Monday, March 02, 2009

Thank you for your suggestions - Part II

Last week when I was starving for ideas I asked for help. Now, thanks to your excellent questions, I've had enough blog fodder to write 3 separate posts! This is number 2.

By pure coincidence, I was able to answer all the questions this week in list form.


Who's your favorite musician?

Since my musical tastes are all over the place, I couldn't think of a good way to represent who my favorite musicians actually are. Fortunately, mp3 players now have the ability to keep statistics on stuff like this.

Here is an alphabetical list of my 30 most-played artists:

Bread (no really)
Elvis Costello
Foo Fighters
Green Day
Guess Who
Hall and Oates
Harry Connick, Jr.
Huey Lewis and the News
James Taylor
Jason Mraz
Joe Jackson
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Michael Buble
Nora Jones
Randy Newman
Rod Stewart
Steely Dan
The Receders
Tom Waits
Weird Al

Like I said... I have fairly eclectic musical tastes. I've seen this kind of thing done before in memes but feel free to share your own list if you have one.

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Phil asks...

When my family comes to visit you this summer, what are we going to do?

First of all, thank you for the generous offer. I could definitely use some help painting my garage. However, after we've finished that, I can recommend several fun things to do in our area such as:

Mall of America - 2.5 million sq/ft of retail space plus a Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Underwater Adventures aquarium and a Lego Imagination Center. Make sure you have lots of time and plenty of money.

Water Park of America
- This ginormous water park sits directly across the street from the Mall of America. It's a pretty typical park and hotel but the kids will love it all the same. Especially the Flow Rider Surf Simulator.

Valley Fair - A Six Flags type of amusement park containing 7 major roller coasters and a very entertaining water park. You won't be bored... or dry.

Science Museum of Minnesota
- One of the midwest's premium science museums. This is the place we saw this unforgettable exhibit. Also contains an excellent omni theater.

Minnesota Children's Museum - Any kid who likes to learn, explore and have fun will have a blast at this place. There's so much to do here that one day won't seem like enough.

Minnesota Zoo - Considered a "natural" environment habitat, this wildlife refuge features prominent Minnesota species as well as traditional zoo animals. Ride the monorail around the grounds or relax to the mellow music inside the gigantic underwater aquarium.

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Roger asks...

Who is your favorite Saturday Night Live character?

Well Roger, in the course of the 30+ years SNL has been on the air, there have been far too many sketches and characters to remember. Fortunately, a person can go to this amazing archive site to find all things SNL, which is exactly what I did to to construct this list. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite SNL bits from past to present.
Mr. Bill

All Robert Smigle cartoons. Especially The X-Presidents, The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and Fun With Real Audio

The Chris Farley Show (with Paul McCartney as guest)

Donahue - Phil Hartman

Hardball - Darrell Hammond

Jeopardy - Will Ferrell

The "More Cowbell" sketch - Christopher Walken

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood - Eddie Murphy

Mr. Short-Term Memory - Tom Hanks

Nick Burns Computer Guy - Jimmy Fallon

The O'Reilly Factor - Darrell Hammond

Spade in America - David Spade

Wayne's World - Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey

The following Weekend Update hosts:
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd/Jane Curtin/Bill Murray, Dennis Miller, Norm MacDonald, Colin Quinn, Jimmy Fallon/Tina Fey/Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers

About 200 other routines I can't think of or have room for.
So thanks Elizabeth, Phil and Roger... that was fun!

Stay tuned for Part III where I attempt to answer VE's probing questions. And if you've ever attempted to answer probing questions, you know how difficult that can be.


Michelle said...

Jeff, you TOTALLY forgot to list the State Fair!

And I have to know... painting the inside or the outside of the garage?

yellojkt said...

I want to go to the Mall of Americas. Maybe this year is the year.

Anonymous said...

Can I come this summer too? I'd like to walk around all 2.5 million square feet of Mall of America. It'll remind me of Toronto.

You're right. It's impossible to choose just one favorite SNL skit, but mine is The Anal-Retentive Chef. God, I miss Phil Hartman.

Oh, and this post needs more cowbell. Just sayin'.

United Studies said...

The Receders? Who are they? Never heard of them.

Meg said...

I didn't see My Jeff Tweedy on your list. Should I send you some MP4s?

Ed said...

Justin Timberlake? Well thank God you have the Beatles on there. I'd have to reject you from our generation otherwise. I see you put the Receders in there...good move!

I can't wait for the next edition; I know you have some ridiculously funny stories from the road and nobody tells a Jeff story like Jeff!

Mom Thumb said...

Ed Grimley, best SNL character ever, I must say. And Roseanne Rosannadana.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

michelle - You're right... we do have a pretty great State Fair. I didn't include it because it only runs a few weeks and I don't know when (or if) Phil is coming to MN. If I do paint the garage it would only be the outside. The inside is a lost cause.

yellojkt - It's good to have dreams.

kathy - Yeah, but if I put a cowbell wav file on my blog, everybody will hate me and never come by anymore.

jacki - I hear they're the next big thing!

prefers her fantasy life - He's YOUR Jeff Tweedy? Is he aware that you own him?

ve - Justin Timberlake is an amazingly talented performer. I started paying attention to his stuff after seeing him on SNL a few years ago. Don't know how funny my stories will be. I think painful is a better description.

mom thumb - Good choices. Like I said... SO many to choose from.

Anonymous said...

How about the scenic magnificent Great River Road down the Mississippi and through the towns on both sides. There is a great ferry ride out of Stillwater too. Don't forget the Guthrie Theater and Garrison Keeler towns and Duluth.

Anonymous said...

Like VE, I was surprised by the inclusion of Justin Timberlake, but we have all musical skeletons in our closet. Mine? Old Celine Dion and Mariah Carey...oh, crap, did I write that out loud?

JD at I Do Things said...

We not share a lot of the same musical tastes (except for the Receders, of course), but your SNL faves mirror mine almost exactly. Scary. And can I come and visit with Phil? Minnesota sounds AWESOME!

Windyridge said...

Ok you asked for it (straight from my Facebook info)

Porcupine Tree, David Bowie, Genesis (w/Gabriel only), Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Hooverphonic, Joe Satriani, Crash Test Dummies, Joan Armatrading, Santana, Dixie Chicks, Allman Brothers, Wishbone Ash, Pineapple Thief, Lambchop, Marillion, Little Atlas, Code Talkers, Robben Ford, Yes, Jethro Tull, Sneaker Pimps, Umphrey's McGee, Bela Fleck with or without the Flecktones, Queen, Pain of Salvation, Stream of Passion, Kings of Convenience, Incredible String Band, Kansas, LRB, Charlie Daniels Band, Van Morrison, Lou Reed, JJ Cale, Apocolyptica, Bruce Cockburn, Robert Palmer, Dave Mathews, Peter Gabrie, Al Greene, Cat Sevens, Billy Idol....

Elizabeth said...

I loved Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood! And I totally forgot about Mr. Bill. I miss the old Saturday Night Live.

Whit said...

I dig Bread, it's the Nickelback that worries me.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

bill - He said he only wants to visit, not move here.

unfinished rambler - Your skeletons are a lot scarier than mine!

jd - Cha... you're always welcome here. Bring it on!

windy - Nice list. We definitely have similar musical tastes.

elizabeth - Yeah, it ain't like it used to be, that's for sure.

whit - The problem with a list like this is that it only shows the artists and doesn't take into account how much of the artist you have on the player. For example, I have hundreds of Beatles and Springsteen songs but only one song each of Nickleback, Justin Timberlake and Fergie, yet all three of them made my top 30 artists I've played.