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I'm Just Daft

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Dear girl at the brewfest who was waiting for me to talk to you: I’m sorry.

I seriously thought you were with that guy who was walking near you, because, well, I was raised to be a pessimist. But then he split off in another direction. And you? You walked past me while delivering amazing eye contact. Then you looked over your shoulder. Back at me. Hesitating. (While Bobby telling me to talk to you and how money I am.)

So you are into guys who waste opportunities?

I’m an ass.

The original plan was to have Montana to pick me up in Portland on the way to Seattle for Daft Punk. But I had to go back to Corvallis. Because of all the things I could’ve forgotten, I forgot the tickets.

I’m an ass.

(That’s far better than showing up in Seattle without the tickets.)

But enough about my mistakes.

I need a new superlative for the Daft Punk show.

Thousands of people dancing and jumping to the same beats at earthquake* volume. Half of them landing on my feet.

It was LOUD. Kidney shaking visions blurring loud. I’m not exaggerating. During The Rapture’s First Gear, I noticed that the bass was blurring my vision.

It was one of the most physically demanding thing I’ve done. I’ve never sweat so much in my life. Or had so many other people’s sweat on me.

Montana: o/

Now here are some music that aren’t Daft Punk.

Camera Obscura – Super Trouper

Escort – All Through The Night

Pelle Carlberg – Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls

(The Real) Tuesday Weld – Bathtime In Clerkenwell

Tegan and Sara – Back in Your Head

The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

* Earthquake is now an adjective. I just made it so.

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Written by Barry

July 30, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Posted in General, Music

Evil Shit

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Jesus Christ! This pretty much moved Mao past Hitler on my list of The Most Evil Shit Ever Happened In The Universe.

(My grandparents lived through all of that shit. My parents lived through part of it. But shit, at least they lived through it. My family was actually wealthy until my granduncle threw away the family fortune with gambling and drugs. Even so, when communism came around, we were still landowners…)

Written by Barry

July 22, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Posted in General

Impossible

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I am trying out a tiny section of a book I bought last summer. Here’s something that I simply cannot do:

Body Lowering
This is the opposite to leg lowering — your legs lay still and your torso and head return to the floor. Sit on the floor with your knees slightly bent, pointing up to the ceiling, and clasp your hands behind your neck. Slowly lower your upper body to the floor for a count of 10, keeping your back straight. Resist the temptation to go too fast at the beginning, because you will only have to slow down later on — eventually you should try to increase the time it takes you to lower your body, working up to 15 and even 20 seconds.

Ten seconds? I can do it in one. Can anyone do this? Can your abs defy gravity?

Written by Barry

July 3, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Posted in Books, General

Robots, Texans, and Pot Smokers

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Since updates in the concerts page aren’t reflected in the RSS feed, and instead of mentioning them in IRC, a forum, e-mail, and AIM (and Twitter!? and Facebook!? and Last.fm events!? and to Your Mom!?), I’ll just write about them here. If you want to join me, let me know. Or if you want to go there and pretend not to know me, that’s cool too.

Daft Punk will be at the WaMu Theater in Seattle on July 29. The newly married Montana and I are going. We have yet to order tickets. But we are going!

Spoon is going to perform at Crystal Ballroom on September 6. Let’s rock it!

The Flaming Lips will be at the Roseland Theatre on September 19. I’ll make the drive for this one if I have some company. I have not listened to the latest album. Mediocre reviews or something. But I do like quite a few of their older songs.

Written by Barry

July 3, 2007 at 11:34 pm

Posted in Music