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June 28

today we are celebrating the littlest one's birthday. in honor of that, here are my top 5 songs for 1998. it was a strange year for music, and quite an unpleasant one for me, but the little baby boy made up for a whole lot of it.

Iris--Goo Goo Dolls

Suits are Pickin' Up the Bill--Squirrel Nut Zippers

Sunday--Sonic Youth

Flagpole Sitta--Harvey Danger

The Rockafella Skank--Fatboy Slim

1998 was the year that the Swing Revival reached its apex. i was so hoping it would last for a little while; a slow pendulum sway instead of a rapid one. but that wasn't to be. the clothes, the music, the cool. i still wanna be there.

silence is golden

June 26

at first i was having trouble with Comcast FTP, and this week i've just been busy.

i am typing this on battery power, in a dark and silent house. we are experiencing our first brownout of the year, and i, for one, am in heaven. it's so quiet and still! the neighbors have finished chattering, folding their arms and nodding their heads, talking this over as if it doesn't happen every time the temperature nears 100.

so people are all concerned and etc. so what? the sun is low, but there's still light: i planted the things i bought this morning, tidied up my garden tools, and now i'm doing this but i could be sittin' on the porch reading a book. i could take a walk, or clean something, or any number of things people have been doing for centuries.

ooh, now i am sitting on my porch typing! best of both worlds! double-bliss! of course, if the power doesn't come back soon, my fish will die. ah well. this really won't last that long, and soon enough will come the rumble and whir of air conditioning returning, and the ever-present undercurrent of manufactured electricity that seems to annoy no one but me.

the pizza delivery man has arrived, pizza is being enjoyed outside on paper plates; life is just all good right now at this moment.

i have a couple of fun stories to tell about this week's beach trips, but they can wait. the air is calling to me.

extra cyber-hugs to Melisse.

i can whistle, you know

June 16

i really don't appreciate not having more time just to sit here and type, you know. but after tomorrow's birthday, my life will be one of those overpriced journals with clean, blank pages again. for a few days at least. Lerner and Loeb wrote this, and Dean sang it best. don't argue with me. we don't have a Darin recording, and no others can compare.

I've grown accustomed to her face
She almost makes the day begin
I've grown accustomed to the tune she whistles night and noon
Her smiles, her frowns, her ups and downs
Are second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in
I was serenely independent and content before we met
Surely I could always be that way again and yet
I've grown accustomed to her looks, accustomed to her voice
Accustomed to her face

She's second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in
I'm very grateful she's a woman and so easy to forget
Rather like a habit one can always break and yet
I've grown accustomed to the trace of something in the air
Accustomed to her face

so it's sexist, so what? back with the real deal in a couple days.

gets away from me sometimes

June 8, 2003

see, this is really bad. i thought today was the 7th. why is that bad? well, duh, Dean Martin's birthday! i missed it!!!!! and now i am sort of sad. what kind of a human am i, anyway? i blame the weather. all right, well now i really do have to just declare June Dean Martin month, okay?

but since this is the 8th, that means it is my friend Melissé's birthday; a fellow hornbeam tree! (which tree are you?)

yay, happy birthday, Mel! (if we were neighbors, i'd call her that; i always wanted to called someone Mel.)

i haven't made up my mind about these font colors, what do you think? i will be back with a celebration of Dean after i take a little nap.

here's a young Dean Martin, formerly known as Dino Crocetti, courtesy of the Dean Martin Fan Center. Dean appeared in 16 movies with Jerry Lewis, from 1946-1956. he appeared in 35 more after that, including 6 with Frank Sinatra.

go me

June 4, 2003

i got a new cycling helmet for my birthday. it's the best fitting, most secure yet comfortable one i've had, and it weighs nothing. it has carbon fiber, which is super light-weight but strong.

here are some little card thingies i got from Dusted members for my birthday in the birthday postings there.

this is my Wes-bot!

don't you just love playing with the internet?

i also got e-cards from two other friends. thank you, all.

obsolescence can be funny

June 2, 2003

well, time sort of got away from me for awhile there. i think this is mostly due to the fact that the sun has been blotted out from the sky. so i'm really behind on all my objectives for this site, and i intend to get to work on that. i didn't know one could adjust so quickly to no longer having sunlight, but i guess humans are resilient creatures, with a great capacity for survival.

i've noticed people sometimes tell you all the software they use, and fonts and stuff, and i'm not entirely sure why, but instead of making some separate page for that which strikes me as slightly pretentious and rather useless, let me just take the time to say i am using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX version 6.0 right at this moment. it was a gift. if i add some pictures today, they will be played with in Adobe Photoshop 7, and possibly also Adobe ImageReady. those were also gifts. and this is a Macintosh PowerBook somestufforotheronthebottom. another gift. the font i use, whether or not you see it, is usually Arial. the thing is, i have over 4000 fonts on here. (gifts.) some of them are so awesome you'd just want to cry to see them. but if they are not installed on your machine it does no good for me to type in them on here, and that makes me a little sad.

and are you still setting your computer to 800x600 resolution even though you've replaced it in the past 3 or 4 years? that makes me a little sad, too. the world has moved forward. and this is not a video game. if you set it to 1024x768, this page will look much nicer, and so will many others you visit. but, free will is yours.

ok, in a few days it will be Dean Martin's birthday. please don't forget to honor the man, at least briefly in your heart, on that day. i will remind you again, but i felt it was important to begin the week with a loving gesture by saying it now.