Kiev Idol

RTFM Week, Day One
I had opportunity to take photographs this weekend and I didn’t. A few weeks ago when I did the nighttime stroll in midtown I realized that I own a very complicated flash unit (a Nikon SB-800 whose manual is 127 pages!) and didn’t know how the hell to use it properly. With a (hopefully) slow week ahead of me I am going to try read some of the manuals for my equipment so that I can use them better.

ING Half Marathon Training, Day One
I haven’t enjoyed running for some time. I think that my enjoyment has gone down as my weight has gone up. While I didn’t run with the crowd yesterday I did pick up some interesting information. We are now eighteen weeks out from the running of the inaugural ING Georgia Marathon (I’ve signed up to run the half-marathon). Yesterday’s host had printed out an eighteen-week training schedule from Hal Hidgon‘s site. Last night I went onto to the site and downloaded a twelve-week training program for the half-marathon.

My current hope is that if I run a regimented schedule I will not only be well-trained for the half-marathon, I will lose weight in the process.

My Patience For Traffic Has Diminished
For nearly the entire year I have driven to work instead of taking MARTA. The morning drive in is on the order of thirty minutes, while the drive home ranges from forty-five to over ninety. Recently the drive home has hovered around the top end of that range and my patience has felt its effects. On Friday evening I drove to Decatur in hopes to snatch up some of the deals going on at Decatur CD during their anniversary weekend. When I arrived I found out that The Selmanaires were playing there Friday instead of Saturday as I thought. I learned that the last thing I want to do after sitting in traffic for ninety minutes is be crammed into a small CD store with a bunch of people. I was out of the store in fewer than two minutes.

The Early Bird May Get The Worm But Little Else
I was up early Saturday morning to run some errands, one of which was to buy my new phone, another of which was to complete the Decatur CD trip I aborted the night before.

I am an early riser and I figured that all stores should be open by 9am, or at latest 10am on a Saturday. As I found out that morning the Cingular store opened at 10am while Decatur CD doesn’t open until 11am.

I loitered around Decatur long enough to make it into Cingular only to be disappointed that the only Black Jack phone they had in stock was being held for someone else. When I saw that Decatur CD didn’t open for another hour I headed to my car and go the hell out of Decatur.

The Hood Is Alive With The Sound Of Music
My impatience on Saturday paid off to some degree however. I headed to Criminal Records and picked up some CDs

– Manchester Orchestra — “I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child”
This is a very good release which builds upon their previous EP, even “borrowing” one song from it. I look forward to seeing the songs performed some day in the near future, especially since I recognized a few of the tunes from the last time I saw them live.

– A Hawk And A Hacksaw — “The Way The Wind Blows”
From one of the former Neutral Milk Hotelers this is an eclectic CD with rambling percussions and sparse lyrics. This will definitely something that gets played when I am in the mood for “something different”.

I was also told that I should check out Beruit.

– And You’ll Know Us By The Trail Of Dead — “So Divided”
I’ve yet to listen to the disc. I heard many apparently only one of the songs the other evening when I saw them play at Masquerade. I wonder if I have to thrash about moshing when I first listen to this CD.

– The Numbers — “The Numbers” (a freebie thrown in by someone who I believe as Tessa)
Never heard of them and wouldn’t have bought the CD if their was a cost associated with it. I listened to part of the disc on Saturday, but not enough to form a complete opinion.

Rat Bastard Amazing Race!!!
Before I begin, do any of you watch Drawn Together? On last week’s episode the housemates were sitting around watching The Amazing Race Riots. I busted out laughing…

The Amazing Race is really becoming amazing.

Who knew that it was acceptable to scrape your helmet when repelling down a wall? Not me.

Who knew that Kiev had a Hip-Hop scene? Not me.

Who knew that two blonde beauty queens could rap better than two single mothers from Alabama? Not me again…

‘Bama continues to get on my nerves. If they were going to whine about the Cho brothers stopping so much for directions, why did they follow them for so long? I also have a feeling that the “friendship” between Bama and the Chos is a bit one-sided. I really hope that their turn for elimination is next.

The tank driving looked really fun. I may have to add that to my list of things to do before I die.

However, I predict a blonde slip-up next week and they will be ousted. I just think that they are ready for a misstep that will cost them the race.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – crummy
Current Music – none, I am listening to the Penn Jilette podcast
Website Of The DayGiveaway Of The Day lets you download a piece of software for free each day. Most days you get what you paid for, but the price is right.
Exercise (b)Log – hashing on Saturday

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Kiev Idol

  1. D.D.D.Dave says:

    …and you will know us by the trail of dead only played one song from their new record, so no, you didn’t hear much of it…lol

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Strange, I didn’t recognize much of their set then. I’ll assume that some of my problems were

    – I was too close to the stage and things were muffled
    – I was too busy trying to stay out of the mosh pit
    – I am a moron

  3. Amity says:

    Who knew that Kiev was pronounced “keeve”?

    Who knew that you should repel down a wall wearing only your socks?

    Who knew that Rob would actually (correctly) get on a plane to Kiev and not Moscow?

    Who knew that the Chos would cry so damn much when they got ousted from the Race?

    Who knew we’d be down to these final four who I could give a crap about?

  4. D.D.D.Dave says:

    yeah, a good 4/5ths of the set was Madonna/Source, Tags, & Codes material…only a couple from worlds apart and one from the new one

    yeah, there were some absolute retards in that place.

    were you there for the whole evening, that first band Brothers & Sisters were great…none of those stupid mall punk kids knew what the hell was going on. Made me laugh.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Amity: I have also been told that we no longer spell Kiev this way, it is now spelled Kyiv. No, I am not making this up.

    I knew that the Chos would cry.

    The final four is most undeserving. Maybe no one will win. 🙂

    @D.D.D.Dave: That explains a lot to me. I’ve listened to World’s Apart many times, but not much else of their catalog.

    I was there for the whole night as well. I thought Brothers & Sisters were alright, not much I’d care to listen to often. The female singers were enough to maintain my attention. They did not have nearly enough body mods for the Hot Topic crowd.

  6. D.D.D.Dave says:

    wow, blasphemy.

    the madonna/s,t,&,t albums are two longtime favorites over here…pretty much unfuckwithable. Worlds apart was a decent enough record but trying to hard to come across as an epic, as opposed to st&t where it was pretty effortless.

  7. It wasn’t until I started listening to Sirius that I found out about Trail of Dead. Before then I was a *for shame* commercial radio (read ’99x’) listener.

  8. Gentri says:

    Note to self: don’t type in “body mods” at work

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh yeah, I guess I should have mentioned that.

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