Archive for the ‘Me’ Category

Last trip to Tower

December 6, 2006

I flew down to the Bay Area to visit my sister this past weekend, and persuaded her to make a side trip to Tower Records on our way from Pleasant Hill BART to her house.

The inventory was heavily depleted because the store has been going out of business for the last several weeks and everything is 50% off, but I still found a few things:

  • “Songs of Love and Hate” by Leonard Cohen
  • “Going Somewhere” by Colin Hay
  • “Employment” by Kaiser Chiefs
  • “Missing Songs” by Maxïmo Park

Also, for the fifth and final time I bought the latest Duran Duran album (“Astronaut”) at Tower. I don’t think I would have bought it if not for nostalgia, but maybe when I listen to it I’ll like it.

Biggest disappointment: They were out of the yellow-and-red Tower Records bags. I wanted one…

Farewell to Tower

November 27, 2006

I’m numb at the news that Tower Records is going out of business.

When I was in high school, the first thing I would do with each weekly paycheck was spend part of it at Tower Records in Concord. I still have 12-inch singles with 1986 Tower price tags on them.

Later, while taking a year off from college, I worked for seven months at Tower Books, the sister store of that Tower Records.

The bookstore in Concord closed years ago. Now the music store will be gone soon as well. That whole vibrant culture I loved — the myriad bins of albums and singles; the excitement of finding almost any piece of music I knew to look for; the smart, cynical staff; the colored foamcore band promos; the yellow-and-red bags — all gone.

I wonder where Liane is now…


November 22, 2006

I have been out of town visiting parents for 12 of the last 14 days, first on the Big Island and then on Lake Chelan.

In rough order, here is how I spent my time: Sleeping, reading, chatting, watching television, walking/sightseeing, putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

My only regret? Not starting earlier on the jigsaw puzzle.

As I see them, vacations are for relaxing. If you are so busy on your vacation that you are worn out when you get back, then what good did the vacation do you?

The last all-nighter?

November 8, 2006

I was at KBOO all afternoon and evening working on the election night coverage, and I have to go to the airport at dawn, so I decided to stay up all night. (One advantage to being decaffeinated: Coffee is highly effective when I do drink it.)

And I wonder now whether this night will be my last all-nighter. I used to do them frequently, but I have little reason to anymore. Besides, I’m 36, and the physical toll of an all-nighter affects me more now than it once did. And I have become (of all things!) a morning person.

Still, though, it is strange to think back to when I was in graduate school and did three or four all-nighters a week (fueled by my daily three-liter bottle of Diet Coke); then come forward to the present day, and realize that I am still the same person I was — I answer to the same name and inhabit the same body — yet I am no longer that person in so many ways, and could never be him again, even if I wanted to be.

Here comes the rain again…

October 15, 2006

The rainy season in Portland began this morning, at the crack of mid-October. As a fair-skinned pedestrian, I don’t mind the gray skies, but the driving rain can impede me.

My kind of humor

October 11, 2006
the Wit
(52% dark, 19% spontaneous, 10% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you’re probably an intellectual, but don’t take that to mean pretentious. You realize ‘dumb’ can be witty–after all isn’t that the Simpsons’ philosophy?–but rudeness for its own sake, ‘gross-out’ humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it’s also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don’t know what I’m
talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart – Woody Allen – Ricky Gervais

The 3-Variable Funny Test!
– it rules –

Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

The jab

October 10, 2006

I spent yesterday morning at the hospital, and I notice that the older I get, the less I hurt when a needle gets poked into me. I can’t tell if I have become better at relaxing or if the nurses have become better at jabbing.

Lap time

October 5, 2006

On my days off, I have been getting up at dawn and walking/jogging laps at Laurelhurst Park. Each lap is about five-sixths of a mile, and I move counter-clockwise, so the long straightaways are generally downhill and the relatively steep climbs are all uphill (the highest points in Laurelhurst Park are the northwest and southeast corners). I walk the straightaways and jog the hills.

I timed my second lap this morning at 12m10s, which translates to about a 15-minute mile. I’m not going to be happy until I can get my lap time below 10m.


October 3, 2006

For about five years now, I have been intermittently weaning myself from caffeine. I started again last week.

When non-caffeinated, I feel much more awake and alert for the first two hours of the day, but then more sleepy and dim for the rest of it. The non-caffeinated me can’t just sit in the cubicle and grind out work — I have to go outside and breathe fresh air every half-hour or so.

I’m also drinking much less soda for the time being, and finding that as I get used to drinking water, I don’t miss the sweetness (though I do miss the kick).

15 years this week…

September 24, 2006

…since I last owned a car.

It was also the last time I lived in the suburbs. Not a coincidence. I see avoiding the trouble and expense of car ownership as one of the fringe benefits of living in a city.

I have to admit, though, to feeling a little nostalgic every time I see a Dodge Dart Swinger.