Friday, May 28, 2010

At Last...

With a three day weekend and plenty of festivities ahead...there is plenty to be excited about. However, one thing has me buzzin' like nothing else....

She's coming home.
On Monday Taylor moves home...for good. It's been a long two years since she first left for Charleston and while there have been lots of good times and we've each grown independently as well as grown closer together, I'm not sorry to see the time come to an end.

Long distance relationships are not fun. Anyone who tells you they are is an idiot. It's hard and it takes a great deal of patience, understanding and trust. You also need lots and lots of love....and I've got a ton of it for that girl.

It wasn't always fun, it wasn't always easy...but it's over now. She's coming home on Monday and I've never been happier to see her.

Enjoy your three day weekends folks. I'll be back on Tuesday!

Picture of the Day:Song of the Day: Etta James - At Last

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Top 5 Beatles Moments....

Abbey Road on the River has officially started. Instead of going on my yearly rant about why the Beatles are so amazing...I'm going to list the 5 best Beatles moments of my life. Basically, to be involved in the discussion for the list it just has to be something that occurred in my life that has something to do with the Beatles.

5.) Abbey Road on The River Sing-A-Long (May 2006)
2006 was the first time I attended Abbey Road on the River. Mom, Ben and I got a hotel room at the Galt House and it was awesome. After spending all day rocking and rolling, we headed up to the room...but in the lobby people began to gather around a piano. Soon, about 100 people, some performers with guitars, others just fans armed with their voices, began to sing the songs of the Beatles. It went on for several hours until about 4 a.m. Now the "Late night Sing a longs" are advertised as part of the festival, but being a part of the impromptu jam session was something I'll always remember.

4.) Singing "Imagine" with Brian Brody and a crowded bar in Dublin, Ireland. (Late May 2008)
This is Brian Brody and he is a bad ass. Someday, I'll devote an entire blog post to him. Anyway, he sings and plays guitar at pubs around Dublin and he's great at what he does. He can get the whole bar singing along to songs no one even knows. On my second trip to Dublin with my dad and Ben, we had spent the whole night singing, clapping and dancing along to Irish drinking songs, Beatles songs, U2 songs and more. Finally, when it was closing time Brian Brody led the bar in a sing a long of John Lennon's "Imagine" and it was awesome. Total strangers with the arms around each other, singing and drinking along.


3.) Walking across Abbey Road (Late May 2008)
This actually took place the same day as #4. With a few hours to kill before flying from London to Dublin Ben, Dad and I took what ended up being a hilarious and expensive cab ride to Abbey Road Studios....where I finally got to cross something off of my "Bucket list"
2.) Visiting the Cavern Club and drinking a beer at The Grapes in Liverpool (Late May 2008)
On the same trip as the previous two on this list, we also headed to Liverpool for a day. It was incredible. We headed to Mathew Street where the Beatles "grew up" and saw the club they used to play in and the bar they used to drink at. Honestly, the Cavern Club is the coolest place I've ever been in my entire life. Another check on the bucket list too!
1.) Seeing Paul McCartney in Concert (May 5, 1993)
For my 7th birthday my Mom got me tickets to see Paul McCartney in Cincinnati at Riverfront stadium. I remember opening the tickets and not knowing what they were. I then remember how excited I was when she explained to me what was going to happen. I remember buying a tshirt while crossing the bridge into Cincinnati and waiting in traffic. I remember the amount of people there, I remember the light show and performance that accompanied the music and I remember certain songs such as, Let it Be, Hey Jude, Yesterday and Live and Let Die. I also remember going to skyline chili after the show. Most of all, I remember it being the coolest experience ever. I had never been to a concert before that and even though I've been to lots of great shows since...nothing will ever top it...except maybe seeing Paul again.

An item crossed off the bucket list before I even made a bucket list.

I actually found the setlist on line...
  1. "Drive My Car"
  2. "Coming Up"
  3. "Looking for Changes"
  4. "Jet"
  5. "All My Loving"
  6. "Let Me Roll It"
  7. "Peace in the Neighbourhood"
  8. "Off the Ground"
  9. "Can't Buy Me Love"
  10. "Robbie's Bit"
  11. "Good Rocking Tonight"
  12. "We Can Work It Out"
  13. And I Love Her
  14. "Ain't No Sunshine"
  15. "Hope of Deliverance"
  16. "Michelle"
  17. "Biker Like an Icon"
  18. "Here, There and Everywhere"
  19. "Yesterday"
  20. "My Love"
  21. "Lady Madonna"
  22. "C'mon People"
  23. "Magical Mystery Tour"
  24. "Let It Be"
  25. "Live and Let Die"
  26. "Paperback Writer"
  27. "Back in the U.S.S.R."
  28. "Penny Lane"
  29. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  30. "Band on the Run"
  31. "I Saw Her Standing There"
  32. "Mull of Kintyre" (Canada only)
  33. "Hey Jude"
What a show!

So there you go, my 5 favorite personal Beatles memories. I'm sure there are more that I'm leaving out, but those seemed to stick out a bit more than the others.

Have a great day.

Picture of the Day:
Song of the Day: The Beatles - In My Life

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why Don't We Have...

Every once in a while I think of something and then I think, "It's 2010, why doesn't that exist yet?" I mean honestly, the i-phone is cool, the Internet is amazing...but where are my flying cars? Why do we not have an immediate cure for hangovers? and why isn't every channel in HD? These things seem simple, yeah? But still, I think of things all the time that don't exist yet. Naturally, I thought I'd start sharing my concerns with you guys in a new feature called, "Why don't we have...?"

Today's item is...

Cell phone caller I.D.

Seriously, why do I have to type in everyone's name in order to get it to show when they call? It's absurd. I mean seriously, this is a picture of my phone...
On my phone I can...listen to music, check my email, talk to someone in another country, take a picture, shoot a movie, play tetris, text message, instant message and calculate math problems...but if someone calls me and I don't have their number programmed in, it won't tell me who it is.

I mean really, is this too much to ask? Not even i-Phones have this capability. Plus, standard caller I.D. is something that has existed on home phones for like 10 years or more.

Don't tell me that it can't be done, but cause I'm sure there is someone out there who can do it.

So really, Why don't we have caller I.D. on cellphones?


Have a great day everyone!

Picture of the Day: Abbey Road on the River starts tomorrow. To commemorate, here's a picture of me and Ben crossing the real Abbey Road in London
Song of the Day: The Beatles - Nowhere Man

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Shaz Bagle....

* Tonight is the season finale of Parenthood. If I were you, I'd go to hulu.com and start watching all the episodes from this season right now. You won't be able to watch them all before 10:00, but you'd be a better person...and you could watch tonight's episode tomorrow.

* Speaking of TV season finales...this send off from 30 Rock was absolutely hilarious:


* Yim Yames is playing with John Prine on Letterman tomorrow night. Don't miss that. Also, I think the Black Keys are playing on Letterman tonight.

* So I actually won tickets to Abbey Road on the River the other day! I won them on twitter via "Gotolouisville.com" which was awesome because I've never won anything like that in my life. However, they haven't gotten back to me to inform me how or where I get my tickets. If they don't give me my free tickets...I'll throw a tantrum.

* UofL's baseball team pulled off a weekend sweep at Notre Dame and won their 2nd consecutive Big East Championship. Pretty bad ass! Go Cards!

* The biggest news of today is that Ear X-Tacy is moving:
They're new location at the Douglas Loop won't be awful and it's certainly better than closing...but I'm still bummed out about this. I just worry that this is the beginning of the end for one of my favorite places on earth.

* Last but not least, I leave you with a super awesome Nike commercial to get you pumped up for the World Cup!

Just over two weeks away gang! USA USA USA!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Picture of the Day: This is how I'll always remember Ear X-Tacy:
Song of the Day: The Roots ft. Yim Yames - Dear God (2.0)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, Monday, Monday...

Monday's are super not fun. However, my weekend was pretty cool. Let's recap and look forward to some things this week...

* Friday I headed down to Centre to hang out with some old friends. Words simply can't express how much I love going back to Centre. It is one of my favorite places on earth and every time I go back I'm reminded of how awesome my college experience was. I love that place, I really do.

* Saturday I came home and headed over to Ben and Megan's new house! Yup, they're home owners officially. They're new house is a little further away, but it's not too bad. Overall it's pretty cool that they have their own place. Congrats again, Ben and Megs!

* Later on Saturday, I went to Ryan's state championship lacrosse game. It was a pretty good game and St. X beat Trinity for their 3rd straight title. Congrats again Rhino! Also, Trinity's PA announcer was/is the biggest tool box in the whole world...that just needed to be said.

* Yesterday I slept late and then cleaned my car inside and out. It was a long, boring task...but it needed to be done. Having a clean car is a pretty good feeling.

* Also, our volleyball team, The Law Dogs, took all 3 games last night. We're on a roll people!

* Now, we've got a new week a head of us and lots of stuff to get psyched about. Such as....
- The last Monday Night Basketball until the fall
- The Season Finale of Parenthood
- Team Shuck Fence's attempt at not getting run ruled
- Abbey Road on the River!

The only bad part about this week is that Taylor left for her cruise today. It's not so bad for her, but I'll only get to talk to her once between now and Saturday...so that's lame. Still, she gets to go on a cruise and she'll be home for good one week from today...so neither of us will complain too much.

Hope you guys had good weekends too! I'll talk to you tomorrow.

Picture of the Day: Congressman John Yarmuth speaks at the "Louisville Loves Mountains" music festival. I've met him before and he's a great guy. I'm sure he gave a really thoughtful, intelligent talk. However, I wonder what his crotch had to say?

Song of the Day: Band of Horses - Laredo

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friends...

This week I've been reminded of a very important thing...I have terrific friends. I don't mean that to sound like I'm bragging about myself, I just really like my friends.

On Tuesday I was able to meet up with Tom and Chris. Tom and Chris, along with Todd, have been my best friends since grade school. We grew up together and even though we've all gone our separate ways, we stay in touch and make sure we see each other a decent number of times each year. Tuesday we went to a UofL baseball game and it was just a really good time. We drank beer, we talked about what we had been up to, we laughed about things that happened in the past...it was just a really good time.

Last night was another example of good friends. Team Shuck Fence made a big time improvement, but still lost 17-7. However, our team of random friends had a blast. With every hit, run, catch and throw we laughed, slapped high fives and made fun of Lautaro for trying to lead off first base in a slow pitch softball game. Plus, when Matt P made a full extension diving catch after covering about 30 yards...we all felt as if we won the game. Plus, we went out for beers and food at BBC afterward. Truly a great improvement from the team. It's all about camaraderie.

Finally, tonight I'm heading back to Centre College to meet up with Will, Roy Lee and Danielle. Lautaro will be there too and some others will stop by to say hello...but I can't wait to get there and have some fun.

These get togethers will be better once Taylor gets back in town and it's always a bummer when someone can't make it to, what I like to call, a "Friend Reunion." However, I love the fact that my friends try to stay in touch. It's so easy to let friends fall by the wayside, but in reality...good friends aren't something you can take for granted.

So if you'll excuse me...I'm off to tell stories, play drinking games and have a good time with some of my best friends.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Picture of the Day: This is from last year's end of the year celebration at Centre and it's one of my favorite pictures of all time. We were drinking and I thought it'd be hilarious if I gave Roy Lee wet willies every chance I got. I literally hit him with like 20 of them. He hated it, but I thought it was hilarious. He then tried to get me back...but he had no luck. This picture is a perfect representation of that night.
Song of the Day: Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Play Ball...

In about 3 hours, unless it rains, I will be making my Men's C League softball debut. It should be pretty wild.

Personally, I have no idea if I am good at softball. I played tons of baseball growing up and was pretty good in my prime. I played in a co-ed softball league in the summer of 2004, but we had to hit left handed. As a result, I was horrible. However, I'm hoping that once I snag my first fly ball and take my first cut at the plate...all my days of little league come back to me and I can help the team a bit.

The good news is that it's a Men's C League and our team is mediocre...at best. We had one game so far and let's just say...we lost....by 20...after 3 innings. Now our sponsor, Shuck Fence Co., is threatening to pull their support...not really, but I'm sure we're not helping their business.

However, In defense of my team, we had one less player, we had 0 time to warm up and none of us had played in several years. Hopefully tonight turns out a little better.

Regardless, it'll be nice to dust off the old glove and get beers with the team afterward.

Go Shuck Fence!

Picture of the Day: It's go time!
Song of the Day: John Fogerty - Centerfield

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

10 Things I Like and Dislike These Days...

I'm feeling 6 and 4 today...

* LIKE: Charlie Strong. I mean honestly check out this video...

We're going to "play our balls off this year!" I'm officially excited for football for the first time in years.

* DISLIKE: Jeans. I am on a never ending search for the perfect pair of jeans. I'm not asking for much, I just want them to fit correctly and not cost more than 60 bucks. I don't care if they're straight fit, relax fit, boot fit, etc. I just want them to fit without being too baggy, too tight, too long or too short.

* LIKE: Yahoo Sports Blogs. I don't know if you guys have ever checked out Yahoo Sports' Blogs, but they're outstanding. They have one for every sport and they're usually very informative, well written and entertaining. "The Dagger" and "Ball Don't Lie" are my two faves.

* DISLIKE: The NBA Playoffs. Seriously, I had high hopes for the conference finals and both series appear to be headed for sweeps. I know the Suns are only down 1-0, but I just can't see them beating the Lakers...at all. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

* LIKE: Parenthood. Seriously, this show is awesome. I don't even know how to describe why it's so great, but it is. It's funny, it's dramatic...it's real. Also, they have great music on the show. So far this season they've played, Monsters of Folk, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Ben Sollee, Josh Ritter, Alexi Murdoch and Neko Case. Seriously, watch it on Hulu...it's just great.

* DISLIKE: TV Season Finales. Tonight is the last Modern Family of the year. I hate when shows go off for the summer because they usually end in some cliff hanger...and plus I don't get to watch them each week. Sigh....I guess it wouldn't kill me to watch less TV.

* LIKE: Music. The past few weeks/months have produced some excellent new albums. Dr. Dog, The New Pornographers, The National, Band of Horses, Jakob Dylan, Josh Ritter, She & Him and Broken Bells have all put out fantastic albums in the last few months. As a result, my ears are very happy.

* LIKE: Snickers Ice Cream Bars. Lautaro bought some mini Snickers Ice Cream bars the other day and I had forgotten how delicious those things are. I mean they might be one of the tastiest things on the planet.

* DISLIKE: Facebook. What's with this new profile thing where you have to "Like" things? I really enjoy using Facebook, but with each change my interest dies a little.

* LIKE: Qdoba. I've had it twice in the last 4 days...It's just so tasty. I can't explain how excited I get when I walk into Qdoba...it's sad.

Have a great Wednesday folks.

Picture of the Day: I took this picture in London two years ago. I want to go back.
Song of the Day: The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Not at the table, Carlos...

* It's a super awesome day to be a music fan! Two of my favorite bands, The Black Keys and Band of Horses released albums today.
I bought them both at lunch today and after giving them a spin for the first time...I like what I'm hearing. Also, the Black Keys' album changes colors when you play it!

* Also out today, an album by LCD Soundsystem and an album by Damien Marley & Nas. Let me know if anyone has heard either of those.

* Next Wednesday Yim Yames and John Prine will appear on the David Letterman show together! They're appearing to promote a new Prine tribute album that includes, MMJ, The Avetts, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and more. I'm going to buy that album.

* I'm totally rooting for the Suns in the NBA playoffs...but it's not looking so good after game 1. Kobe is awesome...there's nothing else to say.

* My old buds Chris and Tom are in town for a little while. We're headed out to the UofL baseball game in a bit and I'm really looking forward to it. Haven't seen those guys in a while.

* 2 years ago today I graduated from Centre College. I'm still sad.

* NBC's Parenthood will officially return in the fall. This is great news because it is my favorite show on TV not named "Modern Family." Also, it's on tonight at 10...watch it.

* Here's a hilarious video of Paul Rudd that I saw on the Card Chronicle:

Paul Rudd is hilarious....I wish we were friends.

* Lastly, here's a new SportsCenter commercial to get us in the World Cup mood:

The World Cup is just around the corner...USA! USA! USA!

Have a great Tuesday folks!

Picture of the Day: Found this awesome pic of MMJ drummer Patrick Hallahan while browsing the "Morrison Hotel Gallery" recently. Patrick is a beast.
Song of the Day: Black Keys - Tighten Up

(That's the official video for that song...it's odd to say the least...but, funny still)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Back in Town...

Hey Gang! Did you guys miss me? No worries...I'm back to my normal life now, which means back to normal blogging as well. Wooo! Here's a recap as to what has been going on for the last 11 days.

- Taylor is now a Master of English! Hooray! She graduated two Fridays ago and it was pretty cool. It's been a long two years, but she got the job done and now she's coming home! Congrats again, dear.

- After her graduation we joined her parents, my mom and some other folks at the beach for 5 days. We stayed on the Isle of Palms, just outside of Charleston, and it was muy bueno. Lots of laying on the beach, eating at Poe's (the best tavern in South Carolina), drinking, laying in hammocks, etc. It was great...as usual.

- I got back from South Carolina on Thursday night and then had to work the Big East Softball tournament on Friday. Now that that's over my work with the UofL Athletic Department will more than likely be finished until the fall. It sucks, because I enjoy working there...but it will give me more free time.

- Saturday Ben, Megs and I headed to Knoxville for a wedding. Our good friends Matt and Stephanie got married and it was a blast. Lots of dancing and drinking with a lot of people from college that I hadn't seen in a long time. Drinking with old friends is one of the better things you can do.

- Yesterday I returned home to help celebrate my little step-brother's graduation from high school. It's hard to believe that he's actually old enough to be going to college, but he'll start UofL in the fall. Congrats again, Ryan...the next four years will be a blast.

- Now then, I'm back in town...school's done for the summer...my internship at UofL is done for the summer and I don't have any large trips coming up until a pretty important journey to Wisconsin in about a month. Nevertheless, with Taylor coming home, summer time heating up and everyone under the sun getting married...there are plenty of things to get excited about in the near future.

For now, I've got some time to relax and get the blog back in shape.

Have a good one!

Picture of the Day: That's me napping on the beach while trying to avoid sun-burn last week...it was successful.

Song of the Day: M. Ward - Chinese Translation

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Back to Charleston...

Three days back at work and now I'm headed to the beach...again!

I'll be headed down to Charleston tomorrow morning for Taylor's graduation and then we're staying at the beach until next Thursday...yes.

I majorly excited and there are many reasons why...let's review.

1.) I get to see Taylor again.

2.) I'm spending a week at the beach!

3.) This is the last time I'll visit Taylor in Charleston...because she's moving home at the end of the month...wooo!

It's been a wild past 2 years, most of you know that since you've read the blog. Long distance relationships are what I like to call, "lame." However, while it sucked being away from Taylor for the majority of the past 24 months...it's turned out just fine. The time apart has allowed us to grow independently (to an extent) and set ourselves up for the future. Now she's coming home, we'll get married and the rest is all gravy...right?

I know they'll be more bumps along the way...but for now...I'm headed to South Carolina to celebrate the end of a long two years. What better way to cap it off then with a week on the beach!

As always, I'll do my best to keep in touch with you guys over the next week, but I won't make any promises...I may be too busy drinking beer on the beach.

Hasta Luego Ned!

Picture of the Day: Beach Bound
Song of the Day: Little Joy - Next Time Around

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Let's roll...

* I'm getting my hair cut in less than an hour. While I desperately need one, I'm still angry. Haircuts are the worst.

* So have you guys started watching "Parenthood" yet? The show just keeps getting better every week! It's funny, but not in a 30 rock way...more of an O.C. way. I dunno, it's on at 10 tonight, just watch it.

* Speaking of The O.C. I've started re-watching season 1 on DVD. It is, in fact, the greatest season of television ever created. Sandy Cohen is amazing.

* Is there anything worse than waiting for people to reply to e-mails or text messages? I understand friends or family members not responding, especially when it's not a pressing issue (even I do that from time to time), but I'm waiting on like 4 responses right now. It's driving me crazy.

* The New Pornographers released a new album today called "Together." I picked it up at lunch and I like what I'm hearing so far. I'd recommend it if you're looking for some new tunes.

* I'm still riding pretty high from last week's MMJ concert. Here's a video of One Big Holiday from the show:

I want to go to there!

* Also, MMJ played with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Preservation Hall a few weeks ago, it looked like it was epic:
I want to go to there, too.

* Day 2 on my summer break and I still have no idea what to do with my free time. Cumberland Tues tonight? Probably.

* I like the spring and the summer and the nice weather and sitting outside and being active and all...but I don't like the heat. It's quickly approaching boiling point.

* NBA Playoffs update...I'm rooting for the Suns

That's all for today, I'll talk to you guys tomorrow.

Picture of the Day: Don't ask why or how I stumbled across this during a "Google Image Search" but I did and it's awesome.

Song of the Day: The New Pornographers - Your Hands (Together)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Monday Reset...

Hey gang! How are you? Good, I hope.

I'm back from Charleston and I thought I'd take today's post to catch everyone up on what's been happening/is going to happen. Sound good? Good.

* Charleston was fantastic. The MMJ concert was unbelievable, we went to the beach, we saw "Date Night", we did lots of loungin' around. It was great to spend some free time with Taylor after we both finished super busy semesters.

* I'm now officially finished with my first semester of Grad School. It's kinda nice to go back to the 9-5 gig for a little while and I'm welcoming my summer break with open arms. Also, I finished my first semester with a 4.0! Sports school rules!

* The Derby was pretty cool, although it would have been cooler if my buddy Tom's horse would have won. But he did come in 3rd and Tom was on TV a bunch...so that was cool.

* Softball starts Thursday...its' going to be awesome.

* My work in the Athletic Department is pretty much finished for the summer as well. I'll work the Big East Softball tourney next week and I may do a few things with them over the summer. But, as it turns out, there isn't too much to do in an Athletic Department during th summer. Still, hopefully I get to do some stuff and hopefully I'll get to continue my work in the Fall.

* Now that school and AD work is pretty much done...I have no idea what to do with my time. Prior to last week I was busy like 24/7...now I have lots of down time...it's nice.

* I'm actually headed back to Charleston on Thursday. Rough isn't it? Taylor graduates on Friday and then it's off to the beach for a few days. It's going to be awesome.

* I feel like there's more news to share...but I can't think of it.

That's all for now. Tidbits served up for you guys tomorrow!

Picture of the Day: In honor of summer break
Song of the Day: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Kentucky Derby 136

My Old Kentucky Home

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By 'n' by Hard Times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Weep no more my lady
Oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the Old Kentucky Home far away.


I've traded in bluegrass for palm trees this year, but I'll be watching and drinking bourbon, still.

Happy Derby Everyone!

Song of the Weekend: Stephen Foster - My Old Kentucky Home