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At one minute you will see my  new favorite hand motion:

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Pet Peeve of the Day: People who assume every stranger on the street is a dog lover and get offended when I get pissed that their dog is hopping all over me.  No, I don’t want to pet your smelly dog, please keep walking. 

Quote of the Day: “This boat has caught its wind and brought me back to life, now I’m alive, and well.” –Kenny Chesney

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07.30.2009

100th Post


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Hip hip hooray!!!  This is my 100th post!!  I cannot believe it!  Happy Hundo!!  I am now entering my sixth month of blogging and I can’t believe I’m still going strong.  (Well, those that know me aren’t shocked that I haven’t run out of things to say…)

hundoBut, I just want to take this time to thank all my readers– to the ones who have been with me from the start, to the ones I’ve picked up along the way!  You are definitely awesome and I sincerely appreciate your readership.  I can only hope this is as much fun for you as it is for me! 

While I know a fair amount of readers, there are many regulars who remain masked ala Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket.  So I think this would be a great opportunity to introduce yourself, (if you wish, of course).  Please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email! 

Thank you again and get ready for next week because Monday and Tuesday will be back in action! 

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Things I Live For: People who read my blog; People who spread the word about my blog

Quote of the Day: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” –Benjamin Franklin

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I was probably 9 or 10 the first time I made a mix  tape — a practice passed down from my dad.  Mix tapes are the greatest things known to man.  A mix CD or iTunes playlist simply does not compare.  There is an art to creating a mix tape; it is a skill you don’t just acquire overnight. 

Every song counts, as you can’t easily skip to the next song like on a CD.  The songs need to flow with a purpose.  There is also the issue of spacing your songs throughout the length of a tape.  You certainly don’t want to make the rookie mistake of having a song cut off at the end of side A.  Also, the name of the tape determines its awesomeness.  My collection probably stands at close to 75, and it is still expanding; I made my first tape of 2009 about a month ago.

Listening to a particular tape is like looking at a picture book from a certain time in your life.  A tape can remind you of a specific event, or just a general time period.  I think it is a gmixtapereat way to document your life– every picture tells a story… well, every tape tells a story! 

Making a tape is a fun, relaxing activity.  I like to list every song I want on the tape, and then go through and arrange them accordingly.  The toughest call is what will lead off Side A, as it sets the tone for the tape.  Do not mess this one up!!!  The rest of the order comes pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. 

Once, I wrote a narrative to go along with a tape I had made entitled “Vagabond Music.”  I think I was under some sort of influence when I wrote this, but it is legendary nonetheless.  Tapes are a great source of creativity!

You get to know your tapes after awhile and subconsciously memorize the song order so you know what comes next.  You know it’s really one of your fave tapes when you expect “L.A. Woman” to come after “Brain Damage” even when you hear it on the radio or elsewhere!

It warms my heart when friends tell me they still have such-and-such tape that I made for them.  (I assume ex-lovers have since burned theirs…)  I appreciate that these friends realize that they possess a unique gift that is priceless. 

Some things that make each tape special/unique:

  • The tape cover (or jacket if you will)– it has the name of the tape (unique in its own right).  Also, a certain identifiable pen could have been used, the author of the tape should be distinguishable by the handwriting, there may be various stickers or other decorations, the cover may be faded by the sun, etc. etc.
  • Blips in the tape– is a song cut off  too soon?  Does it skip at a certain spot? 
  • Is it timeless, or easily put into a time frame?  For example, “Dylan;s Mix” (see below) is timeless.  But there are tapes with telling songs of when it was made, i.e. if it has “How Bizarre” by OMC on it.  (Not that these tapes are bad, it’s just another way to characterize them.  I love me some How Bizarre!)
  • If you include artists such as the Dead, Phish or DMB, the chances are you used live versions of the songs, so finding which one you used would not be easy for a copy cat if they wanted to remake the tape based on the song listings

One of the greatest mix tapes out there is one my brother made.  I feel comfortable sharing the list because, for the reasons listed above, you will never be able to replicate it completely.  It is very innocently named “Dylan’s Mix 6/10/00”:

Side A

Side B

Feel  Like a Stranger – Grateful Dead Dear Mr. Fantasy – Traffic
Hide Your Love Away – Beatles Wharf Rat – Grateful Dead
Layla – Eric Clapton Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Wooden Ships – CSNY Black Magic Woman – Santana
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd Wild World – Cat Stevens
L.A. Woman – The Doors Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
The Wedge – Phish Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
  The End – The Doors

You know this tape is good if I’m willing  to overlook the disastrous addition of a Santana song!!

Yes, I realize it is 2009, but cassette tapes will never be out of style for me!

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who use lighter fluid to start bonfires

Quote of the Day: “Yeah the world would swing, oh if I were king.” –Tom Petty

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Tosh.0 Thurs, 10pm / 9c
Asians Doing Christopher Walken Impressions
www.comedycentral.com
Daniel Tosh Miss Teen South Carolina Demi Moore Picture

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Pet Peeve of the Day: Mark Buehrle.

Quote of the Day: “More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind.” –Eric Butterworth

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07.23.2009

How To Be Awesome


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Unfortunately, Google-ing “how to be awesome” does not bring my site up immediately.  However, it does bring up some sites with tips on being awesome.  So let’s explore:

WikiHow has an article titled Be Awesome.  Tips include:

  • “Hang out with awesome people”
  • “Achieve something other than [a] high score on World of Warcraft”
  • “Join a sports team to help you get in shape”
  • “Whenever doing something awesome, you should try and do it shirtless. Taking your shirt off increases the awesomeness by nearly a third.”
  • “Remember: the key to being awesome is to do awesome things at awesome times.”

Those are some very enlightening tips.

Another site that comes up is a blog entry on being awesome.  It is quite lengthy and after reading some of it I am not sure if the dude is being serious or facetious.  He says the first thing you need to do to be awesome is “think about this every day: ‘The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.’ -Ayn Rand.”  Fair enough.  The next section is titled “60 Hours a week” which I assume means you need to work that much.  The author says “That’s right, aspiring bloggers – you too can have 70,000+ readers and write your own ticket to internet fame – but it won’t happen by playing World of Warcraftevery night.”  Ok, now I’m seeing a theme– are the only people that want to be awesome World of Warcraft players?  And what the fuck is World of Warcraft?  Is that the game they play in that South Park episode?  Anyway, next site, this guy is boring me. 

The next site is an article outlining 5 Tips for Being Awesome.  They are:

  • Make fun of people.  And when I say “people” I actually mean any person, place, or thing that is innocent and defenseless.  Don’t make fun of a cop, because he’ll probably shoot you. Don’t make fun of your brother, because he can probably beat you up.  Don’t make fun of dragons because they know how to use magic.”
  • Say awesome stuff.  Examples of some awesome stuff to say is like ‘In your face, jerk!'”
  • Be e-Awesome…  Because if you know how to be awesome in cyberspace, there’s a good chance you’ll succeed being awesome in real life.”
  • Get tons of chicks.  And then dump them with awesome lines like ‘You’re fat’ or ‘Sorry, but I don’t date Communists.'”
  • Fireworks. Irresponsible use of pyrotechnics is clinically indistinguishable from being awesome. Enough said.”

There are more, but I think that’s enough learning for today.  So go, be awesome, you now know how.  And quit that World of Warcraft playing 24/7… geez!

Things I Live For:  Infomercials, Nicolas Sarkozy

Quote of the Day:If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” –Calvin, Calvin & Hobbes

 

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