Monthly Archives: August 2007

this is bear territory

On the way home today, the bus took a detour behind Memorial Stadium onto Prospect instead of passing in front of it on Galey. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Memorial Stadium is built into the side of a hill, so Prospect street actually passes above the stadium.

The view is spectacular. It’s been a while since I’ve been up there, so I’ve forgotten how breathtaking it actually is. The air was remarkably clear today, offering a panoramic view of the sun setting over the Campanile, and beyond that, the Bay and the Golden Gate. Directly below me were 75,000 empty seats, waiting for Saturday. In my mind, I could already hear the cheering and the boom of the victory cannon. The thought sent chills down my spine. For an instant, everything was perfect.

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orioles: “my butt hurts”

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I said I’d try to stay away from sports blogging, but this is just begging for a post.

One night after Garrett Anderson lit up the Yankees for 10 RBIs and dominated them 18-9, the Rangers decided to one-up them. Last night, the Texas Rangers pummeled the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, breaking the previous run record set in 1900. If you’re not a sports fan, you’re probably wondering if there’s a mistake with the score. If you are a sports fan, you’re probably thinking, “What, the Rangers???”

For those of you who don’t usually follow baseball, let me put this in perspective for you. This accomplishment is equivalent to a football team scoring 131 points, and a basketball team scoring 624 points. The Rangers managed to outscore 64.5% of all NFL teams last year. Those poor Orioles pitchers just ruined their ERAs for the season.

Too bad Rangers fans don’t exist. After living in Dallas for 16 years, I don’t think I’ve ever met an actual die-hard Rangers fan. There was always that token fair weather fan during lunch in high school, but I think he was pretending.

Anyways, too lazy to write more, so I’ll leave you with some crazy stats.

  • The Rangers scored more runs in 1 game than they had the past 9 games
  • Brandon Webb gave up more runs than he had his past 17 starts
  • The Rangers struck out 11 times
  • The Orioles team ERA went from 4.39 to 4.83
  • The Rangers trailed 0-3 at the top of the 4th inning
  • Travis Metcalf and Marlon Byrd both had grand slams
  • Paul Shuey, an Orioles reliever, saw his ERA go up from 6.75 to 9.49 in 2 innings
  • Wes Littleton actually managed to pick up a save in all of this mayhem
  • The Rangers had 5 runs in the 4th, 9 in the 6th, 10 in the 8th, and 6 in the 9th
Aside

Haha, if you ever need to kill time, go check out Cyanide and Happiness. I just had to share this because it’s too perfect. This is what happens when our subletter comes back each night:

lone star state

Barring a crappy scheduling conflict, I’ll be in Austin from Sept. 14-17. Give me a call!

Anyone willing to pick me up or drop me off?

Also, I’m looking for an ACL buddy for the 16th.

i’m a rock and roll star

I figure I’ve ignored the blogosphere for long enough, but really, nothing this summer has deserved enough merit for a post. So, here’s a summary of my summer:

Summer school is dull. Work is dull, but the pay is good.

Yeah, that’s really it. See why I haven’t written?

On a completely different note, movie critics are utterly worthless. I went to see Rush Hour 3 today, even though it got an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. I must say, it was worth every penny of the $10 admissions price (seriously, what the hell is up with the price of movies these days?) Anyways, it was fabulous. Yes, it was fabulously stupid, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a riot to watch. It’s the kind of movie that doesn’t take itself even the slightest bit seriously, so if you’re going to watch it, strap yourself in for 2 hours of camp, racial jokes, and plenty of gags.

I’ve decided to start writing an entry on each one of my favorite albums, since I have absolutely nothing better to do than sit around and listen to music all day. This is what happens when you live on Northside.

Oasis – Definitely Maybe (1995)

Start a debate about the best bands of the 90s, and the debate will inevitably include Nirvana, Radiohead, and… Oasis. A lot of people I know would crucify me for including Oasis among the pantheon of rock gods, criticizing them for being unoriginal and ripping off the Beatles, the Sex Pistols, and just about every other British band from the past 30 years. Frankly, this criticism is totally valid, but since when was imitating the Beatles a bad thing?

This album is probably the best debut album I have ever heard, and it is the perfect soundtrack for the 90s. From the instant those epic guitar licks begin to swirl and the wall of sonic fury assaults your ears, it is all too easy to get lost in the glorious excess of 90s Britpop. Each song is perfectly crafted, bombastic and epic in scope, with the Gallagher brothers taking themselves way too seriously, all in good fun. With Definitely Maybe, Noel Gallagher firmly planted himself among the greatest songwriters of his generation, reaching out to disaffected youths everywhere with his perfectly crafted pop melodies. Honestly, who can resist the grandeur of “Live Forever”? From the instant Liam wailed ,”We see things they’ll never see/You and I are gonna live forever,” he captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation. There is no doubt that this album is the definitive Britpop album, and for anyone who hasn’t had much exposure to the genre, look no further for a place to start.

Perhaps my only criticism is that Definitely Maybe proved to be so epic that Oasis could never top it. (Whats the Story) Morning Glory came close, producing smash hits like “Champagne Supernova” and “Wonderwall”, but it is hard to argue the fact that Oasis produced their best music between 1994 and 1995, and that their best days are behind them. Still, this album was a benchmark for everything that came after it, and influenced plenty of imitators like Blur and the Verve, but no one else ever came close. Take one listen and you’ll quickly understand why Oasis remains at the top of the list for bands I have to see live before I die.

noriega for senate

Rick Noriega, Texas Democrat for Senate.

John Cornyn needs to start looking for a new job.