Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s School Photo!

23 02 2008


That is awesome – look at the size of those glasses! We all know how much I cannot stand that woman (click here to read my other post on her), and then to see this school photo on yesterday’s View…oh the words. Looks like someone had a bit of an awkward stage growing up…I’m sorry, but why would parents buy their daughter a pair of red glasses that take up nearly 2/3 of her face?!?  That’s just cruel and will lead to nothing but ridicule.

Watch the video of the segment here as the the ladies debate the merits of school photo airbrushing (god help us all).

(Note: I hate to admit this, but I have a fourth grade photo that rivals that of Elisabeth, but I’d like to think I’ve grown into a more bearable woman, as in not so freakin’ high-pitched, delusional and annoying).

Northern Voice 2008

20 02 2008

My last day of school will be spent attending Northern Voice, a social media conference covering blogging, videoblogging, Facebooking, etc. etc.  But the best part?  Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, will be giving the keynote…he’s rather young-looking, no?  Internet techies usually are, I guess.  I look forward to hearing what he has to say in his speech entitled “Blogging & Social Media: Where do we go from here?”

I don’t know, Matt, where do we?

If given time between graduation and packing for my highly anticipated move back to the United States, I may have some insightful things to report on in this blog for once.  Stay tuned : )

Lost on “Lost”

20 02 2008


Perhaps it’s because I am stressed, overworked, and sleep deprived. Or…perhaps I’m just an idiot when it comes to putting together the pieces on Lost. But I think a more accurate factor affecting my confusion is how distracted I get when Evangeline appears on my computer screen. Damn. Her body…rocks. Is hard as a rock, rocks my world, how I’d love to rock her world…ok, I’m done. You get it.

So luckily I searched WordPress for some Lost synopses to ensure I was caught up on what the hell was going on before proceeding to watch the week’s latest episode. I guess I wasn’t quite sure what they meant by the “Oceanic 6,” but at the risk of sounding like the lone idiot, maybe I will rephrase and say I didn’t process it. I was passively watching the show, and that is simply unacceptable for a loyal follower. I am angry with myself, and I promise to do better this week. Evangeline, you will not distract me from key plot points anymore. One more look at this goddess…


I just got an idea! I could watch it twice! The first time would be strictly an emotional viewing where I could get all “hot and bothered and flustered” with every Evangeline scene (and even that Australian chick – accents always get me). Then, once that’s all taken care of, I can focus my attention on the plot and all the crazy, psychological shit that goes with it. And finally, I check the synopses from Stiffcat’s Lost Blogtastic for further clarification and assurance that I’m following along.

Sounds like a plan. Amazing the clarity you get when you sit down and formulate a solution using the written word.

Must get back to work.

Happy F***n’ Valentine’s Day

15 02 2008


To all you relationship-y people out there, today is a joyous day where you get to celebrate the love you share with that significant other. And for us single folk, today is the day we take a moment to wallow in our loneliness, binge on the chocolate cake we took the liberty of treating ourselves to, and consider that maybe today is the last V-day we celebrate alone BECAUSE…things are going to pick up from here on out.

Yeah, right.

Where’s that damn bag of M&Ms…

Ok, clearly I’m just jealous of all the people out there sharing this day with a special someone.

Continued Thoughts and Complexities on Male/Female Friendships

14 02 2008
Wow, thanks to those who provided feedback! I thought I’d start another post since my comments were so long : ) Perhaps others would like to chime in!”Girls give out a lot more than they even realize. Any kind of flirting will get a guy thinking he’s got a chance because we’re too often naive and foolish; also lead by the little guy down below so to speak. Innocent flirting is dangerous. Women know they have advantages over men that they exploit too often for their own advantages.”


I appreciate your point about women giving off mixed signals. I’m not going to deny that we like the attention men give us and often respond in very flirtatious ways. It’s probably not fair to men, but women are often dealing with their own insecurities, so when given attention, we tend to thrive on it. I’m not trying to excuse women’s flirtatious behavior. I hear what you are saying and agree that women do exploit this “power” they have over men…that’s what we call a cock tease, right? Yeah, I’ve been guilty of that before…not fair and I need to remember that, especially if my friend and I are to have a healthy living situation.

“Considering you are into women it might possibily work, but I have a feeling you will need to be the one to keep the hold on the friendship and keep it there. Face it, men are men and men think about sex like every three seconds. I’m not sure how many guys have told me this, but it’s also a proven fact.”


You raise very good points as well, and I agree that it will be up to me to keep our friendship in check and stand firm in the event that my friend and I start walking that fine line again (which usually happens when we’ve been drinking and our inhibitions are lowered).

I think part of the reason why I have blurred the lines in the past is that I’m still trying to figure out my own sexuality. I grew up in the Midwest where homosexuality is not as tolerated as say, LA, and my parents are still very much in denial and unwilling to talk about it, so part of me still has a lot of “coming out” to do, meaning I need to be open in the gay community and date people. I have not dated a woman since my first and only girlfriend 4-5 years ago – god that’s a long time! But I think that because I am still growing as a person and trying to figure out, and be comfortable with, my sexuality, I gave in several times to sex with my friend partly because I was curious to see whether I could enjoy it, to see if perhaps I was missing something, that I wasn’t gay? I don’t know….bottom line is, I’m gay and do not enjoy sex with men.

As for men thinking about sex all the time, I think sex is probably on my mind just as frequently because I’m horny as hell and not having any! In fact, that’s one of the great things about my friend! We can talk about how hot chicks are, how we’d like to “bend her over” (we often get vulgar) and about the “sessions” we needed to have on any given day! LOL…he’s really a great friend! I’m confident everything will work out…he’s too important to me for it not to!

Thanks for your comments!

Save Friday Night Lights!!!

13 02 2008


I voiced my appraisal of Friday Night Lights, but I fear it may have seen its last days. There is speculation that last Friday’s episode may be the last of the series. It appears NBC has not renewed another season (or commissioned more episodes), whatever the case may be, whether it’s because of the writer’s strike or mediocre ratings. But fans need to be vocal about their appraisals of this show – sign petitions, write on message boards, let the network know we want more!

I am appalled by the thought of its demise and feel the need to do something to save yet another quality program in jeopardy. First the networks pulled Arrested Development, then they pulled Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. And now Friday Night Lights hangs in the balance! This is why I want to work in television – this doesn’t make any sense, and I want direct involvement in such decision-making, to be able to assess and proactively do something to ensure quality programming subsists. It starts with the fans, and I am confident this show has the fan base necessary to warrant further seasons.

Perhaps NBC needs to reconsider this whole Friday night spot for a show with “Friday” in the title. I think the fans can handle the discrepancy between the Friday football-themed show and the actual night it airs. This is television people, and let’s face it, Friday nights are the worst – people are out on the town after having slaved away at work or school for the past five days. Those few that are home (which happens to be me) are watching, but it’s of course not enough to garner the ratings shows such as Grey’s and Lost and House receive during the week!

Perhaps they should reconsider how it’s marketed. My hesitation to commence watching this show had to do with my perception that its primary focus was high school football. Sure, I happen to be a football fan, but I have no interest in exploring a glorified high school football team and the complexities of the game. But this show is so much more than that. It uses the football team as a reference point to connect the cast of characters, but it explores real life situations – dating, marriage, high school bullies, arrogance derived from stardom, absent parents, rape, rivalry, religion, underage drinking, career challenges, racism etc. etc. Every dimension of this show is multifaceted.

When I think of quality television, this is what I mean. It perfects the balance of reality and entertainment I seek in programming, and it did not take long for me to realize that I had been missing out on something really great. It was exciting! I locked myself away for an entire weekend to watch the first season’s 22 episodes and then raved about it to all my friends. I’m proud to say I got at least 3 people hooked!

So I conclude by saying, let us continue to spread the word and let NBC know they’d be making a huge mistake pulling the plug. Let our appreciation of this show become viral so that we may continue to explore the lives of the characters we’ve grown to love.

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Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights

11 02 2008


I feel I must present a more positive analysis of a television show after having spent the last three posts criticizing some of the worst representations on television, and I have one of the most deserving programs in mind – Friday Night Lights.

What a refreshing program – beautifully shot documentary-style, realistic storylines (though it took time for me to accept that they treat high school football like it’s the pros down there in ol’ Texas), and a wonderful cornucopia of characters played by some of the best talent television has seen. Basically, Friday nights aren’t so bad if I’m financially strapped and unable to hit the town – all I need is a comfy couch to curl up on to enjoy this show that makes me feel (and I’m not kidding) all warm and fuzzy inside.

There are plenty of characters to enjoy, like the transformation of Matt Sarasen, the striking, rebellious nature of Tim Riggins, and the blossoming romance between Tara and Landry, but my absolute favorite characters on that show are Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.

Ok, aside from my overzealous libido kicking in as I swoon over Ms. Britton (definitely in my Top 5 category of hottest actresses), the Taylors exemplify THE DEFINITION of chemistry onscreen. Their scenes are such a joy to watch – the way they have their cute little husband/wife disagreements over family matters, or when they cuddle up next to one another after a long day’s work, so aware of how deep and fulfilling their love is for one another.

To be honest, part of my adoration for these two characters stems from how much their relationship resembles that of my parents. They are so in love with one another, so committed to their marriage…it’s beautiful to see such a positive portrayal of a married couple on television because, as much as it is a rarity in both real life and onscreen, it does exist. People marry and stay married until the day they die, and observing this through both my parents and the fictitious Mr. and Mrs. Taylor instills hope in the idea that true love most definitely exists. It may not exist for me (I may have issues with commitment), but it’s out there and for some reason, that’s comforting to me (especially when you see such horrendous interpretations of love on such shows as Nip/Tuck).

So for those of you not watching this show, please start. Rent the DVDs, stream it online (www.sidereel.com), or download it…I don’t care how you do it. There is so much crap out there, aren’t you in need of a refreshing change of pace?

Oh, and another thing. For those of you who do watch, why is it that neither Kyle nor Connie have been nominated for a major award? Baffling to me. These two actors are very deserving of such an honor. They can surely hold their own against the Hugh Lauries and the Kyra Sedgewicks…let’s give ’em a nod.