Wednesday, November 25, 2009


As the few of you who read this blog know, I never write about politics. I guess I shouldn't say never, one or two sarcastic political remarks may find there way in to a post from time to time. The main reasons that I don't are because I don't have many firm political opinions, and when push comes to shove, I don't care that much.

I'm registered independent, mainly because I've felt attacked by both sides at some point, and as an independent I don't have to answer as many heated questions. It's a cop out, I know, but I also may be more enlightened. I feel as though just about every political issue is a dense issue. It's all grey. I'd rather sift through the grey than try to find little black or white dots which are speckled throughout to hold dearly to.

Anyway, the main reason for this post is that I recently read something that got me thinking. In Colorado Springs there is a local publication known as the "Independent." It's free of charge, contains articles on local politics, and reviews of film, music, and local town hot spots.

Last week there was a quote that I can't get out of my mind. It was labeled "Quote of the Week." A local C Springs resident posted this on a news website comment section,

"I don't care if Sarah Palin isn't very smart, she'd still make a great president."

I couldn't get this quote out of my mind. My first instinct was to laugh. But it reminded me of fanboys for some reason.

Fanboys is a term usually reserved for film, comic books, and video games. For example, recently there are hoards of fanboys that worship at the Star Wars alter. Ten years ago, when Episode one was released, there was international pandemonium. People camped outside of theaters for weeks, months even, just to buy tickets for a two hour film. Fanboys declared this the best film of all time before they even saw it. These fanboys still call this film great ten years later, even when most of the film going public thought the film was sub par.

More recently, teenage girls are traveling in flocks and gaggles to see the new Twilight film. It made 140 million dollars at the box office last weekend alone even though it was universally reviled by critics. The kicker is, most women I've talked to admit that the Twilight films are crap. Poorly directed, written, and acted. The general idea I get from women I've worked with "I know the movie is terrible, but I still want to see it." They aren't even defending it, but still love it.

This is what I can't get out of my head when it comes to that quote about Sarah Palin. Have we become fanboys when it comes to politics? Have we already decided that whatever candidate that is in our party is awesome and whatever candidate is in the other party sucks ass? Is Sarah Palin the Republicans version of Twilight. "Ah, we know she's not that smart, but she's a great candidate." Is President Obama the Democrats version of Star wars Episode I? "I know he isn't the president yet, but he is going to be amazing, perhaps the best ever."

Even worse about these fanboys, they revile anyone who disagrees with them. They use words of such hatred for critics of their beloved films.

Reminds me of the constant status updates I see on facebook blasting those in public office. Jesus Christ, do fanboys have anything better to do? Fanboys are so lenient of the things they are fans of, and so quick to criticize rivals.

Have we become fanboys in politics?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Funny Bumper Stickers

Just thinking about some of the funniest bumper stickers I've ever seen...

"Pave the Rainforest"

"In Case of Rapture, I'm taking your car"

"Republicans for Voldemort"

"Everything I need to know about life I've learned by reading banned books"

"Evolution is just a theory. kinda like gravity"

"Jesus loves you but everyone else thinks you're an asshole"

"Dog is my copilot"

"Honk if you're Amish"

"Heck is for people who don't believe in Gosh"

"If you're born again, do you have two belly buttons?"

"What if the hokey pokey is what its all about?"

"My kid is the proud parent of his teacher's baby"

"My child beat up your honor student"

any others? tell me what you think is funny

Friday afternoon Shout Outs

Carrie Beth - they do in fact celebrate the 4th of July in Hawaii :)

Jim Tracy - You were definitely the manager of the year, do it again next season

Ray Lamontagne - For helping my girlfriend love me

"Bill" - for selling me concert tickets on craigs list and significantly lowering his price

Almonds - you add that extra bit of ooomph that my salad needs

Michael Scott - for valuing the feelings of his employees

Ricky Williams - for giving my fantasy football team an early lead last night

"nose scratching" - for being a believable excuse for "nose picking"

"based on a true story" sports movies - even the trailers make me cry

trampolines - how i miss thee

just a few for today

Saturday, November 14, 2009

For my viewing pleasure

Doing some brainstorming while laying here in bed. Decided to make a list before lights out. Here's a list of my all time favorite actors and actresses along with two or three of my favorite performances of theirs.

Ladies first...

1. Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused, Contact)

2. Kate Winslet (Little Children, Eternal Sunshine..., Revolutionary Road)

3. Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice, Doubt, The Deer Hunter)

4. Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise)

5. Laura Linney (The Truman Show, You Can Count on Me, Kinsey)

6. Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

7. Dianne Wiest (Parenthood, Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage)

8. Holly Hunter (Broadcast News, Thirteen, Raising Arizona)

9. Faye Dunaway (Network, Chinatown, Bonnie and Clyde)

10. Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, I'm Not There, Notes on a Scandal)


1. Paul Newman (The Hustler, Nobody's Fool, Hud)

2. Gene Hackmen (The Royal Tenenbaums, The French Connection, Unforgiven)

3. Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, The Age of Innocence)

4. Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather)

5. Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, Maverick)

6. George C. Scott (Patton, The Hustler, Dr. Strangelove...)

7. Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack)

8. Michael Caine (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Man Who Would Be King, Batman Begins)

9. Tom Hanks (Cast Away, Philadelphia, Big)

10. Dustin Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy, Wag the Dog, Tootsie)

Honorable Mention

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Synecdoche, New York, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)

Just some that came to mine. Any comments?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Can I get some Thursday Love...

Shoutin' out much love to...

Carrie Beth - making me crave salad

Broncos - for not realizing that they were supposed to suck big time

Half and Half - tasting like heaven from a cow

All other Dairy Products - for being totally worth the fat intake

Professor Koenig - Staying up until 5:30 am to have our exams graded. You'll definitely make this list again if you discover a way to simplify some of the multiple choice questions on the next test.

Meryl Streep - for fully capturing my attention with every performance

Zombies - for being utterly hilarious in spite of your horrible condition

People who don't forward silly emotional emails - Thanks for not giving me more trash to delete

People who forward hilarious emails - sometimes I need to laugh

Elvis Dumervil - for being the #1 fear of every quarterback in the NFL

Matches - for magically taking "stink" away

Highway 24 - for being the prettier way to get to the mountains from the "springs"

Fighter Jets - for being awesome, i wish you didn't have to drop bombs.

People who don't post their political opinions on their facebook status - I couldn't possibly care less what you think via the internet, especially if you don't have any advanced credentials or degrees on the subject

People who read this blog even though its a bit self indulgent - thanks

Couples who have blind dates in coffee shops - you don't think i'm eavesdropping, but I am

The movie "Up" - for being way more awesome than the "Balloon Boy" story


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shoutin' out on a Thursday morn...

Carrie Beth - for braving the sub freezing temperatures and incredibly late gametime to enjoy a Rockies playoff experience with me

Huston Street - You were lights out all season. The best offense in the National League just proved you are human this week. Can't wait to see what you do next season.

Colorado Rockies - Giving me hope for next season

The Science and Learning Center - helping me figure out Coffee Cup Calorimetry

Owen Meany - for being hilarious so far. and despite your size, hitting the crap out of the baseball even though it had fatal results. Can't wait to see what happens with you.

Smiley's - for the amazing slice of heaven that you refer to as "toast."

The teenage girl who works the register at Smiley's - the restaurant must have been named after you. your braces filled smile brightens my already bright sunday mornings. if nobody ever invites you to the prom i will gladly escort you.

Bob the vendor - you're the only ballpark vendor i'd ever want to purchase beer or crackerjacks from. The rockies will win the big one for you someday.

Denver Broncos - 5-0 are you kidding me???!!!! I can't believe how great you've been to watch so far...

The NFL - for not letting Rush Limbaugh purchase the St. Louis Rams. As if they aren't already the laughing stock of the league

Jim and Pam - for making me actually appreciate tv show couples. I thought ross and rachel ruined it for me by being painfully annoying. but i actually kinda like you guys.

The Obama daughters - don't ever listen to the naysayers. Your daddy is a good man.

David Bazan - singing exactly what i'm feeling. i wish we could get a beer together.

Calvin - texting me some answers to our online Bio quiz. I'm still gonna get a better grade than you :)

Lewis Cash - I check your blog daily for updates.

Bobcats - for making landscaping a whole hell of a lot easier. I'm not too in to manual labor. I'm ok with machines doing the work for us, even if it does limit jobs.

The channel 5 news crew - for putting me on air last week!

Ruby - for continuing to improve in the frisbee realm. one day you'll catch 9 out of 10 in your mouth

Jessica - for making haircuts a pleasant experience.

Farts - for always being funny

Carrie Beth's chili - for being an utterly scrumptious experience.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

3rd straight thursday morning shout out

Carrie Beth - for your strength through adversity

My fantasy football team - for being undefeated after 4 weeks

The Minnesota Twins - Inspiring, truly inspiring

blenders - for so easily mixing tasty solid foods into delicious beverages.

Dwight Schrute - For your devotion to the harsh reality of the world, while embracing the fantasy world simultaneously

Dr. Dymek (my chem professor) - for being equal parts condescending and considerate. You're always good for a laugh

My calculator - for not making my brain work harder than necessary

Kristen - for putting up with the huge clumps of bullshit her coach continues to toss her way

South America - for hosting your first Olympics. Congrats!

Jumping Jacks - for giving incredible workouts even though you are a lost art

Josh McDaniels - For making it work so far

Kyle Orton - No interceptions through 4 games!!!!!

Jay Cutler - Who in the hell is Jay Cutler?

Serena Williams - posing nude on the cover of ESPN magazine. I'm equally repulsed and aroused

Carrie Beth - I dig on your smile

Thursday, October 1, 2009

a few more thursday morning shout outs

Carrie Beth - for being lovely

Chris Iannetta - For a potential season saving blast. Have you ever gazed into his eyes? Its like the first time I heard the Beatles.

Charles Darwin - For putting up with the shit you did and still publishing one of the most influential pieces of work in the last few centuries. Sorry your fish with feet keeps getting swallowed by Jesus fishes on the back of cars in colorado springs.

Drifters - For being as close to In n' Out as Colorado is likely to get.

Brandy - yes, yes, for reading the blog and continuing to be a welcome part of my life

Raider Haters - For being consistent in a world of inconsistency.

The Quadratic Formula - for being easier to remember than I thought you'd be.

Colorado Microbreweries - for your devotion to excellence and being seemingly everywhere.

Coors Commercials - for being far superior to budweiser commercials for the past few years.

John Irving - for making me want to read you even though I don't have time.

My bio lab partner - for doing most of the work monday while I zoned out.

Bio and Chem average exam scores - for making me feel smart

Graters Ice cream - for making sure there is more chocolate chunks and cookie dough per spoonful than any other ice cream company

Colorado Rockies - For still being in contention to win the West with only 4 games left.

Carrie Beth - for making me never want to be away from you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

thursday morning shout outs

Carrie Beth - Your presence in my life gives me excitement and comfort.

John - Thanks for two fun, conversation and booze filled years. For your sake, I hope that whiny ass Prima donna Cutler is the answer.

Kristen - Your adventures abroad continue to inspire me. Don't marry a Danish unless he's sweet

Colorado Rockies - Thanks for giving me another tension filled September. Don't let me down or I may not recover

Jeff - We'll help each other recover if said team lets us down.

Alpine Autism Center - Thanks for paying me for over 2 years to get bit, sing silly songs, change diapers of thirteen year olds, have my farts blamed on autistic children, and teach helpful skills to those who cannot teach themselves. miss ya

Pearl Jam - for continuing to kick ass and take names

Les and Bobbie - inviting me to Hilton Head and caring for me when an when my throat threatened our relaxing time

Ruby - For making me feel loved. My car may never be rid of your hair. and also for guarding my precious Carrie Beth. You have my permission to bite anyone who looks suspicious. I'll be over shortly with a new supply of peanut butter

Matt - for your inspiration through further academic pursuit. one day the attorney at law and the dpt will get lunch in between clients.

The Periodic Table of Elements - for aiding me in finding the formula mass and balancing equations.

Dinger - for continuing to do your job to the best of your ability even though your everyone's least favorite mascot.

Todd Helton - For being Colorado's resident badass

Alec Baldwin - For tickling the world's funny bone

Severus Snape - For teaching me about redemption and showing that theres nothing wrong with having a sissy ass patronus

Old Worlde Bagels - for your continual commitment to one of america's most unhealthy breakfast foods.

Seth Smith - for being mr. late night!

Joe - for badass rhymes and unique beats across the social network

Kyle Orton - for taking it in stride

Bill and Deb - Selflessly refilling your almost empty nest

Agia Sofia's - bringing Gregorian Chant back. Its sexy

Carrie Beth - For smiling with your whole body

Jim Tracy - For being manager of the year!

Clint Hurdle - Miss ya and your witty sayings

grilled cheese sandwiches - for giving me pleasure and protein.

Lewish Cash - for always commenting on my blog even though I have no idea who in the hell you are

Coors Field - for being the home for hopes and dreams

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

a quick breather

It's been a month and a half since my last post. Life's been busy. That's not too good of an excuse, after all, life is busy for everybody. That's finally true of me. For almost two years, life was only busy in small spurts. Most of the time I just worked 8-4 m-f, and just hung out with my remaining hours. I skied every saturday through the winter, and went to Rockies games in the summer. Read several books, watched several movies, mooched many a meal off of my parents, and figured out my favorite bars in town.

Now, I am a full time student again. Left my job a month ago and am now taking twelve credit hours at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. My goal is to gain admittance to physical therapy school. This semester, I'm taking Bio, Chem, and Algebra, along with the labs that go with those classes. Next year I'll have to take stats, physics, anatomy, and physiology. science and math have not been strong subjects for me for many years so I use as much spare time as possible to study.

I've got my first chem exam tomorrow and studying is proving to be a real bitch. I'm understanding most of it, but for the first time in my educational career my grades really mean something. I mean, I always wanted to do well, but hanging out with friends, farting around on the internet, or seeing a good film always took precedence over studying. Now, I need to ace most of these classes or it will all be for nothing. Talk about stress and pressure. But, I am finding ways to relax.

Anyway, on my short break from studying I thought I'd make a list. Here's a list of bands and artists whom I wish had a wider appeal. I really wish more people listened to these guys. I'll refrain from putting hot indie bands and artists that may not top the charts, but have definite huge underground followings such as Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Sigur Ros etc... This list is for bands that I'm not sure of anybody else that actually listens to them. I've found them on the internet or by accident. Let me know if you've heard of any of these guys and either like or dislike them.

Dungen: A Swedish band who's been around most of this decade. They do an odd combination of garage rock, psychedelic, and instrumental that is quite compelling. I own three of their albums and thoroughly enjoy all of them.

Hearts of Palm: Ok, this is my high school locker partner's band hailing from Denver. It's always awesome when your buddy is in a band and you don't have to lie about liking them. Two bad the members went their separate ways, because they were something special. Try and find 'em online.

Idaho: Part of the 90's slowcore genre. These guys are great. Very subtle, musically gifted, lyrically poignant, and just soothing. Check 'em out.

John Frusciante: Ok, he's a famous guitarist from the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I don't know anyone who owns his solo stuff. Its far more complex than the party style of the Chili Peppers. He's worth a listen. Sample him on itunes.

Lindsey Buckingham: Another very famous person because of his band, Fleetwood Mac, but no love for his solo career. He is amazing.

Other Lives: Andrew hooked me up with these guys because his cousin is in the band. Just dropped their first album this past spring. May not change your life, but it is worth a listen.

Red House Painters: An amazing amazing amazing band. They need to be bigger. Check out any of their albums, all are solid. Did most of their work in the 90's, a major player in that slowcore movement. Mark Kozelek, the man behind the band, is having some success with his new band, Sun Kil Moon. But they are nowhere near the same league as the Painters. Can't say enough about this band. Cameron Crowe loved 'em so much he cast Kozelek as the base player of Stillwater in Almost Famous. He's the one that starts singing in the infamous Tiny Dancer bus scene.

Spiritualized: All I've read about them leads me to believe that they are a lot bigger, but I've never heard anyone but John talk about them. Give them a listen.

let me know what you think...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Chia Obama

Is this for real? I think it is...

Just saw a commercial for this on ESPN less than ten minutes ago. This is hilarious...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

1st halfsies - film

Haven't seen too many movies yet this year. Here are my top 5 so far...

1. Up
2. Public Enemies
3. Two Lovers
4. Away We Go
5. (tie)/ I Love You Man / The Hangover

Movies I haven't seen yet that could have affected the list

Adventureland (Greg Mottola)
State of Play (Kevin MacDonald)
Sugar (Anna Bolden, Ryan Fleck)
Moon (Duncan Jones)
The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
Whatever Works (Woody Allen)

Film I'm looking forward to...

The Road (John Hillcoat)
Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
Funny People (Judd Apatow)
The Informant (Steven Soderbergh)
Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Me and Orson Welles (Richard Linklater)
Avatar (James Cameron)
500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb)
The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson)
Invictus (Clint Eastwood)
Nine (Rob Marshall)
Precious (Lee Daniels)
Green Zone (Paul Greengrass)
Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
The Last Station (Michael Hoffman)
A Serious Man (Coen Brothers)
Brothers (Jim Sheridan)
Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee)
Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)
The Boat That Rocked (Richard Curtis)
Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie)

Thats all for now. Let me know if I missed any

Sunday, July 5, 2009

1st halfsies

6 months of 2009 are history. 6 months to go. Here are my favorite albums of the first half of the year. The more I listen, they are subject to change.

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
3. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
4. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
5. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
6. Doves - Kingdom of Rust
7. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
8. The Mars Volta - Octahedron
9. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South
10. Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King
11. Other Lives - Other Lives
12. Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 - White Lies for Dark Times
13. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

Albums I'm looking forward to

The Dead Weather - Horehound (July 14)
The Roots - How I Got Over (August 11)
Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major (August 18)
Matisyahu - Light (August 25)
David Bazan - Curse Your Branches (September 1)
Muse - The Resistance (September 14)
Pearl Jam - Backspacer (September 22)

And any other unannounced albums that may drop in '09...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Tribute to the King of Pop

Here are my 15 favorite songs of his...

1. Billie Jean (Thriller)
2. Beat It (Thriller)
3. The Way You Make Me Feel (Bad)
4. Wanna Be Startin' Something (Thriller)
5. Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough (Off the Wall)
6. Thriller (Thriller)
7. Scream (HIStory)
8. Black or White (Dangerous)
9. Baby Be Mine (Thriller)
10. Man in the Mirror (Bad)
11. Dirty Diana (Bad)
12. Bad (Bad)
13. Smooth Criminal (Bad)
14. Working Day and Night (Off the Wall)
15. You Rock My World ( Invincible)

Several others coulda made it into 11-15, but these are the ones i'm feeling today. Rest in peace your majesty. We'll miss you.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lunch Break Ramblings

Today, while eating my two day old chicken breast, I was thinking about the lack of love that low market teams get in the news.

The Colorado Rockies just went on a streak in which they won 16 out of 17. This is virtually unheard of in baseball. Yet, the most recent ESPN power ranking has them at 15 in the league. I understand that they were unbelievably bad before the streak, but c'mon.

Between the Rockies and the Nuggets, Colorado gets no love from the media. The Nuggets were the number 2 team in the west for most of the season and didn't get much press until they took the Lakers to six games in the conference finals. Everybody knows who Andrew Bynum is, but not many could tell you who Nene Hilario is. The lack of coverage kinda pisses me off.

The Rockies rarely play on ESPN. Their games are only televised on the local stations. Yet teams like the Mets and Dodgers are frequently televised, even when they suck.

Anyway, I don't have too big of a point, just kinda Rambling before I have to go back to work.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My You Tube Debut

This is me doing a little karaoke on a cruise ship. Enjoy...

Cast of Characters

Lauryn Hill - Catherine Riley

Wyclef Jean - BJ Karlik

Camerawoman & canned laughter - Glenda Riley

Oh, and by the way, if anyone knows how I can post this actual video and not just a link to the video on the blog let me know.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


There is something unique about being close. Close physical and emotional proximity creates an exciting yet soothing feeling.

I enjoy sunshine. I enjoy the breeze. I enjoy being barefoot. I enjoy baseball. I enjoy the rain. I enjoy running. I enjoy gazing. I enjoy kissing. I enjoy walking. I enjoy talking. I enjoy listening. I enjoy laughing. I enjoy drinking.

These things I enjoy most with her...

Saturday, May 30, 2009


After months and months of mundane existence, this insanely busy spring came as a breath of fresh, but thick air. March consisted of a week and a half long trip to Europe, immediately followed by a four day trip to southern California. April consisted of baseball. Lots and lots of baseball. It was Jeff's senior season, so at least 3 days a week I illegally sped in my red Jetta from work to a ballgame. April also consisted of lots and lots of training. Marathon training. May continued the trend. I ran the Marathon on the third, which I'll later go into more detail about. The following week I left for Southern California to attend Catherine's graduation. The next day I joined the Riley family on a week long cruise up to British Columbia. Upon my return to Colorado, I've entered into a relationship which has been time consuming in a completely satisfying way. Needless to say, I've had little time to reflect.

With the obvious exception of a relationship, the marathon is far and away the most special thing I've needed to process. At the beginning of February I decided to officially begin training. My dream was to run a 3:10 time, which would qualify me for the prestigious Boston Marathon. The race in Ft. Collins, while being at a high elevation, is also mostly downhill. I thought it'd give me a decent shot at that goal.

I began training hard. The first day of training was a 10 mile run during a huge snowfall. I did not get too much advice beyond scattered conversations with runners on how to prepare, so I used a collection of these conversations to work out my own training regiment. Starting out with ten probably was not the wisest choice, but I thought I was in good enough shape. Every thursday was to be my interval day. This meant I had to run 4 6:30 miles, with 5 minute jogging breaks in between each mile. This proved tougher than I originally thought, but I stayed consistent. Every sunday was my long run day. The first sunday was a 14 mile run just hours before the Super Bowl.

About 4 weeks into training, the arch of my right foot started killing me. It became difficult to even run short distances on. It swelled up and turned blue. As luck would have it, I had some sort of inflammation which caused me to stay off of it for a few days. Being that 3 months is already a bit short to train for 26.2 miles, I was not too excited about this.

After staying off of it for a week or two, I started running again, but couldn't do much. Several different bugs started going around work and I got sick for a couple of weeks. This didn't stop me from running, but it stopped me from training the way I needed to.

Then came the European vacation. I didn't run for almost two weeks. I didn't rest my body properly and pretty much did everything wrong or half assed in my training. The whole time I was wondering if my foot would be ready to go on may 3rd. If it was, I was not too sure that my body could handle finishing a marathon, let alone doing it in a qualifying time.

I ran consistently in April with no pain in my foot. I decided that I'd be good to go. My final long run was 16 miles about 2 and a half weeks before the race. Everybody I talked to said that I needed to top out at around 20-22 miles about 4 or 5 weeks out. That never happened. My goal became simply to finish. I had ten more miles to go after the most I had ever run. I didn't know if my body could handle it.

May 3rd came and it came early. I awoke at 3:20 that morning. I ate a banana and some peanut butter toast. I trimmed my toenails as low as they would go, applied Vaseline and runner's glide to almost every inch of my body, put my clothes on and left Loveland, arriving at Ft. Collins at 4:30. I boarded a bus by myself and took a 45 minute ride up the mountain to the starting line. While on the bus, I downed several water bottles and ate a clif bar. Got to the top of the mountain, peeled of my sweats, stretched a bit and went to the starting line.

It was freezing that morning. It had to be in the 30's at 6 am. I could see my breath and my legs were frozen, being that my shorts were so short that my ass was literally hanging out. I knew I'd warm up once we started.

The course was beautiful. Quite possibly the most beautiful morning I've ever experienced. The race started and I ran with one thousand of my closest friends towards the finish. To get there we had to run down the canyon, along a the beautiful poudre river, towards the sunrise. It rose directly through the canyon as the mist and fog gently rested on the tree covered mountains. I was close to tears.

My legs felt fresh, my heart was excited, and I cruised. With all the water I drank, I had to pee at miles 5, 8, and 11. After that, my bladder was good until the end. I was amazed at how good I felt. Every few miles I took a drink of water or some of that Heed sport drink. I had an energy goo in my hand that was given to me, but I never used it.

At mile 18, I was still cruising. But then, I heard footsteps behind me and a voice firmly said "You better quit messin' around and start running!" I turned around to see a short, bald headed man with a grey moustache. "Sorry," I said, "I'm going at a steady pace." "Hey man, you're only young once, you need to run this thing." Turns out it was his 164th marathon and he was planning on running 300 before he kicks the bucket. He told me he once ran a 2:55 marathon on a saturday, and the very next day ran a 2:53 marathon. Badass is the only word to describe this man. After running together for about half a mile he said "get going," and I got going. It was inspiration I needed.

At about mile 19 I passed a girl who seemed to be a pretty badass runner. I was feeling good. I hadn't been passed yet, except while stopping for the bathroom. I hate being passed. Even on a saturday morning jog. I hate being passed. I know that while training I'm just supposed to practice a pace and not run against people, but I'm too competitive. I hate hate hate being passed. That's how I run races. I don't let people passe me. It helps that I usually start in the back and all the people faster than me are in the front, but still, I don't like being passed. At about mile 22, this girl that I thought was in my dust, passes me. I was furious, but I was starting to feel a lack of strength in my legs. I knew it would take all of my energy to keep up with her and I couldn't keep that pace for the last 4 miles. It didn't help that it was a girl. I try to be forward thinking about women and their abilities, but I still hate being inferior in any way athletic to a girl.

I kept her in my sight for the last few miles as my body began to break down. I never got to a point of misery, but I was ready for the race to be over at about mile 23. She kept going further, and further ahead of me. She got to about 50 or 60 yards ahead of me and I thought, my only remaining goal is to pass this woman before the finish line. With a half mile left I turned it on. I ran as hard as my body would take me. With about 200 yards remaining, I passed her! She ate my dust for the final remaining distance. She'll never know that I was so intent on beating her, but it helped me finish.

As I crossed the finish line to the cheers of hundreds, my eyes wandered to the time clock and with amazement I saw the number 3:38:36. I had no idea how long it took me. I thought it could've been over 4 hours seeing as I only trained for about 2 months altogether. My final time ended up being 3:36:42 which I was extremely proud of. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I look forward to doing another. I only have 26 minutes to shave from my time. That's a full minute per mile, which is a bit daunting, but now I know what to expect.

The experience was beautiful. My only regret is that I was alone. I had nobody to share the glory with. Nobody to celebrate with. Nobody there to encourage me. Running 26.2 by oneself is lonely enough. Having nobody there at the finish line was far worse. I think it was good though. There is something about adventure alone. Accomplishing something by oneself. There was a freedom amongst the loneliness.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Few Recommendations

A few months ago, a fellow blogger posted a little known film that moved him deeply. It got me thinking, there are several films out there that have gotten little to no love from the critical world, awards network, or general public that I feel deserve a fair shot. As a Sunday afternoon exercise, I thought I'd post a few of them. My rules are simple but not iron clad. They have to be film's that few people that I know have seen or heard of. They can't have been overly recognized by the academy, the golden globes, or other ridiculous awards committees. Notice, I used the word "overly." My hope with this post is that a few more people will see a few more films that I believe are strong. Here's a list in no particular order.

The Sweet Hereafter (1997):

I know I know. The first thing you may say is that this film had two oscar nominations. Well, my rules are more like guidelines. I don't know one person whose seen this film. I've never been able to discuss it with anyone. I rarely see any film critics referencing it in their blogs. This is a beautiful, tough, and emotionally draining film. I truly had no clue what it was about when I watched it. I encourage you to do the same.

Breach (2007):

This film opened to good reviews and I went and saw it with my dad. He's the only person I've ever heard mention it. Critics seemed to enjoy it but it got no awards recognition and bombed at the box office. Chris Cooper gives a subtle yet dynamic performance. Ryan Phillipe shows that what he lacks in range he makes up for in film selection. I'm not a huge fan of him as an actor, but he chooses good film to associate himself with, with only a few exceptions.

Elephant (2003):

A few very good reviews and a good showing at the Cannes Film Festival, yet not many have seen it. My jaw was close to the floor when it was over. Gus Van Sant knows what the hell he's doing.

Green Street Hooligans (2005):

This film is virtually unnoticed by anyone. I told a few soccer players I know about it and they loved it. Yeah, the fight club inspiration is evident, but this is a strong dramatic feature showing that Elijah Wood can play more than effeminate mythological characters or Huck Finn.

Menace II Society (1993):

A film with several similarities to Boyz n tha Hood but strong none the less. Very tough film but worth the effort.

Rescue Dawn (2006):

Christian Bale stars in this Werner Herzog true story about a pilot shot down in Laos. Herzog directed a documentary about this guy ten years before and thought his story needed to be told in a feature. Solid film.

Shattered Glass (2003):

While incredibly wooden in the Star Wars prequels, Hayden Christensen gives a compelling performance about a journalist who fabricated several stories. True story.

Slacker (1991):

Very influential independent film, yet nobody I know has seen it.

Sunshine (2007):

Danny Boyle's directorial predecessor to Slumdog Millionaire. The ending shows a small lack of focus, but the overall film is a thought provoking sci fi thriller.

Synechdoche, New York (2008):

One of the few films I've seen in which its weaknesses also function as strengths. An imperfect film, but something told me I had just watched something special. Philip Seymour Hoffman is marvelous.

The Way of the Gun (2000):

The writer of the Usual Suspects directorial debut. A few friends in high school were all Usual suspects fanatics, so we rented this one and had a party. I've not met anyone who has seen it since. A modern day western. Like all good westerns, this is a moral tale that disguises itself as action.

Without Limits (1998):

Ok, this film is special because I love to run. This is the Steve Prefontaine film. It didn't even gross 1 million at the box office. It deserves to be seen.

Broken Flowers (2005):

Not a great film, but an interesting Bill Murray performance.

Dancer in the Dark (2000):

Not only does Bjork have an amazing voice, but she can act. This is an emotionally draining film.

Hard Candy (2005):

One of the creepier movies I've ever seen. Ellen Page showed a few years before Juno how well she really can act.

Harsh Times (2005):

Worth it simply for Christian Bale's performance. It is a little derivative of Training Day, same screenwriter, but Bale gives a hell of a performance.

Igby Goes Down (2002):

The Culkin kids can act. This film owes something to Catcher in the Rye. It's the closest thing to Salinger's novel that we are likely to see on screen, seeing as Salinger signed some sort of contract stating that CITR would never be made into a film.

Kalifornia (1993):

Brad Pitt's creepiest performance. An interesting study of American violence.

Millions (2005):

Another Danny Boyle film that needs to be seen. This film transcends any sort of label somebody could place on it.

The Proposition (2005):

If you like westerns, here is a solid one.

Year of the Dog (2007):

Not a huge fan of Molly Shannon the comedian. I thought most of her SNL characters like Mary Catherine Gallagher, the licensed joyologist, and others were annoying. However, she does have dramatic acting skills. She is truly wonderful in this film that deserves to be seen.

Hopefully this will inspire some viewing. Leave me comments if you've seen any of these or if there are ones that I missed.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nomadic Identity Crisis

Two weeks rarely pass with the haste of these past two. March 16 I found myself in Camden, the live music and punk rock London neighborhood. March 21st I awoke in Monmarte, a popular destination for writers and artists. March 24th a 747 brought me in to Denver International airport. March 25th I walked from Los Angeles International airport to my Uncle's apartment which sits 1 block away from the Pacific.

Seemingly, I could count myself fortunate. London, Paris, Colorado, Manhattan Beach are all places that legions of people spend insane amounts of money to visit. At 26, I'm hitting all of those places in 2 weeks.

Running south on the beach this breezy morning it occurred to me how vastly different the culture of each of these places are. London has a New York City feel to it. Extremely fast paced, everyone dressed to the nines in suits or the latest trendy metro sexual fad, stern looks on their faces, polite but unfriendly demeanor. Paris had couples everywhere. It really is the city of love. Very trendy like London, but a bit more laid back. Everything was expensive, even average tasting meals and wine. The people were more friendly than in London. Manhattan Beach is an 180 degree difference, assuming the scale is a wealthy scale. Everyone is adorned in trendy beach wear. The girls in matching jogging suits, beach skirts, or bathing suits. They are all wearing similar big lens sunglasses. The dudes are all in surf gear, tshirts, sunglasses, and flip flops.

All three of these cultures are trendy in different ways. It must be expensive to keep up the trends. I know this sounds like criticism, and maybe it is, but it is merely an observation. And who am I to judge? My clothing style has adapted to whatever culture I find myself in. One thing that I am realizing is that I don't tend to identify with this kind of wealth. My dad did work in the oil industry for my whole life and I've always had everything I've needed. I did go to a private university and have vacationed in warm climates. Still, my family seemed to live a bit more of a meager lifestyle. My dad was raised in a blue collar family and my mom was raised on a teacher's salary. I identify much better with that culture. The middle class.

I sure as hell don't identify with the poor, as much as my idealistic college self would like to believe I did. I enjoy doing expensive things. Skiing, traveling, drinking wine, going to ballgames are all things that cost money. I enjoy clean bathrooms with nice soaps. I'd gladly pay over 100 bucks for Radiohead tickets. I can't wait to buy new skis even though mine are in fine condition. I'd rather go to Rico's and pay at least a dollar fifty more for coffee than at Pike's Perk or Starbucks because I like the ambiance and the coffee tastes better. I'd never go to a fast food restaurant because of a cheap value menu.

Maybe I understand the colorado springs briargate culture because thats where I became an adult. Thats how I hope to live. I don't need a big house, but I'd like a decent sized one. I'd like my kids to have their own rooms. I'd like to be able to pick up the check most of the time without being stressed about my budget. I don't need a top of the line car, but I'd rather own one thats close to being new.

I use to think it was wrong to desire these things, but I'm starting to think that critics of those desires can piss off. Most agree that we need to have a certain amount of money to survive. The gray area is "how much is too much." Is there too much? John and I had this conversation in England. Some would say middle class is too much. Some would say upper class is too much. Who is right?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Western European Observation

It's nice not to be carded upon the purchase of alcohol

Notre Dame is far too touristy to seem special on a saturday

baked beans are a wonderful breakfast side dish

I smile and nod more than a bobble head doll when I don't speak the language

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Many sights, many nights, just enough sleep

This is the first full day in Paris. A few thoughts so far...

In London, the rumour about fish n chips is true. They do not disappoint.

The pubs are truly magnificent.

London is strikingly similar to New York, or vice versa

Thus far, the stigma of French rudeness is completely false.

Public transportation kicks all sorts of monumental ass.

I'm older than most hostel dwellers

I can easily run ten miles, but walking all day beats the hell out of my feet

The dollar is getting better, but it still sucks balls.

I won't be cool until I get a scarf, ripped jeans, a blazer, and chuck taylor converse

I should have studied abroad in Oxford

Cafe's and pubs are far superior to chains any day of the mutha sucking week!

Monday, March 16, 2009

1st Day

It's 3:30 in the afternoon in London on Monday. I've not slept since Saturday evening. I've already seen Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Hyde Park, The Princess Diana memorial, and toured Westminster Abbey. I'm pooped. However, I'm excited about this evening's festivities.

Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

On Adventure's Morning

In only 3 and a half short hours, I'll be boarding a plane en route to Washington DC. Later on this evening, I'll fly across the pond, arriving in London tomorrow morning. It's always tough to focus when filled with anticipation.

This is my second European adventure. The first was an excursion to Germany and Austria over two years ago. Much has changed in life since then. Relationally, professionally, personally, everything is different. I think my expectations are different this time. Chief of which being a lack of specific expectations.

We'll see. I'll do my best to update from hostels over the next 9 days.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Film '08 Volume II

It's impossible to do a year in film justice without mentioning acting performances. I'd like to use this post as an ode to the most memorable performances for me. First, I'm going to do something I've not done before.

Certain scenes from movies sometimes leave more of an impression than the overall film. "Dude, remember when they hide the gun in the bathroom at the restaurant, Pacino goes in and gets it, then comes out and wastes 'em? That was awesome." Or, "I loved it when Spacey walks out of the police station and his limp goes away!" Or, "That was classic when Wayne and Garth sing Bohemian Rhapsody in the Merth Mobile!" People remember sequences. Here is the list of the most memorable sequences for me this year. I'll do my best to not put more than one or two per film.

1. "I'd like to phone a friend" Slumdog Millionaire

2. The opening burglary - The Dark Knight

3. Interrogating the Joker - The Dark Knight

4. Performing Dracula's Lament - Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5. Playing the djembe in the subway - The Visitor

6. Dancing in outer space - WALL*E

7. The diner scene - Pineapple Express

8. The chase through the Mumbai slums - Slumdog Millionaire

9. The final match - The Wrestler

10. Late night phone call - Frost/Nixon

11. Blackmail over the phone - Burn After Reading

12. Ray breaks down - In Bruges

13. The Barbershop - Gran Torino

14. Coming out to Dad - Milk

15. "I'm a broken down piece of meat" - The Wrestler

16. "There is no exit" - W.

17. "Can't smile without you" duet - Hellboy II

18. Prison confrontation - The Visitor

19. "I don't love you" - Revolutionary Road

20. "I am Iron Man" - Iron Man

Here are my favorite performances

Sadly, I've not seen many of the films featuring solid female performances. Maybe that's my fault, or maybe studios are guilty of not offering as many interesting roles for women to play.


1. Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road
2. Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
3. Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4. Melissa Leo - Frozen River
5. Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6. Angelina Jolie - Changeling
7. Hiam Abbass - The Visitor
8. Frances McDormand - Burn After Reading
9. Emily Mortimer - Transsiberian
10. Cate Blanchett - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


1. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
2. Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
3. Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
4. Sean Penn - Milk
5. Colin Farrell - In Bruges
6. James Franco - Pineapple Express
7. Josh Brolin - Milk
8. Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
9. Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
10. Leonardo Dicaprio - Revolutionary Road
11. Brad Pitt - Burn After Reading
12. James Franco - Milk
13. Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
14. Michael Sheen - Frost/Nixon
15. Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
16. Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man
17. Tom Cruise - Tropic Thunder
18. Ralph Fiennes - In Bruges
19. Russell Brand - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
20. Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Film '08

Most of my buddies that blog already put out their "best of '08" lists. I realize that I am quite behind with my film list. The reason behind this is simple. I wanted to see as many films as possible before making the final list. I've finally come to a realization that there are many films that I won't see for a while for a few reasons. The first is that I live in Colorado Springs, so specific art house films won't be coming to my town. I'll have to await their arrival on blu-ray. Another is that film is something I enjoy, but not a high priority. I'll rarely make a sacrifice to see a film, but I will sacrifice watching a film for a variety of reasons.

That said, I've decided to do this year's list a bit differently. I was inspired by Roger Ebert's decision to organize his list alphabetically because he could not decide which films were best. He simply enjoyed all of his favorites. I've taken a cue from Netflix and decided to arrange my list based on the way I rated each film on my Netflix account. On this wonderful site, the viewer gives each film a star rating, 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. Netflix defines the star system this way; 5-loved it, 4-really liked it, 3-liked it, 2-didn't like it, 1-hated it. This year, I'll group my list together based on my Netflix Ratings.

First, a few observations. I am slowly getting better at selecting the films to which I give my time. I saw 39 films released in 2008 and only 5 fell below the 3 star rating. Only 1 received a 1 star rating. Each of these 5 films I really looked forward to as well. I wasn't forced to watch a piece of shit like Sex and the City. Each film on this list, I had a desire to see. Another observation is that of these 39 films, only 3 received a 5 star rating. Most received 3 or 4. The line between a 4 and 5 star film is sometimes thin. I may respect a 4 star film as much as a 5 star film, but the 5 star has to bring me to an emotional level that the 4 does not reach. Often, it does so by surprise. So here they are, from 1 to 5.

1 Star

Appaloosa - Had potential, which is why its suckiness was so disappointing. I hated this film.

2 Star

Be Kind Rewind
Smart People
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3 Star

Body of Lies
Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian
Frozen River
Hellboy II - The Golden Army
Indiana Jones and the Kingdome of Crystal Skull
Kung Fu Panda
Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
Paranoid Park
Quantum of Solace
Tropic Thunder
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

4 Star

Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Encounters at the End of the World
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Gran Torino
In Bruges
Iron Man
Pineapple Express
Revolutionary Road
The Wrestler

5 Star

The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
The Visitor

Films I haven't seen that will impact the list:

Man on Wire
Synechdoche, New York
Rachel Getting Married
Let the Right One In
Miracle at St. Anna
The Class
Tell No One
The Hurt Locker
The Reader
Wendy and Lucy

I anxiously await your comments and criticism. My next blog will address my favorite scenes of the year. Thank you for reading

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Excitement of a child

Yesterday morning was full of hidden giddiness. My brother and I attended Rockies Fest at Coors Field for a few ours. I had the privilege of touring the clubhouse and dugout. I couldn't believe it. There I stood, in a major league dugout. The same dugout which has housed the likes of Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Jim Leyland, Don Baylor, and because of the all star game in '98...Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Greg Maddux, and many others. I got the autograph of Rockie fan favorite Ryan Spillborghs as well as a host of minor league players, all of whom I am older than. I sat in on a panel discussion with all of the coaches, Clint Hurdle, Jim Tracy, Don Baylor, and Glenallen Hill, just to name a few. Needless to say, it was exciting. I don't know why grown men get excited about such things, but I'm content to be carried away by it.

In other news, I decided that I am running a marathon this spring. My goal is to qualify for Boston and run it in 2010. I realize that that is a lofty goal, but the great ones all had lofty goals. Hopefully I will join the ranks of greatness in some area of my life. That may be a lofty goal itself. The qualifying time for the Boston marathon in my age group is 3:10. I cannot foresee myself actually running that time, but stranger things have happened. The training regiment begins tomorrow. Anyone interested in training with Me?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Albums of '08

This past year was a decent one for music. Several bands and artists I avidly listen to came out with albums. Some good, some disappointing. This year I wasn't able to come up with a list ranking the order of albums I like. I mean, how do you separate 3 from 4, or 9 from 10. It all depends on how I feel the day I write. Newer albums are fresher in my mind than ones I bought last March. So I decided to break it up into three categories; The Upper Echelon, Very Good, Halfway Decent.

The Upper Echelon (in no particular order):

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Stunning debut. The singer/songwriter on an acoustic guitar thing got old a long time ago, but every once in a while something special comes along. This is one of those albums

Devotchka - A Mad and Faithful Telling

Hailing from Colorado, this band was made famous on the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack. Their new album is full of energy. Really enjoyed it.

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

There's no single as catchy as Crazy on this album, but overall it is a stronger album than its predecessor.

Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

Of their 4 albums this one is my least favorite. It is the first that failed to carry me away to another realm That said, it's still a damn fine album with a few of their catchiest songs yet.

Very Good (in no particular order):

The Black Keys - Attack and Release

These guys are full of energy and it is evident on this album

Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All of His Friends

The heart is back! After the passionless album that was X and Y, Coldplay rediscovered their heart. If not for a couple of boring songs in the middle of the album, this could have been something great.

Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

This guy improves with every album. He's realizing that pretentious lyrics are not the only thing that make for good music. I enjoyed this departure.

Dungen - 4

Why am I the only person that listens to these guys. They are fantastic. Check 'em out.

Hearts of Palm - The Bridge EP

The lead singer was my locker partner in high school. I attend almost every show I can that this band plays in Denver. They are something special, and I hope they can survive their recent losses with a change of lineup.

Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static

He is developing as well. Just another solid album from this guy.

Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak

Man, I'm glad I gave this one a second chance. Hated it when I first listened to the 30 second itunes clips. Glad I decided to buy it anyway. Kanye is good when he drops the stupid skits on the albums and does something serious. Maybe the theme of this album is really close to my heart as well right now. Thank you Kanye

Lindsey Buckingham - Gift of Screws

He is fantastic. He was the true brains behind Fleetwood Mac. Listen to this album

Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling

I enjoy everything these guys do. Nothing earth shattering on this album, simply very good.

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

After the miracle that was "Z", this album was a bit disappointing. Still good though.

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

This is a massive improvement on their debut album. Jack White is one of the best musicians in rock and roll right now.

The Roots - Rising Down

Doesn't match the brilliance of their best albums, but better than any other hip hop album I heard this year.

Spiritualized - Songs in A and E

Thanks to John for turning me on to these guys. I wish more people new about 'em. They are special.

Sun Kil Moon - April

Best discovery this year. Not necessarily for this particular album, which is still solid. But for Mark Kozelek, the brains behind this band and another band called Red House Painters who are a new favorite. He also played the bass player in Almost Famous. Check his bands out.

TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

These guys are an acquired taste. I'm glad I kept tasting. I'm digging this album.

The Verve - Fourth

Biggest surprise of the year. Their first album in ten years and it does not disappoint.

Halfway Decent (no particular order):

Beck - Modern Guilt

Very rarely do I love a song by Beck, but very rarely do I dislike one. Almost every song he's ever recorded I've liked on some level. With the exception of the album Sea Change, his work simply never brings me to that other level.

Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Good album. Nothing special.

The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath

The weakest album in their catalog, but there is still enough good stuff to warrant the purchase

Unwed Sailor - Little Wars

A recent discovery. I like these guys, but other bands do post rock better.

Weezer - Weezer (Red Album)

A couple of great songs on this album. Just too many forgettable ones. Too bad, it could have been something.

Most Disappointing Albums this year

Common - Universal Mind Control

Club Music?!?!?!?!?! Sometimes change is good. This wasn't.

One Day as a Lion - One Day as a Lion

We've been waiting for Zach de la Rocha's solo album for almost a decade and this is what he gives us. With the success of Audioslave, makes you wonder if the rest of the guys were the true brains behind Rage Against the Machine.

Favorite Songs of the year.

I won't rank these in order either. I'll try to limit it to one per band.

Beck - Gamma Ray
The Black Keys - Strange Times
Bon Iver - Flume
Coldplay - Death and All of His Friends
Devotchka - Along the Way
Gnarls Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul?
Jack Johnson - Angel
Kanye West - Say You Will
Lindsey Buckingham - Time Precious Time
Mogwai - Batcat
My Morning Jacket - Highly Suspicious
The Raconteurs - Consoler of the Lonely
The Roots - Rising Down
Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook
Spiritualized - Sweet Talk
Sun Kil Moon - Lost Verses
TV on the Radio - Crying
Weezer - The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

Albums I'm looking forward to this year

Mos Def
Bon Iver
John Frusciante
The Decemberists
David Bazan
Michael Jackson (rumors)
Green Day
Amy Winehouse

That's about it. Thanks for reading.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Reflection on 2008

Often life seems dull, slow moving and sad. Reflecting on an entire year and the experiences which occurred make it tough to feel that way. Here are the highlights.


New Years Day and a few after in Portland with David, Hannah, and the Marrs family. I also met Rachel, Brad's wife as of this past Saturday, for the first time. The second straight New Years Day spent in Portland.

Displayed and act of courage with a woman in a public place.


A night spent in Vail with a friend and a couple of strangers which led to 2 fantastic days on the mountain.


Two nights in Keystone with DJ. Two great days on the mountain.

See Explosions in the Sky by myself at the Ogden in Denver. Beautifully moving experience.


Opening day at Coors Field. The defending National League Champs embarked on a title defending year. They lost. Foreshadowing?

Ran my first 5k. The Alpine Autism Center Autism Awareness 5k to be exact. I won. I won a gift certificate to Marigold's for a pizza which expires next month. Anybody want to go?

Ran the Ft. Collins 10k with Matt and Emily. To my surprise, I finished 4th out of 450 people with a time of 36:57, pace of 5:57 minute miles. My love for running increases dramatically.


Ran the Boulder Boulder 10k with Rachel. Had a blast. My time was a bit humbling. I was a bit arrogant after the ft collins race.

Saw Wilco at the Pikes Peak Center with my brothers, roommate, and some other friends. Fantastic show.


Took my first paid vacation week ever. Went to Portland for 10 days to witness my close friends David and Hannah wed. It was a week for the ages.

Bought my first road bicycle. My first triathlon will happen this year.


LOLLAPALOOZA! John and I spent 3 nights in Chicago seeing the likes of Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley, Explosions in the Sky, Iron and Wine, Broken Social Scene, and many others. Fantastic Weekend.

Bit my lip and wrote and email that was a long time coming.

Played in an all star baseball game at Sky Sox Stadium (the Rockies' triple A ballclub) complete with my picture and stats on the jumbo screen. Threw a guy out at third from right field and hit one out. Too bad it was 20 feet foul. It would have been the only home run of the game and the first home run I ever hit.


Bronco game with Nate, complete with tailgating.

Sigur Ros at Red Rocks, complete with tailgaiting. Not a performance as much as an experience. Thanks fellas.


Fun wedding reception with my family. Thank you Bradley family.

Bitterly cold camping adventure with Andrew. Thanks Pal


A great reunion, evening, and conversation with an important person.

Being a part of something special on the evening of November 4th.

Another successful Gravy Bowl football game Thanksgiving morning. The most competitive one to date. Wait 'til next year.


The Budweiser company Christmas party. Thanks Karen.

A great first season ski trip with Matt and Emily.

Observing my beautiful family handling a crisis on Christmas day.

Mike's bachelor party and ill-advised ski trip. Oodles of fun.

The coldest Bronco home game in history with Joe and Jeff.

A beautiful bike ride through Garden of the Gods. My ass still hurts Jason.

The most beautiful, heart wrenching, life affirming, poetic night of my young life.

Ending the year once again in Portland.

I look forward to 2009 with a restless yet optimistic perspective.