I know I’ve mentioned my good friend John on here before. We’re both big music fans. When we first started hanging out back in Starkville, MS, we spent a lot of time introducing each other to new music, mostly songs by Tori Amos and Pearl Jam. He’s a big Tori Amos fan. I had heard some of her big hits, but he introduced me to many more of her songs. I’m a big Pearl Jam fan. He had heard some of their big hits, but I introduced him to many more of their songs. I made copies of many of my Pearl Jam albums for him and he did the same for me with his Tori Amos albums.
John has hundreds of CDs. A lot of time he had to shuffle through his many CD cases to find a particular song that he was looking for. If we were going somewhere together, sometimes it would take a long time to leave because he had to find the right song to listen to. I suggested that he get mp3 player. He got the idea, but never got around to buying one. At one point I was researching a Zune (yes, a Zune) for myself even though I didn’t have nearly as many CDs as him.
We became roommates after a while. When he got a job out of town and had to move away, I got him an iPod as a going away present. I didn’t get myself an iPod until later that year. John had to leave pretty quickly, so he didn’t move all of his stuff out of our apartment immediately. I spent the next few weeks ripping all of his music to his iPod. I even put a lot of Pearl Jam songs on there.
This is around the time of the year that he started that job 6 years ago. He tells me that he still uses his iPod every day at work. Every once in a while I’ll get a text or email with a lyric from a Pearl Jam song that he’s discovered or gotten into lately. Today he sent me lyrics from a song called “Wishlist” and I immediately starting getting nostalgic.
Man, why are most of my close friends so far away?
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
This past weekend I went to New Orleans for Voodoo Fest. I met my friend John down there. We’d been looking forward to this since we last met up in Reno back in June. This was the first time I had been to New Orleans and Voodoo Fest since Voodoo Fest 2007.
On Friday, I flew to New Orleans. It is a LONG way from Portland to New Orleans. My first stop on the way there was at L.A.X. My plane landed around the time of the L.A.X. shooting that was in the news. We did sit on the runway for a while before we parked. Maybe the shooting was why. Everything was calm in the area I was in. I didn’t even know about the shooting until I got on wifi and checked Twitter. Once we made it to New Orleans the local news interviewed some of the people on our flight about it. John picked me up at the airport. He was worried because one of the flights from L.A. to New Orleans was delayed because of the shooting. After taking my stuff to the hotel and catching up a little bit, we headed to Voodoo Fest. We missed Macklemore & Lewis, but soon it was time for Pearl Jam. They put on a great show! They are an excellent live band! They played a few songs from the new album, but it was mostly older favorites. They played the songs I would’ve been disappointed if I didn’t hear: “Given to Fly” and “Do the Evolution”. I was surprised to hear “In My Tree”. John’s not as big of a Pearl Jam fan as me. He really likes “Do the Evolution”, so I’m glad they played it. After the show, I think we drank before calling it a night. We slept for 11 hours. I blame it on the jet lag and staying up late.
On Saturday I think we got something to eat and then headed back to the park. While walking around the park, we heard the end of Paramore’s set, but after that it was time for Nine Inch Nails. They started a lot earlier than the schedule said, so I’m glad we got there early. They also put on a great show. I’m not as big of a NIN fan as John. They played the song he really wanted to hear: “Reptile”. I think they played a lot of new songs, or maybe just songs that I’m not as familiar with. I got more pumped up during “Wish” than I did the entire night. They played one of the songs I really wanted to hear: “The Hand that Feeds”. I wish they would have played “Closer”, but it was still a great show.
On Sunday, we skipped Voodoo Fest entirely. We had talked about going to see Kid Rock and The Cure that night, but decided against it. It was too much of a hassle going to the park and back. We did some shopping and then hung out with one of John’s old friends, Elizabeth. She lives in New Orleans. I’ve hung out with her a few times over the years. She’s very cool. We did a little bar hopping and lost some money at the casino. Then we went to a club where Elizabeth’s boyfriend was DJing later in the night. We ended up leaving before his 2:30am performance because we were all tired.
On Monday, I flew back to Portland. It’s always sad coming back after having a great time with friends. I’m grateful that I got to go. Both Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails play in Portland later this month, so I’ll get to see them again. I got sick on this trip like I did at P.A.X. John is suffering the same symptoms I am. I think my next trip will be February at the earliest. It’ll be nice to spend time at home on weekends.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
I think I rocked 2012.
- Listen to music more. I didn’t do so well in the first few months of the year, but it picked up after that. Between new CDs, SiriusXM, and live music, I think I did well.
- Read 20 books. I read 20 books. I might be able to hit 21 by the end of the day.
- Go to a Halloween party. Okay, so I bought tickets to a Halloween party that I had heard about. A few days before party, I got an email saying that they were going to change it to an indoor party, which meant fewer people could come. They offered me ticket to a couples only event they were also having, but I didn’t have anyone to go with. I decided to stay home that night.
- Go to a Christmas party. I went to my company’s Christmas party and had a great time.
- Buy new clothes. I bought new shoes, shirts, jeans, socks, and coats. I almost bought a new suit, but they couldn’t get anything to fit me when I needed it.
- Meet new people. I’ve met new people at work and outside of work. I need to hang out with them more.
- Do social gaming. I’ve done more social gaming this year. It’s been all online. P.A.X. inspired me to do more board gaming, but so far that hasn’t gone anywhere. I recently found out about a couple of groups trying to get a regular gaming night going, but with the holidays nothing got off the ground. Maybe in the new year.
- Start buying collectibles. I’ve been doing a good job of growing my collection of geeky items. Following Brian’s suggestion, I’ve been documenting them on Facebook, Google+, and Flickr.
What a great year this has been. I moved across the country to a great city with lots of exciting things to do. I’ve made new friends and I have a job that I love.I’m not going to make a list for 2013. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
Once again, I looked at my last.fm profile on New Year’s Eve to see what music I listened to the most during the year.
Top 10 Artists
1. Revision 3 [podcasts]
2. Jay and Jack TV [podcasts]
3. Foster the People
4. Fiona Apple
5. Pearl Jam
6. Nicki Minaj
7. The Smashing Pumpkins
8. Rob, Chris, Robin, and Boston [podcasts]
9. nerdist [podcasts]
10. Mumford & Sons
10. HBO Podcasts [podcasts]
Top 10 Songs
1. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
2. Foster the People – “Houdini”
3. Foster the People – “Helena Beat”
4. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
5. Foster the People – “Call it What You Want”
5. Foster the People – “Waste”
5. Foster the People – “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”
8. Fiona Apple – “The First Taste”
9. Foster the People – “Life on the Nickel”
10. Birds of Tokyo – “Head in my Hands”
10. Foster the People – “I Would Do Anything for You”
10. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood”
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Monarchy of Roses”
Sunday, November 18th, 2012
A few days ago, I got to see one of my all-time favorite bands, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Rose Garden. I’ve been looking forward to this concert for about 5 months. Blood Sugar Sex Magik was one of the first albums I ever bought.
I had a great time at this show even though I was in the beginning stages of a cold that is still with me. The cigarette and pot smoke were irritating my sore throat. The opening act was The Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans. They were good, but I was really eager for the main attraction.
The Chili Peppers were great! Yes, they’re getting up there in age. They don’t look as good when they take their shirts off as they did 20 years ago. The songs all sounded great. It was a good blend of old songs and new songs. There were 2 songs that I didn’t recognize and I think they were both from the new album. Lots of energy. Great jams and great sing-a-long moments. I will definitely see them again if I get a chance to.
- Monarchy of Roses
- Around the World
- Snow (Hey Oh)
- Scar Tissue
- Can’t Stop
- Throw Away Your Television
- She’s Only 18
- The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
- Right on Time
- Universally Speaking
- Under the Bridge
- Look Around
- By the Way
- Chad & Mauro Jam
- Suck My Kiss
- Soul to Squeeze
- Give It Away
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Not long ago I saw online somewhere that Portlandia was looking for extras for Season 3. I filled out the online form and included the 2 pictures they wanted: a head shot and a body shot. I didn’t think there was any chance of being picked, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I really enjoy watching the show. Wednesday afternoon I got a call asking if I could come early the next morning to be in a sketch. Of course I said “Yes”. They told me what to wear and later that night they sent an email telling me where to be and when to be there. I got there super early, but it wasn’t long before other extras started to arrive. Everybody was really nice. I had a great time. I signed an NDA that I didn’t read, so I’m going to play it safe and not go into any details now. Maybe more after the episode airs. Their seasons usually start in January, so I assume you’ll see it around that time. Hopefully, I’ll be on screen and won’t look too bad.
Later that night I went to see Fiona Apple in concert. The opening act was pretty lame. He played nothing but slow, mellow songs and even joked about that. I almost fell asleep because I hadn’t gotten much sleep over the previous few days. Once he finished, we had to wait about 45 minutes before Fiona came on stage. I was getting restless and it was getting late. When she came on she explained that she was late because she had just had her period. Anyway, she put on a really great show. There was was only one song that she didn’t play that I wanted to hear. She’s a weird one, but she’s good.
Fast as You Can
On the Bound
Anything We Want
Sleep to Dream
Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
Every Single Night
Not About Love
It’s Only Make Believe
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Here’s my list for 2012. Hopefully I’ll have an even better success rate than I did in 2011.
- Listen to music more. I want to try to get back into music like I used to be.
- Read 20 books. I read 17 this year according to Goodreads. 20 should be doable.
- Go to a Halloween party. I’ve never been to one or even dressed up for Halloween. That needs to change.
- Go to a Christmas party. I’ve never been to one of these either.
- Buy new clothes. I shouldn’t have any excuses not to this year. I want to buy a few nice things while I’m at it.
- Meet new people. I should meet plenty of new people in Portland.
- Do social gaming. Whether it’s board games or online video games, I want to game more with other people. Playing with by myself gets old after a while.
- Start buying collectibles. I want to grow my collection of geeky items. I have Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Dexter-related items, but I want more.
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
On the last day of the year I like to look at my last.fm profile to see what I was into musically the previous 12 months. Since I listen to most of my music on my computer or iPod, it gives a pretty accurate account of what I listened to that year.
Top 10 Artists
1. Revision 3 [podcasts]
2. Pearl Jam
3. Michael Giacchino
4. Arcade Fire
5. Jay and Jack TV [podcasts]
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. Murray Gold
8. The Smashing Pumpkins
9. Foster the People
9. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Top 10 Tracks
1. Foster the People – “Helena Beat”
2. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
2. Katy Perry – “Firework”
2. Arcade Fire – “Modern Man”
2. Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
6. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood”
6. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”
6. Arcade Fire – “Ready to Start”
9. Arcade Fire – “Rococo”
9. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Did I Let You Know”
Friday, December 30th, 2011
It’s the time of year for reflection and introspection. I figured I should look back on the list of things I wanted to do in 2011.
- Move. I decided not to move to a new place in Starkville, because I was pretty certain I would be leaving Starkville. I’ll be moving to Portland in February. Not quite 2012, but close enough.
- Go to my first convention. I went to San Diego Comic-Con in July and had a blast. If I don’t go back this year, I may go to one of the Seattle-based conventions.
- Keep exercising. I kept up the good work I started last year. I’ve lost about another 40 lbs this year. Hopefully, I can maintain my good habits in the new year.
- Buy new clothes. I bought a few pairs of jeans and some underwear before Comic-Con, but other than that I didn’t do so well. Losing weight gave me an excuse not to buy more. The jeans I bought are already feeling a little too big. I’ll do better next year.
- Learn something new. I learned some new stuff for my old job and I’ve already started learning new stuff for my new job.I think that counts.
- Meet new people. I met a lot of people at Comic-Con, but I didn’t meet any local people. I can’t wait to get out and start meeting people in Portland.
- Listen to music more often. I did well at this at the beginning of the year. I even unsubscribed to a lot of podcasts. At Comic-Con, though, I met a lot of podcasters and started listening to all of their podcasts. I’ll work in that next year
- Blog more. Once again, I started out well, but slacked off. I lot of times I do have things to say, but by the time I get around to writing about it, it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it. With all the changes coming in the new year, I’m sure I’ll be blogging more.
I think I did well for the most part. Soon I’ll come up with a list for 2012.
Friday, December 31st, 2010
I came up with a list of things I want to do in 2011. I hate to use the term “resolution”. I reserve the right to change my mind of any of these without feeling guilty. I didn’t do this last year, so I can’t whether I was successful this year or not.
- Move. I want to move either to a better place in Starkville or out of Starkville. One or the other is going to happen. The time is right now.
- Go to my first convention. I want to go to San Diego Comic-con, but if that doesn’t work out I’ll go to Dragon Con in Atlanta.
- Keep exercising. I’ve lost 45 pounds so far. I just need to keep it up, even if my gym becomes unusable because of all the new people in January. I also want to start strength training.
- Buy new clothes. I need new clothes, especially new underwear. I hate shopping. The only clothes I get are the ones I get for Christmas presents. I need to change that.
- Learn something new. I want to learn something new and cool tech-related. Unfortunately, my job doesn’t provide me with many opportunities to learn new things.
- Meet new people. Most of the time I’m happy to sit at home, hang out with Reese, and catch up on TV. I just don’t feel like going out. I don’t know how to meet people around here since there’s nothing to do and I’m not a student anymore. It may be that I don’t meet any new people until after I move.
- Listen to music more often. I listen to too many podcast and neglect the music collection that I’ve spent so much time on.
- Blog more. I’ve done well this week, but normally I blog only once a month. I want to do better without setting an arbitrary frequency that I might struggle to stick to.
I think these are pretty simple and very doable. Hopefully, I won’t forget to look back at these throughout the year and at the end of the year.
Happy New Year!
The title originally said 2001 instead of 2011. Thanks to Morning Toast for pointing that out.