Posts Tagged ‘Musings’

Independence

It’s amusing how music, smells and other senses can instantly recall to yourself certain moments in time that you otherwise may not have remembered. My weekend plans were cancelled due to parties other than myself, so my night was filled with the Patriots, Red Sox and pizza. But as for the music, I’m currently listening to Kings Of Leon, who were recommended to my by one of the rangers my group worked with on my trip to Australia. Their music made me think of the dinner and campfire evening at the same ranger’s home (that he built with his own hands) in the middle of the Australian bush. His house was actually in the middle of a nature reserve that had a small plot in the middle that was privately owned by himself. Great location, that was a fun night.

I’m also on my own for the weekend in every sense of the word as my so-called housemate is away for a couple of days in Vermont and all of my friends have previous or more important engagements. It’s getting to the point where I need to find a place of my own, but with that unfortunately comes the responsibility of a job in the real world. Scary. Responsibility. Ugh.

If you can follow along: listening to music because my plans got cancelled led me to thinking of the man who built his own house combined with the thoughts of getting my own place, which makes me think of what I would ultimately like to have all to myself*.

It must be the German in me, but I can become obsessed with efficiency and I’m already big on trying to make as little impact on the environment as reasonably possible. Sure I eat meat, which consumes a ridiculous amount of resources in and of itself, along with other every day stuff. But on the whole I would like to figure out a lifestyle that incorporates smaller environmental impact than most people, more efficient ways to use things I have to (like hot water) and still find a way to travel every couple of years.

*The phrase “all to myself” does not exclude any cute girl who would like to share it with me. I am currently taking applications. Ex-girlfriends of mine need not apply.

As I still need to clean out bookmarks, here are a few more pieces of internet ephemera…

The Pipettes were the main subject of a previous entry of mine. YouTube has their videos for Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me as well as Pull Shapes, easily their two best songs in my opinion.

If you like Indian food and would love to get some in your own home but don’t know how to make anything, buy these. I’ve only had the Tikka Masala and Vindaloo varieties, but they were both quite good. All you have to do is slightly cook whatever meat you want, pour in some of the sauce, simmer for a while, then eat. Simple and tasty.

The Onion provides a brilliant satire about Major League Baseball and the constant whining that teams provide when they want a new stadium to be paid for by the tax payers.

Some guy draws in sand and puts my 5th grade artistic achievements to shame.

Little Bit Of This, Little Bit Of That

For some reason or another I have an urge to write tonight, but I don’t have anything specific that I wish to write about. The result is going to be an opening of the floodgates of the mind, so tread carefully.

The safe thing about telling your friends that you’ll buy them a drink if they show up somewhere is that you’re pretty damn sure they won’t actually show up. Nobody arrived unexpectedly so it stayed a small, fun group at the bar until 10pm then at Matt’s place until 2 or 3am. Tonight’s title is a lyric (if not the title) from a Milquetoast song. I like Cambridge’s Central Square, you can find almost anything there it seems and there are certainly plenty of places to have dinner.

There’s more to see below.

So what the hell has happened to the Red Sox? A few incorrect player evaluations (Crisp is not Johnny Damon, Beckett is still a thrower and not a pitcher), a reliance upon young and fragile (psyche-wise) arms, the utter demolition of the health of the team all season…

That said, I like what the organization has done this year even if the product on the field has become dissapointing. Johnny Damon is aging and history says his production will drop off, so it’s only natural to replace him with a younger player who is going to be playing into his peak over the next few seasons. Josh Beckett hasn’t paid off (yet), but it was the proper move to make at the time. You spend a few prospects that may or may not succeed at the major league level and you get yourself a pitcher with the talent to be a number 1 or a number 2. You trade a surplus part (Bronson Arroyo) for a risk that could become a huge payoff (Pena). The free agent market this offseason for power hitters is going to be very, very thin. The Sox struck early by getting Pena (especially with Trot Nixon going into FA this year) and hoping he develops. The young arms in the bullpen are worth protecting, even if they only become league average or slightly better. They are going to provide you with several years of cheap service time, allowing you to turn around and spend that saved money elsewhere. The Sox are trying to become a player development organization that fills in gaps with quality free agents while maintaining a 90-95 win record and $100 million payroll. You do this by sticking with your young players and replacing your aging veterans one by one with younger, supposedly better players. This is exactly what they are doing, even if it hasn’t worked yet. Stick to the plan, Theo.

Ah, yes. My reading list. I haven’t read either The Natural or The Catcher In The Rye in years. Some of The Natural is oddly phrased, but then it’s an old book. The Catcher In The Rye is so… I don’t know. But I like it. “This fall I think you’re riding for – it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn’t supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started. You follow me?”

My bookmark list is the most uncontrolled mess it has ever been, so here’s some more for you to enjoy or ignore. These will pretty much be the ones I need to delete.

Want some traditional folk music from Northern Europe? There’s a lot of selections there so I’m sure something must be good, but I’m not going to be the one to look for the gems.

Brewopoly is the best version of Monopoly that I have ever played. Back in July I was in on a six player game that lasted several hours – my kind of game. Especially since we had so much beer to drink. My goal would be to own this game and have a marathon gaming session accompanied by every beer in the game. If you land on that spot, you have to pour yourself a sip of that beer company’s product.

Hey, The Paddock!

I believe I bookmarked the GFDC after seeing some wood floor product of theirs on HGTV. Why did I bookmark it? I’m not exactly swimming in the cash to build my own home.

Random Wikipedia entry about warfare. I believed I used it in a discussion online about terrorism.

DeezTeez, bookmarked for the greatness that is “Make Like A Tree And Get The Fuck Out Of Here,” “Vandelay Industries,” “Hey Fuck Ass Give Me A Beer,” and “The Night Is Only Wasted If I’m Not.”The Boondock Saints is such a good movie. No, Teresa, they aren’t really brothers.

Want to watch a concert from the comfort of your computer without bothering going outside the law? Check out FabChannel. I haven’t tried it yet, but they have Flogging Molly on there so it can’t be all bad. FM have given me the two best concerts I’ve ever seen.

And the last one for tonight… because I was bored late one night after watching Underworld, I checked to see if Corvinus actually existed. Guess he did. And how ridiculously beautiful is Kate Beckinsale?