Saturday, September 30, 2006

It's just sad

I went to see a friend last night. It was his birthday, and he went through a divorce this last year, so I made an effort to go. He just moved into a new place and he had his kids over there for the first time. I hadn't seen them since before my own divorce. Anyway, I could tell my buddy was an emotional wreck and he started drinking. By the time we were grilling he was having trouble walking a straight line, and he actually went down once in the kitchen. That was depressing enough, but then I was sitting and talking to the kids, and they loved my ex, so they started asking, "Where's Ms. Katie?" and that about put me over the edge. It was a really sad night.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Jamaica Beach is Clean

I got up at 5 a.m. Saturday morning and picked up trash along Jamaica Beach in Galveston. You would think the most profilic type of trash would be cigarette butts/filters, but they weren't. We picked up more water bottle caps than I could even count. I bet I picked up well over 100. There were so many of those plastic bottle caps, and a ton of those strips of plastic that you tear of milk-bottle type lids to open them.

Anyway, the wind was crazy. I had one hell of a white-boy afro after being out there for three hours.

Oh, and I almost forgot. We found a baby whale stranded on the beach, so we all dug in the sand around it and attempted to make a sort of canal back into the ocean. It was just calling out to us over and over with it's little whale voice like, "arrrrriiiiieeeeee, arrrrriiieeeeeee". After a little help we guided him back into the waves, and into deeper water. As he swam off, he rolled and spouted as if to say, "Thank you." I'll never forget the look in that baby whale's eye.

Actually, that didn't happen, but I did find two dead birds. I would have attempted CPR on them, but ants had already eaten their eyeballs, so I figured it was too late.

Friday, September 22, 2006


I just filled up with gas on the way home from the Astros game, and it was only $2.14 a gallon. I was amazed. I'm just hoping that it'll drop below $2 again -- at least for a little while. That sure would make life nice.

So I had a meeting with my boss and the Pres today. We have an annual information meeting coming up. These are huge meetings where all the execs discuss how the year went with our 1,500 or so employees. Well, the Pres wants video clips of all our 2006 projects for the meeting, and then he wants a big promo reel with all those project clips spliced together with cool music, etc.

This rules for two reasons. The first, is that I love making movies, and even though these aren't the knee-slapping comedies and award-winning dramas that I wish I was making, they're still fun. The second is that I'm going to have to travel to all the project sites to get the footage and interviews. Let me list a few of the places these projects are located: Louisiana, Canada, Trinidad, Tahiti, Finland -- if this all comes to fruition I'm going to get to spend October just flying around the world making movies!!!

I've got to get up early tomorrow for Galveston beach fall clean up. Too bad there's nothing we can do to make the water cleaner.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Must write hit song ...

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My dad metioned to me that this season American Idol is going to have a Songwriting Contest running in conjunction with the singing competition. The winning song gets sung by the winning Idol contestant. I must win this contest.

I was trying to find it online, but all I could come up with was The Great American Song Contest. I'm not sure if it's the same thing. If not, I'll just enter them both. The downside is that for the GASC there's an entry fee of $25 per song. Still, that's so much easier than standing in line for days to sing some crappy cover for Simon, Paula and Randy.

No plans for the weekend. Maybe inspiration will strike and I'll finish my hit song tomorrow.

Side note: I was extremely disappointed in Supernova's selection of Lucas. That guy is such a poser. Dilana was robbed. But then again, it was obvious weeks ago that those guys didn't want a woman fronting their band. Now there's all this legal trouble over the name Supernova. I saw suggestions on various message boards for new names. My favorites were "Wannabe and the Hasbeens" and "Skunk Boy and the Stinkers."

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My Rockstar Supernova Predictions

Did anyone watch tonight? Good performances all the way around, but Dilana was over the top. Her cover of Roxanne was pretty damn good although I wish it had gotten a little harder at the end. Her original is great too. Of course, they're always spinning her entire album at Acadia, so I've heard quite a bit of her stuff.

Toby by far has the catchiest original song, and I was amazed that Ryan was voted to have the encore because his original blows. I can write a better song than that (and have) in my sleep.

So what do I predict? Although I think Dilana is the best singer in the competition, I predict Toby to win. Magnus just doesn't have the right voice or the right style for Supernova. Lucas spends too much time on his makeup, not enough time on his vocals. He sounds good most of the time, but then every once in a while you're like, whoa, what was that? Did a muppet sneak on stage?!!! Dilana is wonderful, but Supernova isn't going to take a woman -- if they do you can totally call me out and tell me I'm an idiot.

I think the guys in Supernova made up their mind four weeks ago. Toby will be their lead singer. The other three will tour will the house band.

I have spoken. What is your prediction?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows

Thursday night I got to check out a great concert thanks to my friend Jamie. We saw Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows. Both bands put on great shows, and I feel soooo much better about myself when it turned out that both Johnny Rzeznik and Adam Duritz don't sing as high as the vocals on their albums in concert. I've never been able to make it through a cover of "Iris" trying to sing the high parts without my voice cracking. I always take it down for shows. Likewise, for Mr. Jones I always put a capo on the 4th fret of the guitar to bring it into a lower key, so that I can reach that superhigh "Mr. JONES and me" part. Well, neither of these singers even try to reach the highs. They either sing the harmony parts or keep it in the lower register.

However, it was still a great show, and these two hardcore Goo Goo Dolls fans left between bands and we totally scored their abandoned lawn chairs.

On a side note, Robbie Takac, bassist for the band was cracking me up. They guy was jumping around stage like Jack Black and frankly, he looks kind of like Jack Black -- except he was totally serious about his rocking.