Sunday, October 29, 2006

Baby Free Vacation

We have just returned from my friend Ty's wedding in Las Vegas. While it was probably a big deal for Ty to participate in holy matrimony and all, but the real story was that we had our first baby-free vacation.

Paige spent the weeknd with the Pearsons. Traci was in tears before we even made it to the freeway, but we continued on. It was weird to not have her around; everytime I looked behind me I expected to see her in the baby seat.

We had a good trip. We saw the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Bellagio. We slept in and took naps. I ate potato products at every meal. What more could we have asked for? Oh yeah, and we went shopping, but everything Traci bought ended up being for the baby.

On the drive home, we were both gettting pretty excited to see Junior. We were a little worried that she would be mad at us when we picked her up, (Paige: Horrible parents, ditching me while they go on vacation.) but she gave us an enormous smile when we walked in. We'll see how she does tomorrow when Traci takes her back over to the Pearson's while she goes to work.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Snoop Dogg Keepin' it Old School

Snoop, he's classy. He doesn't get busted for trying to sneak a gun, or even a knife, onto an airplane. Snoop, he rolls with a collapsible baton - security guard style. He had to keep it in his laptop case in case someone tries to mess with him while he's checking his MySpace account.

From MSN:

IRVINE, Calif. - Prosecutors are considering charges against Snoop Dogg after authorities discovered a 21-inch collapsible baton in his bags as he boarded a New York-bound flight, authorities said Monday.

The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, had the baton in his laptop case as he went through a security checkpoint at John Wayne International Airport on Sept. 27, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Snoop Dogg, 35, told sheriff’s deputies that the baton was a prop for a movie he was filming in New York, Amormino said.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Read the Manifesto, WEAR the Manifesto

I've finally got my garage screenprinting shop up and running. That means my Manifesto line of clothing is able for purchase. So if you love the Manifesto, you can show that love by buying and wearing a handprinted Manifesto or Johnny Tightlips shirt. Sa-weet!

Check out the current line here.

New JTL Download

A-ron and I sat on my front porch the other day and recorded an acoustic version of "Overdramatic Me" as people walked by and looked at us funny. Feel free to download and/or distribute as you please. Oh, and come to our show at Kilby Court on Friday, November 3 and sing along.

October Consumption


Samiam - Whatever's Got You Down
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Guster - Ganging Up on The Sun
The Draft - In a Million Pieces
Matt Pond PA - Several Arrows Later
Spoon - Soft Effects EP

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Spencer for Hire

Who wouldn't hire this guy?

I had a job interview today. What's worse than a job interview, really? I interviewed for a job with Select Health, the insurance arm of Intermountain Healthcare. (Formerly known as IHC. The company changed its name when everyone decided they hated IHC.)

I am sure that they were impressed by my gray shirt. Now that I am seeing it in picture form, it kind of looks like a Jiffy Lube uniform. I am sure they totally would have offered me the job if I was wearing my classy belt from the WE in Amsterdam, but I couldn't find it anywhere this morning. Hopefully they didn't notice my ghetto Ethnies belt.

Bosses' Boss: So how was the interview?
Boss: The kid was okay, but I think he came straight here from his job at Jiffy Lube.
Bosses' Boss: Jiffy Lube? I hate that place.
Boss: Yeah, I hate that kid, too. Let's not hire him.

Taco Tuesday

I drove by Dell Taco the other night on my way to Wendy's. The marquee said: Taco Tuesday. 3 tacos for 99 cents after 3 p.m. 33 cents per taco?! That's amazing. Unfortunately, I'm not really a taco guy so I continued on to the Wendy's.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Oh, You Better Bring It!

Not since “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” has there been such an impressive third installation to a trilogy. Okay, I’m being a bit overdramatic, but continuing on with my reviews of teenage girl movies [see “Stick It” and “She’s the Man”], here’s my thought on “Bring It On: All or Nothing.”

The first “Bring It On” equals best movie ever. Because “Bring It On Again,” the straight-to-DVD-not-really-a-sequel-just-a-way-to-make-money sequel was almost unwatchable (almost – I didn’t only watch it, I own it. But only because I got it as a gift combined with the original. Best. Birthday Present. Ever.) I didn’t have high hopes for part three. I was happily mistaken.

Now, “All or Nothing” has nothing on the Kirsten Dunst version, (because there was no Kirsten Dunst) but it did have some good stuff. The movie stars Hayden Panettiere [Britney] – the little girl from “Remember the Titans” and Solange Knowles [Camille] – Beyonce’s not attractive little sister.

Britney’s rich dad loses his job, so she and her family have to move to the ghetto high school, and thus giving up her position as cheerleading captain. Once at the new school, she meets tough black girl Camille and mayhem ensues. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but here’s some of the intense dialogue:

Britney: I didn't know you were a cheerleader.
[laughs] Camille: I'm the cheerleader. I'm captain.
Britney: So? I was captain at my old school.
Camille: And now you go to my school. So I guess that makes you... nothing.

Oh, snap!!! Sounds like y’all gotta movie you best rent this weekend.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Now 50% Less Wise!

Would you pay a guy $50 to punch you repeatedly in the jaw? Well, I did. I spent two hours on Friday having my face pulverized by Mark Arroyo, DDS. By the time Traci rescued me from my mugging, half of my face was swollen and I had blood all over my chin. Oh, but having two of wisdom teeth pulled out wasn't all bad.

Dr. Arroyo's office has TVs on the ceiling so you have something to distract you from the strangers who have their hands in your mouth. I watched six Taking Back Sunday videos on Fuse (who knew TBS even had six videos?), a preview of the weekend's matchups on the NFL network, and about 30 seconds of "Paris Hilton's 50 Most Outrageous Moments" on VH1. So other than teeth being stolen from my mouth, it wasn't a bad way to spend a few hours. I also got to suck down enough nitrous oxide to feel like my body was spinning inside out, which was alright as well.

Things I learned while in a druggy haze:

1. I can still think in Dutch while under the influence of Nitrous Oxide. About an hour into the ordeal, I suddenly found it absolutely and instantly necessary to find out if I could still think in Dutch. I could. Gelukkig maar.

2. There is no way to communicate with a swollen tongue and not feel like an idiot.

3. When you are the last appointment of the day on a Friday afternoon, no one in the dentist's office feels obliged to wash the blood off your face or even tell you that you have blood all over your face.

4. My Chemical Romance (whose video I saw twice while I was there) - even under the influence of chemicals - is the epitome of everything that sucks about fashion, film and modern music.

After we came home, Traci made me lots of wonderful jello and mashed potatoes and chocolate milk. I have a good wife.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Chris Wilson vs. Good Charlotte: The Rebuttal

In the name of journalistic integrity, here's Good Charlotte's response to Chris Wilson's recent complaints about the band:
A lot of you have seen the postings this week by our former drummer Chris Wilson, and we wanted to let you know what our feelings are and what the truth really is. Chris is saying that cheated him out of money that he felt he deserved, but that..s not true. Chris was well-paid for drumming for us but he did not write the songs with us, so he..s not included in the songwriting royalties-this is something he knew all along. We do feel badly if he mismanaged the money he made while playing with our band. He also posted that we tried to prevent the band Over It from being part of the Snakes On A Plane soundtrack. This makes no sense, as we have been friends with the guys in Over It for years now. Chris is also accusing us of withholding his gear, which is untrue. During the time Chris played with our band he was going through ..personal health problems.. and we insisted he go to rehab in the hope he would get better, so we made the arrangements and advanced him the money. We really don..t know what to make of this since we had a good conversation with Chris recently, even after he threatened to sue us earlier this summer. All of this really saddens us as we did our best to help him and to protect his reputation and privacy. --Benji, Billy, Paul and Joel