Friday, October 31, 2008

Daily Hot Flash

Happy Halloween! May all your trick-or-treat buckets be filled with chocolate. I, myself, am going to attempt to eat my weight in candy corn. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. There's so much to talk about today...

  • Did you know that 2008 was the year of the nightly newswoman? Oh yeah, sisters are doing it for themselves.

  • The LACMA (which used to be a block from my house when I lived in Los Angeles) has succumbed to the cult of celebrity. I am still a member of the museum and I just might have to swing past and check it out!

  • Just so you know, you're not the first person who has announced (usually under the influence of a couple glasses of cabernet) that if John McCain wins the election, you're moving to the great white north! So many people are packing their bags for Canada that someone's taken the time to put together a soundtrack of Canadian music for your listening pleasure on arrival.

  • Wait a minute! Brit guitar god Peter Frampton lives in Ohio! How did this happen?

  • I'm not sure if this Frenchy film about a woman of a certain age who pays for sex is intriguing or insulting. I'll let you read over the review and decide for yourself. Films with subtitles have to be very very good for me to want to go see them. Especially now that my eyesight is not my most highly developed of the senses. To be honest, the only sense I have left that is highly developed is my sense of humor. (Insert rimshot here!) Two shows nightly, ladies and gentlemen! ...And try the veal!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


office cat
by pocarisweater

Tama the calico cat won nationwide popularity in Japan with the publication of a book of photos featuring her and the intensive media coverage after she was appointed in 2007 as
stationmaster of the unmanned station on Wakayama Electric Railway’s Kishigawa Line, which runs between cities of Wakayama and Kinokawa.

As a result, the number of passengers using the Kishigawa Line increased dramatically bringing $10 million into the local economy.

Tama, the $10 million cat, spends her days posing for photos wearing a jaunty little stationmaster cap at an angle on her head. Do not try this at home! I assure you that your cat will resist this procedure. You will end up at the very least maimed -- if not, as in the case of my own darling cat -- completely dead.

Daily Hot Flash

  • "I'll have what she's having..."A few years ago I went to see a film adaptation of Henry Miller's "Golden Bowl" at a small movie theatre in Beverly Hills. It was a Saturday night and I was all alone in the theatre. Who else would be interested in seeing a costume drama/tragedy on a Saturday night? Much to my surprise, a few minutes after I sat down, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and their respective wives sat down in the row right in front of me. I was beside myself. I wanted to call everyone I knew on my cell phone and tell them what was happening. I wanted to go all James Lipton on them, and ask them questions about writing comedy. And I thought Anne Bancroft was the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. I'm so sorry they're both gone.

  • Elizabeth Edwards seems like one of the most genuine political wives in recent history. She handles life's hurdles with grace.

  • I don't know who this dude thinks he's kidding. I have a feeling there are a lot more people who'd like to see a 50 year-old supermodel naked than see him stripped down to his boxer shorts.

  • Still searching for something fun to do on Halloween?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Daily Hot Flash

  • Fashion has gotten all political. I've become fascinated with the retro-classic style of Michelle Obama. She reminds me of Jacqueline Kennedy and the women who rock the world of Mad Men. This new blog follows the fashions of Mrs. O.

  • Obviously whatever the boys in the band were smoking in the 70s is still effecting their ability to tell the difference between reality and La-La Land. Zeppelin without Robert Plant is just another dinosaur long-haired hippie band from Britain. Don't believe me? Listen to "Kashmir" again...that's what I'm talking about.

  • Are you still trying to decide what to be this Halloween? Saucy pirate or buxom milkmaid? The Los Angeles Times has come up with a top ten list of Halloween costume ideas.

  • Everything old is new again...Counting calories is back in style again. When I was little my mom had a couple of rules about counting calories that I still maintain to this day. First, half cookies do not have any calories. Second, any bites of food stolen off of someone else's plate (my dad was her favorite target) also contain zero calories. I guarantee these two rules will help make your dieting easier, if not a little slower.

  • Cloris Leachman may have gotten the boot on Dancing With The Stars, but Frau Blucher could be going to Broadway.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Daily Hot Flash

  • From the department of tell-me-a-little-something-that-isn't-playing-nightly-in-the-privacy-of-my-own-home: we're all losing sleep over the current state of the economy. I vote we all designate one person's house (Does anyone know anyone in Kansas?) as the meeting place. Middle America just seems cozy and most convenient. We can gather there in our jammies for some cocoa and late night chit-chat. If you don't think that'll work, there's always yoga, pilates, a spicy cabernet or, if you can get 'em...prescription drugs.

  • I just love it when real life turns into the plot of a Disney movie. If only for a few minutes, an entire major metropolitan airport is foiled by the hijinks of a poodle.

  • One of my favorite children's books ever -- Walter the Farting Dog -- is coming to the big screen.

  • I was watching the other day when MSNBC commentator Chuck Todd made a reference to Shakespeare in his election coverage. And I'm still watching...

  • Meet Amy Adams. I believe she's a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Daily Hot Flash

  • Some people love Halloween a little too much.

  • Did this women's mother teach her nothing? What kind of man can bring home the bacon when he can't even roll out of bed to get married? I guess I should have some sympathy for a 38 year-old bride...she's getting to that point when that constant ringing in your ears is your biological alarm clock. I'm not sure how she's going to...well, I'm gonna keep it a family show and say at least she's marrying a Guiness Book of World Records winner.

  • Morning sing-a-long: Tea for two....Two for tea..Me for you...and you for me.