Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Have a Very Brian Wajda Weekend!!

All my whining the other day about trying to find something to do with my time off ended up not meaning much because I had a great, relaxing weekend. I went to this sweet-ass mall (Stony Point) yesterday that was all outdoors. It was so cool. It was so upscale and classy and yuppy. Yeah, so very me. It's funny that apparently everything in that area of town is called Stony Point. There was Stony Point Road, Stony Point Parkway, Stony Point Office Park, Stony Point Shopping Center, and Stony Point Fashion Park.

I was determined to do a little shopping while I was there, of course. So I picked up a sweet track jacket. Similar to this:

Then I picked up a new cap, similar to this:

When I got home, I tried them on and noticed something funny. I just bought a Brian Wajda outfit!! Seriously, I don't think I ever saw him without an outfit just like this.

The funniest is that I also when to Bath & Body Works and picked up some Cucumber Melon hand soap. Wajda got me hooked on this stuff like four years ago. Weird.

Well at least Wajda can rest easily that his fashion sense is being carried over to the mid-Atlantic.

Today I went to pick up the new Silver Jews. But Wajda is into the Silver Jews! ARGGH!!!

Oh well, back to work tomorrow. I'm currently spending the evening sipping hot chocolate and watching NBC's good night of tv (aka, their only good night of tv) and continuing to think of ways to hijack Wajda's personality. I feel like Buffalo Bill here, but on accident.

Ice Water, Baby

Dude is brimming with ice water. Head to toe.



Monday, October 17, 2005

Meow Mix Clock Eats Kids

The best commercial on tv right now is by and far the one for the Meow Mix Clock. If you haven't seen it, then you are missing a real gem.

First of all, just look at the thing and try not to giggle. The funniest part of the clock, however, is that it sings the Meow Mix song every hour. Not twice a day, but every hour. Anybody remember the SNL skit with the crying baby Jesus figurine? Yeah kind of like that. At least they have the marketing knowledge to point out in the commercial that you can turn the sound off.

As funny as the song is, the commercial really goes over the top when they point out how good it would look in your child's bedroom. They show a shot of a child sleeping in a dark room and over the bed is the clock. Somehow, though, the clock seems to take on a different persona once the lights go out because all you see are these glowing red demon eyes looking over the child as he sleeps. Now I may have been a nervous little child, but I think waking in the middle of the night to see those nasty evil eyes staring at you will turn even the most stone cold emotionless child into a bed-wetting, parent-waking machine.

Now I'm a cat lover. I admit that. I spend probably too much time with my cat. However, I think I still have a tad bit too much testosterone for the Meow Mix Clock. If you come to my apartment and see the Meow Mix Clock hanging up, then you know I've given up. It's sweatpants and bar soap for me.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

I finally get a day off tomorrow and Tuesday!! First time in two weeks and I'm so excited, but now I have a slight dilemma....what the hell am I going to do?? I figure I need to get out and see this city, you know, celebrate or something.

I still haven't seen too much of Richmond. I mean, I've been all over the city, but haven't really seen it. My hours don't really allow it. Well actually they do, but I'm usually too tired to do anything. For instance, this has been my schedule for the last two weeks:

3:00am: hit snooze
3:30am: get up
4:00am: get into work
5:00am: direct shows
9:00am: finish directing
9:15am: mock shows with new anchor
10:00am: web work for marketing (my new duty)
10:30am: graphics for noon show
12:00pm: run Chyron for noon show
1:15pm: arrive home
1:30pm: pass out on couch to Love Connection reruns
6:00pm: wake up, eat dinner, watch tv
9:30pm: shower
10:00pm: sleep

Pretty lethargic, I know. That's why I need to celebrate this "weekend."

I also need to get out of this neighborhood for a while. My little housing community is not too bad, but just outside can get a little dicey. For example, yesterday I was lounging around on the couch when really loud gunshots rang out...in the middle of the freaking day, no less. Now you really know when you're in a dicey neighborhood when you hear the neighbors come out five minutes later and can pinpoint exactly what kind of gun it was (they determined it was an AK). Jeez. You know, I go to work when all the nasty stuff is going on around town too.

Sunday's are great though because the show goes on an hour later than weekdays so I can afford to sleep in a little. Plus there's nothing going on after the show so I can usually just go home and catch a nap before football starts. Today worked out a little too well because my phone woke me up this morning. I though, "Well that's strange. Who would be calling me at 3:30am...oh shit it's 5:00am!!" Sure enough it was the producer wondering where I was. At least I got in with enough time to get my prepro work done and still get a pre-show smoke in. Sundays are the perfect day to end the week on because the show is so easy and laid-back.

Side thought: Did MLB decide to have the worst umps ever for this postseason?? Jim Edmonds just got tossed. I'm pissed.

Anyhoooo.....Monday is typically my day to hit O'Tooles for dinner. It's this nice little pub down the street where I get a couple of beers, a pastrami and swiss, watch some baseball/football, and argue with the drunk oldtimers at the bar about sports. Tomorrow I think I'm being treated to a sushi night from my neighbor, Max. Before he left for DC for the Million More this weekend, he decided to take me to Sticky Rice for a night of sushi and beer. Max is such a cool guy. He's a celebrity agent/booker/somethingoranother that lives upstairs. He wanders down to my place every now and again for some chess. He's always hearing about my work and is determined to show me a good time. That'll be fun.

I know on Tuesday I will be heading to Plan 9 to pick up the new Silver Jews. Plus there's this Jim O'Rourke EP that I always see used and haven't ever bothered to pick up.

I kinda want to go clothes shopping. There's a mall nearby I want to check out. Plus there's Short Pump that everybody always talks about, and I've never seen. I did buy one t-shirt since I've been here. However, I didn't go out here and town and buy it. I got it online from Largehearted Boy. Since I've hardly done anything fun since coming here, I haven't spent hardly any money. I've got a sweet checking account right now, and lord knows I can't have that. Plus Tuesday is payday, so maybe I'll empty it out before then.

Okay the Cards just blew a 9th full of opportunities to end the game. I'm really pissed. I hate baseball.

I don't really know why I just wrote all that. Oh, hey, I really like the new Franz Ferdinand!!

Saturday, October 15, 2005



Thursday, October 13, 2005

Oh....and no....

To answer Cory's incessant questioning/borderline harassment:

I have not picked up the new Franz Ferdinand yet.

I may pick it up on Tuesday along with the new Silver Jews. I also really want to get the new Magnolia Electric Co. EP. I still haven't bought the new Smog yet. But, yes, I will get the new Franz Ferdinand. Jeez.


I've been really lousy at writting lately largely because I'm in the middle of a two week span without a day off and long hours and I am exhausted. Only three more days!

What I've been meaning to say is that October 4th saw the release of another must-have release in the new Broken Social Scene. This is a Toronto band that I got really into early this last summer. I guess I can describe them as a melodic noise band.

The new self-titled album is easily one of the year's best. It's like a symphony of distortion and harmonies. It's got everything, as long as it's great. Pair this with their previous album You Forgot it in People, and you'll own one of the best one-two punches I've ever heard.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Much Better, Sir

Okay I just finished listening to the new Ryan Adams, only five days after I said I would. Rough week, you know. I had nothing on today but another suffering Redskins game (actually this one was descent, but man that team is boring).

Have you heard it yet? If not, I'll tell you I am very impressed. Ryan Adams has done nothing but disappoint me since Gold, but I am not disappointed at all by Jacksonville City Nights.

This is the most blatently country thing he's ever done, even more than Whiskeytown. I've always respected Ryan Adams' ability to bounce back and forth through different genres. However, if it's something new, then it's usually mediocre. Jacksonville City Nights is his least daring album in years, and that's why it works. It is very focused and balanced. Plus Ryan uses his voice brilliantly. Some of these songs are the most emotional I've ever heard from him. Beyond everything, though, this is an easy release to keep my attention. It's not like the painfully boring Cold Roses. The highlights are "The End" and "Trains."

Now realize, Jacksonville City Nights isn't even in the ballpark of Heartbreaker or Gold. I don't think we'll ever hear anything that good from Ryan Adams again, but Jacksonville City Nights is a great way to get back on track. Good job, Ryan!!


Next up on Tuesday is the new release from Broken Social Scene, and I am very excited. If you haven't ever checked them out, I highly highly suggest them. I guess Jimmy Eat World is also releasing a new EP. I'll pick it up if I'm in the mood, I guess.