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Lost Homework

I think I’m getting tired of Lost.

It used to be my favorite show and I still think it is, but now I resent the time needed to keep up with it.

That’s the problem. Lost is like homework. If you miss an assignment or two, you’re so far behind that you may as well as skip class.

Gordon

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In my February 23rd blog, Idol Predictions , I predicted that Taylor Hicks would be the new American Idol. Three months later, my prediction came to fruition. Neener Neener to all of you nay-sayers!

(Yes, it was a long weekend and I am tired. Get over it.)

Gordon

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(Warning!! Extreme gamer geekiness ahead. Those with known Gamer aversions should depart the ride at this point. Proceed with caution.)

I was recently gifted with a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions CD. While I am not a huge fan of Springsteen, I did decide to give it a try as 1) I had heard it was more folksy and acoustic in nature, which fit in fine with my recent Johnny Cash fixation, and 2) I had a long car ride with little to do but drive and fight with the vacillating broadcasts of YOOPER AM stations.

I am surprised to say I liked it. I like it very damn much. I play it on the way to work, then bring it home and listen to it some more. It is playing in the background as I write this.

The music itself is (from what I have been able to discern via goggle) popular folk music. Most of it should be familiar to anyone raised on American TV shows like Little House on the Prairie or the Grand Ole Opry. I remember a lot of it from my elementary music classes and many stumbling attempts to teach a bunch of fourth grader’s how to square dance.

Being the gaming geek that I am, the first thing that struck me was how appropriate much of the music was for Firefly. The banjo, fiddle, guitar and percussion lines are especially reminiscent of the Firefly sound track.

Here is a track by track listing and my thoughts on the Firefly appropriateness of each:

1. Old Dan Tucker – not very FFish, maybe for a campfire song. It is a staple in the square dance circuit

2. Jesse James – has a very Hero of Canton feel, only this time the mudders get nothing but a fat lot of indignation and rage over the coward who killed their hero.

Here are a few especially appropriate lyrics from the song:

He stole from the rich
And he gave to the poor
He’d a hand and a heart and a brain

Then later:

A friend to the poor
He’d never rob a mother or a child

Note that when Springsteen mumbles “Mother” it sounds like “Mudder”.

3. Mrs McGrath (pronounced McGraw) – anti war song if there ever was one (original intent as well). With a little work it could be a screed railing against the warmongering purple-belly bastards killing our good and faithful sons.

4. O Mary Don’t You Weep – nothing really jumps to mind

5. John Henry – fun song but nothing really jumps to mind

6. Erie Canal – folksy-bluesy song extolling the daily toils of dock workers or cargo hands. That said the intermittent use of horns really wreck the FF feel.

7. Jacob’s Ladder – nope

8. My Oklahoma Home – Acoustic and percussion. Sounds like a traveling song.

9. Eyes on the Prize – played during a tense, dramatic moment when the captain/crew is being sorely tested. I can see many cut scenes with the Mal staring out to space jaw clenched, Wash and Zoe comfort-cuddling, Book praying and Jayne somberly cleaning his very favorite gun. Here the horns near the end really bring the feeling home.

10. Shenandoah – Song about missing home. Applicable in many situations. I can see Browncoats in the field, singing this around a fire.

11. Pay Me My Money Down – sea shanty-ish song about getting paid for work done. Probably a favorite of any independent cargo hauling ship Captain.

12. We shall overcome…nope

13. Froggie went a courtin – Fun song but nothing comes to mind.

Gordon

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Thursday night is round 3 of “You Suck, Now Sing”. The four Suckiest Suckers this week will be Will Makar, Kevin Covais, Melissa McGhee and Kinnik Sky. They will each receive a free trip home where they can Suck in front of family and friends

For those of you keeping track at home my predictions have been correct 5 out of 8 (62.5%). Not too bad.

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One of the things that I have always found odd about American Idol is that they make those voted off sing again at the end of the show! Hello?? They were voted off because they suck. And now they have to sing again? Why? Apparently it’s not humiliating enough to get voted off by America, you also have to reconfirm your suckiness.

This reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live sketch. Tom Hanks chugs straight from a gallon of milk and then spews it out exclaiming, “Ewww! This is spoiled!” Another character immediately says “Let me see”, slams a chug down, spews and confirms, “Yep, it sure is rancid”.

::sigh::

I predict that the contestants in tonight’s “You Suck, Now Sing” segment will be Brenna Gethers, Heather Cox, David Radford, and Will Makar. They all sucked and now they are compelled to display their suckitude for our viewing pleasure.

I will probably skip tonight’s show. There is a jug of green milk in the fridge that needs testing.

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Idol Predictions

I will post more later, but I wanted to get this up before the show started.

Here are my Bye Bye perdictions for tonights show:
Bobbie Bennett
Gedeon McKinney

Brenna Gethers
Stevie Scott

Bonus Prediction:

Taylor Hicks will be the new American Idol.

Now its time to watch the show 🙂

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A Cash Theme

Today’s theme is CASH.

First, Lon and I ate at Outback ’cause I had a gift certificate that needed to be used. Thus, I saved some CASH.

Next, we went to the bookstore cause I had a gift certificate that also needed usin’. Picked out a great bad fantasy flick, Hawk the Slayer, and a music CD – The Legend of Johnny CASH.

Finally we arrived at Lon’s to watch the aforementioned “great bad” movie. The actor playing the title character looked familiar, but none of us could immediately figure out who he was. Later Ann exclaimed that he was Jack’s father from Lost! (Hmm I wonder if his Slayer past will appear in a future flashback? Like maybe Hawk’s Mind Sword could be displayed in his office.)

Oh ya, back to the Theme. Lon and Ann were gracious enough to write me a check as I am currently a bit short on CASH.

Tomorrow’s theme is gonna be “Gordon Wins the Lotto”.

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