"…and not for five minutes will I be distracted from the wonder…"

the turkey day cometh

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 25, 2003 at 4:08 pm

just a quick note…oxford was a blast and i’m working on a full report of the weekend’s lunacy but things are busy at the store and graham is coming into town tonight so it won’t be up for a while…it was good to see lucky, tim, and suzi (congrats on the engagement tim and suzi!)…while we’re on that topic, a big congratulations to andrew and aimee up in boston on their engagement as well…

i’m not sure when the holidaze showed up, but lo and behold they are here…MS has decided to turn nice and cold all of the sudden as well, which is a nice change…the drives up to jackson the last 2 days have been gorgeous…i can feel the world slowing down with the cold, a nice thought as things gear up to be crazy through the holiday season…

i hope that everyone has a great thanksgiving and you all get to share time with friends and family…eat a lot!

weekend in the gauntlet #1

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 17, 2003 at 9:44 pm

it’s been a nice relaxing day in brookhaven after a wild jackson weekend…i have to giggle at myself about how i occasionally take the parts that are the sum of me, throw them all up in the air, run out from under them for a couple of days and then try to jump back quickly enough to perform some freak ballet and catch them all simultaneously without many of them breaking…

i started the weekend with dinner at hal and mals then the holy ghost/living better electrically show at martin’s…i’m one of the 3 or 4 people in jackson who actually think ‘holy ghost’ is funny so i laughed my ass off for their whole set…it was good to see LBE playing again but little of what they played moved me incredibly, but then it’s pop music, so i guess it shouldn’t…

i did get to run into some old friends i hadn’t seen in a while, mainly amy clay and lindsey from up oxford-way, and got to help dematt celebrate his birthday with a snoot full of jaegermeister…after the show i went looking for a party but could not find it so i headed over to susan margaret and scott’s, where i was to spend the night…what i thought was going to be an hour or two of hanging out then crashing turned into scott and i staying up til 6:30 am drinking wine and talking about finding one’s path through life within the discipline of art…the sunrise was beautiful, the first i’d seen in a while with the added insight of a full night of music, no sleep, and plenty of wine…

needless to say work was a chore on 2 hours of sleep…twas a slow day, though, thankfully, so to stay awake i stayed off the computer and kicked it with matt and jason in the fiction room…matt and i had a good game of ‘throw the garbage wrapped in packing tape into the top corner of the far bookcase’ which is a great game that i’d highly recommend you stopping by the store sometime to learn and play on a slow day…

adam from the store called up and invited whoever was interested to come out to watch the lsu game…mary and i ended up going out there and had a nice visit with adam, his wife erica, and kyle (who was exceptionally well behaved)…the tigers performed admirably and without being so over-confident as to shift the karmic balance against us this coming week, i think that the win against alabama was a good way to head into oxford this next weekend, especially with ole miss having an off week…

after the game mary and i headed over to bronson’s and stayed up way too late having beers and kicking it with jason, erika, amy, and matt…somewhere along the way i found my second wind and we stayed til 3 am…needless to say it didn’t take me long to go to sleep on mary’s couch…sum total of the fri. and sat. night’s sleep: 5 hours…

so sunday morning i pull myself off the couch quick enough to stop by lemuria and set the fantasy football lineup, then head for brookhaven. it was 75 degrees and raining, another normal november in ms, but a perfect day for being lazy…so i laid around and watched football and ate some of mom’s wild rice and chicken soup, always a great meal, especially on a rainy day…i did get out of the house long enough to go see jeff and emily for a bit…we had a good visit and i was able to give jeff some audio software for his new computer…i’ll be very interested to see what he does with it, as talented as he is with music like things…

i finally get a good 10/11 hours of sleep on sunday night and, as mentioned above, once again set out on a day of getting stuff DONE, having neglected the responsible duties of social living for 3 days…apparently it takes 2 nights of all night partying to get me to the place where i will clean out my car, get the windshield wipers replaced, and tackle the 15+ item to do list i’ve been collecting for a month now…but it’s all done, so i guess you shouldn’t mess with the system as long as it works…i also had time to print and frame some pictures and work on a new song for a flash movie for the site…so on the whole we can put this weekend in the plus column all the way around…

a wild sleepless weekend will also keep me fairly low-key for the rest of this week in preparation for what will hopefully will be a truly decadent and fun-filled weekend in oxford…lsu plays ole miss in what will likely amount to the game that decides the SEC west champion…many of my fellow tiger fans are coming up from baton rouge and new orleans, and a fair number of friends from jackson will be there also so it should be quite the time…

Ashes&Water on IRC

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 14, 2003 at 9:57 am

I have recently been back on IRC for the first time since college, listening in on the Plone channel to try to pick up some knowledge on the subject. Since I’m on the computer and therefore IRC all day I figured I might as well have my own channel up and running. Stop in on server irc.freenode.net, channel #ashesandwater and say hello. Download an IRC client here if you don’t have one.

PLONE WINS! PLONE WINS!

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 11, 2003 at 10:28 am

Just checked the Plone website and found out that they have been invited to Comdex in Vegas. Not only that, but according to vote totals they received the most votes of any of the open-source software packages represented! For all of you that contributed with a vote (or voting bot) all the Ploners certainly say thank you.

poem_1

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 10, 2003 at 1:48 pm

on remembering

thoughts fly high over these impossible days,
as my mirrors try to play home movies,
reflections outside of time…

i have put my mental finger,
down on a place
but it keeps passing
through the film
more like a river than a ribbon
which will not give up it’s pace
to allow me a moment
of quiet wading…

you could feel the sky

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 6, 2003 at 11:01 pm

howdy all…for all of you in the jackson/brookhaven area who didn’t get my email, i just wanted to let you know that anyone who cares to join is invited to take in the lunar eclipse saturday night out at the farm house in copiah county with me and whoever else shows up…the actual eclipse should go down about 7 pm CST and last for 25 minutes or so…i have to work but will be there by 6 pm…drop me an email if you need directions or more info…

has been a busy couple of days…on tuesday night/wednesday morning i converted the bookstore website over to SQL server…it’s humming along quite nicely and it’s cool to be able to build pages locally while using live data (sorry, tech dork rears its nerdy head B-P)…i celebrated surviving the conversion with dinner at BRAVO, getting to use up some of my house account balance…susan hall joined me and we had a tasty dinner with a nice bottle of wine and a good conversation about being 27 years old and still letting the winds of life blow you where they may (and getting weird looks when you try to explain that to someone you went to high school with who is married with 2 kids, and a career)…

i have also completed the designs for the new lemuria t-shirts and i think they look damn fine…maybe fashion design is in my future (any of you that know my wardrobe realize that’s a joke)…also have the side of the new building’s logo designed and am waiting on final approval from the people who’ll actually paint it…speaking of the new building…stopped by there today with johnnie and robert and they’re really going at it…the inside is completely gutted and they have started on getting the roof tresses ready for placement…i’m doing a big write up for the lemuria website on the building next week complete with floor plan and other useful info…i’ll be sure to post it here…i’m looking forward to getting to manage our own weird little space (a physical store named after a website could only be a john evan’s idea) and am even more excited at the events that can be held there…with the stage and sound system we’re putting in it could serve as a meeting space, performance space, art opening space, party space…the list goes on…anyways, more to come, i’ll quit babbling…

please, if you are at all interested, get in touch with me about watching the eclipse…such astronomical peculiarities are always best enjoyed in the company of friends (feel free to bring people if you like)…and if you’ve got a camera, telescope, or binoculars be sure to bring them also…

ps: i want to thank everyone who has been looking at the art gallery…the hit counts are ridiculously high for all three of them…for those of you that have mentioned to me or the artists themselves how much you’ve enjoyed them, your kudos are much appreciated…please pass the link to the gallery on to anyone you wish to, especially those who may wish to post works (visual, written, and musical pieces are all welcome)…

great heights

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 3, 2003 at 1:39 pm

photo gallery
sunny monday and not at work…i’ve had the notion to get things ‘done’ today and have been working through the to do list with time out for a sandwich and a cup of tea with mom and dad…am trying to find a non glossy paper to print some photos on but my first attempt with 66 lb. card stock failed miserably…the paper’s too porous and the inks all get muddled…so i’m off to whore-mart in a bit to find other options…

fond memories of this weekend…halloween at bronson’s and tina/lori’s was grand..a lazy halloween that was not too crazy…friday night/saturday morning was so nice i just dropped my sleeping bag on tina and lori’s deck and slept soundly under the stars…i awoke to a perfectly still, sunny, cool belhaven morning and for 20 minutes after awaking did nothing but gaze into the leaves of an oak towering over me…

saturday was quite social in brookhaven…stopped by merrie’s with emily and jeff to check out the firing of her wood-fired kiln…they were in the throes of the stoking schedule which must be done around the clock in 10/15 minutes intervals to keep the temperature at the required 1900+ degrees…met some nice folks and merrie made sure to let us look into the kiln during one stoking to see all the pots stacked on shelves, white silhouttes of themselves in the heat…they will open up the kiln next weekend after a week’s worth of cool down to see what surprises await…as we were leaving they were stoking again and in the darkness i turned to see flames rising 8 ft out of the chimney, an awe inspiring site indeed…

we went over to jeff’s haus and played with a roland keyboard he’d come into possession of (a juno something or other circa 1982) then headed over to his parents to catch up with all his sister’s…we sat around the bonfire there for a while then popped in at jeremy and stephanie’s to see them and tate…got in on a poker game and doubled my money before i had to run back over to jeff’s…

sunday was fairly lazy…watched the saints eek out a win against the bucs and started cleaning up the house a bit…i have spent so little time that the place hasn’t looked very lived in lately…i got all papers and computer parts off the floor of the study, got the big room looking less like a camping gear warehouse, and dad and i weather-proofed some windows and installed a nifty new programmable thermostat to heat/cool more efficiently based on whether i’m at the house or not…i ended the day watching a great game between the packers and vikings, finished reading the new walter anderson biography, a book that meant a lot to me the moment i saw it and will only grow to mean more in the future…

i’ll sign off with the opening lines from ovid’s ‘story of apollo and hyacinthus’ that struck me as beautiful and tragic upon reading them this morning:

There was another boy, who might have had
A place in heaven, at Apollo’s order,
Had fate seen fit to give him time, and still
he is, in his own fashion, an immortal.

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