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Originally published on MySpace on April 27, 2009
Clarifications before you read the story:
CSZ: CSz is short for Comedy Sportz, which is an improv comedy
spot in NW Portland. We play games like they do on the show “Whose Line
is it Anyway?”
Andrew B.: A long-time friend and Comedy Sportz veteran, who was teaching one of the workshops on this particular evening.
Last Wednesday night I had plans to meet my friend Andrew for a spot of
hot chocolate before the Comedy Sportz Wednesday night workshop. We
were supposed to meet in the CSz parking lot at 6:45pm.
But before I met Andrew I had to pick up a couple of cases of wine
glasses from my friend Julian in NW Portland. I texted Julian to tell
him I was my on my way, and he texted me back saying he wasn’t home.
And that’s where our story begins…
I started by sending the following text message to Andrew at 6:30pm:
Me: The person who has my wine glasses is not home. He forgot and went to happy hour. So I’m on my way to CSz.
“Andrew”: LOL. What? Who is this?
Me: Kelly Jo!
“Andrew”: Kelly Jo? Do you know who I am lmao?
Me: Not sure now! Who did I text?
(Holy crap! Who has Andrew’s phone?)
“Andrew”: Paul the auctioneer.
(WTF? Paul the auctioneer?)
Me: Ha ha. Well you’re programmed into my phone as Andrew. LOL
(Now I’m really confused)
Paul: Ha ha that’s pretty funny! Well I wonder what Andrew is doing now.
Me: I have no idea why your number is in my phone, but this is all pretty funny.
(Andrew and I met up for dinner before a workshop two months ago,
and I put his number into my phone. I swear it worked two months ago. I
wonder if he changed his number?)
Paul: Well do we know each other? What area are you in?
Me: I don’t know any auctioneers. I’m at Comedy Sportz in NW Portland. Where are you?
Paul: I’m in Salem area. Did you punch the number into your phone address book or is the phone your other half’s maybe?
(I’m texting n auctioneer in Salem. Really? What are the odds?!)
Me: It has been programmed into my phone for two months! I swear it worked last time. ;^)
Paul: LOL! Hmmmmm, are you male or female?
(Okay, we seem to be headed somewhere I don’t want to go. The next question will be, “What are you wearing?”)
At this point Andrew pulls up next to me in the parking lot.
“Andrew! I tried texting you to tell you I was early and I got Paul the auctioneer!,” I said, totally confused. “I’m pretty sure I have your cell phone number in my cell phone from last time.”
I read Andrew the number, and it turns out I had the area code as Portland not Vancouver. Right number, wrong area code. DOH!
“Hey!” I said, “What kind of auctioneer do you think Paul is? Do you think he auctions livestock or stuff?”
“What? Are there only two categories?” Andrew said.
“Let’s just ask and find out.” So I texted Paul…
Me: What do you auction? Livestock or stuff?
Paul: Everything but livestock.
“See Andrew!” I said, “Two categories. Livestock and stuff.”
“What do you think he looks like?” I said.
Andrew just looked at me, totally deadpan and said, “I think he has an unfortunate mustache.” And if I had had any hot chocolate in my mouth at that time it would have catapulted out my nose!
“Hey! How do you think one becomes an auctioneer? Is there a college degree? Associates degree? Does it run in the family?” I said. “Let’s ask.”
Me: Awesome. How do you become an auctioneer? Do you get a degree or was your dad an auctioneer? How long have you been doing it?
Paul: Ten years. I went to auction school in Missouri. I love it!
Auctioneer school in Missouri! No kidding. Andrew and I got a lot of
mileage out of our exchange with Paul the auctioneer that night. It
still peppers our conversations.
Not all wrong numbers are wrong. Some are informative and entertaining!
Originally published on MySpace on December 8, 2008.
A few weeks back Mike and I were discussing movies, as we often do, and we got onto the subject of movies we had seen 15-20 years ago. You know the movies I’m talking about, the movies that you thought were really great for some reason back then, so you want to watch them again to relive that memory.
But, memory can be a tricky thing, especially when you’re talking about a movie you thought was the bee’s knees 20 years ago.
The movie that kept coming up for me over and over again was 9 ½ Weeks. That’s the movie where Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke have a torrid 9 ½-week affair. My memory of that movie was that it was very passionate and full of taboos. I also for some reason thought it was a good movie.
I know that I’m not the only one out there who has been looking to relive this particular memory, because I have been trying to rent this movie for the past four months and it’s always out of stock! Mike and I finally gave up and bought it for $6 off Amazon.com.
So, we settle in on the couch a few nights ago with great expectations and hit the Play button.
The first thing we both notice is the really annoying 80′s music, 80′s hair, padded shoulders, and Pat-Benatar makeup on everyone. The second thing we notice is the lack of plot and bad editing. One minute Basinger and Rourke are meeting randomly at a fish market, the next thing you know she’s at his house in a bathrobe. WTF?
Mike and I both asked each other the same question: uh, what happened in between? How did they go from being strangers to Basinger being in a bathrobe with wet hair?
We actually only watched the first 30 minutes on the first go round because it was putting us to sleep!
We finally finished the last hour of it last night, and we agree that it is just plot-less soft porn dressed up as a Hollywood movie. There is no emotional connection between the two main characters, so you really don’t care what happens to either of them in the end. The subplot of the office girl dating Basinger’s ex isn’t compelling or interesting (or believable). Oh yeah, and Basinger squeals like a 12-year-old girl at a Jonas Brother’s concert throughout the entire film. Really annoying.
And if that’s not bad enough, there’s a sequel! I have never seen the sequel, and actually just discovered it this morning as I was searching through IMDB.
There’s one more movie that I think is going to be a monumental disappointment if I ever get to watch it again: Summer Lovers (1982). I think this was probably one of Peter Gallagher’s first movies. Also stars Daryl Hannah. Filmed in Santorini, Greece. That’s probably it’s only redeeming quality.
Have you ever gone back and watched a movie that you once thought was the best thing since sliced bread, and then figured out it was actually just a piece of tripe?
Originally published on MySpace on October 23, 2008.
The Muse has been burning the candle at both ends lately, but hasn’t forgotten you. I have a TV show to tape today, and a Sex and the City birthday soiree to host at my house this evening.
I have it on good authority that the video blog of the Lenka concert and chat will be ready to post this evening. I may also have a blog about the Whigs and Kooks concert at the Crystal Ballroom last night.
In the mean time, here’s a little interactive Sarah Palin game for you. Just click on the screenshot or the link below and you’ll be transported to the Palin Whitehouse. Enjoy!
Originally published on October 19, 2008.
I had one of those totally surreal experiences right out of a Meg Ryan movie on Wednesday. First of all I was having very good parking karma that day, being that I had run over my 90-minute meter by 57 minutes by the time I left work, and there was no yellow envelope to be found on my window when I got back to my car. Sweet!
I had finished work a little early and I decided to stop by Cabana Boy’s loft before heading home to pick up the kids from school. I drove the short distance from work to his loft in The Pearl and found a parking space right in front of his building. I fed the meter and fished in my purse for the keys to the front door of the building. Let me just say that my keys only work about 50% of the time because the lock on the front door seems to be stripped, and I usually struggle for a few minutes before someone with an electronic keycard comes or goes, and I slip through the door behind them.
Today was no different.
I put the shiny silver key into the lock and started jiggling it to see if I could get it to catch the pins. I’ve figured out that if I pull the key back just a hair it sometimes works, but not today.
I heard a voice behind me say, “You have an envelope stuck to your purse.”
I turned and looked and sure enough, one of the many sticky parking meter stickers floating around my car had found its way to an envelope and then my purse. Lovely.
I looked at the guy and thanked him as I pulled the envelope and parking sticker from my purse.
“Oh my God!” he said, with a huge smile on his face. “You don’t recognize me, do you?”
I immediately started scrolling through the list of faces from my 50 first dates of Match.com, eHarmony, craigslist, etc. Nothing registered.
“No, I’m sorry I don’t recognize you,” I said, just waiting for the embarrassing part that was bound to come next. “Who are you?”
“No way!” I screamed, as I immediately recognized this slightly older version of this guy I once knew. “But, wait, what? You live in Portland?” I said, completely flabbergasted. Was I on an episode of Punk’d?
“I live in the building,” he said.
“No way!” I said in disbelief. “I don’t believe this. Hey, can you let me in? My key never works.”
We walked in together. He told me about his wife who is expecting twins in January. We exchanged business cards. He got off on the 4th floor, I on the 5th. When I arrived at Cabana Boy’s loft I walked into the kitchen with my mouth hanging open and said, “You are never going to believe what just happened to me in front of your building.”
You see Sam was my boyfriend when I went to University of New Hampshire in 1983! I haven’t seen or been in touch with him since about 1988!
This has to be the most unbelievable case of “small world” that I have ever experienced. Second runner up is when I was walking out into the surf in Puerto Vallarta, turned to my left, and saw my next-door neighbor from my childhood neighborhood.
Have you ever had an incredible small world experience like this?
Sidenote: I was a senior and 21 when I exchanged to New Hampshire for a semester, and Sam was a freshman (save the cradle robber jokes!). We met ..-in day at the dorm. I got written up on my very first day in the dorm because I was drinking in his room with he and his roommates and they were all minors!
Cabana Boy starts: “Every once in a while we are served bullshit.”
Yes that about sums up the entire experience. However, I will expand for the sake of you dear reader!
One evening last week Cabana Boy and I decided we were still quite ravenous even after polishing off a plate of potato chips and a couple of pints at the Lucky Lab, so we wandered down to Carlye for more sustenance.
Carlye is very unpretentious on the outside (located under an overpass in the Pearl District of Portland), but you soon realize when you walk through the door that you have just arrived in the land of $10 cocktails and food that’s more fancy than filling.
The waitress came over, introduced herself and rattled off the evening’s specials which included an appetizer of pan seared scallops. Cabana Boy knows I love the pan seared scallops and insisted I order that for an appetizer. As he readily points out in his blog he was paying, so order the $16 scallops I did. I also asked for an order of bread, yes an “order” of bread. Three dollars for bread and butter! Strike one.
We also ordered a salad of butter lettuce with some fancy dressing, and an entrée of roasted chicken to share. We asked for the scallops and salad to be brought out first as the appetizer, but all three dishes arrived at the same time. Strike two.
When the “scallops” arrived I thought there was a mistake. As Cabana Boy put it in his blog, “One lonely pan-seared mollusk sat in a sea of white china; a small flower by its side.” It’s true. One scallop and what looked like an edible flower, with some fancy drizzle of something occupying the rest of the real estate. I can just hear the chef giggling to himself as he instructs his assistant, “Just drizzle this brown stuff in a fancy pattern in the white space and it will look like a meal!”
Actual size of scallop:
I was waiting for a second plate to come out. Maybe they split the order. We did make it clear we were splitting everything. But no second plate appeared.
I looked at Cabana Boy and said, “Didn’t she say ‘scallops’ as in more than one?”
Even if she didn’t say “scallops” we both decided that $16 was just highway robbery for one scallop, so Cabana Boy called the waitress over.
Cabana Boy describes it this way, “Cabana Boy swung into action with all the frenzy of a cocktail blender.” A cocktail blender? More like the Tasmanian Devil dear! With visible steam coming out of his ears, he asked, “Excuse me, but we ordered the pan seared scallops. That’s scallops plural, and there only seems to be one on the plate. Sixteen dollars is a little steep for a single scallop, don’t you think?”
“I only do as I’m told,” the waitress replied.
Are you kidding me? What kind of response is that? Are you a Stepford Wife or a waitress?
“I’d like to talk to the chef please,” Cabana Boy asked with all the calm he could muster. The waitress disappeared and was soon replaced with a tall thin man in a suit who was most definitely NOT the chef.
“What seems to be the problem sir?” the suit asked with all the authority of a wet blanket.
I could see the Tasmanian Devil was about to resurface in Cabana Boy, but was thankfully replaced by a slightly continental British accent only reserved for situations such as this.
“Well, the waitress described the appetizer special as pan seared scallops not pan seared scallop, so we’re a bit disappointed in tonight’s catch. Do you regularly charge $16 per scallop?” CB said, testing the waters.
“Sir, the chef sets the prices. He has been basically giving away the store lately so we have adjusted the prices,” the suit said, passing the buck. Strike three.
No one wanted to take responsibility for the fact that someone thought they could get away with charging $16 for a single scallop and a flower. The thin man in the suit did offer to take the lonely scallop off the bill, which to his credit was the best he could do at that point.
Cabana Boy ends his blog with a simple moral of the story: “Perhaps the lesson is that when it comes to bullshit be aware of its innumerable disguises and never ever be afraid to address it by its real name.”
Its real name is Carlye! The website says:
Carlyle, for many, is an oasis. Located within the ever-expanding Pearl and warehouse districts of Northwest Portland, its intimate cherry wood bar and tailored urban appointments invite an evening of quiet luxury, impeccable service, and rarefied culinary adventure
Yep. It’s a culinary adventure all right, or rather an adventure in culinary BS.
Now on a happy note, there are two restaurants I CAN recommend.
I can whole heartedly recommend the food at Paley’s Place on NW 21st. Sit at the bar and enjoy the company of the two bartenders Chris and John, while eating the homemade spicy potato chips.
And, the Cabana Boy and I just had a fabulous meal at Paragon last night. Not only was the food wonderful, but the waitress knew her wine and brought out three wines for me to taste before I made my choice. She was attentive but unobtrusive. The perfect combination as far as I’m concerned.
I drive by the big Powerball billboard on my way home from work every day, and right now it’s sitting at a cool $102 million.
So, like any normal person driving by that billboard on their way home from a long day at work I start fantasizing about what it would be like to actually win that jackpot. However, the other day my thought process didn’t quite go the way you might expect. No, it took a detour to the dark and twisted zone before it went the usual route to Fantasyland.
The first thought that popped into my head was not what would I do with all that money, but what would happen to me if I won that money.
- Both of my ex husbands would think they had some sort of right to that money, and I’d have letters from lawyers in my mailbox within a week. Sick and twisted but probably true.
- I’d have a bunch of marriage proposals in my Inbox, in my voicemail and on my front doorstep. Hey, could happen!
After those two thoughts occupied my head for a while I got down to the business of the real fantasy.
- My sisters and I own a cabin in Lake Tahoe, but a cousin of ours owns a piece of it too. I’d buy her out and fix it up so my sisters, the kids and I could enjoy it, and I’d still let my cousin use it.
- I’d buy Cabana Boy a bitchin’ sailboat, because he’s a sailor who wants to sail around the world under the power of wind and water, and everyone deserves to be granted one fantasy in life.
- My kids would learn about world history on location around the world. Forget the history books! I’m taking them to every continent to explore!
- Every kid deserves the chance for a good education no matter where they live, what school district they’re in, or how much money they don’t have. I’ll travel around the country like the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes prize patrol people and hand out scholarships to motivated kids who can’t afford higher education.
- I’m building a life-size replica of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and turning it into a tourist destination. Chocolate fountains for all!
- I’m subsidizing good daycare for single parents who have to work.
- Spa day for all of my good girlfriends once a month.
- Britney Spears needs some underwear. I’m sending her a 12-pack of Jockey boy shorts.
- I’m buying myself a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes!
Would I quit my job? Hell yes! Are you kidding me?! I would write for fun instead of a paycheck.
What would you do with a windfall of $102 million? Don’t get all technical on me and tell me I have to pay taxes on that. Let’s just assume you net $102 million.
Best Buy would like you to believe that giving a Best Buy gift card is the perfect gift to give a recent high school grad who is going off to college. I actually think most people, including parents, give gift cards because they’re easy and very much appreciated by a teenager who is venturing off on their own for the first time.
I was recently (as in this week) faced with the decision of what to get my two “nannies,” who are both leaving for college this week. What to get two girls whom I have relied on for the past two years to be here with my kids when I can’t.
My ex got them a Target gift card, because he is very practical that way. I, however, wanted to be a bit more creative. A gift card just wasn’t going to do it.
I had an idea rolling around in my head. I was thinking back to my college days and thinking about the times when we would go to parties at the beach (San Diego State), drink a little too much (hypothetical situation of course),and not make it back to our apartment until the morning after. There was always that moment of realization that we weren’t going to make it home, and we were going to wake up with dinosaur breath and mascara smeared below our eyes.
So, I created the “Morning After Kit” for my two nannies. I bought each girl the following:
** A cute little purse. Two important things about the purse: 1) It has to be small enough to fit under the seat in your car, 2) It has to be able to pass as a purse for any season and any style (jeans to cocktail dress), because you don’t know when you’re going to have to use it!
Then I filled the purse with the following must-have items for any woman who finds herself in a situation where she’s not going to make it home that night. ;^)
** A beige thong. Everyone needs a pair of clean undies in the morning. Why beige? Because you may have been wearing a black dress or white pants, and beige won’t show through either.
** Two condoms. (Do I really need to explain?)
** Two tampons. Just trying to cover for Murphy’s Law.
** A travel toothbrush and toothpaste.
** Mouthwash (in case there’s no water source).
** Mint gum. Same reason as the mouthwash.
** Two individually wrapped Handi-wipes. Great for removing makeup and taking a Pommy bath in the morning.
** A fold-up hairbrush with a mirror in the handle.
** A hair tie, because you know you will have bed head in the morning.
** Mascara. (it’s the one thing that makes you look more awake in the morning even if you’ve had no sleep).
** A $10 Starbucks gift card. You know you’re going to need some caffeine!
Both girls LOVED the gift, and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I put it together in less than 30-minutes from start to finish, including the trip to the store. It’s a bag every woman should have in her car!
What would you put in your emergency overnight bag? What would you put in a “Morning After Kit” for a guy?
Anthrolpologie: an over-priced women’s clothing store with really cute clothes.
My Anthropologie pajama pants are the devil. It’s true. Here’s a picture of said pants off the Anthropologie website.
Picture those in baby blue and white striped seersucker. Them’s my pajama pants.
How could such an innocent pair of pajama pants be the devil, you ask? Well, they’ve nearly killed me on more than one occasion!
The first time: I was walking across my bedroom and my big toe caught in the big bell of the leg. You know that feeling when you have that forward momentum going and then one foot gets caught in something? Yeah, that’s it. My feet stayed planted and the rest of my body continued.
My toe released from the pant leg just in time to send my calf scraping along the sharp edge of my nightstand. I had a very deep bruise about a mile long (okay, it was probably just the length of my calf) for a month, and it was sore for four months. Go rent the movie Feast of Love if you want to see it. I was wearing a dress in the garden party scene and I’m sure you can see the bruise.
The second time: I was carrying my laptop up the stairs, with mouse, cables and coffee balanced precariously on the keyboard (I know, dumb move). The familiar step, then the next step, then, oops. WTF? Laptop went flying to the ground, but I saved the coffee!
There were many other occasions where the pants played tricks on me, and in fact just yesterday I was carrying a cup of coffee up the stairs when I found myself flying forward with coffee pitching onto my lovely beige carpet.
So, I have to wonder about the cost of wearing these pants.
Fact: They cost $80 (I told you it was an overpriced store)
Fact: They were given to me by an ex boyfriend (do you think he knew they were the devil?)
Should I retire the pajama pants? What do you think?
The Cinderella Starbucks
When I go for a long run on the waterfront I start and end at Willamette Park, and hit the Macadam Starbucks before I head home. But yesterday my running buddy Debbi and I decided to hit a different Starbucks that was on the way home. We drove to a Starbucks in Mountain Park for our after-a-brutal-run latte.
I walked in the front door and made a beeline for the goodie case, because I wanted a breakfast sandwich. I didn’t see any, so I whined to the gal behind the register, “No breakfast sandwiches?” “Nope,” she said. “We’re the Cinderella Starbucks. We have no oven.”
Oh man, no breakfast sandwiches. Okay, my second choice is always a Panino Dolce. “I’ll have the Panino, heated with two butters then.”
“Sorry,” she said. “No oven. We’re still waiting for Prince Charming to bring us an oven.”
“Butter?” I asked.
“Don’t know if we have butter either. Let me ask.”
Nope, no butter either!
“Fine. I’ll have a double tall one pump vanilla latte whole milk please.” Sigh.
The Awesome Starbucks
My son Ashton was attending a 3–week intensive film school in Seattle recently, and this was his first time ever being away from home on his own for any length of time. He went to the same Starbucks every morning to get his latte and his breakfast (a highly nutritious donut of some kind I’m sure). On one of the last days of class he walked into the Starbucks, ordered his usual, and then realized he had forgotten his wallet. To his surprise all of the baristas chipped in their own money to buy him his latte and donut. Is that cool or what?!
The Pumpkin Outfit
I had the best stylist ever on the Best Buy shoot. But even the best stylist couldn’t make me look good in this outfit. I call it the Pumpkin Outfit. It was very poofy! The belt was up around my rib cage, not around my waist.
By Friday I Was so Done
Friday was Day-6 of the Best Buy shoot. We shot in two different studios that day. The morning was shots of us on a seamless, which is this big white roll of paper:
The afternoon was spent in a studio shooting video on a green screen. This is me on lunch break:
My makeup bag for the week. Brushes, mascara, etc.
The Last Shot
I mentioned in previous blogs that photographer Andy Batt was doing some staged shots all week for his portfolio. The last staged shot we did on Friday was of the “family” wearing wrestling masks. Here we are getting ready to put each other into headlocks.
Comedy Sportz World Championships
Never heard of Comedy Sportz? Heard of the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Comedy Sportz is a franchise of improv comedy venues around the globe. The Comedy Sportz World Championships were held in Portland this week, and I got to see some of the competition. I also got to see a lot of friends I hadn’t seen in a long time.
* Manchester doing regional American accents
* Portland doing regional British accents
* The Randy Newman game that Provo played
The lobby of the Gerding Theater:
Portland Vs. Chicago. Andrew Berkowitz (Portland) and Rance Risutto (ex Portland, now Chicago) face off as captains.
This blog is actually about two things:
- “Initialisms” (a.k.a. Internet acronyms)
First up: Initialisms. These are the acronyms we all use on a daily basis when we text and IM and leave comments.
Example: LOL. As we all know this is an acronym for “Laugh out Loud,” as in, “Oh my God! That was so funny. LOL”
This is one initialism that I just can’t reconcile in my head. Every time I read it I hear “Laugh out Loud” in my head, which just doesn’t sound right to me, and doesn’t make me feel like laughing! However, I do like ROTFLOL (rolling on the floor laughing out loud). Go figure.
My all time favorite, however, is “WTF?” I love to swear! I know you’re shocked. I can’t bear to type the F-Bomb in blogs most of the time, but I’m thinking it I tell ya, so I use WTF. It is the perfect expression when someone just does something so inappropriate or just beyond comprehension. It is my way of cussing without cussing.
So, here’s my list of WTF’s for the week: