I’m trying to figure out if there is anything more annoying than a supermodel on MTV saying “give yourselves a round of applause.” I’m sure there is, but right at this moment I can’t figure what it would be. So…Thanksgiving with the family yesterday was good I suppose. They stress me out…but it’s still good to see them. Family stuff has always been awkward for me. I don’t know why. It just is. So…I’m slowly coming out of my Turkey coma. I’m sitting here staring at the painting that a friend created, framed and mailed to me for my birthday. I’m still marveling at how God spoke through that painting to me and how it just burst my heart open. I’m fortunate and blessed to have the friends that I have. I feel rich because of it. There’s a lot worse places in life to be and I’ve been in most of them. 2000 holds a lot of promise to be the best year of my life so far. I’m looking forward to that because a lot of this one pretty much sucked big ass. I’ve tried to make the best of it, but I’m anxious to start over. Luckily for me I get a chance every day to begin again. I’m making it my manifesto to move forward and never look back as much as it is possible. So, my neighbors put up their Christmas lights today. My stupid rain gutter is full of leaves from my massive tree in the front yard. Wacky, isn’t it? Owning a house is an amazing priveledge…but boy is it a lot of work.
So I’m taking Vicadin pain killers now. Yesterday I had another gall bladder attack that pretty much lasted all day. I had to page my doctor and have him call in a prescription for me. Now I have medicine head. Weird. I was supposed to go get my new tattoo tonight, but Damon’s schedule got shifted aroundso now I won’t get it until a week from Saturday. Oh well free is free. Tomorrow night is The OC Supertones, Plankeye, Flight One Eighty show at The Moore Theater. Last year they were here at the same time. The Supertones brought me out on stage and sang happy birthday to me at that show. That was pretty cool. Really memorable, that’s for sure. So I really like the fall weather in the neighborhood. All the trees turning color and everything. It’s nice having a fireplace this time of year too. I’m pretty loopy right now so I don’t know what else to say. I’m looking forward to my birthday party this weekend and hopefully going to see The Messenger. Ciao.
So, this morning I met with my surgeon. I have to have surgery in 2 weeks to remove my gall bladder. Doesn’t that sound like fun? They are going to put me under, make 4 small incisions, fill my chest with air, insert a small camera through my belly button and pull the sucker out. Anything is better than having the attacks. I’ve had 3 so far and appear to be in the middle of one right now. The pain is really unlike anything I have ever experienced. Thursday night I am getting a new tattoo. My friend Jimmy is hooking me up for free. I’m getting a spider web on my left elbow. Some people say that this means I killed a mexican in prison. But, I’ve never been in prison and I’ve certainly never killed anybody…so what’s that all about? Anyway. Sunday is my 31st birthday. I love being in my 30′s except that I don’t heal like I used to and I get problems like having to have my gall bladder out. Other than that – having the abandon of a kid with the freedom of an adult is a beautiful thing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Saturday my friends are throwing me a party. I haven’t had a birthday party since grade school. I don’t even remember the last time I had a birthday party. That’s how long it’s been. So, I’m excited about that. I also have band practice on Saturday. This will be Tyler’s 2nd go around with us. He’s a cool guy and we’re happy to have him on board. I’ve been working on my website a lot. I’ve always wanted to make it a little something extra special. This new hidden page is yet another step in that direction. Did you appreciate the irony of clicking on Rollins tattoo under the words “Search And Destroy”? I hope you did. I’ve been listening to a CDR of the new Slick Shoes record “Wake Up Screaming” pretty much non-stop in my car. I like it a lot. I like those guys a lot. Well…I could say a lot more but I don’t want to out-do myself here. Talk to you soon.