Archive for December, 2009

Music in 2009
December 29, 2009

This is actually really good. Even though I do not like a few of the songs they remixed, I enjoyed the final product.


Happy Christmas!
December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have all been good so Santa will bring you what you want tomorrow, and I hope you have friends and family around you with which to celebrate the holiday.

I just finished watching “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and after wrapping a few more presents I will be settling in for a long winter’s nap. Here is my favorite scene from the aforementioned movie:

(I think I have a crush on George Bailey, even if he is in black and white.)

And to all a good night!

I judge you when you use poor grammar.
December 23, 2009

One of my biggest pet peeves is incorrect grammar. Everyday examples include confusing words such as “your” and “you’re” or mixing up “there/their/they’re”, etc. Tonight, as I was looking through the bumper stickers on Facebook, I came across this little gem:

OH MY GOD. I don’t even know how to handle this. All I have to say is that without the distraction of the numerous MUGS errors, perhaps the point of the above sticker would be a bit stronger. 

On a lighter note, I just finished “The One With Joey’s New Brain,” and the ending is hysterical. 

I met this pretty little missile that shot me out the sky
December 19, 2009

I love Stuff Hipsters Hate. Most of the time they hate me or something I am doing/wearing, or something I believe in, but still, I love those hipsters. Today hipsters hate when you ask them why they look upset:

Josie: Hey Ethan!

Ethan: [heavy sigh] Hey, Josie.

Josie: Why the long face?

Ethan: What are you talking about?

Josie: Your face. Just now, you look mad or sad or something.

Ethan: I was just thinking.

Josie: About something sad?

Ethan: What, is this an interrogation? Do I need to relate a sordid tale now? Christ, are you expecting something about how I didn’t get a puppy when I turned 8, and instead I got a fucking trumpet, and I was so mad I threw it on the carpet and I thought it would be fine because it’s carpet but the bell crumpled and everyone yelled at me and so I’m all fucked up now?

Josie: Sorry. Jesus. Just wondered if something’s wrong.

Ethan: Do you really want to have a conversation about this? Do you really fucking want to get into all the reasons we should be fucking terrified? Glenn Beck is on TV telling his 3 million bobble-headed viewers the Three-Fifths Compromise was a step toward abolition, voters are shooting down gay marriage left and right, the ice caps are melting, we’re spending more money in the Middle East in a day than I’ll see in my entire wasted existence and Sarah Palin’s book was a bestseller on Amazon before it fucking came out. We’re on the brink of a fucking apocalypse. Anyone who’s happy is either deluded, misinformed or just fucking stupid.

Josie: …so nothing’s up with you today?

Ethan: Me? I’m actually having a really good morning. This is just my default face.

And here is some more from the Beelzebubs (and the Jackson Jills), because I love them, too. 

And when you walk you’ll leave black dirt in the street
December 18, 2009

Have I not posted this yet? So weird. Last summer (not this past summer, but the one before that) I found this website, It’s “a project highlighting young and talented photographers from around the world. Each artist contributed six photographs of the person(s) who is most important to them, taken outdoors in a natural setting.” I love it. It’s kind of hipster and the pictures can often be confused for those of an Urban Outfitters catalogue, but they are interesting just the same. Check it out.

The Sing-Off: I have a crush on the ‘bubs
December 17, 2009

After much anticipation (from me, at least), NBC’s “The Sing-Off” premiered Monday. Michelle and I settled in with some knitting and Twizzler Pull ‘n Peel to watch the talented a cappella groups battle it out. The first half of the two-hour show proved to be quite disappointing, but NBC made up for it in the second half. I enjoyed the middle-aged Maxx Factor and the fantastic SoCals, but the Tufts University Beelzebubs stole my heart.

I am serious; I want to marry the ‘bubs. All of them. As if their talented voices were not enough to draw me in, the group has an amazing stage presence and an endearing preppy/quirky style. I have yet to catch up on Tuesday night’s episode, but I do know that they have made it to the final three. I cannot wait to see how they will do in the finale. They definitely have my vote! 

Here are the guys singing “Right Round” on the show, and check out their YouTube videos for more examples of their talent.

He will drive all over three lanes, you sit tight shotgun
December 14, 2009

The center lane of Interstate 71 and I were besties this weekend as I drove down to Miami University to visit Bobby. The four and a half hour drive does not provide much in the way of entertainment so I got some books on CD from the library to keep me occupied. I loved Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, so I got Chuck Klosterman’s Downtown Owl: A Novel for this particular drive. I am still two discs short of finishing the book, but so far I love it. Klosterman provides witty and wise voices to three very different characters who reside in North Dakota. My favorite quote so far comes from Mitch, the depressed high school football player who cannot seem to identify with any of his classmates. At one point, as he ponders getting out of bed to start his day, Mitch makes a statement that I think every student can empathize with. 

What is going to happen in the course of my day that will be an improvement over lying on something very soft, underneath something very warm, wearing only underwear, doing absolutely nothing, all by myself?

You love all sailors, but hate the beach
December 13, 2009

Michelle has yet to learn that it is dangerous for her to say amusing things while I am drinking Diet Coke. I almost just sprayed drank all over lappy as Michelle commented on the size of Amanda Bynes’ face. Anyways, I read this PostSecret while in Bobby’s room today, which is just too appropriate, as we frequently watch The Office together. I cannot agree with the statement, however. 

Thanks for letting me visit, Best Friend, I had fun. Good luck with finals! See you soon!

There’s nothing here that you’ll miss
December 9, 2009

I can hear the wind howling outside my window and the rain tapping my roof, but I am snug in my bed watching Brideshead Revisited, so I do not care. I borrowed this movie from the library after watching a New York Times Style Magazine video interview (my new obsession: Screen Tests) with one of the stars; the dreamy Ben Whishaw, who plays Sebastian Flyte. It is quite good so far, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Atonement

Sebastian: I should like to bury something precious in every place I’ve been happy. And then when I was old, and ugly and miserable, I could come back, and dig it up, and remember. 

It’s such a cold December
December 7, 2009

I have been working at the Bay Youth Center since I have been home, and every day the middle schoolers who attend watch a movie. We have been watching Christmas movies recently, as the holiday is just around the corner. This has inspired many of the kids to declare their disbelief in Santa Claus while I try in vain to convince them otherwise. We watched “The Santa Clause” a few days ago, and I think Charlie’s conversation with his step-dad Neil is the best way to convince someone of Santa’s existence. 

Neil: What about Santa’s reindeer? Have you ever seen a reindeer fly?

Charlie: Yes.

Neil: Well, I haven’t.

Charlie: Have you ever seen a million dollars?

Neil: No.

Charlie: Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

There you have it. So keep that Christmas spirit alive, folks, because if “Elf” taught me anything, it is that Santa’s sleigh cannot fly if no one believes in him.