June 2006


Sorry for the lack of updates…

I’ve had 2 meetings away from the office this week, plus Jordan’s grandfather passed away on Monday… so I’ve only been working in the office for 2 days this week, trying to cram in 5 days of work into 2, plus helping Shannon with a project, and then not being around much in the evening. Hopefully, I’ll get some time over the holiday to have some fun refreshing things to post, but right now it’s all about the in-laws… oy!

UPDATED: Closing it just shy of the one week mark… since I won’t be online tomorrow. Will have another one soon, I’m sure!

Music Meme

It might be excessive to be playing this again so soon… but it’s fun… I’m bored… and while Eddie and I were drinking last night, we decided once a month is not enough… for now!

The Rules (in case you want to do it too!)

Step 1: Put your iPod/MP3 player or iTunes on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post it on your blog and let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly & post the title in bold after the stricken song.
Step 5: Looking the lyrics up on Google or any other search engine is cheating! Please play nice!

Also, if you know the song – leave your guess in a comment, if you are right, I will post your name (or link if you prefer). Have fun!

The Songs

1. “when I’m walkin down the street I call your name inside my head I go insane don’t you know that it’s really makin’ me crazy” Dannii Minogue – I Begin To Wonder

2. “you’re not half the man you think you are save your words because you’ve gone too far I listened to all your lies and all your stories” Madonna – Sorry

3. “do you know my name well I ain’t gonna take that big time line gonna call out to these embers waiting to ignite gonna pull you up by your love, by your love and tell you” **Cyndi Lauper – Shine** ShannonH

4. “oh it’s so hot and I need some air and boy don’t stop cuz I’m halfway there it’s not complicated we’re too syncopated we can read each other’s minds” Britney Spears – Breathe On Me

5. “why every time I call it the same thing you be on the phone with Elaine or either Shawna or Donna
-But T-Bird I’m the phone with my Momma” B-Rock & The Bizz – MyBabyDaddy

6. “why everything that’s supposed to be bad make me feel so good everything they tell me not to is exactly what I would” Kanye West – Addiction

7. “woke up this morning with a smile on my face jumped out of bed took a shower dressed cleaned up my place made me some breakfast toast 2 scrambled eggs grits” Jill Scott – The Way

8. “I read you and God i’m good at it I’m so spot on chord shapes in air go press that dissonance if you dare” **Frou Frou – Breathe In** ShannonH

9. “I worry I weigh 3 times my body I worry I throw my fear around but this morning, there’s a calm I can’t explain rock candy’s melted, only diamonds now remain” John Mayer – Clarity

10. “just like the white wing dove sings the songs sounds like she’s singing whoo whoo whoo” **Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen** ShannonH

11. “if Peter Piper pecked him I betcha Biggie bust em he probably tried to fuck him, I told him not to trust him lyrically I dust em off like Pledge” Lil’ Kim – Queen Bitch

12. “you’ve got your mother & your brother every other undercover tellin’ you what to say you think I’m stupid but the truth is that it’s cupid baby lovin’ you has made me this way” **Kelly Clarkson – Walkaway** ShannonH

13. “I’m feelin’ fine cuz in time I’ll be out tonight I’m startin’ now makin’ sure I look fine tonight call Rene & Boo gotta meet them soon tell T. to call Shawn I’ll be there at 1 when we show up all the guys at the club wanna get our backs” Janet Jackson – Go Deep

14. “toe to toe dancing very close barely breathing almost comatose wall to wall people hypnotized and they’re stepping lightly” Blondie – Rapture

15. “tonight your mine completely you give your love so sweetly tonight the light of love is in your eyes” Me First & The Gimme Gimme’s – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

16. “clever girl think you are but you think too much shut down turn around don’t look that way anymore” Kylie Minogue – Did It Again

17. “don’t wish, don’t start wishing only wounds the heart there’s a girl I know he loves her so” **Wicked OBCR – I’m Not That Girl** EddieZ

18. “whatcha gonna do with all that junk all that junk inside yo trunk
-I’m a get get get get get you drunk get you love drunk”
**Black Eyed Peas – My Humps**ShannonH

19. “standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona and I’m quite sure I’m in the wrong song 2 girl 65 got a piece tied up in the backseat said honey we’re recovering christians” **Tori Amos – In The Springtime of His Voodoo** ShannonH

20. “I came I saw I kicked some ass the pain I caused it makes me love cuz the way I do my thing is strange I just inject myself into your veins” Boomkat – The Wreckoning

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Found something worthwhile in blogsville this morning. From the usual pipeline of Eddie found this on Scott-O-Rama

Rambling Along in Life took this pictures and wants to spread the word about our ability to be both gay and American, in spite of what the haters say. I think it’s a worthy cause, and a gorgeous picture!

You can link it to you blog too, just shoot a comment over to Kelly to let him know your joining in on the fun.

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So Marvel has decided, since summer isn’t busy enough with all of their characters busy fighting in a “Civil War”, except for the Hulk and some of the X-Men, who are fighting in space, why not have Storm and the Black Panther get married.

Storm, one of the greatest X-Men leaders, a mainstay on the team, and someone who has never really dated the Black Panther.

The Black Panther, the leader of an African utopia called “Wakanda”, and a character constantly struggling to not be written all contrived and stereotypical.

So how do we make this conceivable!? Well, have successful Black novelist, Eric Jerome Dickey, write a six issue mini-series, re-writing Storm’s history to include a teenaged relationship with the Black Panther. And as well written as this series may be, I still feel manipulated into supporting this marriage.

Other memorable comic book marriages, have had a reason: Spidey & Mary Jane and Cyclops & Jean Grey are couples who have been together for years, and their marriages were long awaited milestones.

This Storm/BP thing is totally out of nowhere. And Storm has much better suitors… Forge, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, even Bishop; these are all relationships that have been bubbling under for years. And the Black Panther, since he’s been an Avenger before, wouldn’t Tigra be a better choice!? I’m mean she’s a cat-woman for chrissakes! It just seems like, for no apparent reason, Marvel has picked their 2 most prominent Black characters, and shoved them together to sell some comics. (I guess it’s working, because I’m buying them) (On another note, in a press release, Marvel erroneously referred to the Black Panther as African American. Dudes, he’s just African… are you scared to refer to him as Black when his name is as controversial as “The Black Panther”!?)

So I’ve got another month or so to go to find out how this really works out… but at this time… it just feels so forced.

(On the other hand, Storm’s wedding dress looks fierce!)
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and look how big Kitty Pryde’s jugs look in that bridesmaid dress. she’s apparently had work done for the wedding. probly the same place Emma Frost went

So yeah… I saw X-Men 3 again last night. And when it gets to the $3 theatre I’m going to see it more. I’m still trying to decide if I can call it my favorite one. Shannon went with me, and I’m glad she enjoyed it, but because she is a non-dork (at least as far as comics), I spent a good part of the ride home suspending her disbelief. But at least it proves to me that there is a market for the X-Men with non-geeks, and the studio better get to work on X4… or even Wolverine… cause I’ll totally be there opening night… and probably 3 times after that!

Whole of my body was jumping though… and even if it was my second time, I was still caught with my mouth wide open several times. Something about the X-Men turns me into a drooling geek,

And I love it.

Jermaine Dupri, the “mastermind” behind Mariah Carey’s return, and many other “hit” records of the past year; who is currently in the studio ruining the sound of Janet’s album… had this to say about Janet’s new single:

“It’s a duet between her and Nelly,” Dupri said. “It’s the jump-off. It’s really just a record about when you need a friend, somebody you need to talk to, just call on a person. It’s a friend record. It ain’t really a boyfriend/girlfriend record. The way Nelly and Janet is talking is more girlfriend/boyfriend, but it really goes out to friends.”

Which is it Jermaine?? Are they friends or are they fucking?

I may have downloaded this song this past weekend, and to me, it sounds like a nap. A long nap. Maybe the dirt-nap that has become Janet’s career since she flapped her titty on national TV. So where we once had an artist who conquered her wispy frail voice by giving us some tremendous dance routines, and some incredible pop/dance/hip-hop anthems, is now going to do what her yawn-inducing rat-faced boyfriend tells her, and put out an album of mundane Mariah castoffs, and sleep away the rest of her career.

Janet, I miss you. Give me a call when you’re back in Controoo-oool.

So we’re right in the middle of Gay Pride month. On the eve of Baltimore Gay Pride, you know the red headed stepchild between DC and New York. Philly’s cousin. That time of year where for a weekend, me and all my gay friends crowd the streets to cheer on our gay brothers and sisters and friends, get drunk, and dance at the disco club. Fun for all… I think. Anyway, before I go rock out to the sounds of Tiffany (really?) and Junior Vasquez (really!?); I wanted to share with you all, my thoughts on gay unions and the sanctity of marriage.

If the gays can’t marry, the straights can’t divorce.

Marinate on that!

peace

UPDATE: Guessing is done for now… I’ll probably make this an monthly event. since I’m a dork like that!! I’m unstriking the songs but putting the unguessed songs in all caps…

Eddie found this on Scott-O-Rama and and then I swiped it from Eddie’s blog, it seems like it could be fun! And for those that don’t know apparently it is called: Music Meme.

The Rules (in case you want to do it too!)

Step 1: Put your iPod/MP3 player or iTunes on random.

Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.

Step 3: Post it on your blog and let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.

Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly and post the title in bold after the stricken song when it is guessed.

Step 5: Looking the lyrics up on Google or any other search engine is cheating! Please play nice!

Also, if you know the song – leave your guess in a comment, if you are right, I will post your name (or link if you prefer). Have fun!

The Songs

1. “take these arms that were made for loving and this heart that will beat for two take these eyes that were meant for watching over you” Kylie Minogue – Come Into My World ShannonH

2. “I cannot name this I cannot explain this and I really don’t want to” Ani DiFranco – Shameless ShannonH

3. “he’s all mine and his lovin’ gets me high like a taste of ecstasy all I need is him to be…”MARIAH CAREY – LOVERBOY

4. “lucky me I guessed the kind of man that you would turn out to be now I wish that I’d been wrong and then I could remember to breathe” Tori Amos – Mother Revolution ShannonH

5. “take the bait bite the line I got the place you got the time I’m lickin’ my lips did I make you blush” DANNII MINOGUE – PUT THE NEEDLE ON IT

6. “I said rock whats a matter with you rock don’t you see I need you rock don’t let down all on that day” NINA SIMONE – SINNERMAN

7. “last night I cried tossed and turned woke up with dry eyes my mind was racing feet were pacing Lord help me please tell me what have I gotten into” VIVIAN GREEN – EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER

8. “when the train rolls by I’m gonna be ready this time when the boy gets that look in his eye I’m gonna be ready this time when my mom says I look good in white I’m gonna be ready this time” DIXIE CHICKS – READY TO RUN

9. “if there’s a cure for this I don’t want it I don’t want it if there’s a remedy I run from it from it think about it all the time never let it out of my mind” Diana Ross – Love Hangover ShannonH

10. “feels like I’m goin in circles you’re like a maze I can’t get through should I go left should I go right should I let you stay for the night” JANET JACKSON – I WANT YOU

11. “knew you’d be here tonight so I put my best dress on boy I was so right” Kylie Minogue – Slow Scott-O-Rama

12. “take a look around this is what it’s now it’s a little bridge now baby it’s a little bridge now just a photograph kinda makes me laugh” Liz Phair – Don’t Have Time ShannonH

13. “I’d like to get know ya so I can show ya put the pussy on ya like I told ya gimme all your numbers so I can phone ya you’re girl actin’ stank then call me over” MISSY ELLIOTT – WORK IT

14. “you give your hand to me and then you say hello and I can hardly speak my heart is beating so” Michael Buble – You Don’t Know Me Scott-O-Rama

15. “don’t you wanna go for a ride just keep your hands inside and make the most out of life” Rob Thomas – This Is How A Heart Breaks EddieZ

16. “London calling speak the slang now boys say wha come on girls say what say wha” M.I.A – GALANG

17. “I once had a girl or should I say she once had me she showed me her room isn’t it good…” BEATLES – NORWEGIAN WOOD

18. “how ya doin young lady feeling that you gave me really drives me crazy you dont have a player on your trunk I was at a loss of words the first time we spoke” NELLY FURTADO & TIMBALAND – PROMISCUOUS

19. “I look and stare so deep in your eyes I touch on you more and more every time when you leave i’m beggin you not to go call your name two three times in a row such a funny thing for me to try to explain” BEYONCE – CRAZY IN LOVE

20. “last night I dreamt of San Pedro just like I’d never gone I knew the song a young girl with eyes like the desert it all seems like yesterday not far away” Madonna – La Isla Bonita EddieZ

Disclaimer: I omitted songs that had no lyrics, or where the title was said in the first few lines. Some of the songs were remixed, so they started off differently from the original version. Enjoy!

So last night was my first and possibly only concert of the summer, what with concert ticket prices rising like the temperature, and not many people on the road I'm dying to see (until Nelly Furtado announces her schedule). And what a concert it was!!

Rob Thomas & Natasha Bedingfield @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

The weather was lovely. Boyfriend and I made it down to the venue with time to spare, and the crowd was pretty agreeable. Now to the music:

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Natasha Bedingfield was terrific. Her band was tight, her vocals were great, and her interaction with the crowd was nice; considering that:

a) Americans are pretty sucky at welcoming and appreciating new and/or foreign artists

b) most people there, only knew her as the "i love you i love you" unwritten girl, if at all

So clearly, she was just at opening act status, and only got 30 minutes to fill. Which is a shame, because she was 50% of why I bought the tickets in the first place. However she worked out those 30 (ish) minutes. Her set:

If You're Gonna – Single – I Bruise Easily – These Words – Silent Movie – Unwritten

Was a good sampler of the best parts of her album, and hopefully will lead to more oppurtunities here in the states. If it fails, though, I hear she's banging Nick Lachey, so maybe that will work for her instead. Either way, yay Natasha!!

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Rob Thomas put on a great show and I was really impressed.

I was never a big Matchbox 20 fan, they had some good songs, and some more blah songs. However his solo material has been a lot more appealing. Pardon my memory, but I remember of his set included (not necessarily in this order):

This Is How a Heart Breaks – Problem Girl – Something To Be – Lonely No More – Wonderwall – Let's Dance – Suspicious Minds – 3AM – Smooth – When The Heartache Ends – Fallin' To Pieces – some other Matchbox 20 songs – I Am An Illusion

His performance was great. The crowd was pleasant and excited, and he had a great connection with us. He seemed thrilled to be performing and had a genuine love of his craft. His band was TIGHT, and they seemed pretty laidback, while still really enjoying themselves. Apparently they were running fast on time, so their encore was extended. Fine by me!

Oh — and the light show. He had a bitching light show to accompany his show, which was surprising and exciting.

All in all they were totally work the 50 bucks, and my only gripe is that Natasha didn't play longer!

So yesterday was the 6th of June. I wanted to make this post yesterday, alas time escaped me… so here goes, a day late.

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A bit of hoopla is going on due to the date of 6-6-06. And I find it ironical that the mentally impotent leader of our back-pedalling nation has taken it upon himself to again try and set civil rights back a couple pegs, and is pushing for a ban on gay marriage. Again.

Luckily, he's unlikely to get enough support on this issue and it will undoubtedly drop like my left nut when I turned 14.

However, I think it's scarier then any horror remake that such a fucktard is running our country, and feels compelled to tell me what to do with not only my dick, but my ring finger as well. The Dixie Chicks were wrong. Forget Texas, I'm ashamed this guy is from Earth.

Duh-bya

pleased to meet you hope you guessed my name but what's puzzling you is the nature of my game ~Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

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