1.15.2003

Better to grind than resieve.

I've got a lot of work to do, so no blog updates for the next day or so.

1.14.2003

The search is on!

This Thursday, the roommate and I are looking at an apartment. We probably will not rent it.

I don't say that to be flip; I really do take where I live pretty seriously. Yet I've learned that looking for apartments in this city is a frustrating process, and as soon as you attach yourself to a particular property, it slips away. This is especially the case when looking for a place with roommates. It's not that they deliberately foil you; rather, each person has unique requirements, and accommodating all of them approaches the impossible.

That said, this is an interesting prospect of an apartment. It's on the isthmus, close to the Capitol, a top floor two-bedroom with beamed ceilings and two decks. I've only looked at photos online, but I've been by the place several times in the past, and it's a decent building.

Why we probably won't get it: the current tenants haven't decided whether or not to renew their lease (they probably will - the deadline is tomorrow). Also, we will view it along with other interested parties - they'll have lease applications in hand and ready, and they'll have impeccable credit ratings. Alas, my credit rating has gone to shit in the past year.

But an apartment like this, if it's even a fraction of what I imagine it to be, would dramatically improve my quality of life.

1.13.2003

Right now, I'd rather spend eight or ten hours a week working on a "studio" type music project than the four we spend working on our live act, Polkapocalypse.

It's not that I'm unhappy with the polka band, because I think it's a blast. There are nights we have a lot of fun. Yet I'm really intrigued by the magic of recording and production. Sure, I know nothing about it, but I'd like to know a lot more.

I've got an idea for a song, but I need to learn how to play bass before I can make it pan out. Also, I doubt it would fit into polka paradigm of Polkapocalypse. Sheesh. I'm already looking to the future and other possibilities.

Interrobang was very right when he said we should try to break beyond polka. I'm itching to do some other stuff. And it isn't calypso.

Everyone laughed and picked on me when I said I'd walk if we played World Music, but I really did mean what I said. I don't think Polka is "World Music," but going in a bland, generic, multicultural direction is entirely the wrong approach for our band. We've got a lot of talent, and could be highly idiosyncratic. It would be a waste of our time to adopt the stylings of failed foreign artists.