Weekend Update

Well as Sunday draws to a close it’s time to reflect on what turned out to be a pretty good weekend! 

First and foremost, I ended up getting 17 hours of sleep in two days!  Sweet!  After being really bad about getting to bed on time for the last week, then getting up early for work, it was nice to turn the alarm of and just sleep the day away.

On Saturday I got up then headed down to Loveland to have lunch with my mom and my sister, which was nice considering I haven’t seen them in a week (which compared to the rest of this summer has been quite some time).  I then made my way back up to FC and made a trip to the drum store.  I went into the drum store with no intention to buy anything grand, and pretty much left accomplishing that: a container of cymbal polish, a pair of Danny Carey signature sticks, and a replacement pair of "Lightning Rods" (my old pair is really splintering up).  It was kinda pathetic, I pretty much went to the drum store to make sure they didn’t think I died.  I haven’t been in there in months and I’ve really missed not upgrading my drum set.  Lately I unfortunately haven’t had much reason to – I’m not really playing in any active bands/projects (outside of church choir), and between Dave Matthews, Broncos Season tix, and a bunch of assorted stuff I throw my money away on – I really haven’t had the excess funds to throw at my drum set…  It was funny being in there because the two guys they had working at the weekend were relatively new, none of them knew who I was (and I’ve been a regular there for the better part of 10 years), and the guy who rang me up asked "Do you shop here regularly?" to see if I was in their database… Too funny.

I then went and played over at church.  It’s been like 6 weeks since I’ve been there and all of the guys gave me a hard time (mainly by introducing themselves to me).  It was a lot of fun being there again, but I had A LOT of rust to knock off.  I pretty much screwed up two of the newer songs we did during rehearsal, and luckily I locked them in during Mass.  It’s just funny because I’ve been practicing quite a bit, but it’s on the electric set, and it makes me realize just how playing on electronic rubber pads really numbs up your chops (then playing on the real things kills them again).  Hopefully this week I’ll be able to find somewhere to break out the real set and see if I can get my chops back.  I really want another music project right now.

After Mass I spent the evening hanging out with my friend Michael.  It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen him (since my birthday), but we had a blast.  We had dinner over at La Luz, then went and made a beer run and came back to my place and watched Be Cool.  First off, if you haven’t seen Be Cool and you’re looking for some laughs – I’d see it.  I remember seeing the previews in the theatre and really wanting to see that movie (after seeing all of the stars that were in at (namely Andre 3000!), but I never made time to go see it.  Then I guess it didn’t do well in theatres and came to DVD pretty fast.  My guess is that the movie wasn’t marketed well when it came out, because it really turned out to be a really great flick! (but then again a lot of things are great after a few beers)…

I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy hanging out with Michael, because we have the most random in-depth discussions on so many different topics, then we come out with these really interesting conclusions.  Just to give you a sampling of what we talked about:

  • Web Browser Standards, and the most common ones that web designers ignore
  • Microsoft (M$) and the fact that they have total disregard for any established standards (i.e. Microsoft FrontPage)
  • What the world would be like if M$ made hardware – we wouldn’t be able to buy a computer for $300-400 now.  Everyone would be proprietary in their hardware and IBM would likely be at the top of the PC Market
  • Weddings – How "cool" a wedding will be is not measured by who is getting married, but rather who you know will be attending the wedding.  Because you have no real interaction with the bride & groom during the wedding, it all depends on which friends you sit by.
  • Engagement periods – The minimum engagement time should be 9-12 months.  Any engagements that are shorter than 9 months and still have an extravagant wedding causes you to wonder about how much marriage preparation has gone on.
  • FOCUS – Of course…
  • When it’s appropriate to re-design a web site (i.e. J23 UM)
  • The difficulty of managing a student database over MS Excel
  • Many things related to Be Cool.  We talked a lot about the Rock
  • And most notably: The law of worthwhile travel – Which states: If the amount of time you’re going to spend at a destination is less than the total round-trip time it takes to get there – it’s not worth going.

So a lot of fun on a Saturday evening.  I also had two glasses of Pep-to Bismol-errr-Tequila Rose.

Sunday rolled around with me sleeping in until 12:30pm (NICE!), then having lunch and visiting Sam.  We had a lot of fun!  I tried my best to spread the good news of Star Trek to her, and pulled out the big guns – the best Star Trek movie of all time.  That’s right, I’m talking about Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .  Unfortunately we only made it about 20 minutes into the film before Sam took me up on my offer to "Change it if it sucked".  So we watched Spider-man 2 (remember, my #1 super hero movie of all time) and I learned how to play Rummikub. It was a fun game and it turned out to be great Sunday afternoon!  I then spent the evening at my family’s, had some dinner and then came back home!

Time to get ready for another Monday   And only two more weeks left until school starts (NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo!)