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Tuesday, December 31, 2002

It's probably that your monitor resolution is too low, making everything bigger, causing you to scroll over. on my computer i have no problem reading the forums.
K.Steeze - 4:38:00 PM

I'm going to wonder over to your house and pee on it. (Remember, I have the power to edit any post; so, ha ha! I've just defeated your evil misspelling! T.L.A.M.)
Skip - 1:33:00 PM

Monday, December 30, 2002

I'm registered at the forums, but they are annoying as hell to read, since each line of text extends forever and ever (you have to horizontally scroll) and then you have to scroll all the way back to the start of the next line. I didn't have a hard time finding the link, I just wondered on over to the main site to see if you had done anything with it. You're a meany, Kevin Stermer!

And yes, though annoying, the forums are easy-peasy to use.
Mike Wilson - 1:47:00 PM
it's easy-peasy
Skip - 1:13:00 PM

Everyone should try to make the switch to the forums.... NOW! but apparently Mike and David have a hard time finding the link that I put on the blog, and instead, insist on going straight to to find nothing. :)
K.Steeze - 11:36:00 AM

Sunday, December 29, 2002

Tomorrow is going to be very strange for me. This is far from the first time RCY has rocked The Local, and not even the first time we've opened up for Tommy's Frogs, but this is the first time my friends from outside BTW are going to be there. I've always been generally opposed to mixing groups of friends, but this is so important to me that I want them to be there. They are my friends and this is a huge part of who I am, and I want them to really know me.

So, if I'm weird tomorrow, nothing's wrong, it's just going to be a weird day for me. A weird, great day.
Mike Wilson - 5:24:00 PM

Two things: When are we making the switch to BTW Forums, and I will be able to participate in all BTW activities this week. So get the Dr. Pepper chilled! It's gonna be a helluva week

Skip - 5:03:00 PM

Friday, December 27, 2002

If you can only choose one, get BTW Day. Still, if you're not at The Local.... Well, a show's not really a show if there's no Zach Nie! But, we've all got bills to pay.
Mike Wilson - 5:56:00 PM

So being that I'm never going to ever get back to a regular sleeping schedule... it's 4:21am and i've been up to something pretty bad ass. everyone go check out the brand new Blue Tree Whacking Forums that will be totally a part of the new site coming up. They will replace this not so perfect blogging system and will be totally contained within, meaning no more banners and bullshit server problems. Plus we can have as many different discussion boards as we want as well as a million and a half other kick ass options that I haven't even really discovered yet. Anyway, it took me forever to get this thing up and running, but I think it should be what we need to unify everything even more. let me know what you think.
K.Steeze - 4:24:00 AM

I'd say pick BTW day if you have to choose one. it's what we do for most of the year crammed into a 24 hour period. awesome
K.Steeze - 1:19:00 AM

Thursday, December 26, 2002

I've got Festivus on Saturday, Local on Monday, Lube on Tuesday, and BTW day on Thursday. I just want to warn everyone that I might not be able to get everything off of work. One of the BTW Three I should be able to do.
Skip - 10:54:00 PM

Good news everyone. is back online! go check it out for yourself. there won't be an official site up and running until I get back down to school, but hey, it's at least something. Oh and I checked and we do indeed have 1 whole gig of webspace. rawk!
K.Steeze - 10:42:00 PM

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Merry Christmas everyone! I just got 128 lines in Tetris.
K.Steeze - 8:56:00 AM

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

No, that's New Years Eve in which everyone is going to a hoppin' party at Lube's in Ann Arbor. The show is at the Local on Monday, December 30th.
K.Steeze - 10:00:00 AM

what day is the show? the 31st?
Skip - 7:47:00 AM

Monday, December 23, 2002

I'm sure we could recreate it well enough if we put our minds to it. After all, now I've even got a pirate tattoo!
Mike Wilson - 11:59:00 PM

haha, i totally forgot about that song!! unfortunately when jason and i tried to find if anyone had the demo on their computers still the answer was no... even jon mace helped look on his computer and we had deleted it at one point or another. i think i can almost remember how it went... yo ho a bottle of rum, a keg of ale, something something, as we set sail..... SHIVER ME TIMBERS!
K.Steeze - 6:26:00 PM

Proper spelling is not too much to ask.

I'm voting for Favorite and Best RCY song based on the songs on Good or Suck! I've heard them many more times than any of the unrecorded songs; so, I'm understandably biased. Favorite RCY Song: "The Analogy of the Goat and the Rubber Inflatable Raft." Best RCY Song: "Riot Grrl." Also, we need to start making plans to record CODENAME: Koala; in addition to the nine or so RCY songs we have, and the new one Kevin wrote this morning, I think we should revive the unrecorded MTD masterpiece "Shiver Me Timbers." It's a good song, damn it.
Mike Wilson - 1:40:00 PM

I remember when Sports Night was on ABC, and I asked Kevin, "Hey, is that show good?" His response was, "yeah, it's alright, I guess." So I saw it on once, but I didn't care and I changed the channel. Woe is me. It's my fault it went off the air for overwhelming lack of interest. Best song is "Revolving Door". Favorite is "A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama." It touches me.
Skip - 11:36:00 AM

so i just figured out how to change the title of your name when you post stuff. Notice mine now says "K.Steeze" instead of "Kevin." you have to go to Team and edit your Nickname on the Edit Your Blog page. not sure if you guys already knew that or not, but now we can all use our official BTW nicknames
K.Steeze - 10:38:00 AM

Let's do a BTW Blog vote on Favorite RCY song and also what you think is the Best RCY song, because the two can be different. And you can only pick one song for each category. With so many good songs it's hard to choose, I know :) I'd have to say for mine... Favorite: "Our Best Song Ever", Best: "Revolving Door" - After I thought about it I realized that "Our Best Song Ever" really wasn't our best song ever, even though it's still very good. It's missing some key elements of RCY. It doesn't have any ska thrown in or Mike on sax, which is why I picked "Revolving Door" as the best song because it just has everything working together and it was surprisingly the first RCY song ever written. It's stood the test of time. However, I still picked "Our Best Song Ever" as my favorite because in my opinion it'd be the most fun song to play at a show and to really kick ass. God our band is awesome.
K.Steeze - 10:31:00 AM

I started writing a new song this morning in my boredom. This one actually has a horn part, sweet.
K.Steeze - 10:12:00 AM

Oh and Mike.. "Riot Grrl" will be played, no worries.
K.Steeze - 8:14:00 AM

David, aren't you the one who's all about having high expectations and think it's bullshit for people to lower their standards just because something is common practice? Maybe we won't make a blog entry about it when you learn to spell... but don't think that we should ever expect you to suck at and accept it. It's time to raise the bar, jerk. haha, that was fun :)
K.Steeze - 8:13:00 AM

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Seriously, dude, it is well documented that I cannot spell. I'm usually the first to say it. David can't spell. It's amazing I don't misspell things on the blog more often. All you other other motherfuckers pay attention to this: WHEN I MISSPELL SOMETHING, DON'T MAKE A BLOG ENTRY ABOUT IT! Expect it, accept it, and move on.
David - 7:12:00 PM

Bald Mountain and Steeze: I've come to the conculsion that we must play "Riot Grrl." It's very possibly our best song and a real crowd-pleaser. We quite simply have to play it. The Last Angry Man has spoken.
Mike Wilson - 6:05:00 PM

ooh, SLAM!
K.Steeze - 4:47:00 PM

Tried and true, David, not "tride" and true. Also, you're done viewing your oversensitivity (though my preferred term is hypersensitivity) as a weakness, not a "weekness."
Mike Wilson - 3:33:00 PM

oh yeah. i just got outta work and i'm beat. now it's time to drive an hour home! woo woo
K.Steeze - 8:23:00 AM

What's kind of weird about Sports Night is that, as far as I know, I'm the only one of us who actually watched the show when it was being aired on ABC and at the time it was by far my favorite show on tv. Unfortunately, I think I probably only saw about 8 episodes total. so yeah, i'm looking forward to the dvd's as well.
K.Steeze - 8:22:00 AM

1) Zach, apology accepted. I'm sorry I overreacted to your BTW awards. I am a Wilson. And you are Zach. Being an asshole is your way, it is who you are. And we love you for it.
2) I've been thinking a lot lately about my oversensitivity. I am overly sensitive. I'm done viewing this as a weekness or a liability. It is a gift and it is a strength. It causes me a lot of pain, but it allows me to give a lot of love. And love is the fifth element.
3) BTW Day is going to be awesome. I don't think T. Rule should be invited. BTW is for everybody. But I think BTW Day should be limited to our core gang. We had a fun summer with T. almost falling to our deaths off the roofs of houses like The Marsh, but he isn't one of the tride and true BTW guys.
4) On the topic of Sports Night. Whenever anybody said this show was completely terriffic, I never doubted it. I didn't make an effort to watch reruns of it on Comedy Central, but I did want to see it some day. Mike bought the DVD box set, and in 48 hours I watched the entire first season: 23 episodes. Several hours past that, I've now watched 5 episodes of the second season as well. I'm hooked. It's so amazing.
5) Jon and Adam need to blog more.
6) Love is the fifth element.
David - 2:49:00 AM

Saturday, December 21, 2002

I think I do have a copy back in flint, but it's DOS.
Skip - 10:06:00 PM

I've never played Sam and Max but always wanted to because of your suggestion. Any chance you still have a copy I could bum?
K.Steeze - 10:00:00 PM

Dude, that's more than interesting. That rocks because I loved that game so much I played it two or three times. Sarah and I just exchanged Christmas presents. I got her pajamas, and she got me that which I had announced a desire for long before it ever existed: The Sports Night DVD. I just watched the first four episodes, and I can't wait until I can watch them all. Sarah is so cool.

David, I have no problem being the BTW Asshole of the Year. I find it an honor. But I do apologize for hurting you, and I hope the asshole award incorporated more than just that one post, but rather, a whole year's worth of chaos and tomfoolery. My intentions with that post were to simply get the ball rolling. You and Kevin both had fine posts, and while on vacation the next week I will attempt another award list which I will post upon my return. About the BTW awards being the worst award idea of the year, I meant that in the true sense of the BTW paradox: How can so many of these horrible ideas become the best ideas ever? The Original Smith and Winkler? Sequels to the hour? Twinkie War? I hope this explanation clears up any misconceptions from my post. If not, get fucked. Also, after reconsidering the entries, my award won't be given to David's column about his tv remote, but it will still go to David when the revised list is posted.

Yes, I will be gone until the 28th at noon, at which time I will arrive at Bishop. Then Sarah and I will go to Lansing to celebrate Festivus. While on the road, I should have little trouble checking the Blog from time to time if there is anything of importance I need to know.

Skip - 4:06:00 AM

Friday, December 20, 2002

This will probably only be interesting news for Zach. LucasArts has just announced that they're making a sequel to Sam and Max Hit the Road. cool, eh?
K.Steeze - 6:57:00 PM

In the infamous words of Tom Delonge, "Everything's going to be fine." I called up Film Emporium this morning and apparently the problem was that the first digit of the credit card I used yesterday was input as a 5 instead of a 4. So, yes, my film has officially been ordered and they've started to gather what film they can. And, yes, I am in a much better mood today than yesterday. Thanks for helping me get through it, Mike. The guy on the phone told me to have a terrific holiday right before we hung up. I don't think he could've said anything more reassuring to me to put me back in a happy place. I was in such a good mood that I cleaned Lube's apartment! And on top of everything, I'm going out to Mongolian with Katie tonight. I love Christmas :)
K.Steeze - 5:24:00 PM

I'm still working on mine, but they'll be in before New Year's Eve.
Mike Wilson - 2:28:00 PM

Thursday, December 19, 2002

David's BTW awards
Movie of the Year: Attack of the Clones
In 2002, this movie appeared in theaters, digital projection theaters, on IMAX screens, and on DVD.
Best Picture of the Year Besides Episode II: Punch-Drunk Love
Biggest Motion Picture Disappointment of the Year: Attack of the Clones in IMAX
Album of the Year: Cheer Up! by Reel Big Fish
After a four-year wait, anything less would not have been worth it. It's the next great RBF record.
Band of the Year: Reel Big Fish
They're back. They solved their personell problems, they have an amazing new album, they were the best band at WARPED, and they had their own headlining tour. RBF might just be the best band in America.
Biggest Musical Disappointment of the Year: not seeing MU330 live, not even once
BTW Asshole of the Year: Zach Nie
By the way, the Meximullet lie, although spectacular, was told in 2001.
Person of the Year: President George W. Bush
He's got the tone and attention of this country exactly where he wants them. Now, if he can only take care of Lott....

David - 2:30:00 AM

Kevin's 2002 BTW Awards to Satisfy David's Whining:
1. All time worst movie from 1997: The Postman
2. All time worst human i've ever met: It's hard to say. I find it hard to easily judge people's character and rule them out one way or another. But I definitely did really fucking hate that Kelly bitch down at school. (it's actually Erick, as you'll read in number 7)
3. All time worst choking incident: One time I swallowed a piece of mint candy and couldn't get it back up for about ten minutes. I think I was like ten
4. All time worst idea: video tapes of people killing themselves and other fucked up shit. I can't stand that shit.
5. All time worst Middle School experience: Not too many people know this, but actually one time when I was in 6th grade I pissed my pants in Science class while everyone was there. Luckily it was the last class period of the day but I still had to cover my crotch up with my trumpet case on the way to the bus. I was such a little bitch back then... and now :)
6. All time worst date: Kristen Ulseth sophomore year. or would it be Michele Carlson junior year? shit.
7. All time worst drunk story: New Years party freshman year of college. I got wasted for the first time ever in about 15 minutes by guzzling liquor left and right while no one told me to slow down. Then I puked for several hours and eventually Jon Mace saw my Stermer when he threw me in the shower to sober me up. Then I sat around like a vegetable because I couldn't control my body while all my friends and everyone else had the time of their lives. Although, I suppose a good runner up would be my 21st birthday when my asshole roommate, Erick, pulled me off my bed causing me to puke on myself, tried to ram bread and butter up my ass, and finally sprinkled grated cheese and dried ramen noodles all over me before slamming the door, and running down the hallway giggling while I lay there to clean myself up. Shit, you know what? fuck him, he's now the all time worst human i've ever met. hold on while i make the change...
8. All time worst regret: Not playing water polo my freshman year of high school.
K.Steeze - 2:26:00 AM

OK. For Blue Tree Whacking Day this year we've come up with a mighty great idea. The tentative plan for Thursday, January 2nd (the same date as last year for those keeping track at home) is to drive to Toledo, OH once again. Yes, the only reason for this is tradition... and to spite a horribly pathetic town by having more fun in it than any one possibly could. Once in Toledo our group will check into a very kick ass 2 bedroom hotel room at the Homewood Suites. The reason for this is because the suite could accomodate all of us, and because it would have a full kitchen, in which to make the Vodka Cheese. That's right. We're actually doing it. And what's not a better day to make the worst substance of all time than on our very own holiday? Now, because of Toledo's staggering drawing power the hotel price should only be around $150 (yes, Mike, we looked online and didn't just assume) meaning that everyone would only pay about $25. This, of course, is assuming that we can get enough people to go. David and I have already purchased the necessary equipment to make the vodka cheese, so no worries there.

Next on the list of events would be a Twinki-War out in the cold in not much clothing. This event is to replace the late great Hour That Nobody Wanted. Granted, Twinki-Wars are not quite as retarded, but they are tons of fun... and we'll still have the stupid element of being out in the cold. For those of you who don't know what a Twinki-War is.... let's just say it involves a hell of a lot of twinkies and everyone ends up sticky as hell when it's over.

The last activity is... Good E. Bag Thursday, for the first time ever. Since we'll be in Toledo we'll have to find a good place to hold this (There isn't a Fuddrucker's there, I looked. That city really is lame). And since we'll be hanging in such a sweet pad, i'm sure we'll spend most of our extra time just hanging out, being friends, and probably playing lots of Risk.

If anyone has any questions or ideas please post them here or email david or I. Please alert me if you can/can't go. Also, if you'd like to take a look at the 2 room hotel room you can copy and paste the following url: []

That is all for now. Ruck on.

K.Steeze - 12:34:00 AM

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

A side note: The Newsletter is coming back. I'm sorry it's been gone; please wait just a little longer, my friends.
Mike Wilson - 12:14:00 PM

Zach, I'm hurt.
David - 2:02:00 AM

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Worst Award idea ever: BTW Awards.
Best Story/Lie Told All Year: The Meximullet
Best Column in the Newsletter: The one where David whined about his tv remote.
Most Interesting Chance Encounter: Shasta McNasty
Best Movie Sequel to Premiere at 12:01 am: Attack of the Clones

Skip - 7:25:00 PM

But I wanted a moon man... oh, wait, MTV sucks my ass balls. My mistake.
Mike Wilson - 1:52:00 PM

Alright, I guess I need to clarify my idea on the BTW awards. There will be no awards show or final awards decided on anything. It will begin and end on the blog. I just wanted for everyone to have a big post with his or her oppinions like our many Star Wars debates this summer. Each person picks individual winners in whatever categories he or she sees fit to create. From there, we can all just read them, or put up posts with why those are the worst choices for best this or that imaginable. I'll post my list soon to give everyone an idea what I mean.
David - 11:22:00 AM

Monday, December 16, 2002

Wordy wordy, yo. I'll get cracking on my catagories and votes for the first ever BTW Awards. I assume the winners will be announced on BTW Day?
Mike Wilson - 6:28:00 PM

All right, kids. BTW Day 2002 will be Thursday, January 2. We can't do Good E. Bag Wednesday, because everyone will be hung over and/or tired on the 1st. So we will celebrate the first ever Good E. Bag Thursday! We are trying to find some interresting shit to do in Toledo. We are open to suggestions. You can all look forward to Good E. Bag Thursday at Fuddruckers, a Twinky war in Spedos, and BTW Radio. Lube, I hope you're ready to cook the hell out some pizza rolls. Word.
David - 3:11:00 AM

Okay, gang. It's time for the first anual BTW awards. This round is for 2002. Everybody post your picks for best whatever of the year. Some sample awards would be best movie of the year, best album, best band, best concert, best TV show, best play, best job done by an elected public servant. Anything you can come up with, make it an award. They don't have to be pop culture related either. Worst experience, best time, most drunk, the stupidest thing you did, the stupidest thing you saw... anything. Everybody do one big post on this here blog and you can add more if you see other people's lists and want to add a category.
David - 3:05:00 AM

Friday, December 13, 2002

Imagine doing that for twenty years at some shit job.
Mike Wilson - 4:07:00 PM

I just have to say, eating dinner every day at 7am is just really fucked up.
K.Steeze - 3:24:00 PM

Thursday, December 12, 2002

David, as the messge I left at your apartment explained, we couldn't get seats; so, we left. The only other option left to us was to have crammed up close to one of the TV sets and tried to watch that way, and none of us were willing to do that. We were there, David, but we weren't allowed to see your concert; so, there was no reason for us to stay.
Mike Wilson - 10:46:00 AM

Mike, where were you and the parents after my concert?
David - 1:37:00 AM

Monday, December 09, 2002

I'd say there were about twenty-five to thirty people there. A ton of EMU people, and they were a bit cliqueish, but it was still a good time. Kiel's buddy Stu the Comic Book Guy was there and he and Brad Dupay had a good time talking about Marvel. Still, though, it got annoying when all the girls kept looking wistfully at the door waiting for the Steeze to arrive.
Mike Wilson - 2:07:00 PM

Saturday, December 07, 2002

How many people went to the party? And more importantly were there tons of hot, single girls just cursing themselves since I wasn't able to attend? Huh? Were there??
K.Steeze - 7:25:00 PM

I'm thinking of having Blue Tree Whacking written beneath it, in blue, block, capital letters, but I'm far from decided about that option. So, even if I decide to go that route, it'll be added later. Yeah, the cocktail party at Macho Grande was a good time.
Mike Wilson - 6:22:00 PM

Last night was a good time. More importantly: New Year's Eve at Lube's place. Be there.
David - 12:41:00 PM

Friday, December 06, 2002

do you plan on having any written inscription along with the logo?
K.Steeze - 3:47:00 PM

On my right forearm, opposite the skull-and-crossbones.
Mike Wilson - 10:34:00 AM

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Hey, where's that tatoo going, Mike?
Skip - 3:19:00 PM

Mike, I looked and I do indeed have a copy of the BTW Monkey with me. I'm emailing it to you right now.
K.Steeze - 2:50:00 PM

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Steeze, I can't get my new tattoo until you get me a clean picture of the BTW logo. Get moving, man!
Mike Wilson - 3:41:00 PM




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