Additionally, my boy BKV (Brian K. Vaughan for the uninitiated) had a nice special on MTV News. Feel free to check it out here. BKV is pretty much the man, and it's great to see him getting such huge press. New Y next week, 3 more issues. What a tragedy. Both Y and Preacher ending on sixty issues. And they were so young...
- I rarely spend time by myself anymore. I absolutely treasure time by myself and I'm starting to miss it.
- I've become some smooth guy at talking to girls out at bars. Could there be something further from the truth? I just finished eating a PB&J Sandwich on a Harry Potter plate and then contemplated between watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the 200th time or reading comics. I took the plate as an omen. Smooth I am not usually.
- Lately, I've been tossing money out as if I was the guys from Stella (Tried to find the image to back it up, but essentially it is a picture of the three guys from Stella riding in a convertible just tossing cash...it's great because it is an ani-gif, but it is lame in this case because it is a no-gif)
- I worked long and very hard to lose weight, yet here I am gaining weight. Sure everyone says I look exactly the same, but I know better! There is weight for me to lose as my torso and certain other areas have become...well I will call them pudgy.
- I love my place, yet it is in a constant state of disarray because of constant visitors and "tenants," and by that I mean people who stay overnight and leave stuff everywhere.
The point is, I'm frustrated with the lifestyle, I'm frustrated with the people involved to a degree (especially when it involves eating my food with no permission or response and breaking very clearly set rules of my house), and I'm frustrated with myself for going so far in this direction. I've had a lot of fun through a lot of bad decisions more than likely.
When I started thinking of these feelings, I thought of an album by the band Saves the Day called Through Being Cool. It's weird to think of making a conscientious choice, making an absolute choice to no longer be "cool" and go back to my comic book reading, home on Saturday night, Harry Potter loving self. Don't get me wrong, I will still go out from time to time, I just will embrace things that I prefer to do. Today, I had a great day, having breakfast with my family, then going to Barnes and Noble and treating them like a library for a few hours, going to the gym and playing basketball/lifting for a few more, and then taking a well deserved nap. I know that doesn't seem like a great day to many, but that seems like the best to me.
I was told this summer that I am an all or nothing guy. When I do something, it's essentially all in or not at all. I'm going to learn a new mode this fall/winter. Moderation. I have no idea how well it will work. I'm going to refocus on work and health, focus on some new goals that I really want to work on, and back burner my wild and crazy side for a little while. I think this is the perfect time to do it, as I have a ton of concerts to go to over the next month, and an awesome vacation to look forward to as well coming up here at the end of the week. It's all happening. Now I just have to embrace the David and not worry about what others may think.
Reggie Miller will not be returning to the NBA on another team.
This year. Next year. Any year.
He will remain what he always has been.
An Indiana Pacer, and the greatest of those of all time.
Long live the king.
These are my blood cells on SARS
I just wanted to post this, because I've been excited about this since it's announcement because I thought conceptually it was genius, and then when they signed the cast I figured it would be even better. Now that I've seen the trailer, I have to say, Michel Gondry's (of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame) Be Kind Rewind looks to be brilliant. It stars Jack Black and Mos Def as two video store employees who inadvertently destroy all of their tapes, and instead of buying new ones to replace them, they refilm all of the movies themselves and inspire a phenomenon in their city over what they did.
Part of what makes the movie so exciting is the wide variety of movies that they reshoot, which I guarantee will be entertaining. In the trailer alone, it shows their versions of Ghostbusters, Robocop, Boyz in the Hood, Rush Hour 2, Driving Miss Daisy, and even 2001: A Space Oddysey, and all look hilarious. Not to mention that it looks heartwarming, which I will go ahead and admit, is a huge, huge plus for me. I'm a sucker for cheese, and this looks like it could bring it gouda. See what I did there? No less, enough rambling by me, watch the trailer here, and let me know what you think. Some will not like it I'm sure, but I love movies like this. It speaks to me as a mega dork, and I in turn share it with you.
Until last night.
Ryan and I went to trivia last night and tore it up, keeping in contention for the first two rounds until our new friend Damien (greatest random meeting ever...story later) joined our team. Damien is some guy who had given us answers before, and when he gave us an answer this week we finally said "Why don't you join us?" So he did, and he was very cool, even going so far as to buy our drinks and food at the very end. Thank you Damien! No less, with him on our side in the third round, we were unstoppable, winning the final round 210 to 80 over the closest team. Amazing right? So we were into the final question, and here was my golden opportunity.
A comic question.
When 14 year old Billy Batson changes into Captain Marvel, he has to say the word "Shazam!" What do the letters of Shazam stand for?
Amazingly enough, I knew the S was Solomon, the H was Hercules, the Z was Zeus, and the M was Mercury. Believe it or not, the only two I didn't remember were the only two that differed in options C and D, which were the only possibly correct ones. I looked at the options, and I picked my favorite one.
And I was wrong.
I was absolutely distraught. I had my comic book question, and I missed it. I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror. I was devestated. My team was cool with me, and as they said "No one else in the entire place would have even gotten close" but their efforts were for naught. I was distraught. I had my shot for glory. I had my comic book question...and I had gotten it wrong. Absolutely shocking. Sure it was just $100, but at the same time, I feel as if I should have to hand in my member card to the inner circle of comic nerds. I totally blew it.
No less, it was an amazing time. Damien was a cool guy, Ryan and I had a blast, it was fun hanging out with Alex and our other favorite Hooters girls...it was a most excellent Wednesday night. However, that question will haunt me for a while. As soon as I got back to my place, I showed Ryan my Shazam! Monster Society of Evil comic to prove to him why I should have known. I fail at life.
C'est la vie!
I maintain my job at GCI (shockingly regardless of what I do at work or outside of work with coworkers...I kid...mostly) and continue to be well liked and productive. I purchased my ticket to go to Bumbershoot, bought my ticket to Musicfest NW (which the Ticketswest rep swore to me would be a "killer" time...god only knows I love my times to be killer), and am trying to purchase floor "seats" to Muse at the Key Arena so they can better decimate my ear drums for 2 hours before I fly back to Alaska. I continue to exercise (mostly) and continue to be thoroughly David regardless of actions that may take place on days that end in Y.
With all that said, onwards and upwards to what I've been up to and in to! I will be doing it in a method showing either one (or a few) things I like, and then pairing it with something that I don't like so much. This will be indicated by following punctuation, positive being followed by a ! and negative being followed by a ...
No picture, but pictures are unnecessary. Yesterday I bagged comics for over an hour. How lame of a task can you possibly get? I hate things involving tape or cutting or anything of that sort. This is like some sort of massive combination of those things. I never want to bag comics again.
The third in the series of Bourne books, as written by Robert Ludlum and adapted for film by (in order) Doug Liman, Paul Greengrass, and then Paul Greengrass for a return engagement. This is the best of the series. It has maybe 3 to 5 minutes of intensity let down, but the majority of it feels like someone is grabbing your heart and lungs and screaming "GOOD LUCK!" It defines atmospheric tension in a spy/action movie. Loved it to pieces. One of the best this year so far for sure.
Hollywood at Comic-Con...
Big cover, expensive drinks, insanely dark, and overly crowded. You suck...and have lost your ranking as Anchorage's best dance club.
Food as crafted by Hippies!
Want good food made in Alaska? Find Hippies. They will lead you to the promised land. Snow City Cafe and Moose's Tooth are two of the best Anchorage has to offer, and both are super duper loaded with Hippies. Coincidence? I think not.
Food as crafted by me...
So much Guitar Hero lately it's blown my mind. Everyone has gotten obsessed with it, and its always an event to play it. Finally it gets what it deserves. Also, google the Guitar Hero 3 video of the expert version of Dragonforce's Through the Fire and Flames. Talk about a face melter. Hardest game ever. Also, check out Rock Band. It's like Guitar Hero on steroids. Can't wait! Christmas present?
All other videogames...
I miss being a little kid when I could just play games for hours and hours and not feel guilty. But I can't anymore, and that means a game has to be ridiculously good for me to want it. That means this year there will really only be a few games for me. Mass Effect. Guitar Hero 3. Rock Band. Madden '08. Halo 3. Anything else? I don't even know.