Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I have stuff to say but I'm not ready to write it down yet.

Do you forgive or forget?
I forgive and forget, but sometimes not in that order.

Do you trust people?

What are you not looking forward to?
Getting on the scale.

Do you get mad easily?
I don't know. I'm easily irritated, but a slow burn, I guess, about the big things.

Tell us about the last time you were told you that you were pretty.
I'm sure there's been at least one time since, but I got "all dressed up" (for me) for my friend Diana's wedding... what was that? Two years ago. My friend Steve told me I "clean up good," which was sweet.

Do you have strange dreams?
Occasionally. I wish that now, as an adult, I could have one of the several recurring dreams I had as a kid. I wonder what grown-up Irene would have to say about the one with all the snakes, or the one with the burning house, or the one with the alien/leprechaun/skeletor creature...

Ever licked someone's cheek or forehead?
Oh, dear.


When did you last play a game?
I played Guitar Hero in the presence of an actual guitarist and KICKED HIS ASS a couple of weekends ago. Yay!

What do you have on you at all times?
I'd say "cell phone" but I forgot it today, so that sort of sucks. My watch. My wedding ring. Some sort of lip stuff.

Do you go out in public without getting all dressed up?
Of course.

Do you like fruity or minty gum?
Both, and usually two or three pieces at once.

Favourite musician or group?
Of course Stewart Copeland, but the less obvious answers are as follows (in no particular order):
  • George Harrison
  • Radiohead
  • Talking Heads
  • The Veils
  • Heart
Do you like anyone?
I always like someone. To be not liking someone would be to stop breathing and to lay down and die.

Favourite computer game?
Scrabble, Solitaire; I used to like this game called "Intelligent Qube." It was fun, and possibly very lame.

First album you ever went and bought with your own money?
Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon." But I also owned a copy of Disco Duck, and I still haven't been able to coax a confession out of the parental units for that one.

Think back five months ago, were you single?
Dude. I haven't been single for twelve years. Twelve years!!

Do you believe in celebrating anniversaries?
Yeah, but take it easy.

Do you think someone is thinking about you right now?
Sure, there are a couple phone calls I needed to return today, and didn't. Those people are probably pissed.

Last thing you bought?
A San Diego zoo t-shirt, a couple of gifts, a Diet Coke, and a bag of chips.

Are you a jealous person?
I try not to be jealous, but sometimes it is what it is.

Does it take a lot to make you cry?
God, no. I was driving home from work today and "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N Roses came on, and I have never listened to those lyrics very carefully before. Have you? Well. I cried.
Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder and the rain
To quietly pass me by
Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
Yes, and I am so thankful for them!

Have you ever had your heart-broken?
Of course. Of course!

Have you ever done something while drunk that you still cannot believe you did?

Do you text?

Do you wish someone would call or text you right now?
No, I'm watching Glee. Sssshh.

Is your life anything like it was a year ago?

Go back one year on your blog. Leave us a link to your favorite post.
This is a fun one. "Words," by Irene Palma, originally posted Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Not just any random Tuesday, either.

You can only drink ONE liquid for the rest of your life, what is it?
You mean, one liquid in addition to water, right? Hey, Diet Coke, of course. But I would totally miss lemonade, and apple juice, and sparkling cider, and beers, and hard cider, and milkshakes, and....

What is the last thing you said out loud?
"Are we out of apple juice?"

Will this year be better than last?
Oh, man, I hope so.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

'Octomom' Nadya Suleman tells Oprah she "lives in guilt"

'Octomom' Nadya Suleman tells Oprah she "lives in guilt"

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I love that she takes the "octopus" part of her alter ego seriously. She also presumably can't breathe underwater, doesn't have a beak or three hearts, and isn't highly intelligent!

(Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Teenager elected to South Robertson Neighborhood Council

Teenager elected to South Robertson Neighborhood Council

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This kind of writing drives me nuts! Rachel Lester seems like an interesting girl, but what does the writer take a whole paragraph of space to point out? That she doesn't have a driver's license. Were this kid elected to a neighborhood council in any city in the country, that same line about hitching a ride with her mom to the council meetings would be right there in the first few inches of the story. Yeah, it's cute, but not very original. Her age and lack of a driver's license are probably the least interesting things about her.

I would have appreciated less name-dropping about her mom and dad, and more on the girl herself.

I think it's cool that she did this, and so does the LA Times, apparently, but why is it cool?

I've been thinking about getting more involved in my neighborhood lately, too, but not sure how I want to go about it. I'm pretty sure the Times isn't going to write about it, but maybe I will. I'm thinking about looking into the Friends of the Library group at the County library near my house, but I haven't contacted them yet. I'd like to know more people in Long Beach. Sometimes I feel a little isolated.

Monday, April 12, 2010

What have I been doing?

Okay, so here's what I haven't been doing:


I need to sit down and evaluate what's going on with this because for about two or three weeks I've been watching it happen (I don't sleep) and I haven't taken much time to figure it out. It sucks, I can tell you that. This morning? At 4 a.m.? I was hating not sleeping. And the thing is, I wasn't even really very tired. I should've just gotten up and done something (dishes? laundry? TV?) but no. Instead I posted stupid status updates on Facebook and read every New York Times article available on my little iPhone NY Times app. Including the marriage announcements, which are borrring (and these people are just too fucking hip for their own good). Got some good advice from my FB friends, and tonight I'm going to try some of them (except for the one guy who suggested I try "the good herb." Unless of course he was talking about lavender, which I understand has some soporific effects.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

An Ode to Thrifty Ice Cream

Yesterday a friend emailed me a link to a Yahoo! business news story about Rite Aid (the drugstore) and how they're closing stores and losing money (the article also talked about Borders, Blockbuster Video and some other "going down the toilet" companies). Well, join the club, right? The economy is mostly still flailing, isn't it? I mean, except for iPads, what exactly are people spending their money on right now? (I'm not gonna link to the article; you can do your own search if you're that interested.) (Also? After closing three bookstores and one video store [not a Blockbuster], I can happily say that I have never worked for Borders, so their demise has absolutely nothing to do with me. I actually like shopping there!)

(Check me out, all passive aggressive today.)

Years ago, Rite Aid was Thrifty Drugstores. There was some complicated buy-out that you can read about on Wikipedia or wherever you get this kind of practically useless information, if you're interested (I'm not). The old Thrifty in Culver City (where Sepulveda and Sawtelle Blvds. meet, a phenomenon most people disbelieve until they see it for themselves) was pretty damn cool. In elementary school we used to walk there after school for ice cream, but the place was so big and full of neat stuff to look at that we'd sometimes just hang out. I loved the cheap-ass jewelry section, and wasted a lot of time wandering around looking at weird things like heating pads and all the different kinds of light bulbs and household extension cords.

(The other neat thing about that Thrifty has nothing to do with Thrifty at all: I loved the old shopping center it was in. I can't find any pictures, and I wish I had some. I don't know, it was just cool, this giant ugly shaded center, composed mostly of cement. Except for Toys R Us, the other stores, if memory serves me right, seemed abandoned, but way in the back was Ronn's Statuary, where Joy, a friend of the family, used to take me for little projects to paint. It was a cool store, and supposedly still in business in another location in Culver City, but I can't find evidence of that. I seem to remember there being a big courtyard with a giant plant in it, like an elephant ears plant.)

Anyway, what the hell am I doing devoting all this time to Ronn's statuary and the cement monstrosity that was the old shopping center that housed Thrifty? Eventually they tore that place down, re-built, moved in Pavilions and some other hoity toity stores (the early 90s marks the beginning of Culver City getting all full of itself), and through the magic of some mysterious corporate buy-out,Thrifty became Rite Aid.

Luckily Rite Aid retained the best part of Thrifty, which was always... the ice cream. Even as a so-called adult, I love outings to Thrifty for ice cream. Sure, you can buy hand-packed containers, but a fresh cone of chocolate malted crunch (the favorite flavor by far of all my friends) can't be beat.

My favorite memories of Thrifty ice cream? Lining up at the old Thrifty's in the 3rd grade with Shevaun, Joanna, and Sheryl. I don't remember what flavors each girl would get, but I do recall that rainbow sherbert, chocolate chip, and mint chocolate chip were almost always chosen (I always order at least one scoop of chocolate malted crunch, which, in those days, was double chocolate malted crunch). Also, later on, when I was in my 20s, I have a fond memory of driving an old boyfriend crazy by singing "You Really Got Me" to him while we waited in line. He got really embarrassed by me calling him "Girl," but it's not my fault he had that silly Prince Valiant haircut.

Anyway, after my friend sent me that story, I had chocolate malted crunch on the brain. No time to pick any up until after a flute ensemble lesson, but at 7:40 last night I cruised by the Rite Aid on Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City (okay, so it's where "Sepulveda, Sawtelle, and Jefferson Blvds. meet"), did a little browsing in the haircare aisle, and got a delicious cone for only $1.29. Best almost buck thirty I ever spent.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Making fun of the news

After recovering from the earthquake yesterday (I was eating a very early Easter dinner with my family in Culver City), we were all laughing because the TV news people were reading peoples' Facebook and Twitter status (personal to my friend Deb: See how I avoided "statuses"? Smart!) updates as if this was news. Last I noticed the people on FB and Twitter (and yes, this includes me) aren't (in general) writing anything all that informative."Earthquake!" is what most of my friends were tweeting, and me, too. It was accurate; it wasn't news. Most comical was hearing the news jockeys say "LOL." "LOL" annoys me all by itself; hearing Michelle Tuzee (I'm pretty sure it wasn't Michelle Tuzee; that's just the only network news person whose name I can recall at the moment. Sorry, Michelle. Or maybe this is a compliment.) say it is just stupid. "LOL"! I like using it sarcastically instead. See?

The following news story isn't funny, but it sure isn't very informative, either.

L.A. rain prompts mudslide warning in foothills and causes tough morning commute

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(By the way, I'm aware that two people were killed in this earthquake. That's sad, and I'm sorry. But what passes for journalism is pretty ridiculous. I swear CNN was playing video of someone's swimming pool sloshing water for about a half an hour.)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO is coming to City Garage!

Hey, there friends!

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO opens Friday, April 16 at City Garage Theatre in Santa Monica! And there's a great promotion going on for the second weekend in the run! Details below.

I'll be in the booth again, so whenever you come to the show, be sure to stop and say hi. You know I love it.

City Garage Theatre
April 16-May 30, 2010

Two-for-one promotion
Buy tickets now (April 1-April 15) for performances on April 23 and 24 and get two tickets for the price of one!

Use the code word "Mozart" when you call to make your reservation. Box office (310) 319-9939.