Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Yesterday while driving to work this song came on the radio. It's an old one and it gave me the biggest shit eating grin I've had in too many moons. There's no video here, just straight rocking bliss. So for any of you who've ever drank beer in the woods in front of a bonfire with a ghetto blaster hooked up to a car battery I implore you to sit back, close your eyes and wax nostalgic for the next four minutes and fifteen seconds. Ladies and gentleman, without any further ado, here's Van Halen's Drop Dead Legs.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Christmas is definitely on this year. Yesterday the old man and I got a real tree – a symbolic gesture we haven’t done in way too many years. It’s somewhat larger than it appeared in the lot where first we spied it. Luckily we didn’t have to pull a Babitz to make it fit. Now the whole house smells of Balsam Fir and that’s just fine with me! The holiday shopping was low key and I’m relieved to say that it’s finished. Now there’s cooking to do and parties to host.
2008 has been a mixed bag of crap and candy. Last year I was determined to have a positive, happy year and despite a whole lot of trials and tribulations it has been pretty damn good. Much like the Obama win in November, the year has proven to be quite transformative for me personally. For better or for worse, we’re all in it so we better make it work – that includes our conduct both in our daily family lives and outside. People generally piss me off to no end with their incessant cell phone use and overall disregard for manners and etiquette. All I can do is try to be the example with an open mind and hopefully less aggravation. We owe it to ourselves and our country to do the best we can regardless of the situation. Consider that today’s word of advice.
Now I must get back to tending the sauce. Ciao.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Top 10 Things We Could Have Done Without
1. Sarah Palin
2. Joe the Plumber
4. The writers’ strike
5. The new iPhone
6. $4 a gallon gas
7. Tom Brokaw hosting Meet the Press
8. Sex and the City (the movie)
9. Windows Vista
10. Black Friday and all the morons who participated
Top 5 things I learned this year
1. Depression and grief are not the same, though both totally suck.
2. Couples therapy is silly.
3. The Hotel Chelsea is the most disgusting lodging this side of Calcutta.
4. No matter how hard I try I just don’t like Feist.
5. Absinthe is everything it’s cracked up to be and sometimes more.
1. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
2. Frank – Amy Winehouse
3. Collected – Massive Attack
4. Unbreakable: A Retrospective – The Afghan Whigs
5. Oh My Nola – Harry Connick, Jr.
1. Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity – David Lynch
2. The Age of American Unreason – Susan Jacoby
3. Free Thinkers: A History of American Secularism – Susan Jacoby
4. Acting In Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making – Michael Caine
5. The Great Derangement – Matt Taibbi
6. Obsessive Branding Disorder – Lucas Conley
7. A Mencken Chrestomathy – H.L. Mencken
8. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Dr. Christiane Northru
9. Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers – Thich Nhat Hanh
10. The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
As you well know, the Beatles are number one bar none in my book. Not only is this particular song my favorite, but it pretty much sums up exactly how I'm feeling today. So for therapeutic purposes, here's Hide Your Love Away....
Thursday, December 04, 2008
It’s been a year since I started this blog. It began as a way to cope with the writers’ strike and the fact that my favorite shows (Colbert and Daily) were sent into reruns for over a month. Boredom and frustration set in, so I figured I’d create an outlet for my angst that became Web Dunce official.
The changes that took place this past year, both for the country and for me personally have been quite profound. I’ve never used this blog as a space for anything personal going on in my life, but let’s just say that my human experience has broadened across the spectrum of complete elation and happiness to total loss. I’ve grown, luckily not in the physical sense.
I spent a good portion of this past year living in a semi-reality. Going on dream dates to political rallies with my imaginary boyfriend, Steve, letting cable news become my new drug of choice, and getting though a mid life crisis by submerging myself into acting and screen writing in an attempt to keep busy and not dwell too long on things that I cannot change.
Through all the ups and downs, it still turned out to be a pretty good year. I got to see Barack Obama speak in person, my job is turning out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me professionally, and I’m married to the greatest guy in the world. Not too shabby. I still remain a total cynic, but in a healthy observant way. Though I’d like to have more time to contribute to this blogging endeavor, I’ll do my best to keep it going for as long as I’m able. So raise a glass in solidarity fair reader, even though the half full cup is a third backwash.