Sunday, September 28, 2008

“Armydillos” and Other Idiocy

I don’t remember the last time I had a normal weekend. It’s been one thing after another every week for at least a month. I’d like something routine… something normal for a change soon.

Went to B Dub’s on Thursday with a couple of the guys from class and ate way too much. Jack coincidentally was one of the Buffalo Wild Wings down in Atlanta at the same time. I miss Atlanta.

Friday marked my first paintball outing, which went relatively well despite the thorns, poor vegetation, and welts. We had this one guy dress up like he was some SAS trooper like in CoD4, only to have him be one of the first to quit playing after he learned that his shirt seemed to be a thorn and briar magnet on the course.

Saturday saw me getting up ass early (for a weekend) for the “Armydillo” fun run. “Armydillo.” I wonder which idiot came up with that name. I shelled out the money to run rather than volunteer with the event since it offered the earlier exit. All I had to do is run two miles while carrying a stick with a blue cloth on top.

I bought a magazine for the first time in years. It was the most recent issue of Guitar World, with interviews with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. After years of reading almost exclusively from computer screens, it was almost refreshing to sit down in a waiting room and read text from an actual piece of paper.

I went and visited Cat on Saturday night. She reminds me of something... what pretty’s like? My past? I’m not entirely sure. I’m not entirely sure if I care enough.

They tried to give my Designated Mormon an alcoholic drink last night. The waitress must’ve thought she heard “with Coke” as opposed to just “Coke” when she took his order.

Double Dave’s today with a couple of my classmates was fun, though I’m going to have limit these lunches and dinners at buffets to once a week. Texas is making me fat.
♪…THESE DAYS DRIFT ON INSIDE A FOG
THICK AND SUFFOCATING.
HIS SINKING LIFE, OUTSIDE IT’S HELL.
INSIDE, INTOXICATING…♪
Song of the Moment: "The Unforgiven III" by Metallica

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Not Too Bad for a Comeback...

Recommended Reading: Hasty, Kelly. "Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album." Billboard. 17 Sep. 2008.
Metallica is the first group to see five of its albums bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Previously, the act was tied with the Beatles, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band, with four each. It is also Metallica's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 and its seventh release to start with more than 300,000 since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data.
There are tons of opinions on this band an their music, but I think they've earned everything they've gotten so far, whether it be platinum records, sold out arenas, Grammies, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, etc. I could've put my faith in far worse bands or artists over the last 11 years.
...SMASHING THROUGH THE BOUNDARIES, LUNACY HAS FOUND ME
CANNOT STOP THE BATTERY...
Song of the Moment: "Battery" by Metallica

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Song Trilogy

I don't know many songs with sequels, much less enough to make a trilogy. Classical music often builds symphonies in numerous movements around a common musical theme. Megadeth's got their "Return to Hangar" for "Hangar 18." Here's some excerpts from my favorite "musical trilogy:"
♪WITH TIME, THE CHILD DRAWS IN
THIS WHIPPING BOY DONE WRONG
DEPRIVED OF ALL HIS THOUGHTS
THE YOUNG MAN STRUGGLES ON AND ON, HE'S KNOWN
A VOW UNTO HIS OWN
THAT NEVER FROM THIS DAY
HIS WILL THEY'LL TAKE AWAY...♪

♪...COME LAY BESIDE ME, THIS WON'T HURT, I SWEAR
SHE LOVES ME NOT, SHE LOVES ME STILL, BUT SHE'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN
SHE LAY BESIDE ME BUT SHE'LL BE THERE WHEN I'M GONE
BLACK HEART SCARRING DARKER STILL, YES, SHE'LL BE THERE WHEN I'M GONE
YES, SHE'LL BE THERE WHEN I'M GONE
DEAD SURE SHE'LL BE THERE...♪

♪HOW COULD HE KNOW THAT THIS NEW DAWN'S LIGHT
WOULD CHANGE HIS LIFE FOREVER?
SET SAIL TO SEA, BUT PULLED OFF COURSE
BY THE LIGHT OF GOLDEN TREASURE.
WAS HE THE ONE CAUSING PAIN
WITH HIS CARELESS DREAMING?
BEEN AFRAID, ALWAYS AFRAID,
OF THE THINGS HE'S FEELING.
HE COULD JUST BE GONE.
HE WOULD JUST SAIL ON
HE'LL JUST SAIL ON...♪
Song of the Moment: "The Unforgiven III" by Metallica