Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Mighty warriors with metal on their side

  • I am inclined to believe that my grandfather remembers every (American) football play he ran from 1942 to 1949. And I'm pretty sure he explained all of them to me at some point over the Labor Day weekend. He and my grandmother came up to visit for the holiday weekend, and for some reason he really likes to talk to me.
    Here are some other things I learned from listening to my grandfather talk:
    - At Ryan's, a restaurant in Lake Jackson, Texas, you can get a porterhouse steak for $8.16.
    - At Windswept, a restaurant in Freeport, Texas, you can have all-you-can-eat fried shrimp for $10 -- assuming you arrive before 4 p.m. After 4, it will cost you $14.79.
    - At The Dairy Bar, a restaurant in Lake Jackson, Texas, they expect you to pay 15 cents for a glass of water.
    - Tiger Woods can drive a ball 174 yards using a pitching wedge.
    - Oregon State coach Mike Riley is "a cotton-picking fool."

  • One word: classy.

  • Some people would say that American culture leaves much to be desired. To those people I say: you have no idea.

  • "Florida has a $2 million contingency fund to help repair the state's tourism image."
    Thank God for that.
    I envision a crack public relations team -- the tourism equivalent of the Navy SEALs -- being released to counteract the perception that Florida is a swampy train-wreck of a state that's packed to the hilt with loonies. Oh, wait. They probably should have released that team a long time ago.

  • I have a theory that the Jackson family (Michael, Janet, Tito, et al) like to sit around and think up ways to be even more strange. I would not be at all surprised to see them competing in this tournament.

  • Zach Braff, the guy from "Scrubs" and "Garden State" has a blog.

  • Of the 12 albums nominated for the Mercury Prize, there are nine that I really want. I only have one of them (in bold):
    Amy Winehouse - Frank
    Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash
    Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
    Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
    Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions
    Keane - Hopes and Fears
    Snow Patrol - Final Straw
    The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free
    Ty - Upwards
    The Zutons - Who Killed The Zutons

    My wife insists that I will like any music that comes from Britain, but this is just good music. And there are several other artists who were left off the Mercury list that I think should be there. If you are exceedingly wealthy, please buy me CDs.

  • But great music doesn't just come from Britain. It also comes from Canada. Case in point: 3 Inches of Blood. With a name like that, they've got to be good.
    Their mp3 takes a while to download, but it's like a heavy metal bowl of ice cream. Ice cream garnished with Cheez Whiz. Sample lyric: "Enemies of metal, your death is our reward."
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