Weather or Not Batman has a Set List


What the hell, weather? You’d think that we lived in Vancouver and not Toronto given how much precipitation there has been this month.

Earlier this month saw me with my snow shovel moving water out of my backyard and over the lip of the asphalt that is the top of my driveway. I cannot even hope to tell you how much I moved. Needless to say that I was doing this for an hour.

After a leak in the basement last year, I’ve been a bit paranoid about lots of earthbound skywater.

Mrs. J called me in a panic, indicating that it had been raining for an hour where she works. Considering that it wasn’t raining at all where I was, on the other side of town, I was a bit nervous so I asked my awesome neighbour to check.

The report came back: No Puddles. PHEW!

The Dark Knight Semi-Triumphant

I posted a comment across my various status updates stating that I was not as impressed with The Dark Knight as I thought I would be…

Predictably, a number of people sent me messages imploring me to like the movie better.


I never said I didn’t like the movie. I just said it didn’t live up to my expectations.

I think that Heath Ledger’s death has catapulted this movie into that fuzzy area where people need to make more out of something to justify the loss of life.

I will tell you right now, that the movie is great. And whether Heath died or not, he was perfect in this movie. Absolutely perfect.

Camping Guitar Challenge

So Dave and I were talking about how camping always reveals how little we know about music. Specifically, we’ll start up a song around the campfire and inevitably trail off after the first verse and chorus.

So this year, we’re going to learn a bunch of songs in their entirety, so that we don’t look like ignorant jackasses. Here’s my list…


  1. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  2. Jack & Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
  3. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
  4. Sucker – John Mayer
  5. Some Fantastic – Barenaked Ladies
  6. One Thing – Finger Eleven
  7. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  8. Everlong – Foo Fighters
  9. First of May – Jonathan Coulton
  10. Disarm – Smashing Pumpkins
  11. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate – The Arrogant Worms
  12. Down to the River to Pray – Alison Krauss

Not really the easiest songs to learn. This could be great or it could be a disaster. I’ll let you know how it turns out next week, unless my camping friends murde rme in cold blood and dance about on my grave singing Allelujah

4 Responses

  1. Just went and saw a ton of “Down in the river to pray” videos on youtube after I read the blog entry.

    I was recently at two different funerals and heard that song at both (the first funeral was Rob Wilson’s of course). At the other funeral a person sang it live and a capella. It is a haunting song. I didn’t realize that I had heard that song before in the movie “O Brother, where art thou”.

    At that other funeral that woman also sang “Amazing Grace” to the tune of “House of the Rising Sun”. It works well. Something else you can try around the campfire.

    I think I have to commit a few Arrogant Worms songs to memory. If only I could sing … if only I had a memory ..

  2. WTFW indeed! Hopefully the storms had in eastern ON weren’t an issue in Algonquin!

    Did the folks enjoy the music?

  3. Any progress on your set list?

  4. I can play most of them, actually.
    Now I’m trying to learn 2 new songs a month.

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