23 March 2010

Happy post-St. Patrick's Day 2010

I like how I said I was going to try to be more interesting this month, and then I realized it was time for St. Patrick's Day again, and my best intentions went out the window. Anyway.

It was a lovely holiday this year, not the BEST weather but not totally disgusting outside either. It didn't matter much once I got inside the tent at Kells Portland though... the tent was HUGE! And it had a stage where the bagpipers ended up. Well you should probably just look at the photos:


This was the first bagpipe group to play. They paraded onto the floor, played there for a while, and then moved up to the stage, as you might be able to see in my next photo.


This was the second bagpiper band. Wow, these guys were AWESOME. Especially that guy on the end that looks like Patrick Stewart going on a safari. He was the MC. They were great.


I almost forgot to insert this picture. Probably because I was drinking that wine at the time I was writing this post.

OK, until the next time I have something of little value to say, ta.

06 March 2010

Television. Sigh.

People have been asking me a lot lately if I watch such-and-such a show. The answer is almost universally "no." I'll give you an example:

Friend A: "Do you watch LOST?"

Me: "No."

Friend A: "How could you not watch LOST!?! It's the best show EVER!!!"

Me: "Listen, I didn't say it wasn't a good show or that I've NEVER watched it. I just don't watch it now. I don't have time for it."

And so on. Lack of time to live my life is the primary reason that I don't follow most shows, actually, because although LOST may be a perfectly good show, I know people who do watch it, and get worked up over it, and how much time is, ahem, lost in that whole situation? I used to be an X-Files fan, I know how it goes. So, yes, I know The Simpsons is a great show, but I've only seen about 10 episodes out of its 20-year run; I know Family Guy is hilarious but also makes me cringe sometimes, so I rarely bother; and likewise I like the premise and the gist of The Office but I can't watch people embarrass themselves, no matter how funny it may be.

Which is not to say that I don't enjoy television at all. I watch one nerdy show (NCIS), one hilarious and brilliant show (The Daily Show), and one fabulous show (Project Runway). I will occasionally watch some sporting events and god help me if I start watching the Discovery Channel because I'm unlikely to stop watching it willingly. I like to think that most of what I watch is kind of "smart."

... Until I admit that I will probably watch the next season of Dancing With the Stars. I'll even admit that I think I watched the first full season of this show until, again, my life got in the way and I forgot to care. But it's dancing. And you get to dress up. And on the next season of DWTS, I will be watching specifically for these two dudes:

Me and @EvanLysacek on Twitpic
via @OGOchoCinco's Twitter page

In other words, I want to see how my favorite football player and a gold-medal Olympian do. I will call it "The Tale of Ochocinco and the Flying Hipster Guido". Chad Ochocinco (formerly Johnson), love him or hate him, just likes to have a good time, and I'm interested to see if his wide variety of end-zone moves show up on the dance floor. Even Lysacek ... well he's kind of a curious one, isn't he? I think he confuses me because he might be straight! AND he looks like a combination of a hipster and a guido, which makes my head hurt and it makes me giggle.

So, in conclusion: no judging. Let's all just watch our respective shows and then get on with our lives, shall we? :o)