Monday, October 25, 2004

A Fresh Start

Well, the weekend is over and while I wouldn't call it a bust I also wouldn't classify it as a stunner of a weekend. Our plans were squashed at every turn and in the end the weekend didn't turn out the way we had hoped. We were able to attend Kirsten's Fall Food Party which was very fun! The highlight for me was the Animal Yoga tape ... but the apple crisp was pretty great too.

Today John Kerry is having a rally at Macomb County Community College in Warren, Michigan. I am planning on leaving work at 2pm so that I can get there at 3pm. Doors open at 4pm and he is scheduled to appear after 6pm. Bon Jovi and Bob Seger are scheduled to appear as well. Bill Clinton is appearing with John Kerry at 1pm in Pennsylvania, PA. today (I kinda wish we were getting Clinton but after the Pennsylvania rally he is going down to Florida -- those states need him more than we do).

I'm excited for this rally. I got to see Bill Clinton at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit right before the '92 election and he went on to win the White House. I never got to see Al Gore at a rally in 2000 so ... I'm all about the omens. This race is so close, I'll take anything I can get (this is why I'm rooting for the Boston Red Sox).

Adriana sent this really cool picture to a ton of people in a mass email over the weekend:



Which sparked a debate of it's own (which I won't go into detail about; I'll only say that "Joey" is wrong, as usual, and Sarah is totally right). There is so much KERRY SUPPORT all across the country (HERE is a list of US newspapers that have endorsed John Kerry -- it's a LOOOONG LIST, you'll have to scroll for a long time to get to the bottom) ... GOD we have to win this election! I'm really counting on record turn-out to secure a win for Kerry/Edwards.

So, The Grudge was the #1 movie this weekend. I loved it, Erik and Sarah were scared by it and, apparently, Diana was horrified by it.







It's a good thing I decided NOT to prank call Diana in the middle of the night and make that scary "Arhhhhhhhhhhhhh" sound on her cell phone. She'd have probably killed me!

And I have to say one last thing about the whole Ashlee Simpson debacle -- whatevs, who cares? People are so surprised that she lip-synced on TV. Hello, newsflash, everyone lip-syncs on televised music programs. I think she should have just come right back out and sang her song properly. She would have gotten so much respect for singing it anyway. I think her little "dance-a-jig-and-then-run-off-stage" idea was a bad one though:









Her record company blamed the fiasco on a "computer glitch" and she blamed her band -- I bet you $10,000 she sh*t her pants a little when she realized she effed up on live television. I think reports of her career being "over" are extremely exaggerated. She is supposed to perform on the Radio Music Awards this week -- I bet you another 10K she sings live. She wouldn't dare do it again ... right?

Let's do the news now:
  • The countdown has begun. Tori Amos' new album is tentatively set for a February 8, 2005 release. From MikeWhy: A reliable source has told me that the current release date for Tori's new Epic album is February 8, 2005. Several other people have been emailing me with various dates that range from January to March 2005, but this date at the moment seems the most current. (Thanks to everyone for your emails!) As usual, these release dates are fluid and can change. We know nothing about the new album really, although we have heard tiny comments made by drummer Matt Chamberlain, who recorded the album with Tori earlier this year, as well as a small tidbit from Neil Gaiman. Looks like we have an exciting 2005 to look forward to! Woo! I can't wait!!!
  • Scooby-Doo has the new record for the cartoon with the most episodes (in the UK? The article isn't quite clear). The show's 350th episode, Scooby-Doo Halloween, is being screened on the Boomerang channel on Friday, beating a previous record held by The Simpsons ... The Simpsons previously held the cartoon record with 335 episodes, followed by Tom and Jerry with 209, The Flintstones (166) and Disney's Mickey Mouse (120) ... "It's a great honour to have taken Homer's crown," said Richard Kilgarriff of Boomerang TV ... Scooby-Doo will now be listed in the 2006 Guinness World Record book published at the end of next year. Wow -- kinda cool.
  • Rap the vote? Eminem is going to vote for the first time this presidential election and he's not endorsing Bush. "Bush is definitely not my homie" the rap superstar said in an interview with Rolling Stone, parts of which were posted Thursday on the magazine's Web site. "But I'm still undecided. Kerry has been known to say some things that?s caught my attention, made a few statements I've liked, but I don't know. Whatever my decision, I would like to see Bush out of office." Whatever, he is going to vote for Kerry, he just wants to be cool and not declare his choice publicly. Whatever I think about Eminem as a person, I'll take his vote.
  • In the "duh" category, Lost has finally been picked up for the full season. ABC's plane crash castaway drama "Lost" has been picked up for a full season, which means another nine episodes will be filmed in addition to the 13 already in production, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported Friday ... The series is also one of the most expensive ever filmed in Hawaii. The two-hour pilot was the most expensive in the network's history, costing as much as $14 million. Each episode costs between $3 million and $4 million. I had no idea it wasn't optioned for a full season from the get-go. It'll probably be the most successful new show this season (if only because Desperate Housewives doesn't appeal to as many people as Lost does).
And that's it for now. I'm going to get some work done before I split at 2. I hope to get a good seat at the indoor rally, I want to take a ton of pictures. Watch for those soon.