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Can Anyone Tell Me What These Two Reviews Have In Common?

I almost forgot to go to work Wednesday then forgot to actually make sure the door was unlocked for the groups to get in. I've been pretty absent minded lately. That's of course including the leaving my cell phone charger at my parents while clearly "remembering" it was in my pocket...

After I unlocked the door and finished dinner, I finished finally finished reading a book from Christmas: The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac. As really most of his books, it's a fictionalized autobiography about the Martin family of Galloway, MA which anyone who spend one night in the area knows it's Lowell. Despite the fact that there wasn't really a centralized plot per se, there was many a scene or chapter that was interesting. But Josh, if it was so good, why'd it take you six months to read it? Well, I kept getting distracted by books my book group wanted to read and I didn't say it was good; I said it had it's moments. I got the sense while reading it …

Twitter Update

Instead of giving you a huge recap of what I did over my little vacation up north, I decided to give you, more or less, what I'd have said on Twitter, more or less, at the time. I'm not counting characters and this probably won't be in order.


-Had root beer float with dinner. Why is that funny, Dad? Hmmm?

-Why does the new Iron Man cartoon suck? I mean besides them making Pepper annoying...

-I'm glad the Sox finally capitalized on Lowe's weakness. Prick him and he bleeds.

-Saw Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Apparently basis for '70's sitcom. But funnier.

-If Green keeps this up, Lugo may never play again. #redsox

-Saw The Proposal with parents and aunt. Green card wife couldn't make it.

-Centurions not as good as I remember from my youth...

The Good, The Better And The Meh

It's been awhile since I did a full CD review on here so let me tell you about Kelly Clarkson's new All I Ever Wanted. It's more and more awesome with every listen. It's not as good as her previous two albums. She has less writing credits with this album so it's less personal or "personally personal" as it contains genuine emotion but in the more generic sense. The sensible side of me wants to say the songs she actually did write are the best but I really can't say that. My favorite tracks are "All I Ever Wanted", "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Which she didn't write) and "Already Gone" (Which she co-wrote with one other). I know this can't be the first example of an album that combines phat (which is in Firefox's vocab apparently) beats touching lyrics throughout the entire album but it's the first I've thoroughly enjoyed.

Yesterday, our final movie was The Spirit. It was very good but the chee…

I Was Going To Call This "Russel the Wilderness Explorer" But...

Yesterday, since my roommate was going with friends anyway, I went to see UP! What a great movie. After seeing Wall-E, I worried that Pixar had lost it but this was great. There are few actors still living that I can think of when I think crotchety old man and Ed "I Hate Spunk." Asner is at the top of the list. Christopher Plummer was awesome as the villain but this should not surprise anyone. (True story: he blames himself for William Shatner's rise to stardom.) I loved the Dennis/Mr. Wilson dynamic between Carl and Russel. ("Can help walk you across your yard?" "No.")

Last night, our friend that likes to cook and watch movies came up so we watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The first film was full of deep meaning and sadness. The one problem I had with this movie and I really don't think this is a spoiler, Benjamin is born as a baby-sized old man. As he grows taller, he grows younger at least until he …

A Survey For June 2009

15 Super Special Awesome Questions Survey from Quizopolis.com

Are you awesome? - Yes
Do you like nachos? - Who doesn't?
Do you know a person named Ashley? - Know a person? Yes. A few...
Do you have blog? - Apparently
What's your favorite food? - macaroni and cheese (homemade)
Puppies, kittens, or pot-bellied pigs? - Kittens
Do you forward those irritating chain e-mails? - Not usually.
Do you have any stickers? - On MySpace, yes...
Does your mom have the same color hair as you? - No but my dad does...
How many times a day do you go to Facebook? - I think I've been there 3 times today already...
When was the last time you had a staring contest? - Let's say four years ago but probably more...
When was the last time you fell asleep with the TV on? - Good question.
Has anyone kissed you today? - No but I guess it's still early...
Do you believe in love at first sight? - Strictly speaking, no...
Are vampires real? - Possibly.

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The Heart Of A Geek

While doing two stints at church this week unlocking doors, etc., first at the dance group and domestic violence group on Wednesday then for the final string quartet concert of the season just yesterday, I finished reading Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou for this afternoon's book group. Today due to vacation schedules and possibly naps, I was the only male among four women; all of whom are over 50. (I don't think that last bit's important but maybe...) The book had it's moments but, frankly, aside from all the name dropping, I've seen better Lifetime movies because "men are evil and they will hurt you." The book basically deals with her life between like '57 and '62. Several instances were interesting and amazing that one woman actually went through all this but it simply was not a "guy's book."

Here's An Update (In Bullet Form)

1. My boss at the library is on vacation this week though was here on Monday anyway. Yesterday, it was fine. The semester is over so, besides the workstudy students, we had only one come in who needed help with the copier occasionally. The biggest problem lately has been our computers are totally crappy. We have 4 and it really seems like I have to go to each one to perform a specific task and it involves much rebooting.

Today, I walked down as usual to find the seminary closed today due to the elevator project my church has been involved in. (You knew it was the same building, correct?) Was I called? Nope. The secretary called me once so I don't know why she wouldn't have my number... ::shrugs::

2. Though thinking back I know when it happened, we discovered a couple nights ago that we no longer have BBC America as they moved it to the digital cable level. This was the cable system I've encountered where it was expanded basic but still... Epic Fail.

3. I heard through Faceb…