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Footsteps of Dawn

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  1. Fresh Prince of Bel Air re-runs. I forgot how much I liked this show! I know they've been re-running it for years, but it's never struck my fancy until now...and now I'm watching the crap out of them. I still love Jazz, hehe.
  2. Sugar Hill Gang - Jump on It Specifically this rendition of it...
  3. Watched Training Day a couple of nights ago. I love that movie. I saw it in theaters, actually - with my parents, haha! My parents are so rad. I don't know how they decided which movies to let me see...usually they weren't big on letting me watch R-rated movies, but I guess somehow they weren't expecting this one to be that intense. Whatever, works for me; I still think it's great. And forget Russell Crowe and all that stuff about the Oscar being a make-up for Denzel Washington not getting one for Malcolm X - I would've picked Denzel over him a thousand more times if given the opportunity. The thing I think makes his performance really unique is the fact that so much of the movie takes place in his car. There's no interesting scenery to back him up - it's just Denzel, the camera, and the dialogue, and I'll be danged if those aren't some of the most hypnotizing scenes in the movie...just him and Ethan Hawke sitting in that Monte Carlo playing mind games. Love it.
  4. Well, they're from Newfoundland, so they have kind of a Celtic twist, but they draw more from traditional Newfie music than straight-out Irish music like the Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly do. Also, they're not a punk band, so it's not quite as RAWR! as DKM, either. Their older albums have more traditional songs, and their newer ones have more original ones and are a little poppier. ...Yeah, I'd definitely say they've done a lot better than a cover of "End of the World." Also, sorry for posting this in the Last Concert You Attended thread...I kind of forgot about the Next Concert one.
  5. Red Wings represent, wut wut! I've got Hotel California stuck. God, what IS it with that song? You hear it once on the radio and it stays with you for the rest of the WEEK!
  6. I haven't been to a concert in quite a while, so I'm a bit fuzzy on what the last one I went to was, but the next show I really want to go to is Great Big Sea at HoB!
  7. I saw Red last night...I thought it was good! My newspaper didn't like it because there was too much humor in it...say whaaat? I guess the graphic novel must be more serious, but I enjoyed the humor; frankly, the plot wasn't all that intricate, so the characters and their shenanigans were what made it interesting to me.
  8. Marvin Gaye - Live in Montreux 1980 (too lazy for pictures, and it's a really lame album cover anyway...the CD's great, though! I've been watching video of it on YouTube...really want the DVD now.)
  9. Oh yeah, I love Lose Yourself...definitely one of his best. It doesn't make me cry, but it's an emotional experience for sure. Yeah, Love the Way You Lie isn't one of my all-time super-favorites, but I still like it a lot, especially how the chorus starts out talking about "burning" with anger, and then in his last verse he talks about setting the house on fire, which puts the chorus in a totally different perspective. I love that shit! I'm with you, though; I REALLY wish he'd do a video for So Bad...I've played the crap out of that song.
  10. I finally got my "new" computer! My dad got a laptop, so I took his old desktop computer. It's so weird, I can like burn CDs and surf the Net at the same time, and it only takes like 4 minutes instead of half an hour to burn said CD! Yahoo!
  11. Funny, Everybody Hurts depresses the heck out of me. I know the lyrics are supposed to be uplifting, but the melody of the song just makes me want to run to the bathroom and bawl. I took a ballet class last semester, and the jazz class that was right before mine was doing a dance to that song. I was so glad I didn't jazz, heh; I would've been suicidal by the end of the semester. Ballet, on the other hand, was hilarious. We had honest-to-God piano music played by a real live accompanist, but I think he got sick of all the classical stuff because it ended up having a vaguely honky tonk sound. Pair that with everybody doing second-position sautes, which is NOT the most graceful thing ever if you're a beginning ballet student (it's basically jumping up and down in place with your feet spread apart and your arms held out to the sides...yeah), and you've got yourself the makings of a giggle fit. ANYway...these are a few that get to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsJuI7OJNuw (Originally written by Eric Bogle and entitled "No Man's Land." I'm used to the Dropkicks' version, though.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad2EPO_y0ps (This song was always sad, but now it brings back a ton of bad memories...my friend once said she wanted this played at her funeral, and she came damn near to getting her wish, the idiot, so now it always reminds me of that. Ugh.) "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" used to make me cry big time when I was little. I used to fast-forward through that part of Wizard of Oz because I was such a wimp about it. Also, a ton of Eminem songs make me cry. Obviously not the silly ones like The Real Slim Shady or We Made You, but ones like Stan, Cleaning out My Closet, Love the Way You Lie, etc. get me going. I don't know if that's lame of me or not, but I'm serious as can be. It's frigging hard trying to listen to Recovery...one minute you're bouncing off the walls listening to W.T.P., then your mood instantly takes a huge dive with Going Through Changes, then all of a sudden you've got Not Afraid which is really hopeful, and not a moment too soon, and then you're doing the sexy thang with Seduction, etc. etc. And I thought Pink Floyd put you through the ringer...sheez. I thought I was too "mature" for Eminem in high school (based on hearing his spoofier songs that were on the radio back then), but funnily enough, now that I'm OLDER, I like him a lot more. Don't know which version of me has the right idea, but life is certainly more interesting with Eminem in it. (Wow, I talk a lot at midnight...)
  12. I don't know WTF to wear to my best friend's bridal shower. I was going to go for a dress for a change, but I have this problem where nothing fits because (don't laugh) I have big boobs, so in that respect I would need a plus size dress, but even though I'm somewhat flabby, I'm not THAT huge, so the rest of it will be hanging off me if I got one that fit my bust. Any girls out there thinking of getting breast implants, don't do it - you'll never find anything that fits again. Not to mention all the cute, vintage stuff I'm looking at is online. I'm not a fan of ordering clothes online...even if I was a normally-proportioned person, there's no guarantee it'll fit, and seeing as I'm not, I'm pretty darn leery of it. On the other hand, I don't where I'm supposed to find stuff like that in this wasteland of a town. I went to a plus-size vintage shop in LA one time that was awesome, but I just drove to LA last weekend, and it took me 4 1/2 hours, so if you think I'm doing that again any time soon, you're outta your gourd. So, uh, yeah, problems. Maybe I'll just go for a skirt. I hate skirts, but I'll deal.
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    Had an awesome Ukrainian beer called Obolon the other day...gah, it was so good! I can't describe it...it was actually a couple weeks ago, not just "the other day," so I kinda forgot what it tasted like, other than really, really good. Apparently the brand Obolon makes different kinds of beer, and now I can't even remember which one it was...gotta go back to the restaurant I got it from for more!
  14. Ah, okay, thank you so much, guys! I can sleep at night now, hehe! Oh man, what I'd give to see Stevie make Eminem eat some shaved ice... Hey, they both live around Detroit - maybe someday their beer league teams will play each other...I hope Darren McCarty's on Steve's team, muahaha. Don't know if he still lives in Detroit, though. On a completely different subject, man I wish we had a Tim Hortons around here. I ordered that Center Ice thing on TV where you get out-of-market hockey games, and the local TV feeds always have Tim Hortons ads on. Looks good. Is it actually good? Their coffee can't be any worse than Starbucks, that's for sure. And I want to try one of those Timbits things, hehe.
  15. I have the dumbest question ever. Today I learned what a toque is, and that in America we would call it a beanie. Here's where it gets confusing for me, because I differentiate between a "ski cap" and a "beanie." A ski cap has that little puffball of yarn on top, whereas a beanie does not. Also, a beanie can have a brim (whose sole purpose is to make you look like a dumbass, from what I can gather), whereas a ski cap cannot. After looking up "ski cap" and "beanie" on Google Images, though, it seems like they're kind of interchangeable, so I guess I'm the only weirdo who came up with that difference. But just to make sure, can a toque come either way, with or without puffball? Examples: This is what I would consider a ski cap. This is a beanie. Now, you can tell why the difference is so important to me. There's Steve Yzerman, looking way rad in his Olympics "ski cap," and then there's Eminem, looking like his usual jackass self in a "beanie" and serving as a model for jackasses everywhere (my apologies if you wear beanies - maybe it's just because nobody really needs to wear them in So Cal, and so only jackasses who would wear a hat in 90 degree weather are attracted to them around here). Does this difference exist in Canada when talking about toques, or am I just completely crazy, as usual?
  16. I've got all kinds of Disney tapes floating around here somewhere. I drove my parents crazy playing The Little Mermaid in the car. I also really liked this one that had a collection of songs from Disneyland rides (A Pirate's Life for Me, The Tiki Room, It's a Small World, the Electrical Parade song, etc.). Although I think I used to skip over It's a Small World, even when I was like 5, hehe.
  17. HONDA CENTER, YAYYYY!!! I love the Suck Pond! No really, I do - it's a super-nice facility - I just don't like the Ducks, who play there. Well, that ought to be WAY better than when I saw Roger in '07. Roger himself was great, but the venue was not...that place was a fire-trap, seriously (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine - don't go there). OMG, that's three days after my birthday, too! Sweeeet, I know how I'm going to be celebrating! If you haven't seen him, definitely go! It's an out-of-this-world experience, and I was dead sober, hehe! Even my mom had a blast, and she's not really into Floyd (I mean, she likes them okay when I play them, but she's not like a big fan).
  18. "The Week of Living Dangerously" by Steve Earle. I love the line that goes, "I threw the car seat in the dumpster and headed out into the night."
  19. Can I recommend an album to everybody who is looking for something outside of the mainstream? It's "Trouble in Mind" by Hayes Carll. Crazy name, awesome dude. Calling his voice whiskey-soaked is kind of an understatement, but in a good way. He kinda reminds me of Bob Dylan...you can really hear it on "A Lover Like You" because the song itself is really Dylan-y, too. His lyrics are pretty good, too...sometimes I tend to ignore the lyrics side of the equation (probably due to having grown up listening to Nirvana), but I always love listening to his songs for the stories as well as the tunes. As for the tunes, one thing I love the instrumental arrangements; his sound is kinda traditional, but the band really spices things up in a way that doesn't make the music sound too pop or too rock. For instance, I never thought of the banjo as a sexy instrument, but the one on "I Got a Gig" is pretty hot, the way they use it. Uh, so yeah, great album. Give any of the songs a listen; there's not a bad one on there. Oh - and I just wanted to thank Jahfin for turning me on to Steve Earle a while back. I think you were the one who first suggested it, anyway. I got Copperhead Road quite a while ago, but it always takes me a million years to really listen to a whole album and not just play the ones that immediately pop out at me (I know, weird). I was stuck in Coachella Valley with no new music last week, so I just put on that album because I hadn't heard it in a long time and listened to it the whole way through, and it was almost like new. Something about the music went really awesomely with the desert surroundings, and well, gosh darn it if I don't love it to pieces now! I tried to go get Guitar Town the other day, but they didn't have it, so I got one of those "definitive collection" BS things, which is a good start, anyway. I think I've listened to "The Week of Living Dangerously" about 20 times in the last few days, hehe. So anyway, thanks! Life is better with Steve.
  20. Thanks! Lol, surf's up! Glad nothing broke at your house...I think we got pretty lucky on this one. Well, except for Mexicali/Calexico...I've definitely been keeping them in my thoughts. I had a short day at school today; the person I usually tutor had class earlier than usual (I don't quite get how that works, but whatever) and didn't stick around, so I went home. As much as I like to help everybody, I'm kinda thankful for the break.
  21. I'm happy I put my guitars flat on the floor before I left on vacation last weekend! Usually I have them standing up on end, which is kind of dumb, but they take up too much space. However, I do try to remember to lay them down when I'm out of town in case of an earthquake, and hey hey, it paid off! Some CDs fell off a shelf, but other than that, everything's okay. Glad to know my 1920s-era house didn't do the mambo down the street during the thing - I was in a restaurant Palm Springs when it happened today. That was the biggest one I've ever felt, I think. It was kind of weird, though, it was more of a rolling one than a jostling one, but sheez, it lasted forever! I probably should've gotten under the table, considering how long it went on, but everybody just kind of got out from under the chandeliers (perfect timing to have one of those over your head) and beams and were like, "Um, stop now please?" Well, except for the guy who ran out the door, right into a bunch of trees and possibly power lines...not sure where he thought he was headed.
  22. Yes, I have! Not my favorite city, although there are parts of it that are lots of fun. Have you ever been to a hockey game?
  23. I don't think so...I've wanted to before, lol, but I'm not very good at sleeping upright. I didn't sleep a wink on a flight to London, and I didn't sleep on the way back until the Chicago-to-here leg of the trip when I put the tray down and leaned forward on it. I don't think that would have worked under normal circumstances, but by then I was so wasted that it worked. I still couldn't do the leaning back thing, though. Have you ever tried log rolling?
  24. That sounds like me and my SATs in high school. I did darn near perfectly on the English section, but I was absolutely horrible at the math section for the simple reason that I'd never seen any of the stuff on the test before in my life. I always paid attention in class, got A's in math all 4 years, so what gives? I guess it was because I was in the lower math track, but it wasn't THAT far behind the regular classes - I mean, I went to Catholic school, so you had to place at a minimum competency level just to get into the school - so I can't explain what happened there. Plus, when I took the math placement test at community college, they had different levels of the test you could take, and I took the hardest one and did really well, so the stuff on the SAT will forever be a mystery to me (I didn't take the SAT again because I didn't even bother to apply to a 4-year school...I graduated with a 2.9 GPA, lol). Like you said, I imagine it'll be a lot easier the next time around, now that you'll actually have heard of the material that's on it before you get there. Teachers kill me sometimes, I swear...I've had classes like that - maybe if you'd TAUGHT us this in class, we could have answered the questions about it on the test! And in those cases, they make their own tests! Honestly. Anyway, good luck next time! I'm sure you'll do great, now that you'll be fully informed.
  25. ...And the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 5-4! Datsyuk is the man. In other news, I had really good pizza for lunch, and I don't have very much homework.
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