Things I Think Obama Should Do

As is common knowledge among readers of the blog (if any) and my immediate circle of friends and family (if any), I helped to elect the current President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama.  I think he’s doing a pretty good job, and it’s my hope that Americans see the “big” picture and aren’t just judging him on not having the superpower to make everything better overnight.  I think we’re making good progress and we’ll get there, if we just stay the course.

However, as a patriotic American, I think it is my duty to offer my elected officials advice for the improvement of their public image and/or policies.  In that spirit, I would like to offer the following ten suggestions to the Obama camp of things I think the President could do to help his image and really establish a foothold for future programs and policies.

Here we go:

  1. Bowties.  Nothing but bowties with suits from now on.  It’d do a lot for morale.  If you can take a look at Mr. Obama in a bowtie and not giggle and smile a little, you’re a terrorist.  (And I don’t mean those classy, tuxedo bowties…I’m talking red ones, plaid ones, striped ones…big, goofy bowties…)
  2. “Hail to the Chief” replaced by “Single Ladies.”
  3. Hug A Supermodel Day.
  4. Televise himself “kicking someone’s ass” over the BP oil spill.  In the Octagon, if possible.
  5. Begin every speech with the phrase, “This speech was written by Joe Biden,” thereby excusing any gaffes and/or making it look like Joe’s actually improving.
  6. When walking into an event at which he is NOT speaking, upon walking though the door, shout “West-Side!” as loudly as possible.
  7. Three words: Judge Judge Reinhold.
  8. Arrange for the next Pope election to be held in America.  When white smoke billows out of the Washington monument, not only will we know we’ve got a new Pope, we’ll also all get to make some really dirty jokes.
  9. Crack down on grown men riding bicycles in the middle of the road on my commute to/from work.  (I voted.  He owes me.)
  10. Add one star to the American flag, but not mention it to anyone.  Just let people speculate.

…and I think that’ll get him re-elected.

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Current reading:

  • “Palm Sunday” by Kurt Vonnegut.  Started it at the end of last month, but for some reason had trouble getting too far into it.  Now I’m about halfway and it’s pretty good.  It’s made up of essays and speeches and whatnot.  That’s pretty interesting because you get the author’s ACTUAL thoughts rather than having to dig a message out of a plotline.  It’s pretty informative and was written when I was about 1 or 2 years old…kinda cool to read KV’s weird, warped view of the world in my formative years, as it was happening.

The Weekend’s Ending…

Here’s a brief summary of stuff that’s happened since I last posted.  Be forewarned, this isn’t necessarily linear.

  1. Seem to have hurt my gums somehow.  It was either the Chinese food or the burger.  I think it was a stiff bit of Crab Rangoon from the Chinese place, then having to stretch my jaw for the burger just didn’t help.  It’s on the mend…just not fast enough for my liking.
  2. Saw my friend Amanda on Saturday.  We got coffee at one of my favorite coffee houses in St. Louis, Meshuggah Cafe (they have a website, but it’s been “under construction” for a very long time, so I’m not linking to it).  It was actually Amanda’s ex-husband (who may or may not have a website) who introduced me to the place in like 1999.  They still make a really good cup of coffee.  Anyhoo…  Good to see Amanda.  We sat and talked about nothing for about three hours.  Hadn’t seen each other in probably 5-6 years, so that was really cool and a nice way to spend an afternoon.  Her son Tobias (who is now 11, and that’s weird because I remember when he was born) has a website and makes pretty cool amateur movies.  You should check out his stuff at www.txbergystudios.com.
  3. Also on Saturday, I reached the one year mark.  I have not had a cigarette in one year.  I posted that on Facebook and got a pretty big outpouring of support that took me by surprize, and I’m very grateful for those people.  Had I known they were there all along, I’d have started talking about it a lot sooner!  🙂
  4. I’ve like COMPLETELY missed the World Cup.  I’m actually not that into it anyway…I prefer to watch teams that work together all the time and function strongly as a team (ie – English Premiership) to watching international mishmashes of psuedo-soccer-celebs who may or may not have MET one another before game day…but still, you’d think I’d watch at least a COUPLE of games.  I don’t even know who’s doing well and who’s doing poorly.  Oh well…there’s always the next one.
  5. Father’s Day was today (err…yesterday…whatever).  Happy Father’s Day again, Dad.  We went over to Dave and Valerie’s place and had dinner and cake and played with the kids and dog.  The cat bowed out of the evening, as per usual.
  6. I watched the latest episode of Doctor Who.  It was part 2 of a 2-part episode.  It was okay, but kind of got into the area of Doctor Who that I have some trouble with.  It dealt with these monsters who supposedly have inhabited the Earth since before humans, but they’ve been asleep underground, and we’ve disturbed them, so now we’ve got to come to some sort of arrangement…blah blah blah…  Whatever.  The monsters looked like Sleestaks anyway.  However, I liked the foreboding implication that the TARDIS will soon explode and cause all of the problems that the Doctor’s been fighting against so far this series.  That’s kind of interesting…but let’s get some Daleks or Cybermen up in here again and veer AWAY from the things that apparently predate humans on earth.  Let’s get back to the Doctor f-ing up ACTUAL history.  🙂
  7. I finally read that issue of the New Avengers I referenced in the last post.  They acknowledge that The Thing is pretty busy with the Fantastic Four and might not be TOO available for the Avengers…so that solved that.  Looks pretty good and I hope they go somewhere cool with it.
  8. Remember when you’d always be sure to watch South Park?  When you’d run home early, set the VCR, and/or turn off something else you were watching to see the new episode?  Me too.  But now…  One just started coming on after Futurama and I actually flailed my arms looking for the remote so I could get it off the TV.  Sad day.  The thing is, I’d probably even still enjoy it if I watched it…but it’s a little one-note, isn’t it?  I’m just kinda over it.  Plus, the whole thing they had earlier this year with the Muslims really soured me on the show.  Not because I agreed or disagreed with either side.  Mostly, I heard that they were going to bat against Comedy Central because they wanted to show an image of the prophet Muhammad on the show and the network wouldn’t let them, and my immediate thought was, “What?  Again?  Or is it still 2005?”  They KNEW they wouldn’t be able to do it, but they tried anyway, then cried when exactly what they knew would happen HAPPENED.  I don’t really respect that.  I’m not saying their position was wrong…I’m saying they’re idiots.
  9. And…I think the only other thing that’s happened since I last blogged is that I’ve done my laundry.

…and that’s it.  I’ve got some stuff I want to write when I am a little more focused…but we’ll see if I actually get to it.  🙂

Comics, etc…

(The post title is a loose reference to a comedy club my brother used to perform at…figured I’d explain it since probably no one would get the reference, except for me–it might even have slid by Dave at first glance.  And incidentally, you should all read his thoughts on the BP oil spill on his blog toward the end of the post I’m linking to.  He makes a lot of sense…which probably means his opinion will be unpopular.  That often happens when you’re right and/or reasonable.)

Fortunately, I don’t have much to report other than what comic books I bought this week (and a couple of other things).  Sometimes wishes come true!  Monday through Wednesday were kind of tense at work, due to a shake-up at the offices of one of our clients, but things look to have settled without any major problems for us, so that’s kind of nice.  Things are still tense for our client, I think, but our office is more relaxed.  My best wishes to the client’s office as they re-group.  (It’s a long story that I don’t really want to tell publically for a variety of reasons…)

Before I get to the comic books…  Some more musical developments have occurred.  In addition to the gig on July 10 at Beatniks, I’m also going to be playing bass with the Michael Feldman Group on July 23 at Eddie’s Pub in St. Charles.  And a friend extended an offer to me to lead worship with her church on a rotating basis.  I have not yet committed to that, but I’m considering it, and for those in the religious crowd, I’d appreciate your prayers that I’ll make the right decision there, whatever it may be.  Part of me feels a little out of touch with being a worship leader, but another part of me really wants to do it…

In other news, I’m going to get to see my friend Amanda over the weekend for coffee.  Haven’t seen her since just prior to releasing the “Grounds” record, when-ever that was.  So that’ll be cool.

…and one more thing before I nerd-out…  And actually, even THIS is pretty nerdy…  I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I’m going to start up a podcast.  I’ve settled on some of the details.  So here they are:

  1. Theme – Reviews of things I’ve bought.  Might be music, might be movies, might be comic books, might be book-books, might even be food.
  2. Narrowing the theme – Likely to be a LOT of comic books discussed, as I do consistently buy them from week to week.  I get excited on new comic book day.  The guys at Fantasy Shop know my NAME now, and we spent probably a half-hour talking about the “Lost” finale on Wednesday while I was there.  I think that’s pretty cool…others…well…don’t.  And that’s fine.  It’s my life and I enjoy it.  So, yeah…expect a majority of funny-book topics…
  3. Name of the Podcast – Since it’s going to discuss a LOT of stuff that I’m buying and not just ONE subject, I needed a name that communicated what the cast is about, but also left it a little vague.  I landed on “Empty Checking.”  Still finalizing the logo.
  4. Launch date – Probably next weekend.  Maybe this weekend, if my plans for Saturday night fall through.

So there you go…

Now…the comic books.  In the future, I’ll probably limit this just to the podcast, or I might briefly keep mentioning the purchases in the footer of my posts, but not actually say anything about them except in the cast.  But for now, here’s what I bought:

  • Captain America #606 (Technically part of Marvel’s “Heroic Age” thing they’re doing right now.) – Dealing with the transition from Captain Bucky back into Steve Rogers’ Cap.  It’s slow, but sure—they’re going to do SOMETHING soon to move Bucky out of the way.  I’m just afraid they’ll kill him, right when people have JUST gotten to where they’re accepting him as Cap.  Good read and made me really want to see the next issue.
  • Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn – Pretty fun and the artist made Harley look kinda hot…and yes, I do feel bad for noticing that.
  • Joker’s Asylum II: The Mad Hatter – This one was actually kind of disturbing.  GOOD, but disturbing.
  • The Heroic Age New Avengers #1 – Haven’t read it yet.  Every time I start, I get interrupted for some reason.  Looks kinda cool, though.  The Thing is apparently one of the New Avengers.  That might be interesting.
  • …and this last one’s a little embarrassing, but I stand by it.  All of the guys from the comic store had it on their “recommended” shelves.  One of the guys there I particularly like recommended it to me personally saying, “It’s kind of just for nostalgia, but it’s really GOOD.”  And he was right.  I picked up a copy of (Disney’s) Darkwing Duck #1.  It’s based on the old cartoon show.  It’s a little darker than you’d expect, and it’s actually a legitimately GOOD read, and I’m probably going to keep reading it.  Plus, it’s kind of funny.  At one point, DD refers to himself as, “I am the terror that flaps in the night!  I am the awkward goodbye that lasts for far too long!  I am Darkwing Duck!”  Made me laugh out loud…almost as much as one of the bad guys in the Captain America issue calling Cap an “Asshat.”

And that’s been my past couple of days.  Right now I’m watching the end of a truly TERRIBLE episode of Star Trek, then I’m likely to turn in a little early.  I’ve had a little bit of an allergy-related headache today, and I’m hoping to sleep it off.

Until we meet again, I’d just like to leave you with saying “asshat” again. 

Asshat.

Pick Up My Guitar and Play…

Been a long couple of days with stuff at work (and tomorrow could be VERY long, depending on a few factors).  Nothing BAD exactly…just a lot of stuff and some tension.  (And “tension” doesn’t necessarily mean “bad,” either…just means stress.)  I’ve been exhausted.  On the plus side, stress makes me pick up guitars (and I’ve got a *few* around).  Been playing a bunch of stuff.  Started officially rehearsing for a solo gig…

Which reminds me…  I’m playing at Beatnik’s in New Town St. Charles on July 10th (it’s not on the website, and it kinda looks like they haven’t updated most of it since March, actually…but I know first hand how easy it is to not update a website, ha ha).  I don’t have full details (start time, etc), but I know I’m doing about 45 minutes, all acoustic.  And I’ll be playing at least a few of the Blue Tattoo songs I’ve been missing playing.

Which reminds me…we (meaning me and Dave, mostly) need to address the Blue Tattoo situation very soon.  Personally, I’m about at the point that I need to just make the decision to reform the band or make the decision to do something else…the waiting is boring.  I’ve been meaning to ask Dave—and I guess this’ll do since he’ll probably read it—if it’d be cool to put some tracks from the abandoned record on the old website for free, but I keep forgetting about it.  I think the record’s pretty good (though some fixes would be needed for a full-scale release) and I hate to see the songs just SITTING.  It’s unlikely that we’ll fully release it with Chris and Johnny not in the band (though I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to it)…but I’d like to see it somewhere.  And we do have a website…for some reason…

So…that’s what’s going on…hopefully, the biggest news I’ll have tomorrow is what new comic books I bought.

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Current Listening:

  • Assorted Punk…Ramones, Sex Pistols, Headstones, Misfits, Damned, Black Flag…etc…  Craig Ferguson once described punk as (paraphrase) “sounding like a fight…and that made me happy.”  That’s about right.

I Own the Complete…

I’m low on ideas…so here’s a list of TV shows for which I own the complete series (or at least everything currently available).  Probably forgetting some stuff…but let’s go…

  • Red Dwarf
  • Monty Python
  • Futurama
  • Home Movies
  • Lost
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Doctor Who (new series)
  • Torchwood
  • Black Books
  • News Radio
  • My Name is Earl
  • Fawlty Towers
  • Venture Bros.
  • Duckman
  • Three Stooges
  • Andy Richter Controls the Universe
  • Father Ted
  • Jeeves and Wooster
  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie
  • The Young Ones
  • Bottom
  • Blackadder

 

Shockingly absent from my collection:

  • M*A*S*H – It’s on all the time, so I haven’t been able to justify it.
  • Star Trek – Also on all the time.
  • Andy Griffith – Same…
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • House – I’ve bought at least 4 of the seasons for my dad…but I don’t own them personally!
  • The Simpsons – I’m only caught up to about season 9.
  • Big Bang Theory – But to be fair, I just got into it.
  • Kids in the Hall – It is almost blasphemy that I don’t own this…
  • Freakazoid
  • Friends
  • Seinfeld

…so that’s pretty much my Christmas List, I guess…

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Oh, and I may have come up with a name for the forthcoming podcast, but I need to commit to it.  I’ll keep you posted.