March 8th, 2003

ROAD TRIP!! ROAD TRIP!!

We're going to Atlanta later this afternoon to Little 5 Points and later to see Sugarland in concert! I am SO excited!! I've made an honorary Sugarland Road Trip cd for the occaision, complete with a really cool label and everything.

I'm guessing that tiredofdreaming and wsbsdrewnelson are still sleeping, so in case you read this before I get the chance to talk with you, we're leaving at 2:00 PM sharp. Meet us at the Welcome Center on Williams Road, since that is convenient to the interstate. Call Damien's cell phone if there are any problems, I may or not be here if you call me but chances are I will be with him.

Many thanks and much gratitude to princessqtpi and ryno_v_6point7 for dinner the other night (which kicked serious ass, I might add - I'm looking forward to Thursday when it's my turn!) and mostly for bringing us into your space and treating us like it were ours. Again, I'm very proud of you and for you for the hard work you've both done to get where you are. I did get through 1/3 of that "song" you told me about, but had to stop as I couldn't hear it over myself laughing my monkey ass off. What can I say, it Hoovered™ in the most pathetic of ways. I'll see you tomorrow hopefully so we can do pictures downtown. Call Damien's cellphone later today if you get the chance and we'll plan on a time to do that. Don't know if you got my message, but burning my Jeff Buckley stuff took 5 1/2 GB on all 10 discs, and I've printed out setlists for all of the live shows. In total, the whole collection is:

  • 142 indivual songs on MP3, including the studio albums, bootlegs, live recordings, and the Grace EP's boxed set
  • 62 pictures
  • 2 AIM icons
  • 18 official videos & live concert clips
  • complete electronic press kits for both Grace and Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk in MPEG
  • 5 full length documentaries
  • 13 entire live concert recordings, including the famed Glastonbury Festival show and Jeff's final live recording ever
  • a DVD rip of the Cabaret Metro show in Chicago
  • the complete acoustic show the afternoon before Live In Chicago on JBTV


::struts::

Many thanks also to ilubmoney for the working code on my friends layout, soon to be universal with all of my styles. Check out her new layout, it is based on Calvin & Hobbes. The woman is extraordinary and definitely one of the most incredible souls I've met on LiveJournal.
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Hmmm...

Last night the news was on and of course they were talking about "war" and about Saddam and the like when my 11 year old niece Haley asked us "What exactly is the deal with that man and what is all the news about war?"

It occurred to me very quickly just how innocent these children are, and how I philosophize that cetain ages beg certain questions and you have to be honest in your answers for them. Maggie and I explained everything from Hussein and the living conditions in Iraq to Bin Laden and the Taliban. She asked what a bomb would do, and we explained about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We thought about telling her about Hitler and WW2, but I don't think she's ready for all of that.

I was very proud of her by the things that she asked and the way she questioned us to make sure she understood. It impressed me greatly that when we told her of the treatment of women in fundamentalist Muslim countries that she became outraged, saying things like "That's ridiculous, because these men in power wouldn't even BE in power if it were not for a woman somewhere down the line! Women and girls aren't allowed to drive a car or go to school? You're telling me it is against the law for them to wear pants? How can they live like that?"

We told her that this was the only way they KNEW to live, that they had no basis for comparison. They were raised to believe that this is all there is to life, there is no alternative and that westerners were corrupt and evil for their indulgences of women and children. That we have always been the enemy in fundamentalist environments, because the freedoms we take for granted are the basis for the evil lives they see us living.

She concluded that it was a very sad state of affairs and that she felt bad for the people living in the middle east, and that Saddam Hussein needed to go...

At this point, the ever perceptive and articulate 6 year old that calls itself my nephew Cole piped up excitedly "Shoot him in the head while he's sleeping, that'll fix his ass!"

I love my babies...
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