Friday, December 31, 2004
Everyday shoe: Simple O.S. (stone gray)
Getting the Mail: Timberland clogs (brown)
Walk This Way: Adidas Superstar (white/blue - laces haven't been untied since summer '98)
Old Workout Shoes: Adidas Superstar 2g (white/blue - don't wear anymore)
Current Workout Shoes: New Balance 805 (grey/red - go Bucks!)
The Most I'll Dress Up in Summer: Rockport sandals (brown)
Summer Standard I: Reef Smoothy (black - bought in time of need at St. Maarten)
Summer Standard II: Adidas slide (blue/yellow)
Old Summer Standard: Adidas Santiossage slide (blue/white)
Shoutout to My Old Area Code: New Balance 804 (grey/blue/yellow)
My Only Pair of Brown Shoes: Sketchers Critics (brown - duh)
My Hip Work Shoes (When I Worked): Dr. Martens 8053 Series (black)
Not Sure Why I Still Have Them: Timberland boots (brown - ca. high school)
Puttin' on the Ritz (old): Stanley Blacker captoes (black)
Puttin' on the Ritz (new): Bostonian Madison wingtips (black)
-some type of brown leather dress shoe
-Simple O.S. (jungle green/white)
-a new pair of Adidas Superstars
There you have it. More shoes than a heterosexual man should be allowed to have.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
I’ve seen the future and it looks like lemonade/Mix an ocean of a potion/Make you wish you’d never stayed
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
I've been in a pretty shitty mood for the past couple of days. Mainly because of an idiot boneheaded mistake that I made while paying my bills earlier in the month. I won't elaborate, but it's all getting sorted out. I can't stop dwelling on it, though.
At least the backlog of mail was delivered today and I received a CD that I bought off of ebay - Modern English's Pillow Lips (yeah, the one where they re-recorded "I Melt With You"). It even came in the original cardboard longbox! The CD's been out of print for years and I never replaced my cassette. I popped it in the car while I went to pick up my Chinese food and remembered every lyric. Man, it was like I was in high school in 1990 all over again: no job, not dating, studying for exams. Funny how some things don't change.
Also cheering me up is the unrated version of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy DVD that I picked up today. Some of the dialogue has been changed from the theatrical cut, though. I liked the theatrical version of Brick and Champ recalling the morning after the party better. Still, it's a funny movie. And the DVD of my favorite movie of 2004 came out - Garden State!
You stay classy, San Diego.
Monday, December 27, 2004
My brother's cat Snoopy. He's a cute (and gigantic) cat. Too bad I have to get all doped up on Benadryl whenever I go over to his house to visit or else I'll feel miserable.
The Best Dog in the World: Sadie. Here she's just chillin'.
My nephew Parker taking a break from the family.
Besides the bow tie (I WILL learn how to tie it in '05), bottle of Grey Goose and cash (to help keep my butt unemployed while I study for the bar), one of my favorite presents was this The Empire Strikes Back quilt that my mom made for me. 2004 was the year that she finished her many projects - this quilt was started in 1985.
We continued our Christmas night tradition of going to see It's a Wonderful Life at the historic Byrd Theater. When I become a millionaire and go through my philanthropic phase, the first thing that I'm going to do is get new seats for the Byrd. Seeing a long movie there is a test of ass endurance.
Ren and Stimpy look on the Great Talking Doll Debate of 2004 (moderated by Rachel Ray's visage). Reagan proclaimed "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem" to which Charlie Brown retorted with "Me? You want me to be the director of the Christmas play?" Considering my age, I got a lot of toys this year.
Lastly, I was greeted with about a foot of snow already on the ground when I returned to Cowtown last night. Here's the view outside of my front door.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Johnny Oates was a great man, ballplayer, and friend. I still remember when he took me to the clubhouse at Memorial Stadium when he managed the Orioles. That was such a thrill. He then gave me a ball signed by Cal Ripken, Jr. (who I share a birthday with) and a bat signed by Billy Ripken. Talk about a great day! He was a very unselfish man, always there for my family - I remember one night in particular in which he provided my brother, sister, and I with some much needed comfort. Mr. Oates will definitely be missed, but at least he's free from his pain and in a better place now.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
I'm in Richmond now, chillin' with the fam. Spydrz and I just got back from bar hopping. We were going to see Mary Prankster at Poe's Pub, but were too late (c'mon, I've seen a million concerts and NONE of them started promptly at 9). We did get there in time to talk to her, though. Being the fanboy that I am, I got a picture with her. Maybe she'll be my crush next week. You never know...
So I leave C-Bus yesterday and today they get dumped with at least half a foot of snow. Today in Richmond it was sunny and 61 - so glad that I brought my pea coat. My streak of green Christmases continues.
Well, all this talking has made me light-headed. I think I better lie down.* Merry Christmas!
*five points if you can get that reference.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
To warm your cockles, I give you this: It's a Wonderful Life in 30 seconds and re-enacted by bunnies
And in the spirit of Festivus, I've got a lot of problems with you people. And now, the Feats of Strength...
Here's my list of the top albums and whatnot of 2004. Keep in mind, there's no way that I (or anyone, really) could listen to everything released this year, so this list is solely based on what tunes entered my lil' world (57 albums - mostly legal, some not - to be exact).
Album of the Year: Brian Wilson, SMiLE (a teenage symphony to God, indeed)
The Best of the Rest (in alphabetical order):
Ayslum Street Spankers, Mercurial
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, The Delivery Man
De La Soul, The Grind Date
DJ Danger Mouse, The Grey Album
Green Day, American Idiot
John Wesley Harding, Adam's Apple
Jem, Finally Woken
The Killers, Hot Fuss
Nellie McKay, Get Away From Me
Murs, Murs 3:16 - The 9th Edition
Sam Phillips, A Boot and a Shoe
The Roots, The Tipping Point
Snow Patrol, Final Straw
Kanye West, The College Dropout
Best Reissue: The Clash, London Calling: 25th Anniversary Legacy Edition
Best Compilation (tie): Garden State and Shaun of the Dead soundtracks
Best Singles: Modest Mouse - "Float On," William Shatner - "Common People," Kanye West - "Jesus Walks,"
Returns to Form: Prince, Morrissey, The Cure
Biggest Disappointment: Eminem, Encore
Still the Biggest Sellouts: The Blackeyed Peas
Best Dis of Shaq: Skillz - "Those movies were ill/I'd make a porno with Magic before I'd make Kazaam or Steel"
Best Live Show: Asylum Street Spankers
Best Non-2004 Album That I Heard For The First Time This Year: The Postal Service, Give Up
Monday, December 20, 2004
This just in: she's hot.
More pics can be found here: www.Jennifer-Eccleston.com
"And in his spare time he painted." Monet's Seascape at Pourville:
That kooky Degas and his fascination with ballerinas:
I wasn't supposed to take these pictures, so shhhhhhhhhhhh! The art police are bastards, I hear.
With few digital entertainment options open to me yesterday, I decided to finish my Christmas shopping. Man, the mall was a nightmare. But my gift buying is all done with.
Now I just need to straighten up the house the little, wrap presents, pack, and I'll be off to Virginia in the morning...if the fates allow.
Friday, December 17, 2004
Twas the night before Christmas in Vegas, no qualms
Paris Hilton was banging some guy at the Palms
Then Courtney Love flew in her private chartered sleigh
A landing so perfect, her arm tracks led the way
There’s Anna Nicole - in great shape, she’s hikin’ in
With bottles of Trim Spa and buckets of vicodin
Is that the Sum 41 guy with Avril Lavigne?
No way - she’s the hardest core hardcore punk rocker I’ve ever seen
I went to a strip club after a couple of beers
I saw a pretty pole dancer - hey, it’s Britney Spears
With cut off daisy dukes, hair blonde as honey
Why is she stripping for dollars? Her husband Kevin took all her money
Now Lindsay, now Misha, Nicole Richie take care
Someone’s hurling into the toilet; it’s Tara Reid - hold her hair
I know she hates Lohan, but Lindsay here’s some drama
Hilary Duff is in the corner blowing Wilmer Valderrama
Who’s that up in the Ghost Bar, wide-eyed and out too late
Asking if her ass looks fat? It’s Ashley with Mary-Kate
So “It” girls of Hollywood, don’t go too far
Because what happens in Vegas stays in the Star
It was nice to listen to some stuff that I hadn't heard in a long time. There's some great music out there. I particularly love these lines from Tim Easton's "Hey Rosine":
Hey, Rosine, you got your momma's worries and your daddy's trigger finger/So, don't question if I'll always be true
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Her song "Am I Not Pretty Enough" begs the answer, "you're more than fine."
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
But at least I'm not a hobbit rapper. I tell ya, whenever I feel down about myself I think of those guys and then I feel much better. It's almost as good as the "lightning bolt! lightning bolt!" video that made the rounds a few years ago.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Normally, my M.O. at parties is to drink too heavily, get sick, crash (with the room spinning around me). It wouldn't be unusual for me to be the first one down - even at my own party. Last night I had a breakthrough, though. Yes, I was imbibing on a constant basis, but I never got sick. Even better, the world was still as I was drifting off to sleep. No hangover today. I have to think about what I did differently last night.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
10. The Passion of the Christ
9. Dawn of the Dead
8. The Ladykillers
5. Spider-man 2
3. Shaun of the Dead
2. The Incredibles
1. Garden State
Honorable mentions: The Terminal, Mean Girls, Shrek 2, Miracle, Open Water, Anchorman
Could've Been Great, Except for the Damn Shaky Camera: The Bourne Supremacy
Best Non-2004 Movie That I Saw for the First Time This Year: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (I know - I'm a bit late to the party on this one)
Belive the Hype: Jamie Foxx in Ray (maybe now he can strike Booty Call from his resume)
Friday, December 10, 2004
"That's more than I spent on all that Handsome Cream."
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Odd music choice: I must've listened to Apathy's So Where's Your Album? at least three times while trimming the tree. To stretch for a connection...he's an MC out of Connecticut. There was an old movie called Christmas in Connecticut. There you go. Not satisfied? Okay, in one song he rhymes over an instrumental of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." The White Stripes, of course, always dress in red and white. Candy canes have red and white stripes on them. I am the king!
Now all I have to do it is clean the house and go to the grocery and liquor stores.
It'll be a while, but stay tuned, folks.
*scheduled to occur sometime in February before the bar exam.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
As anyone who spends more than five minutes in Columbus quickly realizes, the city is intensely devoted to the Ohio State football team. Weddings and funerals are scheduled around Buckeye home games. And don’t try to sneak something in: People in Columbus memorize the football schedule for three years in advance.
The self-esteem of Columbus is directly tied to the won loss record of the Ohio State football team. Use this handy guide to determine the civic self-esteem during any given season:
11-0: Colossus of the Midwest
10-1: Titan of Ohio
9-2: Gem of the Scioto
8-3: Hub of the Seven-County Metropolitan Area
7-4: Regional Warehousing Center
6-5: The Next Indianapolis
5-6: Gateway to Dayton
4-7: Good Place to Stop for Gas
3-8: Worth a Side Trip
2-9: Obscure Crossroads Southwest of Cleveland
1-10: Dusty Third World Village
0-11: Superfund Site
For those not keeping up with the Buckeyes, currently we're a so-so Regional Warehousing Center. But we're also a Red State, so it all evens out.
Speaking of the post office, I sent my brother a bubble mailer first class on August 23rd of this year. He did not receive it until 3 months later. There really is no excuse for that kind of delay. It makes me want to go postal.
Plus, there's just something about his Scottish brogue that I find appealing.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
(I got the grande one - perfect for martinis all around)
Monday, December 06, 2004
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Also tonight Patton Oswalt has a stand-up special on Comedy Central. He's a really funny guy and I'm looking forward to his show. The man's got bits about Paas and how his girlfriend is obsessed with grisly true crime shows but can't stomach deaths in spaghetti westerns.
Oh, and for the uninitiated, the title to this topic is a recurring line from AD guest star Carl Weathers. Yes, that Carl Weathers.
First up is an original by New York City's Mosquitos, titled "Missile Tow." Very precious. Let's put aside our differences and celebrate Christmas/Chanukah together.
Mosquitos: Missile Tow
The second is from Fleming & John. It's their take on "Winter Wonderland," only with a Zep twist. I'm especially digging the nod to "Black Dog" at the end ("Hey hey, Rudolph..."). This was first put up on their site in 2000, before mash-ups were cool. They also have a version of "Carol of the Bells" available for download, as well.
Fleming & John: Winter Wonderland and Carol of the Bells
Now, that Carrot Top - he's funny.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
You can find plush toy versions of that malady, as well as HIV, bad breath, the flu, the plague, and more at http://http://www.giantmicrobes.com/.
This lovable lil' guy is mono - the kissin' disease. Ain't it cute?
Friday, December 03, 2004
It was the 73rd annual lighting of the tree. Four years ago, during the state's power crisis, Gov. Gray Davis lit the tree and then turned it off to save energy.
Davis also changed the name to the holiday tree, a practice Schwarzenegger followed last year, soon after taking office.The governor's office wouldn't comment on the name change this year, but Schwarzenegger said during (late Senator) Knight's funeral in May that the yuletide tree would be called the Christmas tree as long as he was in office.
In a related story, Denver's mayor allows the phrase "Merry Christmas" to appear lit up in a holiday display.
Religious indoctrination! Booga booga booga!
It's a sad commentary on our society when I feel that I have to praise the courage of our elected officials to use the words "Christmas" and "Bing Crosby."
Jerry Seinfeld would approve.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Currently, I get the following: Reason, Men's Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Giant, Razor, Blender, Maxim, Stuff, FHM, Wine Enthusiast, Playboy, Budget Living, PC Magazine, Style Ideas, Corporate Legal Times, Bicycling, GamePro, The Sporting News, Ohio Lawyer, Interview, Backpacker, Pyschology Today, Best Life, The Week, Esquire, Hollywood Life
I'm sure that I missed a few. With a new one showing up in the mail each day, I don't have time to read them all, so they just pile up. One day I'll get to them so I can catch up on what exploits Colin Farrell was up to six months ago or read an article about that new hit show Alias.