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Monday, March 31, 2008

Cell Phone Danger

It's Monday morning, tomorrow is April 1st and it's going to be 66 degrees. A big difference from today and I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully the smells of stagnant urine will not come out just yet. On Saturday night I went to see the middle school play at Elissa's school while she chaperoned. It was definitely an interesting choice of two one acts for these kids. The shows were purchased from Playscripts, a company that brings original work to the school so that they can put them on. I think I want to direct a middle school play. Yesterday, I went with Elissa and her family to the infamous and very crowded Woodbury Common. You can literally shop nonstop from 10 to 5 and not be able to cover every store in this outlet village. I bought some summer clothes at Ralph Lauren and still prefer to do my outlet shopping in Manchester. No crowds, no pushing, no fighting over parking spaces and you're surrounded by mountains! Okay, there's my plug for Vermont. So, what's in the news?

We've heard before that cell phones may put us in danger and you should read this article.

Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.

Scary stuff. Looks like I'll be using my speakerphone from now on.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Wholphin DVD!! I've mentioned this gem of a dvd many times on this blog and I hope that you subscribed. If you like short films, you will love Wholphin. Some of the best material I have ever seen has been on these DVDs. Click here to subscribe.

Watch out, Paris is dangerous!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Field of Greens and a birthday!

Let me start this post off by wishing Adam a very happy happy birthday. For those of you who don't know, the only reason I started this blog was because of Adam. You can check out his blog here. Join me in wishing him a Happy Birthday! I only wish I could share a birthday with Mariah Carey.

I bought myself a present last night off of one of the trainers at my gym and I know you are going to want one. I've been trying to bring my lunch to work lately and I enjoy packing salads. The only problem is, how do I keep it cool and what do I do about the salad dressing. Can't put it on the salad in the morning and I don't really feel like carrying a separate container for the dressing. I also don't want to try to find room in the tiny fridge at work to fit a bottle of dressing which will most likely be used by others or tossed out. EUREKA!! I now have the FIT-FRESH salad container!!! That's right, now my salad will stay cool all day and there's a built in dressing dispenser! Now, don't you want one?

Take it away Connie:

This blog is like a dog and pony show ain't it?

Want to have some fun in the kitchen this weekend? Why not try Gelatin Filtration?

Then head over to this blog for some more fun cooking ideas!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


It sure feels like Spring today and it's nice to hear the birds singing in the mornings now. I'm not sure if you ever saw Junior, the movie in which Ahhhhnold gets pregnant and Danny Devito helps him along the way. Don't mistake it for Twins, now that's a classic. Well there's a Portland man (well sort of) who is claiming to be pregnant!

I love movies! And there's nothing like a great movie theater experience. Well it looks like I'm going to have to try on of the luxury cinemas which are being built!

"Each complex will sport theaters featuring 40 reclining armchair seats with footrests, digital projection and the capability to screen 2-D and 3-D movies, as well as a lounge and bar serving cocktails and appetizers, a concierge service and valet parking."

While Sex sting after sex sting are being uncovered in New York City, they are also happening in Manatee County, Florida.

Carlos Underhill, 93, will not be charged, although he does not deny stopping to chat with the "good-looking girl" who made eyes at him and turned out to be an undercover officer. Underhill was fined $150 for trying to pick up a prostitute in 1990, when he was 75. In the latest case, he says, he was not cruising Tamiami Trail for sex: He just wanted to chat with the buxom woman who smiled at him as he drove past.

Well it's nice to know Carlos can still drive! But he should really be watching the road.

Ang Lee attempted on Hulk movie and now there's a new one! Did you see the trailer? Ed Norton...looks good.

and then there's Tropic Thunder!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Under My Umbrella..ella...ella..ella..ey..ey..ey

There has been a lot in the papers lately about the world's tallest man. That, and Gov. Paterson basically reveals a little something about his past every day. Gee, I wonder what's next?

" While his size is intimidating, Stadnik charms visitors with a broad grin and childlike laugh. He seems at times like a lonely boy trapped in a giant's body, even keeping stuffed toys on his pillow.Stadnik's stature has brought attention, but he struggles to lead a normal life.All the doorways in his one-story brick house are too short for him to pass through without stooping. His 440 pounds cause constant knee pain and often force him to use crutches.Stadnik loves animals, but had to quit his job as a veterinarian at a cattle farm after suffering frostbite when he walked to work in his socks in winter. He could not afford custom made shoes for his 17-inch feet."

Now that he is THE tallest man, I wonder if there's going to be an introduction to the world's smallest man as the did with the now second world's tallest man last year.

You may remember awhile back I was ranting and raving about a guy on my bus who I thought stole my favorite umbrella. Well, my umbrella has been found. That's right, no one took my umbrella and I am so glad to have it back. I'm glad I never confronted the man on my bus. I think it's going to rain again this week so I can use it.

Stuck in NYC and really need to pee? Have no fear! The NYC Public Restroom Map is here!

Monday, March 24, 2008

An Owl Almost Flew into my car

I hope you had a happy Purim and/or Easter. I was in Vermont for the weekend with Elissa and my family and it was really nice. Elissa and I went out to dinner on Saturday night and on our way to the restaurant a huge owl flew in front of my windshield. I honked and stepped on the brakes to avoid the hooter, and he/she flew away unharmed. Phew.

We also got around to watching Enchanted this weekend. I must say it was enjoyable and I still have that darn song stuck in my head this morning..."How does she know that you love her.." Okay, okay..if you haven't seen the movie, here is the full number...

Short post today, lots more tomorrow!!! Come on back.

Oh, I almost forgot. This happened to me too just the other day!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring Is Here

Happy Spring!!!!

I hope you are as excited about Spring as I am. But don't put away your coats's really windy out there today. And while we're on the topic of coats, did you see this article? That's right, this couple made fur coats from their dead dogs fur. Creepy.

Woman 1: Oh Merdle, where did you ever find such an incredible fur coat?
Woman 2: Oh, why thank you Ethyl, I had it made from the fur of my dead dog. I don't fetch the paper though, Harold does that.

Weird huh?

It's tax season, have you done your taxes yet? This is the second year in a row I am doing my taxes online with TurboTax and while it is very easy, it can also be very frustrating. I was up late last night trying to figure out some things and haven't finished yet but I'm getting close.

Happy Purim from your local Rabbi:

And Happy Easter!

Okay, Okay...It's an old video but it's a classic. I'm off tomorrow so no blog. Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Let's start this dreary day off with a tap dance...take it away Mr. Prez:

I'm sure by now you've seen Rolling Rock's brilliant Moonvertising campaign. It's everywhere, and the website is pretty cool. You can type in a message and they will project it on their virtual moon. I submited my blog site as I always welcome new readers so click around on the moon and let me know if you come upon my blog!!!

I know other people have "auctioned off their life" before but Elizabeth told me about the current Aussie who is selling his life.

After splitting up from his wife, Ian Usher realised that life had lost some of its charm. So he decided to sell it on eBay. All of it. His entire life. Not just the airy, open-plan three-bedroomed house and the ageing Mazda 929, but the motorbike and the jetski and the bicycle and the furniture and the bed linen. And the friends.
The successful bidder will even get a two-week trial in Mr Usher's job at a rug shop in Perth, Western Australia. The sunshine and beach lifestyle will be thrown in for free.

You can see his site here, and perhaps you want to buy his house?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ruby Tuesday

I'd hate to be given the same option this student was given by his teacher. Wait until the end of class to pee or pee in my lunchbox. Perhaps this teacher will be sent to the Rubber Room?

Do you love NYC walking tours? I sure do, but when I came upon this particular tour, I decided to pass. **Warning, the link contains animal innards"

It's a day late for this next video but what the heck:

And here's the uncontrollable laughter clip of the week:

Do you watch The Biggest Loser? I don't, but I know plenty of people who do. I've decided that I am going to set a goal on this blog...drumroll please.... I am going to lose 35-40 pounds! That's right, now that I've posted this I have to do it right? I'll be guided by the lovely Caroline Rhea as she whips me into shape and makes sure I put down any cake, cookies, or candy I may pick up. Wish me luck.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Luck O' the Irish

Happy St. Patty's Day!!! I hope you will have as much fun as the many people who were on the train this morning, loud and obnoxious, heading to the parade. I had my St. Patty's fun on Saturday. It began with an early 5k which Elissa ran. She did really well and I was very proud of her. We then went into Morristown, had some food and drink, then enjoyed the Morristown Parade. It was a great time. Later that night, we had dinner with Jon and Justine at The Grand Lux Cafe located in the Garden State Plaza Mall. If you haven't been there, it's huge, and on a Saturday night, you can barely find a spot.

With 1,987,000 ft² (184,592m²) of lettable space[2][3], it is the largest mall in New Jersey and, behind the Roosevelt Field Mall at 2,189,941 square feet (203,000 m²) gross, the second-largest mall in the New York City metropolitan area.
Westfield Garden State Plaza ranks among the largest shopping malls in the United States, having been ranked 18th largest in the United States by the American Studies department at Eastern Connecticut State University Shopping Mall Studies[4].
The mall had sales of $578 per square foot in 2005, about 50% above the national average, according to the Directory of Major Malls. Garden State Plaza is one of the most profitable malls in the country.[7]

Now, that's a mall

The Grand Lux Cafe is owned by The Cheesecake Factory BUT our waitress made it a point to tell us that the difference is that at The Grand Lux Cafe, they have desserts that are made to order, so you order certain desserts with your meal and they are made while you eat. A gimmick? Perhaps. After dinner, we went next door to the new AMC theater to see Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. Okay, Okay... I can't say I really liked this movie but Amy Adams is fun to watch and visually it's nice on the eyes.

I took some photos from the parade which I have posted below and also took some video which I will try to get on here soon. If you haven't seen this yet, I figured it was appropriate to post:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Gotta love Fox

Only on fox can you see this...

(Thanks to Devang for finding this one!)

Never Lose Your Keys Again

Do you misplace your keys? wallet? cellphone? Well check this out!

Japanese scientists have invented a pair of intelligent glasses that remembers where people last saw their keys, handbag, iPod or mobile phone. The spectacles - which come with a built in camera, display screen and computer brain - can even identify unfamiliar plants or faces. To use the glasses, the wearer first wanders around a house or workplace for an hour or so, looking at the objects he or she may later want to find in a hurry. Each time the camera focuses on a object - such as a set of keys, a mobile phone or a purse - the wearer says the name aloud. The name is then recorded and stored into the memory. Once the names have been programmed in, the glasses will try to find the right name for any object they come across. The names appear in small type on the viewfinder. If they are unable to recognise an object they make a guess and - if they get it wrong - learn from their mistakes.

I'd like to take these for a test drive. What will the Japanese come up with next?

I love Albert Brooks movies and I highly recommend one of my favorites, Defending Your Life. It's a comedy classic. Here's an early Albert Brooks piece I came across on Youtube:

No, that's not me.

And now, only on Fox:

It's Friday and this weekend should be fun. Elissa will be running on Saturday and then we'll be celebrating St. Patty's Day! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

And the winner of the most visited Myspace page goes to...

The winner of today's most visited Myspace page is Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Congratulations Ashley! I'll give it a few weeks before Ashley gets offers to be on some VH1 reality show. The media needs to leave her and her family alone.

And here's another bizarre piece to this story. Prostitution Ring on Gorge Road in Cliffside Park.

And while the Spitzer mess is going on, this woman was stuck on a toilet for two years. Really stuck.

Elissa brought to my attention my new FAVORITE WEBSITE OF THE MONTH. Perhaps everyone else has heard of this site, but for some reason I hadn't. It's called Pandora. Go there, type in your favorite music artist and not only will they play the songs by the artist you type in, but they will also share with you songs by artists who are similar to the one you type in. It doesn't sound as good when I explain it, so just go and check it out. Best of all, it's free!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Performance Evening

Last night was my class Performance Evening produced by myself and Joi. Despite a lack of platters, the evening went really well and stayed on time. All of the performances were really interesting and ranged from short films to dance pieces. I showed a 5 minute clip from an interview I conducted with one of my favorite collectors. If you want to see the clip let me know and I'll share it with you. I hope to eventually have some time to work on the documentary, perhaps as part of my thesis.

Have you heard about the new ben stiller movie, Tropic Thunder? You can see a teaser by clicking here. There is a lot of buzz going around about this film because Robert Downey Jr. plays a black soldier. Here's a photo of him below:

Crazy, huh?

Do you know about "The Rubber Room"? I had no clue about it until I heard the piece on This American Life last weekend. You can click here to listen. The Rubber Room is where teachers are sent when they are accused of some wrongdoing. It's a classroom and hundreds of teachers sit in this room for months or years doing nothing but still collecting their full salaries. It's fascinating and I don't understand why noone is aware of this?

There is also a movie in the works about this and you can visit the site to watch a trailer by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gridiron Club

You may have noticed that there wasn't a post yesterday. Well over the weekend I pulled a muscle in my back and have been in a lot of pain. I had to stay home yesterday because I could barely turn my head but I'm back at work today. I'm still feeling pain in my neck but am feeling somewhat better. Just watching this made me feel a little better:

Thanks to the person who filmed this performance at the Gridiron Club, and yes, that's really Bush.

Over the weekend, Elissa and I went to Hoboken to celebrate Christa's birthday. The trip to hoboken was crazy. There was flooding and high winds. Not to mention somehow the GPS took us a strange route which at one point landed us in some weird shipping yard.

Sorry for the short post this morning but I'll make up for it tomorrow. Tonight is my midterm/class/performance evening!

Client 9

Friday, March 7, 2008

Out of the closet

Have you ever been trapped in the closet? Well this granny has, and she escaped too! Above is the photo of her breaking through the wall.

Mitchell said she tried to break down the door, but it was too strong.
Then she slipped a note under the door that read "Help, I'm trapped in the closet since Tuesday night. 12 a.m.", hoping someone searching for her might find it.
Mitchell said she began to grow frantic after 20 hours passed with no food, water, or medicine for her diabetes. "I was just like 'oh please God let me out. I can't stand to be in here any longer,'" she said. That's when, in desperation, Mitchell, who works out at a gym three days a week, said she decided to smash a hole through the wall. The force of her swings made a hole a little more than a foot wide.

Something about this story just made me laugh and the photo is too much.

It's supposed to rain on Saturday so why not pick up a DVD to watch? My DVD pick of the week is the movie Dedication. Don't judge a DVD by it's cover. I don't know who decided on the DVD cover for this film, but it's awful. It looks like some really bad Mandy Moore film but I promise you it's not. Boaz and I saw this film last year at Sundance and I remember Bob Balaban making this movie.

Happy Friday!! Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Saber-toothed cats, wooly mammoths, and ground sloths oh my!

Last night, Ben, Elissa, and I went to an All media screening of 10,000 BC. Here's a brief synopsis of the film from the Warner Brothers website:

From director Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) comes a sweeping odyssey into a mythical age of prophesies and gods, when spirits rule the land and mighty mammoths shake the earth.
In a remote mountain tribe, the young hunter D’Leh (Steven Strait) has found his heart’s passion – the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D’Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her.

I had read some bad reviews of this film before going in and quite honestly I enjoyed the film despite the punks around us who were whipping out their texting devices during the film so that my face was more illuminated than the movie screen. It's sad that these kids can't sit through a movie without constantly checking to see if they got a text message and carrying on silent chats during a movie that is just over an hour and a half.

Back to the movie. After watching the first 10 minutes, I wasn't sure it was my cup of tea. Omar Sharif pipes in with some narration in the beginning which you better be paying attention to because I think all three of us missed the jist of the setup. The movie, for me, really starts once we see the Wooly Mammouth on screen. We are fed the first of many action sequences and seeing the Mammouth up close and personal brought a smile to my face.

The screenplay isn't great, but the CGI and action make the film enjoyable. Did I mention the Wooly Mammouth? Most of the action sequences involve characters being attacked by some pre-historic animal. There are also some pyramids being built in what one would think is Egypt but is not. In fact, I'm not sure where the movie takes place. And everyone in the film speaks better English than most of America today. How'd that happen? There was another little thing that bothered me about this film. A few of the bad guys had voices so deep that they must have been digitally altered. Is this supposed to make them seem that much more evil? I felt like I was watching a cartoon.

If you're looking for an entertaining flick this weekend and you like Wooly Mammouths, check out 10,000 BC.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Post number 391

It's hard to believe that this is post #391! I hope you still enjoy reading this blog because I enjoy keeping it updated. The above photo is long overdue and very blurry. For Valentine's Day, Elissa got me personalized M&Ms with our names on them in my favorite colors, red and blue. I swear M&Ms taste better when they have your name on them.

Tonight I am going to a screening of 10,000BC and am looking forward to it. I caught both Hillary and Barack on the Today Show this morning. David Gregory was filling in for Matt Lauer and when he said good morning to Barack via satellite, Barack said "Good morning, Matt". David Gregory corrected him saying, "Sorry, it's not Matt, it's David Gregory. Then there was some awkward laughter. I'll wait for someone to post this on Youtube.

Coming up this weekend: Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead!

Take it away India's Elton John!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Performance space


You're probably not reading this because you are out frolicking in the park enjoying the great weather today. I had an annoying woman sit in front of me on the bus this morning. She kept on trying to put her seat back but my knees were right up against the seat so she couldn't go back any further. It really annoyed me and after awhile I just started pushing against the seat when she tried to put it down so that she couldn't. She finally stopped.

I don't know what happened to my plaid Ralph Lauren umbrella. I loved this umbrella and while waiting on line for the bus this morning I noticed a guy in line with the SAME umbrella. I've never seen anyone with this umbrella and here's a guy who rides my bus with an umbrella that I can't find...I could have easily left it on the bus and this guy came along and found it. Yes, I know what you are thinking...a Larry David moment.

Parents, here's a great way to get your noisy teens out of the house. Install "the mosquito", that's what a building in Queens did to keep away noisy teens.

Tomorrow night Elissa and I are going to a press screening of 10,000 BC. I'll give you a full review on Thursday morning.

Kenny G fans, rejoice! The music maker has a new cd out and I have obtained permission from Mr. G to air on this blog his new music video! That's right, Kenny gave me exclusive rights to this so I hope you will enjoy:

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Double Decker!

I hope you all had a great weekend! And now it appears as though Spring is here. I took the train home on Friday and to my surprise I was boarding on one of the new double-decker trains that NJ Transit unleashed early last week. It was cool and everyone was excited. This is an extremely crowded train and it still was as the double decker trains only add approximately 30 or so more seats. I got a single seat on the top so I was pleased. The view was great too! Now if only NJ Transit could work on not being delayed so often.

I had a really fun weekend and even was able to get some homework done. Friday night Elissa and I watched Eastern Promises, the latest film by Mr. David Cronenberg. Now, I loved History of Violence and didn't like this one nearly as much. The ladies will enjoy the graphic nude fight scene though. We also saw the dreadful new Will Ferrell movie, Semi-Pro. Now I usually enjoy Will Ferrell movies but this one is so poorly written I didn't laugh once. It's not funny. Great comedic talent is put to waste. And it seems that Rob Corddry is in every comedy out now and coming out soon. Happy Monday!