Thursday, December 28, 2006

I just flew back from the Carribbean...

...and boy are my arms tired.




Yes, between gigundous, hideous, ridiculous plumbing problems in my century-plus-old house, the fella and I managed to get out of Dodge this xmas with our pals Ed & Olga and go kick it in Bonaire for yet another year. There will be pictures from Olga at some point here - keep checking back and look for the ones that say Bonaire under them.

I am tanner than I should be - the kind of tan that my mother will say makes me look healthy, and my friends will say makes me look sick, but what can I say? That's what 7 days in direct sun will do to an e, you know? Weather was amazing, and I'm missing it terribly - 90 out of the water, 82 - 84 in. Ugh. Did the pilot really say it was 34 degrees in Washington????

We had some amazing dives - got to see 2 spotted eagle rays, couple of sea turtles, countless sea horses, couple cool starfishes, some REALLY cool rainbow parrotfishes that must have been 3 feet long, sheesh - tons of stuff. We did 2 cool night dives, one at Salt Pier, and one at Town Pier. All in all, we did about 3-4 shore dives a day, then A & I rested with a margarita by the ocean in the evenings (at least, the ones where we weren't diving...)

One particularly oddball highlight (especially when taken out of context), was with one of the more interesting fish I've ever seen in person; Captain Don of Captain Don's Habitat (there are 2 pics of The Captain back there - one on "captain" and one on "don" - yes, that is a wooden peg leg. He also sometimes rocks an eye patch. no shit). Every so often, the resort has a "meet the captain" cocktail reception, where he comes and meets people staying there, etc. Now, I will grant you that The Captain has done tremendous things for Bonaire - basically spearheading efforts to save and protect the reefs for the last 40 years, that kind of stuff. But talking to him one-on-one is definitely an experience.

After telling me that I look very young in a way that made me feel like excusing myself and hiding in my closet, he said to me (and I quote, verbatim) "So, I've become very interested in the study of getinal mutilization lately."

No, that is not a typo. The man said "getinal". He also said "mutilization". Just thought I'd point that out...

Um, first five minutes of meeting this complete stranger, and he brings up genital mutilation... oh, sorry - "getinal mutilization". Andy and I COULD. NOT. LOOK. AT. EACH. OTHER. He went on to tell me all about his internet girlfriend and the MANY naked pictures he's gotten of her full-body tattoos, all kinds of stuff. Certainly one of the more intimate conversations I've ever had with a complete stranger. Andy and I later agreed that we were super excited to meet The Captain - until he started speaking. Then we both felt like the cat in the Pepe Le Pew cartoons - struggling to be free.

All of that aside, I reflect back, and can truly only focus on the bliss of completely floating, soundless, 60 feet under water - it is an unequalled calm in my life, and one I wish to repeat as soon as humanly possible.

Monday, December 18, 2006

yeah, I know - another quiz

Dude - I've had literally the worst week when it comes to depressing kid stuff. Last night a gentleman Andy and I know told us that his adorable little grandson drowned in a community swimming pool last july. How fucked up is that?

Anyway, it's been a truly odd and sad winter for this DJ. So, instead of gettin all down and things, I'm gonna do a quiz.

I know - worst. segue. ever.

This one is called the 100 question quiz:

100. First off, what's your name? I'm not tellin
99. Why were you named that? cause I'm friggin cool.
98. Who is your best friend? duh. andy.
97. Do you have any siblings? 3 crazy sisters
96. Are your parents together/divorced/separated? divorced/remarried
95. Favorite color? black to wear, orange to look at
94.whos your favorite NFL star? what's an NFL star again?
93. What does the 7th message in your text inbox on your phone say? Okay, verbatim it literally says, "Rod is a frickin idiot.Got the sound working but I have hiss in the lower 2. He had some bad cords. If I keep music flowing, it's not 2 bad. 2 long 4 me 2 replace." Cryptic? I think yes.
92. What about the 13th? "Sweet!"
91. Who sits behind you in 4th period? HUH?
90. Who sits to the left? Stupid question #2. You get an F
89. Where is your mom right now? I dunno. Probably asleep
88. Do you have any kids? hells no
87. Who is the 5th person you got a missed call from? the aforementioned moms
86. Closest black object. clothes on my back
85. Closest silver object. my bling
84. Have you ever jumped a fence running from a cop?no
83. Do you sing in the shower? Yes, but it's usually something reeeeallly annoying
82. Do you own any pets? froggies
81. How does your hair look right now? adorable. pshaw.
80. Last time you listened to country music? week ago or less
79. Have you ever been to a concert? Jesus, who made this quiz?
78. If you could kill someone, who? Joey Lauren Adams for her FUCKING voice alone
77. What are your fears? clowns and fingernails
76. Do you still pee your pants? um, exsqueeze me? baking powder?
75. What do you hear right now? Andy shuffling about
74. How many drugs are in your system right now? depends on what you consider "drugs"
73. What kind of drunk are you? happy & sleepy
72. What are you wearing? clothes
71. Last person you commented? I assume this is some sort of internet speak I'm not privy to...?
70. Do you sing? um, didn't we already talk about this? The shower knows my bad musical secrets.
69. Since we're on the number, have you ever 69ed? nice, dirty pants!
68. Screamo or Country? cookie monster death metal (it's called Arch Enemy - look into it)
67. Rock or Rap? yes
66. Last person you sent naked pictures to? nobody never
65. Who did you last call? Andy. Again with the obvious questions
64. Who last called you? Mellie Mel
63. What jewelry do you wear daily? A bracelet that my grandmother's uncle gave her when she was 13 and my wedding ring
62. Are you happy right now? pretty much
61. Who did you last say you loved? that aforementioned fella o' mine
60. Would you die for someone? without question
59. If so, who? my man-friend and the 4 little bubs my sisters gave to me
58. Who wants to hang out with you tonight? everybody - duh.
57. What do you smell right now? some french spirit that Andy's drinkin.
56. Do you have to pee right now? no
55. What did you do last night? got pleasantly drunk at a party where the host served unbelievably good wine
54. What are you doing today? chillin' like bob dylan
51. Do you cuss? fuck yeah, beeeeotch
50. Bedsheet color. grey
49. Wall color. purple
48.What is your moms name? Robin
47. Do you cut yourself? only when I open envelopes - icky
45. Do you have makeup on right now? yes
43. Are you shy? believe it or not, horribly
42. Your hero? Danny Elfman
41. Last alcoholic beverage you consumed? wine
40. Favorite ice cream? rice dream mint chocolate chip
39. Have you ever layed with a member of the opposite sex? I'm starting to be convinced this was made by a 12 year old in North Dakota or something...
38. America or Canada? blame Canada
37. What makes you mad? see question #78. Girls with annoying voices make me crazy.
36. What if you found out you were adopted? My whole life would make a lot more sense
35. Jeans or Sweatpants? jeans
34. Do you like guys/girls with short or shaggy hair? don't give a crap
33. Name 6 things in your room? andy, our couch, froggies, dorkin comic panel, godspeedyoublackemperor poster, portraits of our old car Lil Moses
32. Do you have socks on? yes
31. Do you own any big sunglasses? totally - andy says I look like a sleestack
29. Have you ever cried yourself to sleep? I was a goth girl - wtf do you think?
28. Black or White? black
27. Hollister or Hot Topic? tripp
25. Last time you were at Buffalo Wild Wings? haven't eaten meat for about 8 years
24. Do you miss anyone right now? Mr. Phil
23. Do you ever use sarcasm? no, never
22. Have you ever went to school without makeup? um, I think you mean 'gone'.
21. Are you a good singer? dude - what the hell is it with you and the friggin singing???
20. Do you love Jesus? um... could you ask me another question about singing?
19. Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? of course
18. Do you go to church? never
17. Do you shower naked? exactly what do they do in North Dakota outside of singing, loving Jesus and showering with clothes on?
16. Ever talked on the phone all night? when I was a kid
15. What grade are you in? a millionth
14. LFO or Otown? if I knew what they were, I'm sure I might have an opinion
13. Do you speak any other languages? fairly terrible spanish
12. What day is it? monday
10. Do you love your friends? I love my friends and all my friends are in love
09. Are you in a band. yes - believe it or not, I'm in a death metal band with Andy and another friend of ours called Fuchida. You will worship Fuchida.
08. Do you like your music loud or soft? loud when I wanna rock out, soft when I don't
07. First female name you think of. jane
06. First male name you think of. dexter
05. What were you doing an hour ago? cleaning out my closet
04. Last beverage drank? still drinking - glass of wine
03. What is your current worry? hot water heater dying and flooding the house before we have it replaced tomorrow
02. What is your eye color? brownish goldish
01. i dont really care. Okay, so I have a question for you, then. Do they HAVE stuff to do in North Dakota aside from bollocks quizzes?

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Right Round - 12/15/06 - Commentary

Okay, so I guess I should say off the bat that I thought last night was terrible. Kids who were there might beg to differ, but from my perspective, it was absolute crap.

First of all, it was 5,000 degrees in the backstage - not a lot I can do about that, and they did really try to get the temperature under control, so most times I have to just throw my hands in the air like I just don't care (werd up). Just made me feel that I need to get a couple of additional fans to get the air moving. Whatever... sometimes it's just hot. But I know how it is, too - when the upstairs has music that you love just as much, it's totally not worth it to stay down in that little sweat box.

Next, I was up against Steve EP's Duran Duran vs. New Order night. I'm so not surprised that this had the effect it did (which is to say abysmally low attendance), but I was disappointed. My room ebbed and flowed, but when it was empty it was PAINFULLY empty. This was a first for me, and it brought my mood down unbelievably. The peeps who were there seemed to have a great time, but I swear I was just so bummed.

Finally, I was just off my game. Fridays are difficult for me, as I was working all day, running late all day, etc. I just couldn't get my shit together, and I felt it showed. I'm not gonna post my setlist this month, cause frankly I just don't feel like it. So there.

The bright side to all of this (thank god...) is that the BC and I discussed the possibility of moving Right Round upstairs in February!!! I truly hope we do that - the dancing fools would be so very happy.

Anyway, time to wash last night out of my hair and move on. In 3 days I leave for the Carribbean to spend a week with my fella and our friends under the ocean, thank god. I think that just might help me to get over it... :)

Friday, December 15, 2006

spread the love this holiday season

Every year, Andy and I make a holiday donation to a charity that is near and dear to our hearts - we do this in the name of our families, and are happy that we've been fortunate enough to do it consistently for the last few years.

This year, the charity we've chosen is an extremely personal one. Our dear friends J. and Janet Robbins' baby boy Cal was born with a serious, fatal genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Though there is no cure for this condition, there are lots of treatments that promise to give Cal the best possible quality of life. Unfortunately, many of these, especially the alternative treatments, are not covered by health insurance.

This situation has been devistating and heartbreaking for J. and Janet, their families and thier friends alike. But as a friend, you ask yourself, "What on earth can I do to ease the suffering of these dear, sweet people?" Well, with that question in the front of their minds, a couple of friends and former bandmates of theirs set up a website with more information and a place to make a donation. All of the money will go straight to J. and Janet to help defray their growing medical bills. It is:

If you are looking to give to a worthwhile cause this holiday season, I would strongly urge you to consider this one. (I mean, look at the picture of this little bub - how can you deny his sweet face ANYTHING???)

I know they would appreciate it.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

just look at my famous fella!!!