Ok, back in February of 2011, Clint & I were having a discussion about The Church. The discussion was about whether Starfish was a better album than Gold Afternoon Fix. I was saying that I actually liked Gold Afternoon Fix slightly better than Starfish. Clint said I was crazy and asked me to rate each song indiviually. It only took me almost 4 years, but I finally got the ratings done:


Destination 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Under the Milky Way 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Blood Money 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Lost 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
North, South, East and West 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Spark 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Antenna 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Reptile 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
A New Season 5/5 stars, 8/10 rating
Hotel Womb 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating

Gold Afternoon Fix:

Pharoah 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Metropolis 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Terra Nova Cain 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
City 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Monday Morning 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Russian Autumn Heart 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Essence 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
You’re Still Beautiful 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Disappointment 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Transient 5/5 stars, 8/10 rating
Laughing 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Fading Away 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Grind 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating

Based on that data, it turns out Clint was right. On the whole, Starfish as an album is better than Gold Afternoon Fix. Only slightly, though. 60% 5 stars, 10 rating songs on Starfish while there is only 54% of 5/5, 10/10 songs on Gold Afternoon Fix.

That said, I’m looking forward to seeing The Church play at the 9:30 Club in March!


Stealing Home (1988)

Stealing Home (1988)

Ca: 3/5, 7/10

Carolyn’s thoughts: I watched this without Clint. My mom has been telling me to see this movie for a few years now, and she wanted me to see it so bad that she gave it to me for my birthday. So I decided to watch it one day while Clint was at work. There were a lot of slow parts where it was just music or not much going on. I watched those parts on the fast speed or skipped through them. It was pretty good, though, but it was sad. My mom kept telling me it isn’t a baseball movie. She said people mistake it for a baseball movie based on the title and how it opens up with a baseball game, but it’s not about baseball. It’s more about coping with life, dealing with loss, finding yourself and doing what you love. It was definitely not Clint’s cup of tea since it wasn’t a comedy, but there were funny parts. I was cracking up at the scene with Appleby’s parents and the sex scene with Robin’s mom just walking through the room but being so oblivious to them getting it on right there in the living room. That was good stuff. I didn’t realize Harold Ramis was in this, and he had just died pretty recently, so it was nice to see one of his movies that I hadn’t seen before. “You had sex with my prom date!”

Written & directed by Steven Kampmann (writer of 1 ep of SCTV, 7 eps of WKRP In Cincinnati) and William Porter (writer of 1 ep of Newhart).

Starring Mark Harmon (Superman in Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, Freaky Friday (2003), Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas) as Billy Wyatt.
Jodie Foster (The Silence Of The Lambs, Panic Room, Candleshoe, Freaky Friday (1976), Maggie Simpson in 1 ep of The Simpsons, 1 ep of Frasier) as Katie Chandler.
Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters movies, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Knocked Up, Groundhog Day, SCTV, Year One, Baby Boom) as Alan Appleby.
Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy, The Hungover Games, Snatched, Weekend At Bernie’s, Caddyshack 2, 1 ep of Caroline In The City) as Teenage Alan Appleby.
Blair Brown (1 ep of Smallville) as Ginny Wyatt, his mom.
Richard Jenkins (the dead dad from Six Feet Under, The Cabin In The Woods, Let Me In, The Broken, How I Got Into College, Wolf, Me,Myself & Irene, Step Brothers, Turbo, A.C.O.D.) as Hank Chandler.
John Shea (Lex Luthor in Lois & Clark) as Sam Wyatt.
William McNamara (Dream A Little Dream) as Teenage Billy Wyatt.
Beth Broderick (Psycho Beach Party, Sabrina,The Teenage Witch) as Lesley.
Helen Hunt (Mad About You, Cast Away, Twister, What Women Want, As Good As It Gets, Chicken Little, 2 eps of Highway To Heaven, 1 ep of The Simpsons) as adult Hope Wyatt.

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Back in college, Clint & I got into reading comic books, specifically X-Men-related comics.

It all started because we got into the X-Men from the 1990’s cartoon on Fox.  So after that ended, we started reading the comic books.   Our roommate (and future brother-in-law!), Ryan, had a bunch of comic books that he let us borrow.

Well, we started noticing a pattern with one particular series, X-Factor.


We started noticing stuff like THIS.

The art work was very dramatic, and whenever someone was yelling something, they’d ALWAYS have a line of spit connecting the teeth or roof of the mouth to the tongue.


Dramatic lines-of-spit!

But we noticed it happened a LOT!

I started calling that line of spit an “X-Factor”. And I call the act “X-Factoring”



We can expect it with Wolfbane, since she was a wolf and all…


Wolfbane had it a lot... cuz she's a slobbery wolf.

And we did see it happen a lot with Wolfbane..


Wolfbane wants to drool all over you.

Cuz you know… dogs slobber a lot.


Look, in the upper-left corner, she's even talking about X-factoring while she's x-factoring!

But happened to other people, too.


X-factoring... Not just for wolves...

Sometimes, it was REALLY dramatic!


I'm X-factoring so hard, I'm crying about it!

Other times, not so much drama..


Not as dramatic, but still an X-factor!

Basically, it boils down to if you are a mutant and you are fighting, you are X-factoring!

So, if you ever hear me say “He X-factored!”, that means he had a line of spit in his mouth. Loogies and spit disgust me, so this is my way to add humor to the situation so it’s not so gross.

When I was a kid, our neighbors used to have a record with a funny song that we loved.  I wish I remember what it was so I can acquire the mp3 and enjoy it forever and ever..
It went something like this:
[tune – lullaby]
Go to bed
Go to sleep
I’ve had enough of your bull-shit
Close your eyes,
You little monster
Or I’ll blister your behind
As I explained,
You’re a pain
When you’re tired and cranky
I get cranky,
sometimes too,
like when I’m sick and tired..
of you!
No you can’t have a drink,
no I won’t read you one more story.
I’ve had it up to here.
I could use a drink myself.
[tune These are a few of my favorite things]
Pampers and potty and runny red noses
Babies are seldom a bed full of roses
Whining and crying and carrying on.
This is what sucks about being a mom.
Babies are cute,
but it’s just when they’re sleeping
New moms don’t realize what soon they’ll be keeping
Late hours that Dracula cannot live on..
This is what sucks about being a mom.
When a toy breaks,
When your back aches,
When you’re feeling down…
Real moms aren’t depressed when they see a big mess…
They just know that a child’s around.
[tune somewhere over the rainbow]
Let me go to the bathroom,
all alone
Let me watch some tv,
or talk on the telephone.
I hate Ernie and Bert
and Rainbow Brite,
I’m sick to death of the Smurfs,
So give me a break tonight.
Please my darling daughter won’t you go and bug your father,
I don’t want you near me.
[and then I forget the rest… I can’t remember any other lyrics, nor how the song ends…. doh!]

My parents were pretty grumpy when we’d go around singing “bullshit” and so we would substitute bullcrap… but then later, when my sister went into the 8th grade, she started complaining about her Civics teacher.  My dad jumped at that and said “You can use his name for that bad word”.  So we would sing, “Go to bed, go to sleep…I’ve had enough of your Bullock.”

Anyway, I wish I remember how it ended.  Or at least the song name or the artist name.  Since it was my neighbor’s record, I have no idea.

I just think it’s funny that between the time I was in the 6-7th grade, I already knew kids were trouble.  🙂  Maybe this song has something to do with me never wanting kids.  Or did I like this song because I agreed that kids were trouble.

My favorite band quote:  “We really wanted to name this album Herzeleid, but then we found out there was already an album named Herzeleid…. and it was by us.”

-Rammstein band member, about the album Mutter

Maybe it was lost in translation.  We were watching a special or something, and it was sub-titled.  But it was hilarious, and I still laugh about it to this day.

I am finding myself really annoyed by Smallville. I don’t have high expectations for that show this season. I think the dialogue is stilted, and the character development is annoying. I barely want to watch it, but I just keep hoping maybe the story might redeem it once they get going with it.

Here’s my list of 25 random songs:

1. The Weirdos – Teenage
2. Hanson Brothers – Tranquil
3. Kreator – Betrayer
4. Moistboyz – Officer Please
5. Kreator – Love Us Or Hate Us
6. Kiddie P0rn XXX – Insect Pollution
7.  Victim’s Family – George Benson
8.  Chemlab – Neurozone
9.  All – Postage
10.  Screeching Weasel – Punkhouse
11. Gwar – Don’t Need A Man
12.  D.O.A. – New Age
13. Ramones – Surfin’ Bird
14. Tiamat – The Southernmost Voyage
15. NoFX – Dig
16.  Ministry – All Day
17.  Sabbat – I For An Eye
18.  The Church – Blood Money
19.  Ministry – Breathe
20.  Sisters Of Mercy – Comfortably Numb
21.  Sabbat – Do Dark Horses Dream Of Nightmares
22.  Ween – Light Me Up
23.  Sisters Of Mercy – Possession
24.  Bad Religion – Suffer
25.  Agent Orange – Broken Dreams

I’m surprised Voltaire didn’t come up, but I guess since there were duplicate artists (2 Kreator songs, 2 Sisters Of Mercy songs, 2 Sabbat songs, 2 Ministry songs), there was no room for Voltaire.  Also NoMeansNo should have come up, but I at least got some Hanson Brothers.

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