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the other day

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I was flying up the 110 from work and noticed the 10 was worse than actually continuing through the slot, so I risked it. Coming up towards the four-level , a woman with some Midwestern (does it matter?) plates merges right and then back into my lane realizing the 101 wasn't where she wanted to be. Now in front of her I see that she is suffering from traffic depression. She looks around for an escaping faster lane, fiddles with knobs, strangles the steering wheel, nails digging into the gummy rubber underside. What she doesn't get is traffic is pretty darn good today. My Zen of commuting requires clarity of mind, sunglasses, air conditioning, and a fresh from the burner CD as I'm iPodisabled.©™ Turn on, Zone out. next Felt overdressed walking dogs in Atwater Village, but dogs do need to be walked before us humans eat dinner. I would love to live here, but would driving through downtown to the south bay take less than my current hour commute? Sitting at Burger King on

just so you know

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Blogging is like a black eye. Go ahead and ask questions. But expect either a honest answer, a made up answer, or none at all.

Crazy time for shows

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Tuesday 6.28.05: [you missed it] Kiss or Kill Club at the Knitting Factory - 6 bands -- 3 bucks Midway 12:15 Silver Needle 11:30 The King Cheetah 10:45 BANG sugar BANG 10:00 Chromosome Tea 9:15 The Underwater City People 8:30 Thursday 6.30.05: Two choices: No.1) Niki and Andi's Taste Sensation at the Mint: see flyer above I've wanted to see Lisa Mychols ever since I found out she had a solo project going on before her recented stint as the Waking Hours bassist. Expect power-poppy greatness - listen here . **** If I read the flyer I would've mention that Bang Sugar Bang was playing too! No.2) Mr. T's Bowl for the Pu$$ycow reunion show, with Underwater City People, Midway, The Oxford Set , and Blockage. 21+, Free. From picnic no.1 Saturday 7.02.05: KorK Playa's Picinc No.2 at the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena 1-6 PM 21+ The New Fidelity, The Rainman Suite, Get Set Go, New Maximum Donkey, plus Special Guest Band Five bucks, FREE Hot dogs and H

A Friend's Wedding

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So an old close friend sent out pictures from her wedding. Weird, I didn't know a date had been set. It's been a long time since I've talked to her so I was a little "huh?" when the email arrived. As I said before , I miss her friendship. Feels almost like snooping through a stranger's Flickr "wedding" tags , trying to guess names of the guests, comparing her cake with others I've seen. This ceremony was simpler and smaller than her first wedding many years ago, with just immediate members of both families. I'm guessing her planned Ireland ceremony didn't work out and New York state would have to do, but it was still a very pretty garden setting though. To someone who encourged, positively criticized, and believed in me when many gave up, I wish her and her husband only the best.

NYC bands on myspace

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These are a bunch of bands that I've been watching from afar since last year and didn't noticed that they were on myspace now. Those East Coasters are lagging behind the West Coast bands in regard of Myspace, but are slowly catching up, which is good for everyone. Most of them haven't made it out to Los Angeles yet as far as I know, save for the IO's, but they were playing a crazy 6 or 8 PM early show at the Alternit early last year, and I couldn't make it. Most of it is indie pop, the last two more indie rock, so if you like, you like. More to come. The Hong Kong The Hong Kong on Myspace The Hong Kong website The IO's The IO's on Myspace The IO's website Man in Gray Man in Gray on Myspace Man in Gray website Looker Looker on Myspace Looker website

Crushes

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Back in the early 90s, I had this major crush on a fellow co-worker. I was 20 and she was about 23 having moved to the Bay Area recently from Boston. So we flirted for weeks and slowly became friends while working shifts together. Then one day I had this strange dream where the both of us were being mugged while hanging out in Berkeley. So vivid, but knowing it was dream I wondered if I had a rough vision of something bad happening to her that same night. I couldn't shake the feeling and decided to drive down to work to see if she was okay. My concern for her flattered her enough to make out with me for hours at the next co-worker party. Afterwards we made tentative plans for another night and life was swell. Two days later she stopped talking to me and quit. Quit! This started my famous "I'm Fucked Week", short for I just got fucked over. I had no idea what was going through her head and wasn't getting any reasons from her or our mutual friends as to why

From the IE to the OC now

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Looks like I'll be driving out to Rancho Santa Margarita a whole lot in the future. It's better than having to hang out in Riverside like I use to every other weekend. Now it's a longer drive but a nicer area where everything looks the same. I wouldn't like to live in either place even though one could enjoy a good life in each city. They're just too far from LA proper for me. I live in the San Gabriel Valley (LA county) btw. At least you can park on your lawn in Riverside. ha ha. More IE bashing at Valley of the Dirt People

Midway, The Mormons, 8 Bit @ The Scene 6.21.05

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I should explain the last post a little first. no gloves During the 8 Bit set I was laughing at Le Frost who was pretending to rub her crotch area (over her robot suit) in such an exaggerated (and amusing) manner. She saw me laughing and on her next verse she came over and tried to grab me. but with her thick gloves on it looked worse than it did. . Some of the crowd next to me thought it was quite amusing though. Wasn't trying to make it sound like girls fondle me all the time, that never happens of course. Oh the phrase "grabbing my nuts" is also a title to a 8 Bit song. I would normally refer to them as P + 5E + 3H . OG Plans My plans were to hit Kiss or Kill for Helicopter Helicopter, jump over to Glendale to catch Midway and then back to Kork for the Randies and Blockage at the very least. They fell apart on me when first I looked up and noticed it was already 9.20 and I lived 25 miles from Silverlake and later at the Scene when I noticed it was already af

Last night - a brief conversation

She: Hey, we haven't met yet. When she came up to chat to our group I knew this was going to happen. Him: You know Robert... I gave him my "See, this is what I was talking about" face. Me: We have met. Five...Six...Seven times before actually. You always forget meeting me. I smile. She smiles. Me: Oh, and thanks for grabbing my nuts. She laughs as she replied: Oh right, that was you in there. Sorry. Me: Don't worry, I didn't mind. Me: It's just that I've never been molested in front of a crowd before.

A post of no importance

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Big surprise: I'm not working but blogging. I've started a second blog to move all my "Leaving" posts to, since they didn't quite fit into this one. Apparently I love myself sooo much I need two blogs. Sad you might say, but I need to organize my thoughts and keep the ultra personal out of the social personal stuff. I debated making Lorange Blog strictly a promotional blog about the things I like but risked losing the appeal to my fellow voyeurs. I like snooping into stranger's thoughts as much as you do so some of this junk in my head will stay. Thought# 1: Not looking forward to the new server we have to set up today. I know very little of actual networking, so I'll stand back and watch. Why do I stay at this place? Bigger question than I can answer. Thought #2: Been thinking a lot lately about an old friend of mine that I've lost touch with. To be fair, she stopped keeping in touch with me and it needed to be done since I wasn't in go

Midway - Live video @ Knitting Factory

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I love this band enough to marry it. There I said it. Mix fun, silliness, with down to earth, extremely talented musicians who play to have fun first and you got Midway. I'm horrible at reviews, but there are some great blurbs about them on the main website . Honestly some of the nicest people I've ever met. The next few shows locally are the best to experience Midway for the first time, with big sing-alongs, audience interaction, and you can also see their crazy merch table boutique selection. 6/21/2005 - The Scene Bar - Glendale, CA $ 5 21+ 6/28/2005 - Knitting Factory - Main Stage ALL AGES - Hollywood, CA $3 Kiss or Kill Club 6/30/2005 - Mr T's Bowl - Highland Park, CA Free 21+ 7/6/2005 - Warped Tour - Pomona Fairplex, CA - Shiragirl stage 7/16/2005 - CLUB BURN @ The Rock It Café - Hawthorne, CA 7/23/2005 - Warped Tour - Tweeter Center - Chicago, IL - Shiragirl stage 7/24/2005 - Warped Tour - Metrodome - Minneapolis, MN - Shiragirl stage 7/30/2005

A bunch of random things

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1) The Muffs are playing at Kiss or Kill on August 2nd. Five bucks instead of the normal three. This should be fun. Ssshh, I've never seen them live before. Walking around in person, yes. Playing live, not yet. 2) If you follow my blog, I finally received my replacement stove on Sunday and guess what? Same problem as before, but I now know it's a wiring problem. Adventures in not being able to bake a damn thing - Week 4. Grr. 3) Photo by Alayna Morris - www.grid-9.com Sara Radle is looking for a female viola player for her new project. See her myspace page for details. 4) I finally sat down and watched the last two movies of Lord of the Rings even though I've owned the trilogy for months now. Two Towers was pretty darn amazing, huh? 5) I'm a big old fat flake. Midway and Punk Rock Social feel free to kick my ass. Sorry.

Feeling Old

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I'm feeling sicky today, but it's Midway, and So Unloved, and Blockage and a great line up, so odds are I'll be there. Always good to see little kids at an all age show so I can feel old and decrepit. Ha, Corey is older than me, bet that will make him feel good. For you cheap bastards there is 8 bit and the Mormons at Mr T Bowl. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Speaking of getting older, my friend is having her next birthday party at Hollywood Park during the races with musical guests Tone Loc and Coolio. Well, sort of. Hollywood Park has Friday night races with one dollar beer, sodas, and hot dogs with various old bands playing., so if you see a whole group of people with party hats on, you'll know why. Come say happy birthday to her. Information at the Hollywood Park site.

I needed a good laugh

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click for larger image I don't know who created it, but I love it. Sometimes a joke or comic will strike you as the funniest thing ever at that moment, at which point you realize how wound up you must've been beforehand.

happy happy quake quake

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That was a nice little quake, wasn't it? I was at a Taco Bell drive- through thru in Gardena when the quake started. My car was shuddering and I vainly looked for a new self destruct countdown gauge on my dashboard, thinking my engine was ready to implode. No, I just got a tune up last month. Glanced up inside the take out window wondering if an employee and I were going to acknowledge our mutual looks of "Was that an earthquake?". They didn't seemed to notice the shaking at all, so I start searching my mirrors looking for those punk-ass kids rocking my car. Nope, nothing. The sensation of a quake felt while sitting in my car was a new one to me. I.m normally used to standing in my house or work saying things like, "Oh thats just a 4.3" and laughing at quake virgins. Reminded me how the movie LA Story offered those universal and timeless stereotypes of living in Los Angeles with personal quake size estimates and not caring, and the hip again subjec

A good night, I thought

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[I had a much better post written but firefox crashed on me, so you're stuck with this one. I'll prob rewrite it later so it makes more sense] Pu$$y Cow . What can I say? I believe. A great little show put on by Joe, Flaco, Schnee, and Danny and surprising how tight they sounded, as it was only their third and final show...well until the reunion show at Mr. T's Bowl on June 30th. My favorite parts were the use of kazoos, video projection of a Cal Worthington on the wall and Pu$$y Cow's version on his TV jingle : "Go See Cal, Go See Cal, Go See Cal." Brilliant. The Letter Openers / Chromosome Tea / Porterville What seemed like an strange line up ended up in a perfect combination of musical styles from the local bands and topped off with the very impressive Volunteers from NYC. I got the impression that when each band finished like the fourth to last song or so, the crowd seemed be sucked into whatever band was playing. Saw it happen with the Letter Op

Mama in Echo Park

If you live out in Echo Park (which I don't) you might already know Mama, well I think she goes by Mama. I only see her on my Kiss or Kill nights patrolling the public lots in the back, which I assume is paid for by the Echo. She'll put an Echo flyer on your window, give you a little greeting and hang out with homeless who camp out in the open alley next to the lots keeping the parking lot relatively safe until 2 am. Last night, while we watched a helicopter leave the roof of Citi-Bank building at Sunset and Glendale Blvd., she told me that the city was coming in today to clear out the six or so homeless and their belongings. Apparently one of the females from that little encampment had die during the night when her 'liver exploded' as Mama put it. The other homeless had call Mama over when they knew something was wrong and it was clear that she was already deceased. "I came and one look at her and I knew she was gone. I called 911...no way was I going to mess

Amusing (to me) links for the day

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Read/Submit the crazy stuff you overhear. Yeah don't tell me you don't evesdrop! Overheard in New York and the sister site Overheard in the Office ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Triumph the Insult Dog - Talks to Micheal Jackson fans outside the courthouse, (pre verdict) from Conan O'Brian. Watch it here ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Guy scares the crap out of his girlfriend in the middle of the night dressed as Darth Vader (very funny) watch it here

Pie

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All I want to do is bake a pie. My landlord was nice enough to buy a new stove and hood to replace to the original lovely mustard color 1970s no longer working oven/range with a shiny white deal. He was also nice enough to raise my rent a month ago, so I'm still a little bent by that. Back to the oven. When it was dropped off a week ago, I asked the delivery crew if they were going to take the old one out. Oh no, a seperate company would later install it for me they said. I knew the owner had paid for installation so this made sense at the time and my old stove-top (not the oven) worked, so no big deal other than a wasted Saturday I figured. I peered inside the large cardboard box and thought: Apple Pie. Yes, apple pie with a sugary crumb crust. Drool. The installation company didn't contain a record of my stove (that would be too easy), so this thing sat in place of my kitchen table as I straighten out paperwork mishaps at Sears. Now the installers are say that they

Midway @ El Sereno Street Fair - 6.11.05

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The good people in the band Midway will be playing June, 11 at the El Sereno Street Fair. It should be a nice weekend weather-wise and come explore another part of Los Angeles while you're at it. @4800 Huntington Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032 Cost: FREE Street Fair with Fireworks and great bands!!! Midway goes on at 7pm on Saturday, June 11th. ----- http://la.com.socialdomain.com/info.php?id=15607 Afterwards head down to Downey for the Punk Rock Social - Live , then the Viper Room on Sunday for Underwater City People. Tonight (Friday) the Powercords, New Maximum Donkey and others at Mr T's Bowl (free). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On another note, while I googled more info about El Sereno, found an older site proposing a Metro Silverline lightrail route from Silverlake to El Monte via Union Station. Yeah, it's old news, but new and interesting to me. http://www.metrosilverline.com/home.htm tags: midway

Stuff from Tuesday

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I started this and forgot to post Wednesday morning. Boring stuff, but with pretty pics. Midway Power napped before heading out to KorK late, so I missed the Underwater City People , but arrived just in time for Midway. Unlike last week, I gave my 100% for my audience participation merit badge and the crowd came along too. Used the bubble gun that Theresa had left on the stage and annoyed people with it. Midway is a band that just leaves you feeling happy like you just got off a roller coaster and while it's better if you sing along, it is also just as much fun standing back and watching the crowd enjoy the silliness. Did the social thing out in the Echo's patio during the Chromosome Tea set. I'll catch them for the rest of their month long residency at Kiss Or Kill, so should you. As requested, I gave some suggestions to a friend to out-snob someone with a few passive aggressive comments. They came up with a better one on their own which was used to great effec

Weirdo with bloody chainsaw, Come on down!

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(pic WHDH-TV via AP) Theme from "The Price is Right" plays. You just been allowed to entry into the United States! Just check in your homemade sword, hatchet, knife, brass knuckles and that chain saw with those, um red stains on it and you're good to go. Upside: It really is the land of the free (to be as weird as you want) Downside: well, read the AP (via sfgate) story: Man With Chain Saw, Sword Is Let Into U.S. By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer

Come out for Sat BBQ Fun in Pasadena

June 4, 2005 Kiss or Kill's Playa's Picnic At THE OLD TOWNE PUB 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 12noon-5pm 21+ $5.00 gets you in the door for bands and bbq. Dogs and burgers. You can also bring your own stuff to grill up if y'all want! 1pm Underwater City People 1:45 The O.A.O.T.'s 2:30 The Randies 3:15 Silver Needle 4:00 The Letter Openers Check out the write up in the Pasadena Weekly.

Visqueen @ Punk Rock Social - Live 6.2.05

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This was my second time seeing Visqueen and they plowed through something like 20 songs in slightly over an half hour set, knocking four or five out back to back. Amazing. When I ask my friend Corey, the music expert, what bands they reminded him of, he immediately said the Fastbacks, but I could only narrow it down to "they had that Seattle sound going". Since we were both ignorant of the band's recent history, this email just verifies what I always said about Corey; He knows his music. From: Corey XXXXXX To: Robert XXXXXXXX Subject: I'm just THAT good.... Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 12:46:24 -0700 Hey Robert, remember last night when I said it reminds me of old bands like the Fastbacks, here you fuckin' go: [taken from the visqueen website] Okay, so if Kim Warnick is Obi-Wan to Rachel Flotard’s wide-eyed Luke, this is the part where Flotard howls a slow-motion, "Nooooooo!" and then, with steely determination, sets off alongside Ben Hooker (umm, Ha