guitarsHeh. You guys were cracking me up with the comments in yesterday’s post. Show of hands, who thinks Calvin should have his own blog? He’d be a shock-blogger, for sure. The innernet needs more shock-bloggers.


So, who watched last night’s season finale of “Life”? Was that not THE SHIT?!?


Did everyone hear about how Kal Penn (Kumar/Dr. Kutner) has left the cast of “House” to become President Obama’s Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison? My immediate thought – I bet George Bush was all jealous that no successful TV actor purposefully had their character killed off just so they could join HIS administration.


Recently, Dyskinesia wrote an entry about cover songs. Pursuant to that entry, I looked through my iTunes to see how many versions of certain songs that I have. Now, this is just the stuff I have on my iPod, it doesn’t count the hundreds of CD’s we have, which contain a lot of examples of albums from both the original artist and the band who did a cover.

“Against All Odds” – versions by Phil Collins and The Postal Service. Preference: Phil Collins.

“Beat It” – versions by Michael Jackson and Fallout Boy. Preference: Fallout Boy.

“Boys of Summer” – versions by Don Henley and The Ataris. Preference: Don Henley.

“Brown Eyed Girl” – versions by Van Morrison and Jimmy Eat World. Preference: Van Morrison.

“Creep” – versions by Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. Preference: it’s a tie.

“Dream On” – versions by Aerosmith and Kelly Sweet. Preference: Aerosmith.

“Eleanor Rigby” – versions by The Beatles and Thrice. Preference: Thrice.

“Every Breath You Take” – versions by The Police and Robert Downey Jr. Preference: well, Sting was in both of ’em, so it’s a tie.

“Faith” – versions by George Michael and Limp Bizkit. Preference: Limp Bizkit.

“Hallelujah” – versions by Jeff Buckley and Brandi Carlile. Preference: Jeff Buckley.

“Have you Ever Seen the Rain” – versions by CCR and Rod Stewart. Preference: CCR.

“In the Air Tonight” – versions by Phil Collins and Nonpoint. Preference: Phil Collins.

“In Your Eyes” – versions by Peter Gabriel and Jeffrey Gaines. Preference: Peter Gabriel.

“Land of Confusion” – versions by Phil Collins and Disturbed. Preference: it’s a tie.

“Loves me Like a Rock” – versions by Paul Simon and Alison Krauss. Preference: Paul Simon.

“Margaritaville” – versions by Jimmy Buffet and Lung Cookie. Preference: Jimmy Buffet.

“Mrs. Robinson” – versions by Simon and Garfunkel and The Lemonheads. Preference: S&G.

“Ring of Fire” – versions by Johnny Cash and Social Distortion. Preference: The Man in Black.

“Shout” – versions by Tears for Fears and Disturbed. Preference: it’s a tie.

“Smooth Criminal” – versions by Michael Jackson and Alien Ant Farm. Preference: Alien Ant Farm.

“Somebody to Love” – versions by Queen and George Michael. Preference: Queen.

“Songbird” – versions by Fleetwood Mac and the one off of the “Love, Actually” soundtrack. Preference: the soundtrack version.

“There She Goes” – versions by Sixpence None The Richer and The La’s. Preference: Sixpence.

“Word Up” – versions by Cameo and Korn. Preference: Korn.

“Where the Streets Have No Name” – versions by U2 and Petshop Boys. Preference: U2.


I am mostly done with the reservations for the various places we’re staying during our trip to the Yellowstone area. Thus far we’re spending one night in Salt Lake City, three nights in Jackson Hole (Teton Village!), two nights in Yellowstone (The Old Faithful Inn! We really lucked out – someone else made a cancellation, so we were able to get in), and one night in Cody (The Cody). Now all we have to do is figure out where we’re going after Cody, and what route we’re taking home. Anybody have an opinion of Colorado Springs CO vs. Grand Junction CO?

We’re going to end up putting between 2,500 and 3,000 miles on our truck, and I’m looking forward to EVERY INCH.

(“That’s what she said!”)



Finally, I already bragged about this over at Operation Goddess, but I guess I’m not done yet. This week I spent 292 minutes on exercise (that’s almost five hours!), during which I burned 2419 total calories – according to SparkPeople’s calculations, which are always low as compared to my heart rate monitor results. But since my HRM needs a new battery, I’m using Spark’s calcs for now. AND I stayed within my calorie goals every day except one (the sushi indulgence night).

People, I’m gonna be HAWT in short order if I keep this up!

Well, hotter than I already am, anyway. Which is Pretty Darn Hot.

(Readers: “Yeah, who’s vain?” Laura: “Hush, you.”)

  1. Kim says:

    Calvin should totally have a blog! I’ve been working on Brian to just write a guest post on mine, but he too shy!
    Have you heard the cover of Careless Whisper by Seether? It’s pretty badass.
    I can’t wait to see the pictures from your upcoming vacation.

    • Laura says:

      Calvin won’t guest post on mine (though he practically does via the comments), either. I even promised to spell check and everything.

      I haven’t heard the Seether version of Careless Whisper! Off to peruse YouTube!

      Trust me, there will be a METRIC TON of pictures. (Aside: is a metric ton bigger than a U.S. ton? Damned metric system.)

  2. crisitunity says:

    It’s true that Sixpence was the best thing that could have happened to “There She Goes”, as charming a song as that was.

    I know I’m totally showing what a horrible human being I am by asking this, but have you heard…oh God…Mariah Carey’s version of “Against All Odds”? It’s actually…awesome.

    [covers herself with tar and feathers]

  3. Wow! A Mariah Carey referenc here…didn’t see that coming on this blog. Next thing you know we’ll be talking about Yanni!!!!!!

  4. iamheatherjo says:

    >>Well, hotter than I already am, anyway. Which is Pretty Darn Hot.

    And you call ME a freak! 😉

  5. Lana says:

    I came to tell you to check out Careless whisper by Seether but Kim beat me to it… And I totally agree it = badass ! Also Kutner’s suicide on House was sad… I thought so anyway… I am hoping they kill off 13 so that the original cast can come back into the group… ( Do you even watch House…? I don’t remember lol ) Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Just posted the Seether song, YOU WERE SO RIGHT. KICK ASS.

      I do still watch House, and I agree, I’d like to see Chase and Cameron more often.

  6. Taoist Biker says:

    Hmm. I’ve gotta check out that Seether cover myself.

    Maybe Heather will back me up on “Low Rider” by Exodus? I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting, but that’s one of my favorite covers.

    (Some guitar dude did an awesome Satriani-esque instrumental cover of it in the early 90s, too, but I never ever caught his name when I heard it on the radio. Gary Hoey has apparently covered it, I’m finding out by searching, so maybe it was him.)

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