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Our Wedding Music Playlist

We put together a fantastic playlist for the wedding! Thanks Zeke for making it happen!

It’s in 3 sections, Cocktails, Dinner, and Dance.



Order Song Artist
1 In The Air Tonight Phil Collins
2 We Are Golden Mika
3 Livin’ la vida Divide & Kreate
4 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants
5 Hurts Like Heaven Coldplay
6 Holocene Bon Iver
7 Thunder Clatter Wild Cub
8 Title and Registration Death Cab for Cutie
9 Red Red Wine UB40
10 Rhythm of Love Plain White T’s
11 Peaches Presidents of the United States
12 Happy Ending Mika
13 Free Fallin Tom Petty
14 Stacy’s Mom Fountains of Wayne
15 Take A Walk Passion Pi
16 Home Phillip Phillips
17 Another Story The Head and The Heart
18 Hot Tonight Tokyo Police Club
19 Magic Coldplay
20 Let Her Go Passenger
21 Comrade Volcano Choir
22 The General Dispatch
23 The Wolves Ben Howard
24 W.O.W. Architecture in Helsinki
25 I Fucking Bleed Purple and Gold Super Mash Bros
26 So Insane Discovery
27 First Day of My Life Bright Eyes
28 Angel, Please Ra Ra Riot
29 Slow Dancing In A Burning Room John Mayer
30 We Are Family Sister Sledge
31 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
32 A Song Is a Weapon Stars
33 Feel The Effect Tokyo Police Club
34 Happy Everafter In Your Eyes Ben Harper
35 Twist and Shout The Beatles
36 Roxanne The Police
37 Lean On Me Bill Withers
38 Crazy In Love ft Jay Z Beyonce
39 Simple Song The Shins
Order Song Artist
4 This Year’s Kisses Billie Holiday
10 Why Was I Born? Billie Holiday
19 I Must Have That Man! Billie Holiday
24 The Mood That I’m In Billie Holiday
11 My Last Affair Billie Holiday
27 Moanin’ Low Billie Holiday
30 Where Is the Sun? Billie Holiday
51 Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Billie Holiday
65 Don’t Know If I’m Comin’ or Goin’ Billie Holiday
40 I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You) Billie Holiday
53 Mean to Me Billie Holiday
57 Foolin’ Myself Billie Holiday
62 Easy Living Billie Holiday
80 I’ll Never Be the Same Billie Holiday
82 Me, Myself and I [Alternate Take] Billie Holiday
75 A Sailboat in the Moonlight Billie Holiday
77 Born to Love Billie Holiday
73 Without Your Love [Alternate Take] Billie Holiday
81 They Can’t Take That Away from Me Billie Holiday
67 Swing, Brother, Swing Billie Holiday
85 I Can’t Get Started Billie Holiday
87 Who Wants Love? Billie Holiday
89 Trav’lin’ All Alone Billie Holiday
90 He’s Funny That Way Billie Holiday
25 Bugle Call Rag Eddie Condon
1 Sugar Eddie Condon
33 China Boy Eddie Condon
18 Oh Peter! (You’re So Nice) Eddie Condon
3 Nobody’s Sweetheart Eddie Condon
28 Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) Eddie Condon
16 Friars Point Shuffle Eddie Condon
22 The Darktown Strutters’ Ball Eddie Condon
37 There’ll Be Some Changes Made Eddie Condon
34 I Found a New Baby Eddie Condon
47 Jazz Me Blues Eddie Condon
45 Oh! Baby Eddie Condon
42 (Back Home Again In) Indiana Eddie Condon
76 Makin’ Friends Eddie Condon
64 I’m Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee Eddie Condon
74 That’s a Serious Thing Eddie Condon
69 Minor Drag Eddie Condon
72 (Back Home Again In) Indiana Eddie Condon
83 Tailspin Blues Eddie Condon
56 I Need Someone Like You Eddie Condon
84 Hello Lola Eddie Condon
79 One Hour Eddie Condon
78 Girls Like You Were Meant for Boys Like Me Eddie Condon
86 Georgia Eddie Condon
88 I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me Eddie Condon
91 The Darktown Strutters’ Ball Eddie Condon
92 You Rascal, You Eddie Condon
5 Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Ella F. and Louis Armstrong
6 Sunrise Sunset Fiddler on the Roof
68 Doctor Jazz Stomp Jelly Roll Morton
35 Tommy People’s Reel/Frank’s Reel John McCusker
12 Biodag Aig MacThomais/Mulqueen’s Reel John McCusker
59 Brigid’s Waltz John McCusker
14 Bobby/Bag of Plums John McCusker
2 Rosin the Beau John McCusker
32 The Rose in the Heather/Does This Train Go to Bellshill?/Trip to Kilkenny John McCusker
21 Craigcullen John McCusker
41 St Bride’s Way/The Bouncing Czech John McCusker
61 Radio Sweetheart’s Waltz/Sandy Hall/The John McCusker
49 Air for Jakes John McCusker
44 John Daly’s Hornpipe/Bubba’s Reel/McFadden’s John McCusker
70 A Fine Romance Lena Horne
38 St James Infirmary Louis Armstrong
29 St James Infirmary Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
9 St James Infirmary (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
23 I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
26 I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
36 I aint got Nobody Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
7 I aint got Nobody (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
17 Panama Rag Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
20 Dr. Jazz Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
15 Dr. Jazz (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
13 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
46 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
63 Frankie and Johnny Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
60 I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
31 Drop That Sack Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
58 Drop That Sack (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
48 Jelly Roll Blues Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
43 Jelly Roll Blues (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
50 Old Kentucky Home Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
54 Chimes Blues Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
71 Chimes Blues (alt) Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
66 Snake Rag Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
39 New Orleans Stomp Louis Armstrong and the AllStars
8 Fever Natalie Cole & Ray Charles
52 Lover Man Sarah Vaughan
55 Summertime Sidney Bechet
Order Song Artist
1 L.O.V.E Nat King Cole
2 The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra
3 Come on Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
4 Take it Easy The Eagles
5 (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
6 Celebration Kool & The Gang
7 Fields of Gold Sting
8 Break My Stride Matthew Wilder
9 I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles
10 Dancing In The Moonlight King Harvest
11 Slow Dancing In A Burning Room John Mayer
12 Let’s Stay Together Al Green
13 Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
14 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
15 Down Under Men at Work
16 Come Away with Me Norah Jones
17 Piano Man Billy Joel
18 You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
19 Oh What A Night The Four Seasons
20 Black Or White Michael Jackson
21 ABC Jackson Five
22 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
23 Landslide Fleetwood Mac
24 1999 Prince
25 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
26 Holiday Madonna
27 Your Song Elton John
28 Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
29 Intro The XX
30 Some Nights Fun.
31 Poker Face Lady Gaga
32 Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Z
33 I’m Yours Jason Mraz
34 No Taylor, No Scar Norwegian Recycling
35 Hey Ya! Outkast
36 Hey, Soul Sister Train
37 Battleships I’m From Barcelona
38 Hey Oh Tonight Norwegian Recycling
39 Iris Goo Goo Dolls
40 Coconut Soundtrack
41 Hey There Delilah Plain White T’s
42 All The Pretty Girls (RAC Mix) fun.
43 One More Time Daft Punk
44 All Bad Touches (Come To An End) Norwegian Recycling
45 Your Body is a Wonderland John Mayer
46 Short Skirt/Long Jacket Cake
47 Falling Haim
48 Daft Punk Pentatonix
49 How Six Songs Collide Norwegian Recycling
50 Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalto Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
51 Electric Feel MGMT
52 Wait For The World Greatest Norwegian Recycling
53 Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Will Daft Punk
54 O.N.E Yeasayer
55 Where Are You Know Wolf Gang
56 Sorry For I Mashed You Norwegian Recycling
57 Poison & Wine The Civil Wars
58 Bad Romance Lady Gaga

What Car Should I Buy?

I am starting school in 2 weeks. I need a car for the commute. Here’s what I’m looking for

  • Low cost of ownership over the next 3 years while I’m in school. Maybe $13k used
  • good MPG (100 mile round trip commute)
  • comfortable for passengers to study in
  • ok for an infant in the back
  • probably a hatchback for hauling stuff

Top contenders right now are:

  • Honda Fit. I sat in a 2015 and the back seat didn’t have enough clearance for me. I think the older models are ok but have to check
  • Mazda 3
  • Honda Civic
  • Nissan Versa
  • Ford Fiesta

What do YOU recommend I test drive?


Here are some cars I knocked off the list

  • Toyota Prius. The A-pillar makes a terrible blind spot for me. I keep nearly hitting pedestrians in Megan’s Prius. :-(
  • Honda Insight. I’m way too tall to sit in the back seat :-(
  • Toyota Matrix. Terrible visibility in the front


It seems a lot of ┬ánewer cars get better MPG… a 2008 Mazda 3 or Fit gets 33MPG, the same cars in 2015 get 40, saving about $400/year in gas!


Wedding Video!

Megan and I can’t thank Shin enough for presenting to us this incredible video of our wedding!

It’s All About The Journey!

Nine years ago I sent the following letter to my friends, telling them about how I was moving to the Bay Area to “follow my bliss”. I hadn’t thought about the letter since I wrote it. Last year my friend Vickie wrote to me, opening with, “This letter still inspires me”. I thought it would be worth revisiting…

At the beginning of June, I’ll be moving to California, the San Francisco
East Bay to be exact!

Why am I moving? I’m moving to follow my bliss.

Last summer I went to the Burning Man festival in Nevada, an event with a
large population from the Bay Area. The event opened my eyes and convinced
me to more actively seek out my happiness. I found that I really took well
to the attitudes espoused by the people at the event and that I wanted to
experience it more.

For the last couple years, I’ve been living in Hackettstown, NJ, a tiny
far-suburb of New York City. I’ve become a well-known person in the town,
running my own business and becoming a member of Rotary International.
People say “Hello” to me on the street. It’s a lovely place, but it’s a bit
too low-key for me. Unfortunately, it’s a little too far from NYC for me to
go to evening events comfortably. Moreover, the life perspective of the
average New Yorker or New Jerseyan is different from a San Franciscan. I’m
hoping that have more in common with locals there in that department.

The business I’ve created, “Computer Guy” is very geographically based so
moving 50 miles would be the same as 3,000. I’d done the New York thing and
Boston. Now it’s time for another move.

So I’m packing my things, selling off detritus, and getting ready to leap!

I’ve been thinking about some of the more specific reasons I’m making this
move. If you think you might be able to help with any of the following
things, gimme a buzz!

I’d like to live “in the middle of things”. I want roommates to be around
and, initially at least, a furnished short term rental. I want to walk out
my door and be there already. I’ve spent many years being on the quiet
outskirts, -near- things. But I’ve come to realize that if a life is out of
sight, it is out of mind. If people and community are “just a short drive
away”, they are still too far away. I want to be able to trip over people.

Creatively, I’d like to find a subject I think I might be interested in and
find someone to study under. I’m not sure what that will be but I’m hoping
I’ll know it when I see it. Maybe it will be experimental aviation, or
improbable art. I’d kind of like to become a musician. There are a bunch of
things I’d like to do but haven’t found critical mass for them where I live
right now. I’m crossing my fingers, and forging ahead.

For employment, I don’t know where in going to land. I’ve been doing
Software Quality Assurance for 15 years and I’m pretty good at it but the
software industry is a constantly changing entity. Maybe I’ll find a place
there, maybe I won’t. I’ve thought, perhaps wistfully, about becoming a
continuity editor for films or such (I suppose I’m moving about 400 miles to
far north for that). I’m just a bit tired of not actually making a “thing”.
QA is just a kind of proofreading… and very little of my dot com
employment actually produced anything that is widely used. I suppose I’d
scratch that itch if I built a bridge or something, but that really isn’t in
my skill set. ;-) It would be wonderful if my job was my passion.
Craigslist has 100 new job openings every day. We’ll see what happens!

I posted this on my blog first on April 28th, 2005.

Here is the followup to that letter:

Burning Man and the culture around it certainly has had an effect on my life! I’ve been so involved in arts like flame effects and machine art that I’ve taught it for years now. I lived in the middle of everything, on the corner of 24th and Valencia in San Francisco for 8 years. I started a few more businesses (and closed just as many, poop). I’ve built giant steel and fire art with a massively collaborative art group and helped run a relatively smaller art project that took me to India among other places. The actual “follow my bliss” letter had an effect on my life… I had sent it to a former employer and friend; his response was, “We’d love to have you work in Cupertino as soon as you arrive!”. It was a great way to get my feet on the ground. I found love more than once, more importantly I found the love of my life and put a ring on it.

The letter offered considerable premonitions into my life over the last 9 years. It’s funny that I didn’t end up in “The San Francisco East Bay” as promised until 8 years later. But all things come to pass. I’m now writing this on the verge of starting grad school and fatherhood. I have no concluding remarks for this post, no conclusion because, as Vickie reminded me recently, “It’s all about the Journey!”

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