Favorite albums that I got into in 2006 (not necessarily released in 2006)
-Beach Boys – The Dowd Mix CD…not an album, but I made a very special beach boys mix for myself of songs almost exclusively not heard by me before 2006, considering i close-mindedly snubbed the boys for most of my life.
-New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
-Gal Costa - Nao Identificado
-Yo La Tengo…I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
-Fred Neil - Everybody's Talkin'
-My Morning Jacket - Z
Most Tender Paul Bost Moment: So many, but I'd have to say my fake birthday party in Athens, GA.
Favorite books read in 2006...
Wouldn't It Be Nice - My own Story - Brian Wilson. wow.
The Worst Team Money Could Buy: the Collapse of the New York Mets by Bob Klapisch.
Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live
Favorite thing that nearly landed me in therapy: my 2006 New York Mets.
Favorite Films Viewed For the First Time in 2006 By Me
-Fur…It's as if David Lynch made Teen Wolf 3…only Teen Wolf moves to Manhattan, it's the 50's and he hooks it up with Diane Arbus. But this time, Teen Wolf isn't Michael J Fox or Jason Bateman, he's Robert Downey Jr and he's all grown up and sophisticated and can no longer dunk or ballhog. See, that movie's not so bad if you take the right angle…That assessment almost sealed my divorce from my Fur loving wife. I don't know what that last sentence means.
-Nashville by Robert Altman
-Peep Show and Psych-Burn, by J.X Williams. If anyone reading this has an opportunity to see the films of JX Williams, please check it out, especially if you can see the full presentation done by the curator of his films. It's a gift that keeps on giving. This is the website, though it doesn't seem to be recently updated... http://www.jxarchive.org/homepage.html
Best Pudding Flavor That I Ate in 2006: White Chocolate
Facial hair of the year:
(I love you) Johnny Cakes...
Mets 2nd baseman Jose Valentin. So subtle...so classic. And, he trimmed it right before game 4 of the NLCS and got his only postseason multi-hit game.
The winner was Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore. It's not often the stanley cup is in a photo with something else and is overshadowed. Mike Commodore, your beard not only helped win the Stanley Cup, your beard then defeated the Stanley Cup.
I hope all of my friends and strangers here had a great 2006 and please accept my best wishes for 2007...