Archive for November, 2007

17
Nov
07

the good, the bad, and the fugly

Well, I’ve been home for a good three days now. I ventured out once to “teach” (and by teach I mean supervise small-group work with what little voice I have left), and today to pick up some copies and accompany JPR to his first “Freedom” haircut (Freedom is my stylist and she is Freenomenal).

I’ve come to the following conclusions: 1) Strep throat SUCKS (those little buggers to the right is currently wreaking havoc on my throat); 2) I don’t need Nostradamus to tell me civilization is coming to an end, a few hours of MTV is enough to tell me that; 3) Law and Order is ciminally addictive (pun intended) but I may have found a fatal flaw.

First of all: MTV.

Oi, what can I say? I turned it on during a brief Law and Order hiatus on USA Network and watched a few episodes of “Made” followed by “Next.” Now, if you were a previous reader of the old LRC then you know I’m a fan of Made. Let’s face it: adolescence sucks. MTV acknowledges it (though not the extent to which they make it suck even more by pushing products and images on that vulnerable population) and throws a little money toward lowly and inadequate teens to help them spruce themselves up against. It’s the basic triumph over adversity; how could I dislike that? They provide a forum for Tariq Nasheed (author of “The Art of Mackin” and “Play or Be Played”) to help out the adorably awkward acne-prone and bespectacled self-proclaimed geek lose 40 lbs and get a date for the prom. A few products are pimped, jokes are made at the geek’s expense, he gets a makeover, a self-esteem boost, and all is right with the high-school world. I have no beef.

But what follows these wonderful examples of persistence and determination: god-awful drivel, that’s what. A few episodes of “Next” will have you scratching your head and actually considering supporting Eugenics if it shifts its focus to plastic bimbettes and meatheads. The basic premise is that a single guy or gal has five potential dates selected for them. One by one, the dates emerge from the Next bus to meet the hopeful singleton. They are timed for how long they last on the date, eventually they get “Nexted” and the date is over and they move to the next person — but they get $1 for each minute they last. And if the guy or gal likes them and offers them a second date (usually after about an hour or so), they can either have the second date or take the money and run (approx $60-70). Between this show and “Parental Control” I basically want to bury my head in the sand. I’m no fool, I know most of this stuff is made up and that the writers come up with have the shite they say, but really. It’s absurd. They are extremely vulgar and insult each other in such horrible ways. The guys are only concerned about T&A and whether she’s gonna be able to handle their “wood” and I can’t even figure out what the girls are about. Plastic, that’s it.

It’s just awful.

Now for my second observation. I love Law and Order. Criminal Intent, SVU, you name it, I love it. And Vincent D’Onofrio is just spectactular. I now affectionately refer to him as “Sherlock F*@&#in D’Onofrio.” However, I started to notice a disturbing trend that began with Cynthia Nixon’s guest appearance on the season opener of SVU. She played a person suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder who killed her parents as retribution for years of severe childhood abuse. However, at turns out she was faking it. What upset me initially was that psychology (and my dear BD Wong) got the shaft. But after watching a few more episodes, I began to notice that a number of the culprits tend to be crazy psycho bitches.

So I am wondering if there’s a potential feminist rant here, or if I’m being oversensitive. After all, Casey Novak is one hell of a DA and has Judith Light as her boss, so there’s some prime examples of women rockin’ it. And perhaps they are just capitalizing on our fears. After all, don’t we expect women to be motherly and protective? Therefore, when they kill, it might be easier or expected to portray them as manipulative and/or psychotic. I’m really not sure. And, I did notice that a number of the men (the few that I’ve seen so far) who are the ultimate culprit end up being weak and pathetic, which would be the counter-stereotype for the male figure. So perhaps that’s all there is to the story. My verdict remains to be determined. I’m at about the 34-minute mark of an hour episode: I’ve noticed a trend, begun gathering evidence, and am awaiting the inevitable plot twist. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.

13
Nov
07

Today’s moment of irony…

A man in a suit was standing outside the pharmacy handing out free samples of Marlboro Lites (with menthol!).

Big Tobacco: Thinking globally, acting locally.

I say, who needs universal healthcare when you can get free smokes?!?!

13
Nov
07

Add this to your lexicon…

Thank you Bitch, PhD for wowing me with your brilliance once again (and for the wonderful post about passing the bar) by introducing into our slang the replacement of the proverbial “balls” with “skirt.”

As in: “Does he/she have the skirt for that?”

or “Wow, that sure took some skirt to pull that off!”

Sadly, according to “UrbanDictionary.com” the most popular definition for “skirt” is a “simple garment worn by females that is easily removed.” Yes, that one ranks a whopping 176 thumbs-up votes. So then, another way to think of this is as yet another word to “reclaim” (and, forgive me if I don’t sound particularly radical enough in saying this, but I bet this has a wee bit better chance of catching on that previous attempts at “reclaiming” bitch or cunt, for example). I think it has real power to become a popular bit of EgalitarianSlang. After all, I’d much rather think about a nice grey A-line (see photo) than, well, balls.

Anyway.

This is way better than PeeWee’s scary word of the day that resulted in lots of screaming and frantic running around. I think I’ll start using it right away , and try to use it as often as possible. You should too, you just might end up on that “Overheard in…” blog.

Also, I would like to point out that this is way better than TruckNutz.

12
Nov
07

Feminists do it…?

p1020025_01.jpgAll I have to say is, it’s about darn time!

Laurie Rudman and colleagues have published a study examining the impact of feminist ideology on relationship satisfaction and health.

Summary of findings: lo and behold, feminists and their partners report healthier relationships, including everything from equality, overall satisfaction, and sex life.

A summary of the article from MSNBC can be found here.

Apparently feminists, and the men who love them, have more egalitarian relationships which leads to greater satisfaction. I consider myself and JPR a perfect example of this. I make us breakfast and he does the dishes, I watch the Giants game with him and he watches Ugly Betty with me. I learn about baseball and the Mets and he learns about psychology and personality…and the list goes on…


09
Nov
07

“About” the Author

I updated that page. As if you really needed to know more.

09
Nov
07

There is no “X” in ESpresso!

So, my new office is Starbucks. Say what you will about my support of corporate takeover, but I’ve found the almost-best Starbucks in NYC. It is what I will term a “commuter” Starbucks. There is a steady stream of customers, but you will never be more than third in line, and, since it is mainly commuters (people who grab their non-fat-no-whip-peppermint-mocha-extra-shot-with-room and go) there are PLENTY of seats — 4 of which are cushiony easy chairs of the sort that would never fit in my humble abode.

There are also many outlets. And outlets are tre important for a person whose new office is Starbucks (me).

So, why the almost-best rating? Well, two main issues: first, I’ve noticed the drinks don’t burn my tongue. Now, I’m not usually in the habit of preferring a scalding drink, but I want to know that if I don’t let it sit there for a few minutes it will most definitely have me smarting. I need it to be piping hot so that I can butter my bagel (and I mean that to not be taken dirty-like) and then enjoy my first sip of warm beverage. Instead, it is sippable from the start! No, no, no. What are they teaching in barista school these days? I just might have to say something, now that I’m a regular and all.

Second: it is FREEZING. Since moving north I have come to appreciate the double-door invention and the creation of little temperature huts outside of restaurants and cafes. These foyer type contraptions serve to hold off a bit of the brisk wind (today about 35 degrees) from those of us who are inside trying to enjoy our nosh and coffee. And at almost-perfect-Starbucks there is full potential for a buffer zone. The door frame is there and everything. I think I’ll just have to resort to bringing a blanket.

I digress.

But I would like to plug that this year, let’s forget about the Macy’s and Gap giftcards and get me some Starbuck-bucks. Think of it as fueling my creative genius. Or supporting corporate greed. Whatever floats your boat.

05
Nov
07

if there were ever an upside to pollution…

this would be it…

the view from my window on a lovely autumn evening:

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