Well, I've been thinking of what to say about both of these new albums. This sums it up: Both albums are exactly what I would have expected. That's not bad, mind you, I have been listening and liking them most of my life (Ace was always my fave). If you like them you should know by now, 35 years later. If not, you may not enjoy these new CDs.
My Mom used to send me all sorts of odd emails until I got her to stop. She did pass this on today, though, and I thought it was funny enough to share here. I read an earlier email from her last night (which reminded me that my wife told me about a phone message last week!). She has news to pass but not here or by email or by phone message so I guess I best call now. Enjoy!
5 Amazing Holes! - These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying! The sheer scale of these holes reminds you of just how tiny we are.
Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds Before being closed
Back before The Mike O'Meara Show ended, whenever I wanted to listen to the live stream I had to watch and listen to this commercial first. And I'll be danged if this was one commercial I didn't mind waiting through. I came across this original one that I sat through (sang with) often:
Is that catchy or am I nuts? Don't answer that.
More after the break
The Packers Won! As they should have. The Rams are regarded as one of the worst teams in the NFL right now, so that was a good game to bounce back after the loss to the Bengals last week. The worst part of the game was losing the video. With my service only that particular channel got stuck on one frame for almost an hour. From shortly after 1 o'clock until shortly after 2, from about 5 minutes left in the first half - through halftime - until about 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter I got only the sound and that same still frame of when it last showed video. I wanted to call and complain but I would only get a machine sending me in circles, I'm sure. I hope you got to see all the game (if you were watching).
So last night we had some friends over for a couple hours. I'd say it went pretty well except for one stubborn cork in the bottle of wine. It broke our corkscrew so we'll need to get another. Later, we all walked down to the local tavern to meet up with more friends. All was well, I had a couple of drinks by then. I noticed they had absinthe.
Now I've never before partaken of the green fairy. But I decided then that this was the night. I have heard many things about it, though. On the old Don and Mike Show they had a few 'absinthe shows' and got all loopy by the end. Then they would come in the next day to tell us what happened after the show. Mainly they just got real drunk off the absinthe.
I had the original absinthe with the wormwood and prepared traditionally. Overall I had three over the course of the night (at $7.50 a pop!). While it was a little different buzz, the fact that it was like 140 proof is what got me drunk. No great poems written. No artistic masterpieces painted. Just me, inebriated, walking home, saying our goodnights and settling in.
My wife went to bed very soon after getting home. I stayed up for a bit, still surprisingly lucid for what I had drunk. Then shortly after, while out for a smoke, I realized I needed to go to bed NOW. So I did. I got up, put out the smoke went in and shut everything off and went straight to bed.
This morning I got up around nine. I felt like hell for about a half hour, but after a shower I felt fine. I even mowed the lawn this morning for the first time in about a month. No rain = no growing = no mowing. Now, we have gotten record rain a few days ago (the first rain of September btw), rain since, and it is raining now. Feast or famine, I guess.
Friday night was the closing of the Fish poll. 5 votes. I'd lie if I said I wasn't disappointed. Especially since I can see that I usually get at least 10 different visitors a day.
The 3-2 winner is to get rid of the fish. However, with that low amount of votes and hearing that my nephew likes to feed them, I will keep the Fish. They will be moved lower down the page, though. Also, I think I'll get rid of the google search box on the right. I like it better than the blogger search in the top left, but it is redundant so it is gone.
I'll be back after the Packers game to write about my first absinthe experience last night.
The Badgers won! They lapsed late again, making the final score much closer than it should have been. Hopefully they'll learn from it.
It's Saturday afternoon and about all I've done is watch football. My wife has been busy all day and much of yesterday. A couple friends are coming over for dinner tonight and then we're going to go out for a little while. Mrs Scoakat says she's not doing much for dinner, but you know it'll be an impressive spread.
I have been thinking about what to write about Ace and Kiss' new albums, since I have been saying I'm gonna do a post on it. I still will, but I want to hear them more. My project last week at work kept me from my ipod all week, but I should be able to use it much more next week.
Now I think I'll go downstairs and put a blanket on our water heater. I bought it a while ago and need to do it anyway, but I feel guilty when my wife is running around and I'm not doing anything.
Saturday turned out as i predicted a few posts ago. Not a hectic day, just planned out, I guess. Before the concert we had dinner at a mexican restaurant about a half a block from the Overture Center. Bland. Not bad, just no spice at all. Even the salsa was more sweet than spicy.
This kind of concert was actually a first for me. It was held in a very nice venue with good sound. It was a sit-down concert. Everybody sat until the end of the show and waited for the last note before applauding at the end of every song. Of course, inbetween songs someone yelled 'freebird' once. Andrew Bird started solo for the first song then was joined by the band until towards the end, with a few more solo. I enjoyed the performance very much. My only disappointments are that I thought it was kind of short show, though I did not pay attention to actual start or finish times. And, unfortunately I did not hear my favorite Andrew Bird song, 'A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left.'
I'm not sure if any of you have watched the Andrew Bird videos that I have posted. If not that's okay. I think it's beautiful music, and it's my blog. ;P
I highly recommend watching this fascinating video of him set up in some huge church that I recently found online. Just him in the middle playing his music. That's a wall I'd like to be a fly on.
Badgers and Packers? Ehhh. I still feel the same as I did and see the same things you and everybody else does. But, what can you do? GO TEAMS!
Well, I was planning a bigger post tonight but our friends B & Z finally got us to go out to one of the neighborhood taverns tonight. It was fun! Usually mondays are a pretty low key night for us. Now it's almost 8:30 and we need dinner then bed.
I received the new Ace Frehley album friday, post coming soon. Weekend activities with the Andrew Bird concert review also coming soon. And my views on the Packers and Badgers will wait.
I hope everyone had a nice weekend and start to the week. I know I've not posted the last few days. My back had been acting up on me, so I wasn't up for most usual things. I considered another 'filler' post, but I have done alot of those lately, posting almost every day.
I didn't do much over the weekend, except watch football. I did get handrails up around our little stairs and landing area. Now I need to see if I can find a stain to reasonably match the trim in the house or else I'm thinking of just spray painting them with some kind of offwhite semi-gloss or gloss. I may stop at Ace Hardware tomorrow to look, or then again, maybe this weekend. While Ace is on my way home, the traffic at that time of day at that area.... hmm, I'll probably wait for the weekend.
Andrew Bird will be at the Overture Center in Madison on September 19. I can hardly wait! If you thought you knew me, then this may be a surprise: I listen to more than just Heavy Metal! Andrew Bird sings, whistles, and plays the violin, guitar, glockenspiel, and of course his looping machines. I would be more than happy to see him solo, but he does have a band with him on this tour.
This is my earliest favorite song of his, that first got me interested. The song (at least in this incarnation) is circa 2004, this video is from earlier this year in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yeah the light is annoying, but the sound is good and I wanted to put up a recent one. Also, no band for this one. I think he'll do a few more solo during the show here as well.
There is more to this post. From now on, some posts may be continued to another page, so if you are interested, you can continue reading. Also, it allows me to post as much as I want in one post without filling up the front page. Just look out for the 'read more' below.
A bit ago I left a comment on Uncle Bill's Canadian Blog. He was talking of putting together notes he has written over the years on raising his two stepdaughters. Into book form, I assume.
I know he is a good writer, I have read his blog(s) more on than off now for several years. When I went to explore the 'follow' button on his blog, that is how I got this blog (I had a wee bit to drink that night, too, as I recall). And I may not have had the confidence to do this if I hadn't read Bill's and several other's blogs over time. He offered his assistance right after I started, but I didn't want to be a bother. I don't do much here, and shouldn't.
Anyway, I left a comment on that particular post meant to encourage, and I think he was surprised. I used the word 'unique', but of course it is not unique to him at all! He lives it. So I hammered out a comment on his follow up post, then, well, thought about it.
A couple years ago one of by best buds from high school got married, now is stepfather to two children, I think. He lives quite a distance, though, and for several years now we have only spoken a few times a year, unfortunately.
My Sis has a guy now that she's really been wanting me to meet. She sounds very happy so eventually he may be a stepfather to my niece and nephew.
If(when?) my Mom gets married, I'LL have a stepfather!
2 possibles and 1 distant. So as of now it does seem pretty unique to me. I welcome those 2 possibles to make it more common in my life, though!
I was aware of this happening recently and other than thinking about how much this is a waste of time, I thought little else of it. Now here it is showing up on a list already. Maybe that was the plan all along. Madison does seem to like all the lists it has been on the last several years.
I noticed everything else on the list is a state item. Madison is a city, yet it still made this list? Be careful what you read on the internet...
Updated 4/28/13. I effed up while trying to upgrade the video in this old post because I sent a link to friends and wound up losing the original post somehow. Don't edit when drunk is all I can say. I lost all my text from the old post, my only save is to post the video again, that's all I can do now.
This was Labor Day 2009, the original vid was uploaded to blogger, when you used to be able to upload vids to blogger. It still worked but was small, in 2010 I put stuff on youtube and was just trying to upgrade the post tonight and it went bad. Sorry. But the video from our dinosaur camera is still pretty neat.
• Deep Fried Butter could push the grease-o-meter to a new high. "100 percent pure butter is whipped 'til light and fluffy, then specially sweetened with a choice of several flavors." It is then surrounded by a "special dough" and quick-fried.
Raw butter. Deep fried. Cheese curds weren't bad (good) enough. Also, mushrooms, jalepenos, pickles, snickers bars, twinkies, etc... We now have to deep fry battered raw butter? What The Hell, People!!?? And No, Wisonsin does not need to respond to this atrocity from Texas. I seem to remember Texas being not far behind Wisconsin in a list of fattest states, but I could be wrong. But if they eat like this, it won't be long!
...heck, I still refuse to get a cell phone. This blog is as social as I've ever been on the internet, and this is mostly one-sided (since YOU aren't commenting!).
I'm not saying this would ever happen to me, but you know it is happening all the time these days. Yeah, it's a whole 5 minutes, but actually a quick watch.
Note: This is a post I wrote about a week ago and hung on to for when I needed something. After reading Bill Sticker's post today I respect him even more and thought it would be a good time to post this, in agreement if you will. Read his post here.
S.o H.appy I.t's T.uesday, get it? Yesterday was not a good day but today was better thankfully.
Well, we did have company Friday night for the Packers game (they still look great!). I think it went well. It's nice to have the freedom to entertain and socialize in our new house. In the old apartment, we never went out of our way to make our place a destination like we can now. I like the two other couples very well and they seemed to get on together as well. It was a pretty good night of football, food and drink with hardly a lull in the conversation. I think everyone had a good time. I still worry about being a host, I have little practice. There was enough room for six (incl. wife and I), but for something like this, six is probably max. Other social occasions (like not a game on the telly) more people could be spread out to the porch and kitchen.
I also saw some of old B.F. as a Viking last night. I haven't been moved to comment on his unretirement here. Same for Michael Vick. I'm disappointed Favre is playing for Minnesota, and that any team would take Vick right now. But, bully for each of them. Me, I'm still just watching, taking it all in. Like I said before, I'll just enjoy the sideshow. I have faith in the main attraction - the Green and Gold can whoop 'em both! :)
btw, My mom stopped by Sunday, but she doesn't want me to say what she did while here!
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