Friday, December 30, 2005
I bought a new stylish (read: black) iPod this week. It’s my most favorite-ist toy… ever! It’s so freakin’ simple and it does so much—the video is crystal clear… I can’t say enough good things about it.
Currently, I could listen to it for three and a half days and not listen to the same song twice (that’s over 1500 songs!).
I figure it will pay for itself when I sell* all my CD’s to Street Light Records as I will never need them again (yes, I’m backing it all up). I have hundreds of CDs with only one (sometimes two) good songs on them.
Going to the Apple Store was a real treat (he said sarcastically), everyone working there can't be older than 15 and most of the customers aren’t any older than 7. I’m not sure if by buying one I am “youthful;” a sad, pathetic old fart attempting to recapture my youth; or a sad, pathetic old fart who never grew up. I think by writing “youthful” with quotes around it gives me a clue that I am definitely not “youthful” in any way shape or form. But, like all sad, pathetic old farts, I’m oblivious to that fact as much as I am that I am driving with my blinker constantly on.
Well, I need to get back to my music as I still have a stack of CDs to be converted and it’s almost 1:30am (hey, that’s early if you’re “youthful”).
*The only bad thing about selling the CDs is the look I will get from the sales clerk about the crappy stuff I own. It’s the same look I get at a garage sale: people judge you on the crap I’m getting rid of. I didn’t want most of it in the first place… seriously!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I know I should be writing more, but I'm on vacation and I feel like slacking. Hopefully, I'll post in the next few days. I need to give my review of Brokeback Mountain (let's just say that more than just my thumbs were up) and Christmas with the family (my sister-in-law and I debated "The War on Christmas" and how she knows what bigotry is because she's been a victim of it--and when I tell you why, you will not believe it--I'm still stunned by her comments).
I'm sure I'll write before the New Year, but if I don't: Happy New Year!
*Hmmmm... by the look of it, I suspect he's celebrating Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah).
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Well, it’s been a busy week here at S&T—visitors are coming from all over the world, and the one consistency is that everyone appears to be a pervert.
Yes, Giada De Laurentiis continues to be the top search bringing people to S&T. “Giada De Laurentiis Boobs” is the number one search bringing people to S&T (10), “Giada De Laurentiis” (8), “Giada Boobs” (2), and “Giada De Laurentiis (1). Another Food Network star, Sandra Lee was also in demand—with searches for her boobs, bra and feet* were noted.
Celebrities continue to bring in visitors, as the searches for a “shirtless” Jake Gyllenhaal, Anderson Cooper, Chris Evans, Tyler Florence are all in demand.
My favorite freaky searches that arrived at S&T are (in no particular order):
“Does Chanukah have wreaths”
“slap happy lion”
“meow meow kitty”
“janet Jackson” (wtf?)
“Scarlet Johansen feet”**
“Combination Christmas Hanukah Kwanza”
And my favorite search:
“Giada De Laurentiis farted” (I guess that guy wasn’t getting the results he wanted with “feet”—you know it’s true…)
What I often find interesting are the other items on the search page and where I fall into the search. Often I am not at the top of the list (particularly on any search involving “feet”), however, I was stunned at a search for “Slap & Tickle” not only resulted in my being fifth on the list, but one of the top search results was for this site. (What. The. Fuck?)
Whatever reason, or sick & perverted search brought you to S&T, thank you for coming. Come for the Giada (and her boobs), but stay for the comedy.
*I think he’s the same guy that was checking for Giada’s feet—or the freaks are congregating at S&T…
**Dude, seriously, get some help…
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
What Brings You Here?
Well, my Site Meter info came in for the week. The top searches that brought people to my site were:
1. “Anderson Cooper Shirtless”
2. “Giada De Laurentiis Boobs”
3. “Scarlett Johansson”
My favorite search that brought someone to S&T: “Giada De Laurentiis midget”.
Honorable mention goes to “Slap BOOBS” (caps are theirs).
I can tell it’s going to be a long week…
Friday, December 09, 2005
I originally wrote this in December 2002 for an emailed version of S&T. In light of the controversy over pasting “Merry Christmas” everywhere, I thought this seemed appropriate to dust it off and post it online. Enjoy.
As many of you know, or don’t know, I’m 1/16th Jewish. That’s right, my great-great-grandfather was one of the founding Jewish families of Santa Clara County. However, he eventually married a Catholic and because of the sway of the Catholic Church, we have been Catholic ever since (who said the inquisition was over?).
My sister and I decided to get in touch with our heritage and celebrate the glorious Festival of Lights by lighting a Menorah. Being raised as Catholics, neither of us had any practical experience with this holiday. I had researched the prayers (pretty easy, thanks to the internet) and when to light the candles (at sundown), but we didn’t have any candles. On December 1st, the first day of Hanukah (also spelled Hanukkah and Chanukah—for what reason I still don’t know) I went to the store to buy some Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candles.
I walked into the first store and found the “Holiday Section” of the store. I searched through all the “Holiday” items (note, I did not write Christmas, the area was noted as “holiday,” thus, making one think they are talking about more than just Christmas). Unfortunately, there were no Hanukah candles to be found amongst the “holiday” selections. Alas, there were no Hanukkah or Chanukah candles either. In fact, there was nothing even remotely associated with Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah). I do know that Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) is indeed a holiday, so I was a bit taken aback, considering I could only see one holiday being pushed.
I did manage to check out their candle section, just in case they might have stocked the area with the various types of Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candles that should be available, but the only thing that came close were birthday candles… not exactly appropriate for the Festival of Lights. Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candles are supposed to burn for several hours, unlike birthday candles which are designed to burn for about four minutes: the time it takes you to walk from where they are lit to where the birthday boy/girl waits to blow them out (generally about 10 feet). Using birthday candles is not exactly the best idea, since you use the first candle to light each day’s candle and by the time you are finished lighting the eighth day, your fingers are burned and your candles are pretty much melted.
I decided not to bother the staff, as they were busy with all the early Christmas shoppers and didn’t seem to have any time for a lonely Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candle buyer.
The next store had all of their decorations up, and I started to peruse the 12 aisles of “Holiday Decorations,” while Christmas Carols blasted over the Musak. The only thing I could find that had anything to do with Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) was a “L’il Fingers Protector,” to help kids light the menorah without burning their l’il digits (probably from using birthday candles). It was in the shape of a menorah, but ended up being the only Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) item in the entire store. What other “holiday” celebrates with stockings, Christmas trees, wreaths, Santa Claus, candy canes, and manger scenes? It sure as fuck ain’t Ramadan…
I asked the at the kid at the counter if they had any Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candles… to which you would have thought I’d asked: “Hey buddy, what’s the square root of infinity?” I worried his brain would burst. He asked his manager who gave me a similar look and asked, “Hanukah… candles?” as if this were a new concept and the Jewish people had not been doing this every year for over 3,000 years. After scratching her head (and hopefully contemplating a new hair style as well as a good dandruff shampoo), she shrugged and suggested I use birthday candles, “Because,” she smiled, “after all, it is all about a birthday, now isn’t it?”
I gave her a look of such shock and confusion she looked at me and said, “You guys celebrate birthdays, don’t you?”
I smiled and replied that yes, indeed the Jewish people did celebrate birthdays, but the one distinct difference between Judaism and Christianity was the fact that we do NOT celebrate the birth of Christ. I should have only been 1/16th pissed off, but I was beginning to think that this was a conspiracy against Zionism and was a full 3/4th pissed off.
I went to the next store and found that the great Christmas decorating beast had reared it’s ugly head and in doing so had vomited every possible combination of tasteless and annoying Christmas decoration upon every stationary item in the store. Standing in front of the 12 different manger scenes (one included Santa coming down the chimney of the manger to put presents under Mary & Joseph’s tree!) I decided to cut my losses and leave immediately.
Walking into Walgreens, I had some hope. At the entrance was a “Holiday Greeting Card Station” and amid the 800 or so different Christmas card sets, sat two sets of Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) cards! My people have found the Promised Land! Which was a good thing, since Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) starts at Sundown and it was 4:30pm.
However, after quickly walking through the store, I realized why my people had walked the desert for 40 years: they weren’t lost, they were trying to find freaking Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) decorations!
In desperation, I walked to the front and asked about Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candles. Well, you’d have thought they had never heard of Jews before! Was this a conspiracy? Were my people being systematically wiped out by the Christians… again? When the manager walked up, she said (I shit you not): “Why do you need candles for Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah)?”
“I believe it’s called the “Festival of Lights. ‘Lights’ is pretty much key to the whole ‘Festival’ aspect of the holiday. No lights, no festival.”
“Oh.” She replied, staring at a cute little manger snow globe with baby Jesus holding a candy cane. “We have a large light section…”
“You don’t even know what a menorah is, do you?”
At this point, I was pretty enraged and she had that look on her face like she was trying to see where security was. She suddenly smiled that big, fake, salesperson smile that says “fuck you, asshole. I’m going to do my best to just get you the hell out of here” and said, “What about birthday candles? After all…”
Realizing that I had lost, I bought a bunch of birthday candles. As I left the store, both the idiot behind the register and the manager wished me a “very Merry Christmas.”
I’ve only been a practicing 1/16th Jew for two hours, but I already am pretty pissed off with the Christians. For those of you celebrating Kwanza next month, I have two pieces of advice: shop early and stock up on birthday candles.
Since the writing of this article a number of Jewish and non-Jewish friends informed me of a number of wonderful locations which sell Hanukah (Hanukkah/Chanukah) candles, and now I'm fully stocked for the next 236 Hanukahs (Hanukkahs/Chanukahs).
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Is it just me, or does it seem strange that supposed Christians are insisting that “Merry Christmas” be posted in stores and malls instead of “Happy Holidays” or the admittedly awful “Merry Xmas”? If I am understanding these people correctly, they want Christmas to be even more commercialized?
Did none of these people watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wendy Jo Sperber lost her battle with Cancer on Tuesday, November 29. For those of you unfamiliar with her work, she was a wonderful comedic actress that really should have been used more and should have been much more famous.
I first discovered her in “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” a brilliant comedy about Beatlemania and the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. She was absolutely hysterical and just the thought of her performance as Rosie makes me smile.
She burst into more of the mainstream in “Bosom Buddies,” easily stealing scenes from Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari and Donna Dixon. The show was a cult hit, thanks to her brilliant comic timing.
If you still don’t know who she was, she played Michael J. Fox’s sister in the Back to the Future films. Those films present a perfect example of wasting talent: there she was, a great comedian, forced to stand on the sidelines, doing nothing.
The bigger waste was that she was never the great success that I thought she should be. She had the talent, but, for whatever reason, superstardom was not to be. I don’t know if that was by choice or by bad choices, I only know that we are better for having enjoyed her talents while we had the chance.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that she spent the last years of her life dedicated to the cause of Breast Cancer Support and started weSPARK, "A place to meet new friends, to exchange information, to explore new ways of coping and new possibilities for healing."
Thank you, Wendy. You brightened my life with your talent and compassion, for that I shall always be grateful.
For the rest of you, go off and watch “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” you won’t regret it.