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"skeev! skeev!" - toni's grandma [Jun. 19th, 2006|01:28 am]
toni and i went to erie this weekend for her cousin's wedding. it was a fun time. i got to meet some more of her family. but i cant remember anybody's name. toni's grandma gave me some advice: "dont take no shit from nobody." if only i werent so meek and mild mannered.

we also got to hang out with kris and jessi. i forgot to take my phone with me, so we had to look up their home phone number. couldnt get a hold of them, so i left a message as we were walking into herman's bar. only to find them in there drinking with a couple friends. what a wonderful surprise. kris bought me a few shots and we got really drunk. he's going to help out with our collective by sending me some info on procedures and whatnot and he's going to give us some contact info for some other established collectives that also do work with music stuff.

and theyre going to come visit sometime before toni leaves for ireland. yay!


ps. i finally got the poop off of the kitten's bum!
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i used to have a crush on downtown julie brown [Jun. 16th, 2006|06:32 am]
and i think i still do.

anyway...toni, josh, and i went to home depot today to get the necessary tools for building the effects boxes. josh dropped about $60 on a drill, bits, an awl, and a couple files.

later, i ordered all the parts we'll need for two pedals: clones of the tycobrahe octavia and a 1969 fuzz face. both are pretty hard to come by these days, so they should sell pretty quickly. if anybody reading this wants one, let me know. but, just to warn you, we dont want to sell them for less than $100. we gotsta break even (at least), yo.

i'm really excited about actually doing this.

yeah, that's about it.

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kittie pictures [Jun. 13th, 2006|09:14 pm]
[Current Location |home]
[mood |blankblank]
[music |pbs]

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it's just the ching-a-ling. just the ching-a-ling. [Jun. 12th, 2006|01:40 am]
[Current Location |home]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |lotr - trotk (playing in the background)]

yesterday was fairly eventful. toni and i went down to the arts festival at the point to see tom verlaine play. he was the guitarist and main songwriter for the band, television. they were an awesome proto-punk band in the mid-late 70's and early 80's. he still sounds the same, and his new songs are really good. very similar to his television material only with more guitar solos and more effects pedals. that's what i like. he is one of my guitar heroes. not because he's spectacualarly, technically good (in fact, he messed up quite a few times last night). but he plays interesting things. i think i'm kinda like that. he was a big influence on me and two sexy beasts. maybe that's obvious, maybe not. tj and i, at least, listened to them all the time.

one thing that did bother me about the show last night was all the hecklers. "come on, tom. play some of that old stuff!" "play friction/venus de milo/marquee moon/etc." i think if i were still performing in my fifties and people only wanted to hear songs i wrote thirty years before, i'd be quite offended. i mean, i would hope that my playing and songwriting abilities would be somewhat more refined by then, so that i would be prouder of the newer material. but tom verlaine handled the hecklers pretty well. he just looked out at them with a smirk and said "i think youve got the wrong band," and went into one of his newer songs.

i must confess that i did want to hear television songs last night. but that's because those are the only ones i know. i am really impressed with what he's doing now. and i really respect him for not bowing to pressure from fans and just playing what they want.

after that we went to a party on cedarville. i got to talk to some folks i havent seen in a long while. and i made out with tj in front of toni. she said it was hot. he used a lot more tongue than i was expecting. and we're both pretty stubbly. it was pretty good, though.

bye bye.
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a whole new world (don't you dare close your eyes) [Jun. 9th, 2006|05:39 am]
[mood |drunkdrunk]
[music |the aladdin soundtrack (in my head)]

hi. it's me: ross. toni said i need a blog. so i guess this is it. i figure everybody wants to read about what i do and think, so here's your chance. i hope you enjoy it.

in my life:

toni, cedric (our kitty), and i just moved into a rowhouse in larryville. i like it so far. our neighbors are interesting. we even live two houses away from a very active member of lawrenceville united. i cant wait until we have our first run-in with them. she already saw black people in our house, so i guess we wont be here for long.

the house is kinda stinky right now. the previous tennants must have had a dog that liked to pee inside. and i think they smoked. the tennants, not the dog. we're going to shampoo the carpets pretty soon, though. and my sister gave us some potpourri as a housewarming gift. so that's helped make it bearable.

toni, josh dreds, and i are in the process of starting a workers' collective. we're going to try to build guitar effects pedals and, eventually, synthesizers. it's going to be a lot of work. but i think electronics are fun and interesting. plus we wont have a boss. i think this is called propaganda by deed. (in the original sense of the term.) i hope it works out. we had our first meeting the other night about what to make and how to get the supplies and whatnot. i am keenly aware of the fact that, because i play guitar and have done a bit of electronics work before, i have more knowledge of the product that we'll be manufacturing. it feels like this puts me in a position of authority already (when it comes to what we should make). this makes me a little uncomfortable. it feels like toni and josh are just deferring to my decisions. i did bring up working on the collective process at the meeting, but josh put it off ("let's get to the money"). perhaps next time. not to say that neither josh nor toni think it's important. i'm sure they do. but for the reason stated above and because i'm the only white man in the collective, i just feel weird about not having a process to check the authority that i feel i am exerting.

but, enough of that.

we just adopted two new kitties today! a two-month-old spayed female. she's a brown, black, grey, and white short-hair tabby. and her tail's only about an inch long (probably born like that). she wiggles and waggles that little nubbin and my heart melts because of the cuteness. toni is thinking about naming her pilar. or keeping the name daisy. (that's what the humane society called her.)

the other kitty is an eleven-month-old black spayed female. she is super friendly. always rubbing against our legs and arms. but she keeps sneezing, which kind of worries me. i have named her voltairine. after the anarchist/feminist writer/theorist voltairine de cleyre.

we dont know how cedric is going to handle two new buddies. he keeps hanging out outside of the rooms we're keeping the new kitties in. and he looks kind of down-hearted and has been meowing at me all night. i think he and pilar will get along well because they both like to play. and they never, ever like anything nice and easy. but i'm not so sure about how voltairine will take to either of the others. but hopefully it will all work out.

that's it for now.

bye bye.
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