Posts Tagged ‘Vermont’

Merry and Bright: Part One

December 17, 2014

Here’s Part One of Christmas series on how to make it a great and super amazing holiday for you and for all others involved. So in the age of getting most people gift cards, and money being tight all around, chances are, unless you spotted some really primo deals or didn’t buy stuff for yourself on black Friday, you don’t have all that many things to wrap. So the first step to an awesome christmas, is some super snazzy wrapping paper. No, it doesn’t have to be expensive, it just goes in the trash after, which I think is rather horrible, but alas, we can’t save the world at every corner. It is always fun to open presents, which is why i don’t tend to ask for gift cards and the like. Being able to open something up, and to know that someone thought more than a little bit of you when picking out your presents really goes a long way to expand one’s joyful feelings at Christmas time. Now that isn’t to say that the present itself is really the idea behind the day or the family gatherings all around, but what you get or give isn’t as important as the reason you get, or the reason you give. But all the same, my point is, super cool wrapping paper is remembered and can be a talking point, since if your holiday gatherings are anything like mine, I don’t know what to talk to my family about. Now penguins in Santa hats? That’s cute and worthy of a comment or three. Isn’t it?

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Dysfunction in Motorists Creates so-called Malfunction Junction

November 14, 2014

Welcome to Brattleboro, Vermont, where this one ridiculous looking intersection is the bane of most motorists’ existence. They call it malfunction junction. But this guy was on the scene to tell you it has nothing to do with the timers on the lights, or the intersectin itself, as confusing and awful looking as it is. For years and years people were driving through here and nobody on any side had lights to stop for. It was awful, it was hard to navigate, and it was quite simply, a problem. So the town ultimately got fed up with the complaints and installed lights at least a few years ago at this point. But the complaints continued. Some say it got worse, but I say it’s about the same, plus a little better because now you’re less likely to get in a collision with another motorist that doesn’t have to stop or slow down from his direction either. So here’s the shocking truth: this junction is still malfunctioning, because people still this many years on, refuse to acknowledge that there are now lights here. You know how many near misses I’ve had with people running red lights that are in traffic coming towards me? A lot. And that’s all I have to say. Learn how to drive losers!!

Lessons..

August 30, 2014

Are you tired, stressed, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, just some kind of “whelmed,” happy, sad, angry, insecure, nervous, anxious, or any other variety of emotions? Congratulations! You have just realized what it means to be alive and possess a consciousness. People that don’t feel pain are probably lying to you. People who can’t feel two or more contradictory emotions at the exact same time must be robots programmed to only feel one thing. You can’t just feel one thing, it doesn’t work that way. You can however feel one thing so much more strongly than others, whether it’s faith, love, or connected to your spiritual path, etc. And isn’t that sometimes the best and worst feeling? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. See what I did there? But basically, if you feel so strongly about this thing, if it’s this important to you, try not to lose sight of it, try not to be discouraged, and just let certain things fall as they may. You’ll be glad you did.

September is coming..

August 30, 2014

Now, how the fuck did that happen? Time seems to be moving very erratically these days, with the weeks that feel like entire months, and the days that feel like hours, and the hours that sometimes feel like days. So that being said, isn’t it silly that we ever try hard to quantify time, when it seems to have it’s own agenda in relation to our individual perceptions? If time is geting away from you, there is one thing that just might help you. Find a call to action, because they speak louder than words and all that. Find your passions, your drives, your motivations, the things and maybe the people that you would do anything for. When you find those things, keep them close. You will thank me later. Life really doesn’t have to be as complicated as some people make it out to be, which brings us back to time. If you want something now, don’t make it your goal later on, make it your goal now. I am guilty of letting my goals and dreams fall by the way side several times in the last few years, and let me tell you, it’s no good. If you have a goal stick with it. Yes, there may be setbacks and whatever, but if you don’t try of course you can’t get it. But time is going, at all kinds of speeds, and if you say, “I’ll get to it when I have more time,” you’ll keep saying that, and you’ll run out of time. So live your life and do it now. And find your dreams.

GMO: Hell, No!

May 15, 2014

Unless you live under a rock, not to sound discriminatory against those that do, Vermont became the first state to pass a food labelling law for GMOs.  I have thought ever since they talked about the lack of GMO labelling, and how there wasn’t a law saying they had to be labelled as such, that it would be a no-brainer to label these foods as such.  Since then I learned just how large of a percentage of our processed foods are most-likely things which contain them.  Let’s say I’m a bit sick to my stomach knowing that, it’s the same as when i look at the calories on the infrequent fast food trips i take, or on any restaurant’s menu for Pete’s sake.  We consumers are told that cigarrettes cause cancer, it better be labelled.  We are told typically if meat is produced without added hormones,(not always of course,)  told what kind of weird chemicals are in a lot of processed food items, whether or not something is whole grain, or contains nuts, or is gluten-free, so why on Earth can we not expect GMO foods to be labelled properly.  We should expect it, we must find out.   The Food Industry plans to take legal action against Vermont for saying we should know what is in our food, we must prevent this from happening, and not only that, try to convince others that legal action is a strange course to go against us knowing what is in our food. 

The Good:  Ironically enough, an Associated Press article that I read the other day tried to discuss the benefits of GMOs.  Seeing as not only do we not know what foods are modified, but also are in the dark about what sorts of modifications are being made in general, how can we even think there may be benefits, if they are unwilling to tell us what sort of tampering they are doing to our foods?

The Bad: Crops resistant to pesticides get more pesticides sprayed on them, therefore, more poisons and toxins that we can potentially injest. Mutations are typically an aspect of evolution or adaptation, but also the key to many diseases.  That’s not good.  Monsanto gets a free ride!  And lastly, our natural world is in bad enough shape without tampering too much with it.

The Ugly:  The FDA of all things doesn’t see what the fuss is all about.  The food industry keeps stressing about the benefits, when we don’t have much information on these so called benefits.  If they are so adamant to keep us in the dark, something really bad is going down.

The 802

March 14, 2014

It’s very hard to come up with a band name simply because you want something original(ish) and also something that truly belongs to you on a deeper level. Maybe you don’t. I mean, if that were the case most of the really good bands wouldn’t exist. But I do like the idea of coming up with things that really mean something to me. And then it struck me. Why can’t it be something really simple?  The 802 popped into my head, being a lifelong Vermont body and a person who truly wants to let that flag fly as part of his identity. So expect the album sometime in the next ten years.  But don’t expect us to have the name The 802.  Lord knows I’ll change it by then. 😉

Yet another new playlist: Ooh La La

March 7, 2014

1.Paris (Ooh La La)- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

2. Book Of Endings- Adam Pascal

3. Happy- Pharrell Williams

4. Believer- American Authors

5. Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille

6. Boys- The Beatles

7. Every Teardrop is A Waterfall- Coldplay

8. Mahna Mahna- CAKE

9. Nothing But Trouble- Phantogram

10. Lose Yourself To Dance- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

11. The Only Way- Filter

12. Pilot Can At The Queer of God- The Flaming Lips

13. Only Happy When It Rains- Garbage

14. Barrel of A Gun- Guster

15. Harder To Breathe- Maroon 5

16. Animal- Miike Snow

17. Lovecraft in Brooklyn- The Mountain Goats

18. Skinny Love- Birdy

19. These Streets- Paolo Nutini

Fun Playlists This Week: Boston Calling!!

February 24, 2014

At the end of May I am going to see a number of really awesome bands and artists at Boston Calling Music Festival.  And as preparation have put together a few playlists of some notable tracks by a number of these amazing artists such as:  Warpaint, Tegan and Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Bastille, and The Neighbourhood.  

1. Keep It Healthy- Warpaint

2. Bixby Canyon Bridge- Death Cab For Cutie

3. No Grey- The Neighbourhood

4. Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille

5. Acid Tongue- Jenny Lewis

6. Love Is To Die- Warpaint

7. Knife Going In- Tegan And Sara

8. The View- Modest Mouse

9. Bad Blood- Bastille

10. West Coast- The Neighbourhood

11. Float On- Modest Mouse

12. Up From Below- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes

13. Some Boys- Death Cab For Cutie

14. $ting- The Neighbourhood

15. Icarus- Bastille

16. I Know I Know I Know- Tegan and Sara

17. Carpetbaggers- Jenny Lewis ft. Elvis Costello

18. What Sarah Said- Death Cab For Cutie

19. Gravity Rides Everything- Modest Mouse

Valentine’s Day Playlist! It’s good.

February 14, 2014

Laughing, crying, dancing, loving, hating, feeling, being?  It’s all there. And as always it crosses genres, blurs lines, and all that good shit.  Music is music after all. And Music being the food of love, and Valentine’s Day being a day for love, if not just a day to sell more cards, music is a perfect fit for this day of all days. 

1. Take Me Back- Aloe Blacc

2. Staring At The Stars- Passenger

3. Get Lucky- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

4. We Are Young- FUN (with Janelle Monae)

5. Up All Night- Razorlight

6. Break Myself- Something Corporate

7. Happy- Pharrell Williams

8. Blind Mary- Gnarls Barkley

9. Tighten Up- The Black Keys

10. All Of Me- John Legend

11. Bridges- Broods

12. Pompeii- Bastille

13. Something- The Beatles

14. Dangerous Animals- Arctic Monkeys

15. Map of Your Head- Muse

16. I Can’t Get Next To You- The Temptations

17. Got To Get You Into My Life- The Beatles

18. Who’s Gonna Ride Your WIld Horses?- U2

19. Too Old To Die Young- Brother Dege

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

It’s a day to laugh to cry, to hold to love.  A day to like, a day to share, a day to engorge yourself on chocolates.  It is a day that many see as not a real holiday, because it’s yet another excuse for America to say, “Hey, you, buy something!”  And you aren’t wrong to think that, I think it most of the time as well, but I will say that if you are one of the lucky ones who don’t coin Valentine’s as “singles awareness day, and are in a relationship, silly, casual, fun, serious, or a married for years sort of arrangement, you should do something with your person today, because after all, if you already love them or like them a lot, you’d want to go out and do something with them, so today is a perfect excuse to spend time together, real holiday or not!  Every kiss does not begin with Kay, because Kay is not a letter, K is.  And buying shit from Jared?  Who cares?  I know he lost a lot of weight on the Subway diet(yes I know it’s a different Jared), but why must we buy expensive crap from him to have a good day?  We don’t. Don’t give in to the lie, unless you really have the money to spare. ” Money can’t buy me love,” remember?