Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, July 31, 2006 12:42 am

Just like old times, or, Lex does Proust (in many fewer words)

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 12:42 am

After I left work a little while ago, I stopped by the store for a six-pack before going home to begin a week off. It was an unremarkable trip, marked by the kind of errand everyone runs almost every week. And yet ….

It brought back so many memories of similar late-night drives on hot summer nights, drives that would end at all-night get-togethers with friends in stuffy old houses with box fans churning in the corner, or even at the odd booty call assignation. The windows down, the radio on, no one else on the road, the air so thick and close with humidity that you practically had to turn on the wipers, six-pack in the bag on the floor in front of the shotgun seat and sliding a bit on the floor mat as the car corners ….

The difference? Well, for one thing, I came home, not to a party or anything else. I kissed my sleeping children, talked for a bit with my wife before she turned out her light, and then came in here to the PC to blog and wind down. For another, I’m drinking Sierra Nevada at the moment, not Wiedemann. (Relatedly, the six-pack cost $8, not $2.) Not all that different, and yet so very: just one more bit of my misspent youth receding in the night like a pair of taillights in the rear-view mirror.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 10:55 pm

Hooperisms, cont.

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 10:55 pm

Earlier today, Granny told him to be careful. He responded — I am not making this up — “Fear not! For I — ” (dramatic pause) ” — am The Mighty Hooper!”

* * *

Defiance: “Oh, yeah? Well, I’m just gonna sit on the sofa and read a whole box of books!” (Noooooo!)

* * *

One of his favorite candies is “Enanems,” or, if spelt phonetically, N&Ms. I keep telling him that he’s saying “N” when he should be saying “M,” and he says, “Yes, Daddy, but it’s hard for me to rewember.”

He’ll stop saying things like these any day now, and oh, how I will miss them when he does.

Oh, that’s why we need it …

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 10:47 pm

LizardBreath at Unfogged says that if we don’t get universal health care, the Dutch will be able to kick our butts.

Saturday, July 29, 2006 5:03 pm

Who knew?

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 5:03 pm

The unborn? The undead? They’re the same, says Roger Ailes’ (no, not that oneĀ®) guest poster, Sporty.

Friday, July 28, 2006 11:07 pm

“It’s all drag”

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 11:07 pm

My colleague Joe Killian has a post up at his personal blog (Memo to self: Add Automatic Writing to my blogroll), on how sometimes even the most outlandish fashion or look becomes, if one just wears them a few days, “your thing,” a part of one’s self, as unremarkable after a week as one’s little finger.

He’s right, of course. The problem, as I pointed out in his comments, is that sometimes, 15 or 20 years down the road, you can’t find and destroy all the photos of you with your thing, much as you want to.

I wish this weren’t true, but somewhere out there, there are 1984 photos of me in parachute pants with a bleached stripe and rat tail in the back of my hair to prove that it is.

There are photos around, as well, of Billy Ray Cyrus and his mullet — yes, he of “Achy Breaky Heart” fame for 15 incredibly annoying minutes 15 years ago. Cyrus now plays the main character’s dad in the Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana,” which I’ve seen bits of because Victoria likes it. (Yeah, that’d be the same Victoria to whom I was reading a college-level history of Tudor-era marriage conventions among European royalty one post back.) Even by the standards of Disney Channel (which, relative to their target audience, are not that bad), the show ain’t that great, but to be absolutely fair, Cyrus proves himself at least a competent comic actor in his role. “Credibility,” as The New Yorker wrote of Tom Jones after his comeback-hit cover of Prince’s “Kiss.” “It’s never too late. It’s never too late.” Nobody had to go back and find embarrassing photos of Jones, though, because his style never really changed. Cyrus, on the other hand, closed out tonight’s HM episode wearing a mullet wig and singing a song whose title, I think, was “I Wish I Had My Mullet Back.” Such is the power of those evil photos.

She amazes me. Still.

Filed under: Victoria — Lex @ 10:43 pm

I started reading Antonia Fraser’s The Wives of Henry VIII tonight.

To Victoria.

At her request.

And she. Is. Fascinated.

She doesn’t understand it all. We have frequent, digressive conversations about some of the issues raised, and I sometimes have to substitute simpler synonyms for some of Fraser’s mots justes.

But she gets a lot of it: The part about Queen Isabella winning her own war without King Ferdinand’s help, and miscarrying at least one child while doing so, she got just fine, thanksverymuch. And she asks good questions about the parts she doesn’t get. (Example, early in the first chapter, which recounts first wife Catherine of Aragon’s family history: “Why is [Fraser] telling us this?” Answer: To set up the contrasts, and they were many and sharp, between that family and the Tudor family, into which Catherine would marry.)

And then she asks questions like, “I know Isabella was a good mom, but was Ferdinand a good dad, do you think?”

It’s been eight years and there are still days I can’t believe I’m her dad.

Reality rears its ugly head

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 9:17 pm

“Hooper, it’s time to get your PJs on.”

“WHAT? NOBODY stops The Incredible Hooper!”

* * *

Right, kid, and Klingon warriors don’t fold laundry.

Friday Random 10

Filed under: Friday Random 10 — Lex @ 8:44 pm

While I painstakingly rebuild the archives ….

Change is Gonna Come — Solomon Burke
Get Together — Youngbloods
I Am a Rock — Simon & Garfunkel
Reach Out, I’ll Be There — Four Tops
Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen
My Town — Pressure Boys
Like a Rolling Stone — Bob Dylan
Knock on Wood — Eddie Floyd
Self-Esteem — Offspring
Tangled Up in Blue — Bob Dylan

lagniappe: They Murdered the Clown — Graham Parker

I don’t have all that much Dylan in my collection, and given that I got two Dylan songs out of four and also got a repeat of a song from my last FR10, I’m starting to think Winamp’s “random” song shuffling is about as random as computerized voting.

The longest night

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 6:07 pm

Mr. Sun! begins a total eclipse lasting until Sept. 4. Like the world didn’t suck enough already.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:09 am

The middle-aged dating blues

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:09 am

A friend of mine, newly dumped into the dating pool after almost two decades, has been finding the water a little … well, stormy. But as you can see, he’s in good hands….

FRIEND: So I told her what I was feeling. MAN, was that a bad idea. See if I ever again follow your brilliant suggestion as my Middle-Aged Dating Adviser to throw the long ball no matter what the odds or game situation. I am on my way over to Market Street to put your face into a monitor.

ME: WAIT a minute. I never said you should tell her what you were feeling. Are you NUTS?!? I said you should ASK HER OUT. These are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE THINGS, in fact. God, you HAVE been off the field for a while.

FRIEND: HOLD ON! I was stuck in Friend-Dating Land. The only way to unlock that door and get out was with the KEY OF FEELINGS! Your suggestion NECESSARILY INCLUDED THE FEELINGS COMPONENT! I’m moving soon. Fresh start.

ME: OK, fresh starts are good. Just remember: Feelings are BAD. You meet someone you like, you just ASK HER OUT. Feelings come LATER. If at ALL.

FRIEND: OK. Thanks. If the time came that I needed you to kill me, you’d do it, right?

ME: Only if you were in terrible agony. And even then I’d wait a while to be sure.

ME: Wait. What was the question again?

Wish list

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:54 am

You call that a blender? Now this … this is a blender!

(Hat tip: Phred)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 6:14 pm

Why astronauts and matches don’t mix

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:14 pm

“Houston, uh, we have a problem. I, uh –“

“What is it, Commander? Spit it out!”

“Well, I, uh, seem to have blown up Titan.”

“You what?!?”

“I’m really sorry …”

(Hat tip: Apostropher)

You Can’t Make This Up Dept.

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 10:04 am

True story: While driving back from vacation this past Sunday, I passed a white Toyota Highlander on I-40 that had the personalized N.C. license plate “DUKE.”

And it had a Tar Heel sticker in the rear windshield.

Monday, July 24, 2006 9:56 pm

Commenter unmasked

Filed under: Fun,Housekeeping — Lex @ 9:56 pm

Phred at leisure

Speaking of vacations, longtime and frequent Blog on the Run commenter Phred is captured at his leisure at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, during the recent 2006 Phred Italian Tour (t-shirts for sale!).

There’s something about a good vacation …

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 9:43 pm

… but because I no longer mentally take notes on everything in my life as possible blog fodder (your loss, I know; deal), I’m not going into detail. But it was good.

Friday, July 7, 2006 7:52 pm

Friday Random 10

Filed under: Friday Random 10 — Lex @ 7:52 pm

More laundry tonight, and less Addams Family Pinball …

The Crystals — “And Then He Kissed Me”
Hollies — “Yes I Will”
Mission of Burma — “Academy”
Little Eva — “The Loco-Motion”
Aerosmith — “Lick and a Promise”
Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Travis — “Boulevard of Broken Songs” mashup
Barenaked Ladies — “Brian Wilson” (live)
Allman Bros. — “Pony Boy”
Stones — “Satisfaction”
Pressure Boys — “Dial Tone”

lagniappe: Youngbloods — “Get Together”

Thursday, July 6, 2006 10:23 pm

A day late …

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 10:23 pm

… but still enough wattage to blow your nose and your mind: From their free concert in London’s Hyde Park (the palm trees are fake) on July 5, 1969: The Rolling Stones’ “Honky-Tonk Women.”

I have just one question

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 9:43 pm

Spittle & Ink, where have you been all my life? See, in particular, this investigation into certain unexpected problems we may run into if we make English the official national language.

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