Friday, May 31, 2013

Played a friend's Taylor that he is selling. She will be mine. Making room and gathering funds. It's on!

I  "had" a really good sounding Alvarez acoustic. I've had it for 20+ years. It's a pretty mid-level guitar. Not their cheap line, but not in the Yari class. It served me well, and had some sentimental value.

But, I know there's many better sounding guitars, but of course money is the issue. I don't have the money for Taylors, Martins, etc.

Well, I friend at work is selling his Taylor DN3. I played it and it sounded great. It was loud, deep, crisp, and played good too. It's not like I've never played a great sounding guitar, but the prices was reasonable. So, I have to figure out how to make this happen.

As much as I would love to have a warehouse full of guitars, I don't have the money and I don't have the space, so since the Taylor would take the place of the Alvarez, the Alvarez had to go.

So I started looking around of what I can sell to raise the funds. 

Alverez acoustic guitar - Gone!
Calzone 6 space rack - Gone!
power conditioner - Gone!
Crown power amp - Gone!

Wow, in one day I gathered some funds and made space... but I'm still about $100 short. Oh, so close.

Checked out @DangerousGuitar studios today. Pretty cool. Saw Billy Shehan B-day video I shan't speak of


Tried my new heart rate monitor. Not playing nice with phone/headphones, but still cool

I purchased a Omron HR-100C Heart Rate Monitor.

It has the chest strap that sends your heart rate info to the watch, so you can constantly monitor your pulse, and you can set your target range with alerts and all that stuff.

This model was pretty cheap ($34.99 Amazon), so I was not expecting too much.

When I run I have a running app going that tracks my distance and speed and location info (http://www.endomondo.com), and also listen to the radio using the iHeartRadio app. I listen using Bluetooth headphones. So there's a lot going on with my phone, and lately my phone has not been performing well. From time to time the phone locks up, or the running app stops, or radio stops. 

Well now I've added another thing to the mix. At the moment, the heart rate monitor has nothing to do with the phone, except that it is also sending info via Bluetooth, so there's two streams going on right next to each other. I'm not sure if this is the problem, but about a mile into my inaugural run with the Omron unit, the phone locked up and all apps stopped.

But, the Omron seemed to keep going. I usually run 3 miles, and I run very slow. The monitor says I was usually around 150, and hit 160 on some hills, and the final hill had me up to 165. I don't know what to make of any of that info, except that now I have a general baseline.

My knees is really bothering me, so I might not run until next week, but I'm looking forward to taking it out again. I just hope I can get the phone to work with it. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Anyone else confused by S04 Arrested Development? Funny, but hard to follow.

I made it through about half of the new season of Arrested Development. It's kinda hard to follow and started off really weird. It's funny, but kind of odd.

I don't remember Michael being this dumb. He's sleeping with *****? That doesn't make sense. He's had his moments of bad judgement in the past, but he was usually the smartest and forthright of family, and now he seems just a messed up as the rest of them. Again, it's funny, and I guess that's all that matters.

They went quite a while without any Tobias scenes. He stills the show for me.

What the hell happened to Portia de Rossi? Wow, what a shame. The character is still funny, but man.. WTF?

Not enough Buster so far. Again, I'm only half way through the season.

Overall, it's funny and I'm in, but a slight let down so far.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Great music in Deep Ellum last night: Street Arabs, Lash Outs, Protest, D.R.I.

I started the night off at Club Dada and watched The Street Arabs with my home skillin Chris Mancini. Good stuff. My ears my be still ringing from their set more than any of the other bands I saw, and that's saying a lot.

Next up was The Lash Outs. They had some cool catchy tunes. Kinda nerd punk, to coin a phrase. Great drummer BTW.

Then I went across the street to Trees and saw my boy Jason Burris and his band Protest. This is not for the faint of heart. This is speed, death, thrash at its finest. They closed the show with a tribute to Jeff Hanneman and played Angel of Death and Raining Blood. They killed it. 

Last up were the pioneers of Thrash, D.R.I.

The show was awesome. They played a ton of songs and lots of classics. To me they are better players now then they were when they originally recorded those songs. Even though I stayed out of it (yea, what a wimp), the pit was a site to behold. Lots of mayhem.

A boot to your forehead a knee in your face
Your nose and lips start to bleed
Like a wild Indian from outer space
Drunk and high on weed





Saturday, May 4, 2013

Went for a bike ride and ended up stuck in the weeds. Still a good ride.

I rode a few miles at Sam Houston Trail Park. I decided to take a trail that looked a little overgrown, but quickly found out it was extremely overgrown. The tall weeds clogged up my spokes and sprocket so much that I had to turn around and walk my way out. It was still kind of fun, and overall it was a fun ride.