HEY YA! (japrufrock) wrote,

So in the ides of March, I watched 31 Elvis movies in 31 days. I watched Elvis ride motorcycles, join a few circuses, work at a fat camp, unmask villains like Scooby Doo, get thrown into the pool, and outwit the state prosecutors in the court of law. Elvis punched a man in 29 of his 31 movies. In one of the movies he even had a beard. After I watched all the Elvis movies I ate an Elvis Presley sandwich. Not the Fool's Gold Loaf, but we have made plans to make that happen too.

In April, Michelle and I went down to see Kanye West in Tucson before he started calling people squidbrains. Two of my favorite people are Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, and the show was the most glorious celebration of ego, but so brilliantly performed that you really begin to believe it's true. It was really worth every penny to see the Glow In The Dark Tour. It's not called Glow In The Dark for no reason.

Sometime in May I got engaged to Michelle. The day that I bought her ring, I got a phone call from my credit card company that went like this:

Representative: "Hello, we are calling regarding some recent activity on your account..."

Me: "Oh, I can understand that--"

Representative: "Yes, if you could please verify... we have a charge to Great American Cookie for $2.59... Crescent Jewelers for $2140. A charge to Taco Bell for $5.23 and early in the morning one at a QT for $2.37."

After that I visited Abraham Scott in New York City for about a week. There we visited 111 Archer Avenue not once but twice and also saw the following: Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, Co-op City, Katz', Tiffany's, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State where King Kong lived, Coney Island, Time Square, Rockefeller Center. We also ate at the Sbarro's where the Fat Boys had all they could eat in Krush Groove. We went to a Yankees game before they tear the joint down, ate a lot of pizza at a Yankees-themed pizzeria, and even got to spend a day with the infamous Noah Scott who was really pumped to see Ground Zero.

I also got to hang out with many of Abe's great friends, some of whom are featured in Belle and Sebastian cover art.

I was on a church softball team for a spring league in which our grossly inferior co-ed team in a men's league escaped the season with one victory. For a team that, by my estimation went about 1-15, it was really immensely enjoyable, and I can't wait to start back up in the fall.

To celebrate our nation's independence, Michelle and I went to San Diego. The always super-accommodating and all around great guy Nick let us stay at his place while we ate Buenos Dias burritos for almost every meal of the weekend. We almost got to do the most fun thing imaginable: go whale watching on a boat, until I realized that the migration season only runs December through April. I was really bummed and almost did not want to go to San Diego, but the consolation prize was seeing a ton of bears at the San Diego Zoo including the following bears: two young grizzly bears, a brown bear who paced back and forth all day long and one time played in the water, at least three panda bears, one of whom dropped a large yellow load, and best of all we saw a polar bear swimming underwater and playing with a water jug and dropping a large load in front of the glass which murked up the water for days.

I really loved the zoo.

Other than that, I still watch roughly 100 movies a week, listen to a lot of Jens Lekman, and am diligently working on my list of the 30 coolest men alive. I'm still trying to make room for Will Smith, but am pretty comfortable with this list so far:

30. Guillermo Del Toro
29. Bo Jackson
28. Lou Reed
27. Vincent Gallo
26. Latarian Milton
25. Jarvis Cocker
24. Malcolm McDowell
23. Vernon H.
22. Rem Koolhaus
21. Wilfred Brimley
20. David Attenborough
19. Charles "Frank Black Francis" Thompson IV
18. Shaquille O'Neal
17. Ken Foree
16. Andre 3000
15. Jack Nicholson
14. Johnny Bench
13. Andy Goldsworthy
12. Peter Bogdanovich
11. Kanye West
10. Bruce Springsteen
9. Iggy Pop
8. Charles Barkley
7. "Beat" Takeshi Kitano
6. Clint Eastwood
5. Jonathan Richman
4. Bob Dylan
3. Prince
2. Sly Stone
1. Muhammad Ali

So I'm pretty sure that brings us up to date. Some days I really do miss the heyday of LJ, and as you can see, I can't really use "growing up" as an excuse. See you in the mix.

(For those of you keeping score at home:

Top 20 Movies of 2006

1 Pan's Labyrinth
2 Children of Men
3 Planet Earth
4 The Devil and Daniel Johnston
5 Superman Returns
6 United 93
7 4
8 The Descent
9 Letters From Iwo Jima
10 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
11 The Host
12 The Departed
13 The Protector
14 Miami Vice
15 The Amazing Screw-On Head
16 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
17 Inland Empire
18 Apocalypto
19 Old Joy
20 Tideland

Top 20 Movies of 2007

1 The Darjeeling Limited
2 No Country For Old Men
3 Ratatouille
4 There Will Be Blood
5 Gone Baby Gone
6 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
7 Into Great Silence
8 Time
9 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
10 I'm Not There
11 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
12 28 Weeks Later
13 Paprika
14 Zodiac
15 Zoo
16 Grindhouse: Death Proof
17 Eastern Promises
18 The Last Winter
19 Persepolis
20 Into The Wild

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