Saturday, March 26, 2005

Amish Aaron was here yesterday. We had a good time together--lots of laughing, which we both needed.

OK, a little "moral" dilemma. Is it bad to let someone do something that you know will potentially embarrass them? If you could stop it, should you?

Let's look at it this way: I have a "friend" who works out at a YMCA. He was there yesterday and had one of these difficult situations. As he was gettting out of the shower and drying off, a man in the shower stall next to his hopped out, leaving the shower running and his towel hanging outside the shower. Seconds later, a different man came into the showering area, noticed the empty shower stall and the running water, looked around quickly, shrugged and then walked inside that very stall. This friend wasn't sure if he should have told the second man that the shower he chose to use was already being used by another person. So, the friend kept quiet.

And then....

The first man came back to finish his shower. Admittedly, my friend smiled a little bit, knowing that some kind of interaction was going to happen.

First Shower Man: Hey, I was using that shower.
Second Shower Man: Oh, I didn't see you in here.
First Shower Man: I wasn't in here. I stepped out for something.
Second Shower Man: So do you want this shower back?
First Shower Man: Yes. I want this shower.
Second Shower Man walks out and looks at me with an innocent shrug.

What should my friend have done? Was it wrong that he didn't tell Second Shower Man? Was it wrong that he smiled and kind of enjoyed the silly interaction?

Craving sushi the past couple of days. It's been months since I've had it.

Had a dream that Lisa Loeb asked me to be her guitar player/co-writer. What's with me having these dreams with famous musicians?!


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Thought I would give a small glimpse into my yahoo mailbox.

Europe: Save up to 20% this summer

Troy, someone on HOTorNOT wants to meet you!

You have 51 visits to your profile, Troy

Couple of thoughts: I find it fascinating that people take this HOTorNOT place seriously. Yes, I have been proud of my growing rating (8.6 right now), but I've not been trolling for potential dates/mates. I've received a few of these emails lately, making me want to pull my pic off as soon as possible. (But I'm still too vain and want to see if I can jump into the 9.0 rating area...)

My major thought is this: my subject lines are boring! All of my personal emails end up having [none] as a subject. When I read the other subject lines, from advertisers, I grow somewhat disappointed. Why don't my friends have more creative subject lines?! Are they putting all of their creative energies into the actual body of the email, struggling to pace themselves and save a little humor for the very first thing I will read?! For that matter, when was the last time I have written a creative subject line?

Here is my charge: write a clever, surprising, shocking, bizarre, whatever subject line to all the emails you send for the next week. (Where appropriate obviously--unless you have a level of courage I can't seem to muster up) Let's conduct an experiment and see if people respond at all to our subject lines. Does anyone else pay attention to what is--or is not--written as a subject? Or is it possible that I am leading such a sad life that my focus is wandering to irrelevant and insignificant topics like email subject lines?

That's a rhetorical question by the way--I'm not looking for smart-ass commentary. :)

A friend of mine mentioned that he and a group of friends had a lot of fun with subject lines. They made up games with the subject lines--adding to each line one word, beginning the next subject with the last word of the previous one, etc etc etc. I like that. Maybe that is what had me already thinking about this idea.

Are there 13,000 television shows that revolve around police dramas right now? CSI, Law & Order, SVU stuff--it's amazing! Does every kind of show have a corresponding show in another U.S. city? I feel like I have only these shows and crappy reality shows as options. Maybe killing my television is a good idea after all...

If you haven't heard her yet, you should listen to Mia Doi Todd. She's a LA-based singer who is hypnotic and very unique. It takes a little time to get used to her voice--it's a little "dull" by itself, but it ends up fitting well with the music that supports it. Her voice resembles Dido probably, but not as over-produced. The clever and amazingly-written lyrics keep bringing me back to the newest album, Manzanita. It's great chill music and sort of reminds me of the transition between winter and spring--it's not great outside, but not terrible either. This record has that kind of vibe--things are great, but could be worse.


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

In the continuing stream of bizarre dreams, featuring well-known musicians, I had another last night. I was writing songs with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. (FYI: New album Make Believe out May 10th.) So bizarre--he was actually asking my opinion about certain songs and arrangement ideas. Silly, I know...

Finished a killer book that moved me, literally, to tears (on page 498 actually--and virtually cried for the remaining 40 pages). The Time Traveller's Wife shocked me. I rarely read books by female authors--this is the second in a couple months. (First one was White Teeth) I will be recommending this book for a while.

OK, please be patient as I conduct a little inter-personal business.

Andrew--it seems your blog is not up and running anymore. I appreciate your leaving comments, but it would be nice to be able to communicate back with you. Get in touch with me please so I can know how to get in touch with you.

Peace out.


Monday, March 21, 2005

I hate 3 Doors Down. I'm not sure if I can explain the level of my hatred. It's unequalled--except possibly by my abhorrence for Nickleback.

I've been missing/skipping a lot of meals lately. It's not good. Just been busy and sort of forget to eat... Messed up.

7315 songs on the iPod today.

I've been in the mood for soul/r&b lately. When I mentioned it to c@it last night, she said "Whoa--has someone been really horny lately?"

Made me laugh--and a little embarassed.

Soul Must-Listen List
"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" (Al Green)
"Tired Of Being Alone" (Al Green)
"Show And Tell" (Al Wilson)
"Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin)
"Me and Mrs. Jones" (Billy Paul)
"Rainy Night In Georgia" (Brook Benton)
"People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield)
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
"Love Is A Hurtin' Thing" (Lou Rawls)
"What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye)
"Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)
"These Arms Of Mine" (Otis Redding)
"Mr. Pitiful" (Otis Redding)
"Wonderful World" (Sam Cooke)
"Hey Love" (Stevie Wonder)

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