Burb Rocking
Sunday, July 31, 2005
  Miraculous pet moment
Just a few minutes ago, Cugel, our stinky Basset Hound, was lying on his back on the kitchen floor next to me, and Madouc, our dilute calico, approached him and rubbed her face up against his. The first miraculous thing is Madouc approaching the dog. The second miraculous thing is that Madouc is not normally terribly affectionate - she's feisty, and her cuddling usually turns to biting within a minute or two. The third miraculous thing is that Cugel did not immediately react with his typical doggy enthusiasm, which scares the kitties, but just lay back and enjoyed the kitty massage.

It only lasted for about 15 seconds, then he just couldn't take it anymore and had to get up and chase her around the living room. But 3 miracles in less than 30 seconds? That's a pretty good day.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
  "That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo!"

There will be a future with no plastic blow-up dolls:


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  If you have a minute...
Save CBGBs

"CBGB is a symbol of raw American energy – for 31 years CBGB has provided a space for new creativity in music and art, a spotlight for young talent, and a unique safe-space to pursue art and free expression. CBs has always kept its prices affordable for all music lovers, evolved to fill the needs of the music and cultural communities of New York City, and jump started the careers of thousands of performers.Now CBGB needs your help to keep its doors open.CBGB does not own their space. The building is owned by SF Associates and rented to the Bowery Resident's Committee (BRC). The BRC rents the entire building for aprox. $16,000 a month and charges CBGB's aprox $19,000 a month for their space (about half the building). The BRC is no small non-for-profit organization, they are a $25 million dollar a year group that receives over $15 million dollars from the city and state. The BRC also claims that CBGB has not paid their full rent for three years. In fact, the BRC has not properly billed CBGB for those years AND has not provided heat. The BRC is currently not negotiating with CBGBs for a new lease which expires August 31, 2005. They also have both properties listed and available on the Real Estate MLS for anyone else who wishes to rent 313 and 315 Bowery. CBGB supports the work of the BRC and is willing to work with them to reach an agreement and even assist the BRC in their mission to help the homeless – But now the BRC will not even talk to CBGB."


I won't ever forget my first visit to CBGB's. Picture this: 1983, two fifteen year old girl's, unchaperoned, unsupervised. We spent a good portion of our time hanging around with a couple of badass boys (because one of the 15 year old's, not me) was totally feeling one of the boys.

The boys got us into the club. I protested the entire time, but my friend stated she was going with or without me. She lived life just over the edge, which is what I hated and loved about her.

So, I ended up at CBGB:

This is where a little spark of...*something* happened. It felt a little like freedom.

I did not know about the present day state of affairs of the club. Being raised by our Mom, NYC was a huge part of our life. Because of this passion, I follow a couple of blogs from the city. This is where I read about the save CBGB effort.

Here are a few of the links, take a bite of the apple:



  Kim, check this out

UFOs in ancient art

Link here:


Found via: http://www.eso-garden.com/ (and if you haven't already explored this website, go!)
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
  She's alive and well
Sio has arrived safely (although belatedly - her flight was delayed by over 2 hours) in London. She is at my friend's house, with a cup of tea, enjoying the rain*.

*I've been to England twice, and both times I did not witness much of the wet weather England is famous for. The first time, I was there 10 days and it rained once for about an hour in the afternoon. The second time, we were there a week, and although it did get gray one day, we mostly had sunny days with temps in the upper 60's (fahrenheit). This was in February. I think the people of England should sponsor me for an annual trip because I seem to bring nice weather with me.

On the other hand, and Tree can vouch for this - DO NOT take me camping. There will be rain and thunder and lightning and flooding of tents, and quite possibly, a disgusting bathroom at the campground. Camping + Maurinsky = a miserable vacation.
  Ladies and Gentlemen...

...a dvd release would be cool.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

I recall watching this movie one all nighter, it must've been around 1983 or so. I know we had plans to do something big the next day, and we were so excited that we stayed up all night (and watched this film).

It cannot be found on dvd, it played on VH-1, but I was not in the know. Apparently copies can be found on E-bay. I don't know what it was about this movie, maybe it was, as the following review suggests, the anti-John Hughes film. It was dark, and dark was something I identified with at the time.

Here is a cool review (and a neat website):

  Polly want a f'ing cracker?

LONDON (AFP) - A foul-mouthed parrot previously owned by a lorry driver has been banished from public areas in a British animal sanctuary after repeatedly embarrassing his keepers, they said.

Barney, a five-year-old Macaw, is now kept indoors at Warwickshire Animal Sanctuary in Nuneaton, central England, when outsiders visit after abusing dignitaries with swearword-littered insults.
"He's told a lady mayoress to f..(expletive) off and he told a lady vicar: 'And you can f... off as well'," sanctuary worker Stacey Clark said.
Nor did the forces of law and order escape, she added.
"Two policemen came to have a look at the centre. He told them: 'And you can f... off you two wankers'."
Clark said sanctuary workers believed Barney either picked up the phrases from television or was taught them by his previous owner, a lorry driver who emigrated to Spain.
"He does say 'Hello, big boy' and 'Thank you' when you give him a biscuit," she added.
"But it's mainly naughty words and always to the wrong people. We're trying to teach him not to swear. Macaws are very intelligent birds."

via Yahoo news
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
  Running with Scissors

Maurinsky! You did not tell me this was being filmed?!

I lovedlovedloved this book!

From Augusten Burroughs website:

"Running with Scissors is currently shooting in Los Angeles. The picture will be released in theatres before Christmas of this year.

The cast includes:
Annette Bening........ Deirdre Burroughs
Gwyneth Paltrow........ Hope
Jill Clayburgh........ Agnes Finch
Brian Cox........ Dr. Finch
Joseph Fiennes........ Neil Bookman
Evan Rachel Wood........ Natalie
Alec Baldwin........ Norman Burroughs
Vanessa Redgrave........ Joranne
Joseph Cross........ Augusten Burroughs
Kristen Chenoweth.......Fern
The screenplay was written by Ryan Murphy who will also direct. Mr. Murphy is the 2005 Golden Globe winning (Best television series, drama) creator, writer, director and executive producer of the hit series, Nip/Tuck. Brad Pitt co-produces the picture and it will be released through Sony Miramax."

I like Brian Cox as Dr. Finch. I am relieved that Kathy Bates was not cast as Agnes. I have a feeling that Evan Rachel Wood is too slim for a Natalie (although she has the right look). Kristen Chenoweth as Fern. No way!?! Gwyneth...I saw Hope as more a Liv Tyleresque, though I suppose Gwynnie could pull it off ( a la Tenenbaums).
Monday, July 25, 2005
  Fitness Quest 2005
I am once again trying to lose weight and get fit. I joined Weight Watchers, which has been going really well, I've lost 21 lbs since the beginning of April, and I plan to stick with it, even though this week I will likely gain because I ate half a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream on Saturday. Light ice cream, but still.

The fitness part is always harder for me. My crappy hip means I can't run or jog, and even walking is painful. But there is always swimming. So I'm working on increasing my fitness through swimming. I will be adding weight training when I find my weights*.

I swim laps at Globe Hollow, and I've worked my way up to 4 laps, which is 400 meters (50 meters each way) or 8 full pool lengths (the average pool is 25 meters). Yes, I'm out of shape, but I'm improving already. When I feel comfortable doing the 4 laps, I'll try for 6, and so on.

Wish me luck!

*I live in complete chaos.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
From the Associated Press, as found in The Baltimore Sun:

Associated Press
Originally published July 23, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An art gallery director says she was fired for talking on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week about a sexually explicit caricature of President Bush, a sheik and a barrel of oil.
Susan Buzzi and Alfred Phillips, who painted the piece, were among guests on The Daily Show. Buzzi said she was told Wednesday that her "services are no longer required."
"I certainly didn't expect this," she said yesterday.
The Broward Art Guild assured Phillips Buzzi's firing had nothing to do with exhibiting his work or appearing on the show. Still, Phillips said the timing "gives the appearance that censorship is alive and well."

  If I'd known the kids had this at Bible Camp...


Via http://growabrain.typepad.com/growabrain/
  Jesus is a hottie!

(via http://j-walkblog.com/)
Friday, July 22, 2005
  My favorite double feature

I am guessing it was the early 80's. Maurinsky and I were staying at my cousin's home in Long Island. It was scary movie night in the basement. It was a cute, finished basement, but still...basement.

The first movie was not so much scary. It was, in my opinion a compelling movie. Dirk Benedict was a research assistant to a mad scientist who was obsessed with snakes. The scientist uses Dirk as his guinea pig and starts injecting him with some sort of serum that eventually turns him into a snakish freak. It was a movie I'll never forget, as I totally got into it!

It was awful because our cousins, rambunctious brothers roughly our age, were fooling around and making snake noises throughout the entire movie.

Look! You can purchase this on dvd:


The second movie? SCARY! First: Karen Black, the High Priestess of Telehorror. Second: The Chauffeur Third: a summer rental for an unbelievably low fee, with just one little catch... Fourth, Fifth, Sixth: The Chauffeur. The Chauffeur. The Chauffeur.

Karen Black looks not so scary here. I guess the Zuni possessed Karen Black wasn't in the character description.

There. That is the Karen Black I know and love.

(Trilogy of Terror, another cool flick)

Karen does creep out a bit in Burnt Offerings. I hate to give away the ending, let's just say there was something very creepy going on in that attic.


This is the *catch*! You can rent out lovely estate for only $900.oo for the summer, you just have to mind Grandma. She lives in the attic. Oh no, she won't bother you a bit. Just leave a plate of food outside her door every day. She may look out the scary attic window in a menacing way...just ignore.

The most terrifying part of this movie was The Chauffeur. Now, I think he appeared in a dream sequence. He had the creepiest smile *Shiver*. Here is an awesome review of Burnt Offerings.

Thursday, July 21, 2005
  Another attack?

I discovered this site when I was searching for information on the London attack. It was fascinating to follow along with the events of that day.


Kim, please keep that protective energy flowing!!!
  The Professor is back

Latest News: Neil Peart

A new book:

Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concerty Tour by Motorcycle

A new instructional video:

Anatomy of a Drum Solo (working title)

I read one of Neil's previous titles, Ghost Rider:Travels on the Healing Road, a poignant and hopeful journal and I look forward to the new book. It should be a great read and I hope to relive some memories of the R30 tour.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
  maurinsky visits a male sanctuary
Yesterday, on my way to the mall (where I was going simply to escape the heat; I would have gone to Borders but they've seen me so much recently that they are starting to pour my iced tea before I get to the counter), I ventured into a fortress of male solitude: the comic book store.

I wanted to visit the comic book store because I am a big dork - after a lifetime of not wanting to be a member of any sort of clique or weirdly obsessive group*, I have become weirdly obsessive about anything and everything Joss Whedon related. And just last week, the comic book Serenity was released. If you aren't a big dork like me, Serenity is a comic based on the killed-before-its-time TV series Firefly. Although the show was canceled after the bastards at Fox only aired 11 of the episodes (and out of order), it's going to be a big damn movie come September. The comic will span the time between the last episode of Firefly and the movie. I must have this comic, and I must have three copies of each one, since they will be releasing versions with different covers.

So I stepped into the comic book store, which has a sign on the door reminding those who enter that it ain't no reading library, and if you want to find out what happens inside the book, spend the $2 or $3 bucks to do so.

I don't think about myself very often, but when I am out of my element, I become freakishly self-conscious. As I stepped through the door, I was suddenly and painfully *aware* - although I am cool and hip and all that on the inside, my exterior looks suspiciously like an overweight hausfrau who watches One Life to Live and clucks her tongue about the music kids are listening to today. Plus, I have a uterus and breasts, which made me really stand out in the comic book store - I was outnumbered 3 to 1 by XY's. I felt like I was in a zoo exhibit as all three of the youngish men in the store looked at me - not lasciviously, because I'm not what you would call "hot", but as a curiosity - why was Mom in the comic book store? To my great relief, no one offered to help, which would have made me feel even more self-conscious. I looked at the "new this week" section of the store and found the Dark Horse comic section, and there was a big empty space where, alphabetically, I should have found Serenity**.

Then I was forced to approach the counter and ask, which I kind of had to psyche myself into doing (one of the most male things I do is refuse to ask for directions, and I'm the same about asking for help).

Sadly, they sold out the comic about an hour before I got there. Happily, they will be getting more next week.

Maybe I'll just order it online to save myself the frustration.

*Yes, yes, I was a "Durannie", but that was in middle school...and part of high school, and teenagers are allowed to be weirdly obsessive.

**I'm such a dork that I made myself giggle by writing "should have found Serenity".
  "Very funny Scotty, now beam up my clothes!"

  Vintage streaming radio?
Pull out the Doc Martens, "Relax" (or "Choose Life") t-shirt. Get those plaid skirts, fringe jackets and acid washed jeans on...

Maurinsky (especially) will enjoy this radio. Good times!

(It just occured to me...vintage?!? VINTAGE?!?!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
  live from Corfu
Our first-born called us tonight from the hotel in Corfu. She said it's beautiful, but she sounded more exhausted then I've ever heard her sound. We ended the call quickly lest she end up spending all her money on the first day there.

Here's where she's staying while she's in Corfu.
  I'm very, very mad...

Today's financial drama

The van's front rotors and brakes all around...$500.oo


This after a new transmission in the van
An alternator and serpentine belt on the saturn

Summer 2005, I had high hopes for you.

Oh, and the truck still needs service

At least we have no more car payments!!
  Greece is the word!

Remember that movie with Hayley Mills that took place in Greece? What was the name of that?

I wish I were there too!

I hope that S has a wonderful time.
Monday, July 18, 2005
  The human body is 70% water
Except for mine, which has decreased to about 20% after spending 5 sweltering hours in our non-air conditioned car as we drove through the 10,000% humidified air of New York. Right now, I'm sitting in my non-air conditioned house, smelling a skunk right outside my kitchen window. Sometimes I hate summer.

  The earth is hard, the treasure fine

In the various landscaping, fencing and poolputtingupping, we have had to dig, And dig. And dig.

We found many shards of glass and pottery. An occasional marble or two...and bottles. Lots of bottles.

I have an interesting article about someone who knows a lot about digging and bottles. As soon as I figure out how to add a non-bum link!
  Monday Morning

Singing with Kim...

Monday morning you look so fine
Friday I got travelin on my mind
First you love me, then you fade away
I can’t go on believin’ this way
I got nothing but love for you
So tell me what you really wanna do
First you love me then you get on down the line
But I don’t mind.
I dont’t mind
I’ll be there if you want me to
No one else that could ever do
Got to get some peace in my mind.
Monday morning you look so fine
Friday I got travelin on my mind
First you love me
then you say
it’s wrong
I can’t go on believing for long
But you know it’s true
You only want me when I get over you
First you love me then you get on down the line
But I don’t mind
I don’t mind
I’ll be there if you want me to
No one else that could ever do
Got to get some peace in my mind
Sunday, July 17, 2005
  The House is Open

A wisteria blossom in July


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