August 27, 2006
DJ Styles reporting...
Just a DJing update.
Friday night I got to use ALL of my new equipment for the first time. The only problem was my amp overheated twice. I think I may have caused that, and will be ready for the nex time I use it.
The party on Friday was 1990s-themed. Holy hell, that was fun! I played a lot of random music. Music I really haven't played since high school! It was a damn good time... until the cops came and broke it up at 1:30. Bummer.
Saturday I was back at Gotham. The night started a little slow, but I realized it was slow in the whole building, not just my dance floor. Whew! However, it was really busy from midnight to 1:30. At the end of the night, I got one of those signs that I know everyone was having fun... the people booed me when I announced last song. Haha, I never mind being booed, but this is the best booing because it means they want more. Oh well, to them I say, "Come back out next week."
And that was this weekend in entertainment. For Mblog, DJ Styles reporting. :)
August 25, 2006
Note to self: If you go out on a work night, when you get home, GO TO BED! Do not stay up for another hour for no reason. You'll appreciate it more in the morning!
August 23, 2006
Tigers are making me fat...
What happened?!? In the last few days I re-became a lazy ass. All summer I worked out (ie. biked, lifted, ran, swam, etc.) about 5 days a week. Suddenly, in the last 4-6 days, bupkis [sp?]. I can't motivate myself to do one situp right now. Obviously, I got my lazy butt off the couch to write this, but so what! This is nothing.
Whatever. I'll just say that maybe this is my body's way of telling me that it needs a little break. Or, maybe, it's just because I have a reason to stay in and do nothing... the Tigers. They're winning and recently have had a tough/important stretch of games. I think that's a better excuse, the Tigers are making me fat.
August 21, 2006
Change is surreal...
A surreal weekend it was.
I kind of explained it a couple of blogs ago. I went to a wedding reception for a friend (Becky) I haven't seen in 5-6 years. I'll be honest, I walked in the door and I was nervous, more than I thought I would be. Would anyone remember me? Did anyone drastically change? Have I drastically changed? So, I nervously walked in the door, signed the guestbook, looked up and got a huge hug from the Becky's mom. Now that's a welcome to soothe the soul!
Not only did Becky's mom and the others remember me, but they seemed excited to see me. Unreal. Becky, who I first new when she was in 8th grade was in her wedding dress and pregnant. Unreal. Her sister, Nicole, who I used to have a crush on way-back in the day and who I last saw in 2000 was there with her 2-yr old son. Unreal! Luckily, I was fortunate enough to spend about 15 minutes just sitting and talking with Becky, catching up, and remembering the old times. Sadly, Nicole's son was injured and she had to leave to take care of him, so I didn't have the same opportunity to catch up with her. All-in-all, the whole experience was one of those things I never thought I would get into, but I feel like I came away with renewed friendships.
After the wedding reception, I met up with a couple other 'old' friends, Andrea and Amanda. Sadly, Andrea couldn't stick around long (plus I took more time than I planned at the wedding reception), but Amanada, who I haven't talked to in years, and I had a lot of time to catch up.
I had a great time with everyone, and I can't wait for the next opportunity to see any or all of them. It's weird that after all this time, I was able to fall right back into my friendships. The saying is that "You can't go home again." Saturday night proved that saying wrong. You can go home again, but you have to expect that things change. Even though it's expected, change is surreal.
August 20, 2006
Affected by 9/11...
I've heard that we're a generation that will be defined by 9/11. I hate that 9/11 happened; I hate that for the rest of my life, my "I'll always remember where I was when" moment will be 9/11; I hate that our fucking president decided to attack some country rather than doing all that it would take to bring us the heads of those who planned 9/11.
I wasn't there. I didn't know anyone in the planes or in the buildings. However, I can never pull myself away from television shows, websites, and new news reports of what happened that day. I hate that these people did something that has consumed even a tiny part of me.
As the 5th anniversary of 9/11 is right around the corner, and I'm watching a show on The Learning Channel about 9/11, I wonder why I can't turn the channel. I wonder why, even though this shit rips me apart every time I see it, I seem to be fascinated by it. I hate that it can keep my attention.
I was in no way directly affected by 9/11, yet, I'm directly affected by 9/11.
August 17, 2006
The games begin...
Hooray for Jackson, Michigan.... *cough*
Not really, but hooray for taking Thursday and Friday off. I've got a pretty weird next few days coming up.
Today, I'm going to Jackson to go to lunch and go to a winery with my parents and my Danish ex-girlfriend's parents. They're in the country for vacation and stopped by for a few days.
Tomorrow, I have the day off and will be around my apt., but I'll be just doing random weekend things (think laundry, etc.) because I'll be gone Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, I'm going with my parents and the Danes to the Danish Festival in Greenville, MI. That festival is really kinda crappy. And when you know Danish people, and you've been to Denmark, it's really just an embarassment. Nevertheless, my mom wants to go to show them. The best part, at least, is all the food.
Saturday gets weirder. Backstory: I recently reconnected with a high school friend over myspace who I haven't seen in, oh, about 6 years. Well, she just got married and invited me to come by the wedding reception in Lansing. So, I'm so going to go! I haven't seen her or her sister in so long. It's weird, but I'm excited to see them and nervous all at the same time. I'm not really sure where the nervousness is coming from... I guess you never know how people have changed, or how you've changed.
After a stop-in at the wedding reception, I'm going out to a bar in Lansing with a couple more friends from high school. Though it's hard to call one person 'a friend from high school' because she and I have actually kept in touch over the years. Then back to my parents' house.
Sunday I'll probably hang out with the folks for a while and comeback to A2 at some point.
Well, that's about it for now, plus I gotta head off to Jackson. Woo, Jackson! ugh. Let the games begin.
Song currently playing: Big Tymers - Still Fly
August 15, 2006
Growing up and growing older...
Yeah, it was too good to be true... a second blog in one day.
I recently realized that I screwed up. I screwed up bad. Slowly, I'm in the process of reconnecting with people that I haven't talked to in a very long time. I screwed up, it shouldn't have been such a long time. So, now, I get news... good news, bad news, weird news, expected news, and unexpected news about the people that I lost touch with. People I lost touch with for no good reason. And the news hits me, it hits hard. I don't know why. I mean, I guess when you lose touch with someone, they stay frozen as that last image you have of them. So, when a whirlwind of good and bad and normal changes happens over the course of time, it seems like instant change.
I screwed up. As much as it was their responsibility to stay in touch with me, it was my resposibility to stay in touch with them. I screwed up, I didn't uphold my responsibilities.
Is this just part of growing up and growing older?
I won't complain...
Once again, last weekend, I was back DJing at Gotham City Club in Ann Arbor. The crowd was small, but it was still a good time. I'll have fun DJing if it's for 1000 or if it's for 5 people.
I recently finished my DJing website. It's nothing spectacular, but it gets the point across.
Really, other than DJing-related stuff, and the fact I have a 3-day work week this week, I really don't have any other news or rants. But, of course, stay tuned, as this could change tonight.
Side note: Someone keeps professing their love for me on my MySpace page. It's really nice of whomever is doing that, but I just wish I knew who's doing it, since they are using the "refridgerator magnets," which you use anonamously. Ah well, keep loving me, I won't complain.
August 09, 2006
Giddy for Google...
I know there may be a lot of people who are wondering why Google opening a "branch" in Ann Arbor is such good news. We've heard local news stations rave about it, politicians attempt to steal a little bit of the spotlight, and rumors, rumors, rumors.
I think the best way to sum it up is in this article from the Observer & Eccentric newspaper by Phil Power.
It's basic, but real. It's why anyone who loves Michigan and loves Ann Arbor is giddy for
August 08, 2006
Weekend and two days...
Wow! I gotta get caught up here. So much has happened recently.
Friday night I went out with some people to 8-Ball and Circus/Millennium Club/Cavern Club/Gotham City. We played pool up in Circus, and later on that night everyone decided to leave, accept I stayed back to feel out the scene at Millennium Club. At the end of the night, as the place was closing, I went a talked with the DJ. Well, he then introduced me to the owner/manager. After talking with him for about 15 mins, he asked me to come in the next night to DJ at Gotham City!!! Sweet!
Saturday I got all my stuff together, updated my music, loaded up the car and I was to the club by 7:30. I thought the set-up for the night was going to be band in Cavern, DJ in Millenium and me in Gotham. As it turned out, the other DJ wasn't coming, so I was the only dancefloor. So, I had a good crowd and it was a great time!
Sunday, dad came to AA and we went to the Tigers game and watched a somewhat boring 1-0 win by the Tigers. It was the first time I saw them win live in about 3-4 years! Thank god the losing streak is over! ha.
Sunday night, I was going to make an appearance at a friends birthday party. Well, the appearance ended up being about 2+ hours and involved going to the bar. But it was hella fun, and I didn't have to get up super-early on Monday because...
Monday, wasn't a real day of work. We had a "team retreat" at my boss's house. Free breakfast, free lunch, some discussion and brainstorming, followed by 2 hours of bowling! Best. Team. Retreat. Ever.
Monday evening I lost all my money... but in a good way. I ended up making the first major upgrade to my DJ equipment ever! I went into the store in Warren, gave them some $$ and I came away with some sweet stuff! I almost look professional now... huh!? After spending money on that, I met up with Sarah and spent more money at dinner. Good times, good times.
Today, Tuesday, after work, I came home, tried out all my new equipment, and even took pictures of it.
Needless to say, I had a great weekend and two days.
August 03, 2006
Nothing to report...
I've been kinda busy working, making a new website, and worrying about DJ stuff to really have anything stick in my brain to blog about. So, today, nothing to report.
August 02, 2006
That's about it...
Yeah, I don't know. I got nuthin' today.
I'm working on my new DJ website, work went well, and that's about it.
August 01, 2006
Bitch about them...
There are things that annoy me and there are things that I just don't like. Here is a incomplete list of things I don't like.
- People who are assholes on purpose... why make other people miserable because you are?
- People who think the world owes them something... No matter how hard you work for something or how much time you put in 'paying your dues,' you can still end up with dittily-squat, deal with it.
- Homeless people, vagrants, gypsies, hobos, etc... First, see my previous bullet point, but I'm sorry, sitting there asking for money isn't going to make me want to give you money. Do something, anything, for the cash.
- Things that oddly happen simultaneously... It freaks me out and I don't like it. Like opening a door and a light burns out. Or hanging up the phone and a car alarm goes off. Or people saying the same thing in unison. Creepy.
- Overly religious people... Be religious, go to church, practice your faith, but please stop throwing it in my face! Because I'm not the biggest fan of religion (Understatement?), I don't need to know what your beliefs are, and I especially don't want to hear that I "need to be saved" or that I should "pray for" something.
These things just crossed my mind this afternoon. So, I thought I'd bitch about them.
Why do bad things happen to good people...
Once in a while things that you think "only happen to other people" happens to you or someone you know.
I was recently saddened by the news of the accidental death of a 2-year old son of a form boss of mine. Click here to read a story about it.
It was just one of those rare accidents that happens to a loving family. I can't imagine what everyone in that family is going through, they didn't deserve this. Until they get through this, I'll send them all my best wishes and keep them in my thoughts.
It's one of those times when you have to ask yourself, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"