Archive for May, 2004

May 24, 2004

Moving in… I HATE Comcast

[6:43 pm]
Subject: I HATE Comcast
Mood  angry

Surprise, surprise. Comcast messed up once again.

Comcast just plain didn’t show up today. No calls, no nothin’. They were supposed to come between 9-1 and didn’t show up. I called close to 2 o’clock and they were like oh the technician is sick today. Why didn’t they at least call us and let us know? The rep said she was gonna call back in ten minutes to see if she could get someone else to come out. She never called.

I called back at 5 pm and the rep had left for the day. The lady I ended up speaking with said that the appointment was rescheduled for tomorrow (thanks for telling us. they would have hypothetically showed up and no one would have been home). Then she was trying to see what she could do to figure this out, and she hung up on me after I was on hold for ten minutes. I called right back and the woman I spoke with this time not only wasn’t helpful or apologetic but actually took off a credit (the very little they did offer us last week) that we were supposed to get. Now I’m fuming mad. And now not only are we not getting service today or tomorrow, we have to wait until Thursday. That is, if they actually show up, have their shit together, hook up all three tv’s, or don’t yell or cuss at us.

And why isn’t MySpace working properly?! BAHHHHH. At least I’m not paying for that service so I’m not that pissed about that.
I called DirecTV to try to order. They are cheaper and seem like they have their shit together a lot better than fucking Comcast. But turns out my apartment complex doesn’t allow us to have it. Grrr.

I’d much rather not even have fucking cable if this is all the shit you have to go through for this. It’s a waste of money anyways. And I don’t want to give Comcast my money or my business after all of this. But Cait really really wants cable. Well if they are in fact going to ever get their shit together, I want like five years of free service, a letter of apology, and throw in some lollipops and balloons while they’re at it.

[1:49 pm]
Subject: finished moving… more unpacking to do
Music Cicadas bein’ loud.

Friday I took off work early so I could finish cleaning out my apartment and do the scrubbing and vaccuming and mopping and crap. Well that didn’t get done! To make a very long story short – Comcast are pissing me the hell off. Because of several mistakes they have made with their computer system and with a couple different customer service reps telling me our computers would run on it no problem then me finding out later I was lied to just so they would get commission, I have decided to cancel Comcast and am getting Verizon by this weekend. For cable TV, I guess we are stuck with using them. Grrrrr. I don’t even want friggin’ cable anymore, especially after this. But Cait really wants to, so I guess I’m gonna have to put up with them. I myself have lost my patience!

First they put in the wrong address and the tech refused to come to the right address that same day (Tuesday). So Cait had to stay home all day Friday. Then the guy called before he came and was rude as hell and was like "I’m only hookin’ up one TV, not three. I’ll have to come back another day to hook the other ones up" (even though we ordered it for three and were being charged for hooking up three – idiots!) and he said "you gonna have to talk to customer service" so I was like "I will. What’s your name, so I can tell them you are refusing to hook the other ones up?" He kept not giving me his name and finally he goes "You wanna know my name? My name is ‘Fuck You’." Now I am a reasonable person and am very patient with people considering I know that jobs with dealing with people can be stressful. However, this was uncalled for. When he came up I was so pissed off and Cait was like confused as to what was going on ‘cuz she didn’t know what was happening. Anyways, I called customer service. They told me he has to hook them all up right then. (For g*d’s sakes poor Cait has been staying home and waiting for them each time they fuck up and have to reschedule. The tech still refuses to and the supervisor even gets on the phone tells me to put our tech on the phone and orders him to hook the other tv’s up and he still refuses to. Then the rep informs me his supervisor is calling his supervisor and that he is going to have to hook them up then and now and that he is in trouble for this. Moments later, he gets paged on his walkie talkie and he runs out and mysteriously a few minutes later (though he was out there checkin’ the line before) he says "Oh your line outside is messed up. I’m gonna have to come back next week." UGGGGGHHH! First of all, fix that shit now. People have to stay home all day and take off work each fucking time. And on top of that, I have a feeling the fuck head cut it himself because he was a complete asshole. Why didn’t he notice it was cut before?
So he leaves and then Cait calls customer service and reports how he was rude, raised his voice, interrupted me many times, and told me his name is fuck you. And so he gets reported and in trouble again and then on top of it all, the rep told Cait there is a way to set up temporary cable TV service in the meantime ’til it gets fixed and that our tech was required to do that in this situation but didn’t. So now they are coming back today to set that up and then coming again Wednesday to set up the line again. THIS IS ANNOYING AS HELL. I am fuming mad and on top of all this, if Comcast would have told me in the first place that they have some problem with their wireless router (something about how a PC would put bugs into a Mac and it’s some problem they have to fix with their router – when I specifically asked and told them we had a mac and pc and they said no worries!) then I would have had Verizon by now. Well at least they told us the tech that comes out today and Wednesday will not be him. Oh and I found out his name is Hassan. So if you get Hassan, beware.
I understand mistakes happen. But if you are rude and not even apologetic about it and continually mess up afterwards due to just carelessness and then I can’t deal anymore.

After all this crap and me having to be on the phone with customer service forever (the guy on the phone was the only nice and reasonble person I’ve dealt with), I got ready for the Mojo. It was a lot of fun! The boys had more makeup on than me! Haha. Real men wear eyeliner 😉 Cait helped ’em put it on and taught ’em a thing or two about makeup. The Mojo rocks cuz it’s down the street my place and it feels like you are hanging out at someone really cool’s house or something. In a good way. The upstairs was fun. I suck at pool. Anamide rocked. They did an awesome cover of Justin Timberlake’s "Cry Me a River" with Jeff from Cypher, who I finally met. He’s awesome. I’ll probably be seein’ them, Goldmind Squad and Trust Company on Friday at the Recher Theatre.

Saturday I had to get up early to finish my cleaning the old apartment. It felt great to finally get it done and turn in the keys. A lot of stress taken away because of that 🙂 Then the Bel Air Bash was awesome! So many people showed up, even though it was the same day as HFStival and some proms. Lots of lovely, cool people. We’ll have to do it again. Harford County has become sucha huge place for bands and shows. It’s awesome.

You know what kinda sucks? Wanting someone really bad for a while. Really liking everything about them. Their personality, their morals, their hobbies, and they are just amazingly talented and beautiful. But after a while, you convince and force yourself basically to not like him because you realize so many others like him as much as you do and he is out of your league. Then you talk to him about two years later and you find out you could have him if you wanted to. And he is all c’mon… let’s hang out. You know I want you, don’t play dumb, you know what I’m talking about. WTF?! I’m convinced myself already not to like him haha. And on top of that, he’s sort of changed in a bad way. Just a certain something about who he is now that he wasn’t before that you definitely wouldn’t want to be a part of. I still think he is wonderful and all that, but just don’t want to be around for certain stuff. I dunno man. I think a big part of how your life turns out is timing. Timing for me is not always on my side.

Anyways… I’m using some free AOL ’til I get the ‘net and I have lots more unpacking to do, so if it takes me longer than usual to write back to your emails or posts, please just bear with me. Thanks!

May 17, 2004

Cicadas gone wild

[11:18 am]
Subject: Cicadas gone wild
Mood  uncomfortable

I finally know what all this fuss is about with these cicadas. I was like man they can’t be that gross looking and even if they are, people need to grow up and accept it. Well, I take that point of view back. They are scary! I drove to work and pulled up next to this tree, not expecting to see them. And I’m standing right next to the tree after I get out of the car and look over and BAHHHHH it’s theeeeeem. The tree is covered in cicadas. And they are so loud! Apparantly dogs like to eat them ‘cuz they’re tasty and good in protein. So a lot of dogs have been overeating them and have been puking and their human parents don’t understand why. Well, now ya know. And the cicadas are actually attracted to the sound of a lawnmower.

What great timing for this. I just moved in yesterday (still have a couple days of stuff to do ’til it’s complete) and have a nice spacious place (in my standards, anyways… not according to Vh1’s "The Fabulous Life of…") with a cool balcony. But now I’m prob not gonna be able to go out on it for a little while ‘cuz of the grossness. But you know, I haven’t heard or seen them – yet – in my ‘hood. So maybe, just maybe they don’t exist there. Haha I wish. And hope.


May 13, 2004


[10:52 pm]

Subject: BAAAHHHH!
Mood  disappointed
So Lennex asked us very last minute if we wanted to play with them tomorrow night at the Stone Cellar. And we said no ‘cuz we were supposed to be playing two shows tomorrow in Delaware. Well the PM show just got canceled. So we contacted them back like riiight when we found out and they had already got Agents of the Sun to fill the slot. WE WANTED TO PLAY WITH LENNEX AGAIN! Damnit. We wish we woulda known this shizz sooner so we coulda said yes. I’ll prob end up going to that show tomorrow night if I have the energy. And I mean honestly AOTS is prob a better choice than we are haha. We just don’t "fit in" with most bands in MD. We’re too heavy and weird in MD and then we’re too soft compared to PA bands (Philly excluded). Del. just seems to rock though. Kev and I decided instead of going down tonight with the rest of the guys to just get up hella early tomorrow and go. So I’m going to bed riiight after this post is finished. GOOD NIGHT.

May 10, 2004

Random thoughts

[1:58 am]
Music Jay-Z "99 Problems" (Jay-Z gettin’ shot!)

I have three of the new Lennex songs. They’re amazing. I love it.

I love playing these out of state shows. But I want to keep it goin’… go even further away… I want to tour so badly right now and/or move. I love bmore and all but there’s a whole huge world out there to explore. This is just a tiny speck in the universe. And I’d come back eventually.

I’m so bored with myspace. I hardly ever go on it anymore. When I do, it’s just to check messages usually. I need a new site to be addicted to now hahaa.

So Rich Jones quit Amen like a day or two after our show with them. BAHHHHHH!!!!!!! Now there’s rumours of the other members leaving. But hopefully that’s not true. They got Acey (ex-Dope, current Murderdolls) to at least fill in for now.

Remember when MTV "You Hear it First" and the Buzzworthy videos were actually fucking good?! When it actually meant something?!

Watching My So-Called Life and Beavis and Butt-head lately makes me miss the mid 90s like whoah.


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May 4, 2004

Very busy in a good way these past couple weeks

[10:21 pm]
Mood  accomplished
Music Velvet Revolver

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated. I’ve just been crazy busy with shows, work, and updating

Two Fridays ago was our show with Jimmies Chicken Shack at the Recher Theatre. That was so much fun. JCS played a long, great set and they were really chill guys. I also got to talk to Kahz from Jepetto for a little bit and met two of the guys from PMP. They did "Another Day" with JCS. It was awesome! The show was completely packed, it was insane. It’s the most people we’ve played to yet. The crowd was wild. They either loved us or hated us. I mean, we didn’t expect hardly anyone to get into it, considering we are a lot different than JCS and plus their fans are very devoted to them. We had a couple people towards the front who were like You Suck!, but the overwhelming majority of the people really liked us. I’ve never seen anything like it. People were tearing our posters off the walls and fighting over them and then got us to sign them. We sold a ton of merch too. I’m so glad that all these new people now have and are listening to our CD! Candace did "Indecision" with us and that totally pumped up the crowd.

The next day, we played the Vault w/Speedogs, Choosing Hands, and Infuseon. We went on early so we played and got to just relax and chill with our friends and watch cool bands the rest of the night. Adrian from HB told me that when I play it reminds him of that tale of the billygoats but he said he meant it in a good way. Hahaha I hope so.

Friday, David and I went to Gary’s bday party. I was gonna go there for a bit and then head on down to Brass Monkey for 51 Peg. But then I got a call from Karah saying that two of the bands didn’t show and they might be going on any minute. So we ended up not being able to go. Sucks but I know I’ll see them again soon at least 🙂 The party was fun though! I ate a burger and a hot dog and it was yummy. And of course drank. We just had a lot of fun being idiots and well, just being ourselves.

Then this past Saturday was Club 218 in Philly. I love Philly. We got there early and the club is on South Street, so we hung out there and went to all these cool stores. There were all these juggalos hanging out hahah which made me wonder if Philly was some huge ICP place or something, but it was ‘cuz Dark Lotus was playing TLA down the street. According to BryPies, they’re a juggalo band. I don’t even know. I saw the cops messin’ with some of them.. don’t know what that was about. And then there was the legalize pot protest goin’ on there. The show was awesome, met some cool bands from other states and met Arsenic from MD. There was this band, I don’t remember their name – on tour and from Arizona. I don’t like that many hippie type bands but this band was great. When we went on, the people there were awesome to us. Which is cool considering we didn’t know them. The management and label people gave us high marks and gave us a lot of goood advice about who to contact and how to do it. 😀 After we played, Kev and I decided to be stupid tourists and get ourselves some Philly cheesesteaks. And let me tell you, it was the most amazing cheesesteak I’ve ever eaten. I don’t know how I will eat one not from there again. Club 218 wants to book us some regular shows there in the future so that kicks ass. Philly rules.

Last night… our show with Brides of Destruction! The crowd there was fucking cool as hell and so were the bands! Amen’s set was sick man, they fucking rocked. They came out watched our whole set and said they were totally diggin’ us and they were so sweet. Their drummer (who has a hot British accent) made me kiss him on the cheek and he kissed me back and it was the cutest thing. Their bassist looks like a cross between Keith and my friend Jason from back in the day, which is funny ‘cuz both of them moved to L.A. That would be funny if he knew both of them. Brides of Destruction kicked ass! They did a full set of just B.O.D. songs. Then the first encore was L.A. Guns tunes and Tracii Guns teased the crowd with some G’n’R riffs. The second encore was all Motley Crue songs and me and the boyz were goin’ nuts during this. Especially Brad. Brad was in heaven, lemme just tell you. Brad loves 80s rock with a passion. I think he almost went into shock when he hung out with them on their tour bus. BOD were cool guys. Nikki Sixx looks damn good, too. When we were backstage with him, I felt like I was watching things I would see on Behind the Music or on movies. I’ve seen lotsa crazy shit go on with bands before, but that is nothing compared to this. I felt like it was the 80s. Roadies and security giving passes to certain girls in the audience who they thought were hot and letting them back. And they were acting crazy. Some of them even started arguing and I guess fighting over Nikki. A couple girls were throwing themselves (one quite literally) at Brad but he was of course not into that. It was hilarious though. Definitely an experience. The bands were the only guys back there. One girl tried to sneak back and their people kicked her out and yelled to security not to let the "fat bitch" back in. My lord! Amen and their manager invited us back to their hotel room after the show which was cool. But we didn’t stay long ‘cuz we were kinda beat and plus we knew they were tired and had to be up in a few hours to get ready to go to NY. I wanna see Amen again right now. I can’t wait ’til whenever it is they come back to Baltimore. I hope it’s soon.