Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Only Like The Best Christmas Ever

This is like my dream Christmas: a cabin getaway with about 10 friends, sledding, skiing, snowball fights, dinner parties, booze, tree decorating, 80's bangs, love triangles, and George Michael in total denial.

Merry Christmas Townies!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

So, I'm Pretty Sure I'm Gonna Get My Boobs Cut Off

Howdy Townies. If you are a regular visitor to this blog you might know that I usually share all my secrets no matter how embarassing or weird or offensive. Well this post is no different. You see, for the past, oh, I dunno, 25 years or so, I've had giant cans. I think I had boobs in 3rd grade. Much to the delight of the boys in my class, 4th grade, and up. I hated it. I was teased, grabbed, objectified, you name it. I was always a Tom-girl. I played sports, was a fast runner, I could keep up with the boys. But before you go "boo-hoo, poor Diz, she's got boobs that lots of girls get implants to achieve." I must assure you that mine are not your typical pinup, implant, perkiness. Mine are o'natural: pendulous, stretched, and heavy. I have indents on my shoulders from my giant boulder holders, I have cronic back pain, running/ jogging is out of the question, if I do work out, I have to wear 2 sports bras to WALK on the treadmill. URRG! I've had it!

So what's next. Well, I'm not getting any younger, and I'm sick of never being able to find a bathing suit that can contain and support the girls. I know MANY girls who have had reduction surgery with lots of success. Everyone I spoke to does not regret the surgery one bit. So I did it. I finally made an appointment with a plastic surgeon to see if I was a good candidate for surgery.

I was so nervous as I waited for Dr. Kim to come into the examination room. There I sat topless with a pink paper vest on that opened in the front. I was sweating like crazy. I guess because I had never really shown the girls to anyone I wasn't intimately involved with. And this was a stranger. To my delight Dr. Kim was great, all smiles, and very professional. It was a little awkward when he lifted by breasts one by one to judge their weight and to decide how much tissue he could remove.

He concluded that I was a good candidate and that the surgery would most likely "change my life." I'm sold! Then he explained the surgery (which let me tell you, is a little graphic. Google it if you want to know how it's done), showed me before and after pics of other ladies (and gents believe it or not) who had the surgery. I couldn't believe the size of some of the boobs in this book. I mean down to yer knees boobs! It was crazy. I felt small compared to some of these ladies. But the after results were stunning and I left the office convinced that I could go through with it.

In order to have the surgery covered by your insurance company (because some companies will consider the surgery cosmetic and not medically necessary), you need to meet certain requirements like breast size, health issues, shoulder indents etc. and have a supporting letter from your primary doctor before you can schedule the surgery. Dr. Kim didn't think I'd have any problems getting covered. He sent his letter, my nudie picture (he took from my neck down - I'm sure the mailroom at IBX had a good laugh at those) and my primary docs letter to the insurance company. Now I had to wait (up to 6 weeks) to hear if it would be covered.

I waited 3 weeks and I got a letter. I opened it with delight only to find that the surgery was denied. Now I don't know if you ever saw that Michael Moore movie about the US Healthcare system, but he makes it pretty clear that insurance companies make a habit of refusing surgeries just to save money. This letter was very generic and said nothing about why I did not qualify. I was pissed! Did they not even read the letters? See the giant boobs in the picture?

So I spoke with Dr. Kim's nurse today who couldn't be nicer. She actually spoke to the insurance company and they told her the denial had to do with the amount of tissue that was going to be removed. I'm confident that this can be rectified. And now I wait to hear whether I need to come back in for another consult with Dr. Kim, or if a phone consult will do. Then another round of submissions and another few weeks of waiting.

So I'll keep you all posted on what happens next. I'm trying not to get too excited just in case I get a big fat "NO" again, but I just can't help but think about the relief, the comfort and the mental and physical weight that will be lifted once I have the surgery.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Poor Kid

Wow, I'm kinda speechless on this one "Cake Request for 3-Year-Old Hitler Namesake Denied".

Yikes, look at what they named his sisters!!!! Is this for real????

And I don't believe that the parents are :

1. Not racist
2. That naive
3. Voted for Obama
4. Making a profound cultural statement
5. Named his kid Hitler because "no one else in the world would have that name"

I say, good job Shop Rite, I applaud you. Let Wal-Mart do your dirty work.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Morrissey Album Art

The artwork for Morrissey's new ablbum Years of Refusal has just been released. The album is set to come out Feb 16th.

I love me some Morrissey, but I'm not sure what the point of this image is. That baby is cute as all get out. Maybe it's his secret surrogate spawn.

What do you think?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Drunk History

Have you guys seen these? Maybe I'm a little behind the times, but this shiz is funny. Beeps and I watched them all the other day with tears streaming down our faces. This guy Derek Waters interviews his friends about historical events while they are extremely intoxicated and then sets the audio to live action with real stars like Michael Cera and Jack Black. Hilarity ensues. There's like 5 of them so be sure to check them all out on Funny or Die. Here are episodes one and two.

See more Michael Cera videos at Funny or Die

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Epic Jedi Battle Exposes True Identity of Dr. Zibbs!

At last! We finally met. Dizzle, Zibbs, Beeps, Smoochies, Pumpkin Eater and newest member Swedish Chef. It was like that scene in Star Wars The Phantom Menace, when they bring Anakin in front of the Jedi council, except during our meeting a giant light saber fight broke out. I managed to get a few blurry pics of the action. Among them is the infamous Dr. Zibbs. Let me tell you folks, he's a formidable opponent. In addition to looking quite stunning in a purple wig, he and Swedish Chef managed to disrupt the balance of the galaxy when they forced Mercury from its orbit where my dog, thinking it was a ball, ate it.

This all happened after a fab night watching MPW at the Note. Zibbs threatened to show, I snapped my fingers, and whallah! He appeared. We ended up hitting it off and after the show a giant group of us headed back to The Falls at Franklin Pointe (the name of our palatial estate) and had a good ole' time. Zibbs did a great job summing up the night. So be sure to check out That Blue Yak for all the deets.

Now on to the pics:

The battle begins!

Who is that????


Time out, where's Mercury?

Found it. Dang, it's chewed.
Now you asked for it!

It's on!

I shall have my revenge!

Monday, December 1, 2008

MPW at The Note - Be There or Face the Wrath of JDizzle

Howdy Townies,

This Friday is not only Old Fashioned Xmas in Dub-C but legendary entertainers Missing Palmer West will be playing at The Note. They are opening for The Shackeltons and Cheers Elephant so get there early (10ish). Tickets at $6 advance and $8 at the door.

See you there.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tokin Twilighter

Tisk, tisk miss Stewart. You should know better. You're a big star now, Twilight's Bella Swan for Christ sake, and a role model to little girls all over the world. Whether you like it or not, your behavior will have an influence on some impressionalble ladies.
Look, I'm no saint, but get smart, if yer gonna toke up, and you're a celeb, restrict your smoking to the INSIDE of your house. This isn't Amsterdam.
Who knows, maybe she thought all the paps were stalking RPattz and she wouldn't get caught.
Thanks to the TMZ for this photo. Follow the link to see all the pics. Those rats are everywhere.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MacGyver Moments

Kudos to Gemlindog for putting together such a kick-ass compilation!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bear Season

My parents are in the Poconos right now where it's bear season. Yes, people shoot and eat bear meat. Anyway, Mom sent this pic to Smoochies and she sent it to me with the message "Happy Thanksgiving." Poor little ittle beary poo.

I imagine his last few moments went something like this:

Bear to self: "Man that was a fun summer. Met some new ladies, had a couple cubs, raided a crap-load of bird feeders. Man, those old ladies know how to feed some birds. The blueberries were so plump and juicy this year as well. I'm still pickin seeds out of my incisors. And the road-kill, don't even get me started. I had my fill of dead possum and raccoon. Yummy! And this never happens to me: I found the most kick-ass den to hibernate in. It's under this huge fallen tree and it's got a nice dry leafy floor, and the entrance faces south so those north winds won't bother me a bit. Just one more day and I'm settling down for the winter. It's been a great year.... I'm one lucky bear.

Hey what's that smell? Weird, kinda like a mixture of Marlboros, beef jerky and Budweiser. Hey look some humans have crossed paths with me. I'll stand up and say hello..... Howdy neighbor, fancy seeing you he..... oh wait, crap what the hell is .... "

Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Twilight Twice

Hi Townies, Unless you've been in Gitmo for the last several years, then you know about Twilight. You may also know about my somewhat alarming obsession with the book series. I'll bet you can also imagine my anticipation for the movie which opened yesterday to some pretty staggering box office numbers. Luckily for me, my new part-time gig has me footloose and fancy free every Friday. So I decided to go see the film by myself on Friday figuring the tweeners would all be in school and I could catch the film without the lines and Pattinson-induced involuntary high-pitched screaming. (I also caught the film again on Saturday with Smoochies and Beeps)

The movie theater was pretty empty when I arrived for the 10:45 am showing. Perfect. I was giddy in my seat just waiting for the movie to start. Wondering how it would open and how the Cullens would be introduced. I usually love seeing previews before the movie, but in this case, every new preview they showed made me long for the fast-forwarding power of the remote.

SPOILERS AHEAD - so if you haven't seen the movie or read the book. Stop now.

Ok. Let me first start by saying that I had low expectations going in. Most book-to-movie translations end up being disappointing and never live up to the book. This was the case with Twilight. I knew it would be hard to take a 300+ book and turn it into a 2 hour movie. But there were only two things they needed to to do to make it work: capture Edward's overwhelming desire to eat Bella and make us believe in their blossoming, forbidden relationship. And the movie failed at both. Edward, no matter how ridiculously good-looking Rob is, was unable to convince me that he was being torn apart inside. But to his credit, you can only brood so much without having good lines in which to sell your audience. And I'm not blaming Stephenie here. Those lines i.e. "And the lion fell in love with the lamb... ", "Hold on spider monkey" etc. translate ok in the book, sweet almost, but just didn't work in the film. In addition, the writers and production company, must have believed that in order to keep audiences interested (those who possibly didn't read the book) that they needed to make James the star and climax of the film. Yes, I understand that you need some action to keep the boys interested, but the book is about family, sacrifice, and impossible love. Not running from other vamps. I would have loved it sooooo much more if the first book was split into two films. One of their relationship, and another about the other vamp clans.

There were also a couple of moments that I was dying to see translated in the film. The first was the meadow scene. This was a big moment for me in the book. Bella and Edward spend the day together. A date. This was the moment Edward opens up and reveals his true self to Bella. The moment he shows her a special place, exposes his feelings, kisses her, and sparkles. Instead in the movie, he shows his skin in a fit of frustration and anger. The meadow is almost an after-thought and not a place and time they share. I did like the way they showed his skin, but I could have really done without the sparkly-fairy-twinkling sounds. It was too cutesy. The man-sparkles speak for themselves folks.

I also wanted more to the prom scene, the extended prom remix would have been nice. I missed Alice in this moment. In the book you fall in love with Alice and her perky need to dress and spoil Bella. I wanted the prom surprise in the book, I wanted to see Alice fussing over Bella and Edward revelling in his secret. The joke being that Bella thinks he's taking her to change her instead they end up at the prom. In the film, again, the prom has lost its magic.

I also wanted more Cullen. I loved Alice in the book and I think she had 2 lines in the film. Jasper was almost comic relief, Emmitt was pretty true, and Rosalie came off nasty and crass. Carlise and Esme were pretty spot-on. Overall, the Cullens were more wall paper than active participants in the story. Again, victims of the film's time-constraints.

Kristen did a nice job with what she had. Other than the bad acting in the hospital bed (Cathrine, why did you choose that take? Her pleading with Edward was amateur and unconvincing. ) she gave a nice performance. In some cases though, I wanted to see why Edward wanted her, what was so special about her? What was it that was so irresistible? And Bella came off as cranky and no fun. I get that she's new and a bit disappointed with her new surroundings, but her friends were so welcoming and she just (and to use a Stephenie-favorite) glowered.

Now on to the CG. In some cases it was pretty cool: Edward climbing the tree, the baseball, the sparkles, the fight scene, etc. But in other cases it was pretty bad. Bella looked almost awkward and goofy riding Edward's back and the stunt doubles were obvious.

Okay, enough trash talk. There were some things I really liked. Rob, for one, was just total eye-candy. The washed-out film captured the feeling of gloomy Forks, and sweeping camera shots were fun. I liked Charlie and the baseball scene, I enjoyed Bella's goofy, immature friends (even though other reviews say they were annoying) it was almost nice to have some contrast to Bella's almost constant dower-state.

Overall, let's say I hadn't read the book, I'd give Twilight 2.5 stars out of 5. But having read and loved the books, I give the film 3 stars. For what the film lacked in story and feeling, I was able to fill in the blanks with the Twilight high I carry around with me daily. I'm just glad they made the film. And I look forward to New Moon and the rest of the books. Maybe they'll take my advice and slow it down a bit. Don't be afraid to break the books up into several films or even a TV series. There is so much more to the stories than killer vampires. And if you need my help Stephenie, Cathrine, Rob, just let me know. I have off on Fridays.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bring Me Flowers

Just saw these delish pics of Brandon Flowers on Perez. Can't wait till the new Killers album comes out.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Local Blogger Decides at the Last Minute to Not Stalk Robert Pattinson at the King of Prussia Mall

It was last week when I first found out Rob Pattz/ Edward Cullen was going to be at the Hot Topic store in KOP. And yes, I considered, although very breifly, about going. I mean I only work a few miles from the mall and I'm a huge Twilight fan.

Then I heard the news about the tweeners rioting in San Francisco and other malls around the country, just to get a glimpse. Then I remembered that I'm 35 and should probably just stay home and drown my sorrows in a bottle of Jameson, because I'm old enough to buy buy booze and those girls are not. And although seeing Rob would give me pleasure, it would only be fleeting and my good friend Jameson would be around much longer. And even when ole' Jamie is gone, it's just a quick trip to the state store where I won't have to pitch a tent in the rain, 24 hours in advance to get my fix.

So yes, I still love Rob Patz, and can't wait till the movie opens next Friday; I'll just be good an drunk when I get there.

Monday, November 10, 2008

MPW at Johnny Brenda's

Heads-up all you Townies, Missing Palmer West is having another fun and booze-filled show this Friday at Johnny Brenda's in Philly. Should be a fab show. They will be sharing the stage with Bitter Bitter Weeks and The Swimmers. Show starts at 9:30 pm. Tix are 8 bucks at the door.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

First the Phils, now Obama, and then in just a couple weeks Twilight opens. Can it get any better than this? It's too much goodness for one person to handle. I'm not used to all this winning.

Congrats to Obama, I'm sooooo thrilled! Finally, Finally, Finally. President Obama. Or as Chase Utley would say,

"President Barack Fucking Obama!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New DM Bitches!

Depeche Mode along with Martin Gore (one of my 5) will be launching a world tour in 2009 along with a brand new studio album out April 20th. WOOT! I've been to every DM concert in the Philly area since 1989 and I can't wait.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The One-Upper Update

"Barry" is getting fired as I write this post.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The One-Upper

Hi Townies, sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I've been traveling for work. In order to keep the innocent, well, innocent, let's just say I was in a desert surrounded by God-loving people. It was my first time traveling with my new coworkers and proved to be filled with blog-worthy material. A few days before we left for God-town, my company hired a new employee. His job is to help us create programs that we can sell to our clients to help them retain their employees. This person, let's call him Barry, allegedly has a background in mental health and human resource programs and calls himself a "psychologist." However, I know for a fact that he only has a masters degree. I know this because he had me put "MA" after his name on his business cards. Um, a masters? Who cares, I can get a masters online in like a month. This should give you a hint right away that this guy has a HUGE ego, thinks he's God's gift to the world, and is what my coworker calls an "importante."

Okay, so the guy has just been hired, I mean like a day before we go on the trip, and I barely know him. I'm traveling with our president and VP who happens to be an attractive woman in her early 40s. Immediately Barry thinks he has a chance with her. Let's call my VP Liz. Now Liz is instantly repulsed by Barry. He is already telling her things like "I just like looking at you." "Do you want to join me in the gym?", "I like your blouse." etc. He's gross. He also tells her that he's 57 when later on during the trip, he tells me he's 60.

Now let me remind you that he was hired to help us with not only our own HR practices, but to help train others on programs to help hire and retain the right employees. Umm, what is he thinking? He's already broken his own rules.

Over the next two days he progresses to a demented state. He begins to analyze everyone because he's a "psychologist" and asks us the strangest questions. We quickly realize that he has no idea how to talk to people like a normal person. For example, Liz talked about a piece of jewelry she bought for herself and Barry asks: "Does jewelry make you happy?" And after the Phils won against the Dodgers to go to the world series, he said to me: "I don't watch sports. Do sports make you happy?" Liz and I begin to think there's something really wrong with him.

Then on a trip where Barry and I went for a walk together to pick up something at the store for work, he went on and on about how he's never been married but has had too many girlfriends to count, that his last girlfriend of 4 1/2 years left him for no reason, and that he keeps flirting with Liz because he likes her and thinks that if she at least flirts back that it will help him get over his ex. WACKO!

On top of it all, Barry is a one-upper. You all know what that is right? A person, no matter what you say and what you have done in your life, he has done something better and more amazing. Because Liz was having a mental freak-out over Barry's inappropriateness, I decided to make a list of all of Barry's claims. You know, to turn this tragedy into something fun. So without further ado, I present the Barry one-upper list. And I swear, on my life, that none of this is made up.

Do enjoy:

1. Barry told Liz he was 57 and told me the next day he was 60
2. He went on and on about how he has 100s of movies, has a 40 inch plasma screen TV with the best surround sound system, and that he bought a PS3 not for the games, but for the Blue Ray technology.
3. He has a big house
4. He hikes - a lot
5. In a conversation about the Sixth Sense movie, where my President has an antique shop that appeared in the movie, Barry told us all that he once trained Bruce Willis
6. At one point in the trip, Liz complained of back pain and Barry said he could help her fix it with massage and breathing techniques and that he would be happy to show her.

stay with me, it gets better...

7. Barry's family no longer visits him on holidays, they don't appreciate his cooking. Instead he prefers to spend holidays with his close friends who really like his curry soup that takes him 6 hours to make.
8. At one of the convention events, Barry told me that although he was surrounded by women, that he didn't find anyone attractive and didn't think he was going to meet anyone. He proceeded to tell me that back in the day he would go to bars alone and wait for the women to come to him. They would ask him two things (and I quote) "Are you alone?" and "Want to go back to my place?"
9. In a conversation about pets I was talking about my two dogs and Barry said that he knew someone that owned a wolf and another who owns a leopard.
10. Barry once swam in the dead sea.
11. Barry knew the woman who was heiress to the Maidenform fortune. And I quote, "I could have married her easily. She wanted to marry me, but I didn't want to marry for money." Instead she asked him to go away with her to Switzerland. She also offered to secure him a spot on some national art board, but he refused.
12. At one point at dinner, Liz commented that she liked the wine glasses. Barry responded that he owned those glasses.
13. Barry has worked as a psychologist in the ER, he's been the director of a hospital, he help police when he worked with psychopaths, and he was a professor.
14. Barry also paints, he has an acrylic, abstract painting hanging in the corporate offices of Planned Parenthood in NYC

Oh, there's more. Saving the best for last:

15. Barry once auditioned naked for a production of Hair in London. He got the part but decided that he didn't want to take it. He just wanted to see if he could do it.
16. He knew a lesbian rocker who owned her own coffee shop or something (I lost interest on this one)
17. Barry is allergic to cats and goats.
18. Barry knew the guy who invented the pet rock. (I'm fucking serious. He said that.)
19. Barry once had a waterbed with 10 cylinders. Whatever that means. I didn't pursue this one either.
20. Barry once vacationed at a Club Med in the Bahamas that was also a nudist beach.
21. Barry once rode the Marrakesh Express with a guy who had a briefcase filled with hashish.

And the last and best one:

22. One day when Johnny Mathis was on tour in his town, and Barry worked at the local hospital, Johnny Mathis' drummer came to the hospital to get a shot of antibiotics for his syphilis. Barry convinced the drummer to tell him who gave him the disease and the drummer told him that Johnny Mathis gave it to him. So the drummer took doctors back to the concert venue to also give Johnny Mathis the shot.

And that's it. I arrived home on Saturday with all this great info and just had to share it with you guys. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I have a feeling that Barry's life at my company is short-lived. Especially since he hit on the VP of the company. I will keep you abreast of any new developments and Barryisms as they become available.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Exclusive Twilight HD Trailer

I can't even deal right now. I'm paralyzed with delight.

Twilight HD Exclusive Trailer

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals

I saw this on SNL this past weekend and I had tears streaming down my face. In hindsight the skit is very silly, but because the impression is so spot-on (and I should know, I've met Mark Wahlberg) it had me in stitches.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Monday, September 29, 2008

Guerilla Drive-In

Just wanted to give a shout out to John Young and the chaps at The Note for having us over for September's Guerilla Drive-in Movie. This month was Cannonball Run II and it did not disappoint. I had no idea there were so many stars in that film. We were supposed to watch it over at the Marsh Creek Speedway, but got rained out. If you haven't heard of the Guerilla Drive-in, check out the rules here, read John's blog here, and hope to see you for next month's film.

Thanks John!

PS: Rumor had it that Dr. Zibbs was gonna be there. But as far as I know, he was a no-show. Hummm, I'm starting to wonder if he really exists? Or maybe he just has a terrible facial deformity that he's trying to hide.

Here's a pic from my phone with the stage in back.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Twilight? Well Sort Of.

As you all know I'm an obsessed Twilight fan. Here's a fun video spoof of the movie that comes out in November. If you haven't seen the real teaser trailers it probably won't be funny. So do your homework here first. Enjoy...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Out With The Old, In With The New

Today was a tough day for me. I finally had to let her go. My first new car, the one I bought 11 years ago and my Dad cosigned. My 5-speed, manual, VW Golf. 94,000 miles, 2 sets of tires, 2 exhaust systems, a new starter, timing belt, lighter, passenger side mirror, drivers side mirror, windshield, and lots of love later, the grim reaper of cars has come a calling.

I decided it was time to move on and get a "big girl" car to match my somewhat "big girl" lifestyle. Now its off to the auction block where she'll go to the highest bidder. Goodbye old friend...

In her place Beeps and I got a new 2009 Subaru Forester. (I really wanted to get the Volvo C30 but decided it wasn't practical enough. It was however, a blast to test drive!)

So here's the new car. It's an automatic (so no more calf-cramps sitting in traffic), heated seats, bike rack, huge sunroof, alloy wheels, and overall sweetness.

Our blogger is all grown up.

Monday, September 15, 2008

West Chester's The Bomb

Today I came home to blocked traffic in town. No one could get through the center of town. The cars were being rerouted. Once I got home, I took my dogs for a walk to get some information. They had every street and sidewalk roped off within a 2 block radius of the Mosteller garage.

I asked a few guys in yellow vests who were blocking Walnut street to tell me what was going on. All they said was "There's been a police incident in the garage."
"An incident?" I asked, "Like what?"
"Just go home and watch the news."
"It's a bomb isn't it?" I asked.
"Just go home and watch the news." They said.

Not sure why they couldn't just tell me what the deal was. Anyway, I was right. Here's the full story. Scary stuff.

Also be sure to head over to That Blue Yak to read Zibbs' harrowing tale about his narrow escape.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Note

Hi Townies, I hope you are having a great weekend. Last night Beeps, Marc, Krista, Scott, and I went to the grand opening of The Note, a new club/ music venue/ bar on Market Street that is owned and operated by BAM (Of Jackass fame) and Donnie Moore (Previous owner of Rex's). I have to say that it is FABULOUS! Having been to many, many, many music venues in my life (especially as groupie/ roadie for several of Beep's bands) I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful, well planned, great sounding places of them all. Ok, granted I was a bit on the tipsy side upon arrival (we showed up around 10:30ish) I still think this is an accurate recollection. The only other music venue in town that even comes close (And i'm strictly talking stage and sound) is 15 North, but they book the WORST cover bands and cater to the college crowd. A total waste of a great space.

The Note reminds me a little bit of Johnny Brenda's. It has a huge raised stage, great lighting, side bar, and balcony with upstairs bar. The walls are exposed brick with the most beautiful chandeliers and wood floors. And now that the non-smoking ban has gone into effect here in PA, I hope that the floors remain burn-free. But unlike other Philly music venues, there's TONs of room, you can see the stage from virtually any place in the bar, the sound is clear and not too loud, and the atmosphere is upscale and filled with beautiful people. Scott and I spent many minutes picking out our favorites.

The other thing that was great about last night is that the bartenders didn't know the prices of a lot of the drinks so I think we ended up getting several freebees. Both Donnie and BAM were there as well as Ape and Phil Margera. Of course it seemed that Donnie was the only one working. BAM hung out on the dance floor with his friends and parents. I'm assuming his part in this whole thing is strictly monetary. I was hoping to see Tony Hawk, but no dice.

Overall, it was a great night. We had a blast and I'm looking forward to returning. It also looks like Missing Palmer West have been offered a gig there sometime in mid October so stay tuned. And I can't wait to hear them play in a venue that knows what the heck it's doing. I know there were many people in Dub-C who resisted its opening, but I say good job guys, it's a fab addition to the growing culture in this town. Kudos!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Buddy Can You Spare Some Change?

I stole these off of Perez cause they made me giggle. The McCain camp has their thongs in a bundle over this comment even though they've been using the phrase themselves.

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,’ it’s still going to stink. After eight years, we’ve had enough of the same old thing. It’s time to bring about real change to Washington and that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.”

- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday

They think Obama is making fun of them. Well so what if he was. You asked for it by stealing Obama's message by trying to say you are the party of change. Well the last time I checked the Republicans were running the country for most of the last 8 years, so that doesn't make sense.

Plus, McCain has bragged about siding with President Bush 90% of the time. Hummm. Looks like someone's getting desperate. But we're too smart to fall for this right America!

And just in case Palin's pregnant daughter wasn't enough to scare off right wing religious conservatives, the rumor now is that her son Trick or Track or whatever his name is, used to snort and inject Oxycotin. And that the preggers one is known as the town sled dog: everyone gets a yank (ZING). Looks like Palin is not only an expert in teaching abstenance, she also knows how to talk to her kids about drugs. Good job Mom-of-the-year. You can't even keep your family in order, why would we trust you with the country?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Missing Palmer West @ Johnny Brenda's

Hi all, Thought I'd share some pics from Saturday's awesome MPW show at Johnny Brenda's.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

God Knows I'm No Saint Paul

Hi Townies, I know I've been MIA but I must admit that my "trial retirement" has kept me busy. One of the activities has been the construction and filming of a music video for Missing Palmer West song "God Knows I'm No Saint Paul".  Beeps and I spent HOURS and HOURS making this. We cut out and assembled sets and personalities and painstakingly moved them bit by bit to make it into a nice little montage.  We're pretty proud of how it turned out although we might make some minor changes before all is said and done.

I'm pleased to premier this video exclusively to my Townies.  Do enjoy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

MPW at Johnny Brenda's

Hi Townies, First let me apologize for not posting in a while. On Monday of last week I gave my 4 weeks notice to my boss that I was leaving. I offered to stick around, train a new person, finish some outstanding projects, clean up my desk, etc. And instead I was told "Today will be your last day." So I've been in a "trial retirement" for the past week and a half. I been traveling and seeing family. (I actually got fugged, I'll post about that later Lioux) and just really enjoying myself with Beeps. So as you can imagine, blogging hasn't been much of a priority.

However, this post is important because Missing Palmer West will be playing at Johnny Brenda's this Saturday night. Check out this GREAT plug in Philadelphia Weekly magazine online.

And hope to see you all there.

8pm. $8.
With Audible + Buried Beds.
Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mice Follies

Hi Townies, sorry for my absence. I was on vacation for a week and did not have time to blog. But I'm back. I do have some things to explain in the coming days which will also shed some light on my absence. So stay tuned. Until then, enjoy this great Tom and Jerry cartoon. While Beeps and I were away, we got to talking about T&J cartoons with his parents. I remember this one vividly and know that it will always be my favorite. Be sure to tell me yours. Enjoy:

Friday, August 1, 2008

Two and Two

A few years back we were out at Kooma for Smoochies' b-dude and while we were having delicious drinks at the bar, a very tan, leather-faced man walked by wearing a bomber jacket. We immediately identified him as Chuck Woolery. You know, the "be back in two and two" guy. We joked about it for the next few nights like it was a big deal. Because at this point, about 2 years ago, Dub-C did not have the plethora of celebrity sightings that it does today. i.e. M. Night Shyamalan, Marky Mark, Jennifer Aniston, Dr. Zibbs (That Blue Yak, Google it), Bango, Owen Wilson, Tova Borgnine, Cole Hamels, JDizzle, BAM, John Young, etc.

Anyway. I forgot about that sighting until the other day when I was reading the comments on West Chester Guerilla Drive-in and noticed that someone else has seen him too. Recently. So I did some very in-depth research (I typed "Chuck Woolery West Chester" in the Google search line). And voila!

Woolery often speaks enthusiastically about bass fishing and sells his own line of fishing products, including "MotoLure", a motorized lure that emulates a small fish. Woolery's passion for the outdoors has also enabled him to become the "official outdoor spokesman" on QVC - the television shopping network - where Woolery promotes many other signature products.
If you aren't a Dub-C resident then you should know that QVC is located here just outside of town. You can also check out the Woolery-endorsed products here.

Anyway. So that's some useless knowledge for you to chew on over the weekend. Let me know if you have your own Dub-C celebrity sighting. Oh, and one more thing, apparently Chuck is a big fan of diamonds and has a diamond encrusted bass guitar. (it's a fact, look it up) The only problem I have with this information is that it's a BASS guitar. Seriously? A bass? I mean, I have no musical talent but could probably master the bass guitar if left alone with one for 24 hours. Couldn't he at least get a diamond encrusted real guitar.

No offense bass players. Have a great weekend all.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Golden Girls

My sister sent me this email the other day. I found it fairly amusing and she'll probably kill me for posting it.

"Remember the silly conversation at Scott's about a knitting circle? I'd really like to learn how to knit. Would you girls be interested in getting together for something like that?"

Um... how freaking old and boring does she think I am? Ok, I do know how to knit a little bit. I picked it up one winter because I had broken my foot and was bored being trapped inside. Plus, I don't really remember that conversation and I wasn't even drinking that night! I guess I committed to this at some point in the evening.

That girl needs to get married and pop out some kids soon or I'm doomed to a life of collecting cats and crafts.

Monday, July 28, 2008

No, Really?

So as you know, from these posts, I have been obsessed with the Stephenie Meyer book series about teenage love and vampires. Well, the last and final book in the series, Breaking Dawn, comes out on Saturday. And the more I Google it day and night (cause it's an obsession don't forget) I find that I might have to worry about actually just FINDING a book to purchase that day. So I decided to be a smart shopper and reserve my copy at Chester County Books and Music. Now remember that JDizzle doesn't read. Often.

Here is a transcription of how that call went. (Name has been changed to protect the innocent):

Scott: "Hello, Chester County Books and Music, this is Scott, can I help you?"

Me: "Yes, I'd like to 'reserve' a book or whatever it's called. You know, before the book comes out so I can be sure to get a copy when it's released."

Scott: "Sure, what's it called?"

Me: Breaking Dawn

Silence. I think he's typing to look it up.

Scott: "Is that that stupid..."

Me: Silence. My cheeks redden with embarrassment. I think to myself "I know I'm like the only 30-something, happily married woman, reading these novels, but is he passing judgment on my reading selection? Seriously? The guy works the register at the book store and HE'S poo-pooing my novel choice? I mean, I get that I'm not in high school, but maybe I'm buying it for my daughter as a gift instead of buying for myself." (I don't have kids, but he doesn't know that.)

Scott: Silence.

Me: "I think it comes out on Saturday."

Scott: "That's an odd time for a book release."

Me to myself: "Did he just call me a liar? First he craps on my book obsession and now he's calling me out?"

Scott: "Oh, Stephenie Meyer. Got it. And you're right , it does come out on Saturday."

Me: "Great"

Scott: "What's your last name?"

Me: "Smith."

Scott: Laughing "No, really?"

Me: "yes, really." Did he just called me a liar AGAIN?

Scott: "What's your first name?"

Me: I tell him.

Scott: "It will be here for you on Saturday for pick up."

Me: "Thanks."

We hang up. I knew there was another reason I didn't read.