Just wanted to drop by and wish us all a very happy, healthy, prosperous and love filled New Year! We can use this blog to send well wishes and post resolutions if you want, here are mine:
- get back in shape (riding a desk the past 4 years wasn't good)
- take more time off work
- find love
- amass more thank you notes than last year
Courtesy of the hilarious Steve Martin on SNL:
"If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.
If I had two wishes that I could wish for this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace.. and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account.
You know, if I had three wishes that I could make this holiday season, first, of course, would be for all the children to get together and sing.. the second would be for the $30 million every month to me.. and the third would be for all encompassing power over every living being and thing in the entire universe.
And if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, first would be the crap about the kids.. second would be for the $30 million.. the third would be for all the power.. and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year for an extended 31-day orgasm, to be brought about slowly by Rosanna Arquette and that model Paulina somebody, I can't think of her name, of course my lovely wife could come, too. She's behind me 100% on this, I guarantee you.
Wait a minute, maybe that sex thing should be the first wish! So, if I made that the first wish, because, you know, it could all go boom tomorrow, and then what have you got? No, no.. the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. No, no, who am I kidding! I mean, they're not gonna be able to get all those kids together! I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible! It's more trouble than it's worth! So, we reorganize: here we go. First, the sex - we go with that; second, the money. No! We go with the power second, then the money, and then the kids. Oh, wait, oh geez! I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay.. revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in Hell! That would be the fourth wish! And of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of peace and harmony. Thank you, everybody."
I've got a friend who lives a pretty crazy life replete with some drama (nothing too bad) as well as unbeatable experiences. She's always trying something new and is on the cutting edge of fashion and culture. We got to talking recently and I noticed she tells me I'm very unique as a compliment, that she really enjoys a particular artist because his art is so original and unlike anything she'd seen before, that she loved going to a particular restaurant or club because it was different. She's very beautiful but she doesn't respond when people make a big deal about that. Likewise, she doesn't really comment on other people's beauty. Conversely, she lights up like a Christmas tree when people say they find her interesting.
After a while, it struck me, she's abosolutely afraid of ever being considered "normal" or ordinary (side note: this word actually means, "in order" and has been bastardized by our lexicon to mean boring, but it really means "as expected"). Anyway, she praises everything that is original because she wants to always be seen as original herself.
How do you compliment people, places, things (ok, not just nouns, but you get my drift)? Do you speak highly of somoene's beauty, their charm, their intellect? Do you laud places that are fun, breathtaking, serene? What does that say about you?
What I think, is that we use compliments to illustrate how we would like to be seen. If you want people to consider you intelligent, you're more likely to compliment others' intellect or comment positively on a book that made you think. If you want to be perceived as fun, you're more likely to compliment someone by saying you always have a great time with them, or that they always are the life of a party.
Am I off my rocker here?
Did you hear that a couple recently booked a "private first class suite" on the new Airbus for about $14,000 based in part on the advertising for a romantic trip, but were chastised by the crew and told they could not engage in carnal relations during the flight?
What do you think of this? Should they be allowed to treat the suite as a hotel in the sky, or is the crew on board with the right policy?
Inspired by Perihelion's hilarious "Children's Books You'll Never See" I was wondering what your favorite books as a young child were?
Here's a few starters:
"Where the Wild Things Are"
"The Giant Jam Sandwich"
"The Gollywhopper Egg"
"The Giving Tree" (STILL LOVE THIS ONE)
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
"Mike Mulligan's Steamshovel"
All things Suess: "Green Eggs & Ham", "Cat in the Hat", "Horton Hears a Who", "Oh, The Places You Will Go"...
Ok ladies, we know you find nice guys boring and you can't keep your eyes or hands off bad boys, but why? Are you trying to change them, do you love the thrill of vying for their attention which they're not willing to send your way? And, what's a nice guy to do to become more attractive to you? Should a nice guy play the part of a bad boy to win your heart? Should we stop treating you with respect, or showing interest in you to spice things up?
Don't count nice guys out, we might fool you (think Revenge of the Nerds when the cheerleader is shocked to find the nerdy guy more exciting in bed than the Jock). Seriously, though, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Nice Guy vs. Bad Boy debate!
Hey everyone, since we've recently rid the blogs of many negative influences I can honestly say this has become a great place to exchange ideas, find good jokes, share stories, discuss issues and learn about each other. Thanks to all who contribute positively to the blog!
Keeping with that, let's hear about something great that happened for you today, this week, this month or recently.
For my part, my business partner and I have been working exceptionally hard these past 3 years since we opened our company (real estate brokerage) and today, after having moved into our new offices a few weeks ago, we got our new sign delivered. It's a really big sign that will be put up out front in the middle of our town and while it doesn't seem like much, our little company now has 4 offices, 30 employees and is doing great. It's nice to have this tangible expression of the success we worked hard to achieve.
What put a smile on your face recently?
So, I just returned from a fantastic two week vacation in Russia (Moscow + St. Petersburg) and this comes after visits to Barcelona and Italy in the past year. Having never travelled prior to that, I am constantly amazed at what a wonderful world we live in and I look forward to seeing more of it.
Please post here stories of great trips you've taken, things you've learned about other places in the world, experiences you've had that will last a lifetime because they were from far away, etc... I'd love to hear of anyone who met someone special while travelling but any and all stories are welcome and encouraged. Tell us about your favorite places in the world (even if you only had to cross the street to get there)!
My buddy and I are heading to Russia in two weeks because it's one of the few places he hasn't visited and we both need to get away for a little bit. Anyone traveled to (or live in) Moscow or Saint Petersberg? If so, what are the "must see/can't miss" places and do you have any tips for us while we're there?
After over 4 years with a Treo that I loved, I lost it last week and learned I needed to replace my unlimited plan if I was to get a new phone so I upgraded to the iPhone. For years I've been a PC devotee but now I'm at home blogging on my phone! This has been the best phone I've ever used!! Do you have one? Do you love it? Any tips?
My business partner and I have been, for the past few years now, donating blood every 57 days. Everytime we go the people at the blood bank have a great time watching us on our cell phones and doing business across the room. Now they have internet hookups and I'm writing to you now with a needle in my arm!!
Does anyone else donate? If not, try it out, it's a great way to help others!!
This is a quote from Andrew Matthew's book "Being Happy":
"The following piece was written by an eighty-five-year old man who learned that he was dying. It is particularly relevant.
'If I had my life to live over again, I'd try to make more mistakes next time. I wouldn't be so perfect. I would relax more. I'd limber up. I'd be sillier than I've been on this trip. In fact, I know very few things that I would take so seriously. I'd be crazier. I'd be less hygenic.
I'd take more chances, I'd take more trips, I'd climb more mountains, I'd swim more rivers, I'd go more places I've never been to. I'd eat more ice cream and fewer beans.
I'd have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones!
You see, I was one of those people who lived prophylactically and sensibly and sanely hour after hour and day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of those moments - moment by moment by moment.
I've been one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had it to do all over again, I'd travel lighter next time.
If I had it to do all over again, I'd start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay way later in the fall. I'd ride more merry-go-rounds, I'd watch more sunrises, and I'd play more with children, if I had my life to live over again.
But you see, I don't.'
Isn't this message a beautiful reminder? We only have so long on this planet. Let's make the most of it....As the Indian guru once told a pupil who was in desperate search of contenment, "I will give you the secret. If you want to be happy. BE HAPPY!"
Has anyone out there ever been sky diving?
I am typically scared to death of heights, but for my business partner's birthday, a group of us went skydiving and I have to tell you, it was the most amazing experience I've had in a long time! (Ok, perhaps a sad comment about my love life, but it really was spectacular!). If you get the chance, no matter how badly you think you wouldn't be able to do it, go skydiving!! It's like Leanne Rhimes sings, "when you get a chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance..." I would love to hear your experiences if you've ever been, or (hopefully) if you go soon!
Thanks to those who get the reference.
I'm heading to Chicago next week for a film festival and wondering if anyone knows of any must see's or can't misses? I will be attending the festival most nights but during the day I should have time to get around the city and take it in. I'm staying at the Rafael on Delaware Street in the theater district if that helps.
One of my favorite SNL skits had Chris Farley as a really bad talk show host who would interview guests like Arnold Schwarzenneger (my current governor) and have questions like: "you remember, in Terminator, when you said ??ll be back!??" And the guest would reply, "Yes" to which Chris said, "That was really awesome!" but had nothing much else to ask.
Thinking of that skit, if you were on the Chris Faarley talk show, what moment in your life would he cite? In other words, give us a moment, a comment you made, something you did or some lucky situation in which you thought to yourself: "wow, that was really awesome!". It could be a witty retort or hitting the jackpot on your first coin. Share your proud moments here:
I'm headed off to Barcelona next week for about 10 days as a vacation. I'm staying in the Hotel Monument Casa Fuster for most of the time there (it's on Paseo De Gracia Avenue in downtown). I've already been told I need to eat at Los Caracoles but I wonder if anyone else has a suggetion of what to see and do there?
Actually, she's not (unless she has a hat from the Neppy Vending Co. in CT somewhere) but she brings up a good point.
Why are we more inclined to visit the more controversial blogs and consider the nicer ones boring? Does this translate to people too? Do we shy away from normal, non-dramatic relationships just because they're boring? Is this self-destructive or a comment upon our desire, and accustomization, to being entertained all the time? Why were people more apt to comment upon and attack each other than add their favorite romantic restaurant, best line of a movie or other, more innocent blogs? And, most importantly, how can we make the less destructive blogs more interesting?
* Any similarity to Don Imus' comments is purely intentional but completely disavowed, especially to those who couldn't bear watching him in a felt cowboy hat and shirt from 1977 saying he wasn't bigoted.
ABC is having casting calls for this season of "The Bachelor" Do you watch the show? What do you think of it?
What would be the best / worst part of living your courtship on television?
What, if anything, did you think of Fox's "Joe Millionaire" that featured a guy pretending to be a millionaire to get the attention of potential wives who fell in love with him then learned he was actually poor (ahem, sound familiar to anyone here?)?
I know it's early, but with any luck, we'll keep this blog going until the happy occasion of St. Patty's Day. Irish jokes abound, please put your best ones here.
This is a real article that ran in a British newspaper last year:
Time to put a Cork in it
A CORK radio station was running a competition: words that weren't in the dictionary yet but could still be used in a sentence that would make logical sense. The prize was a trip to Bali.
DJ: "96FM here, what's your name?"
Caller: "Hi, me name's Dave."
DJ: "Dave, what's your word?"
Caller: "Goan" spelt G-O-A-N, pronounced 'go-an'"
DJ: "You are correct Dave, 'goan' is not in the dictionary. Now, for a trip to Bali: What sentence can you use that word in that would make sense?"
Caller: "Goan f**k yourself!"
The DJ cut the caller short and took other calls, all unsuccessful until:
DJ: "96FM here, what's your name?"
Caller: "Hi, me name's Jeff"
DJ: "Jeff, what's your word?"
Caller: "Smee" spelt S-M-E-E, pronounced 'smee'"
DJ: "You are correct Jeff, 'smee' is not in the dictionary. Now, for a trip to Bali: What sentence can you use that word in that would make sense?"
Caller: "Smee again! Goan f**k yourself!"