Sunday, December 31, 2006

100 Coolest Things... #s 100 - 91

Here it is, finally... the absolute 100 Coolest Things in 2006, according to Yours Truly. Now, of course the question for you is, what makes something cool? What's cool for you might not be as cool for me, and vice versa, so I selected the 100 people, places, books, CDs, movies, DVDs, moments, experiences, foods and so on that made my year the best one I've had since 2005. Plus, I give you the links you need to investigate further.

What you won't find here is Jesus, Stephanie, Mom or any of my close friends. Naturally, Jesus and Stephanie is an automatic 1 and 2, while Mom is a solid 3rd, and we all know who the coolest are among Mikey, Wookiee, Ty and so forth, so why bother? This is the list after them.

Now, there are things like CDs and some movies on this list that existed before 2006, but this is the year I discovered it... so, without further ado, I give you the first part of

The 100 Coolest Things About 2006

100. The Brand New Heavies “Get Used To It”
Apparently, the lead singer, N’Dea Davenport, left the Heavies for a while, and they put out subpar music. For whatever the reason, she’s back and having not known what they sounded like before, I guess I’m glad, because this is just a funk-filled cd. I discovered, and bought, it at Starbucks, based on liking “All Fired Up” and “We’ve Got” but learned quickly its just a great album of rhythm, music and funk.

99. Michelle Malkin
You perhaps don’t know who Michelle Malkin is… well, think of her as a simple conservative blogger, sorta like me, only she’s on it every day, her blog filled with links and commentary on the biggest topics and news of the moment. Plus, she’s right up there with Sandra Oh as the hottest Asian I know.

98. Chris Daughtry singing “Hemorrhage”
It was perhaps one of the first few episodes of American Idol when bald Daughtry took the stage, after a whole hour of the same stuff—pop mostly—and even Pickles and My Girl McPhee who dazzle me always sounded the same… and then, Daughtry belted out Fuel’s “Hemorrhage”, in a performance I ended up watching three times via VCR. It rocked.

97. “Desperate Networks” by Bill Carter
A book I bought on a whim, just because the book jacket flap intrigued me, and it turned out to be a quick, highly entertaining read. It’s a behind the scenes look at some of the biggest shows on television now, entertaining because Desperate Housewives, Lost and American Idol really struggled to find their place on TV—and were passed on by other networks before finding their homes. And CSI’s William Petersen? He wanted to do a show about the Old West, before being talked into the part of Gil Grissom. It should be in paperback by now, or close to it… I recommend it.

96. Arby’s Four for $5
So, for five bucks, you get your choice of any four of the following: Jamocha shake, medium drink, potato cakes, curly fries, Arby’s melt sandwich, cheese sticks or some sort of fruit turnover. I chose the sandwich, fries, cheese sticks and a medium Mountain Dew. It’s a fried nightmare. Curse you Arby’s… curse you!

95. The Bowl
It wasn’t so much that it was my first bowl game, it was more that it was my first bowl game AND my first game from a luxury sky box. They had attendants there, serving up wings, fried chicken, sandwiches, drinks and so on, plus a huge seating area where we could watch the game in style. The real Papa John was two boxes over, as were Andre Ware and some other guy doing the ESPN2 commentary. Plus, the East Carolina’s chancellor was in the next box, and we could see him very unhappy as South Florida kept running up the score… plus, what looked to be his daughter was there as well, and I was highly amused by how bored she seemed the whole time. Good times.

94. “Casino Royale” starring Daniel Craig
Having never even been a big Bond fan at all, I didn’t know how I would like this movie. And the answer is: A lot. Instead of being filled with ridiculous gadgets and uber-fast cars, it actually had a feasible story. Watching Bond turn into a “Double-0” agent was cool, as was Daniel Craig’s entire take on the character, seemingly cheesed to death by Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. And Eva Green? She looked much better onscreen than in her profile.

93. “The Devil Wears Prada”
I thoroughly enjoyed this flick from beginning to end. Anna Hathaway has finally shed her “Princess Mia” image (being naked and cursing in “Havoc” and “Brokeback” will do that) to become a pretty good actress, and Emily Blunt is great as her rival-turned-ally assistant-counterpart, but the star of the movie is indeed Meryl Streep. She’s icy, she’s venomous and, it turns out, she’s human. A well done chick flick.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Perfect for a rainy Friday night movie on DVD, you could do alot worse than this funny chick flick.

92. Justin Long
How can you not like this guy? He was Brandon on Galaxy Quest, a Trekkie-type nerd forced to take out the garbage, and is again a nerd in “Dodgeball” (who ends up getting the
hot cheerleader), he took the lead in “Accepted”, Steph loved him in “Ed” and you probably now know him best as “Apple” in those Apple & PC commercials. He just seems like a guy that you’d enjoy hanging out with, or even poking fun at. Oh, and he's going to be starring alongside Bruce Willis in DieHard 4: These Movies Won't Die... Hard.

91. Iced Café Con Leche

Grande sized, filled with ice and six pumps of vanilla syrup, then with cold breve (half-n-half, for you non-Starbuckians), I’ve finally found a coffee drink that I enjoy and actually look forward to partaking of.

Next Up: #90 thru 81...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Ah life... it happens. Between Starbucks, The DFC, WalkAbout drama, the dinner theater last week, Stephanie and KidStuf, I haven't had time to focus on anything not related to the previous six catagories, including blogging and catching up on Studio 60, Lost and Heroes.

Today is my day off, so I decided, darn it, I was going to blog a little. Put up some fun links, give you some ideas of movies and music you should see, and anytime I can mention Harry Potter, its a good thing.


So, I woke up this morning, rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, used the lavatory, then laid back in bed so I could catch Local on the 8's (who doesnt' love Local on the 8's? Its an American institution).

From there, I started flipping channels, turning to USA to see character actor Paul Gleason (the principal from The Breakfast Club) chasing some blond kid who apparently has some paranormal power, and is in touch via walkie talkie to some computer named Art (which made me happy that the guy who voiced KITT found work again). I am wondering what kind of sci-fi flick this is... and right before I turn to the TV Guide Channel to find out, I hear the kid running, yelling into his walkie-talkie "Art! Art! Contact Ranger Walker!" So this is why Walker, Texas Ranger lasted 8 years. Great acting and solid story lines. (Did you know that Chuck Norris is like, 66 years old?)


My latest addiction? Audiobooks on my iPod. I check them out from the Hoover Public Library, then listen to them when I'm driving around or just around the house. Right now, I'm feasting on the Harry Potter series, and British narrator Jim Dale is awesome.

Speaking of Harry Potter, I just saw that trailer for Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix... holy crap. Loving that visual of all of them flying past Parliament.

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As far as I'm concerned, July can't come soon enough

Its my favorite of the books, featuring two of my favorite three scenes in all of the books, that being the creation of Dumbledore's Army and the ending battle in the Ministry of Magic (the other is when Harry kisses Ginny Weasley in Half-Blood Prince, since Ginny is my favorite character).


Under the catagory of "Stuff You Maybe Wanted to Discuss, But Were Afraid people Would Think You Were Creepy If You Did" comes The Top 10 Hottest Animated Disney Chicks. Personally, my top three would be: 3) Bo Peep from Toy Story... 2) Belle from Beauty and the Beast, who was #1 on my own list until 1) Meghera from Hercules came along.

Wow, did I just say that?


I love it. Premiere Magazine has listed their 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time. I can agree with some of these--as in, I like them, but I didnt think they were end all beat all (Chicago, Field of Dreams, Forrest Gump)... and some of these I hated (Moonstruck, Gone with the Wind)... and of course, some don't deserve to be on this list (Disney's Fantasia, The Wizard of Oz)

Its those movies that "everyone loves but you didn't think were any good"... for me, that would be Meet the Parents and Good Will Hunting.

And because I love countdowns and lists, Blender's "Most Disastrous Albums of All Time" list cracks me up. I mean, remember Garth Brooks Chris Gaines' project? And as much as I liked pre-skank Mariah, I will admit, "Glitter" was a horrible cd.

By the way, just heard Kellie Pickler's new song "Red High Heels". Loved it. I'll be honest... as time has gone by, I can't promise you that Pickles hasn't passed My Girl McPhee in my heart. I am interested in hearing Kat's new cd (due in January) but I am actually excited about getting Pickles' cd, out now.

Speaking of American Idol... if "Do I make You Proud" turns your stomach the wrong way, check out this video on YouTube... Weird Al did a parody, a stalker anthem called "Do I Creep you Out" (with sweet lines likes "...everytime I shake your hand, I want to stick your fingers in my mouth...") and its been laid over video of Taylor Hicks singing. Hysterical.


And while we're on the subject of stomach turning video, perhaps some of you heard Rick and Bubba talk about the Dean and Company Christmas specials. Dean & Co is a family who... well, sings, and uses a sock puppet named Podo to entertain as well. And its... well, its... I mean, you can say its... um... well... Abracadabra.

Two things to note: This is not a skit--this is a serious group... and the monkey? That's Podo.


I think Dalton Ross is genius (you'll see him in the Dave's 100 Coolest Things about 2006). He does a great blog on Entertainment Weekly's site, and here's his take on the new Rocky movie... and strangely, perhaps like someone who throws up shoelaces, I am replused by it, yet strangely fascinated...

It's hard to take Rocky too seriously considering in the previous three films (leading up to Rocky Balboa) the Italian Stalion has faced a dude with a Mohawk, an Apollo Creed-killing Russian pumped full of Roids, and then...well, I try to block out Rocky 5 as much as possible. But a new Collector's Edition DVD of the original Rocky reminds us how special that first film was. Not only does it feature the best movie quote of all time — ''You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!'' — but it also comes across as mildly realistic (as opposed to all the sequels, which — don't get me wrong — are genius, but on a purely campy level). The new disc features three commentary tracks as well as an hour-long documentary featuring new interviews with everyone involved still around to talk about it (Burgess Meredith — R.I.P.) and needless to say, it's a knockout.


So, George Clooney won Sexiest Man Alive once again. People Magazine actually called me, and told me I came in 14th in the voting. Ahead of me was Orlando Bloom and McDreamy Patrick Dempsey, but apparently I came in ahead of Jack Black, Tom Cruise and the Geico Caveman.

Sexiest Woman Alive? My wife. Duh. Behind her? And might I say waaaaaaay behind Stephanie... Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Jenni Dunnivent, Sandra Oh, Sarah Chalke, Giuliani Depandi and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The Last Five Songs that Played on my iPod, currently on "Shuffle All Songs""
"Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder... "Push" by Matchbox 20... "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston... "Do You Know" by tobyMac... "Before We Ever Heard Goodbye" by Deana Carter
Four Movies I Can't Wait to See:

Four Shows I'm Crazy About:
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, WWE Raw, this season's Survivor and Heroes

Two Performances You Should Go See Right Now:
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (even if you don't like Bond, you'll love Craig) and Maggie Gyllenhall in Stranger than Fiction (the more I think about it, the more I realize that were she not in this film, I don't think I would have liked it)
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Not only is Maggie sexy, she's one of the main reasons to see Stranger than Fiction

Two books I'm currently reading:
"Death of the WCW" by RD Reynolds & Brian Alverez and "Burnt Toast" by Teri Hatcher.
Two Audiobooks I'm currently listening to:
One CD You Must Go Buy, Like, Right Now:

"Blue on Blue" by Leigh Nash


Coming up... I'm currently, still, compiling my 100 Coolest Things about 2006 list, for later on this month. Its my take on the best people, places, things, foods, movies, books, music and everything else that I discovered these past 12 months.

Also... The Dave Hall of Fame. I think everyone needs a hall of fame. Stuff, people, events that are so cherished and important that they deserve a special honor. When I get that put together, I will post that too.