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The word for today is “circuitous”
12/26/2007, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Christmas, Nostalgia, Spirituality

A grey day. Country roads. Christmas. If you were in a climate controlled environment and couldn’t feel the 60 degree air outside you would probably say that it looks like snow. A lethargically beautiful grey day. Due to a completely random sequence of events the Cure’s album Disintegration is playing. I am driving my father’s car. I am taking the long way.

The thing that strikes me about this scene on this day is that I have experienced it before. It was 17 Christmas’s ago and, by strange coincidence, I was 17 years old. It was a tape playing the Cure, not a cd of MP3’s. It was my parent’s car I was driving. I was taking the long way.

My age has doubled and yet I find myself in the exact same spot again. Have I traveled some weird, 17 year long circuitous loop? Or, maybe I have passed this point before without realizing it.

Of course the geek in me is wondering, “What medium will I be listening to Disintegration on the next time around?”

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The roads don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to
12/23/2007, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Music, Social

I was listening to 69 Love Songs the other night when Staci was over for dinner. We started talking about our fave older stuff of Mr. Merritt’s. Staci raved about an older album that I had never given a fair listen to. It turns out to be great traveling music, which isn’t a surprise considering the name of the CD is “The Charm of the Yellow Highway Strip.”

Thanks Staci!

Here’s one good one from an album of good one’s:

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Your eyes are long Vermont roads
With a tacky song on the radio
And your eyes are toothless young men
In Tennessee in the rain again
And fireflies never go to sleep
And country songs never help you sleep
After all those trains and all those breakdown lanes
The roads don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to
After all those days on God-forsaken highways
The roads don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to
Your eyes are the Mesa Verde
Big and brown and far away
And your eyes are Kansas City
In Kansas and in Missouri
After all those trains and all those breakdown lanes
The roads don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to
After all those days on God-forsaken highways
The roads don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to
After all this time and after all your crying
The roads don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to
The roads are dark and long and all those country songs
Well, they don’t love you and they still won’t pretend to

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Emerald City Christmas Adventure
12/22/2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: Christmas, Happy!, Social

I headed down to Greenville last weekend to attend a Christmas party and to hang out with Martha and Speight. Mutual friend Jenny tagged along to check out what Greenville was all about and hilarity ensued. Or, if not hilarity; at least a lot of drinking.

Pictures are up in the Gallery, and here are a couple of videos from the Carol sing-along with host extraordinaire Will at the piano:
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Singing Carols!
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Singing some more
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Optimistic Opine
12/21/2007, 11:31 am
Filed under: Christmas, Happy!, Music

A little Christmas ditty going out to all the future ex’s.

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I’ll keep you warm in December
Warm when the cold breezes blow
My arms so lovin’
A kind of oven
To melt the sleet and snow

This heart that glows like an ember
Longs to be loved just by you
If it could be so
Then you’d keep me so
Warm in December too

If it could be so
Then you’d keep me so
Warm in December
Ooh it’s cool in December
Please keep me warm in December too

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Not for all North Carolina
12/18/2007, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Music

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I’d like to say that one of the main reasons this song sticks with me is not the mention of North Carolina…but I think it is.

You are a splendid butterfly
It is your wings that make you beautiful
And I could make you fly away
But I could never make you stay
You said you were in love with me
Both of us know that that’s impossible
And I could make you rue the day
But I could never make you stay

Not for all the tea in China
Not if I could sing like a bird
Not for all North Carolina
Not for all my little words
Not if I could write for you
The sweetest song you ever heard
It doesn’t matter what I’ll do
Not for all my little words

Now that you’ve made me want to die
You tell me that you’re unboyfriendable
And I could make you pay and pay
But I could never make you stay

Not for all the tea in China
Not if I could sing like a bird
Not for all North Carolina
Not for all my little words
Not if I could write for you
The sweetest song you ever heard
It doesn’t matter what I do
Not for all my little words
It doesn’t matter what I do
Not for all my little words

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This one takes me back to eager, heart-thumping times. “I say lets run away when I just mean stay the night.”  The thing is, I totally meant it when I said it…just not a couple of hours/days later when the excitement faded.

Time stands still
All I can feel is the time standing still
as you put down the keys
and say don’t call me please
while the radio plays

“I Think I Need a New Heart” ohhh
“I Think I Need a New Heart” ohhh

You’ve lied too
but it’s a sin that I
can’t tell the truth
cause it all comes out wrong
unless I put it in a song
so the radio plays
“I Think I Need a New Heart”
just for you
“I Think I Need a New Heart”

cause I always say I love you
when I mean turn out the light
and I say let’s run away
when I just mean stay the night
but the words you want to hear
you will never hear from me
I’ll never say “happy anniversary”
never stay to say “happy anniversary”

so I think I need a new heart ohhh
I think I need a new heart ohhh
I think I need a new heart ohhh
I think I need a new heart ohhh
Give me time

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Love you whenever we’re together, Love you when we’re apart
12/14/2007, 6:26 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Music

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Who knows how long I’ve loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to–I will.

For if I ever saw you
I didn’t catch your name
But it never really mattered
I will always feel the same.

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we’re together
Love you when we’re apart.

And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
You know I will
I will.

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Best Saturday Ever
12/9/2007, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Geek-Out, Happy!, Social

Here are some short videos from the Duke Game Jenn and I attended this past Saturday at Cameron Indoor.

Lots of pics are up in the Gallery.

3 Pre-Game Videos
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Starting Line-up Introduction
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The Blue Devil Surfs!

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D-U-K-E!

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Over way too soon.

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Waiting for me to answer the phone
12/8/2007, 6:49 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Music, Social

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Don’t Stop don’t stop, no
Just keep on going
Until I come
Until I come in
Don’t Stop don’t stop, no
Just keep on going
Until I come
Until I come in

Playing hard to get when we’re together
Hard to get there on your own
When will you ever come to conscience
I’ll let you be alone
You never had it better
Than when I was with you, baby
Come back to earth, let’s drink some tea and smoke some herb

Don’t Stop don’t stop, no
Just keep on going
Until I come
Until I come in
Don’t Stop don’t stop, no
Just keep on going
Until I come
Until I come in

Now I know it takes three balls to juggle
50 cents of humor’s worth
When and how did I become my mother
Am I getting on your nerves?
Lets just not talk about it and fill the blanks with space
Go to the park later
Get some, Ice cream

Don’t Stop don’t stop, no
Just keep on going
Until I come
Until I come in
Don’t
Don’t
Just keep on going
Just keep on going
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la

Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop
Just keep on going
Until I come
Until I come in
Stop

Here’s another one by the same group.

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Allons-y!
Faisons un tour á la tour eiffel, á rencontrer cette japonaise,
tres tres belle.
Dans la main une camera en plastique, ces chaussures dernier cri,
On lui dit, You’re tres chic.
On l’emmene, sûr une isle au millieu de la seine, virtuelle de cette nuit,
Cette nuit mortelle, on la prend,
On la prend par la main, et on commence.

Laisse rentrer la lumiere dans ta tête, sors tout-ce que t’as dedans, dis-moi quelque chose de Grand, concentre-toi, t’entends les sirenes de la fête? Tu sais c’que j’en pense, moi?
Je veux me reveiller, me reveiller avec toi!

On va danser á poile dans les rêves des tous les garçons, voler d’étoile en
étoile, sur le dos d’un dragon,
Dans les bras de la lune, on peut tout oublier, mais dans ce paradis, on
Risque de s’ennuyer… t’endends les sirenes, les sirenes de la fete,
Tu sais ce que j’en pense….
Je veux me reveiller…

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Two Songs that changed my life
12/6/2007, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Music, Nostalgia

Over emotional, withdrawn, 15 year old Dan was up late at his Grandparent’s house down in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a day or two after Christmas. He was listening to his radio in one of the sheds on the farm, there was a year end countdown on a late night alternative show. These two songs ranked high and were pretty enough to make him cry. The next day he got his dad to drive him to the record store at 5 Points that sponsored the aforementioned alternative show. CD’s were purchased with Christmas money and an indie music nerd was born.

Of course, in all fairness to my Dad, he had bought me a Dead Milkmen tape the Christmas before…and there was the Violent Femmes CD. OK, now I’m just ruining the story. Here are the songs:

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Don’t don’t don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t don’t don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

When you are alone you are the cat, you are the phone
You are an animal
The words I’m singing now
Mean nothing more than meow to an animal
Wake up and smell the cat food in your bank account
But don’t try to stop the tail that wags the hound

D, world destruction
O, for an overture
N, do I need
Apostrophe T, need this torture?

Don’t don’t don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t don’t don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful
Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful
They want what they’re not and I wish they would stop saying,
Deputy dog dog a ding dang depadepa
Deputy dog dog a ding dang depadepa

D, world destruction
O, for an overture
N, do I need
Apostrophe T, need this torture?

Don’t don’t don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t don’t don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

I don’t want to live in this world anymore
I don’t want to live in this world

Don’t don’t don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t don’t don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

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She lives in this house over there,
Has her world outside it.
Grapples the earth with her fingers
And her mouth, she’s five years old.

Threads worms on a string,
Keeps spiders in her pockets,
Collects fly-wings in a jar
Grabs horse-flies and pinches them on a line.

She has one friend he lives next door,
They listen to the weather,
He knows how many freckles she’s got,
She scratches his beard.

She’s painting huge books,
And glues them together,
They saw a big raven,
It glided down the sky, she touched it.

Today is a birthday
They’re smoking cigars,
He’s got a chain of flowers,
And sows a bird in her knickers,

They’re smoking cigars,
They lie in the bathtub,
A chain of flowers



Stop, kitty time
12/2/2007, 7:19 pm
Filed under: Cat

Well, for more than a month I’ve been thinking about getting a cat, and I finally took the plunge. Though it is far from having a child or getting a dog, it still feels a little weird being responsible for another living thing.

So, she is described on her info sheet as having a half-calico, half-tuxedo coat. In the shelter her name was Glinda, but she won’t be keeping that one. I’ve been tossing around ideas: Eleanor and Helen morphed into Ella. But then I remembered that is the name of a friend’s niece. Currently I am thinking of Miki, as in Miki Berenyi from Lush. Another beautiful girl who sometimes had red hair and often wore black. Can’t you see the resemblance?

Miki in my lapMiki BerenyiMiki Berenyi

The wonderful shelter I got her from is Safe Haven for Cats I came real close to getting a black and white male named Groucho that was about a month older and really loved me…actually I feel kind of bad for leaving him behind. What can you do though? Two kittens to start out with would probably be a little much. Here are the pics of Groucho and Miki that were on Safe Haven’s website.

Groucho, isn't he cute? Miki in the lock-up

Update:
More kitty pics are up in the Gallery.