Wanted… Dead or Alive

I, along with John, went to the birthday party on Saturday night. I certainly didn’t add my 2 cents to the musical stylings while the party was hopping. I had to go see a friend’s band play, so I left the party early. But I did return. And also sang a very poor rendition of “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Jon Bon Jovi. I couldn’t find anything that I would normally be willing to sing (such as “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd or “I’m Just a Girl” by No Doubt), so I gave it a shot and realized that I just couldn’t hack it. Thanks to the B-day boy, we made it through it. And by that point there were maybe 7 people left there.

It figures – I may be incredibly musically talented, but I just cannot hack the lead vocals – especially the higher stuff. My voice just cracks and then my throat is sore and I talk funny for the rest of the night. But if you come to the Phoenix Down show in 3 weeks, you will see a different side of me 🙂

Really, though, the most interesting part of my weekend took place on Friday night. The guys and I went to see an old friend, who was in town to visit her sick dad (my prayers are with you and your family, Stephanie). And I expected to see Courtney for the first time in over 2 years. Which I did. There she was, sitting a bit away from the main table, conveniently on the opposite side of where we were sitting. After a beer and a smoke, I made the move to talk to her. I went up, tapped her on the shoulder and gave her a big hug. We talked for a few minutes, but like is usual in a bar, you can barely understand what one or the other is saying. Then that was pretty much it for the rest of the night. There were a few minutes of friendly banter, including a nice slap on the shoulder from her for me still smoking. I just smiled and laughed.

I think I came out as the better of the two of us. First, I approached her; I don’t think she had the guts to approach me. Second, while the group was talking for most of the night, she took several phone calls and was writing text messages. Most likely to the new person in her life about what she was thinking while I was there. Not that I am judging her, but hey – I was comfortable talking with her, why was she so worried about talking to me?

Either way, it was good to see her again and to get some demons out of my head. Also, it was great to see Steph. I always cherish her company, even if some others don’t. I think I may take a vacation this summer and go to Chicago to visit her. And see a Cubs game.

I knew I should have posted my weekend report sooner…

I planned on posting a weekend update yesterday, but got caught up creating a flyer for the Phoenix Down show.

And now that I am doing an update about my life, you’ll just have to trust me that I had planned what I am going to say before the **** (cow excrement – thanks Paul Shirley) hit the fan.

My weekend

Started Friday night, with beer at Carlos O’Brien’s, which was followed up with beer, pizza, and ****** (movie title that could be misconstrued as a slang female body part). ***** (a completely unrelated coworker) came over and John and I enjoyed her company.

Saturday: Went to the parents’ for the Suns game [we lost :-(], then to Mark’s new place. Had some beer and Apple something Martinis.

Sunday: Went to Mark’s again for BBQ, and had spiked Strawberry Lemonade (with Grey Goose Vodka), White Russians, Beer, and beer.

Monday: International Alcohol Day at my parents’. Had Irish Car Bombs with outdated Bailey’s. Still yummy. Had hamburgers and hot dogs, and watched the Suns game [we won :-)].

Finally, the reason for my disclaimer at the top of the post (about trusting me). I had already decided that it just wasn’t worth it. As much as I think this person is cool and nice, and that we could have some fun (read: go to a dance recital, drink Pepsi, smoke incense) for a few months, it ultimately would not be worth it. For either party. I ultimately just wanted to be a friend in a strange city, but it appears that has been shot. 

Thank you very much. I appreciate it when I am told that I have violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I just hope that word doesn’t get back to Tom Cruise that I talked trash about him dating Katie Holmes


Consider this post an apology.

I, in a post which is now deleted, referenced a coworker. Nothing derogatory towards this person was said. But the FCC made it known that it should be removed.

I don’t feel as though I did anything wrong, but probably should not have used the name of someone who doesn’t read my blog – the chances of it getting back to that person are relatively small, and yet these things happen to me on a regular basis.

So, from now on, I censor my own posts. If you are not a relative, best friend, or subscriber to my blog, then your name will be withheld. Nevermind that this is my personal journal – it just doesn’t happen to have a lock on it.


I am a bad person

Yes I have, from time to time, downloaded an album that has not yet been released – via bitTorrent. I have also downloaded released albums, if only to see if I like it (but I do end up buying them if I like it). Take NIN‘s new “With Teeth” album – I thought it sucked, so I deleted it from my computer. Or take Ra‘s new album “Duality” – it is not as good as “From One“, but is a definite keeper. Given the fact that it doesn’t come out until next month, I will continue to listen to my leaked copy, but once it is available I will buy it and rip good quality versions to my iPod.

Now for the reason I am writing this post: Last night, I was able to download the new Dream Theater album, “Octavarium“. For those who don’t know my musical tastes and such, this is my favorite band. It is the band that my band looks to for inspiration (particularly due to their amazing musicianship). And even though the new album comes out in just about 10 days, I found it impossible to pass up the advanced screening.

I want to give a semi-review and attempt to not give anything away in terms of what a song could mean to a fellow DT fan. After 2 listens to the album, I can definitely say that this is not their finest work. Of course, with each listen, the songs start to grow on me more. I thought on my first listen that the album was good, but not great. And that’s to be expected when you have an album like “Scenes from a Memory” to compare everything to (it’s my personal holy grail of DT albums).

There are 3 songs in particular that got a “Holy Shit!” from me, 1 more notably than the others, but I will let you find them once listening to the album. There are a few songs on this album that I got a very strong Neal Morse vibe from. I think that Neal’s amazing writing skills are rubbing off on Mike Portnoy (considering that MP has played drums on every solo album that NM has released). And I think it’s a good thing – It really adds another depth to DT’s music.

Also, It really seems to me that they are trying to close a major chapter in their history book with this album. The titular song “Octavarium,” has some themes that make it sound like they are ready to move into the next realm of music – most likely by moving to a new record label (God, I hope they don’t break up).

Right now, I am going to give the album a 3 out of 5 stars. That is not my final verdict though. I will update you all on what I think after I have listened to the actual CD.

UPDATE: I have now listened to the album for a 3rd time, and it has raised to a 4 out of 5 stars.

BTW – I got this site HTML 4.01 Transitional compliant, so there should be no issues in either Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. You can see the validation image in the bottom left corner of the website. 

It’s a bug!

Ok, it’s not really a bug, per se, but it is something that I need to fix.

I noticed today that multiple posts for the same day show up in different “boxes” on this site (see posts from Monday, May 23rd, 2005). Not too much of an issue. I guess the problem is that the earlier post on the same date (in its separate box) does not show the date on the box header. Truthfully, I really want multiple posts on the same day to show up in the same box with a line (<hr>) separating the two posts

I guess we’ll see what I can come up with.

Also, I am aware that the site does not look right in Firefox. I will try to take a look at that as well. Stupid non-conforming-to-standards website!

Season finale for 24

I admit it – I am an avid fan of 24. And TiVo.

Today, my plans got changed because we decided to have band rehearsal tonight instead of our normal Friday nights. The season finale of 24 was tonight. No worries – we have TiVo! I came home from work and double checked that it was set to record, which it was. Then I headed off to practice.

I got home about an hour ago, and cooked up some hot dogs for dinner. Then went to plunge into 24. Only problem is that it only recorded the first 5 minutes of the show. WTF???

I am so upset right now. All I wanted to do was sit down in front of the TV and watch my show! But no, TiVo had better things to record – like spanish RoboCop.

Anyways, I called up my brother and asked if he had watched it, and he said he was currently watching it, but that I could come over and watch it when he was done. So nevermind that it is already 10PM – I’m going to my parents’ house to watch my freaking show.

First (new) Post!

Welcome to the first post of my new blog.

I have created YarshBlog using Blogger, specifically due to its template structure. These templates gave me enough leeway (for the most part) to have it look exactly as I want it to. I had some difficulties with the links from the main page to both archive pages and single post pages, so I basically had to trick the template with javascript to point to the location I wanted it to go to. Fortunately, it seems to work well. On the other hand, it also means I have to do some nifty coding in order for my RSS/Atom feed to come out properly.

Anyways, just wanted to get a new post up here for all to see. If you have any problems with the site, let me know via comments or email.


By the way, since I am using Blogger as my blogging tool, in order to post a comment you must have a blogger account.

You may see some work here…

Just an FYI – I am editing the Blogger template with enough success that I can have it be my main blog site under retro.yarsh.com.

So, that is what I am currently focused on doing. Hopefully I will be able to edit everything enough to the point that I can start using this thing permanently – at least until I am tired of blogger and decide to finally build my own blog again 🙂

I just got this

So that I can post a comment on Mark’s blog (and now John’s and Chris’). Honestly, I think it might be time for me to just build my own blog tool, or use something like SWilliams is using, and place it on my actual website – thus bring traffic to my website again.

We’ll see…

Although, it is cool to have “yarsh.blogspot.com”

My current blog resides here at xanga.