Friday, September 30, 2005


I used to have a picture of Laura in a child's banana costume, but I think this one shows off her assets better. Obviously, so does she.

Laura was a student at my former place of employment, but now that she's in college, I can safely call her my friend. I can also say that she needs to call me sometime - I can tell her all the scandals she's been wanting to know about for three years, and believe me, there are plenty. Laura is probably one of the smartest people I know. For example, this semester, she's taking Microeconomics, Chinese, and calculus. I would say that these are difficult classes. Laura would say that she was bored in high school and just wanted to use her brain for once. Don't be fooled into thinking that Laura is all brains, however - she went to bartending school this summer, and is an avid Desperate Housewives watcher. She's extremely sassy and has no qualms about speaking her mind, even to those that are "in charge." I think this is a by-product of being very short and needing to assert herself, but it makes for some good times when Laura is ranting about the state of the world.

Laura, if you're reading this, you're getting a low grade because you never, ever call me, and Facebook is not really a method of communication. Change your evil ways, girl.

Laura - C+

UPDATE: Laura called me this afternoon... new grade - B+!

Pimp My Garden

Another image from Gizzoogle.. damn, this website's funny!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Shannon and Mark

Here are my friends Shannon and Mark on their wedding day... don't they look great?
Shannon and Mark are doctors, which is awesome. I haven't really abused my free-medical-advice quota, but I will. One of these days I'll ask them about my icky rash... or is that too much information?
I've known Shannon for a long long time. She's another one of those camp friends - we owe our whole friendship to being put in an awful drama class together back in 1992. Like all my friends, Shannon is beautiful and smart and funny and she has great fashion sense. We've seen each other through all sorts of crazy boyfriends - the male model, the alcoholic, the religious zealot, and numerous others. Thankfully, we've put those days behind us.
Which leads me to Mark - Mark is my favorite of any of my friends' signifcant others. It's true! Mark won me over when I found out that he can bench-press Shannon. I think that that constitutes a high grade, don't you?

Shannon and Mark - A

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Thanks to Albert for telling me about Gizzoogle. This website is hilarious. It will translate anything you want into hip-hop. For example, I typed in the website of my former place of employment, and here's how it translated:

"The world’s motherfucka brotha arts program fo` cruisin' artists grades 3 through 12, Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty n staff frizzay all 50 U.S. states n mizzle tizzle 40 Countries. These 3,000 kindred spirits fill Interlochen’s northwoods campus wit an explosion of creativity n Inspiration. The world’s best n brightest students train intensively wit world-class instructors, n produce more thiznan 400 presentizzles each rappa in dance, theatre, creative hatin' visual arts, motion picture arts n music.
"Invest. Thrive sho nuff. Go Confidently ta Interlochen Arts C-to-tha-izzamp next summa . Throw yo guns in the motherfuckin air!"

Try it, you'll love it. You can enter any website and Gizzoogle will translate it for you. Endless hours of entertainment await you!

Gizzoogle - A


I like to refer to Albert as my Secret Asian Man. I'm so glad he's my friend - he fills my minority niche. Thanks, Bert!

Albert and I were buddies in college, and I've only seen him a few times since graduation, and we don't talk that often, but he's the kind of guy you can go for months without talking to and then, when you finally make contact, you're on the phone for hours. Yesterday we talked about relationships and teaching. The time before that, we talked about the arts. Albert's bright and funny and just an all-around fabulous guy. Plus, he's got great legs.

Albert - B (remember, people, you got to live close to get a good grade!)

Extra Polar Ice

This gum is not for the faint of heart. There's a reason this picture is so big - it's roughly the size of the flavor of the gum. I have become accustomed to Orbit BubbleMint, and also really like their CitrusMint (it sounds yucky but it's really delicious), but I needed gum and Michael's didn't have very many choices, so I went with the Polar Ice. It knocked my socks off. I don't like my gum to be too minty, and this gum is way too strong for me. I suppose that if I had vile onion breath, it would be great, but day-to-day, this gum is just too much.

Extra Polar Ice - D


Adam and I are "camp friends" (you'll see some more of those this week). We met when Adam was going into 10th grade and I was going into 9th. I took him to the Homecoming dance when I was a freshman - I was such a big deal, having an out-of-town date. We used to get together with some other camp friends once every couple of months. Remember the days when playing card games and watching scary movies was a big weekend?

Adam and I rarely see each other anymore - we kind of fell out of touch when I was moving around a lot in college. He's in orthodontics school right here in Ann Arbor, but he lives in Ohio; his husband is a PhD student at Kent State, so they live halfway between and each drive an hour and a half every day. Better them than me, I say. Adam and Jason always have the latest in orthodonture - when I met Jason, he had braces, and now Adam has those clear plastic retainers. That's so awesome.

Adam - B

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

How I Paid For College

I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this one totally jumped out at me and I had to get it. Notice that its subtitle is "A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater..." how could I not get this book? Unfortunately, it wasn't very good. Here's the basic plot: a well-off suburbanite, Edward, wants to go to Juilliard for acting, but his father won't pay his tuition, so his group of friends (the "Play People") devise some schemes to find money. They embezzle money from Edward's evil German step-mother, launder the money through a fake scholarship, all the while putting on an amazing production of Godspell. Of course, there are numerous love triangles, Edward struggles with his sexuality, he botches his Juilliard audition... but it all works out in the end. Basically, this is the literary version of the movie "Camp," which, if you recall from an earlier entry, I didn't like all that much. It's funny to me, being a theatre groupie, but the general population will think this book is a waste of time.

I'm writing about this book during Friends Week because it sort of made me think of Dustin (not that he's a waste of time, of course!). It kind of mirrors his life, and all the good parts of the book are things he will relate to.

Up for something frivolous? Get this book. Otherwise, don't waste your time.

How I Paid For College - C-


Once upon a time, a senior girl and a freshman boy were in a play together. Their mothers decided the senior girl should drive the freshman boy to rehearsal, even though the two didn't really know each other. But those mothers knew what they were doing - after one awkward car trip, a friendship was born.

Let me brag about Dustin for just a little bit - not only is he in the national tour of Sesame Street Live, he's the only live performer! Yes, there are real people in those enormous fuzzy costumes, but Dustin is the only one who is not in a fuzzy costume and therefore the only one who actually sings live (think about it - how could they be heard through all that chicken wire and fur? the rest of the cast is pre-recorded). this gig came up after Dustin played Bitty Puppy (yes, fur) in the American Girl Theatre's production of Bitty Bear's Big Day. I think Dusty is destined to play cartoon animals - next stop, The Lion King! One of my favorite things about Dustin is his ability to quote movies and song lyrics. Years after he's seen a movie, he can pull out a quote perfectly appropriate to a situation. Even better, if he hears a priceless line, uttered by a random person on the street, and thinks it should have been in a movie, he will adopt that phrase and use it periodically. I love this.

Dustin's on tour right now, so I haven't seen him in a while - and you all know I give points off for bad proximity. However, he'll be passing through Detroit soon... yay!

Dustin H. - A-

by the way, you can check out Dustin's blog - I've linked to him through "A Day in the Life of Sesame Street Live"

Friends Week

It's Friends Week at Naivehelga! All this week, in addition to (or perhaps, if I'm feeling lazy, instead of) my regular postings, I'll be talking about my friends... maybe even YOU! This might seem boring to you - after all, my friends will probably be getting mostly As and Bs - but I think it's a nice way to send some little shout-outs to the ones I love... and isn't that what blogging is all about?

Friends Week - A!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Desperate Housewives Premiere

It was really, really good. Part of what made it so good was that it answered some questions, but asked some new ones, too - we couldn't have gone very long without finding out if Susan and Mike were okay, but what's happened to Zach? And just what the hell is going on in Betty's basement!? I had a prediction during the porch scene - I thought that maybe they were lovers and the whole mother/son thing was a ruse... I mean, what mother puts her arms around her son in that manner? But now I see that I was very, very wrong. I can't wait to see what this turns out to be. Also, Shirley Knight is wonderful as Rex's mother. DH usually does a great job with their guest actors, and Shirley was no exception. You just love to hate her. Any thoughts on who else they could bring on the show this season?

There was a lot going on in this episode. I really enjoy watching several story lines at once - it's nice to follow one character through an episode or two, let them take the forefront, but in an ensemble show such as Desperate Housewives, it's really the balance of the characters that makes it work. Notice how many times all four of the ladies (Edie's just doing her own thing) are on screen together. The interplay between them is one of the best things about this show.

Non-Desperate Housewives watchers/avid naivehelga readers: you should watch this show. There is a large population of faithful readers who would definitely choose DH over my blog any day of the week - that's how good this show is! You can watch the whole first season and catch right up. Don't miss out on the latest pop culture trend. This could be bigger than Sex and the City!

Depserate Housewives Premiere - A

Ashton and Demi

How long will Ashton and Demi stay married? I am placing my bet for just after 8 years of marriage, because while I guess it's sort of hot to be 27 and dating a 42-year-old, it is anything but hot to be 35 and married to a 50-year-old.

Who's in?

Ashton and Demi getting married - C-

Sunday, September 25, 2005


I heard a lot of good things about Junebug - a guy I work with said it's better than any of the films he saw at the Toronto Film Festival - so I was looking forward to a really great film. I wasn't diappointed, but it wasn't as amazing as I though it would be. It's a pretty bleak film. Not as bleak as In The Bedroom or House of Sand and Fog, also family relationship films, but I didn't leave feeling good about the characters, which is what I was expecting. However, I can't fault the acting. Everyone keeps talking about how awesome Amy Adams is in this movie, and I agree, she's great, but I was totally blown away by Scott Wilson, who plays the father. He was so subtle and understated and reserved, and was perfect as a quiet, hen-pecked Southern man - I left the movie saying, "I know that guy." Also, Celia Weston and Benjamin McKenzie (yes, the kid from the O.C.) were totally awesome. Evil bastard people, but awesome.
I can't put my finger on what didn't impress me about this movie. Maybe it was the hype, or maybe the trailers made it out to be a comedy when it wasn't, or maybe it was the small Southern town sterotypes. Whatever it was, Junebug was good, but it's not my new favorite movie.

Junebug - B

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Tios Mexican Cafe

I had a hankering for Mexican food, so last night we ordered take-out from Tios. As a former resident of west Texas, I consider myself to be somewhat of a connoisseur of Mexican food, and this was my first attempt at Mexican in Ann Arbor... and it was awful. Everything tasted like it came out of a can and got warmed up in a microwave. The refried beans were nasty (and usually, the beans are my favorite part) and I couldn't even eat the rice, it was so bad. Nothing was hot enough or spicy enough. Everything had a sort of red tint to it, but not in a good way, more like in a greasy pre-packaged food way. My cheese enchilada was okay - it did the job of putting food in my tummy - but the cheese was nasty clumpy. And we didn't even get free chips and salsa. Never again. Tios gave us a menu with our takeout, but we threw it away.

Tios - D (a few points for speed of delivery)

Friday, September 23, 2005

ER Season Premiere

UPDATE: Watched the premiere tonight (thanks to Nate for taping it for me while I was at work), and it sort of let me down, but all the typical ER things were there - teasers in the ad that look really bad but turn out to be nothing, resolution from the cliffhanger the season before, a little bit of every major character with focus on one or two, and an amazing trailer for next week's episode.
Things to point out: the show is called ER. Most of the action should take place in the ER. I'm just sayin'. Also, can we cut Luka some slack? First it didn't work out with Carol, then Abby, and now Sam, too? Seriously, write in some happiness for the guy.

ER Season Premiere (official grade) - B

Tomorrow night is the premiere of the 12th season of ER, and I am very excited! I think ER has slipped in recent years - I can handle Romano getting his arm cut off by a helicopter, but then to be killed by one falling out of the sky a few seasons later? That's a bit of a stretch. Also, though he's pictured in the super hot picture above, Carter will no longer be a regular cast member. That makes this the first season that there will not be a cast member who has been on the show continuously since the first season, and that's a little scary. I think we sort of relied on Carter for some continuity and warm fuzzies - he was there for Benton and Greene and Ross and Hathaway and all the other stuff since then. However, Noah Wyle has said that it's time for some of the other characters to have a chance to shine, and I think he's right. Let's see how Luka and Abby and Sam and Pratt and Ray do when they have to take the lead.

This might be too much ER talk for some of you, but I don't care. I feel about ER the way that my friend Andy feels about U of M football - no matter how good or how bad, I'll always be a fan. Besides, with ER on Thursday, that brings us one night closer to the premiere of Desperate Housewives, and I know we're all excited for that!

Do you have a favorite episode you want to talk about? Leave a comment.

ER Season Premiere - B+, I hope

Health Clinic Pamphlets

I went to the clinic at school today, to get my TB test read (negative, by the way), and I noticed all the health pamphlets they have. If you haven't been around these in a while, let me let you in on a little secret: they are AWESOME! They have great titles like "STDs and You" and "What Is Acne?" and "Superventricular Tachycardia - What You Should Know" (okay, I made that one up, but aren't you impressed with my medical knowledge?). Even better than the titles and the information are the graphics. Health pamphlets always used to have those sitck figures with the really big heads, but now they're getting more professional and the graphics are really sweet. But I've saved the best for last - the actors. I wonder about these people. Is this their primary source of income? What do their families think? Is this the fulfillment of their dreams? No matter. I salute them. As for this lady, I think she actually looks like she's experiencing the agony of a UTI. She's a hell of an actor, I say.

Health Clinic Pamphlets - A

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Erika Stephanie

This is Erika Stephanie, my friend Tim's girlfriend. I think that she thinks I'm a freak, but I really really want her to like me.

Hey, are those bride and groom monkeys on that table?

Erika Stephanie - A+!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The World's Strongest Boy

This freaks me out so much. I think this is the equivalent of over-the-top beauty pageants for little girls. This kid's weird Ukrainian parents started him weight-training when he was three years old. Can I just say that that's fucked up? Just look at him. He has the physique of a juiced-up man and the face of a little boy. It can't be healthy. Who can say how hard he's going to crash when he actually hits puberty?
Thanks to The Learning Channel for showing that stage parents can transcend the actual stage. This kid was, at one point, the only source of income for his family of four. Oh, and did I mention that his five-year-old sister is on the same path? And that the kid's trainer cut him loose because the kid's dad wouldn't say what kind of "supplements" he was taking? So, so bizarre.

The World's Strongest Boy - C- (but A to The Learning Channel - they show good stuff)

Anthony's Gourmet Pizza

This is some seriously good pizza. As someone who has been a slave to the big three for years (Domino's, Papa John's, Little Caesar's), it was really exciting to have non-formulaic pizza for once. The pizza was a little different than most, with the sauce on top - maybe that's Chicago style? Anyway, under the sauce were layers of pepperoni, mushroom and black olive, and lots and lots of cheese. The crust was delicious, and I have never had pizza that was so hearty. I could only eat a piece and a half. Also, the special we ordered included an awesome Greek salad and a two-liter, for the low low price of... $27.50. Ouch. It was good, though, and I think when all was said and done we got two dinners and three lunches out of it, so in the long run, the price wasn't so bad. If you come visit Ann Arbor and have a hankering for pizza, Anthony's should be your destination.

Anthony's Gourmet Pizza - A-

Monday, September 19, 2005

My Thoughts on (Some) Brides

Getting married is supposed to be the best, most beautiful day of a girl's life. Unfortunately, it usually turns out to be one of the most stressful. I've been on the receving end of some brides' freakouts, but I think that this one takes the big, over-frosted cake (as far as I'm concerned - some of you have much worse stories, I know!). I was supposed to sing in a wedding this coming weekend, but the bride had not reached a final decision on what she wanted me to sing, so I called her yesterday to see what she had decided; also, I had sent her a CD and just wanted to make sure she got it. Well, she called me back today, and she got the CD all right - and she told me that it was very good, but they've decided not to have a wedding singer, and that she hoped that was okay. Um, I think that's NOT okay, but what do you say to something like that? "Oh, no big deal, I didn't really want to do it anyway?" That's just not nice. I think she's freaking out, and I was expendable. Hopefully, she doesn't feel the same way about the groom.
Brides, let this be a lesson to you - the "vendors" have feelings, too, and you should extend common courtesy when relieving them of their services. In other words, poop on you, bad bride!

Cancelling your wedding singer less than a week before the wedding - F

Emmy Awards

I am so, so happy that Felicity Huffman won an Emmy last night. So happy. I feel like the Emmys are becoming more respectable when they start giving awards to people who are actually good actors. And wasn't her acceptance speech adorable? Oh, I am so happy.

Unfortunately, my joy has been lessened a little by two things. First, Everybody Loves Raymond - why? It's funny, I guess, but I don't think deserving of acting and best comedy Emmys. It's tired. That's why it's not on the air anymore - not because Ray Romano wanted to go out "at the top of his game." Secondly, how is it possible that Project Runway did not win for Best Reality series? The Amazing Race is good, for sure, but PR was fresh and innovative and cutthroat and just a damn good show. Maybe next year, Project Runway.

57th Annual Emmy Awards - A-

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Nutty Bars

Oh, Nutty Bars. You sustained me through my high school years, when part of my allowance was to be alotted toward school lunch, and in order to have more spending money, I bought you for a quarter in the a la carte line. You nourished me during the year I waited tables in Saginaw, you and chocolate milk most mornings before a shift at Bennigan's. Now, older, wiser, and fatter, I must save you for special occasions... like road trips. Just yesterday, I had the privilege of Nutty Bars for breakfast, on my way home from a quick trip up north to sing at a wedding, and you were everything I coud have hoped for: creamy, crispy, peanut-buttery, melt-in-your-mouth good. Thank you, Nutty Bars - don't ever change.

Nutty Bars - A

What a Long, Long Day

Maybe not as long as someone driving in the 24 hours of Le Mans, but long nonetheless. I was up at 8 and it's now 2:30, and I'm still up. I'm not cut out for this shit.

Getting up early and staying up late - D

Friday, September 16, 2005


I think this book is almost too good for its own good. Steve Martin (yes, the actor) has such a way with language, but he knows it. Consider these examples. Good example: "Mirabelle is tied up in Friday traffic, and this is only Thursday." That's genius! I love it! Bad example: "On the other hand, if it was her skin, then she possesses his particular intoxicant, a heady milk bath he can submerge himself in, and soak in, and drown in." Okay, that's a delightful nugget of a sentence, but it's too much... and the whole book is like that. I think Steve should tone it down in the future.

There's a movie in the works right now, starring Steve and Claire Danes as Mirabelle (she of the milky skin). I think it will be great - the descriptions of L.A. are beautiful, but the visuals will make it even more so. Can't wait for the movie, wish the book was a little lighter.

Shopgirl - B

Thursday, September 15, 2005

My College Roommate

I'd say she looks pretty good, for having a baby, a full-time job, and only one kidney.

Sarah M. - A

Nutritious Living Hi-Lo

If you're looking for very cheap, very nutritious cereal, then Nutritious Living Hi-Lo is what you want. If you're looking for tasty... look elsewhere. This cereal is nasty, the nastiest I've ever had, and was not improved in the slightest by fresh sliced strawberries (don't be fooled by the box - no blueberries). The texture and the taste are just awful, and even paying $1.99 at Trader Joe's doesn't persuade me to buy it again.

Hi-Lo - D-

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

101 Things Removed from the Human Body

Last night, I happened upon 101 Things Removed from the Human Body, on The Learning Channel. Whoo boy, that show was somethin' else. I joined in on about #74, rebar through a guy's head. Then it was on to rectal foreign objects, with a few forays into femoral and abdominal injuries. The show culminated with everyone's favorite foreign object, fetus in fetu. If you're interested in finding out more, you're a brave soul - and you can look it up online for yourself.

101 Things was one of the most fascinating and disturbing things I've ever seen. The crazy thing is, all of the people featured survived their injuries, some of which were horrifying. I guess humans are capable of withstanding great pain and grievous injury and coming out on top... but try telling that to the guy who doesn't go frog-gigging anymore.

101 Things Removed from the Human Body - B- (like I said, fascinating and disturbing)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Lysol Sanitizing Wipes

Have any of you seen the new commercial for these things? They're trying to make the point that, if you use a kitchen sponge to wipe off your countertops, you're just spreading around bacteria, and you might as well be wiping off your counters with a raw chicken... and then they show a woman wiping down her counters and her fridge with a raw chicken. It's sick. Not only does it make me not want to use the wipes, but it makes me not want to eat chicken. I get it, and it's clever, but it makes my stomach turn.

Lysol Sanitizing Wipes ad - D

Pledged - The Secret Life of Sororities

OMG, this book is, like, so so good!

Seriously, it's good. It's captivating in that watching-the-car-wreck way. You just flip through the pages faster and faster to see what happens to these girls next. Alexandra Robbins does a remarkable job of juxtaposing gossipy, girly interactions or stories of fraternity mixers with hard research and interviews. It really makes for an interesting, easy, and overall fun read.

She evens mentions ZTA once or twice.

Pledged - B

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Michigan Stadium

A few facts and figures for you: Wrigley Field seats 38, 902 people. The Louisiana Superdome, which has held more Super Bowls than any other stadium, seats 72,003. The Los Angeles Coliseum, a venue for the 1984 Olympics, seats 92,516.

And then there's Michigan Stadium, where the University of Michigan plays their home football games. This stadium is less than three blocks from my apartment. This year, Michigan plays seven games at home.

Michigan Stadium seats 109,501.

Let's make this clear: that's basically the equivalent of the Superdome and Wrigley Field combined. That's a lot of people, and they all walk through my front yard. Now, don't get me wrong. Monday through Thursday, it's a perfectly pleasant landmark to have in my neighborhood - the gates are quite lovely. But starting Friday about 5 PM until Sunday at 8 AM, this place is a madhouse. People start celebrating the night before the game, and get up around 9 on Saturday to start drinking beer and barbecuing. Who eats burgers at 9 AM? Gross. Then, as kickoff gets closer, the fans start arriving in droves, and they all walk or drive right past my apartment. And the parking! Everyone is looking for a place to park, and they want to park as close as possible, so all the side streets are full of cars and people with signs reading "PARKING - $40." Three hours later, depending on the outcome of the game, the neighborhood is full of drunk people celebrating or drunk people calling for the resignation of the coach, and this continues until the wee hours of the morning. Basically, it's crazy.

Come to Ann Arbor, and visit me, Nate and 100,000 of our friends and neighbors!

Michigan Stadium - C-


I had brunch yesterday at Angelo's, on the corner of Catherine and Glen, right by the med school library in Ann Arbor. It was nice to be away from the downtown area, especially on a home football game Saturday (I'll be writing about that soon). Angelo's is definitely not within walking distance of my apartment, but sometimes, that's a good thing. I ordered typical breakfast fare, eggs and bacon with toast and potatoes. The eggs were quite good - the right amount of runny for over-medium. The bacon was also the right amount of crispy vs. chewy, and the breakfast potatoes were pretty tasty. The toast, however, was crazy. I got four pieces of toast, two wheat and two chewy white/sourdough conglomerations, and it was a little outrageous. Prices were reasonable, considering that Nate got the "special breakfast" with forty-three varieties of meat.

The best part of brunch was seeing all the friends I hadn't seen in over a year... aww! It was during brunch that my friend Shannon referred to my blog as "blog sorbet - all light and fluffy." I'll take that as a compliment.

Angelo's - B+

Saturday, September 10, 2005


I hardly know where to begin to talk about the brilliance of this movie. It had depth, it had rawness, it had brutality and emotion and strong characters and twists... want more? It had a kickass soundtrack as well. I think this movie was pretty profound, and it made me think, although there were some plot contrivances as well. It's one thing to break down stereotypes, but another altogether to either defy or embrace every racial sterotype just to further the story. For those of you that have seen the movie, I'm thinking mostly about the Hispanic locksmith and Sandra Bullock; everyone who hasn't seen it, you'll see what I mean. Also, it last snowed in Los Angeles in 1989. Just so you know.

This movie is going to be completely overlooked come Oscar season - why couldn't it have come out in November? I think there were some absolutely wonderful performances, and the script was great, but I think by the end of the year, people will have forgotten about it. Sad. It's up to us to keep it alive... see it, people.

Crash - A-

Friday, September 09, 2005


Remember Friends? I love this show. I just discovered that it's on TBS about three hours a day... which I love! I also just discovered that, on November 15, the entire series is going to be available on DVD for the low low price of $245! If anyone wants to get that for me, that would be sweet.

OK, I have to know... what's your favorite episode?

Friends - B+

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Friday Night Lights

This book is great. Really, really great. It's not just a book about football. It tells the story of a town trying to stay alive, of hopes and dreams, of misplaced priorities, and through it all, the riveting stories of young men coming face-to-face with manhood and destiny. Does that intrigue you? I couldn't put it down. The last fifty pages are incredibly captivating - I can't remember the last time a non-fiction work kept my interest so well. The writing is so brilliant and juicy that the characters almost seem fake... but the kind of scary thing is, they're not. These are true stories of football players and fans so wrapped up in the game, and everything the game means, that their lives are skewed into thinking they have normal behavior. I'd kind of like to see a psychological profile on some of these folks, know what I mean?
I haven't seen the movie, so I can't pass judgment on it, but I say that the book is always better, so go out and get a copy as soon as you can. This book rocks.

Friday Night Lights - A

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Silicone Bracelets

Let me begin by saying that I admire Lance Armstrong. Not only is he a tremendous athlete, but he raised a bunch of money for a disease that most people can't even talk about without smirking. So mad props to Lance and his yellow LiveStrong bracelets.

Now, with that said, seriously, people, it's time to put the bracelets away, even the original LiveStrongs. They have overstayed their welcome, and the knock-offs are pissing people off. I knew it was over when Interlochen manufactured their very own Fear No Art silicone bracelets... and they sold like hotcakes! It's insane! What purpose does that serve? Are we now raising awareness of Interlochen? Stop!

Sililcone Bracelets - D


In keeping with yesterday's entry about not sleeping well, I thought I'd share with you the dreams that woke me up last night.

1 - I'm camping with Nature Dave (former Interlochen hall counselor), some guy I don't know, and my mom (that's what makes it a dream - the Strongs don't go camping!). It starts raining, so we decide to hitch a ride, and Mom, Nature Dave and Dream Dude start hitching. Suddenly, it's blazing hot and sunny, so hot that they start fainting and falling into big pools of water. I've been put in charge of baby-sitting a young Keisha Knight-Pulliam, circa the Cosby Show years, and I look like Naomi Watts. Keisha's in one of those ring buoys, and I'm holding onto the rope (she's not a strong swimmer) and I tell her not to let go or she might drown... but then I fall into the water. Keisha follows my instructions and doesn't let go of the buoy, so I am being held under the water. I'm drowning and screaming. I woke up because Nate shook me awake - my moaning woke him up.

2 - I am in my childhood home in El Paso, Texas. I have just gotten into a screaming match with my mom, and I lock myself in my room... or maybe I was locked in my room, I'm not really sure. I yell at my mother that, since I can scream now, I am going to scream as loud as I can. Unfortunately, right as I started screaming, and right as Adam Daniels showed up to rescue me, Nate again woke me up - I'll never know what Adam and I were off to do.

Crazy dreams - C-

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

So Very Sleepy

I think I am a little nervous about going back to school, because I haven't been sleeping well. However, we moved the bed to a better location today, and I haven't had caffeine at all today, so hopefully I will wake up tomorrow feeling well-rested and ready for my first day of school.

not sleeping well - D

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Aristocrats

Warning: this entry contains profanity (but just a little bit). Read at your own risk.
If you're not familiar with The Aristocrats, here's the set-up of the joke: a guy walks into a talent agent's office and says, "Have I got an act for you!" He then proceeds to describe acts that are absolutely lewd, foul, obscene and disgusting - and all improvised by the joketeller. After hearing the entire act, complete with big showy ending, the agent says, "And what do you call this?" The punchline? "The Aristocrats!" It's a joke comedians have been telling each other for years, and now we common folk get a chance to hear it, too.
Penn Gillette and Paul Provenza compiled this documentary of about one hundred comedians not only telling the joke, but talking about its history, formulas for telling it well, the evolution of shock, etc. While the "funny" parts of the movie are really funny, it's these in-between sections - the actual documentary, if you will - that make this movie. It would be really boring to hear 100 comedians tell the same joke, even with the variations. The other aspects show the comedians "explore their craft" (thanks to Nate for that line) and give the joke its style, and in my opinion, that's the best part.
Gilbert Gottfried said "sucking and fucking" about 30 times in two minutes, and it was awesome. Billy the Mime was superb - I never thought a mime could be so vulgar. Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman and Jon Stewart didn't even tell the joke, and they said some of the nastiest and funniest things. If you have the cojones to handle the most obscene things you'll ever hear, go see Aristocrats - you might not laugh, but you'll definitely be shocked.

The Aristocrats - A-

Saturday, September 03, 2005

San Fu

What San Fu lacks in tastiness, it more than makes up for in convenience. San Fu is located about two blocks from where I live, and they deliver - when I called to order yesterday, the San Fu man said it would be between 20 and 40 minutes before the food arrived at my house, and it was there in less than seven. Sweet! Yes, I know that getting delivery when the restaurant is two blocks away is lazy, but it was a full day of moving yesterday - trust me, I needed the delivery.

I ordered cashew chicken, and it was good, but not the best Chinese I've ever had (that title still belongs to Tran's Oriental Palace of Russellville, Arkansas). There was a lot of food, though, and it was reasonably priced. Good job, San Fu!

San Fu - B+

Friday, September 02, 2005


At about 3 PM today, a nice cable man stopped by the apartment to see if I had cable service, which I did not. By 3:30, I was watching Dirty Dancing on VH1. Hooray for solicitors! Thank goodness - those September premieres are coming up soon.

Comcast - B+

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Disaster Relief

As Charlie says, we should have known this would be a bad one - Katrina just sounds like a bitchy name.
I know two people from Tech who live in New Orleans. They're both fine... but they've lost everything. If you can help out, do it - you'll be glad you did. If you've got a blog, go ahead and mention it today. Maybe you'll raise awareness, or maybe you'll raise five bucks. Every bit helps.

Happy September!

It's September 1st, which means six days until classes start (and only 116 days until Christmas -I should start shopping). What else is happening in September? Well, it's National Chicken Month, as well as National Rice Month. The 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day, the 16th is Collect Rocks Day, the 21st is Miniature Golf Day, and the 24th is National Bluebird of Happiness Day. Whew! We sure are going to be busy!

Enjoy September - it only happens once a year!

September - B+