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Posted on 2006.09.24 at 15:14
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: Nemesis
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Knowing I didn't have any shoes that wouldn't leave me dead at the end of these 16-hour days I'll be working in D.C., I thought back to the Justin Ropers I used to wear, and wondered if I could find them in a dress brown I could wear with my khacki slacks - and if I could find them in Missouri. galinda822 suggested, "Chuck's Boots" in Fenton, and as my wife wanted to get out of the house for awhile, I loaded her and the kids up for our excursion.

Chuck's Boots doesn't have a web page, so I took a gamble that they'd be open today. They were (only after 12:00 noon) and I found the most beautiful pair of Justin Ropers I've ever seen - Marbled Chestut. I put them on and felt...Texan. Missed the turn and ended up at the Joyce Meyer Ministries Headquarters to turn around. I used to listen to her a lot; very charismatic speaker. So that was cool. She owns some beautiful property down there.

From there we hit Wal-Mart, where I finally found two of the three "Series Two" BSG die-cast ships, Colonial One and the Raptor. This lends creedance to the fact that people see my blog but don't actually read it, as celtmanx had purchased these same two for my birthday (he's so sweet) but then didn't send them when he saw the pictures of them on my blog. All I'm missing now is the Viper Mark VII.

Wife wanted Tex-Mex so we stopped at Qdoba Mexican Restaurant. I've finally found my Mexican Mecca, as this was identical to Chipotle minus the really hot salsa, that is. I'm unsure how these people are allowed to even exist, as not only is the menu identical to Chipotle, but the interior of the establishment as well. Damned odd, but I'll take what I can get this far away from Texas.

Stopped at a place called, Slackers and found a veritable goldmine of soundtracks, priced between $3.99 and $7.99 each. I quickly picked out a dozen, then started weighing what I wanted with what I needed. These are the ones I ended up with:

  1. Star Trek Nemesis

  2. Congo

  3. El Cid

  4. American Gigolo

  5. La Femme Nikita

My wife has been on my ass for sometime to get her the score of Congo so that was a good find. I've wanted American Gigolo for ages (again, my father has it on LP), I didn't know anything about La Femme Nikita but I never turn down an Eric Serra score. lehah was extolling the virtues of Nemesis the other day, and I've never had the full album of El Cid, just highlights on other CD's. All-in-all, a steal. I told the Goth dude behind the counter, "You have an amazing selection of soundtracks."
"Do we? That's cause no one buys them."

While in Slackers I saw a large poster of drax0r's latest avatar. I couldn't believe it.


galinda822 at 2006-09-24 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
Nice boots! Too bad I couldn't go with you...I've been wanting to get a pair!

Glad you found Fenton so entertaining. I worked in that town for 16 yrs. Of course, it was much smaller than...it's really grown the past 7 yrs.
ehowton at 2006-09-24 22:19 (UTC) (Link)
Lori fell right in love with it. Ice cream place, right? Where you made the mix for God's own ice cream, Blue Bell?
galinda822 at 2006-09-25 02:09 (UTC) (Link)
That's the place! We also made the cherries used in Ben & Jerry's "Cherry Garcia" ice cream.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2006-09-25 13:08 (UTC) (Link)
Which edition of El Cid, the album recording Rózsa did when the film was released or the Koch recording by James Sedares?
ehowton at 2006-09-25 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
James Sedares & the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. I have yet to listen to it. Is it any good?
Tomas (pronunced Thomas)
professortom at 2006-09-25 15:31 (UTC) (Link)
That edition sounds like CRAP!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2006-09-25 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
It's okay. They handle the love theme really well, but the action music should have been a whole lot punchier. That's why, despite the superior sonics and more music, I prefer listening to the original album. Nobody could conduct Rózsa quite like the maestro himself.
ehowton at 2006-09-25 19:37 (UTC) (Link)
I think I remember you saying that somewhere before after I read it, though I couldn't find it on your blog. I agree that the 'original' is usually the best. Less interpretation to extrapolate. Save for this one example:
I once heard Rachmoninoff himself play his "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini" and it didn't hold a candle to Van Cliburn. I always wondered why that was. Passion?
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2006-09-25 17:50 (UTC) (Link)
La Femme Nikita is an all right score, but the movie is outstanding. Anne Parillaud is astonishing in it. The film is thousands of times better than that horrible American remake with Bridget Fonda.
ehowton at 2006-09-25 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
My first introduction to Eric Serra was The Fifth Element which I thought was supurb. I always wished he'd 'let go' a little more, as that and The Messenger are so very subtle. I enjoyed his sound in 5th and his beauty in Messenger. I always enjoy a recurring theme in scores, and this he has in spades with Goldeneye. I haven't yet listened to Nikita, but if it sounds like Serra, I'm sure I'll find it enjoyable, though leaving me wanting just a little more.

I enjoy all of Luc Besson's work, and eagerly scour the internet for new rumours of "Mathilda" aka The Professional 2!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2006-09-26 00:44 (UTC) (Link)
I lost interest in Besson's work somewhere after Leon (The Professional). However, I count La Femme Nikita to be head, shoulders, torso and legs above anything he's made since. This is a film that perfectly balances genre, character, humor, plot and suspense. The performances are first-rate, the use of the 2.40:1 frame is the best there is, and everything that I've seen Besson done before or since had never quite captured me the same way that this film does. In fact, it is one of the few films I can show to friends in its original French with subtitles without hearing people bitch about having to "read the film."
drax0r at 2006-09-25 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
I actually went to Qdoba before I went to Chipotle. When I did end up going to Chipotle, I thought to myself, "This reminds me of that place I went to in Lexington... I think it starts with a 'Q'"

For the record, Chipotle is was founded in 1993 and is now owned by McDonalds, while Qdoba was founded in 1995 and is now owned by Jack in The Box.

I'm glad you found some comfortable boots. I've always found cowboy boots to be painful to wear for an extended time. It may just be that I've never had any that fit well. Regardless, I've always disliked the distinct lack of traction on hard surfaces. I'll stick with my Doc's.
ehowton at 2006-09-25 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
As a Chipotle bigot, I despise Qdoba; As a Texan living in Missouri, I love Qodoba and keep my mouth shut.

The only person I've ever seen wear those types of shoes with khackis is our favorite Data Center Manager, and I really don't think I could pull that off, if you know what I mean. The 'ropers' have a lower heel and more rounded toe - designed for longer wear. These are by no means 'Western' style dress boots, which would probably kill me as well.

I know you like your Doc's dude. Rock on.

ehowton at 2006-09-28 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
I've always disliked the distinct lack of traction on hard surfaces.

And with as much falling as you do when you drink, and as often as you drink...That's probably best dude.
drax0r at 2006-09-28 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
That's pretty clever.

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-26 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
I used to listen to Joyce Meyers alot too. I especially enjoyed her book, Me and My Big Mouth
ehowton at 2006-09-26 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
That was a good one. I used to listen to her audio books on my long ass commute to work.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-09-26 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
long ass commutes do have their virtures I suppose
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