Monthly Archives: June 2008

The latest in umbrella technology

Jesse found me an awesome umbrella I’d actually carry!
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Wow… growing up in Sweden isn’t all hot girls and 16 months paid paternity leave

An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party. The boy’s school says he has violated the children’s rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament.

The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination. The boy’s father has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman.

He says the two children were left out because one did not invite his son to his own party and he had fallen out with the other one. The boy handed out his birthday invitations during class-time and when the teacher spotted that two children had not received one the invitations were confiscated.

Socialism’s getting a little fascist for my tastes.

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Television’s finest

Vulture/NYMag released the top 10 short lists for best drama and best comedy Emmy’s…

Top Ten Comedy Series Finalists
Curb Your Enthusiasm – kind of over this one
Entourage – ditto
Family Guy – just saw my first two episodes this weekend… kind of warming up to it
Flight of the Conchords – LOVE
The Office – LOVE (but wasn’t as good this season)
Pushing Daisies – don’t watch
30 Rock – LOVE
Two and a Half Men – ummm… don’t watch, but no
Ugly Betty – ehhh… not very funny IMO
Weeds – only watched the first season, but I’m sure it’s great

Top Ten Drama Series Finalists
Boston Legal – don’t watch
Damages – don’t watch
Dexter – don’t watch
Friday Night Lights – LOVE
Grey’s Anatomy – totally over
House – LOVE
Lost – don’t watch
Mad Men – LOVE
The Tudors – LOVE
The Wire – don’t watch

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"Nothing can erase the ineffable sadness of an American presidency, like this one, in total intellectual collapse."

Not much to add to this beyond what Bolton’s written himself:

Removing North Korea from the list for political reasons unrelated to terrorism simply provides ammunition for those who argue that the existence of the list itself is purely political.

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The only good news is that there is little opportunity for the Bush administration to make any further concessions in its waning days in office.

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Not to laugh at the situation, but the French military does such a good job at providing unintended comedy

This weekend:

A military show in south-eastern France has left 17 people wounded, after real bullets were used instead of blanks.

And all I could think about was my junior year abroad when I lived two blocks from the Ecole Militaire. One day I noticed that it was odd that I only saw the French military in uniform over lunch — never coming and going from the building. My host mother explained that members of the French army didn’t like to wear their uniforms to and from work because they got beaten up.

Vive la France!

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Jerry Manuel’s honesty is refreshing

Although after watching Oliver Perez shut the Yankees down yesterday… it’s hard to consider the Mets the #2 New York team.

“If you want to be first — win,” [Jerry Manuel] said. “Win some world championships. Not just be first just by popularity or who wears what jersey, whatever. Win some championships and then you can claim first. I don’t have a problem with that.”

Oh, so, yes, my plan to ignore the Yankees until my birthday didn’t go so well. And, Andy Petitte and I are in love once more. And I got a little sad seeing Andy Phillips in a Mets uniform… I always liked him.

Anyway… I tried and failed. Get over it.

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Inebriated. I-N-E-B-R-I-A-T-E-D. Inebriated.

Last night, I dragged Barbara to the NYC Spelling Bee at Housing Works in Soho. I promised her booze, hipsters, and spelling. When I got there, Barbara was waiting… and there maybe 10 other people there.

Here’s Barbara saying “What did you drag me to?”

Here’s how crowded it was:

Barbara scolds me. Hey, Barbara, care to explain why your finger is so abnormally large?

Our provisions for the evening… cheap Sauvignon Blanc, unlimited popcorn and this amazing cookie called the “Kitchen Sink” that included dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch, coconut, raisins, oatmeal, and pecans. When I went back for a second they’d sold out. Sad!

Barbara, seriously, I’m so so so sorry!

Round one had just started and each person had to answer a personal question before they spelled their word. One guy said that if he could be any literary figure, he’d be Piggy from “Lord of the Flies” because Piggy was so wise. Ummm… masochist much? I think we’d all agree that there are lots of wise literary figures who don’t get beaten to death.

Barbara “copes” with the pain…

Karen tries to drink it better too… just remember, Barbara and Karen have different tolerance levels.


Here’s round two in progress. The woman in the purple dress and man in red pants were the hosts (actually very amusing and kind-spirited despite the intensely competitive nature of the evening). Barbara and I left at the end of round two… which was bad news for the hosts because we were the only ones laughing at every joke.

Action shot! Karen eats some popcorn!

So this dude in the red shirt was there with his fiancee, but spent the entire night staring at me and Barbara. Fortunately, Barbara caught him mid-stare so we have proof.

We left. And I was… ummm… very not sober. It was Maria’s birthday so I called her and wished her a happy 26th.

We were waiting for a table at Cafe Habana… but the wait was way too long. I wanted a cuban sandwich so I told Barbara I’d wait with my imaginary date. Who… judging from this picture was the trash can.

Then we called Bootsy. Bootsy said something that made me roar like a lion:

So we went to Odeon for dinner… and somehow ended up surrounded by odd people. Our waiter, Nick, took this super cute pic of me and Barbara. And some rando 50-year old at one of the tables near us asked if he could take pictures of us too… but not with our camera, with his. Not sure what they’re being used for, but we looked cute!

Also, there was a table of Guido club owners next to us who wanted us to come to their club, but we were kind of done for the night (hipster spelling bees wear a girl out!) In an effort to get them to agree to sponsor my birthday party for free, some how things spiraled out of control and the restaurant got the idea that last night was my birthday.

Since it was Maria’s birthday and my 11-month birthday, I didn’t feel too bad about celebrating. Here’s my “birthday” bread pudding:

At this point, I’ve been rather annoying all night, so I apologize to Barbara… AGAIN:

We thought Nick, our waiter, was adorable. But in the light of day he looks like a really skinny Teddy Ruxpin. Then again, nerdy/scrawny white guys are Barbara’s favorites.

This is my favorite pick of Barbara ever taken. This probably came right after one of the Guido club owners started texting me and signing everything J$$$.

After our night, Barbara needed another drink.

Oh, and then we chatted with the women next to us who felt bad about the Guidos being so annoying. Turns out this lady lives a few blocks from Barbara in Astoria so they exchanged restaurant tips and contact info.


At the end of the night, we befriended strangers, watched part of an adult spelling bee, gave money to Housing Works, had some entertaining drunk dials, and… ummm… ate good dinner.

So that’s my Saturday wrap-up!

Good news for everyone getting sick of my Barbara-only adventures: Ellie’s moving to NYC for the month of July this week. Get ready for fun red head getting added to the mix!

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