Sunday, July 27, 2008

I Wonder if Sherwin Williams Ever Runs Out of Paint?

Saturday afternoon I ordered a medium house coffee at the Starbucks inside the local Target.

"We are all out of coffee. Can you wait?"

I went home and brewed my own.

Sunday morning, at a different Starbucks, Wally and I ordered two large coffees in the drive-through window.

"We are out of coffee," so you'll have to pull around and we'll bring it out to you.

So we pulled around, waited more than 10 minutes and then walked inside to pick up the coffee.



Starbucks stock price two years ago: $34.03.
Starbucks stock price on Friday: $14.42.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Make it Stop!

I can't get the Activia jingle out of my head.

Friday, July 25, 2008

My Middle Finger Had to Issue a Retraction

Busy road on a rainy day. 5:15 in the p.m. Rush hour. Traffic.

The idiot in the fancy red car flying the American flag almost runs me off the road. Stressful day at work and now this? Fuck. I coulda been kilt!

He pulls away. I notice the driver is talking on a cell phone. Of course. Whenever anybody is driving like an idiot it usually turns out he (or she) is on his cell phone.

What am I to do? How can I let off some steam? Road rage, clearly, is the answer. So I flip him off. Subtly.

I approach closer. My one-finger wave, mostly hidden, is more for me than for him, but then I notice it. On his back window. The sticker -- an Obama 08 sticker.

My middle finger quickly issues a retraction.

He's probably having a bad day, too, I think, and I bet that's an important call.

Keep hope alive.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

25 Years Ago in Baseball

1. Players wore tighter uniforms.

2. The moustache was not just a matter of grooming: It was a personal statement.

3. The infamous George Brett Pine Tar incident -- 25 years ago TODAY.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Two Unrelated Facts to Stew On

1. Jerry from Big Brother 10, currently airing on CBS, is 75 years old -- the token old guy on the show amidst all the "youngens."

2. If John McCain wins the presidency, he will be as old as Jer-Bear by the time he is about halfway through his presidency.

I don't know what any of this means or adds up to, but it makes me ... kind of nervous.

Keep hope alive.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Do the Math

Stephen Colbert + Canadian Rockers = ENTERTAINMENT.

This was the rock trio Rush's first appearance on U.S. TV in 30 years.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Why I like 'Flipping Out'

A friend of mine won't watch the show Flipping Out (new episode airs tonight on Bravo) because he says it makes him nervous watching Jeff Lewis' obsessive-compulsive disorder.

This is why I like the show. Don't we all know someone just a little bit like Jeff Lewis?

The reality genre itself is more "fake" than "real" -- chock full of producer-created drama and shallow dramatics involving narcissistic fame-seekers playing to the camera in the hopes of becoming "a star."

My sense is that although these qualities are present to some extent on Flipping Out, viewers nevertheless see an accurate portrait of the main subject.

Why? Because I suspect that the needless drama and conflict Lewis fosters on the show would be happening regardless of whether the camera was rolling. Lewis really is as he appears on his reality TV show. The camera is capturing his quirks, his personality, his disorders.

I find this interesting. It's like real "reality-like" reality TV. For a change. Think about that when some intentionally-bad phony gets air time on America's Got Talent or American Idol or some "houseguest" quite purposefully goes into Hyper-Bitch mode on Big Brother just to stoke up their own air time.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Guess What's New on DVD?

Square Pegs, Square Pegs, Square ... Pegs.

More here.

Opening credits below:

From the first episode:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two Things That Disturb Me

As of the the past year or so, I am now:

* Older than Homer Simpson. He's eternally 39.

* I'm really not that much younger than Hugh Beaumont was when he started on Leave it to Beaver.

Was I ever young?

UPDATE: I was carded buying alcohol this weekend at Trader Joe's by a clerk who couldn't have been more than 22. He was wearing glasses.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mannix: The 70s Private Detective
With a Cool First Name

Mannix detailed the exploits of Joe Mannix, a private investigator, and ran from 1967-1975. The first season (which never had been released in syndication) is now out on DVD.

Some Mannix facts from Wikipedia:

  • Mannix was shot at or wounded more than a dozen times during the series, usually by an old war buddy from the Korean War.

  • His faithful assistant Peggy was played by Gail Fisher. She was one of the first African-American females with a regular role on a TV drama.

  • The show was the baby of Bruce Geller, the man also behind Mission Impossible.

  • Mannix liked to drive convertibles. He also liked to crash convertibles.

  • Midway through the opening credits viewers see "a screen layout bearing an exact resemblance to the flag of Armenia." Why? It's a mystery, a mystery that perhaps only the great Joe Mannix could solve.

Friday, July 11, 2008

You Tell Me

More than 200 years after his death, we still listen to the music of Mozart.

Two hundred years from now, which present-day artists do YOU think the inhabitants of the planet (if there are any) will be listening to?

Madonna? Eminem? Jason Mraz?

Show tunes from the 90s?

Britney Spears?

And will anybody still understand English?

Will anybody still understand Britney?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'm Just Saying

He failed to vote for the censure of the disgraceful Joe McCarthy in the 1950s.

He cozied up to Southern racist Senators in the late 1950s and seemingly embraced their backward views.

And at a time when many Americans looked to him for leadership on a major issue, he barely mentioned civil rights in his inaugural address.

His name is John Kennedy. He got elected president. Barely.

Politicians have to make compromises to win the offices they seek. You can't do good if you don't get elected. And to govern once elected, you need to build coalitions with people you don't always agree with.

Remember this the next time you hear a liberal pundit blast Barack Obama for "letting them down" with stances that are centrist.

He is way ahead in the polls now, but Michael Dukakis had a 17-point lead at a similar point in 1988. This election could be closer than many people think. Don't forget it.

And keep hope alive.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Hasta Luego

This blog has been in sleep mode. But I'll be back soon with some "things I've been meaning to blog about."