Archive for April, 2005


Me, Jake and Phil went to see Steve Vai at the Roseland on Sunday night. I must admit that I was only kinda excited to see him, but it turned out to be really good. That boy can play….and play and play. He played for nearly 3 hours straight! We all walked out like a bunch of old men after standing for 5 hours straight..pleh! One thing that I never realized is that he is such a ham, winking and bobbing his head like a dork! It’s funny and nerdy all in one. Vai’s whole band was really tight. It was awesome to see Tony McAlpine (sp?) doing his thing. He is also funny to watch b/c much like Tony C. and Jasper’s Tony he is a white man trapped in a black man’s body. In fact Mcalpine’s fingers remind me of Tony C’s fingers except his move much much faster. Mcalpine is up there playing the keyboard with one hand and the guitar with another and he can shred awesomely along with Vai, it’s really a site to see. Vai enjoyed mixing things up with the other members, by either having the bass player hold his guitar while Vai would play his guitar with only his left hand and pick the strings of the bass with his right hand….all in time! The most impressive was when Vai got behind the bass player and he (Vai) reached around and started playing the bass part, and the bassist reached behind him and played the guitar part on Vai’s guitar…..very impressive.

I like going to concerts but I always get a weird feeling during most of them. The feeling that I’m going to kick somebody’s A hardcore. I try to be cool but you cram 300 people in a small venue and give them alchohol and things can get ugly. (Just ask my Dad about the fight that broke out during the Reverand Horton Heat concert)….Anyways, for the most part things stayed cool, when Vai took the stage alot of people tried to push their way to the front, but I stuck my elbows out and wouldn’t let them through. It probably helped considering I was standing almost directly behind the blonde 6′8″ giant…grrr.. what is it with some of the tallest people standing right near the front?! Luckily he moved to the side of me and I could see for the most part.
Things were cool until the very end of the concert. Vai was on his last song and all of a sudden some middle age, balding guy rammed his way near the front, making bowling pins out of everyone. He bashed into the guy and his girlfriend directly in front of me, but the bashee would have none of it, so he shoved him back, and the basher kept pushing through. Jake and I both thought it was going to come to blows when the guy who got bashed grabbed the basher by the shoulders and sorta jerked him back yelling something in his ears…and then!!!! Everyone was cool. Gay. Why are people such A-holes? I’m kinda waiting for the day when someone is going to do that and I’ll turn around with my elbow in their nose. :)

At least Jake caught one of Steve’s picks!


Hot Choco 4 to 2

Karin loves hot chocolate and she is always on the lookout for it. If it was her choice she would drink it and nothing else. The curious thing about her obsession is that she doesn’t even know how to make it correctly. I have long tried to show her how to do it the right way but she won’t listen. I was reminded of her weirdness as my co-worker Hector and I walked to the break room to whip up some hot chocolate this morning. I proceeded to open a pack, dump it in the bottom of my cup and stir the hot water in over top of it. He (and this is Karin’s way) filled the cup full of hot water and poured the whole pack of dry choco powder on top of the water mixing it together in a clumpy, mucky mess. We began to argue that our own respective way(s) was the way to do it. We approached several co-workers and as it turns out I’m right!At our office it was unanimous that you put the dry in first and stir in the liquid. Hector wouldn’t still wouldn’t be outdone so he got a pack and read the back…..and I’m still right.


Steal my looks

If I was ever going to commit a crime, I think I would do it right after I got a haircut, so I’d look good for my mug shot.



Has it been that long since I updated?? damn.


All done

Last night was the third and final night of our Lord of the Rings-athon held over at Jake’s house. We spread it out over three days which was just fine with me since we were watching the extended versions. I really enjoyed it alot. There didn’t seem to be too many new scenes in the first movie but in the last two there were noticably new scenes which made the whole story fit alot better. One scene that stands out that was added is how Saruman dies. In the theater all you see is Pip finding his glass ball, but in the extended scenes you actually see his death. To me it seemed silly to leave it out, since he was evil everyone would rejoice in him dying and otherwise it just leaves a loose end. Another notably added scene was when the mouth of Sauron came out to talk to Aragorn and the others. Blech! Icky, his mouth was so big it reminded me of Karin’s!

One thing that I noticed during the first movie is that the names of everything are too similar. I recalled why I had such a hard time remembering anyone’s names after walking out of the theater. Names like Gondor, Mordor, Sauron, Saruman, Borimir, Faramir, the shire…etc. I had trouble in the theater remembering who was good and bad, but I think I got it down now. Anyways it was a successful event and Jake and Dave’s stadium seating worked out awesome.

Here’s some fav quotes:

Boromir:What is this new devilry?

Legolas:The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the East. A sleepless malice. The eye of the enemy is moving. He is HERE.

King of the Dead: The dead do not suffer the living to pass.
Aragorn: You will suffer me.