Sign of the Times

If you’re wondering how the economy’s going, I think I have a pretty good answer.  We had a pretty big snowfall in the St. Louis area on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.  Not as much as the 20+ inches some have had recently, but at between 6-9 inches, it was the biggest storm we’ve had in a long while.  I worked from home today rather than deal with the threat of poorly treated Missouri streets (MoDot sucks), but I did have to venture out this evening for a rehearsal with a band.  (As a side story, I had assumed that at 7:00 pm the streets would be okay, but I slid across a street and hit a curb pretty freaking hard—and if there’s damage, I’m sending the bill to my Congressman…but that’s not what I wanted to write about.)

Coming home from the rehearsal, I noticed that my gas tank was a little low. Being that I’m going to have to go in to work tomorrow, I decided to put some gas in the tank tonight, so I can just walk right out the door tomorrow and don’t have to leave any earlier—as I’m sure we all would do in that situation.  So it’s ten o’clock at night, and I’m at a QuikTrip.  I’m of the type that ALWAYS reaches for the plain-Jane “Unleaded” and doesn’t ever go with a higher grade.  I know that some people like to use Premium or what have you, and some cars even have little stickers on them that tell you which grade you’re supposed to use to benefit your engine—and people tend to listen to that for some reason.

Well…I think it’s a sign of the times that when I’d put the (entirely CLEAN) Unleaded nozzle into my tank, I glanced at the other two and saw this:

Why is this picture so much better/cleaner than the picture of my veal???

Notice how the middle grade has some snow on it, but the Premium has obviously not been touched all day?

Guess that’s how the recession works.

I Ate This…

That’s a Veal Porterhouse from Maggiano’s in St. Louis.  It’s a crappy cell-phone pic that I had to bring up the color on because it was dark in the restaurant…but it was about an inch and a half thick, it melted in my mouth, and it was so good I was angry when it was gone.

Also had the best Fried Calamari I’ve ever had in my life.  And they make a fine Manhattan.

Then a hellish drive home in the snow…for which there was obviously no pre-treating done on Highway 170, Lindbergh, or the Rock Road.  Thanks again, MoDot.

But before that…Veal Porterhouse!

Random Stuff for Random Days

I’ve got a list of things not worth writing about…so you know what that means.  It’s RANDOM TIME, DAWG!!!

Sorry…I haven’t been sleeping well.

Anyway…let’s go…

  1. This first thing actually IS worth writing about.  My friend/coworker Larry is pretty sick.  He’s going to be off work for some time, and it’s kind of a bummer.  I don’t know if he’d want the full details spelled out on the Internet (even though it’s nothing too serious or embarrassing or whatever)…so I’ll leave it alone…  But anyway…get well soon, Larry.  But stay away from me until you are.
  2. Been working on the “Two Hangmen” EP.  I worked pretty hard on drum tracks this weekend, but I’m not really happy with them.  I don’t play drums too often, so it’s taking me some time to figure out what I want.  I have kind of arrived at the right IDEAS for each song, but my execution isn’t quite right.  I’m planning on doing re-takes this week, possibly into weekend.  I might just be overly critical of my own performance because I know my drumming isn’t as strong as my guitar playing, though.
  3. I found this picture online that I thought was kind of interesting.  Apparently these are the models for the “American Gothic” painting standing next to the piece.  I’ve never seen this before and thought those of you who also haven’t might find it interesting.  Sorry if you’ve seen it a dozen times already.  (As a side note…did you know that the woman is supposed to be the farmer’s spinster DAUGHTER, not his wife?  Found that out this week, myself.)

    I saw it first at http://9gag.com/gag/69178/, though I'm sure that wasn't the original source since that's not really what that blog is all about.
  4. Long time readers of the blog know that I’m often critical of Rush Limbaugh, to the point of being downright mean about it.  I feel justified in that most of the time.  However, I’m a fair man and I’ve got to say that with his recent post about Obama’s “Applause” “controversy,” Limbaugh did the right thing.  (It’s “Story #5” on this page.)  He pointed out that the (mainly online) Conservatives accusing Obama of using “Applause” signs during his speech in Arizona last week were wrong, and that the word popping up on the screen was just part of the closed captioning for the hard of hearing.  I don’t like Limbaugh, and I think he and his ilk are a MAJOR part of the problem with American politics today…but I’m man enough to say that showed class on his part.  Here’s hoping (though doubting) that he builds on that.
  5. I may miss buying new comic books on Wednesday…  A client is taking us to dinner at a REALLY nice place that night.  It’s at 7:00.  I get off work at 5:00, and usually make it home around 6:00.  I’m not sure that allows time to get to the comic store before dinner—and even if it does, the restaurant is kind of on my way home.  So I’m conflicted.  Especially because “Scarlet” #4 comes out this week…and I love that series…
  6. I’ve got a rehearsal with the Feldman Group on Thursday.  Should be fun, but I’ll probably be exhausted by then.  Big week!  🙂
  7. I’m reading Nick Hornby’s “About A Boy.”  I’d thought I’d already read it, but I couldn’t remember where the story goes after the two stories merge into one another, so I guess I didn’t finish it.  I’m about half way through, and I certainly don’t remember any of this stuff.  Not sure how that happened.  But anyway, I’m enjoying it.  It’s nice to spend time in the 90s again.
  8. I think I need a haircut.  My hair’s been weird lately.  It’s longer than it’s been in a while, and it either looks totally cool or totally horrible…so I’m thinking I’m going to cut it soon to a length where it just looks either “fine” or looks like I’m wearing a hat.  I’m tired of thinking about it.  But then again, I’m also going to have trouble scheduling the appointment, since the place I go closes so freaking early…
  9. Stuff I’ll buy soon:
    1. “Horns” by Joe Hill — It was on my Christmas List, but no one got it for me.  It’s probably not quite in paperback yet, so no one could find it.  But I’ve GOT to read this thing!
    2. Cake’s new album.  — I really like the single.  The record’s been out for about a week or so, and I just haven’t been to Best Buy.  Maybe I’ll order online from Barnes & Noble or Amazon and get the Hill book at the same time.
    3. Banjo – I’m doing a decent job of saving.  Hopefully soon!
  10. Golden Globes Wrap Up…  I don’t have a lot to say, but here are the talking points I care about.
    1. I’m not too positive on Ricky Gervais these days…  He did okay, I guess.  Seemed like he was used sparingly, and even though people have been making a big deal of some of the things he said, I don’t think he was any more edgy than anything they say on SNL every week.  In fact, I got the impression he was reigning it in.
    2. Jim Parsons’ win was pretty cool.  I liked how Kaley Cuoco freaked out when he won.  You could tell she’d been thinking, “There’s no way they’re going to have me announce a win for someone who’s on the same show as me…”  Then they did.  It was kind of a sweet moment, and I thought his speech was good.  Wryly funny, but also sincere.
    3. DeNiro’s reception of the Cecil B Demille Award was odd.  Matt Damon’s intro seemed to fall flat, with the joke of him doing impressions of the wrong characters being stale after the first one.  (And I LIKE Matt Damon…)  Then DeNiro’s speech seemed self-congratulatory and also filled with jokes that didn’t work.  It just seemed like both guys were trying to be funnier than they’re able to be.  BUT, I am glad to see DeNiro get that kind of recognition, because I think he deserves it, even though he gets typecast a lot.
    4. It was nice of all those private-school/tutor educated producers of “Glee” to thank public-school educators.

And that should do it.  If my blogging slows down a little later in the week, it’s just because I’m exhausted.

And THAT’S why the world is how it is…

I was in a Facebook discussion about Martin Scorsese movies last night.  I consented that his movies are very long and slowly paced.  But I still maintained that I liked them and they frequently have turns you don’t see coming, etc, etc…

I do genuinely like Scorsese…  I mean, the back of his baseball card is pretty impressive.  Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, The Departed, Casino, Raging Bull, Shutter Island, Last Temptation of Christ…etc…  But yeah, he does seem to have graduated from Drag-Ass University sometimes.

Still…  I think I won the argument when the following comment was made in response, with absolutely no irony intended:

If I have to THINK too much, how is that ENTERTAINING?

Victory for me.  Loss for theatre, the arts, and soccer moms everywhere.

Hey ho.

The Times, They are A-Changing, Batman.

I’m watching an old episode of the “Batman” TV series.  Some of the dialogue just doesn’t hold up very well in the world in which we all now, unfortunately, live.

The Joker is featured in this episode—so it’s a good one.  In his capering, he purchased an old magazine/printing company from which to run the semi-legitimate face of his criminal operation.  The name of the publishing company he bought?  “Penthouse Publishing.”

Ouch.

To make matters worse…  Bruce Wayne visits the Joker’s office as part of an elaborate ruse to trip up the nefarious trickster.  When he arrives, the Joker tells his henchmen (who in this particular case, happen to be robots) that they are to be on “Amber Alert.”

That’s…that’s a shame.

Oh well…at least it’s more relevant than the “Batman Incorporated” storyline that’s going on in the comic books today.