October 12th, 2014

So I had an odd thought the other day. Well, as in yesterday. I haven’t regularly updated this blog in damn near four years. Going back and reading the progression of my posts from the beginning to when I stopped posting, I had started to develop a fairly consistent (and halfway decent) writing style. I’m beginning to wonder if my constant writing helped with my actual speech. Not that I’ve devolved into Frankenstein style prose by any means, but I feel that my verbal work is less than…. stellar. So, in an effort to feel more smarters, I’m going to start writing more. FOR REALZ.

A Year and a Half in the Life of Areabassist: Part Two – Electric Bugaloo

May 10th, 2014

Ok, I get it. I’m really bad at this.

So, 2013 in a nutshell. And….. go!

At some point in January (or maybe February), the drummer for the Infidels up and quit. So we decided to spend some time writing with the help of a fill in drummer, and in the spring, we found a new drummer. We spent the summer working on new material, and were all set to hit the studio in late summer/early fall and play a show in Northfield when our singer/second guitar player decided to leave the band to focus on his new career as a brewer. We auditioned a couple of singers, but just couldn’t find the right person. So while we didn’t really break up, we’re still in a kind of “Maybe we’ll play again?” limbo. This is all the more odd because we spent a few days in the studio recording guitar, bass, and drums for the tracks that we’d written and they’re AWESOME. It gets stranger; earlier this year our singer spent two days recording vocals, and he sounds better than ever. The jury is still out on what’s gonna happen there.

I officially left Rare Medium, a band I’d played with longer than any group. We hadn’t played a show in nearly two years, and I realized that I just wasn’t that into what they were doing any more.

We’ve made slow progress in our basement. July will mark three years since my office became my daughter’s nursery. While I love my daughter, and have spent many awesome hours in her room reading and playing, I am in desperate need of a place to put my shit. This is beyond the desire for a man cave; I have spent the last three years moving computers, basses, and recording equipment from room to room in my house and am grumpy about it. That being said, we are in the home stretch. Egress window has been dug, framing is done, plumbing is done, electrical is done, data/AV is done, insulation is done. The target date is fall, with a hopeful rough finish (drywall, paint, lights, and bathroom fixtures) by my birthday.

With the Infidels on hiatus, and me itching to get back to playing shows again, I decided to look into some new bands. I struck gold with a progressive death metal band that was getting ready to record and play some big shows. I met with the band, and it was a natural fit. We’re getting ready to record this summer, and play a fairly big CD release show this fall.

Work is still awesome. I love my job; it’s stressful, it’s challenging, and it’s insanely rewarding. My department got shaken up in the summer; one of our senior members was let go, they moved my manager to a different department, and staffed my team with what I would consider the best people to put on the help desk. In addition, I got the go ahead to pick up an Apple hardware repair certificaiton. I have missed fixing computers, and now I’m doing a lot more of it. It’s pretty rad.

That’s the year in a nutshell. Since it’s good for my brain to spend time writing, I’m gonna try and not wait another 15 months before I update again.

A Year and a Half in the Life of Areabassist

January 28th, 2013

Ok, so not really a year and a half. It has been a year, to the date, though, since my last post. What can I say? I was busy.

As I mentioned in my last post (and only post 0f 2012), more happened in the last few months of 2011 than has happened at any other time in my life. As much as I’ve used this blog as a sounding board for my life, my daughter’s birth and subsequent surgeries were just too real to write about.

2012 turned out to be another crazy year; while it was at times stressful, a lot of pretty awesome stuff. So, without further ado, my 2012 Review (in no particular order of chronology or importance)

Not One Stone goes on hiatus
With Josh wanting to take a hiatus after our Halloween show in October of 2011 (due to the impending arrival of his second child) we decided to take some time off.

My daughter spends a lot of time in the hospital
My daughter had surgery in December of 2011 to correct her Hirschprung’s Disease; while the surgery itself went well, we spent half of 2012 running back and forth to the hospital trying to figure out why she still couldn’t poop. There were a lot of late nights, there were some very high fevers, there were some trips to the emergency room, there was a lot of worrying. I ate a LOT of bacon cheeseburgers at the hospital cafeteria.

I joined The Infidels
I spent a few months trying to find a new project to work with, and answered a Craigslist ad put out by a St. Paul punk/rock band. I originally signed up on a trial basis to help them for a CD release show, but was asked to join officially in the spring. I’ve been rocking with them ever since, going on a couple of road trips, drinking homebrew at their rehearsal space, and enjoying every second of it.

Not One Stone calls it a day
After I mentioned to the dudes that I’d joined another band, we mutually agreed to hang it up. And now I have a six foot Not One Stone banner that I have no idea what to do with.

My daughter has about four more surgeries
I honestly lost count. We were in the hospital a lot. The biggest surgery, in June, was a repeat of the surgery she had in December. Thankfully, it went very well, because my girl is crazy tough.

I closed my store….
I went through the very draining process of closing up my computer repair shop, which meant packing up everything and moving it into my garage and paying a lot of outstanding bills….

… because I got a new job
A dream job opened up at one of the local colleges, and I was offered the position. While closing my store was tough (it’s really hard to shake the feeling that I failed), having a steady income and benefits have been life changing. I actually love my job, for the first time ever.

My daughter celebrated her first birthday
We had a big party for her, with a whole bunch of family and friends attending. She opened a lot of presents. It was an awesome day.

I got a new (used) car
I decided enough was enough with my Focus, and started looking around for a different car. I traded it in for a 2009 Mazda5, and I’m loving having a driver’s side door that works.

That pretty much sums it up. It was a busy year, filled full of changes, stress, and awesomeness.