Monday, December 23, 2013

awkward and hideous sweaters

I have an obsession with ugly and weird sweaters. I spent a lot of time at the thrift store looking for the perfect gross sweater to compliment my daily wintery groove. Albiet non-wool, since i am allergic to wool. Damn sheep!

I think we should forgo the "ugly sweater party" and have an "ugly sweater season". Anyone with me?

Monday, December 16, 2013

10 things that I say on a regular basis that make other people take a second look.

1.) When I am startled, I rarely scream. Most often, I say loudly. "AIYA!!!". Like the old Asian man that I am.
2.) When I am frustrated with something, I rarely curse. If I do I say, "Scheiße!". Which is the German vernacular of shit.
3.) When I have to use the restroom I tell people I have to, "Shishi." Which is a slang both in Hawaiian Pidgin and Japanese for taking a piss.
4.) When I try to say the word, "Roof" it always ends up sounding like a cartoon dog bark, Example: Ruf Ruf
5.) When I mail something or check my mailbox I always refer to it as the, "Post". Example: "We got the post in today."
6.) For the life of me I cannot seem to pronounce any words that start with the sound, "Ire-" without an Irish accent. Examples: Iron, Irish, Ireland, 
7.) When I see a cat, I either refer to the cat as, "Meow Box" or "Silly Billy".Note to the reader: Billi means cat in most Hindi based languages. 
8.) I say "Scusi." instead of excuse me when I am trying to get passed someone. This is the Italian word for excuse me. However it is used more like, "Excuse me, I need your attention."
9.) For some unexplained reason instead of saying across i say, "Acrossed". I hate that I do this with a passion. Every time it comes out of me, I flinch and spent a few minutes silently berating myself.
10.) When I think something is really cool I say, "Fantastisch". Which is the German word for fantastic. Who would have guessed?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

winter ice storm

So, we had a semi impressive ice storm.

I say semi impressive because the storm was not that bad, however the local response was terrible. Roads remained nearly impassable for three days because no one considered plowing or salting.

Not only that, but you would think the locals were preparing for doomsday. Was it the end of the world? Zombies? Nope. Just some ice. Texas. 

Here are some pictures from my trip to the local grocery store before the storm came.

This was almost as surreal as the time Andy and I were driving through a rain in Florida and the interstate was littered with cars that were stranded on the side of the road.

After grocery shopping and after the storm was over, I decided to take some pictures of the local fauna as well. I always try to take advantage of a photo op. I got some great shots and then tragedy struck.

Did I slip on some ice? No. Did I get frostbite maybe? No. Did my camera break because of the cold? No.

I somehow managed to find a mud pit hidden under the snow and sunk knee deep into the earth. In the struggle to remove myself (and the suction of the wet ground) I lost my shoe. After, five minutes of digging and cursing, I gave up. My shoe was now one with the Earth.

Yes, my shoe is still buried out there and this winter will always be remembered at the winter I lost my shoe.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

james murphy

I rarely go to clubs or shows anymore. I think there is some sort of rebellion happening in my body that I resist any interest in the music scene. Example: Every year a good friend of mine offers industry passes to SXSW. Every year I simply don't go. 

That being said, sometimes I still go out. So, I arrived at It'll DO in Dallas. James Murphy was scheduled to play. Why did I find this relevant and worth my time? The answer arrives in two parts.

Part I:

James Murphy is DFA records. I like DFA records. You may know him as being a the maestro of LCD Soundsystem or a part of The Juan Maclean. He has had an interesting life and he fascinates me. I will share two interviews with him that I think outline the reasons why he intrigues me.

In the first interview, he talks about how he wants to create a turn-style generated subway music experience. Which to me, would be a gift to the minds of any worth while New Yorker.

The second interview is about what he went through in his personal evolution.

Part II:

I wanted to dance and I knew that James Murphy came from a similar background that I did. I too was involved in the electronic music scene. I knew he wouldn't disappoint me by playing crap. 


What were my thoughts on the event? My thoughts were mixed. (Ignore the pun.)

The show started with the house DJ, DJ Red Eye. He played for a while and I felt his set was weak at best. Although he had some excellent track choices and even played LNR's Work it to the Bone. (Which I haven't heard at an event since 1996.) His transitions were horrific.

James Murphy's set was well thought out and definitely worth the time. I have one complaint Mr. Murphy. You played a version of, "You make me feel mighty real". It wasn't the Sylvester original or the Byron Stingily house cut. It was however torture -- because the lyrics were cut out. SHAME ON YOU!