Sounds, Suds and Cinema XII
Holy shnikes have I been busy/distracted/stressed/exhausted of late and the worst part is it has been for no particular reason. For the most part I have done it to myself without merit. Busy? Yes, but that is because I tend to commit to a lot and since I like to be taken at my word, backing out (regardless of how I feel) is never an option. Distracted? Yep, wait, what was I writing about? Oh yeah, being stressed, this one is all on me. Being stressed is always in our control, things are not nearly as bad or dire as I make them seem but I have of way of throwing myself on alert with certain things and I know it is a defense mechanism but I need to cool out since some things are easily solved by proactive decision-making. Well, that leaves me with blogging, I first started this effort as a release, something to share my life with people in hopes that I would write something that may be useful to someone going through similar situations. I really didn’t think about a “blogiversary” but after seeing a few pop up over the last couple of weeks, I realized, yeah, one year! Please note that I have successfully disappeared from sharing my thoughts over the last two months but I am still here, reading your blogs and commenting so I count it as a FULL YEAR under my belt!
A quick bit on running since I do not plan to write a full post on the topic this week. I have chosen to run the ING New York City Marathon in 2013. With the help of some fellow bloggers, my best friend and my girlfriend I was reminded that nothing is every going to be perfect and that this is something I really want to achieve. I still only plan to run one marathon and even though Chicago is really enticing, if I am going to travel out-of-state it should be for New York. The good news is that I now know what to expect from training in the summer heat, I know what to expect from my body and I will be stronger mentally this time around. I won’t start training officially until July but I am in the midst of the same marathon training program right now for the Rock and Roll Pasadena Half Marathon next month and ultimately RAGNAR SoCal in April. It is much easier to run in the winter than the summer although my discipline is being tested because the temperatures are perfect all day and I don’t have the urgency to wake up and beat the heat like I did in the summer.
Well without further ado, let me get back to sharing some music, booze and film!
The Zone by the Weeknd feat Wheelchair Jimmy
I referenced my love for the Weeknd in one of my previous SSC’s and since I have been such a sporadic blogger of late I figure I better share this before I move on to all the other new music I have discovered in the last month…> (Feist, Bat for Lashes, Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, Joy Formidable and Bombay Bicycle Club). Surprise! A Canadian musician is highlighted in SSC yet again…what is going on up there? Whatever it is, keep it up. The Weeknd won’t be everyone’s idea of “good” music but to me, it is modern-day baby making gold…or since I don’t have a baby in the works…it is running music…similar right? Well, I think this dude is insanely talented and considering you can get all three of his releases for $12 (total) on iTunes then it is a no brainer. I remember seeing The Weeknd at Coachella, albeit briefly and thinking, pretty cool, then moving on because there was so much other stuff distracting me. Then my girlfriend and I saw him open for Florence and the Machine in October and thought…man, I love this…the next day I was in my office listening to his music and have been hooked ever since. The Zone is not my favorite song but it is the only one on YouTube with a video so that is what you get. By the way, Wheelchair Jimmy is the artist better known as Drake, he played a handicap kid on Degrassi so I think it is amazing that he is now a buffed up rapper dude (I thank my girlfriend for this knowledge because I think he is terrible).
Woodford Reserve : Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -Versailles, KY
I know, I know, it is supposed to be SUDS but with running I have begun to take it easy on beer due to hydration issues that ensure when I consume more than one. Don’t get me wrong I still drink a few beers a week but I have not been doing enough exploring of late and want to provide relevant recommendations with all of you. So unofficially, SSC may become Sounds, Sauce and Cinema…thoughts? I have always liked a good martini or rum and Coke but whiskey is a fairly new discovery for me. When I don’t feel like a beer I usually go for a mixed drink and I am not ashamed to say that when I started watching Mad Men a few years back I became intrigued with classic cocktails. I was particularly surprised by the distinct and flavorful Whiskey based creations and quickly grew to enjoy drinks like a Manhattan, Sazerac or Old Fashioned. Recently things took a turn for the worse though, I had a few sips of Woodford Reserve on the rocks and for some reason or another loved it. I won’t dare pretend like I have the palate to give you distinct flavors, so I will say it is sweet, warming and surprisingly smooth. I won’t tell you to drink it straight but if you are looking for an awesome whiskey for a classic cocktail, this is the one! And because everyone should know how to make a Manhattan…
Classic Manhattan Recipe
- 2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura® bitters
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a bourbon-infused cherry…
Queen of Versailles
When I decided to share whiskey in the “Suds” section above I thought it was comical that the Woodford Reserve distillery is in Versailles, Kentucky because I had been kicking around a few films to share. Needless to say, I took it as a sign, so here you go, Queen of Versailles! This movie is pure, unadulterated American capitalist insanity personified. I started watching this movie with the expectation it would be a comedy but was left with a feeling of astonishment. If you ever wondered what caused the economy to take a dive, this movie will definitely shed some light by exploring the extravagant lifestyle of the Siegels and their business practices/model. It also does a decent job of explaining lending practices of our douchey banks. Now I most assuredly do not blame the wealthy for what happened to our economy, I blame the American people as a whole for living above their means with the expectation that there would always be more money and rarely be a consequence for stupidity. I won’t turn this into an economic or political discussion about the issues that are still affecting us today but this movie is a must watch. There is definitely some Real Housewives of ______ comedy in this documentary so you won’t be disappointed but enter it with an open mind, these are not evil people, well, at least Jacqueline Siegel isn’t, the jury is still out on David.