Archive for July, 2005

Neighborhood notable

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

We went to a fundraiser in our neighborhood on Sunday afternoon where, among other discoveries, we found out that hit songwriter Gretchen Peters lives down the street from us (although we’re not sure exactly which house).

So out of idle curiosity, I checked Amazon for her recordings (I have one of her CDs already) and found that she has a song on a recent CD called “Germantown” — the name of our neighborhood.

I’m really itching to hear this song now, but I don’t want to spend $30 for the import CD (or even $25 for a used copy). I guess I’ll have to remain curious for a while.

Something to look forward to!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

I booked a cruise this morning! It’s only a four-day cruise, but it’s both the week of our meeting anniversary and Karsten’s birthday, and I bet it’ll be just what the doctor should have ordered.

And another cool thing: we’re recording a song demo! We were at the studio tonight and they laid down the instrumental tracks, and I’d forgotten what a thrill that is! Tomorrow night we go back to work with the singer and get the vocal tracks. I’m really looking forward to it.

Things are still really rough, and I’m still having a hell of a battle to enjoy myself at all, but at least some really good stuff is showing up to help brighten up the darkness.

Yay cruise!

Google News Alerts going crazy and making me crazy

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Two of the Google News Alerts I have set up, one for “bisexual” and one for “Daryl Hall,” have been sending out stories like mad over the past few days. In case you’re not also interested in both bisexuality and the tall, blond half of Hall and Oates, perhaps you’re not aware of why.

It seems that a team of researchers have concluded, after one study, that people are either gay, straight, or lying. Well, in fact what they found was that this particular group of men who identified as bisexual were apparently aroused exclusively by images of only women or only men. This has led dozens of papers to publish stories basically claiming that bisexuality doesn’t exist. Needless to say, I’m a little annoyed by this.

Meanwhile, Daryl Hall has been cancelling concerts for the past week or two, and it was just announced the other night that he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Well, now he is getting the kind of press only mildly strange announcements like that can attract, and some of it has almost been making it seem like a) he did it on purpose for the attention? or something and/or b) he’s a wimp to be cancelling shows on account of a little tick action. Needless to say, I’m a little annoyed by this.

Of course, I’m easily annoyed lately, but there you have it. Now watch something weird happen with Netflix or one of the other news alerts I have set up, and I’ll have to do something rash and unsubscribe from all of them or something.