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Police documents indicate that Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a Breathalyzer test after he was stopped on a speeding violation. The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08.

But it’s ok guys, because he’s won 22 Olympic medals and he’s a hero to kids, so it’s totally cool that he put lives at risk.

(Also, this was in Baltimore. Couldn’t he at least have tried to run over Ray Rice if he was going to drive completely and totally shitfaced?)

Michael Phelps’ breath test was .14, charging documents say - ESPN

Typical conversations between my wife & i

  • Me: I'll meet you at the train, I have to go look for something.
  • Her: Is it alcohol?
  • Me: No, I know where to find that.
Empire State Building against a cool cloudy sky.

Empire State Building against a cool cloudy sky.

Fictitious steps

Last night, my Fitbit vibrated for hitting my daily step goal while I was standing still and literally scratching my ass.

Tuesday night working at the food coop…

Tuesday night working at the food coop…

therealmardallie:

I made this tonight. Delicious, gingery, and perfect for fall.

I’m with both therealmardallie and notentirely on this one. I wholeheartedly support the making and consumption of this cocktail. And I might be about to go in for another one at 11pm on a Monday.

therealmardallie:

I made this tonight. Delicious, gingery, and perfect for fall.

I’m with both therealmardallie and notentirely on this one. I wholeheartedly support the making and consumption of this cocktail. And I might be about to go in for another one at 11pm on a Monday.
Telegraph is the first Chabon I tried and I gave up after 150 pages. Do I need to try something else? I added him to my “don’t get the hype” list, but maybe I did so prematurely?

So, I speak from a position of being not exactly neutral, but… yes.

Lots of people think he’s overblown, overhyped and uses long passages as a way of hiding the gaps in his writing (but really, aren’t we all just trying to hide the gaps all day long?). It’s sort of like the novel-writing equivalent of Aaron Sorkin, and there’s a reason that I like them both as much as I do. There’s more than a little similarity, that “east coast, liberal, intellectual” thing.

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is my favorite, both of his and in the general sense. It’s dense, but it does a remarkable job of making you feel like you’re in this world. "Wonder Boys" is also excellent, and it’s an easier read than "Kavalier & Clay," mostly because it’s half the length.

Tagged: Couch Potato Challenge

The Film Lover Challenge a.k.a. Couch Potato Challenge. List 15 movies that you love as fast as you can! Then tag five tumblrs.

I was tagged by notentirely, and so here goes. I may have a harder time limiting myself to 15. In no particular order, except that the first one is truly the first one…

  1. The Blues Brothers
  2. the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End)
  3. High Fidelity
  4. Casino Royale (2006, the Daniel Craig one, though the 1967 version is a trip)
  5. The Empire Strikes Back
  6. Almost Famous
  7. Anchorman / Talladega Nights (really the same movie in different settings)
  8. any of the Christopher Nolan Batman movies
  9. Clerks
  10. Goodfellas
  11. Glengarry Glen Ross
  12. Saving Private Ryan
  13. Dazed and Confused
  14. Swingers
  15. Office Space

I won’t name names, mostly because it’s late and my brain is tired. If this intrigues you, go for it!

two episodes and 100 pages. i will give a book 100 pages.

The funny thing is that, while the shelves/Kindle are littered with books that I’ve started and crapped out on, it’s never been because of a literary version of the “two episode test,” a conscious decision to quit the book. It’s normally because something else catches my eye and I can’t help myself.

However, my stubbornness regarding one book has caused me to become a virtual non-reader.

I have a favorite writer: Michael Chabon (so typical, a Jewish guy from the burbs and wants to be a writer digs Chabon). I’ve been totally sold since the first book of his that I read. I typically devour new Chabon books, sporadic though they are, and re-read them over and over.

That is, until “Telegraph Avenue.” It’s been out for two years and a couple of weeks, and I still haven’t finished it. If any writer had published this, I’d have called it bad. For this to come from Michael Chabon, even ignoring the fact that he’s my favorite writer, someone with his depth of talent, it is shockingly awful. There are a bunch of reasons I hate it, but the biggest is that all of the dialogue from African-American characters reads like a white, upper-middle-class guy’s mental image of how they must speak behind whitey’s back, and I just can’t get past it.

But because Chabon is so important to me, I feel like closing the door on “Telegraph Avenue” would be a kind of betrayal. And so, I just don’t read.

My wife has tried to convince me a number of times to just move on, and I can’t let myself do it. I may never read again.

Sanctioned middle-of-the-street drinking is one of my favorite types of drinking.