One night, during a commerical break on the Channel 64 eleven-thirty “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Anna from What About Bob?, Erin asked me what we should name our imminent blog.
“It needs to reflect all the different categories we’re going to talk about,” she said. “Art, music, movies, kittens.” Our eighteen pound cat Scooter was at the foot of the bed, being large.
“Let’s come up with a list,” Erin said as she gave me a pencil and paper. “Go.”
An hour later, after Vincent had convicted the killer using his deft head tilts and subtle voice modulations, we compared lists.
“Hmmm,” she said, nodding and studiously checking off certain titles. “‘Chubby Rain’ has potential. So does ‘The Mick Jaggernauts.'”
“I like ‘Mad Farmer Blog,'” I told her. “And ‘Sense Offensers.'” We had just watched Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale. Do not see this movie.
“Let’s narrow it down to five,” Erin said. We did. They were:
The Opposite of Hallelujah. Lovesick. The Laughter of Hate. Kicking & Screaming. What We Talk About When We Talk About Blogging.
“The Opposite of Hallelujah” is the name of a song by Jens Lekman, a Swede whose show at The Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky, in July 2006, easily made both of our top five concert experiences of all time. When my brother saw Jens in Portland this winter, he introduced one song with, “I wrote this song for a girl, who didn’t want it. So I’m giving it to you.”
“Lovesick” is the name of the mix we gave to our wedding guests. It included two versions of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “New Partner,” The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Yo La Tengo and others. We are told by some friends that they still enjoy listening to it, which makes us happy.
“The Laughter of Hate” is a line spoken by David Brent in the British “Office.”
“Kicking & Screaming” is the first film by Noah Baumbach, about four college graduates making their way in their first year out of school. Erin’s favorite scene is when Otis and Eric Stoltz’s character are having a book club discussion about All The Pretty Horses. Otis has not read the book but describes the horses as “violently arousing.”
The last one, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Blogging,” is the one we picked.
“Do we want a little paragraph here where we say what we’re going to talk about in this blog?” Erin asks. “Are you writing down my dialogue?” We’re still trying to figure out the process. “I just farted,” Erin added.
I have to leave the room.