Monday, February 28, 2005

I'd Say It Was A Good Weekend...

I love a good lazy weekend. I had a mid-term and a final the next week but...eh...who cares right? I really didn't have much to do this weekend which I like sometimes. KU did play OSU yesterday and that was a beautiful game. Not just that KU won but that it was an amazing game. Just the type of game you expect from two top 10 teams 3 weeks before the big tournament. March is gonna be great. Here's my gripe today: What the hell is wrong with the Oscars? Does anyone really enjoy watching that crap? All I really think about when the Oscars are on is that my favorite show on Sunday night isn't on. Boston Legal. Man, I love that show and some crappy awards show is on instead. Of course, "The "L" Word" was on. I like that show. I am sure people are shaking their heads right now when I say that, but screw it. I like it anyway. It doesn't reinforce the argument that some women have though that things would just be easier if they were a lesbian. It sure as hell doesn't make things easier for anyone on that show...

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Marc Broussard at The Bottleneck...

I made my way up to Lawrence on Wednesday night. I know. It's a school night. Well, sometimes you just have to do these things. I had first seen Marc Broussard at the Wakarusa Festival in Lawrence last summer. I think he is incredibly talented and I was very excited to see him in concert again. The Bottleneck is a hole in the wall in Lawrence but it is notorious for getting some great bands. Lawrence is an altogether good live music area. It's not Austin, TX or anything but it will do. It's better than most cities I can tell you that. I was excited to go to the concert and I was going to get to see Tom for a while. I only live 3o minutes from the guy but it still seems like it is tough to get to see him very often. I cut out of class early on Wednesday night and met a friend from work to head up to Lawrence. I drove. I always drive. That's my control thing. I drive everywhere. I really do not like riding with other people. It's not personal at all. It just makes me feel better. Either way, we went to Lawrence and went by Wheat State Pizza to see Tom at work. I never really thought I would ever see Tom tossing pizza dough into the air...but that's exactly what was happening. It was great. As I figured, there was a great looking blond girl working there too. I am sure Tom has had his share of awkward moments with this girl. I think that every woman who crosses Tom's path ends up as a story of his somewhere. One of the many reasons that I was happy to see Tom is because he had seen Jimmy more recently than I had and it gave me a chance to hear about how he was doing. Jimmy had his first chemo treatment recently and I was very anxious to hear how he was doing. Jimmy's mother had been down to visit him so I did not want to intrude by calling this weekend. Tom said that Jimmy seemed to be doing well when he saw him. It was great to hear that. I really have no experience with cancer so I really do not know how things go. Jimmy is going back to work this next week so that he can delay the inevitable long term work shortage that he will go through. It's great to hear that he is going back to work because I know that this should make him feel much better. It will ground him. Make things feel more real. That is what I would need...I can tell you that. I will get a chance to go and see him when I head down to Austin in early March. He will just be coming out of his second treatment but it will still be nice just to see him quickly. I will also get a chance to see Kaitlyn. I haven't seen her since Jimmy's wedding. She sounds like she is doing very well. That makes me very happy. We had a conversation on the phone the other night for about an hour and a half and if we wouldn't have had to work in the morning...we probably could have talked three times as long. It seemed like we were back on the house on Ohio. Oh, back to the main story here. The show at the Bottleneck was pretty full. I expected it to be because the radio stations in the area had been giving away tickets. After a while I realized that many of the people who were there seemed to be traveling with the band. Friends from home or something maybe. It was a bit surreal because they were all just getting drunk. They didn't seem to give two shits about the music. It's very obvious that Marc is an incredibly talented musician. I just hope that he is not getting wrangled into the whole mainstream pop thing. We all know from seeing anything that happened at the Grammys that Pop music is basically dogshit. I really hope that he does not fall into that category. He could really be a great funk/blues/rock musician if he sticks with what he is doing right now. Another positive that came from the night was that I saw an old friend of mine from high school that I hadn't seen since....well...high school. I found out a lot about some other friends from high school that I haven't seen since then. It's great and there's an outside chance of us all getting together to play cards and hang out. I know it would be weird but I think it would be really cool on the other hand. I haven't seen any of them in so long it would be great to hear about how they have fared since they left school. Well, this is probably already long enough that no one will read it but I will post it like this anyway. Hopefully I can get myself to post more...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

I'm finding it impossible...

Lately, it seems impossible for me to be on time in the morning. For some reason I am staying up a lot later these days. I get this feeling when I get home from work or class that I have such a limited amount of time when I am not at work. In my head, since it is so limited, I need to spend as much of that time as possible enjoying myself so that I don't feel so crappy when I go to work. All that this has accomplished lately is just me being more tired in the morning. I don't end up going to sleep until well after midnight and I have to wake up at 6:45 to go to work. That just doesn't work out well. Tonight I am going to a concert, after class, which is after work. That should make for a fun time. I just hope I am not completely freaking beat by the time I get to enjoy myself (i.e. the concert). Another thing, how does the hot water just stop working in the shower. No one else is using the water...how does it just stop?

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Freaking Valentines Day...

I am sure it's not hard to figure out what my thoughts on this bullshit holiday are. Either way, there are people out there who enjoy it for some stupid-ass reason. There are actually women out there who will be disappointed today when they don't get flowers delivered to their office. Some will be upset when they aren't taken out to dinner. Well that is one thing I have that all you people in relationships don't...I don't have to worry about this bullshit holiday. I pity all of you who actually celebrate it. But hey, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

Typical Monday...

You know that typical day right? You sleep in a little later than normal. Hit snooze one more time than you should. If everything were to go right, you could still make it to work on time. But you have played with fire. Now you can't find your name tag. Can't find the shirt you want. Forgot to get all the stuff you need for work, and school. Get outside. Your car is covered in frost. Don't scrape it, just drive off. Almost broad-side a car because of the frost on the windows. After all this, the one thing that should cheer you up, the sun on a cold morning, successfully pisses you off because it's so damn bright. How typical...

Sunday, February 13, 2005

What a great concert...

As some of you may know, I made my way to the Gov't Mule concert on Friday night at the Uptown Theater here in Kansas City. I have been looking forward to this show for quite a while. For any of you who know this band, you will know what I mean when I say that Warren Haynes is the hardest working man in Rock & Roll. I had seen them play a few times in the past. Twice when they opened for Dave Matthews Band. I always enjoyed them but I just didn't give them much thought because of the fact that I was there for something else. This show was at the Uptown Theater which is honestly one of the best indoor concert venues in the Midwest. It has a very old time feel to it and it is very quaint. Perfect for the Mule. Warren and the rest of the band were absolutely amazing. This is saying a lot considering it was just the second night of their tour. They can understandably be a little off while trying to get back into the groove. They played some favorites of mine including "32/20 Blues" and for the Encore they played a cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Whithers into Soulshine, which you might know from Allman Brothers fame. Now back to the statement that he is one of the hardest working men in Rock & Roll. He sings and plays guitar for Gov't Mule as well as The Allman Brothers, The Dead, Warren Haynes and Friends and Phil Lesh and Friends. He is all over the place and is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend picking up the CD "The Deepest End" to really see what they are all about. Here is the link to the setlist and a quick review of the show: Review, Setlist, and Pictures

Monday, February 07, 2005

Now that the Super Bowl is over...

I kinda feel like this is my "New Year's". Every year, when the Super Bowl is over I feel like that is the start to the new year. March Madness is coming up and that makes me all kinds of excited. I get chills just thinking about the tournament. That's probably sad but I love it. The Big 12 Tournament is back in KC this year so it just feels right. I went to two Super Bowl parties last night. I had a lot of fun but I would really like to have my own party. That would be badass. Get a big honkin' TV and have everyone over to watch the game and eat until you can't stand up. I've never had my own, I always go to everyone else's party. Maybe that has something to do with my personality. With the Super Bowl party comes the right to throw parties for all kinds of other things. World Series, Final Four, you know, the important stuff. Another thing, why the hell is everyone getting pregnant? Is that just the cool thing to do these days? I go to the first Super Bowl party this weekend and there were kids running around all over the place. What made that even funnier was that the two couples that I was talking to were both expecting too. And the night before at our office "Prom" there were two couples there who were expecting too. I guess I am really out of it. I am not even close to going down that road.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Sorry I haven't updated in a while...

It seems that a few people have found out about the situation in the last entry solely from this blog. I feel a little bad about that because that's not how I intended it. I didn't want this to be the way that people found out about the situation. Well, there isn't anything that I can do about it now. I will say that I talked to Jimmy yesterday on the phone and he hasn't changed a bit. Which is exactly what I wanted to hear. It sounds pretty shitty but I don't know why I thought there would be any difference. I guess that is my inexperience with this whole situation. I guess that's just what people do when something like this happens. At least that's what I did. On to more uplifting things. Who wants to go to a concert? There's a really good artist, Marc Broussard, coming to the Bottleneck in Lawrence on February 16th. I'll be there...and I encourage anyone else who likes live music to come as well. If there's anyone that reads this that doesn't know me...or DOES know me for that matter...I want you to head up there. Tickets are only $10...so you don't have that excuse. You can check him out here...

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