Archive for November, 2008

Watch What You Write!

November 26, 2008

Marc,

I feel lucky.

I feel lucky.

Have you ever looked at our blog stats?  Really looked at them?  I don’t usually pay attention, because let’s face it, it’s not like there are ten’s of thousands of people reading everyday (Hi, Mom!).  Today I was exploring the WordPress Dashboard a little and I was startled to find the Search Terms section.  You can tell what terms people are searching on to land them at ORD to LAX and it’s AWESOME.  Some of my favorites:

“why it takes so long to fly from ord to”
To where?  Where are you going to from ord?  If it’s, like, Madison, then I can see the confusion, but if you’re trying to get to Mumbai, you’re just going to have to accept that it takes awhile.  God, impatient much?

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Embarrasing, So Embarrasing.

November 24, 2008

Marc,

Oh no! I’m having a crises of epic proportions and it’s musical.  Maybe you can help?

As you know, I bought a new car.  I love my car.  It’s so shiny, pretty and fast.  Here’s the problem: Everyone can hear everything I’m listening to.  With the top down, unless you’re on the highway, you’re totally exposed.  There are no boundaries to hold in your music.  Stop at a stoplight and your near neighbors can hear exactly what you’ve picked out.  For instance, this weekend I was driving down the street in Beverly Hills.  I stopped at a stoplight just as my iPod changed from perfectly respectable, “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon to “Low” by Flo Rida.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that song.  Love.  Love.  Love.  Love. It does seem, however, that it shouldn’t be blasting out of a Volkswagen Eos with ME in the driver seat.  It isn’t really gansta or anything, but still not quite right.  The people in the lane next to me agreed.  They were howling with laughter. Not the worst thing to ever happen, but kind of embarrassing.

I now realize I’m not safe when I go to work either.  When I first signed up for Twitter, I was really worried that I wouldn’t have enough to say, so I set up a Twitterfeed to populate Twitter with my recently played songs from Last.fm.  I set the limit to five an hour so it isn’t annoying and it’s been a great little addition to my twitterverse even when I am prolific tweeter.  So usually I just listen to whatever I feel like from iTunes, it updates and that’s it.  There isn’t anything too embarrasing on my work computer, so it isn’t really an issue.  Until today. (Sidebar: I went and saw Twilight this weekend.  Uh huh, actually on Friday.  I knew it would be awesomely bad, just like the books and I was not disappointed.) I was also pleasantly surprised that I really liked the soundtrack.  I already own “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse, and the brilliant “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine, but I heard another song that I loved.  It turned out it was sung by Robert Pattinson.  Who, in addition to being smokin’ hot as Edward the bad boy Vampire with a heart of gold (see photo), is a pretty great singer.

Rob Pattinson – Never Think

Of course, I had to buy the whole damn soundtrack to get those songs.  Again, I like the music, that isn’t the issue.  The problem is that when I listen to the music, you can see I’m listening to the Twilight Soundtrack on last.fm and Twitter.  Frankly, it’s embarrassing.  It’s one thing to read stupid teenage books in the comfort of my own home, it’s another entirely, to tell the world.

I’m not sure this has ever happened to me before.  Sure, I have guilty pleasures.  Who doesn’t?  But I don’t think they’ve ever felt quite so guilty before.  Now I’m second guessing everything I listen to.  I’ve created car-appropriate playlists so no one will think I’m a weirdo and I actually disabled Last.fm today so I could listen to Rob Pattinson in peace.  But what if I want to blast George Michael?  What if I feel like a little Labyrinth Soundtrack?  Should it matter what other people think?  I should be secure enough in my music taste that I don’t care…but I do.  Because for all the stupid shit I love to listen to, I really really do take pride in the other stuff.  Music is important to me, important to my life and I’m afraid people won’t realize that when they hear Eric Carmine’s, “All By Myself” come blasting out of my car. What…?  I was in a lonely mood.

Please tell me I’m not being shallow?  If I am, you still love me, right?

XO

Jamie

Crush of the Moment: Matt Rogers

November 21, 2008

Can we just have a moment for the fallen Idol, Matt Rogers from Season 3 of American Idol? I was introducing Brad to Cable’s most underwatched, homoerotic, bearfest called Really Big Things hosted by Matt, and even Brad had to agree it was pretty gay, and kinda hot in a Man vs Wild sorta way. 

 

Matt Rogers of Really Big Things

Matt Rogers of Really Big Things

So, here’s the basic premise of Really Big Things: Guys. Big tools and machines. Lots of phalic objects like fire trucks, rockets, fountain shooters and molten glass. Tons of “you shot farther” and “wow, didn’t think it’d be that powerful”. Like Dirty Jobs without the dirt and the gay host

But the other 2 facts that make Matt loveable is that he can sing opera and he’s a former football player and current coach. Could he be more adorable? Love him. 

MP3 for you: Matthew, Suzanna, Lindsey!

November 21, 2008

Hey Jamie,

 

Stevie Nicks, Walter Egan and Lindsey Buckingham

Stevie Nicks, Walter Egan and Lindsey Buckingham

 

 

I have a real post coming this weekend, really, but for now–I got this track yesterday of Matthew Sweet, Suzanna Hoffs and Lindsey Buckingham doing Walter Egan’s Magnet and Steel. If you don’t know the original by title, you’ll surely know it when you hear them sing it. If still no, go ask your husband since we share that same love for 70’s soft rock. 

Magnet and Steel mp3

(right click to download)

Interesting sidenote, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks wrote this for Walter Egan during their heyday.

I’m a NuggNut!

November 18, 2008

 

Marc,

 

Jesus, is that you?

Jesus, is that you?

I love McDonald’s.  Because I grew up right next to the Oakbrook, IL headquarters?  Because I learned to drive stick in their corporate parking lot?  Because of the test kitchen at my local mall as a child?  Nope.  I love McDonald’s because of the chicken McNuggets.  If you’ve ever eaten there with me, you know.

That’s why I was beside myself with excitement last week while attending the WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association) conference in Vegas.  We got a sneak preview from McDonald’s on what genius idea they had come up with for their next WOM campaign.  Wait for it…NuggNuts. People who love McNuggets!  I’m in this industry.  I should be immune to the lure of microsites, facebook pages, and twitter feeds about products.  I should recognize what’s behind the drive to talk about McNuggets.  “It’s about sales!” my head says.  But it’s also about McNuggets and that is a matter of the heart for me.

As far as I’m concerned, they’re a delicacy.  They’re a national treasure.  I don’t eat McDonald’s very often, but when I do, it is exclusively Nuggets.  I’m personally offended by the idea of the chicken selects (impostors!) and cannot quite wrap my brain around a chicken and pickle sandwich, but Nuggets are a classic.  I can still remember the day I realized the six piece McNugget fell off the McDonald’s menu.  It was like the Christmas I realized that santa wasn’t the one who took the bite out of the oreos I left for him.  Devastation.  I know you can still get them and, yes, I realize the nine piece is up there, but that’s a little too much McNugget, even for me.  Now there is even the farkakt four piece for kids.  Please. Respect your children enough to give them the whole six piece experience.  If they can’t eat the extra two, lucky you!  

Don’t even get me started on the dipping sauces.  It’s like the UN for chicken.  In order of preference:

Hot Mustard
Honey
Sweet and Sour
BBQ
Ketchup (I think it’s beneath the Nugget, but people seem to do it anyway) 

I recognize I’m not alone in this love.  Clearly there is an entire army of us (hence the campaign), but I think McNuggets are a love ’em or hate ’em kind of thing.  I could keep talking about this all day, but it’s lunchtime and now I’m hungry. Hmmmmm, where’s the nearest McDonalds?

Marc, I’m curious to hear which side you are on.  Are you a NuggNut?  

XO 

Jamie

I Think You’re Wrong

November 18, 2008

Marc,

photo2You know I love you more than my luggage, but I think you’re wrong, wrong, wrong about Twitter. I can see your point.  It does seem silly and tedious.  But once you dive in and get going, it really is quite cool. I’ve been a user since July (thank you BlogHer!) and just recently started to use heavily. If I make it sound like a drug addiction, that’s because it kind of is. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

It takes work – Twitter isn’t a one-way thing.  You can’t go on there, start following a few friends and then expect thousands of people to begin conversing with you.  You have to work at it.  You have to be engaged with others.  It’s like relationships in the “real” world, you can’t expect people you just meet to want to be your friend.  You have to charm them, bring them into your fold, show that you have things in common.  The fastest way to make friends?  Make them laugh.  A targeted joke or barb sent directly to one person can go a long way.  Also, reply to people.  If they’re asking a question and you have the answer, give it!  However, don’t reply just to reply.  Make sure you’re adding something to the discourse, otherwise it’s a waste of effort.

Some people suck – Just like in the “real” world, some people aren’t worth having a relationship with. Remember that creepy guy I went out with who owned the cleaning company?  Right.  I went out with him for a couple reasons; 1) He asked at a time when I was free  2) He OWNED the company. 3) He seemed to like me A LOT and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.  All bad reasons! My spidey senses went off the moment he walked in the room, but I ignored them.  Never ignore your spidey senses!  That’s why we have them. People on twitter are the same.  If someone seems off, they probably are.  Too needy? Unfollow.  Too boring? Unfollow.  Too loud? Unfollow.  You get it.  Don’t be afraid to unfollow someone who sucks and don’t ever keep people around just because they follow you.  If they dump you too, so be it. You’ll make more friends.  

Look for new “tweeps” – Following your real-life friends is fine.  More than fine, actually!  You always know what they’re up to and it gives you a quick lifeline to them if you need it.  Plus if you are actually friends with them, it means you probably already like them.  No vetting to do. With that said, I think the most important thing to do on twitter is find new people.  Look at the most engaging people you follow, see who they track and follow them too.  Look at @replies from your top friends.  Are there people they are consistently replying to?  There is probably a reason.  Go 4,5,6 degrees of separation away and see what you find.  Some of my best tweeps are ones I found that way.

Make it your own – Use twitter however you feel most comfortable.  You don’t have to be like the next guy.  Some people use it as a clearing for really great links and blogs.  Some have it as a way to make personal commentary about their lives.  Some post photos exclusively.  Some like to crack jokes and mock people.  Which is right?  All of the above.  You know my personal motto? “Like it, love it or don’t look.” Same applies on twitter.  If people don’t like what you’re up to, they will do something about it and that’s OK.  

Network! – Twitter is a social tool.  Just because you’re doing it from your computer (or phone) doesn’t mean the connections can’t be real.  I recently attended a conference for work and at least 25 people I “knew” from twitter where there.  I was instantly at ease with everyone because we had already built up a rapport online (also: drinks were involved).  Look for people in your industry.  You never know, your twitter friends might be great contacts to have for business. The same goes for personal contacts.  I’ve met countless people on the road that I’ve only had short encounters with, but thought, “I wish we were friends”. Now we are…over twitter. 

Marc, I don’t know if any of this helps or I’ve changed your mind, but I think your twitter potential is extraordinary if you really give it a try.  

XO 

Jamie or @jamield

Blog about Dog: Moose vs. Goose

November 12, 2008

sleeping gooseHaving a puppy wears you out. Not like having a baby, but imagine like 20% of that. Our house is a mess. I feel I have no time for me. I’m blogging at 11:30 at night when I should be in bed. Like a kid. But less. 

Pre-warned: no sleep. no gym. look like ass. focus on dog. 

I’m too tired to write now. Jamie, you’re a better man than me. You’ve got 2 dogs, a husband, and you posted 3 times this week. You, my lady, are a better queen than me.

Crush of the Moment – Kevin McKidd

November 10, 2008

Marc,

Kevin McKidd

Kevin McKidd

I think this might be a straight girl crush that you can get behind. Hee!

I don’t know what it is about Kevin McKidd.  He isn’t your run of the mill hot actor guy.  He is most definitely a manly man, but is that it?  Am I that easy? (Don’t answer that!)  It could be the Scottish accent, you know how I love the accented. Maybe it’s the reddish hair?  Whatever it is, I cannot resist.  I adore him!

Long ago, I had seen McKidd in the movie Trainspotting and some smaller British mini-series roles, but he finally came into my consciousness a year or two ago when I happened to catch Rome on HBO and Journeyman on NBC around the same time.   I was instantly enthralled with him.  The shows? Not so much.  I always felt Rome was uninspired and though I thought Journeyman had an incredible story it was B-O-R-I-N-G!  So we lost touch.  Then the movie Made of Honor happened…and it sucked.  But lo and behold, look who showed up in the background.  And what did McKidd do?  He made Patrick Dempsey look like runner up.  You know I love me some Patrick Dempsey, so it wasn’t easy to win me over, but McKidd was masculine, sweet, hot and…tall compared to Dempsey’s whining, flip-flopping, little man.  He had me at kilt.

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Now I’m thrilled to report that McKidd has joined the cast of my once-favorite, but now faltering Grey’s Anatomy.  I had just about given up on this show, but my interest is piqued.  Can McKidd swoop in, improve Grey’s and show up Dempsey again?  If anyone can, I think it’s him.

Then again...

Then again...

 

Marc, surely you can’t disagree?

XO

JD

Proposition 8. What is Wrong With People?

November 9, 2008

vote-no-redI know that everything that could be said about Prop 8 probably already has been at this point.  I just find myself so incredibly disappointed that it’s becoming difficult to get past.  Frankly, it’s ruining my Obama buzz and that’s really staring to piss me off.  It’s been almost a week since the election and I still can’t reconcile what’s happened here in California.  I’m trying to be tolerant.  I’m trying hard to respect the system.  I understand that a majority vote wins and that Prop 8 got the majority.  My head knows all these things, but my heart still can’t quite grasp what’s going on.  

I get that this isn’t technically my battle.  I’m a married, white, middle class woman.  I don’t experience a lot of prejudice in my daily life and with the exception of a little gender bias, I cannot speak from any first hand experience.  With that said, I was taught to stick up for people who have been beaten down.  I was taught to stand up for what’s right and to say when I think there has been an injustice.  I believe everyone should have certain civil rights.  And I especially believe once those rights have been given to you, they should NOT be taken away. So I’m doing what I can.  I’m going to join in on the rallys and sign every petition I see.  I will try to convince anyone I meet to do what’s right.  In the meantime, what I really want to know is why.

Prop 8 supporters, who are you?  Are you my neighbors?  Do we share (smoggy) air?  Do we sit next to each other at the movies?  Was that you at the other table last night at dinner? Oh my god, do we work together?

Why would you do this?  

I’m sick and tired of religion and “morality” playing a part in politics and legislation.  I am not one tiny bit interested in what your bible says about my lifestyle or anyone else’s.  I’m super glad it works for you.  If you need it, then by all means have at it, I will not stand in your way.  In some ways, I’ll even be in awe of your ability to have faith in it.  I will respect you for it.  My problem comes in when you try to make me live my life by your rules.  When you try and impose your beliefs on those people that I love most in this world.  When you make good, kind people feel bad about who they love because you think there is something wrong with it. Hell, when you make bad people feel bad about who they love, I have a problem with that too.  When you try and influence the law with your religious teachings.  It just isn’t your business. If we wanted your help with our morality, we would attend your weekly meetings.  Until then, leave us and the laws of this land, alone.

Tell me what you lost when the Supreme Court of California overturned the ban on gay marriage?  It doesn’t make your marriage any less valid or invalid, does it?  Ah, yes, the restoring TRADITIONAL marriage plea. If that’s the real issue, why draw the line on gay marriage?  If it’s the institution of marriage that needs protecting, start with straight people.  We’re doing a fine job making a mockery of marriage on our own.  Are you going to try and make it illegal for straight people to divorce next?  What about adultery?  Should someone go to jail for cheating because your teachings tell you it’s wrong?  Because it seems to me that we might have a lot of people from the “moral” high ground, including pastors and preachers, in the clink, if that happens.  

You know, you can think homosexuality is wrong.  I don’t actually care.  I think you’re wrong, but I suspect that doesn’t matter to you.  Is this really about “protecting California’s children”? Are you worried your children might find out about gay people?  Um, I hate to break it to you but they will anyway.  Just like they will find out about all the other things that are LEGAL that you presumably find morally objectionable like pornography, alcohol, tobacco and profanity.  That is your problem.  That is your job.  That’s the deal you make when you decide to have a child (or ten).  It’s your responsibility to teach them what to believe in.  I don’t like it one bit that you would turn away from jesus’s teachings of love and peace by promoting intolerance, but I would never attempt to regulate what you do with your loved ones in your own home.  And I guess that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

The good news for us is, I suspect that you haven’t heard the end of this.  California is a big place and over 47% of us think you’re crazy, so buckle up and be prepared for a fight.  

For those of you against Prop 8 in California, sign up for No on Prop 8 updates here and check here regularly to find out how you can join a rally.

Back in the Saddle!

November 9, 2008

 

Yep, all full.

Yep, all full.

Marc,

 

 

I’ve been neglecting you.  I know, and I’m sorry.  I hate the, “I’ve been so busy!” excuse, but really, I’ve been SO busy.  The last week and a half have been pretty intense.  With the election, traveling (four cities in three days), work and family commitments, this week was one of the hardest I’ve had in a really long time.  When I get in these stretches, everything suffers.  I haven’t had more than one meal a day or talked to Andrew for longer than a half hour in weeks.  My closet has spilled out on to the floor, I have 3 fully packed suitcases full of dirty clothes that I cannot bare to open and organize and so on and so on.  You should see my eyebrows!  

BUT here’s the good news:  I’m in the clear!  I’ve rejoined the land of the living after about 20 consecutive hours of sleep and a 90 minute pedicure from Bliss.  I’m only traveling a little bit between now and Christmas (that I know of) and all of my projects are totally under control and manageable.  I’ve been keeping notes on all the great things I can tell you about (I have a crush of the moment in mind, favorite things, Prop 8, etc…). So enough of my excuses!

Your Halloween pictures were hilarious.  You know, I was in Chicago for Halloween, but so buried with work that I didn’t even leave my hotel room.  I watched witches, Obamas, sexy nurses and lots of Iron Men out of the window on the street below.  If I hadn’t seen them walking down Wabash, I wouldn’t even have known it was a holiday.  I didn’t get to participate at all, so when I saw your pictures it made me giggle.  It also  made me think of the Halloween I dressed up as Velma from Scooby Doo and we went to Big Chicks.  How was I supposed to know that Velma is a lesbian icon?  I just thought all those girls were being really nice to me…I should have known they just liked my knee socks.

Extra XO

JD