Dance Music For Nerds


Half a World Away
10/30/2007, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Music, Nostalgia, Spirituality

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This could be the saddest dusk
I’ve ever seen
Turn to a miracle
High alive
My mind is racing
As it always will
My hand is tired my heart aches
I’m half a world away here
My head sworn
To go it alone
And hold it along
Haul it along
And hold it
Go it alone
Hold it along and hold, hold.

This lonely deep sit hollow
I’m half a world
Half the world away
My shoes are gone
My life spent
I had too much to drink
I didn’t think
And I i didn’t think of you
I guess that’s all I needed
To go it alone
And hold it along
Haul it along
And hold it
Blackbirds backwards forwards and fall and hold hold.

Oh this lonely world is wasted
Pathetic eyes high alive
Blind to the tide that turns the sea
This storm it came up strong
It shook the trees
And blew away our fear
I couldn’t even hear

To go it alone
And hold it along
Haul it along
And hold it
To go it alone
And hold it along
Haul it along
To go it alone
And hold it along
Haul it along
And hold it
Blackbirds backwards forwards and fall and hold hold.

This could be the saddest dusk
Ive ever seen
Turn to a miracle
High alive
My mind is racing
As it always will
My hands tired my heart aches
I’m half a world away and go.



Motorcrash
10/30/2007, 10:41 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Social

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Motorcrash, it’s one of the first hits by the Sugarcubes and it’s also what I was involved in late Saturday night. I instinctively swerve to miss a cat that darts out in front of me, I go up on a curb that has trees to its edge as well as extra landscaping blocks made of concrete. I come down…hard. Not only is the tire flat, the passenger side of the car is barely an inch above the ground. I was about a mile from my house, so I decide to walk home and deal with it Sunday morning. Sunday morning comes and I realize how truly fucked the car is. I can’t find a service station that is open. Since the car is in a safe spot I decide to leave it where it is rather than have it towed to my place on Sunday, then towed to where it will be fixed on Monday. Now I start stressing. It is times like this that the sheer logistical nightmares of having no family in the area or a significant other present themselves. How will I get to work, I have one teacher friend that lives about a mile from me…but, I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow as well. And I have to get the car taken care of. All of my good friends are out of town. I don’t want to bother the “second string” with this problem. After not hearing from anybody, I make the call I dread. I ask the ex for some help. I don’t hear back from her. Thankfully, one of my out of town friends calls me back. I shoot an email to the ex telling her not to worry, I’ve got it taken care of. I take Monday off and my friend lets me use his car while he is at work. I am able to get the car towed into the shop, get the insurance claim started, go to the doctor’s office, and get some grocery shopping done.

Friends are great, they have been especially great over the last month or so. But, family has to help you in these situations…and you don’t feel bad for putting them out on a Sunday afternoon. 🙂

There is some good news. When getting weighed at the doctor’s office I found out that I am the lightest I’ve been in at least the last year and a half, probably the last five. Woo-hoo!

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Sometimes the world sucks, Part II
10/25/2007, 5:16 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Social

Details of what happened in Greenville a couple of nights ago.

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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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We’ve got spirit, yes we do
10/24/2007, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Geek-Out, Happy!, Music, School, Social

I finished my first dance mix for our varsity cheer leading team today. They will debut it at this Friday’s pep rally (it’s homecoming week). I would like to think that Dr. Banks would be proud. I was sitting in the lounge at lunchtime a month or so ago and the cheer leading coach was complaining about their music this year. I pipe up and let her know that I used to do mixes for drag queens. And the rest is of course history…

Along with going to the prom this ranks up there as one of the best good/bad/good things about being a high school mathematics teacher.



Sometimes the world sucks
10/24/2007, 7:33 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Social

While hosting my little pumpkin carving party last night, I received very bad news. There had been a drive-by shooting in Greenville, just one block from where I used to live. A guy I knew had been shot in the chest and is now in stable, but critical condition. He was a little guy, a sweet guy, a nice art student. He rode his bike everywhere and was always easy to talk to. I actually spoke to him last Friday afternoon while in Greenville. The neighborhood, while not grand, is just a standard college neighborhood. While living there I walked everywhere, everyday and at all times of the night. This was random, he is a genuinely nice person, it gave me pause. I contacted a friend of mine who used to date the guy. I shared the news. I told a few people that were at the house.

I kept a smile on for the remainder of the party, but I didn’t carve a pumpkin.

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Arrived
10/23/2007, 7:59 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Happy!, Social

Different people point to different milestones as an indicator that adulthood has been reached. First sexual experience, first loan that you get without your parent’s cosigning, registering for selective service, etc… Today I achieved a personal one.
I finally donated to NPR for the first time. Slowly but surely, I am becoming an adult 🙂

I had a hard time deciding between the crank radio/flashlight and the This American Life CD…TAL won out in the end.

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Cuttin’ Pumpkins 2007
10/22/2007, 7:51 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Happy!, Social

Less than 36 hours until the great pumpkin carving fest. Can you feel the excitement? I only wish it was a little colder to match the activity. I had a whole warm mixed drink thing planned for the party, but it just doesn’t work with 80 degree weather.

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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.
Honestly.
Everyone knows I’m more of a Strawberry Shortcake man.

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