Monday, January 13, 2014

Sweatpants Are Bad For Morale

This was one of my favorite gifts this holiday season.  I unwrapped it and was overcome with nostalgia remembering my love of the Little Golden Book.  I reverted to little kid mode, so excited to read my new book and fittingly my oldest dearest friend gave it to me, we used to read these together when we were very young, so we immediately read through the hilarity of an adult version Little Golden Book.

I love giving books as gifts and will now add this roster of books I give out.  Here are a few others that are on the regular rotation.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Rear Window

"Good morning to me!", I would say if I were a morning person.  Or if I felt fortunate that I don't need an alarm clock, as my neighbors wake me up usually 2-3 hours before my alarm is set to go off.  Not much to say about it, it's city living, there's no way around it, but that doesn't make it any less annoying.

From My Old Place:

Him - Lives in the apartment across the back of my building.
Her - Sleeps over on the weekends.
When Him and Her shower together, they echo across the back of the two buildings.

Weekend 1
Her: (Very hyper.) I did something really good!
Him: What?
Her: I made coffee!
Him: Great.
Her: I did something really bad!
Him: What?
Her: I added extra scoops of espresso!

Weekend 2
Her: There are never any black people at any of my events.
Him: Really?
Her: Yeah, it’s always a similar crowd. No one different.
Him: Yeah, it’s too bad.
Her: I guess there was one handicap guy. But that’s it. He couldn’t walk very well though. He had a stick or something. A cane or whatever.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Dose Of Reality

The life of a freelancer is equal parts fun, adventurous, stressful and often times broke.  Those of us who as freelancers, have to take jobs that aren't always exactly what we want to work on but will pay the bills for the next few months, can get a little lost in the frustration of contributing to the dumbing down of America.  I work in TV - mainly reality and documentary.  Most of us chose to freelance hoping to work on Nat Geo or HBO documentaries.  But instead of filming wild animals in Africa, or uncovering artwork lost during world wars, we've found ourselves taming Housewives, valuing trinkets in unfortunately-located pawn shops, or shopping with celebutantes.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

How Far Will You Go Today?

Falling Down - a whole movie about how far you'll go today.

If a New York minute is too quick to measure in exact time, then a Los Angeles minute must be measured by one's odometer. You may argue that more appropriately an LA minute should be measured by the speedometer, but in a town where you can move one mile in twenty minutes or one mile in less than a minute, it's the distance measured, not the time passed that holds more significance. Thus it's the odometer, logging the passing of our time in the distance we've achieved - the frustrating part being that one's movement from point A to point B is dependent upon everyone else. You're at the mercy of this town, fast or slow it's the length of the trip, the miles, the amount of road traveled to get where you are, to where you want to be. Driving in LA is symbolic of every other frustrating aspect of our lives. Career, finance, status. And the thing about LA is that you have to sit through it all, and wait, and keep inching forward because with all the hills and valleys in this town, the shortcuts never work.

Los Angeles is a place where the sense of individuality is lost, people want to fit a mold. They want to look alike, dress alike, be the next so-and-so and they have to keep up with that ever-changing definition. The only time they're autonomous in their effort to move ahead, move toward their destination, is when they're in the car - that's why LA drivers are so aggressive. They sit in their cars, angry and anxious, because for a brief moment they've got the power and they want everyone else out of the way. If we walked, we'd have more control, we could make our own pace, we could take shortcuts and if someone was in our way, walking slowly in front of us, we could go around them, cross the street, turn down a different road. It would be our choice because we'd have the power. We would never have to yell at the person in front of us, we would never run up behind them, quickly step around them cutting them off or even tripping them - or worse, we'd never run up, step in front and then slow our own pace just to make a point of who is in control. But in Los Angeles we do all of these things with our cars. We use our cars like weapons thinking that we can be as horrible to each other as we feel like with no real consequence. If you had to walk next to these same people every day you would never scream and shove your middle finger in their faces.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Where Would You Rather Be?

I was reading a list of places that people would rather be right now - as expressed by people in other parts of the country, the majority of the country, suffering through frigid temperatures and relentless snowfall. The slideshow of the list showed bright and inviting photos of happy people on the beach in places like Tortola BVI; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Zuma Beach, Malibu...Malibu?

I forget that LA is a destination spot.  That we live in a city where people come to vacation.  That while the rest of the country is locked in their homes trying to stay warm, we're suffering through afternoon hikes and sunsets that like these.

In my road rage and annual yearning for some "real weather", I need to remind myself that LA isn't so bad...when you can find parking and when there isn't some sort of police activity going on in the middle of your workout.  Anyone know what was happening in Runyon Canyon today?

Stay warm, people!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Love Connection...Aisle 5

Where it all began.  Pt. 1

Why do I see all my celebrity crushes in the grocery store?!?  And always after I've worked out.  Or on a day when I've changed from pajamas into basically another pajama-like outfit.  A reminder to myself for 2014, make a little effort when you leave the house.

I told you about my crush on Stephen Merchant, and yesterday the new year decided it was time for us to take this thing to the next level.  (We really don't have a thing, and technically we're not at any level, so the next level would at least put us at the same location.  That's a first step, isn't it?)

2014 And I'm Going To Blog Everyday, Even Just One Line

This year's for me and you...

It's a whole new year and a whole new decade for me, so this year I'm going to be a whole new me. Fearless.  Consistent.  And a whole lot of other things.  One thing I'm going to do is blog everyday.  I usually blog here and there, only if I have something that is more of a full blown story, but this year, even if it's just one line, I'm going to post something. This will be an interesting challenge, but here we go!  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Round One...I Already Posted Round Two

This is my favorite new segment from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  I posted the latest round a couple of weeks ago, but here's the first round from early in the year.

Everyone on Late Night always looks like they're having such happy fun.

PS - I have a great story from our late 90's days when we were running around with young Hollywood.  It involves Jimmy, a troll doll, a Chachi heckle and one very blonde comment from my friend.  I'll post it sometime soon.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Time To Get Ill

Jay Smooth is the author/producer of one of my favorite websites, Ill Doctrine.  This is a preacher man like no other. He's around my age, he's hosted one of NYC's longest running hip hop radio shows for over twenty years, The Underground Railroad, and his only agenda is to remind us all to be nicer to each other.
That's some preaching we should all get behind.

Here is a great presentation he gave recently at the XOXO Festival.  I hope you all take some time and watch his other videos and love him as much as I do.  Let's all remember to be nicer to each other. xoxo 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Terrible Job vs. Stephen Merchant - Terrible Job Won Out

Tall, dorky and crazy skinny...I might love him.  Like, for serious love.
I have a mad crush on Stephen Merchant.  It goes back several years.  Not only is he one of my favorite comedians, but I feel like in my imaginary love life world, he and I would be perfect together, fantastically mismatched height wise, and we'd have the skinniest kids in the world.  I mean, come on, a love connection based on height and weight sounds reasonable, doesn't it?

Unfortunately two years ago, my terrible job kept me from sealing the deal with Mr. Merchant.  I had tickets to see Stephen Merchant at Largo, a small, intimate theater in L.A., and one of the best venues to see an act that you really love because the performance experience is very up-close and personal.  At the time, I was working on a very stressful project, we were working long hours in a toxic environment that ultimately ended with half our team quitting and the other half getting fired.  On show night I decided, as a hardworking girl with an often obsessive work ethic, I would skip the show and work through the night.  I gave my tickets to my friend Mark.

I've regretted it ever since, and even more after this...

Mark said it was one of the funniest shows he's ever been to.  I got fired about two weeks later.  And my unrequited love for Stephen Merchant continues to make me ache...and ache again...and now makes me want to pull my Fresh Prince cd's from the back of the closet and boom shake the room.  Maybe even get a little jiggy with it.

So what's a girl to do?  I suppose I'll just have to tune in to Hello Ladies and pine away.  Tall, dorky, crazy skinny...yes please.

PS - And JGL...yes please to you too.