Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Undirected update

Here's some unsorted noise:

Tonight I sang Strawberry Fields Forever to a nearly-empty Irish Emigrant. What happened to this place? It used to be so packed. Strawberry Fields Forever modulates downward on the word "down". I couldn't actually remember how the song went until I got on stage and heard the first few strains of the intro. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was stuck in my head. The other song I sang was Panama by Van Halen. Does anybody remember that Drew Carey episode ...?

It was Eric's last night for Trivia tonight. We were one point away from second place. I got a question right which was totally a wild guess. The category was "Haloween Traditions." The question was something like "... this tradition used to be used to suggest who would be the next to be married, similar to the throwing of the bouquet ...". Leave a comment if you think you know the answer. Brie wore her glasses tonight.

I am listening to Barack Obama's audiobook version of The Audacity of Hope. I like his thought process. I prefer Senator Obama to Senator Clinton. Obama vs. McCain ... could I only dream of such good options.

I am rediscovering my Dave Matthews albums. Spoon in spoon, stirring my coffee.

If you can find Jennifer's Windows Live Space, you can find a picture of my Halloween costume. I'll post it myself after actual Halloween has passed.

I want to make a blog post about my plans for a room without a desk. But I'm hung up on mocking up a composite picture of what it will look like. The actual project is hung up on me cleaning my room. I will not buy new stuff until my room is clean.

Before I make a blog post about buying stuff for myself, I feel like I should make a blog post about my 2007 charitable contributions. Like Erin's. But do I really want to talk about that? Does anyone care who I give money to?

Sunday, Hugo, Jennifer and I ate at Kingfish, a soul food restaurant up on Capitol Hill halfway to Madison Park. It was tasty, but incredibly heavy. I felt it all day. I did not realize until I was halfway done eating that I had ordered a comically stereotypical meal: a waffle, with fried chicken, served with watermelon.

The rain yesterday was beautiful; contrasted with bolts of bold sunlight. Today I shivered while trying to buy Haloweeen candy. The sun set at 4:55.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Metronatural?

The new official tourism slogan of Seattle is "Metronatural".

No, I'm not kidding. Even jokingly, I don't think I could come up with something this lame. Apparently, if I could, I would be $200,000 richer. This is the product of too many years of encouraging people to think outside the box. Furthermore, embracing something simply because it is innovative, irrespective of whether it is actually good. Someone needs to put whoever came up with this back into the box, and tape it shut.

Here are my free suggestions, all of which are measurably better than "Metronatural".

"Seattle: Come fall in love"
"Seattle: My mom likes it"
"Seattle: I live here voluntarily"
"Seattle: Experience multiple shades of green" (This could do double duty for tourism and the chamber of commerce)
"Seattle: Yeah, it's just like this for 6 months out of the year"

And now some of the niche slogans:
"Seattle: Liberal heaven"
"Seattle: Jesus who?"
"Seattle: Free Wi-Fi!"
"Seattle: Not as hot as Texas"
"Seattle: Well-off hipster-geeks" [link]

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Long words

OK, three posts in one day is excessive. I'm sorry. But listening to Welcome to the Jungle (after writing the Slim Fast post), I was reminded for the second time today of something I relally like.

Sometimes in a song there is a word, one word that really stands out. It usually has to do with how that word fits in to the rhythm of the particular phrase. Two examples stuck out today, and I think it might have to do with the fact that they are both long words:

From Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses

If you got a hunger for what you see
You take it eventually
You can have anything you want
But you better not take it from me


From The Dark of the Matinee by Franz Ferdinand

I time every journey to bump into you, accidentally
I charm you and tell you of the boys I hate
All the girls I hate
All the words I hate...


Now I'm wondering if the fact that these are both adverbs has anything to do with it.

Voting Records

What do you care about when you vote? One of my most important issues is civil liberties. This handy site recaps the voting records of all of our senators and representatives on key pieces of legislation relating to civil liberties. Thanks digg for the link.

My Senators are:
Maria Cantwell, Democrat incumbent, up
for re-election this year against Republican Mike McGavick.
Patty Murray, Democrat incumbent, in the
middle of her term.

My representative is:

Jim McDermott, Democrat Incumbent of the 7th District of Washington. He has an excellent record on protecting my civil liberties. Thanks Jim! By the way, Representative McDermott is unchallenged this November. Seriouly Republicans? Nobody?


So, congresspersons, you better be on your best behavior. I'm watching you.

If you're interested in researching your candidates, the New York Times 2006 Election Guide is a great place to start.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

You got a hunger for what you see

Monday, I concocted the most amusing breakfast. Let me tell you about it.

If you were to open my cereal cupboard, as I did Monday morning, you would find:

Kashi Go Lean
O Organics Oat Bran Flakes
Northern Gold Raspberry & Blueberry Granola
Northern Gold Raspberry & Blueberry Granola (backup box)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
I like the healthy stuff, but it was definitely a Cinnamon Toast Crunch morning. Yeah, yummy stuff, I know. Most mornings, I am not in the mood for anything big, and this day was no different. In fact I usually don't even have a bowl of cereal. I prefer a Slim Fast shake.

But Monday, as I kept looking back and forth between the CTC and the pyramid of SlmFast containers, I got an idea. Then I backed off the idea because it seemed too childish. Then I came to my senses and remembered that I can do whatever the hell I want because I'm an adult.

Laughing at how silly I had been for attempting to govern myself, I pulled down a rock glass and poured half a glass of milk. Added half a scoop of vanilla Slim Fast. Stirred it up. Then fill up the glass with Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Voila. (If I were composing this post in Microsoft Office Word 2007, instead of Blogger's shitty online editor, that word would have the correct accent marks.)

In related news, Slim Fast must have been on my mind the other night, because I actually quoted to someone the famous Tommy LaSorda tagline, "If I can do it, you can do it." But in that context, it had to do with crawling out from under tables at the Irish Emigrant.

Speaking of the Irish Emigrant, Monday night I sang Sunday Morning by No Doubt. I couldn't resist the challenge of trying to sing Gwen Stefani. It came out all right... above average. Not quite as good as my Axl Rose.

Speaking of Axl Rose, "Axl Rose" is an angram for "Oral sex". Thanks Wikipedia! What would I do without you!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Orange and White

Peach Yogurt Parfaits The perfect accompaniment to watching a Texas game is some kind of orange food. Preferably, orange and white. Last Saturday, for the occasion of the the Texas p0wnage of OU, early arrivers were treated with peach yogurt parfaits.

These are extremely easy to make. I used-

Vanilla Yogurt
Granola, homemade :)
Peaches, prepared with brown sugar and honey, to make them burnt orange.

Actually, that wasn't the real reason. The peaches are almost out of season, so they needed a little help to be tasty.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Acting in Self Defense

If you encountered the horrible traffic coming down to my place yesterday, here's why [link]:

SEATTLE - A man who was assaulted by a stranger in front of Westlake Center in Seattle pulled out a gun and shot his attacker once, killing him.


And lesson here? Don't try to beat up a stranger. They can legally kill you.

Investigators said the man who was killed approached the other and out of the blue started assaulting him. The man who was being hit fired one round from his own weapon, which police say was legally registered.

Police said the man will likely not face charges.