In an impressive display of power tennis, new Mom Lindsay Davenport knocked out No. 2 in the world Ana Ivanovic at the Sony Ericsson Open in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Next up for Davenport is the very beatable Dinara Safina, so look for Lindsay to make some noise this week in Miami.
March 30, 2008
Venus and Serena Williams are back in action this week at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. They're both sporting new do's and won their opening matches easily.
Also in Miami, Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and the very hot Ana Ivanovic. Maria Sharapova withdrew due to injury.
On the men's side, Novak Djokovic lost a three setter to American qualifier Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, and Andy Roddick squeaked past qualifier Viktor Troicki 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
March 29, 2008
Paley Fest was the hot ticket in Los Angeles the last two weeks.
The Paley Festival is an annual two week event that according to a nice wrap-up by IGN.com "spotlights a group of noteworthy television series and television luminaries, with each night devoted to a different show or person."
The biggest draw was the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" cast reunion with Joss Whedon, it's creator. I literally would have sold my own first born for a ticket to that, but I had to hear about it from afar. I read the transcript kindly provided by the Futon Critic and it made me nostalgic for those halcyon days, eagerly waiting every week for each brand new episode. As you all know, "Buffy" is at the top of my list of best TV shows of all time and it was fun to relive some fun moments, even if it was via transcript.
One of the other evenings was a not so hot ticket, since according to the Futon Critic it wasn't very well attended. But if I'd had the chance and been on the appropriate coast, I would have definitely attended the "Damages" evening which included Glenn Close, Ted Danson, Tate Donovan, Anastasia Griffith, Zeljko Ivanek, Noah Bean and the shows creators. No Rose Byrne because she was off shooting a movie.
Topics discussed during the evening included Mr. Deep Fried Southern Charm's accent, Fatal Attraction's red herring stalker storyline, why the show had such a high body count, and Glenn Close on women and power.
You can see video clips of all the Paley Fest events at the Paley Center for Media website, but to see the complete videos you'll have to go to one of the centers in New York or Los Angeles.
March 28, 2008
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama made an appearance on "The View" this morning. He's been on the show before, but this was the first time he's been on the show since he became this much closer to becoming President of the United States.
Here's my recap.
They start off the show with a clip from Jay Leno talking about how Barack is going to be on "The View." Leno says, "He thought his pastor was loud and opinionated. Wait 'til Joy gets hold of him." That's probably his funniest joke in years.
We start off with a lame "Hot Topics" segment. This show was supposed to have been taped yesterday when Barack was in New York for that speech at Cooper Union, so whenever the show is taped the "Hot Topics" are never but so topical.
Bizarrely they start off with a discussion about how some motel in Oregon is no longer going to leave a Gideon Bible in the nightstand of their rooms, but allow you to order your own particular bible from room service. Sherri didn't like that so much 'cause she'd have to wait 45 minutes to get her bible and then tip the bellhop who brings it. Dumb topic. Moving on.
We now get back to a rehash of the Reverend Wright/Barack Obama controversy, which as far as I'm concerned has run its course. It's time to drop it now folks. Obama answered everything he needed to answer about Reverend Wright with his speech on race. He condemned the comments, he said he doesn't agree with the comments, people...it's time to move on to issues like health care, the economy and how we keep those crazies who want to nuke us all from doing so.
Something that has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but which was very funny. There are now greeting cards for families with people serving time in prison. Cards like, "No More Promises:" that pleads with the prisoner to stop making promises they can't keep.
Sherri Shepherd read from the one called "Family:" "You may be behind the walls, but we are still family. That will never change." Heh.
Whoopi then reads from one of the Christmas cards that has a little pair of handcuffs and a picture of barbed wire as part of the Merry Christmas graphic. "You had a choice to be naughty or nice, and you chose. Now you have to do your time. But Christmas won't be the same without you here. Stay safe."
You think I'm making this up don't you? I swear, I'm not.
Moving on. Here comes Obama.
March 27, 2008
First "Dancing With The Stars." As I said last week, I'm really jazzed about the women on this year's "DWTS," and as a huge tennis fan I was rooting for Monica Seles. But of course she was the first woman to go. I can't argue with that decision too much, 'cause as much as I love her, the poor girl couldn't cut it. Maybe if she had danced with a tennis racquet in her hand, she could have brought some of rhythm she has on the court to the dance floor.
As far as the men, Penn Gillette was made to disappear. He was great for laughs and very entertaining, but the man was like an anvil in shoes clomping around the floor. But that's okay, he's got Teller to go home to.
On "American Idol" my man Chikezie got bounced. That was the heartbreaker 'cause I really expected Brooke or at least Ramiele to go instead. And though I didn't expect him to go this early, he just got lost in some bad song choices.
However he gave us flashes of brilliance that I hope will get him far. I still think his "She's A Woman" performance was the most entertaining number of all the top twenty-four performers. His problem is the same problem Brooke, Jason, Ramiele, and Syesha still face: being too predictable and consequently boring. Not that they're not talented singers, because they are, but they better start shaking up the stage, or they'll be the next ones to go.
That is unless Kristy Lee Cook stops being so patriotic.
March 25, 2008
Tonight's the "let's sing songs from the year we were born" night on "American Idol." Luckily I'm in a better mood than last week and that should make for a good evening all around.
Here we go.
Best Of The Night: Michael Johns. Now, that's the Michael Johns I want to see. He should probably only sing Queen songs. Except then I'd complain he was singing the same thing every week.
Worst Of The Night: Brooke White. See Jason Castro below. I say it week in and week out, but she and Jason have got to do something to entertain me.
Sounded Like He Was Singing For "Up With People:" David Archuleta. Simon was absolutely right, it was "a theme park performance." Mickey Mouse should have been running around on stage with him.
Better Than Last Week But So What: Ramiele Malubay. For once, Randy was right and Simon was wrong. It wasn't real good.
Sounded The Most Like Enrique Iglesias: Jason Castro. I love Sting and I love "Fragile," but I agreed with Randy. He's waiting for Jason's "jump out vocal performance" and so am I. Simon was right on the money when he said he's not going to win by doing that same kind of number every week.
Not As Good As The Judges Thought: Syesha Mercado. It was nice, but nothing special.
Shouldn't Have Listened To The Vocal Coaches: Chikezie. When he does the ballads he sounds like he's channeling Peabo Bryson. That's fine except there's only one Peabo Bryson, and like Whitney Houston, we don't need another one. Randy was right, it was nice, but too old school.
Sang A Song I Really Hate Well: Carly Smithson. I agree with Simon and Randy, there was something off about it, but I still enjoyed the performance.
Most Calculated Performance: Kristy Lee Cook. Blonde, perky and patriotic. America will lap that up with a spoon. Prepare to see her next week. As Simon said, "It was the most clever song choice, I've heard in years." What he really meant was she should pay off whoever told her to sing it.
Second Most Calculated Performance: David Cook. I can't help it, I don't like him, but at least it was different.
Cutest Mom: Chikezie's. What a sweetie. No wonder he seems so nice.
Should Go Home: Brooke White. Sorry Brooke, love ya' but it was one too many boring performances.
Will Go Home: Brooke White. I think America's tired of her too.
March 24, 2008
Angela Bassett got a much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame last Thursday. The ceremony was attended by her husband Courtney B. Vance and fellow actors Forest Whitaker and Laurence Fishburne.
Bassett was quoted in USA Today when asked about moving to Hollywood: "I meant to stay six months but I stayed. Today my cup runneth over!" Bassett said. "I am crying now, I cried yesterday and the day before. ... This day is so, so special to me.
Well, I suppose it was too much to hope for Mardy Fish to win the whole tournament. Not that he didn't come close. His loss to Novak Djokovic in yesterday's Pacific Life Open final was nothing to be ashamed of. Djokovic beat him 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
On the women's side, Ana Ivanovic knocked out Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3 to win the title. She did it with power and tenacity and what appeared to me to be a much improved serve. Kuznetsova never really challenged Ivanovic and in the end, she was just overpowered.
It's now going to be very interesting to see how the tennis spring season develops. No. 1 Justine Henin will be back in the mix, as will Venus and Serena Williams and dark horse Lindsay Davenport. On the men's side, let's see how Roger takes this loss and how Djokovic takes this win. And what about Rafael Nadal? The King Of Clay may have some stronger competition as we work our way toward the French Open.
March 23, 2008
This is the continuation of my much delayed "Lost" recap series. Anyone can do these things on a timely basis. But not everyone can write these weeks later. The suspense is killing you isn't it? Okay, I won't torture you anymore.
This week's episode is all about the "Lost" blonde we love to hate, Juliet.
We open on a closeup of someone playing with one of those lame Zen rock gardens that people buy for their offices. The ads for those things promise to help the stressed office worker "clear the mind of chaos associated with everyday business life."
Turns out the mind being cleared of chaos is Juliet's. The first thing I notice is she's got on makeup and her hair's done. Not done well, but done. She's seated on a sofa in what looks like a doctor's consulting room.
The door opens and Harper Stanhope enters. Harper introduces herself and when she calls Juliet, Dr. Burke, Juliet asks her to call her by her first name. Harper's a therapist and though Juliet says she doesn't need therapy, Harper says, "Let's just call it talking."
Harper starts off the discussion by asking Juliet, since she's been "there" for a week, "What's her least favorite part so far?"
Juliet says she doesn't like being treated like a celebrity. Harper implies that's not surprising since she's "big news right now."
Okay now I'm thinkin', this is it. Juliet's one of the Oceanic Six and this is Oceanic enforced therapy after returning from the island.
Juliet continues that she doesn't like being the center of attention because it makes her feel isolated and lonely.
Then surprisingly, Harper basically says in a blunt and untherapist-like manner, you'll soon realize you're not that special, Blondie.
There's a knock on the door. Harper calls, "Come in," and in walks...Tom!
He's very much alive and delivering a message, "Ben wants to see the Doc."
Ah, these "Lost" writers are such sneaky fakeout artists. Welcome to our first flashback of the season.
Harper gives Juliet permission to leave and then says, "Welcome to the island."
Yeah, welcome indeed.
Tom escorts Juliet through the bustling barracks and tells her if she doesn't watch it, within a week Harper will have her "crying about your Daddy." And he says he's speaking from personal experience. Heh.
They arrive at a charming little barrack's cottage and who's in the front doorway with a bouquet of fresh flowers? None other than Ben at his most charming.
He welcomes Juliet and informs her the charming little cottage is hers. It's got 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, washer, dryer, fresh linens, a well stocked fridge, and all the opera CDs she can listen to.
Yo Ben, does it have a panic room for when you decide to gas everybody in a hundred mile radius?
Juliet, with island stars in her eyes, isn't thinking about such things when she tells Ben he shouldn't have gone to so much trouble considering she's only going to be on the island for six months.
Oh, poor misguided Juliet.
Ben gives her one of those smiles that never quite reaches his eyes and tells her they want her to feel right at home.
And considering she's never leaving there and she'll eventually become his love slave, why shouldn't she be as comfortable as possible?
Flash forward to the island at night. Juliet is trying to fix some poles for a shelter to sleep under. Sun comes over to help and wants to know why Juliet's bothering since they're going to be rescued soon. Right? RIGHT?
Juliet's like, sure, sure, but we still have to sleep somewhere tonight, don't we?
Jack walks up and asks if Juliet knows where Charlotte and Daniel are. All their stuff is gone. Jin says he saw them going into the jungle. Jack gets all agitated and wants to know why Jin didn't say anything. Jin says in halting English, "You said they are friends."
Sun's like, "Aren't they?"
Cut to Jack with the posse of Juliet, Jin and Sun. They have torches and head off in the pouring rain to search for the missing twosome of the Fearless Foursome.
Juliet runs off into the jungle by herself and all of a sudden she starts hearing the island "whispers of death." She whirls around as the whispers get louder and then...Harper appears out of nowhere.
"Hello Juliet. Long time, no see."
Who'd a thunk it? Mardy Fish trounced world No. 1 Roger Federer yesterday in the semis of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. And when I say trounced, I mean trounced.
Fish beat him 6-3, 6-2 which caused jaws to drop all through the tennis world. Now, to be fair, Federer wasn't classic Federer. And honestly, I kept thinking that any minute, Federer would kick it up and do his Federer thing. But it seems that mono that was plaguing him during the Australian Open is still hanging on, or he's having an uncharacteristic mini-slump.
Fish however did a great job keeping up the pressure, serving really well, hitting some amazing passing shots and all in all playing like the American "player of promise" he'd always been touted to be.
He said in his post match interview that he worked very hard to imagine his opponent across the net was someone other than Roger Federer, and that definitely had to help.
Fish will face Novak Djokovic in today's final and based on Mardy's performance this week anything's possible. Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal also by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Good luck Mardy.
March 22, 2008
Svetlana Kuznetsova did something yesterday no other player has been able to do this year. That is beat Maria Sharapova. Kuznetsova took a three setter from the No. 4 seed in Friday's semi-final. She'll play Ana Ivanovic who knocked out fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic.
Coming into the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, Sharapova had a perfect match winning streak. After taking the first set Kuznetsova put that winning streak in major danger, but Maria came back in the second. In the third Kuznetsova was the more aggressive player and took the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
The match was a pain to watch, because Fox Sports Network kept skipping ahead in the match in order for it to end within a set time period. Two thirty in the morning to be exact. And what was so important that they couldn't show the match in its entirety? A well worn documentary on the Agassi vs. Sampras heyday. Oh that was news worthy wasn't it? Don't show a current women's match in its entirety, but make sure to show a worthless ten year old documentary about two retired men players. In the middle of the night no less. Thanks Fox Sports.
On the men's side, Mardy Fish closed out another nail biter in the quarterfinals to defeat David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), and set up a semi-final with the great Roger. Who knew Mardy had it in him? Good for him. Let's see if he can put a dent in the Federer armor.
And let's see if Fox Sports will let us watch the whole thing.
I took a trip over there last week and this year's show is lavish, lush and lovely.
The crowning achievement is a replica of the Macy's Herald Square store made entirely of organic plant materials like twigs, moss and bark. It was designed by landscape architect Paul Busse and it's a whimsical delight.
From tulips to orchids to hydrangeas to calla lilies, this year's show is a feast for the senses. I found myself looking forward with excitement to my own garden planting season in a few short weeks.
As a start, today I bought a small planter of pansies for my dining room. The pansies are a delicate apricot color and they have a wonderfully subtle scent.
But back to Macy's, I took lots of pictures at the flower show and you can check out the best of them here.
March 21, 2008
When the cast of this season's "Dancing With The Stars" was announced, I was jazzed about the women. Several of them are favorites of mine and I couldn't wait to see how they did on the dance floor. Well Tuesday night they got their chance to shake it up, and I wasn't disappointed.
First of all, Tony Award winner Marrisa Jaret Winokur absolutely knocked my socks off. I knew she was talented, but Tuesday night she was like a bubbling fire cracker. She was fabulous. And how great was it to see a plus sized chick up there shaking it with fun, fire and loads of confidence. You. Go. Girl! I loved her and I hope she sticks around a long time.
I never expected Priscilla Presley to do so well, though the foxtrot is one of the simpler dances. Let's see what happens when she gets to the quick step. And I didn't expect Monica Seles to be as stiff as she was. She'll need to loosen up, but as a huge tennis fan I'm rooting for her.
On the other hand Kristi Yamaguchi didn't surprise me one bit. There's a reason she's an Olympic gold medalist. She's got built in musicality and as a skater, she was known for her class and elegance. She's gonna be a tough one to beat.
And who couldn't root for Marlee Matlin? The woman's a great actress and on Tuesday she also showed off her personality. Everybody of course was watching, kind of like with Heather Mills and her one leg, to see how Marlee was gonna do, with her being deaf and all. Well she did very well, thank you very much and Shannon Elizabeth who did just so so better watch herself or she's gonna be booted real quick.
Kristi ended the night on top and Monica ended the night on the bottom, but it's just the beginning and I sense a good competition brewing.
Oh and the men performed on Monday, but the only one worth talking about was Mario. He's the definitive ringer of the season, but that doesn't matter because he danced really well and looked really hot doing it. I didn't know who he was before, but I sure do now.
March 20, 2008
Everybody's still talking about Barack Obama's speech about race on Tuesday. I'll get to him in a minute. First I want to talk about Whoopi Goldberg and what she said on "The View" last week.
It didn't get any press because I don't think anyone considered it that important, but as a black woman I felt it was very important.
The discussion was about Geraldine Ferraro's comments suggesting Barack Obama was only doing so well in the presidential campaign because he was black. While repudiating that she felt Ferraro was a racist, this is what Whoopi said:
"With white candidates, who we've all had all of our lives, you can say things that don't resonate in any other way except the way you say them. If you say George Bush was lucky, one would say oh, maybe 'cause his Dad was president already, maybe 'cause he's had a lot of money, maybe this, maybe that.
"When you say about a black person that they're lucky, we hear, all of the things that have always been said: You wouldn't be here if it wasn't for me, you're a lucky person, don't you know you should be kissing my behind?"
"What people are going to have to learn if Barack Obama becomes the president is you are gonna have to choose your words wisely because they do resonate in a different way."
Then she said, we as black people are "gonna have to learn how to explain more to you why we respond the way we do."
Barbara Walters then said something a lot of white people say to a statement like that: You mean we have to watch everything we say? Yeah, Babs, that's right. Just like you have to if you're talking to a boss at work, or just like you have to if you're talking to someone whose feelings you don't want to hurt. So what?
It reminds me of a husband who's always telling his wife to stop being so sensitive because he did this or that. She's overreacting, she's taking his comments the wrong way. Instead of both of them sitting down and discussing why the comments are disturbing and what kind of interaction would be better. This is a similar relationship and I applaud Whoopi for saying what she did.
Which brings me to Barack. I thought his speech on Tuesday was brilliant. I thought it touched on just what it needed to while still personalizing his story and opening a dialog that's very important for all of us to have. But a discussion with sensitivity and understanding, not blame.
When people want to know why it's so important to have representatives of this diverse population of ours in the media and in politics and all over the damn place, these two statements were a perfect example.
A lot of people might see "The View" as just a fluff show that's a time filler for stay at home Moms. But
the importance of having two black women, with differing views, on a daily talk show like "The View" discussing issues of the day is extremely important, because "The View" in its own way is very influential.
Oh, and in case you haven't heard, Barack Obama is making a return visit to "The View" next Friday, March 28th. The interview will be taped the day before and will be a no holds barred conversation on a variety of topics. In an ABC press release, Obama is quoted as saying, “I am really looking forward to my return visit to sit down with the ladies of ‘The View.’”
Whoopi was off this week because of a bad case of bronchitis, but I'm sure she'll be back for that one.
So, set your DVR's or watch the show live, and then read my take as soon as the show is over.
Photo courtesy ABC
March 19, 2008
As for Amanda Overmyer, the bottom line is she was doing the same act every week. It was a good act, but it was the same. She should cheer up though. If they ever do the definitive Janis Joplin bio-pic, she's a lock.
Carly Smithson should take this week's close shave as a serious warning. No more blackbirds singing in the dead of night. America might already have a strike against her because she seems too much like a ringer, so she'd better start figuring out how to engage them or she's out.
I'm happy Brooke White and Michael Johns got second chances. They better use them wisely.
However the person I was happiest for was Chikezie. He came so close to not making it this far, and because he kicked it up a notch he was rewarded. No matter what happens now, he gets to go on the "Idol" tour and I bet he'll be a big hit.
Next week, one of our many mentors will make an appearance. Either Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, or Andrew Lloyd Webber. Personally, I can't wait to see who sings "Music Of The Night."
There were several reasons I felt the need to take note of his passing. First off, one of his greatest screen achievements, "The English Patient" is a sprawling epic that wasn't necessarily to everyone's taste---did you see the "EP" Seinfeld episode?---but it was a lovely movie and for me had one of the most romantic scenes I've ever experienced at the movies. Which brings me to my second reason, the scene involved co-stars Naveen Andrews (Kip) of "Lost" and Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (Hana).
Theirs was the secondary, and I thought, more interesting of the two love stories in the movie. As most people know the primary love story was between Ralph Fiennes (the aforementioned "Patient") and Kristen Scott Thomas.
"The English Patient" was my first glimpse of Naveen Andrews and he was just as incredibly hot then as he is now. I won't give away the scene, but it involved the ruins of an old church that Kip takes Hana to, using a very unique way to show her the beauty hidden within the ruins. The movie's worth renting for that scene alone.
Minghella's other two movies which I loved were "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain." "Cold Mountain" was much too long, but I saw the movie on television, and I have a feeling it was much more tolerable on the small screen than on the big one. Renee Zellweger won a much deserved Oscar for her role as Ruby Thewes and nearly stole the movie right out from under Nicole Kidman. Jude Law co-starred with Kidman which brings me to my third reason, "The Talented Mr. Ripley."
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" had its problems as well, but it was very entertaining and that had a lot to do with Law and star Matt Damon. It's a sumptuous, visually stunning movie where everyone is beautiful, but that beauty hides secrets, blackmail and eventually murder.
From Minghella's NY Times obituary:
With a large, bald head, and a thick frame, Mr. Minghella had the physical affect of dockworker, but when he opened his mouth, it was clear he was an omnivorously literate person.
“I can’t think of a conversation that I had in the last five years that didn’t include a reference about what book he was reading,” said Scott Rudin, who produced a number of films with both Mr. Minghella and Mr. Pollack. “He was the first person to pick up the phone and talk about some amazing play he had seen in North London, and a few days later there would be a script on my desk.”
His last completed work, "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" was produced for the BBC and will air in the United States on HBO.
The man had talent and I, for one will miss his work.
That's why this week's chat is going to be blunt and brief.
First of all, what Simon said about it being a bad idea to do a second week of Lennon and McCartney? He was right. Talk about going to the well one too many times. As it is, it's like we have three competitions going on, one for the adults, one for the Junior Star Search crowd, and one for Kristy Lee Cook.
And in honor of my mood, I'm starting off with tonight's worst.
Worst Of The Night: Kristy Lee Cook. What more do I need to say?
Second Worst Of The Night: Amanda Overmyer. I'm over-myer the rocker girl.
Best Of The Night: Syesha Mercado. For once she got it right.
Worst Tattoo Fashion Accessory: Carly Smithson. The snakes up her arm and the fabric red roses around her neckline clashed terribly. Worst of all, I hate the song.
Not Nearly As Bad As The Judges Thought: Chikezie.
Not Nearly As Good As The Judges Thought: Jason Castro.
Still Too Junior Star Search: I know the "American Idol" producers want to anoint David Archuleta as the de facto winner, but the kid continues to be an amateur night performer. Joining him is Ramiele. Her attempt to do a change of pace was admirable, but she looked like she was performing at her best friend's sweet sixteen.
Still Not Picking It Up Enough: Michael Johns and Brooke White. I like them both, but Johns especially is teetering on elimination. And his "I chose this song as a dedication" excuse...I told you what I think about that. Brooke is great, but she should never perform without a piano or guitar in front of her. And she should never, ever try to dance. The poor girl at least looked good in the pretty lemon yellow, "Here Comes The Sun" dress.
Should Go Home: After the day I've had...don't care.
Will Go Home: Ditto.
Oh, and David Cook sang too, but I'm over-myer him as well.
March 17, 2008
It's got a top handle and a detachable shoulder strap. It comes in green, black and white, though the green is my favorite. It's accented with a cute, BeBe logo heart and it would go great with any new spring outfit.
It's large enough to hold makeup, a cellphone, a PDA and a pair of fabulous Sophia sunglasses.
March 16, 2008
Early in January with the approach of Megan's first anniversary, I decided Megan was going to be around for the long haul and deserved a look that was unique to her. Up until that time I'd been using two different TypePad themes. They were nice and all, but they weren't special enough.
One day I was on a site that said it was designed by Swank Web Style Design Studio. I liked the look of the site, so I decided to check Swank Web Style out. After filling out an extensive questionnaire about my likes and dislikes I began to work with Vicki.
Over the next several weeks, we worked together via email. Vicki sent me sample mock ups and I would modify them until we came up with the design you see today.
Swank Web Style's services were great. They didn't cost and arm and a leg, at least by web design standards, and Vicki came up with exactly the kind of design I was looking for.
Vicki designed the site, wrote the code and then installed and tweaked it as needed. As of last week, our own version of beta testing was complete and this new great design is up and running.
So I'd like to official thank Vicki for her fabulous work and the folks at Swank Web Style Design for hooking me up with her. If you need a new blog or web design, I highly recommend them.
And I hope you enjoy the new Megan's Minute as much as I do.
March 15, 2008
"Lost" was already a great show. In my TV book, already one of the best shows ever. But after "The Constant," "Lost," for me, is approaching, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" status.
Brotha, from beginning to end, this episode was spectacular.
We start in the helicopter that's winging it's way from the island to the Mystery Freighter. Sayid's looking at the island, Desmond's looking at the picture of him and Penny, and Frank is looking at Daniel's navigational "cheat sheet." There's a thundercloud in their path and Sayid asks Frank uncomfortably, why they're flying right into it. Frank basically tells Sayid to mind his own beeswax.
So Sayid turns to Desmond gesturing to the picture of Penny and asking what Desmond expects to find on the Mystery Freighter. Desmond says, "Answers."
Frank flies right into the thunderclouds and the helicopter pitches and rolls. There's thunder, there's lightening and it's pretty obvious Frank's being knocked off course. The music is blaring, the sound effects are throbbing, Des and Sayid are holding on and...
..."On your soddin' feet!"
Desmond bolts awake in a military bunk. He's in his underwear, got much shorter hair, and looks really confused.
There's no music, no sound effects...nothing but a military Sergeant straight out of central British casting yelling at the top of his lungs. Desmond jumps to attention.
This is where I'm thinkin', okay after all those flashes forward, this is our first flashback episode of the season.
Anyway the Sergeant wants to know why Desmond was so slow getting up. When Desmond tells the Sergeant he was having a dream, the Sergeant wants to know what he was dreaming about that it took him "so soddin' long to get to his mark?"
Desmond tells him he was dreaming about being in a helicopter in a storm.
The Sergeant's fabulous response? "Well, at least it was a bloody military dream." Heh. Talk about an actor (Graham McTavish) making a lot out of a small part.
Cut to the soldiers doing push-ups in an absolutely drenching rain. The Sergeant then switches them to crunches. Ick, messy.
While they're mud crunches, Desmond's fellow soldier says he hopes his dream was worth it. Desmond tells him it was the most vivid dream he'd ever had. He felt like he was really in a helicopter. The Sergeant appears and wants to know if Des has something to say to him. Desmond hesitates and the Sergeant yells, "I asked you a question..."
Cut to the helicopter, still rocking and rolling amidst the thunder and lightening. Desmond looks panicked and starts to take off his harness. When Sayid calls him by name, asking if he's all right, Desmond, in full freak out mode demands, "How do you know my name?"