Dave Duncan

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Archive for November, 2004

U2 Collection at a Glance…

Here’s what 115 U2 CDs looks like…
Dave's U2 CDs


The Dangerous Dan’s Review:

I suppose that after more than a week, your appetites have been building, so it’s time to see what happened at Dangerous Dan’s Diner on November 20th.

I’ve posted a full review with pictures and everything on a page outside of this blog. You can all bow to my superior web design skills, but before you mock me… just keep in mind that it took me over a week to give you something that basic… you could’ve been waiting years for something prettier.

In summary, the burgers weren’t all that special aside from their size, Jared can eat a TON of food for being a skinny guy, and fried egg was NOT created by God to be used as a burger topping.

Enjoy! You can leave comments on the review here.

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Igloo Camping: 2005

The email has been sent, and the dates have been set. We’ll be tent-camping one night on Friday January 28th, and building the igloo the next day. Then, we’ll come up the following thursday night and stay until sunday. That means that this year’s Igloo Camping trip will take place from Thursday, Februrary 3rd to Sunday, February 6th 2005.
Jay and I are co-handling the trip, so let me know if you’re interested. Spots in the first igloo are first-come, first-serve. We might be able to build another igloo if there’s enough interest, otherwise spillover folks can stay in a tent.
Food is BYO except for saturday dinner. This way you can eat what you want. We’ll have a few portable stoves around, but could always use a few more.
When Jay is travelling next year, I’ll most likely be left to babysit the IceBox Igloo Maker, and that means that the weekend will probably be heading up to Wyman, Quebec, so it would be best to train this year in a more hospitable climate (although Quebec has more snow, and therefore more insulation).
Last year’s photos are here and there’s some Igloo Videos here as well.

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Mark the Time and Date…

… for the first time in a LOOOOONG time, the entire apartment is clean. My room, the living room, the kitchen (sort of) and the hall. I even put away my camping stuff from September. Good for me, eh? All this started thanks to the Great U2 Collection Re-Organization of 2005. Once my room was torn apart, it just made sense to do it all.

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The Numbers Are In

After buying the Vertigo Singles and the How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb collector’s edition with hardcover book, I was giddy to get home and add them to my collection, but when I went to slip them into the CD shelves, there was no room. What to do? My plan was to put them on top, and deal with it later, but Matt convinced me otherwise, and so started a long and dust-filled evening.

I tore apart and completely reorganized my U2 collection to highlight my albums, singles, bootlegs, soundtracks, tributes, and compilations. I wiped the dust off every CD cover, I reminisced over how I got evey disc, and then I cleared a couple of shelves in my room so the WHOLE collection could sit together. CDs, cassettes, records, videos, DVDs, magazines, tour books, and guitar chord books.

When all was said and done, it took up two and a half shelves of my unfinished IKEA shelving. Here’s the math, so you can all stand in awe of my collection (or shake your heads at my ill-spent money and time)…

  • 115 CDs
  • 20 LPs
  • 14 45s
  • 32 Cassettes
  • 20 Videos and DVDs
  • 9 articles of U2 clothing
  • 7 Guitar Chord Books
  • 1 Piano Chord Book I bought thinking it was for guitar
  • 2 Ticketmaster wristbands
  • 3 Tour books
  • Other sundry stuff

So, you may have noted how much my collection revolves around the ACTUAL music, and not the band members themselves. I’m not one of those hardcore fans who camps outside the band’s hotel in the hopes of catching a glimpse of them, or who roots through their garbage looking for knick knacks. I really appreciate their music and their message. They are people, just like me, but they have a talent for music that I don’t, and I’m very drawn to it. That’s it. That’s how someone ends up with 115 U2 CDs.

Incidentally, I have 51 non-U2 CDs… which means that U2 makes up approximately 70% of my CD collection. That would be sad if my computer wasn’t so chock full of music.


Dizzy, Achey, Nauseous

No, those aren’t the lesser known Disney Dwarves… that’s why I didn’t post (or come into the office) yesterday. I’m feeling better today, and am back to being a productive member of society by helping my bank collect your service fees and interest charges. Er, I mean showering you with customer service. Apparently the side effects of what I’ve got are cynicism and sarcasm… which are both perfect for posting in here.

I spent most of my waking hours yesterday in front of the TV, and I was subjected to a horrible Canadian movie about amateur boxing on CityTV in the afternoon. It was called ‘The Kid’ and starred Rod Steiger and then a bunch of no-names. It was full of cliches, and just a pathetic film all around. To get that taste out of my mouth, I watched the new DVD that comes with the latest U2 album and laughed my head off. If you’ve watched it, you know what I’m talking about… if you haven’t, watch the Vertigo Temple Bar Edit. You’ll never think of the banjo the same way again.

To cap off the evening, we watched one of the greatest films of all time. The Manchurian Candidate is a clever and stinging satire of the McCarthy years, starring such big names as Frank Sinatra and Angela Landsbury (yes, THAT Angela Landsbury). It came out in 1962, but with a graphic scene depicting the assassination of a key political figure, it was pulled from theatres when JFK was shot. It was rereleased in 1988. What a great film. Easily a 9/10. I recommend everyone watch it.

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Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?

If you don’t know what that was all about, you might want to save yourself some trouble and just stop reading…. now.

$9.50 later, I can now say that I’ve seen The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, and I was shocked to find that Jared and I weren’t the only adults there not accompanying children. I guess I’m not the only person in his mid-twenties who loves the show, and that’s what this movie was… a really long episode of the show. The middle dragged a bit, but for the most part, it held my interest. The music was awesome and the rock video at the end was pure gold. It made it all worthwhile… especially due to Patrick’s wardrobe.

I’d probably give this movie a 6/10 and recommend that unless you can see it in the theatre for $5 or less, wait and rent it. You might want to catch a few episodes on TV if you haven’t, and if you don’t find them funny, you might as well not bother.

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The Chewing Gum Review

I was given three packs of Dentyne Ice gum recently and all of them are Cherry flavoured. I thought “Hey! Free gum! Sweet deal.”, but sometimes a deal isn’t really as sweet as it appears. Would it be a sweet deal if you got a free pillow that was filled with cottage cheese instead of feathers? Probably not. Alas… I’ve digressed already.

This morning (after having the gum for a few days, but thoroughly enjoying the Clorets I usually chew) I noticed that my morning coffee had left me with a spectacular case of ‘Morning Coffee Breath’. I frequently have impromptu meetings with people who are (or think they are) more important than me, so I like to make sure I’m ready for a close quarters conversation at any time. I looked over at the gum packs on my desk… they looked back at me. “It’s GO time”, I thought.

Bam. In goes one piece. At first bite, there’s that crazy burn you get with any so-called ‘Ice Gum’ (why does ‘Ice Gum’ burn?) which is quickly followed by the experience I like to call ‘Menthoholic Breeze’. This is the same effect you get with your first deep breath after putting a Halls in your mouth. You feel like icy cold air is pouring in your nose and lungs. It’s a pretty cool feeling actually. I named it after a cross between the Halls ‘mentholyptus’ burn and the airless feeling you get when you drink good Scotch. Again… digression.

Then the taste hit me. My mouth felt like it was full of chewy red Triaminic cough syrup. Do you remember that sickeningly sweet stuff we had as kids? I didn’t spit it out, but I didn’t enjoy it either.

For free gum, I paid WAY too much for that experience. It did get me thinking though… How long will it be before Buckley’s comes out with a cough relief gum that’s flavoured like it’s classic cough syrup? That would taste way better than this Dentyne stuff.

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