Thursday, November 29, 2007

Watch 101 Christmas Specials Free Online

Sorry I've fallen behind on posting. I seem to be in a "Thursday only" rut at the moment. And even this post is basically a re-hash of a previous post, but for those that missed it last year, it's a good one for the holidays.

This site is the gateway to 101 Holiday Specials that you can watch for free online. After checking out Shrek The Halls and How The Grinch Stole Christmas last night, I thought about this site, and know how valuable it is to be able to utilize with two young kids in the house.


UPDATE: It looks like there is a fresh list -- although there are some reposts -- of holiday shows for 2007, also on that same page.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's the perfect way to allow your toothless Uncle Floyd to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Take some time today, or this weekend, and rent or watch Planes, Trains, And Automobiles. It's one of my favorite movies, has a Thanksgiving theme, and, I'm not ashamed to admit, always chokes me up at the end.

Now, here's how that movie would have looked had it been presented with a more Brokeback Mountain feel.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Men That Look Like Old Lesbians

As long as I'm on a bit of a streak here where one of my posts inspires another one, after my recent post about the lesbian ministers being eliminated from The Amazing Race, I felt compelled to follow that up with a link to a fun site I found today.

The site is simply a collection of fairly famous dudes that have an uncanny resemblance to old lesbians.


The older lady from the couple that was recently eliminated on The Amazing Race always reminded me of a man, so I thought it was a good tie-in.

And, no, I have no interest in seeing her do the yoga routine.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Yoga To The Rescue

I'm nominating this girl for the Yoga For Hangovers program. She certainly could have used it after this display.

The yoga routine would have done wonders for her, although doing the routine on the concrete floor in a jail cell may have been a bit uncomfortable. - Watch more free videos

Monday, November 12, 2007

Lesbian Ministers Eliminated From Amazing Race

Thankfully, Kate and Pat, the married ministers that were competing on the current installment of The Amazing Race, have been eliminated. Now we can watch the rest of this season without having to deal with explaining to our 7-year old daughter, Megan, why two women are married.

It's just not a conversation we're ready to have right now.

And, when we all sit down as a family to watch one of the few shows that is family-friendly -- save for the few times when words like "bitch" are uttered, or others are bleeped out -- conversations about why women, or men, would marry each other isn't at the top of my list of things-I'd-like-to-do-while-watching-the-show.

Hey, I have no problem with homosexuality, especially when it involves two women, I just didn't want to deal with the awkwardness each time these two would embrace, kiss, or talk about how much they loved each other.

I understand that much of what drives the program is showing the tension, communication skills, and ability to work together within each of the teams of two, but I think CBS overdid it a bit with these two.

And, if the network is going to continue to show kissing and embracing between married lesbians on future teams, couldn't the casting department give us a hotter couple?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Yoga For Hangovers

The holiday season is approaching. More appropriately, the holiday party season is approaching.

Many of you will be heading to numerous parties with family, friends, office workers, or just total strangers at some downtown club. Some of you are going to be faced with the dreaded hangover the next morning.

That's where Ford model Tara Stiles comes in. She's put together the above video to help cure that morning-after hangover.

So, sure, re-hydrate with water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, or whichever drink you choose. Take some pain relievers, and try to get a meal down if you can. But don't forget to throw on some short shorts and a midriff baring t-shirt, and yoga your way to feeling better - the Tara Stiles way.

I may just have to watch this video many times, you know, so I can memorize the routine in case I'm hungover, but nowhere near a computer.

It's the least I can do.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Shop(ping) Talk

After working the last ten Friday nights covering football games, I had my first Friday evening off since the middle of August last night.

I celebrated the way most guys would -- went grocery shopping after dinner, came home, and was asleep before nine o'clock.

Granted, I needed to be up by four o'clock to get to work Saturday.

As far as the grocery shopping, well, I've done the large majority of the grocery shopping over the years, and brace yourself, but I actually enjoy it.

After my wife and I got married, either she would do the shopping by herself while I worked, or we'd both go together at some point on the weekend. After we had our first child, she'd stay home with her, and I'd go to the store.

My wife would put the shopping list in the order that the items would appear in the store, making it very easy for me to do some precise, in-and-out shopping, instead of wandering around aimlessly, wide-eyed with my mouth open -- kind of like the first time I went to a stripclub.

Over time, I started getting the hang of things, and eventually, I just started doing the shopping each week.

Now, with two young kids at the house -- a 7-year old and a 1-year old, I actually look forward to going to the stores. An hour out of the house, no matter what it is that you're doing, is kind of nice sometimes.

Plus, whe you're the one doing the shopping, you can adjust off the list, grab a couple of extra things that you like, and not feel disappointed after someone else brings home the groceries and you notice that they bought you Milwaukee's Best beer instead of Heineken because it was cheaper.

I've been doing the shopping for so long now, that I'm the go-to guy as far as knowing prices, recognizing good deals, and spotting the best bargains.

My wife will say, "Hey, honey turkey lunchmeat is only $6.98/lb. at Jewel."

Not even a half-beat later, I counter that "It's $5.98/lb. at Food 4 Less."

Then she turns her eyes and walks away, much like Shelly Duvall started to do at about the halfway point of The Shining.

It's a little frightening. You'd think a guy like me, even after doing this for so many years, would be like a typical guy...go aisle to aisle, grabbing the first thing he sees, not paying much attention to prices, etc. Not so. In fact, I think I'm taking things a little too seriously lately:

* I'm always disappointed when there are not a good variety of bananas. There need to be half that are ripe, and half that are green. I'm buying a dozen bananas to get through the week, and it does me no good when they're all going to be ripe at the same time!

* One weekend, while hitting two stores back-to-back, after passing up a head of lettuce at the 1st store because it was $1.29, I actually shouted "damnit!" at the 2nd store when lettuce was $1.59.

* Standing in the checkout line a couple of weeks ago, I was behind a woman who was writing a check. What year is this, anyway? It took her about ten minutes to complete the transaction. I was so upset, when she wasn't looking I stole her bottle of wine. Well, I at least thought about it.

* There are usually three stores that we choose to go from week to week, and I now know where everything is at each store, and know the trends as far as which store has the lowest lunchmeat prices, best quality of fruits, consistently reliable $0.50 individual containers of yogurt, the best prices on 93% lean ground beef, etc. I'm developing Rain Man-like qualities.

I don't even mind bagging my own groceries, which I have to do at certain stores. I'm getting good at it, too.

Working in radio, the low-paying and usually insecure job market that it is, learning how to bag groceries properly isn't the worst skill in the world to be learning.