Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Great Burger Odyssey

Starting today, Michael Higgins and I will meet for lunch once a week and try to decide for ourselves who has the best burger(s) in Nashville. We'll post and/or Tweet results.

update: a new blog has been created to keep track. Welcome to the Great Nashville -- Odyssey.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Something's Missing From Time's "Top Band Break-up's" List

Actually, a few. Feel free to take a stab, before I have time to write a full post when I get off the air ...


Okay, the list:
1. The Beatles
2. The Sex Pistols
3. The Supremes
4. The Pixies
5. Oasis
6. The Dorsey Brothers
7. The Smashing Pumpkins
8. Blondie
9. Talking Heads
10. N.W.A.

See it? See what's not there? Here's the hint: anyone between the ages of 12 and 32 who was near a radio on December 4, 1980, heard the text of the following press release.
"We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Funny ..

I don't usually re-send out these emails, but this was a good one, titled "Maturity."

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my ass everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

(thanks Michelle Sanchez)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Told You So

As predicted, Bigelow wins big. If The Hurt Locker had been a Merchant Ivory production ... still. Good for Kate. ps - loved Sandra's and Penelope's dresses.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Song Away ....

Hi! Remember me? I used to post here.
Sorry for the absence.

Anyway .... this morning I was playing "Song Away," a tune from Portland, Oregon's Hockey. When I first heard it several weeks ago (hey. I'm old. I get up at 4am. I'm not first, anymore), I was immediately reminded of a song from the '80s Aussie band Mental As Anything called "Live It Up." Cheery, bouncy, but ultimately disposable. You hear it in the soundtrack of Crocodile Dundee. During the museum scene, I think.

Back to this morning. Today was the first time I actually listened to the lyrics. Disposable, indeed! The whole thing is a running indictment of the way pop music is crafted by cookie-cutter promoters and producers in the modern era and the chumps who are all too happy to brand themselves with mediocrity, in exchange for fame. Sample:

Make me a deal and make it good for me
I wont get full of myself, coz i cant afford to be
This is small town music, this is big town music
He's ahead of his time you know but, he cant use it
If only he could prove it

Tomorrows just a song away, a song away, a song away
Tomorrows just a song away, a song away, a song away
Its just a song away


See what your man has done to the world
see what the world has done to your man
You know im leaving you, you dont need me
Lovin you wasnt always so easy

For the working model go to YouTube.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Oscar Prediction: Kathryn Bigelow / The Hurt Locker

Let's just give it to her now, okay? Hollywood is long, long overdue to give the best director award to a woman, and what's more impressive - and acceptable - in that male-centric city than a woman who can make a war movie? It's like the girlfriend who makes awesome chili for your tailgating party.

Monday, January 4, 2010


As predicted, the online reaction to Bono's NYT column regarding intellectual property rights and downloading is vehement. It even has its own Twitter channel.