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By clock (Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:08:33 AM EST) (all tags)
and, of course, t'other.

last night i went out for drinks after work with some current and former cow-irkers.  it was a fun time.  plenty of laughs and all of that, but the time between when i left work and getting to the bar was filled with roaming.  see, i get off work earlier than most because i go in earlier than any.  first in, first out.  it's a good way to live.  but when you have about 2.5 hours to kill, what on earth does one do?

recently i gave up the pillar to post wandering coffay shoppe ways and settled on the local branch of the public library.  dammit if that place isn't crowded.  with kids!  who read!  wtf?!  then again, given the climate, there isn't much hell to be raised when it's just outside.  the library is a great alternative.  there's free wifi and comfy chairs.  i need nothing more.  but yesterday when i showed up...there were no seats.  none.  zero.

so i wandered off to the next closest landing spot: the bookchain cafe.  again...not a seat in the house.  i finally settled in at one of the newer coffay shoppes with nice couches.  but when i went to buy my coffay (or wifi tax...whatever) they couldn't charge my card.  i don't carry cash.  afraid of upsetting me, the chicky at the counter just gave me a cup on the house while she tried to figure it out.  i stopped back at the register on the way out to see if i could pay, but it still wasn't working.  free coffay!  score!

while i was burning time, i shopped for djembes.  this is fun for many reasons.  allow me to explain.  first, i need a djembe.  simple.  i hate programming drum lines and canned drums sound kind of like ass.  they are far less ass-like if there is a live drum in there somewhere.  so i tend to thrown in a bodhran or some talking drum with my fake djembes and weird percussion instruments and it sounds ok.  but i'm so lazy.  i'd rather spend 5 minutes recording a drum that i'm actually playing than hours translating my head to a part.  i guess i'm one of those silly musicians who like to play an instrument.  so the acquisition of the djembe will be a contributor to my studio.  a good thing!

next, this was "found" money.  it basically fell out of the sky as a thank you from a v.p. for doing something magical at work.  i like doing magic.  i'm good at it.  in a lot of ways i'm like that level 20 wizard that you keep around just so he can call down a storm of fire on the approaching army.  he can only do it once or twice a day, but it's worth it when you need it.  that's me.  though i'd rather be a druid.  the point being that i got extra cash for doing something that takes time away from what i love doing, so why not apply that to my avocation that wants to be a vocation?  a fine rationalization indeed!

but perhaps the best reason was my wife's response to the idea of yet another instrument: a simple sigh.  we had full disclosure.  she knew what she was getting into.  but it's so cute to see her roll her eyes at the thought of yet another noise maker in the house.  i know that it doesn't really bug her, but it's fun to do the dance.

it shipped this morning.  now all i need are about a dozen smelly hippies and i can get a drum circle going.  who's got the hacky sack???

i'm hoping to mow the lawn tonight and still feel like biking 'round the neighborhood a few times.  it's hard to rate the odds on that.  being up at 5 makes putting in that kind of effort later in the evening difficult.  but i will take a good stab at it!  my bike rocks.  it's like being 10 again.  if only i lived in a place that didn't actively hate bicycles.  meh.  i'll find adventure soon enough.  we have a huge weekend coming up and with any luck, part of it will be spent on the trail or doing something fun like that.

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ATTENTION PUNKIN INFIDEL by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:21:25 AM EST
there are 3 loves of ciabatta bread cooling in the kitchen right now.

that is all.


your punkin

I like... by ana (4.00 / 3) #4 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:33:45 AM EST
"loves of bread"


"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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w00t to bread! by clock (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:39:47 AM EST
i will be chowing like a KING!

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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I have a djembe, by blixco (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:26:30 AM EST
like most white people.

But mine is a remo weatherking! NO NATURAL SUBSTANCES WERE USED in the making of this drum.
"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin

What entry are they on Things White People by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:29:22 AM EST

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i don't mind white folks... by clock (4.00 / 2) #6 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:41:38 AM EST fact, some of my best friends...



remos are too spendy for the likes of me.  i went with a 5 star rating on m.f. and called it a day.  the < $150 crowd is where i sit.  we'll have to get our drum circle on.  i'll wear my weird multi-color knit beret looking thingy and you get those funky sandals.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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Speaky of which by blixco (4.00 / 1) #15 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 06:59:35 PM EST
I have a cover of a Mike Doughty song where I use my djembe. It is here at dropbox and it is rough but I sorta like it.
"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin
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Hot diggity! by ni (4.00 / 2) #16 Sat Aug 09, 2008 at 01:36:00 PM EST
Very good!

You should cover more Mike Doughty. It suits you.

"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM

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Hey thanks. by blixco (4.00 / 1) #17 Sat Aug 09, 2008 at 04:13:49 PM EST
I actually play most of Skittish when I'm bored, and some of the unreleased stuff. The Laundromat song, for instance, is one of my favs.
"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin
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I start at 7 and leave at 3 unless I take a half by Clipper Ship (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:51:02 AM EST
lunch, when I then leave at 2:30. It's awesome. Plus, if you have small children you're going to be awake early anyway, so why not roll it into an early day?


Destroy All Planets

Is there such a place? by nightflameblue (4.00 / 2) #8 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 10:07:32 AM EST
if only i lived in a place that didn't actively hate bicycles.

I hear of these mythical lands with bicycle lanes and people that don't throw things at you and scream get off the road every time they see you pedaling, but I've never been to one of these places. I wonder what that would be like?

I think it's called the Netherlands by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #9 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 10:13:50 AM EST

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Austin! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 10:27:15 AM EST
or not.

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I saw on the news this morning. by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #12 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 11:11:03 AM EST
Austin took number one city in the nation for drinking. Somehow these two ideas don't seem to mesh together for me.

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not with a roadbike by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 11:13:37 AM EST
you use something more upright, that you can attach cupholders to.

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San Francisco by R343L (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 10:53:14 AM EST
Mostly. And most of the environs.

Also, Toronto and Seattle seem fine for it.

Tucson wasn't that bad either.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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Seattle seems to like cyclists by muchagecko (4.00 / 2) #14 Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 03:31:55 PM EST
until they're on the road. Then cyclists are annoying.

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