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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It sure is a nice day here in Brooklyn. The temps are in the high 50s and I've got a delicious potato casserole cooking in the oven.

For those who don't see me very often there has been a new development in my life. I shaved. Yes, you read that right. I put razor to face and the whole mess fell away. What happened was that I decided to try a new barber to cut my beard as the other one although I like him sometimes doesn't do the most through of jobs. So I branched out and it was a capital "M" MISTAKE. This guy just went to town on my facial locks and when I got done I felt like I wanted to do some kind of Carrie from Sex and the City and run out of the shop shrieking. I kept my composure and paid him and even spent one day with my new beard. Then, with Heather's urging, it came off. How do I feel now is I'm sure the question that is on the tip of everyone's tongue as they read this. The answer is "Okay." but I'll level with you: I want my beard back.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Being the third blogger at Karaoke last night and the last one so far to write about it I finally got on my duff and decided to sit around here and give my point of view. I'm not nearly as loquacious as my esteemed colleagues Jimmylegs and Heather but here goes: First, the host had a mohawk and it didn't make me hate him which was nice. In fact, he was a great guy and an awesome host. He really had great mic skills and worked the crowd very well. The song selection wasn't great but there were a few I considered doing including D-I-V-O-R-C-E but I settled on "Under the Bridge" instead and I only did that after three beers and the prompting of the host who said "We certainly haven't heard from this table tonight." After I got up and did my "Under The Bridge" complete with reenactment of that part in the video where Anthony Kiedis is running down the street, it unleashed the dogs of karaoke as Heather and Chris got up and did "Don't You Want Me" to great critical acclaim. I was surprised to learn that they weren't aware of the story that is in that song about the older dude who picks up a waitress and then she dumps him because she needs to move on with his life and he can't handle it. Anyway, they rocked it pretty hard and Chris definitely can ham it up with the best of them. After that when Heather nailed "Superstar" was when our table really began the talk of how we were not doing "pretty good" we were "totally rubbing everyone's face into it about how totally sweet and awesome we were". It's a nice feeling. The Freddy's karaoke is nice since it is not really taken seriously in any way and it's perfectly fine to say "Wait! Let me start over!" There is also plenty of audience interaction which was great because I needed all the help I could get with the beginning cue on "Under The Bridge.".

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

(this is) Sour Bob

I enjoyed the 11/16 post here.

For some reason I still identify with being a southerner although the last time I lived there was in 1996 and that was during my short lived and failure tinted stint as a substitute teacher at my old high school. However, I've held on to the Southern identity through my long tours of duty in the Pacific Northwest and here in New York City.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Continued Cabinet craziness! It looks like ol' Condoleeza Rice will be replacing Colin Powell as Secretary of State. Good for Condi. Tom Ridge, he of the color coded terror watch, will also be leaving. No word on who will be replacing him. Someone we've never heard of before most likely and after Bush's term is up someone we'll never hear from again. How often do you hear from ex cabinet members? Even the high profile ones like Janet Reno or Madeline Albright? When's the last time you heard anything from William Christopher?

This weekend I went and saw an awesome bit of street theater. The Chengwin VS. Chunk Homecoming game was awesome. I thought that I would be cheering for Chunk for sure but there was just something compelling about Chengwin and I had to cheer for him.

Bluejake has some awesome pictures as does Jimmy Legs.

On Sunday I went to see Heather sing in her choral group at St. George's who sounded hella good dude. They seriously sounded great and I was duly impressed. I spent some of the concert reading the Episcopalian book of common prayer which I hadn't really looked at since high school. It was a trip down memory lane. I certainly had forgotten how often I ate at Cracker Barrel after church until I got into reading the Nicene Creed and remembered we went there every Sunday.

Thursday, November 11, 2004


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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Don Evans: The other guy who quit the cabinet.

There has been much talk in the news about John Ashcroft resigning but very little about Don Evans who also resigned his post as commerce secretary. There is a reason for this. Ashcroft is a full scale nutbag who lost an election to a dead man and Don Evans like all the 33 commerce sec's before him was not much on the national radar much. Today, I'd like to do a little Don Evans tribute here just to say "Hey, somebody cares!".

Here he is in all of his glory. Don "Sec Comm" Evans.

Apparently Forbes didn't think too much of him. Remember when Steve Forbes ran for president? Wasn't that weird? Almost as weird as Pete Dupont.

Here's more from the official site about Mr. Evans. There are a few typos here. Are there no copyeditors in gov't service? I mean, couldn't we use a few less 500 dollar hammers and get some apostrophes in the right place? For heaven's sake.

This site with a weird burning man with a banjo is kind of cool. As I'm sure you figured out the guy responsible for this is way too cool to ever be the Secretary of Commerce even if his name is Don Evans too.

Monday, November 08, 2004

I didn't do any posting beyond the picture last monday because I just didn't have much to say. I started a post about the election that basically said "There was an election. Bush won." but that seemed pretty boring and it wasn't as though you couldn't find out that information elsewhere. So, yeah. Not much else to say. I did buy the new Grand Theft Auto this weekend and it is a doozy and a half. I find that neither the new one nor Vice City really lived up to the first one and while the worlds keep getting bigger and there are more stuff you can do (burglary etc...)the missions themselves seem more dull. Don't get me wrong because I'm transfixed but it does seem to be missing a little something.

The bulge in Bush's jacket and shirt etc... has been talked about ad nauseam but I am not going to visit it here. I never thought that it was some kind of radio device but I did wonder just what the hell it was. Of course they trotted out the presidential tailor who said it was a natural bunching of the suit which seemed like total malarkey since what's the point of having your own personal tailor if they can't make your suit, you know, correctly? So finally the secret service comes out and says it is a bulletproof vest and they didn't want to say what it was until the election was over for the president's safety. Someone should have told Karl Rove this since he was once again using the "It's nothing" story on one of the political wonk shows yesterday.

Monday, November 01, 2004

A thousand words below.

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