Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Outgrowing Clothes and Self

Ohio continues to dig itself out of over a foot of snow. It has been warmer this week, making for a dirty, slushy mess. Melting snowmen and snow angels fill our front yard.

Kaden has been keeping Sena up all night. I haven’t noticed it myself because once I’m asleep, nothing wakes me up.

Alise sold an amazing amount of girl scout cookies to friends and strangers alike. She knows how to play people already. God have mercy on the boys in her future.

And life marches on.

posted by Dustin Vannatter at 11:36 am  

Friday, February 9, 2007

My Standard Break From Life

I found out that my brother and his girlfriend are expecting a little one.

I wonder how long until my brother, whom we all thought would be the ‘eternal bachelor’ of our family, loses his cool and freaks out about the dramatic changes a baby brings (regardless if you think it will or not).

Sena and I have been huge Alkaline Trio fans since we lived in Chicago. At one point I even hosted their website for them, along with another little known band at the time, OK GO. So while I am happy to see Matt and Dan doing so well for themselves, I will admit I am somewhat jaded by the bandwagoning fans and the way their style of music has become cliche and ‘teeny bopper’ over the past year.

I remember going to a show in Chicago where there were maybe 50 to 100 people there to see Alkaline Trio perform. No pretenses, just music fans enjoying the music.

I went to their most recent show here in Cleveland: jam-packed with kids sporting too much makeup (girls and boys) and spending too much time trying to look different from other kids trying to look different.So while they still put on a great live show it was somewhat ruined by the atmosphere.

Any chance we can swing the teeny-bopper pendulum back toward rap music for 2007?

posted by Dustin Vannatter at 4:38 pm  

Monday, February 5, 2007


“Well, if we can’t figure this out, there really is no reason for me to stay.”

‘Hold on, this is the first time you’ve even talked with me.’

“Like that matters? You should have known I was feeling this for a long time. My eyes told you constantly.”

posted by Dustin Vannatter at 2:19 pm  

Friday, February 2, 2007

Nerd, Complete

As I already mentioned, I play World of Warcraft.

This past week I hit level 70.

That means I spent a lot of time searching for yellow exclamation points, casting spells, then searching for yellow question marks.

It took me longer than some of the more hardcore players in my guild, but I did it.

Kaden sat in my lap staring at my Shadow Priest.

posted by Dustin Vannatter at 11:58 am