo?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2004

Another reason to love Aaron McGruder:
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/cx/uc/20040104/bo/bo040104l.gif

This is appropriate, because I’m debating whether I want to reward myself for paying off my next credit card (or even the one after that) by treating myself to a new PDA. I’ve been lusting after both the Sony Clié PEG-NZ90 and the Handspring Treo 600 (which, incidentally, Amazon.com is offering right now for $249 after some rebates — and that’s an incredible deal).

But really, I think I’m going to hold off on doing anything for a while. I can get by for quite a bit longer with the Clié PEG-N760C my mom is letting me borrow from her. It’s a fun step up from the Palm VIIx I was using previously.

Heh.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2004

I just recently joined the community and now every time I see a post from that group on my friends list, I have to do a double-take. I keep reading as .

Score!

Monday, January 5th, 2004

I found an auction on eBay yesterday for a $25 gift certificate to a local Indian restaurant (Taste of India, for you Nashvillians). We’ve been there, and it’s pretty good, so I bid on it up to $10. Well, I won it for $7.29 (plus $1 processing, which is kind of a scam since it’s all done electronically, but never mind). Woo hoo! We’ll be able to either have an extra dine out dinner in the next few months (it doesn’t expire for one year) or we can save that portion of one month’s dining budget. We’ll see how frivolous I feel. ;-)

As a bonus, the seller (Restaurant.com) threw in a free 16 month subscription to Saveur. Whee!

A must-have for every film buff’s book collection

Sunday, January 4th, 2004

Tom Johnson was my coworker and close buddy at Netflix. After I left Netflix, I went north, then east, and then south. After he left Netflix, he went directly south — to L.A., where he’d lived previously. The man has interviewed more celebrities than I could possibly name, and he’s a great writer.

Reel to Real: 25 Years of Celebrity Interviews by David Fantle and Tom Johnson.

It looks like it’s a backorder situation on Amazon, but I recommend buying it anyway. You won’t be disappointed.

LJ haiku

Sunday, January 4th, 2004

Heh. Borrowed from , and linked at http://grahame.angrygoats.net/lj-haiku/ — here are some of the best:

his hands as if he’s
going to strangle her but that’s
where the dvd stopped

i mean it’s crazy
i just finished eating
a bowl of the lost

i’ve been meaning to
see if it fit there we tried
it in the morning

Um, wow!

Saturday, January 3rd, 2004

Edmonton police are trying to better understand discrimination by walking around holding hands in non-gay neighborhoods. The cops said they felt intense awareness of their own security, especially when walking by a construction crew.

More at http://www.queerday.com/archives/002614.html.

Today’s run: Belle Meade Blvd, 60º F, ~4 mi

Saturday, January 3rd, 2004

Gorgeous weather! I’d heard it was going to rain by 9, so we headed out at 7:30 to get in an hour or so before the rain. Unfortunately, a mile or so into it, my back started hurting like it did a week and a half ago in Chicago. So I walked until I met up with Karsten as he was heading back in my direction (and that took quite a while), and sent him to get the car.

In the meantime, I did a little resting and stretching, and found that I could walk a bit more. Once I got walking again, I found that I could jog a bit. And once I’d jogged a bit, I found that I could do some speedwork.

Weird. I went from having shooting pain where I couldn’t even walk to feeling OK sprinting.

If it happens again, I’ll think about seeing a doc. But I think the doc would just tell me to take it easy. So I’ll see what I can do about that. ;-)

Rock. On.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2004

The Nashville Public Library has not one, not two, but three Boondocks books in their collection, and I now have them all on hold. One of them is already available, so I should be receiving it shortly.

I (heart) Aaron McGruder.

Yay!

I picked the right year to leave Chicago, apparently

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

Chicago regains the title of America’s murder capital, despite a sharp drop in homicides, police say.

I don’t do resolutions…

Friday, January 2nd, 2004

but here are some things I’d like to accomplish this year.

Run a half-marathon, at least. I had hopes of running the Country Music Marathon in April, but between the weather and my wicked work schedule, I lost a lot of valuable training time in November and December. With only three months left to train (and at least two months of bad weather left, and still a fairly wicked work schedule), I won’t make the marathon. I’m still hopeful about the half-marathon, though. And even if I don’t manage that one, I’m intent on being able to do it by the end of the summer.

Increase the amount and diversity of raw veggies I eat. I already do fairly well at this, but I’d like to be better about it.

Increase my nutrient:calorie ratio. Same as above, and will certainly be aided by implementation of above.

Decrease the amount of useless fat I eat. Again, I’m pretty good about this, but I still munch a little too much chocolate a little too often, and french fries never did anything good for anyone, even when they’re only eaten once in a great while.

Improve my guitar skills. I let this slip because of my wicked work schedule, but I really need to work on my guitar playing. It could be such a valuable songwriting tool, and I just haven’t taken the time to practice and improve.

Make more time for songwriting. My day job has been top priority for a few months, and that’s fine because it pays the bills. But once the big push is over (and it should return to normal by the end of March), I need to get back to spending serious amounts of time on writing songs.

Accelerate debt reduction plan. As of yesterday’s session with Quicken, my… our… THE debt will be paid off in May 2005, which is thrilling (only a few months ago I was excited to think it would be paid off by September 2007!) — but I’m a never-settle-for-less-than-everything kind of person, and I want to see if I can make it go away even faster.

Organize my clothes. This seems so minor in comparison to the others, but it’s really such an annoyance. I have a fairly generous closet space, but I have a lot of clothes because I basically have four wardrobes: my smart-and-professional work clothes, my sexy-and-stylish out-and-about clothes, my ever-growing collection of workout wear for all seasons, and my comfy-and-hip stay-at-home clothes. I need to find a way to make it all tidy and easy to access.