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Saturday, February 25, 2012

CHRONICLES: Light Screens

Here in sunny Ketchikan, we've had what seems to be a miracle: moe than three straight days of sunshine! Of course, sunshine is lack of clouds, and lack of clouds is lack of insulation, and that's colder temperatures, so it's been hovering around freezing, but still, it's very much worth it!

I'm going to get outside today, but it will be for working and running errands. The family life includes a trip to the dump, and a shift at work. I would have liked to be pro-active about things, but I'll honor the wife's request to sleep in this morning. Malcolm and I have been up since 6 am, doing what toddlers do with their fathers: he sat on my lap, and we shared a cup of coffee.

I'm hoping to put together a playlist for Monday night sooner than later, too. For the next two weeks, KRBD is doing a music survey, which means that every song I play will have to have album and record label information with it, as well as time (to the second) that I'm playing the songs. It's always fun for me in that compulsive way, another way that I get to exercise my sense of order and discipline and what not. I really do enjoy that part of things.

Malcolm and I will be going to Colorado for a week next month. Just the two of us. On the way back, thanks to a lengthy layover in Seattle, we will have hopes to be going to the Space Needle, and to the infamous Hooters for his birthday. He'll be 2 on March 16th.

Life happens quickly. If you don't take the time to appreciate the small things, you could easily end up stuck watching your sunrises through the screens instead of being out there breathing them in.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

CHRONICLES: Succumbing to the Sickness

There's been a pretty awful cold making its rounds in Ketchikan. After claiming Lyss and Malcolm's health for a few days, my co-worker Craig, it's finally caught up with me. I'm now sitting on my couch watching Malcolm deleriously tired and feverish. At least, for me, Malcolm is keeping me company in his excellent Star Wars comic hoodie. Cars 2 is playing in the background, but neither of us are really watching. He'd rather play with his toys, and I'm probably going to have a cup of tea and read a book.

The weather here has been beautiful for the past couple of days. It's been chilly, but sunny and dry for the most part. The BattleWagon is still running well, despite some electrical drain that requires a jump start nearly every time I get into the damn thing. I still have dreams of converting that thing to 4-wheel-drive. Sigh...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

THOUGHTS: Importance of Random Appreciation

Today, I grabbed a random picture of the old power pole outside my house. It definitely has a direlect feel to it. I can appreciate that. You should, too.

Monday, February 13, 2012

RADIO: The Valentine

The playlist:

Myst Soundtrack "The Last Message (Forechamber Theme)"
God Is An Astronaut "No Return"
Tori Amos "Baker Baker"
The American Dollar "Starscapes"
Gifts from Enola "Screaming At Anything That Moves"
Frou Frou "Shh"
Explosions in the Sky "Trembling Hands"
Amberhaze "The C.P.R."
You.May.Die.In.The.Desert "The Sound of Titans"
Saxon Shore "Marked With a Knowledge"
Ulrich Schnauss "Crazy For You"
Dashboard Confessional "Carry This Picture"
This Will Destroy You "I Believe In Your Victory"
Maybeshewill "He Films The Clouds Part 2"
Massive Attack "Teardrop"
Sigur Ros "Milano"
If These Trees Could Talk "The Friscalating Dusklight"
Mountaintops "RedBlue = Violet. You"
Tristeza "Opiate Slopes"

I'm gonna slip in a special Valentine's Day somewhere in there for Lyss.  Stay tuned!  Thanks for listening!

105.3 FM, Ketchikan

Thursday, February 9, 2012

THOUGHTS: What does it all mean?

I had a very vivid dream last night. I dreamed that I was at a Walgreens right next to where I lived in downtown Denver. This Walgreens had an escalator inside. I was riding down the escalator with a good friend of mine since childhood, noticing the line up ahead was pretty long. We waited in line and checked out, and walked around the parking lot. As we were walking, the parking lot and the city vanished, and we were suddenly in a very recognizable place caught in a crossfire with some ver unrecognizable military forces. I jumped into an abandoned tank while my friend ran into an old camping trailer, our destination. I turned the tanks guns on both sides battling on this little swath of land, and, once I drew their fire, abandoned it and ran toward the caper myself. Once inside, it was dark. My friend was playing with some toys, and my son was running around in there, getting into stuff, totally oblivious to the loud explosions going on just outside. I knew we had to go, but I had no idea where. I didn't want to get killed in this damn camper...

Then I woke up. I have no idea what the brain is doing. Is it trying to tel me something, or is it just flexing it's creativity muscles in a thrilling and exciting way?


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

RADIO: Happiness: We're All In It Together

Tonight I read an exerpt from a blog I posted a little while back. Since it's difficult for me to post everything on Facebook via text messaging, I figure i'd just skip the middleman and post a playlist on the blog itself. Here's what I'm playing tonight:

Interpol "Take You On A Cruise"
We vs. Death "Mother and Father and Me"
The Helium Arch "Countdown"
Ulrich Schnauss "A Letter from Home"
The American Dollar "Shadows"
Dashboard Confessional "The End of an Anchor (UK Bonus)"
Caspian "Of Foam and Wave"
El Ten Eleven "Bye Mom"
Cloudkicker "Everthing's Mirrors"
Explosions in the Sky "Last Known Surroundings"
Death Cab For Cutie "Stable Song"
Maserati "There Will Always Be Someone Behind You"
The Mercury Program "The Church of Cause and Effect"
This Will Destroy You "Happiness: We're All In It Together"
Incubus "Echo"
Mogwai "Killing All The Files"
Ratatat "Nostrand"
Sasha "Requiem"
Saxon Shore "How We Conquered The Western World on Horseback"
Band of Horses "For Annabelle"
Tickles "Today The Sky Is Blue And Has A Spectacular View"
Tired Tape Machine "Like Glass"
Pinback "Bloods On Fire"
Tortoise "Monica"
Tristeza "Macrame"

That rounds out the show tonight. I'm looking to start interviews with post-rock/ambient artists on the show soon. Keep listening and enjoy he awesomeness!