Thought I'd been in love before,
But in my heart, I wanted more.
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you...
Hi there. I'm on my way, I'm making it... Whoops, Peter Gabriel flashback.
My baby 'n I celebrated one year together last month! Yes, Gina has stuck with me for twelve months. Heh-heh... I started the day by making raspberry pancakes for us from scratch. Yummm. We went next door to Nutley and rollerbladed, sometimes hand in hand, through the parks and even a street or two on that beautiful Monday. And neither of us fell. True to our fortune-cookie fortunes of the night before, we undertook a bit of an adventure in trying to locate the Thai restaurant in Bloomfield I'd decided we'd sample, but we did get there, and we did enjoy our late lunch. 'Twas a nice change of pace, but needless to say, we ate our fair share of sushi in August (and then some!).
I've been busily preparing press kits and sending 'em out with "Joy in the New" CDs in hopes of garnering reviews, airplay, and/or distribution. So far, one can purchase my album on the CD Baby, Tower Records, and MusicFist.com Web sites, as well as right from my site. Any help I can get in promoting my music would be greatly appreciated... Thanks to Kelly and Jaimie at the South Bergenite, our local weekly newspaper, for the article about me last week!
Steve Augulis, my former comrade-in-arms at Toys 'R' Us and the Underground Giraffe and creator of some of the Joy in the New artwork, sent me a copy of his new DVD portfolio, "A Journey into Darkness," last week. It's a good thing I'm the type of person who can watch a horror film, then go right to bed. Plenty of dark, macabre work on the DVD... very cool. I suggested he try to get a copy to Trent Reznor, as I think some of Steve's stuff would look right at home in a Nine Inch Nails video.
I've been keeping the vitriol out of this column since starting it, but I've got to do a bit of venting. I was included in a mass E-mailing yesterday from one of my friends, and the E-mail was full of fatuous praise for Dubya and the week-long Republican party. When I politely asked that such things not be sent arbitrarily to anyone and everyone she knows, I was accused of being closed-minded and against the First Amendment. Of course, anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a fervent adherent of the right of free speech, even when it's speech with which I personally disagree. My point was that it's rude and unfair to send strongly opinionated correspondence unsolicited to people who may or may not share your opinions, and it's doubly rude to criticize them for criticizing your actions. I wouldn't blast out an E-mail to a dozen friends praising one candidate or condemning another, and exhorting the reader to vote one way or the other, and I don't see why my friends should, either. Is that closed-minded of me? I'm all for voluntary discussion and debate; I'm against cluttering inboxes with unsolicited, inciteful pablum.
All right, that's out of my system... I may be going to Arizona next month for a few days, to get some training on the software I support at work. I've gotten quite a bit of on-the-job training over the last seven months, of course, but there's more to be learned. Haven't been out that far west yet, so that would be cool. Work hasn't been quite so stressful over the past week or two, which is a good thing.
Well, I've got another birthday comin' up at the end of the month, my 34th. Seems
like only yesterday I was 17... Then again, in some ways I feel like I've lived through a few more
decades than I really have. Life is a highway, I suppose, and I intend to ride it all night long.
See ya around...
- A (firstname.lastname@example.org)