I’m tired. I hate to whine, but I’m dragging massive ass over here. Yeah, I know… I’m not working in a coal mine for 15 hours a day, or roofing houses in Georgia or something, so I should just shut my cannoli-hole and quit the bitching.
I get it, but the fact remains: I’m exhausted. I’d love to sleep in a temperature-controlled room for an unlimited amount of time, get up and eat some stuff, then go back to bed for a while. Oh well.
Our yard sale is coming up, and I’m hemming and hawing about the shit-ton of CDs in our basement. What do you guys think I should do with them? Almost all are stamped as promotional copies, which complicates matters. I’d prefer to sell them at half dotcom, but they don’t allow promos. At least I don’t believe they do… Can someone confirm this?
I don’t like the thought of thieving bastards stuffing my discs into their Fruit of the Looms, or trying to buy them for a dime each, and that kind of thing. I don’t have the patience for such nonsense at this point, and it could get ugly. I’d rather sell them online, individually, but don’t know if that’s possible because of the promo stamps.
However, I remember going to a few parking lot sales at the late, great Rhino Records in Los Angeles years ago — and they sold promos right out in the open. Everything was a dollar, and they set up several gigantic tents and piled tens of thousands of discs on tables, in no order whatsoever. It was a treasure hunt, and I bought some fantastic stuff there. Man, I’m getting all misty just thinking about it…
Do any of you have suggestions on how I could liquidate my massive collection of promotional CDs, without giving them away, or having assholes boost them? Any ideas?
I’ve heard nothing about the big Surf Reporter lunch last Friday in Charleston. How did it go? We need reports, stat. Please tell us about it in the comments.
And I’d be really appreciative if you guys could take a few minutes and tell us your favorite line or scene from Crossroads Road. Please post it here. Right now there are only four entries, and that looks kinda… sad. If you’ve read the book, please tell us your favorite part. As Ike Godsey would say, I’m much obliged.
And speaking of Ike Godsey, that’s the kind of ancient reference I sometimes make in the real world, which causes people to stare at me in confusion and concern. Especially young people, which is understandable, I guess. I’m an old burned-out husk of a fattie, always spewing the dated references.
However… I was talking with someone a few days ago who has never seen an episode of Seinfeld. How is that possible?? I asked her what she watched when she was younger, and she mentioned some show with “medicine woman” in the title. What in the tambourine-shaking hell?? I’m like a creature from a different era now.
But when I was a youngling I knew about old TV shows, and old musicians, and that sort of thing. Why don’t the current youngsters know anything about the recent past? My kids certainly do, but I’m pretty sure they’re not a part of the majority.
Do you ever make references that go over like a turd in a hot tub? I’m not talking about obscure hipster references, but things that you believe everyone should understand? Please tell us about it. And am I wrong in believing that these kids today know less about the popular culture of the past than we did? I’d like to know your thoughts on it.
And I’m going to work now. Did I mention that I’m struggling a bit? Good god.
See you guys tomorrow, I hope.
My favorite lines from the book are on my blog (earlier in the week). I hated to miss the blogger meet-up, but even if my husband hadn’t made it impossible for me to go – the weather would have. We’re hoping to resurrect the trip in a few months.
Try making a Videodrome reference sometime. Or Eraserhead. Then imagine trying to provide the clueless recipient with some context. There is no way you can un-paint yourself out of that ‘aging pervert’ corner, kids.
Ever run into anyone who hasn’t heard of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’? Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
You mean, carve it like a regular chicken?
Yeah, I made one on this very comment board a while back. Something about eating a pine tree – many parts are edible. (cue crickets)
Old Grapenuts commercial from 197-something. I believe the man’s name was Ewell Gibbons.
Happy Friday, Surfers!
trying to stop the italic madness without much luck
First it was the Nordics. Then the Germanics. Then the Hispanics and now….the Italics.
It looks like the HTML generator did something really queer in the middle of a JCIII comment way back:
these kids today…. …with their hi speed internet
note the i, space, slash… WTF is that?
Cultural References from the 1960s
The following are cultural references from the 1960s which I have used in the last year. Who said, wrote or sang the following, and, where appropriate, what was the context? Googling is cheating. Take a shot on your own first. But I’m not your mother so do as you will.
1) “The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.”
2) “What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?”
3) “Citizen’s a-rest, citizen’s a-rest!!”
4) “Well, I’m a wetback now.”
5) “I got into the driver’s seat and I drove down 42nd Street in my Cadillac. Good car to drive after a war.”
6) “What is this shit?”
7) “What are the arguments against the draft? We hear it is unfair, immoral, discourages young men from studying, ruins their careers and their lives. Picky, picky, picky.”
8) “Well, boys, I reckon this is it – nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies.”
9) “Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.”
10) “He felt goose pimples clacking all over him as he gazed down despondently at the grim secret Snowden had spilled all over the messy floor. It was easy to read the message in his entrails. Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret.”
11) “Happy Birthday Mr. President!”
12) “Harry Nilsson”. “Harry Nilsson”. “Harry Nilsson”. “Harry Nilsson”.
13) “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
14) “The land was ours before we were the land’s.”
15) “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
I have a nice prize for whoever gets #12 first. It’s no more difficult than the other questions, but it’s more difficult to google.
Without Googling I’m only able to securely say that # 11 is Marilyn Monroe singing to JFK and # 15 is HAL fucking around with Dave from “2001: A Space Odyssey”. I’m thinking # 8 is from “Dr. Strangelove”, but I could be wrong as I’ve only seen the film once. Having been born in ’72, I’m afraid the rest is simply before my time. So sue me.
WB in OH says
#3 is Gomer trying to arrest Barney for an illegal u turn
#10 is from Catch 22
ditto on 11 and 15
and #7 sounds like something Goldwater or Nixon might have said
#12 I’m going to google but I won’t ruin it.
#2: CS&N, “Ohio”. Reference is to Kent State, May 4, 1970. I still get a little shaken up every time I hear that song.
#7: Pat Paulson, presidential candidate in 1968 ff., courtesy of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
For #12 I’m going with The Beatles. In “Revolution #9” perhaps?
I only know no. 15 – HAL in “2001: A Space Oddysey”. I should know no.12, because I wanted to be a spaceman. That’s what I wanted to be.
Had my first zero bar. It was good. So that’s over with.
Chuck in Bama says
#4 is from “The Right Stuff”