Monday, June 30, 2008

Excitement!!!!!!!!

But how come we didn't see him? =,(



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Monday's Mini-Concert

There was something about a veggie mite sandwich or something and some Men At Work. Ironically, they were playing outside the Fox News Building and we all know the fools up at faux do nothing but shart all day long.

And to think, I was complaining that were no freebies on the street lately.

Conversation of the day:

H1: I'm sure Or 2 doesn't know this song.
Or 2: What song is this?
H1: "Animal" by Def Leppard
Or 2: Why would I WANT to know that song? They have the worst drummer. That guy sucks.
H1: Bwahahahahahahaha.
Luiiiisss: That's so wrong.

Currently listening to: The sound of H1 and Chrissy Lee mulling over the game Lexicon, and the sound of crunching Ben & Jerry's "Everything But The...". That's one ice-cream that actually involves crunching.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bleck! Summer!

H1 may not approve of this new layout but this is Summer to Or 2 right now. I detest it most days!

Who wants to be out of A/C with humidity that's in the 90s?

So here's the new layout of how I feel.

The sun hates me.

The temperature hates me.

The hanger-outers who crowd my train and my city streets hate me.

The noise until 3 AM because people have nothing better to do - they hate me.

And I hate it all!

Note:

Influenced by Jhonen Vasquez much? Meh, I started drawing a skull and that's how it came out looking...like a zim type head. Go figure.

Influenced by "The World Ends With You Much"? Meh, I started writing and it came out like graffiti type.

Ah well.

Currently listening to: "The Bends" by Radiohead.

Hasta LaPasta, '08 Spring Blog Layout

Spring's been over for about a week now, so The HOchieS bid the layout farewell!

So long butterflies and buttercups and fare thee well spring showers and april flowers.





Currently listening to: "Sakura Saku (Lullaby Version)" by the Cast of Love Hina and Ritsuko Okazaki

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ninjas In New Jersey...As If.

Another Stupid Story from 1/3 of the Axis of Evil:

Posted: Wednesday, 25 June 2008 1:22PM

N.J. School Locked Down for Ninja Sighting

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) -- It's the case of the nonexistent ninja.

Public schools in Barnegat were locked down briefly after someone reported seeing a ninja running through the woods behind an elementary school.

Turns out the ninja was actually a camp counselor dressed in black karate garb and carrying a plastic sword.

Police tell the Asbury Park Press the man was late to a costume-themed day at a nearby middle school.

The lockdown began shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday and lasted until 9:30.
(TM & Copyright 2008 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO & EYE Logo TM & Copyright 2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved.



The moral of this bit of news:

He couldn't be no effin' Ninja; he was seen! This story is another example of proof that people from NJ are special. No one knows what a real ninja looks like. All we know is that they exist.

Memorable Quotes of Today:

H1: Luuuuiiiissss brought home a bottle of Johnsons' baby cologne. I said, "you know they market this kind of thing to Puerto Ricans, right? Where'd you get it? The Goya section?"

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Curse of MC and Frass

Poor X did not have a good weekend at all but we are thankful she is relatively alright because it could have been worse and we try not to think about it.

She has joined the ranks of MC and Frass, in that she too was hit by a car by some asshole on the road on Friday.

People are idiots.

We hope you feel better X and we are sorry that you have had to deal with and continue to do so with not only the one asshole who misused his brain, car and unprotected 2 year old but now have to put up with more assholes in the form of attorneys and doctors.

Currently listening to: "Fell on Black Days" by Soundgarden. Sometimes, my random playlist is waaaaay too scary.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Second-Rate Celebrities: A Penchant For Ruining Things

Whether it be a movie or a concert, 'celebrities' are just out to make things sucky when things shouldn't be.

Thursday night was going great - H1 got to leave work early, I left early and went to dinner at Sapporo (The 2008 HOchie HOtspot, 2006 was Pongsri) with Chrissy Lee. Good eats were enjoyed including tonkatsu and karubi yummies and then I took Chrissy down to Penn Station, all the while threatening him with the notion that he was going to go off on the LIRR to someplace he didn't want to be, namely on a plane back to Trinidad.

Instead, the surprise didn't quite go as I planned because I guess the MSG entrance I was at didn't have a large flashing sign indicating that R.E.M. was performing and that Chrissy Lee was actually going to a great concert. Still, I suppose a merch. stand will never let you down. It was not as grandiose as planned but he was still reaaaally excited when he found out. I was bombarded with about 22 or so "R.E.M.?!" questions with awe and disbelief bunched together with many "lies!".

I was excited too, and why wouldn't I be? That was the first concert for the year, surprisingly enough and not only would I get to see the guys of R.E.M. but The National and Modest Mouse were the openers.

So yeah, things were going well. We got there early but that's okay, we relaxed and Chrissy got to take all that is MSG from our fantastic-at-the-time seats Section 7, Row B, Seats 9 and 10 which is on the floor right behind the 'pit'.

With that said, let us just move right along to The Low-Lamps and the Highlights.

The Low-Lamps:

1. Julia Stiles and her 'friends'. She effed up movies and now she can add my R.E.M. concert to her list. Her presence there, right in front of me was distracting. Did concert security have any real reason to come check on her for every minute of the 16 minutes she was there? No! The only real celebs that night was R.E.M., so please! Ugh, and her friends were even worse. That short skirt one whose face was hideous, yeah...you really needed that short skirt to distract from the rest of you.

2. Our seats. Now, Section 7, Row B, Seats 9 and 10 are fantastic seats...in theory. There's a clear shot of the stage, it's fairly close and details need not be shown on a big screen to viewers in that section. So enjoy those seats while you can ie enjoy them during the opening acts because as SOOOOON as the headliner takes it, everyone and their effin' eff decides they need to walk back and forth behind the pit. Aren't you people supposed to be watching the show?! Trust me, you really didn't need the beer and why didn't you think to get it sooner?! Ugh. UGH! So instead of watching R.E.M., I got to watch a bunch of people walking in front of R.E.M. and my line of vision.

3. The National's performance of "Mistaken For Strangers". That is my favourite song by them (oh I've decided I like them well enough. They're cool and an easy listening experience) and they fuck it up. If I didn't hear anything else by them that night I'd be okay but I waited for 2 weeks to hear that shart and I got the lead singer singing without his trademark baritone. Really...I want to scream at them for being asses, or him rather. Thinking about it now, I probably should have because he may have heard me, I would have been kicked out and I would not have had to experience the assness that was Julia Stiles. I did myself an unkindness.

Also worth mentioning, the lead singer's stage persona sucks an ass. I swear the man was drunk and brain challenged, not that there's anyting wrong with being brain challenged but if you're putting the act on then yes, it's very wrong.



4. The crowd. O.M.G. As expected, of the thousands at MSG, I found a total of 7 people who were not white. Alright, okay, whatever. That's fine. I guess but the fact that they were not... aging well, and I had to wonder what rhythm they were hearing to put down the 'dances' they did. Yes, I can say that that was not a good look. At all.

5. The Pit. What pit? Not that I expected a pit, kind of understanding what crowd may have been in attendance (and were, much to my dismay) but it was still sad to see seats in a pit. SEATS. A seated pit! Lame. Just...lame.

6. My failed camera. Again. You'd swear from the pictures I was a million miles away but no, thanks to x3 Optical zoom, I got shart!!!!! I was much closer than it appears, honest.

7. My inability to get good shots of bassists. Sorry, Peter!

8. No H1. Yeah, this was the saddest part and should be first on this list. She couldn't come with and not that Chrissy Lee was not good company but it's always sad when H1 is not with.

The Highlights:

1. R.E.M. of course. They performed an excellent show as expected. The sound was great, the songs were great (even the ones I shamefully admit I did not know) and the stage set up was great. The guys rocked!!!



2. Michael Stipe. I've always loved that man and if ever there was a doubt as to why, all that has been erased. From Bush bashing to banter, to stage antics to the dancing! M.Stipe was amazing. And boy can he dance. He was great fun, the jokes were funny and he was fabulous.



3. Mike Mills. He performed a song, vocals and guitar work which was quite awesome and cute. Aww, love that little M.Mills. So cute!



4. Modest Mouse was awesome. I went in with no kind of expectations from them considering a DJ once described them in concert as "putting up a poster of the band on your wall, putting in their cd and listening to it while staring at the poster". Turns out, their latest album did not do them dirty, nor me. 2 drummers (you how I love not 1 but 2 drummers!) and The Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr will do that for you and will certainly assist in not sucking.



Note-worthy mention to Johnny Marr who rocked with Modest Mouse and then later on with R.E.M on their final 3 songs. Ooo, I love him now.



5. For all the 2 shits they pulled, The National were good. I was happy I saw them and their setlist was awesome save that damned Mr. November song I dislike but kind of have a better liking for now since they dedicated it to "Barack", as if Barack pitched marbles with them in school.



6. Did I mention a megaphone? Ah yes, Michael brought it out during Orange Crush and you know how I love me a megaphone especially a tossed one, though I'm not quite sure what happened to it after that song was done...



7. R.E.M.'s performance of "Let Me In" was very much awesome, even if all that mainly stood out other than the song was Michaels head. Har Har.



8. Surprising Chrissy Lee. He was happy. That counts for a lot.

The R.E.M. "Accelerate 2008 Tour" @ Madison Square Garden on 06/19/2008:

1. Living Well Is the Best Revenge
2. These Days
3. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
4. Bad Day
5. Drive
6. Hollow Man
7. Ignoreland
8. Man-Sized Wreath
9. Leaving New York
10. Disturbance At The Heron House
11. Houston
12. Electrolite
13. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
14. Driver 8
15. Harborcoat
16. The One I Love
17. Until The Day Is Done
18. Let Me In
19. Horse To Water
20. Pretty Persuasion
21. Orange Crush
22. I'm Gonna DJ

Encore:

23. Supernatural Superserious
24. Losing My Religion
25. Begin The Begin
26. Fall On Me
27. Man On The Moon

The Modest Mouse 06/19/2008 @ Madison Square Garden Setlist:

Invisible
Dance Hall
Satin In A Coffin
Custom Concern
Fire It Up
Truckers Atlas
King Rat
Dashboard
Education (Jam ending)
The Good Times Are Killing Me

The National 06/19/2008 @ Madison Square Garden Setlist:

Start A War
Brainy
Baby We'll Be Fine
Slow Show
Mistaken For Strangers
Squalor Victoria
Secret Meeting
Apartment Story
Fake Empire
Mr. November

Memorable Conversation of Today 6/23/2008:

A convo. had in the kitchen at work this morning

Or 2: I like these marble cutting boards. Yeah, we need one of those.
H1: Yeah, they're cool. We should get one.
Or 2: You know, I have space in my bag...

Currently listening to: "Stay Don't Go" by Spoon. I wonder if H1 would object if I got tickets to see them...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Obsessions For Weeks: 5/11/08 - 6/02/08

Honey and Clover





H1's been upset by my love of the H and C but it's hilarious! Never you people mind it's about two love triangles amongst art students! I love that crazy ass Morita and that's good enough for me. Can't you just tell which one he is in this pic? Heh.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings



Who knew I'd buy and enjoy a strategy game? After the 1998/1999 debacle that was Final Fantasy Tactics, I swore I'd never be humilated on a battle field again!



And so the carnage is a daily ritual since I started playing. It's okay, I'm doing great so far...uh, great enough. Besides which, while everyone else loved them some Balthier, I loved me some Basch and I get to see him again even if it's near the end of the game. Awww, cutie Basch.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bunji

Happy Birthday, Budgie!
We're late on the blog but we didn't forget to call!
You let us know how you want to shake us down for cash and/or pyos.

We love you!

Bad Luck, Boo

Mario Party 8 is turning out to be my nemesis unlike my good friend Mario Party 5.

Out of 5 games, I lost 4.

I finally won tonight thanks to sheer skill, a tad bit more thinking, loan komodo-ery and some luck.

Heh.

Memorable Conversation of the evening:

A pot of 61 coins got split up between Yoshi and Boo but Boo was favoured and got 31 with Yoshi getting 30.

Chrissy Lee (Mario): Who got 31?
H1 (Yoshi): Boo
Or 2 (Boo): Heehee.
Chrissy Lee: That's discrimination! Boo only got that extra coin because he's white!!!!!
Or 2: Well, it's not easy being green.

Monday, June 16, 2008

OOF, Not Entirely

The day began with McDonald's brekkie. After the third time of having a half day sickness from the buiscuit from previous McDs' experiences, I decided to get a bagel instead. Surprise, surprise, that seems to have worked for me. I thought it was just everything about that place that got me ill but I guess it was just my beloved buiscuit. Meh.

We then went to the Virgin Megastore where they were having their awesome $10.00 summer sale. I came out empty-handed. What's so awesome about that sale? It just is, okay? It just so turns out that I already had copies of what was on sale though I have to say it really pissed me off to see Radiohead's Pablo Honey on sale for $10.00 after convincing myself 10 years after it's release that I would never find it for anything less than 16.99, and finally took the plunge and bought it at that time at that price. Curses!

The only thing I would have picked up was Jeff Buckley's Grace but like an ass, I didn't. I don't know why I didn't either because I've known I'm supposed to have that thing for years now, and expect to be judged now for saying I don't. Curses!

Maybe the recession made me walk out of there with all my cash intact or maybe it was the fact that I knew I'd be spending money when Chrissy Lee and I visited the MOMA, that's the Museum of Modern Art for you peons who don't know (see how one trip there makes me smug? Now I know how Apple users feel!).

$20.00 a piece later, we ran around the great space that is that building and saw naked lady statues, tried to flip coins to be caught in pictures in front of naked lady statues, surrounded ourselves by a racist visual exhibit by Olafur Eliasson in which everyone under the yellow lights became, and to quote Chrissy Lee, "the same pale colour" (sounds racist to you guys too, right? Yeah. The exhibit was still very cool though...you know, minus the racist factor), walked around some suspect pieces of 'art', viewed ourselves from a window x50 instead of a building across the street and questioned the value of OOF (let it be known though that there's nothing greater than OOF!).

Random photos from the Museum I:

Like H1 and Sons before us, I will attempt to rename some of the things I saw today.

I call this one - Where's the coin?!



It's barely obscured by the... never you mind that.

Vertigo to a Hippie and to Me!



I Like It, The Girl is Not Included but Makes For Some Goo'd Times



I Don't Know What's Up With The Duck Ass Either...



...But The True Beauty is That The Picture's Not Coming Off The Wall, Not That I'm Saying There's Anything Beautiful About a Lady Duck Ass



Since Blogger's being a PITA currently, part II will come in the near future.

After scouring the museum for 1.45 hours, Chrissy Lee realised that he had not seen the apple cube. I had to explain to him that it was not a permanent fixture (and who would want that shart as a permanent exhibit, really?) but he insisted we must have missed it. So off he tried to go to the paintings and sculpture section to which I held my head in shame and asked him if he was sure that would be in that section.
Coming to his senses, we wandered back to the trash...uh, I mean, the floor for architecture and something, something and discovered that an IBM had taken its place. Hahahahahahaha. Ah, no, not really but it was gone. And even though it's not as if Chrissy Lee's room at home isn't a museum itself housing the same cube apple thingie that used to be at the MOMA, I guess it was kind of rough on him not seeing it there.

After much disappointment (for him), we went to Pongsri after dodging the KFC and had some good time Thai Food. Then it was off to work for me to drop off the remaining food. See that? I can never have a day off without being OOF completely, even if I go there to not work but what do I care? I got to use the bathroom and drink water.

Not much happened after that - we walked around some more to find a wallet, drank java bits frappucino from Starbucks and ate Ben & Jerry's that was not the one I wanted. Instead of the effin' "Imagine Whirled Peace", I ended up eating "Cinnamon Bun". Those people wanted me to start a war up in there.

So that's it, we went to collect H1 from her horrid day at the jorb and then we went home and played Lexitron on the train, as we escaped a terrible thunderstorm.

Now my head hurts and I'm OOF to shower.

Heehee, that is a gross misuse of the word OOF.

Still the greatest piece eva'!



Memorable Quotes and Conversations of the Day:

Chrissy Lee: H1, you should have seen these nasty bagels that looked like lumps of shit.
Or 2: They weren't bagels. They were croissants. Covered in paint. Red and blue. I don't know what lumps of shit he was talking about.

Alex: Maybe he crushed that butterfly because you know, the butterfly was sickly and retarded.
Chrissy Lee: So you crush it because it's a little slow?!

While watching Independence Day,

Or 2: Did they (the humans) outfit the alien spaceships with seatbelts?
Chrissy Lee: I don't know...
Or 2: Huh. I guess the aliens did it. Who knew (that aliens were so conscious about safety)?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ugh, I Guess MC is Happy

R.Kelly was acquitted on the child pornography charges and is a completely free man.

How do you think he's going to celebrate this win? Probably go have sex with an 13 year old or an 8 year old, right?

CNN T-Shirt of the Day: L.A. Toilet Water May Be Used in Taps

Thursday, June 12, 2008

CNN: Bringing You The News and... T-Shirts?

T-shirts!
I noticed this months ago but sometimes when CNN has a fun or ridiculous story, there's an icon or two next to it. If it's a video clip, there's a little video camera icon. If there's a headline worthy of being on a t-shirt, there's a t-shirt icon.

That's right! You can have T-shirts made! It's strange and brilliant all at once!

Everyday I check to see what sort of t-shirt I could buy. I will buy one one day but today's choice almost went into a shopping cart. There was something about Mud Fearing Piggy Wears Wee Boots.

Man, I really should buy that shirt. I wonder if it's too late?

Currently listening to/watching: Burn Notice. I enjoy this stupid show.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

OOF

These three words make for the greatest piece of Modern Art, and the greatest use of a word to describe most people in this world, Boohead not included.

Did I mention I can't wait to be OOF on Monday?

Currently listening to: "Out of Dreams" by The Rascals. I need to get into this band. I'm kind of loving hid. Miles. Ah yes, another ukker to love.

Speak No Ill of the Spam

Sales of Spam---that much maligned meat---are rising as consumers are turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets.
Spam's maker, Hormel Foods Corp., reported last week that it saw strong sales of Spam in the second quarter, helping push up its profits 14 percent. According to sales information coming from Hormel, provided by The Nielsen Co., Spam sales were up 10.6 percent in the 12-week period ending May 3, compared to last year.
Kimberly Quan, a stay-at-home mom of three who lives just outside San Francisco, has been feeding her family more Spam in the last six months as she tries to make her food budget go further. ... Quan just bought a couple more cans of Spam on sale and some ramen, the instant noodle dish long a staple on college campuses. Her food and gas budgets are together, so she's had to cut back on food spending while the cost of gas increases. Her favorite Spam meal? Spam and macaroni and cheese.


- the above text was taken from a news article I read last week. I do not recall the source.

Just as spam saved the troops in WWII, so will spam save us during the recession! My favourite use of spam (while spam with mac. and cheese is goo'd times) is the H1 mix with spaghetti. The same may be applied to vienna sausages, another staple I will be ingesting in the coming months.
People, stop being down with spam! It's salty 'fake' meat. What's not to love?!

Currently listening to: "Time Honoured Tradition" by Kaiser Chiefs. Yeah, TD5 I'm not really loving them after being harrassed by various sources to listen including yourself. I feel they might annoy me and not be able to make a regular rotation but if you were to provide me with their albums I would gladly accept. Also, this song does tend to crack me up for reasons beyond my comprehension. Actually, it's kind of sad for me to listen to it right now.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Things We've Missed For The Past 4 Weeks

It's been a rough few weeks and the HoChies have been quite busy. Life keeps moving though but sometimes it's hard to move along with it. There have been days when all we wanted to do was resist the flow, and just be stagnant. There have been many days where trudging to the daily routine was more than a task but life keeps throwing itself in our faces. There's work to be done (and extra busy H1 has been), hours to be made and things to do.

I had no intention of writing a post like this but here it is. I really should use this extra time to go take a "nap" before I head off.

In any event, in the last four weeks we've seen the return of Beetchie! Fun times have already been had but not nearly enough. It's never enough but when is it ever?
We had dim sum together, watched Iron Man together (which was not a bad movie, actually), gained and lost fans, a PR Firm and bodyguards for the Oxtails.

Congratulations to the B. on her first semester at Vet. School. We are proud.

Chrissy Lee is here! Unfortunately he has gotten a cold passed along by yours truly. Heh, I may be a bitch but this was unintentional, honest! He brought me presents of various kinds - food, and lots of good jokes but also tortured me by dragging me to the 5Th Ave. Apple Store. Ugh. Thanks. Thanks for torturing me Chrissy Lee.

He's here and we're enjoying our time with - last night we played Wario Ware: Smooth Moves. He cheated in scrabble and has been leaving a trail of smug all over. It's been a while since we've lounged on the couch together, so this time is most welcome.

H1 and I have still been walking arm in arm to work, yesterday I had to hold her by a string or else she would wander into the street. We've missed opportunities at free stuff: t-shirts, plastic frisbees, umbrellas, bags and plastic blow up balls all in support of a green Eco campaign. Ironic much? Yeah. But we saved the environment some and saved our mental health by not crossing the street to get swag near the Faux News Building.

Evening addition/edit:

Sadness descended on to us today not that it has really left us since that day but on cue, Brian still found a way to mess with me this day. But I do what I always do when he does that and did that - I laugh.

We did not miss the opportunity to get swag off the street today. It was not as "cool" as yesterday's but we got Chrissy Lee a brand new Egrip for his brand new Samsung powered by Sprint phone when he gets it.

What else happened today? Hmmm... well, we did go to Burger King and got an Iron Man toy for Chrissy Lee to assemble. Go ahead Chrissy Lee, I didn't see you use the Internet to snap that together. Tch. I guess that's why it took you so long though. Har har.

And finally, today I was supposed to find out if I won free tickets for Coldplay but it seems like I will not be seeing toilet on the 23rd. My luck is poor because even for things I don't want to win, I still lose.

Ah well.

Currently listening to: "Mistaken for Strangers" by The National. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this band yet but it's growing on me.

Obsessions for Weeks: 4/23/08 - 5/10/08

Patapon



I've fought a giant crab, two actually and they wailed on me the first time but never fear, the great Znyx reigns supreme! This game is awesome and I'm almost finished, sadly but here are my lovelies. Did I mention I've got some fancies now and that H1 loves the big fuzzy Dekapon in my army?

The Last Shadow Puppets





Curse that talented boy! Curse his 22 year old self and his 22 year old talented friend! He had me swooning again, just like I am now. And sullying the blog once more. Sorry H1! Oh yeah, Sometimes I swoon over Miles as well. All I have to say is, Amy Trollhouse is too drugged out to write the new Bond Theme but who the eff needs her? Just let the Last Shadow Puppets do it instead! But can someone explain to me why they're flash backin' to times when they weren't even near being born yet?!

Pingu



Notice the pissed off look?



Notice the surprise! Unfortunately, a picture can't do justice to the cursing that leaves that bitchy ass penguin's mouth. And that's rather sad.



But I can get a sad picture of the results of his naughty behaviour. Awww, poor Pingu...

Nikon D80



Do I use the gov't issued stimulus check to get that new camera I want? Or do I save that money and spend it another day? I'm going to get it sometime but is that time now? Look at that beautiful thing ..sigh.. and more importantly, it'll take beautiful pictures!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Happy Birthday Sandy Cheeks!

She more than likely will never read this but Happy Birthday Month to S.Cheeks. I hope it's good and that 2008 will work out. It's been 2 years now since things are supposed to be better.

Not That It Matters After Last Month's Horridness

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. Hare, Hare, Hare.
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