Monday, March 29, 2010

A Brief Glimpse Into My Perfect Day

Spring is in the air! The last few days have been glorious! The sun has been out, the temperature has been nice, most of the snow is gone, smells are coming back, etc. Today, my spring infatuation brought on memories of good days from springs gone by.
Usually around this time of year, I get the craving to sit outside and read a good book. I have plenty of books to read, but I happened to be in the mood for something different. So on my way home from school, I stopped by Barnes and Noble. I love books! I love the smell of new books! I picked something out of the ordinary and then went home and read all day. I finished the entire book in about eight hours!
It was a brief glimpse into my perfect day.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alternate Top Ten

It was recently pointed out to me that all of the movies on my Top Ten list are there because I have some sort of sentimental attachment to them, and that if I were to choose my top ten list based on movies which I enjoy the most, and watch over and over again, it might be totally different. I took this to heart and assembled (in no particular order) my Most Enjoyed Top Ten list:

Love Actually

I really just love this movie. It is hillarious, and a guaranteed pick-me-up, if ever you are feeling romantically discouraged. All the characters are great, and there is a little something for everyone.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

This is pretty much the coolest movie ever! Few movies have managed to become as iconic as T2. I maintain that this is the best action movie ever made!

Die Hard

Another great action movie. Die Hard should be considered a "classic" because it goes back to the day when the action was a result of the plot, not the reason for the plot. Every modern action movie pales in comparison to the expert genius of Die Hard!

Big Fish

I love everything about this movie! I doubt any other movie has had such a prolonged influence on me. Big Fish is beautiful and meaningful in every way. I think everyone can identify with it in some way, and therefore I think everyone should see this fine film.

Sleepless in Seattle

To be honest, I'm not sure why I like this movie so much...I just do. Tom Hanks is at his best, and it features Meg Ryan before she became augmented and annoying. It has some of the funniest dialog, and some really memorable scenes. It's especially good if you happen to also be a fan of An Affair to Remember.

Rear Window

I love all Alfred Hitchcock movies, but this is my favorite. One of my fantasies is to be awakened with a kiss from Grace Kelly. Jimmy Stewart is one lucky man! Oh, it is also a really intense, suspenseful thriller. Amazing!

Mr. Mom

This is pretty much an 80s classic. Most people would recognize a few iconic lines from this movie, even though most people haven't even seen it. It's just hillarious! "2-20...2-21...whatever it takes."

Stone Cold

Two words: Tom Selleck. Need I say more? These made for TV movies depict Jessie Stone, the big city detective turned small town police chief. Nobody has ever done the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold better! There are several Jessie Stone movies, but this is my favorite. I've seen it loads of times, and it just doesn't get old.

This movie is my life! I really like it...a lot. Go see it, right now!

I hesitated in adding this to the list because it isn't out on DVD yet, so in a sense it hasn't yet proved its ability to endure. I thought about it a lot, and I figured that after five theatrical viewings, and still craving more, it was safe to include. I've never seen a film that involved me as much as Avatar. It is without a doubt the most influential film of this generation. I absolutely love it!

TSA Air Travel Security

The other day I was reading up on TSA travel restrictions. First, I read over the very short list of items that are allowed in your carry-on, and then I moved on to the very long list of "prohibited" items. I couldn't help but chuckle at a few of the items on this list, because you know that the only reason they are on the list in the first place is because someone actually tried to get them on an airplane. I've lifted the list from this website, and highlighted some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Items prohibited from aircraft cabins:

The following items will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. In addition to items specifically listed here, other items that may be deemed to present a potential threat may also be prohibited.

Does This Seem Strange To Anyone Else?

I thought I would try to entertain all of you with a tale of a strange woman. Here it goes.

So a while back, I was hanging out at a friends house. There was a girl there that I hadn't met before. Surprisingly we seemed to hit it off right away.
Usually I am pretty reserved with new people, but this time I was myself right away.
She seemed to be a big tease, just like me; so before long we were laughing and giving each other a hard time about our various oddities.
She is a lot younger than I am, so probably the reason I was able to be myself so quickly is because there was no way in you-know-what that I would ask her out.

Anyway, a few days later, I am doing homework at the library when I get a text message. It is from this girl! At first I teased her about stalking me, and creepily obtaining my number. I'm sure one of our mutual friends just gave it to her.
After a bit of joking, she explained that there was a show happening that night, and asked if I would like to go...
So here I am, in the library, wondering, "is this girl asking me out?" I didn't know how to respond. Finally I tell her that I would definitely like to go, and then I ask if she would like me to pick her up. She tells me to just come over to her place and then we will go to the show.
I have no idea if this is a date or not.

At the appointed time I go over to her house. Some guy answers the door and pretends like he isn't going to let me in. After an obnoxiously long wait, I actually make it inside the house where I find a couple of guys, and the roommate of the girl who invited me. By now I've figured out that (big relief) this is a group thing.
I'm there for a minute or two, and then everyone starts getting ready to go. I ask the roommate where the girl who invited me is. The roommate tells me that she had a class that night and couldn't go.


Are you serious?

I'm totally fine with this being a group thing rather than a date, but this girl invited me herself, and made it sound like she wanted me to go with her, and now she isn't coming?
To be honest, if I hadn't been invited by this girl, I probably wouldn't have gone. I had other stuff I could have been doing that night, and I didn't want to hang out with a bunch of people I had never met before.

The guy who initiall wouldn't let me in volunteered to drive everyone. I was seriously fearing for my life! It wasn't even a long drive, but we almost died several times! He was the worst driver I have ever met. After the dang thing was over, I got out of there as quickly as I could.

So I ask the question: Does this scenario seem strange to anyone else? Is it normal to invite someone to a social event, and then not show up yourself? I found the whole thing to be rather perplexing.
I saw the girl a few times after that, and she turned out to be kind of crazy and weird, so I'm glad I got wind of her flakiness early on.
I guess I can scratch that one off my list...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Today's Annoyances

I don't like "complainer blogs" but today I feel the need to vent on a few issues. For some reason, school today was a steady string of classroom annoyances. Just for fun I thought I would draw up a list. Here it is:

-Obnoxious people in the back of the class who do nothing but whinge about how boring the presentation is, making it hard for me to hear and actually learn the stuff they don't seem to be interested in. Have some respect!

-The guy in the computer lab who is snarffing down a Subway Sandwich(when you aren't supposed to have food in the lab anyway), chewing very loudly with his mouth open, breathing loudly out of his mouth at the same time, and sucking on a monster sized soda. All while talking very loudly about rude and uncouth topics with all his equally loud and obnoxious wiener friends. Seriously, grow up and learn some manners douchebag! Also, I didn't know it was possible to slurp a sandwich; I'm simultaneously fascinated and grossed out by the phenomenon.

-The guy who chews tobacco in class, and is constantly spitting into his little spit bottle every ten seconds. That is disgusting! I don't want to hear/see you spitting in any situation, and I certainly don't want to see your excrement tobacco juice just sitting there in a clear bottle on your desk! Go get your mouth cancer somewhere else!

-The guy in class who doesn't know anything, as constantly bugs me to explain stuff he would have learned for himslef if he had been paying attention instead of being a moron!

-The douchebag-know-it-all who argues in class, event though the point he is trying to make, is exactly the same thing that everyone else has already said. Grow a brain!

-Finally, the crazy old lady who nearly hit me while I was waiting to make a left-hand turn. She was driving in the turn lane, as if it were a regular lane. She was coming straight at me going full speed, and didn't look to be slowing down at all. Luckily, at the last second, she dramatically swerved into an actual lane, and nearly hit another car. It kind of freaked me out a bit.

-Oh, one more car annoyance. Obnoxious, irresponsible teenagers should not be driving! I had to follow a car full of morons all the way up the hill to my house. They were driving with all the doors of the car wide open! Every time they stopped, one or two would get out and then get back in again. At first I thought "Chinese Fire Drill", but that's not what they were doing. I don't know what they were doing, but it bugged the heck out of me. Knock it off you young whippersnappers!

End of rant.

Friday, March 5, 2010

My (almost) 100 Year Old Shave!

Some of you may know that I have picked up a new hobby: Traditional Wetshaving!
In case you don't know, wetshaving is where you use a brush with soap/cream to apply lather to your face; you then shave with either a single blade safety razor, or a straight razor.
For Christmas, my brother gave me this baby:

A brand new Merkur HD 34C double edged safety razor! This is one gorgeous razor! It is also very highly regarded in the wetshaving community. I've gotten pretty good at using it, and hardly ever nick myself anymore. I get a great shave, with very little irritation.

The other day, my Dad was rooting around in the basement, and found this:

It is a Gillette Old Type Ball End Pocket Razor in the ABC floral case. Based on the serial number, it was made in 1916, with a 1904 patent! It belonged to my father's great aunt's husband. They didn't have any sons, so when he died, she gave it to my Dad.

After we cleaned it up a bit, I put a new blade in it and gave it a go. It wasn't my best shave ever. It is pretty aggressive, and I am still learning how to use these razors. I came away with a few nicks, but overall it wasn't too bad. It is very sensitive to blade angle and applied pressure, so my lacking skills were the only problem. I suppose it is a good way to learn proper technique.

I used it a few more times this week, and I've gotten better, but I doubt it will ever give me as nice a shave as my Merkur. Still, how cool is it to have shaved with a 94 year old razor?! I think it is pretty darn cool. I suppose if I didn't think it was cool, I wouldn't be blogging about it. ;)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thanks for the Soundtrack Bathroom Man!

So today, I was in the bathroom at school, doin' my business, when I heard someone whistling just beyond the confines of my stall. I immediately recognized that this person (assumed to be male) was whistling one of the songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
My first thought was: "Who whistles in the bathroom?"
My second thought was: "What kind of a weirdo whistles tunes from a video games while in the bathroom?"
Suddenly I was captivated by a third thought: "Who is more nerdy? The dude whistling? Or me for recognizing the source of the tune in the first place?"

This seems kind of like a chicken and the egg sort of a question to me. I'm going to put my money on the other guy, because I may recognize the tune, but I don't go around flaunting my nerdiness by whistling it in bathrooms. What do you think?