Friday, July 17, 2009

I'm Sailing Away

Sing it with me!

I'm sailing away
Set an open course for the virgin sea
I've got to be free
Free to chase the life that's ahead of me...

Or click here, South Park fans.

Cranky will be taking a break for at least seven nights as the family takes our very first cruise. We will think of you while on the beaches of the eastern Carbibbean. We will also be thinking of you as Jason hurls over the side of the boat and when I pull a Shatner and freak out on the plane and have to be sedated by the kind young men in the white coats.

So take care of yourselves, readers. If you are the praying kind, pray that we have safe travels. You know how I am with airplanes. And if you need some things to do while I am away, here are some summer recommendations.

If you are a reader, and you are sad that there are no more new Harry Potter books to occupy your July and August...
Go check out The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Like Harry, it's technically a children's book but has great appeal to adults. It's dark, it's quirky, it deals with a fantasy world of supernatural intrigue, and it's full of heart. And it's short, so you can get through it in a week or so.

If you haven't yet discovered Mad Men...
Why haven't you? Season one has been out on DVD at your local Blockbuster for a while, and season 2 came out this week. Ladies, it's worth it for the Jon Hamm alone. Men, it's kinda like a masculine soap opera. It deserves every award it's won.

If you, too, want to feel sea sick...
Watch Deadliest Catch Tuesday night. Feel the Bering Sea roll beneath your feet.

If you need some playful tunes...
Give a listen to Regina Spektor's latest, Far. Even her melancholy tunes seem light and fresh. The perfect CD to listen to with a glass of white wine at dusk with your significant other.

I'll be talking to you all next week. Hopefully a little tanner, a little fatter, and a little less afraid to fly.

Bon voyage!

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