Monday, February 12, 2007

I was practically flying, I tell you

Today's commute was infinitely shorter than Thursday's: 1 hour and 5 minutes to get to work, and a mere 1 hour and 15 minutes to get home. I shaved 45 minutes off Thursday's time! Teleporting would only have been marginally faster.

But when I got to work, I found that my computer had perished over the weekend - wouldn't even start, and when I called IT they told me that there were 60 calls logged ahead of mine. And do you know what the worst part is? Not the work that isn't getting done, oh no; it's that I can't listen to any music because it's all on my computer. So in a way, I am happy for the long commutes, as I can get my ear candy fix.

Another thing that has been accomplished on the longer commutes, is that Eva and I have figured out the possible scenarios that led to the supposed Jesus and Mary Chain reunion at Coachella this year.

As you know Jim and William Reid have not spoken in years, and we believe that William now lives in a cave somewhere in Scotland after his ill-fated run for Scottish parliament. Jim is busy living in America. So we figure it was up to bassist Douglas Hart to get things rolling, with a phone call to Jim. With our best Scottish accents, we script the phone conversations that have been taking place, as Douglas attempts to talk Jim into the idea of a reunion, tries to borrow a bass guitar as his was sold for smack long ago,and organizes a gig at the Bonny Brae Nursing Home to finance the trip. On the way to work tomorrow, perhaps Douglas will come up with a plan for enticing William out of exile to rejoin the band in the California desert (or at least at the Bonny Brae). Hold the presses - I certainly hadn't heard about this!

I'm thinking that a road trip with the Jesus and Mary Chain would be rather faithful to this video for Sometimes Always. We can't for the life of us figure out how they got those cowboy hats on over their hair.

And because one JAMC video only wets the appetite, so here's another classic - Happy When It Rains. Now who thought it was a good idea to give the boys so much smack before the big video shoot?


Allison said...

This post made me smile, thanks. I don't know what's more hilarious, the scenarios, or the idea of you and Eva talking in Scottish accents, playing out the conversations. Sounds like you have fairly good commutes, despite everything.

Its sure good that mic stand was there, standing up would have been very difficult without it. But you know, I often find myself chasing the light reflections on the wall.

And two of my favourite JAMC songs. You win.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Turns out all our scenerious are a trifle off, Allison. In real life, apparently Douglas Hart isn't involved in the reunion at all (probably too busy with the Bonny Brae gigs), but both Jim and William are confirmed!!!!!

See me jumping up and down?

But the shadow chasing, Al, you been hanging out with the Reid boys too much.

Leazwell said...

Yikes, I would be furious to get to work after that commute and find my tools unusable. How do you keep your cool?

Karen said...

It seems Mondays are no good for computers. Yesterday, I had to plug in my portable heater due to the chill in the office. Moments after my next door cubicle mate plugged in hers, everything plugged into both outlets blew up. Ok, not literally - we just blew a breaker but it was quite dramatic and we had to call someone to help us.

Toccata said...

Looks like this summer is turning into a banner year for reunions.

This post reminded me of Paul McCartney saying he talks to John every night. What? The two of you hadn't talked in years when he was alive!

Barbara said...

Yesterday my work computer was really really slow... and I was concerned... better that than broken I guess. I am the Barbara with the bed temper today... I snapped at Allan on the stroumboulopouli today and snapped back at CFRB re:the Strombo show. I think the stress of getting ready to move and looking for a new job is getting to me a tad.
Are we switching the blog over to new blogger? What was the conclusion?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's weird, Leazwell, when something happens to my own computer, I am just sick about it, but given that this was my work one, meh, it'll get fixed when it gets fixed. I guess that says something (perhaps not so nice) about my priorities.

How dramatic, Karen! They'll be talking about the day that Karen blew up the office for years to come. Did you at least get a stripper-fireman show up to deal with it?

It seems to be true, Toccata; must be something to do with a yearning for past glories or something. Comes with the age.
Pfft, Paul MacCartney, what a poseur he is. Always my least favourite Beatle.

I've been noticing the internetz being pretty slow lately, Barbara W. Allan can be a bit of a horse's ass, but he does make some valid points sometimes. Sure is verbose, though.
I would have thought that Blogger would have forced the switch by now, as on mine I was forced to switch in order to log in. I say go for it.

Mellowlee said...

Aw, bummer about the work computer, sorry to hear that :O( Hope it's fixed soon. Very good you have a laptop eh :O)

I loooooove that first video!

justacoolcat said...

"Now who thought it was a good idea to give the boys so much smack before the big video shoot"

It was my idea, but I have no idea where they got the drugs.

So ( no work computer = Home early) ?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Meh, it's only work, Mel, it's not like it's interfering with my blogging or something important.
That video for Sometimes Always IS pretty great, isn't it? It's such a pretty song and Hope whatshername has such a lovely voice. Jim is actually a pretty good little actor too, and rather sweet-looking back in the day.

No work computer = home earlyish, JustA, although it could have been a lot earlier in my humble opinion.
I think it was the combination of the drugs that the JAMC took and the sound spanking you gave them, which apparently they enjoyed far too much, that resulted in the mic stand stumbling.

Barbara said...

OK I switched it over to new blogger now. Let me know if you have any problems..
I am having trouble with emails not getting through... can you email the group about it.. same password ect.. should be no problems...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for switching it, Barbara W. It'll be evident on everybody's dashboard.

Will said...

Seems like a whole lot is coming out of the JAMC camp - all at once. Maybe they finally got around to seeing Lost in Translation and were like, "Oh my ... of all the romantic, melancholy tunes in all the world, they played ours. We must put aside our differences and reunite!"

Either that or they saw the Police were reuniting and realized they were way better than the Police so they decided to stick it to Sting.

How on earth do they have 60 calls logged ahead of you? How did you kill all the time in between?

Deb said...

you are so damned entertaining...even your tags are good.

Johnny Yen said...

Sometimes Always is one of my all time favorites. I had a hell of a time finding it for ages because I thought it was called "You Went Away But Now You're Back."

I had no idea until a couple of years ago that it was Mazzy Star singing on that one. Her "Fade Into To You" is another one that makes me stop and listen if I hear it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wouldn't be too surprised if they did just get around to seeing Lost in Translation, Will, although the cynic in me is wondering if the fact that both Jim and William have solo albums to promote might have some impact. Regardless of the motivation, I am thrilled beyond words and if anybody makes it to Coachelle this year (hint, hint) I would love to see some footage or a few pictures.
How did I fill my time at work while computerless? Getting all those other things done which I have been putting aside.

Aww, you're too kind, Deb. I like coming up with titles and labels and such because they don't take much of an attention span.

Sometimes Always was the first JAMC song I fell in love with, Johnny Yen. It's very accessible, compared to songs like Upside Down, and so pretty. I've actually not listened Mazzy Starr at all, but Hope Sandovl does a great job on Sometime Always. I definitely need to track down Fade Into You.