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

blooming…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 30, 2004 at 10:38 am

everybody:
my friends ferd, jeremy, and emmie are in town tonight to play @ soulshine…their band is THE BLOOMS, an olde-timey/americana/roots tour de force, and they are quite good…come out and share a little early holiday cheer…jaysus is @ the bar and the darts will certainly fly…i haven’t been out on jack-town in (as lindsey so eloquently put a couple of minutes ago) ‘a coon’s age’ so i hope to see you there…
ps: this is soulshine’s last night serving pizza @ the downtown location also…get it while you can!

wild turkey?

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 25, 2004 at 10:32 am

happy thanksgiving everybody…off to arkansas with blythe to have turkey day dinner with billy and mc then go to the tigers/hogs game tomorrow…i hope the holiday finds you in a special place with special people…GEAUX TIGERS! (and turkey)…

kubuku rides…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 24, 2004 at 10:05 am

i’m penning my thanksgiving post and joe comes in and informs me that larry brown, one of mississippi’s most revered living authors, died this morning of a heart attack, well before his time…he’ll be greatly missed…as i said in my staff pick of his last book on LemuriaBooks.com i thought he had some great books left in him to write…so long larry, will miss seeing you around oxford and your visits to the store…

shotgun fun…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 16, 2004 at 9:35 am

the newest strongbad email is hilarious…and if you’re wiling away a day in front of the digital altar check out two articles on the copyright wars…the first is an intervew with jeff tweedy of wilco on how giving away their music has benefited them, plus his thoughts on the music industries tactics…the second is on the pending vote on HR2391 in the u.s. senate that makes some major changes to copyright law that has been on the books for about half of america’s life, among other things…if the dealings in that second wired article interest you, i recommend checking out the website for lawrence lessig’s book ‘free culture‘…you can read up on the history of copyright law and the huge changes it’s seen in the last 5/6 years alone…it’s an interesting quandary and the way it’s handled will have large impacts on the way we receive information…

so….

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 13, 2004 at 10:42 am

i’ve been cussing the computer all week because i’ve done nothing but sit @ it or tell other people how to use it…but i get to work today @ the bookstore and i’m grumpy because i’m missing some good football games and can’t be in baton rouge for the lsu/alabama game only to find that yahoo sports is carrying the day games i want to see (esp georgia/auburn) on live video…so the 1,0 box is back in good graces…for now…i still think i want a job digging ditches or bush hogging pastures for a couple of weeks, though…
BUT…i still need someone to watch the lsu/alabama game with tonight…drop a note or give a call if you’re interested…
–>well damn, aub/ga actually isn’t on yahoo live video OR audio…ick…

milestone…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 10, 2004 at 10:03 pm

TODAY, after 3 years of false starts, dead ends and numerous other obstacles, LemuriaBooks.com finally has a true blue shopping cart system…while there is still some core functionality that needs to be put in place, i feel as though i’ve jumped over the moon…everything about my favorite bookstore is chaos and it is hard to put just about anything into process and this has been about the biggest bitch of all…but it’s done, all written completely from scratch (we couldn’t find a single pre-made cart system that could take into account all the weird things that we encountered data and logic wise)…so go buy some books…it’s never been any easier than this, at least @ lemuriabooks.com…

came back from a nice weekend @ the farm with chuck and steve shooting guns and playing ‘lord of the rings’ risk and from a quick visit in baton rouge (blythe and i went to see ‘the motorcycle diaries‘ and it was great) to work, work, work…got the cart live today, working on a big project for syngergy and teaching a 2 day class for athena tomorrow and friday…new long sleeve t-shirt designs are due for the bookstore, broadstreet needs a computer repaired, the law firm in brookhaven needs a new computer installed…alright…enough griping…sorry…as you were…or as you are…whichever…

strathnavern: gone back homewards…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on November 5, 2004 at 3:38 pm

Now that the leaves are falling and the air is crisp, one should reflect during this time of new beginnings. It’s important that during periods of rejuvenation we take a step back and appreciate all the fine people that make up our lovely state and cultural fabric. So, clear the truck bed of that deflated inner tube, the one clam digger, assorted beer cans, random piece of rope, mildewed basketball, Calculus II text, rusted rake, empty propane tank, Chinese checkerboard, Spanish moss, top hat, punctured hose, disorganized tackle box, earmarked Hustler, oil funnel, compromised tennis ball, molded thermos, and hop on in for a ride.

Our first stop takes us to Shuqualak and the home of Mrs. Norene Butler. She has a very special friend I’d like for y’all to meet. Over the past twelve years, Mrs. Butler has taught her lab/chow/squirrel mix how to make the finest pecan pie you’ve ever tasted.

“Please tell us Mrs. Butler, how does Thripshaw make those delicious pies?”
“Well, I’ll be setting in the La-Z-Boy watching Bloomberg television with some carrot and raisin salad, and I’ll hear Thripshaw pull a Pillsbury pie crust out of the freezer…”
“Wait, a prepared crust?”
“Of course. What kind of a poltroon thinks a dog can make a pie crust from scratch? Do you have butter beans for brains? [humph] Big city hot shot thinks a dog can use a rolling pin.”

Well, anyway, our travels continue southwesterly to the lovely expanses of Meadville. We’re here talking to collector Reginald Sloopston.

“Reginald…” “Please, call me Reggie. Everybody but the Judge calls me Reggie.”
“Alright Reggie, tell us about your amazing collection”
“Thank you. As far as I know, I own the largest collection of pine cones that look like people.”
“Pine cones?”
“Yup. And here they are. This one here is William Winter.”
“I see.”
“This here’s Mae West. ‘Thanks for coming up to see me big boy.’ Hee-hee. I do impressions, too.”
“I noticed.”
“And this is my prized Archduke Ferdinand.”
“Yeah, that looks…just like…him.”
“I wish you had been here yesterday. I accidentally sat on Jimmy Durante this morning.”
“Yeah…Well, thanks very m-”
“Hey you wanna come around to the carport and see my oil drippings that look like Loni Anderson?”
“No, that’s ok.”

Back in the truck, we’re heading up north to the beautiful south Delta town of Silver City. Seymour Jenkins is the owner of the world’s largest hush puppy. It measures three feet in diameter!

[Knock-knock] “Mr. Jenkins?”
[Through the door] “Yes?”
“Hi, Strathnavern Dunkheld-Folwes IV. I spoke to your brother-in-law on the phone yesterday.”
[silence]
[Knock-knock] “Mr. Jenkins?”
[Through the door, in a fake woman’s voice] “Are you from the CIA?”
“Mr. Jenkins, I just wanted to talk to you about your hush puppy.”
[silence]
[Knock-knock] “Mr. Jenkins?”
[Through the door, in a fake Spanish accent] “No one here.”

Well, of course, if you don’t have the privilege to spend the weekend traveling the fine Magnolia State to meet the wonderful characters therein, here some things going on in the Bold New City.

FRIDAY
George Street: Taylor Grocery Band w/ Cary Hudson (recording live album)

SATURDAY
Martin’s: The Vamps (w/ Jazzy Jeff Calloway on trombone)
George Street: Taylor Grocery Band w/ Jimbo Mathis (recording live album)
The Joint @ 206: Fling Hammer

Strathnavern Dunkheld-Fowles IV, Esq. (Ret.)

P.S. Despite popular perception, Willard Scott was not a Rockette.

P.P.S. I’m quite certain Sir Thomas Wyatt’s “Blame Not My Lute” was not the inspiration for “Blame it on the Bossa Nova”.

P.P.P.S. Waiter? I believe my vichyssoise just told me to fuck off.

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