Tuesday, March 29, 2011

And Ye Shall Know It's a Co-Op By The Smell of Patchouli

Don't get me wrong, I love a good Co-Op.  Who doesn't like the smell of patchouli and unwashed hippies?  I mean, come on!  It's like a Whole Earth Festival with a better cheese selection. 

Being from California, I always kinda assumed we had the mother-load of hippies along with all the hard-core Co-Ops.  I was wrong. 

I am visiting friends in Boise, Idaho right now and we went to the Boise Co-Op where it suddenly occurred to me that...now this is deep...a Co-Op is a Co-Op, no matter where you go. 

It's like Wal-Mart, go into anyone, anywhere and you will find hicks and dirt cheap stuff.  Go into a Co-Op anywhere and you will find hippies...and well, dirt.  And fruit like this:

This may look like a mutated artichoke on the outside, but it's a fruit from the Andes called a "cherimoya."  Where on earth would you ever find something like this besides at a Co-Op?  The Andes.  That's it. 

Co-Ops: making the world a more diverse place one weird fruit and tub of fertilizer worms at a time. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

101 Movies You Must See Before You Die (According to Roger Ebert)

Obviously most of these are older, "classic" films and while I have seen many classic films, apparently they weren't all the right ones...25/101.  Meh.  In all honesty, there were a couple I haven't even heard of...I guess I need to brush up on my "must sees." 

2001: A Space Odyssey
The 400 Blows
8 1/2
Agguire, the Wrath of God
All About Eve
Annie Hall
Battleship Potempkin
The Best Years of our Lives
The Big Red One
The Bicycle Thief
The Big Sleep
Blue Velvet
Bonnie and Clyde
Bringing Up Baby
Un Chien Andalou
Children of Paradise
Citizen Kane
A Clockwork Orange
The Crying Game
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Dirty Harry
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoesie
Do the Right Thing
La Dolce Vita
Double Endemnity
Dr. Stangelove
Duck Soup
Easy Rider
The Empire Strikes Back
The Exorcist
Fight Club
The General
The Godfather
The Godfather part II
Gone With the Wind
The Graduate
A Hard Day's Night
It's a Gift
It's a Wonderful Life
The Lady Eve
Lawrence Of Arabia
The Road Warrior: Mad Max 2
The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate
Modern Times
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Night of the Hunter
Night of the Living Dead
North By Northwest
One the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of the Past
Pink Flamingos
Pulp Fiction
Rear Window
Rebel Without A Cause
Red River
Rules of the Game
The Scarlet Empress
Schindler's List
The Searchers
The Seven Samuri
Singin' In the Rain
Some Like It Hot
A Star Is Born
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
The Third Man
Tokyo Story
Touch of Evil
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Trouble In Paradise
West Side Story
The Wild Bunch
The Wizard Of Oz

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I Think Therefore I Geek

So, for reals peoples, if you are a nerd/geek/fangirl/whatever and you have never heard of ThinkGeek you need to go there NOW.  Or like, yesterday.

It has amazing cool stuff that you need. Not just things that you would want, things that you need.

I, for instance, just bought samurai sword chopsticks.  But, wait...not only samurai swords, but also light saber chopsticks!  Ohmygaaaaaaaaaaaah!  

You know you're jealous.  The amazing thing is you can get these too!  I will share my find!  What can I say?  I'm a giver.

P.S. I also got free zombie blood in my shipment.  Convinced now?

P.P.S. No, I do not work for them or get any compensation for plugging them...but I would like to! ;)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blogs I Follow

Out of sheer curiosity today I was looking at the blogs that I follow on this thing.  There are currently 21, 10 of which are book blogs, one is my sister, a couple are friends, a couple are random people I have found via other blogs and the rest are geeky science stuff.  I am not sure if 21 is a lot to follow or not enough, or if it really even matters.  There are also some blogs I follow (more book stuff; authors I like) that are not on Blogger, but have their own websites (this is why I like Good Reads because it allows me to stalk...uh...admire...more authors).

I always say "I should blog more" but then I...well...forget...so there are huge gaps that I feel bad about.  Not that I would be disappointing many people, it's not like I have a cult following like The Sassy Curmudgeon, whom I love by the way...can we be friends?  :)  I guess I should just start small and try to actually remember to blog...I think every day might be a little much right now, but at least once a week?  That's a compromise, right?  Other people seem to be so much better at it then I am though!  Anywho, enough about my inadequacies.  They are a-plenty.

Are there any blogs out there I should be reading that I am not?  Thoughts?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Read Between The Lines

I had a little garbage disposal "problem" the other night.  I was preparing a stew for the crock pot and therefore peeling carrots and potatoes in the sink.  When I was all done I made the garbage disposal eat them.  You know, because that's what garbage disposals DO...they eat peels.  It's sorta their purpose in life.

Well, apparently not my garbage disposal.  It's above all that.

My garbage disposal took it a step above a sit-in and launched an all out stealth assault.  One minute it's happily munching away on some veggie bits, the next things I know there's a gurgle, gurgle, gurgle on the other side of the sink and then a small Old Faithful of soapy water and mulch is fountaining up.

I was not amused. 

I tried to get it to go down again, but it was having done of it.  THAT is when it launched the sit-in.  And that's where it stayed, chained to it's neighbor to wait out the night or be dragged off to jail.

Fine, you want to play it that way you hippie?  I called in maintenance. 

When I got home after work the next night I found this work order waiting for me:
Request (filled out by me):
Garbage Disposal Clogged

Work Done and Materials Used (filled out by maintenance, and this was the actual spelling and capitalization):
DON pill patute in the garbage disposal.

I am pretty sure this is supposed to mean I should no longer put peels in the garbage disposal...with their thanks.  But I can't be 100% sure. 

At least the garbage disposal is now fixed, although apparently it can no longer actually dispose of any garbage, rendering it useless to actually have. 

You win some, you lose some.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

TV Land May Not Be Where I Live, But It's Where I Have a Summer Home

It has been pointed out to me more than once, and by more that one person (usually in a superior voice), that I watch a lot of TV. 

This is true.  I own this.

These same superior-I-have-so-many-better-things-to-do-with-my-time people are also the first people to ask me what happened on last night's episode. Uh-huh. 

I am slightly picky about what I do watch, so for instance, I am not down with soap operas, (in general) I abhor reality TV (Jersey Shore, anything involving housewives, bachelors, stupid human tricks, etc) , and the news just depresses me.  I love CSI, medical/crime dramas, comedies, and sci-fi stuff. 

Since the invention of the DVR my TV watching has increased exponentially...hey, I don't even know how I manage to watch everything.  Although I will tell you it involves a lot of multi-tasking (right now I am writing this post and watching Ghost Hunters) and usually a lot of backlog. 

My recall for TV, books, music and movies is pretty darn good which means my pop culture references are AWESOME.  ;)  Maybe I should go out on pub quiz nights...