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Sunday December 11, 2005

 

 

I was reasonably tired today but it didn't keep either me or Amanda down. So Amanda and I went out and got the last little bit of holiday shopping done instead. It was leisurely and as relaxing as Christmas shopping can be.

Later in the day, she notified me that we were going to upgrade our electronics...now. It was ostensibly to cut down on clutter. So far, it's just added more. We went out and bought a new receiver so that we can consolidate our music and video components. I wouldn't have done it on my own but hey, I'm not going to turn down the 5.1 experience!

So we got it, spent hours hooking it up, cutting and shaving speaker wire (that alone cost us $70) and voila...NOTHING HAPPENED! Well, something happened but not enough. It was clearly defective. Wonderful. I just got over my computer woes. I don't need more of this electronics-struggle at the moment. Of course, customer service is off on Sunday. We'll figure it out tomorrow I guess...

FOX Sunday evening it is!


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Saturday December 10, 2005

Oh, Atlanta!
Here we are after landing at CJ's.

 

 

 

 

 


Usually on a show day, I'd be preparing and repairing. Today, I didn't do any of it. I figured the band hadn't rehearsed anyway so nothing I could do would improve it.

So I sat around burning DVD's and working out kinks in the software on my computer. I figured out how to get a dual layer DVD onto 2 single DVD's. My favorite trick was removing the super-annoying "board game" from an Alice Cooper DVD so that I could just watch the thing. I also can't wait to have enough time to sit down and watch the Cheap Trick Silver show. I've been wanting to see that since it happened.

Frank and Mollie caught up with us for an early dinner then we headed on out to ATL. This was our first time at CJ's Landing so of course we got a little lost. We made it with time to spare, though, so it was cool.

To read all about what will almost definitely be our final show of 2005, click here.


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Friday December 9, 2005
 

 

 

Well, I got a lot done today. I finally got last week's show report up and the pics are updated as well. So you can see the show details, new pics of Frank, new pics of me and new pics of Mike by clicking the respective blues.

Now I've got to prepare for tomorrow.

Boy, how I wish the band could...

 


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Thursday December 8, 2005


 


"The dream is over.

What can I say? The dream is over...yesterday. I was the dream weaver but now I'm reborn. I was the walrus but now I'm John. And so dear friends, you'll just have to carry on.

The dream is over."

And I have nothing else to say about this date aside from that it's never been a good one for me. But you can read my 2002 interview with "John Lennon" by clicking here.

I secretly updated one thing on Concert Shots with a giveaway for the holiday season. This is something I've always wanted to be able to do and Special Ops Media gave me the opportunity. Thanks to them, I was able to give away two CD/DVD sets of Jackson Browne's Running On Empty deluxe re-issue. I'm going to try to do this more often. Since I had both winners within hours, next time, I may have to do a random drawing type thing or something. It's so cool to be able to do this. Now see, if you'd've checked in and been one of the first two, you coulda had it!

Now I really have to start thinking about Saturday's show in Atlanta...

 


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Wednesday December 7, 2005

 

 

 

 

  

Well, things are working but there are still conflicts everywhere. It's just so frustrating. Once I got the majority of my problems fixed today, I was ready to actually start editing pics from last Friday's show. I started putting the pics on the hard drive and BAM! My monitor went out.

I won't actually say the things that I was considering doing with the lot of this equipment but it wasn't pretty. I tried everything to get it working again but it was to no avail. And my mind was just so shattered by this point that I couldn't take it anymore. I've been trying SOOOOO hard. Now this.

After I took a break for a couple of hours I came back to it. I took the cord from my Roland VS-880 and plugged it into the monitor. Voila! It worked. So it was just a bad cord. I went and bought a brand new cord and another power strip and everything was better than ever. What are the odds of all of this happening at once? It's been a bit of a nightmare. But it hasn't stopped me. I'm still pushing on.

Then I was back to resolving conflicts with software. I tried to edit photos with Photoshop and it would get a "fatal error" every time. Eventually, I had to reset some things to get that to work. But here's the bottom line.

I had a meltdown last Friday. Today, I have an entirely new system. All of my vital files are re-upped, everything's backed up, my hardware is now all updated and reconfigured. Not only that but when I called Charter tech support I was notified that I was running at the lowest digital speed. I took advantage of a holiday special that'll run for 6 months that doesn't tie me into any obligations. So not only is my computer better and more powerful than ever but my internet speed is about 10 times faster than it was. And I'm paying $10 LESS per month.

Total cost for everything? $25 for a new cord and power strip. And everything's brand new and smoking now.

Yep, "impossible takes a week"...almost.

Now I can get back to life.


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Tuesday December 6, 2005

 

 

 

 


Yep. Amanda was right. She is my hero!

And not a moment too soon. Before she called me and let me know that she could save me, I found myself watching (no kidding) Blacula. Is this what my life would be without a computer in '05? Yikes. No thanks. Then when I was behind a screen watching the Tony Danza Show, I knew things had gone too far. Luckily, she called me within 15 minutes of that one starting. She certainly saved me from certain doom. I think I heard it's 27 minutes of the Tony Danza Show before rational males turn to pillars of salt...

Luckily, Amanda remembered that as an administrator at a state school, she could check out software for free. By lunch time, she had gotten me a copy of Windows XP to upload. By sometime in the early afternoon, I was operating again with a totally new system, a reformatted hard drive and everything ready to go. I didn't even have to redo all the LAN settings. With XP, it was a-u-t-o-matic. Woo hoo! I'm rolling again.

Of course, now, I have to get all of my programs running again. So far most of the ones that I paid for are having compatibility issues. It's going to take a while to get rolling again but at least I'm on the tracks!

My whole day was getting it set up. But not all the way. There's plenty to do tomorrow. In the evening, I celebrated by burning some DVD's that I'd borrowed from my brother at Thanksgiving. It's so nice to have things working.


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Monday December 5, 2005

 

 

 


Well, I got online this morning but my system's still not working right. After much thought and consideration, I decided to go all the way. I downloaded a program called DBAN. The "AN" stands for "autonuke" if that tells you anything about my desperation. I downloaded, checked my email one last time and kicked the program off. It went off like a very slow bomb. Over the course of several hours, it eliminated everything from my computer. 3 straight years of work and files. It was terrifying for me but I felt at this point it was absolutely necessary.

One bonus of not having a computer today is that I wrote yet another new song. This has got to me my longest continually running writing streak ever. Tonight's might not make it onto Satisfactionista (although, who can really say at this point). If it doesn't, it's only 'cause it may be more suitable for whatever the NEXT project would be. This one's called "Are You There, Mon Frer?". I really like it. Don't be surprised if it shows up in the set within the next couple of months.

It's been an incredibly stressful few days because of this whole computer thing. I can't work or earn money without my computer. I can't be entertained via my hubs, vines and weeds. It leaves me very little. I can't imagine life now without my computer. It may be sad but it's true. My daily life ABSOLUTELY and UNEQUIVOCALLY revolves around this computer. Still, sometimes you've got to just take a chance and that's what I did.

In the evening, it was done. I tried to upload my Windows 2000 and it wouldn't do it. Great. I'm done. Feeling totally defeated, I went out to stores and looked at prices for a new operating system...too much for too little. No deal. I'll figure something else out.

I went to bed for the first time in 5 years with no internet access and no workable computer. I didn't know what I was going to do.

Then Amanda had an idea. But it would take 'til Tuesday (hush, hush - keep it down now) to see if it could really happen.

 

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