June 23, 2005

Inquiring Minds...Want Answers (Part III)


Mike asked...what do you think of the new Foo Fighters CD set? What CD coming out soon are you most anticipating?

Ah! A sneaky two-parter. The new Foo is good. But not great. And here's why - Dave and company are talented as hell. They write great songs with great hooks, full of energy and melody. But they might have been just a little too ambitious with In Your Honor. The first CD contains some great songs but also a few throwaways. Many sound like they could have been culled from b-sides from their two previous albums. Not that they're not good - they're just not all gems. The acoustic CD, while also excellent, is very strident. The songs are good but there's no punch, no bite. I'm all about bloat. I grew up listening to progressive rock, full of 30 minute songs. So, its odd that this is one time I advocate pruning an album. Combine the best of the two discs and the Foo Fighters have made an excellent album. Taken as a whole, there are too many weak spots. Don't get me wrong - its good stuff and much better than 95% of the other crap out there. Its just not fundamentally excellent.

Upcoming releases...hmmm...let me see what's coming out. Fountains of Wayne comes out with a new one but I've never been all that excited by them. They write smart, clever songs but they just fall into the "nice to listen to" category for me. The Posies have a new one coming out too - that might be nice. Otherwise, I'm sitting here scrolling through the new release lists for the next couple weeks and its looking kinda dry.

Lucy asked...shampoo first or last?

First. Always first.

Monkey Typist asked...do you also take non-digital photos?

What's this non-digital thing of which you speak? Are you speaking the language of The Ancients? Okay, I'll stop being a smart-ass. No, I like the immediacy of digital and haven't picked up a regular film camera in, well, a damn long time.

JuJu's Mom asked...I must ask how you proposed to Mrs. Cactus.

Beth and I had been dating and living in sin for seven years by the time I got around to proposing. I wasn't reluctant but we were in college, then out of college, moving, getting jobs...you know - Major Life Events and such. I got the ring in early December and contemplated literally hundreds of ways of popping the question. I went with none of them. Instead, I tied a gold ribbon around the ring and hung it from the Christmas tree we'd put up. When Beth got home, I calmly (well, as calm as I could be) told her that I bought her a new ornament. Of course, she eventually (after a thorough search for what seemed like hours) found the ring and I asked her to marry me. The rest, as they say, is history.

Spring asked...what's your middle name?

Funny story. My middle name is Mathew. Yes, only one T. Why, you ask? Well, I was born in Argentina while my dad was working for a company down there. According to law, even foreign parents had to give kids born in Argentina a name that was translatable into Spanish. Matthew in Spanish is Mateo. My dad, in his excitement over having a kid in the first place, neglected to spell it correctly after doing a quick translation in his head. What can I say - I always inspired awe and confusion in my parents.

Carrster asked...did you have a pet when you were growing up?

Not until I was at 12 or so. My parents got a call from my grandmother who lives in California one afternoon. She said she'd found something we had to have and it would be coming on an airplane the next day. It was a cat. Have I mentioned lately that my grandmother's a little quirky? We named her Mandy. Sadly, Mandy is no longer with us but she made it a good long time.

Lizabetty asked...do you wear shoes?

You know what they say - no shirt, no shoes, no service. So, yeah, I do wear shoes. Come to think of it, I rarely go barefoot. I wonder why that is.

Mrsmogul asked...what's your favorite veggie meal to cook?

I'll preface by saying this - my favorite meal to have cooked for me is the mean stuffed pepper my wife makes. That's probably my favorite. But my favorite meal to cook is probably the wild mushroom risotto we make occasionally. Risotto is tough to get just right but we've managed to get it down. Really, the recipe is one of the better tasting things on earth.

Kate asked...I'd like to know how you and Beth met...was it love at first sight?

(Great Kate...if I screw this one up, I'm in deep, deep trouble!) Beth and I met early on during our freshman year in college. It wasn't until the beginning of the second semester that we started dating. I'm not sure it was love at first site but it was something that happened very quickly once it started. We dated for, oh, a couple of days and then she moved in with me. I'm not speaking figuratively either. Literally days.

Ava asked...would you ever consider having a dog? if not, why don't you? if so, what kind?

That would be a negative, ghost rider. The reason is simple. Were I to bring home a dog, I would end up with a red, puffy, irritated wife. Again, I'm not speaking figuratively. Beth is terribly allergic to dogs. I don't know about you, but I prefer my spouses to be un-swollen and phlegm-free.

Raybelle said...ok, I want to know how you and Beth met.

I might have already filled in the blanks on this one. I mentioned college...freshman year...right? Well, we were each dating other people, doing the long distance thing. And that wasn't working out too well for either of us. So, one weekend we went home and ended things. Of course, I felt bad so I un-ended things but re-ended things the next weekend. Regardless, we broke up with our significant others and I moved out of the dorm. Beth helped me move. And pretty much never left. I was quite alright with that.

MooAlex asked...what song was playing when you had your first "real" kiss?

This might sound like a complete and utter cop-out but I have no idea. Honestly. I can't even guess when that was. Worse than that, I can't tell you who it was with. Apparently my memory sucks.

Jen chimed in with one of the more serious topics I'll take on - toilet paper...over or under?

Without doubt, over. Definitely over.

Speaking of over...over and out.

Posted by Chris at June 23, 2005 8:28 PM

Chris, since I am moving to DC, can I come over and learn how to make your mushroom risotto. I love it but do not know how to cook it?

Posted by: goodsnake at June 23, 2005 8:37 PM

Okay, I forgive your cop-out on my question since you indirectly gave me a post about it. :)

Posted by: mooalex at June 23, 2005 8:45 PM

No! We're not getting tired of this, are you? Your brain is getting a good workout I bet. I was pondering the appeal of reading blogs today, (I only read a few, time permitting) and I decided it must be akin to watching reality television- which I do not do, but peeking into other people's life satisfies that little voyeur in us all. The main difference between reading RudeCactus and watching reality tv is, of course, that the characters on the tube are inarticulate, uninteresting,unintelligent, I could go on and on. And then there's you ;-)

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at June 23, 2005 9:02 PM

i think the reason the foos latest is a bit inconsisent is because dave failed to realise that we were meant to be best buddies... it could have been a great album otherwise...

a cousin of mine is named Alen. all through school people kept thinking he spelt it wrong, but in croatian it's writen how its spelt...

my question... will you be feeding the bean meat when the solids phase comes around?

Posted by: chlamygirl at June 23, 2005 9:34 PM

I didn't ask any questions because everyone covered everything quite well but didn't I ask about the Foo first? :)

Posted by: Carla at June 24, 2005 12:16 AM

What is the recipe for the mushroom risotto?

And the stuffed pepper one also... how does Beth make it?

Posted by: Sepra at June 24, 2005 12:27 AM

Ah, I made it! I'm famous now :) Part three...I always liked the number three, it's a magic number.

Posted by: Kate at June 24, 2005 4:13 AM

My husband spends a tremendous amount of the very little time he's home talking silly to my belly (because of the baby inside, of course), do you also drive Beth crazy in the same way? Don't get me wrong -it's cute, but hormones are raging and it's nice to be remembered as something other than a baby vessel. ;)

Posted by: hr mommy at June 24, 2005 7:49 AM

Since someone already asked my question, sorta, about a first pet...here's a good 1st grade question for ya-What's your favorite colour?

Posted by: Michelle at June 24, 2005 8:23 AM

Aww, that's such a sweet proposal story.

Posted by: Fraulein N at June 24, 2005 8:30 AM

I'm so glad to hear you say that the toilet paper goes over. I've been known to fix it in other people's houses if it's wrong. I always wonder if they even notice....

Posted by: donna at June 24, 2005 9:15 AM

Mushroom risotto recipe please.

Posted by: Kymmie at June 24, 2005 9:27 AM

oh ok, im the opposite of that (about the photos i mean) but i do agree its good that digital is good, and instant etc, i just cant do it!

Posted by: monkey-typist at June 24, 2005 4:58 PM

awwwwwwwww, you tied a bow around the engagement ring, that is soooooooo sweet!!! my guy was SO nervous that he hardly asked at all. lol.

Posted by: lizabetty at June 26, 2005 3:08 PM

Ah chris... you dissin' my boyfriend, Dave Grohl? (okay, nevermind that he doesn't know he's my boyfriend.... YET).

S'okay... I agree with the assessment. Not their greatest work. I was disappointed.

(Did buy Haughty Melodic and LOVE it).

Posted by: Snidget at June 27, 2005 10:36 PM

argentina!!! geez, everyone i know was either living in argentina at some point, was born there...or has relatives...or, in my case, works at an argentine restaurant. viva la milanesa!

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