Christmastime is Here Again!

29 November, 2009 at 9:48 pm (Christmas!)

So last year I posted regular (weekly, I believe?) Christmas-related videos. Though I haven’t blogged as much lately as I used to, I figure that this is a good tradition to keep up. So here’s the first – enjoy!

Also, I’m still going to blog about Becky’s wedding, and my trip to Oklahoma, and other things. Someday. 🙂


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Happy Birthday, Sesame Street!

10 November, 2009 at 12:35 pm (Nostalgia, TV to Watch)

As everyone has heard by now, Sesame Street turns forty today. Whoa. Forty!

Well some of you reading this (namely, those who didn’t know me 27 years ago) may not know this, but I love Sesame Street. As do most Americans, I know. But I have a serious warm spot in my heart for this show. My mother maintains that the show is the reason I was such a young reader; I contend that Sesame Street (plus Richard Scarry’s books) are the reason I always wanted to live in a big city. But I do know that I have a lot of really great childhood memories of Sesame Street – frankly, of a lot of PBS’s childhood programming. Square One! Reading Rainbow! But today is all about the Sesame Street.

So, in honor of Sesame Street’s 40th, I decided I’d post some videos of clips I loved when I watched, nearly thirty (gulp!) years ago (all taken from Sesame Street’s YouTube Page)

How crayons are made (note: I highly doubt they’re still made this way)

A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter

Heeeeere, fishy fishy fishy!

Batty batty bat – I’m not saying that Becky and I stood on our heads and sang along to this song. I’m not saying that at all.

Okay, okay, I could go on, but I’ll stop now. But cheers to Sesame Street – here’s hoping it sees another 40 years! (though by then, I hope Susan, Bob, and the rest are no longer on the Street…)

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Mad Men

9 November, 2009 at 11:08 pm (TV to Watch)

So there’s this show on the television called Mad Men. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Well, I’m very very very late catching on to this show…but I finally started season one, and I’m digging it so far. Only three episodes in, but I’ve already learned so much!

1. Don Draper is a dick, and I don’t know why all the girls and boys love him so much.

2. If you don’t have a drink in hand, you’re doing something wrong

3. Not only is smoking socially permissible, it’s good-hostessing to have a tray of cigarettes for your guests next to the ash tray

4. In the same vein, drinking and smoking while pregnant are a-okay

5. Women really did used to be treated like dirt (if this show is accurate to 1960’s life – Gran? – then I truly am one of those young women today who has taken “women’s lib” for granted)

So I don’t know how historically accurate all this is…but it seems pretty spot-on. And the attention to detail in production? Impeccable. The show is an amazing snapshot of what life was like back then – and so much of it is just so WRONG…the misogyny, racism, anti-semitism, etc. etc. Except that drinking at work thing – gotta love that. Needless to say (pretty sure every television on the planet has already said so): it’s a really good show. Surprise, surprise. Now I just need Netflix to deliver disc 2.

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What to Do? (Part II)

4 November, 2009 at 11:07 am (Books, Survey!)

So it’s Wednesday in New York City (and everywhere else in the world. Except maybe Australia. It might already be Thursday there). ANYWAY. Options, options for what to do tonight…

1. Trivia Night with Jason et. al. I heart trivia night, but it’s SO far uptown, and I always spend more than I should on unhealthy-but-delicious foods (lobster mac & cheese, YUM) and beer there.

2. Watching the World Series Game Six. I really don’t care about baseball, and I think it’s boring as hell to watch on TV. But it’d be fun to hang out with Matt, and it’ll be pretty crazy to watch the Yankees win out in the city. Would be fun to be in the mix of that, assuming the fans don’t start tipping over cars and stuff. They don’t do that, do they?

3. John Hodgman book reading/signing. This has been a week for book signings at B&N in Union Square! Monday was Augusten Burroughs (I ended up skipping that because I’d been to his once before, and I wanted to dog-sit instead.), yesterday was Plouffe (which was great, more on that another time), and tonight John Hodgman will be reading from his book More Information Than You Require (John Hodgman is a regular contributor to The Daily Show, and he’s also the PC in those “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials)

4. Go Home and Do Nothing

So I’m torn. Let’s open it up to a survey…

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What to Do?

3 November, 2009 at 11:37 am (Books, Historical Figure, Politics, President Obama)

So it’s a Tuesday afternoon, and three things are happening tonight in the city. Well, technically there are more than three things happening – but these would be on my list:

1. Cast of Glee signing copies of the new Glee Soundtrack at Borders in Columbus Circle

2. Jen Somethingorother, who does the Cake Wrecks blog, signing copies of her Cake Wrecks book at the Barnes & Noble in Lincoln Triangle. I don’t really want a copy of the book, but this book signing has free cake…

3. David Plouffe speaking about and signing copies of his new book The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory at the B&N at Union Square.

So which one am I going with? Obviously the Plouffe reading/signing. I’ve been looking forward to this book anyway – regardless of what happens with his Presidency, Obama’s campaign and win were game-changing and historic, and I think reading Plouffe’s inside take will be interesting. However, it’s also gotten good reviews – and Arianna Huffington at HuffPo had a great take on it this morning: What would Candidate Obama think of President Obama? What indeed. I really recommend reading the piece – and I think that the book will serve as a great reminder of why we all got on board with Obama to begin with – and what he could be doing differently in his presidency.

But I’ll let you know after I’m finished reading it 🙂

UPDATE: David Plouffe responds on HuffPo: “No Difference Between President Obama and Candidate Obama

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8 October, 2009 at 2:32 pm (A Good Cause)

Yes, yes, that’s right – a new post. Things have been crazy hectic lately, but they’re slowing down now, so I hope to have all sorts of new posts soon (Becky’s Wedding! My Birthday! Equality March in DC!)…but not yet. However, I wanted to take a quick minute to post this…

I’ve been on twitter for a few months now (follow me!), which is great for keeping up with news/celebs/random causes/etc. I follow Lance Armstrong on there, and a few months ago he tweeted (I still hate that word) about a little boy named Pablo, and linked to the Pablog. So I went and read. Pablo was five at the time, and was battling cancer; the blog was for updates from his family. I of course don’t know these people AT ALL, but I love a good blog (and Jeff, Pablo’s dad and the site’s main updater, is a good writer). And the story of Pablo sucked me in. I mean, what a cute kid!

Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz

Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz

Shortly after I started reading this blog early this summer, Pablo passed away – he was only six years and six days old. I won’t even get into how unjust and cruel it is that a small child would have to face such a terrible disease; it’s a fucked-up fact of life. The thing is, while Pablo’s family was able to comfortably care for him (his dad is the head of Dangerbird Records), they know that many people are not able to give their sick kids the same level of care. So Pablo’s family, while he was still alive, started The Pablove Foundation to improve the lives of kids with cancer, both in L.A. (specifically to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which provides care to anyone – regardless of the family’s ability to pay) and nationally.

So why am I writing all this, about a kid and family I do not know? Well, Pablo’s dad is setting out on a remarkable trek – he is about to bike across the United States, from Florida to California, to raise money for The Pablove Foundation. They’re just getting started and pretty grassroots (despite their Lance Armstrong connection), so I wanted to put this out on my blog – if even one person is able to donate to Jeff’s ride, then this was worth my time!

And I promise, more blogs about frivolous topics soon 🙂

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Decisions, Decisions

8 September, 2009 at 2:27 pm (The Beatles, Trivia)

Borders sent me a 30% off coupon, good for one item, that’s only good tomorrow – and we all know it’s because of all The Beatles stuff they have coming out tomorrow! I mean, just look at the items on this link:

I think I’m going to go with using it on The Beatles Trivial Pursuit…at least that’s something I can play now! 🙂

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Well, maybe 10 things YOU didn’t know…

8 September, 2009 at 10:38 am (Music, The Beatles, Trivia)

In honor of Beatlemania Redux, The Mirror has gathered up a list of “Ten Fab Facts You Didn’t Know About The Beatles“. Let’s be frank – they weren’t all things I didn’t know. I knew 5 – but not 5 of the others (number 7? About Cher? I didn’t have a clue about that!). But my favorite fact that I learned is this:

2. At 2:58 in Hey Jude Paul McCartney can be faintly heard saying “Oh, fucking hell” after he made a mistake during the recording of the song

You know I pulled out my phone to listen to the song as soon as I read that – and yes, you can hear it. Isn’t it crazy that you can have heard something, well, god only knows how many times, and still not have heard everything?

Listen for yourself…this isn’t the real video for the song, as that version doesn’t include the slip-up.

(not the greatest quality audio…)

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It’s Beatlemania Here on the Blog!

8 September, 2009 at 10:21 am (The Beatles)

Tomorrow, 9/9/09, both The Beatles: Rock Band and remastered editions all of The Beatles albums will be released. Woo! It might not be quite as big as 6/1/67, but it’s up there. So, in honor of that – and because I have to make due with not buying Beatles: Rock Band just yet – I’ll be posting beaucoup Beatles this week!

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Happy Birthday, Blog!

3 September, 2009 at 9:29 am (Miscellaneous)

I realized late last night that I’d started the blog exactly one year before, on September 2, 2008. Obviously I went to bed instead of blogging about it – so I’m doing so now, quickly! I’ll blog much more soon…I’ve just not been into it the past couple of weeks. I have a long weekend coming up, and I’m sure I’ll be blogging then. I mean, I still haven’t blogged about that Britney Spears concert…

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