I’m going to open this entry with one of the most cliched opening lines to any online blog or journal entry. “It’s been a while since I updated this thing”, but indeed it has. I’ve posted random videos and some drivel about how I’m uninspired by life in general, but I thought I’d take some time to update this space because I actually like to go back and read my old entries and laugh at myself because I’m probably the only one that thinks that I’m funny. I’m going to just hit plan on my ipod and let the funk flow while I write down some thoughts.
Oddly enough, the first song that comes up on my ipod when I just hit play is “Aquarius” by The Nat Adderley Sextet, and it goes a little something like this:
Anyhow, lately I’ve been really reading a lot about brewing beer. I’ve been drinking beer a lot too, but I’ve been reading just about anything I can get my hands on about brewing beer and last Sunday I brewed my first beer – a honey nut brown ale. I’ll tell you what, a lot of people say that the waiting is the hardest part about brewing beer. Let me tell you, truthier shit has never been said. This has been a test in patience. I can’t wait to have some of that shit to see if it’s turned out to be straight spaghetti salad garbage juice, heaven in a bottle or somewhere in between. I’m hoping its either somewhere in between or heaven in a bottle.
So since this is my little pet project, I’m stressing out about it. Is it the right temperature? Is it fermenting enough? Did I do enough of this? Did I blah blah blah. I have to go against that worrying instinct that I have and just learn to leave it alone – which I’m doing thankyouverymuch. I have my fermenter sitting in my downstairs bathroom in the shower and I have towels wrapped around it, and I have the door closed so it keeps some heat in there since if you didn’t know, I live in the arctic circle (we usually keep the house at 60 degrees). Katie likes to joke about how I baby the wort (beer before it’s beer for you common hillfolk), but hey… I’ve spent a lot of money on this shit, it better be good! Why ruin it by keeping it too hot or too cold? Yeah…
Work has been busy. That’s really the main reason that I haven’t updated much. I usually do it when I’m bored at work, but now I’m not bored because I’m always busy doing something or the other. This week, however, has been a slow one, and I’m appreciating that like never before. When it’s not busy I like it the first day or so but then I feel like I’m forgetting to do something, then when it is busy, I don’t like being busy, but I like that the days go by faster.
I’ve given in. My will has been broken. I’ve succomed to organizing my music in itunes. I got a program that will auto update my library from a set folder (no matter how buggy it is) and last night I went through and moved all the music I lost from my drive crash off of my ipod on to my computer. I retagged my hundreds of Led Zeppelin mp3’s and Misfits and Depeche Mode and saw just how much stuff I lost (all of my Acetone and most of my Massive Attack, etc.) Musicbrainz helped a lot on that, but now it’s mostly showing up correctly in itunes with a few exceptions.
This is the real fucking dawning of the age of aquarius, make no mistake you hollow headed mofo’s. I’ll be able to make a playlist of all my most recently acquired music instead of adding it to my ipod by dragging and dropping and then forgetting that I added it about 5 seconds after I disconnect the thing and never remember what it was called or who it’s by. I can sync playcounts and all that bullshit and make smart playlists and roll them up and stuff them directly up my corn hole. Can you do that?!? Probably, but this is a life changing event for me, so back the fuck up.
ION (In other news – the new feature of my blog posts! This is the inaugural entry! Exciting, right?) there has been a female duck that has been in my backyard for the last two mornings, quacking away and freaking out my cats. I wonder if she’s missing another duck or something, because it doesn’t seem normal for my backyard to be used as a duck landing/sounding pad. I also like to think that she’s just stopping by to say hello and good morning, too. Maybe that’s the case.
It’s been a busy week. I’ve been pretty busy most of the day each day. I haven’t gotten much of a chance to do much besides work of some sort, but Sunday I was able to see the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Awesome tour 2009. I had never been to the Royal Oak Music Theater, and it was a pretty good show. They came out and did skits, and showed clips of the new season that starts on February 8th or 9th. In between skits and clips, James Quall, David Liebe Hart and Jason (Salame!) performed. It was a pretty good show, and a fun night out.
Monday through today has been work. I’m looking forward to the weekend, and I’m taking Monday off as a mental health day. Plus I think I’m going to use the Super Bowl as an excuse to get totally wasted and make an ass of myself playing rockband.
I want to find a car charger that I can hook up to a microUSB port that I can connect my Blackberry to that will also output the audio. I don’t think I’m going to find that.
I have enjoyed one thing this week, and that’s Lost. So far I think this season has been great, and even if they aren’t answering a lot of questions, I feel like I’m finding out more. It’s a weird feeling to follow a show for 4 seasons and not really know what the hell is going on, and then finally getting some answers in the 5th season – or at least seeing how the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place.