Thursday, December 21, 2006

Uh. Mah. Gaw.

It's unheard of for me to post twice in one day, but I had to share this gem. I found Idolator a cpl of weeks ago (it's a music/music industry website by Gawker Media), and I've kept up with it daily. Today, they post this:

Except for the Color Me Bad, I could have made this tape in the 8th grade - way after the heyday of Falco. That was a confession, for those not paying attention. In the early 90's, before the days of 80's nostalgia, I, Absinthe, listened to Falco. But before you judge, ask yourself this: if I were to rifle through your old cassette tape shoeboxes, would I find Great White? White Lion? WINGER? MR. BIG??? OK, then.

Ahem. Sorry. That got ugly. It was, indeed, unlady-like of me to mention your Great White tape - the one you tried to be cool and tape over with Leonard Cohen in the 10th grade, but it didn't really work, so when you listened to it, you heard "I'm Your Man" with just a tinge of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" in the background (this actually happened to a girl I knew). All I'm saying is, own it.

Dinah, The Christmas Whore

I'd forgotten what it was like to work in an environment where the people give 2 craps about me, or that I even exist, and I'm here to tell you: it's nice. My new job is with the same company I contracted for, and I love it so far. Also, in case anyone is confused: I DO NOT MISS WORKING FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

Having a high-speed internet connection at home is still a little new to me, but I'm having too much fun with it already. Podcasts from my favorite news and entertainment sources? Check. Subscription to eMusic? Check. Purchase of music video to Blondie's "Rapture" from iTunes? Check. Daily viewings of countless favorite old SNL sketched from YouTube? Check (and word to the wise: if you haven't seen Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake on "The Barry Gibb Show" sketch, it's GOLD).

Cable TV and I have not become quite so chummy. I have watched 2 things on cable so far, and they both aired on Bravo: the Madonna concert 3 wks ago, and "Back to the Future" last night. Now all day, I've been dying to tell someone that they're my "density." I've tried watching a cpl of those "100 Greatest Celebrity Assholes" shows on VH-1 and E!, and in theory, I should love them, given my pop cultural proclivities and all. But they always turn out to be talentless, humorless people explaining why each thing on the countdown is funny. Or shocking. Or outrageous.

Oh, and I've watched a few episodes of "Benson."

I dug out my favorite version of "A Christmas Carol" (the George C. Scott one) on VHS last night, and realized with horror that I've been the worst Scrooge ever this season. I've pretty much growled and gnashed my teeth about Christmas since October, and now that I'm ready to actually celebrate, it's almost over. In my defense, though, I'll say that the temp. has been in the 60's for the past 2 weeks, so it hasn't exactly felt like winter. Also, working retail a few years ago right at Thanksgiving and Christmas ruined the holidays for me entirely, and I'm still recovering. Maybe next year, I'll be ready to don the ugly snowflake sweater with pride and happily start my shopping in July.

I have zero vacation days accrued, so Ill be working through most of the holidays; it's cool, though. I just had 2 months off from full-time work when the weather was perfect, and all kinds of fall things were going on. I remember taking around 4 days off last year around Christmas, and being profoundly bored. Taking off more than 1 day of work when you have no real plans can be a mistake...

In honor of the holidays, I'm going to crack out on the "Santaland Diaries" for a while - I saw the play a cpl of weeks ago, and I downloaded the audio of David Sedaris reading it on This American Life from iTunes. Maybe I'll get really warm and fuzzy and pull out "Dinah, The Christmas Whore" if i can remember which collection that one appears in.

Here's hoping everyone in the blogosphere has wonderful holidays!