- "Change" When I ask people their opinion on 808s & Heartbreak, 80% of the time I get some variation of "...Um....(pause, followed by light lip-smack)....it's....different". Granted that record is light years away from where College Dropout came from, I don't think it's as shocking as Common's new album. I've listened to Universal Mind Control three times through, uninterrupted, over the last 36 hours and I'm just not feelin' it. I just associate Common w/Be and Resurrection, so it's weird for me. This new stuff really reminds me of Electric Circus; I just hope for Com's sake I'm the only one who feels that way.
- "Crossroads Trading Co." I'm sure you don't need me to tell you this, but times is hard. That's why if you have too many clothes, like I do, you should sell them. You'll make a little extra scratch and help others save money at the same time. Crossroads has 3 locations in the Chicago-area and they are reasonable about giving you value for your sale. I just got back from the Evanston store and got $8 for the Levi's shrink-to-fits I copped at Leader's on Black Friday for $35. I tried to make the jeans work, but they went against one of my major principles as a man: they came with a hole in them, right by the knee. Extra homo.
Probably my favorite duo from the South not named Outkast.Now that I think about it, are there any other worthwhile duos in the South? Soulja Boy and Arab?Oh yeah, Little Brother. Never mind. Clipse is the shit though: Play Cloths is selling better than porno and, well, Lord Willin' is serious. Fuck with them.
- "Message Boards" A must for any dorm room. It's like Christmas everyday; I can't wait to see what got scrawled on the 225's door in a drunken rush while I sleep. Today's memo wasn't alcohol-induced, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Let me transcribe: "came to say hi. studying in my room. please stop by before you leave?" The ending is the best part; if you don't really get it don't worry. "From Sasha. p.s. This is for Dallas, not Alex :)" Hilarious.
- "Ozzie" A repeat offender in the Top 5. It escapes me how anybody on this Earth with any semblance of a sense of humor cannot love this man. He's the funniest guy in sports. Bobby Knight with less wrinkles, more Spanish accent, and less assaults. Who could really take what he does seriously? Here's the latest in the saga that is Ozzie vs. Javy Vazquez.