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My Favorite This American Life episodes

I listen to a lot of This American Life. I listen to old episodes at work, and downloading the latest episode is usually the highlight of my Sunday evening.

Here are some of my favorite episodes, that I’ve listened to over and over again. You can click on the title of each one below and listen to them online – for free!

The Super

This episode is all about apartment building superintendents. The second act “Super Duper” is one of the funniest stories ever. I remember laughing out loud pretty hard the first time I listened to it. I want to talk about it, but don’t want to spoil it. It is really, really good.

Kid Logic

This is another hilarious episode, especially the intro where they ask kids about the tooth fairy. I’m usually not a fan of “kids say the darndest things” type humor, but the logic these kids use is really damn hilarious. “Because no one has brick teeth” is the absolute most hilarious answer to a question I’ve ever heard. Please listen to this.

In Dog We Trust

The 3rd act called “Resurrection” is my favorite short story of all time. It is a good read, but it is even better being read by the author. It is touching and funny and the end chokes me up a little. And I’m secure enough in my manhood to admit that. I also like boobs and steaks.

Heretics

This episode is dedicated to one story, about a Reverend in Oklahoma who decided that he couldn’t believe or preach the concept of hell. The backlash he receives not only from the church but from the churchgoers is not only astounding, but quite telling in how much fear is used in religion today.

Houses of Ill Repute

The first act about a man in Brooklyn is a great story, because at first it seems incomprehensible. But after listening to the story you can see this weird logic and how a lonely old man changed with the environment around him for better and for worse.

I have about a million other favorite episodes, but I’ve listened to these the most. I would have to say “Resurrection” on In Dog We Trust is the best story. If you are more into reading stories than listening to them, I found the short story here.

Enjoy!

April 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm 7 comments

stipulations?

Oh yeah – so I’ve still only spent 60 cents this entire week on food. But let’s mention alcohol.

I’m going to Choke Motorcycle Shop, then heading to SMOG CUTTER right down the street for Jenny’s birthday. Of course I will have a few drinks at SMOG CUTTER. I will pay for these with cash money.

This does not count as food, ladies and gentlemen. This counts as birthday party/karaoke booze, and I can spend as much of that as I want. The challenge was for FOOD MONEY, and I still have about 6 and change for the rest of the week!

This is how homeless people are made.

April 30, 2008 at 10:03 am 5 comments

that elf

Last night I got home pretty late, and all the lights were out and I figured no one was home. I promptly took off my pants. Just kidding. I looked through the mail for a few minutes, then headed for my room.

Jaxon was hiding in the hallway by my door, crouched down with my ukulele. He went “wraaaaaaaa” and struck the strings, promptly scaring the living shit out of me. I heard the ukulele first, which was confusing and startling, then making out what I thought to be a little person in the corner going “wraaaaaa” sealed the deal. It was easily the most confusing scare I’ve had in a while. He got me good.

This weekend will be unprecedented.

In nerd news:

The new Indiana Jones trailer was leaked online today, so I’ll probably just spend the rest of the day watching that.

Good day!

GOOD DAY!

April 30, 2008 at 9:26 am 5 comments

brown brush bear trap

I spent 60 cents on some macaroni and cheese today, because there was no free food at work except for a slice of lemon poppy seed cake and a handful of M&M’s. I was so hungry I cursed this challenge! So I ate the macaroni and cheese, and then went to Westside’s wrench night and promptly received my calories from many beers and working on many scooters and having so much damn fun. 

Westside Scooter Club forever! Beach Invasion III coming soon!

April 29, 2008 at 10:44 pm

daredevil!

This morning I remembered an amusing anecdote from the past!

I was bored one weekend, so I decided to do some awesome stunts. I think I was probably 11 or 12. I pulled a large cardboard box out from behind our garage (about the size of a large microwave box, but there was no way it was a microwave box as my parents had the same microwave for about 20 years). I placed this cardboard box in the middle of the driveway, sprayed lighter fluid all over it and lit it on fire. Then I got on my motorcycle and got up a lot of speed and rammed through it. Ash went everywhere, the box sort of collapsed in flames and I thought I was the ultimate bad ass.

My Dad came out of the garage and said “what the hell are you doing?!” I guess he didn’t want me riding through flaming boxes.

Well, now I’m all grown up and I think I know what I’m doing this weekend.

April 29, 2008 at 9:57 am 5 comments

boo buddy Vespa

Well, I went the entire day without spending any money on food. I ate a bagel at breakfast at work, then skipped lunch but ate some unsalted peanuts as a snack, and ate a rice dish at home for dinner. I didn’t go shopping yet because I did something more fun.

I made my order out for my Vespa. Warning, extreme Vespa-nerd talk ahead.

I won’t be rebuilding my crank… I’ll probably just buy a Mazzucchelli cut crank for added power. I’ll pair that with a new Polini piston and replace all the seals and gaskets, rebuild the clutch and the engine should be good. Then I’ll replace my Del Orto 19/19 with a Mikuni 24mm carb and a Polini reed valve intake, then for the exhaust I’ll throw on a Polini noisemaker pipe. Add a new back tire and some new teflon cables for the hell of it, and kick it over in a couple weeks. (This means I’ll miss the Mods Mayday, which means I am 0 for 4 this season for rallies. Summer will be awesome, though).

What does all this mean? Well, for just over 600 dollars, my Vespa Primavera will be faster than yours. Solly, kiddo!

We’ll see how the food thing goes tomorrow. I counted out my change in my jar, and I have 4 dollars in there! That means I have 7 dollars to shop for four more days… no problemo. 

April 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm 4 comments

Wonders: All Men Are Freezing


Image Credit: Wikipedia

Surprise – another Robert Pollard song deconstruction!

Steven Soderbergh’s first film-distribution experiment “Bubble” was an odd little film. Simultaneously released in theaters and on DVD, after watching it I couldn’t help but feel that the “experiment” would have had more weight to it if it were a bigger film. In fact Soderbergh was the only real “name” involved with the film, unless you looked a little closer and notice that Robert Pollard did the soundtrack to the album.

Bob released it as a 6 song EP, and its actually a good little soundtrack. “Boring About” is an instrumental version of “Boxing About” that was released on From a Compound Eye. “747 Ego” is a genuine rocker and repeated twice on the album, the second time with “Oh Yeah” added to the title and Pollard adding his own harmonies and backup singing seemingly from the next room.

However, the first song on the EP is the standout track. It is just over 2 minutes long and just about perfect. The lyrics aren’t available online, so after the jump I’ve done my best to write them out.

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April 28, 2008 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

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