July 5th, 2004

Wedding day

All B-movies and no sleep makes Colin... sleepy...

Tired. Going to bed soon.

Party on Saturday night was fun. Tons 'o' boozahol of which I did not partake (surprise, surprise), but that always makes for an entertaining evening. "Watched" Saturday Night Frights. They were playing C.H.U.D. Also watched (and ridiculed) Blade. No clothes were shed, but Becki did exhibit her new leather corset for us. A good time was had by all most. Got home at 3:00 AM or so. Went to bed at 5:00.

Got up around 11 and had lunch at fair in Stoughton before heading out to paint laundry room at Mom and Dad's new house.. Am off work, so will probably be painting Monday as well. Watched fireworks at fair in evening. Not a big fan of fireworks, but was impressed. Was hearing from many people last year that Stoughton's display is always shorter but usually cooler than Rhythm and Booms. Have not observed R&B since just happening to notice it during the car ride home from Jurassic Park in 1993, but find this comparison difficult to believe.

Unsure as to why none of these sentences starts with the word "I."

Was counselled my Mom's friend Marilyn to watch Ghost Ship tonight. Thought it would be CGI-ridden update of Death Ship, but I was wrong. Probably inspired to some degree by Death Ship, but story (such as it is) is much better. Cruise ship disappears and shows up forty years later. Salvage crew investigates hilarityensues. Pleased to have made it through the movie in one sitting (unlike Death Ship which bored me nearly to tears). Better than the average movie of this type, but disorienting because director Steve Beck feels the need to refocus the camera on every third syllable of expositional dialogue. It's annoying. Otherwise, 's alright. Opinion of crappy movie may be somewhat inflated by the fact that I got to see it for free. Would love to see sequel in which this dialogue exchange occurs:
Ferriman: You wanted to see me, boss?
Upper Management: Yes. Due to your unsatisfactory performance in the last movie, I've decided to demote you. You're new job is pee-on, second class.
Ferriman: Uh, don't you mean peon? With one E and no hyphen?
Upper Management: No.
I'm sorry, that's not even funny if you've seen the movie. I'm going to bed now.
  • Current Music
    Hum of my air conditioner
Wedding day

News In Brief 2: Dead By Dawn (They Might Be Giants edition)

Happy birthday, Mom! Today is my mom's birthday. Despite having raised two (good) cooks, she always insists on cooking, so my sister and I were relegated to cream cheese frosting and veggie tray detail. I hope she likes the harmonica stuff my sister and I gave her.

They Might Be Giants are playing at the Barrymore on Wednesday. I'm picking up my ticket tomorrow. I have preordered their new album, The Spine, and it's all I can do to keep myself from locating the album online and downloading it to hear the new songs. I've downloaded a couple of live shows (a practice they do not discourage) and am really looking forward to the concert. Having a hard time not listening to the new songs, but succeeding (so far).
Thunderbird is going to be on this album. Thunderbird is a song TMBG was playing live around '98 and '99. Everyone was dismayed when it didn't show up on their live album (Severe Tire Damage), and we were even more dismayed when it dropped from concert rotation altogether. I'm slightly worried because there's a fair amount of "meh" in the reaction from those who have downloaded it to listen early. TMBG has a habit of making substantial changes to their songs between concert performances and studio recordings (consider Man, It's So Loud In Here which started as a hard rock tune and was released on Mink Car as a synth-heavy dance number), so I'm not sure what to expect.

The End of the Tour is back in concert rotation. This song appeared on 1994's John Henry, and was played during that tour, but they stopped playing it shortly thereafter. Why? Because it's a depressing song about a band never touring again. It's back, it sounds great, and on the bootleg I'm listening to, Flansburgh just introduced it as "a song based on a lie." Not so depressing.

What else can TMBG (reasonably) do to make me happy? Not much. They're working with The Brothers Chaps, Thunderbird is on the new album, and the concerts on this tour are reassuringly very good. Maybe they could consider making a new studio recording of Hell Hotel which appears only on their 1985 demo. They won't, but maybe they could. If I wasn't being reasonable, I'd ask for a theme song.
Local police have (apparently) nothing better to do than see if I'm carrying my driver's license. Was I driving erratically? Did I run a red light? Was I speeding? Is my car leaking something pink? Did I run over an old lady and not notice? No, no, no, probably not, and no. He just wanted to see if I had my license on me.

I should download the new version of Semagic because this one keeps prompting me to. Also, the Search/Replace function on this version doesn't work. At all. And it ate an entire entry earlier.
  • Current Music
    Joan Jett -- Crimson and Clover