Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Keep On Truckin'!

Seen Tuesday evening in New York's Meatpacking district. Clever as a whip, eh?

Spencer & Abby... First Family Pics!

Our new doggies Spencer and Abby have now been with us for more than a week—and all signs are oh so good. Despite being rescued from a puppy mill, the love and affection they show is stupendous. Oddly, they are also housetrained and leash-trained. It's a mystery, but one to be awfully thankful for.

Quisp: My Hero Lives (In Long Island)

Quisp has long ranked No. 1 in my breakfast cereal hall of fame. Introduced in 1965 and depleted from store shelves by the early '80s, the brand has become so iconic that it simply won't go away... Quisp has its own webbie and a Facebook fan page, with endless tributes on cereal webbies and blogs.

This weekend in the Hamptons, Liz D. and I stopped by King Kullen supermarket and nearly had a fit of mania when there, at one of the end caps, was a display for Quisp cereal, which, as far as I knew, was only available for sale on amazon or through Quaker directly.

Cool cats, I bought five boxes of heaven in a hot second. Breakfast just got a lot more exciting.

Monday, November 29, 2010

How Much Is That Doggie In The... Cart?

Liz D. and I took a break Sunday from polishing up our book proposal to check out the post Black-Friday deals at TJ Maxx in Southampton... where I made good on first Christmas presents for Ayhan.

As always, Coco and Jasmine accompanied us throughout the journey, complete with a shopping cart view through Maxx. Gotta love it.

We followed up with my new hobby: pet supplies! Now that Spencer and Abby are in our lives, it's opened the door to a new shopping destination. Hello, Petco...

Onward to the gargantuan King Kullen grocery for supplies... and back to work... We managed to edit and polish all 44 chapters of our synopsis over the three-day weekend. It's time to reignite our year's-plus worth of work on "Joyride."

Matt Walton: Dreamy Man Of The Day

In the Hamptons, you can't get through an hour of TV without being bombarded by a commercial for Cablevision's Optimum—made bearable by handsome spokesman Matt Walton.

After a quick Google search, it turns out the dude is an actor who has appeared on "One Life To Live," "All My Children" and "Guiding Light," and had bit roles in "Burn After Reading," "Law & Order" and "Royal Pains," as well as a lead role in gay flick "200 American."Above, the movie "200 American." Below, Walton on "One Life To Live."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shoot Me Now: Bieber Cuts His Hair

What a world, what a world... Just when you start to believe there is something in life you can count on, everything goes and falls apart. My god, what to do? The New York Daily News reports that Justin Bieber has cut his mop-top hairstyle, dammit!: At a recent appearance, "the hair that normally covers the 16 year old's brow hovered above it."

And worse, according to the newspaper, "Bieber's new haircut is the second major change the singer appeared to undergo last week." During the American Music Awards Sunday, the 16-year-old pig-nosed castrada's voice appeared to crack midway through his performance.

I just can't talk about this anymore. I need to hide in a corner and weep quietly...

Oh, but wait. There's one more thing. Let me offer my congratulations to Harper Collins for its audacity in decimating the standards of book publishing to a new low, with Bieber's autobiography, "First Step 2 Forever." I can imagine the poignancy and pain expressed in his 16 years. We can all learn a lot from this memoir: like 1) my first leg hairs 2) Usher is my Oprah 3) how to score chart hits without any semblance of talent and 4) multi-media made easy—without actually lifting a finger yourself!

More than a thousand idiots showed up at New York's Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble Friday to see the multi-media sensation: artist! songwriter! actor! entrepreneur (with his new line of scented wristbands and dog tags!!)! writer! Is there anything he can't do (other than sing)?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Merry Hamptons Christmas!

I took a co-o-o-ld stroll through Southampton Village tonight to enjoy the Christmas splendor. Typically, I roll my eyes when Christmas retail decorations appear 5 seconds after Thanksgiving. This year, I'm ready and willing. I could use a little Christmas now to try and push this dreadful economical year out of my mind's eye. I may not be participating in much commerce, but that won't stop me from enjoying the sites. Bring it on.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Working Weekend In The Hamptons

Spending the weekend back in beloved Southampton with Liz D. to resurrect our book project that we spent the summer of 2009 developing... We're reworking one of the sexiest standalone chapters with hopes of selling it as a magazine article and back-ending interest from publishing houses.

Obviously, the book business is dead center in the midst of a tidal shift toward digital, a la the Kindle and iPad, prompting hesitation to dare publish original works and thus... Justin Bieber writing his autobiography for Harper Collins... an obvious sign that Armageddon is upon us.

We're serious about moving forward now: way too much energy and passion has gone into this project to let it falter. Good to be back in the creative spirit.

'Burlesque': Christina Aguilera Shines

SIXTY-SECOND REVIEW: Saw "Burlesque" tonight and was quite pleased and surprised by the natural acting gifts of Christina Aguilera. Fortunately, writer & director Steven Antin held back her typically irritating riffing, allowing A's beautiful voice to raise the rafters. Cher was alarming: She looks like a fish. What in god's name is she thinking with the Botox? And love interest Cam Gigandet and almost love interest Eric Dane are worthy eye candy... For the most part the music is saucy and delicious; Cher's "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" is breathtaking... Despite almost universally hateful reviews, an absolute crowd-pleaser. Predictable but good fun.

Happy Birthday Natasha Bedingfield

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield—best known for 2004's "Unwritten" and 2008's "Pocketful of Sunshine"—turns 29 today. Here in 2004 with fellow Billboard staffer Gary Trust.

Rodiney Santiago Picolas Of The Day

Let us give thanks for male perfection.

New Gen Of Journos Does It Again!

Ah, once again our new generation of professional daily journalists proves that they have the skills of a short-order cook. Nothing like hiring an imbecile to do a grown-up's job. Hurrah for the New York Daily News' bottom line, cause that's all that counts, right? Credibility be damned.

Feast On This

Yesterday we enjoyed a little home-cooked Thanksgiving feast for family and friends with a 12-pound turkey and a few fixings. Looks pretty damn tasty, huh?Oh, come on, of course I'm lying. Ever notice how when you photograph food it always look kind of green and yellow, rather like hospital slop. I assure you it tasted better than it looks... not to mention that this was taken before half the meal had made it to the table, alas.The gang: pose deux.Thanks, indeed, with the new critters Spencer and Abby in the house.