Sometimes I wish sandwiches could last forever…that’d be an awesome life…

Suddenly it’s almost a week later…

Been a weird week.  I’ve been going back and forth from not feeling very good to feeling great to feeling okay except my shoulder hurts, to whatever…  (I have no idea what I did to my shoulder, by the way…but I did the HELL out of it.)  I don’t really have anything in particular in mind to write about, so—as you can probably tell by the insane post title—we’re going to do that “random” thing I do…

  1. I’m anxiously awaiting the new Leonard Cohen record.  At some point, Cohen went from being an artist I was aware of but not wild about to being one of my favorite artists.  I think it started in 2009 when I picked up his “Live in London” record, just for kicks.  It’s sublime (to borrow a word he himself uses on that record to describe his background singers).  Got to see him two years ago (or thereabout, might’ve only been one—but it FEELS like two years, anyway), and that remains one of my favorite shows I’ve been to in the 2000’s.  So I’m very excited that he’s doing a new record of NEW material.  Not a lot of people in their 70s do that.  I’m getting the version offered on his website that comes with a limited edition, numbered lithograph.  The lithograph prominently features a (tastefully done) nude lady, so I kinda had to talk myself into it…but like I said, he’s in his 70s.  Not likely to get too many more lithographs from him.  And it really is beautifully done.
  2. I think I’m going to make some chili tomorrow.  Then on Saturday, I’m going to get a burger from Five Guys, pour some of the chili on it, and then eat the burger.  Looking forward to either enjoying an awesome concoction…or going to the hospital.  Either way, probably a blog post in it.
  3. Snowed in St. Louis.  I like when that happens.  MoDot dropped the ball on the road-treatment though (and they basically admitted as much).  We got an inch or less and you’d think there were six inches.  Part of that is just because people in this town freak out when it RAINS, much less snows and they forget how to drive…but also, MoDot completely failed to pre-treat the streets in advance of the storm, so it ended up pretty slippery out there.  Still, I got to work and back with no real problems and was surprised to hear co-workers talking about a much icier ride than I personally experienced.  Guess I was lucky.  Took a long time getting there this morning, but it was better going home.  Plus, I like snow, and I like Winter…and you Summer-loving jerks have gotten enough nice weather to last you for a snow storm or two this season…so let me have my fun!
  4. Finally started reading Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” comic book.  It sort of revolutionized the genre when he first wrote it (between 1989-1996).  That was a little bit before I got serious about reading comics (though I was definitely buying trades in at least the later part of the 90s), and I definitely wasn’t into his sort of stuff at that time or for a few years after…but reading it now, I feel cheated that I didn’t read it when it was new.  I’m almost tempted to only read one issue a week, just to experience some delayed gratification to somewhat mimic the experience people had at the time…but let’s face it.  I’m an American.  Gimmie gimmie gimmie!  Only about three issues in so far, but it’s great.  Can’t believe how long I’ve been missing out.
  5. For those wondering about my kitchen (ie – no one), there’s some trim that has to go up and I need to get a microwave…but it’s very very close to done.  It’s just little stuff now.  I’ll post some pics on the Tumblr page soon.  I’m particularly thrilled with how the backsplash turned out.  The contractor put up way more tile than I was originally planning, but it turned out to be exactly the right thing to do.  And I LOVE the look of the cabinets.  Just need to clean up the other (visible) rooms and get my dishes washed and put IN the cabinets…and we’re good!  🙂
  6. As I’m writing this, I’m getting a headache that’s getting worse.  It’s weird.
  7. Earthquake in Haiti happened two years ago today (err…yesterday, since it’s now after midnight…oops…).  There are estimates that 95% of the rubble from the quake still has not been removed or even addressed, and hundreds of people are still living in tent cities.  (Well…there will probably always be tent cities there…but a lot of those specific people didn’t USED to live in tent cities.)  Still worth Googling some of the benevolent organizations that are ACTIVELY working in Haiti, if you’ve got some free time.  (Or just click over to my friend Shara Lyn’s blog to see what her life there is like and what you can do to help.  You can also leave me a note in the comments and I’d be glad to provide some contact info for organizations there that I know are reliable.)
  8. Been listening to a lot of Lou Reed again/still.  Particularly enjoying “Songs for Drella,” which he wrote with John Cale (formerly of The Velvet Underground) in tribute to Andy Warhol.  Made myself a list of Lou Reed records I’d like to buy…it is…longer than expected…

And that’s all I’m going to write for now…  Headache’s gaining momentum, so I’m thinking I’m going to pop some Ibuprofen and go to bed.

Enjoy your weekend!

My iPod’s a Punk

I put my iPod on “shuffle” at work again.  Here’s what it did.  Sorry!

  1. Accidents Will Happen – Elvis Costello
  2. The Creature Crawling – Frank Black
  3. She is Fading – Vigilantes of Love
  4. Fan Club [Demo] – Cheap Trick
  5. Young Girl – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
  6. Soul Meeting – Solomon Burke
  7. She’s a Dream – Grace Basement
  8. Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
  9. Each Day of Sorrow – John Mellencamp
  10. Run Rudolph Run – Reverend Horton Heat
  11. 21 Reasons – Frank Black & the Catholics
  12. Thirty One Today – Aimee Mann
  13. The Pilgrim – Iron Maiden
  14. Far Side Banks of Jordan – Johnny Cash
  15. Graveyard Shift – Uncle Tupelo
  16. Red House – Jimmi Hendrix
  17. A New Machine – Part 2 – Pink Floyd
  18. I Want You – Bob Dylan
  19. Riding on the Wind – Judas Priest
  20. Heartbreak Hotel – Willie Nelson
  21. Every Time I See Your Face – Live
  22. Army Reserve – Pearl Jam
  23. I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  24. The Door is Always Open – Waylon Jennings
  25. The ‘In’ Crowd – Bryan Ferry
  26. Within You Without You – The Beatles
  27. Sweet November – Derek Brink
  28. Imaginary Man – Ray Davies
  29. Snake Bite Love – Motorhead
  30. Manifesto No. 2 – Shooter Jennings
  31. And I Love Her (German Stereo Version) – The Beatles
  32. Jagged (Live Version) – Old 97s
  33. Someday You’ll Call My Name – Hank Williams Sr.

On a side note…  Seems like Gary Puckett wrote a lot of songs about underage girls.  Never found that creepy until now.

Movies I Forgot Gary Oldman Was In…

Gary Oldman is one of my favorite living actors—arguably one of our BEST living actors.  He seems to disappear into his roles.  I have more than once been reminded that he was in a movie that I liked and had to pause to remember who he was.  That’s how good he is…you’re not seeing Gary Oldman…you’re seeing the person he’s playing.

Following are a couple of the movies/projects I’ve forgotten he was in and a couple stories revolving around them.

  1. The Harry Potter Movies
    Role: Some Guy.  Probably a Villain.
    Okay…to be fair, I haven’t seen any of the Harry Potter movies.  Why?  Interestingly enough, my response to that question is just restating the question.  You: “You haven’t seen the Harry Potter flicks?  Why?!?” Me: “Why should I?”  Well…the answer to my question might be “because Gary Oldman’s in one or two of them.”
  2. Batman Begins
    Role: Commissioner Jim Gordon
    Well…I mean, I know it NOW.  It’s always in my brain NOW…  But at the time the movie came out, a few friends and I were talking about it and got to discussing the cast.  We started out talking about Katie Holmes (who I still maintain did fine, since there’s really not much to the “I’m in love with Bruce Wayne” role).  Part of the group’s defense of the actress was that even if she’d done the most amazing job in the world, the deck was stacked against her.  Christian Bale…Michael Caine…Liam Neeson…  Those are some heavy hitters.  We talked and talked about how well each actor did…then after a few minutes I said, “Wow…how good does Gary Oldman have to be that none of us remembered he was Commissioner Gordon?!?”  And that was the first time I realized that about him.
  3. A really funny episode of FRIENDS.
    Role: Some British Actor
    Oldman played a British actor working in a movie with the Joey character.  He owned the screen for every moment of his performance.  He was funny both when he was playing the intimidating legit actor, and also when he was playing the staggering drunk.  He communicated things about the character’s backstory that definitely weren’t in the script (which I can TOTALLY confirm, never having read it!) and made the episode a lot of fun.  And yet, we all think of it as “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding.”
  4. The Fifth Element
    Role: Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (The main bad guy)
    …actually to be fair, I actually completely forgot all of The Fifth Element.  That was just a terrible movie with flawwed reasoning.  Oldman’s character has been paid to destroy all of existence—which would include HIMSELF and the money he was paid to do so…and it wasn’t a covert thing, his character knew that’s what he was doing.  Still…I believed Oldman’s character was nuts enough that none of that was a problem for him.
  5. Dracula
    Role: Fucking DRACULA.
    I seriously had no idea until I read it on IMDB tonight.  And I don’t think it was because of the makeup—although I now realize how excellent it was.
  6. JFK
    Role: Lee Harvey Oswald
    Until very recently, I honestly thought Oswald was played by a no-name, Russian actor.  I had no idea it was Gary Oldman until I heard him mention having worked on JFK in an interview and then it dawned on me.  Nuts.
  7. Sid & Nancy
    Role: Sid Vicious
    Yep.  That’s him.  This was kind of the movie that launched him in many people’s eyes—though not his first movie.  I saw it and thought he was great…then promptly forgot about it.  I mean sure…maybe that’s because the end of the movie is a sloppy mess…but I remember being amazed by his performance, despite it being just an okay movie.

…and that’s just a handful.  Fortunately Oldman is still young and active enough that he’s got (hopefully) a ton of films ahead of him.  I look forward to forgetting him for years to come.