great matt?

ticket stub
this weekend was a busy one for me. let’s start with friday night. sue and I went for diner at the old bailey pub downtown, then on to the royal theatre for a Matthew Good conert. he is touring in support of his latest album titled avalanche (run out and buy this one if you liked audio of being).

the show was opened by a band from montreal called the dears. they dearly sucked. some bands have good music, but a bad lead singer. this band had a bad singer, bad keyboardists, medium guitar and bass, and a fun drummer. the lead singer was awful which made me want to look around the stage to see what else was going on. the bassist and guitarist basically just stood there and played, and the two female keyboardists looked like they would rather be gouging their eyes out with spoons. at least the drummer was entertaining. their set lasted way too long, and I was more than happy to see them exit the stage.

I was looking forward to matt good. I love his new album, even if some others don’t. he took the stage and proceeded to put on a good performance. I enjoy watching bands that play with their live songs and good did that to a T. he even played with some of his older songs including symbolistic white walls. when his set was up, I was surprised, and didn’t even notice the time go by.

the downfall for me was the crowd. since we were at the royal, it was an all ages show. their were tons of screaming teens that just wouldn’t shut up when they were supposed to. during 21st century living he had a prerecorded rant about the war. I dearly wanted to hear what he had to say but the crowd couldn’t keep quiet for me to do so. to top it off we had a bunch of drunk teens sitting beside us that kept screaming things like “you’re so fcuking sexy” (have you seen matt good???) and “you fcuking rock matt”

set the crowd aside and it was a solid performance. not great though. I love his music but the live show was definitely lacking some depth. during the days of the matthew good band there was a guitarist named Dave Genn. his skill was certainly missed on a few songs. without them they were a little flat. matt tried to fill the gaps but to me, he came up a little short.

all in all though it was a very enjoyable evening

psychotic cat

psycho cat lookin cute
so, I was sitting at the computer last night, working on some website ASP. Yoshi is laying on the floor beside me, kind of watching to make sure I don’t make any mistakes.

Aphro saunters into the room, sneers at Yoshi, then walks over to the side of my chair. she sits, looks up at me, then meows softly. awwwww, I think to myself. I sit back, make a small motion, and she jumps into my lap. I pet her a bit, and she start purring nicely. she sits on my lap with her front paws on the arm of the chair, overlooking Yoshi (to my left), and gloats to him that she is up on my lap, and not on the cold, hard carpet. she then turns around on my lap and faces towards the wall. she curls up, closes her eyes, and purrs to herself.

I get back to my coding, and enjoy the nicely fuzzy cat on my lap feeling.

all of a sudden a couple minutes later, she quickly levitates out of my lap, bounces off my chest, flies onto the desk (all the while hissing), bounces off a stack of papers, towards the wall, pushes off the wall, then bolts out of the computer room past Yoshi, into our bedroom.

my reaction: “what the fuck was that?” Yoshi and I look at each other wondering what the hell that was all about. I look down, and see a tiny scratch on my arm, and that is it. I was confused for a couple minutes over that one. she is a weird one.

then later last night I crawl into bed and she jumps onto the bed and is sitting beside me. she starts kneading the bed with her front paws, so to me she is rocking side to side. I move my hand over (under the covers), and she start to chase the moving finger around (very cute). as soon as I stop, she goes back to kneading the bed. eventually she curled up and went to sleep.

future’s so bright

catchin some zzzI gotta wear shades

I have horrible sleep patterns. I need a quiet relatively dark place to sleep, and once I wake up after 5am, I usually can’t get back to sleep. this time of year kills me.

making the transition to going to sleep in a light room, waking in a light room, and trying to sleep through chirping birds is brutal for me. lately I have also been waking up around 3 am for some weird, unknown to me, reason. to top it off, the dog gets up around 6 wanting breakfast. the cat hears the birds and walks around the bed. what am I to do?

as the week drags on I just get more and more tired and groggy. I can usually recharge on the weekends a bit. this morning I was awoken at 5 am by something, couldn’t get back to sleep, and eventually just got up at 6:15 when Yoshi got up wanting breakfast. I was at work by 7 am!

maybe I should get one of those sleep mask thingy’s and learn to sleep with earplugs in. I dunno. I really just want a solid 8 hour uninterrupted slumber. ahhhh, now that would be refreshing.

unrealistic expectations

a tree by the beachwhy do I do this to myself?

should I be able to pick up where I left off?

just because I used to be good at something doesn’t mean I will still be good at it months later.

I set unrealistic expectations, then get disappointed when I don’t meet them

case in point: I went for my first run of the season this past Sunday. My goal was to run for 20 minutes. 5 minutes in I felt good so I raised the bar to 30. After 15 minutes I had to start walking because I ran out of juice.

I do this with many things. I set the bar too high, then when I fail to reach it, get disappointed. I do tend to try and learn from mistakes, but until recently I never realized this one.

baby steps. start slow, build up, realize a realistic goal, then raise the bar and repeat. sometimes the first step is the hardest.

don’t get me wrong though, I am not down on myself, I am just expressing one of my shortcomings. this is a realization of self improvement to come

I hate broken toys

my broken cell phoneLast night while walking to my truck, my cell phone rang. I went to answer by opening the flip part, but slipped, and it slammed shut again. I missed the call, but when I opened the phone to check the caller id, the screen was all messed up.

I thought:” Self, this doesn’t look right”. Text was all in weird areas. There were parts of boxes drawn in random places. It was messed up. So I did what every self respectin gadget guy would do. I power cycled the unit. When the power came back, the screen was still messed up. I did the next logical thing. I removed the battery. Now when I turned it on the screen was blank!

Hmm this is not good. The phone still “works” just fine, but the displays are completely blank. I can place and receive calls, and presumably do other stuff on the phone, but I can’t really see what I am doing.

So I jumped onto the internet looking for an LG service center near me. After jumping from to to some Canada specific area of, I found a listing for Service Centers. I typed in my postal code, and the first listing was Gwyn’s Cellular Service.

I dialed the number, and someone answered with “Hello”. I was dumbfounded. Most businesses answer with the business name even after hours. I asked if this was Gwyn’s Cellular Service. The guy answered that I was talking to Gwyn of Gwyn’s Cellular Service. OK, I thought, I just started asking my questions. At the end he asked where I got the number. I told him that I got it off the LG website. He mentioned something about that being interesting and that he will have to get that fixed.

Woops, I can only assume that I got his home number or something.

Oh well. I guess this means I will be heading down there today to hand off my phone to be sent away to get fixed.

Dumb Door Jam

So I forgot my lunch at home today. I ended up having to go home and get it. On the way I decided to pick up some more smokies for lunch in Thursday and Friday. I pull into the lot at the WestSide Village, and head for the Save On Foods. They have those automagically opening doors (these ones swing in). These ones lost their magic. They opened part way then stopped. I almost walked into them. Luckily I got my hands up in time and pushed them open. Weird.

LOTD – Public charging

Someone has come up with the idea of having public cell phone charging stations. I can’t help but think this is stupid. Hey my cell phone is getting low. Let’s hang out for ten minutes at this little stand in the mall while my phone charges. For me, my cell just isn’t worth the same as it is to some others. Now, put these in hotel rooms, and I can see them a little more useful.

Anyway, another invention I will probably never use in my lifetime.