5.30.2001

The Weekend is here! WhooHoo!
I'm loopy as hell, its late and there's a weird pain in my heart after watching the series finale to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yeah, I know it aired last week, but I didn't get a chance to watch until now...so there!
The BBQ at Frito's was excellent! We had pork butt, Copper River salmon, roasted chicken, homemade coleslaw and apple pie. Frito and Jake London, esq. literally spent hours preparing the grub and man, it was good!!
We were joined by Jake's younger brother, Ben (of local bands Alcohol Funnycar and Sanford Arms) his wife and a friend of theirs. I didn't get home until after 1AM.
I don't think I've mentioned this before, but Danelle Ferrar (of MARVELGIRL 7 fame) has asked me to be the music editior for her new online 'zine, Urbandownpour.com. I'm not getting paid for this and my writing skills suck (as any of you regular readers can see) but its a chance to try something new. I'll be submitting record and show reviews and notable gigs here in town. So if you got something you wanna promote, email me at stacey@urbandownpour.com (the earlier, the better!) and I'll get it on the site. We also welcome anyone who wants to contribute, so if you live in the Seattle area and want to write about a restaurant, movie, show, book, record, etc. drop us a line!!
I just met the other editors for the first time today and they seem like an interesting group. I look forward to working with them. Danielle is working on getting us some freebies, comps and press passes.
I think its going to be a great summer!!


5.28.2001

Its Monday and I'm here at work going as fast as I can so I can get off in time to get some BBQ at Frito's later!
Frito, Will, Ginelle, Lisa and I all went to the mountains for the weekend. We stayed in a rustic little cabin about a half-hour away from Winthrop, WA in the North Cascades overlooking the Methow Valley. The weather was wonderful, hot but not too hot and there was a nice breeze coming from the west.
We'd left Seattle Friday afternoon and arrived a little after 9PM. After getting settled in, we built a fire and had dinner (herbed salmon, polenta, red wine and fresh green beans. "Roughing it"-HA!), then started to demolish the beer we'd brought.
Scott loaned me his copy of Johnathan Suskind's 'Perfume' which I finished last night...I enjoyed it so much much that Frito threatened to take it away (I didn't mean to be anti-social!), I almost bought my own copy today, but decided to get Irvine Welsh's new book 'Glue' instead.
Anyway, we went into Winthrop in Saturday and got coffee and ice cream, then hung out at Lake Perrygin for a couple of hours.
Scott wanted to go "Mano a Fisho" so we drove around looking for a place for him to drop a line. We found a spot under a bridge on the Methow River and hung out while he murdered some worms. He had no luck, although he claims he saw a fish going for it...
We stopped at a grocery for milk and dinner stuff on the way back where a cute hippie woman told me she dug my dreds and then back to the cabin. Scott and I took some pictures (He was kind enough to lend me his Lomo.)
We had pasta and salad with sourdough bread and smores for dessert.
Everyone else played Scrabble while I drank a whole bottle of Hazelnut sake and read.
Then ride back was awesome. We stopped at the Diablo Dam to get some pictures and took several more in the mountains.
I got home around 5, did the 3S's and kicked back for the rest of the evening.

5.25.2001

Man, its beautiful outside! I'm leaving ona camping trip in a few hours. Right now, I'm listening to "Life Time Dub' by King Tubby and doing some laundry. I hope all of you have a lovely weekend, I'll be back Sunday!

S

5.24.2001

I just read "The Death Of The Jain" at this site...check it out. Really cool online comix!

5.23.2001

Oy. Whattaweek. Thursday, I blow off class to see Ron K. Brown/Evidence at On The Boards with El Stu. I never really considered myself a fan of modern dance, but I think that's changing! Here's the review from the Stranger. Later, we went to Barca.
Friday-My department at work hosted a party at The Ballroom in Fremont. We'd decided on a Beach Party theme, so we all wore lei's and Hawaiian shirts. There was plenty of food and beer and El Stu came down. A good time was had by all.
Saturday-My coworker Jason W. and his lovely wife Liz had a BBQ at their house in Port Orchard. I took the ferry to Bremerton to Patty and Chad's place, then rode over with them. We had burgers, sausage, chicken & flank steak and drank-a lot! Crashed at C & P's and took the ferry back in the morning-straight to work.
Work was OK this week, nothing too exciting or stressful, but its hard being inside when its nice out! On Sunday, I went to my friend Donya's to eat ice cream and watch the season finale of The X-Files. Monday I had class. Tuesday after work, I spun some funk, R&B and soul at Nation with Dan and Free. Wednesday was band practice and Top Of The Pops at The Baltic Room.
Tonight, my buddy Chad makes his DJ debut at Barca! Sub C will be spinning some deep, sexy house.

5.16.2001

Hey there,
Its been a awhile since I've updated...but I'm working on it!!
Last Friday, Neil, El Stu and I hopped into Neil's car and blasted up I-5 to the only city I think is prettier than Seattle...Vancouver B.C. We stayed at the Le Soliel Hotel on Hornby St. downtown, making it easy for us to get around. We did some shopping, wandered around and eventually arrived at Ginger 29 a stylish new bar on Granville and Davie.
I have never been in a room with so many beautiful women before! We basically sat and gawked all night (but then, when don't we?) and tried to catch a buzz off the weak drinks they served. The bar has a large main room with several long couches placed parallel to one another, making it easy to see and be seen. I think there was a pool room and a quieter room in back all done up in red.
We did manage to strike up a conversation with some really nice young ladies. Tammy and Shawna gave us advice on the club scene and asked us where they should go the next time they were in Seattle.
Neil passed out when we got back to the hotel the victim of many many lemon drops, but he got it together the next morning and we went out to breakfast.
We mostly spent the day wandering up and down Robson and Granville, poking our noses into the shops and record stores. Neil tried (unsuccessfully) to find some biking gear. Stu was carrying a DAT recorder, he wanted to get some samples of street sounds. In a town where you can hear Nihongo, Pubjabi, French and English often on the same block, I'm sure he got some!
We started out Saturday night at Brandi's Show Lounge, which was just a couple of doors up from where we were staying.
Folks, I gotta say I've never been quite comfortable with some of the rituals of 'manhood'. I'm not really into cars, only have a mild interest in sports, could care less about power tools. And strippers? Well, I appreciate the concept-but the reality? Eehh...
To tell the truth, I don't know why I wanted to go. I've been to a few joints in my time (3-4) and I can't say I've ever had a blast. But since our reigning Bacchus (or Satan-take your pick) Tim couldn't make the trip, our capacity for 'bad behavior' was some diminished. We didn't even go into Blunt Brothers! Nontheless, I was determined to see some boobies.
The joint was pretty swank...all the women working there wore white...and as the evening wore on a lot of couples and groups of single women came in-which suprised me.
Neil and I drank Guiness (Stu had Coke) and watched from a table stuck out of the way. I thought only one of the dancers was actually any good at...well, dancing. The rest were mostly slender, tan blondes-not my type at all. After it became apparent the hottest women in the joint were the girlfriends and wives of the audience, it quickly got boring. So we bailed. So much for bad behavior...
We cabbed it down to Sonar, but found the crowd too young and the beats uninspiring, even after four shots of Cuervo...so after an aborted attempt to get into Ginger 29, we headed back to the hotel.
All in all, I had a pretty good time. It was good to hang with Neil-I don't do that nearly as much as I could. We talked about going back in a month or two. With better planning and the Prof in tow...who knows what trouble we could get into?

5.10.2001

A few days ago, I downloaded and installed Drempels, which is a program that turns your desktop into a constantly shifting swirl of color. Its downright beautiful at times and I REALLY enjoy it...Check it out!

Also, a few of you have suggested that it was time I changed the images in the slideshow. I'm workin' on it!! for some reason, my computer is refusing to acknowledge my camera, so I can't download anything from it. Since I'm planning to go to Vancouver B.C. with the boys over the weekend, I hope I can get this fixed! In the meantime, I am putting up some older pix, plus some that didn't make it previously...enjoy!!

5.07.2001

I got a an email from a good friend of mine. His insight is so profound and true I thought I'd share with all of you:

Stacey, I went out on a date last night with a tall, thin stripper I met at Nation one night while I was DJing. She's only 21 and she was cool as hell. She's leaving Tuesday to go strip in Vegas and then she's travelling to Amsterdam and some island off the coast of Spain. What a freaking hottie! I don't know if I'll ever see her again, but it fills my ancient heart with wonder at the beautiful and rich bounty that life has to offer!

I can only nod enthusiastically in wholehearted agreement. Amen, brother....

5.06.2001

Its late Sunday afternoon. I took the day off so I could maximize my time with Heidi. The weekend was a pretty mellow one.
I picked Heidi up from work on Friday and we went to Red Robin to get some dinner, then we stopped in and the Ballroom in Fremont for a drink.
The poor gal has an hour commute each way from Bremerton so she was a little tuckered out by the time we got home. So I went out by myself. Nation was hosting a 2Step/UK Garage night and I hung out with Frito, Dan, Sean, Shelly and a few others while DJ Aaron kicked out the jams.
Heidi had only one request while she was here, so we went to our old 'spot', Beth Cafe for breakfast. Later on, Stu came over and we went to Louie's for Chinese food.
After that we wandered around 'downtown' Ballard to look for Easy Street Records. Stu and I disagreed on the location:

Stu: "See? You were wrong, its not here."
Me: "Great. Are you happy now?! Is pointing out my mistake your way of assuaging your flagging manhood?!
Stu: "Well-It is a pretty big flag..."

That night, we passed on all the Cinco de Mayo action as Luke Vibert was playing at the Baltic Room, so we went there to check it out. Heidi got to meet Tess, Laurie, Maria, J Justice and Aaron. We only stayed until midnight, since Heidi can't keep the late hours I do.
This morning, she and I went to Mae's Phinney Ridge Cafe for breakfast (we ate in the Elvis Room) and I took her down to the Coleman dock to catch her ferry home.
I'm really glad Heidi made it over. We've been through a lot over the last eight years-she's one of my very best friends. Its nice to have a relationship where you can just enjoy each other's company. Where the silences aren't awkward at all.

In other news, my brother Jason called to invite me to his High School Graduation. Sheesh...where does the time go? I remember changing his diapers and watching him suck on my ties while he sat on my lap in church! My boy is all growed up. He's off to Tennessee State this fall on a band scholarship. He says he'll either become a teacher or study Criminal Justice. If I can find a cheap flight to Atlanta, I'm going!

Well, that's all for now. work tomorrow, Wing Chun, Third Stage and a train trip tp Vancouver all coming up this week...
'Nite...



5.04.2001

Since I am fascinated by this sort of thing, I took a little online personality test. According to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), my personality is that of an ISTJ (Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging). Out of the four temperament types, mine is that of a guardian (SJ). As for my character type, I am an inspector (IT). And this is what they have to say about Inspector Guardians (taken from Prometheus Nemesis Book Company ©1996):
"About ten percent of the general population, Inspectors are characterized by decisiveness in practical affairs, are the guardians of time-honored institutions, and, if only one adjective could be selected, 'dependable' would best describe this type. Whether at home or at work, iStJs are extraordinarily reliable and dependable, particularly when it comes to inspecting the people and things in their field of vision. Inspectors can be counted on to scrutinize the products and accounts of the institutions they serve-the company's books, the farmer's crops, the manufacturer's goods-but also to examine the attitudes and actions of those around them. Inspectors are earnest and thorough in their inspecting; all must go under their magnifying glass, so that no deviation from the official standard is left undetected. It is their duty to spot and to report any and all discrepancies, though they prefer to work behind the scenes and not confront the deviators. Indeed, iStJs are rather quiet and serious types, making their inspections without flourish or fanfare, and, therefore, the dedication they bring to their work can go unnoticed and unappreciated."

As in most cases, a lot of this is true. But I have no desire to look at the company's books and being relentlessly dilligent (at least in my professional life) can be relly tiring.
Ah, well.

5.01.2001

MAY DAY!! (And OhYes does Grace Jones kick ass!)
I want to give a shout-out to my Big Sister Amy as its her BIRTHDAY!! (We're not related-but we're family, ya heard?!)
I went to Wing Chun practice last night and my legs are killing me! I see I'm going to have to do TWO things I hate: running AND push-ups. I thought I was going to pass out or hurl, but didn't. I survived, which means I'll do it again...and again.
Work is much better this week, I'm getting some shit done and tying up some loose ends from server hiccups last week.
Tomorrow, I have Third Stage practice. Sean, Matt, Frito and I have got a good feel for well over half the album (for you coming in late-Third Stage is our Boston cover band. We're learning and performing Boston's first album for Sean and Frito's birthday's in July). We still have a couple of months to practice-I think we'll be ready!
This weekend-barring disaster-I will have the pleasant company of one of my bestest friends-Ms. Heidi D.! After many fits, starts and delays, she is leaving the comfort of her home in Bremerton to hang with yours truly! I have hired the dancing boys and preparing the fatted calves for her arrival Friday night. I don't know what we're doing yet, but its gonna...be...funkay.
I hate to end on a sad note, but I have to report my good friend Chad's grandmother passed away on Saturday afternoon. He went to visit her before she went, so hopefully they got to say goodbye. Brother, my thoughts are with you and your family and I look forward to your safe return.

Peace.