Five Shows You Should Be Watching But Probably Aren’t [Friday 5er]

For many years I didn’t have TV – not just a lack of cable but no basic channels either. I would catch up on network programs on my computer at lunch, but there were so many shows I didn’t even know existed at the time. I’ve since embraced satellite television, and although I’m not one to argue that there is certainly a lot of terrible, mindless crap on the boob tube, there are also some really impressive endeavors I’ve run across lately. Some are well known cultural successes and some I don’t really hear about besides the internal monologue playing in my brain. These are a few: 1. My Mother’s Ravioli Much to my delight, I discovered...

Simply A Tree, And Not A Particularly Nice One [An Unexpected Purge]

It is hot in Los Angeles this week. Everyone always thinks it’s hot — ideas of palm tree paradises flocked with bikini clad women and men in sunglasses, relishing the look of themselves in their convertibles have somehow managed to infiltrate the rest of the country like a fairy tale at bed time. As a native Angeleno I’ve never particularly identified with the love of palm trees or convertibles. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fancy the ocean, but that is just a simple water affinity. I’d be just as happy near any lake or coastline in existence. Hell, just get me in a pool and I’m all smiles. The Pacific Ocean just happens to be the...

5 Things I Just Don’t Trust [Friday 5er]

1. Crepes I know some people are crazy about these dubious offerings, but every time I see one I tend to get the feeling I’m in the presence of food with an identity crisis. Are you an omelette? Are you a pancake? Are you a savory main dish or a dessert?!? Make up your mind, man! For the time being, I’ll just stick with my benedict, thankyouverymuch.   2. Cross Walk Buttons I have the sneaking suspicion that the entire system of the well known green walking person vs. red hand is a perfect example of appeasing people by making them feel like they have some sort of control. I am one of the minority of Angelenos who actually walks a fair...

Five Things I Wish Were Still Around [Friday 5er] Jun07

Five Things I Wish Were Still Around [Friday 5er]

1. Showbiz Pizza Screw Chuck E. Cheese! In my youth it was all about Billy Bob the Bear and the kick ass animatronic band *The Rock-afire Explosion convincing my young mind that if you had pizza and game tickets, all was right with the world (and that there was definitely not pee in the ball room). *Now THAT is a band name. Anyone want to start The New Rock-afire Explosion with me? Coachella, here we come! Image Credit: Geekologie 2. MTV I know that this channel technically still exists but I’m talking about actual Music Television. Many more generations have grown up without this societal boon than have but I was one of the lucky ones who...

An Open Letter To The Dancers Walking To The Edge Dance Center Next To My Gym [An Unexpected Purge]

On any given day I pass you shouldering your duffle bags as you make your way into an intermediate modern, hip hop or barre technique class, ready to stretch, gyrate and twirl for an hour in a mirrored room smelling of sweat and resin, and I lower my gaze as I hurry by. Or sometimes I stick out my jaw and stare straight ahead. It varies, but the truth of my end of the encounter does not. Please know that – rational or not – for myself and perhaps for others who are braving the treadmill even though we are a bit out of shape or doughy or haven’t seen our tricep muscle, well, ever – your unstudied, bonelessly lithe pixie-visage greeting...

5 Television Show Crossovers I Want To See Right Now [Friday 5er] May24

5 Television Show Crossovers I Want To See Right Now [Friday 5er]

1. Chopped – The McLaughlin Group Edition A very special episode of everyone’s favorite quick thinking cooking show. In this episode, John McLaughlin and 3 members of his weekly discussion panel open up their mystery baskets in an effort to please three renowned chefs using unusual food combinations in a way that doesn’t immediately make you want to vomit. Things take a unique turn when the contestants cannot come to a consensus as to the best way to open their baskets and spend the duration of air time in a heated debate about picnic etiquette and basket making.   2. The Daily Show: Guest Host Ryan Lochte If The Daily Show tends...

Five Rejected New Reality Shows For The Fall Season [Friday 5er] May17

Five Rejected New Reality Shows For The Fall Season [Friday 5er]

1. The Pole Package Live audience vote-in competition to find the best exotic dancer in the country. Ex-Playboy playmate and reality television superstar Kendra Wilkinson, famed dancer turned actor Mikhail Baryshnikov and zany comedic personality Rosie O’Donnell bring multiple viewpoints and a range of show business experience to the judges’ table. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll spend $10 for a Diet Coke! Image Credit: Pole Fitness Congleton Cheshire   2. A Pole Lotta Love A concurrently airing spin-off of The Pole Package following a former/current contestant’s search for true love. Each...

Five Kickstarter Campaigns That Aren’t Too Far Away [Friday 5er] May10

Five Kickstarter Campaigns That Aren’t Too Far Away [Friday 5er]

1. Supermodel Fallen On Hard Times International Model Adriana Verladelia needs your help! As a widely sought after supermodel she does not get out of bed for less than $5000 a day. However, with the recent economic downturn and companies cutting back in various ways, Adriana is in desperate...