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Jun. 23rd, 2009


Ready, Set, Glow

 I somehow ended up trying DXM three times during last week, each time with different people and with different dosages.

The first night I tripped on this awesome substance was very loopy and it happened very much by chance. My good friend Mark (who is far more experienced than I and is particularly experienced with DXM) suggested that Ryan and I try robotripping to see if we like it. We decided it was a good idea and off we were to H-E-B to purchase our weapon of choice: Robitussin Coughgels. These softgels are appealing in many ways: they're widely available, inexpensive (about $5 per bottle, each bottle containing 20 softgels for a total of 300mg of DXM) and contain no active ingredients other than DXM. Ryan and I purchased two bottles and headed back to our friend Keith's apartment. Although Mark did not trip with Ryan and I, he was there throughout the night observing and basically tripsitting us. The DXM experience can be broken down into four major plateaus (with one transitional phase and an additional plateau referred to as plateau sigma), each with its own particular effects. We each downed our bottles for a total dosage of 300mg. For myself, this calculates to a mid to high-level second plateau dosage and for Ryan a low to mid-level second plateau dosage. After dosing, we decided to play some Smash Bros. and smoke some weed to counter the oncoming nausea that is to be expected with DXM. About an hour or so later, I noticed that I felt a little different. Several minutes later I was having tremendous difficulty focusing on the screen and I had to stop playing because it was making me dizzy. I stood up from my chair to walk over to the bed when I noticed how incredibly hard it became for me to walk. Luckily it was a short distance and I made it to the bed without any major incident. I decided to lay in fetal position for awhile as the DXM began to take effect on my mind. Ryan was still relatively unaffected and felt gyped. Still strongly under the effects of the tussin, I accompanied Mark and Ryan to our friend Alex's apartment nearby where she was having a barbeque. This is when I noticed that walking normally had become nearly impossible; movement of any kind felt very strange and awkward, which resulted in the oft-cited "robowalk." A few people there noticed my odd behavior and asked us amusedly, "are you guys on drugs?" Mark presumably let everybody know that I was robotripping and everyone poked a bit of fun at me. Eventually we returned to Keith's before Mark suggested they go out to find a second bottle for Ryan. As soon as they left, I felt the full effects of the second plateau. I had already been experiencing what is referred to as music euphoria for quite some time while gravity and movement were significantly altered. I started noticing intense motion trails flowing off of nearly everything in the room. Ryan and Keith returned to find me laying on Keith's couch; my concept of time at this point was rapidly vanishing. Ryan ended up taking a second dose of 15 softgels (bringing his total dosage to 525mg of DXM), leaving 5 additional softgels for me (bringing my total dosage to 375mg). My memory of the events that took place afterward is a little choppy. We spent some time smoking cigarettes in Keith's utility closet at Mark's suggestion (being a stimulant, cigarettes speed up your metabolism a bit) and as we got up to go back inside, the DXM finally hit Ryan as he remarked with a very enthusiastic "WHOA." We both spent quite a bit of time playing Smash Bros. Brawl in the living room as we tripped out of our minds. Eventually I started coming down and decided to drive Ryan and I home (I was mostly sober by this time, only feeling the lingering "afterglow" of the DXM: DON'T EVER DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, GUYS.) Ryan was still tripping in the car, but we made it home safely where we finally called it a night and went to sleep. Overall, I had a great first experience with this drug and felt very optimistic about future endeavors.

Day two to come~

Jun. 21st, 2009


A Few Things

 Wow, it's been awhile since I've updated this. I guess I should talk about a few new things that are going on in my life.

Since fall of last year, I've started experimenting with a few different drugs with my very close friends Mark, Keith and Ryan. No worries, I'm not a frenzied addict in any way and we always make very informed decisions. So far I've experimented with cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, and most recently dextromethorphan (DXM). I've had some bad trips and some great trips. I still drink every now and again, but right now I'm more involved with our current experiments. I plan on logging my journeys in this journal from now on. I also recently decided to become full-fledged vegan and have been making more environmentally friendly decisions for quite awhile now.

Music is still as prevalent as ever in my life and plays a very large part in my current endeavors. Stay tuned~

Oct. 4th, 2008

Pizza Dogs

And so, I am up late on a lonely Saturday evening and I'm watching Rachael (Ray)'s Vacation: Park City, Utah. This episode is somewhat significant to me because not only have I actually been to Park City, but it just so happens to be where Andrey, Joe and I met our landlord Matt for the first time. The houses and buildings were beautifully complimented by many inches of snow, and it seemed that the ski resorts were the city's biggest attraction. We were only there for awhile, but I can still remember the scenery and atmosphere very well. It was a happy place.

While reflecting on my memory of Park City, I started remembering some other things about Washington that I hadn't mentioned before, namely pizza dogs. The pizza dog is something that Joe and I discovered at the Orange Julius located in the Southcenter Mall in Seatac. Upon first sampling this wonderful treat, I thought, "hey, we can make this at home!" Later that evening, after stocking up on some of the necessary supplies at the local Target, I was able to recreate what would soon become a staple of my northwest diet.

The main strength of the pizza dog lies in its simplicity in both flavor and assembly. 

Things you'll need:
Hot dog buns
Franks (beef, chicken or pork are fine, but I find beef works best.)
Any pasta sauce or pizza sauce (use whatever sounds good to you.)
Shredded mozzarella cheese (most italian blends would probably work. Once again, whatever sounds good to you should be fine.)
Sliced pepperoni

How to create a delicious pizza dog (in six easy steps):
1. Take your franks and microwave them for 20-30 seconds on high power. Depending on how many you're making, you might want to add a bit more time for this.
2. Place the warm franks in their respected buns.
3. Slather some of your chosen sauce over the franks (make sure not to use too much or you'll end up with soggy buns!)
4. Take some shredded cheese and spread it over the sauce.
5. Place your sliced pepperonis on top of the cheese (I've found that 4 is typically a good number.)
6. Microwave your creation for an additional 15 seconds to melt the cheese and warm the pepperonis.

I probably ate around 50 of these total while in the pacific, and it was only tonight that I realized that I hadn't had one since coming back to Texas. I think I'm gonna have to reintroduce the pizza dog into my life.

Sep. 29th, 2008


Towers are Tapes II: evergreenmemory

This next entry in my continuing "Towers are Tapes" mixtape series is inspired mostly by my spring trip to Seattle, Washington. It is comprised of things we listened to on the drive there, the drive home, and during day to day life. Most of these songs mean quite a lot to me and I hope you can create some wonderful memories to tie to them, too.


Towers are Tapes II: evergreenmemory

01. Broken Social Scene - Cranley's Gonna Make It
02. Quruli - Highway (Alternative)
03. The Shins - Phantom Limb
04. Akron/Family - Franny/You're Human
05. Sigur Ros - Saeglopur
06. Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine
07. Animal Collective - Grass
08. Syrup16g - Everything is Wonderful
09. Feist - Gatekeeper
10. Bright Eyes - Contrast and Compare
11. Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
12. Yo La Tengo - Deeper into Movies
13. Interpol - Leif Erikson
14. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
15. Air - Alone in Kyoto
16. Eluvium - Repose in Blue

Image Credit: Tammy

Sep. 17th, 2008


Towers are Tapes I: summersounds

I've decided to do something a little special for this update. I've always loved mixtapes and seeing as how I myself owe the discovery of many bands to this humble artform, I thought maybe I'd make some for you guys. Entitled "Towers are Tapes", I'm planning to make at least one for each season of the year. However, there's always room for more. Since it's easiest to document what I've been into this past summer, I went ahead and started there. So here it is. For you, your friends, your family and your lovers.


Towers are Tapes I: summersounds

01. El Ten Eleven - My Only Swerving
02. Pele - Linear Clocks and Daughters
03. Sharks Keep Moving - Cashmere, Washington
04. American Football - The Summer Ends
05. Mogwai - I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
06. Sugar Plum Ferry - Southern Butterfly Path
07. Balmorhea - San Solomon
08. Belong - I Never Lose. Never Really
09. Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
10. Animal Collective - Water Curses
11. Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning - Possible Grenade
12. Death Cab for Cutie - We Laugh Indoors
13. Minus the Bear - Knights (Daytrotter Session)
14. The Shins - Kissing the Lipless
15. Akron/Family - Italy
16. Do Make Say Think - Anything for Now

Image Credit: Tammy

Aug. 24th, 2008

Headphone Girl 6


I've just finished recording and have decided to upload the EP in its entirety onto mediafire where it is available for free download. For anyone interested, it's also available in streaming form on my myspace (http://www.myspace.com/thedaydreameverlasting)


Artist: the Daydream Everlasting
Album: Gradients EP
Year: 2008
Track Listing:

1. Gradients
2. The Bear is Left-Handed
3. Euclid
4. Happy Birthday, Moon

Thanks in advance to anyone who cares to listen. I hope to be playing the new material soon in the San Antonio area.

Aug. 12th, 2008



It's been so long since I've updated this (at the time of my last entry, we were still in Washington); sorry about that. There isn't much to say about our journey home except that I am now one hundred percent sure that I will never have good luck, only less bad luck.

Of the many things I remember from our stay in Seattle, it has recently come to my attention that the small things are what I miss the most. Upon retrospect, the first couple of weeks weren't so bad. We didn't have a television or internet access, so we would spend each evening building fires in our fireplace, roasting hot dogs, playing instruments, singing (badly), and chatting late into the night. It was like looking deep into the foundations of what made us friends in the first place.

There were many facets of each day that are now absent from my life. Early morning walks to the corner store to grab breakfast while my housemates slept. The accompanying evening walks to fetch snacks where I would return to find Joe watching television in the living room. Playing (and consequentially getting very sick of) Oblivion for hours on end. Relaxing in my room with a cold beer and cracking open a good book while listening to some good music. Getting lunch at the tiny teriyaki place nearby for incredibly cheap. Grocery shopping with Joe and Andrey. Driving to Everett to visit Aldy. Scaring people at Alderwood Mall. Having Japanese food at a bookstore in Everett (Lynnwood?) with Aldy, Jeff, and Joe. Trips to downtown Seattle, where I would find some of my most favorite places to be. Kinokuniya Bookstore, Uwajimaya Japanese Grocery, Yummy House Bakery, Oasis Tea Zone, Pink Godzilla; there were almost too many for me to name them all. Wandering for hours around the Southcenter Mall. Picking Joe up from work. Heading to Wendy's or McDonald's well past 1AM. Getting lost trying to find venues. Standing a foot away from the pillows during their performance at Club Motor. Getting drunk and playing Pink Godzilla. Sakura-Con.

I miss listening to KEXP, the only radio station that I have ever been truly content listening to. I still remember how surprised I was to hear Sigur Rós at 7 in the morning. I remember falling asleep to "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" with Joe in the parking lot outside of Burger King while Matt showed our home to its next potential occupants. There were a few albums that became very important during our stay due to the fact that I couldn't afford to buy blank discs. Whenever I listen to them now, memories flood into my head; memories of many very specific times and places.

1. Animal Collective - "Feels"
2. The Shins - "Wincing the Night Away"
3. Sigur Ros - "Takk..."
4. Akron/Family - "Akron/Family"
5. Interpol - "Turn on the Bright Lights"

The day before we left holds an importance to me almost above every other memory I have of Seattle. Aldy had told me of a show happening at the University of Washington at Seattle, but made sure not to disclose any specific information about what exactly was happening or who was playing. I remember the overwhelming feeling of happiness when we arrived to discover Minus the Bear playing in the courtyard. Meeting his girlfriend, who was incredibly nice, and sharing chocolate covered strawberries with them while watching the show from a comfortable distance might be one of the happiest memories I have. The subsequent trip to Johnny Rocket's at Pioneer Square was almost just as fun. Joe and I then went back to Aldy's apartment for some Brawl and beer before returning home for the final time.

I have so many special memories tied to Washington, but I now find myself often wondering whether or not they are unique to Washington. Will it be possible for me to share the same experiences here in Texas? Maybe when I move out of my parents' house again I'll find out. After telling a certain someone about our journey, they told me, "Wow, David. Your life is like a movie." That may have been the nicest thing that anyone has ever said to me.

Apr. 17th, 2008

A Meaningful Moment through a Meaning(less) Process

Aldy, Andrey, Joe and I are all going to catch the almighty Stars of the Lid tomorrow evening. They will be accompanied by a full string section, 16mm film projections, and two other fine artists (Christopher Willits and Lusine.) To those unfamiliar, Stars of the Lid (the name under which the duo of Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie record and play music together) create the most beautiful, cinematic soundscapes you have ever heard. This music is the soundtrack to everything that has ever happened to you, and for your future to come. Please do give them a listen.

Stars of the Lid play Arvo Part's "Fratres."

Apr. 14th, 2008


Sweet Road

Here are some things that I found on the road and also off the road.

I believe this was taken outside of a Denny's in New Mexico.

The view from the inside of our hotel room in Price, Utah.

I don't know what these are, but I liked the packaging (EAT). I found them in Green River, Utah.

These were first found in Green River. I later found them both in Price, and here in Seatac. Seriously, someone go to the store and make sure they don't exist in Texas so I don't feel like an idiot.

Apr. 10th, 2008


Happiness, We're All in it Together

It looks like things will be picking up soon. My good friend Aldy has informed me that as soon as he gets a job (soon) he will be investing in a new drum kit. I've been playing everyday and I'm finally feeling healthy again as far as writing goes. I'll keep you updated on news of further advancements, but for now here's a list of shows that we've been to (and are going to.) Hopefully we'll be on these lists soon.

3/19 - the pillows, Noodles, the Stereo Future at Club Motor - Seattle, WA.
3/20 - Red Sparowes, Russian Circles at Neumo's - Seattle, WA.
4/18 - Stars of the Lid, Christopher Willits at the Triple Door - Seattle, WA.
5/08 - Minus the Bear, Portugal. The Man, the Big Sleep at the Showbox (Market) - Seattle, WA.
5/24 - The Fall of Troy, the Dear Hunter, Tera Melos, Foxy Shazam at El Corazon - Seattle, WA.

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