03/31/2004 @ 09:46 PM: I've been meaning to get a new post up for almost two weeks, but posting unfortunately gets bumped to the bottom of my list of priorities when things get busy. And things are definitely busy!
Here are a few random items that give the gist of the happenings of late. I'll do some more in-depth updates shortly.
I took a road trip down to Memphis a couple weeks ago; I'd been planning the trip for some time prior, and the destination came to mind after I watched a History Channel special on the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (King was killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4th, 1968. The motel is now the National Civil Rights Museum.) I also checked out Sun Studio, among other things. My trip was an excellent learning experience that combined my two greatest interests: music and politics. I've planned a full itinerary summary post since I got back--I just haven't had time! It'll be up soon.
The second major I added during my current run as a student at the University of Minnesota is now gone, just a couple months after I decided to go for it. The two Philosophy classes I'm in this semester, Logic and Virtue Ethics, have failed to inspire me like previous Philosophy classes (that's saying it nice, actually), and neither even touches Political Science or History in a similar zone of interest. The good news is I think I'll now be able to graduate a semester earlier--this fall if all goes well. In the meantime I'll be able to fill out remaining electives with anything I want to take, which I'm certain will be more fun than bleeding through these last two Philosophy classes.
The 13 year-old version of me is ecstatic this week; Van Halen are back with Sammy Hagar, and they're going on tour this summer. Needless to say, I'll be attending the show at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, and it's likely that a road trip out to another one will occur as well. I have some pretty good stories from past road trips to concerts...
AT/DT will soon be back in action, rehearsing for shows and writing and recording for a new album. Lead vocalist, Ben, has been keeping the peace in Bosnia with the Minnesota National Guard, but he returns in a few days, thus ending our eight-month hiatus. For updates, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very soon I will announce the launch of a new grassroots political organization that I, along with a few other people, will chair. Our objective will be to raise awareness and support for various candidates during the 2004 elections, national and local. The organization will lean very left, but will not adhere to any one party specifically. We will also coordinate with similar groups and join forces for rallies and events. If you'd like to know more or be involved, please email me. As things develop, I'll keep you posted!
Things with revisions are progressing, probably at a faster pace than we've seen in a long time. The film is now about half edited. We are, once again, encountering our usual road block: money. I'll start to put together the second revisions fundraiser concert very soon, and the whole gang is brainstorming other ways of getting the funds we need to put this project all the way in the can and take it to film festivals.
That's the updates for now. Go Twins in 2004!!