The Weekend Ended Well, But This Is The Icing On The Cake…

February 10, 2009

It’s actually more than icing.  More like adding an enitre new and more delicious layer to a cake.  Of course I’m talking about the reunion of my favorite band ever (by a long shot) Blink-182.  They announced this Sunday night at the Grammy’s, although I had a hunch seeing how I obsessively follow them on Blink message boards (I know a little nerdy, but I love this freakin’ band).  Years ago I made a pact with one of my closest friends to go to their first show back and in honor of that, the following is my dream playlist, in order of how Mark, Tom and Travis should play it (which will never happen since a lot of the songs are only true fan favorites):

1.  Dumpweed

2.  Rock Show

3.  Easy Target

4.  Don’t Leave Me

5.  Family Reunion

6.  What’s My Age Again?

7.  Online Songs

8.  Red Skies

9.  Stockholm Syndrome

10.  M&M’s

11.  Man Overboard

12.  Always

13.  Waggy

14.  Adam’s Song

15.  Everytime I Look For You

16.  I Miss You

17.  Dysentary Gary

18.  First Date

19.  Carousel


20.  All The Small Things

21.  Going Away To College

22.  Dammit

Many will disagree, but I am right and they are wrong.

The Opening and Closing of Chapters in My Life

November 23, 2008

Wow, I haven’t written a post in a long time, so I figure I owe one to my loyal readers (that “s” at the end might be a bit of stretch) out there.  So here are my thoughts on the past month.

Mazel tov America.  We did it.  We elected Barack Obama.  Now, I planned on writing a post blaming college aged kids if Senator McCain won.  I planned on saying how the youth are so outspoken and always complaining about this and that and jumping on the “I Hate George W. Bush Bandwagon” and then never showing up to vote.  But you proved me wrong.  The 18-25 demographic showed up in record numbers.  It was insane that President-elect Obama won in almost every demographic, including outstanding showings among Christians and Protestants (which have both leaned Republican since the Reagan years), the Jews (almost 80%) and even the elderly.  It is important to mention that Senator McCain’s concession speech was incredible and inspiring.  If he would have spoken like that all campaign long (and the economy didn’t fall apart and Bush’s approval ratings weren’t in the crapper) he would have had a fighting chance.  The Senator McCain I know (and have met numerous times) has a great sense of humor and is incredibly insightful and we didn’t see that on the campaign.  In addition, it will also be interesting to see how the Republicans recover and what Governor Palin (or should I say “Rock Star” Palin) will do.

What else, what else.  Oh!  So it’s pretty rad that Blink-182 is talking again, huh?

Anyway, moving on…  So I started my edits and rewrites of a script I am writing.  I wrote it over the summer and decided not to look at it for a couple months to see if I still liked it after the wait.  Well, I looked at it and still liked it.  It needs work though.  It’s just good to be writing again, especially since the script is very personal, but also incredibly hysterical.  Obviously, this is the first time I am posting on it (and only a handful of friends know about it), but I take pieces of my blog and real life experiences and put it into this piece of work that I am so passionate about.  It’s a pretty cool and funny script and I will continue to work on it throughout the winter (it’s a slow process).  It’s kind of hard to write the script and then come back to the blog.  It’s two completely different kinds of writing pieces.  I will try though.

So I went to visit a prestigious law school in Washington (whose school has a weird mascot) and two things went through my head: 1.  “Well I guess this is growing up.”  2.  These people are strange.  So my first thought was the idea that I was growing up.  It seemed like a far off thought until I actually stepped onto campus and saw myself there.  It was a very strange feeling.  I mean, I’m looking forward to the future but also enjoying the present (I will get back to this in a little).  The second thought I had is that the people at this school were strange.  There were two types of people:  the pretentious people that wore sweater vests and nice clothing and the people who wore sweat pants and a hoody to class.  I started to think about which one I would be.  The pretentious one is interesting.  In all fairness, they deserve to be pretentious;  this was a hard school to get into and they are clearly better than most.  But also, they kind of seemed like douches.  But cool and smart douches.  The sweatshirt people were laid back, but also a little too informal for a place like this law school.  I don’t know what I would be.  Both sides are attractive.  Hopefully, I could find a healthy medium.

My last tidbit is that I went to my last home college football game as a student, and although my team got whipped, I stayed until the end in the freezing cold.  I just sat there as my team was down by over 30 and thought about the good and bad times.  I was incredibly emotional and although my team let me down last night, they were one of the few constant things in my college career.  I could always count on them to be there for me every Saturday.  It was an emotional experience, but like some band said, “Well I guess this is growing up” (although before this they said, “Take your pants off.”).  I’m sad this chapter of my life has come to a close but I will always cherish the times I had in that stadium living and dying with every touchdown and interception thrown.

Ode to Blink…

October 1, 2008

First off, happy new year my Jewish friends!  You would think that after 5769 years the new years festivities would get old, but the Jews continue to not disappoint.

Anyway, onto the real point of my entry (first one in two weeks if you’re counting… and by you I mean the one person who actually reads my weblog).  It’s been a couple of days since Travis Barker’s plane crash.  It’s quite an unfortunate situation, but I’m glad he is doing better and my prayers are with him, DJ AM and the victims of the crash.  Crazy how life changes in a flash.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be an entry about how you shouldn’t take life for granted because it could change in an instant (I shouldn’t have to tell you not to take life for granted).  No, this is an entry on Travis’s best work: Blink-182.

Blink-182 is my favorite band.  Period.  Always has been, always will.  People make fun of me and say they aren’t great music.  That they’re no Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, etc, etc.  But, first of all, fuck you for judging my music taste.  Second of all, and in all seriousness, I think music should be something that speaks to you.  The lyrics should be meaningful in your life.  Sure, the Beatles are classic rock.  Amazing.  But their lyrics say nothing to me.  I could understand why they would speak to a person my age in the 1960s (the music reflects the time period), but not in the 1990s and 2000s.  This is why my favorite band is Blink.  Every one of their songs speaks to me personally.  They talk about love, loves lost, fart jokes, your mom, and more.  Stuff that I could relate to.  Stuff that any 16-23 year old could relate to.   Think about it.  “What’s My Age Again” was about screwing around and acting immature, but then they follow that single up with “All The Small Things” which is about doing the small things to impress a girl (i.e. flowers on the stairs, etc).  Both subjects definitely reflect my life.

Blink is music that caught the mindsets of this age group of this generation.  This is why they were incredible and extremely successful (and also it is a shame they broke up).  So, as an ode to Travis (and Mark and Tom) I present to you some insightful analysis of songs you may not have heard (so not “What’s My Age Again” or “All The Small Things”):

“Wasting Time”, album: Cheshire Cat (1996)

Favorite line: “She’d teach me about modern art and I’d teach her it’s okay to fart.”

This song is about trying to impress a girl.  Mark talks about joining a band and making jokes all in hopes of making a girl like him make her laugh.  This kind of resonates with me.  I always try to impress girls that I like by doing interesting things, but most important, I try to make girls I like laugh, either by being witty or just plain rediculous-all in hopes of trying to make her like me.  Another line of the song, “Sometime I sit at home and wonder if she’s sitting at home thinking of me and wondering if I’m sitting at thinking about her.  Or am I just wasting my time?”  is such a clever line and is something I definitely do ALL the time.

“Waggy”, album: Dude Ranch (1997)

Favorite line:  “I don’t wanna live this lie again.  I know I’ll get it right but I don’t know when.  I’ll open my eyes, I’ve got something inside, I’ll just jack off in my room til then.”

Again, Blink hits us with the heartfelt line, but counters it with the immature humor.  This line is the epitome of why I like Blink.  They could be serious and write beautiful lyrics but at the same time be immature.  It works brilliantly.  This song also really hits home for me (which, as you can see, is a common theme in all their songs for me).  Mark talks about being ready for a serious relationship, but he just dumped a girl because she is not ready for one.  So Mark is willing to wait around in his room until he finds a girl who is.

“Online Songs”, album: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

Favorite line:  Na na na na na na na na (seriously listen to the song, it’s great)

This song is one that I definitely dealt with a couple years ago.  It’s about seeing your ex-girlfriends screen name on your buddy list and it bothering you a lot.  Blink just writes about kids dealing with problems for the 21st century and this is a prime example of it.  Mark talks about trying to put the past behind him, but everytime he signs online there her screen name is.  When you think about the entire situation, you just want to laugh, but I’m sure it has happened to everyone.