Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years!

Alright folks...the best of post will have to wait until tomorrow due to the fact that I have spent my day shoveling snow and will no doubt be doing it well into the New Year. Gotta love duty!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Worst Moments of 2008

As I started to prepare to write my best of and worst posts for the year I realized that I really didn't know enough about each genre to write anything. Clearly I have been distracted from pop culture this year. I am not the least bit upset by this as my mind has been filled with other wonderful thoughts....but it does make it hard to blog. So rather than break it up by genre...I am going to do two posts this year...the best of and the worst everything in 2008 according to Millie.

Let's start with the things that really pissed me off this year. In no particular order....

Jenny Sheppard getting killed on NCIS. I just started to like her character and then they go and kill her off. I was pretty pissed...and I will admit that I cried. Oh well.

The official statement that The 4400 would not return...not on movie...nada nothing. This is a prime example why it is not good to like anything...ever. You only get let down.

Wang getting hurt and missing the rest of the entire season. This injury not only effected the Yankees but it effected me personally because I had to endure months of "wang-less Yankee" jokes. Damn it all. Oh and the subsequent injuries to the Yankees sucked too...all except for fucking Pavano because I am incapable of feeling sympathy for him.

The passing of Heath me crazy but I still get sad when I realize that I will never see him another movie. I loved everything he did from his cute rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" in 10 Things I Hate About You to him scaring the shit out of me in The Dark Night. He wasn't the sexiest man alive but somehow managed to make you think that he was when he was on screen. Still bumming over this one.

Chinese Democracy - OK so I really didn't have that high of expectations for this one and yet I still was disappointed. Talk about a total letdown album. I mean...I know that there was no way that it could possibly live up to its own hype but I never expected that it would suck so much. Oh well. Other let down albums of the year include Viva la Vida by Coldplay, Death Magnetic by Metallica, and Black Ice by AC/DC.

The Eagles Comeback - How in the hell is this team in the damn in playoffs? It pisses me off so much that I don't even want to write about it.

The Governator blowing off the Northern Pacific Coast Guard Forum. OK so I know that I wouldn't have been able to meet him but being that I help coordinate an entire floor plan around him the least he could have done is show up! So the budget was screwed up...he wasn't going to fix it in the two hours it would have taken to show up and make a bunch of Coasties' day. Oh well. Bygones.

The BCS system. Though one could make the argument that this one of the world moment's of every year.

Finally the worst moment of the year according to Millie....

The moment when I officially knew that the Yankees were not going to the playoffs. I will admit it...I cried then too. The good news is that I am confident that the Yankee organization has made the necessary changes to ensure that I don't shed those tears again in 2009.
Now I am sure that I am missing some moments but I am in a pretty good mood tonight so it is hard for me to think of bad things. Check back tomorrow for my list of the best moments of the year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Ready Let's Roll Onto Something New....

I am going to start with one thing...and that is that I FURIOUS that the fucking Eagles are going to the playoffs. That is all that I am going to say about it.

Now let's shuffle...

Somebody Told Me by The Killers - This song takes me back about four years when The Killers came out with their 1st album. I remember hearing this song on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown and instantly fell in love with The Killers. I didn't really get the song but still loved it. I am not sure that I get it now but still love the song. It is another one of those songs that comes on and I find myself getting pumped up. Pumped up for what I am not sure but pumped up nonetheless. Much like Brandon Flowers in the video...the leg starts kicking and the fists start pumping and before I know it...I am singing along. The beat of the song is by far the best it is one of those pulsing beats that sticks in your head for days. It is no wonder that The Killers are still kicking ass in the music world with a start like this. Best Line: "Pace yourself for me, I said maybe baby please but I just don't know now when all I wanna do is try."

If I Fell by The Beatles - Most of you already know my take on The Beatles. I strongly believe that they are good...but not as good as everyone thinks that they are. But that is not the point tonight. This is my favorite song by The Beatles. The sweetness of this song just makes me melt whenever I hear it. There really is only one line worth mentioning but it is no doubt the reason that I love it. I hear it and I reflect on the deeper meaning of it. It is easy to overlook the greatness that is the opening verse. It is a scary thing to be on the brink of falling in love with someone...let alone to ask them to teach you what it really means to love that person. Do you jump? Will you regret it if you do? I say regrets at all because love like that...imperfect though it may be is worth it. Best Line (s): "If I fell in love with you would you promise to be true and help me understand 'cause I've been in love before and I found that love was more than just holding hands."

Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews - For as overrated as I think that the Dave Matthews Band is I have to say that this song is probably one of the sexiest songs ever written. It is not overtly sexy which is what makes it sexy. I remember thinking as a teenager that I very much wanted to believe that love existed in the world the way that it did in the song. I still want to believe that love can be seen in my eyes. Best Line: "I'm bare boned and crazy....for you."

Human by The Killers - Seriously...this song gets better every time I hear it. Without a doubt it is the best song of the year...there I said it! (Shout out to you Andrew!) Lyrically and musically it is phenomenal. I feel like I could write and write and write about this song and never be able to capture how awesome it is. You have to hear and listen to it to appreciate how great it is. I changed my Caller Tunes to this song for all but one person because the song is so damn awesome. It is tough to pick the best line because the entire song is like one great line. But here it is. Best Line: " Give my regards to soul and romance, they always did the best they could."

Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis - Bloody hell I get mad whenever I listen to Oasis. They were so damn talented and they blew it. Oh well. But that is not the point. I always smile when I hear this song because I remember singing this song but not knowing the words. Bobby finally looked up the lyrics (I am pretty sure that this was before the ease of Google) to prove to me that it really was "So Sally can wait" and not whatever goofy thing that I said instead. This is not the best Oasis song but probably the second best so go ahead and download it. Best Line: "You ain't ever gonna burn my heart out."

Thursday, December 25, 2008

I Wanna Wish You A Merry Christmas From The Bottom of My Heart

Its the most wonderful time of the year indeed.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas tunes for you to enjoy as you sip your eggnog and recover from a day of holiday cheer.

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey - "I won't ask for much this Christmas, I don't even wish for snow, I'm just gonna keep on waiting underneath the mistletoe." Yes I will keep on waiting.

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree by Jessica Simpson - "Everyone dancing merrily in the new old fashioned way." Indeed there was a great deal of dancing today...largely due to wine and the Wii.

____________ off of the Chris Isaak Christmas Album - Because as I have said before...the man could sing about dust and it would still sound sexy.

Up On The Housetop by The Chipmunks - "All for the little ones Christmas joys." One cannot celebrate Christmas without a dose of The Chipmunks.

The Christmas Song by Dave Matthews: "Why in this hatred do you fill me up with love love love." OK so not your typical Christmas song but absolutely amazing song nonetheless.
My Wish by Britney Spears - "Oh I'll be waiting here, Santa that's my only wish this year." Patiently waiting indeed. Oh and its cool to like Britney again so don't give me any shit!

Please Come Home For Christmas by Bon Jovi - It is by Bon Jovi. Enough said.

Feliz Navidad by Millie and Todd - Todd you have to send me this or load it to youtube so the whole world can see and hear how well we sang this song back when we were teens who drank too much at their parents Christmas party.

White Christmas by The Drifters - "May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white."

Merry Christmas folks!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Do You Hear What I Hear?

A sound...a sound...the sound of Yankee fans rejoicing as Red Sux fans weep from another unexpected blow.

Let's recap what the fine leaders of Yankee Universe are giving us for the new season.

First there is the new stadium.

Then there was the addition of C.C.

Then came A. J.

And now we have Teixeria.

If all of that isn't enough...there is the joy in knowing that there is one major player left on the free agency market and that's Manny. There is no way in hell that he is going to back to Boston which means that the Red Sux have officially failed in the preseason them little chance of success come the regular season.

I hope you enjoy the playoffs from your couch Red Sux Nation.

Monday, December 22, 2008

And I Know You Like It Too....The Way That I Want You

As I sang to myself in the car this morning I realized how much I truly missed Monday Night Shuffle. So tonight I will shuffle until I hear the familiar call that is the only reason that could pull me away from my beloved blog this evening.

And it must be fate because the first song to come on is most appropriate for tonight's post.

Its Been A While by Staind - This song is a great example of why I started the shuffle in the first place. When you have as many songs on your iPod as I do you tend to forget about a few of them. This song has long since been forgotten and that is a bummer. This song is morbidly romantic. That is the only way that I can think to describe it. It is beautiful in its description of love and the pain that comes with it. What most impresses me is that this is a song of confession for the sake of love. He sings of how far from perfect he is and of how less than ideal their love is and it is takes you to the point where as the listener you can't help but think "Than why are you still there?" and then comes the best line of the song and it seals it in greatness. In that one line you understand why he stays even though it is hard. You understand why even though the circumstances are sometimes tough are comprehend he stays. At least that is what this song expresses for me. It might not be said in the most romantic way but it is real and that is what makes this song a truly amazing song. So here it is...the Best Line: "It's been a while but all that shit seems to disappear when I'm with you."

Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye - This is another awesome song. The beginning of it kind of reminds me of the younger version of me which is kind of bittersweet. The song opens up talking about how in his younger days he would go to the parties but wouldn't dance. He wanted to but didn't. The first couple of months of high school were like that for me. Thanks to Bobby I was invited to the best parties but lacked the courage to put myself out there and have fun. But after that fateful Eldorado Invitational Wrestling Meet everything changed and I danced at every party after that for the rest of my high school days. But I digress...the best part of this song is the fact that is a sure thing. You cannot help but groove when you hear it...and in the right mood it will prompt me to sing and groove. For some reason this is one of my favorite shower songs. It is probably because I can't sing it for shit and therefore the shower is probably the safest place to sing it...though certainly not the for grooving. Best Line: "But my body yearned to be free so I got out on the floor for somebody to choose me."

Sometimes She Cries by Warrant - I really am such a sucker for 80s hair bands. While this isn't one of the greatest ballads of the generation but that's okay. What woman hasn't had a moment or two when she felt like she was Melissa? If she hasn't...she really hasn't loved. That's really all that I have to say about this one. Best Line: "She tried and tried to make it all work out, no matter what she does she's left standing in the middle of doubt."

Talk Dirty To Me by Poison - Perhaps it is the hidden desire in me to be a bad girl that makes me love this song...or maybe it is the fact that Poison really is freakin' awesome...I don't know and I don't care. All I know is that I love this song. It is actually pretty funny because as I was departing from the city this past weekend and it came on I found that I could not restraint myself. I was singing it as loud as I could, rocking as I drove and allowed my mind to wander far more than I should have considering that I wasn't driving in the most ideal weather. I just love the rocking way this song sings of what an obsession "talking" on the phone can be. Lyrically it is amazing, musically it is a bitchin rock song and it is sung by Bret who is just a few levels below Jon Bon Jovi on the hottie rocker chart. It truly is a must have for every hair band fan. The Best Line: "I call you on the telephone, I’m only hoping that you’re home so I can hear you when you say those words to me and whisper so softly...I gotta hear you."

Rock & Roll by Eric Hutchinson - So this song is my #2 favorite new song at the moment. Much like my favorite new song at the moment I heard while watching VH1 recovering from my surgery. This song is a bad song to listen to the day after you have your abdomen cut open because it is IMPOSSIBLE not to start grooving to this song. Thank goodness for pain meds because they allowed me to groove to this song in the painful days after. The rest of album is so so which is disappointing. Luckily the fine folks at iTunes allow me to buy single songs. That being said...I would have blown 14.99 or whatever ungodly price CDs sell for these days for this song. Best Line: "They can roll with the punches as long as they feel like their in control."

Nine In The Afternoon by Panic At The Disco - Kudos to Panic for surviving the sophomore curse. I would even venture so far to say this song off their 2nd album is better than all of those on their 1st. This song is another great tune for singing and dancing to. This song gives me memories of walking down on the street, damn near bursting with excitement, happier than words can describe. It makes me smile as I remember stopping at a stop light and receiving a sudden touch that sent shivers down my spine, made my heart flutter, stole my breath, and fueled a passion that I never knew that I could feel. So could say that in spite of its peppy, happy go lucky is a song that brings a provokes a great deal of emotion in me. Best Line: "You could ’cause you you do and we’re feeling so good."

Hey There Delilah by The Plain White Ts - I know that I have written about this song before and what I write tonight will probably differ from what I wrote in the past but that is what makes music great...its ability to change to fit your mood. I swear that this song is one of the greatest songs ever. As I reflect on things and the way that I have grown I often find myself whispering to myself "Oh its what you do to me." It can happen at a grocery store or an airport and I will suddenly stop and softly sing "Oh its what you do to me" and smile. The soft melody of this song makes it the perfect soundtrack for reflecting. No wonder it is the #2 played song on my iPod. Tonight I choose the following for the Best Line: "I'd walk to you if I had no other way."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It Is A Wonderful Life!

If you look to the right of the will see one of my favorite quotes. I proudly say that "EVERYDAY I THANK THE GOOD LORD THAT HE MADE ME A YANKEE FAN". This is the absolute truth. Fellow Yankee fans know that I changed a great quote to make my own...some say it is sacrilege but others say (and quite accurately) that it is paying tribute to one of the most beloved men to ever wear pinstripes.

But that is not the point of tonight's post. I only mention it because while I am grateful is especially true today. Today was truly a great day in Yankee Universe. Hot damn...I couldn't be more excited.

Call me crazy but I find a great deal of comfort in knowing that no matter how crazy things are for me that things are well in Yankee Universe. Call me crazy but it gives me hope.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm Back

Sorry for the closing the blog for the past month. Most of you know why but for those of you who don't, I have been under the weather and just didn't feel like opening up. The blog wasn't the only thing that I shut out, as many of you learned I stopped answering emails and phone calls. It wasn't that I wanted to be left alone, it was more about me not wanting to display how I was feeling. Feeling weak sucks.

But enough of that. So much has happened in the past month that I don't know where to begin or what really warrants my 2 cents on. So here are of real gems that I can't help but comment on.

Let's start with Plaxico. I'm starting with the fallen Giant mainly because I am pretty pissed off about the situation. I ended last football season being a Plaxico fan. I bought his redemption story and now I look like an ass for believing in him. The guy had it all and totally blew it. What a fool. But at least his demise has been amusing. I can't tell me that you didn't laugh a little when you heard how the dumb ass shot himself in the leg. I had to make sure that I wasn't suffering from a percocet induced mania when I first heard the story because how dumb do you have to be to shoot yourself in leg? I guess if you are going to destroy your rapidly crumbling career, you might as well do it in a manner that the allows the entire sporting world to have a good laugh. Fucking Plaxico...he single handedly ruined the Giants.

Now I know it is all old news...and in light of how the Eagles are playing is pretty silly to discuss...but let's spend a minute on the whole Eagles-Bengals tie. Everyone already knows that I am full-fledged McNabb hater so of course I found this whole thing incredibly funny. The fact that they couldn't beat the fucking Bengals is funny on its own but then you add the completely idiotic comments that McNabb after and you have a pop culture gem. How in the hell did he not know that a regular season game could end in a tie? More importantly, why didn't anyone in the locker room stop him from admitting that in front of millions of fans (most of whom were well aware of the rule in spite of the fact that their involvement in the game is shouting the screen from the comforts of their living room)? I mean, the man had no credibility in my opinion to begin with but did he really think that using the old reliable "I didn't know" defense was going to make it all better? I don't care if the team is on a winning streak or not...I will continue to receive tremendous satisfaction every time I see that _-_1 on their record. God help me but I really despise McNabb and hope beyond all hope that the tie keeps him from the playoffs.

Enough football....let's talk baseball.

I LOVE that people are complaining about the Yankees again. It is a good sign because it means that other teams are jealous and probably a little bit afraid of the Yankees...and they should be. Everyone knows that the reason the Yanks didn't have a good season last year is because of their pitching...or lack there of. So how can anyone blame them for going out and signing two of the best pitchers on the market. They would be foolish not to and people are just pissed off that they were able to. While it would be nice if the Yanks could now sign Manny or Teixeira in the next few days, I won't be greedy. Without a doubt the Yankees have dominated the off season and I am confident that it will pay off for them in through the season and long into the playoffs.

Remind me again what the Red Sux have done...oh that's right. No one knows because no one cares when the Yankees are doing such great things. All is right in the world.

Finally...let's talk some music. There is really just one thing that I want to mention and that is the new song Human by The Killers. Holy shit is this song awesome. I have to admit that I first heard it when the music video came on VH1 and I was quite completely off guard by it. I had to download it immediately because I knew that I liked it but I couldn't really say why. I just knew it was great. Lyrically and musically it is awesome...but there is something more to it. I still can't put my finger on it but I can say that it is without a doubt the best song of the year. If you have any interest in music at this song. It really is that great.

Well that is enough for now. I have missed my blog.