So I’m on a plane heading home this afternoon and I’ve just more or less completed a 37-page RFP. Translation: I don’t feel like working on the plane. And I don’t have a magazine to read – a rarity. So, I’m faced with the prospect of sitting there like a lump, focusing on what’s coming out of my Ipod, reading the USAir monthly magazine, leafing through the Duty Free catalog, or checking out SkyMall. Naturally, I check out SkyMall. Because it is the most ridiculous of the options.
Now, I’ve cruised through the SkyMall magazine before. It’s always good for a few chuckles, but today I really paid attention and discovered that some of this stuff is not only retarded, but I’ve never, EVER seen anyone use some of it. I mean, what would you think if you saw this guy?
Please kick this guy’s ASS if you see him! I know I would NEVER buy this and actually use it on a plane. But then I got to thinking – what if I did buy it, use it and take photos of myself doing it? So I’ve done what any enterprising blogger would do – I took the catalog with me and over the next few weeks I’ll be highlighting some of the most insane products I’ve ever seen. I’m open to the idea of actually buying a bunch of it (picture above included) and going out and using the stuff that I buy and documenting it here, but then I thought it might be a waste of money. Unless, of course, my reader(s) are willing to contribute. You help buy, I will go out in public and try it. That’s a deal. If you’re up for it, let me know and I’ll set up a contributions thing via PayPal or something. It could be hilarious!
By the way, I’m still screen-grabbing TV characters, too. I think that blog feature has promise. Stay tuned.
Here’s one of the best things about summer: fresh fruit. There are no shortage of local farmers markets and farm stands in our area and when summer comes, it’s a fruit lover’s paradise. These particular berries come from Idlewild Farms in Acton, MA, a year round market that stocks all kinds of goodies, from fresh meats and cheeses to all kinds of yummy organics. The picture is raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries and I usually have those and throw in some granola, a little dollop of vanilla yogurt and some ground flaxseed.
Every Saturday from June to late September, Maynard has a farmer’s market in the parking lot of the old mill building (where Monster.com and others have their offices). Tons of local businesses set up tents and hawk their wares, including our favorite local, organic farmstand, Applefield Farm, who are on the cusp of selling their own homegrown corn-on-the-cob soon, which is so delicious it’s insane. There’s also a local farm that sets up shop at the market and sells their own fresh milk. I usually get a quart of lowfat chocolate milk and a quart of skim. Did you know that chocolate milk is one of the best things for you to drink after a workout? Interesting. They also have coffee milk, which is pretty delicious.
Anyway, there’s a taste of what our food lives are like in the summer. Nature’s candy, my friends.
By the way, see post below – I managed to connect ITunes with a couple of people now, but I want more! Send me a line if you want to be able to stream each other’s ITunes. Great stuff.
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My friend Dan turned me onto Simplify Media earlier this week. Here’s yet another invaluable internet application for people who even remotely like music. It’s pretty, um, simple: you install it on your computer and it integrates directly into your ITunes in the main left-side navigation menu (where all your playlists, library, etc are). Then you connect with friends and you have the ability to explore their ITunes as well and listen to anything in their library via stream. It is excellent! I was able to just access Dan’s ITunes and put it on shuffle for the whole afternoon. Screenshot here.
Anyway, email me if you download it and want to share ITunes libraries. I’ve got 7,400 songs or so waiting for you. This is what the internet is all about. Use the contact link on the right side of this page to drop me a line (or email me if you know my address). I would put my email here, but I’m deathly afraid of getting spammed all to hell.
Lots of good music starting to emerge in 2007. There’s a really solid new record out by Spoon, who will end up being one of my top 3 bands of the decade. I’ve also been enjoying the new albums by The Polyphonic Spree, The Figments, Josh Rouse and a band called Blitzen Trapper, whose name alone prompted me to listen to a couple of samples. Sometimes that’s all it takes – an interesting name. It’s rare that I end up liking bands just for their name, but it happened with these guys. Solid stuff.
But the one I’m probably most excited about is The New Pornographers, who I should have been listening to three years ago, but wasn’t. I picked up on them after their last album, Twin Cinema, came out (I think 2005) and their new album, called “Challengers,” comes out in August. Here’s a song from it. It’s not the usual crazy-catchy rock tune they’re known for, but as usual, after 3-4 listens, you’re bound to be hooked.
Many people are asking me if I’m getting any sleep with newborn twins now living in the house. I have a simple answer: hardly. 4-5 hours per night, intermittant.