Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Feeling Melancholy

This is my favorite 'feeling melancholy' song. Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place. Tony has been instructed to play this at my nonfuneraly funeral. I want to go out in Hunter S. Thompson style. A kegger in the back yard by the pool while my ashes are blown up in Class B fireworks, preferably Yung Feng Blue Willows. (Johnny Depp's attendance is optional.)

Out of all those kinds of people
You got a face with a view
I'm just an animal looking for a home
Share the same space for a minute or two

(Don't call my shrink, it's just been a long cold winter*)
*unintentional musical reference

The Growth of Mini Me

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The New Duncan Imperials

I probably had the most fun I've ever had in my life hanging out at JR's Lightbulb Club dancing my underage ass off. One of my favorite bands that played there back in the day was The New Duncan Imperials. I never dreamed they would be on youtube. Seems they are still kicking, just released an album last year. Who knew?

Mystery Date
Home Sweet Mobile Home and Mystery Date Video
Tilt a Whirl

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Soundtrack to a Recent Conversation

Jane's Addiction - Whores
NIN - That's What I Get
Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus
(Not a big Marilyn fan, but I think I like this better than the original.)
Paul Westerberg - Waitress in the Sky
David Bowie and NIN - I'm Afraid of Americans

Monday, March 23, 2009


One of my favorite things that I have written in my journal is a quote from the book 'Another Roadside Attraction' by Tom Robbins. (It is in my oldest journal. Judging from the ink, writing and time I remember reading this book, I would say I was about 18 or 19 years old.)
"Happiness is a learned condition. And since it is learned and self generating, it does not depend upon external circumstances for it's perpetuation."
I have always considered myself an existentialist, for no other reason than the absolute inability to see things from any other perspective but my own. I believe that happiness IS learned and self generating but what to do with those pesky external circumstances that come along to muck up your inner bliss? Our country has very specific laws in place to prevent us from eliminating these inner peace invaders and I have never been good at meditation, despite having carried around my little copy of The Pocket Dalai Lama.

n. A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.

My other favorite quote from the same book:
"Amanda became pregnant during a fierce thunderstorm. 'Was it the lightning or the lover?' she was sometimes heard to muse. When her son was born with electrical eyes, people no longer thought her foolish."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Boy Do I Need To Get Away...

Chad and I are leaving for Colorado bright and early in the morning. Actually, not bright at all, we are leaving before the sun comes up.
We will be driving all the way across Kansas, which goes a little like this: wheat, corn, wheat, corn, wheat, corn, wheat, corn, wheat, corn, wheat, corn, corn, corn, wheat. Thus, the theme of the playlist I am leaving you with. Have a great Spring Break and I will see you back here Thursday.

Incubus - Drive
Melissa Etheridge - You Can Sleep While I Drive
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
The Beatles - Long And Winding Road
Bob Dylan - Highway 61
Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
Dierks Bentley - Free and Easy Down the Road I Go
Eels - Mr. E's Beautiful Blues
Drivin' N' Cryin' - Turn it Up or Turn it Off

Friday, March 6, 2009

Yes. I Just Peed My Pants...

As If It Wasn't Bad Enough The First Time....

The "8 Signs You're a Terrible Guest" article is back on my news feed. This time under the guise of a new title - "Bad Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid". It annoyed me the first time, now it is just pissing me off. Have they run out of stories about the 'Octimom'? Come on. I have plucked a new gem from the list of behaviors to avoid, last time it was #8 - Suggesting that you bring a little bit of stationary or bath salts for your Host, this time I have chosen #3 as an example of the shear stupidity of this article.
"Go heavy on the sauce? Nobody likes an out of control, fumbling guest at their party who accidentally knocks down half the buffet table or passes out on the sofa during group conversation. So, as the saying goes, "drink responsibly," especially when you're at someone else's home."
If this is a requirement for the guests you invite to your 'soiree', then draw a big black line through my name. Chances are I would have to be at least half crocked to go to some get together with buffet tables and group conversations on the 'sofa'. I prefer to stay at my house where you can wander in to the kitchen whenever you feel hungry and grab some chips I dumped in a bowl to dip in the Sassy Salsa that I didn't even bother to take out of the plastic container. You can sit on my 'couch' and have a conversation if you like but if someone passes out while you are talking, maybe you should consider the fact that what you were saying was not all that interesting in the first place. By the way, if you plan on passing out at my house, please leave a list of things you would like drawn on your face and the funny poses you would like to be in while we photograph you. The pics will be on this blog before you regain consciousness.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Blowing Shit Up

I attended the City Alderman's meeting last night and watched Fireworks become legal in our cozy little section of the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Ours is the third suburb to legalize in as many years. All of our conversations that started with "When they legalize in the city..." are about to be reality. This could have tremendous financial consequences for us and we are very excited. Canyon and I will continue to run the stand at the lake but I'm sure Tony and Crew here in the city will blow us away in sales! I've got lots of work to do but am very excited about doing it! Looks like my Christmas is in July!
I am posting Fireworks endorsements from Schoolhouse Rock and Ryan Adams for your viewing pleasure on this most festive occasion.

"...Cause everybody wants to go forever, I just wanna burn up hard and bright. I just wanna be your firecracker and maybe be your baby tonight." - Ryan Adams, Firecracker -

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Who knew cleaning the cobwebs out of my computer would lead me to discover that Canyon has been hiding a talent....

Where I’m from: By Canyon McClung

I’m from white beached whales, dark chocolate Yoo-Hoo, and very bitter salt. I am from the bottom of the house, pitch black, damp, and very scary. I am from an ever-green tree and the needles that fall from it.

I’m from overflowing parties and crowds watching the big screen. And from stuffed stomachs at dinner and a silent house after. I am from blue-eyed ring-tailed lemurs and walking catfish.

I am from wide open doors to any and everything I want. I’m from Fayetteville, Arkansas and Scotland, and the best hamburgers in the world. From the freedom of my mothers heart and the laughter of my brothers jokes, and the labor of my fathers work.

(He insists that it isn't good... I think it is wonderful. I can identify with everything in it, tell you where he got each thing but at the same time, it is abstract. Because I know him, it conjures images of Grandpa telling the story about walking catfish, the first night he slept in his new room in the basement, birthday parties with Tony's huge family, how he helped me perfect my hamburger recipe....)

Pages From My Rock & Roll Quotes Calendar

"I'm often afraid, and I'm not afraid to be afraid, though it is always scary. But it's more painful to try not to be yourself." - John Lennon -

"Sometimes I might have gone a little too far, not such an uncommon trait in a person on amphetamines." - Johnny Cash -

"The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music?" - Lou Reed -
Watch Lou mess with the Australian media and listen to Sweet Jane: