Friday, September 30, 2005
A couple of days ago my uncle asked me “What are you doing tomorrow night?” I love that question, because it normally precedes some sort of invitation or fun idea. It did again, as my uncle had an extra ticket to a Beck concert. I like Beck but haven’t seen him live since I was about 19 and heavily under the influence, and I love free stuff, so, of course, I accepted. The show was at the Harborlights pavilion, a big white tent on the waterfront that changes names every year- I think it’s currently the Bank of America Pavilion, and the sound was surprisingly good. I saw a guy I used to have a crush on but I didn’t go say hi because he looked like he was on a date and I was standing around by myself eating a hot dog like a big dork (Reason #46 Why I Don’t Have A Boyfriend: Frequent public consumption of hot dogs), but then I felt like a jerk later for not having said hello, because it seems kind of mean, seeing someone you know and deliberately not saying hi. Likewise, I try not to press the ignore button on my cell phone because I hate the idea of someone else looking at their phone, seeing my name, and making the conscious decision not to answer. It just seems so cold. Anyways, back to the concert… it was great. Beck played a lot of his most popular songs, including “Loser”, and mostly high energy stuff that kept the crowd on its feet. (Um, ever since I got back from Nicaragua, whenever I dance, I end up doing some sort of bizzaro meringue. Can’t stop meringueing. Has this happened to anyone else?) Late in the show, he switched gears and played an acoustic set, during which the whole band sat down at a folding table and chairs and started eating dinner on the stage. The stunt went from amusing to really cool when they began playing their dishes in rhythm, spoons banging on bowls, forks on plates, and one of them was even doing the finger around the water glass trick, making it go OooooooOOOoooooo like I did at every bar mitzvah I went to in middle school.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
- Pink Floyd, Foxboro Stadium, 1994. I wasn't a huge fan of Pink Floyd before the concert, but I bought the tickets because they went on sale the same day as Smashing Pumpkins tickets, which sold out, and I was already in line with the cash. (Remember when you had to go get a wristband and wait in line for hours to buy concert tickets? Ahh, I love the internet.) Kim and I went together, and the concert was amazing- the best I've ever seen. I've been a true believer in the greatness of Pink Floyd ever since.
- The Ramones, Riverside Amusement Park, 1995. I heard a day-of ad on the radio about a Ramones concert at the former Riverside amusement park out in western Mass., so a few friends and I jumped in a station wagon and drove out. It was great; they were set up on a small stage in the parking lot, and there were only about 300 people there- a weird mix of teenagers and middle-aged punks in leather with mohawks and children- with everyone jumping around and going nuts.
- The Darkness, Avalon, 2004. Long live glam rock! Eri, a couple friends, and I got all decked out for the show in ridiculous groupie outfits and drank a bottle of rum before we left the apartment. It must have done the trick, because it was the one and only time I've ever scored backstage passes.
Oh yeah, and now for the worst (or most embarrassing) concert: Meat Loaf, Great Woods, 1994.
The Red Sox lost last night 7-2 and the Yankees won, putting the Sox one game behind in the playoff race. My mother had bought tickets back in January and took my father, my uncle, and me. She told us that we were in the very last row, but to our pleasant surprise, she had read the seating chart wrong and our seats were actually in the very first row of the bleachers, right above the bullpen. Because I went with my parents, I was at the game before it started and not drinking beers at the Cask until midway through the first inning in the normal fashion, so I got to see the pitchers warm up. I was standing along the fence when all of the sudden I felt someone looking at me. I glanced down, and there he was, my favorite player, a few feet below me, stretching his mighty thighs and staring straight at me. Well, he was actually looking at the big screen behind my head, but whatever, I felt the connection.
Because the Sox lost so badly I won't go into details about the game, but I was highly entertained watching the pitchers. Throughout the entire first two innings, they were throwing sunflower seeds. At each other, over the wall onto the field, and at the cop standing in the bullpen. The cop threw some back, so then they threw candy at him. It was cracking me up. They also all get up and watch the big screen whenever they show highlight reels.
On a somewhat related note, I think overall productivity in Boston sharply declines each September and October. At least you don't have to worry about the boss reaming you out for showing up late and drowsy, because chances are that the boss was also up late watching the game.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
I am a Catholic (although certainly not the best example of one), but this sort of stuff makes me not want to go to church anymore. The Archdiocese of Boston has a lot bigger problems to worry about than whether or not a priest supports gay people. High-ranking church officials covered up the sexual abuse of children for decades. Cardinal Law, if he really did know about it all, should be excommunicated and prosecuted. The archdiocese needs to regain the trust of its parishioners by fully acknowledging the scandal, holding those involved accountable, and taking steps to ensure that it will never happen again. Firing a popular priest and gay-bashing are diversionary tactics that aren't fooling anyone.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
- People clipping their nails on the T. It's just gross.
- Worse than not using your blinker is using it and forgetting to turn it off.
- "It's not the heat, it's the humidity."
- Yankees fans
- "So, what happens when you eat dairy?"
- People who frequently change their email addresses. You know who you are.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt
- People who do circuit training in the gym, as in, instead of using the machines one at a time, they monopolize several machines at once, so no matter what you do, they always want to switch in with you.
- The sizes at Starbucks. Forget you and your tall, I'll go to Dunkin' Donuts and get myself a small.
- Deliberately showing thong straps.
- Louis Vuitton.
- Receiving a package without a note.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
I had a much better experience at Delux, a funky little place in the Back Bay. It's definitely a hipster bar, but not annoyingly pretentious. Good drinks and good food, but small portions (for the food, at least). I will definitely go back. I have seen the future, and all I can say is "Go back."
Last night, I watched Trainspotting for the first time in ages. Ewan McGregor looks so young. I had forgotten how hot Sick Boy was. Curious, I looked him up online to see if he'd been in any other movies lately. Turns out his name is Jonny Lee Miller and he was married to Angelina Jolie for four years. Who knew? Lucky Angelina.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Married people should be required to wear their wedding rings. A wedding ring is the difference between "He's a nice guy." and "He's a nice guy, but I wonder if the fact that he tucks his t-shirt in at the gym indicates some sort of fundamental incompatibility between us."
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Now, the bad: Am I the only one who found Rock Star: INXS to be in very poor taste? Here's the premise- a few years after lead singer Michael Hutchence kills himself, his bandmates have a reality show in which they search for his replacement. Yeah, really sorry about the tragic, untimely death and all, but hey, we're getting the band back together! In a reality TV format! What's next- Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are going to search for a replacement for Kurt Cobain? Or a SeaQuest reunion show where aspiring young actors try out for the Jonathan Brandis part?
I saw the White Stripes show at the Opera House last night, and they rocked. I think my neighbor Peadar summed it up best: "fucking brilliant!" (Those Irish people swear a lot.) The variety and volume of music they create is rather astounding for a group with only two members. In addition to singing, Jack played guitar, bass, banjo, piano, and a giant xylophone, and Meg played the drums, some bells, and joined Jack singing on "Little Ghost." Jack wore some crazy red outfit and a hat he must have borrowed from Kid Rock, and Meg looked hott in black leather pants. The show lasted for a couple of hours and they hit most of my favorite songs, except for one- they didn't play "My doorbell" from the new album. I'm thinking about my doorbell, Jack, when you gonna sing it? Jon, however, saw the same show and does not worship at the church of Jack and Meg like I do. Although the show was grand, I would have preferred to see them at a smaller venue, but those are the breaks, as they say. Doesn't everyone always prefer to see their favorite bands in smaller venues? Assigned seating can be so stifling sometimes.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
- You go to a Young Alumni event for your alma mater and notice how young everyone looks.
- When making a purchase at the bookstore where you attend graduate school, the clerk asks you if you get a faculty discount.
- Your friends own houses.
- You hardly ever stay out until last call anymore.
- Where there was once a triceps, there is now arm flab.
Kate Moss being a cokehead is not surprising. People who were surprised by this must have also been surprised that Randy Moss (no relation) smokes marijuana. Kate Moss practically invented the heroin waif look of the 90's, and now she's dating Pete Doherty, the troubled musical frontman of Babyshambles. He was the lead singer of The Libertines, until they kicked him out for antics that made Shane MacGowan look like a boy scout in comparison. Much to my dismay, because I loved The Libertines.
Photo courtesy of Freakgirl
Sunday, September 18, 2005
On a completely unrelated note, this guy's name makes me laugh. Don't pretend like you don't think it's funny.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
- Britney Spears and her leech of a husband are the proud parents of a baby boy, Sean Preston.
- Renee Zellweger filed for an annulment from her husband of four months, country signer Kenny Chesney. The guy wrote a song called "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." Renee, shouldn't that have tipped you off?
- Congressional hearings with Supreme Court nominee John Roberts come to a close. His "unflappable" performance has created a quandary for Democratic senators. Do they vote against him solely because he's a Bush nominee? Yes, he's a conservative, but conservative presidents tend to nominate conservative judges. That's the way the game is played. In my opinion, we're going to get stuck with a conservative no matter what, and at least Roberts comes across as extremely intelligent, capable, and well-respected in the legal field. And he's never made any jokes about pubic hairs in people's sodas, at least that I'm aware of. We could do a lot worse.
- Perhaps the most important lesson that Hurricane Katrina has taught us is that there are still a lot of poor people in the United States. The gulf between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen, and frankly, I think it's a shame that in one of the richest countries in the world, if not THE richest, so many people have so little. I could go on and on, but I'll save that post for another day.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
and they won't make you look cool either.
Sorry that this lengthy post is a bit Boston-centric for those of you not from Boston, but I got this in an email today and laughed my arse off because it is so true. Here goes:
- In reality, very few people from South Boston are math geniuses. However, to be safe, assume that everyone from Southie is smarter than you.
- If you want to wear skin-tight black t-shirts out at night, you are required by Massachusetts State Law to contain at least three vowels in your last name.
- Crosswalks and traffic lights are merely suggestions.
- Harmlessly bumping into another guy in a crowded bar is tantamount in other regions of the country to sucker-punching someone's grandmother.
- Steak tips are a local delicacy.
- The speed of walking in Boston is equivalent to the speed of jogging in other areas of the country. Keep up the pace or you will be chop blocked.
- From the months of April until October, 85% of Boston's population subsists almost entirely on iced coffees from Dunkin' Donuts.
- If you are a girl between 18 and 21, Bronson Arroyo will be contacting you shortly.
- You are not going to win an argument with any of the scalpers outside of Fenway. Just pay what they ask and be on your way.
- There is no rational explanation for why there is always a line outside of Ned Devine's.
- Catholic Memorial will win the Super 8.
- The mayor can say whatever he wants but do not dare park in a space that someone has shoveled out and marked with a cone, chair, pool table or llama. You can write all the whiny letters to the Globe that you want but you are still going to end up with a busted windshield.
- The guy pushing his son in the wheelchair in the Marathon is Dick Hoyt. He's 65 and could still kick your ass. Make a comment and someone next to you will save him the time.
- Don't be gullible enough to think that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
- There are no exclusive bars or clubs in Boston. You may think you're hot shit because you're sitting in Saint but the chick next to you is a single mom from Revere and the guy on the other side of you is a house painter from Dorchester. Get over yourself.
- If you hear one of these arguments happening in a bar, don't go near it. Literally, walk the other way:
- Red Sox-Yankees
- Boston-New York
- Boston-the world
- Barstool Sports-Sports Illustrated
- No one cares about where you are from.
- Yes, the Green Line's B line is one of Dante's Level of Hell. However, stop complaining because you should have rode on it a few years ago when it stopped approximately every 8 feet.
- You are allowed to go to a Red Sox game without buying brand new Red Sox gear. You will be shocked to know that the majority of people going to Sox games are not outfitted in BoSox gear from head to toe. I only mention this because if you are sitting in front of me in a replica Curt Schilling jersey, Red Sox hat and you're quoting John Updike and then turn to someone and ask whose number 1 was retired, I am going to get you banned for yelling racial slurs at David Ortiz.
- If you linger at all when crossing the street, you have forfeited your right of way.
- Actually, even if you don't linger, you really don't the right of way when crossing the street.
- If you don't want to hear World Champion Red Sox or Patriots fans complain, don't go to a sports bar. Because we will complain even though Boston is the undisputed sports capital of this country.
- Every soft drink is a Coke.
- Evacuation Day and Patriots Day are holidays that only Boston is cool enough to have. Remember to say a little pray that you are fortunate enough to live somewhere that celebrates holidays by drinking Guinness and drinking Guinness while watching a Kenyan run.
- If you aren't going 50+ mph on Storrow Drive, get over into the right lane and let some guys with testes get to where they are going.
- Unless you are Lance Armstrong, don't try and outpeddle my car. I'm not necessarily going to run you down, put please recognize the fact that my SUV could crush you and your Schwinn.
- Being a Ms. Barstool is roughly the academic equivalent of being a Rhodes Scholar.
- The top four athletes in Boston history, in no particular order, are Bill Russell, Ted Williams, Bobby Orr and Larry Bird. Tom Brady is sitting just outside the top 4.
- There are a few phrases that are guaranteed to get you punched in the face at any Boston bar:
- "26 World Championships"
- "Dude, I don't care if you are from Southie, what are you gonna do- fraction me to death?"
- "Charlestown- isn't that where all the Yuppies live?"
- "Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady."
- "Fidelity Investments is loaded with douchebags."
- "Hey, say park my car in Harvard Yard."
- Just to let you know that sometimes even people from Boston get a little nervous, I had a Whitey Bulger line in there originally but took it out. Never know who you are going to run into on Broadway.
- No one calls it Cape Cod. It's the Cape. Does it really need more clarification? If you are going to the Cape, where do you thinking you are headed? Cape Canaveral? The Cape of Good Hope?
- Everyone in Boston between the ages of 25-40 has a New Kids on the Block story.
- Take lefts on red onto one-way streets. I don't know for a fact that it is legal but it makes perfect sense to me.
- Recognize the fact that just because you may outnumber a guy when the fight starts, chances are you won't when you get outside. You would be amazed at how quickly someone will get involved in a fight against you just because he and the guy you're fighting both played sports in the GBL.
- Spring starts in Boston when the girls hit BU's beach.
- The best days of the year are when the Sox have a playoff game and the Pats are playing the same day.
- There is an honor and dignity inherent in trying to get a parking space. Obey the rules. Even if they are unwritten.
- Best way to assimilate- buy me a drink.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Looks like I'm not the only one with a crush on Brett Favre, or shall I say, Brett Fav-re.
Last night, I attended a fundraising dinner for the Natick Community Organic Farm. The NCOF, referred to simply as "the farm" by everyone associated with it, is a non-profit, certified organic farm located off of Route 16 in Natick. Every summer, local teenagers participate in the Teen Work Program, where they garden, care for livestock, make repairs on barns, greenhouses, fences, etc..., and sell produce at the market stand. My sisters and I all worked at the farm when we were younger, and we loved it. Aside from learning about agriculture, working at the farm was a great experience. It was the first time I was given real responsibility and treated as an adult, and the first time I learned how satisfying it is to work hard at something you care about and believe in. For those of you in the area, I encourage you to stop by, purchase some fresh organic produce or maple syrup, and check out the farm. For those of you from afar, I encourage you to buy locally grown produce in order to support similar small farms in your area.
Monday, September 12, 2005
- Got to hang out with Eri and her boyfriend Ryan, who were visiting for the weekend.
- Reclaimed my place at the Kids' Table at family events
- Watched Notre Dame beat Michigan, 17-10. ND is now ranked #10 in the AP poll. Offensive lineman Dan Santucci had some nice blocks; he's the younger brother of Eri's Marquette roomate Laura "Tucc" Santucci.
- Bought a pair of running shoes for $25 at the New Balance Factory Store
- Put both of my credit cards in a glass of water and stuck it in the freezer as a method to help curtail my significant credit card debt. Drastic times call for drastic measures.
- Found out that Ben Affleck was one of the kids in Voyage of the Mimi. I wonder if he played the boy who got hypothermia and had to get naked in a sleeping bag with two of the other boys to raise his body temperature. Or maybe he was the one who got sick from drinking salt water, until they made that contraption to collect condensation and use it as drinking water. Voyage of the Mimi ruled.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Here's how it goes:
A.) Go to musicoutfitters.com.
B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year. (I stopped at 25 because I didn't remember of a lot of the later ones.)
C.) Bold the songs you like, italicize the ones you hate, and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember or don't care about.
Top songs of 1995:
1. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio
2. Waterfalls, TLC
3. Creep, TLC
4. Kiss From A Rose, Seal
5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men
6. Another Night, Real McCoy
7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey
8. Take A Bow, Madonna
9. Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), Monica
10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan
11. I Know, Dionne Farris
12. Water Runs Dry, Boyz II Men
13. Freak Like Me, Adina Howard
14. Run-Around, Blues Traveler
15. I Can Love You Like That, All-4-One
16. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Bryan Adams
17. Always, Bon Jovi
18. Boombastic / In The Summertime, Shaggy
19. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Nicki French
20. You Gotta Be, Des'ree
21. You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson
22. Hold My Hand, Hootie and The Blowfish
23. One More Chance-Stay With Me, Notorious B.I.G.
24. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze
25. Candy Rain, Soul For Real
My goodness, these songs are all terrbile! I don't remember a lot of them. No wonder I listened to the Pixies and the Cure, it's not that I was indie cool, it's just that everything popular sucked. I like Gangsta's Paradise because it reminds me of going to Bridget's with my fake I.D. freshman year of college. Run-Around is a good tune, but I don't like Blues Traveler. My younger sister and I went to a concert of theirs forever ago, and we left early because it was so BORING.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
The Patriots won last night, beating the Oakland Raiders 30-20 on the opening night of the NFL. How can Tom Brady be that good-looking, that nice, and that damn good at football? Tom, I don't even mind if you surf the internet for porn. Is there any other example of someone who excels at the highest level, is rather easy on the eyes, and seems like a nice guy? Oh wait, I can think of one...
I saw Bloc Party at Avalon last night with my sister Eri and her boyfriend, and we were all very impressed by the band's performance. The lead singer has a very thick British accent and may be the only musician from England whose accent doesn't disappear when singing. They played for about an hour and a half, mostly stuff form their latest album Silent Alarm, including my favorite track "This Modern Love". It was an all ages show, so the place was crawling with teenybopper hipsters, but the beers lines were short. Speaking of short beer lines, I'm very hungover right now, due to the fact that after the show we met up with an old college friend of mine, Justin LaReau, who's in town for a conference. Many margaritas were consumed. If life were a poker game, and being hungover was equivalent to having a good hand, drinking lemon-lime gatorade would definitely be my tell.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Boston police Capt. William B. Evans, head of the D-14 district in
Allston-Brighton, said the measure would let cops stay a step ahead of the troublemakers. ``It lets us target what possibly problem houses we might flag,''
Evans said. ``Sometimes you go in there and there are two, three, four kegs.''
Two, three, four kegs? Oh, the humanity! Rest assured, the long arm of the law will not dissuade resident troublemakers of 597 East Broadway from purchasing multiple kegs for the annual St. Patrick's Day bash.
Link courtesy of Bostonist.
- Wayne's World
- Dazed and Confused
- Tommy Boy
- Animal House
- Coming to America
- Raising Arizona
- Annie Hall
- Office Space
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
In contrast, I finally saw The English Patient and really liked it. I had read the book a while ago and enjoyed it, and the film, although altered from the book, did it justice.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
Former Channel One and current CNN reporter Anderson Cooper lost his cool during an interview with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
COOPER: Joining me from Baton Rouge is Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator, appreciate you joining us tonight. Does the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?
SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D), LOUISIANA: Anderson, there will be plenty of time to discuss all of those issues, about why, and how, and what, and if. But, Anderson, as you understand, and all of the producers and directors of CNN, and the news networks, this situation is very serious and it's going to demand all of our full attention through the hours, through the nights, through the days. Let me just say a few things. Thank President Clinton and former President Bush for their strong statements of support and comfort today. I thank all the leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi, and Alabama to our help and rescue.We are grateful for the military assets that are being brought to bear. I want to thank Senator Frist and Senator Reid for their extraordinary efforts.Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard -- maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating.
COOPER: Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.And when they hear politicians slap -- you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up. Do you get the anger that is out here?
Yikes. Good news is that aid is pouring in, both from private citizens and corporations. But the most pressing issue seems to be figuring out how to get all the people stuck in the Superdome and the Convention Center out of the city.
Look Ma, new jeans! Okay, so I can't make too much fun of this photo, because the haircut looks a lot like one I used to sport, although mine had a little more party in the back. Too bad Scotty and I didn't know each other at the time, because we could have combined forces as the Blonde Mulleted Wondertwins and saved the universe from evil, one pair of Levi's at a time.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
2. New Orleans. I love your delicious food, your fun bars, your friendly people with those strange accents, your voodoo shops, and the way you make me feel like I'm in another country. Get well soon.
3. San Francisco. Beautiful scenery with a funky vibe.
4. Miami. What can I say? I love the nightlife. Electric boogie.
5. San Diego. Sunshine, beaches, and Mexican food, without all the smog. Stay classy.
6. Chicago. A big, fun, city where there's always something to do. The best of the Midwest.
7. Philadelphia. Cheesesteaks. Allen Iverson. Bizarre new year's day parades.
As a corollary, and I do expect to catch some flak for this (especially from all those Seattle-lovers):
List #4...least favorite American cities
1. Seattle. Crappy weather and expensive coffee? Thanks, but no thanks.
2. Washington, D.C. I know it's the nation's capital and all, but this city has no soul.
For those of you in Boston, Cake is playing a free concert at City Hall Plaza this Saturday, from 5-8PM.
*The asterisk is part of Stellastarr*'s name and does not indicate anything, but I never fail to look down whenever I see it written. Lemming.