a candle in every port

over labor day weekend i bought the schoolhouse rock dvd from a local target. it contains all of the songs/cartoons. i used to love some of those when i was a kid, so it seemed like something i should get at some point.

i also was over at the potts and watched charlie wilson's war. i'd thought about seeing it when it was in the theaters, but talked myself out of it. i hadn't seen it before. i really liked it. i'm not sure how well it lines up with what really happened, but it was fun to watch. i particularly liked philip seymour hoffman. (but that's been the case for awhile.) if you watch the extras and see the real-life guy hoffman played, it's pretty funny.

thursday evening i spent some time shopping on the internet. i bought a couple of things. one hasn't come in, so i won't mention it yet. as for the other...i've been a fan of devo ever since i saw them on the tv show fridays one night way back in like 1980 or 1981. over the years i've wanted a devo shirt, but i never could find what i wanted. over the last few years, the problem became that i could find a few on the internet that i liked, but they never came in xxl. well, i finally managed to find one i really liked that came in xxl. it's a black tshirt based on an early design they used to wear in concert. it's got the crooked "devo" letters in white on the front, with a very simplistic line picture of booji boy on one of the sleeves. it's great. (although there are a couple of others i found that i really like, just none in xxl.)

i also went shopping on amazon on sunday, and purchased a few things. the only thing that's come in so far is a poster. it's the famous picture of cash flipping off the camera. unlike a lot of posters which are the original pic in landscape (which includes the stands and such on his right and the hall and woman on his left), this is a cropped version in portrait (with just him and his guitar) with the american records style "cash" written above/behind his head. (the poster is about 24" x 33".) unfortunately, even though it was packed in a thick cardboard poster mailing tube, the postal service still managed to bend it in two places, which put creases the whole length of the poster in two lines. *sigh* i hope they don't do that with the other poster i ordered. fortunately, neither of them were all that expensive.

in a sort of tie-in, i read or heard that rick rubin is supposed to be working with zz top on a new album. i'm pretty excited about that. he did good things with johnny, and i really like a lot of the old zz top albums. i think the combo of rick and zz top has the possibility of creating something really wonderful.

staying with music, jerry reed died recently. (and i'd just watched smokey and the bandit for the first time in a long time. he's great in that movie.) also, a week or two before that hank williams' steel guitar player -- don helms -- died. so part of my amazon purchase (which i haven't gotten yet) consisted of:

  • the essential jerry reed - jerry reed
  • rca country legends - jerry reed (rca)

i also broke down and made my first blu-ray purchases. even though i don't have a blu-ray player yet. but i figure the format war is won, so it's safe to go ahead and make purchases at this point. i'll list them when they come in.

saturday i took the bel-air out for lunch to goode company bbq. i talked for a while with a guy who has a '55 also. he seemed to know quite a bit about them, and had done a lot of work himself to his. i gave him my business card, and he is supposed to get in touch with me. it might be a knowledgeable connection that i've been wishing i had.

i also bought a couple more yankee candles. it's not my fault! i had a 2-for-1 coupon, so i sort of had to. i was proud of myself, as i managed to restrain my impulses and only actually purchase the one and got one free. the scents:

  • mulling spices (large jar)
  • hazelnut coffee (large jar)

mulling spices is a new winter scent i guess. it smells sort of like wassail. i was originally going to also get the new cafe au lait scent, but the hazelnut coffee candle had just been brought back from retirement and it smelled even better.

over the last couple of nights i watched march of the penguins. it is a documentary about an emperor penguin colony in antarctica, and all they go through to reproduce. it was pretty good. i think i actually liked the documentary by the two filmmakers in the extras better. (although i didn't watch it first, so maybe having already seen the movie first influenced my opinion.)

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