Friday, September 30, 2005
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+!
Thursday, September 29, 2005
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
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 - D
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
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-
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 - A!
Monday, September 26, 2005
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 getting married - C-
Sunday, September 25, 2005
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 - D (a few points for speed of delivery)
Friday, September 23, 2005
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 - A
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
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 - A-
Monday, September 19, 2005
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
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 - A
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
Hi-Lo - D-
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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 ad - D
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, September 01, 2005
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.
Enjoy September - it only happens once a year!
September - B+