Windows open, door ajar, birds chirp out on the wire…

Last night was kinda very very nice out

 Welcome to January in Durhamtown!

8:16 – some geese fly over, honking as they go…
I was inspired to write this morning because it’s a pretty damn good life I live when I wear shorts and a t-shirt to walk our FOSTER PUP Lady-tron first thing, and we’re really not rushed (as we were during the freezing rain of last Friday) – so I hear the birds chirp chirp chirp.

Post bath happy wiggles – go Lady-tron go!

It’s overcast, so there’s a bit of a blanket effect, things are a tad muted. Heck, even Lady-tron was all ‘sure, a walkies, some business doing, and now just chilling in the living room? I can do that for ya…’ – and as I let her chillax, I was making the morning coffee and ‘Let’s Be Pirates’ is playing on 88.1.

Took me back to the start of my Durhamtown life – mp3 files of a band of Future Kings, no titles yet because it was the nearly finished mix – listening to songs of Simple Murders and Staring Contests as I flew back and forth to Los Angeles. I’d mix those tracks up with an outfit of Dickens, who had a thing for Saturday Mornings and Tetris.

My town. My town’s bands. Bands that I new the people in. People I liked – they liked us too. People who worked really really hard to do what they loved to do – and boy did that take it’s toll.

But I certainly recall hearing them on the local radio for the first few times – driving hither and yon – off to Carrboro for a radio show (where we gladly interviewed them and the rest of the Triangle Indie Bands Class of 2007), or over to Briar Creek and the Cary environs to hang with our relocated West Coast friends. It was – still is, frankly – exciting to go “hey – I KNOW that guy who’s singing on the radio… he’s awesome!”…

How about some Universal Karma? Last night at school, took a moment to grab a drink in the vending break room and a familiar face comes strollling in – we do the ‘I know you…’ stare, and I open my mouth and he’s like ‘yeah – i’ve been seeing you in the hallways and always laugh when you don’t recognize me…’ – reconnections of long-ago acquaintances took me back years to the Troika festivals, and the Pinhook. Dave, good sir – hope your woodworking skills are still amazing, and what ever you’re in school for you’re having a good time.

Our town. Durhamtown. Not a bad place to be, on a kinda really warm January day.

{{7:59a + 30Jan13 = Wednesday morning – 65 fucking degrees outside!!! || 88.1 WKNC just finished up playing The Future Kings Of Nowhere’s ‘Let’s Be Pirates!’}}

Not an all too bad way to start the year…

Lady-tron ponders ‘What’s over there?’

About to get ready to head out to school … looking at the Google Hangout of Lady-tron on my screen – she’s all donuted up in her kennel (the feed make boo happy). Watching YouTube clips of John Darnielle + durham = holy fuck yeah.

Take this clip, will you – 

In it, John shares the opinion that ‘you all should move to durham…’ – good idea that, circa 2008.

How about John at the Pinhook 2 years later?

Or how about John at the Pinhook 2 nights ago?

Kinda cool having a some what talented local artist who is so damn willing to give to good causes (first clip is from Trans-Continental Awareness project, the last one is from a Pro-Choice benefit gig) – also, he just seems so damn happy. Happy to play. Happy to have fans. Happy to have a pumpkin!

Of course, the weekend before that Boo and I made our way to the ocean, cause we’ve fucking needed to do that for quite some time. We took advantage of the 72 degree weather, road-tripped to a sandy spot and just were, like Pooh.

boo looking for dolphins

Scott soaks up the sun & sand

With a bite of tastyness before we headed back to the Triangle…

Oh Amy’s, we do so love your food

It didn’t take long for the summer-like weather to be trumped by the truth – 5 days only


Then we got a visitor, someone to look after and be kind to – think we’ll be able to figure that out just fine.

Hi there foster pup Lady-tron – you relaxing a bit?

Hope so very much that your year has started well too.


{{11:50a + 22Jan2013 = Tuesday morn || John Darnielle sings ‘ How To Embrace A Swamp Creature‘ live at Bull City HQ fundraiser in Aug 2008}}

On a snowy sunny day…

Hope all is wonderful for you, and that the real world is enjoying itself…

Take 10 minutes, start HERE, click through til today … I’m gonna start taking a moment to click through a month of comics, enjoy and smile for a little bit before the real world gets back to me and my path.

I love how totally awesome Calvin & Hobbes is after all these years. Makes me happy my youth was misspent reading the paper for the comics, then reading the collections at the mall book store. Where I got to by riding my bike through the snow …

{{12:06p + 18Jan2013 = Friday afternoon || 42 & clear || Helio Sequence sings “Hallelujah” on KEXP}}

We gathered & welcomed…

first, a farewell

I’m cheating a bit, quarter after midnight into the 2nd of January. Boo rests besides me, Karl & Holly & Mika laugh in the living room, a light rain on the leaves makes the cool breeze from the open window that much more excellent.

We made it. We had a fire to send off 2012 while beckoning the century’s teen-angst to enter – sure that’s not gonna be a problem, right?

So much to write, so much to share – like the snap above – 100 feet to the west, and I get such a clear shot of the sunset – location, location, location! – not that in front of Hobbit House was horrible –

colors and clutter in a december sky

but perhaps a good thing to ponder now and again. What does it look like from over there?

No matter how I look at it, this is the truth – our friends made our year.

It’s really as simple as that. Boo & I can’t begin to imagine where we’d be without you all. As I’ve said – we have so much gratitude and love for every one of you. So much…

Our Friends & Their Monkey

Of like minds, we gathered … wonderful reminders of the great things of the past year. How is it having friends come over makes US feel lucky? Odd…

Howdy Mika

Friends traveled to visit us again & that feels great. Didn’t think I nailed the ‘great impression’ last time, but I’m up for giving it another go round. We can always ply them with Q Shack, am I right?

A day of much joy, lots of effort (Boo rocking the 6am bootcamp!!) and good friends – yeah, gathering and welcoming went rather well.

I hope you and yours had as good a time…


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