I am very glad to say that Litmus Green's last show ever was probably our best show ever. I really think that was our finest hour, with the exception that Mat wasn't there. However, we went out the way I hoped we would, at our best. I think we wore out the crowd! We played almost a full hour, and the whole thing went great.
I'd like to say a big thank you to all the bands: we couldn't have asked for a better send off. It was extra special since we asked for those bands specifically, being that they were all old friends. That was a bonus for us, to play with them one last time.
I'd also like to thank all the friends and fans who showed up; we hope you had as much fun as we did! And, just in case you didn't believe us: yes, this was the last show EVER. Sorry.
I'm a little sad, but also relieved. It's finally over.
Litmus Green: 1991-2002. Rest in peace.
The time has finally arrived: Today is the last Litmus Green show EVER.
I'm actually a bit sad. It really is the end of an era in a way, at least for us. I'm a bit anxious, as I always am before a gig, but there's more to it this time, because I know this is not only the last time I ever play with Litmus Green, this also might very well be the last gig I ever play.
We are hoping this will also be our finest hour. We want this gig to be the best we have ever done. With the help of Ron I'm sure it will be.
Many thanks to all our friends and fans. We hope you enjoyed the last 11 and a half years as much as we did.
Just remember folks: old punks never die; they just stand in the back. Or form bands. It's too soon to speculate about what we'll do, but don't be surprised by either.
Finally, a big thanks to Ron Martinez. We couldn't have come this far with out your guidance (and the occasional kick in the ass). We are honored to have you in the LG family.
See you all tonight!
It looks like the crisis WRT the last gig has been averted and all is right with the world (so to speak).
Ron has yet again proved his worth and done a kick ass job as our manager (even up to the last minute) and as a promoter.
You rock, Ron!
Sigh. It seems like this band can't die without some major trauma getting in the way. Now it's the Showcase Theatre charging hidden 'security' fees on top of the door price for the gig. It's bad enough that Ticketmaster jacks the price up with their service charge, but now the club is getting into it.
Ron is pissed and trying to work out something with them but it looks like the gig may be cancelled and done at a later date at the Glass House. I hope not, because there are a lot of people that will be pissed, including me. We have people flying out here for this gig and driving in from out of state. Not to mention all the work being put into Halloween costumes for the show.
I hope things work out with the Showcase...
Tonight was the last Litmus Green practice, EVER. It was a lot of fun, and we're all looking forward to the last gig (EVER) but I know I am glad to see the end of it. For 12 years I've sacrificed my Saturday nights for the band, and now I'm looking forward to having them to myself. I certainly won't miss lugging all the equipment around.
Lare says me and Rick will miss playing in a while and start playing again, but I'm not so sure I want to be in a band anymore. I guess time will tell.
So, it looks like I'm going to be starting a new, full time, job in about a month. You'd think this was a good thing, right? It should be. Before this contact I'm on now I was out of work for 367 days, so I should be jazzed about have a steady job lined up when this contract ends, but I'm not.
It just doesn't seem like a good company. Even my buddy who works there says it's just a job. That isn't the worst part, either. It's twice as far from home as L.A. so I have to move to Woodland Hills. I hate moving.
Still, it's a job...
I'm tired of SoCal. I'm tired of small crappy houses that cost a quarter of a million bucks. I'm tired of LA's shallow shitheads. I'm sick of freeway traffic. I'm sick of smog. I'm sick of people getting shot ALL THE TIME.
I like Chicago. I like weather. I like the suburbs and the fact that people smile and say hello for no good reason. I like that the houses don't generally have fences and no one cares. I like the fact that my sister actually knows her neighbors and their dogs. I like the fact that the biggest shocker in the neighborhood was some kids smoking and selling pot. I like that I have never heard a gun shot at my sisters.
In short: I hate Los Angeles.
Fuck! I just upgraded the weblogs to Movable Type 2.5 and had a bit of a hard time. It seems like there was some weirdness with the server. I think it's all good now.
It had better be since I'm going to be in Chicago tomorrow...
I have been working on some really nasty code. I'm doing my best to clean it up. I refer to this clean up work as 'putting lipstick on a pig'. But the problem is that this code just really wants to be ugly. It is in it's nature. I fought with it to clean it up, to make it readable by normal human beings, but it the scale of the effort was daunting.
I finally realized that I was having such a hard time because I was working against it's nature. Once I just ignored the mess and focused on the parts that I needed to fix, it all just worked. It's an unmaintainable mess, but it works.
The only problem is that now I have a hard time not showing my contempt for the original authors coding abilities. I'm a snob, I know.
My scheme for using the MT RSSFeed plugin for the blog roll is working nicely. I'm using the blogroll script from another blogroll system to rebuild the index pages every hour and it seems to be all good so far...
I wonder if this works...