Friday, May 30, 2008

Phatic Communion

While waiting for the elevator at work I overheard the following conversation:

man: Good morning.
woman: Good morning.
man: So, are you glad it's Friday?
woman: Yeah.

Yes, that was the entire conversation.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Primetime Entertainment

I don't watch much TV, but tonight at the gym I watched an episode of Two and a Half Men. Someone had told me it was a funny show, and I had never seen it before, so I decided to watch. I didn't catch the beginning of the episode (titled Kissing Abraham Lincoln), but here are some choice scenes:

Man (Charlie Sheen) and some generic blond are lying in bed. The woman is obviously annoyed about something. I'm paraphrasing the conversation here:

man: Did we have a good time last night?
woman: If you count the fact that you fell asleep while reciprocating.
man: Oh, that explains why I was dreaming about kissing Abe Lincoln.

In another scene, the other man (from the title of the show) is talking with a woman who appears to be living in a house that they two of them jointly own. The man is complaining about not being able to afford the house and suggesting they sell the house.

While the man is complaining the woman is exercising. Their conversation ends with the following:

woman: Want to have sex? I'm horny and you're stressed, so I figure we both win.
man: Wha..? No. That's not going to solve anything.
woman: Ok, well, I'm going to take a shower. If you change your mind...
man: I changed my mind.

Is this funny? Maybe compared to SNL.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The most porniest name ever

Today I sold my old T-mobile Dash phone on eBay. The winning bidder's name is Dick Stone.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Fraud Exposed

I didn't realize how completely fooled I was by the set I saw along the waterfront in Halifax. All of the historic building I saw were frauds. The real buildings along the waterfront were covered with fake building. I always figured those sets would be obviously artificial. Wrong, I.

Even the bricks were fake.

A mini series titled Sea Wolf was being filmed. It's an adaptation of a Jack London novel.

The people I saw yesterday were not the only things in costumes.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Stumbling Upon an Anachronism in Halifax

Today I arrived in Halifax. The cold, wind and grayness reminds me of a winter day along the Oregon coast. Downtown Halifax is cute with its narrow streets, colorful shops and small parks.

As I was walking down a street I noticed that it led to the waterfront. The closer I got I started to make out what looked like a historic district. And as I got closer still I saw that there were people in costumes. A lot of people in costumes. In fact, everyone was in costume, which seemed a little strange.

What's that I see at the bottom of this hill?

Outside of this area there were a few men in windbreakers standing around. There were a couple of police officers there too, which is not unusual to find at a busy tourist attraction.

Then I noticed the date 1867 on the archway that led to this area. The archway also read "San Francisco", which I also found odd.

This is quite a show they put on for the tourists.

I stood back for a few minutes to see if I could see anyone not in costume. I didn't see anyone, so I started to slowly approach the archway. I walked about 10 feet closer toward the archway and stopped again. Something didn't seem right. There were way too many people in costumes and they were all carry on as if it really were the 19th century.

As I prepared myself to walk closer someone finally asked me to step back. For a moment I was confused because this didn't look like any sort of film shoot I'd ever seen. First of all, there were no cameras. And from my experience with film crews in New York there are always numerous people running around with walkie-talkies acting like they are the most important people in the world.

If you look closely you can see the ropes in the upper-left hand corner of the picture.

I apologized and stepped back. I looked at the area again. This time I noticed the archway was being held up by some ropes. It was some sort of movie set. Feeling really stupid, I walked back to my hotel room, trying to take comfort in the fact that it did look a lot like San Francisco.

Comfort comes in many forms, fortunately one is the form of buttery bread.

That fact wasn't enough consolation for me. I had to order some Crazy Bread from Little Caesars.