Musings of a 30ish Midwestern Catholic Improv Guy.

Saturday, September 16, 2006  

Music Meme

Caveman tags, I reply:

Best title ever for a piece of music - "Careful With that Axe, Eugene", by Pink Floyd

Most underrated guitarist - Richard Thompson. The man is amazing.

Music that moves me to tears - I'll agree with the Caveman and go with "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"

Most unusual lead instrument in a piece of music - Tuba in "U Make Me Sick (But I Love U)" by Billy and the Boingers

Coolest name ever for a Rock 'N Roll band - The Violent Femmes

Worst genre of music ever - The type of easy listening music which turns respectable rock 'n' roll into puerile pablum.

Best guitar jam - "Shoot Out the Lights" by Richard Thompson. Fireworks from the fretboard. And he needs only one guitar to do it.

Music that's ever scared your kid - Haven't had a chance to scare my kid yet, so I'll go with something which freaked me out when I was little. "Thus Spake Zarathustra" used to do it for me. Naturally, when they'd play it on "The Electric Company", I'd be made to watch it by my sisters. So that show was banned in our house.

National Anthem that most gets the blood pumping - "Waltzing Matilda". I know it's not the official National Anthem of Australia, but it ought to be.

Tagging my wife, Irish Elk, Dale Price, and Kathy Ward.

posted by Dave | 8:33 AM

Sunday, September 10, 2006  

9/11 In Memoriam

Steven Paul Geller 1949-2001

To say that Steven Paul Geller loved to cook might be an understatement. This was a man who would go great lengths to find the perfect green pepper, who had cookware worth more than his wife's jewelry, who shared his culinary talent with his daughter Hali.

Mr. Geller was also an institutional trader with Cantor Fitzgerald. On the morning of September 11, he called his wife, Debra, to tell her that a plane had hit the tower. "We're trapped in here, and there's a lot of smoke. I got to run," he said. Debra tried to call back, but got no answer. And then she turned on the TV...

Steven left behind a wife and daughter. May he rest in peace, and may his family find strength and healing.

Sources: Newsday,

posted by Dave | 9:13 PM

Monday, September 04, 2006  

The Battle-Axe

Amy and I went to the Scottish Highland Games last Saturday. We were watching rugby (first time for both of us) when my cell phone rang. It was my sister Diane. She and I chatted for a while, then I passed the phone to Amy. This is the important part of the conversation:

Amy: ...and Dave wants to watch the battle-axe throw...

Me (chiming in): Yeah. I want to see how far I can toss my wife.

This earned me a thump on the arm. And I thought that was the end of it.

After the rugby match, we made our way to the battle-axe throw area, which is open to anyone who wants to try it. Amy and I got our turn, and after a bit of coaching, had at it.

I got two or three on target.

Amy missed her first two. Then...







Several were dead center. All of her axes were firmly embedded into the wood. Her coach was impressed.

I may invest in a suit of armor...

posted by Dave | 7:52 AM

So Far, So Good...

Dad's bypass surgery went well. He's now in a rehab center for a week or so, then he'll be home. Please keep the prayers coming. Thanks!

posted by Dave | 7:50 AM