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Before I Start

This is going to be a list of things that I like to do when I'm by myself. But I didn't want to use that as a title because honestly, mostly everyone I know will immediately think of dirty things when they see it. So here they are, some things I like to do when I am alone:
– Sing non-B52's songs in Fred Schneider's voice.
– Sing along with every single word of Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do". Because I can't help it.
– Make faces at myself in the mirror.
– Make Frito Pie.
– Mix Sprite and lime sherbet and drink it.
– Read voluminous and pointless encyclopedias about comic book characters.
– Break wind repeatedly in my roommate's room.
– Play Uno on Xbox.

A Song

Today, while at work, I was listening to a song I like, "Nothing But Flowers" by the Talking Heads. There's a line in the song, 'Years ago I was an angry young man.'
It occurred to me that this might be true in the case of most people, but has worked exactly the opposite for me. Every year that passes I get grumpier and grumpier. I went from an idealistic and lazy youth to the jaded, lazy and grumpy adult I am now. I find myself possessing less and less tolerance for the stupidity of others. I find myself yelling when I'm stuck in traffic and banging my fists against the steering wheel, even though logic dictates it does no good. I find myself disgruntled by every member of my gender who is better looking, smarter or more interesting than me. I find I have less ability to contain my smart-alecky comments.
And the weirdest part? I find myself increasingly amused by how grumpy I get. My bad attitude towards others makes me feel lots better. I wish I knew why that was.


I am very very tired tonight so I'm going to do another top ten list. I was thinking today how awesome my dad is so I was thinking I would list my top 5 favorite dads from the movies.
5- Mark Lenard as Sarek (Star Trek TV show, Star Trek III, IV, VI)- Serene, calm, cool but really loved his son.
4- James Earl Jones and David Prowse as Darth Vader (Star Wars IV, V, VI)- Took time out from grinding the universe under his boot to reconnect with his son.
3- Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather)- Primarily because he was so cool. But also a good dad. Despite being a crime lord.
2- Marlon Brando as Jor-El (Superman)- Appearing mainly as a recording but left a lasting impression on me.
1- Sean Connery as Henry Jones Sr. (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)- Did he ever make Junior tidy his room or finish his dinner? No! He gave him his privacy!


As I have chronicled extensively in prior blogs I LOVE the Green Lantern. So I was thinking. While it's cool that there are different colored Lanterns that get their powers from different emotions or forces (Green from Willpower, Yellow from Fear, Blue from Hope, Indigo from Compassion, Orange from Avarice, Red from Rage, Sapphire (pink) from Love, Black from Death and White from Life) there are a couple colors left out. So I had some ideas.
Gray Lanterns- Rings are powered by indifference. The more they don't care the more powerful they become. Their oath (every Lantern Corps has one) is "Meh."
The Hot Pink Lanterns- Rings are powered by nostalgia for the 80's. They fight evil using their rings to form giant legwarmers, keyboard guitars and Deloreans.
Brown Lanterns- Rings are powered by laziness. Their rings were other colors once but they never got washed and eventually became brown. Their oath is "In brightest day, in blackest night, some evil might escape my sight, let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, some other night…"

Three More

I enjoyed writing my list of favorite movie dads the other day. So, because my dad is STILL awesome, here are three more:
– Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in the "Vacation" movies- He would be dad of the year if he wasn't constantly screwing things up. Never mind the fact that he never notices that every couple of years his kids look like completely different people.
– Darren McGavin as 'The Old Man' in "A Christmas Story"- The dad of dads. Changing fuses in the dark, sneaking tastes of Christmas Turkey and best of all, buying a Red Ryder BB rifle for his son.
– Albert Finney as Edward Bloom in "Big Fish"- A dying father who relates the tall tales of his youth to his son one last time.