Monday, March 29, 2010

If you are feeling sinister, go off and see a minister. He'll try in vain to take away the pain of being a hopeless unbeliever.

Hey bands, if a band from out of town is playing a show with you in your town, then they're counting on you for certain things. First off, have the common sense and decency to not be playing in said town in the surrounding weeks. People stop coming to your shows if you play all the damn time. Secondly, advertise for the show, especially if the band from out of town has taken the time and effort to supply you with posters. This is how show trades are supposed to work. You do your best to give us a great show in your town, and when you come to our town we do the same. We're starting to think we can't afford to play in the DFW area if we can find any bands or promoters who are actually willing to promote.

So our show in Denton this week was pretty middle of the road. Not a horrible experience by any means but not a terribly profitable one. Unfortunately, we're all at a point in our lives were we really just can't afford to be constantly losing money on DFW shows. All the bands were great though and my buddy, Jerry, came out to the show, so it was great to get to catch up a little bit with him.

On Saturday, we went and hung out with Paul and Gina and Leah took pictures of them and their new daughter, Anna. We were really impressed with how good their son Ryan, who's like 2 and change, is with Harper. After that, Leah went to take engagement pictures for a couple downtown and Harper and I partied. When Leah got home I took Darcy to the park. Our park has a huge field attached to it and Darcy and I had the whole thing to ourselves. I have a phobia about my dog running away, because I've never had a dog who didn't want to run away. But I've never had a dog who was like a part of the family, either. So I decided to test my luck and let go of the leash. I was so happy. Darcy just wanted to hang out with me and run with me and explore the creek (yes, I'm 12 years old) with me. As long as there are no other dogs around for her to freak out about, she's a damn good dog.

The next day I tried my luck again and it was going well until she spotted an old lady walking her dog on the other side of the field and I had to haul ass to catch her before a fight broke out. I really don't think she wants to hurt the other dogs, she's just curious and nervous. Maybe I should spend some more time trying to socialize her with other dogs. Anyone have any suggestions about the best way to do this?


  1. dog parks are great because it's a fenced area where the doggies can socialize without being leashed. Just be careful about aggressive dogs. My dog was once attacked and since then he's never been the same (as in he too is now aggressive to protect his ass).

  2. do you have any off-leash dog parks in your area? They are a great way to socialize your dog, and get Darcy used to be offing leash. I find othe dog owners at the park will be very friendly and helpful when you're new. The best thing to do is to go about it slowly... don't let her off leash until she's ready, but bring her into the park on the leash and let he socialize and get used to it, and then when she's ready you can let her loose.