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September 16th, 2006


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04:02 am - "...and I don't want no cow."
Tonight I did one of my famous "go to the bar and then walk home without socializing" maneuvers. That probably sounds like a very simple thing, but generally "home" is nowhere near "bar", and being a strict teetotaler means not having the warm cushion of an alcohol buzz. One bad night in January of 2003, I ended up walking all the way from The Dry Bean in Fitchburg to our house on Washburn, which is a little over nine miles. That's a long distance when you have to be functional at work in six hours. How I managed that walk before my roommates got home is one of the great, unsolved mysteries. It doesn't take that long to make a Big Mike's run, even at bar time.

Tonight's walk was much shorter -- a little less than two miles. I'd gotten together with crabmoon, matt_william, and bluntobject, and was expecting to seeevil_jim, the_tick27, and lord_alucard, but I wasn't expecting that we would go out. It was decided -- apparently without consultation -- that we'd go to some of the bars on East Washington Ave. Phill and Matt bowed out, but I tagged along. The first place we went had a $5 cover and faced with paying to be somewhere I didn't really want to be, I simply decided to go home. Almost everybody else was inside and didn't notice me trying to get their attention, so I explained myself to Tick who was still paying and took off.

I'm really happy with this decision. On a different night I would have been fine, but tonight I was so relieved to get out of there, and I was also relieved to get a walk, if only a short one.

When I got to my car, the first two songs that played on my MP3 player were Outside Now by Oingo Boingo, and Grievances by Daniel Johnston. I doubt that anyone reading this knows both of those songs, but taken together they were depressingly appropriate. 'cept I'm really feeling pretty good about things, which is, y'know, nice.

For a couple of hours after I got home I did nothing of note, and then suddenly around 2:00 decided that tonight, definitely, should be the night that I record my cover of the aforementioned Grievances. I've been wanting to do this for ages, and made a couple of abortive attempts to arrange the music, but tonight I got it all done, complete with sloppy, impractically low vocals. Anyway, I was recording this at like, 3:30 AM, and ribsinbacon is probably wide awake and pretty upset about all the singing. Do me a favor and make it worth my while -- and his -- by downloading it: Grievances (2.7 MB).
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished, I guess
Current Music: Uh, Grievances.

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From:evil_jim
Date:September 16th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you got home safe & had a good time without us but I'm sorry you had to walk back to your car. Had I driven you wouldn't have had to.

I avoided the $5 cover by leaving before the band started, which is what it was for. I started having a good time once I discovered The Brink lounge which is an honest-to-goodness lounge! It's a very classy place & I fit right in with how I was dressed. They had live music with no cover & reasonably priced soda. I could have spent the whole evening there. I'll probably invite you along to see Harmonius Wail play as they're there at least once a month.

In any case, have a good rest of the weekend.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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I still think I was better off going home, but I'm glad you folks had a good time. I'll definitely be interested in checking out that lounge, especially to see Harmonious Wail.

Anyway, I got your message around 3:30 or 4:00 this afternoon, and decided you were probably well into the movie. You should organize another screening -- I'll make it to that one, and I'm sure other people would be interested.
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:September 16th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I didn't hear you sing at all. I was pretty well muted out of everything around me by my fans.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
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Wow. I got lucky there, I guess. You kept coming out of your room just after I'd finished making noise, and I figured I'd woken you up. It happened three or four times.
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From:kwee_j
Date:September 16th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
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*claps* That was a wonderful song.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
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Innit, though? I love this song.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:September 16th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
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There's just something to be said about listening to you.

You're like that guy who has that great voice so now he does books on tapes.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
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Thank you! How do you suppose one goes about getting a job in the books-on-tape industry? Maybe I could put together a demo CD with me reading those erotic Harry Potter fanfics.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:September 17th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Dude if you're still thinking birthday presents songs/readings on tape are always welcomed. Highly. Specifically if its Harry Potter Porn.
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From:the_tick27
Date:September 16th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
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ok ya so it truns out that you dident have to pay thecover charge it was just to see a band witch dident complety suck, and there wher other bars. i had a ok time and yes i got the first intor ation with a chik any i also got the first old gay guy hit on me thing like allways, but all in all id be willing ti go back. you should of stayed but oh well.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
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No, I really think I was better off going home. I'd been out with Ribs earlier and I didn't realize we'd be going out to a bar. I just wasn't in the mood for that kind of social situation. Next time, though, definitely.
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 17th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
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Hey, we could combine your two latest promises & go out to a club to watch WoSaT.

Incidentally, tlhinganhom recently posed a challenge to us regarding that movie.
From:renny1780
Date:September 16th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
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OMFG! Colin was social in a bar setting, if only briefly?! I didn't know you had it in you ;) It's sad that you had to leave though. Oh well. You can always go again, right?
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
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"Oh my freaking goodness?" Renee, I know you can swear better than that.

Yeah, I do go to bars occasionally, but somebody has to drag me along -- I won't do it on my own. It happened almost weekly when I lived with Nate, Sean, and Josh, but these days it's a rare occurrence. I'm not a bar person. I'm sure you guessed that.
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From:laviorli
Date:September 16th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Dude! I can listen to songs now! *glee*

gee that is a depressing song huh?
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
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gee that is a depressing song huh?

I'm surprised that you're the only one who pointed that out. Yeah, it's depressing, but it's also one of my favorites... I don't know if you know Daniel Johnston, but I think you might like him. He has a song on the My So-Called Life soundtrack. I love his stuff, maybe because it's so incredibly frank and personal. Unfortunately, I always found it hard to get most of my friends to listen to him because a lot of his albums were literally recorded on a $55 boombox sitting on top of the piano in his parents' basement, which makes them kind of hard to listen to.
"...and I don't want no cow." - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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