All My Friends

I loved LCD Soundsystem before Sound of Silver, but I don’t know that I have words for the weight of this song hitting me as I drove through the mountains into Virginia in September of 2007.

So many aspects of a life I loved left behind. So many goodbyes. And no better way to do it than with New Order, Tim in the booth, DocD and the symposium crew on the dance floor. I stopped at a hotel two hours out, too tired and blurry-eyed to drive safely, and checked in via chat with a party that I was missing, with friends I’d seen that morning but already missed.

As the sun came up and I merged onto the Beltway, I turned the stereo in our new car way, way up and just let it all wash over me. All the sadness. All the longing. All the uncertainty. All the love.

Product Placement

A list of stuff I’m into these days:

  1. Dark chocolate.  Lots of dark chocolate.
  2. Staying out far too late, drinking and dancing like it’s the summer of 2005.
  3. Shiny red nails and backless gold dresses and fake eyelashes.
  4. I don’t know how The Dark Tower will possibly work on TV, and I’m not sure if I want to find out, but I’m reasonably confident I also won’t be able to stay away.
  5. Pumpkin beers.  Some are good.  Some are super terrible.  I will try any of them.
  6. My new planner, though I have to wait almost two months to use it.
  7. Person of Interest.  I’m not sure if it’s right to describe Jim Caviezel as sexy, but damn.
  8. This scrub smells amazing and is making my skin softer than is reasonable to expect this time of year.
  9. Downloading an obscene amount of questionably terrible music from my youth in anticipation of a dance party this coming weekend.  You should come!
  10. Power, Corruption & Lies. And this track from Substance that I’ve somehow glossed on for years.  And downloading a bunch of industrial music that I’d forgotten about.  And this Four Tet album.  And music music music music music music.

Things I Don’t Believe In And/Or Just Don’t Care About

  1. Flu shots. I don’t get ’em. It’s fine if you want to, but I don’t.  Vaccines, on the other hand, I am all for, and will take whatever is necessary.
  2. That antibacterial gel stuff.  What does it do other than give you a false sense of cleanliness and contribute to the development of resistant strains of bacteria?
  3. Biking on the sidewalk, even though there are places where it is encouraged by signage and permitted by law.  I don’t buy it.  There is exactly one stretch of sidewalk on which I will bike, and that is only because it is the only safe way to cross through a Y intersection to get to our house.  If I have to bike on the sidewalk otherwise, I will walk my bike.
  4. Lady Gaga.  There.  I said it.  I really couldn’t care less.
  5. Protein shakes.  While I understand that they play an important role in the lives and diets of many and are firmly ensconced in the Academy of Broscience, I don’t believe in them, and refuse to consider any diet that would require incorporating them into my life.

Sister Awake

Instead of focusing on work this morning, I’m trying to figure out if I’m still capable of driving upwards of 12 hours round trip overnight to go to a show. Not just any show, though.

That’s right: The Tea Party is touring again. Still only in Canada, except that this time around I live close enough to Canada to make such a trip feasible. Not like in 2001, when I drove up from Rockford to Toronto – 22 hours round trip – for the White Ribbon benefit show:

me and Jeff Martin
Note the very long red hair (and the extra 30 pounds)

Or those two weekends in 2000, when I drove up from Rockford to hang out with the Sister Awake crew, participate in the red car caravan, watch Nickelback videos frame-by-frame while drinking very weak ‘shroom tea, and see the band in Windsor and Sarnia:

Windsor crew

Pardon the very bad scan to .bmp – it’s the best I have

Or seeing them in three countries in the space of a week, hanging out back stage, staying out all night with the band and crew in Amsterdam, and making a very dear (and very small) Australian friend along the way:




So yeah, this is a big deal for me.

Things I Love Thursday #4

  • The Naked and FamousPassive Me, Aggressive You – so into this album right now!
  • Also The Morning BendersBig Echo, which is sort of Bonnaroo-y but generally good background music for GTD.
  • 20 minutes on the fluid trainer on Sunday resulted in jelly legs and two days of soreness.  These are good things.
  • The THIRD Kindle case I knit and felted actually quite close to perfect.  One more go and I think I’ll be able to share the pattern, which I modified from a laptop case I found on Ravelry.
  • Kitsune Udon from Tomukun for dinner last night with Juli and Dave.  Sweet and savory, fragrant and filling.  I wish Tomukun were closer to my office so that I could get there more often than every 4-5 months.
  • A brief respite from the onset of winter weather means I was able to run! in shorts! yesterday.  And my knee cooperated!
  • FINALLY ALMOST DONE with the “holiday” knitting for Shane’s non-holiday family.  The last project will be out the door tonight, and then I can tackle my actual holiday knitting.

Things I Love Thursday #2

  • Rediscovering how much I love the Hackers soundtrack. Hackers 2 ain’t so bad either. Please note that while there are two soundtracks, there was only one movie, and that’s probably for the best.
  • My second book for 12 Books, 12 Months: EB White’s The Points of My Compass which, while slow in parts, was so, so worth the read. Review forthcoming.
  • I was pretty into the warm weather we were having, but the temperatures are back to normal October blusteries.  On the up side, now I can make the soup I wanted to eat earlier in the week but couldn’t bear on 70 degree evenings!
  • Thanksgiving travel plans falling into place.
  • The fact that people are actually responding to the survey on the website.  Hooray for usable data!
  • Looking at sweaters on the internet. I need better layering options, and I’m not finding ’em in my price range.
  • This quote from Christopher Hitchens: “Because so much of life to me has been about prolonging the moment. Keeping the argument going for another stage, keeping the dinner party alive for another hour. There’s no question that it’s an enhancing thing and that’s the life I’ve led for a long time. I can’t imagine what it would have been like otherwise.”

What are you into this week?

Going Away DJ Night at the Hut

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us off!  We miss you all already, and hope that we can see you again soon.

Galaxy Hut Playlist 08-26-09:

  1. The Beta Band – Dry the Rain
  2. Emily Wells – Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom
  3. New Order – Crystal
  4. MIA – One for the Head
  5. LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous
  6. Ladytron – Seventeen
  7. The Shouty Pants – Grow Man
  8. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You (feat. Scissor Sisters)
  9. New Order – Turn
  10. The Dresden Dolls – Pretty in Pink
  11. Jem – Save Me
  12. Lykke Li – Little Bit
  13. Fugees – Fu Gee La
  14. Jamie Lidell – Multiply
  15. Magnetic Fields – Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
  16. My Morning Jacket – Gideon
  17. Men at Work – Down Under
  18. Iggy Pop – I am a Passenger
  19. The B-52s – Rock Lobster
  20. Talking Heads – Girlfriend is Better
  21. Beastie Boys – So What’cha Want
  22. Torche – Fat Waves
  23. Guided by Voices – Game of Pricks
  24. The Arcade Fire – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (CBC)
  25. Black Sabbath – War Pigs
  26. Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots
  27. New Order – Temptation 7″ Mix
  28. Guided by Voices – Glad Girls
  29. Beastie Boys – Root Down
  30. The Smiths – Ask
  31. Clark – Future Daniel
  32. Chairlift – Bruises
  33. Emily Wells – Symphony 9 & the Sunshine
  34. Delorean – Seasun
  35. Black Star – Astronomy (8th Light)
  36. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
  37. Black Sabbath – After Forever
  38. Of Montreal – The Repudiated Immortals
  39. Talking Heads – And She Was
  40. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
  41. Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan
  42. Hum – Stars