Huh.

June 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, my foray into waitering was briefer than I thought it’d be. One month in, and one of the more senior waiters demands more hours, so I get cut.

…at least I got chicken!

-Brian

(not that sad about it, honest. Got my summer tech job lined up for after July 4th weekend. Pays better, 40 hours a week guaranteed. Woot woot!)

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Sad News.

June 19, 2008 at 7:22 pm (Uncategorized)

One of my friends from college just got diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for him. Guy in the middle of his twenties, just starting out in life, being handed one of the roughest blows one can take.

Thankfully, it’s treatable, and he got diagnosed early. He should recover pretty well.

But it’s one of those things that really makes you thankful that, no matter what your life is like, you can still find something good about it to be grateful about.

-Brian

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Seeing Red.

June 4, 2008 at 5:04 am (Guitar, Rock Music)

I have the new Weezer album.

It rocks.

Also, Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitar songs are a motherfucking travesty.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” belongs nowhere even CLOSE to the top ten.

“Crazy Train” belongs nowhere near 50. (it sits angrily at 51, between Radiohead and The Pixies.

Rolling Stone, please, cut your indie and hippie-music leanings out of the picture, take Omar Rodriguez Lopez off the cover, and allow me to publish my personal, heavily biased list of “100 Most Awesome Guitar Songs” with a bunch of half-naked, heavily tattooed women on the cover, as well as in the place of your regular reviews section.

It’ll be the greatest issue of Rolling Stone ever published, and all you had to do was make it a mixture of softcore pornography and awesome.

(by the way, the following bands, who you deem fit on your list, are hereby banned from mine : The Pixies, Pink Floyd, Television, The Grateful Dead, Blue Cheer, Steely Dan, Sublime, John Mayer, Sonic Youth, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Mars Volta, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Moby Grape, QOTSA, and My Morning Jacket. The rest are fine.)

-Brian

P.S. “Crazy Train” is number two on my list. Number one is “November Rain” by G’N’R. Appetite For Destruction is my favorite album by them, but “November Rain” is the most awesome song they have ever written. YES, IT IS MORE AWESOME THAN STAIRWAY.

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Musiiiic.

May 31, 2008 at 12:32 am (Guitar, Job)

It may or may not be apparent, through the title of my blog, the nature of some of my posts, the various references contained within, et cetera, that I am a huge music buff. I can play guitar, a little bass, and sing (have a couple good stories ’bout that… one of which involves singing “Sympathy for The Devil” at a karaoke night on Good Friday.).

But I’ve never actively written and completed a song. Hell, I rarely have the patience to learn a song the whole way through; never appealed to me. Up until this past Wednesday.

Let me paint the scene for you : I’m waiting tables at my new job, a place I love over in New York state. It’s in the middle of a smashing downtown area, replete with hippie-ish eateries, banks, a miniature concert hall, and tons of bars for the yokel.. I mean locals. Hell, they’ve got publicly hosted Tai Chi classes and New Age up the ying-yang. It’s brilliant.

Anyway, the place I work at is a lovely little joint, maybe 30 feet square for the main dining area, decorated with a sense of restraint and appreciation for the area. The tables are small, the space is wide, and there are TVs on each side, usually tuned to news, but for the night, tuned to an Elvis Costello DVD. (Which was a pleasant surprise. Elvis Costello’s a recent favorite of mine.)

Turns out that Wednesday’s open mic night for our little place. The house band’s great, and a local kid that I knew from high school comes in. Running joke is that he plays the same song that he wrote every time he comes in; and although it does sound Alice in Chains-y, he needs to expand his repertoire past that and two other cover songs. He also needs to learn to sing; I was taught that singing is breathing with your body, not with your nose.

Anyway, the owner asks if I do any singing or play any instruments. I say, “a little”. She calls over the band leader as I nervously try to figure out what songs I know beginning to end, we start chatting, he wants to get me in later on that night for variety’s sake. I try cunningly to persuade him to play “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey; which fails miserably, as Nasonex the mighty makes his way to the stage to play a Foo Fighters cover.

I thought about his original song, and how I would’ve made it better; I personally would’ve had a chorus that’s easier to remember, and a couple of single-note lines to mix up the chordapalooza that he had going on. I like stuff that sticks in your head. Honestly, there was a point where my whole goal in life was to be in a band that’d make it onto somebody’s iPod; that imploded when I realized how fuckin’ difficult getting a band together is.

Regardless, It’s been a month since I took a break from guitar. I stopped when I finished up my lessons with the coolest guitar teacher I had, and hadn’t had the urge to play since. Not that I didn’t want to challenge myself, I just didn’t feel Incidentally, I think it’s the best move I made; I came back with a good amount of zeal, and a decent set-list to put together.

Also, for some odd reason, it feels lighter. Things come a little bit easier. Isn’t that what’s supposed to happen when you’re constantly practicing, NOT when you’ve slacked off for a month and tucked everything away?

-Brian

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Crazy weekend, described twitter-style.

May 26, 2008 at 7:04 pm (Uncategorized)

Van halen. Met friend, ridiculously drunk. Got shirt like old-school pinup models. Saw kid from high-school, good times. Puked in sink. helped them move a guy in who got more drunk the night before than I did, and more cheaperly too. damn him. Hopped a bus home, had a nice Dharma experience walking. Came to the realization that my town is an elephant graveyard. My bones tread carefully and lightly through the ashes and dust.

next day, friend and i resumed the search for a suitable gift for our friend’s sister’s wedding. Got it almost immediately. Got it + candles with a 20% coupon and a gift card. Had a good talk with his girlfriend, started making plans for his birthday. went to wedding, very pretty. We had a brew in the car. he played bejeweled during the wedding. Watched our friend play three-card monte with bridal crowns (greek orthodox).

met cool girl, friend macking it pretty hard to her, but in a fun way. Saw friend’s dad dancing. Awesome, gave him my tie to wear on his head. Met one of friend’s cousins, who got assaulted by a potted plant.

I headbutted it for him.

Group hangout / date tonight. Should be good, she’s cute and quite literate.

-Brian

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On Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Wages

May 21, 2008 at 4:36 am (Uncategorized)

Yeah, no job yet.

I’m calling back a couple places tomorrow, and going to be dropping off a couple more resumes. I left Apple about 3 months ago, got into grad school, and it sure would be nice to accrue some money for all the bills I’ll be paying come fall.

At the least, I have the Harper Collins thing to fall back on. How crazy is it that I can have a full-time job practically waiting for me, and I still can’t find some rinky-dink waiter job in the meantime?

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Perspective.

May 17, 2008 at 12:00 am (Relationships)

It’s been a while since I’ve written a good, solid, substantial entry. Most of it’s been “Oh hey, check it!” or “Anybody got some advice?”

I think you deserve some good reading, and here it is.

Today, I signed up for, on a lark, Shagablogger – naturally, it isn’t the first online dating thing I’ve signed up for. But it’s the first one I’ve connected with, attitude-wise. Plus, the people there seem like good people. Some cute girls, too.

As far as my dating history goes, it’s, shall we say, erratic. Honestly, the longest I’ve ever dated a single girl is probably 2 months; shortest holds the record at three days. Plenty of girls, very few I’ve actually *really* gotten along with. I think it’s more of an attitude thing; I know a lot of people who are willing to suck it up and stick in a bad relationship because they can’t *not* be in a relationship, or that they really don’t want to be without somebody.

What’s funny to me is that I was hanging with a couple female friends of mine last week, and they were gossiping about how one of their girls forbids her guy from seeing his female friends, and vice versa, out of jealousy. They asked my opinion, and I said that it was stupid; if a girl told me I couldn’t hang out with my friends because she didn’t like them, and thought they might try and steal me for themselves, she gets the ejector seat, NOT my friends.

They laughed; I couldn’t possibly be so black and white. I am. My friends are my friends because I know them, and because I trust them. I know none of my guy friends’d never pull something like that, out of respect. And if they went after an ex, so what? There’s a reason I broke up with her in the first place, maybe you’ll have better luck, maybe we’ll just be able to laugh about it later. And the girls, well, I’ve never had one be a friend first and a girlfriend later; the barrier exists, and at that point, we’re totally comfortable.

I titled this Perspective because that’s what it is; I’m twenty-three and I’ve been single for a year now. That’ll probably change when I get to Grad school, but I’ve appreciated how amazing and uncomplicated life is.

(I’ve also been working my ass off and had no chance for a social life, and I live in an area where I can not only count all the people my age on two hands, but have also known them since pre-school. WoW has helped me diversify that quite a bit, even if everybody is all over the place.)

In terms of any relationship, I feel the most important quality is respect. You respect them, they respect you; but you also respect yourself enough to know what’s good and what’s bad. You respect their judgement; why are these people considered friends? You’ll find out shortly.

Even at 23, I’ve seen too many relationships fail because respect was lacking, and I’ve seen some succeed because respect was there, even if it was only for a couple months.

-Brian

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Good News, Everyone!

May 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm (Uncategorized)

I got into Villanova for graduate school!

HUZZAH!

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On Things other than Football, Jobs, Music, and World of Warcraft

May 10, 2008 at 11:30 pm (Uncategorized)

Liv Tyler has been divorced.

Back off, damn it, she’s mine!

-Brian

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When it rains, it pours…

May 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Two weeks ago, I had no job prospects except for one dangling far, far away in the distant future.

Two hours ago, I officially have four possible job offers, with three interviews set up within the next week, and after visiting Seton Hall yesterday, I’ve got a rather nice place I can get a Master’s at, if I don’t get into Villanova.

(It’s sad that I can go on campus and immediately contract the vibe that I just raised the general IQ by 20 points…but that’s what happened. Seriously. Not being egotistical in the least, these aren’t some very intelligent undergrads.)

-Brian

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