One Hundred Seven.
Friday, 2009.10.02, 5:26 AM CST.
changes happen every day.
Current Mood: A bit on the excited
side. Current Scent: None.
changes happen every day."
sang the brilliant Rose Smith in the single "Life Changes"
from her (shamefully little-known) album DawnRaiding.
you're not familiar with the album, buy it immediately. It's tremendously
good, even if it is a few years old.
not so sure that my life has really been "changed" each day
- perhaps in some small amount - but there are definitely some changes
that have come about recently about which I want to speak.
way I have sometimes seen it, my life is kind of like a book, and it's
divided into sections, which are in turn divided into chapters.
Some chapters have been rather mundane, some have been tragic, and some
have been exciting.
Saturday, during the daytime, I sensed very strongly that my life was
moving into another chapter. I wasn't doing anything particularly
exciting at the time; it just felt like a revelation.
can definitely tell that the chapter has changed, and I'm going to do
what I can to bring about even more change.
Saturday night, I attended Assimilation - Tulsa's monthly industrial/electronic/goth
event - and for reasons whose details I won't discuss here at this time,
I had a significant disagreement with the actions of one of the staff
of Assimilation. My disagreement was so severe that I actually
considered cancelling my appearance and performance at the Assimilation
Depeche Mode Tribute Night in November. I am happy to report that
I have talked things over with the gentleman who runs Assimilation and
I have been assured that the situation will not happen again.
my plans to perform at their Depeche Mode Night on 11-14-2009 have not
been cancelled after all.
of you know... I have been a major supporter of the Gypsy Coffee
House for years upon years. I love the Gypsy; it has stuck around
(surprisingly) as an independent business for over a decade, and my
experiences there since I first started going in 2002 have definitely
changed the course of some parts of my life.
a lot of you also know, I have been a performer at the Gypsy Open Mic
Night since the summer of 2003, performing (mainly) comedic poetry and
writings. I've had gaps, off and on, mainly due to issues on my
here's a big change for you: I am tired of Open Mic Night.
I don't like the direction it's gone, and I'm not going to perform there
for a while. The current host is a really nice guy (and I mean
that - I think he's got a good heart), and I know he enjoys hosting,
but he's got issues, and the open mic night is suffering for it.
An open mic night host can't just "walk away" while a performer
goes on for way past their time limit, nor should the host allow them
to blatantly break the open mic rules.
top of that, one of the current Gypsy staff members takes pride in being
hateful. It's like a sport to him. I try to get along with
him, and even I'll admit that sometimes his attitude can be comedic.
But, he takes it too far, and often comes across as way too mean-spirited.
Plus, if I try to have a conversation with people (in particular, females)
he feels that it's his mission to come by and derail our conversation,
usually acting like a complete douche in the process and hanging around
in the conversation as long as he pleases (which usually seems to mean
until he feels he has a shot of "hooking up" with said females).
this is the first time since I started going to the Gypsy that I have
found myself not liking the direction Open Mic Night was going as
well as the direction the Gypsy itself was going. That's
really saddening. I love the Gypsy like an old friend, but sometimes
even old friends have major issues. I hope that the Gypsy can
turn itself around, but I can't just keep going there and hoping
that "things will get better." I'm going to start actively
seeking out other independent Tulsa coffee shoppes to see what they
have to offer.
Bradley, the owner of the Gypsy, is reading this, I'm sorry... but you
need to make some changes there, and soon.)
As far as
my poetry and comedic short writings have gone, to be honest, my motivation
has gone south and I've had a massive bout with writer's block.
(This is not a "new" issue with me.) So, since I'm no
longer going to Gypsy Open Mic Night for a while, I'm going to concentrate
more on music production. I'm still working on a few writing projects
(such as this Journal), but I'm tired of trying to come up with a new
"funny poem" and finding my inspiration's well run dry.
I went to the dentist for the first time in... um... over ten years.
Probably over fifteen years. Although I really have made an effort
to have "pretty" teeth, I knew that I had developed a few
cavities over the last several years, and one of them had produced a
toothache which had been killing me as of late.
yesterday, I went to the dentist. That was fun!
have what I would consider to be an embarrassing number of cavities
that I didn't even know about. I'm not as bad as, say, a meth
addict or Shane McGowan. However, my mouth has a lot of issues
that need to be taken care of.
have my first root canal next week. Gahhhhhhhhhhh.
Wish me luck.
back into the swing of purchasing "new" remixes of old music
for my collection, usually on vinyl. I managed to score a full
eight-record set of rare Miami Bass Classics remixes - the first seven
still sealed in shrinkwrap, the eighth one still in great condition
- for an amazingly reasonable price. I've also discovered that
one of my favourite online old-school remix service retailers has come
back into business, so I've been doing some more business with her.
have even been doing a bit more equipment upgrading. I'll probably
post a bit more about that later, but I've been concentrating on the
sound equipment - getting better CD players for better mixing, and reconfiguring
the layout of my DJ "coffin" to accomodate the new setup.
I'll have more information and pictures soon.
the production side, it's difficult to produce any new music or remixes
when I have an almost-two-and-a-half-year-old to chase around, and then
when I take him to bed I tend to pass out along with him. However,
I have recently acquired (legally licensed) thousands of new
sound loops and samples to manipulate, hack apart, and otherwise incorporate
into my music. I have at least two new productions that I need
to finish up within a little over a month's time (more details very
who is in his late 70s, had some surgery done this week have a pacemaker
and an internal defibrillator installed. So, if you're the type
to pray, please feel free to do so.
I think it's important that I talk about my weight. I don't normally
discuss that here, but I figure that it's my site and I can pretty much
do what I want, so here goes.
need to lose some weight and get myself into better shape. Currently,
I've been well over 200 pounds for a while, and for a guy who's barely
5'9" tall, that's not good. I would like to knock that down
to around 180-ish, or perhaps even lower if I can. Plus, I want
to build up some muscle (which, I'm aware, will put some weight back
on, but that'll be "good" weight, as opposed to "fatass"
me luck. More later.