2.24.2009

One last sour aftertaste left by the cancellation of 97.1 FM

This morning, Tom Leykis was on KTLA Morning News. I've been a fan of Tom's for a long time now, even bestowing his Leykis 101 wisdom on friends who came to me, looking for advice with girl trouble. Last Friday, when all the shows were having their farewell broadcasts, Frank of Frosty, Heidi & Frank went on a rant about how the all-talk format could've remained if the entire staff had taken a pay cut. According to Frank, everyone agreed to sacrifice their salaries for listener benefit. Everyone except Tom Leykis. Now, it could be a lie, but Frank was pretty emotional when he said what he said. I've been a huge FHF fan for seven years, so I'm happy to give Frank the benefit of the doubt. Tom Leykis didn't budge with his salary, so thousands of fans are suffering from the change of format.

I've been listening to a combination of 88.1 KJAZZ, 95.5 KLOS (Classic Rock), and Kevin & Bean on 106.7 KIIS FM in the morning to make up for the loss of Adam Carolla. Every time I'm in the car, I want to glue my ears shut. Needless to say, I am not much of a fan of Tom's now, considering I'm holding him personally responsible for the loss of my favorite radio station.

Like I was saying, Tom Leykis was on KTLA Morning News this morning. I was half asleep, having not slept through the night, and I heard this familiar voice. I've had this mental picture of Tom for a while now. Older white guy, a little overweight, but not fat looking, with hair cut short and close to the head. DL Hughley had a show called Weekends at the DL where Tom was once a guest, and he matched my mental image. Today, on KTLA, there was this greasy-headed, fat slob, looking every bit of 320 pounds claiming to be Tom Leykis. I didn't listen to a word he had to say. I couldn't get past the image of the blob, dressed in all black and wearing sunglasses, sitting comfortably after the demise of the best thing on LA radio.

Will I be a fan if Tom comes back to the radio? I don't know. His show was always entertaining, albeit repetitive. I'll probably listen, but more in the background than before. This isn't something I have to worry about for a while, though. During his farewell show, he said he'd take a couple years to pursue ventures in other media. That's fine with me. Just give me back Frosty, Heidi & Frank.

Late night insomnia wish list.

Not only am I not asleep at 4 am, I'm wide awake. I've been tired all day, and I'm really not that sleepy now. Tomorrow doesn't bode well. That said, I've been on Amazon.com, and I found a bunch of shit I want that I can't afford:

Futurama: Bender's Game

Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder

Venture Bros Season 3 (out on March 24th)

3 Joker Graphic novels/TPBs:
-The Joker
-Batman: The Killing Joke
-The Joker: Greatest Stories Ever Told

Breakfast of Champions

2.23.2009

The 15 minute rule is in effect

Percussion methods was canceled tonight, since our professor was a no show. If it were Tuesday or Thursday, I'd be pissed, but this gives me time to bone up for my 6pm class. I thought about shooting some stick in the student union, but discretion ended up being the better part of valor. I'm in the library, studying. And blogging.... ¡Preocupate por tí!

Second Wind

After my "nap" during my last class, I managed to gain a second wind. Now let's see if I have enough energy to go move my car before my 445 class.

It's official: Sinus Infection.

I'm at school, fuckin' dying, having just been diagnosed an hour ago. I want to go home and sleep and forget my whole day. I'm hoping my antibiotics and Mucinex D all kick in pretty soon, or I'm gonna hit the ol' dusty trail.

2.22.2009

No te preocupes por mí, preocupate por tí.

I love Spanish. I wish I could speak more of it than the kitchen Spanish I already know. The guys like to have fun with me, taking the things I say in English, and translating them, maybe less accurately than it should be, into Spanish. Tonight, we translated one of my very favorite sayings:

Don't worry about me, worry about your damn self.

Maybe the damn was left out in the Spanish version, but it's still fun for me to say.

Tonight was one of the better nights I've had in a while. Friday and Saturday were each a fiasco in their own right. Saturday was a thousand times worse than Friday. Tonight was nearly a walk in the park. Now, I'm home with a horrid sinus infection, watching the last half of tonight's Big Love, and now Flight of the Conchords, looking forward to rereading Secret Warriors, Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing. I'm feeling rested for the first time in a few days. Willy is laying with me, too. I'm pretty content.

I go back to school tomorrow. It feels like I've been away for weeks. I have nine class meetings during the week (six classes, three of them meet twice a week), but last week, I only had three of my nine class meetings. I feel out of the loop. I'm ready to get back to business.

This week, I have to begin learning the guitar (thanks, Ryan), get my tenor repaired and practice that, do a moderate composition assignment, along with reading for three classes, and a moderate writing assignment. Concern is appreciated, but don't worry about me, preocupate por tí.

2.21.2009

97.1 FM Changed Format Yesterday

In a devastating maneuver to save money, the new owner/program director of 97.1 changed format from talk to Top 40 yesterday at 5pm. Over Thursday & Friday, all the shows were saying their good-byes, Adam Carolla, Frosty, Heidi & Frank, Leykis, & Tim Conway Jr. I've been a loyal listener to all of those shows, and that station as a whole since 2002, so 7 years after I became a fan, the plug gets pulled.

I got in my car last night after work expecting to hear the inane jabber of the usual Friday night talk show (I still love it), when I was surprised to hear I wanna make up right now now now by Akon. It's about as good of a song as the title suggests. If you haven't heard it, go to iTunes as soon as you're done with this blog. If you blow your brains out after hearing it, I wanted you to at least have read this blog first.

2.18.2009

Man v. Food, my most guilty pleasure

On the Travel Channel, my new favorite show is called Man v. Food. I cannot stop watching this show. I come home from work or school, and I pray the fine programmers at the Travel Channel decided to run all the episodes that night. I can't get enough of it. This guy, Adam Richman, is a trained actor, not a chef, and he goes around the country, attempting food challenges. Tonight's episode brought him to Orochan Ramen in LA to eat their Special #2 Ramen, an extremely spicy ramen. The tag line for these challenges is always "thousands have tried, but only a few have completed the challenge." I think Paul from Aikido told me about this place a couple years ago. Anyway, Adam goes back into the kitchen to see how it's made, then he has his crack at eating every little bit of noodle, veg, & broth out of what looks like a 64 oz. bowl (at minimum). Watch the episode to see if he can stomach the heat or not. Such a good show, though. It makes me think about how little I really get out there and eat. I would love to take up an eating challenge! We'll see. Maybe someday I'll make it to Orochan. Of course, I don't know what I'd do when I get there. No ramen for Jeffy...



It's not the vegetables I'm worried about...

2.11.2009

If anyone has a tenor sax they aren't using...

Why, oh why, didn't I learn saxophone from Justin when I lived with him? I have to learn Tenor for my woodwind class, and the instrument I have from school is a piece of junk. I'm going to see if I can trade it in today for a better one, or at least get it tuned up. I'm hating it less than I initially did, but it's still frustrating. Who the hell would play an instrument with so many variables that literally affect EVERYTHING?! Reed thickness, reed quality, reed age, mouthpiece, pad sealing, pad quality/repair, spring action, neck angle, cork repair, amount of mouthpiece in mouth, ligature (holds reed to mouthpiece).

Seriously.

That, and a box of reeds costs almost as much as a middle of the road mouthpiece for trombone ($45 @ ABI). Reeds also have a finite use, that is to say, they need to be replaced every so often. Also, you buy a box of 10 reeds, maybe 2-3 are usable, maybe 1-2 of those are great. The rest are trash. Literally 70% of the reeds you buy, you can't use due to quality. If I spent $120 on a trombone mouthpiece, I'd have it for the rest of my life, and it'd be fantastic!

2.09.2009

Trapped in the basement

I'm stuck in the basement of the educational classroom building for a lesson on technology. My homework is done. And I'm ready to learn! (so tired!)

2.06.2009

Red Sox opener postponed for Passover?

I don't know if the story is true, but it's a good one, nonetheless.

Uncle Harv forwarded this to me via email:

Red Sox Opener Postponed For Passover

Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, announced that the Boston Red Sox home opener will be postponed to April 14, to avoid the eight days of Passover. He noted that because three of his starters were also Jewish, as were many of his box seat holders, he was forced to make this change in scheduling.

The non Jews in Boston are enraged at Epstein's decision. The protests are being tendered to the Commissioner of Baseball's office in protest; however, Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, will not be able to address these protests, mainly due to a scheduling problem caused by the family Seders he and Mrs. Selig will be attending.
Also unable to attend the opener, were former Vice-President, and Mrs. Al Gore, who will be unavailable to be at the opener, as they will be attending the Seder at Al Gore's son-in-law's home.
Bill and Hillary Clinton, also at Seder at the home of their daughter's "steady."
Further, former Mayor of New York City. Rudy Guiliani, whose wife will be busy preparing their Seder will also not be in attendance at the "opener."

I'm so proud of my Jewish people!

2.04.2009

I should be in bed...

I know it's early to go to bed (midnight), but do you ever have one of those days where you just can't get the day out of your head, and you can't get to sleep because of it? Not that anything terrible happened today, I just had enough stuff happen to where I can't shut my brain off. I'm tired, but not sleepy. We're playing this Dvořák tune in conducting, and I can't stop hearing the thematic material in my head. Also, we sang kids tunes all night in my Music & Child Development. And Secret Warriors #1 is fucking sweet (I read too many Brian Bendis comics every month).

2.03.2009

Week 2 of Semester 2

Last week, I was completely overwhelmed with what I need to get through this semester. Now that I've made it through the first week, I think I've got a handle on it. I spent every available minute yesterday working myself to exhaustion (literally) to get my homework done for my nighttime class last night. I came home from work Sunday night at 1030 and spent a solid 90 minutes with Dawn. Some of the only time we had to spend together during the week, by the way. At midnight, when she went to sleep, I began one of my several paper due, which I fought til 2 am to get a start on. I fell asleep with my laptop on my lap, and forced myself to go to bed at 2. At 6, I woke up to a sick puppy. Willy's having some kind of stomach issue right now. So up at 6 and class til 8pm, with no breaks. Now that I got through it, I think I can handle it. I just need to get my work done for Wednesday. Which is a lot.