Archive for March, 2009

Commercial Break for your bush

March 27, 2009

I had to watch this commercial twice before I could believe that they were telling American women what their bushes should look like.  Just to spell it out, every “topiary” represents a different muff shape. The traditional triangular shape is the big reveal. 

How do you feel about this. I kinda love it!

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I guess I’m with the band

March 26, 2009

Hey Jamie,

So jealous of you going to SXSW. I want to hear more. I want to live vicariously through you going to all the best festivals and see all the right bands before they’re big…like I used to before I sold packaging. Oh well, maybe we can do Lollapalooza together this year. I did see one show this week. 

katy-perry-cherry-chapstickI just got back from…Katy Perry’s show at House of Blues. She was fun, entertaining, and adorable. And House of Blues was the usual shit storm it always is. Overpriced drinks, angry rude security and the worst worst sound of any Chicago venue. Its been this way since it opened, and no one seems to care.

But that’s not the first thing on my mind tonight. Katy’s band was the one grabbing my attention. They were unbelievably good. Really good. Like Kings of Leon kind of good. Way too good to be backing Katy Perry (no offense Katy, your great). Which got me thinking of something that’s crossed my mind before at pop shows…what do these guys say to other rockers when (more…)

On the Road Again…

March 26, 2009
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Marc,

I’m on the road again!  After I saw you last weekend, I spent a week in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest.  I wish you would have been there with me. SXSW was an incredible thing, but it was overwhelming.  Being all alone did not help.  You know I’m the farthest thing from a wallflower, but even I had a hard time adjusting.  Going to party after party by yourself will give a girl a complex.  But the music.  Ahhhh the music.  You would have loved it.  20+ shows to choose from every hour.  So many new bands to discover, so many adorable men to oogle, so many ironic mustaches to mock.  I saw a lot of shows, but my favorites were Cold War Kids, Airborne Toxic Event, Blitzen Trapper and Andrew Bird.  I also heard a lot of crap music, but I’m not mean enough to talk about that here.  So sad you couldn’t experience it with me.  Next year?

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Crush of the Moment: Michael DiMartino aka captainl0ver

March 24, 2009

Hey Jamie

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Big day for the blog. We hit an all time high in daily readers, and we’ve got our first live subject for Crush of the Moment, internet sensation “captainl0ver“, known by day as Michael DiMartino.

I found Mike’s videos the other day on YouTube while not looking for Semi-nude guys on Wii Fit.  He does a vlog on YouTube, but the real draw is his personal versions of pop hits. Yes, I know that a cute boy with a webcam has been there before: 1000 imitations of Single Ladies and Umbrella, but Mike’s are different. He does his own original productions using sign language. And he doesn’t rip off other’s ideas. He does his own choregraphy (quite well I might add…and occasionally shirtless) while signing for the hearing impaired. And he totally pulls it off. Here are his takes on Disturbia and Womanizer.

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I WILL Cut Your Face.

March 24, 2009

Marc,

razor_blade2You’re right, I would have lost my mind.  Lost it.  You’re lucky I wasn’t there because the shock of seeing me run fast enough (in heels) to catch that SUV would have given you a fucking heart attack.

Words are powerful.  They might just be sounds coming out of our mouths, but everything we say means something.  We’re all guilty of being careless with language from time to time.  I’ve done it.  You’ve done it.  With words we have the ability to hurt people without intending to, without thinking about it.  The thought of that is bad enough to make me want to keep my mouth shut (which is saying something).  What that man did last night is a thousand times worse.  He thought about it.  He dug deep into his tiny pea brain and found a word to use that he knew would hurt.  A humiliating word he could wield from inside the safety of his car.  Which makes him a simpleton and a coward.

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Thank you sir, I had no idea

March 23, 2009

Hey Jamie,

I’m glad you weren’t with us tonight. You would have gone balistic on a bubba tonight. 

we can bench press a Ford Pickup

we can bench press a Ford Pickup

Not much I haven’t done as a Chicagoan (no comments from the peanut gallery!). I’ve seen it all. Done most everything. Met some of the city’s finest. Basically I’ve drank up this town called Chicago till the only thing I have left to do is have the duck fat fries at Hot Doug’s (I just can’t bear the long lines). But tonight, was a new first that had not crossed my mind. I got called a ‘fucking faggot’. 

 

Now, I know that pretty much every gay man or woman I know has been harrassed in some form or another from friends who’ve been taunted out front of Roscoe’s, to Brad punching a guy on the street for calling him faggot, to full on gay bashing that landed a friend in NYC in the hospital and almost ruined his life. But I never realized till just tonight, none has been turned at me. 

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I Might Be Weird.

March 18, 2009

Marc,

img_0814My dogs are the weirdest creatures around. Between Imogene’s tongue and Gertie’s pirouettes, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. But forget our dogs.  You and I are weird.  You have a storage locker full of Prince memorabilia.  I spent 4 hours on the internet recently looking for a free download of a Matt Bianco album from the 80’s that I once had on vinyl.  When it comes to weird, we’re certifiable.  I love that about us.  You and I have never been the type people who need to fit into society’s idea of normalcy.  I mean Jesus, some of the things we laugh about?  Not normal at all.

That got me thinking (yes again) about what normal means.  So I looked it up:

normal |ˈnôrməl|adjective
1 conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected
2 (of a person) free from physical or mental disorders.

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My Dog Might Be Weird.

March 17, 2009

Hey Jamie, 

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So amazing to see you this weekend and hang with your in-laws. You guys have always made me feel like family. I mean, how lucky are you that you can actually enjoy Andy’s parents!? 

Anyhow, I thought about you and your babies today, Imo and Gertie. They are a bit odd. You know that. That’s one of the things you love about them. And they’re pugs. They’re supposed to be odd, right? We’d be disappointed if they weren’t. But I got a Weimaranar Lab mix. Goose should be a lovely, sweet, and utterly predictable. Don’t get me wrong. He’s a joy. Loving, adorable, doesn’t bark, housetrained but as he reaches a year old, oddness is coming out. (more…)

Fine, I’ll Sing

March 14, 2009

Marc,

At brunch today we started talking about videos and you were encouraging me to make one.  I still think it’s a dangerous idea for me to start talking freely on the internet (how will we stop it?), but I said I would think about it.  Concerned about coming up with content I told you I would sing you a song.  I’m not sure why I would promise that.  I wasn’t even drunk. I sing all the time, but I don’t ever share it with anyone, let alone the entire interwebs.  I won’t even do karaoke.  But, I’m a woman of my word, so here you go.  I hope you know why I chose this song.   Remember trying to stay awake in Arizona on our cross-country drive?  Plus, wasn’t Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam highly underrated in their time?

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Goal Oriented

March 10, 2009

Marc,

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about things I’d like to accomplish in life. I’m working on putting together a long-term plan, but in the meantime, I’ve established a few things I’d like to tackle in the short term.  I think this will be a good start.

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