But not today!
- I have had two helpings of coffee today so my brain is going in fifty different directions. Start with a travel mug of home-brewed (aka insanely strong) Roos Roast and then add some work coffee (Starbucks!) on top of that and I feel like I could run 10 miles! Or solve Fermat's Last Theorem! Or figure out cold fusion! OMGBBQ!!11!!!!
- Last night's RF group run was a good one: five miles.
- But not as good as what happened immediately afterward: beer! John and I went directly to Ashley's in Ann Arbor for the night of Lagunitas on tap. Hop Stoopid, Cappucino Stout, Imperial Red, Maximus Cask-Conditioned IPA, Lumpy Gravy, Gnarley Wine, and regular IPA. We sampled everything (except the regular IPA, which is a staple in our Beer Fridge) and I ended up getting a pint of Maximus IPA. Then I got a glass of Goose Island Matilda. Hello, yummy! I finished the evening with a wee glass of one of my favorite beers of all time: Lindemans Framboise. People, it is the SHIZ-nit.
- I was disappointed with the free swag, however; for our patronage all we got were a couple of beer bottle cap magnets from the Lagunitas rep. After hearing about all the cool free stuff Viper got at his recent beer tasting, I was hoping for something more.
- This is a holiday weekend in Michigan. If you're not from around here, you just wouldn't understand.
- Today's high: 57 degrees. Tomorrow: up to two inches of snow. Welcome to fucking Michigan! (thanks to Zoomylicious for the awesome illustration.)
- Further inflaming my ire, an email I sent to the organizers of the Turkey Trot I ran last Sunday regarding collecting my age-group award was rejected for delivery because the email address didn't exist. Or something. People! If you are going to include contact information on your own web site about your own event, MAKE SURE IT'S CORRECT! Sheesh.
- The University of Michigan is playing Northwestern in Ann Arbor tomorrow. We are attending a Craft Beer in Michigan (aka CBiM) party at the same time. I will probably end up crying into my beer as my beloved Wolverines lose yet another game. *SOB* (first losing season since 1967 WHATTHEFUCK.)
- Someone did a thesis on the correlation between a full moon and emergency room visits. Conclusion: no statistical significance was found. There are no more ER visits around the time of a full moon than there are at any other time. Myth: BUSTED.
- Department of Eagles: "No One Does It Like You" (I love fuzzy reverb!)
- Deerhunter: "Saved By Old Times," "Neither Of Us, Uncertainly," and everything from their Daytrotter Session. OK, suffice to say I'm completely gaga over Deerhunter, despite John's assessment of "Saved By Old Times" as sounding like "a bunch of guys banging pots in a silo." Which, by the way, is exactly what Great Lake Swimmers did for their debut album (the silo part, not the pots).
- Cave Singers: "Cold Eye"
- The Ruby Suns: "Sleep in the Garden" (reminds me of Massive Attack, and since MA is one of my favorite artists Of All Time (hello, Mezzanine, ohmygod) I really like this tune)
- The Dodos: "Red and Purple"
- Good old Rogue Wave: "Like I Needed" (how can you argue with a song which includes the line "These aren't the droids you're looking for"; also, don't feel bad for "Chicago X 12" and "Lake Michigan" as they are still getting slammed in iTunes; I listen to them at least once a day)
- Chapman & Brocker: "Chimes"
I subscribe to a bunch of different music Web sites: Pitchfork, Daytrotter, Gorilla vs. Bear, 3Hive, and I'm Waking Up To. And there's always Paste Magazine and All Songs Considered. Between Google Reader and podcasts, I'm always finding something new and cool to listen to. Oh yeah, I also have to give a shout-out to my friend Mr. E (yo, E!) whose musical tastes are almost exactly parallel to mine and with whom I have exchanged scores of songs over the years (remember the Great Mix CD Swap of 2005?). He introduced me to Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, the Postal Service, Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley, Great Lake Swimmers, Sufjan Stevens, the New Pornographers, and Andrew Bird, without all of whom life would be less bright and shiny. A world in which I do not know and love "Moving Pictures, Silent Films" (Great Lake Swimmers), "Porchlight" (Neko Case) or "Scythian Empires" (Andrew Bird) is a world I don't wish to consider!
Hope everyone has a great weekend.