Random Thoughts from 30,000 Feet

When you get up at an ungodly hour to catch one of the cheaper flights to Chicago on Virgin America, it can be the the little joys that really make the whole thing part of a great day. The middle seat was not taken and I’m in Main Cabin Select on this flight, so I’ve got hella room and I’m nicely comfortable. I learned after my last coach flight that I’m all about paying for the upgrades to actually get more leg room; what can I say, I’m a big fucking guy.

Here’s some of the other stuff bouncing around in my head today:

  • I’m heading home to Chicago to see two of my old friends tie the knot to each other in my hometown. I’m actually nervous about this for a few reasons, but mostly because I just have a mixed set of emotions these days when it comes to weddings and/or “people getting married.” Maybe I’m jaded and I think it’s just the first time I’ve had to re-expose myself to such an event after my divorce. But I love my friends getting married and they’re happy together, so I’ll nut up and get over my sorry sack of feelings and have a great time. Saturday night in my hometown with a ton of old high school friends is also the indirect benefit of this whole anxiety fit, too, so I shouldn’t worry too much.
  • It really was scary watching the Hurricane Irene coverage, but I found particular comfort in one Twitter account by a New York Times reporter named Brian Stetler. His status updates (@brianstetler) on the on-the-ground reporting they were doing was pretty exhaustive and it gave me a birds-eye view of what was going on while the storm was pounding the East Coast. Hopefully everyone’s starting to dig out of the destruction.
  • My brother Tim is back blogging again. He keeps me amped on it and I like his publishing style and his ideas for posts, but if you don’t like skateboarding or know my family at all I’m not sure you’d get a whole lot out of it.
  • Watching CNN on a flight is pretty rad, except now I remember why I never watch news on television — once you’ve caught up on the news for the day, you should turn it off. I have not taken my own advice here, and with that, I think I’ll put on the X-Men: First Class now.
  • So I’m going home to a wedding and I don’t have any good shirts to where, so I packed one in a half-assed fashion first thing morning. But I’m pretty psyched because I think this means I just effectively forced myself to do some shopping while I’m home. Retail therapy…YAY.
  • I’m on this Google Chromebook that they give you for free at Terminal 2 (if you ask for one from the cute hipsters in Google Chrome t-shirts). Virgin America is offering it on any of the flights from SFO to ORD, and I think it deserves an official post on what I like and dislike about these little machines. But for the purposes of this post, that’s where my wifi is being provided and I consider it almost necessary in every case going forward that I fly Virgin and get them to let me borrow a computer and browse the internet for free on the four hour flight. That’s a nice perk.
  • In some hilarious way, I’m actually slightly concerned I didn’t do enough writing on the Phish shows/tour I saw this past month. I wrote up three reviews for Live Music Blog.com — part one, part two, and part three — totaling over 5,000 words. And yet I still have a ton of photos and videos that never made its way on the internet. Look for more on that coming soon, I guess.

That’s all for now, but I have two more hours of airborne time left so I may have another post or two today if I get the gumption.

Handjobs at a Phish show? YES PLEEZ?!

My buddy Aaron just forwarded me the message board fodder of the week with these hilarious clips from the Phish show at Hollywood Bowl earlier this month. Apparently this girl took some love medicine or something…

Apparently this has already made the rounds and it’s pretty clear it was not an isolated incident that night given how many YouTube clips were recorded. Let that be a lesson for all you young lot girls out there…

If you take the wrong drugs, you may turn into a compulsive hand-jobber to random strangers in Hollywood. At a Phish show.

Hilarious. And then that reminded me of some of my favorite moments of dialogue from Rushmore

Happy Friday, everyone.

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.



New tunes to download: The Dub Below (Outkast v. Dubstep)

The Dub Below presented by The Notes Music Group & SMKA (Produced by Justin Padron)

Track List:

1. Black Ice X Ellie Goulding – Lights
2. Rosa Parks X Rusko – Everyday
3. Bombs Over Baghdad X Freestylers – Cracks
4. International Players Anthem X Dillon Francis – Lassitude (Remix)
5. Wheelz Of Steel X Dillon Francis – Lassitude (Remix)
6. Jazzybelle X J Padron (Dubstep Remix)
7. Skew It On The Bar-b X Dillon Francis – Swagger Jagger (Remix)

Produced and Mixed by J Padron
Mastered by Max “Bedroom” Unruh


Special Thanks to Mike Walbert and Blake German of SMKA, Max Unruh, Cameron Padron, Kevin Cobb, and Will Umbaugh of the Notes music Group, Clark Candler, Paul Thomas, DJ Variable, Taylor Rorabaugh and everyone who enjoys and supports our music.

I’m digging this so far.

Reading list: Dear Coke Talk

Just added this new-to-me blog Dear Coke Talk to my Google Reader…check it out.

Here’s just one of the pearls of wisdom amongst a ton of sarcastic blog wit…

I’m tired of defeating myself. I just want to give in and take a pill and hope that colors become a little brighter. But I don’t want to lose a part of myself in the process. Do you think that anti-whatever pills are OK?

Psychopharmaceuticals aren’t magic beans. They won’t make the world a better place, nor will they steal your soul. They just modify your brain chemistry a bit, the result of which many find to be a benefit. If the pills work for you, great. If not, no big deal, and it doesn’t matter whether anyone else thinks they’re OK. It only matters what you think.

Good stuff.

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits…the East Coast?!

The New York Times just sent a news update to my inbox with the following headline: Earthquake Strikes East Coast; Epicenter Near Richmond, Va., U.S. Geological Survey Says. Weird, right?

Scary is more like it, I’m sure. I hope everyone is safe and sound; I’m sure it was pretty weird to experience and the first of such for millions of people never subjected to the occasional tremor like we are out here in the Bay Area.

That said, I’ve still only felt one minor jolt in my life and it was definitely enough to scare me. The force of an entire building moving with you is not something you ever want to experience or remember.

Lucas the cat is the coolest

I’m in Chicago for a few days this week and got to stop by my ex’s place yesterday to visit with my favorite cat in the whole wide world, Lucas. He was always relatively good to me even if he occasionally likes to bite people (i.e. my ex). I’m pretty sure he remembered me…