Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sunset Love Affair: Opening for ‘Tonic’


A bit of cool news to start off with…one of the bands I play in, Sunset Love Affair, will be opening up for Tonic on August 15th in Suwaee, GA. Tonic is one of my favorite bands of all time so this is pretty exciting. I got a chance to spend some time with the guys on The Rock Boat last year and they couldn’t have been nicer people…so this should definitely be an awesome experience. Since this is a pretty big deal for us, we decided to bring in the big guns and are playing this show with a full 5-piece band, instead of our standard 3-piece. Jeremy Bostwick will of course be on bass guitar, and as usual, Gabriel Pline will be on drums. Less than two months to go until the show, so we gotta get the set as tight as possible. We haven’t played a Sunset Love Affair show with Jeremy and Gabe yet so we will have to get them familiar with the songs. We will also be playing a few songs from our other band The Red Tide Saga, as this is a rock concert, and we are planning on doing just that. More information to come later…but for now I leave you with my favorite Brüno clip from the Ali G Show.

I’m A Gummy Bear


This video got me thinking…if my leg were ever trapped and nobody was around to help me…would I cut it off? My initial reaction is no…but I have a yessy aftertaste. With that being said, here is a nice little video for you to enjoy.

A Tweet A Day Keeps Depression Away


I may be on to something…and then again, maybe not.  Twitter launched in March of 2006 (I know, I didn’t hear about it until much later either), so let’s just say 3 years ago.  Now, it took a while for it to gain popularity…let’s just say 1.5 – 2 years.  Here’s my thought…I noticed a lot of talk about the economy struggling and talk of bailouts around the same time that Twitter was gaining popularity.  There are many CEO’s and other high ranking company officials on Twitter.  Twitter’s peak hours are around Noon, which everyone should be at work by then (using US time zones).   The average age of everyone on Twitter is 37…which is working class age.  What does this all mean to me?  It means that quite possibly the downfall of the economy is due to the creation and popularity of Twitter and people Tweeting all day at work.

Is it possible that all of a company’s employees and officials are Tweeting all day long and avoiding real work.  Is the reason the economy is failing at the moment due to companies not being as productive as they once were.  I know of many people who do nothing at work all day and Tweet…I am not one of those people…but I do know plenty of them.  I tracked an individual last week for a day using twitteranalyzer.com and they sent over 60 tweets during work hours.  That may not seem like a lot, but if you take a minute to perfectly type each Tweet, and add on the time it takes to think of something creative to say, you have easily committed between 1-2 hours of time theft each work day…at least.

I guess it can also be said that an employee who wastes that much time all day on Twitter would find a way to waste just as much if Twitter did not exist, but that is a whole new topic in itself.  All I’m saying is, this could all be possible.  The downfall of society could all be caused by the spark that ignited the first Tweet.  The connection just seems too coincidental to me…either way you can follow me on Twitter @FriskyOneill.

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Movin’ On Up: My Deluxe Apartment in the Sky


So, I just recently moved to Atlanta.  I was living out in Carrollton, Georgia.  I was out there for college and stuck around a little too long.  Atlanta is nothing new to me though.  I work in here and I’ve lived in metro Atlanta my whole life, minus the last 6 years.  It’s great being back in the mix of things and being no more than 15 minutes away from EVERYTHING you could ever want.  The only beef I had with the whole thing was the moving process itself.  You can keep that.  I now understand the importance of hiring professional movers.

I used to think the job of being a professional mover was ridiculous.  I would wonder why anyone would pay someone for something they can do perfectly well themselves with a few friends.  I sit here 3+ weeks since moving in and I say this, ALWAYS hire professional movers.  It was the greatest idea ever not to hire movers until I moved the second or third box up three flights of stairs to my 3rd floor apartment.  Then we get into awkward furniture moving…and the best thing in the world…washer and dryer. 
I don’t regret moving to the 3rd floor because it definitely has its advantages.  I just don’t plan on moving again for a few years now because of how much of a pain that whole process was.  Making 140 mile round-trip runs to Carrollton and back got old really quick too.  
In short…hire a moving company.  I don’t care if you’re moving next door…hire a moving company.  You can’t put a price on people doing all of your work for you.

Zack Morris: Return of the Zack Attack


Last night, Jimmy Fallon had Mark Paul Gosselaar on his show…only Mark Paul Gosselaar appeared on the show as someone else. He showed up as Zack Morris, the character that made him popular on the early 90s TV series Saved By The Bell. Oh, and of course the earlier series, Good Morning Miss Bliss, which originally aired on the Disney Channel in the late 80s but was later syndicated with the Saved By The Bell reruns.
Anyway, apparently Jimmy Fallon is trying to get the entire cast to do a Saved By The Bell reunion on his show…and this was bringing the dream one step closer.  It’s a long clip, but it’s totally worth it.
Just to make sure you watch the whole thing…near the end, Zack Morris plays the Zack Attack song “Friends Forever” with The Roots backing him up.  If that doesn’t make you wanna watch this, I don’t know what will.  Enjoy yourself.

My Shoes Yelled At Me


So when Sunset Love Affair went down to Panama City Beach, FL and Destin, FL about a month ago, we stopped in a surf shop.  I was pulled toward the shoe section of the store because it was about that time to get a new pair.  I saw some pretty cool looking shoes that I have never seen anywhere before, and a brand I had never heard of before.  They were called Sanük.  I tried them on and was pretty impressed from the start.  They had all of the things you like about sandals/flip-flops but everything you like about shoes as well.  They stressed one thing…”These are not Shoes.  They’re sandals!”  The company was pretty much started by surfers who wanted a shoe more like a sandal, and I think they achieved just that.

I didn’t buy the shoes…sorry, Sandals, that day…however I did buy a pair of them 4 days ago.  I love them!  I haven’t really taken them off the entire time I have had them.  I’m just not a fan of open shoes, and these solve that problem.  The reason behind my distaste for open shoes is just that being a guy, and having to use a urinal, is not the best idea for a sandal wearer.  If you get my drift.
But yeah I love these things and I want to grab a few more pairs just because they aren’t all that expensive.  Check them out at www.Sanuk.com.  

“The Phone Company”: An Unknown Villain


I have been watching television for years, not constantly, but usually a few hours of each day.  This would imply that I have seen quite a few commercials in my time.  I have noticed a recent trend among telecommunications companies and their bashing of “the phone company”.  Who is this mysterious bandit stealing our hard earned money by charging too much for local and long distance calls?  That’s the problem…the commercials never say.


Start to pay attention to these commercials.  Comcast just had a commercial on saying how their services were cheaper and more reliable than “the phone company”.  Vonage has basically the same commercial, and so do AT&T and BellSouth.  These are all phone companies, and if they are not the culprits, then who is “the phone company” they are all speaking of.  This is now the new reason I am boycotting the use of landline phones in my home, other than the fact that it is pointless now that everyone has cellular phones with plans that are reasonable for everyday use.  So, just start to notice commercials that advertise home phone service.  And for god’s sake…give “the phone company” a break.

Dave Matthews GPS (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)


Here is the Dave Matthews GPS bit from last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon episode. Pretty good…especially when Dave comes out. Makes me think of when Jimmy used to be on Saturday Night Live. I always loved when he would do the parodies. This is a pretty great one. Enjoy.

Calvin Klein: Obsession (Note: This has NOTHING to do with cologne)


I’ve been thinking alot lately about where I really want to be and where I want to go in my life.  I love music, that is no secret.  I really would love to be able to make a living playing and recording music.  That would ultimately make me the happiest person I could possibly be.  Whether or not that ever gets to happen, I will not know until it does, or doesn’t.  That is where I want to be in my life though.  I don’t see me ever giving up on that goal.  

In the past 6 months, music has taken me to more places than I ever thought I’d go in my entire life.  Out of all of the places I have been in the past 6 months, California tops all of them.  Since returning from there, for some reason I have become so enamored with the thought of living the California lifestyle.  I was out in the LA area for 2 days before the Mayercraft Carrier cruise and 1 day after the cruise.  I spent time in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Burbank, and other cities.  I loved the whole experience.  I remember passing by a high school right outside of Long Beach where some kids were having baseball practice after school.  At that moment I was picturing what it would have been like to grow up in this place…and thinking what kind of person I would have become compared to what I am now.  There’s no way of telling, but it was still cool to imagine.  
I can’t wait to go back to California.  I’m trying to get the band I’m in, Sunset Love Affair, out there soon.  I’m looking into getting us a gig at the Whiskey A Go Go.  That place is legendary…and would definitely be a highlight of my life as well as the other guys in the band.  I think our music would do well out in California.  It’s just a shame we all live 3000 miles away.  I guess that’s what touring is for.  I really hope we can make it out to play in LA/Hollywood though because I know the other band members would love it there just as much, if not more, than I do.
I think I would enjoy living out there someday.  It has everything nearby that is important to me: a beach, a city, sports teams, music, diversity, and it’s only a 5-6 hour plane ride from Atlanta if I ever needed to come back.  Maybe one day it will happen.  Or maybe I’ll go back to LA so many times that I grow to hate it…then I’ll have to find another city to become obsessed with…so be on the lookout Cheyenne, Wyoming!!!

Conan O’Brien: Twitter Tracker


Here it is folks…the Twitter Tracker segment from Episode 2 of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.  I watched this last night with Peachy McMurphy…this is just good stuff.  Incidentally, hit me up on Twitter @FriskyOneill and @SunsetLovin.