So, I think now that it's October, it's officially time to wave goodbye to a long, hot, ridiculous summer. Somehow, I made it through without an air conditioner, which would be noble if the air conditioning industry was controlled by Nazis or something. But, since it isn't, we'll just chalk that up to stubbornness and stupidity, two things rarely in short supply at my own personal Disgraceland.
In any case, even though this may have been my all-time least favorite summer, perhaps I should focus on the good things about this past summer. Or at least try. So here's ten good things about the summer of 2005:
1. The Avett Brothers at Joe's Pub (NYC), Rittenhouse Square Park (Philly, PA), and Mexicali Blues (Teaneck, NJ)
2. Willie Aames losing his shit on "Celebrity Fit Club 2"
3. Taking a picture with Corey Feldman at 10 p.m. in which he was wearing his sunglasses
4. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (the movie, not an actual one) and the conversation with a senior citizen on line to buy a ticket for said movie
5. R. Kelly and the most confusing five minutes in MTV history
6. Jimmy Sturr and the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra (Binghamton, NY, Spiedie Fest 2005) and the 20-minute film, "Everett Goes Sturr Crazy," inspired by the show
7. Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris singing "Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet" (Central Park, NYC)
8. Cooperstown, NY, and the Baseball Hall of Fame's Grandstand Theater
9. Scott Miller and the Commonwealth (Iota, Arlington, VA)
10. Meeting "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig
There's a few others, but I'll stop there.
Now, bring on the fall. Quick, before it starts snowing again.