Monday, March 31, 2008

RU Women Face Biggest Game of the Year... Tomorrow

Elite 8 baby...

Book 22 of 52 -- Michael Connelly's The Overlook

This felt like exactly what it was: An expanded serial.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, it just felt like it should be the first part of a larger set of stories regarding Bosch.

Actually by the time I had finished the book, which takes place over twelve hours, I felt more like I was reading an episode of the television show '24' complete with the terrorist angle to seal the deal.

For Bosch fans this is fine to pass a couple of hours until the next big case comes along, but like having a sundae and only getting a scoop of ice cream, it left me wanting more.

On a side note, and one that's completely fun, Harry leaves his phone number for another character in the book,and you can actually call it and hear his message machine.

In other words, it's a fine Harry Bosch story.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunshine and Tucker

He's just lying in the sun... and appears as happy as a dog... sitting in the sun.

Run Fat Boy Run Moviegoing Experience

Deadliest Catch is coming back on April 15th.

Sex and the City: The Movie
Son of Rambow -- oh god do I want to see this

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thank you for taking care of my bride... peasants....

That is totally the best line from Enchanted... and I am planning on including it in my vernacular from now on.

Three Word Movie Reviews

Alien -- Classic Top 10!!!

Aliens -- The Best One

Alien 3 -- Third Film Blues

The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford -- Gorgeous... Well Acted

Atonement -- Exceeded Expectations... Morbid

August Rush -- Surprisingly Sweet. Kind

Autism: The Musical -- Good but Long

Becoming Jane -- Ick... Couldn't Finish

Bee Movie -- Servicable Little Movie

The Business of Being Born -- Learned Lots. Informative

The Darwin Awards -- Kinda Stupid... Passable

Day Zero -- Surprisingly Entertaining Movie

D.C. Cab -- Just 80's Awesomeness

Death at a Funeral -- Made Me ... BORED!!!

Goya's Ghosts -- Slow, but Satisfactory

Hitman -- Served Purpose... Fun!

The Human Face -- Fun and Educational

The Kite Runner -- Just Like Book

Love in the Time of Cholera -- Couldn't Finish... Pretentious...

Margot at the Wedding -- Blech.. pretentious drivel...

The Mist -- Tense ... Awesome Flick

Mr. Magorium's Magic Emporium -- Better Than Expected

Mr. Show (Season 1) -- Counter Culture Hilarity

Mr. Show (Season 2) -- Humor Getting Stale

My Kid Could Paint That -- Not Convinced.... Daaaaaaadddd!!!!!

Rendition -- Tough to Survive

Sleuth -- Decent Remake... Overacted...

Southland Tales -- Nice Try... Bad

Trailer Park Boys (Seasons 1 & 2) -- Irreverent, Bold Hilarity...

Wristcutters: A Love Story -- Thought Provoking... Interesting

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Book 21 of 52 -- Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer

Connelly is usually very good.

His Bosch books are first-rate.

This one starts with Connelly's usual flair and finesse, but falters, haltingly, after about one-third of the way.

The plot becomes fairly predictable, and the "twists" are forced and strained, with the confluence of coincidences making "suspension of disbelief" unsustainable.

Additionally, his courtroom stuff in this book, as in his others, is weak.

(Connelly should stick with the police-procedurals at which he is so skilled.)

If Connelly wanted his hero to be a skilled trial lawyer, they both fail.

All in all, what started out very well done, petered out page-by-page.

Go back to Harry Bosch please.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happy 33 L.A.!!!

Dancing With The Star's First and Second Boots! Results!


Damn ABC has an hour "recap" show before it... getting my hopes up when I popped open the DVR queue to see what was taping... ... Damn you ABC!!!!

But... alas... it's LIIIIIVVVVEEEEE....and it's the first EVER Double Elimination...

There are apparently some young girls in the audience because there is absolute shrieking when Tom announces that the "Red hot Jonas Brothers" will be doing two songs. I have EVERY single intention to fast forward through the Jonas Brothers.

Did I mention that they already had an HOUR long recap? Well... guess what? They recapped the shows at the beginning of the show.

Jason and Edyta dance the repeat dance... Edyta is wearing her normal lack of clothes... right MS? Hot! :-P

Here's another recap as they go over the scores... My boy Penn is at the bottom and I voted for him a total of 36 times last night. It was really easy since I never got a busy signal... sooo... I bet he's a goner... that will make me sad-ish.

The Fellas are First...

Six fellas are standing up there... they are going to tell us who is safe...

1. Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya... are safe....

(The Jonas Brothers destroy Take On Me.... Fuck you teenage heart throb Jonas Brothers.)

Samantha's dress isn't flattering, but her makeup, hair, and face look stunning.

2. Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinski are saved...
3. Mario and Karina Smirnoff are also saved...

We get a montage of "stars" talking about how much it would suck that they might have to go home tonight.

4. Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough are saved...

Who will it be? Cristian or Penn? They ask the judges what they think and they nicely say that Cristian is better...

5. Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke are saved....

BOOTED -- Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson are booted... I thought so... I will have to throw all those votes somewhere else now... :-(

Let's get on with the CHICKIDEES.

1. First couple saved is Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough...

Cameron Matheson is back on to interview people on the streets... it is mildly fun to watch and annoying...

Some aerial dancers are on now... and although the dancing and props are amazing... I can't help but want to kill the music choice of Meatloaf..................... Damn Meatloaf.

The Jonas Brothers make my ears bleed with another atrocious song and I am saddened to learn that they are Jersey boys... Crap. Screw you little 14 year old girls.

Time to get through the bullshit and start revealing who is safe.

2. Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez are staying
3. Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas are safe...
4. Priscilla Pressley and Louis Van Amstel are safe...

They again go to the judges and who say nice things about both Marissa and Monica...

5. For some god forsaken reason Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani are saved...

Monica Seles and Jonathan Roberts are booted...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dancing With the Stars Week Two

So... here I go... here I go ... again... what's my weakness? DWTS! Ha Ha... you thought I was going to say something else.

Last week, we had three hours worth of dancing where the men danced on Monday and the women danced on Tuesday. No one was eliminated.

They all get to dance again tonight... (Good and the Bad) and TWO people get booted tomorrow night in a "Dancing With the Stars First... Two Boots! One male and one female." The anticipation is amazing and top notch...


Samantha Harris is looking incredibly gorgeous tonight and I think she just stumbled over her words... but I am not actually listening to her.

First up tonight... Steve Guttenberg in a really pleasant green shirt. He's going to do the Mambo and he's really excited about it... In case you didn't see it last week, Steve was really "excited" about everything that he did... He's going to be "macho" and I am looking forward to it since he's pretty excited... (Side note... I never thought that anyone could make the song Mambo #5 worse... but the DWTS's band succeeded at it.) He may not be the best dancer in the world, but Steve Guttenberg's excitement and persona is pretty infectious. The judges don't like the dancing... oh well... The scores... 6, 5, 5 -- 16...

Cristian de la Fuente is up with home wrecker Cheryl Burke. They are doing the Quick Step... Crap... Cristian is the guy that I didn't want to like and he is charming me... Shit... I am impressed with the dancing... as I know that I am never going to dance this well... EVER. It seemed like they did well although the TW and I agree that they don't have much chemistry... the audience loves them. 7, 6, 7 -- 20... even with the kind words... it wasn't as high as I thought it would be.

Monica Seles is... ummm.... YAAAWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN OMG This is the least sext Mambo ever. Ouch. The judges think that something's wrong too... and they know that she is out of her comfort zone... Let's take a commercial break.. just to recover from this dance. 5, 5, 5 -- Worst score of the night.

YAY!!!!! Penn Jillette is up!!!! He was leaning against the railing in the dance studio and he broke it... it was one of the funniest spots ever... He used props and ... uh oh... Kym looks lovely... Penn isn't going to last... but I really like him and I know he is trying because he works hard on everything that he does... Teller is having a great time watching his business partner and friend have fun. Len is actually telling him that he is trying and appreciates it. Bruno will hate anything that Penn does and the chick judge loves him... The show is thrown for a love when Penn pretends to fall down. That was funny... Penn is funny... 6, 6, 5 for a total of 17.

Priscilla Pressley is up and her cat like plastic surgery is up next. I wouldn't make fun of someone who naturally looks like this but I can't help avoid it when they do it to themselves voluntarilly... Grandmother my ass... your Mambo looks like a bad cat and creepy midget man dance team. It's better than I can do... but something seems so wrong.. The song and dance seemed like it was 55 seconds long. Just to prove my creepy point... Louis did a split... icky. The judges liked her... WHY? (FBT's beautiful bride asked me that during the show... and I have no idea...) 7, 7, 7 -- 21 is the score... the highest score of the night so far.

Shannon Elizabeth is up with Jullianne's creepy brother. Shannon is out of shape so Derek makes her run up a hill... and that my friends is all there is to the pre-video. Shannon's dress is approprtiate for body and she remains the prettiest contestant on the show this season. I thought it was good, but watch me be wrong... The judges did a great job telling her that they loved her as well. 8, 8, 8 -- 24 Best dance of the night.

Jason Taylor is an NFL player who is dancing... and his partner is one of my absolute favorite ladies... Edyta... DOn't hurt her Jason... leave her be... oh wait... it's time for them to dance already... As always... Edyta wears a barely there dress... and lets Json throw her around... nicely done. The dance was choppy and good... but I like her. Scores... 9, 9, and 9... 27

Marissa Janet WInouker is up... f&ck... I really hate listening to her ocmplain about how horrible she is and was... while eating..... She has self esteem issues...of course she does... MS just pointed out to me that she's 35... are you kidding me? Is she aging backwards like Mork's kid did on MOrk and Mindy? (Jonathan Winters...) The dance is atrocious... and I can't believe that she is allowed to dance anymore. This dance is short... and mercifully so... the scores ... 7, 7, 7... I really think the judges gave her good scores because she cried a shitload.

Adam Carolla is up and she is dancing with my favorite dancer Julianne Hough... he is funny and will probably kick some Mambo ass... kidding... Oh Julianne... what is with the hair and eye makeup... She also has some interesting makeup up the side of her leg... I gorgot that she has a partner... it wasn't as bad as last week.. I can tell you that... The judges didn't like him... Carrie Ann Inaba... addressed him calling her a bitch last week... Len... liked it a lot more than anyone else... because he entertained him... The scores were... 6, 7, 6 and 19 is the final score...

I was thinking about Marlee Matlin a bunch this weekend... since I think that she is pretty amazing for doing this. I wonder if not being able to hear is really a disadvantage... she doesn't have to listen for the beats... it's all mathematical for her... 4 steps here.. 3 steps there... etc. etc. etc... Whatever... her time to dance... to start... it seems so much more crisp than the other Quick Steps... but again... I offer up.. what the hell do I know? Side note... I like Fabian Sanchez... The judges like her too...but felt that Fabian should have had her doing more of a traditional Quick Step... so it wasn't really all her fault... The scores were... 8, 8, 8 -- 24 is pretty darn good.

Kristi Yamaguchi is all about how she is an Olympic champion and blah blah blah blah... she is kind of boring, but dammit... the chick can dance... even though she can't loosen it up for a Latin dance... lots of giggling and goofiness. She was awesome... and I like her a bunch. Her scores... 9, 9, 9 -- they can't giver hert a ten just yet...but she deserved one.

Mario is up... he doesn't have a last name... Just Mario. He's going to dance now... and he sure does like the third person references to... Mario... Need I remind you... it's not fair that he is in this competition... he's a dancer.. "hip hop" my ass.... but he sure is good. Mario looks a little bit like Chris Rock when he speaks about Mario. The judges like him but criticize him a bit... the judges score him with... 9, 8, 9 -- 26... it puts him in second total... he's safe.

My thoughts remain the same... Kristi, Mario, and Marlee are the top three...

bye bye Samantha...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Lent -- Come and Gone... AGAIN.

Let me get a few things straight before I even think about writing this blog.

#1 -- I am NOT Catholic.
#2 -- I am not that religious. I have some basic spiritual beliefs about things and I believe in Christianity but I am not an avid church goer because of my issues with organized religion.
#3 -- Lent holds NO religious meaning to me.

Alright... now... with that said... I took part in Lent this year again. I gave up three things and I deprived myself for the 47 day period. (Yes... do the math... Lent is actually 47 days. There are a variety of reasons why... including this crap about how you can have what you gave up every Sunday during Lent... there are seven Sundays in Lent... bringing the total to 40 days... the number most people associate with Lent. I say it's all crap and if you are going to give something up...give it up dammit.)

This year... I went with three pretty darn big things AGAIN. Each of these things are major parts of my life... and it is usually a big deal to give up these things.

1. Soda -- Most people drink coffee in the morning... not me.. I drink soda. It provides me with my caffeine rush for the morning and throughout the day. Within the first 3 days of giving up soda, I had a humungous headache and noticed that I dragged a bunch. It was a tough sell, but now I am cleansing out my system and I am a much more pleasant person after some time of withdrawl.

2. Chocolate -- I love chocolate. If there are flavors of anything... chocolate is where I am going to go. Ice cream? Chocolate. Cake? Chocolate. Candy? Chocolate. This has been extremely difficult and I might lose a pound or two but what the heck!

3. Alcohol -- I don't drink excessively. I think the last time that I actually got drunk was a few years ago, but with the type of work that I do and with an active social life, I have plenty to drink. A beer here... or a glass of wine there... is all good. Giving up alcohol is always so amazing to friends and family.
"Want a beer Smelmooo?"
"No thank you.... "
"Why not?"
"Lent... "
"Really? Wow... bless your heart... I didn't know you were religious..."
"I'm not... "
"Oh... ummmm...."
"Don't worry about it... there are bigger things to think about... than my not having a beer."

So... there you have it... I am a good person now... and hopefully... I will cleanse out my system a bit from some of the harsh things I was putting into it regularly...

Happy Birthday to the Smelmooo's Sister

Ask her her age... She probably won't respond.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Time to eat some chocolate...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Soo... I love Las Vegas poker

Soo... I love Las Vegas poker

I had a story book hand.

At Caesers Palace, I sat down at a No Limit 1-2 Texas Hold Em table

I had the runner getting me $200 in chips, so I physically had NO chips in front of me and was making bets and calls and raises by the dealer's memory.

First hand, I limped in with A-Q to get myself settled.

Flop comes A-A-Q

For the next two hands, I checked and called twice -- STILL WITH NO CHIPS YET! (I was now 100 bucks in the hole with the Nuts.)

Next two cards are irrelevant... so I have the nuts with no more cards to go.

Guy bets a big bet... and I say "All in..."

He replies.. "How much?"

I say... "I have no idea... I have no chips... dealer?"

The dealer announces how much I have remaining and after 3 minutes of thinking about it out loud, he calls...sees what I have and storms out of the casino.

Blammo... $260 just like that and without any chips.

As soon as I finish stacking all of these new chips... my other chips arrived.

You may ask... What did the other guy have? Did he show? Qs?

He had an ace and one of the irrelevant cards so my boat was better.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Book 20 of 52 -- Michael Connelly's Echo Park

Good old Harry Bosch does it again.

Connelly is lucky to have him in his team.

Who else would have carried the same old story with the same old dedication to upsetting his bosses and the same devotion to doing right at all cost?

It is amazing how often MC can repeat the same pattern, including the love interest stereotypes, without being boring.


Still, I would suggest that MC should seek his long term career plan more in the line of the Lincoln Lawyer.

For the medium term, Harry has to eradicate California's substantial serial killer population, plus do away with the supply of bad cops.



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Survivor Micronesia Fans vs Favorites Week Six

Previously.... ON SURVIVOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and LIIIIIIIVEEEE all in a day or two apart.
Life is perfect. (Ozzy found the idol and replaced it with another fake one... things were all mixed up...)

Tracy and her flotation devices starts off scheming and planning lots of evil stuff. I can't get passed her flotation devices since they are obviously not real. She talks to this "Favorite" named Ami... who hasn't spoken since the season began. (Remember her... she is the ex-Playboy model... who has her own flotation devices.)

Princess Yippy aka Eliza is in rare form tonight... she just keeps yipping until my eyes bleed... and also... Jonathan is big time hurt. I don't want him to have to leave for being hurt last week.

Reward Challenge -- Build a blockade... then... when time is up... get through the blockade that was built for you... first team through... wins two "Micro"nesians... I swear I thought a couple midgets were going to come out... but then I remembered that this was filmed in Micronesia...

Sooo... the winner is Malakal... Penner looks awfully hurt and Chet and Jason are sent to Exile Island... the Micronesians will be going to camp.

Medical is brought out to look at Jonathan's horribly poked at knee. They tell him that he has a big absess in his knee. He is also told that he better go home or he will lose his knee and/or possibly his life.

In a surprisingly extremely sweet moment JOnathan quits and there is crying by everyone... including Tangentwoman... That was almost as sad as a family challenge episode.

Sixth Player out of the game... is Jonathan Penner.

The Micronesians are brought to the island and I get to hear Princess Yippy say the word Amazing... amazing... amazing over and over again. She is not one of my favorites.

For the fans... we have Alexis and Natalie continuously not saying much. I like that I picked them in the draft. Killer.

There is a lot cattiness about the fans and Ami is not pleased by it either so she starts to make an alliance with the Fans.

Dopey Jason looks for the idol on Exile Island and he finds the fake one that Ozzy has placed there. He is so super excited and I know that deep down, he can't really believe that it is real. You would be wrong to believe that... I don't call him Dopey Jason for no reason.

Immunity Challenge -- Stepping poles must be used in the water to get two people across a lot of water... then they must all be standing above each other on a platform together... I love these challenges because no one person can dominate it... and then... I am proven wrong as James basically carries Elza across and then carries Parvati across too. Then dominate and win the challenge. Well done... as Ozzy is forced to sit back and watch.

Oh... who to vote out... Chet hurts his little foot and wants to be voted out. If he goess... Erik and Tracy are pretty much goners so they are trying to get him to vote out Ozzy with them. Dramatic... only because of the music.

Tribal Council comes up and they review the relationships of the past few weeks. Not an exciting week, but Ozzy says that if Chet is not voted out... he will get naked and jump off the pier. Lots of blindsides already this season... will this be another one?

No one wants to play a hidden immunity idol.


Seventh person out... Chet

Prediction -- Kathy... just to give ASSSHFAULT a chance.

Tucker's Nuts
1. Natalie Bolton (1)
2. Alexis Jones (4)
3. Amanda Kimmel (5)
4. Cirie Fields (8)
5. Ozzy Lusth (9)
6. Parvati Shallow (12)
7. James Clement (13)
8. Eliza Orlins (16)
9. Kathy Sleckman (17)
10. Tracy Hughes-Wolf (20)

1. Ami Cusack (2)
7. Erik Reichenbach (14)
8. Jason Siska (15)
4. Chet Welch (7) -- BOOTED WEEK SIX!!!!!
6. Jonathan Penner (11) -- Injured Week Six :(
3. Joel Anderson(6) -- BOOTED WEEK FIVE!!!
2. Michael Bortone (3) -- BOOTED WEEK FOUR!!!
5. Yao-Man Chan (10) -- BOOTED WEEK THREE!!!
9. Mary Sartain (18) -- BOOTED WEEK TWO!!!
10. Jonny Fairplay (19) -- BOOTED WEEK ONE!!!!

Book 19 of 52 -- Michael Connelly's Void Moon

I admit that I enjoyed Void Moon, but I didn't absolutely love it, the way I did such books as Angels Flight and Blood Work.

This is an interesting deviation from the sorts of material--police procedurals, serial killers, intricate plots, etc.--that Michael Connelly usually presents in his books.

Cassie Black, the protagonist in Void Moon, is an ex-convict who once specialized in burglarizing the casino/hotel rooms of high rollers, with her lover, Max.

Some years ago, the two of them ran into some misfortune and, due to the Byzantine laws in effect in Las Vegas, Cassie was imprisoned for manslaughter in Max's death, even though she was waiting for him in a casino lobby at the time.

Now out on parole and working in a Porsche dealership (a pretty comfortable, high-profile gig for an ex-con), she's inexplicably drawn back to attempt one more job, in the same casino where things went so wrong.

On the whole, though, this wasn't as ingenious a plot as I'm used to with Michael Connelly.

I guess I've come to expect more twists and turns, a more carefully, deviously plotted story.

This is a good book, don't misunderstand me, but I just don't feel that it lives up to some of his previous novels.

Dancing With the Stars Debut Part II (Chicks Only)

Chicks only... the men were last night and they all get to dance again next week as we will have two people booted... next week. This is quite a build up.

Weird montage to start... but hey.. this is cheese televistion at its best.


Oh god... how much do I love Samantha? Sooooo very much. She is lovely... and even more lovely in High Definition. The recap and intros are taking fooooorrreeever... God... I love Samantha.

Let's review the women that are about to dance. We have an Oscar winner, a Grand Slam winner, an Olympic Gold medalist, a Broadway star, a poker winner, and a chick who is famous for fucking Elvis.

Shannon Elizabeth -- American Pie "Star" Shannon Elizabeth was paired with Derek Hough. She's won some poker tournaments recently and is actually highly regarded as a woman's poker player.

In the practice sessions, it was kind of fun to watch Shannon falling down in her heels. Derek is still grating and I want to hang out with his sister far more than I would ever want to hang out with her.

So yeah... Shannon is a cutie patootie. This dance was better than 4 of the guys yesterday, but I wonder what the judges will think as TW and I liked it................................ wow... that's a lot of fans that liked it. The judges thought she was pretty good too.

Her scores are... 7, 7, 7 -- 21 Great for this stage.

Jeez.... Samantha is... LOVELY.

Monica Seles -- I am excited by this one and I really hope that she and her partner Jonathan Roberts grunt a bunch during the hard movies in the Waltz.

Monica is best known -- according to her -- for her power on the court. That sounds silly since most people I talk to remember her for getting stabbed on the court. Her introduction was pretty brutal and I like her and her perfect English accent which also surprises me so I really hope that her dance is good.

They told us that they had to soften her a bit. (Colbie Callie has made it to the big time -- now that she has had her song butchered by the abysmal Dancing with the Stars orchestra and band.) The dance was sweet and nice and not perfect but it will be interesting if she makes it further.

Her scores are... 5, 5, 5 -- 15... not ideal.

Oh boy... Samantha reviews her loveliness simply by being... Samantha.

Marissa Jaret Winokur -- The originator of the lead character in the musical Hairspray is on the show and dancing with Tony Dovolani -- the nicest person on the planet.

She spoke for 4 seconds and I immediately realized that... I hate her. I am sorry for Tony Dovolani. I want to take an uncooked fish and slap her directly in her face with it until the scales start to come off. Then... I want to take the descaled fish and drop it in her pants and have her sit down 120 times in a row.

Her biggest problem is "containing (her) energy." She has other problems. The dance begins and Tony is sparkly and wearing and an outfit that shows off his assets. Marissa just sort of moves around a bunch. This is just one of the worst dances ever... in my book and of course the audience is rooting for her.

The judges hated her dancing. They liked her personality a bunch and her dancing was beaten up.

Their scores were... 6, 6, 6 -- 18 What a load of bullshit.

Samantha who? Samantha Lovely...

Priscilla Presley -- She is paired up with Louis Van Amstel. My first thought? They both scare the hell out of me.

She looooooooks like a frigging train wreck. Louis Van Amstel has annoyed me since he was dancing with Lisa Rinna... and he continues to annoy me. Priscilla has had so much work done that I am not sure what to do with my eyes right now. I don't want to look, but I have to look, but it actually hurts my eyeballs to look. Her voice creeps me out as well. High Definition is really a huge curse to these women. Sorry women.

Priscilla dances... wow... that was better than I expected.... wow... I am not sure what to say. Louis is annoying but he does do one thing well... he recognizes the need to show off his partner since his partner is the "star" on the show.

The judges liked her a lot... her scores are 8, 8, 8 24 total. Seriously... who knew?

I am so surprised by all of this that I forgot to notice how lovely Samantha was.

Kristi Yamaguchi -- The Olympic gold medalist is dancing with Mark Ballas. I had no pre-conceptions about this when the episode started.

Hey! She's a gold medalist... fascinating... she'sa baby factory now... good for her. Mark Ballast was annoying last season because of his partner Sabrina... and now... he remains annoying... After watching her interviews and previews, I have to admit that there is something really endearing about her and I like her. Her dance was spectacular and she has to be the current favorite.

The judges were enthusiastic... 9, 9, 9 -- 27 and so were their scores.


Marlee Matlin -- That's right... the deaf Oscar winner is paired up with a newbie in Fabian Sanchez. This will bug me, but not nearly as much as the fake leg of the creepy old british lady from a couple seasons ago. I actually really like Marlee.

What? Huh? Speak up! Oh wait... you are deaf? How the hell are you going to do this? his should be interesting. Fabian -- a newbie to the DWTS show -- is almost more excited to be doing this than Marissa and Marissa was excited. I have seen marleee around for years and I have always loved her so I hope that she does well in this. Plenty of hand signals and some great mouthings to each other later and the dance ended well enough. The lack of hearing will certainly hurt her in the long run, but that was well done. Why is the audience cheering? She can't hear it. The judges say she is inspiring and she moves well.

Her scores are ... 7, 7, 8 -- 22 total.

Psssst.... Samantha is simply... ? ??? lovely!

Final Analysis

For the men, watch out for Mario and Christian de la Fuente...

For the chickies... Priscilla showed her class and Shannon showed that she has a lot of possibilities, but Kristi is the one to watch and seems to be the early favorite for this show.

Join us next week for the booting of two people... on fella and one chickie...

Samantha kicks touche.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

10 Year Anniversary

I accidentally clicked on a link in Hotmail last night and I realized that March 18, 2008 is the 10-year anniversary of my using Hotmail.

I can't believe that it has been 10 years.

I love the internet...

Dancing With the Stars Debuted Tonight!!!

12 new C List "Stars"!

Hot babe (both male and female) dancers!

It can only mean... DANCING WITH THE STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Let's review each of the dancers that debuted tonight -- Just the men though!!

Wow... lots of clips of C List celebrities dancing... they then start the show with all the pros dancing with each other... yes... men and women... all sexy and hot... I get it... now... let's get on with the show... I am especially skeeved out when my absolute favorite Julianne Hough dances with her brother Derek. Icky... sexy dancing with your sister... icky...

Our stars are introduced, but only the men will be dancing tonight on this two night premiere event.

Yay... the judges!!!! Carrie Ann is looking mean... yay!!!

Penn Jillette -- I love Penn Jillette and I know he is an acquired taste. I love him so much that I pushed Tangentwoman to go to a Penn and Teller show in Vegas. He is paired up with another favorite of mine Kym Johnson. He is up first.

He is in my heart right now since I love him and we saw him just a couple days ago in Vegas. We also saw some television cameras wandering around the stage. He certainly isn't a great dancer, but he has incredible stage presence and all of the presence that I have seen in all of his television specials and shows is certianly there.

His dance is up... by the way... Kym is more of a person this year... and I always liked her. THeir dance was better than I expected from him. I don't think he will be out right away... but certainly not a finalist. His greatest detriiment is his size, but I enjoyed it because he was obviously enjoying it. The judges are gracious as they always are the first week... and Penn was himself. To Bruno after he was rough -- "I'll give you four weeks to learn a card trick." Great.

His scores and total -- 5, 6, 5 -- 16 That was harsh.

Samantha looks lovely...

Jason Taylor -- The NFL superstar is dancing with my other female dancer favorite Edyta Sliwinski.

Edyta!!!! Jason is knocking down football dummies in a sparkly shirt. Oof. Edyta thinks that Jason is a bit shy. He then comes out in a tutu. I am not sure about him... but he has Edyta so I will be forced to like him. The dance... for a large man... he is rather light on his feet... He was good... better than Penn, and pretty good. The dance suited him, but I don't know how he will handle the Latin dances. The judges like him.

His scores are 7, 8, 7 -- 22

Samantha looks lovely...

Cristian de la Fuente -- The telenova star that no one who speaks English only has ever heard of is dancing with Cheryl Burke. Oof.. he's pretty. The chicks are going to love him.

Hola. Yo soy Smelmooo-o. Yo soy un Americano. de la Fuente esta guapo y bonito. Se bonito. No esta mistako. His personality is much more funner than I thought it would be. I am currently not rooting for him. He's just pretty. He was nervous and slightly robotic and if I got anything out of this it is that Cheryl is really good and should have a decent chance. De la Fuente will help her get far enough to show more of her talents. The judges like him because he is good and sexy and pretty.

Their scores -- 7, 7, 7 -- 21 Total

Samantha looks lovely...

Adam Carolla -- I like Adam Carolla, but my initial impression is that he doesn't have a chance to win. However, he is with my favorite dancer -- Julianne Hough.

Julianne is hot and Adam is that goofy kid that sits in the back of the room who makes me laugh. He is pretty shy and he keeps laughing and joking so that he doesn't have to dance with her. Let me do it!!!!! The come out and dance the Foxtrot. This will be either fun or a train wreck. He is a bit rough and I hate Julianne's ugly yellow dress. I am voting for train wreck at the moment. I fear that I will only see Julliane for one more episode. :-( Let me divert my attention to something more important... the band is just so horrible. The judges think that they aren't the best. Bruno is especially an asshole tonight. To be this mean... he needs a few weeks of witty banter with them... this is the week of being nice.

Their scores are 5, 5, 5 -- 15

Samantha looks lovely...

Mario -- Mario is an R&B singer who is paired with Karina Smirnoff. Is it sad that I am far off more familiar with Karina than I am this person named Mario?

He is the youngest competitor ever... and is exactly what I expected personality wise -- boring as hell. He is going to be the male competitor in the competition that will annoy me because he has dancing experience and performance experience. I haven't been a Karina fan either, but I feel bad for her and Mario for the whole neck injury thing. He was great... He is this season's Sabrina... too much of a performer to be on this show, but his personality is actually something I will like to hear although boring-ish for now. The judges liked him for the most part.

His scores were 8, 8, 8 -- 24 Total

Samantha looks lovely...

Steve Guttenberg -- I have to admit that I was pretty excited to hear about Steve since he has the ability to make anything good -- see Cocoon. He is paired up with Anna Trebunskaya.

Yes... he IS one of the biggest box office stars of all time. Short Circuit, Police Academies, Three Men and a Baby's. I am really ready to like him big time. His interviews were charming and I will like him. He really seems to be enjoying himself out there. His dance was clunky, but dammit... he had fun out there. Infectious... Just infectious.

His scores were 6, 6, 6 -- Total 18

Samantha looks lovely...

Sooo.... I think Mario has to be the hands down favorite for the men if dancing is the only thing to be judged upon. Steve is the most charming with Penn coming in second... but his star appeal won't win it for him. But... my dark horse is... and I am aware of my words is De La Fuente.

Tomorrow... it's the chicks. Hooray. That's a preview? Yawn... the men seem to be better... and Janet is a Broadway star... lots of dancing in Hairspray... especially for the lead actress.

That's it for now folks... let's enjoy the ladies tonight.

P.S. Samantha looks lovely.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patick's Day

Enjoy one for me... I can't until Sunday... so you can have mine.

Las Vegas Images

Just some images that I won't forget...

Babes Direct to You

Back Fat

Flamingo Dancers

Bellagio Fountains

Neon, Neon, Neon

Penn and Teller

Inside the Venetian

Book 18 of 52 -- Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men

I read this book after seeing the movie.

I was afraid I would be disappointed and was as enraptured with the novel as I had been with the movie.

I highly recommend No Country for Old Men.

The writing was simple but strong.

It leaves you with that lingering feeling of being a part of something words cannot describe.

I could not wait to finish the book and hated to come to the end of the book.

Savor the flavor that Cormac McCarthy creates in this wonderful modern western story.

Then... savor just how perfect and amazing the Coen Brothers' masterpiece film... with all the details and amazing touches.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

don't ya' just love NJ?

If you've ever lived in Jersey'll appreciate this!!!

New Jersey is a peninsula.

Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida .

New Jersey is the only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky .

New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.) than Havana , Cuba .

New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the US .

New Jersey has the highest cost of living.

New Jersey has the highest cost of auto insurance.

New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the 'Diner Capital of the World.'

New Jersey is home to the original Mystery Pork Parts Club (no, not Spam): Taylor Ham or Pork Roll.

Home to the less mysterious but the best Italian hot dogs and Italian sausage with peppers and onions.

North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island .

The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland .

New Jersey has 50+ resort cities and towns; some of the nation's most famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, Cape May.

New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.

New Jersey is a leading technology and industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.

Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy.

New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and you thought Massachusetts ?)

Here's to New Jersey - the toast of the country! In 1642, the first brewery in America , opened in Hoboken .

New Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940.

New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US , located in Elizabeth . Nearly 80 percent of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.

New Jersey is home to one of the nation's busiest airports (in Newark ), Liberty International.

George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington.

The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park , NJ , laboratory.

We also boast the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs.

The first seaplane was built in Keyport , NJ .

The first airmail (to Chicago ) was started from Keyport , NJ .

The first phonograph records were made in Camden , NJ

New Jersey was home to the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City .

The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City .

And, Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, not to mention salt water taffy.

New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey , in the Watchung Mountains

New Jersey has the tallest water-tower in the world. ( Union , NJ !!!)

New Jersey had the first medical center, in Jersey City

The Pulaski SkyWay, from Jersey City to Newark , was the first skyway highway.

NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson River, ( Holland Tunnel).

The first baseball game was played in Hoboken , NJ , which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.

The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889 (Rutgers College played Princeton ).

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden , NJ , (but they're all gone now!).

New Jersey is home to both of ' NEW YORK 'S' pro football teams!

The first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson , NJ .

The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ, by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.

All New Jersey natives: Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Zack Braff, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, RS Krill, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Cougar Bob, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Joe DePasquale, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman , Gorden McCrae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr., Norman Schwarzkopf, Dave Thomas (Wendy's),William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia, Kelly Ripa, and, of course, Francis Albert Sinatra and 'Uncle Floyd' Vivino.

The Great Falls in Paterson , on the Passaic River , is the 2nd highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US .

You know you're from Jersey when . . .

You don't think of fruit when people mention 'The Oranges.'

You know that it's called Great Adventure, not Six Flags.

A good, quick breakfast is a hard roll with butter.

You've known the way to Seaside Heights since you were seven.

You've eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3 A.M.

You know that the state isn't one big oil refinery.

At least three people in your family still love Bruce Springsteen, and you know the town Jon Bon Jovi is from.

You know what a 'jug handle' is.

You know that WaWa is a convenience store.

You know that the state isn't all farmland.

You know that there are no 'beaches' in New Jersey --there's the shore--and you
don't go 'to the shore,' you go 'down the shore.' And when you are there, you're not 'at the shore'; you are 'down the shore.'

You know how to properly negotiate a circle.

You knew that the last sentence had to do with driving.

You know that this is the only 'New' state that doesn't require 'New' to identify it (try . . . Mexico . . . York . . . . Hampshire-- doesn't work, does it?).

You know that a ' White Castle ' is the name of BOTH a fast food chain AND a fast food sandwich.

You consider putting mayo on a corned beef sandwich a sacrilege.

You don't think 'What exit?' is very funny.

You know that people from the 609 area code are 'a little different.' Yes they are!

You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to Princeton --that's for out-of-staters.

The Jets-Giants game has started fights at your school or local bar.

You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.

You refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.

Every year you have at least one kid in your class named Tony.

You know the location of every clip shown in the Sopranos opening credits.

You've gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of the mall.

You know that people from North Jersey go to Seaside Heights , and people from Central Jersey go to Belmar, and people from South Jersey go to Wildwood.
It can be no other way.

You weren't raised in New Jersey --you were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey .

You don't consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.

You remember the stores Korvette's, Two Guys, Rickel's, Channel, Bamberger's and Orbach's.

You also remember Palisades Amusement Park .

You've had a boardwalk cheese steak and vinegar fries.

You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.

And finally . . . You've NEVER, NEVER NEVER, EVER pump your own gas.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Safe and Sound...

Awesome dog happy to be home...

No slot machines, cigarette smoke or cigars to annoy us...

On Our Way...

The last rings of the slot machines annoying me.....

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Survivor Fans vs Favorites -- Week Six Lands


LLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIIIVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (Some 4 months later than when it happened in real life.)

Ahhh... it's day 12 and the Favorites have named the chicken... Charlie... It's time to kill the chicken... but that didn't stop Ami from choking the chicken... hee hee... I made a sexual innuendo joke and it makes me smile more knowing that Ami is an out of the closet lesbian.

Crap... they are doing a school yard pickem and mixing up the tribes... I can't tell you the names of the tribes... Malakal tribe and Airai tribe.

Reward Challenge and the reward is a get to know you BBQ for the "new tribes."

It's a neat challenge where there are pairs of survivors attached to each other and they have to chase the others around and catch their flags. Lots of people have bruises after this one and pain and cuts in this one.

Side note... I found the whole Joel dragging Chet around and bashing Chet's head into logs extremely uncomfortable to watch and it pissed me off because it is the real world of the big muscle head bully beating up on the weaker guy crap. Just uncalled for.

Aside from all the injuries, this is a pretty neat and cool challenge.

Now... we have footage of the winners and losers in their new camps and new "tribes" as they discover themselves... and each other. Erik The Ice Cream Scooper is growing on me due to his seemingly naivety...

The Airai camp and beach sucks... and the ocean is making its way into the camp. James lets us know all that he thinks about everything and I am not sure I understand anything he says.

Sooo... Jonathan Penner is hurt and the medics are called otu to clean out an injury to his knee where a stick went through his knee. The footage showed him getting stitched up and was also rather uncomfortable to watch.

Amanda found a shark and killed it. Seriously. They didn't blur any of that.

Immunity Challenge time... some sort of wacky puzzle game with rock throwing and a "caller" to solve the puzzle. Airai's pieces don't break so easily and are actually laughing a lot during the challenge.... let's see who wins... Airai comes from behind big time to win...

Lots of debate and discussions are had... and it is down to either DOUCHE BAG Joel or Dopey Chet.

Whoever gets voted off, the viewers win.

Let's read the votes...

Once the votes are read the decision is final....


Fifth person voted out... Joel... see you later meat head...

Prediction -- The merge threw me off last week but I will go with Kathy.

Tucker's Nuts
1. Natalie Bolton (1)
2. Alexis Jones (4)
3. Amanda Kimmel (5)
4. Cirie Fields (8)
5. Ozzy Lusth (9)
6. Parvati Shallow (12)
7. James Clement (13)
8. Eliza Orlins (16)
9. Kathy Sleckman (17)
10. Tracy Hughes-Wolf (20)

1. Ami Cusack (2)
4. Chet Welch (7)
6. Jonathan Penner (11)
7. Erik Reichenbach (14)
8. Jason Siska (15)
3. Joel Anderson(6) -- BOOTED WEEK FIVE!!!
2. Michael Bortone (3) -- BOOTED WEEK FOUR!!!
5. Yao-Man Chan (10) -- BOOTED WEEK THREE!!!
9. Mary Sartain (18) -- BOOTED WEEK TWO!!!
10. Jonny Fairplay (19) -- BOOTED WEEK ONE!!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Off.... AGAIN!

I am off again for another trip.

This one will be in Vegas and I will get a chance to play a bunch of poker!

Tangentwoman will be joining me later in the trip and we have plans to see the Grand Canyon and a Penn and Teller show.

She gets one thing she wants and I get one thing I want.

See kids... compromise is the cornerstone to any marriage!

She just better never ask me to get a cat though... then it's over.


PS. I am here safely!!! And I can eat outside if I want to.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

How Many Five Year Olds Could You Beat Up...


TW can only beat up about 12.

What a sissy.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Book 17 of 52 -- Sue Grafton's T Is For Trespass

After reading all of the reviews I really expected to like this book, but instead I found it quite boring.

The first half of the book mostly flitted from one subject to another, with Kinsey detailing what she had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There was no excitement...nothing pushing me to read "just one more chapter" before I put the book down for the night.

There are two or three separate sub plots and none of them were developed enough to reel me in.

This is a mystery story with no mystery - really.

There are no clues, no adventure, no whodunit, no excitement at all.

I'd guess that Grafton recently had to deal with an elderly relative having a bad caretaker, because that's all that happens in this book - an elderly man has a bad caretaker!

I'd also guess that Grafton recently got some reading glasses, since she has (38-year-old) Kinsey complaining about the tiny print on cereal boxes.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Survivor Micronesia Fans Vs Favorites Week Five Boot

Survivor Fans Vs Favorites Week Five Already!?!?!

Sooo....we are LIIIIIIVE...... oh wait... no we aren't... that will be in a few weeks from now.

What I should say is... "Preeeeviously on... SuRvivoR..." Now... I feel at home.

Oh thank you 2 minute recap... I am reminded at how awesome Cirie is/was.

If MikeyB is the only Mike on this season, why do the credits and everyone refer to him as MikeyB? Dummies.

I am up to episode five and I have no idea what the tribe names are... Fans vs Favorites will do me just fine.

Time for the first challenge (Reward) -- It involves a challenge of floating coconuts and spelling stuff with the letters on the sides of the coconuts. Ozzy shows why he is the most amazing challenge player in Survivor history by doing some pretty damn smart movies with the coconuts. Super James and his brain will have to solve the puzzle... oh shit... as I type this... he actually is the one that solves it! Damn...

They win some hens and a cock. *7 year old giggle*

Kathy goes back to Exile Island and Ozzy volunteers to join her. Kathy so reminds me of a combination of my sisters in law. *Tangentwoman cringes*

Ozzy finds the idol and does the most intelligent thing in Survivor history. He makes a fake idol and hides it in its place. I am guessing that someone is going to "find" it and play it in a later episode. That would make me smile.

Ok... we are at our final challenge (Immunity) This is so incredible complicating that I am not going to take the time to describe what is going on. In one of the most lopsided challenges in Survivor history, the Favorites kick the Fans' asses. All of them.

Now... we have to put up with MikeyB trying to get even with Joel for voting off Big Boobies McGee Mary off the show even though MikeyB had a crush on Mary. As of now, it looks like it is going to be Chet getting voted out because he is a wimpy pants sissy face (booo hooo "I am so sick...") OR Kathy.

Tracy plays Joel like a fiddle and gets him scared of MikeyB and the conversations start about voting off MikeyB begin...

We go into tribal council and it is going to be Chet or MikeyB... interesting little twist. Jason pulls an interesting move where I first thought he was making fun of Jeff and then it turned out he was making a heartfelt plea to his tribe to vote out the "weakest" link, which really does seem to be Chet.

The votes are in and the person receiving the most votes must leave the island immediately.


Fourth person voted out... MikeyB. Fascinating.

Prediction -- I'll go with the same picks since I got them all wrong last week. Kathy if it's Fans and Jonathan if it's Favorites.

Be good good.

Tucker's Nuts
1. Natalie Bolton (1)
2. Alexis Jones (4)
3. Amanda Kimmel (5)
4. Cirie Fields (8)
5. Ozzy Lusth (9)
6. Parvati Shallow (12)
7. James Clement (13)
8. Eliza Orlins (16)
9. Kathy Sleckman (17)
10. Tracy Hughes-Wolf (20)

1. Ami Cusack (2)
3. Joel Anderson(6)
4. Chet Welch (7)
6. Jonathan Penner (11)
7. Erik Reichenbach (14)
8. Jason Siska (15)
2. Michael Bortone (3) -- BOOTED WEEK FOUR!!!
5. Yao-Man Chan (10) -- BOOTED WEEK THREE!!!
9. Mary Sartain (18) -- BOOTED WEEK TWO!!!
10. Jonny Fairplay (19) -- BOOTED WEEK ONE!!!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Three Word Movie Reviews

30 Days of Night -- 29 Too Long

The Amateurs -- Sur[risingly Charming... Decent

Beowulf -- Good Looking... Average

Blind Dating -- Improperly Marketed.... Excellent!

Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie -- I Laughed Bunches

Bones: Season Two -- Good Quality Show

The Brave One -- Bit Long... Decent

The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie -- Different... Good Comedy

The Darjeeling Limited -- Quirky And Entertaining

Fierce People -- Tough Viewing... Rough

The Future of Food -- Tasted Sour... Borin'....

Hellraiser -- Still Raisin' Hell

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 -- Continued Story Appropriately

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth -- Goofy, But Entertaining

Hellraiser Bloodline -- Just Getting Stupid

I Like Killing Flies -- Colorful Guy... Fun

Joe Louis: America's Hero Betrayed --

Knight Rider (2008) -- Night Night... Blech

Larry the Cable Guy: Git R Done -- Heh... All Done

The Martian Child -- Loads of Mediocrity

Michael Clayton -- Not Bad... Entertaining

A Mighty Heart -- Bored to Tears

Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Season 5 -- Still Love Bullshit!!!

The Poseiden Adventure (Original) -- Classic and Great

Puppet Master -- Still Campy Fun

Romance and Cigarettes -- Couldn't Take It

Semi-Pro -- Farrell Vehicle... Passable

Shocker -- Still Awesome Cheesey

Teaching Mrs. Tingle -- Super Duper... Crap

There Will Be Blood -- Daniel's Phenomenal... Excellent!!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Book 16 of 52 -- Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

The hits just keep on...hitting?

Stephanie Plum is back with the usual funny cast of characters.

Grandma Mazur has found a bag full of money and is off to Atlantic City to play the slots.

Lula has an offer to be a plus-size model.

Diesel is the main man in this book, but Morelli and Ranger make brief appearances too.

A leprechaun wannabe talks to animals, a horse is kidnapped, and oh yes, there are some exploding cars.

You know, the usual stuff in a Stephanie Plum novel.

The action is fast and furious and the laughs just keep coming as this short, between-the-numbers book rolls to a climax.

It's completely brainless and Janet Evanovich is certain to cash in with this $18 book.

Thank goodness for libraries sometimes.

Monday, March 03, 2008

HDMI Cord!?!?!? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!!!

Sooo... I consider myself very technologically capable.

I don't really need to read instructions when I open a box and set up stuff.

It's pretty self explanatory.

So.... about a year or so ago, Tangentwoman and I broke down and purchased an HDTV, which was just lovely and stunning -- Programming automatically looked better.

Not too long ago, we were at Best Buy looking at other pieces of new technology (good thing about not have kids and having two incomes... you can look and consider buying that stuff!) when we got into a conversation with a salesman about HDTVs.

He mentioned that we should have an HDMI cable connected between the device (cable box) and the TV -- "You won't believe me, but you aren't really getting HD. We have a return policy and if this cord doesn't work, please bring it back."

I hemmed and hawed and broke down because of the awesome return policy -- especially when I saw the price tag of the cable.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot... he was right!

That is REAL HD -- Frigging awesomeness is exuding from my television now and I am sooooo psyched about it that I am soooo looking forward to Dancing With the Stars on real HD.

Sometimes... you really SHOULD listen to the guy at Best Buy -- he might know what he is talking about.

Happy Birthday MB

You don't look older than 21.

It will be nice when you buy dinner for me in AC.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

A little tax season funny

A little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.00.

When the postal authorities received the letter to God, USA, they decided to send it to the President.

The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill. The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read:

Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington, DC., and those a*#holes deducted $95.00 in taxes.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

SemiPro Movie Going Experience

Justin Timberlake Pepsi
Verizon FIOS
HPV Vaccine

The Forbidden Kingdom
What Happens in Vegas
Get Smart
Harold and Kumar II


Super Bowl Tickets!!!!

A man had 50 yard line tickets for the Super Bowl. As he sits down, a man comes down and asked the man if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.

"No", he said, "the seat is empty".

"This is incredible", said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?"

Somberly, the man says, "Well... the seat actually belongs to me. I was supposed to come here with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we have not been together since we got married in 1967."

"Oh I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else - a friend or relative or even a neighbor to take the seat?"

The man shakes his head, "No. They're all at the funeral."