December 23rd, 2004
|11:51 pm - "Sir, a nosebleed is not an emergency" and other dangerous lies. (Now with free mix CD!)|
Oi. What a hectic day. What a hectic couple of days. My saviors have been hanging out with Ellen last night and going out to dinner with my father this evening. Other than those things the tasks have been daunting, the idiots blithering, and the car carriers blocking residential streets just before midnight more numerous than usual. Seriously, last night I came home from Ellen's to find traffic backed up on Gorham street because a semi hauling a car carrier had somehow found its way off East Wash (I assume), and I got to watch it maneuver itself onto Livingston Street for about twenty minutes.
When I say I got to watch it maneuver itself, I mean that I got to watch the back of the car in front of me. The guy pulling the car carrier couldn't have picked a worse place to try to rejoin the highway, either. Livingston is narrower than the column of text you're reading now, and it's hard enough for two vehicles going in opposite directions to pass each other without one of them being ginormous.
Yeah, it was only twenty minutes, but I only got to go through after the guy in front of me (who was blocking the intersection) gave up and made a left turn. When I parked on the street, the cars were just beginning to move. Otherwise, Ellen and I had had a lovely night. We watched a cartoon about nosebleeds. It was romantic. We don't see each other again until Sunday, when we've decided to finally get around to seeing The Incredibles.
Today my workload was fairly overwhelming, and the opportunity to take a lunchbreak didn't come until about 3:00. Normally this is a bad time of day to drive the commerical areas of the East Side if you're in a hurry. Today? Today it took me ten minutes to travel four blocks, at which point I turned off East Wash and took an alternate route. I can't imagine what driving tomorrow is going to be like. I don't really want to.
Tonight I went to dinner with my father, wrapped some presents, and am getting ready for the weekend. Anyway, since I'm such a great guy, I've culled a whole bunch of Holiday-themed MP3s from the web and assembled them into a Christmas mix. All are free, legal downloads, though some may not be available to those of you rereading this post next March. This is what I'll be listening to tomorrow as I feign holiday cheer. The tracklist is as follows:
I lied, actually. There's more to the tracklist than that, but the other stuff isn't available for download: a few TMBG, Weird Al and Beatles Christmas songs, Cities on Flame with Christmas and The Girl that Love Made Blind by the Brain Surgeons, Allan Sherman's parody of the Twelve Days of Christmas, selections from The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack, Christmas With The Devil by Spinal Tap, and some other stuff. You're not missing out (much).
- A Holiday Message from Pia Zadora, courtesy of AprilWinchell.com
- Baby, It's Cold Outside by Buck and Sandy Dharma, courtesy of BuckDharma.com
- And Your Boy Can Drum by The Recital, courtesy of Suburban Sprawl Music
- The Carol of the Old Ones from A Very Scary Solstice, courtesy of The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
- Santa Claus (live) by They Might Be Giants, courtesy of Alice Chou
- Winter Wonderland by eXtreme Elvis, courtesy of ExtremeElvis.com
- The First Blip Noel by dma-sc, courtesy of The 8bitpeoples
- The Twelve Days of Christmas performed by the cast of Twin Peaks, courtesy of Glastonberry Grove
- Hooray for Santy Claus! by Señor Tonto, courtesy of SenorTonto.com
- Olive the Other Reindeer by uh, Johnny Hart, courtesy of This Might Be A Wiki
- Nasty Diablo (zipped), courtesy of Blizzard
- Melancholy December by Colin Timothy Gagnon, courtesy of me
- The Worst Version of O Holy Night EVER, courtesy of EmergingMinister.com
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Pink Floyd -- Animals
Corn Mo does Charles in Charge? Haven't heard that one, but I'll definitely check it out. Sadly the best stuff on the mix I'm listening to can't legally be distributed, but there should be something in that list for everybody. I recommend checking out The 8bitpeoples
who have an entire Christmas album made by mixing sound effects from old video games.