Over the weekend I needed to look through an old, old diary for something on Grooves N Jams. It felt like a mirror to the mind of a serial killer. Here is my former self:
"July 21, 1997
I was watching Beach MTV tonight. And I like to believe in psychic powers and zen and that sort of stuff. So every night I sit and think about the Wallflowers. So if I think about them enough they’ll show ‘em. I never took it seriously though (even though they show ‘em every night) ‘cause MTV’s pretty into “The Difference.” But Caitlin asked me to try it for Hanson. I’ve tried Hanson before and it hasn’t really worked. But I changed my game plan and thought of every bit of Hanson that popped into my head. Well, it worked. I’ll start taking this stuff a little more seriously.”
I read this AV Club interview with Stone Gossard last week and came away from it liking him so much that I actually wanted to listen to Pearl Jam. Before this weekend I don’t think I’d ever heard the uncensored version of “Jeremy,” which made it surprisingly electrifying hearing the word “fuck” in place of the usual silence. Then I watched their 20th anniversary documentary, which contains this moment I plan to treasure forever:
When Pearl Jam took on Ticketmaster they testified during a congressional hearing. The documentary is edited so you get some contextual preamble and then Stone Gossard’s testimony and then some congressional rebuttal including from this Congresswoman:
at whom Stone Gossard makes this face:
I love this because how often do you get a woman talking down to a grown man like she’s his grandmother, and how often are you then privy to this look of genuine surprise? Though deep down I know this was just satisfying editing from Cameron Crowe, it’s still fun to think you’re witnessing a lightbulb moment; that Stone Gossard suddenly gets it.
Told from a child’s perspective, “The Developer” is a musical short film by Samsung featuring Lionel Messi and the hit single “Royals” by Lorde.
A mysterious stranger arrives in a low income neighborhood and captures the imaginations of the children who live there. He is “The Developer” and the children view him with a deep suspicion.
Together with his Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear, the Developer effortlessly masterminds a secret construction project. Using the latest in Samsung technology including Action Memo, Pen Window, Scrapbook and hands-free call capability on the Gear, the Developer orchestrates and executes his mysterious mission.
The children watch in awe. They reflect on their current situation by singing Lorde’s breakout hit “Royals,” a song about overcoming her own humble beginnings.
The spot concludes with a beautiful new pitch that has been constructed in the toughest part of town. The Developer is revealed to be the world’s reigning football star, Lionel Messi, fulfilling his personal mission to help under privileged children.
The events in this story are a dramatic retelling of actual projects completed by the Messi Foundation. The film was directed by Adam Hashemi.
This weekend my Jewel was out of lemons. Not just the cheap 50 cents per lemons, but also the 10 lbs bags of lemons and the $2 per organic lemons. Two weeks ago they were out of all forms of fresh garlic aside from something called “elephant garlic” which looks exactly like the name sounds. During these times, you can’t rely on the safety and predictability of the store cooked rotisserie chicken. One might not always be available for purchase and re-decorating. I had planned on making roasted grapes to serve with ricotta on toast, but I bought concord grapes (the kind of grapes with seeds) and had to change course. I made grape jelly AND THEN I MADE THE MCMORGAN. Have you ever noticed that sometimes the McDonald’s staff provides tubes of grape jelly when you order a sausage biscuit? It’s not in error. The McMorgan is born of this suggestion.
1 package sausage (Italian, mild? I’m sure it hardly matters, just don’t use the turkey kind), browned and crumbled, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 brick of cheddar, sliced
1 baguette, divided (I divided 6 times)
Combine ingredients to make a sandwich. If you’re feeling extra-Mc, then fuck the lettuce.
Italian Chicken Salad
Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I buy a store cooked rotisserie chicken from Jewel and then make a week’s worth of meals from it. (Please, judge me! I wish you would!) This week I made up something I like to call “Italian Chicken Salad,” a recipe I’m particularly proud of because it stays true to the cheap thrills of the store cooked rotisserie chicken.
Combine in a large-ish container:
1 store cooked rotisserie chicken, de-boned and chopped (or 1 lb of cooked, chopped boneless, skinless chicken breasts if you’re not into the entire premise of this recipe)
1/2 C giardiniera
5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, chopped (ironically, I like the roast the pepper myself)
1/4 C red onion, chopped
2 T parsley, chopped
2 t red wine vinegar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 T mayonnaise
1 t oregano
1 t paprika
Mix well and serve on bread or lettuce.