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Books! [05 Jan 2010|10:57pm]
I always set myself the goal of reading 50 books in a year. I don't think I've ever really made it, but I do still try to read as much as I can. I keep an active list on my facebook profile that I doubt anyone ever sees. Hah. So here I'll post the results. Overall it was a very good year. Only one or two bad books. It was a big year of rereading the Wheel of Time series. The final book, divided into three separate books, has finally started being published. So I read the whole series again. That's more than ten books 600-800 pages in length. I'm a trooper. This year I will be freed up. I want to read more non-fiction. I thought Mary Roach's "Stiff: The curious lives of Human Cadavers" was pretty exceptional. Funny, yet not tasteless. I just got another she wrote on the science of Sex. I've been buying a lot of non-fiction lately. Cook books mostly. And one on being left handed. Another on some history stuff that looked interesting. I have tons of history and philosophy books that I really need to start reading.

99 Coffins by David Wellington
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Terror by Dan Simmons
Vampire Zero by David Wellington
Watchmen, written by Alan Moore, Illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Night by Elie Wiesel
Locke & Key written by Joe Hill, Illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez.
The Living Dead edited by John Joseph Adams (Zombie short stories)
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Superman: Red Son written by Mark Millar
The Stupidest Angel: A Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Servicing and Maintenance of Wayland Snowball by Steve Dean
The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
Fluke or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan
Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan
Castaways by Brian Keene
The Illiad by Homer
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Urban Gothic by Brian Keene
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

I probably missed a few books in here. But not a bad year overall. 35. Maybe I'll keep a page count this year. That's gotta count for something. The Wheel of Time books alone were around 9300 pages. I'm a machine!
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Better Late Than Never [12 Nov 2009|10:54pm]
So this past Halloween was the first one I've had the chance to be a part of in years. I've always had to work. I was Thomas Barnes. Tom is my good friend who happens to be a chef. So I wore his chef's jacket from when he was in culinary school with a snazzy little hat. I also carried around a spatula that I lost before I even had a really good drunk on.

Getting drunk was quite possibly the best part. I hadn't had a truly good drunk on in months and months. Maybe over a year. Not for any particular reason, just because I always came to the drinking late or just plain wasn't in the mood. I was in the mood then. My god was I. I had a pint of Jack Daniels in my back pocket. Everyone commented on that. Apparently drinking straight Jack makes me a badass. Call me crazy or a liar, but I really have come to love the taste of whiskey and bourbon.

Bounced around from one party to another to the bar, went back to the first party and finished the night with wine. Not the wisest choice the next morning, but it seemed like a good idea then. I miss just chilling with a few people. I tried to play card games, but was way too drunk at that point. There was a cute boy dressed as Kurt from Glee. It made me happy. I also ended up laughing hysterically for 10 minutes or so. No one remembers why.

It was really nice to just cut loose. Not that I need or want to get trashed all of the time. Sometimes the moment is just the right one. I played my first game of beer pong at 23 years old and got all but one of the cups. Including the overtime cups. Apparently I'm not too shabby. Although I might start being the one asshole that called it beirut because, well, you aren't playing ping pong with beer, you're throwing ping pong balls into cups. It's all semantics anyway.

I mostly just wish that my place had a bigger living room to have friends over, or that they just wanted to go to the bar a little less. I much prefer drinking at home. I suppose we'll see what's to come soon enough.
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[08 Nov 2009|02:34pm]
I have been playing my guitar on overdrive lately. It's a shame that I don't go to open mics anymore. Oh well I suppose.
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Sweaty Goodness. [30 Sep 2009|01:08pm]
I've been cleaning this morning and am rocking a sweat band. Did I mention that all of my hair is gone? The shortness is back and I'm loving every second.

Just saw an amazing tattoo that has given me an idea for a new tattoo. Oh man, it would be epic, I just need to think of placement. Happy Birthday Kait! Well..in a few months. Or I could work on getting background for my books. Hmm. I'll have to think about it.

Listening to The Ramones all morning makes me regret not listening to them more. My first punk band. Haha. I was watching Rock 'n' Roll High School and loving the music before most kids my age were in kindergarten. Bitches.
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[25 Aug 2009|07:23pm]
It looks like the apartment situation is going to work out.

Ian is gone. Once he's completely moved out and repays the money he owes me, I might do a happy dance right on his stupid face after I deck him. I had a dream where I beat on him with a small lead pipe from a steady cam I built years ago. But I couldn't get a full swing and he was laughing that I was barely hitting him. He bruised a lot and I informed him that that was a sign of a damaged liver from all of his drinking.

Totally weird.

But Mitchell happened to be looking for a place. And I had a vacancy. I talked about it with the property manager, and he said as long as the borough approves we're all good. I guess there was a clause in the zoning laws designed to fuck over college kids I didn't know about. If a family ever lives in a rental apartment, then from then on it can only be rented to families. Because Meems and I can pose as hetero life partners Doug is going to let it appear like we're together. Or just let them assume we are a "non-traditional" family.

Doesn't it sound like that zoning policy is completely illegal? Yes, I think it does. This town needs to accept the fact that it's a fucking college town. There are so many houses for sale it's not even funny. And with this market, the people most likely to buy them are people that are going to turn them into rental properties for students. But with any luck I'll only be here for another year or so, if I can find a job up in State College.

Until then, thank god for Meems. I'll be able to have cable! Maybe even DVR!! Oh god, and I'm setting up a structured cleaning deal. We clean together. The apartment is a sty because I got tired of being the only person to clean anything.

My hair is all gone! Pictures maybe in the future....whenever that is.
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Fuck You. [10 Aug 2009|10:25am]
So I might have to move home in the next month or so. It's not me. I can pay my bills and still be able to afford food and a few luxuries like internets and going out. My roommate however, is a fucking douche bag.

I'll probably pull a Margaret Cho and send him one in the mail.

This kid isn't in school, in fact, he's failed every semester he's ever went. Even online courses because he thought he could take all of the quizzes and everything in the last week. Yes, he's literally that stupid. Oh, and did I mention he was almost a felon? He hired a lawyer and the felonies got dropped. Did I mention that all he could say during this was that "it was a legal firework," never admitting that you know, throwing one out of a window might be wrong. He refuses to admit he did anything wrong.

Here's the real big skinny on this kid. He had two jobs last summer, lost one of them last fall after school started. He didn't want to get a new one because it would interfere with his partying schedule, even though he knew he needed to in order to be able to pay bills and have extra money around. He had a job at Subway for about two weeks and then lost it because he says they put him on the schedule without notifying him. He got a no call no show and was suspended unless he could come up with a doctor's excuse after the fact.

So all summer he's been putting off anything, saying no where in town is hiring because school's out. Which I am inclined not to believe. You can always find some shit job if you look for it. I also handed him a job at the bank on a silver platter and he didn't take it, thinking he might actually have to be an adult for 20 to 30 hours a week. This kid is a waste of life, and when he came up saying his mom offered to let him move home I let him know about it. I told him he was in this shit because he refused to get a job when he still could have gotten one and because he wouldn't grow up. All he has to say for himself is that "well, you might be right" in this patronizing way as if he thinks I'm the one with the problem.

So now I'm mostly fucked. I could probably afford to live here alone, but what do I need two bedrooms for? And it would make my money situation really tight, which is not what I want when I'm trying to save to be able to move to State College with Lauren. I have three people I could ask to move in with me, and one of them just found an apartment, the other I don't know if he could or would want to this fast, and the third I don't really think could afford it and I don't want to put him in that position.

I already talked to my mom about it, and she said of course I could move home. It sucks. I don't want to. But essentially it's move home or get evicted, which leads to moving home anyway. Ian said he'd try to stay if I couldn't find another roommate, but he's already late on his rent for August. So he'd end up getting me evicted anyway. I just hope that I don't get monetarily penalized for this since we'd be breaking the lease. He is fucking up my life, and he doesn't think he's done anything wrong in the past year. I wish I could just kick the shit out of him. I really really do.
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[23 Jul 2009|10:53pm]
Is there anything quite so rewarding as sitting in your underwear after work while listening to some good music? A few brews would be a nice addition, but I've been feeling less than lackluster lately. Also, I had a few last night and don't drink on sequential work night.

I'm currently listening to Neko Case's most recent, Middle Cyclone. I won't get through all of it before I have a phone date with the missus, but I am enjoying it thus far. I really really enjoy her voice. Especially in The Corn Sisters.

Oh, I'm apparently blogging now. Beer Blogging to be exact. With my boy Tom. I actually have quite the backlog of beer to post up there, I'm just mostly lazy and not so good with the words thing. I do what I can with the talents I was given.

Whatever that means.
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My Fucking Independence Day [01 Jul 2009|01:37am]
It's past my bedtime, and I will be leaving to go to work within the hour. That's right, my name was called again for some shitty overnight shift. Why it's me every month I don't know. Other than the fact that I'm too big of a pussy to stand up for myself and demand fair treatment.

This month, however, there is a silver lining to my otherwise gloomy thunderhead. I am done at twelve noon on Friday. I'll go home, snatch up about 4 or 5 hours of sleep to prepare me to return to a normal schedule and I'll be done. My plan is to get drunk, or at the very least, to drink one or two beers to bring on the sleep train.

I'm forgetting to let you in on one important tidbit. Social Security checks come out on the third of every month (unless it falls on a weekend, blah blah blah). Friday is The Third. Banks are closed on Saturday, national holiday and all. Everyone and their mothers are going to be swarming banks to deposit those checks. The tellers are going to scan the work without regard to my department just so they can finish their day 15 minutes sooner. If I were working my normal shift, I probably would have been stuck there until close to midnight. So all in all, I'll take three days working 2:30 am to noon. I will take it with a smile on my exhausted face. And on Friday evening, when I am hanging out with my boys or enjoying a quiet evening alone with my xbox and my Netflix, I will not feel one ounce of guilt or pity.

I fucking earned my Fourth of July weekend.
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Putting it off... [17 Jun 2009|11:09pm]
I'm waiting for Lauren to get home from work and don't have enough time to watch an episode of anything, and the internet is a pretty boring place. I just spend lots of money on it. What I should be doing is cleaning out my music. It's so bad. I just download more and more and never get rid of anything I don't listen to. Why? I might listen to it someday.

I need to get some new hard drives for my computer too. These ones I stole from Kmart when they closed the photo lab are starting to get a little slow. If they died and I lost all of my mp3s I might just die. Ugh. More money to spend on the internet I suppose.

I'm going to just put it off my making some mixes. Haha. I don't do that quite enough anymore.
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Sometimes I forget [15 Jun 2009|11:02am]
I had, quite possibly, one of the best weekends I've had in a while.

It started Thursday afternoon when Lauren came up to visit. I took a few days off work to make her 3+ hour drive worth it. We got some Kim Moon and watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was a nice relaxing night. Friday we drove out to Pittsburgh to see my sister. She is getting very pregnant. I worry for her when her milk starts coming it, because her boobs have already gotten HUGE. Her place is really nice, three floors, all of the rooms are huge, and she's super close to the strip, oakland and downtown. We went to eat at Fuel and Fuddle and stayed til the end of the first period of the Pens game. The Pens won, which made my life! So exciting. I've been listening all season, and it was awesome to see their hard work pay off. In fuckin' spades.

Saturday morning we decided to go and kayak on the Allegheny. It was a lot of fun. We had a gorgeous day. We spent about an hour out on the water. People on one of the Gateway Clipper boats were taking pictures of us, which was amusing. After we went to Fudgie Wudgie where I got some ballin' pistachio fudge. Cringe if you want, but I've just got this thing for pistachios. It's quite tasty. We went out to lunch and then made a voyage to Regent Square so I could hit up D's six pack shop. Holy Shit. So many kinds of beer. Literally hundreds to choose from. I spent more than 30 dollars on beer. I can't wait to taste them.

We came home that evening and relaxed. Played tennis yesterday. I finally went to Giant Eagle and picked up my Hank III tickets for next weekend. Em pointed out the Altar Bar for me on the strip, and from the outside it looks like this sweet renovated church, so I can only imagine how cool the inside is going to be. I haven't been to a show in a long time, and I'm just looking forward to spending the evening with my pops kicking back a few beers and having a good time. He said he wouldn't be doing shots of tequila, so thankfully I shouldn't have to be his babysitter. It's hard to babysit a man who is around 8 to 10 inches taller than you and outweighs you by at least 100 pounds. It's going to be sweet.
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The mind says yes, the body says no. [05 Jun 2009|05:30am]
Ugh. Work at 6 am isn't exactly my cup of tea. At least I didn't have trouble waking up, and since I got my lunch packed and my clothes laid out last night, I didn't have to worry about that this morning.

Now I'm just trying to eat something. I want to, I know I need to. My tummy says it isn't having any of this strawberries and cream cream of wheat business. I've eaten about half. But now it's getting cold. Le sigh. I just keep reminding myself that the weekend start at 2:30 for me. This is a lot better than last weekend. I didn't really have a weekend. I worked til 9:30 Thursday night, and then not until 12:30 am Saturday morning. Then I worked overnight until 7 Sunday morning the next day. Shitty ass weekend because my supervisors are assholes and don't know how to do their jobs.

At least I have a bike now so I didn't have to start walking at 5:30. That would have sucked beyond sucking.

2:30, here I come!
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It's a boy! [17 May 2009|09:14am]
Earlier in the week Emily decided to break family tradition and found out the sex of her baby.

It's a boy!

I need to go to Jo anne's and buy some yarn to knit booties and little hats. I'm so excited that it's a fall baby, because fall and winter babies are superior, and it has made me want to knit again. Haha. Oh selfish reasons, how I love thee.

I guess she and Walter (the daddy to be, duh) have decided to name him Solace. That is pronounced so-la-C. They said after an Ethopian emperor, so that makes him named after Haile Sellassie. Isn't that the guy who started Rastafarianism? Yeah. Weird. I'll call him Sol cause I'm a huge dago.

So excited to be an aunt. Can't get over it!

A little more than a month till I'm down in the 'burgh seeing Hank III!! Excitement!
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I'm never good at coming up with subjects.... [10 May 2009|10:44pm]
Well I'm officially back in my apartment. I hadn't really left, I just spent most of my time with the lady. Her apartment was more spacious, actually had living room furniture and more cable channels. Unfortunately she is all graduated and gone from Indiana for good. Luckily she'll be going to Penn State in the fall, and that's not too far away. I'm hoping to have the goods to move out there in the next year. The hardest part will just be finding a job where I'm making close to/as much/little more than I am now. It's not as if I'm rolling in the dough, but I would like to not have to sell my soul by working retail again. Who knows, maybe I'll get my shit together enough to start my undergrad up again while she finishes getting the right to put Dr. in front of her name.

I haven't done long distance for an extended period of time for a long time. Strangely though, I'm not worried at all.

Maybe I have actually grown up. Scary thoughts.

Ugh, my running got derailed by some hardcore shin splints. I would wake up limping because they would hurt just from walking or standing still. They're all better now, I've bought insoles that will give me more arch support and Lauren sold me her bicycle. So I've got the option of the two. I told her I'm going to try to lose 15 lbs before she comes up for my 4 day mini vacation. That gives me 31 days. It won't happen, but it'll be interesting to see how far I can get.

Let's go.
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So Tired... [02 May 2009|12:18am]
I have a feeling this is going to shape up to be a long and interesting weekend. Work sucked today. No, actually work wasn't so bad, I got all of my end of month sorts done, early too. But then everyone else sucked and couldn't get the normal Friday work done, so I had to stay for an extra 45 minutes helping them get shit done. I contemplated sneaking out, but figured I'd end up getting in trouble.

So essentially I was on my feet running this huge check sorter for 8 fucking hours, busting my ass thinking maybe I could get out a little early, but everyone else sucks.

I was supposed to meet Lauren's mom tonight, but me working so late put the kaibosh on that. I'm kind of worried. Lauren is out, but they've never really talked about it. Her mom just discovered that I exist, and didn't think to ask any questions about me when they were at dinner alone.

I'm worried, but I don't think I generally make bad impressions on parents. I believe I've been quoted as saying that most parents (of friends and etc.) love me and consider me the second coming of christ. I guess we'll see what happens. I don't even know if I'm going to be around them. Lauren was talking about dinner, but it didn't seem assumed that I was going with the family. I don't know. I guess I'll find out.

And then I get to go to work from 10pm to 4am. Sucks. I'll get to steal a few hours sleep before graduation. As long as it's not raining. If it's raining I'm going to sleep, sleep, sleep.

I'm so stressed. It's going to be a very long weekend.
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[23 Apr 2009|11:38am]
I'm on a break from running. I know. I know. But I feel like I have to. My shin isn't really feeling that great, and I'm worried about this shin splint turning into a stress fracture because I am a neurotic sissy.

I'm still working out and taking ibuprofen but am just dealing with being discouraged over this whole not being able to run thing. I only want to take a week off, but it really just depends on how I feel on Monday morning. I really want to get going again. Have to be smart about it and not injure myself, especially since Lauren is going home for the summer soon and I'm going to have a daily walk to and from work that's around a mile.

Hopefully I'll be up and running next week. I'm going to get arch support insoles this weekend.

And goddammit, the Pens better win tonight, because I have plans on Saturday and prefer to watch them in the comfort of my own home rather than at a bar with a million other people.
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a [16 Apr 2009|12:09pm]
Running. How I loathe thee. Not really. It's just frustrating. I'm on week four, and the going is good with the intervals. I'm thinking that if my shin cooperates I'll be up to 5 minute run/1 minute walk intervals. Which is great for me. The only problem is now that I'm kind of getting a shin splint that could equal trouble for me if I don't start taking care of it better.

My new shoes helped a lot with my leg pain, and I've been reading up on where it has moved to (inside of the leg, kind of where the calf meets the shin) and their answer is ice it, do these stretches, take ibuprofen, and get yourself some arch support you flat footed bastard.

Also not really losing any weight yet, but I'm noticing physical differences, so I'm going to attempt to tweak my diet a bit and lift more weights in an attempt to get things jump started. I'm slightly disheartened, but know I have to stick with it blah blah blah.

Uncle Steve is coming up from Tennessee today to see Loretta Lynn at IUP tomorrow. I recently found out that that slutty queen had a threesome with a kid who graduated with my older sister! Kind of weird. For those of you who went to high school with me it was Brandon Nichol! And apparently he's, ugh, blessed. Haha. Oh my. More than anyone really wanted to know. My mom told me during a game of Scrabble after Easter dinner. Leave it to my family. For reals.
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It's true, I'm really running. [27 Mar 2009|11:17am]
Almost done with week one of my brand new running routine. It hasn't been too bad thus far, although I couldn't finish my last 2 minute running interval today. A mix of thinking about how badly I had to pee, not paying attention to my breathing and my shins hurting like whoa. I shall redeem myself on Sunday. And hopefully when I do redeem myself I'll have brand new shiny shoes that'll hopefully help. I'm told shoes are half the battle when it comes to running. We'll see.

I do feel a whole lot better already. I'm sleeping better. I'm not feeling fat and winded quite as often, and when I do, I regain my breath a lot sooner.

Christ, let's hope I stick with this one. I've gained almost 30 pounds since high school. My "insane never going to happen goal" is go get below 150 before I meet Lauren's mom in three weeks. That's about 15 pounds. It's maybe do-able, but I'm not doing a super strict diet or anything, so we'll see. I don't really eat that horribly to begin with. Sometimes just a little more cheese and meat that I should probably have. Ultimately hoping to meet my goal sometime during the summer. Fingers crossed.
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I supposed I never have to worry about returning Dead Girls Don't Cry now. [20 Mar 2009|10:49am]
A kid I know killed himself this week. I can't really say friend, because I hadn't really seen him in a few years despite living in the same town. We used to hang out a lot maybe 2 or 3 years ago.

Everyone has been posting on his facebook page about how much they miss him and love him and hope he found peace. I know they're doing it for their own closure, but it's just like a big dick measuring contest. Everyone one is trying to outdo everyone else with how much they're going to miss him. You know what I've done? I've deleted his number from my phone, and after I post this I'm going to delete him from my facebook friends too.

I don't think I'll ever really understand suicide. I used to be depressed a lot and think about it a lot, but it was never an answer to anything. It's quitting. It makes me angry that this bright kid would do this to himself. I heard his dad was the one who found him. He hanged himself, so presumably he was found hanging from the ceiling. I would never do that to my parents. Ever.

I'm sad. I liked Aaron and had nothing but good times with him. I bought him cigarettes before he turned 18, and got drunk with him before either of us were 21. I actually thought he had been doing a lot better since starting college. I'm still mostly just angry.

He hasn't found peace, serenity or rest. He's just dead.
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[15 Mar 2009|07:12pm]
I swear I'm never on this thing anymore.

Em is preggers again. And she just finished her first trimester, so we're past all of the scary beginning stages. She confided in me a long time ago that she was worried she couldn't conceive at all, and that she had tried with her previous boyfriend and got nothing. Thank god on that one. He was a drug dealer and a loser. The first defining him as the second.

Other than that I'm just on a mission to get slightly svelte and sexy before Lauren's family comes up when she graduates in May. I'm a little slow at it, can't really force myself to go out running. Ugh, hopefully I can push myself into gear and watch what I eat a little more. But I made these fantastic meatballs that need to be eaten before they go bad. I gave half of them to my dad and still have a ton to eat. So good.

I think I might attempt to start writing in this more again, as I've gotten out of the habit of writing anything at all, and that kind of bothers me. I have all these little flashes of ideas that I can't really extrapolate on, almost because I feel I'm out of the habit of forming sentences on paper(or a screen)at all.

Well it's time to wake up Lauren from her nap and watch some Kubrick.
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Mein Gott! [30 Dec 2008|10:40am]
It's just about the end of the year! What do I have to show for it? A bunch of movies watched that were, for the most part, pretty shitty, and a lot of books that were, for the most part, pretty amazing. This is why I generally trust books more than movies. At least with books, if you end up disappointed you don't think about the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on it. Yes Indiana Jones, I was talking to you and your Crystal Skulls there.

So I figure I haven't done one of these "top whatevers" in a long time, and since the Instant Classic forum has yet to be up and running again I'll do it here.

Favorite Movies:

The Dark Knight

Of course, I mean really. This was epic. Knowing that Katie Holmes was gone was reason enough to go see it. My aunt was disappointed that there wasn't more topless Christian Bale, but every movie has a few shortcomings. I saw it twice, each with a different set of friends, and both times it was worth the money that I didn't(but would have) paid for my ticket. Not only was it a great action movie, it contained one of the best villains I've seen in a movie in a long time. I'm only a little sad that Heath wasn't able to see the reception to his spot on performance of The Joker.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

And not just because it was filmed 40 minutes from my house, and not just because I know people that used to work with the girl who just takes off her dress on one swift motion. It was a more mature Kevin Smith. The love story was disgustingly cliche and cheesy at moments, but as it is Smith, I just assumed that was the way it was intended to me. I think that there could have been a better, funnier, female lead, but overall it was great. The best reason to go is to see the annoying Mac boy play a gay porn star. God, I was almost rolling on the sticky popcorn coated floor for that.

Burn After Reading

I'm a big Cohen Brothers fan, and this movie was no exception. An amazing cast to a weird quirky story. This came out a long time ago, so I don't necessarily remember specifics, but I just really loved it. I love Cohen Bros films because you can't always see just where they're going with anything. I was genuinely surprised during parts, and that's always refreshing. I should probably go out and buy that actually.

Honorable Mentions: WALL-E, Speed Racer (fuck you, I loved it), Cloverfield, Baby Mama, In Bruges, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Quantum of Solace.

Books

Now granted, these weren't all published this year(at least I don't think) but they were still totally worth reading. I tried to keep a list of all the books I read, but sometimes I forgot to write them down, and now I have no idea whether I did or not. Such is the wonder of a library. Also, most of these are of the horror genre. What can I say? My aunt has got connections with that community, and I get to read books I would otherwise have never heard of from a small british press.

Terror Island:A Novel by Rakie Keig:

Okay, this was published this year. This books was a great horror novel without being too horribly cliche or poorly written. I was so upset when it was over, and hope that she writes more. I think it's a she. It essentially the story of a small island off the coast of Norway that is a haven, or ancient home of sorts, for vampires, werewolves AND zombies. There's a small contingency of humans there researching. The vamps and lycans work together with the humans for the most part. Everything starts going to hell and a hand basket. It's really a rather compelling read. I had trouble putting it down. It sounds like it would be awful, but it's amazing.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore:

Hilarious. From start to finish. Just hilarious. It basically follows the story of Jesus of Nazareth during those years where nothing is written in the bible. Essentially from right after his birth until he's 35. He travels all across Asia and back, learns from the wise men and develops his gospel. I almost wish that I had read more of the bible, it probably would have been even funnier. It's also hilarious without being completely insulting. The ...delicate subject matter is handled beautifully. Really worth the read.

Coffin County by Gary A. Braunbeck:

This was written by a Pennsylvanian author and unlike that Tawni O'Dell person he wrote an amazing book. Just because it's in Oprah's book club doesn't make it a good book! Anyway, this is another book with biblical themes, although it's not really a biblical story. This is not a book for people that can't read about gore. It's some very flowing poetic gore, but gore just the same. Not a horror novel so much. Just kind of twisted. His prose is what got me. The way he writes just sucks you in within the first few paragraphs. This guy can really write. Really. The story has two immortal central characters. I can't really say too much more without ruining huge parts of the story, but I almost wish that I had paid more attention to Palm Sunday masses when I went to mass. There is a lot of interesting mass murder. Read it, really. If you're a snot and have doubts about the horror genre in general, this guy will make you change your mind.

I'm not doing honorable mentions. I'll just say, that if you like Stephen King, go read his son's collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He writes under his mother's name, so he's Joe Hill. Didn't want to be published just because he's King's son.

Well that was long winded. Apologies. If you haven't seen those movies, I hope, if you're a reader, that you check out one of those books. If you decide to comment, give me your tops. I always love having new stuff to read and watch.
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