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[16 Jul 2009|10:05pm]
In addition to my constant quest to understand and learn to write music, I've taken up the venture of learning Korean. Luckily, unlike my desire to learn Arabic, I have help in the form of tutors. While taking a Teaching English as a second language class, Diana had to tutor non-native speakers. In doing so, she met two great Korean women who will help me. This is getting fun.

Fun Fact:
물고기 = Fish.
물 = Water
고기 = Meat.

Therefore, fish = Water Meat.
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[17 Jun 2009|01:49pm]
I feel bad that I don't talk to my family more. This fall makes three years that I've lived almost disconnected from my family. i just don't know what I'd say to them.
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[09 Jun 2009|05:36pm]
I've spent the majority of my life trying to learn anything I could about music. When I was five, I was all about my $30 Casio and the Disney Children's Piano song book. At one point I was actually able to play "Never Smile at a Crocodile" mainly through forcing myself to learn it note by note. I am absolutely certain that I was nowhere near on the timing.

After that was the clarinet I chose for my 4th grade band class. The teacher told me that I had lips that were more suited for a brass instrument, but I was dead-set on playing a woodwind. I learned to sight-read. I even had some level of skill in timing. But then I stopped for some reason and my clarinet was returned to the music store.

I begged my mom to find her old electric guitar because I was obsessed with trying to play my best friends. The pickups were dead, and Zach and I were determined to replace them. We took it apart in my sister's old bedroom. Three months later my father threw it out because we'd never gotten any further. I was still determined to find something.

When I was about thirteen or fourteen I was in a car accident that entitled me to $1,200. Immediately, I bought a five-string electric bass guitar against my parents wishes. My dad went out and picked up a $100 bass amp from a pawn shop for me anyway. One of his friends could play the guitar and knew a little about bass. He spent the rest of the time that I was living with my parents begging me to let him teach me the basics. Determined to do it on my own, I rebuked every offer. And never learned thing on my own.

I moved to Florida and have since accumulated a small orchestra of assorted instruments that I still can't play. A cheap guitar on craigslist? Purchased. A full scale blue beginners violin for $50? I'll take that, sir. Incomplete and inexpensive clarinet? The Goodwill deserves the money. $100 drum set? I can learn on it. "For Christmas, I'd like this $80 guitar because what I really need is a humbucker sound." I've bought a USB keyboard so that I could use any DAW software. I have a mixer that I assumed was a controller because even though I can't construct a chord without guidance, the problem was that I couldn't control the sliders in real-time.

I have a number of books about music theory. I've read through the drum rudiments. The chords-you-need-to-know for guitar. I have had a friend of mine give me vocal lessons. I still feel no less able or musically stable.

I love music. It just never seems to get any easier to make it.
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[18 May 2008|12:04am]
This is for Katie.Collapse )
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[15 Mar 2008|11:35am]
I don't know what the purpose of having a journal is when writing down the day-to-day occurrences of one's life feels like high school. There's no minor event worth recording. I guess you either need to be actually doing something worth writing about, or at least believe that you are. I haven't felt the need to write down anything in a long time.
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[05 Feb 2008|10:25pm]
Life is good. We haven't been paying rent, simply because we can get away with it and pocketing, and spending, $250 a extra a month is kind of fun. Christmas passed and my birthday passed, and now there isn't much to really celebrate for a while. Not that I celebrate either of those prior things. Life's just kind of moving along and keeping everything okay. No real problems. A lot of just being happy really.
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[25 Dec 2007|09:38pm]
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[18 Dec 2007|09:52pm]
Well, just like last year I now have two whole weeks off. There's nothing really for me to do so I'm going to spend my time cleaning, I hope. I can't spend any time with Diana because she's at home with her family. The only problem with this very long vacation is that I won't get a check with any money on it for a month. Since it's a two week payment schedule, I'll be gone for two weeks, and then I'll have to work two weeks before I see any money at all. Bills will be hard, but, shrug. I'll get something done. I think. Hopefully. I don't really know. Shrug.
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[12 Nov 2007|06:45pm]

This is what my room looks like now.

This is the view from my front porch.
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[07 Nov 2007|04:04pm]
Omg. Craigslist is SO FUN.

"Dear Pita Pit,

I'm writing this in complaint of the service I received at one of your Gainesville locations (University Ave). When I arrived two nights ago with my friends I expected to be greeted with a smile and hello as is usually the case. That, however, did not happen. Instead I was berated by not one, not two, but several employees based upon my personal appearance. Because of the number of patrons -- Pita Pit is always jumping on Friday nights -- and the number of attractive females -- yes, I'm single -- I felt deeply embarrassed and ultimately left without ordering.

One of the employees appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and laughed out loud as soon as he saw me. He exclaimed that I looked like I just came from American Apparel and muttered "nice pants, dork," while others laughed in response -- which I almost couldn't believe at the time because the techno music playing was so loud. Now I do not shop at American Apparel and I do not consider myself a dork. Everyone has insecurities, and I happen to be insecure about my appearance, so I have a hard time defending myself in public when others pick on me, but I do not feel as though I deserved the treatment I received.

This does not please me, but I refuse to patronize Pita Pit -- and will recommend the same to my friends -- until the situation is rectified."

This complaint is about Alex and me. Oh, man. What a winner.
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[06 Nov 2007|08:48pm]
Over the past week I've been given the opportunity to finally address the internet in the same way as I did a year ago. Since I've moved to Gainesville, my computer has systematically offed part after lingering part of itself until it was, almost literally, a shell of its former self. The monitor died; Windows died; my harddrive died. All that it could do was run Linux from a live CD.

My ability to do even the tiniest thing were at the mercy of the opensource community. The GIMP is no Photoshop. Hydrogen/Ardour/Rosegarden/etc. are no Reason. There is no fun. Installations are fickle, and without being able to update anything, you're left with outdated software that didn't work well to begin with.

But that's all over now. I have a computer again. I've purchased a DELL with one year's worth of interest free financing. Minimum payments are $30, to pay it off in under year will only take $80. I've been given all my favorite programs back. Plus the ability to download things again since my harddrive works. Plus the ability to acquire things that have been released in the time that I wasn't able to garner any new media.

Life is very good right now. Save all of the bank drama I had to deal with last week. After things that need to be paid back, I should have $70. Hopefully I can get Kenny to, finally, give me back the $50 he's owed me since August. We'll see how that goes though.

I don't really miss my family, though I would like to see them. I've been talking to Zach recently which has made me anxious for his wedding and the visit to Louisiana. I hate the place, and am much happier here, but it is where I grew up. It is where my family that I love is.

Alex got rid of the dog today. Lucky will be painting my room tomorrow. (My walls will "Eggplant" from now on. It will be nice.) I'm trying to keep the place clean. In a few more checks I should have the place looking very nice. Hopefully we don't die over winter break this year. It shouldn't be that hard. Since our electric bill will be hyper low with no A/C running.

I want to learn to play all of the instruments I have now. I want to "release" a single at the least. An EP would be more tolerable to me. Not an actual label release, just, you know, burn and print stuff. Just for my own satisfaction. To feel like I've done something. It would be nice.

I like having a computer. It gave me my goals back.
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[19 Oct 2007|12:28am]
So, I spent, like, $160 this past week on musical istruments and accesories. I started taking piano lessons from my friend Tim. I needed to have a way to practice, and I didn't feel like sneaking into the music building to practice. Which not only sucks because it requires I go somewhere I'm not necessarily permitted, but also because, well, it's not my bedroom. So, after my lesson, I bought a keyboard online. 61 keys, $50some dollars. Well, after shipping and tax it came out to $72. If you spent $99, shipping was free. So I figured I'd get $50 worth of crap for $20. (Since, I'm paying at least $72, then it's $20something to $99. Without the shipping, etc., it's only $50some. So, about $50 worth of stuff is really only costing me $20something. You see? Anyways.) So I added on a guitar processor and a harmonica. I should have gotten a recorder, but I didn't think about it then.

Keyboard rocks. I like being able to play a synth again. AND, it isn't a single octave when I'd play in Reason or GarageBand, so that's sweet. Plus, it has a MIDI and a USB out, which, you know, rules. I like it so far, I can fit it on my desk and just sit it under my computer keyboard so I can type and play at the same time.

Effects processor also rocks. Finally, guitar effects outside of GarageBand when I don't always have the chance to steal someone's computer that has it in the first place. Plus, it isn't my bass amp so I can actually hear my high notes for once. I'm seriously enjoying myself with this. I'm excited because with all of this going down, that means I can eventually start making real music that doesn't sound half-bad. Well, that is if the lessons pay off.

Anyone keeping track will realize that I've only spent $100 of $160 so far. Well, it came out to $109, and I'm rounding up, so what's left over is $50. Which is actually how much on buying a used beginner 4/4 violin. It is blue and amazing. I broke a string trying to figure out how to get the bridge in. While fixing everything, another string simply came out of the peg. Easily replaced, but I'm just going to wait until I replace all the strings. I'm having a hard time getting a sound out of it. I think I may have damaged the bow by touching it. I didn't know that I wasn't supposed to. Oh well.

Some time in the next few checks I'll buy a recorder. I also need: drum kit, trumpet, saxophone, cello, clarinet, and some other fun instruments.

I'm having a wonderful time. Though I do only have about $100 left to my name for a week. I can make it though, so it really isn't a problem. I don't need to eat. I have instruments to play.
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[12 Oct 2007|08:16pm]
For the nine months that my sister was pregnant, I was wholly uninterested in the idea of a niece/nephew. It wasn't that I didn't want one; I was just that apathetic. What does it matter to me? But, today, when I was informed that I did have a nephew named Logan, MAN, I was excited. I mean, there's this little kid. This tiny baby that is my sister's. And that's freakin' crazy. I want to hold it and know it. I can't wait to go home and learn about this new person that I have to know. I will buy him a ton of Wolverine stuff as he grows. I will pamper him with MARVEL products. His middle name is Charles, so Xavier works, too.
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[17 Sep 2007|02:51pm]
So, now I have internet. I bit the bullet. I paid $85 for a 100-ft cable to reach from the router in Paul's room, through the hole in the wall into Alex's room, across that room, across the hall, across my room into my computer. It's ridiculous.

But so worth it.
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[13 Sep 2007|01:20am]
So, I should be asleep right now, but I'm not. I have another nine hour work day ahead of me, but I don't seem to care. I'm far too concerned with learning to play crappy songs on Jam Sessions. Jam Sessions is a guitar simulator. Not like Guitar Hero where you hit the button it says and it plays the next few seconds of the audio track of the guitar playing. No, this is hundreds of samples of different guitar chords at different speeds and volumes. And you just kind of play. God, I love the DS. Anyway, I sound like viral marketing, but I've seriously been obsessed with this game since I heard about it. Amazing fun.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but my large harddrive died. I'm very sad. Luckily, I've been given a nice ninety-some hour pay-period for the next who knows how long. So, $650 checks will be abound. And soon I'll just have a nice new computer. Full of pretty-- Well, no. Empty as can be. With tons of space waiting to be filled. It will also be amazing fun.

My place with Alex is so far, you guessed it, amazing. Though I still haven't set up my room. And I don't have an ethernet cable long enough to reach my room which means that I have to use Alex's computer for the internet. All in all, it's acceptable. Plus, with those checks, Alex and I get to have a fully stocked kitchen. And other normal home things too, I'm sure.

Okay, I want to get back to my game now.
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[02 Sep 2007|07:48am]
Yesterday, at work, one of the owners said that he'd been experiencing pains in his chest and some numbness in his arms, and that, if I should see him fall to the ground or grope at his heart, I should not hesitate to call 911. I asked him if it was a joke, and he told me that he never jokes about his health.

I woke up just now. My left arm numb like usual from sleeping on it. It started to fade as I sat up and moved my arms. The feeling still lingers in my finger tips. Even now. I have not felt this before. And I can't help but be terrified. I always thought that I had surprisingly good cardiac health.

I looked up other possible causes of numbness of the hands and fingers, and I'm very much hoping that I just have terrible carpal tunnel. I hope.
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[18 Aug 2007|03:10pm]
Well, I got an adapter to use Mage's laptop harddrive for my own, but that didn't work. It won't boot. Same error as always.

That's not the problem though. My 200GB just died. And that thing had 197 used. I've lost 197GB. :( Everything I had was on that drive.

My computer has been slowly killing itself for over a year now. Hacking off random limbs. I never expected this.

I would've been happier if the whole thing died. I'll miss you... everything I've ever owned.
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[09 Aug 2007|04:11pm]
We just got the internet. We moved out on Thursday after work. We were at Tivoli until 2:30AM. And then we moved out for good. I slept at Mage's that night. And then I've been at the house on 3rd Ave. ever since. In a month, I'll be in my side of the duplex with Alex alone. It will be amazing. Now that I have the internet, things will go much, much smoother.

Hello, Internet. :)
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[22 Jul 2007|11:30pm]
We got the other side of the duplex. It's cheap, it's convenient, it's a place we know. It's really the greatest place we could possibly get . The only problem with it is that it doesn't open up until September.

So, I don't know where we're going to stay for August. Alex will be going home for the last two weeks. I just assumed we'd stay with Mage, next door, but she doesn't seem too keen on the idea.

I talked to Elizabeth, who is currently renting the rooms we'll be getting, about storing my stuff in the unused bedroom for the month. She wanted to charge me $75, which sounds just ridiculous. Paul said he'd talk to her about it. I don't know what will happen with that.

Tomorrow, we have to schedule a meeting with Tivoli so that they can do a walkthrough when we move out. I don't want to do it ever.I wish we could just leave and not have to face them about how we've trashed the place. I feel so guilty.

Hopefully things will smooth over during the week. I'm just ready for it all to be easy. :\ It'll never be easy. I just hope.
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[16 Jul 2007|10:18pm]
Well, today I was talking to everyone about my lack of a house. The parking lot attendant's wife apparently manages some number of properties and he set us up with something, including $200 off the first months rent.

Then I got home and learned that Alex may have secured the other side of Mage's duplex for us. So now I may have to be like, "Well, uh, thanks but we decided to go another way."

I just want all of this to be over already.
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