Monthly archives: December, 2005

Happy New year!

This year has been pretty good to me. I’ve stumbled across some things that have made my life quite a bit easier and I have gotten myself into a position to do what I’ve been wanting to do for a long long time, stop working retail… I’ve made more money this year than ever before …

Must..control…spending…

OK, last night I narrowly escaped purchasing a tube tester, for $1300… I came to my senses and realized that I can’t buy an expensive thing like that until I come back from my trip. I have not been able to resist the urge to buy more albums unfortunately. I really really want a copy …

More vinyl gold…

Wow, just rediscovered Sam Cooke’s Night Beat. What an album, OMG it’s wonderful. It isn’t intense, just really fun and nice. Plus I could listen to him sing all day long. Next up is Belzububba from the Dead Milkmen. I miss them, and there isn’t really anyone to take their place. I’ll be doing nothing …

Ahhh…

Some things just sound better on vinyl. I’m listening to “Tapestry” by Ms. King.I can’t think of a more evocative LP than this for the early 70’s and it just doesn’t sound right on CD. The same goes for early Rolling Stones, and the Cynics should never be heard on anything but LP or maybe …

Christmas was good, LP mania!

Just got back in from my usual, frenetic Christmas travels. We switched things up a bit this year, spent CHristmas eve at mom’s and Christmas day over at dad’s. Usually it’s the other way around. Everything went well, everyone seemed to like their gifts. It’s always a relief t know that you didn’t screw up… …

I went and did it…

I’m sure all of you know that I’m a camera snob, I have just cemented that in my own mind. I have used the best that the commercial world can offer, Hassleblads, Leica, Schneider LF lenses and Japanese precision large format cameras. Now I’m having cameras custom made for me… I ordered two cameras from …

Doing well

Those of you that know me pretty well know that this is usually my least favorite time of the year. Christmas in retail can be hellish. Long hours, limited time with family, cranky customers and coworkers all add up to trying times. Or at least they used to. I gotta say that this year is …

Weird dream last night

I was in a 4 week intensive class learning to be a sommelier. It cost me 5 or 6 grand and somehow I decided that it was worth it for some reason. Turns out that I had a knack for being a wine snob and could match wines with meals really well. Why not, I …

Whew!

24 of my auctions ended on Ebay on sunday. By tomorrow I will have shipped out 21 boxes. I still haven’t boxed up any of the Christmas presents I need to send out yet… I had sunday off but I won’t have another day off until monday, and then no more until Christmas. I’m such …

Newest wallpaper

Found a still from Bergman’s Persona and promptly put it up as one of my rotating wallpaper images. This was one of the first mind blowing films I ever saw and it had quite an impact on me. The still is part of the “dream sequence” where liv Ulman is running her hands through Bibi …