Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
That cracks me up and is just a small part of what I love about that entire film. I dragged the LP out last night for a SWD (spinning while drunk) and was amazed all over again. Thanks to YouTube, I've now seen video of the band for the first time ever. I don't think I had ever seen pictures of the band, much less video! And it snags my jeans with barbed wire love. God, 1979 was a great year.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Aqualung my friend. Where the livin' don't come easy.
eyeing little girls with bad intent.
Snot running down his nose
greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes.
Drying in the cold sun
Watching as the frilly panties run.
Feeling like a dead duck
spitting out pieces of his broken luck.
Sun streaking cold
an old man wandering lonely.
the only way he knows.
Leg hurting bad,
as he bends to pick a dog-end
he goes down to the bog
and warms his feet.
the army's up the rode
salvation à la mode and
a cup of tea.
Aqualung my friend
don't start away uneasy
you poor old sod, you see, it's only me.
Do you still remember
December's foggy freeze
when the ice that
clings on to your beard is
And you snatch your rattling last breaths
with deep-sea-diver sounds,
and the flowers bloom like
madness in the spring.
Back when we had the tiles installed in the kitchen we couldn't use the kitchen overnight while the glue was drying. I couldn't get in there to fetch my shot glass so we used this one which I keep hanging on a wall in the office.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I'm talkin' to the both of you.
And who the fuck drives a car like that anyway?
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
"Let's go dumplify."
I always wondered how that
Just make it
Just make it righteous.
God, is it REALLY Friday? And speaking of having a dump, I had to dump about $300,000 down the toilet today. Not literally of course. That's advertising speak for um... removing a client from the waves of air for whatever reason.
Drink up, and toast the last week of February! About all I can say is, thank God it's not leap year. I couldn't handle an extra day in this month.
Rock Out graphic via Nicole. ((((((HUG)))))) It just fits my mood precisely.
"HEY!!! Put down that camera and get back to work."
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Been busy as shit
No time for reading the news
The blog shall suffer
In addition to my usual workload which equals about 1 1/2 jobs, I'm covering for another
Monday, February 16, 2009
No longer having easy access to Whole Foods is a pain sometimes. And I'll bet they miss me too.
In 2007 when I worked for almost 11 months of the year downtown, I spent $1,740.14 there.
Contrast that with 2008 when I only worked downtown for less than 10 weeks and spent $303.46.
And in 2009 so far? $0.00
And several hundred people were laid off from the agency in 2007. That's gotta hurt.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
A few months ago I removed a large oleander which was against the kitchen window. That was a major chore requiring a chainsaw to fully put it to rest. Now I want to create something nice in this area, and maybe add a place to sit, a bench perhaps, surrounded by flowers.
I needed to get quite a bit of compost to amend the soil so this afternoon we loaded up the Benz and trucked over to Natural Gardener to self-bag some turkey compost. A pickup truck would be ideal for these types of chores but I laughingly refer to the 1996 Mercedes as my "utility truck."
I can get six bags in the trunk and four in the back seat for a grand total of 10 bags. Not bad!
That's about 700 pounds of composted turkey poop, give or take 50 pounds.
The funny thing is, the car actually drives better with 700 pounds of compost in it. But that would be silly to drive around with that load, and not very fuel efficient.
That white bag in the trunk is a 20-pound bag of seed starter mix. I used all but a pound or two to get six different varieties of heirloom tomato seeds planted. If I get decent germination from those seeds (they are 2 or 3 years old) then I may need to plant some of them in this patio bed. We'll have far too many for the garden area.
Each row is a different heirloom, identified by the package at the end of the row.
I am excited and pleased with my productivity. So, how did you spend your Sunday afternoon?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
but this this a funny story. when i first started my facebook page i got a friend request from a few people here in austin. i had no idea who they are but i added them. networking and shit. a year later (now) i was pondering whether to delete them and just keep real friends. and then i was reading today's austin chronicle and saw an ad (from waterloo records probably) with a new release from randy weeks.
so i decided to feature a couple of youtube videos tonight of a couple of facebook friends. it's austin, ya'll.
And finally, Carolyn Wonderland, who happens to be playing a gig in Osaka this weekend. She didn't send me a friend request. But I just sent her one. Why not? And she's friends with Randy Weeks and Sick's Pack.
Friday, February 13, 2009
But the reality is that there are really no vegetarians or vegans. Those of us who abstain from meat, fish and poultry can, at best, describe ourselves as having a "vegetarian preference." Because if this gross-out op-ed piece is true, and I'm sure it is to some extent, we eat far too many flies and maggots. And more.
Tomato juice, for example, may average “10 or more fly eggs per 100 grams [the equivalent of a small juice glass] or five or more fly eggs and one or more maggots.” Tomato paste and other pizza sauces are allowed a denser infestation — 30 or more fly eggs per 100 grams or 15 or more fly eggs and one or more maggots per 100 grams.
Canned mushrooms may have “over 20 or more maggots of any size per 100 grams of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid” or “five or more maggots two millimeters or longer per 100 grams of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid” or an “average of 75 mites” before provoking action by the F.D.A.
The sauerkraut on your hot dog may average up to 50 thrips. And when washing down those tiny, slender, winged bugs with a sip of beer, you might consider that just 10 grams of hops could have as many as 2,500 plant lice. Yum.
Time for my breakfast muffin which I shall enjoy while trying to forget I read this piece.
A first-class vacation to Europe: $15,000
Bringing a Neanderthal back to life:
Possessing the Neanderthal genome raises the possibility of bringing Neanderthals back to life. Dr. George Church, a leading genome researcher at the Harvard Medical School, said Thursday that a Neanderthal could be brought to life with present technology for about $30 million.
I thought there were a few of those still around in the House and Senate.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
on the third time i got the pickle-ish kiss.
asked to explain, (I wasn't, but I will.) the first time i ever kissed was with a lesbian and i thought she tasted like pickles.
so my standard has always been that kissing must taste like pickles.
txrad thinks this is disgusting. i, on the other hand, think it's honest, non-disruptive, and interesting.
I'm about to have a veggie burger with tots.... and PICKLES!
txrad: "Where's my beer? I don't have a beer open?"
kona: "It's right there, camouflaged behind the ketchup bottle."
Night and day. If you heard this or read this, would you think we should have been in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"?
Mortals are imperfect too.
The Arkansas House approved a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches. The bill, which passed on a 57-to-42 vote and now heads to the Senate, removes churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned. Currently, the only private entities where concealed weapons are banned are churches and bars. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Beverly Pyle, Republican of Cedarville, said she introduced the measure after a series of church shootings across the country.
Just what we need. MORE opportunities for church shootings. George Carlin would be so proud.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I knew they had hearts on them but I didn't realize until I opened one that they say "Happy Valentine's Day" on the inside so I need to use them fast. I have three.
So I am sending one to my mother to thank her for all she has done for me financially. This isn't the one I'm sending to my mother.
And then I took a break to go see what txrad was watching on the tube. He has Foo Fighers in concert on Palladia and they happened to bring out Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin whereupon Dave Grohl assumed his familiar position at the drums while his drummer came out and sang vocals on the Zeppelin song "Rock & Roll."
Jimmy Page would look 45 if he'd dye his hair black but I'm happy he goes for the gray rocker look.
This is funny because I was wondering what my mother would think about the Robert Plant & Alison Krauss collaboration. She used to come in my bedroom at 2:00 in the morning and point a finger at me to turn off the music (through my headphones) and go to bed. I was often listening to Led Zeppelin and she didn't really appreciate rock music.
Mr. Plant has come a long way and I wonder what she'd think now.
Funny how all this shit ties together.
Meanwhile, I'm praying for another Plant/Krauss collaboration.
Please read the letter that I wrote.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Television exit polls of three channels gave Kadima 29 or 30 out of 120 parliamentary seats and Likud 27 or 28. The right-wing Yisrael Beitenu of Avigdor Lieberman, which had been surging in recent weeks in the wake of Israel’s three-week war in Gaza, got 14 or 15, with the Labor party of Defense Minister Ehud Barak at 13.
Despite the long-running jokes about Israel being the 51st state, maybe it's not such a bad idea. The country fits right in with our own political electorate. Florida comes to mind.
Meanwhile among the more radically conservative groups in Israel, it has apparently become rather fashionable to blot out the face of Tzipi Livni who is running in the Kadima Party, because she is a woman. And women, you know, shouldn't show their faces.
God, what century is this again?
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
The first time I walked away empty-handed from that store as well as Pottery Barn where the card is also valid. Today I still didn't really see anything at Pottery Barn and decided to swing through Williams-Sonoma again, determined to buy something.
And I found two things, both recommended by txrad. This silicone mat for rolling dough or baking may come in handy since I have become rather fond of rolling out pie dough, and txrad may bake some cookies occasionally.
He also wanted this garlic press which, although apparently designed in Germany, is made in China and therefore should have cost about $8 max.
Question of the Day: Take a wild guess what we spent on these two items? Make a note of your guess in comments and then take a look at the sales receipt here.
Honestly, I don't understand how people can afford to shop at these stores. Not that there aren't some wonderful things in there which might be well worth the money spent. I saw a few chef's knives I would love but I already have a great knife set. There's just nothing I really need at the moment but these two items will get some usage.
I have a theory that Williams-Sonoma exists primarily as a wedding registry for people who want other people to buy them nice gifts. I would love to know what percentage of the clientele go there and buy stuff for themselves.
Yes, it's nice stuff. But there's no reason why a mom & pop hardware store couldn't sell the same stuff without the same price tag. And then I wouldn't be subsidizing mall rent in the Nordstrom wing.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Tonight's stop is at Waterloo Records at 6th & Lamar.
Ruthie Foster did an in-store gig as part of a cd release party of her latest.
And I missed it.
Back in 2007 when txrad and I were both working at the agency downtown, we did get to see her do a quick on-the-air gig for KGSR from the rooftop deck of the Whole Foods Market which happens to be at the same 6th & Lamar intersection.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The singer for the Cramps has died at age 62. I held off for a few hours before posting this because I wanted to be sure it was true. It was a while before the Wiki entry was updated under his real name or his stage name. Normally that happens within minutes of a death announcement. While this indicates his death as today, I saw another blog entry which said he might have died last week. Whatever. He is missed.
I saw the Cramps in London during my 1983-1984 era and this photograph, which I found on the nets, could easily have been taken at that concert. Except that by the time they were wrapping up their set, he wasn't even wearing that little thingey he has on here.
I also visited his MySpace page today searing for validity to this story. It indicated he had last logged in on 2/4 and his current mood was "horny." Yeah, me too.
Rest in peace, you crazy fuck. Thanks for a concert I'll never forget.
kona: "Ewwww, there's a dangling tapeworm. Take care of that."
txrad: "I'm not touching it."
kona: "You don't have to touch it. Grab a stick or something."
txrad: "You grab a stick."
kona: "You've castrated bulls before; you can't deal with a friggin' tapeworm?"
No response. So I dealt with it. Gross. Reminds me of a song....
Measuring the marigolds
Could it be, stop and see
How beautiful they are
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Have we no ethics or sense of responsibility?
Oh, a bullshit artist.
konagod grows increasingly disgruntled with each passing day.
Monday, February 02, 2009
The CDs arrived and I plugged in Frank first. After about 4 songs, txrad came in making a sour face and almost demanded that I turn that "shit" off. "Are you ENJOYING that?" he asked.
No, I wasn't, but I bought the damn things and I will listen to them once. I took out "Frank" and put in the 5 grammy award-winning Back to Black. After about 4 or 5 songs I had to stop that one as well. It was simply getting on my nerves. I was devastated because I just knew I was going to be a huge Amy Winehouse fan and it wasn't clicking for me.
Then last night after significant amounts of tequila and some fine fresh herb of the Chong variety, I popped in Frank again.
I don't remember my exact words but it might have been something like "good Lord God Almighty this is AWEsome!"
Clearly, in order to fully experience Amy Winehouse and enjoy, one must achieve a similar state of mind.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Let your neck snap, boy. And then swing it back.
Help me, but don't let me deny it.
Because I need to be redeemed
to the the one I sinned against.
He's all I eve knew or loved.
I've gotta make a play
to make my angel stay
I'm feeling like a criminal.
I mean, seriously, what the flying fuck? I don't know how else to respond.
Because the vast majority of Americans need this vehicle since we are constantly like, you know, driving in the woods and over huge boulders and shit.