I ate a very special cupcake today. It had maple-flavored icing on it, and the icing had a strip of chocolate-covered bacon sitting on top. And the whole thing was drizzled with maple syrup. Clearly, this was no average cupcake. This is the kind of cupcake that wars are fought over, the kind of cupcake that people give their lives to defend. I heard about it and immediately skateboarded 14 blocks to the steinhardt building and back just to eat one of these things. I know you’re probably thinking that a copcake that includes meat would be really gross, or at least not legendary, but seriously people….this was the best cupcake I’ve ever had. This is coming from a person who has lived in NYC for about a year and a half and has had numerous encounters with various cupcake places. Noone has the balls to put bacon on their cupcakes, except for my friend who made these ones. This cupcake could bring the world governments to their knees. Medieval poets wrote sonnets about this cupcake. Because it had bacon on it.
I got a chance to see The Decemberists at the Beacon last night, and it was wonderful! They’re another group that I’d never seen before, and the Beacon was as good a place as any to start off. We did have seats way up in the nosebleeds, unfortunately – about five rows from the back wall on the highest balcony. I had to lean forward and peer downwardly for the entire 90 minutes, but it was still a great show. Colin Meloy has a funny stage presence, and I really enjoyed the banter he had with a lot of the band. I’m not an enormously huge Decemberists fan, so I was a little worried that they wouldn’t play too many songs that I knew, but they ended up hitting a lot of them; “July, July”, “The Wanting Comes in Waves”, “O Valencia”, and “Sons and Daughters” were my highlights. They also did “The Chimbley Sweep” and it devolved into this big jam where Colin switched places with the drummer and the drummer came up and played harmonica in the middle of the song. And they did “A Cautionary Tale”, again stopped it halfway, and had some audience members come up onstage and reenact the battle of Trafalgar. Jen, who I went with, was freaking out over the course of the whole show, because apparently she’s in love with Colin. I don’t blame her, he’s a good singer. Great show, though. Unfortunately, I have no photos, as I came straight from a long, snowy day of classes, and I was about fifty feet above the band the whole time.
Let’s change the name of the Beacon Theater to the Bacon Theater.
I also saw Aziz Ansari (aka Raaaaaaaandy) at Think Coffee yesterday. He was just buying a coffee, looking furtive. New York is great.
I went out to breakfast with London this morning. I woke up at 7:30 for some reason, and hung out until about 9:30 when we skated to Silver Spurs. It’s a very tasty place to eat breakfast, especially the bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel. They make their bacon just perfectly every single time, and that’s a very important thing for a breakfast diner to do. As we all know, bacon is the most important food group, as it is delicious, nutritious, and turns any meal into something that you can’t wait to eat. Also, during our trip to and from the restaurant, I avoided looking like an idiot on my skateboard, which is kind of rare for me. This can only mean one thing: I must be improving.
I was feeling very lethargic last night, a state that was only amplified by the fact that I was home alone for a number of hours. I was worried that, due to my mindset, I was going to let the evening get away from me without accomplishing anything. Luckily, when I was in the shower, I (for some reason) had the idea to complete my recording of my one-man version of “Afternoon Delight”, the song they sing in that one scene in anchorman:
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So I spent about two hours last night tracking this with Jen in the room and noises all around my suite, working off of the clip (I didn’t listen to the original recording of the song). Rode NT1-A, Fast Track Pro, Logic Express. Why? Because I can, and because it’s funny to me.
Apparently now this is the kind of thing that I do with my spare time. My singing needs a bit of work…just be glad you’re not hearing the takes I didn’t use. I experimented with tuning in Logic, but it sounded too artificial with the plugin that’s included in Express. So it’s just me with some reverb.
In other news, I practiced my crontab skills last night when I made London’s computer have a spoken conversation with mine at a certain time. I got the idea because Bryant’s computer says the time every hour on the hour, and I thought it would be funny to schedule mine to, about five seconds before the hour, say “Hey Bryant’s computer, what time is it?” So I did that and it was easy, and then got the idea to have my computer talk to London’s. I had them have a silly little conversation, and when London came back and heard it happen for no apparent reason, he was a bit confused and definitely got a kick out of it.
So the point is, I didn’t think I was going to do crap last night and actually ended up accomplishing a few minor things. Today is the day for not doing. Rather, today is the day for Resident Evil 4.