Archive for June 27th, 2009

The Captain Says Ach Ja and Nicht Nicht – All Brunos Eve

In which the Captain is excited about lots of many fierce things and is SO ready for Bruno!

Right now it’s over 100 degrees in downtown St. Louis and for some god-awful reason the Cardinals are playing a game that starts at noon.  Luckily I am watching from the comforts of our 72 degree loft.  It looks miserable out there!

I’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me, so this lazy afternoon seems like the perfect time to big-up the things that have been entertaining me lately.  That’s right, it’s time for another installment of Ach, Ja and Nicht Nicht!

Kickball Sundays– Ach, Ja

I was a bit skeptical about kickball at first.  The idea of adults playing a kids game competitively while drinking sounded a bit asinine to me.  Plus, The Onion’s St. Louis specific mocking of this activity makes it that much harder to get behind.  Damn you Onion!

Last Sunday my sister’s kickball team was in desperate need of subs because half of the team was out for Father’s Day.  Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to play in a noon-and-one double-header, a decision I initially regretted when I arrived at Tower Grove Park.  It was already 93 degrees and would hit 96 before the game was finished.

Luckily I brought the trifecta of fun for sporting events:  plenty of beer, the megaphone and my Captain’s hat.  Things picked up quickly once they were introduced.

As it turns out, kickball can be quite fun if it’s not taken very seriously.  I pitched both games and I even got a chance to show off my family’s talent for sprinting.  I wound up scoring four runs over the two games!

We lost the first game 8-1 and won the second game 12-1.  At the end of the two hours I was drenched in sweat, dead tired and all smiles.  I’m still a bit surprised at how much fun I had playing this ridiculous game.  So a surprising Ach, Ja to Friendly’s Big Balls Kickball League .  Wow that sounds absurd.

The Day After Kickball Sundays – Nicht Nicht

Pain!  I forgot what it was like to be sore in so many places!

Even though I’ve started running again, I was in no way prepared for the toll kickball would take on my body.  The game requires using muscle groups that normally don’t see a lot of action.

They were all screaming in unison on Monday. I was walking around my office like the Tin Man.  It’s comical now, but it was terrible on Monday.  And I even remembered to stretch before and after the game!  This is what happens when adults play a kids game.  Nicht Nicht!

The Boys – Ach, Ja

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been excited about a comic book.  I was mildly obsessed with them in throughout most of the 90s, and I still have a couple of boxes full in storage1.  The last comic I read regularly was Preacher , which published its final issue nine years ago.

The author of Preacher, Garth Ennis, is a filthy-minded Brit with a knack for crafting a story.  He’s been busy with side projects most of this decade, but unbeknownst to me he started a monthly title back in 2007.  I discovered Ennis’ new title, The Boys , last month and was immediately hooked.  For the first time Ennis is using his warped world view to write about superheroes.  It has all the great touches that Ennis included in Preacher and any fan of Vertigo comics from the 90s will love it.  I’ll stop with my Fanboy gushing now.

The Dirty Projectors – Ach, Ja

I’ve been vaguely aware of this band for a couple of years now, but mostly in the “wow, what a strange experiment” way.  They recorded an entire album with orchestra and a choir in a tribute to Don Henley, and they wrote another album about Black Flag, even though no one in the band had ever owned a Black Flag album.

Thankfully the group abandoned the experimental nonsense of the past and actually made a proper album earlier this year.  The result, Bitte Orca, is already on my short list for album of the year2.  The lead single “Stillness Is The Move” is by far my favorite song this year.  Check them out! Macht schnell!

Heat Waves – Nicht Nicht

Seriously, WTF!  This past week has been the hottest week I can remember since forever.  It’s been over 95 every day this week with a heat index of at least 100.  It’s like the globe is going through some kinda warming or something…

It’s been above 80 every morning when I leave for work at 7am.   Nothing like sweat stains first thing in the morning!  And walking home has been damn near unbearable.  I expect this in August, but it’s still June!  Seriously.  Enough already.

All Star Weekend – Ach, Ja

Downtown St. Louis is already in preparation overdrive for the All Star Game week.  I can already tell that the big guns will be out for the event.  Like the announcement this week that President Obama will be throwing out the first pitch.  How cool is that!

While I don’t have a ticket to the game or to the Home Run Derby, I’m still planning on attending whatever I can manage to sneak myself into.  I was already super excited that my old friend Marc will be in town from New York for the festivities.  But yesterday something extremely exciting was confirmed; my good friend Amir from Florida is flying in for the weekend and staying with me!  Cheers!

Major Lazer – Ach, Ja

I caught this video a couple of weeks ago on Subterranean and I can’t stop watching it.

It’s damn near perfect.  The song is great and the video is astounding.  It’s a dead-on accurate interpretation of every crappy Saturday morning cartoon I watch from about 1982-1988.  It even has the action figure tie in!

And apparently the group is sticking with the theme when they perform live.  My buddy Will from SMS has some great pics on his Flickr site from a recent Major Lazer show.  That tour looks mad decent, which means that there is little to no chance it will come through St. Louis.

The Impending Canonization of Michael Jackson – Nicht Nicht

The amount of noise in the last 48 hours over the death of Michael Jackson has been deafening.  Enough already!  I’ve been on a Twitter tirade on this subject since I first heard the news.  I’m don’t really want to repeat myself but I feel the need to reemphasize this point:  celebrate his music but don’t mourn the man.  He’s a child molester, he doesn’t deserve praise anymore.

Sure he had some great songs in the 80s.  I have several of them on my iTunes playlists.  But he gave up his claim to greatness when he started fondling children3.  The Michael Jackson that everyone loved died around 1992.  Since then a pale shell of MJ has been steadily destroying his legacy.  He wasn’t a legend, he was extremely mortal.

And on a side note: What’s with the celebrity reaction interviews?  How is Adam Lambert reacting?  How does Ashanti feel?  How is the death of Nelly’s idol affecting him?  Better question:  Who gives a flying fuck?

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – Ach, Ja

How did I completely miss this show?!?  I had no idea what I was missing!  I got turned on to this show way late and now I’m hooked.  Several weeks ago Bill showed me “Underage Drinking:  An National Concern” and I surprised myself at how hard I laughed.  Meg and I blew up our Netflix queue with the first three seasons and burned through them in two weeks.  Hilarious!

What a great concept for a show:  Four morally reprehensible people own a bar.  That’s it.  Who needs more?  This basic concept gives the show free reign to trash any topic that come along.  Plus it’s chocked full of reference humor.  My favorite!  In September the 4th season comes out on DVD and Season 5 is set to air.  I can’t wait, I need my fix!

Two Weeks Till Bruno – ACH, JA!!!

Bruno is coming!  He’s coming all over me!  Wait…

As you may already know, I am a huge fan of Sacha Baron Cohen.  I loved the Ali G show, I was mildly obsessed with the Borat movie4, but my favorite has always been Bruno.

Gay-panic humor with a heavy German accent is about the funniest thing ever to me.  The namesake sketch from this blog is my all-time favorite comedy bit.  I still laugh like a schoolgirl when I watch it.

The Bruno movie opens in 13 days and I’m SO ready!  As a bonus, Cohen has been doing press for the movie as Bruno.  Here he is giving Conan a face full of man meat on Thursday.

As far as I’m concerned, July is Bruno month.  I’ll probably see it a few times in the theater so hit me up and we can go be Fabulous together.  Ich liebe Bruno!


The Captain

1  Jamie’s basement

2  Which isn’t saying a whole lot this year.  2009 has been quite a mediocre year thus far, and we’re already halfway through.  If it weren’t for Phoenix and Wilco I might have given up already.

3.  I mean, no one really talks about what a great running back OJ Simpson was, or the wonderful producing Phil Spector did with the Beatles.  They’re murderers.  Michael is a pedophile.

4  I was totally that guy that kept saying “Very Nice!” and “Wa Wa Wee Wa” for way too long.

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