Thursday, August 16, 2007

Top 5

I have been home alone this week, and not much has gone on, so I haven't had much to update. Because of that, I have decided to write a couple top 5 lists. These are simply my favorites - nothing else. They aren't even in any specific order.

Top 5 musical acts (now):
  • Allman Brothers Band
  • the Violet Burning
  • B.B. King
  • The Ramones
  • Chris Tomlin

Top 5 musical acts (when I was in high school):

  • Billy Bragg
  • the Cure
  • the Jesus and Mary Chain
  • the Violent Femmes
  • the Ramones
  • the Smiths

Top 5 movies:

  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Princess Bride
  • Uncle Buck
  • the Lord of the Rings (if I have to pick one of the movies, it would be the Two Towers)
  • Star Wars

Top 5 places I've been:

  • Grand Canyon (enough said - look in the archives from May 2006 for more info)
  • London, England (if I have to be specific, it was White Hart Lane).
  • Great Smoky Mountains (where I proposed to Tara)
  • Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (the site of a mission trip that changed my life)
  • Germany (do I have to pick a favorite place there? If so, it'd probably be Heidelberg)

Top 5 concerts:

  • The Violet Burning at IS Fest
  • the Prayer Chain at some hole-in-the-wall bar in Chicago
  • the 77s (where was it that I saw them?)
  • Camper van Beethoven at Cabaret Metro
  • the Allman Brothers Band (though if I could have seen them back in the 70s at some of their Fillmore Concerts, that would have beat the shows I've seen...)

Top 5 concerts I'd rather not repeat:

  • Mojo Nixon's part of the Dread Zeppelin concert I went to with my siblings (we were all pretty disgusted and embarrassed to be there)
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash (1994 - with Fleetwood Mac as opening band - they ripped through all their songs as fast as they could. FM just played terribly, and Mick Fleetwood made a specticle of himself with a drum machine suit...)
  • Foetus
  • Santana's free concert at Grant Park (1994 - besides terrible sound, there were two horribly ugly stoned people in front of us who seemed to think that it would be a good idea to get it on in public. I shudder to think of it.)
  • Bob Dylan at Welsh-Ryan Arena (he was so wasted that he almost fell off the stage)

Top 5 friends from high school that I still keep in touch with:

  • President Bill B
  • Admiral David C
  • Tony L
  • Jenny (yes, my sister - we were, in fact, friends in high school)
  • this space is intentionally left blank

Top 5 (organized) sports that I have played:

  • soccer
  • volleyball
  • cross-country (I liked cross-country a lot - too bad it was in the same season as soccer, and too bad my coach was a jerk)
  • track
  • basketball (I only ever played intramural, and I think I averaged about 5 fouls/game, but once in 6th grade I scored half my team's points (2), and in college I averaged 10 ppg).

Top 5 meals I've eaten while Tara's been gone:

  • Mexican with Trent (we went out for lunch today)
  • leftover pizza from the soccer party
  • leftover pizza from the soccer party
  • leftover pizza from the soccer party
  • a bowl of cereal

Top 5 reasons I need to finish this up:

  • I have a sermon to finish
  • I have a newsletter article to finish
  • I am meeting with a couple to do premarital counseling in 1/2 hour
  • I need to wash the car
  • I could keep going on this stuff all day, so I need to finish up sometime.


The Sister said...

You saw the 77s at Wheaton, maybe? A concert that Tim and I were also at? Maybe.

The Thief said...

Yes, I did see the 77s at Wheaton, but I think I was thinking of another concert where I saw them. The Wheaton one, which I went to with Drew from my fraternity, was a little bit overshadowed by the fact that we were both in the process of going through break-ups with our (then) girlfriends.

John said...

Good choice on The Princess Bride. It is the most romantic film ever made.