miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2011

December

MIERCOLES
22:16


i like a lot of these classes from Soto Mayor, the new academy. And all the people who work there are quite nice. Lots of hours.


4 hours today of class.


I am exhausted. Gotta eat and do the facturas for the academies tonight. Manana is Diciembre! Xmas. new year! Do you hear footsteps 2011?


i hear voices inside my head. They say sleep.



JUEVES
01:07



Intense silence
As she walked in the room
Her black robes trailing
Sister of the moon
And a black widow spider makes
More sound than she
And black moons in those eyes of hers
Made more sense to me
Heavy persuasion
It was hard to breathe
She was dark at the top of the stairs
And she called to me

-Fleetwood mac




Well, i finished my factura and realized there were a few class where i mistakenly charged them for an 1.5 of classes when they were 2. So they owe me 4 more hours. Woo hoo!


Time to sleep the sleep of the very tired. 













Fair Warning




Fair Warning to 2011: your days are numbered, you fucking..., year!

Four different flats, Fripp died, the Dodgey Brooklyner. Bastante! Enough! 32 days left. And we'll bring in the new year (the sexy, sultry voiced 2012) in Germany. So see you in hell 2011. No more moving every three months! No more Internet dating! I am well aware that life is a contact sport - but i am flagging 2011 for illegal contact an unnecessary roughness. You are ejected! Just stay away from me you flea-bitten whore of a year.

Everything else is fine.


lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2011

Table for One




DOMINGO

Thanks to EVERYONE who sent condolences about Frippy. I received about 30 messages on BookFace after i posted Sunday morning that he had died. It means the world to me. He was a well-known, much loved cat.

Work manana at 10:00. 7.5 hours manana. But today was relaxing. I love Sundays in Madrid. 

So, the setlist for Fripp Fest is taking shape. It might be a 3 day festival. Today i've listened to Selling England (Genesis) and Tarkus (ELP.) i am feeling much better today.  I'll miss him, but we had a lot of good times. He was a kitten when the Mets made the playoffs in 1999. He spent the Arizona and Atlanta series' on my lap. That never really changed for the next 12 years when i was watching the Mets, Caps or Seahawks. He was an epic cat. And add Red (King Crimson) to the list as well. 

Wow,many good games today. Bills - Jets, Ten / TB. 

Hasselbeck just threw a TD pass. He's a great QB. 

22:14

So now i am watching the Seahawks, Frippy would like that. The Fore Skins are running all over the Seahawks. Yikes. 

I spoke with Sue and Annie today on Skype. It was great to see them and chat. Annie seemed to be taking it pretty well. As well as any of us are. She's an incredible little kid. 

The Fore Skins just scored. Ugh. 

Jesus save me!
-Jethro Tull

American commercials are idiotic. I am horrified. They're no better here in Spain, but WOW! I stand blown away. They are prettier, but no less moronic. 

Lynch is in Beast mode.

T Jack sucks. He has no arm.

And then Williams drops a nice pass.

But Obamanu down it at the 5 yard line. Yeah!

i am getting sleepy.

Nighty night you rabbit.

LUNES

22:14

Joder! The Seahawks lost! Oh how they suck!

I went out for sushi tonight to my favorite place. Frippy loved fish. It was his repast dinner. Manana is the wake, the end of the three day festival (All Fripp's Day,) henceforth to be celebrated on June 15th (birthday.) It was nice. I had some sake - i love it with good sushi, and this place is good. And manana is Bender Tuesday, and the boy was Fripp Robert Bender Greco. It seems quite appropriate. 

I am exhausted. i think i teach 30 hours this week. Damn. 




domingo, 27 de noviembre de 2011

The River of Constant Change

 Fripp in the closet (Mum's, 2009)


I feel like i lost my best friend. Wait... that's exactly what happened. Pets are like family and Frippy was family.

Thank you to everybody for the outpouring of condolences on BookFace and otherwise. Fripp loved attention above all else.

Today is Frippy Appreciation Day. I'm playing all his favorites; Genesis , ELP, Pink Floyd, Rush, Rainbow (with Dio) and of course, King Crimson.

r
Mully and Fripp - (Annual Brothers Vacation in CT, 2010)


He had a good life. He was well loved. He was well travelled. All those trips to CT and back. We must have travelled at least 7,000 miles together. Maybe more. A roundtrip from DC to CT is 700 miles.

Well, good memories. He was one of a kind. Sue said he would walk out of the room when Annie played Lady GaGa. That's my boy!

Thanksgiving was fun. Lotsa food! Lotsa fun.

Okay - time to cook something and then watch football. I predict the Seahawks will crush the Redskins today. Can the Tebow show continue? Can Matt Leinart get the job done for the Texans? Can the Giants save their own bacon?


Now as the river dissolves in sea, 
So Neptune has claimed another soul. 
And so with gods and men 
The sheep remain inside their pen, 
Until the Shepherd leads his flock away. 

The sands of time were eroded by 
The river of constant change.
-Genesis

sábado, 26 de noviembre de 2011

Frippy

Peg O'Connell died today
She was a cheeky girl
A flirt
They just stuffed her in a hole!
Surely to God you'd think at least some bells should ring!


One day I'm going to die here too
And they'll plant me in the dirt
Like some lame bulb
That never blooms come any spring
Not any spring
No, not any spring
Not any
-Joni Mitchell


Frippy died today. He was a cheeky boy. A nut. He loved to watch sports on my lap and when i scooped his box.


Fripp Robert Bender Greco (Jun 5, 1999 - November 26, 2011) He was perchance the most human entity i ever met. 


Rest in peace my dear boy. Driving from DC to CT will never be the same without you. He had pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest. I love you boy. Nothing but good memories. And i know not how i could have gotten thru the divorce without ye. I have to leave for our Thanksgiving Day celebration at American Laura's, though i hardly feel like it. But i am bringing the martinis, so the show must go on.

Dancer Six



Okay. This is the arc of lyrics i wrote to hopefully use for whatever this new band may be. But i really just wrote them to deal with everything i was feeling at the time. Some were written when things were good, some of them were written when things were bad. Dancer 6666 was her profile name on that website (she was born in '66. She should have just used 666.) Please give me your feedback; good, indifferent, or negative.

Dancer Six

1. Dancer Six
2. The day the Prozac died
3. Eat Something
4. Dancer Six part ii
5. Bat Shit Crazy
6. Tomorrow Ever Comes
7. Scorched Eath Policy (instru)
8. Dancer Six part iii

DANCER SIX

you like to drink coffee
before you open your eyes
you like to tell stories
peppered with lies

I 've never met you
but i knew you were there
i couldn't forget you
or the smell of your hair

some thing's aren't possible
but some things they are
some things are not probable
but you still get in the car

when the car stops you get out
and you do what you do
the whole thing's inside out
but something pulls you through

like the wall in the bar
that gives way to a bed.
and when you bet from afar
you can't use your head

Out of the way
by the side of the road
there's nothing to say
....And that's why you drove

THE DAY THE PROZAC DIED

the day the Prozac died
the day the Prozac died

i was sitting with a book
one look was all it took

i was hoping for a reprieve
because love is all we need

the day the Prozac died
the day the Prozac died

I thought i saw you there
with these petals in your hair

i just spent the day...
there was nothing i could say

the day the Prozac died
the day the Prozac died

the witches stirred the pot
and the gates of hell were hot

the father's all were ghosts
and we all turned into goats

the day the Prozac died
the day the Prozac died

the day the Prozac died
the day the Prozac died

EAT SOMETHING
that's what she said
Eat something
or else you'll be dead
Eat something
it's not a lot
Eat something
this world's all we got
eat something
chicken or beef
eat something
fish or chopped meat
eat something
maybe a salad
eat something
it can't be that bad
eat something
i'll bake you a cake
eat something
wash it down with a shake
eat something
i know where you've been
eat something
open your mouth and put in

DANCER SIX part ii

I met her by the tortuga pond
in Atocha Station
she took my breath away
and caught my fascination

so many miles from home
to meet a Brooklyn Girl
North Jersey was my home
...Back in another world

I felt like I had known her
for so much longer than a day
and that's when I decided
that maybe this time I would stay

TOMORROW EVER COMES


i can't remember the time
i can remember the place
But in time gone behind
I remember your face

Tomorrow
Ever Comes

Tomorrow
Ever comes

i remember that feeling
lost and at sea
And the sun sends you reeling
til you're finally free

Warm and at home
in the comfort of bed
Soley alone
with the thoughts in your head

Tomorrow
Ever Comes

Tomorrow
Ever comes

I lost the map
and the compass is gone
it was all just dumb crap
turn the page and move on

i got my own say
i'll get there on my own
i'll pay my own way
and i'm not alone

tomorrow ever comes
tomorrow ever comes

BAT SHIT CRAZY

what were you thinking?
just tell me how
we were laughing and singing
how did we get to now?

it all happened so fast
and i was a fool
and you were deceptive,
sexy and cool

and i lost my way
and i lost my heart
don't think i d be gay
but it could be a start

and i wish i could save you
but i know that i can't
so i'll just forget you
... after i rant

i hope you'll be happy
when you forget about all this
and we've both moved on
but you're totally bat shit....

Bat Shit Crazy

Crazy
Crazy
Crazy

Bat Shit Crazy

Your Crazy
Crazy
Crazy



DANCER SIX part iii

it's more than once
but not enough
build a fence
or blow it up

Dancer Six
sometimes she's not there
sometimes in the sticks
sometimes she's every where

the puzzle fell apart
you picked up the pieces
the apple's kind of tart
but you did what you needed

Dancer Six
sometimes she's so square
it comes down brick by brick
with all that dust in the air...

I sat there like a turnip
unsure what to do
it's like i talk ancient sanskrit
...and there's only you



viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2011

Central European Tour 2011 - 2012



Okay! The Itinerary for the Central Europe Tour '11, '12 is set!  I fly to Berlin on Dec 31 and then fly from Vienna to Mallorca, Mallorca to Madrid on Jan 7.

My immediate family has 3 different last names; Greco, Blanchette and LeBeau. That's crazy.

2012. That hardly seems possible.

Music;

Quelqu'un M'a Dit-Carla Bruni
Grace for Drowning - Steven Wilson

jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2011

Black Friday and Freak Words

Jueves 18:16

Spanksgiving Day Music

Aladdin Sane - David Bowie
Live (disc 2) - Fleetwood Mac
The Very Best of Fleetwood mac (disc 2)
Time Machine, Live in Cleveland 2011 - Rush
Fragile - Yes

It's all the same
It's all the same
It's all the same
...Rhiannon
-Fleetwood Mac

18:45

Happy Thanksgiving!

One more class at 20:00. Then meet Maria here for Thanksgiving Day dinner. This will be the 3rd time out of 5 that we'll celebrate it together.

Everybody's got someone they call home.
-Roger Waters

Tomorrow is Black Friday, but i have to post about it today because i live in future space/time continuum than you all. Wow, continuum is a fucked up word. Just look at it! It's like cooperation. Freak words!

The last time i went to a retail spot on Black Friday was when i was working for Georgetown. Sue, Mum, Mel, Jan, Mike, Mima, baby Megan and i all went into Town. I needed to see how it was going, see how the carolers were and show my support. Back when i was a valuable member of society. Now i run black ops in Nigeria 3 times a year.



When Black Friday comes
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor
When Black Friday comes
I'll collect everything I'm owed
And before my friends find out
I'll be on the road
When Black Friday falls you know it's got to beDon't let it fall on me
When Black Friday comes
I'll fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book
Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos
-Steely Dan

You all are my home, wherever i may be. Thanks for that.

-
-
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VIERNES 23:40
It took Maria and i 20 minutes to find a Pollo Asado place. My normal dude was sold out! Then i made Artichoke hearts. It was fun. We had a bottle of wine and a few beers and played 31 (we used to play it when i lived with her last Sept.) We listened to Rush and Fleetwood Mac. It was a great time.

I am exhausted. I woke up at 8:00 for work. Like every Friday. I have to crash.





miércoles, 23 de noviembre de 2011

Day 1,789

21:06



Happy Spanksgiving everyone! As i sit here in my Madrid flat, i hope you have a healthy and a happy one. Manana, Spanksgiving, will be the 1,789th day of my self imposed Spanish Exile. I remember all the reasons why i left. The reasons why i haven't returned escape me now.

And all the time that's passed me by.....
it hardly seems to matter now...
not now
-Genesis

Things i am thankful for:


  • Mum
  • The Seester
  • Sue, Annie and Frippy
  • Kevin and Pat (my brothers) and their families
  • Maria
  • All my family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic
  • Teaching English
  • My flat and cool flatmates
  • Music
  • Books
  • Writing
  • Seeing the Fambly in January!
  • My comfy chair
  • The fact that i found out the Dodgey Brooklyner was insane in a relatively short amount of time
  • That the NFL season is almost over for the Seahawks
  • That tomorrow is always a new day
  • That when i do a ludicrous search for images with keywords like Spanksgiving that i find there are people just as delightfully warped as i am. Que Bien!
I work til 21:30 manana. Then Maria will meet me at my flat for a Spanksgiving Day dinner of pollo asado (roast chicken) and ensalada (salad.) And then i teach like 17 hours on Friday.

 So, that's very nice 'actual' Thanksgiving day plan. Then to Laura's i think on Sat.

Maybe next year in the USA? 

Next year in Jerusalem!


George Carlin
We're having something a little different this year for Thanksgiving. Instead of a turkey, we're having a swan. You get more stuffing.
Jon Stewart
I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

Johnny Carson
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude.

lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2011

Bygones





You can go your own way
-Fleetwood Mac

Wow. The great lyrics about break ups and being bitter about love never end for this band. I have been trolling thru the archives and sometimes forget what a crazily good guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is. I have a show from 2004 in Boston (ripped from the DVD) that's just great.

And Maria and Carolyn have helped to get me thru this wee post Dodgey Brooklyner stretch. That's a good thing. And i'm really fine now - just warped by how delusional she was. At least i more or less evolve. Sometimes i make a quantum leap. Other times i just poop into my soup bowl. It depends on the day.


I've been alone
All the years
So many ways to count the tears
I never change
I never will
I'm so afraid the way I feel

Days when the rain and the sun are gone
Black as night
Agony's torn at my heart too long
So afraid
Slip and I fall and I die

-Fleetwood Mac

Bygones.

Soon it will be Thanksgiving! My best to all of ye. Back in the day, the Fambly used to have some great TDays in McLean. Then near the end, they got a bit intense between Sue and i. SO Mel and Mike and i would just slip out to the Garden of Zen and Toll Road out back and chill for a bit. I remember that feeling as our marriage was breaking up; it's like the headlights of a car coming at you in the distance. It's not there yet, but it will. You've both tried like hell to stop it but eventually the beat up, old, pick up truck is going to arrive with the Reaver of Change in the driver's seat.

Bygones.

And we are still close. And Annie, well...., she always brightens my day.

Beautiful child
Beautiful child
You are a beautiful child
And I am a fool once more


You are a beautiful child...
I wish that you were mine
I wish that you were mine


I'm not a child any more
I'm tall enough
To reach for the stars
I'm old enough
To love you from afar

too trusting yes...,
but then woman usually are


i wish that you were mine


-Fleetwood Mac

i think i'm ready to move on from this whole Julie thing. Almost...., almost.....

Now.


The Eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg



Mondays children are filled with face....Tuesday's children are filled with grace..... Back and forth, lies unfurl... In the eyes, in the eyes, in the eyes, in the eyes of the world....
-Fleetwood Mac


The PP Swept the elections. They have the complete majority. The PP had their biggest victory
in history. PSOE had it's biggest lost ever. Rajoy is an angry idiot. He has no plan for Spain. He has lost
two Prime Minister contests (2004, 2008.) Hooray for Spain!

Otherwise it was a good day. The Seahawks beat the hapless Rams and i went to the Atleti
game, which they won 3-2. The 1st half was a 0-0 snore. The 2nd half had 5 goals. It's not very often
these days both The Seahawks and Atletico win.

I leave you with this; Rush on Southpark; Rush: Princess Tribute - South Park

viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2011

A Dance with Dragons





She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I've been

Been down one time
Been down two times
I'm never going back again                                              -Fleetwood Mac                                                             ----                            Yesterday i finished A FEAST FOR CROWS.It was great. And then i picked up the 5th book at J&J's; A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. It just came out in June so it's a hard cover, again over 1,000 pages. It's as big as my head (and i have an enormous pumpkin on my shoulders) I read books 2, 3 and 4 since August. The goal is to get it read by Dec 29 so i don't have to lug the damn thing with me through Eastern Europe. I could sell it back to J&J's for like 4€ (Yes! i found the character palette on my Mac so i actually have a Euro sign now. How unfortunate that the currency may collapse in the 2012)    but i am seriously considering cutting it into pieces and hole punching it into a folder so i can carry it around in small manageable bites.
                                                                                                                                                                  "At the outset of the creation of the euro in 1999, it was expected that the southern eurozone economies would behave like those in the north; the Italians would behave like Germans. They didn’t," Greenspan said. "Instead, northern Europe fell into subsidizing southern Europe’s excess consumption, that is, its current account deficits."                     -Allen Greenspan, Oct. 7. 2011


Daenerys Targaryen; also known as  Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, the Unburnt, of the Perky Hooters
Panpandreu of Greece is gone. Burluconi of Italy is finished. As of tomorrow, Zapatero is done in Spain. Elections tomorrow. Rubalcara (Isn't that fun to say?) for PSOE (the left) and Rajoy for PP (the right.)   Zapatero was in power for 8 years (elected days after the Atocha train bombings of 2004.) It seems inevitable that the PP will win. Rajoy is an angry right wing asshole. This means my gay flat mates and I (cuz of my status) may have to live in an attic. Luckily we are on the 6th floor of 7, so fuck it. That's close enough.                                                                 Time to cook some lunch! Hamburgers! Man, it felt good to sleep today. Really awesome.        
Not sure what to do today. Perchance nothing. It's gray and rainy. That's fall in Southern Europe.  Tomorrow teach and then the Atletico game at 20:00 vs. Levante (A Valenican team.) 

Maybe i'll just read. Maybe i'll go out. Maybe a bit of both.