Sunday, June 24, 2007

Love Rock

Life couldn't get any better. At this moment. Right now. Its winter in Mauritius, yet the sun continues to shine gloriously and the waves play tag by crashing and ebbing from the shores, while the other handful of vacationers laze away on an otherwise vacant private beach front. The woman our hero has wed lies sprawled on a beach chair, and our hero cannot help but smile somewhat gleefuly on his achievements over the past 2 weeks. Triumphantly found himself a bride, this lazy ass has. Joy.

And these events echo through an iPod playlist arranged within 2 weeks before the matrimonial endeavor. Lame and even gag-worthy to some, but don't we all love to hear love sometimes..

66 Wedding Reception Songs
(crescendoing into post dinner party)

Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald
As time goes by - Billy Holiday
How Deep Is The Ocean - Dianna Krall
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Frank Sinatra
At Last - Etta James
I Left My Heart In San Francisco - Tony Bennett
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Tony Bennet feat KD Lang
When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
Truly - Lionel Richie
Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers
Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Platters
All My Life - K-CI & JoJo
She’s the one – Robby Williams
Always and Forever - Heatwave
Georgia - Ray Charles
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
You Are The Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White
Fly Me To The Moon - Diana Krall
The Way You Look Tonight - Harry Connick Jr
La Mer - Charles Trennet
It's Your Love - Tim McGraw/Faith Hill
We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters
Fallen - Lauren Wood
She - Elvis Costello
Your Song - Elton John
Kissing A Fool - George Michael
I Only Have Eyes For You - Ella Fitzgerald
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Gloria Gaynor
For Once In My Life - Steview Wonder
My Girl - Temptations
It Had To Be You - Harry Conick Jr
I Could Not Ask For More - Edwin McCain
I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
I Believe In Miracles - Hot Chocolate
Believe It Or Not – Joey Scarbury
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Shout - Otis Day & The Nights (Animal House)
Love Shack - B-52's
Copacabana - Barry Manilow
You're The One That I Want - Olivia/Travolta
Mustang Sally - Blues Brothers
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) - Rolling Stones
I Feel Good (I Got You) - James Brown
Fast And The Furious – Teriyaki Boys
Let's Go Crazy - Prince
Jump - Pointer Sisters
Twist & Shout - Beatles
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Mambo #5 - Lou Bega
Conga - Miami Sound Machine
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix A Lot
Lets Talk About Sex – Salt n Pepa
Wild Thing - Tone Loc
Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team
Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Hey, one man's honey...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Movie Monologue #4

The Boiler Room
Jim Young (Ben Affleck)

Jim Young: "Okay, before we get started, I have one question, has anyone here passed a Series Seven exam?"

Man: (raises his hand) "I have a Series Seven license."

Jim Young: "Good for you. You can get up too."

Man: "What? Why?"

Jim Young: "We don't hire brokers here, we train new ones. That's it Skippy - pack your shit, let's go. (the man leaves) Okay, here's the deal, I'm not here to waste your time. Okay, I certainly hope you're not here to waste mine, so I'm gonna keep this short. Become an employee of this firm, you will make your first million within 3 years. Okay, I'm gonna repeat that, you will make a million dollars, within three years of your first day of employment at J.T. Marlin. There's no question as to whether you become a millionaire working here. The only question is, how many times over. You think I'm joking....I am not joking. I am a millionaire. It's a weird thing to hear, right? Lemme tell ya, its a weird thing to say: I am a fucking millionaire. And guess how old I am...27, you know what that makes me here? A fucking senior citizen. This firm is entirely comprised of people your age, not mine. Lucky for me, I happen to be very fucking good at my job or I'd be out of one. You guys are the new blood. You are the future swinging dicks of this firm.
Now you all look money hungry and that's good. Anybody who tells you that money is the root of all evil, doesn't fucking have any. They say money can't buy happiness. Look at the fucking smile on my face! Ear to ear baby! You want details, fine. I drive a Ferrari 355 Cabriolet. What's up? (slides keys across long table) I have a ridiculous house at the South Fork. I have every toy you could possibly imagine. And best of all, I am liquid. So now you know what's possible, let me tell you what's required. You are required to work your fucking ass off at this firm. We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A Piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time? People come to work at this firm for one reason, to become filthy rich, that's it. We're not here to make friends, we're not saving the fucking manatees here guys. You want vacation time, go teach third grade at a public school.
Okay, first three months at the firm are as a trainee, you'll make 150 dollars a week. After you've done training, you take the series seven, you pass that, you become a junior broker and you're opening accounts for your team leader. You open forty accounts you start working for yourself, the sky's the limit. A word or two about being a trainee, your friends, parents, other brokers, they're gonna give you shit about it, it's true, a 150 a week, that's not a lot of money. Pay them no mind. You need to learn this business and this is the time to to do it. Once you pass the test, none of that's gonna matter. Your friends are shit. You tell em you made 25 grand last month they're not gonna fucking believe you. Fuck them! Fuck 'em! Parents don't like the life you lead. Fuck your mom and dad. See how it feels when you're making their fucking Lexus payments. Now go home and think about it. Think about whether or not this is really for you. If you decide that it isn't, listen, it's nothing to be embarrassed about. This is not for everyone. But if you really want this, you call me on Monday and we'll talk. Just don't waste my fucking time......Okay, that's it."

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Movie Monologue #3

Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas)

Gekko: "Well, I appreciate the opportunity you're giving me, Mr. Cromwell, as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen, we're not here to indulge in fantasy, but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market, when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company!

All together, these men sitting up here own less than 3 percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than 1 percent. You own the company. That's right -- you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes."

Cromwell: "This is an outrage! You're out of line, Gekko!"

Gekko: "Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents, each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can't figure it out. One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I'll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I've been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them!

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed -- for lack of a better word -- is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed -- you mark my words -- will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

Thank you very much."