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23
Feb
10

Pain in the Plushenko

If you’ve been in earshot of me recently you’ve certainly heard me say, “Ouch!”  Yes, the pain in my lower back, down my right hip and front of my right quad has been the very annoying lead story in my life, reeking of ben-gay.  Some people have told me (lovingly… maybe) that back pain is indicative of anger.   Lots of people nodding their heads, I know, I know.  Well, my own affinity for losing my temper aside, if that’s true, I guess Russian figure skater and asshole, Evgeni Plushenko, is in for a wheelchair.  When NBC aired their “behind the athlete” piece on him last week, it began with Plushenko driving around in Russia saying, “Many people do not like me.  Many people.”   If his unsportsmanlike… and just weird comments following Evan Lysacek’s gold medal win didn’t convince you of why he’s unlikable, his website today said it all: http://evgeni-plushenko.com/ He’s refusing to admit he lost the gold medal… awarding himself a platinum medal. Huh?  It reads, “Silver of Salt Lake, Gold of Torino, Platinum of Vancouver.”   OK, I don’t have issues, this proves it.  Back is feeling better already.

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21
Feb
10

Eye have issues…

I was awoken at around 6:45 this morning with the distinct and awful feeling like there’s something in my eye.  Found nothing, flushed it out and the feeling still has not gone away.  This is on top of the lower back pain I’ve had for the last week and a half which is now traveling to my right hip and upper back.  Lots of bitching?  YES.  I suppose the one thing I learn when such obstacles pop up (which is RARE) is how much I take for granted being able to jump up from a seated position, run, or comfortably see. Ok, clearly the universe is trying to tell me something here.  You’ve got my attention already!  I’m listening.  What would Abraham-Hicks say?  Hmm??  What can I do for you, universe?  Or not do for you?  Er, or me?  Wow, this sucks, universe!

20
Feb
10

Could I have a tall glass of your career, please?

Great actor just doesn’t mean great movie.  Unless you’re Leonardo DiCaprio.  Ok, maybe you don’t have all his flicks on your top ten list, but I honestly couldn’t think of a DiCaprio film that sucked.  That can’t be true, can it?  All the legends and A-listers have made at lease one film we wish they hadn’t, right?  Just to be sure, I checked his resume on IMDB for bombs: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000138/ OK, there was Critters 3, but I’d say at least since 1993, DiCaprio hasn’t made a film that most would agree wasn’t worth seeing.   Why does he make great movies?  Casting director extraordinaire and passionate man of many talents, Robby Martin Jr. of Digital Dogs Casting (who also does a GREAT commercial class!), put it this way, “DiCaprio  just makes great moments.”  True.   All occurring in films that fall somewhere between good to really freakin’ great.  Which brings me to Shutter Island.  And I’m glad I went.   Overall a really good film, that might have been missing one more twist at the end.  Great story, great acting… great Leo moments.  One thing that held me back from enjoying the film more was the trailers I’d seen for it.  They pretty much give away the whole story.  And because the release of the film was delayed so much, I saw those trailers too many times.  When they cut to last shot of the film I thought, “Don’t end this way!”  But, it did.  Still, a good psychological thriller is far too hard to come by these days, so thank you Scorsese and DiCaprio.   I will take all of this into account next time I visit a mental health facility.  Which will be Monday.  In Watts.  To teach ESL.  Oh, dear…

19
Feb
10

What a day!

Of crap no one really cares about!  Tiger Woods is sorry — thank God he called a press conference, we had no idea!  Wait, his wife is with him! Of course the press is going wild, married people in the same house!  And speaking of impending divorces, Hillary Duff is engaged!  Is getting married right after you reach legal drinking age ever going to go out of style in young Hollywood?  I guess it makes all the rednecks feel better, anyway.   Oh and US Olympic snowboarder and now shamed bronze medalist Scotty Lago packed up his venereal diseases and left Vancouver because of his trashiness : http://www.tmz.com/2010/02/19/olympic-medalist-packs-up-after-biting-photo/ And speaking of Olympians who got busted being themselves on tape, Michael Phelps will not compete past  the 2012 Olympic Games in London.    Well, as long as he promises to continue eating delicious Subway sandwiches with Jared, it’ll all be OK.

18
Feb
10

Gotta Be Better Than Good…

LOVE the Olympics!  Yes, it sucks up hours and hours of programming, but it’s so well deserved.  It’s such a thrill to see someone’s dream come true right along with them and the rest of the world!  Lots of shattered dreams too, but seeing those competitors who’ve devoted their lives to their sport in such an all-encompassing way is more than inspiring.  And then there’s Johnny Weir.  I like the guy.  And when you’re interesting, you’re interesting.  But while the “Pop Star On Ice” is certainly fun to watch, does he really need his own documentary and TV show?  In case you haven’t heard, in addition to the documentary Pop Star On Ice http://www.popstaronice.com/ released in summer 2009, the Sundance Channel is also running the eight part series, “Be Good Johnny Weir,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdZCaSCp3fQ taking us inside his wild, tireless, fur-loving life on and off the ice.  And tonight we’ll find out just how good the controversially adorned, big-mouthed athlete will be.  He’s in sixth place after the short program, but the outspoken  Olympian and three-time US Figure Skating National Champion has some big skates to fill if he wants to medal tonight in Vancouver. Currently in second place is USA’s Evan Lysacek, whose dedication to his training and not his clothing and inflated personality really shows on the ice.  Sure, I’ll miss “The Office” tonight, but so worth it!!

16
Feb
10

Avila Beach, ahh…

Sometimes I go to nice places with fresh air, nice people, no traffic, and green everything and wonder why I’m spending all my time in smog-filled LA.  True, those quiet, relaxing getaway towns don’t usually offer much in the way of job opportunities or professional growth, but wouldn’t it be great if they did?  Our most recent getaway to Avila Beach near San Luis Obispo left me thinking just that.  Wouldn’t it be great to wake up everyday and walk, bike ride or have a really short drive to work?  Not stress about parking, red light ticket intersections, crowded grocery stores or good old-fashioned widespread crime?  And still with all of this, be seeking and receiving everything you want from life.  Is anyone doing that?

15
Feb
10

Techno… Tech-yes!

It’s easy to forget how heavily we rely upon our DVRs (mine now set to record figure skating, YAY!), our iPhones and Blackberries (although iPhone users would scoff at the comparison) our laptops, wireless printers, and but of course, our GPS devices.  I was given a Tom Tom portable GPS for Christmas 3 years ago and immediately developed a strong, devoted dependence that I never looked back from.  But there are those rare moments when technology (gasp)… fails us.  We’ve all heard stories about that all-knowing voice (so powerful it can make you ignore your own instincts) who tells you which exit to take, actually stranding you miles from civilization in the  middle of a snowstorm.  And today, on our way to the Avila Village Inn, the built-in GPS and the portable GPS both could not locate our destination. Google maps had its own creative directions, completely different from the directions on the hotel’s website.  We were lost!  No not really, but emotionally.  We had to step back in time and write down directions.  Which worked!  Though, I suppose we could have always stopped and asked for directions… I saw that in a movie once.  Pretty sure the people ended up dead, though.




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