October 31st


Jamie Lee Curtis starring in Halloween

Today is Halloween, just in case you see someone dressed especially odd, this is probably the reason. I just checked Wikipedia and saw that many countries do celebrate this day, most commonly in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, and at times in parts of New Zealand. C’mon, that’s kind of interesting. I wonder if everyone has the same rules…here are my top 10 that I think should be international.

1.       You must have a costume…no costume, no candy.

2.       You must actually say the words “trick or treat”…you don’t just stand there not uttering a word.

3.       You say “thank you” after candy is received.

4.       Age limit should be 3-13 years old.

5.       Trick or Treating times should be around 5-9 p.m

6.       Parents, do not allow your kids to wear sexy costumes.

7.       Houses, if you shop sales you can get the good candy at the same price as the crappy candy not on sale.

8.       Kids, if you happen to get crappy candy, do not retaliate; remember we are in a recession.

9.       Parents, I know it may be cold but don’t make your kids wear coats over their costume!

10.   Last but not least, map out your route in advance figuring out the most homes with the least amount of walking. This night of endless candy comes once a year, you don’t want to waste any precious time.

If anyone can think of a rule I forgot, please share. Everyone have a fun night and when you start your trading tomorrow with your friends or siblings, be smart!! Do not let your big brother try to trade a Smarites for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!


Filler up please

I had a reader send a topic idea…Pharmacists refusing to fill birth control prescriptions because of their religion. I have heard of these pharmacists but I only thought they were refusing to dispense the “morning after pill” (which is wrong), I did not know they are refusing any contraceptive pill. What about selling condoms, do they refuse them too? In this video they state how pharmacists lie to customers and say they are “out of them”.  I just do not see how they could possibly get away with this, it is my right to purchase contraceptive. In the words of my reader “if your religion precludes you from doing your job, get another job”. Can a Mormon checker in a supermarket refuse to sell alcohol, can someone against pornography working in a video store only agree to rent you PG movies. We cannot allow these things to happen. I hope if this happens to anyone that they speak up and not allow these people to bully you.

In the brilliant words from Jerry Seinfeld –

“Why does that pharmacist have to be two and a half feet higher than everybody else? Who the hell is this guy? “Clear out everybody I’m workin with pills up here. I’m taking pills from this big bottle and then I’m gonna put them in a little bottle! That’s my whole job.I can’t be down on the floor with you people. Then I’m gonna type out, on a little piece of paper. And it’s really hard.”



Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

Starring Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick

Starring Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick


Yesterday I was asking my manfriend’s 16 year old if the ever saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show…he never even heard of it. I know my children are privy to this flick so now I am wondering if it has stopped for this newest generation. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical comedy film that parodies science fiction and horror films.

I was a huge fan starting at about age 16; this movie is just plain “odd”. It is an audience participation movie…people throwing toast, etc. Yes, I said toast. We would yell “don’t kick the tire”…really, it made sense because Brad had a flat and…Oh, just see it! There are actually some very interesting facts about this cult classic from 1975 that people may not know-

1.       In 2005 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically , or aesthetically significant”.

2.       It is the first movie from a major film studio to be in the midnight movie market.

3.       It is the longest running theatrical release in film history.

4.       More than 30 years later it is still in limited release in cinemas around the world.

5.       The Clinton Street Theater in Portland Oregon has shown the movie weekly since its debut there in 1978!

So if you have not yet seen this movie check your local listings and set your DVR, it’s always played around Halloween. Prepare to sit there and say “what”?? But hey, if the Library of Congress wants it preserved, it can’t be all that bad. To read more facts…

We’re in the stretch

Yes, we all know it’s only one more week of hell for everyone…seeing millions of posters on the sides of the road (so many that you can’t even read them), phone calls asking or telling you how to vote, commercials on T.V…or should I say lies on T.V, Palin’s face  (sorry, did I say that out loud) and just all around bad chi in the air!

But…I do have to get in one last attempt to try and persuade at least one person to vote for Obama and No on prop 8 in CA…these are my 2 priorities.








As for Prop 8, we all know it is about equality for all, but for anyone who is concerned about the kids…well take 1 minute and 39 seconds to watch this video…what about these kids?

p.s If anyone is invited to an event at the Knights of Columbus, whatever state you live in, please do not go since they are the biggest donators to Yes on Prop 8.  

The Name is Bond

On November 14th the new Bond movie opens,Quantam of Solace. I believe this will be #22 in the series. Even though I am estranged from my father I still have a great memory as a kid, going with him to see a James Bond double feature at the theater…I believe Gold Finger was one of them. I think that was when my love for James Bond movies started. I would have to say my favorite parts of these movies are the gadgets…but I would assume they would be most people’s. So let’s see, we have had Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and someone I don’t remember George Lazenby who only starred in one, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I would have say Roger Moore was my favorite in The Spy Who Loved Me and introduced the character Jaws.

I must say I liked Daniel Craig as Bond but was not a fan of Casino Royale. It was too “different”…I feel with Bond you have to stay with tradition. In an interview Craig was asked who would make the better bond…Obama or McCain. Craig did not hesitate…”Obama would be the better Bond because –if he’s true to his word-he’d be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go to toe-to-toe with them “. He sees McCain more in the Judy Dench role. Yeah, maybe with McCain’s experience with war Obama could have one little question for him. Then he was asked one more question…who would make the better Bond girl…Michelle or Cindy. Craig’s answer “Oh, now you’ve crossed the line”.  My favorite, Ursula Andress from Dr. No. I prefer to call them Bond Costar’s…let’s not put ownership on 007.

Do you have a favorite Bond, Bond Movie, Bond Costar?


The dreaded season

Two months from today will be Christmas Eve, the night that presents are put under the tree. I would have to bet that in most households there will be a lot more room under that tree. Yesterday I was at the mall and yes it was a Thursday but still it was dead, in some stores I could hear that clothespin hit the floor. In Macy’s I couldn’t find a pair of shoes and the salesperson said “please, don’t give up, we are so bored”.  If anyone is familiar with the Brass Plum department in Nordstrom, well I was the ONLY person shopping at the time…it is usually packed with young women. It was actually an eerie feeling.  JC Penney had all their Christmas decorations at 50% off already, that’s early. Oh, and we know the recession is hitting Abercrombie, have you seen the latest poster at the front door to lure you in…the guy might as well be naked. The pants are getting lower and lower, you can see his groin area. They are also spraying more of that obnoxious perfume at the door that lingers out into the mall that makes me gag. And why is it so dark there…do they not want you to see the merchandise or prices?

I know this year my list is basically nothing and maybe it’s a good thing. Christmas has gotten out of control…it seemed like you had to buy everyone, including the person at the DMV who took your photo for your new license a Christmas present! I know it’s corny but present’s are not the reason for the season people! One year my kids and I decided that you had to buy your gift on ebay and the limit was $20.00…that made it fun and a challenge; we all loved it! I know one family who are not exchanging presents this year, instead they are all spending the day together at Disneyland…now something like that is cool. So start thinking now of a fun way for you and your family to save money. Feel free to comment with suggestions!