Be-be-beef or pork

Back to the Future was easily my favorite film trilogy growing up, with Back to the Future II being my absolute favorite. I was amazed by the future. I wanted to go to the future, and get clothes that would shrink to me, and shoes that would lace themselves, and a hoverboard. Oh, a hoverboard. I dreamt of the hoverboard nightly and swore that they’d be released to the general public. I wanted to break my neck on one so badly.

In Back to the Future II, we see Marty McFly go to the year 2015, and it is HELLA AWESOME. (For the full plot, check here. Also, watch the original trailer.) We watch Marty venture out into central square of Hill Valley from the side alley where he and Doc arrived in the flying DeLorean. There are cars taking off into the sky, hoverboards, people looking futuristic, and a 3-D movie advertisement for JAWS that appears to eat McFly whole. Again, it is HELLA AWESOME.

My favorite part is where he ventures into Cafe 80’s and we see a video waiter taking orders. It’s Michael Jackson. And he’s trying to sell a girl a fajita tortilla pita.

“Try our La Bamba fajita tortilla pita. It’s got a hot salsa, avocados, cilantro mix, with your choice of beans, chicken, be-be-beef, or pork…”

Déjà vu

I experience déjà vu every once in a while. While there has been ‘scientific research’ done and it’s been theorized as an anomaly of memory, I love the feeling that I know what’s going down as it’s going down. I experience physical, auditorial, and visual déjà vu. The below ‘scientific explanation is fascinating as it states déjà vu is caused by the brain storing content into memory before the conscious portion processes it. So, déjà vu, based on the below ‘scientific theory,’ is not a precognition, but a defect in the brain.

Déjà vu has been subjected to serious psychological and neurophysiological research. Scientifically speaking, the most likely explanation of déjà vu is not that it is an act of “precognition” or “prophecy”, but rather that it is an anomaly of memory; it is the impression that an experience is “being recalled”.

This explanation is substantiated by the fact that the sense of “recollection” at the time is strong in most cases, but that the circumstances of the “previous” experience (when, where and how the earlier experience occurred) are quite uncertain. Likewise, as time passes, subjects can exhibit a strong recollection of having the “unsettling” experience of déjà vu itself, but little or no recollection of the specifics of the event(s) or circumstance(s) they were “remembering” when they had the déjà vu experience.

In particular, this may result from an overlap between the neurological systems responsible for short-term memory (events which are perceived as being in the present) and those responsible for long-term memory (events which are perceived as being in the past). In other words, the events would be stored into memory before the conscious part of the brain even receives the information and processes it. The delay is only of a few milliseconds, and besides, already happened at the time the consciousness of the individual is experiencing it.

Also, in neural studies, more fascinating stuff:

In the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, it was widely believed that déjà vu could be caused by the mis-timing of neuronal firing. This timing error was thought to lead the brain to believe that it was encountering a stimulus for the second time, when in fact, it was simply re-experiencing the same event from a slightly delayed source. A number of variations of these theories exist, with miscommunication of the two cerebral hemispheres and abnormally fast neuronal firing also given as explanations for the sensation.

Usually when I talk about déjà vu it happens shortly after. My neurons should mis-timely fire in the next week, I deduce.

Loretto Chapel Staircase

I’ve found one reason to go to New Mexico, the Loretto Chapel Staircase.

The architect of the Chapel, Antoine Mouly, died suddenly and it was only after much of the chapel was constructed that the builders realized it was lacking any type of stairway to the choir loft.

Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph’s intercession for nine straight days. On the day after their novena ended a shabby looking stranger appeared at their door. He told the nuns he would build them a staircase but that he needed total privacy and locked himself in the chapel for three months.

The resulting staircase is an impressive work of carpentry. It ascends twenty feet, making two complete revolutions up to the choir loft without the use of nails or apparent center support. However, the central spiral of the staircase is narrow enough to serve as a central beam. Nonetheless there was no attachment unto any wall or pole in the original stairway; it was only later, when a railing was added, that the outer spiral got fastened to an adjacent pillar.

A local historian published evidence to suggest the craftsman was the French-born Francois-Jean Rochas, who came to the United States as a member of a celibate order of artisans and settled in New Mexico. The findings suggest the staircase was built in France and fitted by Rochas. That would explain why it appeared so suddenly, and why it might have given rise to the legend of the miraculous saint.

Picture of the staircase before the railing was added. Fascinating!

Toto – Pandora

I got a little crazy and created a Toto station in Pandora and I think this is the best it gets.

Mr. Mister, Journey, 38 Special, Van Halen, Styx, Phil Collins, Starship, Huey Lewis and the News, Tears for Fears, REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Heart, Kansas…

This is a playlist from Fenton, MO bar heaven.

Create a Toto station in Pandora, I dare you.

’52 Marty (McFly)

Over the weekend, I picked up this 1952 Martin Indiana saxophone from a gentleman selling it on Craigslist. It’s smooth smooth smooth. It came with the original leather-wrapped wooden case which smells like it’s been through hell since 1952. It would be great to restore the case, but I have no idea who provides that type of service in the Metro area.

Since I first started taking sax lessons I have been renting an instrument at the tune of $40/month. I figured it best to purchase one outright and save some money in the long run. I picked up this dandy sax for $225. It’s lacquer is not in the best shape, but it has recently replaced pads and the sound is very nice. It’s not pitchy like the rental sax, the notes sail out of it smoothly.

I also got a bag, neckstrap, and some cork grease for an additional $40.

The name Martin is prominently displayed on the sax, so I’ve deemed its full name as Marty McFly, or McFly for short. ‘Back to the Future’ was a bad ass movie.

Hot Air Balloon

A hot air balloon made an emergency landing outside of Fenton, MO on 8/2/08 early in the evening. I got a phone call about it, dressed the sprout, grabbed my camera, and ran out the door. It landed in my complex, but on another street, so I got there just in time to see them deflating it, wrapping it up, and loading it onto a truck. It was pretty cool to see and hear all the kids in the neighborhood tell their wide-eyed versions of how it came in and landed. My daughter’s grandmother said it landed like a feather.

Check out the Flickr set for some more pictures.

Jason Mraz – Fox Theatre

I bought two tickets today to see Jason Mraz at the Fox Theatre on Nov 23. He will be there with the ‘support of Lisa Hannigan,’ former bandmate/collaborator of Damien Rice. Should be a good show! I’ll be in the Mezzanine section which should provide a stunning view.

I’m interested to see if Lisa Hannigan is going to do solo work and/or sing along with Mraz. He has quite a few tracks that she would sound great performing.

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