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crappy liberal radio so far

I've been listening to the new "liberal" radio network, Air America Radio, and from what I've heard, it stinks.

Al Franken's "O'Franken Factor" was all over the place. Why was he talking to his daughter and some old friends? It was like eavesdropping on a phone call. But I didn't hear much of his show.

I did listen to this woman, Randi Rhodes, who is grating my ears as we speak. Geeze, everything she says is annoying. Maybe some people enjoy her outrageous personality and awful New York accent, but I'm going to tune out during her timeslot from now on. E-gad, her attack on Ralph Nader was over the top and offensive.

She sounds like an egotistical buffoon who can't help but run her mouth off for hours on end. She reminds me why I don't listen to talk radio. I hope the Air America strategy isn't to out-Rush Rush by being more obnoxious and abrasive than the Repugs.

And what's the deal with Daily Kos these days? They've gone from a grassroots anti-war community website to a DNC insider, congressional campaign donation collection agency. Some of the comments there are pathetic now. They're a bunch of band-wagon Democrats who have blindly forgotten all of Kerry's negatives. They're like sheep being lead by the DNC and united in their fear of a Bush re-election. They don't want to realize that their grassroots effort is being commandeered and watered down from inside the beltway.

It's a shame. I've been reading the Daily Kos blog for more than a year because of it's perspective during the run-up to the war, but now it's all zogby polls and begging for money. Thanks, DNC!


playing bass
weird effect caused by crappy webcam software

don't have that problem

On the 6th I'll be even more over the hill as I observe (probably not celebrate) my 21st birthday. I don't have any special plans and don't intend on becoming an alcoholic. So, my options are limited.

I was asked yesterday if all my friends were already 21 and bugging me about being 20. I said no. I definitely don't have that problem because I don't hang around with anyone my age, or, for that matter, any age. From time to time I'm reminded that I don't have any friends.


I should be more outgoing or something.

You know, I wonder when someone says "I like meeting new people". I wonder if they're just saying that or if they actually enjoy meeting new people. I don't think I like meeting new people. I mean, I do (I'm not completely introverted), but I don't enjoy the process of meeting someone new. There's a lot of background information that I end up repeating -- what are my hobbies, what do I do at work, what do I listen to, have I been convicted of a felony lately. You know the drill. I don't mind asking the same questions of the other person, but they must be just as bored with the interrogation.

I could use my compyooter skillz to create a vast website which explains everything there is to know about me, but that would suck. What would drive someone to that site? My dynamic personality? Doubt it.

As usual, I end up back where I started: complaining about not knowing anyone, thinking about being more extroverted, complaining about the inconvenience of introductions, giving up.

File this one under recurring theme.

playing in a travelling band

Well, I think I'm in a band now. Starting next week I'll be the official bassist for Travels With Charlie (I don't get the name either…).

We played yesterday morning at a barn in Rowley, the perfect setting for a jam band. The band leans toward Grateful Dead jams with rock influences and some pop-ish hooks at times. That might not be an accurate description. They have a bunch of originals in that vein. They're pretty laid back and interested in having a good time -- no delusions of grandeur. They're all a few years older than I am (30's I guess), so we don't share the same memories of popular 80's rock songs, but I see that as a plus. The only thing to worry about is if one of them breaks a hip or gets Alzheimer's. har har.

I think it'll be a good experience. I'm not sure what I bring to the band with my eclectic musical tastes. We may end up playing some funk, jazz, or even reggae, and maybe if we're daring enough: death klezmer! I have some ideas for potentially interesting covers and may come up with some original material if I'm creative enough. I dunno, it may just be fun.

They have gigs every once in a while, but otherwise the schedule doesn't seem demanding. The last time I played out was 3 years ago (!), so I'm eager to get back on the train. There's a gig at some bar coming up in mid-May. can't wait for that