Sunday, December 30, 2007

My Horrorscope for 2007


It's New Year's Eve (at least in some parts of the US of A and Canada) and I've decided to take another look at my horoscope for last year.

I remember looking at it in January of 2007 and thinking this could be my year! I printed it out and have kept it on my desk as some sort of beacon to guide my predicted success.

As the months rolled by, I thought that it was only a matter of time before the red carpet was rolled out to the promised land. I waited. And I waited. And waited some more. And now it's the end of the year. And goddarnit, I'm disappointed. Things just didn't turn out as I had hoped.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still thankful. I'm not covered in flies and eating dirt. I don't have parents who are cousins. I can touch my toes without bending my knees. I just thought that things would be a little different. And if you can't trust a website spouting free information about the future, I ask you; who can you trust?

So, let's take a look at my 2007 horoscope and see how wrong they really were. My horoscope is in regular white type and my interpretation is in italic red.

SAGITTARIUS:

Creative writing talents are a very strong factor in how you make money this year. There were obviously a couple of typos in this sentence. It should have read, Creative writing talents will put you further in debt and you will continue to make money by squeezing the anals glands of dogs and vaccinating pissed off cats. You love giving to others in ways that make people feel good about themselves. I'm not even sure what this sentence means. As most of my friends know, "love" and "giving" are two words that shouldn't be used in any sentence that describes me. You have a flair for expressing your good heart through writing and theater and it shows with expansiveness and abundant energy. Expansiveness is a big word and I'm too tired to look up its meaning. So much for the "abundant energy". And what about the theater? Does this horoscope just add in words for the hell of it? Your extremely optimistic nature sees possibility in everything, a person for whom the glass is definitely "half full" rather than "half empty". I was optimistic when I read this horoscope at the beginning of 2007. At the end of 2007, the glass is definitely half empty. In fact, I think the motherfucker who wrote this horoscope drank whatever putrid water was remaining. Finances may fluctuate but when you follow your gut feelings you are likely to be successful financially. My gut feelings have caused me to buy $100 jeans and $40 t-shirts. It's time to stop paying attention to the gut and give that abused credit card a little more love. A relaxing vacation will help you in your career.
My trip to Cancun killed off so many brain cells I could barely remember how to use a calculator. You are courageous in expressing your opinion ...This horoscope sucks. You have a keen intuition ...Obviously not or I would have seen how ridiculous this horoscope was at the beginning of the year. and would make an excellent teacher. They had to throw that in. You know the saying, those who can't, teach?
I haven't looked at my horoscope for 2008 yet. Don't want to jinx it. In fact, I'm determined to have really low expectations for next year so I will be thrilled with whatever is thrown my way.
Rejection, bills, heartache, writer's block, career suicide ...
Bring. It. On.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas party

L.A. is so unfair in so many ways.

This past weekend, we had our company holiday party or Christmas party for those people who prefer the apparently archaic term.

The kid who works in the kennel showed up in a new Porsche. I showed up in my ten year old beat-up Chrysler.

Okay, okay, so the car was his dad's.

But STILL!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Top Ten Sexiest Movie Scenes

I saw Beowulf this past weekend. Didn't have a lot of expectations because after all, it was computer generated

BUT

day-yum, those were some good looking digital characters. (Waaaaaaay better looking than Shrek and Fiona on bath day.) On top of an interesting story line, fast-paced action and a great message, Beowulf contained one of the sexiest scenes I have seen in a long time. I could barely contain my excitement when I heard that the movie can also be viewed in 3-D. 3-D! You gotta love technology.

So, after my hormones calmed down, I decided to make a list of my top nine sexiest movie scenes of all time. (Why nine? It's late and I want to get to bed) They are in no particular order; I could barely decide on nine so putting them in some sort of rank would require too much effort.

Here you are, you horn dogs, but beware, there may be SPOILERS.

Beowulf Grendel's mother, played by Angelina Jolie, has to be the sexiest MILF since we were introduced to Stifler's mom in American Pie. We hear the exotic purr of her voice early in the movie but we have to wait until the midpoint to see her emerge naked from a shimmering pool of water. Although Beowulf has come to kill her, with that kind of reception, he quickly changes his mind. Can you blame the guy? She's dripping with liquid gold and caresses his large phallic sword for godsakes! Unfortunately, the offspring of this blissful reunion isn't quite as attractive as his god-like parents.

Beowulf [Blu-ray]

Leaving Las Vegas You might think that this "love story" between a beat-up hooker and a suicidal drunk is as sexy as a bad hangover, but it contains a scene which tender, romantic and erotic. Sera, played by Elizabeth Shue invites Ben to go out to a desert motel to escape the dreariness of their Las Vegas lives. With the jazzy vocals of Sting and Don Henley floating in the background, they share a slo-mo kiss underwater which progresses to a make-out session by the pool. Sera pulls down her bathing suit top, dribbles whiskey down her naked breasts which Ben, the waste-not want-not drunk, gratefully licks up. It's a beautiful scene which depicts how their love for each other is based on getting their own needs accepted. Unfortunately for them, just moments later, everything literally comes crashing down.

Leaving Las Vegas

Betty Blue If you have ever seen this French masterpiece by Jean-Jacques Beineix, I think you'll agree that the movie has it's unforgettable moments but the opening seen is the sexiest. The camera slowly pans in on an attractive naked couple as they writhe and groan and climax simultaneously. It's a graphic scene even by French standards and the topper is the the first line of voice-over, "I had only known Betty for one week". Such passion (and nudity) is displayed throughout the film but, true to it's French cinematic roots, it wasn't going to last forever.

Betty Blue (Unrated Director's Cut)

Monster This may be an unconventional choice but the make-out scene outside the roller-rink between the bull-dyke Aileen (played brilliantly by Charlize Theron) and the schoolboyish Selby (played by Christina Ricci) gets my vote for the hottest lesbian scene. Okay, these characters aren't attractive (see Neve Campbell and Denise Richard's scene in Wild Things if you care about such things) but the emotions are so raw and desperate that the scene transcends Aileen's and Selby's, well, fugliness. The pounding soundtrack, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", only makes it better.

Monster

Body Heat This Lawrence Kasdan scorcher has all the ingredients for a great film noir; a shady lawyer, a femme fatale and a rich husband who is "in the way". There are many great scenes but my favorite has to be at the husband's house after Mattie invites the lawyer to come view her wind chimes and "that's all". The husband is out of town, of course, and Mattie dangles the possibility of sex in front of the lawyer but just as quickly, yanks it away. She finally dismisses him by saying, "I'm weak", kisses him and shuts the door. But she doesn't move. She just stands there in the hall, staring out. The lawyer, like a tiger going after its prey, reads between the lines, realizes that she does want it after all, smashes through the window and lays her right there on the carpet. Bonus points for Kathleen Turner's incredible body and sultry voice and William Hurt's oily swagger.

Body Heat (Deluxe Edition)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as (improbable) husband-wife assassins turned up the thermostat, but audiences got the special treat of seeing Angelina dressed up in full dominatrix gear whipping a hand-cuffed half-naked man. Sure, the scene didn't have a lot to do with the plot but those three minutes probably improved the box office gross by 20 or 30 million. The whipped guy looked like he enjoyed it as much as we did, until, well, his neck was snapped by Miss Nasty. But at least he died happy. Honorable mention is the scene where Angelina and Brad try to kill each other and then have crazy sex on the floor. Nothing like attempted murder to increase the libido!

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Widescreen Edition)

Rules of Attraction A very un-pc choice in a dark, angst-filled movie but it made me a fan of Jessica Biel forever. She dances in her lavender bra and panties down a college hallway, blitzed out of her mind, swinging bottles of alcohol in each hand and disappears into a dorm room surrounded by football players. Paaaaaaar-tay! The voice-over says "I"m told that after I left Camden, she got really drunk, went wandering through Wyndham house and did the whole football team." Jessica's 7th Heaven family would not be proud, but I, for one, am glad that she took one (or several) for the team.

The Rules of Attraction

Flashdance Whatever happened to the break-out star of 1983, Jennifer Beals? With her wide-eyed innocence and her tough interior, did it really matter if she didn't do all her own dancing? In one of the earlier scenes, we see Miss Beals strut her stuff in a business suit and high heels on a very shiny-stage as the song "He's a Dream" plays in the background. As her (clueless) boss watches and salivates, she kicks up the heat and strips down to her lingerie and finally douses the flames by pulling on a cord which soaks her stream-lined back-lit body. Like most of the above movies, Flashdance had its share of smaller erotic moments and in hope that life will imitate art, I'm still waiting for someone to stick their foot into my groin during a meal in a fancy restaurant.

Flashdance

Blue Velvet You never know what you'll get with David Lynch but after seeing Blue Velvet many years ago, it has stuck with me like a strange nightmare. It's hard to sum up this movie because the tone seems to be more important than the actual plot, but it involves an innocent teenager who gets caught up in the seedy underbelly of a beautiful torch singer's life. The first time they meet each other, he gets caught in her apartment and she forces him to get undressed at knife point. (erotic) Then she gets raped by a crazy gas-huffing mama's boy while the teenager watches from a closet. (not erotic). After the mama's boy leaves, the teenager consoles her by holding her wounded body and she allows him to touch her breast and nipple. (erotic) She then wants him to beat her. (not erotic). He rushes out of the apartment as she whispers "help me". (not erotic; a little pathetic). It's a bizarre ride but if that's what you're in the mood for on a Saturday night, then this quaint family pic will do the trick.

Blue Velvet (Special Edition)

Okay, so there's nine. Maybe tomorrow I'll think of number ten.

Sweet dreams.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Adopt me (if you can)

This is the dog that I tried to adopt for my brother's family last week. She was a two year old female spayed something that had been rescued by a group that shall remain nameless.

I had known her for over a month and had personally taken her on walks and even long hikes. I had seen how she interacted with strangers as well as other dogs. She seemed wonderful and I thought she would be the perfect fit for my brother's family. They have a large enclosed backyard and my sister-in-law's full time job was raising my four year old niece.

Call me naive but I expected the rescue group just to hand the dog over to me. After all, I had a good relationship with them and they trusted me to treat their other animals (both medically and surgically) so you would think that they trusted me to find one of their pets a good home.

Wrong!

Their first request was that they have my brother fill out an application form. I can't reproduce the entire form here (that would take up WAY too much space) so I've decided to make up my own form which shows you the spirit of the original.

DOG APPLICATION

Name: ____________ Date of Birth:____________ Occupation:_______________

Personal References: (provide at least 10; more if you have not known these references for at least 25 years)

Who shares your household: (Check one) Spouse___ Significant Other____ Roommate____ Live in____ 

Unemployed relative____ One armed sociopath____ Republican____

If Republican was checked, please indicate how strong their beliefs are from 1 to 10. (10 being the strongest)

If your present situation were to change, with whom will the dog remain: (Check one) Deadbeat spouse____ Insignificant Other____ Irresponsible Roomate who didn't clean up after himself/herself____ Welfare relative who is waiting for mama to die____ One armed sociopath____ Republican____

What happened to your previous family pets? (Check all that apply) Got out, terrorized the neighborhood and never saw him/her since____ Urinated on new fabric couch and never saw him/her since____ Father gave pork-bone, coughed up a lot of blood and never saw him/her since____ Developed cancer, was lovingly treated with my parent's life-savings and we had him/her freeze-dried____

Why do you want a dog? (Check all that apply) Companion____ Companion for other pet____ Show children the facts of life____ Mouser____ Dog fighting____ Get a hot date____ Be a substitute for a hot date____

Which do you live in? (Check one) House____ Condo____ Apartment marked for demolition____ Cardboard box____

Do you have a gardener, house keeper or pool cleaner? If not, please explain. If yes, please indicate if you are currently in an intimate relationship with him.

If you go on vacation, who will care for your dog? (Check one) House sitter____ Veterinarian____ Kennel____ Teenage son____ Meth lab next door____ Can't afford vacation or possibly even dog food____

Will you keep your dog's vaccinations up to date? (Check all that apply) Yes____ No____

Which of the following would force you to give up your dog? (Check all that apply) Barfs on carpet____ Pees on carpet____ Eats carpet____ Eats small children____ Tries to eat small children____ Humps furniture____ Humps legs of older relatives____ Humps anything that is stationary____ Excessive saliva____ Excessive gas____ Excessive vet bills____ Any vet bills____ Doesn't match home decor____ Destroys home decor____ Barks____ Barks when bored____ Barks at neighbors____ Barks at wealthy frail relatives____ Develops parvo____ Develops Distemper____ Develops Rabies and children are scared of foaming mouth____ Begging at dinner table____ Begging to come indoors____ Begging for attention____ Inappropriate erections____ Appropriate erections____ Suspect dog is stupid____ Suspect dog is insane___ Suspect dog is possessed____ Suspect dog was dropped on head when was a puppy____ Suspect dog should have been eaten by mother when was a puppy____ No longer want a dog____ Never really wanted a dog____ Didn't realize you had to feed dog____ Didn't realize dog would pass stool____ Didn't realize dog would eat stool____ Really wanted a cat ____

Who is your veterinarian? Do you trust him/her? Please explain.

What method do you intend to use to housetrain your dog? (Check all that apply) Crate training____ Begging and pleading____ Electroshock____

Are you willing to allow a representative from our rescue group to inspect your residence? If no, why the hell not? Please explain. (Minimum 3 pages required for explanation)

Have you tried to adopt a dog in the past? If yes, please indicate why you were denied. (Check all that apply) No idea____ No clue____ I have a large horn growing out of my forehead____

I understand that filling out this application does not guarantee the adoption of a pet by our rescue organization.

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for us to do background and credit checks. If you are an illegal alien, please allow more time.

I agree that all of the above information is honest and true.

Signature

And guess what, my brother was DENIED!

Monday, November 12, 2007


Rejection is part of writing. Hollywood is especially good at giving out rejection. There is a big table but they don't want YOU (or me) to eat at it.

People tell me that I should be thick skinned. I shouldn't worry what other people think. It's only one person's opinion. Believe in myself. Keep a stiff upper lip. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

I've always thought that what doesn't kill you leaves you pretty fucked up.

Rejection still hurts. It stings. I'm not a person boiling over in self-confidence so reading a scathing review of my latest screenplay took me down a couple of hard-earned notches.

The only way I deal with rejection is by getting it out in the open. Telling other people about it. Hearing their sad stories in return. It seems to take the bitter taste away. That's why I'm giving you a glimpse of what I had to read recently about my script.

"Premise is flimsy, plot development is awkward and problematic and ending is weak and disappointing."

"The humor is one note and is often more crude than it is funny."

"Jay, on the other hand, is not a particularly likeable or sympathetic character. He is clearly meant to be a “wild and crazy guy” type-character – saying and doing many wild things with an earthy, irreverent attitude. In execution, however, he comes across as being more crude and boorish than wild and crazy. "

"The rest of the characters are all well enough presented, although none of them are particularly well developed and thus come off as little more than “types.”

"What non-gay panic humor the script has -- which consists of some jokes about heterosexual sex and a lot of bodily function humor -- is more crude than it is funny. "

Say what? Bodily function humor isn't funny???

"The dialogue is serviceable, but as most of it serves to deliver the humor mentioned above, it suffers from the same problem in that it tends to be all rather stale and one-note."

"From a commercial point of view, the script is also problematic because, although its premise is different, it covers much of the same ground as the recent I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which may lessen its appeal to potential buyers."

Being compared to a movie which grossed over $100 million is a BAD thing??

And to top it off, I paid $200 for this priviledge. People have told me that I should never pay to have someone read my script and this was a good lesson to learn.

I would have felt marginally better if someone had hated it for free.

Onward and upward!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

No Dali


I had the afternoon free today so I decided to increase my cultural awareness and see the Dali exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (LACMA)

When I got there, they told me it was a MEMBERS ONLY day. It was kinda like showing up at a L.A. club, finding out about the velvet rope and being told I wasn't dressed right. The options were: Go to another museum (Folk Art or the Holocaust??) or sign up for a membership at the cost of $75.

Don't get me wrong. I love Dali. I even own a Dali but $75 is a meal at a good restaurant so I decided to see the next door attraction to the LACMA which is the LA BREA TAR PITS.

This was free but barely worth what I paid for it. There is tar. There is a big pit. Occasionally, it gurgles and belches. And, true to Hollywood, it even has a recreation of mammoths getting trapped in it.

The picture above is a recreation of the mother DYING as the father and their son watch helplessly. That is the description on the plaque. Mother is dying. Being sucked down into black goo for eternity or at least until someone excavates her.

I was worried that all the school children would be traumatized from this visual. But maybe they didn't care.

Children are so desensitized these days.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!


This is the scariest picture I have ever taken and I wanted to share it with you.

Monday, October 29, 2007

money town


This picture was taken a couple of years ago, when living in L.A. was a faraway dream.

This bottle of water was in my hotel room and I was in shock over the price of the damn water. $5.50? For water? You mean the clear, tasteless stuff that comes out of taps for free?

I hate to think what that same bottle of water costs now. $7? 10?

Complaining about the cost of living in L.A. is like complaining about the tornado season in Oklahoma. Everyone hates it but if you bitch too much about it, you're at risk for becoming boring. If you can't stand it anymore, accept it or move away. It's as simple as that.

But wait, this is a blog and the purpose IS to bitch AND to whine and probably be boring in the process so let me get my ya-yas out and tell you what it's like to be gouged on a daily basis.

A friend and I recently dined at an Italian restaurant at the Hollywood and Highland complex for LUNCH. It was a Saturday and for some reason, they told us that they don't serve (cheap?) sandwiches on the weekend so we opted for one of the specials. In my mind, a special means something that is CHEAPER than what you would expect; you know, blue plate special and the like. But in this case, there were no prices next to the specials and I told my friend that in L.A., if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it. We decided to order the fish SPECIAL anyway (price be damned). The food was alright. Halibut and Snapper in a red sauce. Potatoes. Nothing I would recommend. The bill came and for ONE meal, it was nearly $30 freakin' dollars. For lunch. For just the meal, not the drinks or the tip. The waiters and waitresses weren't even that hot, which can sometimes be a bonus in an L.A. eatery. Fuck them and their overpriced Italian crap restaurant. If I could remember the name of the place, I would tell you. Warn you. I hate to think what a dinner would cost.

It doesn't end there. I recently paid $80 for a t-shirt and $150 for a pair of jeans. I suppose this is where the sympathy for me ends, right? No one forced me to buy these things and the price tag was there in all its stinging glory. The fact is, though, that these items are available for these outrageous prices. Furthermore, I am VERY sure that there are more expensive t-shirts and jeans out there if you are willing to shop at the stores to the stars. I remember when I thought that $35 was a lot to pay for jeans, but I was willing to do it because I would buy a pair every three or four years. Now, in L.A., I have more jeans than I care to admit. This is not a choice. Good jeans and t-shirts are like formal wear here and EVERYONE wears them. It's a requirement. I figure I could spend a couple hundred dollars on a nice suit elsewhere so the cost of the dressed-down L.A. jeans/t-shirt uniform doesn't seem so bad.

You would think the cost of seeing a movie would be low here but it's like going to Napa and expecting to find cheap wine; sure, you can find it but you're probably not going to be happy with the outcome. Since my favorite movie theaters recently closed down to be converted to the Arclight theaters (which charges $15 a seat), I have gone to the theaters at Universal Studios. A ticket goes for $11.50 but you have to add in $10 for parking (but they give you a rebate for $5) so the grand total is $16.50 to view a screening. That's a lot of moolah. It's no wonder people wait for the DVD and put it on their netflix queue. I recently saw Thirty Days of Night and wished I had done just that.

Other tickets are just as expensive. A recent trip to Disneyland set me back $66 and $10 for parking. That was JUST Disneyland and not the California Adventure. For $76 (which didn't include a dried out turkey sandwich for $8), I should have gotten a bathroom blow job by Cinderella herself. I have to admit the fireworks at the end of the night were pretty cool and they must pay all those happy people something for their time. And Disney had to buy back Pixar so I guess I see their point.

Should I stop complaining? Wait, I have one more thing. My rent. $1400 for a dark apartment in Studio City. Two bedroom so I guess it ain't that bad. But c'mon, my mortgage payment for my house in Las Vegas is $650. My bright, airy, tiled house with a backyard that I left last year costs me less than seven hundred dollars. $1400 could buy a lot of, I don't know, stuff. (How much is that iPhone again?) It's really difficult to write out that check each month.

And yet I stay here. Haha. They say it's only money. Easy come, easy go. Money is the root of all evil. Money can't buy happiness.

Whatever.

I guess I'm not desitute yet, so now is my time to shut the hell up.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Lessons learned in Cancun


Just got back from a week in Cancun, Mexico. And I went from there directly to a doctor's office. He said I don't have anything that a couple of antibiotics won't cure. (I've got a lower respiratory infection, in case you thought differently.)

So, hmmm, let's see. I really did learn a few things on vacation and here they are.



  • If you finally give up the fight and let a bar girl pour a shot down your throat, then you will have had at least six more dumped down your gullet before you know what happened. (And the $2 dollar shot has now become $20).

  • If you participate in any games at an adult-only resort, then prepare to get naked or really drunk.

  • Seeing fat, middle-aged topless women is still better than seeing mothers change their babys' diapers by the pool.

  • Buying all-you-drink Hurricanes at Pat O'Brian's for $25 was a good idea at the time. The next morning, not so much.

  • If you insult the Irish, you might get kicked in the fluffy.

  • Seeing ChichenItza, the amazing ruins of the Mayans, was a great experience although I can't ever remember being in such hot weather (and I lived in Vegas for 12 years).

  • Singing What a Feeling (the Flashdance song) for a karaoke contest after slamming down three Vodka/Redbulls and two shots of Tequila was an embarrassing disaster waiting to happen.

  • A $350 Canon camera can be dropped on a stone floor in a bar and still work quite well.

  • Tequila will pretty much make me do anything, including stripping down to my underwear and dry-humping a girl on stage.

  • Cancun is really just an American city located in Mexico. They take American dollars, you can eat at Burger King, KFC or McDonalds and you can shop at Harley Davidson, Diesel, and the Hardrock cafe.

  • There is nothing faster in Cancun than a bus going along the main drag at 1 am.

  • Every price in the market is negotiable, but if you don't buy a product and they don't chase you down, then you've either pissed them off or your asking price is way too low.

  • Offensive t-shirts are an underappreciated art-form. Diet Cock; only one big calorie. I'm shy but I have a big dick. This isn't a beer belly; it's a fuel tank for a sex machine.

  • You are what people perceive you to be. Accept it. No matter how much it hurts.

  • Falling asleep in the sun is a great feeling, as long as you have 45 spf lotion.

Hopefully I can go back sometime soon. I think there are more lessons to be learned!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Why I write

I write because I have an abundance of useless words floating around in my head. They torture me and they want to get out. Someday, I hope they have meaning.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Kitties and Condoms


Most of my life is unfortunately quite boring but every now and then, I get tossed a few surprises.


Last week, a talent agency called and they were looking for young vets who could audition for a major dog food commercial. At first, I thought, "Hell no" because that is my usual response to something in front of a camera but I changed my mind and said, "Why the hell not?".


They called three days before the audition so that left me three days to fuss, stress and anguish over my television debut. I have no control over such emotions: I worry, therefore I am. The night before, I even made some crude head shots. I figured that my writing hadn't made me one red cent so I was going to give this acting thing a good try.


The day of the audition, I had the most hellacious work day of the past year. Everything that came in was sick or dying and needed major work-ups. No one was poor. All the owners had money to afford bloodwork and xrays and the necessary treatment. Rich bastards! As the day wore on, I became more and more frazzled. My screen time was set for 6:45 and by 6:00, it became clear that I was going to be late. This caused me even more grief and I began to utter expletives over things that normally I would have taken in stride. Thankfully, the casting center was literally a couple of blocks from my clinic but I still needed time to run home, change clothes, regain my super polished professional self and find parking. Parking is always a factor in L.A. I wish we had hover craft and we could just park above each other. Until that time, there is street parking. This is the devil's invention.


I ran into the office at 6:50 and my mouth was as dry as a bone. I had taken an antihistamine/decongestant for my allergies and while it cleared up my sinuses nicely, it had taken its toll on my mouth. Cotton mouth was not a fair description. I felt like my mouth was the highest-grade chalk and my tongue stuck to my upper palate. I talked like a ret--, ahem, a mentally challenged person. Thankfully, there was a water fountain and I sucked down a gallon of moisture before making my way over to the casting area. I brought along Dusty (we were encouraged to bring our pets) and he seemed completely clueless and uninterested about everything. I was very jealous of him.


I started to eye the competition. They all appeared to be younger AND better looking than I was. And more professional. And more caring. And more "vet-like". And they probably made more money than I did and they were probably HAPPY that they were vets. I started to foreshadow disaster.


By 7:15, a very perky lady ushered me into "the room" and gave me a place to stand with Dusty. Then they loosened me up and asked me to talk about myself. I was okay with that. I knew that they were going to ask me those type of things so I was prepared. Then they hit me with "okay, now tell us something funny that has happened to you at your clinic".


Funny shit happens all the time at a vet clinic. In fact, they should make a reality show about vet clinics and I'm sure it would be a hit. But could I think of something off the top of my head? My mind was reeling. I had to run through 13 years of being a vet and come up with something that was going to BLOW them away. Of course, I'm not a fast thinker and my mind tends to live in the gutter SO ...


I told them the very short story about a woman who brought in a litter of orphaned kittens. She didn't know how to nurse them so she filled a condom with milk replacer and fed them that way. She didn't appear embarrassed or shy, just very matter-of-fact. I suppose she was being resourceful. Give credit when it is due.


At the time of my audition, it was such a "D'oh!" moment. Condoms and cute kitties. It just wasn't a pretty picture and the ladies who were running the audition were more shocked than entertained. They didn't want to hear any more of my "stories". That was a good thing because the only other story I could think of was the one about a client having sex with her dog. I'm sure THAT would have gone over real well.


I wish I could control my mind. Or maybe I just need to control my mouth. Actually, think I need to control both because they are definitely in cahoots with each other.


At the end of the audition, the ladies thanked me and told me they would be calling me the next week to let me know. One of those, "don't call us, we'll call you" comments.


Rejection. It made me feel like a real bona-fide actor!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Please eat me.


I am soooo tired of my own cooking that I have decided to eat out more.


This is all fine and dandy except that I eat alone. Not by choice. I don't choose to be a loser; I just am. But that's for another column.


My dilemma is this; what to do while I'm eating in my lonely little corner of misery?


Here are the options:


  • Read the menu over and over. I try to memorize the prices and make a mental note to look up weird foodie terms like "fricassee" and "tartare".

  • Stare at people. If they stare back, I pick another table, preferably with a baby. Or, if I'm in a particularly weird mood, I'll narrow my eyes to slits and pretend that something doesn't look right on someone's face. Staring at the waitstaff is no fun; they'll think I want something and then when I do, they'll ignore me.

  • Bring a book and read it. This always seems so studious. If I wanted to look that way, I should just sneak a sandwich into a library.

  • Pretend I'm thinking about something, anything. My mind is usually quite blank so this gets boring very quickly. I end up staring at a table next to me, even if it's empty.

  • Eat. I suppose this is one option. But it's kinda like sitting on the toilet to take a shit.

  • Snort cocaine. This never goes over very well. In L.A. everyone wants their share.

  • Practice writing your name with your left hand backwards on the paper covering the table. This only goes over if you're in a pseudo-Italian restaurant with annoying opera singers.

  • Call someone on my cell phone. This is frowned upon by the waitstaff as well as by other diners. I don't know why. It makes me feel important and social.
  • Talk to myself. I suppose this is alright in this day and age. People tend to think you have a cell phone attached somewhere.
  • Play solitaire on the cell phone. This is even more pathetic than eating alone. However, if I'm really tired and all of the above just ain't working, this may be the only option.

I'm planning on eating out tomorrow night by myself. I can't wait to try out some new ideas!


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

His whole life flashed before his eye




Veterinary medicine is so unpredictable.

Dusty nearly died after having blood taken for some routine tests. He has one eye, degenerating kidneys, a bad back, a heart murmur but I didn't expect him to meet his maker after drawing out some blood.

That just ain't right.

He is back to normal now. Normal for him, of course.

Thanks for asking.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

In the beginning ...

Dusty is my fourteen year old Pekingese with one eye. I'm not sure how he lost his eye; I adopted him as an adult after the owner passed away and he was already seeing the world with one headlight at that time. He is my faithful companion and I love him, even though he thinks my entire apartment is his personal toilet.

But he's tired of listening to my bitching after my long day at work. He walks away, like he's heard it all before. And he probably has. I tend to be repetitive when I'm venting and I guess fourteen year old Pekes have better things to do such as snorting, sneezing, falling asleep and barfing up food in hidden corners. Such is his sweet life.

So it's time to find a new audience. I've jumped on the bandwagon and started a blog. I can pour out my heart and soul into cyberspace. Vent my frustrations. Impart words of wisdom. Let you know, in some small way, what it's like to be in my world.

Oh who am I kidding? This blog is for me. It's cheap therapy. Or maybe it's just cheap.

I'll let you decide.