What's on your DVR?

For Christmas this year, I bought myself a new toy. I’ve meant to show it off to you all, but it’s taken me this long to remember to post about it… so here it is.

Yes, this is my new TV. (Don’t mind the fact that there are Christmas decorations still in the picture. I did say it’s taken me a while to post this. So deal. ;-))

It looks like one of those newfangled flat screens right? Well, I should probably just let you believe that, but it’s really not. It’s got a flat screen, alright, but it’s a slim-fit CRT tube TV that just LOOKS like a flat screen. It IS an HDTV, though, which is SO. FUCKING. COOL.

But I didn’t just want to blather on about my new TV… I also have a question for you.

What TV shows do you have programmed on your TiVo?

Now before I go on, I should mention that I don’t really HAVE a TiVo. I have a Digital Video Recorder that’s part of my cable service, which is just LIKE a TiVo, but it really isn’t a TiVo. That being said…

What TV shows can you NOT live without?

Well here are some of my favorites:

Grey’s Anatomy. I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. I think the cast is superb, and the writing is even better. Yeah ok it’s not realistic medical drama, but it’s damn good HUMAN drama. And it has the best damn actress on TV right now… Sandra Oh. She is amazing. AMAZING. I’ve watched it since the very first episode and I was immediately hooked. Of course, this show has another show to thank for that…

Desperate Housewives. Yes, some are saying that the second season isn’t as good as the first, but I beg to differ. It’s getting better as it goes on. The thing I like about it is not just the campy humor or the crazy situations the ladies of Wisteria Lane get themselves into– it’s the story that they tell and the suspense behind it all. Plus it has some damn HOT men and a lot of great gay scenes (Am I the only one developing a crush on Bree’s son? He’s adorable.)

And over on Bravo, another favorite resides. Yes, I still watch Queer Eye, but that’s not the show I’m talking about. I am absolutely ADDICTED to…

Project Runway. I am not a huge fan of reality TV, but this show is THE BEST. And it is the best because it’s not just catty one-liners and catfights. It’s real drama and fast-paced. These people have real talent and have to make it work, or, as the show’s hostess Heidi Klum says, they’re out. Auf Wiedersehen. Bye bye. I love it. I look forward to Wednesdays just to watch it. And it sucks that it’s all over in mid-February. (I’m rooting for Chloe, Nick and Andreas to go to the Final Three at Fashion Week– what say you?)

Every day, my DVR records this next show… and sometimes I watch it, and sometimes I don’t… but no week is complete without at least one helping of…

Oprah. If you miss one of her rants (like I did when she went off on that Frey guy the other day thanks to W actually holding a press conference) or one of her raves (like when Tom Cruise danced on her couch, which just plain scared me), chances are you’ll miss out on some good watercooler discussions. Oprah is the queen mama of TV talk shows, and I love her for it. Yeah she gets a little preachy sometimes but when she hits hard, she hits HARD. Gotta respect her for that.

Another weekly favorite of mine…

Saturday Night Live. Sometimes it’s hilarious. Sometimes it sucks. But most of the time it’s worth watching, just to see what they pull out of their sleeves. I still love SNL. The current cast is really good in my opinion, and the new talent that they’ve added this year is very promising. That’s what’s so great about SNL… it’s always changing.

And finally, the show that is my guiltiest pleasure…

Little House On The Priaire. I’m still drawn to the adventures of Laura, Mary, Ma, Pa, Carrie and the rest of the brood in Walnut Grove. It’s being shown on TV Land and Hallmark Channel now, and with such frequency that it fills up my DVR too fast. So I had to cut back. I think I’ve seen just about every episode by now, so my viewing habits of the show have waned a bit… but I still love the show. My new favorite is Eight is Enough, which is being shown on a local station currently. I guess I just love those 70s family shows. What can I say?

So now it’s your turn. OK you don’t have to post pictures of screen shots like I did (I’m just showing off my Photoshop skills with that one), but what’s on your DVR? Or if you don’t have a DVR, what shows can’t you miss? Share. Discuss. Dish. I’ll pour you a cup of coffee.

Not it!

Hot Toddy at Hot Toddy’s Toaster Oven has a great post from Friday about Camp Songs. It instantly transported me back to my childhood and helped me to remember some really great times growing up. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out.

His post led me to recall another childhood memory– one that seemed insignificant back then, but now makes me long for the days when we used to play “Tag” or “Kick the Can” with the neighborhood kids.

The most important part of any neighborhood game was choosing who was “It.” This was done in any number of ways– ranging from the game being played to where you grew up and how you learned the ritual in question.

One way, of course, was to count off “1-2-3 NOT IT!” and whoever was the last person saying “NOT IT!” was, of course, It.

But the best way to choose who was it was to have everyone put one foot in a circle and have someone do a version of the classic “Eeny Meeny Miney Mo.”

“Eeny Meeny Miney Mo” goes as far back as anyone can remember. My mom and dad said the rhyme, and their parents probably said the rhyme. Unfortunately, back in the early days, the rhyme included a racial epithet that I will not repeat here… but when I was a kid, we learned it like this:

Eeny Meeny Miney Mo
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eeny Meeny Miney Mo.

This one was great for choosing who was “It” and getting it over with. There were others that took care of this as well, such as:

Inka Dink a bottle of ink
The cork fell off and
You
Do
Stink!

But sometimes– especially if there were a lot of kids involved– it was more fun to have some elimination rounds to find out who would be it. So we said one of the many elimination alternatives, such as my favorite…

Engine Engine Number Nine
Going down Chicago Line
If the train runs off the track
Do you want your money back? (Person chosen would say yes or no)
“Y-E-S” spells “YES” and out you go with a dirty, dirty dishrag on your toe!”

Sometimes, just to make things more painful (and to protect yourself from being “Out” if you were doing the rhyme and you could tell it would land on your toe,) you would add the following:

Not because you’re dirty
Not because you’re clean
Just because you kissed a girl (or boy)
Behind a (big fat dirty) magazine!

Other “It-choosing” rhymes included:

Mickey Mouse built a house
How many bricks did he use?
(chosen person would give a number and the rest of the rhyme would conclude as above.)

Or this classic:

Bubble gum, bubble gum
In a dish
How many pieces
Do you wish? (chosen person would give a number and so on…)

And then of course…

My mother socked your mother in the mouth
What color was the blood? (chosen person gave a color, which was spelled out and so on…)

So how did you choose who was “It” for your neighorhood games? And what were some of the games that you played? Let’s enjoy this trip down memory lane together… comment away!

Turning the corner

Man, what a week.

Check that… what a couple of weeks.

OK fine. What a month. In that case… what a year. Already.

2006 has not been kind to me health-wise. First the kidney stone, then the worst cold I’ve had in recent memory. The kidney stone was painful enough, let me tell you. But this cold was dreadful. Two weeks of misery– the worst of which was this past Sunday into Wednesday. It’s been going around my office at work and through my friends as well. Chicago winters– gotta love ’em.

But I’m turning the corner and I’m finally feeling better. Just in time for the weekend, of course. How convenient!

So it’s officially Friday, which means it’s Friday Flesh time. But I haven’t really given any thought to a Friday Flesh Foto for today, so I’m just going to wait until next week for the next installment. Besides, I haven’t blogged much in a while and I have a few things to write about.

Lately I’ve noticed that it’s hard for me to say the word “no.”

I do graphic design for a living, and as the years have gone on, and people have seen some of the work that I do, I get requests to do projects for this, that, or the other thing. Usually the project has a very noble cause behind it, and is something I can get into and put a part of myself into in order to make it work. Other times it may be for a friend or for a friend OF a friend. Sometimes the project is for myself… this blog (the look of it), for instance, is of my very own design. And if money is thrown into the mix, I’m ready to jump head-first into the project.

Now I’m not saying this to say that “money talks” with me, because history will show that this isn’t necesarily the case. But for far too long I have been doing jobs without any monetary compensation or even bringing up the subject of a payment plan.

So lately I’ve been seeking out projects that will pay… and so far, it’s going fairly well. I’m working with one group at the moment, I have another client I’ve been working with for a year now, and today another opportunity fell into my lap.

My problem is, at the same time as all of this, I have other dedications– work, the choruses, and basic life in general. And then of course there’s my blog, finding time to read other blogs, and my participation in Discuss It.

When something slams in my face, like being sick or feeling run-down, I stop and ask myself “Am I doing too much?” “Do I expect too much of myself?”

The answer to both questions is yes. But when I look at what I’m doing, I enjoy it. I like the challenges. By pushing myself to complete a task or accomplish a goal, I’m proving to myself that I can do it. There have been far too many times in my life where I wasn’t sure I’d ever accomplish anything. I know I can do it now.

The question, therefore, is… how much longer can I do it without burning out?

And the answer is… wait and see.

Have a great weekend!

I feel like crap

I’ve had a cold for the last week. A WEEK.

It’s gotten worse and gotten better, back and forth and back and forth. Yesterday I couldn’t get out of bed. Today I felt a whole lot better.

Coughing, sniffling, sneezing, and sounding like a bass (when I’m a tenor).

Someone make me some chicken soup.

Have you seen it?

  

Colin Farrell.

No, this isn’t Monday Men or anything. This is something completely different.

I saw a little video the other day.

Now, I’m not one to usually jump on the Star Porno Bandwagon.

Rob Lowe’s video? Haven’t seen it (well except for the snippets at certain bars about town. And yes, he is hung. Big deal.)

Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee? Wouldn’t bother.
Paris Hilton? Are you kidding? I value my eyesight too much.

No, this vid stars the ever-naughty and completely sexy (in my opinion) bad boy himself, Colin Farrell.

Now before you get all excited, I am NOT going to offer this video to all the world. There are a lot of people on the lookout for this clip. Legal people. People who could sue the pants off of me and anyone else who has it in their possession. And being that I value my pants (among other things), I am not going to get myself (or anyone else, for that matter) into that kind of trouble.

But let me tell you, it was eye-opening.

And mouth-opening, if you know what I mean.

The video features Colin, sans hair (on his head), in flagrante delicto with his girlfriend at the time, former Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain It’s graphic It’s nasty It’s hot.

The video was rumored to be in existence around July of last year on various websites, but only recently has been making the rounds on blogs and other sites This report tells of one site that offering it (at $14.95 a pop) until it was shut down, apparently by Mr. Farrell’s attorneys So there ya go I guess I was lucky.

If you’ve seen it, let’s discuss If you’d like to see it, let’s discuss If you don’t give a crap either way…

Let’s discuss. 🙂