the nick and artie show

until i started watching the nick and artie show last week, i didn’t like artie lange. i didn’t think he was funny.

i have always liked nick dipaolo. he’s quick-witted and can laugh at himself. his comedy is unrepetitive and consistent. never seen him not be funny.

the nick and artie show is interesting. i love the sports talk. the interviews are low-key. the callers are unnecessary. the banter between artie and twinsanity (liz and marie canavan) can be bickersome and demeaning.

http://www.nickandartie.com/a>

Rob!

TVRecently, I realized that the TV sitcom Rob! is just the hispanic version of Darma and Greg.

The husband – an uptight professional

The wife – an underfed free-spirit who spends more time with her crazy parents than with her husband.

I like it.

SunFest

SunFestI used to love going to SunFest. Hot temps with a cool breeze of the Intracoastal. I suppose going on a rainy day would have been fun, too. Same heat, less people.

You can walk from one end of SunFest to the other and hear 3 or 4 different genres of music, while eating good food and perusing booths with many different forms of art for sale: metal, glass, pottery, fabric, wood, and mixed media. Personally, my favorite is always jewelry.

I can’t go now. If you do drive to West Palm Beach for the event, you won’t find a cheap parking space. You can take the shuttle, but you’d be on someone else’s schedule. Parking spaces in the city garages are scarce on ANY uneventful day.

And personal space is a precious commodity at SUNFEST. The number of vendors, performers and people attending increases each year but I don’t think the area in which they confine SunFest does.

You not only have to decide how you will get downtown and when you will go; you have to decide how to get tickets. There’s one daily price to get through the gate, and there’s another price for multiple days. It’s always cheaper when you package the days. In 1990, the cost was $5 a day at the gate. A 4-day pass cost only $10. This year, cost at the gate for 1 day is $35 and a 5-day pass is $67. The pop-up parking lots charge for the entire day, not hourly. The shuttle will cost less. If you want to see a particular musical act, you have to buy a ticket for that performance. You can choose from over 50 acts.  General seating for Paul Rogers, Herbie Hancock or the Mighty Mighty Bosstones is $20, while Counting Crows, Snoop Dog or Creed premiere seating is $125.

SunFest is a beautiful event, making millions for Palm Beach County and pleasing over 300,000 people over 5 days. But, until I get an electric wheelchair, I’ll have to continue enjoying my cd player while sitting in my backyard with Darrell, Macaroni, Meatloaf and Patience…and Mike.

Dr. Mom

Why do we get so attached to our doctors? Why do we look forward to te foloow-up? And why do we miss them when can no longer see them?

If a doctor is condescending, he’s history. Maybe we’ll let him fix the problem but we won’t go back to him. I had a doctor that fixed the problem of a corn by suggesting that I put a cotton ball in between my toes. His suggestion was directed to Mike. The little old bastard never looked at me just my foot. He never spoke to me just Mike. Wonder if he’s dead yet.

Why do the great ones have to retire? I recently learned that my internist’s retirement was the mechanation of the health oprganization for which he worked. Too late to complain after 3 years. He is still practicing part-time at a free clinic. Would a donation ease my conscience?

It’s heartbreaking when your doctor retires for health reasons. You’re left to wonder, “How is he doing? Is the disease in remission? Dormant? Is he wtill with us?” He is still one of my favorite doctors. I would for the ability t talk to him via webchat. He would probably say, “Well, duh…don’t do that.” or “Tell your new doctor that I think it’s the same muscle problem you had in your back 6 years ago.” But I’m not being honest; I’m being selfish. I jsut want to see him and say, “Hi. How are you doing?”

So, why am I so attached? Beacuase they are MOM. When it’s no worse thena  hangnail, they tell me. When it’s an important boo-boo, they reareange their cschedlue. When I am visibly upset and crying, they want to know why. And if they can fix that, they do.

At one rheumatologist visit, the doctor was an hour late. He took whom he thought was his first patient, not knowing she was an unschedlued patient…a mkistake by the recptionist. Usually, I am in and out in 10 minutes. being late an hour made me late for my podiatrist appointment next door. I needed the foot doc weeks before thjis but because I am dependent on Mike’s day off, I had to wait until this day. When the rheumatologist came in, he had a cute story about his weekend. We have had that kind of relationship for 14 years. Talk about anything and everything. When his story was doen, he asked, “So? How are you doing?”

I burst into tears. “I had to wait to get a podiatrist appoinment and I was here on time but you’re running late and now I can’t see the podiatrist because I have other appointments today and my foot really hurts…”

By the tiome I got all that out, he was on the iPhone to my podiatrist asking him to squeeze me in. Whe we were done and he walked me out, he ripped the receptionist a new one.

Doctors, nurses, techs, and support staff are members of a rare breed. They care regardless of pay. They’re glad to see me even if they didn’t want to come in that day. Whe I ask, “How are you today? What’s new? How’s the family?’ they are rarely truthfu;. They know that if I’m at the doctor’s, it’s all ab

the grammy awards

grammyholy crap! this show sucked! it was a train wreck with intermittent rescues by foo fighters, adele, and paul mccartney. When did the show go from an awards show to a performance show? Whose bright idea was that? I bet the ratings sucked as badly as the show. Here’s my rundown of some of the suckiness:

bruce springsteen and the e street band – the performance was way too structured; no fire, no in-your-face guitar. but i did think this was a good start to the show. It should soften the blow of whitney houston’s death. but it was short-lived.

Ll cool j as host – his prayer for whitney houston was lacking in emotion and sincerity. His hosting was just as dreary.

bruno mars – i’m impressed and now a bigger fan. he should have been on the bigger stage. it seems the producers put him over on the side stage to entertain while the big stage was being set for someone else.

alicia keys and bonnie raitt – bonnie did not look like she wanted to be there with alicia. she could have done the tribute alone. alicia brought nothing to the performance, and her lighting was atrocious. you couldn’t tell it was her.

chris brown – the song was lame. the choreography was juvenile. my cat falls off the tv with more grace and precision. and what was with the lighting design? it was terrible throughout the entire show.

foo fighters – oh…yeah…they fought the foo tonight. awesome! and when they went long on the acceptance speech, the stage went to black. the announcer said here’s ryan seacrest…twice. they should never use one stage when following an acceptance speech.

rihanna and coldplay – really? were justin bieber and jewel unavailable? gotta say that rihanna’s choreography was the best of the night. but a duet with coldplay? coldplay was such a wet blanket. luckily, the alcohol kept me awake.

paul mccartney – wow. like wine. like buhta. like love. makes me want to buy the album.

taylor swift – who chose that song? that set design? the wardrobe? this is the grammy’s, damn it, not the muppets.

katy perry – ok. i get it. she’s a pop princess. but a little music would have been nice. and the pretend glitch had me fooled. but in hindsight, it was lame. should have been bigger…badder…maybe a swear word or two bleeped out.

adele – great performance. but not the showstopper you expect from the grammy’s.

glen campbell – what was the point?

jennifer hudson – if there had to be a tribute, she’s the one to pick. that voice, that poise. so classy.

chris brown, foo fighters, et al – poor foo fighters. i was embarrassed for them in that debacle.

nicky minaj – what the hell was that? does she even know? does anyone even know? i’d like to know how many audience members checked their cell phones or went to the bathroom during that number.

such a letdown.

 

vacation

our car is white and has 4 doorswest palm, hiltons, syracuse, nashua

yay! we’re on vacation the entire month of june!

the map is the preliminary plan.

can’t wait! can’t wait! can’t wait!

airplay: the rise and fall of rock radio

also recorded and watched the documentary - airplay: the rise and fall of rock radio. very enlightening and informative. there were so many prominent djs across the country who influenced american culture with their courage and personaility.

this documentary spans civil rights, political activism and entertainment. personally, my view of the world was broadened after a classmate told me about fm radio in 1971. i tuned in to boston’s wbcn and switched on my appreciation of music and my quest for information.

as i watched airplay, i realized i was not the only one to have that experience.

http://airplayrockradio.org/about_the_show.asp

portlandia – tv show

so strange. so cutting edge. so cool!

i don’t remember which commercial it was, but i was hooked. when i compare it to saturday night live, it’s 100 times smarter and funnier. it has about 500,000 viewers, which is probably less than 10% of what snl gets.

so…fewer writers, fewer cast members, fewer viewers. i guess less is more…entertaining.

archer – tv show

after seeing the commercials for archer, i decided to record and watch it.

it’s a very fiunny show, and it’s now in my top ten. but it is difficult watching archer and hearing bob of bob’s burgers. h. jon benjamin also did the voice for coach mcgurk and others on adult swim’s home movies.

i really don’t need this crap.

i don't need this crapi have had a calcium deposit growing on my elbow for over a year. i get them all the time. you remove them and they grow back. may take a decade but it will come back. this one is causing pain in the middle of the night.

so i saw mike’s surgeon in march. when i made the appointment, i told the receptionist why. at the office visit, the doctor told me he only does breast cancer surgeries now. he recommended a plastic surgeon.

got an appointment with her in may. she recommended her associate who is an arm specialist, but he wasn’t in. after a stomach issue, i decided to wait til january, hoping mike could get some time off. made another appointment for january 13. doctor had to cancel, so i reminded her that it was my elbow and she wanted an associate to see the elbow. she referred me to a hand and elbow surgeon who happens to be my hand doctor. so cool and so happy!

the appointment was for monday. yep….WAS! it’s the only day i can get there and he has to cancel and reschedule. so i said, “how about the 31st?” “Nope. he can’t see me then.”

the receptionist said she’ll call me again to make an appointment.

i really don’t need this crap.