Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

The reason for the season is cheesin'

Tales from the weekend that don't involve my near-demise:

- My gal's daughter has learned my name, sort of. She says "La-na" in a way that strongly resembles "nonny", her word for "naughty". Story of my life. She also offers me food that she has dropped on the floor, sat on, or removed from its former residency inside her mouth, leading me to discover that there are certain limits even to my gluttony.

- We went to a loud and crowded but otherwise very good restaurant in Minneapolis called Bar Abilene. My steak was perfectly cooked with an amazing habanero rub, and we got a free mojito. I'd never had a mojito before, and it was nice that the "first one's always free" tradition isn't just confined to heroin.

- My iPod battery was low and I wasn't able to pick up a car charger (the Target we went to was closed! What kinda home-town representin' is that?), so aside from a couple of CDs, I had nothing to listen to on my harrowing drive home and ended up doing a lot of combing through AM radio stations. I picked up a lot of angry ranting from Packers fans, a crazy evangelist from New Orleans, and a right-wing nutjob talk show host who suggested that a great way to defeat all of our "enemies" as well as make a lot of money would be to sell our super-awesome military weapons to every country in the world, only we would introduce a secret design element where we could press a button and all the weapons would stop working. He didn't think it was a stupid idea at all.

- Saw many movies recently: American Splendor (liked it quite a lot despite my general antipathy towards Harvey Pekar); The Life Aquatic (We Anderson, talented but overrated at the best of times, has cashed his check); Wisconsin Death Trip (depressing and somewhat pointless adaptation of one of my favorite books, but breathtakingly gorgeous photography, amazing to look at); The Big Combo (one of my all-time favorite film noir new on DVD, with a maddening lack of extras but with an outstanding, sharp new print); and The Corporation (informative, but not actually all that good and at times inducing eye-rolling).

- I'm making plans for my gal's visit over the week preceding Valentine's Day (and, beyond that, her birthday! which is coming up). This is the first time I've been in a committed relationship over V-Day since, oh, let's see, I can't remember the year, but I'm pretty sure a Roosevelt was president. Coincidentally, I drew the assignment from one of my regular freelance gigs to write about cheap/free Valentine's Day activities. I'm not sure which is a more fascinating glimpse of my hidden psyche: that I'm actually seriously considering my own dumb-ass advice about what to do for the holiday, or that my editor inexplicably assumed that I even had a girlfriend and would thus be qualified to come up with suggestions for such a feature.
Tags: annie, diary, movies, shauna

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