Thursday, April 27, 2006

Must-See Movie: Bell, Book and Candle

Bell Book and Candle* (1958)
Kim Novak and James Stewart reunite the same year they did Vertigo to play a witch and a human man trying to figure out romance among magic.

Gillian Holroyd (Novak) is a witch living in a modern (1950's) Manhattan apartment with her Siamese cat, Pyewacket. Feeling lonely, she asks Pyewacket to give her for Christmas her upstairs neighbor Shep Henderson (Stewart). She doesn't seem to mind that he's marrying an old nemesis from college; Gillian easily casts a spell over Shep and he is entranced. But now she must wonder if she's being taken over by a larger power: Love.

The supporting cast is outstanding. Jack Lemmon plays a fantastic role as Gillian's wild bongo-playing brother Nicky, and Elsa Lanchester plays their Aunt Queenie.

But what I found most bewitching is Kim Novak herself: her sultry voice, her fantastic wardrobe fashioned by Jean Louis, and her stunning eyes that are more cat-like than Pyewacket's.

Director Richard Quine captures Stewart and Novak's chemistry perfectly. A scene starts with a shot of their bare feet entwined and pans out to reveal them canoodling on a couch; the sexiness and romance of their relationship is palpable. Quine also directed How to Murder Your Wife - another great Jack Lemmon movie that will definitely be a future Must-See Movie.
*The way the title is punctuated is debatable...some use the commas, others don't. We're going by IMDb.

Movie Documentary About My Workplace

[Live Journal/Vintage Ads]

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Star Sighting of the Day

Melissa Gilbert
I was with my buddy Guitar Joe driving to lunch when some hotshot chica in a snazzy convertible wheeled out of a parking lot and shot in to the lane next to us. She pulled along side my window and just as I was about to give her a dirty look, I realized it was Melissa Gilbert. She's lucky I didn't give her my dagger-eyes.

Sweepea's Book Recommendations

(Hey, if Oprah can do it, why can't I?)

The Gallery of Regrettable Foods by James Lileks

Steve McQueen by William Claxton

Retro Housewife: A Salute to the Suburban Superwoman by Kristin Tillotson

My Wicked Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn by Errol Flynn

Disney War by James B. Stewart

The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography by Esther Williams

Retro Happy Hour : Drinks and Eats with a '50s Beat by Linda Everett

Monday, April 24, 2006

WTF is Administrative Professionals Day About?

April 26th (this Wednesday) is Administrative Professionals Day.

Whether it's called secretary, receptionist, or Cuddly Bildy-bop, the titles have all basically meant the same job in society: answering phones and filing. Now, realistically, the job means a lot more than that to those who work it. It means dealing with many different people at different levels with different temperaments. It means processing reports, figuring out how to streamline the office environment, and managing schedules. It means covering for the boss when he or she is out, developing ideas that the boss may sometimes take credit for, and picking up the boss' lunch at his or her favorite restaurant, even if it means sitting in traffic for an hour.

But does this multi-faceted job constitute a holiday or day of observance? The IAAP, or the International Association of Administrative Professionals, says yes: "[The day] was established as an effort to recognize secretaries [oops!] for their contributions in the workplace, and to attract people to secretarial/administrative careers." Apparently, the annual event was organized in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association (the name the IAAP used to hold). The IAAP explains the name change from secretary to administrative assistant to administrative professional: "The names were keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsiblities of today's administrative workforce."

It just doesn't make sense to me to celebrate someone's occupation on a specific day, especially because the motives behind it seem so transparent: " recognize secretaries for their contributions in the workplace..." Well, duh. They should be respected and treated nicely every day. "...and to attract people to secretarial/administrative careers." A-ha. That's what it boils down to. It seems that the IAAP wanted to make being a secretary fun, to show that they are not the peons of the workplace, as they are sometimes portrayed. Look - they even get their own day! But giving a subordinate position a holiday does not move them up the company ladder, unfortunately. Even if it did, there is a CEO/Boss' Day anyway, so the ladder would just be raised once again. (Boss' Day is October 16th.)

So if there isn't a holiday, then what? Well, I don't believe that appreciation for a job should be shown on one day, just because a calendar says so. My favorite boss used to buy me lunch every once in a while. He'd recognize that I was working hard and promoting the company, and he'd give me a raise. In the morning, if he came in late, he'd bring in a cup of coffee for me as a thanks for covering the heavy phones while he was gone. And most importantly, I respected him because he believed if the assistant is doing a good job, he or she should be rewarded for it.

In Observance of National Secretary's Day - conspiracy?
IAAP Website - Administrative Professionals Week, history, suggestions

More Nightmare Fuel

He came from the ground to battle Mr. Peanut for world domination!

[Live Journal/Vintage Ads]

Friday, April 21, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday

This Friday's romance novel tidbit comes from Marriage, Arranged:
It seemed so right as he took her in his arms. To feel them close around her, fitting their bodies together, was like finding the long lost pieces of an intricate, internal puzzle. She craved him for who he was and also as bulwark and defense against upcoming loss.

He kissed her passionately, wanting to explore her deep femininity as if marveling some hot, tropical flower.
For all you who don't know...a bulwark is a strong support or protection. Yeah, I know that was foremost on your mind.

Absolut Man, Absolut Commercial

The Absolut commercial featuring Steve McQueen is ranked as one of the Best Spots of January 2006. [Marketing y Medios] :
Absolut, which after 25 years veered away from the bottle-centric advertising that made it famous to "salute the icons." In this spot built on archival footage, we see "the Absolute Rock Club," CBGB and "The Absolute Man," the late movie star Steve McQueen. I'm not usually a fan of anthemic spots, but it's nice to see Absolut take bold ownership of its iconic status. And the music, a remix of "Hey Mrs." by I Monster, does appropriate justice to the visuals.
And for more proof that Steve McQueen is the "Absolute Man," check the quintessential car chase from the movie "Bullitt." As the poster says:
This is the one! Described as best car chase ever filmed!
Steve McQueen, check.
Classic Cars, check.
San Francisco Streets, check!
Stunts, nope, this is beyond stunts... see for yourself.

Va-va-voom and Hubba Hubba!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dumpster Drama: Act XIII

It was a weird night last night in my apartment complex.

First of all, the AMU has decided to move. When I got home from work last night his stuff was all moved out and there was a FOR RENT sign posted on the front lawn.

At about 12:30 there were tons of sirens from fire engines, which made every dog in the neighborhood howl.

Lastly, at 1:50 in the AM I got a text message from an unknown number that said Yo hold up daddy.

I almost wish I had gotten drunk last night so it could've all made sense.

Oh well...

...And, CURTAIN.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


I'm not much of a car buff - nor riding buff in a car (the leather can burn the tushie something nasty) - but I do love looking at these classic car ads. They bring back such a sense of nostalgia, and help remind us how far we've come.

As Ad Classix says:
Vintage ads offer a fascinating glimpse of history and represent the archival documents of our consumer driven society.
I agree. So take a gander at these ads - and stop staring at my cleavage!

Wednesday's This & That

It's the special Boyfriend Edition!
I actually refused myself any more play time of "Kingdom Hearts 2." I kept telling myself "I can quit anytime," so last night I had to prove it to myself. Instead I watched a bunch of "Sex and the City" episodes. Carrie was examining the "war" between the marrieds and the singles. It made me happy I'm single and still can do a lot of things on my own. Okay, who am I kidding? I still miss Dyno. Friday is not coming soon enough.

Speaking of relationships, if I had known ahead of time that I could just buy a boyfriend on Craigslist, I wouldn't have gone through all of those sordid Adventures in Dating. But if you ever thought your boyfriend was bad, you should check out the 50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours.

And if you want someone else's boyfriend, you can find how-to advice on Boyfriend Stealers, which - oddly enough - has the same logo as the movie "Fight Club." Coincidence? I think not.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Funeral for "The Great Escape" Hero

The inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in "The Great Escape" - one of my favorite movies - is buried.
A World War II hero who escaped from prison camps seven times and who died aged 102 was buried on Tuesday.

Squadron Leader Eric Foster is thought to have inspired Steve McQueen's character in the film "The Great Escape."

Mr. Foster, from Gloucestershire, was shot down in 1940 when he was a Flight Lieutenant with 38 Bomber Squadron.

Over the next four years he escaped seven times, but was recaptured on each occasion. He died at his home in Bishop's Cleeve in March.

Mr Foster's funeral took place in the Gloucestershire town on Tuesday afternoon.
[BBC News]

That is One Big Piece of Gum

I didn't realize that the Bubblicious Factory was so intense.
[Plan 59]

Does Anyone Else...

Get these three actresses mixed up, besides me?

Possible Captions for this Design Disaster

- Posh Spice's cross-dressing nephew, Bryce, makes sure she's wearing knickers.
- Back in those days they called that style of mirror "The Groucho."
- How proper is it to have a fern plant perched so precariously on that pedestal? (And how much did you spit saying that sentence aloud?)
- Did someone vomit lasagna on the wall or is that just the wallpaper?
Any others?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Legend of the Motorcycle...

I despise motorcycles...except when ridden by Steve McQueen.
Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance. Inaugural show judges 200 vintage motorcycles and celebrates famous riders such as Elvis, James Dean and Steve McQueen. Where: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. How much: $50 (in advance); $65 (day of event); free for children 12 and under with adult. Information:
The picture above is a desktop wallpaper, for all you McQueen fans (like moi!). I designed it meself, inspired by TCM's McQueen appreciation week a while ago.

Nightmare Fuel O' the Day

Weekend Re-cap

Spring is finally here!I had a great Easter weekend. I spent an inordinate amount of money I don't have, and I got together with my family.

Anyway, I finally tore into my Kingdom Hearts II game last night and stayed up way too late so excuse me if I'm a little slow today....honk shoo honk shoo...

Friday, April 14, 2006

Have a Good Friday!

Have one for me this weekend, will ya?
Love, Sweepea

Romance Cheese Friday

Today's romance novel excerpt comes from High Stakes Romance:
"I can't make a life decision based on a kiss," she whispered, feeling her self-control fade in his arms.

"Then I better do more than kiss you," he said, and pressed his body against her. "Fireworks," he murmurred in her ear. "Tell me you don't feel them right now too."

He knew it was a gamble; he was dealing a strong hand and was not about to let her call his bluff.
Tune in next week for more Romance Novel Cheese!

Friday's This & That

This Sunday is Easter, and some people may be taking this time during the season to wonder "Where's Christ?" Well, have you tried the Big Ol' Booty Bonanza or the World Wrestling Rumble-Fest?

'Tis also the season for chocolate and marshmallow animals, painted eggs, chicks and rabbits, and other random items that are supposed to represent Spring or new life or something. Which reminds me...I wonder if the Peeps Crafts Writer found a new job yet.

Work has been hectic, awkward, and just plain strange lately. Somedays I just wish I could turn into a cabbage and then people could just ignore me. Sometimes, however, it's just all about the oo.

Dyno will be out of town for a whole week, so I'm virtually single until next Friday. I'm going to go hog-wild. I haven't decided what my first solo activity will be, but it'll be good, I assure you.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Dumpster Drama: Act XII

Yes, It's been a while since the last Dumpster Drama, but what can I say? Things have either really toned-down in my apartment complex, or I've become a heavier sleeper. Well, the long wait is over because finally something happened the other night.

At about 1:30 in the morning, the Alcoholic Man Upstairs, or AMU, decided to stumble into the carport area and drunk-dial his ex-wife. Through the slurring I could hear bits and pieces of his conversation to her.

Well thass just unfair... You're being reedickoolus... No, you are... You said that before and it juss doesn't make sense. At all. Not even a lil bit. ...How can you say that?... You don even know wha you're talkin about.
(long pause as he either listens to her or passes out)
Don think I don remememember that. Don think I don think about that ev'ry time I... No, no, thass not wha I'm sayin... I'm sayin that you don know what you're talkin about.
AMU proceeded to repeat these various phrases for about another half hour. I don't know what they could be arguing over, but there is something about listening to a drunk-dial that is always entertaining. Perhaps it is because we're at our most desperate, depressed, and vulnerable when we drunk-dial, and that's what makes us most human. And eavesdropping on such a human dialogue reminds us how vulnerable we can all be at times.

I was sad at first listening to him, but to be honest, I was just happy that it wasn't me that night.

...And, CURTAIN.

(Click here for a previous Dumpster Drama with AMU)

Ten Things To Do...

...To Make Your Lousy Existence Seem Grander

1. Start your own biography. It will make you feel like your life is important enough to document.

2. Find a cause. There are so many, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. You don't have to try to save the planet, maybe just give the local library some books, or investigate other causes and see which ones really seem to help.

3. Buy a pair of shoes and a handbag from some designer you can't afford. Scarf and keychain will do wonders. Always wear them when lunching at Club.

4. Organize a brownie troop for all the bored girls in your neighborhood. Teach them to buy stocks, drive a stick shift, ride a skateboard and give a mean left hook.

5. Write to the White House. They send you back a form letter, but it's a letter from the White House, so who cares.

6. Find out what an electoral college is and whether you think it is a good or a bad thing. Tell others at parties they should join your erudite stance.

7. Rescue a dog or cat from the city pound. This is self-explanatory. If you are way too uptight, put out a squirrel or bird feeder.

8. Memorize three proverbs in three different languages, and then tell your friends, "Well, in Italy they say Que Sera Sera or when you have the winning answer to a problem, preface it with nil desperandum or when you see someone getting their just desserts say Pan bog paczy which is Polish for "God is watching and you got what you deserve" (usually something bad, like typhus).

9. Paint or draw a picture a week - who cares if its good, because you are now l'artiste.

10. Go to the mall completely incognito, pretending you are 1/2 of Bennifer or whomever, and walk around smiling that you can finally shop without being bothered due to your brilliant disguise.

[Retro Housewife]

She Was a Perfect Wife, Except...

I thought the commercials on TV today were strange, what with them pouring an inordinate amount of blue liquid onto a pad and such, but this is pretty bad.

My favorite part is how her husband would trade her cheerful and affectionate disposition just for her to smell better.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sweepea's Scoreboard

With the help of Sitemeter, I've discovered that when it comes to the internet, there is no rhyme or reason behind people stumbling upon the Lounge.

Below are the most interesting search phrases (as of today) that people used to get here. They're linked to the page that they found. As you can see, Errol Flynn's penchant for oranges injected with vodka is a very popular search.

To be continued...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Romance Novels Gone Awry

Now that I've been playing with my own romance novel art for my Romance Cheese Fridays, I was looking around the internet and found this great website with redos of novel covers.

My favorite is "Get A Room" (right).

I hope this guy makes some more. I need a good laugh every now and then.

Star(bucks) Sighting of the Day

Sara Gilbert
I spotted this teeny actress at Starbucks this morning in Studio City... I say teeny because she's 5'3" and I'm Amazonian at 5'10".

What Happens to Girls Without Men?

Ladies, if you don't have a man, you better snatch one up. Or you, too, could end up in jail throttling some prison bimbo.

[Live Journal/Vintage Ads]

Monday, April 10, 2006

Don't Judge Me!

Dark Suit Chuck: Yes, waiter, I'll have a Jack and Coke, but Sally here wants a Sex on the Beach. Oh yeah, and it's his birthday, so when you bring it can you sing 'Happy Birthday ' real loud?

Tan Suit Tom: (looks at camera, embarrassed) Chuck, you knucklehead, it's not my birthday.

Voiceover guy: Tom couldn't deny that he liked the drink, and with the great flavor of Smirnoff, who cared if Chuck mocked his sexuality? ...Smirnoff: You'll sacrifice your manhood for it™.


When the Man Comes Home

Retro Housewife is a website that certainly brings you back to the good ol' days of the woman's role in the household...

So it's the end of the day, and your hubby is coming home...what to do?

Well you remember when you used to work! The Stress, The Anger, Being so tired that all you wanted to do was put on your fuzzy slippers and melt into the couch with a good book or "Sex in the City".

Our job as a retro housewife is to make his homecoming as easy as it can be. After all, HE earns the money. HE pays the bills. What we do is no less important, but for now, he is king. We can be queen later.

So HE Says: Give us 15 minutes of silence after the initial hello. That is golden. We hate talking about Our Emotions for sure, so remember 15 min of Golden Silence and Pure Dedication.

Men really only have two moods - good. bad. well three (horny). We are afraid of the angry female.


* bring him his dinner
* listen to him
* give him a back rub
* tell him something good
* love him and thank him
I agree, except I think you should ask for your allowance first.

The Yeti Answer

Well, the imaginative visionaries of the "Imagineering Group" at the Walt Disney company have done it again. I imagine the meeting went something like this:

"We need a new ride at Walt Disney World," a Disney executive said. "The people are getting frustrated with paying so much, but I don't have the energy to come up with a new ride."

"Well, we don't have the Matterhorn in Florida," an intelligent suit replied. "Why don't we just duplicate that ride and stick it in WDW?"

"We don't have any room in the Magic Kingdom park, though," the first exec complained.

"We'll stick it in the Animal Kingdom park and make it a sort of animal-nature-learning-thingie," he said, waving a hand carelessly.

And so was developed the newest Disney attraction: Expedition EVEREST. They even recycled the Abominable Snowman's roar from the Matterhorn ride.

Call me a Disney Purist of Disney Traditionalist, but gone are the days of creative thinking at Walt Disney. Now it's recycled movies, recycled TV shows, and recycled attractions.

Friday, April 07, 2006


I'm so done with this week.

Romance Cheese Friday

Today I came upon a super-cheesy set of romance novels, so I decided that every Friday I'll divulge you with a classic line that I found in one of the novels.

Today's quote from Love in the Meadows:
Instead of pulling away from her compromising position between his thighs, the woman latched on to Jeff and began scrambling up his body. She clutched fistfuls of his suit, scaling a path up his chest like an athlete on a Nike commercial.
...And no, I'm not making this up.

Friday's This & That

I went out last night on the other side of the rainbow, also known as West Hollywood, with my former roomie Pokey and his pals. We had a couple margaritas at Fiesta Cantina. Here are the highlights:

- Went into a same sex bathroom with a door that wouldn't lock and literally got caught with my pants down. The guy who interrupted me had no qualms about dropping trou' and doing his business while I hurriedly washed my hands and skidaddled outta' there.

- Spotted a billboard with a naked man on it that read, "Silly ------, tricks are for kids."

- Couldn't stop staring at the mural on the wall with four guys on the beach in speedos with longboards. *ahem*

- Learned about "Shower Night" at the bar next door...

- Classic line heard: "I don't date men taller than me, because then I can't borrow their clothes."

Thursday, April 06, 2006

April is a Busy Month

It seems that April is one of the busiest months of the year.

Uh-huh Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Listen Awareness Month, Mathematics Education Month, National Occupational Therapy Month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, Awareness Month for Autism and Stress

Week of the Young Child, Astronomy Week, National Library Week, National Week of the Ocean, Big Brother/Sister Appreciation Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, National Lingerie Week, National Volunteer Week, Reading is Fun Week, Canada-United States Goodwill Week, National YWCA Week, and Sky Awareness Week

April Fool's Day, Hans Christian Anderson Day, World Health Day, Martyr's Day, Pan, American Day, Kindergarten Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Honesty Day, National Remembrance of Man's Inhumanity to Man Day, Hostage Heroes Day, Rattlesnake Day, and Administrative Professional's Day (more on this one later)

Makes you wonder what to do with the rest of your year.

Doris & Rock on Your Comp

As a follow up to our "Pillow Talk" Must-Rent Movie write-up, I give to you, by TCM, the handy-dandy Pillow Talk Screensaver.

Enjoy, and remember... "If you have to ask, you're missing it!"

Thursday's This & That

I was out yesterday with food poisening. Not a pretty sight. Not sure if it was the salmon appetizer or the Buffalo wings. *hic*

Wow, someone is actually listening... I was quoted on the West Wing News Blog for my Janel Moloney sighting. 'Tis a proud moment for the Lounge.

New invention out: you can keep your Viagra securely at hand with the new Viagra Ring. [The Sneeze]

I saw an ER repeat last night and saw Eion Bailey, whom I always confuse with another actor...

Sometimes I get the feeling that these actors are the same person, and they're just getting paid for twice as much work. I mean, what kind of a name is Eion??

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

WTF is Daylight Savings About?

I know I'm a bit late on this, but it's still bugging me...I've been exhausted ever since Sunday. I've always wondered why we have Daylight Savings Time. If you ask most people, they say it's "because of the farmers." But actually that's not true.

The concept was originated by Benjamin Franklin in his humorous 1784 essay "An Economical Project." The idea was taken seriously and then advocated by William Willett in a pamplet entitled "Waste of Daylight." He was inspired when visiting a town, where he noticed many people's shades were drawn although the sun was shining outside. He proposed setting clocks ahead twenty minutes on four seperate Sundays in April. His idea introduced "British Summer Time" in 1916.

Energy-saving became big in the second World War. This time, clocks would be put ahead two hours in the summer, and it would be called "Double Summer Time." In the winter, the clocks would remain only one hour ahead throughout the winter war time.

1966 saw the Uniform Time Act put in to effect in the United States, establishing uniform summer and standard time settings. In 1986, legislation enforced the rules that we have now with every first April "springing forward" and every last Sunday in October "falling back."

So, you see, the farmers had nothing to do with it really. Most farmers oppose the idea, because the roosters don't realize there's a time change. It takes a rooster an average of 10 weeks to get synchronized with the new schedule. 70 days of listening to a rooster crow an hour off can be a little disconcerting.

The Pros
Okay, so it does save electricity. We go to bed earlier and therefore don't have our lights on as long as we would. According to sources, 25% of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, things we'd predominantly use when we get home from work. Studies done in the 1970's show that we cut our energy usage 1% each day during Daylight Saving time. That can add up to a lot of saved energy.

The Cons
It's easier to find opinions against DST than for, probably because negatives are a) more fun to talk about, and b) said more vocally. There is even a petition on the web to alter DST so that there are two permanent time zones, instead of four rotational ones. Can't tell you how it's going, though...

Some people say there are fewer accidents because of DST, but anyone who lives in the L.A. area can tell you that car accidents happen all times of the day, regardless of where the sun is shining. This cannot be a positive. I would think there are more accidents because people haven't adjusted well to the new schedule, thereby affecting their sleeping patterns.

The biggest complaint is that it's annoying to change your clocks back and forth, to remember what day it is that you do it. Or how embarassing it is to show up late for something because you forgot. Yes, that can be annoying. But so are a lot of things that we do in this country. Like paying taxes.

No, we didn't start DST because of the farmers, it really started to conserve energy during war times. So the question is, do we need to keep saving energy? Is the war that we are in now comparable to WWII and their energy crisis? Do we have to start having rubber and tin drives soon, too?

I'm not so sure. But neither side, for or against DST, has enough weight to sway me one way or the other. Except for the rooster thing. Now that would annoy me.

Sources - history, facts, pros - petition and cons - "Saving Time, Saving Energy" - pros and history

Errol Flynn's Daughter

I found a new Errol Flynn website today, called In Like Flynn, lovingly put together by his daughter Rory. Graphically it's not the best, but her expressions of admiration and fondness for her father make up for it.

She also is in the process of getting her book published, called The Baron of Mulholland, which you can reserve online. Let's hope it's as good as his autobiography.

Tuesday's This & That

A.K.A. So what the eff is going on today on the net?

There's one less Sweepea in the world. I'm plugging my ears and avoiding Ryan Seacrest shows...oh wait, I was already doing that. [Thanks to Defamer - and Lou for the life-saving tip]

Want to see what they thought of as sleazy, stylish, sexy lingerie in the 70's? Then next stop...Fredericksville! [Lileks]

Taste the excitement...of exhaust and gasoline? [The Sneeze]

And speaking of meat...Apparently the way to a man's heart is through his colon. Blech. [Retrocrush]

Monday, April 03, 2006

Out in the Kitchen

Ah...those were the days...
When the world's problems could be solved by four gay men drinking beer.

Weekend Re-cap

Friday night Dyno, Sasha, JJ, D-Ban, and I went to dinner at Sushi Roku in Beverly Hills. I wanted to go to a loud place, so this was a good call. Great place for great sushi, too. (I ordered a Californian to drink, but the bartender didn't know what it was, so I changed to a Madras. I swear I should go back to Bartending School.) We ordered this chef's special that gives you about 8 courses in various Japanese cuisine. One course was garnished with a mini crab and Dyno was so disgusted by it. I picked it up with my chopsticks and held it close to his face to tease him, and just then the little crabs claws opened up, almost as if it was still alive. This freaked out Dyno so much he laid 100 bucks on the table and said, "This is yours if you eat that." Well, I'll eat just about anything, so I popped it in my mouth and took his money. Then Sasha said, "I'll give you 60 bucks to eat another." I looked around the table thinking how crazy these people are. It's crab for petesake. So I made $160 that night eating crab.

Saturday I went to Dave & Busters in Arcadia. Quite a haul from L.A., but well worth it. If you've never been, it's like Chuck E. Cheese for adults. Video games, skeeball, basketball, all sorts of games that you play to win tickets. And the prizes aren't cheap plastic rings or toys that break in five minutes. I took home two martini glasses that night, and Gina (who was in our group) took home a poker set. Plus their food is excellent. There were tons of people at the bar cheering on UCLA so it was packed and super loud, which meant a lot of fun.

Sunday I stayed in and watched movies in my pajamas. Surprisingly, although Dyno bought me Kingdom Hearts 2, I didn't feel like playing it yet. Maybe this week sometime.

This week already looks like it's gonna be ka-razy though. I'm looking forward to going out with Pokey on Wednesday. Pokey's my previous roommate, and the last time we went out he took me to Fubar's in West Hollywood where I was picked up on by a bisexual male stripper. Good times. I can only imagine what's going to happen this time.