Rockin’ the Friday

Posted on March 20th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs by Quinn

I have no idea what this dude is saying or even who he is but, Damn! he rocks on the Bass!

HotForWords: Drinking the Kool-Aid

Posted on March 18th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs by Quinn

Okay, so I’ve seen Maria a couple of times on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News and I finally got around to looking up her web site Why? Becuase I do enjoy learning about the meanings and origins of words. As I was browsing through her lessons I just had to chuckle and you will see why once you visit the site or have seen the video.

The funny part about it is, I was watching a few of her video lessons with my two pre-teen sons. While they were sitting there with slightly embarrassed looks on their faces they did manage to learn something only because they couldn’t stop themselves from watching, LOL!

At any rate, I posted this one because it’s a term that’s been thrown around allot recently and my wife Sharon asked me what it meant. Honestly I didn’t really know myself and I had no idea it came from the Jonestown massacre.

So there you go.

Macro Monday

Posted on March 16th, 2009 in Pictures by Quinn

Snail Marathon

Snail Marathon

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

t8tr exposed!

Posted on March 6th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Pictures by Quinn

I’ve never been much of a cat person but I have to admit our little t8tr (yep, that’s his name…t8tr t0t) fits rather well in our family. He’s an orange stripped “tabby” who is very much a big dork and full of personality.

He’s not quite as graceful as one would assume a cat to be. He’s fallen off the window seat more times than I can count, ran into several walls, quite often miscalculates  his leaps and bounds, and I’ve caught him chasing his own tail on several occasions.

Also, even though he’s been “fixed” , he still has this strange obsession to make sweet love to Sharon’s pajamas. Though, I can’t say I blame him on that one 😉

Yep, we’ve got our very own LOLCat , but we love him.

Mountain View

Posted on March 6th, 2009 in Pictures by Quinn

I have one customer that is up in the Lake Arrowhead village with equipment that seems to fail on a fairly regular basis. So, on the occasions I’ve traveled up there I kept saying to myself …”Self, you need to stop and get a good shot.” So…I finally did.

It reminds me of riding the school bus in the morning to Rim. I loved mornings like this…so pretty 🙂

Oh Crap! on Day 5

Posted on March 5th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Life by Quinn

First of all I’d like to thank everyone for your support through this “quitting smoking” deal of mine.

So I’ve manage to go four days without smoking! That’s a huge accomplishment for me. However, here we are on day five and for some reason the urge was just too overwhelming and in the spirit of full disclosure the scene this morning was… about 6:30 am the patch got ripped off the arm…a pack of cigarettes was purchased…all before my three son’s were almost strangled…and Sharon’s head was almost ripped off her shoulders… ~sigh.

Now I’m just overwhelmed with guilt. Not only for giving in to my temptation but for also being such a grumpy bear to the ones I love the most. Not to mention letting everyone down.

I don’t understand how I can go 4 full days and then all of a sudden get totally side swiped.  I thought it was supposed to get easier the longer you went without it. I guess not! I have to admit, this has got to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

I guess the good part about all this is that I’m so riddled with guilt now, the patch is back on and I’m not going to give up! NO! I’M NOT GIVING UP! DAMN IT!

This was only a set back, right? I mean, I did manage to go 4 days, almost 5, without a cigarette. I think I was just unprepared this time. So, I lost a battle today, but I will win the war!

The Battle Continues…

Okay, That’s It…I Quit!- Day One & Day Two

Posted on March 2nd, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Life by Quinn

The only reason I’m posting this is to possibly elicit some sort of accountability…I guess.

I am now in my second day without a cigarette! Yes, that’s right I’m finally trying to quit smoking. Though this time I’m trying for real and using a Transdermal Nicotine patch program. Which, for the most part seems to be working.

By “working” , I mean it seems to be staving off the bodies desire for nicotine which surprisingly does help to a degree of actually kicking the habitual parts of smoking.

However, it is still a battle. A battle that I’m deep in the second day of fighting. The first day, yesterday, wasn’t actually all that bad for me. Aside from a couple bouts of temptation…(it’s just too damn easy to run to the gas station and buy a pack)…and the sudden urges to sit outside on the patio. I managed to keep myself occupied with other things to keep me from giving into those temptations.

Day two however, has been a little tougher battle thus far. The morning cigarette with coffee, the one after breakfast, the one while I’m preparing for work, the smoke I have while I think of things to write on the blog…etc. etc. etc.  Wow!, I didn’t actually realized how much I smoked until I stopped.

On the positive side, I am learning other ways of dealing with stress. Smoking was a stress relief and relaxation tool for me, so now I have to retrain myself. Yesterday, both my mother and my sister taught me how to knit with needles , as opposed to a loom which I have often done before. I trekked down to Michaels and bought some circular knitting needles and some yarn and knit until my fingers were sore. I’m actually about halfway finished with the simple baby cap I’m making.

First needle knit cap

I know, real manly , huh? But hey! I drink beer, I work on my cars, hell! I fix complex electro-mechanical crap all day long!

Anyway, getting off track.

Today is going to be tougher because I have to work today, which involves my greatest temptation to smoke and that’s driving. Usually quite a bit of driving.

I just need to get through today and I’ll be alright I think.

Reflections on Eight-IT’S A STALKER SONG!

Posted on February 23rd, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Music by Quinn

Finally, a new recording.

This song was written a long time ago in my bedroom one evening. It was at a time when I was really still learning how to song write and I had this crazy inclination to try and write a really simple and catchy tune. Simply to prove to myself that I could. A few hours later and Eight was written. Entirely, I might add on an cheap Sheaffer acoustic guitar from Colton Piano and Organ (remember them?).

The idea was to be as minimal as possible and as a result the song is really only made up around two chords with a couple incidentals. I was pretty proud of myself, a classic old time two chord rock tune.

Now for the lyrics. I was, and probably still, a horrible lyric writer. However, in the spirit of this song I decided to make it a “phone number song”. Hey, not terribly clever or original but why not, right? The number itself was completely fictional. It wasn’t a number of anybody I knew or anyone in particular. I simply put it together because it rhymed. Again, not terribly clever.

Now the rest of the lyrics came from a memory of a situation very early on in high school, back in the naive days of learning to date. Remember how uncomfortable those days were? So anyway, there was this girl who was a friend of a friend, who I started going on dates with. You know,  movies, bowling alley, or ice skating. Those were about are only choices up on the mountain but I digress. So then the phone calls and late nights talking about whatever and of course all the excitement of  “hey this is my first actual girlfriend”.

Needless to say, it didn’t last long and we both grew rather apathetic to whole thing. In one last effort I invited her the movies one night and she proceeded to articulate several reasons why she could not go. No big deal, I tried. So, I had decided to go anyway with some friends and who do I run into in front of the theater with a couple of her friends flirting it up with some of the other mountain rabble? Yep, you guessed it. Confrontation was unavoidable at this point but we actually had a good laugh about it and remained friends.

I know that ended up being a long story but that was the scenario that the lyrics for Eight were loosely based on (very loosely!). Of course, this was years after the fact. At any rate, the song quickly became part of mine and Jeff’s acoustic play list and I simply paid no more attention to the context of the lyrics other than memorizing them to play live.

Here we are now around thirteen or so years later and recording this song with all that’s involved, having to listen to it over and over and over again. I suddenly realized something about this song I had never thought about before.

It’s a total stalker song!

It’s amazing how time can change your perspective a bit.

So here is the song officially available for your listening pleasure…

Eight-the cheezy pop song or the creepy stalker song…you decide.

(click on link below to download mp3 file)


Porta John

Posted on February 6th, 2009 in Blog Blurbs,Humor by Quinn


Do I really need to add anything else to this? I mean, really. It’s a Porta John, an Outhouse, a Loosey Loo with a sign that says Spanky’s on it.

Now come on, you knew that in the whole history of this blog there was going to be a post with some reference to masturbation on it at some point.

I thought it was very nice of the construction company to cater to thier employees in such a way.

California State Budget Crisis

Posted on February 5th, 2009 in Humor,Politics by Quinn

I have figured out how we can solve the California state budget problem and I have to admit it’s brilliant.

Our Governor was once a famous and successful movie star. He made millions of dollars from an expansive library of films.

So here is my solution, let’s have “The Govenator” make a few new movies and have all to profits go to the state budget. I told you brilliant, right?

In fact, the first film I propose for production would be Kindergarten Cop 2. Think about it, this movie would cost next to nothing to make because all you would have to do is bring your cameras into a state legislature meeting and start filming.

“It’s not a tumor!”

Also, since re-makes are popular right now in the movie business, we could remake the original Conan the Barbarian film. In fact the producers could have President Obama fill in the role of Thulsa Doom leader of the snake cult, previously portrayed by James Earl Jones.

It’s all about resources people.

Ya ya, these are the kind of things I think about…scary, isn’t it?