May 29, 2009

The Weeklies #87

The Weekly Observation About Nature. We have the loudest frogs in our backyard ever.

The Weekly Beer. Shiner Bock. Yep, good Texas beer.

The Weekly Time Waster. Gridshock

The Weekly Read. I read Sarah Rainone's Love Will Tear Us Apart. I mean, how could I not after it was described as a cross between Nick Hornby and Brett Easton Ellis? And that's exactly what it was, minus Hornby's music literacy and Ellis' moderate depravity (not including the completely depraved Glamorama and American Psycho). In my mind, the best music-driven book ever written is Hornby's High Fidelity. This is no High Fidelity. Love Will Tear Us Apart is a decent book - at no point did I consider putting it down nor was I ever not entertained - but music certainly didn't drive the story. It wasn't even an integral part. And that was a little disappointing.

The Weekly Music. I heard about Billy Kelly's Thank You For Joining The Happy Club on NPR. And sure, it's a kid's album but it made me laugh because there was just enough inside grown-up oriented humor to keep me interested. Have kids? Buy it. Just want something happy and fun to listen to? Borrow a neighbor kid for cover and go buy it.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Jon and Kate pulled in TLC's biggest ratings ever?! People, if you keep watching, they'll never go away!

The Weekly Hypothetical. What kind of routine expedition were Marshall, Will and Holly on when they encountered the greatest earthquake ever known? And how is it routine for an expedition to include your 12 year old daughter? You have no clue what I'm talking about do you?

Posted by Chris at May 29, 2009 5:57 AM
Comments

Yay Shiner Bock!

Long time no comment! I am driving to Texas as we speak. Not commenting and driving though. That would be dangerous! Talk soon, I hope!

Posted by: anita at May 29, 2009 6:20 AM

Yay Shiner Bock!

Long time no comment! I am driving to Texas as we speak. Not commenting and driving though. That would be dangerous! Talk soon, I hope!

Posted by: anita at May 29, 2009 6:20 AM

I'm gonna guess they were searching for the lost temple of Mia. And clearly you take your 12 year old daughter with you on an expedition, lest she find a boyfriend.

I am constantly amazed that you work, play with your kids and still manage to read a book every week.

Posted by: tutugirl1345 at May 29, 2009 7:14 AM

You had me at Shiner Bock!!!!

Posted by: Debbie at May 29, 2009 7:29 AM

Land of the Lost.

Posted by: Meredith at May 29, 2009 7:54 AM

Ugh, please don't get ME started on the Land Of The Lost remake. They're raping my childhood.

Posted by: leslie at May 29, 2009 8:25 AM

I love Will Ferrell but this movie looks BAD! Of course the original series was horrible too. LOVED it back in the day but we recently caught a Land of the Lost marathon and I could not watch more than 5 minutes. My husband on the other hand watched for a few hours!

Posted by: Lisa at May 29, 2009 8:27 AM

I'm with Leslie. Land of the Lost was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I can't even stand seeing the commercials for this alleged remake.

Posted by: Karen at May 29, 2009 8:30 AM

I loved Land of the Lost. I can't remember a whole hell of a lot about it since I'm apparently in my dotage now, but I do remember that I loved it! Right up there with Shmoo and Captain Caveman :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 29, 2009 8:34 AM

I never comment anymore but do still read daily. Love your family! Also read Beth.
Just had to write and say the weekly show wasn't "Land of the Lost" but was "Lost in Space"
I watched it every week. :)
Never had that brand of beer but sure do enjoy a good cold beer on a hot day.
Hugs,
Trish

Posted by: Trish at May 29, 2009 8:36 AM

Ah yes, I heard that piece, too. I was totally digging the 'People Really Like Milk' song!

Posted by: morninglightmama at May 29, 2009 9:05 AM

We introduced our 13yr old and 7 yr old to Land of the Lost during the Memorial Day marathon on SciFi...they LOVED it!

Posted by: Texxla at May 29, 2009 9:18 AM

Shiner Bock + Rotelle (diced tomatoes w/ chilis) + Velveeta (yes, Velveeta) = awesome queso dip

(Of course, you need to heat them all up in a pot... chunks of velveeta in cold beer mixed with tomatoes would just be gross.)

Posted by: stephanie at May 29, 2009 9:26 AM

Shiner Bock + Rotel (diced tomatoes w/ chilis) + Velveeta (yes, Velveeta) = awesome queso dip

(Of course, you need to heat them all up in a pot... chunks of velveeta in cold beer mixed with tomatoes would just be gross.)

Posted by: stephanie at May 29, 2009 9:26 AM

Damn! I thought I caught comment #1 before it went through. Repeat comments annoy me even more than typos!

Posted by: stephanie at May 29, 2009 9:28 AM

My house backs up to a drainage ditch sort of thing, and it is inhabited by frogs. Boy, those guys like to sing at night. I prefer Shiner Blonde to Shiner Bock, but yes - both delicious. :o)

Happy Friday!

Posted by: Emily at May 29, 2009 9:50 AM

I am looking forward to a cold beer tonight, believe me! Although it won't be Shiner Bock, because I'm slowly making my way through a sixpack of Corona.

All I can remember about Land of the Lost is that it terrified me as a kid. Particularly the Sleestacks. Even so, I really don't think they should be remaking it as a comedy.

Posted by: bad penguin at May 29, 2009 10:01 AM

Just wondering if you have introduced your children to the wonders of "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang?" Ian Fleming for kids. Greatness.

Posted by: Pat at May 29, 2009 10:30 AM

you've won my heart!!! being from texas i love a local beer! i now live in seattle and these beer snobs don't really understand a fine southern brew. is it brew thirty yet? :)

Posted by: Maria at May 29, 2009 10:36 AM

Totally Land of the Lost...Love Shiner Bock!

Posted by: Sue R at May 29, 2009 10:50 AM

Shiner bock is good. We like Blue Moon and Shock top around here these days.

Posted by: Sarah at May 29, 2009 11:19 AM

Hey...have you been to this website before?

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Posted by: Kris H. at May 29, 2009 12:14 PM

I admit I had to look it up. Shows me what you were watching when you were a kid. I was into Dynasty! Shhhh! Don't tell anyone.

Posted by: Maribeth at May 29, 2009 12:31 PM

Beer:
Do you like witbier? Try Blanche de Bruxelles. It's not only good, it has an illustration of a boy peeing on the front, which is HYSTERICALLY FUNNY after you drink a few.

Read:
Does she actually reference Joy Division in the book, or did she just straight out rip the title from them?

Schadenfreude:
Why do you think they faked his affair? Same reason Duchovney went to "sex rehab"" right before season 2 of Californication.

Hypothetical:
Will Ferrell?


Posted by: krystyn at May 29, 2009 12:46 PM

I don't know about the frog thing. I think the one's in my neighbor's pond could compete. We can hear them at our house, 500 feet away on a summer night! And, wow, really? The biggest ratings ever. Can we say media ploy?

Posted by: Dianna at May 29, 2009 1:12 PM

Jon and Kate just make me sad...and it makes me sad that anyone watches. Silliness.
And no, no idea what you're talking about :P

Posted by: Heather at May 29, 2009 1:44 PM

I DO know what you are talking about!!! Land of the Lost!!! I loved that show when I was a kid. I bought the first season on DVD recently, and MAN were the special effects cheesy!!! It is amusing to see what we thought was "cutting edge" growing up...

Interestingly, my kids loved watching the shows with me, cheesy or not.

Posted by: Kris H. at May 29, 2009 3:55 PM

If Marshall, Will and Holly live in CA, it could be any minute now.

Useless information: I know a guy who played a Sleestak in the original series. My boss has his autographed picture in her office. LOL.

Posted by: oakley at May 29, 2009 7:23 PM

I had to watch! But I thought the same thing as you, ie, they are destroying each other and their kids because of this show. I'm not going to watch anymore! Besides, I won't need to. The tabloid covers and the internet will tell me everything I need to know :)

Posted by: Heather at May 29, 2009 8:23 PM

Shiner Blonde...yum!

Posted by: steff at May 29, 2009 8:59 PM

I LOVED THAT SHOW AS A KID but not so fond of a remake with Will.

Posted by: Poppy at May 30, 2009 4:18 PM

I will challenge your frogs with my own. My apartment complex has ponds. One is around the corner from my building, about a 2 minute walk away. Those frogs are so loud that when I open my windows at night, it sounds like the pond has been moved to directly under my window. Those things are deafening!!

Posted by: Dawn at May 30, 2009 11:16 PM

For Texas beer, I used to like Celis from Austin, but Miller bought 'em and shut 'em down and moved them or something. I haven't seen it or tried it since...

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