posted July 21, 2007 by Chris Randall
We don't get many people out in these parts, so it's something of an event when we have visitors. Mike Fisher and his wife are coming for the weekend, which is exciting. I'm trying to talk him in to moving to Oregon, so I'm sure he'll want to leave after about 20 minutes. Should be entertaining.
On the hunt...
posted July 18, 2007 by Chris Randall
I'm in the market for some new records. What's floating your boat today? Spare me the major label shit. It's all indie, all the time around here.
Bounte Tuesday...
posted July 16, 2007 by Chris Randall
Don't forget that Bounte is performing tomorrow night (Tuesday) at Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago). Be there or be incredibly square.
Wall Street
posted July 14, 2007 by Chris Randall
At the suggestion of Mr. Beeson, I opened an E*Trade account this week. At the outset, let's just say I'm not exactly a whiz with math. I got over 1200 on my SAT, and only 450 of that was math. In short, roughly the same score you'd get answering randomly. The point being that I failed to grasp the fact that investing in securities is all math. And tea leaves. And even when you have a handle on the math (and the tea leaves) it's still almost entirely random, I think.

All that said, I spoke to the Advisor, and did a Risk Assessment, and we're off to the races. I actually may purchase some stock here on Monday, if I can find a company that doesn't make me sick to my stomach. (Chinese oil companies are a growth industry, it seems.) My question is thus: how the hell does one sleep at night?

While you read this, the imagery in your mind's eye should be that of Steve Correll singing "Age of Aquarius" or something along those lines. We're moving in to a new phase of merchandise at shopPOSI, and are offering some higher-end merchandise with the intent of phasing out the ol' Hanes Beefy Tee in favor of something a little swanker.

In that light, the first product to get the Treatment is the now-available Bounte t-shirt. Instead of the "any color you want, as long as it's black" ethos and "any size you want, as long as it's XL" we've gone with a range of sizes, and a heather grey shirt with black trim (known in the business as a "ringer" tee) from American Apparel. Now, obviously, these shirts are quite a bit more expensive than our normal fare, commensurate with the higher quality. Hence, the price is a bit higher than our normal t-shirt price. These shirts are 100% cotton made-in-the-USA, not some cheap-assed Chinese poly-blend. They are, in short, the best t-shirts made for screening, as far as we're aware.

So go buy one and see what you think. $20.00, and available in the full range of sizes. If this works out, we'll do all future shirts in this mode; that said, these are really slick, and we're quite pleased with the result.

posted July 10, 2007 by Chris Randall
It's hot as hell here today. Like Africa hot. 103 in the shade, and it was actually in the 90s on the Oregon Coast, which is unusual in the extreme. Tried to go swimming in the place I go most every day, but it was over-run with the sort of people that don't make it out very often. (Air conditioning is rare here in the Valley.) So we went over to my mom's house...

Now, it's worth mentioning that the place I go swimming is on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River, while my mother's house is on the North Fork of the Santiam River. One would assume, from the terminology, that the river at my mom's house was the same as the first, only larger. However, dip your toe in and you'll rapidly come to discover that the two have little in common, other than ending up in the same place (the Pacific Ocean, eventually.)

The Little North Fork is a spring-fed mountain, uh, river. (It's just a little too big to be called a stream.) The water temperature yesterday was around 70. It meanders. It is, in short, perfect.

The North Fork is an entirely different beast. _Much_ larger and faster, it doesn't do any meandering at all. It is, in fact, a Torrent in certain places. But that can be dealt with; the problem is thus: it is glacial melt-water from the side of Mt. Jefferson just to the east. The water temperature rarely, even on a day where it is over 100, gets past 40 degrees. To give an adequate impression, fill a pitcher with tap water, put it in your freezer until ice just begins to film on the top, then pour it down your neck.

This river is cold.

But I love to swim, and it's very hot out. And I'm a Manimal. So I nutted up and jumped in that bitch. After the initial coronary-inducing shock, it was nice. For like 15 seconds. Then my fingers started turning blue and my teeth were chattering so bad it was making my ears pop. So that's done.

Anyways, the moral of the story? What with this Global Warming nonsense, Finland is looking quite nice.

posted July 5, 2007 by Chris Randall

It said in the paper this week that the Mill City Fire Department bought the maximum fireworks allowed by law for a town our size. I'm now able to quantify that: a fuckin' lot. The show tonight wouldn't be entirely out of place in a city the size of, say, Pittsburgh or something. Well, if you gotta have one thing your town is good at, it might as well be "blowin' shit up."

It's worth noting that fireworks are difficult to take pictures of. The above is the best one I got. I gave up about halfway through the show and just sat there and inhaled the smell of cordite. Go America.

It's that time of year, when a young boy's fancy turns to thoughts of driving long distances and seeing interesting things. I tend to not plan these sorts of things very extensively, other than making sure I have a good atlas in the car when we leave, and I just point the car in a general direction of interest.

Next week, I think we're gonna set our sights on the southern Oregon coast, pop down and look at the Redwoods, then back home. Should be a nice trip.

In other news, Bounte show on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at Sonotheque in Chicago, so plan for that. I'm almost finished with Disk 1 of the next Micronaut album, and am starting to think about my next CR album. Let's see... that's about it for now, I guess.

Elle beat me to the Small Town News this week, with this delightful tidbit. I was watching Letterman last night, and he did his usual Small Town News segment, and of the eight-odd pieces he did in the segment, not one of them was as funny as any of the eight tragic mistakes on any given page of the Mill City Independent.

So, I was pondering sending them an issue, but I wouldn't know what to do. Would it be Mill City Moose? How about the police blotter where someone calls in to report that Transformers are exploding and helicopters are attacking? (God's honest truth.) I would just send any given issue without actually having to circle anything, and they could do their whole Small Town News segment on our little paper.

But then again, I've got words for anyone that messes with my town that doesn't live here, so there's that to consider...

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