Rising Up and Rising Down

January 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

Its been months since my last post– PRE-Star Wars!  The last post was about the upcoming film, now ancient history in the grand scheme of things.  I wrote a post about what I thought of the film and I will probably release that in the next week now that most everyone has seen the film that wants to. It has been a crazy couple of months for our little family– we went through some transition and popped out on the other side and we appear to be safe from any kind of choas for the time being.  In November, I was laid off from my contract job at AT&T, where I had worked as a Senior Project Manager for over two and half years.  2015 was a total mess in my org and it wasn’t a total shocker that I had been laid off– the writing had been on the wall for months and my boss did a good job of trying to promote our value in the ecosystem, but he also […]

STAR WARS: WHY THE LAST 3 MOVIES SUCK… (it’s not just Jar Jar)

November 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I am re-watching the Star Wars films again and showing them to my son, who is 4.  I was 4 when the original Star Wars came out, so I figured it was a fitting time to introduce the series to him.  I had wanted to do this before he was even a person, before he was even a concept– it is one of the things where I thought, ok, having a son will allow the following things:  among them, being able to see Star Wars through the eyes of a child.  Similar to a lot of things that I get to do these days, I get the absolute pleasure of discovering things through how my son sees them, reacts to them– its a pretty cool way to look at things in a new way. I have to say that the first film released, A New Hope as it is now titled, is suitable for a 4 year old.  The first three episodes went swimmingly well.  (I showed him the films the way that they were released).  The […]

Melon Collie turns 20…

October 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

20 Years ago… One of the most prolific albums, a soundtrack to my life personally, was released by Virgin records on this day.  10/23/1995.  What an album and what a year.  For me, this album said everything about myself and my generation at the same time.  Personally, this album was right were I was mentally at the time– raging, yet eternally all over the place, happy, depressed, sad, swarmed by people, lonely, everything.  That summer was the last summer I would work in Yellowstone park, bleeding into the late fall, the summer of a complete breakdown of several relationships, I was literally travelling between Seattle, Yellowstone and Buffalo trying to figure out where I really was going to live, how I was going to end up– I was 23, headed to 24 and I was a mess.  It was time to grow up or not– but I needed to figure out where next was.  I was so old, right? The album itself was a much different take on what was the Pumpkins […]

Heavy on my mind…

October 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

I felt the same way that Obama did when he gave the speech this past week– here was our president again, saying how senseless the violence is, how it should be different.. and then he gives the examples that we all know– we have a congress that is split and because of that split, nothing gets accomplished.  This country doesn’t get to move forward, we stay in the same place, neutral.  Neutral isn’t safe, its not progressive and its not liberal, its status quo and status quo is killing people– its killing people in daily gun shootings, its killing people in mass shootings, its killing small children.  It’s not something anyone wants to talk about.  I don’t want to be blogging about it right now, but I am going to because I can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t live in violent America.  I have fired a gun four times in my life.  If I don’t ever do again, I am totally fine with it.  Guns are not necessary is any format, […]

Death on the High Seas

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have been thinking a lot about last weeks post about wrapping up seeing Dave Matthews at the Gorge– the tour ended soon after I wrote that post and I am still thinking about what it is about the music that kept me so loyal over the years — I found it something particularly hard to explain to my father, who has for years watched me to go to these shows and he and my mom would both ask why the hell I would go and watch the same band so many times.  My immediate response would always be that it is hard to explan, they wouldn’t understand, blah blah blah. The reality is/was that I didn’t have a reason in particular other than the face that time after time, I would happen to catch what appeared to be a great set and I would just keep coming back for more. But on the other hand, I also started to realize that what draws me to the music is that it all feels so […]

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