things of interest...
the movie amelie - i watched this last week. lovely movie. very visually rich, and a fun storyline. rent it. love it. the film makes me want to go to paris. anybody want to come with me? anyone want to front me some cash?
talladega nights: the ballad of ricky bobby - utterly ridiculous and awesome. will ferrell is even more out of control than he was in anchorman. nascar is a pretty easy target. the movie has a good heart in the middle of all the insanity. still, anchorman is my favorite.
this guy was on late night tv two nights in a row. matisyahu - a practicing hasidic jew and a reggae artist - probably chaim potok's alternate plot for my name is asher lev. nevertheless it's catchy music. go listen to him on itunes. i find him intriguing, even though i haven't really listened to reggae since i went through a brief but intense bob marley phase in high school.
i know the holidays are over, but i found the Cavalcade of Bad Nativities after christmas and then i was busy puking, so i'm writing about it now. i mean, marshmallows are a completely appropriate medium to convey the awesomeness of the incarnation. browsing the site is good for wasting a good 5 minutes or so. it should properly offend those who have an artistic nature (much like those wrought iron child figures meant to be garden ornaments that took up space at my old coffee shop for a time).
today i was driving around berkeley with my brother. we browsed at a pawn shop (things in pawn shops: musical instruments, power tools and old jewelry) and got burritos. i have found my new favorite veggie burrito. it had nopales in it, which are from the prickly pear cactus (i just looked that up on wikipedia). come visit and try it for yourself. plus, this is our favorite place because of the quality of the salsa bar. the salsa is really what puts a taqueria over the top for me.
anyway, the whole reason i'm writing about this is what happened when i was dropping him off at a friend's house. i did one of those accelerating through the yellow light at the intersection things. it was close, but not that close. but when i looked in my rear view mirror, i saw a cop car with the lights on about a block behind me. i thought "is that for me? what the heck? it wasn't red." and my stomach sank. i pulled over to the curb and the cop zoomed by. my brother started cracking up and didn't stop for about 5 minutes. he'd yell "that timing was amazing!" and start laughing all over again. i was able to start laughing too once i got over the shock. awful.