Thursday, November 17
Friday Random Ten,
Everything's Coming Up Milhouse! Edition.
Awwww, yeah . . . the East Asian black market ain't got nothin' on all the DVDs I'ma be piratin' with this thing.
OK, so the weekend was uniformly lousy, but things have been improving since then. Tuesday I got to meet Paul Begala at the Alabama Jefferson-Jackson Dinner here in Birmingham, and not only that, I got this girl's phone number afterward (so she lives in Washington -- pah). And guess what, you're reading the second thing I've posted on here from my new computer, a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a Pentium M processor, 60-gig hard drive, a 15.4" screen, a CD/DVD-RW drive, and wireless Web capability. You know what the best part is? I don't know what half that crap even means, but our tech guy at work (and frequent reader Bill from JC -- holla!) assured me it was the shit, so I'm going with that.
I also got my iPod, whose screen was cracked by a friend of mine earlier in the week, back from iPodResQ in Kansas after only four days out of commission, which means it's time for the Friday Random Ten:
1. U2, "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
2. Massive Attack, "Daydreaming"
3. Pet Shop Boys, "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" (Extended version)
4. Groove Armada, "Chicago"
5. Avenue Q, "My Girlfriend, Who Lives In Canada"
6. Dead Kennedys, "Do the Slag"
7. Avenue Q, "The Money Song"
8. Don Henley, "The Heart of the Matter"
9. Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra, "I've Got You Under My Skin"
10. Public Enemy, "Welcome to the Terrordome"
Not to come off as overly materialistic or anything, but you just can't understand what it was like for me to have to go iPodless for the better part of a week. I was shaking so bad that the junkies hanging around the fountain in Five Points were like, "Yo, keep your distance, motherf$#!er." But not only do I finally have it back, I've finally fulfilled my dream of having an FRT in which Frank Sinatra was followed immediately by Public Enemy. Don't believe the hype, you crazy cats!
Hopefully sweet karma is going to keep this up for the next couple weeks. A Karl Rove indictment right before Thanksgiving? That'd be great, sure. A Bulldog blowout over the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday? I won't even be able to see it -- thanks, Birmingham JP affiliate, for nothing, although I'm sure that Vanderbilt-Tennessee tilt is going to be a doozy -- but I'll take it.
I need a beatdown, though, a major 40-something-point bloodletting. Come on, Mark Richt -- as we've pointed out, you're a former FSU guy, and I want one of those patented Bobby Bowden post-loss grudge fucks like the Seminoles would always throw down on some unlucky opponent in the first game after a (very rare) loss during the 1990s. I did the numbers and found that FSU had only seven regular-season losses during Richt's tenure in Tallahassee, and in the seven games following those losses, the 'Noles won by an average score of 39-12. I want that, but even more so. Sky's the limit, people.
Tomorrow, though, it's off to Tuscaloosa, where I'll be watching the Virginia-Virginia Tech game with my mom and dad (both Virginia alums) and aunt and uncle (diehard VT fans). The game probably won't be half as entertaining as watching auntie bust Pops's balls over every good Hokie play, or watching my Mom sing the Good Ol' Song and do the Wa-Hoo-Wa dance in the unlikely event Virginia scores. Anyway, throw your own Random Ten, and any sordid tales of your own favorite football rivalry, in the comments below.