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X Marks The Spot

Monday, November 19th, 2007

So, while searching for Neal Schon of Journey on Flickr, I came across this doozy of floozies:

X Marks The Spot

I have no words.

Revisiting Old Fears

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Today, someone sent me a YouTube link to BoHeman Rhapsody. Of course, being a He-Man and She-Ra fan in my youth, I got quite a kick out of it. Then, I decided to look at what other 80s cartoon fodder resided in the sidebar. I then came across a TV cartoon opening that used to scare the crap out of me back in the day. It made me think – what else frightened me as a child? Apparently, enough to make a list – and most can be now found on YouTube. Thanks, Internet.

And here they are:

  1. When Cringer turned into Battlecat in “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” – Approximately 45 seconds into this clip, Battlecat transforms, roars, and makes me want to hide under a blanket.
  2. Kimball from “Romper Room” – Another dose of disturbance at approximately 45 seconds. A pre-courser to Barney, perhaps? And speaking of another big, fat character…
  3. Grimace – Although, the McDonald’s character is not a scary as he was back in the 1970s
  4. When Chrissy & The Alphabeats sang “You’re Alive” on “Sesame Street” – This band was probably the creepiest feature on “Sesame Street.” Twenty years later, I still have to breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out to calm myself down.
  5. Slim Goodbody – A man who wears his insides on his outsides. ‘Nuff said.
  6. Anne Ramsey – I though Sloth a little scary, but Mama Fratelli just takes the cake.
  7. Lady Elaine Fairchilde – I’m beginning to sense that I have an inane fear of certain puppets. I couldn’t even find a YouTube clip of Lady Elaine – I guess her and her big red nose disturbs others, as well.
  8. The music video for Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” – Ronald Reagan in Spandex. A talking stomach. Feet marching through a jungle of severed heads. Genesis.
  9. The Willy Wonka psychadelic boat trip – There’s no way of knowing, where direction the boat is going. And that’s enough for me.
  10. I’m sure there’s a #10, but I’ve seemed to surpress the memory. Hopefully it stays that way.

Symphonic Overload

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I never, ever learn. Ear plugs are a must for me at concerts.

Last night, Jarid had an extra ticket to see Rooney and The Polyphonic Spree at Terminal 5 on 11th and 56th. Last minute, he asked me to go, so I said yes, even though I had no clue who Rooney was and my only experience with The Polyphonic Spree was a college roommate’s continuous playing of “Hold Me Now” on iTunes. (more…)

Running Out Of Self-Control

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Well, there’s been quite a lag in my posting here. Honestly, I feel quite broken right now and haven’t had the spirit to write. Instead, I sit here trying to sort out things and glue myself back together.

Meanwhile, I’ve been listening a lot to Journey’s Raised on Radio. I can’t believe I used to hate this album. It’s probably one of the most beautiful Journey has written. And now I understand it more than ever.

The past few weeks can pretty much be summed up in two categories: travel and work. Sometimes both together. It’s been crazy at the office, and although I’ve been good with deadlines, I’m beginning to feel myself drown in my articles again. Weekends have been spent in Long Island, Boston, Washington, D.C. and upstate. I haven’t been spending as much time at home, and it shows. I am also drowning in my living situation, which would be better if I had some money. But I don’t. I’m drowning in brokeness.

Maybe one day I’ll write about my travels. I just don’t have the mental energy to do so right now. I need to somehow come up for air. I need to be good to myself when nobody else will.

I need chocolate.

Quite the Busy Bees

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

It’s been quite a busy weekend so far: Friday was the Light the Night Walk; yesterday was spent at South Street Seaport and meeting some of my Journey-fan friends for dinner and an Evolution concert; and today was spent sleeping way too late, bowling and eating frozen tomatoes. (more…)

Earwig Attack

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Ever have a song stuck in your head all day, and no matter what you tried to do, it never went away?

Well, today I had another PET/CT scan. Stony Brook Medical Center now has Sirius satellite radio, and the station was set to soft adult contemporary.  I swear, it was the DW Power Hour. Dionne Warwick and Diane Warren. Over, and over. This was the type of music even my mother would skip on the radio.

Every single song I heard has been stuck in my head at some point today. I tried listening to Journey. I tried listening to Def Leppard. I tried listening to Spice Girls, for goodness’ sake. Nothing seems to work.

So keep smiling, keep shining, knowing you can always count on me, for sure…

Edit: Lexcie just fixed the problem with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

San Francisco, Part II

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

Trying to catch up on post-San Fransicso tasks – both at home and at work – has contributed to my lackadasial approach to this blog. Now that I have some time, thanks to a bad case of bronchitis, I shall finish writing about my trip. One of the biggest lessons Lexcie and I learned is that we both don’t do well with lack of sleep. (more…)

Separate Ways

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Oh, I am so amused by this press release as per Journey’s official website:

JOURNEY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF JEFF SCOTT SOTO

June 12, 2007 — Journey has parted ways with their recently named lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff’s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff’s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.

According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work and we can’t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We’re plotting our next move now.”

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues, “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment’s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”

Journey–Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums)—is taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.

Another one bites the dust. Why am I not surprised? I’m just surprised it was such a short tenure – Jeff hardly lasted a year. Thank goodness I spent all my money and time on the band when it was worth something. Now, it’s all just a big joke. I wonder who the new lead singer is going to be. Kevin Chalfant? Jeremey Hunsicker?

I have to say, though – it was pretty crappy how the band cut Jeff out of the official band photo and bio before the press release was even isssued. Of course, the whole thing caught on like wildfire and the damage was done. I had no idea they could even trump Steve Augeri’s departure, but they did it. Congratulations, Journey.

Amanda Vs. The World Pt. II

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
  1. Amanda vs. Bad Underground Music (2-0) – Seems like my complaining indirectly worked. I’ve seen no Peruvian pipers this week, and I was treated to the sounds of two different doo-wop/Motown a capella groups in the past three days. So, whichever group hopped on my downtown R train at Canal St.  around 5 p.m. yesterday and sang The Temptations’ “My Girl,” thank you. If I had a dollar or two on me, I would have dropped it in your paper bag. I owe you one.
  2. Amanda vs. Her LG VX5300 Cell Phone (0-50) – After being a faithful Nokia owner since I began using a cell phone in 2001, I decided to go with an LG when my contract allowed me to get a new phone this year. It was only $10, and much more durable than any Nokia I have owned (it even survived a 20-concrete-step drop). However, it lacks an archive for text messages, which I learned this week. And now I can only store 50 messages before I have to go play the delete game. I have no other way to save them except e-mail them to myself, but that’s a pain in the ass.
  3. Amanda vs. the Long Island Rail Road’s Lost & Found (0-Infinity) – I’ve yet to locate my Tupperware and electric toothbrushes. I give up. At least some conductor will have have nice, shiny teeth and a non-soggy salad for lunch.

And an additional match-up:

  • R-40 vs. R-46 (1-0) – My mean distance between failures (145,045 miles) is better than your mean distance between failures (140,098 miles), so take your shiny, bucket-seated trains and go elsewhere, Yuri. I win this year!

Well, judging from my scorecards so far, I have some advice for you all: if I come back as a racing horse in my next life, don’t bet on me.

Just Another Manic Tuesday

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Two more days and I hopefully get to breathe easier. As you can probably tell in my lag of posting an entry, I’ve been pretty busy. Mostly, it’s work. These have probably the busiest two issues I’ve worked on. Luckily for July and August, we go from bi-weekly to monthly. That takes a little stress of my writing portion, at least. I have two conference to prepare for, but they should be a piece of cake now that I really have the coverage experience. I’ve also graduated to writing about finance. It’s a hard subject, especially when it’s hard enough for me to juggle my own!

May through July is also time for graduations, parties, barbeques and other events. It started over a week ago with one of my little cousins’ First Communion. It was there I learned “Chicken Noodle Soup,” (which apparently is quite popular, but I have been blissfully aware of it thusfar) and how to do the Charlie Brown move to “Cha-Cha Slide.” (I couldn’t find a shorter YouTube example, but in my search, I  found the quite amusing “Hey Ya, Charlie Brown!“). Of course, there were the ancient classics of “The Twist,” “The Electric Slide,” “Celebration” and “Hands Up” – the bad staples of any catered and dee-jayed party. As untolerable as those old songs are, at least they’re not as cringe-inducing as some of the new songs out there. It seems that if you’re able to string some random phrases along with pantomime, you’ve got yourself a hit party song.

House is coming along. Today the contractor framed the front, so now I can see exactly how big my new bedroom is going to be. I think the most exciting part will be hitting Ikea for some new furniture. I need lots and lots of bookshelves! Probably going to for a classic, less modern-looking decor. Besides the house, there are a lot of other things to look forward to, but that will come in time  😉