Dance Music For Nerds

It’s the freakiest show
7/17/2010, 12:31 am
Filed under: Frustrations, General, Music, Nostalgia

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Hunky Dory
It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling “No”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause she’s lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It’s on Amerika’s tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It’s about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

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My joy is such a faker
7/13/2010, 5:13 pm
Filed under: General, Happy!, Music, School, Social

Heard this album today at a coffee shop while doing school work with some classmates. Speaking of school work…6,7,8 hours a day on top of class is far from uncommon. Luckily, I have been able to hang with it (so far)…

Gal Costa-Vou Recomeçar

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Gal Costa
Não sei por que razão eu sofro tanto em minha vida
A minha alegria é uma coisa tão fingida
A felicidade já é coisa esquecida
Mas agora vou recomeçar
Não vou ser mais triste
Vou mudar daqui pra frente
E a minha escrita vai ser muito diferente
A filosofia vou mudar em minha mente
Pois agora vou recomeçar
Quero amor e quero amar
Quero a vida aproveitar
Talvez até arranje alguém
Alguém que eu possa acreditar
Pois agora vou recomeçar
E daqui pra frente eu vou mudar

The google translation:
I do not know why I suffer so much in my life
My joy is such a faker
Happiness is a thing forgotten
But now I will start
I will not be sadder
I will change from now on
And my writing will be very different
The philosophy I will change my mind
For now I’ll start
I want to love and want to love
I want to enjoy life
Maybe get someone
Someone who I can believe
For now I’ll start
And from now on I’ll change

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Nearly a year
7/15/2009, 5:13 pm
Filed under: General, Social

Wow, it has been a while. The site had been taken over by malicious code and there were thousands of spam comments. One afternoon spent upgrading WordPress has cured those woes, so it is now onward and upward.
Quick and dirty update:
Just moved into a new place…actually still moving into a new place. This is my first time living away from Cameron Village and Downtown in several years…I kind of like the new place, but I have a feeling that when the short lease is up (in December) I will be out of here.

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Ocrafolk 2008
6/8/2008, 8:21 am
Filed under: General, Happy!, Music, Social

Mom and I headed over for the Ocrafolk festival on Ocracoke. This is our 2nd year making the trip together, it is my 3rd Ocrafolk in a row. I caught old friend Tiffany playing and singing in her and her husband’s band the Barnraisers. She has quite the on stage persona. Below are a couple of videos of them and a couple of the Green Grass Cloggers. The first clip is a part of their semi-famous cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” There are also a lot of pictures up in the gallery.

I am having some flash issues, so if the videos aren’t playing well, click on the title of this post (Ocrafolk 2008) then try them out again.








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Dance on your tippie-toes
10/24/2007, 9:53 pm
Filed under: General, Music, Nostalgia, Social

I went to the pre-opening night dress rehearsal for the Carolina Ballet’s new show tonight.  A pumpkin carving party last night, ballet tonight…too much excitement for school nights.  The ballet is reviving their original piece of choreography for Carmina Burana that they debuted about 4 or 5 years ago.  I saw it when they debuted it, and I looked forward to seeing it tonight.  I was dreading the more traditional ballet opener that was planned.  But, I loved the opener.  I don’t know what clicked about it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I left before the end of Carmina Burana (as I said, it is a school night) but the evening as a whole was simply divine.  A colleague of mine joined me, and we both agreed that we are the coolest teachers at our school. Of course, that is not saying a whole lot…

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Knife-Check, Ice Cream Scoop-Check
10/17/2007, 7:29 pm
Filed under: General, Happy!, Social

I haven’t thought much about Halloween or costumes. The only thing connected to the holiday that has been on my mind at all is getting together with some friends and carving some Jack-O-Lantern’s. Here’s last years:

And here’s some from 2004:

Yes, I did the Hello Kitty one.
But only because my girlfriend at the time was into Hello Kitty.
I swear.
Everyone knows I’m more of a Strawberry Shortcake man.

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There’s a party in my tummy
9/24/2007, 10:34 am
Filed under: General

I headed up to the ex’s wedding this weekend with Laura in tow. We stopped off at Black Mountain to say hey to Phil, Mistie, Miai Dot, and Max. I got lots of photos up at

While visiting with the Cogbills we were introduced to the children’s TV show for the Hipster and Hip-Hop generation, Yo Gabba Gabba! The guests and guest musician’s list is a veritable who’s who of indie rock and, to a lesser degree, hip-hop. The music in the show is all top notch, ranging from loungy lo-fi to Planet Rock-esque beats. It is about the coolest thing for kids since Peewee’s Playhouse.

Laura and I are leaving for New Jersey tomorrow and found out some truly surprising good news. Bjork is scheduled to be the musical guest the day we are going to watch the Late Night with Conan O’Brien taping! Yippeeee!

ALS Walk
9/7/2007, 11:52 am
Filed under: Frustrations, General, Social, Spirituality

Once again it is time for the annual ALS walk and once again old friend Christie Martin is participating and walking in honor of my step-dad, Les Fisher, who died of the disease last year. I’ve pasted a copy of her letter below with a link to the donation site. If you could help out, it would be most appreciated. The disease is incredibly hard on those who have it as well as the people close to those who have it. If you are unaware of what ALS is like, a simple summary is this: you lose control of your body but your mind stays sharp. It starts with being less mobile than you’re used to and ends with your organs shutting down. You lose the ability to communicate even though your mind is unaffected. A truly gruesome way to go.

Hello Everyone,

I hope all of you are well. I am requesting donations again this year for the ALS Walk, September 29th, 10:00am at the Greenville Town Common. This year I am walking in honor of Gay Wilentz, Les Fisher, and Tom Martoccia. You were all so generous last year with your gifts and I appreciated it very much. I hope you can give your support this year as well.

Please click on the link below to go to my Personal Walk Page to donate online. Or you may send a check to made out to ALS Catfish Chapter to:

Christie Martin
113 Breezewood Drive
Apt G
Greenville NC 27858

Thank you!


Click here to visit my personal page.

If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

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Prom ReDux
5/1/2007, 9:49 am
Filed under: General, Happy!, School, Social

One of the good/bad/good things about teaching High School Mathematics is being able to participate in events such as Prom Night. This year my High School’s prom was held at a spot that is less than a mile from where Laura lives, so we headed over and hung out/chaperoned for a little while. Here are a couple of pics we took. Oh, the theme? Shanghai Nights.

Any opportunity to get another use out of a bridesmaid's dress!

One more use out of a bridesmaid’s dress, yay!

Should I break up the people grinding on the dance floor?

Do I break up the grinding couple or ignore it?



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New Edition
3/13/2007, 8:08 am
Filed under: General, Happy!

Alexis holding her lil' sis.
She arrived a week after they said she’d be here, but we’ll just call it being fashionably late. Audrey Lynn Rowe was born Friday night weighing an amazing 9lbs 1oz and measuring 20inches long. Spring Break is in two weeks and I’ll be heading that way so she can meet the person that will become her favorite uncle.
A few more pictures are up for your enjoyment here.

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HVD 2007
2/14/2007, 6:01 am
Filed under: General

Happy Valentine's Day from Bad Badtz Maru!

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One week down, 30 years to go.
2/9/2007, 1:01 pm
Filed under: General

Started this week at the High School where I will be teaching. I (thankfully) get two weeks of observing, learning the layout, etc… until I officially get in front of my classes. I will be teaching one section of the lowest math available and two sections of the next to lowest math available. These are two classes designed to meet two of the four maths required by the state for High School Graduation, but are in no way meant for college bound students. I personally like these classes and the challenges they present, I also enjoy nerdy Calculus classes, but for different reasons. Today I get to attend a pep rally, complete with band and gospel choir performing as well as a step show. Can’t wait! Tonight I am going to see Louis CK and the Upright Citizens Brigade in Chapel Hill. Can’t Wait! Originally it was supposed to be Horatio Sanz, but he was replaced by Louis CK at the last minute. I have no problem with that. Though Louis’ show on HBO wasn’t the best, I have liked the other stuff of his that I have seen.

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Onward and Upward
1/29/2007, 5:31 pm
Filed under: General

Life has been in a state of limbo until today. I finally have a job. I am the newest High School Mathematics teacher in Wake County! I start orientation next Monday and cannot wait. This will be a short post but lets see if I can catch you up on the major points: I am single, I live in Raleigh, my brother is getting ready to have another child (niece number 2, yay!), and I have been building a semi-high powered green laser system in the considerable amount of spare time I’ve had while job-hunting.
More to come, soon!

NC Now
10/4/2006, 9:11 pm
Filed under: General

Here’s a copy of the piece NC Now did on my professor’s research. Not a very good piece, I am in there about half way through.

Get this video and more at

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ALS Walk
8/2/2006, 8:39 am
Filed under: Frustrations, General, Social, Spirituality

Good friend Christie Martin is once again participating in the ALS walk, this is a copy of the email she sent out requesting sponsors/donations. Given my step-dad’s recent death due to the disease and the fact that Christie has dedicated this years walk to him, I felt inclined to post this and to encourage everyone to donate if they can.

Dear Friends,

The ALS Association – Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter is
kicking off its annual Down East Walk to D’Feet ALS in
Greenville,NC on September 30. I am walking this year
and I am asking you to join me in the fight against
Lou Gehrig’s disease by making a contribution in
support of my Team.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal,
neuromuscular disease, which attacks the motor neurons
making even the simplest movements of walking,
speaking and gesturing impossible. Ultimately the body
becomes paralyzed, yet through it all, the mind
remains sharp for most.

I am walking this year in memory of Professor Gay
Wilentz and Les Fisher, two friends of mine who passed
away this year from ALS.

The ALS Association helps families in their day-to-day
struggle with ALS. They offer many crucial patient
service programs, as well as fund cutting-edge
research worldwide. Funds raised from the Walk will
support those programs.

Every ninety minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS.
Please help by making a donation – large or small – to
fight ALS. You may make a check payable to The ALS
Association and mail your check to me:

(Drop me an email, for her address…

didn’t want to publish it on the website)

or donate online now by making a secure credit card
donation at, or by using the
link to my personal page below.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Together for a Cure,
Christie Martin

My Personal Page:

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Roll credits
7/7/2006, 4:57 pm
Filed under: Frustrations, General, Spirituality

Leslie Hawes Fisher was my step-father for a scant 8 years. He was a good man, when my brother and I met him for the first time we were very thankful that he had entered our mother’s life. I love my mother very much, but she does have a habit of believing people and seeing only the best in them, which has led to her being taken advantage of more times than I care to remember. So, Zech and I were happy that she and Les were together, we no longer had to worry about her as we had in the past. During the time they were married, my mother finished earning her degree from East Carolina University, her and Les travelled to Hawaii and Europe, and we all came to know and love many of Les’s cousins and family. Les’s health began declining a few years ago, at first it was little things, not being able to stand for as long as he used to, having more and more trouble working the clutch and brake on his Mustang GT, etc… By last Thanksgiving he was barely able to move around, and only then with assistance. Shortly after the Christmas of 2005, Les was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Changes started happening more and more rapidly, culminating with him not being able to eat or speak clearly on Saturday June 24th. I was here looking after him that day, allowing my mom to take a break and go into town. Laura was here with me as well (as an aside, Laura has been a simply wonderful, supportive friend and more through this whole ordeal.) I had to start teaching Summer Ventures at ECU the following Monday, so I commuted from my Mom’s house to Greenville everyday. While on my lunch break Wednesday afternoon I called to check in and see how things were going, my mom was in town with family getting the checking account, etc… in order, but Les’s day-nurse (a great woman by the name of Clarice) informed me that his health was declining rapidly. I immediately left Greenville, by the time I arrived, Les was non-responsive, basically in a comatose state. My mom had not returned from town yet so I waited outside to meet her and let her know about the change in Les’s state before she walked in to see him herself. That night was one of the longest in my life, I allowed my mother to sleep while I stayed up administering Les his medicine every three hours. The next morning there was no change in Les’s condition. I stayed up a little longer, slightly delirious, joking with the day nurse and relatives that were gathering. I was getting ready to sleep when Clarice called me into the room. Les’s face had turned an ashen gray, within a couple of minutes he made one last gulping breath, and his lips turned from a soft pink to the same color grey as his skin almost instantaneously. What followed after the initial shock was a whirlwind of phone calls, people in and out, saying my final good-byes, and looking after my mom. Laura was nice enough to come down and be with me and help out even though I hadn’t had the nerve to ask her. People showed up, we had the visitation, we had the funeral, my mom had her house gutted by relatives, and I managed to get my mother to go on a several day road trip with her brother to get away from it all. The final kicker: This Monday, July 10th would of been her and Les’s anniversary.

Initially I was busy, concerned for my mother, helping her out, running interference between her and well-meaning friends and family that were crushing in all around her. It is only now, a week and a day later that I sit and write this that I realize how deep an affect this whole experience has had on me. I am moving in with my Mother next month for a little while, ostensibly to be there with her during this transitional time, but the truth is I am also in need of some time. Some time to work and not worry about school, some time to read books for pleasure not just for class, some time to reflect and organize this thing called Dan. Thanks to everyone who has been there for me through this time, I love and appreciate all you’ve done more than you could possibly know. Even if it was just a phone call or email, it all helps…quite a bit.

Life is a Cabaret-o-shun
6/7/2006, 8:19 pm
Filed under: General, School, Social, Spirituality

Visiting the hide-aways of my youth lately, most recently it was a camping trip with Laura down to the Outer Banks. We stayed at Frisco Woods, where I camped 20 years ago (am I really old enough to utter such phrases?) with my family, took the 2 and a half hour ferry I remember sitting with my father on, boogie boarded at the beach I’ve been surfing at many, many times. Done a lot of questioning as of late and I think that this will be my last month in Greenville. I will be moving back to Carteret County for a little while, work a job, help out my mom, and do some soul searching…which I find to be a lot easier to do sitting on the porch of my mom’s house looking at the water than sitting at the Europub looking at a beer. I hope I stay in touch with my friends, I hope they stay in touch with me. I hope my step-dad’s ALS runs its course quietly and does not cause this truly good man to suffer more than neccesary.

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Back up in it
5/17/2006, 7:47 am
Filed under: General, Happy!, Social

Back from a week at my mommy’s. Got a few pics up in the gallery along with a couple short video clips from the Avett Bros. free show at the Beaufort Music Festival.

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At the time
5/7/2006, 5:57 am
Filed under: General, Spirituality

Bugs are thwacking into my car at such a high rate, it sounds like I am driving through rain.
Every house, every trailer, every store appears more run down than what I remember.
Even the place that I grew up looks like a last resort for hard times.
Every house, every trailer, every store, every dirt road, every path I pass holds memories…sometimes just the memory of having drove past it a thousand thousand times, sometimes more.
Sometimes memories of things that consumed my whole life and were the most important thing in the world…at the time.
All those unuttered promises, all of those yelled proclamations of younger days seemed so important, in a way it is a shame that now they are just the butt of a joke.

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Comments back.
5/3/2006, 3:05 pm
Filed under: General

Sorry, I was just informed that registration was required to post comments…and the site would not let anyone register! This function has been restored, so please feel free to comment away.  WordPress will ask you to complete a simple math problem. This is to deter spambots from bombarding me.

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