Thursday Thirteen #something — I Don’t Wanna

Thirteen “reasons” practice gets cancelled

When I noticed that this week’s official Thursday Thirteen theme was gross, Trevor got all excited. Trevor Wolff isn’t a man who begs, but he was all but prostrate on the floor in front of me, eager for his chance to sound off about how gross monogamy, marriage, and Mitchell’s wife Kerri all are. (Yes, he was well on his way to making another letter-themed list like last week’s).

Problem is, no one really wanted to listen to Trevor on that particular subject. Trust me; you didn’t, either.

Since Trevor is off ranting about monogamy, marriage, and Mitchell’s wife Kerri, the rest of us got together and came up with a list of things we say when it looks like practice won’t be happening.

1. Mitchell’s mountain bike is calling. Daniel’s pool is calling.

2. The band has blisters. On their fingers, on their shoulders from their guitar straps, on Daniel’s hiney (no, that’s NOT the word he used) from too many hours on that drummer’s throne.

3. Communing with nature is the best sort of prayer, and Eric needs the best sort of prayer. No one’s sure why; when they ask, he just smiles and says it’s between him and God.

4. Trevor’s got a girl waiting. Trevor needs to go find a girl. Trevor needs to find girls for Mitchell, Eric, and Daniel. Trevor has girls waiting for them all. You get the idea. Trevor + girls = no practice today.

5. Hangovers. ‘Nuff said.

6. The Hatchet needs to be sharpened. This only works for the guys in Deadly Metal Hatchet, obviously. Please don’t try it at home. Men with funny white coats might show up on your doorstep. Or worse.

7. Someone is hungry and Val is cooking. Therefore, practice will end as soon as whatever Val’s making comes out of the oven. Maybe the guys need to go watch and make sure it doesn’t burn…

8. Mitchell’s out of new guitar strings. Eric’s out of new guitar strings. Trevor hasn’t bought new strings for his bass … well, ever. So it’s Mitchell’s fault that he has no new strings. Even though the guys have techs who work year-round for them and who keep the axes well-strung.

(strung I said! STRung!)

9. With the techs around, there are too many people in the practice space. The techs have work to do. The band can’t do it until they’re done. Good thing the techs aren’t in any hurry.

10. The guys in Deadly Metal Hatchet often wonder why they bother to practice. They’ll never be as good as ShapeShifter.

11. The guys in ShapeShifter often wonder why they bother to practice. Their fans only want to hear the same old songs.

12. It’s too nice out to spend inside practicing. It’s too rainy; the humidity affects the instruments. It’s too cloudy to think straight. Let’s wait for a snow day. There might be one in the next ten years.

13. Fans? People want us to sound good??

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  1. On a limb with Claudia

    May 7, 2008 6:54 pm

    I hate the theme here – Love Trevor, but hate the controlling theme. I mean really Carol SAYS she’s a middle child but no self respecting middle child would be so controlling.BR/BR/I’m taking her badge away.BR/BR/Otherwise, 😉 Great post!BR/BR/Happy TT!

  2. anthonynorth

    May 7, 2008 6:57 pm

    ‘Tis true, you only need the slenderest of reasons to cancel.

  3. Adelle

    May 7, 2008 7:03 pm

    Fun list! I think Trevor and my exhusband are related lol Happy T13!

  4. pussreboots

    May 7, 2008 7:30 pm

    #10 made me giggle. Happy TT.

  5. On a limb with Claudia

    May 7, 2008 7:43 pm

    Oh honey, it’s not you or here (west of mars) I hate that TTs have themes now. That’s all – love you hate the theme. Plus a billion blogs on gross? yuck.BR/BR/((hug)) sorry for the confusion.

  6. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 7, 2008 7:48 pm

    Well, like I said, being confused made me smarter. Always a good thing.

  7. Nicole Austin

    May 7, 2008 7:53 pm

    Themes are meant to be ignored, right? LOL! I ignore them. Bravo to you for doing the same. Themes get boring very quickly.

  8. Natalie

    May 7, 2008 7:56 pm

    Too funny!!!

  9. bunnygirl

    May 7, 2008 8:14 pm

    LOL! What a fun list! When one is sufficiently motivated, any old reason will do, right?

  10. Bethanie

    May 7, 2008 8:32 pm

    Themes-schmemes… BR/BR/To heck with’ em, I say. But then, I’m like that cow in the back of the herd in that Far Side cartoon, the one that’s singing “I just gatta be MEEEEE!”… Moo!

  11. Nina Pierce

    May 7, 2008 9:06 pm

    Love your list. IOnly/I 13 things you’d rather do when practice is cancelled? Hee hee … I figure that’s the PG-13 version! 😉 I did my first theme this week and actually went with 13 gross and weird animal facts. BR/BR/Visit me at A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Around the Writer’s Block/A

  12. Bethanie

    May 7, 2008 9:13 pm

    Oops, sorry, I Linky-d to the wrong post in my first attempt there… duh.

  13. SandyCarlson

    May 7, 2008 9:25 pm

    Trevor’s priorities are endearing, somehow!

  14. susiej

    May 7, 2008 9:33 pm

    This is a Classy gross lists, if I do say so. Number 2 is very funny.

  15. Ann Bruce

    May 7, 2008 9:53 pm

    *sigh* I understand procrastination too well.

  16. Janet

    May 7, 2008 10:20 pm

    #3…I can relate! As for #11, that must be frustrating for a band!

  17. spyscribbler

    May 7, 2008 10:27 pm

    ROFL … I don’t go to the interesting extremes as Trevor, but I relate to the avoidance issue! BR/BR/There are themes now? We don’t have to follow them, do we? I finally get another Thursday Thirteen in, and the rules are changed?

  18. Lori

    May 7, 2008 10:30 pm

    Happy TT my friend. I hope everything is wonderful in your world:)

  19. shaunesay

    May 7, 2008 10:44 pm

    love it! can totally sympathize! I thought of any reason not to practice, and would have given anything for any excuse not to practice actually on marching band days… I sure don’t miss that… the shows, yes, the practicing in the mud and the rain, and the cold and the hot, no!

  20. forgetfulone

    May 7, 2008 10:52 pm

    That was a really great list! Happy T13!

  21. Ann

    May 7, 2008 11:03 pm

    Great list, not the excuses I ever used, but then again I played flute and trumpet (no strings *g*). BR/I have a hard enough time coming up with my own lists, they want me to work around a theme, too? pblph, I say. :)BR/P.S. it’s not up yet, I hope to have it posted soon (as soon as I come up with a list).

  22. Wylie Kinson

    May 7, 2008 11:42 pm

    LOL at number 8!! BR/I never thought much about all those blisters. OUCH

  23. Thomma Lyn

    May 7, 2008 11:46 pm

    hehe, I love it! And #2 gave me the gigglesnorts. 🙂

  24. Ann

    May 7, 2008 11:53 pm

    I posted a contest on the contest blog you might be interested in. :)BR/My TT is up, too. 🙂

  25. Alice Audrey

    May 8, 2008 12:39 am

    This is too fun to be considered gross.

  26. Picturing of Life

    May 8, 2008 1:04 am

    great postBR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Will you visit mine/A Thanks

  27. Winter

    May 8, 2008 2:37 am

    Trevor’s a character. But I still think Mitchell is the shit.BR/BR/I always love your TT’s about the band.

  28. Irishcoda

    May 8, 2008 5:54 am

    I didn’t mind the theme thing too much this week because I could actually think of 13 things that are gross. I wonder why they came up with the theme thing anyway? Enjoyed your list! 🙂

  29. Shelley Munro

    May 8, 2008 6:12 am

    Love the list – it made me laugh. Sharpening the hatchet 🙂

  30. Hootin' Anni

    May 8, 2008 7:06 am

    My 13 is a gross group of funny advertisements I made up for fun, and using this week’s ‘gross’ theme for T-13. Hope you can stop by.BR/BR/BR/And I think that you can do what you darned well pleased on your blog, who’s to say you NEED to follow the T-13 prompts? It’s not a law.

  31. LA Day

    May 8, 2008 7:18 am

    Great TT! I didn’t stick with the theme either.

  32. Meg

    May 8, 2008 8:30 am

    Would ‘I’d rather be blogging’ qualify? Stop by and visit my 13.

  33. tipsandtricks

    May 8, 2008 8:41 am

    Hahha. I can see myself in most of these excuses…I have no band but excsues, I can come up with some just to justify what I’m doing.

  34. Hailey's Mommy

    May 8, 2008 8:42 am

    Fun list. Happy TT!

  35. Julia Smith

    May 8, 2008 9:16 am

    It’s too nice outside? Do band people say that? I thought outside had to be dark for the band.

  36. Bethany

    May 8, 2008 9:17 am

    Yay for another non-theme doer! Awesome list, too! Happy TT 🙂

  37. Sue

    May 8, 2008 9:47 am

    I’ve used some of those excuses! Happy TT and thanks so much for stopping by!

  38. Toni

    May 8, 2008 9:58 am

    Sounds like the guys have no problem coming up with reason not to practice!

  39. Darla

    May 8, 2008 10:59 am

    Those all sound like perfectly valid reasons to me! :)BR/BR/On the other hand, they also sound like the reasons my younger son has for not practicing the clarinet. Today’s excuse works, though–he had an orthodontist appointment, and he’s in pain. Mouth pain + clarinet = not a good thing.

  40. Bob-kat

    May 8, 2008 11:20 am

    Great list 🙂 Definitely with the band on No. 5! Sometimes when I can’t come up with a good reason I just procrastinate until the problem goes away!

  41. marcia

    May 8, 2008 11:40 am

    that is like the rest of life

  42. Robin

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am

    Of course you said well-STRung dear, I can’t imagine whatever else you could possibly have meant. My heavens…

  43. storyteller

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm

    Trevor is in a class by himself ;–)BR/Hugs and blessings,

  44. auria cortes

    May 8, 2008 1:04 pm

    “When I noticed that this week’s official Thursday Thirteen theme was gross”BR/BR/Okay, this week I did read TT website to find out the theme and couldn’t find one. Now you are saying that the theme is “gross.” What am I missing? ::scratches head::

  45. Amy Ruttan

    May 8, 2008 1:11 pm

    You had me at pool.BR/BR/Good enough for me. ;)BR/BR/I did a TT at Six Degrees dahling.

  46. Denise Patrick

    May 8, 2008 5:02 pm

    Since I just ignore the themes, I find the ones interesting who do them. Glad you didn’t, though. This one was very funny. Procrastination isn’t just confined to ShapeShifter!BR/BR/Happy TT!

  47. Tilly Greene

    May 8, 2008 5:04 pm

    Me thinks you protest too much…strung or hung, we know where your mind is lingering 🙂

  48. Celticlibrarian

    May 8, 2008 5:11 pm

    #8…tee hee. Well strung indeed.

  49. L^2

    May 8, 2008 5:59 pm

    LOL These guys are full of great excuses!

  50. Angela Moore

    May 9, 2008 7:31 am

    Great list! Love everything on them. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  51. fullbodytransplant

    May 9, 2008 8:53 am

    Rock! No more excuse, just Rock!

  52. FRIGGA

    May 9, 2008 11:51 am

    Love em! It sounded strangely familiar, the part of how no matter what the weather there’s always a valid excuse to procrastinate! 🙂

  53. Julia

    May 9, 2008 8:36 pm

    If Trevor need to go find a girl, then I guess it’ll be “I” who he find at the end of the trail LOL!BR/BR/Love Trevor list and that he excited about the “Gross” stuff :)BR/BR/Happy TTs and thanks for visiting my blog. Have a good weekend ahead 🙂

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