I asked K. at work if she’d like to have my root canal for me this afternoon. (Yes, another one—my second one in two years.)
She said “sure!”… if I’d have her annual gynecological exam for her this afternoon.
Needless to say, I took a big pass on that one. Suddenly, the drill doesn’t sound so bad.
Follow-up (Mar 01, 2005): The root canal was event-free, and as a pleasant surprise, I’m not experiencing any pain or discomfort at all the day after. Much different from my earlier one, but that one also involved having a new crown put in place (yesterday’s procedure drilled through an existing crown), so there was considerably less beating up of my gums. Now I can go to San Antonio this weekend in peace. Did I mention we’re going to San Antonio this weekend? Well, we are—five of us in all for a long weekend of SeaWorld, the Riverwalk, and shopping (in San Marcos on the way back). I can’t freakin’ wait.
In my search for some decent alt-country, my search has led me to the following, courtesy of the greatness that is the iTunes Music Store:
Neither is hard on the eyes, it should be noted, but unlike “country” eye candy such as Faith Hill or Shania Twain, these two aren’t pop artists masquerading as country. Isn’t it sad, though, that you have to explore “alt”-country to find decent country nowadays?
The search continues…
Wednesday night, we had the chance to see Leahy—a quasi-Celtic family outfit out of Canada—in concert at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. I had never heard of them before, but my wife had seen them and raved about them, so I took it on blind faith and went to see them sight unseen (or is that sound unheard?). So what is “quasi-Celtic” music? It’s Scottish-influenced traditional Irish sounds, tinged with a heavy dose of country fiddle, Irish step dancing, some pop, and a bit of gospel. It’s Leahy. And it sounds really, really good in concert, even if the acoustics in McFarlin leave something to be desired.
(The fact that we got to see them play at all is a bit of luck. My sweetie originally thought that she was heading out of town Wednesday night, but as it turned out, she wasn’t leaving until Thursday night, leaving Wednesday night unexpectedly free for what ended up being 2 1/2 hours of concert-going.)
Leaving the concert, I confessed to my wife that I was in love with Erin, one of the seven (!) sisters that comprise the group. Then again, Erin is a cute brunette who plays a wicked piano (as well as playing fiddle and guitar when called upon), step dances, and speaks with an adorable Scottish lilt, so what’s not to love? My sweetie indulged me my “affair”, just as she always does. (And besides, I may be in love with Erin, but I luuuuuuuv my sweetie, as I made a point of mentioning. Repeatedly.)
If you’re looking for something more “authentic” as far as Celtic sounds go, you may be better off with Solas or the like. (And for the record, I love Solas—saw them when they opened for Mary-Chapin Carpenter years ago in Boston.) But if you’re willing to stretch musical definitions a bit, give Leahy a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
WordPress 1.5 (“Strayhorn”) was officially released yesterday, and it’s the cat’s meow, as they say. (See here for the official word and here for another take.) I’ve been running the 1.5 nightly builds for a few weeks now with little to no problems, so it was a simple matter to upgrade to the official release, but for users of the previous version of WP (1.2), I’d highly recommend taking the small steps needed to upgrade to the new version.
My favorite new features :
- themes—basically, a site-specific template system
- pages—the ability to create and manage standalone pages (either static or dynamic) from within the flow of WordPress itself
Most people are more keen about the ability to create site themes, and truthfully, it is very nice, and I have yet to take full advantage of it. However, I’m actually more keen on the idea of pages—in fact, I’ve just recently converted my few standalone pages (about, contact, etc.) to WP pages, which should make things easier to manage in the long run. And what’s even more cool is that you can create subpages, thereby setting up a logical but still easy to maintain hierarchy of pages. You could almost argue that WordPress has evolved from a great blogging engine to the beginnings of a full-fledged CMS (content management system). Ver’, ver’ nahs indeed.