Take 5

By By Trevor Hale

By Trevor Hale

Red Pulse Staff Picks

1. BACK TO SCHOOL – Everyone gets a little excited to start school again, even if it’s because you just want an excuse to quit your job and check out your new classes for that hot new transfer student you always see in movies. Unfortunately, after about three weeks the excitement wears thin and you start skipping classes in anticipation of fall break, because that’s what school is all about.

2. OUTDOOR CONCERTS – You’ve made the most of them all summer long, and now it’s time to take in the last two or three before winter rears its ugly head, darkens the sky and it becomes too cold to leave the house, let alone sit outside for three hours. Make sure you choose wisely, though. You don’t want to spend the next seven months regretting skipping Bob Dylan in favor of the Sandy Amphitheater or something.

3. MASSHISTORIA.NET – Since you’ve read every Far Side comic a dozen times over, it’s time to find a new calendar. Emmy Award winner and former Daily Show scribe Chris Regan updates his site every day with a fact from this date in history and makes fun of it. For those of you going through AMERICA: The Book withdrawals, this is the site for you.

4. THE OLYMPICS (or how we’re glad they’re over) – Sure there were a few highlights like Michael Phelps and the Redeem Team, but there was also a lot of boring filler as well. Now you can get back to watching old “Walker, Texas Ranger” episodes on Saturday night instead of wondering why you’re wasting time on Women’s Badminton or a four-hour televised marathon with commentary more boring than the actual race.

5. BURN AFTER READING – “No Country For Old Men” showed that the Coen Brothers were back in top form after a few mediocre at best films. They’ve already got another one coming out, this time with John Malkovich, George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Even if “Burn After Reading” is only half as good as “No Country For Old Men,” it will still be a huge step up from “The Ladykillers.” (opens Sept. 12)