stageright…stageleft


lucky s.o.b
June 30, 2006, 7:21 am
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so i should have a speeding ticket as i write this.
it’s true. i’m a bad person. i speed. a lot.
now, i’m one of the lucky ones in the twin cities as the bulk of my drive to work is against traffic. in otherwords, i can fly to work.
and i frequently do.
as i was driving to work this morning, i was in the “fast lane” of interstate 35-w heading northbound. i was within the 694/494 beltway that goes around the major metro part of the cities. the speedlimit within the loop is 55. i was easily doing 75 – if not a bit closer to 80 (yes, bad person).
the state trooper was parked at a right angle to the freeway and i caught site of him way to late. so late it wasn’t a matter of slowly reducing my speed – i really needed to hit the breaks and reduce speed fast.
by the time i passed the cruiser i was around 65.
in the rear view mirror i watched him pull out into traffic. one word came to mind (repeatedly): fuck.
busted i thought, i transistioned to the right lane and prepared myself for my fate (while interesting in fantasy, getting pulled over by a cop is never as much fun as you might like it to be – and they rarely ever look like the do in porn).
i watched as the cruiser moved from far left, into the center lane, then into the right lane – all the while i waited for the sirens to light up. the cruiser was then one car length behind me – and then he did something surprising – he moved back to the center, passed me, moved in front of me, then just as quickly moved all the way over to the left and floored it.
he was seriously flying.
about a 1/4 mile down the road he pulled over a different car.
whew…. i thank the gods of i-35-w and promise to never speed again.
seriously.
🙂
music heard while writing this post:
nothing, but really – i should download sammy hagars ‘i can’t drive 55’ don’t you think?



rediscovered gem
June 29, 2006, 7:53 pm
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so that pic is of the singer/songwriter (and mr. aimee mann) michael penn. you may remember michaels massive 1990 hit song ‘no myth’.
while i was a passable fan of that tune, i was a pretty big fan of penn’s second album “free for all” . tonight i discovered a tune that was in pretty heavy rotation for me back in the early 90’s; “look what the cat drug in (long way down). this track kills me with it’s simplicity (voice, guitar, cello & a just a touch of organ/mellotron maybe) and with the picture he paints with his words.
there’s a review (click for complete review) online that sums up it up nicely: a quiet acoustic piece which belies the biting anger and ominous lyrics. the story of a love gone wrong brimming with the bitter veracity of another person’s moral agenda. “now i would suppose that i’m not the only one and one never knows… but i got a feeling she’s been sleeping with the whole wide world.” hmmm a happy song 🙂
don’t know why i love this song so, but i suppose because it’s in the same arena for me as indigo girls’ “ghost” and aimee mann’s “fourth of july”. quiet, unassuming tunes with lyrics that can slay you with one listen. i absolutely love re-discovering a tune that i loved in years past. makes me a happy camper to be sure.
so here’s my challenge to you; go to your cd collection and pull something out you havn’t listened to in years. then post a bit in my comments about the song. dare ya 🙂


A Terrifying Message from Al Gore
June 29, 2006, 12:29 pm
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A Terrifying Message from Al Gore



a personal plea
June 29, 2006, 9:57 am
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for the past 8 years, i have participated in a number of volunteer capacities for various aids rides around the country – this year is no different.

on july 13 – 16, i will be taking on the role of volunteer ceremonies director for the red ribbon ride presented by chipotle. the red ribbon ride is a 4-day, 300 mile bicycle ride through southern minnesota that raises valuable fund for 9 aids service organizations in minnesota. my role will be to organize opening and closing ceremonies for the 300 volunteer riders and crew on the event, as well as to arrange entertainment for them to make the miles a little less difficult. there’s a lot of peddling involved in biking for aids.

while the world’s eye is (understandably) focused on the emergency aids situation in africa, critical funding for u.s. based aids organizations is being drastically cut by our government. in fact, some of that funding is even being completely eliminated.

this lack of funding results in reduced – if not eliminated – services on the local level – services that are absolutly necessary to the people living in your own backyard with hiv/aids. services that can improve a patients quality of life, provide medical information and assistance, feed and provide shelter to those without food or a place to stay warm and services that educate the public. you would think that in 2006, we all would know how to protect ourselves from hiv/aids, but unfortunately – that’s just not the case. hiv infection rates are on the rise all over the country.

as an example, due to cuts in federal hiv prevention funding, the governor of minnesota has decided that our state cannot afford the $135,000/year the minnesota aids project needs to run it’s aidsline. (for more information about the specifics go to: mn aids project aids line and then click on the public policy fact sheet for the mn aids line)

the reality is that we cannot afford one less tool to stop hiv through prevention and education.

the red ribbon ride is a valuable money-raising tool for the mn aids project (and the 8 other organizations it benefits) – in fact, it’s one of the most successful charities of it’s type in the country.

i humbly ask you to consider donating to the ride via, my personal fund raising website. the funds are fully tax-deductible (in the u.s.). you can reach the page by clicking on the following link. red ribbon ride



get out of my head
June 27, 2006, 4:36 pm
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Your Brain’s Pattern
You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.People may say you’re hard to read, but that’s because you’re so internally focused.But when you do share what you’re thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.
What Pattern Is Your Brain?
this shit freaks me out – seriously. these little internet quiz-y things mess with my mind when they get it so right. it’s true, this pretty much sums me up.
it also freaks me out when ray & jeremy read my tarot cards or throw ruin stones and nail me. jeremey even predicted my career change a year and ahalf ago… damn freaky shit – can’t explain it, it just is.


aimee part two
June 26, 2006, 9:12 pm
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ok, in looking at my previous post i realized that all of the pictures i picked were from a distance, and granted – this one isn’t much closer, but it does show aimee in more of her glory 🙂
oh, and another interesting tid-bit, aimee has a surprisingly tight ass. seriously, this woman is in awesome shape. now of course, i’m not saying that i’d tap that ass, but it is tight just the same. 🙂


aimee mann from stage right
June 26, 2006, 2:13 pm
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aimee mann & band at mn zoo amphitheater (presented by subway – is nothing sacred against corporate branding anymore… seriously, it sounds a bit like the movie fierce creatures)

i just love this picture, it’s so moody and atmospheric… aimee is tickling the ivories


aimee mann, bongo player extraordinaire

friday night, stephanie & christopher from work along with christopher’s friend keith went to see aimee mann at the mn zoo’s outdoor music space. this is the in my opinion one of the 5 best music venues in the twin cities. there is something incredibly magical watching a musician perform in that environment.

aimee, she of the big haired 80’s band til’ tuesday, performed for just shy of two hours – and did it all acoustically (more or less, plugged in for one small bit). the humidity was playing havoc on her guitar so there were numerous re-tuning bits at which the audience would should out their personal request. aimee’s a bit surly (which i loved) and proceeded to yell back responses to the audience participation. some guy yelled ‘j for jules’ from til’ tuesdays final (and i’ll say best) album everything’s different now. i’d be lying if a little part of me didn’t get excited for the prospect of hearing one of my favorite songs live – but to the best of my knowledge, aimee has never performed that tune. her surly response to the guy in the audience: “not a chance”. gotta love surly rockstars. 🙂

it was a truly great show – understated and beautiful. a perfect way to end a very long (very long) week.