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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

To discuss a Month in Review: Mr. October

If anything, each passing month seems to be more interesting than the last, which I take to be a good thing. It's been three months since I started this blog. In the past month, I've reached my 100 post mark, been to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and paid people to make me feel nauseated. I even debuted a video, with another on the way.
On to the good stuff:
  • Favorite movie: "Home Alone" Technically, I did not see this movie in October, but Capricorn (the girlfriend) bought it and we intend to watch it soon. There are so many things to like about this movie: The soundtrack, the pranks, Macaulay Culkin before he got full of himself in "Home Alone 2," lax airport security before 9/11, pumping someone's guts full of lead...Runner-up: "No Country for Old Men."(I haven't actually watched it, but I have the Blockbuster by Mail package on top of my DVD player, so I feel I've viewed its awesomeness by osmosis.)
  • Least favorite movie: "Quarantine." Duh. I do expect anyone who has since seen this movie to leave a comment with their thoughts. I appreciate all of you who listened to my words of warning. Runner-up: Some random movie on AMC made in the 1970s about a haunted painting.
  • Favorite song: "Use Somebody" Kings of Leon. This band has quickly become one of my favorite bands of late. I put this song on Capricorn's mix CD, in part because I thought "Sex on Fire" might be a bit too strong of a message. Runner up: "Always Where I Need to Be," The Kooks.
  • Least favorite song: "Miss Independent" Ne-yo. Did nobody let him know that Kelly Clarkson already dibbed this?...Runner-up "T-Shirt," Shontelle (Did nobody let her know that Jessica Simpson already dibbed this?).
  • Favorite album: "Amnesiac" Radiohead. But Andy, hasn't this album been out for almost a decade? Why, yes, Voice in My Head, it has, but this is my post so deal with it... This was the album that got me hooked on Radiohead, which makes no sense because it's one of their least popular and well-known albums. When people think of Radiohead, they think of "Creep" from Pablo Honey, or "Karma Police" from OK Computer. A song from Amnesiac is like the redheaded stepchild that's awkward and misunderstood, but you realize has a lot of potential- Tampanga on early episodes of "Boy Meets World," if you will... I could listen to "I Might Be Wrong" or "Dollars & Cents" a thousand times, even though Thom Yorke's pronunciation skills are somewhere between Eliza Doolittle with a mouth full of marbles and Stephen Hawking. You know an album is weird when your girlfriend wakes up in the middle of a song and asks why people are banging broomsticks. Runner-up: "Causing a Catastrophe-Live," Flickerstick. (No least favorite album... but feel free to suggest one).
  • Best TV Show: "Raising the Bar" This TNT show isn't the best TV show I watched, technically. But I can't stop watching it, in part because there are Saved by the Bell connections, in part because one of the attorneys, Bobbi, needs to be the mother of my child based on her predilection to being hot all the time, and in part because it's the first legal show I've seen that focuses on the public defender's office. Runner up: "30 Rock" and "America's Next Top Model."
  • Worst TV show: NFL broadcasts. I love watching football, but I can't stand the announcers and the pre-game guys. They always have to say "National Football League" instead of using the acronym; they can't just say "field," it's the "football field"; and they have trouble forming sentences that aren't directly based off of what the previous guy said. If they were talking about the election, it'd go like this: First dude: "When you're talking about winning the election to become president of the United States of America, you need to make sure you're driving home the votes in the final hours with the citizens of the United States of America." Second dude: "You're absolutely right. Being the president of the United States of America is all about dedication, and no one shows dedication with Americans more than someone who is running for the presidency in the United States of America."
  • Best moment: Fall Fest 2008 and my trip to St. Louis.
  • Worst moment: It was a good month, I have to say. But I do wish that I wasn't so quickly forgotten at my alma mater.
  • Best decision: Applying to go to the St. Louis seminar for reporters, which reminded me of why I like my career.
  • Worst decision: Starting the Jaguars' Fred Taylor over the Panthers' DeAngelo Williams last week in my fantasy football game, as Taylor laid an egg and Williams scored a bunch of points. It cost me a victory- my first one this season. If you are a girl and could care less about those two guys, continue reading and pretend this paragraph never happened. If you are a dude or a girl who likes sports and is awesome, feel my pain.
  • Favorite Blog Entry by Me: I had two fun co-blogs in October, one with Miss Tiff and one with Amy XXOO. Runner up: To Discuss Making Capricon Uber-legal to Date.
  • Favorite Blog Entry by Someone Else: Sam I Am had one of the funniest posts I've read in a long time, recalling jr. high school life in abridged form. A sample: "Bell: Gym class...football!...Me: I'll be center *slam* (smashes into one girl) *boom* (knocks another one over) *whap (Bulldozers another)...Random girl: two people cover Sam...Me to teammate: We're undefeated."... Runner-up: "Scary Experience" by Sheila (it'll freak you out) and "Not For the Weak Stomachs in the Audience" by Muffy Willowbrook (hysterical and off-putting).

    Quick blog thought: If you regularly read this blog and you noticed that I've never checked your blog out, please let me know. I do try to visit everyone who visits me, in particular those who leave a comment. If you don't say anything, I'll assume you're just an Internet stalker, which is fine with me. If you've never left a comment on here before, now's a great time to start. It'll be therapeutic. You can even make fun of me, like we're back in middle school and I'm noticeably scrawnier with an affinity for pop rock like Duncan Sheik.

10 comments:

bex said...

Cuz I am barely breaaaathing, I can't fiiiind the air. Don't know who I'm kidding, imaaagining you care. And I could stand here waiiiting, a fool for another dayyyy, something something something something something something ayyyyyyyyayyyyyayyyyyyy.

Amy xxoo said...

" Use Somebody " by Kings of Leon = awesome pick....

Sam_I_am said...

holy cow. I had to fight the urge to jump up and down at the props for my jr. high flashback. A lot of people asked if that really happened. Yes, I learned the pledge of alligence in spanish, yes, I was one rough girl in football, and yes, Gretel the Catholic School Girl was real. ;-)

I really liked the co-blogs this month too. Especially crossing cultural boundaries. Happy November. Time for Christmas music!

Amy xxoo said...

Oh, yea, and thanks for choosing teh co-blog as, well, one of your co-blogs of the month.

Another great choice on your part!

Ben said...

The month review pleases me.

Miss Tiff said...

Great month review. I knew that "Quarantine" was going to be your least favorite movie. Just knew it. Thanks for picking our co-blog as one of your favorite posts. It was one of my favorite posts in October too.

Lump said...

dude that is my favorite Radiohead Album, with Kid A close behind. oh Thom, I love thee.

and I totally want to yank Zach Morris by the hair and chop it all off. but yes, it's a pretty good show.

ANG* said...

1) home alone will always and forever be amazing.

2) i love kelly clarkson. (but not that song) i also love the twilight series. yes, i am *actually* 14.

3) i hardly ever watch tv. yes, i know its crazy. but i just feel like i'm wasting my time when i could be ughhhh reading blogs and surfing the net. yeahhhh thats not wasting time AT ALL.

glad you had a great month! i did too :)

So@24 said...

If anything, I read this blog for the amazing icon of the dude in the tux chasing the goose.

wtf? I love it.

Muffy Willowbrook said...

You've seen me before, but I still have a tendency to be an Internet Stalker. and now that I know it's fine with you - I will carry on!

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