Friday, April 2, 2010

Catching Up (XTREME As Heard on the Radio and Fun Times With Karma)

So I am now returned from my unannounced and self-imposed Internet exile to find 30 new e-mails, 6 Facebook notifications, and half of what was going to turn out to be a massive blog post BEFORE I let it sit for a couple of days. So bear with me here.

As my loyal followers (officially into double digits WOOT) know, I've missed out on one of the few easy blog posts of my week in "As Heard on the Radio." But before I get into the X-TREME ULTIMATE THROWDOWN LOCKDOWN BALLS-TO-THA-FUCKIN-WALLS EDITION!!! of said segment, I'll tell you a wee story.

Now, I'm known far and wide as a procrastinator on a scale few could approach. I am to putting off things as Stephen Colbert is to truthiness, as James T. Kirk is to wooing women, as Keith Richards is to drugs*.

*Seriously. This guy looks like death warmed over. Practically a walking corpse. I'd say zombie, but I highly doubt zombies have the slight mental capacity it takes to do cocaine, heroin, etc. etc.

I think it's trying to wink.

Anyway, sometimes this tendency gets me in trouble, especially when it comes to homework. And that's how I got into a little pickle this week.

Long shory stort, come Sunday night, I realize that I have a 7-8 page paper in my WWI class over two books that I had not read, plus my column to write (which involved getting interviews from the school's Athletic Director, men's basketball coach, and women's basketball coach), have to sub for Girlfriend at the station (and subsequently pick out an additional TWO HOURS of music), and work on an interview/article combo for my Writing and Reporting class due at the end of the week.

So now you know why my last post was Monday.

Monday rolls around, I accidentally sleep through my first class (one of those wonderful "Let me close my eyes for 10 more seconds but then accidentally sleep for another hour" moments), throw up a blog post, only get the interview for class AND find out that my paper involving reading two books is due WEDNESDAY. Needless to say, my week is going downhill fast. That night at work, I start freaking out. Through my years as a procrastinator, I have refined the art of throwing good shit together at the last possible moment, but there was NO WAY IN HELL that I could do all that around my time at the newspaper office. After much persuasion, I e-mail my professor for an extension, know that I don't deserve one (term papers assigned the first day of class really shouldn't sneak up on people).

Then Tuesday happens, and it gets worse.

I roll out of bed bright and early, get to the station on time, have a good first set in which I get a buttload of callers:

Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Thao - Cool Yourself
The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Tegan and Sara - You Wouldn't Like Me
Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining
The Heligoats - Fish Sticks
Adam Green - Goblin
Modest Mouse - Paper Thin Walls
Tokyo Police Club - Your English is Good
Gorillaz - Stylo
Secret Machines - Sad and Lonely
OK Go - When the Morning Comes
The Cure - Alt.End
Free Energy - Dream City
Aloha - Searchlight
Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave
Against Me! - New Wave

Then I get a call from the men's coach and an email from the AD, both answering my questions. Then I go to Writing and Reporting and find out that she is going to push back the article until next week. I come back to the station, find out that my history teacher has not only given me an extension, but a TWO WEEK extension. I do a dance of joy for the next two hours, whilst playing this stuff:

The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
The Dandy Warhols - Godless
Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
Dan Black - Alone
Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Who Shot the Baby?
Exploding Hears - I'm a Pretender
Shout Out Louds - The Candles Burned Out
Owen - Amnesia and Me
The Heavy - Set Me Free
BOAT - We Want It! We Want It!
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Conscience Killer
The Apples in Stereo - Beautiful Machine
Zeus - Kindergarten
Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To)
Catch 22 - Supernothing
Polaris - Hey Sandy
Miracle Legion - With a Wish
Nico - These Days
Magnetic Fields - You Must Be Out Of Your Mind
Rogue Wave - Sleepwalker
Built to Spill - Big Dipper
A.C. Newman - Prophets
Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia
Josiah Wolf - Master Cleanse
The Billions - Everybody's Waiting
Let's Wrestle - We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon
The New Pornographers - Myriad Harbor
The Len Price 3 - Keep Your Eyes On Me
Wild Yaks - River May Come

Then I do my contribution to the radio station's sports program (awesomely), finish one of my better columns to date, get to work on our newspaper's April Fool's issue*, and generally and genuinely put out a good product.

*Headlines include the sixth Horcrux of our school's president being found, "Local Kraken, blogger opposes lakefill parks," a piece describing the university's strategy of evening out the guy/girl ratio here - hire more construction workers, and that our nationally-ranked men's volleyball team is actually aliens.

So yeah, turned out okay.

How did it get worse you ask? Oh yeah.

Totally spilled a bunch of my parfait on the ground at lunch on Wednesday. Well, it was only the granola part of it, the yogurt and fruit was still intact and un-grounded.

Karma's a bitch sometimes....


Pat Tillett said...

That made me tired just reading it...You must be friggin' exhausted.

soft nonsense said...

To be fair, I'm friggin' exhausted most weeks. 3-7 hours of sleep a night is not the best of lifestyle choices....

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