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[This entry was written to "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde", which I now FINALLY own.]

1. First things first: STRONGBAD ON DVD!!!! In case you were curious, my birthday is coming up in exactly one month.

2. Second things second: Halo 2 comes out tomorrow. If you are on my friends list and have an Xbox, Xbox Live and Halo 2, then goddammit we gotta have a party. I'll most likely be online all week, except for when I'm playing the single-player.

3. (At some point there will be pictures attached to this entry.)
  • JetBlue: If you know me, you know I hate flying. However, something clicked for me this weekend; I was totally and utterly calm the whole time. If anything, I overprepared - I had brought 3 magazines, 2 books, a Gameboy, a book of crossword puzzles, and a specially-made iPod playlist. As it turns out, though, I didn't need any of that shit. JetBlue was fantastic. The DirectTV thing is awesome - even if you don't watch TV, they have a "LiveMap" that tracks the plane's speed, altitude, and actual physical location, so you can track the flight's progress. I heartily endorse JetBlue and will fly them as often as possible.

  • Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: I started and finished this book on the plane. Totally hilarious - now I understand why Sports Guy wanted to do an e-mail chat with him (I can't find the link for it, but it's most likely INSIDER-ONLY now, which sucks). The most profound thing about it for me, though, is the bit he has on the Dixie Chicks, because in many ways that piece explains why the country voted for George Bush. If you've already read it, read it again and keep that in the back of your mind; if you haven't read it yet, you oughta read it anyway, because it's fucking hilarious.

  • The Drive To The Stanley Hotel: First of all, let's just get this out of the way - I'm not totally sure whether Chicago or Houston is farther west, but that was as far west as I'd gotten until this weekend. When we got into our rental car at Denver International Airport (by the way, that's one huge airport), the Rocky Mountains were right fucking there, and we were driving TOWARDS them. The drive was quite easy, and then we got on 36N through Lyons and into Estes National Park, which was so jaw-droppingly beautiful that I started getting nervous about my ability to focus on the road. Supposedly, the drive along Highway 1 is the most beautiful drive in the country; if that's the case, I'm all for sitting shotgun, because I don't think my brain can handle that much beauty while driving. We took a lot of pictures of this; I'll put 'em up as soon as possible.

  • Stanley Hotel: We were in Colorado for a wedding, and the wedding was held at the Stanley Hotel. The Stanley, among other things, is why Stephen King wrote The Shining - and when you turn on the TV in your hotel room there, it defaults to a non-stop Shining marathon. This is cool, until you learn that the hotel is actually haunted, and then everything becomes slightly creepy. However, it's got 360 degrees of staggering beauty.

  • The Wedding: I'll let the pics speak for themselves; this was one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever been to. Also, incredibly expensive.

  • Altitude Sickness: About the only negative about the trip was getting altitude sickness; I was exhausted/dehydrated for pretty much the entire trip, and what made it worse was that I couldn't get more than 2 hours of sleep a night. Next time Kath and I go out there, we'll make sure we stay long enough that we get over it. Not a terrible drag, but certainly annoying.
You were in Denver and you didn't let me take you out for a drink? WTF mate? ;-)

Glad you enjoyed it here! My parents got sick while they were here three weeks ago and didn't get over it until well after they'd gone home. It took me a good month to get used to it when I first moved out here. Stupid elevation, anyway!
1. Well, technically we were at the airport - that was probably as close as we got.

2. Kath and I are planning on going to Boulder next year - we'll certainly send out some advance warning next time!
We watched The Shining on election night. I guess I don't have to tell you which was scarier but...

Wow, that's really cool. So did you, um, visit the nice lady in Room 237?
heeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny
Funny you should mention that. There is no Room 237, although there is a 236 and a 238. However, there is a Room 217, which is what's in the book; Kubrick changed it for the movie (presumably because the owners of the hotel thought noone would ever rent 217 after seeing the film).
Re: heeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny
I'm impressed that you investigated this. That's very strange, though. I wonder where they actually shot the film - or if it was all studio interiors.
Re: heeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny
The exteriors were shot at a hotel in Portland, Oregon, and the interiors were shot on sets in London.
Re: heeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny
I've been hyping the Bunnies for months!
You are dead-on with the Dixie Chicks essay from the Klosterman book. I read that with the exact same mindset as you. Grande depresso, to go.