Wednesday, December 11, 2013


You know you're from eastern Washington when you see people hanging out in lawn chairs on the roof and don't think it's weird.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


You know you're in Eastern Washington when all but three radio stations are Spanish-speaking or country music.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


You know you're in eastern Washington when traffic is being held up by a guy commuting in a backhoe. Downtown.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Rough Draft of a Silly Poem

Rarely can I bring
myself to kill
a spider
when alone.

He skitters so gingerly
across the floor
and nervously up the wall,
he just wants
to bring a snack
or something nice
to decorate the walls
of his warm little corner,

to cut
his journey short
seems a bit too

But sometimes,
in the presence
of skittish young
ladies, I'll reach out
with my shoe and
put it down
if only to spare him the screaming.


You know you're in eastern Washington when the person doing the weather says, "It's only going to be 93 tomorrow, but you should still be careful anyway."

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Where I Live #1

You know you're in eastern Washington when you hear a commercial that advertises "bling," then clarifies that to mean "belt buckles."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More poetry

I like this one.

Awake at 2:00 A.M.

Pt. 1

A sliver
of light on the floor
is keeping me awake.

Examine more closely to find
it's two or three smaller
beams crisscrossed, much
like the lines
on my cheek
in the morning.

There's an invisible
silver knife
cascading primary colours

a slice
of moon on my floor.

Pt. 2

The couple above me is making
noise and perhaps a baby.

Twenty feet from my head,
a symphony of cars crescendos
and quickly fades
like ocean waves.

Two sentences wander
aimlessly around the ceiling,
end face-to-face on the same
period, and have
nowhere to go.

Pt. 3

It happens late at night.
When the clouds hold desperately
to silver light, when your fingers
swell and tingle as you rub them together
and you shiver as your car slowly heats up,
when you yawn and tears creep
up around your eyes, when only
sad music sounds right,
it sinks in.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another Music Post

This one will be fun. It's about all the great songs you've never heard of, but are written by really good, semi-popular bands! They're usually pretty deep cuts, but definitely worth trying to get your hands on.

1. L. Wells by Franz Ferdinand. - Easily the most uplifting song I've ever heard from a non-Christian band. It's absolutely charming. Only available on the double A-side single, The Fallen, the entire thing is worth buying (which I did because I'm a hopeless FF fanboy) simply for this one song. It even has a sweet music video! And because she's in it (and pretty), I would marry that actress just for that.

2. Edit the Sad Parts by Modest Mouse - What a gem. In my opinion, it narrowly surpasses Tundra-Desert and Custom Concern for the best song Modest Mouse wrote before The Lonesome Crowded West's unsurpassed Trailer Trash. It's got all their best qualities: a brilliant loping bassline, complex drumming that's not showy, a gorgeous lead guitar line, atypical verse progression, and heartbreaking lyrics. The feedback at the end is a perfect way to finish. Available on the Interstate 8 EP or on Youtube at

3. Dry Drunk Emperor by TV on the Radio - Here's another long song that's worth digging into. I don't know much about where you can find it, but it's the first TVOTR song I ever heard, and I still think it's one of the best. The heavy, buzzing low end is incredibly satisfying to listen to at high volumes. Kind of depressing lyrics, but it's a good example of this remarkable band's overall aesthetic.

4. Cardinal Song by The National - The first cut from their (in my opinion) criminally underrated second album "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers," this might actually be my favourite song of theirs. It's got a gloomy, plodding, but simultaneously chilled-out feel, with a gorgeous violin interlude to separate the coda from the rest of the song. The lyrics are a sort of cautionary tale about opening up yourself to another. The line, "Jesus Christ you have confused me/Cornered, wasted, blessed and used me/Forgive me girls I am confused/Stiff and pissed and lost and loose" just sticks with you. It's so miserable, but so beautiful. I love it.

5. Island of the Honest Man by Hot Hot Heat - Okay, the last three songs were pretty long, so here's a snappy tune for y'all. I know "Make Up the Breakdown" is the only really good Hot Hot Heat record, but I think this is their best song. It's just plain fun, what with the way the chorus just feels like it's bursting out of a dark room into the sunlight and the silly quasi-pastoral lyrical accompaniment. (This live clip is a lousy half-time version, but it was all I could find. Sorry.)

6. Specialist by Interpol - Off their self-titled EP, this offers nothing sonically that any Interpol fan hasn't heard before, but it's just another great freaking song. It's got a great bassline, off of which the jangly, understated guitars are able to build and build and build throughout the song. (lyrics in the video are a little wrong)

7. Dinosaur Bones by Showbread - If I keep listening to this song in the car, I'm going to blow my ears out.

8. Why? by Andrew Bird - This one stems back to his days with his Bowl of Fire, but he still plays it live, which makes me SO FREAKING HAPPY. It serves as a fantastic showcase for his jaw-dropping, violin-shredding, loop-pedaling, spastic-gesturing performance that makes an Andrew Bird show such a great experience in the first place. I also like the bluesy feel to the music and lyrics.

9. Tracy by Mogwai - Oh, it's so beautiful. I can't believe how often people talk about how they love songs on the same album, but ignore this gem in favor of Mogwai Fear Satan, Like Herod, or Summer. I suppose it's because Mogwai fans attach to different particular songs, and this one just happens to be the one I like. Anyhow, it's gorgeous - a perfect song to fall asleep to, whether it's the voices having a telephone conversation, the immaculate bassline, or the dreamy glockenspiel motif.

10. Pressed in a Book by The Shins - I don't know; I just like this song a lot. It's catchy!

11. Lake Somerset by Deerhunter - Now, I'm not entirely sure how many people know about Deerhunter, but I've heard some folks are big on their newer stuff. In any case, they SHOULD be popular. This song is off the earlier Cryptograms, though, and boy is it creepy! The bass, the skewed vocals, the increasing chaos of the guitars, the insistent percussion, it all just builds into a manic whole that is the stuff of nightmares. On top of that, it's coupled with a surreal video that just adds to the delicious sense of unrest I get when I listen to it.

I'm sure there's more, and I might get around to it later, but right now I'm tired. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Life!

1. Intro to Biochemistry
2. Environmental Microbiology
3. Genetics
4. Senior Portfolio
5. C.S. Lewis
6. RA Job
7. Newspaper Editor Job
8. Wastewater Management Job



Monday, February 22, 2010

The Dumbest Poem in the Universe!!!!

It's called Writer's Block. Subject to change. This might be the most indulgent thing I've ever written, but here goes.

The thought to think
occurred to me when my
thoughts to think were exhausted.
When I think to think I think
of things I think
I'd not have thought of-
like this poem.