Miss Penny Lane

I always tell the girls, never take it seriously.
If ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt.
Ya never get hurt, ya always have fun...
And if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Rolling Stones Accuse George W. Bush of being "Full of Shit."

I've been a HUGE Stones fan forever and ever...but this just solidifies it even more. Their song Sweet Neo Con coming out on their new album "A Bigger Bang," is a blatant bash on the war and Bush:

    You ride around your white castle,
    On your little white horse
    You lie to your people,
    and blame it on your war of course

    You call yourself a Christian,
    I call you a hypocrite
    You call yourself a patriot,
    well I think you’re full of shit

    Oh, sweet Neo Con,
    What path have you led them on?
    Oh, sweet Neo Con,
    Is it time for the atom bomb?

    You parade around in costume,
    Expecting to be believed
    But as the body bags stack up,
    We believe we’ve been deceived

    The horror you’ve unleased,
    Will backfire with more grief
    When will you ever learn,
    Sweet Neo Con, as the world burns?

    Oh, sweet Neo Con,
    What path have you led them on?
    Oh, sweet Neo Con,
    Is it time for the atom bomb?

    Oh, sweet Neo Con,
    What path have you led them on?
    Oh, sweet Neo Con,
    Is it time to drop the bomb?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

One Reason Why I Still Love Starbucks

The Way I See It
The Way I See It campaign has, of course, caused some controversy with this particular quote-on-a-cup. Apparently, as CatCiao said, "Starbucks can make you gay."

By the way, if you haven't read any of the Tales of the City books, get on that!!

Monday, August 29, 2005

I'm Going Away More Often...

The Chef and I hadn't been apart for this long (10 days) in the time we've been together, so we were both looking very forward to my return. After a very, very long day (I was woken at 7 a.m., spent several hours on the beach, and travelled from 3:00 to 9:00), I was very tired, but very excited to see The Chef's handsome face. Not only was the apartment so spotless (much because I was not here to clutter it up), but he had quite the feast awaiting me. I am going away more often!!

First course:

1+1=3 (U més u fan tres) Cava Brut, a lovely sparkling wine from Spain.

Second Course:

Halibut, warm baby spinach salad with wild mushrooms and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, and a wonderful
Goat Roti (by the makers of Goats Do Roam)


Fresh berries Sabayon paired with Moscato d'Oro

What a wonderful homecoming (and you wonder why I've gained so much weight since I met The Chef!). After dinner, I could not keep my eyes open to save my life, so I, unfortunately, had to crawl into bed soon after dessert (sorry, Honey!).

Thanks for a wonderful evening, My Love!!

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Got out to mail the postcards I wrote on Monday...the 5 of you will get them after I get back, I am sure. Oh well, it is the thought that counts. I decided to keep riding, and ended up at Katama Beach (AKA South Beach).
Katama Beach on Martha's Vineyard
Some things never change, though. Just like tourists stand on both sides and in the middle of the Metro escalator, Vineyard newcomers ride their bikes all over the path (the bike paths here are great, by the way). It doesn't matter if I am all the way to my right, the people coming toward me always seem oblivious and refuse to move over to their right. I am waiting for the time that I actually collide with another biker because the only other option they've left me is to move into on-coming car traffic. Trying to pass people on the paths, especially huge families, can prove to be really dangerous, as well, since they are literally all over the path, whether they are riding or just standing there waiting for their kids' trantrums to be over. I cheerfully say "On your left!" when approaching from behind those fellow bikers who seem to be clueless, but that does nothing...absolutely nothing. Nonetheless, it was a great, hard-core ride, and my legs were jelly when I got home.

Two Things I am Hating Right Now

No, not my nephews!! These:

All I wanted to do after the troops left for their own day out was hop on a bike and get down to the water for some rays. One bike has the "alley cat" on it, which I can't figure out how to get off; the other has the baby seat, which I can figure out how to get off, but the seat on that bike doesn't go down at all because of the permanent attachment necessary for the baby seat. Luckily, I have the boys all afternoon, so I will try to get them to the beach.

Ciao for now...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

It's Raining on the Vineyard...

...but I've had a lazy day, anyway. A bike ride to Espresso Love in Edgartown for breakfast at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m. wiped me out for the rest of the day.

Live from Martha's Vineyard, Part 2

Yesterday was quite the full day. I had some solitude in the morning as I took a bike ride over to Oak Bluffs. The houses in the photo are all over Oak Bluffs (read about Oak Bluffs). Since OB is one of only 2 towns in MV that aren't dry, a lot of the younger people tend to stay in that area. Lots of head-shops and night clubs. (By the way, most restaurants in the dry towns allow BYO.)

For lunch, the whole gang headed out to Menemsha (a fishing village in Chilmark), where I saw the largest lobsters I have ever seen in my life (photos will be developed when I get home, as I have an "old fashioned" camera up here). We tore into three freshly caught and steamed crustaceans,
seaweed salad, and gazpacho.

Later on, I headed out for another bike ride to the beach on the Nantucket Sound. I finally made it into the water! I have been coming here for years and rarely get all the way in the ocean b/c it is so damn cold. The Sound is a lot warmer, and since I was hot from the bike ride, I got in and swam. It was GREAT! There was no one else around (just like in the photo), so I started to get worried about Jaws, so I headed back onto the bike...

After a mellow dinner on the deck, many beers, and a long IM session with The Chef, I finally crashed much too late...

Sunday, August 21, 2005

We Interrupt This Vacation for a Very Disturbing Photo

I'm pretty sure I just threw up a little...

Post Script: For those of you who are fortunate enough to have never seen Jocelyn Wilenstein in photos or on various TV appearances, here is the scoop on the plastic-surgery-obsessed woman who has come to look like a cat.

(I think she was hot!)

                        After catching her very wealthy husband in bed with a 21 year old Russian chick, Manhattan socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein began what would become over $4 million worth of plastic surgery in an effort to win him back. Didn't work. But maybe she can date the dude from The Mask.

                      Live from Martha's Vineyard, It's Sunday Afternoon!!!

                      We arrived late last night, since traffic from Rye, NY (where we stayed overnight) was horrific, and we missed our ferry reservation. If you are going to bring your car, you have to make ferry reservation MONTHS in advance; my brother made this one in February. We lucked out and only had to wait 2 more hours in Woods Hole, which ended up being OK since we went for a nice dinner.

                      Today, the boys (ages 7 and 3) woke me up at 6:45. Oye...we went for a bike ride into Edgartown, where we had a great breakfast. Then we headed to the Agricultural Fair, where the boys went on a bunch of rides and we saw a dog show (not quite Best in Show, but close enough), a horse show, and a lot of other animals, including a huge owl and an even bigger bald eagle.

                      I am gonna go make myself some lunch and prepare myself for some canoeing on the pond across the street from us. Ciao for now!

                      Thursday, August 18, 2005

                      In The News...

                      I love express, the Post's free weekday paper. My Metro ride to Takoma should be 23 minutes, but takes about an hour (more on that later); therefore, express and I have become quite the companions. Anyway, here's a little recap of today's gems (must have Acrobat for that last link):

                      Mama always said:
                      Stupid is as Stupid does...

                      Inspired by the movie Forrest Gump, a guy from Connecticut is running across the US, with the goal of averaging 25 miles per day. Holy crap!

                      further research, I learned that he is 26 years old, was an accomplished runner at Fordham University in NY, and is mentally insane. No, really, he expects the run to take up to six months, and is transporting his stuff in a baby jogger. That's hot!

                      Stupid is as Stupid does...Part II

                      Apparently, putting venemous snakes in ones mouth is a great way to celebrate! This common practice in Bishanupur is a common sight at the Jhapan Hindu festival, as it is a way to worship Manasha, the snake god. Maybe someone will try this at the next blogger happy hour. I nominate The Actor.

                      Fool Me Once...

                      A bunch of people in Tulsa invested money in a fake bank that some 32 year old dude was running out of his apartment. Doh! 5 years of being someone's bitch sounds like good punishment...

                      I Am So, So Very Proud...

                      COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. Bob Taft was charged with four ethics violations Wednesday for failing to report dozens of gifts that included dinners, golf games and professional hockey tickets, deepening a scandal that has rocked Ohio's Republican Party.

                      Well, at least he is a member of the Republican party, more proof they're a bunch of dumb-asses.

                      Meanwhile, in my 1990-Present hometown...

                      Mayor Williams has a blog!! "As I welcome you to my blog I’m asking myself the question: What is a blog anyway?" Uh-Oh.

                      Last But Not Least:
                      Thanks a Lot for the Head's Up!!

                      On page 9 of express, we are forewarned that parts of the red line will be completely shut down over the weekend, and there will also be delays along the blue, orange, and yellow lines. Where have the "heads ups" been during the past couple months of trackwork around Fort Totten? My 23 minute commute is more than an hour sometimes. Yet (since I strive to be a half-glass-full kinda gal), despite the frustration and extra time, at least I have my express...

                      Tuesday, August 16, 2005

                      Madonna's Not-So-Happy Birthday

                      Madge was hospitalized today after falling off her horse on her property in England. Apparently, she has 3 broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a broken hand. Yowch! Get better soon, ya sexy bitch (and happy birthday).


                      I got a job--finally! Vacation will be even more relaxing than anticipated. Here's to never being unemployed again...

                      Monday, August 15, 2005

                      5 More Days...

                      On Friday, I will be off to the Vineyard for 8 days. Ahhh....

                      Saturday, August 13, 2005

                      I Can't Effing Wait!!

                      I will be on vacation when this comes out (on August 19), so I probably won't get a chance to see it right away, but OMG!! I haven't laughed so hard at a preview in a long time. I can't wait!!

                      Thursday, August 11, 2005

                      What a Dick!!

                      Wednesday, August 10, 2005

                      Dead or Alive??

                      Yikes! (Sorry, but I just had to postpone the next post re: commercials for this one.) This is Pete Burns, lead singer for Dead or Alive. I'm not sure which he is--you tell me! He is starting to look like that over-plasticized Cat Woman! Can he eat with those lips? I sure as hell hope he's gay, because maybe he is at least making some guy very happy...

                      Tuesday, August 09, 2005

                      Commercials of Yesteryear

                      In preparation for this post, and the next couple, I've lately been instigating conversations with various people about commercials: the sucky ones of today and the great ones of yesteryear. I went into these conversations thinking we had no good commercials anymore, but I've actually found that there are a few that actually won't make me rush to change the channel.

                      First, let's start with the great commercials of yore; my next post will be crappy ones of today, followed by good ones of today...

                      Where's the Beef?

                      Parts is parts!
                      (Another Wendy's commercial, about contents of chicken nuggets.)

                      1) Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz, Oh What a Relief it Is!

                      Mama Mia, that's a spicey meat-a ball!

                      I am stuck on Band Aid, 'cause Band Aid's stuck on me!

                      Once upon a time there was an engineer,
                      Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.
                      He had an engine and he sure had fun.
                      He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.
                      Charlie says "Love my Good & Plenty!" Charlie says "Really rings my bell!"
                      Charlie says "Love my Good & Plenty!" Don't know any other candy that I love so well!

                      Seagrams, Golden Wine Coolers, featuring Bruce Willis
                      (Click image to view with RealPlayer; it is a few of the commercials, but the only one I really remember is of him on the porch singing to the dog, using the bottle as his mike.)

                      "You got chocolate in my peanut butter!"
                      "Well, you got peanut butter on my chocolate!"

                      Ray Charles' Diet Pepsi
                      Testimonial ad (RealPlayer required)
                      Ray Charles' Diet Pepsi You Got The Right One, Baby, Uh-Huh!

                      Who walks the stairs without a care
                      It shoots so high in the sky.
                      Bounce up and down just like a clown
                      Everyone knows its Slinky.
                      The best present yet to give or get
                      The kids will all want to try.
                      The hit of the day when you are ready to play
                      Everyone knows it's Slinky.
                      It's Slinky, It’s Slinky for fun the best of the toys
                      It's Slinky, It’s Slinky the favorite of girls and boys.
                      (Click on the slinky to go to the site & hear the song)

                      I'm a Pepper! (Click on ad to watch.)

                      Gap Swing ad

                      (recent, but gone)

                      Your submissions to best of the old commericals? Stay tuned for the next post on today's worst commercials...

                      P.S. Thanks to DC Blogs for the shout-out about this post!

                      I Might Just Have to Invest in Some Sand and an Overhead Projector...

                      You may have seen this already, as it is from 2003, but this is new to me and pretty cool. Turn off the lights and turn up the sound. Enjoy!

                      Sand Art at SICAF 2003

                      (From the 2003
                      Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival.)

                      Monday, August 08, 2005

                      Top 6 Signs It Is Time to Get Cable

                      1) Miss Teen USA Pageant
                      2) Renovate My Family
                      3) Hall of Fame football game
                      4) Two and a Half Men
                      5) Half and Half
                      6) Summerland

                      Need I say more?!

                      Sunday, August 07, 2005

                      I won the Legg Mason and all I got was this lousy blender!

                      Congratulations, Hot Stuff!

                      Thursday, August 04, 2005

                      Things I Can't Live Without...

                      I'm keenly aware that some of these could be classified as "obsessions." They are in no particular order, and the list is, at best, incomplete...

                      *** Sweet 'n Low (And, no, it doesn't cause cancer in humans!)

                      *** My Friends & Family


                      Celebrity gossip

                      *** My iPod mini (Is this iCopulate thing for real?? I don't want my mini getting date raped!)

                      *** Mind-altering substances, including Mike's (cool Web site, to boot!)

                      *** Diet Rock Star (which alleviates unwanted after-effects of the previous)

                      *** My nephews, Benjamin and Eli:

                      *** My cell phone--duh (although, believe me, fate seems to want me to live w/out it, as I lose my phone more than anyone I know!)

                      *** Good n Plenty and Kookaburra Licorice from Australia

                      *** Movies (I am obsessed for sure, especially with great movie quotes!)

                      *** Money!! Seriously, someone hook me up w/ a j-o-b!! ;)

                      To be continued...

                      Wednesday, August 03, 2005

                      I think I need to get back on the meds...

                      Seriously, I have been weepy over the stupidest crap this past week. Whether it is commercials, TV shows, a misinterpretation of a comment from a friend, everything makes me emotional lately! I mean, c'mon, People, I got teary-eyed over the finale of Hell's Kitchen, for the love of Pete!! Here is the latest thing to make my chin quiver:

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                      I need some help...

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