the leap day

Happy Leap Day!

Yes! I have successfully written 29 posts this month to celebrate the 29 days of February that only come around every four years.

I will be watching NOFX rock out a sold out show tonite at Stubb’s.

An attack on the Chinese buffet has been scheduled for this Sunday. At least half a dozen of us will take part in this battle. w00t!

Tuesday, I will be revisiting Pluckers, but this time, no Fire in the Hole.

Alkaline Trio is currently in the studio working on their new record.

Thrice will be visiting Austin in April. I’m there.

I am so glad it’s Friday.

I am off to a bad start for today ’cause it’s half past five, and I am still awake.

I love my new bed.

Thank you and goodnite.

the t.g.t.f.

Thank Goodness Tomorrow’s Friday.

I’m looking forward to going to Stubb’s after work to see one of my all-time favorite bands NOFX. The word through the grapevine is that they’re playing The Decline in its entirety. It’s 18+ minutes of one hell of an awesome song. I hope this rumor’s true, and that they play it for the Austin crowd. I’m excited. This will be a memorable Leap Day.

Today was yet another ultra-busy day at work. I wrapped up my weekly project. We got a new soda machine with a new selection of drink varieties. Added to the mix are: lemonade (the one I voted for but not the right brand), Mountain Dew, La Croix sparkling water, Sprite, Diet Pepsi, and Big Red. I see some of these changing in the future, but it’s a treat to have that many to choose from along with the other choices we’ve had before for only a quarter a can.

Another bonus at work today was that I finally received my nameplate. I guess that makes me an absolute official member of the crew. The discouraging type may think that nameplates are given out as a morale booster, but I earned it and you didn’t. This ex-pizza boy is now more of a corporate cog than ever. w00t!

Prepare yourself for the +3 posts I will be completing tonite ’cause 29 was the goal. Peace out.

the ultra-busy

Today was one of those days at work when the work starts as soon as I clocked in and wasn’t going to end for another eight hours. As much as I get to sit down at a computer and do my job, my head still feels worn out at the end of the day.

Neil came by for dinner tonite. We had porkloin, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Mare did an excellent job at cooking it all. Afterwards, we met up with K$ at the Crpwn (sic).


Anyway, I’m gonna get to my late night viewing to sleep after this. I know I’m three posts short, but I am focused to make it up to you before Friday. Actually, I’ll have to make it up to you by tomorrow nite ’cause Friday nite is NOFX!

To conclude and because I’m tired, check out Journey performing Don’t Stop Believin’ live, and here are three reasons why Steve Perry is Steve Perry in this video:

  1. The leopard print shirt was meant for a woman.
  2. He can pass as someone’s mother.
  3. He has no shame wearing tight pants with his package outlined for all to see.


the love spread like violence

Angels & Airwaves is one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to bands I really enjoy. They recently did an AOL In-Studio acoustic performance of some of their more well-known songs. Here is their performance of their latest single Secret Crowds.

Do Tom’s vocals annoy you? Or is it their U2-like sound? Those are two of the things I like most about this band. Consider them my three-legged dog as well as a thousands of other fans’ three-legged dogs.

Don’t rip on the band ’cause they’re more successful than you’ll ever be. Go rip on those emo boys with their acoustic guitars taping themselves playing Angels and Airwaves covers for YouTube. Leave them snide comments to comfort your worthless soul.

the oddsmaker

Jim Ward at Red 7, Austin on February 15th, 2008 On February 15th, Jim Ward played an amazing solo acoustic show at Red 7 in Austin, Texas. His presence was welcomed with a room full of people appreciating the frontman of one of El Paso’s most popular rock acts Sparta.

He opened his set up with Sparta’s Untreatable Disease from their latest album, Threes. He also played songs from other Sparta albums which included: Breaking the Broken, Taking Back Control, Erase It Again, and Collapse.

Jim Ward at Red 7, Austin on February 15th, 2008

Jim Ward at Red 7, Austin on February 15th, 2008 The first of the songs he played off Quiet he played was On My Way Back Home Again. He also played a couple other songs from that EP: Mystery Talks and Coastlines. Jim also played a song from his upcoming album from Sleepercar, his alternative country band. The album is scheduled for release this April.

Jim Ward at Red 7, Austin on February 15th, 2008 He closed his set off with Air from Sparta’s Wiretap Scars. During the second verse, he temporarily left the mic to sing the words with the audience whose participation was well done. The crowd chanted along with him, “If you see through these motives… you’ll please report your progress… to the captain, our captain… so he can mark the atlas…” I have this recorded to video which will show up in a future post.

Jim Ward and Sparta are always appreciated in Austin. I hope to catch any of his performances in the future, because they are enjoyable every time.

Here’s Jim performing Collapse with Paul Hinojos, a former member of Sparta/At the Drive-In:

the case of the mondays

I’m approaching the final hour of the day as I start this post. I definitely had the case of the Mondays. The day went by quick, but it almost felt everything was in disarray at work. I stayed busy as usual, but I wasn’t able to finish everything I planned for the day for once.

I am currently listening to The Network’s Money Money 2020 and enjoying it. If you’re gonna listen to the record, then make sure you get the version that has the cover of The Misfits’ Teenagers From Mars.

I’m working my way through Dilbert: The Complete Series and the fifth volume of Aqua Teen Hunger Force as the discs show up one by one in my mailbox. Fortunately, the Writers strike is coming to an end, so fresh programming should be flooding the torrents soon. Speaking of which, watching the second season of The Office is very addicting.

To conclude this post, check out a live performance from one of the better rock bands of the mid-90’s, Jawbreaker.

10-22-1994 at Nice-N-Sleazy, Glasgow