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Sunday, September 11, 2005 :::

The $135 CD

Ok, so my current obsessions are probably pretty obvious if you've visited planetdan at all in the last couple months:

1. Sufjan Stevens
This obsession is compounded by the fact that I will be seeing him in concert come next Sunday night. I've already made a new T-shirt for the occasion, featuring the Superman that he was forced to remove from his new CD cover due to copyright infringement issues. I know, it's dorky to wear such a thing to a concert, but I can't help it. I'm blinded by raw obsession.

2. The Gilmore Girls
Season Six starts TUESDAY. Every time I think about it I pee a little.

3. The Decemberists
Still the best band ever. I plan to attend as many concerts as possible until my entire wardrobe consists of nothing but Decemberists concert T-shirts. I already have a pretty good start. But this Decemberists obsession has started to worry me, because it cost me $135 this weekend.

I've been hunting for this ultra-rare Decemberists EP where the lead singer covers six Morrissey songs. They only made 1,000 and it was only sold at Colin's solo shows last year. They regularly go for $100 on eBay, but somehow I got lucky and found an auction ending on Labor Day, so I won the bidding at a not-so-reasonable $66. I know, it sounds horrifyingly obnoxious to spend $66 on a six song EP, no matter how rare it is. Especially when I already had all the MP3s. But to make matters even worse: I developed a guilty conscience spending so much money on a CD right after that stupid Katrina hurricane. Damn you, Katrina, for putting things into focused perspective! So I forced myself to donate an equal amount to the Red Cross. Now I am $132 lighter in my already thin wallet and that much further away from getting a custom-made Pirolette, which incidentally dropped in price to $99.95 recently.

This is what an impulsive $66 eBay bid + $66 to pay off your guilt + $3 in shipping will get you:

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I like the cover to your expenisve CD.

So I saw this show on TV last night about Amsterdam and how they invest BILLIONS of dollars a year preventing the sea from flooding their dirrty little town every year. They made this super cool dam thing that is twice as big as the eifel tower and closes anytime sea level raises so it can protect the city from an 18 foot wave. It was pretty cool and I was thinking, why should I feel sorry for those po' people down south? Our government and their state obviously didn't care enough to proetect them or care enough to educate them on living near a potential disaster area. Life isn't fair...but don't think I am too heartless, I did give $20 to a Chinese lady holding a folgers tin wrapped with a first aid sign in the Denver airport for Katrina and gave all my old roomates leftover, unopened vegitarian rice boxes and instant falafel to the food shelf at the mall for Katrina too.

By Blogger brent, at 8:18 AM  

Hey Dan. Thought you might wanna have a listen to this:

P.s. I'm seeing S. Stevens on the 17TH. I can't wait! Weee! (ahem), I mean..."Good-day".

By Anonymous Paul, at 10:30 AM  

The Gilmore Girls? Come on!

By Blogger kelly, at 11:23 AM  

Oh Kelly. You must be new.

By Blogger Kristina, at 12:18 PM  

Dan -

Check out NPR's All Songs Considered Podcast from last night. The Decemberists played live on it. Was a good show.

By Blogger Bewareoftheblog, at 4:32 PM  

well worth it... some obsessions are good and you only live once, right? well, unless you believe in reincarnation... but if you're a dog in your next life, you'll be grateful you bought that EP now!

By Blogger aisy, at 11:05 PM  

Having just moved to a new apartment in lovely downtown Burbank, I was woefully dismayed to discover on Saturday that the cable men I called to my place could not install cable because the building had arranged to handle Direct TV only and they can't come til Friday. So for now, I get no networks whatsoever and this is weighing heavily on me since GG starts tonight. I would cry out 'Alas' and wound myself mortally but then I'd make the video store where I reserved GG S4 DVDs very angry for not picking them up.

So, my mom is going to tape it and send it to me from Chicago. But in the meantime, does it make me look really lame if I try to lock myself in my apartment complex's 'fitness center' (about 100 square feet), sit on the recumbent bike and flip the channel to KTLA to watch the season premiere, meanwhile shushing anyone who dares operate the noisy treadmill that may interfere with my viewing pleasure? I need opinions here.

Customarily, I would watch the season premiere with an array of carry-out (in true Lorelai and Rory fashion), but do you think that would be construed as an abuse of the 'fitness center'?

By Blogger imp (Iva-Marie Palmer), at 10:23 AM  

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