Friday, December 19, 2003

South Park

Funniest line from this week:
Cartman: Well, I hate to say this Kyle, but maybe this is what your family gets for being Jewish at Christmastime.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Saddam has been caught

We have captured him. I am surprised that we got him without a fight. Rumsfeld is on 60 Minutes right now talking about it. I hope this helps cut down on the violence in Iraq. I have cousin over there right now. Another cousin of mine has her husband at home after a tour over there. Regardless of how you feel about the whole thing, this has to be good news, unless maybe you're Howard Dean.

Power Ballads - Hair Bands and the women who love them

VH1 counted down the top 25 Power Ballads this week. I assume the ranking was based on sales/radio play. Here are my thoughts on some of them:

23 - Stain'd - It's Been A While - I didn't know that Fred Durst discovered these guys. I've liked this song since it came out in like 2001. It does the best job of expressing sadness since Counting Crows' 'A Long December'. I wouldn't really put this in the category of Power Ballad, though.

22 - Scorpions - Still Lovin' You - I must be too young to remember this one. For them, I would have picked 'Winds of Change' as their best ballad. I am transported back to the late 80's/early 90's when Communism fell and they brought down the Berlin Wall. Jesus Jones' 'Right Here, Right Now' does the same thing.

19 - Kid Rock - Only God Knows Why - Along with "Picture", this is the only other song of his that I have. He is ridiculously hot, but I don't really care for his music. I prefer Uncle Kracker over Kid Rock.

15 - Skid Row - I Remember You - This is the first of three definitive Power Ballads in my book. The line 'Live for your smile, and die for your kiss' makes this required PB listening.

12 - Motley Crue - Home Sweet Home - Again, I would have picked "Without You" for these guys. That was the first song I 'had' with a guy. Awesome video, too.

7 - Poison - Every Rose Has It's Thorn - This is definitive Power Ballad number two. Brett Michaels said he wrote this after calling a girlfriend and hearing a guy's voice in the background and finding out she was cheating on him.

6 - Guns 'N' Roses - November Rain - While this does belong on the countdown, I would put "Sweet Child O' Mine" higher. It was released first and is definitive Power Ballad number three.

4 - Creed - With Arms Wide Open - What? Why is this on here? I thought a Power Ballad was supposed to be from a band that usually played much harder/faster music. WAWO is the only kind of song Creed does.

2 - Aerosmith - I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - I love Aerosmith, and I liked this song. I think "Cryin'", "What It Takes" or "Angel" might have been better picks, though.

For the curious, Journey's "Open Arms" was number one.

Ones I thought were missing, Ozzy Osborne "Good-bye To Romance", Warrant "Heaven" and "I Saw Red", and Extreme "More Than Words" which would be definitive Power Ballad number four. Okay, I am going to round it out to five and add Meatloaf "Two Outta Three Ain't Bad".

In Summary, the five definitive Power Ballads, in no particular order are:

Skid Row "I Remember You"
Poison "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
Guns 'N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Extreme "More Than Words"
Meatloaf "Two Outta Three Ain't Bad"

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Car Trouble SUCKS

My Texas road trip pushed my car to the limit and it started overheating the week I got back. I have a '97 Dodge Stratus, and it turns out the head gasket is blown. I guess that's a very common problem on the Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze models as well as the Neons from that model year. Of course, Daimler Chrysler won't help pay the bill, because I got 80,000 miles out of the car and they haven't officially recalled the part. I gave my information to a law firm that is handling a class action lawsuit about the whole thing, but I don't hold out too much hope. So, it is at the dealer now, getting fixed. I always thought that dealers cost a lot more than independant shops, but this time they gave the best deal. Someone said they probably have some machine right there that most places don't, so they would have to send the part out to be serviced. I remember how much it sucks not have a car. This was the first car I ever owned, and I didn't get it until I was almost 23. But, I always lived close enough to the bus line. However, I didn't even think about that when I moved this summer. Yet another reason to move out my "wonderful" apartment complex.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Did you mean: solo? No, I didn't

Blogging is quite an exercise in ego, and here's another:

My Google number is 2,290 (search for your full name in quotes, i.e. "Sarah Hansen" to get yours)
I know it would be much less if my name weren't so common. is taken by an Canadian designer :-(

My mother and aunt have the same name because they married brothers, but I'm pretty sure their middle names are different.

Hansen is the 222nd most popular surname in the United States; It's frequency is 0.047%.
California, Idaho, Michigan and Nebraska have towns or places named Hansen

I couldn't find myself amongst the results, but here's what I did find:
1 - high school skiier in Alaska

2 - A Canadian designer

3 - A 9 year old girl whose uncle was a police officer killed in the line of duty. She wrote a letter about him.

7 - Most Frightening: 'DNA Sequencing Lab for Sarah Hansen'
Appears to be a school project about forensics

9 - Article about a Utah woman that had brain surgery to stop epileptic seizures. It's scary because she looks sort of like me. But, Hansen is not her maiden name.

19 - My favorite: Apparently a sitcom on CBS had a character named after me

Show Guide: The Boys Are Back
Hal Linden as Fred Hansen
Suzanne Pleshette as Jackie Hansen
Kevin Crowley as Rick Hansen
George Newbern as Mike Hansen
Bess Meyer as Judy Hansen
Ryan O'Donohue as Peter Hansen
Kelsey Mulrooney as Sarah Hansen
Justin Cooper as Nicky Hansen
Production Credits:
Directed by: Linwood Boomer
Produced by: Linda Nieber (producer)
15 half-hour episodes aired on CBS from September 11th 1994 through January 28th 1995.
Episode 14 = Searching for Sarah Hansen--01/21/1995

83 - Kentucky - The “Sarah Hansen” law imposes a 3-year period of conditional discharge following incarceration upon expiration of a sentence or completion of parole for sex offenders. It's named after a girl that was killed in 1997.

So, the best way to find me is to search for "soelo". You get my blog as well as two or three of my home pages (woefully outdated) on the first page of results. All the search engines think you have spelled the word solo wrong. Most of the rest of the results are pages in a foreign language, Italian, Spanish and Portugese. I've tried to translate them with no luck. I asked my brother-in-law who speaks Spanish if he knew what it meant and he said they are most likely misspelling the spanish word for 'floor'.

Although, I suppose putting my name all over this post might help my ranking?

Monday, December 01, 2003


The Wisdom of Cake
Comanche - If you want to have cities, you've got to build roads.
Comfort Eagle - We are building a religion, we are making a brand. We're the only ones to turn to when your castles turn to sand ... There's no need to ask directions if you ever lose your mind
Commissioning a Symphony in C - You're sitting there thinking your thoughts. They are not about what is, but what is not.
Friend is a Four Letter Word - I'm really only praying that the words you'll soon be saying might betray the way you feel about me.
Haze of Love - Yeah you don't love me like I love you, although you pretend I can see this will end.
Hem of Your Garment - I have no love but only goals. How very empty is my soul.
Jesus Wrote a Blank Check - Still I build my towers high. I watch them pierce the blue, blue sky.
Love You Madly - When I kiss your lips, I want to sink down to the bottom of the sea
Mexico - I say I want you and you don't believe me. You say you want me but I've got my doubts
Never There - To think I held you yesterday, your love was just a game.
No Phone - Now I don't want to seem unkind, but God, it's such a grind.
Pentagram - Your turquoise and silver won't weaken this old heart.
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - If you can't make your mind up, we'll never get started, and I don't wanna wind up being parted, broken-hearted.
Rock'N'Roll Lifestyle - Is it you or your parents in this income tax bracket?
Sheep Go to Heaven - As soon as your born you start dying, so you might as well have a good time.
The Distance - He's haunted by something he cannot define ... She's hoping in time that her memories will fade.
When You Sleep - Only seeking attention when everyone in the room has left

Dedicated to the one I love ...

And he knows who he is:

3 Doors Down - Here Without You - I think about you baby and I dream about you all the time.

Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me - I'll close my eyes, then I won't see, The love you don't feel when you're holding me

Brandy - Sittin Up In My Room - Every time you smile, I feel tremors in my heart

Cardigans - Lovefool - I don't care if you really care, As long as you don't go

Cranberries - Linger - You know I'm such a fool for you. You've got me wrapped around your finger. Do you have to let it linger?

Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night - Nothing erases the feeling between me and you

Diana Ross & the Supremes - Reflections - Through the mirror of my mind, Time after time, I see reflections of you and me.

Dion - Teenager in Love - I cried a tear for nobody but you.

Divinyls - I Touch Myself - I search myself, I want you to find me, I forget myself, I want you to remind me.

Expose - I'll Never Get Over You - A life lived without you could never be right.

Feel - Got Your Name on It - Something you are changes me into something I wanna be

KISS - Forever - It took your love to make my heart come alive

Leann Rimes - How Do I Live - Without you ... there'd be no world left for me

Monica - Angel of Mine - Nothing means more to me then what we share. No one in this world can ever compare.

Oasis - Wonderwall - Maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me.

Patsy Cline - Crazy - I'm crazy for trying and crazy for crying, And I'm crazy for loving you

Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind of Love - When I'm in your arms, nothing seems to matter, My whole world could shatter, I don't care

Pretenders - I'll Stand By You - Nothing you confess could make me love you less.

Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights - Every single breath you took was mine.

RTZ - Until Your Love Comes Back Around - I thought I spoke to you last evening, I woke up crying in my sleep.

Sade - Ordinary Love - I keep crying for you. There's nothing like you and I baby.

Sarah Vaughn - Whatever Lola Wants - I always get what I aim for, And your heart and soul is what I came for.

Seal - Kiss From a Rose - You became the light on the dark side of me

Shania Twain - From This Moment On - I give my hand to you with all my heart, Can't wait to live my life with you, Can't wait to start

Sophie B Hawkins - I Wish I was Your Lover - You're the only shoe that fits, I can't imagine I'll grow out of it

Tony Bennett - The Way You Look Tonight - And that laugh that wrinkles your nose, It touches my foolish heart

The Wisdom of Tom Petty

Free Fallin' - And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows, All the good girls are home with broken hearts
The Waiting - Don't it feel like tonight might never be again?
American Girl - She couldn't help thinking that there was a little more to life somewhere else.
The Last DJ - As we celebrate mediocrity, all the boys upstairs want to see, How much you'll pay for what you used to get for free
Walls - Cause you got a heart so big, It could crush this town ... And all around your island, There's a barricade. It keeps out the danger. It holds in the pain.

The Wisdom of Everclear

AM Radio - There isn't anything that I need to know, That I did not learn from the radio.
Father of Mine - You would take me to a place inside, that is so hard to reach ... daddy gave me a name, then he walked away
I Will Buy You a New Life - They can't make you laugh, no they can't make you feel the way that I do
Local God - I feel so stupid, happy and numb
Normal Like You - You are neurotic and depressed, it doesn't mean that you're sad
One Hit Wonder - They can't hurt you unless you let them
Santa Monica - I am still dreamin' of your face, Hungry and hollow for all the things you took away
Song from an American Movie Part 2 - I think about the past and it seems so long ago.
Unemployed Boyfriend - Those blond streaks, they look so pretty in your black hair
Volvo Driving Soccer Mom - I think they moved out to the suburbs, And now they're blonde, bland, middle-class Republican wives
Wonderful - Promises mean everything when you're little and the world is so big

The Wisdom of Aerosmith

Amazing - Life's a journey, not a destination
Angel - You're the reason I live, You're the reason I die, You're the reason I give When I break down and cry
Crazy - But I know you ain't wearing nothing underneath that overcoat, And it's all a show
Cryin - If our love goes up in flames, It's a fire I can't resist
I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - I could stay lost in this moment forever, Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure
Livin on the Edge - If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin, Then mister you're a better man than I.
Rag Doll - A new version of the old scene
Sweet Emotion - Some fast talkin' mama with a face like a gent, Said my get-up-and-go must've got up and went
What It Takes - Tell me that your body doesn't miss my touch, Tell me that my loving didn't mean that much, Tell me you ain't dying when you're crying for me

The Wisdom of Prince

7 - The young so educated they never grow old ... there will be no death, for with every breath, The voice of many colors sings a song that's so bold
1999 - But before I'll let that happen, I'll dance my life away
Diamonds and Pearls - Am I the weaker man, Because I understand, That love must be the master plan?
Raspberry Beret - Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees
The Arms of Orion - Although we're worlds apart, I'd cross the stars for you. In the heart of a sleepless moon, I'll be with you forever.
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - How can I get through days when I can't get through hours?
Thieves in the Temple - Love if you're there come save me from all this cold despair

The Wisdom of Barenaked Ladies

Break Your Heart - And now I know that you will be okay, and that I got what I want and that's rid of you. Good-bye, And it's not cause I'll be missing you That makes me fall apart. It's just that I didn't mean to break, no I didn't mean to break your heart.
Brian Wilson - And if you want to find me I'll be out in the sandbox, wondering where the hell all the love has gone.
Call And Answer - And if you court this disaster I'll point you home. But I'm warning you, don't ever do those crazy, messed up things that you do.
Falling For The First Time - Anyone perfect must be lying, anything easy has it's cost, anyone plain can be lovely, anyone loved can be lost
Hello City - Maybe half the fault was mine
If I Had $1,000,000 - If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000) I'd buy you a monkey (haven't you always wanted a monkey?) If I Had $1000000 I'd buy your love
It's All Been Done - Alone and bored on a 30th century night, will I see you on the price is right? Will I cry, will I smile, as you run down the aisle?
One Week - It's been one week since you looked at me, Threw your arms in the air and said you're crazy. Five days since you tackled me. I've still got the rug burns on both my knees.
Pinch Me - I could walk, but I'll just drive. It's colder than it looks outside ... I could hide out under there - I just made you say underwear! I could leave but I'll just stay. All my stuff's here anyway.
The Old Apartment - These things used to be mine. I guess they still are, I want them back!

The Wisdom of Missy Elliott

4 My People - Show me some love, strip off your clothes, and take off your socks ... The music's bangin, way down in my soul. When you dance behind me, I lose all control.
Back in the Day - Back in the day, Hip-Hop has changed ... Feels like I, I wanna go back in time.
Get Ur Freak On - Copywritten, so don't copy me
Higher Ground - But we gotta stay strong and fight on. Sometimes you feel like your foot might slip, Cause it's too much goin on. Just realize your goal is greater than your struggle. Just hold on and be strong.
I Want You Back - But I can't say no, cause I never say no,
Is This Our Last Time - I can tell your feelings changed.
I've Changed - I've changed the games that I used to play.
Nothin Out There for Me - So don't worry when I'm hangin' out, he's the only one that I'm thinkin' about.
Old School Joint - Before you take me out let's have a conversation. No touchy touchy cause it might lead to havin relations. ... I wanna give it some time and get to know each other. Let's be friends before we think about being lovers.
One Minute Man (Remix) - Now be a nice wifey and run home to your hubby, Cause we both know what we doin is wrong. Don't forget to put your ring back on.
Pussycat - Ain't gotta worry bout my man, Cause he know mine's one of a kind And that's why he keeps staying.
Scream a.k.a. Itchin' - Get freaky, call me Madonna ... Give me that liquor liquor, make me talk slurry slurry.
Step Off - I'm still in love with you, Or maybe obsessed with you.
Take Away - I just wanna be the perfect match. You don't even have to ask. I just wanna be the perfect match. We become so attached.
Whatcha Gon' Do - Them girls be plottin on how to get the rocks, So I beat em down to the ground like I'm the cops.
Work It - I make it hot as Las Vegas weather ... Boys, boys, all type of boys, Black, White, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys... Ain't no shame ladies, do your thang. Just make sure you ahead of the game.
X-Tasy - The feeling makes me feel like I'm in love with you.

Five For Fighting - 100 Years

I'm fifteen for a moment.
Caught in between ten and twenty
and I'm just dreaming,
counting the ways to where you are.

I'm twenty-two for a moment
and she feels better than ever
and we're on fire,
making our way back from Mars.

Fifteen, there's still time for you.
Time to buy and time to lose.
There's never a wish better than this,
When you only got a hundred years to live.

I'm thirty-three for a moment.
I'm still the man,
but you see I'm a they.
A kid on the way, babe.
A family on my mind.

I'm forty-five for a moment.
The sea is high
and I'm heading into a crisis,
chasing the years of my life.

Fifteen, there's still time for you.
Time to buy and time to lose yourself within a morning star.
Fifteen, I'm alright with you.
There's never a wish better than this,
When you only got a hundred years to live.

How the time goes by.
Suddenly, you're wise.
Another blink of an eye, sixty-seven is gone.
The sun is getting high.
We're moving on...

I'm ninety-nine for a moment.
Dying for just another moment
and I'm just dreaming,
counting the ways to where you are.

Fifteen, there's still time for you.
Twenty-Two, I feel her, too.
Thirty-Three, you're on your way.
Every day's a new day...

Fifteen, there's still time for you.
Time to buy and time to choose.
Hey, fifteen.
There's never a wish better than this,
when you only got a hundred years to live.

I didn't like 'Superman' when it came out, but this song is growing on me. If only John Ondrasik would stop with the falsetto!

The Wisdom of TLC

Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg - Ain't no better love than your own ... Scared that you'll be called a freak
Baby Baby Baby - Ain't got no time for part-time lovin' in my life
Case Of The Fake People - Goodbye, goodbye To all the fake people in my life. I never wanted you around me So be on your way now.
Come On Down - If you want a little something sweet You just come to me ... I can lead you to a special kiss, Fulfill your every wish ... I can take you to where the love flows like wine
Crazy - But ya know sometimes I just feel like a flower in the jungle.
Creep - I'll keep giving loving Till the day he pushes me away ... Dont mess around with my affection.
Fan Mail - Just like you, I get lonely too.
Freedom - We're taking back what's been ours for years. Let the heaven of a sister embrace you and praise the mother God ... My only chance of being free is to fly within me.
I Miss You So Much - And oh, how I hate what you have done, Made me fall so deep in love. God knows you're the only one I want.
If I Was Your Girlfriend - Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be.
My Life - Ever wonder what put the thunder deeply in my eyes? Take a look and you'll find the sunshine.
Not Tonight Remix (Ladies' Night) - Cause the thug in me wanna do illegal things for cheese.
Red Light Special - I know just what I want, I know just who I am
Shout - Baby just tell me what you wanna do. I can't help bein' in love with you. Cuz sometimes I need you to turn me out. Cuz that's what lovin' is all about ... All my friends don't let me speak my love and peace.
Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes - But if you search deep enough in your soul, You'll always find a slight reminder of me.
Unpretty - Everytime I think I'm through It's because of you. I've tried different ways But it's all the same. At the end of the day, I have myself to blame. I'm just trippin.
Unpretty Remix - So how do I bring out the me nobody sees...Or find the reflection you see to be so damn unpretty

The Wisdom of No Doubt

Don't Let Me Down - Laughing so hard I've got tears in my eyes Walk in the park under sapphire skies ... Crying so deep that I think I might die Your mistakes I keep in the back of my mind
Don't Speak - Our memories, they can be inviting. But some are all together, mighty frightening.
Ex-Girlfriend - Why'd you have to go and pick me? When you knew that we were different, completely ... I find myself trying to change you If you were meant to be my lover I wouldn't have to ... It's going to kill me to see you with the next girl Cause I'm the most gorgeously jealous kind of ex-girl
Hey Baby - No matter what they say I'm still the same. Somehow everybody knows my name.
Hey You - You're just like my Ken and Barbie Doll In a plastic world of make believe
In My Head - So if you think you're clever Use the right words when you talk to me ... Let's talk about how much you like me
Just A Girl - Your rule of thumb makes me worry some ... What I've succumbed to is making me numb
Making Out - I'm driving in my car I wonder how you are When our favorite music plays
Platinum Blonde Life - I'm gonna sleep my life away I'm gonna sleep all through the day I'm gonna sleep myself away
Simple Kind of Life - If we met tomorrow for the very first time Would it start all over again? Would I try to make you mine? ... How'd I get so faithful to my freedom?
Sixteen - You're callow and you're green 'Cause you're caught between You're only sixteen
Spiderwebs - And it's all your fault I screen my phone calls No matter who calls I gotta screen my phone calls
Sunday Morning - You sure have changed since yesterday Without any warning And you want me badly You cannot have me
Underneath It All - You see the colors in me Like no one else ... You've used up all your coupons And all you've got left is me And somehow I'm full of forgiveness I guess it's meant to be.

The Wisdom of Red Hot Chili Peppers

Aeroplane - I like pleasure spiked with pain
Around the World - You say hello and then I say I do
Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Every woman has a piece of Aphrodite
Breaking the Girl - She was a girl, soft but estranged
By The Way - Dani the girl is singing songs to me beneath the marquee.
Californication - The sun may rise in the East, At least it settles in the final location.
Can't Stop - Choose not a life of imitation ... Eastside love is living on the westend ... Sweet talk but don't intimidate her ... This life is more than ordinary ... This life is more than just a read through
Dosed - All I ever wanted was your life.
Falling Into Grace - You can smell the purple light Comin' from her heart.
Give It Away - Greedy little people in a sea of distress. Keep your more to receive your less, Unimpressed by material excess.
Otherside - She wants to know, "Am I still a slut?"
Road Trippin' - It's time to steal away, Let's go get lost, Anywhere in the U.S.A
Scar Tissue - I'll make it to the moon if I have to crawl.
Suck My Kiss - Kiss me, please pervert me
The Zephyr Song - And in this perfect weather, we'll find a place together... In the water where I center my emotion
Under the Bridge - I never worry. Now that is a lie.
What It Is - Refuse to fight wars for political whores. Unsurpassed peace lines the salt water shores.
Why Don't You Love Me - My hair's still curly and my eyes are still blue.

The Wisdom of Sarah McLachlan

Adia - We are still innocent it's easy. We all falter but does it matter?
Angel - let me be empty and weightless and maybe I'll find some peace tonight ... it's easier to believe in this sweet madness oh this glorious sadness that brings me to my knees
Building A Mystery - oh you're so beautiful with an edge and a charm but so careful when I'm in your arms
Circle - I know too many people unhappy in a life from which they'd love to flee
Do What You Have To Do - I don't know how to let you go
Fallen - Be the long awaited answer, To a long and painful fight
Full Of Grace - I know I could love you much better than this
Good Enough - I'll show you why you're so much more than good enough.
Home - She didn't think that there was anything wrong With wanting a life that she could call her own
I Love You - Let me surround you ... let me be the calm you seek ... for I cannot find the strength to say I need you so
I Will Remember You - Don't let your life pass you by Weep not for the memories ... I'm so afraid to love you, but more afraid to lose
Stupid - You're no good for me but you're the only one I see... you leave me here burning in this desert without you
Witness - I won't weigh you down with good intention

The Wisdom of U2

All I Want is You - You say you want your story to remain untold
Angel Of Harlem - Lady Day got diamond eyes She sees the truth behind the lies
Beautiful Day - You're on the road but you've got no destination ... After the flood all the colours came out. It was a beautiful day.
Even Better Than the Real Thing - We're free to fly the crimson sky. The sun won't melt our wings tonight.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - I have spoke with the tongue of angels, I have held the hand of a devil
Mysterious Ways - To touch is to heal, To hurt is to steal. If you want to kiss the sky, Better learn how to kneel (on your knees boy)
New Year's Day - A world in white gets underway ... And so we're told this is the golden age, And gold is the reason for the wars we wage.
One - Did I ask too much, More than a lot. You gave me nothing, Now it's all I got ... You ask me to enter, But then you make me crawl.
Peace On Earth - Jesus, this song you wrote, The words are sticking in my throat.
Pride (In the Name of Love) - Free at last, they took your life. They could not take your pride.
Sunday Bloody Sunday - But I won't heed the battle call. It puts my back up, puts my back up against the wall ... And it's true we are immune. When fact is fiction and TV reality ... The real battle just begun, To claim the victory Jesus won
Sweetest Thing - Blue-eyed boy meets a brown-eyed girl. (Oh, the sweetest thing.) You can sew it up, but you still see the tear.
Where The Streets Have No Name - The cities a flood, And our love turns to rust.
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - Well you lied to me 'cause I asked you to
With or Without You - You give it all but I want more

The Wisdom of Elton John

Can You Feel The Love Tonight - It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you.
Candle In The Wind 1997 - You called out to our country. And you whispered to those in pain, Now you belong to heaven, And the stars spell out your name ... Goodbye England's rose, From a country lost without your soul, Who'll miss the wings of your compassion, More than you will ever know
Circle of Life - There's more to be seen than can ever be seen, More to do than can ever be done.
Something About the Way You Look Tonight - With your smile, You pull the deepest secrets from my heart.
Tiny Dancer - Looking on she sings the songs, The words she knows, the tune she hums.

The Wisdom of Guns N Roses

Civil War - That you can't trust freedom, When it's not in your hands, When everybody's fightin', For their promised land
Don't Cry - There's a heaven above you, baby
November Rain - But if you could heal a broken heart, Wouldn't time be out to charm you
Patience - If I can't have you right now, I'll wait, dear
You Ain't The First - Your day's been numbered, And I've read your last page

The Wisdom of Matchbox 20

3AM - She says it's all gonna end and it might as well be my fault
Bent - If I need some other love, give me more than I can stand
Bright Lights - But if the bright lights don't receive you, You should turn yourself around and come on home
Disease - You left a stain, On every one of my good days
If You're Gone - I bet you're hard to get over
Last Beautiful Girl - A thousand lost forevers, And the promises you never were giving me
Long Day - I'm sorry 'bout the attitude I need to give when I'm with you, But no one else would take this shit from me
Mad Season - So why ya gotta stand there looking like the answer now?
Real World - Please don't break, cuz the only thing that seems to work at all is you

The Wisdom of Dido

All You Want - It's been three years, one night apart, but in that night you tore my heart ... And you and your sin can leave the way you just came in.
Coming Home - He's missing out on life because he doesn't know how long to keep her in his mind
Don't Think Of Me - Does it bother you now the clothes you told me not to wear? Does it bother you now all the angry games we played?
Hunter - For this queen you think you own, Wants to be a hunter again, Wants to see the world alone again, To take a chance on life again
I'm No Angel - And I hope that you trust this heart behind my tired eyes
Life For Rent - While my heart is a shield and I won't let it down, While I am so afraid to fail so I won't even try
See You When You're 40 - Sad because you thought it was cool to be sad
Slide - Take time to catch your breath and choose your moment
Take My Hand - What you feel now is what I feel for you
Thank You - Oh just to be with you is having the best day of my life.
White Flag - And if you live by the rules of 'It's over', Then I'm sure that that makes sense

The Wisdom of REM

(Don't Go Back To) Rockville - At night I drink myself to sleep and pretend I don't care if you're not here with me
Crush With Eyeliner - How can I convince her that I'm invented too?
Drive - Hey kids, shake a leg. Maybe you're crazy in the head, baby.
Everybody Hurts - The night is yours alone
It's The End Of The World As We Know It - Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.
Losing My Religion - Oh no I've said too much, I haven't said enough ... Consider this, The hint of the century, Consider this, The slip that brought me to my knees.
Man On The Moon - See you in heaven if you make the list.
Nightswimming - I'm pining for the moon. And what if there were two side by side in orbit around the fairest sun?
Stand - If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling
Superman - Trust me when I say I know the pathway to your heart
The Great Beyond - I've watched the stars fall silent from your eyes ... I'm keeping flowers in full bloom. I'm looking for answers from the great beyond
The One I Love - Another prop has occupied my time

The wisdom of Sinead O'Connor

A Perfect Indian - For a photograph feigned happiness
All Babies - God gives them the stars to use as ladders
Famine - And if there ever is gonna be healing, There has to be remembering, And then grieving, So that there then can be forgiving, There has to be knowledge and understanding
In This Heart - Soon these tears will have cried, All loneliness have died
No Man's Woman - Like a man could fake you, Take your soul and make you, Never be yourself again
Nothing Compares 2 U - Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Red Football - I'm not no animal in the zoo, I'm not no whipping boy for you, You may not treat me like you do
Thank You for Hearing Me - Thank you for breaking my heart, Thank you for tearing me apart

The wisdom of Indigo Girls

Baby don't you break my heart slow - Don't love and lie, I'd rather hear the truth, and have to say goodbye.
Closer to fine - The best thing you've ever done for me is to help me take my life less seriously ... There's more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line.
Galileo - How long till my soul gets it right, can any human being ever reach that kind of light?
Get out the map - That same sun that warms your heart will suck the good earth dry ... we'll amuse ourselves one day with these memories we'll trace ... Get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down. We'll leave the figuring to those we pass on our way out of town.
Ghost - When I wake the things I dreamt about you last night make me blush ... I'd walk into the fingers of your fire willingly.
Go - Did they tell you it was set it stone, that you'd end up alone?
I'll be there - I could never touch you for the fear, that I might never let you go ... I'm torn between losing me, losing me and gaining you.
Make this house a home - Time was healing someone else, but it's tearing apart the very heart of me ... won't you take what's left of who I am, and try to see it whole?
Moment of forgiveness - Baby I woke up crying last night, just to realize that you were gone ... And I see that you kept your word, and made it harder than it had to be.
No way out - I'm bound to wonder, do you see through me?
Peace tonight - We used to have some money but we spent it.
Romeo and juliet - You know you fall for pretty strangers, and the promises they hold.
Shame on you - She says "You know me and Jesus, we're of the same heart. The only thing that keeps us distant, is that I keep fckin up."
Strange fire - The incense of my soul is burned, by the fire in my blood ... Mercenaries of the shrine, now who are you to speak for God, with haughty eyes and lying tongues, and hands that shed innocent blood? Now who delivered you the power to interpret Calvary?

The Wisdom of Jewel

Daddy - Gonna rip your heart out the way you did mine, Daddy, Go ahead and psychoanalyze that
Don't - Please, don't let me fall in love with you again
Foolish Games - Well in case you failed to notice, In case you failed to see ... Your thoughtless words are breaking my heart ... I hid my soiled hands behind my back
Hands - I won't be made useless, I won't be idle with despair, I will gather myself around my faith, For light does the darkness most fear
I'm Sensitive - Maybe if we are surrounded in beauty, Someday we will become what we see
Intuition - If you want me, let me know, I promise I won't say no
Jupiter - You make me so crazy, baby, I could swallow the moon
Little Sister - We spill the pills, And sweep them under the rug ... We gotta start feeding our souls
Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone - Women teach wise men to pout ... I tried to be unlovable, Why couldn't you do the same?
Morning Song - For you I'd be a poor man's wife
Near You Always - Your hands are in my hair but my heart is in your teeth
Pieces Of You - She's an ugly girl, does that make you feel safe?
Stand - There's pride for sale in magazines
Standing Still - Do you need me, Like I need you too, And do you want me, Like I want you
You Were Meant For Me - Same old story, Not much to say, Hearts are broken every day ... I'm half alive but I feel mostly dead

The Wisdom of Alanis

21 Things - I figure I can describe it since I have a choice in the matter
Are You Still Mad? - Are you still mad that we slept together even after we had ended it
Everything - You see all my light and you love my dark.
Flinch - How long can a girl stay haunted by you, Soon I'll grow up and I won't even flinch at your name
Hand In My Pocket - I'm sad but I'm laughing, I'm brave but I'm chicken shit, I'm sick but I'm pretty baby
Hands Clean - I wish I could tell the world cuz you're such a pretty thing when you're done up all pretty, I might want to marry you one day if you watch that weight and keep your firm body
Head Over Feet - You're my best friend, Best friend with benefits
Ironic - It's meeting the man of my dreams, And then meeting his beautiful wife
So Pure - let's be outspoken let's be ridiculous let's solve the world's problems
So Unsexy - I'm 13 again and I'm 13 for good
Thank You - How about no longer being masochistic, How about remembering your divinity, How about unabashedly bawling your eyes out
That Particular Time - I kept on ignoring the ambivalence you felt and in the meantime I lost myself
Uninvited - Like any hot-blooded woman, I have simply wanted an object to crave ... Like any uncharted territory, I must seem greatly intriguing
Unsent - the truth is whenever I think of the early 90's, your face comes up with a vengeance like it was yesterday ... you were the best platform from which to jump beyond myself
You Oughta Know - Does she know how you told me, You'd hold me until you died, Till you died, but you're still alive
You Owe Me Nothing In Return - This is the only kind of love As I understand it that there really is. You can express your deepest of truths Even if it means I'll lose you and I'll hear it.
Your House - So forgive me love, If I cry in your shower

The Wisdom of Liz Phair

This one has been a long time coming:

Bionic Eyes As I got light as a feather they got stiff as a board ... Show me a man you cannot break, And I will show you heaven
Divorce Song But you've never been a waste of my time, It's never been a drag
Fck and Run I can feel it in my bones, I'm gonna spend another year alone ... And I can feel it in my bones, I'm gonna spend my whole life alone
Firewalker Become something strange and beautiful, Like joy
Flower You're probably shy and introspective, That's not part of my objective
Friend of Mine Cause I don't have the heart to try, One more false start in life
Go On Ahead And I fear for the year in his eyes
HWC Everything is fresher when the day is sweet ... Without you I'm just another Dorian Gray
Johnny Feelgood I never met a man who was so pretty inside, He's got diamonds on the bed of his thumbnails
Love/Hate It's a war, With the whole wide world, It's a war, With the boys and girls
Polyester Bride You're lucky to be drinking here for free cause I'm a Sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes.
Rock Me You're potential with no credentials
Shitloads of Money It looks like shit and it must be America, It burns so quick, then it must be America
Sometimes a Dream Sometimes a dream is what makes you a slave
Supernova You're an angel with wings of fire
Turning Japanese I often kiss you when there's no one else around
What Makes You Happy I'm sending you this photograph, I swear this time it's going to last and all those other bastards were only practice!
Whipsmart For every truth, there are half a million lies
Why Can't I We're already wet, and we're gonna go swimming

Liz Phair - What Makes you Happy

This song has been going through my head for two days now:

What Makes You Happy
But don't worry, mom.
I met him in a restaurant
And all this time I've been getting to know him
He's got an ex-wife in Pasadena,
and sometimes she's a mess to deal with,
but mostly we've been living here uninjured...
There's a silence, and she says,
"Listen here young lady,
All that matters is what makes you happy,
but you leave this house knowing my opinion won't
Make you love me if you don't care to."
But mom, I'm sending you this photograph,
I swear, This one is going to last
and all those other bastards
Were only practice!
I feel the sun on my back...
I smell the earth in my skin...
I see the sky above me like a full recovery...

She said, "Listen here young lady,
All that matters is what makes you happy,
But you leave this house knowing my opinion
It won't make a difference if you're not ready."

The Wisdom of Sheryl Crow

A Change Would Do You Good - Hello it's me, I'm not at home, If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone
Abilene - Broken promises are no worse than words never said
All I Wanna Do - And a happy couple enters the bar, Dangerously close to one another
Anything But Down - I know you wish you were strong, You wish you were never wrong, Well, I got some wishes of my own
C'Mon, C'Mon - You took the best of me, And threw it away. Too bad the rest of me, Still wants you to stay
Everyday is A Winding Road - These are the days when anything goes
Home - I'd like to see the Riviera, And slowdance underneath the stars, I'd like to watch the sun come up, In a stranger's arms
If It Makes You Happy - If it makes you happy, Then why the hell are you so sad?
Mississippi - I ain't got nothing for you, I had nothing before, Don't even have anything, For myself anymore
My Favorite Mistake - Maybe nothin' lasts forever, Even when you stay together
Over You - Cause it's just not fair, That I still see your face
Picture (featuring Kid Rock) - You reminded me of brighter days, I hoped you were comin' home to stay, I was headed to church, I was off to drink you away
Soak Up The Sun - It's not having what you want, It's wanting what you've got ... I've got a crummy job, It don't pay near enough, To buy the things it takes, To win me some of your love
Steve McQueen - I wanna leave you feeling breathless, Show you how the west was won
Strong Enough - Lie to me, I promise I'll believe
The Difficult Kind - There ain't nothing like regret, To remind you you're alive
The First Cut Is The Deepest - I still want you by my side, just to help me dry the tears that i've cried
You're An Original - Deadly in the sack, Grooving to The Clash, On some kind of wasted weekend

The Wisdom of Madonna

American Life - I'm diggin' on the isotope, This metaphysics shit is dope, And if all this can give me hope, You know I'm satisfied

Beautiful Stranger - I've had a taste for the danger, If I'm smart then I'll run away, But I'm not so I guess I'll stay

Cherish - I can't hide my need for two hearts that bleed ... Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet

Crazy For You - Strangers making the most of the dark

Don't Tell Me - Tell me love isn't true, It's just something that we do

Dress You Up - Let me cover you with velvet kisses

Drowned World/Substitute For Love - I suffered fools so gladly

Erotica - Once you put your hand in the flame, You can never be the same

Express Yourself - Second best is never enough, You'll do much better baby on your own

Fever - Take this heart away, Take these arms I'll never use

Frozen - You're so consumed with how much you get, You waste your time with hate and regret, You're broken When your heart's not open ... Let all the hurt inside of you die

Hollywood - How could it hurt you when it looks so good? ... I'm bored with the concept of right and wrong

Into The Groove - Gonna get to know you in a special way, This doesn't happen to me every day

Justify My Love - Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another

La Isla Bonita - A young girl with eyes like the desert ... I want to be where the sun warms the sky

Like A Prayer - It's like a dream, no end and no beginning

Like A Virgin - Didn't know how lost I was Until I found you ... your love thawed out, What was scared and cold

Live To Tell - The light that you could never see, It shines inside, you can't take that from me

Material Girl - Only boys who save their pennies make my rainy day ... Experience has made me rich and now they're after me

Music - Don't think of yesterday, And I don't look at the clock

Nothing Really Matters - Nothing takes the past away, Like the future, Nothing makes the darkness go, Like the light

Open Your Heart - I've had to work much harder than this, For something I want. Don't try to resist me, Open your heart to me, baby, I hold the lock and you hold the key

The Power Of Good-Bye - You were my lesson I had to learn, I was your fortress you had to burn

Ray Of Light - She's got herself a little piece of heaven, Waiting for the time when Earth shall be as one

Rescue Me - You see that I'm ferocious, you see that I am weak, You see that I am silly, and pretentious and a freak ... And I prefer this mystery, It cancels out my misery

Secret - You helped me find the reasons why, It took me by surprise that you understood

Take A Bow - This masquerade is getting older

This Used To Be My Playground - This used to be the place I ran to Whenever I was in need Of a friend ... Don't hold on to the past, Well that's too much to ask

Vogue - Ladies with an attitude, Fellas that were in the mood

What Can You Lose - Once the words are spoken, Something may be broken. ... With so much to win, There's too much to lose.

What It Feels Like For A Girl - Strong inside but you don't know it, Good little girls they never show it ... Hurt that's not supposed to show, And tears that fall when no one knows

The wisdom of ABBA

Fernando Every hour every minute seemed to last eternally ... And I'm not ashamed to say The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

The Winner Takes it All The gods may throw a dice, Their minds as cold as ice, And someone way down here, Loses someone dear

Waterloo Promise to love you for ever more ... Couldn't escape if I wanted to ... Knowing my fate is to be with you

One of Us One of us is crying, One of us is lying In her lonely bed Staring at the ceiling ... One of us is lonely, One of us is only Waiting for a call

Money, Money, Money In my dreams I have a plan, If I got me a wealthy man, I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball...A man like that is hard to find but I can't get him off my mind ...And if he happens to be free I bet he wouldn't fancy me

Knowing Me, Knowing You Knowing me, knowing you, It's the best I can do

I Have A Dream If you see the wonder of a fairy tale, You can take the future even if you fail

Sunday, November 30, 2003

A week of absence

I just walked in the door from a week long road trip to Texas. My sister and her husband moved to Dallas in August and this was the second time this year that I have been down to see them. This trip also marked my 11,000th mile on road trips this year alone! One trip was 7,700 miles all by itself. That helps explain the title of my blog, Terra Nomad. More on travel later...

Wednesday, November 12, 2003


Sports Night - ABC and then Comedy Central - Written By Aaron Sorkin - Sabrina Lloyd (Natalie) and Joshua Malina (Jeremy), Felicity Huffman(Dana) and Peter Krause (Casey), Josh Charles (Dan) and Teri Polo (Rebecca) - Ted McGinley, Greg Baker- William H Macy (married to Huffman?) guest starred. I started watching this when it was on ABC. Whenever a fan talks about this show, it's usually something like, "I am not a sports fan at all, but the show isn't really about sports." It's a dramatic look at the making of a 'Sports Center'-like show, with a lot of comedy and some romance thrown in. Robert Guillaum plays Issac, the boss and father figure. He had a stroke during the show's run and they wrote it in to the series. It was cancelled after one and a half seasons Both Seasons are out on DVD in one set.

Six Feet Under - HBO - Peter Krause (Nate), Lauren Ambrose (Claire), Michael C Hall (David), Rachel Griffiths (Brenda), Frances Conroy (Ruth). A show about a family-run funeral home, Fisher & Sons. Peter Krause again shines as the central character who is uneasy about death and his own mortality, yet feels the need to help run the business after his fathers death. Each episode starts with someone's death, and the corpse usually ends up at Fisher & Sons. They have to contend with being a small fish in a big pond, and stand up to a conglomerate, Kroehner, that keeps trying to take them over. Ruth is the matriarch who plays the victim pretty well. Claire (my favorite) is the youngest child, the angst-ridden 17 year-old only daughter. David is the obedient middle-child who finally came out to his family after his father died. Keith is his on-again off-again boyfriend who has family problems of his own. Federico (you might have seen him in Can't Hardly Wait, with Lauren Ambrose) works at the funeral home to support his wife, Vanessa, and two kids. Nate's girlfriend, Brenda, brings a even crazier family into the mix. It gets complicated, but her parents are shrinks that enjoy screwing with people's heads and her brother Billy is just plain wacko (well, so is she). Her mother is my second favorite character and is played by Joanna Cassidy the boss from 'Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead'. Her character is hilarious! Robert Foxworth, aka Chase from Falcon Crest plays her father, but he's not much of a character.

Season One is out on DVD. I have also seen Season Two on VHS (from some friends), but there is no word on a DVD release date. I also saw a season 3 episode by accident, which has ruined some surprises for me.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Grounded for Life

I hate hate hate Malcolm in the Middle. I always have. There is a much better show that gets the whole dysfunctional family thing right: "Grounded for Life". Today's episode was a great example: Lily's boyfriend Brad accidently sees Claudia, the mom naked and the middle child, Jimmy needs to start wearing deodorant (he's becoming a man) and the parents have a hard time telling him. The uncle, Eddie used to be my favorite character, but I think the daughter Lily is getting to be the funniest one. Last week's episode was about her drinking and the parents thought she had driven home and were upset. I know this might all sound kind of preachy, but they always make it funny, and not at al after-school-specially. It's kind of like an middle-class Irish-Catholic version of Roseanne.

Thursday, November 06, 2003


I guess the preview for this is being played with the new Matrix movie:


Synopsis: In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris (Bloom) of Troy stole the beautiful Greek woman, Helen (Kruger), away from her husband, Menelaus, the king of Sparta, setting the two nations at war with each other, as the Greeks began a bloody siege of Troy using their entire armada, led by Achilles (Pitt), that lasted over a decade.

Brad Pitt
Orlando Bloom
Peter O'Toole
Diane Kruger
Sean Bean
Saffron Burrows
Julie Christie
Brian Cox
Brendan Gleeson
Garrett Hedlund
Wolfgang Petersen

Pitt and Bloom? Talk about Eye Candy!

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Damn that's cool!

If you haven't seen the White Stripes video for 'The Hardest Button to Button', you need to go see it. I saw it on AOL, but you can probably get it on Yahoo or download it. I don't know if they are playing it on VH1 or not. That's where I first saw the video for 'Seven Nation Army' It's the better song, but Button's video is cooler.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Beyond Borders

On Sunday I saw 'Beyond Borders' with Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen. If you think there's any chance that you'll like the movie, you really should see it. I guess it did badly (2 million?), but I thought it was very good, like best-so-far-this-year good. I can't see how someone wouldn't be moved after seeing this movie. The storyline wasn't flawless or anything, but the scenery and the political situations made up for any thin plot points or character cheesiness. For most of the movie, she is working for the UN, a job I'd love to have. I was glad I saw it alone though, and I appreciated having the time to reflect on it during the drive home, instead of discussing it with someone. That's part of the reason I like seeing movies alone. Some people think it's odd that I do that, but I especially like seeing serious movies by myself. I have made the mistake of seeing scary movies alone (Scream), which I will never do again. I don't see very many, and I prefer to have a cuddly man to hide behind if I have to see one.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Carolyn Hax

I used to read Ann Landers all the time, but then I found Carolyn Hax. She writes for the Washington Post and is syndicated all over the country. Her column is called Tell Me About It and used to be subtitled Advice for the Under-30 Crowd, but she's lost that part. She also hosts a weekly chat at noon Eastern on I like the advice she gives, here are some samples:

It's called "coping." If it were fun, it would be called "fun."

If you can't stop judging these people enough to put your whole heart into loving them, then leave. I mean it.

Trust and respect just aren't that complicated: Find someone who treats you as well as he treats himself, and then show the same kindness to him. Ta-da. Both of you will make mistakes, but that's okay, as long as they're infrequent, unintended and remedied quickly, with care.

Trust your ego to withstand someone who sees herself as your equal.

No healthy relationship ever dies of an open debate.

Be who you are. If you feel the need to change anything, look for ways to have more fun. That way you'll avoid any disastrous attempts at becoming someone you're not, and you might actually have more fun--which is a great way to get your mind off whatever it is you think you're supposed to have but don't.

Something to look for to tip your decision toward anything new and unknown is the sense that there might be something more rewarding out there than what you have now.

Ask yourself these questions every time you catch yourself comparing your life with others': Who are you; what do you want; is that fair to expect? And are you strong enough not to look back?

We're all afraid of something, and we all run the risk of meeting someone who knows how to prey on that fear. It's not an excuse not to try.

Pretty wise, huh? She gets a lot of "I'm unhappy and I don't know why" letters and she does a really good job of answering them, as well as telling the ones that need it to seek therapy. Check her out, you'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003


On Sunday there was a great episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I just love Vincent D'Onofrio. The show has gotten a little formulaic, but it's still good. I used to watch the regular L&O, but since Benjamin Bratt left, it's just not the same. I was annoyed to find that NBC ran reruns on Thursday so they wouldn't lose to the baseball playoffs in the ratings. I understand when it's a playoff game, but when they preempt regular shows for plain old games, whether baseball, football or anything, I get so annoyed. Why do we have 85 sports channels if the networks are still airing the regular games? There were entire fall seasons in which Futurama was always joined "already in progress". That was mostly Fox's fault, in that 6pm Central on Sunday is a suckie time slot no matter what. Futurama should have been at 7:30 Central, right after the Simpsons. Instead they put crap like Malcolm in the Middle and Oliver Beene in that slot. At least Cartoon Network was smart enough to pick it up, even if they aren't airing anything new. Wake up, Simpsons can't and shouldn't go on forever. And you expect a live action sitcom to take it's place? Ain't gonna happen. King of the Hill is funny, but it's not an anchor to an entire night like The Simpsons is. Find some good and funny animation and make a night of it!

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Random TV thoughts

Quote of the week: "The only thing she hates more than sobriety is kindness." about Karen on Will & Grace

Thursday, October 09, 2003


I think I watch the most television of anyone I know. I recently got a DVR from my cable company, and that has actually cut down on the amount a little. (For those who don't know, a DVR is a Digital Video Recorder - Tivo, Replay TV, etc. Basically, a digital VCR) I have wanted one for a long time. You can set things to be taped just once or every time the episode is on. I swear sometimes scheduled things just go away, though. A little annoying. Anyway, I always get the fall preview edition of TV Guide. It lays out a basic weekly schedule of all the new shows, as well as the returning ones. I plan my TV watching with this for the first few months. Right now, my week goes something like this:

Sunday - Futurama, Simpsons, Law and Order
Monday - Still Standing, Raymond
Tuesday - 70s Show, 24, Frasier, Good Morning Miami
Wednesday - Bachelor, King of Queens, South Park
Thursday - Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Coupling, Survivor/Amazing Race
Friday - Miss Match, Grounded for Life, George Lopez
Saturday - SNL, Mad TV

Plus, during the day I tape several reruns of Friends, the Simpsons and Jeopardy. I also watch a lot of mid-level cable, like Travel Channel, Comedy Central, Game Show Network, Tech TV, DIY and HGTV. I wish the Travel Channel would stop being a 24 hour commercial for Vegas, that Comedy Central would have more stand-up and cancel The Man Show, and that GSN would put a Chuck Woolery limit on their daily broadcasts. All of these things would be fine in moderation (except maybe the Man Show, I was so disappointed with that. Don't they know you need a straight man and a foil, and that 2 foils just make for bad TV?) but they get to be too much.

Another thing that bothers me about TV is that the seasons tend to get shorter and shorter. I mean, there are regular shows, not mid-season replacements, that don't start until the end of October. Then there are shows that have their season finale in March! I always thought the TV season should line up with the school year, essentially starting in September and ending in June. Well, I heard that part of the reason there are fewer shows per season is that they're getting more expensive to produce. While that may be true, I don't think they should just shorten the season, or worse, start running reruns in October. I don't know how the Sweeps months got set up, but I think it's time for a change in TV scheduling. I propose a two season per year schedule. Each season would last about six months, maybe an Oct-March Season and an April-Sept. That way, CBS for example, could run Survivor for one of the seasons and The Amazing Race for the other, both in the Thursday 7pmCST "Midas Touch" time slot. The summer season could be used to test out shows that the networks aren't sure about, and if they are wildly successful, a la Friends, they can be moved to the fall season. You could still have a midseason replacement roster, and more turnover in shows would results in the networks being able to respond to trends faster and profit from all the kids that are home from school in the summer. These are some of my more general thoughts on TV. I will continue my TV ranting later, with more specific criticisms and raves.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003


Most of the books I have are travel related, guidebooks or just nonfiction relating to another country. I have been getting into the single girl fiction fad that started with Bridget Jones (if you liked that one, read the sequel, so you'll be prepared when the movie comes out. If you didn't like it, you're probably a man.) The best thing I've read in that genre is 'Good in Bed' by Jennifer Weiner. I bought a copy for myself and for a friend at Christmas time. I read it very quickly and am thinking about reading it again. She's got a new book out but I don't have it yet. A friend of mine bought me the first 3 'Tales of the city' books for my birthday this summer. I had started to watch the tapes of the miniseries and didn't finish them. I just wasn't that interested. But, the books were great and I read each of them in about a week.
I have a bunch of Danielle Steel books, too. Before you groan - she has some great stories. My favorites are Wanderlust, The Ring and Full Circle. I think I like those so much because they seem to break out of her normal formula (a rich man or woman is married/committed at the beginning of the book, suffers a break up and then finds love again, sigh). I don't like it when she seemly writes only what she knows. She seems more creative when she tackles a subject she isn't as familiar with, and when she sets the story in a previous era, like with Crossings, the one about the Titanic. I realize that none of my 3 favorites are set in the modern day, either (wanderlust - World War 2, The Ring - 19th Century?, Full Circle - the 60s). They still have the sappy romance, but there are more themes than just that. I also liked Mixed Blessings, and that might be the first time I cried while reading a book.
An interesting side note is that there's a song titled 'Danielle Steel' by a band called The Lucksmiths. I'll post the lyrics if I can find them. He's talking about his girl and that she's got 'the heart of Danielle Steel'. Okay, no more music talk, back to books. I am currently trying to read '1984' and 'The Culture of Fear'. I have tried to get thru 1984 before and I find it easier every time, but I still haven't finished it. The Culture of Fear is by Barry Glassner, you might have seen him in 'Bowling for Columbine'. While it has quite a liberal slant, it's an enjoyable read so far. The most interesting thing that he's saying is that so many of our societal ills stem from poverty. While that doesn't surprise me, it makes real improvement seem even more of a pipe dream, since poverty is so good at being cyclical. But now I digress into politics. That'll be another series of posts.
While I'm talking about books, I should probably throw in a magazine or two. I like 'Games' and I have a subscription to 'National Geographic Traveller'. I buy the occasional computer magazine or chic rag (Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire). Tv Guide and Entertainment Weekly sometimes make it into my cart at the grocery store. I almost always buy the Fall Preview editions of those two (I know, I sound like the Elaine Mannequin guy from Seinfeld) because I like to see good shows from the beginning. And now I digress into TV. I can't believe how long this post has gotten. Sadly, the others will probably be longer.

My Taste

Within a few months of getting to know me, most people tell me I have strange taste. Sometimes they say its bad taste, but usually it's more like "You like the oddest combinations of men." or "That's a rather eclectic music collection you've got there." When I say taste, I mean mostly music, movies, men, TV, books and the like, but also other things like food, home decor, video games and clothes. I would describe my tastes thusly: My taste in movies is decidedly girly, while I think my TV watching is pretty ungirly (with the exception of Felicity and Dawson's Creek - they are really good shows!). Music is probably the area where I like widest selection of things. Books are harder to pin down. And men, this is probably what people think is the strangest thing about me. So, the next few messages will be me pontificating on various taste related subjects.

My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Okay, I didn't write yesterday as I was in a horrible mood. I'm not a morning person and when I have a bad morning, I usually have a horrid day. It didn't end so badly, though. The night before, I watched Losing Isaiah. That's a damn good movie. Halle Berry does a great job, in fact I think that was her breakout role (she's still good- see 'Monster's Ball' and 'X-Men' 1 & 2). I already knew it was going to be good, and I even had it on my Netflix, but it was on BET, so I caught it. I don't care for Jessica Lange, but I seem to see a lot of her movies. I saw 'A Thousand Acres' because I had read the book about a year before it came out, and I love King Lear, which the book was based on. The movie wasn't too good, but the book by Jane Smiley was great. Later, I read her book 'The Greenlanders' which was surprisingly good. It's about several generations of a family that lives in Greenland around the year 1100. You find out what day to day life was like for people at that time. I have a copy of 'The Age of Grief', but I haven't read it yet. The cover makes it look kind of depressing (as if the title didn't do that well enough).

Monday, October 06, 2003

Things I Want

(not comprehensive in the least, and mostly materialistic)

-$500,000 - I don't need a million, just a half
-A Nissan Altima
-People to stop telling me that I will want kids one day. I love kids, but I don't want my own. If someday I do, I'll adopt. Plenty of kids need good homes.
-To travel around the world. Literally, the whole world.
-A B.S, an M.S. and then a PhD
-World Peace - a cliche, but true nonetheless
-Kevin Smith - before he was married and had kids - YUM!
-The ability to control time: freeze, speed up, back and forth, etc.
-A marquee on the back of my car to talk to the drivers behind me
-A helicopter
-A way to record my dreams on video so I can go back and watch them later
-Pinenuts to be banished from the earth because I'm allergic to them. This may sound selfish, but I assure you it's not.
-My wishlist delivered to my door
-A Dishwasher
-For Pineapple Fanta, Sonic and Jack in the Box to come to Minnesota

First Entry

Ok, first blog entry. Um, I'll start with listing the reasons I set this up:

- I have a need to keep track of my random thoughts over the course of time.

- I am always running across cool sites/songs/etc that I want to share with the world.

- I'd like an electronic version of the diaries/journals I have kept over the years.

- This will serve as a nice gateway to some of my other pages.

Here is the blog that inspired me to make my own: It wasn't the first one I ever read or the first time I thought I should start one, but this one made me finally do it.