1 – Have you ever gotten so drunk that you can’t decipher between a memory and a dream? Yea, I know how bad that sounds.
On the drive home from the Cities this morning I thought I remembered something that happened at the bar last night and I thought to myself how awesome it was. But the more I thought about it the less likely it seemed to have occurred. It just seemed so out of place regardless of how drunk everyone was. So now I’m sitting here and I’m wondering if I just dreamt it.
I have no idea.
2 – Easiest sign that I’ve watched too much TV over the last year: I ate raw beef tenderloin last night.
I had no idea what I was ordering at the restaurant we ate dinner at. But I remember seeing an episode of Top Chef where a contestant won with something called a beef carpaccio. I didn’t remember exactly what it was but I don’t get the opportunity to try something new every day so I gave it a shot.
What arrived on my plate was an incredibly thin slice of meat, and it was raw. On top of the meet was a mixture of olive-oil, salt, pepper, goat cheese, spinach and arugula. I tried it, and I shouldn’t have had another bite. It was like liquified meat and truly disgusting.
That was my dinner.
2b – I told Liza that I was gonna need to do a shot of straight vodka to kill the taste from my mouth. Once we were back to the hotel I did just that.
2c – It occurred to me that something so nasty could be an easy way to drop weight. Come dinner time take a couple bites of beef carpaccio. You won’t want to eat anything for the rest of the night.
3 – Two highlights from last night. One being the thing I think I remember but I’m not 100% sure really happened.
The other was waking up in the middle of the night because some random dude that came home with all of us was snoring like a chainsaw. He was keeping everyone awake. I grabbed my pillow and proceeded to beat the holy hell out of him with it.
The guy didn’t even react. He was so stoned-drunk he just kept snoring away. So I grabbed a blanket and pillow and passed out in the bathtub. Left the snoring guy to irritate the rest of the room.
4 – Tough loss tonight. I didn’t expect the Packers to win, not for a single moment in the game. Even after they scored the go-ahead TD my first thought was, “Dammit, he should have gone down at the one yard line, there’s too much time left”.
Sure enough, those two minutes were just enough time for Roethlisberger to go the length of the field, aided by terrible coaching and crummy penalties by the Packers.
4b – Games like this, though, are why I love sports. It’s why anyone loves sports. That last minute of football seemed like a motherfucking lifetime for Packer fans. Every second was an eternity. Fans were watching with their hearts in the pits of their stomachs.
Find me something else that brings out this kind of emotion on a regular basis.
5 – Speaking of emotion, ‘scared-shitless’ is an emotion right?
It’s a terrible feeling when you’re driving in high-speed four-lane traffic and you can’t see out of your windshield. Such was the case this morning on my way out of Minnesota and the Cities. We got a fair amount of snow last night and the city had been out salting the roads. Unbeknownst to me, my windshield wiper fluid was 99% gone. After two minutes on Interstate 94, I knew.
My windshield was absolutely caked. Using the wipers made it worse. I was spitting on my hand and trying to wipe off spots on the windshield so I could see while driving . I wanted to take an exit and get to a gas station but I couldn’t read the signs above the roads. I could barely make out the cars in front of me.
I ended up making it to Hudson alight, obviously. But those twenty minutes were hell.
6 – iTunes has a list of your top 25 most played songs. If you don’t try and manipulate the playcounts it’s usually a good representation of the music you dig.
Mine, with the playcount in parentheses:
1 – Thrice – Come all you weary (135)
2 – Socialburn – Pretend (119)
3 – Something Corporate – Down (118)
4 – The Veronicas – Untouched (116)
5 – Paramore – Pressure (111)
6 – Taylor Swift – Should’ve said no (110)
7 – Thrice – The Whaler – (110)
8 – The Veronicas – I can’t stay away – (108)
9 – Jojo – Let it rain (99)
10 – Fuel – Halos of the sun – (97)
11- Three Days Grace – Pain – (92)
12 – Damone – Overchay with me – (89)
13 – Dustin Kensrue – Please come home – (89)
14 – Paramore – Decoy – (88)
15 – Ne-yo – Because of you – (87)
16 – Paramore – Stop this song – (87)
17 – Avant – Lie about us – (86)
18 – Senses Fail – Can’t be saved – (85)
19 – Thrice – red sky (84)
20 – The Veronicas – Leave me alone (81)
21 – Midtown – Your love (80)
22 – Augustana – Stars and boulevards (78)
23 – Socialburn – Utopia (78)
24 – The Wreckers – Tennessee (77)
25 – Ben Jelen – Come on (76)
• Other than Come All You Weary, Red Sky and Pain I don’t think any of the other songs would rank in the best songs I’ve heard in the last three years.
• Should’ve Said No was the first Taylor Swift song I’d heard, which is probably why it’s so high. Overall I think it’s maybe her fifth or sixth best song.
• True to form, a strong showing by women on the the list. 10 songs featuring female leads.
• Lie About Us was one of my favorite tunes for a three month stretch a year ago and I nearly wore my headphones out listening to it. Then I just stopped liking it for one reason or another and I don’t think I’ve listened to it five times in the last year.
• Jojo? Really? I love that tune but 99 times? I hope I was playing the song, hit repeat and put down the headphones for two hours.
• Good bets to make the top 25 in the next year:
1 – Orianthi – Bad News
2 – Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
3 – Lupe Fiasco – Hip Hop Saved My Life
4 – Plumb – Damaged
5 – Rise Against – Savior
7 – This blog is the reason my movie and TV watching is behind. I’ve got DVD rips of The Box, Avatar, Surrogates, Paranormal Activity and seasons of Dexter, HIMYM and Californication on my hard drive. But anything requiring attention is put on the back-burner when I’m writing.
So instead of catching up on shows my pals tell me are amazing, I watch repeats of The West Wing or movies I’ve already seen. Inglourious Basterds has been a solid choice lately.
7b – Brad Pitt is the most underrated actor in Hollywood.
I know it’s reasonable to say that someone like David Strathairn or Paul Giamatti or William Fichtner could get the vote, but can you give me one of their truly memorable roles? Can you think of a role where they truly stole every scene they were in or you bothered to watch a movie numerous times simply because of the role they played?
I give you:
– Interview With a Vampire (vampire)
– Se7en (who doesn’t have that final scene ingrained in their heads? who else can you see pulling that off?)
– 12 Monkeys (insane eco-terrorist)
– Meet Joe Black (either his worst performance or one of his best…I don’t know. But the guy played Death
– Fight Club (Tyler-f’ing-Durden)
– Snatch (easily my favorite acting performance ever. I’ll be watching this flick forever and the major reason is Pitt)
– Snatch (I’m listing it twice. It was that awesome. I feel like I should be watching it right now)
– The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (probably his best performance ever but I hated the flick)
– Inglourious Basterds (steals every scene. It’s amazing)
I loved him in Ocean’s 11, Troy, Benjamin Button and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
I know people will always rag on the guy for getting by on his looks, but he’s so goddamn good as an actor and will never get the credit he deserves.
7c – Watching Inglourious Basterds right now. Definitely one of the more entertaining movies I’ve seen this year.
8 – Cutting it short at eight things. G’night folks.