Thursday, January 31, 2008

What the shit I've been working for this hosptial for thirty seven months and I didn't know the accountants have a pizza party every month. I want a pizza party. I'm organizing a Treasury Department pizza party next month and we're going to have hats and a raffle and rub it in accounting's face.

Monday, January 28, 2008

You know what sucks? When you finally start getting some work done after lunch and the phone rings and you pick it up without looking at the number and then see who it is and realize that it's a vendor who we owe lots of money to and who's call I skipped out on Friday afternoon, and in like point-one seconds you go "OH SONOFABITCH" and try to start thinking of excuses and then instead of getting back into your groove after the palm-wringing phone call, instead you go bitch about it to the internets. Oy. 15% Productivity Monday Blues.
Our first big kid's vacation was this weekend, upstate in Skaneateles, NY.

Yes, we're fucking yuppies. Yes, I wore collared shirts and loafers all weekend. No, it was not quite this pretty, but we are notoriously bad picture-takers (that is, we forget to take pictures, not our pictures are terrible), so these are Google-imaged. It was beautiful, though, and even for off-season we got chili-cookoffs, beer and wine tastings, sled dogs, ice carvings, incredible breakfasts and fancy dinners, and lots of people who talk to strangers. Maybe next time we will head up during the warmer months and go sailing and pretend we are retired stockbrokers.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Somebody please help me out with "No Country for Old Men." It was a damn good movie, possibly better than Fargo, but I took little away from it the first viewing.

What I can get out of it so far is maybe that your decisions, especially the ones you know might haunt you ("What are you going to do?" "Something dumber than hell, but I'm going anyway."), will continue to follow you. I also think there's a really humbling message about the inevitability of following our fathers to the grave. You might not think that that necessarily needed to be said but I, at least, tend to forget it, and it was one of the most emotional parts of the movie for me.

Anyway, it was very good, and surprisingly Coen-y even though they lifted most of the dialouge from Cormac McCarthy's novel (supposedly). I will also need to check out Cormac McCarthy, who I've to this point avoided because I always thought that he wrote the Wally Lamb book "I Know This Much is True" and I refuse to read that shit because this hippy I dated in high school used to rave about it. I know that doesn't make sense. Wally Lamb wrote a book, hippy girl loved it, dust jacket looked the same as "The Road," and they were both Oprah picks, hence I hated Cormac McCarthy. Get it? Ya.

So, it's cold here still and my classes are mind-numbingly boring. But on the plus side there is hot apple cider around the corner at Pete's and I've been mostly staying out of trouble and I'm getting a raise at work. Oh and also I just finished The Twenty-Seventh City by Jonathan Franzen and it was incredible, and I am reading some more Murakami (Kafka on the Shore) and even though the translation isn't that great the story is pretty intense. Also look what I found:


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fun fact! What do all of these bands have in common?

Band of Horses
The Bravery
Dashboard Confessional
LCD Soundsystem
Lucinda Williams
The Mooney Suzuki
Peter Bjorn and John
Vampire Weekend
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Answer (highlight): They have all been featured on Gossip Girl. I am not kidding. Apparently I am not the first one to notice. Nor should the indie-pop vibe come as a surprise, considering the music supervisor. Some of the choices are definitely risque, though (X?!). CW11, Tuesday nights, dudes. Set your Tivo.

Anyway, considering the weather and my lack of sleep, I should probably be spending the next few days watching tv on the couch, but instead it's going to be four days of dinner parties and house warmings and rock-and-roll sing alongs and maybe some burlesque, if I can still stand up. If you're busy doing what I wish I was doing (anything involving blankets and being under them) you should probably watch this movie (free, possibly copywrite-infringing streaming video) called Rocket Science because it is probably the best movie that I didn't hear about in 2007. I've never even heard of any of these people. But the lead girl is really hot in that "your sister's best friend" kind of way. Also this is everything that I wanted Napoleon Dynamite to be, if it hadn't been so fucking lame. Do it, you won't be disappointed. Also FYI I am not comparing that trainwreck Napoleon Dynamite to this movie.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Five minutes of thought progression during an average Tuesday afternoon:

1) Hey! You should draw stuff in Excel and put it on the internet. It would be a little mind exercise plus you get to play with Excel which is your favorite thing to do! You could do little borders and cell shading, and maybe even conditional formatting to make it interactive!
2) Oh man this is going to be awesome.
3) Maybe I should Google around, first, just to make sure nobody has done it already.
4) Dammit.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Oof. Haha.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

More fun than I've had in a few months, to say the least. Froberg's voice makes whatever band he's a part of something special. He oozes punk rock. Crowd was old (excepting the old couple who brought their distraught 9 year old) and relatively calm. No Hot Snakes covers, even though he got us wet with some warming up (BOOOO). Good, good, new songs. Basically Hot Snakes V2, maybe a little more mellow, but he looked as old as Iggy Pop so I guess you gotta wind down some day. Overal grade: A-fucking-plus, even though the 8:30 showtime turned into 10:00. Will not forget soon.

Also, Love or Perish was pretty decent. Good, old punk rock. I thought I was finished after Obits wrecked shit and the second band was terrible, but Love or Perish actually had me accidentally jumping around after about ten minutes. Recommended.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I h8 u so much Gossip Girls. Pls stop getting on my DVR & mking me watch u. K thx bye, yr bff ben.
I bitch about being poor in the morning, then go shopping at J. Crew and make an appointment at a friend's fancy Harlem hair salon in the afternoon. I am large, I contain multitudes.

Also, who's getting me on the guest list for Vampire Weekend? Somebody has to be friends with them. Cannot believe it sold out.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Whoa, dudes. I know that none of you come here for esoteric indie rock information, but this one is sort of important. So lets, like, do some David-Blane-doing-magic-through-the-television type shit. Close your eyes and think about riding the school bus to 9th grade. You just started figuring out what good music was. You were starting to realize how much you needed to get laid this year, but hadn't even really gotten to second base yet. You were playing in a shitty band (marching band counts). Some of you had tried pot and some of you had tried D&D and every one of you had eighteen tubs of Clearasil wipes in your medicine cabinet even though they didn't do a damn thing except burn like a motherfucker. On the bus ride to school you and the cute girl/boy one year older than you shared a Walkman, one of you barely able to hear because your headphones were plugged into the non-amped line-out while the other got the headphone jack, and you were probably listening to Nada Surf and Superdrag and it was beautiful outside and the sun was shining and in a few minutes you'd be smoking cigarettes, and wishing you were making out, and killing time with the best friends you'll ever have.

So, you know, I will probably not go to this because it might wreck all of that nostalgia. But we'll see. Tix on sale tomorrow.
Confirmed, bitches!

1ST: OBITS [ex members of hot snakes and edsel]
21 and over, $7, 8pm doors

Second best news of the day! First? Not having to wear a coat to work! Shit yeah go to hell, seasonal depression!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

I've said it before, what a weird fucking winter.

I just had a twenty minute conversation with myself in the shower, but it boils down to this: I have to stop drinking. I'm sick of the drawbacks and the good isn't good enough. I'm tired of walking through my life and not making decisions. I'm tired of waking up and trying to piece together a night. I'm definitely tired of trying to get through the workday hungover. I'm sick of disappointing my girlfriend and myself. Even I don't like myself drunk.

That's pretty much it. I just wanted to get it recorded so I could go back and look at it again and again for reassurance. I want to be better. Maybe this will help.

Friday, January 04, 2008

I know not many of you guys want to hear this, but Drive-By Truckers' newest effort "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" is phenomenal.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What kind of school starts classes back on Januray 2nd?! Good Lord I just had my last exam on the 17th! Eff this responsibility garbage.


Happy 2008!