Tuesday, November 30, 2004

it's tuesday

And that means it's Amazing Race Tuesday.

Next on The Amazing RaceTuesday, November 30 10PM ET/PT
-One Team is hit with a surprise leaving the Pit Stop that lights a fire under them to race hard for the entire leg.

-A simple Detour task turns grueling driving several teams to switch tasks out of frustration, and bringing another team to its knees with exhaustion.
-One Racer is touched by the effort of her teammate, who battles through what seems like an impossible task. Will the Racer's persistence pay off in the end?
-During a Detour, a screaming match between teammates prompts sideline comments from other Teams. Could the constant bickering cause the Team to break down?

Hmmm. Not sure what this surprise will be. Maybe a new rule is revealed.
I'm thinking that maybe gus battles through an almost impossible task or perhaps it's Mary Jean. For some reason I think it's someone a little older.
And the screaming match has to be either a Jon/Victoria moment or a Lori/Bolo moment. Because of the sideline comments, I think it's a Jon/Victoria thing.
They have a website by the way: jonathan and victoria. She also has her own website...I guess she was a playboy bunny. She's small and cute like a bunny I guess.


want to make me swear?

It's pretty easy really.
At 7:35 am (that time where it's not really dark but not really light) start running accross the street just as it turns red. Then, start crossing your next street on the green arrow and make a "what the fuck do you think you're doing, I'm the pedestrian, I have the right of way" face as the line of cars starts to go....pause in the middle so that the car in front of me thinks you've come to your senses and starts to move (hence I also start to move) and then take that back and start walking again so that we all have to hit the breaks because not only are you in the way, but the arrow has ended and the car in front of me is about to get hit by oncoming traffic...why? BECAUSE YOU ARE STUPID!
(i love mornings....)

Monday, November 29, 2004

complainers

Some people are just complainers. They will complain about everything and anything. I hope I am not one of those people.
If I am, I will learn not to be.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

the "official" store of christmas

So the new slogan for the Hudson's Bay Company is that they are the "Official store of Christmas". How on earth can there be an official store of Christmas? Are they paying royalties to Christmas to be able to make such a claim??? Honestly people. Not only are they making claims they shouldn't be able to make, but now Christmas is even more commercialized than ever before.
Sure, most people aren't actually celebrating the birth of Christ anymore (they're celebrating the birth of Santa), but if nothing else, can they be celebrating a time of good will and togetherness and peace and all that? Nope, they have to go into debt and buy "more than they came for" at the official store of Christmas.
Bah Humbug I say to that.

the amazing race 6 episode 2

Tuesday hath come and gone, as has another episode of the best show on television. It looks like judging from the previews from next week's episode (some sort of frustrating task in an Ikea warehouse) they are hitting most of Scandinavia this season. The poor poor people of Scandinavia...
I think we had an amazing race first in that the teams had to form two teams and work together to row accross a fjord in a viking boat. One boat rocked, the other was disasterous. We also discovered that there is a "new rule" stating that any one individual can only do SIX roadblocks in the race. This would have killed Chip and Kim last season.
Team Boring(Kris and Jon) had a great leg of the race. Again, even though they finished first, not much focus on them because they seem to be focused on winning the race. So far they are nice to eachother and supportive. Apparently that doesn't make good TV.
Team Abuse/Botox(Jonathan and Victoria) managed to come in second. Clearly because of Jonathan's stellar map reading skills because he was "so proud of himself" whilst his wife needed to "look inside herself". In one of those out of race interview moments, Jonathan said that Victoria's big weakness was that she was a person who panics. Well dude, your big weakness is that you're an ass. Maybe you should use your Jedi mind tricks on yourself. You must actually have them and are using them on your wife so that she stays with you.
Team Comeback(Gus and Hera) had a GREAT leg. Maybe his CIA skills are what helped them navigate and play those Viking games. I wonder how the people of Norway feel to be represented by Viking games...ah well. I thought they worked together quite well. We learned from Gus that they are both stubborn. In this case though, I think daughter will usually back down to CIA man's convictions.
Team disaster iminent (Hayden and Aaron) had a frustrating leg. Kudos to Aaron for keeping it together after a disasterous roller ski experience. When he cracked himself on that stone wall and managed not to blow up I was surprised. I could see the danger a rumbling as she kept up with the "sorry baby" the entire roller ski trip. They fought most of the way in the car. My favourite moment was his out of the race interview where he said "she's bossy...but I like that about her". He sounds kind of whipped to me.
Team 'roid rage (Lori and Bolo) seemed a little more laid back this leg, though their roller ski experience wasn't very good either. Actually, I'm having a hard time remembering much about their performance this leg. I do know it was funny to watch the muscle twins roller ski though.
Team hellboy (Adam and Rebecca) know how to manipulate eachother. She made him take his sunglasses off in the boat so that he could see better while rowing. He left the glasses in the boat and yelled at her for it. He is not going to speak to her ever again if she says something about him taking off glasses ever again. She chose the perfect time to tell him that she wasn't sure she was 'feeling it' between them anymore...at the train station. He decides that the best way to deal with that is to threaten suicide by jumping on the tracks. Good move hellboy. She was glad that he was "very remorseful" about their fight. Good luck to the two of them. (oh yes, and he cried for his mommy whilst doing the zip line down the ski jump)
Team Oldy Olderson(Don and Mary Jean) had one of the best lines of the episode. When buying train tickets, Don asked if there was a senior discount, "you know, for old people". It was fantastic. They had a couple of falling outs. Mary Jean was "pissed off" because they had agreed at the beginning of the race that she would do all of the non-strength height related detours. When it came to this week's, Don immediately did it. This might bite them in the ass if they make it more than 6 episodes. They ended up in tears on the way to the pit stop because they were apologizing to eachother. It was cute.
Team more models (Freddy and Kendra) almost lost the race on a technicality this episode. They thought they had lost the clue (cue the shot of the clue on the ground in the parking lot not far from where they were standing) so they took another envelope from the clue box. Now, it's not as if they were taking one that another team needed, because they were the last to leave. BUT apparently it was against the rules. So once they got to the pit stop, they were assessed a 30 minute penalty. Oh the crying, fretting and worrying that went on. But they still managed to hang on. As I thought last week, Kendra did get a bit annoyed with Freddy's encouragement and told him to shut up while she was trying to be an archer.
Los Mormones (Lena and Kristy) had a brilliant first part of the race and a not so brilliant finish. They found a teenage boy on the plane to Norway that was willing to be their guide for as long as he could. This worked very well for them thought he admitted that if they were "big hairy men" he wouldn't be helping them. Once this guide left, they got horribly lost on the way to the pit stop and just squeaked in (maybe, you can never tell with the editing) in 9th.
Team Queens (Meredith and Maria) should have learned to drive a stick shift before the race. Poor Maria in her Carebear themed headband had a really rough go at driving. Because of that Meredith "let her" do the zip line. Thank goodness Meredith didn't let her impatience show when Maria couldn't drive because she didn't even OFFER to try it herself. When Maria started crying I thought it was pver, but she sucked it up and went on. Good for them. Too bad they were so far behind.

Anyway, that's how I saw the episode. I definitely like the new rule about the roadblocks. I think it could get interesting near the end when people are weighing out which team member should do it. Do you risk losing this leg because the next roadblock could be even harder for a particular team member or do you take it one leg at a time?
I'm guessing the Yield will not return.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

provincial election

Yesterday, I voted for the THIRD time this year. I knew that the person I voted for wouldn't win...but it was kind of exciting to watch a few ridings here in Calgary. For the first time in my memory, the Liberals cracked Calgary.
Although a few gains were made, it's kind of scary to think that we have elected a government who wouldn't talk about it's plan until after the election. He actually said he'd tell us what they'll do after they got elected. Now we have a lot of money coming into Alberta with all this oil. Ralph says he wants to re-vamp the healthcare system (but wouldn't tell us how until after the election).
Hopefully it all works out.

Monday, November 22, 2004

interpretive dance

Interpretive dance is probably quite lovely in the right setting.
It felt weird to see it today. I couldn't understand why she would want to do an interpretive dance in a skirt and heels.
To each her own I suppose.

Friday, November 19, 2004

i like thursday...

because it means it's almost Friday.
I found out today that I get a whole week off at Christmas. Now, perhaps some people would not get so excited about that. But I am definitely excited. Mmmm a week of sleep-ins. Of not setting my alarm and getting to do what I want when I want.
I will be dreaming of it from now until then.


Thursday, November 18, 2004

the Fifth Estate

I should have posted this yesterday because not everyone has cable, but oh well. About a month ago, the fifth estate came to my workplace to film (and some of the footage actually made it past editing). The episode aired last night and it made me sad. I deal with people who gamble all day...and sometimes that makes me sad. But to see more about it made me more sad. If you want to see it, it's on CBC newsworld as per the schedule in the above link.
Don't get addicted to VLTs...and if you do, don't be ashamed about it, tell people about it and GET HELP!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

the Amazing Race 6-episode 1

Ok...so we all know that the best show on TV is The Amazing Race. I have been watching since the first season and I'm an addict.
Here's my rundown after episode one:
Pretty good first episode. They've done a good job of letting us know who the "villains" are and who the "good guys" are. I'll talk about the teams in the order they arrived at the pitstop Bathmat.
Hayden and Aaron (no nickname so far): good leg for them obviously. She seems to like to talk about how the other teams treat eachother. I think she's trying to talk as much as she can so that her model/actor dating partner doesn't tell us all how much of a bitch she is.
Kris and Jon (I'll call them team boring for now): For a team that came in second at the pitstop, I sure don't remember much about them. She was wearing a pink bandana right? I'm sure they'll get less boring as time goes on.
Lena and Kristy (los Mormones): I was looking forward to this team when I found out they were mormons. You see Lena is a bit of a "bad girl" at heart. She has taught strip aerobics plus she's 23, mormon, and not married yet. But don't let innocent Kristy fool you...she said "oh my god" at the ice climb. Clearly she should have said "Oh my Joseph Smith" so she can't be totally mormon. I am wondering if her husband died or if she is a single mother. Anyway, they seem like nice gals and they seemed to be having a lot of fun as well.
Freddy and Kendra (team more models): More models...hooray. He let us know how much older and more mature he was because he is a whole 10 years older than Kendra. According to the bio page, he is actually 9 years older...this makes him a liar. They seemed to do ok this leg. I would have jabbed my ice axe into his eye once I got up the ice wall if I had been Kendra. "That's it, nice and methodical" (does he know what that means?) "come on baby, you can do it" gets REALLY old after awhile...I think he said it the entire time she was climbing the wall. You need to save that stuff and say it sporadically...that's when it helps.
Jonathan and Victoria (team abusive husband): Where do I start with these people? The only thing more humiliating than being verbally abused your entire life is to have to go home and watch yourself being humiliated like that on TV and knowing that not only are millions of people watching it, but so are your friends and family. "I'm getting a divorce" actually came out of this scumbag when they were looking for the best time at the tents. So did "I should have brought another partner" Honestly short man, where do you get off treating her that way. Yup, you're short and rich. And a jerk. I hope she realizes that and gets out of that marriage with an ounce of self esteem remaining. I loved that the boat driver told him to sit down and move right after he yelled at Victoria for telling him to sit down and get out of the drivers way.
Lori and Bolo (team 'roid rage): If nothing, they are entertaining. Professional wrestlers eh? They bragged that they weren't worried about pain...fewer than 10 minutes in, he was complaining about hurting himself. They were doing pretty well until she freaked out when Bolo was getting directions and she noticed that another team drove by. Instead of calmly finishing getting the directions so that they wouldn't get lost, she made him leave in mid direction getting (and it was a bus driver giving them...he drives around iceland for a living, i bet he knows where to go). Because of that, they went from a potential 2nd place to 6th. Lori-you have to learn that saying "we're last, i know it, and it's your fault" means that you aren't and you'll look like an idiot. Bolo- you're huge. Best line by them was when she yelled at him angrily AFTER they found out they were in sixth not last with "blue hair beat us". I thought she was going to explode.
Adam and Rebecca (team hellboy): They are weird. I'm wondering what their relationship was like. They are also dumb. I'm sure they saw season 3 where pretty much everyone wrecked their cars by putting regular gas in deisel engines. Why do I know this? Rebecca said (at the gas station before filling) "this doesn't take deisel does it?" to which Adam replied "no". Cue shot of her putting regular gas into the car and a close up of the big red "deisel" sticker on the fuel door. At least they realized their mistake at the gas station. To show how dumb he really is, when the mechanic told him how a siphon works (in that you have to suck it a bit to get it to work) he said "we're going to have to suck 90 litres of gas out". Riiiight. How many things are wrong with that sentence? He also walks and runs funny. I don't remember much about her...except for the good hustle racing to the bathmat.
Meredith and Maria (team queens/won't be around much longer if they don't smarten up): L-u-c-k-y you ain't got no alibi you LUCKY *clap clap* you LUCKY!!!! The race people really want to make it a "good race" by bunching people up clearly. Otherwise these two would have been very last. I feel a little bad for them, they seem like they're in over their head. They were about to turn into the waterfall and followed people an hour and a half past it. Oh dear. Previews from next episode show pink headband girl crying...not surprising.
Don and Mary Jean (team oldy olderson): We'll see about them. She would rather die than finish last. She didn't care if they died in a footrace to Phil and the blonde Icelandic princess. What she didn't think about is that if they are dead, they are eliminated from the race. You can't win the million if you're dead. Try to at least stay alive.
Gus and Hera (team bound to lose): They will not win. Do they not realize that parent/child teams don't win? They don't have the killer instinct. His hat cracked me up, while everyone else was wearing a toque, he was wearing his Panama Jack hat. He used to be in the CIA so perhaps he can get the other teams picked off one by one by international spies. That is the only way they'll win. I loved the look of utter disgust that one girl (Kris maybe?) gave him as he was bathing in the snow. I imagine Hera appreciated the attempt at cleanliness because he seems like he would be a smelly guy without a shower. apparently he has flown in an open cockpit plane in Antarctica...perhaps they have more of a chance than i thought
Last but not least:
Avi and Joe (team oy vey): I always feel bad for the first team off, so I feel bad for them. But...NEVER PICK SEARCH!!! Only search for stuff if you HAVE to, it sucks and it's frustrating. Plus it's never as much fun. It's probably best that they didn't last longer because it would have been tough to win with such strict dietary restrictions. I think it's only Avi that refused to eat anything non-kosher...but that would likely still get in the way of some challenges. I kept wanting to call them Ari and Fleisher. Oh well. Anyway, they were the first to be Philiminated on the bathmat of shame. Better luck next time boys. I guess Brooklyn isn't better than Queens (as indicated by Avi in the race).

I'm sure I'll think of more to say about the race...but it will have to wait.
I love this show!

Monday, November 15, 2004

things that make me wonder...

Why are we so obsessed with "stars"? So we really think that their lives are really that much more fabulous than ours because they have so much more money than we do?
Sure, Brittany has bajillions of dollars, but do those dollars buy class? Do they buy happiness? Is she really that much better than I am? I will admit that she looks a lot better in a bikini than I do...but besides that, what makes her better than me or you or the guy sitting beside you on the bus? AND...what makes us think we have the right to know what's going on in her life. There are hours and hours of television dedicated to her and her alone (well, and that guy she had the one day marriage with, and that guy she's married to now...and that lady that has had the children of the guy she's married to). Why oh why on earth do we care? And why do people use the phrase "it's the price she has to pay for being famous" to justify prying in her life. People wonder why Shania lives in a hidey-hole in Switzerland...I DON'T

That Jessica Simpson...now she has set herself up for prying. It's her own fault for agreeing to have her life on TV. But she doesn't seem to mind...plus, she has seen a huge boost in her career because of that. I feel a little bad for her husband Nick though. His career is going nowhere...and I sincerely doubt it will ever go anywhere ever again. She likes to flaunt that in her underhanded passive agressive "we'll take my card because I have more money" way. Don't worry Nick, you've known how to do your own laundry since the age of 10...your wife just learned last year.
My least favourite moment of the first season of the Newleyweds? That damn Christmas episode where the then blonde Ashlee Simpson kept on with her "Merry Christmas" talking during the song.
My favourite moment on the first season of the Newlyweds? When Nick falls whilst skiing, throws is ski pole into the ground and it bounces back and hits him on the head.
That is all....

Sunday, November 14, 2004

football

So how exactly did I end up watching 2 football games today? And why did BOTH of the teams I was somewhat cheering for loose? I imagine I'll still end up watching ye olde Grey Cup next week though, because afterall, I do have a boyfriend...and they seem to like watching foodball.

Anyway, I don't have anything interesting to say today...except that I was happy to see the Joyleafs today...I'll be thinking about you tomorrow at 11.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

diversity in the hood

My new "hood" is definitely interesting. When I left my back door today, I walked by:
-2 Christian churches that aren't exactly known for their acceptance of differences
-2 Bhuddist temples
-one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city
-one of the best italian restaurants in the city
-the best italian market in the city
-a store for real witches
-4 toyotas of varying shades of boring parked in a row
-a honda civic with the words "Proud Pagan" on the back

This is the same hood in which my sister (whilst waiting for the bus) was told she was going to burn in hell for eternity if she didn't accept Jesus Christ into her life at that moment. Why oh why do people think that sends a good message?!?! Ok, maybe it works for some people. But for the vast majority, they see that as a sign of ignorance and well, just plain mean-ness.
I once saw a bumper sticker that said "God save us from your followers" and even though I think in that particular case, it wasn't really meant as a good thing, sometimes I think stuff like that is bang on.

i guess i'm blogging

I'm just learning so be patient with me.
I'm not sure why I'm blogging yet...in fact, I may get bloggers regret and erase the entire blog within the next week. But as the title states...I've been inspired by dooce
Perhaps we all have an inner exhibitionist that maks us wonder what it would be like to know that anyone can have access to our thoughts...and perhaps that's why I'm doing this. Who knows. But I blame The Rev and the aforementioned dooce