Friday, February 24, 2012

My Annual Oscars Rant

Dear Planet Earth,

The Oscars are not a popularity contest. The Oscars awards given by the film industry for artistic and scientific (yes, scientific) achievement in film. If you want to watch an awards ceremony for movies that were really popular, may I suggest the People's Choice or MTV Movie Awards? If you don't like the Oscars, don't care about the movies and film industry professionals who were nominated, and don't want to sit through a three-hour event, then just don't watch it. No one is forcing you to turn your tv to ABC on Sunday night. Pop in a movie from Redbox, or watch a different channel. And do all of us who do care about the Oscars a favor: stop whining, and leave us alone.

Sincerely,

Fans of the Oscars

56 Songs On My Road Trip Playlist

In no particular order, they are...

1. Rockin' Down The Highway - Doobie Brothers
2. I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Haggar
3. Violet - Savage Garden
4. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi
5. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts
6. Take It Easy - The Eagles
7. Real Gone - Sheryl Crow
8. Every Day Is A Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
9. Steve McQueen - Sheryl Crow
10. Keep The Faith - Bon Jovi
11. Desert Rose - Sting
12. Route 66 - John Mayer
13. Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic ( Yes, I listen to the whole thing.)
14. Holiday Inn - Elton John
15. My Father's Gun - Elton John
16. Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
17. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
18. Smooth - Carlos Santana feat. Rob Thomas
19. Raise Your Glass - Pink
20. Amoreena - Elton John
21. Country Comfort - Elton John
22. Love For Sale - Bon Jovi
23. Hotel California - The Eagles
24. So What - Pink
25. Running On Empty - Jackson Browne
26. Layla - Eric Clapton
27. Harmony - Elton John
28. Empty Sky - Elton John
29. Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
30. In God's Country - U2
31. Trip Through Your Wire U2
32. Té Dejo Madríd - Shakira
33. 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
34. Chicago - Kate Voegele
35. We Built This City - Starship
36. Ventura Highway - America
37. I Got A Name - Jim Croche
38. America - Simon and Garfunkel
39. Jump - Van Halen
40. Old Time Rock n Roll - Bob Seeger
41. The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota - Weird Al Yankovic
42. Respect - Aretha Franklin
43. Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
44. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
45. America - Neil Diamond
46. Paradise City - Guns N Roses
47. Marco Polo - Loreena McKennitt
48. Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi
49. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
50. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
51. The City Of New Orleans - Steve Goodman or Arlo Guthrie
52. Go Cubs Go - Steve Goodman (it's a family thing - we're Cubs fans)
53. Get Over It - The Eagles
54. Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
55. Blaze Of Glory - Bon Jovi
56. Alice's Restaurant  -  Arlo Guthrie


Friday, January 27, 2012

Why I'm A Homebound Gypsy

I have a lot of fantasies about almost every kind of travel. Route 66 by motorcycle, the U.K. by train, Eastern Europe with a backpack, and the Greek islands by yacht top my list.

The sad truth? I don't have a passport, don't have the funds, and have never been further out of the country than Tijuana, Mexico (back in 2002 when it was safe enough to visit). The most exotic place I've ever been is Honolulu, Hawaii, and quite frankly, most of that was on someone else's dime.

True, I've been places. New York, Chicago, L.A.,  and San Francisco, for example. The problem is that some were back when was single, and the others were pre-economic crisis.

What depresses me most some days is that I never knew I would be interested in backpacking across Europe or traveling cross-country by bus until about a year ago. My husband and I were considering an overnight hiking trip, and I searched Google for a suggested list of items to take. I ended up on a website about the *other* kind of backpacking,  -- http://travelindependent.info/index.htm --which led to travel blogs, and I've been obsessed ever since.

Now I am 32, fat, boring, with a husband, 2 kids, a mortgage, and a guilty conscience that kicks in any time I start harboring fantasies about said backpacking-across-Europe trip. I discovered it too late in my life. By the time my kids are grown, my bills manageable, and my guilty conscience faded, I will be 50.

I'm not giving up, but I am willing to face the reality that family trips to Disneyland, maybe 1 more time to Chicago, and various cheapy local trips, are probably it for me. No Spain, Greece, Croatia, or Isle of Mann. My only hope for significant income is becoming a published novelist, and any writer with an adequate sense of reality knows how likely that is. So, for now, I travel via travel blogs, travel memoirs, Google Earth, and the Travel Channel. And that's ok, I guess.