Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mail...And MURDER!

I got a letter yesterday in my company's PO box. In the interest of preserving it rather than retyping it, I've uploaded it so you can read it for yourselves. (I blacked out info to preserve some semblance of anonymity)

You should be able to zoom in on it.

LETTER

Anyway, yeah, the guy's in prison. His name looks familiar to me so I googled it. And here's a little tidbit about him:

"His statement begins with details of how Milner, then 19, lured 17-year-old Frankie Garcia to a rural Carson County barn with a promise of beer.

Once inside the barn, Milner said he hit Garcia and told him to get down on his knees. Milner then took a rifle he'd hidden in the barn and told Garcia to put the barrel of the gun in his mouth.

"He grabbed hold of the barrel and I said now put it in your mouth," Milner told the Ranger. "And we just sat and I just kind of made him beg a little bit and then I just shot him."

Mull asked Milner whether Garcia said anything before he died.

Milner's reply: "He said, 'Please, please don't do this."'

When Mull asked how many times Garcia was shot, Milner said:

"Once, I made sure it was quick. The only time he suffered was when he was scared."

After killing Garcia, Milner said he went to Lake McClellan where he knew a large birthday celebration was being held.

"My intention was to I guess rack up a body count," Milner said in his confession.


Anyway, he was to serve three life prison sentences(he wounded but didn't kill any of the people at the party) but some technicality knocked his sentence down. He'll be eligible for parole somewhere in 2012 or something.

Cool, eh? My murderer-fan club seems to grow by the day!

But then today I got a package in my company PO Box with the new Jack Reacher novel that doesn't come out for a couple of weeks. Some fans knew I love those books and sent me the hardcover! And just a little note with their names, but no email or anything so I can thank them.

Not sure how they got it early, but it's super cool.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More on Trucker Murderer

I mentioned this once before and I'm kinda keeping loose tabs on what's going on, but I just stumbled across this. If you get bored, fast forward to around 1:30.

GO THERE

I guess it's sick of me to hope he gets linked to other murders so he's actually labeled a serial killer, but it should come as no surprise to people who know me.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Def Lepard: Still Doin' It

You might not have heard, but Def Lepard just released a new album. I downloaded it first--I wasn't all that impressed with their last album, which was covers.

But after listening to this one, I went out and bought it. It's pretty good. Nowhere near Hysteria level, but it definitely has some great tunes on it. If you like them you should pick it up. Here's one of my favorites from the album:

C'Mon C'mon

Crazy to see these guys still putting out great stuff 25 years after they really hit the scene. (Can you believe Pyromania came out in 1983?)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Indy 4 or Why I Blame Kasdan

Saw the new Indy. It's pretty bad(though I do leave open the possibility that I just can't appreciate the things I used to as a kid).

But even as a kid I scoffed at the scene in Temple of Doom where Indy and the girl use a life-raft to float to safety from a plane, landing in a river where they're washed downshore.

And in the new Indy flick there is SO much of this kind of thing it's too hard to swallow.

No spoilers--the blame falls squarely on the screenwriter's shoulders, as it's still full of Spielberg flourishes, and there are still some good moments. As I think of it though, Lawrence Kasdan has a lot to be held accountable for.

It used to be you could just blame him for writing what's head-and-shoulders the best Star Wars movie ever, "Empire Strikes Back". I mean--if that thing had never existed, you might be able to forgive the new movies. It's not like the Star Wars or Return of the Jedi were ever GREAT or anything.

But then it turns out that Kasdan wrote the screenplay for the first Raiders of the Lost Ark. So you can see where I'm going...

By comparison they all kind of suffer when compared to the movies he wrote. We gotta blame him, I guess...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Reaper

This show called Reaper started this year on the CW. I started watching from the beginning. It was okay. The lead characters are all pretty likeable, and the premise was cool.

It's about a kid whose parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born. Now that this kid's 18, the devil has shown up and demanded that the kid be his bounty hunter for souls who escape from hell.

Now, it's not a serious show. The devil, played by Ray Wise, is really funny every time he shows up. And he's incredibly likeable, which is probably how the devil would really be.

Anyway, the show was kind of hit and miss. Didn't seem to be going anywhere. I still watched it 'cause there's not much on. The episodes kept piling up on TIVO and I'd get to them whenever.

So this week I had five episodes back up, so I watched two of them. And let me tell you, this is another show(like Jericho) that may have taken its time hitting its stride, but it really is starting to pay off.

If you haven't given it a shot, you may wanna start. Go look up an episode list, watch the first episode(directed by Kevin Smith), and then fast forward to somewhere in the middle of the series if you don't wanna go the whole distance. I think you'll like it.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Wife's Birthday

It was the wife's birthday today, so last night I ditched the kid at my parents' house and gave her the option of doing whatever she wanted to.

She decided we hadn't been out in like 2 years, so we should go out. We hit the closest bar to us, Cancun Cantina. It's an oddity, because from the outside it looks like a total country bar. When you walk in the front door it still looks like that.

But if you walk through a door, there's a whole 'nother side where they play good stuff.

Anyway, the place is mobbed when we get there, so I have to park quite a distance away. And I never realized that this place must make a fortune, because they actually have a small bus with the Cantina logo painted on it that drives around and picks you up, and takes you to the bar from where you parked.

Inside I did my best not to throw up while I was on the country music side. We made it to the other side, and hey...they're actually playing good music. (I'm so used to getting to bars and hearing crap). Then the next song starts, and it's good. They actually played four in a row that were good.

We had some beers, and then a live band started. I knew nothing about them. Some late-thirties white guys with long hair, and a black lead singer about the same age.

They started singing Bon Jovi's "It's My Life". You may call me racist, but it was SOOOOO weird hearing a black guy singing Bon Jovi. He was actually very good, but still...

These guys played all the hair bands from the 80's. They played about 4 Bon Jovi, like 3 Journey, some Poison, some Ozzie, some AC/DC. They were surprisingly good. You can check them out at their myspace page(they had banners with their web site) at:
MYSPACE

In between sets the DJ played some more good songs, and me and the little woman ended up dancing, which we used to do all the time. You know, back when we were young. :)

Then when we got home I surprised her with a cake and a card--the whole ride home she was drunkenly making fun of me for not getting her a cake, and she was saying she was going to make me bake one when we got back.

I won't go into how she kept saying she wanted some candles to blow out and I told her I had one big candle she could blow. That would be juvenile, and I'm much too old for such stuff now.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

TV Update

Thanks to the wonders of something called "No Interest For 36 Month Best Buy Credit Card" I have a brand new TV coming tomorrow.

It's a good thing. I've had my head in the oven twice, and the only thing keeping me from turning on the gas is that I haven't actually finished the FOC3 trilogy and the sequel to HH.

But it was THIS close...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Worst News Ever

Two nights ago my television broke. My big 55".

It's pretty bleak. Doesn't look fixable, and it's not like I have $2K right this moment sitting around to replace it.

Suicide seems viable.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Wow...really?

I clicked off my Xbox this morning, flicked over to the regular channel and the TV was on MTV. I have no idea why.

Anyway, this dating show is on called "Next", and the first thing I see is a girl introduction herself. And I shit you not, she says:

"My name is so and so, and I love Star Wars. So if this guy looks like Han Solo, I might show him my Wookie."

Nasty. Funny. But nasty.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Baltimore City Paper Article

I'm interviewed in the article on film in Maryland. It's brief, and I'm not gonna tell you who I am but if you don't know me by now...you will never ever ever know me. (Sorry, channelling Simply Red)

City Paper