Shatner, Eat Your Heart Out

November 30, 2009

So here it is: the second-to-last post of the Sober Movember variety. I’m approximately 29 hours and 45 minutes from having my first sip of that sweet, sweet (well, in all likelihood, incredibly bitter) beer. I’ve been going back and forth for the last few days as to what my first sip is going to be: Bridgeport’s winter brew, Ebenezer, or their splendid ultra-IPA Hop Czar, or Widmer Brothers’ BRRR!, or Full Sail’s Sessions Lager (which our bar got specifically for the three of us to drink) or, or, or…

 Spalding: I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips—

Judge Smails: Spalding! You’ll get nothing and like it!

 Fine, fine, I know. I’ll have plenty of time to rediscover all these brews in due time. I’m just…just…excited. What’s that old corny phrase? “If you love something, set it free, and if it comes back, it’s meant to be”? Something like that. Well, guess what, booze? I’m coming back, baby. I missed you. Did you miss me? Let’s be friends forever!

 A lot of people find it difficult to believe that I actually have gone what-will-be a month without a sip of alcohol. I mean, there’s no accountability here. I’m not sending in piss-tests, nor is there a webcam on me 24 hours a day, so how does anyone know that I’m not drinking my ass off and lying to all your lovely faces? It’s all about the honor system, and as much as I would like to have that money, I can’t take it without earning it. I have morals? Whoa, no way! It’s hard to believe for some of you, I know. Just don’t tell anyone—it’ll ruin my street cred.

 I don’t know if I’ll keep writing regularly after this. I mean, yeah, I miss writing regularly, but it’s definitely been a drain on me the last few weeks. I only have so much to write about. Plus, the less I write, the more you jerks will appreciate it when I do. So stay tuned, but don’t hold your breath, if that makes sense.

 Here’s your mustache.

 Don't be jealous of my elegance.

She packed my bags last night, pre-flight.

Zero hour, Nine Aye Em,.

And I’m gonna be HIGGHHHHHH as a kite by then.

I miss the Earth so much, I miss my wife.

It’s lonely out in space

On such a timeless flight

 Look up Shatner’s spoken-word version of this on Youtube. It’s life-altering.


Gobble. Fuckin’. Gobble.

November 26, 2009

I’m not going back home to dear old Indiana for either holiday this year. I spent a metric fuckton (which, by the way, is 103 metric shittons and 2.783 x 104 English turd-loades) going back east for the weddings and homecoming (both on airfare and booze, naturally), so I can’t really afford to go back again. Thankfully, my parents are coming out here for Christmas, so they’ll get to experience the joy of it not being quite cold enough to snow, but still getting a plethora of wind, rain and just-above-freezing temperatures. So they got that goin’ for ‘em…which is nice.

 Howie’s family is taking me in today, much as they did on Christmas Eve last year. The main difference between this year and last is that I am still, to this day, astonished that Howie and I made it home alive from Christmas Eve. We. Were. Drunk. Later on that evening, we got thrown out of the only bar open in Howie’s pohdunk little town because I was trying to give some girl my number, didn’t have a pen, and went behind the bar to get one. Turns out, that’s a no-no. Luckily, as I was being escorted out, I remembered that I had my business cards in my wallet (the only legitimate use of such things) and threw one at her as I went out the door*. As I stood outside, waiting for my asshole friends, smoking a cigarette and calling who I believe was Ms. Maggie E Tiernan to tell her that I had gotten thrown out of a bar on Christmas Eve, out came my buddy Mike. He had done the same damn thing for a coaster. Shortly thereafter, out came Howie. What had he done? Nothing. But his two moron friends had done something, so they just threw him out for good measure. This is what friends are for.

I’m bringing the Apple Pie and the whiskey to Thanksgiving. I’m using a long, until-now secret family recipe for the pie. I’m going to share the recipe with you—don’t tell anyone! You saw it here first, folks.

Step 1:

Go to the store.

Step 2:

Buy a damn pie.

Step 3:

Go home.

Step 4:

Eat pie, possibly with ice cream.

And now that I’ve given away the last of the Roland family secrets, here’s your holiday-appropriate mustache.

 

*She never called the guy who got thrown out trying to hit on her. Shocker, I know.


What Will Your Daddy Do…

November 25, 2009

…when he finds your mommy kissing Santa Claus?

There’s only one reason to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and that’s Die Roten Rosen’s “…wir Warten Auf’s Christkind” album. When I lived with Huizenga—who, by the way, might very soon be an employee of my company—he introduced me to it. It’s a German punk-rock Christmas album. Just take my word for it and download the album. You’ll never hear a more tear-jerking “Oh Tannenbaum,” not because it’s so good—because it’s so deliciously bad.

Well, I got some good motivation (other than being sick) to quit smoking. Somehow, some way, I got talked into doing a half-marathon in May, so I had better get my ass in gear. It’ll be good for me, but I know I’m going to hate myself every step of the way. My boss, Neal, astonishes me: he does this race called Hood to Coast every year, which is a relay race from Mt Hood to Seaside, OR. You know how much training he does before it? Zero. The man plays co-ed indoor soccer on Sundays, and that’s it. I’ll be lucky to walk this half-marathon if I don’t start now.

And now, in completion of the Muppets blog-post trifecta, this made my day yesterday:

I got one final shave in to end the month this morning. Please take note of how quickly my chin has kicked my upper lip’s ass.

 


The Boss

November 23, 2009

There’s a running joke (one for which I don’t particularly care) between my parents and myself. It involves the last thing any child wants to hear from their parents—the story of my conception. Here’s what I wrote in February of this year on my old blog:

Often times, your personal traits and characterstics are from sources unknown. Maybe you have an inkling of a clue as to where or what formed that trait, but for the most part, you are who you are and it’s hard to tell where you got *you* from. If there’s one aspect of my life where I do know the source, however, it’s my hair-trigger gag-reflex aversion to Bruce Springstein.

About a month ago, my mom called me. We were just chit-chatting about whatever, and she says to me “Hey, did you see the Bruce Springstein is doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl?” “Yeah, so?” Well, I guess it’s just different for me, but I was excited. You know…you were conceived after a Bruce Springstein concert.” “I’m getting off the phone now.”

I was doing well last night. We had won free stuff at the bar, and I had drank enough by halftime to almost, *almost* forget about that little tidbit my mom had shared with me. Hell, I was even watching the halftime show. And then my phone rang. “Hello?” Mom and Dad: “TRAMPS LIKE US! BABY WE WERE BORN TO RUNNNNNNNNNN!!!” I proceeded to spend the rest of the game drinking at a furious pace in order to try to force the image of my conception out of my head. GROSS.

I’ll just say that I ended the night with a $90 bar tab and a cab-ride home. Mission: accomplished.

Well, as I mentioned vaguely in my haikus a few days ago, I got a turntable for free, and am now spinning some sweet 33’s on a nightly basis. As it turns out, Ross had some old records stashed away somewhere including such great hits as “Smurfing Sing Song” and “The Smurfs All-Star Show” to name a few. And when I say “a few others,” I mean Springstein’s “Born to Run” album. When I came in last night, he had “Born to Run” cranked up as loud as it would go. I think I had told him the aforementioned story before, and he was doing it to spite me because I said I’d be running around the apartment naked when Carolyne, his girlfriend, gets here on Tuesday. Suffice it to say that I tore the record off of there with a classic SKREEEEEETCH on the record player. Not that exciting, I know. But I’m running on fumes in the funny-stuff-to-talk-about department. Man, don’t you hate it when comics recycle old material?

OHHOLYSHIT! I saw a Delorian the other day. I don’t really have anything else to say on the matter other than that I was disappointed that he wasn’t driving 88mph.

Alright, it’s time to regroup. I’ll come back with something more entertaining tomorrow. And how, here’s your moment of Zen mustache.


That’s the Name of the Game

November 22, 2009

Sober Movember is, supposedly, a three-pronged attack of self-awareness. Part one was to embarrass myself on a daily basis by giving everyone an excuse to say “Hey man, I think you got some dirt on your upper lip.” Twenty-two days in, I think we can consider this one a success. Check. If I weren’t so full of myself my self-esteem would be in the shitter by now.

Secondly, it was to prove to myself (and, I suppose, all y’all who read this) that I can do something I haven’t done regularly since my freshman year of college: have fun without drinking. I think this one can, thus far, be considered a success as well. I’ve gone to a Blazer game, the best concert of my life, DD’d for the first time (I think) since I turned 21 (and actually enjoyed it), hung out with a bunch of damn rednecks and not drank a half-rack of Busch Light in the process, met new people, gotten a lot of reading done and most importantly, generally enjoyed life. So let’s put a check-mark next to that one.

The third and final prong of said attack, to carry on this weak military-strategy metaphor, came around my flank and bit me right in my ghetto ass. I was supposed to see how much money I saved by not drinking for a month. I mean, I can do some quick math: $7 at the bar after work four days a week ($112), usually $20-30 on redneck weekends and $50-75 on downtown weekends ($140-210) for a maximum total of about $325 per month. So we’re talking a decent chunk of change—enough to pay for most of a plane-ticket back east if I had the vacation time to go back every month. It’s also slightly more than my monthly car-payment. However, there was one factor I didn’t take into account: if I want to have fun, I still have to spend money, and Holy Fuckin’ Moses did I spend some cash. Thank god I have four years of college under my belt and remember how to survive 10 days under the poverty line.

So, lesson learned? Keep drinking. I actually spend less money when I’m out making a scene somewhere in the greater Portland-metro area. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Naturally, there were extenuating circumstances leading to my broke-osity, but if Fox News can, um, spin news about what’s going on in the country, then I can spin news about myself if I damn well please. You came here to hear the latest and greatest Jeff Kennedy news, and as editor-and-chief, director, producer, interviewer and interviewee, and I’m more than happy to provide a fair and balanced perspective to you all—but I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop deluding myself.

We’re in the home-stretch of the most mustachioed and least drunk month of Anno Domini 2009. I can now start saying things like “A week from Tuesday, my upper lip is going to be slightly colder than usual, and I can’t wait,” or “In eight days, I’m going to drink two beers and slur my words as I call everyone to celebrate with me.” This makes me happy. Don’t get me wrong—it’s been enjoyable thus far, and will continue to be, but sometimes you just want a beer. And as I sit here watching the Colts possibly choke away a game (12:13 left in the 4, 14-12 Colts with the Ravens in the redzone), listening to my roommate cheer every time the Ravens do something well or, as is much more often the case with him, every time the Colts fuck something up, I want a goddamn beer.

And now, here’s a mustache and asian chick interlude.

For the record, yes, that is a piece of art we have hanging in our apartment. We found it on the street and knew it must be ours. We’re extra classy.


I Think I’m Going Japanese, I Think I’m Going Japanese, I Really Think So…

November 20, 2009

Big red stamp: “LOSE WEIGHT,”

—Report from work’s health screener.

I’m fat? Big shocker.

 

Health screeners give cash,

Tell you your obvious flaws.

Used cash to buy smokes.

 

Got free turntable,

Bought three albums on vinyl.

Swanky, Kennedy.

 

Like the hipsters say,

“It just sounds better on vinyl.”

I sadly concur.

 

Turntable spinning

“Let’s Get it On” – Marvin Gaye.

Chicks really dig it.

 

Mustache getting long,

Sadly, shall never be thick.

Fuck you, Movember.

 

Twelve-One: beer in hand,

Razor ready to cleanse lip.

Bad combination?

 

 


Add It to the List

November 17, 2009

A list thus far of reasons why I’m looking forward to being able to drink a beer again:

1) When we were at Howie’s on Saturday, it just felt natural for me to reach for the flask of whiskey that was getting passed around. Ergo, this month is unnatural and should be stopped.

2) My favourite TV show of all time, Scrubs, has new episodes on December 1st. This should be celebrated. I just hope it doesn’t suck.

3) The fact that I made it a month sober at all should be celebrated, as a matter of fact.

4) I feel bad leaving the roomie with a lot less fun things to do on the weekend without me being his intoxicated, incredibly charming wingman.

5) Work.

I haven’t been particularly thrilled with my job recently. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and the people here. But it’s been rough for the last few months. Constant pressure, no room for error—the usual kind of bullshit that someone just out of college espouses when he’s having trouble at work. But at the end of the day, when people asked me how I felt about work, all I could say was that I love my job and my company.

My boss’s boss, Dean, is the kindest, most fair boss anyone could ask for. The man’s level-headed and makes rational, fair decisions, but will also put his foot in your ass if you need it. He’s made a big impact as to how I view working, and definitely helped me come to love the company I work for, even if I may not love every day working here.

And they’re transferring him.

More importantly, they’re transferring him and bringing in someone whose philosophy of management isn’t, well, isn’t exactly the same as Dean’s. I’ve had a few encounters with the man, and none of them have been pleasant. I’ll stop there before I put my foot in my mouth. As it turns out, his official start date is December 1st. You’d better damn well believe I’m gonna be drunk.

Now maybe I’m just being a pessimist and he’ll come in and work wonders in this plant. Our production will turn around and he’ll instil a sense of teamwork and camaraderie. But I’m not holding my breath, despite the photographic evidence to the contrary below.