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November 25th, 2003


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08:16 pm - "Freedom's just seven digits away... I'm callin' in sick today..."
Today I did nothing. I called in to work because I've been sleeping so poorly the last few nights. When I got up around 11:30, my pounding headache was gone. I showered, considered going in (but didn't), and, well, did nothing. I did go out during the afternoon, and I took a walk this evening, but for the most part I can't figure out where the day has gone.

Before my walk I moved all my garments from Nate's closet into my own. I guess I should explain this. Last year, the room I had was only slightly bigger than the cutting board I no longer have to use. It did not have a closet. Nate had a closet. I put the stuff I absolutely wasn't going to need for Spring and Summer in there. Anyway, it's getting colder out, so I decided to go through that stuff. Among the things I found is my trenchcoat. It needs slight mending, which I can do myself, but I may never get around to it. I threw my coat on and paused in front of my mirror to look at myself.

The coat totally fails to go with the red, plaid shirt I'm wearing, which looks like the kind of thing John Flansburgh would wear. Extra points if you know who John Flansburgh is, but you lose them if you think you're cool just because I awarded you points for knowing who John Flansburgh is. It's okay -- I would have lost them, too. Just the same, I'd rather keep wearing suit coats all winter long, but I'd also like not to freeze to death. It's not exactly a tossup. In the pockets of my coat I found an ATM receipt from when my checking account had $4,523 in it (don't worry, it's embarrassingly more realistic now), some unsafe-looking Wint-O-Green Lifesavers, and a Post-It Note bearing the cryptic message "Julia. Swivel/rotate - $19." I have no idea what that means. I know who Julia is, but I'm not sure I want to jog my memory on this one.

So I went for a walk, came home and made pasta salad. It's pretty good, but it reminds me of the post-Rocky conversation at Country Kitchen, so Liz, Nick and Michelle, this is for you:

AND THEN... she used to ask me to make pasta salad out of a box, but she'd make me use two boxes of pasta, the seasoning from one, and none of the oil and vinegar required per the directions because she didn't "like strong foods." Each time it was deplorable, and she was perfectly happy to make this known, but the pasta salad had to be prepared EXACTLY THE SAME WAY NEXT TIME.

Glad I got that off my chest, and sorry to those who are lost but are still reading (hi, Evil Jim). Anyway, yeah. Perhaps I should decrease my evening coffee intake too. Do I have some Postum downstairs? I think so. I'm going to try hard to get eight hours of sleep tonight (it's not going to happen, though).
Current Mood: stagnant
Current Music: Vanessa Mae -- Because

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From:r3507
Date:November 25th, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm mildly embarrased about knowing who John Flansburgh is; can I keep the points?

And Colin, I don't think you'll be able to truly appreciate that Postum without reading this:

http://www.lileks.com/comics/coffnerv/coff1/index.html

Them Postum ad-men had some right strange ideas back in the day.
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 25th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I'll meet you halfway, Kyle. Do you own any TMBG albums? You lose all your points for owning Flood and nothing else, but you get extra extra points for appreciating John Henry. Recalculate your score accordingly.

Anyway, I drink too much coffee to say anything negative about our mascot, Mr. Coffee Nerves, but I think you guys should lay off the Church of Postum. I don't know what I'm going to do in ten years when all the other Postum drinkers in the world die and it goes off the market.
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From:wyrdsatyr
Date:November 25th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)
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What if your favorite TMBG album is the snow man album (#3)...
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From:r3507
Date:November 26th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Own Flood and Apollo 13 (on tape!), Miscellaneous T and John Henry on CD, and haven't listened to any of them in over 7 years. Where's that leave me?
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 26th, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC)
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That's nothing. I own The Pink Album (aka The Big Blue Dog Album, aka the eponymous album, aka They Might Be Giants), Lincoln, Flood, Misc. T, Apollo 18 and John Henry ALL ON TAPE. I have Dr. Spock's Backup Band on CD (not that anybody else even knows what Dr. Spock's Backup Band is), and Live In New York -- both the original radio promo and the shortened Australian release that was packaged with John Henry. I have the eMusic edition of Working Undercover For The Man. I have Long Tall Weekend. I have a promo copy of the soundtrack from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie just for the song Sensurround. I have the 1989 version of the video compilation. I had a subscription to TMBG Unlimited. I have the Kit-Kat Radio Sampler. I have the demos from Factory Showroom (which eventually ended up on They Got Lost and Working Undercover). I have the misprint copy of the booklet from Then: The Earlier Years. I saw the movie Ed and His Dead Mother just because there Everything Right Is Wrong Again plays over the ending credits. I remember when I was 14 and they played Dirt Bike live on Good Morning America, and the audience gasped when John Flansburgh explained that the song is about a religious cult. I have the original video for Doctor Worm (not that everyone doesn't) and some weird German radio performance of Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow. I have both Mono Puff albums -- that's John Flansburgh's side project. I also have a CD of Hello The Band -- that's Mono Puff before they were Mono Puff. I have John Linnell's State Songs -- both the album version, and the demo. I have John Linnell's House of Mayors (which will never get out of demo state, I suppose). I have a copy of the 1998 Barrymore Show where John Linnell launched into Total Eclipse of the Heart between last two verses of Particle Man (although I wish I had a copy of the one at The Rave where they sang The Sign by Ace of Base, and I ran into the MacBeth Abridged guys from Forensics). I... I...

I'm getting dangerously close to being turned into a donkey like those boys in Pinnocchio.

I'm not sure where this leaves you.
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From:xoshua
Date:November 25th, 2003 10:13 pm (UTC)
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i knew who john flansburgh is, but own none of the albums.
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From:evil_jim
Date:November 25th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
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How about this, the only TMBG album I own is "Flood" and I've never heard of John Flansburgh. What's my score then? (not that I would actually feel cool about it either way.

Also, when you mentioned making pasta salad I thought you were talking about someone else. Do I lose points for that?
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 26th, 2003 05:22 am (UTC)
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I don't think you either gain or lose points for that, Evil Jim. Come to think of it though, you know exactly who the pasta salad anecdote is about.
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From:evil_jim
Date:November 26th, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC)
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If that's the case, I made her pasta salad according to the box instructions (less the vinegar -- which I don't even remember) and it was ok. She seemed to like the way you did it better, tho'.
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