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24 May 2004 @ 09:54 pm
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Since May 17 I've had no alcohol, candy, doughnuts, pastries, chocolate, potato chips--no sweets or evil snacks whatsoever. On top of that, I'm not reading LJ. I'm thinking this partly explains why I have so little to say. I'm as dull as a Mormon or a Palm Beach matron, and everyone and his spawn seem effortlessly funnier than me.

I watched the WB's Superstar USA last Friday and I'm watching it again tonight. Reality shows usually send my brain into a flatline of disinterest. I actually tuned in to watch this--a show that is maybe the second cruelest show ever conceived, right after the monstrously grotesque The Swan. I'm riveted though. Probably for peace of mind, I've decided that the whole show is a double hoax, a fake-out, and that the big reveal of the final episode will be on the audience--the contestants will turn out to be ringers, either actually talented and faking the badness, or in on the joke. I honestly can't believe it's as cruel as it seems on the face of it, and there's an ineffable something about the publicity quotes and presentation that suggests fakery. It calls itself a parody--and maybe it is, completely. But I'm prepared to hate myself if I learn otherwise at the end.

Quite horribly, I'm crushing on Briggs. He reminds me of someone, or a whole bundle of someones mashed together. I can't put my finger on who though.

This weekend I slept, and slept, and then slept some more, and read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, which you should only read if you own a small terrier or kitten to cheer you up afterwards.

Highlights of today:

- I bought a pineapple for the first time ever and successfully sliced it up.
- I donated my old car to the Seattle Emergency Housing Service.

Coming up next, more sleep. Yay!
 
 
 
Mireillemireille719 on May 24th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)
I missed Superstar USA tonight, but I agree - I can't help but think the joke's on us. (And it's horribly cruel, and yet I was riveted).

Nickel and Dimed was painfully depressing, and yet incredibly true to my own experience for the past few years. I kept it in order to go back and read it when I contemplate dropping out of school.
Anna S.eliade on May 25th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
I missed Superstar USA tonight, but I agree - I can't help but think the joke's on us. (And it's horribly cruel, and yet I was riveted).

It's weird--the ones they picked were *not* necessarily the worst singers either. I thought the androgynous Joss (was that really his name?) actually sang kind of sweetly. *g*

Nickel and Dimed was painfully depressing, and yet incredibly true to my own experience for the past few years. I kept it in order to go back and read it when I contemplate dropping out of school.

I can never really feel guilty for what money I have, because I know how precarious my existence is--a single woman with no real savings, no kids or husband, living month to month, etc. Most of us live without safety nets, or no more than the illusion of one.
(no subject) - mireille719 on May 25th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cesperanzacesperanza on May 24th, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
I ruined my inlaws trip to Florida after reading Nickel and Dimed because I kept asking everyone I met--cab drivers, waiters, Woody Woodpecker--what they were earning and if they had health care. This is why Curtis wrote the song, "I'm Going To A Park With A Marxist", because he was getting depressed every time I said, "My god! That man makes minimum wage!!"

Meanwhile, as someone who's quit nicotine and sugar--yeah, you lose the funny for a while, but once your brain chemistry corrects, the funny comes back. Mostly. *g*
Anna S.: spike_femmeeliade on May 25th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
I ruined my inlaws trip to Florida after reading Nickel and Dimed because I kept asking everyone I met--cab drivers, waiters, Woody Woodpecker--what they were earning and if they had health care. This is why Curtis wrote the song, "I'm Going To A Park With A Marxist", because he was getting depressed every time I said, "My god! That man makes minimum wage!!"

Ha. Sounds like a great song. *g* I console myself that I have always, even when poorest, left huge tips for waitresses.

Meanwhile, as someone who's quit nicotine and sugar--yeah, you lose the funny for a while, but once your brain chemistry corrects, the funny comes back. Mostly. *g*

I hope so. My brain is very unfunny right now. I poke it and it bites me. How'd those teeth get up there, anyway...
(no subject) - ineke on May 26th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
KLDkenyacandoit on May 24th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link to Matthew Baldwin's site. Why? Because I learned I'm not the only one to have the 'teeth falling out' dream! I have it a few times a year, just like him and apparently many others. I am not a freak (in this regard)!
Anna S.: seattleeliade on May 25th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
I've had those dreams, but more often weirder ones where I'm picking really fine, sticky gum out of my teeth, pulling wads of it out of my back molars and never quite getting it all, etc. Rather disturbing.
MELODY GLOUCESTER PEGASUSjolielaide on May 24th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ack! I just picked up Nickel and Dimed to read while visiting my parents. Double whammy! I'm going to need one hell of a fluffy bunny by the time this week's over, I'm sure. (Though I do happen to have a Bill Bryson book, which ought to be just as effective an antidote.)
Anna S.: luminous_dancerseliade on May 25th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
Bill Bryson should be just the ticket. Love him.

And the N&D book is very very readable; it's just kind of sobering and shudder-producing.
The Spikespike21 on May 24th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC)
*hug*

Anna S.: kandinskyeliade on May 25th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
I hug you back. :>)
shadowscastshadowscast on May 25th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)
Hey, slicing up a pineapple is something to be proud of. I've never done it, anyway. Wouldn't know where to start.

*hug*
Anna S.: weseliade on May 25th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC)
The pineapple came with instructions. It amuses me. Fruit with instructions. *g* But they were useful instructions.

I have beta guilt, by the way. Am not feeling very energetically up and helpful right now....
(no subject) - shadowscast on May 25th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Malkin Greymalkingrey on May 25th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
I bought a pineapple for the first time ever and successfully sliced it up.

Go, you. Pineapples are the only fruit I know of that qualify as "armed and dangerous." And a single ripe pineapple can produce a truly amazing amount of pineapple juice all over the kitchen counter, too.

The best pineapples I ever had were in Panama; they imported them from Guatemala, and they were far sweeter than the ones we get in the grocery stores up here.
Anna S.eliade on May 25th, 2004 05:45 pm (UTC)
It wasn't as prickly as I'd feared. And it tastes awesome. Except I now have wayyyyyy too much fresh pineapple. /ponder
Angelvalarltd on May 25th, 2004 05:49 am (UTC)
Nickel and Dimed depressed me mightily. Been there. Lived that. Lost 30 lbs while nursing because I wasn't taking in enough to feed myself and the baby.

Anna S.: femme_spike_anniesjeliade on May 25th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
*hugs* There was so much to think about in that book, but I think more than anything else I was boggled by the whole idea of a hotel residency culture springing up because people lack affordable low-cost housing/rentals. There are so few exits out of that level of bare-bones subsistence--it's so hard to save money. And if someone didn't have a car, it's even worse.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on May 25th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
In something of S Townsend-Warner's that I was just reading, someone praises the gift of a fresh pineapple by saying that it tasted nearly as good as the canned stuff.

"Nickel & Dimed" is indeed an amazing book.
Anna S.: cat_chickeneliade on May 25th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
Nearly as good as canned! /makes sign of the wrong -- It's so much better. I never ate pineapple until a few years ago and then only on occasion. I shouldn't really have bought a whole pineapple but I was feeling whimsical.
(no subject) - herself_nyc on May 25th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Pamgoosegirl9 on May 25th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
Good for you, on cutting out alcohol and sweets! I've had to cut out all carbs except for green vegetables. I would kill for banana pudding, but I feel a whole lot better, and my thoughts seem clearer. I'm still falling asleep a lot, though. You know what dessert is on Atkins? Half a cup of ricotta cheese with a little vanilla flavoring and Splenda (artificial sweetener). I kid you not.

I just wanted to pass on a link for a free anti-Bush bumper sticker. I'd love one, but frankly, in a military town like this one, where many, many people have bought into the idea that Bush-bashing = criticism of the troops = anti-American, I am actually afraid that my car would be vandalized. Sweet, huh?

Anyway, here's the link:
http://www.moveonpac.org/stickers/?id=2878-3263483-aKgTr70n.1BdUHAJQfLG_g
Anna S.: city_lightningeliade on May 25th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
Good for you, on cutting out alcohol and sweets!

I'm having a drink tonight, but still no sweets so far. One day at a time. Moderation if not abstinence...we'll see how it goes.

I've had to cut out all carbs except for green vegetables. I would kill for banana pudding, but I feel a whole lot better, and my thoughts seem clearer.

I'm still waiting for this clarity...

I'm still falling asleep a lot, though. You know what dessert is on Atkins? Half a cup of ricotta cheese with a little vanilla flavoring and Splenda (artificial sweetener). I kid you not.

That's really unacceptable. All those unappetizing Atkins meals--I can't see it. There's just no way they can last long-term. No one is going to be consoling themselves with ricotta, vanilla flavoring and Splenda ten or fifteen years down the road. Any diet plan that prescribes that kind of junk and says to eliminate apples, bananas, and all citrus fruits from one's regimen is seriously miswired. But I'm still trying to follow some general guidelines.

I've seen all these mentions of "Keto" brand low-carb foods online. If there was *ever* a case of worse misbranding I don't know what it is. If ever a brand name said "Don't eat me!" more loudly, I've never seen it. "Keto." Bleagh.
This Space Intentionally Left Blank: Lipstick_tripolibarkley on May 25th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
I passed by a pineapple yesterday. It just looked to involved and complicated. So you've got that going for you. *g*
Anna S.: tropical_treeseliade on May 25th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
Mine had instructions! They were easy to follow. They wanted me to use a curved knife but it wasn't necessary. So so tasty. Fruit, not knives.
MustangSallymustangsally78 on May 25th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
No potato chips?
Are you crazy?

Speaking of crazy, do you remember what your "wants" for the Spander Inquistion are? I'm the go-to girl, apparently.

Sally
Anna S.: gileseliade on May 25th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: No potato chips?
I may or may not be crazy. I remain enigmatic. ::enigmatic look::

Oh wow, *you're* writing my ficathon thingy? ::does the leapy happy dance:: I asked for schmoop with an edge, and no hate or death.
Re: No potato chips? - mustangsally78 on May 27th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: No potato chips? - eliade on May 25th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I am not the fine woman you take me forwrenlet on May 25th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
Probably for peace of mind, I've decided that the whole show is a double hoax, a fake-out, and that the big reveal of the final episode will be on the audience

I... would seriously love that. Wow. What a thought. Greg had it on the other night and when I asked him why he said he was too lazy to get the remote. So I grabbed it and asked what channel he wanted.

*cough* I can't help it, I hate all those reality shows. Even the not-so-mean ones. Fox put Joe Millionaire on in Firefly's place and I'm just not getting over that anytime soon.
Anna S.: spike_goldeliade on May 25th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, honestly--I have a serious squick about reality shows. So this is really out of character for me. I'm OOC! *grin*
(no subject) - wrenlet on May 25th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Earth Kittyearthkitty on June 11th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
With great shame, I admit to watching Superstar as well. I do hope it's a fake because, if it isn't, I will feel horribly cruel. Also, I would worry that it resulted in some dire mental consequences for the participants, possibly including suicide, if it is for real. As it is, I forget his name, but one of the male contestants really looks like he might have an eating disorder. If so, I don't want to think how badly this could impact him.

And yet I watch.

Even worse, I am exposing my infant to it.