Miscellany

Here are some recent musings on which I would very much appreciate some comments and discussion.  Otherwise, I’ll feel like I’m talking to myself and that’s something I can do without a blog.

1.  The Packers looked soooooooooo good these last two games, but I don’t think I can really talk about this because it makes me nervous to have two preseason games yet to go.

2.  I understand just about nothing about this health care debate.  I am sure there is something there to understand, but I feel like so much about the health care industry is shrouded in mystery and wrong information.  For example, why do things have to cost so much?  I’m not convinced there’s necessarily an inherent cost in lots of health care, as opposed to just a manufactured cost.  Additionally, lots of people blame malpractice insurance for the high costs, and while I don’t know how much insurers charge, I’m pretty sure that litigation costs are a tiny fraction of the overall industry costs.

3.  I saw two super fun movies last weekend: (1) The Hangover and (2) The Perfect Getaway.  I really had a great time watching both of them, especially after we moved out of the balcony at The Hangover where some genetically-challenged man kept screaming, “Holy balls!”

4.  Project Runway.  I’m pretty glad the gal who got auffed did, but I wasn’t overly impressed with any of them.  Too early to say much, other than that their new studio space is nice and I’m happy there’s a Mood in L.A.  Why?  I have no idea.

5.  Also, this is a job I did not know existed.

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20 Responses to “Miscellany”


  1. 1 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Project Runway made me sad. I was sooooo happy it was back and sat down Thursday with Vinnie and Michael to watch it and we were definitely on the edge of our seats. I was psy-yy-yched. But it fell completely flat for me. I felt like up was down, and down was up, and I realized at the end, as I heard Michael and Nina and Heidi praise looks that I thought were some of THE WORST I’ve ever seen on the show, that everything just felt way too LA to me. It’s the truth. I don’t know, I know I’ve never been there, but what else could it be? They’re sitting there all “Oh that red satin shapeless mumu is sooooo divine, and that plastic skirt with pantyhose coming out of the bottom is so chic and blah blah blah.” WHAT WERE THEY LOOKING AT?? I thought I was on another planet!! Yes, I agreed with them on some stuff, like the girl who got kicked off, that made sense. But of course it made sense – she was out of her effing gourd! And that 80’s prom confetti fiasco. Ugh.

    And then I watched the All-Star Challenge the next day and it made me even sadder because everything seemed back to normal. I think they should do that more often.

    But, of course, there was Tim. There is always Tim. And I the love I feel for him can not be defined. I thank god for him. And he grounded me and made me feel better even when I felt my favorite show was slipping away. And there are some peeps that are think are talented, so I will continue to watch. But if Heidi, Nina and Michael don’t get their edge back and stop simpering over crap to keep in step with the likes of LiLo for christsake, I don’t know what I’ll do.

    Rant over. I feel better.

  2. 2 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Also, healthcare doesn’t have to be so expensive. Have you read this?

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande

  3. 3 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I’m not ready to chalk it up to LA. I don’t know why Heidi’s, et al, opinions would be different because they’re in LA. I mean, if there were new judges, maybe. And maybe you’re right anyway, but I’m not on board yet. I was thinking more that it was about it being the premiere episode and if they were hating on everything (like they probably should have been), that could be really bad for ratings. If they were all negative and said aloud that this looked like the worst crop of designers yet, maybe no one would tune in for future episodes. Just a thought. I’m willing to give it more time as maybe the designers were nervous and just being dumb (I KNOW that one dude was being dumb when he almost flaked out the first show).

    I have been to both LA and NYC this year. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  4. 4 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Am about to read…but I also note, for further smoking, that I have been to McAllen, Texas, as well. Though not this year.

  5. 5 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you think. Is so fascinating and depressing. Mini-malls of medical services. Sweet.

  6. 6 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    And I’ve never been to LA, but I’m just saying that something was different and I’m sticking by it. Something was super fishy to me and those I was watching it with. We didn’t discuss, we just looked at each and said “WTF are they talking about? It’s like they’re different people.” Ugh. Maybe it’s Lifetime. Maybe it’s the fact that Nina got demoted to Marie Claire. Maybe Heidi can’t function properly unless she’s preggo. Nothing bad about LA , honestly. It is what it is and it’s my first theory. It’s the only variable that’s changed except the network, and obviously the production is no different.

    I’ve never been to McAllen, TX, btw. But it makes me think of my great aunt Nora McAllen. Appropo of nothing.

  7. 7 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Appropos?

  8. 8 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Apropos.

  9. 9 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Yeah, I’m still sticking with my theory that they just didn’t want to admit everyone pretty much blew. But, you’re right, LA is the new variable. Well, and new producers and whatnot. Maybe they’re under a gag order! I’m waiting until Thursday till I make further judgments. Though maybe I need to watch it again, too. I wasn’t completely paying attention, I’ll admit. That’s not unusual for me, though. I need the shows to pare down before I really get into it.

  10. 10 Sara H August 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Go Pack! Lots of people saying really great things about Rodgers this year, so I am hopeful. I also will be looking forward to the Minn. fans starting to yell for Tarvaris Jackson if there are more games like last Fri.!

    Ugh, health care. Seems to me there are many factors at work inflating costs – malpratice suits, medicare reimbursement rates, uninsured folks showing up only when they’re really sick but they can’t pay (but on the other hand, what if they do have insurance, and then go to the doctor all the time, are we reducing costs? I get that it’s an access to health care issue, but if we’re talking about cost….). And that article makes a great point about overutilization generally (but no one gets their flu shot!). Also, I thought the Whole Foods flap was a fascinating thing to watch. Scattered thoughts…

    I haven’t been able to watch PR yet! (not that I mind hearing what happened, at all) Well, I caught the first 20 minutes or so of the All Star challenge. Chris March, you need a CPAP. Can’t wait, Russ should be more distracted with other stuff this week, so the remote is mineminemine and I can get caught up.

    Should I be watching Mad Men?

    Holy balls, LOL.

  11. 11 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Mad Men! Great question. The world is obsessed. I made myself watch a few episodes to see about all the fuss, and I just don’t know. It was ok. I know everyone thinks it’s the greatest thing since…The Sopranos? The Wire? Seinfeld? Anyway, I was pretty luke warm on it. Though the costumes and sets are outstanding.

  12. 12 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t think any of the production is new for PR. They just moved everything over to Lifetime. I could be wrong about that. But by the looks of the sets, titles etc… Anyway, not sure.

    Mad Men is the best thing since…Six Feet Under. It really is. It stops my breathe. Did you watch it from the beginning?

  13. 13 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Breath?

  14. 14 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    You’re funny.

    No, I started in season two because that’s what was on demand.

    I didn’t mean the production, but the producers. The people calling the shots, one of which is probably Klum but, you know, the money people. And I was just kidding about a gag order anyway. Funny, no?

  15. 15 gracieandkate August 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    one of whom.

    while we’re at it.

  16. 16 Kristin August 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I see. Start from the beginning!! Sorry, I get very excited about this show. It’s freaking unbelievable! But season one sets the scene for everything, of course. So do yourself the favor. You’ll thank me.

    Producers. I get it now. I thought it was the same producers, I really did. Now I see that it’s Bunim-Murray. Well, as a loyal RW fan, I’ve watched the way they choose contestants over the years (yeesh) so now I really am worried. Sorry LA. Maybe not your fault. Jury is still out though.

  17. 17 Sara H August 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

    OMG! Poor Ted Kennedy! And that poor family. I figured he was in bad shape when he didn’t make it to Eunice’s funeral, but it’s still shocking.

    I had already requested Season One from the library, so I’ll start from the beginning. Not that I need another TV show to watch, but my interest is piqued.

    Finished watching the all star challenge last night – Korto, shut up. I loved Sweet P’s line (who, by the way, made a pseudo-celebrity appearance on Top Chef – Masters).

  18. 18 gracieandkate August 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I know. Ted. I really didn’t think it was going to happen. I feel kinda dumb about it, but I thought he’d pull through. Poor Carolyn. I mean, I know there are lots & lots of family that will miss him, but that poor Carolyn.

    I gotta get on this all-star thing, apparently. Where have I been?

    Also, I ordered a dress from Banana Republic a week ago and since it’s not here yet, I tracked it. Revolutionary idea, I know. Anyway, I just noticed that the dress was sent from Ohio to New Berlin, WI to Forest Park, IL to New Berlin, WI to Chicago to Forest Park, IL and is supposed to arrive at my door, in Madison, WI, tomorrow. What?

  19. 19 Andrea August 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    funny, when i heard they were moving to l.a. one of my first thoughts was kind of sad they won’t go to Mood, so it was a happy thought for me too. I think I just assume Mood is an old school, family owed biz or something. Hopefully it’s not actually ownded by LVMH.

  20. 20 gwendolyngarden August 27, 2009 at 9:40 am

    holy balls was this a random post.

    I love your posts even when I have nothing to say because they are hilarious!

    Prison Consultant– fascinating. I figured that you should be as mouse-like as possible to “succeed” in prison… what a bizarro job.


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