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Saw Tennyson last night, met them after the show - long story short, they will soon be the proud owners of their very own Dinosaur shirts.
Opened up the Gmail I use for all my music accounts today - I check it maybe once a year because I rarely release things. Found 40 different emails asking me to play shows at various locations, all too late to act on. Have now added that gmail account to my phone.
The ongoing quest for stable employment continues, and the universe is folding in on itself around me. Tomorrow, I start a job that I am improbably qualified for: a mobile taco kitchen that is contained on/in a bike. Those of you keeping score at home may just possibly remember that, in my brief time in Chicago, I worked at ANOTHER bike-powered Tex-Mex food mobile, the Empanada Bike. Guess people are the same everywhere.
Still waiting to hear back on the arts and crafts bartender position.
I have 2 good friends who were home-schooled together and are some of the most intellectually well-rounded people I know. One of their moms trained for a few years to be a teacher, fell into some money, and decided she would much sooner home-school her and her friends' kids than teach at one of the local schools. Basically ended up being a kind of home-brew Montessori situation, and both of them are at pretty good colleges now.
I think the majority of home-schooled folks grow up in very conservative families, but I would wager that there are a pretty large number of progressive parents who would rather try and teach their kids than A). send them to the probably underfunded local public school or B). send them to an expensive private school more in line with their idea of what "teaching" should entail.
One of my college professors did some fieldwork studying meth labs in Missouri, and he would always offer to buy any informants who lived in (FEMA) trailers a large potted plant - not necessarily because that was the friendly thing to do, but because of the crazy high level of fermaldehyde the trailers contained, and the slight fix a big ass plant provided to that. Problem is, to have enough plants to fully mitigate the problem would basically turn a trailer into a swamp.
Have yet to read it, will add to this comment when I do, but here's a fun Flac fact:
When I was about 15, I went to Joann's fabrics, bought some fake suede, cork board, and the ingredients needed to make a cast of my foot with the intention of cobbling myself a pair of shoes. I didn't have a sewing machine at this point, so everything was hand stitched. I think I used this tutorial, if I remember correctly.
I spent basically the entire weekend working, and ended up having to recast my feet 3 times to get it right. I forgot to eat entirely one day because I was so invested in working on cobbling. The end product was a horribly unattractive grey Toms knock off that was slightly too tight for my foot because I got the seam allowance wrong. I only ever ended up making one shoe, never the whole pair, but I still considered it a success, and had no real desire to try it again. Never wore the shoe anywhere or really even showed anyone.
There's something there about craft being more about the process than the end-goal that I'm not sure I believe, but it's a story that I think says a lot about me.
Tangentially related, I applied to a job that I think might be perfect for me the other day: a bartender at an arts and crafts bar. Basically pouring people drinks and helping them make wallets and shit. Part of the application was "submit a picture of a recent project!", and in an effort to hedge my bets and show off multiple craft skills, I sent this:
I was deeply conflicted about wanting to write "hire me" in scrabble tiles on the board, but decided against it.
Ah, sweet. My roommate in college was a Falcon main with a solid pocket fox (used to be listed in NY a while ago I think, goes by Wildcard), so I got in a lot of practice in. If I had a better computer, I'd probably play some rounds with him on Dolphin, but alas. I will live and die a Ganon main.
For reasons pretty much unknown, I have ignored all my responsibilities and hobbies apart from work this week, and instead learned how to be a Dungeon Master. I only had a shit ton of 6-sided dice though, so I'm doing Warrior, Rogue, and Mage instead of D&D. My valentines day consisted of working the most insane shift of pizza-making imaginable (lots of heart shaped pies, too) and then staying up till 2 am running this module with my BF, his brother, and his bro's girlfriend. Lots of fun, and I kind of suck as a DM right now, but that's okay.
Am I right in thinking that you're into D&D, rd95, or am I completely making that up?
The living room is now the arts and crafts room, with decor partially provided by _refugee_ (I'll be donating the shipping costs to hubski once I get my paycheck this weekend!). I visited the local fabric shop and made 3 shirts (and a set of curtains) in 48 hours - here they are:
My favorite shirt of this round, I think. Very lightweight cotton, gonna be a great summer shirt. There was much deliberation over the button choice.
Constellations! Hard to see, but the light blue color is glittery.
I want to be a cool kid and rock the top-button-buttoned, but I just feel like Slingblade
I'm working three shifts a week as a pizza cook. As a consequence, I am eating a lot of pizza. To counteract this, I've started running. To counteract me, it has started raining a lot. Such is life.
I also started volunteering at a local bike shop, which has been a nice way for me to get my mechanical skills working again. I worked at my on-campus bike shop all through college, it feels good to be fixing things again.
I also recorded the first track for my No-Wave / Dance-Punk / Dr. Bronner's Soap-inspired project, Dilute! Dilute! OK!. I could use some extra vocals on it, will probably post it somewhere on hubski soon so people can add to it.
"Ms. Yates’s letter transforms the confirmation of Mr. Trump’s attorney general nominee, Mr. Sessions, into a referendum on the immigration order. Action in the Senate could come as early as Tuesday."
Not sure how much merit there is in crossing fingers anymore, but here's hoping this somehow keeps Sessions out. In the meantime, if anyone here happens to live in Iowa, Utah, South Carolina, Texas, Nebraska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, or Louisiana, please do this.