Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday I'm in Love

All Friday's are unreal, but this Friday is particularly awesome. It kicks off my favorite weekend of the year -- Halloween & Marathon Weekend.

Amazing costumes + 26.2 miles + (Drinking x 2) = BEST WEEKEND EVER

The Dirty Burrito is dressing up as Pink Taco...the restaurant chain, of course. Get your minds out of the gutter.

Have fun mis amigos! And check out the "Friday I'm in Love" video from The Cure, a fitting band for Halloween -- Robert Smith looks like he's dressed in costume everyday.

The Cure - "Friday I'm in Love"
(Universal Music Group won't let me embed, so check the link to watch the video. The Man just keeps on killing our fun.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gleeful TV

I wanted to try out a few new shows this year to add to my lineup of Gossip Girl, Mad Men and Fringe. They're all somewhat intense, so overall I was looking for shows that looked light and humorous. Plus, I was already committed to ditching the nonsensical, sorry excuse for a show that is Heroes, and I've surprisingly weeded most of MTV out of my life, with Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory as the lone exception.

The shows I auditioned included:

Glee (FOX, Wednesday 9/8c)
I really didn't have any expectations for this show because I didn't really know what it was about. I couldn't escape the ads all over the city, so I just decided to watch the first few episodes online last weekend. I ended up watching the first six episodes marathon-style. I'm now suffering from withdrawal. Glee is simply amazing, and one week is much too long of a time between episodes. The story lines are intriguing, the characters are hilarious, there are tons of awesome one-liners, and the musical numbers are fantastic. No offense to Gossip Girl and Chuck Bass, but Glee is my new favorite show. It makes me want to join the glee club. Who knew show choir could be so cool?

FlashForward
(ABC, Thursday 8/7c)
I was a big fan of Joseph Fiennes from his work in Shakespeare in Love, which I thought was an excellent film. I'm sure he did a lot of stuff after that, but I never saw anything. So, I was interested to see his work on this show. So far, the first three episodes have been suspenseful and captivating. Catch up if you want something intense in your life. This show has a lot of promise. And if nothing else, you get to see John Cho in a serious dramatic role...MILF! MILF! MILF! The man has range.

Melrose Place (CW, Tuesday 9/8c)
The posters bombarded me every morning on my walk to the gym, and their raw sexuality was oozing at me. I was curious, but mainly, I needed to see Ashlee Simpson's "acting." I had pretty low expectations because I figured it would be as crappy as the 90210 series remake. I barely got through the first episode. Just horrid. Who the hell thought Ashlee Simpson would be good for this show? The so-called drama wasn't captivating at all. I had zero desire to tune in the next episode to see if there was any chance for the show to redeem itself. It sucked. The end.

Modern Family
(ABC, Wednesday 9/8c)
I saw subway ads showcasing the lineup for ABC's Comedy Wednesday. This show was the only one that intrigued me. I'm glad I checked it because it's very funny. I laugh out loud a lot. It's a great way to push through "It's Only Fucking Wednesday Kill Me" and into the weekend.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Monday 8/7c)
I realize this is the 5th season, but I caught two episodes last year and found it enjoyable. I'm committing to it this season. NPH is awesome. I've grown to like Allyson Hannigan a lot; I hated her in American Pie.

Special mention: it's not a TV show, but go see More Than a Game. It's a really good film about the extremely close dynamic of LeBron James and his high school crew. It's not just about basketball; it's a touching story about friendships. I think everyone can relate. There are just some people that click together, and you'll be close friends no matter where life takes you. It certainly reminded me of those people in my life. It also had a great/hilarious soundtrack of hip hop hits from when they played together, beginning in the mid-90s and going through the early 2000s -- Naughty by Nature, early 50 Cent, Mr. Cheeks (admit it--you know the song), Ja Rule ("Murdahhhhh!"), and so much more.

Since there's a lot of music mentioned in today's post, and I haven't done Music Monday in a long time, I'm giving you two videos, courtesy of the cast of Glee, to kickoff your week. The first video is their rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." After it aired on the first episode, it became the most downloaded track on iTunes. The second video is "Ride Wit Me" by Nelly. The single was officially released in 2001, but it reminds me of the summer of 2000. My girlfriend would play the entire Nelly album, particularly that song, nonstop. It was slightly annoying at the time, but that was one of my favorite summers, so hearing the song brings back some good memories.

Lastly, I added Twitter and Facebook share functionality at the top of the right nav so you can easily spread the word about The Dirty Burrito.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

XOXO LES

Guess what I'm doing after work today?

Thanks to Chunky Salsa for the heads-up. He found this sign on Houston between Essex and Norfolk. They're filming just two blocks from my apartment!

Hopefully, I'll get to see Blake Lively's ass again, but I'll settle for seeing Chuck Bass. I plan to steal his tie and suspenders.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My First Time

I remember the moment as if it happened yesterday. I was in my bedroom on a sunny, autumn weekday afternoon during my first semester of high school. I was 14, and I wasn't really sure of what I was doing. I fumbled around trying to figure out what I should do next. I was completely lost. I tried recalling the tips my dad had given me, but they wouldn't matter. It was still a completely new experience -- awkward and mind-blowingly awesome at the same time...





I had discovered the Internet, and my, oh my, was she mesmerizing.

In an effort to add some intellectuality to phys ed, the school administration decided we would be required to complete a writing assignment. We had to write a two-page report on one of the following subjects: the pros and cons of Astroturf or the prevention of ankle injuries*. I chose the latter. Once my dad got home from work, I told him he'd have to drive me to the library so I could do some research for a paper I had to write for gym class. Loathing the thought of having to play chauffeur, he said, "Just use the Internet."

"I don't know how to use that."

"Just open Internet Explorer, go to askjeeves.com and type in what you need."

I went to askjeeves.com, which is now ask.com, and was still a little confused. It seems funny in retrospect, but I wasn't completely confident in what I had to do. Ask Jeeves was just a simple search engine, but I had never used one. I assumed I had to ask a question because the site was named "Ask Jeeves," but I wasn't sure if there was a certain way I was required to pose the question. Did I have to include a question mark? Isn't it already implied that what I'm typing will be a question? Would including a question mark skew my results? I actually tried asking my dad how I was supposed to pose the question. He looked at me incredulously and said, "Figure it out. You'll get what you need."

I don't remember exactly what I typed, but it was something along the lines of "How do you prevent ankle injuries?" I can't recall whether I included a question mark, but I do remember my amazement at the multitude of results I received, including a fair share from Geocities. With just a few keystrokes, I could access a plethora of information on any subject. Even what to do for my first time.

*Step 1 in avoiding ankle injuries: don't get hit by NYC cabs. This weekend marked the 1-year anniversary of the infamous hit-and-run incident. I haven't been in a collision since that fateful night, so I'm deeming it a good year.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Boat McGoat

A few years ago, the HGOC and I coined the term "Boat McGoat." We developed it for two reasons:

1) To refer to our friend's water vessel, the same one where Hooters girls told us they were obliviated
2) To pay homage to Ol' Dirty Bastard, who changed his name, yet again, to Dirt McGirt

I casually mentioned "Boat McGoat" in conversation this past summer, and someone laughed and responded, "Totes McGoats." I was very confused, then he reminded me it was from I Love You, Man. At that point, I loathed the movie just a little bit.

I enjoyed I Love You, Man. I thought it was very funny and highly entertaining. Unfortunately, Paul Rudd completely ruined the use of "Boat McGoat" for me and the HGOC. It had always been a running joke -- Food McGood, Car McGar, Shoe McGoo, etc. Now, if we ever mention "Boat McGoat,"people will say "Totes McGoats," immediately followed by "Slap-a da bass mon."