Sunday, February 1, 2004
Interestingly enough, Rolly Gray and Sunfire didn't make it to The Empty Glass Saturday night. Instead, a local ska/pop group called 69 Fingers filled in. They were a lot of fun.
The local group who opened up on Friday night, Ten Carp Lie, was excellent, as was Rainy Day Crush. The singer, Betsy, has a world class voice, reminding me at various times of Sheryl Crow, Gwen Steffani, and Dolores Mary O'Riordan Burton (Cranberries). She is a real sweetheart, too. The other band members are personable, professional, and likeable as well. There was a big problem with one of the bass bins, so all weekend I ran all the bass through the left side and tried to balance it all out. Somehow it worked pretty good.
The poetry group consisted of three people this month, me, Katonya, and Eva. The rest of the people who were supposed to be there didn't make it. They missed a nice, cozy meeting.
I don't think I put a pen or pencil to paper other than to write something this whole weekend. Hopefully I'll get the chance to do some drawing or painting tomorrow. I don't feel too well, really, and when I don't feel well, I tend to busy myself with "work," mundane things, housekeeping, and reading. I think I'll go lie down and read for a while before going to sleep. Maybe I'll be able to sleep late tomorrow (right!).
Thursday, February 5, 2004
I haven't felt much like writing here lately, or doing much of anything else, to tell the truth. Once I get going on something, like running sound or drawing or whatever, I enjoy it. It's the getting going that evades me. I seem to have lost my impetus. Anyone see it lying around anywhere? It's blue, I think.
Quote of the Day: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- Albert Einstein
Saturday, February 7, 2004
Albert Einstein was not only brilliant in things mathematical and in the area of physics, but had a lot of insight into the universe inside (wo)men's minds. I'm going to include a quote a day from the Maestro until I run out of them. Could be a while. . .
Quote of the Day: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." -- Albert Einstein
More snow, ice, and cold rain. Just the kind of weather to usher in my pre-birthday funk.
Sean is in Pittsburgh looking for work (or something). I keep forgetting to thank her when I talk to her on the phone, so I'd like to thank Sean's friend, Melanie, here for the Olive Garden gift card. You really didn't have to, but it's much appreciated.
Sunday, February 8, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." -- Albert Einstein (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)
Monday, February 9, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." -- Albert Einstein
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Got a call today from the people who own this house. They want to have someone come in and look at "upgrading the kitchen." Well, I guess we all know what that means. For whatever reason, they want us gone, and not having a kitchen is a good way to do it. The kitchen is fine. If they want to fix something that's wrong, the roof needs replacing, the outside needs painting and repairs, and the upstairs bathroom could stand being brought into the mid-20th century. I guess we're gone. How sweet. It's barely within our capability to keep our heads above water, now we need to come up with money to move. It just never ends, does it?
Quote of the Day: "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds." -- Albert Einstein
Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
This project may go on hiatus for a while. The cable box this morning reads - - - - which means it's been turned off for lack of payment. We had an agreement to leave it on and they'd be paid on the 15th, but they turned it off anyway. I guess they'll come disconnect it at the pole in a couple days, then I'll not have Internet access.
I talked to a lawyer about suing everyone in sight about my leg. He's supposed to get back to me.
Well, I think I'll go have lunch and watch "The West Wing" rerun on Bravo. Oh, wait. . . no cable. No food. Guess I'll just sit and watch the glass on the front of the television. Life has gotten dark and bleak and very slippery -- hard to hold onto as a greased pig. I throw some sand on it and get purchase for a second, a little hope, then the oily secretion increases and the sand slides off as well and I'm left grasping, not knowing how to hold on, how to make it "nice" and workable. I imagine it's a long fall once I lose my grip.
We got the misunderstanding with the cable company resolved and the cable is back on. I missed my West Wing reruns. I wish we had a president like President Bartlett. That would be much preferable to George of Bungle. Without television and inspiration, I did some serious reading. I was on page 70 of my book, which had nearly 400 pages. I started a new book at 5:00 this afternoon. I can do some quick reading when I'm not distracted.
Quote of the Day: "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen." -- Albert Einstein
I've found that I like Carlo Rossi Chianti wine very much, and it's about the cheapest brand out there. Finally something I like that doesn't reside in the category of 'most expensive in class.'
Here's another of my original 3 X 5 card series. I think there are about 15 of these I haven't scanned in yet. I must do that and present some of them here.
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein
Friday, February 13, 2004
Quote of the Day: "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." -- Albert Einstein
Saturday, February 14, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Quote of the Day: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein
Bonus Quote of the Day: "I'm a loser. Why don't you kill me?"" -- Beck
In case you hadn't noticed, I've not been writing here (or anywhere) much for the past few days. For one thing, I've been busying myself with my stamp collection. I've just recently begun acquiring some new issues for it. I have this huge stamp album with the edges of the pages turning brown that I've had since the early 70's. I've always enjoyed collecting stamps. It calms me and gives me something to occupy my time other than agonizing over my singular lack of creativity these days. Maybe that will all end soon and I can relegate my stamp collection to something I do every other weekend just for the love of things old and beautiful.
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." -- Albert Einstein
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it." -- Albert Einstein
The same thing can be said of art.
I watched "Paradise Found" again, the movie about Gauguin starring Kieffer Sutherland. It's the same story over and over: artists being shoved under by the hand of business. Gauguin was a stockbroker before he discovered his talent as a painter, so he knew the thing from both its sides. The film portrays Gauguin as a sterling character, whereas in real life, I suspect he was a consumate egoist, with little regard for anything or anyone other than himself. It may be true that he developed an attachment to the Tahitians, but most likely it was a carnal attraction and an appreciation of them as "material" for his art rather than for any "human" devotion to them. Artists can be real shits.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
I get a "Bizarre News" mailing every week in my e-mail. It's one of the 20 legitimate e-mails I get in a week, compared to the 2500 SPAM e-mails I get in the same time period (and I have a SPAM-blocker on my main account!). Anywho, this was the lead article in today's mailing:
SALISBURY, Md. - A 10-year-old boy has been charged with assault for allegedly snapping girls' bras. The Pittsville Elementary pupil was accused of assaulting five girls, ages 8 to 11, earlier this month. He was suspended from school for three days. The boy was charged with four counts of assault for allegedly snapping girls' bras and one count of sex offense for allegedly touching a girl's buttocks
I think we're taking the concept of assault a little far. Snapping girls' bras is a part of the process of adolescence. Sure, if the girls don't like it, he should be punished, but most likely by being bitch-slapped by the girl who was snapped. And, a 10-year-old boy???? Surely! This is like the school administration suspending a kid for the year and turning him over to the FBI for bringing fingernail clippers to school. We've gotten so paranoid and personally isolated that human interaction will be impossible in a few years. Then what will we do? Stay at home and masturbate to descriptions of a handshake?
Quote of the Day: "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." -- Albert Einstein
Not much going on here today. This rain has hit me like a load of bricks. I hurt from one end to the other, particularly my back, and when my back goes out that pretty much does me in. Shoulders, knees, ankles, neck all hurt too. Took two lortabs to very little effect. Damn!
We have to move again. The people who own this house are going to put it on the market, hoping to have it sold by the end of summer. I've been peripherally looking around for a new place to live. I really really really want a house where I can plant peppers and tomatoes and maybe have a large evergreen tree in the front yard that I can decorate for the holidays, a place with enough room for a studio and a nice kitchen. Oh, that's right, that's this place! The owner will sell us this place for 5% down and owner financing. I wonder if they'll wait until I sue over breaking my leg for the down payment? ?
I'm in a wretched mood. In addition to the lortabs not helping my pain, I think I've developed an allergy to them. I itch all over (which is a common side effect for hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine) and Ann says my face looks all red (which might explain why it burns, too). My birthday is coming up and I'm always depressed before my birthday. I've gained back a lot of the weight I lost so all the new clothes I bought don't fit and my 'fat' pants are too big so I'm living in sweat pants. I'm just miserable. I look at the work and improvements we did here, expecting to stay for 10 years or more and now less than two years in, we gotta go. Come on, Powerball!
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Quote of the Day: "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." -- Albert Einstein
Friday, February 27, 2004
Today is Ralph Nader's birthday. Happy birthday, Ralph! Now, go home.
Quote of the Day: "No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?" -- Albert Einstein
Saturday, February 28, 2004
This exact time 57 years ago, I began this life's journey.
Quote of the Day: "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough." -- Albert Einstein
Sunday, February 29, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing." -- Albert Einstein