Last interview with Mike Portnoy before he left Dream Theater

I had mixed feelings this morning about the news that Mike Portnoy has left Dream Theater.

According to his website he wanted to take a breather as “the DT machine was starting to burn [him] out …and [he] really needed a break from the band in order to save [his] relationship with the other members and keep [his] DT spirit hungry and inspired.”  The rest of the band disagreed: they didn’t want to stop. So Portnoy decided to leave.

On the one hand, I felt sad.  Sad that he’s left the band that he has been so central to for 25 years. Sad that the rest of the band couldn’t put his needs above their own and give him the space that he needed.

While on the other hand I felt a great deal of respect for Mike Portnoy that he was able to be true to himself and just say, “Ok, this is what I really need so this is what I’m going to do.”  Inspiring stuff.

Holiday, day 2: DIY and general geekery

This morning was spent doing DIY:

  • Installed new fluorescent light in the shed
  • Fixed “Kadesh” brass nameplate to shed door!
  • Fixed new bolt to back gate
  • Fixed new hose reel to the wall
  • Built CD bookcase extension from old bookcase
  • Trip to local dump (recycling centre)

This afternoon was spent doing geeky stuff

  • Sorting out my pile of old technology in the cupboard
  • Selling a few bits and pieces on eBay
  • Watching Dream Theater DVDs on my PC
  • Installed 120GB hard drive in Mum’s old PC (former HDD had died)
  • Currently installing Kubuntu 6.06 on it (to replace Windows XP Home)

That’s what holidays are for…