Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Unemployment, Day 1: Party!

So, that happened.

When I received the e-mail saying that I was fired and that the company was closing down forever (seriously), all I could do was laugh. And laugh I did. A lot. For the rest of the night. Jennie described my mood as 'elated'.

I'll print the entirety of the e-mail later. It's pretty amazing, and actually more or less a form letter. I think you'll all enjoy it.

More news to come, of course. I've got a lot of free time on my hands now.

Monday, December 29, 2008


Before I begin, I'd like to point out that all of this is conjecture. This is actually a theory that I came up with months ago, and Jennie can attest to that because I shared it with her and I thought I was the smartest person ever but that it wouldn't happen for a long time, because clearly PUSHING DAISIES was destined to be on the air for years and years. Sigh. Anyway, after being a few episodes on the series, we finally got caught up, and I'm convinced now more than ever that my theory will come to pass. So here it goes...

- Ned's father will return and reveal that he, too, can bring things back to life by touching them
- It will be revealed that Ned died once when he was very young (perhaps at birth) and that his father brought him back to life. He later abandoned Ned because he didn't want to risk touching him and killing him again
- Ned will touch Chuck again, killing her. Ned's father will then touch her, bringing her back to life. Ned's father will then die, sacrificing himself so that Ned and Chuck can be together
- Ned and Chuck will kiss; no one will die

Also, I'm sure there'll be some stuff with Emerson and Olive in there, too, but I'm more concerned with Ned and Chuck. Emerson needs to find his daughter, and Olive needs to get over Ned (perhaps with Emerson? What an odd couple that would be). But the main conflict of the series of course stems from the fact that Ned and Chuck cannot touch, and my little theory would take care of that.

So how do I support my theory? Before the most recent episodes, I couldn't. It was pure conjecture. But after the last episode that has aired, I think I'm on pretty solid ground. The facts are these:
- Ned's father has returned. He appeared at the end of the most recent episode, and appears to be watching over Ned, even going so far as to save his and Olive's lives
- Ned's father appeared to be covered from head to toe, save for his face (naturally). I have thought from the beginning of the show that Ned and Chuck could hold hands and/or not have to worry about bumping into each other constantly if Ned would just wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and, above all, GLOVES. We saw in a recent episode Chuck's father (whom I will come back to) grab Ned by the sleeved arm with his bare hand, and he did not die, presumably because of Ned's sleeve. So why is the fact that Ned's father wore gloves important? Because if he hadn't been wearing gloves, and he had grabbed Ned to stop him from falling, Ned would have died. According to the theory, anyway.
- Ned's father abandoned Ned at the Longville School for Boys when he was very young, and we have never seen him, not even during scenes in which Ned's mother was alive. The debate between Ned and Chuck's father is that the only way to protect Chuck is to get her as far away from Ned as possible so that the chance of their accidentally touching becomes nonexistent. I think that looking at Ned's father's abandonment of him through the lens of a father trying to protect his child provides a perfect reason for Ned's father to have abandoned him in the first place: he wanted to minimize the chance of his ever accidentally touching Ned and killing him again.

Until the remaining episodes of the series air, we won't know for sure what happens. Supposedly there's going to be some sort of closure, but I doubt it will be the amount of closure that devoted fans (read: me) will want. In the mean time, I'm comfortable with my theory. Because yes, these are the things that I think about all of the time.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas is's practically here!

And I am freaking the f@#$ out. In a good way. I'm extremely excited for Christmas this year, and I honestly have no idea why. There's really nothing to make this Christmas different from any other Christmas (except for this - isn't she cute?). And yet, for some reason, I feel as if I am more excited for this Christmas than I have ever been. Maybe it's because I bought presents for a lot of people and I think they'll all really like what I got them. Maybe it's because I don't have any idea what I'm getting for Christmas. Or maybe it's because I'm going to have FIVE DAYS OFF IN A ROW starting tomorrow.

Yeah, I definitely think it's the days off.

This is a short entry, but I just wanted to share my Christmas glee with both of you that read this. Have a merry Christmas. Or, if you don't celebrate Christmas, have a happy Thursday. If anyone needs me, I'll be stuffing myself silly with Christmas cookies (including the triumphant return of my mom's extra-delicious mint chocolate chip cookies!) and egg nog, playing tuba at two (count 'em, two) churches on Christmas eve, and enjoying five days off from work in a row. Did I mention that I have five days off from work in a row? I have five days off from work in a row. It's going to be glorious.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


From IMDB:

Murphy And Labeouf For Batman

17 December 2008 5:29 PM, PST

Eddie Murphy and Shia Labeouf have been lined up to star in the next Batman movie, according to reports.

The Beverly Hills Cop actor will star as The Riddler and Labeouf will play the caped crusader's sidekick Robin in the next instalment, tentatively titled Gotham.

Actress Rachel Weisz is reportedly in the frame to play Catwoman. Christian Bale will return as Bruce Wayne and Michael Caine will again play his assistant Alfred, according to British newspaper The Sun.

The movie, which is slated for a 2010 release, will be directed by Christopher Nolan, who made The Dark Knight such a huge success when it was released this year.

A source says, "Chris wasn't sure if he wanted to do another movie but as soon as he decided to, he got the wheels in motion. Eddie's a fantastic addition. Everyone's excited to see what he does as the Riddler."

I love it when the media reports on rumors that are so ridiculous that they couldn't possibly be true!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Who throws a shoe? Honestly?

This guy does.

The look on Mr. Bush's face reminds me of something he once said...

Oh, George. What will we do when you're gone?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Brief thoughts on a TV show that I do not watch.

I don't watch Grey's Anatomy. I have never watched Grey's Anatomy. I will probably never watch Grey's Anatomy, unless something insane happens like Jason Schwartzman joins the cast or Aaron Sorkin starts writing for it or something. But let's face it, that is never going to happen, so I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that I will never watch Grey's Anatomy.

Jennie, however, watches it, and she tells me all sorts of interesting things about it. Like how one of the main characters is currently sleeping with the ghost of her dead lover. And how a group of interns decided that it would be fun to perform surgery on each other. And there are other ridiculous things (didn't someone have to have a poop transplant?) that I either can't remember or have just erased from my memory because they were taking up valuable space that I could otherwise devote to comic book or movie trivia.

All of this said, I find it interesting that so many people who are on the show don't like it. Katherine Heigl, for one, doesn't seem to enjoy it. Or at least, she didn't six months ago. And now T.R. Knight is quitting because apparently he doesn't like it, either. It's one thing for someone to say, 'I feel like it's time to move on' or 'I've had a good run on this show but I want to explore other opportunities,' but when two of the principal actors on the show, completely separately from each other, to say, 'Nah, y'know, I don't like what the writers are doing for me,' I think that really says something about the show. Or at least about the writers on the show. Also, if the people on the show don't like it, then that pretty much affirms that I will never watch Grey's Anatomy.

Friday, December 5, 2008

All About the Benjamins

So I have been having a problem with money lately, in so much as I don't have much of it. A few days ago I decided to do something about this, so I tallied up what my expenses are for necessities, and it came out to be several hundred dollars less than what I make every four weeks. So where does my money go? And what am I buying? The latter question is much easier to answer than the former: I buy toys. Lots and lots of toys. And comics, too, but mostly toys. Justice League Unlimited toys, DC Universe Classics toys, old DC Direct toys, and really any other toys that I can get my hands on that look cool. I like toys. They're pretty awesome.

That still doesn't explain where the money goes, though. As with any good mystery, it's best to look at the possible suspects...

1. Target - I can't get enough of Target. I go there when I need stuff and I go there when I want stuff and I go there when I'm bored and decide I just want to get out of the house. Jennie believes that they pump chemicals into the building that make you spend more money than you ever intended to. I think she might be right. Part of the reason I go to Target so often is because of the aforementioned toys, specifically the Justice League Unlimited series. Those figures are Target exclusive, and they usually go pretty fast when they come in, though the distribution has gotten better and more product has been on the shelves, so I'm less obsessed with going to Target as a result. There was a while where I was going to at least one Target every day. Yipes. Thankfully, those days have passed.

2. The internet - Did you know that you can shop online?! It's amazing! And you don't even have to leave your chair! All you need to do is memorize your credit card number and you don't even need to get your wallet out to do it! The fact that I have my credit card number memorized is both a cause and a symptom of the problem. If I used it less I would not have it memorized, and if I didn't have it memorized I would use it less. Vicious cycle, that. There are several good toy websites from which I can order DC Universe Classics toys, which are increasingly difficult to find in stores. And then there's eBay, for anything else I might want in the world.

3. The Man - The Man takes my money. Simple as that. Give it back, The Man!

So I suppose there aren't that many suspects. What it all really boils down to is that I am horrible about spending my money. But that's all changing, dear reader. Last night I found myself at Big Lots. I was looking for toys (shocking!), and I remembered that I needed maple syrup. I'm not sure why looking for toys reminded me that I needed maple syrup, but it did, so I went with it. I knew that Big Lots carried some grocery products, so I decided to take a look. I walked away from that store with three boxes of name-brand cereal, a bottle of maple syrup, a big box of Pop-Tarts, and a box of granola bars. And for all of this, I spent a mere $12.30. IT WAS AMAZING. They don't carry stuff like bread or milk or orange juice, but canned soups? Cereals? Snack foods? Peanut butter? Jelly? Their cup runneth over, and it's all so cheap! I have thus resolved to do more of my shopping at Big Lots. It really seems to have sparked a money-saving revolution in my brain. We'll just see how long it lasts.

If nothing else, buying cheaper groceries at Big Lots will give me more money with which to buy toys. Sweet, sweet toys.