Saturday, May 13, 2006

I found this website, similarminds.com, that has tests that compare your personality to famous leaders and classic movies. I answered the questions, and found that I apparently have an out of control ego, and my demise should come by some sort of gunshot wound.



Tuesday, May 09, 2006


It's a girl!
Caroline Elizabeth Ann Wright was born at 2:13pm on May 6, 2006. She's 8lb 7oz, 20" long, blue/grey eyes, and a lot of brown hair. She looks just like Luke when he was born.
Everything went very well with the delivery, and she seems to be perfectly healthy. Luke seems to be ready to take on the Big Brother duties, and Mandy and I are preparing to go a couple months without sleep.
We couldn't be happier.

Monday, April 17, 2006

i think we need to get booked to play here, even if they don't usually have music.

i found these on fark...

run, fonzie, run

elvis fonzerelli

always cool under pressure

---disclaimer: what is written on the blog is the thoughts and opinion of ben wright, and in no way reflects the opinions of other los jackcats, paul, brad, or geoff, los jackcat management, their subsidiaries, their families, friends, transidental (-5 for spelling) visitors, or anyone/anything else.---

i've really been trying to write for a while. i haven't written a song of record since i wrote "run away" in november of 2004. i guess i've been trying to hard, or trying to write something that people would like. i've got some pretty cool ideas working right now, and i actually finished something earlier tonight. it's dark, random, and unpleasing. but you know what? there's a lot of happy, catchy, poppy stuff out there that gets your fm dial all sticky and gross. i like dark. if i write enough dark stuff, i'll eventually feel good about being that kind of writer, and i'll write something poppy as a mockery of myself, and it will be a hit song. people will love the song and come to the concert, where i'll open up with it, and then play dark rock y'allternative stuff for the 30 "real" fans that are there, and the rest will leave confused. the reviews will be bad, but there's no such thing as bad publicity, and we'll make enough money off the one hit song that we'll be able to continue writing and playing what we want.

without further ado, i bring you the new song - bad apple.
don't think i'll play it just because i wrote it.

We used to eat twenty nine cent tacos
at the casa next to campus
and we'd hitch a ride to como
where they'd sell the white kids
thunderbird wine
we'd drive home smoking cigarettes
practice the lies we'd tell our parents
when we got home that night
we were bad bad bad bad apples, don't worry about the bunch

too poor to be a rich kid
too rich to be poor kid
too smart to be a dropout
didn't care to be a smart kid
but i'd always get my ass kicked
and i'd pick up some hot chicks
just because they felt sorry for me
we were bad bad bad bad apples, don't worry about the bunch

Saturday, April 08, 2006


From WVLT in Tennessee...
Farragut, Knox County (WVLT) - A Knox County bus driver is facing DUI and hit and run charges after allegedly taking Farragut High School students on a drunken ride.
44-year-old Jennifer Reddy apparently picked up 27 students while intoxicated.
The Sheriff's Department says after driving erratically, Reddy sideswiped a parked car before finally taking the students back to school.
Several students used their cell phones to call their parents.
She blew a 0.264 on a breathalyzer test, that is three times the legal limit.
According to Russ Oaks from Knox County Schools, in addition to charges, Reddy will never be allowed to drive buses in Knox County.


Like any drunken escapade, this could have ended up horribly tragic, but since it doesn't appear that any one innocent was injured, I will admit that I think it's kinda funny. Not like "America's Funniest Home Video" funny. But "oh shit I can't believe that really happend" funny.

I haven't had a drink in five months, and I quit drinking because I spent about 17 years doing stupid stuff and getting in trouble and making myself sicker and sicker, but driving a schoolbus drunk was beyond anything I ever did. I got into my share of trouble, but I would say that this chick is screwed.

There's a billboard for a DWI lawyer on 121 that says "Who said responsible social drinking is illegal?" I'd like to see the case they tried to put together on this... Maybe they'd try to plea bargain first. "It was senior skip day, everyone as doing it. My client was reaching out to the young people, trying to let them know the adults are not that much different than they are. How about we plead guilty on public intox, 10 hours community service and a hundred dollar fine?" I have a feeling that would get shot down muy rapido.

It says that they were going on a field trip, so I'm assuming they left about noon. I'm guessing that she might have started drinking about 7am, so that gives her five hours of Fun With Booze. According to intox.com, she would have had FIFTEEN delicious and refreshing beverages in this time if she was a average sized woman. I don't think I could even achieve that at the height of my intake during the best of music festivals... One and a half more drinks, and she would have hit the .3 mark, where internet research tells me that "most people will lose conciousness."

Thankfully, none was hurt. I'm sure busdriver lady will have plenty of time to learn a new trade while she's in the big house. Next time you do something stupid, you'll look back on this and think "naw, it wasn't that bad."

Monday, March 27, 2006



i'm one of those guys that watches basketball once it gets to the march madness... that's really my favorite "sporting event." i went to tarleton, but most of my family older than me has gone to texas. my mom, grandmom, grandad, my dad was a professor there at the end of his life... 50% of the members of los jackcats graduated from there. so, i've always been a texas fan. it's just who i root for. i guess i should follow some tarleton sports, but i never have. my wife went to baylor, and i'll root for them if the oportunity arrises, but texas has always been my team. my three year old holds up the "hook em" sign whenever he sees something orange or that looks like a longhorn.

i'm not really incredibly sports literate. i don't argue with calls too much, and most of those that do couldn't make them better anyway. but i love watching basketball when it gets to this point. all the teams see to be so evenly matched, and i can even watch teams that i really don't know about otherwise.

i guess from here, i'm going to take on lsu as my team. i don't have any connection to other teams, and lsu beat texas, so that's who i'm going for from here. and they have crawdads where there from. i like crawdads.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006



i got a call from geoff the other day, and he told me he'd be running sound for billy joe shaver up at central market in fort worth. i thought that it would be cool, go out and see geoff, and maybe i could ge close enough that i could see shaver and maybe hear a little music. cm can get pretty crowded when they have burgers and bock on friday, so i knew that it would be packed with him up there. but what the heck, it's family friendly. i can take luke and the wife, it'll be fun.

well, thursday rolls around, and it's about 1 degree outside. acually, it was about 40, which is pretty cold for texas in march. it has been pretty warm, so it really felt pretty wintry. i pulled up to the parking lot a few minutes before 6, and had to look at my watch to make sure it was the right time, nobody was there. i walked up to the stage area, and there were a couple guys sitting up on the stage with guitars, and geoff was off to the side messing with the sound. billy joe himself was just standing right there like anyone else, wearing a hat, coat, and scarf, red skinned from the cold.

geoff said hi, and introduced me to him. i read a book about waylon jennings one time, and i remembered that bjs introduced himself to waylon as one of the best songwriters or something, so i went into retard mode and introduced myself to billy joe by saying "i'm ben wright, and i'm the third best songwriter that ever lived." he shook my hand and said something about Jesus Christ being the best, and i said that would be me and him as second and third... he went onstage to start playing for the crowd of about 15 that had braved the cold, and i backed off, feeling like a dumbass for introducing myself that way.

billy joe started off with georgia on a fast train. that's my favorite of his. i'm actually learning to play it right now. he always goes through a bunch of songs that i know, some that i don't, and i'll hear something new i hadn't heard before. however, my drinking has nearly always got a hold of me in the past, and i don't really remember the end of any of shaver's show that i saw from the start. since i'm currently not under the influence of beverage, this was a really special occasion. very small crowd, in a place i felt very comfortable, and it was really different than other shows i'd been to. it was cold as hell, but you could tell that billy joe wanted to be there. he wanted to play his songs. if there were people that would stay and listen, he would make sure that he gave them his best. and he really did. the whole time he played, he looked so much at peace, content with his place in life, he looked like some who felt loved. you can see the tough days in his eyes and his skin, but he looks like he understands the big picture. the whole time billy joe was singing, i kept thinking i wish i knew what he did.

mandy and luke came out, so i spent some time near the playground up there with the boy, but i got in a fair sahre of listening. i didn't recall one song, but now it's added to my favorites list. "the devil made me do it the first time, the second time i did it on my own." man, does that sum up my life. i probably knew better both times... maybe i can work that into one of my own songs.

the family was beat down by the cold, so i stayed around for the end. i went up and thanked him for taking the time to play for us, especially when it was so cold. i realized that i was right about what i thought while he was singing... he was hapy and content. he really appreciated that we were there to hear his songs, and he showed it. he took the time to talk to each and every person that came up to him after the show, and he seemed so sincere and appreciative for each person that was there. it really blew me away. most musicians that i meet don't seem like that, especially legenday guys like him.

i bought a copy of his book, honky tonk hero, and a couple sticker. i gave billy joe a copy of my cd, and asked him to sign his book. once again, he thanked me for being there and said he'd listen to my songs. most the time when i give a musician a cd, i feel like it gets used for a coaster, but i believe that he meant it when he said he's listen to it. and that's my biggest musicial accomplishment yet... billy joe shaver has my cd.

inside the book, he signed to "bless you, ben, your friend, billy joe shaver. good luck." not only does billy joe shaver have my cd, he's my friend. i've got it in writing.

i went home and read the book, and that's a whole other post that i'm going to have to put some time into. a quick recap would say that he's relayed a lot of his life story to us in his songs, that he's been a hellion, through much tragedy, and maitained an amazing faith in Jesus the whole time. there's a lot beind that look of peace in his face, and i hope that someday, you'll see that same look in me.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

first cold front hot sauce

since i learned about the blogging from thefatguy.com, i thought that the purpose of the internet was primarily for writing about food and music, and outside of work, that's still pretty much all i use it for. whenever the first cold front comes in, i usually make hot sauce, and then lamb stew for the second one. i came up with a pretty good batch this time, thought i'd post the ingredients someone can take it as their own and either impress the ladies or make a million bucks...

1 clove gralic, diced
1/2 c. sour cream
12oz can chipotle pepers in adobo sauce
7oz can medium green chiles
28oz can diced tomatoes

mix all this together in a blender, juice and all, don't drain anything, blend for a couple minutes, and that's it. it'll taste better after it sits in the fridge for a while, but it's good right off the bat.

get it? that was a halloween joke... right off the "bat..." ok, i'll stick to writing music, not jokes.

---STATE OF THE MUSIC ADDRESS---

i've been tring to dig deep and think about what's up in our small musical world, and i got all philosophical and had it all thought out in depth (in paragraph form, with a cover sheet, of course), and geoff pretty much summed it up in one sentence...

"man, there's been some kooky shit going on lately."

thanks, g, you hit the nail on the head.