April 9th, 2012

word

sycophant [sikuh-fuhnt, -fant, sahy-kuh-] n. a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite

birthday

James “Jim” Bowie (1796), Max von Sydow (1929), John Madden (1936), Steven Seagal (1956), Brian Setzer (1959), Q-Tip (1970), Mandy Moore (1984)

standpoint

Yesterday was Easter Sunday. Those of you who know even the slightest bit about me know that I’m about as religious as Christopher Hitchens.

But the one thing I do like about Easter is the family dinner. Sure, Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally more renowned for big family dinners and there’s some truth to that, especially in my family. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are legendary. My mother is more talented in the kitchen than 98% of the chefs in this country and both my parents have spent the entirety of their adult lives to makes sure both of those holidays are memorable, in one way or another, each and every year. Even as my siblings and I have moved into adulthood.

But Easter is different and it’s also not. Throughout the years, I’m sure I’ve experienced the occasional Easter dinner in the comfort of my parents’ house but I can’t truly recall one. Normally, that’s the holiday our family spends dining out. And, although the food’s never quite as delicious as when my mother, sisters and sisters-in-law (as well as the random, unsuccessful dish from a man in the family) are in charge of the menu, Easter dinner is fun due to the fact no one is in charge of anything except for actually showing up.

And that makes for a much more lighthearted evening. We can talk and catch up and ridicule and debate meaningless crap and even once in a while say nice things about each other.

Anyway, that’s what I felt like writing about today. It was more for me than any of you but I hope you enjoyed it at least a little.

quotation

Any idiot can get laid when they’re famous. That’s easy. It’s getting laid when you’re not famous that takes some talent. ↔ Kevin Bacon

tune

So I was watching Just Go With It the other night. C’mon, like you’ve never watched a bad Adam Sandler movie. Don’t judge. In any case, every song on the entire soundtrack had something to do with Sting and I forgot how much I liked The Police‘s “Canary in a Coal Mine.”

gallimaufry

→ Went and saw The Hunger Games this past Thursday evening. Despite the lady behind us who was providing her own unique brand of commentary toward the end, I was generally pleased with the adaptation.

→ It’s the year for dudes of faith. First, Tim Tebow. And now, Bubba Watson wins the Masters. Maybe all these athletes should start taking god more seriously. Seriously.

→ For all of you who know me personally and love making fun of my “antique” cell phone, I’m happy to admit I’ll be getting an iPhone today. So you’ll have to find someone else to rip on. Sorry.

09.09.09 – A Wednesday

Word

obdurate [ob-doo-rit, -dyoo-] adj. 1. unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding 2. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner

Birthday

Aurelian (214), Leo Tolstoy (1828), Harland Sanders (1890), Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder (1919), Otis Redding (1941), Pamela Des Barres (1948), Garry Maddox (1949), Joe Theismann (1949), Tom Wopat (1951), Hugh Grant (1960), Mario Batali (1960), Adam Sandler (1966), Rachel Hunter (1969), Henry Thomas (1971), Michael Bublé (1975), Soulja Slim (1977), Michelle Williams (1980) 

Standpoint

Normally, even I don’t like the person or people I’m looking at, I like the cover of Rolling Stone. A recent issue, though, kind or irked me.

The image is of President Obama and the caption at the bottom of the cover reads, “Obama So Far.” Around his head a banner, or maybe a halo, that reads “Will He Take Bold Action or Compromise Too Easily?” Inside the issue is a very fair and informative presentation of the thoughts of Obama‘s presidency by David Gergen (expert political consultant), Paul Krugman (Nobel Prize winning writer), and Michael Moore (douchebag documentarian).

The question on the front, though – “Will He Take Bold Action or Compromise Too Easily?” – is emblematic of lots of things I hate about the media in this country. I’ll admit fully understand that, especially in this age of the dying print media, Rolling Stone needs to sell magazines more than ever. But, in trying to grade the job done by Obama, and the future of his administration, why must the only two choices he has are to (a) “Take Bold Action” or (b) “Compromise Too Easily?”

It doesn’t have to be one-way-or-the-other. It could be that Obama will find the middle ground. Sometimes, he might take some bold action. Other times, he may compromise too easily. But more likely, he’ll find a way to act in ways that aren’t always bold and compromise in a way that’s not-so-easy.

My problem with pretty much boils down to this: We’ve all forgotten that not everything is black-and-white. And not just when it comes to our government. This one-way-or-the-other mentality is going to slowly mess everything up before we know it.

Quotation

Men feel that women somehow drag them down, and women feel that way about men.  It’s possible that both are right.Mignon McLaughlin

Tune

I just started to get into an English indie-pop group named Fanfarlo. So far, I like what I hear. Try out “Luna.”

Gallimaufry

→ Obviously, today is September 9th, 2009. Or 09/09/09. Triple nines. Find out why this date is so special to so many people. I like that the new Tim Burton movie, 9, is coming out today. Actually want to see it. Looks strange, spooky, kind of kickass cool.

→ You ever wonder how people can be so smart and dumb at the same time? Well, I do. Check out the Valley Monkey – a guy who wears a monkey mask in an attempt to avoid tickets. A nice idea if he wasn’t doing it in his own car.

→ My boy A.J. Jacobs has released a new book, The Guinea Pig Diaries. If it’s even half as good as his other stuff, you should go read it right now.