Monthly Archive for September, 2004

a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal angles


Last night we had rehearsal again. I remember the week before, I started getting a blister on my index finger of my right hand. Luckily it was in the right position which means I have a decent fulcrum. I guess it’s not that good as if one uses good technique one will never get a blister. But I am working on it. Last night the blister reformed and fell off. It was kind of gross. But I think my hands are redeveloping the calluses that used to be there. No more Mr. Soft Hands. The rehearsal went really well and I pretty much nailed the 7/8 song that was messing with me the week prior. I like a good challenge. We learned a few other new songs which went rather smoothly. I am really enjoying playing the drums again. It’s a good feeling. And to share that with some incredibly talented musicians is just icing on the cake. Now I just need to find the stand that holds up my 16×16″ bass drum.

So it’s that time of year again. We’re going up to NY to stay with the cousins for the yearly Apple Picking tradition. We’re leaving after work. Actually we have to go home and pack and then drop Emily’s car off at the garage. Then we’ll drive up to Rye, NY to stay with the cousins. It’s so nice to hang with the family. Then Friday, we’ll most likely either sleep in or head to the City of NY. Not THE CITY. Cos that’s some elitist NYC bullshit that I will have no part of. We might have lunch plans with some friends. Friday night everyone kinda rolls in to the cousin’s house at different times as everyone is coming from separate locations. Saturday is the Apple Picking day at our cousin’s orchard in upstate NY and Sunday is brunch back in Rye. I can’t wait to get the hell out of here… We so deserve it this time.

Have a great weekend.

The Housewarming To End All Housewarmings

the stereo machine

Well, we’ve succeeded with yet another housewarming. The house was pretty much immaculate, as well, at least prior to the party. The CD closets are not finished yet. You know how designers/builders are. But they should be done sometime this week. I so can’t wait to take the CDs out of the closet.

So the party was pretty much a cluster fuck, but I actually had a great time. We got to see all of our family and friends that we know and love and they got to share a great time with us.

Of couse, I was cooking most of the early part of the party so I didn’t get to relax all that much nor did I get to eat any of the food… But my BBQ chicken is the bomb-ass, so I was kinda pissed I didn’t get to eat any of that. However, I should have planned ahead, like Emily and cooked before. Eh, such is life.

So it’s Monday and I think a half-day is in store. It’s time to get back and open some more presents and clean up the way too many beer bottles laying around. I can’t believe all the great gifts we’ve received. Our friends rule.

And just as I was finishing writing this, Lisa from DC101 came up to my office to drop off a gift. She rules. She couldn’t make it because we was sick. But we got to talk a bit about Yom Kippor and her new Reconstructionist Temple.

So yes, I am mad tired and sore, but it was well worth it. Emily is at home recovering from last night’s Chocolate Martinis. And I am sure I’ll be feeling the pain pretty soon.

The pictures are here. Thanks to Becca and Joey for photo contributions.

And thanks to Al for the great review of the event. He sure summed up the night a helluva lot better than I.


in ten days…. i’ll be thirty. yes…. it’s just a number. but it’s still a big deal to me. i’m leaving my twenties. it was a strange time. i’ve gone through a lot in those ten years. i went in and out of colleges. i’ve lived in many different apartments and houses. i met new friends. i lost some friends. i’ve been in relationships that have taught me a lot. i’ve been in relationships i’ve regretted. i met the woman i want to spend the rest of my life with. it’s been quite memorable….

so i can’t help but to look ahead and ask myself if i’ve really learned enough in those ten years. can i take what i’ve learned and apply it to my life so i won’t make the same mistakes twice? can i be the person i really want to be? i don’t know. i hope so. but there are too many questions….and i don’t have many solid answers. many of my friends are starting to do things that i really want for myself…. but because of certain situations in my life….. i just can’t do. and that’s ok. it’s not that i really want my life to be different. it’s just that i want it to be easier. and i don’t know if it will be any time soon. i’ll just have to take it day by day….

but all things considered….. my life is pretty good. i have my own apartment. i have an ok job with complete job security and a rockin’ salary. i have a car. i have some good friends. i have a cool band. and i have the most wonderful woman in the world. i guess things can only get better…..