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Andrew / August 21, 2006 1:31 AM

- Get to bed earlier
- Lose 10 pounds
- Bike more
- Get organized
- Clean office

Andrew / August 21, 2006 1:33 AM

- lettuce
- chicken breasts
- soap

natalie / August 21, 2006 2:19 AM

--find a place to live
--do not spend all my money at Fox and Obel before I have an apartment
--forget about missing oregon for a while
--read up on how to coach volleyball

paul / August 21, 2006 2:31 AM

- make a list

j / August 21, 2006 7:38 AM

Vow to never make a list

Beth Z / August 21, 2006 8:05 AM

- check gb for new info
-add to fuel if appropriate
-work, call doctor's office
-work, call lawyer
-exercise class
-call aunt to apologize (might as well get it over with)
-kick back

christian / August 21, 2006 8:12 AM

- Catalogue collections.
- Organize stuff.
- Finish building bike and
ride it more.
- Start taking more photos.
- Build racks for friend.
- Finish new skull lamp.

Great Nixon's Ghost / August 21, 2006 8:28 AM

1. Arnold M. Picker
2. Alexander E. Barkan
3. Ed Guthman
4. Maxwell Dane
5. Charles Dyson
6. Howard Stein
7. Allard Lowenstein
8. Morton Halperin
9. Leonard Woodcock
10. S. Sterling Munro, Jr.

Emily / August 21, 2006 8:41 AM

-Find a roommate STAT
-Clean house top to bottom
-Exhibition bout at North Ave for derby: switch wheels, make shirt
-Re-balance 401(k)
-Get motorcycle license

Marilyn / August 21, 2006 8:56 AM

Top 25 (Personal Favorites)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
2. A Man Escaped [Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut] (1956, Robert Bresson)
3. City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin)
4. That Obscure Object of Desire [Cet obscur objet du désir] (1977, Luis Bunuel)
5. Wings of Desire [Der Himmel über Berlin] (1987, Wim Wenders)
6. Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976, Barbara Kopple)
7. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003, Peter Weir)
8. La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
9. United 93 (2006, Paul Greengrass)
10. Time Out [L’emploi du Temps] (2001, Laurent Cantet)
11. Swing Time (1936, George Stevens)
12. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
13. The Exterminating Angel [El Angel exterminador] (1962, Luis Bunuel)
14. Tokyo Story [Tokyo monogatari] (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
15. The Seventh Seal [Det Sjunde inseglet] (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
16. Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
17. Close-Up [Nema-ye Nazdik] (1990, Abbas Kiarostami)
18. L.627 (1992, Bertrand Tavernier)
19. Beauty and the Beast [La Belle et La Bête] (1946, Jean Cocteau)
20. Gun Crazy (aka Deadly Is the Female, 1949, Joseph H. Lewis)
21. Strawberry Blonde (1941, Raoul Walsh)
22. The Band Wagon (1956, Vincente Minnelli)
23. The Big Red One (1980, restored 2004, Sam Fuller)
24. The Song of Bernadette (1943, Henry King)
25. Open Water (2003, Chris Kentis)

Naz / August 21, 2006 9:05 AM

- Get down to 130lbs.
- Eat even better than I am currently
- Stop obsessing about bikes
- Less clients, work for yourself
- Less work in general
- More travel
- Learn how to work a sewing machine
- But get a sewing machine first

staci / August 21, 2006 9:34 AM

- Get new cellphone; get rid of land line
- Find cute, patterned, non-black umbrella
- Organize pantry
- Decorate apartment
- Scour internet and thrift/vintage shops for art that meets requirments of my decor themes
- Focus on cooking at home more
- Exercise outside of yoga class
- Write outside of work
- Finish Nat's 1996 mix cd
- Shop for a new couch
- Make appt. to have wisdom teeth removed

robin.. / August 21, 2006 9:43 AM

*change address with credit cards, magazines, cell phone company, student loan holders
*send forwarding address to former landlord
*delink gas & electric from my name
*rent vaccum, somehow
*clean the bathroom
*buy swiffer, both wet & dry, for housecleaning
*clean house
*take boxes home from work
*finish packing
*schedule brown elephant pickup
*schedule mattress pickup
*change pickup date for Uhaul
*drop off & then pickup dry cleaning
*final dinner with brand new best friend in chicago, whom i'm of course leaving behind
*ship presents to mom & dad
*email cousin in Boston
*call friends in Boston to help unload truck
*keep going to work every day thru Friday

not in this order, of course, and all before Friday morning.

Jason / August 21, 2006 10:03 AM

This week:

Henry James, The Bostonians,
William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham,
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth,
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the 'Spirit' of Capitalism.

JB / August 21, 2006 10:18 AM

1. hubs and spokes
2. snails shells and the milky way
3. astroturf, the fabric of time, and my b0yfriend's work shirt
4. sinkholes, waffle cones, sand dunes, typh0ons
5. the theory of everything

fluffy / August 21, 2006 10:19 AM

burnt orange
alizarin crimson
acetylene gas tank

jgs / August 21, 2006 10:21 AM

-replace pin on bar end shifter on the paramount.
-re-pack front hub
-replace chain
-bar tape... blech
-photocopy lake huron pages from michigan gazetteer.
-rhodia notepad
-ride 20 miles a day between today and friday.

roderick / August 21, 2006 10:30 AM

  • Figure out whether or not a contract is screwing me over
  • Develop two rolls of 35mm, one roll of 120 film
  • Post said ANY photos to my poor neglected photoblog.
  • Start a food blog.
  • Celebrate losing 30lbs in two years (10 in the last month), plan to lose 30 more.
  • Run. As much as my knee can take it.
  • Buy cat food.
  • Do laundry

jayson / August 21, 2006 10:41 AM

1. Post vacation photos to Flickr
2. Recover from altitude sickness and sunburn
3. Send links to all the crazy websites and YouTube videos discussed over the weekend
4. Buy gift for the happy newlyweds
5. Stop stalling and get back to work

Eamon / August 21, 2006 10:48 AM

- mini fans for stat table
- water container for refs
- bowling-style penalty sheet
- change pos sheet highlight to bold
- add jam times tab to pos sheet
- fix cols D and E in individ sum tab

Jo / August 21, 2006 11:06 AM

- Expand my ab routine.
- Put up shelves and pegboards in kitchen.
- Look for rehearsal space so band ads will be taken seriously.
- Find George Lopez comedy downloads on MP3 sites.

Amy / August 21, 2006 11:20 AM

1. Pick up boyfriends film
2. Eat foie gras today
3. Plan camping trip for the end of the week
4. Call my first boyfriend ever who found me on myspace the other day
5. Buy a new bicycle seat
6. Buy tix to Love, the Beatles Cirque du Soleil thing for October's trip to Vegas
7. Get a passport for that last minute trip overseas I keep hoping will pop up

p / August 21, 2006 11:31 AM

- eat lunch
- dry cleaners
- find out if xanax shows up in drug screens.
- pick up rental wet suit
- test swim in lake with wet suit
- bank
- library
- scheme and plot

Max / August 21, 2006 11:50 AM

I keep writing down go to bed and wake up as two different events.

ken / August 21, 2006 12:05 PM

Organization stifles creative thought

miss casual / August 21, 2006 12:09 PM

will ferrell
anthony bourdain
beach ultimate

leah / August 21, 2006 12:16 PM

1. stop wiping out.
2. manicure.
3. get necklace restrung.
4. make out.
5. lonch.

Raven / August 21, 2006 12:20 PM

0) Eat lunch
1) Collect on Open Invoices From Clients
2) Collect Refund of Overpayment of Rent from Current Landlord (Forgot that I paid final month's rent back in 2003....)
2.5) Bank: deposit checks
3) Meet with New Landlord: Pay Sec Deposit, Sign Lease, Pick Up Keys
4)Make copies of new keys
4.5) Give spare set of keys to friend in the event of lock-out
5)Confirm Movers
6) Submit Change of Address to: Banks
7) Laundry
8) Auto: Check Air in Tires
9) Grocery: Lettuce, Avocado, Sprite, Cat litter, Sugar, Milk
10) Take down curtains and curtain rods
11) Have curtains cleaned
12)Finish packing
13) Take effin MacBook to "Genius Bar" at Apple Store, AGAIN
14)Take Cats to groomers before movers arrive
16) Pick up TV from CC's house
17)Pick up cats from groomer and take them to their new home
17.5) Watch cats freak out
18) sleep
19) unpack
20) Post "Free Boxes" ad on Craigslist

Stewie / August 21, 2006 12:26 PM

1. Destroy Lois
2. Escape this wretched home and the imbeciles that I must endure daily, stifling my creative genius and desire to control the world
3. Mock Brian and his novel just one more time.
4. Find out which sweater that button belonged to.
5. Take over world

sorry, have to do it... / August 21, 2006 12:46 PM

1. 1 chick
2. another chick... at the same time!

Cliff / August 21, 2006 1:22 PM

1. Clean up the bedroom.
2. Do Monday laundry
3. Submit 3 more cover letters and resumes.
4. Lose a pound a week for the next 52 weeks.
5. Read Lolita.
6. Attend more Gaper's Block Get-Togethers.
7. Get a job NLT 15 September 2006
8. Attend Sushi 101 at The Chopping Block.
9. Be nicer to my fiancee.
10. Ride my bike everyday.

eep / August 21, 2006 2:05 PM

1. Stop ignoring pile of dishes to be washed.
2. Stop putting off cleaning out bedroom closet.
3. Stop eating fries with mayo. Tasty, but very bad.
4. Stop singing Paris Hilton's song in head.
5. Stop putting off calling boy. Grow pair already.
6. Stop turning up volume and dancing to song in Budweiser Select commercials.

fluffy / August 21, 2006 2:35 PM

-bagel, toasted
-chive and garlic cream cheese
-incredibly juicy homegorwn tomato
-salt and pepper

-hot tea


lunch. yum.

jimmy / August 21, 2006 2:52 PM

top five slightly crainial and mellow(er) tunes
top ten desert island songs

1. train in vain - clash
2. naive melody - talking heads
3. watch your step - elvis costello
4. streotypes - the specials
5. you know you got soul - eric b and rakim
6. love will tear us apart - joy division
7. johnny's gonna die - the replacements
8. break my body - the pixies
9. nuthun but a G thing - snoop dogg and dr dre
10. bob dylan wrote propoganda songs - the minutemen

printdude / August 21, 2006 2:55 PM

• Stuƒƒ around house
• Raid garden for tomatoes
• Mow Lawn
• cut Moulding
• discover dinner in cabinets
• Stain Moulding
• Golf with Johnny Crank
• Weed Whack
• Movie and Dinner with YAJ
• Work on house
• Night Golf
• Work on House
• English Beat
• Fixx

jimmy / August 21, 2006 3:04 PM

- bears game with phil, susie and new chick
- hang out look for a job, watch sox v minn
- buy secret machines ticket
- night golf with printdude (i am not johnny crank)
- hang out watch sox v minn
- english beat
- the fixx

kate / August 21, 2006 3:26 PM

I thought this meant "list of people with whom you've done the hump..."

As far as my list of shit to do:
- look at my list of people with whom I've done the hump
- get job
- pay bills
- consider quitting smoking
- hang pictures
- think of Halloween costume
- get hair cut (btw, anyone know when the salon classes will be doing long layers again? I have crazy long hair and can't make the jump to a pixie or the omnipresent "graduated bob")

Max / August 21, 2006 3:39 PM

Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
The Police - Ghost in the Machine
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
David Bowie - Scary Monsters
Steve Goodman - Say It In Private
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
The Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord

Chris / August 21, 2006 3:40 PM

Wonder what is on Blagg's list.

printdude / August 21, 2006 3:55 PM

The Cure at the Vic '00
Lollapalooza '91
Smashing Pumpkin's Gish Record Release Party
Tool at the Riv
Alice in Chains & Screaming Tree, Riv.

Baldeesh / August 21, 2006 4:02 PM

Pill time for the cats
Mastering the ever-tricky Australian accent beyond "G'day Bruce!"
Giant moths
Sister moving to Pilsen
Tidying up the living room
Getting crafty
Samuel L. Jackson leaving messages on my cell
Groom my raggedy-ass plants, and let go of the dill plant that the cats keep eating
Contemplating dinner

printdude / August 21, 2006 4:36 PM


jen / August 21, 2006 4:45 PM

--finish the namesake
--buy "kicking and screaming" tomorrow, watch with friends, drink
--two penises?!?
--finalize the room decorations, wash comforter cover
--make fruity slaw, eat more gingerbread cookies
--not worry about the situation, or lack thereof

Drew / August 21, 2006 4:49 PM

--Re-pot plants
--Clean kitchen & bathroom
--Wash floor rugs at laundromat
--Take clothes to dry cleaners
--Finish weeding closet, donate old clothes
--Sort through pile of paper in office
--Sort, shred, and recycle old files
--Balance checkbook

ms. s / August 21, 2006 6:01 PM

1. think about going back to school.
2. get ready to go back to school.
3. get off couch/deck chair
4. acclimate body and soul to 5:45 am alarm.
5. acclimate bladder to holding pee for 100 minute increments.
6. drink(at least) one cocktail before 3:00 pm everyday between now and August 30th.
7. clean up potty mouth/expand vocabulary.
8. buy non-flip-flop shoes
9. acclimate bod to undergarments
10. only associate with adults between now and august 30th.

mew / August 21, 2006 8:25 PM

-- learn to play piano
-- ride in a hot air balloon
-- go to Italy
-- publish a novel
-- adopt a child
-- help design my own home
-- ride on a motorcycle
-- learn to sail

byd / August 21, 2006 8:26 PM

- be born on day dad beats up F pere
- hang out lots with infinite Yorick
- later, to Wittenberg with buddy H.
- mack on dear O on vaykay
- hang out with Players
- avoid R & G
- get the call to go back to Denmark upon news of dear ol dad
- notice shortly after arrival that Mom and Uncle C are, like, doing it.
- start wearing black
- hang out on promontory
- see Dad as ghost, accept purgatorial account of auricular poisoning
- swear pact to rub out Uncle C
- dilly-dally
- soliloquize on suicide
- abuse R & G a little
- f* with dear O's mind
- ponder being vs non-being, making sure to respect iambic pentameter lest misunderstood by future actors
- hire players to bust Uncle C.
- tell Mom she is a skank but since H pere said no violence, (and says again), tell her to chill on the wizbang with C. forgive her
- thrust dagger thru Arras: What! (Uncle, izzat you?) Ho! (mom) A rat! (un rat/Arras) Slay ex's dad.
- Flee to England
- oops, accidentally kill R&G and sneak back to Elsinore
- jest with digger, mourn Yorick
- be shocked at O's suicide
- get all up in Laertes's sh*t, temporarily forget murder of his pa
- jump in and out of grave
- continue to forget dear old dad's project
- philosophize with H
- accept duel with L
- forget L is doping thanks to C.
- score a palpable hit, then another
- wonder why mother is swooning
- get stuck by L
- hear unexpected confession
- complete Dad's project
- tell H he was a solid
- be borne by 4 captains, per R fils, to the stage, while the soldiers shoot
- The rest is silence

Carlotta / August 21, 2006 9:45 PM

--critical load of laundry
--I Ching
--recycle at Uptown Recycling
--work: 2p-10p
--look for 9-5 job
--heavy workout after 10p
--stop obsessing over fucked-up 2 month relationship/"arrangement"
--wear new (smaller!) jeans for an hour to start stretching them

Hey Marilyn, I love your list of films. ("2001" is one of my 2 top favorites of all time, along with Murnau's "Nosferatu".) If you're looking for someone to go to a particular film with, lemme know....

vit / August 21, 2006 9:58 PM

finish packing books
take down dish rack
track down my landlord and pray that sat. is okay as a move-in date
find a box big enough for shoes
tackle that scary storage closet
write a vow in blood to never move again

avantchicago / August 22, 2006 8:01 AM

Show me yours and i'll show you mine!

printdude / August 22, 2006 8:26 AM

Three Bean Salad
ketchup on Hot Dogs
Macaroni Salad
Olive Loaf

Marilyn / August 22, 2006 8:29 AM

Carlotta - Any time. I'm so far behind in my new movie viewing, and the Music Box has some interesting stuff coming up. Send me your e-mail address.

You should note that the "Nosferatu" I chose is the Werner Herzog version, which actually scares me. My favorite Murnau is "City Girl."

kiki / August 22, 2006 9:13 AM

-"dandelion wine" - ray bradbury
-"walden" - henry david thoreau
-"the dharma bums" - jack kerouac
-"lolita" - vladimir nabokov
-"a tree grows in brooklyn" - betty smith
-"look homeward, angel" - thomas wolfe
-"zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" - robert pirsig

van moxie / August 22, 2006 9:35 AM

Contemporary Social Theory
Social Theory Today
Hisotry and Class Consciousness
Critical Theory Marxism and Modernity
The Eclipse of Reason
The Dialectic of the Enlightenment
One Dimensional Man
Eros and Civilization
Reason and Revolution
From the Prison Notebooks
The Phenomenology of the Social World
The Social Construction of Realty
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
The Birth of the Clinic

...not an exhaustive list...and only one class...

Steve / August 22, 2006 10:24 AM

10 Print "Steve rocks"
20 Goto 10

annie / August 22, 2006 10:41 AM

1) pay off IRS
2) pay off Carson's for all new furniture
3) pay off Facy's for who knows what
4) pay off my mom for bartending school loan
5) get bartending job
6) try to stop eating out and spending too much money on food and beers
7) save money
8) change old yucky married name at work so I can have my good 'ol name back!

loadzone / August 22, 2006 11:11 AM

! t-shirt, work short
! left pant leg, right pant leg
! socks then shoes
! laugh at Apple Basic reference

mary / August 22, 2006 11:13 AM


anyone know the next line?

Shechemist / August 22, 2006 12:09 PM

Names changed to protect the innocent.

1. What would you do if The Mango stopped breathing/fell hard enough to require medical attention/
had a seizure?
2. Are you comfortable feeding a child expressed breastmilk in a bottle?
3. How do you put a baby down for a nap?
4. May I call three former clients for a reference?
5. What are you going to school for?
6. Are you certified in CPR/First aid?
7. What would you do if you fell and broke a limb while watching The Mango?
8. What do you like about watching kids?
9. What do you not like about watching kids?
10. How old was the youngest child you cared for? The oldest?
11. Explain to me how you would discipline a 9 month old VS a 3 year old VS a 5 year old?

Terminal Verbosity / August 22, 2006 12:25 PM

Bering Strait
County Kerry
Galapagos Islands
Nunavut wilderness
San Francisco
Sea of Tranquility

Joe / August 22, 2006 12:26 PM


3 1 2 2 1 1

What do I win?

Flips / August 22, 2006 12:33 PM

-add shelf in closet
-paint wood trim
-replace cheap bathroom vanity and cabinet
-Get rid of unneeded crap
-move the cabinet, dadgummit.
-Craigslist the buffet
-find perfect room divider
-find perfect dining table
-be tidier

super-bee / August 22, 2006 12:47 PM

Right Beliefs
Right Intentions
Right Speech
Right Behavior
Right Livelyhood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Meditation

mary / August 22, 2006 3:35 PM

joe - you win my admiration. no one has ever given me a right answer to that.

Brandy / August 26, 2006 4:42 PM


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