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  1. Saw Gogol Bordello last night at the Stone Pony with In the Whale opening. In the Whale is a high-energy two-piece band (just a drum set and lead guitar) from Denver. I'm not really all that into screamo rock, but they were pretty good for what they were. It took a few songs to win me over, but by the time they were done I enjoyed their set. Gogol Bordello was.......well.........Gogol Bordello. Man, what a crazy show. By the end of the night, I was a hot, sweaty mess and wearing a lot of beer. The shoes that I wore last night are just disgusting. I may just throw them out.
  2. Just ask Chris Christie.
  3. Didn't there used to be a "Things That Drive You Nuts" thread.......or something like that? I looked for it, but I couldn't find it, so I'm gonna use this thread to vent. I live in New Jersey. We are one of two states in the U.S. in which it is illegal to pump your own gas at a gas station..........because gasoline is a hazardous substance and should only be dispensed by trained professionals.......blah blah blah. Anyway, I stopped to get gas last night because my tank was almost empty. I tell the attendant to fill up the tank. So he sets the pump on auto, and it clicks off at $23.02. I see the price and just put my head in my hands and sigh because I know what is about to happen. Sure enough, the attendant tries to top it off because they have an obsession with the price being an even dollar amount (no cents). Well, he has 98ยข to go to get to the next even dollar and with gas prices what they are right now that is about half a gallon........and I don't have a half gallon of empty space left in my tank. So he is literally running gas down the side of my car as the tank overflows while he is pumping it up to $24.00 even. And I'm the one that can't be trusted to dispense gasoline. Thank you, New Jersey state legislature......
  4. How come no sports teams have a pterodactyl for a mascot?
  5. I've never liked Rivers, but I cannot deny that he is a talented QB. If we are just going off of last season to determine who is the better QB right now, then there is no question that Rivers is better than Eli. Eli wasn't just on a bad team last season. His poor play at QB was a big part of why the Giants lost games last season. He was a liability. If we are talking about who was better over their career, then that is a more difficult argument to make. I don't think there is a clear right answer to that one. That is not to say that Eli cannot bounce back this season. He has gone through stretches in the past where he was mediocre to slightly above average and then bounced back to play really well. He wasn't even mediocre last season, though. He was just flat out bad.
  6. My first thought scanning through the lists was that I was surprised that Rivers didn't make anybody's list. I figured he would sneak in at the #5 spot for somebody. Then I had to go back and pay a little more attention to see that he at least got mentioned. Even Eli got mentioned, and he was terrible last year. First time that I've ever thought that Eli was truly a liability to the Giants.
  7. I am going to be in Tampa for work tomorrow and Tuesday, leaving Wednesday night. I have been searching for something like this in Tampa, and just completely striking out. I'm really surprised. I wouldn't expect a city like Tampa to be so dead during the week, especially considering that I had no trouble finding stuff to do in Indy. If it's not the weekend, there's nothing going on there.
  8. So this made me start thinking. What are my top five? I gave it some thought and came up with a list, and I ended up not including Vehicle on that list despite it being a great song. Here is what I came up with. There is never any question in my mind about the #1 spot. It's not even a competition for me. I don't even have to think about it. It has been my favorite song since the first time that I heard it in the mid-'90s, and it is going to take something truly great to dethrone it. I don't see it ever happening. The rest of the list, I struggled with. If you asked me to do this again in a couple months, I would probably come up with a different list.......or at least the order would be different. So what are your top five, Colts forumites? 1. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody 2. Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do ***no link because of swearing in the lyrics*** 3. Dollys - Cornerstones ***no link because of swearing in the lyrics*** 4. Owel - Snowglobe 5. Dan Welcher - Zion
  9. Heh heh. There were three bands on the bill. Two of them I had never seen before, so I didn't know what to expect. So I walk in the door, and the band on stage is a group of older guys, like in their 50s, playing some bluesy rock and everybody in the bar was my age or older. Not that I have a problem with that. They were decent and I didn't mind watching them. I just couldn't see them being on the same bill as the band that I came to see. So I walk around some, and I find a doorway to a back room with another bar and somebody taking money and checking IDs. The girl asks me if I'm here for the show and I tell her, "Honestly, I'm confused as to what's going on here." And she tells me that there is going to be another show back here in the back room. So all right, I am in the right place. They didn't even have a stage back there. They just set up some amps and speakers in the corner of the room. Very makeshift. It was good, though. I enjoyed it. The crowd in the back room was a lot younger than the crowd at the stage. That is the problem that I find myself running into more and more lately. When I go to see a band like this, they draw a young crowd because the band is young themselves. I like the music and I enjoy the shows, but I feel kind of uncomfortable being in a room full of people that are almost all 10+ years younger than me. I don't want to be the dirty old man in the room.
  10. This is another one of my favorites from that time period. Man, do I love a power horn line. Chase - Get It On
  11. It's probably in my top five..........although I would have to give that some thought before I committed to it. I'm seeing this band live tonight. Not my favorite song of theirs, but I can't post a link to my favorite because it would violate the forum rules. The song is actually completely clean, but the picture that they used has the lead singer flipping off the camera...........because I guess that makes you edgy or something. Fortune Yeller - White Flag
  12. Beware the Ides of March! The Ides of March - Vehicle
  13. So for those that care, while I was in Indy I ended up going to the Slippery Noodle with the guy that I was working with at Rolls Royce and caught their blues jam night. Then after he decided to call it quits for the night, I went to the Melody Inn and got some rock in. The Melody Inn is my kind of place, a hole-in-the-wall bar with a decent beer selection, a good mix of local and touring bands, and a reasonable cover charge. I would probably be a regular there if I ever moved to Indy. I was going to go to a show at the Hi Fi the following night, but it sold out and I couldn't get in. I wasn't expecting that to be a problem on a week night in Indy.
  14. That's what common sense would tell you but, sadly, it doesn't always work out like that.
  15. Don't the Jews also do this (adding a month to the year every now and then to realign the year with the seasons)? I believe it is because the Jewish calendar is based on lunar cycles, which do not align with the revolution of the Earth about the sun. Kind of like how we add a day to the year every four years because the period of rotation and the period of revolution of the Earth are not quite integer multiples of one another......except the discrepancy is much more severe for the lunar cycles. So lately I have been thinking about music and why certain chords sound good to our ears and why other chords grate our minds like nails on a chalkboard. There is no good explanation that I can come up with. None of these sounds are natural sounds, so there is no primal reason why our ears should favor certain combinations of frequencies over other combinations (and that's all that a chord is, a combination of frequencies). I understand the concepts of constructive and destructive interference and how constructive interference creates major chords, slight destructive interference creates minor chords, and heavy destructive interference creates dissonance.....which just sounds bad. (I think that is how it works. I could be wrong.) I understand the physics involved, but that still doesn't explains why our minds say, "This sounds good," when our ears detect a major chord and why we cringe when our ears detect dissonance. It seems so arbitrary.

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