Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Another "It's Almost 2007" List

Places I visited (at least stayed the night) in 2006.

"*" denotes multiple visits

Marble Falls, TX - xmas vacation at parents
Detroit, MI - business
Chicago, IL* - business
Dayton, OH - friends
Kansas City, MO* - business
Nashville, TN - friends
Stecoah, NC - MC trip
Cumberland Falls, KY - family vacation

I feel like I'm forgetting one...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Jandek, Horny Goat Weed, and Friends That Don't Shoot You When You Show up at 3:00 am

Ricky and I went to a rare Jandek show in a great venue in Indianapolis Saturday night. Jandek is a one man music anomaly - a guy who has self produced, marketed, and distributed his own weird albums since 1978. He tunes his guitar (chuckle) to the key of Z...which is to say that it's not tuned and he plays weird shit. He's had less than 16 live shows, only in the last few years, and has only given a handful of interviews. There is never any stage-audience interaction, no introduction, no closing, no thank you-good nights, no encores. But they did play for over 2 hours that night. The show was 4/5ths great. It consisted of at least 3 classically trained and/or professional musicians (bass, flute/xylophone, drums) that were phenomenal in everything they played. Next, there was a woman who sang 3-4 songs and had an amazing voice. She made noises on a violin the rest of the time. Then Jandek made awful noise with his fretless guitar (as is his schtick) but sang minimalist lyrics, lamenting lost love for the most part. His phantasm-like appearance and matching voice was hypnotic. I was expecting weird nonsense and I got grade-A improvisational jazz...with weird nonsense. There are some great examples of his better work on this myspace page, which is probably not made by Jandek, but nonetheless, has Jandek songs on it.

On the way home, we stopped at a gas station to pee and I just had to purchase this packet of "Horny Goat Weed" (see picture) from the men's room vending machine. I try to imagine what was going through the lone cashier's mind when she saw a father and son come out of the men's restroom laughing hysterically and talking about horny goat weed. The homely middle aged Hoosier with a dead-end job and cigarette ashes on her DDD breasts that were resting on the greasy counter listening to boys discuss....shudder. Apparently, this is an actual product on the market now and not just a novelty at a truck stop restroom...ahem. Best quote of the night was from Ricky to me, in all seriousness, "So you smoke it and it makes you horny? Is that legal?"

The night ended with Todd and I at the Mag Bar and a quick jaunt by Jason & Erin's house to invite them out to breakfast with us. I am thankful that they didn't shoot us.

Great success!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Devo Wayne

above - Devo (in my arms) is first to welcome me back home, circa 2004

My little buddy Devo Wayne isn't with us any more. For those of you who don't know, Devo was abandoned as a puppy in my mother-in-law's neighborhood a little over 6 years ago. He was a puppy terrier mutt and had a broken leg at the time they found him, my in-laws nursed him back to health until he was mobile and then we "adopted" him. He was always a feisty little dog and the "alpha" dog of the house, even when we added a new cat and a 75 lb dog. I don't know if it was bad genetics or pain resulting from whatever broke his leg all those years back, but as he matured he started having pain in his hind quarters - this manifested itself as a dog who would yipe if you moved anywhere near him unexpectedly. It got so bad that the vet started him on cordosoidal (sp?) steroids to ease this degenerative hip and lower back condition. Eventually, even medicine couldn't ease his pain, so we decided to make the difficult, but rational decision to ease his pain for him. R.I.P. little buddy.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Fountain

I sat in the theater alone and watched The Fountain this evening. Although I expect it will be out of theaters by the end of this week, check this movie out if you:

a: think most "blockbusters" exist only as an opiate for the masses
b: have an I.Q. above 130
c: enjoy non-linear cinema

The Fountain is a phenomenal cinematic experience that takes the viewer through a struggle with the core-questions of life, death, and immortality...by way of breathtaking scenes. Say what you will, but director Darren Aronofsky IS the new Stanley Kubrick in this writer's opinion.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Crimson Fortress Under Attack!

We were attacked by either a great blue heron or a giant crane today (the big bluish-gray thing below and right of statue). If you've even been to the Fortress, you know that I keep Shubunkin goldfish in an outdoor pond. Well I don't keep so many now. Casualties so far include Big Red, my oldest and largest fish and matriarch of the group. I put a piece of woven-wire fence over the pond that will hopefully keep the heron out of it.

In other news, the squirrels started tearing the ass out of the Fall gourds on the front porch (but we're OK with that).

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Yet Another Reason Why Bob is Part of My Pantheon