Friday, January 21, 2005

And all the kings armies are tired and slow, you can set them all up in a row

I know that they have had all kinds of internet buzz but I just can't get behind The Killers. I've tried. Really I have The Wife downloaded the album at work brought it home for me. I've heard the songs, and it is not as if they are bad. I am not sure exactly what it is about them that I can't get past. I have heard a rumor that at appearances The Killers speak with fake British accents. Not exactly a point in their favor if true. I have no idea if it is true or not. I am a bit confused on this whole emo genre that my local radio station keeps playing. First of all the word emo to me invokes the word emotion which to me was always a big part of music anyway right? So how is the emotion different in "emo" music? I heard that the lead singer of one of these bands actually breaks down into sobs in one recording. I guess that's emotional. Anyway. Lately when I listen to the newest hip rock bands I shake my head thinking that it all just sounds the same. Further proof that I am getting old. Gotta go, Matlock's on.

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I have been catching bits and chunks of I Love The 90's: Part Duex and absolutely loving it. Anyone who knows me knows that there isn't much that enjoy better than a walk down memory lane; this show is just that. Aside from watching and telling each other stories about where and when we saw each movie and toy, The Wife and I have found big gaps in what movies we never got around to seeing. It all got me thinking. Hell, I've never seen Gone With the Wind, or Casablanca. Citizen Cane? Just haven't gotten around to it yet. I do know that I have seen Rear Window. It is one of my first movie memories but that's the problem. I remember a guy in a wheelchair with a camera or something but not much else so I can't even count that one. Those are just a few of the biggies. I should put together a list of them but for some reason (read: two glasses of wine) I can't for the life of me think of them now.

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This may sound crazy but the world needs to know. There are two very simple yet very delicious sandwiches that I swear by. I've been told they were gross but after a simple taste test all doubters have come around and for you dear internet readers I impart my wisdom. Nothing, and I mean nothing absorbs a few too many glasses of wine like two slices of American cheese on toast with a liberal smear of yellow mustard. Trust me. Another great simple sandwich is essentially the same with a twist. Two pieces of good old sliced white bread. Wonderbread if you can afford the finer things in life. Again, two slices of American cheese; again, the liberal helping of yellow mustard. This time take a handful of potato chips and put them on the opposite side of the mustard, as to prevent sogginess, squish down and enjoy. I have brought many converts to this hearty snack and while I used to be able to have them on a regular basis I know better now. Oddly enough a snack that I developed as a teen in my mother's kitchen has become a treat only enjoyed at my mother-in-law's. I have grown very comfortable there over the years and enjoying a comfort food of mine helps to seal the deal. Try one soon.

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Thundersnow. If that's not a cool word or concept what is? Jon Bolaris of CBS 2 NY used the term about the oncoming storm. Yeah that's right snow AND lightning. Be afraid because it is on its way. Another great band name.

State of my Union.

I haven't had much time to blog this week. Car trouble for most of the week, and The Wife and I had to catsit for my sister while she was in Florida. Don't get me wrong I am more than happy to help out family but it is a haul out to her house and back every night. Work still sucks. My ipod still rocks. With no time to read I am still only about halfway through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I am three weeks into the new year and still haven't completed a book. Does not bode well for my 50-books-this-year resolution. The Wife is, as usual, more than I deserve.

That about sums it all up for now, oh except for the best fact about today that I could possibly think of . . . Only 25 days until pitchers and catchers report to camp. Hallelujah!

Monday, January 17, 2005


Terry has written some of the most beautiful pieces that blogging has seen. This one from today isn't too shabby either. Make his blog a daily read if you don't already.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

I will never say the word "procrastinate" again; I'll never see myself in the mirror with my eyes closed.

Editors Note: Until further notice titles of posts will be random song lyrics plucked from whatever my ipod throws at me on my bus ride to and from work. Why? Because I feel like it. Oh yeah and by the way, a bunch of random bits is probably all you'll see from me this weekend. Three day weekend of relaxing with some movies, some football, and of course liquor, lots of liquor.

I'm sure that anyone who has made it here has already found this link somewhere else but if you haven't and you enjoy film please check out the CONVERSATION. I spent this morning in their backblogs, they have no less than five interesting threads going on right now.

I have always heard that burning hair gives off an odor to beat the band. Lacking any first hand experience I figured it couldn't be all that bad. Its just hair right? This morning The Wife and I could not find the source of a stink in our living room. The rare big breakfast today had us blaming each other for the cloud that seemed to linger over the coffee table and couch. A moment later while getting a drink I noticed that the smell had just gotten significantly stronger. "Hey! Get away from there! That's the smell!" The wife was screaming in the living room. It seems that my cat when rubbing against the coffee table in the hopes that it would dispense food was dragging his tail through the flame of a small stinky candle we had lit. As much as we love this cat there is no denying that this particular animal is not so bright. The poor thing didn't even seem to notice the fact that a little longer and we would have had a fireball capable of dashing all over the apartment.

No one, and I mean NO ONE beats us in the snow.

The Wife and I became the proud new owners of a special edition rotating board version of Scrabble this weekend. The competition has been fierce although a bit one-sided. It seems that The Wife has a thing for anagrams and word games. Humbling.

Movies, movies, movies. Last weekend we saw Napoleon Dynamite, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I started a post and reviewed both of them but have yet to post it. This weekend we saw two more good ones. I am a bit late to both of these. I knew that they where released and I had read the reviews but I prefer the comfort of my couch to the movie theater so I generally don't see movies until they are out on DVD. First up it was Garden State last night. Good, but not great and I will post my reasons why when I get them together. Today after the Patriots game we watched Shaun of the Dead which I thought was in a word - Brilliant! (to be read in the voice of the guys in the Guiness commercial)

Tomorrow take a moment to remember him; and his works.