Vitriol
© 2002 by Andersen Silva (1-03-02)

Gave up trying to figure it out,
  My head got lost along the way...

Another year over, and a new one just begun... It's got to get better... right? Right?  ;)

I saw Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne (and two forgettable opening acts) on the Merry Mayhem tour on December 23rd. They both put on great shows, though the sound system left something to be desired. Zombie's stage was much cooler, I have to say; he had robots, aliens, dancing girls, and fire, lots of fire. Heh-heh... But Ozzy made his presence known, too. There aren't too many 50-plus rockers who'd put Santa on a blazing cross above the stage two days before Christmas. Heh-heh-heh!

Speaking of the winter holidays, I got some cool stuff, including an Ibanez amp (25 watts!) for my guitar, a new stir-fry pan, the "Tomb Raider" DVD, a plush Mike Wazowski (from "Monsters, Inc."), a pair of button-fly jeans, a Darth Maul tie, and a Dalí calendar. Woo-hoo! If I ever turn that amp up to 5, the neighbors will be callin' the police... Cool stuff on the DVD, too, like the "Elevation" video by U2, which I hadn't seen before (hey, I don't watch TV).

In other music news, Jon bought himself a bass guitar before Christmas, and within a few hours I'd taught him to play the bassline to "For Dana." Looks like Not An Exit will be back in the 'studio' soon...! And about time, eh?

Jon and I have also logged some hours on his Playstation 2. "Crash Bandicoot 2" is a whole lot of fun, as is "Crazy Taxi," but somehow we keep ending up playing "Grand Auto Theft 3." ;) Now that is a game you don't want your ten-year old playing, or even watching. There's a certain rush you get from beating someone up in front of the police station, then stealing a police car and leading a chase, that's so hard to put into words...

Then there was karaoke in the City with Jon, Rachel, and friends, including some real live Japanese girls! Joe and I did a horrendous rendition of "Bicycle Race," but I think we redeemed ourselves (somewhat) with "Suffragette City." Even with a cold, I allowed myself to be persuaded to sing "Bennie and the Jets" and "Uptown Girl" with Halle, and "Every Breath You Take" and "Iris" with Daniela... 'Course, after some sake a pretty girl can get me to do just about anything.

And New Year's over Barbara's... Great dinner (and chocolate cake with raspberry filling for dessert! yummm...), fun friends, Fonseca port, and "Doctor Who: The Fatal Curse of Death" in the VCR. It doesn't get much better than that. Once that Dick Clark rang in the New Year, we went outside to witness Jupiter in opposition to the sun, and after Stephanie retired, Babs and I polished off the champagne and played some late-night drunken Scrabble. Which she won. Heh...

Last night, I saw "The Fellowship of the Ring." Excellent movie! I'd see it again, and I'm certainly looking forward to the next installment this December. I think that, once the hype has died down a bit, I'm going to give Tolkien another try... And this morning I finally got to give Alex her Christmas card. lol On that note, best wishes to everyone for 2002! Even those who steadfastly refuse to sign my guestbook.  ;)
  - A


April 2004 - The real final Vitriol, Howard Stern, Dubya, etc.
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March 2004 - Dining out with my baby, Virtual PC, and the end of Vitriol... or is it?
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February 2004 - Two weeks between jobs, three new songs, grabbing Panther by the tail
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January 2004 - Ice skating with Gina, sushi at my sister's wedding, war-riding, the pink slip
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December 2003 - Moving pains, goin' places with Gina, Christmas bells
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November 2003 - The looong month of October, finding an apartment, Ozzy's gone
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October 2003 - I'm in love with her and I feel fine, Boston, the Dalai Lama, apartment for rent?
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September 2003 - Andy, happy? it could happen!, taking time off from work, Ringo Starr, "Discworld," the blackout
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August 2003 - (W)here (M)ight (D)ose WMDs be?, gay marriages and the people who fear them, '80s metal bands, Computer Man to the rescue, Philadelphia freedom
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July 2003 - Boondocks.net is back!, rudeness on public transportation and elsewhere, "Hole in the Wall"
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June 2003 - Science fiction movies, where is Boondocks.net?, still no weapons of misconstruction...
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May 2003 - How 'bout them weapons of mass distraction, huh?, Def Leppard, Michael Palin, another Silva, wireless networking, and a damned good raspberry margarita
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April 2003 - They're still French fries, dammit!, a new guitar for Andy, music-music-music
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March 2003 - The buildup for, and the protesting against, war
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February 2003 - The destruction of the Columbia, the National Day of Poetry Against the War, hard and soft atheism, Pete Townshend, and the gift shop
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January 2003 - Christmas loot, "Swingin'," more war talk
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December 2002 - The year in review, moving again?!?, moving world leaders around, too
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November 2002 - "Scarlet's Walk" and Tori's penguin, jackasses, and killing in the name of...
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October 2002 - Boston, Aimee Mann, and Palpatine/Bush
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September 2002 - George Darius Bush and George Xerxes Bush
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August 2002 - Movin' out of Paisan-town, and far away from the Regal Beagle
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July 2002 - Church and state: you gotta keep 'em separated, Dubya still doesn't want to play nice with the rest of the world, John Entwistle's gone
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June 2002 - Movin' on from town to town, Dave Barry and the Rock Bottom Remainders
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May 2002 - Science fiction movies everywhere!, jail time for virus creators, Dubya finally learns to pronounce 'occupation,' Andy gets a promotion?!?
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April 2002 - Terrorism on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people who don't interact with me or the Web site, "For Dana" to be released on a compilation CD
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March 2002 - Chip implants, the children of God and the followers of Christ commit murder in His name, ultranationalism American style
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February 2002 - Dubya says, "These pretzels are making me- ack!" Sharon continues playing Napoleon, and... the return of Foogar?
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January 2002 - Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and other Christmas-related items, stealin' cars, karaoke!
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December 2001 - George meets his sweet lord, terrorists EVERYwhere!, Tomb Raider II finished finally, and the Segway, finally!
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November 2001 - Anthrax (the band), WSOU rocks - but for how much longer? and a minute of silence?
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October 2001 - Osama bin Laden and anthrax and the women who love them
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September 2001 - Governments and armies and the assholes who love them, more misspellings, and a large lack of feedback
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August 2001 - Dubya's isolationism, the Macedonians and Albanians search for peace the Israeli/Palestinian way, 2004 Olympics in Beijing
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July 2001 - Not the Sexiest Geek Alive, war (what is it good for?), murdering citizens American-style
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June 2001 - A dead hitchhiker, the Taliban, and an independent Senator Jeffords
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May 2001 - Joey Ramone's dead, and "Joey Ramone's Dead"
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April 2001 - Brazil (not the Terry Gilliam film), Dubya and carbon dioxide, Yugoslavia begins coming to its senses, Israel and the Palestinians still haven't come to theirs...
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March 2001 - New look for the Web site, upcoming vacation in Brazil!, the pig-headed Taliban, "Hannibal"
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February 2001 - Tomb Raider II, Dubya plays with his new toys, nature plays with El Salvador and India, and the inevitable Chechnya and Israel/Palestinians references
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January 2001 - Snow, a new year/decade/century/millennium, screen resolutions
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December 2000 - The iBook, "The X-Files," the Grinch, the pathetic turn of events in the U.S. elections...
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November 2000 - Got the iBook! the Village Parade, trouble still brewin' in the Mideast, the upcoming U.S. elections...
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October 2000 - Andy turns 30, the Middle East, the anniversary of the invasion of Chechnya...
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September 2000 - A random act of kindness, Great Adventure, new music, new iBooks?
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August 2000 - Palestine and the Israelis, Milosevic, Speight, and breaking the speed of light!
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July 2000 - Israel & the Palestinians, the missile defense shield, and (who'da thunk it?) Chechnya
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June 2000 - Um, Chechnya again, gun-totin' Charlton Heston, misspellings, and xenophobes
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May 2000 - Communism on the last May Day of the twentieth century, and Andy's life ("Don't talk to me about life...")
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April 2000 - Hold on, it's more Chechnya rantin', and an appeal on behalf of a friend caught behind red tape
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March 2000 - Hey, hey, Pinochet, Russia and China won't go away, "The X-Files," the American presidential race, and a prelude to vacation
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February 2000 - Again with the Chechens, and Elián, Pinochet, mp3.com vs. the recording industry, and snow
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January 2000 - Made it through January 1st, Syria and Israel, public transportation, and, er, Chechnya
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December 1999 - Indonesia comes apart, Chechnya (no shit), Seattle's burning, 'n Happy Xmas
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November 1999 - Halloween, my bad knee, Russians? in Chechnya?!? Buchanan and the Reform Party, NIN
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October 1999 - Hurricane on the East Coast, earthquakes in Taiwan, Turkey, and Greece, and Apple Computers
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September 1999 - I'm not getting you down, am I? I'd hate to think I was getting you down...

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April 1999 - the return of Vitriol, Kosovo, a foreshadowing of the Russian invasion of Chechnya (!), and Libya

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September-November 1995 - the Underground Press Conference, a co-worker bites the dust, Rabin really bites the dust, Remington Bond, Win95, and the Sex Pistols
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August 1995 - the death penalty, the V-chip and violence in pop culture, and "TV Nation"
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June 1995 - Oklahoma City, 'zines, "The X-Files" and "V.R.5"
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March 1995 - I'm sick!, the space program (ha), alt.zines, "Star Trek" and "Voyager"
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February 1995 - the very first Vitriol! Newt Gingrich, political correctness, media overkill, Howard Stern, the Apple goon squad?
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