The Interview Game, One More Round.

O.k., now it’s my turn to ask Jay his questions:

1. How long have you lived in New York?
2. PC or Mac?
3. When looking at other guys, what’s the first thing you notice about them?
4. You can only watch three hours of television for the entire week including any “recreational viewing”. What do you watch?
5. How much coffee does it take before you’re licking the ceiling from a wicked buzz?

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Candy Store.

On call officially ended this morning at 8 a.m. I have a week of freedom before jumping into the fun once again.

Earl’s work plans have changed and he no longer needs a lift to Wilmington, Del. on Monday.

I have a four day weekend ahead of me as I am taking vacation days on Monday and Tuesday because I need to use them before the end of the year.

I am feeling much better thanks to the modern miracle “Z-Pak”, a fun antibiotic that has chased everything bad out of my body without changing the color of my urine to magenta.

I’m going to take a quick nap after work until Earl gets home and then it’s officially the weekend. Baseball cap, jeans, t-shirt and boots time.

I feel like a kid that’s getting ready to be turned loose in a candy store.


The Interview Game, My Turn.

Here’s my questions for my blog friend Terry as part of The Interview Game.

1. You’re locked in an elevator that happens to have a DVD player and television in it. You can zap up one movie to watch. What movie is it?
2. You’ve mentioned on your blog that you lost your virginity relatively young with another guy. Have you ever had sex with a woman?
3. What’s the top 3 played songs on your iPod as of today?
4. Has anyone on the street ever recognized you from your blog or website?
5. Was the last male cashier you encountered while shopping hot?

Want to play?
The Official Interview Games Rules:
1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying, “interview me”.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions – each persons will be different.
3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Just A Saturday.

Earl and I spent the day doing a little shopping and enjoying the early autumn in the Jeep. We made the obligatory stop at the closest Apple store in Albany and picked up a few goodies. I thought I had Earl talked into an iMac or a G5 tower, but the time isn’t quite right yet! So we settled on a couple of firewire hubs to hook up our gadgets simultaneously and some notebook stands for my PowerBook and his iBook. Since we both use our notebooks as our primary computers, these little stand things make them much more comfortable to use.

We also saw “Flightplan” starring Jodie Foster. I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the movie, but I found the last part to be a little anti-climatic but still good nonetheless. It was a sold out show and I only heard one cell phone ring during the entire show, so the four or five “turn your cell phone off now” messages prior to the movie seem to have done the trick. I highly recommend the movie; it’s good to see Jodie Foster back on the big screen.


Catch The Moment.

Lunch Time Sunshine.

Originally uploaded by macwarriorny.

Tom and I took a little sun in during lunch today. He was busy watching a bird instead of looking at the camera.


While waiting for some software at work to do its thing, I stumbled across a “fan film” based on Star Wars today. It’s called “Star Wars: Revelations” and takes place between Episodes 3 and 4. It was filmed for around $20,000 yet the cinematography is out of this world. I was very impressed. It’s free to download (and it’s legal too!) and quite enjoyable. You can find it here.


I’ve been goofing around remixing Madonna’s “Vogue” (for personal enjoyment of course) but I’ve found my efforts to be missing something. Then while catching up on my daily blog reading, I found the answer on OPIEblue’s blog. Julie Brown! The answer lied in dumping one of her songs into the middle of “Vogue” and that song would be Julie Brown’s “Vague” from her movie “Medusa: Dare to be Truthful”. I find the lyrics to be a scream:

Strike A Pose … Vague!

Vanna White, Ed McMahon
Nicolette Sheridan
Mary Hart, Chuck Woolery
Are as vague as they can be.
Brooke Shields, Dawber Pam
Personality of Spam
Wilson Philips love to sing and
Wreck the cover of a magazine
Christie Brinkley, Brosnan Pierce
Bland and boring, something fierce.
Daniel Quayle’s brain is gone.
Debbie Gibson gives good yawn.
Kelly LeBrock thinks she’s great
She’s just cold boogars on a paper plate
Why they’re famous we don’t know, but
Paula Abdul’s gotta go
Ladies with no point of view,
fellas who don’t have a clue
Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it
Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it
Vague, let your body move without thinking
Vague, let your body move without thinking, Hay Hay Hay!

I Love The Nightlife.

I Love The Nightlife.

Originally uploaded by macwarriorny.

I covered on call tonight for a couple of hours to help out one of my co-workers. It was quiet with absolutely no calls, which is a little frustrating (yet peaceful) when the weather is this nice.

After he called and said he was taking back the on-call duties, I jumped in my car and decided to go for a little drive. I had the windows down, the sunroof open and Mix 102.5 cranked. I had planned on running to the corner convenience store and picking up lottery tickets. Forty-five minutes later, I was pulling back into the driveway.

If I had hair it would have been messy.

I find little more thrilling than driving the roads at night. Except perhaps having your partner by your side while you’re out on the road, but alas, he’s out of town on business tonight.


Just in time for my first club gig in years, iTunes proudly announced today that they have the entire Madonna catalog available for download.


As a baby DJ back in the late 1980s I practiced my mixing techniques with two artists. The first was “Stars On 45” and their infamous medleys. “Stars On Stevie”. “Stars On Abba”. “Stars on The Beatles”. It went on and on. They served their task of being the first lesson in mixing very well because of the hand claps on the 2nd and 4th beat of every measure, of every medley. You just lined up the claps within a 32-beat measure and voila!, instant club mixing. All the medleys were relatively the same beats per minute so that made the task that much easier.

Mixing up Madonna tracks was like moving to the advanced class. Madonna was THE dance artist in the mid 1980s. But she varied her tempo a little. Changed up the mood a little bit. It didn’t take long to learn that “Material Girl” was not going to mix into “Justify My Love” unless you pushed it really hard, which then would result in a train wreck. The 12-inch single of “Vogue” lent itself to sampling, since the “Ladies with an attitude…” lines were a cappella. You could drop those babies over anything. You could scratch them a little bit. It was all good times.

It’s so nice to have her catalog FINALLY available on iTunes.

Also announced today – the latest version of iTunes for both Mac and Windows, as well as the iPod Nano and the Motorola lots of alphabet letters and numbers mobile phone with iTunes built in.

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Labor Day Weekend 2005.

Labor Day Weekend 2005.

Originally uploaded by macwarriorny.

Earl and I have spent the last two days basically relaxing. Yesterday we went for a nice drive (but not too long due to gas prices!) through a portion of the Finger Lakes, making a pit stop at A&W in Cortland for dinner.

The world would not be a good place if these old A&W’s ever went away for good. Small wonder I love Wisconsin and Iowa so much – A&W country!

When we got home last night we watched “Torch Song Trilogy” on the TiVo with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of iced tea. We then called it a night but there’s a rumor that Earl went to the casino after I fell asleep. I can’t confirm this rumor because he didn’t shower me with gifts from his winnings. Then again, it could be because he lost. I guess Lady Luck was on holiday too.

Today we planned on just kicking back and doing basically nothing when my dad called and invited us to a picnic at Selkirk Shores State Park near my hometown. So we hopped in the Jeep and trekked up there for the old fashioned we do an impromptu picnic – sub sandwiches from the local market, a bag of chips to share and a pitcher of iced tea. We had good conversation and walked the entire park, all four campgrounds and the cabin colony. It was surprisingly bare of people, but being late on Labor Day I guess that’s the way it should have been. What was surprising was that the lifeguards have called it a season and removed all lifeguard chairs, ladders, etc. from the swimming area. No swimming at Selkirk again (legally) until Memorial Day 2006 I guess!

All in all I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the short work week.

More pictures from the weekend are here.