Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I looked up the disease and the Center for Disease Control says that this strain is contageous from human to human and there isn't much of the vaccine (currently) to go around.
I'm not a big fan of sickness and try to avoid it at all costs. This Swine Flu really scares me. It scares me in the same way that it probably scares a lot of people--through the news, the threat of getting it, the threat of not having a vaccine--yes that all traditionally scares me. Let's talk about the name. Gross. I don't want to be lumped in with the pigs. I don't want to have some crazy disease that is like something out of the movie Outbreak. F-that. (Hey Erin: "Katie NO!")
I would like them to really rush to find out how to control this or help the poor people it is effecting. Édgar shouldn't have to see his face in the news for getting something he didn't mean to get. That's not fair to him. Granted, we have the right to write whatever, but still--I feel for the little guy.
Another thing that is scary--the reports of pork in Mexico and the States being rejected by foreign importers. I hope that doesn't become the start of this recession's "dust bowl." Sure, it's not dust, but the Times is reporting it as a threat.
I'm definitely going to keep popping vitamins, working out, and an eye on the news.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I mean this past week's 30 Rock really sealed the deal on the whole "wanting a snuggie thing."
Monday, April 27, 2009
"Okay Hon, let's gO deown teown, see dem O's, grab some Natty BO's, gO Over ta Pick-uls, ya knOw, balmer styl, Hon. "
We went to the Royal Farms on the corner of Joppa and...I'm not revealing, and Adi had cupons galore! So I scored a free 32 oz drink! Perfect for the rest of the ride!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I love this Skeleton Boy song and video!!
Devo's new song!
These songs are motivating me to relax and let my creativity flow instead of forcing something that won't happen under pressure to happen. I will write about Baltimore--I will...I just need to find how.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I thought it was the actual video for "Boogie on Reggae Woman," which I found slightly disturbing because the opening is very visual, and he is not. Sorry--it's true.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Shamwow dude, Vince, has attempted to make Shamwow a latin sensation.
Wasn't that shamtastic?
Now hold on to your computer because I'm about to drop some mind bombs--
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Working on a fiesta video, pic uploads, taking new pics of the Fiesta tomorrow as well as hitting up the old stomping grounds of SSPP Elementary school-- any of my "teacher readers" here's a shout out to you! I'll be stopping by in the morning with the car so be sure not to take a personal day!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I hit the road this morning.
Little cousin Sara came too!
Be sure to check twitter too! lex112884
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I am taking a break from packing for my Fiesta Weekend in NYC to talk about Mike Nichols' The Graduate. This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE films. I am obsessed with the genius that is Anne Bancroft--everything she did. She was also married to Mel Brooks, which makes her even COOLER!
This movie makes a visual presentation that embodies empathy for anyone who is taking a year off or having a lull in their life. The May-December romance is an added dramatic element, but there is so much more to this movie.
My friend Brian and I were just talking, briefly about this movie (that is currently on TCM and sparking this entry). We were actually talking about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and about Robert Redford (<3). Robert Redford was the studio pick for the aimless character of Benjamin Braddock. The book that the film is based on calls for a "surfboard" type, a true California beach boy. Obviously Dustin Hoffman is anything but-- and that was the juxtaposition that Mike Nichols was looking for.
"Robert Redford screen-tested with Candice Bergen for the part of Benjamin Braddock but was finally rejected by director Mike Nichols because Nichols did not believe Redford could persuasively project the underdog qualities necessary to the role. When he told this to Redford, the actor asked Nichols what he meant. "Well, let's put it this way," said Nichols, "Have you ever struck out with a girl?" "What do you mean?" asked Redford. "That's precisely my point," said Nichols." (imdb.com)
I had heard about this from the behind the scenes interview on a DVD but it was nice to chat about it with a future Trojan (Shoutout to Brain Bibbo! Lol!)
I think this movie's mastery is achieved due to the collaboration and combination of various creative pieces that made a glorious whole (haha, glorious whole...say it out loud). Anne Bancroft was a talented theatre and film actress who really blossomed in the 1960s. She had a couple "B-movies" in the 1950s, but made it big in the 1962 film The Miracle Worker. She had played the part of Annie O'Sullivan on Broadway, co-starring with Patty Duke, who played Helen Keller.
They made the jump from a successful run in the theatre to a successful, award winning film.
She was a devoted actress who took every moment and filled it with talent. Anne continued to work in film, theatre and television until her death in 2005 from cancer.
Dustin Hoffman was actually only 6 years younger than Anne Bancroft in real life--but in the film, you'd never know. They both played opposite ends of life with incredibly believability. Hoffman wasn't the first pick for this film, but his wits and talent provided him to be the best pick. He improvised certain scenes like when he has to grab Mrs. Robinson's breast-- he was about to laugh, due to the crew's laughter, and instead turned it into frustration and banged his head against the wall. He also invented a slight wimper-cough that he picked up from Mike Nichols. This turned what could looked like a 31 year old playing an 20 year old into a unconfident character, believably 20 year old, goalless, boy-man.
Mike Nichols is a genius. There are so many shots, looks, choices, etc. in this film that add up to a visual gem. I'm going to bulletpoint a couple examples that will hopefully entice you to watch the film for the 1st or millionth time.
- The sunporch scene--the famous one with the leg shot.
- The transitions from black to black when he's going through his routine of sleeping with Mrs. Robinson and his blasé lifestyle.
- The scene when Benjamin tells Elane about the affair--then the hallway shot of Anne soaking wet.
- The sunporch when she says "I'm extremely upset Benjamin"
- The hotel--darkness--who would have thought?
- The swimming pool 1st person P.O.V.
- Through the fishtank
- Over the wooden banister at the hotel
- Don't forget the soundtrack!!
4. April Come She Will Found at skreemr.com
Benjamin is a prep from the East. The rest all look like "plastic" country club folks.
Watch this movie. It's wonderful.
If you feel like you have no direction, if you're taking time off from work, school or something, it is a perfect film to find empathy or sympathy; whatever you need. I have used it to help me get through and I have studied it over and over. I will continue to do so and once again I urge you to see, listen and feel The Graduate.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Julia stole my RayBans--cool dude.
Okay-- so it turns out that my camera has a delay of like 2 seconds and because of that, I was
taking a picture of Julia running in her self-picked outfit, but ended up taking a picture of a child falling. Sorry J-dawg. I ran over to her right away--she was and is fine. I'm not that bad. Lol.
The funny "self-picked" outfit. Julia got dressed today simply because she could wear her apron "all day"
Same delay--better effect.
Adi and Byron's candle leaked out the side because the other candle melted it. I think it looks like it's spewing. I like this picture.
Today has been a great day. Julia and I were outside most of the day, I went for a run, I did laundry (which I hate, but love to get done), and now I'm watching 30 Rock.
The Fiesta Movement begins Sunday! I'll be taking pictures and blogging! Stay tuned...it's almost here!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Have you seen this Pink video? I think it's HILARIOUS and disturbing. It is all of the horror movies combined into one circus freak music video. Awesome. I think Misery, The Shining, Death Becomes Her, Fatal Attraction and Child's Play were all covered.
After a month of traveling, hanging out, moving boxes and straight chillin' in Easton, I have returned to helping out with Julia "J-dawg" and Katharine Carlander. They both have grown immensly and I am so happy to see them again!
We had a fun day of outings and innings. We did pretending and "real-ing" as Julia put it.
She is talking very well now as is Katharine--baby talk that is!
They have been off in Santa Barbara for a month with their Mommy, getting tan and playing at the park. Now, they are back in Salisbury where the sun never shines and there's enough rain to wash away all the happiness you could ever get--just kidding--but really.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thanks to Hulu.com I have been able to catch up on any 30 Rock, The Office or SNL that I have missed. Due to a travel schedule that just won't stop (insert sarcastic tone), I haven't watched SNL for about 3 weeks... I'm slipping, I know. But I have been catching up.
Apparently Walt Disney jokes are the new thing. Here are some examples:
Enjoy these clips and enjoy making fun of Walt Disney-- What a psycho-genius, what a world. A Disney World.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Now whether she was referring to Slim Thug or SNL, I counldn't tell. After further research, aka commenting, I found that she was talking about Andy Samberg's latest "SNL Digital Short" with Seth Rogen.
Check out this video-- it's pretty funny, like a boss.
Thanks Baby G, keep it real. "I'm the boss."
Check out this article by the "A.V. Club" about Green Porno-Bon Appetit
I think I'm just going to put I.R. stuff on this blog... it will add another certain flare to your lives :)
Let me know if there are things you'd like to read about or favorite posts you'd like me to emulate!
I just received info about the Fiesta Movement weekend next week--in NYC!!! I love NYC!!
I have 2 packed days of training and driving... I can't wait!
Stay tuned like an AM radio-- only on THIS station! :)
The serious one is my sister, Erin. She's not really that serious, she's " fron' in'. "
Friday, April 10, 2009
So Skylar Deleon, a.k.a. Roger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series has been sentenced to death by the state of California and the Orange County Superior Court.
I cannot believe that he has taken his skills as a Power Ranger and used them for evil. I mean, come on man! You should never mix your self defense skills, super powers, and gymnastic fantastics with meth. BAD CHOICE.
I actually don't know if he was doing meth, but I would imagine that he caught a case of the crazies from something.
Deleon committed the murders of 2 yachting enthusiasts in 2006, just outside of Newport Beach, CA and a killing of a man in the desert in 2004. His "then-wife" helped him kill the people and received life in prison.
I grew up watching the Power Rangers and I freaking loved pretending to beat up bad guys, defeating large imaginative animatronic beasts and yelling "high-ya!" in an American accent.
I think that "Alpha 5" would probably be disgusted by "Roger's" actions and would have probably have ordered the death penalty as well. Sis for shame.
"Tommy" was the best anyway!
"Ford Names 100 Fiesta Movement 'Agents' to Hit The Road, Find Adventure, Share Experiences"
alludes to the missions that we will go on.
Missions with a purpose
After the vehicles are delivered, the Fiesta Movement agents will receive notification about their upcoming missions, which will be based on monthly themes. With six themes in all, the first theme agents will create content on is travel. Each of the 100 agents will choose an individual mission, which will send them on an adventure to engage with people in their Ford Fiesta.
Partnering with Ford on its campaign is Undercurrent, a digital think tank headquartered in
"We're engaging outside sources that live in this space to make sure we are pushing the limit as far as we can," said Fontaine. "By working with them, we will maximize the exposure of our content online, while at the same time receiving valuable feedback from the agents about our new car."
I can't wait to go on the missions!! :)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I don't watch the Today show, but I do tune into Hulu...
Here's the video from the morning...expect nothing but crazy...and since KLG was there...most likely little gets accomplished.
(Mom--I know you could care less about Isabella and Ingrid, but PLEASE watch this clip because of Kathy Lee Gifford--Regis got rid of her just in time for her to snap!)
Okay--to be honest, I hadn't watched the clip completely when I wrote this. I know, poor form. BUT Can I just say, that this clip TRUMPS Isabella's crazy style probably 100xs over. Kathy Lee Gifford is insane! She's like touchy, dirty and loud crazy. I'm not sure I like that style of crazy because it's too "in your face."
Though watching her is entertaining, I just felt very uncomfortable watching that clip, but I couldn't turn my head away. Apparently she's doing her job, but maybe she should lay off whatever booze she drinks in the morning and stop touching, groping and sexually harassing her co-host and guests. Luckily, I'm pretty sure Isabella can take her. Lol.
Don't forget to check out my profile @ http://fiestamovement.com
This profile links you to all of my pages as well as keeping you connected with my fellow 99 agents! I got word from "Mission Control," a.k.a. Andrew Rinke, today that I will be taking the train from Wilmington, DE to NYC on Sunday the 19th and driving back Monday the 20th in my NEW SILVER FORD FIESTA!! I can't wait! I'll take pictures the whole time and keep you guys updated! I can't wait!! :)
Be sure to also check out my new Facebook Fan Page for the Fiesta Movement!
The posts will start to get more interesting when I take the trip and get the car... I promise! :)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I'm going to write about my experience in L.A.
I am going to tell a lot of it with pictures because I want you to feel like you got to go too.
Also--I've been telling my story to every member of my family for the past 3 days, so I'm a little spent. I will probably either do this in pieces or I'll elaborate later...who knows...? Here we go!
I was awake this past Friday from 3:30am EST to 12:30am PCT...aka 3:30am EST. A 24 hour day, and one of the best days of my life.
I left the Eastern Shore on time, but my arrival caused me to almost be late. My shuttle had to make a stop in South Central L.A., which made the other lady in the van nervous, I talked her down. We were okay.
We rolled up to the Vagabond Inn (name fits) at 12:00pm, it was exactly when the meet and greet at the Zemeckis Building was starting. Luckily, for me, the inn was 2 feet away from the building, so I was only 5 minutes late!
I met up with Nicole and Brian at the Luncheon. They are two fellow future Trojans who I have talked to before the weekend.
(Brian and Nicole)
We had a great lunch, watched a film about the school, listened to the Dean, who told us that "USC SCA is harder to get into than Harvard Law." A great way to make us smile!) and then broke off into specific groups, based on studies.
We listened to our future teachers talk, then took a tour around the School of Cinematic Arts.
(The new SCA building...thanks George Lucas' $175 Million!)
Afternoon meet and greet where there was free booze (I had one corona...didn't want to embarrass myself!) and free fun! Met some teachers and a TON of cool people!
Nicole said that this weekend was "fan-fucking-tastic." That's on the record.
This is the "Frank Sinatra Theatre" where we saw a screening of Forrest Gump and then listened to a Q&A with Robert Zemeckis, Eric Roth, Gary Sinise and Tom Hanks.
Check it out!
The next day, I toured the campus with Brian and Tyler. We took pictures of everything, including under "Tommy the Trojan's" skirt. Sexy.
Tried taking a random pic, Tyler apparently is photogenic and smiled.
After the self guided tour and lunch, I headed to Santa Monica to see my cousin Jess. While she was at work, at Houston's, I went down to the beach, near but not on the pier. It was a gorgeous day and I soaked it all in!
I ate lunch with Jess and then walked the Promanade. I looked at everything I could see and then went to see Sunshine Cleaning, which was AMAZING!!
Jess lent me her car for a bit, so I went back to her apartment and played with Moos and Ace, Jess and Matt's cats. "Moos" means "cat" in Gambia, so it's not spelled wrong, lol.
After work, Jess and I headed to Beverly Hills to pick up some frozen dinners. Nothing like a little Passover Pizza to brighten up a little girl's night!
Sunday, Jess and I made our way down to Orange County to see my Aunt Mary and Uncle Bob. My Aunt Mary was in the hospital recovering from surgery, but this is her view, so I think she'll be fine as long as she occasionally looks outside!
After Jess left for work, I headed out to drive to Hollywood. I wanted to do the whole "tourist" thing. I took pics on the way there, whenever I was stopped, which since it was L.A., was quite often. LOOK AT THE BILLBOARD! I'm a nerd.
I went to Hollywood Blvd. and saw Grauman's Theatre...
...stood in Cary Grant's footsteps...
...and of course, paid homage to Ingrid.
My last night in L.A. I went up to Jess' roof deck and wrote for a long while. This video clip is of the view from the roof. It was a great way to end one of the best times of my life. I can't wait to rejoin my friends, make some films and go to USC SCA!