Friday, October 06, 2006

Songs My Boyfriend and I Argued to, 1985-1989.

I was in a Quick Check today and a Level 42 song was playing. Made me recall a fight I had with my boyfriend/high school sweetheart Ron, and started me off down memory lane. I don't remember what most of the fights were about, unfortunately. Probably something related to prom.

1. Level 42, "Love Games" (makeup song was "Something About You")

2. Simple Minds, "Alive and Kicking"

3. Janet Jackson, "When I Think of You"

4. Paula Abdul, "Oppposites Attract"

5. Soul II Soul, "Back 2 Life"

6. Spandau Ballet, "True"

7. Robert Palmer, "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On"

8. Psychedelic Furs, "Heartbreak Beat"

9. The Cars, "Drive"

10. Paul Simon, "Crazy Love" (now that's just prophetic)

if your happy place is a smell

Dear Demeter,

please consider the following fragrance as an addition to your line:

Beach Towel: part salt, part cotton, and part faded suntan lotion. Mmmm...

sonic ecstasy

If it wasn't the Mountain Goats last weekend at the Bowery Ballroom (John Darnielle = my new favorite hottie)it was Gomez last night at the Ballroom (okay, I lied, Tom Gray = my new other favorite hottie). And you know what, I get to see Gomez Sunday night in Philly again! I am flushed with anticipation and lit with eagerness. Or is it the other way around?

I hope the poster for the Philly show is as beautiful as the New York posters. It's a silkscreen of buildings at night in steel blue and black with little pinpoints of white. It will perfectly complement the Steichen print of the Flatiron building that hangs in my living room. I used to think I had outgrown rock'n'roll posters as decor, but now I'm sorry I didn't buy the whole trio of these (one for each night, each slightly different).

Funnily enough I had been in a foul mood much of the day yesterday, a hangover from the migraine of the day before and weirded out by my own insecurity. But getting into the car and driving in put some distance between me and that, and the sight of the pale full moon over the city as we went into the tunnel, was all it took. That, and a very full set of the best possible song choices. I was taken out of myself and it was fine.

Bands like Gomez are why I do not like watching concert videos. I hold a somewhat unpopular belief (among my music-listening friends) that concert videos are no good. The experience of being in the same place where music is being played cannot be duplicated. And the energy that was in the Bowery Ballroom last night was actually something you could sink your teeth into, especially when the noise level reached this complete fusion that not only sounded good, it felt good. If you're going to tell me that watching a DVD can approach that, you've obviously never been to a show like this one.

This guy I dated once was a big Dave Matthews fan (strike one), and he only ever went to arena-size shows. He also collected concert DVDs, and he didn't understand how removed and sterile I thought both kinds of performances were. He couldn't even relate when I asked if he'd ever gone to smaller venues, and I thought that was sad. Interestingly, Gomez was the opener for a Dave Matthews show in Camden this summer, and I hope he went. He might have gotten a taste of something different and liked it. I can only hope so.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

when opportunity knocks...

...try to make a profit.

One of the more ridiculous emails I got from a publisher in recent months arrived in my work inbox this morning. I love the cheery tone, don't you?

This is the same woman who sent out e-blasts for weather reference books when the tsunami hit, and again when Katrina happened. Oh, and when a former prison inmate who co-authored this was the subject of a manhunt for murdering among other people a librarian he'd befriended after his release, she sent us a reminder to buy that book too. I know she has products to sell, but does she really think that the time a tragedy occurs is the right one to hawk reference books? I'm just saying.


In light of the past week’s tragic events, you may want to alert your customers to these important new titles that will help schools in these difficult times. One title is from Heinemann and one from Praeger.

Increase the Peace: A Program for Ending School Violence
by Steven Gevinson, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Illinois
David Hammond and Phil Thompson
Heinemann / 0-325-00952-X / 9/26/06 / DVD + 128pp Instructor’s Guide / $19.50

Violence in America’s Schools: Understanding, Prevention, and Responses
by R. Murray Thomas
Praeger Publishers / 0-275-99329-9 / 10/30/06 / 272pp / Hardcover / $44.95


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A century of fun

Welcome to my 100th post.

Say hello to Babo, too. He lives in my purse and keeps me from going insane.

Here is what his little card says.

Babo will protect you. Having a bad day? Someone giving you a hard time? Babo's got your back. What Babo lacks in mind power, he makes up for in love. He's everybody's best friend. He will stick with you to the end and when something scary happens, he will send you a nice greeting card from wherever it is he runs away to. A very curious, mischievous creature, Babo may need some guidance and parenting, so make sure to bring him with you to as many places as possible. Leaving him at home is fine, but please put all cookies and money on the highest shelf.

I think you should buy an Uglydoll too.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Yeah, I'm talking to you

slobby Internet guy in the library whining about the printer:

1. If you click "print" 90 times it doesn't come out any faster.
2. If your document is long and in PDF format (you said 20 pages), this is especially true. Nothing has ever instantaneously come out of that printer, trust me.
3. If you touch the printer one more time I will break your fingers.
4. If you want my help, ask for it and stop merely looking at me helplessly but yet aggressively.
5. If you think I give a shit about your print job, you are mistaken. I know all you're printing out is the Racing Form and I remember you from the last time you clogged the server with 10 (yes, 10) copies of the same Ticketmaster receipt. If you can afford Who tickets, why can't you buy a printer of your own?

That is all.