Saturday, October 06, 2007

An Equal Playing Field

In the interest of equal time, here are pics of another great park in the Los Angeles area, Will Rogers Historic State Park. There is an immediate sense of money here - and parking is $7! - but this park has some wonderful, challenging hikes/bike trails (one goes all the way over the SM Mountains to Topanga State Beach), a great view of the ocean and L.A.'s only regulation-size polo field. Makes for a very nice afternoon - though free parking would make it that much better...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Good Morning LA!

One of the things I enjoyed doing most in Sydney were day hikes, and I'm trying to keep it up by going out every weekend. These are pictures of and from L.A.'s most stunning instance of urban planning done right, Griffith Park. Unfortunately, an arsonist started a fire last spring that burned about one-third of it, especially the Mt. Hollywood elevation. Still, the view from the top is wonderful, and the Observatory is truly majestic.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Cutest Buns in Cincinnati

And they're off!

Team Mustard takes a commanding lead in the Running of the Wieners as a tomato condiment challenger tries to ketchup. (from's "A Day in Pictures")

These little hotdogs aren't fooling around, either - there's a rawhide chew and a tummy rub at the finish line!

The Big, Bad, Baby Blanket

This is my new knitting project - the Stitch N' Bitch Big Bad Baby Blanket for my preggers cousin. She's never been all that nice to me and pretty much demanded I make her something, but I got the yarn gratis, it's going quickly and I've never knit anything really "baby" really so there ya go. I've also learned how to do "intarsia" and that's a cool thing.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Well-worn couches, well-worn Mammas...

As promised, I will occasionally post things I find interesting, curious, emotive and/or d!@mn stupid. Thusly, in keeping with the title of my blog and my favorite stage play EVER, my first nominee for the inaugural 2007 "Mamma-On-The-Couch" Award goes to:

Sherri Shepherd, the newest member of that horrible talk show "The View," for not knowing if the world is round or flat! Her excuse for not knowing was that she was too busy trying to figure out how to feed her "chirren" and keep a roof over her head to be concerned with it - and surely, like every good Mamma, to "make sho u wipe yo feets when u com 'nta dis houz!" How do these iggies continue to get paid - by perputuating the stereotype of course, and Baba Wawa and Hasselback ate it up.

I heard she clarified it the next day, but I still think she is, as Left-Eye put it, a Silly Ho.

By the way, I'm looking for a "Miss Raj" candidate... more on that later.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Good on ya, mate

This is Big Marley Beach, part of the Coastal Walk at Royal National Park, about an hour train ride out of Sydney. Can you guess what's missing?

PEOPLE, as far as the eye can see! It was wonderful, Sydney was wonderful, and I look forward to going back soon. Here's one more pic, from Cronulla:

It was really great to get away from everything and everybody (yes, even people you love dearly), if only just for a week. I highly recommend it.

I'm a single woman with a new passport - where to next...?


As I said, I enjoy posting some of my favorite things, and here's a picture of my two favorite guys. I'll take it down in a week or so, but they're so darned cute!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Let's Get It Started (in here)

Okay. I signed up for this blog a loooong time ago, and promptly abandoned it after my first post. I know I suck as a blogger, really - I don't know if I add anything to the world mix, as it were. Still, I've got opinions, insights and jokes, and a blog is much better (and safer) than ranting atop a soapbox at the corner of Wilshire and La Cienega.

So now I've rededicated myself to blogging, and posting stuff that I think is excellent, emotive, indicative of who I am and what makes me think. Hopefully, you will like it too.

My first post:

Jon Stewart is the most trusted name in news.

This is the funniest ish I've seen in a long while. I don't know of male gospel singers out there with such a keen sense of satire/humor; if anyone out there knows the brotha singing, tell him I said YOU GOT JOKES, HOMIE!

"maybe he was wearing Hammer pants, who remembers Hammer pants...?"

I also love how JS matches the singer's melodrama even as he barely successfully stifles a laugh towards the end. This is why the show wins Emmys every year. Take THAT, Jay Leno - grab a pair, whydon'cha!

But seriously folks, when did it happen that our only source of true news is a fictional comedy/satire show? I watch TDS first, then CNN, then read the LA Times, then if I want to know more about the latest SoCal fire/earthquake/fill-in-the-natural-disaster-here, I'll check out a local broadcast - but the minute they mention some stoopid celebutard I turn the tv off. And when TDS goes on news hiatus, so do I - I'll catch up on my Seinfeld re-runs, thanks, renew my Feats of Strength!