Archive for the ‘Comeuppance’ Category

CSN and Y!

August 15, 2006

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We’re going to see them tonight. AG has seen CSN, but never with Y. The show should be fantastic. When AG went to the CSN show about ten years ago, two pallets of liquor were brought backstage. Maybe we’ll get invited to the after show Jack and more Jack party. We can only hope.

Hot Times: Summer in the City

July 31, 2006

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It was a great weekend. How could it not be when the projected rain, which we needed so much since that’s all it did for six weekends straight before July, didn’t happen. We got even luckier – it was over 90 degrees in the shade on Saturday! A special thanks to the current administration and the gas guzzling SUVs for that! Bravo.

UC and AG did their best to cope – we went to the movies and sectioned animals at lab. OK, AG didn’t section but she did review which embryos looked like UC found something. In fact, UC missed one that AG suggested was worth a look.

We saw The Devil Wears Prada on Saturday night. We just didn’t have the energy to go downtown in the heat so we settled for the best movie we could find locally. (AG wanted something else, but UC said it was a 1 star movie.) Frankly, AG was embarrassed at first to even consider the Devil. However, it was actually pretty good. While some of the lines disturbed UC, the token flamboyant designer kept referring to Anne Hathaway as “six”. He was giving her the business because 4 is the old size 2 and size 2 is the old size 0. So, he felt she was like a size 14. It wasn’t the fact that this insult is funny; it was more how Stanford from Sex and the City he was about it that was amusing. Glenn Close (see comments) Meryl Streep really made the movie with her Gargamel and Grinch wrapped into one character. UC gave it a generous 3.5 stars.

On Sunday night we saw another movie. And AG lived the dream! We went downtown to see Woody Allen’s new movie, Scoop. It was delightful as well. Not as good as Matchpoint, but still very good in a Manhattan Stories way. Woody lived up to the neurotic New York Jew we all know and love. The best part of the movie was the new theater that has seats that allow the arm rest to go up. AG quite literally laid on the seats like a couch and watched the movie. It was like George Costanza when he lived his dream – sex and food at the same time! UC gave the move 3 stars.

We enjoyed the trailers for fall movies: The Science of Sleep, Little Miss Sunshine and Running with Scissors. Good stuff. Stayed tuned!

Catching Up

July 24, 2006

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A lot happened over the weekend:

Chuckles had a birthday! We extend a Happy, Happy Birthday to Chuckles. For him, we give this linky love here. After he recovers from his hangover, maybe we’ll get some dirt.

dontEATnachos came over to our blog finally. It’s unlikely he’ll come back anytime soon, but we don’t care. We are just happy dEn came by! It’s the little things — yeah, I’m looking at you Gregor Samsa and Yo Yo!

Fish said Science Fridays is not bathroom reading. Our beloved Presidente creates the categories. Perhaps we can get some suggestions and cajole him into creating some new categories.

Our dear Midniter has returned to work! We are excited and elated to hear this and we hope he’ll post a little about his new job in the near future.

The Holiday Bake-Off was discussed. As a reminder, anyone who judged in 2005, that means you too Jedmunds, has to bake. We should try this year to get cookies out to folks a little sooner than 24 December. We’ll ask Blue Girl, our winner from last year to Chair the judges group and let us know when the date will be when the time comes – November/Decemberish. Should any former contestants wish to bake this year, they are welcome to do so and perhaps we can get our new friends, who don’t wish to bake, to judge. It’s free cookies, folks! This is however much too early to discuss (and AG is trying to improve her chances for winning by keeping others from perfecting their baking skills).

Beloved UC had quite the food weekend and with a little coaxing, maybe he’ll talk about his experience with Roadfood and 2 and 1/2lb fresh Massachusetts lobstahs.

Thanks Snag!

June 5, 2006

AG totally must start reading People magazine or something.  With no clue what our beloved Snag was talking about in a comment thread below, AG got out the keyboard and took a trip over to Google.  Res, Midniter, we got a problem!  Crap. Apparently there is a Republic of Brangelina!  We may be invaded soon.  Quick get to the oil platform and bring your iPods.  There could be a civil war coming on.

A New Kind of Marketing

May 31, 2006

 

Boston.com reported this story today about Joe DiPesa and how he markets his company.

After reading that, one should be able to answer whether Joe DiPesa is:

A.  Gay and doesn’t know it yet. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

B.  Freak of Nature

C.  Really is Sean S., the cobag.

D.  All of the above

Rankings

May 28, 2006

 

So, it was a theatre, movie and dining out Boston weekend:

Island of Slaves **1/2

Craigie Street Bistrot ** (Two hours for dinner!  Hell-ooo, some of us had to work on Friday).

Friends with Money ***

Wings Kitchen ***

Movin’ Out ***1/2 (Man, Tharp saved Billy’s sorry ass).

Trader Joe’s Pancakes

Keeping up with the Steins **1/2

Legal Sea Food **1/2 (Mainly because of cute, attentive waiter).

P.S. AG abhors people who wear shorts and sneakers to the theatre.

P.P.S. Gregor Samsa, you suck!  You only stop by this blog when Res posts.

With Six, You Get Thrown Out

May 9, 2006

 

Sorority Sister, MMK, sent the below story to AG.  One wonders, would they toss out Pinko Punko and The Uncanny One for eating TOO much?   

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wendy Dershem may think twice before leaving that egg roll on her plate at her next Chinese buffet.

 

The Des Moines woman, her boyfriend and her two children were kicked out of a restaurant last week after management at Dragon House accused her of leaving too much food on her plate. 

Dershem said she paid for her buffet on Saturday but was abruptly told to leave after eating one plate of food. 

Employees said they had been watching her family on previous trips to the restaurant and were fed up with her habits. They said she would pile her plate with food, take one bite and throw it away. 

“They just take one bite and throw it away,” said cashier Lin Huyen. “They take four egg rolls and crab ragoon, take one bite of egg roll and throw the whole plate. That is wasting food.” 

Dershem said she was shocked by the scolding and complained to management when she paid her check. 

Dragon House manager Kent Cao said his restaurant does not offer an all-you-can waste buffet. He said Dershem’s family took food, didn’t finish it and then piled on the same food again, he said. He says he won’t allow her back in the restaurant unless she changes her ways.

 Source: click here.

 Check this blog out. Is this Pinko Punko’s other blog?  (Fridge note: Schmoopies, they review Sibling Rivalry there.)

When bad things happen to worse people.

March 12, 2006

I work for an AIDS service and prevention organization that is directly funded by the CDC, and furthermore, my salary is 100% funded by that grant. As such, I am intimately familiar with the heinous bullshit foisted on HIV prevention work in this country by this asshole:

Major Fucking Asshole

His name is Claude Allen, and he is one of the biggest fuckwads ever to live. I don’t even want to fathom how many millions of our tax dollars have been wasted on “abstinence-only” right wing evangelism programs because of this prong, or how many people have become infected with HIV because of his assholery.

As a major prick in a nation where major pricks are in the ascendancy, he caused no small confusion when he resigned his post as “Senior Domestic Policy Advisor” for BushCo a few months ago.

Which is why it’s so funny that he got arrested the other day for a long-running petty scam operation involving getting refunds on unpurchased merchandise at Target! I guess the upper echelons of our brave new Evangelimerica aren’t concerned about boring ol’ pre-9/11 crimes like “stealing” or “lying”, so long as you love Jesus and hate the faggots (and do both with sufficient fervor). Praise the Lord that the Montgomery County Police Department feels otherwise!

More infotainment about Mr. Allen’s richly-deserved comeuppance here and here.

P.S., It’s people like Allen who have forced the public to waste gazillions of dollars on PEMS. If you know what PEMS is, you’ll be interested to know that CHAMP in NYC has managed to foment something of a revolt against it. As a result of their networking and activism, all PEMS implementation timeline requirements have been suspended pending a national review. Now if only they’d managed to pull this off before the government forked over god-knows-how-much money to ORC Macro and Northrop Grumman (yeah, THAT Northrop Grumman) to build it. Anyway, I got an email from CHAMP the other day saying that someone from the NPR news operation is sniffing around for interviews, so the fight over PEMS may be about to get pretty public.

As far as I know, the abstinence-only programs that are out there teaching kids that premarital sex will blow your legs off or whatever don’t have to report a comprehensive set of risk data variables into a national database. Just sayin’.