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.


Anonymous said...

this weekend is Michigan vs. Ohio State - though we fortunately do not have anyone rooting for "that other team", unless your uncle volunteers for that role - one of your other uncles - the one who will on occasion root for Dallas, just for the "fun". Divorce is an option!!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Hey, I didn't have much sympathy for your football woes over the weekend, mainly because you were whining about losing to our Packers (at 1-7, we'll take anything we can get. And we still have Favre, even if we have to rely on filling the ranks of the receivers with whoever wanders into the parking lot during practice days)

But man, I totally relate to the horrors of living without an iPod. everal weeks ago I left it at work- for one night- and had the heebie-jeebies all night. Four days would drive me to the edge of a killing spree.

Hopefully, this is a sign that your weekend will be much better. Just don't go buying anymore tickets off the street, eh?

The Random Ten - Milwaukee-frickin'-cold-goddam-it's snowing edition:

1. The Rat's Prayer from the album ?The Soft Boys 1976-81? by The Soft Boys.
2. Oh, Me from the album ?MTV Unplugged in New York? by Nirvana.
3. Diamond Smiles from the album ?The Fine Art of Surfacing? by The Boomtown Rats .
4. Stalag 123 from the album ?Megatop Phoenix? by Big Audio Dynamite.
5. Baby Genius from the album ?Electro-Shock Blues? by Eels.
6. Kenneth -- What's The Frequency? from the album ?Lolita Nation? by Game Theory.
7. Making A Noise from the album ?Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy? by Robbie Robertson.
8. How Beautiful You Are from the album ?Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me? by The Cure.
9. Rude Girl from the album ?SKA The Third Wave-Volume 2? by Undercover S.K.A.
10. What More Can I Do? from the album ?The Brooklyn Side? by The Bottle Rockets.

Astronaut Mike Dexter said...

I hate to disappoint you, hmmmm, but it is corporate policy here at Hey Jenny Slater PLC to root for any team that gave Yours Truly an acceptance letter when he applied there to go to school, even if he didn't end up going there. In other words . . . go Big Blue.

Josh M. said...

Who knew? Vandy/UT did turn out to be a better game than UGA/KY.

Anonymous said...

I am typing this on my very own Insp 6000. Congrats!