just a week ago…

Current Mood:something…

Current Music: Jack Black – Lets Get It On
wow. Time flies as you slog through the shit that litters the trail that we call life.

John Parker passed away last week. Louise dropped me an email that I misread, thinking she wanted some tech help – no, she needed Mel to ring her…

Her second email punched through the bubble that surrounds us most every day – good thoughts, self focused on nicenesses…

So Mel & I headed north to DC, while at the same time Boo’s pop and sister and niece headed south, for no other reason than to visit over the long weekend.

We got in late Thursday after driving into the night from D’Town, feeling all sorts of emotions that make a road trip focused, but not really nice – anger, frustration, shock, sadness.

The three of us spent a Friday in a daze, ending up at Quiet Waters in Annapolis, after a nice meal at Grump’s – we heartily recommend the joint, plus it’s dog friendly. Saturday was tough, since we met up with John’s sister and half-brother at John’s apartment. John’s co-workers also stopped by, and since they had found John things got even more emotional for us all.

Sunday had us swinging by John’s for one last time, and all I can say is that this rite of passage sucks. It really really sucks.

We made it back to D’Town late Sunday (sorry for waking you up, Marji) and Monday Mel and I tried to participate in social events, but I believe we both were quite shell-shocked. Hell, even Tuesday was a write-off, but here we are, back to Wednesday, the middle of the week. Middle of the weak?

Damn you, JohnParker.

tell your loved ones how much they mean to you (the sun & the moon, boo – and all the stars in the universe too!); tell your family how much they mean to you (I would be a much different – and probably much worse – person without you all – Mom, Dad, Shari, Wendy & Blood); tell your friends how much they mean to you (where the fuck would I start? Mel – hey. Matt – dude. etc. etc. etc. etc.); tell the ones who’ve slipped away how much they mean to you (Declan – dude, let’s not slip further away… Marti & Kate, Bart & Alyssa, all the openFisters … etc. etc. etc.). Live as outrageously as you can. John would approve of that.



which side are you on, boys?

Current Mood: happy
Current Music:Of Montreal – Oslo in the Summertime
Billy Bragg – wonderful poet, if you ask me.

So, this is gonna be painful for me to type… uh, Guitar Hero kinda … rocks. Like, it was really fun to rock alongside my boo last night over at Carrie & Nate’s. Cause we have awesome friends who are up for good times, Beth and Morgan were along for the ride, and after a delicious dinner at Jack Aster’s in Cary, we broke out the Wii and got our guitar on. and it was good.


So let’s recap – Friday night amazing pin projekt awesomeness. Sadness from LoggieLand. Saturday morning nothing too fast, but Boo got into the killing off of the ivy of poison (two can play with poison!!!), saturday night we’re on the road with friends having a fabulous time. Sunday, slow start but generally goodness – think we’ll head out for some time on the American Tobacco Trail with friends. Think there’s gonna be some inking around 5 or so…

And there you have it. Oh, yesh – one reason to get me to type. Beth and Morgan have a nice digital camera, and I wanted to state that they take great photos! They shared a disc of pics from back in March/April – Kimya’s concert in the Durham Pole, and our run to the sand before the season got to far gone. Wow.


I know I have an issue with snap shots. What the hell – it’s not even that it takes much time, cause all I do is burn to disc and then… nothing. It’s something to do. Well, Morgan likes her camera. And takes great pics. Beth likes the camera too – and also takes great pics. So … wow. Perhaps I should ponder looking up the definition of composition and ponder the use of forethought when I pull out my camera. It’s a crazy idea, perhaps doomed to failure, but I have proof positive that effort = success, so I may just have to rethink my attitude. Wish me well…

dona nobis pacem

“Keep Calm and Carry On”
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2008-05-21 08:37 pm (UTC) Select:        
Actually written by Florence Reece in the early 1930s. Really good song though.

Wow… how cool…

Current Mood: happy

Current Music:Guitar Hero
So… we’re in from a great evening at the Pin Projekt over at broad street cafe – pretty damn successful – so Yay!!!

Congrats Mel & gang – you put together a great show – and it’s just the start of the Troika fest… Weeeeeeee…….


dona nobis pacem
“Keep Calm and Carry On”

2008-05-18 05:58 am (UTC) Select:

“guitar hero”… you mean…

Thanks for playing tonight… you ROCKED!!!

Wednesday already??? Wow…

Current Mood: happy

Current Music:Crash Test Dummies – Afternoons and Coffeespoons
So, the weekend was good … hangin’ with peeps…
tuesday we voted – go Braggtown VFW!!!! Then we grilled with MnMnZ – quite tasty, as always!!!
Monday night was super club!!!! lots of love and work got Hobbit House looking ok, and tasty eats came from Boo with love and a bit of help from our friends (thanks!). Z was a day visitor – donuts and cable tv – a 7 year old’s happiest day! (though didn’t he leave with a bag of candy from Carrie & Nate’s? After Rocket got to romp with Meg in the big, green back yard? That was the happiest day ever, that week for him!)
Carrie and Nate, Beth and Morgan, Viv and Brendan, MnMnZ – all made having dinner fabulous – and I got to say ‘happy 1 year’ for boo’s habitation, and a ‘happy welcome’ for Carrie and Nate – it’s nice. really really nice to have a good life.
We also watched a bit of the Johnny Cash DVD, and the Live Aid DVD. Awesome… kinda… really.

Ok. gonna run with M to work… we voted. much energy there. Purdue’s red on red on red I called a fashion mistake, though Hillary’s blue on blue on blue wasn’t much better. “Bill’s tie is only kinda blue, to represent that hillary is only kinda a democrat” – nicest snarkiest comment of the night.

pics sometime soon…


dona nobis pacem
“Keep Calm and Carry On”

Friday night … thoughts from the trailing edge of a cold

Current Mood: hopeful

Current Music:The Mountain Goats – Pink And Blue
Lis and I spoke at length today at the office. Politics, hope, middle-east peace challenges, and man-dates!

//Dave Dobbyn – Slice Of Heaven//
Signed up yesterday for a trip to paris – didn’t get it, and this morning realized that WUNCis the KCRW of my Durham existence, and though not a bad thing at all, as I rolled in from my Quizno’s (TOASTY!!!) dash, I finally found the Revolution, 88.1 WXDU – they played ‘And She Danced’ by the Hooters, the guest they were allowing to pick songs saying probably the first and only time that would ever happen on the “Revolution” – great song, really. Fit my mood nicely…
NPR stations that are located at campus aren’t really college stations. There is a difference, and so it will always be. Still, would have like to have called Boo to say “Hon, get your passport together – we’re going to Patriot Land!!!”

//Kimya Dawson – Viva La Persistence Radio Edit//
Will Carrie work on an animation project on behalf of the girl who loves you? We can only hope Mel convinces her…

On WUNC this morning (I smack the little clock radio in the kitchen in the morning – set it up for a 15 minute set so I can wash out the coffee maker, coffee cups and spoons, and a knife to do my bagel with – probably should do that the night before, eh?) was a spot promoting the NPR effort called StoryCorps – this one is titled Leaving the Farm, Then Breaking New Ground. Worth a listen, I’d say. The comments made me come to the thought “Live courageously” – combined with the chat with Lis, I’m coming to the thought that with hope, courage blossoms.

//Billy Bragg – A New England//
So, I have renewed hope. I listed to Obama’s March speech – A More Perfect Union. Wow. Read it. Listen to it. Be moved by it. Lis spoke of her challenges as an activist – of a comment that changing history is not a spectator sport. Can we only hope people choose to kill their cable to be able to pay for gas, head out to speak with their neighbors, and learn to think and discuss the challenging issues we are faced, let alone the politics of those issues? Could happen, rabbit.

Why is it so damn difficult to pick up the house and keep it that way? Can I blame Blue?? She does love to steal tissues!

//Havana 3 A.M. – What About Your Future//
We had a houseful of goodness yesterday. Got home a bit early, and Beth visited. Then Brendan showed up to take Blue for a oh so loved long walk. Then Carrie & Nate rolled in from the East, Morgan came back with Beth and they all headed out for pizza and karaoke! I was icky, and had some work to create, so I passed, but for a little bit there I was totally happy to be living such a blessed life. Oh – and the grass was cut (YayTROSA!!!!) – life is good. Oh, and MickeyMatt rang me while peeps were gathering here – so it was total friend/people overload and I love it. That is all.

Courage. Does stumbling out of a daze that’s lasted toooooo long, to join the masses who are ready for change (finally), count as courage? I called my elected rep earlier this year. I have hopes of learning the ropes of local politics so that I can be more involved with my town. But why did I not care when I was a landowner 10+ years ago in Maryland? I believe it was youth and ignorance. I spoke with Justin the other day and tried to put the bug into his mind to create a business soon, so that taxes can be … manipulated?… lowered with allowed deductions. I spent 20 years paying my 1040ez – got married and a tax guy and ended up owing 17 dollars to Cali one year – wow!!!! So, the lesson – you’re already in the game, learn to play it or end up a pawn in the chess game of life!!!??? Hello, I’m a rook! (who doesn’t love horses?)

//Frankie goes to Hollywood – Born to Run//
Boo’s over at the girls, and I’m playing my music too loud in the office and it feels good. Thus my running play list as I type. Just so you know.

Spring is here, warm weather happening as I speak. I’m liking the job I’m at, and have hopes to make it permanent, though being out and working again is very much more positive than the hassle is negative, and the place I’m at (UNC Med School) certainly is less negative than say big corp land IBM, where I was last. So – yay. It’s good to be out and about. Now if only Ramona could get fixed!

//Indio – Hard Sun//
So, there ya go – go and learn and vote and talk and hope. Act. Believe that change will be good, and the new dawn will hold our good fortune. That, and have a beer or two, or at least a lemonade, with your friends.


dona nobis pacem
“Keep Calm and Carry On”

2008-05-03 08:46 pm (UTC) Select:          
I owed taxes for the first time in probably 10 years this year. $100. But of course I’m getting $600 back from President Trying-to-buy-goodwill, so…
p.s., I got one of those Keep Calm and Carry on Tshirts. 🙂 Buying shirts from the UK is expensive. Worth it though.