Why yes, yes it has been more than a year since I've posted anything...how selfish of me to frequently check in on friends near and far while maintaining complete silence from my end.
Attempting to sum up the past year would be ridiculous...let's focus on the now, plus a bit of the future. Right at this moment, I'm at my new job as a QA tech at a software company - been doing it since 4 days after I graduated from PCC at the end of June. So...yeah I work full-time, 9-5ish. My last full-time job was during the summer of 1995. I'm not doing the best job of making a new routine - I keep telling myself it'll happen naturally, but it's been about 6 months and I still live in the reality I was afraid of - go to work, come home, eat dinner, hang out in a leisurely manner, repeat M-F, and the weekend vanishes in a blur of being psyched that I don't have to go to work. Project ideas, to-do list items, and of course electronic-pieces-of-shit-to-be-fixed continue to pile up just like they did when I was in school, except now my excuse for not getting to them is just miserably mundane. Ummm...hey at least I've got plenty of fodder for New Year's Resolutions....?
I'm looking forward to going south for the holidays and having nothing to do except cook and eat. Tonight and all through the weekend I'll be mixing The All Girl Summer Fun Band, don't ask me why I decided to book a recording session right before leaving town for the holidays. I mean obviously I'm super psyched to do the project, it's going to be rad and I love the band. But why didn't I just say that the weekend before Xmas wasn't available!? (OK I'll tell you - I need money bad.)
I also need some more coffee.
Other news...Mer and I have new housemates who just moved in this month and so far it's working out really really well, they are both mellow dudes with sunny dispositions. The studio bought a new computer so I got to take my computer home, and it's pretty awesome to have a nice computer in my basement, I can work on groadies recordings (rough mixes of new songs here). I've been listening to a lot of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Yes.
and run it on your computer - if your computer is an IBM PC compatible, that is.
you'll see a blank dos emulator window. use the number keys 1-8 to play a note, and the letter keys asdfg to select the octave. The sound will not come out of your sound card, just the the PC's built-in speaker, unless you took yours out or something...so every computer sounds different!!!
I really, really wanted to post a link so people could download a computer program I wrote, but when I ran it on my computer at home it crashed. It works just fine in the XP dos emulator and I doubt anyone but me is still running win98 but it would have been bad form to tell people to run my buggy-ass program. It makes your pc speaker (not the sound card, the little speaker inside the case) play notes in a major scale when you hit 1-8 on the keyboard, and ASDFG control the octave. The problem is when you exit the thing it makes something go crazy - at least that's what it does on my computer. It was my final lab for my assembly language class.
So yes, I'm 30 years and one day old. The best parts about my birthday were a) meredith made me cookies and invited people over to hang out with me because I was too scatterbrained to do it myself b) the groadies bought me a new keyboard. I need to post a picture of it, I'd find one online but I have to go to class like right now.
It's 5:59AM. I'm sitting in front of the computer with no pants on because they're in the dryer. They've been in there since last night, but they're not dry because someone put the dryer on the "fluff" setting. Hopefully they'll be dry in 15 minutes so I can walk down the street to get a ride out to powermax from my coworker. I'll be there from approximately 7 until noonish, at which point I get a ride back to my house. Then I'll get on my bike and ride to Type Foundry and work on the studio, probably until at least 8 or 9. Tomorrow, repeat. Friday, repeat. Hopefully without the pants fiasco. What the fuck is up with the fluff setting??
Yesterday my day was even better - wake up at 6, bus to work, try to take the bus to type foundry around 12:15, stand in the rain waiting for 25 minutes, realize bus has been missed, eventually get a ride home with a friend, ride bike to TF around 5:45, ride really fast to meet nate to get a ride to groadies practice at 7:15, eat a sickening amount of chimichanga, somehow not finish practice until 11 fucking PM, ride home really really fast, inducing the worst cold-ears headache I've ever felt in my life, get in bed, fall asleep. (oh, I guess before I fell asleep, I got out of bed and went downstairs to put my clothes in the old fluff-dryer, just for kicks.) Ever since I was young, my ears have been super sensitive to the wind. Like, maybe if it's 95 and humid I can ride down a long hill with no ill consequences, but usually a bike ride of any length is accompanied by ear discomfort, if not pain, depending on the temperature. If I put my helmet on over a hood, then it's way better. I didn't have one last night and I didn't think it would be like 61 degrees at 11PM on august 29th. I seriously felt like my head was in a fucking vise. Plus I wanted to puke from exertion / chimi grease.
OK let's go get these pants out of the dryer...ahhhhhh. Dry and toasty warm.