My dog meets the darnedest people on our daily walks.
Exhibit A: Young Lady, Upper West Side.
She looked pleasant and sunny and harmless. Rory used his classic curl-around-your-legs-like-a-cat maneuver that no one can resist. She immediately plopped down on the sidewalk, and they began to cuddle.
After a couple of minutes of this instant friendship, Rory was ready to move on, the corner dog store in his sights.
As the young lady stood up to leave, she said, “I’m surprised he didn’t eat any of the ants on the sidewalk.”
“Ants?” I hadn’t noticed any. “Well, I’m glad he didn’t. Not sure how those would have gone down.”
“I’ve eaten ants before,” she said with a small smile. “They taste like lemon. That’s probably why your dog wasn’t interested.”
Probably. And now we all know.
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Friends, Humor, Life, Walking
Tagged animals, ants, cat dog, dog store, dog walks, Dogs, friends, Humor, instant friendship, lemons, life, New York City, no picnic, sidewalk, tastes like lemon, Upper West Side, walking
First of all, I want to clarify –
This is not a rant. Think of it more as a ‘huh.’
Yesterday a package arrived at my door. It was addressed to a man who hasn’t lived here in almost six years.
I quickly deduced he had selected his old address by accident while shopping online, so I called the company to see if I could help correct his error.
(How nice am I?)
Turns out the company’s customer service just isn’t set up for this type of communication. All their scripts are for customers, not people like me trying to assist another customer. The representative I spoke with understood the situation and was definitely working with me to help correct it, but she refused — or maybe wasn’t allowed to? — say anything that was not in her script.
So nothing she said to me made any sense.
Even after we figured out how to resolve the shipment error, she thanked me for my order and hoped I would return again.
You know? Probably not.
Posted in Humor, Relationships, Business, Life, Technology, Commentary
Tagged Internet, online shopping, Humor, life, technology, Business, customer service, commentary, script, rant, shipment, lost package, lost in translation, return to sender, customer service representative
Yesterday Vulture looked at “Six Forgotten Teen Films of the Late ’90s and Early ’00s.“
Erika Christensen, who currently portrays Julia on TV’s Parenthood, starred in one of the movies on the list, a 2003 drama about a high school shooting called Home Room.
I missed that one — actually, I haven’t seen any of the films listed, making the article title really hit home — but I did see Erika in a movie she made a year earlier:
(Did you see it? If not, watch Lifetime any weekend.)
In the film, Erika’s character Madison transfers to a new high school, has a one-night stand with the school’s star swimmer (Jesse Bradford, whose character already has a girlfriend…dude), and then turns into this bizarre stalker chick.
It is a B-movie classic.
I recognized Erika in the first episode of Parenthood and sometimes still expect her to be that Swimfan stalker. There was even an episode where she took to the pool to teach her young daughter Sydney how to swim.
There was lots of screaming.
Posted in Blogs, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Magazines, Movies, Television
Tagged B-movie, blogs, celebrities, commentary, don't go in the water, entertainment, Erika Christensen, high school, high school shooting, Home Room movie, Humor, Internet, Jesse Bradford, Julia Braverman, Lifetime TV, magazine, Movies, online article, Parenthood, stalker, swim team, Swimfan movie, swimming, swimming lessons, Sydney Graham, teen films, Television, Vulture.com
Kevin Costner does good sports movies.
Field of Dreams. Bull Durham. Tin Cup. And my personal favorite, For Love of the Game.
So his latest film — centered on the day of the NFL draft — had me at the trailer. Costner may not deliver in every film (Waterworld comes to mind), but when it comes to sports –
And Draft Day does not disappoint.
The NFL was squarely behind this movie, so all the teams are real franchises. Costner manages the Cleveland Browns and wheels and deals with teams like the Seattle Seahawks. There are so many cameos by NFL players and ESPN announcers, you kinda forget it’s a movie; it certainly looks like the actual draft that you’ve seen on TV.
The only clunky part for me is the romantic relationship. While it can be an integral part in films like For Love of the Game, here Costner’s scenes with co-star Jennifer Garner grind the action to a halt. While she certainly has reason to distract him, you have to wonder why a sports fan like her would.
It’s draft day, for cripes sake!
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Sports
Tagged Bull Durham, celebrities, Cleveland Browns, commentary, Draft Day movie, entertainment, ESPN, Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game, Humor, I believe, Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, movie, movie trailer, NFL Draft, NFL players, review, romantic relationship, Seattle Seahawks, Sports, sports franchise, Tin Cup, Waterworld, wheels and deals
Since BuzzFeed had so much fun today combining foods into truly creative takes on your morning toast, I didn’t think they’d mind if I added yet another ingredient:
Mr. Toast himself, Heywood Banks!
If you’re not familiar with Heywood, check out this classic Egg. Then visit his website and sing for your daily bread.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Food, Humor, Internet
Tagged Buzzfeed, celebrities, comedian, comedy, daily bread, entertainment, food, Heywood Banks, Humor, Internet, percussion, toast, website, Yay Toast