Thursday, February 28, 2013

Aliteration Playlist - All 481

In an attempt to placate an unknown and unstately upheaval of unease, I finished the Aliteration Playlist.  It did not, however, placate this unknown 'n unstately upheaval of unease.  Better go running or something...

Being as this was a few hours in the making, I figured that it needed some semblence of public pronouncement.  


Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70 for Cello and Piano  Schumann & Steven Isserlis
Arpeggio Adaggio      The Dandy Warhols
Bach: Brandenburg      Max Pommer: New Bach Collegium Musicum
Baby Bitch      Ween
Baby Blue       Badfinger
Back In Black AC/DC
Back to Black  Amy Winehouse
Bad Blood       Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Bad Blood       Ministry
Bad Boyfriend           Garbage
Bad Businessman      Squirrel Nut Zippers
Bamboo Banga          M.I.A.
Banana's and Blow   Ween
Be Brave         My Brightest Diamond
Beast Of Burden        The Rolling Stones
Beat On The Brat      The Ramones
Because We Believe  Andrea Bocelli
Bedbugs And Ballyhoo         Echo & The Bunnymen
Before It Breaks        Brandi Carlile
Behind The Bushes   The Knife
Bell Bottom Blues      Derek & The Dominos
Benny the Bouncer   Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Between Breaths (An XX Perspective)       Blaqk Audio
Between The Bars     Elliott Smith
Bhakti Boombox        MC Yogi
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Verna Felton and James MacDonald
Big Bottom     Spinal Tap
The Bitch Is Back       Elton John
Bitmore Boogie          Dave Monson
Black And Blue          Van Halen
Black and Blue           Ingrid Michaelson
Black Boots     Paula Cole
Blitzkrieg Bop            The Ramones
Block After Block       Matt & Kim
Blue Buddha  My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Blue On Black            Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Bohemian Ballet        Deep Forest
Bone Broke    The White Stripes
Born On The Bayou  Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bottle Of Blues           Beck
Bottles & Bones (Shade & Sympathy)        Califone
Bottom Of The Barrel           Amos Lee
The Boy In The Bubble        Paul Simon
Boys Better    The Dandy Warhols
Break My Body          Pixies
Broken Bone  Iceage
Brooklyn Is Burning  Head Automatica
Bushwick Blues         Delta Spirit
Car Crash       Matt Nathanson
Car Crash       Telekinesis
Caring Is Creepy       The Shins
Cat's In the Cradle    Harry Chapin
Cello Concerto in C/C-dur/ut Majeur H. VIIb:1 \ Adagio Haydn
Cheap and Cheerful The Kills
Chitllins Con Carne   Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Choking the Cherry  Poe
Close Curtains           Guilty Simpson
Cold Chillin'   Len
Come On, Come Out  A Fine Frenzy
Complete Control      The Clash
Corpus Christi           La Bien Querida
Crash Course Crash Test Dummies
Crimson And Clover  Tommy James & The Shondells
Cripple Creek            The Stonemans
Crop Circle     Monster Magnet
The Cross Of Changes          Enigma
Cup Of Coffee            Garbage
Cups and Cakes         Spinal Tap
Curtain Call    Tori Amos
Curtain Call (Live)    Brandi Carlile
Cygnet Committee    David Bowie
Damien Dreams        Jeremy Enigk
Dancing Days Led Zeppelin
Dancing In the Dark The Snuggle Ups
Daphne Descends     Smashing Pumpkins
Dark Days      Punch Brothers
Dead and Done         Bobby Long
Dear Darcy     Joshua James
Dear Diary     Patty Larkin
Decoration Day          John Lee Hooker
Deed Is Done Dave Matthews
Deep Dish      Ani DiFranco
Delta Dawn    Tanya Tucker
Demon Days  Gorillaz
Devil In The Details  Bright Eyes
Devils' Dance Demons & Devils
Diamond Dogs           Beck
Diamond in the Dark            Fresh & Onlys
Diddley Daddy          Chris Isaak
Digging In The Dirt   Peter Gabriel
Ding Dang      My Brightest Diamond
Dirty Day        U2
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap          AC/DC
Dirty Diana    Michael Jackson
Dirty Dog        ZZ Top
Do Nothing Day         Candace
Doin' It To Death       James Brown
Dragnet Drag Peter Murphy
The Dream Of The Dolphin Enigma
Dressed In Dresden  The Hundred In the Hands
Drums of Death (Inst)          DJ Shadow
Drunk Drivin'            Sublime
Dub Driving   Angelo Badalamenti
Dust Devil      Butthole Surfers
Dust Devil      Madness
Dying Day      Brandi Carlile
Easter Eve      John Mellencamp
Emergency Exit         Beck
The End Of Everything        Chris Isaak
Everybody's Everything       Santana
Fading Fast    The Go-Go's
Feelings Of Fright      Vampire's Lair
Femme Fatale            Duran Duran
Fight Fire With Fire   Apocalyptica
Fight Fire With Fire   Kansas
Fight Fire With Fire   Metallica
Fill Us With Fire         Erasure
Fish To Fry     The Ditty Bops
Fist Of Fire     Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Flesh For Fantasy (1999 Digital Remaster)           Billy Idol
Fool In the Photograph        Sunny Day Real Estate
Forest Fire      Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Forty Four      Howlin' Wolf
Freddie Freeloader   Miles Davis
Free Fallin'     Tom Petty
Freeze Frame Acoustic Alchemy
Freeze-Frame            The J. Geils Band
Fuel My Fire   The Prodigy
Funny Face    Donna Fargo
Garbage Grove           Sublime
Get Up 'N' Go The Ditty Bops
Gitchee Gitchee Goo  Phineas and the Ferbtones
Go Get Your Gun        The Dear Hunter
The Go Getter            The Black Keys
Gold and Green         Sugarland
Golden Gates  John Mellencamp
Good Gone Girl           Mika
Gossip Girl      Lexxi Saal
Gossip In the Grain   Ray LaMontagne
Gots to Get Her (Inspired By "Puttin' On the Ritz")          Blake Lewis
Gotta Be Good            Chris Isaak
Gravity Grave [Live]  The Verve
Guide Me God            Ghostland
Hand On Heart          Queensrÿche
Happy Home  Garbage
Happy Home  Paula Cole
Happy Home (Keep On Writing)    Kimya Dawson
Happy House Ornette Coleman
Hard to Handle          The Black Crowes
Hard To Handle         Jack Russell
Haunted Heart          little hurricane
Havoc In Heaven       Jesca Hoop
Head Over Heels       Tears For Fears
Head Up High            Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Headed For A Heartbreak    Winger
Healing Hands           Marc Cohn
Heart Too Hot To Hold          Jesse Johnson & Stephanie Spruill
Hell Hole         Spinal Tap
Hello, Hooray Alice Cooper
Helplessly Hoping     Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
High Hopes    Pink Floyd
Hit So Hard    Hole
Hold My Hand           Hootie & The Blowfish
Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)    Michael Jackson
Houses Of The Holy  Led Zeppelin
Human Hands           Sondre Lerche & The Faces Down Quartet
I Belong to the Band Mavis Staples
I Can See Clearly       Johnny Nash
I Dug Up A Diamond Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
I Feel Fine      The Beatles
I Love My Label         Nick Lowe
I Shot The Sheriff      Eric Clapton
I'm Afraid Of Americans       David Bowie
I'm Afraid Of Americans       David Bowie
I'm Still Standing       Elton John
Impressive Instant    Madonna
Inspiration Information       Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
It's Not The Night      The Cars
Jimmy Jazz     The Clash
Juke Joint Jezebel      K.M.F.D.M.
Jump For Joy  Koko Taylor
Lady Luck       Jamie Woon
Lady Lynda    Acoustic Alchemy
Leaving Las Vegas     Sheryl Crow
Lend Me Your Love   Pinetop Perkins
Life in Laralay            Love and Rockets
Like A Lady    The Sounds
The Limit To Your Love        Feist
Little Lies        Fleetwood Mac
Lookin' For Love        Johnny Lee
Love Letter     Bonnie Raitt
Love Letters   Nora O'Connor
Love Me Lovely          The Dandy Warhols
Live Your Life            Otis Taylor
Lonely For Your Love            Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Long Way To Love     Britny Fox
Looking For Love       The Cars
Love and Liberté       Gipsy Kings
Love In The Lies        Amos Lee
Love Of A Lifetime     Firehouse
Love Of My Life         Queen
Love Of My Life         Santana Feat. Dave Matthews
Low and Lonely         The Bluegrass Cardinals
Luck Be A Lady          Frank Sinatra
Lunar Landing           Floyd Lee Band
Lust Or Love  Scorpions
Lust To Love  The Go-Go's
Macho Man    The Village People
Madre Mia     Gipsy Kings
Maggie M'Gill The Doors
Maggie May   Rod Stewart
Magic Man     Heart
Make a Move Icon For Hire
Make It Mine Jason Mraz
Make It Till Monday [Acoustic]        The Verve
Malted Milk    Eric Clapton
Mamma Mia   ABBA
Man In The Mirror    Michael Jackson
Man On A Mission     Van Halen
Man On The Moon    R.E.M.
Manic Monday           The Bangles
Mary Magdalene       Patty Larkin
Mean Mr. Mustard    The Beatles
Military Madness      Graham Nash
Milk and Mangoes     Saravah Soul
Minutes To Memories           John Mellencamp
Miss Mary Mack        Music For Little People Choir
Miss Me          Andy Grammer
Miss Murder  AFI
Missionary Man         Eurythmics
Mister Machoman     Lords Of Acid
Mister Malcontent     Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Monday Morning      Christina Aguilera
Monday Morning      Death Cab for Cutie
Monday Morning (Remastered)     Fleetwood Mac
Monster Mash           Bobby "Boris" Picket
Month Of May           Arcade Fire
Moonlight Mile          The Rolling Stones
Move for Me (Mind Electric Mix)    Kaskade & Deadmau5
Moving Mountains    Thrice
Mulligatawny Man    Astrofly
The Murder Mystery            The Velvet Underground
Muscle Museum        Muse
Music Man     REO Speedwagon
Muffin Man    Music For Little People Choir
My Man          The Eagles
My Mathematical Mind        Spoon
My Mistakes   Eleanor Friedberger
My Moon My Man     Feist
Need You Now           Cut Copy
Network News           Robert Plant
Nosy Neighbor           The Ditty Bops
Nothing & Nowhere  Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
On Your Own Blur
One And Only            Queensrÿche
The Only One            The Black Keys
The Only One            Joel Piper
Only The Ocean         Jack Johnson
Papa Don't Preach    Madonna
Paper Planes M.I.A.
Part of the Process    Morcheeba
Passion Play   Loudon Wainwright III
Past In Present          Feist
Paw Paw Patch          Music For Little People Choir
Pee-Pee In The Potty            Kimya Dawson
Pelvis Pusher (Bonus Track)           Vintage Trouble
Philadelphia Freedom          Elton John
Piano Picker   The Carpenters
Pick Up the Phone    Dragonette
Pick Up The Pieces    Average White Band
Pillars & Pews            Dignan
The Pimp and the Priest      The Dear Hunter
Pleasure And Pain    Ben Harper
Potato Picking            Mark Knopfler
Pretty In Pink            The Dresden Dolls
Pretty In Pink            The Psychedelic Furs
Pretty Paper  Chris Isaak
Pretty Paper  Willie Nelson
The Prince Of Parties           Flight Of The Conchords
Pull Up the People    M.I.A.
Punjabis, Pimps, and Players           DJ Shadow
Purple People            Tori Amos
Ramblin' Rose            Nat King Cole
Ready to Run Dixie Chicks
Red Rabbits   The Shins
Red Rain         Peter Gabriel
Red Rain         The White Stripes
The Remington Ride String Cheese Incident
Rhyme & Reason       Dave Matthews Band
Rhymes and Reasons            John Denver
Richie and Ruben      Fountains of Wayne
The Right To Rock     Keel
Ring Around The Rosy          Music For Little People Choir
Rock & Roll     Led Zeppelin
Rock'n Roll     The Sounds
Roll Right        Rage Against The Machine
Rough Rider   The English Beat
Roy Rogers     Elton John
Run Run Rudolph.     Dave Edmunds
Rural Route    John Mellencamp
Russian Roulette       Edwin McCain
Sad Song        The Cars
Sad Songs (Say So Much)     Elton John
Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) [From "The Hunger Games" Soundtrack] Taylor Swift
Sally's Song    Danny Elfman
The Salmon Song      Courage Brothers
Salt and Sand            Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang
Sand In My Shoes     Dido
Sara Smile      Hall & Oates
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout   Tori Amos
Satin Sheets   Jeanne Pruett
Savage Sexteen         My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Sea Of Sorrow            Alice In Chains
Secret Smile   Semisonic
Secret Song    Reel Big Fish
Secret Spell (Santa)  Tori Amos
Seesaw Sway Peter Murphy
Serve The Servants   Nirvana
Set The Sails  Dan Mangan
Set The Scene            Umbrellas
Seven Seas     Echo & The Bunnymen
Sexy Sadie      The Beatles
Shadows In Silence   Enigma
Shake the Shackles   Crystal Stilts
Shakespeare's Sister The Smiths
Shalom / Saalam       Matisyahu
Shamrocks And Shenanigans (Butch Vig Mix)      House Of Pain
Shape of a Sound      Civil Twilight
She Said         The Cramps
She Says         Howie Day
She Sells Sanctuary   The Cult
She Sells Sanctuary   The Dandy Warhols
Shining Star   Earth Wind & Fire
Shock To The System (2001 Digital Remaster)     Billy Idol
Shooting Star Bad Company
Short Stacks   The Ditty Bops
The Shortest Straw   Metallica
Show Of Strength      Echo & The Bunnymen
Silent Sea       KT Tunstall
The Silly Song (Dwarfs' Yodel Song)          Adriana Caselotti
Silver Sun       Crystal Stilts
Simple Stuff   Echo & The Bunnymen
Sing A Song    Earth Wind & Fire
Sing A Song Of Sixpence       Music For Little People
Sinner Street Tuff
Sitting Still      R.E.M.
Six Ways From Sunday         Mofro
Sixteen Saltines         Jack White
Smiling Swine            The Dear Hunter
So Sorry          Feist
Soft Shock      Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Something, Somewhere, Sometime (Album)         Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore
Sometimes Salvation The Black Crowes
Son & Sylvia   Eric Clapton
Son of Shiva (feat. Rita Sahai)         MC Yogi
Song Of The Stars     Dead Can Dance
Sons Of Scotland       Mark Knopfler
Soul and the Sea       Joshua James
Soul Sacrifice Santana
Soul Suckers  Amos Lee
Soul Surfing   Fatboy Slim
The Sound Of Settling          Death Cab For Cutie
The Sound of Silence (Live) Brandi Carlile
The Sound Of Sunshine (Album Version)  Michael Franti & Spearhead
Spanish Sahara (Album)      Foals
Speed Of Sound        Coldplay
The Spectrum Song  Paul Frees
The Spinach Song     Julia Lee And Her Boyfriends
Spit Sperm     K.M.F.D.M.
A Spoonful Of Sugar Julie Andrews
Stable Song    Death Cab For Cutie
Stains of Saints          The  Weather Machines
Standing In The Sun Howie Day
Staring At the Sun     Alaska In Winter
Stars and Stripes       Rogue Wave
Stars Are Stars           Echo & The Bunnymen
Steal My Sunshine    Len
Steps Of The Sun      Nostalgia 77
Sticky Sweet   Mötley Crüe
Still In Saigon The Charlie Daniels Band
Stockholm Syndrome            Muse
Stolen Smiles Fifteen
Stop Your Sobbing    The Pretenders
Subject To Status      Pitchshifter
Such a Scream           Tom Waits
Suddenly I See          KT Tunstall
Sufragette City          David Bowie
Sullivan Street           Counting Crows
Sultans Of Swing       Dire Straits
Summer In Siam       The Pogues
Summer Of '69          Bryan Adams
Summer Skin Death Cab For Cutie
Summer Solstice        Crystal Antlers
The Sun Is Shining (Alternate)       Elmore James
Sunbeam Show         Candy Claws
Sunday Sun   Beck
Supernatural Superserious R.E.M.
Sweet Salvation         The Cult
Sweet Sangria            Tori Amos
Sweet Sixteen (2001 Digital Remaster)     Billy Idol
Sweet Sixteen [Live] B.B. King
Sweet Soul Sister       The Cult
Sweet Sour     Band of Skulls
Sweet Southern Moon (Album)      The Benjy Davis Project
Sweet Sunshine         Beck
Sweet Surrender       Bread
Sweet Surrender       John Denver
Sweet Surrender       Sarah McLachlan
Sweet The Sting        Tori Amos
Flashlight Fight          The Go! Team
Take Time      Lenny Kravitz
Talk Of The Town     FireHouse
Talk Of The Town     The Pretenders
Tamatant Tilay          Tinariwen
Tea For Two   Mambo All-Stars
Tears to Tell   Howard Jones
Tell The Truth           Derek & The Dominos
Terrible Thought      Poe
Thanksgiving Theme            Vince Guaraldi Trio
That Rock Won't Roll            Restless Heart
That's The Way Of The World         Earth Wind & Fire
These Times  SafetySuit
This Time       Bryan Adams
This Time       Chris Isaak
This Time       INXS
This Time       The Verve
This Town      The Go-Go's
Thought to Thing      Kellee Maize
Throwing Things (acoustin)            Superchunk
Time Will Tell            The Black Crowes
Tinsel Town   Seal
Tisket A Tasket          Music For Little People
Tongue Tied  Eve 6
The Tracks of My Tears        Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Trash Tongue Talker            Jack White
Twisted Transistor    Korn
Unbroken, Unshaven            The Budos Band
Untrust Us     Crystal Castles
Vital Vessals Vindicate          The Dear Hunter
Viva la Vida    Coldplay
Voulez Vous   ABBA
Wade In The Water  Eva Cassidy
Waiting For The Worms       Pink Floyd
Walk This Way          Aerosmith
Walk This Way          Daniel Ash
Walk This Way          Run-DMC
Walk Through The World    Marc Cohn
Walk To The Water   U2
Washing Of The Water         Peter Gabriel
Wasted Words           The Allman Brothers Band
Watching Waiting (Album)  Todd Carey
The Way I Walk         The Cramps
We Walk         R.E.M.
We Will Walk Matisyahu
We're Going Wrong  Cream
Weekend Wars          MGMT
Weeping Willow        The Verve
Welcome to the World          Kevin Rudolf & Rick Ross
Welcome To This World       Primus
What A Wonderful World    Eva Cassidy
What You Want         Bombay Bicycle Club
Whenever We Wanted         John Mellencamp
Whispers in the Wind          Solitudes: Exploring Nature With Music
White Wedding         Whip
White Wedding - Part 1 (2001 Digital Remaster)            Billy Idol
Whole Wide World   Wreckless Eric
"Whole Wide World" - The Pristeens, Scandal, Controversy, & Romance        
Wicked Ways Garbage
Wild and Wicked Ways        Leon Redbone
Wild Is The Wind      David Bowie
Wild Is The Wind      Nina Simone
Winter Wonderland Eurythmics
Wishing It Was          Santana Feat. Eagle-Eye Cherry
Witchy Woman          The Eagles
Within and Without  Washed Out
Wonderful World      Louis Armstrong
Worked It Out Wrong           Chris Isaak
World Waits   Jeremy Enigk
Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man) [Remix]         Love and Rockets
Yin and Yang Solitudes: Exploring Nature With Music
Zombie Zoo    Tom Petty

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rupee Repulsion

Last night I didn't sleep well.  I was thrashing about in a feverish fit of terror.  It was a frightful nightmare – one in which I had been asked to prepare a tax return in rupees.  No!  I cried.  There isn't room on the US tax return for rupees!  And woke up in a pool of sweat.

(But not because of the nightmare.  Mostly it's because I'm 40 now and The Change is eminent.)

It's true.  There isn't enough room on the US Tax Return for cents beyond the decimal let alone the space required for rupees.  For example, lets say your wages are $50,000.  Guess how many rupees that is?  At the current exchange rate (2/24/13 @ 9:00pm), that's $2,712,497.02 rupees.  And if you're lucky enough to sport a million this year?  $54,249,940.33 big 'uns.  Do you see my horror now?

Rupee tax returns would present all sorts of PDF placement panic!

I need a life.  Tonight we went to a music recital.  While listening to a Dvořák Slavonic something-er-other (for two violins and piano), I reached up to fancy the bun upon my head, only to discover that THERE WAS A FREAKING PENCIL IN IT.

What a geek.  What a nightmarin', sweat-poolin', pencil-in-the bunin' geek.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Stock From Which I Am Cut

I don't make sense to most folks.  Some find me odd, others find me immature, while yet others find me just plain annoying.  They just look at me sideways as it to say, "What planet are you from?"

I tell them that I come from Planet Mikey.  And then when they finally (get to!) meet this Mikey, every last bit of my personality make sense.... Oh!  That's why you like to tell stories... and wear things out 'til they die... and laugh at things you shouldn't ... and make fun of any and everything... and never finish a sentence... and burst out in song... and roll your eyeballs... and... watch Wimbeldon.

The list goes on.

My dad is awesome.  He stacks his actions and thoughts against his solid-as-steel principles, and is the most honest person I know.  Mikey, a self-proclaimed "Farm Boy From Orem" knows how to work and does so with vigor.  He's a true survivalist, possibly among the last civilized few who can survive in the wilderness if needed.  He is witty, creative, enthusiastic, and loads of fun to be around.

My dad is awesome.

Nestled deep within Mikey's rough 'n surviving exterior, is a sensitive and thoughtful core.  And nestled beneath that sensitive and thoughtful core is a cachet of gifts: the guy knows how to buy presents.  I have received everything from NSPS bike jerseys to the complete collection of Estee Lauder perfume. Face cream, hand cream, boots, mascara, beach towels, the soda stream, makeup, a donut maker, and "it" jackets for my boys – we've received them all.

Each gift surprises and is perfect.

Of all the gifts I've received from this Mikey, one stands out.  A few years ago, at Christmas time, Mikey gave my sister and I a Cricket paper cutting device.  He completed this pesent with many fancy cartridges that feature a myriad of fonts and shapes.  It was indeed a big surprise.  The sister and I inquired...

What the...?!  Where on earth did this come from?

Turns out Mikey fell asleep on the couch one night and woke to the Cricket's 2:00am infomercial.  He sat through this informercial's entire viewing and thought, "I'll bet my girls would enjoy one of those!"

(He really does think with exclamation points, just in case you're curious.)

He was right.  His girls have enjoyed that Cricket.  We cut out shapes, letters and designs for science projects and birthdays, we cut Valentines for school – you name it, we've cut it.  The sis and I have turned into pure cut-ups.

One particular use for this Cricket is directly related to Mikey.  We have this photo of Mikey in the front entry.  It's a terrific picture and one I adore – oh how I adore this picture.  There's one problem with this photo, however, and that is he's flipping the bird.

The neighbor kids don't necessarily appreciate this bird-flipping so we've used this Cricket to adorn Mikey's bird for the holidays:

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And here's what the bird looked like for Halloween:

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013


I have this hobby that I like to call boot surfing.  It's where I surf the internet for boots.  Sometimes I wear boots while I surf the internet for boots.  And sometimes I wear a pair a boots, surf for a bit, then change the boots, and surf some more.

An embarrassing amount of minutes have been drained into the schlocky orbit of boot surfing.  I've browsed for thigh-highs, knee-highs, mid-calf, and ankle-highs; perused galoshes, mukluks, rain boots, and those for snow; I've grazed the westerns for square toe, snip toe, needle toe, and broad round.  Then there's the sporting class, that includes ski boots for down, up, skate, cross and tour; others include riding, roping, and ruching.  What's ruching, you say?  I don't know!  I think it involves sport-sewing. In boots.

But wait!  We're just getting started!  We have yet to catalogue the adornments that festoon and make fancy!  There's stitching, buckles, laces, studs, buttons, gathers, zippers, grommets and more; high heels, low heels, no heels, and heels for a... you know... lady of the night.

So many boots!  So many options! There's red, black, brown, mahogany, pewter, olive, bronze, grey, animal print, both legit and faux; there's leather, vegan, snakeskin, mule skin, foreskin, synthetic, nubuck and even suede.

Options.  Boots have options.  I currently have my eyes on a pair of spangley Ariats, bedazzled and embroidered with a brazen 'n hotdogging peacock.  Can you think of anything more silkenly delicious, than that of peacocking about in a pair of cocky-pea boots?  NO!  You can't!

Here's some help just in case (and thanks to Winder):


See I told you I boot surf.  I'm a world-class, champion boot surfer.  I'm looking for sponsors.  Please leave a comment.

Just the other day, I was chatting with Evil Bob, who is a coworker of Mikey (my dad.)  Mikey and I were discussing some military issue, steel-toed, dessert trompers that the Marines sport for nearly 300 bucks a pair.

"How do you know so much about these boots?"asked Evil Bob.

"I have this hobby.  I surf the internet for boots." 

Evil Bob told me I needed a new hobby.

Why would I choose another hobby, when this one entertains and delights?  Case in point: on Monday, I was working.  And working.  And working.  I blew a garishly unladylike raspberry and hollered, "I need a break!  I am so fried!"

Fryed?  Thought I.  As in Frye....?

That's when I used my break to boot surf a pair of Fryes – of which I've had my eye on for some time – and clicked add to cart.

(Photo added per Winder's request.  I'm so accommodating lately.)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Tuesday Tune vol 119 - Verdi's Requiem - Dies Irae

Today started out great.  I had some exercise, a shower, and even dressed myself in real clothes (not like the unreal clothes, which include a Nashville hoodie and shaggy pair of sweats, of which I had been in for umpteen days straight.)

Yes, it was looking to be a great day.  But then I logged into work, and there was so much to do, and not enough people to do it.  That wasn't so bad.  A little deflating, yes, but not bad.  Then I had a customer bark at me.  I mean BARK!  He told me I had ruined his week.  Did I take this personally?  You bet I did.  I had held his hand for days, walking him through this and walking him through that.  He was happy until he learned that (due congresses grand fiscal cliff fiasco) there would be a delay in filing his return.  That's when I ruined his week. HIS WHOLE  WEEK.

I wanted to cry.  When I'm stressed, I don't cry.  When someone hurts my feelings, I don't cry.  But when I'm stressed AND someone hurts my feelings?  Well that's when I usually cry.  Today I may or may not have shed one tear.

Although I may or may not have shed one tear, I didn't, however, allow this disparaging cloak of doom to wrap me in it's hollow grave.  Instead, I turned on my Happy Light.  Then I hit the iTunes play button.  I had just downloaded a tune from Opree (my sister) who so thoughtfully honored me with a tax-time gift.  This was my first listening:

The day of wrath, that day
Will dissolve the world in ashes
As foretold by David and the Sibyl!
How much tremor there will be,
when the judge will come,
investigating everything strictly!

After listening to just 30 seconds of this fine ditty, I was in stitches.  Here I was, basking in the glow of a Happy Light, and listening to a Requiem.  Of all the paradoxes!  The air was thick with ironic dissonance!  And not just any part of a Requiem, the Dies Irae part of a Requiem!  I laughed so hard I snarted.  (Snarted is the past tense form of snart, which means to snort and fart at the same time.)

The Dies Irae is about the IRS!  Is it not?  Investigating everything strictly?!  The judge will come?!  Day of wrath?! Tremor?!  

Gads my sister is funny.  Funny, funny.

Then I got a text that said, "Check your front door."  It was Carol.  She brought me a smoothie.  I went back downstairs to my office, turned on that Happy Light, played the Dies Irae, and sucked on my smoothie.  

It really did turn out to be a great day.  Happy Tuesday.  Enjoy your IRS tune.