November 11th, 2008

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First of all, happy birthday to Andy Partridge, formerly of XTC. I believe he's 55 today.

And now, I think it's time for a list of things I have some trouble understanding.

1. Fashion. Not the "hey, this outfit looks good" kind of fashion, but the kind where people are obsessed with brand names. I guess that, as a straight male, I'm not really supposed to get it, but, like, what's the point of buying a Coach bag? Does having the letter C all over it really make it better quality? And what's with the faded-looking T-shirts with store names on them? Also, why do we drive on a parkway and...no, wait, that's something else.

2. Cheerleading. I mean, it's not that I can't see the appeal of scantily clad women jumping around (straight male, remember?), but people take it WAY too seriously. I mean, cheerleading competitions? Sure, it takes talent, but it's a show, not a sport. Not to mention that I associate cheerleading with bitchy emaciated girls.

3. Sports. I've mentioned this before, and I have to say that, although I don't like them, I have an idea as to how people can get caught up in the excitement. I have no idea how people can talk so much about the results of sporting events, but in all fairness, they probably don't see how I can talk so much about Super Mario Bros. and Oz books. I guess that, while my chosen means of escaping from reality involves the realm of the fantastic, theirs involves guys running around and throwing things.

4. Enforced gender differences at fast food restaurants. Okay, I don't know that this is common, but I overhead the worker at the McDonald's drive-thru asking whether someone wanted a "boy or girl" Happy Meal. Why not just ask which product they prefer, instead of trying to reinforce the stereotypes?
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Writer's Block: Ten for the Tenth

I don't usually do these writer's block things, but I'm a sucker for making lists.

Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?


1. XTC - Sklyarking
2. They Might Be Giants - Apollo 18
3. Young Fresh Fellows - This One's for the Ladies
4. Neko Case and Her Boyfriends - Furnace Room Lullaby
5. Frank Black - Teenager of the Year
6. Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
7. Pixies - Bossanova
8. Moxy Früvous - Bargainville
9. Sugarplastic - Bang, the Earth Is Round
10. Carolyn Mark and the New Best Friends - The Pros and Cons of Collaboration

I tried not to repeat artists, although I do have both Frank Black and the Pixies, which I guess is sort of repeating. Really, with TMBG, it's hard to choose an absolute favorite. Lincoln and John Henry are also pretty high up there.