Friday, July 27, 2012

Our Flow is Always in Escrow

For the last few months, I have been going folder by folder and removing files from a damaged 500GB external hard drive.  The hard drive is what we used to back up all of our stuff - pictures, music, all the tracks from songs I'd recorded for myself and others, etc.  So the hard drive is broken but I found a trick on the internet where you put your drive in the freezer, and then take it out and try to get the files off of it.  It will work until the drive heats up too much and stops working again.  Then you put it back in the freezer and repeat the process.  It's all very fascinating, but it only lets you dump a couple of GB at a time, which is why this process has taken a long time.


Yesterday I was finishing up getting the files off of the hardrive, and in the process of putting it all on fresh drives I was organizing it and looking through old pictures and songs and stuff.  What fun!  The highlight of the day, I think was digging out the Steinmetz Family Rhymin' and giving it a couple of spins.  It has stood the test of time.  Lyrics?  Tight.  Flow?  Never defaults.  Production?  Kickin'.   I still give it an A+.  Just in case it's been awhile for you, here it is:

(p.s.  If any participants in the SFR wish me to take it down, just let me know and I will)

Also great to look through old pictures.

Sam's 3 month birthday was yesterday.  He spent it eating, pooping, sleeping, and attempting to stand up.  He recently decided he doesn't really like laying down anymore, but what he REALLY likes to do is stand up with somebody holding him under his pits.  Anyway, here's what he's looking like:

Sunday, July 22, 2012


What the hell's going on?  Not much.  I got home from work tonight (work which was very boring, and stupid, and pointless) and watched a couple of FRIENDS episodes with my ladyfriend, while our offspring slept and dreamt, and we ate chips and salsa.  And my ladyfriend added cheese to the salsa, which was the best idea that anybody had all day. 

All of the vowels on this keyboard are having problems.  Well, at least E and O.  I've had to go back and re-type like 50% of them in. 

Also, gin and tonic from a jar. 

I think Sam is getting to the point where he's so cute that it's becoming problematic for Jeannie and I.  Or maybe we're getting to the point where we think he's so cute that we start becoming big pains in the ass. 

Are you having problems figuring out what to get me for my birthday?  Easy.  Get me an Onkyo TX-8050.  You're welcome. 

I should really go to bed. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

They're gonna have to dust your chin for groin prints.

Tonight was boring as hell at work, so I read a little bit from a lesser-known Kerouac book and thought about travelling.  I thought about one day in the future, maybe when Sam is 6 or 7, taking a trip up to Alaska and seeing Spifferoo and recording some songs.  I thought about taking another bus ride up to New York to see the Schluetermetz' show this fall (maybe a coupla times).  And I thought about a time on Spring Break during my senior year of college, when Sean and Misty and I were on some very windy, mountainous road in the Blue Ridge Mountains that had a posted sign that said 'avoid this road in icy weather' (or something to that effect), and we were driving around in ice and snow and fog in my little 4-cylinder Dodge Spirit.  I miss that car.  Gordon.  El Gordo.  And we thought we were going to die on that road.  And then eventually we got to this little town at the bottom of the mountain that was pretty and snowy.  And I still have a picture of that town in my head and I have no idea if it's a real picture or just a made-up memory. 

Tonightat work I decided that I was going to have a G&T in a ball jar when I got home.  I have a G&T out of a glass when I just want to unwind, out of a ball jar when I want to get silly. 

Anyway, I look forward to travelling with Sam.  Of course I'd eventually like to get to Europe, and part of me is glad that Jeannie and I haven't been yet, and now when we go we can take the boy with us. 

What's been going on?  What do I want to remember? 

Jeannie and I headed over to PFI last night to see Pride and Prejudice.  Took Sam with us.  It was a little tricky, because we had hoped to have him fed and asleep by the time the show started, but he was just finishing eating when the show started and it took most of the first act to get him to go to sleep.  So it wasn't as stressless and relaxing as we hoped the evening would be, but at least he wasn't making a lot of noise or fussing or anything. 

The recent house projects have involved putting up doors and door jambs.  We have to put up a door and jamb on the linen closet, and then all the doors will be up except for bedroom closets, which is pretty exciting.  And then once the doors are all up, we can start putting up trim and the house will start to look pretty again. 

Life is good.  That's all for now. 

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Running Mix

So now this is what runs through my head while I'm at work.  (Sigh).  It always makes me tear up a little bit when I watch it.  I am becoming a sentimental sap (I guess I've always been a sentimental sap [it's why I like the sad, slow Tom Waits songs better than the loud brawlers], but I am now less able to hide it.  Or less interested in hiding it.), but I don't mind too much.  I really love the dude, and I really love Jeannie, and I really love this time of us all being together and happy.  And, weirdly enough, having a kid has made me feel younger rather than older.  I really thought it would make me feel older.  But things seem fresh and new in a way that they haven't for quite awhile. 

Anyway, this is the video I will watch when he gets older and he stops listening to anything I say. 

Jeannie's heading to work today for the first real time. 

I am crafting the perfect running mix.  It's not quite right yet, but all it needs is a few tweaks. 

Sunday, July 01, 2012

We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave.

So we had a big storm on Friday night and luckily, did not lose power.  Unfortunately, we lost power at 4pm on Saturday, about 14 hours after the storm had passed.  Ugh.  I probably shouldn't have gloated about my A/C to all of those homeless people I passed by yesterday.  Stupid karma.  Anyway, power came on in the middle of last night after some very hot laying in bed.  And not the good kind.

I think my son is trying to take a shit right here next to me on the couch.  Rude little bastard, isn't he?  One day when he's older and can appreciate it I'll pay him back by taking a shit right next to him on the couch and see how he likes it.  0i-o-i-o-0iikppokpkjjjjjjjjjomp=[-----------------------------------------------------------kljiuikm

I just went to heat up a bottle, and when I came back, something (or someone?) had typed all of those weird letters and symbols.  Hmmm.  Sam's first blog post?  Poltergeist? 

I went for a run this morning, as I have found that running seems to help the lung condition that I was experiencing (the one where my lungs don't seem to actually move air), and I haven't had to use my inhaler since I started running regularly again.  Hopefully that will keep me running regularly and help get rid of my belly, which is comprised mostly of turkey sandwiches cooked in butter, IBC Cream Soda, and chocolate chunk cookies.  Anyway, since I got back from my run, I have been sitting on the couch and now the couch is sweaty.  Don't worry, we've been planning on laundering the couch cover anyway.

Jeannie and I like being parents so far.

Today, we actually have a house project!  We're going to try and put up a door and jamb on our rear (guest) bedroom.  So the next time you and your significant other come to visit, you can have sex!  Unless you're not married, in which case your romantic activity will be limited to heavy petting.  Either way, it'll be nice to have a door.