Summer Movies and Other Excuses to Make Out in the Back Row

Summer is here! I wish you were beautiful.

Like clockwork, Entertainment Weekly sent me their annual ‘Summer Movie Preview’. It’s a good summer for science fiction. Special effects. Mayhem. Crude jokes. A new Star Trek movie. A new Superman movie. There will be lots of action, but little of that will happen in the back row of the theater. Let’s shine a light on all the hubbub.

Last year I saw 10/10 from my ‘yes’ list, 5/8 from my ‘maybe’ list and a mere 2/8 from my ‘no’ list (boredom on a plane…). So this year…

Make it so! (I will see)

  1. Star Trek Into Darkness
  2. Iron Man 3
  3. Man of Steel
  4. World War Z
  5. Monsters University
  6. The Wolverine
  7. Elysium
  8. The Internship

Engage. Warp 1. (I may see)

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. The Hangover Part III
  3. Now You See Me
  4. The Heat
  5. After Earth
  6. The Lone Ranger
  7. R.I.P.D
  8. The World’s End
  9. Kick-Ass 2
  10. 2 Guns
  11. This Is The End
  12. Only God Forgives

Red Alert! Fire all phasers! (I won’t see)

  1. Fast & Furious 6
  2. White House Down
  3. The Bling Ring
  4. Grown Ups 2
  5. The Smurfs 2
  6. The Mortal Instruments
  7. Austenland

Spit out those Jujubes and pucker up!


31 for May: Days Vegetarian

This month I decided to go a little crazy…and try being a vegetarian for a short stint. This is a good month, as I don’t have any international trips scheduled (with food temptation).

I often make things at home that don’t have meat, but I almost never order veggie at a restaurant. Should be interesting and even a bit challenging. I may end up just eating a lot of cereal.

May Goal = Go vegetarian for 31 days. No meat. No eggs. No fish. No joke.

Since this month is about food (or the lack of certain foods), I may try cooking more. Share any good vegetarian recipes you have. Now!

Stay nourished.




Random iPod Playlist: Coachella 2013

In honor of my recent trip to Indio, California for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, here is a random playlist from many of the bands and artists I saw.

Coachella Playlist

  1. Nobody Told Me – Vintage Trouble
  2. Last of the Summer Wine – Palma Violets
  3. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  4. Sick Muse – Metric
  5. She Will – Savages
  6. Lay Your Cards Out – Poliçia
  7. Laredo – Band of Horses
  8. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
  9. Don’t Tear Us Apart – Dropkick Murphy’s
  10. Over and Over – Hot Chip
  11. Gone Daddy Gone – Violent Femmes
  12. No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
  13. Love Spreads – The Stone Roses
  14. There’s No Other Way – blur
  15. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
  16. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
  17. Enola Gay – OMD
  18. Elephant – Tame Impala
  19. Fixed – Stars
  20. Walcott – Vampire Weekend


  1. 1901 – Phoenix


Five for April: Everything

Since I have a busy month coming up and lack any ability to focus on one thing at a time, my goal for April is in multiples of five.

This month I travel to Southern California for the Coachella Music Festival. I partake in the One Day Hike (50K hike). And spring volleyball and softball both start. Also, Major League Baseball is back. Go M’s! Go Nats!

Goal: Do a bunch of random things in multiples of five.

These are the goals in fives I’ll commit to:

  1. Five hikes of over five miles (I can do it!)
  2. Run five times over 5,555 feet (Oh boy…)
  3. Attend five concert sets of five songs or more (Easy while at Coachella)
  4. Play in five sports games/matches (Softball and volleyball)
  5. Watch five movies (In honor of Roger Ebert)

There could be others…

Stay classy.


Results from March

Goal: Run or hike 109 miles in March.

Final stats:

  • Hike = 101.15
  • Run = 0

Total = 101.15

Result: Fail.


  • I didn’t reach the goal, but I was close.
  • I successfully hiked a lot. With hikes of 10.5, 12 and 16 miles, I did a good number of long ones. I also did a number of 5 to 7 mile hikes.
  • I broke in my new hiking boots and figured out what I would wear during the One Day Hike.
  • I did not run even once. It’s like trying to floss again, it’s easy to skip.



Shuttering This Blog Due To Egregious Plagiarism

Dear Readers

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From a moral standpoint, I’m not sure I can be forgiven. But that’s neither here nor there. The Arbiters of Plagiarism, Rights, Information and Libel* and the Fellows for Online Orthodoxy and Legitimacy**  have found me out and are putting in place the initial steps to close A Random Journey down. Forever.

This may be my last post, depending on how cooperative I am in the process.

To my six readers: thank you for your clicks and your seventeen seconds of attention each year. You will be missed.

It’s been random. Be well.

Editor, A Random Journey


P.S. I won’t go quietly.


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