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Too much is not enough

LJ just ate my entry.  GRRRRRRRRRRRR.

1.  Since we settled in to the new apartment, I've made a concerted effort to aggressively pay off my rather sizable credit card debt; I've been automatically paying $100 every week.  This morning I checked my credit card account, just to make sure I had enough room for the hotel we're staying in this weekend... turns out my credit line EXPLODED.  Normally when I get an increase, it's just a few hundred dollars, and that's only once every 8-12 months.  This morning, though, they essentially doubled my current line... which is both fantastic and terrible news.  I mean, it pretty much guarantees that I'll be picking this up today, for the plane ride.  (And it also means that I'll definitely be getting this sooner rather than later, and maybe even something like this.  See?  I'm in trouble already.)

2.   I knew that I needed some new music for the plane... so I downloaded the New Pornographers "Twin Cities", which is amazing, and Elliot Smith's "Either/Or", which I apparently lost some time ago.  The New Pornographers album is fan-fucking-tastic.  I'm not familiar with their earlier albums, but I really liked A.C. Newman's "Slow Wonder", and this new album sounds a bit like that but with some balls. 

3.  I did my xray thing yesterday; drank a whole crapload of that barium stuff, which at first didn't taste that bad (mostly because I had to fast and was thus incredibly thirsty and grateful to drink anything) but ended up doing a number on my stomach for the rest of the day.  Ironic, since my stomach was the subject of yesterday's tests.  Actually, it's kinda good; too often I go to the doctor with stomach problems and when I get there my stomach feels absolutely fine.  I'm glad that they could at least see the damned thing in action.

4.  We have a very early flight tomorrow morning for my cousin's wedding, out in Provo - the most conservative city in the country.  Awesome!  Neither my cousin nor his wife-to-be are in any way conservative - I believe she's an ex-Mormon, though, which is why the wedding's in Utah as opposed to Los Angeles, where they live.  Whatever.  I'm doing fine, anxiety-wise, which is amazing considering how many horrific plane accidents have happened over the last 3 weeks or so.  It'll be nice seeing the extended family again; haven't seen them in about a year.

5.  I saw this on some blog, somewhere... iPod wars.  Instead of playing the "guess the lyrics" game, it's up to you to submit the first 10 shuffled songs on your iPod, and then we get to vote on who has the cooler list.  It's incredibly snobby and elitist, and I would definitely lose as my iPod still can't seem to shake its fixation on Steely Dan, Traffic and Jethro Tull.  However, I don't think I'll be getting that much work done today, so if you want to play along, leave a comment and we'll set this bitch up.

OK, I'll hang my junk out for approval/ridicule in the iPod game.

1. "Color and Light" from the Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park With George", performed by Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin
2. "I Almost Had A Weakness", Elvis Costello
3. "Dogs of Lust", The The
4. "He Liked To Feel It", Crash Test Dummies
5. "La Grange", ZZ Top
6. "Boogie Chillun", John Lee Hooker (out of more than 8000 songs, how crazy that this came up after "La Grange"!)
7. "Rehumanize Yourself", The Police
8. "A Fifth Of Beethoven", Walter Murphy from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack
9. "Tempted", Squeeze
10. "The West County", Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Now, that's a very interesting list of 10. Diverse styles, inclusions of Police and Elvis... I am a closet CTD fan... Bela Fleck is awesome.. the ZZTop/John Lee Hooker combo is bonus-worthy, too.

Here's my 10 for 11:01am...

1. "Clap Your Hands", Tribe Called Quest
2. "Last Call", Outkast
3. "Geek U.S.A.", Smashing Pumpkins
4. "Maggot Brain", Funkadelic
5. "Easy", Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. "Type Slowly", Pavement
7. "Two States (Live)", Pavement
8. "Funky Monks", Red hot Chili Peppers
9. "You Got Me Floatin'", Jimi Hendrix Experience
10. "Lunch With Frankenstein", David Cross

See, that list has some highlights - one of my favorite Pavement songs, for one - but it also has 2 shitty Chili Peppers songs, and the David Cross bit is an intro track, and what have you. I would submit that you win, here.