Border in our House [Frontera en Nuestra Casa]


I don’t care… I don’t care…

I don’t care if you’re shouting on about
She’s just staring across the border in our house

Let it roll
Let it roll
Let it roll…

I don’t care if you’re lonely
I don’t care if you need control
I don’t care if you love me
I don’t care I don’t even know

I don’t care if you’re shouting on about
She’s just staring across the border in our house

Lyrics and Music by Dave Ryder and Dan McHugh.
Copyright 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Recording and lyrical notes:

Technically, the album should have started with this song because the original Odyssey* begins in medias res (in the middle of things), meaning that the plot begins in the middle of the overall story, and that prior events are described through flashbacks or storytelling.

We felt that starting the album with Black Light [Luz Funesto] was a better choice with it’s forbidding mood and ambiance, foreshadowing the dreadful events that occur later. And let’s face facts: if the screenplay ever gets bought AND by some miracle gets greenlit, the director is going to edit it however he sees fit, so any clever ideas I come up with are going to end up in the shit can anyway. So this is a straight forward story, told linearly from start to finish.

*(Homer’s Odyssey will hereafter be referred to as The Odyssey, Ulises Santiago’s odyssey will be referred to as Odiseo to avoid confusion)

DISCLAIMER: All political opinions expressed on this website are those of Dave Ryder only. Dan McHugh may have completely different opinions, I don’t know, we do not discuss politics we only record music together. I’m sure Lennon and McCartney, Fagan and Becker, et al may have all held very different political and religious viewpoints. That did not stop them from being able to work together and create some great music.

President Obama declares February as American Heart Month


The POTUS. IMHO, one of the top 5 presidents of all time.

President Obama continued his focus on improving the nation’s health this week by declaring February as American Heart Month and kick starting the annual awareness campaign against the nation’s No. 1 killer.

The tradition of American Heart Month began with President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. I was in my mother’s womb (or possibly my dad’s nutsack).

Picture of the US-Mexico Border, taken from Nogales, Arizona. The USA side of the border is on the left of the picture, while the Mexican side is on the right. The camera is pointed towards the east.

US-Mexico Border: Nogales, Arizona, by Darkros.

I think this photo works on several levels: Our protagonist becomes estranged from Calypso early on, largely because of the differences in their upbringing, which slowly become amplified during their tour of duty (you know the old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt”). This “border” or divide in their home symbolizes the current state of US-Mexico relations, and the tense border situation that continues to escalate, particularly in light of recent events*. (EDIT: This website was created in 2010, so it is not “recent” now, obviously – but it is still a MAJOR political and societal issue as of 2016, and will probably remain so for the foreseeable future).

Another level is the fact that the camera is facing east, so Mexico is on the right, which for some reason seems to me to be the “north” and the US is on the left which seems “south” to me. This juxtaposition made me think how easily our positions could be reversed.

*Note: I do not like Bill O’Reilly, but I like the insightful comments from the so-called far-left media whom he vehemently disagrees with, but he does manage to describe the situation succinctly. Sort of. (you could say that I am far-left media, I suppose. But that supposition would imply that I actually give a shit about politics and I really don’t**)

**2016 update: I have grown to be a more political creature as I age, and I have to honestly say that I love Obamacare, for the simple fact that it saved my life. There are many who find flaws with it, but one thing it did was force insurance companies to provide healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. I was being denied coverage for my heart, and when I was finally able to get insurance through the Obamacare marketplace, guess what?

I had a heart attack soon afterwards.

If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I would be dead right now, and my son, who has autism, and really loves me as much as I love him, and who really needs me, and is also BTW my best friend in the world – well he wouldn’t have a Dad right now. He would have a big, black hole in his life, and a gravestone in a cemetery somewhere that he could visit every now and then and cry because he misses his dad. Fuck that noise, that thought breaks my heart.

I will always be grateful to Obama, and for that reason alone I would literally do anything for the man. Even though I do not like either candidate in the upcoming election, I have to vote Clinton just because I think I’ll have a better chance of keeping healthcare coverage if she gets elected. Hell, I’d vote for a petrified turd if it meant keeping my insurance (oh wait – maybe I am lol. Sorry Hillary, just kidding – I think you’re the bees knees, babe. Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl…. )

P.S. While we’re on the subject of walls, I’d just like to say that I don’t like them: I liked it when they tore down the wall in Germany, I liked it when Pink Floyd tore down The Wall and historically walls ultimately always eventually prove to be useless. What function does the Great Wall of China, or Hadrian’s wall provide now? Uh, lemme think…oh yeah – nothing.