Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I hope they don't change it too much

I just found out that my favorite radio show, This American Life, is going to be a tv show on Showtime.

I am not sure how good the tv show will be, but it will get the radio show some much-needed exposure. It is a great show that nobody has ever heard of.

(If you are interested, you can listen to episodes on This American Life's website).

Monday, January 29, 2007

Only pencil

I was glad to find Ilya Kaminsky's Dancing in Odessa at the used bookstore, since I'd been meaning to check it out. However, I had to spend awhile afterwards erasing all the pencil marks in the book. It must have been used for a class because the person went nuts underlining everything. There was actually one poem where they underlined every single line.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

It doesn't help that I answered the door in my bathrobe

Philip's pull-up bar broke, so he ordered a new one online. The UPS delivery guy made a comment that he delivers a lot of exercise equipment in January. I got defensive and tried to explain how we only bought this because our old one broke, and not because of a new year's resolution, making me sound even more insecure and full of excuses.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Fear and Loathing in My Reading List

After reading two literary biographies where the subjects commit suicide after a drawn-out life of misery, a collection of Raymond Carver short stories (so depressing) and Philip K Dick's Minority Report (whiny and paranoid)it was such a relief to read Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It is one of the most fun books I've ever read. I can't wait to see the movie.

If anyone has any non-depressing book recommendations, I could use a couple more fun books before I get back to my usual downer-reading.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Abbott and Costello Show

Philip and I went to the midnight movie, Pulp Fiction, at the Alamo Drafthouse. They must have let a hyena loose in the theater because I heard laughing throughout the entire movie, not just during the humorous scenes. It reminded me of those old shows where they leave a laugh track running continuously, no matter what is happening.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bob Hope was one of them

My dentist when I lived in Glendale hated the bonding on my teeth (I have 2 teeth that are smaller than the rest so they were bonded to make them bigger) so much that she hassled me about it every time I went in. When I said I couldn't afford veneers, she offered to do them for me at cost because she hated them so much. I agreed.

A fair amount of restaurants and stores in the LA area have framed autographed head shots of actors that they had as customers.

I was surprised when I went to get fitted for my veneers at a prosthodontics (basically they make all varieties of fake teeth: dentures, crowns, dental implants) specialist in Burbank and they also had the framed, autographed photos of their celebrity clients. It was basically a who's who of the oldies of Hollywood, and was outing the celebrities that have false teeth.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Crash and Burn

My spare hard drive failed recently and Phil was salvaging the important data (It was mostly audio or video files, which didn't really matter to me because they could be replaced. However, I kept all our photos on that drive).

Yesterday, when I came home from the library, the house had a unique burned smell. Phil said while I was gone, the hard drive actually caught on fire! Luckily, he got all the important stuff off of it already.

I was feeling guilty before because I thought I might have done something to cause the drive's failure, but it obviously had some serious problems if it spontaniously caught on fire.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Publication!

The new issue of Stirring includes my poem Aerogel.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Princess

Do you remember this post?

My friend photoshopped a tiara on Dinah's head for me.