Monday, October 29, 2007

Recent Events

So this weekend, well, Thursday, I went up north to the parental units to celebrate my natal day. The bus ride was pretty good thanks to my aforementioned mixes. My parents were both there at the station and we drove home where my father, bless him, had a six pack of my favorite beer (Amstel Light because domestic is skank) waiting in the fridge.

Friday, the actual day, I organized some of my books in my bedroom or the room that is mine when I'm up and there isn't any more important guests. My grandmother and uncle arrived in the afternoon and then was present time!

I received some good stuff this year. The Traveling Wilbury Collection with both albums and a DVD. (The DVD has a documentary of how the band was formed and all their videos. Yes! They have videos!) I also received the third volume of The Superfriends otherwise known as "the Firestorm series" and a DVD of Paul McCartney's 2005 tour.

Finally, I received Vince Flynn's latest paperback and an autographed copy of Tess Gerritsen's latest hardcover. It wasn't just a "Best Wishes" lame one either. It says, "To Josh, Happy 30th Birthday! May it be a thrill- Tess Gerritsen 2007." Doesn't that rock?

That night, we all went to see my second cousin in Clue! The Musical. It was cool. First they ask for three volunteers from the audience to pick giant cards and then the audience basically plays the game. For those who have never played: you're basically trying to figure out who killed Mr. Boddy, what weapon was used and where the murder took place. My mother figured it out and I figured out everything but where. Apparently "Where" was where the body was found on stage which I just figured it was center stage for production reasons, you know?

Saturday, I basically just played with my new toys all day and Sunday I went home. The only movie I watched really was the short documentary Everest. Over all it was just way too short at only 45 minutes considering it was a six moth climb or something and teasing us that there would have music by George Harrison when it really only had snippets here and there was uncalled for! I did like the Spanish woman who was on the team especially the scene where she's climbing some cliff overlooking a beach...

I didn't watch all of the Red Sox game last night as we had to get up early this morning. They finally insulated our bathroom floors after promising they would for at least a month probably longer. The new texture of the floor will take some getting used to I think.

Anyway, back to the Sox. Woo Hoo! What more can one say except I'm glad Mike Lowell was MVP and the Sox better forget A-Rod and just resign him to a four year deal which is a bargain really. It seems clear Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the team next season but is he really ready to take over for Coco Crisp full time? let the Hot Stove season begin!

My boss took me out to lunch today to a fairly new Asian Vegan place. It was good, and this opinion comes from a meat eater, and now that I know you can get substitutions, I think I will return.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

So This Month Has 12 Entries...

I'm leaving this afternoon for my parent's house and a weekend of wild birthday fun.(Yeah, right...) Over the past couple weeks I've burned three mixes for the trip up (and back down). Should be fun. I'm also looking forward to the bus trip only being half as long.

Last night, was the first week of dance I had to get tough to get them out. They started to clean up at the right time but they were going way too slow so I went into Event Staff mode and shut the lights off on them...

I leave you with a fairly accurate quiz result to tide you over until I return:

You are Oscar Wilde





Charming and Witty. You are incredibly popular because of your wry and satirical sense of humor. You are also incredibly talented at writing, and pushing the conventional boundaries of your society.


Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

Monday, October 22, 2007

OK, I Was Aparently Wrong.

Yes, I was wrong. I predicted that the Sox would win in 6 games and it took 7. Their was debate by those I talked with but I think the way this post season has gone was eerily similar to 2004. That year, the Sox swept the Division Series had a battle in the Championship series forcing them to play all seven games and then swept the World Series. This year, they swept the Division Series and had a battle in the Championship series.

Am I suggesting there will be another sweep of the World Series. Hard to tell. Colorado had huge momentum going through the playoffs and Boston has it now. Sox manager Terry Francona said recently that, basically, momentum only goes as far as that day's pitcher. Managers and players always downplay these things so who can tell if that statement is accurate or by how much.

Joe Buck, or, as I like to call him, a word that rhymes with his last name, pointed out last night Colorado took 2 of a 3 game set this past regular season but I will point out what all baseball aficionados point out all the time: The post season is different. Case in point: C.C. Sabathia was a Cy Young contender during the regular season and stunk in his two Championship Series starts.

Back in '04, the Cardinals played well to get into the World Series and then ran out of gas (as Cleveland just did really.). We'll have to see if the 9 day lay off helped or hurt Colorado. I can't wait but I'm sure the Sox are hoping for no snow...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Good Mix Playing. I Had To.

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

To review:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool...

Opening Credits: "I Won't Back Down"- Tom Petty. Cool!
Waking Up: "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"- Neil Young. Again, cool!
First Day At School: "Bathwater"- No Doubt. I don't get it.
Falling In Love: "Goodbye to You"- Michelle Branch. Wouldn't this be a better "Break-up" song?
Fight Song: "See You When I Get There"- The Wallflowers. Actually, the song works.
Breaking Up: "Two Worlds"- Phil Collins. The title works but not really the lyrics.
Prom (Perhaps Grad Walk?): "Baby Grand"- Billy Joel and Ray Charles. That would work as a Grad Walk or Prom song but perhaps too cool for either of them...
Life Is Good: "High Enough"- Lisa Marie Presley. "...I'm not doing fine. I'm drowning in my mind again." Oh, yes, this song works...
Mental Breakdown: "Keep Pushin'"- REO Speedwagon. Trying to fight the breakdown from happening?
Driving: "Difficult Kind"- Sheryl Crow. Eh. I guess if it's introspective...
Flashback: "Breakaway"- Kelly Clarkson. Interesting.
Getting Back Together: "Break Me"- Jewel. Kinky but it so works...
Wedding: "You Got It"- Roy Orbison. Sweet choice.
Birth of A Child: "'Til We Run Out of Road"- Jewel. Oh, come on! You were doing so well!
Final Battle: "Ordinary Average Guy"- Joe Walsh. ::Headdesk::
Death Scene: "Piece of Clay"- Marvin Gaye. My father is going to shot me in the head?
Funeral Song: "If Only She Knew"- Michelle Branch. That figures...
End Credits: "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart."- Brent Spiner. Um, no...
2nd try: "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)"- Led Zeppelin. Well, this almost makes up for the last song. Almost.

The Good and the Bad

Since one of my readers' husbands works for the Post Office, I will try to be as diplomatic as possible but there was an incident yesterday that rather pissed me off. Granted, it was maybe 20% my own fault. I was charged on my way home from work to go to the post office and mail off a Inter-Library Loan package.

This was the second time I had done this; for work I mean. The first time I did it I was told specifically to hand it to the guy at the desk despite the fact we have a postal machine. I felt stupid standing in line for no apparent reason.

This time, I thought "Why don't I just put it in the box and save time?" It wasn't until I had already dropped the package in that I noticed the 13 ounce limit sign. How long has that been effect? And what is the purpose of that? Anthrax can weight much less than that and every package over 13 ounces must be a bomb... It also occurred to me later that maybe the weight issue has to do with what kind of truck they use but if a truck can't carry a one pound package their drivers need to lose weight, m'kay?

That kind of irked me but what really pissed me off was when I went into the PO and reported my error to the Kevin Smith-lookalike at the desk and all he did was quote me the damn sign on the box. What I wanted was him to say was to thank me for the report and that he'd take care of it. I can't be the only one that has made that mistake before. Asshole.

And now for the good. This morning I was sitting in our living room or whatever while our housekeeper was cleaning our bedrooms and her two year old niece, who had come with her came out to stare at us as two year olds are wont to do with strangers. Things became less awkward but more strange when my roommate's cat was scared by the vacuum and came running out. This scared the girl who screamed and leaped into my lap. It only got weirder when she started feeding me sour cream and onion chip crumbs. When my aunt and cousin were ready to go out to get out of the housekeeper's way, the girl wouldn't get off my lap. Babies and cats have always loved me...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What? It's Different!

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

To review:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool...

Opening Credits: "I'm Not Running Anymore"- John Mellencamp. Opening Credit songs never have anything to do with the movie. Awesome song anyway.
Waking Up: "Good Enough"- Sarah McLachlan. That would not wake me up...
First Day At School: "Wrong All The Time"- Ringo Starr. ::Spittake::
Falling In Love: "Rock and Roll Music"- The Beatles. Huh?
Fight Song: "One Lonley Night"-REO Speedwagon. The aftermath, obviously.
Breaking Up: "Rainy Day Women #12 and #35"- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Drunk maybe but not stoned!
Prom (Perhaps Grad Walk?): "Trouble"- Shawn Colvin. More interesting than my prom actually was and I danced with 4 different women...
Life Is Good: "Better Days"- Bruce Springsteen. Perfect choice!
Mental Breakdown: "Look What the Cat Dragged In"- The Rolling Stones. ROTFLMAO!
Driving: "Midnight"- T. Rex. Interesting choice but it works.
Flashback: "Peace Train"- Cat Stevens. LSD-induced?
Getting Back Together: "Red Light Fever"- Liz Phair. Again, ROTFLMAO!
Wedding: "Health and Happiness"- The Wallflowers. That's just terrible...
Birth of A Child: "Help Me Through The Night"- Joe Walsh. Hee hee!
Final Battle: "Listen' to the Radio"-Adam Sandler. I don't understand that at all.
Death Scene: "Rebel Rock Me."-The Pretenders. This seems very inappropriate...
Funeral Song: "The Wind"- Cat Stevens. Ok, I'll buy that.
End Credits: "I Need a Lover"- John Mellencamp. Sweet End Credits and I love the symmetry.
2nd try: "You Found Me"- Kelly Clarkson. Yeah, I can buy that as well...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I Told You There Would Be More

Since I was asked, let me tell you more about the dance group I "monitor" at my church. It's called "Ecstatic Dance." I haven't actually watched it as I stay in another room and read while it goes on but from what I can hear and see. It seems very yoga-like if yoga involved loud music and the occasional primal screaming. Some weeks, maybe ever other week, they have a "real" instructor, as they did last night, telling them to do things with their breathing and to get in circles, etc. The music is eclectic and the participants are either hippy/yuppy-types or just college-age. There were a couple hotties this week but that is neither here nor there...

I'm still recovering from doing the church bulletin today. All-told, it took me 5 and half hours. The main problems with it was not doing before for this church as their bulletin is way more complicated then the ones I used to do for my father, having to use the wost mouse I have ever used, and figuring out how to load abnormally-sized paper into the printer and copier. I don't know if I will be asked to do it again but, honestly, I think i would like another crack at it. Not in the near future, however...

Given my day today, this quiz result cracked me up:









Likestrek
"I am Spartacus!"
'What is your personal life motto?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Most Likely More Later

The last time the Red Sox won the division, in 1995, they faced Cleveland in the ALDS and lost. Now in 2007, the two teams will face off again. This time in the ALCS. Not the most exciting piece of trivia, especially considering Manny plays for us now, but I had to start somewhwere. What I hear now is that the Sox are putting Beckett, Schilling and Matsuzaka with either Wakefield or Beckett, coming back on short rest, to take Game 4. The first two games don't scare me despite facing the Indians top two pitchers.

Game 3 is a bit worrisome but not as much as the next one. I think Wakefield is done for the season. I have visions of him going out there and pitching like Roger Clemens did the other day. Yes, Tim is like 5 years younger but they're both injured. Wakefield will be back next year. Clemens won't be; especially if Joe goes. What's the other option? Beckett on short rest. While Josh seems to turn it on in the posrtseason, I'm not sure if that's a good idea. I'm going on record as opting for this second option, however.

Speaking of Joe Torre most likely going, this amused me:



I think my second week of dance class will go better. I've done so I know what to expect. Like loud music and occassional screaming. We shall see, however.

Tomorrow morning, I go in to my church office to do the bulletin. I'm a little nervous but I'm not totally inexperienced with that so it should be fine. We shall see about that as well.

Oh! Another close cousin has a blog now. Feel free to check her out at They Live In The Woods.

Monday, October 08, 2007

I Think We All Know What I'm Thinking...

Go Sox! Boo Yankees!

I've developed an addiction to doing this:

Musical Magic 8 Ball
Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.

NO CHEATING.

1. How does the world see me?
"Stuck Inside a Cloud"- George Harrison. LOL!

2. Will I have a happy life?
"Forever Man"- Eric Clapton. So it'll be long but will it be happy?

3. What do my friends really think of me?
"Shangri-La"- Don Henley. I guess they think I live in a fantasy world.

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
"Real Love"- The Beatles. So it's not just lust then?

5. How can I make myself happy?
"Life in the Fast Lane"- The Eagles. Take more risks?

6. What should I do with my life?
"Here With Me"- Michelle Branch. Just sit here and blog. ::headdesk::

7. Will I ever have children?
"Watching the Wheels"- John Lennon. I have absolutely no clue.

8. What is some good advice for me?
"I'm Only Sleeping"- The Vines. Take a nap. Maybe after lunch...

9. How will I be remembered?
"Mind Games"- John Lennon. I feel insulted.

10. What is my signature dancing song?
"Baby Don't You Do It."- The Who. I guess you can dance to it...

11. What do I think my current theme song is?
"I'm Afraid Of Americans"- David Bowie. OK...

12. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Blue Eyes Blue"- Eric Clapton. You know me too well...

13. What song will play at my funeral?
"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"- The Black Crows. Not my first choice but OK...

14. What type of men/women do you like?
"Go You Own Way"- Fleetwood Mac. A woman that only likes "packing up and jacking up." If only I knew what that meant...

15. What is my day going to be like?
"If Dirt Were Dollars."- Don Henley. I'm poor so it doesn't matter?

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Likesbaseball. Likesmusic.

JRRyan would understand the reference. Anyway, there wasn't just one game last night there was two. Who walks Ortiz just to get to Manny? The Angels, that's who. Morons. Yes, his power numbers was down this season but he was battling injuries and he produced. Last I knew, he was the active career leader in grand slams so for him to hit a three run jack is not out of the question. I love it.

The Yankees losing was perhaps even sweeter. Joe Torre always looks like he needs a potty break even when the Yanks are winning but you almost feel sorry for him. You can almost see him packing his bags and being forced out of town on a rail. Yes, the Yankees could still win the next three games but only one team has ever pulled themselves out of a hole that large. I'll give you a hint who that was. No, actually, I won't. The paragraph above is enough of a hint. Did you notice that the Canadian Soldier ants where primarily attacking them not the Indians? My aunt suggested it was a ploy. That made me chuckle.

I love this game:

Musical Magic 8 Ball
Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.

NO CHEATING.

1. How does the world see me?
"Pure and Easy"-The Who. Is that a compliment?

2. Will I have a happy life?
"Go Your Own Way"- Fleetwood Mac. I'm interpreting that as a "Yes."

3. What do my friends really think of me?
"Laughing Out Loud."- The Wallflowers. As a guy with a sense of humor. Cool.

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
"Cockamamie Business"- George Harrison. ::Blinks:: Is that a "Yes?"

5. How can I make myself happy?
"The Difficult Kind"- Sheryl Crow. Get out of a terrible relationship? I don't see how that's applicable.

6. What should I do with my life?
"Cocaine"- Eric Clapton. Use cocaine. What a helpful suggestion...

7. Will I ever have children?
"Jealous Guy"- John Lennon. I think it's chiding me for asking...

8. What is some good advice for me?
"Fortunate Son"- CCR. Deny. Deny. Deny.

9. How will I be remembered?
"Sara"- Fleetwood Mac. I'll remembered as the guy who took her, different spelling, to the Senior Ball in college? Weird...

10. What is my signature dancing song?
"Angel On My Bike."- The Wallflowers. It's definitely a head-bobber/finger-tapper...

11. What do I think my current theme song is?
"Poor Little Girl."- George Harrison. LOL! OMG...

12. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Don't Talk."- 10,000 Maniacs. I was voted twice as "Quietest" so this isn't fair at all...

13. What song will play at my funeral?
"Untitled Hidden Track"- The Pretenders. This song is only a 42 second instrumental. I don't know what that says...

14. What type of men/women do you like?
"Lovers of Today"- The Pretenders. A overly sensitive woman. This, sadly, is probably true.

15. What is my day going to be like?
"Layla"-Derek and the Dominoes. I'm going to spend it, apparently, pining for another man's wife. I'm not kidding...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Quick News and the Return of the Musical Magic Eightball!

I'm sure you all want to know this: I'll be making a little extra spending money as my church needs someone to "babysit" a weekly dance group and I'm getting paid for it! Woo Hoo! Sure it'll really only pay for my weekly groceries but that's a huge chunk of my expenses so good.

Musical Magic 8 Ball
Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.

NO CHEATING.

1. How does the world see me?
"Imagine"- John Lennon. A dreamer, I assume. Yeah, OK...

2. Will I have a happy life?
"Don't Treat Me Like A Stranger"- Tom Petty. I'm guessing "No."

3. What do my friends really think of me?
"No Questions Asked"- Fleetwood Mac. Does that mean "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?"

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
"Rainy Day Women #12 and #35"- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. So only when they're stoned then? Not surprised...

5. How can I make myself happy?
"Candy (Everybody Wants)"- 10,000 Maniacs. Finally, an answer that makes sense...


6. What should I do with my life?
"Heroes"- David Bowie. Does that mean to be one or just watch the TV show?

7. Will I ever have children?
"Because the Night"-10,000 Maniacs. To quote David Tennent, "What? What? What?"

8. What is some good advice for me?
"Good Day"- Jewel. Lighten up. Definitely good advice.

9. How will I be remembered?
"Everywhere"- Fleetwood Mac. I choose to interperet it that I'll be remembered as someone that was fun to be around...

10. What is my signature dancing song?
"Stockton Gala Days"- 10,000 Maniacs. You actually can dance to this...

11. What do I think my current theme song is?
"Laughing Out Loud"- The Wallflowers. That song kicks butt. Cool!

12. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Kid"- The Pretenders. Are they implying I'm immature?

13. What song will play at my funeral?
"Power to the People"- John Lennon. Hmm. Very interesting...

14. What type of men/women do you like?
"Heartbreaker Radio"-Roy Orbison. Apparently, I'm interested in women that will dump me if she becomes famous.

15. What is my day going to be like?
"Road Home"- Heart. Yes, I do get to go home after work...
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