Thursday, February 28, 2002
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Man, what a night! Last night my wife went to Sears at 8PM, to buy me a last minute Birthday gift. I wanted some new jeans and work shirt. She went to pay the cashier and during the transaction the cashier started giving out my wife's personal information to someone the cashier said was "security" over the phone. My wife asked her what was going on, but the cashier said not to worry. Then the cashier asked for a second piece of ID. My wife complied and the cashier read her credit card numbers over the phone as well. My wife started getting worried, this didn't seem right. She asked to talk to a manager, but the cashier agitatedly said, there's no manager on duty, and she should just, "go home." My wife came home and told me what happened. I got worried and called Sears Security Department and the security gal gets all panicky and tells me, "this isn't normal at all, call your credit card company - call the police." So I do and it turns out someone tried to charge $147.00 to our card from some remote location! We've been scammed. I first think it's the cashier whose scammed us, call back security after calling the police. Security says they talked to the cashier, and they don't feel the cashier is in on it. The security lady says it's a scam where a person with a cell phone calls a cashier, posing as security and requests all the customers information to make sure they aren't gonna pass a bad check or whatever. The cashier reads the info to the scam artist and then the scam artist boogies to a computer and begins charging the card or whatever. This sucks. Today we call Sears management to complain about the cashier and ask if they're gonna do some kind of internal investigation about my wife's identity theft from the night before. Management tells us too bad so sad, it's not their problem. We ask for the Sears Corporate number and they refuse to give it to us. Unsatisfied with the result of lower Sears store management, my wife calls Sears Corporate and finally gets connected to the head manager of the Sears store where the cashier gave out her personal information (Shoreline). The manager says she'll look into it and call us tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Got another root canal started today. This is number 4. Let that be a lesson to you kiddies...always remember to brush your teeth at least once in a while and lay off the sweets! Besides fun with dentistry, I've been blazing away at the Go-Kustom intro sequence for the Go-Kustom TV Show. Very hip, very retro, very time consuming. I really dig using Final Cut Pro 2 and doing video work in general. The program is similar in some ways to Cubase and other dedicated music programs I've used over the years, except instead of moving bits of sound around...your moving video. I plan on doing a whole season of Go-Kustom shows for public access, then I'm starting on the Kill Switch...Klick - Almost Ambient Video Collection Volume One, a companion to the CD of the same name. I'm also planning doing some videos for older KsK songs as well for which I have random footage and clips.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Monday, February 18, 2002
Still working on the television show intro. It's very tedious & time consuming. Also started laying out the footage of Jennifer Hope for the new Kill Switch...Klick video for Lost Like Innocence, off of the Almost Ambient Collection Volume One CD. Klick to see more stills.
Sunday, February 17, 2002
Mike and Wes came by and we had our first Kill Switch...Klick rehearsal in 5 years! Man that's a long time. It sounded a bit loose but we'll get it tightened up before too long. Also sent off a CDR with Flathand 5 tracks on it for singer Ricardo Acevedo. He wants to use them on his new Anthology CD.
Friday, February 15, 2002
Saturday, February 9, 2002
We did an interview with Michael Wimer for Go-Kustom TV last night in his record store called Musicwerks. Michael also plays in an electronic band called Noxious Emotion and owns a label called ADSR Musicwerks. The footage turned out nice and clean. Good interview. Today I'm finishing writing lyrics for two Flathand 5 songs that I'm not going to sing. One is called Followed To Crash and will be sung by Betty X. The other is called Middle Man and will be sung by Becky Thatcher who also performs in my wife's percussion group, OmBili. With those two song finished I'll only have one more to do lyrics for and sing and then the Flathand 5 album will finally be finished. After almost three years of recording!