I came home from work today to find a very big box waiting for me.
The lovely Ann had told me to expect something in time for my dentist appointment on tuesday, but there is no way I could have expected what I would find in the box.
In addition to a 6-pack of the hard-to-find Augustiner that Ann has spoiled me with before, there was a cute kitty-kat card, an angel to watch over me in my post-novicaine state, a lovely X-mas jazz CD in a cute little snowman bag, An herbal therapy comfort pillow (freeze it for cold/nuke it for heat...genius!), a stress-reducing eye pillow and a tin of peach tea.
...And so much love and generosity that I could barely wipe my eyes in between gasping "oh my god!" as I kept pulling suprises from the box. Each package was wrapped and there were little notes instructing me as to the order to open them. God it was fun! And these things are going to come in so very handy. Comfort is an amazing gift.
Ann, I can't even begin to thank you enough for your thoughtfulness. Now I'm going to go cry again.
I have been on more outings in the past 3 days than in the previous month. And they all end up with a Corona in my hand.
I suppose I could say that I've been out scouting venues for Dogstar, but really, I've just been out drinking.....a lot.
It's not like I haven't been thinking about blogging...really, I have. In fact I have a really great post around here somewhere, I just need to find the napkin I wrote it on.
....so I could make a clever "putting the ass in Kasalivich" joke, but there isn't.
There are however, the letters to spell "lick" and "saliva".
Make of that what you will.....
Whinnymay asked for Ass Friday to come a day early this week.
But I just can't buck tradition like that.
That would make it Ass Thursday and that's just wrong.
But what's Thanksgiving without some nice stuffing, right?
Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.
It's been such an amazing few days that I couldn't list all of the things I am thankful for.
And....I'm pretty thankful for that.
But here are a few things that come to mind.
-My health, and that of my family, friends and pets and the love of the same.
-That I have a roof over my head, 2500 evening and weekend minutes of free long distance, a gas card and that I can smoke AND surf the net on my job.
-Everyone I have met and connected with through Keanu fandom and through blogging.
-Everyone that visits this site, and the wonderful comments and emails I get that help keep me going.
-Bret Domrose and Rob Mailhouse.
-The Wachowski Brothers.
-That I continue to find inspiration, sometimes in unlikely places.
-Kiefer. And the cast and crew of 24
-All of my ex-boyfriends, because I learned something from each of them, even if it was just that the visiting booths in jail really do have glass and telephones, just like in the movies.
-That none of the stupid situations I've allowed myself to get into have killed me yet and that I've started seeing which situations were stupid and stopped getting into them.
-That through luck, karma, blessing...whatever you want to call it...I have pretty much everything I need and some things I merely want, and I'm happy.
-And at this very moment, I'm getting ready to go out with one of the most important people in the world to me, my best friend (since kindergarten!) Eric.
So....I'm doing my usual blogsurfing today and I end up over at aka cooties, who is now famous.
Boy, that was fast.
Anyway, Mike is welcoming visitors from MSNBC's Weblog Central, a weblog of weblogs and bloggers that I have checked out before and thought was pretty cool. A nice feather in any blogger's cap.
And I'm thinking about that kind of notice and what it might be like and I mindwalk a gamut of emotions in the space of about 10 seconds, tapering with a general freakout and a "sheyeah, right....as if".
Then I'm reading the MSNBC page, and right after Mike's mention....I see this:
Past Best of Blogger Nicole replied to my query about fan blogs with Keanuvision which she calls “one of the funniest fanblogs.”
So, welcome to those of you who have stopped by via MSNBC.
I wasn't expecting anyone, but feel free to browse the archives in search of the funny. You'll have to wade through some general swoonery and a few pictures of his ass, but that's certainly not going to kill you. You might even check out the media category, and read something to dispel the notion that Keanu Reeves isn't that bright*. Quite the contrary.
Frankly, if just one of you gets THAT....it's all worthwhile.
*(my brightness is questionable however, as I had to look up "da spelling" of "dispel"....twice)
Thanks to batgrl, I discovered badmovies.org.
Whenever I come across any movie site, I always look to see if they have any of Keanu's films and lo and behold, badmovies review staff came through with an amusing look at Babes in Toyland.
The funniest part of the reviews of movies "SO bad, they're almost good" is the "Things I learned from this movie" list.
- If an electric pole is knocked down it only takes out the phones.
- Mean people live in bowling balls.
- Everyone who works in a bakery wears roller skates.
- If you can't pay the rent in cash the bank will take kids.
- Not being able to blink is a serious problem when you only have one eye.
- People from Cincinnati are immune to poison gas.
- Concentrated evil should be stored in an appropriate container, specifically not something glass.
- Teddy bears are not cut out for riot control.
- Wedding vows should include the phrase "Give him a lot of fun." on general principle.
- Santa is a little Japanese man.
There's a few pics and some .wav files, too...including a snipppet if the Cincinnati song, hee!
It's that time of year, so I may have to inflict Babes on myself for the hell of it soon. I'm sure I've done something naughty recently that I need to be punished for.
The Keanu calendar for December is up.
And don't forget, at the end of the year I will be removing the previous calendars and starting fresh. So if for some reason you want to save them, do it now.
I slept really well last night. I dreamed, but the damn cats started practicing their tumbling on the bed at about 5:30 am and woke me up. I barely remember dreams when I get woken up.
I'm quite disheveled, however.
So it's entirely likely that I felt myself up.
The shirt is, too.
It's deep dark blue and smells of cedar.
It has an amazing texture. Heavy.
It came with the wardrobe tag that you can see in the pic, a certificate of authenticity and some instructions telling me not to wash it, store it as a collectable....yadda yadda.....whatever.
Now I've got to go jump in the shower so I can put it on.
Next time you hear from me, I'll be blogging naked, except for the shirt.
Update 8 pm
It was like getting ready for a date, taking a shower to put this shirt on.
I exfoliated like I'd been exposed to plutonium. I wanted that "raw" feeling to my skin. I rinsed and rinsed so I wouldn't have a soapy smell sticking to me, so I wouldn't adulterate the shirt. I shaved. I didn't moisturize....
It's a nice shirt. Nicer than your average thermal.
I didn't expect anything when I put it on. I knew I wouldn't combust or have a religious experience. I gave it a few more deep inhales before I slipped it over my head. Dry cleaning chemicals, no doubt.
Nice though. Not like anything I'm used to smelling so I'll associate it with him from now on.
I slipped it on and hugged myself.
And no, nothing magic happened....really. But I did smile.
I ran my hands all over myself, making sure I pressed the belly scar area a little extra hard. And It does feel good. It's a big shirt, but I'm 5'10" so it's not clownish or anything. The sleeves go just past my fingertips.
It's perfect. The weight, the fit, the so-blue-it's-nearly-black color. It's terribly comfy. It's just right.
If Keanu were my boyfriend, I'd wear his clothes all the time when he was away.
I have reason to believe my Eddie shirt is sitting at home waiting for me to fondle it.
To love it and squeeze it and name it.....well...Eddie.
Gah! Five and a half hours left at work!
So, of course, I'm torturing myself by popping Chain Reaction into the office VCR....
Is it SIX YET???????
It seems that Keanu has expressed interest in appearing in Kenneth Branagh's production of The Play What I Wrote - a tribute to comedy duo Morecambe and Wise.
I checked out the play's official site and it looks really interesting. The story centers around the teams efforts to get a big name celebrity to appear on their program. Lots of names have already guest-starred.
I'm not sure how long the runs usually are, and I doubt I'll be booking a flight (not that I wouldn't love to see him onstage). But it sounds like a lot of fun, for both Keanu and the lucky audience.
I'll bet Keanuette is just giddy with anticipation.
I dreamt of you last night
You were at the foot of my bed
Holding the remote
Petting the cat
Talking about the paintings
I dreamt you looked at me
And said you wished you could paint
Because you wanted a picture of me
As I looked right then
I dreamt you made me tea
But when I held the cup
It was too hot to drink
So you drank it instead
Then kissed me
I dreamt of you last night
And when I woke up
I felt better
The first cigarette of the morning was not the blissful experience it usually is, what with all the hacking and all.
I think I'd like to make a cup of tea and crawl back into bed.
kd reminded me how important is it to do backup, so I have spent most of the afternoon slowly downloading bits and pieces of the site. While I was doing that, I noticed that keanuvision was up well past 50% of its total hosting space, so I am doing some housecleaning. I dumped most of the MP3s that were doing nothing but taking up space for use in rotation on the MISC page. I don't know if anyone even checks them out. For right now I have an MP3 of a song by Beat Symphony called Poster of Keanu Reeves. I got it off Napster way back when, and I've actually tried to find out if the band had a CD or anything. Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and keep it available since I don't think it's easily found anywhere else. Plus it's cute.
I've also decided that I won't be adding any more wallpaper albums to the wallpaper page. All the new ones will be found here in the creations category. Someone remind me to put a note to that effect on the wallpaper page, mkay?
I've been hanging on to the past calendars, also but at the end of the year all of those will go by the wayside in order to make some space and I will start over for 2003.
Lastly, I think I'm going to delete the old blogspot blog so I can dump a bunch of image files that are only used there. So if you have a sentimental attachment to it, go give it one last look, because its days are numbered. I don't think anyone goes there anymore, and it's just taking up their server space, too. There's going to be some sorting involved so I don't dump any pics that are in imported entries.
There may be some broken image links and unavailable pop-up pix in the older archives while I sort things out. I'll try not to mess things up too badly.
I'm smoking like a fiend today.
I trust we can all tell the difference between someone staking out a trash can and someone having a serendipitous Keanu sighting and telling a friend about it that happens to have a blog, right?
The Philosophy of The Matrix section over at the official site has been updated, along with a bunch of new desktops(wallpapers). They go all the way up to 1600x1200 resolution (who has a monitor that big? I want one) and include all the full version teaser pics as well as some abstract looks at some details of the set.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): After writing more than 30 stories about Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got tired of him. In 1893, the English author killed off his well-loved character, sending him plunging off Reichenbach Falls while in a struggle with his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty. Readers were unhappy with the decision, though, and nine years later Conan Doyle felt compelled to revive Holmes for another long run. I nominate him to be your role model for the next few weeks, Virgo. You, too, will find good reasons to resurrect an influence from the past or bring an old character back into your life.
If not Ted "Theodore" Logan, what other role would you like to see Keanu reprise?
The first boy I ever kissed grew up to be a bass player.
Then there's this guy.
I love bass players.
When the hell does Starbucks open anyway? I can see three of them from my vantage point in this oleander. Something itches. I need a fucking latte.
My left asscheek is completely asleep from crouching. Going to walk over to see if I can get that latte yet and try and get back circulation.
Could holding up the coffee line so you can yak on your cell phone be any ruder?
Newsflash, buddy. We've ALL got a screenplay. Just get your stupid Frappucino and talk while you drive like everybody else.
I hate L.A.
Two pigeons and a squirrel are stalking me. It's creeping me out.
They must want my scone. Goddamn vermin. What's that smell?
They need to do something about the lack of noise from those electric cars. This is the third time in a month that Ed Begley, Jr. has nearly run me over. He doesn't even bother with the "I'm sorry!" wave and shrug anymore...
At least he scared those pigeons away.
The squirrel remains. Parasite.
Ka-ching! The day is looking up. Managed to snap one shot of Keanu Reeves throwing something out. I wonder what it is. Plan on going to check it out once coast is clear. Where'd I put my scone?
Found scone then GAHHH!!!! Attacked by DAMN SQUIRREL! Bleeeeeeding! PAIN!
Had to dump the rest of (now cold) latte in my own lap to repel squirrel.
Oh, the pain.....
Reeves comes back with more trash. He looks directly in this direction and flips the bird. Miss shot because of blood, fur and latte foam on the lens.
Either he knows I'm here because of the screaming or he has squirrel issues, too. Got the lens pointed in time to get him retrieving earlier box. Damn.
At least I got these pictures. I'm sure they'll be able to spin something out of them.
As long as I get paid.
Pack up camera. Make appointment for rabies shot.
*purely fictional and written in response to this.
**Any offense to tabloids or the people that work for them is absolutely intentional.
***Please find a more noble profession, like spammer or telemarketer.
ABC revs up drama slate with "Speed" By Josef Adalian
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - ABC's drama development slate is picking up "Speed."
The network has ordered a script for a new take on the 1994 blockbuster, which starred Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels as SWAT team partners. It will be a prequel, taking place years before Reeves and co-star Sandra Bullock confronted a bus that was rigged to explode if it dropped below 50 mph.
Jon Cowan and Robert Rovner -- the scribes behind last season's unsold Fox pilot "Eastwick" -- will write and executive produce the project.
So...um...basically, it's going to be another cop show, right?
I might be vaguely interested in who the might cast as Jack Traven, but I doubt I'll be watching.
My friend Jena recently watched a tape of an interview for Italian TV done during the promo tour for Sweet November and was nice enough to type up a transcript and share it. Here's a couple excerpts...
Journalist: "I want to ask you what did you do before acting?" Keanu: "Other kinds of jobs?" Journalist: "Yes. I read something on the net like you made pasta." Keanu: "Yes. I worked in a shop and made pasta, so I made pasta." Journalist: "What are you good at? Your specialty? Keanu: "Well I had a machine and I'd cut the pasta, different sizes, had to get the thickness right, didn't want it too dry, didn't want it too wet, so there was the whole thing of really, you know (licks finger and sticks it in the air) Ah, need a little more flour! You know, you don't want to put it through the machine too long, but you want to make sure it's even. The consistency."Funny to imagine Keanu in a "normal" job, huh? I saw another interview where he talked about being a tree-trimmer. Climbing up with a rope around his waist attached to a chainsaw. I don't know why, but I find that incredibly sexy. Much more so than pasta-making. Must be the danger element. Rwowrrrr.
Journalist: speaks Italian to the camera. "I'm going to take Keanu to my restaurant!" Keanu: "I'll come eat there! We'll drink wine and then go for a mad motorcycle ride!" Journalist: "YES!" Keanu: "and then after that we'll go look at the stars and the moon..." Journalist: "YES!! YES!!!!" Keanu: "and then after that we'll.... Journalist: "Ooohhhh Keanu!!" Keanu: "I know, I know." (he then says something in Italian) Journalist: (she speaks some Italian to the camera) "Keanu Reeves, Can I just touch you to make sure you're real?" Keanu: He leans forward and takes her hand and holds it. Journalist: "He's real!! Really fantastic and gorgeous!" Keanu: (He's blushing.)
Quite a bit of the interview is the female interviewer completely losing it and gushing madly over Keanu. Can't say as I blame her, and I think he enjoyed it.
He certainly comes off as more animated than we sometimes see him. I know Keanu has been pegged as a difficult interview by some people. I think part of that can just be attributed to his mood on a particular day, but part of it might have to do with the person asking the questions (Rosie? I'm looking at you.). I'd guess that most of the questions he hears must be lame the first time around, not to mention the eleventy-fifth.
Journalist: "Okay...How is the band tour going? Is it Dogstar or Stars?"
Keanu: "Dogstar. We're just writing new songs."
Journalist: "Writing new songs. How do you rate your band?"
Keanu: "Oh, on a good night I'd throw it a 7 1/2, 8. Yeah. People have fun at our shows. I have fun at our shows!"
Journalist: "Do you get more actual fans because of films or music that seem to be the ones to throw bras at you onstage? I've read that."
Keanu: "That's not true, I've never really considered a difference or judge them on that one, but it's a great thing when a beautiful woman...just...you know..." (he gives her a look)
Journalist: "Throws bras at you?"
Keanu: "Throws a bra? Um...." (he looks at the camera man and smiles a huge smile like he knows what he's talking about, not just throwing bras but boob flashing maybe?)
Further confirmation that Keanu loves the ladies. Especially the beautiful ones.
You never hear him talking about funny girls, however. I wonder how important the abilty to make him laugh is.
Oh well, I still fully intend to "flash him my wits", should the opportunity ever arise.
"Bill & Ted 3: Apparently Keanu Reeves indicated to Michael Parkinson that he's interested in doing another comedy in the series with him and Alex Winter playing their characters aged in their 40's."
We've heard murmurings about this before. I personally would LOVE to see this movie made. I've even come up with a few ideas...
Bill and Ted's Bodacious Mid-life Crisis
The two great ones find themselves stranded in Vegas after a messy dual divorce from the historical babes. They use the time-travel booth to cheat and win big at Caesar's Palace. This gets them in trouble with the mob and they have to go back in time to get the Real Julius Caesar to help them out. Hilarity ensues.
(Alternate title-Bill and Ted 3: Dude, Where's my Hair?)
Bill and Ted's Righteous Gift to Humanity
Bill and Ted go back in time to Save Kurt Cobain's life and prevent Britney Spears from ever being born.
In an uproarious sub-plot, Rufus accidentally convinces the Beastie Boys that he's the Dalai Lama. Hilarity ensues.
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Phone Bill
Bill racks up hundreds of thousands of dollars calling Miss Cleo. Ted tells him he’s an idiot because “Dude! We can time travel.” Jackie Chan guest stars as a collections agent. Hilarity ensues.
Bill and Ted's Grievous Error in Judgment
Bill and Ted abandon rock and roll in favor of emo and are never heard from again.
"Acting has never brought me freedom from trauma but it's introduced me to perhaps a trauma that's been contained in expression. It's never brought release. It does give me that moment of freedom from it so I get to live."
I did some Dogstar CD covers as pictures for s!ms. I stuck with Art Studio because Transmorgrifier gives you a mirror image as the second view and I'd rather have funky frames than the image backwards half the time, especially with text. Go to the downloads page to get 'em.
File this under "You never know who might be reading what you put on the web".
John Gaeta, yes the John Gaeta, posted recently to TheMatrixOnline's Zion Switchboard regarding Bullet Time. Here's an excerpt:
"This an email message from John Gaeta, VFX Supervisor for the Matrix Trilogy. For real. Every now and then I cruise the Matrix chat rooms to hear what you guys are interested in and how people are looking at the previous and future films. I decided to respond to this question because I see so many discussions which wonder what and who came first and all that stuff."
Head over to the Zion Switchboard to follow the thread.
This, of course, had me wondering just who might have read my Revisited recap. I have to stand by the bad hair thing, though. Sorry, J-Gae.
I have seen more recent pics, and his hair looks great.
Also, there's some great Matrix fan art and wallpapers to be found over at the Gallery, including this newest one of a cast lineup made by Yug...
Click the image to go to the full size wallpaper (sans text, which I added).
One last thing...the second wave of teaser posters are starting to pop up at eBay. I'm showing remarkable willpower, mostly fueled by the fact I have NO-FREAKING-WHERE to put them. Okay, maybe I have room for one.
I need to move to a bigger place.
I Used to Believe is a site/project that collects and lists all those things that we, as children, believed.
"I used to believe...thanks to my older sister...that dogs could talk, but they just didn't talk to me, cause they didn't like me."
I used to believe that the mountains surrounding the Las Vegas Valley were made of plastic, that if I bit my fingernails I would get moles on my face like my Aunt Sally, and that the people in the television could see me as well as I could see them. I was also terrified of the Cookie Monster and would run out of the room whenever he was on.
Here's another quote from the site:
I believed that the insects earwigs would crawl up inside your ears and into your brain when you were asleep in bed.
Ummm...I still believe that.
What did you used to believe?
(via As Above)
But I'm not gonna complain. Ass Friday is Ass Friday.
Richard Kadrey, the author of one of my favorite books, Metrophage (mentioned in this entry) not only has a site, but has a new blog as well.
Find it and other "New Dark Culture" over at Opi8.com.
See? How cool is that?
It's the process before us.
It's all kd's fault for reminding me just how easy it is to register a domain.
I'm now the proud owner of krix.org.
It doesn't go anywhere yet (although I'm trying to get it to forward to this here blog). But it was available and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. It's nice and short, something attractive in a domain.
krix.com is for the speaker manufacturer and krix.net is taken and "under construction".
I really don't have plans to do anything with it. But it's nice to have, just in case I get a letter from Erwin's office, Keanu retires or becomes a $cientologist or something.
And of course, if he should ever make me an offer of a position as personal jester/sex-kitten, I really couldn't maintain a public website about him, right?
Not that ANY of those things will happen.
As of right now, I just have it to have.
And it feels good.
There's an article/interview with Alex Winter over at CNN's People section that includes this amusing anecdote...(via keanu.org)
It's been over a decade since he and Keanu Reeves braved the time-space continuum as half-baked slackers in the cult comedy "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) and its sequel, "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991).
In that time, their characters' mantra -- "party on, dude!" -- has become enshrined in the pop culture lexicon. And Winter, now 37, has never stopped being recognized by rabid fans as his movie alter ego, Bill. "To this day, no matter where I am in the world, it happens every day," he says.
Well, except once, on an autumn evening a few years ago, when he and Reeves met for a quiet dinner in New York City. Neither had paid much attention to the date, so when they walked out of the restaurant into a crowd of costumed people thronging the streets of lower Manhattan, they were thunderstruck. "We were like, 'Oh, s--t! It's Bill and Ted in the middle of the Halloween parade,'" remembers Winter, with a grin.
He and Reeves -- whom Winter still calls one of his closest friends -- waited for their cover to be blown. But then: "Nobody batted an eyelash. We just looked like two fat, older guys who were trying to be Bill and Ted," laughs Winter.
Alex certainly isn't residing in the "where are they now?" file. He's been busy directing. Click the pic or the link above to read the whole article.
Party on, Bill.....
Still not totally awake, though and I don't know why.
I brought Chain Reaction with me today, so if I get some free time, I might watch and write a little snarky commentary.
Or, you know...just list all occurrences of the undershirt.
I also think that one of these days I need to recap The Watcher, don't you?
Of course, that would involve actually watching it, and I haven't gotten that masochistic yet.
And on a totally unrelated, yet space-filling tangent.....
One of the posts I lost during the Server Upgrade Fiasco of '02 last June was that little "* is" meme entry.
Now, thanks to Googlism, I don't have to go through the results myself. They're all laid out nice and neat.
The really cool thing is, some of these are actually about me!
Googlism for: krix
krix is spectacular
krix is a daring little minx
krix is just now getting established in the united states
krix is now concentrating
krix is certainly fast establishing itself in the category
krix is a complete and total babe
krix is an icon of australian loudspeaker brands
krix is obsessed with keanu
krix is constantly exploring new market opportunities and this year will be the first australian company to exhibit at the ifa consumer electronics show
krix is back
krix is at the cutting edge
krix is a major keanu fan and has all kinds of stuff including a blog so go check her out if you like
krix is short for kristiina
krix is a incredibly large shaggy brown canine
krix is about 5'7
krix is kinda annoying
krix is looking to penetrate the us market with a speaker line starting at $499 per pair
krix is wearing? i made that for her
krix is sending me her webcam
krix is never lacking for ideas
krix is not the only one who has fun with her s!ms
krix is a lovely
krix is the bomb
There's no coffee. How on earth did I let this happen?
I have to leave the house before I can have coffee.
I have to deal with stangers, stangers with bizarre morning perkiness and a tendency toward insipid conversation before I can have my coffee. This does not bode well for the general public.
I shall be back and caffeinated in a bit.
I got The s!ms Art Studio from the official site today and tried my hand at making some decorative objects.
I did all of the Reloaded posters, you can download them on the downloads page.
I'm not thrilled by the choices of frames that Art Studio offers, but it will have to do for now. I'm going to do some Dogstar album covers and maybe some other movie posters next.
If anyone downloads them, please let me know how they work.
In other news, I failed miserably at getting satisfaction from the tire demons. They didn't get any more money out of me, but I didn't get my tire replaced, either. Pricks. Lesson learned.
Yes, I'm shaking just a little.
Thanks to Rhonda for sending me this pic of just where this shirt has been....
It shall never be washed.
Yes, I was forced to take yesterday off due to some technical difficulties. Not that I had anything in particular to say, anyway.
In order to keep myself from compulsively refreshing the error page over and over I opted to stay offline and run a long overdue defrag. I also caught up on my napping, reading and kitty cuddling.
Thanks to Lori O. for posting my away message in the comments below.
I don't have anything in particular to say today, either.
My freelance performance as a ruthless bitch at the tire place has to wait until tomorrow, as I had a busy morning and couldn't stop in before work.
There's a new spider on my office ceiling directly above where I usually set my coffee cup. It's a battle of wills, so far I haven't moved the cup. I figure it will test my observational skills or give me some bonus protein. Either way, it's win/win.
Sometimes I wish I had a Neo to deal with idiots for me.
This morning, as Roi (he says "Hi" btw) and I were coming off the freeway, there was a weird noise coming from my car.
I'm all, "It's freaking me out!"
and he's all, "I think it sounds cool"
and I'm all, "Idiot! get out and look!" (once we stopped at the bottom of the exit ramp.)
So it's a flat, on a brand new tire I bought 10 days ago.
Luckily, not 50 feet from the exit is the place I bought the tire.
So I limp around the corner and pull into their service lot.
I explain to the freshfaced little tiremonkey "Um, yes...I just bought this tire here 10 days ago and I just got a flat coming off the freeway and I'd like you to replace it"
Get this...monkeyboy sez: "Well, this is a 'ride-on'. You drove on it so it's not under warranty."
The steel-belted gibbon goes and calls his manager. They'll replace it at cost.
This makes no sense at all! How on earth are you not supposed to drive on a flat tire at all? It's not like it was flat when I left the house.
It's not like it was losing tread or wearing out so I knew I needed to have it replaced. It's 10 days old!
So I have them put on the spare, and leave the tire there so I can come to my office, and find my receipts. I've bought three tires from these people in the past two months.
Ok, as I was typing this out, monkeyboy calls and tells me that they don't have my tire in stock. He's going to put a used one on my rim for nothing and I can come down monday and deal with the head assratchet.
I just don't get the logic of "you drove on the tire so it's your fault."
I came off the freeway and pulled into the lot.
God, I'm going to let the manager have it on monday.
Because something's defective and it sure as shit isn't me.
Or in my case...Dogstar!
From Jem at the Official Dogstar Message Board
Well, I'm sorry to say that I really don't have much of an update for you guys. But, I wanted to write in and let you know what little is going on. Obviously everyone made it back from Asia okay. Right now the boys are working on booking a show for Vegas, but nothing has been established. I think they are going with the Ceaser Hotel first since they were the ones that tried to book them a few months ago. But who knows what their agent will cook up."
There's more, go read the full entry here.
I had no idea all I had to do was ask.
They love me so.
Please play again soon.
Something special for today....
This was done by a friend of mine. It's the first piece of her artwork she's ever sold and I was honored to purchase it.
It's hand painted over the famous Gorman backside print and came with a handpainted frame as well.
The image looks a little crooked because I had to avoid getting a glare from the flash, but I assure you, it's perfect and I love it.
And aslo a HUGE thank you to Jena who sent me a wonderful package today.
Thanks to Elsinore Palace for this breathtaking image of a very cute boy.
The kind of boy that you never get over.
The kind of cute that makes a nice girl think naughty things.
The kind of boy that has your heart, even if he doesn't know your name and is gone in the blink of an eye.
The kind of boy that makes you sigh...
The kind of boy you want to dream about.
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This week from freewillastrology...
Virgo Horoscope for week of November 7, 2002
This week's counsel is extreme. Don't read another word, Virgo, unless you feel ready to carrying out a task that will require you to be daringly rebellious and brazenly optimistic. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you're being asked to revise your attitudes, change your habits, alter your behavior, or do whatever else it may take to arrive at a radical new way of looking at your life: You must be able to sincerely believe that the cosmos or fate or God -- whatever you want to call the Vastness -- is on your side and wants you to succeed at the thing you enjoy most. Here's a big hint about one way to proceed, courtesy of author Paulo Cuelho: "Know what you want and all the universe conspires to help you achieve it."
Also, I just want to say that even though I sometimes post at this forum, and I might have said something about some silly poll*, you really can't hold me accountable for this.
Ow, stop hitting me.
Of course, it also doesn't mean that I'm not sitting back and laughing at the fracas.
C'mon, neither of these guys really gives a damn about this stuff.
Plus, I think that Keanu knows how attractive he is. He plays it down, in fact.
But Kiefer has said in interviews that he's "wished he was beautiful."
Which he is. I don't think he's reminded of that enough.
But in any case, I abstain. Have at it.
Besides, the only battle that really matters is a GoogleFight.
*This is NOT a confession!**
**OW! I said stop hitting me!!!
Hi Tony Pierce!
Um...hi....what's your name?
krix, with an "x" and a lower case "k", rhymes with Trix, like the cereal.
I just wanted to to thank you for linking me.
Sure, I do that sometimes. When people link to me, I sometimes link back to them. I list the new links by month. It's very efficient. Have you pre-ordered my book yet?
Of course not.
I feel really special. You're a very popular L.A. blogger. Do you have Keanu's phone number?
No. Now, about my book...
I just started reading busblog and gosh, Tony...you're swell.
Do you mention Keanu in the book?
Um, I'm not sure. You should really buy it and see.
Okay, Tony Pierce. I'll do that!
And thank YOU! Bye now.
Just a little reminder that you can check The Matrix official site, TheMatrixOnline, and MatrixFans.net to keep up to date on news on Reloaded and Revolutions. I really haven't been seeking out news lately because it's all been so spoilerific.
It's all I can do in everyday life to avoid hearing something I don't want to.
Just the other night, I was talking to a guy at my brother's art show and the conversation flow chart went like this:
Art->Business->My incredibly boring job->Creative Pursuits->Computers->The Web->This Website->Keanu->The Matrix...
him: "Isn't the next one going to be coming out in.."
me: "May 15, 2003"
him: "Have you read the script? I hear Trinity's going to..."
me: (hands over ears) "LA-LA-LA-la-lalalalalala!" (walks away)
190 days of me being incredibly rude to strangers to go......
So, "what's going on in krix's little delusional fantasy world?" you ask...
Well, previously I found myself with paying for my *ahem*...friendly ways and having a child out of wedlock, much to Robert's amusement.
Fink, he must be advising Keanu...
...who insisted on performing a paternity test.
Bret proves himself to be a gentleman, though, and offers to make an honest woman out of me.
He buttered me up with candy first, but I would have accepted anyway.
I mean, c'mon...free guitar lessons!
He adores little Amelie (named after the movie that was playing in the background during our throes of passion).
Our parenting skills may be a little unorthodox, but we get by.
Who cares what the neighbors think! The only way to get her back to sleep is to play some serious "Rock-a-bye".
Gosh...she's so darn cute....when she's not screaming....which isn't very often.
Both our fun and social levels have plummeted. Who knew there'd be so much maintanence involved? The damn robot isn't pulling its weight as nanny, either.
I think I'm going to have to invest in an expansion pack, SimKrix is in dire need of a trip to the spa...
24 is going to ROCK tonight.
All I had done today were the x-rays and exam and believe me, that was enough. Discomfort squared.
When someone is about to clamp a weird instument with sharp edges on your face, you really don't want to hear the words "I'm new."
I really wanted to bite her.
But didn't because she said I had "a small mouth", and frankly she was getting about as frustrated as I was.
The dentist herself was exremely nice. She does a lot of "special needs" work. When I got there there were two developmentally disabled young women and their caretaker in the waiting room. Peggy was having work done and was very nice and excited. Sheryl asked if I remembered her. I told her that I have never been there before but shook her hand and introduced myself. Peggy also wanted to shake my hand.
She told me that Dr. Patty was nice and went back to leaning on the caretaker and holding her cheek.
As terrified as I am of dentists, knowing that these two young women had no problem being there made my anxiety level diminish greatly.
Dr. Patty was nice, too. She answered my questions, told me how we would proceed with the work that needed to be done. Calmed me greatly after the x-ray fiasco and pretty much averted my impending freakout.
My next appointment is December 3rd.
In my dental future is:
-Wisdom tooth extraction
-Crown on broken back molar (she refused to pull it, guess it's not so bad)
-Cap (at least one, possibly others for prettizen* smile)
-Replace several deteriorated fillings.
-*possible* root canal (but after she explained it to me, it doesn't sound so bad, just like a really deep filling)
Scary, painful and expensive, but it will all be worth it when I can flash a killer smile at the next Dogstar show.
Speaking of killer smiles....
This Sky Mag is up for auction again.
I haven't seen this particular pic from that issue before.
*not a real word, just one I use. Must be pronounced baby-talk-like. Picked up from an ex with MPD.
Nothing like waking up at 7 AM* to psyche yourself out, right?
Don't forget to vote today, people.
*actually, I was awakened by a horrid little orange fluffy beastie who wanted to be fed at freaking 6:50 in the morning.
I'm in a "blue funk" today, so here's a picture of Keanu all...well, blue and funky.
I have a dentist appointment tomorrow so I have high anxiety over that. I'm pretty sure a root canal is in my future....ugh.
I'm thinking about doing something drastic to my hair....but then I'd have to find a new Sim.
"I'll take 'Things people might actually give a damn about' for $200, Alex."
Sorry for the lack of updates today, but we had a little bit of an "incident" here at keanuvision headquarters.
The situation remains unchanged after a tragic shelf mishap.
Lobby Neo is noticeably upset after rescue efforts were hindered by a pizza delivery and aren't expected to be resumed until at least after tonight's new episode of The Simpsons.
Winona could not be reached for comment.
Here are those pics from "Chicks". I believe she searched these out at some Thai TV or fan sites.
Is it the Chinese Year of the Rooster? I love that he gets away with this.
He's so handsome when he's thoughtful. And when he looks goofy? Still handsome....
And here's all three Dogstar guys. I like the second one, you know these guys had a great time.
And here's a look at the *gasp* new boots our bass player has been sporting.
I wonder if we will ever see THE boots again.
If not, it's a sad, sad thing...
Excuse me....I need to have a moment.
Cheryl's Movie Backlot got a nice plug on the Pic-of-the-Day list today (Thanks Margarete!)so I scrambled to update with Cheryl's most recent entry, "Life Under Water". "Young Again" is also coming soon.
I just want to say again how honored I am to host Cheryl's looks at Keanu's films. And the "Life Under Water" entry is full of interesting stuff. I learned a lot after reading her report and am planning on watching it again soon with a new perspective.
I also received some pics from Asia from "ChicksDigScars" that I will post and comment on later. If you can't wait, I suggest you meander over to the forum site, Club-Keanu.com and check them out.
The Huntridge Theater, a historical movie theater here in Las Vegas turned concert venue re-opens today with a Best of Las Vegas concert. I remember seeing movies at The Huntridge when I was little, and also went to many a gig (including Jane's Addiction, and Mary's Danish) a few years back during its first run as a concert hall.
The roof collapsed in 1995, and the fate of the theater was up in the air for a while, but hopefully this new rennovation and re-opening will be the start of a successful run, bringing the edgy and punk scene back to Las Vegas.
So...here's the deal.
Keanu, I'm asking you out on a date.
Check the calendar. This month's big names are The Damned, The Vandals and the DKs (no Jello, though, so really...why bother?). How long has it been since you've caught a gig? I bet we swing it so you wouldn't even get recognized and hassled. Trust me, I can deliver the line "Of course he's not Keanu Reeves...what the hell would I be doing with Keanu Reeves?" with certain conviction.
Afterwards we can go back to your hotel and fill the tub full of fudge.
C'mon! It'll be fun!
Act now, Reeves. I may not be this bold again.
Have your people call my people.
There's a new section over on the sidebar, STELLAR, and it's categories for the blog.
First off, I want to thank kd for helping me get it all set up.
Anyway, it's an unexact science and some posts are in more than one category. And it was kind of hard to label everything from the past, but I managed.
I thought it would help to have all the wallpapers, Sim stories and whatever together for easy reference.
Here's a little breakdown of the categories and what's in them.
adoration - expressions of love in varying forms and intensities.
babble - I do that a lot, so naturally this is the largest category
buds - friends, other bloggers, linky love
creations -wallpapers, downloads, misc art/designs by me
dogstar - about the band, its members, news and reviews
matrix - Matrix trilogy stuff
media - misc articles, scans, links to articles, etc
movies - stuff on Keanu's films, past and upcoming news
not keanu - non-Keanu related entries
simulation - vicarious living at its silliest
site - site updates, including Backlot stuff
And yep, It's Ass Friday already...