First Time For Everything

October 28, 2008 at 11:51 pm | Posted in Life In General | 1 Comment

So I walked out of a movie of my own volition for the first time ever this week.  And for the record, I am not counting the time I got sick at Hannibal – I’m blaming that one on working 100 hours that week.

I have been visiting the discount theater in Round Rock for ages.  It’s a sweet deal since I don’t eat the overpriced concessions and if the movie blows I am still out less cash than if I had rented it once.  But even with such a cavalier attitude toward movie choices, I have never actually given up on a flick.  Not even at the cosmic gut-punch of a letdown that was Dumb & Dumberer.  I mean what’s an hour and a half of my life when I can find out how this crazy story ends?  But I found myself sitting in Pineapple Express for almost an hour with no emotional investment and having not been tempted to even smirk once.  But the final straw for me was when I whipped out my phone to satiate my OCD tendency to check my email and found myself more tempted to play Gameboy ROMs on it than to return my attention to the screen.  Perhaps I am turning into a crochety old man faster than I imagined or perhaps the movie would have been funnier had I ever or currently been high, but I gave up and spent the hour at HEB instead.

Oh, to be young and without standards again…



October 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Minutia | 1 Comment

So as much as I have ragged on them and how they’re responsible for so much of what’s wrong with music today, MTV has officially brought back the video in a huge way.  Did they start playing music videos on air again?  Of course not, don’t be silly.  But they did throw open the vaults to their video collection and are posting a crapload of them online.  The quality is passable, it lets you rank videos, and the collection appears to be growing rapidly.  Take that YouTube!  So in celebration I bring present the following video directly from  For those of you who haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself.  And for those that have, enjoy the awesomeness that is Christopher Walken one more time…

Edit: Sadly it looks like the embed function doesn’t work.  So here’s the video in question…

Sound Familiar?

October 28, 2008 at 11:50 am | Posted in Life In General | Leave a comment

“The State pays for the blunders of private enterprise… Profit is private and individual. Loss is public and social.” – Salvemini, Gaetano. Under the Axe of Fascism 1936

Ripped Van Winkle

October 21, 2008 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | Leave a comment

“It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.” – Baltasar Gracian

So evidently consuming chocolate covered expresso beans and then trying to sleep isn’t a good plan.  Which sucks because the car pool wakeup call is roughly 6 hours away.  And while some people can suffice with only a quarter day’s worth of rest, I could easily pass out for twice that if left to my own devices.  Alas, I love my job and would like to keep it so I don’t indulge that fancy.

Sometimes I wish I could just turn my brain off for a while.  Or multi-task that rusty gear for something that’s actually productive to the outside world.  But it’s spending far too much time these days gnawing away with quandries and enigmas that I just can’t resolve.  And it’s those darn riddles that are keeping me away from the rolling hills of sheep counting country…

Bento Tux

October 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Minutia | Leave a comment
Bento Tux

Bento Tux

Sushi + A Penguin = Awesome! Link credit

Meltdown (At Madame Tussaud’s)

October 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Minutia | Leave a comment

Joss Stone & Me

October 6, 2008 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | Leave a comment

So I’m finally getting settled into the new apartment and it’s starting to (almost) feel like home.  That is if I decided to decorate my home bathroom in waterstained wallpaper that’s older than I am and build a kitchen with one – that’s right one – drawer.  Sadly I am falling way behind on my unpacking one box a day plan due to an unforseen evil.  Hi-Definition television, or as the hipster kids call it HDTV.  I have found over the preceding few weeks that I will watch crap on HDTV that I would almost certainly never watch in real life.  Treks through the wilderness necessitating eating obscene wildlife – yep.  Home design shows with hosts so flambouyant Richard Simmons is frightened of them – you betcha.  National Geographic shows that show far too much detail of the naked tribespeople – what Saturday afternoon is complete without it?  Reruns of Law & Order and CSI – ah who am I kidding; I would rather gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon before watching that.  But I have to admit I am addicted to a music channel called Palladia, even after I found out it was owned by MTV.  Don’t you just love when a corporate conglomerate controls too many media outlets? *cough* TimeWarner *cough* ClearChannel *cough* Sirrius/XM…

I’ve must say, I quite enjoyed watching Joss Stone.  In exquisite detail.  Belting out a soulful Fell In Love With A Boy cover.  While swaying to and fro.  With closed eyes and a bluesy grimace. And a British accent.  Aahhh, I have said too much.

I love music.

So Close, And Yet…

October 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | Leave a comment

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Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Thank you for participating in the Brewers Postseason Ticket Opportunity

Thank you for registering for a chance to purchase tickets for potential 2008 N.L. Championship Series games at Miller Park. Unfortunately, your entry was not selected for this ticket offer.  But don’t forget, there’s still a chance to see the Brewers in the Postseason at Miller Park! By entering the Brewers’ Postseason Ticket Opportunity, you’ve also registered to win the chance to purchase tickets to potential 2008 World Series games at Miller Park. Drawing dates have not yet been determined, but you will receive an email to let you know if you’ve won the opportunity to purchase tickets to those exciting games!  Thank you for entering, and good luck in future Postseason Ticket Opportunity drawings!  GO BREWERS!

It’s A Start

October 1, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | Leave a comment
Go Brewers!

Go Brewers!

I got to do something today that I have never done before.  I took a day off from work (thanks El Jefe for granting time off) and watch a Brewers playoff game.  That’s right, the Brew Crew played in their first playoff game since I was 3 years old.  And needless to say I wasn’t old enough to care about sports at that point, let alone old enough to stay home from work to watch a game.  I would have wooted earlier about their season, but given last years nose dive immediately following my blog post, I decided to bite my tongue until it was a sure thing.  Sadly, they lost to the Phillies in a 3-1 pitching duel, but at least we’re playing past September.  Even if it is without Ben Sheets who is out for the rest of the season.

It’s nice to see the new ownership invest in the team’s success rather than trading away young talent to save cash.  I’m looking at you Seilig family.  Now if only we can turn that vaunted minor league system into some pitching after Sheets and Sabathia bouce out of town this off season, we might be able to parlay this run into some long term success.

Honestly though, I did get a lot accomplished on my day off rather than just lazing around watching sports.  I got to sleep in – which was very much needed.  After which I paid my rent, tried to inquire about how to submit a maintenance request (that wallpaper has to go!) drove to Georgetown to register my car for another year, did all of my laundry (yea for clean skivees,) filled up the car for $3.38 a gallon (I remember watching Dumb & Dumber and thinking the buck plus for gas in the background of the diner scene was ridiculously expensive,) and got some grocery shopping done (wasabi, chopsticks, tons of rice, and edamame – check.)  Now it’s time to be lazy again and root on the Red Sox…

Edit: Oh yeah, and the beard finally annoyed me beyond my capacity for stubborness so it’s gone…

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