I’m pretty sure I’ve lost my alcohol tolerance because I haven’t drank in so long. Ironically, I haven’t felt like drinking because I’ve been so…. sad.
- driving downtown everyday, I see a billboard for a Kelly Clarkson concert at the Horseshoe casino. On the other side of the expressway, there is a billboard for a strip club. The model in the strip club billboard is posing in the same exact way as Kelly Clarkson.
- Speaking of billboards.. there’s a Cubs billboard, and I’m fairly certain that it’s Theo Epstein in a Cubs uniform. One thing i’ll give credit to the Cubs for.. they do know how to market the shit out of…. shit. Leaving any comments out about my team.. what the hell did Theo do so far? He bought the McDonalds parking lot. Ouu, and he proposed a patio in right field. This isn’t HGTV, its fuckin baseball.
- Last night at the party I was djing.. They had one of their cousins who plays the violin come and play nisiotika for about an hour. In between I was playing other Greek music. I never met the violin guy before, and I don’t think he knew me. He asked me at the beginning of the night to not play the Ikariotiko because he was going to. Fine. The girl who hired me to dj, from seeing me at other parties, asked me to play this version of the ikariotiko which I normally play during cocktails and/or dinner. Which I did.. I never play that version during actual dancing, and if I do, it is because it’s a request from the people at the party. As one of the last songs of the night, they asked if I could play that song. I did.. but the violin guy… it seemed like he thought I was inexperienced or something because he asked if I had another version… it was more the look he gave me.
- My point is… I get that you’re a music nerd but don’t be a purist in the sense that you dislike or hate different versions of songs.
so my friend who was taking pictures for the concert over the weekend took this amazing photo of my wife and I :)
Καθένας Με Τον Πόνο Του
Και Γω Με Τον Δικό Μου
Είναι Μεγάλος Ο Καημός
Και Το Παράπονο Μου
I’ll admit, I wasn’t hyped for the concert. BUT… Yesterday was kinda dope. Sure, I was working, selling CDs and being a social butterfly.. but, I heard the concert.. and when the concert was over, Panos Kiamos and I had kind of a cool exchange.
The show was roughly 3 and a half hours.. and he sang for 3 hours of it. The last hour was straight up skyladika, which was a-mazing. I messaged my best friend this morning and said, “I know you dislike Gonidis, but is it weird that when Kiamos sang ‘Fotographe’ I wanted to drop everything and run to find you and hug you?”
After the concert, he sat and took pictures with and talked to everyone who wanted to. I wasn’t going to go up, since I was going to have dinner with him and the band tonight.. but my wife and her cousin pushed me to go. I was one of the last ones to go.. he signed a picture for me, “Ston Yianni Greektown Music” haha.
When I got up there, I told him who I was and I said that I saw him twice sto Fix in 2004. He took a step back and in a thick accent, “are you seriousssss?” he kept on saying ‘den to pistevw, hrthe na me dh sth Thessaloniki re paidia..’ He hugged me extra hard and kissed both my cheeks. While this was happening, my friend Pam, my wife, my cousin and my dj friend who was taking pictures were making all sorts of fun of me, saying thats the hardest hug they saw him give all night.
We’re supposed to go to dinner with him tonight.. I’m gonna be extra geeky and bring him his first 6 CDs for him to sign. Only thing I wish was that I still had my original copy of “Live Sto Fix”.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT. I won tickets to see the Superbowl show taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in Indianapolis! I got tickets to the Thursday show. Now I just hope that my wife can switch days off and we can go. Eeeee i’m so excited.
Greece is everywhere
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. OH MY.
To my non-greek followers.xaxaxa
I found this article come across my twitter newsfeed: (insert Greek joke here)
PIPA co-sponsor Dick Durbin (D-IL) has taken $159,800 from the entertainment industry in the past three years Link
Customers come into my store all the time looking for wedding music..
*sidenote* What sets me and my store apart from most places, is that I take the time to find them songs, play them stuff and if they don’t like it, find something for them that they do like.
Anyway.. newly engaged couples come in to find music for their first dance. This particular story was around 2000, when Natasa Theodoridou’s “An Yparxei Paradisos” was popular. For those that don’t recall the lyrics, here is the first verse and chorus:
Ήταν η ζωή μου ένα δωμάτιο σκοτεινό
ήρθες εσύ κι όλα τα φώτα άναψαν
ήταν το κορμί μου ένα φόρεμα παλιό
ήρθες εσύ κι’όλα αμέσως άλλαξαν
Αν υπάρχει παράδεισος
τότε είναι στα μάτια σου
στου κορμιού τα παλάτια σου
σαν βασίλισσα μπήκα
Αν υπάρχει παράδεισος τότε είναι στα μάτια σου
Αν υπάρχει παράδεισος επιτέλους τον βρήκα
Αν υπάρχει παράδεισος….
So, I ran through the songs that I would suggest if I was djing their wedding, and when we came to this one.. the guy loved it.. but the nifi…
“sooo… wait, I was a raggedy dress and now that YOU came into my life I’m a nice dress?? I was a dark dirty room and when YOU walked in, I’m a bright and lit up room? OOOOOOOH No… we’re NOT using this song. Eisai trellos!?!”
She was so pissed off. I ended up calming the situation and we picked a different song.
I don’t really do the whole resolution thing.. I never did.. but.. I’m going to refrain from complaining about stuff, or write bummed out tweets or tumblr posts from now on (even though I am). I’ve completely stopped writing whiny shit on facebook, because the shit I see people write on there is just… whiny. I’m sure pre-social media, these people probably complained about the same stuff, but we just never saw it.
I had attempted to write out tweets and a tumblr post about this annoying Cubs fan that I encountered on Tuesday at the mall, but I deleted it multiple times, only because I didn’t want to sound like I was whining. Although, he’s the epitome of what I hate about all sports fans. I also don’t want to get into why exactly i’m bummed or whatever, because I just want to be positive and think happy thoughts.
Hell, one of my favorite Greek singers is coming to town this weekend, and I got a backstage pass and get to hang out with him.. but i’m not psyched about it. I’m even going to tell him why I’m such a big fan of his, which you can read about here. But still… I’m not psyched.
In Greek, sopa means shut up and pipa means blowjob.. So basically “shut up and blow me” and your goal is censorship. Great job!
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So.. I had to activate a cell phone for Panos Kiamos to use while in the states on tour, and for a bday I just put the date from Back To The Future. Now they have problems with the line and have to go to a tmobile store to fix it. He’s *jokingly* is going to use the name Marty McFly and then give the date I put, 11/12/1985 as his birthday.
I grew up in Chicago, I’m used to the winters here.. but that doesn’t mean that I like it. I drive a truck, but I still am pretty careful when I drive. Especially when its fresh snow.
I spun out 2 and a half times on the expressway earlier. It felt like I was going to flip my car.. and the feeling that you get when you see all these cars coming toward you… ugh. its so scary. The weird thing was.. about 10 years ago I spun out at the same spot. If I was at a different spot I really would have either hit cars or smashed into the wall. But that spot is wider.. and.. as dumb as it sounds.. someone was looking over me cuz no cars were near me.
Now I gotta go shovel my driveway.. but i’m secretly hoping the shoveling angels came and did it for me.
Sunday we had some family over for my yiorti.. We were sitting around talking, with my parents, my pethera and everyone. My dad was talking about his xwrio, and mentioned that people here in Chicago don’t know what part of Greece he’s from. He said he was talking to this guy once and he said he was from so and so nisi (I forget which one), and my dad says, “Oh, i’m from Karpenisi.” The guy goes “oh, k’esi eisai nisiotis?” I was shocked because I get that ALL the time from people I meet at the store.
This is funny, considering there is no beach or sea anywhere near my dad’s xwrio.