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August 14, 2006


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A fond memory: lighting up a Hibachi in a bridesmaid dress in the middle of a park to make burgers.

I always dress to grill, really.

Mr. Big Dubya

I, too, am digging The Raconteurs offering - some pretty fine stuff.

And since the only sport in which I can actually participate is golf, I must also cheer for the old guys as I sit on the couch icing my ankle and shoulder while applying a heating pad to my lower back. But I will age gracefully dammit, even if it hurts.


I don't know too many Asian men who love to grill, certainly not the men in my family anyway. I think they like their food prepared for them, you cook...me eat (neanderthal tone).

I'm 1/3 way in reading "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell, not summer reading choice but it's very fascinating all the same.


I'll second both the Raconteurs and Little Miss Sunshine...both are great.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

Ian likes The Raconteurs too.

He was actually singing "Steady as She Goes" in the car the other day. It's a nice change from the theme song to "The Wonder Pets".


I'm enjoying the new Augusten Burroughs book and the new Tom Petty CD. Both are much better than I thought they would be.


Holy shit, I am not the 800th commenter. Dude, can I eat at your house?

We want to see that movie too. I love Greg Kinnear in everything I've ever seen him in.

On the old thing....well it happens to everyone. I will tell you, my shoulder kills me when the tempature changes too much. It was just too ingured not too. I can't wait to hear from the BossLady again soon. I hope your life calms down a bit.


I will check out the recomendations, except the grill. I live in Florida and I have a very nice grill in the backyeard which I can use year round. Hamburgers and Ribs for Christmas dinner.


*drool* Hibatchi BBQ!!!

Can't wait for the post from Boss Lady!


Love your eclectic tastes, MD. This list of what you're enjoying right now is so perfectly Metro! I love it.


Reading: collection of essays by Nora Ephron on aging.

Listening: new album with Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris.

Watching: too much reality TV!


Reading... hate to say it but some wonderfully trashy mystery novels that my mom sent me to get my mind off work, house hunting, etc.

Listening... Wolfmother, The Raconteurs, Joel Plasket, Ben Lee, Teagen and Sara, Panic! At The Disco, CBC Radio Three Podcasts.

Watching... old House episodes in rerun, the housing market, too much CBC Newsworld, My Super Sweet Sixteen (I can't tear myself away... it really is a bad car accident broadcast for the world to see!)


Reading: "A Long Way Down", Nick Hornby. Next up is "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq" by Thomas Ricks. Curious to read his take on the war - his title is a bit obtuse.

Listening: Wolfmother and Muse have provided the soundtrack for my summer.

Watching: Believe it or not, EPL soccer. Go Liverpool!


Somehow, I missed Barton Fink the first time around. We rented it this past weekend, and it knocked my socks off. It's now my favorite Coen bro's film, even above Fargo.

I've got to get a hibatchi.


I know I'm a "late adopter," so to speak, but Tipping Point is riveting. I'm all about the non-fiction these days.

Oh, The Joys

JUST saw LMS and could not stop laughing. So good.


Reading: Europe Central by William Vollman. An epic fever-dream about WWII. Fiction, but through the eyes of real players. I'm generally suspicious of "historical fiction", but this book puts you uncomfortably into the ethos and delusional rationales that cavorted disastrously through Europe in those years.

Geriatric sports: I can't help but notice that Randy Johnson is missing from your list..;-)


I have added "Absurdistan" to the library reserve list and the movie to my Netflix cue. :) Thanks for the recommendations!


oops. that's queue.....long day!

Pickle's Papa

I dont think you should mention 'rock' to Albert Belle. It may violate his parole.


My mom used the mini cast iron Hibachi charcoal grill for years and years. In the winter, she'd be out on the back porch in a parka grilling up bulgogi and kalbi.

What not to read: I started to read "The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child" to my six year old but quickly determined that it should have been called "World History for Stupid Children Who Love Being Patronized." ("Ugga's family are nomads. Do you know what nomads are? They don't have houses to live in. They take their houses with them! Silly nomads!") We got up to the Phoenicians before my son begged me to Stop the Madness. We've opted back into the Magic Tree House series and we are both much happier for it.

Listening to: Lucinda Williams, Live at the Fillmore. Girlfriend rocks.


First, don't sell yourself short. I realize the Mets look pretty good right now, and José Reyes looks like the second coming of, I don't know, Bud Harrelson, but I'm sure they'll come back down to earth soon enough, at which point they might be in the market for a 37-year-old utility infielder -- keep the faith, brother.

I've also loved watching Clemens and Maddux and Franco, but I Albert Belle (http://tinyurl.com/4n62f) has been retired since 2000.


Great recommendations, MD. I haven't seen LMS but all my friends are raving about it. And I've been loving the Raconteurs album. Meanwhile, have you listened to the new CDs by Jurassic 5 and DMX. I know you listen to rap/hip hop. Both of these are great.

Suburban Turmoil

I think Little Miss Sunshine is going to have to be our next Pregnancy Date Night (i.e., no liquor). Thanks for the recommendation!

Mama Nabi

I soooo want to see LMS - ever since I saw a preview. Since they now say that 40's is the new 30's, you're technically still 27 - I know, I said that to make ME feel better. Gawd, I wish I actually had something to recommend... but I don't think watching LN stomp around is actually considered entertainment.


Glad to hear you loved LMS--it's on my must-see list. I've convinced the hubby to see it based on the draw known as Steve Carell.

You also wrote about a book on my must-read list; I read a review a few weeks ago and thought it sounded just fascinating. Hopefully I can pick up a copy soon as I'm between books.

I've actually got the Raconteurs' "Steady as She Goes" cued up for a song lyric of the day this week. Although, I have to admit, I've loved The White Stripes since I first heard them. You just don't find kick-ass bass lines like that in most groups today (RHCP notwithstanding).

Glad to know that if we ever manage to meet, we have a lot in common to talk about (I know--I shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition). Speaking of, the hubby and I are hoping to visit NYC the last week in October. Hope you and the BossLady will be around and available for a drink. :)


I've been listening to this band Arcade Fire and can not get enough of them. Best new band I've heard in awhile. Check 'em out.


I'd never heard of Gary Shteyngart, but I will check him out. Thanks MD. These are the things I'm doing this summer:
-Psyching myself to quit my job so I can go back to school in the fall.
-Blogging to get back in the habit of writing something.
-Taking a week off and using precious vacation time/money that could be saved for when I'm unemployed to take my hubby and kids somewhere fun before my Little Goose starts kindergarten and the rest of her life.
-Reading The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan


Film: "The Island", with Ewan McGregor (ahh, Ewan) and Scarlett Johanssen. It got panned by critics, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. It's on DVD now.

Literature: re-reading "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - now available in paperback!

Music: the soundtrack to "Cars" - the Munchkin enjoys the Rascal Flatts' cover of "Life is a Highway."


I'm really digging Sufjan Stevens at the moment.


Once, in college, we used a Hibachi to cook a turkey. Okay, we were drunk but it still tasted good.

I just got back from Japan where I had the most amazing grilled meals. For a carnivore like me, the sight of big hunks of beef cooking right before my eyes is tantamount to a holy sighting.


I'm pretty sure you jinxed the Mets by writing this post. How else do you explain the fact that they are being trounced by the Phils for the second consecutive game?

Her Bad Mother

The Coma, Alex Garland.

With you on the Raconteurs.

With you on Little Sunshine.

Food? I've been licking up WonderBaby's leftovers, or ordering in sashimi. Maybe I do need a Hibachi.


Now why didn't I think of getting a BBQ for inside the house?!



meat. grill. good.

oh, and been listening to franz ferdinand and art brut. diggin on art brut.


Check out the new Keane CD. Even better than the first one.


I second the Alex Garland recommendation. Just finished the Beach and I'm still on the adrenaline high. Currently, I'm trying to convince MD that we must go to Thailand.


Baby Girl sings "Steady as She Goes" in the car and does a mean air guitar solo!


Extra marital blogging? Is Boss Lady now available for bookings?? I am keen to arrange a guest post for ME, me ME! Especially if you can cater some of those scallops at publish time.

and, Alan Arkin? SOLD.

mrs mogul

Umm you know I HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO GO TO THE MOVIES!!! Been busy with the kid...It's just rentals for now, (IF I GET THE CHANCE!!) hey we're the same age!! I was always a Yankees girl even though I should have gone with Mets being a Queens girl and all..


I've been reading "Fox in Socks" by Dr. Seuss. Out loud. Over, and over, and over, and over, and over...


Well we saw the film Brick last night with the guy from 3rd Rock from the Sun who I raved about in Mysterious Skin last year (or maybe this year?). It was fantastic. Gritty, believeable, sad, painful.

It's the best film I've seen in ages. Since Mysterious Skin actually.


This week, I am also listening to The Raconteurs, although I'm less "Steady As She Goes" and more "Level." I've also been blasting "American Idiot" at high volume while alone in the car, and think that perhaps I could carry off a nice karaoke of "Jesus of Suburbia" if enough red wine was involved.

Whilst on vacation, I was reading mysteries by Morag Joss. Set in modern day Bath, England, they feature a cellist and her complicated on-and-off relationship with a married police inspector. Very good on the characterization and atmosphere, less successful with the heavy-handed red herrings. I enjoyed them.

On the telly, we're all about "Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman" on PBS for the older kid, who lurves all the problem-solving and puzzles. Also, I've been enjoying the BBC's "Life on Mars," the one about the cop who goes into a coma and finds himself back in 1973? Yeah, well, it's good.

Also high on the list this week? Bacon.

Mmmmmmm. Baaacon.


I'm just now reading Dave Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and loving it...I'm so behind the times, though.

Uncle Frog

I love wearing my "I eat meat" shirt when mixing it up with the new age vegans. Grilling makes me feel good about who I am. The taste of a nicely cooked hunk of flesh can't be beat. I think they have other stuff at CafePress.com/UncleFrog besides just shirts and mugs for those who love meat. Good luck!

alice, uptown

Grilling indoors -- and your smoke detector doesn't go off? Mine does if I burn something in the oven.

Love the recommendations. Love it even more that you can remember what you're reading or listening to. I have a few years on you, and the creeping disease of middle age: CRS (aka known as Can't Remember Shit). The most fun book I've read this summer is "Valley of the Dolls." Nothing like the 1960s version of sordid to accompany you on Amtrak, a barely 1940s mode of transportation itself.


Films: I have a daughter, I never get to see movies! But, I did manage to sneak out a few weekends ago and see Little Miss Sunshine. Stunningly funny, sweet, smart.

Literature: A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby's latest. Not as depressing as the subject matter would have you believe

Gomez: How We Operate. Yeah, it's that good. Why don't more people know of the Gomez? 'Tis beautiful

Eating: being in my 30's has forced me to eat soy-type products. I want to be young again. Dammit.

Sports: Football is back. Life is good. Daughter wants Dora on the big screen. I must disappoint.

Oh, and any sport that lets a man play well into his 40's might not be a sport. It might be a recreation event.


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