If You Want To View Paradise

Mar 22

Today is my big Adjustment of Status Interview. Seventeen months in the making.
Wish me luck.

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Of Late

Mar 20

Can you tell me where to find me?
Have you seen me hanging around?
I’m looking for myself each night till sunrise
The only thing I’ve found
Broken dreams and a heart that’s stuck to the ground

Paul by The Smoking Popes

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Today Will Be The Day

Mar 20

John decided to take off with some friends to hit a show last night, and then a party today. Despite the fact that I am home by myself during the weekdays, it feels like a different kind of time to myself.
That said, today I will be productive. I am making a list and come hell or highwater, by 5pm every damn item better be crossed off.
Items 1 – 5: general housecleaning stuff. dishes, tidy, washing floors, etc
Items 6- 10: 27things.com stuff. I’ve been seriously procrastinating the last few loose ends that need to be tied to make the most recent version of this site *really* finished.
Items 11-26: Emails. The last time I spoke with my dad, he asked me to email my stepsister. 2 of my oldest friends have been emailing me lately, one in particular, about 20 times wondering why the hell I don’t reply. Deb has been totally neglected but still wants me to visit toronto and I’m starting to feel excrutiating guilt every time I refer to Rich as my friend as it’s been a dog’s age since i sent or replied to one of his emails.
Item 27: finish this coffee, grab the diskman and listen to my most recent purchase (the smoking pope’s destination failure) while partaking in an extra, extra long walk with my doggie.

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Is That You, Dad?

Mar 07

I had a very frightening realization while at the MTX show this week – Dr. Frank looks alot like my dad.
I mentioned it yesterday to John, while we were cruising to BestBuy. He laughed. “I thought the same thing!”
Needless to say, this puts a major damper on my hot, rawkstar crush.

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Friend. Good.

Mar 04

Me with a hangover sporting my new MTX tee. Click for a larger view.

Last night John, Krystl and I took off to see the Mister T Experience at Fitzgeralds on Whiteoak. But first, a couple of need-to-know factoids:
1. I love Dr. Frank. He is an amazing song writer, and an awesome musician who rarely gets enough credit for the things he’s done for the modern day (pop)punk music scene.
2. Despite how much I love MTX, last night was the first time I’ve seen a live performance.
3. I have a tendancy to morph into a gushing ball of goop when put in front of someone I truly admire.
So, Krystl came over bearing gifts – a framed quote from, of all people, frankenstein (see post title) – and we set out to drink beers. Eventually, we jumped in a cab and hit Fitzgeralds for the show. Once there, we resumed alcohol consumption and joked about how old we were compared to most of the other patrons. Unlike the old days, when I would try and scam merch for free, I did my part to support the band by picking up the new CD (a steal at $10) and a t-shirt.
Eventually Dr. Frank and crew took the stage and rocked my socks off by opening with my favorite MTX song, Sack Cloth and Ashes (see extended entry for lyrics). I don’t know what else to say about the performance except that it totally rocked. The band was tight and the crowd was small. Perfect. Frank even did a few solo acoustic numbers while the band took a break.

Me with a hangover sporting my new MTX tee. Click for a larger view.

Afterwards, John and Krystl applied the peer pressure, forcing me to go up and say hi to Dr. Frank. I introduced myself and John, who Frank is familar with and we talked for a few. We bought him a beer and monopolized him for about 30 minutes, talking politics and immigration (his wife is from England). There was a little bit of “you’re the greatest” gushing and I do believe i referred to Tony Blair as the anti-christ at one point, but I think I did a decent job of not repeating the whole Joe Queer incident.
In true 27 fashion, I started out today with a monster hangover. Once regaining some semblance humanity, I cleaned up and took some self portraits of me in my new MTX heart t-shirt. You can excuse the horrible lighting – being less than human, I had to keep the lights dimmed and adjust the pics with photoshop. Click to see larger views.

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