Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Talhotblond now available on DVD

Talhotblond is now available for your home viewing pleasure - including from Netflix. I strongly recommend you rent it. And I even more strongly recommend you NOT read any reviews of it. Except mine, because I don't spoil the ending.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Taffeta's Book Of The Month Club

Is our cat contemplating vegetarianism? I hope not, because cats eat other animals. That's what they do.

Taffeta has been reading Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Calms Forte Sleep Aid

Kelley's sister sent me these all natural sleeping pills. Immediately, Kelley noticed something slightly off about them.

A non-drowsy formula sleep aid?

The idea of a pill that helps you sleep without making you sleepy is an interesting one. I wasn't sure what, exactly, this pill was going to do to me. But I wasn't going to let that stop me from putting it in my body.

I have a hard time believing the pills actually do anything. When it comes to claims made by products labeled "herbal", "natural", "traditional", "alternative", "homeopathic" or "cherry flavored" I am a complete skeptic. And this product's packaging included most of those labels. I must admit, however, that I slept really well the night I took them. Like the best sleep I've had in a long time.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lost In Translation

Being in New York means being in a state of constant curiosity. According to the city's count, nearly 170 languages are spoken here. I'm always wondering: what are those two shriveled old men laughing about? What is the headline of the newspaper story featuring W wearing his trademarked confused monkey expression while surrounded by beautiful women? What does that sign mean?

Signs are everywhere. Hand scrawled sign. Nicely printed signs featuring major American celebrities who (apparently) endorse stoop sales in Chinatown. And - my personal favorite - signs created using the method preferred by kidnappers and other nefarious schemers: meticulously cutting individual letters from various newspapers and magazines.

It is not unusual to see a sign in English and another language. It is unusual, however, to see a sign that clearly says one thing in English and something else in another language. That is what I noticed this morning as I passed a laundromat on my way to the train.

An invitation to be taken advantage of, in your choice of languages.

I'm not sure what the two other languages are. Bengali and Urdu? Whatever they are, the language in the middle is offering - or threatening - $400 for doing something. And it's an offer that does not appear to apply to non-speakers. All I'm sure of is that responding to this sign will probably result in the transferring of money from your wallet into someone else's. Move along.

* UPDATE (3/22/2010): A friend from Bangladesh confirmed that the middle text is Bengali. He provided a translation for me. According to him, the $400 is referring to $400 billion, which is listed as the amount of government funds that are allocated based on the census results.

He also said the wording is the exact same wording provided on his census form, which is important only for the fact that the US government considers Staten Island to be something that most of us who live near it don't: something worth counting. Thanks, chodna!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More Facebook Status Silliness

It's been a while since anything on Facebook made me laugh out loud. But last night something did.

I wonder what part of this status update the 2 people who "liked".

Sunday, March 7, 2010

It's About That Time Again...

Last weekend's hassle was 20 inches of snow. This weekend's honor belongs to our local street fair. This poor guy didn't get the memo. Talk about adding insult to injury!