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THE JOURNEY

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

This is the curation of experiences and events that led me to where I am and that will lead me to where I will go.

One of the best dates that I can’t really remember. Sorry for partying?

One of the best dates that I can’t really remember. Sorry for partying?

Was this the night the first brick of the foundation was laid? Maybe. 
She was slightly impressed she said, but the truth lies in her smile.
Ballroom dancing skills will always sweep a girl off her feet.

Was this the night the first brick of the foundation was laid? Maybe. 

She was slightly impressed she said, but the truth lies in her smile.

Ballroom dancing skills will always sweep a girl off her feet.

A man who’s character was immutable and his influence eternal.  A man of principles. A man who may have very well been the embodiment of virtue, truth and love. I am proud to call you my brother, Timothy Ryan Dyson. You took us at our worst and helped us reach our best, and for that I can never repay you. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your impact in my life. I’m going to miss you more than you can imagine. In Eternal LOVE & RESPECT, Gopher.

A man who’s character was immutable and his influence eternal.  A man of principles. A man who may have very well been the embodiment of virtue, truth and love. I am proud to call you my brother, Timothy Ryan Dyson. You took us at our worst and helped us reach our best, and for that I can never repay you. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your impact in my life. I’m going to miss you more than you can imagine. In Eternal LOVE & RESPECT, Gopher.

When Kaitlin “decorated” my room for my birthday. 

When Kaitlin “decorated” my room for my birthday. 

I knew digging through a box of my past would drudge up old memories, I was just hoping they wouldn’t be bad ones.
Amy Smith, I could write a book on the amount of emotional scarring you left me with. The life lessons you imparted on me. Old enough to understand, but still too young to comprehend. We were just kids, pretending to be adults, doing adult things kids had no business doing. I thought I was in love. You were just in lust. You severed it in the end, a clean cut, precise like a surgeon at his craft. Only now can I fully comprehend the gift you left me with. A better understanding of people, of relationships. A scrutinous eye. You taught me to start thinking with my head, and not my heart. Thank you for that…

I knew digging through a box of my past would drudge up old memories, I was just hoping they wouldn’t be bad ones.

Amy Smith, I could write a book on the amount of emotional scarring you left me with. The life lessons you imparted on me. Old enough to understand, but still too young to comprehend. We were just kids, pretending to be adults, doing adult things kids had no business doing. I thought I was in love. You were just in lust. You severed it in the end, a clean cut, precise like a surgeon at his craft. Only now can I fully comprehend the gift you left me with. A better understanding of people, of relationships. A scrutinous eye. You taught me to start thinking with my head, and not my heart. Thank you for that…

Used to be a huge Taking Back Sunday fan in high school and early college. Of all their songs, this is my favorite. Maybe it’s because these lines resonate so well with my past…

"She says live up your your first impression

Well my best side was your worst invention

Why can’t you live without the attention?”

It’s weird how everything comes full circle…
Today I bought a Zune Pass. Thought I’d give it a try. First thing I downloaded was the soundtrack to “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” by Ennio Morricone. I don’t know what it is, but his work is amazing!
Then I started browsing the Top 100 to see what’s new and worth listening to. I learned a few things from that. It’s full of shit, and music today all sounds the same/sounds like shit.
Then I decided to look up “Dynamite Hack”. I’m not sure why. I’ve looked them up for the last 11 years, hoping to find something new but to no avail. So why try again today? Who knows. But I did, and was pleasantly surprised.
Their new album “How To Break Up A Band” finally came out. It only took 9 years. And I’m thoroughly pleased.
To give you a background, It’s 2000. I’ve listened to the RHCP’s “Californication” album to death. I see an album called “Superfast” by Dynamite Hack. It seems familiar, yet not. I pick it up. I realize where I know them from. They came out with that shitty cover of “Boyz N Tha Hood” by Eazy E. “Great, there goes wasted money” I thought. But I decided to give the album a spin anyway, and I was thorougly impressed. The rest of the album was REALLY good, it was just that stupid song that sucked, which is ironic because it got the most radio play and people hated it. Weird how that works.
2001 I find their website and they have a shit ton of demos and B-sides on it. Stuff that didn’t make the cut or would be on the album. Very rough, unfinished stuff. I downloaded every last crappy recording and played them incessantly, waiting to hear the polished, finished versions on their next, new album in 2002.
But 2002 came and went, and nothing, Not a blip. Then in 2003, their site was taken down. Then in 2004 I found out that their label dropped them. Every year, I would check up on them via a Google search with nothing new.
And now, 9 years later, the shit quality demos I’ve been listening to finally have that polished sound. Of course the sound seems dated. Not the quality, but the influence, but I like it. It takes me back.
It’s not for everyone. It’s clearly an alternative rock sound. These guys toured with Weezer and Marvelous 3 back in the day. But if you’re feeling up to it, and have a Zune Pass, check them out.
To me, the most noteworthy songs are: Ross’s Plea, Communication Problems, and Planet Cleaner.

It’s weird how everything comes full circle…

Today I bought a Zune Pass. Thought I’d give it a try. First thing I downloaded was the soundtrack to “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” by Ennio Morricone. I don’t know what it is, but his work is amazing!

Then I started browsing the Top 100 to see what’s new and worth listening to. I learned a few things from that. It’s full of shit, and music today all sounds the same/sounds like shit.

Then I decided to look up “Dynamite Hack”. I’m not sure why. I’ve looked them up for the last 11 years, hoping to find something new but to no avail. So why try again today? Who knows. But I did, and was pleasantly surprised.

Their new album “How To Break Up A Band” finally came out. It only took 9 years. And I’m thoroughly pleased.

To give you a background, It’s 2000. I’ve listened to the RHCP’s “Californication” album to death. I see an album called “Superfast” by Dynamite Hack. It seems familiar, yet not. I pick it up. I realize where I know them from. They came out with that shitty cover of “Boyz N Tha Hood” by Eazy E. “Great, there goes wasted money” I thought. But I decided to give the album a spin anyway, and I was thorougly impressed. The rest of the album was REALLY good, it was just that stupid song that sucked, which is ironic because it got the most radio play and people hated it. Weird how that works.

2001 I find their website and they have a shit ton of demos and B-sides on it. Stuff that didn’t make the cut or would be on the album. Very rough, unfinished stuff. I downloaded every last crappy recording and played them incessantly, waiting to hear the polished, finished versions on their next, new album in 2002.

But 2002 came and went, and nothing, Not a blip. Then in 2003, their site was taken down. Then in 2004 I found out that their label dropped them. Every year, I would check up on them via a Google search with nothing new.

And now, 9 years later, the shit quality demos I’ve been listening to finally have that polished sound. Of course the sound seems dated. Not the quality, but the influence, but I like it. It takes me back.

It’s not for everyone. It’s clearly an alternative rock sound. These guys toured with Weezer and Marvelous 3 back in the day. But if you’re feeling up to it, and have a Zune Pass, check them out.

To me, the most noteworthy songs are: Ross’s Plea, Communication Problems, and Planet Cleaner.

Tagged with:  #2000  #2011  #life  #experience  #music  #Dynamite Hack
"I’m With You" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Came out today, picked it up today. First physical album/disc I’ve purchased in 3 years. Everything else has been digital. There’s something nostalgic about unwrapping shrink wrap, peeling off tape, opening the case and putting a disk in the drive. I miss it.
Anyway, expected mediocrity. Especially after 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.
HOLY FUCK! Actually really impressed. Blown away. Different but familiar. Odd. 
"I like the sound of your articulations"

"I’m With You" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Came out today, picked it up today. First physical album/disc I’ve purchased in 3 years. Everything else has been digital. There’s something nostalgic about unwrapping shrink wrap, peeling off tape, opening the case and putting a disk in the drive. I miss it.

Anyway, expected mediocrity. Especially after 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.

HOLY FUCK! Actually really impressed. Blown away. Different but familiar. Odd. 

"I like the sound of your articulations"

And then there was Kelly Bredahl…

Honestly, looking back, what the fuck was I thinking?

And therein lies the details. I wasn’t thinking.

It was summer of 2001. I decided to take Driver’s Ed since I’d be turning 16 in a few weeks. I mean, why wait at the DMV when I can take a class and get credit for it in high school, right?

So I’m sitting there, out in the hot Florida heat on a set of bleachers under a giant tent waiting for my turn. This is pre iPod/mp3 players, so I’m rocking my Sony Walkman CD player with headphones and the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Californication album. Up walks Kelly, who pulls off my head phones and asks “What’re you listening to?”

I’m half shocked/pissed at such a bold move and half mesmerized by the cute girl in shorts and a t-shirt standing in front of me. So I tell her and her response what “No way! I love RHCP! What’s your name?”

I replied, “Mike.”

She said “I’m Kelly. What’s your last name, Mike?”

I said “Murphy.”

And that’s when it started. “You need a nickname. How about Murph?”

Who was I to say no? So I said, “As long as I can give you a nickname. How about Special K?” (Talk about the lamest line I’ve ever used…)

But she said yeah, and it was set from then on. Kelly was new at school and a year younger. I would be a junior and she would be a sophmore. She had gone to Bishop Moore the prior two years, but her sister went to Apopka (Christi was a year ahead of me) and was a tennis star at school. Kelly was equally a star when she stepped onto the court. Everyone was talking about the new girl, and I was the first to catch her eye.

She was the first one since Amy, and came before Trisha. Oh, the trouble we got into. It was fun at the time. Hanging out, hooking up, no strings attached. We were dating, but we knew it wouldn’t last and we knew it wasn’t serious. 

It was a crucial learning experience in my young adolescent life. I had been absolutely murdered in my first serious relationship with Amy and didn’t want to endure anything like that. And I wasn’t ready to try anything like that either. So we clicked. And it rans it’s course. Over the next 2 years (my Junior and Senior year) we would have “run ins” and help one another out. And eventually, that carried over to the early college years, as evidence of this photo.

She was a pretty promiscuous girl. I was smart enough to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. My friends? Not so much. If only I could count the numbers of the hearts she broke of my friends. Leaving Brad for Pat. Cheating on Pat by fucking some random dude in the ocean at Spring Break. Sleeping with Pat’s best friend. The list goes on and on. They all fell for her. Some would say I was socially retarded for not trying to seriously date this hot girl. I’d like to say I was smart. Ahead of the curve. Really, I was just a coward and cautious because I didn’t want to get my heart broken again. In the end, I came out the better for it. 

Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend

Tagged with:  #2007  #love  #life  #experience  #Dogs  #college