Apr 29, 2007

Jim As Dwight

I've watched this over and over and over. Absolutely one of my all-time favorite scenes on The Office:


Apr 15, 2007

Charter Weekend

Saturday found me waiting for the cable guy for an 8-12pm time slot. I had numerous problems with my Charter digital cable, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Showtime Channel 500 wouldn't work on the living room set, but would work in the bedroom.
  • Select a pre-recorded show on the DVR and the screen would go blank. If I reset the DVR, only then would it work.
  • Turn on the Charter Digital Cable and sometimes the sound wouldn't work so I'd have to crank my Bose Cinemate system to it's limits to hear the sound. Again, I had to reset the DVR to get the sound to come back on.
  • Favorite channels such as Comedy Central, E! and MTV were all fuzzy.
A young man showed up around 10:30am to work on all these issues. Problem was he was so creepy that I only chose to focus on two major problems--fuzzy reception and no Showtime. He was creepy because he was so damn quiet. No personality. Answered in one word replies and didn't make eye contact. It was simply disconcerting to have him in the house. I think Minnie my little fat Beagle was kinda creeped out too because she just went into the bedroom to lay down. If he was normal, she would have stayed on the couch and watched him with interest.

After spending a good amount of time running new lines, I'm happy to report the cable is working excellent. The major cause of all my problems was water got into the cable lines that were running along the roof. Since he wasn't authorized to go climbing on rooftops, he got creative and linked up some new connections through existing wires.

Sunday was a bust. I surprisingly discovered that since March 20th all email being sent to kimperry@charter.net was not getting forwarded to my Gmail account. There were so many signs that something was wrong, but I never really put two and two together. I paid the price, too. Today I spent all day reading 1, 044 emails sent to my Charter email address.

I think somehow what happened is my forwarding setting on the Charter account got wiped out and all my email just started being stored on the Charter server. I have many, many email addresses. But nothing compares to Gmail. I love their search feature, the amount of storage available, the star feature and especially the ability to label emails for easy retrieval later.

It took me all day today to sort through over one thousand emails. Fortunately I didn't miss much in the past month except lots of information related to the stuff I track. But since I also have many of these newsletters sent to my Gmail address, what was missing was deceptive because I didn't realize it was missing. (Thank God I have auto-payments set up on all my bills, huh?)

A bit of advice. If someone says they sent you an email and you lazily say, "Huh? I never got it." Don't assume they are the one's who didn't send it or somehow they screwed up. You just might be surprised to discover the problem was you.

The Family Stone

I didn't know much about this movie other than Sarah-Jessica Parker was playing an uptight chick presumably from New York who visits her soon-to-be fiance's family in New England to celebrate Christmas. I didn't know that the working title for this movie was called, 'Fucking Hate Her'. Now wouldn't that have been the perfect title for this movie given the movie poster featured here?

Some friends had seen this movie when it came out during Christmas 2005, but I never made the effort because it was really panned. But I must have added it to my Netflix Que during one of my phases of loving a particularly good-looking actor because this movie featured Dermot Mulroney. He always looks yummy in black turtle neck sweaters, doesn't he?

The thing I loved about this movie was how the characters were so real and well-defined. If I recall, the movie previews really ramped up the kookiness of Diane Keaton's matriarch mother and Luke Wilson's portrayal of the stoner brother.

Rent this movie now. It doesn't matter that we're in early Spring and it's months away from Christmas. You'll see characters develop and things happen within the family that you would have never expected--especially the uptight girlfriend. When she's in full crisis mode it's a thing of beauty.

This is one movie that will be added to the list of movies I must watch every Christmas. It made me feel hopeful that families can go one in spite of losses and that finding love in unexpected places is always right around the corner for each and every one of us.

Apr 4, 2007

Serendipity

I think you could think of serendipity as "...the art of finding something while looking for something else."

I had one of those moments today and it simply blew my mind. Today at work we got to talking about gameshows. It first started out with The 10,000 Dollar Pyramid and moved on to the death of a recent gameshow host Peter Tomarken from Press Your Luck. This gameshow was like Wheel of Fortune because contestants moved around a lighted square board trying to win cash, prizes and gifts while avoiding a cartoon character known as The Whammy who could take all their winnings.

I was half paying attention until I heard Andrew speak up that his high school buddy was the person who animated The Whammy. He went on to say that this friend was now doing children's shows, but used to write/direct movies back in the 80's. He must have said something specific that clicked in my head because all of a sudden I jumped up and nearly shouted, "Savage Steve Holland??"

Indeed, Andrew was good friends back in the day with one of my favorite writer/directors of all time. I couldn't believe it. I was dumb-struck and nearly speechless.I think I just kept saying over and over again, "You've got to be kidding me? You're serious? I can't believe this! " I'm not ashamed to say that I've actually done research on Savage Steve Holland and posted to various message boards asking whatever happened to him because it seemed like he just disappeared in the mid 80's. He was the twisted version of John Hughes for me.

You're probably wondering who the heck he is, right? Savage Steve Holland wrote/directed two of my favorite 80's movies: Better Off Dead (1985) and One Crazy Summer (1986) starring John Cusack.

Better Off Dead is one of those classic teen angst comedies about a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth to a hotshot skier and tries to win her back while dealing with his crazy family. But I think one of the most memorable characters in the movie is the persistent paperboy Johnny who chases after Lane Myer throughout the movie trying in vain to collect his two dollars.

Here's a classic example of verbal sparring:

Lane: Sorry Johnny, I don't have a dime.
Johnny: Didn't ask for a dime. Two dollars.

Lane: My little brother got his arm stuck in the microwave. So my mom had to take him to the hospital. My grandma dropped acid this morning, and she freaked out. She hijacked a busload of penguins. So it's sort of a family crisis. Bye!

It's one of my all-time favorite movies. My husband and I have watched it countless times and I was so pleased when it was finally released on DVD. So to randomly hear from Andrew that he was good friends with Steve Holland was just about too much to absorb today. He drove the shock home even further by telling me about the time he broke his leg and how Steve drew pictures on his cast. (A sick part of me was wondering if he still had the cast, but of course he didn't!)

Now here is the freaky part. Later on in the day Teri (another woman that I work with) was having her computer serviced and the technician's cell phone rang. But it wasn't an ordinary jingle. The ringtone was a few sentences of a man talking and when she asked about the unique ringtone, the technician told her it was a film quote from one of his favorite movies (wait for it)...Better Off Dead!

By days end, Terri and I were still marveling at what a coincidence it was that the technician had that specific ringtone. We got to talking about movies again and she told me that in Texas it's so hot that people will just go to movies to get out of the heat and into the A/C so there's little movies that she's ever walked out of. She did however tell me of two movies that she did leave midway through. One of them was Xanadu! Yea, that was it for me. Anyone that knows me really well knows of my love for this roller-disco treasure.I had all the coincidences of the day that I could handle. I packed my bags and went home. It was simply too much.

Apr 1, 2007

The Tea Garden

I found another interesting and informative website all about tea. In particular, I love the articles dedicated to the History of Tea. To learn all about tea and herbs, visit The Tea Garden.There's even a section called Ask Dr. Tea and Famous Tea Quotes which is pretty neat if you're shopping for a gift for a tea lover. Why not buy a nice card and include a tea quote on the inside cover of the card with your gift?