Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stuck Watching Kid Videos With Cousins?: Watch This

If you are babysitting or are still hanging out with your young cousins for the Holidays and are forced to watch a movie with them watch College Road Trip. It's rated G so there aren't even going to be any semi-awkward moments. It stars Raven-Symone (who you might know as the cute little girl from "Hanging With Mr. Cooper" in the 90's or "That's So Raven" a Nickelodeon tween comedy). I was suprised to find her physical, dry humor made me laugh out loud. The part of her mother is played by Brenda Song (the hilarious weed smoking hussy mom in Friday's almost more funny follow up, Next Friday. Not to be confused with crap heap follow up to that, Friday After Next). Best part? Martin is in it, sort of acting like Martin 15 years later as a control freak Police Chief with an over-achieving daughter who is heading to college. Did I mention he is a tad bit over the top; trying to get his daughter to go to college 40 minutes away at Northwestern instead of 700 miles away at her dream school Georgetown? All the wackiness of a Rated G comedy ensues but I actually laughed through a lot of it. And I admit, I cried at the end, it gets really emotional. But yea, the whole family will like it, it has a funny happy ending, a weird little brother character played by some adorable little black kid, great odd characters and a very smart family pig as a pet. It even has a funny part where they are on a bus full of Japanese Karaoke Enthusiasts singing Double Dutch Bus. Go out and rent it for the kids, or hey, rent it for yourself. I won't judge:)

Very Funny: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

If the episodes of 30 Rock, The Office, South Park, etc are coming to slow then switch over to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." I discovered this laaaazy holiday weekend at my Aunt's. When I wasn't busy explaining to my family I thought you really could survive in NY on a dream and prayer or how being single and dating is NOT the same as being a slut I'd retire to with a plate of leftovers. I like Hulu because all my favorites are on there,the picture quality is awesome and there are NO commercials. Sweet. There are four seasons of "It's Almost Sunny..." on Hulu and because the internet here blows at my Aunt's I've only been able to watch the first few episodes. You can also watch full episodes on the FX website, the network airing the show.
NOW HERE THIS: It is hilarious!! It's about four friends at the end of their twenties running an unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia. They aren't afraid to find humor right of the bat in the scary land of political incorrectness. The first few episodes are called The Gang Gets Racist and Charlie Wants an Abortion. Try the first few episodes and you will be hooked. I hear the pilot cost $85 to make which means to have been picked up for this long in television the acting, humor and writing has to be ON IT. And it is. Check out the clip below then find It's Always Sunny... on Hulu.

(Dosen't the guy in the clip look like Dave Chappelle???

Don't Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel Look Alike??

Friday, November 28, 2008

Cost of Living and Moving

There have been of a few of my friends and acquaintances that have moved over to the big, bad East Coast in the past year. It seems only natural after college and post-college years of sun, surf and totally radicool burritos that one might desire cold, changing weather, true winter fashion, and much more diversity than San Diego can offer. One problem: though SD might be expensive compared to the rest of the country, its got nuthin' on NY. Here, came up with a neat-o little Cost of Living Calculator to see where money might go.


For 20-30 year old averages' sake, I entered in $50,000 of annual SD income to see what you might need in Manhattan (a girl can dream, right?). The results shocked my thin-crusted pizza pie in the sky dreams:

Comparable salary in
New York (Manhattan), NY

If you move from San Diego, CA to New York (Manhattan), NY....
Groceries will cost:

Housing will cost:

Utilities will cost:

Transportation will cost:

Health care will cost:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Google says so too:

Im thankful for my family and friends, my intellect, my job, marijuana and music. I'm thankful I have a house and food to eat. I'm thankful I live in such a beautiful place. I'm thankful I have people that love and care about me. I'm thankful I know the value in taking time to be thankful for the insane amount of good and well being the universe is constantly heaping on my head.

Have a great holiday weekend, safe travels, happy eating!!!

So yeah, Wanda Sykes IS Gay

At a rally in Las Vegas on November 15, 2008 as part of the national day of protest against California's anti-gay Prop 8, Wanda Sykes announced, "I am proud to be gay!" She also told of marrying her girlfriend on October 25th 2008. See below for a transcript of her coming out speech. How were the tabloids not on top of this? Kind of makes me proud I guess, none of their business anyway. I will say this, gay or straight, I never though Wanda Sykes was that funny, I know there are MANY people in the other camp though.

Wanda Sykes, Las Vegas, 11.15.2008

I got married October 25th. My wife is here. I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation, I didn’t think I had to. I was just living my life. I wasn’t necessarily in the closet, I was just living my life. Everyone that knows me personally, they know I’m gay. They know. That’s the way people should be able to live their lives.

If we had equal rights. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something that we automatically should have as citizens of this country. But I got pissed off. I said now I got to get in your face. And that’s what we all have to do now. They pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized the community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we are not going to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California, no, we’re going to get it across the country. Because when my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada and Arizona and all the way to New York.

How can you stop people from loving each other? I’m sick of this shit, Oh, you made that choice. Gay is not a choice. That’s like telling me I chose to be a woman, I chose to be Black. Are we saying that if being gay is a choice, people are straight because they chose not to be gay? I am very proud to be a woman, I am proud to be a black woman, I am proud to be gay.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

People Are Struggling Just to Eat Right Here in Our City

Food banks supplies are at an all time low yet demand is up. It's a scary Catch-22. People have no extra money to donate money or food to food banks and our city and state is strapped for cash so funding has been slashed as well. At the same time people are coming out in dramatically higher rates for help, there are many who simply can not put food on the table right now. If you have any extra food, money or time to help please look around your cities for oppourtunites to make sure the holidays aren't grim for so many.
Check out The San Diego Food Bank

Very Funny Craiglist Add

NINJA HAULER: 2005 Nissan Xterra - $12900 (Ronan / Lake County)
Reply to:
Date: 2008-11-19, 10:04PM MST

OK, let me start off by saying this Xterra is only available for purchase by the manliest of men (or women). My friend, if it was possible for a vehicle to sprout chest hair and a five o'clock shadow, this Nissan would look like Tom Selleck. It is just that manly.

It was never intended to drive to the mall so you can pick up that adorable shirt at Abercrombie & Fitch that you had your eye on. It wasn't meant to transport you to yoga class or Linens & Things. No, that's what your Prius is for. If that's the kind of car you're looking for, then just do us all a favor and stop reading right now. I mean it. Just stop.

This car was engineered by 3rd degree ninja super-warriors in the highest mountains of Japan to serve the needs of the man that cheats death on a daily basis. They didn't even consider superfluous nancy boy amenities like navigation systems (real men don't get lost), heated leather seats (a real man doesn't let anything warm his butt), or On Star (real men don't even know what the hell On Star is).

No, this brute comes with the things us testosterone-fueled super action junkies need. It has a 265 HP engine to outrun the cops. It's got special blood/gore resistant upholstery. It even has a first-aid kit in the back. You know what the first aid kit has in it? A pint of whiskey, a stitch-your-own-wound kit and a hunk of leather to bite down on when you're operating on yourself. The Xterra also has an automatic transmission so if you're being chased by Libyan terrorists, you'll still be able to shoot your machine gun out the window and drive at the same time. It's saved my bacon more than once.

It has room for you and the four hotties you picked up on the way to the gym to blast your pecs and hammer your glutes. There's a tow hitch to pull your 50 caliber anti-Taliban, self cooling machine gun. I also just put in a new windshield to replace the one that got shot out by The Man.

My price on this bad boy is an incredibly low $12,900, but I'll entertain reasonable offers. And by reasonable, I mean don't walk up and tell me you'll give me $5,000 for it. That's liable to earn you a Burmese-roundhouse-sphincter-kick with a follow up three fingered eye-jab. Would it hurt? Hell yeah. Let's just say you won't be the prettiest guy at the Coldplay concert anymore.

There's only 69,000 miles on this four-wheeled hellcat from Planet Kickass. Trust me, it will outlive you and the offspring that will carry your name. It will live on as a monument to your machismo.

Now, go look in the mirror and tell me what you see. If it's a rugged, no holds barred, super brute he-man macho Chuck Norris stunt double, then contact me. I might be out hang-gliding or BASE jumping or just chilling with my ladies, but I'll get back to you. And when I do, we'll talk about a price over a nice glass of Schmidt while we listen to Johnny Cash.

To sweeten the deal a little, I'm throwing in this pair of MC Hammer pants for the man with rippling quads that can't fit into regular pants. Yeah, you heard me. FREE MC Hammer pants.

Rock on.

On This Day in History: Alice in Wonderland manuscript is sent as a Christmas present

On this day in 1862, Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sends a handwritten manuscript called Alice's Adventures Under Ground to 10-year-old Alice Liddell.
The 30-year-old Dodgson, better known by his nom de plume Lewis Carroll, made up the story one day on a picnic with young Alice and her two sisters, the children of one of Dodgson's colleagues. Dodgson, the son of a country parson, had been brilliant at both mathematics and wordplay since childhood, when he enjoyed making up games. However, he suffered from a severe stammer, except when he spoke with children. He had many young friends who enjoyed his fantastic stories: The Liddell children thought his tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole was one of his best efforts, and Alice insisted he write it down.
During a visit to the Liddells, English novelist Henry Kingsley happened to notice the manuscript. After reading it, he suggested to Mrs. Liddell that it be published. Dodgson published the book at his own expense, under the name Lewis Carroll, in 1865. The story is one of the earliest children's books written simply to amuse children, not to teach them. The book's sequel, Through the Looking Glass, was published in 1871. Dodgson's other works, including a poetry collection called Phantasmagoria and Other Poems, and another children's book, Sylvia and Bruno, did not gain the same enduring popularity as the Alice books. Dodgson died in 1898.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

WTF is up with the new Lil Wayne Cover??

Seven Dichotomies in a Bar

Minus5 Lounge

Probable douche baggery aside I thought this club looked sort of cool in its uniqueness. My family is taking a vacation to Las Vegas and I want to try something new. Basically the club stays a chilly 23 degrees (-5 celsius) and EVERYTHING is made of ice.

From The Minus 5 Website

Everything's made of ice!

Everything inside minus5 is made of ice; the walls, the bar, the sculptures, the seats and even the glasses that you enjoy our famous vodka-based cocktails in. Our focus at minus5 is the art of ice. We have our own ice carver who changes the lounge and sculptures every 6-8 weeks, continually re-inventing the experience. Sculptures can reflect the season, location, wildlife, or even corporate logos and products for private functions. The possibilities are endless.

The minus5 Experience…

The minus5 ice guides are specially trained to the highest level to ensure that your visit to the Ice Lounge is safe and thoroughly enjoyable. Once commencing the tour, guests are kitted out in Eskimo-like ice gear which includes insulated jackets, gloves and sheepskin-lined boots. Ready to brave the cold in sub-Antarctic conditions, guests move into two chambers for briefings before arriving into the Ice lounge. Once inside the lounge, visitors are greeted with an icy wonderland of intricately hand-crafted ice sculptures and furniture.

Guests can explore the ice lounge and relax on ice couches covered in deer skin, and sip on a wide range of vodka cocktails using only the world’s premium vodkas, served in our custom-designed glasses made from NZ artesian water (guests are limited to 3 cocktails in any half hour period). Guests remain inside for 30 minutes during which a photographer, skilled in the art of “capturing the moment,” roams the lounge. It is one thing to experience something so cool; however it is something else to showcase that experience to friends and family. Printed photos await guests as they complete their tour and guests are given the opportunity to purchase anything from a minus5 pen to an Eskimo hat.

AV Clubs Worst Band Names of 2007

This list is hilarious! I found out about it from reading the profile of local band, Da Bears who made the list! I've often thought of compiling a list like this just from the band names that play at Soma...I have a few of their categories listed here.
Check out the rest on the AV Club website!!

The Color Fred
Job For A Cowboy
Da Bears
From San Diego, home of Da Chargers.
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Mental Afro
"FunkHopRock 4 the Soul"
Shout Out Out Out Out
Dyslexic Speedreaders
"What happens when 2 Hollywood rappers team up with a cracker from Oakland?" Don't ask.
The Asbestos Tampons
Among their MySpace friends: Tasty Twat Records
Malice In Wonderland
I Sank Molly Brown
Poetic Justice League 4 America
The Hobbits Of The Shire
Uprise Of The Dope Fiendz
Kidz In The Hall
Poets & Pornstars

Pistol Whipping Party Penguins
Baboon Torture Division
Their site proudly boasts that it ranks "1 for Baboon Torture Porn on Google."
Those Fucking Unicorns
Unicorn Dream Attack
Sex Rat
Penguins With Shotguns
Tigers Can Bite You
Abbreviation: TCBY.

Butt Stomach
Their MySpace page looks like it was designed by Homer Simpson.
Electric Vagina
Never mind the goofy name. "Electric Vagina is committed to grassroots marketing and building a fan base one person at a time," vows their bio.
Ballcock Assembly

Gay Witch Abortion
Comanche Abortion
Gay Baby

Dance Me Pregnant
Let's French
Whore Du Jour
They apparently took their name from an Imperial Teen song.
Roger's Porn Collection

The Rape Ape
Statutory Grape
Raperies (Like Draperies)
Their entirety of their bio: "I'm putting the pieces together. I'm starting to add the dialogue. The storyboard is starting to take shape. And this can't end well. It just can't."
The House That Gloria Vanderbilt
Lists "Baby Jesus" as an influence, and says they sound like "a snapping pussy." Their bio boldly proclaims, "the faggot has risen......fighting for the power of the us harness the escape of air from vaginas around the world......join the somebody."
Neil Diamond Phillips
"Part Neil Diamond, Part Lou Diamond Phillips, 100% Rock!" Sadly, the band doesn't sound like Lou Diamond Phillips singing Neil Diamond songs.
Harmonica Lewinsky
Does it make it better or worse that they're a Scottish blues band?
Goodbye Girl Friday
Chevy Metal
From their bio: "Basically, the idea behind Chevy Metal is that they play rock songs from the 70's, DIRT ROCK, as they say. Music that a meth dealer from 1973 would have listened to."

What does shoes hanging on a telephone wire mean?

I heard it meant that drugs were available nearby or on the corner. Which would mean you can buy drugs on any corner in Golden Hill/Sherman Heights...I don't think it means that anymore though. Just like the kid wearing a back pack at a house party isn't neccesarily selling cheap yet questionable weed anymore. I think shoes hanging on a telephone wire now just means somebody got screwed over...Morely Field San Diego: Cool Shoe Tree or Drug Buying Wholesale Depot?

On This Day in History: Whitney Debuts at #1 With Exhale

This was the third Houston single to top the charts on the day of its release.
Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963. A cousin of singer Dionne Warwick and the daughter of a gospel singer, Houston grew up singing in a church choir and landed professional management by the time she was 15. She made numerous live appearances and provided guest vocals for several recordings. She also developed a modeling and acting career, appearing on magazine covers and on sitcoms like Silver Spoons. In 1985, she released her first album, Whitney Houston, which yielded several hit singles, including "You Give Good Love" and "Saving All My Love for You." Her next album, Whitney (1987), scored seven consecutive No. 1 singles. Whitney was also the first album by a female artist to debut at the top of the charts. In the early '90s, she developed her acting career, with starring roles in The Bodyguard (1992) and Waiting to Exhale (1995).

My Epilogue:
Whitney Houston as of late has taken somewhat of a departure from the success she enjoyed in the 80's and 90's. Problems have been linked the influence of both drugs (crack, etc) and men (Bobby Brown etc.). Recentely she has split from Brown and been seen with Ray J, brother of 90's pop diva Brandi.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gas is getting crazy cheap!!

The Imperial Avenue Thrifty in Barrio Logan is charging $1.85 for one gallon of regular unleaded right now!! My coffee this morning in OB cost more than that and I didn't get nearly a gallon. Makes you want to drive up to San Francisco or drive around and sing to one of your favorite albums. Nice to get a little break in such a rough economic time. Check out where gas is cheap in your area.

San Diego Gas Prices

Art Dose: Blu's "Muto"

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
Blu's Muto Website
Blu is a street artist from Argentina. He's taken graffiti to a whole new level, creating animations on walls and sidewalks. His latest is Muto which is both a technical tour de force and an eye-opening creepy animation. Not only did he work in the less than ideal environment of the sidewalk, but it meant that he couldn't have more than one frame in existence at a time, with no possibility of reworking old frames or sketching out new ones. Once the frame was shot, the work was destroyed. Amazing.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

ShockHound's Free Snow Patrol Tickets Available Friday 11/21

Fresh from playing four shows in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and London in only two days to celebrate the release of their new album, A Hundred Million Suns, multi-platinum Scottish/Irish rock heroes Snow Patrol are packing up their gear and heading to the US to play a handful of pre-Christmas shows. The band will be playing three of their west coast dates as part of our special Shock Sessions series — and admission to these shows will be absolutely FREE.
Yep, you read it correctly. Tickets for Snow Patrol's December 9 show at Tempe, AZ's Clubhouse, December 10 show at the Hard Rock Las Vegas, and December 13 gig at the San Diego House of Blues are all priced at the recession-friendly cost of zero dollars and zero cents. Tickets for all three Shock Session shows (Tempe and San Diego are All Ages; Vegas is 21+ only) go up for grabs on Friday, November 21 at 10 AM PST, and YOU CAN GET YOUR FREE PAIR RIGHT HERE, y'all! Don't sleep on this one, because these babies are gonna go quick..

"Ooh Girl"--An Honest R&B Song

This is HILARIOUS. Pay attention to the sultry voiced comments of the background guy.

I choose Business Ethics....

Japan Airlines (JAL) CEO Haruka Nishimatsu is bad ass. He slashed his own pay and all his corporate perks in this crazy economic/high fuel cost back lash were going through. He makes $90,000 a year, less than his own pilots and way fucking less than some US CEO's making upwards of $100-200 million dollars a year. Check out this CNN report, this guy is really awesome and is running a business the way it should be run. American CEO's, take note.....

(Anybody catch the Billy Madison quote in the heading, haha....)

Urban Dictionary

We all know what a cougar is by now:
Cougar: A 35+ year old female who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male.

But did you know what a manther is?
Manther: the male form of a "cougar", man + panther= manther. An older man who frequents bars, lounges and clubs, never a genuine gentleman, ranging from ten to fifty years older than his victim. Usually carries an unusually fat wallet, wears too much cologne, and dresses younger than his age. May over-frequent the tanning beds and gym, have trendy/dyed facial hair such as a soul patch or goatee, may use the terms "baby", "sugar tits", or other female defamation when trying to pursue his prey. If balding, may never take off his ball cap in order to hide his aging hairline. Manthers always seem to evade the question of their age, previous or current marriages, children, and most things regarding their past (unless it has to do with thier old frat/college football days). Manthers prey on their younger victims in order to gain popularity amongst their fellow mathers, as well as for a sexual high. Some manthers are extremely good looking, stylish and somewhat gentlemanly. Others are old, drunk dirt balls with a lot of money and a feeling of self-entitlement.

Whats Up With the Google image today?

I see my Google Homepage as my uber scaled back NY It keeps me up on the most important information about the day. The seasons changing, holidays both federal AND fun (Valentines etc.), even the commemoration of people like "Peanuts" illustrator Charles Shulz. I also like how they don't make designs for the lame made up holidays (Patriot Day??). So today I check out the home page and see:

I looked up the artist and here is what I found. Looks like today is the day artist René Magritte was born. Thanks for the tip Google!!
René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 - 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well-known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images.
René Magritte Wikipedia

Pitchfork: Smashing Pumpkins' Anniversary Tour Is a Shitshow

Poor setlist choices, awful-sounding music, and confounding sartorial decisions mixed with heavy doses of audience mockery: These are the reports we've been getting about the Smashing Pumpkins' "20th Anniversary Tour", and guesses at Billy Corgan's motivations can only confuse and infuriate.
Corgan lashed out at his band's fans once again at a recent Chicago gig, and this outburst comes with a YouTube video [via Stereogum].
mean, we get it, guy! You released a mediocre album and were disappointed when people thought it was mediocre.

But Billy, let's be clear: You say in that video, "Last I checked we were in an alternative band. 'Alternative' means 'different than what everyone else is doing,' including those reunion bands that go out and just play the old songs."
Incorrect! "Alternative" means nothing in 2008, and the fact that you don't seem to realize that probably has a lot to do with your confusion over people's disappointment when you don't just play your good songs instead of meandering off into formless noise jams. You can do your own thing all you want, but it's rude, to say the least, to begrudge people their expectations when they pay hundreds of dollars to see you. And you can mock "those reunion bands" all you want, but your insistence on ruining people's nostalgic fondness for your band instead of playing to it doesn't change the fact that you're cashing in, just like they are.

Personally, I don't buy that this intentional audience befuddling is some kind of pure pursuit of an artistic muse. It seems like the flailing around of an artist who has declined and is unwilling to face that truth even when his own fans proclaim it so by their reactions to his art.

While Stereogum's hypothesis that Corgan's antics could be "some Tony Clifton crowd-antagonizing performance art BS" is certainly interesting, I don't buy that either. The man has been too sincerely whiny and self-indulgent in the past for all of this to be one big joke.

So what do we take from this: Billy Corgan is crazy? We knew that. This "20th Anniversary Tour" might not live up to the expectations of longtime Pumpkins fans? We could have guessed that. Do we "give [them] another chance," as Corgan requested in a disingenuous apology to "those of you we've disappointed"?
It seems to me that Corgan himself suggested the best thing to do when he said, "It doesn't go anywhere from here. You might as well head to your cars."

Smashing Pumpkins:

11-21 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ("Black Sunshine")
11-22 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ("White Crosses")
11-24 Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
11-25 Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
11-26 St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
11-29 Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
11-30 San Diego, CA - RIMAC Arena
12-02 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre ("Black Sunshine")
12-03 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre ("White Crosses")

Sadly, might be time to sell those tickets on Craigslist....

Thursday, November 20, 2008

You Don't (Want To) Mess With The Zohan

There aren't enough laughs in this movie for you to spend money in ANY way to see this. But if you are somewhere where this is the only movie within about 2-3 miles and it is free and you have a large sack of weed and a friend then check the board game stash and if you don't find any cool games watch this. This slap stick "comedy" was co-written by Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, and Robert Smigel. Not sure what went wrong...

On This Day in History: The Essex is Sunk By a Sperm Whale

The American whaler Essex, which hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is attacked by an 80-ton sperm whale 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America.
The 238-ton Essex was in pursuit of sperm whales, specifically the precious oil and bone that could be derived from them, when an enraged bull whale rammed the ship twice and capsized the vessel. The 20 crew members escaped in three open boats, but only five of the men survived the harrowing 83-day journey to the coastal waters of South America, where they were picked up by other ships. Most of the crew resorted to cannibalism during the long journey, and at one point men on one of the long boats drew straws to determine which of the men would be shot in order to provide sustenance for the others. Three other men who had been left on a desolate Pacific island were saved later.
The first capture of a sperm whale by an American vessel was in 1711, marking the birth of an important American industry that commanded a fleet of more than 700 ships by the mid 18th century. Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick (1851) was inspired in part by the story of the Essex.

The "Feed The Pig" Pig is so Creepy

Have you seen the commercials from the AICPA's new money saving campaign to promote Financial Literacy to "Generation X-Y" (24-35 yr olds)??


I wouldn't get near that thing much less give it my hard earned money. The effort is A+ no one I know knows how to save. Americans aren't geared for it. We have student loans, credit card debt and we've been taught to consume and indulge since we were born. We need some direction but this is heading the wrong way. How ironic. A savings campaign being a waste of money. A creepy waste of money....

BUT saving money is important. Especially since none of us will have social security when we are old. So...siiiiigh, check out Feed The Pig Website

Sun Diego Warehouse Sale - 2 DAYS

For those of you still wearing surf, skate, snow gear.....

Sun Diego Corporate Headquarters
2105 Rutherford Road
Carlsbad, CA. 92008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Comedy Store- La Jolla

We went here last Thursday, my friend got free tickets for four to The Comedy store in La Jolla and we were looking for something new to do. I adore stand up but somehow have only been to a stand up comedy show ONCE in San Francisco and it was 50% awesome (one great comic, one horrendous). We four girls hotboxed the car and strolled in, the door guy noted we smelled like herb and laughed. Sweet. We told the box office guy we had reservations and he didn't even check his list, he just stamped our wrists. Sweet again. Thing is, when you leave the Thursday night show, they give you four tickets to come back next Thursday to avoid the $8 cover charge that I'm thinking you can EASILY get away with not paying any sort of way. We were led to our table in a dark room and approached by a cocktail waitress.

The only real fee was the two drink minimum and I was already planning on having three (doubles...). I had a friend (DD) who ordered water and they didn't even care she wasn't drinking. It's really seemed like just a formality to keep bums out. The show started off with a HUGE bang. I think we saw around 12-15 comics doing 5-10 sets each. We laughed through the first 7 non-stop, both the weed and booze helping us to loosen up. It was a great time. Then we had like 2 or 3 duds in a row. Nothing is more awkward than getting your courtesy laugh to sound real in a quiet room with a stand up comic struggling on stage. But then more funny people hit the stage and it was back on. Yea, but then two more crappy ones were rounding out the night, by that time it was like, 11 PM and there were only 13 people in the room. It had been time to leave a while before we finally got up but we were boozy and we love to laugh. And the comic pleaded with us not to leave... haha, Shoot for $12 that was one of the most fun things I've done in SD in awhile. We hung out with the comics after and joked around and then drove back home. Cheap, fun, NEW, night that I am heading back to on Thursday for sure. Call the reservation number on the ticket above and get your free tickets, time to try something new!!


As if we needed more reasons to "long sigh" over the crappy economy and increasingly tough times upon us. This is just insane though....

Ann Taylor closing 117 stores nationwide. A company spokeswoman said the company hasn't revealed which stores will be shuttered. It will let the
stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next month.

Bombay Company: (Freehold Mall store closed) The company unveiled plans to close all 384 U.S.-based Bombay Company stores. The company's online storefront has discontinued operations.

Women's retailer Cache announced that it is closing 20 to 23 stores this year.

Circuit City - Initial statements suggest that 150 of Circuit City's 1484 stores in the US and Canada may be shut down. In addition to the closings, Circuit City may be liquidating up to $350 million in inventory, likely at fire sale pricing.

CompUSA (CLOSED) clarifies details on store closings. Any extended
warranties purchased for products through CompUSA will be honored by a
third-party provider, Assurant Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks, and
rebates purchased prior to December 12 can be redeemed at any time during the final sale. For those who have a gadget currently in for service with CompUSA, the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to owners.

Dillard's to close more stores. Dillard's Inc. said it will continue to
focus on closing under performing stores, reducing expenses and improving
its merchandise in 2008. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, CEO
William Dillard II said the company will close another six under performing
stores this year.

Disney Store owner has the right to close 98 stores. The Walt Disney
Company announced it acquired about 220 Disney Stores from subsidiaries of The Children's Place Retail Stores. The exact number of stores acquired will depend on negotiations with landlords. Those subsidiaries of Children's
Place filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. Walt Disney, in the
news release, said it has also obtained the right to close about 98 Disney
Stores in the U.S. The press release didn't list those stores.

Eddie Bauer to close more stores. Eddie Bauer has already closed 27 shops
in the first quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet stores by the
end of the year.

Ethan Allen Interiors: The company announced plans to close 12 of 300+ stores in an effort to cut costs.

Foot Locker to close 140 stores. In the company press release and during
its conference call with analysts today, it did not specify where the future
store closures - all planned in fiscal 2008 - will be. The company could not
be immediately reached for comment

Gap Inc. closing 85 stores. In addition to its namesake chain, Gap also
owns Old Navy and Banana Republic . The company said the closures - all planned for fiscal 2008 - will be weighted toward the Gap brand.

Home Depot store closings. (E. Brunswick, Rt 18 just put up their closing
sign) ATLANTA - Nearly 7+ months after its chief executive said there were
no plans to cut the number of its core retail stores, The Home Depot Inc.
announced Thursday that it is shuttering 15 of them amid a slumping U.S.
economy and housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees. It is the first time the world's largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a flagship store for performance reasons. Its shares rose almost 5 percent. The Atlanta-based company said the under performing U.S. stores being closed represents less than 1 percent of its existing stores. They will be shuttered within the next two months.

J. C. Penney, Lowe's and Office Depot are scaling back.

KB Toys posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the United
States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. To see the list of store
closings, go to the KB Toys Information web site, and click on Press

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines closing 150 stores nationwide. The
owner of retailers Lane Bryant , Fashion Bug , Catherine's Plus Sizes will
close about 150 under performing stores this year. The company hasn't
provided a list of specific store closures and can't say when it will offer
that info, spokeswoman Brooke Perry said today.

Goodbye Levitz - closed already. The furniture retailer, which is
going out of business. Levitz first announced it was going out of business
and closing all 76 of its stores in December. The retailer dates back to
1910 when Richard Levitz opened his first furniture store in Lebanon , PA.
In the 1960's, the warehouse/showroom concept brought Levitz to the
forefront of the furniture industry. The local Levitz closures will follow
the shutdown of Bombay (see above).

Gift retailer Lillian Vernon, based in Virginia Beach, Va., said it will evaluate whether to sell itself.

Linens 'n' Things - Earlier this week, Linens 'N Things backed out of restructuring plans that included some store closures and decided to shut its remaining 371 stores in 48 states.

Macy's - 9 stores

Mervyns - Mervyns, the 59-year-old department store chain based in Hayward, is closing up shop. The ailing retailer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July and planned to close 26 stores, said Friday it now plans to liquidate its remaining 149 locations and shutter the business after the holiday season.
"We are disappointed with this outcome but the company's declining liquidity position and the extremely challenging retail environment, together with the fact that we have exhausted all other possibilities, requires that we take this action," said John Goodman, Mervyns' chief executive, in a statement.

Movie Gallery - 160 stores as part of reorganization plan to exit bankruptcy
The video rental company plans to close 400 of 3,500 Movie Gallery and
Hollywood Video stores in addition to the 520 locations the video rental
chain closed last fall.

Pacific Sunwear will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of strategic
alternatives for the urban-apparel brand. Seventy-four under performing demo stores closed last May.

Pep Boys - 33 stores

Sharper Image: The company recently filed for bankruptcy protection and
announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will still
operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have performed
poorly and also may close.

Shoe Pavilion Inc.,

Sprint Nextel - 125 retail locations. New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse
appears to have inherited a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands,
and will now officially be dropping the ax on 4,000 employees and 125 retail
locations. Amid the loss of 639,000 postpaid customers in the fourth quarter
Sprint will be cutting a total of 6.7% of its work force (following the 5
000 layoffs last year) and 8% of company-owned brick-and-mortar stores,
while remaining mute on other rumors that it will consolidate its headquarters in Kansas . Sprint Nextel shares are down $2.89, or nearly 25%, at the time of this writing.

Steve & Barry's Earlier this month, Steve & Barry's LLC, once a growing force in low-priced fashion, filed for Chapter 11. Steve & Barry's, which has 276 stores in 39 states, tossed itself into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the latest victim of a steep downturn in the retail sector and tighter credit markets. Mall owners have delayed reimbursing the discount fashion chain for store-opening expenses, further constricting its cash flow, the company said

Talbot's, J. Jill closing stores. About a month ago, Talbot's announced
that it will be shuttering all 78 of its kids and men's stores. Now the
company says it will close another 22 under performing stores.. The 22
stores will be a mix of Talbot's women's and J. Jill , another chain it owns
The closures will occur this fiscal year, according to a company press

Wickes is going out of business. Wickes Furniture is going out of business
and closing all of its stores, Wickes, a 37-year-old retailer that targets
middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last month. They
have already closed the Minnesota stores.

Wilsons the Leather Experts - 158 stores.

Zales, Piercing Pagoda closing stores. The owner of Zales and Piercing
Pagoda previously said it plans to close 82 stores by July 31. Today, it
announced that it is closing another 23 under performing stores. The company said it's not providing a list of specific store closures. Of the 105
locations planned for closure, 50 are kiosks and 55 are stores.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008



Jimmy Eat World will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its classic Clarity by playing the album in its entirety for 10 one-time-only shows beginning February 23 in New York City and concluding March 7 in the band's native Arizona.

Tickets go onsale to the public Saturday @ 10am except where indicated otherwise

All times reflect local venue time

Feb 23 Terminal 5 New York NY
Public Onsale (Saturday @ Noon)

Feb 24 930 Club Washington DC
Public Onsale

Feb 25 Trocadero Theater Philadelphia PA
Public Onsale

Feb 26 House of Blues Boston MA
Ticketing Details Coming Soon

Feb 28 Metro Chicago IL
Public Onsale

Mar 2 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
Public Onsale

Mar 4 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Public Onsale (Sunday @ 10am)

Mar 5 Club Nokia Los Angeles CA
Public Onsale

Mar 6 House of Blues San Diego CA
Public Onsale

Mar 7 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ
Public Onsale

Reuben's Accomplice will support Feb. 23-Mar. 4. No Knife will support Mar. 5-7.

Check Out: The Soda Bar

The Soda Bar used to be Chaser's but last week they had their grand opening to, from what I've heard, positive reviews. It's worth a visit for sure. The sound and stage were redone and booths were added. Check it out Wednesday for their movie night featuring:

Misdirected Priorities

A child dies of hunger every six seconds, and hunger now kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

The Mormon Church Spent $22 Million to prevent gay Americans from being able to marry

In Darfur, 15 cents will feed a person for one whole day.

Can someone do the math for me here?

Read More About the World Hunger Crisis

Pretentious Musings: Pirates hijack 3 more ships in ‘unprecedented’ wave

(CNN) — Pirates hijacked two more ships off the East African coast
Tuesday, and a third was seized Saturday but not reported until Tuesday, a
monitoring agency said.The most recent hijackings underscore a dramatic increase in piracy that has alarmed national governments and shipping companies around the world. The number of pirate hijackings has increased from five in 2006 to 39 so far this
“This is completely unprecedented,” said Michael Howlett, assistant
director of the International Maritime Bureau in London, which tracks pirate
“We’ve never seen a situation like this.”
On Tuesday morning, pirates hijacked a Thai fishing vessel and a Chinese
cargo ship carrying wheat in the waters off the Horn of Africa.
A third ship — a Chinese fishing vessel — was hijacked Saturday, but
word did not reach authorities until Tuesday, Howlett said.
The number of ships hijacked off East Africa increased from five in 2006
to 12 last year. There have been 39 hijackings this year, including the three
that were reported Tuesday morning.
Pirates hold 17 vessels and 339 crew members hostage, he said. They have
held and released another 22 ships with 439 crew members, Howlett said.
That number includes the Saudi-owned oil tanker, the Sirius Star. Pirates
hijacked it and now hold its 25 crew members and cargo of millions of dollars
of oil.
“One ship gets released and another ship is hijacked the next day,”
Howlett said.

A.The number of pirate hijackings has increased from five in 2006 to 39 so far this
year: DAMN. Who is on this?!
B. “This is completely unprecedented,” said Michael Howlett, assistant
director of the International Maritime Bureau in London, which tracks pirate
attacks: Yea no shit it's unprecedented. Somebody fire this guy...
C.“We’ve never seen a situation like this.”: Again, no shit.
D. "Pirates hijacked it and now hold its 25 crew members and cargo of millions of dollars of oil: Sounds like a kinky party...or an episode of Lost.
E. “One ship gets released and another ship is hijacked the next day,”
Howlett said.: This guy still isn't fired??
F. Wait that whole "pirate problem" isn't solved? Didn't pirates used to be witty, cunning and sorta hot??

Loveable and hot pirates NOT to be confused with....