Monday, July 11, 2011

I Wish

It's been easily two or three years since I've written anything from my heart on this blog page. Whether it's unwelcome or overdue doesn't matter to me, 'cause here it comes anyway.

When asked what they'd wish for, a lot of people come up with the impossible. Some say they'd wish for unlimited riches, movie star fame, or ridiculously beautiful appearance. Others would wish they had a magic "undo" button that would let them back up every time they made a mistake, or for superpowers like the ability to fly or become invisible.

My wishes, on the other hand, aren't impossible. Given enough time spent, effort expended, hours studied, etc., any number of my wishes could actually come true. But at age 44, I realize it's likely that not one of them actually will. I'm too scattered, my attention divided between too many things. Too much water under the bridge, too much respect lost, too many mistakes made. Boundaries too tight, opportunities too limited, motivation too scarce, education too expensive, time too short.

So here's a random selection of wishes from my list of possible - yet highly unlikely - wishes:

- I wish I could draw human figures in action like John Buscema could. Just flowing from my brain through a pencil and onto the paper. To make a few lines suddenly just come alive.

- I wish I had a wide vocal range. Being a low tenor with a four-octave range like Bruce Dickinson would let me sing just about anything I could imagine.

- I wish I was one of those instantly likable guys. Outgoing, big smile, the sort of person that's popular simply because he's a nice guy that makes you feel good to be around him.

- I wish I made more money. Not a ton more - just like 20k more a year. Not to change my class, or to get a bigger or better anything. I've never needed stuff or status. I just want to not fear things like needing new tires for the cars soon, and to feel like I'm being paid for the quality and intelligence I bring to my job every day.

- I wish I enjoyed weightlifting and running. I know I feel better as a result of doing these things, but I'd just like to not dread and hate every minute of them.

- I wish I had close friends close by. I hate that even after living here for five years, there is almost literally no one I can call and say, "Hey, let's grill steaks tonight," or "What fun thing are we doing this weekend?"

- I wish I was perceived as a problem solver striving for excellence in everything. I think my intolerance for ineptitude and desire to see people do their best is usually seen as ranting or complaining. Why are the lazy popular? Why are the clueless elevated? Why are the intelligent incredulous? Bah, enough said about that.

- I wish I was a real musician. Not the one I've been pretending to be for the last thirty years, but someone with a thorough knowledge of theory, the ability to improvise, to harmonize, to sit down at a piano and play the music on the sheet in front of me.

- I wish I fit in somewhere. I'm not nerdy enough for the nerd crowd, not artsy enough for the artists' scene, and not musical enough for the musicians. I'm too transparent for the Christian crowd, and have too much religious history for the metalheads. I'm too fat for the popular folks, too temperate for the drinkers, and too old for the people I seem to relate to most. Too quick-witted for the dullards, but too slow for the improv. Too low on the totem pole for managers, too uneducated for the university grads, too ugly for the beautiful, too poor for the upper crust. Too liberal for the right, too conservative for the left, too opinionated for the center.

- And lastly, I wish I didn't stay up past midnight thinking about all the things I wish I could do, wish I could learn, and wish I was.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Some Pages Get More Attention Than Others...

You may wonder if I post more than two things a year on this blog anymore. I'm not certain myself. But one thing that DOES get updated five or six times per week is the Pastor Ron Daniel page on Facebook. You can check it out here.

If you want the studies to show up in your Facebook feed every morning, click the "Like" button.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Viking Lives

Only have a quick second, but wanted to drop a note on here about Viking being alive again.

We're working on a new album (first full-length one since 1989, and first release since 2006). Keep up to date on the Viking Facebook page and see some history here. Old school thrash metal is alive and well!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Being Creative For A Living RULES

So I've been busily producing stuff at work, and learning more modern CSS practices. (If you don't know what those are, you have no need to.) I've been writing copy and building web pages like these:

Avid Pro Tools Mbox

George Massenburg Discusses GML

$30,000 Mic Locker Giveaway

and creating emails like these:

Novation Launchpad

Zoom H1

and making more website graphics like these:

(click to see them full-size)

I've also been doing a lot more cool custom vinyl work for guitars and drums, but I'll have to post that stuff when I've got more time...

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Scuba and Suppliers

So, I haven't posted much, 'cause I've been busy (how many of my blog entries have started out like this?). Lots to do at work, and of course wedding plans and preparations take up quite a bit of time. In the midst of all that, I started scuba diving for "real." (You may recall my brief introduction to this largely voyeuristic sport in my "Big World, Big Mistake" blog entry way back in December of '05.) My life's upheaval in 2006 and the following years being what they were, I've only just gotten back to servicing this addiction.

I was PADI Open Water certified this summer, and have been getting into the water as much as I can in preparation for the daily scuba diving in Jamaica I'll be doing during my late-November honeymoon.

It's been a fantastic experience... with the exception of dealing with online retailers. Having worked at for over four years now, I've grown accustomed to responsive customer service and impeccable business practices. But I've learned this is far from an industry standard. My most recent interaction was with an abominable company called

I won't bore you with the details of the conflicts, but suffice it to say they are at best unresponsive and unapologetic. And at worst, at least one of their employees is a vindictive THIEF. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you avoid them at all costs.

On the recommendation of a couple of diving friends, today I tried

It wasn't exactly a Sweetwater-quality interaction, and they have a name that brings to mind the sale of recliners and footbaths rather than scuba supplies... But they do have the best website in the online scuba retail industry, and were more than helpful in the area of price negotiation, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this transaction is completed.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Where'd He Go?

Wow, been busy with the new job. Wondering what I'm doing? WAY too much to say... but this was a tiny fraction of my last week:

(click to see them full-size)

You can see them in rotation on Sweetwater's front page.

Addendum: Here's more stuff from today...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Customize Your Guitar

One thing I've forgotten to mention in my blog is that I do custom vinyl cutting. That means if you need anything from your favorite band logo huge on your car, or the hours of business operation on your front door, I'm the guy to call.

One thing that people don't realize is that vinyl is perfect for customizing guitars. It can stay on forever, or you can change it every week. Here's a few examples, but the sky is the limit.

If you want me to do this for you (or mail you vinyl so you can install it yourself) let me know!