Wednesday, December 31, 2003
The humble bloops of Pong...
Sorry. That was a stray sentence from a news story I was ready on Yahoo just now and I sort of fell in love with it. The last day of the year, huh? Ugh. I realized this morning that I've not left the apartment since Christmas day. But "The Dry Salvages" is finished, so I suppose it was worth a week's captivity. Spooky and I started proofreading it about noon and finished about 7 p.m. I'd though it would go quickly. It didn't. I was thinking of it like a short story and, really, it's pretty much the same as working through the first three chapters of Murder of Angels. That sort of length. After dinner, I went back to work on it and finished up about nine. At 9:13 p.m., I announced that the vacation had officially begun. Now, I just have to figure out what to do with myself. Last night, we watched Wings of Desire, which might be Spooky's favorite movie.
My cat threw all the other cats out of her rock band, which had been called Hundreds of Impalas but will now be known as One Big Organism. She rehearses beneath the stairs.
Where was I...?
Oh yeah. Last day of 2003. That means it's time for me to make a list. The best and worst of the year (excluding fiction):
Best CDs (can't say albums anymore):
The Dresden Dolls (The Dresden Dolls)
Hail to the Thief (Radiohead)
The Dividing (Android Lust)
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Kill Bill, Volume One
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
28 Days Later
Peter Pan (Spooky's Pick)
Best Hour of Television:
Farscape, "Bad Timing"
Most Annoying Webspeak:
Best Places to Eat in Atlanta:
The Vortex (L5P, for its burgers)
Mellow Mushroom (for deli sandwiches)
Thai Bowl (for cheap, yummy noodles)
The Righteous Room (best chicken sandwich and best pint)
The Angel (Decatur, best fish and chips)
Pacific Rim (best sushi)
Huey's (best gumbo)
Raging Burrito (best burrito and best quacamole)
DePalma's (Athens, best Italian)
The Grit (Athens, best vegetarian)
Special Award for Worst Restaurant in Atlanta: Moe's, the Wal-Mart of Mexican Food
Best Bookstore: Atlanta Book Exchange
Best Video Game: Primal
Sexiest Men of 2003:
Worst Video Game Movie: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Best Superhero Movie: X2
Sexiest Farscape Aliens:
Chiana (Gigi Edgely)
Ahkna (Francesca Buller)
Atlanta Fetish Club Most in Need of a Dress Code: The Chamber
Best Action Figures: McFarlane Toys' Oz figures
Best Atlanta-area Video/DVD Rental: Videodrome
Best Reason to Move to Finland: The Bush Administration
...and, conceding that this is a dumb way to kick start a vacation, I'm outta here.