Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Just Another Tuesday

Last night, I had every intention of being good. I have 3 books I needed to read from, plus a guitar in need of practice, and a letter I needed to research and write.

Actually, the guitar itself isn't the one in need of practice. It's me that needs the practice, but I need the guitar to do it with.

So I put all 3 books on the couch and I leaned my guitar against the chair next to the couch. Then I flipped on the TV just to relax for a minute before I started doing the things I was supposed to do.

A 2 1/2 hour special on Iron Maiden's last world tour was on. I remember Iron Maiden. I saw them years ago when I was in high school. I still have the concert shirt I bought and the album from that tour. It's in flawless condition because I only ever played it long enough to record and then put away. Then I'd play the hell out of my recording until I wore it out and record it again.

Needless to say, I watched the entire 2 1/2 hour special. It was fascinating. They have their own jumbo jet. Bruce, their lead singer, is a pilot and he flew the thing himself, along with a copilot. The old 20 foot tall Eddie is now a fully functional robot that stomps around onstage with them while a guy stands backstage and works it with a remote control. It was amazing to watch. It was like they hadn't aged much at all because they sounded exactly like they did when I saw them live long ago. They haven't missed a beat or lost a step or whatever you say for heavy metal bands that are still kick-ass after a gazillion years.

As I watched the show, I realized I wasn't getting much done, so I pulled out my guitar and just ran scales over and over again during the commercials or whenever no one was singing or talking. And I sucked at them, too, which only emphasized how badly I needed to practice.

The show was apparently some sort of documentary filmed by some guys from Canada. It was awesome. Predictably, I got very little reading done. I got very little research done. And I did not get my letter written.

What did you do last night?

"This one goes to 11"


  1. This is why I don't miss having a television. They are such time wasters. Now if only I can get rid of the internet, I may actually get a life :)

  2. From one extreme to another...I wasted my time away playing Angry Fucking Birds.... Angry, 'cos it makes me so angry.

  3. Hmmm drove 1 hour into peak hour traffic to the centre of Melbourne, spent 15 minutes trying to get out of the shopping centre above the underground car park I parked in (melb central - I hate you!); got accosted by the harikrishna's walking down Swanston Street (who made me laugh & took the edge of my crankiness); had dinner with my sister; spent another 30 minutes trying to access the carpark as the street I entered via was closed due to bloody road works (thank you mr metlink man for showing me where the lift was - thank god there were no freaks in the carpark & that I found my car in around 5 minutes after having to walk a block underground)! Drove home & crashed.

    Sounds like the concert was interesting - I was never a big iron maiden fan. Good for you for playing some scales at least. My Guitar is gathering an extraordinary amount of dust :0)

  4. Amanda, if you get rid of the internet then you won't be able to blog anymore and we will miss you. More importantly, you won't be able to read and comment on MY blog and I will get lonely. ;-) Don't get rid of the internet!

    Ute, I am sad to say that I don't have Angry Birds. I don't know if that game is available for my phone or not.

    AlleyCat, I have never been to Melbourne, but the inordinate amount of time it took to get to a shopping center and get parked sounds a lot like Atlanta. When do we all get our flying cars like they promised us long ago?

    Iron Maiden has one of the best live shows in the world. I lost hearing at their concert, but it was worth it. I also got high by simply breathing the smoky air around me. That was a bonus because it cost me nothing, yet got me just as high as the suckers who paid for theirs. Iron Maiden is a band that, even if you aren't into their music, you will love them live. And also, they are LOUD.

  5. Oh, I don't play it on my phone.... I play it here! Clicky, click

  6. Ute, I didn't even know this site existed. Very cool!