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laundry and shatner

I haven't mentioned it yet, so I should, that I saw Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains last Saturday.  The performance was great.  The crowd was not.

Man, I don't even feel like writing about it.  Maybe I will later.

Yesterday I stayed home from work and did laundry.  I was hoping to do laundry and also clean the living room and the bathroom and maybe even the kitchen, but it turned out that all I had time for was the laundry.  It took me about six hours, and once you're a load or two into the process, you spend all your time between trips hanging up clean laundry, or draping wet clothes over various pieces of furniture in the apartment.  Shit, I slept on my couch last night, on purpose, because I still have a few stacks of clean clothes on my bed.  (There is no place to put them.  On my way home today I'm going to buy some milk crates and then screw them into the wall.  Where does one buy milk crates, anyway?  Would Bed Bath & Beyond have them?)  But I can walk into my closet again, which I couldn't do for a long time.  And I can walk around my room more easily, and I put clothes into large storage tubs (not that I know where I'm going to put the tubs), so that all the clothes in my closet are clothes I actually wear.  One tub is "special occasion/weird stuff" like the dress from my Medusa costume, and my long princess skirts, and a second is "summer clothes", which is self explanatory, and the third is "stuff that doesn't fit anymore at the moment" which is full.  There were so many clothes that fit into that catergory that I started to put stuff that doesn't fit into the summer tub, because it had better fit by summer, by God.  I mean, you know, magically.  Oh also I have a bag or two of stuff that will be going to Goodwill.  I'm a packrat, so this is highly unusual for me.

At around 9:20 last night, I decided that I was done for the day.  I had worked hard enough, I figured.  I blew through three (3) episodes of TNG, which is pretty good, I think.  Then I got too sleepy, and I couldn't finish the last one on the disc.  I'm knee-deep in Season Two, which is the Dr. Pulaski season.  Some of the episodes are a little rough.  A few weeks ago I had a conversation with Jeff and Vince, and I was saying that the early seasons of TNG were a little weak, and they indignantly insisted that it shouldn't bother me as much as a lot of the episodes of The Original Series, because a lot of those were stinkers too.  I've come to realize the difference:  I hadn't seen any of those before.  I've seen 80% of the TNGs so far, so I know what I'm in for.  But I struggle on gamely, and there are wonderful (silly) moments in each episode, I think.  I realized yesterday that, in my zeal, I sent back Disc 2 without watching all four episodes!  And the one I missed is one I haven't seen before, I don't think!  Man!  What a dummy.  I could have SWORN I watched all four, but the description of Unnatural Selection doesn't sound familiar, and it's supposedly on that disc.  Dammit.  So back into the queue it goes.

Mitch stole a copy of William Shatner's new album Has Been from the internet and brought it over for me.  I listened to it twice yesterday, and I don't know if you're going to believe me or not, but it's really good.  I knew that Ben Folds produced the thing, and as I was listening from my kitchen I thought "I hope that Ben Folds' name is on the cover," because you can hear his steez all over the place.  And it is on the cover, he "arranged" the record.  It's a really good pop album.  I respect Shatner for being aware of the fact that he can't sing, and making a record anyway.  Apparently he wrote the lyrics for most of the songs, which is amazing, because they're pretty funny.  There's a cover of the Pulp song "Common People", which you may have heard already.  Joe Jackson sings a bit on that one.  I don't care for the original too much -- Pulp's singer is way too wussy-sounding for me, and the lyrics are SO obnoxious -- but I really love this cover.  The song with Henry Rollins is good and funny.  The title track is funny too, and there are a couple of sweet songs on there.  And you'll probably hate the last song, because it's country, but it was apparently written by Brad Paisley (whoever that is) specifically for the album, which I think is just so sweet and cute.  So yeah, if you like Ben Folds, then DEFINITELY check this album out, because you will probably like it.  And if you don't mind pop music and are old enough that you don't think you're "too cool" for stuff, then you will like it, too.  I think I'm going to ask for it for Christmas.  Man, apparently Ben Folds did/is going to do a show in LA, featuring William Shatner, and I am so jealous and upset that I won't be able to see it.  I totally wish they would tour together, but boviously that won't happen.


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Oct. 8th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
By ... by what right is this GOOD??
Oct. 8th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
By the "it makes Washu giggle and she enjoys listening to it" right. That one.
Oct. 8th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, you're adorable!
Oct. 8th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well I feel like I need a shower. And showers are good, right?
Oct. 8th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
Have I told you lately that you're no fun?
Oct. 8th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
I think Ben Folds did an interview about why he was doing an album with Shatner, or rather, why doing an album with Shatner wasn't a joke, and why he actually liked his other albums:

"Say what you will about the man, he always swung for the fences."
Oct. 8th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
I really loved Fear of Pop Vol. 1, and I'm glad they're doing more things together. I enjoy the "Common People" cover (and the original, but I'm a loser, I suppose), especially when Joe Jackson belts out in the chorus.

oh, and I'm trolling your journal.
Oct. 8th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
and I ---- can't -- COMMIT!!!
I've only heard "In Love" from the Fear of Pop album -- that's the only one with Shatner, though, right?

And I totally love it.
Oct. 8th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: and I ---- can't -- COMMIT!!!
that is in fact the only one with the Shat. The rest is pretty good, but that's definitely the best track.
Oct. 8th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)

Oct. 8th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course, he really rocked.

The performance was really good! I can't remember anything crazy that happened, though, that would make a good story. (Except maybe for that Michael Jackson part, but I already told you about that.) I'm sorry, Scrow, I'm no good at describing . . . well, anything, but especially concerts. They were great. Do you have the album?
Oct. 8th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
"That's Me Trying" is an awesome song, too, and Nick Hornby helped write that one. The Rollins track is just genius.
Oct. 8th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
My friend belial44 is going to shit a brick when I tell him about this disc.
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