Monday, April 25, 2011


Even though the Horn COO was out of town it was a very enjoyable weekend.

Saturday, 04.23.2011:
Jo left town to enjoy some time with her sis and kids. Spent most of the day trying to get ready for the HIO recording later in the evening. 2/3 of HIO arrived around 5:30. Sparky greeted them as they entered making sure everything was alright. After his approval, dinner was started and Hickey and Ken kept dinner lively with some guitar antics and a rousing guitar and balloon duet. The duet was approved by Timmy as he layed under the table as the noise went on.

After dinner we decided to add a soundtrack to the movie "Restrepo", which only Ken watched as he played. It took roughly 52 minutes to draw the music to a conclusion, after which we moved the festivities into the living room to reminisce about the music and to watch the remaining moments of "Restrepo" with sound. After "Restrepo" we watched a bit of various B movies and the majority of Dario Argento's masterpiece, "Suspiria". I think I'm the only one who appreciated the bizarreness and campiness of the movie. Burned some copies of an Apollo 18 cd and this nights HIO music.

Stayed up watching more Argento movies and listening to the thunder outside.

More about the HIO tomfoolery:
Stash Dauber
The Grubbermeister

Sunday, 04.23.2011:
Did nothing today but watch movies, worked on various HIO things, and played with the dogs. I sat around waiting for the rain to come but never did. Jo returned around 7:00'ish, well but tired.

Movies watched:
"Black Sunday" - Dario Argento
"Black Sabbath" - Dario Argento
"Pelts" - Dario Argento
"Shock" - Mario Bava

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oh, for the love of people

Life would be so boring if it weren't for people.

1. Yesterday, grumpy man was walking down the parking lane in front of Walmart going toward his vehicle. He was inbetween the back end of the cars and the middle of the lane, pushing me either right near the bumpers or the center of the parking lane, which is the part I chose to walk down. As I passed by him, we made eye contact, so I figured he was move over a tad bit so I didn't have to remain in the middle of the lane. He did not. Instead he chose to ram my shoulder with his shoulder and decided that a small "growl" and the evil eye would be a better response than an "excuse me" or "sorry". I could've been the bigger man too but as my grandmother use to tell me, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.".

2. The same situation as above occurred in the afternoon except both we we're both in our cars. The other car was in the middle of the lane and the person was on the phone. As I drove up the lane, I chose to not move since I was on the correct side and at the last moment the other gentleman decided to move. His response was a smile and a small wave. I'm just glad he decided to keep his one hand on the steering wheel while he decided to wave to me.

3. I watched people take things out of the shopping cart of others so they didn't have to go to the aisle that had the same product. I watched as someone cut in line at the restroom in order to go to the restroom first.

Many other situations such as these occurred throughout the past few days.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Funny how things happen

First, Hentai Improvising Orchestra was sitting outside Hooligans in Denton this past Saturday night when we noticed a crazy group of people who we originally thought were cheerleaders but turned out to be dancers. Ken and I were frightened by said group as they ran towards us at one point only to stop to "pose" for a moment. We called them, "The Cult of Pastel People". The rest of the evening I thought of how we should have an improvising dance troupe join HIO for a show. I reached out via Facebook looking for a dance group to join us for Art Goggle and someone reached out to us. Turns out this someone may or may not be affiliated with the group of "Pastel People" that attacked us last Saturday night.

Second, and I hesitate to write about this, but after work me and a coworker went out for a cool beverage and a game of billiards. We wanted to try a new neighborhood watering hole. As we started playing pool a group of leather clad bikers entered and made their way to our table. We mentioned this to them and they made a few jokes about us wearing "TECH" and "KSU" shirts, but they seemed cool. Later in the evening the gentleman came up to me and mentioned that they had a daughter that attended our school, I asked their daughters name, and was amazed that I knew their daughter. We ended up talking to them for several hours after our introductions.

I mention this because it proves how small this world is. A lot of people told me not to take a job in the same area where I live and when I asked why, their response was that I needed separation from students after school. I have learned that this is not a reason. I love moments like these.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


New track for an upcoming release of bass improvisations:

Will be participating in a recording session with HIO at:

Violitionist Sessions