25 March 2010

This American Life, Myself

I'm about to send this email to Ira Glass, the producer of my favorite radio program, "This American Life" (see www.thisamericanlife.org). If you've never listened, please do, you will not regret it.

I only have one problem with the show, and it's grammatical. Read below.

Dear Ira and Others:

First, please allow me to say that I absolutely love "This American Life". I recently downloaded the IPhone App for the show, and if I was previously an avid listener, I am now perhaps an obsessed listener. I listen to approximately 10 episodes a week, and I am quickly making up for all the years during which I was not aware of your incredible program.

Allow me to also preface with this caveat: I am a bit of a grammar freak. Perhaps not a freak, but I like grammar, and I occasionally annoy people with my grammatical observations and corrections. Sure, I make mistakes too, but that doesn't stop me from being unable to contain myself at times. I also sometimes correct people on their usage of certain words. The other day, for instance, a friend used the word "dichotomous" when he meant to say "diatomaceous". I corrected him and he was sort of annoyed.

So, I'm annoying about grammar. We've settled that. My reason for writing you is this: You finish your shows wonderfully. I love hearing all the different things that Tory Malatia supposedly says. Every show, however, you say something like -- "This show was produced by (name) and myself....."

Why do you say "myself"? I believe that you should just say "me". Feel free to read this article: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/myself-grammar.aspx --

You'll find a nice description of the uses of "myself" there -- In a nutshell, "myself" is either a reflexive pronoun (I washed myself, She hurt herself, etc) or an intensive pronoun, used only to intensify a sentence (I saw it myself!).

I hope you don't take offense to my point, but I can't get this out of my head (perhaps it's because I listen to you so many times a week) and figured I should let you know.

I really hope that I didn't make any egregious grammatical errors in this letter.


Christopher (Pancho) Romero Bond
Asheville, NC

22 March 2010

Recent Sirius Being

Sirius.B (my band) has a show here in Asheville on Saturday. This is the Record Release Celebration for our new cd, Monkey Robot Soldier. Tickets are available online at www.siriusbmusic.com. The show price of $15 includes performance by Bombs Away Cabaret and a Free CD!

Also, we've recently done our part to aid in Asheville's bid to be considered for the Google Fiber Initiative. Google, in a nutshell, is going to set up super-fast internet in one small city in the US. Each town must submit an application to be considered. We were recently asked by our old neighbor and now city councilman, Gordon Smith, to submit a musical addition to the application. Here it is:



21 March 2010


My new tattoo....(no color yet)

And an amazing tattoo that one of the guys at the shop had....

15 March 2010

The doo

A pre-haircut combover and mullet for your enjoyment!
By the way, I am purposely making the yokel face in the mullet shot.


I love Craigslist. I found this ad in the "gigs" section today:

I am looking for someone who is fluent in both Korean & Jewish sign language who looks like Elvis and is available for a wedding March 26th & 27th. If you are not available on both days don't reply. The rehersal will be on Friday night from 6 to 8 with a buffet dinner to follow and then the wedding on the 27th at 1PM. A tuxedo will be supplied and if by chance you are a singer and can sign at the same time the band has a spot for you. Please, take note that we do not have enough room for you to bring your whole family, pets and friends. Should be a fun time for all.

New Record

02 March 2010

Xavi and His Shot Glass

The first of six Sirius.B shot glasses that I am working on.

01 March 2010


I have finally booked tickets for my honeymoon, with my now not-so-newlywed bride, Beth. We'll be going to PERU for two weeks in May!