After graduating from college, my friend Liz taught at a public elementary school in the Bronx for 4 years through Teach For America. You'd think a Jewish girl from Oldtown Philly would be intimidated by such a prospect. Not Liz. In fact, I'd classify her as the teacher every kid wants - funny, smart, and not afraid to get down and dirty in the classroom. For example, if the kids got too rowdy she'd instill a 20 minute mandatory "dance party" so they could let off a little steam (of course, during this time she'd work on her Soulja Boy as well). She also made frequent house visits, and ended up befriending many of the kid's parents (well, mostly single moms actually).
But what really made Liz such a jewel in the classroom? She treated her kids like equals. Like friends - even loved ones. And the stories that come out of such relationships...
Anyone else noticing how the late 80's/early '90's are making a comeback? Just yesterday, I found myself rockin' out to Written All Over Your Face by Rude Boys (what happened to those guys??). Then I went and downloaded some Guy, some Take 6, then some Pharcyde.
And today a friend sent me a link to this Nike site, Become Mars. Apparently they're bringing back the '88 Air Jordans, complete with vintage spokesperson Mars Blackmon. Go check it out when you get some down time... though it's another "Insert Your Face Here" app, the templates are hilarious and silly in that classic late '80's/early '90's sort of way (they also allow me to channel my inner Rosario Dawson).
I caught Dave Chappelle's 2007 stand-up act Killing Them Softly on Comedy Central over the weekend. For all the feigned LOLs in this world, it's seldom that you actually "laugh out loud" - especially when you're alone. But this part did it for me.
I have this weird memory for things people say. And when it
comes to movie quotes, forget about it. I’ve memorized entire scripts. I think I
may have inherited this gift from my dad, actually. We can recite the whole of
Jurassic Park, Braveheart, Parenthood… the list goes on.
I’m actually disappointed the
Emperor (Star Wars) didn’t make it on this list – specifically, well, pretty
much this whole scene from Return Of The Jedi. It’s craptacular.
My favorite quote on the Top 100? From Star Wars (again, obviously)
when Luke gets all winey and says something totally intelligible: “But I was going
to Tashi station to pick up some power converters!” Wahh!
Can you believe it!? A few days ago, I spotted not one, not two, but three of America's most beloved presidents - all in one room! I heard they had been hanging around the Smithsonian Museum of American History, so you know I had to go scout it out.
We caught the tail end of Thomas Jefferson's speech on something or other, and after he concluded my mom started grumbling under her breath. She hates Jefferson. While he was walking around the crowd shaking hands, she pulled him aside and asked:
Good for Jefferson, he proceeded to give her a 10 minute detailed account of what may or may not have happened with his slave Sally. Well, more of what may not have happened. I call B.S. on that one... and so does my mom, judging from her stone-cold facial expression.
And then, of course, Lincoln gave a speech on slavery. But also! Did anyone else know he had a high, whiney voice? And that he tended to flap his arms around while orating? That seriously threw me off, because I've always had a little schoolgirl crush on Abe.
But then he started mingling with the crowd, and my faith was thus renewed. As you can see, he's totally badass.
I've been waiting for HBO's Flight of the Conchords Season 2 premiere for what seems like years... well, actually, maybe it has been years. Geez - how can Bankable Productions put out three seasons of America's Next Top Model in nine months but quality television programming takes ages?
Anyhoops, the entire premiere is available for our online viewing pleasure. I've embedded it here for all y'all. I haven't watched it yet - so we can have a dish session all together. Good? Bad? Amazing? I'll tell ya what I think in the comments, then you tell me your take.
Don’t believe Tony! Toni! Tone! for a second. It definitely rains in Southern California. And it was on one
particularly flood-watered January day that my BF and I found ourselves on the CBS lot for a Price is Right taping. Because really, what else is there to do in LA when the sun's hiding?
After waiting around for a couple hours with some insane Price is Right fans (you know, those weird matching T-shirt peeps, or worse yet, the older people with “I Love Bob Barker” face-painted to their cheeks), we finally got lined up to enter the studio. On the way in, a few producers took groups of 20 for quick interviews.
I basically acted like a lunatic during that interview. Somehow, I knew that would get me called down.
And then the luck just kept rollin’ my way. Which I found infinitely hilarious.
Most random showcase EVER. Seriously... a saxophone? What would you have bid on all this?
Grand finale, complete with Grandmommy shout out. She watched the show every day of her adult life.
And there you have it. Feel free to make fun… I know I looked psychotic. Happy Friday!