First off, I’m glad to be back home. Home being the outskirts of Hamburg Germany the last years. Before that, was Mannheim Germany and before that was Munich (nineties).
Wifey’s on vacation too so she’s got time to just hang out and that’s a nice thing as well. Since our dude dog died almost 2 weeks ago, it’s been really lame energy around here. Now that I’m back I hope I’m should be able to distract the girls (wifey & chick dog) from some all of that mutual sadness and brighten things up a bit around here.
First thing I have to do is get on the TIME man! It’s so easy to let jet lag get the best of you if you don’t get right on the local schedule. I stayed up until 6am last night and forced myself to wake up 4 hours later. Hopefully that jolts me on the time frame. We’ll see how dead I feel later today.
Not long after being home again or arriving fresh in the United States, I always pick out the little things that one continent has better than the other. You know, the grass is always greener (or stronger) on the other side of the fence. Something like that. Anyway, today’s difference is the Mayonnaise.
I know, seems like a small gripe. Sure. BUT after years of questioning why the heck the Europeans can’t master this stuff is beyond me. Even worse, the capitalistic US of A hasn’t managed to strike a deal with fukn Aldi or some other food giant around here? I’m telling you…a fortune lies in that arrangement for sure, ha!
I’m sure to come up with other puny reasons to miss America. Of course a big reason is echophonics! My new band. Fresh together, a couple very good gigs under our belt, a game plan and some natural chemistry together. Ja, ja…I had to muck things up by going home. 🙁 Of course the plane ticket was booked before the band even existed but still sucky timing all around.
It’s just a matter of time before everything comes together. I’m quite certain of that. Hang around and find out what happens…
I couldn’t resist this one. They just get better and better. I’ve decided to include contact info in the case any of you want to follow up and contact these goofy folks. By all means leave a comment and let us know what happened, ha!
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:07:09 +0000 [05:07:09 AM PDT]
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(Re: Transfer of $28,000,000.00)
(Twenty Eight Million USD)
I am Mr Ibrahim Ahmed,the Senior & Auditor General of a Bank, during the course of our auditing, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 2000 and since 2003 nobody has operated on this account again.
After going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.
The owner of this account is a foreigner, a miner and an industrialist. He made millions of dollars before he died victoriously .Since DEC 26 2003 and no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it.
My investigation proved to me that the account has no other beneficiary and that until his death he was the manager director of aluminium & steel industries (PTY) We will start the transfer with the total sum involved (twenty eight million dollars)[$28,000,000.00 only, into your account, as a safe foreigners bank account abroad, but I don’t know any foreigner abroad that’s why I have contacted you to bear the legal sole beneficiary of the fund.
I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business. Also send your private telephone number and fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit. I need your strong assurance that you will never let me down in this business proposition.With my influence and the position in the bank, as an official whom is working in our favour we can transfer this money to any foreigner’s be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing.
The bank official will destroy all documents of transaction immediately you receive this fund leaving and they will be no trace to any place and to build confidence you can wrote immediately to discuss with me the modalities,after I will make this remittance in your presented account and fix my resign date, to fly down to your country at least 7 days ahead of the fund transferred and confirm into the account.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total amount, 50% will be for me, while 15% will be for expenses might have incurred during the process of transferring.
Here is an iReport floating around. If you discover more related content to Go Topless Day 2009 by all means let me know please! You can hear my band playing in the background at about the 2 min 30 secs mark in the clip.
Since we’ve been asked a few times already about the National Go Topless Day event coming up this weekend on Sunday the 23rd of August, we decided to do an official interview of sorts letting our friends know what the deal is and why the hell we’re a part of the deal in the first place.
UTV|Underground Television Network will make a new studio move for 2010 to the lovely Los Angeles area called Eagle Rock. There, we’ve been invited to join the artist community Bedrock Studios, which is a big facility chopped up into many small studios and spaces for artistic uses.
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We’re looking at starting a production there in December this year, latest January. Look for new episodes of Cartunes as an early release from the new studio location.
The funniest thing about the space are the couches. Some of you (younger folks) may recognize them from the set of Hannah Montana’s show. Yeah, we stole ’em. Look for more interesting gear once we get things underway there!
Yes, it’s true. We’re doing the gig on Sunday, August 23rd! We’ve got a few popular covers lined up that folks should know. I’m dickin’ around with an original specifically for the event but likely it’ll be an improv jam at some point with relevant lyrics. We’ll see. Will be a fun, party in the sun no matter how it goes down!
The Double D’s consist of Harley the bassist, Kamary the guitarist/vox and John the drummer and in my classic/typical form it will be our first show of all time. We’ll likely make complete boobs of ourselves but somehow, I think that won’t be too much of a problem.
I’ve got some new music available to hear and buy right here! I’ll try and have some CD’s at the gig for any old fashioned consumers still lingering around out there. 🙂
I’ve always loved the fact that spelled backwards it is what it is. In fact, I managed to get that in a screenplay I wrote years and years ago called TALES OF A MERMAID, A PISCES IN THE RAIN. Part one of a trilogy.
Anyway, where was I going with all of this? Oh yeah, the roller babies clip my Susy discovered recently along with about 11 thousand other folks at the time of this posting.
I my small circle of a few thousand virtual friends, to my knowledge I was the first to report the tragic events concerning Michael Jackson. I figure likely since I’m here in the area and frankly got a call from another friend who was on the scene. This was almost 2 hours before the twitter world exploded. I just couldn’t bring myself to sit and write any thoughts on the subject due to personally being shocked by the news just as millions of others are in this moment.
I won’t go on with this beyond saying “Cheers Mike (he never liked being called that, ha!) and give ’em hell up there my man!” And for those without any clue of some of this great man’s extraordinary experiences, here’s a little breakdown;
I wrote this song in the middle of the night a bit ago. I knew then that I would only be scratching the surface of what it could be, however I wanted to get the idea down either way.
It really did begin with humming, then whistling and tapping on the table, just as the rough ‘web cam’ video depicts. In fact, that was the actual moment of coming up with the melody and vibe at the beginning of the clip.
Shortly after, I decided to put some lyrics and a programmed beat to that and it grew a bit, reaching the dynamic you are about to witness.
Will I ever Produce the track seriously? Time will tell just as with the Tens upon Tens of other rough ideas such as this one. This one is special simply because it was inspired by the woman who stole my heart as of late and the thousands of miles often between us. We’re still together in our way for no other reason than the fact that we are. We simply try.
I figured a fitting, first post would be one depicting the current reality of my surroundings. It was less than two weeks ago that I journeyed back to the USA (as permanent a possible) from my beloved Europe.
Thus far, I’m quite happy to be back and already business (for example) is opening up to new possibilities despite the realities of the countries economic strife. I’ve never been one for good timing, ha! Nonetheless, good times are another thing completely. I have a sense, beyond the great events of recent past, there will be plenty of really good times to talk and write about for the next months to come.
What’s missing so far, at least in this Southern California area, is the sun! I have to say that the European summer that I left behind is much more like summer. As many of you know, I was in Los Angeles last year around election time and also early 2009 and it was quite hot; just like I like it! I’m looking forward to days like that here in Los Alamitos too.
As I type, it’s raining and chilly outside. No sun and only about 18 grad outside. Brrrrr…. Seeing that we’re 10 minutes drive or so from Seal beach, I should not be surprised by the weather down here. I’m thinking about getting a bike and doing some physical commuting instead of driving everywhere like most of the Cali-heads down here do. That’s likely the biggest culture clash that comes in to play for me; not being able to walk or take the Bahn any and every where I’d like to go.
So, to put things in perspective, about 10 days ago I was hanging out in this neighborhood. It was the kind of area where all you needed to get around were some good shoes. 🙂 Okay, luxury would be having a sturdy, light bike. A car would basically be a big pain in the lower posterior, so if you find yourself in that part of the world do yourself a favor and leave the car at home!
On the left and right of the canal (what is also typical) are cafe’s, fresh fruit and vegetable vendors, pubs, hotels, coffee shops :), medical services, a police station and more. The weather that day was fine, just cloudy in the direction of the photo.
Now the flipside. My new hood in Orange County California, or the OC as folks seem to call it around here. It’s not a bad place to live by any means, simply different. The pace alone is something to get accustomed to. I’m over my Jetlag, however I’m not getting a lot of energy (not yet anyway) from the surroundings and I’m attributing it to the weather. It’s been quite dreary to say the least as of late but for some reason yesterday (when I took the pic) was one of those days I’m hoping is what normal is around here. I’m assured by complete strangers that it is. We’ll see, so stay tuned.
This street is next to mine as I was walking (oh no! the “W” word) to the strip mall one more street over called, Katella. There you’ll find a few restaurants, tanning salon, beauty salon, a 24h 7-11 (beer store), a donut shop, somekind of fitness supply shop and a fast food joint. What else could someone possibly need within walking (Doh!) distance from home?
There you have it. A visit to and from the other side. I’ll be around here the next few months for sure as I figure out more exactly where I want to land. I really like being near the water which both Hamburg and Amsterdam had to offer me the last several years. Although I’m open to being inland of course. It will all come down to opportunity and circumstance. Such is life in the Kam-lane.