Tick Tock

Yes, time just marches onward, doesn’t it? I’ve been writing more and more posts, but unfortunately, they’ve all been in my head. I just haven’t been able to make the time to actually type them out. I’d like to correct some of that. Of course, at 6:00 in the morning, I’m not at my wittiest.I started a new job at the beginning of the month. I’ve left the glamorous world of advertising for the slightly less glamorous world of publishing. It’s a great little company with some really wonderful people. I work 8-hour days, I get actual vacation time, and I never get screamed at anymore. Good grammar and punctuation are not only welcomed but encouraged, and I’m not the only person in the building who says things like “em-dash” or “trailing comma.” In short, it’s awesome.Stellar Vector finally released the EP, “You’re Not Included.” This recording was in the can months before I even joined the band, which was a year ago. It started to seem this CD was cursed (or perhaps a curse), as problems and delays blocked the release over and over. We played a show on the 12th to celebrate the release, which technically happened on the 16th, although I don’t believe it’s actually available anywhere at this exact moment. It will be available as a free CD-quality download with the option to choose your own price very soon. Yes, more delays. Did you really expect otherwise?On the home front, we started work on the retaining wall. After several weeks of excavating, the first blocks went in last night. Best guess, I’d say we moved about 4 tons of dirt (by hand) to prep the site. We installed a little over 1 ton of stone (by hand) last night, with about 5 more to go. Did I mention we’re doing it by hand? I’m starting to develop Popeye arms… I’ve been joking that I’ll have to get an anchor tattoo when this is all done.That’s all for this installment of the continuous catch-up. Here’s a quick list of some of the things about which I didn’t write: Fat Tire, the Harry Potter Film Festival, more job interviews, the Rush show, bicycle brakes, bad health insurance, a Surly Cross Check, SurlyFest, the They Might Be Giants show (with a surly bass player), Surly Coffee Bender, the quest to eliminate my bass amp, respectable plumbers, Pie Fest 2007, and the Twin Cities Marathon. Upcoming events you might want to know about but that I may not write about: 10/20 SSIK @ the Breakaway Bar, 10/25 Captured By Robots @ Triple Rock, 11/1 Gogol Bordello @ First Ave, 11/19 Mazowsze @ St. Cate’s, and 11/30 Stellar Vector @ Station 4.And somehow, I can’t seem to give up coffee…