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Updates!

June 13, 2010

Hey all.  It’s been a while.  Check it out!

I’m featured in the first issue of the completely rad Razzle Dazzle!  I wrote a little piece about my NES collection.  I believe it’s “page 8”.

Also, for those of you who are too cool for myspace, Bling Theatre has a fancy facebook page. Befriend us, or like us, or whatever the hell people do on facebook.

And most importantly, Cheese Weed is now a force to be reckoned with on the ol’ internets. For those of you not in the know, Cheese Weed was the first (and greatest?) punk band I was ever in. We rocked the face off of everyone who had the misfortune of seeing us live. Do yourself a favor and give it a thorough listening. 🙂

Bling Theatre

February 23, 2010

So, I’m the DJ for a popular hip hop group here in Portland.  Check out our tunes here:

Bling Theatre

Listen to our songs, become our “friend”, leave us a comment, blah blah blah.  Thanks.

Who the hell blogs anymore?

October 22, 2009

So it’s been, what….almost a YEAR since my last blog post?  Twitter has ruined me as a blogger.  Oh well.  If you want to see what’s happening in my life these days, go to twitter.com/n8duke.  However, I felt like I had something to say, so here goes:

For those of you who don’t know, I got married in July.  The wedding was a lot of fun, and I couldn’t be happier.  However, planning a wedding takes a hell of a lot of time and energy.  Yikes.  I did not have time to plan a bachelor party beforehand, so I had my stag night two weeks ago.

I flew into Chicago to hang out with my good friend and ex-Cheese Weed member, Matt Zatkoff.  On the plane ride there I saw something I’ve always wanted to see….another plane flying in the opposite direction.  I just happened to look out the window at the exact right moment, and saw this little plane ZOOM by underneath my plane at a crazy speed.  It was amazing.  I guess I always figured that one would see that kind of thing all the time, but that was my first time.  🙂

Upon arriving in Chicago, Matt and I went to work.  He was shooting a music video (http://www.vimeo.com/7194130) for a reggae/hip hop group at a night club, and I tagged along as the lighting guy.  The whole experience was hysterical.  These dudes must have dropped a TON of money on this video…hiring a camera crew & hot dancing ladies, renting out the club, etc.  The highlights included one of the members ‘tricking’ the hot lady into feeding him a whipped-cream covered strawberry with her mouth, being told we were ‘the coolest whiteboys’ they knew, and the depressingly small amount of people who showed up for the ‘live’ shots.

The next day, Matt went off to work and I hung out Teresa.  We played games, were amazed by Bumpity Boo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPghzjAytBM), and listened to old Cheese Weed tapes (more on that later).  At one point, I was sitting on the couch, and Matt & Teresa’s African Gray Parrot (Greybird) attacked me and tried to bite off my thumb.  I bled.

After meeting up with Evelyn, James, and Sean for Indian food, we went to the Vic Theatre to see THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS!  TMBG is my all time favorite band.  They were on tour for their new science themed kids album, but in select cities, to celebrate the 20th anniversary, they played the entire Flood album.  It was incredible.  The entire sold out crowd was dancing and singing every word to every song.  Great fun.

The next day I woke up and headed to James’s house to meet his new five week old daughter, Brennan.  She is a hilariously cute little alien.  I brought her one of my favorite childhood books, The Story of Ferdinand.  She said thanks by pooping in my hand.  🙂

That evening we met up with David and Adam, and we all went to the final show of Riot Fest.  I got to fulfill a 15 year dream to see Screeching Weasel.  I can’t think of anything else I’ve wanted to do for half of my life.  It was amazing.  There were 5000+ people at the show.  And, again, everyone there was signing every word to every song.  They didn’t even need a mic.  I’ve only been to three shows like that in my life….Screeching Weasel, TMBG (the night before), and Gorilla Biscuits.  YEAH!

After Alkaline Trio bored us to tears, we headed out to the ‘secret show after party’ featuring one of my favorite new bands: Teenage Bottlerocket.  It was free, and totally awesome.  I can’t wait to see ’em again in PDX on Nov 13th.

So, that was my bachelor party.  Fuckin’ A!

Aside from Indiana….

November 5, 2008

So, my prediction was pretty damn close as far as which states would go for who in the election last night.  The only one I didn’t call (and besides my dad, who would have) was Indiana.  Insanity.  mine

Elizabeth Tucker Merner

June 15, 2007

My grandmother died late sunday night in Roseburg Oregon. It was great to be able to be there with all of my family, but it was really sad as well. Hannah wrote a very touching story to be read at the funeral service. I cried and laughed a lot this weekend. Here’s her obit:

Elizabeth Tucker Merner

(91) died, surrounded by loved ones, at a local care center on Sunday, June 10, 2007, after a long and difficult struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on November 17, 1915, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she graduated from Macalester College in 1937. She met her husband, Jack Merner, in New Haven, Connecticut, where they both attended Yale Divinity School. He served as pastor and she as his helpmate in Seattle, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; River Falls, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; and Roseburg, Oregon. Betty, as she was known to friends and family, served as director of Christian Education and Sunday School Superintendent in several churches, and she developed and wrote Christian Education curriculum for the United Church of Christ. She was a 70-year member of the PEO Sisterhood. She worked for the Portland Public Schools for ten years until her retirement in 1975. She is survived by her husband, Jack Merner; by daughters, Leslie Duke of Noblesville, Indiana; and Sarah Merner of Seattle, Washington; by her sister, Phyllis Jahnke and many nieces and nephews, and by her grandchildren, Nathan, Eli and Hannah Duke and Gavin, Andrew and Fiona McKibben. Services will be held at the Roseburg Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Roseburg Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the PEO Sisterhood.

Leave it to Christians.

March 31, 2007

I read this article this morning and it made me sick. If you want to see the original artwork that most people won’t get to see because of closeminded idiots still living in the dark ages, click here

Art Tea

February 28, 2007

Ingrid got me an art tea to try. I’ve always wanted to give ’em a go, and it was just as awesome as I thought it’d be. You can get more info here and here.

art teas

I also went to my first unicycle practice last night. According to some people that I talked to there, Minnesota has one of the biggest unicycle clubs in the world. Yeah, the world. At any rate, it was great, but I’m kinda sore…and I didn’t really get the hang of it yet. But I’m sure after a few more practices, I’ll be a really circus freak.

My day.

February 17, 2007

Here are some of the highlights:

1) I beat Kid Icarus for the first time today. I must say that I enjoyed it, but the ending was kinda lame. However, I really like in video game credits when they thank the player for playing. it’s sweet.

2) I took out my tongue ring. It had been irritating my gums/teeth for a while, and I just thought now is as good a time as any to get rid of it. If I miss it too much, I’ll just repierce it. I got it done in some crazy lady’s living room in Indianapolis in July of 1998 with Ian and Shane. So I had it for 8 and a half years. That’s nuts.

3) I got an amazing Su Doku book. It’s “Su Doku Fiendish” which means that all of the puzzles are really tough. It’s exactly what I need ’cause, not to toot my wn horn but, I am pretty damn good at sudoku, and regular ones are kind of a joke to me.

4) I went out to eat at “Spoon River” which I really enjoyed. Spoon river is an organic/sustainable/local restaraunt in downtown mpls. I had some pretty kick ass spicy potato ravioli in curry sauce and an “urban s’more” which featured home made marshmallows and home made chocolate ice cream on the side. Booyah!

5) I just watched the new episode of Lost. Pretty damn good, if you ask me.

Amazing art projects.

February 6, 2007

I totally wanna do something like this at my house.

Day 359 – Try to single-handedly change fashion

January 5, 2007

It didn’t work.

fashion #1

fashion #2

Points earned: 2
Total points: 871