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  Coffee Is Good

28 January 2002

1:25 AM: So Sherman was in town last week, and he, Lana, and I went out to dinner to talk geek talk. We went to a place named Mission Villa, on Mission near 22nd (? - right near Cha Cha Cha). Amazing food. I must have been hungry, too. My whole plate was clean and I was scraping up the bean shrapnel before either of them were halfway done, and they ended up not being able to finish at all because there was so much food. Nice to be back to my old gluttonous self.

Anyway, part of the orgy of taste delights was the coffee. It was a Mexican blend of some kind, with cinnamon and something sweet that turned out to be sugar cane. Delicious beyond belief. I thought to myself, 'Hmm. I'm tired of tea. Maybe I'll try coffee for a change.' And as it happens, I have an old bag of promotional dot-com coffee beans that's been in the freezer since Bob knows when. Seems fine, though. I made a pot Friday night. The cinnamon worked great. The molasses (I didn't have any brown sugar) tasted fine, too, but boy, does it leave a nasty sludge at the bottom of the carafe. The most surprising part, though, was how much more of a Kick coffee has...

Around about 4 PM on Saturday, when I finally logged off and went to sleep, I was a convert. Time to clean out the Mr. Coffee.

What else, what else... It's been a while, I know. I sort of ended up not leaving the house at all last week. Whoosp. Except for Friday, when we went to see Mates of State at Bottom of the Hill. A CD release show, too! Wahoo! They were just great, as always. I love the way they sing. But my gosh, it was crowded. We had some bozos behind us, drunk as drunks, who looked like AV geeks but were wearing Raiders watch caps and trying to act all cool. Stupid, loud, people suck. It's one of the few times that I was glad that I was late to the show, and didn't have to endure a whole night of that sort of crap.

Coding coding coding coding. Give me a job writing code and I will do it for you. Yes I will.

Tonight - or, well, last night technically I suppose - we went to see the always shiny and wonderful 20 Minute Loop at Cafe du Nord. Missed the first band, but the second one, 31 Knots, impressed me muchly. Good singing, kickass bass player, great drummer, interesting songs. Seems like such a simple formula, doesn't it? Yet so sadly out of reach for so many. But then I guess, kids today, they like the growling and the fake Pearl Jam and the penises. 20ML, what more can I say? I love the way that a song will start out like it's going to be a sensitive singer-songwriter thing, and then suddenly the guitars roar up and everyone is jumping up and down and Bam Bam Bam! Surprise, it's rock and roll! But the lyrics keep on being obscure and multiple-listening-worthy at the same time. It's everything good except dinner.

Not to mention, excellent taste in websites. *koff* *koff*

This week! Buffy! I think! Vignette is Toilet!

Oh! I almost forgot. PotatoeMusique is live and ON THE AIR! Well, most of the time, anyway. I have to shut it off to rebuild the playlist, and to restart the computer every so often. It seems to trash Netscape for some reason. But on the whole, it's pretty cool. Just a random walk through all of my CDs, with some bands thrown in 3 or 4 times to boost them in the rotation. Do check it out, and if it sounds crappy or the stream is poor or you have band recommendations or anything else, let me know!

Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.

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