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Sunday, November 17th, 2013
7:01 pm

Has anyone ever seen these things? They are called Rory's Story Cubes. The idea is to roll them and come up with a story that uses every cube. It is pretty tough! I've been doing it to get my brain to loosen up and break out of the usual stuff I think about.

This is a tough roll though... Something like, "We were in the woods behind the temple playing baseball..." I don't know. Just something I do sometimes. I'm curious if my niece and nephew will think these are fun.

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Thursday, November 7th, 2013
10:22 pm - Pee
I have to pee but I will write a livejournal instead of getting out of the warm bed with a heating pad on my sore back.

Today Frank and I started moving a few things into out new place. There is a dude who is still sort of in there but he is mostly out, I don't know man. It is a friend of the family rental sitaution, which is awesome, but things like a dude sort of still living there is the price we pay for cheap rent from a very nice person. Not a big deal, just want to get everything in. The place is so nice. It is the nicest place I have lived since my parent's house. It is so good. I'll try and post pictures. Can you post pictures on Livejournal? It is so nice I could probably cry about it. Like, some part of me really feels like I do not deserve it. You know when, on reality TV, the person gets something super nice they did not expect and they just cry about it? That is how I feel. The last few years have been so filled with bad things that it was starting to feel like that was just the way things were going to be. Like life would always even out to be sort of shitty. Big downers all the time. Turns out I just had to get away from the miserable people that were surrounding me. Why am I even talking about that stuff when I could be talking about the cool new place?

The thing about the new place is that we have like almost zero furniture. We have a pretty big budget for furniture but we also want to get pretty nice stuff, so there goes the big budget. I mean we have not spent anything really yet, except for a couple hundo on a cool couch. Gotta have a cool couch. But now we need other things for the living room. We can save a lot of money by not getting a big TV. That is probably the best way to save money. Some high school part of me wants to just watch TV and play video games all the time, but for now, that is not an option. For the time being I work my dream job. The are lots of sacrifices that I have to make to be able to just be an artist. Right now I don't get to just sit around and watch TV. I get to pace around my big new apartment and try to write some songs that no one else has come up with yet. Maybe after the next album is done and I need to turn my brain into mush I'll get a big screen. I'll start watching sports. It will be like meditation. There is something about TV that is close to being zen I think. When you really get into it, like a total veg out, the TV watching mind gets close to total inner peace. It isn't real spirituality though. Close, but not quite the same place as getting peaceful in the woods or listening to new age music or something.

Nothing against TV or watching TV or anything. Right now it is just not for me. Soon we won't even have the internet! That will make me weird for a couple days but then we will get used to it. I like when I have to work for the internet. Walk down to a coffee shop or whatever. That only works if I am not booking shows, which I am not.

Point Dume, the surf band, jammed today for the first time in months. It felt so good and natural. Instantly I remembered how much fun it is and why we were so excite about it. It just feels good to play some loud music! Frances got a new drum head for her snare and it is so tight and clean sounding now. Like a marching snare or something. So good. We are going to try and get the rest of the drums to sound good. You know what part of the secret was? Changing the bottom drumhead. I never even really thought about the bottom drumhead. Turns out that it sort of matters. I mean, it matters if you care about what a snare drum sounds like, which I guess we sort of do! Ha. Anyways, it was great yanking on the old whammy bar again. Big drops. I learned this funny thing called "gargling," I think it is called that. You turn the whammy bar around so it is sticking out the back of the guitar and when you hit a not you whack it with your palm. The bridge has to be floating a little off the body to do it. So the note goes up super quick but then sort of bounces a little before it gets back to normal. It is a shred guitar move invented by Steve Vai. I'm trying to work lots of weird techniques into surf guitar to mix it up a little bit so that things are not so static and boring. Also, I am really bad at playing like Dick Dale. I just am not good at the really fast picking thing that surf people like to do so much. But really, I have never felt like that was what "made" a song a surf song. The SONG makes it SURF. You know?

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
9:56 am - Louisville
Hanging out in Louisville. We don't get to move into our new place until Saturday. I've got a few projects going on but mostly I don't know what to do with my time. We have gone to about 20 places looking for furniture. Found some nice stuff. Only bought a couch so far.

I'm working on recording so surf rock christmas songs. Well, I've only really worked on "Poor Little Jesus."

I get so stressed out when I have too much time in a day. I feel like I am supposed to use every second of it. Even in bed I think, "I should watch this movie." I should be working. I should be experiencing. "Relaxing" is reading a book so that I can get to the next book. Maybe I just need to change the way I look at life. Maybe I slowly am. I read crappier books these days. When I was younger I felt like I should only read "good" books. I ended up reading a lot of books I did not want to read at all. Right now I am reading a Murder, She Wrote book. It is funny because it repeats itself a lot. I mean I'm only 40 pages in and I have read about how bad of a cook this one woman is like four times.

Life in Louisville is good though. Honest. I have trouble dealing with the choices I made for the past few years of my life. This feels like a fresh start. Feels good.

We set up the practice room in the basement last night. Put all the drums down there and the amp and stuff. Very excited to just jump back into it and make some music. See where it goes.

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Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
8:57 pm - Cleaning my room
Trying to make my room look more organized. So many little piles of stuff around. My desk can be neat and clean one day, a pile of stuff the next. Can't seem to keep up a clean room. Coming back from traveling and wanting a more functional house. Hanging up clothes instead of flopping laundry onto the floor after I wash it. A thing I often do is put things in boxes and then, years later, dig through the boxes. Need to get better at getting rid of things as I go. Sometimes it is hard to tell what memories are worth holding onto. Also, I buy postcards all the time and never do anything with them. So, I started just putting masking tape on the backs of cool ones and sticking them on the sides of bookcases. It doesn't look very professional but it gets them out of the boxes so I can see them.

Today Point Dume practiced again. Just ran through the set for tomorrow. Feeling pretty confident about it. We get 20 minutes to play but could probably play our entire set in 15 minutes easy. Did a quick photo shoot with Crystal so we can sell some crewnecks tomorrow. Walked to the Co-op, bought cranberries from the bog. Went to the antique mall but did not buy anything.

Bought a nutcracker today. Think I might make it a tradition to buy a nutcracker every year for the Christmas season. I really love the way they look. A nutcracker just makes me smile.


current mood: productive

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012
11:19 am - Tail Lights
I'm in Altoon, PA getting my brake lights fixed. Was pulled over last night at 10:30 just as I got on the expressway in New Paltz, NY. Wrote me a ticket but with the condition that I can get the lights repaired before "sundown" tonight. The thing is, as far as I can tell, this only applies if I get the lights fixed in the state of New York. I'm no longer in New York. Feeling very bummed that not only do I have to do this expensive repair but I might still get the ticket. I'm going to try and find a police station in Pittsburgh and see if they can fill out paperwork for me. We shall see.

Turns out that my tail light lenses are cracked and filling with water. The whole thing that holds the lights (on both sides) is corroded. So, $200.00 and so far three hours of sitting in Altoona. I'm very bummed out. Ate at a Denny's and feel a little better. Slept at a rest stop last night but woke up because it was so cold. Things are a little weird right now. Just booked a couple shows too far apart and hit some bad luck. No big deal. Need some perspective.

Other than that touring around has been fun. Drove my friend John to his parent's house in West Chester, PA on the 17th. Been playing shows up the east coast since then. Some big ones and some more cozy ones. No bad shows. One more tonight in Pittsburgh and then home.

Feeling good about Livejournal. I've been thinking about how I used to use this website. Even though it was't always the healthiest thing for me, it was always good to have a place to get out some feelings and memories and whatever else. So, I'm going to give it a shot again. Still seems to work.

My laptop is about to die. Time to go wander around this weird strip mall some more.

current mood: disappointed

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
1:13 pm
Hey Livejournal. I'm in Norwood, MA. Thick Boston accents. Been meaning to start using this thing again. Need to get back in the van and drive to Providence right now. Was inspired by a friend to Log In. Feels good.
Excited for some Christmas hang outs. Lots of babies to meet. Lots of food to eat.

current mood: groggy but good

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011
2:39 am - Netflix Member reviews
I'm hooked on reading the reviews on Netflix. They are so funny. You really have to dig to find the good ones. This is my current favorite...

Eve's Beach Party (1997)
Im not going to pretend like I watched this for the plot. I wanted to watch a softcore porn and do what nature intended for me to do while I watched it. That said, this is one to pass up. Its one of those romantic soft core porns where the music covers the sound of sex. Why do people do that? Its like replacing the gunfire sounds in Saving Private Ryan with farting. And every sex scene is all in slow motion and shows close-ups of unnecessary body parts. One time they showed the girls knee. Oh yeah, bend it baby. But as softcore porns go, pass this one up. Its un-erotic and just a waste of your time.

This one is pretty classic too:

Boat Trip (2003)
I thought that movie was a real bad movie, I was so serpriese to see Cuba Gooding Jr. and the two Laiding Ladies and even Roger Moore acting in a movie like this, I think they are better acter then this movie deserves. I thought the movie was fuuny in places but when I saw the pennis ice scolpcher and stuff and the naked wemen and sex stuff too it just turned me off and I turned the movie off and I also am telling every one I know not to rent it.

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
4:52 pm - Tour stuff
Just spent almost two hours eating a burrito and writing emails. My head is going so fast I can't believe it. Stressed to the max!
Yes, it was a big burrito!

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Saturday, January 8th, 2011
8:11 pm - rock n' roll email
Walked downtown to do some emailing today. I'm leaving for tour Feb. 1st but there are many shows left to book. Some are booked but I have no details. Some are just, "I'll get back to you after I talk to some people." Some are just totally not booked at all. The thing is I've been in a funk for a few days and just could not get myself to do anything.
Today I'm busting out of the funk and wrote about 25 emails. Came home and cleaned my room. Worked on cleaning my office a little. Things got pretty messy because some shelves were about to fall over. Turns out the dance party almost destroyed the storage shelves in the dance room. Glad nobody was injured. I didn't notice until I got back from Michigan. We danced the screws out of the walls and the shelves were at about a 25 degree angle. Both sides of the room. Yikes.
That is the news I guess. Just felt like writing for a second.

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Sunday, December 19th, 2010
9:29 pm - Packing
About to start packing for the christmas trip up to Michigan. I always bring too much stuff. This trip will be no different I'm sure. I just think of all the projects that I should be doing while I am gone and pack it all. Like I should be working on t-shirt designs, I know I won't, but I'll bring my paper and pens and maybe some markers or this weird tablet thing I draw on the computer with. I was even debating taking my scanner. What am I going to do with a scanner? Well, I have always wanted to scan some of my high school pictures. For facebook or whatever. It isn't like I actually am going to scan anything. It is just that I think about it as I am packing and it makes me feel like I should bring everything I own back to the house. Well, hopefully not this time. I'm going to double over-think the pack. That's right. I'll over-think over-thinking! Ha! Joke is on you Paul!

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010
7:25 pm - Booking
I'm at my house trying to get enough willpower together to go out into the world. I've been cleaning my room all day and it is looking good. The thing is, I don't need to be cleaning my room. I need to be writing e-mails to people about booking shows. I leave for tour on February 1st and only about half the tour is booked. This is not the end of the world of course, but it weighs on me. I really like to drink lots of pop while I write the booking e-mails. It is not the healthiest way to get things done but it has become a habit. Could be worse I know. It is almost beyond being a habit. It is on the edge of being a superstition. Like writing people from my house is not really doing it at all. I'm not doing it right if I do that. To really write a booking e-mail I have to go out and find a restaurant to hang out in for hours while I get work done. That is just the way it is. This started, I assume, because did not use to have internet at my house. Now that I have the internet I'm still hooked on the going out and drinking pop. I mean I have pop here I could be drinking. I could make burritos. I could do it all here. Something just doesn't work about it.

I did make a list of people to write to though. That is a step in the direction of getting things done. One small step.

Other than that, it snowed all night and everything is covered in snow. Surf band is coming along pretty well. We have a few originals and a couple covers. I'm very happy with the direction it is going. I'm way more into working on the surf band than working on solo stuff. Can't wait to play a show. Though we are not quite ready for a show.

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Monday, November 8th, 2010
5:58 pm - Office Hours
I'm trying something new today. I've decided that I'm going to give myself "Office Hours." Since I don't have a real job it is easy to let days go by without accomplishing very much. To combat this I'm setting aside two hours everyday to work on Paul Baribeau Industries. This means all the stuff that is not writing songs. That would be just working on Paul Baribeau the person. So, in honor of my Office Hours I am slacking off already and writing a Livejournal post. I just typed out the dates and cities for a tour my friend Kari and me are doing this winter (see below). Now I have to get them up on Myspace, which gets harder and harder as that website quickly destroys itself. Then I have to find people in all those towns that want to put on a show for Kari and I. Shouldn't be that hard. Now back to work!

1 - Columbus, OH
2 - Columbus, OH
3 - Louisville, KY
4 - Chattanooga, TN
5 - Pensacola, FL
6 - Tallahassee, FL
7 - Gainesville, FL
8 - Orlando, FL
9 - Ft. Myers, FL
10 - Miami, FL
11 - Somewhere south, FL
12 - St. Augustine, FL
13 - Charleston, SC
14 - Richmond, VA
15 - Manassas, VA
16 - D.C.
17 - Baltimore, MD
18 - Delaware
19 - Philly
20 - New Jersey
21 - New Jersey
22 - Philly
23 - New York
24 - New York
25 - New Paltz, NY
26 - Rhode Island
27 - Conneticut
28 - Boston
1 - New Hampshire
2 - Maine or Boston again
3 - Rochester, NY
4 - Buffalo, NY
5 - Cleveland, OH
6 - Lansing, MI
7 - Grand Rapids, MI
8 - Up North?
9 - Up North?
10 - Chicago, IL
11 - Chicago, IL
12 - Bloomington, IN

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Sunday, July 11th, 2010
3:40 pm - Tour Dates September 2010
Posting these tour dates here so that they are online. Still have to book this whole thing. Going out east with the band Busman's Holiday. Very excited about it.

1 - Chicago, IL
2 - Grand Rapids, MI
3 - Lansing, MI
4 - Cleveland, OH
5 - Buffalo, NY
6 - Syracuse, NY
7 - Boston, MA
8 - Worcester, MA
9- Providence, RI
10 - Connecticut
11 - New Paltz, NY
12 - New York, NY
13 - Philadelphia, PA
14 - Baltimore, MD
15 - D.C.
16 - Pittsburgh, PA
17 - Columbus, OH
18 - Cincinnati, OH
19 - Louisville, KY
20 - Bloomington, IN

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
4:00 pm - Hot as Hell
This reminds me so much of making music with my friends in Michigan. Makes me miss the old days.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010
6:22 pm - Money, inspired by Cathy
Just picked up my car from the shop. I'm out about 700 dollars on a bunch of little repairs. Brakes, a new battery, power steering belt, and spark plugs. I'm very glad that I finally got the repairs done. It was eating at me for the last few months. Just never felt like the right time to do it. Or it felt like i didn't have enough money. Well, I got it done anyway. Found a real nice play, real nice guys that actually know about Subaru cars. The day before I took it in I drove around all crazy trying to decide if I should get it fixed or not. I've been putting it off for so long though.

Frances and I are leaving for tour in a few days and I am broke. I've got enough to pay the rent for the month that I will be gone, but not much more.

I put out my new CD myself, which means that it costs me a lot of money. If I can sell them I will make more than if I had a label do it. The problem is paying for everything upfront is hard on my bank account. Saying good-bye to a thousand dollars is rough. But in theory the money comes back and I can pay rent and repair my car for another year.

I don't even know what I'm saying. Mostly I'm just feeling really overwhelmed with not having much cash and needing to make it all the way to the west coast.

Some good news is that Frank and I are going to California!

More good news is that I'll have vinyl records in about a month or so. No Idea Records, where I used to work, is putting it out. Excited to see it.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
2:07 pm - Dreamjournal
I dreamed that my Grandma from Grand Haven had kept an elephant in her garage. After her funeral everyone went to her house and I got to meet the elephant. He could talk and was very easy to get along with. I rubbed his head and said, "Is this okay?" He said, "Yes, that is very nice." Turned out that most of the family wasn't impressed with the elephant. They were more concerned with how it would be taken care of. I kept thinking that I would love to take care of the elephant. Mostly, I just thought he shouldn't be living in a garage. Also, why didn't anyone tell me about him before?
What the family was excited about was this man who was coming over. He was 109 feet tall. When he did come we could barely see his face because it was so high above us. He was nice but a little arrogant. I would have rather been able to spend more time with the talking elephant.

The night before I dreamed that the class of '98 had to go back to school. We were all hanging out again in a weird high school and everyone thought it was the dumbest thing. Most everyone just went along with it. Shrugging their shoulders.

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
1:59 pm
Today I'm planning to buy the body for my telecaster project guitar. I'm pretty nervous about it. The body is the least of my concerns though. Mostly I'm not sure what the pickguard color should be. So I Made up this little chart of possible neck pickguard combos. Pretty cool right?


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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
5:17 pm
So for the last month or so I've been thinking a lot about building "partscaster" guitar. That being a Telecaster that I buy all the parts for and put together myself. I would do this, not because it would save me money, but because nobody makes the guitar that I want. The plan is to keep the project to under 1,000 dollars. This means that I will paint the guitar myself. Which means it might end up looking kind of unprofesh, but whatever. The color I'm going for is called "shell pink." It looks like this...
But I will put a black pickguard on it and a whammy bar and a stratocaster headstock. Like this...
But that is just a drawing. And this is just a dream. lol.

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

Last night I got a splinter in my foot. I thought I pulled it out but there is still a little piece in there. The splinter is right in that nice soft part behind the toes. So, it hurts whenever I step on that foot at all. I put some Triple Antibiotic Ointment on a band-aid over it and slept that way to try and draw it out. It did not seem to work. I'll give it another day and then have a daring friend try to remove it.

For a few months I was waking up and writing three pages every day in a composition book. It helped me get ideas going and get out all the bad complaining early in the day. That way when it was time to "work" on songs I did not just want to write about my stupid landlord or money or whatever else I complain about in it. Since I finished the album I haven't been writing my three pages. It is a real pain, three pages takes a long time, but I don't think I could have completed the songs without it. Last night though, I had an amazing dream and just had to wake up and right it all down. It involved Willy Nelson piloting an airplane that I was on, hanging out where a fashion magazine is made, and taking a crazy cross-country trip with my ninth grade girlfriend. Mostly the dream was her and I hanging out and lots of joking around.

All I have been doing for the last few months is making a new CD. There have been little trips and breaks and movie making and fun and everything else but mostly, always, I have been trying to make the new CD. So, now it is done. It feels great. I set so many deadlines that I did not meet. But now I have it and can go on tour again. The vinyl is going to be put out on No Idea Records soon too. The weird thing is that I was looking so forward to being done so I could do other things. My brain has kind of stopped working though. I don't want to do other things, I don't want to do anything. Maybe my head just needs a break.

The main thing I do for fun now is think about guitars. I love guitars so much. Guitars are so beautiful. Since nobody I know cares about guitars I have started reading message boards about guitars. Sometimes I even respond and talk to people I don't know about how cool a Surf Green Telecaster looks with a rosewood neck, or how beautiful Fiesta Red looks on a Stratocaster. Fiesta Red is my favorite guitar color of all time. To me, it is exactly the color of rock and roll. It is red, but it is pink, and somehow orange. Fiesta Red is passion and fun and love and heartbreak and summertime.

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
12:43 am - RPG
I keep having dreams about monsters. Specifically, the monsters that are in role playing games. Last night I dreamed that I was in a building where monsters lived. It was like a monster embassy I guess. The monsters lived there and no humans were supposed to bother them. Well, me and my gang got inside because we had on halloween masks. The monsters were going to kill us if they found out. There was a lot of "oh man I better put my mask back on." The weird part was there was this beautiful human girl, maybe a princess of some sort, living among the monsters. The trick was she had to be really gross. So, she gets in the pool and is swimming around and goes number two. Matt Tobey is with me and says, "that is too much, I'm going to throw-up." Which he then does. I on the other hand go swimming with the beautiful princess. She was cool.

The thing is that almost every other night I have a similar dream. Monsters want to kill me and I am sneaking around.

The other thing is that my roommates are gone for the week and I don't want to have dreams with crazy horrible looking things walking around talking to me. Though the dreams might sound lighthearted, they are in fact quite stressful.

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