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Me and my computer are finally back!!  This video best sums up how I feel:

 

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And, in honor of my newfound beat sister from Arkansas, I give you an awesome clip of the greatest man that has ever lived:

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who live in Chicago and order from Domino’s Pizza

Quote of the Day: “When I find out all the reasons – Maybe I’ll find another way – Find another day – With all the changing seasons of my life – Maybe I’ll get it right next time.” –Guns ‘n Roses

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Ok, this really should be titled “Prized Possessions – Book Collection/RANT about Kindle.” 

I love my books.  I enjoy flipping through pages and seeing passages or sentences that Ibookshelf highlighted.  And when I re-read the book, it’s always interesting to me to find new passages previously read without having my pen highlight them; ones I cannot let let slip by on the second go-round.  These books are like the reference tools for my life.  Virtually everything you need to know about me is contained on my bookshelves.  The card catalogue of my life starts at “Big Bad Bruce” and ends with the entire collection of Yeats poetry. 

I cannot imagine giving away or selling any of my dear books.  Further, I feel my copies are too personal and vaulable to be lent to friends.  At the same time, I would never borrow a book from a friend because of my temptation to mark it up. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the Kindle, it is the complete antithesis to everything I have stated above.  It is basically like an iPod, except for books– you download a “book” and read it on a little handheld screen.  No turning of pages, no tabbing corners down. 

kindle-2How gratifying is it to complete a book on screen?  There is no closing of the book proudly after finishing the last page and reflecting on the story.  You just “power off.”  Like I need to spend more time staring at a screen.  What happens when you are at the climax of the plot and your battery dies??  Can you honestly picture yourself getting into bed for the night to read on your Kindle before dozing off? 

And what about the cost?  The Kindle costs around $300.  Do you know how many physical books I can buy for $300?  Enough to fill my house.  I buy most of my books now used on Amazon.  (RECESSION TIP!)  You can get a pretty decent book for $1, and if you don’t care about the condition, ONE PENNY!  I like to make sure there is no writing so the books I buy usually run me around $2… but that is still a steal!

I believe they claim that there are highlighting capabilities, but is that really the same?  I like to visually see all my books sitting on the shelf and then decide which to pull down to peruse through.  I do not need to be sorting through various folders and sub-folders on a device the size of my hand.  That’s hard enough on my iPod. 

But I guess I’m just old fashioned.  Hell, I still get the newspaper delivered to my door every morning. 

Pet Peeve of the Day: The delusions of Jim Hendry and the rest of the Cubs organization. 

Quote of the Day: “Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart, and his friends can only read the title.” –Virginia Woolf

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08.13.2009

872?! F U!


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Nooooooo.  Just when I was starting to adjust to the 15+ year old 773, Chicago has announced we will be getting a new area code: 872.  That’s right my friends, Marshall Field’s is now Macy’s, the Sears Tower is now Willis Tower, and here comes 872.  RICHIE!  What is our fine city coming to??  Do you really think we are going to get the Olympics at this rate? 

If you think I’m just going to accept this 872 code, you have another thing coming.  I imagine a scene down the road where I meet a really hot, awesome guy.  He gives me his number and it is 872-555-1111.  Guess what amazingly awesome dude who loves the Cubs/Bears/Chesney/the beach/Klinker/Kerouac/Goldschlagger/snow/Chicago, I will NEVER call you. 

I abhor taking calls from 847, 708, and 630 area codes (all suburban), and now I’ll have yet another area code to blacklist.  I do love raging though, so I guess I can thank the telephone Gods for that.  See, there always is a silver lining!

Things I Live For: The Cousin Trifecta, sunless tanners

Quote of the Day: “Being, not doing, is my first joy.” –Theodore Roethke

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Well, not so much a possession as an equal.  Anyway, this is my cat.  (Please leave all your “crazy cat lady” prejudices at the “door”).  I adopted Klinker about 5 years ago when she was a kitten.  My old family cat Cocoa who was living with me died of old age, and I lasted a week before I couldn’t stand a home without a cat anymore.  There was no one left to talk to anymore!

So I scoured CraigsList for kittens and found this family of calico kittens– all with beautiful markings, (I had my eye on this cute little black/white/brown kitten).  I met the lady who was fostering them at a PetsMart, but when I got there, other people were holding the 5 or so calico cats.  There was a little all-grey one in a box on the floor that no one seemed interested in.  Realizing that 037this was the “runt,” that no one wanted her, and that she was different, I immediately knew I had to have her.  So I scooped her up and took her home with me that night!

I was toying around with a few names– I really wanted a pirate themed name.  But then it came to me that I had to name her Klinker.  This was the name of a cat in one of my favorite books that my dad would read to me as a kid: Big Bad Bruce. (Seriously, pick up the book, it’s freakin’ awesome). 

I love Klinker because she truly is “my cat.”  She is the first animal I have had on my own and raised.  She is loyal to a fault– my friends get hissed at and bitten when they come over, but she likes me and that’s all that matters!  Having grown up with cats, I got her knowing I would be investing in her for at least 10 or 15 years (God willing).  She is full of cuteness and silliness; I have never doubted that she was the cat I was meant to have.

 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Drivers who don’t use turn signals

Quote of the Day: “Being crazy is the least of my worries.” –Jack Kerouac

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06.30.2009

Michael Keaton


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batman2That’s right, I have obsessions with weird actors.  And in my opinion, underrated actors!

Michael Keaton is probably my favorite because he is in most of the movies that are my absolute favorites (if you are looking for reviews you will not find them here):

batman1) Batman: He is THE Batman.  Do not argue with me, you will fail.  I hate action/sci-fi/fantasy/etc. movies but for some reason I’m obsessed with Batman movies.  This is the best one.  The second best one?  Batman Returns.  All others pale in comparison. 

2) Jackie Brown: I am not a Tarantino fan (i.e. I have never seen Pulp jackiebrownFiction), but this movie is LEGENDARY.  Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, that crazy guy who plays Max Cherry, Robert DeNiro, Bridget Fonda, and….Michael Keaton!  He plays the cop that tries to get on Jackie’s (Grier’s) side when she is busted for running various jobs for Ordell (Jackson) as a flight attendant.  I would like this movie without Keaton, but he is the icing on the cake! 

3) Out of Sight: By now you can tell I love an ensemble-ish cast.  This one includes: George Clooney (almost overshadowed by Keaton), J. Lo, Don Cheadle (another fave), and Keaton as a cop… again.  He may not have had range in the late 90’s, but he plays a damn good cop!

beetlejuice4) Beetle Juice:Soooooo freakin good.  Plus Alec Baldwin is in it!

 

 

 

Stay tuned for the Kevin Costner installment!!

Things I Live For: Obsessing; getting my nails done; loyalty

Quote of the Day: “Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk.  Not courting talk- real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.” –Jack Kerouac

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