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My son and I have made the decision to see a late show of Wreck-It Ralph in a little while (it'll be his second time seeing it and my first), so I thought I would kill some time and mention a few things...


I decided to do a little more with my Tumblr and made some small posts about songs I somehow missed. The nice thing about Tumblr is that I was able to post the songs as well (or links to them, anyway). They popped up on my Facebook timeline and Twitter feed as I posted them but here are links to all five...

Nina Simone's "I Put A Spell On You"
Grandaddy's "Jed the Humanoid"
Hüsker Dü's "Makes No Sense At All"
Darkness Falls' "Timeline"
Ty Segall's "Thank God for the Sinners"


Today I finished reading One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde, which was the 47th book I've read this year. I started keeping track of how many books I read every year back in 2001 and 47 is the most I've ever read in a year - and I still have six weeks more to go! I should easily make my goal of 52 for this year and hopefully can push past it a bit. I will talk more about this specific book in an upcoming post after I finish reading Flex Mentallo.


This week's episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was hilarious. The setup is that the gang crashes Dee's therapy session to get the therapist to decide who should do the dishes after a group dinner and the show just takes off from there. I almost fell out of my chair laughing during Mac's mini-session and the rest were just as good.


My wife was home sick on Monday and was sleeping on the couch, which meant I couldn't turn on the TV in the living room while eating breakfast as I usually do. Instead, I decided to come in the office and watch an episode of Cheers instead. I enjoyed it so much I did it Tuesday and Wednesday as well. Then earlier tonight my son had a friend over and I watched two more episodes. Coach turned into a tyrant while managing a Little League team, Dick Cavett stopped by, and Sam and Diane fought some more. So so good.


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