Friday, October 30, 2009

You Take The Wheel and I Will Take The Pedals...

When I was 9, Dad decided it was time for me to become a man and learn how to drive.  Lucky for me, we got to drive the future death trap of a car which I fell in love with - a 1986 Ford Mustang LX.  I want to say that this was right after we bought the car  and before years of neglect would make my Mom so nervous that she wouldn't drive or get into the car unless I was driving.

My Dad got tasked with taking me to Sunday school at a local church.  It was an easy 5-7 minute drive from my house.  Dad asked me if I wanted to drive and I said "Yes!" enthusiastically.  I got behind the wheel, he got into the passenger's side seat, and he then taught me the basics of driving.

"The most important thing that you will ever - EVER - learn about driving is the brake.  You will always put your foot on the break.  You don't have to press the gas.  The car will go by itself."

So, with this newly acquired knowledge, I put my foot on the brake, and proceeded to turn the car on.  *Boom* It started!  Cool.  So, I throw it into reverse and keep my foot on the brake the entire time; allowing the car to go by itself just like my Dad taught me.  I then stopped and put the car into drive.

We started creeping out of the drive onto the main street of Gault Lane and we approached a stop sign.  Once we made it to the intersection, my dad added, "Ok, now when I tell you turn the wheel hard to the right and press on the gas then just let go of the wheel once you've made the turn."  Oh, I forgot to mention that I could barely see over the dashboard of the car while I'm driving .

So, I got to step on the gas and turn right as a car approached the intersection.  I turn the wheel and let my arms cross and punch it almost hitting the other car.  My Dad lunges over and grab the wheel and turns the car in the nick of time to avoid oncoming traffic while yelling at me.    We get out to the intersection and make it to the next stop sign.  I put the car in park and switch with my Dad. 

Normally I would feel awful as my Dad was yelling at me, but in this case, I was proud as hell.  I was the only 9 year old I knew of who's father tried teaching them how to drive. 

I'm hoping to teach AKV when he's 6.

Currently playing:
BC:Rearmed [Online Game Code]
Release date: 2008-08-13

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Parental Advisory

Over the last few months I've begun to notice a shift in my own life regarding what I consider important and what I don't.  It's kind of weird because I feel the old me fighting to remain right where it is vs. the new me taking over.  As Biz Markie says, "Me me me me me me me me me me me me me me vs. me".

This week I canceled my first audition ever in the last 4 years due to an unforeseen family scheduling conflict.  The weird thing was that I knew it was the right thing to do, and I paid no attention to the consequences of doing it on such short notice.  I called them at the theatre company, left a mesasge, and sent an email notifying them of my absence.  It was rather liberating operating out of love vs. fear.

I've also have been falling in love with Son-Son more and more everyday.  He's becoming more of a man everyday and I just want to be with him more and more!  It's an awesome feeling to have him look up at me and get a huge smile and holding his arms up to have me pick him up and twirl him around.  I've been taking more time off from the computer and TV and just hanging with him unadulteratedly.  I feel closer to him than ever.

The weird thing that caught me off guard was my strong reactions to hearing stories on the news or reading news online regarding harm to children.  I get all worked up thinking about any harm coming to AKV.   What am I going to do when I have a girl?  Are the pole dancers going to see my occasional patronage discontinued? 

When I was told repeatedly "Everything changes when you have kids", I knew that I was ready for a change.  It's nice ot see that change be so natural and welcomed.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another Collection of Thoughts

Try as I may, this blog has become cumbersome to maintain *cue Seven Mary Three*.  Okay, enough bitchin'...

The Passing of DJ AM
Uhm, why must I become subjected to non-stop media coverage to care about this guy?  I never even really heard of him until after he almost went up in a thunderball along with Travis Barker, who I have heard of and respect highly, a few months ago.  I'm not saying him dying isn't a sad thing as he obviously was talented; however, he seems to be getting MJ coverage lately.  Hopefully it'll take them less than 6 weeks after his passing to bury him.

Billy Corgan's Spirits in the Sky Shows
My favorite Pumpkin (only first to Jimmy) is touring with a group of musicians that include Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers fame and the newly appointed Smashing Pumpkin throne master Mike Byrne along with a member of Strawberry Alarm Clock (of Incense and Peppermints fame).  They've been playing incredibly small cafe's/clubs and playing all kinds of music.  Supposedly some of the newest  original songs being played may end up on the next Pumpkins disc.  I haven't been downloading any of the bootlegs for these as I would rather wait until I hear the Pumpkin King's full vision for it.  I have to admit that I would be excited to hear Dave guest on the next Pumpkins record as both Billy and Dave are metal guys at heart.

Everything Hates Nelson
As of late, it seems that I have slipped back into my old habit of hating everything again.    I find myself taking things way too seriously and allowing myself to be content with the fact I can't (read that as shouldn't want to) control everything I'm involved in.  I should accept that the universe has puts actions in my life for a reason and try to figure out what that reason should be.  I've been surrounded by new levels of unprofessionalism, apathy, laziness, and ignorance.  I've allowed thees items to get me down.  Perhaps I need to get down to lift myself back up.  Who knows.  The point is that I feel like I'm being tested and am failing miserably at letting go of my fears.  I'll continue working on it.

Gear Buying
Lately I've been eying a lot of new gear to buy.  I've got a new guitar which sounds fantasic and a new Line 6 amp.  I want to get one more guitar before I start dreaming of buying the more expensive stuff.  I would like to get a few more guitar pedals as well.  MORE is always...MORE!

The Chronicles of Mixerman
I finished reading this book and it's hands down one of my favorite books ever.   It's a hardbook collection of anecdotes of an LA audio engineer trying to record a major label band's first record.  It's so funny how much of it I can relate with especially the idiocy of the musicians and staff participating in the session.  It's just funny how much ego can complicate things.    Get more info at http://www.mixerman.net.

Being Daddy
I like being a Dad.  It's awesome.  I recommend it to those who want it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Life on the Roll

I forgot just how much I enjoy rollerblading. I've been getting plump over the summer and felt I needed a change, so, I strapped on the 'blades one morning, put my son in hos stroller, and off we went. It was so much fun I went out again later that day and just went on my own. I'm feeling it this morning however :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gearing Up For Some Excitement

Here's the short list of what's going on in my life:
    Mom coming in for a 1.5 weeks tomorrow.  Want to get to know me better, just ask Mom?  
    Just picked out the new hardwood floors we want to get.  Got a check for half of what  need to make it happen.  Fawk it.  We waited this long so we might as well go for it and see what happens with the insurance company.  
    Promoting Recap's new musical "Rock Opera:The Musical", Static Republic's two shows in July and August, and getting the bug to finish up the Courageous Rue Mixtape '09.  It's exciting!  
    I'm still having a hard time maintaining my blog here :(  If you want to stay in touch with me more regularly, follow me on Twitter.  The Nelson V website is still under consideration.
That's it folks.  Sorry for the blandness.  I'm tired and need to go bed
Currently listening:
Results May Vary
By Limp Bizkit
Release date: 2003-09-23

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Upcoming Fight At MicroCenter

I went to MicroCenter today and bought an open-package clearance item.  It was a 1 Gb DDR SDRAM stick for my ailing P4 studio computer.  I'm trying to get to 2Gb just so the thing can open up Firefox at a decent speed at this point .  Anyway, so, I brought the thing home and eventual got it into my machine.  I exepcted to see 1.5 Gb of RAM but only saw it was still at 1 Gb.  Though a little investigation, it turned out that it was a 512 Mb stick! 

So, I have to go back tomorrow and argue with the staff there about this item.  The only drawback is that it's a no return/refund item as it was a clearance item.  I figure I have a leg to stand on as I was never sold what it was supposed to be.  My theory is that the dude who had returned the item before had bought the 1 Gb stick, brought the package back with his old memory (the stick I have doesn't have a sticker on it (TELL TALE SIGN) and does not even have the same stenciling of the manufacture as what I was sold), and they didn't even inspect it to see if it was the right item.

Wish me luck!
Currently listening:
Relapse
By Eminem
Release date: 2009-05-19

Note: This was originally posted on MySpace with comments at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=16074757&blogId=498715437

Saturday, June 27, 2009

My Space Overhaul

Hi Everyone:

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what to do with my online presence.  MySpace is still relatively an okay place to promote myself, but Facebook has been an overwhelming winner in keeping me connected with others.  So, therefore, I think I will start planning to reserve myself an official domain name and stop doing the MySpace thing.   It's been fun while it lasted and it has been useful in some areas but I feel that I've outgrown it and need to be on a more official site that combines all aspects of my creativity.

I'll still post up updates regarding my blog but my blog will be moved over to the site once it's finished and pointers will be given.  If you wish to continue to follow me here, great.  You won't miss a thing.  Otherwise, feel free to find me on:

http://www.facebook.com/nelsonvelazquez
http://www.twitter.com/nelsonvelazquez

Twitter is where my daily updates come from.

Thanks,
Nelson

Currently listening:
Off the Wall
By Michael Jackson
Release date: 2001-10-16

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Take A Look At This Mug

While surfing around on the internet, I stumbled across the Trib's "Mugs In the News" area.  I'm appalled at some of the crimes people these people are acused of.  So, like a bad car accident, I couldn't seem to stop looking at some of the mugshots.  I noticed under neath them they have links directly to whatever story was written about their individual incidents...until I ran across this one:



Good ole Drew Peterson!  I found it a strange find for some reason.   The Trib went out of their way to make sure you knew what the story was behind this picture unlink all of the other people I checked out.
Currently reading:
Drew Peterson Exposed Polygraphs reveal the shocking truth about Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio
By Derek Armstrong
Release date: 2008-10-01

Note: This was originally posted on MySpace with comments at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=16074757&blogId=495258458

Monday, June 15, 2009

Now I Had The Time of my Life...

I finished up my last show this round with Infinite Sundaes (Second City's Musical Improv House Ensemble) last night.  It was a great show for me as well as the rest of the cast.  It marks the last of the steady gigs I have for a while as well.  I'll still be acting/training/producing but I am going to be able to devote more time to family during the summer as well which I'm massively excited for. 

Thank you to all who came out to support my endeavors thus far this year.
Currently listening:
Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture
Release date: 1990-10-25

Thursday, May 28, 2009

REMIX!

I love my son's toys more than my own sometime.  As simple as they are, their lights and sounds make me want to play with them even more because I can turn almost any toy into a jambox.  Need me to remix a count to 4?

"Wha...wha...wha wha wha wha one...two two two...thr thr thr thee...four four four four"

Want to me to remix the sound of a barn animals?

"The cow goes moo...the cow goes moo...the cow...the cow...the cow...the cow goes moo"

I'm totally gonna live sample these toys in some of my songs!

Currently listening:
Classics for Kids
Release date: 1993-06-08

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Signs That the Crowd Is Digging You

Just did another acoustic set at Inner Town with Static Republic, and let me tell ya, the love we felt tonight form the rest of the folks there was unique .  Here is a quick review of how the show ran:

- We got introduced by the hostess Lily tonight.  We took the stage to an audience that was indifferent to us being there.  So, I took the mic and thanked the entire crowd for their rousing support.  I counted 9 people clapping. 

- We started off with "=2US".  It was a bit off-kilter as we ended up doing a weird hybrid version where we took the verses and choruses form the original arraingement and  interjected parts from the current arraingement.  No one knew the wiser as we plugged away.  Shive shook his money-maker, i.e., his fists clenching shakers and a tambourine , thus, keeping time and making the song sound much more magical.   We killed the song and I counted 8 people clapping.

- Then came "Waking Dream".  I beat on the guitar to start a rhythm with my Loopstation and then looped the bass line with it.  We layered more guitar stuff and added the percussion to it to lay a solid foundaiton of sound.  So, we kicked butt on this one also.  I counted 2 people clapping .

- We decided to end the set with a new version of "Model Well".  It has a lot of Dave Mathew's Band funk and energy in it.  It was fookin' fun to play.  Shiva and I threw down parts together and playewd off each other.  I even stood up during this one to give it the energy it needed.  7 people clapped for this one. 

- Lily got up and in her own way roused more support for SR from the rest of the joint.  I counted 9 people total clapping.

Needless to say, it's probably the last time we'll play there for a while.  It sure as hell was fun to play and fight for those two-handed accounted applauses. 

Currently listening:
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
By Limp Bizkit
Release date: 2000-10-17

Note: This was originally posted on Myspace with comments at  http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=16074757&blogId=490437700

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Leadership Haiku


To be a leader
Decisions are hard to make
Respect and love first
Currently listening:
Relapse
By Eminem
Release date: 2009-05-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Twitter and Facebook Are Killing My Blog

I have to accept the reality that my interest in my own blog is waning .  With a plethora of other sites/tools to share my experience with others at my disposal, posting blogs on MySpace has become arduous. 

Two and a half years ago when I got onto Myspace, it was the height of bringing together all social interaction together in one place for me to not only promote myself in various artistic realms, but also give me an easy place to get in depth about my life.  However, Myspace has become more and more restrictive with the disallowing of various useful HTML tags, shoddy/non-existent integration with other apps such as Twitter or 12seconds.tv, and the fact that the different kinds of profiles they allow don't all offer the same features, .e.g, my comedian profile cannot run the new templates as a regular profile, makes me want to not  to spend time on my blog here. 

Back to the title of this entry.  I'm still trying to figure out my peace with Twitter.  I see it as a status updater and due to the amount of tweets I send out in a day (5-10), it can pretty much suppliment the day-to-day reporting of my life easily and concisely.  However, if I want to go into depth on any given subject, a blog is more appropriate.  However (once again), Tweeting about anything worthwhile "steals" my thunder/passion to delve into anything more substantial later.  Facebook, as uncustomizable as it is with individual profiles, has really enhanced their user interface in siuch a fashion to keep information easy to enter, read, and find.  MySpace has made some strides there but it still has a way to go especially in their event planning and displaying friend status information.  Thus, many more people are on Facebook now than Myspace.

I don't know what to do about it now.  I may switch to another blogging mechanism and leave MySpace in a state where I refer people to a completely different area.  I'm interested in what Web 2.5 is going to look like in the next few months.
Currently reading:
Against the Machine: How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce -- and Why It Matters
By Lee Siegel
Release date: 2009-03-17

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Having done my research of watching trashy daytime TV, I felt like I must list out the obligatory list of catchphrases in the case you are ever taken to NY to let the world know you're a degenerate:

  • (While screaming) "*Father's name*, when that DNA [test] comes back saying you are the father, you need to step up, and be a man, and take care of your responsibilities!!!"

  • "Maury, I'm 1000% sure I (am/am not) that baby's father!"

  • (While pointing at the TV screen with a side-by-side set of pictures of the baby & the accused) "Look at that!  Look at that, Maury!  My baby got the same (mouth/eyes/nose/ears/forehead/hairline/complexion/buckteeth/IQ) as his Daddy!"

  • "I ain't slept with nobody else except him, Maury!  I swear!"
    Note: You can predict what the outcome will be due to the use of the double negative in this statement. 

  • "Maury,  I'm step up and take care of that kid."

  • (While screaming) "*Mother's name*, there's no way I can be the father of that kid cuz I went to the doctor and he told me I was sterile!  So there's no way I can be the father of that baby!"
    Note: The kind of guy saying this has 3-4 other kids with 3-4 other women.

  • "There's no way I can be the father of that baby cuz we only had sex one time...it last only 2 minutes!"

If you have any other lines to offer, post 'em up!


Currently reading:
Against the Machine: How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce -- and Why It Matters
By Lee Siegel
Release date: 2009-03-17

Note: This was originally posted on MySpace with comments at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=16074757&blogId=484419537

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Uncle Julio is Ubiquio

As you already know, I adore Uncle Julio's Hacienda's food.  Yes, it's horribly unauthentic, but, hey, if I want to eat authentic Mexican food (which I have), I would fly on down to Oaxaca to get a bite to eat vs making a 20 minute drive to my local restaurant .  I'm down the Julio's for life!

They're also located in my home state of Texas and in the Dallas Metroplex they have 5 of them.  Either on purpose or by accident, I now have located each of them in the Dallas area (still have to go over to Ft. Worth).  I'm in an elite group of folks who have fandom for another chain of restaurants! 

Chips, salsa, and cheese.  I'm so fawkin' hungry.

Currently listening:
Chips and Salsa
By Festivo
Release date: 2006-04-11

Note: This was originally posted on Myspace with comments at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=16074757&blogId=483628601

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Stars At Night Are Big and Bright...

I went for a walk around my parent's neighborhood tonight.  It was awesome to look up in the sky and actually see stars!  I found my good friend Orion was waving at me with Ursa Major in tow .  Seeing the sky is awesome!  It makes me feel like there are bigger things in this universe than my own sphere of influence.

I also enjoyed the general ambiance of being back home.  The way the wind blows across the grass and picks up the scent of the cedar trees; how wonderfully quiet everything is; knowing that just a car ride away is civilization allows my mind to slow down a bit.

I've got Texas in my heart.
Currently listening:
Apollo 18
By They Might Be Giants
Release date: 1992-03-24

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Text-Free Holiday (Almost)


The last major holiday celebrated by many was New Years Day.  I gathered with family and called friends to wish them a year's worth of good times.  In many cases, I got the empty, cold, hard LCD messages wishing me the same thing in return.  I already have my very opinionated thoughts on the demise of functional social interactions being perpetuated by modern "communication" technology; thus, when I received these messages, the messages lost their meaning and the effort felt half-assed even if the intention was whole hearted.

So, Easter is upon us today and I expected an onslaught of text messages from people.  I got 2 the whole day regarding Easter.    To be candid, I was relieved I wouldn't go through my own intense mental melodrama trying to make sense of these messages.    I did have a brief intellectual conversation about the subject in general but nothing too intense .  Overall, I was pretty chilled.

Once again, folks, if you wish to make a connection with me, please call or better yet meet up with me somewhere.  That goes so much further in my heart.



Currently watching:
Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Joy of Music



I really enjoyed playing music tonight.  It was such a great release creatively to play dulcet tones from my glittery guitar.  I ran through a bunch of my own material tonight before Static Republic's rehearsal and that was a great joy.  I was rediscovering a lot about myself while singing about about past relationships, self-empowerment, and the occasional science fiction melodramas. 

I've recommitted myself to playing music.  It feels damn good.







Currently watching:
The Boondocks: The Complete First Season
Release date: 2006-07-25

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sunny D Haiku

Oh Son-Son in the sun-sun
Grateful to feel warm
To thaw us out from winter



Currently listening:
Relapse
By Eminem
Release date: 2009-05-19

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Colonel to the Rescue!

KFC has offered many municipalities a chance to fix the various problems with their streets by picking up the tab for pothole repair.  The only catch is that they would be allowed to stencil "Refreshed by KFC" on the top of the newly laid asphalt.  Mayor Daley stated during a press conference that he would be interested in sdealing with KFC "if they were serious".  How do you get more serious than offering to pick up potentially milllions of dollars of roadwork?!  They're not being disingenuous as they're getting a total PR plan into action.  I think the idea personally is brilliant.

Now, do I want to see the streets of Chicago with these messages?  Eh, probably not.  It's basically due to the amount of potholes we can have on any given block.  I've got over some stretches of road so bad that I felt like I was in a Baja dunebuggy with no shocks !  They might as well chew up the road and lay down all new asphalt for some streets in Chicago.  Then a huge portion of it could be spray painted over with a huge KFC logo!  Awesome!

Tourist: "Hey man.  How do I get to the Willis Tower?"
Me: "Go down Wacker Avenue until you get to KFC Avenue then take a left."
Tourist: "How do I know where that is?"
Me: "Its where all the chicks will be!"

*Ba boom boom chick!*

I hope KFC can help out the city so that we can get rid of all the stupid parking meters.  It's a cluster-cluck! 


Currently listening:
Van Halen
By Van Halen
Release date: 2000-09-19

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