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Still trying to accomplish the task of reading the entire archives of the funny gals blog, all the way back to September 2005 (that’s a lotta blog!).

Well, back in August ’07, they posted a link to passiveaggressivenotes.com, which, to my great delight, is still up and running and hilarious! Check it out!

The time I ran into someone very unexpected and other embarrassing tales.

I’ve spent the better part of my last four workdays reading the archives of a blog called Funny Gals. I stumbled upon it through twitter and it’s really pretty good. The two women are former journalists, but that’s about all I know (as far as who they are…past that, it seems they let their readers know A LOT) because they keep their identities pretty well hidden.

Anyway, reading this blog inspired me to think about a funny/embarrassing story from my life. I was beginning to think that really funny things didn’t happen to me, when I remembered…

 

Just last week, one of my best friends (since I was 5) turned 21. We had a weekend of festivities planned, starting with going out just before she turned 21 at midnight.

After a champagne toast at her house and some birthday banana cream pie, complete with cherry smiley face, we headed to Hartford.

I had offered to be the DD, so we set out in my beat-up ’98 Altima and arrived at the Pour House on Allyn Street. Now, the Pour House is a really fun bar because it’s got everything – the first floor is your typical bar, with a DJ spinning rock and roll, pool tables, and peanut shells on the floor. Upstairs, it’s a completely different world – a dark dancefloor that sounds like a high school dance – wayyy too much rap music.

To me, this is the best of both worlds. Rock and roll is my heart and soul (wow, that was pathetic). My best friend, Nickie, preferred the first level. But I love to dance. And so does the birthday girl, so we split our time between the two, going back and forth whenever we’d get bored.

Upstairs, we kept getting skeeved by the creeps trying to “dance” with us (yeah, I guess thrusting your pelvis into my back could be considered dancing in some countries). To our left was a woman in her forties, overweight and in an ill-fitting tube top, grinding with a sleazeball half her age. I pointed her out to the birthday girl and made a comment about her being to old to be there.

On our fourth or fifth trip back upstairs, the birthday girl had to use the bathroom. It stunk something awful in there, so Nickie and I told her we’d wait outside.

As I walked out, my gaze wandered to the right, toward the strobe lit dance floor. A mere four feet from me, I noticed a short, chubby woman who was definitely not fitting in with the crowd. She was alone, and standing over by the bathrooms, not on the dance floor. After I did a double-take, I realized this woman was MY MOTHER.

Picking my jaw up off the floor, I went over to her. We both started laughing immediately. I laughed uncontrollably for a full two minutes, until tears were streaming down my cheeks. My friends thought it was great.

I told her she belonged at someplace more suitable for a 47-year-old, and she pointed out that she was DDing and was only drinking a ginger ale.

She couldn’t find the friend from work who she’d come with, so we took her under our wing and brought her downstairs with us. Nickie did a shot of whiskey. With my mother. She thought it was great.

She spent much of the time trying to track down her friend, to no avail. When she finally grabbed her, I was horrified that it was the tube-topped-pig-lady.

“You need to teach your mom how to go clubbin’!” she said as she left.

You know what? I think I’ll pass.

Mommy and Me before Prom '06. Before we accidentally went out drinking together...

Mommy and Me before Prom '06. Before we accidentally went out drinking together...

(500) days of summer

Movie review time!

500days First things first, I have a MASSIVE girl crush on Zooey Deschanel, so I might be a little bit biased. (Oh-em-gee, if wikipedia is correct, we share a birthday. Ahhh!!) But I think even if I despised her, this movie would be great.

(500) Days of Summer‘ is quirky and it’s fun. Tom Hansen, played brilliantly by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aka that kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun), could be a great architect but instead he writes greeting cards.

Summer Finn (Deschanel) comes in as his boss’ (Clark Gregg, who I could not for the life of me place, but just realized it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ ex in ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’) assistant. Tom pretty much falls in love with her immediately.

‘Summer’ floats around Tom and Summer’s relationship, with nifty little placards (I mean, I guess they could be called placards, but not really…) indicating which day of the relationship the scene will be.

The voice-over who narrates key parts of the film warns that ‘Summer’ “is not a love story,” which seems a little confusing, because clearly the entire thing is about a romantic relationship.

Clarity came when I saw that the tagline on the poster outside the theatre read, “This is not a love story. It is a story about love.” And it is. These are two very different things.

‘Summer’ highlights the most raw feelings we encounter when we are in love – Gordon-Levitt’s walk to work turns into a musical number as he leaves his house after sleeping with Summer for the first time. We feel his pain when she tells him, after running through Ikea pretending each room display was part of their house and crashing into a bed (“Darling, I don’t know how to tell you this, but there’s a Chinese family in our bathroom,” Tom says in one of the funniest moments of the movie, complete with the whole family staring at the couple lying in bed), that she’s not looking for anything serious.

Their struggles with defining what they are – Tom is head over heels in love, Zooey doesn’t believe in love after her parent’s divorce – are at the core of the film.

There are twists, and this is not a traditional cookie-cutter rom-com. In the end, the guy doesn’t win over the girl who stomped on his heart over pancakes. If you’re looking for a picture perfect ending, be warned. But ‘Summer’ is compelling and touching through and through. Even if the ending isn’t what you expect, it’s a different kind of happily-ever-after.

Find (much more in-depth) reviews here and here.

Yummy.

i mean LOOK at him
i mean LOOK at him

In just over 24 hours, I will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of Incubus on stage at the Tweeter Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass.

I am very excited to be breathing the same air as one of my oldest crushes.
That is all.
‘Til then, I’m going to be house-slash-dog sitting for my auntie and friendsitting (ok, not really) my best girl friend and my best guy friend (not to be confused with my best boyfriend).
Tostitos and pineapple-infused Skyy await 🙂

Let’s talk about me, for a minute…

Michaelangelos Narcussus

Michaelangelo's Narcussus

Since I restarted this blog yesterday with no clear-cut idea of what the hell I wanted to write about, I’ve been thinking a lot about today’s internet usage and society. We REALLY are the Me Generation, and what better proof than things like twitter and blogs about nothing too exciting. And I fully count myself among the self-centered.

I’m also a writer, so of course this is also an outlet for me to write about stuff, and maybe hone my craft…or maybe that’s just an excuse.

It seems that we all (again, me included) think our opinions matter. And sometimes, they do. But really, why do we care what Ashton Kutcher ate for lunch?

Weirdly though, we do. Everyone – and I mean everyone, I don’t care if you think you’re above it – knows who Jon Gosselin is, and most of us even know who he’s dating. I used to love Jon and Kate Plus 8 (we won’t go into whether or not that’s lame), and I find myself HATING Jon now. I know I tend to be a little celeb-obsessed, but should he even be considered a celebrity?

Ok, so I’m completely ranting, but whoever realized “Hey, Americans are totally full of themselves, let’s capitalize on that,” and started the first blogging/social networking/let the average American go on and on and on about himself site was absolutely brilliant.

But it sure has changed our world.

In completely unrelated news, I will leave you with this horrible joke, told at lunch by a fellow HC intern/Editor-in-Chief of a certain paper at a certain school I happen to attend:

EiC: Who’s that actress that stabbed her husband, Reese something??

Other interns: I don’t know what you’re talking about….Reese Witherspoon?

EiC: No, she did it with a knife! (horrible laughter. he actually thought it was funny)

Now now, dear (nonexistent) readers, I wouldn’t leave you in such a cruel way. Check this out for some actual laughs. Sheer brilliance and why I thank a non-religious entity for providing a forum where my silly fellow Americans can be silly.

Insert Clever Title about Pandora’s Box here

what i'm listening to RIGHT NOW. whoa.

what i'm listening to RIGHT NOW. whoa.

I know I’m about four years late, but I have recently become obsessed with pandora.com.

One day, here in my little cubicle at the Courant, my iPod battery died. Feeling sad and needing music, I remembered that Pandora is excellent. So I set up an account.

For those who don’t know me, I have issues with listening to new music. I loooove music, but I get stuck. But with pandora, I am forced to listen to some stuff I’m not familiar with, and it’s absolutely fabulous.

Thanks to my She and Him station, I got a little more exposure to Rilo Kiley and now I even have a Rilo Kiley station! Yayyy for great chick-fronted bands. 🙂

Guess who’s back…

Once upon a time, this was a blog for a journalism course entitled “Interactive Media and the Election.”

Not that I don’t love talking about Obama and his rock star status, but I am going to kick it back up as something else. What, exactly, I’m not sure. But something.

So stay tuned, because eventually, this will be thrilling 😉

Bawa Wawa and the Most Interesting People

Barbara Walters will talk to Sarah Palin on her 16th annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special tomorrow night, as well as her TV counterpart, Tina Fey. No doubt that Sarah Palin’s emergence on the scene is directly to thank for Fey’s success this year.

Will Smith will be featured on The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 special

Will Smith will be featured on The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 special

Since the others on the list are so predictable (Will Smith, Tom Cruise – are we sure this isn’t 1998′s list? – Miley Cyrus, and Michael Phelps will also be featured), it seems like the mystery number 1 spot can’t go to anyone but President-Elect Barack Obama. But who knows, maybe we’ll be surprised?

Honestly, though. Who could have been more fascinating than the nation’s first black president? The pregnant man (two posts including this guy in two days, weird!) has already been announced as one of the other 9, so I’m pretty sure Obama’s a shoe-in.

Find out tomorrow night (Dec. 4) on ABC at 10 p.m.

Obama, Britney, and the pregnant man?

aolsearch

No surprise here, but “Barack Obama” has topped AOL‘s most popular searches in the newsmakers category this year. The election as a whole was the most popular thing on internet surfers’ minds, according to the rankings. AOL broke the lists into more than 40 categories of “the people, places and topics that received the largest volume of Web and mobile search queries on AOL Search, http://search.aol.com, and on Truveo, AOL’s leading video search engine, http://truveo.com,” according to the article on marketwatch.com.

The article states that politicians took up seven of the 10 top spots in the “newsmakers” category. Of course, Britney Spears and Thomas Beatie, the pregnant man, were in the top 10 in this category as well. Obama came in first, with Sarah Palin at number two, ex-presidential hopeful and future Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fourth, and John McCain at number five.

Even the videos were popular. Obama’s speeches, Will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” video, and Paris Hilton’s mock campaign were the top searched on the video search engine.

With the amount of focus on the election this year, none of this comes as a surprise to me. Let’s go Barack!!

Calm, Cool, and Collected

Click to watch the entire interview

Click to watch the entire interview

The President-Elect and the future First Lady sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes this past Sunday. Barack Obama exuded his usual high level of composure throughout the interview. Although the topics of the interview ranged from his plans as president regarding the economy, national security, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to his personal transition to office, Obama never failed to give a compelling and endearing answer.

Even when refusing to answer Steve Kroft‘s probing questions about Hillary Clinton‘s possible cabinet appointment, Barack followed his slightly stern chorus of “You’re not getting anymore out of me” with that mega-watt smile he keeps in his back pocket and only takes out, oh, every time he says something charming. Which just happens to be pretty often.

When Michelle Obama joins the interview about 20 minutes in, the rapport between the husband and wife really seems like a genuine support system.

Obama does reflect on the fact that his celebrity will be taking its toll even more so in the coming months and the next four years. Just a few weeks ago, he was still able to take a drive down to his barber shop. Not anymore. In the interview he says that he’s not adjusted to “not being able to take a walk,” as well as a “loss of anonymity.” But he realizes that it all comes with the most powerful job in the world. “That’s not a complaint; it’s what you sign up for,” he says.

For now, the Obamas are focused on keeping their lives, and their young daughters’ lives, as close to normal as possible. “The small routines of life, the things that keep you connected, some of those are being lost,” Barack says in the interview. Judging by their actions thus far – the girls were in school the morning after Obama’s historic win – the future First Family is on the right track.

This great interview really showcases the President-Elect’s approachable, as-humble-as-can-be brand of celebrity.