Archive for April, 2006


Thursday, April 27th, 2006


Thursday, April 27th, 2006

“a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin”

Thunder and light…

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Early this morning I heard thunder… the low rolling kind. Shook the whole house when it hit… No lightning.

Today I went to the funeral for my old friend, Gene… Sitting in the church as it slowly filled there was a break in the music and again the whole building shook… This wasn’t thunder though, it was the sound of at least a hundred Harley Davidson motorcycles as the funeral precession rode up.

It was raining when I first got there, but during the service and for an hour or so afterward, the skies had cleared up and the sun shone brightly. Was almost surreal.

The church was packed, for one guy. Just one guy. Yet each and every person in that place had their lives touched by him. I hope to be as blessed one day.

For the longest time, I’ve avoided the topic as much as possible. I’ve known people who have died, but never anyone who I knew personally and respected as a friend. This was my first funeral. Some people might think I’m lucky to have avoided it for 26 years, but it’s something we all must face sooner or later and will never get any easier.

All that said, folks, please, while you’re out driving, keep an eye out for bikers. A little extra attention to the road could save a life. Your iPod and your telephone will still be there after that moment goes by where you look instead of taking a distracted leap.

Farewell to a friend… RIP, Big Show.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

It’s not too often in this life that I meet a person who I look up to and respect from the moment I earn the great honor of working with them and calling them a friend.

Gene Lawrence was one of those guys. His friends called him the ‘Big Show’ and everything about the guy was big. His heart, his talent, and the amount of respect I will always have for him.

I first met him when I was 18, and took a computer tech job at the local library system. He had been promoted, and I filled his place. I actually did that twice, following in the footsteps of an absolutely awesome person.

I will always remember the friendship and working relationship I had with him, and cherish the valuable lessons I learned which still guide me to this day.

God Bless You, Gene, and your family.

Heaven’s got a one heck of a badass on its hands now.

His angel rode along on the final trip home

Bridging the gap from MySpace…

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Myspace always has these surveys going around, very rarely do I find one that is cool enough to repost here… This happens to be one of them. Feel free to give it a shot and post it on your blog, or your MySpace.

Put your iPod/iTunes on shuffle.
– Press forward for each question.
– Use the song title as the answer to the question.

How am I feeling today?:
Trashed and Scattered – Avenged Sevenfold

Will I get far in life?:
Blowin’ Sky High – Berlin

How do my friends see me?:
Homeward – VNV Nation

Where will I get Married?:
No Attention – Soundgarden

What is the story of my life?:
Avarice – Disturbed

What was highschool like?:
Demonizer – Judas Priest

How can I get ahead in life?:
Inbetween Days – The Cure

What is the best thing about me?:
Hello Lonely – Theory of a Deadman

How is today going to be?:
Holy Water – Soundgarden

What is in store for this weekend?:
Santa Monica – Theory of a Deadman

What song describes my parents?:
Epicentre – VNV Nation

To describe my grandparents?
Electronaut – VNV Nation

How is my life going?
Just Say Yes – The Cure

What song will they play at my funeral?:
Judas Rising – Judas Priest

How does the world see me?
Fall Apart – 10 Second Drop

Will I have a happy life?:
Sacred Life – Disturbed

What do my friends really think of me?:
Burn It Down – Avenged Sevenfold

Do people secretly lust after me?:
Seasons to Cycles – 10 Years

How can I make myself happy?:
Blow up the Outside World – Soundgarden

What should I do with my life?:
Pretty Noose – Soundgarden

Will I ever have children?:
Somewhere – Soundgarden

What is some good advice for me?:
My Wave – Soundgarden

How will I be remembered?:
The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails

What is my signature dancing song?:
Love Is Not Enough – Nine Inch Nails

What do I think my current theme song is?:
Let Me Drown – Soundgarden

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?:
The Tear – 10 Second Drop

What type of girls do you like?:
With Teeth – Nine Inch Nails

People are Dumb.

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Yea American Idol is annoying me. Not complaining too much as Daughtry is still on board and well out of the bottom 3… But the bottom 3 is just getting absurd. Last night they voted off Bucky, who had a definite southern-rock flavor to his vocals and a natural talent which stood out on the show. He was chosen instead of Paris or Ace… Ace has the typical boy-band voice…meaning he really can’t sing that well and just has a look that will likely sell.

I find it annoying because I expect the competition on the show to be feirce, I expect everyone to have something unique and vibrant to their vocals which encourage everyone to do better. When they keep someone around like Ace with his half-assed vocals, the quality of the entire show takes a dive.

My prediction is the endgame will be between Chris Daughtry and Kelly Pickler, I’d just rather that the weakest links get voted off regardless of how pretty they are.


Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Today was the official start of Spring for me. I usually quantify that special day by one of two things, I go hiking or I get to sleep with the windows open. After a long, annoying winter, both are things I absolutely dream of.

So today I took a jaunt up to what’s popularly referred to as “Pinwheel’s Vista” on the Appalachian Trail in Vernon, NJ. It’s a decent grind up to the top, good season opener for me and the view at the end of the line is well worth the sweat and mosquitoes.

One thing I found absolutely deplorable was the amount of rubbish along the trail! Regulars of the trail should be ashamed of themselves, more so than the hapless losers who dropped the bags, bottles, wrappers, pens, and cigarette butts along the way. I literally filled my shopping bag (brought for that specific purpose) less than 2/3 of the way up!

I really don’t give two shits as to why people don’t pick up their garbage, but the people who respect the trail should respect the fucking trail and help clean it up. After all, all you have when you fill an open space full of inbred morons and rubbish is a subdivision minus the houses. Nobody likes to hike in a damned subdivision, do they?

I’m updating a new gallery entry as we speak with highlights from the trek, hopefully I’ll do this again next week.


The Great Wall…

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

In the ongoing fiasco in regard to our southern border, there’s been discussion of erecting a wall on the border. I’m for it, both the symbolism behind it as well as the function of hopefully slowing the illegal immigration to a manageable level.

Of course, as with any plan that actually makes sense, the idea of a wall has come under fire too. We wouldn’t possibly want to keep so many eligible voters on the wrong side of the wall if they sign another amnesty bill into law, would we?

The other night it dawned on me like a light from the heavens… Just get the wall into a spending bill. Make it a line item on some spending bill. George W Bush hasn’t even made the attempt to veto a single spending bill yet and the Government has gotten fat and happy on his watch because of it. We may as well take advantage of it to the benefit of the country… for a change.

Only other thought I have on the issue is that should amnesty be granted, there be a little detail in the small print. That detail convicts each illegal immigrant of a felony, then provides them with a suspended sentence. They won’t be able to legally vote, which should keep the politicians honest…for a day or two.

As long as there are dead people available to vote, there’ll always be a Democrat who could win an election.

Holy crap! California isn’t happy!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

I’ve got to laugh at what some people actually regard as news.

A new poll is out and it shows that 60% of Californians aren’t happy with the President and Congress. How the hell is this news? This is the state of rolling-blackouts as a solution to power shortages! The last state that had as many power outages as California was Louisiana, and that was due to a hurricane! I’m sure every Californian had the same reaction when they found out their new governor wasn’t just a left-wing kook actor! “I elected a Republi…WHAT!?” There are 49 states, a mix of red and blue, and then there’s People’s Republic of California.

In days gone by a story like this would have been big news, but in reality America is still waking up to the vast Left-wing media spin machine and I’m sure most folks who saw this today said the same thing as I…


Poll shows Californians not impressed with Bush or Congress

Theory of a Deadman – No Suprise

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Picked up this album off iTunes the other night, heard their single ‘no suprise’ on one of the local stations and had to pick it up. It’s straight up hard rock, which contrary to other reviews I’ve seen is NOT Nickelback. While Chad Kroeger signed Theory of a Deadman and wrote a couple songs on the album, they have a groove, attitude, and sound all their own. Below are the lyrics to the single, which I’ve heard a dozen times and it gets funnier EVERY TIME I HEAR IT.

Friday is when you left me
So I’ll drink myself to sleep
And Sunday is when I’ll wake up
Not to remember a thing

My friends all say the same thing
I don’t know my new girl too well
(I know)
That all this lying gets to me
And no one seems to give a shit
(The way)
She talks to every guy in the bar
(I guess)
It should’ve raised some kind of alarm
Who’d ever think I’d go in and doubt?
Like all the other guys that you’ve gone and fucked

Well it ain’t no surprise
That you turn me on and leave
It ain’t no surprise
That you turn it around on me
I don’t know why
You won’t give me what I need
It ain’t no surprise
That that bitch is leavin’ me

My friends are mean to me
They say I don’t break up too well
(They know)
All this crying gets to me
And no one seems to give a shit
Well I know you want to
So go on and say it
Just go on and say it
Just go on and say it