Saturday, October 25, 2003

Simon and Garfunkel

So last night I went to the Simon and Garfunkel concert. This is dream concert number two. You know the question. If you could see any artist, dead or alive, in concert, who would it be? My first choice is the Beatles. Simon and Garfunkel were my second choice. I always I wished I had gone to the concert in Central Park to see them perform together. Of course, I was 6 at the time, so it's not like I would have appreciated it. I saw Art Garfunkel in concert a few months ago, but never expected them to tour together again.

The lights go off and there's this little film montage thing, and when the lights come back up, there they are, standing together. I almost started crying. Seriously. I'm a sap. Yeah. Anyway, they sounded great. They sang all of their big songs. There were only a couple I didn't recognize. They even did Slip Sliding Away, which Paul Simon said was a song he wrote after they broke up, but that he thought it would have been perfect for the Simon and Garfunkel sound. And it was. It was cool to see them sing it together.

Part-way through the show they sang a song that they wrote in high school. They said that the inspiration of the song was the Everly Brothers, who were their idols at the time. They used to listen to Everly Brothers albums all the time. And then the Everly Brothers came out. Simon and Garfunkel left the stage while the Everly Brothers sang Wake Up Little Susie, Dream (or whatever it's called), and some other song I didn't recognize. Then S&G came back out and all 4 of them sang Bye Bye Love. It was really cool.

The concert was great.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Bubba Ho-Tep
We went to see Bubba Ho-Tep last night. I didn't care if I saw it in the theater or not, but Tim really wanted to see it, and Bruce Campbell was doing a Q&A session after the film. So we went. The film was really good, much better than I thought it would be. It's a total B movie, but Campbell and Ossie Davis were great. They story was so bizzare, Elvis and JFK trying to go after an Egyptian mummy. But there are some really funny moments.

Bruce Campbell was funny in the Q&A afterward. The theater was packed. All of the showing sold out. When we left the theater, there were crowds of people. If you have ever been in the Landmark Century Theater in Chicago and know how the building is, the line of people circled all the down until like half a circle above the ground floor. It was nuts. But a good time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003


To the Cubs: Thanks for a great season.

To the fan (yeah, like he's reading this, but anyway...): It's not your fault. 99% of fans would have done the same thing. And you didn't cause 8 runs to score or 3 losses in a row. Or so many other things the actual professional athletes could have done to change the outcome. And anyone who thinks otherwise isn't looking at the full picture.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Cubs 4, Marlins 0
Do you know what commercial I hate?

It's the diamond ring commercial where, for their wedding anniversary, this man takes his wife to Italy or someplace like that. And he screams out in the middle of a square, "I love this woman!!" And the wife is all embarrassed. So the husband pulls out this huge-ass diamond ring and says something like, "Well, this will have to do," and then she gets all misty and says, "I love this man."

Here's why I hate this commercial.
--She's embarrassed that he tells the world he loves her. It's not like they are in church the middle of mass and he stands up and screams it, or a library, or something like that. They are just outside.
--It's all okay, though, when he gives her the ring. What a materialistic bitch. Don't get me wrong. I would love to the the ring in the commercial. But I wouldn't expect it. And I think a husband yelling, "I love this woman!" in the middle of a square is a greater show of his love for me than a ring. Anyone can buy a ring. Anyone can spend money. Especially if they have money. My guess is this guy has a lot of money, seeing as how it appears that they are in a foreign country.
--They are in another country. Is the trip not enough?

The woman in the commercial is a bitch.

Don't get me wrong, I love gifts. I love giving them more than I love receiving them. And I would love to get that ring. I just think this commercial is sending the wrong message.