Wonderfully Awful: A Rant With Teeth [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Robin’s on a wedding-induced hiatus. But I chose this teeth rant as my favorite of her blogumns, b/c it’s absolutely true. That’s all. From April 7, 2010 As someone who gets massively geeked out on television, I know as much as the...

Wonderfully Awful: Beer O’ Clock

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig I like beer. But more often than not, I’m too cheap to spring for expensive import or craft beers. Quite frankly, on a hot summer day, sometimes there’s nothing better than a cool and refreshing domestic light beer. But which one should I choose? Unfortunately,...

Wonderfully Awful: County Fair Delicacies!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig I just returned home from lovely Del Mar, California after spending three glorious days at the San Diego County Fair, and can now state with confidence that the county fair as it currently exists may stand alone as the singularly most Wonderfully Awful way to...

Wonderfully Awful: Writers I Know on Skates [BOOK WEEK]

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig I know people who write books. And I think that makes me pretty special. Sure, I didn’t do anything in particular to have anyone look upon me with any sort of admiration. But I know people who write books. I can introduce you to those people and say, “Hey, have...

Wonderfully Awful: Only in L.A. – Slimmons!

Los Angeles is a strange and magical city. It’s a place where you can turn a corner and stumble onto a film set. It’s where you can be assured to run into a celebrity every single time you go to see a movie at a particular theater. And it’s the one and only city where, on a weekly basis, Joe...

Wonderfully Awful: Love Thy Neighbor, Part 3

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig It’s been a while since we checked in with the wide variety of personalities that live just outside of my fiance’s and my apartment window. Let’s see what’s new and what’s not so new with the people in the neighborhood. (For reference, I suggest you check in...

Wonderfully Awful: We All Have Our Vices

We all have our vices. Everyone has a little something that they know is bad for them, but they love it so much that they have a hard time picturing their lives without it. Some may even take their vices to the point of addiction. There are your standards – booze, cigarettes, drugs, etc. And...

Wonderfully Awful: A Rant With Teeth

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig As someone who gets massively geeked out on television, I know as much as the next person that sometimes you have to take what you watch with a grain of salt. It’s called suspension of disbelief, and it allows the viewing audience to accept things like mystical...

Wonderfully Awful: Cracked Screen App

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Now that I’ve been a proud iPhone owner for approximately four months, I like to consider myself a bit of an expert. I can now recommend a variety of Very Important Apps, such as Service Bell (Need assistance? No service bell handy? Bring your own and annoy...

Hello Friday: Fierce Thoughts [Week in Review]

Whatta fierce and nerdy week! Here are my thoughts: 1. I just love that France requires a chest x-ray from its would-be citizens. I wonder why… 2. Poor Robin actually asked me if it was okay to self-promote on the blog, and I answered something along the lines of “Absolutely not,...

Wonderfully Awful: Do You Take This Woman to be Your Wife…After ...

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig As I continue to plan my upcoming nuptials, I’m getting to that point where anything and everything wedding-related that I see interests me. I already mentioned my obsession with Say Yes to the Dress in a previous blog. And that’s all well and good, but now I...

Wonderfully Awful: MANvertising

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Dear Advertising Agencies of America: who hurt you? Why does it seem like you hate women all of a sudden? I ask because I’ve noticed a recent trend in television commercials in which women are portrayed as everything from shrill, annoying harpies to the keys to...

Wonderfully Awful: SkyMall Love

My fiancé and I have this fun ritual every time we fly somewhere. As soon as we get on the plane, we grab the latest SkyMall catalog out of the seat pocket and start perusing to find out what new and ridiculous items they’ve added since we last flew somewhere. For those who aren’t familiar,...

Wonderfully Awful: Reality Roundup!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig As the holiday season kicked in, many of my favorite scripted television shows went on a nice, long hiatus. As a result, I’ve been given a lengthy chance to catch up on some of my old favorites from reality television-land, as well as get to know some shows I...

Wonderfully Awful: CBS Cares (about your private parts)

I’m not going to lie – when it comes time to write this blog, sometimes I really struggle and, at times, come up blank when trying to think up a topic. One would think there would be an endless supply of Wonderfully Awful things in this world to write about, but now. However, once in a great...

Wonderfully Awful: The Legend of Sasquatch

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Sasquatch (n): (1) Large, hairy, mythical human-like beastly creature said to be found in the North American wilderness. (2) Large, hairy, mythical human-like beastly creature said to be found at roller derby games in the greater Los Angeles area. (3) Brightly...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Nov. 13-19]

What an awesome week! Sami got her baby back on Days of Our Lives and Al Gore was on 30 Rock. Plus I’m in the middle of a really good book. Seriously could life be any better? HELLO FRIDAY re: FIERCE ANTICIPATION: November 13-15, in which Ryan Dixon dissed both 2012 and Cincinnati....

Wonderfully Awful: Thou Shalt Not Covet the iPhone…or Shalt Thou...

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig It was late Friday night, and my fiancé and I were lying around catching up on television shows that had been piling up in our TiVo all week. When the clock struck midnight, he said “Happy birthday” and handed me a small gift bag. I opened the bag and found the...

Wonderfully Awful: Miss Cuttie and Other Swap Meet Treasures

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig So I’m just going to come out and say it…I love to shop. However, as someone who has been FUNemployed for quite some time now, I have discovered that it’s not always (or ever) in my best interest to indulge in the joys of a productive trip to the mall. So I try...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds on the Block [Sept. 18-24]

Good Gawd, mama’s tired. Miss Betty is calling herself trying to cut a tooth, and she has been letting us know that she’s not happy about this situation at various times in the morning for like two nights now. Not cool, man. Not cool. But at least the comments did us right this...

Wonderfully Awful: Kitty Poop Chronicles

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig It started with a turd on my yoga mat. My cat Olly had been known to occasionally poop outside of his litter box, so I cleaned it up, disinfected the mat and went on with my life. Then he did it again. And again. And then I started noticing more and more...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [August 21-27]

Guys, I’m SO sorry, but we’re at serious sixes and sevens today, so we’ll once again have limited content. But Monday, we’ll totally (okay somewhat) have it together. I super-promise! That all vowed, here are the best comments and quotes of the week: HELLO FRIDAY re:...

Wonderfully Awful: Public Service Awesomeness

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Quick – think of a catch phrase from a public service announcement from the 1980′s! Easy, right? Perhaps you’re hearing a stern bear tell you that only you can prevent forest fires. Or maybe you heard the sound of an egg frying while a voice...

Wonderfully Awful: Dealertainers!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty much obsessed with Las Vegas. However, it seems that more often than not, my trips to Sin City don’t coincide with the rare times in my life when I am cash flush. I’ve had to do the Vegas on a budget trip so many times...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block July 10-16

Whatta week. CH got an Emmy nomination, and of course the comments were off the hook. Check ‘em out: HELLO FRIDAY re: Fierce Anticipation: July 10-12, in which Ryan Dixon made a case for Sheetz being the best convenience store in the history of ever. One reader/former employee agreed:...

Wonderfully Awful: LAZERS PEW PEW PEW!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley Last weekend I did something that people have been doing for decades but was brand new to me. Something that people generally don’t choose to do if they’re in their right mind. Something that enjoyed a bit of a heyday in the 80’s but...

Wonderfully Awful: Wonderfully Wonderful

  We’re going to take a break from our regularly scheduled Wonderfully Awful to spend some time on something Wonderfully Wonderful: my engagement. Sure, it feels a wee bit self-indulgent to spend time that I normally use to snark on bad TV or weird informercial products to talk about this...

Wonderfully Awful: Cheap-ah Las Vegas!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Las Vegas is a city known for separating its visitors from every bit of money they brought with them. However, after my most recent trip, I learned that it’s not just possible to enjoy Vegas on the cheap…it’s fun! And now I’d like to share a few tips to help...

Wonderfully Awful: Audience Participation

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Screen Capture: Jeff Schultz I was recently invited to watch a taping of a game show for which I had auditioned, and was told that I could possibly be pulled from the audience to become a contestant. Even though I shuddered at the thought of being humiliated on...

Hello Friday: The Fiercest Nerds On The Block May 15-22

Photo by Rick Audet Happy Memorial Day Weekend, guys! Before we get into the best comments of the week, friendly reminder to enter your date and time in the Baby Betty Pool. Betty won’t guess her birth date and time by herself, now will she? She needs suggestions. HELLO FRIDAY re:...

Wonderfully Awful: Why Be Unemployed When You Can Be FUNemployed!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig A couple months ago, I decided to join all the cool kids and rid myself of my job. Well, it wasn’t so much that I decided to do it as my employer decided for me, but that’s not important. The point is that, like so very many people I know and tons of people I...

Wonderfully Awful: Love Thy Neighbor, Part 2

  . a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig And now, another terribly true tale of apartment living… When I checked my mailbox last Friday, I found a curious letter. The envelope indicated it was from my apartment management and it was addressed simply to “resident.” My mind wandered to try to...

Wonderfully Awful: Dancing With The Stars

Now that April has rolled around, I’m finding very little interesting television at the moment. Aside from maybe Lost and Rescue Me, and all the basketball and baseball that has been crowding up the TiVos (thanks, boyfriend), there just isn’t much to watch. That’s probably why I’m getting...

Wonderfully Awful: Advertising in the Age of Tivo

. a blog by Robin Rosenzweig Remember a time not so long ago when watching television meant sitting through all of the commercials? Indeed, the pookah-pookah-pookah convenience of TiVo has been life and television habit-changing for many of us. But like most things in life, that convenience...

Wonderfully Awful: Your Hedges Need a Trim

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Ever since I started musing on all that is Wonderfully Awful in the world, it seems that others have found fun in helping me discover these things. This is incredibly helpful on a day like today, when the sun is shining and the weather is warm and I have a hard...

Wonderfully Awful: The Snuggie Epidemic

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Has this been a particularly cold winter? Because it seems like everyone has been stricken with Snuggie Fever, and quite frankly, I don’t know what to do about it! So in case you’ve been living under a rock, a Snuggie is some sort of miracle garment that is...

Wonderfully Awful: Love Thy Neighbor

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig After about four years together, my boyfriend and I finally decided to take the leap and move in together. We ended up moving into the first place we found, a reasonably-priced cute two bedroom, two bath in a secure building with underground parking for the...

Wonderfully Awful: Desperate for the Real Housewives

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig I am a big television fan, and have been for years. My two – yes, two – TiVos are always busy keeping track of the shows I follow. Before that miraculous piece of technology was invented, I used 2-3 VCRs to ensure I didn’t miss a moment of my favorite shows....

Wonderfully Awful: I Fricking Love Cruises!

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig I just got back from a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and it just reaffirms what I’ve always felt…I really fricking love cruises. They have the perfect amount of international culture, free food and old people that one could ever desire for a vacation. Old...

Wonderfully Awful: Hollywood Superheroes

. a blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig [EDITOR'S NOTE: Our wonderful Kalimba is on sabbatical in Austin until February. Til then, "Wonderfully Awful" will be moving into her "Inspirational Monday" spot, so be super-nice to Robin.] As I write this, I am on the set of what appears to be a big budget...

Wonderfully Awful: Christmas at the Rainbow

. A blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig The year was 2000. I was visiting my sister Laura in Los Angeles for a few days before going to Palm Springs for Christmas with the parents. On the Saturday before Christmas, Laura took me on my first ever visit to the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip....

Wonderfully Awful: Meowy Catmas!!!

. A blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Here we go again…another blog about cats! YAY! Last week, CH wrote about some fantastic holiday gifts for your cats. I’m about to take that to the next level with Wonderfully Awful gifts for people who really love (and perhaps have an unhealthy obsession with)...

Wonderfully Awful: Quickies

A blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig As we know since we just went through it, Thanksgiving is a time to not only gorge yourself on ridiculous amounts of food until you pass out in a tryptophan-addled drooling heap, but it’s also a time to give thanks for the many blessings in your life. Over this...

Wonderfully Awful: The 70′s Seduction

. A blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Last year for my birthday, I threw a 70’s fondue party featuring an entire soundtrack of mellow gold songs from the era. When prepping the playlist, a pattern formed –- though 70’s songs are often about sex, they are not at all sexy. Here are some examples of...

Wonderfully Awful: Like Sands Through The Hourglass

. A blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig This year, Days of our Lives celebrates its 43rd anniversary. And like sands through the hourglass, I have been watching for approximately 25 of them.  It’s hard to say why I have remained so dedicated to Days, with its outlandish story lines and convoluted...