Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Man of the Hour: Jeremy Renner

He's a talented actor and I appreciate that he struggled and worked hard to earn the success he's now enjoying.

And I love his smushy putty face.

But mostly it's about his arms.

Now, I'm going to say something that is seriously raunchy and definitely not for everyone.  So, if you aren't wearing your sex-positive, big girl panties, please don't click through.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I'll Take Nerd Alert for $600, Alex

Remember that invitation I received to audition to be a Jeopardy! contestant?

Nailed it.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Man of the Hour: Rupert Penry-Jones

Rupert Penry-Jones

I woke up this morning in the middle of a very nice, very naughty dream about you.

Apparently, BBCAmerica's showing of Whitechapel is having an effect.

And, apparently, I'm still not immune to the charms of a smart, smartly-dressed, crime-solving Brit.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Be Well, Jay

I think...maybe...I've developed some feelings for you again.  

Jay Cutler
I'm not saying you're back to being my boyfriend, but when my clock radio told me this morning that your thumb is broken and you will be out 6-8 weeks, I screamed.  

That's not a normal reaction to news about someone you don't care about, right?

So, I think there might be something there again.

Friday, November 11, 2011


In the frenzy surrounding the horror at Penn State, it's worth taking the time to read The Atlantic's October cover story: The Shame of College Sports.  

The NCAA and college sports are multi-billion dollar corporations willing to do anything, anything, to protect their profits.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Man of the Hour: Daniel Craig

Ever since Daniel Craig showed up in my dream a few nights ago, whispering in my ear and nuzzling my neck, I haven't been able to think about much else.  Those eyes.  That voice.

It's totally normal to watch clips of Casino Royale during the work day, right?  Yeah, that's normal.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Man of the Hour: Blake Shelton

Apparently this cowboy fascination runs deeper than I thought.

Stuck at work and wishing I were at the beach, I created a new Pandora station for myself.  I suppose it should be no surprise that since I seeded it with Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton is all over it.  And now I can't get enough of this song.

So romantic!  Such passion!  The blue eyes and scruff don't have anything to do with Blake Shelton being the new Man of the Hour.  Nope, nothing at all.

Doggles Required

Love this commercial.  Love when dogs do this.

Giggle like a Girl

I know it's old news but I want it here so I can find it easily.  Thank you, Anderson, for insuring I can always have a giggle.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Be Well, Caleb

Go ahead and cancel the whole tour and please get the help you need.  It seems to me (and Lainey) that your management is a bunch of assholes.  Lean on your family, instead.  Listen to them.  Take your time.  Take however long it takes.  I will still love your cold, cold sailor's heart no matter how long it takes.

Max Vadukul for Rolling Stone

Just please don't break my heart.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

I'll Take Nerd Alert for $400, Alex

Remember when I took the annual online test to qualify to be a contestant on Jeopardy!?  I must not have done very well because I never heard from them.

But a life goal isn't something you attempt once and then give up on.  So, I took the test again this year.

And I passed.

I've been invited to audition in person in Lexington, KY next month!

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this: I haven't been this excited about something in years.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Professional Cycling Never Fails to Entertain

It's like the most deliciously, juicy episode of my favorite, trashy, soap opera.  Some people have General Hospital or Gossip Girl.  I have professional cycling.

Let me be perfectly clear: I am 100% certain that many many many competitive cyclists use performance enhancing drugs.  And yet, I still adore professional cycling.  That they use PEDs is as non-controversial to me as the fact that they use aerodynamics labs to fine-tune their form.  Doping is part of the culture of the sport.  And I don't give a damn.  I still love Lance Armstrong.  I will always love Tyler Hamilton.

Because, even with the drugs, what those men do is astonishing.  Mind-boggling.  Super-human.  Above all, it's immensely entertaining.

And that's all I want from cycling.  Another juicy installment in the on-going soap opera.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gallant Forty Twa

It's been over two weeks since I saw Gregory Burke's Black Watch and it's still with me.  So much so that the actor who played Cammy showed up in my dream last night.  It's haunting.

The staging of the show, at Chicago's Broadway Armory, was so striking, such a perfect fusion of theater and space, that I can't imagine seeing it any other way.  Surely they don't also produce this show on traditional proscenium stages?  So much would be lost.  No, you have to sit on those risers, in an homage to (mockery of?) a military tattoo.  You have to feel the reverberations of the explosions.  You have to stare through the action at your fellow man across the way (the night I saw the show, my fellow man happened to be Mayor Daley).

In watching these men - these beautiful, strong, silly, angry, brave, lost, crude, noble men - you can begin to see them as more than war story archetypes.  Their personalities emerge.  They peel back their layers of vulgarity to reveal an astonishing depth of character.

This show doesn't feel directed, it feels choreographed.  But to say "choreography" suggests the qualities of an effeminate dancer.  Happily, these men steer clear of such any such missteps.  This is movement.  Sometimes violent, at other times tender.  But always masculine.  Manly, but with the voices of choir boys:

I watched a good portion of this show breathless, tears streaming down my face.  The juxtaposition of horror and gallantry quite simply broke my heart.  Thanks to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the National Theatre of Scotland for one of the best theater experiences of my life.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Man of the Hour: Raylan Givens

I never realized I have such a thing for cowboys.
Quick-witted and even quicker on the draw, Raylan Givens (as played by Timothy Olyphant on FX's terrific Justified) is driving me wild.

He's old-fashioned in all the right ways and brimming with charm and confidence.  Mix the righteousness of a Wild West lawman with the scrappy instincts of a backwoods bootlegger.  Add a sardonic sense of humor and a genuinely sweet chivalry.  Toss in some renegade rebelliousness and a quaintly formal wardrobe.  Work in a streak of recklessness and more than a whiff of danger.  And don't forget the wildly expressive face, the ever-so-slightly salt-and-pepper hair, and a sexy-as-sin smile to make me week-in-the-knees.

Pour yourself a mason jar of "apple pie," Raylan.  You are the Man of the Hour.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


In just under two weeks, I'll be in Las Vegas.  It's for Work but, since I'll be staying at the brand-spanking-new Cosmopolitan, it's a safe bet that there will be some Play, too.

God only knows what debauchery I'll get myself into this time.


UPDATE:  It's just as hot as the commercial. Naughty but oh so comfortable. Surprisingly chic in a town that is decidedly not. This is a hotel for grown ups.

Thank you to Corey, my mysteriously prescient roulette buddy.  I should have found a way to thank you properly...

People who say that you can't win money in Vegas don't know what they're doing.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Status Update

I finally saw The Social Network.  I definitely didn't love it.  I'm far more interested in intellectual property debates than in wild-success-spinning-wildly-out-of-control tropes so I could have done without most of the last 45 minutes.  That said:

  • I still love Aaron Sorkin who still has issues with women.  Technology changes but people stay the same, I guess.  (Kind of the moral of the movie, too, huh?)
  • So many people have responded to the Mark Zuckerberg character by saying "He's such a douche."  I think it's more accurate to say "They're all such douches" (with the exception of Eduardo Saverin who, in all probability, was also a douche but somehow managed to garner a sympathetic characterization from Sorkin).  What an insufferable place Harvard must be.
  • I'm stunned and rather impressed that this movie did so well in theaters.  No explosions.  No Megan Fox.  No blue aliens.  Just a whole lot of talk talk talk.  Good for you, America!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Big Breakup

By: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP
Jay Cutler, you are no longer my boyfriend.  

For the past two years, I defended you.  I sang your praises when everyone else questioned your abilities.  I argued that you're tough, naturally gifted, and an instinctual leader.  I pointed to the fights you picked with refs on behalf of your fellow players as examples of your loyalty.  I marveled at your devotion when the offensive line was letting you down, exposing you to a terrifying string of brain-rattling sacks.  I liked that you didn't suffer the media-fools gladly.  You gave the impression  that maybe, just maybe, the Bears had finally found a quarterback who wasn't a complete headcase.  

Today you made me look like a fool.  I still think you're tough, and that's why I know that you punked out today.  The only injury that should have kept you off the field for an NFC Championship game was one that sent you to the hospital.  Maybe you didn't want to play the second half because you realized how lackluster your performance was in the first half?  

Regardless, you let me down.  What are you going to do to try to win me back?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Man of the Hour: Shawn Mullins

This track is burning me up on these cold winter nights:

  Shawn Mullins - Light You Up by Vanguard Records

Shawn Mullins, thanks to your sexy-as-all-get-out "Light Me Up," you are the Man of the Hour.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


This picture is making my life right now:

Hang in there, Malia.  I can't imagine being such a public figure during what can be such a difficult age!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Man of the Hour: Benedict Cumberbatch

Or, perhaps more accurately, Sherlock Holmes.

Benedict may be part alien (surely that bone structure can't be human) but I'm attracted nonetheless.

The intelligence.  The verbal precision.  The arrogance.  The dashing attire.

This is the kind of man who can infuriate and fascinate simultaneously.

I'm smitten.