Friday 2006.09.07, 8:05 AM CST.
Bread and other assorted topics.
it's been a while. Sorry for the lack of updates.
have some big news, but first, I want to talk about Crazy Bread.
those who aren't familiar Crazy Bread is a type of breadstick,
coated in garlic butter and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. It's
made by the Little
Caesar's pizza company.
a couple of weeks ago, my fiancee found out that we had a Little
Caesar's open up a few miles away. So, we went and got pizza
and Crazy Bread. Usually, getting pizza isn't such a big
deal. However, Crazy Bread and I go "way back" - it brings
back really good old memories. Please allow me to "Tarantino
back" about fourteen years for a brief flashback.
in early 1988, when I was just a lonely computer dork suffering
my way through my sophomore year of high school, a friend of mine
named Dave asked me to make some special printed "passes" on my
computer (an Apple IIe, which was pretty much "big pimpin'" for
its day) for a church party at which he was going to DJ. So,
I printed them up, and he was impressed, and I asked if I could
come hang out at the dance, assist with the setup, etc. Mainly,
I was very bored, very shy, and just wanted to get out and do something.
that experience was one of the most pivotal events of my lifetime, and
changed the course of my personal history. Dave became my
mentor, I started learning the basics of the DJ industry, and it
out of my shell" and become more self-confident.
back then, a short while before that church gig (maybe the weekend
before), I was lucky enough to make a run to Tulsa with DJ Dave,
assistant Gerard, to purchase some music. I think that I
had seen 12" vinyl singles before at a local department store,
but I didn't understand what they were, nor did I know much about
remixing, nor did I know anything at all about beat-mixing between
I remember correctly, when I went to Dave's house, he had already
acquired the 12" single to Salt + Pepa's "Push It," and I think
he was about to return an unopened cassette single of Keith Sweat's
"I Want Her" in favour of getting the remix on a 12" single. So,
we hopped into his old reddish-coloured Monte Carlo, and made our
trip to Tulsa.
ran out to a mall-based Camelot Music as well as Buttons (a now-long-gone
music store that used to be at 51st + Sheridan),
and I think Dave and Gerard picked up
to M|A|R|R|S' "Pump Up the Volume," S-Express' "Theme from S-Express,"
and the Bangles' "Hazy Shade of Winter." They
didn't have a lot of money, so that was about the extent of their
purchases for the day - and that was back when domestic 12" singles
cost less than $4.00!
I had even less money, so I couldn't buy any music that day. I
had enough to eat lunch, and we all went to Little Caesar's to
grab something to eat. For the first time ever, I got to
try Crazy Bread (a treat of which I'd never heard until that point).
retrospect, at the time, I was incedibly stressed about school,
I didn't have much money overall, and I had never even kissed a
girl... but I still remember it as one of the most special, enjoyable
days of my life. Obviously, I had more Crazy Bread after
that, but until that point a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't tried
it for over 10 years. Obviously, it brought back some major
memories. To this day, every time I think of Crazy Bread,
a little part of me rushes back to that day in 1988.
now, we'll return from Memory Lane to give you a bit more up-to-date
quit my day job.
won't go into it much, but a little over a month ago, I put in
my notice and left my day job. That job had become such a source
of stress in my life that I was experiencing stomach pains almost every
morning before I went in. I have since been staying home, working
on developing more skills in the
development area and trying to find a different job. Wish
special event is coming on Saturday, September 30th.
really can't say a lot more about it, but odds are it'll be a major event
of the "retro party" persuasion, and it will likely be the dawn of a
whole new era for me. It will not be like the last couple of DJ
gigs that I've performed, and it will not be held at the Gypsy Coffee
House. It's definitely worth marking on your calendar. I'll
post much more info about it soon.
next time, take care... now, go get yourself some Crazy Bread!