Monday, March 23, 2009

The One About No-things.

Just wanted to say "hola" to anyone who is visiting from SITS today! Thanks for stopping by and don't think this post in indicative of what warranted the Shout Out from Tiff and Heather! I am usually much more charming and witty and snarky.


So this weekend was a lot of No. No ballet. No Softball game. No-things to do.

A few bloggable moments....



Friday was report card day in the Conejo Valley. Emily got ALL A's! (as if I expected anything less). She made honor roll again. I am really so proud of her. Even if she didn't get all A's - this kid really worries about her grades. And, granted it's only 4th grade - but I tell her (and I really mean it) that as long as she does her absolute best....whatever grades she gets - we'd be proud of her . (read: you better get all A's - I demand perfection...snark, snark)



To celebrate the achievement - we went to the movies on Saturday. We saw "Escape to Witch Mountain " or whatever it's called. We went to the new 'big-fancy- stadium -seating -marble lobbied-game room- bar" theater that just opened here. Despite what you may or may not have heard about economic downturn, apparantly these movie theater people don't buy into that. We won't pay our mortgage in April, so we can go see "Monsters v. Aliens" next weekend. We could live in the ginormous empty bag of popcorn for a while if we don't mind a few kernels intruding our nether regions.



The movie was okay. Despite getting to look at Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson (sadly with his shirt on...and I have seen him without it at my gym and it is goooooood) for almost two hours, and a cute remake of a 70's film ('cuz there really is nothing original anymore) there was an incredible amount of blowing up stuff and some mild peril that may prove too much for littler viewers. I caught a few boo-boos that their fact checkers needed to check. Like, what ATM machine spits out $100 bills? And, what slot machines in Vegas spit out wads of cash these days? Figures I focus on those things than the whole good over evil shit. Anyway - we all enjoyed the movie and the very comfy seats and the $285.oo of family fun.



Hubby and I watched "Rachel Getting Married". Not what I expected. Edgy. Not typical Anne Hathaway, I mean - it ain' t no "ella enchanted" or anything like that. I usually dig a good junkie flick, but this one slightly missed the mark. This one had- lots of scenes without backstory. Like, what's with the saris and mystic Indian cultural stuff? It all seemed a bit pedantic to have the soon-to-be-married-multi-racial-couple dress in saris and have a sitar and and a friggin' lute in the wedding band and relatives that sing Reggea and all that - and then they are moving to Hawaii? No explanation for all that. I obsess over those things throughout the whole film...so much so that I am still wondering what the connection is and why the screenwriter felt it necessary to go that way. And what is a good rehab story without a relapse or chance of relapse or even a beating down of the monkey on your back? This flick, albeit an Oscar nominated performance for Anne (who is just so doe-eyed and just darn adorable) was just okay.



You know when think you know something to be true and just live your life for years not even thinking that the fact could be disputed? Like, we know which hand is left and which is right. Just because. We know that shoes are worn over socks not the other way around. We know that George Clooney is just about the most delicious thing to grace Hollywood since , I don't know....since ever. We just know and accept these truths to be self evident.

{Okay, Swirlgirl - where are you going with this...}

Well, I've been watching E.R. , which sadly ends it 15 year run in the next few weeks. The 'where I am going with all of this' , aside from the fact that I had no life 15 years ago ...either - is that one of my favorite characters on that show is Archie Morris. He's been on for several years and although he started out to be a dick-head...he is the humanity of the show these past few years. The actor who portrays Dr. Morris is Scott Grimes. My point (in an extremely roundabout way) is that I always knew that I knew this actor from somewhere. And I KNEW that he was a contestant on Star Search (the original with Ed McMahon) in the early 80's and he was a young red headed boy who sang amazingly well. I can 'see' him on stage singing and winning something. When he first joined the cast of E.R. 5 or so years ago, I said - "I know him! He was on Star Search!" and I rattle that info off just hoping that someday I will have to answer the Million Dollar question on some trivia show....or offer a lifeline to someone on some trivia show. I would be the hero for having provided the winning answer to the question and that person would shower me with crisp greenery......{{oops, sorry . fantasy }} So...I google him. For like hours. I search every website known to man to try to find what year he was on StarSearch. And fail miserably.

I start to question everything I have come to know to be true. I check which hand I write with (yup, the right one)...I check to make sure that my socks are indeed inside my shoes (yup, okay there)...I sneak a peak at George Clooney to make sure he still makes my heart go a-flutter (yup, flutter-flutter-drool). So where do I know Scott Grimes from? Here. Anyone who is over 30 and from the Boston area knows Community Auditions. The original reality show. Scott Grimes was on this show (he is from Lowell MA) and I vividly remember him singing and winninng the lame ass trophy ...he was "star of the day, who can it be...your're vote may hold the key - it's up to you. Tell us who...will be Star of the Day" ( theme song that I still remember vividly). So I immediately have to call my sisterbestfriend and tell her. We watched that show every Sunday and even held our own versions making up contestants who did everything from set the table to hand springs off the chair in the den to full on Lord- of -Dance- in -tap -shoe routines!

I don't know why I feel it necessary to share this with you all. I guess I just want to let you know that just because you know something to be true - don't assume it is. And, when you have No-things to do....spend 4 hours googling it to make sure that No-thing is the real thing.






28 comments:

Mama Dawg said...

I totally forget where I first saw Scott Grimes, but I know it wasn't ER.

Always Home and Uncool said...

I'm sad to see "ER" go (though this whole thing with the Aussie guy having been an abused child so now we should feel bad after he was such an a-hole his first season has been driving me nuts). Even at its worse, it has always been a more interesting watch than that wussy "Grey's Anatomy" dribble.

for a different kind of girl said...

I haven't watched ER in a couple of years. We kept forgetting to set it on our DVR, so it kind of fell by the wayside. However, I did remember to record the episode Clooney was on this season because, well, you have to! I do kind of want to go back and watch the seaons I've missed, though, because I was in it from th very beginning!

I did an actor search yesterday, going off no name for the person I was looking for, so reading about your hunt for Scott Grimes' origins makes me laugh. I could "see" the show this actor I was thinking of in my mind, and then had to backtrack and try to think of any other 'known' actors were on it so I could idmb.com hunt it out through that person. Finally! Finally I figured it out. These are the things that make me feel like I'm on a quest!

Anne said...

I've never even watched ER, but I'm still sad to see it go. Is that weird? :p

angie said...

I used to watch ER religiously until a couple years ago. For some reason, I just stopped, but it will be weird for it to not be on Thursdays anymore.

Fannie said...

I was addicted to ER - but I quit watching about four of five years ago - when John Carter went to Africa - and the story lines got too lame.

But of course I had to watch when Clooney did his swan song!

Romi said...

Is there a recovery group for Goggle addicts? I feel for you and your 4 hour search. I thought I was the only person who did stuff like that.

Yaya said...

Wow that was random. George Clooney, LOVE HIM!

I was obsessed w/ Star Search as a kid.

And my cousin really liked that witch mountain movie. Must be a teen thing.

Weith Kick said...

I remember Star Search. We used to watch it regularly. Before Dancing with the Stars, before American Idol, before all those reality show there was Star Search. Star Search paved the way for them all. They even had an acting segment on Star Search which I remember as being God-awful. This other show about Community Auditions or something like that, I no nothing of. But I'm glad you can hold little bits of trivia in your mind forever and use at a moment's notice. I can do that too. I bet you're good at Trivial Pursuit.

Robyn said...

Love the run down on the movies and I too love 'The Rock'..yummy!
Hugs,
Robyn

Scary Mommy said...

I don't know much, but I do know that George is pure perfection. And I refuse to believe he's gay.

Yay on the A's!!!

Sass said...

Um.

I stopped reading at...

"I've seen him at my gym..."

yeah...when can I come work out with you? 'Cause seriously?

Wow.

I'm just sayin'.

The Mama said...

I can't believe they are taking off ER, and yes, DROOL over George Clooney

The Nice One said...

I have watched ER from year one....love that show. And Archie has taken a while to grow on me, but now, I LOVE him. He may be my boy next Tuesday.

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Boy, this post was all over the place, wasn't it? And please tell me that $250 or whatever for the movies and such was a joke! I know I haven't been to the movies in a while, but I doubt the prices went up that much!

I do NOT think George Clooney is at all sexy. I know, I Know, I'm in the minority here, but he just doesn't do anything for me. As for ER, I don't think I've watched it since the first few seasons. It made me too twitchy and nervous to watch.

Justine :o )

Kat said...

It's been forever since I've seen ER. But I do have this thing for Goran Visjnic.

And you are so right on needing to take out a loan to go and see a movie. We saw Mall cop last weekend. Which was fun. And I am really looking forward to Monsters vs. Aliens. But since it's in 3-D...it's even more expensive...

Mariah said...

I'm almost suicidal about the ending of ER... I think I'll hgo drink myself under the table in my sorrows now.

Oh yeah, and my kidlets have all A's too.

Lula! said...

You got me sidetracked with the George Clooney mention...that man is a first class dude, all the way. He defines the term "movie star," when 95% of Hollywood has forgotten what that term used to mean. Sigh...

OK...
I wish you see our little movie theater. And I do mean little...like...maybe 100 seats. It's quaint. The floors are all sticky and tacky and covered in JuJu Beans, Milk Duds, and 5 year old Coke spills. Oh, and don't lean back on the seat--or else you'll likely come home with a scalp full of critters.

Even in this recession, I'll take the $285.00 worth of shirt-covered Rock fun anyday. Seriously.

p.s. So glad I'm not the only mother telling my kids, "Do you best--do your best--and we will always be proud of you!" While under my breath muttering, "You better make all A's and get a full scholarship when you graduate."

Ahem.

Simply Sara said...

Hahahaha....I hate when I can't remember where I've seen an actor before.
Much to my husband's dismay we have paused many a movie just so that I can google the person (or call my sister, who seems to know everything!)
I just can't enjoy the movie if I recognize an actor but can't remember where from.
I know I'm crazy....
:)

Eudae-Mamia said...

Was last week's episode the George one?!

Sigh.

Guess you win. If he was truly my boyfriend he would have given me a heads up.

And thanks for making me learn a new word - pedantic. I honestly feel a little smarter.

No wonder Emily gets all A's - apple didn't fall too far?

Jodi said...

Bahahahahahah...Community Auditions.
Remember the name of the host?
(I do!!)
This actually came up recently in a meeting I was in....I got his name before anyone else. God I love trivia!

Kathy B! said...

I love ER, too! I'm going to have an evening of mourning for it's passing -- complete wine and appetizers and girlfriends :)

Maybe mourning was the wrong word!

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey....Did I not know that you were from Massachusetts...and if so...are you still living there? I've never watched ER but at least I know George Clooney and the correct sock positioning!

Heather said...

He looked really familiar when he came on ER to me too. Are they bringing George back for the last episode? Did they already bring him back? I watched ER for soooo long and then it got so dark and sad after what's-his-name died of a brain tumor. So sad.

parentingBYdummies said...

Once I read the Rock tidbit I could read no more. You've seen that man in person?! I would lose my mind (and my husband, and my kids, and my job) if I saw him in person b/c I would jump his bones he is SO FREAKIN' HOT! Okay. Will go back and reread your post now since I'm sure it had a point, and was very well written, and witty, and stuff. But, the ROCK. Awesome:)

mo.stoneskin said...

Well done with your (just announced) award.

One day Clooney will be old and grey...;)

Cristin said...

I'm taking Graham to see Monsters Vs Aliens for his birthday...

Can't comment on the ER shit.. I haven't watched that show since the first season...

Anonymous said...

Hey Sisterbestfriend- I’m sure you remember that Cinderella girl singing "in my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can beeee whaaaat evah I want to beeee" She wore a blue dress and held a broom and sat on the floor next to a fake fireplace! Ahhh Yes...Jamie Snodgrass....and a 10 from the judges!

Star of the day, who will it be, your vote may hold the key, its up to YOU, tell us who, will be starrrrrrrr of the day! Community Opticians. I think mom took me there to get my cokebottles!