Like a drifter I was born to walk alone

Another 5AM wake up call, quick shower, throw the laptop in the backpack and double check that I have clean underwear in my carry-on. You know what mom always said, “If you’re not going to wear clean underwear, at least pack some in your carry-on.” What sage advice.

This morning, however, my radio alarm clock gently awoke me from my slumbering coma with a soft string melody that sounded vaguely familiar. Mind you, I don’t have the radio tuned to classical music, just not exactly the thing to get you moving in the morning. Then the lyrics began.

“I don’t know where I’m goin
but I sure know where I’ve been
hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday.”

This isn’t what I think it is, is it?

An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time
but here I go again, here I go again.

So I turned on the light and jumped in the shower singing.

Here I go again on my own
goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known.
Like a hobo I was born to walk alone.
An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time
but here I go again, here I go again,
here I go again, here I go.

They really shouldn’t play that song at 5AM in the morning, at least for the sake of those of us who thought they had finally escaped Whitesnake.

Why not just start pumping out ANWAR?

Just received a Wall Street Journal news update:

“President Bush said he plans to temporarily halt deposits to the strategic
petroleum reserve in an effort to relieve pressure on gas-pump prices, which are edging toward $3 a gallon nationwide. Bush also set steps to ease environmental standards governing fuel grades.”

Unfortunately the strategic reserves have little to do with the actual reason gas prices are skyrocketing. The best that thing this halfhearted symbol will do is to console the average driver that our governement is doing something to ease pocketbook pangs at the pump. Commodity markets may take this into account and slow the elevating prices, but only slightly. It also seems a little questionable to stump on alternative energies and the environment for the last couple of months and then ease environmental standards. Our gas prices will keep going up over the summer due to consumption, but hopefully we are nearing the end (in the midwest anyways) of the springcleaning/mtbe-to-ethanol switch that has been a factor in the prices.

Movie Weekend

Academy Awards season, if nothing else, puts great (according to whom?) movies back at the box office and fosters the desire to indulge in one of America’s favorite pastimes. Although only half of the movies I watched this weekend in Victoria were nominated, that may be because the other half were new releases.

After my Saturday morning reintroduction to cable (still no TV at the apartment), Mike, Jen, and I went to go see 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis and Mos Def. Bruce had forgotten to get a haircut and thus had more hair on his head than I can remember. Mos Def was perfectly cast and ate up the role. The movie itself was a better than average cop drama. The plot twists, however, were fairly predictable.

The next two movies were DVD choices at Mike’s parents house. Pride and Prejudice was, well, an 18th century romantic story that felt just like that. Once you get over the overelaborations and the dramaticism, the movie was well done, especially Donald Sutherland. Walk the Line came as close to perfect as a movie biography can get, considering a career that spanned 50 years with as many gold records. Let’s leave it to Mike’s mom to truly set the record straight and note the largest imperfection of the movie when she commented that June and Johnny wished they looked that good in real life.

The nightcap of the evening was a movie I did not anticipate seeing, maybe due to the fact that I had only seen on short preview for it and was still unsure of the purpose or content. Dave Chapelle’s Block Party was a fantastic surprise from the moment it began and the list of musical guests was plastered on screen. To hold a block party in Brooklyn, get Michel Gondry to document it, and invite performers such as Mos Def (yeah, twice in one day), Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Big Daddy Kane, Cody Chesnutt, The Fugees (reunified) to perform all backed by the musicality of The Roots is a once in a lifetime show to be sure. Chapelle’s comic punctuations and the musical background combined to form a great music documentary that anyone who enjoys hip hop will no doubt be thrilled to watch.

All in all, I’m still not caught up on AA movies, but sometimes a weekend filled with movies and friends can be worth the six hour drive!

Four Things

Finally got the four things meme in my inbox (thanks chris 😉 ):

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Audio Engineer (bar)
2. Audio Engineer (studio)
3. Woodworker
4. Computer Security Consultant

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. Mallrats
2. Grosse Pointe Blank
3. Office Space
4. Star Wars Trilogy

Four places you have lived:
1. San Marcos, TX
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Alameda, CA
4. Flower Mound, TX

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. The Daily Show
2. The Office / Earl
3. The OC
4. How I Met Your Mother
(Finally kicked my most severe HGTV habits)

Four places you have been on vacation
1. Cancun
2. Washington D.C.
3. Colorado
4. Spain

Four websites you visit daily:
(Please edit to read “RSS feeds you read daily”)
1. The Unoffical Apple Weblog
2. Gizmodo
3. /.
4. My customized Google homepage

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Mac’n’Cheese
2. Real BBQ (That’d be the kind that takes hours and hours, not grilled meat as foreigners – non-texans – tend to understand the term BBQ)
3. Venison
4. Peanut Butter (kept me alive through elementary and middle school)

Four places you’d rather be right now:
1. In a clean apartment
2. Hawaii
3. Overlooking the mediteranean from a balcony in Greece
4. With friends

Four of your favorite things to do
1. Driving…anywhere
2. 4 hour meals with friends and wine and several dessert courses
3. Enjoying mid-October Texas evening weather outside beside a chiminea
4. Listening to music

Four of your favorite drinks (alcoholic or non….ANYTHING)
1. Dr. Pepper (Dublin varietal)
2. Milk (2% please)
3. Shiner Bock
4. Old Speckled Hen