Today's the Fourth of July,
Another June has gone by,
And when they light up our town I just think,
"What a waste of gunpowder and sky..."
It's been a quiet Fourth of July weekend (well, except for the explosions), and that's quite all right by me. After Microwize's lunchtime barbecue in the parking lot Friday, I came home and watched some "Benny Hill" with Jon; he's really buying a lot of DVD sets these days. As much as I enjoyed "Sledge Hammer" and "Benny Hill," I can't see myself buying either set. "Moonlighting," though... that one I just might have to get.
Anyway, the rest of my weekend consisted of consuming tortilla chips and salsa, Breyers' black raspberry chocolate ice cream (yeah, I'm normally a Ben & Jerry's man, but this stuff is excellent), green salads, potato salad, fruit salad, green tea, and Country Time raspberry lemonade iced tea. Yum. And some Cider Jacks, the last of which I'm drinking now; they're made in Vermont, don'tcha know, and since the center of my universe is there this weekend... I watched "Troy" on HBO Saturday night, which was enjoyable and at least never claimed to be strictly following Homer. D'oh! I also spent some more time sunnin' at Tar Beach, carefully enough so that I avoided any real sunburn, and I'm about halfway through the collected "Chronicles of Narnia." I bought the volume for Gina, but she told me to go ahead and read it first, since she wasn't really going to have time to look at it herself just yet. I read the Narnia books ages ago, of course, but they're just as enjoyable this time around.
While I wasn't quite as productive over the long weekend as I'd intended originally, I did manage to start working on some music. The piece that I began putting together last month will probably see the light of day this month; I think I'm finally going to complete the "Hate Theme from 'Waiting for X,'" too. I ordered and received an M-Audio Ozonic MIDI controller and FireWire audio interface last month, and after all these years, I've got a good reason to get rid of my two aging Yamaha keyboards. One of the synth sounds in GarageBand caught my ear as I was tinkering with the Ozonic this afternoon, and so I recorded a new rough demo of the "Hate Theme" that I'll have to work with later. The real project this weekend, however, was a surf tune (with just a smidgeon of techno bass) which isn't done yet, but is coming along nicely.
This past week, I learned that I'll be going to Arizona in October for a few days on business. Fortunately, Claudia and Rosmary are going, too, so I won't be stuck with Robert's company the whole time. Heh-heh... OK, he's not that bad, but who wants to spend a whole trip with the boss? Speaking of flying, who at JetBlue is so interested in my Web site, anyway? I'm not complaining, mind you, just a little surprised to see that domain popping up so often alongside the AOLer's and the NJ state employee's.
I'm pleased to hear that NASA's assault on Tempel 1 went as planned early this morning. I'd considered staying up for the fireworks, but I don't think I'd have gotten a good view (if any). Lyndhurst's fireworks are going off now, though, and those I can see and hear quite well from the living room window, as well as those from two neighboring towns. Ah, if only my honey were here to see 'em with me...
Well, we're going to get together this week, and hopefully for sushi and "Star Wars," which she's got to see on the big screen before it's gone. It'll be my third time, after having gone with Yesika and Luigui, but I have no problem with that. I believe Claudia's already made it to four, in fact... Not that I'm trying to compete. Anyway, even if I don't see the movie again, I've just got to see my honey.
Jon and Karin are going away for two weeks or so, and I think I'm going to utilize the solitude in the apartment to try to get several songs recorded. I'm not exactly preparing for a second album yet, but I did have the title Tougher Than Flannel materialize in my head one evening... Oh, c'mon, I'm sure Run and DMC would find it funny. I bought the new releases from Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, and Martin Rivas over the past few weeks, and I'm likin' them all. Hmmm, Mart's on solo release number three; maybe I do need to get cracking on my sophomore effort.
My Cider Jack is almost finished, and so (I believe) are the fireworks. Poor fireflies seem
confused... Gonna have some more fruit, and read some more about Narnia, and then get to bed. Tomorrow's another
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