Montageman: A dude who writes

November 11, 2008

What’s Going On?

Filed under: random — Tags: , , , , , , , , — montageman @ 3:59 am

The election is finally over.  Yeah, it was last week, but whatever.  2 years of campaigning comes to an end.  I’m glad McCain didn’t win, but I don’t have the same elated feelings that others have about Obama.

The holidays are upon us. This year is going to be difficult.  It’s been about 6 weeks since my mom passed away, but I’m not even close to coming to terms with the whole ordeal.  Not sure what this time will bring or what the best course of action is going to be.

I’m really enjoying working at Trader Joe’s.  Every time I’m there, I get more excited about the work I’m doing.  It’s very physical labor, but at the same time, I am happy when I’m there and time flies.  Totally fun and engaging work – isn’t that what we all look for?

Been trying to keep up with Wii Fit.  It’s not easy.  15-30 minutes a day is hard to put together oddly.  Our days are so packed full of shit that I have difficulty finding 30 minutes to work out.  It’s a shame.  However, Wii Fit is an incredible game – it makes exercise fun and competitive, which is something all of us can use.  The success of The Biggest Loser on NBC should show us that competition is good when it comes to losing weight and being healthy.

Some music I’ve been into lately: Parliament, Metal Fingers (MF Doom), Girl Talk, Black Kids, TV on the Radio, Ike and Tina, Dudley Perkins, Quasimoto, Meiko Kaji, The Cramps, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Who and The Velvet Underground.

Going to Ann Arbor tomorrow to see Christopher.  Should be fun.  Don’t know where we’ll go to eat.  Krazy Jim’s? Zingerman’s? Ashley’s? All would be wonderful or maybe we’ll find some place new…


November 2, 2007

Of Obsessions

Filed under: beer, food, identity, laila — Tags: , , , , — montageman @ 10:29 pm

Jeff wrote about obsessions yesterday. As a new parent as well, I have been grappling with similar issues. I’m not making a soundtrack (although I think this is an excellent idea), rather I have been singing to Laila and transplanting her name into the song i.e. “Laila Battles the Pink Robots” or “Laila is a Punk Rocker”. There is some part of me that hopes in a few years she’ll share a love of the Flaming Lips, Ramones, and John Coltrane with me. Will it destroy me if she doesn’t? Doubtful, but I do want her to have a love of some type of music. Jazz, punk, funk, hip hop, pop, whatever – I’d love it if she was interested in music.

I am a consumer first and foremost. I am obsessed with music, food, beer, sports, video games, and whatever else crosses my path. I run a food blog, review beers over at, use avidly, upload 1000s of pictures to flickr, etc. All of my obsessions, require me to consume more and more. I can never try every beer, so I must always consume the one I’ve haven’t tried yet. I take a picture of each beer I try and each meal I make – the fleeting pleasure of eating and drinking can be lengthened by the image, but more than that, I am obsessed with uploading the pictures so that others can share in my pleasure, even if the it is only visual pleasure.

Will Laila be as obsessed with all of this stuff? Who knows? I can only hope that she’ll have something to love outside of her profession (as Jeff says). Thinking back, it was my parents that fostered my obsessive behavior. My mom and dad would travel all over to find toys and video game for my brothers and I, so I have always had a desire to have more than what was readily available, which plays into the pleasure of the search. Always searching for new beer, food, music, etc. Obsessions are insatiable – there is always more. Once the obsession becomes boring, move onto the next one! There is even space for an obsession within an obsession i.e. a love of beer turns into a love of the double IPA, so the obsession becomes localized. Localization inevitably leads to a dead end, so step back and look at the broad obsession again and localize elsewhere. It’s never ending!

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