That’s the working tagline for a club I just joined. Ok, it’s not exactly a club (but it has the potential).
Actually this group has been meeting for awhile now; I just recently joined. Every Wednesday, four fine gentlemen gather under one roof with libations and a common topic. It started as a vinyl trade, but tonight the lens widened. We went to the Music Box theater and saw The Graduate hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. It was packaged as a look into the music behind the movie. In reality, it was a quick speech from the guys and then a screening. Don’t get me wrong, their words really set up a nice framework for the viewing, I just think I went in with too much expectation.
I’m not a movie reviewer, and I certainly am not qualified to review a movie like The Graduate, so I won’t. The guys and I did agree on a few points though:
- Ben’s disdain for his parents was perfectly communicated, but never spoken.
- Ben’s behavior early in the affair was some of the most awkward shit to watch (and way too relatable).
- The idea of being connected in a way to your love’s conception: that’s really twisted.
- There are lots of cool micro topics in the movie. For example, Femininity/Masculinity could be an entire semester’s worth of discussion.
- Simon and Garfunkel’s music not only sectioned off the movie well, but also perfectly reflected Ben’s state of mind at any given point.
The long and short of it is that I love watching/listening to something with people and then talking about it. Do you? Sweet. Let’s do that sometime then.
With that, goodnight.
If you know me, then on some levels you know the lifestyle of a mongrel. My friends Peter and Mark are coming to Chicago next weekend and while they didn’t necessarily introduce me to mongrelhood, they definitely helped me define it.
This will have to be explained in many phases. Partly because it’s complex, but mainly because I’m desperate for writing material.
Just so it’s clear how serious I am, here are a couple facts: 1) I was part of a (still-standing) band called Mark and the Mongrels and 2) I helped “plan” the first and second annual MongrelFest.
This is a screenshot of the initial phases of MongrelFest planning:
You know what? I was going to go further in depth, but I think we’ll call it good there. That’s a decent introduction, wouldn’t you say?
Looking forward to sharing my world with you.
So yeah. I got busy there for a bit. Then a mild-to-extreme case of writer’s block set in. Lo and behold, I sat on the gold couch and inspiration struck when I saw a video Applebee’s posted on Facebook.
Let’s get something straight first off: I do not ‘like’ Applebee’s on Facebook. However, these days that doesn’t prevent a person from seeing what random brands are posting. If you aren’t aware, there is a new feature where brands (or individuals if they’re really lonely) can pay to have their posts ‘promoted’ to a much larger audience than just their followers. That’s why these days you’re seeing random posts in your newsfeed with many thousands of ‘likes’ and comments. If you’re like me, you might ask yourself, “What the hell does a person say when commenting on a post from Applebee’s?” Allow me to share some gems:
- Applebee’s is disgusting and overpriced.
- Hey mija,just saying hi.take care.
- love applebees but like ruby tuesdays salad bar the best
- WOW,AWSOME LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
- that was dope
- where are his cutting gloves? LOL
- The stakes are good.
and my personal favorite:
- Giant tits. No hips. Boo!
Pretty good mix of fans, haters and completely random statements (I especially like the person who either was addressing Applebee’s as, “Mija” or was carrying on a conversation with his mija through an Applebee’s thread).
Ultimately, I don’t think I’ll ever understand the internet. Now please go back and comment on my Facebook post.
See you at Applebee’s.
I’ve missed you.
SAY IT BACK!
Sorry about that. You’re right; we should take it slow.
Seriously though, it’s been awhile. That’s mainly my fault and only partially yours. See, I misplaced my typewriter and recently recovered it. Now that I’m back online, I thought it was time to make some improvements around this place.
First and foremost, we are doing away with the Monday tradition of ‘Knowledge Slaps’ (don’t you dare think of mutinying). I know what your thinking, “But where will we cash in all our gold coins?” I’ve worked something out with 7/11 convenience stores. For every five gold coins you collected over the past few months, you get one corn dog or three taquitos. To redeem, go to your nearest 7/11 with a post-it note that says, “5 Gold Coins,” grab your grease bomb of choice and run out of the store slapping the post-it on the counter.
So what will we do to replace the ever-popular Knowledge Slaps? Welcome to Sunday Punday! This is where we take some inspiration from our former Monday tradition and add a little wacky flare to it! Please don’t take the term ‘pun’ too literally here. Some jokes are going to be puns; some will be plays on words; some will be ironic; most will be terrible.
Observe this week’s lineup:
- Tomorrow (Monday) is the 130th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuting. Take that and rewind it Bach.
- Wednesday is the 101st anniversary of the discovery of the “Mona Lisa” theft. Have you heard about this one? The painting was actually stolen the day before. Look up the story; you’ll Louvre it.
- Friday is the 6th anniversary of Pluto no longer being an official planet. I still maintain that scientists just pulled that out of Uranus.
- Saturday is the 403rd anniversary of Galileo demonstrating his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers. Who of course said, “Galileo, Galileo, Galileo’s telescope’s magnifico-o-o-o!”
So yeah. That’s how that works and stuff. I’m glad we’re hanging out again.
Carry on my wayward pun,
This week marks the 65th birthday of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 50th of Wesley Snipes and Fatboy Slim and the 47th of J.K. Rowling. (J.K, you looked great at the opening ceremony.)
Also these anniversaries:
- Wednesday – MTV debut – 31st anniversary (1 gold coin)
- Thursday – Henry Hudson discovers Hudson Bay – 402nd anniversary (2 gold coins)
- Friday – Columbus begins his first voyage to the Americas – 520th anniversary (3 gold coins)
U.S.A! U.S.A! (both for Columbus and the Olympics)
Welcome to the 30th week of the year. Did you know that this week in history, Tennessee was readmitted to the Union and Machu Picchu was rediscovered? Which one do you think happened first?
Here are some more nuggets to slap around:
- Wednesday – Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first General of the Army – 146th anniversary (1 gold coin)
- Thursday – United States Post Office is established – 237th anniversary (2 gold coins)
- Friday – Bugs Bunny debuts in “A Wild Hare” – 72nd anniversary (3 gold coins)
Feel free to comment on Facebook, Twitter or here with your guess for the Tennessee/Machu Picchu thing (no Googling).
Winners get a fresh slap from me.