ayrdaomei: ([Misc] ugh)
( Mar. 26th, 2009 10:55 am)
First off - Bri swears it wasn't her, so many thanks to the kind soul who gifted me additional paid time. I originally had gifted paid time through March (which I feel like I've wasted by only posting twice, but posting aside, it gave me the chance to futz with some potential new layouts), so whoever you are, I hope you like baseball, cause I now have paid time through the first two months of the baseball season ;) While I'm not yet feeling bitten by the MLB bug, odds are you'll be drowning in pointless polls and constant updates by next month ;)

Music: I've been really digging Our December by Thriving Ivory, a free Amazon mp3 I downloaded last fall and have just given a listen. I like the song so much I went and bought their major label debut which is currently at the top of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and only $7.99 at Best Buy. Of course, Our December isn't on their major label debut, and I don't like any song on there near as much. Let this be a lesson to you, kids. Never pay for music until you've scouted it out for free, first. I'm sure the cd will grow on me, with time. I like the band's sound, it's just that lyrics-wise, the major label debut is kinda boring.

And on the topic of new music - you can stream new Death Cab tracks over at Stereogum. I don't like Little Bribes or A Diamond and A Tether much...My Mirror Speaks and Once I Was A Loyal Lover are fun times, though!

Baseball )

TV )

Car news or lack thereof )
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] a few of my favorite things)
( Feb. 27th, 2009 11:20 am)
I'm going to be doing about 11 hours of driving this weekend, so I'll be burning a few cd mixes tonight. Been in the mood for story songs and music with a message lately - listening to a lot of Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield, some Paul Simon, some Ani.

If you have any, I'm curious to know what some of your favorite message and/or story songs are. Well, so long as your taste in story songs doesn't run toward Hotel California, because I hate that song :X
ayrdaomei: ([AtS] Birthday)
( Feb. 3rd, 2007 09:17 am)
Oh man, is there anything better than when you try to be on the up and up with your mother about something you KNEW you should have just gone ahead and done behind her back, and she starts ranting and carrying on and won't let you make a point? I love that.

Via [Bad username or site: thewriteratwork / @ livejournal.com]:
1. Grab the nearest book. (N.B. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

He pulls into the driveway and switches off the engine, then the headlights. He undoes his seatbelt, guiding it with his hand as it retracts, back behind his left shoulder. "Another reason."

I started The Namesake last night, which is the only reason I had anything nearby to do this with. That leads into kind of a big moment in the story, doesn't it? I recognize the scene from the movie version's trailer.
+ It was so warm here last night! Meanwhile, half my f-list drowns in snow. I'm so jealous!

+ The Office was hilarious yesterday ^_______^ Well, Michael was a little much at the very beginning, but the rest of the ep was fun times. I'm so happy! I've really been kinda blah about the show recently.

+ This summer's trip to OK City came up a couple of days ago while chatting with [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com]. And with the news coming out of Arizona, I suspect Mark might be dead to me by next week, so if I was ever gonna post pics from the not-so-impromptu roadtrip, I suppose now's the time.

08.17.06 - Oklahommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmma

For the record, the whole 'randomly traversing various state lines to see a guy on a rehab start' thing went down like so: I remember Bri being all "so....what're we doing Thursday?" (my flight got in early on Thursday, and the A's didn't play in KC until 5pm on Friday) and she suggested the Negro League museum but also threw out that Mark was starting in OK but 5 hours was a bit much of a drive. And I said, whatever you want to do, dude. Then when we met up at the KC airport, we kinda had a Jungle Book moment ("So what're we gonna do?" "I don't know, what'cha wanna do?"). Technically, I was the one who said of course we're going to see Mulder pitch. But only because she waited me out. I mean, we both knew we were going; she'd seen his other two rehab starts. I just don't think either one of us wanted to be the one who actually said it out loud first. Or something. But in the car she had mapquested directions to the ballpark from the airport already, so at the end of the day, clearly her plan and fault ^_~

+ Have y'all seen Huston's new hair? How about no, Street. That look barely works on Timberlake (I still miss the white boy 'fro!) and it most certainly does not work on you, freaky dollboy.

(And that link is courtesy [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com], btw. Don't think I go around googling alkie closer related stuff in my spare time.)
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] we're in this together)
( Oct. 15th, 2006 07:32 pm)
1. St. Louis was a lot of fun. And cold. But a lot of fun.

2. Oakland made me cry. Clearly when I said I would be happy to see either team advance, I meant I would be happy to see the Tigers advance, after crying and moping around for a few hours over Oakland completely failing to show up for the LCS. Didn't see the end of the game, (thank goodness?) since we were already at Busch, and TPTB ixnayed the coverage on the jumbotron in the ninth, as it got closer to gametime for the Cards/Mets. It's easier to be happy for the Tigers when I didn't have to see the crestfallen faces over in the other dugout.

3. [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] is a lying liar who lies. Especially about me and people whose names start with Hus and end in eet. And about me saying defense doesn't get people hot. (What I said was Scotty's defense only gets Bri hot. And that was IN JEST :P)

4. I can't bring myself to read any of the entries Zito's written since Game 1.

5. I heard the Tigers called a team of destiny four times on the radio today. During the LCS, Alex tried to get me to root for the Tigers by reminding me that certain people I am not keen on were rooting for Oakland. I mostly resisted the urge to give in to my petty side. And now that it's over and the Tigers are the last team standing, I can root for Detroit with a fairly clear conscience. I still don't believe anyone but Alex calls them "the Tigs."

6. lulz, LJ Talk? Yet another venue for me to avoid/block people on? Excellent.

7. When I got off of the plane from Chicago today, I saw the (co?)pilot poking around under the wing with a flashlight. Oookay then.

8. Based on my experience, the St. Louis Cardinals fan is not a patently purer/classier/better breed of fan than fans anywhere else, despite the hype. They can very nice (♥ the guy who offered, out of the blue, to take my picture down by the field) but they can also be just as obnoxious and overbearing as anyone (See the woman who called the Mets fan sitting in front of us a "fucking idiot" because he dared to root for his team after they were down 5-0). My take, anyway. And I'm too lazy to look it up, but if anyone knows what the deal is with calling the Mets "pond scums" (sic), feel free to share.
ayrdaomei: ([L Word] my on again off again Alice)
( Oct. 12th, 2006 05:22 am)
At the airport in Richmond! Scrambled out of the apartment at 4:11, imagining all manner of things that would happen on the way and result in me just missing my flight. As it turned out, I pulled into the overnight parking at 4:55 and checked in by 5:09. Such is life. Managed to remember most everything except some chocolates I bought from the Wythe Candy Shoppe for Bri's aunt. I hate going to people's houses emptyhanded! Of all things, though, that's the most easily replaced with something else, so I'll live. I never checked with Bri to even make sure the woman wasn't diabetic, so it might have been for naught anyway.

On the drive up to Richmond, I listened to 660, out of New York. Everyone was talking about Lidle, of course. One woman suggested Lidle's death was A Message from God to the Yankees that they need to quit squabbling and start acting like a team. Wow, lady, that's hopefully not a message from any god I pray to. Another guy called in to rag on Lidle for being anywhere near a populated area if he was the kind of pilot who still needed a flight instructor up there with him. But most people just called in to echo the same sentiments: it was a shame, what a downer, it makes you realize the ballplayers are just human beings like us, yadda yadda. It had this odd feel of listening in on a late night loveline show or something. I think it was cause the host kept playing Tony Bennett coming back from the breaks.

I very much would like to recommend the track in this post: Breakable - Ingrid Michaelson
Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts?
Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts.
So it's fairly simple to cut right through the mess,
And to stop the muscle that makes us confess.


I texted Bri last night that Oakland must be seriously rethinking giving the cripple Game 3 and she texted me back that she was ignoring me until Oakland rallied. So. I guess it's gonna be a looooong couple of days in St. Louis ^_~ Hopefully the Cards win tonight, or this could be the end of us. Come on, Oaktown. Can we at least make a series of this?

I should go - my flight starts boarding in 12 minutes, and I haven't bothered with security yet.

PS - Boooooo, United. Feel free to fly on time. Good thing I had a two hour layover coming up in Chicago.

PPS - I feel like a bit of a harlot; I washed my favorite pair of jeans last night and holy crap, they wear like a second skin right now >.>
ayrdaomei: ([HP] Foolishness)
( Sep. 20th, 2006 11:53 pm)
[Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] texted me yesterday to inform me the Cardinals are tentatively set to play in Oakland June 15-June 17. My birthday's the 16th, and hers is the week before. Clearly, some kind of endorsement from above of this random ass let's go to Oakland next year idea of ours. Is it too much to ask that Danny and Harden both have starts during that series? Please try to be healthy for more than 3 weeks of the 2007 season, James Richard.

Interestingly enough, the A's are also slated to play an interleague series in New York against the Mets. So...yes. Haren v. Zito, anyone? (If Zito does sign with the Mets, and ends up facing the A's in interleague...that would own. Like I'd need any more of an excuse to finally catch a game at Shea? I love living 4 hours from everywhere. And [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] could come with, if only to remind me again how much she simply cannot be bothered to give a shit about the A's. And to make fat jokes about David, while fangirling Jose.)

Of course, this presumes that I still have an interest in the A's next year. It is entirely possible I'll be, like, a Reds fan or something. I'm a whore random with my fandom like that.

The Marlins are in Philly this weekend. I should probably go see them again, it would be the last time, and hey, they will never be the 2006 Marlins again. Especially since Leanne is keen to see Lieberthal one last go before he hangs it up. But I suck and I can't find the energy :/ I kinda want to see Scotty but he's not pitching til Sunday when Leanne can't go and besides, I'll have to be back at school by then. Boo.
+ I rather like the idea of this tracking feature thing. Because you know there are those people whose posts on a particular topic are of interest to you, but not the other 732 things they post about way too frequently for your tastes? (I'm sure people have felt the same way about me ^_~) I end up removing people like that from my f-list after a while, and I just check in on them periodically. But now with the neato tracking feature letting me know when they've posted under a certain tag, I can keep up with them a little better without having to put them back on my regular reading list. Nifty. In fact, how awesome that you can now track people's posts for a while without adding them to your f-list before you've really gotten a feel for them? I'm a fan.

+ ETA on the laptop is Monday morning! more for those who have any interest in the saga to date. )

+ Question for the California people; those in the OAK/SF area, especially )

+ More generally, A's fans: Ebay being the wallet-suck that it is, I bought a set of the A's player magnets that were given away at the ballpark earlier this year and split them with [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com]. I put my 8 on my fridge and they made me very happy. I figured if 8 made me happy, how much happier would I be with the complete set of 16? So I bought a second set of the player magnets. Which means I have duplicates of a handful of players, if anyone wants at. )

+ The cover of next week's People magazine has Jessica Simpson on it, with quotes from her people about how head over heels she allegedly is for John Mayer. How embarassing that Mayer and his people have been falling all over themselves to emphatically state that next to nothing went on between him and Jessica and they are not an item. Awwwwkward.
"...but not for him to get hurt. And I still wanted Oakland to win. Why can't everything happen like I want it to?"

The eternal question, as posed by [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com].

Okay, obviously this whole situation is funnier if Huston isn't out for the season or something, but yes, Bri and I actually got to see Huston blow a save, live and in person. I totally called it, from the moment the bullpen gate opened. Right down to Sweeney, who hadn't done shit all day, being the one to deliver the big blow. I need to stop doing that. Of course, I'd been on edge since about the second pitch of the game, because you could pretty much smell the impending loss in the air before anyone had even scored. Though that might have been less a sixth sense, and more the fact I had no faith in Esteban. (Who, admittedly, didn't even pitch that poorly.) I've seen both Lidge and Street blow games this year. The baseball gods, they spoil me.

Also, me and Mark Teahen are in a fight.

Redman and Z tomorrow! If I can get Bri to set foot in the ballpark ^_~ She thinks it's her fault the A's streak of wins at Kansas City is over. She is probably right.

[Bad username or site: owllover711 / @ livejournal.com], Doug's hurt, or something? He didn't come out, for warmups so I didn't have much luck getting pics. I didn't get any decent shots of DeJesus either, [Bad username or site: belle1446 / @ livejournal.com], but I'll try again tomorrow.

Rich Harden threw during warm-ups! And something like five balls landed in the stands. I shit you not. Let's all presume overthrowing balls like that was part of his routine >.> Even though he could have easily decapitated some kids. Yep. (That vid's just a few minutes of him doing long tosses. I apologize for the jumpiness of the footage, I got the shakes something awful when he came out during warm-ups; it was fairly weird. I will hate you all if I am developing a thing for Rich Harden.)

Tonight, I feel for y'all that follow both the A's and Boston, my friends.

(By the by, we saw Mulder in OK City. Which was also a shitload of fun; for me anyway ^_~ Despite pitching not so great, it looks like he's coming back into the Cards rotation.)

Fish lost to the Braves today :( But Huddy pitched for Atl, so I can't find it in me to be toooo upset.
ayrdaomei: ([Office-US]  story of my life actually)
( Aug. 16th, 2006 11:53 am)
Dude, before I die, I want to be at one of these Astros marathon games. Just one time ^_~

I put up a crapload of pics from the Cards/Pirates game for some reason. That gallery has more pics in it than any of the others for games actually involving teams I care about, which kinda amuses me. I suppose me not being too invested in either the Cardinals or the Pirates, I didn't spend as much time actually watching the game as I might have otherwise, and spent more time trying to figure out the camera and taking in the ballpark. Anyway, there's a gallery (here) if you want at.

This post could have waited, but I'm putting off hitting the road again; another three hours. I have spent more time behind the wheel of a car this summer than I have ever spent in my life.

Kansas City tomorrow! I'm quite excited. We got our seats for the doubleheader yesterday, and found out that it's Buck Night at the ballpark for both games - dollar hot dogs, dollar peanuts, dollar pepsis (which I will be indulging in, despite trying to swear off sodas, and not even really liking pepsi, because I am weak). And there will be fireworks. I'm all about fireworks.

Anyone know what the current deal is with bringing laptops on domestic flights? Can we still carry them on, or no, in light of the hullabaloo of a week ago? I keep hearing conflicting things. I suppose I'll just call Southwest or something, when I get home.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] the paint in my picture)
( Aug. 15th, 2006 12:37 am)
Pittsburgh was fab. I mean, the Cardinals sucked (shocker! :P), but the game was still fun, and the Chappelle show on Sunday was hilarious. Took some pics at the game with the camera I bought to tide me over 'til I could replace my dearly departed 6490. I wasn't thrilled with the picture quality at all, but happily, I noted some damage to the camera that hadn't been mentioned in the ebay listing, and the seller has a return and refund policy. She's already said she'll refund me, hopefully she'll follow through. And when I got home today, my replacement 6490 had arrived! Seems to be in great working condition, and it looks like the seller actually overstated the one minor defect that he mentioned in the listing, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Also, arrived in the mail today: My July/August A's Magazine! Oh happy day. Haren's the cover story, with Urban basically telling us Oakland will be okay when Zito flies the coop, because he's left us his only begotten son. Btw, I would like to submit Urban's transition into talking about Dan's relationship with Z as Exhibit #452 that Mychael Urban is a slasher at heart.

I finally figured out how to get our scanner to capture magazine pages in color in good resolution, so if you're interested, I scanned the article on Dan, as well as Urban's short piece on Kotsay. And a three page thing on the Swisher/Blanton/Harden/OnceAlsoStreetButNoLonger house. I figure the pieces for this issue were put together in mid to late June, which I guess means Huston's only moved out in the last month >.> Curiouser and curiouser. Anyway, the gallery is (here). I left the scans fairly big, but if anyone needs them smaller and can't do the resizing, lemme know. There was also a pretty interesting piece on Adam Melhuse that I didn't scan, since scanning is a bit of a pain in my ass. BUT, if anyone would be interested in reading it, holla.

+ more on the Chappelle performance )

[Bad username or site: trailer_spot / @ livejournal.com] linked me to this, a VF article that breaks down NORAD's reaction to the events on the morning of September 11th, complete with some clips from control room audio recordings of that morning. Fascinating, among other things, to read and listen to.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] why are u the way that u r?)
( Aug. 12th, 2006 08:31 am)
Are you shitting me? What a power-tripping fucktard. [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com], I take it back. I've got $5 that says that just hours after being named NL Manager of the Year, Joe Girardi will 'resign' as manager of the Marlins, ala Davey Johnson when he decided Angelos could fuck himself, after 1997. Two weeks later, Joe will take the job with the Cubs. The Marlins will go on to have 8 straight losing seasons. I'VE FUCKING SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE.

Anyway.

Because the A's are keeping Z on regular rest and working everyone else around him, I'll get to see him pitch next Saturday. How neat is that? I'm sad I keep missing Dan, but I should get to also see Blanton and probably Windsor throw, so that'll be fun.

I was supposed to be in Philly today visiting one of my old roomies from Brown, but it fell through. Of course, there's little to be lamented when one has a tankful of gas and lives within 4 hours of 6 major league ballparks, so I'm back in Pittsburgh with my bro. We're doing the Cards at PIT tonight - it's Turn Back The Clock Night! A personal favorite. Tomorrow, there's a Dave Chappelle show we might go to. There are still reasonably priced tickets on ebay, so I think that's the plan. We'll see.

I was a genius and forgot to bring my laptop adapter, so I won't be around, but enjoy your weekends!
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