Jazzed about Mraz

Jason MrazOK, I’m jazzed, I admit it. I’m a huge Jason Mraz fan, and on August 31st, Dave Matthews Band is closing for Jason Mraz at the Sleeptrain Amphitheater, and we’re going. It’s been a bit of a challenge already because our only child started kindergarten last week, so it’s the first time we’ve had to deal with “going out on a school night.” This is also the first “real” concert we’ve tried to go to since we got stuck in traffic and missed the first half of Pink Floyd at the Oakland Colliseum, circa 1991, so I’m gonna be there and heaven help anyone who tries to stand in our way.

I’m also a bit peeved at Ticketmaster or Sleeptrain or Dave Matthews.com or whoever is responsible for the fact that when I ordered tickets a month ago, they didn’t have any good seats, so I paid less for crappy seats up behind “Nosebleed” in the “Egypt” section of the lawn, and now they have a block of good seats up in the “Behind the People with Connections” section but there’s no way to trade up now that they’re bought and paid for.

If you’ve got Winamp, there are some great live videos of Jason Mraz in their media library, like this live solo version of You and I Both. If you don’t have Winamp, it’s non-evil and free, so it’s probably worth your while to download it now.

Radio Programming by Natural Selection

You really know how to push my buttons...Last week I had some work done on my car that involved removing the battery, so I lost the programming for my radio buttons. Rather than trying to remember or look up all of the frequencies, I’m experimenting with a new system – natural selection.

Here’s how it works:

There are six buttons. The last button never changes because I’m too aware that 107.9 “The End” is the best station in Sacramento for a compromise between my tastes, what I can tolerate, and the crap that actually gets played, and since it’s really the last station before it cycles around, it makes sense to keep it the last button. It’s been there for years, and it just feels like “home.”

The other five buttons are completely flexible – if they play something I hate, or they talk too long, or too many DJ’s are talking at once, I just hit scan until I hear something I like and I reprogram that button. I don’t even try to determine what the station is or whether it already exists on another button.

Using this system, I’ve already been pleasantly surprised a couple of times by what came up. One day in a freak accident, I actually programmed a button for the local Christian Rock station, but that was quickly corrected by stations higher up the food chain. By the way, I don’t think “Christian Rock” is an oxymoron. People like Phil Keaggy and Larry Norman have done some really fantastic stuff.

Running for the School Board

No, really, I'm excited!This is a quick update on my campaign for a seat as a Governing Board Member for the local elementary school district. I’m really doing this. My name will be on the same ballot as Bush and Kerry when we go to the polls here in Auburn this November. It cost $330 to give myself a “shout-out” in the back of the sample ballot, and I had to swear before a notary public that I’d uphold the constitutions of the United States and the state of California, forsaking all enemies.

As it happens, there are seven people vying for two seats in this race, which is pretty much unprecedented. You can read all about it in this article from the local paper that appeared yesterday: Financial Issues Key in Auburn Union Race. In this article, I play the part of Christopher Benson.

Good News for Family Guy Fans

Here at Asparagus Pee, we’ve been aware for some time now that Fox is planning to bring back Family Guy next year, but they’re really bringing it home now with Family Guy “mini-marathons,” so tonight I get to watch 4 old episodes back-to-back! See, Fox isn’t totally evil. Here’s the official scoop: Family Guy on Fox.

By the way, it’s OK that I’m falling for their evil plot to lure us away from the Olympics – we’ll most likely be taping both networks on our two VCRs anyway.

I’m curious… can you do that with a TiVo?

My Daily Nature Walk

I’m on a new health kick that involves, among other things, eating and sleeping better, drinking a lot less, and going for a walk every morning before work. One of my many blessings is living near the edge of the American River Canyon in Northern California, and my walk takes me from my house, where there’s no view whatsoever and the deer never hang around, about two blocks away to a neighborhood in an abandoned olive orchard that has great views of the canyon, and lots of casual wildlife milling about.

Day before yesterday, I startled a pair of deer, a buck and a doe, so yesterday, I took my digital camera with me and snapped a few candids of some wild turkeys (Mmmm… Wild Turkey&#153) that were just kinda hangin’ out, and some sunflowers that were really tough to sneak up on.

Click the pics below for the larger images:

Momma turkey with her chick
Momma T w/Chick
5 turkeys all in a row
5 In a Row
3 turkeys up close
3 Turkeys
3 turkeys facing the other way
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