Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Agreed, I've spent the better part of my life being at best indifferent and pretty much adamantly avoiding sports of any variety. Sure, I was a Cubs fan as a kid, and we sorta followed the Blackhawks too (although I've still never seen a live hockey game). I've never been a sporty person, and besides being a yoga enthusiast I have no athletic abilities of my own.
Fast forward to sometime last fall, when I fell in with a group of ruffians who, among other things, are generational supporters of the Green Bay Packers.
If you read anything I wrote here last year, you may have heard me refer to last year as The Year Of Saying Yes.
So after a lifetime of saying No to football, I said Yes. Or at least Why Not?
It didn't hurt that my friends were buddies with a couple of the players, and that my very first live football game was the Packers/Arizona playoff game, which I viewed from the 45 yard line, no more than a dozen rows up, in the players' seats, sitting with the players' families and friends.
We wore jerseys given to us by The Real Guys and we were stoked. I'd seen portions of a few games and had a basic understanding of the rules.
And guess what?
I freaking LOVED it.
And for the record, whoever said football is boring is full of crap.
"We" lost that playoff game, but I still followed the rest of the season. In February I went to my first Super Bowl party, at which I never took my eye off the game.
And when this season started I was READY.
With the exception of my birthday weekend, I have seen every Packers game. I have the cap in the back window of my car, and I wear my zip-up Packers hoodie with great pride. I get texts with team updates and of course live coverage of the games.
I love this damned game!
Every single game I've seen has been seat-edge exciting. I figured coming in and learning at the playoffs last year meant every game would be more exciting; that I was lucky to have missed the "boring" regular season play. But I've yet to think one game is even the least bit slow.
Maybe it's just me coming off a lifetime of disappointment as a Cubs fan: The Packers WIN. And whether they win or lose, they're still a great team so the games are all goddamned thrilling.
Yeah, I have a lot to learn about the plays and the strategy, but I have to tell you I am Hopped Up On Football even now. I watch and follow the games, I read up on the stats and the predictions and the history, and I know what I'm talking about when I talk football with people.
I'm enjoying the hell out of this, can't wait for game day, and am jumping out of my skin at the possibility of seeing a game at Lambeau.
Plus, I'm completely in love with Clay Matthews. But nevermind that; he lives too far from LA for that to work.
This weekend the Pack goes up against the 49ers and of course I hope they give them what they gave the Cowboys last month. Or what they gave the Vikings the week after, WHICH WAS DELICIOUS. I know the history with San Francisco, I know the 49ers haven't beaten Green Bay since 2000, but I also know about That One Time they really made it count.
So I'm hopeful but not complacent. Every game needs to be won on game day, so Don't Get Cocky, and fer chrissakes enough with those penalties already boys – because I'll be watching – and yelling –
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Although I did enjoy feeling like Veruca Salt, trying Willy Wonka's "meal in a stick of gum," this particular gum just didn't deliver much.
The initial flavor was just sort of limey, then if I really tried I could kind of add my own graham cracker overtones -
And then it was gone.
Almost immediately the gum went from flavor to nothing, and got that stiff yucky Old Gum feel.
In, out, and over in I'd say probably about a minute. Not exactly a stellar performance.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I’m not sure if I saw “Blade Runner” first or went to LA Eyeworks first, but both left a profound impression on me.
My flesh crawling crowd loathing keeps me from witnessing what I’m certain can only be a Lucy-Show-esque spectacle (OUCH!) once or twice a year when they put Last Year’s Models on sale and let their mailing list have at them like a pack of ravenous wolves. Me, I prefer to shop in a much more civilized manner.
The price of such civilization? About $600 a pair, out the door with a progressive prescription installed and some ridiculous glasses case (one had a merkin, and another I continue to call “Elton John’s Coffin”).
Maybe you’re lucky and don’t need a prescription, so you get pretend glasses or sunglasses for just a few bucks over the frame price (which is still well over $300 most of the time). Worth every penny, says I, since I’m not the kind of person who loses or sits on glasses.
(Well there was that one time, and the LAE gods were smiling that day, because two years later They Had One Last Pair of the ones I lost – the red and pink sunglasses here.)
And although Mark Twain never shopped there, I’m sure he’d agree that any other optician vs. LAE might also be the difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
I’m a huge fan of their whole zipper tooth theme, and love the black sunglasses because they remind me of the top of Nancy’s head – not that anyone remembers Nancy any more, but still. And I do, dammit.
Will the stores still be standing when replicants come for their parents? Not sure. I’m loyal to the Beverly store, and I think Roy Batty shops on Melrose anyway.
All I know is I’m glad they’re here now.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
One if the topics was that girl presently lost at sea. I said
something like, "Yeah sure you want to assert your independence, But
now we're expected to come save your sorry ass when you get into
trouble." Or something like that.
For sure I said, "come save your sorry ass."
"A touch insensitive," they said. They would have preferred I focus my
criticism on the parents.
I did criticize the parents, but they (show producers) thought I was
Truth is this kind of showboating IS an act if hubris (which I also
said on-air). It's stupid and dangerous for anyone of any age or
gender to try it. That's kind of the point.
(I Would like to know why her age and/or gender play a role in what's
appropriate to say and what's not.)
And of course if she'd been successful (like her brother and many
others before her) everyone would applaud and no one would ever have
the nerve to question the wisdom of any of it.
I said I felt bad and of course hope for her safe return (which of
course I do), but this was a bad idea She knew the risk and took it
Life lesson was Supposed to be about taking responsibility!
I feel bad, not about my opinions, but because a lot of people work
hard on that show and this one got scrapped because of me.
For that I'm truly sorry.
Abby is located and safe.
Now can we talk about why this is dangerous and stupid, for ANYONE to have attempted?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
(my little photo set)
My momentary mental health break at the beach.
This would prove one of the most stressful and eventful days of my life.
No idea any of it was going on while I was at the beach....
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Everything was going smoothly, Travis was shooting a nice video ...
Then I opened my trap, and, well, see for yourself:
And I really should add that Daniel, our waiter, was superb. HE's not what I was talking about.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Here's the latest episode of The Filter with me and the way-too-handsome David Reese, airdate May 13, 2010.
I finally figured out how to embed video, but here's a screen grab and of course the usual links (show in two parts):
HUGE BUMMER DEPARTMENT: The segment in which we discuss the proposed $700Mil park over the downtown freeway got cut off.
Believe me I was Smashing in that one!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
In case you didn't know, episodes of The Filter almost always cover four topics.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Watched the pilot and was underwhelmed.
Expecting brass, got lead.
But The Wire was tough to get into too, and I think that's one if the
top five things ever on television, so I'll give Treme a little more
Watched it again, this time all the way through.
Upgraded to Tre Maybe.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I was on with Megan Barth, who was a lot of fun. I always feel bad when I don't disagree with the people they schedule me against, but I think we manage to make things interesting even without disagreements.
(duh) the new Obabmacare debacle,
Deborah Pauly saying "applauding Healthcare is like applauding rape,"
The unfortunate shooting of a disabled man by LAPD (surprise - I'm on the cops' side - again) and
Rancho Cucamonga (a place I only know about because of Bugs Bunny) has yet another rally against amnesty for illegal aliens.
Technical demons were at play, but here are the Youtube links:
Part One and
Also, The Filter will be on NBC on Sunday nights at 11:30pm, featuring the
highlight moments of the week's shows.
Sure hope I make it in!