Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Stop the Presses:

Finally! An mp3 of the classic "Cool Rider" from Grease 2. This is dedicated to Blood Ray.

A Photo Essay for Sweetpea:

This is Sweetpea:


He's my boyfriend. I'm incredibly glad that I found him. And moved to a new apartment with him.


If you had asked me a year ago if I wanted to live with a dog, I probably would've punched you in the gut. I'm not an animal person.

But now, I'm in love with Kaya. This is what my bed looks like in the morning:


He takes me to fancy restaurants


and I force-feed him Steak 'N' Shake. So it's give and take.

He will never like Peaches, though.





Saturday, June 24, 2006

My almost celebrity encounter

I've been keeping my eyes peeled for celebrities this summer. There's a movie being filmed in St. Louis called Bill (I just figured out how to italicize text on this Mac). On, reports say that filming is taking place at the Galleria and some fancy country club in West County.

I daydream about running into Timothy Olyphant at the little bakery down the street. Or Aaron Eckhart jogging past me and Kaya in the park. Far-fetched, I know.

Yesterday, some grubby looking dude came into my pharmacy wanting a lot of five dollar bills. We gave them to him.

He came in an hour later for more fives. This time, we asked what he was doing with this money.

Him: "We're filming a movie down the street and it's a game that the crew has: Five Dollar Fridays."

Me: "You're working on Bill?

Him: "Yeah."

Me: "Is Jessica Alba there?"

Him: "No, she's gone already."

Me: "What about Elizabeth Banks?"

Him: "Yeah, she's there. She's cool."

Me: "Uh...Yeah!"

I thought knowing who Elizabeth Banks is would somehow get me on the set. Instead, the guy in the red t-shirt said, "Okay, thanks." Then he left. But knowing that celebrities could be nearby the pharmacy will help me get through my workdays.

Tomorrow, I'm going to PrideFest. If I'm lucky, I'll catch a glimpse of Morgan Fairchild, who is leading the parade. As far as Parents of Friends go, she's no Teri Garr (or even Christina Pickles). But she'll do.

And now, pictures of my niece sporting the George Washington:

And baby Wyatt driving his little car:

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Forget, I'm not sure I could

First things first: yesterday, a certain Mink sent me this picture of myself circa 1998.


Yes, I'm holding a Kermit puppet. Yes, I am rocking a Wu-Tang shirt. And yes, that was my ill-fated attempt at facial hair. I've learned a lot in the past eight years.

And another thing: I uncovered another gem in the dollar section of Record Exchange (thanks shavita!)


And now the main event.

If you've been around me at all in the past month, you'll know that I've begun obsessing over the Dixie Chicks. It actually started back in 2002 when I heard they were working on a bluegrass album. "No drums allowed!" the article claimed. At first I was just curious, but the album quickly jumped on my Top Ten Albums of All Time list.

I'm sure everyone knows what happened next. A comment made by Natalie Maines led to boycotts and death threats. Why they chose to appear nude on a magazine cover, I'll never know. If I had to guess, I'd say they were trying to deflect attention away from the brunette's "crazy eye" (tm blood ray).


As Time Magazine reported, many popular musicians have spoken out about the president since "The Incident." Kanye West, Green Day, and Bright Eyes come to mind, although I don't recall people smashing their CDs with steamrollers.

Pink has a new song titled "Dear Mr. President" (sample lyric: "You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine").

And while she might not be selling out the Savvis Center anytime soon, I certainly haven't seen any calls to boycott her music.

Honestly, I don't know if my opinion about the Dixie Chicks would be any different if she had said, "I'm delighted that the President of the United States is from Texas." What I do know is that their newest album is amazing. It's a shame that Toby Keith-loving country radio stations refuse to play their new music.

If you had told the 19-year-old, Wu-Tang Clan-loving me that I'd be defending the actions and music of a female country music trio when I was 27, I probably would've asked you to share that weed. (No seriously, I was a big pot fiend back then.) But people can change. Except, it seems, for those who love both country music and George W.

The Accidents and Accusations tour was scheduled to stop in St. Louis this August, but poor ticket sales forced them to postpone.

Technical difficulties prevent me from posting my favorite song from Taking the Long Way (just as this Mac that I'm using is keeping me from using italics).

So instead of "Voice Inside My Head," here's "Easy Silence."

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bells Are Ringing

One more update on the LP front --

Hit Euclid Records today and bought a Bright Eyes album, but my greatest find was in the dollar bin: Liza With a Z!

This is something I was considering paying full price for!

When I figure out how to covert the vinyl to mp3, I'll post the title song.

Plus, she's facing the television.

It looks like I'm rubbing off on her.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Im Himmel gibt's kein bier

Record hunting is my new favorite hobby. But for a store called Vintage Vinyl, they sure didn't have half the stuff on our list. Where else is there in STL for LPs?


Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat (because apparently I won't be happy until I own it on every possible format)

Tilly and the Wall - Bottoms of Barrels*


Miles Davis - Porgy and Bess*
Diana Ross and the Supremes - Reflections*
Abba - Greatest Hits
The Supremes - The Supremes Sing Holland Dozier Holland*

From the 99 cent section:

The Best of Burt Bacharach
Whitney Houston - Whitney
Original Cast Recording - Company
Ike and Tina Turner - Get Back!
Various Artists - German Beer-Drinking Music (featuring the hit "Hab' Ich Einen Durst")

*an asterisk denotes a selection made by Lukas

Happy Birthday

Turning 29 today -- Liza Weil, who portrays Paris Gellar on Gilmore Girls.

A glance at her television and movie credits reveals that she hasn't done anything since Gilmore Girls debuted six seasons ago. And that's fine. It's a great role and she probably doesn't feel the need to branch out. Good for her.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

If I Had to Beg and Plead to the Symphony

How adorable is this?

When Virgie Met Kaya

I love it.

I have to say, considering I had the stomach flu on Thursday and a tooth extraction on Friday, I've enjoyed my last few days off from the pharmacy. Lukas and I found some great records today for a buck each: Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, Simon and Garfunkel and a few others. Of course, we still needed to buy a turntable.

Sneaky Lukas picked one up while I made tortilla soup for my mom, who is asleep on the futon right now. We listened to a few Motown oldies before she hit the hay at 10:30.

I just discovered the collage feature on Picasa.


I learned about the movie feature, too, which really just creates a slideshow in avi format.

One last pic from Memorial Day weekend:

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And has anyone heard of I don't know a whole lot about it, but it's some kind of Russian iTunes. I may be way off on that. All I know is that I bought 3 whole cds in mp3 format for $4.50. I'm guessing that it's not on the level. I'd check it out before it disappears.