Two new songs, Kodie looks funny

These two new songs could be said to be written for Kodie, since one was before I went to pick her up at the Vet, and the second one when I got her home and all fed (2 full cans of soft meaty dog food!).

The first one, a Mother Fing Jam in G, can be downloaded here. It shows why I love my new found experience of fingerpicking, and also hammering on two notes at the same time with two different fingers on two very different strings. You just have to put on headphones and listen to it to tell where I'm talking about. Otherwise, it's just I hear a rhythm in my head and play along.

The second one, Long Jam, here, starts off finding a rhythm to play along with, then plays around in D for a while.

Kodie got her whole bottom row of teeth pulled :( The front though, none of her big teeth. These looked real bad in the past week or so, and I noticed two of them, at least, were really loose. So they're all gone. She's fine though. They said in a few weeks, if I want I can go back to the hard food, if Kodie will eat that stuff still! I gave her some soft food, and it was like meat with gravy. Two full cans, and she just ate it up. She was starving so we'll see how she is tomorrow. If she's still excited about getting food, then I actually have to learn how to portion it for her! Usually when the bowl's empty I fill it and it won't be empty for about a day or so. She's very good about eating that food because she doesn't like it :) It's only when necessary. But I bet I could keep filling her bowl up with this soft, meaty, gravy covered food and she'll just keep eating it.

I watched the HBO show "In Treatment" tonight and really liked it. I was like "I should probably watch that show, it's on a couch, and there's no room for bad acting, so it's probably excellent or really shitty". Then as I was thinking that, it came on. It was probably an "On Next" thing. It's on HBO. It was excellent, I must say. Might watch it some more.

Ridiculous Colbert Quote

I decided yesterday, at 11:30PM, instead of finishing up watching a show on the Science Channel called "The Sun", to turn on the Colbert Report. It was a decent show, but during one of the commercials, it was him touting his upcoming show, on Thursday, when he will have Bill O'Reilly on. Bean and I were watching, and he said:

"This is it, after this it's all downhill, unless Jesus takes me up on my offer to host the Apocalypse"

HAHAHA! We were rolling.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Marathon

Hanging out until football starts, watching Curb Your Enthusiasm since 11:45am today. Great show. I bought my brother the first five seasons for Christmas, *expecting* him to bring it over to watch :) Man I'm smart. He's said it's the greatest gift ever. It is absolutely hilarious. I watch it and almost immediately realize why he doesn't play himself on Seinfeld, and instead Jason Alexander plays him... him and Seinfeld sound exactly the same at times. If you close your eyes, you almost think it's Seinfeld. It's brilliant though. Today we're watching Season 5. I've only seen 2 seasons out of the five. I plan on doing the same thing tomorrow.

The News sucks

It only takes me about 5 minutes of watching CNN to hate it and pretty much every news show. First, there's the incidents in Lebonon which I'm OK with watching. But then, they talk about Mel Gibson's anti-Semitist remarks, which he apologized for, leave it alone, and his DUI. Then they say his blood alcohol level was .12, and in California, the legal limit is .08. From my "alcohol" class in college (I did actually take an alcohol class... hoo boy, there's a good story to do with that too), they said that .08 is like drinking two beers and hitting the road. So .12, from math, is only 1 more beer. It's the law, and he rightfully got a DUI because of that, and that's not my issue. I know I get buzzed if it's been a while and I drink three beers in an hour or so, but comon... people are still pretty much capable of anything, and in some cases more capable of other things, after three beers. I speak of course of Beirut (AKA beer pong). CNN brought it up like it was a huge deal, and that Mel Gibson is now a lesser person, like "We can all now laugh at Mel Gibson when on coffee break." I'm not particularly fond of Mel, I'm more attacking peoples' attitudes towards someone who makes a mistake then I am defending Mr. Gibson. Give it up, Perfecty O'Perfect.

Sometimes I love TV though. Yesterday on Comcast SportsNet, on the show Daily News Live, was Charles Barkley. He's a great interview. Comcast should release that interview on DVD, and any other interview with him. He was my favorite player growing up. In fact, in third grade, I guess for my 9th birthday, I invited him to my party. I was the talk of the whole school, since I told one person that Charles Barkley might show up. I had hookups, since my Dad went to school with John Nash, then GM of the Sixers. Sir Charles couldn't make it, I'm afraid to say, but in the side door of the house, my brother noticed the door had been held open by something. We never use it but it's on the street, so easily accessible to delivery trucks and whatnot. To help you further imagine, the house is on a corner, but the front door is not on the street that the address is listed as, that door is the side door. Anyway, he checked it and it was a box addressed to me!! Charles Barkley, via John Nash, had sent me an personal autographed Sixers basketball ("To Jason Charles Barkely"), a note from Charles, and a bunch of assorted Sixers stickers. I don't know what happened to the rest, but the basketball is currently on top of our Philadelphia sports dedicated entertainment center, along with a Chase Utley bobblehead, a Donovan McNabb bobblehead, an Allen Iverson bobblehead, and I think Peter Forsberg represents the Flyers. I'd have to go check, but I'm too comfy. Anyway, I wish I'd kept the note. Oh well. Some of the stickers made their way onto various spots around the house, like the insides of closet doors (because who ever paints there!?). Definitely an exciting time, and now Charles Barkley will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame! That thing just shot up in value, but you don't ever, ever sell it because it's Charles Barkley for Pete's sake!! Oh, and it's to me... another "Jason" just wouldn't get the same satisfaction out of it.

The only channel I watch regularly now is the History Channel. I love Modern Marvels, Mega Disasters, and their special on the American Revolution, among a ton of other shows. I will watch Mail Call... hell, I watch anything on that channel. I used to be a Discovery / Learning Channel guy, and the History Channel is from the same blood, but I just find that THC has more of the stuff I'm interested in... all the time. And their paid programming doesn't kick on until 4am, which is huge for me during my time off :)


I bought Season 1 of the X-Files the other day. It is by far my favorite TV show. So far, that I don't even have a "second" favorite, really. Not one that if I see on, I just stop and watch, and throw the remote control across the room to show exactly how content I would be just watching it even with no remote for commercials. And now, I don't have to worry about commercials! I obviously never bought another TV series collection, but I have watched a "Friends" series over in a sorority house at West Chester University a while ago, and for a while we had "Family Guy" seasons 1 and 2, and watching something with no commercials is great. They still have the lead up to commercials, the very suspenseful part right before it goes to break so you won't change the channel, and you're still like "F!%##!. Commercial...", but then it just goes right back to the show. It adds to the gratification that you get from simply watching your far and away favorite show.

Observations of a Non-TV Watcher

I never watch TV. I watch sports, and sometimes I'll catch a Simpson's, Seinfeld, or Family Guy, of if I'm flipping through and catch Friends on, because they have seduced me in the past, I just have to watch. Tonight, however, I caught some good shows. You'll be disappointed, probably, that I haven't watched "the most anticipated" shows, or Emmy or Grammy nominees or whatever awards shows get, or that I don't watch reality shows, but I'll watch them if my brother wants to, and if I get sick of it, I'll run upstairs with a Pepsi and throw on a movie to fall asleep to. You'll also be disappointed, maybe, to know that I will only talk about 2 hours or so of television. Maybe you'll be disappointed that the shows I am going to talk about are only available on cable TV. And you might be extremely disappointed that the cable tv channel that they are on is ESPN Classic.

This week is apparently Mike Tyson week. When I first heard this from my brother, I asked, "What, is his porno being released at the end of this week or something?" I was joking and he knew it, I hardly say anything serious unless I'm interrupting an important interview with a hero of a local pro Sports team, or talking during a big play in a game. I don't hold back. If s@%# needs to be said, I'll say it. Never too serious, but stuff like "My old boss called me today, he's a good guy." Anyway, they've been showing Tyson's best matches this week on ESPN Classic. It's incredible. To watch that guy fight when he was in his prime, at age 19, is an honor. I was around 7 when he was big, I only really knew who he was because of "Mike Tyson's Punchout" for the Nintendo. I had the code to get directly to Tyson, but it's now left my memory. He was incredible. We watched throughout the week so far, all of his great matches, and tonight was the first match I saw of his that lasted past the first round. The dude is lightning. He comes out to the ring with no flashy garments, no robe with his name on it or anything, just shoes, sometimes with socks, and his trunks and his boxing gloves, and a mouth piece. He doesn't ever look cocky, and he doesn't even have the face of somebody who should be feared. He looks calm. Until the fight starts. Then he's throwing down, going toe to toe. A match tonight lasted 91 seconds. Another one was a TKO in the 5th round, where the only thing keeping the dude up was Tyson, until Tyson lead him up against the ropes and landed 2 or 3 vicious blows on him, and the ref intervened and called the fight. It didn't matter that these guys were taller, or had a longer reach, Tyson rocked them. It was truly awesome to watch, and I'll keep watching all week.

Another show that I love is Cheap Seats. If they release the seasons on DVD, it'll be right up there with my X-Files order of all nine seasons. However, Cheap Seats is very new, so it won't break the bank. The Sklar brothers, Randy and Jason, are hilarious. The shows that they pick to make fun of are pretty normal, but when they add their commentary, it's literally belly hurting laughter that arises. I remember one episode, a cliff diving competition from what had to be the late seventies or early eighties. This one guy from Mexico was up, and he wasn't a little guy. They were commenting on his size, and when he dove, from about 30 feet or so, just after he hit the water, they cut to a scene of an atomic bomb going off. You had to see it, just like that whole show. The reason it's so funny is definitely the comedic timing. But, also why it's so funny to me, is because I do this stuff all the time, even before I watched Cheap Seats. The latest, tonight, was when Tyson and his opponent were getting ready to fight, literally seconds before the start, and the ref asks, "Do you have any questions?", where I chimed in with "Uhh, where's the bathroom?" You know, not hilarious, but I just always have done stuff like that.

The last show that I just happened to watch was Arli$$ on the same channel. Arliss is a sports agent. It stars some pro sports players, like tonight's episode starred Mike Lieberthal. Arliss came up to him and said "Mike, you're the only Jew in the major leagues, we have to capitalize on it." Mike had speaking lines. It's rated TV-MA, so kids, don't watch it unless you're 17 or older. It didn't have curses or nudity, but tonights episode had racism. No "n" word, but others. Arliss played against a baseball team known as the Jaboo's in his childhood, and on the golf course he made a comment that those were the best pitchers he's faced, with a reporter from a free newspaper trailing behind him. The reporter obviously misinterpreted his comment and went live with the story about Arliss being a racist. It grew from there. It was a good show. That guy who played Alexander Knox in Batman, Robert Wuhl, was Arliss. Apparently it ran from 1996 to 2002, so I'm a bit late and catching reruns, just like I always do :) I probably won't watch it again, just because it didn't catch my attention that much, and I should have been watching the Astros / Cardinals game.