The list list 2015
We don't really know why we do this. Just every once in a while, we do.
Our bathroomWhen I am king
Celebrity impersonators are prohibited from describing their acts as “tributes”
People who judge Islam by its most extreme figures will be judged by the most extreme Christian figures.
In distracted driving cases, an affirmative defense is allowed when unnecessary government signage was the cause.
The Democrats are barred from claiming they solved the health care crisis by throwing the country back into the arms of the insurance companies.
Parks will be grass, trees, picnic tables, playgrounds—not concrete or gravel (note Wingfield Park and Mapes site)
A lone earring
Vitamins, which always just look like a handful of loose pills if they're in a crazy person's bag
Wadded-up defensive driving paperwork
ShameFirst 10 random words to pop in my head
SpaceshipStupid shit I say
Well, to be honest …
How do I …
How do you spell …
Did you already …
Let's just have one …
I remember specifically …Five beverages I need to help me wake up every morning
1. WaterWhat's hidden in and on my desk at the RN&R
A can of soup that looks, tastes and is labeled almost exactly like dog food (“sirloin burger with country vegetables”)
A big Hefty bag in case I get fired
Paperweight from my dear friend Rick. He'd give me shit if I knew how emotional I am about it.
CameraStupid shit people say to me
Let's just have one.
You won't believe this, but …
You need to …
Fine Andy Griffith performances that aren’t Mayberry or Matlock.
What It Was, Was Football (Capitol Records LP 1953)
A Face in the Crowd (Warner Bros. 1957)
No Time for Sergeants (Warner Bros. 1958)
Waitress (Fox 2007)
“Waitin' on a Woman” (Brad Paisley music video 2008)All you need to pack for most warm, non-camping vacations of any length
A couple pairs of fast-drying pants or shorts
A few shirts
All-day shoes that won't look dumb in a restaurant or temple or something
Band-Aids, if the shoes are new
A women's money belt. These are often the most comfortable, even if you're a dude.
A week's worth of socks and unders
A convertible dress, if you like that sort of thing
Swimsuit/swimsuit bottoms that double as shorts
Something that'll work as a clothesline
Money for detergent (this is key), food, lodging, gear rentals and any souvenirs. Plan to find one really badass souvenir rather than 10 little cheap ones.
Pills, CPAP machine, or whatever else keeps you alive
Toiletries. Pack light and plan to buy more, especially overseas (foreign grocery stores are fun).
A big shopping bag you can wad up into something tiny
An empty spray bottle to fill with water, for de-wrinkling clothes
Phone and charger, if only for the phone's camera
Reading material, preferably downloaded
Cash for whatever you've forgotten
Reno's best buildings
260 Island Avenue/Medical Arts Building
825 California Avenue/Residence
209 West First Street/First Methodist Church
The best movie credits
Three to Tango
My Best Friend's Wedding
Footloose (1984 version)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Things I think about when having sex
Does this count as steps on my Fitbit?
What do I need to do tomorrow?
Who's making that noise?
What's that gunfire on the movie?
Don't yawn. Don't yawn. Don't yawn.
Gotta peeEveryone I've ever slept with
Just kiddingMy favorite meals dining out in Reno so far in 2015
9. Dinner at Bertha Miranda's
8. Wing night at Pub & Sub
7. Lunch at India Kabab & Curry
6. Lunch at Sup
5. Dinner at Granite Street Eatery
4. Lunch at Thai Chili
3. Dinner at Centro
2. Dinner from the late night menu at Golden Flower
1. Dinner at Gaman RamenTo do list for Feb. 19
Work on issue plans
Work on music transcriptions for my thesis project
Finish class readings
Cultural studies seminar at 4 p.m.
Band practice at 7:30 p.m.The last 13 albums I listened to
Steely Dan: Aja
Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
Waylon Jennings: Honky Tonk Heroes
Curtis Mayfield: Curtis
Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold
John McLaughlin: Extrapolation
Steely Dan: Katy Lied
Morphine: Like Swimming
Curtis Mayfield: Super Fly
Queen: A Night at the Opera
Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde: High LifeAn incoming Texan's favorite things about the Reno area, apart from Tahoe and the mountains, which are obviously badass
Jeans, hoodies and the shared understanding that no one's wearing high heels to work. This is huge, y'all.
Genuine friendliness toward strangers
Horses, quail and other desert critters
The fact that marijuana isn't demonized, that prostitution and gambling are legal, and that grown-ass adults are treated with a modicum of respect. One more reason to raise kids here.
Our relative utopia of an airport
The Nevada Museum of Art
Achingly beautiful classic cars
Regular, sensible cars being driven until they're old. This doesn't happen everywhere.
All sorts of kids on skateboards. Even girls.
Pyramid Lake, in all its eerie purple emptiness. I went to Iceland once, and swear it feels a helluva lot like Pyramid. Both places will leave you speechless, but one of them is right up the road.Great lines
“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
“His father's one of those Nithulanians south of town.”
“When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.”
“Circus Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday nights if the Nazis had won the war.”
“Going to college must do something to girls' tits, I swear.”Top vices
Queso-ing. (Blend 32 oz. melted Velveeta, a tube's worth of browned breakfast sausage, a rinsed can of black beans and an un-drained can of Ro-Tel. Serve with lime-flavored tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream. Eat the whole thing at 3 a.m. Cry.)