Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hump Day Humor: Confessionals

A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his priest, "I almost had an affair with another woman."

The priest said, "What do you mean, almost?"

The Irishman said, "Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but then I stopped."

The priest said, "Rubbing together is the same as putting it in. You're not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail Mary's and put £50 in the poor box."

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box. He paused for a moment and then started to leave.

The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, "I saw that. You didn't put any money in the poor box!"

The Irishman replied, "Yeah, but I rubbed the £50 on the box, and according to you, that's the same as putting it in!"

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An old man walks into a confessional. The following conversation ensues:


Man: "I am 92 years old, have a wonderful wife of 70 years, and many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Yesterday I picked up two college girls who were hitchhiking. We went to a motel, where I had sex with each of them three times."

Priest: 'And Are you sorry for your sins?

Man: "What sins?"

Priest: "What kind of a Catholic are you?"

Man: "I'm Jewish."

Priest: "Then why are you telling me all this?"

Man: "I'm telling everybody!"

Thursday, December 21, 2006

HARRY POTTER BOOK 7 TITLE!!!!!!!!

OMG!!! It's finally here. Talk about the best Christmas present this year. J.K. Rowling has announced the title of Book 7!!!! To avoid spoiling the fun for those that want to find it on their on, you'll have to scroll to the bottom to see the title. In the middle, I'm posting instructions for how you can go to www.jkrowling.com and find the title on your own.

I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts and theories. Please comment and let's get some discussion going!

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2. Click on the knob of the open door in the mirror to reveal a Christmas tree.
3. Click on the top half of the main door to reveal a wreath.
4. Click on the top of the mirror to reveal garland.
5. Click on the spider web next to the mirror.
6. Click on the 4th chime in the window; it becomes the key for the door.
7. Drag the key to the door knob to unlock the main door.
8. There's a package on the desk. Click on the bow and it will reveal a game of Hangman.
9. Play the game to reveal the title.
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The Title for Book 7 is.....

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Hump Day Humor: A Real Test

My apologies in the delay of posting folks. It's been one of those mornings. This week's joke is in honor of all of you in school taking/preparing for finals.

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As final exams neared, two students, very confident of their A averages in Chemistry class, decided to spend a weekend enjoying the social life of a nearby college. Although their Chemistry final was the first thing Monday morning they were reasonably certain they could pull it off.

After a very late Sunday evening they overslept and did not arrive back on campus until Monday afternoon. In the hopes of avoiding failing the exam the two decided to tell their professor that they had a flat tire on the way back to campus.

Sympathetic to the situation, the professor allowed them to make up the exam. After being seated in different rooms the two opened their exam books and began working.

The first question, for 25 points, was a simple question on fusion. When they turned the page to answer the next question, however, both students shared the same look of despair though they were seated in different rooms.

75 point question: Which tire was flat?

Sunday, December 3, 2006

More Harry Potter 5 clips

Last night during the showing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, ABC Family aired some clips and cast interviews from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Interviews include Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, David Yates, Evanna Lynch, Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton. Enjoy!

Friday, December 1, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep10

1. "I should never have had a kid" I can only imagine how rough it must be to have a mother with Alzheimer's. I have a couple friends with relatives that suffer from the disease and I know how hard it is on them. It must be so hard to hear your mother say "I should never have had a kid" even if she doesn't know what year it is and who you are.

2. Conjoined adult twins. What an interesting case. Talk about your separation anxiety. You spend 20, 30 years attached to your brother and then in one day you're not anymore and you find out your fiance is in love with him. What a range of emotions. They were hilarious.

3. Go Izzie, for standing up to McSteamy, well at least the first time anyway. And although she caved the second time, she still put him in his place for not acting in a way that garners respect. Sloane is the kind of guy that has to learn the hard way. If you pander to his petty requests, he'll never get it. And maybe we are beginning to see a mend in his friendship with McDreamy? There was a brief moment during the surgery where they bonded in a way that I imagine to be like the old times. I'd like to see them friends. I think it would be an interesting storyline.

4. Has Burke's tremor and subsequent blame on Derek, hurt McDreamy's confidence in himself? I think it might have. And of course, Miranda came in, told the truth, and saved the day.

5. Meredith doesn't want to be close to her stepfamily. I get it. But I think she feels guilty for knowing them, that she's betraying her mom if she gets close to them. She also might have a slight issue with the stepmom being there and supporting her daughter. Her mom wasn't, and here's the woman married to her dad, mother to her half-sisters, being what she needed and didn't get. It's completely understandable.

6. George has always had issues. But lately they've taken a nasty turn as George has become dark and twisty himself. I get the Christina and Burke thing, a certain amount of trust was lost, along with his doe-eyed worshipping of Burke (but then I think almost everyone's lost that now). And he's having trouble coping with his dad's illness. What angers me is his treatment of Callie. As creepy as I think she is, no one deserves that. They were broken up. She slept with McSteamy to try to get over him. It wasn't a personal attack on him and yet he acts like it is. Thank goodness his dad straightened him out a little bit. Although George hasn't admitted it out loud yet, I'm hoping he's starting to realize where the real issue lies and will return to his normal, lovable self instead of the spiteful jerk he's become.

7. I'm so glad Burke got yelled at by the Chief. It's only fair. He didn't kill anyone true, but he was taking tremendous risk because he didn't have the guts to admit a weakness. But finally, he's taking his part of the blame and is going to let McDreamy try to fix his hand. And Christina got on the elevator with them. Maybe there's hope for the two of them yet. If that's so, maybe this whole thing with the tremor will serve to help them get over their major issues and stay together. Although I think the immediate road is going to be rocky, maybe they'll turn a corner.

8. On the whole, I thought this episode was mediocre. But the best thing about the whole hour: Miranda. She was incredible and not just her character, but the acting job by Chandra Wilson was phenomenal. Just fraktastic! She seemed so angry at the Chief for not punishing Christina and Burke, and she seemed angry with the two of them. All of which I think is true. She was angry with all of them. But I think she was more angry with herself. Out of five interns, she's now failed two, at least in her mind. But this time rather than doubt her skills as a doctor, she's angry and she's not afraid to show it. And her truth-teller: the Chief. What a great scene between the two of them. So touching and such raw emotion!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep9

Sorry for the delay folks, with the holiday I didn't get a chance to see the episode until today. BTW - Gig'em Aggies!!! 12-7 over the Longhorns! A six-year streak finally broken. Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled program.\

1. I'm glad that Burke's secret didn't come out because they killed someone on the table. I was nervous it was going to come to that. And Burke and Christina broke up. So sad as I loved them together but it would never have worked long term.

2. Might we be seeing an Alex/Addison romance in the future? It would definitely seem that way, especially because of that lingering look. I'm not really on that bandwagon yet because only last week they brought up his feelings for Izzie. Maybe he'll finally realize he needs to change his specialty when they hook up?

3. Poor George. I hated to see him freak out on Izzie and Callie like that but the man had three major revelations in such a short period of time that he just couldn't process it all at once. I know if I had found out that the guy I was dating had slept with a sleazy hot girl, that the person I admired as a mentor and a friend had lied about his/her working abilities and was putting lives at stake and that my father had major cancer and heart problems, I would definitely be a bit on the snappy edge.

4. The blame game. It seems as if everyone somehow involved with Burke's hand/surgery is blaming everyone else while silently blaming themselves. It lends itself to a nasty situation.

5. Only 10 extra minutes, are you kidding me? The way the promo sounded I thought we were getting an extra hour. But only 10 minutes! I was disappointed.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hump Day Humor: Magic Pool

There were these three guys. They had been walking for 3 days and were very tired. They found a hotel, rented a room and went to sleep. Then, this old guy comes in out of nowhere, and says there is a magic pool just outside their hotel room. He tells them "Ok, you must jump off the diving board, and yell out what you wanna land in."

So the three guys go over to the pool. The first guy, a vegetarian, yells out "Bananas!" and lands in a pool of bananas. The second guy was money hungry and yelled out "Money!" and lands in a pile of money. The third guy jumps, when a bird shits on his head, and he yells "Oh Shit!"

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More Harry Potter!!!

Can you handle the excitement? I know I can barely stand it!!

- E! Daily Ten has posted video of their
set report from OotP. It includes interviews with Dan Radcliffe, David Yates, Emma Thompson and shots of the Atrium at the Ministry.

- The teaser trailer is now
available in HD on Yahoo!

- Loads new set pictures available
here. I'd post them myself like before, but there's too many.

- And now for the biggie...HBO on Demand's
special preview of OotP is now available online! It's almost four minutes long and includes TONS new footage, behind-the-scenes stuff and interviews with Dan Radcliffe, David Yates and more. Please note that with the large quantity of new stuff, it could spoil the film for you. So if you want to save some surprises for next July, DON'T watch it! Consider yourself warned.

Monday, November 20, 2006

ORDER OF THE PHOENIX TRAILER!!!

You can now go to the Happy Feet web site and see the teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Helena Bonham Carter looks awesome as Bellatrix!!! That was some wonderful casting.

HBO begins to show a sneak peek at OotP, beginning today through December 17. The previous lasts about 3 minutes and from reports it sounds familiar to the teaser trailer with new shots. I don't have HBO but will be on the lookout out for it online. Please pass it along if you find anything!

Also, the OotP web site is live. Check it out at
www.harrypotterorderofthephoenix.com.

Friday, November 17, 2006

HP Movie 5 and Book 7 news

Lots of Harry Potter news this week.

Online stores have begun to take pre-orders for Book 7. And Barnes & Noble will be posting a sign for 40% for members if they pre-order. Although JK's official representative has said that writing is going well and the pre-orders don't mean anything, maybe it's a sign that we'll be getting something more soon...like a title? It might be wishful thinking but it's all I got.

December 1-3 ABC Family will be playing the first three Harry Potter movies, including the premiere of the extended version of PoA. Here's a clip of the commercial promoting the HP weekend with some scenes from OotP stating that during the weekend, they'll take an "exclusive look" at OotP.

Also, OotP trailer will be available via satellite feed November 20 9-9:15 p.m. EST and November 21 6-6:15 p.m. EST. The coordinates for both feeds: IA 6, Transponder 11, C-Band - DL Freq: 3920.000 (V) - Audio: 6.2/6.8 == I'm sure a copy will be online shortly afterward.


USA Today has published an
article with Dan Radcliffe in today's issue including new pictures from OotP.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep8

1. Teeny porny scenes in this episode. Bookended at both ends like the episode with McSteamy in bed. Wish McSteamy was in the porny scenes. It would've made them better.

2. I think I prefer dark and twisty Meredith to bright and shiny. She's even more annoying bright and shiny, and I didn't think that was possible.

3. George is right. Modest doesn't look right on Christina. But then the guilt she's carrying has been such a burden she's so stressed she's going to break soon. And it looks like next week might be it, or at least a big step in that direction.

4. This case with the girl that got run over by her nanny, and she constantly asks for her nanny and not her mom was a perfect case for Meredith and Miranda to work on together. Meredith still has mommy issues. They've been glossed over all season because first there was the triangle and then McDreamy had to get through his issues. And now that that part is sealed up, we can focus on the mommy issues. And Miranda as a new mom struggles with the guilt of leaving her baby for a job she loves and is good at. I don't envy her position. That's got to be one of the hardest decisions to make in a lifetime. You want to do what's right for your kid but you also need to be sure you're taking care of yourself in the process.

5. I have never heard a man call his pecs "twins" before. I've called my own breasts twins, I've heard men call other women's breasts twins, but never a man call his own (or for that matter another man's). I found hilarious! And the whole talking in third person thing is rather annoying if the person is being serious. But if they're joking around about it, it actually seems like it'll be fun. Like with Izzie and Alex. Plus it's a way to distance yourself from the conversation if you have to say or do something that you don't quite have the courage to do but should only be used in light situations.
6. Best line/scene of the episode: "This is why I don't work with interns" Sloane - when he sees Izzie with one hand on Alex's pec and one hand on the pec of the patient.

7. Looks like Callie, Addison & Miranda are the older and wiser version of Meredith, Izzie and Christina. I admit, I like that the three of them (the former) are all friends. It's nice to see Callie with friends. It makes her a little less creepy.

8. And Alex finally admits he still has feelings for Izzie. I am liking Alex more and more with each episode. I love the story arc they've put him on and I really hope we see him change specialties.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix poster

The first official promotional poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has been release by Warner Bros.

The first theatrical trailer for OotP will be shown in front of Happy Feet which premieres nationwide tomorrow. It's reported running time is 54 seconds and is rated PG. No news for when it will be released online (although I'm sure it will show up). So if you happen to find it, please pass it along.

OotP will be released July 13, 2007.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep7

1. "Where the Boys Are" - Where exactly are the boys? Let's take a brief look. Burke is desperately trying to hold onto everything he knows and while not revealing his secret. Alex is at a crossroads, having been told last week by McSteamy his career in plastics is over and denying to himself he just might be interested in gynecology. The Chief is stubborn and can't let go of the hospital refusing to think that it might just operate okay without him. Joe, well we don't see much of him and I think we've only seen Walter once, so those two are the only boys who are in a good place. George having finally figured out he wants Callie is having trouble finding a way to express that and get her back. McDreamy wants space. And McSteamy, he wants to change, but he doesn't know how. He followed a woman he might have loved in his own way to Seattle and now she doesn't want him. His best friend refuses to acknowledge him and he can't get a fresh start.

2. I loved Izzie's comparison of the boys' camping trip to the girls' slumber party. So true and I had never thought of it that way. But because it was a boys' "slumber party" there was a slap fight instead of a pillow fight. They fished instead of doing each other's hair and nails. And of course, they gossiped about the girls.

3. The Chief is so clueless! He really does get wrapped up so much in that hospital that he doesn't pay attention to anything else really. Although it was terribly cute when he was comparing his relationship with Adele to Joe and Walter and bonding with him.

4. Best scene: when McSteamy walks into the breakroom with Callie and Addison and it's extremely uncomfortable. Addison gets it quickly and McSteamy avoids eye contact. Well played all around!

5. Best line: "Are you too good for him," Dr. Bailey. "Yes, I mean no," Christina.

6. How ironic that the perkiest (and regular) character on the show is annoyed by uber-perky Sydney. Or maybe Sydney forces Izzie to face how she's really feeling while everyone else seems to abide by the unspoken rule of ignoring it,and that makes Izzie uncomfortable until she's actually ready.

7. How heartbreaking it must be to go through the pain and agony of childbirth only to deliver a baby who's already dead. Beautiful acting. And I loved the bonding between Addison and Callie. Two very strong women dealing with a case that could break anyone emotionally. And they were there for each other.

8. McSteamy had the perfect case for him. Here you have a man wanting to change who he is on the outside being operated on by a man who wants to change who he is on the inside. I firmly believe this is the real reason McSteamy came to Seattle. It wasn't Addison. It was McDreamy. All his life McSteamy has wanted to be like McDreamy but he doesn't know how. So he came to Seattle to observe and learn.

9. McSteamy can't help himself from flirting with Meredith. But did you get a glimpse of his face as he saw Meredith accepts Derek's introduction? He was crushed. There goes his best chance of changing, at least anytime soon. I have a feeling we're not done here yet.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Lost S3ep6

13 weeks til more Lost! Anyone know of any support groups?

1. When Kevin first called Kate Monica, I thought she was in a long con. But I guess she really loved him. Question: is a marriage legal if you sign the license under an assumed name? I would guess no. I think she made her way to Sydney after she left Kevin. I was laughing out loud when the priest was talking about "what you see is what you get" with Monica/Kate. Irony. What a beautiful thing. I like that the Lost writers can inject bits of humor in the show, otherwise it would be just too intense.

2. Speaking of humor, you just gotta love Sawyer's line "How was your day honey?" You can always count on Sawyer to provide a nice one-liner to break up the tension.

3. With Sayid and Locke facing off in tonight's episode, I think a power struggle among the Survivors is inevitable. With Jack gone, it makes the most sense. And why it didn't happen until now, at first the Suriviors were trying to figure out what happened at the Hatch and then if there were survivors. Then they were chasing after Eko, twice. There wasn't time for a power struggle but now there is especially since the chaos of the Hatch implosion seems to have died down a bit.

4. When Kate broke out and opened the door to Sawyer's cage, why didn't the alarm sound? If I'm not mistaken when Carl escaped in the first episode, an alarm was going off. So why not this time? Did the Others turn it off for a reason? Trying to give Pickett a reason to kill Sawyer? He seems to have fixated on Sawyer for a reason I can't gather. I get his wife died and was shot by a Survivor. But it wasn't Sawyer. Why take that much rage out on Sawyer? Unless he just doesn't like his attitude. He is the kind of guy you love to hate and hate to love.

5. Speaking of Kate and Sawyer's steamy scene (woohoo, I was right!), did anyone else notice Kate's armpits sans hair? They've been on the island, what, 71 days? And she's managed to maintain armpit hair management? That doesn't seem realistic. I mean the guys have scruff. Okay so the Hatch's bathroom more than likely had a razor and she could have shaved there. However, it's been probably a week, give or take a couple days, since she was last there. And I don't know about the rest of you, but if I stopped shaving my armpits for a week they wouldn't look that clean shaven. But I guess the scruff is more attractive to women that hairy armpits are to men.

6. When Alex was asking to talk to Ben, and then Ben asked about her before surgery, it got me to thinking: the Others took Alex away from Rousseau when she was a child and her dad was dead. I think there's a distinct possibility that Ben is a sort of surrogate father for her. Which would make the case for her being a Rebel very weak, if a group of Rebels do exist.

7. Does anyone remember that story Jack told Kate on the first day at the beach? I can't remember for the life of me. Crap!

8. I think this show was a little lacking in the cliffhanger. It did not leave me with an angry or upset feeling because they ended and we don't know what happens to Sawyer, Kate and if Jack continues to save (or not) Ben's life. But I'll give it a break because it is only the "fall finale". BTW - I heard that in episode 8 we'll see Cindy and the kids from the tail section and what's been happening to them since they were kidnapped.

9. ABC is getting sneaky, very sneaky. Putting Lost sneak peeks on Daybreak to try to get people to watch it. The show doesn't interest me at all. I didn't like Groundhog Day or Tru Calling. So if anyone sees those clips online, please pass them along.

10. Mark your calendars: February 7! 16 weeks, all new!!!

Hump Day Humor: The Blonde Gambler

First, I totally forgot about this post last week. For any of you who care, I hope you can forgive me.

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Two bored casino dealers are waiting at the craps table. A very attractive blonde woman from Alabama arrived and bet twenty-thousand dollars ($20,000) on a single roll of the dice.
She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I play topless." With that, she stripped to the waist; rolled the dice; and yelled, "Come on, baby.... Southern Girl needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down... and squealed... "YES! YES! I WON! I WON!" She hugged each of the dealers... and then picked up her winnings and her clothes, and quickly departed.The dealers stared at each other dumfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know... I thought you were watching."

Moral ---
Not all Southerners are stupid.
Not all blondes are dumb.
But, all men..... are men.

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Bonus: Check out this hilarious blog on
tipping from Scott Adams, author of Dilbert

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep6

1. Izzie nervous on her first day back was adorable. It's a good thing she came back when she did. Meredith clearly had no way of identifying with her patient, but Izzie did. She knew what the patient was going through and found the words to let her accept the help she needed. It also helped Meredith realize just a little of what Izzie is still going through.

2. Christina is taking over Burke. His board, his surgeries and even pre-empting his relationship with Bailey. And now Bailey knows, or at the very least, she's one step closer to figuring it out. Then what will happen to Christina? She's justifying her actions and decisions to a patient and it's only a matter of time before that particular house of cards comes down.

3. Embeth Davidtz was brilliant casting for Nancy. Her voice and her tone resonated with what's "typical" East Coast. But despite her snottiness, and being labeled McBitchy, she told Derek what he needed to hear. Now maybe finally, we'll see him move past all his issues with McSteamy and Addison.

4. Alex is so changing his specialty, and not just because McSteamy will ruin any chances he has at plastics. Alex is developing a passion for gyncecology and he can't keep himself away.

5. Can you imagine have two uteruses (uteri)? Does that mean she has two periods? It must if she's able to have a baby in each. I wonder if they're in sync with each other or if they happen at separate times. The PMS, bloating, cramps, sore breasts twice a month would be torture. Plus being pregnant for nine months, giving birth but still being pregnant for another month or two. That's just craziness. And it makes me feel extremely blessed that I only have one uterus.

6. Best scene of this episode: George and Meredith in the elevator. "I'll only be Christina for you if you be Izzie for me." A is for adorable! Their confidants are incapicitated because of the separate issues they're dealing with but George and Meredith still need to talk through their problems. So they turn to each other. I must say I'm so glad that they've moved past that mess from last season. I'm glad to see they are friends again.

7. Best line: "Maybe I should sleep with Burke" - Alex.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Lost S3ep5

1. Okay so I was way wrong. Eko died - seriously?!?! We don't even know why he was in Sidney going to LA. So now we don't get to find that out. And the survivors have lost some major strength that was on their side and another tracker. But he was apparently building the church on the island to make it up to his brother. And if his "brother" wasn't his brother, who was he? The black cloud in corporeal form? That black cloud sounds like it's a machine. It's not making any sense. Maybe that black cloud has something to do with why The Others are there. They're somehow supposed to be harnassing and controlling what seems to be, I don't think supernatural is the right word but hopefully you're getting my point.

2. The Others apparently follow the (I think it's Asian in general) custom of wearing white to funerals. And not just white but matching outfits. Is anyone else beginning to think it's some kind of cult?

3. "Don't mistake coincidence for fate" Locke to Desmond. Man I love Locke - believing they're on the island for specific reasons. It adds a whole other level to the show that it wouldn't be the same without.

4. I laughed out loud when Jack told Ben he didn't believe in mysteries. Here we have a show entirely built on mysteries and one of the main characters doesn't believe in them. Irony

5. So The Others can figure out that Juliet bears a resemblance to Sarah. But they can't get the latest technology. They have TVs, computers, VHS but those are all really, really dated. But I guess they don't have a neighborhood Best Buy from which to buy the big screen HD TVs or DVD players or Macs.

6. The guy with the eyepatch was scary. Is he an Other? Or part of the Dharma Initiative? Or something else entirely? For now I'm going to go with Other.

7. The most intriguing part of this episode was Juliet's "movie". What exactly has Ben done that would cause a revolution? He's not exactly winning any Mr. Congeniality awards but he's clearly a leader of some sorts. And who else is part of this mini-revolution? Pickett (sp?), Tom, Carl? Is that why Carl was being held in that other cage across from Sawyer? Ben discovered some treason within the ranks? Is Alex apart of that? She seemed to be close to Carl and she helped Claire to escape. It doesn't seem fair that after next week we have to wait another 13 weeks before we get new Lost episodes and hopefully some answers that they've been promising.

8. Did you see the steamy scenes with Sawyer and Kate for next week? H-O-T, HOT! Although it's the last one for a while, I can't wait!

Lost Tonight!

A character is going to die tonight! A member of the regular cast too, not an extra or guest star. My money is on Sayid or Charlie. From what I hear about Naveen Andrews, he doesn't like to be typecast and likes to keep his options open. This could translate into Sayid being killed. Although, he still has at least one story thread untied: his old girlfriend from Iraq is still alive. Or, Charlie. Charlie isn't essential to any story plot currently going on and doesn't really have any open story threads. Although you could make the same arguement about Hurley. But I don't think the writers would kill off Hurley considering how popular he is among fans. So, Sayid or Charlie. Anyone who has a chance to see this before the show airs tonight, I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or predictions.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

iPod Drama Finale

It seems I haven't kept you guys up-to-date on my iPod drama. As you may remember from my last post on this topic, I had gone to the Apple store and found out that the hard drive on my iPod was dead and my options were limited. Well, shortly after that my mom reminded me that when they had purchased the iPod, they had also bought a product replacement plan from Best Buy. Where Apple has a one year warranty, Best Buy's replacement program was for two years. And I was within that latter time period. So after some time spent dealing with Best Buy, they sent me a gift card loaded with the price of my iPod and the sales tax. Well, yesterday I finally made the trip to Best Buy to buy my second iPod. I bought the 30G video model and, of course, the product replacement plan which has been extended to 3 years. I know some of you might be wondering why I would buy another iPod with a hard drive considering what happened to my last one, why I wouldn't buy the Nano that has a thumb drive. Well, the Nano isn't big enough for me, both in physical and digital size. I think the 30G holds something like 7,500 songs and I forget how many pictures and videos. Wow! Last year when Apple announced the video iPods, I couldn't understand why anyone would want to watch videos on that small screen, but after playing with mine, the resolution and clarity is amazing and I'm hooked! After all this, I still think Steve Jobs is an ass, brilliant but an ass all the same. Thus ends my iPod drama; well, at least until this one craps out on me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lost S3ep4

1. Sawyer backstory this week - YAY! The last scene of his backstory when they revealed that he was working with the authorities to find where the $10 million was to get his prison sentence dropped made me doubt that he has a daughter. It's entirely possible because let's face it: he's a man whore. And statistically it's amazing he doesn't have 4 children running around - but if those authorities are anywhere near as smart as The Others, it wouldn't surprise me at all to find out they had used that as a motivator. Although I admit it would make me so sad that he would be so generous as to give his commission to her and her not be his.

2. Ben has a lot of strength for such a little man. At least it seemed that way when he was throwing Sawyer around pre-bunny.

3. Who's loving Desmond's ESP or future visions or whatever they are? I know I am. I cannot wait to find out that particular story line. In the midst of this last week, I realized my initial thought on this was wrong (that he had somehow travelled to the future). It's so much more than that. Did being at the core of the hatch explosion (or implosion) give him seeing powers? What is it exactly that he sees? Can he channel it? Oh, I hope these are questions they answer.

4. Ben says to Sawyer after the supposed pacemaker that they aren't killers. So what the hell are they?!?! What is their purpose on the island? I know these are questions that we've had from the beginning of even the idea of The Others, but it seems as if we are getting more questions than answers on that particular front.

5. When Kate was changing and Sawyer's heart monitor went off, it had to have been the cutest thing. And I'm sorely disappointed that she "only said that [I love him] to stop [Danny} from hitting him." I'm hoping she just said that to keep Sawyer from knowing how much she cares. After all, he refuses to let her know how much he cares about her. And they're so much alike, is it so hard to wager a guess that she'd take the same strategy? Oh, I hope I'm right!

6. Jack's back in his element in the O.R. "Time of death..." It's almost as if he hasn't spent more than 2 months on an island. Immediately recognizing a tumor - is it Ben's? I would bet either his or Tom's (the gay guy, I think that's his name). And where in the world did The Others manage to get the medical instruments and supplies? What kind of experiment has a stocked O.R.? Or maybe they were doing experimental surgeries?

7. The Others are so freaking smart I can't get over it. They've managed to not only get all this information and take stock of each survivor's personality and character, they know how to reach each one of them. And the best way to reach Sawyer, not through threat of violence or death, but through threat of violence or death for the one thing he cares about: Kate. If she ends up with Jack, I'm going to be so mad at them for all the set-up.

Hump Day Humor: Square Testicles

An elderly woman walked into the Bank of Canada one morning with a purse full of money. She wanted to open a savings account and insisted on talking to the president of the Bank because, she said, she had a lot of money.

After many lengthy discussions (after all, the client is always right) an employee took the elderly woman to the president's office. The president of the Bank asked her how much she wanted to deposit.

She placed her purse on his desk and replied, "$165,000."

The president was curious and asked her how she had been able to save so much money. The elderly woman replied that she made bets.

The president was surprised and asked, "What kind of bets?"

The elderly woman replied, "Well, I bet you $25,000 that your testicles are square."

The president started to laugh and told the woman that it was impossible to win a bet like that.

The woman never batted an eye. She just looked at the president and said, "Would you like to take my bet?"

"Certainly", replied the president. "I bet you $25,000 that my testicles are not square."

"Done", the elderly woman answered. "But given the amount of money involved, if you don't mind I would like to come back at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning with my lawyer as a witness."

"No problem", said the president of the Bank confidently.

That night, the president became very nervous about the bet and spent a long time in front of the mirror examining his testicles, turning them this way and that, checking them over again and again until he was positive that no one could consider his testicles as square and reassuring himself that there was no way he could lose the bet.

The next morning at exactly 10 o'clock the elderly woman arrived at the president's office with her lawyer and acknowledged the $25,000 bet made the day before that the president's testicles were square.

The president confirmed that the bet was the same as the one made the day before. Then the elderly woman asked him to drop his pants etc. so that she and her lawyer could see clearly.

The president was happy to oblige. The elderly woman came closer so she could see better and asked the president if she could touch them.

"Of course", said the president. "Given the amount of money involved, you should be 100% sure."

The elderly woman did so with a little smile. Suddenly the president noticed that the lawyer was banging his head against the wall.

He asked the elderly woman why he was doing that and she replied, "Oh, it's probably because I bet him $100,000 that around 10 o'clock in the morning I would be holding the balls of the President of the Bank of Canada!"

Monday, October 23, 2006

Grey's Anatomy News and Rumors

As I'm sure a lot of you heard last week a story broke about an on-set scuffle between Isaiah Washington (Burke) and Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy) where Isaiah grabbed Patrick by the throat and pushed him. What I had missed in the first run of this story is that apparently Isaiah made some homophobic slurs about and to a fellow castmate, and Patrick was trying to intervene. (Isaiah said to Patrick , "I'm not your little faggot like [Knight].")

In a statement to People magazine, T.R. Knight (George O'Malley) has confirmed that he is gay.

And now, producer's of the show are reportedly looking for a replacement for Burke, meeting allegedly with three possible replacements: Fast Lane's Bill Bellamy, Soul Food's Boris Kodjoe and E.R.'s Eric LaSalle.

This rumor makes me extremely sad that Burke might be leaving as I really do love his character, but now I'm not a fan of Isaiah Washington anymore. Who knew he was such an ass?

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep5

1. McSteamy & Callie in bed together - GROSS! Glad to see that at the end of the episode he was back in bed with Addison. Although bookending the episode with scenes of McSteamy in bed was a great idea! They should do a show of just him in a bed or a towel. I'm not picky.

2. Izzie with a smile. Yes! They timed that perfectly. One more episode and I would have been so frustrated with her. Although her broken record of "I'm fine" reminded me a bit too much of Meredith from last year. If she had continued that past this episode I might have been forced to write her off as well.

3. M&M...what the heck does that stand for? One of those M's has to be malpractice. Murder & Malpractice? Can't be. Muffins & Malpractice, hardly. Interesting scene though. Loved Miranda's line "You don't get to feel better about this and neither do I"

4. Apparently the threat to call someone's mother works even when you're a doctor

5. Burke was so close to doing the right thing! The surgery tonight might have gone well (and that was only because Christina stepped up; Burke was not about to admit a weakness, even to Christina) but it's only a matter of time before someone dies on Burke's table because of his tremor or the truth comes out or both. If only the Chief hadn't opened his big mouth and made Burke feel guilty and that he'd be letting everyone down! Grrr!

6. I love the wacky cases. It's like House but with humor, well most of the time. That pole through two people and the live bomb in the guy last year wasn't that funny. But the daughter of the previously married couple walking in and seeing them in a , er, comprised position was just the cherry on top of an already delicious ice cream sundae.

7. Alex admitted his responsibility in Denny's death and Izzie leaving the program! Growth is Alex and I'm loving it. I'm even more convinced he'll be changing his specialty.

8. Meredith's timing stinks telling McDreamy and I'm so excited. One less episode of them together. Yay! And it looks like they won't be together at least for the majority of next week's too. Woohoo!

9. Miranda hesitated over a problem with a patient that last year she would have taken care of when she was admitted. It broke my heart that she lost her confidence in her abilities as a doctor. But thanks to the Chief, she got it back in time. And put that jackie of a doctor in his place.

10. Best line of the episode: "Oh my god, I mean code blue!"

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Lost S3ep3

1. Yay for Locke! Aside from Sawyer, my favorite character in the show, although not as fun to look at. Granted he's good looking for his age. I just prefer the chiseled abs, long hair and Southern accent of Sawyer. But I digress. I adore Terry Quinn, I think he's a great actor and was sad to see him leave Alias but am so glad it was for Lost because Locke wouldn't be near as much fun if someone else played him.

2. What better way to get someone to listen than have them not talk! Literally not talk! They can't do anything but listen. Brilliant! And I'm so glad to see Locke has his faith in the island back. A 'lost' Locke was seriously not as fun.

3. Yay for Boone being back! The best line of the whole episode "You'll speak when you have something worth saying". Now if that could only apply in the real world. I know my life would be considerably less frustrating.

4. The sequence in the airport where Locke is listening to the island/Boone was so beautifully shot. It kinda reminded me of the video from The Ring, you know the one that if you watched it a week later you died because the girl came out of the TV. Anyway, it was perfect.

5. That hatch hole was huge! How did they come out alive?

6. So Desmond in Hurley's t-shirt reminded me of when my sister and I were younger and we'd wear big t-shirts with belts and make them dresses. Nice legs Desmond!

7. Desmond has somehow gone into the future or came back. Or somehow there's two Desmonds running around. How the hell does that work?

8. At the beginning of this episode I was actually wondering out loud where and when Rodrigo Santoro would make his appearance. Then at the end I got my answer. He's on the beach with the rest of the survivors. Paolo. Not many lines in this episode but considering he's part of the main cast means we must get more screen time with this Brazilian beauty.

9. Scenes for next week: Does Kate finally admit she loves Sawyer? Eek! 7 days to go!

Hump Day Humor: The Test

Three men who were lost in the forest were captured by cannibals. The cannibal king told the prisoners that they could live if they pass a trial. The first step of the trial was to go to the forest and get ten pieces of the same kind of fruit. So all three men went separate ways to gather fruits.

The first one came back and said to the king, "I brought ten apples." The king then explained the trial to him. "You have to shove the fruits up your butt without any expression on your face or you'll be eaten."

The first apple went in... but on the second one he winced out in pain, so he was killed.

The second one arrived and showed the king ten berries. When the king explained the trial to him he thought to himself that this should be easy. 1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8... and on the ninth berry he burst out in laughter and was killed.

The first guy and the second guy met in heaven. The first one asked, "Why did you laugh, you almost got away with it?"

The second one replied, "I couldn't help it, I saw the third guy coming with pineapples."

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep4

What an amazing episode!

1. So much happened in one scene in such quick succession that when the commercials broke in, I sat stunned for a minute. The tension among Meredith, Derek and Addison, straight to the realization that McSteamy is working at Seattle Grace, immediately following which Meredith throws up and people assume she's pregnant, after which a patient blows up his own face. Holy crap! These writers have got to be some of the most brilliant people in TV. What a fantastic scene :-)

2. I've finally found a Meredith I can stand: stoned Meredith! She was hilarious. Up front and honest about everything. From what happened with George to spilling the name McSteamy to the hunk himself. "Dr. Bailey, all my boyfriends are here." So classic. George was so cute when he got embarrassed and all flustered like. Now if only she'd stay stoned throughout the life of the show, I'd be really happy.

3. Christina & Burke - denial is more than a river in Egypt! These two are going to cause serious harm if not actually kill patient(s). What the hell do they think they are doing? At first I thought Christina's determination to stay with Burke while he practice was cute but not anymore. Not when she offers to pick up his slack and say no one has to know. Someone will know and then you're in even bigger trouble. And I could have slapped her when Burke was saying being a surgeon is who he is. Undoubtedly, it is a part, but it is not all of him. Now maybe he doesn't know who he is without being a surgeon, it's a strong possibility. I'm beginning to accept that Christina may love him more for being a great surgeon rather than for him. So I've come to the belief that their days as a couple are numbered which saddens me.

4. Is Alex going to be changing specialties? It certainly seems like that's the direction he's headed in. Especially after he realizes his hero is a huge jerk (more on that in a bit), gynecology isn't so bad and Addison may actually be a decent doctor/person. I'd love to see this character grow in that direction. Alex can't stop being a complete jerk I mean after all that's part of who he is. But I'd love to see him grow his softer side and maybe be a good doctor with a little less ego.

5. That scene with Meredith and Addison was incredible and so touching. "I don't hate you." shows that Addison has accepted that the state of her marriage (or lack thereof) is partly her fault and almost none the fault of Meredith's. Growth, I love it!

6. I was so glad to see that Izzie has received closure. And the next episode looks like she's doing a lot better. She actually made it into the hospital even if it is to clean out her locker. How hard it must be to tell the parents of the man you loved that you killed him. Although we never actually got to see her say those words to Denny Sr. Such a shame, I would have liked to have seen it. Oh and when I saw the check of $8.7 million I think my exact words were "Holy shit!"

7. Finn is the better man! And although she chose McDreamy, at least he realized that. Goodbye Finn, I'll miss you

8. My personal competition between Burke and McSteamy: Burke lost a little ground this week because he makes the easier, less moral decision to not tell anyone that he shouldn't be operating. You could argue that making a less moral decision is not necessarily good cause to lose good faith. And I would answer that when you take the Hippocratic Oath and are responsible for people's lives, you don't get that chance. McSteamy didn't move either direction because he acted like an ass and it was still hot. So, if you're keeping track, that puts McSteamy slightly ahead of Burke.

9. Now my favorite part of this episode: Dr. Bailey. Throughout the episode she represented truth. With Addison it was "no man defines who you are." With the patient and his wife (who by the way was about to drive me nuts with the "but he's a salesman and he has such a nice face"!) it was "it's not about what you look like, or your job, or how successful you are. it's about having people in your life who you love and who love you. that's all that matters". Where was she when Burke was struggling with who he is? She would have smacked some sense into him since Christina is incapable of it!

Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lost S3ep2

1. So why are Sawyer and Kate doing the hard labor while Jack sits beneath an aquarium in the "Hydra"? Could it be that The Others believe that Jack after a period of time and convincing will do whatever it is that they want or need from him? Maybe. Are they hoping to weaken Jack by keeping him away from his friends and thus stopping him from fulfilling his self-appointed goal of "fixing everything"? Well there's definitely another purpose for Sawyer and Kate besides clearing rocks. But I can't tell what yet. Also, does Hydra refer back to the mythological figure? There's got to be more to this post than we know.

2. How could Sawyer be so naive as to not think that The Others are monitoring them? Even if he had a tough time believing they had working technology such as surveillance cameras, how could he not think or realize that people could be out in the jungle listening to their conversations and reporting back? Or maybe that's part of Sawyer's plan. But he's too transparent for that kind of cunning. Well, either way he's going to have to learn fast.

3. Okay, who's surprised that Sun had an affair? Please raise your hands. I definitely did not. I suspected the little devious woman of foul play from the moment she started bullying her husband the way he does her. Actually maybe before when the flashback showed her father's disposition. She had to have inherited some of that vicious personality. Obviously, no one here believes he jumped from the balcony on his own free will. Someone else was there. But who? Sun or her father? Right now, I'm leaning towards Sun. We definitely know she's capable of shooting someone.

4. What happened between Juliet and Ben? Where they married (or the island sense of married)? They were obviously involved in a more personal way than just work. Way too much friction between them not to be. Maybe he cheated on her. Left her for a younger woman. Admittedly, I thought it was Connie at first. But then she was kissing that other guy, I believe she said his name was Denny (or Kenny? Lenny?). Something like that. I'd rewatch it but I need to get some sleep at some point. Anyway, something definitely more personal happened.

5. Alex, clearly she might end up as the survivors saving grace. She certainly saved Claire and Aaron. Does she know her mom is still alive? Why did she not integrate into The Others society as, well, the others? And what's her relation to Carl?

6. During the 1st season, when Jack and his dad both mentioned "and that's why the Red Sox will never win the World Series" I was screaming at the TV "Think again suckers!" And now Ben has showed Jack that the impossible is possible. That when you're down 3 games in a 7 game series, you can come back and win four games in a row and then another four games in a row to clinch the title. Not surprised that Jack didn't believe him at first. 86 years is a long time to build up the cynicism and disbelief. But Jack, the impossible is always possible.

7. Skater - I'm definitely a Skater, in case you couldn't tell by now. And that kiss, H-O-T, HOT! The smile he gives Kate after the kiss, so cute with the crinkle in his eyes and the dimples in his cheeks. Of course, he was just using her to weigh in on the guards and with Sawyer you always have to go deeper, sometimes way deeper, than surface level to see what you're actually getting. But it's my personal belief that he was just killing two birds with one stone.

New OotP Information

The first teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released Friday, November 17 before the movie Happy Feet. WB says people will only be able to see it in theatres. So don't be expecting it online immediately.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Lost S3ep1

Sorry it's taken me so long to post comments for the first episode of the season. I was waiting to see if anyone would be interested in reading it in the first place. So everyone give a big thanks to Boma for her request of blog entries on Lost.

Before I get to the episode, here's my Lost story. When the show premiered two years ago, I had wanted to watch it because I enjoy Dominic Monaghan. Unfortunately, it came on at the same time as an established show of mine. So I went with the precedent. And then last year, I didn't start watching it because I didn't want to jump in the middle. Well, that was until this summer when a good friend of mine (thanks Lin!) informed me Rodrigo Santoro was joining the cast. For those of you who don't know who Rodrigo is, he's been called the "Brazilian Tom Cruise", but I'm not a big fan of that title (and if you have any idea of my feelings on Tom you'd understand). He was Carl on Love Actually and the silent surfer on Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, who was murdered by the creepy thin man. I knew I had to start watching. I Netflixed the first and second seasons so I could catch up, and now I'm a full-fledged Lost fan.

So without further ado, my comments on the first episode:

1. Who the hell are The Others and what is their end game? This episode gave us a little bit more insight into the lives of The Others, but personally I think it gave us more questions than answers. They have book clubs, plumbing, a nice suburban-looking community; they bake muffins and cry to sad songs. But that really doesn't tell us a whole lot except that they've established a community with leaders and social groups.

2. The guy in the cage opposite of Sawyer. Personally, I think he's an Other. It's just too coincidental that he escaped shortly after Sawyer arrived. It was a way to teach Sawyer what would happen to him if he escaped and maybe put a little fear in him. We all know you can't tell Sawyer anything; he's got to figure out on his own. Wonderfully portrayed with the Pavlovian experiment featured as part of Sawyer's story arc in this episode. He's so proud when he finally manages to get the fish biscuit, and I was too. ;-)

3. Jack's anguish over his ex-wife was wonderfully portrayed and mirrored with his anguish over what is happening to his friends.

4. Henry Gale/Ben is creepy. Fantastic actor.

5. What is with the file on Jack?! How did they get it? Do they have files on all the surivivors? How did they know those people would be on that plane. Or is it information they've gathered since the plane crashed, and they developed their lists. If the latter is true, then they must have contact with someone or some group that is not on the island. Obviously, they want to know everything they can about the group of people sharing their island. Do they know all the connections? Like that Ana Lucia was Jack's dad's bodyguard? That Claire might be Jack's half-sister? I'd argue that they know the latter. What about Desmond? Do they have a file on him?

6. Sawyer and Kate, period, end of story. The look he gives her when they meet for the first time in this episode melted my knees. OMG! Yummy yum yum. Yes please!!!

BTW - I heard that we're only going to get six episodes before the show goes on hiatus until February. I'm just going to have to buy the previous seasons to make it through.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep3

1. Super Megan. What a terrible thing it would be to go through life and not feel any pain. I know what you're thinking. Why would I want to experience pain when it hurts so freakin much! Pain and being able to distinguish it as pain is what makes us human. It's what helps us to grow. So yes, I feel sorry for people are incapable of feeling it. They are missing out on one of the most incredible emotions.

2. I don't really love the way Christina tried to help Burke at the end. It was so rough and harsh. But that's Christina. And turning her into a big mush mess would be worse.

3. Finn and McDreamy. Why can't they just act like grown men? Ruining each other's date like that. Meredith will make her decision (McDreamy) when she's ready and all of the bribing and snide comments won't change her mind. But I guess in a pissing contest they never are grown men.

4. I'm glad Izzie didn't make it back in the hospital yet. The third episode just seemed to soon for her to be going back to work. And she looks a lot homelier but that's understandable considering what she's been through.

5. Cally (sp?) gets on my nerves. I get that she really likes George. But she's just creepy.

6. That guy with the brain surgery was heart breaking when he couldn't remember his son's name. I was actually saying cup out loud when he was trying to say it.

7. McSteamy as a regular cast member is a dream come true. Only now I'm completely torn. Burke or McSteamy? Right now they're both tied as McSteamy isn't backing down from what he want but Burke is so sad recovering from surgery. Stay tuned during the season to see who wins.

LOST FANS - Anyone interested in a similar blog for Lost?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep2

1. Why are they dragging out this love triangle of Meredith, Finn and McDreamy? We all know she's going to pick McDreamy. Just get the agony over with already. Maybe this is really annoying me because she annoys me...

2. I love Burke's mom and specifically how she tells Christina what she needs to hear! Thank you sista! Christina is selfish, and if she wants to keep Burke (or rather I want them to stay together), she is going to have to grow up. And hopefully, we saw the first steps toward that when she called him...Preston. :-)

3. The guy with the brain tumor...hilarious. Esp when he told McDreamy to mount Meredith right there. OMG! They do make eyes at each way too much.

4. Grey's definitely doesn't disappoint with the medical cases. They continue to be oddball...kid with a tree through his gut. Definitely a good thing I don't work in the medical field.

5. I wonder how long Torrez lived in the hospital before the Chief found her. I wonder why should moved into the hospital in the first place. I know she told George something about being closer to work and possibly another reason which I can't remember. But can you imagine the drama if it was something else like she's a homeless psycho who is squatting in the hospital and decided to pretend being a doctor?

6. Bailey and Izzie's moment of reconciliation. I absolutely adore those times when we get to see the softer side of Miranda. And this one didn't disappoint.

7. Okay so on the whole, I thought this episode was lacking something from last week's. It didn't seem as good. And then the bathroom door opened in Addison's hotel room and out strolls McSteamy! Let's pause here for a fantasy. *Hhhhhmmmm McSteamy!* I curse the inventor of bath towels! Darn you! *Shakes fist* They were so close to getting the money shot, and you denied me! I shall have my revenge Mr. Towel Inventor Guy!!!! BTW - The show is paused on my TiVo when he's standing there with his right hip exposed. I can't seem to get enough. It's a safe bet that this episode will remain on my TiVo for a long time solely for this scene.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Grey's Anatomy S3ep1

For all you Grey's Anatomy addicts like me, my first impressions from the first episode of the third season:

1. Loved the flashbacks. Finally, we got a chance to see the major events that caused the avalanche. And besides Meredith on the merry-go-round, I felt they were all relevant.

2. Dr. Bailey, aka the Nazi. I loved getting to see the human side of her. I almost lost it several times during this episode. Mainly, when she had to identify Denny and then she apologized, and when she told Omar his wife didn't make it and later she's sitting in the hallway because she doesn't have the strength to move. LOVED IT!

3. Dr. Burke. WTF! We only got to see him in the last few minutes of the episode. I would have preferred much more Burke time. Also, not a big fan of Christina's "don't die". When the scene began, I thought here we go, we're going to get to see the human side of Christina. And then she said that cheesy line, and it totally ruined it.

4. FINN! I adore Finn. And I'm going to state here for the record, I think Meredith should choose Finn. But what I think she's going to do....choose McDreamy. And if there's a race or a ring, I'm throwing my hat in. I heart Finn!

5. Izzy, perfect.

6. Addison, perfect.

7. The way the first half was shot I got the feeling like everyone was going about the day without a clue as to what's going on or what to do, especially all the scenes at the hospital. But at the house with Izzy, I was there right along with her and moving slowly. And for some reason, those feeling disappeared later in the show. I no longer felt the anguish of the day after that night where everything seemed to happen. That's a shame. I would have liked to have seen that carried throughout the episode. It really drew me in as a viewer and made me part of the team.

So, what do you guys think? I needed some other topics to blog about besides Harry, so I thought I'd throw in some of my views regarding Grey's. Should I continue throughout the season? What did you like? What didn't you like? What would you like to see?

Thursday, September 7, 2006

R.A.B.

I'm going on vacation, (2 hours and 15 minutes and counting!) and I won't be checking my email (or MySpace). So I thought I'd leave you with some thoughts I've been chewing on for a week or so while I'm gone.

In HBP, Harry finds the fake locket Horcrux with a note to Voldy from the mysterious R.A.B. Lets assume for all intensive purposes that R.A.B. is Regulus Black, Siriuss little brother. [In fact, according to
Red Hen Publications, Rowling has tacitly admitted as much.]

We know that Voldy had ordered a death sentence for Reggie. But why might he have done that? Well, from what we know about the Dark Lord, Reggie a) found out something secret about our fav villain, b) pissed him off, or c) scared him. But lets reserve that last option for Dumbledore.

Quite possibly he pissed him off, by deciding not to be a DeathEater anymore. But why doesnt Voldy just punish him they way he does other disobedient or lazy DEs? Maybe because Reggie also found out a secret. Lets take a look at that note (not in diamond form as in the books, but use your imagination):

To the Dark LordI know I will be dead long before you read thisbut I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret.I have stolen the real Horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can.I face death in the hope that when you meet your match,you will be mortal once more.R.A.B.

Weve all assumed that the secret referred to in the note is that of the Horcruxes. But maybe not. In fact, Voldy has bragged to his DEs about going down the road towards immortality farther than any other witch or wizard. Is it such a stretch to think that maybe hes entrusted the hiding and protection of said sacred objects to very loyal DEs? Possibly Bellatrix? Consider Spinners End in which Bella brags to Snape about being entrusted in the past by the Dark Lord with his most precious Very curious.

Also, just because the subject is banned from Hogwarts, does not mean that there arent books somewhere that contain information on Horcruxes. Maybe the Blacks had such a book or two in their library. Reggie may have already knew what a Horcrux was when he might have heard Voldy bragging about immortality or Bella boasting about Voldys Most Precious. It wouldnt have taken him long to put the two together to make four.

So what was the secret?
Voldemort is really half-blood and not the pure-blood he claims to be.

But why should this have mattered to Reggie?

Consider the Black family for a moment. They prided themselves on how far back their pure-blood line goes. Mrs. Blacks portrait rants and raves about mud-bloods and blood traitors in her house. Their family motto is Tourjurs Pur (always pure).

So Reggie discovers that Voldemort is really a hypocrite and begotten by a Muggle father. I cant exactly say how he found out but maybe it has something to do with the fact that his mothers, Walburga Black, time at Hogwarts overlapped with Tom Riddles. Anyway, this information made him so intensely angry that he could no longer be part of the fraudulent team.

Ding ding ding! I think weve found a winner.

Reggie threatened to reveal his secret, and Voldy couldnt allow him to continue to live. Reggie, knowing that his head was on the proverbial chopping block, set out to swap the real Horcrux with a fake one including a note thumbing his nose to the Dark Lord.

So how did Reggie succeed in pulling off the swap? That, my children, is a story for another time.

Thoughts anyone?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

For my fellow marketers....

Seth Godin, who many consider to be a marketing guru, reflects on morality in marketing. Does such a thing even exist? When I was in school, admittedly not that long ago, I never considered the impact of my chosen career on the public and their behaviors and attitudes. However, I knew even then I did not have the stomach, or maybe the immorality, to market for a tobacco or pharmaceutical company. Mr. Godin does a much better job of breaking down a marketer's moral responsibility than I could. And it's definitely something all marketers should reflect on...

Monday, August 28, 2006

Finally, an answer to that burning question of why I'm not married

Some of you may have heard by now of a column that appeared on Forbes.com about marriage and career women. According to the extremely deluded misogynist, Michael Noer, men should avoid marrying career women at all costs. He states that career women make for rocky marriages and are more likely to get divorced, cheat and be unhappy about having kids, or not having kids. What classifies a career woman you ask? She must have at least a bachelor's degree, work more than 35 hours a week outside the home, and make more than $30,000 a year. Well, that would definitely put me in the category of career women. So thank you Mr. Noer for clarifying for me why I'm not married and also easing my mind about any possibility in the future. Now I can concentrate fully on my career.

My main problem with his arguments: he puts all the blame on the women. I may not be married but I know that marriage is about two people and the adaptation, change and compromise that goes along with it. Maybe career women are more likely to get divorced but that also means that they're smart enough not to stay in a situation that's not good for them. Don't worry girls, Forbes eventually posted a response to Mr. Noer's column written by one of those married career women entitled "Don't marry a lazy man" Amen!

Thoughts anyone?

Finally, an answer to that burning question of why I'm not married

Some of you may have heard by now of a column that appeared on Forbes.com about marriage and career women. According to the extremely deluded misogynist, Michael Noer, men should avoid marrying career women at all costs. He states that career women make for rocky marriages and are more likely to get divorced, cheat and be unhappy about having kids, or not having kids. What classifies a career woman you ask? She must have at least a bachelor's degree, work more than 35 hours a week outside the home, and make more than $30,000 a year. Well, that would definitely put me in the category of career women. So thank you Mr. Noer for clarifying for me why I'm not married and also easing my mind about any possibility in the future. Now I can concentrate fully on my career.

My main problem with his arguments: he puts all the blame on the women. I may not be married but I know that marriage is about two people and the adaptation, change and compromise that goes along with it. Maybe career women are more likely to get divorced but that also means that they're smart enough not to stay in a situation that's not good for them. Don't worry girls, Forbes eventually posted a response to Mr. Noer's column written by one of those married career women entitled "Don't marry a lazy man" Amen!

Thoughts anyone?

Monday, August 14, 2006

My Weekend

So I had a pretty uneventful weekend. But a couple things really stood out:

1. IKEA - This was like my 3rd or 4th time at IKEA in Frisco. And it's always crowded and I usually have to park at the far reaches of the parking lot. Well, Saturday I go to pick up some minor essentials and I spend 10 minutes driving around trying to find a parking spot in the main lot. 10 MINUTES! People were parking in the dirt lot; they were parking in the far reaches of the Dr. Pepper Park lot (the part closest to IKEA). Wow. My guess: kids going off to college and their parents all decided to go to IKEA Saturday for those dorm essentials. And let me tell you....they kept getting in my way.

2. Harry Potter book club - So as most of you know, I am a devoted JK Rowling and Harry Potter fan. I discuss some of my theories here on my blog as well as read many online. Oh, and I also keep tabs via podcasts. But I had really wanted to discuss my theories and hear other people's theories in person. So when I found a Harry Potter book club nearby I was stoked and couldn't wait for the first meeting I could attend. Let's just say, I'm not as hard core as the people in this group I met with yesterday. They didn't dress up for the meeting. But they have HP parties where costumes are required. Two of them had recently returned from a HP Fan Tour, which sounded kinda cool until I looked it up and realized it was $2300 excluding train and plain tickets!!! One girl brought two Snape dolls that she had made with her because she's obsessed with our favorite Potions master. I have no problem with people getting that into a subject like HP, I sorted myself to see what House I'd be in, maybe someday I'll get a t-shirt or something, but that hardcore devotion, it's just not me.

I'm interested in your thoughts on cult fandom like this... (also think Star Trek, Star Wars)

Friday, August 4, 2006

RELEASE DATE FOR 6TH HARRY MOVIE!!!

For all you Harry fans out there, WB has announced Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released in theatres November 21, 2008.

Steve Kloves will return to write the screenplay. A director has yet to be announced.

Let the countdown begin!!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is slated to be released in theatres July 13, 2007.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Jo answers HP questions

At the second of two charity readings she has participated in New York, JK Rowling answered some BIG questions for audience members last night. Here's the report I found:

- Other than Harry, Jo would most want to bring Hagrid into the real world.
- There's more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye, and we'll find out what's unique about her in Book 7.
- Don't expect Dumbledore to pull a Gandalf.- Dumbledore IS really dead. "Everyone needs to move through the five stages of grief" and get past his death. She also apologizes to DumbledoreIsNotDead.com for ruining the purpose of their site.
- Jo's future after Potter includes taking a long break from writing. She also plans to release a young children's book (currently half-written) that is shorter than any Potter novel.
- The librarians in the Potter novels have to be evil, otherwise the students would have nice librarians to help them find all the information they need. "Hermione wouldn't have to do any work!"
- Author Salman Rushdie came up with his son to ask, after a detailed theory, if Snape is good or bad. Jo replied that "your opinion was correct." Rushdie's opinion, unfortunately, was hard to follow.
- After being asked if there was one question fans should have asked by now but haven't, Jo couldn't reference any question in particular.
- While taking a shower before the reading today, Jo said that she had come up with a different title for book seven that would work better than her current title. No word on which title will be used, though.
- Stephen King said he was scared of Death Eaters, to which Jo replied, "I scared Stephen King."
- Moderator Soledad O'Brien asked the three authors who from their books they'd invite to dinner. Stephen immediately said he'd invite Harry and Hermione.
- While Jo is listing the characters who she'd invite to dinner, she names the trio but then pauses. The crowd begins to shout out other characters, but Jo responds, "I'm the only one who knows who lives through the series," accidentally implying that she could only list characters who make it through the final book. Her final two choices (after realizing what she said) were Dumbledore and Hagrid.

I hate to say I told you so to those people out there who earnestly believed Dumbledore was still alive, but Jo herself told us that Avada Kedavra is unblockable and magic can't bring people back from the dead. It is a hard truth to swallow but accept it we must. Especially considering how likely it is that we'll lose Harry in the last book. As we get closer to finding out, I'm becoming more convinced that he won't survive. I guess I'm just preparing myself for the worst.

One last note: for those Harry/Hermione shippers out there: it's not in the cards. During one of the Q&A sessions in New York, Jo reportedly said it is Ron who will win Hermione's heart in Book 7. On a slightly personal perspective: Yay for Ron & Hermione!

For a more in-depth report of the charity readings.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Harry Potter & Reading

I've always suspected that HP has had a great impact on more children and teenagers, and possibly young adults, reading (a cause I very much support!). Here are some of the results of a study on kid's reading attitude and behaviors Scholastic has released:

- 51% of HP readers, aged 5-17, say they had not read before for fun
- 65% say they're now doing better in school as a result of their newfound interest in reading
- More boys than girls read the books (57% vs. 51%) (surprising, seeing as more girls than boys visit MuggleNet)
- 62% of boys felt it important to read the books to feel "in" with their friends while only 44% of girls felt the same
- Almost 60% of 9 to 11-year-olds have read the books; 70% are interested in re-reading them
- 63% of 12 to 14-year-olds have read the books; 69% are interested in re-reading them
- 57% of 15 to 17-year-olds have read the books; 60% are interested in re-reading them

ATTENTION!
Beginning December 29, 2006, the first three HP movies will no longer be available to buy in DVDs. GoF won't be pulled from shelves until February 9, 2007. So buy your copies now if you haven't already! Currently, there is no word on any plans to rerelease in the future.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

You want to do what?!

I went to see the doctor this morning. Because I've recently moved to Dallas, this would be a new doctor for me. I explained to him a pain I sometimes get in my right side. It's a sharp, stabbing pain that I get with no regularity and it only lasts a minute or two. After he asked some questions about the pain, he told me he suspected it had something to do with my gall bladder. And he told me about a series of tests he wants to do to determine it's some horribly unpronounceable medical name relating to my gall bladder. Then he says, we might have to surgically remove it. What?! But there's nothing to worry about. Because apparently he's had two other female patients who complained about a similar pain and have had their gall bladders removed and they're just fine. And still I'm thinking: you want to do what?! So I gave the bloodsuckers in the lab some of the high quality stuff and now I have to schedule an ultra-sound. Man, I hope I don't come back from that ultra-sound and find out I'm pregnant!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Thoughts for Today

Women and aging gracefully.
I was in this meeting the other day with a very prominent public relations professional in Dallas named Stan. Now Stan's been in the game for a long time so it's safe to assume he's in his early to mid 60s. His wife helped him start his firm back in the day. So it's also safe to assume that's she's not exactly a young'un either. Well when she walked in towards the back end of the meeting I was stunned. She looked younger than I had expected. But as soon as I saw her hands I realized what the buggaboo was. She definitely had a face lift and/or botox. Not to mention her lips. They were definitely Goldie Hawn lips. But her hands gave her away. Why go through all the time and money of getting your face to look 20 years younger just to have you hands reveal your real age? Why can't some women realize that there is no shame in getting older: everyone does it.

Men and bald spots.
I have season tickets to the summer show at Bass Hall with my parents. At the show this week, there was a man who sat in front of us wearing the loudest shirt and sporting the worst combover I've ever seen. Bald or balding men can be sexy. But what is most definitely NOT sexy is a combover. I guess some men prefer to hide the fact that they're getting older too. That shame isn't limited to women.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Steve Jobs is my least favorite person

My worst fears were confirmed today. I took my iPod into the Apple store today. And the guy at the Genius Bar said my harddrive is completely dead. So I have three options; actually I guess four.
» They can replace my iPod with the same model for $249.» I can give my iPod to the iPod Recycling program and receive 10 percent off of a new iPod of my choice.» I can try iPod Rescue, a non-Apple company that supposedly fixes iPods. The price I don't know yet.» I can either buy another brand of mp3 players or don't do anything.


My complaint with all of this is the iPod Recycling program. I don't have a problem with the actual recycling, in fact I think that's pretty brilliant. It's the discount, well not the discount itself but the amount of the discount. I buy an iPod and spend several hundred dollars on the Apple product. It dies on me and, let's say, I decide to buy a new one. I'm staying loyal to the Apple brand and participating in the recycling program. Why shouldn't I get a bigger discount for being such a loyal customer? It's a crock of shit. I understand that Apple is a for-profit company, but they can afford to give a little bigger discount for customers returning to the Apple family.

The good news though: the Genius behind the Bar didn't think it was the AM/FM transmitter that caused my harddrive to die. In his words, they're destined to die at some point. He doesn't believe the transmitter caused it in anyway. I'll still be wary of using it again (if I ever get another iPod), but it's still good to know!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Katie Couric

Yesterday I received a call from an account executive with CBS Channel 11 Dallas. This was a contact I had only met last week through a series of quick events. Anywho, he invited myself and my boss to a fundraising luncheon today for the American Cancer Society where Katie Couric would serve as the keynote speaker. Of course we said yes. Someone invites you to a luncheon where Katie Couric is speaking and we dont have to pay for the price of the plate, wed be fools to turn it down. Katie is one of a small group of people I would do just about anything to hear speak in person. The only other woman (alive that is) that ranks as high as Katie on my list (if not higher) would be Oprah. And Ill admit it, this being my first fundraiser of this caliber I was a bit nervous, especially considering the distinct possibility of having to fend off sales people by myself as my boss might not have made it (but lucky for me he did). Still over all, the program did not disappoint. It moved quickly and Katie was incredible to hear speak in person. Her speech centered around her personal story with her husband dying from colon cancer and her sister from pancreatic cancer with most of the time spent on her experience with her husband. This was a story I vaguely knew but she went through the details of the first doctors visit, the warning signs they ignored, etc. She emphasized her efforts since his death to raise public awareness for colon cancer and for early detection. And she said something that I had never thought of before: To not take care of yourself, to think of yourself as immortal and not get the screening you should, is selfish. There are people that love you and depend on you that would be crushed if something happened to you. And to ignore your health is selfish. She apparently can't stand when people say So-and-so survived because he had the will to live. Cemeteries are filled with people who had the will to live, but luck and biology werent on their sides. Her goal was to get more people comfortable talking about colon cancer. And I would say she accomplished that especially considering her on air colonoscopy on The Today Show. Apparently, the prep is worse than the test, but then we wont have cameras on us during the procedure watching our every move. You have to admire her determination to raise the awareness and increase the number of people who receive the test. She has stayed consistent in her message. Even nearly 9 years after her husband died, you can tell it still as a big effect on her. Her ending comment after accepting a pair of cowboy boots for the open invitation to the Cattle Barrons Ball was all-Katie: Just think, the next time you tell a friend to stick it where the sun dont shine, youll be doing a good thing. Katie is as personable and down-to-earth as she appears on TV and all-in-all, it was a good experience and a lot of fun. And when she said she cared about all of us, I actually believed her (although if I hadn't seen her in person I might not have) because she's that sincere (Call me naive if you must).

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Death sentence for Harry Potter?

Its been all over the news: Harry Potter is going to die!! Well, thats the spin at least that the media is putting on an interview Jo did on Richard and Judy Monday. (Richard and Judy is a talk show I believe on BBC, although I could be wrong.) Transcript or video if you havent seen it yet. What she actually said, she can see why some authors prefer to kill off their main characters because then no one besides her will have control over that character and they cant write sequels. A valid point I might add. She did say that shes given one character a reprieve but two others will be killed. She said they are major characters. In todays (June 28) issue of USA Today, Melissa (webmaster at www.the-leaky-cauldron.org) and Emerson (webmaster at www.mugglenet.com) were asked the likelihood of six major characters being killed. What I find interesting in this article is no one mentions Hagrid.

In the alchemy theory (thanks to John Granger Looking for God in Harry Potter), original material (such as lead or another base metal) is taken through three stages (the black, the white and the red), which changes said material to gold through spiritual development and perfection. Hes compared these three stages to the final three books of the series. According to Granger, OotP represents the black stage finishing in the necessary devastation of the black matter. This is symbolized by the death of Sirius Black. HBP logically is the white, or purifying, stage. In the white stage, the original material having been broken down in the black stage is concentrated and purified. Think spiritually for a second: the ego takes a step back and gets a broader view on the situation. Also, Albus is Latin for white. Harry does a lot of growing up in HBP and has accepted what he needs to do. He even breaks up with Ginny because he doesnt want to endanger her. Following this theory, one of the most logical characters with his head on the proverbial chopping block for Book 7 would be Hagrid (Rubeus means red).

Another theory Im a little fond of, mainly because of the literary implications, is that Ron will die. *Gasp!* There are
a few arguments for why Ron could die in Book 7. My favorite would be the giant chess game from PS/SS. As we all remember, Ron sacrificed himself so Harry could move forward to catch Snape/Quirrell. Could this possibly be foreshadowing the end of the series? Ron sacrifices himself so Harry can move forward to catch Snape (the real one this time?)? Part of me would like to think not just because I hate the idea of the Trio not finishing together. But its definitely a strong possibility.

Voldemort I think will die. Some argue that Voldy will be die but Tom Riddle will live. Im not a fan of this theory mainly because hes split his soul so many times and been so corrupted by evil and his ambition for power, I dont think there is enough of Tom Riddle that exists within him to sustain him in life.

Snape, I think has a fifty-fifty chance. He could be killed for being a traitor (whether hes good or evil, hes been a traitor. See previous blog for discussion on Snape). He also could remain alive and be tortured by his actions for the rest of his life.

Harry like I said earlier, I think she has a valid point where she might kill him off at the end. Although I would really hate to see that.

So as of now, my guesses would be Ron and Hagrid. (I dont think Voldemort counts as part of the two she mentioned.) Although no matter who it is, Ill be reading Book 7 with a box of tissues.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Severus Snape

There are so many things I want to discuss about Harry Potter. With limited time and funds, I thought Id try to post a few blogs on some of the theories Ive heard.

*I suggest that youve read all six released books or you might have some plot lines spoiled for you. Youve been warned.*

Severus Snape. Hes the character we all love to hate. Hes extremely complex and thats what makes him so interesting. Is he evil? Is he good? Did he have a plan with Dumbledore that required Snape to Avada Kedavra him and Dumbledore didnt let Harry in on the secret? Im not going to attempt to say that Snape is either evil or good (because personally Im still on the fence). What I do think is that Snape is in it for himself, and weve only been told part of the story. We get the facts through the Harry-filter (the story is told from Harrys point of view so his assumptions are our assumptions and his opinions are ours). Jo is brilliant at this particular tactic. She waves a piece of information in front of us as fact through Harry and we are thrown off what is actually the truth. For example, why exactly did Dumbledore trust Snape so explicitly? We all know the answer Dumbledore told Harry: Snape felt sorry that his actions caused the deaths of Lily and James. But think about this: Snape and James hated each other; it was a mutual hatred. So, why would Snape regret his actions? Some will say that maybe he wasnt all bad and felt sorry especially considering that James saved his life. However, I still believe that despite these arguments it is not a strong enough reason for Dumbledore to trust Snape so much. Which brings us to the obvious question: why did Dumbledore trust Snape? I honestly, have no idea. Hopefully, this is one of many questions that will be answered in the seventh, and final *sob*, book.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Bloody Apple!!!!

Bloody Apple!!! My iPod is acting up again. This morning, after a person on the train rudely woke me up to ask me to turn it down when she was talking loudly, Austen (my iPod) starting pausing in the middle of a song and then moving on to the next one (that is without finishing the initial song). Ugh!!!! Luckily, I got it fixed by the time I got to my office, or so I thought. This afternoon on my trek back across the Metroplex, it started doing it again when I was trying to listen to Blue October's Foiled. So I switched to Dashboard Confessional. Things were going smoothly. Then again with the skipping songs while listening to Dashboard Confessional. So I tried my previous methods for fixing it but to no avail. And now, once again, Austen is wiped blank. Double Ugh!!!!!