Tuesday, April 28, 2009
LAVERNE (my car) is sick. recently i had the tran$mi$$ion replaced, but now i think something is wrong with the fuel system. hopefully it will be a quick, easy, cheap fix. i try to take car of my car but its always one thing or another. i just want her to be healthy again.
Monday, April 27, 2009
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
(2002) Perfecting Loneliness by Jets to Brazil. Blake Schwarzenbach (the ex-frontman of the punk band Jawbreaker and who is currently heading the NYC-based band The Thorns of Life) offers awesome lyric driven rock. Blake's lyrics are so detail-oriented that the entire album feels like it was personally written for you by an old friend, not to mention that the music is incredible. Probably Blake's poppiest yet most complex release. This is one of those albums that is impossible to fall asleep to. It immediately grabs you and leaves you thinking about the music for days after. ENJOY!!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
this is my first posting in years... actually, its only been a few months but it feels a lot longer than that. i've been pretty busy lately. here's a synopsis of the last few months:
i saw the effect of working 50+ hours a week (on the sound crew for the university i attend) as well as pretending to be a full-time student. a word to the wise, this is not easy to do. in fact it's so not easy to do that i failed a couple of classes and ended up getting kicked out of school (academic suspension).
since i got kicked out of school i also lost my job since only students can work there. also, i lost my apartment. only students can live in the apartment complex i was living in at the time. so yeah, i got kicked out of school, lost my job, and lost my apartment all in the same day. plus the transmission in my car was shot and in the shop in Rexburg, Idaho... poop. my parents were not thrilled to hear that their youngest son had accomplished all this in such a short amount of time (especially since there two other offspring are lawyers), but like good McGregors they weren't rash at all. they were more concerned and supportive. i love them. Christmas was awkward because of my stupidity.
What to do?
the time came for me to decide what to do with the rest of my life. since my car was still stuck in the shop i kinda had to return to Idaho even though i had no real life or prospects. i went to retrieve Laverne (my car). it was not ready of course so i ended up bunking with a friend of mine until it was ready. some background on the car: i put her in the shop in November it was now January and the car was still not ready. i was mad. my original plan was to pick up the car and return to Texas to live with my parents and attend a recording school until i got back on my feet.
seeing as how i was stuck in Idaho, i needed something to do with my time. i needed a job. so i started working at a phone center by the name of Western Watts. it was a telephone survey company. not my cup of tea. but i needed the dollars. i worked there for a month until my car was finished. i normally have a very strong work ethic but this place sucked. i would find ways to skip out as much as i could.
I Am The Law
since my car was in the shop for 3 months my brother Joseph (who gets what he wants, thus, qualifying him to be a lawyer) decided it would be good to take legal action against the shop where my car was held captive. he gave me some advice and i took the advice to the owner of the shop and was promptly given my repaired car at a discounted price. Thanks Joe.
My very good friend Jeff told me a tale of a kid who was in my very predicament and how his problem was resolved and was allowed admission back into school. i was pretty set on leaving Idaho, returning to Texas and attending a recording school and just accepting the fact that i would not be a college graduate. but then i started thinking sensibly and i took the advice and appealed the suspension. i took the petition to the admissions office and the girl told me it would take 2-4 weeks to file it. i had to write an essay for the petition and i felt really good about it. the very next day i was notified that i was re-admitted. thus earning my job back immediately. thanks Jeff.
i worked and signed up for a few classes to stimulate my brain. things were good. i love Texas and i really wanted to return but i was also glad that i could stay and maybe someday be a college graduate. also i had an awesome group of friends that i didn't want to leave behind.
some pretty good shows and the discovery of some new good music as well as a pilgrimage to the far away land of aaron's past music explorations: Jet's to Brazil, Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, BRAID, Texas Is The Reason, Samiam, Pavement, Promise Ring, Vitreous Humor, The Replacements, and others. the mid 90's as well as late 80's were good to music (even though Jets to Brazil was late 90's early 00's).
I got a promotion (kinda) i got moved from doing live audio which i love into the Recording Studio here on campus. this was a huge blessing considering i wanted to go to a recording school. Free Knowledge is great!!! also, we're revamping the entire studio soon so that's even better for educational purposes.
2 Great Upcoming Shows
Conor Oberst (from Bright Eyes) and the Mystic Valley Band are really good. they decided to play a b-day concert for me on Saturday June 20th, 2009 in SLC. thanks Conor! so i will totally attend. also, tonight i was inspired to look on Bob Dylan's website and i learned that he will play a show in Texas right when i was planning to visit. Aug 4th. with....... john mellencamp..... and Willie Nelson. tickets are kinda expensive but it's Dylan and Willie in Austin. so that brings us up to date. good night.