steven’s 29th birthday…and pics of lily.

June 14th, 2005

well, it was my birthday on june 2nd and jana made me a cake. it’s all wonderfully documented here. also, there are come pics of lily.



music of the week – the autumns

June 13th, 2005

these songs are by the autumns.

if you’ve listened to some of the songs in the heller family tunes section, you may recognize this first song, the end. it is the opening track from the autumns’ newest self-titled album. jana and i both really liked this song so we decided to record our own version. if you’ve never listened to the autumns, you should. they’re reeeaaallly good. jana’s band, the arrogants, used to play with the autumns quite a bit down in california and they all became good friends. anyway, get their newest album. and while you’re at it, if you can find a copy of their first full length, the angel pool, do yourself a huge favor and pick it up. it’s amazing.

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Do we really know him?

June 8th, 2005

Does someone we know have a double life, thinly disguised with a slightly different spelling of his first name? See for yourself…a lot of things add up.


vistors and vacation

June 7th, 2005

these are some pictures of when we went on vacation to california to see our friend jayd mcferson get married, and of when we had our friends dave and jill wirthlin and dex and alison mcferson visit us here in auburn.



music of the week – the shins

June 6th, 2005

this song is by the shins.

you’ve probably heard the song a million times by now. but maybe (hopefully) some of you haven’t. in the movie, garden state, andrew asks sam what she is listening to in her headphones and she tells him it’s the shins. “this song will change your life”, she tells him. while i’ve listened to the song dozens of times and the life change that she spoke of has yet to occur, i have to admire her zealousness. i myself have been accused on more than one occasion of being just as over the top. i can’t count the number of times that i’ve been in the thralls of an amazing song and have been convinced that it, being the best song in the world, had the absolute power to change the listeners life.

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it’s 12:05 in the morning…

June 5th, 2005

on sunday (barely) and i’m listening to bright eyes’ fevers and mirrors just working on the web site and there are 3 other people browsing this site. just out of curiosity, why?

what are you doing on our site this late (or early) at night? i’d be interested to know who you are. please reply to this with a little story about what’s going on for you right at this very moment if you’re one of the people that i speak of.

that’s cool that you’re here, i just can’t imagine not having anything else going on at this time of the morning. thanks for thinking of the hellers when you’ve got nothing to do and you just can’t sleep. i hope that we can be a solution to your problem.

p.s. – as a side note i was going through our site logs and i discovered that we’ve had visitors from canada, the netherlands and australia. i’d like to wish a warm hello to our fine foreign friends. aloha.


heller and dex – the competition

June 2nd, 2005

(we’re not girls, i mean this in jest).

okay, so this is how it goes…

heller gets hitched, i get hitched a year later.
lily is born, then ian (our son) is born 3.5 months later.
a pattern is developing here…

however, in an effort to beat the hellers to the punch, alison gets pregnant with our second kid (due october 3, 2005).

jana discovers she is pregnant at the same time we do… leaving us still one step behind.

what can we do to compete?


heller trading, inc. undergoes some changes

May 31st, 2005

in an effort to try and spice up the business. i think that we need a new name. heller trading, inc. just doesn’t convey what i’d like it to. i want a name that implies a sense of style, value, great prices, and i want people to feel that by shopping at (new name here) they’re part of an elite club that’s “in the know”.
i don’t want the name to feel expensive. when i hear the name “thomasville” i think “expensive”. i don’t want that. i want people to think clean and stylish. we’re going to try and re-decorate and make the place look… not so lame.

i would like to put this out there to all of you. i know that a lot of you have some good ideas. reply to this with any new business names that you can think of that convey the things i’ve mentioned above. and give us any design ideas that you can think of that would spruce up the warehouse.

the challenge has begun!

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we’re having a baby!

May 30th, 2005

hello friends and family –
i have not noticed any mention of the future addition to our family. the baby is due sometime at the end of october or the beginning of november. we will be finding out if it is a boy or a girl in three weeks – june 21st i believe-

does anyone have any guesses?


music of the week – jud jud

May 30th, 2005

this song is by jud jud.

from a jud jud website: “Started in late 1986 JUD JUD has been one of the most influential parts of the ‘Straight Edge’ movement. At a time where people were trying to preach purity in the scene but being totally hypocritical and not aware of their abuse of playing instruments. JUD JUD managed to strip everything away and find the purist of centers. Using only there mouths JUD JUD leave you standing drop jawed with the speed and insensity of a train. ”

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