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A Quick Read While…

Posted in Uncategorized on 13 December 08 by mikevc

I am currently reading one of those quick, one night books that really hits things on the head.  It is called Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life ( yes, that is a reference to the Built to Spill album and song of the same title) by John Sellers.  I mention this not only because I am truly enjoying this memoir of another mid-thirties music obsessed dork, but I have stumbled upon some great lines.  And I share two about the joys and dangers of mixing loud music and the solitude of a car:

“I will always possess the gene that makes guys turn their vehicle into Neal Peart’s ninety-nine-piece drum kit whenever Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” comes on.”

“I’ve been blasting music in cars for nearly two decades now and these moments of total submission still deliver the same wonderful rush.  It’s like being on a narcotic…If traffic cops ticketed for DWR–driving while rocking–my license would have been revoked years ago.”

Driving while rocking, as Sellers puts it, is one of my great joys in life.  He however fears the scorn of potential drivers and worries that they might assume the worst (Creed).  Whenever I see someone has noticed my rocking ways, I usually give them an ironic point and continue confidently in my dorky ways.  It works wonders if you need to merge over a lane: folks are so embarrassed for (or scared of?) me  they either slow down or speed up so as not to have to look at the fool in that car.  Some folks just don’t understand the need to rock.

New Pictures

Posted in Uncategorized on 8 September 08 by mikevc

Also, there are a number of new pictures of the boys over at my flickr site.

Dead Car – Painful Back

Posted in Uncategorized on 8 September 08 by mikevc

Have not posted in a while.  Reasons include the death of my car and the need to buy a new one.  It turns out buying a new car is very stressful–for me at least.  We have debated the idea of living with only one car as a family but given our jobs it seems a bit unlikely–maybe not.  We shall see.

Also, my back has been in constant pain for the past few weeks.  I am hoping things improve.  I have been to the doctor once but think I shall be returning soon if things don’t get better.

The main reason I haven’t blogged is that I am doing constant updates on Twitter.  So, if you haven’t joined yet, I encourage you to go to and follow me.  My name there is mikevc.   To make it easy, here you go:

Death of Blogging at the Hands of Twitter? Followed by Death of Twitter.

Posted in Uncategorized on 11 July 08 by mikevc

It seems I am not alone in Twittering taking over and eclipsing my blogging; thus the lack of posts.  There were many conversations at ALA about how Twitter is killing the personal (read: self-absorbed, self-important, self-…) blog.  Also, predictions that Twitter will be outdated and irrelevant by the end of 2008.

What’s next?

PLA, Minneapolis, and Back

Posted in baseball, rambling, Uncategorized on 7 April 08 by mikevc

I have not posted in quite a while. I am not sure why. I was in Minneapolis at the Public Library Association annual conference for much of the time. It was fun as conferences usually are. I was a little disappointed in the sessions I opted to attend and just didn’t seem to have enough time hanging out in the exhibit hall. Much of this had to do with the hotel I was staying in. It was in the middle of nowhere, which meant severely limited mobility. Although it did have a shuttle to the conference, it was far from dependable. I think I spent more time waiting for that damn bus than I did at the conference. Not only that but I couldn;’t really explore the city like I usually do at conferences since I either had to return to the hotel on the shuttle’s early schedule or pay for numerous costly cab rides. And, once at the hotel, the only places within walking distance were a Wendy’s and a gas station. This is the last time I try to save cash on a hotel during a conference by using Priceline.

I did get to experience some serious snow, the like of which I haven’t seen in fifteen years or so. I stuck around a few days after the conference for the express purpose of crossing another stadium off of my life’s goal to see a game in every team’s stadium. It was very strange for me to be attending a baseball game in the midst of a snowstorm. The game was fine since it was in the Metrodome, which has to rate as the worst stadium for baseball I have ever been in. Luckily, the Twins are only two seasons away from a new stadium. I did enjoy the game and the excitement of Opening Day.
I also took in a Timberwolves game at the Target Center. I don’t know why it is but I just can’t get excited about basketball like I used to be able to when in my teens and twenties. I was bored out of my mind and found myself pulling out the silly but portable (I miss the pocket paperback) James Patterson paperback–one of several free books I nabbed at PLA (one of the best aspects of library conferences)–I had shoved in my pocket when leaving the hotel and needing something to pass the time while waiting for busses, cabs, and trains. I seriously debated leaving before the game was over. Oh well, as I said, the excitement of Opening Day the next night did make me quite happy.

The truth is the trip was too long at a week. I know it sounds corny but I really missed my family; I missed the boys coming in to wake me up; I missed having my wife to talk to; I also–surprisingly–missed strumming my ukulele, which has become the best and most soothing way of unwinding from the day I have found.

So, having said all that, I am more than happy to be back home to my job, family, and uke.

Popsicles, mmmmmm!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on 5 October 07 by mikevc

I just had the weirdest urge. I am dying for a grape 12120_indi.gifPopsicle. I don’t think I’ve had one in years. All of the sudden, as I was working away I had this memory of the taste of a grape popsicle and now I greatly desire one. I guess I will buy some on the way home from work later. Weird, indeed!! Orange sounds pretty good too. I also really dig those red, white, and blue striped ones; I think they are called Firecrackers.

History – An Important Subject

Posted in family, nostalgia, Uncategorized, video games on 9 September 07 by mikevc

mario.pngI recently discovered an app in facebook that connects to NES Cafe, which is a site that emulates the old Nintendo Entertainment System. Not only that it has virtually every game ever made for the system. Thus, I have discovered over 1000 ways to take a trip down video game memory lane…and, I am taking my son with me. It is somehow fitting since these games roughly correspond to my musical nostalgia posting of the past few weeks.

punch.pngSo, in the name of education–in particular History (of Video Games)–Jonah and I have been playing every iteration ofducjhunt.png Mario (Super, Brothers, Dr., vs. Luigi, you name it), Punch Out, Excitebike, and a bunch of games I never played. I am floored at how terrible the graphics and controls are–especially compared to what is out there today. I remember this stuff being cutting edge in 1990. That is probably a trite observation, but I remember that to us this stuff was 1000% beyond the Ataris and Intellivsions of eight years prior. My son can’t distinguish between any discernible differences in quality between the two eras. Oh well, the perils of aging.

Extra credit for whoever can identify all 3 games pictured here.

I Lost Lost

Posted in television, Uncategorized on 7 September 07 by mikevc

When I got some new CDs in the mail yesterday, I took the DVD in my computer out so I could import the new music to iTunes.  Unfortunately in my excitement to get the music on my iPod, I seemed to neglect that DVD, which has disappeared.  I seem to remember putting it somewhere safe where my three year old could not get to it or damage it.  If that is the case, I put it in such a good place that a 34 year old cannot get to it or damage it.  This is not good.  I was engaged in a complete, 3 season, Lost rewatch and that was only disc one of season one.  I had rewatched the two parts of the pilot episode and nothing else.  I really wanted to watch things in order.  I guess I could buy the episodes on iTunes, but…Bummer! Bummer! Bummer!

Aching Feet Lead to Ugly Shoes

Posted in Uncategorized on 25 June 07 by mikevc


All of the walking in D.C. (I think I have done more miles in the past three days than I have done in the past year) has lead to extremely painful feet. So, in desperation, I stopped by some shoe shops in Chinatown on the way to the convention center today. I was angling for some Keen sandals, which I had heard where very comfortable. Initially I wanted the Newport models but could not bring myself to spend $90 bucks. Instead, I tried on the undeniably ugly Yoguis. They were unbelievably comfortable and 20% off. So, I accepted their ugliness and that they are a half size too big and laid down $40 for them. Despite appearances, my feet are thanking me.

Entertaining an Insomniac

Posted in baseball, ridiculousness, Uncategorized on 27 May 07 by mikevc

It is nearly 3:00 AM. I have spent the last hour trying to get 50 home runs on what is essentially an advertisement. Time to try to sleep!