Thursday, December 31, 2009

So Long 2009...

It's the end of the decade and for those faithful followers of me for the last 5 years (going allll the way back to my friendster blogging days, I'll catch you on the flip side.

This was a tumultuous year for me. Between traveling and moving and just being around, I haven't stayed in the same city for more than 3 weeks at a time. I think I'm staying put for a bit and am excited at the prospect of not being a vagabond (for a little bit at least). It was also a sad year for pets for the fam. First Zelda in February, then Peach in May and just last week we lost our oldest soldier, Ioz. He was the first pet our family had, we got him as a kitten on Christmas back in 97, and though he grew increasingly cantankerous in his old age, he was still and will always be our favorite.

Everyone be safe, have fun and get ridiculous. 2010 is going to be awesome.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, December 21, 2009

Health Care Reform: Part II

As many of you have probably heard the new health care plan has passed through the senate and now is one Christmas Eve senate vote away from passing. As predicted, it was passed 60-40 right down party lines which makes me wonder how anything meaningful ever gets through when there isn't a filibuster-proof majority. You would think that universal health care is something that everyone in the country would want, but for some reason it's not.

If things follow through and the bill is passed, hopefully it will provide some sort of spark to the Obama administration which has been slowly losing its once massive public support. There are many things I'd like to see in this country that improve the quality of life for everyone from the environment to cheaper food that doesn't come from McDonalds but health care is one of those now or never issues. I'm personally looking forward to the proposed health care because hopefully I can afford it. As it turns out, I'm living below the poverty line in terms of income. My parents are too worried about me to let me be without health care so they happily pay for an individual plan for me, but I'd rather pay for myself and I'm hoping the plan allows people like me the opportunity to afford it. It's a system that contingent on people like me buying into it.

Majority leader Harry Reid said, "This is not about politics. This is not about polling. It’s about people. It’s about life and death in America. It’s about human suffering, and given the chance to relieve this suffering, we must. Citizens in each of our states have written to tell us they’re broke because of our broken health care system."

It's not a perfect bill. I think the one glaring mistake is any lack of tort reform. This needs to be addressed. Democrats are so hell bent on 'giving back to the little guy' that they don't take into account anyone else and refuse to believe that the little guy has a flame thrower in his hands. Essentially the issue is this: doctors get sued too much and as a result when a patient comes in complaining of one obvious symptom, they are forced to perform many meaningless tests to rule out anything else so they don't get sued. These tests make hospital bills go up, which make insurance bills go up which makes the patients bills go up. It needs to be stopped.

Anyway, we'll see what happens. If anyone has a link to the bill, I'd like to glance through it.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Friday, December 18, 2009


Why am I blogging at 4 in the morning? I just got home from a midnight screening of James Cameron's new movie Avatar and my mind is racing. I know I come home from movies a lot and launch into ramblings full of high flying superlatives, but I sh*t you not, this was the greatest movie going experience of my entire life. I honestly mean it. If you are planning on seeing this movie, I implore you to see it in IMAX 3-D. It was the first one I've seen in this format and I'm glad I saved it for this. James Cameron had a vision and he couldn't capture it with what was available so he literally had to invent the technology.

I was blown away. After spending the first few minutes getting used to the 3-D I was peeing my pants. I don't ever want to see another movie on a regular screen again. For starters the screen was 6 stories high and Cameron used every inch of it and filled it with the most visually stunning experience I have ever had. I went in worried about the hype, worried the story would be weak, worried I would hate the look of the movie and left with my jaw dropped. I can't stop thinking about it.

Please please please, if you have an IMAX near you, wait and see it there even if you can't get tickets for two weeks. It's worth the extra money. I promise you have never yet and will never see anything like this again for a very long time. If you don't have an IMAX theater near you or weren't planning on seeing it, stop being crazy and get to a theater as soon as you can.

I'm out. Go big or go home.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NajMe Tender...

My fellow ukulele lover, Kingsford, sent me a youtube link to this chick who covered Poker Face. After loving that song and then watching every one of her other videos, 'NajMe Tender' is my new favorite person. I am officially inviting her to bring her uke and come hang out with me in the clubhouse with Baloo and the gang. She's the exception to the rule that hipsters are the new douchebags.

If you don't love this, there's something wrong with you. Check out the rest of her vids, they're all very good. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - robin hood trailer finally out! so excited

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Bears...

OMFG. This is my new favorite thing and officially the cutest/coolest thing I've seen.

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A lion a tiger and a bear all living together in a clubhouse?!?! This is my dream only the clubhouse is in my backyard and they are also friends with me and when I get tired Baloo lets me ride on his back. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - facebook the clubhouse here

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Random Saturday Thoughts...

Rip Hamilton finally came back after missing 6 weeks and 21 games with a sprained right ankle. The Pistons just won their fifth straight and we're now sitting at 6th in the East (this is with a 7 game losing streak and not having 2 starters for almost the entire season). Things are looking up in Piston-land.

I love lazy Saturdays like today. Wake up late, watch 8 episodes of The West Wing, clean, cook and pretty much do nothing while cold rain comes down outside. I had a few options of things to do tonight but after a 3 hour afternoon 'nap' I felt myself not wanting to go out. I was faced with a predicament that often comes up on these lazy days: continue to be lazy, not shower and go to bed or muster up some energy, throw on some R Kelly and take a shower. Well during the course of dinner on the couch (I have no dining table nor do I have room for a table so all meals are eaten on the couch) I spilled some bbq sauce on my sweatpants. I didn't know whether to put on a clean pair of sweatpants and call it a night or shower and be a person. I decided to let my ipod choose for me. I hit shuffle and the first song that came on was "Do You Remember" by my boy Jay Sean (the only Indian ever to break into current American pop music) and Lil' John and Sean Paul. Needless to say I showered and I'm about to head out the door.

Staple items should be priced the same at any store. Milk, eggs, beer, bread - things like this need to be the same price across the board in a city. I don't want to have to go to a different store for each of these items yet for some reason, I can find every one of these specific items cheaper depending on the store. That's not right. I hate overpaying for anything let alone eggs that go bad much sooner than you would think (according to Mark Twain you can eat them like 2 months after they go bad so word of advice, don't eat eggs at her house).

Anyway, enough rambling. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What Am I Doing?...

A recurring question that keeps being thrown at me is, "what are you doing?" It's more of a life question than anything. As in, "what direction are you headed in your life?" I usually respond that nothing has changed since the last time you asked and it's true, not much has changed just because I've changed addresses. I've had a few realizations one of the most important being today. I was at an interview for a marketing company (actually this was my second interview with them - my fate to be decided tomorrow) and I had sort of an epiphany. I guess not so much an epiphany as a confirmation of something I already know: I don't want to do sales. During my preliminary interview yesterday I was asked why I'm shifting my direction after studying English then going to film school and now trying to do sales. Why was I suddenly changing my field. I came up with some solid crap to shovel at him and I guess it was good enough to land a second interview today, but I wasn't ready for that question.

I'm not changing direction. In fact my direction couldn't be more singularly focused on one aspect of film, which is writing (however poorly that may be). So I'm sitting there today in what was part interview part training and all I could think of was that classic scene in Say Anything where Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack) is asked by the dad from Fraiser what he wanted to do with his life and he responds, "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that." That's pretty much exactly how I feel. I need a full time job to be a person but really, if it's not something that interests me or something that I believe in or something temporary like working in a restaurant, I'm gonna wanna kill myself. Granted it might have to happen in the short term, but no way I can do it in the long term. Lloyd Dobbler goes on to say that he wants to try and start a career in the emerging sport of Kickboxing, and while I don't necessarily want to do the same thing, I'm forging a path down a similarly career limited street.

I also came across a passage in Steve Martin's book Born Standing Up, that also illustrates my thoughts as I make a move at this age and state of career in my life, "I was 28 years old when a bleak thought occurred to me: "What if nothing happens?" I had never really imagined success; I was just trying to be a performer, but I could not see myself playing dreary nightclubs into my thirties, forties and fifties. I would have struggled composing a real world resume, as my abilities were at best vague and at worst unusable. I decided to give it until I was thirty, and then I would figure out something else to do." This is actually almost verbatim (minus the performing in nightclubs aspect) what I said before I moved out here.

So next time you ask what I'm doing, instead ask my how my screenplays are going or how my temporary job is or what I'm working on now - but as far as what I'm doing: it's the same. To quote Beautiful Girls, "nothing changes 'round here but the seasons."

"I don't know, I can't really figure it all out tonight, sir. I'm Just kind of hangin' with your daughter." Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - as fate would have it, the youtube gods have once again provided visual supposrt for a quote.

More Tiger...

About a minute after I woke up this morning I get a text from a friend (heretofore known as Kingsford) that said "Tiger killed his mother-in-law." Being half asleep still, my first thought was it was a lie followed by genuine confusion and acceptance. My internet wasn't working for a few minutes so I briefly ran through a scenario in my head where an enraged Tiger murdered Elin's mom, presumably after another fight and was then subsequently arrested where he'd no doubt by now be in a jail cell surrounded by thousands of reporters and the media feeding frenzy would continue for years. I texted Kingsford back asking if he was serious and he said no and it just occurred to me that this is an easy prank to pull on me on April Fools day. Someone from Tiger's house did go to the hospital, but it wasn't Elin and they aren't dead.

But now that we're on the subject of Tiger once again, I need to talk about the numerous chicks that are coming out of the woodwork claiming affairs. First of all, reports that claim Tiger offered his wife $5 million to whether the storm and another $80 million if she stays with him through 2016 seem so insane that I actually believe it. What's $80 mil when you've got a billion plus. Anyway, as far as the new women going (I think the total number of named women is 7) they seem to be getting better looking, but I swear with each new name Tiger further denigrates any chances he had at redeeming himself. While I don't believe all of them, I assume most of them are true because if I've learned anything about Tiger, it's that he can't be trusted. His transgressions are clearly not transgressions at all and just evidence that he's a sh*tty person. He's just not a good guy and there are rumors that he texted one chick after all this broke out saying he wanted to find a way to try and see her and while I find it hard to believe that he's that stupid, after hearing the desperation in his voicemail and the calm demeanor behind it as though it was okay to be this devious, I don't put anything past him.

As of now I'm still rooting for him on the golf course, he has a talent that we may never see again in our lifetime and I'm not gonna miss out on that because he likes to sleep around, he just shouldn't be married. It's hard to say how he'll be received. For all I know, this may be completely behind him in a few months, only time will tell.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - this SNL skit was hilarious

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Cat Puppy...

This might be the cutest cat ever. I might be late to this, but I just saw it and it's amazing.

-M, p, z & shredder

Thursday, December 03, 2009

More on Tiger...

Disclaimer for this post: I do not condone cheating, nor do I condone any 'transgressions' Tiger may have had. That said, I need to be a guy for a second and talk about something else that is troubling. I need to call him out on something that most guys call each other out on. From time to time, a friend will hook up with someone they shouldn't. I don't mean an ex or a b*tch. I mean an uggo. A fatty. Someone gross. Call is callous or superficial or call us assh*les, but I'm sure girls do it too. My question is this: Why are these girls Tiger is linked with so ugly? I mean, dude's a billionaire - a BILLIONAIRE - why is he having 31 month affairs (which is more of a relationship on the side than an affair) with nasty chicks from Tool Academy. Here are pictures of the 3 girls that he's been linked to:

These girls all look like, for lack of a better word, skanks. I mean, these are chicks that would be suspect for my boys to hook up with. But Tiger is a professional athlete, and the worlds most famous one at that. R Kelly gets way better looking chicks and he's a known pedophile and just a millionaire. Tiger is a "good guy" a billionaire and I think a pretty good looking guy. Granted he seems kind of socially inept and slightly awkward around girls I would imagine, but who cares - most girls who only care about money will go up and talk to him. Why's he bangin' uggos? It's not right. That's almost equally as disappointing as him cheating in the first place. Don't cheat dude, but if you are so weak and immature that you have to, go big. Victoria Secret Angel or SI: Swimsuit cover model, or the Perfect 10 chick from Entourage. Hell, open up a Maxim or FHM and flip to a random page and point and you can do better. Not these skeet skeets.

I'm out. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - I just did a quick google search for 'hottest girl ever' and Olga Kurylenko, from Quantum of Solace popped up. Why not her Tiger? Why couldn't you just google 'hot chicks' and call them?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Update in Tiger news. You can listen to his alleged voicemail that he left for that chick here. It sounds like him and I'm pretty sure it is. He's going through an awful lot to cover up which leads me to believe there are more women and that he's been doing this for a long long time. He should have deleted her number and never called her again. Some people never learn.

He's also admitted to 'transgressions' and said he's working to correct them. Here's how you correct it: stop sleeping with other people. Why did he get married in the first place if he wanted to sleep around? He got married young and he's an actual billionaire. Who does that?

Anyway, in light of this news I'm not getting rid of my link to his blog, but I will definitely look at him differently. He's still my boy, but he's like that friend who keeps f*cking up and all you can do is shake your head and say, "come on, dude."


It's December? That happened quickly. In 29 days, it'll be 2010. The older we get the faster the years go by. Remember when summer used to fly by even though it was 3 months without school? Now everything just flies by. November just started. Then I moved, then it was December. Life is crazy. And in light of that I'd like to discuss a couple of things related to nothing in particular - after all if time is short, why not waste it?

First, something close to my heart: Tiger Woods. Many of you know my insane fascination with Tiger. I've been a huge fan of his since way way back when. Other Guy and I used to get National Geographic Junior when we were little and I remember reading an article about him when he was only like 10 and we thought he was so cool. Then we were fans of his before he was a pro and obviously over the years we've become enamored with pretty much anything he does. Well, he's finally f*cked up. I'm all for celebrating all that is Tiger, but he's married and has two kids and he should know better than cheating on his wife. I've got no doubt he did it. I just wonder how it's going to play out. You know what I love about life - no matter how rich you are and how famous and loved you are, you still have to be afraid of a woman scorned. I mean seriously. She f*cked him up. The speculation is that she found out about a lover, hit him in the face and to retreat he got in his car, already groggy from sleeping pills, and got into the accident. Listen guy, don't cross your chick man. I don't care if you have a billion dollars and neither does she. Tiger, women are crazy, just read my blog.

In other non-related news, there's good news and bad news in the biz these days. The bad news is that Diane Sawyer is taking over for Charles Gibson on the ABC news. I myself am a Brian Williams fan, but when he's out sick I like to watch Charles Gibson. Not anymore I guess. Also bad is news that the third and final twilight may be split into two movies, much like the final Harry Potter. This is distressing because I hate this bullsh*t series and all the hoopla that is surrounding it. I can't read any of my usual movie news because even the super nerdy sites are inundated with Twilight fever. I can't take it. The good news is that Paul Greengrass is not directing the 4th Bourne movie. This is incredible news. I love Matt Damon. But Paul Greengrass is a horrible director who took what was a great movie in the Bourne Identity the Doug Liman directed, did a piss poor copy of it in Supremecy and then made an absolutely horrifically terrible movie in Ultimatum. I might actually see the 4th one now...

Anyway, there are no less than 10 movies I want to see in the theaters and I need to see them asap before the holiday releases come out. It's a tough life but someone has to do it. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

oh ps - I'm thinking of getting two turtles. Does anyone with experience owning/caring for turtles have any thoughts on the matter? Let me know.