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September 12th, 2014 @ 4:08 am
Friday Five: Blondie

Blondie - Heart of GlassIn honor of my wife’s birthday today, the Friday Five list is songs by Blondie. Here are my five favorite:

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There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books.
George Santayana

August 29th, 2014 @ 7:54 am
Friday Five: After School

Five shows I remember watching at my grandparents’ house every day with my little sister after school while we waited for mom to come home from work:

  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • M*A*S*H
  • Three’s Company
  • Alice
  • Barney Miller
August 22nd, 2014 @ 5:21 am
Friday Five: Songs About Jane

Songs about Jane

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“A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.”
Alfred Hitchcock

July 18th, 2014 @ 8:04 am
Friday Five: Batman Villains

Batman

  1. Ra’s al Ghul
  2. Joker
  3. Riddler
  4. Two-Face
  5. Solomon Grundy

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I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends.
Mickey Spillane

July 11th, 2014 @ 6:34 am
Friday Five: Weird Al

Weird AlMy five favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs:

  1. One More Minute
  2. This Is the Life
  3. Eat It
  4. Cable TV
  5. eBay

William Faulkner’s Review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea

July 4th, 2014 @ 8:53 am
Friday Five: Patriotic Movies

Uncle Sam

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“You stopped breathing once when you were five weeks old. Did I ever tell you that?”

No, she certainly hadn’t.

“I was about to take a bath and then I thought I’d better check the crib, so I went in and you weren’t moving at all. I thought you were dead. I snatched you up and tore out of the house to the Jensens’ and pounded on the door, and right then you let out a cry. Anyway, we took you to the doctor.”

“What did the doctor say?”

“He wasn’t sure. He didn’t think it was a seizure. I guess it was just one of those things that happens sometimes.” Then she got up to make a salad for supper.

That’s how Mother told stories. Never enough detail, and she always left you hanging at the end. If she had gone ahead and run the bath water, I’d be dead right now. And it was “just one of those things that happens sometimes”? I felt a little weak myself. I had gotten over the fear that I’d stop breathing during the night, all those years I used to remind myself to breathe, and now this. So I wasn’t dumb to think that your breath could stop at any time. It could happen right now, sitting on a white kitchen chair in a cool breeze and drinking iced tea. Fall over dead on the linoleum. Thirteen years old, dead.
Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days

June 20th, 2014 @ 7:12 am
Friday Five: Nobody Gets Woolly

Bull DurhamMy five favorite Kevin Costner roles:

  1. Crash Davis — Bull Durham
  2. Eliot Ness — The Untouchables
  3. Denny Davies — The Upside of Anger
  4. Billy Chapel — For Love of the Game
  5. Tie:
    Roy McAvoy — Tin Cup
    Ray Kinsella — Field of Dreams
June 18th, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
Mr. Chainsaw

I was supposed to run 10.75 miles this morning, but miscalculated where I needed to make a U-turn, so it was actually 11 miles on the nose. It took me almost exactly an hour and forty-five minutes — not bad for a week shy of 41 — and put me over 77 miles for the […]

June 16th, 2014 @ 7:49 am
The lines on the road just looked like dots.

According to my Nike Running iPhone app, I’ve logged over 475 miles on my Nike Free 4.0 sneakers, and it’s time for a new pair. I only ever wear them for running, so that’s actually pretty accurate. I have no idea what the average lifespan is for a pair of sneakers, and I suppose Nike […]

June 13th, 2014 @ 6:32 am
Friday Five: John Williams

My five favorite John Williams film scores:

  1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  3. Superman
  4. Jaws
  5. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
June 11th, 2014 @ 7:27 am
Good Golly Miss Molly

I probably should not have bothered to watch the end of the Spurs @ Heat game last night, but I didn’t want to have missed it in case Miami managed to make a comeback. I still managed to hop out of bed at 5:15AM and lace up. I spent about fifteen minutes stretching and waiting […]

June 9th, 2014 @ 7:44 am
Let’s Pretend We’re in Antarctica

I had a brutal migraine when I went to sleep last night. I managed to make it through Game of Thrones and then conked out, still in pain despite several pharmaceutical attempts to relieve the ice pick in my brain. It was still there when my alarm started ringing at 0600, but I knew it […]

May 30th, 2014 @ 3:25 am
Friday Five: 1958

Here are my favorite songs from 1958:

  1. Twenty-Six Miles (Santa Catalina)Four Preps, The
  2. All I Have to Do Is DreamEverly Brothers, The
  3. Poison IvyCoasters, The
  4. A Wonderful Time Up ThereBoone, Pat
  5. Reuben JamesKingston Trio, The
May 23rd, 2014 @ 6:05 am
Friday Five: Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jenny Edition

GoofyI love you, sis.

  • Jenny Was a Friend of Mine — Killers, The
  • Jenny Wren — McCartney, Paul
  • Jenny — Stellastarr*
  • Cut Me Up Jenny — Taking Back Sunday
  • 867-5309 (Jenny) — Tutone, Tommy
    867-5309/Jenny — Less Than Jake
May 12th, 2014 @ 7:07 am
Redemption through Reading?

The regional government in Calabria, Italy, has approved a bill that would reduce prison sentences in exchange for reading books: For certain inmates, sentences would be cut three days per book. The bill will now go to the Italian Parliament. The bill was inspired by “Redemption Through Reading,” a similar program that’s been successful in […]