Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More weekend adventures plus the best concert ever!

Another busy weekend is over and done with. This last one was an unusual one for us as we spent most of it apart. Megan was out of town, so Saturday Allie worked the morning shift at Guapo while I slept in and watched Alphaville. Then I came in at 1230pm to work the afternoon shift while she went home to work on crafts and watch Bride Wars. After I closed the store up at 700pm, I headed out to a goodbye party for one of my old co-workers. She's moving to Indiana to become a lawyer.

Sunday we worked the morning shift at Guapo (800am to 1100am) and then worked around the house. We've tentatively committed to getting our wood floors refinished in late July, which means we've got to start packing up the house ASAP. I stuffed the car with things to take to Goodwill and the recycle dump. It was so full that Allie had to ride with a small TV on her lap. We recycled 4 old TVs, a broken oil radiator heater, and a satellite dish.

I finally finished up cleaning the back yard and patio (that means no more weeds in the flower beds, no more wild bushes, no more junk and dead grass all over the patio, and a freshly cut lawn) while Allie made us chicken curry for dinner. Our friends Graham and Tracy came over to eat with us. We had a nice time before Graham and I jetted off to go see Bill Callahan (formerly of Smog) play at the Aladdin Theater.

Remember my blog about how I was going to sell a bunch of CDs? Well, I sold 11 and was able to get less than two in return. I got 20 bucks for my used CDs and spent another 8 to buy the Chain in the Gang album and Bill Callahan's latest, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle.

The Chain in the Gang album is great fun, but the Bill Callahan album is sublime. He just keeps getting better with age. Every new album has a few new masterpieces and this one is no exception. I'm so obsessed with one new song in particular, that I've been writing an analytical essay on it in my spare time, which I hope to finish and post here soon.

Callahan's music these days is still rock but with hints of country, folk, and frequently Krautrock style rhythms. His lyrics are about relationships, god, and death. In a way, he's like a meaner, more depressed Bob Dylan. It's not so much their music and lyrics, but their brilliance of expression, timelessness, articulateness, and depth that I see them having in common. I get the same feeling listening listening to a Dylan song like "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" as I do listening to Callahan's best songs.

Anyhow, my anticipation for the show was high and it did not disappoint. I had never seen Bill Callahan (or Smog) live before and was totally blown away. I really felt like I was watching a future legend. He was a fairly quiet and understated performer, but his music, delivery, singing, and lyrics were so strong that I was totally captivated. It was easily one of the best concerts I've seen. My friend Graham was equally thrilled by the whole experience and the whole audience seemed to really enjoy themselves.

It was such a busy weekend that I barely had time to relax. Thankfully, I've got this Friday off from both my jobs and we have all Sunday off. We only have to work an extra short day Saturday, as we'll be closing the store early.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Uggh. I can't believe it's been so long since we've blogged. I was really digging it and then just suddenly got sick of hearing myself talk. I'm still waiting for Allie to do another update (hint, hint). I feel like my feelings of productivity come in waves. Lately, I haven't wanted to do anything.

We've been pretty busy lately. I've been working hard on finishing a zine about our cat Macky for the upcoming Portland Zine Symposium. Allie is supposed to do a zine too, but is stalling so far. She has been quite busy making cards, which she'll put up on her Etsy store someday soon.

Speaking of Macky, the poor thing has been really sick lately and is only now getting better...He's an old cat and really looks the part.

The weekend before last we saw I Love You, Man in the theatres, went to a birthday/graduation party, and went out to dinner with family.

This last weekend , we saw the Grey Gardens musical, which was very good. I even shed a little tear. Several actors were cast in multiple roles and the most ingenious casting decision was to have the woman who played the young mother in the first act, play the old daughter in the second act. It really brought home how the daughter suffered the same fate of loneliness and crushed dreams as the mother (but at least they had each other). It was a really funny and moving play.

We also went to the wedding of our friends Julia & Brody. It was a very sweet, nice wedding and we were busy celebrating it from 230pm to 1200pm Saturday.

Our friend Jesse did the following diary strip about the wedding day, featuring Allie and me:

You can read more of his awesome diary here.

Anyhow, I have half of another blog ready to go. I've been working on it a couple weeks now. Hopefully, I'll post that soon. I'd also like to preview my Macky Cat zine. Hopefully, you'll hear from us soon.