"Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you..."-Kahlil Gibran
The fog creeps coast side, with the heavy rails of the last BART trains in a distance. We all need our own personal soundtrack, even where the walls crack, even where enough is never really enough. A ramble never hurt nobody, a midnight glass of whiskey over ice, over and over where days break but never bends....
As a kid you always wait for summer vacation, and as soon as it arrived, it was gone. We turn to entertainment, we turn to distractions, but for what? Personal connections help people thrive. We all thrive at something...
Sleep. Shower. Eat. In the car/bus/Bart...we are waiting, spending moments getting to and from places, wasting moments...waiting. Nap. eat, repeat...waiting. I noticed the other day how much I dislike text messaging, how impersonal, why not pick up the phone? Hearing that special someones voice goes farther than any old freeway. Sleep, and repeat...
Five (5) songs you (yes, you sitting at your computer) must listen to, preferably at a volume of 24 (out of 40/50 on your dial) or slightly over medium but loud enough for the person next to you to hear...
Five Books that should be read or skimmed, but really read...
- Just In Time. Nina Simone
- Don't Think Twice it's Alright. Bob Dylan
- Sidestep. Crown City Rockers
- Lifetime. Mos Def
- Try A Little Tenderness. Ottis Redding
Two things on the Internet that you should watch...
- The Prophet. Kahlil Gibran
- On The Road. Jack Kerouac
- The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho
- Life After God. Douglass Coupland
- The Peace Book/The Feel Good Book. Todd Parr
Being an educator for the past five years, I was going to "blog" about education, or revolution, or....hmm. I just got back from camping this weekend, relaxing with stars above and your thoughts. Makes me think how far people have evolved, how did cave people entertain themselves? What did they blog about? So many kids nowadays are so easily manipulated by the media and television and radio. Now I enjoy all that from time to time, but as adults or "grown-ups" where does it stop, working sooo hard for things we don't really need. Personal connections. It's summer time, don't let your kids sit inside and be pressured to live up to things on television that don't even exist. Let them get dirty, let them smell the fresh cut grass, or let them climb a tree, let them be, not what they see on TV. And when school does start back up, be pro-active in the classroom, volunteer, be involved and they will too, it will benefit them in the long run...wow that was long...that's what she said...thanks for letting me blog it out...
that's my peace/piece...
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For all the lucky people in Asia, Rick Astley is touring the country and making visits to foreign shows. Wowwowwee!
Rumor has it that Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong have broken up already. What's up with that?
So Mario Lopez got Mark McGrath and Dayna Devon from Extra booted from their hosting duties. The official release was that McGrath was going to re-focus on his music career and revive Sugar Ray. Is that a good idea? And Dayna Devon will now just be a special correspondent. When Dustin "Screech Powers" Diamond
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
you with your hands raised up high. Well, I have nothing to say about it. Just wanted to bring it up. Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) was in a few episodes in the 2nd season I believe and Carly "Sam" Pope played the drug dealer on Dirt. That Tammy girl married Melissa Etheridge, and Sara Rue had a sitcom on ABC which co-starred Zachary Levi if I'm not mistaken, who is now the lead on Chuck. Woo-hoo! Poppy Fresh is having her 3rd child with Christopher Gorham and Mary Cherry was in What I Like About You who starred Amanda Bynes, who has her own clothing line but isn't as expensive as Lauren Conrad's. Wow, what a lot of useless information I'm typing.
Goose, props to you regarding our earlier phone conversation. Here's a lesson kids, don't stand next to Goose in case someone starts pulling your hair out. Don't be ingay! I ain't looking @ you, shet!
I had a stressed out Tuesday morning (as I'm making a sad, pouty face)...
Monday, July 28, 2008
Goose! Why would you park in front of the post office and work on your invites for 15 minutes, leave for the Costco parking lot (since you took a 15 minute only spot @ the post office) to finish said invites only to return to that same post office to mail your stuff? And you were in your car for the entire 90 minute duration! That was a real puzzler for me. Oh, lollipop!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Gossip Girl star Blake Lively was snapped @ Silvercup Studios on Thursday with her other companion, Penny. Yes, her dog's name is Penny and her boyfriend's name is Penn. Coincidence? Yes, because her ex-boyfriend, Kelly, gave her Penny years ago. Blake's on screen BFF, Leighton "Blair" Meester was out on Friday shooting scenes of her own and boy, was she ruffly.
And this morning, Blake was with America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, & Amber Tamblyn @ The New York Regency doing press for their upcoming movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. That might not do so good. But didn't the first one achieve moderate success?
Why else would they do a second one if the first film bombed, right? I think I answered my own question.
Speaking of Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls (great show)), remember when she was the love of Milo Ventimiglia's life? They looked really good together. Now, he's with that Hayden girl who he co-stars with on Heroes (they sat apart @ Comic-Con yesterday). And Alexis is with some new dude.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Maroon 5 and Counting Crows are touring together. Now that should be a good show. I've been a huge fan of Counting Crows since the beginning and Adam Duritz' look has quite grown on me. If you go, invite me.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Comic-Con is going on and Twilight the movie was featured today. A bunch of fans flocked to the San Diego Convention Center (some camped overnight) to catch a glimpse of its stars and a preview of the film, which will be released in December. Flower Girl and Junior Sibling should have a report for us upon their return.
I have a grievance from 1999. Wasteland was my new favorite show on ABC about six twenty something friends living in New York City. Some of the stars were Brad Rowe, Rebecca Gayheart, and Sasha Alexander. And to my disappointment, they got canceled after only two airings. Now there's a lot of shows I enjoyed that suddenly went off the air (i.e. Models, Inc and The Class), but I still feel that given a chance, Wasteland would have succeeded (maybe if it was on the now defunct WB). Lucky for me, they shot all 13 episodes that the network ordered and a few years later, Showtime opted to air them all (and I managed to preserve the episodes). Does anyone even know what show I'm talking about?
Handsome Patrick Dempsey is one of the celebs featured on the cover of Forbes' Entertainment All Stars. He has come so far since Can't Buy Me Love (remember the line, "You sh*t on my house!") Classic.
And hottie Penn Badgley is in the current issue of GQ featuring Seth Rogan on the cover. Speaking of Penn, he sure fancies wearing v-necks and cardigans whenever he goes out. Is that something Blake Lively really digs on him?
So I bought the MotoRokr for my car since you're not allowed to have a cell phone stuck to your ear while driving and I must say, it works very well. Something for you to consider in case you're shopping around.
And that is Thursday...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Don't call it a comeback
I've been here for years
I'm rockin' my peers
Puttin' suckers in fear
Makin' the tears rain down like a monsoon
Listen to the bass go boom
Over the competition I'm towerin'
Just a little taste of what's been shuffling in my ipod. That's right, Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J.
Lindsay Lohan has been spotted back on the Ugly Betty set in New York this week filming for the upcoming season.
Last week, some members of the Gossip Girl cast were also out on the streets of New York filming. Pretty boy Chace Crawford was seen with Madchen Amick (she'll always be Shelly from Twin Peaks). Rumor has it that Chace's character Nate possibly gets back together with Vanessa and Madchen's character (a married, cougar MILF) who's having an affair with Nate, isn't down for that.
And then here's Blake Lively and Penn Badgley shooting a scene (or are they?) of their own. Their characters' reunion is short-lived (Boo!).
I hear Mad Men is a good show. Anyone?
Finally, 90210 has recruited Ann Gillespie to reprise her role as Jackie Taylor (Kelly's mom). It's been revealed that one of the main characters, "Silver" who uses her last name is actually Erin, Kelly and David's little sister.
Where am I gonna go for lunch?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Twilight and I couldnt have been introduced at a better time. As everyone knows, its been rough around these parts. The Little Diamond Girl decided she was too cool for this feeble world of ours and moved on to a place we all hope to be one day. So there I was...the would be Diamond Girl's 2nd Birthday. My cousin, Juicy, innocently asked me to read a book she had been obsessing over. And that was the end of it. Instead of laying on my bed, crying myself to sleep, I was whisked away to a town called Forks, Washington. There, I discovered a quaint little town where I met Bella and her Dad, the Native Americans of La Push Beach, the students of Forks High School and most inportantly, Edward Cullen and his family.
Within the next six days, I read all three books in the saga which contained over 1800 pages. It consumed me. It made me laugh and cry and say things like, "Oh, Edward" at the most random moments. Throughout my Twilight journey, I am proud to profess the following: I am a sworn member of Team Edward. I have a hard time believing he is a fictional character. I have a new found love for my (semi) silver Volvo. I sympathize with Jacob Black, but in no way support his ridiculous actions. With this, I had somewhat of a smile on my face again. One that I had not seen in weeks. So thanks to Juicy for the introduction-I sometimes feel like it helps ease the pain.
I have convinced a few family members and a certain BFF to read the books. Many of them have also lost their minds. So, wont you join our "Twihard" clan? We will be attending a midnight release of "Breaking Dawn" at a secret (members only) Borders location. Don't worry Twihards, I will not release your identity. And this Thursday, July 24th, many of us will be flying down to San Diego to attend the Twilight presentation at Comic-Con. Now that's what I call dedication!
The Flower Girl
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
OMG! The executive producer of the new 90210 just confirmed this morning @ The Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills that Shannen Doherty will be reprising her role as Brenda Walsh(cant.stop.squealing.) Brenda will supposedly be visiting West Beverly High
to direct a musical. I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled beyond words.
Now let's hope that a scene occurs between Shannen and Jennie Garth, who has already started filming as Kelly Taylor.
Boxed sangria for everyone!
Friday, July 18, 2008
So The Dark Knight was released @ midnight and is expected to be a winner this weekend. Mamma Mia! looks good (to me @ least) and I know there's a Dancing Queen in all of us. Coldplay is @ the HP Pavilion tonight and Chris Isaak (he's dreamy) is playing the Mountain Winery and Boy George was supposed to play in SF but he couldn't get a visa. Or did he?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
So, I'm her big brother and co-pop-culture freak. We grew up watching tv together. As little kids whoever woke up first got to control the tv for most of the day, do you remember that, Catherine? I remember watching Charlie's Angels, The Brady Kids cartoons in the mornings, Golden Girls (yes, I stayed home on Saturday nights, just like Ross)...with all my siblings. With that, I got to be so knowledgeable with tv shows, even if I didn't watch them or if they were only on for a short time. Like who remembers Flamingo Road, Paper Dolls, and Bare Essense? I loved those nighttime soaps. Mark Harmon, Terry Farrell, and Genie Francis were all featured in them, respectively...all so great!!!
I also love movies. My latest obsession is Wanted. How great was that movie? Plus Angelina and James McAvoy (woof), both stars excelled in that movie, I thought. And I can't wait for Twilight (coming this December, mark your calendars now 12/12/08). I'm towards the end of the third book right now and I'm so into it, I read it everyday on the bus to and from work. I look forward to the busrides, actually. I get mad when I can't sit on the bus and I can't read on that trip, like this morning. I was late and the bus was so full, I hated that ride. Anyway...TEAM EDWARD all the way, right? Who's with me on that one?
Okay, so the real reason why I'm on here: The Emmy nominations are out today and my sister wanted me to comment on them...so without further ado, here are the main categories with my thoughts on each one:
Best Drama: Boston Legal; Damages; Dexter; House; Lost; Mad Men.
(Last Year's Winner: The Sopranos) I really loved Mad Men, it truly is an amazing show, beautifully executed in every way from the acting to the the period set pieces to the writing, to that cool opening credit sequence. Lost really brought their A-game back this last half-season (writer's strike be damned!). It's really between these two shows. Why are there 6 in this category, they couldn't leave out Boston Legal, why is that on here? WHY? I know what you're all thinking, where's Grey's Anatomy or Battlestar Galactica? Well, Grey's had another off season and the Emmys refuse to reward Battlestar on any level, yes, I'm bitter about that.
Best Actor in a Drama: Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Hugh Laurie, House; James Spader, Boston Legal.
(Last Year's Winner: James Spader, Boston Legal) This is a 3-way race between Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, and Hugh Laurie. Jon Hamm is just so brilliantly subtle that you forget he's an actor playing a normal, cheating, but loves his family, guy. Michael C. Hall becuase he's so brilliantly scary as the serial-killer of serial killers playing him as a normal, crazy guy. Hugh Laurie because he has deserved this award for the past 3 years, but has never gotten it. I haven't seen In Treatment, so I don't know how good Mr. Byrne is. I saw the pilot for Breaking Bad, and he's really good as the sad sack teacher, in any other year he'd have a chance. And James Spader, well...he already won last year and they can't give it to him 2 years in a row, right? And why is he nominated again this year? Why are there 6 in this category as well? The obvious ommision here is Patrick Dempsey, but what does he really do on Grey's besides look really pretty?
Best Actress in a Drama: Glenn Close, Damages; Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters; Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU; Holly Hunter, Saving Grace; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.
(Last Year's Winner: Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters) All these women deserve to be here on this list. I personally love Kyra Sedgwick, I love her Brenda Leigh Johnson. She brings a zest to her role, a quality that she is tough as nails, yet knows when she can be soft and gentle (esp. her scenes with Fritz, love those). Now I love me some Sally Field, but she has enough awards, as do the other 3. Kyra deserves this one, esp. for last season. The obvious ommison here is Ellen Pompeo form Grey's Anatomy. I like her subtle work as selfish, crazy Mer, but it wasn't a great season, plus with these powerhouse women on tv, it's going to be tough to breakthrough. At least, Carmela from the Sopranos isn't on this list again, I really hate it when they keep nominating themselves every year and keep winning. (I'm still upset that Jennifer Garner never won an Emmy for Alias, she was nominated 4 out of the 5 years her show was on, she deserved it for that first year alone.)
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ted Danson, Damages; Michael Emerson, Lost; Zeljko Ivanek, Damages; William Shatner, Boston Legal; John Slattery, Mad Men.
(Last Year's Winner: Terry O'Quinn, Lost) This is Michael Emerson's to lose. His wild-eyed, crazy just a little or is it a lot Ben is really one of the best things about Lost. He was deserving of it last year, but his co-star won it, so this has got to be his year. His closest competition is Ted Danson, which I tried to watch one time, but couldn't emerse myself into another drama. John Slattery does good work on Mad Men, but I think it's too small a role. And don't get me started on William Shatner (yup, I'm anti Boston Legal, I don't know why, but I just am, esp. when everyone and the damn show keeps getting nominated for everything). End rant here.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Candice Bergen, Boston Legal; Rachel Griffiths, Brothers and Sisters; Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy; Dianne Wiest, In Treatment; Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy.
(Last Year's Winner: Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy) The big brouhaha about Ms. Heigl not submitting her work for a nomination was exactly that, a big brouhaha. I agree with her. She didn't have any good work for her character this last season. Good for her fo realizing and knowing that. Again, I haven't seen In Treatment, so I have nothing to gage Ms. Wiest on. See my Boston Legal rant from above about Ms. Bergen. So that leaves Rachel, Sandra, and Chandra. I give the edge to Chandra because she is just so freaking good as Bailey, I cry at everything she does. Sandra had a good story after she got left at the alter. And Rachel is always good, but I think not always great. I can't think of anyone missing from this list.
Best Comedy: Curb Your Enthusiasm; Entourage; The Office; 30 Rock; Two and a Half Men.
(Last Year's Winner: 30 Rock) This is a toss up between The Office and 30 Rock, both have already won this award, while the other 3 have not. There's a good reason they haven't won. While all 3 are very funny in their own right, they just aren't brilliantly executed in every way as the other 2. You have to be whip smart to get the little things in each show. From the surrounding other smaller actors/characters, to the way things look on each show, they are consistently funny. And never more so than in this last season, for both shows. I'd be happy if either one won in this category. The ommisions here are the revitalized Desperate Housewives and the new Pushing Daisies. While I would have loved to switch Curb and Entourage for these 2, I can see why they weren't nominated. Housewives feels like it was too little too late, while Pushing Daisies is too new and didn't have enough first-run shows to truly show its brilliance (Again , thank you Writer's Strike).
Best Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Steve Carell, The Office; Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men.
(Last Year's Winner: Ricky Gervais, Extras) Alec Baldwin has gotten the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award, now he needs this Emmy. There is no one else more deserving in this cateogory. That scene where he portrayed everyone of Tracy Morgan's family is enough to secure him this statue. Though Steve Carell comes pretty close. Don't get me started on Tony Shaloub for Monk, I mean, who watches that damn show anyway?!?! He suffers from the Boston Legal syndrome, which is "why are you on this list?" That's all I have to say about this category. Alec Baldwin needs to win, he deserves to win, he better win this year!!!
Best Actress in a Comedy: Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?; America Ferrera, Ugly Betty; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine; Mary Louise Parker, Weeds.
(Last Year's Winner: America Ferrera, Ugly Betty) America, Julia, even Christina (from her guest star turn on Friends) has won an Emmy. Mary Louise has several Emmys in other categories. And Tina won the SAG award this last year. So, who do I want to win? Some lady who wasn't even nominated. Marcia Cross needs to win sometime, right? (I'm also still upset that Courteney Cox is the only Friend to never get nominated in her role, while all the others did, with the other 2 ladies actually winning). So, I really don't care who wins in this category. Yeah, they're all really good and funny and hilarious, but nothing will ever beat Marcia Cross's Bree in any given scene from Desperate Housewives.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Kevin Dillon, Entourage; Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother; Jeremy Piven, Entourage; Rainn Wilson, The Office.
(Last Year's Winner: Jeremy Piven, Entourage) If Jeremy Piven wins again this year, I just don't know what I'm going to do. This one belongs to Neil Patrick Harris, he deserved it last year and he deserves it this year. Kevin is good, so is Jon, but not as consistently funny as Neil. And Rainn has always annoyed me, his Dwight is sometimes too much to bare, I guess that makes him really good, but I personally don't get it. Neil Patrick Harris totally better win, plus he's an out and proud gay.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies; Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live; Jean Smart, Samantha Who?; Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men; Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty.
(Last Year's Winner: Jamie Pressley, My Name Is Earl) Again, I feel so strong about Ms. Vanessa Williams that if she doesn't win this year, it is just a travesty. She should have won last year!!! I'm all for Amy Poehler, too. In any other year, she would and should totally win, but I'm being biased here and claiming that Ms. Williams better win. The other 3 are always funny, but this award belongs to the Ms. Wilhemina Slater.
Plus a new category:
Best Host for Reality or Reality-Competition: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol; Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars; Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal; Heidi Klum, Project Runway; Jeff Probst, Survivor. I really wanted Cat Deeley from So You Think You Can Dance and Padme Lakshme from Top Chef to be nominated, but alas maybe next year. I think they totally are great hostesses, they keep the show going, they interact with the contestants in a very personal way, yeah, I really wanted them to be nominated. I can see why these 5 did though, well, except maybe for Howie Mandel. All these hosts keep the show humming and alive and are very personable to the viewer and the contestants. So this is a perosnal choice. The first ever Best Host Award should go to... Tom Bergeron, he's very funny and subtle about his humor. He keeps the show running and can stand next to that Samantha chick and stand her flubs and not so funny quips and keep from punching her in the damn face. Jeff Probst is really good too, in those tribal councils alone. And Ryan totally keeps the show running smoothly, but he already has a big enough head, that an Emmy would make it explode.
So...there you have it. My thoughts on the Emmy nominations 2008.
I hope you found it interesting, somewhat funny, informative, and totally in keeping with the vibe my sister has created here.
I had a really good time writing this. Thanks, Catt for inviting me to do this. I really appreciate it. So, comments, please. How is my writing style? Who do you think deserved to get nominated? Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob? Is James McAvoy really that hot?
Clay here, signing out...
Please keep a look out for my own blog coming soon. I'll keep you all informed, or my sister will. I already have a name for it. It's called Clay-land. What do you think?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
In reality, I have a core four and they're pretty much different and @ the same time, similar. I wonder if they know they're a part of my core four? Knowing me, probably not. I don't let on to those things. But my one true BFF is little drummer girl.
My first guest blogger will take the reigns for Thursday's show. So, take it away Clay!