Thursday, August 28, 2008


I came outside and found this little guy trying to find sunflower seeds in my empty bird feeder. I was wondering where all of the seeds were going!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Chocolate Gravy

When I was a kid, my grandma would make us a special treat every now and then that she called "Chocolate Gravy." She learned most of her recipes from my great grandmother who traveled across the country in a covered wagon. Grandma died about twelve years ago and I assumed the recipe died with her.

About a year ago, my favorite Uncle Mike died, and as the family was sorting through his things they found a box full of recipes. It turns out that whenever my uncle stopped by to see his mom ( my grandma), he would ask her about some old recipes that she had memorized and he would write them down. He preserved a lot of family favorites that would have otherwise been lost. One of those favorites was Chocolate Gravy.

I took the time the other night to make this recipe and good lord was it sinful! You can dip biscuits in it or simply eat it like pudding. I'm posting the recipe here for posterity's sake.

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons flour
pinch of salt
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir dry ingredients together. Mix in milk slowly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and smooth. Add butter and vanilla. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve. This recipe makes two bowls like the one in the photo.

It won't take long before the bowl looks like this.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Union commercial

I should point out that this has some language that will most likely get you into trouble at work. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I'll warn ya anyway. Thanks to my buddy Matt in Milwaukee for sending this my way.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hit and run accident in Chicago.
I was in a car accident after playing a memorial show for Utah Phillips in Chicago last week. It was 1:30 a.m. and I was sitting at a stoplight. I sat there for fifteen seconds or so and BAM! I was rear ended and pushed out into the middle of an intersection. I was pretty dazed so I sat there for a few seconds. My glasses were thrown off of my face and I couldn't find them (they were later found in the back seat). After a half minute or so I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a blurry white car backing up. The car went around my left side and drove off up ahead of me. I squinted and strained trying to see their license plate, but I couldn't make it out. I'm blind as a bat without my glasses. As they drove by I heard a voice shouting at me out the window. It said "GET THAT BROKE F*CKER OFF THE ROAD, BITCH!" It wasn't one of humanity's finest moments.

I called 911 and waited at least a minute or more for someone to pick up the phone (Chuck D was right, 911 is a joke). It took the cops an hour and ten minutes to get to the scene. When they arrived they didn't even get out of the car. They told me to drive to a police station and fill out a report. I told them that I was from out of state and I had no idea where the closest police station was. They told me that there isn't a chance in hell of ever catching the person that fled the scene and that I shouldn't even report it unless I wanted to report a claim to my insurance company. Then they drove off. It was 3:30 am in Chicago. I got in my car and drove to Michigan.

My back and neck hurt like hell for the next few days. I'm feeling fine a week later. My rear passenger side door on my car no longer opens and the rear end looks like hell.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

"Songs with Something to Say"

Billy Bragg was nice enough to give me a shout out in the Wall Street Journal this weekend. I'm not sure that I deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Bob Dylan, The Clash, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke, but I'm happy to take what I can get.
Thank you Billy!

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

John Byrne gets some press

The good people at the Indianapolis Star (Dave Lindquist)recently did a story about some Indianapolis guitar heroes. One of the people featured in this story is John Byrne. John played steel guitar and electric guitar on "One Day Our whispers." If you enjoyed that record you should read the story and watch the video because john was a big part of that record. Click here to read the story!

I'm friends with some of the other fellas and they are monster players!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Transporting human remains

I've become obsessed with reading through the jobs section of craiglist. It's amazing what employers expect workers to do for so little money. This is a perfect example. After reading the listing I felt compelled to email the guy and find out more about the job.


transporting human remains
Reply to:
Date: 2008-04-23, 8:21AM

Applicants must live in the Madison/Inglewood area or around these areas. Please don't email about this if you live outside Davidson County. Our response time is crucial. Drivers will be loading and transporting human remains. Must be over 21 yrs of age due to insurance restrictions, able to lift 150+ pounds, valid drivers license and clean driving record. Drivers needed are for days or nights. Weekend work also available. Pay varies...drivers paid per call. If interested, email me with your name and number. Will get back to you as quick as I can. Thank you for your patience.


I live in East Nashville and am interested in this job. Give me a call and I'll tell you more about myself and you can tell me more about the job.
Thank you kindly


This job isn't for everyone.? We go on crime scenes and house calls. We are responsible for placing the body in the body bag and transporting to the Medical Examiner?or Funeral home.? This job does require someone that can lift 150+ lbs.??Most calls you will have another person helping you.? I am needing someone that can be on call for 24hrs and can go when called.? Time off is fine as long as we have?enough notice.? We provide the van that you will need for transporting.? You are paid per call and most calls don't go over an hour.? We do have a dress code that has to be followed - no blue jeans or?t-shirts.


I'm still interested and I understand why this might not be for everyone. You say that the pay varies, does this mean that some calls pay more than others or does this simply mean that some weeks you get more calls than others? How does the payroll work and what does the job pay? What's the lowest amount I should expect to be payed per call and what is the highest amount.
Thank ya kindly


Pay depends on how many calls you go on that week. In town (local) calls pay $12.50 for first hr then after that it goes over that first hr, pay moves to $8.00/hr...out of town calls pay $8.00/hr. Calls are based on how many deaths there are for the companies we contract with. Some weeks may be very busy, some may be slow. It comes and goes. Most of the guys now avg. $200-$400/wk - this is based on the number of calls that you want. Sometimes you may be where you can't go (eating dinner, etc.) so you can't take it. The more calls you take, the more money you make. Smile You are paid by check on Fridays we provide van and all needed supplies including gas for van. If still interested, let me know and I will get your number to the owner.

Thanks again.


Thanks for sending that but in all honesty I was expecting this to pay better. If I understand correctly, I can expect to get a call at 3am, get out of bed and go load a dead body? Since most calls take an hour I can expect to make $12.50 for that? I'm truly not trying to be difficult but that's a lot to ask of someone for so little return. If I'm misunderstanding something please let me know.
Thank you for your time.