October 2006


Black Panther #21 – The World Tour continues… with Black Panther & Storm heading to Atlantis to chat it up with Namor. Going by their last 2 visits to other kingdoms, a mini-battle is bound to start up. It will also be interesting to see if Namor gets a taste for some chocolate, and hits on Storm, since he just loves married women (a la Sue Storm the Invisible Woman).

Captain America #23 – Don’t you just hate it when your woman does you wrong!? Isn’t it worse when she sells you out to your opposition in the middle of a Civil War between superheroes and the guv’mint!? Well that was last issue. So, did the poonany that Cap got last issue reinvigorate him to kick ass this issue?

Heroes For Hire #3 – So last issue turned out to be pretty good… not as predictable a book as I thought it would be. I can be wrong sometimes!

New Avengers #24 – Where does the mysterious Sentry stand in the Civil War broo-ha-ha? He’s been pretty absent so far, so hopefully this issue will answer the questions about where he stands and why.

New Excalibur #12 – So last issue was not so bad. Who knew that Dazzler would ever be performing in King Arthur’s court. I’m sure the outcome of this issue will be, Excalibur (the team) saves the day, and then Black Knight will probably join the team. Bringing the total of non-mutants on this X-men in Europe team up to 2. How’s that for anti-discrimination!?

Nextwave #9 – This book is fucking brilliant & everyone should give it a try. That’s all!

X-Men #192 – Only 2 issues left of the first X-Men story arc under new writer Mike Carey. It’s been fun so far, if only a little hard to follow. I really liked the explanation about where The Children came from, and I’m a fickle fan when it comes to new villains. If they aren’t going to be developed & used adequately, I say why bother making them up, when there’s already a ton of villains around with a low mortality rate.

Zombie #2 – The first issue was a little underwhelming, but I’m willing to give the second issue a try, to see if this book comes up with anything different then your average zombie movie cliches & plots. I’ll let you know later! This book is definetly no Walking Dead though!

MUSIC MEME

UPDATE 11/1/06: Guessing is closed newie on the way tomorrow!

The Rules (in case you want to do it too!)
Step 1: Put your MP3/iTunes on random.
Step 2: Post lyircs from the first 20 songs that play.
Step 3: Post it on your blog & let everyone guess what song & artist the lyrics are from.
Step 4: When a song is guessed correctly, strike out the lyrics & post the title in bold.
Step 5: Looking the lyrics up on Google (or any other search engine) is cheating!!
So, if you know the song – leave your guess in a comment. If you are right, I will post your name (or link). Have fun!

The Songs

1. “these tears I’ve cried I’ve cried 1000 oceans and if it seems I’m floating in the darkness well I can’t believe that I would keep keep you from flying and I would cry 1000 more if that’s what it takes to sail you home sail you home sail you home1000 Oceans – Tori Amos   ***ShannonH

2. “every little thing that you say or do I’m hung up I’m hung up on you waiting for your call baby night & day I’m fed up I’m tired of waiting on you time goes by so slowly for those who wait no time to hesitate those who run seem to have all the fun I’m caught up I don’t know what to doHung Up – Madonna   ***EddieZ

3. “don’t let it go away this feeling has got to stay don’t let it go away this feeling has got to stay and I cant believe I’ve had this chance now don’t let it go away new you’re so new you you’re new and I never had this taste in my pastNew – No Doubt   ***CrystalG

4. “all I know is everything is not as it’s sold but the more I grow the less I know & I have lived so many lives though I’m not old & the more I see the less I grow the fewer the seeds the more I sow then I see you standing there wanting more from me & all I can do is tryTry – Nelly Furtado   ***ShannonH

5. “here we are hanging onto strains of greed & blues break the chain then we break down oh its not real if you don’t feel it unspoken expectations ideals you used to play with they’ve finally taken shape for us whats good enough for you is good enough for me it’s good enough it’s good enough for me yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah” Goonies R Good Enough – Cyndi Lauper

6. “now it seems to me that you know just what to say but words are only words can you show me something else can you swear to me that you’ll always be this way show me how you feel more than ever baby I don’t want to be lonely no more I don’t want to have to pay for this I don’t want another lover at my door it’s just another heartache on my listLonely No More – Rob Thomas   ***Ryan

7. “I’ve been waiting all day for ya babe so wontcha come & sit & talk to me tell me how we are gonna be together always hope you know when its late at night I hold on to my pillow tight & think of how you promised me forever I never thought that any one could make me feel this way now that your here all I want is just a chance to say get out leave right now it’s the end of you & me” Leave (Get Out) – JoJo   ***Zephyr

8. “I think I’m done with the sofa I think Im done with the hall I think I’m done with the kitchen table baby let’s go outside in the sunshine I know you want to but you cant say yes let’s go outside in the moonshine take me to the places that I love best so my angel she says don’t you worry bout the things theyre sayingOutside – George Michael   ***ModFab

9. “I’ve waited hours for this I’ve made myself so sick I wish I’d stayed asleep today I never thought that this day would end I never thought that tonight could ever be this close to me just try to see in the dark just try to make it work to feel the fear before you’re here I make the shapes come much too close I pull my eyes out hold my breath & wait until I shakeClose To Me – The Cure   ***ShannonH

10. “I won’t talk I won’t breathe I won’t move till you finally see that you belong with me you might think I don’t look but deep inside in the corner of my mind I’m attached to you I’m weak it’s true cause I’m afraid to know the answer do you want me too cause my heart keeps falling faster I’ve waited all my life to cross this line to the only thing that’s true so I will not hide it’s time to try anything to be with youTrue – Ryan Cabrera   ***Ryan

11. “tumble outta bed & stumble to the kitchen pour myself a cup of ambition yawnin stretchin try to come to life jump in the shower & the blood starts pumpin out on the streets the traffic starts jumpin & folks like me on the job from 9 to 59 to 5 – Dolly Parton   ***EddieZ

12. “I been gone for a minute now I’m back at the jump off goons in the club in case somethin jump off & back up before the hive let the pump off in the graveyard is where you get dumped off all we wanna do is party & buy everybody at the bar Bacardi black Barbie dressed in Bulgari I’m tryin to leave in somebody’s FerrariThe Jump-Off – Lil’ Kim   ***CrystalG

13. “well I thought about the army Dad said son youre fucking high & I thought yeah theres a first for everything so I took my old mans advice 3 sad semesters it was only 15 grand spent in bed I thought about the army I dropped out & joined a band insteadArmy – Ben Folds Five   ***Ryan

14. “I’m lyin here on the floor where you left me I think I took too much I’m crying here what have you done I thought it would be fun I can’t stay on your life support theres a shortage in the switch I can’t stay on your morphine cuz its making me itch I said I tried to call the nurse again but she’s being a little bitch I think Ill get outta hereJust Like A Pill – Pink   ***EddieZ

15. “I don’t ask for much these days & I don’t bitch & whine if I don’t get my way I only wanna fertilize another behind my lover’s back I sit & watch it grow standin where I’m at fertilize another behind my lover’s back & I’m keepin’ my secrets mine I push my seed in her bush for life it’s gonna work because I’m pushin’ it right if Mary drops my baby girl tonight I would name her Rock-N-RollThe Seed 2.0 – The Roots & Cody Chestnutt   ***CrystalG

16. “I don’t want to be the filler if the void is solely yours I don’t want to be your glass of single malt whiskey hidden in the bottom drawer I don’t want to be the bandage if the wound is not mine lend me some fresh air I don’t want to be adored for what I merely represent to you I don’t want to be to be your babysitter you’re a very big boy nowNot The Doctor – Alanis Morissette   ***Phillip

17. “you were the girl that changed my world you were the girl for me you lit the fuse I stand accused you were the first for me but you turned me out baby you dropped a bomb on me baby you dropped a bomb on me you dropped a bomb on me baby you dropped a bomb on me you were my thrills you were my pills you dropped a bomb on me you turn me out you turn me on you turned me loose then you turned me wrongYou Dropped a Bomb On Me – The Gap Band   ***ShannonH

18. “come up to meet you tell you I’m sorry you don’t know how lovely you are I had to find you tell you I need you tell you I set you apart tell me your secrets & ask me your questions oh lets go back to the start running in circles coming up tails heads on a silence apart nobody said it was easy oh its such a shame for us to part nobody said it was easyThe Scientist – Coldplay   ***Ryan

19. “last night I lost my head & fell right back into your love I lay intoxicated while angels circled high above deep in a perfect moment all at once it feels so right but when I wake I see reality turn back & bite your heartbeats ticking & your cool starts dripping &  your tongue tied up on the phone your backbones breaking & your smooth starts shaking like you can’t stand being alone” Giving You Up – Kylie Minogue

20. “7 hours since you went away 11 coffees Ricki Lake on play but late at night when I’m feeling blue I’d sell my ass before I think of you 7 hours since you closed the door started a diet got a manicure erased your number from my telephone & if you call me I won’t be at home he said why don’t you cry for the day say goodbye runaway why don’t you cry for the guy say goodbye I said ok cuz ooh won’t you miss me like a hole in the head” Hole In the Head – Sugababes

No pictures on the pull list for the next week or two. Having trouble linking them on my temporary computer at work… so I’ll figure out a new method soon!

Cable & Deadpool #33 – The Civil War tie-in arc is over now, so now we’re onto a story about Cable trying to off Deadpool. And apparently we’re bringing in Domino and the Wild Pack or Six Pack or whatever they’re called. A bit of 90’s nostalgia, and if it doesn’t pull me in, I’m dropping the title!!

Civil War: X-Men #4 – So we’re at the climax, and the 198 appear to be doomed. I’m sure something un-imaginitive and trite will save them at the last minute, however since the 198 is mostly composed of lame-ass D-level mutants, I say, kill ’em all, and start trying to re-power some of the cooler de-powered mutants like Jubilee, Rictor, and Blob!

Ms. Marvel #8 – Oh how I love Ms. Marvel. I just got 20 issues of her series from the late 70’s on eBay a few weeks back, and it’s one of the few titles from before 1985 that I can read an entire issue in one sitting without getting bored. Much the same as with her current series too. This issue should tie up some of the Civil War related loose ends, and resolve the dilemma of Carol tracking down her old friend Arachne (Spider-Woman II). Plus, how close are Ms. Marvel and Wonder Man getting? ooh la la

Runaways #21 – The end of the ‘Dead Means Dead’ arc. Is Chase really going to revive Gert? This issue also sets up the final arc for the original creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, before they leave at issue #25 for Joss Whedon and Matthew Ryan to take over. Can’t wait to see how the passing of the baton goes.

Wolverine #47 – The conclusion of the Civil War arc for Wolverine. Now I just read a rather negative review in Wizard about this storyline, and I would like to tell you all to ignore them this time. The art has been great, and the story, while occasionally repetitive, has been very exciting and surprising. So, Wizard, I’ll forgive you for being wrong this time. And to those of you who didn’t pick it up, wait for the trade so you can get it all at once!!

X-Factor # 12 – Um… my local comic book shop ran out of #11, and I haven’t had a chance to get to any other stores to find it… so I’ll buy this one anyway… and won’t read it till I get #11. Gee Whiz!

X-Men: First Class #2 – I wasn’t all that jazzed with the first issue. Hopefully this one will have a little more something to it. It’s only a mini-series, so I’ll pick up all 6 issues regardless, but hopefully it will be better then the awful X4 (X-Men and Fantastic Four) miniseries from 2 years ago.

And for those of you interested in birthday shopping for me… I have been avoiding buying the following because of the impending holidays:

  • Essential X-Men Vol. 1-5
  • Essential Spider-Woman
  • Spider-Woman: Origins Hardcover
  • X-Men – Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame Trade Paperpack
  • Infinite Crisis Hardcover
  • Pride of Baghdad Graphic Novel
  • Avengers Dissassembled Trade Paperback

So maybe I can report on those in November!?

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Well, we did it again! Cyndi Lauper appeared at the Ram’s Head Live in Downtown Baltimore last night, and the BF and I were there with bells on! It was a general admission club show, which always have their pro’s and con’s, but all in all it was a great night. We got there aorund 6:30, to get into line for the doors opening at 7pm. Without assigned seating, we wanted to be as close as we could get! The doors opened at about 7:15, and we rushed in to find ourselves one “row” back from the stage extension (the stage jutted out onto a 5 foot platform in the center, so we were quite close!). We started to chat a bit with the people around us, and were pretty keyed up for the concert.

The opening act, The Rule, came out at about 8 pm, and played for about 45 minutes. They were not bad, but I wasn’t rushing back to the Merch booth to pick up the CD or anything. Rocky Reggae, sung by a white guy, so it was kind of like UB40 for the new millenium. But still, they were upbeat and sufficient at keeping us from getting too bored waiting. (The worst opening act would have to have been Citizen Cope who opened for Nelly Furtado and played 1 chord & sang warbled unintelligible garble for about 30 minutes.)

Finally about 9:10, Cyndi came to the stage. We’ve seen her once before and were already aware that she is one of this generation’s most dynamic stage performers, and last night was no exception. She started out doing a cover of “Mack the Knife”, which was sung on an old microphone to give “old timey” effects, plus there was a flickering spot on her, that really gave the effect on being in an old time movie. She then pulled off her black cloak to reveal a cute little outfit underneath and launched into her 2-3 punch of “That’s What I Think” and “What’s Going On”, which according to her tour blog, the 3 songs together are like her statement on politics and world affairs right now. Go Cyndi!

The rest of the night included:

Mack The Knife – That’s What I think – What’s Going On – Still With Me – All Through the Night – Goonies R Good Enough (Acapella) –  True Colors – She Bop – Sisters of Avalon – Who Let In the Rain – Other Side of Here – Shine – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Above The Clouds – Change of Heart — Encore: I Drove All Night – Iko Iko/No Woman No Cry (with the Rule) – Time After Time – Money Changes Everything

All in all, a fantastic set list, a few songs she hasn’t performed on the tour yet, plus 2 new songs that sound fantastic, and I can’t wait to hear on her next album, and plenty of crowd banter thoughout. I was also happy to see the setlist changed up from her tour last year, and her ending the night with a song other that ‘Girls’… since she has a great back catalogue that gets eclipsed by that little ditty. Also, there was a little boy there who could not have been more then 10 years old, and was just adorable. He had on a t-shirt that said, “I may be the yougest Cyndi Lauper fan, but I’m also the Biggiest”. So sweet. Cyndi spotted him over the course of the evening, and signed his t-shirt during the show, and sang part of the intro to “I Drove All Night” directly to him. I’m sure she made the kid’s year, and I have even more appreciation for her because of it! 

The negatives however, would be not being able to sit at all. BF and I were talking about how the last time we saw her was in a theater and we would have rather stood for her opening act that time, and sat for the one last night. Oh well! Also, in front of us and to the left was this whole family. Husband, wife, and 2 children. And I mean children as in about 5 and 7 respectively. The kids didn’t give 2 shits about Cyndi Lauper (totally unlike the little boy nearby, who was clearly beyond excited), the wife looked miserable too, & it appeared like the guy brought the kids, only in hopes of Cyndi being more prone to signing autograpohs for the kids during the show, then for a grown-ass man. AND the husband, appeared rather gay to those of us with a well-tuned gaydar. And not hip gay, but white trash latent Essex gay, who was trying to mask his gayness with 2 bratty little kids and a wife who was basically the real life equivalent of the Michelle Williams character in “Brokeback Mountain”. It was unfortunate. And funny. I guess I’m just mean. I’m just glad the kids didn’t get trampled or anything. Other than that, a perfect night.

So if you get the chance, go see her in your town. It’s totally worth it!

Also, keep an eye out for her in summer 2007, when she launches the True Colors tour, with Erasure, and several other gay or gay-friendly artists, with proceeds going to the HRC. Kind of like a gay(er) Lilith Fair!

MUSIC MEME

 UPDATE 10/23/2006: Guessing is closed. Only 2 songs that had y’all stumped, so congrats people. Newie on the way! 

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. “my grandma & your grandma were sittin by the fire my grandma told your grandma I’m gonna set your flag on fire talkin bout hey now hey now iko iko un-day jock-a-mo fee-na ah-na-nay jock-a-mo fee-na-nay look at my king all dressed in red iko iko un-dayIko Iko by Cyndi Lauper   ***ShannonH

2. “very superstitious writings on the wall very superstitious ladders bout to fall 13 month old baby broke the lookin glass 7 years of bad luck the good things in your past when you believe in things that you don’t understand then you suffer superstition ain’t the waySuperstition by Stevie Wonder ***ShannonH  & ***CrystalG

3. “she’s the kinda girl you wanna marry the kinda girl you walk the whole earth for put her on your back & just carry her attitude is hotter than the earth’s core when she’s around nothing else matters untouchable she’s got her own forcefield sooner or later someone will get at her if I don’t someone else will wanna love you girl wanna love you girl wanna love youWanna Love You Girl – Robin Thicke

4. “I know its just a drawer of photographs they’re ex-girlfriends I try to remember that I don’t want to look but I’m already hooked on jealousy jealousy I can’t believe you had a life before me I cant believe they let you run around free just putting your body wherever it seemed like a good idea what a good ideaJealousy – Liz Phair   ***ShannonH

5. “forgiveness is more than saying sorry forgiveness means accepting peoples flaws to forgive is divine so lets have a glass of wine & have make up sex until the end of time time time forgiveness does not mean compromising lets forgive & forget & solve this African debt just like the chesire catForgiveness – Anna Faris (as Samantha James from ‘Just Friends’)   ***ShannonH

6. “little girl with the press & curl age 8 I got a Jheri curl 13 I got a relaxer I was a source of so much laughter at 15 when it all broke off 18 & wen all natural February 2002 I went and did what I had to doI Am Not My Hair – India Arie  ***ModFab

7. “in a coffee shop in a city which is every coffee shop in every city on a day which is every day I picked up a magazine which is every magazine read a story & then forgot it right away they say goldfish have no memory I guess their lives are much like mine and the little plastic castle is a surprise every timeLittle Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco   ***ShannonH

8. “I left my heart in San Fransisco it’s at some motherfucking disco the people there where dancin on it & that’s including Miss Matronic yeah if music is the victim then so am I of lovin & cheatin the snake gonna bite I beg & I scream & I cuss & I cry if music is the victim then so am IMusic Is The Victim – Scissor Sisters   ***ModFab

9. “deep in the bosom of the gentle night is where I search for the light pick up my pen & start to write I struggle a fight dark forces in the clear moonlight without fear insomnia I can’t get no sleep I used to worry thought I was going mad in a hurry getting stressed making excess mess in darkness” Insomnia – Faithless

10. “we were at a party his ear lobe fell in the deep someone reached in & grabbed it it was a rocklobster we were at the beach everybody had matching towels somebody went under a dock & there they saw a rock it wasn’t a rock it was a rock lobster motion in the ocean ooo woo his air hose broke ooo wooRock Lobster – The B-52’s   ***ModFab

11. “I could wait all night & day to go to a party sit down & wait give my request to the DJ cause my song he’s gotta play & when I hear that beat I get my body up out my seat I grab a guy and move my feet he’s playin my song play come on play that song play it all night long just turn it up & turn me onPlay – J.Lo   ***ShannonH

12. “on nights like this when the world’s a bit amiss & the lights go down across the trailer park I get down I feel had I feel on the verge of going mad & then it’s time to punch the clock I put on some make-up and turn up the tape deck and pull the wig down on my headWig In A Box – Hedwig & The Angry Inch (Baltimore Recording)   ***Philip

13. “vibe so right wonder what they’re ready for valet baby heres the keys were about to step inside skip all the drinks head to the floor makin my way in thats for sure my bodys takin over & I want some more I’ll be anticipating this is our song they’re playing I wanna rock with you you’re feelin this right lets do this tonightAnticipating – Britney Spears   ***Ryan

14. “I’ve had so many lives since I was a child & I realize how many times I’ve died I’m not that kind of guy sometimes I feel shy I think I can fly closer to the sky no one’s telling you how to live you’re life but it’s a setup until you’re fed up this world is not so kind people trap your mind it’s so hard to find someone to admireNobody Knows Me – Madonna   ***Ryan

15. “I wonder if I take you home would you still be in love baby in love baby girl you know you got me got me wit your pistol shot me shot me & I’m here helplessly in love & nothing can stop me you can’t stop me once I started you can’t return me once you bought it I come & baby don’t got it I come & baby don’t got it so lets be about itDon’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas   ***CrystalG

16. “where are we what the hell is going on the dust has only just begun to fall crop circles in the carpet sinking feeling spin me round again & rub my eyes this can’t be happening when busy streets a mess with people would stop to hold their heads heavy”  Hide & Seek – Imogen Heap    ***ShannonH

17. “here’s how it goes you & me up & down at this time we’ll get right where to fight cause love is something you cant shake when it breaks all it takes is some trying if you feel like leaving I’m not gonna make you stay soon youll be finding you can run you can hide but you can’t escape my loveEscape – Enrique Iglesias   ***Ryan

18. “oh make me over I’m all I want to be a walking study in demonology hey so glad you could make it yeah now you really made it hey so glad you could make it now oh look at my face my name is might have been my name is never was my names forgottenCelebrity Skin – Hole   ***Damion

19. “she was a january girl she never let on how insane it was in that tiny kinda scary house by the woods by the woods by the woods black dove black dove you’re not a helicopter you’re not a cop out either honey black dove black dove you don’t need a space ship they don’t know you’ve already livedBlack Dove (January) – Tori Amos   ***ShannonH

20. “I got my head checked by a jumbo jet it wasnt easy but nothing is no when I feel heavy metal & I’m pins & I’m needles well I lie & I’m easy all of the time but I’m never sure when I need you pleased to meet you I got my head done when I was young it’s not my problem it’s not my problem  Song 2 – Blur   *** ModFab

hey kids,

I have been a terrible slacker as far as my blogmasterly ways lately. Shame on me!! Between computer problems at home and work, plus one of the most intense tech weeks I have ever been involved in, the blog has been almost totally off my mental radar. But I’m back, and hopefully will be more attentive for the time being.

At least until my birthday when I hope to be drunk as much as I can for the beginning of November.

Anyway, if you didn’t know already I was the official “Show Bitch” for Angels in America which just opened at Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore. Show Bitch was the title we agreed upon by the end of the week. I was initially a sound designer, in charge of real-life sound effects; but over a week of many uncontrollable circumstances, I also got to help with some costumes, painting, light design, props and PA tasks such as “Robbie, please go pick up beer, it’s gonna be another late night” or “Can you get me something to eat?” and my favorite “The stage manager [my BFF] needs to calm down and you’re the only one who can help her with that. You have until 7:50 to get that done.” So basically, whenever anyone needed help, I was there to help. Either with my help, or in spite of it, the show turned out tremendously, and you should all go check it out. Also, my new buddy ModFab has promised me 3 separate blow jobs for all my help. Oh my!

Other than that, I’m re-introducing myself to normal life, and getting ready for my birthday. (November 4th, if you’re keeping track!)

So, sorry about the delays… but I’m back for the time being…. whether you like it or not!

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