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Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

Posted by evankessler on May 26, 2005

The crappy weather served as a harbinger of bad news this Wednesday. I’ve spent the last few days getting seriously excited over the prospect of taking a vacation with a good friend to the most tropical of destinations. Unfortunately, this morning that friend bailed on the plans sending me back to square one and into a downward spiral of uncertainty over any summer vacation plans actually coming to fruition. I don’t fault my friend, it was on really short notice that we decided to explore our vacation options but at the same time I was looking forward to spending time relaxing in the tropics with someone I enjoyed hanging out with. Lately it seems all of my hopes end up crashing on the ground before my feet. I guess the lesson here is not to ever look forward to anything because every time I think ahead and imagine any sort of prosperous situation it ultimately doesn’t happen. Woe is me. Don’t you feel sad?

Ok, maybe I was a little heavy handed with the depression stuff but I’m really disappointed. I’m in desperate need of a vacation and I’m too unmotivated to go adventuring by myself despite my restlessness. Maybe I’ll snap out of it and go on some soul- searching journey that I can write a screenplay about. Who knows? If you have any good ideas for my soul-searching summer vacation, send me an email here

Today wasn’t all that bad. First off, after work I met up with Jessica R. for drinks at the White Horse Tavern after work. I don’t think I’d Jess since her birthday a couple of months ago when it was snowing and I took a picture of it. Just look down for a picture of snow and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Anyway, we had a really good time just hanging out and talking and drinking beers until she had to take off at 8:30 to have dinner with her boyfriend. After that I trekked home a couple of blocks only to find a shiny new package waiting for me on the table. At this moment I’d like to announce that it’s a close race for current favorite person in the world but right now Australia’s Alex Trevor (see posts from 01/02/05 and 12/30/04) is in the lead. It was enough that I had a great time meeting and hanging out with her over the winter holidays, but now she had to go and top herself by sending me 6 CD’s across several continents and oceans all in the name of music appreciation and for that I give her the utmost thanks. Seeing that package just sitting there on my table made my day just as the email I received from her several days ago did the same. Now I have to figure out what to send her. As if 6 new CD’s wasn’t enough I still wanted more as I had previously planned to head to Tower Records and pick up the new album by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. When I got to Tower, I found myself with about 3 CD’s in hand. I knew the Malkmus one was coming with me and my other hand was holding the Bloc Party album and the new Ryan Adams record. I decided that Ryan Adams’ new record was a good value since it was a double-album for $12.99. Bloc Party will have to wait to provide me with aural pleasure. This is the part where I check out for the night. I have a lot of music to listen to. Over and out.

Oh and wait, on a completely unrelated note, I made two emergency blogs today just in case I have to update this but I’m on vacation for a couple of days. That way I’ll be able to keep you updated from the road. I’m not sure which one I’m going to use yet. One is here and the other one is here

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Mission Statement

Posted by evankessler on May 25, 2005

This blog page has been created for the express purpose that should I ever be unable to update my actual website due to a vacation or inability to get to my home computer, I will be able to keep others in the loop as to my every move. That being said, it is unlikely I will ever be on vacation or more than arms length from the computer which hosts my website. Did I mention that I have a website? Anyway, this is strictly a precautionary blog.

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Now All I Need Is A Record Player

Posted by evankessler on May 19, 2005

Does anyone know where I can get a cheap, decent record player? Today, I was browsing through Ebay and felt compelled to bid on a copy of Woody Guthrie’s “Dust Bowl Ballads” LP. I didn’t think I’d win but I should be expecting this historic recording in the mail any day now. Anyway, if you know anywhere that I could get a cheap decent record player, send me an email.
Today was a slow day, so, I don’t have much else to report today other than I got some DVD’s in the mail today from Amazon. I’m extremely excited about my purchases though as I came away with Team America: World Police, as well as the music compilation Pavement: Slow Century. I watched Team America tonight and laughed my ass off. If you haven’t seen the DVD but saw it in the theater, some of the scenes are extended. The most notable of these is the sex scene. I won’t spoil what happens in that scene but I’ll say that if those scenes were included in the theatric release it may have received at least an NC-17 rating if not an X even though they are puppets. Ok, I’ve said my little bit. Time to go to sleep.

Oh, before I forget, on my 24 recap of 2 days ago, I left out one very important fact in the beginning of the episode description. After Bauer caught Habib Marwan and the missile took off, Habib escaped as they were preparing to transport him back to CTU. His terrorist peeps intercepted them with rocket launchers before they got into the car Okay, sorry, it was just eating at me that I left out that important fact. Go see Earl Pickens 10pm at Sidewalk Café on 5/19/05, (That’s today if you’re reading this on Thursday, which you just may be because it’s almost midnight as I’m typing this).

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Let’s Go Mets Go!!!

Posted by evankessler on May 18, 2005

Tonight’s evening activity was most thrilling as Arby and I traveled to Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens to watch the the New York Metropolitans take on the Reds of Cincinatti, Ohio. We arrived in the 2nd inning as we had both left work a tad after 6pm and still had to meet up before taking the 7 train out to the game.

We were anticipating a slugfest and we arrived just in time to see Mike Piazza hit a double. It turns out, the 1st inning had not had much slugging. The only thing we missed were two hits. The game was pretty much a pitcher’s duel between Kaz Ishii of the Mets and Ramon Ortiz of the Reds until Cincinnati got on the board in the top of the 6th inning. The crowd seemed particularly pessimistic until Doug Mientkiewicz got a hit in the bottom of the 7th. Two batters later the slumping Kaz Matsui lifted the Mets out of their doldrums and into the lead with a 2-run home run. The Mets managed to hold onto the lead despite a few anxious moments in the 9th inning. What a sweet night of baseball!!! Next up this week, Earl Pickens at the Sidewalk Café on 6th St. and Avenue A on Thursday between 10-11pm. Come one, come all. It’s going to be a great show.

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The Blog Must Go On

Posted by evankessler on May 12, 2005

I haven’t felt much like writing the past few days, for understandable reasons. I don’t think wakes, viewings, and funerals make for fun blog fodder. That’s not to say there weren’t moments of laughter in the past few days, because there certainly were. The people who I’ve had the pleasure of being around the past few days are an amazing support system and such a spectacular group of loving friends. We’re all very lucky to have each other. I’m honored to know each and every one of them, I’d name them all but there are too many to name and they know who they are if they read this blog and it wouldn’t do justice to name but a few. Anyway, on with the blog, because as a blog supporter I don’t think Jasky would have appreciated the lull in evankessler.com activity.

First off, I would like to say BBC America on demand just might be the greatest thing around. For the past couple of days I’ve been watching episodes of Monty Python on demand. It’s a shame they only have 6 episodes or so at a time. As good as Saturday Night Live, The State, SCTV, and UCB were, I don’t think any other sketch comedy show has ever been as brilliant. Feel free to argue with me but you should know that you are wrong.

Also in today’s news, I had a Doctor’s appointment because over the past few weeks I’ve had a feeling that something is wrong with my body. Symptoms include mild chest pains, and lots of burping, which isn’t very pleasant and now having said that no one will talk to me because of the possible burping smell (don’t worry I’m always stocked with mints), but the doctor thinks that it’s probably heartburn and recommended some medicine. So I’m going to see how that works out and hope for the best. I may not have insurance pretty soon so it had better work out.

I thought the doctor’s appointment would be slightly more awkward than it was seeing as it was with a female physician and I had never been to a female physician before today. I was worried that I might have to reveal my nether regions at some point but that didn’t happen and it was not awkward at all anyway. I know they don’t give pelvic exams with chest problems, but I was initially going to get an entire physical examination, since I hadn’t been for a checkup in a long time. I don’t think I would normally be taxed about that sort of thing but when I called a couple of weeks ago to make the appointment, the receptionist asked if I minded having a female physician as if it should have been a big deal to me so it gave me an additional neurosis.

The funny thing about going to the doctor is that most of the time when I go to address a specific problem, my symptoms magically disappear about three hours prior and I feel like the biggest dolt when I have a hard time explaining the actual problem because it has momentarily subsided only to return later. Today was no different. However, I’m somewhat excited to see how my symptoms react to the medication tomorrow.

Okay, enough about the doctor. I feel a little rusty on this blog thing, I know that story wasn’t at all exciting and somewhat disjointed but I’ll be back in the swing of things soon enough. Stay tuned for more bloggery.

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In Memoriam: Jasky Raju 1980-2005

Posted by evankessler on May 7, 2005

The world got a lot dimmer today when Jasky Raju tragically passed on this morning. Jasky was one of the kindest, funniest, friendliest, and had perhaps one of the most illuminating presences of anyone I have ever met, just a genuine good person. He was always in a great mood and tended to put everyone else in a great mood just by being around him. He also liked to argue with me that Pink Floyd doesn’t suck. While I considered him to be a good friend, he had a way of making everyone feel like his best friend. We will all miss the warmth that his presence provided. I wish I could write more and be infinitely more eloquent but I’m at a loss for words. I’m sorry if I don’t write a funny, wacky, weekend recap describing the events that occurred on Friday night at least but I can’t help but think that it’s completely unimportant and wholly inappropriate. Thank you for all of the good times Jasky.

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Happy Half Birthday To Me

Posted by evankessler on May 5, 2005

Today I turn the ripe old age of 26 and a half and I don’t have a spec of grey hair on me. Impressive, eh? Anyway, tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, so I’m getting ready to celebrate my Mexican heritage but don’t have any concrete plans as of yet? What are you doing for Cinco de Mayo? I don’t have much else to say right now. I have to meet my brother out for a bit. However, the band name of the day is The Blunt Objects.

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