Monday, January 31, 2005

The great mind game

The question of whether Terrell Owens will be back this Sunday for the Super Bowl is not nearly as important as the fact that since he practiced today the Patriots are going to have to include him in their game plan. Pretty smart, I think.

George Bush: Violator of the Constitution

Thank goodness, maybe they'll finally shut down that concntration camp. How disgusting is it to have a lawyer that is representing the president of the United States to state publicly that certain people have no rights under our constitution?

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Million Dollar Baby

Who else can say it best other than Roger Ebert, "masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true."

I don't know if a movie has ever made me feel better and feel worse. Like Unforgiven and Mystic River it moves at a lifelike pace. Ah, fuck it. I can't sum this movie up like any ole movie. It's just fucking brilliant. You know the story, a female boxer convinces jaded ole Clint to teach her how to box and then manage her career. Freeman and Clint are, uh, incredible. Swank is, uh, incredible. Like the two previous movies I mentioned it's shot so that many scenes feel like paintings that have motion. There's a shot where Swank and Eastwood are conversing in front of a white brick wall and there is a speed bag between them. The wall is a washed out white and the two actors and the speed bag in sillouetted. I want a poster of that.

You just have to go see this movie on the big screen. You'll kick yourself forever if you wait until the video release. You're going to cry before it's over and feel like shit when you leave but it's worth it because before all that you'll smile, laugh, cheer and probably inwardly pump your fist a couple of times.

Before I went to the theater tonight I thought I wouldn't see a movie better than Sideways. Tonight I saw a movie that eclipses Sideways without a question.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Good to see you guys

Monday night I tuned in to the Tonight Show for the first time in a mighty long time because I heard that Don Rickles and Bob Newhart were going to appear together so they could pay tribute to Carson. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to not only see those two geniuses together but, not only that, I was doubly thrilled that they came out and were funny. Rickles is a great storyteller and he is still the absolute master of the one liner. Newhart may be one of the best storytellers in the world and it's too bad that you can only see them on the tube every year or so. Man, that was a good twenty minutes of television. They told stories about appearing on the Tonight Show and expressed their love of Carson and just totally took the show over while they were out there. I didn't stop smiling the whole time.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Monday, January 24, 2005

Johnny

I was never much of a Johnny Carson viewer. I never watched his interviews. I don't have the patience for talk shows. I rarely even watch Letterman interview his guests. I'm the kind of viewer that enjoys watching Dave screw around for the first half hour and then I move on. I watched Carson every now and then and what I did enjoy was his opening monologue. Since it was the usual late night material often his jokes bombed. I always thought his true talent was improvisation and he could save a bad joke better than anyone I have ever seen. I remember whenever he would tell a stinker his takes after a negative reaction from the audience was some of the best comedy you could see anywhere. Improvisation is the true sign of comedic talent to me and Johnny had it. I've missed since he left and all I can think of now was how much he enjoyed his retirement. Everyone should be able to enjoy a good ten years of peace before they die.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Satan is Lord?

I know they are supposed to be flashing the Texas Longhorn thing but, dang, they're idiots.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

You've got to be kidding

"Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty," he said, "though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom."
This is it

Today is the day. That snotty, smirky president will begin withdrawing his political capital today when he takes the ole oath of office. I understand he's going to pledge to unify the country. God bless 'im, I figured he would voice that, the biggest of his lies. Of course his idea of unification is for us to go along with whatever he says or we're causing the riff or supporting terror or particiapting in some sort of anti-American act by not nodding passively. I'm looking forward to seeing some video later today. I can't wait to see how smug he looks up there as the first wartime president to almost blow an election rather than as a president whose legitimacy was doubted by many. This whole Bush presidency is so comicly tragic that I almost anticipate the Southpark Satan to show up today with his boyfriend Saddam.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Howdy

Just a few thoughts:

On that Fox show where the wives switch homes do the husbands get to screw their temporary wives? Under the right circumstances that would be cool.

When you wake up at five a.m. the world is nearly silent and you can hear every car door and wind-blown leaf and the purring of the cat laying in your crotch.

It sure is fun to ignore a friend who is hollering at you across a parking lot. All the people around you think he is yelling at no one. I love that.

Why is it when someone's bill at a store or restaurant comes to $6.66 that it is considered a topic for general discussion? Hey lady, keep your superstitions to yourself, please.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Ug Umgowa

I've said before and I'll say it again. Being sick sucks balls. Sometimes you get one of those annoying little colds and you might take a day off from work so you DON'T INFECT YOUR CO-WORKERS (what a novel idea!) but this time I felt myself getting sick so I left work early and prepared myself for a day or two of respite and heavy snot flow. The virus had other plans. That motherfucker laid me out for about three days. You know that sensation of having to cough but not wanting to because when you do it feels like someone is shoving a chainsaw down your throat? Yeah, I had that. Thank god I had about 1/3 of season 2 of Futurama to watch. I was incapable of doing anything other than watching the tube and daytime TV is truly shit when you have basic basic cable.

For the first time I watched a few minutes of the Teletubbies. That is some spooky-ass shit. I saw that during my especially dazed period so I'm not sure if what I saw was real. I even watched a little of Jerry Springer for the first time in years. There's nothing new I can say about that show except its standard of shittiness has not changed in the couple of years since the last time I saw it.

But I feel better now. Now I'm just stuffed up and will cough for a week. My four days of misery did work in the favor of my kitties. Every time I went under I woke up covered in cats.

New Music

Recently I realized that I haven't really been doing any music exploration. Two bands I've come across in the last week that have me intrigued: The Fiery Furnaces and TV on the Radio. I've downloaded a few tracks and a couple of purchases may be in order.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

A little slice of life

Cats like to lick themselves


The only reason I took the above photo was because he was in there for a good fifteen minutes and it looked important.
Oops

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.
George W. Bush, President
Address to the Nation
3/17/2003

Friday, January 14, 2005

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Good deed of the day

Yesterday while driving I saw on my right a dog trotting down the sidewalk dragging his leash behind him. Through a small grove a trees I saw a ten-year-old kid running and looking around and it was obvious he was panicking and looking for something. I came to a stop at light I was approaching, honked twice quickly in order to get the boys attention. When he looked my way I motioned behind me with my right hand toward the dog. He looked to his left, saw the dog, grabbed the leash and then waved at me in thanks. I felt good about that all day. In fact, I still feel good about that.

Music

This was a good week for music. On Wednsday I saw Jason Isbell of the Drive By Truckers do a solo acoustic show at the Evening Muse. A picture follows.


On Friday at the Evening Muse I saw Deanna Lynn at 9 pm. A picture follows.


At 10 pm, same location, David Childers took the stage. A picture follows.


After Childers I went to the Comet Grill and saw Lenny Federal. Thatsa good night of music.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

He's back! You probably didn't even know he was gone

Mojo Nixon has found a spot on the Sirius satellite radio thing. I'd sure like to be able to hear that. Makes me wish I was a trucker so I could rationalize subscribing to satellite radio. Maybe the world will finally appreciate Mojo.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Beam me up, Jesus

Man, do I want to see this.
The media licking its own ass

Let's see here...four days after New Year's eve there are now news stories about the lead singer of Motley Crue dropping the F-bomb on live television. So far the FCC has received no complaints! My, my. Hopefully a pointless news story will get the slope-headed monkey brains on the phone to the FCC. It only takes about three complaints to get the ball rolling for an FCC indencency investigation. Of course, a news network can lie all day every day but as long as they not saying 'fuck' and showing tits it's OK. My head may explode.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Movie time

Got back a little while ago after seeing the movie "The Aviator." It's a little uneven but I did really enjoyed the early portion of the movie that covered Howard Hughes' playboy days in Hollywood. Heck, he hooked up with Kate Hepburn and Ava Gardner, for god's sake. There were a couple of nice surprises since I didn't read about the movie too much before I saw it.

1) Alan Alda had a nice meaty role as a senator who was working against the interests of Hughes' company TWA. I was thrilled to see Alda get some major screen time again. It was especially fun since he played a "bad guy" and it was obvious he was having fun in the role.

2) Gwen Stefani played Jean Harlow. Very yummy.

3) Cate Blanchett was really good as Kate Hepburn. She has the figure and the attitude for it. She looked great dressed in Hepburn's trademark slacks.
Rock and Roll

Last week the Double Door Inn here in town had an anniversary show. It's become a traditon now that around the holiday season the Double Door's anniversary show features the Federal Bureau of Rock and Roll. Since I've been going at this blog thing for a couple of years now I am sure I've mentioned that before. Since I haven't posted for a couple of days I am going to post a couple of shots of my buddy, Bill Walpole who plays slide guitar for this killer local band who you all should see at least once in your life.