Speaking of irresponsible, I need to go back to Facets tonight and take back the movies I've had since the Neolithic era. I think I might try and snag Gummo (I'm looking forward to casting my weight once and for all with either the camp of my friends who love it or the camp who hate it, because I know they're tired of me fannying about with this "I haven't seen it" stuff) and Night and the City (inspired by kp3000's comments on it), but I need a third and am more than open to suggestions.
Odd realization from the weekend: while watching one of Annie's Elmo videos, I thought I detected the voice of Andrea Martin in one of the animated segments, as there was an unmistakable Edith Prickley comin' at me. Looking it up on IMDB, though (yes, in one of the obssessive behaviors that makes me the darling of the swingset-and-lithium crowd, I actually consulted a source to determine if my assessment of a three-minute voiceover on my girlfriend's daughter's kiddie DVDs was accurate), it turns out it wasn't Andrea Martin at all. Which means that somewhere in Hollywood, or wherever they produce "Elmo's World", there is an actress doing an Edith Prickley imitation for children.
Things I am stupidly excited about: Valentine's day; a couple of the short stories I'm getting ready to send out; this weekend's Mardi Gras party and the ridiculously good crawfish etoufee that will be served there; going grocery shopping and maybe actually cooking for once; the long-awaited release in English of Haruki Murakami's latest novel Kafka on the Shore. Seriously, that thing has been out for like three years and I'm just now going to get to read it. It would have been faster for me to just learn Japanese.
And now, in closing, a list.
NEW MENU ITEMS FOR 2005 AT YOUR FAVORITE FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS
ARBY'S: The FoilBuster™ Worse-Than-Homemade Meatloaf Sandwich
BURGER KING: The Shredded Veal Whopper
HARDEE'S: The Steak, Quince and Wood Chips Breakfast Biscuit
KFC: Chicken Liver Festival Flecks™
LONG JOHN SILVER'S: Pirate Poppers™ (kid-sized cup of jumbo salmon roe)
McDONALDS: The New "Salad 'N' Soy" Menu, Because Despite What Some Rabble-Rousers Might Claim, We Don't Make People Super-Size Anything
SUBWAY: The "What Am I?"™ (chopped liver sandwich)
TACO BELL: The 29-Cent Value Menu (2 ounces of refried beans, half an ounce of shredded cheese, or half a damp tortilla)
WENDY'S: The Dave Thomas HeartStopper™ Quintuple Bacon Mega-Classic
WHITE CASTLE: The Greenthumb™, the veggie-burger that slyly acknowledges its stoner appeal