Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Do you ever wonder...

What the back of the dress looks like?

Sharon Stone, pretty and it looks like she has a nice black dress on..... well look at the back!

OMG, I know about Basic Instinct and all that but P-lea-se! Who designed this?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Terrorism -- Town Hall Meeting

I attended a townhall meeting last night a Mr. James Biesterfeld lectured us about terrorism.

He is a Retired CIA Operative, Terrorism Expert, and Author who will discuss homeland security and answer questions regarding America’s efforts to identify and prevent terrorism.

Representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles City Council, and Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office will be on hand to address your questions and concerns.

** I came away with more confusion then when I started. The bottom line is there are no easy answers, we have our views and customs and they have theirs. We want them to be more like us and they want us to be more like them. Neither side wants to change. **

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Rest in Peace

Wow! I don't know why it's shocking it's certainly not a surprise. But there is still irony in the way he got killed. A stingray hits him with it's tail right in the heart! He died instantly.

I liked him, thought he was crazy for taking all the dangerous chances but never the less he was very likeable. Cute and so full of life and energy. Certainly loved what he did, it was obvious.

Although I was outraged when his wife handed him their two month old son to dangle in front of a crocodile! Thank God nothing happened that day. My sympathies go out to his wife and family, he will be missed. I'm sure we will see his reruns for many years to come.

Rest in Peace

Wow! I don't know why it's shocking it's certainly not a surprise. But there is still irony in the way he got killed. A stingray hits him with it's tail right in the heart! He died instantly.

I liked him, thought he was crazy for taking all the dangerous chances but never the less he was very likeable. Cute and so full of life and energy. Certainly loved what he did, it was obvious.

Although I was outraged when his wife handed him their two month old son to dangle in front of a crocodile! Thank God nothing happened that day. My sympathies go out to his wife and family, he will be missed. I'm sure we will see his reruns for many years to come.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Is it a surprise?

Well is it a surprise?
Associated Press Posted:
PARIS - Floyd Landis' backup doping sample tested positive Saturday, increasing the prospect of the American cyclist being stripped of his Tour de France victory.

The International Cycling Union said Landis' "B" sample confirmed the initial "adverse analytical finding" for higher-than-allowable levels of testosterone.

And he was immediately sacked by his Swiss-based team. He is no longer considered the race champion!

Tour de France champion Floyd Landis adamantly denies doping, is he being Baghdad Bob? He will fight till he proves it...blah blah...

Who are you going to trust, the silly test or what I say. I told you I have worked very hard and suddenly got a feeling that I was the HULK and voila I won the race. All natural..... I have hired Bob and he will tell you nothing is going on everything is just fine there is no doping all the tests are wrong...what the test shows 11x more than normal is just silly.

"Who are you going to believe, your lying eyes or me?"

Friday, August 04, 2006

Tech Support

I called tech support and Farouk answered. Not only I could not understand a word he was saying, he hung up on me.

I was calling My cable company for some tech support for my DVR.....I don't know about this.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

28th Annual Mooning of Amtrak

28th Annual Mooning of Amtrak

2nd Annual Mooning of Metrolink

All Day Saturday, July 14, 2007, Laguna Niguel, (Orange County) California, U.S.A.

Annual Mooning of Amtrak!

What a hoot!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Wonderful world of Advertising....

This one on Ventura Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley (L.A. California) and one more time only in L.A. With the heat wave we have had of course the logical thing is to have some shade and a advertising shade umbrella is the perfect ticket.....

And this one of course is a absolute only in L.A. ..... my personal favorite....

Now this idea may work in L.A. but the only people walking around here are the transients, but we could dress them up... oops I didn't say that, I meant to say rollerbladers on the beach..... earn money while exercising.....there are many many possibilities..

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Movie Review: Mr. & Mrs. Smith.....

The only thing that sort of saves this DOG is the two of these so good looking actors. And of course the fact that they were falling in love while making this terrible movie.

What in the world are these people in Hollywood thinking? Obviously it cost a lot of money to make this movie and the idea is so great, but what they do with it is just a ridiculous bunch of shoot them up blow them up debris full mess.

I only give it one star because of the curiosity factor.

don't' bother, and if you must only watch it if you could fast forward... you will really need this feature for those parts that get so tedious.

So just announced today that Jolie and Pitt will star together in a new movie: "A Mighty Hear: The Brave Llife and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl,"

Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.

Jolie will star as Pearl's wife, Mariane Pearl, in an adaptation of her book, "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl," it was announced Thursday. Pitt will produce the film, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

In an ironic twist, the movie will be produced by Revolution Films and Plan B, the production company Pitt and his former wife, Jennifer Aniston, founded. Pitt and Aniston, who were divorced last year, remain co-owners of the company.

Already then, this sounds kind of familiar, Jolie starred in a movie called "Beyond Borders" sounds very much similar.

We will see....

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A book Review: Shantaram

Actually I just downloaded this novel from Audible. This should give me plenty of tedious knitting to do, the book unabridged is 43 hours yes this is not a typo I said forty three hours long! Wow!

So as I started listening it grabbed me right away. The reader is very talented actor and does a superb job reading this book to me as I knit along.

I feel that I am in Bombay, India. Riding the bus and walking the busy streets and visiting stores, restaurants and hotels. The descriptions are vivid without being overdone. Characters precisely described that I feel like I know them personally.

I am thrilled that it's a long long book (43 hours), it's a perfect accompaniment to a Hanne Falkenberg project. Lots of stitches knitted in garter stitch.

I originally saw that Johnny Depp is signed on to make this novel into a movie in 2007 and being a Johnny Depp fan I was curious. But they are so wrong this character should go to Russell Crowe! Hands down no bones about it. But I guess it's too late, Johnny paid 2 million dollars for the rights of this book so, I will be looking forward to see his interpretation.

And maybe Johnny will do a good job he certainly has the talent, and Russell Crowe is sort of predictable for the role. I'm dying to see this movie.

This is supposed to be a "true" story.....well most of it is almost believable but a hell of a ride.

Who is this author?

He is a brilliant writer I think. Here are some information I was reading about him.

He was studying philosophy when his marriage broke up. He was imprisoned as punishment for a series of toy gun robberies that earned him the name “Gentleman Bandit”.

He went on to escape from Victoria’s maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia’s most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years.

After some startling adventures and escapes in New Zealand, Greg travelled to Bombay, India, where he set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gunrunner, resupplied a unit of Mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan.
He was captured in Germany in 1990, was imprisoned and extradited to Australia where he completed his prison sentence.

Apart from having this highly unusual personal background he is fluent in several languages, he has studied philosophy, comparative religion, psychology, particle physics, politics, anthropology, and ancient history. His experience ranges from the slums of Bombay to the palaces of the city’s movie stars, from prison torture to being front-man for a successful rock group, from the battlefield to the boardroom, and from jailbreak to international success as an acclaimed novelist.

He went on to establish a small multi-media company, and is now a full-time writer living in Melbourne. His novel, 'Shantaram', based on his wild and wicked life, has been described as a masterpiece. The Hollywood movie version of the novel is set to begin in 2007 and stars Johnny Depp. The film rights, $2 million dollars, set a new record!

Monday, July 03, 2006

A Movie & Book Review...Memoirs of a Geisha...

I loved the book, but the photography killed this movie!

Why oh why do they make these dark dark movies? Heavy shadows poorly lit, parts of the movie is so dark you can't even enjoy the scenery. I think this movie would have been allright had the director of photography not tried to be so "artsy". He really ruined this movie, I guess they think it's art.

My other bitch was the blue eyes! They could have used contact lenses at least. Her eyes did not look blue to me in the movie, or maybe it was just so dark that I could not tell from blue or dark brown. Her eyes were the whole pivot of the story. That is what made her stand out and what made her so special. The promo picture has blue eyes but not in the movie....

Friday, June 30, 2006

Oh my

No matter how you slice it, it is sad...sad...sad...

She has gone a bit overboard with the botox! She looks scary! And that skimpy hair that she tries to hide her face...sad ... sad... sad....She was so pretty....

I just saw her with the Japanese prime minister and she looked like a lunatic trying to keep her hair our of her eyes so she could see what was happening.

And those lips, the cupi doll look? Doesn't she own a mirror, I guess like her ex son in law all the mirrors lie ... and the plastic surgeons profit. Somebody needs to tell her to stop. Before she is more grotesque.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Book Review: Tara Road

One of Oprah's pick's, and is a good one.

I give it ***** five stars.
I really liked this story it was a wonderful way to spend 18 hours and 28 minutes. I don't remember what I knitted while listening to this wonderful book but I do remember that I was sorry it ended.

Publisher's Summary

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.

Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Rita seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal, about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

Monday, June 26, 2006

A Book Review: The History of Love

*****I loved it
**** Pretty good, I liked it
*** Still ok but nothing to "write home about"
** Kind of ok but tough to finish
* A total bore a dog, can't even finish, I really disliked it

I liked this book and give it **** "Pretty good, I liked it."

If you are Jewish you will love this book, at first I thought I was listening to Jackie Mason, actually extrememly funny, had a couple of LOL moments.

What the Critics Say

"An intriguing books-within-a-book narrative....Venturing into Paul Auster territory in her graceful inquiry into the interplay between life and literature, Krauss is winsome, funny, and affecting." (Booklist)
"Writing with tenderness about eccentric characters, [Krauss] uses earthy humor to mask pain and to question the universe. Her distinctive voice is both plangent and wry, and her imagination encompasses many worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
"If for no other reason than the range of voices she has persuasively created, Ms. Krauss would stand out as a prodigious talent....Ms. Krauss's work is illuminated by the warmth and delicacy of her prose." (The New York Times)

Publisher's Summary

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

It has been decades since Leo Gursky first surrendered his heart, then wrote a book about it, at the tender age of 10, and he's been in love with the same person ever since. Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an inspiration to others. Fourteen-year-old Alma was even named for a character from the book. When she realizes how deeply the story touched her lonely mother, she embarks on a search for answers.

The History of Love is an imaginative tale of love and loss that is at once funny, mysterious, and deeply passionate.

Book Review: A Painted House by John Grisham

*****I loved it
**** Pretty good, I liked it
*** Still ok but nothing to "write home about"
** Kind of ok but tough to finish
* A total bore a dog, can't even finish, I really disliked it

A Painted House gets a ** "kind of ok, but tough to finish"

I kept waiting for this book to get better, but it does not. A long suffering tale about Cotton Farmers who are trying to eek out a living...lots of suffering....lots of "Southern Baptist, Methodist" Americana in the south taking place in the 1950's. All told by a seven year old, who is wise beyong his years. Wise my foot I've never met a seven year old this sophisticated...

Thank goodness it was an MP3 file listened to on my iPod because if I had to read this book I would never have finished it. The narrator was kind of nice to listen to, It was ok while I was riding my bike and or knitting. I certainly am not putting this one among my favorites. It is on the Best Seller List.... you would think that John Grisham book would be better than this.

I've enjoyed his other books but this one is a dog.

What the Critics Say

"The kind of book you read slowly because you don't want it to end." (Entertainment Weekly)

Well I'm going to have to watch the review's by Entertainment Weekly because they are way off on this one..

Publisher's Summary

"The hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day. It was a Wednesday, early in September 1952. The Cardinals were five games behind the Dodgers with three weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist-high to my father, over my head, and he and my grandfather could be heard before supper whispering words that were seldom heard. It could be a "good crop."

Thus begins the new novel from John Grisham, a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm eighty acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it.

For six weeks they pick cotton, battling the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and sometimes each other. As the weeks pass Luke sees and hears things no seven-year-old could possibly be prepared for, and he finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Beach Road book review.....

"Beach Road" by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

Boy it took 2 people to writed this dog!

If I didn't get this on Audible I can not imagine being able to finish reading this dog. The writing is maybe on 6th grade level, the story is ho hum boring. Barely kept my attention but listening to a book is different, while doing dishes and folding laundry, it sort of went along with the ho hum job to listen to a ho hum book. The ending is so predictable that I actually listenend right to the end to validate "just as I thought" moment.

Another "cookie cutter" book. When I first started listening to this book and realized that it was not just read to me but has been "dramatized" by different readers, I was put off. Actually it kind of worked for this book, however the content is very poorly written and so predictable that at best it was barely a mere 2 stars. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because I somehow managed to finish listening.....

Friday, May 26, 2006

The DaVinci Code...

When I read fiction, I'm expecting a fictional story not a history lesson.

I listened to Dan Brown's books on my iPod from Audible and had a great time knitting while listening. It was entertaining I thought, a fictional story with just enough of "that could happen" in it for me to follow the story. I also liked the travel aspect, touring the Louvre and Paris, driving through Europe was a lot of fun.

I actually liked Angels and Demons too which in my opinion shoud be read first, Dan Brown refers back to last year and if you did not read Angels and Demons you don't know what he is talking about. So in my opinion The DaVinci Code is a sequal to Angels and Demons. Now as far a real? Well it could happen and not being a science genious I didn't know or care if the story was all fiction and well researched or not. It's a story not a science lesson.

Then there is the Deception Point, different subject same "ride", formula writers, Grisham, King etc. are all entertaining some more than others. So I thought I'll go for it and get Dan Brown's third book Digital Fortress, but this one was so predictable, the same premise and so the same old formula that I wasn't even able to finish listening even though I have a great project to knit.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

My dogs have an attitude...

If they weren't so cute......they would be out on their behinds. They are a pain in the neck sometimes. This is Mickey the boy and his sister Feri, totally run the household. The bitch has my husband totally conned.