The H is O

And for any of you who haven't seen that SNL skit, wherein Ben Stiller attempts to seduce former Eagle Glenn Frey, played by Will Ferrell, well I just feel sorry for you. Ferrell was the main reason I kept watching that show. Now I just watch sort of out of habit, or better yet, tivo it, and fast-forward through most of it. I always watch Weekend Update, though. Tina Fey, why won't you return my calls? Oh, right, you're married to Gob. He's a lucky man.

Anywho, I'm out on my "porch" right now, at about 1:30 in the morning, enjoying the weather while I still can. I'm also trying to see how many bugs I can catch with the inviting glow of the laptop display. We'll see. In WinAmp is The Postal Service, my go-to for late-night typing. Let's rock.

The folks came up last weekend to see the Brewers and drink beer. A pretty good plan, actually. The Brewers beat the living hell out of the Padres, 12-2, and we sitting in probably the wackiest section in Miller Park, full of inflatable monkeys and immediately adjacent to the visiting bullpen. Good times were had by all. Then Saturday we went to Lakefront Brewery, where for a measly 5 bucks, you get four beers and a glass to keep. Plus a tour, but that's kinda besides the point. Pictures here. Afterwards, I had to work, and they had to go home, so I stashed a six-pack in the fridge at work (shhhhh!!). I didn't drink any of it. There anyway. I'm enjoying a bottle of their Cherry Lager right now. This stuff is damn good.

I finally got the verse I'm supposed to read for Brian and Collette's wedding, but the slip in my car. I wish it was Ezekiel 25:17, but sadly no. It's that one with trees and roots and water and stuff. I'm no good at this. I'll post that later. The wedding is fast approaching though, as is my corresponding vacation, and we're down to 5 people at ol' video store.

I did interview an Andrew Lewis, if that is his real name, for a GSR, so I think we'll be okay. With Jessie, Dave and Renee all leaving, though, everyone else has really picked up the slack, and I really haven't felt any more stressed or anything. Our last inventory was one of the smoothest we've ever had, and the only store with a lower shrink percentage was Shorewood, where, might I add, they sold the least number of Double Features ever in the history of the world.

All of this is not to say that I don't miss Jessie and Dave, or soon to be Renee. I don't like change, and that is why I try to hold on to people for as long as I can, like Nick or Nikki, long after they probably should have left. If it was up to me, everyone could work at the store for as long as they wanted, and nothing would ever change. Unfortunately, that's not the way retail works. The only thing constant is change. Except for VHS, which apparently we still have to carry.

My moviegoing has tapered off a bit, as the summer draws to a close. I still need to see The Brothers Grimm and The 40 Year Old Virgin, but that's about it until Corpse Bride comes out, which is either the 16th or 23rd of September. I hate staggered releases, especially with something so big, that has box office potential. Drop the bomb, people, and Corpse Bride could win whatever weekend in September you desire. Do you really think there's a bigger audience for Exorcism of Emily Rose or The Man than Corpse Bride? Arggghhh!

I will perhaps be taking in my first drive-in movie, though, since Episode III is playing at one in Kenosha. I love the idea of drive-ins, being that you can talk and not bother anyone, or not be bothered by anyone else talking. Let's just see if the execution works.

The last week of October both Clem Snide and Ben Folds will be in Wisconsin. Screw work. Ben is in Madison on Wednesay the 26th, and the Snide is in Milwaukee at Onopa on Friday the 28th. That, my friends, is freaking awesome.

Now listening to Weezer, and finishing my beer. I still gotta get some reviews up, so watch for Red Eye, as well as a DVD-specific trifecta of Oldboy, Ong-Bak and A Cup of My Blood.

My parting words of advice to you tonight? Get some Lakefront Cherry Lager. Oh, and hummingbirds are like 40 times busier than mice.


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