Damn, the things end-of-year lists make you think about.

My younger brothers used to be this guy. They weren’t music Nazis, really. More … so sui generis from jumpstreet. No one’s tastes ever change. What drives them is the same as it ever was, just more refined and focused and specific. It took them some time to start running across more of the things they were always temperamentally disposed toward. Days like today, I wish they were messing with Last.fm so I could razz ’em about what they were listening to for pleasure, not what they had to play in their radio/club gigs.

Much better mood today. Give me a window to look out of and realize it’s raining. Chinese food (on Christmas at the only open place for blocks and blocks. Show me empty streets, an even cheerier sight than the skating rink by the library that had a few forlorn clumps of people under umbrellas, figuring out whether it was open or not. Let me stumble across a previously-unread Kelley Polar interview. Let me luck into a relatively short grocery store line before its early closing time and stumble across a nice chardonnay recommendation.

I am not fucking with Christmas, so why is Christmas fucking with me?

“Everybody wants to be/Scroogy, Scroogy!” It’s the season of good will and charity toward folks, but I am filled with ill will and uncharitable thoughts.

It’s not other people saying “Merry Christmas” to me. I just sort of hear the words and think “Oh, that’s nice.” Maybe a look drifts over me, a subvocalization made visible, about how Christmas isn’t worth a turd wrapped thrice around the bottom of the (pick one: toilet or punch) bowl if you haven’t been nice to other people the other ~365 days.

It’s not having to work tonight or Christmas day (or New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day, either). There’s always been something immensely satisfying about the rest of the world dropping out of sight and hunkering at homes, off the streets and out of my hair, and being part of a team of people handling something of the life behind the visible holiday. My fondest holiday memory, for real? 1989, the number, another winter, sound of a drugstore all-nighter, Muzak hittin’ me hard ’cause you know I stocked shelves (brothers and sisters)!

Maybe it’s just the year. Thank goodness it’ll all be over soon.

‘Cause the suburbs aren’t suiting me, obviously

Rowhouse ‘Hood
You scored 27 out of 40 on urban-rural and 27 out of 40 land intensity.
People know you as: The Bohemian Gentrifier
Quote: “That crack house just needed a little paint.”

Your score indicates that you are a city-dweller of the old-school. You like a dense, finely grained neighborhood with restaurants, churches and brothels all on the same block. Although you’ve never spoken to him personally, you know that guy Eddie down the street is a pimp and you’re sure to tell your lame suburban friends about him at every opportunity, just to freak them out.

The bad news is that as more and more people like you move into your neighborhood it gradually becomes less cool and more expensive. Enjoy things while you can, because in 5 years you’re going to have to move to the next ‘hood uptown.

Examples of places you should live: Baltimore, Philadelphia

All Categories
Secluded Hideaway / Farm or Ranch / Small Town / Little City / Suburb / Streetcar Suburb / Rowhouse ‘Hood / Downtown Loft

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 66% on urban-rural
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You scored higher than 75% on land intensity

Link: The Where Should You Live Test written by TwelveFloorsUp on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Mostly counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right? No, that’s “close” …

Mostly Straight
You scored 38 (-52 being completely gay, 0 being bisexual, and 52 being completely straight)
You are mainly heterosexual, but you have a few homosexual qualities. You much prefer the opposite sex, but you have a mild interest in the same sex. If you disapprove of homosexuality, it is likely that you act overly straight to deny your slight gay tendencies. If you are comfortable with your sexuality, you might be up for experimenting with members of the same sex if given the opportunity. If you are sexually inexperienced, you could shift on the spectrum at a later time depending on whether you have sexual encounters with the same sex and whether or not you like those encounters.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 50% on Orientation

Link: The Sexuality Spectrum Test written by tall_man_54 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

This is where you all get to laugh at me in unison instead of harmony.

Vanilla
You are in the 32 percentile of kinkiness!
What can we say? You’re vanilla! Plain, traditional, and available at any supermarket. You are pure of mind and body (or you are a bold faced liar). You keep your thoughts clean and yourself innocent. That’s something you can be proud of, but don’t expect to attract the wild and exotic type.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 24% on kinkypoints

Link: The Kink Test written by Renee1983 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Ah, monogamy, I remember ye well

Wild Thing
34 Reserved, 86 Kinky
Sex is more than just physical. It is one of the ways to build an emotional bond between two people. Sex gives adults the opportunity to act like children again. You know how to enjoy kinky sex. You may have problems finding a lover equally adventurous that isn’t a slut or a womanizer. But with time and affection the nicest lady and most refined gentleman can become as wild in bed as you are. Communication is the key.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 30% on Reserved
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You scored higher than 62% on Kinky

Link: The Monogamous Kinky Lovers’ Test written by nikki1970 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

De rigueur seven-song meme

“Agua,” Sisé
probably the hottest track on “More Shine”
“Ashamed of Myself,” Kelley Polar
Pitchfork Media review made me aware of it; beats out “Here in the Night” by a nose
“Bourgie Bourgie,” Gladys Knight & the Pips
didn’t know it started life as an Ashford & Simpson instrumental till J.Knox radioblogged it
“Clark Gable,” the Postal Service
plaintive like a motherfucker
“(Don’t) Give Hate a Chance,” Jamiroquai
discoriffic
“Every Generation,” Ronnie Laws
used to play on WHUR back home; it’s nice to see I didn’t hallucinate it (update: part of J.Knox’s latest radioblog, of course)
“Wichita Lineman,” the Meters
blogged it back in July; slowdanced to it at the bar last night

What’s Italian for “I am 12”?

First co-worker: Whew, I’m going home. See you all tomorrow! …
Second co-worker: Buona sera!
First co-worker: … I don’t know what that means.
Second co-worker: It means “Good evening.”
First co-worker: I knew a “buona” had to be good.
Me: has aneurysm at desk
First co-worker: What’s so funny?