With the weather turning the corner over the weekend and Steve's Word back in the saddle, we thought this might be a good time to switch up some of our Monday Hangover Questions. I know you must be aghast at this, but it's true; something in our bones told us that everyone answering the "what were you most looking forward to getting away from" question with "work" wasn't all that exciting. Also, since our people generally refused to answer the question about their sex life, or totally misinterpreted it, we've decided to rotate that one out too. In the place of those are a few new questions which hopefully will be as answerable as they are humorous.
• What were you most looking forward to this weekend?
Sitting in the sun and drinking beer. Check and check.
• Any updates to your Netflix queue?
I added the BBC miniseries State of Play, what the movie is based on because it's supposed to be great and I've never seen it. In theory this would mean seeing the film too, since so few major motion pictures are made for adults and I try to support the ones that actually are, but I have a feeling with the summer blockbuster season about to begin, Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren will soon be removed from a theater near you.
• How's that major life decision going?
Not well. I just can't seem to make much headway. Maybe next weekend.
• Which story from the current news cycle is bugging you?
Is it weird that I'm already bored by the swine flu story? Does that make me callous? Really, I (and my people) should feel vindicated, this is the best reason yet to entirely avoid pigs. I shouldn't be joking since matters of public health are serious and whatnot, and it's somewhat unnerving, but really, how many animals do we have to worry about at this point? Between avian flu, mad cow disease and now swine flu, we're living in a fucking nursery rhyme of disease. And it makes me laugh.
• What was the single most annoying thing you had to deal with this weekend?
Even though it was clearly necessary, hauling all my summer clothing out from the back of the closet was such a pain in the ass. It only took like ten minutes, but I can't get those back. Jeez, thanks a lot nice weather.
• What was the biggest disappointment of the weekend?
The Mets falling apart yesterday and giving a game away to a crappy Washington Nationals team. This whole season has been a disappointment, but that game really hurt. The Mets just didn't seem like they wanted to play at all and that really blows.
• Review a TV Episode, Movie, Book, Article, Restaurant (or Meal), or Sporting event.
Ok, so I've never seen it on my television, but now I've watched two clips from Britain's Got Talent on youtube and I'm going to now offer you my completely uninformed take on the show. First, Simon Cowell needs to go away. It's just enough. The ridiculous hair, those retarded tight black t-shirts. Just can it already. Second, these people are liars. If, in its entire run (and I don't know how long that's been) Britain's Got Talent has only produced two people talented enough to make a blip on the pop culture radar, then it seems to me that Britain indeed does not have talent. Not to be too judgmental or anything. Maybe the show should be a question? Also, that kid who's the new Susan Boyle should be really happy he wasn't born three hundred years earlier because he'd be a castrati right now.
• Did you leave your town?
I didn't leave my town, or my borough or my neighborhood.
• What's the funniest thing you heard or saw this week?
Had to be my three year old cousin expounding on her love and admiration for NPR's Brian Lehrer. Ok, she didn't really explain too much, but she did say his name over and over for a solid thirty minutes.
• What's the unfunniest thing you witnessed this week?
Nothing. The past two days were a fucking laugh riot.
• Did you do anything this weekend you've never done before? If, "yes", summarize.
I drank scotch while playing Shoots and Ladders with a five year old. He wasn't drinking. Also, I beat him which got me in trouble with my girlfriend, but what could I do? It's a game of chance and I landed on that big ladder that makes you jump half the board. It's not like there was a way I could avoid it. Stop judging me.
• "Just throwing that out there." Go ahead, just throw something out there. Anything. Anything at all.
Aside from the random Knick game or occasional NBA on ABC Sunday game that I flipped to during a commerical break of something else, I've watched no pro basketball this season. But, it's the playoffs and I decided to tune in and there were some great games amid a post-season of really interesting subplots. And then it dawned on me. Playoff basketball is fun because it's a dogfight and it's a game of adjustments. This is what the whole season should be. Regular season basketball is boring because teams never have to adjust, they go out and do what they do and win or they don't. That makes the whole thing boring in a way cured by the playoffs. Also, there's way too many games.
Come on, Eldrick.