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Giving the People What They Want: Hemingway, Fitzgerald


I’m not sure when my blog became the go-to for 1920s era American expatriate writers, but it’s kind of funny.

I love to look in from time to time on what brings people to my blog.

What searches lead people to your blog?

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High-Sticking in the Highlands

High-Sticking in the Highlands.

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What if Spenser the Dog was on Pretty Little Liars?

I just noticed that the show Pretty Little Liars has a character named Spencer Hastings and I was wondering how my dog Spenser would fare in the role:

I spy with my little eye something that begins with F.

I spy with my little eye something that begins with F.

I don’t know, Spenser. Fluffy toy maybe?

What’s it like to run away?

What’s it like to run away?

Aw, Spenser! You have it pretty cushy here, don’t you?

It's a rabbit, Hanna. It's not gonna answer you.

It’s a rabbit, Hanna. It’s not gonna answer you.

Her name is Lexi, and she is a guest. Spare me the snarkiness.

Don't you watch CNN?

Don’t you watch CNN?

Who do you think you’re kidding Spenser? That’s not CNN, is a dog on YouTube.

You didn't read the entire play?

You didn’t read the entire play?

That’s a fake rolled up newspaper Spenser. Not a play, but you best not chomp any of my scripts!


What do you think? Should he audition? Does Troian Bellisario have anything that Spenser the Dog does not?

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How I Spent My Winter Saturday: A Pictorial Blog

I’m just going to send you to Pensive Pelican today.

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Victoria Jackson: Who Saw THAT Coming?

Back in the old days when SNL was still called Ye Olde Saturday Night Live,there was a cast member named Victoria Jackson. She was very silly and very funny and she did things like this:

Victoria Jackson's famous handstand on SNL

Victoria Jackson’s famous handstand on SNL

Or this:

Victoria Jackson on SNL

But now, while she is still silly, she is no longer funny. Well maybe in that “someone left the cake out in the rain” sort of way and she does things like this:




“Only Glen Beck understands me.”


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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 42,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 10 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Need Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas?

Check out the Gizmodo Holiday Gift Guide

Tons of ideas for the difficult to buy for.

My personal favorite is the shark shaped dog bed.

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Eye Bones

Seriously. Aaghh!

A Lady Grew Bones in Her Eyelids Because of a Dangerous New Surgery

Remind me to take “Stem Cell Face Lift” off my Must-Do List

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Hey Sexy Lady: Hair Edition

The blog title is a play on this video:

Which you have probably seen unless you’ve been living here:

Unabomber Shack

Unabomber Shack

But I wanted to share a couple of ways that I like to style my hair. My hair is straight, but pretty thick, but I am pretty clumsy. I have never been able to blow dry my hair with a brush so I generally either let it air dry or just flip my head over and blast it with a blow dryer.

Last year I heard about Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler:

Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler

Hair Spinny Thing

“That Hair Spinny Thing” is what it is called on the General Daily Thread (GDT)  Weight Watchers Message Board, which is where I first learned of this wondrous tool. It spins clockwise or counterclockwise while air blows through it and does a great job of smoothing and drying my hair. And no, I’ve never gotten my hair tangled in it. Just make it spin in the opposite direction and it releases the hair.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, my daughter taught me a method of creating beachy waves with just a headband.

She found this on Pinterest.

It works great for me to create beachy waves from my stubbornly straight hair. Try it this weekend. Fun and easy.

Also, note recent updates on Pensive Pelican and One Diet Book Away From Goal Weight

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Awkward Photojournalism: Travel Edition

We drove cross state from Buffalo to Oneonta, NY today. We stopped at a rest stop outside Syracuse and I spotted a car with a toboggan strapped to the top of it and I had to take a picture of it because it was sunny out with no sign of snow and looked so out of place.

I had no idea.


Notice anything strange about these pictures?


Correct! He isn’t wearing a seatbelt.

I’m guessing he managed to escape from William Wegman and was lying low.

This pic is from our last trip to the movies. I’m guessing the movie Arg is Johnny Depp’s latest pirate movie.