Saturday, October 29, 2005

Every Day's the 31st!

I hardly ever go out, but last night I made an exception... .

Pac'a helped me get ready and in the mood to go to a Halloween party. My last-minute costume was pretty simple. Poster paint on tights and a t-shirt. I'm too modest not to cover my ass, so I added my favorite dancy mini.

I never like to show up empty handed at a party. Home made labels are a good way to cover up cheap selections from Trader Joes.

Almost everyone was in costume.

Martina went as that lady from Blade Runner.

Anna met a nice officer/law enforcer guy. The goblet is cute, don't you think? Michael's, the crafts store, has them for a buck a piece.

Here we are chillin' out maxin'.

Why do white people have to do this? I'm only putting this one up so people know how much I hate the pimp and ho thing and how I hate it on so many levels. Plus it's played out.

It might not look like it, but Anna was trying to help this guy out. He kept falling down. This time, he brought Anna down with him.

After the party, we went to a diner where I made friends with some girls in the restroom. This one showed me a shot she got of David Hasselhoff at the club she went to. She said her friend freaked him on the dance floor.

Anyway, I hope these photos entertain AND educate you about how to conduct yourselves this weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Special Ed and I think Scooter will go down like Ollie North. He'll take the fall, defend his deeds as necessary acts of freedom-fighting, and end up a hero to folks in Idaho and Montana.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Quick Guide to California's Upcoming Special Election

Thanks to our action figure governor, we get to have a special election next month. Here's a quick guide to the propositions.

NO on:

73 -- constitutional amendment that redefines abortion and imposes a waiting period and parental notification for (female) teens seeking abortions.

74 -- new requirements for teacher job security.

75 -- silences public employee unions.

76 -- gives the governator way too much power in the budget.

77 -- would allow Republicans a new crack at redistricting.

78 -- it's a fake drug buying program backed by the pharmaceutical companies who are running tons of ads to oppose 79.

Yes on:

79 -- yes, California needs a prescription drug plan for low income people.

80 -- restoration of regulating energy in California. It's about time!

Don't take my word for this, check this out!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In Her Honor ...

In Rosa Parks's honor, I promise to write about some important stuff in the next few posts.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Back to Baking

Since the weather cooled down, I'm down for baking again. Also, I've been inspired by trips to S.F. and my new favorite bakery, Tartine. I cannot match Tartine's bread pudding with seasonal fruit or the quiche, but I'm going to keep trying.

My attempt at bread pudding with fruit on hand
-- pears, plums, blueberries.

This quiche has chard, tomatoes and basil I grew, and olives.

The trial and error is pretty fun. I'll pass along recipes once I'm satisfied with one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Lip Smacking Fun

My only problem with the New Big 10 Pack of LeBron's Lightning Lemonade chewing gum is that I can go through a whole pack in less than an hour. I chew each piece until the sweetness goes and immediately move on to the next piece. I know there's help out there for people like me.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

"Modeling Is Really Hard Work"

Now that So You Think You Can Dance is done, I'm available for watching America's Next Top Model. I never cared to watch the show in past cycles (2 per season), and I could not understand why Elias liked it so much.

Now, I get it. It's fun to watch pretty young women stress out about how to present themselves. But I also feel for them. Those women have to work hard and go though a lot of pain and anguish about how they look. Poor things. I feel sorry for Lisa. Just because she was a loose-lipped drunk, everyone hates her and says she looks old.

I think Bre looks and acts the cutest. And I like the celebrity judges -- what a bunch of freaks! Luckily, most of the reality footage focuses on the stuff I like. I tune out the rest. If you're interested in getting straight to the good stuff, thankfully, there's a web site that presents all the crying highlights.

[Special K Post Script: I'm sorry for the bad writing. I meant to end the entry with a comparison of my upper body with Tyra's. But instead I smushed some thoughts together with no concern for the conventions of good writing. Anyway -- the four four site has finally posted highlights of this week's show. Not enough crying if you ask me.]

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Current Cinema

York and I saw A History of Violence last night. Not a lot happens except 3 super violent scenes, one fairly violent fight, and two passionate sex scenes. One of the sex scenes is more passionate than the other. The couple do it on a steep old-fashioned farmhouse stair way. I commented, "What about their kids?" York responded, "What about their backs?"

Don't take any of these observations as harsh criticism. It was good.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Supreme Court News

In case anyone forgot, I don't have anything to say about new supreme court nominations. Like my dad used to say, I don't have a nickel in that dime.

Like a scorned woman regards an ex after about five years or so, I feel nothing. Except embarrassment sometimes. He did a press conference this morning, and I have to wonder if he even knows what a "strict constructionist" is. What a dumbass.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Not So Much Internets Lately

I've been reading*, excited about the current cinema**, and listening to a new CD***. I'm afraid doing other activities has been getting in the way of my duties at Sheff's Special.

Eli's reading lots of Greek, and seeing and listening to the same stuff as I.

* Eli and I tried to go to a Neil Gaiman reading/signing, but there were way too many people. No way was I going to stand in line (even though I went to the bookstore in time -- before it opened! -- to get a place number of 52) and wait to get my book signed. I'm almost done with Anansi Boys and like it quite well. I think Elias is ten times as clever as the writer of Sandman. I can hardly wait until he becomes a superstar graphic novelist and Hollywood screen writer.

**Serenity was awesome. It's accessible to anyone (no need to have seen the short-lived t.v. show). Good action and drama. Good story. I hope it does well so we see more movies like it in the future.

*** I'm totally into the Kanye West album. Very musical and I'm in agreement with most of his views.