Friday, June 29, 2007

Nobody Puts Tori In a Corner

I had to take Tori to the vet yesterday. The night before she was heading to her litter box every five minutes, but wasn't very...productive. She also peed a little on the couch. I suspected a UTI, and took her in. $360 bucks later and I am still waiting for the test results. Fingers crossed that's all it is.

While sitting in the cat clinic, I read Cat Fancy magazine, of course, and they had photos from their "oldest cat" contest. The winner was 36.

Thirty-six! That's a year younger than me! Astounding, and slightly unbelievable. Today I did a little research and found some folks on Catster were also doubting the claims. Then the cat's owner piped in and said it was all true. The cat's name is Baby and he's got a Catster profile. Here's a recent photo the owner took. Scruffy-looking, but not bad for an old man.

I bring this all up because I was having an IM conversation with a coworker who asked how my cat was doing, and how old she is. When I told him she's 17, he wrote back that I should put her to sleep; that's too old for a cat to live.


It's hard to tell over IM when someone is being jokey, but he didn't put the obvious smiley face after it, so I kind of took it seriously. I guess he was thinking she was having all kinds of medical problems and could barely get around or something, which isn't the case. Yes, she does have issues, but aside from those issues, she acts like a normal, somewhat lazy cat. I don't think anyone who meets her would ever guess she is as old as she is. But even if she WAS completely infirmed, I don't want to hear that I should put her to sleep. Even if it is the right thing to do.

She's gonna live to be 40, and that's all I have to say about it.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bruce Campbell Alert!

There's a new series premiering on the USA network tonight called "Burn Notice." It's about an ex-spy or something, but that doesn't really matter because all you need to know is Bruce Campbell has a recurring role on the show. Check it out tonight at 10pm, and commercial-free, no less!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

May Round-Up

For whatever reason, I have been putting off last month's round-up for so long that it is almost time for this month's round-up. So I'll just make it a short one.

Movies Seen: Eleven, with none in a theater (unless you count the RiffTrax presentation of "Over the Top.") Kind of pathetic. The beginning of summer blockbuster time, and I still couldn't drag my lazy ass to the movies. Oh well. There's still July. As for the movies I did see, I guess the best was probably the documentary "Deliver Us From Evil," even though it was pretty freaking depressing.

Books Read: Two, and one of those doesn't even really count as a book. I just read it because it was written by a reality TV star. I know. I'm pathetic. And the other, "Eat, Pray, Love" was a tad on the self-indulgent side (and I think the author would be the first to admit that; maybe). But it did teach me a few things I did not know about Italy and Indonesia. Like, did you ever think about how Italian is really only spoken in one major country? And did you know many Balinese are named for their birth order? So there are a lot people named Wayan (First), Made (Second), Nyoman (Third), and Ketut (Fourth) over there.

Fancy Dinners Out: One. Kind of. Le Petit Robert isn't that fancy, but it's fancier than a taqueria or Chinese take-out, so it's in.

Live Shows Seen: Once again, does the RiffTrax show count?

Shoes Bought: NONE!

Man Vs. Wild Vs. Survivorman

I've seen about five episodes each of "Man vs. Wild" and "Survivorman," and I know I'm coming late to the game on this one, but I think both are incredibly entertaining. I just can't get enough. But I've been pondering which dude is the more bad-assed.

"Man Vs. Wild"'s guy is named "Bear," which sounds extremely bad-ass, but when you learn that the name came from his real name of Theodore, and then Teddy, and then Teddy Bear, it's a little less impressive. He's also got an English accent, which, well, just always sounds kind of girly to me. But then he does things like this, and he could be wearing a tutu and still seem incredibly manly:

As tough as the conditions he puts himself in (abandoned at the top of the Swiss alps; stuck in the heart of Death Valley) the fact is he's got a camera crew following him around the whole time, and that makes every risk he takes seem a little less risky, since there's someone right there to help if he screws up.

That's a luxury "Survivorman"'s Les (granted, a far less cool a name than Bear) doesn't have, as he does all of his adventuring and surviving alone, acting as his own cameraman. True, his rescue crew is never too far away, but they're still father away than standing right next to him, as they are with Bear. Les is hobbled by an accent too, in this case Canadian, and not an episode goes by where he doesn't say he needs to "get ooot of here." And I haven't seen him bite into a live salmon yet, but he is no stranger to eating live things. Mainly grubs.

In the end, while "Survivorman" might be the more "impressive," as far as actual survival goes, "Man Vs. Wild" is the far more entertaining show. Just don't watch either if you're squeamish.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday? Already?

And if it's Monday, it must mean there's another reality TV locals post up on SFist!

Friday, June 22, 2007

I'm Gonna Vote For This Guy Too

[via Freakgirl]

He Can't Be Any Worse Than the Guy In There Now

It has come to my attention that not everyone has seen the creepy campaign ad by a certain Mr. Mike Gravel, who is running for president. Well, here it is.

It should be noted that the video was, indeed, shot in San Francisco. And it sounds like the sequel, called "Fire," was too.

He's got my vote!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

P.T. Anderson-Malick

I've loved everything P.T. Anderson has done, so needless to say, I am excited about his upcoming movie, "There Will Be Blood." Here's the teaser trailer.

The only trepidation I have about it so far is that Daniel Day Lewis is the star, and for reasons I've never really been able to fathom, I just don't like his acting...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Head Cases

A friend forwarded me this NY Times article written by Mike Nelson, in which he talks about his chronic headache. Man! If I'd known about this before, my interview with him might have been more interesting.

If you know me, you probably know that for the past three years, I've had headache issues of my own. You might not know, however, that it is indeed a constant thing. Some days it turns into a full-fledged migraine (I am supposing it's migraine since a certain type of migraine medication does help it, but it doesn't include a lot of the symptoms many migraine sufferers complain of) in which I can't really function until I take something for it, and sometimes that doesn't even work. But on a day-to-day basis, I am constantly aware of some level of pain in my head. Like Mike Nelson writes, it's not like I've gotten used to it, it's just that I have no choice but to live my life with the pain.

When I read his article I immediately contemplated emailing him and sharing headache horror stories, but I haven't done that yet. Don't know if I will; I'm afraid to bug him and make his headache worse.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Squeeze Me In Any Time

20070227 Squeezeburger w/ Cheese
Originally uploaded by tspauld
I've been busy with work work work and who am I kidding also a lot of "Guitar Hero," hence the lack of posts. So I thought I'd share this image, taken by someone else, of an amazing burger that can be found at the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento. I saw it on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," and it literally had me drooling.

This place piles grated cheese on top of and around the burger and then covers it so the cheese gets kind of crispy and creates a "skirt" around the burger. There's little I love more than crispy cheese, so putting it on top of a burger is just, well, it's not icing on the cake. But you get the idea.

Anyone wanna take a road trip to Sacramento for lunch?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

America's Got Pirates

This week's reality TV locals post is now up on SFist.

I actually kind of know one of the locals mentioned in the post, but I will not be discussing that here.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Simon Says Park Your Car

My review of the Crispin Glover horror flick "Simon Says" is up on SFist now!

Don't Stop.

Oh the movie never ends/It goes on and on and on and on...

(And just in case you were pissed you didn't get to hear the entire song--and if that's all you were upset about, then bless your heart--here it is.)

Friday, June 08, 2007


I haven't commented on the whole Paris Goes To Jail thing because I want to help stop the public fascination with these idiotic celebs, and the best way to do that is to ignore them. But I just have to express my glee that she's being hauled back to prison (well, a medical facility connected to a prison, because of her "problem"). I have little sympathy for people who drive drunk, and absolutely no sympathy for stupid heiresses who are rich enough to just HIRE A DAMN DRIVER to haul their drunk asses around. And then to just ignore the whole suspended license thing, and offer up a defense of "I'm a dumb-ass and didn't know my license was suspended"? Uh-uh. You get your butt to jail and deal with it.

And then just disappear, OK?


I've got a brief post about the season finale of "The Sopranos" up on SFist now.

If you have an opinion about the show, please weigh in over there!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Racing With the Stars

I've got a brief post up on SFist about what NOT to watch tonight.

This Just In!

I can't stand Robin Thicke.

Any time I see him singing in his stupid high-pitched voice, I get acid reflux. I think he looks like a guy you'd meet in a Marina bar, who's too drunk and too full of himself to notice he pissed all over his own shoes. I don't know why, but that's what I think when I see him. The fact that he's Alan Thicke's son just makes him all the grosser. I cannot understand his popularity, and it fills me with rage.

There. *Phew* Glad I got that off my chest.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Monday, June 04, 2007