Shot Down In the Prime of Their Lives

1. My So-Called Life (1994-95, ABC)
Before Dawson's Creek. Before Freaks and Geeks. The teen drama that gave nerdy Brian Krakow a chance and Angela Chase (Claire Danes) a start. This one-season show was a work of art and stands alone as the one real depiction of teenage life that doesn't include unrealistic dialogue and over-the-top steamy situations. No repetitive love triangles. No "add-a-kids" or "very special episodes". I was seriously depressed when ABC cancelled this show, and I know I'm not alone. Luckily, I now own all 19 episodes in a box set. Thank you, Danny.

2. Homefront (1991-93, ABC)
This is actually the first show that came to my mind when Danny suggested this category. At its airtime, I was a freshman in high school--no job, no car, no life….I used to watch Sisters with my mom every Saturday night. So I thought maybe this was why I remembered it fondly. Then I went to jumptheshark and found out other people felt the same. Homefront is listed among their "never jumped" shows. Anyway, this show was a post-WWII drama starring Kyle Chandler (who I thought was really hot). Previously, Chandler was in the (CBS?) Vietnam drama Tour of Duty, which I regularly watched with my dad. We like our TV.

3. Cupid (1998, ABC)
Since I have already discussed this show in my Jeremy Piven post, I will not continue to bore you with my obsession. Let's just say ABC sucks.

4. Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002-03, Fox)
Rupert Murdock, could you and your minions mess with my mind more, please? This show aired when Danny and I were finishing our college lives in Kirksville, MO. We only got two very fuzzy channels on our 13-inch TV, Fox being the most clear. So the promising commercials for this show sent us into elation--finally, something worth watching! So we watched, we liked, we were sad (they cancelled it). Then, a ray of hope: Fox brought it back. Hooray! For like three episodes. Then, nothing. Poor Andy. Guess you should have stayed with Conan and that obnoxious dog.

5. Win Ben Stein's Money (1997-2001, Comedy Central)
Every day after dinner in the illustrious Centennial Hall cafeteria, my friends and I would watch this hilarious show. Contestants would endure the constant harassment of announcer Jimmy Kimmel as they attempted to beat the "Bueller…Bueller" guy (who turned out to be very smart) in an off-beat trivia game resembling Jeopardy, with categories like "The Poison Ivy League" and "I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha."

Emma's hoody

Emma's hoody

Achtung!

Das flashengamentag!

Omelet!

Carousel photo

Little horse

Click to see a picture of Emma on a carousel.

Satirrific

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

Once again, from HealYourChurchWebSite.com, here's a link to a church web site parody. I especially like the dancing Jesus animated Gif.

Worst church web site ever

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

I'm still in the middle of getting the church web site ready. To get ideas, I've been reading a blog called Heal Your Church Web Site. Today it linked to The Mountain View Lutheran Church of Apache Junction, AZ, and explained why it was poorly designed. I've seen a lot of bad sites, but this one is . . . ugh . . . you'll just have to see it. It's a good example of what I'm trying not to do with the ACC site.

He's good enough, he's smart enough . . .

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

In an effort to try and educate myself before November, I recently read Al Franken's latest book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. It was pretty funny and there were some interesting ideas. Next I want to read something from another perspective. I found a conservative-run site about Franken and his book called lyingliar.com, and I also saw an author on the Daily Show talking about his book, Bush Country. I'm hoping that my library will get this soon, because I don't really want to buy it.

Any other recommendations for me, from either side of this debate? I'd also like to read a book like Franken's but more serious and issue focused. Most of his time is spent trying to point out stupid things that people said or did, and not explaining why their ideas don't work.

He speaks

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

After a few days of using our new Tivo, I think I can safely say we like it. We've got season passes for our favorite shows, so we can watch them whenever we want. We've recorded a few movies, so that's been fun. Yesterday on my day off I finished watching the 1976 version of King Kong. I trust that Peter Jackson will do a much better job with the story than this version. Yesterday we took Emma to a shopping mall that has a carousel. She thought it was pretty fun. Perhaps I'll put some pictures up later. Now for more about the Tivo. I've found what most consider the best guide for adding a hard drive. I'm considering a 200 GB drive and on Pricewatch the cost has gone down a couple of dollars each day for the last few days (today it is $121). Hitachi's release of a 400GB drive is bound to drive prices even lower.

Sorry, no top 5 tonight

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

Due to a continuing bout with a stomach virus, I have nothing to write about. Unless you want to hear the top 5 reasons I hate having the flu. Yeah, I didn't think so. In order to keep your attention, I decided to let you read some ramblings I wrote a few months ago. Enjoy.

Sometimes I feel like all of my life decisions have been made for me. Which is certainly not a bad thing, considering. Exhibit A: boys. Men. Whatever. Two 'official' boyfriends in high school, numerous cheating experiences, all of whom I "knew" were the one. In college, I was ready to pack up and be with one of the male species in a strange city, willing to work at a 7-11 (not a bad job, but…) and finish school at a mediocre university just to be with the one I loved at the time. Luckily, I reconsidered.

Exhibit B: career. I was always obsessed with becoming a news anchorwoman, probably because of the cheap suits and overdone makeup. I honestly don't know what made me think this was a viable career choice, but it makes for a good transition into explaining how I make decisions. I get bored with decisions very easily. At a restaurant, for instance, I will scan the menu and, generally, pick the first thing I see with the word 'spicy' or 'seafood'. By the time the wait staff leaves my table, I have completely forgotten my order--which makes for an embarrassing moment of silence when the aproned woman returns bearing plates. But I digress…

For whatever reason, anchorwoman was my decision. (If you ignore that byline in the kindergarten yearbook where I said, 'ballet dancer'. Wishful thinking, I guess). Stemming from the fact that I began and ended my stint in pre-undergraduate education at a school boasting a whopping three hundred students, Columbia University was out. Heck, Columbia, MO was probably out as well. So I blindly chose Truman State--far enough away from the parents, and it sounded smart. Lots of trivia nerds there, or so I heard. Actually, I had heard nothing about it. So don't feel bad if you haven't either. They are still pulling the 'Harvard of the Midwest' card, though. Ego trip. By my sophomore year, I realized that I hated journalism. I don't mean I had a few bad classes, professors, etc…I actually hated the profession and all that it entailed. Interviewing topped my list of dreaded activities (Hello-that IS journalism.) But since I am not one to change decisions midstream, I kept the major and actually performed quite well, minus not writing for a newspaper or working on the broadcast crew. You might say I ended up at graduation with someone yelling out "Journalism?" and me, looking around cluelessly, finally standing up and saying, "Oh, that's me."

Maybe one of the reasons I can't decide major things is because my head is swimming with minor ones. This is significant because my life is defined by minor moments that occurred somewhere else. I have always been one for trivia; any insignificant fact that a normal person would overlook I take in like it's "All I Ever Needed to Know". And music. Don't get me started. Danny recently brought home an article about a guy who claims to have an iPod in his head. I have a jukebox. Like the ones at Pizza Hut, complete with annoying jingles and that song by the guy who everyone thought was hot until they found out he was gay. Please.

I used to be on the 'nerd bowl' at my high school. Translation: I would voluntarily arrive at the Science building at 7:45 a.m. to drill questions such as, "Who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo"? Alexandre Dumas, in case you were wondering. And yes, I actually knew that, in spite never having read the book.

WAKA

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

"Kickball is awesome." --Collin Young

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