August 10, 2006

Random Stuff That, For Once, Isn't About My Dead Grandfather

I worked from home yesterday in the hopes that I'd catch up on all I missed. I didn't. I could have worked for 16 hours straight and I still wouldn't be caught up. Mia's teething, I overslept...what I'm trying to say is that I have virtually nothing intelligent to say. For that, I apologize. Instead, I present random crap for your reading enjoyment.

Thing One: Dr. Z
Have you ever wondered if that Dr. Z guy is real? Or is he just a really terrible actor? I found the answer. Dr. Z is, indeed, played by Daimler Chrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche (bless you!).

Thing Two: We Just Shouldn't Vote As A People
Whilst watching Rockstar last night, I was armed with my computer while Beth was preparing her Playgroup Dropout post. By the way, have you visited her over there? Cos if you haven't...well...let's not talk about that...just go! Anyway, I just had to IM her...

Me: that horribly bad chick on Rockstar didn't get voted off!
Beth: Wow!
Me: See, this is how we got Bush in the White House a second time.

Thing Three: Bevis and Butthead, But Cuter
My daughter has recently discovered that burping and farting are the funniest things imaginable. Whenever she lets loose, she just giggles. If I'm around, I giggle too. Then she picks up on my giggling and we giggle for, like, an hour. Sure, she looks a lot like Beth, but apparently she has my sense of humor.

Thing Four: Meetings Meetings Everywhere
I have five meetings today. Five. When I am finally crowned King of the Universe, I hereby promise to do away with meetings entirely. Do I have your vote?

Thing Five: Teeth Suck!
That's right - teeth suck. Especially molars. Not mine. Mia's. She's got molars coming in and they seem to be responsible for random screaming, a ban on all breasteeding, an insane lack of sleep and, quite possibly, all this crap happening in the Middle East.

Thing Six: 911
The movie World Trade Center opened yesterday. I'm curious what you think. Will you see it? Is the world ready for it, or is it too soon?

Posted by Chris at August 10, 2006 07:35 AM
Comments

I actually am going through plans right now to kill Dr. Z. I cannot stand him. In fact, if I never buy a Chrysler product again, it's because of Dr. Z. Hemies be damned!

Posted by: Ginny at August 10, 2006 07:48 AM

Everytime I watch Rockstar I think of you. Because for some reason I can picture you on this show. And ZYeara or whatever her name is lloked like one of the dudes from Shanana in the gold outfit.

Posted by: Bill at August 10, 2006 08:08 AM

Long live the KING!!

Posted by: Wicked H at August 10, 2006 08:09 AM

Let's look at it this way. Mia is a pretty happy kid except for those teeth, right? Well, it won't be too long until all the teeth are in and teething will be OVER. Then there will be no more random screaming! Well, you hope, anyway...

Having 5 meetings sucks. In a big way. I'm sorry.

I do not think I will see the World Trade Center movie. I don't know that it's too soon, but I just don't think it's for me. I can still vividly remember watching it happen for real (while holding my 7 week old son) and I don't know that I need to put myself through that again. My mom (a retired schoolteacher) tells me that she thinks it's going to become part of the high school history curriculum in her county--required watching for those who don't remember because they were too young.

Posted by: Alissa at August 10, 2006 08:12 AM

I really and truly don't understand why I'm watching Rockstar. Well, maybe it's not such a mystery since there's nothing else to watch on TV! I could turn it off of course. But then, I would have to, gasp, find something else to do and that's just requires too much energy. Because Supernova isn't an established band I can sort of entertain the idea of a woman fronting it. (Not that I don't think the women aren't good enough ... just being realistic). However, a woman with a Spanish accent? Please. They're just keeping her around for the freaky outfits.

If you do away with meetings, not only will I vote for you but I'll have your babies.

As for the WTC movie and all others in that vein. I don't have a problem with the timing, but honestly, I don't know if I'll watch them.

Posted by: pea at August 10, 2006 08:21 AM

I don't know about the world, but I'm not ready for that World Trade Center movie. Not only is it too soon, I'm just not that into disaster movies, especially ones based on real events that JUST took place.

Yeah, I know they're saying it's not that kind of movie, but come the hell on. It's still not my cup of tea. I guess the box office records will show how many people feel it's too soon.

Posted by: Fraulein N at August 10, 2006 08:34 AM

I don't watch Rockstar, but based on your "this is how Bush got elected" comment, I image it is like American Idol where you can vote as many times as you want and there are problems where some votes don't get counted. If so, then, yeah, I agree with your Bush comment.

Posted by: Kaz at August 10, 2006 08:34 AM

I am with you and Beth HOW IS THE ZAYRA girl still on RockStar??? How?? I think she's painful to watch perform...

Posted by: Stephanie at August 10, 2006 08:47 AM

BOOOOOOOOO meetings. They're always such a waste of time, yet people persist on calling them. Ugh.

As for 9/11 film, I might see it. It's had pretty good reviews. Then again, I might just see Talladega Nights instead. (BTW, everyone should go see Little Miss Sunshine, which is brilliant!)

Posted by: E :) at August 10, 2006 08:47 AM

Heh maybe that's what kept me up most of the night, molars coming in, lol

No WTC for me for a bit, maybe on video much much later. I am too close to it. The company I work for was headquartered there.

Posted by: Amy at August 10, 2006 08:58 AM

I can only assume you aren't talking about the Dr. Z that has articles in the back of "Sports Illustrated" every month. Right?

Teeth do suck.

I don't think I'm ready for that movie. I may NEVER be ready for that movie.

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at August 10, 2006 09:13 AM

My boyfriend will be happy whatsherface is still on the show as he thinks she's hot. However, I was really hoping we'd be rid of her ass (and other bodyparts) and her voice by now...

Posted by: suze at August 10, 2006 09:18 AM

I know, she didn't but at least she's somewhat interesting to watch. I was SO GLAD that they voted off two last night, they really needed to do that.

The 911 movie? Not anytime soon.

Posted by: Kris at August 10, 2006 09:20 AM

You have my vote for anything you want if you get rid of meetings. I'm so tired of damned meetings. Do they actually ever accomplish anything except for putting you to sleep. Hey that's one way to catch up on sleep because of poor Mia's teething problem!

Posted by: Pixie at August 10, 2006 09:30 AM

I really have mixed emotions about the world trade center movie. I had a real heavy heart for many days after it happened, I was scared for my future and my children's future. I have since come to realize I can not live like that, but it still remains something very horrible to me. I do not think I will go see it, and I am disappointed with hollywood making a film. Not everything is fodder for the big screen, and this should have been something left alone. At least for say 20 or 30 years.

Posted by: linda at August 10, 2006 09:47 AM

I was wondering about Dr. Z, I'm glad you checked.

I don't watch Rockstar, but have no illusions left about the ability of the American people to choose well.

I bet that's pretty cute.

Meetings and teeth do both suck. When you are king maybe you can ban both teething and meetings.

I never actually go to the theater anymore, and I can't see myself renting it. I'm not a big fan of disaster/hero movies to start with. I don't know that it's too soon, so much as just kind of tacky, regardless of timing. I also question the motivation, given the current state of affairs.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at August 10, 2006 09:51 AM

Can't stand that Dr. Z!
Hmmm, can't stand Rockstar either.
Don't expect the burping and farting thing to end anytime soon just because she's a girl. My daughter is almost 7 and still cracks herself up. ;)

Posted by: Traci at August 10, 2006 09:56 AM

You've for sure got my vote for meetings. Can you work on eliminating worthless teleconferences that could be replaced by one quick group email? Thanks.

As for WTC: The Movie, I'll stick to Clerks II. Just the trailer makes my hands start to shake, just like the Flight 93 one.

Posted by: Nicole at August 10, 2006 10:16 AM

hahahahaha...she's from Dallas. :) I don't claim her, but I have heard her sing before (I don't watch the show - that would require me to figure out how to get it to work, so I jst watch dvds.. lol), and she is pretty bad. :)

burping and farting are hilarious. joe and i like to try to outdo each other. haha yes, we're gross. and immature. :D

i second the no-meeting rule.

it's definitely way too soon for a WTC movie. I was nowhere near the tragedy, and I'm lucky enough not to know anyone who was in NY at the time, but I just don't feel comfortable sitting in a movie theater watching something like that. it just seems disrespectful to me somehow.

Posted by: Manda at August 10, 2006 10:29 AM

Most certainly will not see it. For two reason. 1) a bunch of innocent people died. Can we not commercialize the most terrible tettiost event to hit our nation? Can we just not do that? 2)Nicholas Cage should've hung it up after Raising Arizona. People who continue to give him work shoudl be shot.

Posted by: mr lady at August 10, 2006 10:36 AM

1 and 2 - My age is showing. I have no idea what you're talking about. But yes, that's probably how the shrub got in a second time - that and stealing Ohio like he stole Florida first time around.

3 and 6 - At least the potty humor will take her mind off her teeth for a little while. Poor Mia.

4 - I can't remember any meetings at work that weren't a total waste of everyone's time. Sure I'll vote for you. Can you arrange for world peach while you're at it?

5. No WTC for me. I generally dislike movies that capitalize on tragedy and I don't need the reminder. We live with the results every day.

Posted by: ann adams at August 10, 2006 10:38 AM

You have my vote, my sympathy (molars), and no, I do not want to see that movie. And don't you think Beth has a smokin' ass? :)

Posted by: Red at August 10, 2006 10:44 AM

It was hard enough for me to live through 911 from France. I don't think I'll be seeing the film.

Posted by: Alison at August 10, 2006 10:47 AM

Have no idea about who/what is Dr Z, never saw Rockstar, sorry. Dont get me started on Bush.

Teething.... uh. I wish there was a way to teach babies to work it out in a different way. Crying is the BAD way.

As for WTC, I have no judgements - some people need this movie (they say) and want to see it, "Hollywood" is always gonna try to capitalize on what people want. As for myself, I cant even listen to the commercials without tearing up, remembering that day and two of the "jumpers" that stick in my head. Id never make it through a movie even if I wanted to.

Posted by: That Girl at August 10, 2006 10:50 AM

Great post, and so informative (esp. Thing One - I had been wondering). As to thing 3, you and Mia are right on. The only thing funnier than toilet humor is people falling down. I bet that will make her laugh too. Thing 4 - you so have my vote. Can you make the vote happen soon? I have 4 meetings today and 4 tomorrow. Meetings suck! And finally, thing 6 - I won't be seeing it. I just don't think that anyone needs to make money off of Sept. 11. However, I think it is nice that they're telling these stories, I just don't think big blockbuster movies is the way they should be telling them.

Posted by: Jessie at August 10, 2006 10:59 AM

That Dr.Z guy is weird. I can't see him driving anything that has a Hemi. As for teething, meetings and Bush...They all pretty much suck and they all need to be remedied ASAP. The WTC movie makes me sad. It's too soon and to think that they are making money off of people's losses makes me angry. Unless all that money is going to benefit 9/11 in someway, Hollywood just needs to leave this part of history alone, at least for a good 10 years.

Posted by: Michelle at August 10, 2006 11:00 AM

The humor about farting? Uh...it never ends. I've got teenagers who are living proof. I won't go to see World Trade Center. Too emotional.

Posted by: wordgirl at August 10, 2006 11:03 AM

Since the acquisition of Tivo, I have no knowledge of any commercials any more, and always have enough recorded to NEVER fall for the stupidity of "Reality" TV, though you may have a point about the stupdity, voting and how Bush wound up back in the White House.

Mia, may have your sense of humor now, but unlike us, girls grow out of it.

Meetings force me to go into Mid-town Manhattan. So yeah, if you can kill meetings, I will vote you Supreme Ruler.

As for WTC, for me personally WAY too soon and I can only pray that I never have an need to "funeral hop" ever again. As for the whole country... I dunno, I suspect that distance may affect how "ready" people are for a film like this. I mean in the 50's there were plenty of films made on Pearl Harbor, and I would guess it was more of an open wound for the people of Hawaii than it was for the people on the mainland.

Posted by: Latte Man at August 10, 2006 11:07 AM

i assume it's Zayra you're talking about...because, what the hell? how can she possibly STILL be on this show.

her skintight get-ups can only get her so far....

Posted by: ali at August 10, 2006 11:25 AM

I was on the phone in meetings non-stop from 1-4:30 yesterday - torture. A total of 6 for the day. I'm so relieved to have the only 2 for today already behind me. I'd love a day with NO meetings.

Posted by: bb at August 10, 2006 12:16 PM

Ooh ooh! I love it when you ask questions that I can't possibly give a coherent answer to! Woot!

You certainly have my vote. Except you can't do away with meetings that are fun. Like meetings where you discuss...fun things. They should be called something else. Like...Fun Together Time!

Clearly I've had caffeine today.

I still have my wisdom teeth and occasionally, they give me problems and so I get cranky. So um...Mia and me, we're homies.

Ah, the movie. So far my biggest issue with it is that Nicholas Cage was cast in it. He's only good at playing psychos, like in Matchstick Men. I won't be seeing it in the theatre but maybe, maybe in the comfort of my own home I might watch it. I don't know if there will ever be a "right time" to make a movie about 9/11. WTC seems to be in reasonably good taste, if that phrase can be used with movies like this, so I don't have much of a problem with it. Flight 93 gave me the wig because it seemed too...I don't know. Real, if that makes any sense. Or maybe I'm just freaked out about planes.

All that said, given my obsession with death, I'll probably watch World Trade Center when it comes out on video.

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at August 10, 2006 12:23 PM

My boss is working on a project to eliminate the amount of meetings our company as a whole had and she gave me an article about meetings called Stop Wasting Time - I will see if I can find a link to it.

Farting humor only gets better - wait until Mia can force one out on purpose - my girls do and then laugh hysterically.

WTC movie -no I won't go see it, I can barely watch documentary's about it but I know that is just me. Maybe in another 5 years....

Posted by: Flybunny at August 10, 2006 12:36 PM

I drove past the Chrysler Headquarters building in Auburn Hills, MI a few weeks ago and they have a giant window sticker of Dr. Z on the building. When I saw it, the first thing I thought was, " I hate that guy!' And the reason I was down there was to go to a useless all day meeting.

Posted by: Jody at August 10, 2006 01:16 PM

Dr. Z could be fun if they ran with a crazy Fruedian thing... "you drive a mini-van because you are suppressing sexual feelings for your mother."

Ok so maybe that wouldn't be funny to everyone. But I would laugh!

Oh, and the farting thing? My 10 year old still cracks up at that. The kid's had to fart at least, I dunno, 6000 times in his life? He busts a gut every damn time.

Posted by: krystyn at August 10, 2006 01:22 PM

I probably will go see the WTC movie. Apparently, I'm the only one - but seeing as how it's supposed to focus on those two police officers and what happened to them that day (in the scope of all the other stuff going on), and I am interested in seeing it... Having said that, I read that Nic Cage donated his pay for this movie to the Red Cross, and while he's creepy looking and pretty one-dimensional, I think that is admirable of him to have done (especially since I'm sure it was an obscene amount of moolah).

And yeah. Teething sucks. My little Pumpkin waited til she turned one a few weeks ago to start cutting her first tooth. And now she won't stop. We went from sleeping through the night to being up FIVE times last night. I'm not kidding. It sucks.

Posted by: Sarah at August 10, 2006 01:24 PM

I am planning to go see World Trade Center. But not today. I'm a little freaked by the foiled airline thing. Hubby was a pilot and all these sorts of things were like my worst nightmare. I was so happy the day he retired! That was until the next day when he wanted me to make Breakfast and lunch and dinner! And now it's everyday! Well, at least I know where he is.

Posted by: Maribeth at August 10, 2006 01:32 PM

I don't miss the days of teething! As for World Trade Center I won't be going to see it.

Posted by: Chrissie at August 10, 2006 01:54 PM

You're absolutely right, teeth suck. Especially mine, with braces.
PS. I wouldn't miss the movie.

Posted by: Ava at August 10, 2006 01:58 PM

Thing Four: You have my vote, yes. Yes, you do.

Posted by: Northern Girl at August 10, 2006 02:01 PM

Re: 911 movie

It's too soon, and I hate crying in public more than anything, so I'm not going to see it. I'll most likely wait a few years. With kids, that's easier to do than you'd think.

Posted by: Brad at August 10, 2006 02:10 PM

OK, I kinda like Dr. Z but it took me a while to get the commercials. Not that I would ever buy a Chrysler, and probably not a Mercedes either now that Chrysler owns them.

Posted by: Heather at August 10, 2006 02:22 PM

Wanted to add, not that I could even afford a Mercedes either!

Posted by: Heather at August 10, 2006 02:22 PM

1. SWEET CRACKERS: I'm glad he's a real person. I may be able to actually watch a few of those commercials now.

2. Maybe if Bush dressed like her y'all could get him for another term (oh wait, he's reached his limit, right? I'm Canadian - what do I know?).

3. Now teach her to announce it every time - that's what all good fathers do. And you wouldn't want to be remiss in your duties, would you?

4. I don't want a KING. How about I'll be Queen and you can be Prince Consort, okay?

5. Have you tried giving her a cold, wet washcloth to chew on? We didn't either but some old lady told us it helps.

6. ridiculously soon.

Posted by: s@bd at August 10, 2006 02:47 PM

When you said "the horribly bad chick on Rockstar," I thought you meant the girl who sang "Respect" yesterday. I don't like her. At least Zayra is different. And, I look forward to what she's going to do next--how far she's gonna go with the whole trampy thing. I find it entertaining....

I'm so excited for when the monkey starts laughing at her farts! Wow, it's early for them to be doing that. Mia's so advanced! ;)

The monkey's still working on her regular (non-molar) teeth. I'm now dreading the molars....

The World Trade Center movie promises to be the biggest tear-jerker in history. Bigger than Titanic. I don't know if I can handle it. I think it may, indeed, be too soon. But, it's wonderful that this story is being told.

Posted by: haley-o at August 10, 2006 03:07 PM

I have no desire at all to see the WTC film. Way too early for me, I think. Gimme a decade or two and then we'll see.

Posted by: Betty at August 10, 2006 03:25 PM

I don't think I'll be seeing the WTC movie. I went to see "The Devil Wears Prada" a couple of weeks ago and "WTC" was one of the previews. Not what I expected before a movie like that. Also, when that movie about Flight 93 came out a few months ago, most theaters in the NY/NJ area posted a warning at the ticket counter so people would know if the film they were going to see included the Flight 93 preview. I went to a different theater this time and saw no warning, and so was completely caught off guard during the trailers. Just the preview had me in tears, so I don't think watching the entire movie would be a good idea. At least not for a few more years.

Plus, I have to say that I agree with everyone here who has commented on Nicholas Cage. Ugh. Can't stand him.

Posted by: erin at August 10, 2006 04:15 PM

Dr. Z is my boyfriend, leave him alone. White mustache, bald head, unidentifiable accent. What's not to love?

Meetings should cease to exist. They should now come in the form of a blog post and open comments.

No World Trade Center movie for moi!

Posted by: chantel at August 10, 2006 04:17 PM

Ironic that you mentioned 911--I'm sitting in LaGuardia waiting to catch my flight reliving 9/11! Security is surreal...people throwing fits that they have to leave their bottled water at the front door. And I saw a woman unpack a tupperware bowl of soup (REALLY) and get her panties in a knot when they told her she couldn't take it on board. Now, I thinking that you don't wear lipstick, but they made me throw away my lipstick--I pay a BUNDLE for mine...i wanted to cry.

Posted by: kristen at August 10, 2006 05:51 PM

Giggling is good. We should all do it more often. I love the giggling that starts to hurt after a while and takes over any conscious effort to stop it. They are the best.

WTC - no from me and Im way over here in NZ. I think its tacky.

Posted by: Lyn at August 10, 2006 06:45 PM

Hmmm....well I would definetly vote for you. I had three mettings this morning and am currently on a conference call. Can't you tell? ;)

Molars do suck. Nata is in the process of getting her very last tooth. I am thrilled.

On the movie, I want to see it. I adore Nicholas Cage and I have heard they did it extremly well. Too soon....probably. But when would have been a good time?

Posted by: Melissa at August 10, 2006 07:06 PM

1. Dr. Z sucks as an actor, but as a CEO he's pretty personable.
2. Zayra is growing on me. In a way she kind of reminds me of Bjork. Dilana is my favorite though.
3. Heh-heh. Heh-heh.
4. I've had more meetings in the past month with my new company than I've had in my five years with the old firm. Couldn't agree more.
5. Teeth are a pain, but they do make it easier to chew things.
6. Don't think I'm going to see it. If I do watch a movie about Sept. 11 it'll be United 93.

Posted by: Beth in StL at August 10, 2006 07:34 PM

Oh that Dr. Z character- TERRIBBLE!!! The only good part of any of the commercials is when he strokes his mustache like a pimp, only he's in front of a bunch of second graders! Great, but not great b/c it's freaking Dr. Z.

Posted by: Angela at August 10, 2006 08:20 PM

ummm...thing six...way too soon for me...I am sure they did a wonderful job but I just can't go there...

Posted by: Gypsy at August 10, 2006 08:42 PM

Thing Five: Teeth Suck! Yes they do! I can remember lots of frozen things, lots of baby motrin, baby oragel and very little sleep. Hang in there.


Thing Six: 911, Yes I do want to see it. I had no interest in seeing the first movie that came out but this one looks like more of a story of hope and of people coming together.

Posted by: Jenn at August 11, 2006 08:26 AM

Trick question! Royalty doesn't get elected. I won't join The Resistance, though. I'm really more of a power-behind-the-throne kinda guy.

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