October 18, 2010

Welcome to a first ever live action blog…I have never seen a second of the Fox Television hit show “Glee,” and the kiddies tell me it’s all the rage these days.  So I think it might be fun to watch an entire episode (provided I have the stomach to get through it), and give you some reactions.  I’m watching Season 2, show 4 titled “Duets.”

Pre-Introduction – About what I expected, unfunny humor from  a random assortment of characters.  Nice to see a variety of skin totes and sexual preference though, this is definitely not the cast from my beloved Bevery Hills, 90210, where the sighting of anyone not straight or white was a big deal.

About the 2:50 mark – Holy S%IT! Kevin McHale was in the credits…no wonder this show is such a success. First he won titles with the Celtics in the 80’s, then has made a joke of the Timbewolves franchise more recently.  Obviously he is trying to bounce back with television.

3:37 – Two chicks in cheerleader outfits kissing on a bed talking about taking a break from “scissoring.” I’m sold!

5:45 –  Two members sing the duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” And by ‘sing,’ I mean obviously lip sync, quite crappily I might add.

7:05 – The sexual tension here is obvious.  They should just get it over with and go at it on the piano in front of everyone.

13:30-15:30 – The gay character has a pretty intense conversation with his Dad (who I can only imagine based on his gruffness probably had a difficult time with his son’s open homosexuality during season 1, as a plot device).  I was actually quite impressed with this scene, well done and surprisingly well acted…finally.

17:00- 26:00 – I got a phone call that was not important.  Unfortunately for Glee, the show has pretty much sucked as much as I figured it would to this point so I did not consider pausing it.  Though I do hope I didn’t miss anymore female cheerleaders kissing each other.

28:09 – Is it just me, or is there something odd about two guys working out on a punching bag saying things like “you tried to kiss her? Major Glee party foul dude!”?

28:18 – Do the cheerleaders only wear their cheerleading outfits?

30:00-31:00 – One of the cheerleaders that was making out at the beginning of the episode just picked up her duet partner (who is in a wheelchair), laid him down on her bed and it was implied that during the commercial break she was going to take his virginity.  I honestly thought this was a kids show…this is a cable deal away from being as sweet as ‘Californication.’

33:00-35:00 – Another obviously lip synced crappy song.  This show sucks.

40:00 – The winners of the duet contest sit down to their free dinner at what is supposed to be an awesome restaurant called Breadsticks.  The food looks awful.  This show is awful. I want the last 42 minutes of my life back.

41:00- End – The musical montage just made me throw up in my mouth a little.  Enough said.

Bottom line is this – I understand the hype around ‘Glee,’ and why some people like it.  I don’t get how people are so enamored with this show that “Gleeks” are now a part of pop culture.  But then again there was a year in my life where I was addicted to the WWE, so what the hell do I know.


October 18, 2010

Live blogging throughout a life changing event or at least a highly suspenseful event is pretty cool – just having the option to go back and see how you were digesting an event in real time is pretty interesting.

I remember Bill Simmons live blogging some pretty monumental Red Sox games.  The Go Fug Yourself girls documenting the live happenings during fashion week.  Jeremy and I are going to go with an episode of Glee.

Intro: I hate it when I get thrown into a show mid-season.  I have no idea who anyone here is … but there are a lot of awkward characters and three pretty hot cheerleaders.  Oh, and the guy from that show…that I’m blanking on.

*I had to pause and look into it.  And no, I’m confusing the unmemorable and wholesome male lead, Cory Monteith, with Chris Klein.  Ha.

1:07: The cheerleader and Sam share a glance as he enters the room. unimpressive foreshadowing forced down throat.

1:45 Awkward student’s exchange – this reminds me of Dawson’s Creek in that NO ONE in high school actually talked that way to each other.

4:47 – “undisputed top bitches at this school” – ahh, I was in an a cappella group.  While there were some talented and awesome people in the group, I don’t recall anyone being nominated for the coveted top bitch position.

5:46 – first musical number is a duet with drummer that’s not Chris Klein and dark haired chick.  I’m going to puke.  This is terrible.  Although I love the back up drummer ready to step in when not Chris Klein decides he just wants to DANCE!

9:50 – God this show is stupid.

10:36 – Male shower scene.  Combined with the lesbian cheerleader scene earlier this show is definitely working off the theory about high schoolers only being interested in sex.  Sex and randomly interspersed musical numbers.

13:20 – Are all these characters token stereotypes?

15:22 – Okay, that was actually a decent exchange between the father and his gay son.  Dad had some good insights.

15:40 – And another musical number.

18:15 – And another shower scene.

21:34 – A duet sung by one person.  Dressed as a divided soul.  I’ve figured out what Jeremy should be for Halloween.

30:05 – Do they always wear the cheerleading uniforms?  I didn’t go to a normal high school, so I have no idea if this is what happens.  But if they do have to wear it every day that means either a lot of laundry, or a closet full of uniforms.

31:40 – And another musical number.  I keep hoping each one will be the last.

33:40 – The blond duet.  I was guessing Jack Johnson.  Turns out it’s Jason Mraz’s Lucky.  I was close.  This is the second time this song was ruined for me, if we’re not counting the first time I heard it and threw up in my mouth.

41:04 – And we switch from the accordion to some piano and strings when the blond dinner turns into a date.  All he needed to do was admit his terrible dark secret that he dies his hair.

41:35 – I was wondering when the scene montage to a duet was going to happen.

Bottom Line: This show clearly has an audience, and while most of it is over acted, and sung, there are some good moments in there.  I find it strangely appealing, but no, I’m not adding it to my DVR list.

SHE SAID: Case of the Mondays

October 18, 2010

Happy Monday!  Hearing that is kind of like reading Have a Happy Period on the Always panty liner.  It’s just not going to happen.

I spent a large chunk of my weekend working on my son’s Halloween costume.  While brainstorming ideas (I was pushing for ghost or Karate Kid – he chose a Clone Trooper from Star Wars) we decided that we would rather make it because we had fun with last year’s home-made octopus.  It took a while to get my mind around the idea of making a clone trooper costume since the on-line suggestions included the words, heat gun and PVC piping – both of which seemed a little intense for my limited skill set.  So, working with some huge cardboard boxes we got started on the suit of armor.  Anyway, like I said, we were working on his costume and while bing-ing for ideas and images, I found this site full of great ideas for women.


This is a link to a great slide show of Edward Horsford’s images documenting the innards of water balloons bursting.


I suck at this game.


But I fared better at this one – hint, you have to play off your own words so choose wisely.  Or at least better than I.  I have a feeling Jeremy and I could have a lot of fun and waste a lot of time playing this one.

HE SAID: Case of the Mondays?

October 18, 2010

I have to be honest, I don’t have anything close to a case of the Mondays…even though I have a 10 page paper to write today I’m fresh off a fun weekend that was capped off with suite tickets to yesterday’s Patriots overtime victory against the Ravens.  Good times.  As a result…I feel some fun links coming-

Starting off with a staring contest between a muppet and a band member from Ok Go, who I missed in Burlington last night (but again, the Pats game was worth it).


Have to love politics in our country. What would happen to NY if they actually voted in Kristin Davis as governor; the same Kristin Davis who was formerly the ‘Manhattan Madam’ who was in the news two years ago for effing Eliot Spitzer (you know, for money).


Best thing about pre-season NBA, crowds are quiet enough that you can hear some terrific heckling…when was the last time you could hear “YOU HAVE ZERO WORK ETHIC!” through the TV? Surprisingly enough, this is not about Vince Carter!


So far we’ve covered music, politics and sports, let’s finish with some movies: here is the trailer for the Coen Bro’s remake of True Grit, due out Christmas. One other note on movies…do not take your preteen to see Jackass:3d as part of a family Saturday. Not the best parenting skills.