I keep wanting to delete everything in this section and leave a
simple "I reject the premise."
But since I haven't yet and while I'm here, could I ask everyone in
tv shows and movies to STOP PUTTING YOUR HANDS IN MALFUNCTIONING
GARBAGE DISPOSALS! I just can't take it.
A couple of bucket list items do relate to all of this though. I
have done the Truffle Shuffle in front of the Goonies house in
Astoria. Also I am an official member of the funk mob, knighted by
George Clinton and Bernie Worrell. It was better than my
Bar-Mitzvah. As well I have fed and played with a giant pacific
octopus. Their most advanced safety protocol was to caution me not
to get my fingers too near the beak. This doesn't really relate to
books, movies, shows, music, and food, but I felt it was worth
mentioning while we're on bucket list items.
Ok so, let's go deeper...
When people ask me the great question, "Beatles or Rolling Stones?"
I like to remind them that Eric Burdon is the Kwisatz
Pandora is a phenomenal thing. I have found so much new lately
thanks to playing with it when I'm working at the yarn shop. Except
I don't care all that much for the "Dirty Dancing Soundtrack"
channel. Other employees like it and for the most part it is ok.
The problem is that "Time of My Life" keeps coming up and I expect
an onslaught of customers to come charging at me expecting to be
hip-lifted into the air.
I've lived in many cities finding my way to Portland and I would
say I like the local music better here than anywhere else. I like
The Builders & The Butchers, Sally Ford, Run On Sentence,
Pancake Breakfast, and so on.
I love roots americana and blues. Not that Chicago good time
rockin' blues as much though. Good hip-hop and Funk have also
always been a part of my life (the pinnacle of which mentioned
earlier). I have a anachronistic crush on Anita O'Day. Then there's
stuff like Jack White, Beck, The Heavy, Black Keys, The Cat Empire,
Avett Brothers, etc, etc, likely things that everyone keeps putting
here, which everyone agrees upon as good stuff.
Recently I've loved: Terriers, Louie, Party Down, Wilfred, Game of
Thrones, Girls, Newsroom, Doctor Who, Freaks & Geeks, Flight of
the Conchords, The League, Peep Show, Whites...
I'm an escapist. Narrative fiction does it for me the most. I love
science fiction, pulp, post-apocolyptic wastelands, eh, a bunch of
stuff really. There are just some characters I really connect with
(whether I like it or not), and that is what mostly draws me in.
Don Quixote, Ignatius Reilly, Kilgore Trout, Richard Mayhew, Arthur
Dent, these are my heroes. If I were cast in Shakespeare, I would
likely make an excellent Dogberry.
Because of the teaching thing I read a lot of middle reader stuff
these days. Luckily, there are amazing things happening in middle
reader and young adult books. Currently I'm reading the Hunger
Games (hey, easy now, this is for WORK) and I can say while it's no
Harry Potter, ok, I'm in.
UPDATE: After finishing "The Hunger Games" I was left feeling
pretty certain I would have been dead in the cornucopia. I moved on
to "Ready Player One" and I kept wanting to shout My skills!
They're relevant! the whole time. I am now on "The Golden
Compass" and would very much like my own panserbjørne thank you
FURTHER UPDATE: I'm doing "Wildwood" as a read-aloud and study on
inspiration with my class. I think Colin Meloy sleeps with one hand
cradling a thesaurus. Also, "Half Bad" feels like what would have
happened if Irvine Welsh wrote Harry Potter.
I would like to open a restaurant that specializes in burnt cheese.